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Press Releases For : September 18, 2014

AudioXL to Distribute Intellivox and AXYS Products in Benelux

(Left to Right) Thijs Dullaart, Audio XL; Nick Screen, Duran Audio; William van Druten, Audio XL.

DIEST, Belgium – HARMAN Professional is announcing that its Benelux distributor, AudioXL, has been named the exclusive distributor of the JBL Intellivox and AXYS loudspeaker products for the Benelux region. In October 2013, HARMAN acquired Duran Audio and its flagship Intellivox and AXYX lines, before incorporating them into the JBL product lineup.

“We are very excited about having the Intellivox and AXYS products as part of the JBL portfolio,” explained William van Druten, General Manager at AudioXL. “Intellivox was the first digitally steerable array on the market and the engineers from Duran Audio are widely regarded as the pioneers of and the authority on this technology. Intellivox is a great solution for delivering clear and intelligible speech in difficult acoustic environments and there are already many high-profile applications of the products around the world. This, combined with AudioXL’s experienced and skilled team and the wider portfolio of HARMAN products, is a recipe for success. I am sure we can continue to grow the market for the product and deliver fantastic solutions for many more projects.”

In recent years, Intellivox has become the preferred loudspeaker solution for major railway stations in Holland. Intellivox has not only been chosen for its ability to deliver the ultimate intelligibility but also for its subjective sound quality and natural sound reproduction. Stations now installed with Intellivox include: Den Haag, Rotterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven.

The product has also enjoyed great success in the worship and AV markets. The AXYS range is also widely used by many rental companies in the region and is known for delivering transparent sound reproduction even at high sound pressure levels.

“This new relationship with AudioXL presents some really exciting opportunities,” Nick Screen, HARMAN Sales Director – Duran Audio Products. “With Intellivox it has always been about selling solutions, but it was a niche solution for intelligibility and many clients want a complete audio system. The HARMAN acquisition and the partnership with AudioXL means that we can now offer a complete HARMAN-based sound system solution that delivers Intellivox-quality intelligibility. Combine this with AudioXL’s team and large customer base and you have a winning formula.”

For more information on these products, please visit JBL Professional (www.jblpro.com) or AudioXL (www.audioxl.be and www.audioxl.nl)

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

Fairlight Unveils the Next Generation of Audio Post Production

Internationally acclaimed as the first company in the world to introduce FPGA technology to the audio post production business, Fairlight has now consolidate its position as an innovator with the launch of its second generation Crystal Core (CC-2) technology.

Hailed as the most powerful post production audio engine ever created, CC-2 incorporates an impressive 1000 playback channels, 100+ output buses and 100 live inputs. When teamed with Fairlight’s new V5 operating software, it offers the ultimate professional solution for the demanding delivery requirements of today’s broadcast industry.

In keeping with Fairlight’s long tradition of seamless upgrade paths, CC-2 is entirely compatible with the audio hardware currently operating with the company’s established CC-1 engine.

Tino Fibaek, Fairlight’s Chief Technical Officer, says: “Future proofing our technology has always been at the heart of our business philosophy. With the launch of CC-2, we have ensured that existing Fairlight customers can easily upgrade without having to replace their current audio interfaces or control surfaces. This means they can extend the life of their original hardware investment, whilst benefiting from the increased capacity that CC-2 brings.”

Fairlight’s CC-2 engine features a processor chip that is five times more powerful than the chip in its CC-1 engine. It also has four times the PCIe bandwidth, new dual channel memory architecture, an on-board expansion slot and almost twice the MADI connectivity.

Augmenting Fairlight’s renowned editing model, V5 sees the addition of Clipbender, an enhanced time compression and expansion feature allowing audio within a single clip to be aligned to picture, with multiple bend points and real time non-destructive processing.

Fairlight’s V5 software has advanced to a full 64-bit application, allowing unrestricted access to the full power of Intel’s latest processors. The associated increase in memory and speed delivers more simultaneous plug-ins, more video formats and larger media files. When used in combination with CC-2, this platform delivers faster than real-time, offline mixdown.

Also developed a part of the new 64-bit architecture is a brand new video engine, leveraging GPU acceleration for real-time video processing, offering support 4K video resolution, and features built-in HEVC decoding.

For more information about Fairlight’s new CC-2 audio engine and V5 software, please visit www.fairlight.com.au

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About Fairlight:

Fairlight has been designing, engineering and manufacturing cutting edge, professional digital audio technology for more than 30 years. Its dedication to innovation, quality and customer service has made Fairlight one of the most respected companies in professional audio. With their integrated control surfaces and intuitive user interfaces, Fairlight’s award-winning media creation tools are renowned for their speed, flexibility and exceptional sonic quality. The company’s products offer full compatibility with virtually all open audio, video and sync standards, making them ideally suited to a wide range of audio post and live broadcast applications.

www.fairlight.com.au

Press Releases For : September 17, 2014

Audiofile Releases Loop Editor 2

Picks up where Apple Loop Utility left off

Minneapolis, MN (September 16, 2014) – Audiofile, a leading music technology company, today announced the availability of Loop Editor 2 on the Mac App Store. Loop Editor 2 is the perfect replacement for the now discontinued Apple Loops Utility and raises the bar with support for all loop types, beat detection, ACID files, and more.
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Key Features in Loop Editor 2:

• Slice: add, edit, and export slices
• Loop: supports all loop types and helps you quickly fine tune loop boundaries
• Tag: advanced editing including the Genre & Descriptors properties for Apple Loops files
• Script: Support for AppleScript allows automation of complex workflows
• Export: multiple formats including Apple Loops, AIFF, ACID, WAV and W64

Loop Editor 2 also includes two indispensable Audiofile utilities: ReCycle Converter converts Propellerhead ReCycle files for importing into Loop Editor and First Aid, which can diagnose and repair uncompressed audio files that won’t import or open in audio applications.

Pricing and Availability
Loop Editor 2 in available through the Mac App Store and is on sale for a limited time for $29.99. Regular price is $49.99.

About Audiofile
Audiofile is a boutique technology company building apps that power the world’s musicians and audio engineers. Founded by Ev Olcott and Matthew Foust in 2003, Audiofile is among the most innovative and experienced audio software developers for OS X and the iOS with a long history of industry firsts to their name. Learn more about Audiofile’s entire range of music apps for OS X and iOS at www.audiofile-engineering.com, www.facebook.com/audiofileeng and on Twitter: @weareaudiofile.

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Extron Introduces TeamWork “Show Me” Cable Retraction Modules for HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce Retractor SM “Show Me” cable retraction modules for the company’s popular TeamWork Collaboration System. The new Retractor SM modules provide the user interface for HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, or VGA sources. Operation is simple and intuitive. Extend the “Show Me” cable, connect it to your source device, and press the “Share” button to share your content on the main presentation display. At the end of the collaboration session, cables retract with the press of a button, ready for use by the next collaboration team. Retractor SM modules are designed to work with Extron Cable Cubby 1200 and Cable Cubby 1400 next-generation cable access enclosures, as well as the TMK 120 R Table Mount Kit for under-table applications. (more…)

HARMAN’s Martin Professional Helps Foster Immersive Experience for Thousands at Eagle Brook Church

CENTERVILLE, Minnesota – When a person enters a service at Eagle Brook Church, the congregation’s goal is for them to be welcomed by real people, challenged by biblical messages that address everyday problems and inspired by excellent music. With 18,000 attendees worshiping at 6 locations throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, the scale of Eagle Brook Church makes providing a personalized, immersive experience a challenge. Making the music even more inspiring, however, became a little less daunting of a task with the installation of HARMAN’s Martin Professional lighting fixtures.

Deployed to compliment the message and the music at the Lino Lakes campus are 16 Mac Viper Air FX fixtures and eight Martin 250 Washes. For Easter and other special occasions, the church supplements its installed fixtures by renting other Martin Fixtures. The church’s Blaine campus boasts 10 Mac 700 Profiles and four Mac 250 Entours. At Spring Lake Park, six Mac 250 Entours and six Mac 250 washes are used, and eight washes and six Mac 250 Entours are used at the White Bear Lake campus.

Eagle Brook Church has come a long way since 1948, when it was founded as a Sunday school initially attended by only 19. Today, for weekend services, the teaching pastor’s message is delivered live at the Lino Lakes location and broadcast via simulcast technology to the Blaine, Coon Rapids, Spring Lake Park, White Bear Lake and Woodbury locations.

While the pastor’s message is simulcast, each Eagle Brook campus has its own music. Nate Nohling, Lead Lighting Director, oversees lighting and scenic design across the organization and works closely with Tom Clark and Travis Leatherman who help to design and program across the 6 campuses. “My goal is to create an immersive environment that enhances the worship experience,” he said. “We don’t want the lights to become the focal point or draw attention away from the experience. Instead, we want the lighting to match the energy of the music. To attain that, I work closely with the music pastors to make sure my design is cohesive with their vision.”

To help meet that challenge and many others, Nohling said that Eagle Brook Church was a Martin house before he joined the organization more than two years ago and that it will remain one for the foreseeable future. “We’re very particular about the brand of our campuses,” he said. “A part of that brand is making sure we have the same quality of fixtures to achieve the same type of environment across our campuses. Sticking with Martin fixtures helps us by having consistency when it comes to color palettes and overall output quality of our lighting.”

In the end, though, what’s important to Nohling and other members of Eagle Brook Church’s leadership team is making sure that everyone who attends a service has a deeply personal and immersive worship experience. “Lighting plays an important role in how people experience our brand,” he said. “And when you have different spaces, lit by different fixtures, creating the same lighting experience with different rigs is a challenge. That’s why maintaining a consistent design throughout our sites is a key part of my role. We need to have one design sensibility that we can draw on to create and deliver a consistent look and feel across campuses. Utilizing Martin fixtures helps us to be confident that when you walk into any one of our campuses, it is going to look and feel like Eagle Brook Church.”

Photo Credit: Tom Clark

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

DVIGear’s HDBaseT Extenders among the Products of the Year

Recognized as Two of the Best New Products of 2014SCN Product of the Year 2014

Marietta, Georgia    September 17, 2014  –  DVIGear, a leading manufacturer of digital connectivity products, was recently recognized by NewBay Media’s Systems Contractor News magazine.  The new HDMI HDBaseT Extenders were named among the Products of the Year in the September edition of SCN.  This award can also be viewed online.

SCN Products of the Year 2014

The DVI-7520 and DVI-7525 HDMI HDBaseT Extenders were recognized for their wide range of features, exceptional interoperability, and break-through value.  They provide simple and cost-effective solutions to extend uncompressed HDMI or DVI, embedded audio, bidirectional RS-232 and IR, and Ethernet (DVI-7525 only) using a single twisted-pair CAT-X cable.   Unlike other products, these extenders support the full range of HDBaseT features, including: 5 play, support for 4K / 30p (UHD) resolution, bidirectional IR, POH and long range operation.  The new DVI-7520 and DVI-7525 are among the first extenders on the market to offer a fully compliant implementation of “Power over HDBaseT” (POH), a key component of the HDBaseT standard.  To maintain system stability and compatibility, POH uses standardized 48 VDC power as well as a sophisticated handshake feature that prevents power exchange with incompatible devices.

“We are truly honored our new HDBaseT Extenders have been recognized for their innovative features and value,” stated Steven Barlow, President of DVIGear.  “We always strive to provide our customers with absolutely bullet-proof products that deliver every pixel perfectly from source to destination.  The new DVI-7520 and DVI-7525 HDBaseT Extenders are no exception.”

DVI-7520 and DVI-7525:  HDMI HDBaseT Extenders

The DVI-7520 and DVI-7525 deliver a powerful combination of advanced features and sterling performance at very attractive price points, which make them a true break-through in value for professional AV system integrators.  This makes them ideally suited for a wide range of digital display applications including rental & staging events, conference and training rooms, boardrooms, auditoriums, hotels, churches and other demanding environments.  The Product of the Year 2014 Award article appears in the September edition of SCN.  The award can also be viewed online.

About DVIGear

Founded in 1999, DVIGear (www.dvigear.com) is a leading supplier of Digital Connectivity Solutions for a wide range of professional display applications.  Located in Marietta, Georgia, DVIGear offers an extensive portfolio of high performance digital video distribution products including:  Digital Matrix Routing Switchers, Splitters, Extenders, Converters, Scalers, as well as long-length copper and optical cables.

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Contact: Joseph Barbier  /  770.421.6699  /  joseph@dvigear.com
High Resolution Product Photo:  DVI-7520 and DVI-7525
Award Logo: SCN Product of the Year 2014

HDBaseT™ and the HDBaseT Alliance logo are trademarks of the HDBaseT Alliance.

Technomedia select Lightware Matrix and Fiber Extenders for 3D “Grand Hall Experience”, Projection Mapping at Union Station, St. Louis

Historic Union Station in St. Louis has reopened after an extensive $66.3 million renovation to its lobby where Technomedia, a Mood Media Company created the largest permanent 3D projection mapping attraction in the United States on the 65-foot high barrel-vault ceiling and walls transforming the space every evening for hotel and local guests and visitors. Technomedia chose Lightware DVI-OPT-TX110 and RX110 transmitters/receivers to extend the multi-4K 120 frame video signal to 14 projectors displaying the dazzling custom content. Lightware USA is the US distributor for Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering products.

“It was logical for me to choose Lightware,” says Andrew Atienza, Technomedia Projection Specialist. “It’s a reliable and cost-effective solution that works well when you’re dealing with the concerns of a historic space. We have limited rack space in the machine room on the third floor balcony. The TX110s are the size of a DVI connector so no additional rack space and no additional wiring was needed for them.”

Union Station was the world’s largest and busiest train station when it opened in 1894. Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM) purchased the station in 2012 with the goal of restoring the property and driving business to the station’s new hotel, dining and shopping options while maintaining the Grand Hall’s historic character.

The Grand Hall has been refurbished with stylish lounge and bar seating and a stunning ultra high definition 3D projection mapping show, which plays every evening on the hour between 5 and 10 pm. Since its debut on May 9, National Train Day, The Grand Hall Experience has increased attendance to the Grand Hall by over 125 percent. It has exceeded all expectations and quickly become one of the most popular attractions in St. Louis.

Technomedia, conceived and developed The Grand Hall Experience for LHM. The experience consists of a variety of shows that showcase creative design and innovative storytelling. The show take viewers on an amazing journey from the blue depths of the sea where a whale, sea turtles and sharks float weightlessly to the heights of world’s great ceilings where the magnificent artistry of Rome’s Sistine Chapel and Paris’s star-studded Sainte-Chapelle soar overhead. In other shows, the detailed filigree of the historic building come life with 3D detail that transforms into complete immersive visuals like psychedelic flowers bloom. Clockwork gears turn and lighted train cars race down a tunnel, the building itself moves and shifts uncovering the incredible surprised behind the walls. St. Louis-born celebrities John Goodman, Bob Costas and John Hamm contribute to the narration.

Technomedia is no stranger to 3D projection mapped shows. The company used Lightware for video distribution for the Cuartel de Ballaja in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Atienza also selected Lightware matrices for “Iris” at LA’s Dolby Theater.

He notes that the equipment and content are running maintenance-free. “It’s been completely hands off,” he says. “It’s wonderful not having to worry about anything. The Lightware units required very little set up and have been rock solid reliable.”

Since The Grand Hall Experience is expected to be a permanent attraction at Union Station the aim is to create new content on a regular basis. “The Christmas show is already in development,” says Atienza. “We can also loop custom content seamlessly for special events held in the lobby.”

About Lightware USA

Lightware USA is the US distributor of professional AV products manufactured by Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest, Hungary. With the flexibility of the Lightware product line, the Lightware USA team is able to assist with the design for some of the highest performance systems in the world. Router sizes ranging from the robust UMX4x4-Pro up to the impressive 160×160 25G Hybrid give Lightware USA the edge over the competition when it comes to routing multiple video sources to the ever changing variety of displays in the industry. Their array of solutions for extending the highest resolution video formats including 4K and 3D over Cat or Fiber put Lightware USA on the forefront of cutting edge technology.

For more information on these products, visit www.LightwareUSA.com.

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Press Releases For : September 16, 2014

MORE THAN 130 POWERSOFT AMPS AT CORE OF NEW BILLION DOLLAR SPORTS HUB IN SINGAPORE

E&E fulfills major AV integration on National Stadium site

Singapore, September 15, 2014: The dynamic new Singapore Sports Hub, constructed at an estimated cost of Just over $1 billion US dollars, has now opened on the site of Singapore’s former National Stadium in Kallang. With the newly constructed 55,000-capacity stadium as its centerpiece, offering spectacular views over the waterfront and Singapore city skyline, it also includes the 6,000-capacity OCBC Aquatics Centre, the 3,000-capacity Arena (scalable into six halls), the Water Sports Centre located along the Kallang Basin, and commercial areas for leisure, shopping and dining activities.

Construction began in 2011, and the following August, Electronics & Engineering Pte (E&E) won the contract for the full integration of the Event Sound System and HD giant screens. Working to an architectural and engineering design prepared by the consultants, they specified well over 130 of Powersoft’s premium 1U K-Series and Duecanali Series amplifiers to drive the various PA and sound reinforcement systems. They described the project as “probably the largest high-powered distributed audio system that E&E has ever worked on.”

The network design for the National Stadium audio transmission was extremely complex, involving switching via 40 Netgear Gigabit 1000 base network switches. The main racks are populated by no fewer than 70 Powersoft K10 amplifiers (capable of delivering a jaw-dropping 12000W into 2 ohms) and 26 K2 amplifiers, incorporating the company’s proprietary DSP+AESOP technology — offering fully integrated sound shaping and system management capabilities).

These are found in 16 air-conditioned racks up on the Catwalk where they power six EAW MQX speakers, 35 QX speakers and 48 SB528zP subwoofers to serve the entire stadium bowl. This is processed by Symetrix SymNet Edge DSP, while a PC runs Dante software control and patching.

The Catwalk location for the amp racks was determined at an early stage in order to minimize the cable runs to the speakers. This was logistically challenging in view of the available space. However, Gary Goh, Deputy Managing Director at E&E, acknowledged that despite the limited rackspace, the fact that Powersoft amplifiers output extraordinary power from just 1RU chassis made this possible. “To derive sufficient power from such compact real estate required the superior switchmode amplification technology of Powersoft’s K series, with its incredible power to weight ratio. It really helped to maximize the space efficiency,” he reports.

The audio distribution design was based on an amplifier network running AES inputs as standard and analog inputs as backups. The amplifiers are controlled and monitored via the Armonía Pro Audio Suite software and deliver EAW Greybox settings in the DSP to the loudspeakers.

Elsewhere, a similar network was constructed for the OCBC Arena, using Powersoft’s energy-saving Duecanali 2-channel installation series. Via Netgear 1000 base network switching, in Amp Room 1 22 x Powersoft Duecanali D3904 amplifiers were specified to power large quantities of EAW and Community loudspeakers at various levels in all six halls — with signal processing again carried out in SymNet Edge, with signal transport over Dante.

Operating on the same principle in the Aquatic Centre are a further 15 Powersoft Duecanali D3904 amplifiers populating Amp Rack 1 and 2 to power the EAW loudspeakers installed at the Catwalk to serve the swimming pool area and further column speakers, installed at pool side, to service the corridors.

The final deployment of Powersoft amplification is in the Water Sports Centre, which, like the other zones is fully featured with Netgear switching, Symnet DSP, full audio control/mixing and playback devices. Here, the final three Powersoft Duecanali D3904 can be found in the Amp Room driving three EAW speakers installed at the top tower of the Centre.

All of which will future-proof the new Singapore Sports Hub for years to come — ensuring on the one hand that the public address and voice alarm systems can be heard intelligibly while the line and live playback pack plenty of punch.

“The clients trusted us to deliver all their technological requirements and I am confident that we have succeeded,” concluded Mr. Goh.

About Powersoft:
Powersoft is the world leader in lightweight, high power, single rack space, energy efficient amplifiers for the professional audio market. Founded in Italy in 1995, headquartered in Florence, Italy, with offices in Ventura, CA, Powersoft couples the experience and precision of its production department with exceptional components to deliver products with perfect audio response and high performance reliability. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to convention centers, churches and clubs, and are used by the world’s leading tour sound companies. For more information, visit the Powersoft website @ www.powersoft-audio.com.

About Singapore Sports Hub:
The centrepiece of the Singapore Sports Hub is the new 55,000-seat National Stadium. The retractable seating capability allows for flexible reconfiguration of the stadium’s bowl, making the National Stadium the only stadium in the world able to host rugby, cricket, football, athletics and concerts in one venue. The stadium’s retractable roof and energy efficient bowl cooling technology also represents the next stage in sustainable stadium design, providing athletes and spectators with a unique and comfortable environment. OCBC Arena consists of six halls over two levels that are designed to be scalable in size, and will cater to an array of indoor sports events for both National Sports Associations as well as the general public. This 1,000-3,000 capacity venue was designed for badminton, fencing, taekwondo, basketball, netball, volleyball, rhythmic gymnastics training and table tennis. OCBC Aquatic Centre is designed to cater to both the general public and elite athletes, and will be able to host community-run events to premier aquatic competitions. Planned for everyday use and flexibility to host international events, the OCBC Aquatic Centre will have the ability to add additional temporary seating and double its 3,000 permanent seating capacity to accommodate a variety of events. Water Sports Centre will have community and elite training facilities for aquatic enthusiasts of all levels. A 500 metre course will be mapped out on the water and a one kilometre course will be accessible from Marina Bay. Canoeing, kayaking and dragon boating can be enjoyed at the Water Sports Centre.

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Danvers Community Access TV Purchases FOR-A Portable Video Switcher as Part of HD Overhaul

Cypress, CA – When Massachusetts’ Danvers Community Access Television (DCAT) recently upgraded its studio facility to high definition, the station did not take the task of ordering new equipment lightly. After extensive research, trade show attendance, and taking suggestions from peers, Dana Healy, the station’s executive director, found herself completely sold on FOR-A’s HVS-XT100 portable video switcher. DCAT began using the switcher in its new studio in June.

“I was adamant in wanting a classic studio switcher that could stand the test of time, and I became enthralled with the HVS-XT100,” said Healy. “It’s a simple, yet powerful unit. I’m confident that the switcher can handle the slews of middle-school aged children as well as beginner producers that will be using it here for years to come.”

DCAT is a 3,000-square foot non-profit television station overseen by Healy and three other employers. The station provides training and offers its facility for local programming production.

“In learning how to operate the unit, there has been a learning curve since the switcher offers so many options, but we are very happy with the workflow,” Healy explained. “Our FOR-A sales representative, Jay Shinn, was very helpful and demonstrated the equipment to us in an easy to understand way.”
Healy added, “One of the functions we’ve been taking advantage of often is the unit’s green screen feature, which are very powerful and create a nice, clean key.”

Introduced last year, the HVS-XT100 is one of the units in FOR-A’s XT switcher series, and offers a wide range of functions, including frame synchronization, multi-viewer capability, re-sizing engine, 2.5D wipe effects, DVE and keyer with chroma key. The HVS-XT100 comes standard with eight HD/SD-SDI inputs and four outputs (plus one HDMI output). A maximum of 14 inputs and six outputs or 12 inputs and eight outputs can be freely assigned, and three slots enable the addition of various inputs and outputs.

About FOR-A
FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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Recipe for Success at City Winery Napa: Gourmet Food, Wine, and Meyer Sound

Following the successes at its Meyer Sound-equipped New York flagship and Chicago locations, City Winery recently selected a MINA™ line array loudspeaker system to help bring a quality live experience to its food- and wine-loving clientele in Napa.

Like all other City Winery locations, the philosophy behind the new 350-seat, cabaret-style listening room in the historic Napa Valley Opera House is a meticulous attention to sensory delight. The sound system is no exception acoustically or visually, according to Ed Greer, City Winery’s chief production officer.

“Because we focus on singer-songwriters, we needed a PA that is extremely accurate acoustically, that can deliver with complete transparency,” says Greer. “The MINA arrays achieve that goal, and their sleek profile also fits with the elegance of the room. Any system we install in City Winery will be Meyer Sound. We don’t consider anything else.”

The dual arrays of eight-each MINA loudspeakers are supplemented by two 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements, with front fill and underbalcony delay provided by eight UP-4XP loudspeakers. System drive and optimization is courtesy of a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with two Galileo Callisto 616 processors, and artist foldback is supplied by eight MJF-210 stage monitors.

“This room is quite live, and acoustical treatments were limited by historical preservation rules,” notes Nate Stephens, production manager for the venue. “But the MINAs provide exactly what this room needs—they reinforce the sound from the stage, and don’t create a whole new sound with brute force. The transparency and linearity of the MINAs make a seamless transition from on-stage to amplified sound.”

Stephens reports that the MJF-210 stage monitor has made an impression on the visiting artists. “The gain before feedback on the MJF-210s is fantastic,” he says. “I have to do almost nothing with either the graphic or channel EQs to get the sound the artists want. I just put it up, and they say it’s perfect.”

FOH is mixed at center balcony on a 48-channel Yamaha M7CL digital mixing console. Monitors are mixed from FOH for small acoustic acts, and a 32-channel M7CL console is available to mix monitors for full bands. Notable artists that have performed at City Winery Napa include Bruce Cockburn, Graham Nash, David Grisman, and Lila Downs.

Music and hospitality entrepreneur Michael Dorf opened the first City Winery in New York in 2008 with a Meyer Sound M’elodie® line array loudspeaker system, and the Chicago location employs a JM-1P arrayable loudspeaker system. Another Meyer Sound system is slated for a Nashville location, opening in early October.

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