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Archive for December 3rd, 2009



NEW YORK, NEW YORK: As one of the three major players in theater sound in the US, Sound Associates has provided sound reinforcement support and rentals to Broadway for over sixty years. At any given time, some twenty shows are using the company’s equipment, which includes over 4,000 channels of high-end Sennheiser wireless transmitters and receivers. For what amounts to hundreds of thousands of dollars of wireless channels per show in the most demanding theatrical applications on the planet, Sound Associates provides open-architecture SymNet DSP units that have been customized to provide real-time audio monitoring from up to four locations using AMX touch-panel interfaces.

Sound Associates provides audio for shows that typically require between thirty and seventy channels of Sennheiser wireless. The company combines various lavalier microphones with Sennheiser SK 5212 body pack transmitters and Sennheiser’s new 3732 receivers. “Sennheiser has a more

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Ashly Processors and Amps Help Boston Landmark Improve Sound, Save Energy, and Save the Planet


BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: Because it has retained the charm and luxury of its Roaring Twenties heritage, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers was inducted as a member of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America. In addition to its upscale accommodations, the Park Plaza is well-known for its six ballrooms: the very large Imperial and Plaza ballrooms, and the smaller (but still large by other’s standards) Georgian, Arlington, Berkeley, and Clarendon ballrooms. The Park Plaza is thus a prized location for meetings and parties of all kinds.

But behind the scenes, the hotel was growing increasingly frustrated with the audio system that served the ballrooms. A pair of seven-foot racks housed enough power amps to fry a dozen eggs while idling, and their opaque user controls flummoxed even the most audio-savvy hotel staff. At its root, there was no core control and no more



HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK: Founder of 1980s English progressive rock sensation, It Bites, Francis Dunnery has maintained a busy schedule of solo work, production, and engineering in the nearly two decades since It Bites dissolved. Regular touring and recording with Robert Plant Lauryn Hill, Ian Brown, Carlos Santana and the creation of his own Aquarian Nation record label to “help support and maintain artistic integrity” have cemented Dunnery’s position as a venerated member of the musical intelligencia, in both the UK and America. His recently released album, “There’s a Whole New World Out There,” is a clever reworking of his favorite material from his early years. Like everything Dunnery has worked on in the past two years, the new album was recorded entirely through a Metric Halo 2882 converter and interface. Metric Halo has a sound that he has never been able to more

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – OCTOBER 2009: Butler University’s Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis is the antithesis of the modern NBA showplace. It’s gritty. It’s not air-conditioned. The seats, or rather bleachers, are uncomfortable at best. But with an 80-year history at the epicenter of both high school and college basketball in a state that is practically synonymous with the sport, Hinkle is very well-loved. In fact, it is the architectural inspiration for both Conseco Fieldhouse (Indiana Pacers) and Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis Colts). The spirit of aspiration that is so bound up with Indiana basketball was documented in the film “Hoosiers,” the climax of which was filmed in Hinkle and recounts an epic underdog story that actually unfolded at Hinkle in 1954.

But age and grit of the Hinkle variety, though they may warm the heart of a true fan, seldom come with good, more

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Planar Begins Shipping Revolutionary Clarity Matrix LCD Video Wall System

Planar Clarity Matrix Display

BEAVERTON, Ore., November 30, 2009 — Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR), a worldwide leader in specialty display solutions, today announced availability of Planar’s Clarity Matrix™ LCD Video Wall System designed to deliver outstanding tiled visual performance and uninterrupted operation for digital signage and control room applications. The unique features of the Clarity Matrix support the company’s current strategy to expand its display offerings into the very large, and fast growing market for digital signage, including applications in retail, sports arenas, hospitality venues and airports. The Matrix™ LCD Video Wall System enables companies, to use large, attention-grabbing, dynamic displays to market and communicate with its customers and patrons.

Outstanding Visual Performance
Traditionally the flat displays used in digital signage applications, including retail, transportation stations and sports/public venues, have larger bezels that can obstruct portions of on-screen content and disrupt more

Symetrix Gear at the Heart of Manhattan’s Historic Henry Miller’s Theatre


NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 2009: The historic Henry Miller’s Theatre in the heart of Manhattan has been invented and reinvented, purposed and repurposed, respected and disrespected. Built in 1918 for the famous actor/producer, it spent the first half of its life hosting critically-acclaimed shows such as “Journey’s End,” “Our Town” and “Witness for the Prosecution.” As it closes in on its 100th birthday, a new lease on life promises to carry the Henry Miller’s Theatre past the tumult of recent decades – when it was a club, and an “adult” theater by another name – and back into the limelight of Broadway’s celebrated productions. Keeping the facade and significant structural artifacts, Bank of America raised and rebuilt the theater at the same site, now below their new 57-story headquarters. Along with an elegant and LEED-certified structure, the 1,055-seat theater received a more

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C100 Used for Live News and Local Programming

MEMPHIS, TN – Solid State Logic has completed the installation of a new C100 HD-S Digital Broadcast Console for WHBQ-TV, a station owned and operated by Fox Broadcasting Company. The station began broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition in June of 2009 necessitating the move to an HD capable audio console. WHBQ broadcasts a total of 36½ hours of local news a week, with 7½ hours on weekdays, two hours on Saturdays and one hour on Sundays – more than any other television station in the State of Tennessee. The C100 HD-S, with its advanced feature set tailored for live broadcast operation, rock solid reliability and deft handling of network 5.1 surround, brings WHBQ-TV in line with the HD future. more

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Extron Announces New Digital Audio Matrix Processor


Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the new DMP 64, a 6×4 audio matrix mixer featuring Extron ProDSP™, a powerful digital signal processing platform for audio signal routing and control. The DMP 64 features six mono mic/line inputs, each of which can be mixed into any or all four mono line outputs. ProDSP is loaded with powerful tools to control level, dynamics, filters, delay, ducking, loudness, and feedback suppression. The DMP 64 is ideal for presentation applications that require advanced line and microphone audio matrix mixing with DSP in a small form factor. more

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Dale Bottcher Named AVI-SPL Vice President, Strategic Accounts

Leading audio and video communications integrator AVI-SPL today announced the promotion of Dale Bottcher to vice president of strategic accounts. In this role, Bottcher will specialize in the technology and energy services vertical markets.

“I am so fortunate to work for a company that has a growing suite of solutions and services, unsurpassed capabilities and a global reach that is second to none,? said Bottcher. “I’m excited to work with the strategic accounts team, serving in a role where I can continue to sell those business differentiators. I will look to expand business within our existing accounts, and to grow the list of targeted technology and energy services opportunities. I look forward to working in tandem with the sales executives throughout our company to accomplish these goals.? more

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Boca Raton Turns to Broadcast Pix for Improved City Council Coverage

(Billerica, Massachusetts) December 2, 2009. Broadcast Pix™ announced today the City of Boca Raton, Fla., is using a Broadcast Pix Slate™ 1000 integrated production system to produce coverage of city council meetings as well as events in the community. The system was integrated into the City Council Chamber in City Hall along with new cameras this summer, and has been used for live broadcasts on BocaTV, the city’s cable channel, since August. more

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