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SIMPLIFYING LIFE: SYMETRIX LAUNCHES THE JUPITER APP FINDER

jupiter_appfinder.JPGSEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MARCH 2011: The Symetrix Jupiter series of digital signal processors are unique. Inspired by the “apps” paradigm of smart phones, the Jupiter hardware effectively morphs to perfectly meet the needs of almost any sound processing application. Over sixty apps (and growing!) are available at Symetrix.co, each tailored to a particular need in a particular situation. But before the sheer number of apps becomes its own undoing, Symetrix is pleased to announce the new Jupiter App Finder utility on Symetrix.co. With this new utility, users can home in on the perfect app with only a few clicks of the mouse.

“The Jupiter App Finder was inspired by many eCommerce sites on which you can stack filters in a product category to narrow the list of products to those with the specific features you’re after,” explained Trent Wagner, senior product manager at more

INDUSTRY VETERAN PAUL GIANSANTE JOINS DANLEY SOUND LABS AS NATIONAL SALES MANAGER

paul_giansante.JPGGAINESVILLE, GEORGIA – MARCH 2011: To capitalize on its rapidly increasing market share, Danley Sound Labs has appointed industry veteran Paul Giansante to the position of National Sales Manager to propel the company to the next phase of its development and beyond. With a long and deep history in just about every relevant audio role conceivable – from concert manager, to AV integrator, to general manager for leading loudspeaker manufacturers – Giansante brings a wealth of knowledge and connections to his new role at Danley Sound Labs.

It would be difficult to overstate Giansante’s accomplishments. He has worked as a freelance audio systems engineer in the Midwest, providing engineering, design, installation, and operating services to houses of worship, theaters, and performing arts centers. He served as concert touring manager with Meyer Sound Laboratories, where he increased the number of acts touring with the more

CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY SELECTS 10 FUJINON HDTV LENSES FOR EVENTS STAGING AND A/V RENTALS

WAYNE, N.J., March 16, 2011 – Creative Technology Group, a leading international supplier of specialist audio/visual equipment for the rental and staging of large corporate events, concerts, and televised sports and entertainment programming, purchased 10 Fujinon ZA17x7.6BERD-S HD ENG lenses. The 10 Fujinon lenses were purchased along with 10 new Grass Valley LDK-3000 multi-format HD cameras to support the demand for affordable, high-quality HD acquisition by the firm’s growing clientele.

“Creative Technology chose these Fujinon lenses because they are not only excellent lenses, but they hold up well on the road,? said Jason Meckler, Chief Video Engineer, Creative Technology Group, North America, in Panorama City, CA, (www.ctus.com). “Quality and durability were our main concern, and these Fujinon lenses met both of those requirements.?

Since the new equipment went into service, the Grass Valley LDK-3000 cameras and Fujinon ZA17x7.6 HD ENG lenses have already been used for more

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Thunder Valley Casino Resort Feels the Peal of KUDO

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L-ACOUSTICS amplifier/loudspeaker package goes into resort’s new Pano Hall

LINCOLN, California — Thunder Valley Casino Resort, located 30 miles east of Sacramento, has now wrapped up an ambitious schedule of renovations with the addition of a spa, outdoor pool and 17-story luxury hotel, which houses the resort’s new 10,000-square-foot Pano Hall.

Designed to host concert and comedy productions, corporate meetings, poker tournaments, banquets and many other events, the multipurpose, 1,000-capacity space is equipped with a mobile L-ACOUSTICS amplifier and loudspeaker package supplied by Las Vegas-based Audio Video Design-Build (AVDB) Group. more

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E4 Product Launch Preview: Draper Curved Screens

The E4 AV Tour continues grow as a launch for new products. At this year’s San Francisco event on April 6th, Draper will release brand new curved frame versions of the Clarion and Onyx screens. It’s part of Drapers’ move to respond to the increasing need for customization in the market, both for home theater and commercial applications such as simulation, or applications requiring edge blending.

“Curved screens are not brand new of course,” says Jim Hoodlebrink, Rental/IDS Manager at Draper. “However as they rapidly grow in popularity Draper has responded to the market by bringing out a more decorative frame and the ability to custom curve the screen to fit the customers’ needs.” The integrated decorative frame–in black velvet–saves the step of fitting a cover onto the typical extruded aluminum frame, insuring a nicer finish, and the ability to customize the screen curvature can be make-or-break for more

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FOR-A HVS-4000 PRODUCTION SWITCHER MAKES U.S. DEBUT AT 2011 NAB SHOW

Multi-Format Switcher Available in 2 M/E, 2.5 M/E, and 3M/E Versions, Offers Options for 3D, 3 Gbps* Production

Fort Lee, N.J., March 16 2011 – FOR-A, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, will showcase its new HVS-4000 multi-format video switcher at the at the 2011 NAB Show, which runs April 11-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. (Booth C5219). Available in 2 M/E, 2.5 M/E or 3 M/E models, the switcher is loaded with standard features to handle complex video productions, and offers optional support for 3 Gbps* and 3D production.

“The new HVS-4000 was designed to handle a variety of production challenges,? said Pedro Silvestre, Sales Director, FOR-A Corporation of America. “With options that can support 1080p* and 3D production, our switcher can easily grow with our customers as their production needs more

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Lila Cockrell Theatre Adds Robert Juliat Cyrano Followspots As part of Major Renovation

Lila Cockrell Theater

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As part of a $17-million renovation, San Antonio’s Lila Cockrell Theatre (LCT) has augmented its lighting inventory with three Robert Juliat Cyrano HMI 2500W hot restrike followspots purchased from dealer Texas Scenic in town.

LCT is located in the Convention Facilities’ complex in the shadow of the Tower of the Americas, a permanent legacy of the 1968 San Antonio World’s Fair. The theatre offers more than 2,300 seats on three levels; its main stage spans 113×60 feet and boasts an orchestra pit, integrated performance audio system, AV infrastructure for cameras and projectors, a fully-networked stage and architectural lighting system and a complement of manually-operated counterweight sets with motorized stage electrics.

“The theatre has served the city as one of the largest traditional performing arts venues in downtown San Antonio,” says more

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AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR/PHOTOGRAPHER VINCENT LAFORET RELIES ON ANTON/BAUER BATTERIES TO POWER HIS REMARKABLE BODY OF WORK

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES, MARCH 15, 2011 – Renowned director and photographer Vincent Laforet, has relied on Anton/Bauer®, a brand of The Vitec Group and the world’s premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, for dozens of commercial and film shoots. He has turned to the company once again to power one of his latest projects, the final chapter of the “The Story Beyond the Still?, in collaboration with Canon, Vimeo and Grey New York, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received three Lions at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. “The Story Behind the Still? was the result of the first ever and largest user-generated HD video contest in history. To kick off the “The Story Beyond The Still Contest,? Laforet brought his interpretation of a still image to life, which served as the first installment of a seven chapter collaborative work in which each participant was asked to interpret the previous winning final still image to start their vision for the subsequent chapter. The final chapter was created by Laforet and all the chapter winners.

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Soundproofing: Using Multiple Materials to Acheive Sound Isolation (Video)

Soundproofing Video

When attempting to soundproof a room, there are various levels of sound isolation and many different types of materials available. How far you go with your construction will depend mostly on they type of sound you wish to abate. The acoustic solution needs to be designed around your specific application. Is it the noise of an industrial plastic shredder or speech from an adjacent office?

A typical wall construction consists of two layers 1/2″ gypsum applied to either side of a 2×4 wood or metal stud. Many of these walls for residential and commercial interiors will lack insulation in the cavities. This type of construction will yield an STC (Sound Transmission Loss) around 31 – 33. By simply adding a layer of fluffy glass fiber insulation to the cavity, the STC will increase by 4-5 points and prevent sonic resonance. Additionally, a layer of mass loaded vinyl barrier more

Teer Engineering And HARMAN’s JBL CBT Series Loudspeakers Provide Unobtrusive Yet Expansive Sound At St. James Cathedral

When the time came for St. James Cathedral to upgrade its sound reinforcement system, John Teer of Teer Engineering had a specific design objective: the loudspeakers had to blend into the church’s interior, but without any compromises in performance. To meet the audio and aesthetic needs of the Orlando, Florida house of worship, Teer selected HARMAN’s JBL CBT Series column speakers.

Aesthetics was “a huge part of the project,? Teer said. “The church wanted a high-quality sound system that was state-of-the-art but easy to use–and the technology had to be visually unobtrusive.?

“Before we were involved in the project, the initial system design called for big, tour-grade line array clusters hanging right in the middle of the sanctuary, which was unnecessary,? noted Teer, whose Orlando-based firm designed and installed the upgraded audio system.

“The church needed a sound system for spoken word only, and the church’s pipe more

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