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The Sing Off Takes to the Stage with a Live Finale and 100 Sennheiser Wireless Microphones as The Pentatonix Rise to the Top

Pentatonix, seen here singing into Sennheiser SKM 5200 wireless transmitters with MD 5235 capsules, took top honors in season 3’s The Sing Off.

Old Lyme, Conn. – November 30, 2011 – On Monday night, NBC presented the “Live Finale: Top 3 Finalists” of its hit show The Sing Off featuring not only the final three group contestants, but over 100 Sennheiser microphones on stage. The Pentatonix were elected champions of season 3, and music mixer Randy Faustino was on hand to ensure the audio quality was outstanding until the very end.

Faustino, a multiple Emmy award-winning music mixer and CEO/President of Creative Sound Solutions, has been responsible for mixing not only The Sing Off, but other top national prime time programs including The Voice, American Idol and others. Whether he is faced with a live broadcast or an in-studio production, Faustino depends on Sennheiser transmitters and capsules to achieve a great sound. For “Live Finale: Top 3 Finalists” he used over 100 Sennheiser SKM 5200-II transmitters, each coupled with Sennheiser MD 5235 capsules.

Faustino prefers the MD 5235 capsules because of its clear sound and versatility: “It seems to work for everybody, and I never seem to have a hard time getting a great sound,” he says. “Sometimes I have people eating the microphone, other times I have performers more than a foot off the mic — it has to perform equally well in both scenarios.”

Since each performance is a ‘once in a lifetime’ career opportunity for the contenders, Faustino needs to ensure that the mix is the best it can be for whichever group approaches the mic. He says that the Sennheiser MD 5235 mic capsule helps facilitate this: “The technology has to be plug and play,” he says. “I get that one shot at putting a live mix together, and then you have to move on. I have very little EQ on those mics, and they sound fantastic across a range of vocal types — that is the beautiful part of these MD 5235 capsules.”

“You have to have a good, clear sounding capsule so you can pick out the voices and have them defined in the track,” observes Thom Salisbury, Western Regional Sales Manager for Sennheiser. “On a program like The Sing Off, you not only have a variety of frequencies coming into the vocal track, but also tonal and volume differences. The MD 5235 is very sensitive and has a very smooth frequency response — I believe this is why it is our most popular capsule for television and touring.”

Predictable and reliable RF performance
In the case of a live programming scenario such as “Live Finale: Top 3 Finalists” where audio is being broadcast to millions of television viewers, the audio quality needs to be synchronous with solid and reliable RF performance. In the middle of Los Angeles — one of the most difficult RF environments in the world — the challenge can be daunting, especially considering the massive lighting rig and number of microphones operating on the stage at the same time.

Dave Bellamy of Las Vegas-based Soundtronics Wireless was in charge of ensuring that the RF for Monday evening’s performance — and indeed the entire preceding season — was flawless. “In a show like this, ‘pretty good’ isn’t going to get you there,” Bellamy observes. “This is a very demanding and exacting business, and in an extremely overcrowded RF environment, Sennheiser gives me predictable reliability.” Bellamy used Soundtronics’ Phoenix system antenna system in combination with dozens of Sennheiser EM 3732-II wireless receivers to ensure that the audio was free of any RF interference.

How does mixer Randy Faustino manage to stay cool in such a technically challenging and intense production environment? “I have to stay two steps ahead of everything, but I feel secure in the fact that Sennheiser always works. We’ve never had a failure and have always had great product support from Thom Salisbury if we ever need anything.”

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Oklahoma PBS Station OETA Outfits its New Tulsa Facility With Utah Scientific Routing Equipment

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov. 30, 2011 — Utah Scientific, the worldwide leader in routing and master control switchers, today announced that the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) has installed Utah Scientific routing equipment to anchor the infrastructure for its new Tulsa studio and office facility. OETA is the regional PBS program provider serving 1.8 million viewers a week across Oklahoma and in surrounding states.

The newly built plant replaces the analog/digital-hybrid Tulsa facility, and represents an upgrade to HD to match the rest of the PBS network. Construction and systems integration for the new facility came together fairly quickly and on time. Planning was a group effort and included systems integration by Digital Resources Inc. out of Dallas.

OETA installed two UTAH-400 routing switchers (one 3G HD video and one audio) to replace its UTAH-300 analog router. The routing switchers are controlled by Utah Scientific’s SC-4 control system. The installation also includes UTAH-100 Series 3 HD (3G), SD, analog video, digital audio, and analog audio distribution amplifiers (DAs); and two TSG-490 sync generators with automatic changeover and GPS synchronization.

“We chose the UTAH-400 routers because our previous Utah router served us so well for so many years,” said Roger Newton, OETA Tulsa chief engineer. “The tight integration between the video and audio routers is also important.”

Newton also cited Utah Scientific’s sales and technical support as reasons for choosing the equipment.

Utah Scientific’s distribution amplifiers enabled OETA to separate master production control from the technical operations center, which occupied the same room in the old building. Now the DAs feed the video signal from the studio cameras to the video production switcher, solving the noise problems that often resulted from the previous setup.

The UTAH-400 is specifically designed to address the growing requirement for large switching systems with its ability to expand seamlessly from 8×8 to 1152×1152 and beyond. The UTAH-400 is based on a revolutionary new matrix architecture that greatly reduces the complexity of large systems, resulting in considerable improvements in rack space and power requirements as well as yielding significant cost reductions.

“OETA fills the need for educational and public television for all of Oklahoma and beyond, and the new Tulsa facility was long overdue for them,” said Tom Harmon, president and CEO of Utah Scientific. “Now they can more easily and effectively reach their viewers with a rich HD experience, and Utah Scientific will be there to help them do it.”

More information on Utah Scientific routing and master control switching products can be found at www.utahscientific.com.

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About OETA
OETA – the Oklahoma Network is Oklahoma’s statewide public media network, providing Oklahomans across the state with educational and public television programming, outreach initiatives, and online features that collectively encourage lifelong learning. Using 18 transmitters to reach more than three million people in Oklahoma and surrounding states, OETA is the top-rated statewide public media network in the United States. Explore www.oeta.tv to learn more about OETA, including the network’s statewide broadcasting system and production facilities.

About Utah Scientific, Inc.
Throughout more than 30 years in business, Utah Scientific has earned its position as worldwide leader in routing and master control switchers by working with customers to meet their needs for advanced signal distribution and control technology. The company’s confidence in its industry-leading products is exemplified by its renowned no-fee, 10-year warranty, and validated by multiple Frost & Sullivan Customer Service Leadership Awards. Additional information about Utah Scientific and its products can be found at www.utahscientific.com.

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DNF Controls Announces New Production Control Application for Live Television

Application is First in a Series of Infrastructure Control Solutions Built on DNF’s Flex Control Network(R)

SYLMAR, Calif. — Nov. 30, 2011 — DNF Controls today announced the Production Control Application for broadcasters built on the Flex Control Network(R), DNF’s modular platform of professional IP-based machine controllers that solve all manner of operational control problems, setting a new standard of excellence for operational efficiency and profitability. The Production Control System is a specific combination of Flex Control equipment that provides fast, simple, and reliable control over video and graphic playout devices for live and live-to-tape programming, including national and local news, sports, lifestyle and talk shows, and faith-based productions.

The Production Control Application is a complete, semi-automated solution that works with existing control room equipment to simplify production control, expand production capabilities, enhance production look and branding, and minimize production errors. Broadcasters can control up to 24 channels of VTRs, DDRs, video servers, and graphic devices for on-air and on-set playout from highly reliable, easy-to-use, tactile control panels and their production switcher. Because the Production Control Application can automatically control multiple machines synchronously with the touch of a button, the technical director is free to concentrate on the production rather than the technology.

Additionally, the Production Control Application streamlines pre-production setup and last-minute on-air changes for late-breaking and unscripted events.

“Despite the complex nature of today’s broadcast operations, our customers still want a more simplified and intuitive workflow,” said Dan Fogel, CTO of DNF Controls. “This system does just that. Not only does it improve workflow and reliability by automating and timing complex interactions, the simple setup and configuration means reduced engineering involvement and cost. Groups have local control while creating centralized and shared equipment centers, and an error management tool can improve on-air performance and accuracy.”

The Production Control Application consists of dual DC20 device controllers that control up to four devices each, along with two types of control panels — a CP20 event-based, cue-marking, VTR-style control panel, and a ST420 shotbox for instantaneous access to trigger complex events. By adding device controllers, the application expands to control up to 24 channels. The result is an integrated, standalone tactile control system, or a sophisticated, cost-effective backup and manual playout control system always at hand.

The control panels talk over Ethernet to the device controllers, which contain the correct control protocols. By separating the control panels and device controllers, broadcasters can create centralized systems in an equipment or control room, or distributed systems that allows users to control playout devices with frame accuracy via Ethernet from anywhere in the world. This distributed system architecture means that failure of an individual piece will not cripple the entire system.

The Production Control System is based on the Flex Control Network, DNF’s flagship technology that encompasses DNF’s more than 20 years of experience providing “must work,” mission-critical control systems for broadcast and production operations. The Flex Control platform consists of device controllers with 25 drivers and interface solutions that combine with a full range of control panels to create applications for solving even the most complex control problems while using existing IP infrastructure as the backbone. With its tactile control surfaces, browser-based interfaces for ease of use and deployment, and simple push-button operation using “event to action” logic for sophisticated, automated control, Flex Control delivers unparalleled centralized and distributed control over machinery and workflows.

More information on DNF Controls solutions is available at www.dnfcontrols.com.

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About DNF Controls
DNF Controls is a leading provider of hardware- and software-based control solutions for the broadcast, audio/video production, post-production, and graphics markets. By partnering with industry-leading manufacturers and customers, DNF provides innovative, reliable, precise, and easy-to-use products for point-to-point control as well as facility-wide multipoint control applications. Its flagship technology, the Flex Control Network(R), is a modular platform of professional IP-based machine controllers that solve all manner of operational control problems, setting a new standard of excellence for operational efficiency, profitability and reliability. DNF Controls’ customers include major U.S. and international broadcast and cable networks, television stations and production facilities, mobile production trucks, stadiums, and arenas. DNF Controls is headquartered in Sylmar, Calif. More information is available at www.dnfcontrols.com.

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Primacoustic is Pleased to Announce the Black StratoTile


Vancouver , BC – Primacoustic® is pleased to announce an addition to its successful line of acoustical ceiling treatments: the Black StratoTile.™

Primacoustic Product Specialist Jay Porter: “Our original StratoTile product is white and although they are paintable, the process is time consuming. Many of our customers are installing these tiles in home theaters, studios and nightclubs and we’ve discovered a market demand for the tile in a basic black. It works for so many applications and it made sense for us to eliminate the extra painting step for our customers.”

Black StratoTiles are great looking, high-performance ceiling tiles featuring 3Ž4” thick (20mm) high-density 6lb per cubic foot glass wool construction for maximum sound absorption and are encapsulated in fine micromesh with sealed edges to retain the minute glass fibers.

Once in place, the black StratoTile works with the air space above the panel to absorb all frequencies down to 125Hz delivering a truly linear performance. This makes the black StratoTile ideal for installations such as in nightclubs where excessive reverberation and echo inside the room can severely interfere with the sound from a live band, DJ or PA system. In home theaters these tiles greatly improve the sound of the room and contribute to a lower light, more movie theater-like environment. In a home studio they work perfectly for drop ceilings common to basements where many studios are built. They are ideal for restaurants where a more intimate environment is appropriate. Architects looking to achieve a warmer, more intimate overall desired ambient effect can choose them for meeting rooms, board rooms, video and telepresence conference rooms.

Designed to retrofit into existing T-Bar systems, the black StratoTile is available in both square 24″ x 24″ (60cm x 60cm) and rectangular 24″ x 48″ (60cm x 120cm) panel sizes. The black StratoTile has been fully tested to meet the stringent ASTM-E84 fire and smoke development requirements for Class-A designation and safe use anywhere.

For more information please visit www.primacoustic.com or send an email to: info@primacoustic.com

Tatiana Kostiak
PR/Communications
Primacoustic, a division of Radial Engineering Ltd.
1588 Kebet Way
Port Coquitlam, BC
Tel: 778.785.0135

RTI Selects TOTAL Marketing as Commercial Manufacturers’ Representative and Full-Line Distributor for Southwestern, Western, and South-Central U.S.

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Nov. 30, 2011 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced that the company has appointed TOTAL Marketing as its representative and distributor for commercial integrators in the Southwestern, Western, and South-Central United States. Under the agreement, TOTAL Marketing will act as an extension of RTI’s sales and marketing team, providing training and support for RTI’s commercial integrators in 10 states, in addition to distributing the company’s full line of award-winning control solutions.

TOTAL Marketing is an independent manufacturers’ representative firm and distributor serving the A/V and visual communications markets. The company will be selling and distributing RTI’s entire line of handheld and in-wall controllers, central processors, audio distribution solutions, and related accessories in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana.

“RTI’s control products offer the perfect complement to our portfolio of commercial A/V solutions,” said Mark Merrick, TOTAL Marketing vice president of sales. “And while the company’s handheld and in-wall controllers provide the ease of use and advanced functionality that our customers are looking for, RTI has gone well beyond traditional control with remote monitoring, access on mobile devices or PCs, audio distribution systems, and more. These capabilities, and RTI’s competitive pricing, keep us ahead of the technological curve and allow us to meet the needs of virtually any control application through a single manufacturer.”

“Our partnership with TOTAL Marketing is a key step in expanding our presence in the U.S. commercial A/V market,” said Brian van der Hagen, commercial market general manager, RTI. “Having served in this space for 25 years, TOTAL Marketing is a trusted name in the industry, with a well-respected staff and proven performance as a rep and distributor. Partnering with such a well-established firm will be instrumental in bringing our control solutions to a new group of integrators.”

More information on TOTAL Marketing can be found at http://www.totalmktg.com/TM/.

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About Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI)
Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) is a leading control systems manufacturer offering innovative, sophisticated, and user-friendly devices for professionally installed electronic systems. The company’s wide array of award-winning handheld and in-wall universal controllers, central processors, audio distribution systems, and accessories are marketed exclusively through a worldwide network of professional integrators. For complete control and monitoring over electronic systems from virtually anywhere in the world, the power of RTI is available on the iPhone(R), iPod touch(R), and iPad(R) through the company’s award-winning RTiPanel application, just as the RTI Virtual Panel program offers access and control via any PC running Microsoft(R) Windows(R). All RTI solutions are programmed through the company’s world-renowned Integration Designer(R) software, easily allowing dealers to provide a completely customizable user interface for intuitive command over the entire electronics system.

Founded in 1992 with a committed focus on the custom installation market, RTI offers a number of award-winning support and incentive programs to its dealers, including educational opportunities through the Advanced Control University (ACU), and the popular Control Bucks and Dealer Accommodation programs. In addition, through RTI’s Integration Partner Program, the company has reached out to manufacturers across the industry to ensure that RTI products integrate seamlessly with a wide variety of components and systems.

Additional information on RTI and its innovative control solutions is available at www.rticorp.com.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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LED Lighting Shines in Newly Renovated Starbucks in Times Square

LEDs light up Starbucks in Times Square. Photo Credit: Juan Pablo Lira

Three distinct companies came together recently to share their expertise and take part in the renovation of Starbucks’ new flagship location in the heart of New York City’s Time Square Theatre District. Looking to build a store that incorporates distinct design elements from the surrounding neighborhood, Starbucks turned to New York-based Focus Lighting, an award winning architectural lighting design firm. In understanding Starbucks’ objectives, Focus Lighting knew LED lighting would meet their needs best and called upon Wellington, Fla.-based LED Source®, an international supplier of LED lighting that specializes in full-scale evaluations and retrofits.

“LEDs are the most energy efficient lighting solution on the market,” said Joe Zamore, vice president of business development for LED Source. “They cut costs on energy bills and maintenance fees, while still offering brilliant, functional lighting.”

Anticipated to be one of the coffee giant’s busiest stores, Starbucks Time Square has a distinctive design that has been inspired by images of old Broadway and is a testament to the rich history of the area’s Theatre District.

Staying true to Starbuck’s new “neighborhood concept design” program, Focus Lighting lit the new store as if it were a theater stage set, reminiscent of old Broadway in appearance. Signature theatrical elements including Fresnel lighting fixtures, equipped with LED lamps and barn doors, are mounted on triangular trusses. The energy-efficient LED accent lighting is integrated into the shelving and canopy. Additionally, the Starbucks letters inside the store have been backlit to create a warm glow.

To generate this look, renowned lighting designers Paul Gregory, Brett Andersen and Joshua Spitzig from Focus Lighting worked with LED Source to utilize the latest generation in LED lamps from Toshiba, one of the largest lighting companies in the world.

“The Starbucks Times Square location is a true showcase for world-class design, and Toshiba is proud to be part of enhancing the Starbucks customer experience,” said Ken Honeycutt, senior vice president and the chief venture executive for Toshiba International Corporation’s LED Lighting Systems Division. “We are extremely proud that Focus Lighting and LED Source selected Toshiba LED lamps. It is truly an honor to illuminate such a prestigious location for Starbucks – bathing the interior with beautiful lighting while reducing energy and maintenance costs.”

Since Starbucks initiated their own Energy Conservation program, each of their stores has set out to reduce their energy consumption by 25 percent by 2015. Starbucks Times Square meets the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® certification program.
The store utilizes 73 Toshiba LED PAR30 lamps at 16.3 Watts and 55 Toshiba LED MR16 lamps at 6.7 Watts throughout the space.

“Toshiba’s PAR30 lamps last on average 25 times longer than traditional bulbs and use up to 75 percent less energy than halogens, while the LED MR16 lamps last up to 20 times longer and use up to 80 percent less energy than halogens,” Zamore said. “Each of the bulbs contain no mercury or lead and emit up to 70 percent less UV light compared to halogens.”

The products chosen also aligned with the design goals. “The PAR30 lamps were perfect in trying to create an image of old Broadway. The delicacy of our aiming will stay for years to come because of the low maintenance cycle of this lamp,” said Paul Gregory, president of Focus Lighting.

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About LED Source®:
Founded in August 2005 by Marcel Fairbairn, LED Source® is a national and international supplier of LED lighting that specializes in full-scale evaluations and retrofits through its Retrofit Division, in addition to providing consultation all the way through to supply on new projects within their Architectural and Entertainment Divisions. Additionally, the company launched a franchise program in October 2009 and expects to have a network of 150 franchise offices throughout North America within three years. For more information, please visit www.ledsource.com.

About Focus Lighting
Focus Lighting is an award-winning 30-person architectural lighting design firm based in New York City. Founded in 1986 by Paul Gregory, Focus Lighting works with world-renowned architects and designers on a variety of projects from large entertainment and retail facilities, to hotels, restaurants, and high-end residences. Among these projects are Crystals at CityCenter (Las Vegas) designed by Daniel Libeskind and Rockwell Group and the 100th and 101st Anniversary Times Square Ball. Focus Lighting strives to provide architects and owners with innovative, well-designed lighting tailored to each individual project design. www.focuslighting.com

About Toshiba International Corporation’s LED Lighting Systems Division
Toshiba International Corporation’s LED Lighting Systems Division provides the North American market with a variety of high efficiency LED products. Drawing upon Toshiba’s 120-year heritage of lighting innovations in Japan and world class electronic and semi-conductor technologies, the LED Lighting Systems Division is emerging as a leader in solid state lighting. The LED Lighting Systems Division is committed to providing lighting solutions that enhance the quality of life and meet the diverse needs of its customers. Further information is also available online at www.toshiba.com/lighting.

About Starbucks
Starbucks Coffee has been a time-honored tradition since they opened their first coffeehouse in Seattle back in 1971. Since that time, the company has established more than 17,000 retail locations in over 50 countries and connects with millions of customers every day. For more information, visit www.starbucks.com.

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Middle Atlantic Racks Do Double Duty For Savant Systems

At the heart of Savant Systems’ Experience Center and the Training Center in its company headquarters are a complement of Middle Atlantic racks that transcend their traditional roles as equipment storage areas. In each facility, they are a platform providing invaluable support for customer sales, service and dealer training.

Middle Atlantic MRK Series Rack at Savant Experience Center

Savant’s sophisticated 8,000 square foot Experience Center in New York’s SoHo District features fully automated residential and commercial spaces designed to show prospective clients how the company’s control, automation, energy management and entertainment systems can be artfully and seamlessly integrated into real-world home and commercial market settings.

A team of leading designers was commissioned by Savant to create the Residential Experience’s Center’s fully automated bedroom and bath, music/piano area, media room, kitchen and home theater spaces.

Located in the media room near the home theater, a large 44-space Middle Atlantic MRK Series rack is prominently on view for prospective clients and architects, consultants, builders and media touring the facility.

In addition to showcasing the sheer breadth of equipment required for this type of facility in a handsome and rugged format, it and the six other Middle Atlantic racks in the Center provide a real “inside” view of what goes on behind the scenes of an installation. Each rack emphasizes the organization implicit in the company’s approach to equipment infrastructure, a significant “wow” factor for clients according to Savant officials.

Seven Middle Atlantic racks accomplish the same dual function in Savant’s equally functional and stylish 5,000 square foot Commercial Experience Center that features a Hotel Room Suite, Telepresence/Teleconference room, Sports Bar, Distance Learning Classroom, Corporate Boardroom, and multiple Digital Signage Stations.

Middle Atlantic also plays a critical role at Savant’s main training facility located at the company’s Headquarters in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Equipped with five SRSR Series Slide Out and Rotating racks and four MRK Series racks, it is the site for weekly classes held for Savant’s integrators.

The intensive training introduces Savant’s products and methodologies in a classroom setting outfitted with Savant automation and other equipment, all fitted neatly into Middle Atlantic racks valued for their accessibility, ease of servicing and build quality.

The rest of the building includes 13 demo configuration stations that enable integrators to get hands on experience with Savant’s products and those of other manufacturers in a simulated installation.

According to Savant Director of Business Development, Bob Ross, “Effectively providing integrators with the experience they need in the short time they are here is all about efficiency. Middle Atlantic racks are a key asset in our training regimen that allows integrators quick access to the I/O connections of the products they are working with.

“After years of rigorous daily use in our training facility,” Ross continues, “Middle Atlantic Products have superseded our expectations for build quality and durability—they have held up remarkably well. So well in fact, Savant has continued to commission them around the country for our newest regional training locations.

“When it came time to select an equipment racking solution that would be prominently displayed in Savant’s NYC Experience Center and MA-based Training Headquarters, Middle Atlantic received every nomination. Savant has complete confidence working with such a universally respected organization.”

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Central European Production Company Signs Major Deal with Vizrt for Software and Hardware Upgrades

Bergen, Norway,Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ)

Vizrt Ltd., a leading supplier of production tools to the digital media industry, announced today that a major central European production company has entered into a 600.000€ contract with Vizrt.

The deal includes upgrades, both hardware and software, which will allow the client’s production facility to produce real-time HD content using Viz Engine 3.5. Viz Content Pilot will allow producers to create content throughout the facility. Viz Trio will be used as a character generator (CG) for live events in the studio and in OB vans.

About Vizrt:
Vizrt offers a new vision for content creation and delivery with an end-to-end solution from ingest to visualization. Our solution combines Vizrt’s true 2D/3D graphics tools with Curious Software’s World Maps and Ardendo’s Asset Management. Running on non proprietary software, the combination of these unique cutting edge products ensures a seamless workflow from conception to multi-format distribution. The latest addition to the Vizrt product suite is Viz|3G for hand held devices.

Vizrt’s product suite is used by the world’s leading broadcasters including: CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, Sky, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, TV Today, CCTV and NHK. Also, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions, including both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, utilize Vizrt solutions.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154. For further information please refer to www.vizrt.com

Press contacts:
Martin Burkhalter
CEO
+41 22 365 75 01
mbu@vizrt.com

Ofra Brown
CFO
+47 5351 8040
ofra@vizrt.com

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Frank Schwarz
+49 611 1745 398 11
schwarz@schwarzfinancial.com

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Electro Acoustics Installs Texas Christian University’s Amon G. Carter Stadium’s Sound With HARMAN’s JBL VLA Line Arrays

The new audio system at Amon G. Carter Stadium at Texas Christian University is highlighted by JBL VLA line arrays.

NORTHRIDGE, California – Home to the Texas Christian University (TCU) Horned Frogs’ football team, Amon G. Carter Stadium is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar rebuild, which includes a full redesign of the sound system. Initially, a HARMAN-based distributed system was considered with custom boxes; however, the University desired the “big sound” that comes with an end zone cluster.

Casey Sherred of Acoustic Dimensions in Addison, Texas worked with the University to design a system that would capture and deliver the feel of the college football experience. “As HKS Architects developed the design for the stadium, iterative changes moved the scoreboard to a level that made an end zone solution possible, giving the University the audio experience it wanted to enhance game-day excitement,” Sherred said. “TCU was very pleased with the performance of its original JBL system, which drove the selection of HARMAN products from speakers, amplifiers, DSP to the audio console.”

Fort Worth, Texas-based Electro Acoustics installed the complete HARMAN system, highlighted by six JBL VLA loudspeaker arrays.

The stadium, which was operable during the 2011 football season, is slated to complete construction by the 2012 season. With the sound system replaced, it now boasts 20 VLA601H-WRX loudspeakers, eight VLA601-WRX’s, eight VLA301H-WRX’s and eight ASB6128 subwoofers hanging from the scoreboard behind the north end zone. The north seating areas are covered by four PD5322/95-WRX, two PD743-WRX, 11 AM7212/00-WRX and 15 Control 28T-60 loudspeakers. Throughout the seating and pedestrian traffic areas, audio systems include: 189 Control 26CT ceiling speakers located in the restrooms and 89 Control 25AV’s providing sound to concession areas. The Founder’s Lounge and Champion’s Club utilize 28 Control 227CT’s and seven Control 321CT’s to entertain the crowds with clear, live music and commentary.

“The VLA speakers allowed us to design a system that exhibited broadband pattern control, facilitating great sound 600 feet away while controlling sound levels on the party deck just 25 feet below,” Sherred said.

The schedule was tight with construction occurring during the football season. Installation and commissioning of the audio system was scheduled down to a ‘T’ as installers and designers dealt with construction on the stadium. The most challenging aspect was ensuring the sound and building contractors did not interfere with each other, causing delays or budget overruns. According to Chris Jordan, president of Electro Acoustics, by working with the contractors and electricians, Electro Acoustics was able to construct, program and test the equipment in their shop, shipping and rigging it at the field when time permitted. The project was completed on time and within budget.

“JBL has proven itself with TCU as a reliable, high-quality performer over the decades, which aligns itself perfectly with the reputation of Horned Frogs football,” stated Jordan. “Constantly in the national spotlight and drawing sold out crowds, it is important to have a stadium that not only looks like it hosts a national caliber team, but one that also excites the crowd and offers that extra ‘wow’ factor. The VLA system throughout the stadium is top-quality and performs immaculately.”

The sound system is powered by Crown amplifiers – 43 MA-5000i’s and 18 MA-9000i’s, accompanied with CTS 1200, 2000, 3000, 4200A, 600 and 8200A amps – and processed through BSS London DSP technology, including BLU-120, 160, 800 BLU-10 touchscreen remote and SW9012US volume controllers in the suites. The Soundcraft Si Compact digital console will be installed during the offseason. The HARMAN system is controlled through HARMAN’s HiQnet System ArchitectTM.

“We’ve had a great relationship with TCU over the past 20 years and they continue to rely on our experience to do exactly what we promise and to provide exceptional service,” Jordan said. “The system sounds great. TCU expected a loud and clear system to excite their fans and players and that’s exactly what we installed. There is plenty of headroom, low distortion and it is absolutely clear.”

“I’ve received multiple complements, from university admin, coaches, players and even folks around the neighborhood,” Jordan continued. “We couldn’t ask for a better response.”

For more information about Electro Acoustics, please visit http://www.eavi.com.

For more information about Acoustic Dimensions, please visit http://acousticdimensions.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

Clay Paky Sharpys Make Their Mark on TV with the Debut of “The X Factor” and the MTV Video Music Awards Show

X Factor

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Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures are gaining in popularity for television production in the U.S. with extensive exposure on Simon Cowell’s new “The X Factor” music reality show for FOX and on the recent MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) telecast.

Already one of the most in-demand moving heads on the touring market – Sharpy is currently on tour with Usher, the Foo Fighters, Peter Gabriel, Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson, Bruno Mars and others – Sharpy is now being recognized by the TV production community for its small footprint, fast response and bright, narrow beam, a hat trick of attributes that TV lighting designers look for in today’s moving fixtures.

The much-anticipated “X Factor,” whose franchise originated in the UK, marks the return of Simon Cowell who created the high-stakes singing competition’s format and is one of four judges who each mentor a finalist in a particular category while judging contestants in the other categories.

Lighting Designer Tom Kenny traveled with lighting director Brian Klunder and programmer Dirk Optende when the new show made talent stops across the country in Chicago, New York, Miami, Dallas and Seattle. Then they settled into LA’s Pasadena Theater for two weeks of production with four trucks of lighting gear from PRG.

Kenny was introduced to Clay Paky Sharpy moving heads in London and was eager to use them on “The X Factor.” “They are such a small unit and very easy to put anywhere,” which comes in handy with set designers and directors who don’t want to see lighting units on camera, he notes. But the small footprint of the Sharpy belies their power. “The output of the Sharpy surpasses any other light,” Kenny says. “I had them alongside 3K and 4K units, and they just cut right through.”

Sharpy is a 189W moving head with an unprecedented brightness usually achievable only with far greater wattages. Tipping the scales at just 16 kg, Sharpy produces a perfectly parallel, laser-like beam with an incredible output of 5,100 footcandles at 65 feet. Sharpy is also groundbreaking in the purity of its beam, which is sharply defined and free of any halo or discoloration around the edges. It offers an interchangeable color wheel with 14 fixed colors and an interchangeable gobo wheel with 17 fixed gobos, allowing users to change the shape of the beam and create an array of spectacular mid-air effects. Sharpy features new, high-performance electronics and can perform rapid and extensive pan-and-tilt movements.

For “The X Factor,” Kenny deployed 18 Sharpy fixtures on the floor and another 18 on the rig. “They provided this big, graphic, powerful, stadium look that the producers wanted,” he recalls. “The days for the live auditions were very long, but the Sharpys performed brilliantly – they would be on for 16 hours with no problems. Their focusability and shape were amazing. The judges were very impressed with the look of the show.”

Kenny was also impressed, and he decided to use Sharpy fixtures on the MTV Video Music Awards show, which aired live from LA’s Nokia Theatre on August 28.

“I had 6,000 bulbs on the VMAs this year, so the show had a lot of lumens,” he says. “VER purchased 40 custom-made platinum Sharpys that stood out against the white set. The compact size of the fixtures also helped with the low-profile lighting plan that production designer Florian Wieder and I came up with.”

Kenny notes that “the Sharpys cut through all the masses of lighting I had on the VMAs. They outshone most of the other lights with their sharp beams and great color. In fact, many of the artists and entourages commented on how gorgeous they were and how so much punch could come from the little platinum guy.” Kenny teamed with programmers Mike Appel and Dirk Optende on the awards telecast.

“I plan to use Sharpys on all my future shows – they are just great to work with,” says Kenny. “They punch through at any height, even without smoke.”

Headquartered in Seriate (Bergamo), Italy, Clay Paky SpA has a history of designing and manufacturing innovative professional show lighting. The company was founded in 1976 by entrepreneur Pasquale Quadri who anticipated the enormous impact the evolution of technology would have on the show and entertainment worlds.

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