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Christ Fellowship Gardens Grows With L-ACOUSTICS

Christ Fellowship Gardens, home to a new KARAi/SB18i loudspeaker system concealed in soffits above the stage

Florida house of worship becomes first US user of new KARAi system

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida — With an average weekly attendance of 16,500 spread out between its four campuses in Palm Beach County, Florida, Christ Fellowship Church easily ranks among North America’s largest megachurches. Continually seeking to improve the worship experience for its attenders and promote further growth, the church updated its flagship Palm Beach Gardens worship center earlier this year with a fully L-ACOUSTICS loudspeaker and amplifier system. more

State-of-the-Art Architecture Meets Cutting-Edge Technology with Vaddio Cameras

By combining innovative architecture and audiovisual technology with the growing needs of one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities; Vaughan’s new 180,000-square-foot City Hall easily meets the needs of Vaughan’s growing population and enhances the delivery of municipal services. Vaddio cameras are buried throughout the city council chamber and committee rooms, in walls, above ceilings and in half-walls so they are unobtrusive – all part of the architect’s aesthetic that Canadian-based systems integrator, Duocom, had to work with.

City of Vaughan City Council Chamber

City of Vaughan City Council Chamber

Why a New building?

Because the original City Hall building wasn’t large enough to house everyone, committee members were meeting all over the city. Nobody was under the same roof and there was no centralized place for people to meet. Old touch-to-talk microphones were daisy-chained along the table; the request-to-queue and voting system never worked. An analog recorder was used to record audio, but there were no cameras. It was a legacy system in use for 15 – 20 years.

“It was almost as if they were using what they had to get by,” explained Omar Prashad of Duocom. “It’s my assumption from the city that there’s no point in spending a bunch of money upgrading systems when you know down the line a few years you’re going to have a new building.”

According to the City of Vaughan, the previous Civic Centre was renovated in 1982 when Vaughan’s population was 36,815. Today, Vaughan’s population is 295,000, and is expected to increase to 418,000 by 2031. The old system just couldn’t withstand the rapid growth.
So through a month-long Needs Analysis process and a lot of input from different users and user groups, Duocom came up with a solution.

The Council Chamber

From an AV perspective there are five or six significant areas – the most significant being the council chamber where regional counselors meet. 

“Walk into the Council Chamber and you feel like you’re walking into a very contemporary architectural space,” says Prashad. “The tiered seating, custom wood walls and ceilings, flown in from Denmark, and the circular council desk definitely add to the ‘modern’ appeal.” The mayor sits in the middle of the circular table with the counselors on one side and senior management on the other. The AV system for the entire facility is controlled and routed through the council chamber with a centralized architecture for control and signal distribution.

The AV system, in this room alone, cost just under $900,000. Two Christie High Lumens 1080p 3-chip projectors sit on opposite sides of the council chamber so everyone in the room has a direct view at all times. All signal routing is digital, utilizing Crestron’s Digital Media platform and control from numerous Crestron Touch Panel Displays. One sits at every desk allowing the counselors to vote, see results and make tabulations.
“Aside from the mayor, the counselors never sit in the same place,” explained Prashad. “And because during a six-hour council meeting any of the counselors could potentially be the chair of that meeting, a discrete login system for each touch panel had to be put into place.”

Each person has his/her own code. Unless you’re the designated chairperson, none are for control – just for voting and confidence monitors for whatever is on the projection screen. As opposed to the typical touch-to-talk mics, the chairperson has control over all of the mics and cameras, and is able to view the request-to-speak lists and queue on the panel in front of them.

The Vaddio Solution


Vaddio WallVIEW HD-19 and HE-100 cameras are distinct inputs to the AV system, allowing their image to be broadcast throughout the facility or to be used in conjunction with the Polycom HD videoconferencing system, each picking up a different quadrant of the council table. One sits in the back picking up a full shot of the room. Another two sit back-right and back-left picking up opposite quadrants. The camera directly behind the mayor, faces the audience picking up the senior management team, anybody who’s addressing the council from the podium and anyone in the audience should it be required.

“The Vaddio cameras can be used with and without an operator,” added Prashad. “You can either have full pan/tilt/zoom control or you can recall presets through the Crestron control system. Our programmer had to basically create a revolutionary program that linked the Sennheiser microphone system and Biamp audio DSP system so that when a particular microphone was active, the information sends a signal to the camera to trigger the preset.”

Because the AV system as a whole was very high-end – with digital switching at 1080p/60 and 3-chip DLP projectors at 8,000 Lumens, Vaddio cameras were a necessity, explained Prashad. “If we didn’t use Vaddio cameras, the cameras would have been the weakest link in the chain. The quality in the projectors would have been negated; the switching infrastructure would have been negated. We wanted to pick out the highest quality camera that we could to take advantage of the rest of the design infrastructure.”

The video can be broadcast from the council chamber to anywhere else in the building. If there is a high-interest council meeting, the public can view the event internally – or listen externally via Vaughan Radio. While only audio is exported to the residents of Vaughan, Vaughan TV is in development stages. “We’re probably going to incorporate a capture station with a media management server and stream the video,” explained Prashad. “That’s the next generation of this system so residents can log on to the media server and see what’s happening in the council chamber from anywhere at any time.”

“The Vaddio cameras give us a lot of control over color, color temperature, brightness – so when someone looks at the mayor who’s raising taxes for the three year in a row, you see the facial expressions like you’re watching a Blu-ray. There is no point in trying to save $2,000 on cameras if the experience is going to be substandard and sub quality.”

Future Plans

No matter how much planning goes into a large installation, down the road there are going to be changes. Phase 1 is completed and Phase 2 and 3 are on the way, with an additional building and tunnel to connect them. “Over the course of 5 to 10 years this AV system will be three times the size it is today,” Prashad predicts. “These are the fun projects because the applications allow us to use cutting-edge technology to solve user problems. That’s fun for us because we can really push the limits on the latest technology and what our team can do with it.”

Christie Introduces Powerful and Compact Visual Display Solutions at GovComm

Christie® brings a wide range of feature-packed display systems to GovComm 2011 in Washington, D.C., Nov. 1 – 2, that demonstrate the company’s full range of DLP®, LED and LCD solutions. Recognized for their power, flexibility and exceptional image brightness, Christie display systems are compact, high performance solutions that meet the needs of today’s government and military control room environments, which demand the latest high tech displays at the lowest cost of operation.
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“The needs of government, military and contractors for powerful and reliable technology never change, but today’s customers also demand greater versatility and control in more cost-effective, low maintenance packages,” said John Stark, senior director of product management for Christie’s Collaborative Visual Solutions (CVS), Business Products division. “With IT department budgets stretched to the limit across every industry, Christie’s broad choice of visual display systems offer ‘high tech without the high price,’ to address the complex surveillance and security challenges of today’s global environment.”
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At Booth #117, Christie will demonstrate:
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Christie MicroTiles Array
Recognized for their versatility that takes them from the heart of the fashion world in New York City to some of the most sophisticated control room environments, award-winning Christie® MicroTiles® are unsurpassed where true-to-life colors, image clarity and long-life capability are crucial. They offer super fine pixel pitch of 0.567mm and a narrow 10 inch (260mm) depth, making installation easy almost anywhere. Able to handle multiple high-definition sources as well as PC inputs, they are modular 12 inches high by 16 inches wide by 10 inches deep rear projection units that can be stacked to form any shape or size. They have won awards that include Eco-Design honors and the PALME Middle East award as the Most Innovative New AV Product of the Year, where they were recognized for their “quality, design, power of operation and rich list of features.”
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Christie HD10K-M and Christie LHD700 Projectors
The booth also includes two 10,000 ANSI lumens Christie HD10K-M projectors, edge blended on a curved screen showing 2D and 3D content; The most compact in its class, the Christie HD10K-M is noted for its high-performance, feature-rich platform, which delivers brightness, reliability and affordability in a compact package. The Christie LHD7000 is a portable, single-lamp projector that delivers 7000 ANSI lumens of brightness, full HD (1920 by 1080) resolution, 4DColor™ technology and inorganic LCD panels for high contrast and vivid color presentations
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Christie FHD551-X Tiled LCD Flat Panel
The Christie FHD551-X is the perfect tiled LCD flat panel solution, featuring a virtually seamless display. It is energy efficient, with LED backlighting and high pixel density that looks sharp at any distance. Significantly thinner than conventional display cubes, it is the perfect solution where space is at a premium. The panels automatically map in an array, based on how the cabling is configured, and can be part of a complete Christie turnkey solution that includes mounting brackets, frame and pedestal structural supports, Christie Vista Spyder and Christie Spyder X20 video processors, and an entire range of TVC controllers and media servers.
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Christie Spyder X20 Video Processor
Powering all of the content at the Christie booth is the world’s most versatile video processor, the Christie Spyder X20. The industry-leading video processor features highly sophisticated capabilities and an intuitive interface, all in a compact design. The Christie Spyder X20 offers total control and flexibility, enabling users to mix an incredible number of sources in multiple windows, create all kinds of picture-in-picture (PIPs) designs, as well as define, shape and blend borders with a remarkable sense of elegance and style, and do it all flawlessly, every time.
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“Christie visual display products offer the highest level of performance at the lowest cost of ownership, incorporating the latest generation of technology to meet the global needs of today’s more complex control/command environments. Christie can offer a complete turnkey solution for any size installation, to meet any type of challenge and budget,” said Stark.
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Additional Christie products will be on display throughout the showroom floor, including a 4 by 4 array of Christie MicroTiles with a third-party interactivity kit at the rp Visual Solutions booth # 107. Electrosonic will display a 1 wide by 2 high array using Christie 67” cubes at booth # 610. Avitecture, booth # 412, will have a 1 wide by 5 high Christie MicroTiles column and a Christie LWU420 LCD digital projector. A Christie HD10K-M projector will also be used for a keynote presentation at a session hall.

Wohler Supplies SoundField UPM-1 Stereo-to-5.1 Upmixers to All Mobile Video

SAN FRANCISCO — Nov. 1, 2011 — Wohler Technologies today announced that it has supplied three SoundField UPM-1 stereo-to-5.1 audio upmix processors to All Mobile Video (AMV), an outside broadcast, uplink, and sound stage facilities company. The sale is Wohler’s first in its capacity as a new U.S. distributor for SoundField. The UPM-1 systems will be used among AMV’s various OB vehicles to upmix videotape and archive material for 5.1 transmission, in AMV’s uplink truck, and at its Gateway teleport station in New Jersey to upmix audio for opera simulcasts from the Met in New York.

“SoundField upmix solutions for recording and processing in stereo and multichannel surround formats are renowned for their quality, which will enable AMV to maintain very high audio quality across the live performances and events the company covers,” said Michael Descouteau, vice president of sales, North America, at Wohler. “The UPM-1 is a perfect fit.”

AMV covers large-scale outside broadcast events including the MTV Video Music Awards and international sports fixtures such as the U.S. Open golf tournament and IAAF World Championships in Athletics. It also handles the OB and uplink requirements of the Metropolitan Opera’s regular international simulcasts to cinemas in Europe and Asia.

For live-to-theater events, AMV transmissions typically play in theaters equipped with surround sound systems. Because many edit houses and production companies can’t handle 5.1, and because recorded audio content coming off of tape is stereo, upmixing stereo to 5.1 is a common requirement in delivering such transmissions. AMV will use its new UPM-1 systems from SoundField to replace a variety of older upmixing boxes and to improve the overall audio quality of the 5.1 output, particularly for musical performances.

“Our older boxes work well on interview material and film soundtracks, but I’ve felt for some time that there was room for improvement on musical content,” said Ian Vysick, All Mobile Video’s head audio engineer and audio development specialist. “Tweaking things on those older processors involves accessing a lot of deep menus and repeated button-pressing, so when Wohler suggested I try the UPM-1, I asked them to bring one to a live musical event I was mixing. I couldn’t have hoped for a better test, as the show covered the three major types of content we always have to get into 5.1: music, film soundtracks, and dialogue. I compared the UPM-1 with our existing processors, and it took all of about 30 seconds to decide which was best.

“The UPM-1 was exactly what I’d been looking for, as it was easier to set up and more natural-sounding than other boxes. You put the audio in, adjust a few controls, and an amazing-sounding 5.1 upmix comes out. The sound is so impressive that while I was working with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the broadcast mix engineer there mistook the UPM-1′s 5.1-from-stereo upmix for a discrete-channel mix from his 5.1 stems. He said it was the only viable upmix he’d ever heard, and he couldn’t believe how good it sounded.”

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About SoundField U.K. manufacturer SoundField specializes in digital and analog surround and stereo microphone systems for the broadcast and recording industries. Based on a unique multicapsule design, SoundField systems allow users to capture and output audio in mono, phase-coherent stereo, 5.1, or any future surround format using a single microphone and processor. Over recent years, the company’s digital microphone systems have become the standard means of originating 5.1 audio for HD television transmission amongst many of the world’s leading broadcasters. More information is available at www.soundfield.com.

About Wohler Technologies Inc. Wohler offers a comprehensive and award-winning range of audio, video, data monitoring, and captioning products designed to provide the highest quality solutions for facilities of all sizes and complexity. Founded in 1987, the San Francisco Bay-area manufacturer has grown to become the dominant provider of confidence monitoring and signal management solutions for the broadcast and pro audio/video markets. Originally inventing and defining the category of in-rack audio, video, and data monitoring products, the company has expanded its offerings to include solutions for captioning and loudness. More information about Wohler and its full range of solutions is available at www.wohler.com.

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THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING® HOSTED FOURTH MANUFACTURER BREAKFAST AT AES 2011

The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Manufacturer Breakfast was held on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, during the 131st Audio Engineering Society Convention. This group of industry leaders — dedicated to the advancement of sound quality and to the overall growth of the professional audio industry — met to share ideas and discuss issues with the goal of raising awareness about the importance of high-quality audio and the professionals who create it. Members of this meeting included GRAMMY®-winning producers, engineers, audio professionals and top pro-audio manufacturers.

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Genelec Moves Forward with Two Major Appointments

— Siamäk Naghian appointed as new Managing Director, and Nick Zacharov rejoins Genelec as Director of Research and Development —

Genelec Oy is pleased to officially announce two recent appointments: Siamäk Naghian to the position of Managing Director, and Nick Zacharov to the position of Director of Research and Development. The announcement was made by Ilpo Martikainen, Chairman of the Board of Genelec Oy, and these appointments underscore Genelec’s ongoing growth and expansion.

Siamäk Naghian, Managing Director
Dr. (Tech.) Siamäk Naghian was appointed Managing Director of Genelec Oy in August 2011. Siamäk Naghian received his Master of Science in Technology, Licentiate in Technology and Doctor of Science in Technology degrees all form the Helsinki University of Technology, Electrical Engineering Department in Finland. He joined Nokia in the mid 90s, where he was involved in several research and development, management and leadership positions until mid-2005. Dr. Naghian joined Genelec in 2005 as head of Genelec R&D and a member of the Genelec management team. He was appointed Executive Vice President in 2010, before moving into his new position.

Ilpo Martikainen comments: “One of the most delighting aspects with Siamäk is sharing the same values in human life and corporate management. In addition to being systematic and goal-oriented, he is very inspiring and has a great sense of humor. We are sure the good cooperation with our partners will continue and find even new dimensions.”

“Genelec is a unique company whose image symbolizes quality and trust to customers,” says Siamäk Naghian. “It will be a great pleasure to take on this new role, and I’m looking forward to the challenge. My main goal is to continue to grow the happy Genelec customer base around the world. I am proud to know we are making a positive difference that matters to our customers.”

The outgoing Managing Director, M.Sc. Veikko Hyvönen, states that the change has not come as a surprise either to the company or to himself. “We agreed in writing to this five years ago, when I took on the role. In fact, the story goes back even further to some 25 years ago, before I joined Genelec. I had decided then that by the by the age of 55 I would have given my best contribution to the industry. I am now 55, and my thoughts have now turned to how I can support the next generation. This is why I did my studied education eight years ago and will now put them to good use by teaching.”

Nick Zacharov, Director of Research and Development
Additionally, Dr. (Tech.) Nick Zacharov has been appointed Director of Research and Development. He is rejoining Genelec following sixteen years working in various parts of the audio and telecommunications industry.

Born in London, Nick obtained a bachelor’s degree in electro-acoustics from Salford University in the U.K. in 1992. He subsequently received Master’s and Doctor of Science in Technology degrees from Helsinki University of Technology in 1997 and 2002, in the fields of acoustics and audio signal processing, respectively.

Initially joining Genelec in 1990 as a trainee, and after progressing to the level of acoustic engineer, he then moved to the Nokia Corporation in Tampere, Finland, in 1995, where he worked on audio quality assessment. In 2000 he was a Foreign Research Fellow at the University of Aizu in Japan. He continued working with Nokia until 2007, by which time he had become widely recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities in the specialist field of audio quality assessment. Thereafter, he joined DELTA in Denmark for three years to establish and develop DELTA SenseLab, designed to provide world class listening tests and sensory evaluation services to both the audio and telecommunications community.

A Member of the Institute of Acoustics, the Acoustical Society of America, Nick is also a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society and a chartered engineer. He has been an active member of the Audio Engineering Society, serving as chairperson, co-chairman of conferences and AES governor. He has also held numerous other professional posts. He holds several audio patents and has more than 60 major publications to his name. Nick is also co-author of Perceptual Audio Evaluation – theory, method and application, which is the acknowledged textbook in this field.

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com.

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Veteran Studio Operator Troy Germano and Owner Jose Carlos Reyes Look to Guitar Center Professional to Help Outfit Their Soon-to-Be-Opened RG Germano™ Studios in Tampico, Mexico

— Located at a geographical crossroads, the studio is being developed by Germano and Reyes
to serve as a state-of-the-art facility for artists from around the globe —

RG Germano™ Studios Tampico is a new state-of-the-art recording facility set to open on March 1, 2012, in Tampico, Mexico. Over the last 14 months, owner Jose Carlos Reyes has worked closely with veteran studio operator Troy Germano to make this dream come to fruition. Germano’s resume is as impressive as his pedigree – from his early years learning from his father, the beloved Ed Germano of The Hit Factory, to his current venture, New York City’s Germano Studios, Troy Germano represents intense expertise and great studios. In the process of developing the new RG Germano Studios Tampico, Germano and Reyes have relied heavily on Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, for products, service and support.

Germano’s relationship with the GC Pro organization goes back a long way, and it’s only gotten stronger in recent years, as he has taken a role as a member of the GC Pro Affiliate program. “Working with GC Pro makes a lot of sense,” he stated. “I have a 25-year relationship with [GC Pro Vice President] Rick Plushner, from long before he was even involved with Guitar Center. And GC Pro’s breadth of product and customer service/support are second-to-none. GC Pro gets it – we’re all on the same page in so many ways. I deal primarily with Rick, Richard Ash [GC Pro Business Development Manager for the Eastern Region] and Niyi Adelekan [NY-based GC Pro Account Manager], and I trust those three individuals implicitly. I like to know that I am working with a company that watches my back, and that’s what GC Pro does. It’s more than just a gear supplier – it’s a professional and personal relationship. We know we can rely on them, and they can rely on us.”

Reyes has big plans for the studio: “This is going to be an important place for music!” he enthuses. “Not only for Mexico, but for North America, South America, the Caribbean and Europe – all around the globe, really. It’s a very accessible destination, and there are few more beautiful places than the Mexican gulf coast. From the beginning, Troy and I have been planning this with great detail – every aspect from top to bottom, to really make it a top state-of-the-art facility with everything that’s needed to be able to service all types of music clients, in addition to film audio and pretty much anything that involves audio work. And it is going to have a friendly environment that is going to make people want to work here again and again.”

Germano does not take his involvement with this new facility lightly. “It has my name on the door,” he notes, “and I think people associate the Germano name with quality studios! I know that’s why Jose sought out my involvement. He figured that I would make this project culminate in everything that I think a studio should be. I already know that Jose is going to do a great job operating this place, and after we open up, I look forward to giving him bits of guidance on the way, like my father taught me. Everything to do and everything not to do!”

Reyes continues, noting his high regard for GC Pro: “Through it all, GC Pro has been incredibly helpful. Even though GC Pro is in the United States, it is very easy for me to get my stuff across the border to get serviced if necessary, and they send it back to me very quickly and efficiently. It’s nice to be dealing with a small number of suppliers, GC Pro being the primary one. A lot of places only sell boutique gear, for instance, but GC Pro has all that plus Guitar Center’s entire product line – instruments and all – so we can go through them for pretty much everything for our control and our live room. It’s a very wide-ranging palette, and that’s what we need.”

For more information, please visit www.gcpro.com.

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THE SYMETRIX SOLUS 8 PROCESSOR SOARS AT THE EAGLES’ LOFT

STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT – OCTOBER 2011: St. John’s Episcopal Church, located in Stamford, was founded by Colonists in 1752. Its present structure erected in 1880, replaces the original destroyed by fire. Its current Rector the Reverend Dr. James Wheeler and Special Projects Coordinator, Bruce Kittredge approved an engineered multimedia A/V system designed by PASCOM of Hamden, Connecticut featuring the new Symetrix Solus for a recently renovated gathering space. Named the Eagles’ Loft, this former basketball court turned state-of-the-art multi-function gathering space, is a major component of this campus’ extensive four million-plus dollar restoration. This meeting facility is named to represent St. John’s parish’s symbol, the Eagle, as well as its soaring architecture. The Eagles’ Loft name also ties nicely to the church’s support of Boy Scout Troup #5 (Connecticut’s second oldest troop). This space’s flexible seating will occupy up to two-hundred persons attending a range of functions that will include: concerts, theatrical productions, lectures, presentations, and full bandwidth HD movies.
Early into the project, one of the building’s contractors was asked about a sound system for the space and gladly agreed to do some research. With a visit to the local branch of a national electronics chain he found the assistance of a salesperson eager to sell him four of their largest, three-way, home, hi-fi, speakers. His strategy was to place one loudspeaker into each of the room’s corners, aimed toward the center. Fortunately this design strategy caught the ear of Bruce Kittredge who put the brakes on this effort and proceeded to do his own investigation.

With the Episcopal Church being the close-knit community that it is, it wasn’t long before a colleague from another Episcopal church in NYC had contacted Bruce suggesting a decidedly more professional solution.

It is here that Peter Scandone, president of PASCOM, entered the story. The recommendation was for a Duran Audio steerable line array, and Duran Audio’s U.S. distributor suggested that Scandone and PASCOM should become involved. “The acoustics of the Eagles’ Loft presented a serious challenge,” he said. “Its hardwood flooring on both the stage and the gathering area, together with a plaster ceiling and walls, while excellent for music, are a detriment to the naturalness and articulation the owners sought for their lecture series.

Although the church initially considered a single source, monophonic system for speech, their aspirations blossomed at the prospect of a truly professional A/V system. Scandone designed and installed a Duran Audio DSX-180 stereo line array with its extended high-end response. Together with a Bose 502B subwoofer powered by a QSC amplifier, the loudspeaker system has more than enough sonic muscle to match the Eiki HD video projection system.

A Symetrix Solus 8 open-architecture signal processor forms the core of St. John’s new audio system. Scandone custom programmed the unit to handle all of the input conditioning, logic routing, and loudspeaker management, relying on its fixed 8-in by 8-out topography to interconnect to the rest of the gear.

Despite the sophistication of the Solus 8′s processing, Scandone was able to present St. John’s with an extremely simplified user interface. Specifically, a Symetrix ARC-K1 wall panel remote provides volume control. “The rest of processing – precisely controlled mixing, dynamics processing, equalization, routing, and signal-alignment – all happen inside this single chassis,” said Scandone. “I am impressed by the Solus 8′s ability to seamlessly manage multi-microphone speech and vocal reinforcement with true clarity and transparency. At the same time, it provides the high-fidelity reproduction of prerecorded sources that include the demanding soundtracks of HD-Blu-ray(tm) discs.

Perhaps most importantly, the Symetrix Solus 8′s stability, reliability, and tamperproof interface allow the officials at St. John’s to rest comfortably knowing that their system will sound perfect, week after week.”

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Sound professionals rely upon the performance, value and reliability of audio mixing, routing and processing products from Symetrix. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1.425.778.7728.

Audio-Technica SpectraPulse® Ultra Wideband Wireless Microphone System Chosen for Boardroom at Minneapolis Headquarters of Fairview Health Services

Fairview Health Services, a network of hospitals and clinics located throughout Minnesota, recently upgraded to an Audio-Technica SpectraPulse® Ultra Wideband (UWB) Wireless Microphone System in the Heritage Room boardroom at its downtown Minneapolis headquarters. Edina, Minnesota-based systems integrator Alpha Video installed the system, which was selected for SpectraPulse’s immunity to RF spectrum congestion and, because of the personal and sensitive nature of the medical information being discussed, the high level of security that it also offers.

Alpha Video installed a system comprising 14 Audio-Technica mtu101 boundary microphone/transmitters together with a drm141 wireless digital receiver and two cei007 microphone charging stations as part of a teleconferencing set-up in the boardroom. The wireless SpectraPulse system also met the client’s requirements: to be quickly and easily reconfigured whenever the boardroom furniture is rearranged; to not interfere with the historic character of the room, which is in an early 20th century building; and to offer future upgrade potential.

SpectraPulse avoids densely congested RF spectrum by operating outside the traditional UHF frequencies occupied by wireless professional audio equipment and consumer white space devices, as well as television, medical telemetry and emergency services. SpectraPulse instead transmits in the 6-10 GHz band, which is less heavily populated, using ultra-wideband (UWB) technology, which, as a pulse-based, short range, low power level transmission method, is better able to share its spectrum without interference.

“Fairview Health Services has high standards for the systems we installed in their boardroom,” says Brian Mathison, Alpha Video Integration Specialist. “After we installed the SpectraPluse wireless microphones, we did extensive testing to make sure that the microphones would function to the customer’s expectation. They performed like a champ, passing every test. The signals got to the receivers reliably even when we were walking around, and security was not an issue.”

SpectraPulse technology offers exceptional immunity to eavesdropping, and is additionally available with optional 128-bit AES encryption, which has been approved by the National Security Agency to protect classified information. Further, the system transmits using exceedingly short, low power pulses that are very difficult to intercept.

Added Mathison, “Fairview has been extremely satisfied with the SpectraPulse microphones in the boardroom. RF interference from other sources has not been a problem, and because the transmitter is synced to the receiver, the audio comes through in a continuous, uninterrupted feed.”

Audio-Technica’s SpectraPulse UWB Wireless Microphone System, together with a wireless microphone feed from the podium, is integrated with a CobraNet-enabled Biamp AudiaFlex CM processor to form the audio core of the teleconferencing system in the boardroom, which is approximately 40 feet by 25 feet. The installed AV system also includes a Stewart Audio amplifier and eight Tannoy ceiling speakers, together with a Hitachi projector and Draper projection screen. The entire set-up is managed by a Crestron control system using a variety of Wi-Fi and touch panel interfaces.

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Guitar Center Professional Debuts New Ocean Way HR-3 High Resolution Reference Monitor System at AES

Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, and the exclusive U.S. distributor of the famed Ocean Way Monitoring Systems, is pleased to announce the introduction of the HR-3 High Resolution Reference Monitor System. Intended as a high-definition reference point to sonically judge and discern intricate musical balances for final mixes, the Ocean Way HR-3 monitors will satisfy the most discriminating audiophile, yet still be capable of meeting the most demanding dynamic range and accuracy required by studio professionals. What separates the HR-3 from other high-end audiophile loudspeakers, apart from its use by professionals, is its capacity to provide virtually unlimited dynamic range while maintaining absolutely matched uniform frequency response between channels.

Designed by Allen Sides, the GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer, producer and mixer who founded Ocean Way Recording, the new HR-3 monitor system is the culmination of almost 40 years of his experience designing high resolution studio speaker systems for his many studios and a wide variety of commercial installations, including George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch scoring stage; Trevor Horn’s Sarm Studios in London; and Walt Disney’s Hollywood Records, as well as private installations for musical artists like Gwen Stefani, Dave Grohl and Beck.

The two sides from 1k to 20k typically fall within 1dB of each other, creating absolute symmetry in regards to stereo imaging. The HR-3’s uniform dispersion, coupled with very smooth off-axis response from its 15-inch mid bass driver, allows for a very wide listening window, helping to eliminate the narrow “sweet spot” effect. The HR-3’s twin 12-inch subwoofers also produce extended and detailed low end to 20Hz. The unit’s power handling is an impressive 800 Watts continuous for the twin sub bass woofers, 400 Watts continuous for the mid bass woofers and 100 Watts continuous (650 Hz and up) for the high frequency driver. The HR-3 is capable of producing a maximum SPL of over 110 db at six (6) feet, 20 to 20kHz.

The Ocean Way HR-3 (in addition to the HR-2) was deigned to bridge the gap between superb audiophile speakers and accurate professional studio monitors. There is nothing currently manufactured anywhere in the world at any price that looks, sounds or performs like the Allen Sides Signature Series monitors. The monitors integrate brilliant horn designs, never fully realized from the late 1950s, with exceptional wide bandwidth, low distortion drivers and a tri-amplified / equalized electronic package second to none.

Like all Ocean Way monitors, the HR-3 is specially engineered to reveal things in users’ best recordings and mixes they may have never heard and provide dynamics they may have not thought possible. Every nuance is clearly and starkly evident. From a recording engineer’s standpoint, these are invaluable assets, allowing for the best recording and mixes possible, and from the audiophile’s standpoint, their best recordings will sound simply exceptional.

The Ocean Way HR-3 specifications are impressive:
- Frequency response +/- 2dB, 20Hz – 20kHz
- Symmetry between channels +/- 0.5 dB, 1k to 20kHz
- Maximum SPL – Over 110 dB at 6 feet, 20Hz to 20kHz
- Maximum Power Handling Capacity:
- High Frequency Driver Max 100 Watts continuous, 650 Hz and up
(Note: 1 watt in at 1k measured at 3 feet produces 108 dB)
- Mid Bass Woofer max 400 Watts continuous
- Twin Sub Bass Woofers max 800 Watts continuous
- High Frequency horn with a 90-degree by 40-degree dispersion has a 500Hz cutoff
- Crossover points: 650Hz and 80Hz, 18 dB per octave

Component description:
- High Frequency driver has a 19,000 gauss magnetic structure and titanium diaphragm with aluminum voice coil, two-inch throat
- Mid Bass woofer is 15-inch and has an 11,000 gauss magnetic structure with an aluminum voice coil
- Sub Bass woofers are twin 12-inch and have 11,000 gauss magnetic structures

Weights and size:
305 lb, 28″ width x 29″ max depth x 46″ height, each cabinet

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