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HARMAN Audio System Highlights Major Sound Upgrade at Historic Lerner Theatre

Vista AV recently upgraded the audio system at the historic Lerner Theatre with components from HARMAN’s AKG, Crown, JBL and Soundcraft.

ELKHART, Indiana — In a major overhaul of the 87-year-old Lerner Theatre in Elkhart, Indiana, audio integrator Vista AV recently completed a sound upgrade featuring components from HARMAN’s AKG, Crown, JBL and Soundcraft. The renovation added 6,000 square feet of meeting space, seating capacity and an expanded moveable stage.

The main theater area is outfitted with 20 JBL VERTEC® VT4887ADP-DA compact powered line array elements outfitted with JBL DrivePack® technology Crown-designed amplifier modules, as well as four SRX712M and six VRX915M stage monitors powered by Crown amplifiers. The existing theatre system was also supplemented with two JBL SRX718 powered subwoofers and three JBL AC18/26 compact loudspeakers. A host of AKG microphones including the D5, D40, P5, and P6 have also been added to the upgraded house system, while a Soundcraft Vi4 digital console was installed to handle both front of house and monitor mixing.

“This was a challenging installation because we were dealing with an existing historic structure that was not at all accommodating to modern technology,” stated Cyril Oake, Project Manager for Vista AV.

“Using the built-in Crown amplifier modules with the VT4887ADP-DA speakers allowed for fast rigging of the arrays and combination of the DP module and the JBL speakers not only provided a clean professional look for the install, but sonically met the needs of the facility,” added David Glass, Systems Designer for Vista AV.

The multipurpose room at Lerner Theatre includes 36 Control 26CT small-format ceiling speakers
powered by Crown CTs 4200 series amplifiers as well as a dedicated AKG WMS450 wireless microphone system.

“Quite a few of the other digital consoles have a long learning curve to get to know even the simplest of functions. With the Vi4’s Vistonics™ control interface, anyone who is familiar with an analog console can make adjustments. For a venue like the Lerner Theater this is a must because of the variety of acts that will be coming and going all the time. Sometimes even the simplest of things makes a difference. The smaller footprint of the Vi4 takes up less room in the auditorium so less seating area needs to be given up for the production location,” stated Glass.

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.

Aviom Personal Mixers Take The Stage During New World Center’s Pulse Nightclub Events

MIAMI, NOVEMBER 4, 2011—Long before the curtains were first raised in Miami Beach’s New World Center, expectations were high that it would be a spectacular educational and performance facility, home to the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy. While bringing to life its mission of becoming a destination for creativity and inspiration, the Center also debuted as a cultural icon, introducing Pulse, a unique spin on the orchestral experience within a nightclub setting. To help performers get the best monitor mixes in a hall where the acoustics are quite reverberant, Pro Sound and Video, a Miami-based company that specializes in providing high quality, technology solutions for audio, video, theater, club and broadcast projects, equipped the New World Center with an Aviom Pro16® personal mixing system.Aviom Pro16 Mixer New World Center Pulse Stage

Early in the New World Center’s first season, Aviom’s Personal Mixers played an important role on stage in performances by the prestigious New World Symphony and even more so during Pulse performances, when the concert hall transitioned into a nightclub and New World Symphony Fellows and a classically-trained DJ, Mason Bates, shared the stage.

“The intent behind the New World Center was to create the most technically sophisticated concert hall in North America,” says Brad Gallagher, managing director, Pro Sound and Video. “In a symphonic building, with such a long RT60, the sound that engineers hear from a reference monitor is going to be vastly different from what the musicians are hearing on stage. With so many elements taking place at once, the Aviom Personal Mixers are an absolutely ideal solution.”

Since the hall was designed with a NC-15 noise criterion, there is a virtually pure environment for the natural acoustics of the room. Though beautiful to listeners, the acoustics do pose some issues when monitoring. “The nominal reverb time of the room is 1.5 seconds, so when the Aviom A-16II Personal Mixers are used with headphones or in-ears, it allows us to totally eliminate any unnecessary stage volume, while keeping our options flexible for on-stage performances,” says Alan Miller, New World Center production technician and audio specialist.

Aviom Mixers New World Center PulseMiller introduced the Aviom personal mixers to the performers for the very first Pulse show, giving each musician the option to customize personal mixes, as they were tasked with performing live in this unique setting. Aviom A-16II Personal Mixers helped musicians overcome the challenges brought on by the instruments, ambiance and unique distances between performers, as DJ Mason Bates and the performers were located on stage lifts, while other performers were located on the hall’s satellite stages.

“During the first performance, three percussionists played a rather difficult piece on Djembes (skin-covered drums played with bare hands) that were positioned on different performance platforms throughout the hall,” says Miller. The platforms surround the stage with about 50 feet separating each and are between audience seating areas. “We recognized that the percussionists would need to hear each other clearly while competing with the late-night crowd noise, so Aviom A-16II Personal Mixers were the perfect solution. We also provided an A-16II to the orchestra conductor,” adds Miller.

The music selected for the venue’s second Pulse event required a completely different setup, with two soloists playing on separate performance platforms in exact synchronization with the full orchestra on stage. “The distance time delay and reverb would not allow us to do this setup without any monitoring, so this time I pulled out the A-16CS Control Surfaces to be used in conjunction with our A-16R Personal Mixers that are rack mounted in our monitor console desk unit,” says Miller. “The DigiCo D1 allowed us to send the signal to these A-16R units and then the output of the A-16R can be routed back to the console so I could send it to our wedge monitors.”

Designed for flexibility by audio consultants Acoustic Dimensions and Sonitus, the New World Center’s system includes Aviom A-16D Pro A-Net® Distributors that route to an RJ-45 patch panel at the hall’s backstage left audio racks. The patch panel then has A-Net lines that run virtually everywhere in the performance hall. The stage consists of 10 electro-mechanical stage lifts, with each lift having anywhere from one to four floor pockets that allow the crew access to audio, video and electrical panels attached to each stage. Cat-5 cabling that originates at the patch panel is run to each floor pocket, allowing Miller and the audio team to position the Aviom units just about anywhere on or off stage as needed for the performers, including the performance platforms that have full audio/data connectivity. The main DigiRack that is shared by the consoles has an Aviom D-16c A-Net Card that allows the audio team to take up to 16 outputs that are assigned on the consoles and send them through the Aviom system.

For more information on the New World Center & Symphony, visit www.nws.edu.

Aviom pioneered personal mixing with its Pro16® Monitor Mixing System and continues to break new ground with the revolutionary Pro64® Series of audio networking products. With tens of thousands of products in the field today, Aviom has set the standard for high performance, scalable digital solutions. All Aviom systems harness the power of A-Net®, Aviom’s innovative digital audio technology that simplifies system design while enhancing flexibility and fidelity. All Aviom products are designed, tested, and manufactured in the USA. For more information, visit www.Aviom.com.

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Dan Dugan Unveils E-3 Automatic Mixing Controller

The Dugan Model E-3 provides seamless automatic microphone mixing.

San Francisco, California — Dan Dugan Sound Design has introduced the Dugan Model E-3 Automatic Mixing Controller. The Model E-3 replaces the Model D-3 as Dugan’s top-of-the-line 8-channel automatic mixing controller with AES digital I/O. Through its interface with Dugan’s Model CP-2 control panel, the Model E-3 provides all the functions of the Model D-3 including the Dugan Speech System, the Dugan Music System, Dugan Gain Limiting and three automixing groups in a smaller and more economical box.

“The Model D-3 was our most versatile controller, but in the past few years advances in technology have made it possible to deliver lower latency, a smaller size and a lower price for the same capabilities,” said Dan Dugan. “We are passing these improvements on to our customers.”

AES3 Audio connections are made through a DB-25 connector; readily available cable squids can be used where XLR connectors are desired. I/O may also be switched to ADAT optical connectors, as in Dugan’s other E-series controllers. The E-3 can be operated from the Dugan Control Panel for Java (included in the purchase price), the Model CP-2 physical control panel (optional; two rack unit height) or the mute and bypass buttons on the E-3’s front panel. To make larger systems, the Model E-3 links with all other digital Dugans, including the Models D-2, D-3, E, E-1 and Dugan-MY16. Rack mounting accessories are included to mount a single unit, and two units may be mounted side by side in a single rack space.

Dan Dugan Sound Design automatic mic mixing products eliminate cueing errors, reduce feedback and ambient noise pickup, allow for smooth transitions between talkers, provide consistent system gain no matter how many mics are open, have the ability of handling up to 64 live microphones, and can be remotely controlled.

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About Dan Dugan Sound Design:
Dan Dugan, the inventor of the automatic microphone mixer, has been actively involved in the audio industry since the 1960’s. The DUGAN SPEECH SYSTEM, DUGAN MUSIC SYSTEM, and DUGAN GAIN LIMITING have formed the basis of the best automatic microphone mixing and mixing controller systems available. Dugan mixers are essential components of network television talk shows, public affairs programs, houses of worship, courtrooms, and staged events. www.dandugan.com

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Landmark Cinemas Chooses Christie Projectors for Full Conversion to Digital Cinema

Christie® today announced that Landmark Cinemas has chosen Christie’s range of digital cinema projection solutions for 100-plus screens throughout Western Canada and the Yukon.
The new projection solution at Landmark will include a range of DCI-compliant Christie Solaria™ Series projectors, specifically the CP2200, CP2210 and CP2300 projectors, to be installed by King Cinema Services.
The installation, to be completed over the next six months with no disruption in service, will see Landmark, Western Canada’s largest independently owned chain, providing state-of-the-art entertainment in all its markets, including 2D and 3D movies, live events and other alternative content made possible through digital conversion. The chain has also subscribed to Christie’s Virtual Print Fee (VPF) program.
“Christie guarantees us the twin pillars of superior product and the best people,” says Neil Campbell, chief operating officer, Landmark Cinemas. “The team at Christie is highly responsive. I can find the managers I need whenever I need them, and they’re always focused on meeting the unique requirements of each cinema.
“Christie’s commitment to the Canadian industry is superb as well; they’re at all the shows and all the conferences, and they give the same great service and attention to the independents as they do to the big chains. We also like it that they’re Canadian, so any technical support we might need is close at hand. We’ve completed dozens of Christie installations, both at Landmark and through our installation company, King Cinema Services, and the team is always satisfied with Christie.”
Landmark has committed to working with Christie’s Managed Services group in support of sourcing, integrating and testing hardware that enables Managed Services to remotely monitor and manage Landmark’s digital cinema projection environments. Included with the hardware will be Library Management Servers that hold the feature films, advertisements, trailers and other digital content for playing on multiple Landmark screens.
Campbell also commented on the importance of going digital to give guests the best available technical quality, particularly in terms of 3D and alternative content. And in smaller markets, digital theaters make it possible for local businesses to present on-screen advertisements easily; something that was rarely available to them with older projection technology.
Dave Muscat, senior director of sales, Christie Digital Systems Canada, Inc., says that Christie is committed to supporting the vibrant independent exhibitor sector with the same range of options available to the bigger chains, customized to meet their unique needs. “Our range of projector sizes, support options and the VPF program make it possible for cinemas in all markets to offer the superior picture and sound quality, and range of content and technical effects, that digital projection is making possible.”
Christie’s VPF program is supported by all the major Hollywood studios. It provides a customized, simplified plan, including financial support, for exhibitors seeking the greatest independence in making the move to DLP Cinema® compliant digital cinema projection systems. The program offers expert support and flexible options for all phases of the digital conversion process, including DCI Compliant digital projection systems, and Christie’s Network Operations Center (NOC) services, which offers 24/7 technical support across North America.

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Buzz Delano Joins SIM2 to Focus on Strategic Opportunities

Miramar, FL—November 3, 2011—SIM2 announced today that Buzz Delano, Principal of Delano Associates, has joined the company in a Strategic Business Development role. Delano is widely experienced in the consumer and custom installation markets and brings a wealth of knowledge, relationships, and experience to SIM2 USA.

Alberto Fabiano, Executive Vice President of SIM2 said, “We are very pleased to have Buzz join the SIM2 USA team in this new role. He will be focused on elevating SIM2’s presence, dealer relationships and effectiveness in specific markets in the USA and will work with our executive management team to develop strategies that will prepare SIM2 for the future.”

In September 2011, SIM2 announced 15 new products and a new training initiative designed to blend the heritage of SIM2 with its latest technologies into an effective and creative presentation for dealers.

Commenting on his appointment, Delano said, “Joining SIM2 is a great opportunity that I am looking forward to. Working with companies that believe in creativity and innovation with a rich history has always been my passion. SIM2 is positioned right where it should be—focused on performance, elegance, and leading edge technology. These benefits can be shown to customers who want a great projection theater experience that is a personal expression and compliments to their home décor.”

About SIM2 USA Inc. and SIM2 Multimedia
Since their entrance into the US home theater market in 1999, SIM2 USA, under the guidance of its parent SIM2 Multimedia (established in 1995), has dedicated its resources to marketing and servicing products that meet the demands of the US market. SIM2 Multimedia is a worldwide leading manufacturer of home theater products and leading provider of high-end performance large screen systems (for control rooms, information, communication, and simulation) and professional projection systems for E–cinema applications. Over the years, SIM2 has gained a reputation for meeting the industry’s demands for new, emerging technologies, offering high-quality and reliable products that meet the customer’s need in any application. Products are designed and manufactured in Italy. The marketing policies of the company are world-oriented, with a direct presence in Italy (headquarters), the USA, UK, China, Germany (sister companies), and in over 60 countries worldwide through partnerships with qualified distributors.

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Moscow’s Center for Rehabilitation Implements YCD’s C-nario Messenger Digital Signage Software

Moscow’s Center for Rehabilitation Implements YCD’s C-nario Messenger Digital Signage Software

C-nario Messenger, developed by C-nario, the digital signage software provider recently acquired by YCD, drives a digital signage network providing patients and their families with useful and entertaining information

Tel Aviv, Israel, November 3, 2011 – YCD Multimedia, a global leader in providing smart digital media experiences to the retail business world, today announced that its digital signage software, C-nario Messenger, has been implemented in Moscow’s Center for Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons with Cerebral Palsy. C-nario Messenger, developed by C-nario, a company recently acquired by YCD, drives a digital signage network providing patients and their families with useful and entertaining information.

The center, which belongs to the Moscow municipality, provides medical, social and rehabilitation services to cerebral palsy patients and their families, based on the latest technologies and methodologies. Avilex, a provider of audio visual integration solutions, served as the concept designer and system integrator. YCD’s software serves as the distribution, management and content creation system.

The digital signage network comprises 10 Mitsubishi digital displays installed in different zones of the rehabilitation center (reception, floor halls, conference lobby and others). Content includes information about the center’s rehabilitation services, upcoming events, social programs, new developments in cerebral palsy treatment and rehabilitation, municipal news, live TV feeds and additional information. The digital signage also serves as an emergency announcement system. In addition to centralized content, each zone has unique information; menus are displayed in the cafeteria, bus schedules at reception, a calendar of events in the conference hall, etc.

A unique interactive application, installed in the reception area, allows employees to write announcements by hand, while the system “translates” these hand-written messages into displayed information. C-nario and Avilex developed the innovative application.

“The sophisticated digital signage network further strengthens the center’s position as a very advanced facility for assistance and treatment of cerebral palsy patients,” said Olga Mikhaylova, the rehabilitation center’s CEO. “C-nario Messenger’s unique features, as well as the expertise and capabilities of C-nario and Avilex, enabled us to introduce a very advanced system for the welfare of the patients and their families.”

“Digital signage is becoming increasingly popular in medical and healthcare facilities, and we are excited to take part in this trend,” said Noam Levavi, YCD’s CEO. “In addition to providing vital information, digital signage in such facilities creates a genial atmosphere and reduces the perceived waiting time, thus making the facility a pleasant place to be in.”

C-nario Messenger is a complete digital signage, distribution and management software platform that provides better-than-broadcast quality playback in any shape, size and resolution. C-nario Messenger is characterized by its superb multi-display playback engine, as well as its advanced management, monitoring and control tools. In addition, the system is based on open architecture, which makes it easy to customize and adapt to various needs. The system’s innovative content creation tools easily help to create displays and cut costs.

YCD will be exhibiting its solutions at Integrated Systems Russia (ISR), at Intel booth (#2-102) to be held in Moscow on November 8-10, 2011

About YCD Multimedia

YCD Multimedia is an industry leader providing corporations and organizations worldwide with advanced digital media solutions and applications within the retail environment as well as other industries. YCD’s flexible platforms help businesses attract clients, reinforce branding and ensure a measurable impact on their business. YCD’s end-to-end offering combines strategy, professional services and technology to increase profits, optimize product mix and enhance the customer experience. To date, the company has partnered with over 2,000 customers, including Fortune 500 corporations and some of the world’s most recognized brands such as Coca Cola, Toyota, Estee Lauder, Ferrari, Hilton Hotels, Cartier, and Hugo Boss. Founded in 1999, YCD Multimedia is headquartered in the United States with offices in the United Kingdom and Israel and has an international network of resellers serving clients around the globe. In October 2011 YCD acquired C-nario, a global provider of digital signage software solutions. For more information, visit www.ycdmultimedia.com


Yael Elstein
VP Marketing
YCD Multimedia
Tel.: +972-52-5523276
e-mail: yelstein@ycdmultimedia.com

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