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Story Teller FX Group Provides Look Solutions’ Foggers and Hazers to Four Motion Picture Shoots

Cogan's Trade

Cogan's Trade

Look Solutions’ foggers and hazers have been racking up motion picture credits lately with Story Teller FX Group providing sales and rentals of Unique hazers and Viper NT and Power-Tiny foggers to no less than four feature films. Story Teller is a special effects equipment rental and supply company based in Jefferson, Louisiana.

“I’ve been in this business for a long time, and there isn’t a manufacturer with a fog or haze machine that I haven’t used or stocked,” says Bob Riggs who heads Story Teller and Seattle-based Riggs Production Associates, Inc., which boasts the largest SFX rental equipment inventory in the Pacific Northwest. “Look Solutions makes the best products – there’s no two ways around it. Look foggers and hazers have the reliability and dependability film shoots require.”

Story Teller sold Viper NT foggers to “GI Joe 2: Retaliation,” which shot in New Orleans and stars Bruce Willis. The Viper NT unites current digital technology with proven technique and power. It features DMX 512 as standard, has an internal timer and easy-to-use LED-display panel, and offers fine adjustment of the output to produce everything from a tiny fog cloud to the thickest fog.

The company also sold a complement of Unique2 hazers, Viper NT foggers and Power-Tiny foggers to the remake of “Total Recall,” which shot in Toronto with Colin Farrell starring. Look Solutions’ Unique2 haze machine offers minimal warm up time, minimal noise and minimal fluid consumption. Its new, more efficient fan quickly distributes haze in a room, and its variable output can achieve any desired effect from the finest mist to a thick haze similar to fog.

The Power-Tiny is the perfect alterative to normal fog generators in any situation where fog is needed quickly and efficiently. Small, lightweight and battery-powered, Power-Tiny boasts a heat-up time of only one second, an adjustable output and minimal fluid consumption.

Riggs served as SFX coordinator on “Cogan’s Trade” when it shot in New Orleans. Through Story Teller he rented Viper NT foggers and Unique2 hazers to the production, which stars Brad Pitt as a mob enforcer.

Riggs’ partner in Story Teller, John Baker, acted as SFX coordinator for “Bullet to the Head,” another New Orleans shoot. The film, which stars Sylvester Stallone and is based on a French comics series, rented Unique2 hazers and Viper NT foggers from Story Teller.

About Look Solutions

Based in Germany, Look Solutions manufactures high-performance fog machines, haze machines, battery-powered mini-foggers, low-foggers, accessories and fluids at reasonable prices. Look Solutions USA, located in western Maryland, serves customers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information, or to request a demo machine for evaluation, visit www.looksolutionsusa.com or call Hunter Totty, Business Manager, at 1-800-426-4189. Look Solutions’ Tech Support Hotline is 646-300-0520.

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Middle Atlantic Debuts RackLink™ Suite of Power Management Products

RackLink™ Power Management System

Fairfield, NJ––Providing installers with flexible, intelligent power monitoring and management for AV systems, Middle Atlantic is announcing the RackLink™ suite of products that feature extensive monitoring and preemptive support functions. RackLink products are the first of their kind that are capable of maintaining AV system reliability through automatic actions that include automatic reboot, turning on emergency fans and shutting down equipment for safety in overload or over-temperature conditions.

Designed from the integrator’s point of view, the RackLink system can be configured and managed for any level system ranging from simple to complex: it can be managed locally or remotely via its standard browser-based user interface and integrates easily with control systems via its open-architecture API. Accessibility ranges from local to RS-232, remote IP and web browser. Free mobile apps that provide instantaneous insight and control of any installed RackLink system are available for iPhone/ iPad and Android devices.

In addition to offering essential functions expected of any power management system, including local, remote and automatic reboot of individual outlets and dry contacts, the RackLink system also provides proactive power management. These practical features include input voltage and temperature monitoring, as well as user-defined monitoring of thresholds and logging and issuing of email alerts if monitored values breach thresholds. All this functionality ensures that system downtime is minimized and system performance is optimized.

Key to RackLink’s practical use is its simple, plug-and-play functionality and communication flexibility. “Building the open platform architecture into RackLink was a priority,” said Murray Williams, Middle Atlantic Electrical/Electronic Product Manager “It was important for us to develop a system that offers cloud functionality without being dependent on it. The key advantage of this is its ability to integrate seamlessly into any environment regardless of the platform or communication requirements.”

RackLink units are available in 15A and 20A rackmount and in-line models, with controlled or monitor-only capabilities.

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Imagina US Manages Traffic, Programming for Cable Networks with Broadway Systems

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Broadway Systems, the leading provider of advertising management software for cable networks, announced today that Imagina US, a leader in Hispanic entertainment programming, has selected Broadway’s end-to-end software platform to manage traffic and programming for four cable networks at its U.S. headquarters in Miami.

Imagina US began using the Broadway Traffic and Finance, Program Management, and Reporting modules for back office operations on May 30 for CentroaméricaTV, which provides programming from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama; Pasiones Latin America and Pasiones US, two 24-hour channels dedicated to “telenovelas;” and Televisión Dominicana, which features a variety of programming from the Dominican Republic.

Marilyn Vidal-Novo, traffic manager, Imagina US, said the transition to Broadway from the previous traffic system was very easy. “The implementation of the Broadway software was the best conversion I’ve ever done,” she explained. “Based on my previous experience transitioning many software systems, I expected a delay. There was no delay whatsoever, and the implementation exceeded my expectations.“

Imagina US has a unique business model that relies on agencies for sales orders, not its own sales team. However, as its cable networks grow and an in-house sales staff is added, Imagina US will be able to seamlessly add the Broadway Sales Planning and Proposal module to the current configuration.

“With its user-friendly interface, Broadway’s reliable, end-to-end solution simplifies the management of day-to-day activities as well as the transition from other systems,” said John Sorensen, president of Broadway Systems. “Our modular approach will also make it easy for Imagina US to accommodate the future growth of its networks and sales department.”

About Imagina US
Imagina US operates through its subsidiaries: Promofilm, dedicated to the production of content and TV formats, and Media World, a division focused on the development and distribution of thematic channels, exploitation rights, and technical services in the audiovisual field. For more information, please visit:www.imaginaus.com.

About Broadway Systems
Since 2002, Broadway Systems has collaborated with cable networks to engineer a contemporary and fully integrated programming, sales, traffic, stewardship, and billing software system. Today, this platform is used to manage some of the top brands in industry and more than $3 billion in advertising revenues for top 20 rated cable networks and startups alike. Broadway Systems offers cable networks a strategic alternative to existing vendors, one that is dedicated to their business and keeps pace with the changing needs of this dynamic industry. Find out more at www.broadwaysystems.com.

Korg Offers $500.00 Rebate on Popular SV-1 Stage Piano

— Mail-in rebate available for both 73-key and 88-key SV-1 models —

Korg USA is offering a $500.00 mail-in rebate on both the 73-key and 88-key models of their SV-1 (Stage Vintage) Piano. The mail-in rebate period runs from November 1, 2011, through January 15, 2012, and applies to new Korg SV-1s purchased by US residents from an authorized Korg dealer in the USA. Full details and a downloadable rebate coupon can be found at www.korg.com/promo.

With piano as its primary focus, the SV-1 is available with either 73 or 88 piano-style keys, using Korg’s top-of-the-line RH3 Graded Hammer Action. The SV-1 also features the sound of a Japanese grand piano in addition to the traditional grand piano of German manufacture. Beyond piano, the SV-1 contains highly authentic electric pianos sounds; transistor, tube, and tonewheel organ sounds; plus a variety of equally authentic vintage keyboard sounds that remain popular in today’s music. In total, the SV-1 contains 36 sounds, with additional Sound Packs available for download at www.korg.com/sv1.

In addition, the SV-1 features five powerful onboard effects sections to provide the same authentic vintage feel as the sounds themselves. Chief among these is the amplifier modeling section, which employs a vacuum tube to recreate both the amplifiers and speaker cabinets used in conjunction with the original instruments. The SV-1 carries the Stage Vintage theme in its look and feel, as well as its sound. The front panel features only single-function knobs, a power switch, and eight car radio-style “Favorites” buttons.
Focused on creating a realistic piano performance in a live environment, the SV-1 features stereo balanced XLR outputs for direct connection to a sound system, traditional quarter-inch outputs for a stage amplifier, and connections for a damper pedal, an assignable pedal (commonly used for expression or wah), and an assignable footswitch (commonly used to control rotary speaker simulation speed). An optional matching stand and rolling soft case are available.

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Genelec Research and Development Manager, Dr. Aki V. Mäkivirta, Appointed As a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society

Genelec is pleased to announce that Dr. Aki V. Mäkivirta, Research and Development Manager at the company, has achieved the distinction of becoming a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society (AES). The Society’s Fellowship Award is given to a member who has rendered conspicuous service or is recognized as having made a valuable contribution to the advancement in, or dissemination of, knowledge of audio engineering or in the promotion of its application in practice.

“It is a great honor to receive this award,” says Dr. Mäkivirta. “I have worked in audio research for many years, so it is gratifying to have that work recognized by my peers. Over the years we have produced some great products, and I am proud to have played a part in that success.”

Aki V. Mäkivirta was born in 1960 in Tyrvää, Finland. He received Master of Science, Licentiate of Science, and Doctor of Science degrees from Tampere University of Technology in 1985, 1989 and 1992, respectively, and a degree in pedagogy from Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences in 2005.

Dr. Mäkivirta joined the Biomedical Engineering Laboratory at the Research Centre of Finland in 1986. In 1990 he joined Nokia Research Centre to develop advanced digital audio processing methods for television products. He came to Genelec in 1995 to develop the DSP monitoring loudspeaker system concept and products. This product family can be found at http://www.genelec.com/dsp-products/, and the newest additions to this family include 8260A Tri-Amplified DSP Monitoring System and 1238CF Tri-Amplified DSP Monitoring System. As a Technology Manager, he is now responsible for working to create innovative solutions to audio reproduction problems.

Dr. Mäkivirta has published numerous conference papers, journal articles, and book chapters. He holds several patents related to audio technology. He has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in technology, including courses in electroacoustics and digital signal processing.

Dr. Mäkivirta has been an AES member since 1994. He has contributed to the activities of the AES in conferences and conventions, and as a member of the Finnish AES Section. He is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of AES.

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

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Guitar Center Professional Has Strong Showing at AES 2011

— With new product launches and high-profile booth attendees, GC Pro was present in full force at this year’s convention —

Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, again had a strong showing at this year’s AES convention, which took place October 21-23, 2011, at the Javits Center in New York City. GC Pro has been celebrating its 10th anniversary throughout 2011 as the organization continues to grow, and AES was the perfect opportunity to highlight the new and exciting things that they have to offer.

At the booth, GC Pro showcased some of the products that they exclusively distribute in the U.S., such as the Neve Genesys Console, which sports new enhanced functionality and many new features; the new Ocean Way HR-3 High Resolution Reference Monitor System, which provides virtually unlimited dynamic range while maintaining absolutely matched uniform frequency response between channels; and the new Sterling Audio ST6050 Ocean Way Signature Series Microphone, a limited-edition Class-A FET studio mic.

GC Pro’s booth also served as a meeting place for some of the show’s most notable attendees, among them Germano Studios’ Troy Germano, Ocean Way Recording’s Allen Sides and legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons.

Richard Ash, GC Pro Business Development Manager for the Eastern Region, noted, “As GC Pro has grown rapidly over the past few years, so have our relationships with the leading figures in our industry. We are proud that they choose GC Pro as their supplier partner, and we are thrilled to have such incredibly influential and discerning minds spend their time at our booth, interacting with each other and the GC Pro team. But aside from the more notable names, we had all manner of talented and rising producers, engineers, studio owners, artists, bloggers, students and gear addicts here at the booth. They are the future leaders in our industry, and as such they are incredibly important to its vitality and success. As GC pro continues to grow, part of our mission is to ensure that these young professionals have all the tools at their disposal to grow with us, and move our industry forward. I think I can speak for everyone here that the mix of people who passed through our booth was a truly special thing, and that the future certainly looks bright.”

GC Pro Vice President Rick Plushner stated, “What can I say? It’s AES – it’s always a highlight of our year, and this was a particularly great show for everyone. With the economy the way it is, early buzz was saying that this show was going to be relatively quiet. But that’s not what we saw – rather, we saw an industry excited about growing, changing and re-imagining itself. Attendance was far higher than expected, and I think we can be extremely optimistic about that. Passion always wins, and the passion for audio on display at this year’s show – not only at the vendors’ booths, but also on the faces of everyone in the Javits Center – was simply inspiring. And GC Pro is poised to be an outlet for that passion. If AES is the organization through which the audio industry learns and grows, we want GC Pro to be the place where it gets its tools. I am very excited as GC Pro moves into its second decade, and we look forward to next year’s AES to again celebrate the state of the industry.”

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

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Integra Announces Remote App for Android

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ (11/1/11) – Custom installation home audio specialist, Integra, demonstrates its ongoing commitment to greater convergence in home entertainment with the announcement of its first application for the Android mobile platform. Integra’s Remote App for Android will allow owners to integrate wireless audio from an Android-based device into their Integra network A/V receivers and provide a range of remote control functions.

Operating over a wireless local network, the application will allow Integra owners to stream music stored on an Android device to an Integra network receiver. Music played through an Integra system gains far greater power and fidelity. more

ihiji and Access Networks Partner To Host Webinar On Creating Robust and Reliable Networks

Austin, TX – November 7, 2011 – ihiji, creator of the award-winning, cloud-based remote monitoring and service contract solution, invision, and Access Networks, the leading provider of advanced, enterprise-grade networking solutions to the CE space, announce that together they will host a free webinar, Creating robust and reliable networks with ihiji and Access Networks. The webinar is open to integrators of all size and scope and will take place on Tuesday, November 15th at 1:00pm EDT.

During this information-packed session, attendees will learn more

Custom Integrator Creates A Stealth Whole-House Audio System Using Niles In-Wall And Rock Speakers



CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA, November 7, 2011—When designing a whole-house audio system for a 14,000 square foot residence, many integrators use a mishmash of different speakers from several manufacturers, each with different characteristics, abilities and styling, resulting in an inconsistent listening experience and design aesthetic from room to room. Mike Flanagan of Overland Park, Kansas-based Home Systems by Design believes in giving his clients a consistent high fidelity audio experience with components that can be hidden from view, which is why he chose to outfit this 14,000 square foot, 16-audio zone home with 72 Niles® in-wall, in-ceiling and outdoor rock speakers.

Most of the home’s speakers are from the Niles ceiling-mount DS series, which was introduced in 2001 and features Niles’ patented Directed Soundfield technology. This unique technology resolves architectural issues such as cathedral or vaulted ceilings, alignment with in–ceiling lighting, or a plasma display over a fireplace that leaves no space for a center channel speaker. They are perfect for home theater environments and surround sound systems, and they also perform very well in whole-house distributed music applications. Their flexibility enables installers to direct the sound where it needs to go to achieve optimal acoustic performance.

“I have been selling and installing Niles speakers since they entered the residential market more than 30 years ago, and I have never received a single complaint,” said Flanagan. “The superb sound quality keeps the men happy, and the fact that Niles in-wall and in-ceiling speakers are nearly invisible makes the women even happier! And the DS series speakers give the homeowners the best surround sound experience possible with ceiling-mount speakers, which no other manufacturer can match.”

The gem of this system is the media room, which features a 180” 2.35:1 Stewart Filmscreen, a Sim2 LED projector, nine Niles Stagefront speakers and two 15-inch subwoofers, with all the speakers hidden behind paneling—a completely invisible 11-speaker surround sound system! The media room has 12 motorized leather recliners and a full bar in the rear with additional seating for four. It is the ultimate room for hosting parties or fundraisers, which the homeowners plan to do. Home Systems by Design even set up the video system so what is playing in the theater can be rebroadcast throughout the whole house, making it perfect for showing house-wide messaging during the fundraisers.

According to the homeowner, “Home Systems by Design really came through for us and gave us exactly what we wanted. The audio system sounds great throughout the whole house, especially in the theater, and you’d be hard pressed to point out every speaker because they blend into the walls and ceilings so well. When we watch a movie in the media room it really feels like we are at the movies, which is amazing.”

There are 13 flat screen TVs throughout the home, four with surround sound systems, and they can all play content from six DSS receivers, three Apple Mac Minis, two cable boxes and a 400-disc Blu-ray changer. There are also three local Blu-ray players.

The ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System is also integrated with the home’s LiteTouch lighting system, security system and 10-camera surveillance system are also integrated with the ELAN g! system, giving the family total control over their living environment. The homeowners can be access and control the system through seven ELAN TS7 7” touch screens, seven ELAN HR2 remotes, four iPads and two iPhones.

Home Systems By Design builds custom home audio/video and home control systems to meet their customer’s exact needs and budgets. Since opening in 1992, they have worked with a large network of builders in the Kansas City, Kansas Metro Area and come so highly recommended that they get nearly 85 percent of their business from customer referrals. For more information, please visit www.hsbd.com.

About Niles:
California-based Niles® is a 33-year-old company recognized as The First Name in Custom Installation®. The company is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of audio/video custom installation products and accessories and is guided by its vision to be the world’s leading provider of products and services that enable professional custom installers to design and install systems that delight their customers. To that end, Niles pursues a mission to provide solutions for end users that enable simple and easy access to home entertainment and that integrate seamlessly with other low voltage subsystems like lighting, Internet, security and HVAC in residential and light commercial environments. Niles conducts its business with a promise to treat its customers, employees, suppliers and stakeholders with fairness and respect and to foster teamwork, innovation and a commitment to be the best in everything it does. Additional information may be obtained by visiting www.nilesaudio.com.

About The AVC Group, LLC:
Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, The AVC Group, LLC is a portfolio of pre-eminent manufacturers and marketers of state-of-the-art consumer and commercial audio, video, and control system solutions. The AVC Group is comprised of the following industry leading brands: Niles®, ELAN® Home Systems, Xantech®, ATON® and Sunfire®. The AVC Group, LLC is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc.’s Home Technology Group.

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Global Television’s “The Morning Show” Launches In Toronto With Christie MicroTiles and Spyder X20 On Set

The Morning Show

The Morning Show

Canadian national broadcaster Global Television launched its Toronto morning news program on Oct. 11 with a Christie Spyder X20-1608 managing the content for 40 Christie MicroTiles and 11 LCD panels. The Morning Show, airing in HD weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., is revitalizing morning news and marks the return to the airwaves of popular co-host Liza Fromer. Applied Electronics in Mississauga, Ontario, was the systems integrator for the Christie MicroTiles and Christie Spyder X20.

Visible from Bloor Street in the heart of Canada’s financial capital and located behind the anchor desk in the new glass-walled studio, the 4 high by 10 wide MicroTiles array captures the attention of both the studio audience and passers-by. Flanking the desk are two pillars housing 40-inch LCD panels while a 52-inch LCD panel is in the interview location. Rounding out the new social media area where apropos Twitter and Facebook feeds are displayed are street-facing LCD panels along with several vertically mounted LCD panels.

“We wanted to support the on-air personalities with a different means of showing video and entertaining the audience,” says Paul Thomas, director of broadcast engineering services for Global Television’s Eastern Region. “We became aware of Christie MicroTiles and thought they’d be a great solution for presenting moving images of headline stories on a dynamic, high-res display.” The MicroTiles will eventually display content 24/7.

Merging the strengths of LED and DLP technology, Christie MicroTiles have a color range that far exceeds conventional LCD and plasma technologies and integrate easily with the cameras and audiovisual equipment used on broadcast sets. With 115 percent NTSC and PAL color gamut, displays are adjustable to the required color temperature – ensuring pure blacks and unprecedented set-balanced color, even in high ambient light environments.

“Our 4 by 10 MicroTiles display is the perfect size and its 2500 x 1600 pixel resolution meets our needs very well,” says Thomas.

Thomas discovered the Christie Spyder X20 at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show and was impressed by its power to feed displays through a complex set – exactly what is required for The Morning Show.

The Christie Spyder X20 resides in an equipment rack designed into the set.

“We can throw a lot of different sources to the displays, including all four of our HD cameras, a Blu-ray DVD player and a Matrox VGA2 HD converter that feeds custom graphics,” Thomas reports. “We can also take advantage of layering in the Spyder X20 for great transitional opportunities.”

According to Thomas, Global Television has enjoyed “amazing support” from the Vista team at Christie. “They really helped us understand what we are able to do with the Spyder X20,” he says. “We’re starting slow with graphics and effects and will beef things up as we gain confidence.

“Both the MicroTiles and the Spyder X20 looked fantastic at the launch,” says Thomas, “and are working well on the new show. Three hours is a long time to keep a live audience entertained, but the MicroTiles/Spyder X20 combo does just that.”

About Christie
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925), is a leader in visual solutions for world-class organizations, offering diverse applications for business, entertainment and industry. A leading innovator in film projection since 1929 and a pioneer in digital projection systems since 1979, Christie has established a global reputation as a total service provider and the world’s single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions. With the acquisition of Vista Control Systems Corp., Christie offers the most complete and advanced solutions for cinema, live venues, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and Virtual Reality, simulation and education as well as industrial and government environments. For more information, visit www.christiedigital.com.

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