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AVAD Brings Commercial AV Solutions to Canadian Dealers

AVAD Canada Ltd, one of North America’s leading distributors of custom electronics, is proud to announce the availability of a complete array of commercial grade products throughout Canada. Adhering to AVAD’s commitment to serving the unique needs of custom installation professionals, AVAD has partnered with leading commercial brands including JBL, Crown, dbx, Soundcraft, Samsung Pro and others, to provide Canadian dealers with a comprehensive assortment of solutions perfect for most commercial applications.

Dealers throughout Canada will have direct access to these products to each of AVAD’s three Canadian branches–located in Calgary, Mississauga and Vancouver–and online at http://www.avadcanada.ca.

“AVAD was built on the guiding principal of offering dealers solutions, products and services that help them successfully manage and grow their businesses,” said Scot Kerek, Canadian Manager of AVAD. “We have seen an increase in demand for commercial grade products for applications such as bars and restaurants, offices and more so we partnered with many of the leading brands within the industry to offer those solutions to our Canadian dealers.”

With the introduction of commercial AV products, AVAD further strengthens its position as the dealer’s most valuable business partner. AVAD dealers are backed by AVAD’s best-in-class sales support, customer service and technical support in addition to having access to the latest products from the industry’s top brands.

For more information on commercial products available at AVAD Canada, visit http://www.avadcanada.ca.

About AVAD LLC
AVAD is an industry-leading provider of solutions to the residential and commercial custom installation markets. As part of the Specialty Solutions Division, AVAD, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro, provides integrators access to the industry’s top products and integrated solutions for residential and commercial video, audio, lighting control, content management, whole-home and business automation and control, as well as digital signage and commercial solutions and design services. AVAD offers the broadest consumer electronics and home and business automation portfolio in North America. Further differentiating its services, AVAD invests in the business tools and technical support and services integrators need to grow their businesses. With 24 locations throughout North America, AVAD offers local, hands-on access to the latest products and trainings, as well as free support services including system design and technical support.

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North Coast Church Uses Broadcast Pix Granite To Feed ‘Video Venues’ Throughout Campus

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that North Coast Church is using a Granite™ 1000 Video Control Center™ to produce HD coverage of services and provide live feeds to multiple “video venues” on its main campus in Vista, Calif. David Hepburn, video production specialist, said 11 of 26 services each weekend are shared live via fiber and HD-SDI to a café and other venues across campus, some of which still require an SD feed.

“The beauty of the Granite for us – and the main reason we bought it – is that it has all the outputs we need,” Hepburn said. “It was a cost effective solution, and a big thing for us was multi-def.”

Beyond live campus distribution, the church records several versions of its services for a variety of needs. One feed, for example, provides on-demand streaming for the church’s Web site, www.northcoastchurch.com. (Hepburn hopes eventually to provide live streaming for the Web as well.) The church has satellite campuses in Fallbrook and Carlsbad, Calif., each of which receives a copy of the Vista campus Saturday night service for local playback.

Unlike many other churches that strive to create a broadcast-like presentation of their sermons through multi-camera production, North Coast Church uses a single Sony HD camcorder and simply tracks the pastor. Hepburn said the idea is to make the experience less like watching television and more like being a part of the live congregation.

As a result, Hepburn said, North Coast Church uses minimal graphics and almost no clips during productions. The few lower-thirds that are used are created in Photoshop and easily transferred to the Granite via Fluent™ Watch Folders. “For me, having a switcher that’s connected to my network just makes my workflow simpler,” he added.

In the control room, which is housed in the same building as the main venue, Granite’s built-in Fluent-View feeds two 55-inch LCD monitors. Hepburn said the customizable on-screen layout is simplified for his crew, which is mostly volunteers who have not been extensively trained in video production. “It’s easier for them to see what’s going on and execute properly,” he said.

North Coast Church moved into its current Vista facility in July 2010 and has been using its Granite system since December 2010. The system was installed by VMI, Inc., an integrator with offices in California and Washington. “As a church, we had to be realistic about the costs involved,” Hepburn noted. “Granite – that’s one area where we didn’t have to sacrifice to get a great product.”

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in live video production systems. Its Video Control Centers™ empower operators with patented techniques that combine cameras, clips and graphics to create dynamic live video. The integration of a multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls provides the lowest cost of ownership at a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. Systems range from compact units controlled by a touch-screen or voice-automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios in more than 110 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Fluent, Granite, and Video Control Centers are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented.

ATK Audiotek Utilizes HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays for Custom Cart System and House PA at Lucas Oil Stadium For Super Bowl XLVI

NORTHRIDGE, California – ATK Audiotek recently provided audio services for Super Bowl XLVI, marking the 15th straight year the company has been involved in the country’s biggest sporting event. Once again, ATK Audiotek deployed its custom-designed cart system with HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line arrays for the Halftime Show and Post-Game Show of the Super Bowl, held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 5, 2012. The carts were also used for Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton’s rendition of “America the Beautiful” and Kelly Clarkson’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Super Bowl XLVI was broadcast via NBC, and for the third straight year became the most watched Super Bowl in history, viewed by an estimated 111.3 million people. Madonna starred in the Halftime Show, which also included guest appearances by Nicki Minaj, Cee Lo and MIA. The Post-Game Show included the Lombardi Trophy presentation, awarded to this year’s NFL champion New York Giants.

For Super Bowl XLVI, ATK Audiotek deployed its custom-designed cart system, which allows for easy setup between events, and quick transport of the VERTEC loudspeakers on and off the field. Each of the 18 carts included four JBL VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array elements and two VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers.

In addition to its cart system, ATK also utilized the JBL VERTEC and VLA line arrays that comprise the house PA system at Lucas Oil Stadium. ESCO Communications installed the system, which was designed by WJHW, for Lucas Oil Stadium’s opening in 2008.

“The VERTEC line arrays provide an optimal combination of light weight, fidelity and output power capability, making them ideal for our cart system,” said Brett Valasek, General Manager, ATK Audiotek. “The in-house PA system at Lucas Oil Stadium also sounds terrific and helped us deliver high-quality audio to the crowd of approximately 70,000 people.”

For more information on ATK Audiotek, please visit www.atkaudiotek.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.

Digital Rapids Encoding Solutions Power Multi-Screen Australian Open Coverage for unas media productions

February 15, 2015 — Passfield, UK: Digital Rapids announced today that unas media productions — the Austria-based video production company within the sportsman media holding group — used an array of Digital Rapids’ multi-format encoding solutions to produce high-quality live streams of the Australian Open tennis tournament for the official Australian Open streaming website, mobile devices and online betting providers.

unas media productions deployed a customized flight case incorporating five dual-channel, high-definition Digital Rapids encoders on-location in Melbourne, Australia. The encoders provided live streams from all seven courts as the world’s top tennis players competed in the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year, January 16th to 29th. The live streams were available on the Internet via ‘Australian Open TV’ and on Apple(r) iOS devices such as the iPhone(r), allowing the live action to be enjoyed by tennis fans around the world. more

Discover Video Introduces NOMAD Mobile HD Live Webcasting System

Discover Video, LLC (www.discovervideo.com), a leader in video streaming products and solutions, today announced a new mobile HD broadcasting platform called NOMAD. It provides organizations the ability to stream very high quality video, audio, and PC screen to an unlimited number of viewers worldwide. NOMAD accepts video from HD cameras, video mixers, microphones, or audio mixers and delivers stunning “live” video streams to PCs, Macs, Tablets, Smartphones, and TVs via Roku. more

M3 (Music Mix Mobile) Chooses Genelec DSP Monitors for 2012 GRAMMY® Awards Show Live Broadcast

— M3’s “Eclipse” and “Horizon” remote recording trucks handle the 5.1 surround audio broadcast, utilizing Genelec DSP Active Monitors —

NATICK, MA, February 14, 2012 — M3 (Music Mix Mobile), a New Jersey/California-based remote facilities company combining the talents of award-winning production professionals and state-of-the-art audio solutions, is a collective consisting of industry veterans John Harris, Jay Vicari, Joel Singer, Mitch Maketansky and West Coast-based partners Bob Wartinbee and Mark Linett. On Sunday, February 12, 2012, M3 was commissioned to capture and mix the music audio for the 54th annual GRAMMY® Awards, broadcast live in 5.1 on CBS-TV from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. In the company’s dual “Eclipse” and “Horizon” trucks, the GRAMMY Award Show Broadcast Music Mixers John Harris and Eric Schilling, along with M3 Engineer-in-Charge Joel Singer, were on site to ensure the audio would be of the highest quality, and they chose Genelec 8200 Series Active DSP Monitoring Systems. Genelec DSP systems consisting of 8250A Bi-Amplified Active DSP Monitors (in an L-C-R array) and 8240A Bi-Amplified Active DSP Monitors (L-R rear), along with 7260A Active DSP Subwoofers, were used in M3’s Eclipse truck for the live music mix, as well as in the identical mirrored system in the Horizon offline remix truck.

The team responsible for the audio at this year’s GRAMMYs again included a who’s who of broadcast audio. The broadcast music mix was handled by Harris and Schilling and was supervised by Hank Neuberger, a prominent member of The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®. ATK/Audiotek provided the sound system with FOH (front-of-house) Engineers Ron Reaves and Mikael Stewart.

In the days leading up to the awards ceremony and broadcast, the night’s performers rehearsed their segments live on the stage, with Schilling and Harris developing the mixes in real-time in the Eclipse truck and then going over those performances offline while playing them back for artist managers and the artists themselves in the Horizon truck. Together, they prepared for the live broadcast mix, so it was vital that both trucks had a world-class, consistent monitoring environment.

John Harris stated, “Year after year, Genelec Active Monitoring continues to be the industry standard for high-end monitoring solutions, without question. Their performance is totally consistent show after show, and the sound is the most musical we’ve ever used. With the ability to optimize the surround speaker field with the DSP technology, Genelecs offer the peace of mind of knowing our monitors are exactly what we need them to be.”

The Genelec 8200 Series Bi-Amplified Active Monitors employ the company’s proprietary DSP (Digital Signal Processing), GLM™ (Genelec Loudspeaker Manager software) and AutoCal™ (Automated Calibration software) technologies, which together create a self-calibrating monitoring solution that both guarantees accurate audio and ensures a steady-paced workflow. This, combined with M3’s long-time use of Genelec active monitors, made the Genelec DSP monitors an easy decision.
For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com .

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Photo Caption: Broadcast Music Mixer John Harris in the M3 Eclipse truck, which features a Genelec Active Monitoring system including three 8250A Bi-Amplified Active DSP Monitors in an L-C-R array (pictured) along with 8240A Bi-Amplified Active DSP Monitors (L-R rear) and 7260A Active DSP Subwoofers. (This photo is the property of Yu Howe/Clyne Media, Inc., and may be used by the press only for the purpose of one-time reproduction. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.)

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Guitar Center Professional Makes Moves for Continued Growth in 2012

— After a strong 10th-anniversary year in 2011, GC Pro is poised for further expansion and enhanced customer services in the coming year —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, February 14, 2012 — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, is proud to have capped off a strong 2011, its banner 10th-anniversary year, with a number of initiatives that position GC Pro for further growth in 2012.

“GC Pro had a fabulous 2011,” stated GC Pro Vice President Rick Plushner. “We performed above expectations with greater than 30% growth over 2010 – the biggest one-year jump we’ve had in our history. We’re proud of our success and our growing reputation in the industry. In 2012, we are focusing on reinforcing our infrastructure in an effort to provide the best possible customer service, as well as increasing our sales force.”

A number of recent hires reflect this emphasis on customer service and sales. The following sales personnel have been added to their respective GC Pro locations:

Jason Block Atlanta, Georgia
Adam Muraski Brookfield, Wisconsin
Chris Hodkins Denver, Colorado
Ricardo Jimenez Hallandale, Florida
David Touloumian Hollywood, California
Michael Merrill Houston, Texas
Eric Kreuzer Nashville, Tennessee
Javier Willis San Diego (La Mesa), California
Nic De La Riva San Francisco, California
Maryam Haddad Seattle, Washington

Aside from that, these logistics coordinators have been appointed, to help GC Pro fulfill orders, optimize efficiency and expedite delivery to ensure customer satisfaction.

Dwayne Wright Dallas, Texas
Martina Mehta Hallandale, Florida
Nick Zamora Houston, Texas
John Maxson Indianapolis, Indiana
Karla Kennedy Manhattan, New York

“Several offices now have three-person teams improving our ability to spend more time consulting and fulfilling customer orders,” noted Plushner. “The Logistics Coordinators are a significant addition. Once a sales engineer develops specifications and provides consultations for a client, the Logistics Coordinator plays an integral role in ordering the products – whether from a surrounding Guitar Center store, our distribution center or a special order from vendors – and then tracks the order and coordinates delivery. Getting orders right and delivering on time, every time, is what our clients have come to expect from GC Pro, and the Logistics Coordinators serve to strengthen customer service and satisfaction.”

The Dallas location hosts one of the teams benefiting from a recently appointed Logistics Coordinator. Jeff McDaniel, Senior Account Manager based out of Dallas, notes, “Dwayne [Wright, Logistics Coordinator] joined us starting January 1, and it has made a huge impact in the way we do business. We already had a great workflow and relationship with our clients, but with a Logistics Coordinator, we are able to keep things running just that much more smoothly, fully serving our clients to an even greater extent. And Dwayne is a great fit – he is super-nice, well-connected and great with customers.” Wright notes, “This is a great office with a really cool vibe, and I’m proud to join the team. I am looking forward to a big year for me and for GC Pro. I think the new team infrastructure puts us in a position to maximize all of our tools and help customers get to the next level. Already we can see and feel things going the right way. It’s all positive.” Rounding out the Dallas team is Account Manager Kevin Deal, a recent transplant from the Plano location. He states, “It is a pleasure to be working with such an outstanding team here in Dallas. 2012 is going to be an excellent year for our office, and I’m proud to be a significant part of moving us forward for years to come.”

GC Pro is also expanding its Technical Services operation. In 2011, GC Pro opened a Technical Services office in the Hollywood location, and in April 2012 a new office in Nashville will open, with a dedicated GC Pro Technician, providing services direct from the Nashville GC Pro location, building up custom CTO Mac systems for turnkey recording purposes in installation in the Nashville area.

Additionally, GC Pro is establishing a national headquarters based out of the Hollywood location, including offices for GC Pro executive staff, technical services and sales. This location will also be equipped to host vendor and customer meetings, as well as an upgraded pro audio demonstration facility. Plushner stated, “We already have an excellent demo facility, but we’re going to be improving upon that and making it truly a world-class working recording studio where people can come and see the gear that we recommend. We’re very excited about seeing that in action, and we hope our customers are too. With our expanding staff and enhanced services, we are refining what we do well, and that is customer relations, and that will lead to another strong year for GC Pro and our customers, both new and returning.”

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

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D.A.S. AUDIO DEPLOYED AT LAS VEGAS’ IMPERIAL PALACE

**** Photo: Human Nature performing ****

Las Vegas, NV – February 2012… Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, the Imperial Palace has been a prominent tourist destination for years—thanks in no small part to the fact that it houses the world’s largest and finest classic car showroom, a wealth of entertainment options, as well as the property’s prime location for the city’s booming convention business and its easy access to the Las Vegas monorail. The hotel’s Human Nature Theater is particularly popular and features Australia’s Human Nature—The Ultimate Celebration of Motown, showcasing the distinctive, dynamic harmonies of members Toby Allen, Phil Burton, Andrew Tierney, and Michael Tierney. The theater recently received a substantial upgrade of its sound reinforcement system, all of which is derived from the Aero Series 2 catalog of Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio. more

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