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Haivision Integrates Intel’s Anonymous Viewer Analytics Technology for Intelligent Signage Solutions

CoolSign(TM) Digital Signage Solution Now Integrated With Intel(R) Audience Impression Metrics Suite, Enabling Intelligent Digital Signage Installations That Deliver Relevant, Fresh, and Highly Targeted Messaging more

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Visionary Solutions to Demonstrate Interoperability With Partner Technologies at Digital Signage Expo 2012

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Feb. 21, 2012 — Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI), today announced that the company’s industry-renowned encoders will be part of several partner technology workflows at the upcoming Digital Signage Expo 2012 as key interoperable equipment within digital signage solutions. The use of VSI encoders by technology leaders like Daktronics, Enseo, and Four Winds Interactive, is demonstrative of the interoperability, scope, and relevance of VSI’s technology within the digital signage space. more

FOR-A Opens New Dubai Office to Serve Growing MEA Region

Tokyo, Japan – FOR-A Company Limited, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, announces that the company has opened a new office in Dubai to better serve customers in the Middle East and Africa (MEA).

Effectively immediately, FOR-A MEA has hired two industry veterans—Sales Manager Khalid Sweidan and Engineering Manager Mohammed Abu Ziyadeh—whose complementary skills and experience make them uniquely qualified to manage the daily operational demands of the new Dubai office.

“While we’ve always provided sales and technical support to the MEA region from our Tokyo world headquarters, it’s become imperative that we maintain an office in the MEA region that can provide timely, personalized service and support to our rapidly expanding MEA customer base,” said Mr. Hiroaki Tanoue, deputy senior general manager, Overseas Sales & Marketing division, for FOR-A Company Limited. “This new office is dedicated to promoting FOR-A products and providing responsive customer and technical support to broadcasters and other A/V professionals in the MEA region.”

With over 12 years of experience spanning the broadcasting, A/V, and IT arenas, Khalid Sweidan brings to his new role as FOR-A MEA sales manager a proven track record of sales performance and success. Prior to joining the FOR-A MEA office, Mr. Sweidan served in senior regional sales positions with S[quadrat] Video System Integration, Barco n.v., and Sony Broadcast and Professional. He successfully built and executed sales strategies and has worked closely with broadcasters, production houses and A/V system integrators across the MEA territory.

Prior to joining FOR-A MEA as its engineering manager, Mohammed Abu Ziyadeh gained valuable experience as a technical solution engineer, and later became a senior broadcast engineer for a leading digital broadcasting equipment and solutions provider. In this capacity, he worked with broadcasters around the world to resolve technical problems, handle installations and maintenance of broadcast and production systems, and manage and train the engineering team. Ziyadeh also served as a broadcast engineer for a television station where his duties encompassed overseeing studio, off-line, outside broadcast (OB) vans, transmission and master control operations.

Contact information for the new FOR-A MEA office is as follows:

FOR-A COMPANY LIMITED

Middle East-Africa Office

JEBEL ALI FREE ZONE-LOB-16-OFFICE 619

PO BOX 261914, DUBAI, UAE

TEL: +971 4 887 6712 / FAX: +971 4 887 6713

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call +81 (0)3-3446-3936 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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WXEL Enhances Florida Facilities With NVerzion Automation Software

SALT LAKE CITY — Feb. 21, 2012 — NVerzion, a leading provider of cutting-edge tools for digital broadcasting and television station automation, announced today that PBS(R) member station WXEL-TV42 in Boynton Beach, Fla., has upgraded its facilities to include the latest NVerzion technology for automated master control operations for the station’s main channel, 42.1. The NVerzion technology enables WXEL-TV42 to reap the benefits of a more reliable, efficient, and streamlined tapeless workflow. more

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America’s Only Television Manufacturer, SunBriteTV, Names Top Tier Independent Representative Firms in Key Regions

MOORPARK, California, February 21, 2012 — At a time when the biggest brands in the consumer electronics marketplace are scaling back new product development and holding dealers to maintain sales performance in a commoditized and competitive economy, one American company is making dealer support central to its growth strategy in outdoor TV technology. SunBriteTV today announced that it has signed deals with 10 independent firms to represent its products in key regions such as New England, metro-New York, Southern California and Florida. While the company continues to carve out a winning niche as the world’s premier maker of true outdoor televisions, SunBriteTV will provide its dealers with the most sophisticated and reliable products on the market as it prepares to introduce new products to its Signature and Professional lines this Spring.

“The SunBriteTV sales and distribution strategy is focused on supporting custom installation and AV specialty retail/custom channels,” said Tom Dixon, vice president of marketing, SunBriteTV. “We feel that these are the top-tier rep firms in the AV space and view our partnerships as an opportunity for both sides to grow our market share and bring innovative new products to the outdoor TV technology market.”

The following firms signed to represent SunBriteTV are: The Jarmac Group Inc., JBA Sales, Balaton Marketing, High-Tech Marketing, WSR Sales, Orion Advanced Marketing, New Age Marketing, Sound-Tech Marketing Inc., JBA MARKETING INC. and Rich Jackson.

Along with the new products, SunBriteTV will support dealers with an aggressive marketing campaign that includes advertising in a wide variety of trade and luxury publications. Advertisements in trade publications are designed to educate dealers about SunBriteTV products and how they can be easily integrated into systems, while advertisements in luxury publications show the benefits and superior performance of SunBriteTVs to end users.

“We want to be the best partner for our dealers, and we’re finding new ways of enhancing the awareness of our brand,” said Dixon. “SunBriteTV is committed to manufacturing products that offer total quality, reliability and pride of ownership and our dealers will play a pivotal role in our plan of expanding entertainment to the outdoor space.”

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.sunbritetv.com.

About SunBriteTV

SunBriteTV’s all-weather televisions have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arenas, restaurants and hotel patios and even on military vehicles participating in field operations. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Resellers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Reseller, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Reseller Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

Gand Adds GEO S12 to NEXO Arsenal

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Gand Concert Sound (GCS) of Glenview, Illinois, aka “The NEXO Guys” have added an 18-box GEO S12 system to their rental inventory. “Yamaha brought in a road rig for a demo at the Viper Alley rock club in Lincolnshire, and not only did they like the system, our own crew was knocked out,” states Gary Gand, President, Gand Concert Sound. The new Gand NEXO system includes (16) GEO S1210 cabinets, two GEO S1230s, six NEXO NX4x4 amplifiers and four RS18 subwoofers.

“Beyond our extensive inventory of world-class GEO Ts and our micro sized GEO S8 systems, we can now offer a mid-size rig for weight restricted spaces such as small theaters and lighter duty outdoor roof structures,” says Tim Swan, Vice President and General Manager at Gand. “No sooner did the rig come back to the warehouse, it was sent out for a Poi Dog Pondering show followed by an extended theatrical run of “A Chorus Line” at the Paramount Theater in Aurora.” The Paramount also upgraded their outdated 1960s cluster system to a GEO S12 system installed by Gand Installation Division in September of 2010. The 12-box LCR system is hidden behind a permanent soffit over the proscenium. “It made perfect sense to add additional matching left and right flown GEO S12 columns utilizing the Paramount’s existing points,” states sound designer Adam Rosenthal. “It gave me the ability to widen the stereo image for the musical, and take care of the hard-driving, sold-out Poi Dog Pondering show with matching NEXO cabinets and amps.”

Gand Concert Sound was the first company in the USA to embrace the NEXO GEO T system when it made its debuted at NSCA in 2003, ordering an arena- sized system for shows at the Georgia Dome that summer. GCS is celebrating their 35th year in the concert audio business. Gary Gand founded the company in 1977 after taking time off from his 14-year career as a professional musician. “All my band buddies started calling me to come mix their live gigs,” says Gand. Dissatisfied with the gear that was available at the time, Gand starting building his own PA cabinets in his garage. “Next thing I knew, I was on the road with Emmy Lou Harris.” Today GCS is one of the midwest’s most respected audio providers working with a who’s who of national artists coming through the “Mid-coast” including local favorites Buddy Guy, Cheap Trick, Richard Marx and Chicago.

For more information on Gand Concert Sound or the Gand Installation Division, visit www.gandconcertsound.com.

For more information on NEXO products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: GEO S 12 rental System at the Paramount Theater adds to existing GEO S 12 system owned by the theater.

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

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BTX Chosen as U.S. Distributor of Net Display Systems’ PADS Digital Signage Software

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. — Feb. 21, 2012 — BTX Technologies, a value-added distributor and manufacturer of interface, integration, and system products, announced that the company has been named the U. S. distributor and technical support provider for Net Display Systems’ PADS digital signage software. Net Display Systems is a Microsoft(R) Gold ISV Partner with signage solutions designed to handle applications with requirements ranging from thousands of displays down to just one. These products are available as software-only solutions or pre-installed on media players that are custom configured by BTX for content levels ranging from basic to media-intensive. more

AVIOM PERSONAL MIXERS IGNITE THE SESSIONS AT GASOLINE STUDIOS

NASHVILLE, TN, FEBRUARY 21, 2012—An Aviom Pro16® personal mixing system is an essential component on the gear list at Gasoline Studios, owned and operated by producer and songwriter Joe West from his farm in Franklin, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville. With his primary focus on country music, West has hosted several renowned country artists at his studio, including Jimmy Wayne, with whom he recorded the three-week, number-one hit “Do You Believe Me Now.” West credits Aviom for offering up excellent audio monitoring on several of the number-one albums he has produced. more

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TM Audio specs Renkus-Heinz IC Live for Museum Speelklok

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The Netherlands – February 2012….  A beautifully renovated museum boasting Europe’s largest collection of street organs has had its central space turned into a live performance area, attracting top Dutch artists, with its acoustics tamed by a Renkus-Heinz IC Live system installed by TM Audio.

Dedicated to Europe’s largest display of street organs, Museum Speelklok was founded in 1956 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. In 1984 the museum acquired a large church, whose restored interior now houses the collection.

Visitors are given a guided tour with explanations of each organ’s backstory. Some of the pieces – which range from hand-cranked barrel organs to vast, mechanically driven multi-instrument extravaganzas, rate among the world’s first and finest digital instruments, programmed by the equivalent of computer punch tape, a long strip of tough paper dotted with differently shaped holes that the organ’s ‘tape reader’ translates into instruments, notes, ‘channel’ volume and more.

Says Dirkjan Haspels, the museum’s head of events: “All the instruments are real instruments, there’s never a loudspeaker: you’re always hearing a string or a bell, an organ pipe or whatever. So throughout the history of this museum we have very much been against all sorts of amplifiers and loudspeakers, because that is the enemy of what our instruments did beforehand.”

He explains that the one part of the building that was rarely used was the central space, originally the church’s nave, due largely to its poor acoustics. However, all that changed recently when the vacant nave was transformed into a live performance space, allowing musicians and singers to perform in combination with instruments from the museum’s collection. The idea was inspired by earlier collaborations with musicians in theatres and at festivals, and by the museum team’s ability to program new tracks onto the paper strips.

Haspels continues: “For us the shows were a great success because new audiences came to see and hear the instruments and said ah, an organ doesn’t only play Tulips from Amsterdam or whatever – it can also play new music like hip-hop and jazz, which really opened their eyes.”

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Bringing those performances to Museum Speelklok itself entailed a €1.5m Dutch BankGiro Lottery grant, used both to acoustically treat the space and finance a PA system.

“To transform this part of the church into a concert hall,” continues Haspels, “I took a lot of expert advice and several sound systems were tested in the nave. Many people came to listen, including our resident system engineer, GertJan Schoutsen – and the verdict for us all was clearly the Renkus-Heinz IC Live.

“It is quite hard to see, which makes me happy; just two little columns and the subwoofers. Yet it’s the first time that it’s been possible to have 500 people listening to amplified sound from the stage here without problems.”

The IC Live system consists of four 8-channel Renkus-Heinz ICL-R digitally steerable columns, mounted in one double stack per side atop matching IC215 2×15″ self powered subwoofers. These take their signal via RHAON (Renkus-Heinz Audio Operations Network) from a 16 channel Yamaha 01V96 with an Allen & Heath iDR8 digital mix processor. The stage is covered by four Renkus-Heinz CF121M2 12+2″ self powered monitors.

TM Audio project and application engineer Olaf Landzaat comments: “IC Live dealt with the acoustical issues, which are typical for a church. With conventional loudspeakers you’d get a lot of reflections whereas with IC Live you can manipulate the beams to reduce reflections, to get as good speech intelligence and sound as possible.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

 

 

Join the Wireless Mixing Webcast and Prize-Fest!

iPad® and iPhone® mixing is here NOW with all PreSonus StudioLive™ digital mixers!

Join us for a series of three live Webcasts on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, featuring live music and mixing demos.

 

Over $2,000 worth of prizes will be awarded to online viewers during each Webcast.

Mixing from anywhere in the venue or adjusting your own monitor mix from an iPhone isn’t something that’s “shipping in the near future” for PreSonus users. It’s here NOW with StudioLive mixing consoles, via StudioLive Remote for Apple iPad, and QMix™ for iPhone and iPod touch®.

Join us as we webcast live from a Baton Rouge venue with a live band and a lively crowd. See and hear how engineers and band members can easily and conveniently control front-of-house and individual monitor mixes from virtually anywhere in a venue, using the world’s best-selling digital mixer – PreSonus StudioLive.

 

Three broadcasts will be presented, starting at: 

  • 10:00 AM Central Time (16:00 GMT)
  • 2:00 PM Central Time (20:00 GMT)
  • 6:00 PM Central Time (00:00 Wednesday GMT).

 

Click here to register for the webinar on the PreSonus Live Web page. On the lower right-hand corner of the page, under Upcoming Events, click on a webinar to receive an automatic email reminder.

Each Webcast will include live music and no two will be exactly the same.

As with all PreSonus TechTalk webcasts, you can view these on-demand any time at  http://www.livestream.com/presonuslive/

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Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, mixers, control surfaces and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.

 

 

 

 

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