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Christ the King Church Enhances Sound with NEXO Line Array

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Christ the King Church in Bellingham, WA recently completed an overhaul of its sound system, awarding the installation contract to Clarity Media Group of Portland. Clarity provided the best solution for the task at hand, outfitting the 1,500-seat church with a 20-box NEXO GEO S12 line array.

“The church wanted a system capable of accommodating a worship service and in addition, have rider acceptability to bring in concerts,” states John Harrel, project manager, Clarity Media Group. “The NEXO GEO S12, consisting of eight S1210 boxes per side, is configured as an LCR and was chosen based on its smooth, even coverage as well as its musicality and output. Our client wanted a center cluster rather than front fills and flown subs, so we recommended four GEO S1230s which met their requirements and are tucked away very discretely above the pastor’s podium position. The previous system was an eyesore.” The system also contains four NEXO RS18 Ray Sub cabinets flown, two per side in cardioid mode. Two NEXO NX4x4 and one NX4x1 amplifiers power the system.

“The NEXO system’s ability to maintain uniform coverage despite having a low trim height was key in choosing it for this application,” states Travis Cibolski, Clarity co-owner and designer of the system. “The net effect is that the system delivers uniform, transparent sound to all areas, and with full bandwidth!”

Christ the King Church has 6,000 members in its congregation with two campus locations. The church band consists of 6-10 musicians on average who, according to Harrel, are very discerning when it comes to good audio (one of its members is a signed recording artist).

The church previously installed a Yamaha M7CL-48 digital console at front of house, chosen for its ease of use by audio volunteers.

For more information on Clarity Media Group, visit www.claritymediagroup.net.

For more information on NEXO and Yamaha products, visit http://www.yamahaca.com.

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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.

TV Magic Refocuses Business Development Strategy and Sales Efforts

Company Will Focus on Continued Expansion Into Latin American, House of Worship, and Broadcast Ministry Markets

SAN DIEGO — Feb. 23, 2012 — TV Magic today announced plans to strengthen the company’s long-term competitive position by solidifying strategic alliances and focusing on niche market verticals, as well as allocating additional resources to its rapidly growing Latin American business. This new strategy will more closely align key business functions and operations with the company’s highly market-focused sales models. more

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BRETFORD APPOINTS PHIL CLOUTIER TO VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES AND MARKETING

BRETFORD APPOINTS PHIL CLOUTIER TO
VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES AND MARKETING

CHICAGO — February 23, 2012 —Bretford Manufacturing, Inc., a United States manufacturer of dependable furniture products that improve how people work and learn, has appointed Phil Cloutier to the newly created position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Cloutier is responsible for the development of Bretford’s North American and international market strategies, and for leading and mentoring Bretford’s customer-facing teams, including; sales, marketing, customer care, contracts, and special projects. His initial priorities are to ensure these teams are properly structured based on the needs of customers and partners, while also overseeing the launch and delivery of the company’s new EDU 2.0 social learning furniture line for education environments.

“Phil was a sought-after addition to the Bretford family due to his years of experience in the furniture industry and his leadership background,” explained Chris Petrick, CEO for Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. “His expertise is critical to helping us move deeper into the contract and education furniture markets in the U.S. and overseas.”

Cloutier brings more than 15 years of successful experience in sales and marketing to Bretford, the majority of which are in the furniture industry. Most recently, Cloutier was Vice President of Marketing and Inside Sales at McCue Corporation in Salem, Mass. Cloutier also worked for Herman Miller, Inc. as Northeast Government and Higher Education Sales Manager and participated in Herman Miller’s Leadership Development Program. Additionally, he has held various sales, marketing and leadership positions at Wright Line LLC and Curtis 1000.

Cloutier holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. He has received extensive training and certification in the areas of sales, marketing, management and leadership.

For more information about Bretford visit Bretford.com or call 1-800-521-9614. Bretford can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bretfordmanf.
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About Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
Bretford is a manufacturer of furniture for both learning and work environments. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Franklin Park, Ill., Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. holds more than six decades of expertise dedicated solely to the design and manufacture of sustainable furniture solutions that are made in the U.S.A. With nearly 350 employees and 450,000 square feet of production space, the company offers smart furniture designs that support evolving technology, enabling institutions, organizations and corporations to increase productivity and efficiency. Bretford’s superior workmanship and environmentally-compliant manufacturing and operation practices ensure dependable products, many of which are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®. Bretford is a CarbonNeutral® certified company and its EDU 2.0 line is among the first in the contract furniture industry to achieve CarbonNeutral® product certification. Bretford products are backed by a 12-year standard warranty and the industry’s best 20-year standard warranty on library furniture.

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Y & Co Expands Its Rental Inventory with Clear-Com’s Eclipse Matrix Intercoms

PARIS, 23 FEBRUARY 2012 ─ Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is pleased to announce that Y & Co has extended its hire inventory of intercom equipment with two new Clear-Com Eclipse Matrix systems, namely the Eclipse-Median and Eclipse-Pico Digital Matrix, along with the V-Series and ICS user control panels. This additional investment signals Y & Co’s confidence in Clear-Com intercoms’ capabilities to serve the growing live events and broadcast production needs.

A loyal Clear-Com user in France since its opening in 1989, Y & Co is a leading rental company providing audio solutions to live event facilities, tour groups and broadcasters. As a member of the Clear-Com Global Rental Group, Y & Co already supplies a portfolio of Clear-Com intercom systems including partyline systems, HME DX200, HME PRO850 and Tempest2400 wireless systems. In addition, Y & Co’s technical staff are well-trained in Clear-Com technology to provide high-quality equipment installation and support.

Since the purchase of Eclipse Digital Matrix Systems, the company has already rented out the intercom systems to several important events and performances throughout the country. These include Excalibur au Stade de France (Excalibur at the French Stadium), the Convention Renault in Seville and La Fête du Feu à Bercy (the Fire Festival in Bercy). With the support of Clear-Com’s French distributor, Audiopole, which will provide additional intercom equipment as needed – even on short notice, Y & Co is well poised to service a greater number of large, high-profile projects.

“We are very happy to further enhance our relationship with Clear-Com and Audiopole,” says Yves Brunet, Commercial Director for Y & Co. “We have been extremely pleased with Clear-Com since the first Matrix Plus 1 product. By partnering with Audiopole to offer Clear-Com’s Eclipse systems, we are presenting our customers with an expansive set of intercom options and creating more opportunities for satisfying customer’s changing needs in the years to come.”

“By paying close attention to the needs of our users, we realised how essential it was for Clear-Com to liaise directly with rental companies,” says Karlie Miles, Director of EMEA Sales, Clear-Com. “This partnership highlights Clear-Com’s continued commitment to evolve with the ever-growing requirements of our customer base. The agreement further solidifies the relationship with Audiopole and signals a direct assurance of Clear-Com’s support for our loyal customer, Y & Co.”

Y & Co is a world-class rental company with broadcast clients such as France Télévisions and corporate users such as Euro Disney, Le Public Système and Euro Media TV. It also assists with concerts featuring famous French artists such as Mylène Farmer and Johnny Hallyday, in addition to servicing most musicals in France, including Le Roi Soleil, Mozart, Dracula and Le Roi Lion.

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com, an HME company, is the global leader in mission-critical voice communication systems for professional productions. Since 1968, Clear-Com developed and marketed a comprehensive range of analog, digital and IP-based wired and wireless intercom technologies for party-line and point-to-point communications. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communication solutions. More information about Clear-Com can be found at www.clearcom.com.

About HM Electronics, Inc. (HME)
A privately held company founded in 1971, HME has continued to be a leading provider of innovative technology focused on enhancing productivity and customer service for multiple markets including pro audio, sports, and restaurants. HME developed the first wireless intercom system for pro audio and continues to introduce exciting, cutting-edge wireless intercoms that enhance communications, increase productivity and facilitate creativity for virtually any application. HME’s comprehensive line of wireless intercoms – including the award winning PRO850 UHF and DX Series Digital Intercoms – are designed with the user in mind. In addition to pioneering the first wireless intercom for the pro audio industry, HME was the first to develop the wireless headset system for the drive-thru quick service restaurant market. More information can be found at www.hme.com.

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Hollywood’s SSI Advanced Post Services Installs Teranex VC100 Video Processors

Blackmagic Design today announced that SSI Advanced Post Services, one of Hollywood’s premiere post production facilities, has installed Teranex VC100 video processors as part of a massive project converting various classic television shows, such as “I Love Lucy” and “Gilligan’s Island,” to file based formats for inflight airline entertainment systems.

Installed at their Sunset Boulevard facility, SSI will use the Teranex VC100 to complete an extensive set of format and frame rate conversions on a number of television shows, transforming media of various ages and quality into the uniform format and resolutions needed for inflight television. Beyond this project, the Teranex VC100 will also be used to handle SSI’s ongoing theatrical and television trailer work, preparing trailers for use across the globe.

“Some of our biggest customers ask for Teranex by name because it ensures high quality, and we have been Teranex customers for a number of years. So it was an obvious choice to upgrade to the complete VC100 when it became available,” said SSI’s head of engineering, Gary Fradken. “With our clients, it is either high quality or it is unacceptable. Teranex not only gives that level of quality, but it is also reliable and easy to use. It just makes great pictures.”

“With the airline project, on some days we received boxes full of tapes from the 1960s, while on other days we got media with whole seasons of a show shot 30 years ago in England in PAL. Every single piece of content needs to be turned into uniform high quality file based media with the same aspect ratio and format,” continued Fradken. “The VC100 has been invaluable and handles any format thrown at it. It has particularly shined when working with media including interlaced content, which no other video processor can handle like the VC100.”

SSI upgraded to the Teranex VC100 from their existing Teranex VC300. The system joins SSI’s existing network of Blackmagic Design products, including three DaVinci Resolve color correction systems, including Resolve Control Surfaces, and 18 Blackmagic Design DeckLink HD Extreme 3D capture and playback cards. These products are used to complete color correction and post production for SSI’s work on theatrical trailers, such as the trailers for the new films “Journey 2” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

About Teranex
Blackmagic Design’s Teranex VC100 award winning broadcast video processor provides format and frame rate conversion, video noise reduction, film restoration and pre/post compression conditioning. The Teranex SIMD array processing technology delivers real time processing with re programmable products, providing a future proof solution for the broadcast industry’s changing needs. The Teranex VC100 defines excellence in video conversion and is now helping to lead the broadcasting revolution from 2D to 3D. The Teranex VC100 is available from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$19,995.

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Product photos of the Teranex VC100 are available at http://www.teranex.com/images_logos.

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s EmmyTM award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagic-design.com.

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Lightware’s 25G Hybrid Matrix Takes the Matrix Switch to the Third Dimension at ISE 2012 Amsterdam

25G Hybrid Matrix

25G Hybrid Matrix

Lightware Visual Engineering unveiled its groundbreaking 25G Hybrid Matrix router at ISE 2012 in Amsterdam, the largest and best-attended show in ISE history. Lightware also captured the attention of InAVate, the leading online resource for Pro AV technology and integration in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, scoring a video about the new matrix switch on the InAVate website. Lightware U.S.A. is the US distributor for Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering.

With its 25G Hybrid Matrix Lightware reinvents the meaning of the matrix switch. Until now systems have operated in two dimensions, with inputs and outputs. But Lightware has now added a third dimension – media layers – and set a new standard for the AV industry.

Lightware’s new system is not only a matrix, but a complete signal architecture: a cloud that supports eight media layers: video, audio, Ethernet, USB KVM, USB 2.0, IR, RS-232 and CEC channels. All layers are supported by 25G Hybrid signal management; inside the cloud all the layers are independent for switching and extending all signal layers separately.

25G Hybrid signal architecture allows video, audio and media layers to be transmitted over a single fibre or one CAT5 cable so AV professionals can build a very simple system, which still supports all eight media layers. The 25G Hybrid Matrix has 160 inputs and 160 outputs and a total throughput of 4TB per second. It offers exceptional 25 gigabits per second data rate switching for transporting next generation video signals, such as HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.2, and handling all future video and audio standards, including 4K resolution and stereo 3D formats.

Each video port is equipped with a separate audio input and output connector forming a 320×320 S/P/DIF crosspoint switch. It manages stereo and multichannel audio as well as high bitrate formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Optional multichannel to stereo downmixing is available.

25G Hybrid technology is more than just a switcher, however. As a comprehensive line of digital matrix switchers, transmitters and receivers, 25G Hybrid combines switching with a powerful suite of diagnostic software tools for the digital age, delivering a superior user experience.

About Lightware U.S.A.

Lightware U.S.A. is the US distributor of professional AV products manufactured by Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest, Hungary. For more information on these products, visit www.lightwareUSA.com.

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