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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.

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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

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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.

 

 

 

 

Saginaw Valley University Gets Powered by Renkus-Heinz

Saginaw, MI – February 2012….  Saginaw Valley State University is one of Michigan’s fastest-growing universities, and its Cardinal Athletics teams draw a steady stream of fans year-round. The university’s main athletic complex, the Ryder Center, comprises a number of venues, including a 6800-seat football stadium, indoor and outdoor track and field facilities, baseball, soccer and softball fields and more.

The Center’s 3700-seat James E. O’Neill Arena is home to the university’s Cardinal basketball teams. The multipurpose facility can be segmented using movable walls, accommodating not just basketball, but everything from baseball practice, pole vaulting and shot putting to convocations, and even the occasional swap meet. The arena recently received a major sound system upgrade, overseen by Bret Emerson of Rockford, MI-based CommTech Design, installing a high-powered audio system featuring Renkus-Heinz CF-Series modular point-source array loudspeakers.

As Dave Spoelhof of Grand Rapids-based Accurate Audio Consultants, the audio consultant on the project, explains, the arena’s original sound system had never been quite up to the task. “The original system was put in when the building was built, about 15 years ago,” he says. “They chose at the time to go with a distributed system utilizing 12-inch coaxial speakers mounted overhead, some 30 feet above the floor. The coverage was inconsistent and uneven – there were hot spots and dead spots, and depending on how high your seats were in the bleachers, you either couldn’t hear or you got blasted.”

The new system, installed by ICOMM of Clio, MI, comprises 26 Renkus-Heinz CF101LA cabinets, with six arrays of two and three boxes covering the court and seating areas. Spoelhof says the release of the CF-Series CF101LA was well-timed for this project. “It just so happened that about two weeks before we started with this project, my rep Mike Somerville (of McFadden Sales) had invited me to their facility for a demo of the new CF series,” he recounts. “I was blown away by how articulate and yet musical it was. And it was about half the price of other comparable systems, which enabled us to stay within the client’s budget.” The CF101LA cabinet employs a 10-inch woofer and two 1-inch compression drivers in a 15-degree cabinet, allowing unparalleled sound pressure to be directed into an exceptionally tight pattern.

Each array also includes a single CF15S subwoofer, providing powerful low frequency performance. “They hold a wide range of events there, and they were clear in their desire for full-range performance,” says Spoelhof. “So even though the primary focus was on speech intelligibility, they were clear that they also wanted the system to rock.”

Symetrix Jupiter 8 DSP units provide system drive and processing. “They wanted something that provided great coverage, great sound, and was easy to operate,” says Spoelhof. “We provided them with a number of different presets, changing the beam configuration depending on how they were using the room. Basically we’ve got presets for different sporting events, small commencements, large commencements, and so on.”

Spoelhof points to the CF101 as ideal for this type of application. “I’ve designed large arena systems in the past, sometimes using line arrays and sometimes using point source systems,” he says. “With the CF101 boxes, we were able to bring in the best of both worlds. It gave us the reconfigurable coverage we were looking for, using a permanently installed line array, and without the need for a ton of boxes.”

 

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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.

 

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Community Seeks EN54-24 Compliance for R-Series Loudspeakers

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Chester, PA, February 2012…   Large venues of every kind need intelligible voice evacuation and mass notification capabilities, yet many typical fire-alarm voice-evacuation systems provide neither the voice intelligibility nor the sound levels (volume) needed to effectively communicate with very large numbers of people over the ambient levels of a real-life emergency situation.

Throughout Europe, venues such as stadia, sports and convention centers already have high intelligibility, high-level sound systems for entertainment and voice paging which can communicate effectively. For such systems installers could comply with the BS EN 60849 Standard for the installation, but there was no common laboratory test for the loudspeaker equipment. This remained subject to different requirements in every country. The introduction of the EN54-24 Standard dramatically changed this, providing a harmonized EU standard to test to.

To enable its loudspeakers to be used in voice alarm systems in venues across Europe, Community Professional Loudspeakers has applied for EN54-24 Certification of many of its large-scale loudspeaker systems through the international laboratory network of European Notified Body, Intertek. Their newly opened Life Safety & Security testing facility in Leatherhead UK had been developed to accommodate larger products used in fire detection and evacuation and had the capacity to test Community’s loudspeakers which weigh between 40 and 145 kilos.

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EN54-24 specifies the minimum requirements for voice alarm loudspeaker as a component of a voice alarm system to provide intelligible warning when a fire emergency has occurred and provides a common method of testing their operational performance.   It also specifies the common requirements for construction and robustness under climatic or mechanical conditions that might occur in a service environment.

With EN54-24 addressing the performance of products before and after they have been conditioned by factors such as corrosion, changes in temperature, vibration and impact, Intertek’s test and assessment engineers worked closely with the technical experts at Community to put various models through their paces.

Intertek’s newly built acoustic chamber enables test engineers to take audio readings at 4m as required by EN54-24 and their 998cm3 SO2 corrosion chamber (double the size of most corrosion chambers operating) is capable of conditioning larger products to simulate environmental aging.

Community is ahead of the compliance curve in this project having considered the EN54-24 requirements over a year ago and immediately initiating their plans, ahead of many other large-scale manufacturers selling into Europe.

“Sometimes new standards seem to result in nothing but red tape and bureaucracy”, said Chris Foreman, Community’s COO, “But EN-54-24 actually allows high quality professional audio systems – systems that often exceed the output capabilities of standard emergency products – to be used in emergency applications.  Community systems, particularly R-Series Systems, are already the go-to product in Europe for outdoor entertainment systems.  Given their exceptional voice capability, we expect that we will continue to enjoy great success as this directive progresses.”

 

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Eastern Stage Productions Outfits Spectacular Gotham Hall With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1™ Console

NEW YORK, New York – From elegant social events to corporate gatherings and non-profit galas, New York City’s Gotham Hall never ceases to amaze. In order to match the prestige of the venue and its variety of functions, Eastern Stage Productions, located in Edgewood, New York, recently installed a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 digital console.

Gotham Hall, originally a landmark bank built in 1922 incorporating many Roman architectural features, was transformed in 2002 into a remarkable high-end ballroom. It has been used for a variety of events including concerts by James Brown, Alicia Keys, the B-52’s and corporate events such as the 2003 BMG GRAMMY® Awards after-party.

When looking to upgrade to a digital board, Tim Wright, Engineer for Eastern Stage Productions, recognized the need for a compact desk to fit in the corner of the large ballroom. “We didn’t want anything that would interfere with the overall atmosphere of the building as it has some amazing artwork and designs we didn’t want to obscure,” he said. “The Vi1 fits perfectly into our little 3×4-foot area, and we don’t lose any functionality that you would with other brands. Having the versatility to use the board at both the FOH and monitor positions gives us even more options.”

Easy control of different zones throughout the ballroom is an important feature of the Vi1, Wright noted. “Having control of the right, left and center speakers and being able to easily make adjustments to EQ is huge due to the fact that the dome shaped ceiling makes it acoustically difficult to tune. This makes it ideal for different types of concerts and events where you can change settings depending on the situation,” Wright stated. “I have loved using the de-esser and compressor to adjust the settings to fit the room as well. I don’t need to scroll through pages to change a quick setting, the EQ is very responsive and makes life easy.”

When making the transition to digital, Wright noted the easy learning process of Soundcraft and how it feels like an analog board. “The transition was seamless and gives us everything that we need and more for the price point. For a regional sound company we couldn’t have found a better fit.”

With the versatility that Gotham Hall offers to its patrons, simple connectivity of the Vi1 is important, as it can easily be moved to different locations throughout the space. “It is so user-friendly, there is no need to patch wire, no latency, everything just works well. I even encourage other engineers to try the board and most of them recognize right away the advantages that Soundcraft provides over other boards,” stated Wright.

Wright added, “Honestly for how compact the console is I am constantly surprised at how much it offers. The built-in Lexicon effects are easy to scroll through and changing settings is easy with the click of a button. The ability of the soft patching to copy vocals or settings to a different page is great. It’s just another way that Soundcraft is making my life easier and allowing me to focus on what needs to be done instead of making tedious changes to settings.”

“The support that I have received from Soundcraft verifies everything I feel about the company and console,” Wright concluded. “They are very helpful with support and truly know what they are talking about rather than simply reading from a script. If I didn’t truly love it I wouldn’t try to push the Soundcraft brand as much as I do.”

Eastern Stage Productions is an official Soundcraft dealer. For more information, please visit: http://www.espnewyork.com/

For more information on the Gotham Hall, please visit: http://www.gothamhallevents.com/index.htm

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 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

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