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Worldstage Helps Oracle Retail Group Have a Big Presence at Retail’s BIG Show

Oracle

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It was a big show for the retail industry and Worldstage helped Oracle Retail Group have a commanding presence at the NRF’s 101st Annual Convention & Expo at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Worldstage, the new brand for Scharff Weisberg and Video Applications, supported the high-tech company with a unique videowall featuring a live Twitter feed that captured the attention of visitors to what’s known as “Retail’s BIG Show,” sponsored by the National Retail Federation.

More than 25,000 people from 78 countries attended the 2012 event held January 15-18. Former President Bill Clinton was the convention’s keynote speaker.

When the client presented technical director David Rome of RomeAntics with the design, David reached out to Worldstage President, Josh Weisberg for assistance with the equipment and programming.

Worldstage, Inc. provided Oracle with a beautiful hi-res videowall for the upper level of their booth along with a video playback system that integrated a customized live Twitter feed into the imagery. The wall, which displayed Oracle’s large-format graphical content, was comprised of 32 narrow-bezel NEC 46-inch LCD monitors.

“We worked closely with David and the booth designer ShowCraft, to coordinate the details of the installation.” comments Michael May, Sr. Account Executive at WorldStage. “Our team developed a custom mounting structure to help support the weight of the large videowall on the second level of the booth. Space for the wall mounts and control was tight, so the control racks also had to be customized to fit in the space. The folks at Showcraft were great to work with and modified their plans to allocate room for these items.”

“We used Dataton’s WATCHOUT system as the primary playback device for the display,” says Josh Perlman, WorldStage’s Project Manager who managed the installation of the video system. “In addition, we chose WATCHOUT’s Dynamic Image Server toolset to ‘key’ in a live Twitter feed across the lower-quarter of the wall.”

WATCHOUT programmer and operator Josh Silverman adds, “We developed a Flash animation to pull Tweets from the @OracleRetail Twitter account and animate them on and off the wall. The WATCHOUT Dynamic Image Server executed a Flash file then pushed the rendered frames of text out to the WATCHOUT display machines, which layered the Tweets, with transparency, onto the bottom quarter of the videowall.”

“Everyone was very happy with Oracle’s innovative videowall,” reports David Rome. “Worldstage performed very well on the busy convention floor.”

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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ALTINEX ANNOUNCES SR208-100 VGA to VGA VIDEO SCALER

* Photo: Altinex SR208-100 VGA to VGA Video Scaler *

Brea, CA – February 2012… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the introduction of the SR208-100 VGA to VGA Video Scaler with fixed output resolution. The SR208-100 is designed to upscale (or down-scale) a standard PC video input to any of several popular PC/HD resolutions. In applications where there are many different input sources such as laptops interfacing with a fixed monitor or projector, the SR208-100 converts these sources to a single output resolution that is optimized for the display device. more

Hollywood Casino Joliet Goes First Class with K-array Installation

Chicago – February 16, 2012: Offering the excitement of Hollywood just 45 minutes outside of Chicago, Hollywood Casino Joliet recently underwent a major renovation to its entertainment and dining pavilion, which was destroyed by a fire in March 2009. Hollywood Stadium, a sports bar/entertainment venue located within the pavilion, has since been completely rebuilt and now boasts the latest technology and audiovisual elements, including an 80 x 20-foot screen, over 40 flat-screen TVs and a K-array loudspeaker system, the latter of which is distributed by audio specialist Sennheiser.

“After the fire, we took the opportunity to bring our pavilion up to speed both aesthetically and technologically,” recalls Justin Sattazahn, audio-visual supervisor of Hollywood Casino Joliet. “In Hollywood Stadium, I was looking for a stealthy loudspeaker system that would provide great sightlines and high fidelity throughout the room.” He chose a K-array system, including two KK200 arrays mounted to poles on either side of the stage, four KL18ma subwoofers — each of which was mounted inside the stage — and (4) KF12 self-powered monitors.

A Non-Traditional Solution in a Forward-Thinking Venue
Sattazahn, who has a background in the touring industry and recently made the move to casino entertainment, knew that a traditional horn-loaded P.A. system would not be suitable for Hollywood Stadium — which presented both acoustic and visual challenges. The visual challenges included maintaining unobstructed viewing angles to the stage performers, the massive projector screen and the flat-screen televisions scattered throughout the room.

“My initial design was going to be your standard hanging J-style line array,” Sattazahn recalls. “However, since the sightlines were so important and since I was dealing with a room that was very acoustically reflective, the K-array was by far the best choice.” The room, which measures 60 x 125 feet, has 45-feet-high ceilings and is constructed primarily of concrete. “There were a lot of acoustic challenges that we had to overcome, not the least of which were all the reflective surfaces.”

The precise sound dispersion patterns of the KK200 — which have a horizontal throw of 110 degrees and a vertical throw of just seven degrees — helped Sattazahn and his team overcome the acoustic challenges of the venue while maintaining unobstructed sightlines towards the stage. Moreover, by installing the K-array solution, every seat in the house offers a pristine audio experience.

Smooth sounds in a small, powerful package
When it is not a sports bar, Hollywood Stadium is transformed into an intimate music venue that caters to smooth jazz, country, Top 40 dance music and everything in between. Musicians of all genres regularly pass through the venue, and Sattazahn says that so far, the loudspeaker system has gotten high marks: “One of the bigger regional bands that comes in here is called 7th Heaven. When they first saw the K-array system, they said, ‘Is this it?’ But by the end of the show, they had no doubt that the K-array could handle everything they had and a lot more!”

The new K-array system receives regular praise from both performers and patrons alike: “We get a lot of compliments that this is the best system that they’ve ever heard,” says Sattazahn. “Some bands describe the sound as ‘smooth’, and say that it’s as if they are listening to their performance through a set of studio monitors — but in a live setting.”

Based on the successful performance of the K-array system in Hollywood Stadium, Hollywood Casino Joliet is already planning on installation additional K-array equipment in other locations in the near future. “K-array fits our brand and the high-end feel we are trying to achieve in our casino, so we are looking at adding new elements within the casino and the nightclub. K-array is already at the top of my list,” Sattazahn concludes.

Matrox Releases Support for Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 Broadcast Monitoring on Full Line of Matrox MXO2 I/O Devices and New Matrox Mojito MAX Card

MONTREAL — Feb. 16, 2012 — Matrox(R) Video Products Group today released a software update for the entire range of Matrox MXO2(TM) I/O devices and the new Matrox Mojito(TM) MAX(TM) card that adds broadcast monitoring support with the recent Final Cut Pro(R) X 10.0.3 update. Broadcast monitoring in Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 allows video and audio output to a variety of external monitors and other equipment using the SDI, HDMI, or analog video outputs from Matrox products. more

Introducing Conferencing Superstar David Dunn as Senior Product Manager for Media Vision in Canada.

San Francisco, CA, February 16, 2012 – With close to thirty years of experience in the pro audio conferencing field and an unmatched reputation for excellence in advice and service, David Dunn has joined the growing team of Media Vision USA as Senior Product Manager for the country of Canada.

Fully trained on the TAIDEN wired and wireless conferencing and language interpretation technologies, including the latest 8300 Series Paperless Multimedia Conference System, David Dunn is now available to support Canadian consultants and integrators with designing advanced communication solutions for VTC boardrooms, council chambers, auditoriums, international conference centers and a wide range of other meeting environments.

“Having Dave on-board is sending a strong message to our partners in Canada that we are committed to providing them the best support and that we’re there for the long term”, says Fardad Zabetian, CEO of Media Vision USA; “Canadians are very knowledgeable of conferencing and language interpretation technologies, so we needed a recognized expert in the field like Dave to be their point of contact” added Fardad mentioning David Dunn’s experience with the respected competition Bosch and DIS.

For David Dunn, this new role supporting TAIDEN technologies is opening a world of opportunities. “I appreciate being able to offer clients such a large range of options in terms of features, design, as well as hardware and software customizations” he comments, adding that “Working with the dynamic Media Vision team on such exciting technologies is all I could hope for at this stage of my career”.

David Dunn is based in Toronto and offers support all across Canada. Contact him at david@mediavisionusa.com or via phone at 1.416.694.5425

About Media Vision USA
Media Vision USA is a leading provider of professional wired and wireless conferencing solutions for meeting rooms, VTC boardrooms, training centers, council chambers and auditoriums. Supported by feature-rich, flexible technologies, powerful software, and a dedicated product engineering team, we work with system integrators and consultants to design conferencing solutions that improve the audio in the room, including for distance communication. Our flagship unit, the TAIDEN Paperless Multimedia Conference System, provides all-in-one audio, camera, video display and data terminal for each participant. Additional information can be found at www.mediavisionusa.com

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Victor Rukaj Joins Broadway Systems New York Client Services Team

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Broadway Systems, the leading provider of advertising management software for cable networks, today announced that Victor Rukaj has the joined the company as part of its growing New York City-based client services team, effective Jan. 30. His responsibilities will include client support and training.

Rukaj most recently worked at MediaVest as an associate operations director, specializing in strategic planning and analysis for Procter & Gamble. He also spent three years as the manager of ad sales systems and operations for Fox News and Fox Business Channel, where he used Broadway’s end-to-end solution to manage the complete cycle of client advertising campaigns. In addition, he has worked as a manager of ad sales systems for MTV Networks, providing systems support for all television and digital properties.

“With his expertise in sales, finance, EDI, and stewardship processes, as well as hands-on experience with our fully-integrated software system, Victor is an excellent addition to the Broadway team,” said John Sorensen, president of Broadway Systems. “He understands the business of cable network advertising from both sides – agency and network operations – which makes him a valuable asset for our customers.”

Rukaj can be contacted at (917) 453-8954 or via e-mail at victor.rukaj@broadwaysystems.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.

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Access Networks Joins ihiji invision Manufacturer Partner Program

Austin, TX – February 16, 2012 – ihiji, creator of the award winning cloud-based remote monitoring system invision, is proud to welcome Access Networks into its manufacturer partner program.

Access Networks is the leading provider of enterprise-grade plug-and-play networking solutions for the automated residence. Together, the two companies deliver a highly visible solution by integrating ihiji’s Invision system into Access Networks’ preconfigured network solutions. This allows the integrator to more easily visualize vital data stored in network devices without needing to directly access the client network or log into each device separately. In addition, AV and automation system event logging can now be correlated with network event logging.

“What we are working on with ihiji is truly exciting and a major step forward in the systems monitoring space” said Hagai Feiner, CEO of Access Networks. “The ihiji invision systems allow for the capture of valuable data from our solution and presents it to the integrator via the invision web interface. The result is that the integrator has all the information they need at their fingertips.”

As a result of this partnership, all Access Networks systems installed on projects using ihiji invision will arrive preconfigured to work with ihiji’s monitoring service. Integrators can expect reduced installation time and increased efficiency in project management.

“ihiji invision exists to provide integrators a proactive service solution that increases revenues, decreases product failure rates and results in highly satisfied clients,” said Mike Maniscalco, ihiji vice president of technical operations. “It serves as the eyes and ears of the integrated system, providing real-time status of each connected device and enabling prompt and efficient resolution.”

This partnership will continue the integration of ihiji’s invision into Access Networks’ preconfigured networking solutions. New features will include in-depth monitoring of all switches and routers, the ability to turn PoE ports on and off, continuous network health monitoring, fan status, device uptime graphs and bandwidth usage.

“In a rapidly evolving industry such as ours, it is imperative that we align ourselves closely with manufacturers who will both ensure optimal product integration and also provide support for both current and future products,” furthered Maniscalco. “We have worked closely with Access Networks for the past year with great success, and have already collaborated to produce webinars and associated educational outreach. Hagai Feiner has established a highly skilled and technically adept team who support our collective initiatives very well. We are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead, and feel honored to add Access Networks to the ever-growing list of ihiji invision partners.”

ihiji media contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 374-8930, Katye@kmbcomm.com.

About ihiji
ihiji, the leading residential systems monitoring company, provides invision, a simple-to-use, yet robust remote systems monitoring and network support solution that enables proactive system performance management for System Integrators. ihiji creates a partnership with its dealers and leading industry manufacturers to offer inspired solutions to complicated problems that increase both end-user satisfaction and dealer profitability. Prototyped within the founders’ own high-end systems integration company, invision has since evolved into an award winning and industry leading product. Follow ihiji on Twitter and on Facebook, and learn more about the company online at www.ihiji.com.

About Access Networks
Access Networks is the leading manufacturer of pre-programmed networking solutions for the custom electronics industry. Based on its proprietary Unity Software, Access develops enterprise-grade unified home networks specifically built to handle the growing AV and automation demands of high-end residential environments. Founded in 2003 as an outsourced IT company for AV dealers, the company is comprised of IT and CE professionals committed to making technological convergence a reality. For more information, visit Access Networks at www.accessca.com and on twitter at twitter.com/accessnetworks.

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Mauricio Zottarelli Finds HARMAN’s Lexicon LXP Native Reverb Plug-In Indispensable

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Brazilian-born, New York City-based drummer/composer Mauricio Zottarelli has been on the forefront of the jazz, Latin and Brazilian music scenes for years, and has worked with dozens of artists including Hiromi, Dig Trio, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Keiko Matsui, Prasanna, Chuck Loeb, Carmen Souza and many more. In 2009 he released his critically acclaimed solo record “7 Lives” featuring his own compositions. His latest release is called MOZIK, a collaboration with pianist Gilson Schachnik, and he maintains a busy recording and performing schedule with more than 200 gigs a year.

“The Lexicon LXP Native Reverb Plug-In is an invaluable tool in my home studio and other places where I record,” said Zottarelli “The first time I heard it, I was instantly hooked. I do a lot of studio and session work and had heard many sessions being recorded with the LXP, and it always sounded fantastic. The transparency, clarity and fullness of the reverbs are just phenomenal. I decided I needed it for my home studio.”

“The LXP’s audio quality makes it sound as if I’m doing my projects in a major studio. I feel that the LXP is indispensible for independent artists and producers and project studio owners who need to match the tough competition and high sonic standards of today. I have been using the plug in consistently on everything I do, from small percussion overdubs to bigger productions, full drum tracks and mixes.”

Zottarelli finds the LXP Native Reverb quick and easy to use. “The LXP’s four reverbs – Plate, Chamber, Hall and Room – have tons of presets, yet you can get to them with one click. You can also tweak the quality, duration and character of the reverbs to be exactly the way you want them. There’s no time wasted fumbling around looking for the right option or sound – it’s all right there.”

“Since I got the Lexicon LXP, it’s on everything I do at my home studio,” Zottarelli continued. “I have used it on percussion overdubs, with hand percussion, shakers, cajon and many other instruments. Some of the plate reverb presets sound absolutely incredible with these kinds of instruments. The LXP is also great for ‘rounding up’ and filling out a mix.”

“When it comes to outside studios, a lot of the time I have to go in, record, and leave – but sometimes I get a chance to work on drum tracks later at home. Then I use the LXP to get more ‘color’ and fullness on the snare and toms and on the overall mix.”

“From day to day I am involved in playing on a lot of different projects, rehearsing, touring, composing and being my own manager and agent. When I’m in the studio I need tools that can deliver quickly, but with no compromise in quality. Even on smaller scale productions like demos, rough mixes and pre-productions, the Lexicon LXP makes such a big difference. Its ability to deliver high-quality results without a hassle gives me more time and freedom to create and to pay more attention to other aspects of the music and production.”

“Nowadays, on my own productions, demos and home recordings, the Lexicon LXP Native Reverb Plug-In is always there,” Zottarelli concluded.

The Lexicon LXP Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle is designed to work with popular DAWs like Pro Tools and Logic, as well as with any other VST®, Audio Unit™ or RTAS®-compatible host. PC- and Macintosh®-compatible, it offers four of Lexicon’s most renowned algorithms – Chamber, Hall, Plate and Room – plus 220 finely crafted studio presets. Its intuitive user interface provides easy access to key parameters, with a graphical real-time full-color display.

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.

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54th ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® AUDIO TECHNICAL TEAM COLLABORATES FOR LIVE BROADCAST

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2012) — The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, showcased an amazing collection of musical performances and tributes and utilized the latest in technology to provide television viewers worldwide with a cutting-edge, high-definition/5.1 surround sound event.

The GRAMMY Awards’ technical staff consists of audio pioneers who continually strive to employ the latest in HDTV and 5.1 technology to enhance the show. The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® members Phil Ramone and Hank Neuberger again supervised the broadcast audio, while fellow P&E Wing member Leslie Ann Jones supervised the house audio.

Caption: Only minutes before the start of the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, several members of the 2012 audio team gathered for a photo. Pictured L-R: Top Row: Toby Scott, Bruce Springsteen Engineer; Hank Neuberger, GRAMMY Award Telecast sound supervisor; John Harris, Co-Broadcast Music Mixer; Glenn Lorbecki, Recording Academy Secretary/Treasurer; Bob Clearmountain, Bruce Springsteen Engineer. Bottom Row: Eric Schilling, Co-Broadcast Music Mixer; Leslie Ann Jones and Phil Ramone, GRAMMY Award Telecast sound supervisors; and Maureen Droney, P&E Wing Senior Executive Director.

Photograph courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Wireimage.com © 2012. Photograph by John Shearer.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.

Currently more than 6,000 professionals comprise The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, including the development and implementation of new technologies, technical guidelines and recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives. For more information, please visit www.producersandengineers.com.

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Auralex Displayed In Guitar Gallery Showroom

Auralex Provides Total Sound Solution and Aesthetic Décor at High-End Boutique Store


NASHVILLE, TN — Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, helped the Guitar Gallery showroom in Nashville, TN look more appealing and sound better thanks to the installation of several of its acoustic treatment products. The Guitar Gallery installed Auralex’s SonicPrint™ artistic acoustic panels, its ELiTE™ B22 ProPanels™, ELiTE™ B24 ProPanels™ and SonoSuede™ Pro trapezoid panels, throughout the space. more

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