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Sky-Skan Provides Expansive Sound for Charles Hayden Planetarium at Boston’s Museum of Science With HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers

NORTHRIDGE, California – One of the most stellar attractions at the Museum of Science in Boston is the Charles Hayden Planetarium—more spectacular than ever after a recently completed $9 million renovation. The Planetarium is the most technologically advanced theater in New England, and in addition to a state-of-the-art digital projection system, the Planetarium features an equally impressive 10.2-channel HARMAN JBL loudspeaker system.

“We pride ourselves on designing and installing the world’s best domed planetariums and visualization theaters,” said Marcus Weddle, Marketing Director for systems integrator Sky-Skan, headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire. “Although admittedly the visuals are what get peoples’ attention in a planetarium, the experience would be somewhat hollow and incomplete if you didn’t have sound on a scale to match. In a domed theater environment, that means large-scale surround sound.”

“The sound system is great,” said Darryl Davis, Planetarium Systems Coordinator at the Boston Museum of Science. “The low end is much better than we had with our original theater, and if the industry catches up to 10.2, we are already prepared for it.”

To deliver the expansive sound required for the almost 60-foot dome, theater designer Kurt Berna and the Sky-Skan team installed eight JBL AE (Application Engineered) Series AM6340/95 high-power 3-way loudspeakers, two AM6212/00 high-power 2-way speakers and two ASB6128V high-output dual-18-inch subwoofers. The AM6340/95 speakers are driven in bi-amp mode, and the speakers are powered by two Crown Macro-Tech i Series MA-5000i, four CTs 1200 and five CTs 2000 amplifiers. The mixing console is a custom Sky-Skan mixer, and audio signals are handled by three BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-160 signal processors with digital audio bus capability.

“Obviously, we couldn’t let the speakers intrude on the visuals in any way,” Berna said. “We hung the speakers from the roof, behind the projection screen, and positioned them to give even sound distribution throughout the dome. Although they needed to fill a large space, we were able to get the SPL and sound fill we needed using just 10 JBL main speakers and the two JBL subwoofers, because of the speakers’ wide yet precise coverage pattern and high power handling capability.”

Berna said, “We collaborated closely with JBL engineers and the acousticians on the project. In addition to the fact that the shape of a dome can be acoustically problematic by nature, the original construction needed better isolation from the outside environment. We solved those problems and the acoustics and audio quality in the Charles Hayden Planetarium now are outstanding.”

“The purpose of a planetarium is to transport people to another world,” Berna concluded. “We’re extremely happy with the way this installation turned out. The enveloping quality of the surround sound system and the absolutely stunning visuals really make you feel like you’re traveling through space and time and you completely forget that you’re in a theater.”

For more information about Sky-Skan, please visit www.skyskan.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 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

Clay Paky Sharpy Fixtures Light Up Madonna’s Stage at the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Super Bowl Halftime Show

Super Bowl Halftime Show

Madonna may have headlined Super Bowl XLVI’s Halftime Show, but Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures made a name for themselves too, helping to light up the stage for the Material Girl at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Lighting designer Al Gurdon, of UK-based Incandescent Design, utilized 204 Sharpys supplied by PRG after being impressed with their performance on FOX’s “X Factor.”

Gurdon has been recognized internationally for his TV and event lighting design. He has received many awards for his lighting over the years, including Lighting Designer of the Year from the TPI Awards, Lighting Design Awards, Royal Television Society Awards, Knight of Illumination Awards, and Australia’s Helpmann Award. He has served as lighting designer for the famed Eurovision Song Contest.

For the Super Bowl Halftime Show, Bruce Rodgers of Tribe Inc. was once again the production designer, All Access Staging built the set and PRG and Full Flood provided the lighting services.

“The shape of the Halftime Show is always determined by the artist,” says Gurdon who has been lighting designer for two previous shows featuring The Black Eyed Peas and The Who. “Madonna is an entertainer, and this year there were many more staging elements to the show itself, including a lot of dancing, so there was less of a need for lighting to ‘carry’ the spectacle.” In fact, this year’s Halftime Show was one of the largest and most technically challenging ever with the largest cast, most lift effects and biggest projection and lighting rig.

Gurdon notes that since “Because of the nature of the act and the show, glamour lighting was a very important element, and my job was basically to always present her and the other performers in the best light , and simply allow the audience to see the show.”

As a result he created “a cleaner look this year” and was careful to preserve all the video projection mapping taking place on stage where Madonna was joined by M.I.A., Nicki Minaj, LMFAO, Cee Lo Green.

“The Sharpys seem to be ideally suited to projects where power, brightness and optical efficiency is required,” says Gurdon. “I put them in rectangular pods of 20 in the air and 16 on the floor, packed very tightly together. When used in a cluster as one big moving light they could operate either as a solid beam that could really rival the big outdoor spots, yet we could suddenly split them into 20 beams, too.

Sharpy is a 189W moving head with an unprecedented brightness usually achievable only with far greater wattages. Tipping the scales at just 16 kg, Sharpy produces a perfectly parallel, laser-like beam with an incredible output of 5,100 footcandles at 65 feet. It is also groundbreaking in the purity of its beam, which is sharply defined and free of any halo or discoloration around the edges. It offers an interchangeable color wheel with 14 fixed colors and an interchangeable gobo wheel with 17 fixed gobos, allowing users to change the shape of the beam and create an array of spectacular mid-air effects.

Gurdon reports that the Sharpys “performed very well. They are pretty awesome for their size: extremely compact but incredibly powerful. You really get an intense effect out of them. I was very pleased.”

Mike Oz Owen was the Varilite board operator for the Halftime Show. A.C.T Lighting is the North American distributor for Clay Paky.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, “We’re proud that our Sharpys are once again the feature light in such a high profile event. Mr. Gurdon is a great friend of Clay Paky and an excellent designer and we believe the SuperBowl marks another important step in the acceptance of our products and our brand recognition in the US.”

About Clay Paky
Headquartered in Seriate (Bergamo), Italy, Clay Paky SPA has a history of designing and manufacturing innovative professional show lighting. The company was founded in 1976 by entrepreneur Pasquale Quadri who anticipated the enormous impact the evolution of technology would have on the show and entertainment worlds.

For more information on Clay Paky products, please contact:
Francesco Romagnoli francesco@claypaky.it
Davide Barbetta webmaster@claypaky.it

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L-ACOUSTICS KARA/KIVA System for 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games

INNSBRUCK, Austria – February 2012 — Austrian full service provider Light and Sound has provided an L-ACOUSTICS KARA/KIVA WST line source system for the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck.

Innsbruck’s city center was transformed into a huge party zone for the 2012 Games, with an action-packed program taking place at Medals Plaza, which hosted not only the daily Victory Ceremonies but also the week-long Innsbruck 2012 Music Festival. more

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Uncompromising Classical Audiophile Label 2L Relies on Antelope Audio’s Zodiac Gold DAC to “Proof Listen” its High Resolution Masters

Oslo, Norway, February 28, 2012 — Morten Lindberg is well-known in the audiophile community as head of 2L (Lindberg Lyd), a recording label based in Oslo, Norway that has been exporting its premium classical and folk recordings from Scandinavia for over a decade. Lindberg, who insists on extremely high quality production values throughout the entire recording, manufacturing and packaging processes, uses the Antelope Audio Zodiac Gold to ‘proof’ the carefully recorded 352.8 kHz/24-bit stereo master files before they are ever duplicated or distributed to the company’s discriminating international customers.

2L has garnered no less than 12 GRAMMY Award nominations over the last six years — seven of them in categories including “Best Engineered Album” and “Best Surround Sound Album.” These releases, which feature Norwegian composers and musicians, are recorded in spacious concert halls, cathedrals and churches throughout Scandinavia. One of the greatest challenges is to ensure that performances are reproduced in the living room of the listener as accurately as possible, therefore, 2L is always exploring the best mediums, file formats and technologies available: including Antelope Audio’s Zodiac Gold DAC.

The Zodiac Gold is a D/A converter, pre-amp and headphone amp engineered to deliver pristine audio with keenly articulated pitch and a spectacular soundstage. The unique sound of Zodiac DACs is based on Antelope’s Oven Controlled Oscillator and 64-bit clocking technology used by the world’s top audio engineers.

“Working daily with the finest European AD and DA converters on venue recording, our standard is set to the extreme,” says Lindberg. “I was hardly prepared for the overwhelming moment when I found that the sonic qualities of the Zodiac Gold immediately recalled my memory of the recording sessions.” The Zodiac Gold, which is now a key component in Lindberg’s monitoring chain, is also convenient to use on-location. “With the USB, I am able to use the Zodiac Gold in true plug-and-play fashion with my MacBook Pro. This makes it perfectly suited for portable playback in workshop environments.”

“More than 50% of our total revenue as a label now comes out of Hi-Res FLAC file distribution, with international partners like Hdtracks.com, Highresaudio.com and e-ONKYO,” Lindberg continues. “The Zodiac Gold is a perfect match for domestic customers searching for the best sonic values in computer playback of these super-high resolutions.”

While still a relatively young recording label from a classical music perspective, 2L’s accomplishments are very impressive nonetheless. When 2L began its own studio operations 15 years ago, its core business was contracting recordings out to other labels such as EMI/Virgin, Naxos, Linn and Philips and others. Since 2001, there have been well over 50 recordings issued by 2L and among the highlights for 2012 will be a landmark release of TrondheimSolistene – SOUVENIR, which is being released in two parts and will appear on both vinyl and Pure Audio Blu-ray.

While nothing can replicate the exact sensory experience of listening to a recording session in-person, the Zodiac Gold DAC can help listeners come just a little bit closer: “There is no method available today to reproduce the exact perception of attending a live performance,” concludes Lindberg. “As recording engineers and producers we need to do exactly the same as any good musician; interpret the music and the composer’s intentions and adapt to the media where we perform.” For 2L, the Zodiac Gold continues to perform.

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Sennheiser and Paste Magazine to Present 33 Bands in Three Days for Ultimate Music Lovers’ Showcase at Stages on Sixth in Austin

AUSTIN – February 28, 2012: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it has partnered with Paste Magazine to present an ultimate music lovers’ showcase during Austin’s famous music week on March 14, 15 and 16. All in all, there will be 33 performances over the course of three days by an eclectic mix of new and established acts held at the Sennheiser-endorsed The Stages on Sixth.

The marathon lineup at Austin’s The Stages on Sixth will include indie rock veterans The Wedding Present, The dBs and Built to Spill, as well as newer acts such as We Were Promised Jetpacks, Blitzen Trapper and Lumineers. Each of the two indoor and outdoor stages will feature sound delivered by premium audio brand Sennheiser.

Sennheiser Returns to Austin

Sennheiser will be sponsoring a showcase at The Stages on Sixth during Austin’s most revered music week for the second time in a row. Sennheiser will have its latest headphones on display, including the Amperior DJ-style headphones unveiled at CES earlier this year, as well as its famous evolution wired microphones. Following are details on locations and times:

· What: Sennheiser & PastePresent The Stages on Sixth, Austin
· When: Wednesday, March 14-16, noon to 6:00 p.m.
· Lineup (may be subject to change without notice)
o Wednesday, March 14: MyNameIsJohnMichael, River City Extension, Apparat, Caveman, Typhoon, The Chain Gang of 1974, Rich Aucoin, Hospitality, Tennis, Van Hunt, Ben Kweller
o Thursday, March 15: Dinosaur Feathers, Howler, Vintage Trouble, JC Brooks, Of Monsters and Men, The dB’s, Rubblebucket, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Blitzen Trapper, Japandroids, Built to Spill
o Friday, March 16: Barr Brothers, Crooked Fingers, Lumineers, The Belle Brigade, Reptar, Rhett Miller, Idle Warship, Alberta Cross, The Wedding Present, Punch Brothers, Glen Hansard

For more information and to RSVP, visit www.sennheiserusa.com/paste.

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Far Eastern University Department of Communication Upgrades to HD Production with Broadcast Pix Granite

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that the Department of Communication at Far Eastern University (FEU) in Manila, Philippines, recently renovated its video production facilities with a Granite™ 1000 Video Control Center. The new Broadcast Pix system is part of an upgrade to HD production for FEU’s television production classes.

While Granite has been primarily used for class productions, there are plans to produce a live cable broadcast during the upcoming semester. According to Babsie Morabe, associate professor, FEU Department of Communication, students like the new system, which replaced an aging Videonics switcher. “The industry is moving toward HD production,” he noted, “and the students need to be armed so that when they apply for a production job, they are already well versed in HD.”

Located in the Arts Building, the new production studio is housed in a space that had been previously used as a stockroom. Solid Video Corporation in Makati City, Philippines, supplied and installed the Granite system, and FEU began using it for classes in 2011. The upgrade also included new Sony HD cameras in the studio and HD control room monitors.

Budget was a primary consideration in choosing Broadcast Pix, but Morabe said the university’s technical team was also impressed by its functionality. For example, FEU relies on Fluent-View™, Broadcast Pix’s built-in, customizable multi-view to provide images and status information for cameras, clips, graphics, and key layers. “We don’t need a lot of monitors anymore,” Morabe explained. “It’s very efficient.”

Morabe also praised the other integrated tools, including the Harris Inscriber GS CG. “It is a very powerful tool for video mixing and live broadcast integration,” he added. “It greatly improved our productions, since we can come up with real-time graphics anytime.”

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

Warner Audio Visual Co. Adds Flexibility To Repertoire With HARMAN’s Soundcraft® Si Compact 24 Digital Console

CHICAGO, Illinois — Warner Audio Visual Co. recently purchased a HARMAN Soundcraft Si Compact 24 digital console in order to provide corporate organizations the proper audio support for their annual meetings and events.

Warner Audio Visual Co., with locations in Chicago, Phoenix and Orlando, prides itself on being a full audiovisual supply house, stemming from creative design and logistics to setup and take down, all while maintaining affordable budgets for its clients. The company has had the opportunity over the past 40 years to work with countless companies to provide audiovisual systems for their events, including the use of video feeds and playback, and satellite feeds.

“We went with the Si Compact 24 as it was the perfect option for a small footprint console and allows us the flexibility to work with many diverse clients,” stated David Ruke, Technician at Warner Audio Visual. “I am able to get the feel of an analog board all in such a small setup.”

For many corporate events where space is limited, the Si Compact 24 allows Ruke and colleagues to set up in the corner with limited cable and distraction; so important for a high-profile event.

Since switching to the Si Compact 24, many aspects of the board have excited Ruke and the rest of his team. “I have worked with other digital consoles and the sound quality is noticeably different and so much better on the Si Compact,” Ruke explained. “It feels like a bigger board than it actually is. I love the built-in control, EQ, compressors, and limiters. It’s tough to find all those options on a small board.”

As many challenges present themselves up to hours before large events, the Si Compact helps to keep changes simple. “Whether it be adding a performer, another presenter or the podium being moved to a different side of the room, it is easy to adjust EQ and calculate the differences quickly. I can add a monitor mix in, throw a few patches in through the reverb, it’s all easy.” For the price point, Ruke explained, it is excellent and surprising to get so much capability without needing separate racks or additional outboard processing.

For more information on Warner Audio Visual Co., please visit: http://www.warnerav.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 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

DNF Controls Expands Sales Force With Two New Hires

SYLMAR, Calif. — Feb. 28, 2012 — DNF Controls, creator of the Flex Control Network(R) modular platform of professional IP-based machine controllers, today announced it has hired Fred Scott Jr. as director of sales and business development, and Tom Weems, CPBE, as Western regional sales manager/engineer. more

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Harris Corporation Introduces HView™ SX Pro Multi-Display Management Solution for Broadcast and Production

MELBOURNE, FL/DENVER, February 28, 2012 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has raised the bar in multi-display technology for live production, outside broadcast (OB) and other video/audio processing needs by introducing HView™ SX Pro — the broadcast industry’s most scalable, highest-density multi-display management system.

The HView SX Pro extends Harris’ HView multiviewer range, delivering a compact new signal processing and monitoring option for control room environments. Its advanced design is smaller, sharper and smarter than competitive solutions — reducing space, power and complexity while offering superior picture quality and intelligent, flexible control options. Its high-density design accommodates more sources and outputs in fewer rack units to reduce system and installation costs.

Harris customers can use the HView SX Pro as a standalone solution or integrated within Harris® Platinum™ routers. Harris pioneered the tighter integration of routing systems with multiviewers, audio processing (mux/demux), frame synchronization and advanced input/output options in a single frame to simplify deployments, reduce space and lower operating costs.

The HView SX Pro offers low-latency processing and enhances image quality through Harris MicroFine scaling technology. Versatile, built-in control features maximize display options, from single-surface video wall configurations to multi-unit or multi-room systems. These and other advanced options push HView SX Pro beyond the traditional multiviewer function to a true multi-display management solution.

“Live broadcast and production environments have become increasingly complex as the number of signal sources increase, increasing the need to simplify monitoring processes across facilities,” said Harris Morris, president, Harris Broadcast Communications. “Harris has made significant strides in multi-display processing that help to minimize costs for our customers without compromise to quality and innovation.”

The Harris SX Pro will debut at CABSAT 2012, taking place February 28 to March 1 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (Stand S3-A21, Sheikh Saeed Hall), and will follow in North America at the 2012 NAB Show, taking place April 16-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (Booth N2502).

In broadcast communications, Harris offers products, systems and services that provide interoperable workflow solutions for broadcast, cable, satellite and out-of-home networks. The Harris ONE™ solution brings together highly integrated and cost-effective products that enable advanced media workflows for emerging content delivery business models.

About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $6 billion of annual revenue and about 17,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.

SurgeX Announces Exclusive Distribution Rights of Certified Cyber Solutions

The agreement positions SurgeX to provide greater security integration with advanced power management, smart energy management, secure remote diagnostics, and monitoring.

Zebulon, NC – February 2012 – SurgeX, the leader in surge elimination and energy intelligence, is proud to announce the exclusive distribution rights of Certified Cyber Solutions (CCS), a remote systems management platform that will open up new opportunities, lower service costs and create new and on-going revenue streams for commercial AV installers. This new partnership will integrate SurgeX surge elimination technology and power management with the advanced secure remote management from Certified Cyber Solutions, creating a scalable option that combines the best in energy intelligence, power management and surge protection with industry-leading remote systems management.

This exclusive partnership combines SurgeX’s revolutionary surge elimination technology with Certified Cyber Solutions’ innovative remote monitoring and network security platform to create a single integrated system to protect equipment, remotely service equipment and secure electronic systems like never before.

Specifics of the SurgeX and Certified Cyber Solutions product line-up will be announced later in 2012, but this new platform will offer significant business and operational benefits to the Pro AV power management space. In addition to the unparalleled patented surge elimination technology, this combined solution will allow integrators to securely manage remote access, perform diagnostics and monitor their clients’ systems with an intuitive user interface. This industry leading capability reduces the threat of unauthorized access to clients’ networks while giving integrators a single point and click dashboard to monitor installations real-time, manage and troubleshoot common system issues.

The solution will also provide a floor plan view for identifying and discovering any IP enabled device on the network, giving the integrator a visually engaging interface for easy management of all client systems. Point and click navigation allows users to quickly troubleshoot problems, monitor energy usage data and operational status, as well as send user defined notifications. This integrated solution takes remote systems management to a whole new level and enables integrators to troubleshoot problems with any product on the network, instantaneously.

Beyond identifying a problem area, integrators will also be able to see specifically what the problem is, whether it’s faulty wiring, an installation error, or a bad connection, all without having to roll a truck to the site. Once an issue has been diagnosed, this platform will allow most issues to be diagnosed from the convenience of the integrator’s own store and reducing onsite service calls, lowering costs and improving customer satisfaction. Conversely, should technicians need to go onsite, the issue will be pre-identified so they can bring the appropriate equipment — the first time out. Perfect for managing multiple commercial properties, the new SurgeX solution will offer integrators an aerial view of their full territory, providing a snapshot of each customers system. In one quick look, an integrator will be able to survey all of their properties and immediately see if there is an issue anywhere.

Commercial AV installers interested in offering their customers the ultimate power protection package should contact their SurgeX representative for further information. To learn more about SurgeX, please visit www.surgex.com.

About SurgeX
SurgeX is the leading energy intelligence company and proud manufacturer of AC power conditioning and surge elimination product. Offering a complete line of AC power solutions for protection, power conditioning, and control of sensitive electrical and electronic equipment, Surge’s patented Advanced Series Mode® protection technology is the only product line in the market that absorbs and eliminates surges without the use of sacrificial components, ground or common mode contamination. SurgeX technology is A-1-1 Certified, is completely non-sacrificial, and protects AV equipment from AC surges and electrical transients that can disrupt sound quality and digital performance.

SurgeX is owned and operated by Electronic Systems Protection, Inc. All products are manufactured in Zebulon, North Carolina, are, and are backed by a best in class 11 year warranty. Visit http://www.surgex.com for further company and product information.

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