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Electrosonic Creates Interactive Exhibit for Important Hitler Letter at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles

Hitler Letter

Hitler Letter

When the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles acquired an early letter written by Adolf Hitler, it turned to Electrosonic to create an interactive exhibit for one of the most important archival documents in the history of the Second World War.

The letter was written in September 1919 and is the only document personally signed by Hitler, linking him to the elimination of the Jewish people. In the letter, Hitler calls for “an anti-Semitism based on reason…[whose]…final aim, however must be the uncompromising removal of the Jews altogether.” The letter was found by an American GI in Nuremberg in 1945.

The four-page typewritten letter was purchased last spring by Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, who called the letter “the most significant ever acquired” by the Center. The letter was written six years before Mein Kampf was published.

The letter’s acquisition was widely covered by the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, and the media around the world.

Electrosonic has been responsible for many exhibits and permanent installations since the Museum of Tolerance opened in 1993 as an educational arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Electrosonic sales consultant Les Hill and VP of Entertainment Chris Conte collaborated with Sue Burden, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of the museum, to determine the best way to showcase the letter. In order to allow the guests to explore the letter in depth, Electrosonic recommended that a multi-touch surface be installed along with digital content generated from the letter itself. To insure that the best digital content was created, Electrosonic turned to long-time creative content partner Cortina Productions to develop the content and interactive software.

The artifact itself is housed in a wall-mounted glass display case along with a 65-inch Mitsubishi LED touchscreen. The touchscreen is powered by CyberTouch. Museum visitors stand in front of the touchscreen to view content crafted by Cortina Productions, which allows them to virtually interact with the letter, reading it in the original German language or translated into English. A graphic image of a magnifying glass enlarges portions of the letter for easier inspection.

“The GUI can be operated by two users at the same time,” says Electrosonic project manager Guy Fronte. “In addition to the user mode for one or two visitors, there’s also a docent mode for museum docents making presentations to groups.”

Visitors can also access major milestones in the history of the Third Reich, as well as, news articles, maps and still photos, plus video clips about the acquisition of the letter in 2011.

Electrosonic provided a Dell Vostro 460 Mini Tower with an ATI Radion HD 5570 graphics card as the interactive video source for the touchscreen display. A ceiling-mounted Dakota speaker array supplies audio for the film clips and sound design elements for the interactivity.

“The Hitler letter exhibit has been a very successful attraction with visitors,” says Sue Burden. “Electrosonic was very professional to work with, as always; it’s a pleasure to do projects with them, and we keep asking them to do more and more things for us.”

At Electrosonic, Win Roach was the exhibit’s lead installer and Julie Adgurson the engineer. All of the vendors worked with the architect, Hansol Park, a Senior Associate with Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design.

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LECTROSONICS GOES GREEN

**** Photo: Exterior shot of Lectrosonics’ headquarters ****

Rio Rancho, NM – February 2012… Lectrosonics, recognized the world over as a leading manufacturer of wireless microphone systems and audio processing products, has taken a number of important steps to minimize the company’s power consumption and, thus, lessen the impact of its environmental footprint. The replacement of lighting fixtures throughout both the corporate offices and manufacturing facilities is an important step toward the company’s goal of being more environmentally friendly. more

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EMMY AWARD-WINNER PICKS JDK AUDIO FOR LATEST PROJECT

brian_tarquin.JPGJESSUP, MARYLAND – FEBRUARY 2012: Evidence that JDK is quickly reaching the forefront of the audio industry, Emmy Award-winner Brian Tarquin has chosen the JDK R20 two-channel mic pre and R22 two-channel, four-band equalizer for one of his newest projects: Guitar Masters, Vol. 5.

“You know, I’ve always been a big fan of the old API stuff, so when I saw that API was putting out the JDK brand I was very intrigued – especially with the R22 compressor,” said Tarquin, who has previously recorded artists such as Steve Vai, Steve Morse, Frank Gambale and Billy Sheehan. “I knew the R22 was based on the original live mixing Paragon console, and then I saw that JDK had the EQs. JDK has some fantastic stuff.”

In his own career as an artist, Tarquin has had more than thirty commercial releases, which include more

ASHLY KLR-4000 AMPS POWER COMMUNITY LOUDSPEAKERS AT NAMM’S POPULAR “WANNA PLAY?” STAGE

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA: For the second year in a row, Ashly’s extremely efficient and powerful KLR-4000 amplifiers powered Community loudspeakers and subwoofers at the 2012 NAMM “Wanna Play?” stage in Anaheim, California. Michael Bell of Bell Event Services handled production at the stage, which featured an inspiring collection of handpicked, up-and-coming artists. The stage takes its name from NAMM’s “Wanna Play?” campaign, which encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to take up a musical instrument and perform. Last year, the “Wanna Play?” stage used a similar Ashly/Community configuration that set off alarms in the parking lot next door!

The Ashly KLR Series amplifiers leverage the company’s decades of experience building reliable, high-performance amplifiers and uses the latest technologies and materials to dramatically increase efficiency, while maintaining sonic purity and decreasing cost. The Ashly KLR Series amplifiers are dual channel, and each of the nineteen KLR-4000s used at the “Wanna Play?” stage delivered 2,000 watts per channel into a two-ohm load.

The “Wanna Play?” stage was located just outside the convention center area, adjacent to the arena fountain. The impressive collection of Community loudspeakers and subwoofers comprised a four-way system and included four Solutions SLS960 bi-amped all horn-loaded array cabinets, four iBOX i215S double-15-inch bass cabinets, eight VLF218 double-18-inch subwoofers, iBOX i2W8′s for front fill, and six channels of M12 stage monitors.

This year was the largest NAMM show in its 110-year history. Registered attendees numbered over 95,000, a six-percent increase over last year. International registration was up 15%. These numbers, along with the 236 new exhibitors, appears to forecast a prosperous 2012.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO With a greater than thirty-seven year history, Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of quality signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. www.ashly.com

ABOUT COMMUNITY PROFESSIONAL LOUDSPEAKERS Community Professional Loudspeakers has been a leading supplier of professional sound systems since 1968. Headquartered in Chester, Pennsylvania, Community distributes its products to over fifty countries on six continents. Visit www.communitypro.com for more information.

MATTHEW NOBLE RELIES ON METRIC HALO CHANNELSTRIP PLUG-IN FOR SPEED AND SOUND

DOBBS FERRY, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 2012: For over three decades, Matthew Noble has been at the forefront of pop music as a session guitarist, programmer, songwriter, engineer, and producer. His impeccable ears and knack for spinning irresistible tracks across genres has earned him an engineering client list that includes Rihanna, Diana King, Southside Johnny, and Rod Stewart, among many others. These days, he performs most of his work out of the Loft Studios in Bronxville, New York and in the newly renovated Riverworks Recording in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Recent work with the musical Big River and gospel artist Rell Holland & Experience have put Noble’s new favorite plug-in, Metric Halo’s enduring ChannelStrip, through its paces.

“I tried Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip because some other people that I respect were using it,” explained Noble. “My friend Keith Brown, who is a well-known Nashville songwriter, was working on a project with Billie Decker, who is one of the hottest mix engineers in country music. Keith’s enthusiasm for the plug-in, together with his revelation that Billie uses it ‘all over the place,’ was enough to motivate me to check it out.”

Riverworks Recording boasts a huge, luscious acoustical space, which has changed the way both Noble and the producers and artists he works with approach the recording process. “So much of my work there has involved tracking live instruments, as opposed to the ‘virtual players’ that live inside our modern computers,” he said. “While it’s been a refreshing change, it has also brought with it challenges. For example, getting a great drum sound and a great overall mix with the new expectations for how long things take these days is not easy. ChannelStrip has been very helpful because all the functions that I need to access quickly are all in one plug-in. These include the less ‘sexy’ functions, such as phase reverse and multiple trims, in addition to full-blown and flexible dynamics and equalization. Having everything in one plug-in has greatly improved my workflow.”

Because it can do so much, Noble often puts Metric Halo’s well-crafted presets to use. “The ChannelStrip presets are a great starting point. They’re especially useful in a time crunch, when the client is breathing down your neck. The acoustic guitar and drum presets are often spot on, right out of the gate. When I tweak, the informative GUI lets me know exactly what I’m doing.” Of course, the best GUI in the world is useless if the algorithms behind it don’t cut the mustard. It’s here that Noble finds it really shines. “ChannelStrip has a great sound,” he said. “Like an SSL, it can be very aggressive and not at all subtle. Despite all its flexibility and sonic muscle, it has remarkably low CPU drain, which means I can use it whenever I need it.”

Noble’s introduction to Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip came back to him in an interesting way. “Last week, a New York client of mine wanted to make a few changes on a song that he had recorded recently in Nashville,” he explained. “I opened the session and saw ‘Dekerator’ on it. Then I knew Billie Decker had performed the original mix. A moment later, the mix window opened and there was the ChannelStrip plug-in – all over the place!”

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware. www.mhlabs.com

Matt Noble: www.matthewnoble.com
Loft Studios: www.theloftstudios.net
Riverworks Recording: www.riverworksrecording.com

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AUTOSCRIPT SHOWCASES LEADING PROMPTING INNOVATIONS AT CASCADE MOUNTAIN VIDEO SHOW 2012

PORTLAND, OREGON, FEBRUARY 8, 2012Autoscript, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, and the world’s leading teleprompting company, will showcase its latest prompting innovations at the annual Professional Video & Tape Cascade Mountain Video Show (CMVS) in Portland. more

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With Vizrt’s Newsroom Connect, TVE GALICIA Journalists Control Graphics with Avid iNews Commands

Bergen, Norway, Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ)

Vizrt Ltd., a leading provider of content production tools for the digital media industry, has completed the implementation of Vizrt’s “Newsroom Connect” ActiveX plug-in for Viz Content Pilot at TVE — Spain’s largest public television network. Viz Content Pilot is Vizrt’s core content control system.

Vizrt’s graphics creation tools are now fully integrated within the Avid newsroom environment of TVE’s GALICIA TERRITORIAL CENTER, making TVE one of the first broadcasters in Spain to implement this technology. TVE has used the system since December for its Territorial Journal.

Vizrt’s ActiveX plug-in allows users of the Avid iNews newsroom computer system (NRCS)—as well as many other NRCS — to create graphics for their news stories from within the NRCS. Newsroom Connect now goes a step further and interfaces with Avid iNews Command, Avid’s automation system that manages the “playlist” and playout of news stories in the rundown.

“The newsroom computer system, which is at the heart of any modern news broadcast operation, gives journalists all the tools they need to develop, write, and edit news stories without leaving a self-contained production environment. Now that Viz Content Pilot is fully integrated with iNews and Command, journalists, news directors, and producers can create, preview, control, and playout their Pilot graphics without ever leaving that workflow,” said Petter Ole Jakobsen, Chief Technology Officer at Vizrt.

Viz Content Pilot graphics can then be linked to specific news stories, along with their start/end timecodes and durations and dropped into the Avid iNews rundown. Once that rundown and the associated graphics metadata are loaded into Avid Command, the automated playout system generates a playlist that triggers playout from a Viz Engine real time rendering system, with video clips as primary and graphics as secondary events. The integration allows Avid Command automatically to see, request, and playout specific Viz graphics at the appropriate time during newscasts.

“With this innovative newsroom integration, our journalists who are most familiar with particular news stories can create their own animated graphics by adding elements such as text, lower third supers, data, images, and video into ready-to-use Viz Content Pilot templates, all from within iNews,” said Alberto Lema (Chief of Production and Media) at TVE in Galicia.

“This accurate, seamless integration between the Viz Content Pilot graphics system and Avid newsroom workflow enables us quickly to create visually rich graphics for our live newscasts,” Lema added. “For broadcast newsrooms, these are vital, empowering tools, and now they work seamlessly together.”

About Vizrt:
Vizrt’s content management system, Escenic Content Engine, manages media assets for websites and cross-channel publishing, allowing customers to publish online content onto numerous platforms. Content and page layout is be optimized and formatted to support the full capabilities of each individual device. The Widget Framework, a component of the Escenic Content Engine, is used to build and flexibly manage websites.

Vizrt’s product suite is used by the world’s leading broadcasters, publishing houses and telecom operators, including: YLE (Finland), TV 2 (Norway), The Sun, The Independent, The Telegraph, London Evening Standard (all UK), n-tv.de, Welt Online, Axel Springer (all Germany), The Globe and Mail (USA), and Aftonbladet (Sweden).

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154.

Press contacts:

Martin Burkhalter Ofra Brown HåvardMyklebust
President & CEO CFO EVP Marketing
+41 22 365 75 01 +47 5351 8040 +47 9184 5602
mbu@vizrt.com ofra@vizrt.com hmyklebust@vizrt.com

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Mindshare Marketing: Point Source Audio’s Rep of the Year

Point Source Audio Recognizes Rep of the Year

Point Source Audio’s President James Lamb (L) and Mindshare Marketing’s Frank Maglio (R).

Novato, CA — Point Source Audio (PSA), manufacturer of the “unbreakable boom” earworn microphones and the Distributor for Digigram’s broadcast equipment in the Americas awards Mindshare Marketing as their Rep of the Year.

Frank Maglio, principal of Mindshare Marketing, received his recognition from Point Source Audio at this year’s NAMM conference. As 2011′s top manufacturer’s rep for Point Source Audio, Maglio first recognized his customers for their continued support and loyalty in this dynamic market. He also cited PSA’s first class customer service and technical support as key factors that help reinforce his effort in the field.
“It feels great to earn this recognition. As a young firm, I am very grateful for the opportunities and the trust that Point Source Audio placed in me”, said Maglio, who achieved a whopping 110% growth selling Point Source Audio’s earworn microphone line and Digigram’s broadcast equipment.

President of Point Source Audio, James Lamb, praised Maglio and his team by saying “We all experience the downturn in the economy and how intense the competition is in the market, but Frank serves as an example that success can still be earned through hard work, drive and determination.” In addition to the distinction, and to help him relax and re-fuel, Maglio was awarded with a weekend getaway as part of the recognition.

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About Point Source Audio
Point Source Audio manufactures and distributes worldwide a unique line of lightweight bendable boom ear worn microphones—known as the “toughest” ear-worn microphones in the industry. As a result of PSA’s pro-audio expertise and its admired reputation for sales and service support, the company has also been named Digigram’s Master Distributor for the Americas. The world renowned brand of Digigram sound cards, Audio over IP products, and Ethersound audio networking technology are now available from Point Source Audio. Founded in 2004, Point Source Audio is headquartered in Novato, Calif. For more information call (415) 226-1122 or visit www.point-sourceaudio.com.

Auralex Helps Increase Speech Intelligibility at New Life Community Church

OXNARD, CA, FEBRUARY 8, 2012 – Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, is a critical element in the overall sound design at New Life Community Church in Oxnard, California. The church features custom Auralex ELiTE ProPanels and ProBaffles to help absorb additional sound energy and add aesthetic visual appeal throughout its cavernous interior, with the main goal of making speech intelligibility clearer and only slightly secondary goal of better music clarity

Richard Rutherford of Rutherford Design was posed to re-purpose the 50,000 square foot industrial space, which would be the new home for New Life Community Church. Since Rutherford was involved in the design process, before the walls were even up. This enabled him to suggest some basic acoustical layouts throughout the space to help with speech intelligibility. The two main walls are not parallel and the entrance hallway and doorways are slightly offset, even though they look symmetrical. Also, the rear main wall is not a straight line; it actually curves. These small architectural details, in terms of non-parallel walls and entrances, naturally help to redirect reflections and sound energy.

“In a house of worship, I’m concerned more with the peripheral seats and the back half of the room,” says Rutherford. “To communicate with those people intimately, the spoken word in this kind of environment needs a high level of intelligibility. In a space like this, regardless of the budget or loudness of the audio system, if you have a six-, seven- or eight-second overall reverb time, there’s just no way it’s going to be intelligible.”

Rutherford installed 51 custom ELiTE ProPanels (4ft x 8ft x 2in) on the walls around the 900-seat sanctuary worship area. ELiTE ProPanels are fabric-covered, acoustic-absorptive panels designed to absorb slap and flutter echoes, providing a more pleasing and accurate listening environment. Rutherford also specified 21 custom ProBaffles (4ft x 20ft x 2in), which were mounted above the light fixture’s line of sight and hang from the ceiling. ProBaffles are absorptive panels wrapped in a lightweight material and designed to be hung vertically from the ceilings in commercial facilities. The panels have a fiberglass core and carry a Class-A fire rating. The edges and corners are square and non-hardened.

“The layout of the ceiling gave us an opportunity to do a fairly symmetrical array of hanging flags to baffle the low-mid frequencies getting toward the back of the room,” continues Rutherford. “After the installation of the Auralex products, the room now sits at about a second-and-a-half reverb, and it sounds great, regardless of where you are sitting in the sanctuary.”

The installation also features several L-ACOUSTICS loudspeakers, Allen & Health front-of-house monitor/mix equipment, as well as several video and lighting products rounding out the acoustic treatment from Auralex for a multi-faceted, complete audio/video system.

For more information, visit http://www.rutherforddesign.com/portfolio/worship-facilities/new-life-church/.

About Auralex Acoustics, Inc.
Located in Indianapolis, Auralex Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies.

Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex Web site at www.auralex.com. Auralex can be reached via email at auralexinfo@auralex.com or by calling 1-800-959-3343.

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Sencore 2012 NAB Show Product Preview

2012 NAB Show Product Preview Sencore April 16-19, 2012 Booth SU3612 more

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