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Carl Tatz Design’s PhantomFocus™ System Goes to School

— Personal studio design guru Carl Tatz shares his design secrets and acclaimed PhantomFocus™ System expertise with students and staff at Berklee College of Music and SAE Nashville, as well as contributing a chapter to Bobby Owsinski’s new tome The Studio Builder’s Handbook —

Nashville, TN: “Carl Tatz has used his previous experience as a studio owner to become not only one of the most forward-looking studio designers today, but an innovator in monitoring technology as well. His PhantomFocus™ System (PFS) monitor tuning protocol is quickly becoming the standard by which all others are measured,” quotes bestselling author and music/technology advisor Bobby Owsinski, who has dedicated an entire chapter in his latest textbook, The Studio Builder’s Handbook, based on a point that Carl Tatz, noted personal studio designer and creator of the PFS, drives home with knowledgeable stealth and experience: “There is nothing more important in a control room than the accuracy of your monitoring.”

Tatz also comments about his recent invitations to lecture at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Nashville, Tennessee branch of SAE: “I try to give them something practical they can take with them and use right away in their own home studios.”

“Carl was so gracious to come speak with our senior audio students at SAE Nashville during Acoustics class. The students were very excited to hear about the PhantomFocus System, and the information Carl shared provided an unparalleled educational experience for our students,” comments Crystal Armentrout, Director of Education, SAE Nashville.

Rob Jaczko, Chairman of the Production and Engineering Department at Berklee, recalls, “I thought the students asked some great questions and learned a lot also.”

“There are quite a few things you can do to improve your home studio monitoring that are really quite simple and very rewarding if you are willing to take the initiative to calculate your monitoring position relative to the room’s acoustic peaks and nulls and deal with the first reflection points relative to what I call the Null Positioning Ensemble™,” instructed Tatz.

When Tatz extends this information to its logical end, adding many steps including various decoupling and isolation modules, subwoofer system and powerful DSP, the result is what he has achieved with the PhantomFocus System. “A lot of what I do is about myth-busting, and I’ve broken quite a few in developing the PhantomFocus System, choosing to rely on physics and the resulting sonic performance rather than acoustic superstitions.” And that performance is quite dramatic, as anyone who has experienced the PFS will agree.

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Wowza Media Systems Adds Uvault CDN to its Elite List of Streaming Partners

EVERGREEN, Colo. — March 13, 2012 — Wowza Media Systems, Inc., the “Any Screen Done Right(TM)” media server software company, today named Uvault(R) as a Wowza Streaming Partner, a designation reserved for those that have achieved high levels of deployment, expertise, and customer satisfaction with Wowza-based products. Uvault uses Wowza Media Server(R) 3 to power its cloud-based hosting service for streaming live video from one to many, or for playback of recorded media files through its content delivery network (CDN). more

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Extron Now Shipping 800 Watt ENERGY STAR® Qualified Power Amplifier

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTRA™ Series XPA 4002-70V two channel power amplifier. This compact 1U, convection cooled amplifier delivers 400 watts rms per channel for 70 volt distributed speakers. The XPA 4002-70V is an ENERGY STAR® qualified amplifier with an Extron exclusive, highly efficient, advanced Class D amplifier design. It also features patented CDRS™ – Class D Ripple Suppression technology that provides a smooth, clean audio waveform and an improvement in signal fidelity over conventional Class D amplifiers. The XPA 4002-70V is half the size of comparable amplifiers, conserving rack space and weighing only 9 lbs (4 kg). The Extron exclusive, high efficiency design generates very little heat and allows the amplifier to be convection cooled. more

California’s ESCAPE Youth Theater uses TITAN imagery to kick off 10th season with Alice in Wonderland

“There wasn’t anything I couldn’t do with the stage lighting that compromised our imagery. The combination of the projected backgrounds and the actors in the foreground was striking.” -Barry Kemper, Lighting Designer, Alice in Wonderland

Atlanta, GA (3-13-2012) – ESCAPE Youth Theater, in Santa Clarita California, the land of CalArts, Magic Mountain and College of the Canyons, is celebrating its tenth season and fourth year producing major musicals at the more

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ITS AURA AGLOW, SYMETRIX SOLUS 8 PROCESSOR PROVIDES THE SONIC SOUL FOR FASHIONABLE PHILADELPHIA RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – MARCH 2012: Aura Restaurant & Lounge recently opened in Philadelphia and, without wasting a moment, placed itself at the vanguard of the city’s hip and happening night life. Claiming two floors in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood, Aura is, like its clientele, dressed to the nines. But instead of sharp suits and tight dresses, Aura teases with futuristic LED lighting, HD plasma screens, and hip, modern décor. Of course, hearts race when Aura kicks up the music from one or both of the elevated DJ booths, and compliant bodies move to the rhythms. Aura hired Pro Systems from nearby Cherry Hill, New Jersey to breathe fire into its sound reinforcement system, and they responded by providing Aura with an unfalteringly stable Symetrix Solus 8, a processor that’s heavy on fidelity and possessed of a deep musical soul.

“We’ve been installing Symetrix processors of various types for several more

Chyron and Ventuz Announce Key Technology Partnership

Industry Leaders in Broadcast Graphics and High-End Live 3D Presentation Graphics Team to Raise Bar for Interactive On-Air Graphics

MELVILLE, N.Y. — March 13, 2012 — Chyron and German software developer Ventuz Technology AG today announced that they are entering into a strategic technology partnership. Ventuz is known for 3D real-time software, which is used predominantly for high-end presentations, interactive applications, and on-air graphics. Through this important partnership, both companies will expand the range of live graphics solutions they can make available to their customers. more

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Stampede Brings 2012 Big Book of AV Tour to Five Cities Across the United States

The industry’s largest ProAV dealer tour will visit five cities across the United States from March through May, featuring new digital signage display introductions from leading manufacturers and special events targeting architects, designers and K-12 education AV/IT buyers.

AMHERST, NEW YORK, March 13, 2012 — North America’s largest ProAV dealer tour begins this Thursday when Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. kicks off its 2012 Big Book of AV Tour (BBOAV) with an event-packed program at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The inaugural dealer event will take place the day before the 2012 EHX Show opens at the Orlando Convention Center — and that’s no coincidence, according to Stampede President Kevin Kelly, who today promised that the 2012 BBOAV Tour will eclipse all previous tours in terms of products, seminars, and special events designed to help ProAV dealers better meet the needs of their customers.

According to Kelly, “We’re committed to providing our dealers with all the knowledge and tools they need to grow their businesses, so we have designed a complete schedule of focused training seminars to coincide with important new product introductions. Among the topics being covered will be digital signage, low cost video conferencing, and touch technology.

“No other company comes close to providing the range of ProAV solutions that Stampede offers. As the largest ProAV distributor in North America, our dealers aren’t limited to choosing from just one or two solutions. They have a full range of options that will better help them to create more customized solutions that fully meet their individual needs,” Kelly emphasized. “What’s more, every member of our sales and support team is an expert in one thing: ProAV. And that means our dealers are receiving the most expert advice to be found anywhere in the industry today.”

The idea of hosting stops adjacent to other industry events is new to the 2012 BBOAV tour, Kelly said. “Coordinating with other industry events allows us to get the largest possible number of end users on the show floor, where they can discuss prospective projects with dealers and integrators and learn about new products directly from the manufacturers. Holding our first event on the day before the 2012 EHX Show is one example. We are looking into other opportunities and will update the tour as needed.”

The 2012 BBOAV Tour is also expanding its focus to include architects and interior designers, as well as educators, by hosting special pre- and post-show events, specifically dedicated to each vertical market. At every stop of the tour, a special “Architect Power Hour” will take place from 11:00AM – 12:00PM, and each day will conclude with a special “Educators’ Reception.”

“By offering these professionals special hour-long expositions, our manufacturers and dealers will have the opportunity to showcase their best and newest products to audiences beyond the traditional AV installer,” Kelly said. “As architects and interior designers are increasingly incorporating technology into their products, and since technology is a vital element of an educator’s tool-kit, these dedicated sessions are a win-win opportunity for everyone involved.”

The 2012 Big Book of AV Tour will feature more than 40 exhibitors including Atlona, BrightSign, Canon, Chief, Christie, Draper, Gefen, Hitachi, Kramer, LG Panels, Mitsubishi, Mustang, NEC, Optoma, Peerless, Perfect Path, Samsung, Sharp and Sony.

Other stops on the 2012 Spring Tour include:

March 20, 2012 Philadelphia Airport Marriott Hotel
April 16, 2012 Las Vegas, Nevada
May 9, 2012 Dallas, Texas
May 22, 2012 Chicago, Illinois

All BBOAV events run from noon until 7 p.m. Dealers are invited to select their date/city and register at www.bigbookofavtour.com.

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” an 816-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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Xantech Control Solutions Are a Sure Bet for Albany OTB Clubhouse Race Book

Keeping tabs on 249 separate flat-panel displays for ardent horse-race wagerers is a snap, thanks to Xantech WIC1200 Web Intelligent Controller and Xantech
CSPLCD64GW and CWTC10 wired and wireless touchpanels

CARLSBAD, CA, March 13, 2012 — Albany, New York residents don’t have to go to Las Vegas or Atlantic City for off-track betting action in comfortable surroundings and lots of options. Instead, they can stay right on Central Avenue in the state capitol at the new OTB Clubhouse Race Book, where they can watch live horse racing and other sports on 249 flat-screen panels throughout the OTB super-parlor, a one-of-a-kind flagship facility featuring fine dining and a theater-sized screen, among other amenities. Behind the scenes, keeping the Racing Center running smoothly are technology solutions from Xantech, a leader in the field of audio/video remote control and distribution. The entire AV system, consisting of 249 Sharp 60-inch LCD displays and Sony 55- and 46-inch flat-panel displays, as well as the sound system, is controlled via six Xantech WIC1200 Web Intelligent Controllers and five Xantech CSPLCD64GW 6.4″ Commercial Touchscreen Displays and CWTC10 10.4” Wireless Touch Controllers. The Xantech units and other AV systems components were installed and integrated by Com Tech, Inc.

Dan Farrell, Director of Media and Marketing for Capital District Regional Off Track Betting, controlling the system at the new OTB Clubhouse Race book with a Xantech CWTC10 10.4” Wireless Touch Controller.

Chuck Zarriello, President of Com Tech, says the project had tight deadlines and required a control system that was reliable, cost-effective and flexible enough to integrate both the latest flat-screen displays and 20 older models that were taken from the previous OTB location that the new Tele-Plex Racing Center was replacing. “The WIC1200 is a fantastic controller – powerful and intuitive and easy to use,” says Zarriello, “but just as important is that it’s very cost-effective – we could not have gotten this level of control from other manufacturers at this price.” Zariello says that the cost-effectiveness of the Xantech products creates more than cost savings – it creates confidence. For instance, he says, the wireless touchpanels act as a backup for the wired panels, which control global on/off and channel select for any combination of all of the displays. “That creates a fully redundant system that’s incredibly reliable and at an affordable cost,” he explains. “And the WIC1200s are the glue that holds the entire system together.”

Xantech’s Web Intelligent Controller WIC1200 is a stand-alone room controller for Networked/Web-based control featuring 2 IR Ports, 2 Serial Ports, 2 Contact Closure ports, and 2 Digital I/O ports as well as 2 Ethernet ports (one with POE) for TCP/IP telnet control with less intrusion into facility IP networks. On its own, the Web Intelligent Controller is an Event-driven component with two RS232 ports (configurable for RS422 and RS232) and a single IP port. The Event Manager is capable of Timed Events, Calendar Events, Telnet and Serial Events as well a full FTP site, Web Server and Email Server. The Xantech SPLCD64GW 6.4″ Smartpad LCD graphic touchpanels and CWTC10 10.4” WiFi touch-panel controllers give users the convenience and simplicity of a touchpanel controller in a self-contained unit that is easy to install, easy to program, and, perhaps best of all, easy to afford. Its 640 x 480 resolution with 64K color provides outstanding graphics and clarity.

For more information, please visit www.xantechcommercial.com.

About Xantech
Xantech
designs and manufactures an extensive range of audio, video and control products and systems, many of which have become de facto industry standards. Xantech IR products are specified into more audio/video installations than any other brand. Xantech also supplies hi-definition HDMI video solutions, touch-panels and IP control systems for residential and commercial applications, multi-room audio/video systems, audio source components and processors, and software programming tools.

Products are sold to professional installers and distributors directly from Xantech. Xantech’s products are marketed in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. Xantech is a part of The AVC Group in Carlsbad, California. For additional information about Xantech and its innovative products, please visit www.xantech.com.

About The AVC Group, LLC:
Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, The AVC Group, LLC is a portfolio of pre-eminent manufacturers and marketers of state-of-the-art consumer and commercial audio, video and control system solutions. The AVC Group is comprised of the following industry leading brands: NILES® Audio, ELAN® Home Systems, Xantech®, ATON®, and Sunfire®. The AVC Group, LLC is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc.’s Home Technology Group.

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StrandVision Digital Signage Player Software Now Available for the Mac

Digital signage network supports the Apple Mac OS X operating system…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – March 13, 2012 – StrandVision Digital Signage today announced support for the OS X operating system that enables Mac computers to be used as StrandVision Digital Signage players. This new application for the Mac is being added to StrandVision’s support of Microsoft Windows and Linux digital signage players.

Commented Mike Strand StrandVision founder and CEO, “This new electronic sign platform for Apple gives our StrandVision Digital Signage software subscribers another option to work with our digital signage network. Our cloud-based, SaaS service offers tremendous flexibility as well as a variety of digital signage display options. Now, virtually anyone with an Internet connection can take advantage of StrandVision’s free digital signage software or one of our more robust subscription plans.”

StrandVision offers Internet-based digital signage services that include text, graphics, video and audio, including background music and advertisements. Its flexible setup allows deployment of a single digital sign or a network of electronic sign displays in multiple, even international, locations. An easy-to-use administrator’s portal in the cloud provides a single location for managing all of a subscriber’s digital signage. In addition to designing the pages, the administrator portal can also be used to schedule pages and control where the content is shown within the digital signage networks.

All StrandVision digital signage subscriptions include free consulting services for digital signage installation, design and deployment. A free digital signage subscription trial is offered at: http://www.strandvision.com/free_digital_signage_software_testdrive.html.

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wisconsin, delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers’ LCD flat panel screens, as well as computer screens and websites. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – For further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

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Alain Poirier of Radio-Canada Montreal Earns 2011 Gémeaux Award Using Harman’s Studer Vista 8 Digital Console

MONTREAL, Canada – Utilizing an arsenal of cutting-edge audio tools highlighted by a HARMAN Studer Vista 8 digital mixing console, audio engineer Alain Poirier of Radio-Canada Montreal recently earned a 2011 Gémeaux Award for Best Sound in a TV Show (Humor and Variety) for “En Direct de L’Univers,” a one-hour weekly variety show on Radio-Canada French TV Network. The Gémeaux Awards honor French Canadian achievements in Canadian television and is sponsored by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

“En Direct de L’Univers” is a variety/entertainment program that airs live, in which the lives of famous guests unfold before their eyes in songs. Through interviews, the star reveals his/her fondest memories, associating each event with a special song. Viewers learn more about celebrities’ musical universe, as favorite performers of theirs serve up the great songs that have marked guests’ lives. “En Direct de L’Univers” often includes surprise performances and first-time-ever versions of famous songs, producing strong emotions in front of a live studio audience.

Poirier has worked for Radio-Canada for almost 30 years, beginning as a front-of-house and monitor engineer before moving to on-air mixing around 1990. In 1992, he won an Anik Award for the Canadian premiere of “Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio” featuring conductor Carl Davis.

However, experienced as Poirier is, “En Direct de L’Univers” still posed a unique set of challenges. “With shows that are broadcast live, there is no margin for error,” Poirier said. “On top of that, there are a lot of performances and interviews, so it’s always a challenge dealing with the numerous transitions and the very quick pace of the show.”

“It was also a challenge because we didn’t have a lot of rehearsal time,” Poirier continued. “We would come in on a Friday and rehearse for eight hours, then go on air on Saturday at 7 PM. We typically did around nine or 10 pieces of music in one hour and although they are all just pieces of each song, we still had to rehearse them many times, because you might have 60 inputs and 30 seconds to mix it!”

“For a live show like ‘En Direct de L’Univers’ the technology has to be reliable, first and foremost,” Poirier said. “Secondly, when you do a live show, things happen quickly so the console needs to be easy to use-I need to be able to navigate without scrolling through a bunch of menus.”

Intuitive operation is also a crucial part of Poirier’s formula for success. “The technology has to follow the way I work, not the other way around,” he said. “With digital consoles, sometimes it’s easy to paint yourself into a corner, so it’s important that I can customize the board to operate the way I want it to.”

The Vista 8′s ability to handle this pace is another one of the console’s attractive qualities. “The ergonomics of the Vista 8 are perfect for live shows because it’s so easy to operate and the Vistonics(tm) interface is a perfect example of this,” Poirier added. “I can easily change from snapshot to snapshot. My presets on the Vista 8 perfectly mirror my cue sheet, so everything on the console follows accordingly. The filter on the board is amazing because it allows me to tailor the board to recall only what needs to be recalled. That precision helps me do my job better and faster.”

There are six Vista 8 consoles at the Montreal TV facilities, along with a Vista 7 and two Studer D950 consoles. The Vista 8 used for “En Direct de L’Univers” is part of a portable HD audio/video package that can be moved from studio to studio. “We have three different HD audio/video packages that we can install and this is the biggest one,” said Bruno Vigneault, Technical Instructor for Audio, Radio-Canada Montreal. “We can install these packages at a rented location for the whole production season, and we primarily use this one for variety shows.”

As an Instructor at Radio-Canada in Montreal, Vigneault provides training to Vista console operators and sometimes assists them during special events. “All these consoles perform very well and all the engineers just love to use them,” Vigneault said. “It’s very easy to train engineers on the Vista consoles because their operation is so intuitive.”

“The best quality I find for this console is of course great sound quality, but also easy and intuitive operation and versatility,” said Vigneault. “Those capabilities contributed to Alain’s achievement and show the potential for one of the most talented sound engineers in the business using Studer technology.”

Photo Caption: Alain Poirier (left) and Bruno Vigneault

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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