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Clear-Com Unveils V-Series Rotary Panels and E-MADI Card for Eclipse at the 2012 NAB Show

Provides Greater Flexibility and Control, Improving Production Workflow

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 10, 2012 ─ Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, will unveil at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth C8008) two additions to its Eclipse digital matrix intercom family, including a new line of V-Series rotary panels and the Eclipse MADI (E-MADI) card. The new V-Series rotary panels provide users with optimal control over audio level adjustments while the E-MADI card supplies 64 MADI channels per card from the Eclipse-Median or Omega digital matrix frames to achieve higher levels of connectivity during production.

V-Series Rotary Panels
The addition of the V-Series rotary panels to the existing V-Series pushbutton and lever key panels presents broadcasters with the widest range of user control key panel options. When using the new V-Series rotary panels, site technicians and more importantly, the production team can quickly and independently adjust system audio levels from one or more audio sources, including external lines, partylines and intercom from other local and remote control panels. They also support faster and easier audio mixing for IFB assignments, enabling a more efficient production workflow in the fast-paced broadcast environment.

Available in 1RU, 2RU, desktop and extension panel variants, the V-Series rotary panels feature push-listen with mix control knob and a separate push-talk button for easy-to-use, intuitive talk-and-listen monitoring. Colored LEDs show keys that are active, who is calling and what the talk key is programmed to do. V-Series rotary panels have a dual use as intercom and/or assignment panels for IFBs, partylines and groups, even when using expansion panels.

E-MADI Card
Designed in a 6RU form like the other frame cards for the Eclipse-Omega and Eclipse-Median, the E-MADI provides connection with standard MADI devices. The new E-MADI card offers full user set-up and can be configured through the Eclipse Configuration Software (ECS) to supply up to 64 full channels of digital four-wire connectivity per card. E-MADI cards are used to route talent and other incoming feeds across the intercom system for monitoring and the insertion of IFB.

Other key features include sample frequency choices of 44.1, 48 and 96 kHz, a selectable channel/port quantity of 32, 48, 56 and 64, VOX on all 64 inputs, a fiber (MM) SFP duplex LC removable transceiver module and BNC MADI in and BNC out. Users can derive channel labels from a third-party device and can use the MADI channels for high-capacity trunking or audio distribution. The E-MADI card can use AES word clock, SD NTSC/PAL video or Tri-level HD.

“The Eclipse is the most comprehensive digital matrix platform in its class with a broad range of system frames and technologically advanced features,” says Simon Browne, Director of Product Management, Clear-Com. “The addition of the V-Series rotary panels and the new E-MADI card to the Eclipse family of products helps broadcasters achieve high productivity more easily”.

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

About HME
HM Electronics, Inc. is a diverse group of companies providing solutions that enhance productivity and customer service in markets including restaurants, sports and professional audio. Founded in 1971, we sell, service and support products in 89 countries worldwide, via company-owned offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and China, and an extensive network of HME-authorized distributors, dealers and service agents. Every day quick service restaurants take over 24 million orders using HME systems. With the recent acquisition of Clear-Com, HME is the world’s leading provider of professional intercom systems. To learn more, visit www.hme.com.

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D.A.S. AUDIO DEPLOYED AT NEW LIFE COMMUNITY CHURCH

*** New Life Community Church’s Midway Campus sanctuary ***

Chicago, IL – April 2012 … With 14 campuses in and around the city of Chicago and 25 weekend worship services each Sunday, New Life Community Church is one very active non-denominational Christian church. Until recently, their Midway Campus sanctuary faced a number of speech intelligibility and related challenges with their sound reinforcement system. The situation is now resolved—thanks in large part to the new sound system consisting of Variant Series installation line array loudspeakers from D.A.S. Audio.

West Chester, OH-based Troubadour Solutions, an A/V design / build firm with a focus on churches and associated Christian venues, was contracted to design and install the new sound reinforcement setup at the church’s Midway Campus. Dr. Scott Weaver, owner and chief designer of Troubadour Solutions, discussed the challenges of the project and his reasons for deploying fourteen D.A.S. Audio Variant loudspeakers. more

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dB AUDIO AND VIDEO INSTALLS REALISTICALLY-PRICED PANASONIC-BASED HD VIDEO SYSTEM AT LIVING HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH

livinghopechurch_stage.JPGBOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY – APRIL 2012: Living Hope Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky is not unlike other mid-sized churches. “Although we had always been happy to embrace new audio and video technologies over the years, the fact that we had fallen behind crept up on us slowly,” said the church’s creative arts pastor, Jon Farmer. In order to stay true to the church’s stated relationship with supporting technologies – “to better connect people with our message,” in Farmer’s words – Living Hope recently undertook a significant overhaul of its video system. Aided by the experts at dB Audio and Video of Gainesville, Georgia, the church now has a full HD presentation and recording system centered on Panasonic cameras, switchers, and projectors. Despite the truly vast improvement in performance, the cost was only a fraction of what it would have been just a few more

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular delivers impact with immersive architectural mapping

“This project takes architectural projection, the newest application combination of high power projection and warp and blend media servers, and applies it to the live stage and theater environment, directly adding to the excitement of this 79 year holiday production.”
- Blair Parkin, managing director, Visual Acuity

Atlanta, GA (4-9-2012) – Immersive architectural mapping took top billing at this year’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City. Seen by more than 1 million spectators each year, the Christmas Spectacular is an anxiously anticipated yearly dedication to the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Tasked with continually surpassing the previous year’s production, MSG Entertainment brought together a select group of precision audio/video manufacturers and service providers to help deliver on that goal. Central to this year’s production were 11 Digital Projection International (DPI) LIGHTNING 45-WUXGA, 3-chip DLP projectors, each delivering 30,000 lumens, enlisted to illuminate the historic theater’s ceiling and proscenium arch with awe-inspiring imagery.

Incorporating custom 3D imagery, a video-game style action narrative and animated scenic imagery that envelopes the stage, the 2011 Christmas Spectacular surpassed all existing standards for this annual event. Larry Sedwick, senior vice president production, MSG Entertainment, explained, “As one of the leading companies in live entertainment, we are focused on delivering our Christmas Spectacular to audiences with content that has never been presented before in a theatrical setting and utilizing advanced technology features available in today’s market, while still honoring those traditions steeped in our show.” Sedwick continued, “So, in our recent production, we used large scale digital projection and gave audiences the feeling of being immersed in an array of image, sound, lighting, theatrical, and pyrotechnic effects as each scene transforms to the next.”

New York-based batwin + robin productions created the projected animations that playfully enveloped audiences in more than 180 feet of bright, colorful visuals. At times, such as when a train traveled around and above the stage, animation traversed the arches as a visual feature. In other instances, DPI’s LIGHTNING projectors displayed accent imagery, supplying a visual wallpaper of sorts in order to complement the on-stage theme. Due to the varying depths within the existing proscenium arch, overcoming any shaded areas within the arch with incredibly bright imagery was critical. The digital content displayed on the arch, as well as the image blending, was managed by 7thSense Design Delta media servers. Visual Acuity, an independent media and design consultancy, advised on the key technological aspects of the application by supplying expertise in the overall projection, custom content and edge blending implementation.

In order to uniformly project across the entire 180 foot plain, placement and alignment of the projectors was a key venue consideration. The bulk of the projected imagery emanated from two sets of four LIGHTNING 45-WUXGA projectors, with each set mounted onto choral risers flanking the main seating. Two LIGHTNING projectors, both using a custom mirror-bounce system to create portrait images, were installed in the projection booth. A final LIGHTNING projector was installed in the booth in order to project straight landscape format images across the top of the arch. Each LIGHTNING was installed with mounting frames, courtesy of RP Visual Solutions.

Filling such a massive, curved surface area with impressive imagery was no easy feat, and the projector requirements were significant. “The ability to rotate the DPI projectors 360 degrees, pointing straight up, straight down and anywhere in between was a key consideration in the final projector selection,” noted Sedwick. As most of the proscenium imagery was custom- mapped to a massive arch, the ability to tilt and rotate the LIGHTNING projectors was critical when creating the illusion of the arch being one cohesive image. Other important projector considerations include the lower noise level produced by the LIGHTNING displays, as the projectors were installed close to the audience. Proximity to the audience provided the LIGHTNING an additional opportunity to impress by consuming less power, and as such expelling less heat, than other projector alternatives.

Uptime is critical for live events such as the Christmas Spectacular, and the ease of the LIGHTNING projector’s lamp replacement in comparison to competing options was a major consideration. Lamp replacement takes a technician less than five minutes, can be carried out live during the performance, and does not need the isolation and time-consuming cooling processes required by other projector options. Blair Parkin, managing director with Visual Acuity, remarked, “DPI’s LIGHTNING projectors were selected for a combination of brightness, capability and image quality.” Parkin continued, “The projector, being single bodied with integrated lamp and change module meant that it was the best suited product for this application to mount inside the historical venue.” A final vital detail was the extensive support provided by DPI, which included numerous visits pre-and post installation by on-site technicians, additional visits by DPI’s northeast regional manager and a specialized training program at DPI’s Atlanta headquarters specifically designed for the venue’s in-house technicians.

When asked whether the very visible role that DPI’s projectors played in the 2011 Christmas Spectacular was a personal highlight, Mike Levi, president of Digital Projection Inc., commented, “Everyone at DPI is honored that our products contributed to the success of the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. Our LIGHTNING projectors represent the absolute pinnacle of large screen display technology, so it is thrilling to see these products employed in a venue which likewise, is world renown as the pinnacle of all performance theaters.”

DPI would like to thank everyone involved with this marvel of live entertainment, including Blair Parkin, Larry Sedwick, Linda Haberman, the in-house MSG technical team, and the many creative service and product suppliers that made this year’s Christmas Spectacular truly special.

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About Digital Projection International
Founded in 1989, Digital Projection International (Digital Projection) has been instrumental in the development and application of Digital Light Processing™ technology by Texas Instruments for projection systems. Digital Projection International introduced the world’s first 3-chip DLP® projector in 1997, and has since delivered expert system engineering and world-class customer services, thus maintaining its position as a digital imaging pioneer.

Digital Projection International’s groundbreaking projection research and development has garnered the admiration of industry professionals around the world. This has earned the company many awards, including two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Digital Projection remains the first and only projector manufacturer to win the coveted award.

Today, Digital Projection International manufactures and distributes an extensive line of ultra high-performance 3-chip and single-chip DLP® projection systems. These projectors are the reference standard for demanding applications such as large-venue, live-event staging, fortune 5000, education, medical and scientific research, command and control, digital cinema, commercial entertainment, worship and elite home cinema.
For further information, please visit www.digitalprojection.com or contact:

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Digital Projection Inc.
T: (770)-420-1350
E: mbridwell@digitalprojection.com

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HARMAN’s Studer Introduces Radically Lower-Priced Vista 1 Compact Console at NAB 2012

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Spearheading an amazing lineup of no less than six new products from HARMAN’s Studer at NAB is the Studer(r) Vista 1 Compact, a true Studer Vista console in a compact and low-cost configuration that will surprise many engineers. The new desk comes complete as a single chassis, with control surface, I/O connections and DSP all integral, considerably reducing weight and footprint.

The new desk is highly suited to both fixed and portable systems, such as newsrooms and game shows, while its compact size makes it a natural choice for OB and ENG vans, with a price under $80,000.

The Vista 1 is based largely on the Vista 5, so existing Vista users will be immediately familiar with all the functionality of the Vistonics(tm) user interface and Studer Vista control surface, plus features such as true broadcast monitoring, talkback, red light control, GPIO, N-x (Mix Minus) busses, snapshot automation and DAW control.

With an integral DSP engine of 96 channels, the Vista 1 can handle mono, stereo and 5.1 inputs with ease, and is provided with 32 mic/line inputs, 16 line outputs and eight stereo AES inputs and outputs on rear panel connections. Both 32-fader and 22-fader models are available.

I/O can be expanded using the standard Studer D21m card slot on the rear, to allow MADI, AES, AoIP, ADAT, TDIF, CobraNet, Dolby E/Digital, SDI connections etc. A MADI link can connect to any of the Studer Stagebox range for XLR connectivity as well as other formats.

New to the Vista family on the Vista 1 is an integral jingle player, played from audio files on a USB jingle stick (such as station ID or background FX), and triggered by a series of eight dedicated keys in the master section.

The Studer Vista 1 also features a redundant PSU for peace of mind, and RELINK integration with other Studer Vista and OnAir consoles means the Vista 1 can easily share signals across an entire console network.

Other new products from Studer at NAB include a new Vista Compact remote bay, Lexicon FX engine, RTW MT7 Metering Option for Vista consoles, EMBER broadcast/news automation control protocol and a Livewire AoIP card for the D21m system.

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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Lady Antebellum Owns The Night and the Stage With a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6™ Console

Lady Antebellum is currently on an 8-month tour with a Soundcraft Vi6 monitor console. (Photo Credit: Flickr user Kittysocks)

ESCONDIDO, California — Currently on an extensive 8-month tour with GRAMMY® Award-winning country sensation Lady Antebellum, southern California-based Sound Image is deploying a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6 digital mixing console at the monitor position.

Lady Antebellum, an American country pop group formed in 2006 in Nashville, Tennessee, consists of Charles Kelley on vocals, Dave Haywood with background vocals, guitar and piano, and Hillary Scott who sings lead and background vocals. The group has won seven GRAMMY Awards, including the 2012 Best Country Album for Own The Night.

Sound Image, which has enjoyed great success with HARMAN and Soundcraft throughout the years, chose a Vi6 as the monitor console for its sonic quality and ease of use. Peter Bowman, Monitor Engineer for Lady Antebellum, was new to the Soundcraft Vi6 when he first started the tour, but has quickly adapted. “I didn’t care about a learning curve,” he stated. “If it sounds better I’ll go with it. But it also didn’t take long to become familiar with the console.”

Bowman uses the console for stage monitoring, in-ear mixes, wedges and matrixes. “Everything is packaged well,” Bowman said. “There is no effort needed to get great sound. The double patching capability lets me double up on a lot of outputs, adding even more flexibility.”

With so much varied talent in Lady Antebellum, the console perfectly fits Bowman’s needs to adjust settings quickly. “Everything is easy to set during sound check and little adjustments can be made quickly on the fly when needed,” he noted. “The console displays two user-defined auxiliary outputs on each channel, which along with fader flip mode allows me to see and change all three of the principles mixes at once.”

For Bowman, having the Lexicon® effects onboard only adds to the value of the desk, and setting the different layers with inputs makes it easy for some of Lady Antebellum’s acoustic sets. “I can jump between user pages quickly, and having them in my set order helps me to know where everything is based on the inputs for a given song. Nothing is ever too complicated.”

“The touchscreen is always easy to navigate and makes transitions simple,” Bowman added. “With selectable recall parameters, I am able to use scenes effectively. I can set EQs and gains to follow the scene or be fixed, depending on whether I need changes made throughout the show to remain from scene to scene or not.”

The support that Bowman and his team have received throughout the tour is only a motivator to stay with Soundcraft. “We had some terrible weather, which damaged the first console. The assistance in getting us a new console and back up and running couldn’t have gone better. We didn’t miss a beat.”

For more information on Sound Image, please visit: http://www.sound-image.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.

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Mike Phillips’ Saxophone Sounds Off The Wall For Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour With HARMAN’s AKG Mics and Monitoring

VIENNA, Austria – Honoring the King of Pop through a hybrid performance of rock concert and Cirque Du Soleil acrobatics, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour continues to showcase the late icon’s style, music and mind-blowing performances across the globe. Saxophonist Mike Phillips clips on HARMAN’s AKG C519ML microphone to his instrument, while monitoring the show through AKG’s IVM4500 IEM in-ear monitoring system for the current second-largest grossing world tour.

“This show is loud – a lot is going on musically and visually, so it’s important to ensure all aspects of the music are picked up and heard clearly,” stated Phillips. “When I signed on to THE IMMORTAL World Tour, I told my producers I could only use AKG; I needed that reliability and quality to ensure the great Michael Jackson’s music was held to a level of precision that would make him, his family and fans proud.”

With such a visual show every night, Phillips finds himself moving all around the set, which has multiple pieces from the actual set of the tragically cancelled “This Is It” tour. Utilizing AKG’s WMS4500 wireless system, his mic provides a clear sound from his WMS body transmitter anywhere on stage. “We’re not stationary in any aspect,” Phillips continued. “Throughout the show, I am on the sides of the stage, on top of the sets running around constantly. The AKG WMS system is very reliable and doesn’t cut out when I’m moving. It’s one less worry while performing.”

During the 3-continent tour, the band is recording a live album. According to Phillips, the AKG C519ML mic does a great job picking up his saxophone, preventing bleeding from the other instruments in the band.

On off-nights, Phillips books smaller jazz shows in the cities where he performs to keep his solo career moving. With three solo albums, all of which debuted in the top five on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Charts, Phillips has sold more than 500,000 albums. With his own separate, personal arsenal of AKG, including an additional C519ML and IVM4500 monitoring set, he can easily drop into jazz clubs across the world, plug in and play.

“The reliability, durability and quality of AKG is apparent whether I’m performing solo or with the IMMORTAL tour,” Phillips said. “AKG is my go-to system and I couldn’t imagine my sound the way it is with another mic or wireless combination.”

For more information AKG, please visit http://www.akg.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.

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FOR-A Introduces Compact HD/SD Frame Rate Converter

Fort Lee, New Jersey – FOR-A Company Limited, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, today announced the FRC-30 HD/SD frame rate converter, which will be showcased at the 2012 NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 16-19 (Booth C5219). Packaged in a compact form factor (1 RU high, 1/2 RU wide), the new FRC-30 can be switched between motion compensation and linear conversions to deliver optimal results for various source material.

In motion compensation mode, the FRC-30 detects the motion vector amount of a moving object and generates its motion in frames. In linear conversion mode, frame conversion is based on previous and next frames. Built-in up/down/cross converters deliver SD to HD, HD to SD, and 1080i to 720p conversions as well. The FRC-30 supports several video formats – 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 1080/23.98PsF, 720/59.94p, 720/50p, 525/60, and 625/50 – and includes HD/SD-SDI and analog composite I/O.

“The FRC-30 may be compact, but it’s packed with functionality,” said Pedro Silvestre, sales director for FOR-A Corporation of America. “With a choice of conversion modes, it provides outstanding frame rate conversion regardless of content, and offers down, and cross conversion of SD and HD content.”

FOR-A will also show its modular UFM-30FRC frame rate converter, introduced at NAB last year. Designed for installation in FOR-A’s UFM series of universal frames, it also provides a choice of motion compensation or linear conversions, as well as up/down/cross conversion of HD/SD-SDI and analog composite sources at various resolutions and frame rates.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 201-944-1120 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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Mitsubishi Electric Supports Its Dealers with PR for Partners Program Public Relations Services Provided Free of Charge

Mitsubishi Electric Supports Its Dealers with PR for Partners Program
Public Relations Services Provided Free of Charge

IRVINE, Calif., April 10, 2012, 2012 — Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc. announces its PR for Partners Program, designed to support its dealers with free public relations services provided by its media relations partner, Lionheart Communications.

“We understand that many of our dealers may not have dedicated public relations functions in their marketing departments, so we’re offering the services of our public relations representative, Nancy Napurski of Lionheart Communications, free of charge, said James Chan, vice president of marketing, Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc.

Lionheart Communications is poised to help dealers with media outreach and other public relations services related to their Mitsubishi success stories as well as act as an adjunct to internal public relations and marketing teams. Outreach can include local and national media in audio/visual, education, digital signage and home theater publications, blogs, and associations, among others. Napurski can also assist with other Mitsubishi-related marketing activities, including strategic counsel, application story development and press release creation and distribution.

“As a part of our marketing team for over ten years, Nancy is a valuable asset to Mitsubishi Electric,” added Chan. “She has excellent relationships with editors, reviewers, writers and reporters that is a benefit to us as well as our dealers.”

Interested Mitsubishi dealers can contact Nancy directly at nnapurski@lionheartpr.com.

About Lionheart Communications
Lionheart Communications was established in 2000 by Nancy Napurski, who has more than fifteen years of experience in the design and execution of creative and effective public relations and marketing programs. For more information on Lionheart’s services visit http://www.lionheartpr.com.

About Mitsubishi
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc. is a US subsidiary of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation of Tokyo, Japan. Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America manufactures and markets projectors, data wall display systems, LCD digital signage monitors and players, industrial printers, photo kiosks and digital photo printers, large-screen 3D DLP® televisions and the world’s first laser TV, LaserVue®.

For more on Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, visit http://www.mevsa.com. Connect with Mitsubishi on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/MitsubishiDisplays) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/MitsuDisplays)

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Contact:
Nancy Napurski
Lionheart Communications
585-967-3348
nnapurski@lionheartpr.com

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Seaside Church Revamps Audio System

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, New Jersey—St. Thomas The Apostle Church is located in the shore community of Brigantine, New Jersey. During the summer months, the church congregation swells to about 3,000 from approximately 1,000 attendees in the off-season, due to residents that flock to the ocean community from May through September. “The existing church space could not accommodate the increase in congregation, so they decided to expand services by constructing an overflow event center,” states Bobby Harper, V.P. of Sales, ACIR Professional. “ACIR Professional was hired to expand the church audio requirements in order to tie the event center to the main sanctuary through a video and audio feed, as well as to renovate the main sanctuary to accommodate more of the congregation.”

Phase One of the enhancement to St. Thomas The Apostle Church included the installation of a 5.1 audio system for playback of media for non-service affairs, as well as a portable audio and video system to handle church services for overflow, and other events such as weddings, meetings, etc. ACIR accomplished this with the installation of a Yamaha MG series mixer, Eiki Projector, JBL ceiling and wall speakers, JBL portable PRX12M and PRX18 speakers, and Sennheiser wireless microphones. “The church budget was influential in the requirement criteria,” says Harper. “The combination of equipment used fulfilled the budget requirements as well as the quality and portability requirements.”

Phase Two was to renovate the existing sanctuary. The interior of the church was modified slightly with the addition of Naves on Altar L+R. The entire floor was converted from carpet to marble, so an affordable, yet highly intelligible distributed speaker system from Community Professional was used. This system is also driven by a Yamaha MG series mixer (for a total of three Yamaha mixers throughout the premises), and includes a Community DSpec processor, all powered by Yamaha P series amplifiers (four in total). “Sennheiser wireless microphones were chosen for their clarity,” adds Harper, “and Shure MX series boundary mics are utilized on the altar, pulpit, and choir area.”

While Phase Two was taking place, the sanctuary was moved to the overflow event center. Because audio I/O panels were placed throughout the room, the church was able to setup a portable sanctuary and perform services as needed, while waiting for the renovation of the main sanctuary to take place. Once the main sanctuary was complete, the services were moved back to the church, with feeds continually sent to the overflow event center.

“The sound system is awesome in the church and the hall,” states Mary Jane Morey, Director of Liturgy and Music. ACIR was exceptional to work with and unbelievably knowledgeable. I was able to contact them with concerns during the installation process and initial use of the system 24/7.”

For more information on ACIR Professional, visit www.acirpro.com.

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