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Community’s VERIS is Part of Classic Church’s Rebirth

Holland, PA, May 2012…   Founded nearly half a century ago in Northampton Township, Saint Bede the Venerable has grown to more than 10,000 parishioners. The church recently underwent a $5 million renovation and expansion, incorporating a classic Italian marble altar, magnificent stained glass, and a new sound system based around Community Professional Loudspeakers VERIS 8 two-way full-range systems.

As Audiobahn’s Tony Hersch explains, the new sound system design called for versatility. “Unlike some of the more traditional Catholic churches, St. Bede offers a mix of traditional and semi-contemporary services, with a choral and live musical accompaniment, as well as traditional organ and choir,” he says. “So ultimately we had to design a system that offered more than simply spoken word intelligibility – it had to offer good musicality as well.”

The distributed audio system includes 14 VERIS 8 cabinets – seven on each side of the seating area, as well as two additional VERIS 8 boxes for platform monitors. A pair of Community CPL27 dual eight-inch systems provide monitoring to the choir loft, and two MVP12M boxes provide additional monitoring. The system is powered by QSC amplification. A Soundcraft LX7II 16-channel console and Shure RF systems complete the signal chain.

One of the biggest challenges in installing the system, says Hersch, was coordinating the work around the ongoing construction. “It was a pretty extensive renovation,” he says. “They brought in the altar from another church in Philadelphia that had closed its doors, with massive marble columns, and gorgeous stained glass windows. They were still holding services during the renovation, with the construction behind a false wall, and we were running cable and installing the speakers within a very tight schedule, alongside the general contractors.”

Hersch reports that the newly redone sanctuary is nothing short of stunning, with sound to match. “It sounds fantastic, and the coverage is great,” he says. “There’s not a bad seat in the house. And it looks terrific.”

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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.

Russound Ships World’s First Residential and Commercial Installation Bluetooth Wireless Adapter

Russound Ships World’s First Residential and Commercial Installation Bluetooth Wireless Adapter

Cut the cord and set your sound free

Newmarket, NH (April 30, 2012) Russound announces the BSK-1 Bluetooth Source Kit, a high performance wireless audio kit for enabling all portable Bluetooth-equipped devices to stream content to any multiroom audio system regardless of brand.

Unlike other Bluetooth adapters, the BSK-1 is specifically designed for residential and commercial system integrators as well as discerning consumers who refuse to trade performance for price.

The BSK-1 features a unique two-piece design comprising of a Bluetooth transceiver and separate audio interface receiver with built-in active balanced line drivers for maximum signal clarity; this intuitive design enables the units to be placed up to 300 feet apart. With an in-room Bluetooth wireless range of up to 100 feet in line-of-sight applications, the BSK-1 readily meets all requirements for premium quality Bluetooth wireless connectivity and performance.

Consistent with its custom installation pedigree, the BSK-1 audio interface uses a single CAT-5 cable connection to the Bluetooth audio interface receiver for communication and power. A single cable connection provides installation flexibility, enabling it to be mounted on a table top or discretely hidden inside a standard electrical junction box. The BSK-1 integrates seamlessly with all multiroom audio system installations, offering maximum flexibility when paired with the best selling Russound C-Series line of multizone audio systems.

Key advantages:
• Enables high performance Bluetooth audio streaming to all multiroom audio installations regardless of brand
• Offers a unique 2-piece design with built-in active balanced line drivers eliminating the requirement for external audio balun transformers
• Audio receiver and Bluetooth transceiver may be separated by up to 300 feet using a single CAT-5 cable
• Bluetooth wireless range capable of receiving device signals up to 100 feet away when installed in line-of-sight applications
• Custom device naming and security pass code support with BSK-1 programming application and advanced programming cable
• 12-volt trigger input and output offers control of audio video equipment

For additional information, visit: www.russound.com.

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ABOUT RUSSOUND
Since 1967, innovation, quality and reliability have been the pillars of the Russound® product tradition. Located in Newmarket, N.H., USA, Russound offers the products and expertise customers need to enjoy multiroom audio and video systems in the home. With more than 40 years experience, Russound continues to cater to installation professionals and their customers by pairing powerful systems using the latest technologies with intuitive controls to give customers high-performance, easy-to-use solutions. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.russound.com.

Sales Inquiries: • Tel: 1 (866) 888-7466 toll-free • email: sales@russound.com
Press Contact: Roberta Lewis, The OAC Group
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Macedonian Radio Television Begins Migration Toward HD With Utah Scientific Routing Switcher

SALT LAKE CITY — April 30, 2012 — Utah Scientific, the worldwide leader in routing and master control switchers, today announced that national broadcaster Macedonian Radio Television (MRT), the largest broadcaster in Macedonia, is installing a Utah Scientific digital routing switcher in its Skopje, Macedonia, facility. more

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QUALIS AUDIO WELCOMES DX2 BROADCAST AS ITS NEWEST U.S. REPRESENTATIVE

PORTLAND, OREGON, APRIL 30, 2012 – Qualis Audio, a leading developer of professional audio measurement and monitoring instruments, with an emphasis on 5.1 surround sound, is pleased to announce today the appointment of Dx2 Broadcast as its newest U.S. sales representative. Dx2 Broadcast, a Texas-based manufacturer’s representative catering to both broadcast and non-broadcast customers, will support sales of Qualis Audio’s Sentinel Surround Sound Audio Monitor in the southwest region of the United States, further supporting the company’s expanding presence with new customers across the country.
Dx2 will handle sales for Qualis Audio in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Qualis Audio joins Dx2′s robust roster of products from top technology manufacturers, including AAdynTech, DSI RF Systems, Inc. and ViewZ USA.
“We are very happy to welcome Qualis Audio into our network of manufacturers,” says David Roberts and David Gerety, principals of Dx2 Broadcast. “Adding the Sentinel to our product line gives us an excellent solution for many of our customers working to comply with the recent CALM Act. We think it gives them an unequaled level of confidence and an evidentiary trail that documents compliance beyond a doubt.”
“We are thrilled to team up with one of the most dynamic representatives of quality tech products for the broadcast industry,” says Doug Ordon, director of U.S. sales, Qualis Audio. “Teaming up with Dx2 will allow Qualis Audio to reach new customers in the southwest region of the U.S. quickly, especially during such a crucial time for television audio. We believe the technology behind the Sentinel is an innovative solution for broadcasters seeking to navigate loudness control rules and regulations, as CALM Act compliance inches closer.”
In addition to Dx2, Qualis Audio proudly works with a highly respected group of representatives in the U.S. including DMC Broadcast Group; GMA, LLC; Serial Scene; Trock Media Solutions, LLC; Western Rep Associates and TFM, Inc.

About Dx2 Broadcast
Dx2 Broadcast, based in Dallas, Texas, is an elite rep firm catering to both broadcast and non-broadcast customers. Product lines, sold through a dealer network, include: AAdynTech, The Black Tank, DSI RF Systems Inc, ViewZ USA, Bel Digital, Skydreams, Photomart USA, KAE Corporation (manufacturers of unique mounting hardware for all things Macintosh and other computer equipment) and most recently, Glensound Electronics Ltd. Dx2 also handles specialty LED fixtures for broadcast and industrial applications. For more information visit www.Dx2Broadcast.com or contact the company via email: info@Dx2Broadcast.com.

About Qualis Audio
Founded in 2008, Qualis Audio is a leading developer of professional audio measurement and monitoring instruments for the broadcast industry. With an emphasis on surround, loudness and QoE, Qualis Audio is the only company in the broadcast market focused on audio measurement with roots in test and measurement.
Its flagship product, the Sentinel, is a network-connected surround sound audio monitor capable of unattended operation. In broadcast applications, it provides comprehensive measurements for CALM Act loudness compliance and QoE analysis. In addition to intelligent monitoring and archival logging, the Sentinel delivers innovative forensic and reporting capabilities. For more information visit www.qualisaudio.com.

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NanoLumens Flexible LED Display Named ‘Most Creative Display Technology’ At DSE 2012 By rAVe [Publications]

NanoLumens®, the pioneering Norcross, Georgia-based company that last year introduced the world to large format flexible digital display technology today announced that it has been awarded rAVe [Publications] ‘Most Creative Display Technology’ award at DSE 2012 for its 112-inch flexible, light-weight LED display.

“In receiving this award, we are thrilled to have our breakthrough LED display technology recognized by rAVe [Publications],” said Rick Cope, President & CEO of NanoLumens. “We continue to revolutionize the digital signage industry by producing state-of-the-art flexible displays that can be utilized in an endless number of environments that rely on digital signage, including retail spaces, corporations, event venues, production companies, and out-of-home-advertisers. Our 112-inch, thin and light-weight LED displays can be placed on curved walls or wrapped around columns, allowing for digital displays to be used in ways previously thought impossible.”

Every year after the Digital Signage Expo, rAVe [Publications] gives out their Digital Signage CHAMPS awards to the products and solutions that they believe are the best of the best. NanoLumens’ award-winning product is currently being featured in the latest issue of rAVe DS, and the full line of NanoLumens displays will be shown at INFOCOMM 2012 at NanoLumens Booth #N2169 in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

First introduced in 2010, NanoLumens award-winning LED displays remain the only solution of their kind. NanoLumens displays are extremely slim, ultra-lightweight, energy efficient, and feature a seamless, edge-to-edge picture quality (up to a brightness of 5,000 nits) that can be viewed from any angle or any distance without color shift or picture drop-off. The company’s patented display technology, which allows customers to select from 4mm up to 10mm pixel pitches (depending on the model), promises to transform the way marketers engage their customers indoors and out of doors in every type of trade show, retail, hospitality, stadium, arena, transportation and public event environment.

NanoLumens displays are designed and engineered with the environment in mind, and consume significantly less energy per-square foot than conventional digital displays. Further emphasizing their commitment to eco-friendly technology, the NanoLumens displays are composed of up to 50% reclaimed materials, and are completely recyclable. What’s more, some new NanoLumens displays can be serviced from the front, making maintenance easier than ever before possible.

Designed and assembled entirely in the United States, NanoLumens displays are available in both flexible and fixed frames in five product lines: NanoFlex™, NanoFlex Wrap™, and NanoFlex Ribbon™ flexible displays; NanoSlim™ fixed rectangular displays; and NanoShape™ fixed round, square, and triangular displays.

The company’s technology has been recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as a 2011 future-proof tech trend and was cited by The Wall Street Journal in its 2010 Technology Innovations Awards. NanoLumens’ technology also received the 2011 Breakthrough Technology of the Year Award at the American Technology Awards. Digital Signage Magazine awarded the NanoLumens NanoFlex a 2011 DIGI Award for “Best New Display Device – Non-LCD or Plasma”.

For more information about NanoLumens displays, please visit www.nanolumens.com or call (678) 421-9694.

About NanoLumens:
Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, NanoLumens, Inc. (www.nanolumens.com) is a privately held corporation engaged in the research, product development and component design for unique flexible and fixed displays that address a yawning technology gap in the $14 billion digital display industry. Since its founding in 2006, NanoLumens has built a portfolio of more than 20 international families of issued and filed patents on its flexible display technology that effectively address the commercial market void between relatively small flat-panel displays and huge, limited application LED boards. NanoLumens technology is not constrained by standard sizes and shapes, or by the weight, noise and cost issues traditionally associated with commercial LED products.

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Visual Unity Appoints Jamal Bnari to Drive Sales and Marketing In the Middle East and Asia

Leading Broadcast and Multiscreen System Integrator Visual Unity has consolidated its position in the Middle East and Asia by appointing Jamal Bnari to the position of Head of Sales and Marketing for both regions.

Visual Unity’s unique expertise in linear and multiscreen solutions is already helping broadcasters and operators in the Middle East and Asia to deliver the premium viewing experience that their audiences demand. Clients such as Al Alan TV and other government entities are already reaping the benefits of solutions provided by Visual Unity, while recently established pops in Dubai, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia has enabled Visual Unity to offer the benefits of its own Content Delivery Network (CDN) to Middle East customers, effectively supporting the development of more regionally executed services and securing the future of multiscreen broadcasting in the region.

With extensive experience in New Media technology strategy, innovation and product development, Jamal Bnari is ideally placed to assist Visual Unity’s Middle East and Asian customers as they embrace the growth of multiscreen viewing and develop innovative business opportunities enabling them to monetise their content.

Bnari, who joins a new team that aims to grow Visual Unity’s global footprint, says: “I am excited to be part of a team that is driven to succeed and truly places client satisfaction at the top of its list.”

Tomas Petru, President of Visual Unity, says: “Jamal’s skill set is perfect for his role at Visual Unity as he has extensive knowledge of the Telco, IPTV and Connected TV markets. Delivering a truly converged, multiscreen TV experience is key for all broadcasters and Jamal’s experience as a new media marketing professional will benefit our customers as they strive to adapt to this fast changing market.”

Jamal Bnari will be based at Visual Unity’s office in Media City, Dubai. As a Western educated UAE National, Bnari holds a Master’s degree from Tufts University in the USA. He joins Visual Unity from the Etisalat Group, where he worked closely with other broadcasters, media companies, ISPs and Telcos to launch new products and services. While with Etisalat, he founded and launched the first pure broadband based TV service and the first IPTV Video on Demand service on connected TVs. He also managed online services and platforms for the home products division of the operator and led strategic partnerships and cross-functional teams across multiple organizations globally.

During his tenure in the USA, Jamal Bnari also worked for start-ups and lectured at numerous universities.

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About Visual Unity
Visual Unity is an international Systems Integrator bridging the gap between broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences – wherever they are. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast systems and multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD Outside Broadcast vehicles and major playout facilities to automated Direct-to-Web platforms.

Visual Unity’s vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners enter the challenging world of multiscreen media, providing complete control over the management and monetisation of brand and assets. Through four highly scalable and flexible modules, the vuMediaTM platform delivers a cutting-edge web-based and mobile viewing experience, comprehensive Video on Demand services and secure robust content distribution – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows.

Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Dubai and Belgrade.

For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com

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Imerge Launches Ultra Compact Playback Unit – Experience the Mini Client

Imerge, the internationally acclaimed provider of multi-room audio and video entertainment solutions, has launched a new High Definition Mini Client playback device that is ideally suited to installations where space is at a premium.

This powerful, compact unit works in conjunction with the new Imerge MS1-3D range of media servers to offer local playback of DVDs as well as music and 2D HD movies, including full HD audio.

Weighing just 450g and smaller than two DVD cases, the Imerge Mini Client is supplied with VESA 75/100 mounts so that it can be mounted or hidden behind a TV screen without being obtrusive or detracting from the room décor. On a Super yacht with many cabins, for example, customers can archive and store all of their music and movies on the main MS1-3D server, yet still provide playback to each zone individually and with no compromise in sound or picture quality.

Each Mini Client installed connects to the main MS1-3D server, which can be housed in an equipment room, using GB Ethernet, thus doing away with costly and unsightly wiring. As well as delivering 2D HD playback via the Mini Client, the main server can also store and play DVDs as well as 2D and 3D Blu-ray movies in full 1080p High Definition quality to larger screens and movie theatres. Should other additional 3D zones be required, more MS1-3D clients can be added into the system, thus also providing more local archiving.

Graham Boswell, Sales Director for Prism Sound, which now owns the Imerge brand, says: “The Mini Client, which was shown as a prototype at ISE 2012, was developed in direct response to installers’ requests for a playback unit that was small enough to be unobtrusive, yet powerful enough to deliver the quality that Imerge customers expect. With very low power consumption and being four times smaller than its nearest competitor, the Mini Client is ideal for situations where space is tight as customers can house the MS1-3D server elsewhere and simply tap into its power and archiving capabilities via Ethernet.”

The introduction of the MS1-3D and Mini Client combination consolidates Imerge’s pioneering work in audio and media servers by offering the market a 4th generation entertainment solution that cements its position as a market leader.

The MS1-3D is a complete media server combining the highest quality playback of music and movies with an extensive range of additional benefits, making it the most compelling high-end media server on the market. The unit includes a multiple language user interface for international customers and an iPhone controller app that puts the user in complete control of the system.

The new MS1-3D integrates fully with the companion XiVaSafe high-reliability redundant disk storage array, which ensures that customers don’t lose media in the unlikely event of a disk failure. The network storage can also be used to store user documents and features RAID-6 technology meaning that up to two disk drives can fail without losing content compared to just the one in competing products – an important consideration when systems are remotely located. Imerge-branded server products are complemented by the XIVA on-line music store and a range of hardware and software accessories.

For more information about the Imerge MS1-3D and Mini Client, please visit www.imerge.co.uk

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Imerge
Part of what is popularly known as the “Cambridge Phenomenon”, Imerge is well-qualified to be the leader in its field. A spin-off from Cambridge-based technology consultancy “Scientific Generics”, it developed the world’s first hard drive-based audio server, the SoundServer, back in 1990s. In 2007 Imerge launched a multi-terabyte, 1080p-capable music/movies multi-room server which was hailed for setting new standards in usability and reliability, as well as delivering the very highest standards of audio and video performance. In 2008 Imerge launched the state of the art 1080p-capable MP1000 MediaPlayer which unlocked a breathtaking range of new installation possibilities. In 2008, Imerge changed the rules by introducing the world’s most advanced media server, the MS1, and its associated enterprise grade storage solution, the XiVASafe. Redefining the way we interact with our media, the MS1 has evolved into the MS1-HD, incorporating Blu-ray support, and the revolutionary new XiVA music store.

For more information please visit www.imerge.co.uk or www.xiva.com

WorldStage Helps Intel Catch The Wave at CES 2012

With the theme “Connect to Life,” Intel’s innovative booth at CES 2012 in Las Vegas featured a giant ecosystem of animated creatures whose interactions reflected the digital world in which Intel operates. Foghorn Creative created the live interactive display across “The Wave” with support from WorldStage, the new brand for Scharff Weisberg and Video Applications Inc., which designed and installed a very complex projection mapping system that offered maximum reliability for the multi-day exhibition.

At CES, Intel showcased their second-generation Intel Core processor-powered Ultrabook devices as well as several Intel Atom processor-based Intelligent Systems. Numerous other Intel-powered devices from leading manufacturers were also displayed, including Intel-based smart phones.

“Technology makes things exciting, but it’s how the whole digital world all works together that makes it interesting,” says Foghorn owner and creative director Don Richards. “That was Intel’s vision for their compute continuum. Each year they work with us to come up with something really cool so when you walk into the booth you are immediately in awe. For this show, we were tasked with creating an abstract visualization of that node of continuum, something with an immediate ‘connect to a richer experience of life’ theme.”

Foghorn devised live interactive content for an overhead wave-like screen, designed by 2LK, that was part of the booth’s organic-looking infrastructure. Visitors approached input stations where cameras scanned their hands or any other object, and seconds later they saw the scan generate an animated organism based on the scan outline. The organism, or creature, then became part of the intricate choreography of abstract creatures on the big screen.

“People created shapes that went on to have lives in The Wave – kind of a sky aquarium filled with bioluminescent-type creatures,” says Richards. “The shapes became part of a creature in front of you that was animated to fly or swim away, to chase prey or to seek mates. The visitor had a real ‘connect to life’ moment, and WorldStage was brilliant enough to make it all projectable.”

He notes that The Wave was mocked up full-scale months in advance of the show. “In conjunction with the booth producers, The Taylor Group, we created a full-scale mockup of the installation in advance to assure flawless execution. WorldStage took on a lot of the technical project management for the entire projection and the AV side of the project.”

The Taylor Group’s Benjamin Judah added, “The timelines for this project were very ambitious but the whole team was extremely efficient and effective and the mockup really made a difference.”

Joshua Weisberg, president of WorldStage, says, “This was one of the most complex mapping projects we’ve attempted, given the space limitations at the booth location and the unique shape of the structure – all of which had to support a live interactive application. The prep for this project included a lot of time translating the mapping configuration into shapes that the interactive system could approximate faithfully. Effective teamwork between us and the application developer, Stimulant, helped find a solution that worked for everyone.”

Spending a lot of time with the 3D model and a partial full-scale mock-up also enabled WorldStage “to come to the convention center with a good deal of confidence,” says Weisberg. “The install went very well with great results, thanks to an outstanding on-site team.”

He explains that the booth’s rear-projection surface was serpentine in shape and each portion of the surface was different from every other. A severe ceiling height limitation significantly reduced the options for projector placement and lensing, too. In addition, traditional mapping methods available through media server platforms were not practical since The Wave was a live interactive: None of the content was pre-produced.

WorldStage opted to run the interactive computers directly into the projectors, which kept the system relatively simple and very robust. This method also made use of the mapping capabilities of the projectors, rather than an external mapping device, which would have made the system more expensive and less reliable.

WorldStage did extensive computer modeling – Weisberg himself tallied more than 100 hours – to insure that the images could be crafted from the projector locations available. In some cases, the company had to jam projectors up into ceiling coves to create more lens throw.

In addition to projection, WorldStage equipped the interactive system with sound, installed the user kiosks and provided an NEC LCD monitor wall for a separate interactive automotive experience in the Intel booth.

“WorldStage was amazing and performed flawlessly,” Richards reports.

“Don’s creative was the best!” says Weisberg. “We had a really great team on this project. The guys from Stimulant, which developed the interactive software, were great. And rigging engineer Michael Chrisman did an amazing job getting all the gear up in the air.”

2LK London was the designer of the booth; Rick Voigt was executive producer. San Francisco-based Stimulant developed the interactive software under Darren David.

At WorldStage the executive systems designer was Josh Weisberg, the account executive Richard Bevan and the project manager James Sarro. Florian Mosleh was the mapping consultant and Terry Nakamura the projection engineer.

Judah concludes, “From an AV standpoint, this has been the most efficient group I’ve worked with. It was a very tough environment with a lot of challenges but everyone was always phenomenal to work with. They were always proactive, everything was on time and the booth was amazing.”

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

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Faculty of Humanities Gets Lite!


One of the major lecture halls on HUJI Campus was recently equipped with TechPod Lite, the latest innovative interactive lectern from Tecom Electronics.

TechPod Lite, winning 2nd place as the “Best of InfoComm 2011”, was built in accordance with presenters input; The self – explanatory lectern eliminates the need to educate users on the system. Simply insert a DVD or connect a USB device to start your presentations or to play music. Alternatively, you can connect your laptop to the port for an immediate, easy presentation to your audience.

The TechPod Lite was connected to the complex house sound system, lights and screen control – all are now concentrated at the podium for ease of use and smooth presentations.

Faculty members and technical team alike commented that they simply love the TechPod Lectern solution; allowing them peace of mind, reliability and making them look good in front of a large audience!

Read more on the TechPod Lite Lectern – www.techpod.com

Swank Audio Visuals Goes for Analog Way’s Processing and Switching Solutions

Swank Audio Visuals is an international technology service provider, partnering with more than 375 four-five star resorts and hotels in 165 major locations. Swank Audio Visuals relies upon 75 years of experience and a large team of dedicated technology specialists to accommodate everything from intimate gatherings to large conventions.

When upgrading its fleet of equipment, Swank Audio Visuals opted for Analog Way’s processing and switching systems. Over the past months, the Company purchased a number of Analog Way’s mixers and switchers, including 28 Pulses, 11 Smart Vu LEs, eight Di VentiX II, five OPS300, as well as nine Orchestra Event Controllers.With the Analog Way products selected, Swank Audio Visuals can perform multi-format, mixing, seamless matrix switching and edge blending to answer the needs of a variety of events.

For its Annual National Leadership Meeting, Swank Audio Visuals showcased some of the Analog Way’s models acquired. During the event held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, the Company’s entire leadership team could enjoy a show featuring the latest technologies. Scott Buford, Area Technical Director at Swank Audio Visuals, explains: “To perform this event, we needed a creative, original look, which would allow for various types of data to be displayed, including IMAG, PowerPoint presentations, video, live Internet demonstration, etc.”

The show included widescreen surfaces for the presentation: a 12’ x 36’ widescreen blend, a portrait oriented 83” x 144” screen and a landscape oriented 10’ x 17’ screen. The projection was achieved through four 18K HD video-projectors. A wide variety of sources were used for the show: MacBook Pro running Playback Pro software, PC laptops running PowerPoint presentations, Sony EX-MW3 XDCAM running HD-SDI, two Sonic Foundry Mediasite webcasting systems, I-Phone and much more. Part of the processing and switching needs was handled by several Analog Way products.

“Swank Audio Visuals has just recently decided to start using Analog Way systems after solely using Barco/Folsom. I had never used any Analog Way products and wanted to take this opportunity to see what they could do,” said Buford.
Analog Way’s Di-VentiX II, a versatile Multi-Layer Mixer Switcher, was used in Soft Edge mode for the 12’ x 36’ wide screen. “The ability to soft-edge blend with ease and with one box, and have the ability to have a preview monitor is awesome,” comments Buford. “Using the box for the first time, I was able to get a flawless looking soft edge blend in a very short timeframe.”

Swank Audio Visuals also used two Pulses, a Dual Scaler Mixer Seamless Switcher from Analog Way, and one Orchestra Event Controller, to flawlessly juggle with the different sources. Buford notes:“We faced constant last-minute changes in presentation materials. The flexibility of the Analog Way pieces and the wide variety of inputs was extremely valuable. It allowed us to easily accommodate all presenters and hook up a variety of inputs at a moment’s notice.”

Swank Audio Visuals’ Annual National Leadership Meeting went smoothly, and Scott Buford was satisfied by his first experience with Analog Way solutions. “I think Analog Way’s processors offer a great combination in the number and types of inputs that allows the units to straddle the digital/analog world that we are in right now.”

The support provided by Analog Way was another key point to Scott Buford: “The technical support was awesome. Any question that arose was quickly answered by Analog Way. I can’t speak highly enough of how great it is to know that this kind of technical support is there.”  

Swank Audio Visuals
Founded in 1937, Swank Audio Visuals is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2012. The Company has a rich legacy of providing superior expertise, creativity, full-service support and state-of-the-art technology for the hotel, resort, meeting and conference center industries. Provided with a hospitality approach, services include audio, video, lighting, stage design, production, Internet connectivity, webcasting/webarchiving, 3D renderings and more for events of all sizes, from intimate gatherings to large conventions. As an industry leader, Swank developed SwankDraw, a unique proprietary iPad app that allows room renderings to be created instantly on-site. Swank also enhances clients’ meetings and events by engineering and offering Mobile Meeting Manager (M3), a customizable web based app providing agendas, speaker information and more on attendees’ smartphones and tablets. Headquartered in St. Louis, MO, Swank Audio Visuals employs more than 1,400 talented professionals in approximately 375 destination resorts and hotels in 65 major markets, representing more than 165 cities in the U.S. and Canada.
Please visit www.swankav.com for more information.

 About Analog Way
Analog Way is a leading designer and manufacturer of image converters and presentation switchers. The company designs a wide range of computer to video scan converters, scalers, seamless switchers and up/down converters. The products provide the most advanced solutions in the Broadcast, AV, Rental & Staging, Church, Corporate and Industrial markets.

 

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