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Kramer Introduces the MV-6 3G HD-SDI Multiviewer

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the MV-6, a versatile, high−performance multiviewer for 3G HD−SDI video signals. The device can display up to six inputs in any combination, and output the image in multiple formats supporting either pre−programmed or customizable screen divisions.

The MV-6 features Kramer’s re−Klocking™ and equalization technology on each input, which rebuilds the digital signal so that it can travel longer distances. In addition to being HDTV compatible, the multiviewer has a maximum input data rate of 3Gbps.

The device supports standard definition, high definition, and 3G high definition serial digital video signals (SD/HD-SDI/3G HD-SDI). Specifically, the MV-6 is compatible with SMPTE 259M, 292M, and 424M signals and supports data rates of 270Mbps, 1483.5Mbps, 1485Mbps, 2967Mbps, and 2970Mbp. Furthermore, each input also has a corresponding looping output. On the output side, the MV-6 supports SDI (259M), HD-SDI (292M), and 3G HD-SDI (SMPTE 424M) serial digital signals, and has an HDMI and composite video output as well.

The MV-6 is housed in a standard 19” 2U rack-mountable enclosure with rack “ears” included. The flexible control options featured are via IR remote and Ethernet & RS−232 (supplied with PC control software). The two−row 4.3” color LCD preview screen (16:9) displays the output signal on the front panel. The front panel also features buttons to freeze, resize, and position the picture; in addition to, four pre−programmed and two user−definable screen handling buttons making the unit easy to monitor and control.

The MV-6 multiviewer is the ideal device for use in professional broadcasting, production studios, rental & staging, and presentation applications.

The MV-6 is available and in stock from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world. This device has a list price of $5,395.00. Complete product information can be found at www.kramerus.com.

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X2O Media’s Xpresenter(TM) Scores Big for Legends Entertainment District’s Digital LED Network

Digital Signage Platform Helps Energize Downtown Phoenix With Broadcast-Quality Content From Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Live Scrolling News Tickers, and More more

AES 132nd Convention Offers Prolific Papers/Posters Presentations

The Hand Clap As An Impulse Source, Virtual Microphones & Audio For Games

BUDAPEST: Over one hundred enlightening Paper and Poster presentations have been developed for the 132nd Audio Engineering Society Convention set for the Novotel Budapest Congress & World Trade Center April 26-29. Leaders throughout the international professional audio community will gather to exchange ideas, and take maximum advantage of the Convention’s unique networking opportunities. Highlights of the varied Paper and Poster schedule include:

The Hand Clap as an Impulse Source for Measuring Room Acoustic: Authors – Prem Seetharaman and Stephen P. Tarzia tested the suitability of hand clap recordings for measuring several acoustic features of musical performance and recording rooms. Their goal was to make acoustic measurement possible for amateur musicians and hobbyists through the use of a smartphone or web app. Using their technique, measuring a room’s reverberation times and frequency response is as easy as starting a smartphone app and clapping several times.

Emerging and Innovative Audio Virtual Microphones – Using Ultrasonic Sound to Receive Audio Waves: Authors – Tobias Merkel, Hans Lƒhmann, and Tom Ritter will discuss their research with highly focused ultrasound beams and microphones. They overlaid the wave field of a common audio source with an ultrasonic beam. They discovered that the phase shift of the received signal obtains the audio information of the overlaid field. Since the ultrasonic beam itself acts as sound receiver, no technical device e.g. membranes, are necessary in the direct vicinity of sound reception. Because this type of sound receiver is not visible or touchable they describe it as a “Virtual Microphone.”

Audio for Games and Mobile/PDA, Efficient Binaural Audio Rendering Using Independent Early and Diffuse Paths: Author – Fritz Menzer A multi-source binaural audio rendering structure is proposed that efficiently implements plausible binaural reverberation including early reflections and late reverberation. The structure contains delay lines and, a feedback-delay network that operate independently, modeling early reflections and diffuse reverberation, respectively. Computationally efficient heuristics are presented for the implementation of an HRTF set and, for the diffuse reverberation, a real-time implementation on a mobile device will be presented.

Please visit http://www.aes.org/events/132/calendar/calendar.cfm for a complete list of event titles, abstracts and presentation times.

Photo: The Budapest Congress & World Trade Center hosts the 132nd AES Convention April 26-29.

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. With over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East, the organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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Sanken Exhibits New COS-11D HWM Head Worn Mic at NAB

Exceptional Sound Quality, Reliability, and Comfort for Broadcast

Sanken Microphones is exhibiting at NAB the new head worn COS-11D HWM, utilizing the same components as Sanken’s popular lavalier mic known throughout the broadcast and film industries.  This ultra-miniature new generation microphone was designed for hands-free hi-resolution audio in broadcast television, infomercials, sportscasting, product demonstrations, Internet programming, live stage productions, and houses of worship.

Features:
* Exceptional Sound Optimized for the Human Voice
* Stable Adjustable Dual-Earpiece frame,
• MicBoom is Interchangeable for Right or Left Side
• Unique Vertical Diaphragm Design – a Sanken Original
• Available in Beige or Cocoa
• Strong immunity to RFI

The compact COS-11D HWM is ideal for broadcast of major talent, stage singers, high-profile commentators, on-camera journalists, musical actors, singer/dancers and a wide variety of live performers.  The new hands-free microphone is especially valuable when there is rigorous head movement, while the close proximity of the mic to the vocal source provides consistently exceptional audio with very natural characteristics.

Sanken, known worldwide as an industrywide standard in highest quality professional studio and stage microphones, utilizes an exclusive vertical placement of the diaphragm for a much greater effective area within an extremely small casing. The COS-11D HWM features a front mesh screen which is water resistant, better protecting the microphone from perspiration and cosmetics.

This new Sanken microphone was designed to meet today’s HD audio standards while providing greater immunity to RF interference. The COS-11D HWM incorporates exclusive design advances that deal with both digital and digital/analog hybrid RF wireless transmission.

For  a free VIP pass to NAB and more info about Sanken, visit distributor plus24:  http://www.plus24.net   or phone 323.845.1171

See and hear the entire line of Sanken microphones at NAB in Las Vegas,
April 16 – 19, at Booth #C-3740

Gold Sharpys From Clay Paky Shine at Academy Awards

Gold was everywhere at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony last month in Hollywood: Gold glitzed from the red carpet, gold Oscars were handed out to lucky winners and gold Sharpy lighting fixtures from Clay Paky helped illuminate the telecast for millions of viewers around the world. A.C.T Lighting is the North American distributor for Clay Paky.

Lighting designer Bob Dickinson specified 12 Clay Paky Sharpys to add pop to the show. The powerful yet compact lights were supplied in a newly available gold housing, which blended seamlessly with the décor and set design of the auditorium. Dickinson is known as the go-to lighting designer for major international events, including previous Oscar, Emmy and Grammy Awards shows, the opening and closing ceremonies at the Vancouver Winter Olympics and events at Expo 2010 Shanghai China.

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

The complement of gold Sharpys for the ceremony was supplied by VER. A.C.T Lighting President and CEO Bob Gordon commented, “Having Bob Dickinson specify these fixtures is an honor. He is such a consummate professional that his choice of the Sharpy says so much about the fixture. Susan Tesh at VER was integral in this process and we certainly owe her our gratitude.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, “We’re thrilled to see our new gold Sharpys at such high profile event. They really helped make the awards ceremony shine.”

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AVI-SPL to Showcase Telehealth Solutions at ATA Expo

AVI-SPL, the leading provider of video communications solutions, is set to exhibit at the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Annual Meeting and Exposition, an event billed as the world’s largest telehealth tradeshow. AVI-SPL will showcase exciting advancements in video communication technology designed specifically for the healthcare industry from April 29 to May 1 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center at booth #342.

The focus of the AVI-SPL booth will be a highly interactive display demonstrating how healthcare professionals can leverage video communication technology to overcome industry challenges such as high hospital readmission rates. For example, one innovative AVI-SPL solution enables patients to communicate with a nurse practitioner via videoconferencing simply by using a kiosk. This allows healthcare providers to deliver patient-focused care without incurring costly Medicare penalties for hospital readmissions. The booth will feature three workstations and a kiosk that will simulate the patient experience for attendees.

“We understand the unique and changing needs of healthcare service providers,” said Eric Headlee, VP of Healthcare Sales, AVI-SPL. “AVI-SPL offers innovative video communication solutions designed specifically to improve access to quality care and produce favorable outcomes for both healthcare professionals and their patients.”

For more information on the ATA Expo and to register, click here.

About AVI-SPL

AVI-SPL is a global leader in audio video communications technology, providing comprehensive solutions and services for professional AV installation, telepresence and video conferencing, digital media systems, control rooms and network operations centers, hotel rental services, event staging and production. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., AVI-SPL has highly-trained and certified system engineers throughout 32 U.S. offices and an international network of solution providers in 30 countries. Please visit http://www.avispl.com/ for more information or connect with AVI-SPL on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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ALTINEX ANNOUNCES TNP512 INTERCONNECT BOX

**** Photo: Altinex TNP512 Interconnect Box ****

Brea, CA – April 2012… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the availability of the TNP512 Interconnect Box, the latest addition to the ever-expanding line of Tilt ‘N Plug interconnect offerings. As a compact interconnect solution designed for installation into tables, podiums, or other furniture as part of an AV presentation system, the new TNP512 offers convenient, one touch access to a variety of video, audio, computer, network, and power connections—making the tabletop connection point attractive for any boardroom or conference room table. Of particular note, the new TNP512 employs a new leaf-spring mechanism—replacing the gas spring design of previous models. more

LECTROSONICS ANNOUNCES WM WATERTIGHT TRANSMITTER

**** Photo: Lectrosonics WM Watertight Transmitter ****

Rio Rancho, NM – April 10, 2012… Lectrosonics, recognized the world over as a leading manufacturer of wireless microphone systems and audio processing products, is pleased to introduce the WM Watertight Transmitter, the company’s newest addition to its line of highly acclaimed Digital Hybrid Wireless® microphone systems offering compandor-free audio. Combining ‘cabled-microphone’ audio performance combined with a super-tough housing designed to withstand the harshest environments, the new Lectrosonics WM Watertight Transmitter is certain to be well received by theatrical and location sound professionals. more

Technosound Chooses Community to Provide Indoor and Outdoor Solutions for Bkerké

Lebanon, April 2012… Built in 1893 and located 650 meters above the bay of Jounieh in Lebanon, Bkerké is the See of the Maronite Catholic Patriarchate.  Like many ancient religious buildings the architecture is beautiful and the acoustics challenging.  For its new sound system the Church commissioned Lebanon-based pro audio specialists, Technosound, to provide a solution that would give the highest quality audio with the minimum aesthetic intrusion.  A combined system was required to provide sound for both the interior of the main church and also for selected areas outside the building.

“For the main area inside the church we chose Community’s ENTASYS three-way, full-range column line-array loudspeaker systems,” said Pierre Fahed of Technosound.  “Their wide horizontal and very narrow vertical dispersion gives excellent coverage with minimal overspill to the reflective surfaces of the room.  The ENTASYS also provides the highest intelligibility from a very slim column, which merges well aesthetically.  To minimise intrusion we painted the units locally, to match the building’s stone interior.”

For the outside areas at the front entrance and the courtyard, Technosound utilised Community R.25-94TZ two-way, full-range, all-weather systems, with a 90 x 40 degree coverage pattern.  “For sound quality combined with long-term outdoor reliability, Community’s R-Series are unequalled,” said Fahed.  “Their compact size and discreet colouring were again a big advantage in minimizing visual impact.”

To ensure high quality voice for the system, Technosound supplied a range of AKG microphones, including two AKG WMS450-P wireless, four AKG CGN521E goosenecks, four AKG C5 condensers and one AKG D5S vocal mic.  These are mixed via an Allen & Heath ZED22FX with an ART MX225 distribution mixer for zone control.  Processing is handled by a DBX DriveRack PA+ and the loudspeakers are driven by QSC PLX3602 amplifiers.  Two QSC K10 active loudspeakers provide foldback for the choir and the system is complete for recording and playback with a TEAC CDP650 CD Player and a TEAC CDRW890 CD Recorder.

“Community really did have the ideal solutions for this installation, inside and out,” concluded Fahed, “visually discreet with excellent sound quality, ideal coverage patterns and assured reliability.  Most importantly, the Church is very impressed and completely satisfied with the new system.”

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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.

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Beau Raymond Chooses Genelec Active Monitoring for His New Studio Facility

— Producer/engineer for artists including Joss Stone, Motley Crüe, members of the Black Crowes and others, now has the acclaimed Genelec 8260A System in place at Family Farm, his 2,500-square-foot
facility in Portland, Oregon —

Beau Raymond knows sound. Having served as the engineer or producer for a wide range of artists (Joss Stone, Motley Crüe, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Devendra Banhart, Little Joy, members of the Black Crowes, Bert Jansch, the Neptunes), and working alongside production legends (Joe Chiccarelli, Rick Rubin, Rich Costey, Pat Leonard, Bob Rock), he’s now taken his substantial experience in Los Angeles studios and migrated it to indie music hub Portland, Oregon. There he opened his 2,500-square-foot Family Farm studio in 2011. For monitoring, he turned to Active Monitors from Genelec, the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring. The 6,000-square-foot building also houses a lounge and a spacious apartment for visiting recording artists. The studio has already done sessions with the Dandy Warhols, the Jayhawks and the Portland Cello Project.

Raymond is a highly critical but curious listener and a self-confessed “gear junkie,” so he was up for checking out the pair of Genelec 8260A Tri-Amplified DSP Monitors suggested to him by retailer Vintage King and brought over to his studio by Scott Esterson of Genelec. “I listened to them and they sounded good, but you can’t really understand a speaker until you’ve actually done work on them,” Raymond points out.

He used the Genelec 8260A’s to mix the unfinished tracks of a record he had been working on at that time, and during the course of the mix, he came to appreciate the 8260As’ accuracy and authenticity. But what sold him was the enthusiastic response of the mastering engineer he sent the record to after the mix. The mastering engineer immediately recognized that the record had been mixed on two different pairs of monitors, and he raved to Raymond the mix of the songs that happened to be mixed on the Genelecs. “Considerably more depth in the low end, greater accuracy and better balance across the sound field,” says Raymond. “But perhaps best of all, they were both fun and functional; they can give me the kind of volume I need for when clients want to track and listen back loud, but they actually sound great at any volume. And while I was initially skeptical of the DSP system – I always wondered if systems like that actually compensate for deficiencies in the speakers themselves – I quickly realized that the Genelec DSP system really works. The speakers sound great on their own, but the DSP brings them to the next level by adjusting them perfectly to the room they’re in. I’m glad I have them.”

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.

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