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LED solutions take centre-stage for projectiondesign® at ITEC 2012

Military simulation show highlights renewed focus on raising performance and reducing cost of ownership.

Norway’s projectiondesign® returns to the ITEC Defence, Training, Simulation and Education show this year with the most comprehensive line-up of products it has ever offered to the defence training and simulation market.

FS33 IR makes its debut
Making its worldwide debut at ExCeL, London from 22-24 May is the FS33 IR, the company’s latest LED-illuminated projector to stimulate Night Vision Goggles (NVG) for unrivalled simulated night-time vision. Built around the manufacturer’s ReaLED™ solid-state illumination platform, the FS33 IR adds a fourth LED to the conventional red, green and blue light sources, emitting infra-red light beyond the range visible to the human eye. This produces brighter night-vision imagery when stimulated by NVGs and provides a completely constant light output over time, eliminating the need for recalibration, reducing the maintenance and total cost of ownership to an absolute minimum.

The FS33 IR offers a brightness of unprecedented 1200 ANSI lumens, being by far the brightest projector available that’s capable of realistically visualising night-time and limited visibility scenario, visible day-time or pitch black scenarios from one single channel input. The FS33 IR is optimised for NVGs of all generations, including Generation 3 and Generation 4, as well as versions using specific IR stimuli.

FL35 ReaLED™ line-up of LED projectors
projectiondesign now offer the FL35 ReaLED illumination projectors in three resolution variants (WQXGA, WUXGA and 1080p). The FL35 wqxga is the world’s highest-resolution LED projector and on the projectiondesign stand at ITEC 2012, it will be demonstrated in a breathtaking immersive dome display. Offering 100,000 hours of typical service life and double the brightness of projectiondesign’s previous LED models, the FL35 enables the deployment of higher acuity systems and reduced channel counts, making it an ideal visual platform for multi-channel simulation environments.

Immersive displays and breathtaking images
projectiondesign will be showing their F35 AS3D high-resolution active stereoscopic 3D projector in a maritime training and simulation scenario. The F35 AS3D projector will be integrated with 3D submarine content provided by TechViz and motion capture and systems from Vicon.

Additionally, projectiondesign’s F82 sx+ projectors will be integrated to showcase command and control monitoring. SXGA+ resolution users of systems that require 4:3 or closer to 1:1 aspect ratios optimise the usage of pixels. SXGA+ resolution has traditionally been hard to find in three-chip projection. It is particularly useful in simulation and training to address the burgeoning update market where many manufacturers’ legacy projectors require replacement due to age.

ITEC show wide support
As well as taking its own stand, projectiondesign is supporting a number of partners at ITEC, among them Simulation Displays, a division of Paradigm AV Ltd (Stand L100) – all of whom will use the manufacturer’s projectors as part of real-world simulation and training solutions. projectiondesign will also support the ITEC event with the provision of F12 projectors for the ITEC Keynote Welcome Speech held in the Platinum Suite, and breakout conference tracks in the North Gallery Rooms. All projectors on the projectiondesign booth will be displayed using the finest screens from Projecta.

Innovation Showcase and ITEC show hospitality
Additionally, on Wednesday 23 May as part of the ITEC Innovation Showcase, Håkon Andersen, projectiondesign’s Visual Simulation Specialist for APAC and EMEA, will present a paper titled ‘Solid State LED Projection For Full Mission Simulators’ – highlighting the end-user benefits of the latest LED technologies and applications.

On the same day, projectiondesign will participate in the exhibitor hospitality evening, serving traditional Norwegian delicacies and entertainment to ITEC attendees.

Maria Dahl Aagaard, Product Marketing Manager, projectiondesign, enthuses: “ITEC has always been a great platform from which to launch new initiatives in the military training and simulation space, and we are confident that our solutions will again be well-received by this demanding but receptive audience.

“We are looking forward to three days of exacting product demonstrations, productive partner initiatives, and informed conversations with attendees keen to learn more about how projectiondesign’s visual technology know-how can offer them new simulation solutions while simultaneously reducing their operating costs.”

projectiondesign will be on Stand H110 at ITEC from 22-24 May 2012 at the ExCel in London, UK.

Park Road and Weta Join Christie to Improve High Frame Rate (HFR) Digital Cinema Presentations Through Technology Co-Operation

Christie® has signed a technology co-operation agreement with Park Road Post Production Ltd. (“Park Road”) and Weta Digital Ltd. (“Weta”) to work together to advance the state of the art of digital cinema production and projection, with an emphasis on high frame rate (HFR) delivery – the industry’s most exciting new technology. For its part, Christie will supply a combination of ‘direct to engineering’ technical support, Christie Solaria® Series DLP Cinema® projectors and early access to prototype projection technologies, including laser projectors, that Christie is developing.

As part of the agreement, Park Road and Weta will upgrade their current facilities with Christie projectors and provide Christie with review, testing and feedback on new hardware and software developments related to high-bandwidth interfaces and HFR technology, as well as sample movie content (consistent with the content owner’s permission) for Christie to use in testing its projectors and integrated media block (IMB) units.

“The team at Park Road has a strong and long-standing relationship with Christie and we are delighted that this will continue into the future,” said Cameron Harland, General Manager, Park Road. “We hope that our joint research and knowledge exchange on high frame rates in particular will benefit filmmakers, studios, exhibitors and most importantly the movie-going audience.”

Kathy Gruzas, Chief Information Officer, Weta Digital Ltd said, “Christie shares a common vision with our facility and Park Road – that is, to be on the leading-edge of world-class developments in digital cinema – and we look forward to combining the sum total of our collective experience and knowledge to thrill cinema audiences in the upcoming, new world of 3D and HFR.”

“We are delighted to be teaming up with these two legends in the post production and visual effects world,” said Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie Entertainment Solutions, “and look forward to pushing the envelope with Park Road and Weta on this exciting endeavor.”

Park Road
Park Road is a premier post production facility located in Wellington, New Zealand. Visit http://www.parkroadpost.co.nz/.

Weta Digital
Weta Digital is a five-time Academy Award® winning visual effects facility based in Wellington, New Zealand. Visit http://www.wetafx.co.nz/.

Christie’s Commitment to HFR
The two main goals of Christie’s HFR activities are to help the industry develop the best HFR content and the best delivery system for HFR content. The first goal involves assisting leading-edge filmmakers and post-production companies in perfecting HFR movie creation, so the industry has the most engaging, entertaining content possible. The second goal is to assist exhibitors in showing these 3D HFR movies in all their glory. To these ends, Christie is helping create the standards for 3D HFR movies through formal and informal technology-development alliances with major producers and directors, post production facilities, studios and technology partners. On the exhibitor’s front, Christie provides one stop shopping for all the hardware, software and services that enable exhibitors to deliver a filmmaker’s vision in stunning 3D HFR quality. For more information visit http://info.christiedigital.com/lp/higher-frame-rates

Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Launches Boothless Projection System With Christie Managed Services

Less is more for the Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas in San Diego, where Christie Managed Services has implemented cost effective boothless projection systems, powered by low-maintenance Christie digital cinema projectors, the most powerful and most trusted name for exhibitors joining the digital revolution. Boothless systems eliminate the need for traditional projectionist booth space and require no human operator.

Located in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center in Carmel Valley, Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas features two traditional auditoriums and six with boothless projection systems, seating up to 74 guests, 3D and surround sound technologies, reserved seating options, and high back reclining leather chairs for the ultimate in viewing comfort. Designed and installed by Christie Managed Services as part of a complete customized solution, the boothless systems free up space for an additional row of seating that would normally have been taken up by the projection booths. Christie provided an all-inclusive, turnkey solution for a special lift system that enables the Christie CP2220 DLP Cinema® projectors to be positioned out of the way during normal operation and lowered for maintenance. The Managed Services Team at Christie also installed the audio system, screens, processing equipments, lighting, drapes, library management systems, playback and projection systems, in addition to designing and deploying the boothless capability. Recently, an additional six auditoriums were installed with Christie boothless projection systems at the Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas La Costa location in Carlsbad.

“While we are South America’s largest theater chain, this is our first entry into the U.S. market, and it was critical that every aspect of our patrons’ movie-viewing experience was as perfect as possible,” said Carlos Wellman, managing director of Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas. “We selected Christie because they bring more than 80 years in the exhibition industry, and perfectly understand the old-world traditions of the finest movie houses and the next generation of digital technology to meet the sophisticated demands of today’s moviegoers.”

Matthew Heyman, a Cinépolis consultant on this project added, “Christie’s boothless lifts create the space for Cinépolis to transform its theaters into a unique movie-going experience. These boothless concepts, like the ones Christie designs and installs, are transforming the digital cinema environment.”

“Exhibitors are looking for solutions that enable them to reduce construction costs, while offering the design flexibility to transform older facilities to the look and feel of the luxury cinema,” explained Sean James, vice president of Managed Services for Christie. “Our customers need the benefit of technology without the complexity of integration or the burden of support to accomplish their design and cost reduction goals. We designed and built boothless systems that provide the right environment for the projector and isolate the audience from the noise and heat the projector and server generate while allowing the projection booth to be removed.”

Christie Managed Services provides end-to-end solutions for projection and audio in the cinema environment as well as digital signage solutions for theater lobbies. It also offers service packages that provide exhibitors with support that range from 24/7/365 remote monitoring and technical phone support to on-site preventative maintenance/emergency service and fast, local access to spare parts centrally coordinated from Christie’s Network Operations Center.

Cinépolis patrons agree that the theater chain got everything right. They rave about the ultra-comfortable high-back recliners and ushers that serve food and alcohol right at their seats in the 21+ theaters. The recliners also have buttons to call for additional service, and special menus are offered to match the theme of the movie.

CinemaCon attendees can view a video that includes the boothless concept at the Christie booth #2111, and speak with a representative of the Christie Managed Services team.

Olympia, Washington’s GO Media Commissions State’s First Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus™ System

— Pacific Northwest’s Only Avid Pro School Training Center, GO Media, Upgrades to the Latest PhantomFocus™ System Technology in their Carl Tatz Design (CTD) Studio —

Nashville, TN: “Any professional educational facility should take serious notice of the PhantomFocus™ System (PFS),” instructs Glenn Martucci, CEO of Olympia, Washington’s GO Media. “We strive to offer our students the best possible learning environment and feel that it would be a disservice to our students not provide them with the tools required to hear the truly accurate and sonically enveloping monitoring that only the PFS delivers.”

“We were immediately transported inside the recording,” recalls Martucci about the GO Media staff members’ first PhantomFocus System experience when they visited one of Carl Tatz Design LLC’s studios in Nashville. He goes on to talk about his new PFS at GO Media: “Hearing is everything, and with the PFS you save so much time not having to constantly second guess the accuracy of your mix – no more running out to the car or needing to listen on another set of speakers.”

GO Media is another recent example of a custom application of the new Carl Tatz Design Signature Series by Auralex acoustic treatment for control rooms (soon to be available) that emulates the company’s award-winning acoustic designs. GO Media offers on-site as well as on-line Pro Tools certification by uniquely qualified instructors who have been teaching since its conception in the ‘90s. Their new Carl Tatz Design LLC studio is a testament to their passion and commitment to continuing to be Avid’s premiere Pacific Northwest Pro School Training Center.

Martucci points out, “A student could take a whole course in audio production and never hear what a good mix sounds like. Our students know they are hearing what some of the industry’s top engineers and producers are hearing. The CTD PFS renders the accuracy and confidence to inspire our students creatively.”

Video URL: http://youtu.be/IZ9QWbDa7ko
Video Caption: GO Media Owner/CEO Glenn Martucci discusses his Carl Tatz Design and PhantomFocus™ System experience.

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EAW® Launches Powercube™ Power and Processing Modules

Powercubes™ are optimized for use with EAW® Line Array Systems, and customers who purchase are eligible for EAW‘s Red Certification® Training Program

Whitinsville, MA, USA, April 18, 2012 –EAW® recently announced the release of their Powercube™ amplifier racks. Designed to maximize the capabilities of EAW’s Line Arrays, each Powercube amplifier rack includes electrical power distribution, 12 channels of amplifier power with integrated digital signal processing and 12-channel input and output.

Powercubes support either three Lab.gruppen® PLM20000Q/SP amplifiers or six Powersoft® K10 DSP+AESOP amplifiers. Amplifiers are shipped separately from the respective manufacturers for user installation on delivery. Powercubes come in 115 volt and 230 volt options, making four options in total. Electrical power distribution panels are separately configured for each of the four possible options.

Powercubes are optimized for use with EAW KF740 line array systems and the largest of the EAW subwoofer systems, but Powercubes can also power and control KF760 or KF730 line array systems.

Also, Powercube purchases entitle the customer to sign up for EAW’s Red Certification® training program. Red Certification status is awarded after a two-day training seminar led by EAW’s Technical Training Manager Bernie Broderick and held at the customer’s offices. Red Certification ensures that all Powercube owners and their staffs are fully trained on all aspects of using the power and processing available through the Powercube.

“With Powercubes and Red Certification, EAW KF740 owners can assure their customers of absolutely consistent performance night after night, in venue after venue,” EAW President Jeff Rocha said. “With a network of Red Certified KF740 rental companies, owners that cross rent and tours that contract PA vendors in different cities or different countries can get this same level of consistency anywhere on the planet.”

Powercubes feature a 24U rack in a shock-absorbing cage to house the power distribution, amplifiers and input and output panels. Electrical power distribution panels include standard, three-phase input connectors and circuit breaker protected outputs configured to support each amplifier compliment.

The ingenious input panels allow for maximum flexibility without switching the connectors. The input panels provide analog connections with loop through, AES connections with parallel loop through and dual Ethernet ports for loop through the amplifier’s digital network. Selectable ground lifts located on each analog input allow it to be linked to the next successive input in series, allowing a single input to drive multiple channels of a multi-amp system.

Likewise, Powercube output panels feature both Neutrik® NL4 connectors and NL8 connectors that combine amplifier outputs. This allows for Powercube to drive KF760s, KF740s or KF730s without ever rewiring the amp rack.

Powercubes include amenities that make them easy to work with under difficult conditions. All models feature a Littlite® gooseneck lamp on the back of each rack for easy patching and configuration in dark areas. They include easily accessible courtesy power outlets appropriate to their voltage to power personal electronics or charge wireless devices. Finally, all models except the Powersoft 230V version include a locking storage drawer.

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

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW GC STUDIOS FACILITIES IN Q1 2012

— Highland Park, Illinois, and Tucson, Arizona, are the latest Guitar Center stores to expand operations with embedded lessons facilities —

Westlake Village, CA (April 18, 2012) – In the first quarter of 2012, Guitar Center expanded operations at two of its stores – Highland Park, Illinois, and Tucson, Arizona – by adding Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson facility, which will create unrivaled opportunities for area musicians of all ages and skill levels. Guitar Center Studios provides music lessons from beginner to advanced featuring certified instructors teaching world-class curriculum as well as one-on-one courses on Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand. Guitar Center Studios is now the most modern and affordable lessons facility in the area.

“The opening of our new GC Studios at our Highland Park and Tucson stores is an important moment for musicians in these areas,” commented Gene Joly, Guitar Center Executive VP of Stores. “As arts programs are consistently being downsized at schools across the country, we feel it’s important to create these opportunities for the next generation of musicians. Many of our recent store openings over the last year-plus have featured GC Studios, and those facilities have been a huge success across the board. We look forward to serving the music communities of these areas in this increased capacity.”
Guitar Center Highland Park is open seven days a week. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Guitar Center Tucson is open seven days a week. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Guitar Center Studios hours at both locations follow the same schedule as their respective stores.

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EAW® KF740 Line Array Shines at ACM Experience at the Mandalay Bay Resort Leading Up to the 47th Annual ACM Awards

Las Vegas-based H.A.S. Productions outfits the stage at Mandalay Bay with their newly-acquired EAW® KF740 inventory

Whitinsville, MA, USA, April 17, 2012 – In the several days leading up to the 47th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards, which took place on Sunday, April 1, 2012, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the city was host to dozens of other events held in conjunction with the Awards. Outside the Mandalay Bay resort, thousands of eager country fans (up to 10,000 at any given time) gathered on Friday, March 30, up through the start of the awards on Sunday, to witness “The ACM Experience,” a stage of performances and other special events. Outfitting this stage was Vegas-based H.A.S. Productions, Inc., an independently-owned and -operated full-service production company. For the gig, H.A.S. selected a system including KF740 Line Array Modules and SB2001 Large Format Subwoofers from loudspeaker manufacturer Eastern Acoustic Works® (EAW®). H.A.S. chose the KF740 rig for its power and versatility, things that cannot be taken for granted at a live event of this magnitude.

Over the event’s three days, such talent graced the stage as J.T. Hodges, Craig Morgan, Eli Young Band, ACM Duo of the Year winners Thompson Square, John Rich and Steel Magnolia. The system for the event consisted of 24 KF740s and 12 SB2001s, powered by Powersoft K20, K10 and K6 power amplifiers. Front fill was augmented by two EAW KF200NT Small Format Array Loudspeakers. Processing was handled by EAW’s UX8800 Digital Signal Processor connected to the proprietary U-Net network, allowing for very simple system configuration with other U-Net enabled products.

The KF740/SB2001 rig is a relatively new acquisition for H.A.S. Productions, and it has already been put to great use elsewhere besides the ACM Experiences; recent jobs include concerts for Dwight Yoakam and Big & Rich, as well as the National Finals Rodeo at Las Vegas’ Cox Pavilion. Company principal Larry Hall stated, “Once we heard the KF740 system, we realized that it was the perfect rig to go along with our business model. We took initial delivery in November 2011 of 24 KF740 and 12 SB2001s, and we’re planning to augment that with an additional 16 KF740’s and eight SB2001 subs in the near future. As soon as we made the move to EAW, we began liquidating our other inventory to become primarily an EAW house.”

Hall sums up why he and the team at H.A.S. are impressed by the KF740: “It provides the sound of a full-size P.A. with the physical dimensions of a mid-sized system. The fact that we can put an arena system on a 24-foot truck and still meet weight at a weigh station was a pretty big deal for us. At 105 pounds per module, the KF740 offers audio quality that surpasses anything else in its class. It’s convenient to rig, convenient to transport, and the bottom line is, it sounds incredibly stellar, with an amazing full-range punch. This is the system for us, and as we expand our inventory, we are excited about the prospect of using these modules for years to come.”

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

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Audio-Technica Mics Chosen for the 15th Consecutive Year at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

— Audio-Technica continues to be the microphone of choice at the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony—

STOW, OH, April 17, 2012 — For the 15th year in a row, a broad range of Audio-Technica microphones was selected to outfit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. A-T supplied over 50 mics to capture the audio for the 27th annual induction ceremony, which took place at the historic Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 14, 2012. Inductees included Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan, Laura Nyro, The Small Faces/Faces, Beastie Boys, The Crickets, The Famous Flames, The Midnighters, The Comets, The Blue Caps and The Miracles. Freddie King received the Early Influence distinction. Non-performing honorees included Don Kirshner, Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns. The show will be broadcast on HBO on Saturday, May 5, 2012.

Audio-Technica’s acclaimed Artist Elite® 5000 Series UHF Wireless System was used with the AEW-T5400 handheld microphone/transmitter for frontline vocals on performances by Sara Bareilles, Joe Bonamassa, Donovan, Dusty Hill, Kid Rock, Freddie King, Ledisi, Darlene Love, Travie McCoy, John Mellencamp and house bandleader Paul Shaffer.

The backline mic complement of A-T wired microphones included AE2500 Dual-element Instrument Microphone; AE3000 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone; ATM450 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone; AT4050ST Stereo Condenser Microphone; AT4080 Phantom-Powered Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone; AE5400 Cardioid Condenser Handheld Microphone; and AT4054 Handheld Cardioid Condenser Microphone.

The technical staff for the induction ceremony was made up of professional audio industry veterans. Remote recording specialists M3 (Music Mix Mobile), the company responsible for both recording the program and mixing the show for broadcast, used its Eclipse remote truck with John Harris as Audio Coordinator and Music Mixer, mixing the event’s audio onsite and assigning all the inputs and microphones for the event. Joel Singer served as Audio Truck Engineer-in-Charge. The P.A. was provided by New York-based Firehouse Productions. Dave Natale served as Front-of-House Mixer, and Firehouse Productions’ Simon Welch was Monitor Mixer.

John Harris stated, “With such a varied performance roster, we need a selection of wireless and wired microphones that are able to perform flawlessly and capture audio consistently and clearly act after act. Once again, like for many of the high-profile broadcast music events that we mix, we turned to Audio-Technica. No matter the event, I know that there will be an A-T microphone, either wireless or wired, that will allow us to capture the true essence of an artist’s performance.”

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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NSCA & Listen Technologies to Present Webinar on Regulatory Changes Affecting Assistive Listening Devices

To educate audio-visual systems designers and contractors about the Department of Justice’s regulatory changes within the American with Disabilities Act related to assistive listening devices NSCA will offer a free webinar on April 25, 2012.
Bluffdale, Utah, USA — Listen Technologies Corporation is pleased to announce the NSCA webinar “Assistive Listening Devices and Regulatory Changes with the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

In 2010 the Department of Justice amended the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for assistive listening and other AV systems. The new requirements went into full effect on March 12, 2012.

NSCA has partnered with Listen Technologies to present the details of what the new requirements will mean to the audio-visual industry. Cory Schaeffer, Co-Founder & Vice President of Sales Worldwide and Sean Kala Hew-Len; Wireless Listening Specialist; from Listen Technologies will present on important topics such as:

• What changed?
• Impact of changes on your projects and customers
• Understand the math associated with the changes
• Who enforces the ADA law?
• What are considered to be public facilities?
• Compliance issues

A brief Q&A will end this informative webinar. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m. EST and is free. To register for the webinar go to:
http://www.nsca.org/Home/TrainingCertification/ADAWebinarRegistration/tabid/1161/Default.aspx

“This changes the specification for all audio systems, and assistive listening is now required for all public venues that offer sound reinforcement of any kind,” noted Cory Schaeffer, VP of Sales Worldwide at Listen Technologies. “We know there are still a lot of questions about what went into effect on March 15 and we hope this webinar will help AV system designers and contractors understand what has changed.”

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Sound Devices Teams Up with Habitat for Humanity for Deconstruction Project at New Facility

REEDSBURG, WI, APRIL 19, 2012 — Sound Devices (2012 NAB Booth C2546), experts in portable audio and video products for field production, recently relocated and settled into its new 27,000-square-foot U.S. headquarters in Reedsburg, WI. As part of the move, the company made its renovation a community project by donating the front portion of the building to the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

“The front section of the building was isolated from the rest of the facility, so it was originally in our plans to tear it down,” says Jon Tatooles, managing director of Sound Devices. “However, when I learned that Habitat for Humanity participates in deconstruction projects, it made sense to donate the material and divert it from a local landfill. The volunteers on site were really amazing throughout this venture and we are happy to help others in need.”

After hearing about Habitat for Humanity’s deconstruction projects through a business associate who sits on the board of directors for the Dane County Habitat branch, Sound Devices coordinated the project with the local Sauk and Columbia County affiliate. Bruce Koch, deconstruction and ReStore (Habitat’s ReStore resale outlets sell reusable and surplus building materials to the public) coordinator for the affiliate, conducted an initial visual inspection of the facility in order to determine the types and quantity of materials that were salvageable. Once the project was green lighted, volunteers worked meticulously to deconstruct the entire building over the course of seven days.

Habitat for Humanity is an international organization with local affiliates across the globe that builds housing for low-income working families. The materials collected at the Sound Devices project totaled more than six 30-yard dumpsters of either usable, re-sellable or recyclable materials, including approximately 33 40-foot trusses, 200 2x6s, 80 sheets of 4×8 plywood, 200 studs, siding, insulation, piping, wiring, doors, the furnace and air conditioners. The re-sellable items will be sold in Habitat’s ReStore in nearby Baraboo. The money raised will help Habitat build new houses and pay for overhead expenses at the ReStore.

“For a company like Sound Devices to think outside the box and let us come in to their facility to help others is amazing,” says Koch. “Wonderful things happen when a low-income family has its own home—the children flourish and the parents can better provide—it’s really a great thing to see firsthand. At Habitat, we strive to do everything we can to further that cause. When a local company like Sound Devices can see that vision with us, we’re all happy and everyone benefits.”

Sound Devices’ new facility is located at E7556 State Road 23/33 in Reedsburg.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The thirteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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