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PESA’s New Cattrax Web Browser-Based Software Controls Routers over Network

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and build manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, will demonstrate its new Cattrax Web™ browser-based router control software at InfoComm 2012 (Booth N1327), which runs June 13-15 in Las Vegas, Nev. Expanding on the capabilities of PESA’s local network-based Cattrax software, Cattrax Web uses most common Web browsers as the client interface to monitor and control routers in locations around the world.

“The ability to manage routing switchers over a networked system has become critical for many video distribution operations facing personnel budget cuts,” explained Chuck Tillett, PESA president and COO. “Cattrax Web combines basic Internet components with PESA’s outstanding routing system control to deliver an elegant, intuitive solution.”

Ideal for monitoring, post production, or any networked remote location, Cattrax Web is compatible with the full line of PESA routers and can control matrix sizes from 16×16 to 1024×1024. It operates over Ethernet via TCP/IP and communicates directly with the PESA PERC2000 router control system. Cattrax Web pulls its configuration from the PERC2000 control card inside the routing matrix or an external 1 RU chassis assembly. Once configured, Cattrax Web can be used like any remote control panel linked to the system.

The basic Cattrax Web system supports up to 10 simultaneous clients, each with a unique password protected user profile to provide access to all or only part of the matrix. As the need for additional users grows, Cattrax Web can be expanded in blocks of 10, 25, 50, and 100 users.

Based on the Microsoft Windows platform, Cattrax Web is compatible with Windows Server 2003, 2008, or Windows 7 operating systems. It resides on a customer provided network server and supports Microsoft IIS (Internet Information Services) or Apache HTTP Server. The software offers customized features such as salvos, hot takes, and individual lock/unlock of sources or destinations. Plus, single or multiple destination blocks can be switched simultaneously.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners.

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Pipeline Communications

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EAW® Hits a Grand Slam for the Miami Marlins’ New Stadium

An asymmetric stadium bowl layout required a complicated system design that used a larger number of speakers than for any baseball park previously

Whitinsville, MA, USA, May 11, 2012 – The Miami Marlins (formerly the Florida Marlins) squared off against the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals on April 4, 2012, inaugurating a new season of baseball and christening the newest page in the history of baseball stadiums. At a cost of $515 million and sited on 17 acres in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, Marlins Park is everything you might expect from a South Florida sports venue – lime-green outfield walls, palm trees, pink flamingos, sea gulls and smiling marlin avatars activated when a Marlin player belts a home run. And when Jose Feliciano sang the national anthem there for the first time that Wednesday afternoon, the opening-day crowd of 36,601 heard every word crisply and clearly, thanks to a remarkable sound system using components from renowned loudspeaker manufacturer Eastern Acoustic Works® (EAW®).

Using a total of 517 EAW MK, QX and MQX series loudspeakers around the bowl in a massive distributed system designed by Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams (WJHW) and installed by Minneapolis-based systems integrator Parsons Electric, the EAW system was able to address a unique and challenging architectural issue. Marlins Park has a retractable roof, but in order to best take advantage of the sun for its natural-grass field, the stadium had to be angled in such a way that the grass get as much exposure to the sun as possible between games. As a result, rather than the usual half-dozen or so section templates in the seating areas for which a basic configuration of speakers would make up a repeatable pattern, this system’s design required over 30 individual section drawings, with nearly every one of the upper-deck sections being unique. Thus, speaker placement and aiming was different for virtually every location on the upper deck. In all, the 517 speakers were grouped into 23 categories, in some cases with multiple EAW speakers used to cover a single area. In addition, the stadium’s asymmetrical design meant that focal points often needed different throw-length speakers set at different distances and patterns. For instance, the area around home plate uses the EAW MQX8343-MS-WP long-throw enclosure from one side, but is matched on the baseline sides and outfield porch by a shorter-throw QX564-WP unit.

“The system design was very complex, but the EAW speakers were exactly what we needed to make it work,” says Tim Habedank, Systems Specialist at Parsons Electric. “On opening day, the sound was clear and highly intelligible, even over the noise of a capacity crowd.”

Habedank adds that while the roof is likely to be closed for most events at the stadium, the long reverb time when it is closed, particularly in the lower frequencies, will remain under complete control, thanks to the precise aiming pattern that the EAW speakers are capable of. “We were able to achieve very tight pattern control across the spectrum,” he says. “Yet at the same time the longest-throw speakers maintain the coherence of the sound for distances of between 200 and 300 feet. It’s really remarkable performance and the sound of the stadium shows it.”

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

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Extron Launches XTP System Certification Program

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the XTP System Certification program for AV system designers and integrators. The program consists of online and instructor-led training for design and implementation of enterprise-wide digital systems based on Extron’s XTP CrossPoint Systems. XTP CrossPoint is a flexible, reliable signal switching and distribution system for local and remote devices that provides a completely integrated solution for multiple digital and analog formats. Achieving this manufacturer certification is an industry-recognized way to demonstrate acquired expertise related to digital AV applications. more

The Sound Room Makes CE Pro’s Top 100 List for Seventh Year in a Row

The Sound Room, St. Louis’ premier home technology retailer, announced its seventh year on the CE Pro Top 100 list, which ranks the nation’s top custom integrators. The company was named No. 28, jumping up two spots from 2010.

CE Pro, a leading electronics trade publication, ranked custom home and audio integrators based upon their 2011 revenue. In that time, The Sound Room generated more than 6 million in revenue, despite stagnant growth within the industry.

“Since 1983 our mission has remained the same: bring the finest home technology solutions to our customers with a level of service that can’t be found at your everyday big-box store,” said David Young, The Sound Room president. “Our certified technicians take real pride in their work, offering superior solutions and advice that ensures perfection is reached every time.”

With the home technology arena constantly evolving, The Sound Room is now offering a broad line of products and services such as iPads and iPhones, smart phone integration, home networking, and affordable home automation including security and video surveillance.

“For almost 30 years, we have remained on top of the St. Louis home audio and video industry. By embracing change and affording our customers the latest technology, we’ve been able to strengthen our core business and withstand the test of time,” said Young.

In 2011, The Sound Room bolstered their staff adding 6 member’s to their already broad team. Aside from growing their staff, The Sound Room has added Sony, Paradigm and Totem to their collection of premium vendors.

About The Sound Room
The Sound Room has been serving St. Louis homes and enhancing lifestyles since 1983 and has built a solid reputation for quality installations, expert advice, comprehensive design and engineering capabilities. As a CE Pro Top 100 custom electronics integrator, the company specializes in home theaters, multi-room audio, video and camera distribution, computer networking, lighting control, phone systems and touch-screen controls. The Sound Room is located in Chesterfield and has an operations facility in Chesterfield Valley. For more information, call The Sound Room at (636) 537-0404 or visit online at www.thesoundroom.com

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MIAMI’S NEW WORLD SYMPHONY DEPENDS ON DPA MICROPHONES

DPA 4023 and 4028 Microphones Used for All Performances

New World Symphony’s Director of Audio Services Roberto Toledo relies on DPA Microphones’ 4023 compact cardioid microphones and 4028 compact wide cardioid microphones for all performances at the New World Center, including the recent Juanes MTV “Unplugged” concert.

New World Center in Miami is home to the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy. This Frank Gehry-designed building and the music presented through the leadership of Artistic Director and renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, reflect the height of musical and architectural excellence.

DPA microphones are the mics of choice for all musical events presented by the New World Symphony at New World Center. For an orchestral concert, the DPA mics used include the 4023 or 4028 for the wind instruments and additional 4023s for spot mics when needed. Toledo is very familiar with DPA and was happy to discover the mics were a part of the center’s sonic toolkit. “When I came to New World Symphony, I was very pleased with the extensive selection of DPA microphones that would be available to me,” he says.

For the symphony’s WallCasts performances in particular, the microphones need to be as unobtrusive as possible. The WallCasts are special events where performances of the New World Symphony at the New World Center are projected live onto a 7,000-square-foot projection wall at Miami’s SoundScape Park. Since the performances for the WallCasts appear very large with outside projection, the mics and the shadows they create are magnified and need to be reduced as much as possible. DPA’s 4023 or 4028 along with 4053 compact omnidirectional microphones give viewers in the park the feeling of being there in the performance space with minimal impact to the visuals. “For our shows, smaller is better,” says Toledo. “We have five projection surfaces with fourteen 30k Christie Roadhouse projectors shooting at multiple angles, so if a shadow is created by audio equipment, again, a smaller shadow is better. When we do our WallCasts, we can have up to 10 robotic cameras being used to project the concert to the audience outside. Again, if a microphone is in one of the camera shots, it is more acceptable if it is small, which the DPA mics are.”

Although New World Symphony primarily presents classical music, the look and sound of the space lent itself to a recent MTV “Unplugged” concert by the Colombian singer/songwriter/guitarist Juanes. As Toledo explains, for the “Unplugged” concert, the producers were looking for clean visuals to pair up with great sound. DPA was able to deliver on both. “For Juanes, the issue was more about what was seen in the camera shot,” Toledo states. “With the exception of Juanes’s vocal mic, all the other mics had to be as hidden as possible. Getting good sound from the choir [that performs with Juanes] was important, but having mics not being seen or being seen as little as possible by the cameras was also a priority. Since the DPA mics are black, as is the Flamingo hardware used with them, we were able to position them as needed while making sure it did not become an issue for the director of the show.”

Toledo found that the microphones’ sizes in no way compromised their sound quality. “Since we own only DPA’s Compact Series of microphones, their size has been the biggest asset,” he says. “In my mind, there is no degradation in quality compared to the stand-body versions, so visual impact is minimal, but I still get the usual DPA sound. For our shows, the DPAs have been nothing but spectacular. One thing I appreciate about our DPAs is that I have to do little to no equalization to our main array. It’s simply a matter of getting the mics in the right spot. The less processing I have to do, the better, and with the DPAs, that’s pretty much what I get.”

About DPA
DPA Microphones A/S is a leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit: www.dpamicrophones.com.

Factor TC Revives Popular Tequila Club With HARMAN’s JBL VRX Constant Curvature Loudspeakers

The new Tequila Club at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sofia, Bulgaria features JBL VRX Constant Curvature loudspeakers and Crown amplification.

NORTHRIDGE, California – The new Tequila Club at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sofia has become one of the new flagship destination venues in the Bulgarian capital. Situated beneath ground level in two separate areas, the bar / nightclub has independent lounges, and is aimed at the city’s affluent and VIP clientele, serving a variety of drinks and cocktails.

Owners, T.Q. Partners Ltd. Investment Group, wanted the quality of the sound system to reflect the opulence of the environment, and HARMAN’s JBL was one of their preferred brands. Having worked previously with Factor TC, who have been distributing HARMAN Professional’s brand portfolio in the country for nearly two decades, they were quickly in contact.

After a series of meetings and live product demonstrations with the owners and architects, a JBL VRX Constant Curvature line array loudspeaker system was adopted. “The owners were already well aware of the advantages of VRX and we were also convinced that this was the best solution,” said Vesselin Todorov, president of Factor TC.

The integrators were also conscious that they needed to preserve the cachet of the new-look Tequila Club, since the original venue bearing that name—formerly situated two blocks away — was a huge favorite in the 1990s with local cutting-edge DJ’s and clubbers.

Factor TC specified 12 JBL VRX932LA and eight VRX918S subwoofers as the main PA, powered by five Crown XTi6002 amplifiers. Four Control® Contractor 24C ceiling speakers and four black Control 25 enclosures were deployed for the peripheral sound in the bar and ancillary areas, aided by a Crown 180MA mixer/amplifier. The dance system is under the control of a dbx DriveRack 260, which ensures that the performance is fully optimized.

The architects from design studio Idea of Sofia, in particular expressed their delight with the 100-degree horizontal x 15-degree vertical coverage achieved by placing the VRX enclosures above the bar areas.

“Given a choice of several leading brands, it was the long-term relationship we have with the client, their goodwill towards HARMAN products and the quality of JBL sound they experienced at the live demo that proved conclusive,” Todorov explained.

“We are very happy to be working with Factor TC again,” responded Boris Stefanov, manager of Tequila Club. “They always offer us the best possible products, and for our luxury club I personally chose JBL VRX as the best sounding compact system. Although we have installed industry standard DJ equipment, there are no separate reference monitors for the DJ because with the VRX system he doesn’t need it.”

With the club open seven nights a week the new sound system will certainly be put through its paces in the coming months.

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 $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

MIAMI’S NEW WORLD SYMPHONY DEPENDS ON DPA MICROPHONES

DPA 4023 and 4028 Microphones Used for All Performances

New World Symphony’s Director of Audio Services Roberto Toledo relies on DPA Microphones’ 4023 compact cardioid microphones and 4028 compact wide cardioid microphones for all performances at the New World Center, including the recent Juanes MTV “Unplugged” concert. more

Club 35 Treats Alexandria, Egypt to Five-Star Nightlife with Meyer Sound UltraSeries

At its grand opening in February, Club 35 Alexandria wowed its clientele with the sonic clarity and power provided by a Meyer Sound UltraSeries loudspeaker system. The night was a packed, memorable experience featuring a set from DJ Jean, who was flown in from Beirut for the occasion.

“I give a lot of attention to detail, and I wanted to create the trendiest nightspot in Alexandria,” says Club 35 Manager David Boulouys. “That meant that all the elements had to be top-notch, and that is why I chose Meyer Sound.”

Located at the five-star Maritim Jolie Ville Hotel in Alexandria, Egypt, Club 35 is the city’s first exclusive nightspot and the first franchise to branch out from Cairo’s trendy 35 Restaurant & Lounge Bar (aka Club 35 Cairo).

Cairo-based events company Modern Touch Entertainment—one of Egypt’s top entertainment companies and the country’s exclusive distributor of Meyer Sound since 1999—supplied the sound and lighting equipment at Club 35.

“I wanted to have a nice distributed system that would deliver enough power without compromising clarity,” explains Bassem Fahmy, director of technical support. “Everyone was very happy with the system,” he says. “We received a lot of positive feedback.”

Fahmy designed the sound system at Club 35 with four Meyer Sound UPA-1P loudspeakers, six UPJunior VariO loudspeakers, four USW-1P subwoofers, four UP-4XP loudspeakers, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with a Galileo 408 processor.

Modern Touch Entertainment has completed a number of other prestigious installations using Meyer Sound equipment, including the sound and light show for the Edfu and Philae temples, Buddha-Bar, and Little Buddha Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada, as well as the new Hard Rock Café in Sharm El Sheikh to be open in July 2012.

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PRG Selects Meyer Sound System for Dalai Lama’s Address at Long Beach Arena

On the last day of his April visit to California, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama spoke about “Peace of Mind in Troubled Times” to an audience of more than 10,000 at the Long Beach Arena. To maintain precise intelligibility in the challenging arena acoustics, PRG Audio of Sun Valley, Calif. deployed a Meyer Sound system comprised largely of MICA and M2D line array loudspeakers.

Providing intelligibility in the arena environment was a key requirement for Bill Daly of PRG Audio’s design and engineering team. Working in consultation with Meyer Sound Tech Support, Daly plotted a mono system with front hangs of 11 M2D line array loudspeakers each and 10 M2D loudspeakers at center. Filling the vast rear portion of the oval arena were three delay hangs of eight MICA line array loudspeakers each, augmented by two CQ-2 loudspeakers for spot coverage. Seven MINA line array loudspeakers were spaced across the stage lip as front fills, 16 UPM-1P loudspeakers provided stage monitoring, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with dual Galileo 616 processors supplied drive and optimization.

“It was critical that everybody could hear everything His Holiness was saying,” says Mark Bodine, production manager. “There were a lot of obstacles in this situation, but with the Meyer system it worked out very well.”

For Bill Daly, audio manager in absentia, success depended on the performance of the Meyer Sound system; his hand-picked tech crew including Jacob Kile, Brian Murray, and Joe Fogarty; and the abilities of the FOH mixer for the event, John Coleman, who is also the audio supervisor for UCLA Live.

“I heard comments that this was the best spoken word event in the history of that arena,” says Bill Daly. “All I can take credit for is selecting the right crew and the right equipment. Meyer Sound delivered as they always do.”

The mixing console for the event was a Yamaha M7CL, and the headworn microphone for the principal speaker was a DPA d:fine cardioid headset.

The Dalai Lama’s visit to Long Beach was sponsored and organized by the Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling Center for Buddhist Culture. His Holiness was introduced to the audience by actor Richard Gere.

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Meyer Sound to Host Its First AVB Webinars

Berkeley, Calif.-based Meyer Sound has announced the company’s first live webinars on AVB (audio video bridging), the non-proprietary IEEE AV networking standards built upon the ubiquitous Ethernet protocols. The newest addition to the Meyer Sound worldwide education program, these webinars will be led by John McMahon, executive director, digital products.

In these online sessions, McMahon will give a beginner’s introduction to the AVB standards, show how AVB can drastically simplify AV network design and implementation, and explain the role of the AVnu Alliance certification program. Three one-hour webinars have been scheduled on June 5, 2012, and are open for registration free of charge. More detail is available here.

Meyer Sound is one of more than 40 members in the AVnu Alliance, an industry consortium formed by silicon, automotive, and pro AV manufacturers working together to define AVB and certify AVB devices for interoperability. To date, two AVB-capable products have been announced in the Meyer Sound product line, including the CAL column array loudspeaker and the D-Mitri digital audio platform.

Attendees of InfoComm 2012 in Las Vegas interested in AVB are also invited to participate in the education programs at the AVnu Alliance Pavilion. The presentations will feature an interoperability demo with devices from Meyer Sound and 14 other member manufacturers including Avid, Biamp, Harman, Marvell, Sennheiser, and Yamaha. More detail is available here.

www.meyersound.com/news

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