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Nexsan’s Hybrid Storage Benefits Explained

White Paper Outlines the Advantages of Hybrid Unified Storage Systems for Virtual, Cloud and Traditional IT Environments

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., June 21, 2012 — Nexsan®, a leading independent provider of data storage systems, today announced the publication of a new white paper presenting the benefits of Hybrid Unified Storage technology when used in today’s high-performance, virtualized environments. The document provides information to organizations in need of high performance storage with the capacity to host business critical applications without stressing IT resources and budgets. The paper complements Nexsan’s recent introduction of next generation NST5000 Hybrid Storage systems.

As the number of virtual machines increase, even the fastest traditional storage systems with the most powerful controllers are challenged with the very significant increases in I/O performance required by virtual server infrastructures. While solid-state technology can alleviate these performance issues, enterprises must deploy inordinate amounts of SSD storage to support business requirements. This can prove too expensive for many, and limit capacities for all but a handful of organizations.

FASTier™ acceleration technology: DRAM + Solid State + Spinning Disk = Superior Price/Performance
Nexsan has addressed the SSD vs. spinning disk dilemma by combining the best of both for a high-performance, high capacity platform. The NST5000 is highly flexible and delivers block and file system interfaces in a variety of configurations for both its FASTier and backend capacities. The Hybrid Storage system offers up to 192GB of DRAM, which is expandable up to 2.8TB of 100GB or 200GB flash-based SLC SSDs, while boasting up to a petabyte of rotating disk storage. This unique configuration can accelerate overall performance of the storage system up to ten times compared to traditional spinning disk storage systems. Additional benefits include:

Fault-tolerant architecture, enabling both reads and writes to be cached

Elimination of the need for proprietary or unproven device drivers on application servers

SAN-friendly cache, which provides benefits to all application servers using the storage system

High performance NAS delivering both NFS and CIFS support

Caching algorithms that use CPU power and DRAM in the storage system, so application servers are not bogged down

“We’ve met the performance, capacity and pricing challenge of today’s demanding IT environments by providing the speed of solid-state at the price of spinning disk. The NST5000 Hybrid Storage systems with FASTier acceleration technology leverage a modest amount of solid-state in concert with spinning disk to greatly accelerate I/O for up to 10X performance over traditional storage,” said Gary Watson, Chief Technology Officer, Nexsan. “This paper examines the inner-workings of Hybrid Storage with FASTier to explain the radical new cost-per-I/O that is changing what organizations can do in their virtual and cloud environments.”

Information You Need Now
To read the full white paper, go to: www.nexsan.com/fastier

For more information on Nexsan’s NST5000 solutions, please visit: http://www.nexsan.com/en/products/NST5000.aspx

About Nexsan
Nexsan® is a leading provider of innovative data storage systems with over 10,000 customers worldwide. Nexsan’s pioneering hybrid storage systems combine solid-state technologies, spinning disk storage and advanced software to deliver radical new levels of performance and capacity at lower cost. The company’s advanced technologies enable organizations to optimize traditional, virtual and cloud computing environments for increased productivity and business agility. With more than 28,000 systems deployed since 1999, the company delivers its data storage systems through a worldwide network of solution providers, VARs and system integrators. Nexsan is based in Thousand Oaks, Calif. For more information, visit www.nexsan.com.

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Nexsan is a registered trademark of Nexsan Corporation. All other product or company names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Media Contact:
Joe Austin
The Ventana Group
(818) 332-6166
jaustin@theventanagroup.com

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SXS Flies Martin Audio W8LM For Cutty Sark’s Royal Unveiling

Bristol-based event production company SXS was recently commissioned by the Royal Borough of Greenwich to provide sound and full technical production for the royal unveiling of the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. This followed a £50m restoration project as a result of fire damage to the 143-year-old clipper back in 2007.

SXS were tasked with constructing and outfitting a dais stage, while the PA was the company’s new Martin Audio W8LM line array. The production company deployed a total of 12 W8LM Mini Line Array enclosures in two hangs, with two W8LMD Downfills at the base of each hang. This was driven by Lab Gruppen FP series amps and controlled using XTA DSPs.

Attended by both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, the launch took place at the Cutty Sark Gardens and the event included a 90-piece symphony orchestra and 400-member choir. The Martin Audio system also provided reinforcement for the Queen’s speech and took further live feeds from inside the Cutty Sark.

“The Martin Audio W8LM is our latest major audio investment and I was delighted to be able to use it for this event,” said Johnny Palmer, Production Manager, SXS Events. “Our sound department has been booming over the last year and we felt it time we invested in a system that allowed for accurate and even coverage. The W8LM is great for shows such as this because of its clarity, simple rigging and aesthetics––and it will be our system of choice when entrusted with highly demanding, high quality production.”

Alex Thompson, Head of Sound at SXS, added his endorsement. “This show was all about clarity, headroom and maximum gain before feedback––all core principles of our approach to sound. Our new W8LM system was ideal as we had plenty of gain and the accurate response achieved great reinforcement for the performance. Being an orchestral performance the role of the system was to reinforce the sound transparently and ideally not be noticed at all, and that’s precisely what it did.”

As for the event in Greenwich, this formed part of a major community engagement program, and as a result the Cutty Sark now occupies a dramatic new setting.

The clipper is now displayed 11 feet above its dry berth on the Thames and the space under the three-masted vessel is home to an interactive museum where visitors can learn about its history.

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

BenQ Projectors Shine Bright at InfoComm 2012

BenQ’s Blue Core Laser Projectors Honored With Commercial Integrator BEST Award and ProjectorReviews.com Best In Classroom Award; SH960 Large-Venue Projector Takes Home Rental & Staging Systems/InfoComm Installation Product Award

IRVINE, Calif. — June 21, 2012 — BenQ America Corp. today announced that the company received three awards for its advanced projectors at InfoComm 2012. The LX60ST and LW61ST blue core laser projectors were honored with the Commercial Integrator BEST Award in the category of “Conference/Classroom Projectors.” The LW61ST was also presented with a “Best In Classroom” Award by ProjectorReviews.com. The SH960 large-venue projector was the winner of a 2012 Rental & Staging Systems/InfoComm Installation Product Award in the category of “Best Video Projection — 5,500 Lumens or Less.”

“InfoComm 2012 was both a fun and amazing show for BenQ, and we are thrilled to have received these prestigious awards,” said Lars Yoder, President at BenQ America Corp. “Our LX60ST, LW61ST, and SH960 projectors are packed with innovations designed to optimize the price to performance ratio, while providing exceptional brightness. This is especially important in applications such as education, where budgets are tight, and performance is critical. We are honored that our products are recognized by the Commercial Integrator BEST, ProjectorReviews.com Best In Classroom, and Rental & Staging Systems/InfoComm Installation Product Awards.”

The Commercial Integrator BEST Awards recognize products and services that help Commercial Integrator’s readers run their businesses better and more profitably. A panel of commercial industry experts, including editors of Commercial Integrator and leading integrators, judged the entries in each of 62 categories based on creativity, innovation, ease of installation or implementation, and business benefits. In the category of “Conference/Classroom Projectors,” they chose BenQ’s LX60ST and LW61ST, the first short-throw education projectors to feature BenQ’s blue core light engine.

ProjectorReviews.com presented the “Best In Classroom” Award (Non-Interactive Projector) to BenQ for the LW61ST as part of its 2012-2013 Classroom Projector Report: Best School Projectors for K-12 Education. For the report, ProjectorReviews.com editors based their selections on 16 recently reviewed projectors plus 60 other recommended projectors for school use, paying close attention to the products’ special features and image quality performance.

Offering an ultra-high 80,000:1 contrast ratio, the blue core light engine utilizes a laser light source rather than a traditional mercury lamp. The result is up to 20,000 hours of reliable brightness, complete elimination of lamp replacement costs, and a 90 percent reduction in light source power consumption. BenQ’s blue core light engine-driven SmartEco Advanced(TM) technology optimizes the units’ light source system to deliver exceptional brightness, longer life, and greater energy efficiency.

This year’s Rental & Staging Systems/InfoComm Installation Product Awards showcased the most innovative products introduced in 2011. The winners in each category were selected by Rental and Staging Systems’ readers after a month of voting. In the category of “Best Video Projection  5,500 Lumens or Less,” they chose BenQ’s SH960 large-venue projector.

Designed for use in the most demanding settings, the SH960 projector boasts a stunning Full HD 1080p native resolution and 5500 ANSI lumen ultra-high brightness for brilliant images. The SH960 is equipped with a 3000:1 contrast ratio and a native 16:9 aspect ratio with a full 1.07 billion-color palette. The projector’s dual-lamp design allows users to opt for maximum brightness or choose an eco-mode that extends lamp life by up to 30 percent. H+V Lens Shift technology gives users flexibility in projector placement, allowing the focal point of the lens to be adjusted in venues where dead-center placement isn’t possible.

More information about the BenQ LX60ST, LW61ST, and SH960 projectors is available at www.BenQ.com.

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About BenQ America Corp.
BenQ America Corp. is a leading innovator of digital lifestyle products, providing an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company offers a broad range of projectors and monitors for any application and market — education, home, gaming, corporate, government, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, 3D-ready projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers.

The BenQ digital lifestyle stands as a cornerstone of the company’s mission of “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this commitment that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand worldwide, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors.

More information is available at www.benq.com.

About BenQ Corporation
BenQ Corporation, a leading provider of networked digital lifestyle devices, is a multifaceted company with strengths in product design, visual technology, and mobile technology. BenQ offers an unrivalled breadth and depth of products and integrated technologies across platforms through the brand promise of “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life,” including digital projectors, LCD monitors, LCD TVs, digital cameras, eBook readers, mobile Internet devices, storage devices, and human interface devices such as mice and keyboards.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group comprises companies that operate independently while sharing resources and leveraging synergies among them. The BenQ Group companies include BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (in the top three of the world’s manufacturers of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Software Co., BenQ Hospital, BrightView Corp., Cando Co. Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Darwin Precisions, Ltd., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., SiPix Imaging, Lextar Electronics Corp., Raydium Semiconductor Corp., BenQ Medical Technology Corporation, and Wellypower Corp.

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X2O Media Honored With Commercial Integrator BEST Award at InfoComm 2012

Social Interactivity Suite of Applications Named BEST in Digital Signage Software Category

MONTREAL — June 21, 2012 — X2O Media, a full-service provider of software, network management, and content services for real-time visual communication applications, today announced that the company was honored with a Commercial Integrator BEST Award in the Digital Signage Software category for its social interactivity suite of next-generation, social-media-based applications.

“Social media is a powerful and popular content source for viewers, providing current, relevant, and user-generated information,” said X2O Media President and CEO David Wilkins. “With our social interactivity suite, integrators can easily harness the power of Twitter(TM), Facebook, and more to provide their customers with a truly engaging experience. We are proud to have our efforts recognized by the editors of Commercial Integrator and the panel of judges.”

X2O Media’s social interactivity suite of applications includes the X2O Social Hub and Twitter Shuffle. Featuring real-time content from popular sites including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, the X2O Social Hub allows users to customize their experiences by defining the application’s social media sources. In addition, users can interact with an innovative “YouTube Cube” object to browse YouTube video clips matching their search terms. All X2O Social Hub graphics are presented in an eye-popping 3D format, and the application can be customized with logos and other branding elements.

Powered by X2O’s latest-generation player engine, the Twitter Shuffle goes far beyond standard Twitter walls with a number of unique features for a truly interactive experience. X2O’s Twitter Shuffle displays real-time Tweets(TM) in a dynamic shuffle where Tweets dynamically animate in 3D, and fly on and off the screen. For a higher level of viewer interactivity, the screen can be controlled via a Microsoft(R) Kinect(TM) interface, or through a Web app that is accessed by scanning a QR code with a mobile device. Other views include a dynamic Twitter Graph and Twitter Map.

The Commercial Integrator BEST Awards program recognizes superlative solutions for an integration business. Judging criteria included innovation, functionality, competitive advantages, and benefits to the installer. Winning manufacturers across various product and service categories were recognized in a ceremony at InfoComm 2012.

More information about X2O Media and its social interactivity suite of applications is available at www.x2omedia.com.

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About X2O Media
X2O Media is a full-service provider of software, network management services, and content services for professional digital signage and corporate communication applications. The company offers a wide variety of software solutions for digital signage and interactive networks of all sizes. X2O’s award-winning Xpresenter(TM) provides an end-to-end platform for the creation, management, and distribution of content at broadcast quality, and at a fraction of the time of other solutions. In addition to technology, X2O offers content design, acquisition, management, distribution, and monitoring services for digital signage networks. More information about X2O Media is available at www.x2omedia.com.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Cobalt Digital Appoints Gencom Technology Master Distributor for Southeast Asia Region

Urbana, IL — Chris Shaw, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Cobalt Digital, manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, has announced the appointment of Gencom Technology as Master Distributor for the Southeast Asia region.
“As our customer base expands in Souteast Asia, we recognize the need for a strong, local presence,” states Shaw. “We are delighted to partner with Gencom whose professional strength and expertise will provide end-users and dealers with outstanding regional sales and service support.”
Gencom Technology is a New Zealand based engineering firm specializing in providing the latest technologies and complex media workflows to the broadcast, multimedia and telecommunications sectors. Founded in 1969, the Company enjoys a leadership position as an independent supplier and systems integrator with offices and factories in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, and South Africa.
Ray Sanders, CEO of Gencom comments, “Gencom’s longstanding relationships with the world’s premier equipment manufacturers allow us to provide the best technologies available in the industry. For some time we’ve been aware of Cobalt Digital and their first-class quality products. We welcome the opportunity to work together to elevate Cobalt’s presence in the region and provide local support.”
Adds Shaw,“ Gencom are one of the first Master Distributors to be added to the Cobalt team. We value their participation as we continue our global expansion into international markets”
Gencom and Cobalt Digital have already worked together on a variety of projects in recent years.

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ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

ABOUT BENCOM TECHNOLOG
Gencom is a leading provider of integrated broadcast solutions, which has built a strong reputation for inspiration, partnership and support over the last 40 years.
Gencom’s investment in not only the finest technology but the training of their staff in areas of HDTV transmission, media asset management and delivering technologies like IPTV on a global scale, has made them one of the most talented and experienced design and support services world-wide.
Gencom provides end-to-end technology solutions for the broadcast, multimedia and telecommunications industries from its headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand, and design centres in Sydney and Singapore; as well as regional offices in Melbourne, Wellington, and Johannesburg and representatives in Delhi and London.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Engebretson Joins VUE Audiotechnik Engineering Team

San Diego, CA (June 21 2012) - VUE Audiotechnik today announced that pro audio luminary, Mark Engebretson, has joined the company’s San Diego-based engineering leadership group.

Mike Adams (L) and Mark Engebretson (R)

In his role at VUE Audiotechnik, Engebretson will work as an engineering consultant, overseeing development and patent efforts for several advanced audio technologies slated for deployment throughout the VUE Audiotechnik line over the next 24 months.

“Mark and I have worked together numerous times over the years and I couldn’t be more excited that we’ll be collaborating once again,” commented VUE Audiotechnik’s Design Chief, Michael Adams. “I have tremendous respect for Mark’s innate ability to develop and leverage seemingly esoteric concepts into industry-defining products. His reputation speaks for itself and his experience will be a huge asset as we pursue new performance standards with unique designs that challenge commonly accepted conventions.”

“I’m excited about what I see happening behind the scenes at VUE Audiotechnik,” commented Engebretson. “There’s a powerful combination of passion, experience, and a commitment to exploring all options in order to drive innovation forward. At VUE I can bring something totally new to the industry I love. It’s a level of creative freedom that I’ve not experienced in a very long time.”

Prior to joining VUE Audiotechnik, Engebretson held influential leadership positions at some of professional audio’s most respected companies. Most recently he was the VP of R&D and chief design architect for QSC. Prior to that he led JBL Professional’s Northridge, California-based R&D department. Other highlights include a stint at Summit Laboratories, Vice President of Product Development for Altec Lansing, and VP of R&D for Paramount Pictures.

In 2002 Engebretson was honored at the 74th Academy Awards with a Scientific and Engineering Award for his contributions in the design and engineering of the modern constant-directivity, direct radiator style motion picture loudspeaker systems.

About VUE Audiotechnik

VUE Audiotechnik is a California-based designer, manufacturer and marketer for professional audio systems for a broad range of sound reinforcement applications including: touring sound, theatre, club sound, portable PA, houses of worship and commercial audio. A truly global company with a local feel, VUE Audiotechnik is committed to achieving the absolute highest level of loudspeaker performance through a “real-world” design philosophy utilizing advanced technologies and manufacturing techniques, all backed by an unwavering commitment to support, service and long-term relationships.

TV Galicia Chooses Chyron HyperX³.¹ On-Air Graphics Systems for Major HD Studio Upgrade

HyperX³.¹ Integrates Smoothly With Existing Chyron Graphics Environment to Bring New Levels of Graphics Sophistication to Programming

LONDON — June 20, 2012 — Chyron today announced that Televisión de Galicia (TVG), Spain’s only Galician-language broadcaster, has installed two of the company’s HyperX³.¹ on-air graphics systems as part of a major HD studio upgrade at its central broadcasting facility in Santiago de Compostela. more

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Electrosonic Enhances the New York Historical Society Museum Renovation with Innovative AV Technology

Electrosonic provided a 21st-century update to the venerable New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, which underwent a three-year, $70-million renovation. Electrosonic designed and supplied all the audio, video and control systems for the renovation of New York City’s oldest museum.

The New-York Historical Society Museum predates the founding of the Metropolitan Museum of Art by nearly 70 years. The Museum supports the New-York Historical Society, one of America’s preeminent cultural institutions, whose mission is to explore the richly layered political, cultural and social history of New York City, New York State and the nation, and to present history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history.

Platt Byard Dovell White Architects and Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership were the design team on the project. Included in the scope of the project was a sweeping new 3,400-square-foot space that combines museum admissions, the adjacent Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery for American History and Robert H. Smith Auditorium on the first floor, and the only children’s history museum and library in the city.

The Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History forms the new Great Hall. “It’s an impressive admissions area that fascinates visitors with multiple multimedia exhibits,” says Andrew Kidd, Electrosonic’s sales consultant.

At the theater entrance and over the admissions desk are striking, sleek, semi-mirrored glass digital signage cases. Designed by Lee H. Skolnick Architecture & Design and built by DCL in Boston using Ad Notam glass, the signage provides visitors with information about the museum’s offerings and Historical Society activities. With the help of AV consultant TAD, Electrosonic supplied C-Nario signage software and players, which Unified Field used to craft the signage content.

Near the admissions desk is an interactive ‘living painting’ by Small Design Firm of Cambridge, MA. The living painting, based on Pulling Down the Statue of King George III, New York City (1852-1853) by Johannes A.S. Oertel from the museum’s collection, is displayed on a 2×5 landscape-oriented videowall made up of ten narrow-mullion Planar Matrix 55-inch monitors supplied and installed by Electrosonic. At first glance the painting on the videowall appears to be static. But behind the monitors, Dell computers run an application that makes the picture come alive.

Using a Microsoft Kinect camera, which tracks the movement of visitors, the computers launch a sequence of activities that change the content of the painting. Initially, visitors can hear the crackling and burning sound of the fire in the painting. When they approach the monitors, the dog in the foreground starts to move. As more visitors gather in front of the videowall and the longer they remain, captivated by what they see, the painting continues to come to life. The Revolutionary War colonists begin to tug on the ropes around the man-on-horseback statue in the midground, and sounds of their struggle increase. Finally, the statue crashes to the ground and smoke and ashes rise in the air. Then, miraculously, the painting returns to its original state.

In the Smith Gallery, which is capped by a remarkable ceiling by the late artist Keith Haring’s Pop Shop Studio, Small Design Firm created two interactive experiences relating to the historical artifacts on view. The New York Rising exhibit, which features a huge array of paintings and artifacts, uses five rotating display housings which contain portrait oriented 46-inch Samsung touchscreens installed by Electrosonic. When a visitor rotates one of the touchscreen cases, panning across a portion of the exhibit, the graphical images on the touchscreen pan with it, thereby highlighting the artifacts on the wall directly in line with the display. The visitor touches the image in the viewfinder to discover more information about the particular piece of artwork or artifact.

In addition, six pairs of 55-inch displays, mounted in portrait orientation, are mounted on the east and west building columns, showcasing treasures from the museum’s collection. Four Sony Vaio 22-inch touchscreens are on hand for further information gathering.

Adjacent to the Smith Gallery is the 420-seat Robert H. Smith Auditorium. This multi-purpose space, expanded with a mezzanine floor to greatly increase its capacity, hosts presentations in the form of a “distinguished speaker series” and other public programs and performances in the evenings, but during the day showcases an 18-minute multi-screen media experience titled “New York Story”. Produced by Donna Lawrence Productions and narrated by Liev Schreiber, “New York Story” traces the history of the city from its beginnings as a remote outpost to its current role as a world force.

In the auditorium, Electrosonic installed a three-projector blend system comprising Christie WU12K-M projectors fed by Extron JMP 9600-2K JPEG2000 video players controlled by a Medialon show control system. “New York Story” imagery begins at the front of the stage on four 6-foot wide screens, which roll up and down and widen to a total of ten as the tale unfolds. Images are also shown on gray drapes, set just behind the white roller screens. Midway through the show, some of the movable screens lift up to reveal the center portion of a 72-foot wide backscreen bearing a single image. During the last five minutes of the experience, the entire 72-foot span is revealed. The stage machinery for the display surfaces was provided by PDO and LA Propoint. Electrosonic designed the projection system to cover the three screen planes, which are sometimes used simultaneously. To ensure that it was feasible, Electrosonic and Donna Lawrence Productions did full size tests at Electrosonic’s Burbank facility one year prior to installation.

Electrosonic installed 38 Renkus-Heinz speakers for surround sound, augmented by two double 15″ JBL sub-woofers. Digital sound processing is by MediaMatrix Nion.

To maximize usability of the theater, an AMX-controlled full presentation system allows for everything from a complete band set up to a simple PowerPoint presentation. It features a Panasonic projector, connections for up to 18 microphones, Blu-ray and DVD players and podium control for the PowerPoint computer. The presentation system only shares speakers and the screen with the show. The theater’s mezzanine houses a touchscreen control position for Medialon and AMX, and features a Yamaha LS9-32 sound mixing board.

Outside the theater, Electrosonic equipped the Smith Gallery and Dexter Hall with fixed speakers and portable special events audio and video systems that allow presentation in either gallery with either local or theater generated audio and video. The portable part of the system can be used as a stand-alone setup anywhere in the building.

Downstairs at the New-York Historical Society, kids get their own taste of the past – even its dark side – at the DiMenna Children’s History Museum, the first ever museum devoted to children’s history. One exhibit introduces kids to Newsies, the newsboys who eked out a living selling papers on the street, while another tells the tale of the Orphan Trains used to ship destitute children out west to work on farms.

The DiMenna museum features exhibits designed by Lee H. Skolnick, with fabrication by Explus, Superior Exhibits, Murphy Catton and DCI. Interactive software and video media were created by Unified Field.

Electrosonic’s design consulting team provided design services for the auditorium as well as portions of the Great Hall and Dexter Hall. The team worked closely with Donna Lawrence Productions on the auditorium’s schematic and design development, creating two different full-scale mock ups of a section of the theater to test the design against the unique demands of the multi-screen projection.

The design consulting team also devised an innovative solution for the auditorium’s sound system. Since the main screen had limited space behind it for speakers, and placing speakers behind the main screen could not be used once the 2-foot wide screens were deployed, they opted to hide speakers in the apron and ceiling of the stage to give the audience the illusion that sound is coming from the center of the screen. The design consulting team continued its audio role post-installation, supporting Donna Lawrence Productions with the final audio mix on site.

Electrosonic’s project managers were Jackson Benedict and Ellen Simich, and commission engineer and programmer was Tony Peugh.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, video conferencing and control rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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Credenza Racks Line Expanded with Deeper Options and New Mounts

Fairfield, NJ–– Middle Atlantic Products is expanding its offering of C5 Series Credenza Racks to include a variety of new sizes and monitor mounting options. Providing more flexibility to meet the needs of a wider variety of applications, the line expansion includes the addition of deeper models, extender kits and single and dual monitor mounts.

Deeper version Credenza racks provide an additional 4” of useable depth to accommodate deeper components including Middle Atlantic UPS systems with expansion batteries. A different option for accommodating deeper equipment is available for standard size Credenza Racks: new Depth Extender Kits are field-installable and add nearly 3” to the frame’s useable depth while staying within the overall depth of the wood surface.

Enhancing its usability for conference room applications, new Single and Dual Monitor Mounts are now available for attaching one or two larger monitors directly to the Credenza Rack. This convenient alternative to wall mounting monitors can be further equipped with new camera shelves for videoconferencing systems.

Credenza Racks are designed with a steel frame that ships quickly from stock and a separate outer covering that can be tailored to the customer’s specifications. They are integrated with quiet, energy-saving thermostatically controlled fans that automatically run when needed.

For more information about Credenza Racks and Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Establishes New Category with Reference Series Furniture Rack

Fairfield, NJ–– Middle Atlantic Products is introducing the Reference Series, a furniture rack that embodies the company’s continued commitment to innovation in rack design and functionality. The first in a new category of equipment mounting products, this sleek furniture rack is optimized for efficient, reliable integration and convenient mobility of presentation and communications equipment.

Designed expressly for use in high-visibility areas in corporate, municipal and higher education environments, the Reference Series incorporates architecturally-focused aesthetics, including three standard finishes not previously available to the industry. It is engineered with internal steel gussets for structural rigidity and bolt-thru easy-gliding casters for dependable transport. An integrated cable entry and spool system offers a convenient method to wrap cables inside the rack when not in use, enabling easier travel between rooms.

The furniture rack includes many features designed for reliability including attractive front ventilation optimized for passive airflow with an optional specialized blower when active cooling is needed. Its generous 23” interior width provides additional space for cables and device mounting, which can be aided by an optional LeverLock™ tool-free cable management kit.

The Reference Series furniture rack accommodates most screens up to 32” with an optional mount, offers 23” of useable depth and is available in 16, 20 and 24 rackspaces.

For more information about the Reference Series and Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

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