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Earthworks Extends FlexMic Series of Podium Microphones

Milford, NH, June 21, 2012 – Earthworks introduces the newest model in the FlexMic Series, the FMR600 FlexMic, designed for permanent installation in podium applications. With a 23.62 inch total length, the FMR600 is ideal for most podium and house of worship applications.

The FMR600 features a rigid center with flexes at both ends that have no handling noise, allowing seamless and quiet repositioning.

The FMR600 also includes Earthworks’ patented polar technology, which allows orators to move as much as 90 degrees off-axis and still maintain the same pristine sound quality and high intelligibility. It is available in both cardioid and hypercardioid polar patterns.

MAP $559. Shipping July 2, 2012.

www.earthworksaudio.com

AVAD Enjoys Successful InfoComm 2012, Wins Commercial Integrator BEST Award

AVAD LLC, one of North America’s leading distributors of custom electronics, recently presented attendees to its InfoComm 2012 booth a unique opportunity to experience interactive demos and information stations featuring the leading brands and services within the commercial AV industry.

Attendees to InfoComm 2012, held June 13-15 in Las Vegas, witnessed first-hand how AVAD–along with its channel partners and its parent company, Ingram Micro–offers a wide variety of services to enable integrators to manage and grow their business. Among those services is the AVAD System Design Group, which provides a full range of complimentary design services to enable dealers to develop the best solutions for their clients with the best product selections possible.

In recognition of its work, the AVAD System Design Group was awarded the Commercial Integrator BEST Award for Programming, Design & Engineering Solutions at a special awards ceremony held at InfoComm. The BEST Award recognizes superior products and services that help readers of Commercial Integrator better run their businesses and be more profitable.

“We are extremely proud of our System Design Group and the fantastic work that they do,” said Jim Annes, vice president and general manager of AVAD. “In less than two years, the AVAD System Design Group rose from a newly formed group to an award winning service that enables our customers to deliver tens of millions of dollars of solution designs to the market each year. This is a big accomplishment and it really shows how AVAD is committed to meeting the needs of its customers.”

InfoComm attendees also experienced leading solutions for houses of worship, retail, quick service restaurants and more at the AVAD booth.

As a special thank you to visiting integrators, AVAD hosted a special afternoon customer reception on June 13 and June 14 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Attendees continually flocked to the AVAD booth to discuss the latest solutions and network with vendors and peers, making it bustling with activity and causing the reception hours to be extended due to popular demand.

In addition, dealers who visited AVAD’s booth were entered into a daily drawing for a chance to win a free iPad. The three winners have been randomly chosen and will be contacted before the end of the week.

For more information on AVAD, please visit http://www.avad.com in the US or http://www.avadcanada.ca in Canada. Connect with AVAD on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for news on the latest promotions and news.

About AVAD LLC
AVAD is an industry-leading provider of solutions to the residential and commercial custom installation markets. As part of the Specialty Solutions Division, AVAD, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro, provides integrators access to the industry’s top products and integrated solutions for residential and commercial video, audio, lighting control, content management, whole-home and business automation and control, as well as digital signage and commercial solutions and design services. AVAD offers the broadest consumer electronics and home and business automation portfolio in North America. Further differentiating its services, AVAD invests in the business tools and technical support and services integrators need to grow their businesses. With 24 locations throughout North America, AVAD offers local, hands-on access to the latest products and trainings, as well as free support services including system design and technical support.

Media Contact:
Scott Moody, Director of Public Relations Marketing Matters
Tel: 954-925-1511
Email: scott@marketingmatters.net
Web: http://www.marketingmatters.net

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Ladysmith Federal Turns to StrandVision Digital Signage for Customer Communications

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Ladysmith Federal Turns to StrandVision Digital Signage for Customer Communications

LADYSMITH, Wis. – June 21, 2012 – StrandVision Digital Signage and Ladysmith Federal Savings and Loan Association today announced that a bank digital signage system from Menomonie-based StrandVision has been deployed in its lobby for customer communications.

The 40” digital sign is an important part of Ladysmith Federal’s communications mix. The StrandVision system supplements Ladysmith Federal’s other communications, which include the Web, Facebook and brochures. It has replaced flyers that were routinely posted throughout the branch making the lobby area less cluttered and more attractive.

Digital signage content ranges from savings and loan financial information to community announcements, including Ladies Pink Night, a Ladysmith Federal/business community event and fundraiser for Women with Courage that recently took place at Colonial Nursery.

Customers routinely notice the digital signage announcements prompting them to ask bank tellers about an upcoming event or a product promotion.

Simplicity is Key

Sara Baker, Ladysmith Federal consumer loan officer, is the system administrator. She develops the slides using PowerPoint and sends them to the StrandVision server, which promptly updates the display in the lobby. The process is quick and easy. “I was looking for a product that is simple and easy to use because I don’t have a lot of time to spend on bank marketing,” said Baker. “StrandVision Digital Signage works. I can quickly make my content updates and then move onto my next task for the day.”

“Ladysmith Federal is making good use of their StrandVision Digital Signage,” said Mike Strand StrandVision founder and CEO. “They conducted an in-lobby promotion for St. Patrick’s Day where customers counted the shamrocks in the digital signage content to enter a drawing. That was a creative way to engage bank customers while promoting their normal business marketing announcements.”

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers’ LCD flat panel screens, as well as computer screens and websites. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – For further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

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Middle Atlantic Unveils Patent-Pending Series Surge Protection

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products is introducing Series Protection, the fastest responding series type surge suppression available in the industry. This patent-pending technology provides instantaneous protection of AV systems from damaging surges and is available in a newly introduced family of power distribution units.

Series Protection was designed with robust non-sacrificial circuitry that ensures system reliability. It also helps ensure noise-free AV systems by protecting connected equipment without contaminating the system ground. Every model in the Series Protection suite automatically disconnects devices from sustained over- and under-voltage events. All units also perform automatic recovery after these events, minimizing system downtime.

The new line of Series Protection power products includes other industry firsts: a Hardwired model as well as Half Width models that require minimum space without compromising functionality. Full Width rackmount models for 19” enclosures are also available. In addition, the company is expanding its RackLink™ Power Management System offering to include models incorporating Series Protection technology.

The addition of Series Protection makes Middle Atlantic’s power protection offering the most diverse in the market, with a variety of options meeting the widest range of project requirements and budget needs. The company continues to develop power products in Protection and other key areas including: Monitoring and Control, Distribution, Battery Backup and Separately Derived Systems.

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

Image Engine Chooses Christie 4K Solution for Its New State-Of-The-Art Screening Room

Image Engine, an award-winning visual effects company, has chosen a Christie® 4K DLP Cinema® projector for its new state-of-the-art screening room. The installation is the first in Vancouver to offer 4K technology for visual effects services.

“Today’s developments in digital cinema technology are giving filmmakers new opportunities to raise the bar and output their feature films at higher resolutions,” said Greg Holmes, Chief Executive Officer. “At Image Engine we are committed to providing not only leading-edge talent, but also the most advanced technology available for our clients.”

Founded in 1995, Image Engine is known for investing in local infrastructure to help filmmakers bring increasingly ambitious productions to the Vancouver region, and the investment in Christie technology is part of that commitment.

Christie’s CP4230 was chosen for its advanced technical capabilities, which include greater image detail, truer and more accurate colour rendition and crisp resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels, with 34,000 lumens brightness and 3D capabilities. Providing four times the resolution of standard 2K digital cinema, the facility can now review its work at the highest image resolution possible today.

“Working with leading edge technology is part of our company DNA,” said Academy Award®-nominated Visual Effects Supervisor and Chief Technology Officer Peter Muyzers. “4K technology is part of an evolution of filmmaking that we all need to embrace, and this investment means our clients can take full advantage of the latest technology right here in Vancouver knowing that our infrastructure supports them 100 percent.”

“We are already seeing the benefits,” Muyzers added. “Our clients really appreciate being able to come to our facility and see their vision realized as it’s meant to be seen, at the maximum resolution. It gives them the much-needed confidence that they just can’t experience without this technology.”

Kathryn Cress, VP, Global & Corporate Marketing at Christie, said “We offer an unparalleled range of leading-edge product, support and partnerships to make the benefits of digital projection available at all stages of the movie-creation process. Our 4K Christie Solaria® series helps world-leading post-production houses like Image Engine stay true to their client’s visions, showing where any corrections or adjustments are needed every night when reviewing the day’s work. Whether it’s enabling the highest resolution standards or walking hand in hand with them on high frame rate (HFR) production, Christie unleashes the creative freedom of directors, producers and the post community.”

Added Dave Muscat, Sr. Director of Sales, Christie Digital Systems Canada, “Helping Image Engine access the most advanced 4K technology available, in turn helps the firm attract clients, strengthening the local film industry in Vancouver. And with the industry’s only professional-grade quad 3G-SDI connection, Christie ensures that post-production facilities have a robust and convenient, uncompressed digital interface for flawless viewing of 4K digital cinema content.”

The screening room was inaugurated by “District 9” Director Neill Blomkamp, whose upcoming 2013 feature film “Elysium” (Sony Pictures International and Media Rights Capital) is currently in post-production at Image Engine.

Image Engine intends to attract more high-resolution productions by offering 4K services at minimal additional cost to clients. “Our goal is to provide this resource without the high price tag that people might expect,” said Shawn Walsh, Visual Effects Executive Producer. “A top-notch reviewing environment is essential for our clients’ projects.”

Image Engine provides world-class visual effects for feature films. With over 15 years in the industry and several award wins, the company has accrued feature film credits including the Academy Award®-nominated “District 9”, “2012”, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” & “Breaking Dawn, Part 1”, “The Thing”, “Immortals” and “Battleship”. Currently in production at the studio is: “R.I.P.D.” and Neill Blomkamp’s “Elysium”.

Image Engine is a privately owned and run company, based in Vancouver, BC. For more information, visit http://www.image-engine.com.

The Big Apple and Philly Make Way for Yamaha Training Sessions

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Seminars (YCATS) will make stops in New York City, June 26 and Philadelphia, July 17-19.

Dale Pro Audio will host training sessions on the new Yamaha CL5 digital console on June 26. Registration deadline is Monday, June 25. Visit
https://www.yamaha.com/ussub/cl5demo/registration.html?

The YCATS training team will be in Philadelphia July 17-19 with classes ranging from an Introduction to the Yamaha CL Series, a new session entitled Digital Audio Networks for Engineers, M7CL for Advanced Users, and Yamaha LS9 Workshop. Registration deadline is Friday, July 13.

For more information and to registration visit: http://www.yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training.php?catID=11001.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Lightware Introduces Double-Slot Input and Output Boards for Modular Matrix Frames

Lightware U.S.A., the US distributor for Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering, is pleased to announce the introduction of double-slot, twisted pair MXD-HDMI-TP-IB and MXD-HDMI-TP-OB boards for Lightware’s modular matrix frames.

The MXD-HDMI-TP-IB input board and the MXD-HDMI-TP-OB output board are an upgraded version of the company’s MX-HDMI-TP boards. They accept HDMI 1.3 and 3D signals over two CATx cables and provide a bi-directional RS-232 link. Each port de-embeds digital audio from the HDMI stream and outputs via an S/PDIF connector locally while maintaining the audio content to the router’s main crosspoint board. The double-slot input and output boards offer HDCP compliance.

Lightware U.S.A.’s Greg Byrnes comments, “These boards allow the insertion of RS-232 control signals onto the CatX transmission directly from the router frame, instead of via an external HDMI to CatX transmitter with RS-232. What that means is that previously, to do HDMI with RS-232, one needed to route the HDMI out of the matrix, then connect it to the input of an stand alone HDMI to CatX transmitter that also had RS-232. Now this is done in one step, directly at the output of the router.”

Specifically, the input board offers RS-232 control over twisted pair for each input port and the output board offers RS-232 or S/PDIF over twisted pair on each output. They accept and transmit HDMI 1.3 and DVI signals over CAT5, CAT6 and CAT7 cables and have 3D signal compatibility with frame packing, side-by-side and top-bottom formats.

The boards support all HDMI audio formats, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. They offer advanced EDID management and pixel accurate reclocking. The boards have automatic or adjustable color range conversion and the output board also offers color range conversion. Conversion between DVI, HDMI and deep color signals are dependent upon the capabilities of the attached display.

The new boards require a two-card slot in the matrix frame and are compatible with Lightware’s MX-FR80R, 65R, 33R, 33L and 17 frames.

About Lightware U.S.A.

Lightware U.S.A. is the US distributor of professional AV products manufactured by Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest, Hungary. For more information on these products, visit www.lightwareUSA.com.

D.A.S. AUDIO EXPANDS Rf SERIES PRODUCT LINE

**** Photo: D.A.S. Audio's RF-218 Subwoofers ****

Valencia, Spain – June 2012 … D.A.S. Audio, recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems for the most demanding sound reinforcement applications, is pleased to announce the introduction of two new subwoofers—the RF-118 and RF-218. Designed for use in both permanent installations and mobile systems, the addition of these new sub bass enclosures represents an important expansion to the Rf (reference) series product group. more

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