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Bexel Makes Major Investment with Million-Dollar Purchase of Fujinon HD ENG Lenses

Acquisition Includes Optical Stabilization Gear and Lens Accessories

BURBANK, CA, JUNE 28, 2012—Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, announced a million-dollar purchase of over 60 new Fujinon lenses as well as a significant amount of lens accessories, including zoom and focus controls and optical stabilization gear. The acquisition of the Fujinon ENG lenses supports Bexel’s growing inventory of Panasonic P2, Sony PDW-F800 XDCam camcorders and HDC-2500 camera systems, which are mainstays in Bexel’s arsenal of rental gear. The lenses will be used to provide captivating coverage of events, including major sports productions this summer.

Fujinon’s lenses are designed to complement and enhance the quality of HDTV systems. Great consideration in the design and development of these high-end HD lenses has been taken to incorporate the highest optical and mechanical specifications, while ensuring unmatched performance in the most rugged and demanding of production environments.

The purchase includes 22 Fujinon ZA12x4.5BERD super wide-angle HD ENG full servo production lenses, and over 40 ZA22x7.6BERD and BERM HD production lenses. “We chose to purchase the BERD-model lenses from Fujinon because the line features digital full-servo zoom and focus, which allow them to be used for robotic work and specialty applications beyond just a normal ENG camera,” says Tom Dickinson, chief technology officer, Bexel. “This purchase will allow Bexel to continue to provide its clients with the best equipment available on the market today.”

In addition, Bexel made a major investment in optical stabilization with the purchase of four Fujinon TS-P58A optical stabilizers. The TS-P58A stabilizers will be used for various applications where vibration needs to be eliminated, such as in water events like sailing during televised competitions planned for this summer. What’s more, to help capture every aspect of the production assignment, Bexel also purchased a variety of lens accessories, including rear zoom and focus controls.

Following this summer’s events, the new Fujinon lenses and accessories will be used to equip HD cameras in the Bexel rental inventory for use on a wide range of events, from sports to entertainment to reality programming.

“We’re thrilled with the level of confidence that Bexel continues to place in our optical technology,” says Thom Calabro, director of marketing and product development, Optical Device Division, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “Their summer schedule is filled with very high-profile and demanding events and our lenses have proven themselves in the field under extremely challenging conditions time after time for their dynamic clientele. Bexel is adding a sizable amount of our popular and cost-effective HD Select Series of ENG lenses. These lenses are the perfect complement for today’s HDTV cameras because they maintain the superior imaging standards and optical performance that Fujinon is known for.”

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

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit http://www.bexel.com.

A Snapshot of The Vitec Group
Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military, aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2011 revenue of £351 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Imaging & Staging, Videocom and Services. Imaging & Staging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews. More information can be found at http://www.vitecgroup.com.

Renkus-Heinz Unveils New Products at InfoComm 2012

Las Vegas, NV, June 2012…. The Renkus-Heinz booth and demo room were buzzing with activity throughout the three days of InfoComm 2012, with visitors and customers making the company’s newest products a must-see at the show.

One of the biggest hits at the show was the introduction of the new Ralph Heinz Signature Series loudspeaker line. The RH Signature Series, which includes both self-powered and passive models with a dual wedge angle design and multiple rigging and mounting options, was recognized with ProSound Network’s prestigious Best Of Show award.

Also making a splash was the new Varia series, an innovative modular design that can be configured as a vertical line array, point source horizontal array, or ground stacked. Varia’s flexible design makes it an excellent choice for a wide range of permanent or touring applications.

In addition to a busy booth and fully-packed demo room, Renkus-Heinz carried on a time-honored tradition by hosting their 21st annual Consultants’ Breakfast. For more than two decades, attendees have been getting up early to attend this invitation-only event. This year they were treated to presentations by Lee Minich, President of Lab X Technolgies, Gerald Katz, P.C., and Renkus-Heinz Senior VP Ralph Heinz.

Guests at the Consultants’ Breakfast were also entered into a drawing to win a pair of free iPads. The winning entries were Russel O’Toole, Principal Consultant at R&M Consulting in Romeoville, IL, and Brenda Brown, Principal at SynAudCon in Greenville, IN.

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

The New Linear VMC1 Video Security Intercom System Safeguards What Matters Most

With live video, whole-home intercom, trigger mechanisms and remote monitoring, homeowners now have a single system for centralized security at home or away.

Carlsbad, CA – June 2012 – Linear LLC, the leader in residential and commercial access control, emergency response and security solutions, announces the new Linear® VMC1 Video Security Intercom System, a centralized security solution that delivers live video, audio, whole-home intercom, door releases, alarm triggers, and remote monitoring features in one highly-capable and flexible system.

The VMC1 Master Station is the central hub of the system and has a 5.6″ color video screen that can monitor any door equipped with a camera. Traditional security systems with multiple camera stations can be difficult to monitor since the homeowner isn’t always available or in front of a screen when someone rings the doorbell. With integrated live video support, the VMC1 System provides access to up to three color video cameras or video door stations, allowing users to view activities inside and out from the master station, or with optional accessories, from a TV display, or select portable devices. When not at home, the VMC1 System can also deliver a live video signal or email a snapshot picture of the front door visitor to a smart phone or computer via the internet for quick identification.

In addition, from the VMC1 Master Station, music can be shared with any room station, either from the AM/FM tuner or from auxiliary devices such as MP3 players or smart phones. While all room stations allow room-to-room or whole-home communication, the Master Station video screen allows users to speak with and see visitors at monitored doors. The system can support up to three remote electronic door release mechanisms to unlock a door or gate and has two control output switches to turn on lights, trigger an alert on an alarm panel or even activate thermostat controls. By combining visual monitoring with the ability to enact a security response in the home, the VMC1 is a serious deterrent and one of the most sophisticated video security intercom systems available.

With all the security and control functionality, one might overlook the whole-home intercom functionality of the Linear VMC1. Seeking to address a range of communication needs, the intercom enables users to speak to a single room, a group of rooms or the whole house (up to 20 rooms). Whether you’re telling the kids to get ready for bed, calling houseguests for dinner or using the system to make a company-wide announcement in a small office, the VMC1 initiates hands-free conversations to any room station. One or more rooms can also be monitored or kept private, depending on preferences.

The new VMC1 Video Security Intercom System comes in handsome white, black or bronze finishes to complement any décor.

For more information about the VMC1 Video Security Intercom and Linear LLC, please visit www.linearcorp.com or call 1-800-421-1587.

For over 50 years, Linear LLC has been an innovator in the security market. Linear’s legacy includes the early application of passive infrared detection and radio frequency (RF) transmission, technologies that revolutionized the wireless security and access control industries. Today, Linear delivers class-leading wired and wireless products into a variety of markets serving the access control, security and home technology needs of its customers. A subsidiary of Nortek, Inc., Linear continues to expand its product and engineering prowess, leveraging the knowledge gained from strategic acquisitions and custom product development which will help lead the company into the next 50 years. To learn more, visit www.linearcorp.com.

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Havells Launches ENERGY STAR® LED Lamp Portfolio

ENERGY STAR rebates and energy savings combine for quick payback on nine new LED lamps.

Atlanta, GA – June 28, 2012 – Havells, a global leader in the lighting industry, is now offering their full line of ENERGY STAR® rated LED lamps. Havells new long-life LED portfolio provides a wide range of bulb types with dimmable options, high light output, and guaranteed energy savings for all types of industrial, commercial, hospitality, and residential lighting applications.

Built with state-of-the-art LED chip technology, the new Havells A19, Decorative, Globes, MR16, and PAR LEDs are UL listed and meet or exceed ENERGY STAR’s strict standards for energy efficiency and performance. These LED lamps are available in 3000k warm white and offer an excellent color consistency of 80 CRI. Havells LED Lamps are also mercury-free and release virtually no ultra-violet (UV) or infrared (IR) emissions, making these lamps a genuine eco-friendly alternative for industrial and commercial lighting.

“Havells is proud to launch a full portfolio of LED ENERGY STAR products,” said Havells USA General Manager Kevin Doughty. “Moving forward we look to expand our portfolio, while making sure our products continue to meet and exceed the high standards of ENERGY STAR.”

The fully dimmable 8W A19 LED produces 450 lumens and is a great replacement option for a 40W incandescent. Using only $0.96 a year in estimated energy costs based on 3 hours of use per day at a rate of .11< kWh, the 8W A19 LED provides a lifetime savings of $141 per lamp when used in place of its incandescent counterpart.

The dimmable 6W PAR20 LED delivers an impressive 250 lumens of warm white light while the dimmable 10W PAR30 provide 450 lumens. The dimmable 17 W PAR 38 offers a powerful light output of 765 lumens and a 75% energy savings over non-LED lamps. Each PAR lamp has a 25-degree spread for uniform light distribution paired with warm natural color rendering. With a minimum of 40,000 hours of maintenance-free operation, these LEDs are an effective retrofit replacement for incandescent and halogen PAR lamps.

The 3W Decorative Candle and 3W Frosted Globe deliver a warm glow that is ideal for decorative or general lighting in homes, shops, restaurants, and hotels. Both lamps have a short payback period and have low maintenance costs.

The 4W 165 Lumen MR16 is a powerful upgrade compared to traditional halogen reflector lamps and offers an 85% savings over the course of a year. This popular GU5.3 pin base lamp is great for replacing the decorative and track lighting found in restaurants, bars, hotels and lobbies.

Thanks to their luminous efficacy, energy efficiency and low maintenance, along with numerous ENERGY STAR rebate options, Havells LEDs are a cost-effective retrofit option for more applications than ever before. Excellent color rendering plus their high quality, no UV emissions, makes them ideal for museums, art galleries, shops, and virtually any application sensitive to product fading. Their incredibly long life translates to low maintenance costs, making these LEDs an excellent option for hard to reach settings like grand staircases and high ceilings. Adding to their versatility, LEDs also thrive in cold temperatures making them the best light source for coolers, freezers, and wine cellars. Their extremely low IR output also makes them ideal for heat sensitive food items like fish and chocolate.

The new Havells ENERGY STAR LED portfolio is now available and shipping. With five warehouses strategically located across the U.S., Havells provides fast delivery and service to meet the tightest turnarounds. Every Havells LED lamp comes with a 5-year warranty that guarantees each LED lamp will operate for 5 years under a normal usage of 12 hours per day/7days per week. For more information about Havells Energy Star LED Portfolio, visit www.havells-usa.com or call: 1-800-922-6693.

As the North American Division of Havells India and a global leader in the lighting industry, Havells USA designs and manufactures a full range of lighting solutions for residential, commercial and industrial applications. Havells offers a wide range of LED, incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, high intensity discharge lamps as well as fixtures and ballasts to meet the specialized operating and performance requirements of each lighting task.

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ABS Welcomes Shawn Sennett as Senior Account Executive

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it has hired Shawn Sennett as a senior account executive, effective June 1. Based out of the company’s office in Portland, Ore., he will be responsible for sales throughout Oregon and southern Washington.

Sennett has spent more than 20 years in sales management, including positions with 360 Systems, Leader Instruments, Bexel Broadcast Services, Synergy Broadcast Systems, and Compix Media. Most recently, he managed VAR and channel sales for 14 western U.S. states and three Canadian provinces for Broadcast Pix.

“We are very pleased that Shawn has joined our team,” said Mark Siegel, President of ABS. “He provides a solutions-based sales approach that focuses on the customer. With his familiarity of the territory and the technology, he is a valuable asset for ABS and our clients.”

Sennett can be reached at 503-708-7422 or via e-mail at shawn@advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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A Medialon Show Control system for the spectacular night-time “Big O” show at Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea

© Julien Panie

The marine-themed Expo 2012 has opened in May 2012 for a three-month run in Yeosu, South Korea. The icon of the Expo is “Big-O”, a landmark constructed to give visitors an insight into the expo’s theme, including experience zones hosting large-scale events and cultural performances.

ECA2 – a French-based company specialized in creating and producing major events and shows around the world – was in charge of designing the entire “Big-O” show as well as the O structure. The artistic and technical production of the show was also part of ECA2 mission.

During daytime the “Big-O” is a giant sculpture that will remain after the Expo as a symbolic landmark. By night, it is the centerpiece of a unique show that embraces the Expo’s themes.

The O itself features a water screen inside the outer rim, which shows films and other videos. The outer rim also produces special effects, such as laser shows.

© Julien Panie

ECA2’s team designed the O as a mysterious object that could have emerged from the ocean itself. It glints in the sunlight like a jewel over the lagoon. Modern materials such as concrete and steel are harmoniously combined to lend the structure an almost organic appearance.

For the “Big-O” night-time show, the Medialon show control system synchronizes hundreds of devices and special effects, creating an immersive show that plunges the audience into the heart of a sensory narrative.

One Medialon Manager V6 PRO show control software allows controlling and synchronizing the following:

Water:
- 24x moving water cannons (360°)
- “Cascade Screen”®, a 45-meter high water curtain which is the biggest and tallest one ever built in the world
- hundreds of water jets

Special effects:
- 24x flame generators
- hundreds of mist nozzles
- 5x lasers

Lighting and video:
- 58x moving heads (1 500W) in weatherproof casing
- 6x video projectors (35 000 lumens)

[The “Big-O” show is definitely one of the main attractions at Expo 2012 where millions of people from around the world will to visit.

Credits:
Design – Creation – Production Director & Producer: Jean-Christophe Canizares from ECA2
Head of Operations & Technical Director: Guillaume Duflot from ECA2
Screenplay, Artistic Director & Show Director: Moira Smith from ECA2
Big-O Architecture: Mark Fisher
Control: LCSS, ECA2

Watch a video of the breathtaking “Big-O” nigh-time show here:
\"Big O\" night-time show at Yeosu Expo 2012, South Korea

For further information, please visit : www.expo2012.kr, www.eca2.com, www.medialon.com

Kristian Ekholm’s Portable HARMAN Soundcraft Si Compact 16 Will Enhance Fringe and Arts Theatre Productions

Photo credit: Paula Lehtonen

HELSINKI, Finland – Helsinki-based sound designer Kristian Ekholm, who specialises in sound design for contemporary performing arts and fringe theatre, has purchased a HARMAN Soundcraft Si Compact 16 live sound mixer from territory distributor Studiotec-knowing that the powerful digital mixing facilities packed into this small footprint console will keep his work constantly at the cutting edge on his travels.

With an M.A. in Theatre Arts from the Finnish Theatre Academy’s department of light and sound design (and another MA in progress), the sound designer has recently shifted focus to a more spatial dimension-and again the Soundcraft Si Compact, 16 with its built-in Lexicon FX, will enhance this.

“My main interests in sound design at the conceptual level is in the interaction between the performance, the venue, the sonic environment and drama of the event,” said Ekholm, who has toured extensively in Europe with productions like Anatomia Lear, the soundscape which won him a ‘Best Sound Design’ award (and the Ääni-Säde Prize) in 2010.

Kristian has worked with many industry-leading digital desks in theatres he has visited, but he needed a high-quality portable device-and Soundcraft, he said, is a long-standing brand that everyone in the field is familiar with.

“My decision to purchase an Si Compact 16 was purely practical,” he said. “It’s a small console packed with power, and is something I can carry with me as a reliable, all-around workhorse wherever I go.

“The console will make my work a little easier-and better. When working on the fringe of performance art, budget restrictions can often affect the quality of the gear-and I know the Si Compact 16 will give me a solid base for FOH control.”

Aside from the general quality and flexibility of the desk there were some specific features that immediately stood out-notably the 16 onboard physical outputs and the bus and matrix systems.

“My Si Compact 16 has so far been used in outdoor venues, galleries and regular studio stages, and has been doing a wonderful job,” he said. “But sometime in the future I’d like to envisage stepping up to the Soundcraft Vi series.”

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(r), Harman Kardon(r), Infinity(r), JBL(r), Lexicon(r) and Mark Levinson(r). 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.

Anton/Bauer Introduces New Compact COFDM Transmitter

AB HDTX System Offers Portable RF Solution

SHELTON, CT, JUNE 28, 2012—Anton/Bauer®, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, is pleased to announce the availability of its new AB HDTX System, a compact 5.8 GHz COFDM RF system offering the ability to transmit a robust HD signal over great distances, all the while being powered by Anton/Bauer batteries.

A collaboration between Anton/Bauer and Vitec Group sister company Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), Anton/Bauer’s AB HDTX System is a COFDM transmitter that utilizes the 5.8 GHz frequency band allowing customers to operate without the need for an FCC license. The AB HDTX sends its signal directly to the AB HDRX dual-diversity receiver or the DirectVu handheld confidence monitor/receiver. The unit’s size makes it ideal for reality-based, ENG/EFP and live event coverage.

“We gave attendees a sneak preview of the AB HDTX system at this year’s NAB and Cine Gear Expo, and the response was overwhelmingly positive,” says Shin Minowa, vice president of marketing and business development, Anton/Bauer. “Professionals love this system simply because it is compact, fits on the end of their camera, can be powered with their existing Anton/Bauer batteries and does not add much additional weight. We are proud to continue to offer solutions to help power our clients’ creativity, while protecting their investment.” As the system only draws about 15-watts, Anton/Bauer batteries, including the DIONIC® 90, HC and HCX, can offer reliable power for extended periods of time.

The AB HDTX System has an RF output of 100 mW and is capable of accepting a wide range of HD/SD video formats along with embedded audio from the HD SDI output on the camera. The use of MPEG-4 compression allows the signal to travel a half-mile in line of site applications. The system offers users the flexibility to be able to choose from 12 different channels in which to transmit to ensure the least amount of interference. “This also allows the ability for multiple different cameras to transmit to one central receive site,” adds Minowa. “In this application, a director can conveniently monitor different shots and make adjustments in real time.”

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

About Anton/Bauer
Anton/Bauer is recognized as the world’s innovator and a premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other key mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries. Based in the United States in Shelton, CT with offices in Europe and Asia, Anton/Bauer was established in 1970 and has expanded its product offerings to include many signature lines such as its leading Gold Mount® system, InterActive® chargers and Logic Series® batteries such as the HyTRON® 50, 100 and 140, and DIONIC® 90, 160, HC and HCX. Their products are compatible with every camera brand on the market today. Other Anton/Bauer high performance products include the Ultralight® 2, ElipZ®, CINE VCLX and the Tandem 150 Modular Charging System. Their superior-quality products have become an industry standard. For more information on Anton/Bauer, visit www.antonbauer.com.

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

Vitec Videocom – innovative products around the camera.

Prism Sound’s New dScope Series IIIE Audio Analyzer Raises The Bar In Terms Of Functionality Versus Price

Audio test and measurement specialist Prism Sound continues its innovative product development strategy by introducing a new analogue and digital audio analyzer that sets a new benchmark in terms of functionality versus price.

Based on its Award-winning dScope Series III instrument and dubbed the ‘Essentials’ package, the new dScope Series IIIE audio analyzer represents Prism Sound’s ongoing commitment to offering its customers the best possible value for money, whilst delivering unique innovations in audio analysis capabilities.

dScope Series IIIE is ideally suited to a wide range of audio test applications, but is of particular relevance to automated production line testing where there is a requirement for a more targeted feature set.

Simon Woollard, Test and Measurement Product Specialist for Prism Sound, says: “Our flagship dScope Series III analyzer platform is the most powerful audio test solution available and leads the way in advanced generation and analysis tools. However, some of our customers don’t need the entire feature set of our top of the range systems and would prefer a streamlined solution that is more cost effective but still meets their analysis requirements.

“dScope Series IIIE retains the design philosophy of our range-topping dScope Series III but omits some of the more advanced capabilities that you might use in a heavy-duty design engineering role. We are offering a solution for all of the most commonly used measurement functions for analogue, digital and soundcard-based audio measurements, and including multi-channel switching capabilities and modern analysis methods such as multi-tones and chirps, to ensure the fastest possible test times. This, coupled with our new software application for creating automated test sequences and reports, makes the dScope Series IIIE the ideal investment for audio QC testing.”

The dScope Series III family now includes the original dScope Series III, the new dScope Series IIIE and two analogue-only variants – the dScope IIIA and IIIA+. Prices start from £3,895 ($5995 in the USA), and users can choose the version that best suits their needs, safe in the knowledge that they can upgrade at any time should their requirements change.

The dScope Series III family offers comprehensive analogue and digital audio signal generation and analysis, plus support for digital audio carrier testing, quasi-anechoic microphone/loudspeaker analysis and testing of Windows™ sound devices.

dScope Series III can be easily automated using its built in VBScript interpreter, and now also via a dedicated test sequencer which avoids the need for script writing, enabling the creation of custom test routines and pass/fail limit checking. Furthermore, Test automation can also be accomplished with dScope’s “ActiveX COM” interface, offering support for third party automation executives e.g. National Instruments TestStand. This makes all solutions in the dScope Series III range ideally suited to production line testing applications.

The dScope Series IIIE audio test and measurement system comprises a Windows PC (XP™, Vista™ and Windows 7 compatible) software application coupled with an external high-precision audio I/O processor for equipment-under-test (EUT) connection.

For a full list of features available with each version please visit:

http://www.prismsound.com/test_measure/products_subs/dscope/dscope_features.php

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987 in Cambridge, UK, Prism Sound manufactures a range of high quality professional test equipment for audio applications. The company is organized in three divisions and in addition to audio test equipment, Prism Sound also manufactures equipment for high-quality recording and production for music and sound applications and for voice-logging recorders used in law enforcement, legislative and business applications. Prism Sound audio test equipment is used by many major consumer electronics brands in automotive, home entertainment, personal mobile, communications and other market sectors as well as most of the world’s leading broadcasters including the BBC. Prism Sound’s music recording products are widely used by leading professionals in music and film sound such as the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

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The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s New Nature Center Debuts With Alcorn McBride Equipment Inventory

The new Nature Center at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples opens with Alcorn McBride video, audio and show control selected for the Dalton Discovery Center and Jeannie Meg Smith Theater.

The Conservancy is dedicated to marshaling the combined forces of environmental policy, advocacy, research, education and wildlife rehabilitation to protect the region’s land, water and wildlife. The Nature Center offers many attractions, including two theaters for multimedia presentations, daily programs and featured speakers.

Shawn Sessions, AV/electrical interactives coordinator for Maltbie of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, installed an Alcorn McBride V16 Pro frame-accurate controller for serial and network devices, a ShowTouch control panel interface, two Digital Video Machine HD video players, and four Digital Audio Machines for use in the theaters.

“The V16 Pro controls all of the shows,” says Sessions. “One of the DVM-8400HDs runs a 15-minute video in Dalton Discovery Center; a motion sensor triggers the show controller to start the presentation. The five-minute shows in the Smith Theater are also motion sensor-activated and run by the second DVM-8400HD.”

Two AM4s run ambient audio throughout the day; another pair is attached to a push button that triggers animal sounds. The ShowTouch panel is mounted in a room where staff can start and stop equipment at the beginning and end of the day and control gear located in a separate equipment room.

“We’re very happy with all of the Alcorn McBride equipment,” says Sessions. “It’s working great, and the programming is simple and easy. We love it!”

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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