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Hitachi Installation Series Projectors Offer Versatile and Reliable Solutions for Large Venues

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, June 13, 2012 – At InfoComm 2012, Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group proves itself as the ideal partner for the large-venue market by showcasing its Installation Series 3LCD projectors. The Installation Series projectors provide ease of installation and ideal functionality for large-venue applications.

The Hitachi Installation Series models being showcased at InfoComm 2012 include the CP-X8150, CP-X8160, CP-WX8240, CP-WX8255, CP-WU8440 and CP-WU8450.

The Installation Series projectors offer several groundbreaking features, including two HDMI inputs, which address the increasing demand for digital connectivity. The Installation Series also features motorized focus, zoom and lens shift, enabling easy adjustment of the image. In addition, several Installation Series models also feature 360-degree off-axis display, which is ideal for creative applications.

High reliability is a hallmark of the Installation Series, as several projector models in the Installation Series are equipped with a high-performance filter that can last up to 20,000 hours without cleaning, saving significant maintenance time. New to Hitachi, the Operation Log Recorder allows users to access internal status and server conditions.

The Installation Series also offers flexible installation, with four optional interchangeable lenses to accommodate for different throw distances. Large lens shift allows users to readjust the position of the image to fit any screen perfectly. The Installation Series’ center lens design also makes it easy to align the projector with the screen. itac

The Installation Series offers a wealth of enhanced features, including a new slim design and 16 Watts of audio (two 8-Watt stereo speakers). Digital keystone (horizontal and vertical) and Perfect Fit also make it easy to properly position the image. Thanks to the wide lens shift and Perfect Fit feature, the Installation Series also offers Versa-Stack, enabling seamless stacking of two projectors through an RS-232 connection. This enables users to double the brightness of the image.

An optional wireless adapter enables users to connect their PC to the projector via a wireless network. This adapter supports IEEE802.11b/g and the latest 11n through a USB adapter.

For more information on Hitachi visit www.hitachi-america.us/digitalmedia

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About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 320,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2011 (ended March 31, 2012) consolidated revenues totaled 9,665 billion yen ($117.8 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

HARMAN’s AKG Perception Headphones Expand On Leading Perception Microphone Series

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – With a large selection of microphones, ranging from dynamic models, condensers and wireless solutions for the stage and recording, HARMAN’s AKG’s Perception Series has built a strong reputation for quality, providing high-value to artists, producers and engineers since its launch in 2005. AKG’s new Perception Headphone series extends the Perception line, offering an entire range of solutions for enthusiastic musicians and engineers. Three new headphone models, the K44 Perception, K77 Perception and K99 Perception, deliver AKG sound quality, a great design and comfort level at an affordable price.

“It is AKG’s continued mission to offer the greatest in professional audio to industry professionals and the Perception line completes our range of affordable, high-quality headphones and microphones,” stated Thomas Stubics, product marketing manager, recording and broadcast, AKG. “The Perception Headphones Series offers musicians a vast range of opportunities when choosing the perfect head piece for their respective needs. All three over-ear models provide powerful, clear sound for accurate listening experiences in the studio or in live settings.”

The over-ear, semi-closed design of the K44 Perception provides a powerful low end and clean highs for an excellent sound, ranging from project studios to home recording. The K77 Perception is an over-ear, semi-closed headphone with powerful and convincing sound at an amazing value – ready to use for home or project studios. Both products include comfortable leatherette ear pads and a self-adjusting headband for extended wear, without discomfort and a 3-meter fixed, straight cable and convertible jack.

K99′s high-performance, over-ear, semi-open headphones combine excellent sound quality with an astounding price-to-performance ratio. Its large, 40mm speakers provide a natural, uncoloured sound, ideal for the studio. K99 Perception is lightweight and self-adjusting for a pleasant fit for long sessions.

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics.

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.

SAVANT® Adds Imerge to Partners in Excellence Cooperative Program

Savant Systems LLC, having delivered the first complete Apple®-based home automation and commercial control system, has announced the addition of Imerge to their PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE cooperative program. Savant’s PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE initiative has been targeted to achieve global compatibility between Savant’s control systems and a diverse group of best-in-class manufacturers from the audio, video, lighting control, HVAC, and security industries, as well as devices and subsystems from many related markets.

Based in Cambridge, England, Imerge is a manufacturer of audio and media servers, having developed the world’s first hard drive-based audio server in the 1990s. In 2011, the company was acquired by the Prism Sound Group, which manufactures a range of high quality professional equipment for audio applications. Since its acquisition by Prism Sound, Imerge has launched a 4th generation server that offers users the ability to store and play 3D DVD and Blu-ray movies in full 1080p High Definition quality without the need for a mechanical disc auto-changer.

“The Partners in Excellence program is important because it will enable Imerge products to integrate seamlessly with the Savant’s control environment, increasing the appeal of Imerge products in the residential and custom install markets,” explained Graham Boswell, Sales Director of Prism Sound. “With new Imerge products scheduled for release later in 2012, we see this collaboration as mutually beneficial for both companies as well as installers in the field.”

Participation in Savant’s PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE cooperative program will facilitate the seamless integration of Imerge devices within the Savant system environment.

“Savant is pleased to add a respected brand such as Imerge to our PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE program,” stated Savant’s Director of Business Development Bob Ross. “Media access is so important to many of our customers and the interoperability between the brands is an important resource for our dealer base,” Ross concluded.

The core of Savant’s technology is an open programmable platform built upon the Mac OS X operating system supporting various communication protocols and offering high speed A/V switching, scaling and processing.

Savant’s PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE program will open new doors for participating manufacturers seeking to expand their business in a rapidly growing industry.

Interested manufacturers can find out more about the PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE program by communicating via email to Bob Ross at bob.ross@savantsystems.com.

About Savant
Savant Systems, LLC, an innovator and market leader in the home and commercial automation markets, designs, develops and manufactures a complete suite of integrated solutions that has defined the modern age of control technology. Savant’s progressive platform cohesively addresses control, automation, audio/video, telephony, digital display, lighting control, energy management and the media integration needs of today’s most advanced environments. Through their tightly integrated use of Apple® technology, Savant has leveraged the familiarity and intuitive nature of the iPad® and iOS family of devices to address the user interface demands of today’s discerning consumers. Savant SmartSystems are sold globally through a network of authorized dealers within residential properties and into a number of different commercial markets including: Corporate Enterprise, Education, Retail, Arenas & Events, Multi-Dwelling Units & Hotels, Government, Healthcare, Luxury Transportation & Marine, Houses of Worship and Broadcast. www.savantsystems.com

About Imerge
Part of what is popularly known as the “Cambridge Phenomenon”, Imerge is well-qualified to be the leader in its field. A spin-off from Cambridge-based technology consultancy “Scientific Generics”, it developed the world’s first hard drive-based audio server, the SoundServer, back in 1990s. In 2007 Imerge launched a multi-terabyte, 1080p-capable music/movies multi-room server hailed for setting new standards in usability as it also integrated multi-room entertainment, as well as delivering the very highest standards of audio and video performance. In 2008, Imerge changed the rules by introducing the world’s most advanced media server, the MS1, and its associated enterprise grade storage solution, the XiVASafe. Redefining the way we interact with our media, Imerge has continually innovating releasing MS1-HD and most recently the MS1-3D, incorporating 2D and 3D Blu-ray support, and the revolutionary new and unique XiVA music store and user interface in over 12 languages and many more market firsts. The current range in includes two brand new products introduced in 2012, the multi-zone S4000 audio server product and a miniature HD video player unit (Mini Client) for the MS1-3D video server.

For more information please visit www.imerge.co.uk or www.xiva.com

About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. Prism Sound audio interfaces are used in the leading audio studios around the world for all types of music as well as high-quality film scores and other quality-intensive applications. Prism Sound is the owner of the SADiE range of digital audio workstation & location recording software and hardware products, setting the standard for speed and accuracy for audio editing and production. Prism Sound also manufactures audio test and measurement products such as the DSA-1 and the dScope Series III audio analyzer, widely used by both large and small electronics manufacturers for testing of audio products in research, development and production.

For more information please visit www.prismsound.com

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Blossom’s in Full Bloom with NEXO GEO S12 System


The Blossom Music Center is an amphitheatre located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Owned by The Cleveland Orchestra’s governing organization, Musical Arts Association in Cleveland, and managed by Live Nation, the pavilion seats 5,700 people, with space for about 13,500 more on the lawn. It is the summer home of The Cleveland Orchestra, performing its annual Blossom Festival at the amphitheatre. The site’s natural setting, sloping slate roof, and the area’s natural wooded surroundings distinguish it from other contemporary amphitheatres. The venue operates May through October.

The venue is also host to a full summer schedule of popular music acts and symphonic performances. This year, the venue plays host to Drake, Lady Antebellum, Radiohead, Dave Matthews Band, 2012 Country Megaticket Tour, Beach Boys Reunion Tour, Phish, 2012 Vans Warped Tour, Barry Manilow, just to name a few.

The facility, originally designed by architect Peter van Dijk, underwent a $17 million renovation in 2003; however, NAC Technologies in Cleveland was brought in to design a sound system to replace the aging lawn system. “Musical Arts is a non-profit organization so we had a tight budget and needed to have a system that would deliver the best bang for the buck,” states Rick Galbraith, senior audio engineer, NAC Technologies. With assistance from NEXO independent rep firm, R. Joseph Group, a 10-box NEXO GEO S12 line array system, supplemented with three NEXO Alpha speakers for fill zones, all powered by multiple 4×4 NXAmps, was installed.


“The new system had to be able to take care of the needs of the Orchestra and cater to Live Nation events,” says Galbraith. NAC has a long history with NEXO. “NEXO is always a sure thing. We have used the NEXO GEO systems in four of the five theaters at Playhouse Square, and installed a 64-box GEO S12 system in the Palace Theater that most Broadway shows use instead of what they are carrying.”

Prior to the season opening, NAC installed 48 NEXO Geo S12 cabinets in the ten existing sound bays. The bays are arranged in an arch, are about 35’ apart and vary in height from 19’ on the ends to 29’ in the middle. The longest part of the lawn with the highest bays, has two hangs of five GEO S1210 and one S1230, with the next bay of 4/1, then 3/1, then a bay of three S1230s in a horizontal configuration and mirrored on the other side. The system is powered by all NEXO 4×4 NXAMPs.

For time alignment and EQ, NAC installed a Yamaha DME64 to straighten out the bays and give the visiting engineers their own delay device. Last year NAC installed three NEXO Alpha full range cabinets per side on a pole system on the outside of the pavilion. Since the system must function for both the orchestra concerts and rock shows, the DME allows scene storage for any and all events.
For orchestra concerts, NAC also provides a 40-box NEXO GEO S8 LCR system, PS10 and PS15 floor monitors, and Yamaha M7CL digital consoles.

“I’ve always thought for years the only thing keeping Blossom from being an absolutely perfect venue (although it was always still my favorite) was the lack of a decent lawn sound system,” notes Bill Horschke, from sister Live Nation venue, Nautica. “I was very pleasantly surprised when attending a DMB concert to see a nice NEXO rig installed for the lawn, thus completing my jealousy from this nature loving concrete and steel veteran. Kudos to all who made the new system happen. It is very, very cool. Crank it up, and rock them trees!”

For more information on NAC Technologies, visit www.nac-tech.com.

For more information on NEXO and Yamaha products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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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.

D.A.S. AUDIO TO OFFER WR SERIES WEATHER RESISTANT SYSTEMS

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Valencia, Spain – June 2012 … Leading Spanish manufacturer D.A.S. Audio announces the introduction of a new series of products aimed at the outdoor installation market. The new WR (Weather Resistant) series products offer flexible system configuration as well as two exposure ratings to comply with IP55 and IP56 environmental ratings. These ‘built to order’ products will debut at InfoComm 2012. more

Italian loudspeaker manufacturer K-array introduces new Redline, Kobra, Python and KMT Series at InfoComm 2012

Las Vegas – June 14, 2012: Audio specialist Sennheiser [InfoComm 2012 booth C9736] announces several new product lines from its distributed brand K-array. Manufactured and designed in Italy, K-array loudspeaker solutions are quickly becoming top choices of integrators and contractors for their space-saving designs and remarkable sound and performance. K-array’s newest additions to its portfolio of professional, high-quality loudspeakers include the Python and KMT Series for professional and install applications, the KB1R portable speaker solution, and new Redline and Kobra Series models.

New additions to K-array’s Redline Series of portable, self-powered speaker systems
The new Redline Series models — KR102, KR202 and KR402 – feature exciting updates to both the mid-hi line-array elements and powered subwoofers. The system now offers variable beam functionality and improved hardware and accessories. Each system features two channels of class D amplification housed in the subwoofer. The rear panel provides input for a balanced line signal, balanced microphone signal with phantom power and digital signals in AES/EBU protocol. An integrated touch screen provides intuitive managing and editing of powerful DSP controlling. Each system includes the following:

KR102 ($7,999.95) – Includes a pair of KMT12 (12”) subs each with 2 channels of 1,000 W matched to a KK 102 with (16) 2” neodymium speaker elements.

KR202 ($11,499.95) – Includes a pair of KMT18 (18”) subs each with 2 channels of 1,000 W matched to two KK102 mid-high arrays. A coupling assembly allows the speakers to be mounted side-by-side for narrow to wide coverage. (Shipping fall 2012)

KR402 ($15,499.95)- Includes a pair of KMT21 (21”) subs each with 2 channels of 2,000 W matched to two KP102 mid-high arrays. A coupling assembly allows the speakers to be mounted side-by-side for narrow to wide coverage.

KK52 and KK102 added to K-array’s Kobra Series of compact, powerful, passive speakers
The new K-array Kobra Series now offer variable beam functionality with 2-inch drivers housed in an elegant and sturdy stainless steel chassis. The 50-cm. KK52 ($1,249.95) and 100-cm. KK102 ($2,229.95) are compatible with a variety of rigging accessories for vertical and horizontal line-array configurations to satisfy many different venue requirements during temporary and permanent installations. Integrating one of the Redline series powered subwoofers (KMT12, KMT18, KMT21), or KA series amplifiers, with specific presets for the KK52 or KK102, ensures excellent coverage of the entire musical frequency range. Both systems are available in black or white.

Introducing the K-array Python Series: powerful and ultra-compact passive speaker solutions

The all new K-array Python Series features 3-inch drivers with variable beam functionality housed in an elegant and sturdy stainless steel chassis. The 50-cm. KP52 ($1,499.95) and 100-cm. KP102 ($2,599.95) provide excellent vocal intelligibility and response down to 150 Hz. Both are compatible with K-array KA series installed amplifiers and KMT series subwoofers. They are available in black or white and are ideal for theaters, clubs, houses of worship and more.

Announcing the K-array KMT multi-task subwoofer series
The new KMT multi-task subwoofer series features class D amplifiers, with a dedicated amplifying channel that supports varying speaker configurations, including single mid-high modules (K-array Kobra and Python series), multiple line arrays, or the passive version of an additional bass module. The rear panel provides input for a balanced line signal, a balanced microphone signal with phantom power, digital signals in AES/EBU protocol and on an XLR for ease of cabling. An integrated touch screen provides intuitive managing and editing of powerful DSP controlling. The line comprises the following:

KMT12 ($2,399.95)- Redline series “multi-task” powered 12” subwoofer with integrated DSP, touch panel and powered output (also to be available as a passive version in fall 2012, $1,299.95)

KMT18($2,699.95) – Redline series “multi-task” powered 18” subwoofer with integrated DSP, touch panel and powered output (also to be available as a passive version, $1,599.95, both expected to ship fall 2012)

KMT21($4,199.95) – Redline series “multi-task” powered 21” subwoofer with integrated DSP, touch panel and powered output (also to be available as a passive version in fall 2012, $2,449.95)

During InfoComm, K-array will also preview its upcoming additions to the KMT subwoofer series. It will also show the KB1R powered speaker, ideal as an extension to the KB1 portable speaker system. These new products are expected to ship this fall. K-array will be demoing these and other products during exhibit hours at InfoComm in Audio Demo Room N119 (Sennheiser).

Delta Sound Lines the Thames with HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant

NORTHRIDGE, California – The 1,000-boat Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant along the River Thames in London, witnessed by millions of television viewers around the world on June 3, saw Delta Sound line the route from Putney Bridge to Tower Bridge and on down to Greenwich, with hangs of HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays.

The event-a tribute to Britain’s maritime history-had the Queen’s royal barge as the centerpiece of the pageant. The flotilla was divided into 10 sections that were separated by musical herald barges playing contemporary and classical music, with around 20,000 people taking part. It was led by a hand-built, 88-foot row-barge called Glorianam, while the new royal barge appeared in the third section from the front.

Receiving satellite downlinks, the JBL loudspeakers relayed program feeds, BBC commentary (and other background) for the approximately one million spectators who gathered on the north and south banks of the Thames over the 7-mile route.

Delta Sound has a wide range of experience working both with the Royal Family-having provided relays for the 2011 Royal Wedding-and supporting high-profile events on the Thames. Delta Sound fielded a crew of 33 technicians, working under joint project managers Mark Sawyer and Ben Milton.

The sound design company set up 27 separate areas along the route, involving 45 individual hangs (with control position at each hang). Of these, 35 featured JBL and included a total of 156 VTX V25 line array elements and an additional 54 JBL VERTEC(r) line array loudspeakers-spread 70 meters apart and mounted on Type 1 and Type 2 masts, with six elements per hang.

The JBL enclosures were supplied by Belgium-based dry hire company, AED Rent.

Explained Delta Sound managing director, Paul Keating, “Due to an extremely busy summer schedule, AED offered a welcome solution in providing the 210 boxes needed in total for the pageant.”

But first the VTX’s needed to be evaluated. Lee Dennison, director of Sound by Design, Delta Sound’s sister company, reported that, “AED held two open days at their HQ to introduce VTX. We decided to take the lead and send our two project managers to confirm their suitability for our needs.”

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.

PSX Worldwide Audio Visual Brings Life To Historic New Orleans’ Joy Theater With HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC(r) Line Arrays

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – To revitalize the historic, 65-year-old Joy Theater in New Orleans, PSX Worldwide Audio Visual recently installed a brand-new audio system featuring HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC(r) line arrays.

The Joy Theater, located on popular Canal Street in downtown New Orleans, has been through it all. The theater was closed for a brief time in 1978 and closed permanently in 2003. After Hurricane Katrina, the owners of the building wanted to completely renovate it back to its original state. The Joy Theater now marks part of a theatrical renaissance on Canal Street, bringing hope during the rebuilding of the community.

For the main PA system, PSX flew a total of 18 VT4887ADP-DA compact powered line array loudspeakers, nine per side, along with two VT4881ADP-DA powered subwoofers on each side and a VT4882DP-DA powered subwoofer.

Four AM7212/95 loudspeakers are used for upper balcony fill, along with 12 VP7212MDP powered floor monitors, four SRX728S ground-stacked subwoofers and two VP7215/95DPDA powered loudspeakers for side fill. An additional 25 Control 26CT ceiling speakers were also installed to cover the restrooms and lobbies.

PSX installed Crown IT 5000HD amplifiers to power the ceiling speakers and SRX subs and the system also features BSS audio processing.

When deciding on a new system for the Joy Theater, PSX wanted to provide as much flexibility as possible to accommodate a variety of world-class performers. “HARMAN and JBL are widely accepted across the country and we were confident that it would be a perfect fit for the venue. Anyone would be thrilled to play in this historic theater,” stated Jeff Borne, President at PSX.

“The biggest challenge of the whole project was time,” Borne continued. “The renovation process was designed to return the building back to its original design.” Construction started in November 2011, with the first show scheduled for December, so there was no time to spare and PSX had to work within the framework of the design.

The reliable performance of the VERTEC line arrays allowed PSX to focus on the task at hand, rather than worrying about glitches. “There was limited space for racks, so having the powered VERTEC line arrays was a great fix. The whole system fit together perfectly with the BSS processing and overall everyone was extremely satisfied with the results,” Borne stated.

“The support of HARMAN is always great, they make our job easier and we always come away with a great outcome,” Borne summed up. “The first show, which featured Irma Thomas just before the New Year, went off without a hitch. It was a great experience for all of us and it’s great to see the theater back up and running.”

For more information on PSX Worldwide Audio Visual, please visit: www.psx-inc.com

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.

Wildwood Baptist Church Deploys HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1(tm) To Attract Top Christian Artists

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – When searching for a new digital console for the Acworth, Georgia-based Wildwood Baptist Church, Dennis Pope, Technical Coordinator at the church, chose HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1, knowing it would attract top artists in the Christian music community and allow for flexibility and expandability.

Pope, who has been a sound engineer for over 10 years now, has been the FOH engineer at Wildwood for the past five years. “I definitely did my homework when it came to finding a new board,” he said. “We wanted something that would not only be attractive to bring in entertainment, but allow us plenty of options and inputs for additional events. Once I sat in front of the console it just felt right, I was sold!”

The Wildwood Baptist Church, which caters to about 1,300 members, holds worship services twice on Sundays with rehearsal and band practice taking place on Wednesdays. “With the same band every weekend, it’s great to save my settings with the snapshot option,” Pope explained. “I simply boot up the board and run a quick sound check and I’m ready to go, it’s an amazing time saver. I make different pages for each song and even if I need to tweak a setting it’s straight forward.”

Pope hopes the Vi1 will help draw top Christian artists to perform at Wildwood. “Whenever we tell someone what console we are using they are instantly impressed. We’ve had musicians come in and simply plug in their flash drive or USB and be able to have their settings right there.”

Recently, the Church has brought in artists such as young Contemporary Christian music star Jamie Grace, Christian/Latin group The Katina’s and The Annie Moses Band. “These groups have helped to bring exposure to the community here, and we are pleased to share the music and experience with our members,” Pope said. “Having a state-of-the-art board makes it easy to promote.”

One feature of the Vi1 which stands out to Pope is the built-in Lexicon engine. “The board has endless settings and functions, it’s great to have all the effects built in and I don’t need to bother with third-party software. You get so much bang for your buck,” he stated.

Dennis also went on to praise the layout and Widescreen Vistonics(tm) user interface, saying, “The knobs and touchscreen are very easy to manipulate. I’m always impressed how easy it is to find what I’m looking for, I can maneuver through the touch screen without any hassle which is normally where I find myself getting lost with other brands and consoles.”

Since deploying the board, the Church has received nothing but positive feedback, even from the Minister. “After the first Sunday using the console, the Minister asked what settings I was using to make him sound better,” Pope said jokingly. “Another member of our congregation mentioned that it sounds like HD surround sound.”

“We are all so pleased with how everything has turned out and I look forward to learning even more about the console every day,” Pope summed up.

For more information on the Wildwood Baptist Church, please visit: http://www.wildwoodbaptist.org/

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.

Clear-Com Features Tempest2400 MasterBelt at InfoComm 2012

All the Capabilities of the Tempest2400 BaseStation in a Compact and Portable Package

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 14, 2012 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems will feature the Tempest®2400 MasterBelt digital wireless intercom at InfoComm 2012 (Booth C10345). Ideal for smaller, more mobile applications, such as live outdoor productions or tour-guide setups, the Tempest2400 MasterBelt offers all the advanced features, reliability and robustness of the Tempest2400 rack-mount BaseStation, including the new version 3.0 features, in a compact, portable and easy-to-deploy package that can be conveniently worn on the hip.

The Tempest2400 MasterBelt provides users the ability to coordinate and communicate hands-free within the form of a Tempest2400 BeltStation. It can be paired with any standard Tempest2400 CP-222 two-channel BeltStation to create a full-featured two-channel system in the 2.4-GHz band. The MasterBelt itself also functions as a BeltStation, allowing communications between up to six full-duplex wireless users.

Designed to be comfortable, rugged and robust, the MasterBelt Station and all Tempest BeltStations can operate in harsh weather conditions and are protected by a durable, weather-resistant ABS co-polymer blend with a high-performance polyurethane overmold. The MasterBelt includes a rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery capable of up to eight hours of operation, or can be powered by three standard AA alkaline batteries as a backup, providing four hours of operations.

“The Tempest2400 system has proven itself as the ‘go-to’ communications solution for live productions, operating interference-free even when other wireless devices are in the same vicinity,” says Clear-Com Wireless Product Manager Craig Frederickson. “The MasterBelt is the latest development in the Tempest2400 line, giving users an even more flexible alternative for smaller mobile applications where a stationary BaseStation is not desirable, feasible or optimal, such as live outdoor theater productions, concerts or even as a tour-guide system.”

Tempest2400 operates in 80MHz of spectrum in the 2.4-GHz ISM frequency band. Tempest wireless systems do not interfere with traditional wireless microphone or in-ear monitor systems that operate in the UHF band. Because of its Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology, the Tempest system does not compete with signals from other 2.4-GHz wireless devices, minimizing frequency coordination and enabling flawless performance. Further, with state-of-the-art Redundant Data Transmit (2xTX), which sends each packet of audio data twice on different frequencies, the system ensures uninterrupted audio communications.

Similar to all Tempest systems, the Tempest MasterBelt offers three modes of operations: normal, shared and split. Because the MasterBelt can also function as a BeltStation, up to six full-duplex wireless users can be in communication in normal mode. In shared mode, an unlimited number of wireless users can listen while five have PTT capability. In split mode, four wireless users can employ full-duplex talk while an unlimited number may listen. The “fifth user slot” is an unlimited single channel shared between the users with momentary-talk buttons only.

About Clear-Com®
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

About HME
HM Electronics, Inc. is a diverse group of companies providing solutions that enhance productivity and customer service in markets including restaurants, sports and professional audio. Founded in 1971, we sell, service and support products in 89 countries worldwide, via company-owned offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and China, and an extensive network of HME-authorized distributors, dealers and service agents. Every day quick service restaurants take over 24 million orders using HME systems. With the recent acquisition of Clear-Com, HME is the world’s leading provider of professional intercom systems. To learn more, visit www.hme.com.

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