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MAC MAN AND METRIC HALO FAN: JOEL LONKY

joel_lonky.JPGSAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA – JUNE 2012: For over twenty years, Joel Lonky has been touring with many of the music industry’s most amazing luminaries. He is currently hired as production manager for The Goo Goo Dolls and as FOH engineer for Rob Zombie, Billy Idol, and Diddy. His past credits include FOH tours with Rage Against the Machine, Third Eye Blind, Maroon 5, Weird Al Yankovic, Anthrax, Guns & Roses, LL Cool J, Korn, Cypress Hill, and many others. Lonky recently upgraded from a well-known sound analysis software platform to Metric Halo’s SpectraFoo Complete. He now uses SpectraFoo before every show in order to guarantee that his mix will translate for the swarming sea of fans who are ready to participate, body and soul, with the music they have come to see live.

“I first learned of SpectraFoo in 1997, when I was more

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Matrox Video Products Group Appoints JB&A as a U.S. Distributor

MONTREAL — June 27, 2012 — Matrox(R) Video Products Group today announced the appointment of Jeff Burgess and Associates (JB&A) as one of its distributors for the United States. more

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RH Signature Series Wins Best Of Show at InfoComm 2012

Las Vegas, NV, June 2012…. At InfoComm 2012, Renkus-Heinz introduced their newest product, the Ralph Heinz Signature Series loudspeakers. This versatile new line of loudspeakers received an overwhelming response from attendees and media alike, and was recognized with the coveted Best Of Show award by ProSound News and ProAudio Review.

The RH Signature Series features a range of two- and three-way enclosures designed for professional audio applications including the theater and touring markets. The RH Series includes six-inch, eight-inch, and ten-inch two-way models, as well as twelve-inch and fifteen-inch three-way models.

All models feature a dual wedge angle design, integral multi-angle pole, screw thread points, and multiple rigging and mounting options including Yoke Mount, Wall Mount, and U-Bracket hardware. Both self-powered and passive models are available.

“The RH Series has been a true labor of love for Ralph Heinz and the rest of the engineering team, and we are proud of the results,” said Rik Kirby, Renkus-Heinz VP of Sales and Marketing. “Needless to say, we are thrilled with the response it has received as this show, and of course, we are truly honored to receive such a prestigious award.”

The Ralph Heinz Signature Series will be available during the fourth quarter of 2012.

 

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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.

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Iconyx Gives Initiatives of Change a Clear Hearing

Caux, Switzerland – June 2012… Above the clear waters of Lake Geneva, in the small village resort of Caux overlooking Montreux, the locally-nicknamed ‘Cinderella’s Castle’ hosts an annual series of conferences hosted by CAUX-Initiatives of Change.

An independent officially recognized Swiss foundation, the body works to promote peace, prevent conflicts, build trust and encourage intercultural dialogue and ethical conduct in business. CAUX-Initiatives of Change is a member of Initiatives of Change International, an NGO in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations and participatory status at the Council of Europe.

Their summer seminars in Caux draw people from all over the world, in what was until 1946 the grand Caux-Palace Hotel. A magnificent and peaceful setting, but one whose acoustic legacy has proved a major downside for its current use.

British sound designer Terry Nelson, whose Switzerland-based company Studio Equipment was hired to improve speech intelligibility in the main conference area, explains: “The main salon of the hotel, where the conferences are held, has high ceilings and a wonderful cupola in the centre, with pseudo-art deco plasterwork. The effect of all this is almost infinite flutter echoes, and the area under the cupola works like a whispering gallery. It’s basically a very difficult environment to deliver clear speech to up to 450 people.”

To make the acoustics more complex still, the central area and stage are flanked by a glass conservatory-style wing overlooking the gardens to stage right, and a corridor to stage left.

In a classic scenario, he says, “They’d had a PA installed, with perfectly good quality loudspeakers that were unfortunately totally the wrong choice for the highly reflective environment. People despaired about understanding conversations and presentations. They’d also installed an 8-channel multiple translation system, and many people turned to using that system’s headphones in an effort to understand what was being said.”

The conference’s British technical director Brian Thirlaway initially contacted an audio company in Zurich, which in turn recommended Studio Equipment. Says Nelson: “We did a site visit and from the outset it was obvious that we needed a highly directional system to tame the multiple reflections.” Further discussions revealed that while speech would be the primary use, subtle sound reinforcement for small groups or solo instruments was also required.

Nelson recommended Renkus-Heinz Iconyx’s digital beam steering capabilities to direct sound away from the walls and cupola. The main system consists of two IC16-R arrays, controlled by RHAON software over CobraNet via a remote Ethernet port, along with two CF Series subwoofers.

The slim arrays fit perfectly either side of a mock proscenium arch and are run via analogue audio lines from an existing DDA Q Series console, with control via Ethernet from a Renkus-Heinz IC-RC1 RHAON remote preset control that allows simple user switching between preset modes. The console also feeds two Iconyx IC7 arrays (via groups), which cover the conservatory and corridor areas.

Says Nelson: “Having looked at the room, I did an initial set-up with Renkus-Heinz’s BeamWare II beam alignment software. With the rear wall around 30 metres from the stage, I set up the IC16s so that five separate horizontal beams covered the audience area evenly from front to back.”

“One of the best comments we had,” says Nelson, “was that the general secretary of the organisation was very pleased, saying that for the first time you could understand every word without using the interpreter system headphones, even right at the back or under the cupola.

“From our point of view, when we were doing the first commissioning, one of my colleagues stood right under the cupola, where the sound comes at you from all directions.

“It takes a lot to impress him and he said he couldn’t hear a single echo, just some natural room reverb.

“The whole team was there at the time and it was a case of ‘problem solved’. As a final touch, Renkus-Heinz delivered the Iconyx arrays in a finish that precisely matches the white decor.”

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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.

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.

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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

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