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QSC to Present Broad Spectrum of Integrated Systems and Training Solutions at InfoComm 2012

Las Vegas, NV –(June 2012) QSC Audio Products, Booth #C11319, will be demonstrating its wide range of system solutions representing small, mid-sized, as well as large installed applications. Fully integrated small and mid-sized solutions are now made possible with the introduction of the new Q-Sys Core250i/500i Integrated Cores for the Q-Sys Integrated System Platform. Offering a lower-cost solution without any sacrifice in performance or capabilities, these integrated Cores provide powerful digital networked audio solutions for a wide range of venues such as restaurants, nightclubs, schools, hospitals and churches; the Core 250i providing up to 64 channels and the Core 500i providing up to 128 network channels.

Of special interest to large-scale sports stadium and arena system integrators, QSC will be showcasing a system solution demonstrating how the Q-Sys platform seamlessly integrates digital audio and video over standard Layer 3 Gigabit Ethernet and IT-friendly, non-proprietary hardware in a large and complex stadium environment.

Also featured at the QSC booth will be a live demonstration of QSCtraining.com, a new website which offers an interactive learning experience on the technologies that make QSC products the superior choice for professional customers worldwide. QSCtraining.com features product presentations, videos, podcasts, training courses and tests created to provide visitors with the latest information and updates on the full line of QSC products and solutions– including loudspeakers, amplifiers, networking and signal processing. The course “Q-Sys Level One Training – Online” has recently been approved as fulfilling the RU requirements toward InfoComm Certification, with future modules also being anticipated to meet these requirements. As a special incentive, users who register and complete this training program online within the first 30 days post-show, are automatically entered to win a new iPad.

Appealing to house of worship integrators and customers, QSC is also a sponsor of The Technologies for Worship Conference and Pavilion at InfoComm 2012. At this special event presented by Technologies for Worship Magazine, QSC is showcasing the House of K family of loudspeakers including the K, KW, and KLA Series. These loudspeakers will also provide sound reinforcement for six performances by praise and worship bands over the course of the three days. (Performances are scheduled to be held on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Thursday at 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and Friday at 11:30 am.)

QSC will also be presenting two hands-on worship workshops at the TFWM Pavilion. The first, on Wednesday at 10 a.m., is “Mains to Monitors,” hosted by Travis Nie, will provide insight into how the proper investment in loudspeaker technology can meet the current and future needs of a growing house of worship. On Thursday at 12 noon, David Fuller will present the workshop, “Networked Audio is Not Just for Mega-Churches,” on the true accessibility of networking audio and control in a typical mid-size house of worship.

Visit QSC Audio Products at InfoComm Booth #C11319.

About QSC Audio
QSC Audio Products, LLC is a leading manufacturer of power amplifiers, loudspeakers, signal processing, digital sound transport, and computer control systems for professional audio systems worldwide.

www.qscaudio.com

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Point Source Audio Unveils Digigram’s New IP Video Box with 3 in 1 Functionality

Digigram’s New IP Video Box Encodes/Decodes/Transcodes in One


Novato, CA – Point Source Audio, distributor of Digigram for the Americas, will unveil Digigram’s newest series of IP Video Codecs, for the first time at InfoComm 2012, Las Vegas, NV, June 13-15, 2012. The new AQORD and AQILIM video codecs simplify IP video with feature sets tailored specific to the rigors of live-stream broadcasts, or to accommodate multiple streaming formats for IPTV.

The AQORD uses a hardware encoding/decoding scheme and was developed for high-quality IP video and broadcast applications such as content contribution (point to point) — from a live event to a studio, one studio to another, studio to transmitter, or delivery to a Content Distribution Network (CDN). The AQILIM uses a software encoding scheme making it optimal for IPTV distribution — corporate, hospitality or video distribution from ISPs to end users’ set-top boxes (STBs) or mobile devices.

Designed for SD/HD live streaming the, AQORD can simultaneously encode, decode or transcode two (2) video channels (IP stream, file, SDI) providing exceptional ease in the set-up, and time-savings should the system require reconfiguration. AQORD delivers 99.99% operational reliability, and its advanced, industrial-grade design ensures highly dependable performance, with low power consumption technology. The 1U/19’’ rack mounting unit provides up to two Encoding /Decoding/Transcoding channels in a compact footprint with 1TB of internal HDD storage capacity.


As an alternative, AQILIM is a superlative option for all-IP solutions for IPTV, webTV and mobile operators. AQILIM devices are based on a powerful software core allowing them to handle either SD or HD/SD operations. AQILIM supports numerous custom streaming formats (e.g. Flash RTMP, Apple HLS for iPhone and other Apple devices, Windows Media, etc.) and multiple resolutions for specific applications such as HD or SD for IPTV, SQCIF for WebTV, etc. Equally important when dealing with IP streams, AQILIM devices are able to stream to multiple destination points in UDP or RTP network protocols while using multiple network streaming methods such as Multicast, Unicast or Unicast Multi-point. They provide concurrent streaming over the Internet for up to 10 different IP addresses.

Both AQORD and AQILIM offer complete system management through the local HMI front panel, or remotely from any web enabled PC or XML API. Start/Stop or manage up to 100 Profiles remotely through the web interface or monitor hardware status such as chassis cooling temperatures, fan speeds and alarms.

Availability:

AQORD and AQILIM are available for immediate shipping in the following models:

AQORD *LINK 1C (one encoding, decoding or transcoding channel)

AQORD *LINK 2C (two encoding, decoding or transcoding channel)

AQORD *LINK SC (two encoding, decoding or transcoding channel + scaler)

AQILIM *FIT 1C (one encoding channel and transcoding capabilities)

AQILIM *FIT 2C (one or two encoding channels and transcoding capabilities)

AQILIM *SERV/FIT 1C (1 encoding channel and transcoding capabilities)

AQILIM *SERV/FIT 2C (2 encoding channels and transcoding capabilities)

AQILIM *SERV/FIT TC (transcoding capabilities)

Digigram IP Audio and Video Codecs are available through Point Source Audio’s reseller network of system integration contractors and broadcast retailers. To join the PSA Authorized Reseller Network, please contact sales@point-sourceaudio.com

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About Point Source Audio

Point Source Audio manufactures and distributes worldwide a unique line of lightweight bendable boom earworn microphones—known as the “toughest” earworn microphones in the industry. As a result of PSA’s pro-audio expertise and its admired reputation for sales and service support, the company was also named Digigram’s Master Distributor for the Americas. The world renowned brand of Digigram sound cards, IP audio and video codecs, and Ethersound audio networking technology are now available from Point Source Audio. Founded in 2004, Point Source Audio is headquartered in Novato, Calif. For more information call (415) 226-1122 or visit www.point-sourceaudio.com.

For inquiries, please contact:

Kelley Brown

Point Source Audio

(415) 226-1122 x107

kbrown@point-sourceaudio.com

www.point-sourceaudio.com

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Point Source Audio Unveils Digigram’s CANCUN USB Sound Card with Stunning Functionality

Digigram’s CANCUN USB Sound Card is a Stunner

On-the-go audio and broadcast professionals can travel with style and substance

Digigram’s new CANCUN 4-Channel Mobile Sound Card

Novato, CA – Point Source Audio, distributor of Digigram for the Americas, will unveil CANCUN, Digigram’s newest series of ultra sleek USB sounds cards, for the first time at InfoComm 2012, Las Vegas, NV, June 13-15, 2012, BOOTH: C9125. The new CANCUN series of mobile USB sound cards is designed for remote recording professionals; and live sound and audio engineers to use in room acoustic analysis. This range includes the CANCUN 442-Mic and CANCUN 222-Mic, a 4-in/4-out and a 2-in/2-out respectively, simultaneous analog + AES I/O device.

Digigram has a long tradition of no-compromise sound cards and CANCUN is no exception. An excellent mic preamp, a professional analog level of +24 dBu max and guaranteed low latency of under 3 ms are just some of the high quality features the devices offer. Unlike any of its competitors, underneath’s CANCUN’s sleek, streamlined design is a durable touch panel with protected LED lights, and housing for all the required connectivity such as a Neutrik™ XLR plug for professional microphones. A companion software application allows users to monitor important information such as gain values, driver setup, current state, VU meters and locks, while simultaneously working on their favorite digital audio workstation software. CANCUN is also compatible with SMARRT Software to assist live sound and audio engineers in analyzing room acoustics and optimizing the linearity of sound reinforcement systems.

Key features

• 2×500 MIPS dual-core processing power

• Simultaneous analog & AES I/Os in a compact form factor

• Excellent MIC preamp (55dB gain, 100 dB THD+N, -126 dB EIN)

• Professional analog level of +24 dBu max

• Guaranteed low latency (3 mS) on Windows™ and Mac OSX™ platforms

• Ergonomically advanced user interface for quick setup and efficient monitoring on both Windows™ and Mac OSX™ platforms

• Innovative hardware controls with LED-lighted touch panel

• Neutrik™ XLR connectivity and break-out cables

Availability:

The sound card is shipping August 2012 in the following models:

CANCUN-222-mic – USB Mobile Soundcard with 2 mic/line balanced analog inputs

CANCUN-442-mic – USB Mobile Soundcard with 4 mic/line balanced analog inputs

The CANCUN is available through Point Source Audio’s reseller network of system integration contractors and broadcast retailers. To join the PSA Authorized Reseller Network, please contact sales@point-sourceaudio.com

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About Point Source Audio

Point Source Audio manufactures and distributes worldwide a unique line of lightweight bendable boom earworn microphones—known as the “toughest” earworn microphones in the industry. As a result of PSA’s pro-audio expertise and its admired reputation for sales and service support, the company was also named Digigram’s Master Distributor for the Americas. The world renowned brand of Digigram sound cards, IP audio and video codecs, and Ethersound audio networking technology are now available from Point Source Audio. Founded in 2004, Point Source Audio is headquartered in Novato, Calif. For more information call (415) 226-1122 or visit www.point-sourceaudio.com.

For inquiries, please contact:

Kelley Brown

Point Source Audio

(415) 226-1122 x107

kbrown@point-sourceaudio.com

www.point-sourceaudio.com

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Vaddio Debuts New Universal Quick-Connect CCU for ClearVIEW HD PTZ Cameras at InfoComm 2012

Vaddio, the global leader in robotic PTZ cameras and camera control systems, will debut the new Universal Quick-Connect CCU for the ClearVIEW line of HD PTZ cameras at InfoComm, June 13th – 15th, 2012.

Outputs now include HD-SDI/SDI, HDMI and analog HD component for extreme flexibility in system design and integration. All three outputs are live simultaneously. A new industrial design enables the adjustment of white balance, color, pedestal, gamma, knee, chroma, detail, iris and gain functions with the press of a button. These controls deliver a more accurate representation of the image that is being captured, and the ability to color-match and shade multiple cameras. User-defined adjustments can be stored on three Scene-Store buttons.

Universal Quick-Connect CCU

Universal Quick-Connect CCU

“The new Universal Quick-Connect CCU represents a new milestone in camera image control technology,” explains Rob Sheeley, President of Vaddio. “The challenge with camera control is that every camera model has its own unique set of image control parameters, buried deep in the camera control code, that need to be controlled and adjusted to optimize the image quality. We designed the CCU with a new user-programmable illuminated LED display that shows all of the individual image control functions in the camera and what they are set at. We are also now outputting all three major HD video standards: HDMI, HD/SDI and analog component from the back of the CCU – allowing the integrator to choose whatever video output standard they’d like.”

The Universal Quick-Connect CCU still delivers high-quality HD video, power and control over three Cat. 5 cables up to 500 feet without the loss of video quality or latency. A new advanced Auto-Skew differential cable conditioning system automates skew adjustment and a new Fine-Tune mode is also available for excessive cable loss. The Universal Quick-Connect CCU system is available with Vaddio ClearVIEW HD cameras including the HD-20, HD-19 and HD-18.

Stop by Booth C8729 at InfoComm to see the new CCUs, as well as Vaddio’s complete line of cameras and camera control systems. For free VIP InfoComm passes or to set up an appointment at InfoComm please contact kperkins@vaddio.com or by calling (763) 971-4409.

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About Vaddio:
Vaddio is the leading manufacturer of specialty PTZ cameras and camera control systems used in the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast industries. Your customers demand cutting-edge technology that’s simple to use. You want equipment that’s easy to install and reliable to operate. Vaddio serves integrators and operators alike – with broadcast-quality PTZ cameras and control systems that deliver the performance you need with the convenience you demand. More information can be found on the Vaddio website, www.vaddio.com or at (800) 572.2011.

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Extron Quantum® HDCP-Compliant HDMI Input and Output Cards are Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of HDMI Input and Output Cards that add HDMI connectivity and HDCP compliance to the Extron Quantum Elite Videowall Processing System. These cards enable presentation of Blu-ray Disc, digital satellite or cable, and other HDCP-encrypted sources on HDCP-compliant displays. The Quantum HDMI Input Cards accept two HDMI inputs at resolutions up to 1920×1200 and HDTV 1080p/60. The Quantum HDMI Output Cards include two HDMI outputs for driving two videowall displays at resolutions up to 1920×1200 and HDTV 1080p/60, and display up to 128 windows per output card. The input and output cards feature high performance scaling technology to optimize real-time image processing and ensure high quality image presentation on videowall displays. The Quantum Connect videowall processor is also available in HDCP-compliant system configurations. more

Prelite Helps Previsualize Lighting and Media Content for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s Headline-Making Set at Coachella

The annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, with its 24/7 schedule and desert location, poses a challenge for performers and their lighting and media crews alike. So when the lighting designer, lighting programmer/director and media programmer for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg opted to use Prelite Studios’ previsualization services prior to the show they gained some distinct advantages.

With the sun rising early, boiling temperatures throughout the day, no chance for atmosphere (fog/haze) due to the high winds and dust storms, and opening acts starting at 10 am, it’s tough to lock in a show without previs. Brian Jenkins, teamed with production designer Demfis Fyssicopulos on Dre and Snoop’s set. Add to the mix that they were not the only artists performing and other LDs needed time for their shows as well, and the technology from Prelite became a no-brainer. The team couldn’t imagine the nightmare if they had only programmed some elements in rehearsals and waited to do the other elements on-site at Coachella.

Jenkins, Fyssicopulos and media programmer Matt Shimamoto spent about seven days in rehearsals at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar where Prelite principal Tom Thompson set up the system. Jenkins, who was new to the Prelite experience, had begun coordinating with Thompson about two weeks earlier on plots, unit numbers, patches, fixture orientations and a few required revisions. The team arrived on site in Santa Monica, plugged into the Vision software and were running.

The biggest advantage for him during rehearsals was having the entire Coachella lighting rig six feet in front of them while I was programming. Budget, space and trim height restricted them to a certain amount of physical gear that could be used in Santa Monica.

Prelite had top-notch machines running Vision, with internal parameters adjusted for the best performance. The show translated perfectly from partial previs at rehearsals to the actual rig at Coachella. Everyone was surprised how well the machines handled the large inventory of moving lights and LED components without bogging-down.

Dre and Snoop’s set was divided into segments: Dre and Snoop together, Dre alone, Snoop alone and each with guest artists.

All of the previs and programming was based on the fact that set up on site would begin after the sun was setting and the miscellaneous field lighting from merchandise booths, palm tree lights and carnival lights was shut off. The team gives kudos to Neil Ryan and the Coachella staff for turning off the lights – it was helpful to have the environment set for the entire performance, and it was extremely crucial to have total darkness for the Tupac segments.

It was a monumental task for the stage crew to perform an extreme makeover from night to night, allowing each headliner to load in their entire show. There were 24 universes of control between moving lights, LED products, miscellaneous site lighting fixtures and video control for the Hippos. It was a big Brown United roof, so there was lots of space to put fixtures and elements of the set.

Instead of programming unnecessary lighting cues that would never translate onto the stage, they created big, bold looks – along with the necessary hits and sweeps, of course – and let video push the envelope. For the majority of the performance, video content was the driving portion of the show because they were outside, in the desert, and atmosphere was hard to control and maintain.

Custom video content, timed to the beat of the songs, was displayed on a main upstage WinVision LED wall, the band riser (which was wrapped in flexible paper LEDs hugging the curve and rigid LED tiles for the straight portions), and IMAG screens located stage left and right.

Sometimes the LEDs were supportive elements for lighting. For some songs they’d tone in color on the riser to match the lighting scheme for a cohesive look. At other times, like the beginning of the set, which featured an iconic downtown LA open, all the LED elements and the IMAG screens played as one for an engulfing experience. The stage was completely overtaken by LA imagery so Dre and Snoop could claim it for their home turf in an artistic way.”

Unlike Jenkins, Shimamoto was a Prelite veteran, having used the previs system on Eminem’s and Jay-Z’s Home & Home Tour, a Little Wayne tour and for the Activision booth at the E3 convention. Prelite helps paint a picture of what everyone has been talking about for months – lighting, color, content, you get to see it all come together. The team was fortunate to have the LED wall at rehearsals so we were able to use Prelite to show Dre and Snoop what things were going to look like when we got to Coachella.

The team spent long hours in rehearsals locking cues into timecode and stepping through the show song by song. A few songs used static imagery on the LED surfaces and Fyssicopulos turned Jenkins loose to cue out a song.

At Coachella, Shimamoto, at front of house, had four Hippo HD media servers, two grandMA full systems for video and another two grandMAs for lighting at his disposal.

Curtis Battles served as production manager for Dre and Snoop’s set. Derek Burt of Upstream Touring supplied the video package and crew in conjunction with VER. Matt Waters was the media tech during rehearsals. Loren Barton was head FOH and Hippo tech for the show.

About Prelite

Prelite was founded in San Francisco February 2000 by Tom Thompson and Norm Schwab as a place for lighting designers and programmers to use technologies to previsualize lighting projects. Its success led to the launch of Prelite NY in June 2001 by Kim Grethen and Rodd McLaughlin. The bicoastal company provides studios where previsualization and creativity take center stage away from the distractions and interruptions of a chaotic work environment and where clients save time and money and minimize stress. Prelite also offers on-site previsualization services for those who prefer the convenience of working at the venue. For more information, visit www.prelite.com or contact Thomas Thompson at 415-883-7727.

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New Christie Entero LED 70” HD Rear Projection System and TVC-1700 Video Wall Processor Broaden Company’s Control Room Solution Offerings

Christie, a world leader in control room technology solutions, is offering more choice for mission-critical monitoring of assets, activities and infrastructure with the introduction of the Christie Entero LED 70” video wall display cube and TVC-1700 video wall processor.

The Christie Entero LED 70” features a new and improved design, based on our proven LED platform, first introduced by Christie, and found today in control room environments worldwide. Owing to the use of solid state illumination, the Entero LED 70” features vivid, wide color gamut performance and there are no lamps to replace, no moving parts, and no consumables.

The system’s zero maintenance design provides exceptional reliability and a long life. It also features Christie ArrayLOC automatic brightness and color balancing technology that monitors and adjusts color and brightness levels across the video wall in real time. This significantly reduces downtime due to recalibration requirements typically needed with other systems, and makes the system superbly scalable from small to large installations.

“Christie brings a history of innovation in the most demanding visual display environments, with more than 30 years experience providing state-of-the-art control room solutions for a broad range of industries, both in the public and private sectors, as well as the military and civilian environments, ” noted John Stark, senior director of product management for Christie’s Collaborative Visual Solutions (CVS). “Drawing upon our extensive network of dealers and integrators, combined with our experience working with end users, we bring a deep understanding of all the factors involved in developing effective digital display solutions for mission-critical monitoring applications.”

“Christie is always our first choice for control room solutions because they are dedicated to helping their customers achieve success,” commented Kevin Marah, systems integrator, National Security Technologies. “They are an ideal partner to bring in early in the process, because they look beyond the hardware to the whole system – and back their products with outstanding service not only over the telephone but in the field as well.”

Christie TVC-1700 Video Wall Processor Offers Ultimate Integration Tool

The latest generation of Christie video wall processors, the Christie TVC-1700, is designed to meet increasingly complex and diverse control room environments, which depend on a wide variety of digital sources and devices. Based on Windows 7 and running on a 64 bit OS architecture, it also supports single and dual link DVI inputs as well as standard video inputs. Its PCIe bus architecture is perfectly suited for capturing and displaying high resolution, high frame rate content, while providing ample processing power to support multiple inputs and outputs simultaneously. It easily powers large arrays, with exceptional visual performance regardless of application.

“The Christie TVC-1700 video wall controller is the latest addition to the Christie family of high performance control room products, and like all Christie solutions, it offers reliable performance, compatibility, and versatility in a cost-effective package,” noted Stark.

“Our clients look to us for innovative technology solutions at competitive pricing. We look to Christie first because they provide us with the best of all worlds: a reliable and cost-effective solution founded on industry-leading innovation and backed by more than a quarter century of experience in the industry,” said Drake Wayson, president, General Projection Systems, Inc.

Stark observed that Christie control room products are found everywhere. “Every customer has a critical need, regardless of the setting,” he said. “Our products are purpose built, customized to the customers’ needs and seamlessly integrated into the most demanding display wall environments.”

The Christie Entero LED 70” HD rear projection system and TVC-1700 video wall processor will both be available in June.

Visit Christie at InfoComm Booth # N405 June 13-15, who, in addition, to many business products, will showcase control room solution displays as follows: TVC-1700 controllers driving 70” HD Entero cubes and 50” SXGA+ Entero cubes, and the Christie Vista Spyder video processing powering the new 80” SXGA+ cubes, with high brightness engine prototypes, and 55” LCD flat panels.

About Christie
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of USHIO, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925), is a leader in visual solutions for world-class organizations, offering diverse applications for business, entertainment, industry. A leading innovator in film projection since 1929 and a pioneer in digital projection systems since 1979, Christie has an established reputation as a total service provider and the world’s single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions. With the acquisition of Vista Controls Systems, Corp., Christie offers the most complete and advanced solutions for cinema, live venues, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and Virtual Reality, simulation and education as well as industrial and government environments. For more information, visit www.christiedigital.com

Sanken Exhibits New COS-11D HWM Head Worn Mic at InfoComm

Exceptional Sound Quality, Reliability, and Comfort

Sanken Microphones is exhibiting for the first time at InfoComm the new head worn COS-11D HWM, utilizing the same components as Sanken’s popular COS-11D PT — known throughout the broadcast and film industries, positioning Sanken as the best lav line available today.

The ultra-miniature new generation COS-11D HWM was designed for hands-free hi-resolution audio in broadcast television, infomercials, sportscasting, product demonstrations, Internet programming, live stage productions, houses of worship, large A/V installations, theme park attractions, and cruise ship entertainment, among many other applications.

Features:
* Exceptional Sound Optimized for the Human Voice
* Stable Adjustable Dual-Earpiece frame,
* MicBoom is Interchangeable for Right or Left Side
* Unique Vertical Diaphragm Design – a Sanken Original
* Available in Beige or Cocoa
* Strong immunity to RFI

The new hands-free COS-11D HWM is especially valuable when there is rigorous head movement, while the close proximity of the mic to the vocal source provides consistently exceptional audio with very natural characteristics.

Sanken, known worldwide as an industrywide standard in highest quality professional studio and stage microphones, utilizes an exclusive vertical placement of the diaphragm for a much greater effective area within an extremely small casing. The COS-11D HWM features a front mesh screen which is water resistant, better protecting the microphone from perspiration and cosmetics.

This new Sanken microphone was designed to meet today’s HD audio standards while providing greater immunity to RF interference. The COS-11D HWM incorporates exclusive design advances that deal with both digital and digital/analog hybrid RF wireless transmission.

for more info, visit Sanken distributor plus24 at :  http://www.plus24.net   or phone 323.845.1171

See and hear the entire line of Sanken microphones at InfoComm in Las Vegas, June 13 – 15, at Booth # C11349

Kramer Appoints Max Kopsho as Director of Group Sales & Consultant Relations

Kramer Electronics USA, Inc., is pleased to announce Max Kopsho has been appointed to the position of Director of Group Sales & Consultant Relations. In this role, Max will be responsible for providing product, technology, and application support to AV group sales channels and consultants throughout the United States.

Kent Cawthorne, Kramer’s Vice President of Sales states, “Kramer USA is excited to have Max Kopsho in the role of Director of Group Sales & Consultant Relations. He brings years of experience, a wealth of industry knowledge, and technical abilities that allow him to expertly work with AV consultants.”

Max Kopsho, CTS-D, CTS-I, MCSE, DSCE, has worked in the AV industry for over 14 years in various management and technical roles; including product management, sales and sales management, channel marketing, and field technical services and training. Most recently he was the General Manager – GA Region at Xerox Audio Visual Solutions, before returning to Kramer. Over the last 23 years, Max has acquired an extensive background in supporting AV systems, computer networks, telecom, and VTC systems.

As a Senior Academy Faculty Instructor for InfoComm, Kopsho serves as a Subject Matter Expert on an as needed basis. In 2010, he was awarded InfoComm’s Educator of the Year and has helped prepare over 800 students for the CTS exam. Kopsho has been the keynote speaker for several partner events throughout the industry, and at the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Conference. He also taught for the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) University and at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) annual show. Max has worked in various roles and departments from executive management to business development, and can now add group sales and consultant relations to his areas of expertise.

Kopsho looks forward to his new position and states, “It is great to be back with Kramer in this new role. Kramer has grown in so many great ways over the last year and I believe this role will give me the opportunity to grow and contribute in new and challenging ways that will serve the best interests of our channel partners, consultants and Kramer. I look forward to working very hard to serve our systems integration customers and the Pro AV consultant community.”

Dave Bright, President of Kramer USA, stated, “Max is a tremendous asset to Kramer and we are thrilled to have him back and anticipate an immediate positive impact on our group sales members and AV consultants.”

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Story Sound Sets New HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays on Wide Tour of Duty

NORTHRIDGE, California – Netherlands-based production company Story Sound BV has upgraded its inventory and become an early investor in HARMAN’s JBL VTX line array series. The company, headed by Michael Story, has purchased 24 V25 line array elements and 26 S28 arrayable subwoofers, plus a variety of Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers. This is largely to accommodate the increasing amount of theater work the company is now supporting with sound design and reinforcement.

Discussing the purchase, Michael Story said, “We made this investment to spread our business a bit more. We handle 14 theater tours every season and want to win more festival work-both indoors and outdoors.”

At the same time, the company has substantially upgraded its JBL VERTEC(r) stock of VT4886 subcompact line array elements and VT4883 subcompact arrayable subwoofers-with all JBL equipment supplied by HARMAN Professional’s territorial distributor, AudioXL.

Over the years, Story Sound has adopted most generations of JBL’s large-format enclosures dating back to the HLA, and this new VTX rig will complement existing VERTEC VT4887A, VT4886 and now VTX in the inventory.

Michael Story is excited about the wide range of projects for which the new VTX series is destined. “We have a very broad package of work ahead,” he confirmed. This includes Shrek The Musical, currently in London’s West End, which will transfer to Amsterdam’s RAI Theater later this summer. Other work will include projects such as magician Hans Klok, circus tours and Daddy Cool, the musical based on Boney M’s music.

Michael Story first heard the new VTX at the PLASA Show in London last September, deciding on the spot to replace some of his older JBL inventory. “It wasn’t only the new waveguide and D2 driver that impressed me-but the new JBL team, headed by Paul Bauman [Senior Manager, Tour Sound for JBL Professional],” he said. “We know JBL is the only company capable of developing its own components on so many levels to create such a line array. We have supported them for many years, and this latest generation has a very high output.”

Story Sound first deployed VTX (powered with Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers) at a small festival in the company’s hometown of Alphen, for which Story Sound built new rigging towers to create greater efficiency.

It was then ready for a higher profile outing at the Liberation Festival in Almere in early May. “There were a number of famous bands playing and they were flabbergasted by the sound,” Story reported. “They were able to compare the output from the different stages and hear the amazing sound pressure of the VTX. The waveguide is way better than anything we have experienced and it couples so much better. The phase coherency is noticeable and the twin 15-inch woofers provide double the power of other systems.”

“It’s looking very positive for us-and for the VTX,” Story concluded. “There are already a lot of people talking about this new system.”

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.

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