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K&S Electronics Updates Courthouse Audio With Astatic Mics

When the Hillsborough North Superior Court in Manchester, New Hampshire underwent reconstruction and modernization, they brought in K&S Electronics of Craftsbury, Vermont to upgrade their sound system.

According to K&S President Ken Atherton, “The system had to provide audio for media and function effectively as a PA system. Because we support the FTR (ForTheRecord) digital recording format, our challenge was finding microphones that would provide audio for live reinforcement and recording verbatim testimony in courtrooms with digital-ready audio quality and minimal background noise.

“A while back, we had used 905R Astatic mics for court service windows in Maine.” Atherton continues, “and were impressed with their signal-to-noise performance and vocal clarity. Based on that, we chose Astatic 915B and 920B goosenecks for six courtrooms in the Hillsborough project because they also have impressive signal-to-noise performance and outperformed more expensive microphones.

“We also installed the Astatic 905R at the witness stands because their short length, tight pickup pattern and outstanding sensitivity at picking up soft-spoken witnesses allowed them to be mounted at a greater distance, which also provided a larger work surface. The mics also have a minimal visual impact because of the miniature gooseneck design.

“For the attorneys, we chose Astatic 40-117 microphone stands, which we use in virtually all installations. The muting function is essential for attorney-client privacy and the stand also lends itself well as a platform for modifications. We typically mount either a jack, for wired hearing assistance, or switches that can be wired for sound system-muting applications.”

The rest of the system upgrade included Shure SCM810 8-channel mic mixers, TOA A-912MK2 amplifiers, and Electro-Voice loudspeakers. Atherton also points out that the Shure mixers’ noise gating function teamed effectively with Astatic mics to further increase the gain-before-feedback.

Summing up, Ken explains “We’ve found that the price point of Astatic microphones make them an excellent choice in today’s economy without any compromises in quality. Comparing them with other brands, we’ve found they perform as well as brands that cost three times as much. And for Hillsborough, their performance was definitely up to the recording quality of the FTR system. They are quiet, natural-sounding microphones, which makes them an ideal choice for courtroom applications.”

For more information about CAD Audio and Astatic Commercial, please call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com.

High Resolution Systems Goes Live with Apple HRS Control Pro App for UDC

High Resolution Systems has announced that HRS Control Pro from Apple’s App Store has gone live. The new app for High Resolution Systems’ UDC (Universal Device Controller) software gives users of Apple devices another interface option and reinforces the company’s commitment to the concept of open systems for maximum client flexibility.

“We’re big supporters of the Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) trend, which finds customers using Apple iPads, Apple iPhones, Apple iPod Touch and other tablets and smart phones for AV control,” says High Resolution’s Drew Taylor. “Customers have been using our web-server feature for these devices. But now Apple users have their own dedicated app, HRS Control Pro, for extended control of all versions of iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch in landscape and portrait modes.”

The new app follows the debut of a Windows 8 client controller app for extended control of Windows-enabled devices.

Both the Apple and Windows controller apps offer the ability to download different UDC configurations and store them for offline viewing. “This allows customers to use them in a demo mode; it’s a very useful sales tool,” says Taylor.

He notes that it’s the goal of High Resolution Systems to “support any tablet or smart phone – to leave the options wide open for the customer to use any hardware they choose as their control platform. We advocate giving the customer the flexibility to get really creative about how they integrate hardware,” in contrast to closed control systems on the market which offer proprietary-limited hardware choices.

About High Resolution Systems
High Resolution Systems, a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers is a company with a strong systems engineering and applications background. Its founders have decades of experience in the audiovisual rental and staging industry, broadcast applications, A/V installations and system design. This combined experience allows them to provide the highest possible quality solutions to its customers in the most efficient manner. For more information, visit www.hrscontrol.com.

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Tecom Launches the Worlds’ First Turn-Key AV Wooden Lectern

Expands its’ product line to include wooden lecterns integrated with the latest classroom technology

Rosh HaAyin, Israel, and Las Vegas – 31 May 2012 – Tecom, inventor of the industry-leading TecPodium Interactive Lecterns, announces the launch of its newest lectern, the TecPodium W – a turn-key audio-visual for classrooms and lecture halls in wood. It has every multimedia capability built-in, and is managed through one simple control panel. Tecom will be demonstrating the technology from June 13-15 at InfoComm 2012 in Las Vegas, Booth C6223.

“We’ve been offering our TecPodium Lecterns for quite some time with great success stories worldwide,” says Aviv Brosilovski, Tecom CEO. “Many of our customers and dealers wanted to have our great AV design and simple control panel interface in a wooden podium that would fit their environment. As always, we’ve listened and the outcome looks great!”

Designed for intuitive use, the TecPodium W is an all-in-one lectern with all devices, such as computers, LCD projectors, and DVD players, managed via a single control panel. The newly designed internal structure includes a 19” rack space, and is built to support any additional equipment that may be required in the room – stable and standard, suited for installations worldwide. All the AV equipment, including the control system and control panel, is pre-wired and configured within the lectern assuring quick installs. The new wood finish and chic design provide extra space for the presenter and the 4 casters allow repositioning within the classroom.

“Tecom can now fulfilled everyone wishes – from simple lecterns to HD, from aluminum to wood – we can accommodate almost any requirement and budget. The audio-visual market for classrooms and lecture halls continues to grow, and since we’re offering TecPodium W at a very competitive price and as an “out-of-the-box” solution, we are very optimistic. The best recommendation is a customer recommendation, and we have hundreds of them, commending the ease-of-use, reliability and convenience of our integrated lecterns” Brosilovski added.

Tecom will be displaying the TecPodium W and its latest technology at InfoComm 2012 on June 13-15 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tecom will be at booth C6223.

www.tecpodium.com

Hannon Theatre Company Dramatically Improves Sound with KIVA

Loyola High School’s theatre space upgrades to new L-ACOUSTICS system

LOS ANGELES — Hannon Theatre Company (HTC) at Loyola High School, the oldest secondary school in Southern California, has long been recognized for pushing its students to stage theatrical productions that are nothing short of professional-grade. As part of a continuing effort to improve overall quality, the downtown L.A. school chose to dramatically upgrade its technical production facilities this past season with the addition of an L-ACOUSTICS KIVA system. more

DT Research Impresses COMPUTEX 2012 with Multi-screen Digital Signage Solutions

TAIPEI, TAIWAN, – June 5, 2012 – DT Research, Inc., an industry leader in the development of information appliances for vertical markets, will bring comprehensive multi-screen digital signage solutions to COMPUTEX 2012. With slim bezel displays from the strategic partner eJump Digital, Inc. and Multi-screen Appliances from DT Research, this digital signage system clearly conveys appealing messages through dynamic HD content for many applications, such as menu boards, flight schedules, and lobby communications.

DT Research’s Multi-screen (MS) Digital Signage solutions are specifically designed to send high resolution dynamic messages for multiple-screen configurations. These MS Appliances are equipped with high performance processors and independent graphical cards, as well as WebDT Content Manager software to provide efficient remote control of hardware and content distribution. The integration of software and hardware provides a ready-to-perform digital signage system that has already proven successful for customers worldwide in many high-profile locations. With the MS signage appliance line, one signage appliance player can power advanced features to a video wall, sending messages to up to 18 screens with the industry’s highest 7680 x 4320 Super Hi-Vision resolution. The Multi-screen Digital Signage solutions save setup time and staff costs with efficient management of content media across multiple screens in multiple locations, and minimize the mess of network cables and power cords. More importantly, the multi-screen configuration provides viewers a whole new visual experience and corporate image.

“The multi-screen advertisement is the future trend,” said Lewis Liaw, president of DT Research, Inc. Taiwan Branch. “This multi-screen system is perfectly incorporated with both software and hardware; users have more room to express creativity. To reach that goal, we continuously devote resources to development of multi-screen digital signage solutions. In COMPUTEX, we are glad to cooperate with eJump Digital. With their high-brightness displays, this multi-screen system gives a dynamic presentation. This cooperation indicates that both parties are always devoted to perfecting digital signage solutions.”

“With the popularizing of digital signage, we observed that the market has switched the demand from single screen display to multi-screen configuration,” said Rino Tsai, president of eJump Digital, Inc. “We are honored to have this opportunity to cooperate with DT Research for the tradeshow. Our 42-inch SB series high-brightness displays work seamlessly with software and hardware from DT Research to create eye-catching effects of display configurations. Both parties provide customers with a complete solution selection.”

During COMPUTEX 2012, DT Research will demonstrate the comprehensive digital signage solutions, including Signage Appliances, Multi-screen Appliances that support from 2 to 18 screens, Integrated Player/Server Appliances that incorporate players and servers for immediate setup and short term installations, and slim bezel displays from eJump Digital. In addition, DT Research will also exhibit embedded computing appliances, such as industrial Mobile Tablets and Handheld POS Terminals. DT Research will be located at booth G0615, Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 3.

About DT Research
DT Research™ develops and manufactures web-enabled information appliances for vertical applications. The DT family of products is based on embedded computing platforms for secure, reliable, and cost-effective computing. DT products include digital signage solutions, wireless tablets, point-of-service handhelds, compact modular systems, and display-integrated information systems. These systems emphasize mobility, wireless connectivity and touch displays. Powered by Windows® operating systems, DT devices offer durability and ease in integration, leading to solutions that can be remotely managed with the comprehensive WebDT Device Manager software. For more information, visit www.dtresearch.com.

About eJump Digital Inc.
E-Jump is a leading solution provider of high definition industrial screens that already integral product portfolio for public display, such as banks, schools, medical centers, transportation centers, retail stores, hotels, department stores. Extraordinary reliability, performance, and design of products are highly affirmed by clients. For more information, visit www.ejump.com.tw.

New VDV MapMaster 2.0 with length measurement

p/n T129

CAMARILLO, Calif., May 25, 2012 – Platinum Tools (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation and hand termination of wire and cable, is proud to announce the launch of the new VDV MapMaster™ 2.0 voice, data, and video tester. Now with cable length measurement, the VDV MapMaster™ 2.0 is now shipping with an MSRP of $129.95. (p/n T129)

“The VDV MapMaster 2.0 now combines cable length measurement with continuity testing, mapping, and tone generator functions into a single unit,” explained Lee Sachs, Platinum Tools, Inc. president and general manager. “Made in the USA, the VDV MapMaster is capable of identifying and mapping 19 locations at one time. Whether the job is commercial or residential, the versatility and added features of the VDV MapMaster 2.0 makes it an installer’s best friend.”

Length Mode is used to measure the length of entire cables and its pin pairs and allows for viewing and adjusting the length constant value for video, data, and voice cables. The VDV MapMaster tests Cat-6, Cat5e, Cat-5, Cat-4, Cat-3, and coax cables, as well as shielded cables. Video and data cables can be connected to their respective remotes at the same time to improve testing efficiency. Patch cables may be tested without removing the master remote from storage.
With a convenient size and weight of only 6.4in x 2.8in x 1.4in and just 9.0 ounces, additional features of the VDV MapMaster include:
• Tests voice (six wire), data (eight wire), and video (coax)
• Measures the entire length of a cable and/or individual wire pairs within the cable
• Easy-to-read , extra large 7-segment LCD screen with large icons
• Tone generator with selectable tone cadence and selectable pins carrying tone
• RJ (voice and data) master remote stores in bottom of case
• Map 19 locations at one time
• Measures length in feet or meters
• Tests and indicates pins with shorts, opens, reversals miswires and split pairs
• Displays “Pass” icon for correctly wired T568A/B and crossover/uplink
• Displays “Pass” icon for correctly wired 6-pin telephone plus “Rev” for reverse pinned
• Voltage detection warning icon
• Long battery life; low battery icon indicator
• Auto power off

Numerous accessories for the VDV MapMaster 2.0 are also available.

For more information on Platinum Tools and its complete product line, please visit www.platinumtools.com, call (800) 749-5783, or email info@platinumtools.com.

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Small Tree Demonstrates Magma’s ExpressBox 3T Expansion Chassis for Thunderbolt Technology at Infocomm 2012

At Infocomm 2012, Small Tree (Booth C5654 – Technologies for Worship pavilion) will demonstrate the ExpressBox 3T, recently introduced by Magma, which is the first three-slot PCI Express expansion chassis for Thunderbolt technology.

ExpressBox 3T, an ‘outside-the-box’ solution for using PCIe cards with Thunderbolt-equipped computers to enhance high performance workflows, is fully compatible with network software drivers developed by Small Tree.

“Magma and Small Tree have worked closely to ensure compatibility and high performance of our market leading Thunderbolt products,” said Randy Jones, president and CEO of Magma, developer and manufacturer of PCI & PCI Express Expansion Systems for servers, desktops and portable platforms. “Small Tree’s reputation as Mac Network and Ethernet based shared storage experts and Magma’s long standing expertise in expansion technology will provide customers with rock solid solutions leveraging the breakthrough Thunderbolt technology.”

Small Tree’s network software drivers were validated by Magma to be fully functional with ExpressBox 3T after undergoing and passing a series of rugged performance tests conducted at Magma’s San Diego facility.

“Small Tree was one of our first partners to provide fully compliant drivers that incorporate Thunderbolt expansion support for their 10Gige PCIe card,” Jones continued. “Support for advanced Thunderbolt features, like hot-plug and sleep, creates a positive user experience because it allows for graceful exit from applications in the event of an unexpected removal of the cable.”

For Corky Seeber, president of Small Tree, demonstrating Magma’s ExpressBox 3T at Infocomm is an illustration of the company’s ongoing commitment to providing solutions that promote real-time collaboration. “As the shift to Thunderbolt technology evolves, Small Tree will continue to offer shared storage and networking solutions that meet the industry’s demands,” said Seeber, president of Small Tree. “With the introduction of ExpressBox 3T, Magma has developed a leading-edge expansion solution that will add tremendous value to editing teams looking to maximize their efficiency and workflow, whether it’s large post-production facilities working on movies and TV shows for mass consumption, or small to mid-size teams at churches and universities working on projects for specific audiences.”

“Thunderbolt delivers unparalleled performance, flexibility and simplicity to personal computing.” said Jason Ziller, Intel’s director of Thunderbolt Marketing. “Products like Magma’s ExpressBox 3T and Small Tree’s network software drivers for Intel’s 10G Ethernet Converged Networking Adapter X540-T2 help highlight what Thunderbolt makes possible.”

For more information about Small Tree and its shared storage and networking products, visit Booth C5654 at Infocomm, online at www.Small-Tree.com or follow the company on Twitter @SmallTreeComm. For information on Magma and its growing line of products, visit www.magma.com. For information on Thunderbolt technology, visit www.thunderbolttechnology.net.

Audio Authority To Give Away a SonaFlex 16-Channel Matrix Amp at InfoComm12

The new amplifier provides important differences in both sound quality and flexible capability for commercial and residential integrators.

LEXINGTON, KY – Audio Authority®, manufacturer of audio/video distribution, extension and signal conversion solutions, announced an incentive for new dealers to sign up at InfoComm Conference 2012. more

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Brain Farm Digital Cinema Deploys Selection of FUJINON Lenses to Capture Detail from a Mountain Away for Latest Feature

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division, has announced that Jackson Hole, Wyoming-based Brain Farm Digital Cinema selected several FUJINON lenses for the company’s aerial cinematography and extreme sport shooting. The feature film, The Art of Flight, is Brain Farm’s latest feature film release using the FUJINON lenses. The death-defying film follows a team of professional snowboarders through remote backcountry terrain from Alaska to Jackson Hole to Patagonia as they conquer uncharted snowboarding territory.

Click here to see a trailer for the film:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4CUNVYxxZM&feature=relmfu

Links to stills from the making of the film can be found here:

http://artofflightmovie.com/

FUJINON lenses used for the film include the extreme telephoto HA42x9.7B zoom and the HA14x4.5B wide-angle ENG/EFP lens, incorporated into Brain Farm’s Cineflex stabilized HD aerial camera system. Brain Farm deploys this system primarily in helicopters for aerial cinematography, but also with land and boat based vehicle mounts in other productions.

“What stood out to me the first time I saw footage shot with the FUJINON lenses was the accurate color they produced and the sharpness of the lens,” saidChad Jackson, Executive Producer at Brain Farm. “We often film a subject from a very far distance, usually a mountain away. With the FUJINON lenses we captured extremely smooth, sharp images.”

In addition, other FUJINON lenses used in production of The Art of Flight included the HA25x16.5BERD, HA23x7.6BERM and HA14x4.5BERD zooms used on Panasonic VariCam 3700 camcorders. The FUJINON TS-P58A image stabilizer was used with their HA14x, HA25x and HA23x lenses on VariCams whenever they needed to stabilize ground-based images.

Brain Farm has used its FUJINON lenses in almost every project, including a current Visa Blackcard commercial, a series of World of Red Bull commercials, National Geographic’s critically acclaimed documentary program Great Migrations, and Nat Geo Wild’s adventure series Expedition Wild. “The FUJINON 42×9.7 we use in our Cineflex gimbal is very fast, with minimal fall off, and it has an incredible zoom range,” said Jackson. “We’ve never before been able to shoot so far away and keep the image so sharp.”

Curt Morgan, CEO/President/Owner of Brain Farm Digital Cinema, is the primary DP of the footage they shoot all over the world. “We’re thrilled to be involved with the breathtaking images that Curt and his team produce,” said Chuck Lee, technology manager, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division. “They really know how maximize the full visual potential of our lenses, and given the extreme weather and challenging conditions they are used in, Brain Farm’s work is a testament to the true durability and reliability of FUJINON lenses.”

The Art of Flight is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and iTunes. The film follows Travis Rice, John Jackson, and other extreme snowboarding daredevils as they dream up new global adventures and elevate the sport to unimaginable levels. For this film, Brain Farm gathered an arsenal of the most advanced and progressive filmmaking technology to capture a snowboarding adventure of epic proportions.

Click here to view Brain Farm’s promotional reel:

http://www.brainfarmcinema.com/video/video_1.aspx

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of five operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division sells consumer and commercial photographic products and services including film, one-time-use cameras, online photo services and fulfillment, digital printing equipment and service. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras. The Motion Picture Division provides motion picture film, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides binoculars, and optical lenses for closed circuit television, videography, cinematography, broadcast and industrial markets. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. markets a range of Fujifilm products and services. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, or go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 16 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2010, and in the year ended March 31, 2011, had global revenues of $25.8 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 86 yen to the dollar.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division, 10 High Point Drive, Wayne, New Jersey 07470. Phone: 973-633-5600. Fax: 973-633-5216. Web site:www.FUJINON.com

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Martin Audio OmniLine Transforms Sound For United Church of Christ

Middletown, MD––When the United Church of Christ was damaged by fire, they took advantage of the situation and called in Audio-Video Group of Frederick, Maryland to redesign and upgrade their sound system as part of the renovation.

Fortunately, the church sanctuary hadn’t been too badly damaged, with the chancel and the area above it requiring the repairs that mostly involved new wiring. Asked about the challenges of installing the new sound system, Audio-Video Group’s President Eric Johnson says, “The church specified that no acoustical treatment was to be added, and since it was an acoustically challenging space because of the surrounding balcony and hard plaster ceiling and walls, the excessive reverberation was surely going to hamper intelligibility. The new system had to be designed around, and to directly combat this issue.”

“The previous sound system was built into the ceiling and the coverage was not that great. When they saw this opportunity to undertake a new sound system that would provide better coverage, speech and music reproduction, they pounced on it.”

Having a client used to speakers that were hidden from view and therefore wary of any audio system hanging from the ceiling into the sanctuary was also challenging. As Audio-Video Group’s Chief Engineer Stephen Bon explains, “Martin Audio’s OmniLine system was our first choice simply in terms of its minimal footprint and aesthetic appeal, which were very important to the Church.

“It also provided the solution to cover the main level seating under and out from the balcony and the balcony itself with full range sound,” adds Bon. “So the coverage pattern with a small, visually unobtrusive speaker was a key factor in choosing OmniLine. We’d used the system in the past and knew it was ideally suited for this project.”

The installed system consists of a single hang from the ceiling with 8 OmniLine enclosures and a Martin Audio AQ212 sub above the hang in the enclosure covered with a grille cloth opening that originally housed the audio system.

Audio-Video Group redid 90% of the audio system with new digital signal processing, amplification, speakers and additional wireless. The audio was converted from predominantly a speech, manual mixer only system to more of a performance-based combination automatic/manual setup.

System components included a Biamp Audia Flex DSP (14-In x 10-Out) for auto-mixing speech mics and all signal processing; a Lab Gruppen C28.4 four-channel amplifier; Biamp MCA-8050 eight-channel amplifier; four Shure ULX-series wireless systems and a Marantz PMD580 solid-state recorder.

Asked about the new system, Johnson points out, “The audio quality is as different as night and day. There’s a drastic difference in terms of intelligibility with smooth, even coverage even from the balcony down through the main seating area in the sanctuary.

“Now it works well for speech and music,” adds Bon. “The Church has moved into a more contemporary music program with acoustic instruments and the musical reproduction is fantastic for both. They wanted full fidelity and even coverage up to moderate levels, and that’s exactly what they have.”

The United Church of Christ’s sound operator Paul Fink is also enthusiastic about the change: “OmniLine speakers are an incredible improvement over the old system. The ability to place them in the active space and aim the sound output directly to the congregation while reducing the bounce effects has made the biggest difference. As to the quality of sound from the speakers, there is no real comparison to the old system. I have occasionally driven them to the limits of my hearing with no sound degradation at all.”

Describing the overall impact of the Church’s new audio system, Johnson concludes, “Intelligibility is the predominant characteristic of the OmniLine system. Looking at the entire congregation from the youngest to the oldest member, we were concerned that everyone would be able to understand the spoken word and OmniLine passed with flying colors.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

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