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Onstage Systems Gets Onboard with L-ACOUSTICS K1

Longtime V-DOSC Rental Network company joins top-tier K Standard provider list

DALLAS, Texas — For nearly a quarter of a century, Dallas-based Onstage Systems has been steadily updating its equipment inventories to continually raise the production bar for clients like George Strait and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. This summer, that initiative has continued with the company’s purchase of a full K1 stadium loudspeaker system from L-ACOUSTICS. more

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Meyer Sound Upgrade Caters to Worldly Ambience at Flagship Buddha-Bar Paris

When Parisian entrepreneur Raymond Visan opened the original Buddha-Bar in 1996, he launched a fusion of dining and entertainment that awakened and satisfied the senses—an experience that blossomed into a global hospitality phenomenon. To underscore its status as the premiere location, Buddha-Bar Paris recently installed new Meyer Sound systems to present its wide-ranging musical atmosphere with consistent, crystal-clear quality.

“At Buddha-Bar, our sonic signature is a subtle combination of world and electro-ethnic music,” observes Franck Fortet, vice president for development at George V Eatertainment, the parent firm of Buddha-Bar. “It’s an infinity of sounds that requires the perfect sound system, and the effect as distilled through the new Meyer system has made a remarkable difference at Buddha-Bar Paris.”

The Buddha-Bar systems were designed and installed by John Pouzet of Paris-based Sonosystem, with design assistance from Cyril Ubersfeld of Meyer Sound’s French distributor, Best Audio. Resident DJ is Ravin.

“I specified a Meyer system to realize a particular sound quality with detailed resolution that goes beyond the ordinary,” Pouzet explains. “We wanted a sonic character that evoked warmth, and even mystery, something only a Meyer system could do in this space.”

The main restaurant, with tables spread beneath the gaze of a serene Buddha, is an acoustically challenging space with high ceilings. Here, dynamic musical energy permeates the room via eight UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers, while solid bass fundamentals exude from dual USW-1P subwoofers underneath the Buddha statue. To assure uniform low frequencies at all tables, seven MM-10 miniature subwoofers are concealed in banquettes. The overall audio response of the space is optimized by a Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor.

The intimate Red Room employs eight discreet UP-4XP loudspeakers augmented by two MM-10 subwoofers, again placed under banquettes. For the upper level bar and lounge alcoves, Pouzet specified a dozen strategically placed UPM-1P loudspeakers, with bass boosted by four M1D-Sub and two UMS-1P subwoofers in the larger spaces and around the bar. The live DJ controls his own Meyer Sound monitor rig, comprising dual UPM-1P loudspeakers and a close-proximity MM-10 subwoofer.

According to Fortet, Meyer Sound has become a key partner in refining the remarkably successful “eatertainment” concept. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Meyer Sound, not just in Paris but also at other locations around the world,” he says. “We have worked hard to create our own musical signature, and Meyer continues to collaborate with us in improving on the optimum rendition of sound.”

In addition to the Paris retrofit, Meyer Sound systems have been installed at the two newest Buddha-Bar locations in Mexico City and Manila, as well as at two other George V Eatertainment locations: Little Buddha in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt and Barrio Latino in Paris.

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Argosy Console Introduces the AURA Sit-Stand Workstation Line

Desks Designed for Durability and Ergonomic Flexibility to Meet the Demands of the Professional Engineer

Eldon, MO – Argosy Console announces the introduction of the AURA line of Sit-Stand workstations, designed specifically to meet the demands for aesthetic design, utmost durability and ergonomic comfort required by professional engineers who spend rigorous days and nights working in the studio.

The AURA Sit-Stand Workstation Line offers engineers the ability with a push of a button to instantly and seamlessly raise or lower their workstation from 27” to 42” height in matter of seconds – allowing them to alternatively sit and stand without disrupting their workflow. The AURA’s electric lifting columns ensure complete stability of the workstation at any height, and offer nearly noiseless operation.

“With our eye on aesthetic design that Argosy has become known for, we have also partnered with industrial providers on technology for this line which has a high safety rating and offers performance standards only previously found in the medical industry.” says David Atkins, Argosy Console CEO and Design Director. “By incorporating anodized aluminum dual lifting columns with three part guidance, the AURA Sit-Stand workstation line offers a high degree of stability and operates at a very low noise level. “

The AURA Sit-Stand line is available in a larger studio-size (520) as well as personal-size (260), offering flexible and personal options for the way that individual engineers work.

The AURA Sit-Stand is available in multiple configurations. All models feature under-mount racks on the left and right. For your upper work area, choose from a spacious wrap-around desk surface, or add upward facing racks on the left and/or right wing of the desk.All the AURA Sit-Stand models provide internal cabling accommodations and pass-through for computers and multi-screen monitoring needs and feature attention to detail including a padded armrest, sliding accessory drawers, and perforated steel cover panels. By incorporating other optional accessories, such as articulating monitor arms for multi-display functionality, speaker platforms, and blank panels Argosy’s AURA offers engineers the ability to simply and easily transform the most common workspace into a Dream Studio®.

The entire line of AURA Sit-Stand Workstations and accessories is available now.

About ARGOSY
ARGOSY is the leading designer and manufacturer of high-end technical furniture for leading recording control rooms, post-production houses, film facilities and high tech venues worldwide. The company prides itself on responding to clients’ individual application-specific needs using a variety of custom materials and unique finishes, with careful attention to aesthetic design and ergonomic details. Since 1994, Argosy products have been installed at thousands of award-winning facilities in countries worldwide.

Build your own dream by visiting www.argosyconsole.com

ARGOSY® and Dream Studio® are registered trademarks of Argosy Console, Inc.

New HDMI®/HDMI® Micro to VGA Adapter Enables Users to Connect HDMI/HDMI Micro-equipped Smart Phones or Tablet Computers to a VGA Monitor/Projector

Video adapter saves the users the expense of upgrading existing displays by connecting tablets or smartphones to a VGA monitor or projector, supporting resolutions up to 1080p

Lockbourne, OH – StarTech.com, a leading manufacturer of hard-to-find connectivity parts has announced the release of the MCHD2VGA – an HDMI®/HDMI® Micro to VGA Adapter, which enables users to connect an HDMI or HDMI Micro-equipped mobile device, such as a tablet computer or Smartphone to a VGA display or projector. The adapter provides a convenient and cost-effective alternative for users who need to integrate their mobile multimedia source to existing display devices, eliminating the expense of equipment upgrades.

The HDMI/HDMI Micro to VGA adapter includes an HDMI to HDMI Micro cable required for connecting HDMI Micro devices to the adapter which interfaces with the VGA display/projector. The adapter supports full 1080p output, which allows users to suitably display their high-definition or high-resolution content, as it was meant to be shown.

“The HDMI to HDMI Micro Adapter is the perfect solution for connecting your mobile HDMI-enabled devices to a VGA display or projector, especially users who are on the go who may not want to carry a full-sized laptop to do a presentation” said John Mardinly, Senior Product Manager for StarTech.com’s Audio-Video product line. “The product is compactly designed and is very light, which makes it easy to carry, and it includes a USB power adapter for scenarios where the mobile device is not able to output power.”

Features of the new HDMI to VGA Adapter include:

• Includes HDMI to HDMI Micro Cable, for connecting to mobile HDMI devices
• Supports a maximum resolution of 1920×1080 (1080p)
• Includes an AC to USB Wall Adapter (required for use with HDMI Micro-equipped mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablet computers)

The MCHD2VGA HDMI®/HDMI® Micro to VGA Adapter is available for purchase from leading technology resellers including CDW, Newegg.com, Amazon.com, Tiger Direct, PC Connection, and Insight and will also be distributed by Ingram Micro, SYNNEX, D&H and Tech Data. MSRP for this product is $78.99 (USD) in the United States and $80.99 (CDN) in Canada.

For more information about this announcement, please contact Andrew Stephen at 1-800-265-1844 ext. 1248 or astephen@startech.com.

About StarTech.com
StarTech.com is an ISO 9001:2000 Registered manufacturer of hard-to find connectivity parts including A/V products, computer parts, cables and server management solutions. Founded in 1985, StarTech.com has locations in the United States, Canada, The United Kingdom, Europe and Taiwan, servicing a worldwide market.

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House of Blues Enjoys Continued Success With HARMAN’S Soundcraft Vi Series Consoles In Top Venues

The Bangles perform at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California.

NORTHRIDGE, California — The House of Blues (HOB) has 13 venues throughout the United States and is dedicated to offering the best in music and entertainment. As part of this commitment, HOB has contracted Sound Image of Escondido to upgrade its front-of house mixing facilities with a combination of HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi4 and Vi6 digital mixing consoles in its New Orleans and Anaheim locations, and a Vi1 console in use at the HOB Mandalay Bay venue in Las Vegas.

“Saying that the tour sound business is competitive is like saying that LeBron James is a good basketball player,” said Jason Schmidlapp of Sound Image. “Top-tier venues like the HOB know they have to keep up with the latest and greatest in sound reinforcement technology in order to stay current and desirable to artists and customers.”

The House of Blues has been standardizing its sound reinforcement systems in order to be more accommodating to artists and attract a higher level of performers, which explains the decision to install the world-class Soundcraft consoles. “The Soundcraft Vi6 is a tour-friendly console and an industry standard,” Schmidlapp noted. “There are times when acts will come through and I can see the look of relief on a visiting front-of-house engineer’s face when he or she sees that they’ll be mixing on a Vi6.”

“Engineers are familiar with Soundcraft consoles and like the fact that they can get consistently excellent sound from venue to venue and even use their same console configurations and settings,” Schmidlapp continued. “It saves time, makes life easier and reduces the stress of mixing a live show.”

Sound Image completed the most recent House of Blues upgrade at the Mandalay Bay hotel, which is also home to the world’s first installation of JBL’s new VTX line array loudspeakers. The installation coincides with a 2-year residency by Carlos Santana, who is performing his “Greatest Hits Live: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” show through 2014.

In addition, the Houston and Boston HOB locations each feature a Soundcraft Vi6 at the front-of-house and monitor positions.

“The more consistency we can get in the sound reinforcement systems in House of Blues and elsewhere, the better it is for everybody—the management, the staff, the performers and especially the customers. It just makes practical and economic sense.”

For more information on Sound Image, please visit www.sound-image.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®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. 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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Extron Fiber Optic USB Extender Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the new FOX USB Extender, a fiber optic transmitter and receiver set capable of extending USB 2.0 signals over very long distances. Peripheral devices can be located up to 10 km (6.25 miles) from the host computer. The FOX USB Extender is an efficient solution for professional AV system designs that require KVM – Keyboard/Video/Mouse support, reducing the need for additional IP network drops, equipment, and software. To ensure proper system boot-up and operation in switching environments, the transmitter enables uninterrupted communication between the host computer and USB device. The FOX USB Extender is ideal for extending USB signals over long distances in a wide variety of professional AV applications. more

Manchester’s Dry Live Upgrades With Martin Audio H3H+

Manchester’s iconic Dry Bar, a landmark of the city’s trendy Northern Quarter since 1989, recently underwent an interior upgrade in the bar and its newly refurbished basement music venue Dry Live. Situated below the bar, the venue has been completely refurbished with a black and grey interior and a brand new Martin Audio sound system.

Tasked with equipping the new Dry Live, local audio specialists Masons and their system design engineer Jack Jennings chose a Martin Audio Blackline H3H+ horn-loaded solution as the best fit for the applications.

The basement space had previously been split into several small rooms but the floor had opened out into one large venue so the downstairs space could be used for both live music and club events served by a single sound system.

The venue operators had stipulated that they wanted the audience to be able to get as close to the front of the stage as possible, while still having the desired system—“one that can offer all the punch and growl that you’d ever need”—a sound suited for both band and club events. Unfortunately, faced with ceiling height restrictions, the drop-height excluded the use of arrays or standard ‘portrait’ profile speakers.

This presented Jennings with a problem. Conventional floor-standing stacks on either side of the stage would be impractical if they needed dismantling, storing and reassembling for certain events. “The system needed to have no permanent footprint on the floor and be flown as high as possible, out of the way when not in use,” he said.

Thus with the intended mixed use of the venue, requiring dynamic and even coverage for a number of different scenarios, Jack Jennings knew the low-profile H3H+ midrange would deliver high-quality instrument and vocal reproduction.

“The Martin Audio H3H+ full-range 3-way speaker fit the bill perfectly,” he said. “Its horizontal format, high power handling, high output levels and 70º x 40º dispersion characteristics all leant themselves to this install.”

Jennings specified four H3H+ enclosures lined up across the front of the stage area. The central two are mounted tight against the ceiling and tilted slightly down to achieve nearfield audience coverage, while the outer two are mounted slightly forward and below, on steel joists either side of the stage.

The crisp high-frequency output needed to be matched by powerful sub-bass and give club promoters the sense of aural immersion they desire, despite operating as a stage-focused system rather than a traditional dance floor surround.

This is provided by four Martin Audio WS218X double 18” direct-radiating subs, two each on either side of the stage, fitted with castors so they can be easily removed when required and wheeled into a storage area.

The entire system is powered from just a 4U rack — containing a dedicated Martin Audio DX1.5 2 in 6 out digital controller and three Martin Audio MA switch-mode amplifiers.

“This elegant set-up provides huge amounts of power and reliability and allows the venue to operate the system without fear of any technical issues,” concludes Jennings.

On top of a new sound system and new look, Dry Live has also welcomed a new lighting system for both bands and club events––courtesy of Masons. Since receiving the huge Martin Audio sound system, Dry Live has played host to some of Manchester and beyond’s finest musical talent in terms of bands, DJs and promoters and is working its way up as one of Manchester’s most sought after clubs of 2012.

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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HARMAN’s Soundcraft® Announces Vi Series Console Control on Soundcraft ViSi Remote iPad App in Addition to Si Compact Digital Consoles

HERTFORDSHIRE, United Kingdom – HARMAN’s Soundcraft has updated the Soundcraft ViSi Remote iPad app to allow control of the Vi Series range of consoles in addition to the Si Compact range released last month. The new version of the app is available free of charge on the iTunes store. ViSi Remote enables a single iPad to control multiple consoles from the Soundcraft Vi Series or Si Compact range on a single wireless network.

Soundcraft ViSi Remote allows users to roam around a venue and not only adjust input channel levels and mutes, but also adjust aux send levels and matrix sends, and level and graphic EQ settings on bus outputs. The Soundcraft Vi Series consoles controllable by ViSi includes all variants of Vi1, Vi2, Vi4 and Vi6.

A single ViSi Remote app can now control a mixed network of consoles from the Vi and Si Compact series, a feature not found on many competitive systems. Anyone can download the free app and get familiar with its operation, even if they do not own one of the consoles.

The app uses HARMAN’s HiQnet(tm) architecture to connect the network of consoles to a wireless router, which communicates with the iPad.

For even more flexibility, multiple iPads may be used on the same network, even on the same console, so that individual artists can control their own monitor sends, for example.

App Store, Apple, iPad and iTunes are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.K. and other countries.

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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Haivision Introduces Viper(TM) 1.1 for Distributed Multistream Content Recording, Streaming, and Publishing

Compact Appliances Address Advanced Lecture Capture, Rich Media Streaming, and Medical Procedure Review Applications more

Hoyts Chooses Christie Duo for Blacktown Cinema 5

Christie Innovation and Dual 4K Projectors Light Up Australia’s Largest Traditional Movie Screen.

Christie, a global provider of visual display solutions, is proud to announce that Hoyts has chosen Christie Duo for the theater’s premium custom projection needs, lighting up Australia’s biggest traditional screen – the Blacktown Cinema 5 – with the brightest images available. The single-mirror configuration of Christie Duo with projectors from the Christie Solaria CP4230 Series was installed in time for the June 21 premiere of Snow White and the Huntsman.

Australia's Hoyts Cinema uses Christie Duo (Photo by Katy Carpenter. Image courtesy of Hoyts Cinema Technology Group.)

“We’re very excited to be the first exhibitor in the world to deploy the Christie Duo single-mirror, 90 degree projector configuration, which is a cutting-edge technology that delivers the brightest, pixel-perfect 4K images onto Australia’s largest traditional movie screen,” said Adam Wrightson, executive director and CTO of Hoyts Cinema Technology Group. “The technical capabilities that the product opens up for us will help us give our guests all the features of advanced cinema that they expect from Hoyts.”

“The light levels achievable with the Christie Duo are unprecedented for large screens. Most dual projector installations are installed for 3D output, and configured to use only one of the projectors for 2D films, resulting in lower than acceptable light levels. Christie’s solution allows both projectors to be utilized for playback of 2D content, delivering spectacular images on large screens. Christie’s technology ensures that convergence is not a problem, with Christie Duo perfectly aligning each of the 8 million pixels from the two projectors,” added Wrightson.

Christie Duo at Australia's Hoyts Cinema (Photo by Katy Carpenter. Image courtesy of Hoyts Cinema Technology Group.)

Hoyts Blacktown is the destination for Sydney moviegoers to enjoy Xtremescreen – Australia’s Largest Multiplex Screen – with its record-breaking 28.1-meter wide screen. The entire complex features 10 state-of-the-art cinemas, with comfortable stadium seating and the latest Digital Surround Sound.

The engineering teams from Hoyts’ Cinema Technology Group and Christie worked flawlessly together to resolve operational issues and get the world’s first single-mirror installation up and running in just a few days. To ensure the sound experience matched that of the new visual experience, Hoyts also replaced the auditoriums speakers and sound processing equipment with the latest equipment from QSC. “The system has been tested with 4K content and in my opinion is second to none in regards to Big Screen experiences available in mainstream multiplexes today,” added Wrightson.

“We pride ourselves on responding to customer needs and when numerous exhibitors approached us in late 2011 and into January with requests for a flexible and economical alternative to the industry‘s standard premium-cinema experience, Christie responded with Christie Duo. With Christie Duo, Hoyts is receiving the ultimate in performance, at a reasonable price point,” said Jim Dukes, product manager for Christie Duo, Christie Entertainment Solutions.

Christie Duo, available for the 2K or 4K Christie Solaria Series digital cinema projectors, is an integration kit specially designed to optimize 3D and other special effects on the largest screens. It features a choice of configurations including a compact stacking system for 3D installations, or a physical configuration that exactly aligns every pixel on the screen for optimal 2D and 3D presentations. With automated features that calibrate, align and optimize the images for 2K or 4K projectors, Christie Duo delivers a completely seamless, premium movie experience for the world’s largest screens at a cost that all manner and size of exhibitors can afford. Christie Duo answers the global market demand for a solution that delivers a high performance and financially accessible premium movie experience.

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