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Christie Selected Again for Dallas Police Department’s Fusion Center Next Generation Control Room Solutions

Christie MicroTiles Provide Brilliant Video Wall Display and Lowers Cost of Operations.

Christie, a global leader in visual display solutions, recently gave new life to the Dallas Police Department’s 24/7 Fusion Center, with a 6 units high by 12 units wide digital video wall. The 72-unit Christie MicroTiles display is part of the Center’s comprehensive technology upgrade to fight crime in the City of Dallas and to gather and share intelligence information with state-level and Federal Homeland Security.

In 2010, the Dallas Police Department, with major funding from Homeland Security, upgraded its training and special event operations room into a new state-of-the-art Fusion Center, merging information from separate 911 Center, city wide surveillance cameras, tracking systems and investigative analytical databases to improve functionality and response times within the new intelligence operations center. Equipped with new consoles, a SMART Board®, intelligent switching capability, and visualizing data from more than 25 sources, the Dallas Police Department, through AV solutions provider, Whitlock, turned to Christie for its visual technology. “We recommended Christie MicroTiles for their exceptional image quality in brightness, contrast and color reproduction,” explained Scott Creevy, senior account executive with Whitlock. “The MicroTiles also offer a low cost of operation and a long track record of reliability, which made them the perfect choice for the Fusion Center.”

Dallas Police Dept. selects Christie MicroTiles for Intelligence Ops Center

Dallas Police Dept. selects Christie MicroTiles for Intelligence Ops Center

As a result of the technology integration, up to 27 Fusion analysis detectives per day work more effectively with the added ability to monitor a comprehensive common operating picture displayed on the MicroTiles wall in real-time. “The facility operates 24/7 so we needed a video wall that was high resolution, durable and low maintenance,” said Paul Schuster, senior corporal and special projects coordinator of the Dallas Police Department.

Added Schuster: “Our detectives monitor close to 100 cameras all around the city, including officer locations, calls and national live events, so the Dallas Police Department needed a video wall that could help us maintain our 24-hour operation. Christie MicroTiles do just that, while lowering the cost of operations.”

Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown credits the Fusion Center, its technology and other new initiatives for reducing crime in Dallas for the eighth consecutive year. States Chief Brown, “It’s about policing smarter, using the information and technology that is available to outsmart the criminal element.”

Creevy adds that “Christie MicroTiles self-calibrate and are designed for maximum image quality in high ambient light environments, such as the Dallas Fusion Center.”

Commented Fusion Center Commander Lt. Thomasson, “With the Fusion Center’s advanced technology, we are fighting crime more intelligently in the City of Dallas. Our detectives have quicker access to information that can be shared responsibly with one another, with other departments and with the patrol officers working the streets.”

“Today’s control rooms go beyond traditional displaying and monitoring. Integrated technology allows information to be shared anywhere; quickly, accurately, and effortlessly,” said John Stark, senior director, Collaborative Visual Solutions at Christie. “The Dallas Police Department had the foresight to see the benefit of using Christie MicroTiles as the visual element of their newly integrated environment, advancing the efficiency and accuracy of their intelligence operations.”

Christie MicroTiles have built-in sensors monitoring each LED’s performance, automatically adjusting brightness and color continuously for the life of the display. Built with reliable solid-state components, including LEDs rated at 65,000 hours to half brightness, no lamps or consumables need to be replaced for more than seven years. Using the strengths of both DLP® projection and LED technology, Christie MicroTiles offer substantially brighter images and a much wider color palette than conventional flat panel LCD and plasma displays. With no practical limit to the number of tiles in a display, Christie MicroTiles produce a virtually seamless canvas with an unlimited number of super-fine pixels.

Substance Meets Style With XPAND 3D at Sarajevo Film Festival

Combining the highest-quality 3D technology with stylish appearance for one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals of the year, XPAND 3D glasses were used for a technical 3D presentation at the 18th Sarajevo Film Festival, which took place June 6-14.

Founded in 1995 with the intention of providing a sense of normalcy to the residents of the war-torn city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Sarajevo Film Festival has grown into one of the biggest film festivals in the world, drawing the most successful regional artists and international stars alike. This year’s festival drew approximately 100,000 attendees and featured 210 films from 57 countries. Nine feature films from Bosnia, Serbia, Macedonia, Turkey, Austria and Romania were entered in competition for the festival’s Heart of Sarajevo award.

The festival included a technical presentation, hosted by XPAND partner dcinex at the Meeting Point Cinema in Sarajevo, which discussed the present state and future of 3D technology. For the event, XPAND supplied 200 of its Infinity active 3D glasses.

The Infinity 3D glasses provide up to 38% transparency and a 3000:1 contrast ratio. The glasses’ lightweight ergonomic designs ensure long-wearing comfort, and their wide 3D viewing angle provides an optimal 3D image across the entire cinema. All new XPAND cinema systems and glasses fully support HFR (High Frame Rate) double and single flash at 96fps, 120fps, 144fps, 192fps, 240fps and even variable fps.

XPAND 3D is also the official partner of the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival, and is used for the biggest 3D premieres around the world.

“The enduring success of the Sarajevo Film Festival and its development into one of the world’s most prestigious festivals is a source of tremendous joy for everyone here at XPAND 3D,” said Maria Costeira, CEO of XPAND 3D. “We are of course honored to provide our 3D cinema glasses for the event and continue to spread the word that XPAND 3D offers the best 3D experience, whether it’s at the Sarajevo Film Festival or in your home!”

For more information on dcinex, please visit www.dcinex.com

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Neon Trees Endorse Audio-Technica

STOW, OH, July 25, 2012 — Audio-Technica is pleased to welcome alternative rock act Neon Trees to its stable of artist endorsers. The announcement was made by Roxanne Ricks, Audio-Technica Artist Relations Manager, and reflects the ongoing expansion of A-T’s artist roster in all music genres. With two acclaimed albums (2010’s Habits and this year’s Picture Show) and irresistible hit singles like “Animal,” Neon Trees are rising stars in the music world with an energetic, highly danceable sound and must-see live show. On tour, the band (Tyler Glenn, Elaine Bradley, Branden Campbell and Chris Allen) and their trusted production manager Mike Bangs have come to rely on Audio-Technica microphones for their sound quality, durability and versatility.

The band’s arsenal includes the Audio-Technica Artist Elite® 5000 Series UHF Wireless System with AEW-T6100a transmitter, used for lead vocals, as well as the following hardwired models: AE6100 Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone, ATM250 Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone, AE4100 Cardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone, ATM450 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone, ATM650 Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone, AT4040Cardioid Condenser Microphone and AT4033/CL Cardioid Condenser Microphone.

Bangs is impressed by the mics’ sound and power: “The AE4100 and AE6100 give high output that rivals many condensers, without becoming a roaming overhead. When Tyler [Glenn, lead vocals/keyboards] is running all over the venue, the 6100 really shines – the longer front pattern lets him really work the mic, and it survives ‘cupping’ issues better than most other mics. And then we use the 4100s on the background vocals, because it doesn’t have the same rear lobe as the 6100 and sounds more natural off-axis.”

Bangs singles out a few more mics and applications: “The ATM450 is one of my favorite mics. The capsule is comparable to or better than most pencil condensers, but the side-address gives me placement options I can’t get from any other mic. I use it under snare and under hi-hat – I love going under the hat, and with the 450 I can get it right under Elaine’s [Bradley, drums/percussion] contact point, and the snare is in the null. Then, on guitar cabinets, we use the AT4040. I love the AT4050 too, but I chose the AT4040 since I don’t need the adjustable pattern. We’ve also just started using the AT4033/CL on overheads – I am loving the ‘openness’ and natural feel of the high frequencies. They remind me of a much more expensive condenser.”

The stability of A-T mics puts the band at ease on the road. Notes Bangs, “I carry my mics and console everywhere we go. It gives the band a familiar feeling, no matter where we are. We use layering of inputs on almost every instrument. The A-T mics allow us to build a huge sound with relatively little backline. They are also incredibly durable – our lead vocal 6100 has taken serious punishment with little cosmetic damage and no change in audio quality.”

Neon Trees’ current tour began in Philadelphia on July 9 and will run through August 22. For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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L-ACOUSTICS K1 Aces Greenbrier Classic Concert Series

Loud & Clear’s system used on concerts by Toby Keith, Lionel Richie, Rod Stewart, The Fray and Bon Jovi

LEWISBURG, West Virginia — After all of the birdies, bogeys and pars were tallied on three days of the PGA Tour’s weeklong Greenbrier Classic, golf fans were treated to a series of concerts headlined by Toby Keith, Rod Stewart and Bon Jovi. Staged at the West Virginia State Fair Grounds in Lewisburg on July 4, 6 and 7, this year’s Greenbrier Classic Concert Series benefitted from an L-ACOUSTICS K1 line source system deployed by Cincinnati’s Loud & Clear, Inc.

The main FOH setup was comprised of vertical arrays of six K1-SB subs, 12 K1 and three KARA per side complemented by two nine-KUDO hangs for far left and right audience coverage. A total of 32 SB28 subs, divided into groups of four and ground-stacked in cardioid mode across the face of the stage, delivered the LF reinforcement, while six KARA spread out across the stage lip provided front-fill. more

GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW SAN MATEO, CALIFORNIA STORE

— 231st Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with GC’s vast inventory selection —

Westlake Village, CA (July 25, 2012) – On the evening of Thursday, July 12, 2012, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in San Mateo, California, located at 53A W. Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94403. Guitar Center San Mateo is Guitar Center’s 231st retail location.

Guitar Center San Mateo’s grand opening introduced customers to a vast selection of products and a dedicated staff with unparalleled musical knowledge and experience. To celebrate the store opening, Guitar Center hosted a Grand Opening Weekend celebration featuring exclusive savings, gear giveaways and free events catered to local musicians. The grand opening events also included a free performance, in addition to ongoing workshops throughout the next two months.

Guitar Center’s newest San Mateo location features showrooms equipped with the latest products for musicians – from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment. The new store features Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson facility, which is creating unrivalled opportunities for San Mateo musicians of all ages and skill levels. Guitar Center Studios provides music lessons from beginner to advanced featuring certified instructors teaching world-class curriculum as well as one-on-one courses on Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand. Guitar Center Studios is now the most modern and affordable lessons facility in the area. Guitar Center San Mateo also features GC Garage, Guitar Center’s on-site guitar repair service.

As part of Guitar Center’s initiatives designed to educate and inspire artists nationwide, Guitar Center San Mateo is offering unique opportunities for musicians to craft their skills, maintain their instruments and experience many other aspects of the music industry first-hand. Musicians interested in learning about the industry will be able to come to the store to interact with and pick the brains of several industry leaders.

San Mateo shoppers are also able to enjoy Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which includes multiple combinations of product options to conveniently choose from. Not only does the “endless aisle” include San Mateo inventory, but it also provides easy access to $400 million in new and used inventory located in hundreds of stores and warehouses across the nation. Customers have the ability to combine a myriad of in-store, online and phone options to purchase music equipment from anywhere they may be, allowing for a personalized and convenient shopping experience.

In addition to special programs at the new San Mateo store, Guitar Center offers nationwide programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight the nation’s most promising undiscovered talent. San Mateo residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing national events from their hometown:

Guitar Center On-Stage is an annual competition that provides unsigned artists the chance to open for established artists such as Motley Crüe, KISS and Jane’s Addiction.
Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter is an artist discovery program that aims to find the nation’s best unsigned singer-songwriter. The winner receives a career-altering prize package including recording 3 songs with accomplished GRAMMY® Award-winning Producer John Shanks, recording time at Converse Rubber Tracks studio and $10,000 cash.
Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues is a nationwide amateur guitar skills competition with the goal of finding the next great undiscovered blues guitar player. This year’s winner, Jonathon “Boogie” Long, performed alongside GRAMMY-winning guitarist Warren Haynes at the Grand Finals in LA, and won an incredible prize package valued at over $50,000.
Guitar Center’s Drum-Off, entering its 24th year, is the nationwide search for the next great undiscovered drummer. Drummers from across the nation compete in the world’s largest drum competition, vying for thousands of dollars in prizes and the coveted title of Guitar Center’s Drum-Off Champion. The grand prize package is valued at nearly $50,000.

Guitar Center San Mateo is open seven days a week. Store hours are 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturday; and 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

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Waves Live Product Specialist Fabrizio Piazzini Makes Waves Throughout Europe

— Piazzini acts as a resource for fellow live engineers, demonstrating Waves plugins and
converting the unconverted —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, July 24, 2012 — Spain-based live engineer Fabrizio Piazzini, a veteran of concert tours and venues throughout Europe, has recently been appointed as a Live Product Specialist for Waves Audio, the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies. Piazzini’s credits include such acts as Patrick Wolf, Tindersticks, Delorentos, Kula Shaker, Amy MacDonald and many others. In his new capacity, Piazzini will communicate with other live sound engineers across the continent, demonstrating Waves plugins and typical workflows. “They become engrossed. Once they see how they can integrate plugins in their live workflow, they are hooked. It’s a simple job, really!” he notes.

Piazzini is currently finishing off a stint of promotional gigs with Amy MacDonald, where he has been using a Waves MultiRack Native setup, as most of the gigs are on analog consoles. He executes all vocal processing on his laptop, using the following Waves plugins: C6 Multiband Compressor, SSL G-Channel, Doubler and IR1 Parametric Convolution Reverb.

As Piazzini notes, the biggest challenge in spreading the word to live engineers is breaking them of old perceptions. “It can be hard to get rid of the stigma that plugins are only for the studio. The paradigm is shifting, and consistency can be achieved with different platforms – you can take presets across different sessions and different desks very easily. Once I can communicate these concepts to engineers, they are on board, and once they see what we can do with Waves plugins in a live setting, they can’t wait to get out there and do it themselves. I am proud to be an ambassador for Waves, and I look forward to continuing in my new capacity as Waves Live Product Specialist.”

“Waves is delighted to have Fabrizio Piazzini onboard as a Live Product Specialist,” said Mick Olesh, Waves Senior Vice President. “His vast experience and expertise are true assets to the company, and we look forward to his spreading the word and educating the live sound community about our technologies.”

Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

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Audio-Technica Honors Online Marketing with President’s Award

STOW, OH, July 24, 2012 — Audio-Technica is pleased to announce that Wadsworth, Ohio-based Online Marketing has been presented with A-T’s prestigious President’s Award, for their work representing Audio-Technica in Indiana and Kentucky. Additionally, the firm sells Audio-Technica professional products to retailers and sound contractors in Ohio, Michigan, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Online Marketing Sales Associate Steve Grigdesby accepted the award, which recognizes a leading manufacturer’s representative for outstanding commitment and dedication during the Audio-Technica 2011/2012 fiscal year. The award was presented by Philip Cajka, Audio-Technica U.S. President and C.E.O., and Michael Edwards, A-T V.P. Professional Products. Also in attendance were Brian Strong, A-T Territory Manager, Professional Products; David Marsh, A-T Director of Sales & Marketing, Installed Sound & Broadcast; along with Online Marketing personnel Mike Wuellner, Principal; and Jon Johnson, Sales. The A-T President’s Award was presented at a ceremony during the 2012 InfoComm Expo on June 13th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Michael Edwards commented, “Online Marketing has been presented with this honor for their strong dedication to sales performance, customer care and the marketing of the A-T brand. The Online Marketing team has a vast base of knowledge and experience, in addition to their fierce work ethic. We are proud to give them this honor, and extremely grateful for their continued service.”

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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The Aphex® Xciter Pedal Helps McKendree Church Praise Team Acoustic Guitarist Andrew Groover Cut Through

— Aphex® Xciter Pedal takes the legendary processing power of Aphex’s Aural Exciter® and Big Bottom® technologies and uses them to bring out natural tones and define the sound so it never gets lost in the live mix —

BURBANK, CA, July 24, 2012 — With the use of full rock-band instrumentation in contemporary worship becoming the norm, so has the seemingly never-ending struggle for acoustic instruments to keep up with the rest of the band when it comes to volume. Andrew Groover, lead singer and acoustic guitarist for the McKendree United Methodist Church’s Praise Team in Lawrenceville, Georgia, knows that feeling: “It was always hard to get the acoustic guitar to sit right in the mix, either because it wasn’t loud enough or because you begin to lose some of its tone as you push it up in the mix, and the volunteers who run the mix often don’t know how best to present an acoustic guitar in the PA system,” he explains. Those days are over since eight months ago, when Groover began using the Aphex® Xciter Pedal, which brings the power of Aphex’s legendary Aural Exciter® and Big Bottom® technologies to the stage.

Noting that the McKendree Church’s PA system and FOH console are adequate but older and not state-of-the-art, the Acoustic Guitar Xciter setting on the Aphex Xciter Pedal essentially lets him easily enhance the system for his instrument without adding noise or additional gain to the PA: “The Xciter Pedal lets me dial in what I need to pull the natural tone of my guitars out and get them into the PA,” he says, referring to the two Taylor acoustics – 414 and T5 – that he plays at Sunday services. “It brings out the color and the richness of the guitars’ own sound and lets me get it intact through the PA. It allows it to stand out in the overall mix.”

Groover says a friend turned him onto the Aphex Xciter Pedal, and ever since it’s been an integral part of his guitar setup on stage. “I’m pretty neurotic about how my guitar sounds – I used to spend half of the rehearsal time trying to get it just right,” he says. “The Acoustic Xciter setting gives me the ability to find the sound I want quickly. It’s a great plug-and-play box. I’m not competing with the rest of the band anymore. I’m right where I need to be.”

About the Aphex Xciter
Aphex Xciter pedals are designed to deliver the sonic enhancement the Aural Exciter has been justifiably famous for, taking it out of the studio and onto the stage.
• The Acoustic Guitar Xciter setting is designed for any acoustic instrument with active or passive pickups. Voicing is clean and open, articulation is clear and crisp, and musicality is dramatically improved.
• The Bass Guitar Xciter setting is ideal for any electric or acoustic/electric bass with piezo or magnetic pickups, whether active or passive. Deep tones ring truer, tone is more sustained, slaps and pops cut through without overpowering.
•The Electric Guitar Xciter setting is designed with electric guitar in mind, and works with any axe outfitted with magnetic coil pickups. It increases tonal range and expression, whether running clean or overdriven, adding power and attack without increasing output level.
Legendary musicians such as Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Led Zeppelin have relied on the Aphex technology behind the Xciter pedal for years and used to rent Aphex products for thousands of dollars for audio mastering.

For more information, please visit www.aphex.com.

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SYMETRIX SOLUS AFFORDABLY INTEGRATES AUDIO AND CONTROL IN HISTORIC SWISS CHURCH

reformierte_pfarrkirche.JPGMESSEN, SWITZERLAND – JULY 2012: Home to nearly 1,500 Swiss residents, the charming pastoral municipality of Messen in northwestern Switzerland claims numerous buildings of deep historical significance nestled amid the rolling foothills of the Jura Mountains. Among them is Reformierte Pfarrkirche, a church whose foundation was laid before the year 1000 A.D. and whose current walls have been standing since 1480. Despite its age, or perhaps because of it, Reformierte Pfarrkirche was overdue for an A/V system upgrade, which Pro Sound Beschallungstechnik recently provided. Although the plans originally called for multiple hardware units to provide audio processing and system control, Pro Sound Beschallungstechnik simplified things and cut costs without compromising anything by using an open-architecture Symetrix Solus 8 processor for total system integration.

“Historic structures do not have to be incompatible with contemporary expectations for audio and video support,” said Harry Horlacher, pro more

“THE GATHERING” OF FINDLAY OHIO, WITH ASHLY NE24.24M PROCESSOR AND DIPOLE OPEN-BAFFLE LOUDSPEAKERS

thegathering_1131.JPGFINDLAY, OHIO – JULY 2012: The Gathering is an upscale restaurant in the mid-sized city of Findlay, Ohio. With a history stretching back several decades, The Gathering resides in an elegant 1890s-era building and is tastefully furnished and decorated to maintain turn-of-the-century charm. When a new owner recently took over, he decided to convert the previously unused third story into a bar. He committed the new bar to a “1900-industrial” motif that had to be adhered to in every respect. Regional designer and installer House of Hindenach A/V Systems obliged the aesthetic requirements and still delivered amazing, dimensional ambiance with the help of an Ashly ne24.24M processor and a horizontal array of custom-designed dipole open-baffle loudspeakers.

thegathering_1155.JPGAfter the new owner took over The Gathering, House of Hindenach designed and installed a comparatively straightforward sound system for the more

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