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Atlona(R) Now Shipping Professional 4×4 HDMI(R) Matrix Switcher Featuring HDBaseT(TM) Lite Technology

AT-PRO3HD44M HDMI(R) Matrix Switcher Extends HDMI Sources to 230 Feet Over Cat 6a Cable at 1080p and 1920×1200, or 197 Feet With Cat 5e/6.

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Sept. 18, 2012 — Atlona(R) today announced that the company is now shipping its new AT-PRO3HD44M 4×4 HDMI(R) matrix switcher, a Custom Retailer 2012 EXC!TE Award winner and CEDIA’s Best New Product Finalist. The AT-PRO3HD44M allows HDMI signals to travel greater distances from sources such as Blu-ray(TM) players and satellite receivers — up to 230 feet over a single Cat 6a cable at 1080p and 1920×1200, or 197 feet with Cat 5e/6. Featuring HDBaseT(TM) Lite technology, this newest addition to the Atlona matrix switcher product family line supports uncompressed full HD digital video, audio, Power over Ethernet (PoE), and a number of control options, including RS232, IR, and direct front panel control. more

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KanexPro Introduces Mini Audio Amplifier with Mic Mixer

KanexPro the leading A/V Connectivity solutions provider is proud to introduce the Mini Audio Amplifier is a quarter-rack width digital amplifier (Class D) with equalizer control and Mic mixer. It’s a simple yet powerful device delivering 2×20 Watts@4Ohm default output with built-in volume/ bass feature. It also supports dual mono-output with 2 stereo audio selectable inputs. The Microphone mixer includes independent volume control with balance switching. Supports balanced/ unbalanced signals.

This Mini Audio Amplifier is mainly used during lectures, house of worship centers and various musical events where mic mixing together with equalizing audio is critical.
Mini Class D audio amplifier

Features:

• Fast switching audio amplifier
• 2×20 Watt@4Ohm as the default amplifier output
• Bridge connection supported by switching the amplifier to be 1x40Watt@8Ohm
• Supports Dual-mono output
• Built-in Microphone mixer (separately controllable)
• Line audio output, with volume controllable.
• MIC input supports 48V phantom power
• MIC port with balanced switching suppress
• Supports balanced/ unbalanced signals
• Supports Ducking power technology
• Ultra low inrush current
• Two stereo audio inputs, switchable by button, remote or RS232.
• Volume/Bass/Treble controllable by buttons or RS232
• Optional control by IR remote
• Convection cooled, antistatic case design
• LED indicator, for power and operating status
• IR remote (optional) not included
• Internal Universal power adaptable (100-240 volt AC, 50/60Hz)

About KanexPro™

Leveraging our core strength in professional A/V products, KanexPro carries a complete selection of A/V connectivity needs. When planning digital installations you will find that we carry a broad line of A/V connectivity products enabling you to broadcast, extend, split, or multiply HD signal transmissions; simply and cost-effectively.

KanexPro is a registered trademark. All other trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

Live From SF! AES Convention Preliminary Event Calendar

New Tracks, Comprehensive Event/Exhibitor/Registration Details Online Now!

NEW YORK: With just five weeks to go until “Show Time,” the AES continues to update the Preliminary Event Calendar. Packed with vivid abstracts, dates, times and presenter details, the AES/PEC is the culmination of an intensive year of activity. The 133rd Convention looms as the most colorful, informative, timely and far-ranging AES event ever. From Broadcast/Streaming to Education, Game Audio, Historical, Live Sound, Papers, Platinum, Product Design, Special Events, Tech Tours, Tutorials and Workshops, the 133rd AES Convention is the definitive crash course on everything audio.

“In addition to our traditional program, this Convention marks the introduction of three timely new tracks,” reports Committee Co-Chair Jim McTigue. “We are extremely enthusiastic about the 3-Day Project Studio Expo developed in partnership with UK-based Sound On Sound editors and Craig Anderton to explore issues and innovations that make Project Studios a pivotal trend in today’s recording environment. We are also extremely pleased with our Sound For Pictures and Networked Audio Tracks. These events epitomize the AES mandate as the industry’s most authoritative platform for addressing critical issues of technical concern,” McTigue says.

“As with our totally upgraded Mobile App, our Preliminary Calendar has been carefully fine-tuned to make it the most comprehensive and user-friendly edition ever,” reports Committee Co-Chair Valerie Tyler. “Attendees will find it much easier to navigate. The color-coded grid provides instantly accessible drop-down abstracts. Dates and times are clearly illustrated. While we make a point of emphasizing the fact that this is a ‘Preliminary’ Although Calendar changes continue to be posted right up to October 26, the site will be enormously helpful to attendees in strategizing their show schedules.”

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Visit these links for more details:

* http://www.aes.org/events/133/calendar/calendar.cfm
* http://www.aes.org/events/133/hotels/
* http://www.aes.org/events/133/registration/
* http://www.aes.org/events/133/exhibitors/exhibitors.cfm
* http://www.aes.org/mobile/

PHOTO: The 133rd AES Convention will be held in SF’s Moscone Center Oct. 26 – 29.

The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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VMP’s New ER-1-4PKIT Rack Expansion Kit Now Shipping

STEVENSVILLE, Md., Sept. 18, 2012 — Video Mount Products (videomount.com), a leading provider of mounting solutions for the commercial, residential, security, and pro audio/video markets, is proud to announce the new ER-1-4PKIT Expansion Kit for the ER-1 Equipment Rack is now shipping.

“The ER-1-4PKIT is an easily installed expansion kit for the ER-1 rack to convert our most popular two-post rack to a four-post rack,” explained Keith Fulmer, president of VMP. “VMP offers numerous solutions to help answer thermal and cable management concerns by providing easy-to-assemble, vented, functional, and compatible racks, shelves, brackets, mounts and accessories. Designed to meet the challenges faced in such tight and component-laden A/V and other low voltage installations, the ER-1 with expandable ER-1-4PKIT is an example of just such a valuable tool.”

Features of the ER-1-4PKIT Expansion Kit include:
• Standard 10-32 threading in expansion posts
• Includes side stabilizing bars
• Steel construction
• Black static resistant powder coat finish
• MSRP: $124.95

The ER-1 is an EIA compliant, 40-rack space, 19-inch headend equipment rack with a 400 lb. load capacity.

For more information on the ER-1-4PKIT, please visit www.videomount.com or call (410) 643-6390 or toll free 877-281-2169. If you need help choosing the right mount for your application, try the Video Mount™ Finder at www.chooseamount.com.

About Video Mount Products
Born in 1994, Video Mount Products (VMP) is a leading provider of mounting solutions for the video, audio and security industries. VMP products consistently offer the latest designs in safety and flexibility, all at an outstanding value. VMP’s product offering continues to substantially grow by adding several mounting systems to address the increasing popularity of flat panel technology, both LCD and Plasma, as well as other growing segments across many markets.

VMP has become the mounting systems company of choice for professionals and their customers everywhere. All products have been engineered for and installed with confidence in thousands of residences, businesses, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and security applications throughout the world. VMP prides itself on providing the best products in the industry and by supporting those products with knowledgeable professionals who understand that “support” is the core of the business.

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HARMAN’s Studer Vista 5 Makes the Classical Spectacular for Chandos Records

COLCHESTER, United Kingdom — With an eclectic and award-winning catalogue of classical music—much of it consisting of orchestral, choral and chamber music—UK-based Chandos Records is renowned for its natural sound quality and prides itself on capturing superior audio with first-class balance. Founded in 1979 by Brian Couzens, the independent label is today run by his son Ralph, who knows that sound is only as good as the production facilities, and his quest for a state-of-the-art digital mixing console to complete the equation led him recently to a 32-fader HARMAN Studer Vista 5.

The Vista 5 has the combined effect of greatly increasing the DSP and I/O capacity over Chandos’ previous desk, which had served them well during the previous decade. “We also needed 24-bit, 96kHz capability, which is our standard for recording,” confirmed Couzens. “Although our old desk would support 96kHz, this was only by halving the number of available channels and busses. We were faced with cutting it down to 48kHz or linking two desks together with MADI cards—but that would have meant buying a second desk.”

But the path that led Chandos to Studer was due to the extensive recording work they undertake with the BBC Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras, the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. “We were aware that all their resident BBC facilities were equipped with various Vista consoles,” Couzens noted.

It was at BBC Wales that one of the resident technicians recommended that Couzens try their in-house Vista 8, and offered to walk him through the operating process. “I instantly fell in love with the way the desk worked,” he said. “I saw that Studer produced a Vista 5, which was portable—this was vital with location work.”

He and assistant engineer Jonathan Cooper attended a Studer Broadcast Academy day in Potters Bar and Studer volunteered a demo rig for evaluation. Chandos Records fired it up at Watford Colosseum and Couzens was convinced then and there.

The 32-fader desk consists of 20 channel strips, optimised for input channel operation, and 12 additional versatile strips for operating output and input channels. By using the standard Vistonics screen, up to 52 outputs are under immediate control. A total of up to 240 channels can be accessed from the desk and laid out in any order, with the Vistonics™ system giving instant control over all related channel functions. The DSP power and I/O are configured to customer requirements.

Typically Chandos will be recording orchestral ensembles in excess of 100 musicians—plus chorus—which places a heavy requirement on the I/O count. One such instance was at Watford Colosseum where the new console was pressed into service to record the complete orchestral works of Witold Lutoslawski by the 100-piece BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edward Gardner—for release later this year.

“We have 40 mic preamps and eight line outputs in the Stagebox and record via MADI to our Sadie LRX2. Sound quality is so important and the Studer A/D converters [the most important stage in the process] in the Stagebox are also fantastic,” Couzens continued.

“With DSP power you are mixing complex sound into a stereo bus but with the Vista 5 the sound and image stay true whatever the content you are mixing,” Couzens said. “With our previous desk the sound could run out of steam with the combination of DSP power and A/D’s but with the Vista 5 everything remains crystal clear whatever the circumstances. I also love the desk’s EQ, its operating system is intuitive and it’s so configurable if we need to duplicate and expand.”

“Already I am noticing the improved sound quality of the recordings,” summarised the Chandos Records MD. “And I expect audiophiles will too.”

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 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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HARMAN Soundcraft’s “Mixing with Professionals” Seminars Heads to Chicago With Barry Manilow Front of House Engineer Ken Newman

CHICAGO, Illinois — HARMAN Soundcraft’s “Mixing with Professionals” (MwP) series will breeze into the Windy City on October 16. MwP offers tips and tricks about using Soundcraft Vi Series consoles from some of live sound’s most experienced engineers. The Chicago sessions will be hosted by Ken Newman, front of house engineer for Barry Manilow and owner of Newman Audio.

Ken Newman is currently on tour with Barry Manilow and has also mixed live sound for Chris Isaak, Anita Baker, Stevie Nicks, Liza Minnelli, Paul Anka and other top performers. He began mixing sound in 1972 as a teenager and has never looked back.

Newman will give MwP attendees formal training with plenty of hands-on time with Vi Series consoles in a classroom atmosphere. If participants bring a USB stick, they can save their settings and take them on the road for their next gig, or continue working on their settings using the Soundcraft Virtual Vi offline editor, which is available free on the Soundcraft website.

“I’ve had years of experience working with Soundcraft consoles,” said Newman, “and I look forward to showing attendees how to configure and mix a show using the Vi Series. During a Manilow show, it’s a very active mix and the features and ergonomics of the Vi Series offer ready access to everything—there’s nothing to slow me down or get in my way.”

The MwP sessions will be held on October 16 at Sound Marketing, 10073 S 76th Avenue, Bridgeview, Illinois, 60455.

Two time slots will be available from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. The course is free to attend but registration is required and space is limited. Details are available at usa.soundcraft.com and participants can register via e-mail at Soundcraft-usa@harman.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 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Boston’s Salty Pig Restaurant Adds Audio Flavor With Diverse Selection of HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers

NORTHRIDGE, California – To provide outstanding coverage and audio quality to the newly renovated Salty Pig restaurant in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, GC Pro recently installed a variety of HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers, delivering pristine sound to the establishment without disturbing the conversations of patrons.

The Salty Pig, which is a structurally challenging building to work with, wanted a complete upgrade. GC Pro decided to go with a full HARMAN system so that everything worked complimentary to each other. “We designed the whole system from scratch,” PK Pandey, Senior Account Manager, explained. “The ceiling was not easy to mount anything and we did not want to mess with the integrity of the restaurant itself. With many reflective surfaces as well, it was a challenge deciding what products worked best. JBL, with their diverse selection of options, made our job easy.”

Pandey installed seven JBL Control® 67P/T full-range pendant loudspeakers in the main area of the restaurant, five CBT 50LA column loudspeakers around the outdoor patio area and two Control SB210 compact subwoofers, one indoor and one outdoor which allows both the CBT’s and Control loudspeakers to work more efficiently without being pushed to the max. Also installed were five JBL Control 24C ceiling loudspeakers to provide sound in the bathrooms and alcove seating area. For amplification, four Crown XLS series amplifiers were installed along with dbx ZonePro 1260 system processing.

“The Control pendant speakers worked perfectly for the application,” said Pandey. “They provide great coverage and allow us to better control the volume of the loudspeakers to provide customers with soothing background music while eating. The CBT’s were easy to mount and their outdoor capability makes them the best option. We also don’t have to worry about hot spots or distortion over time, especially in Boston where the weather can change every 10 minutes.”

The install at the Salty Pig has also left room for an upgrade when the time is right with the ample power provided by the Crown amplifiers. “Everything is about the experience at the Salty Pig,” mentioned Pandey. “It really is about the food and the customer experience and we wanted to provide the restaurant with a sound system that could be pushed to the limit if needed, but also allowed customers to sit back and relax and enjoy their meal.”

The system has surpassed the restaurant’s expectations, according to Pandey. “Going with HARMAN, I knew I had a great product selection to chose from,” Pandey continued. “This turned out to be important when it became difficult to mount speakers in certain areas. Everything was extremely easy to connect and the dbx processing connected everything beautifully.”

For more information on GC Pro, please visit: http://www.gcpro.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 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

45-seat private home cinema redefines residential luxury

ATLANTA, GA – 8/31/2012 – Cantara of Los Angeles, CA, recently completed a massive 45-seat private cinema of such magnitude and quality that it raises the bar for private cinemas worldwide. The video system features a record-setting 18′ wide Stewart Cinecurve paired with Digital Projection International’s award-winning TITAN Reference 1080p-3D projector. The audio system consists of a Genelec speaker array, which includes screen speakers usually found in more

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At The Owner’s Box Sports Bar in Dallas, Meyer Sound Low-Voltage Systems Plunge Fans into the Game

The Owner’s Box Sports Bar and Grill at the new Omni Dallas Hotel has become the hot-spot for both intense game-watching and socializing in this sports-centric city. As the name implies, the concept here is to give fans a privileged seat and then pull them into the game—a technological feat accomplished by a total of 72 HDTV screens and powerful surround sound systems incorporating 40 Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers.

Walker Engineering of Irving, Tex. provided design assistance and installation for the audio, video, and lighting (AVL) systems, with Kip Kendrick, the company’s business development manager for AVL, spearheading conceptual design.

“I’m not a huge sports fan myself,” admits Kendrick, “but I love the feeling I get watching a game on my big screen at home with good surround sound. I knew that if we wanted to bring the fans downtown, we had to offer that same sense of immersion in the game—only better. That was our goal. We aimed for the best sports bar in the world.”

From the outset, Walker Engineering and its partners, general contractor Balfour Beatty Construction and developer Matthews Southwest, agreed that there would be no “value engineering” that would compromise the experience. “We insisted on a stellar environment, and that meant top-line Panasonic video screens, Biamp audio processing and distribution, Crestron controls, and Meyer Sound loudspeakers,” says Kendrick.

Meyer Sound systems are showcased in five premier viewing zones at The Owner’s Box, four of which utilize the new low-voltage self-powered systems. The twin 7.1 bar systems each have a center UP-4XP 48 V loudspeaker, six MM-4XP miniature loudspeakers, and an MM-10 miniature subwoofer. The 7.2 system in the VIP suite uses the same components with an added MM-10, while the 5.1 system for the billiards room has two fewer of the MM-4XP loudspeakers.

“When we looked at what we needed for both functional performance and interior design, Meyer’s low-voltage systems were a no-brainer,” recalls Kendrick. “Their 48 V speaker line is absolutely brilliant for this kind of environment.”

For the big games—Cowboys, Mavericks, Super Bowl—fans flock to the front of the 16-foot screen, where they are swept into the sound of a 7.2 system powered by seven UPA-1P loudspeakers and dual USW-1P subwoofers.

“They brought in a DJ to use that system for New Year’s,” recalls Kendrick, “and during the afternoon tests they had it up well over 115 dB with pure clarity. We had bellhops coming from the front desk 200 yards away to see what was going on.”

Working with Kendrick as project manager was Jerry Roskin, Walker Engineering’s senior project manager for low-voltage and network systems. Creston programming was handled by PanTech Design of Grapevine. Architect for The Owner’s Box was BOKA Powell, LLC., and interior designer was waldrop+nichols studio, llc.

Although AVL for The Owner’s Box was covered under a separate contract, Walker Engineering also was contracted for all electrical, security, networking, and AV systems throughout the hotel. The 1,001-room property, officially named the Dallas Convention Center Hotel, is owned by the City of Dallas and operated by Omni Hotels.

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Tokyu Theatre Orb Takes Musicals to New Heights with Meyer Sound M’elodie

Dubbed “a musical theatre floating on air,” Tokyu Theatre Orb is nestled inside a stunning glass atrium that sits wedged between the 11th and 16th floors of a new multi-use tower in Tokyo. It is the largest venue of its type in Japan, with a maximum seating capacity of 1,972, and it also boasts a reinforcement system based on Meyer Sound M’elodie line array loudspeakers.

The system was designed to allow maximum flexibility. Array components can be configured as a complete system for local productions or special events, or they can be used to augment systems carried by touring productions. The LCR system offers a fixed center cluster comprising 10 flown M’elodie loudspeakers under a 600-HP subwoofer; the base L and R arrays (flown or ground-stacked) are six-each M’elodie loudspeakers plus a 600-HP subwoofer, with rigging to accommodate additional M’elodie loudspeakers available for rental. The in-house inventory also includes eight UPA-1P and four UPJunior VariO loudspeakers, which can be utilized as needed for monitors, effects, and fills. A Galileo loudspeaker management system provides system drive and processing, while the RMS remote monitoring system allows the audio team to maintain system performance in real time.

The decision to invest in a M’elodie system followed a special demonstration arranged by the project’s principal sound system designer, Tetushi Hirai of Yamaha Sound Systems, Inc., for Mansanori Ijuin of Tokyu Bunkamura, Inc., the venue management group responsible for operation of the theatre. The final decision was further supported by favorable past experiences with Meyer Sound systems at two other theatres also managed by Tokyu Bunkamura, Theatre Cocoon and Orchard Hall.

Meyer Sound’s Japanese distributor, ATL, Inc., assisted Hirai in the specifics of array configuration using the MAPP Online Pro acoustical prediction program. Yamaha Sound Systems, Inc. was responsible for system integration and installation.

“From many successful experiences with other Meyer Sound systems, including M’elodie, we can expect excellent performance from the new system at Theatre Orb,” comments Yashuhito Terada, the venue’s audio director.

The in-house system was used for an opening event at the theatre this summer. The first full production in Theatre Orb was the Broadway classic, West Side Story. The next major touring production on the schedule is a trans-Pacific detour for the national tour of Million Dollar Quartet, an energetic fifties rock’n'roll extravaganza which has packed houses across North America using its own Meyer Sound system.

Theatre Orb is—literally—the centerpiece of Shibuya Hikarie, a high-rise retail, entertainment and commercial project developed by the Tokyu Corporation. It is located in the Shibuya municipality of Tokyo, an area known as a thriving center for fashion, entertainment, and nightlife.

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