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HARMAN’s Crown Audio Expands Its VRACK Offerings With Introduction of VRACK 4x3500HD Complete Multichannel Amplification System

LONDON, United Kingdom — HARMAN’s Crown Audio today announced it is adding to its popular VRACK complete amplifier management solutions with the introduction of its VRACK 4x3500HD. The new version incorporates three of Crown’s flagship I-Tech 4x3500HD DriveCore™ Series 4-channel power amplifiers in a single road-ready plug-and-play rack, providing a versatile, turnkey multichannel amplifier solution for tour, rental and installed sound applications.

Designed to work hand in hand with JBL VTX and VERTEC Series models with upcoming support planned for JBL VRX and STX models, the VRACK 4x3500HD includes three built-in Crown I-Tech HD Series 4×3500 DriveCore power amps, analog and digital connections and a globally universal power distribution system that can be set to meet US and international power standards. All the components are housed in a wheeled rack with a captive suspension system that enables it to be flown in the same manner as a line array loudspeaker system. Multiple VRACKs can be linked together for integrated operation in larger systems.

“Since its introduction our VRACK concept has been embraced by live sound and event providers for its plug-and-play operation, easy transportability and flexible configuration options,” said Brian Pickowitz, Business Segment Manager, Crown Audio. “The VRACK 4x3500HD builds on this concept with a full 12 channels of high-power amplification and greatly expanded connectivity features, giving users a powerful and versatile multichannel amplifier management solution.”

“VRACK is an integral part of our turnkey system package for JBL VTX and VERTEC”, adds Paul Bauman, Senior Manager, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “Based on field testing to date, we’ve been extremely pleased with IT4x3500HD performance and VRACK4x3500HD provides the amp rack equivalent of the optimized power density philosophy that was adopted for the VTX V25 loudspeaker itself – lots of horsepower in a compact, tightly-integrated package.”

The I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers feature a 4.3-inch front-panel LCD touchscreen that provides amplifier monitoring and access to key functions with color-keyed visuals. Each amplifier offers an extensive complement of inputs and outputs including four analog inputs, four AES3 digital inputs and four AES inputs over VDrive and the ability to select four CobraNet® inputs. The amplifiers also include SpeakON or banana plug speaker connectors.

The VRACK 4x3500HD utilizes HARMAN HiQnet System Architect™ 3.2 control functionality and Version 5 DSP preset support for JBL Professional’s new VTX Series V25 plus VERTEC Series line array loudspeakers. System Architect provides control through monitoring and adjustment on a rack-by-rack basis and the ability to make changes to all three amps in the VRack through a single interface. The VRACK 4x3500HD is also compatible with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ sound reinforcement system design software for enhanced control and monitoring capabilities.

The I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers deliver 1,900 watts per channel into eight ohms, 2,400 watts per channel into four ohms and 4,200 watts into four ohms bridged. The amplifiers provide extensive DSP sound-tailoring capability and incorporate Crown’s exclusive linear phase FIR and IIR filters to provide optimized loudspeaker crossover points with improved midrange clarity and off-axis response. The amplifiers’ USB port enables users to load preset amplifier settings or device files and update firmware.

The Crown VRACK 4x3500HD amplifier management solution is now shipping.

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.

HARMAN’s Crown Audio Showcases PIP-BLU Programmable Input Processor Card for Its CTs Series Amplifiers At PLASA 2012

LONDON, United Kingdom — At PLASA 2012, HARMAN’s Crown Audio is showcasing its PIP-BLU Programmable Input Processor (PIP) card for the Crown CTs Series power amplifiers. The PIP-BLU adds BSS Audio Soundweb London digital audio bus functionality to Crown CTs Series amplifiers, offering a simple, cost-effective way to get digital audio all the way to the amplifiers.

“The PIP-BLU adds BSS Audio’s Soundweb London digital audio bus to Crown’s popular CTs Series amplifiers, without having to use additional network switches. This makes installation much easier, saves time and money, greatly simplifies the cabling within an amplifier rack and provides advanced control and monitoring capabilities,” said Daniel Saenz, Install Business Segment Manager, Crown Audio. “With the PIP-BLU, contractors are now able to leverage the functionality and simplicity of the Soundweb London digital audio bus all the way to the amplifiers.”

The PIP-BLU is compatible with Crown CTs Series 2-channel amplifiers built after April 2011. It provides BSS Audio Soundweb London digital audio bus functionality along with analog input and output connectors, and offers two digital audio bus channels to the amplifier, an RJ-45 Ethernet jack for remote configuration, control and monitoring and two digital audio bus channels back from the amp (for the listen bus), along with two analog input channels and two analog output channels. The analog channels provide analog backup and also facilitate using the CTs amplifier as a 2-channel Break-In Box (BIB). The analog outputs provide a buffered version of the inputs, allowing daisy-chaining down a rack.

The PIP-BLU card allows the amplifier to be connected into the Soundweb London digital audio bus ring, providing the sharing of digital audio, fault tolerance and greatly simplifies cabling. The PIP-BLU uses HARMAN’s HiQnet™ protocol and is configured, controlled and monitored using HiQnet London Architect.

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.

HARMAN Professional Launches HiQnet Audio Architect™ Configuration and Control Software For Installed Sound Applications, and HiQnet Motion Control iOS App at PLASA 2012

LONDON, United Kingdom – At PLASA 2012, HARMAN Professional is introducing its HiQnet Audio Architect™ configuration and control software, marking a new era in the HARMAN HiQnet platform. HiQnet Audio Architect represents the single-most comprehensive audio networking solution for professional fixed install applications, providing integrators with a unified platform for system design, programming and custom control.

HiQnet Audio Architect enables a greater level of integration for the end-user by combining the functionality of predecessor software applications HiQnet System Architect™ and HiQnet London Architect™. The new software platform will provide system-focused configuration of over 100 HiQnet products from AKG, BSS, Crown, dbx, JBL and Lexicon. It merges the open-architecture DSP backbone of the BSS Audio Soundweb London family with the comprehensive workflow and customizable control of HiQnet System Architect.

In adding the feature set of HiQnet London Architect to the HiQnet System Architect software platform to create HiQnet Audio Architect, the HiQnet team has included numerous user experience and workflow enhancements in order to provide the operator with as much depth and complexity as each system requires. It cleverly hides advanced features from a more novice user but does not inhibit the design of a large-scale system. The workflow paradigm introduced in System Architect 2 and adopted by JBL Performance Manager™ carefully guides the designer from start to finish, and presents a cleaner workspace by displaying only the tools appropriate for each and every stage of the design.

Being launched alongside HiQnet Audio Architect is HiQnet Motion Control™ – an Apple iOS app which enables customized control interfaces designed in Audio Architect to be imported on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices for mobile system control. Dedicated design templates are available within Audio Architect for the configuration of customized interfaces, which can be used to control devices from BSS, Crown, dbx and JBL. HiQnet Motion Control is available from the Apple App Store and will also function with HiQnet System Architect prior to the availability of HiQnet Audio Architect.

HiQnet Audio Architect positions itself as the most versatile software application available today for the network configuration, by providing the ability to route the emerging AVB open standard, Cirrus Logic CobraNet and Audinate Dante audio network protocols, as well as HARMAN’s proprietary BLU link high-channel, low latency digital audio bus, all within a single application. By providing the ability to route the three most widely-adopted audio network protocols within a single interface, a system designer educated in the use of HiQnet Audio Architect can flexibly move from one network platform to another without being experienced in multiple software packages. The BLU link digital audio bus offers a highly complementary solution to any network – whether AVB, CobraNet or Dante – by enabling far greater routing flexibility and the added benefit of alleviating bandwidth from the primary network.

“The introduction of HiQnet Audio Architect is a major milestone in the vision of the unified, end-to-end HiQnet networked audio system. We are now offering the all-in-one design, routing and control solution that the professional AV community has been waiting for. No other manufacturer can match the diversity of product offerings and the versatility of networked audio routing within a single software application as HARMAN will now provide through HiQnet Audio Architect – and this phase of the HiQnet program is really only just beginning,” stated Adam Holladay, Market Manager, HARMAN System Development and Integration Group.

HiQnet Audio Architect, the network topologies it configures and controls, and the accompanying HiQnet Motion Control iOS app will be demonstrated at PLASA on the HARMAN stand 1-E21.

HARMAN HiQnet™ is the world’s first connectivity and control protocol that integrates all product categories in the signal chain for professional audio systems of all types, size, and applications. HARMAN HiQnet no longer requires the user to manage multiple disparate operating systems or be responsible for programming individual signal processors, speaker controllers, wireless microphone systems, and mixing consoles. HiQnet was developed by engineers from across HARMAN’s Professional Division and is coordinated by the System Development and Integration Group (SDIG), a team of dedicated systems specialists based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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.

HARMAN’s BSS Audio Broadens Network Interoperability, Adds Dante™ BLU-806 and BLU-326 Processors to Soundweb™ London

LONDON, United Kingdom – In a move to broaden network interoperability of its category-leading Soundweb London audio networking and processing platform and provide integrators with more comprehensive choices, HARMAN’s BSS Audio today added Audinate Dante™ enabled processors to a line that also includes Cirrus Logic CobraNet® and AVB. As a result, HARMAN Professional and BSS Audio now provide deeper technology solutions and support for legacy projects, current large format fixed installations and progressive AVB-enabled networks in the pipeline.

The BLU-806 offers the same configurable signal processing capability as the existing BLU-800 device. Both new devices offer configurable inputs and outputs, compatibility with all Soundweb London input and output card options, logic processing capability, the 256-channel Soundweb London digital audio bus and GPIO.

Each device offers up to 16 inputs and outputs, configurable in banks of four. Card options include analog mic/line inputs with Phantom Power, analog outputs, digital inputs (AES/EBU and S/PDIF), digital outputs, the Soundweb London AEC Input Card and the Soundweb London Telephone Hybrid Card.

The BLU-806 and BLU-326 devices allow 64 incoming Dante channels and 64 outgoing Dante channels.

“System designers using Soundweb London will now have the choice of AVB, CobraNet or Dante as the digital audio transport, using the Soundweb London digital audio bus to complement the application-specific transports. Most importantly, system designers are able to deploy each of these transports using a single software application,” stated Iain Gregory, Marketing Lead for Installed Sound at Harman Signal Processing.

The BLU-806 and BLU-326 along with the other members of the Soundweb London family provide the building blocks of the perfectly tailored system solution.

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.

HARMAN’s BSS Audio Brings AVB to Soundweb™ London With Introduction of BLU-805 and BLU-325 Processors

LONDON, United Kingdom – HARMAN’s BSS Audio today introduced AVB (IEEE Audio Video Bridging) functionality to its acclaimed Soundweb London family of digital signal processors with the addition of two Soundweb London devices. The new Soundweb London BLU-805 and BLU-325 devices are AVB versions of the BLU-800 and BLU-320 CobraNet™ siblings from which they are derived.

The BLU-805 offers the same configurable signal processing capability as the existing BLU-800 device. Both new devices offer configurable inputs and outputs, compatibility with all Soundweb London input and output card options, logic processing capability, the 256-channel Soundweb London digital audio bus and GPIO.

Each device offers up to 16 inputs and outputs, configurable in banks of four. Card options include analog mic/line inputs with Phantom Power, analog outputs, digital inputs (AES/EBU and S/PDIF), digital outputs, the Soundweb London AEC Input Card and the Soundweb London Telephone Hybrid Card.

The BLU-805 and BLU-325 devices allow 64 incoming AVB channels and 64 outgoing AVB channels at 48kHz, or 32 incoming AVB channels and 32 outgoing AVB channels at 96kHz. Configuration, control and monitoring is provided by HiQnet™ London Architect.

Iain Gregory, Marketing Lead for Installed Sound at Harman Signal Processing stated, “Combining the proven and respected Soundweb London platform with the industry-supported AVB transport is a very natural evolutionary step for Soundweb London. It gives access to the incredible flexibility of Soundweb London and contemporary transport technology, all in a familiar environment.”

The BLU-805 and BLU-325 along with the other members of the Soundweb London family provide the building blocks of the perfectly tailored system solution.

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.

Perfect for orchestral recordings – the MKH 8090 wide cardioid condenser microphone from Sennheiser

Audio specialist Sennheiser is expanding its MKH studio microphone series with the addition of the MKH 8090, whose wide cardioid pick-up pattern makes it the ideal microphone for orchestral recordings. The RF condenser microphone is perfectly suited as both a main and a spot microphone. An optional screw-on module can be used to convert it into a digital AES42 microphone.

“The MKH 8090 combines omni-directional and cardioid pick-up patterns to produce an impressive orchestral microphone,” explained Kai Lange, product manager for wired microphones at Sennheiser. “Used as a main microphone, it picks up the entire sound body and a healthy proportion of room acoustics, while as a spot microphone it has sufficient directivity to screen out other sound sources without making the recording sound too ‘narrow’.”

Meticulous sound tuning
One of those responsible for fine-tuning the microphone was tonmeister Gregor Zielinsky, International Recording Applications Manager at Sennheiser: “During the development of the MKH 8090, we focused on ensuring that the sound perception of the microphone is precisely between that of the omni-directional MKH 8020 and the cardioid MKH 8040. Through further fine-tuning, we succeeded in creating a microphone with a sound that seems to ‘shine’, and which has great presence and musicality.”

Accessories for (almost) every application
The MKH 8090 benefits from the wide range of accessories available for the 8000 series, such as microphone stands with different heights, various microphone clips, a shock mount, remote cables with different lengths, windshields and accessories for ceiling mounting.

Also available as an accessory is the MZD 8000 digital module, which converts the audio signal of the MKH 8090 into a digital signal according to the AES42 standard (Mode 2) directly at the microphone head, thus ensuring a lifelike, natural sound entirely without cable losses or interference from other sources.

Sennheiser’s MKH series works according to the RF principle, which Sennheiser has been using for more than 50 years and has developed to absolute perfection, for example through the use of symmetrical transducers.

The MKH 8090 will be available in October and will cost $1,199.95.

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Christie’s Integrated Video Display Solutions for Security and Surveillance on Display at ASIS 2012

Cost-Effective Video Wall Solutions to Meet Every Budget.

Christie, a global leader in visual display solutions, will showcase its integrated, high performance, high resolution mission critical video display wall solutions purpose-built for the most complex control room environments at ASIS 2012, the world’s most comprehensive educational and networking event in the security industry, September 10-13 in Philadelphia. Offering the latest generation monitoring and surveillance technologies, Christie display solutions represent the ultimate in 24/7 reliability and security for briefings, monitoring, surveillance, military and emergency operations centers.

Christie Entero 50 Inch LED-Based Wall Cubes

Christie Entero 50 Inch LED-Based Wall Cubes

At ASIS, the Christie booth will feature three different integrated options for video wall display for the security and surveillance industry, starting with a 2 by 2 array of stackable Christie Entero 50” SXGA+ DLP LED-illuminated display wall cubes, enabled by a Christie TVC-1700 video wall processor. The booth space will also showcase a 6 wide by 4 high Christie MicroTiles wall powered by a versatile Christie Vista Spyder X20 video processor, and a side-by-side display of two Christie FHD55X-1 tiled LCD flat panels. Information on Christie’s newest addition to the LED-illuminated video wall family, the 70” HD video wall cube (16:9 aspect ratio), ideally suited for video surveillance cameras/feeds, will be available at the booth.

50” SXGA+ DLP LED-illuminated display wall cubes
Built with Christie Entero LED light engines, all of Christie’s display cubes, including the 70” and the 50” (on display), offer great image stability, consistent brightness uniformity, 24/7 reliability, worry-free operation, ease of maintenance, and superior long life performance.

Christie MicroTiles
Ideal for command/control and surveillance, MicroTiles feature super fine pixel pitch of 0.567mm, a narrow 10″ (260mm) depth and continuous automatic color and brightness calibration. With its stunning image quality, 24/7 performance, minimal footprint and low cost of ownership, the MicroTiles can be stacked and configured into an endless variety of designs, and fit into nearly any environment.

Christie FHD551-X Flat Panels
The ideal solution where space and budget are limited, Christie FHD551-X LCD flat-panels are significantly thinner than conventional monitors, with LED backlighting and high pixel density offering high-definition resolution and energy efficiency.

Christie TVC-1700 Video Wall Controller
The newest display wall processor in our line-up, the Christie TVC-1700 manages and displays large amounts of information across video walls regardless of size, ensuring all the information is displayed exactly how you want to see it. This built-to-order video wall processor supports video wall configurations with up to 64 outputs and hundreds of inputs and managed by Christie MASTERSuite software, which enables instant access to any source of visual information. Christie TVC-1700 controllers ship with Windows 7 Ultimate so you can run multiple software applications on your video wall directly from the controller.

Christie Vista Spyder X20 Image Processor
The Christie Vista Spyder X20 is an award-winning, easy-to-use, versatile hardware-based video processor combined with the flexibility of a universal routing switcher. Its integrated source monitoring enables simultaneous, real-time, full frame rate monitoring of all inputs. With its 20 megapixel bandwidth, the Spyder X20 can drive multiple displays to achieve greater brightness, image quality, and resolution than has been historically possible.

“As a pioneer in the control room industry, Christie designs and builds cost-effective video wall solutions to meet customers’ needs, within their design specifications and within budget,” said John Stark, senior director, Collaborative Visual Solutions, Christie. “By approaching each project strategically and working with a team of experts, our customers benefit by getting 24/7 reliability and confidence in an exceptional video wall that seamlessly integrates into their entire infrastructure, allowing them to monitor, review, and share data in real-time. ”

Christie video wall display solutions are built with the latest display technologies, including DLP, LCD and LED that deliver superior, long-life performance at the lowest cost of operation. The displays are found worldwide and range from the Dallas Police Department’s Fusion Center to Mexico’s ultra-modern Federal Police Intelligence Center to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Christie’s visual display systems are built on proven technologies, with many products listed in General Services Administration (GSA) Schedules 58 and 70.

54 Below Rises As NY’s Latest High-End Club

Elegant Accoutrements & World Class Acoustics Set Stage For Classic Performance

NEW YORK: 54 BELOW, Broadway’s nightclub, is the new performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, 54 BELOW is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style.

In their description of 54 BELOW, The New York Times writes “the club has the intimacy of a large living room with unimpeded views and impeccable sound; there is not a bad seat. The atmosphere is warmer and sexier than in Manhattan’s other major supper clubs.” The New York Post calls the venue “a gorgeous new cabaret space. With its heavy lineup of moonlighting Broadway stars, 54 BELOW has the congenial feel of a theater hangout where stars go to unwind and sing the songs that really matter to them. It’s a pleasure to share their joy.”

Designed by Tony Award-winner John Lee Beatty and architect Richard Lewis, lit by Tony Award-winner Ken Billington, sound by Tony Award-nominee Peter Hylenski, and acoustic design by the Walters-Storyk Design Group, 54 BELOW features an intimate, in-your-living-room relationship between its performers and audiences. Tony Award-winner Scott Wittman serves as Creative Consultant and MAC Award-winner Phil Geoffrey Bond serves as director of Programming, Andre J. Marrero is Executive Chef.

To address the all-important acoustic issues, two top-drawer firms collaborated on the live sound and audio recording systems. Sound designer Peter Hylenski has worked on such hit shows as “The Scottsboro Boys,” “Rock Of Ages” and “Ragtime.” The Walters-Storyk Design Group has contributed their acoustic design expertise to projects ranging from Jazz At Lincoln Center to, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and Le Poisson Rouge.

WSDG project manager Joshua Morris reports, “Our first assignment was to perform a comprehensive consultation of isolation issues and internal room acoustics. 54 Below is a relatively small club, designed for audiences of 160 persons, max. At just under 2000 sq. ft., the space is situated directly below a busy commercial lobby, and sandwiched between two of Manhattan’s busiest subway corridors. The ceiling, already relatively low in this basement space, needed to be covered by a new dropped ceiling to conceal extensive air conditioning ductwork, waste and water pipes and wiring troughs.”

The findings of this critical testing program were generally positive and attested to the management group’s clear thinking on the site selection. “In reviewing our findings with Peter Hylenski, aside from a few anomalies which we immediately addressed, we agreed the ambient level of 54 BELOW was acceptably quiet,” Morris says. “Everyone was pleased to learn that very little additional isolation was necessary to allay concerns about the subway lines’ low frequency noise transmissions and physical rumble. Our recommendation was that the audience would accept moderate acoustic leakage as part of the “charm” of the NYC club-going experience, along with the murmur of a working bar and kitchen. We did, however, stipulate that a ‘high-pass filter’ be used on the microphones in critical recording situations.”

Other acoustic recommendations included additional layers of gypsum board on the ceiling. Partitions were recommended for areas adjoining kitchen, bathroom, lobby and electrical equipment closets. Acoustic door seals were stipulated to aid in isolating sound leaks. WSDG’s primary goal was to create a balanced reverberation time within the limits associated with club use and industry standards while intelligently addressing issues of noise.

Joshua Morris and WSDG principal architect/acoustician John Storyk worked closely with sound designer Peter Hylenski to develop and implement the cutting edge, sound system. “Peter’s theatrical background was invaluable in helping us shape this room into an effective performance/recording environment,” John Storyk says. We established an extremely effective collaborative synergy, and in the process we developed some interesting acoustic treatments for 54 BELOW.”

Among these innovations are custom diffusion panels covered with stretched fabric and mounted in filigreed frames that enhance the room’s aesthetics while simultaneously ‘tuning’ the space for maximum listening clarity and warmth. The team also contributed to the design of custom banquet seats, which incorporate low frequency treatments enabling them to serve as acoustic absorption elements. “No one will ever know they’re sitting on room tuning devices instead of traditional seats,” Storyk says, “But they’d hear the difference if we hadn’t paid close attention to the details.”

Photos: 54 BELOW, NY’s newest cabaret. Photos by by Marc Bryan-Brown, courtesy of 54 Below.

54 BELOW is owned and operated by Tony Award-winning producers Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, and Steven Baruch. 54 BELOW features up to three shows nightly and has audio recording capabilities. Cover charges range from $5-$95.

54 BELOW is located at 254 West 54th Street. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com.

On Sunday, Oct. 28, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM, John Storyk will discuss his work on 54 BELOW and, other such other WSDG projects as: Le Poisson Rouge, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola (Jazz At Lincoln Center), The Rockwood Music Hall and the just completed Fenix Club in San Rafael, CA in a special Presentation entitled “Acoustics For Small Live Sound Venues – Creating (& Fine Tuning) The Consumate Performing/Listening Environment” as part of the 133rd AES Convention’s Live Sound Track at SF’s Moscone Center.

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.

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BTX Enhances Pro Plate and Panel Designer Software With 50 New Connector Symbols and New Floor Box Inserts

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. — Sept. 11, 2012 — BTX Technologies, a value-added distributor and manufacturer of interface, integration, and system products, today announced that it has made its free Pro Plate and Panel Designer software even easier to use by adding more than 50 new connector symbols to its drag-and-drop library. In addition, inserts for the industry’s most popular floor boxes are now available through the software, making BTX a one-stop shop for all its customers’ plate and panel needs. more

Global Force, DJ and Producer TIËSTO, Teams With HARMAN’s AKG for New Headphone Line Delivering Sonic Performance, Advanced Design, and Superior Comfort

VIENNA, Austria – In an introduction that marries creative inspiration from the world’s leading DJ with advanced audio and technical design from the world’s preeminent headphone manufacturer, HARMAN today announces the “AKG by TIËSTO” range of headphones that feature tuning and styling directed by legendary DJ and producer TIËSTO. Comprising three high-performance professional-grade headphones, the TIËSTO Series will appeal to a broad range of end users, from studio engineers, to artists, fans and TIËSTO himself – whether in the studio, at a show or on the go.

The AKG by TIËSTO headphones are being announced globally during the PLASA show in London, UK.

With more than 350 million total views on YouTube, 12.8 million+ fans on Facebook and over 1.3 million followers on Twitter, TIËSTO is one of the most influential DJs in the world. His achievements have ranged from playing at the opening of the 2004 Olympics to an audience of billions, to Grammy® Award nominations and the coveted title of ‘Greatest DJ Of All Time’, bestowed on him by Mixmag. As well as running his own label, Musical Freedom, TIËSTO is constantly travelling around the globe, playing over 250 shows a year to millions of fans.

“AKG is rooted in the passion for music at the same time as having a unique eye for design and style,” TIËSTO says. “Together we’ve created a line of headphones that are perfect for those who want the best quality of sound, but don’t wish to compromise on style, whether you’re looking to mix in the studio, perform live or even listen when you’re on the move.”

The line of three headphones, K67 TIËSTO (High-Performance), K167 TIËSTO (Professional) and K267 TIËSTO (Reference) all provide users with a sound fitting for the global phenom, TIËSTO himself.

K67 TIËSTO’s on-ear design is ideal for home recording, project studios, live sound and rehearsal applications, offering a high noise attenuation. The compact design delivers sound quality wherever necessary, even outdoors.

K167 TIËSTO is an over-ear, closed-back design for high comfort and maximum noise rejection. Suitable for multiple applications, from the stage to the studio, DJs and music enthusiasts will enjoy the stunning design and impressive sound quality, even in loud environments. Its 40mm driver allows for higher sound pressure levels, while its roadworthy design provides maximum reliability.

K267 TIËSTO offers an over-ear, closed-back design, with an oversized low resonance driver, providing a higher SPL, while still maintaining a matched low frequency bass response. Its user-adjustable bass boost keeps sound neutral or maximizes deeper sub-bass frequencies when prompted. With high-quality materials and superior workmanship, K267’s sound quality raises the bar for the professional DJ with the best performance without compromise. K267’s Dual Plug-In feature allows the user to attach the cable to either side for maximum comfort. In addition, each set boasts 3D-Axis folding mechanisms for optimum fitting and flat storage

Commenting on the announcement Thomas Stubics, product marketing manager, AKG noted, “The AKG by TIËSTO headphones will convey an entirely new level of performance to the DJ profession. Every aspect of the TIËSTO headphones encompasses the style, emotion and heart TIËSTO provides his audiences, live or on a record. Working with TIËSTO allows AKG to extend its reputation of quality and reliability directly to the DJ and producer himself, ensuring shows and albums are at peak performance.”

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics.

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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