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Alcorn McBride Once Again Named to Inc. 5000

Alcorn McBride Inc., a leading manufacturer of audio, video, lighting and show control equipment for the themed entertainment industry, has been named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America for the fourth time. The company has made the list for the last three years in a row.

This year Alcorn McBride placed at #4143 appearing in the Engineering category at #51, a jump of 20 places within the category. Once again, the company continues to defy sluggish economic conditions by thriving and gaining market share.

“It’s an honor to receive Inc. 5000 recognition for the fourth time,” says Jeremy Scheinberg, COO. “We are very lucky to maintain a strong and loyal customer base and are dedicated to supporting our customers as we strive to stay on the cutting edge of technology.”

The Inc. 5000 list has recognized the top private businesses in the United States for more than 30 years. Companies are ranked by overall revenue growth over a five-year period.

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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The LIBRARY! Gets Tecom TecPodium Lecterns

Tecom TecPodium WorkStation PodiumTecom TecPodium WorkStation PodiumThe Library is a co-working space for start-up founders, located in the heart of Tel Aviv, which offers facilities, networking events, Meetups, and professional infrastructure for young technological visionaries. Tecom is proud to be part of this important educational and technological space.

The LIBRARY was fully equipped with TecPodium solutions. In the main meeting space, the TecPodium WorkStation Podium Style, a compact cabinet that accommodates all the Audio-Visual equipment, allows presenters from all over the world to look good in front of their audience!

TecPodium Workstation is equipped with Tecom breakthrough control panel for seamless operation and easy switching between the different AV sources.
In the smaller meeting rooms, TecPodium controllers, Tecom new cable management solutions, Video conference devices and Samsung Professional LCD displays were used. The LIBRARY has been a remarkable success since it’s opening, receiving great worldwide reviews.

Micworks Masterminds “Genius” Sound with KARA

L-ACOUSTICS system deployed on 80th annual Pageant of the Masters

LAGUNA BEACH, California – September 2012 — Celebrating its milestone 80th season this year, Pageant of the Masters is an annual summer festival where life truly does imitate art. Staged at the 2,700-seat Irvine Bowl in Laguna Beach, the Festival of Arts event is best known for its “tableaux vivants” in which classical and contemporary works of art are recreated onstage through an elaborate mix of costumed models, props, backdrops and lighting.

This year’s production, known as “Genius”, focused on the works of numerous visionaries like Michelangelo, Vincent van Gogh, and Leonardo da Vinci. But the visual aspect of the event was only half of the story. Accompanying the 90-minute show of “living pictures” each night throughout July and August were a professional narrator, vocalists singing period pieces, and a 30-member live orchestra, all sonically reinforced via a new L-ACOUSTICS KARA system. more

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StudioLive Helps Florida Church into the Digital Age

Sanford, FL, September 2012… Josh Walker is a self-described “professional creative.” From music and recording to live sound and systems integration, Walker works with bands, musicians, and organizations, helping to create a powerful musical and visual experience.

In addition to his regular duties as Creative Arts Director at Morgantown, West Virginia’s, Catalyst Church, Walker is an AV consultant to churches and institutions across the US, helping their users to design and get the most from their systems. As he puts it, “I love technology, and I love simplicity.”

Walker recently talked about an interesting project at Safe Harbor Christian Church in the Orlando suburb of Sanford, Florida. The church’s 250-seat sanctuary was plagued by a number of challenges, both environmental and operational. “The room itself is actually pretty good, other than a rather high ceiling,” he observes. “But they had some rather outdated and ineffective technology, and that’s where we started.”

The sanctuary’s analog console lacked many of the features the church needed. “Even at its best, they could only get two monitor mixes out of it,” Walker explains. And the aging mixer had apparently seen better days, with several channels either partially or fully inoperable.

The multi-channel snake fared little better. “The snake had been spliced with what looked like residential copper wiring to extend it to the 250 feet needed to reach the desk,” says Walker. “It was pretty down and dirty and just a bit dangerous.”

Walker recommended the PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 digital console. “I had mixed live shows on the PreSonus on a couple of occasions and was pretty impressed,” he says. “For its size and price, it’s surprisingly powerful. It’s ideal for small to mid-sized churches.” Apparently it wasn’t hard to convince the church either. “They had been researching consoles, and the StudioLive was at the top of their list.”

Not surprisingly, the butchered snake was a goner. “There was no way to salvage it, so we installed a new 200-foot multicore,” says Walker. “Between the snake and the StudioLive, we immediately raised their available monitor mixes from two to five. The snake enabled us to go up to eight, and the console allowed for ten.”

Another challenge plaguing the church was a lack of proper training. “Outside of their core team, it’s largely a volunteer crew,” Walker explains. “One of the guys had run the sound at a larger venue for about 20 years, so he knew audio but he didn’t know digital. The rest of them were folks who wanted to help out, but had no audio experience.”

Walker says the StudioLive made training the crew an easy undertaking. “We had to go through everything, from how to use a digital console down to the basics of how to mix, use EQ, compression, and so on. I think we did a total of around six hours of hands-on training, and when I left I was fully confident that they had a good grasp of things,” he says. “The console makes it so easy. The Fat Channel is so intuitive – all the information is right in front of you. There are no layers of menus. In fact, there’s almost nothing you can’t get to within two button presses or two turns of a knob.”

He points to the StudioLive’s expandability as another asset. “If their production grows twofold in the next couple of years, they can get another one and connect them via FireWire.”

“To be able to give them a console that takes up less space and does more than two of their old consoles is just a no-brainer,” he concludes.

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Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, mixers, control surfaces and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.

Oxygen DCT Brings A Plethora Of New Broadcast Products to IBC 2012

Oxygen DCT’s recently launched Evolution ProFlex monitors will be on show at IBC 2012 (10.B44) as part of a range of new products that the company will be debuting for the first time in Europe.

The latest addition to Oxygen DCT’s popular Evolution Pro range, the low cost, high performance Evolution ProFlex is targeted at more budget conscious installations by offering broadcast picture quality at consumer pricing levels.

“With Evolution ProFlex monitors we are giving control rooms and galleries access to professional grade monitoring, thus negating the need to use large domestic televisions that don’t offer the same level of picture quality,” says Steve Hathaway, Oxygen DCT’s Managing Director. “This new monitor range is flexible and capable of being driven by multi-viewer systems with between four and 64 signals on a single screen.”

There are seven different sizes in the range, from a super 9.7” to a high performance 10 bit, 1.06 billion colour 55” model and an enormous 70” screen. Unlike consumer screens, these monitors are a consistent ergonomic design that will not change model or design as occurs in the consumer market. They also have broadcast colour reproduction with adjustable colour controls, contrast and backlight setting allowing broadcast users to colour match panels together.

Each screen is equipped with the latest, high performance LCD panels and low energy LED backlighting. ProFlex monitors are designed to be flexible with control from either rear mounted buttons or a plug-in remote control panel. DVI and HDMI inputs are standard whilst 3G-HD-SDI is optional.

Initially developed in conjunction with ITN, which installed them in its new Channel Four News room, Evolution ProFlex monitors have also been supplied to customers such as the British Army Communications Media. Prices for the range start at £355 for the 9.7” to £477 for the 21.5” and £3,330 for the 55” model.

Also making its debut at IBC 2012 is Oxygen DCT’s powerful and feature-rich 3G 2-channel test signal generator that offers all the analysis tools engineers need in a highly portable, hand-held unit.

The OxTPG 1000 offers the full range of High Definition standards including 3G and HD/SDI up to 1080p resolution. While ideally suited to all film and broadcast applications, its portable nature makes it particularly well suited to those working in an Outside Broadcast environment with DSNG vehicles and fly-away units. By taking advantage of new technology, the unit is also significantly lower in price than many of its competitors.
“The OxTPG 1000 is the lowest cost high performance TSG on the market and comes with a selection of moving test patterns to test links and monitor performance,” Hathaway adds. “Users can also personalise the unit by loading their own test patters.”

The OxTPG 1000 features a variety of output modes including SD/SDI, HD/SDI and 3G/SDI test signals. Audio is incorporated within the test signal output and users can also Genlock the unit to a master reference. Optional fibre optic links can be supplied with the OxTPG 1000 should these be required. The unit can also be powered by an on-board battery, making it even more useful and versatile.

As Cinedeck’s leading European distributor, Oxygen DCT will also be showing the new 4-channel Cinedeck MX multi-channel recorder, which will be on display for the first time in Europe. This compliments the latest v3.5 versions of the Cinedeck RX Broadcast and RX Cine/444, and the Cinedeck EX.

Oxygen DCT will complete its IBC line-up with a host of monitors for broadcast and production and a range of studio glue products including the GlueBox™ Mio HD/SD-SDI to HDMI/DVI converter, a high quality, compact, reliable video conversion and interfacing device for broadcast television and digital film industries.

For more information about these products and the entire Oxygen DCT range, please visit the company in Hall 10, Stand B44 or visit www.oxygendct.com

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About Oxygen DCT:
Oxygen DCT is a broadcasts systems solutions provider with a deep knowledge and understanding of the broadcast and professional media markets. This dynamic organisation has amassed in just over five years, a very extensive and comprehensive products portfolio of over 3000 carefully designed broadcast and production products that represent the pinnacle of engineering excellence. Oxygen DCT was the first company in the broadcast industry to fully implement online facilities for its customers and its unique, comprehensive online ordering facility automatically configures equipment systems for customers, saving time and provides industry professionals with the convenience of immediate online pricing. The ‘one-stop-shop’ website caters for the smallest requirements whilst also allowing users to prepare their own quotes and place orders online with immediate order confirmation. Oxygen DCT also provides advice, support and expertise as part of its ‘life cycle’ care scheme, ensuring that customers are fully serviced throughout their career life cycles. www.oxygendct.com

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