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Advanced Expands Facilities To Expand Growing Business

Underscoring its commitment to meeting the growing AV needs of Canada’s businesses, schools, and government, Advanced, an expert in audiovisual technology solutions, today announced the expansion of the company’s facilities. The expansion is a result of the company’s significant increase in business in the corporate sector, as the need for audiovisual collaboration systems becomes an integral part of today’s business.

“For years, we’ve specialized in offering presentation solutions, service and support to many of Canada’s businesses, school boards and government agencies,” said Mark Mulford, CEO & President of Advanced “Now, as our business has expanded to reach the corporate market, we need to expand our facilities in order to give our clients the absolute best in AV integration.”

Throughout the course of the last year, Advanced has increased their office space from 15,000 sq. ft. to over 25,000 sq. ft. The increased space includes an expansive sales floor with state of the art showrooms and logistic capabilities, and a broad professional development facility for both corporate and education clients. With the newly expanded offices, the staff at Advanced has increased 20 percent in the last year.

“With this significant business growth and our new facilities, Advanced has now solidified its position as Canada’s leading AV provider,” said Mulford. “We have always provided our clients with everything from presentation and videoconferencing solutions, to complete integrated audio visual systems, repair, and maintenance. Now, our experts are also striving to provide informative digital media to help corporate facilities communicate messages effectively.”

Advanced has the expertise in audiovisual solutions to fit every need. If you are looking for video display solutions, look to Advanced for design and engineering, installation and audiovisual consulting. To set up a meeting or to schedule a demonstration on the latest audiovisual collaborative solutions, contact Advanced at info@advanced-inc.com or toll free 1-800-436-6239.

About Advanced
Advanced is a leading Audiovisual and Collaborative Communications company working with corporations, government agencies, healthcare, and educational organizations throughout Canada and beyond. Dedicated to innovation in technology and services, Advanced has a strong set of businesses aligned to meet today’s needs. The company offers presentation and videoconferencing solutions in addition to complete integrated systems, rental, and staging services of high impact displays, repair, and maintenance, value-added integration services including design and engineering, installation and audiovisual consulting. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Advanced also has offices in Ottawa, London, and Sudbury with partner offices located in Montreal, Calgary, and Vancouver. To learn more visit www.advanced-inc.com

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AVAD and Niles Team Up for a 2013 Camaro Coupe Giveaway

AVAD LLC, the leading provider of innovative solutions to the residential and commercial custom installation markets, in partnership with Niles Audio, is launching a new contest that will award one lucky AVAD customer with a brand new 2013 Chevy Camaro Coupe 1SS. From now until December 28, 2012, authorized active AVAD customers are eligible to enter the drawing for a chance to win, with no purchase necessary, by visiting any AVAD branch location (limited to one entry per day). However, customers increase their chance of winning the grand prize by purchasing Niles products during the contest period. Customers receive an additional entry into the contest for each qualified purchase made. The winner will be announced by January 11, 2013.

We want this contest to be fun and to reward our loyal distribution customers,” says Jim Annes, VP and General Manager at AVAD. “When people think of the best in muscle cars, they think of the iconic Chevy Camaro. When people think of the best in custom electronics, they think of Niles Audio. And when people think of the best in solutions, they think of AVAD. What better way to bring these three leaders together than with this exciting opportunity.”

The Camaro Coupe 1SS is powered by a 6.2L 426-horsepower V8 engine. The vehicle comes equipped with 20” aluminum wheels, electric power steering, Bluetooth® wireless technology for select phones, and a three-month trial of Sirius XM® Satellite Radio. EPA averages 16 MPG and an estimated 24 MPG on the highway.

For more information, or to read the official contest rules, visit an AVAD branch or contact customer.service@avad.com.

For more information on AVAD, please visit http://www.avad.com in the US or http://www.avadcanada.ca in Canada. Connect with AVAD on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for news on the latest promotions and news.

About AVAD LLC
As part of the Specialty Solutions Division, AVAD, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro, provides integrators access to the industry’s top products and integrated solutions for residential and commercial video, audio, lighting control, content management, whole-home and business automation and control, as well as digital signage and commercial solutions and design services. AVAD offers the broadest consumer electronics and home and business automation portfolio in North America. Further differentiating its services, AVAD invests in the business tools and technical support and services integrators need to grow their businesses. With 24 locations throughout North America, AVAD offers local, hands-on access to the latest products and trainings, as well as free support services including system design and technical support.

About Niles:
California-based Niles® is recognized as The First Name in Custom Installation®. The company is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of audio/video custom installation products and accessories and is guided by its vision to be the world’s leading provider of products and services that enable professional custom installers to design and install systems that delight their customers. Additional information may be obtained by visiting www.nilesaudio.com. Niles is part of the CORE Brands division of the Nortek Technology Solutions Segment www.nortek-inc.com. CORE Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

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The Hålogaland Theatre Upgrades with DPA Microphones

Flexibility and Superior Sound Quality Offer Compelling Reasons to Choose DPA’s d:fine Headset Microphones

TROMSØ, NORWAY, OCTOBER 12, 2012 – The Hålogaland Theatre in Tromsø, Norway, is putting its new DPA d:fine™ Headset Microphones through their paces during production of Les Misérables, which opened on September 6, 2012. The d:fine headset microphones were selected because they offer the latest technology and comfort for performers. more

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Clay Paky Alpha Spot QWO 800 Fixtures Join Peter Gabriel’s Nostalgic Back to Front Tour

photo: Todd Kaplan

Pop legend Peter Gabriel gives a rare glimpse of his nostalgic side in his new Back to Front Tour, which recently opened in Quebec City with a full performance of his classic 1986 album, “So.” Many aspects of the show hark back to the past, and lighting and show designer Rob Sinclair is using Clay Paky Alpha Spot QWO 800 fixtures in an application employed 25 by him years ago.

Gabriel wanted to bring back some of the elements from the tour that launched “So,” including camera booms with lights mounted on the end, one boom for himself and one for each of the original touring band members who have reunited with Gabriel: bassist Tony Levin, guitarist David Rhodes, drummer Manu Katche and keyboardist David Sancious.

“We brought the technique up to date by having five manually-operated camera booms with three Alpha Spot QWO 800 fixtures on each of them,” says Sinclair. “They pretty much carry the show: The show is about those booms and the lights on them.”

photo: Todd Kaplan

Clay Paky’s Alpha Spot QWO 800 uses the latest MSR Platinum lamp, an 800W light source that produces an intense sparkling light – brighter even than older 1200W lamps. The Alpha Spot QWO 800 is equipped with optical features placing it at the top of its class, including a very wide zoom range from 7.6º to 55º, a uniform beam distribution at all zoom angles and a unique Stay-Sharp-Zoom feature that locks images in focus while zooming.

Sinclair selected the Clay Paky luminaires after conducting a test earlier this year. “I wanted something that was bright and had a wide zoom on it so when it was on the floor it would light Peter,” he explains. “In the shootout we were looking for a combination of brightness, zoom angle and weight: The lights have to be counter-weighted with four times the weight on the back of the booms. The QWO’s delivered the perfect combination of brightness and weight, and I preferred the zoom on them. The brightness carries to the back of the arena when they’re zoomed in and when they’re zoomed out they can be a foot away from Peter.”

The show is broken into three sections with part three being the complete performance of “So.” “So” is being reissued on October 22 in an extensive boxed set, which includes a making-of documentary and book. The stand-alone re-mastered album will also be released on the same date.

Sinclair reports that the Clay Paky QWO 800s are “working really well. They are an impressive light. I’m very happy with them and the decision to run them.”

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Prism Sound Launches Lyra – A New Audio Interface For The Studio Producer, Musician and DJ Market

Internationally renowned manufacturer Prism Sound is bringing its high performance audio technology to an even wider audience with the launch of Lyra, a brand new family of interfaces aimed at musicians, composers, project studio owners, DJs, re-mixers and other audio content producers such as radio and podcasting. It is also anticipated that high-end home audio enthusiasts will find the USB interface and stereo configuration with digital volume control an attractive package.

Lyra, which will make its debut at the 2012 AES Convention in San Francisco, is based on the award-winning and critically acclaimed Orpheus interface. With Lyra, music recording professionals can access the power and sophistication of the Orpheus audio path and clock circuitry, but in a smaller package and at a much improved price point.

“Lyra connects seamlessly with both Macs and PCs via a simple USB interface,” says Graham Boswell, Sales and Marketing Director for Prism Sound. “For recording professionals who don’t need eight channels of analogue I/O, Lyra is the perfect interface because it allows them to access Prism Sound quality in a convenient package and at an affordable price.”

Prism Sound, which plans to launch a number of different variants of Lyra, has started the ball rolling with Lyra 1 and Lyra 2. Both incorporate new ARM Cortex-based ‘Xcore’ processor design offering class-compliant USB interfacing, plus DSP and a low latency ‘console-quality’ digital mixer for foldback monitoring. Both products also have optical SPDIF capability and Lyra 2 also supports ADAT.

Lyra 1, which retails at £1,349 plus VAT, will be of particular interest to the musician and project studio market. This unit offers two analogue input channels – one for instrument/line and one for mic/line – plus two DA output channels and optical-only digital I/O. With Lyra 1, musicians can connect a guitar and a microphone through the input channels, plug into their software mixer via a simple USB connection and start laying down basic tracks in a matter of minutes.

Lyra 2, which retails at £1,849 plus VAT, takes the concept a little further by offering two AD input channels with switchable microphone, instrument or line input modes and four DA output channels. Both optical-only digital I/O and copper S/PDIF are available on this version of Lyra, which also offers wordclock In/Out enabling synchronization with other digital devices.

Both products are ergonomically designed to look as good as they sound. The front panel has a master volume control assignable to selected output channels, while the unit’s small size – just 11 inches wide – makes it very easy to transport for musicians, producers and DJs on the road. For studio use, Prism Sound can supply dedicated rack mounts as an extra.

“We know there is a market for Lyra because our customers have been demanding this product ever since we launched Orpheus,” Graham Boswell adds. “However, we are very protective of our reputation for delivering the highest possible audio quality so we were not going to bring any product to market until we were 100% convinced that it could live up to our exacting specifications. Lyra does just that, and we are very proud to introduce it.”

Lyra will start shipping in November 2012 and will be fully supported by Prism Sound’s acclaimed technical and after-sales service staff.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

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