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Group One Ltd Launches SD5 Trade Up Program

With the launch of the new SD5 console earlier this year, DiGiCo U.S. distributor, Group One Limited, initiated a limited-time trade up program within the United States to get the new system into as many hands and inventories as possible. The premise of the program is that Group One will take back any make or model large-format analog or digital desk with a credit towards the purchase of a new SD5. The trade up program not only offers a financial benefit, but is also an easy way to stay on the leading edge of technology and upgrade to current technology. The advantages, in particular for a black box theatre or house of worship, is that it would allow them to put in a request for funding and once approved, the venue could swap out the old for the new seamlessly without any downtime, or having to worry about hassling with resale. Several large production companies took immediate advantage of the offer including Alford Media, Clearwing Productions, Hi-Tec Audio, and Beach Sound.

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Alford Media Services is a nationally recognized event technology support company providing audio, video, lighting and show coordination services for a wide range of clientele from corporate to concerts worldwide. With two of each D1s and D5s in service since 2003, they took advantage of trading up the two D5s for two SD5s with an additional purchase of two 56×32 SD-racks, as well as a pair each of SD9′s and SD11′s and six DRacks. “For our needs, the SD5′s offer the advanced feature sets that our engineers need and tour riders request but don’t cost what the SD7 does,” says John Caswell, Manager of Audio Services. “Upon taking delivery, we did a week in Dallas for Ambit Energy, followed by another event for Sam’s Club in Kansas City and one of our SD5′s was at FOH for both events. That same console was also used at the California Women’s Conference in Long Beach.”

Clearwing Productions, a key resource for audio, video, and lighting, traded up a Soundcraft digital console for an SD5 and also purchased an additional SD9 for its inventory. “We went for one of each for versatility,” explains president Gregg Brunclik, “and planning ahead, the next purchase will be another one of each as we usually buy pairs of each desk. We had an upcoming tour (Bob Dylan) that was interested in using the SD5 so the timing seemed right. We like to make cutting-edge purchases that position us as a primary resource and with the pending tour that ended up taking the SD5 there was instant ROI. We’ve found great success being early adopters with L-Acoustics (we were one of the first five US companies to adopt the K1) and Vari-Lite, and we rolled the same dice on the SD5. DiGiCo’s pioneering new technology sets the bar that other manufacturers must meet. Similar to L-Acoustics pioneering the line array (and since- it’s improvements) you are the barometer by which all others get judged. We’ve come to find that we realize much greater ROI’s on products when we are very early to adopt. It’s a gamble, but when we’re right it really pays off. So far, so good on the SD5.”

Industry mainstay Hi-Tec Audio saw the success with the D5 and took advantage of the program to buy into DiGiCo’s newest technology by trading up six of their D5 inventory for the new SD5s. “For us, this was a no brainer,” mused owner Louis Adamo. “At Hi-Tec we like to look forward and for that reason it was obvious for us to move all our inventory into the new DiGiCo SD series—and we were an early adopter of that technology. In fact, we bought one of the first SD8s when it was introduced. Over the last year, we’ve been adding SD racks and accessories like crazy and our inventory is well over 24-25 SD racks, which is well over half-million dollars. We have a few customers that have been loyal D5 customers and they’ll be the first obvious ones to migrate to the SD5s. It also serves to fill a niche between the SD10 and SD7. The SD5 offers the technical requirements of the SD10 with the surface of the SD7 at a fraction of the cost. DiGiCo has built a very powerful and flexible platform, has done its part by putting the console in the hands of lots of engineers, and are making strides in the live sound market with its consoles. There’s a model that fits every shoe size. We have confidence in the technology and we have a definite market for them.”

Beachsound also felt the trade up program was a fantastic way to move out old capital and replace it with new and exciting technology. They traded up a Yamaha PM5D for an SD5 and purchased an additional SD9… for now. “We felt we needed a higher caliber showcase console to fit the bill of our needs/demands,” explains company president Andre Serafini. “We find the console’s flexible I/O, sonic quality and the ergonomics make it top tier and we are very pleased to have one in house. DiGiCo’s dynamic EQ feature has been a big hit and the DiGiTube technology has been a real pleasure getting to know. We have the SD5 set up to be on a few high profile events in the near future, including a televised mega church event.”

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Venetian Clock Tower Gets Animated With L-ACOUSTICS

3D projection mapping show heard throughout the piazza on an ARCS II system

LAS VEGAS — This past summer, The Venetian Las Vegas embraced the jaw-dropping art of 3D projection mapping during its Carnevale festival by premiering a stunning nightly show animating the façade of its clock tower, a replica of the one in Venice’s Piazza San Marco.

The show, known as “Light of Venice,” was the first of 10 short commissioned son et lumière works conceived by projection artist Ross Ashton who teamed up with London-based UnitedVisualArtists Ltd. and Tucson, Arizona’s Darling Ltd. on the creative implementation. AVDB Group of Las Vegas further supplied the technical components of the production, including a new L-ACOUSTICS ARCS II system. more

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Antelope Audio Announces World’s First 32 Channel AD/DA Converter and Audio Master Clock in a 1U Rack Box

Antelope Audio today announced Orion 32, the world’s first 32-channel AD/DA converter and audio master clock in a 1U rack. The new device supports both MADI and USB interfaces, clocked by Antelope’s renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) technology.

Orion 32 allows 192 kHz I/O streaming of 32-channel digital audio through its custom-built USB chip, which provides simple connectivity to any USB-enabled DAW or computer. The converter also provides 32 channels of 96 kHz audio through its Fiber Optic MADI I/O connections, which can be used to connect with any suitably equipped MADI device.

Orion 32 also supports ADAT protocol by offering 16 I/O channels, for even greater compatibility with a large number of audio devices. The multi-channel converter inputs and outputs pass the analog signal through 8 D-SUB 25 I/O connectors.

Antelope Clocking for Increased Sonic Accuracy
In addition to being an extremely high quality audio converter, Orion 32 is also an audio master clock. The Orion 32 employs Antelope’s proprietary 4th generation of AFC and oven controlled oscillator, both technologies that made Antelope Audio clocks an industry leader for accuracy and reliability in recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the world. The four word clock outs, together with the 10 MHz input, make Orion 32 ideally suited to be in the center of any project or high-end studio.

“The multi-channel Orion 32 is the logical step, following our highly acclaimed stereo AD/DA converter Eclipse 384 we launched last year,” Igor Levin, Antelope Audio CEO says. “We have developed this device in response to customers who have demanded Antelope’s signature-quality sound, but in a multi-channel device. Orion 32 is ideally suited to a sound engineer’s needs for high quality, clean and transparent conversion, combining the efficiency of MADI and USB interfaces with the perfection of Antelope clocking.”

With its seamless digital routing options, the Orion 32 offers exceptional flexibility. The routing feature allows sound engineers to, for example, use the AD conversion and output the signal simultaneously both through the MADI and USB interfaces. The device is managed through a user friendly desktop application available for both Windows and OS X. Moreover it is equipped with five preset buttons for fast and easy recall of favorite settings.
Orion 32 is packaged in a 1U enclosure with an eco-friendly power consumption of only 15 Watts. In addition to saving rack space and having very low heating levels, Orion 32 comes with an extremely reasonable pricing even for small home studio, launching with a street price of only $2,995.

Key Features

  • Antelope Audio precise AD/DA conversion technology
  • Up to 192 kHz on 32 channels I/O via custom-built USB chip
  • 32 channels I/O via Fiber Optic MADI I/O connections
  • Eight D-SUB 25 connectors for AD and DA
  • 16 channels on 4 ADAT input and output connectors
  • Antelope’s renowned 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking with Atomic input
  • Antelope’s proprietary Oven Controlled Oscillator for supreme clocking stability
  • Four word clock outputs and one word clock input
  • Five presets for fast and easy recall of favorite setups
  • 1U rack size with power consumption of 15 Watts and very low heating levels
  • A user friendly desktop application available for both Windows and OS X

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Moog Announces Release of “Analog Delay,” First Delay Designed Exclusively for the 500 Series Pro Audio Format

Today Moog Music announced the release of the “Analog Delay,” the first delay designed and created exclusively for the 500 series pro audio format. The Analog Delay is a 100% analog signal path module that features 800ms of delay time, front panel MIDI control, and an assignable Tap Tempo/CV jack on its front panel. Included with each unit is a free VST/AU/RTAS editor for easy implementation into any recording, live, and performance situation.

The Analog Delay has been designed with tone, connectivity, and flexibility at the forefront. Moog’s engineering team worked tirelessly to deliver a delay with an incredibly clean front end that could easily be pushed into a warm, natural overdrive for saturated delay trails or distorted delay effects.

Though not on the front panel, the Analog Delay features a 6 Waveshape LFO that allows users to create other time based effects such as tape delay, chorus and extremely modulated sounds. The LFO is easily accessed via MIDI and the free VST/AU/RTAS Analog Delay plug-in editor.

Also accessible via the included editor are advanced features like Tap/CV input routing, Keyboard Control settings, Clock Divisions and a Delay Multiplier for access to illegal delay times (up to 4x the front panel position). In addition to Tap Tempo and CV control, the Tap/CV input can also convert click track audio into a tap tempo signal.

The new Moog 500 Series Analog Delay module will be debuting at the 2012 AES conference in San Francisco booth 1222 and is expected to begin shipping in Dec. 2012

Web Page: moogmusic.com/analogdelay

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Media Vision USA’s New Technology Launch Allows Remote Audio Conferencing in Multiple Languages.

San Francisco, CA, October 29, 2012 – Media Vision USA is pleased to introduce Attend: the world’s first technology solution for multilingual remote participation. Attend allows remote attendees to dial in to a meeting and both listen and speak in their preferred language making use of the same interpreters that are serving the meeting venue.

“The launch of Attend is a great step forward for our company and the international meeting community that we support” said Fardad Zabetian, CEO of Media Vision USA “Enhancing communication in cross-cultural settings has always been our core focus”.

The Attend technology, designed and manufactured in California, is a remarkable addition to any microphone system installation in an organization holding multilingual meetings – most likely international organizations, courtrooms, universities or large corporation. This long-awaited solution will be a source of travel costs savings but the most important is how it will enhance the quality of meetings, as Fardad explained: “Attend encourages the inclusion of more meeting participants and thus more expertise than would otherwise be possible”.

The solution consists in a self-contained hardware unit acting as the interface between the in-room audio system and the teleconference cloud service. The Attend Multilingual Remote Audio Interface offers line-level inputs and outputs to connect directly to the floor and up to 15 language channels as supported by the interpreters at the meeting venue.

The web-based interface to the audio teleconferencing service allows authorized users to create, schedule and manage meetings and decide on a wide range of meeting parameters such as security and login, dial-in or dial-out and VoIP parameters. Once the meeting is in progress, the authorized moderator can use the online dashboard to monitor who is present, what languages are being used, and dial-out to new participants as needed.

“It is important that these sophisticated meetings be handled with a high level of control and security” says Fardad “Remote participants are subject to the same rules as the ones applied to the in-room conference system users and the moderator keeps full control over requests to speak and who is heard on the floor channel.”

The Attend technology is being introduced at the AES convention by Media Vision USA and asserts the company as the lead provider of professional wired and wireless conferencing solutions for high-profile meetings including distance communication and multilingual support.

About Media Vision USA
Media Vision USA is a leading provider of professional wired and wireless conferencing solutions for meeting rooms, VTC boardrooms, training centers, council chambers and auditoriums. Supported by feature-rich, flexible technologies, powerful software, and a dedicated product engineering team, we work with system integrators and consultants to design conferencing solutions that improve the quality of the audio in the room, and outside the room for distance communication. Additional information can be found at www.mediavisionusa.com

Simply Professional in Mexico Wows Audience at Corporate Event in Cancun With Hitachi CP-WX8255 Projectors

CANCUN, Mexico, October 29, 2012 — Simply Professional of Naucalpan, Mexico, recently provided a total of 16 Hitachi CP-WX8255 projectors for a corporate event held by Nextel in Cancun. Held at the Riviera Maya Moon Palace Hotel, the event featured a variety of speeches and presentations for a total of 2,300 guests.

For the event, Simply Professional created a jaw-dropping, 360-degree video screen measuring 1,200 square meters lining the perimeter of the event space. To create this display, Simply Professional blended the images of the 16 Hitachi CP-WX8255 projectors, hung from the ceiling and shooting outwards from the center of the room.

“We were using the projectors to show lots of dynamic content and we needed a solution that would be able to accomplish this,” said Sebastian Corkidi, director of Simply Professional. “We chose the CP-WX8255 projectors for this event because their Vertical and Horizontal Keystone Correction feature makes it easier to create the images we need for this 360-degree screen.”

“The event was a huge success and we have had a lot of good experiences with the CP-WX8255 projectors so far,” Corkidi added. “We also used them at a recent event hosted by Corona where we used a single projector to create a giant, lifelike image of a soccer ball. The Hitachi projectors give us high performance at a low price point.”

Corkidi also noted the high level of service provided by Hitachi’s regional sales representative firm, Representaciones de Audio. “The service from Estuardo Zárate and Marco Antonio Hernandez Posada is amazing,” he said. “They are always there when we need them.”

For more information on Simply Professional, please visit www.s-p.com.mx

For more information on Hitachi visit www.hitachi-america.us/digitalmedia

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About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 320,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2011 (ended March 31, 2012) consolidated revenues totaled 9,665 billion yen ($117.8 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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Tecom Electronics Publishes a New TecPodium AV Classroom Lecterns & Podiums Brochure

Click on the link below to download our latest brochure with TecPodium complete product lineup.

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Digital Step-in™ System wins Product of the Year 2012 AV Award

Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce the winning of the Systems Product of the Year in the 2012 AV Awards. The award was presented at a gala dinner in the Park Lane Hilton in London.

Over 800 of the leading European manufacturers, dealers and consultants gathered at this prestigious venue to hear the announcement of the winners. Kramer Electronics entered two categories in the 2012 AV Awards; Systems Product of the Year with two products in the final list, and Manufacturer of the Year. The Digital Step-in system won the distinguished Systems Product of the year award. In addition, the second product family entered in this category, the Kramer CORE™ Multi-Format Modular Routers, consisting of the VS-1616D, VS-3232D and VS-6464D, was also chosen as a finalist in this award category. In the Manufacturer of the Year category, Kramer received the only commendation among many other market leaders, another outstanding achievement for Kramer Electronics.

The Digital Step-in™ System brings incredible flexibility and versatility to any state-of-the-art boardroom allowing users to seamlessly connect to the boardroom projector from
any source with any known video interface. The system consists of a switcher and up to eight Step-in modules, each connected by one twisted pair cable (Kramer’s DGKat cable is recommended), with two additional local inputs (DVI, HDMI) also available. It allows each of the participants to connect their source to the system and take control of the main display by pressing the Step-in button on their individual control module. Control modules are offered in HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort and 15-pin HD computer graphics video, all with separate audio input. An additional multi-format module, the X1, combines all the video interfaces, to meet every possible need.

Winning this year’s AV Award for Systems Product of the Year, and also receiving a prestigious commendation in the Manufacturer of the Year category encourages us to look forward to next year’s 2013 AV Awards ceremony where we will have even more new and exciting products to be considered.

For information about all of Kramer Electronics and Sierra Video products please visit www.kramerus.com.

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Electrosonic Takes Home Two AV Awards for Consumer Installation of the Year and Integrator of the Year

The 2012 winners of the annual AV Awards were announced at a gala dinner on October 12 at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Electrosonic took home two awards: Consumer Installation of the Year for the European Parliament’s Visitors’ Centre in Brussels, and Integrator of the Year. Electrosonic has won a total of 26 AV Awards since the awards began in 1999.

The Parlamentarium, the European Parliament’s Visitors’ Centre, is the first exhibition to be fully accessible in 23 languages and uses a variety of interactive multimedia exhibits to take visitors on a unique and personal journey into the heart of European Politics. The centre features two 360-degree theatres and a novel “voxel” display using 13,000 LED globes. Contracted directly to the European Parliament, Electrosonic engineered and installed the main exhibition audio-visual hardware for Stuttgart-based designer ATELIER BRÜCKNER. To date the Parlamentarium has attracted over 250,000 visitors. Electrosonic continues to support the Parlamentarium with a five year service contract.

“We are delighted to have been awarded Integrator of the Year and Consumer Installation of the Year” commented Sarah Joyce, VP EMEA. “The Parlamentarium is an outstanding example of the effective application of interactive techniques. Electrosonic are proud to have been a part of the team responsible for creating the first ever exhibition fully accessible in 23 languages.”

Sarah adds, “Over the last year Electrosonic has successfully implemented a series of strategic actions dedicated to serving our three core markets: Entertainment, Corporate, and Control Rooms. This Integrator of the Year award is a testament to our dedicated teams who always deliver beyond what is asked of them to ensure our customers’ expectations are exceeded in all areas of our business.”

The AV Awards is managed by the UK-based AV Magazine, but judged independently by senior representatives from user companies and key industry players. It is considered to be one of the most prestigious awards in the AV industry in the United Kingdom.

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Aladdin The Musical Opens With DPA

Denmark’s Fredericia Theatre is using an extensive selection of DPA microphones to capture the audio for a very special musical production of the Disney classic Aladdin. All of the cast members are using DPA d:fine™ Headset Microphones, which were chosen for their discrete size, comfort and exceptional sound quality. DPA microphones also feature heavily in the orchestra pit, where a combination of DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones, 2011C twin diaphragm cardioid microphones and 4015C wide cardioid microphones are handling the audio requirements.

The Fredericia Theatre’s Aladdin production, which premiered on October 4th 2012, is a significant endorsement of the theatre’s ability to produce exceptional musicals. After hearing glowing reviews from a number of US directors who had worked at the Fredericia, the Disney Group chose the theatre as its only European partner for this brand new musical.

Søren Møller, Artistic and Executive Director of the Fredericia Theatre, says: “We are thrilled that our theatre is one of only five in the world that Disney has asked to partner with – and the only one in Europe. At the Fredericia, we are committed to the development of new musical theatre and the presentation of Danish and European premieres. Our focus is very much on nurturing talent to support our productions and for the last 12 years we have been working closely with the Danish Musical Academy, a school for musical performers that now delivers approximately 80% of our cast members. We also take technical innovation very seriously and like to partner with equipment manufacturers so that we can push the boundaries in terms of what can be achieved. DPA fits this brief perfectly because its products offer very high quality audio and its headset microphones are so discrete that they don’t deter from the casts’ performance.”

For the Aladdin production Lars Frederiksen, director of DPA’s Danish dealer Alfa Audio, supplied 40 dual-ear, omni directional d:fine Headset Microphones – 20 with long booms and 20 with mid-length booms.

Tim Andreasen, the theatre’s sound director, says: “I wanted to get as close to the sound source as possible, which is why we didn’t go for the really short boom. By having a selection of long and mid-length booms we could pick exactly the right length for each cast member so that the microphones were on the side of their faces where they didn’t show, but were still very close to their mouths. From an audio perspective they sound great and are so discrete that they blend in perfectly. I also love being able to change a microphone without having to detach its cable. This is a really useful feature when you are doing a live performance and don’t want to disturb the actor too much.”

At the request of the theatre, DPA also supplied one of the d:fine microphones in a special blue colour so that it blends in with the genie’s theatrical make-up.

“I was really delighted that DPA went the extra mile to create a blue microphone for our genie,” Andreasen adds. “It blends in perfectly with his colour and is hardly visible to the audience, which was the effect we wanted to achieve. All of our other d:fines are brown and when I first saw them I thought they might be too dark, but when the cast have their make up on and have their hair done, the mics suddenly disappear. Brown is actually a great colour for this production.”

The production also uses four DPA 4061 omnidirectional miniature microphones to capture the sound of Aladdin and the genie’s feet when they are tap dancing.

“During their tap dancing scenes we place one microphone in each leg of their trousers and fix them with tape so the microphones are just sticking out below the hem,” Andreasen explains. “We have tried this before and find it works much better than placing mics on the floor.”

For the orchestra, Andreasen selected a package of DPA microphones that includes 16 d:vote 4099 instrument microphones, 2011C twin diaphragm cardioid microphones and 4015C wide cardioid microphones.

“The 2011C microphones are used for the horns and reed instruments, as well as for overhead micing,” he says. “I chose this model because it delivers exceptional sound quality and because I particularly like it’s off axis response. These groups of instruments are placed close together and the ‘bleed’ from the different microphones sounds really good – you feel that you are very close to the sound source even if you are actually a bit further away. For percussion I am using three DPA 4015C microphones that are carefully spaced around the instruments so that the overall sound feels very intimate.”

Andreasen adds that he is also using DPA d:vote 4099 instrument microphones for specific instruments that really benefit from close micing, most notably the drums, strings, bass and woodwinds.

“It is hard to balance a bunch of different instruments without close micing everything but the DPA microphones we have chosen and the positions in which we have placed them has resulted in a fantastic overall sound,” he says. “DPA have always been my favourite microphones for theatre work and for this production they are perfect. We carry out some EQ-ing, although nothing at the low end. Our approach to EQ is to only use it where we want to make a particular part of the sound stand out in the mix.”

The Fredericia Theatre’s production of Aladdin has been so well received by audiences and reviewers that the run has been extended until November 25th. DPA is delighted to have played a part in this unique European musical success.

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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