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Two Months In and Delicate’s Still Digging the VUE

Delicate's President Jason Alt with one of their new VUE as-115 Subwoofers.

San Diego, CA (November 15, 2012) – As one of North America’s leading production companies, Camarillo, California-based Delicate Productions provides audio, lighting, and multimedia services for some of the world’s most recognizable clients. With an ever-expanding roster that includes names like The Killers, Silver Sun Pickups and Foo Fighters, there’s little doubt that Delicate’s unwavering focus on customer satisfaction is paying off.

A passionate group of audio/video “gear heads”, the Delicate team’s knowledge and sheer know-how is matched by their zeal for new technology and a commitment to keeping up with the industry’s latest offerings. So when it came time to update their range of compact, portable systems, the team was anxious to hear what VUE Audiotechnik had to offer.

“I’d been hearing a lot of buzz about this new loudspeaker company that was a joint venture between the founders of EAW and Apogee Sound,” explained Delicate’s President, Jason Alt. “After a quick phone discussion, VUE invited us to a demo they were conducting near our headquarters here in Camarillo. We were immediately impressed with the build quality, as well as the forward, warm voicing that was exceptionally consistent throughout the range.”

Alt and team quickly recognized that the VUE speakers would be ideal for a series of private, VIP events taking place throughout October as part of L.A.’s Fashion Week. There was only one problem…the speaker had to be white.

“As a new company, I wasn’t sure they’d be willing to take on a custom job so soon,” explained Alt. “Not only did they agree without hesitating, but I had the speakers in my warehouse within two weeks!”

Delicate added a total of 12 VUE Audiotechik boxes to their lineup. Included were eight, a-8 full range models, along with four as-115 subwoofers. All 12 cabinets were custom painted in satin white, as requested.

Since taking delivery in late September, Delicate has successfully deployed the VUE systems in a variety of environments, at more than a dozen events. Discerning customers have ranged from Chanel (Chanel Cruse—produced by Bounce Event Marketing) to the Hammer Museum (a Mitie Tucker Event Production), to name just a few.

“The VUE speakers simply sounded fantastic,” remarked engineer Noel Edwards, who was among the first to use the new speakers for the Hammer Museum Gala. “They provided exactly the presence I needed, and best of all, they required almost no EQ. They just sounded so nice and warm right out of the box.”

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About VUE Audiotechnik

VUE Audiotechnik is a California-based designer, manufacturer and marketer for professional audio systems for a broad range of sound reinforcement applications including: touring sound, theatre, club sound, portable PA, houses of worship and commercial audio. A truly global company with a local feel, VUE Audiotechnik is committed to achieving the absolute highest level of loudspeaker performance through a “real-world” design philosophy utilizing advanced technologies and manufacturing techniques, all backed by an unwavering commitment to support, service and long-term relationships.

API ANNOUNCES NEW DEALER AND DISTRIBUTOR IN ICELAND AND CHILE

JESSUP, MARYLAND – NOVEMBER 2012: API, manufacturer of high-end analog processors and consoles, announces that Tónastö?in will serve as its dealer in Iceland and that VGL will serve as its distributor in Chile. Both firms have been supplying their respective regions with professional audio equipment for over twenty years, and both firms are highly visible and respected. The new agreements confirm and solidify API’s commitment to satisfying the demand for its unique brand of warm analog processing in every market where professional recordings are made.

Tónastö?in’s customers originally made the recommendation that the firm start carrying API gear. “With a total population of only just over 300,000, Iceland is a relatively small market,” said Andrés Helgason of Tónastö?in. “So you might say that most, if not all, musicians and audio engineers in Iceland are quite familiar with Tónastö?in. We have great access to the studio world here and are therefore in a good position to promote API.” Tónastö?in will begin selling API rack equipment and 500-series modules.

VGL is an audio-visual system integrator, and its audio division specializes in professional, high-end equipment for recording studios, broadcast studios, live sound, and installed sound. “Like our customers, we are passionate about audio and so we have a deep appreciation for their needs,” said Daniel Vinagre of VGL. “In addition to our sales team, we have a customer support team that is ready to provide after-sale assistance. That helps to earn customer loyalty and repeat sales. We’re excited to work with API because their gear has a unique sound that is full of character and that serves very well in an integrated analog/digital studio.” VGL will distribute the entire API line, from the smallest 500-series module to the small-frame 1608 console to the grand API Vision and Legacy consoles.

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment. www.apiaudio.com

Village of Niles To Begin Live Coverage of Council Meetings with Broadcast Pix System

Billerica, Massachusetts – When the Village of Niles, Ill., built its Village Hall in the mid 1990’s, officials had no interest in recording or broadcasting its meetings. In the last few years, however, changes to the local political landscape prompted a new attitude – and the Management Information Systems (MIS) Department was tasked with retrofitting the council chambers and building a video production system from scratch. Now, the village is preparing to broadcast its first meeting with a system built around a Broadcast Pix™ Mica™ 2000 Video Production Center™.

The project had a number of challenges, including a limited budget and no dedicated staff in place to operate the system. The final solution needed to be powerful enough to create compelling coverage, yet simple enough to be operated by one person with minimal training.

“This had to be easy to operate and it had to be as consolidated as possible. The Mica is what made it all possible,” explained Bill Shaw, MIS director for the Village of Niles, which is north of Chicago and has a population near 30,000.

“It’s only because of the integration in the Mica,” added Steve Cusick, systems engineer. “It allows us to make a consistent on-air product, regardless of who is behind the switcher and how much experience they have.”

Shaw and Cusick engineered and installed the system. In an effort to manage costs, every line item – from cables to cameras – was sent out to bid to more than three dozen vendors. In the end, 14 vendors provided various equipment for the project. While Shaw admitted it was a “very complicated” process, it was also the only way the village could afford a system that would meet their objectives.

While the village has been training on the system since late September, it will be used to broadcast its first meeting in December. Meetings will be available in HD for live streaming and video-on-demand on the village’s Web site, and will be broadcast live and rebroadcast in SD on the village’s PEG cable channel.

The large closet containing the audio rack for the Council Chambers in Village Hall was converted to serve as the control room. The council chambers are equipped with four Panasonic HD robotic cameras that are controlled through the Mica; a projector in chambers is another source that can be accessed through the switcher. Mica’s built-in Fluent-View provides customized multi-view monitoring over two LCD touch-screens in the control room, while the integrated Inscriber CG is used for titles and credits.

With Fluent™ Macros, production complexities have been programmed into user-friendly macros to automate meeting coverage as much as possible. As a result, Shaw said, village staff with minimal training can produce a quality broadcast. Cusick and Shaw have created macros to move and switch cameras, add graphics, trigger breaks, and even turn off the cameras after a meeting.

“We realized the only product out there that met our goals was Broadcast Pix. We designed the entire solution around the Mica,” said Cusick. “It’s easy to use, with built-in automation with macros and integrated camera control. It was really the right solution for us.”

About Broadcast Pix
The leader in live video production systems, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and device control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays that enable operators to create with confidence. That confidence is further enhanced with rock-solid stability, patented technologies to maintain lip sync, and great technical support. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Mica, Fluent, and Video Control Centers are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

Medialon Show Control for the new ride of hit comic series “One Piece” at Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park in Japan

Huis Ten Bosch is a theme park in Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan, which recreates a Dutch town. The spacious resort is suffused with a European atmosphere with its picturesque canals, iconic windmills, gardens and architecture.

Huis Ten Bosch houses various amusements and rides, including 3D technology theatres, a haunted house, a replica of the Domtoren (Dom Tower) of Utrech, a boat ride related to the hit comic series “One Piece” and a new indoor ride based on “One Piece” characters and story.

Tokyo-based TV & Event Lighting company, Fuji Lighting Technology’s Designer Junichi Nakahara and Kyushyu region-based Tatsuya Ifuku from Stage Lighting company Kyushyu Stage, selected Medialon Show Control system technology to be part of “One Piece – For the new World”, the new indoor ride at Huis Ten Bosch theme park.

The show programming was mainly made by Mr. Tatsuya Ifuku, and Mileruntech Co Ltd., Medialon’s products distributor in Japan, helped for the show programming, and also trained the staff on Medialon Control System.

Mileruntech Co Ltd. also designed a user-friendly Graphical User Interface for Huis Ten Bosch’s staff. The interface allows them to easily monitor the show remotely.

All the AV devices are controlled and synchronized thanks to one Medialon Showmaster PRO embedded show controller. The Showmaster PRO controls:
- 1x Medialon MAS PRO 32 channels audio server
- 1x BSS/BLU -800
- 3x BSS/BLU 160
- 3x Panasonic Projectors PTD-6000
- 1x NEC Projector
- 17x Media Players
- 2x DMX Recorder
- the ride lighting and shooting system control
- the rack power control

The Medialon MAS PRO 32 CobraNet channels audio server controls the audio tracks and effects.

“Mr. Junichi Nakahara and Mr. Tatsuya Ifuku felt that using Medialon was highly valued for real-time programming.”, declares Usami Kouichi, General Manager at Mileruntech Co. Ltd.

“They appreciated the fact they could use Showmaster Editor Software from anywhere in the attraction’s building, by using the Wifi and a laptop. It allowed them to make changes in their program and to test them in real time.”, adds Usami Kouichi.

Medialon’s ability to control a wide variety of products using Low Level Communicator (that allow to control any devices of your choice by easily creating your own serial, TCP/IP or Midi driver), even for non-standard brand of media players installed on the ride, was really reassuring for both programmers and designers’ of One Piece attraction.” , concludes Usami Kouichi.

“One Piece – For the New World” attraction ride was inaugurated in July 2012.

For further information, please visit:
www.huistenbosch.co.jp ; www.mileruntech.com ; www.medialon.com

Barron Systems Achieves InfoComm International Emerald CAVSP Level Designation

LOCATION – Oct 5, 2012 – Barron Systems has qualified as an InfoComm International Emerald Certified AudioVisual Solutions Provider (CAVSP). This designation recognizes that at least 35 percent of all technical, sales and customer service staff must have and maintain general or advanced CTS certification. more

StrandVision Digital Signage Software Adds Social Media to Employee Communications Networks

Supports employee recognition programs and keeps employees informed…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – Nov. 15, 2012 – StrandVision Digital Signage today introduced a new facility that enables administrators of its digital signage software to add and automatically update social media information sources, such as Facebook and Twitter, to their digital signage networks. This capability can be a valuable add-on for employee communication initiatives supplementing employee motivation and recognition programs and to keep staff up to date on developing local news.

Employee recognition/motivation – In addition to general social media sources, such as Facebook and Twitter, StrandVision digital signage also works with employee communications-specific sites like GiveAWow.com and Achievers.com. These sites allow supervisors and even employees to post comments, recognize employee achievements and some even have points that can be redeemed for rewards. These postings are automatically gathered by StrandVision digital signage cloud servers and displayed on the designated digital media player serving employee areas, such as break rooms, cafeterias, hallways and entrances.

Employee information – Another popular application takes advantage of the trend of organizations posting information to social media sites to keep the public up to date on breaking news. StrandVision customers are using the links to post up-to-the-minute public transit notices, such as delays and cancellations, local weather advisories and other developing local news of interest to their employees. These types of feeds were widely used by New York and New Jersey digital signage subscribers during and after Hurricane Sandy. The digital signage social media news gathering mechanism can also be used to automatically post local community news.

“This is yet another innovative use that takes advantage of the flexibility and capabilities of StrandVision Digital Signage,” commented Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “Our strong offering in employee communication digital signage now extends to social media and best of all, once set up, administrators can just let it run. They can be confident that the latest employee recognition notices or commuter/community information is constantly available to employees.”

In order to connect to the social media feeds, administrators simply link to the social media’s content stream’s RSS feed. The RSS link is copied and pasted into a digital signage template on the customer’s cloud-based administrator portal on StrandVision’s Content Management System (CMS). Once set up, the page is added to the digital signage content page rotation and StrandVision servers monitor the information source every 15 to 60 minutes and automatically update and display the information to the designated digital media players across the StrandVision Digital Signage network. The new social media feature is another free digital signage capability that is available immediately to StrandVision electronic signage subscribers by logging in to their CMS portal at StrandVision.com.

About StrandVision
StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers’ LCD flat panel screens, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – For further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

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Passion Pit Adds Clay Paky Alpha Spot QWO 800s to its Tour

Lighting designer Jason Rothberg has selected six Clay Paky Alpha Spot QWO 800 fixtures for the current tour of indietronica band Passion Pit. Atomic Lighting of Lititz, Pennsylvania supplied the lights, which are garnering raves from Rothberg on the road.

Passion Pit is continuing its national tour after releasing its second LP, “Gossamer.” More dates are planned for 2013.

“I’ve never toured with Clay Paky lights, but these have been fantastic,” Rothberg reports. “They’re different from other lights of this type. They are smaller and brighter, and the zoom is amazing. They can go from a super tight beam to a super fat beam in an instant. They’re brighter than anything else we’ve encountered.”

Rothberg, who is also the tour’s lighting programmer, had previous positive experiences with Clay Paky 700 fixtures but calls the 800 units “even better.” He’s deploying them in a V-shape in truss towers “like a pyramid. The rig wraps around the band – they like to be tight together.”

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. The fixture is small, lightweight, silent and has low power consumption making it an excellent tool for TV, theater, corporate events and many other demanding lighting applications.

Rothberg also praises the fixtures’ gobos, which offer “a lot of great looks. The focus zoom is awesome, too – in gobo you can zoom in and out and it stays in focus.”

The QWO 800s have been performing well on the road, he says. “We haven’t had any issues. I haven’t taken the spares out of the truck.”

A.C.T Lighting is the distributor for Clay Paky in North America.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, comments, “We’re proud to see the QWO 800s have been embraced so quickly. I look forward to seeing the fixture on many more tours.”

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