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Genelec Introduces New Smart Active Monitor™ (SAM™) Concept

— SAMs are Genelec active audio monitoring systems that also have the capability and intelligence enabling them to adapt automatically and flexibly to their acoustical environments through a set of proprietary tools —

Genelec, the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring, has introduced its new Smart Active Monitor™ (SAM™) concept. As part of a new streamlined marketing effort, Genelec has folded its line of DSP monitors under the SAM classification, which now includes all Genelec monitors with a 82xx product name (for instance, the award-winning 8260A Tri-Amplified DSP Monitor System). Models in the SAM range are capable of automatically adapting to acoustical environments to offer an indispensable tool for sound professionals in broadcasting, post production, music studios and more. A SAM system can be controlled with digital networking, enabling users to build highly flexible computer-controlled systems of monitors.

Dr. Aki V. Mäkivirta, Genelec Research and Development Manager, noted, “Smart Active Monitoring is a concept that bundles all the benefits of Genelec’s advanced monitoring systems to a single, easily understandable and descriptive term. SAM is also a concept that describes perfectly the current technology leap pioneered by Genelec in the evolution of the active monitoring loudspeaker – the transition from the analog to the digital world, where digital technologies, along with software features, increase quality and bring unique user experiences to the customers, and enable seamless integration of monitoring speakers and subwoofers to a well-calibrated and correctly aligned reproduction system. At Genelec, we believe that progress towards Smart Active Monitors will open a new era in the development of the audio monitoring industry.”

The acoustical features of SAMs can be optimized with automatic calibration for different working styles or client demands. Such adaptations include aligning levels at the listening position, adjusting delays from the signal input to the listening location, and compensating for the acoustical room influences in the frequency responses (equalization). One of these proprietary tools is AutoCal™, Genelec´s acoustic calibration solution that is supplied alongside the Genelec Loudspeaker Management software package, GLM. SAM effectively reflects the most advanced monitoring system features available in the audio industry. The capabilities of SAMs are also future-proof and can be increased later with software upgrades both in the monitoring speakers themselves and in the system management software.

Will Eggleston, Genelec USA Marketing Director, stated, “The SAM launch marks the beginning of a new era in audio monitoring for Genelec, thanks to the rise of digital technology and evolving market expectations about the possibilities of audio monitors. Also, designers of systems have shown that digital monitors have some notable capabilities beyond the analog realm. SAM embodies the shift from the analog to the digital world, looking at increasing sound quality and the listening experience of the user while allowing the integration of monitors and subs into a correctly aligned reproduction system.”

Using GLM software and AutoCal™, a monitor can be turned into the reference it needs to be in today’s demanding environment for engineers. This improves performance and not only helps the user to achieve a flat frequency response at listening position but also handles phase alignment in between monitors and subwoofer and not least time-of-flight compensation, the latter of high importance when retro-fitting systems in existing rooms where equal distance between all monitors and listening position may not be possible to respect.

In addition to the traditional building blocks of an active monitoring speaker, SAMs contain the following building blocks:

Digital signal processing of the audio signal instead of traditional analog filtering, making SAMs very flexible and precise.
Control networking, enabling SAMs to form a seamless reproductions system, fully controllable at the main listening position.
Acoustical measurement system, enabling multipoint measurements of acoustical environment at the listening area.
Sophisticated automatic system calibration algorithm, enabling SAMs to adapt to their acoustic environments and to be integrated as a full reproduction system.
Graphical User Interface, enabling users to interact with all components of the monitoring system and to customize the system to best fit to the environments and applications.

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.

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Aphex® Expands Distribution with New International Reps

— On behalf of Aphex®, U.K.-based World Marketing Associates will serve EMEA, while San Diego-based International Sales will serve Pacific Rim, India, Australia, Latin and South America —

As part of its recent growth, Aphex®, a leader in audio enhancement technology for more than 35 years, is proud to announce that it has expanded its international distribution network to include U.K.-based World Marketing Associates, under the direction of Francis Williams; and San Diego-based International Sales, under the direction of Joe Manning.

In their new capacity with Aphex, World Marketing Associates will be serving as manufacturer’s reps for the territory of Europe, the Middle-East and Africa (EMEA). International Sales, on the other hand, will serve Pacific Rim, India, Australia, Latin and South America.

“The next year is going to be a big one for us, with many new product introductions and continued market penetration,” stated Rick McClendon, Aphex General Manager. “As we grow and evolve, our sales and support network will create vital links between Aphex and the marketplace, and we are really excited about our new international representation with World Marketing Associates and International Sales, and the geographical relationships made possible by these appointments.”

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Christie Launches Matrix StIM WQ and Matrix SIM WQ, World’s Brightest Solid State WQXGA-Resolution Simulation Projection Systems

Christie® a leader in simulation projection display and visualization solutions, takes solid state projection technology “to the next level” with the launch of the new Christie Matrix StIM™ WQ and Christie Matrix SIM WQ, the world’s first, fully integrated solid-state, WQXGA resolution projection systems designed specifically to address the requirements of today’s most demanding simulation and training applications.

Built upon the unique, dual-input architecture first developed in the groundbreaking Christie Matrix StIM™ LED illuminated simulation projector – the first to provide independent control over both the visible and infrared spectrum – both the Christie Matrix StIM WQ and Christie Matrix SIM WQ provide the highest levels of light output available in an LED-based WQXGA projection system when used in a real-world training and simulation application.

The Christie Matrix StIM WQ and Christie Matrix SIM WQ feature 800 ANSI lumens, 4.1 megapixels of resolution, fully ruggedized chassis, ArrayLOC™ and the latest fully adjustable Christie AccuFrame™ smear-reduction technology for the most true-to-life image quality in the industry. Unlike alternative approaches to “smear reduction,” Christie AccuFrame™ is integrated into the Christie Matrix StIM WQ and Christie Matrix SIM WQ and fully adjustable in 1 percent increments over a 0-100 percent range. This allows system designers and customers to maximize dynamic image quality over a range of applications and/or training scenarios.

Like all Christie Matrix series projection systems, the Christie Matrix StIM WQ and Christie Matrix SIM WQ are integrated, scalable environment projection systems purpose-built for simulation applications. Complete system solutions built on Christie Matrix StIM WQ and Christie Matrix SIM WQ along with Christie AutoCal™, directly translates to the highest levels of performance combined with extremely low sustainment cost and maximum life span.

Christie Matrix StIM WQ

“The introduction of the Christie Matrix StIM WQ and Christie Matrix SIM WQ represents a major leap in technological capabilities in simulation and training that strongly reaffirms Christie’s commitment to the industry,” said Zoran Veselic, vice president of Visual Environments, Christie. “Solid state projection technology is rapidly evolving, driven by customers’ increasing expectations for higher resolution and higher brightness from LED-based projectors. The Christie Matrix StIM WQ and Christie Matrix SIM WQ further strengthen our innovation leadership in simulation and training.”

Christie Matrix StIM WQ – “Star” of the Night Sky
The unique, dual input architecture of the Matrix StIM WQ makes it the only WQXGA simulation projection system available today that displays separate channels for visible light and Infra-Red (IR) spectrum for stimulated Night Vision Goggles (NVG) training through Christie InfraScene™. With the ability to separate RGB and IR channel management, the Matrix StIM WQ offers greater system design flexibility, enabling the user to tailor and optimize the system to meet the specific night training requirement. Another advantage of the Matrix StIM WQ’s dual input architecture is the ability to composite the two 60Hz RGB inputs to deliver true 120Hz RGB operation. When used with Christie AccuFrame™ smear reduction technology, the result is dramatically improved image quality without image artifacts or perceived loss of brightness while maintaining compatibility with current Image Generator technology, and without the need to make changes to the visual database.

Designed for 24/7 operation and with a platform rated at 50,000 hours Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF), the Christie Matrix StIM WQ’s rugged design for motion platform use is a durable projection system with no consumables and virtually maintenance-free.

Christie Matrix SIM WQ – A “High Flyer” in Commercial Flight Simulation
The Christie Matrix SIM WQ goes beyond FAA Level D compliance for projectors in Full Flight Simulators with its higher resolution and color matching technology. Solid state, LED-based illumination means reliable, 24/7 operation, with lower power consumption and an extremely low sustainment cost that translates to a low total cost of ownership. Its inherently stable long-life platform doesn’t fade over time due to its unique, lamp-less illumination systems that offer unprecedented stability and reliability, with no consumables for reliable, continuous operation.

“The Christie Matrix StIM WQ and Matrix SIM WQ will dramatically expand training options for a wide range of simulation programs,” said Veselic. “They are compatible with all simulation motion environments, can be mounted in either landscape or portrait mode and, with Christie AutoCal™, they provide real-time continuous calibration to ensure consistent luminance and color across the entire projection array, and minimum time for system set-up and re-calibration. They are at the true ‘front line’ of simulation technology, offering performance, value and versatility to meet the most demanding needs of the industry.”

Visit Christie at booth #2549 at I/ITSEC.

Bexel Announces Bicoastal Post-Olympics Year-End Sale

Event Includes Demo Equipment Inventory Along With Manufacturer Warranties

BURBANK, CA, DECEMBER 3, 2012—Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, will host a year-end, bicoastal sale of its post-Olympics and demo equipment inventory. This marks the first year the sale will be heading to New York.

The East Coast sale will be held on December 11 and 12 from 12 to 6 p.m. at 625 West 55th Street, New York, NY. The West Coast sale will happen on December 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2701 N. Ontario Street in Burbank, CA.

Among the equipment for sale will be Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 HD P2 camcorders, Panasonic AK-HC1500G 720p/1080i “Box” cameras, Canon XJ86X9.3BIE HD TelephotoLens, Fujinon ZA22x and ZA12x wide angle lenses and RTW 31960S Surround Sound Analyzer. In addition, there will be an extensive selection of Sachtler and Vinten tripods and pan heads, plus Petrol bags. A comprehensive list of Evertz and other terminal equipment will also be available.

“This is our largest sale to date and we are excited that our New York location will be participating for the first time,” says Joyce Bente, director of ProSales, Bexel. “We are offering the public the chance to own some of the newest and latest broadcast media technologies; products that helped capture the athletes, teams and moments of the London Games.”

To RSVP or schedule a private showing, call 818-565-4339 or e-mail prosales@bexel.com. A complete price list can be viewed here. Manufacturer warranty applies; prices good through December 31.

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit http://www.bexel.com.

About the Vitec Group:
Capture the moment™
For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Service provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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StrandVision Digital Signage Extends its Basic Electronic Sign Software Package

Now includes 24/7 digital signage streaming to digital media players…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – Dec. 4, 2012 – StrandVision Digital Signage today announced that it has enhanced its Basic Subscription Package by extending playback hours from 80 per week to unlimited 24/7 streaming from StrandVision’s Internet-based digital media player system. This is a valuable extension for retailers, restaurants and hotels – any business that has extended hours – for both business marketing and employee communication applications over their StrandVision electronic sign networks.

The Basic Package is a robust digital signage cloud-based environment that features:
• 24/7 playback of signage
• 50 pages of content
• Crawling information feeds
• 5 user-created databases
• Animated U.S. weather maps
• 33 licensed news channels
• Ability to accept RSS feeds
• Quick Response (QR) code generation
• Emergency announcement signage override

In addition, Basic Package subscribers have full access to the StrandVision online Content Management System (CMS) portal, as well as online and telephone support. The digital signage system also provides administrators with digital signage monitoring, usage reports and other administrative tools.

“This is a tremendous value for existing and prospective customers,” commented Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “It offers a fully-supported, commercial-grade digital signage network that exceeds the business marketing needs of most organizations. Now all companies, from local pizza shops to restaurant chains, retailers and hotels, as well as companies that want to reach employees on multiple shifts, have an inexpensive, easy-to-manage and reliable way to communicate.”

The StrandVision Basic Package subscription is available for $499.99/year. Subscribers can also opt for monthly or quarterly billing; discounted multi-year contracts are also available. In addition to the Basic Package, StrandVision also offers a free digital signage trial subscription, as well as higher-level packages that include additional pages, streaming video, animated PowerPoint presentations and proof of playback. All of StrandVision’s subscription packages are outlined at: http://www.strandvision.com/packages.html.

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’ flat screen televisions, 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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Paradise by the PixelFLEX LED Curtain for Meatloaf Tour

To simplify the video presentation during his most recent tour without sacrificing results, while also making life a lot easier for his road crew, legendary performer Meatloaf turned to PixelFLEX, designer and manufacturer of the industry’s most flexible, lightweight LED video screen solution.

During the multi-city, three month tour, PixelFLEX provided a custom-made14-panel, 20mm LED Curtain that offered ease of set-up while delivering high-quality video images to support the rock star’s nightly performance. The company’s 20MM Curtain features 2,500 pixels PSM (Per Square Meter) and 3240 brightness. To support the Meatloaf tour, PixelFLEX developed custom-size panels, totaling approximately 16.8′tall x 29.4′ wide.

For Louis Smith, long-time video technician working with notable performers such as Sting, Eminem, 50 Cent, Korn and Stevie Nicks, the PixelFLEX LED Curtain was the ideal solution for the Meatloaf tour.

“It’s a great system,” Smith said. “You can’t beat the weight. It goes up and down easy – two people can have the system down and in the truck in 45 minutes. But the fact that the whole thing fits into five feet of truck is really what separates the PixelFLEX Curtain from other LED video solutions. It’s THE solution for one-truck tours.”

Flexible in all directions and exceptionally durable, PixelFLEX LED Curtains are able to bend and shape around structures for a more creative display effect. It’s that flexibility that Meatloaf hopes to take advantage of on the next leg of his tour, tentatively scheduled for April 2013.

“Meatloaf was so impressed with the PixelFLEX video screen that he wants to wrap the whole stage with the LED Curtain when we hit the road in 2013,” Smith revealed. “As the person responsible for having to set that up, it’s comforting to know that we’ll be able to do so without taking up multiple trucks with the video system or spending hours putting it together.”

For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of lightweight LED video screens, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

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D.A.S. AUDIO DEPLOYED AT THE FLYING MONKEY MOVIE HOUSE AND PERFORMANCE CENTER

**** Photo: Gary Agresti (left) with The Flying Monkey General Manager Brooks Bartlett (right) ****

Plymouth, NH – December 2012… Part of The Common Man family of restaurants, The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center attracts audiences from all around New England and beyond for shows featuring some of the best contemporary musical and comedy acts. Booking both regional and national artists, The Flying Monkey’s upcoming schedule includes violinist / fiddler Natalie MacMaster, singer / songwriter Judy Collins, guitarist Johnny Winter, and Blue Oyster Cult, among others. Providing sound reinforcement for artists of this stature is nothing to be taken lightly. That’s why a new sound system using components from Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio was selected. more

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