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METRIC HALO’S HOLIDAY SALE DECEMBER 10th-25th – UP TO 25% OFF ALL HARDWARE, SOFTWARE & UPGRADES

SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 2012: Once again, it’s that special time of the year, and once again, Metric Halo is celebrating with deep discounts on all of its hardware, software and upgrades. As of December 10th, Metric Halo’s flagship ULN-8 converter, normally $5,995, will sell for $4,496. Similar discounts apply across the product range: the TEC Award-winning LIO-8 (was $3,995, now $2,996), the 2882 converter (was $1,895, now $1,610), the ULN-2 (was $1,695, now $1,440), a +DSP license (was $699, now $524), SpectraFoo (was $400, now $300), SpectraFoo Complete (was $800, now $600), and a host of hardware upgrades… all up to 25% off. Even Metric Halo’s Production Bundle of plug-ins, now shipping on AU [Mac] and AAX [Mac/Win], is cut from $699 to $524. Individual plug-ins, normally $199, are going for just $149. And just to throw another gift into the mix, Metric Halo is offering its extended bass Thump plug-in for AAX FREE! You can find out more at: http://mhsecure.com/metric_halo/products/software/thump.html

But you must hustle! These amazing discounted prices will only stick around till December 25th. “You know you deserve this,” asserted Allen Rowand of Metric Halo. “Nothing compares to the soul-satisfying gift of beautiful audio, and that’s precisely what you’ll get with Metric Halo’s award-winning converters and software. So get while the getting is good!” Orders received after December 20th will ship on or after January 2nd, and these discounts cannot be combined with any other Metric Halo offers, including educational accounts.

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

www.mhlabs.com

SYMETRIX SOLUS 8 AND JUPITER 4 DELIVER THE MESSAGE AT SOUTHEAST ASIA BIBLE SEMINARY

MALANG, INDONESIA – DECEMBER 2012: The Southeast Asia Bible Seminary (SEABS) instructs students from around Indonesia and other nearby countries from its campus in Malang, East Java. It offers several degrees, including a Bachelor of Divinity, multiple masters degrees, and a Doctor of Ministry. To match the needs of an expanding student body, SEABS has added new buildings and infrastructure to its facilities. Most recently, the school added a 1,600-seat auditorium and a 150-seat recital hall, both of which required high-impact sound reinforcement. A/V integration firm PT Gracia Auvindo of Jakarta designed and installed those systems using the Symetrix Solus 8 open-architecture processor and the Symetrix Jupiter 4 fixed-architecture processor, both of which offered cost-effective performance perfectly tailored to the needs of the school.

“The school officials asked for a very clear and intelligible sound reinforcement system,” said T.S. Phan, engineer with PT Gracia Auvindo. “They wanted excellent dispersion and coverage for all of the seats in both venues.” The auditorium will be used for very large services (an existing sanctuary hosts SEABS’ regular services) and for other large events, such as graduation ceremonies. In contrast, the new recital hall will be used for small services, seminars, and overflow from the auditorium.

A new Midas mixing console serves as the input and control hub in the auditorium. On-stage microphones, piano, and band instruments provide the bulk of the input material. The console sends signal directly to a Coda Audio house PA via CAMCO amplifiers. However, console output is also distributed to the basement, the first floor public areas, and the second floor by way of the Symetrix Solus 8 processor. For the distributed system, QSC amplifiers provide power to Ecler ceiling-mounted loudspeakers. The Symetrix Solus 8 also provides output for Coda Audio side-fill, out-fill, front-fill, and backfill loudspeakers.

“The Symetrix Solus 8 was a cost-effective choice,” said Phan. “It not only gave us the high-fidelity sound asked for by the client, but also gave us open-architecture flexibility to design exactly what was needed. For example, I could insert two channels of feedback fighters on the stage side-fills, where it was needed, without wasting that resource on the other outputs, where it wasn’t needed.”

The recital hall is considerably simpler. Input sources such as stage microphones and a few band instruments feed a small Midas mixer, which in turn feeds a Symetrix Jupiter 4 fixed-architecture processor. From there, CAMCO amplifiers power a Coda Audio loudspeaker system consisting of stereo full-range boxes paired with stereo subwoofers. Phan used a “Sound Reinforcement” app to configure the Symetrix Jupiter 4 with appropriate input/output structure and processing blocks. “The Symetrix Jupiter 4 is a very simple, cost-effective DSP for this type of application,” said Phan. “I just chose an appropriate app using the Symetrix App Finder on the Symetrix webpage, loaded it up on the unit, and made a few parameter adjustments, and it was ready to go!”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix engineers high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software. Symetrix products are distributed worldwide, and designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the Seattle area headquarters. Since 1976, customers have enjoyed the benefits of Symetrix’ independent ownership and management. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

ASHLY’S PEMA™ HOLDS UP IN COURT

WAPAKONETA, OHIO: Construction of the Auglaize County Courthouse was completed over a century ago in 1894. Occupying a full city block in downtown Wapakoneta, Ohio, the building stands true to its original design. Ornate and dignified sandstone frames the two-story structure, which is capped by a clock tower and a recently renovated statue of Lady Justice. In order to bring its capabilities in line with 21st Century expectations while still retaining the charm and repose of its 19th Century origins, the county renovated the Auglaize County Courthouse to the tune of $30 million. Among the myriad renovations was an overhaul of the audio/visual systems installed in its three courtrooms. With limited space, a strict budget, and future-proof expectations, local integration firm RG Sound & Communications centered each courtroom’s new system on an Ashly Pema 8125.70 integrated processor and amplifier.

“One of the first things that the county officials pointed out was how long the courthouse had been serving the community,” said Shawn Snider, project manager at RG Sound & Communications. “They expected these renovations to serve on a similar timescale. That meant that we needed to design and install an audio/video system that would be sufficiently flexible to meet their unanticipated needs many years into the future. For that reason, and because they had a tight budget and limited (19th Century) closet space, we felt that the Ashly Pema, which offers eight channels of fully-featured matrix processing and eight amplifier channels in a two-rack space chassis, was the perfect choice.”

With only slight variations, the installed A/V system in each of the three courtrooms is more or less identical. Eight court-supplied microphones feed a court-supplied (and government-inspected and certified) recorder. Its mixed output feeds the first input on the Ashly Pema, and a redundant summed line feeds the unit’s second input. The remaining six inputs receive signal from an NTI audio/video matrix mixer, which is in turn fed by audio/video outputs at the lawyers’ tables and at other strategic locations throughout the courtroom. Computer control of the NTI matrix resides with the judge, who can patch any video input to any video output (including individual retractable flat screen monitors for each juror). Audio can be played in the courtroom if the judge so chooses. Because more than one video input can be selected at one time, the system accommodates multiple audio sources using the Ashly Pema’s inputs three through eight. The Ashly Pema’s eight amplifier channels power a distributed in-ceiling collection of Community DS8-series loudspeakers.

“Because no audio technician would be on hand during proceedings, we used the powerful DSP capabilities of the Ashly Pema to provide consistent, intelligible audio from the microphones and from the A/V output,” Snider said. “By using the Ashly Pema over a separate DSP/amplifier solution, we were able to help the county stay on budget. Moreover, both the NTI A/V matrix and the Ashly Pema reside comfortably on the network, making it easy for us to make changes for them remotely. The fact that we can lock out the front panel of the unit ensures that no unqualified technicians will attempt to make changes to the system.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

Cobalt Digital’s Blue Box Group™ Wins “SALUTE” Award From the Editors of Government Video

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Cobalt Digital’s Blue Box Group™ is the recipient of the 2012 Government Video SALUTE Award presented by the editorial staff of Government Video magazine during the 2012 Government Video Expo. BlueBox™ is Cobalt’s new line of interface converter boxes that deliver peak performance from low-cost, compact modules.

Founded in 2003, Government Video’s SALUTE Award is designed to honor and showcase innovative technologies, products and services for the public sector demonstrated at Government Video Expo. Industry professionals, Government Video editors and contributors nominate candidates for Government Video SALUTE Awards with the decisions on the final awards made by Government Video’s editors.

“The Government Video SALUTE recognizes some of the innovative products and services for video professionals on display at GV Expo. We are proud to call attention to these tools that specifically help public-sector video professionals support the missions of their agencies and provide better information to the citizenry,” said J.J. Smith, editor of Government Video.

Cobalt’s easy-to-operate BlueBox™ modules attach easily and securely to cameras or host device chassis for dependable, uncomplicated installation. They receive power directly via USB from video monitors or other equipment without bulky and non-secure “wall wart” adapters.

“Cobalt recognized the need for first-class quality and affordable signal conversion in a compact package,” commented Chris Shaw, Cobalt EVP of Sales & Marketing. “BlueBox delivers exceptional performance from a small footprint with a full feature list packed into one convenient converter box; perfect for applications that need to stretch the budget but not compromise on quality.”

Government Video (http://www.governmentvideo.com)is the only magazine dedicated to providing comprehensive coverage of video professionals in all levels of public service. The magazine is published by NewBay Media LLC, the world’s largest publisher of audio and video publications. NewBay Media and Government Video are the organizers of the annual Government Video Expo, the largest trade show targeting government buyers and suppliers of video, AV, broadcast and multimedia technology.

ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

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Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
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Christie Roadster HD14K-J 3-Chip DLP Projectors Provide Exceptional Brightness and Sharp Images for Casas Church

Christie® is pleased to announce the selection of its projection technology for Tucson, Arizona-based Casas Church. A 61-year-old Christian ministry, Casas was looking for powerful display technology to light up the large stage of its spacious and modern 2,500-seat sanctuary and worship center.

Dissatisfied with the low brightness and low-resolution images provided by their old projectors, the church leaders were immediately impressed with the quality of the Christie Roadster HD14K-J 3-chip DLP® projectors. They praised the superior, high-definition image and outstanding brightness of the Roadster solution that allowed them to replace the previous three-projector/three screen setup with only two Roadster HD14K-J projectors – each lighting up a 19-foot 5-inch by 11-foot wide-format screen positioned above the stage, one on each side.

Casas Church Upgrades with Christie Projection

Phoenix-based Audio Video Resources (AVR) recommended a new HD projection system based on a dual-screen configuration that provides a better viewing experience for the congregation – and the Christie Roadster HD14K-J proved the perfect solution.

“It was a no-brainer to choose Christie when you looked at performance and cost,” said Chris Henley, account manager, AVR. “We did a demo of the projectors that provided a dramatic and convincing case for choosing Christie versus the competition. In fact, the projectors proved so bright that when we installed them, we set them at only 75 percent brightness level, which will also prolong the already long life of the Xenon lamps.”

Adam Taylor, who manages Casas Church’s light and sound system, said the previous system simply did not have adequate brightness – even in low lighting. It also couldn’t produce HD-quality graphics or video content for the three Sunday services, business conferences and various concerts the Church holds throughout the year.

Ideal for large venues, including churches, classrooms and major live events, the Christie Roadster HD14K-J 3-chip DLP® projectors deliver 13,200 lumens of brightness and Xenon illumination for the most natural colors. Equipped with Christie Twist™ HD resolution (1920 x 1080), and 3D upgradeability, the Roadster HD14K-J provides exceptional durability and stability.

“I have always known Christie to be the industry standard and had heard great things about its customer service, so I was confident they would be right for our ministry and offer the performance and reliability required to effectively light up our worship facility,” Taylor said. “More importantly, because they are cost-effective, they also meet the frugal needs of our church leaders, who must focus our financial resources on meeting the spiritual needs of our congregation.”

About Audio Video Resources
Audio Video Resources has over 60 years of experience in custom design, sales, integration and service of Audio Video systems. AVR provides services throughout the United States from its headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, through its PSNI network of fifty affiliate offices across the country. AVR is recognized by InfoComm International as an Audio Visual Solutions Provider (AVSP) that provides the highest level of credibility, knowledge and recognition in the industry. It is staffed with over 50 highly qualified professionals to deliver the very best products, service and value to its clients and industry partners and is a licensed contractor in the State of Arizona. For more information, visit www.audiovideoaz.com.

Feature Productions Delivers MMA Coverage with Broadcast Pix

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that Feature Productions, a live production company based in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, is using Broadcast Pix Slate™ 1000 Video Control Centers™ as part of two portable production flypacks for live coverage of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) matches and other events. The company had been renting a Slate-equipped flypack since 2009, but began using its own flypack in late May.

In southern Alberta, Feature Productions has gained a reputation for MMA video production and now works with four different MMA affiliations. According to co-owner Chris Cooke, the company was originally hired to provide image magnification (I-MAG) – featuring live coverage, instant replays, graphics, and commercials – to on-site audiences. However, event promoters took notice of the HD productions and began offering them to broadcasters. Some matches are also streamed to GoFightLive, an online pay-per-view service.

Although Cooke and co-owner Steve Prankard designed and built the first flypack three years ago, pairing the Slate with Sony cameras and a Yamaha audio board, the system was purchased through an investor. Earlier this year, Feature Productions purchased the new flypack, which is also anchored by a Slate but features JVC cameras and some logistical improvements. “We did our research and we decided Broadcast Pix was the best for us,” said Cooke.

Important selling points were Slate’s built-in clip store, CG, multi-viewer, and other Fluent™ workflow tools, which improve production efficiencies and minimize additional components in the flypacks. For example, Cooke rarely uses a USB stick to transfer files. Instead, he relies on Fluent Watch-Folders, which allow him to insert commercials and other elements into a program over the network, even in the middle of a live production. “That’s a great aspect of the Broadcast Pix,” he explained. “It’s a pretty quick process and it’s so easy during a show.”

Cooke estimated that 80 percent of the company’s business is live production. Beyond MMA, Feature Productions produces corporate events, conferences, and Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) coverage. Currently in the second year of a three-year contract, Feature Productions also handles video scoreboard productions for the ENMAX Centre in Lethbridge. Home of the Western Hockey League (WHL) Lethbridge Hurricanes and host to a number of concerts and other events, the venue features a control room built around a Broadcast Pix Granite 2000.

“We’re comfortable with Broadcast Pix, and it has a very good track record with us. We’re very confident with its reliability,” Cooke said. “Our clients love the results, and that’s the true test.”

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

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Digital Projection Expands Warp & Blend Offerings with Partner Scalable Display

Support for Military Simulation Style Displays

Orlando, FL December 4, 2012 — Scalable Display Technologies, a leading provider of software for megapixel display systems, and Digital Projection International (DPI), an Emmy® Award-winning manufacturer of high-performance projection systems, today announced compatibility of Scalable Display Manager™ for automatic warp and blend of DPI’s products targeted at the simulation market.

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