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L-ACOUSTICS Product Videos Now Available

OXNARD, California — L-ACOUSTICS is pleased to announce that two new product videos — “ARCS WIDE and ARCS FOCUS” and “CONSTANT CURVATURE LINE SOURCES” — are now available online.

In the Constant Curvature video, Scott Sugden, head of application, touring for the US, gives a short presentation on the physical principles and acoustic properties of L-ACOUSTICS WST constant curvature line sources and how they can be exploited in a variety of applications. more

Spectrum Productions Supports NASCAR Awards Banquet with Broadcast Pix Granite 5000

Billerica, Massachusetts –Broadcast Pix™ today announced that Spectrum Productions, a company which offers full AV production and rental services, used its new Granite™ 5000 2 M/E Video Control Center™ on Nov. 19 to produce the NASCAR 2012 Nationwide / Camping World Truck Series Awards Banquet at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla. The ceremony aired on SPEED in late November, and Spectrum was responsible for the the entire ballroom production including staging, scenic, video, and lighting at the venue.

Headquartered in Atlanta, with offices in Miami, Orlando, Charlotte, N.C., and Las Vegas, Nev., Spectrum has been providing AV production services for corporate meetings, conventions, and trade shows, as well as video support for concert tours, for more than 20 years. Preston MacIntyre, president, said the Granite system was purchased in October to help clients create a high-end broadcast look for their stage productions. “We were looking for a way to enhance production values for certain events, elevate their presentations from the PowerPoint look,” he explained.

Several features made Granite an ideal solution for Spectrum. “One thing that seems to be a problem in new switchers is a lot of frame delay,” MacIntyre said. “Delay is a big problem for live events. The Granite has very minimal latency, and that was a factor in selecting it.”

The Granite 5000’s optional 12 SDI outputs were another important feature. MacIntyre noted that corporate events have complex output routing needs. In fact, the number of outputs often exceeds the number of inputs during a corporate event, he said.

During the NASCAR banquet, Spectrum took full advantage of Granite’s built-in workflow tools. The Fluent™ Clip Store, for example, was used to access and playback more than 100 clips – but the production was far from simple. Throughout the show, videos were sent to various screens and combined with other sources and effects. Some cues included dozens of different commands. While the program would have been “really difficult” to execute manually, MacIntyre said Fluent Macros triggered each cue correctly and without a predetermined timeline, which can be problematic during a live show.

“Every single cue was a whole package of cues,” MacIntyre added. “Every step in our run of show was represented by a macro. We used Fluent Macros very, very extensively.”

Granite also helped make setup much easier and cleaner. Compared to setup for the same event last year, the Granite system replaced two switchers, eight computers, four HDCAM tape decks, and four additional playback systems. MacIntyre said all source content originated from the Granite, and the native HD system produced an outstanding look. The Fluent-View with Quad Monitor option was an asset during the NASCAR event as well, providing customized multi-view layouts for the TD and other production personnel during the event.

Moving forward, MacIntyre said Spectrum’s Granite system will be used for events where clients want to take their on-screen look to the next level, as well as events that require significant video playback or need to take advantage of the system’s built-in robotic camera control and other automation. “From the client side back through the technical ranks, everyone seems really happy with it,” he said.

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

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Christie Technology Weaves a Magical Holographic Image of Tribal Storytelling at Tillicum Village

Christie® is bringing the past to life at Tillicum Village, a Native American cultural experience, with holographic images powered by two Christie HD10K-M Series 3-chip DLP® projectors. Using built-in Christie AutoStack™ and Christie Twist™, the projectors cast holographic images onto a Musion screen of a storyteller interacting with live actors and drummers throughout the performance on stage, helping capture unique tribal traditions. Located on Blake Island in Puget Sound, Washington, Tillicum Village and its Long House Theater present the history, tradition and culture of the Coast Salish tribes located along the state’s western border.

Tradition Meets High Tech
The 50-year-old, 450-person wooden theater – complete with dirt stage and 18-year-old soundtrack – needed a complete makeover that included the installation of a new Christie projection system.

Holographic Image at Tillicum Village Features Christie Projection Technology


According to Maureen Black, marketing director at Tillicum Village, “The theater is magical because of its age and rustic setting, but we needed to bring it up to modern standards. Part of this meant revamping the entire live performance to better showcase the traditions and culture of the Salish community in a way that is more relevant to today’s more tech-savvy generation. We wanted to bring the vibrant and ever-changing nature of native culture to life on stage, and technology would help us do that – but the show had to remain authentic.”

Tempest and Christie Partner for Precision
Integration partner Tempest Technologies chose Christie HD digital projectors as part of its 3D hologram system to deliver Tillicum Village’s vision.

“Tillicum Village really wanted to get that ‘wow’ factor in there, rather than just have people performing. When they decided they wanted 3D holographic technology, we didn’t hesitate to steer them toward Christie and its Christie Twist technology,” said Bart Black, audiovisual technology consultant, Tempest Technologies.

“The only way we could achieve the right contrast and align the images perfectly was to utilize Christie Twist. It allowed us to adjust where the images hit on the bounce surface to create a perfect, seamless image. Another important aspect was the tech operators having an easy mechanism to realign the images before each show. With one button, Christie AutoStack allows them to realign everything in 90 seconds without calling a projectionist to the island.”

Christie AutoStack is a camera-based solution and intuitive user interface that achieves accurate blending of multiple projectors. Used in conjunction with the Christie Twist™ warping and blending solution, AutoStack supports various screen sizes and aspect ratios, utilizing screen points for quick geometric calibration. In addition, it supports horizontal and vertical blending, with a live camera preview to aid in quick setup.

Christie Technology Thrills the Crowd
“The Christie HD projectors have become part of the magic. Audiences often want to know why the storyteller won’t come out and take a bow after the show! That’s how real he seems on stage,” said Kevin Clark, CEO of Tillicum Village. “By blending the live actors with holographic technology, we get better, richer performances, with great quality and consistency. And the technology allows us to easily update and modify the projected content.”

“The technology we used before was out of focus and dark and the images weren’t aligned. Tillicum Village is not only excited to promote the venue, but to stand behind the Christie product line,” Black concluded. “There hasn’t been one service call since the show started, and during high season it runs twice a day, seven days a week – we are extremely pleased.”

About Tempest Technologies, LLC
Tempest Technologies, LLC, is a Pacific Northwest based design, engineering and integration firm specializing in presentation, control and unified communication technologies. Since formation in 2003, Tempest has leveraged the extensive industry experience of their team to become a leading integration solutions provider in the Puget Sound region, and across the nation. Tempest provides consulting, design, custom programming, installation and post-installation services for systems found in a wide variety of environments such as boardrooms, classrooms, auditoriums, conference and training facilities, video teleconferencing , network operations and command and control centers. Tempest’s commitment to excellence and their ability to offer clients innovative and cost effective solutions has resulted in successful collaborations with the region’s top corporate, healthcare, technology, government, and educational clients, and has allowed them to become a trusted partner who makes a positive and lasting impact on how these businesses communicate and conduct their day to day operations. Tempest Technologies, LLC places the highest value on developing and maintaining strong customer relationships, and is committed to providing quality products and services that result in complete customer satisfaction and strategic and lasting partnerships. Tempest Technologies is headquartered in Issaquah, Washington. For more information, visit www.tempest-av.com.www.tempest-av.com.

CAD MH510 Headphones Offer Studio Performance And Consumer Style

Solon, OH––The new Sessions™ MH510 professional headphones from CAD Audio have been designed for performers in recording and live audio environments as well as audio enthusiasts who want to experience their favorite recordings exactly as the artist intended.

Growing from a decade long collaboration of CAD’s experience and expertise in the design of professional audio equipment, the MH510 headphones produce a wide frequency response (10Hz – 24kHz) with extended lows, smooth mids and articulate, life-like highs for accurate and natural reproduction.

The MH510’s high SPL capability delivers ample volume while the design provides exceptional isolation ensuring a private listening experience that virtually eliminates bleed through into the playback environment.

In addition to professional specifications and performance, the Session MH510 phones are available in a distinct and modern cosmetic design with four colors––Black, White/Red, Back Chrome and Black/Orange to choose from.

The MH510s feature exceptional power handling capability along with high quality construction to stand up to the most demanding use without sacrificing extended listening comfort. Each headphone is supplied with two cables (coiled and straight) and two sets of earpads to satisfy changing user demands.

Commenting on the new line, CAD Executive Director of Business Development Glenn Roop said, “Given CAD Audio’s acclaimed studio heritage, developing the MH510 headphones was a match made in heaven. The Sessions project was a natural for our design team. We engineered for the highest level of performance with no compromises, and then added some flair and style into the mix.”

MSRP for the MH510 headphone is $159.00

For more information about CAD Audio, please stop by and see us at Winter NAMM 2013 Booth #6632 in Hall A at the Anaheim Convention Center, call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com

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Extron Announces a New Compact HDMI Fiber Optic Extender

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the HFX 100 HDMI Fiber Optic Extender, an economical transmitter and receiver set for long distance transmission of HDMI video and embedded audio signals over one fiber optic cable. It extends HDCP-compliant HDMI signals over a multimode cable at lengths up to 300 meters (984 feet). Engineered for reliability and exceptional image performance, the compact extender uses all-digital technology to deliver perfect pixel-for-pixel transmission of images up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60. The HFX 100 is ideal for use in applications that require long distance transmission of HDMI video and embedded multi-channel digital audio signals. more

Korean Broadcast Specialist Sion Media Solves Signal Routing Backup Challenges at New SBS Facility With Bittree Patchbays

GLENDALE, Calif. — Dec. 11, 2012 — Bittree, a manufacturer of high-quality audio and video patching systems, today announced that its South Korean partner, Sion Media, has been contracted by Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) to supply Bittree patchbays for its new facility, the SBS Prism Tower. SBS, one of South Korea’s largest broadcasters, purchased more than 400 Bittree video and audio patchbays for two of its channels, SBS Plus and SBS Golf. The SBS Prism Tower will support a total of six new HD channels.

“Systems designers overwhelmingly choose Bittree patching as a backup routing method for both studio and outside broadcasting use in Korea,” said Glenn Garrard, CEO of Bittree. “Sion’s customer relationships and marketing strategies are the reason for our success there. In fact, Sion has done an outstanding job of representing Bittree’s brand to the Korean broadcasting industry for more than 10 years. The SBS project is the latest example of Sion’s ability to devise solutions for prominent Korean broadcasters using the Bittree product line.”

For its facility upgrade, SBS Plus is currently installing 313 Bittree E-series HD-SDI video patch panels and 80 additional TT (Bantam) audio patchbays. Custom-designed for simplifying the installation process, E-series video patchbays feature front-mounted jacks that simplify the rewiring task for install technicians.

“Integrators and systems designers alike specify Bittree because they trust the high quality of Bittree patchbays as a reliable backup system for signal routing,” said Johnny Lim, sales manager at Sion Media. “It’s our pleasure to include such a versatile, high-demand product family in our portfolio.”

More information about Bittree’s full range of video and audio patchbays is available online at www.bittree.com.

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About SBS (Seoul Broadcasting System)
SBS, the only private-owned nationwide terrestrial television in South Korea, was established in 1990 and has successfully built a reputation as the “Innovator of the Media Industry” in its country. As the pioneering network to initiate HD broadcasting in Korea, SBS has maintained the highest ratings in genres such as news, dramas, and sports. As South Korea’s sports broadcasting leader, SBS has acquired the exclusive broadcasting rights for Olympics Games and World Cup. SBS has strategic partnerships with NTV (Japan), BTV (China), SMEG (China), TF1 (France), TVB (Hong Kong), GTV (Taiwan), and HTV (Vietnam) and operates international bureaus in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Beijing, Paris, and Cairo. Besides the terrestrial channels, SBS Media Group operates SBS Plus (drama/entertainment), SBS Golf, SBS Sports, and E! Entertainment Channel Korea — all recognized as the leaders in their genres. More information is available at www.sbs.co.kr or http://global.sbs.co.kr.

About Bittree
Bittree offers a complete line of patching products, including audio, video, data, and integrated patchbays, as well as a variety of patchcords, tools, and accessories. Tailored for use in the post-production, pro A/V, systems integration, and radio and television broadcasting fields, Bittree’s patching solutions are rigorously tested to ensure long-term functionality and dependability especially for mission-critical operations and live events. To ensure consistency, performance, and adherence to rigid quality standards, all of the company’s patching products are designed, manufactured, and tested in its state-of-the-art facility in Glendale, Calif. More information is available at www.bittree.com.

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Electrosonic Acquires Global Immersion, a Leading Digital Immersive Theater Designer and Integrator

Martin Howe and Jim Bowie

Electrosonic is pleased to announce its acquisition of Global Immersion, a leader in the design and integration of high performance digital immersive theater attractions. Global Immersion will continue to serve the planetarium, institutional theater and giant screen markets.

The acquisition, completed on December 10, 2012, positions Electrosonic as the only company to offer digital immersive solutions across the theme park, museum, giant screen cinema and planetarium markets.

“This is a significant strategic move for both companies, and I am excited by the prospects presented by the acquisition,” says Jim Bowie, President of Electrosonic Group. “As a single operation, we will service an even broader range of markets, bringing further innovation and an expanded offering to our customers. Our goal to attract and develop the best industry talent has been one of the drivers of the acquisition. Together we will lead by consolidating our strengths and delivering the best visual systems in the world.”

Founded in 2007, Global Immersion is renowned for its work with highly specialized and technically-complex digital immersive theaters. The company has won multiple project and business awards, and has established a solid base of digital immersive theater attractions worldwide. Its project portfolio includes the California Academy of Sciences, Adler Planetarium, Moscow Planetarium, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Peoria Riverfront Museum and Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.

Martin Howe, CEO of Global Immersion comments “I am delighted with this transaction with Electrosonic. It allows us to further expand our activities and develop our product and service offering, opening up new doors and bringing with it many synergies. The planetarium and giant screen markets are undergoing significant change as the digital revolution pace quickens. Electrosonic offers a range of benefits that our customers can immediately enjoy. Its international reach and broad technical expertise and capacity mean that we can more cost-effectively service a wider range of customers in more locations, while building upon our shared reputation for quality, performance and support.”

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit www.electrosonic.com

About Global Immersion
Founded in 2007, Global Immersion is an award-winning team dedicated to the unique and innovative medium of digital immersive theater. Global Immersion specializes in the design and integration of highly customized and technically complex planetarium, giant screen, 3D and 4D environments – serving a range of digital immersive attractions industries with superior innovation and performance on an international scale.

For further information about Global Immersion and its range of leading immersive theater solutions, please visit www.globalimmersion.com/

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Judy Bayley Theater at UNLV Installs All-Yamaha ES System

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Home to many of the University of Nevada Las Vegas performing arts groups, the 550-seat Judy Bayley Theater opened in 1972 and features a raked auditorium, a fully-rigged, proscenium stage, and a thrust-apron that can be used as an orchestra pit.

A new audio system was recently recommended by audio expert Mary McFadden, designed and installed by PRG, and includes a Yamaha M7CL-48ES digital audio console, IS series speakers, DME24 (Digital Mixing Engine), and XP amplifiers. McFadden is quite familiar with the venue and has taught in the theater as faculty adjunct for sound design. Last year, she had students put a delay line in the theater, a very successful project. “Brackley Frayer, the department chairman, called me in January to ask me to consult on a new system, as funding had been obtained to update both the sound and lighting system,” states McFadden.

“There is no sound design degree at the school, but there is a concentration in sound design available within the general theater BA,” says McFadden. “Since there is no full-time faculty that teaches sound, my feeling was, the new system needed to be easy to operate and have a digital signal path to familiarize students with digital audio networking and concepts. The Yamaha M7CL-48ES package fit these requirements.”

“PRG worked as a subcontractor to American Southwest Electric to bid on the project, and we won the bid with ASE,” states PRG Audio Designer, Eric Hebard. The bid’s Scope of Work included more than pro audio and lighting; ASE handled the general and electrical construction portions, and PRG handled all the audio system engineering and installation. “The design included the rigging of the speakers based on locations that Mary had specified: the small shrouds for the portable Yamaha SB168’s stage boxes, the rack with power and thermal dissipation to properly house the equipment, how to reasonably network the SB168’s, power and network locations to stay within budgets, and in keeping with modular capabilities,” says Hebard.

“The Yamaha DME is a key part of the system, McFadden says; ‘it is very cost effective, and has all the DSP required for the system – EQ, crossovers, delays, etc. It also has a delay matrix component, and surround sound capability. I used the delay matrix to teach and design with last year, and this year I am using it for ‘God Lives in Glass’, a benefit for both Family Promise and the Nevada Conservatory Theatre, the professional Equity arm of the theater school. The DME is a great teaching tool, and gets students to think about signal processing and design in the digital realm.” The school plans to buy an ES card for the DME to make the DME part of the ES network – right now it’s analog in and out. By using the GUI for the DME, students can become familiar with system design concepts.”

“I am very pleased with the new Yamaha sound system,” states Brackley Frayer, Chair and Executive Director, Department of Theater and the Nevada Conservatory Theater. “When the designers and engineers played their demo tapes through the new system, I sat back and enjoyed the result. This is the best sound I have heard in the Judy Bayley Theater since I arrived 17 years ago.”

For more information on PRG, visit www.prg.com.

For more information on Yamaha Commercial Audio products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

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