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Cathedral of Faith Upgrades to Full HD Broadcast Capability with FOR-A Video Switcher

Fort Lee, N.J. – FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, announces that San Jose, California-based Cathedral of Faith has implemented a FOR-A HVS-350HS video switcher as part of their HD overhaul. The church’s system was recently converted to HD in two phases and integrated by the Texas-based company Spectaveris.

Besides their main location in San Jose, Cathedral of Faith has seven remote locations around the San Francisco Bay area. Each week, the main church’s Saturday service is recorded, duplicated onto hard drives, and sent by car to each remote church. The sermon is then shown at each remote campus church using ProPresenter technology. Cathedral of Faith also broadcasts its services online at http://live.cathedraloffaith.org/ and has live HD feeds to the church’s outdoor pavilion every Sunday morning. All church services, which include five on the weekend, one midweek service, and a Spanish service on Sunday, are recorded. DVDs of the services are also available to the congregation for purchase.

Broadcasting since 1965, Cathedral of Faith first worked with Spectaveris to upgrade their system to standard definition six years ago. When called upon this year to convert the church to HD production, Spectaveris discovered some initial design challenges. First, they had to work around the church’s weekly broadcast schedule. The integrator also needed to consider that the vast majority of the church’s production staff were volunteers, so keeping a user-friendly workflow was crucial. There was also the usual challenge of delivering high-quality technology while keeping within the church’s budget.

Spectaveris began equipment selection for the church in April at the NAB 2012 show. Company representatives met with several vendors to choose the switcher that best fit Cathedral of Faith’s needs. After considerable competitive evaluation, Spectaveris found that FOR-A’s HVS-350HS solution met their criteria better than any other switcher on the market. Because they were able to implement the HVS-350HS with two control panels and two multiviewers, one FOR-A switcher replaced the two switchers that the church had been using.

“FOR-A’s HVS-350HS solution is the only switcher out there that offers such a high-quality, cost-effective product with flexible control panels and remote capability control,” said Dean Stone, President, Spectaveris. “Our installations frequently include FOR-A switchers. We continually find that our customers are extremely pleased with the performance of their switcher, and are confident that FOR-A will keep bringing high-quality, reliable solutions to the market.”

The FOR-A switcher was installed this past September during the first phase of the church’s upgrade. The second phase, which involved integrating and testing new cameras and reducing rack size, was executed a few months later. Other equipment installed includes: a Sony OLED picture monitor, Mutec video and digital audio sync master clock generator and a Dell UltraSharp LCD monitor. The project was completed mid-November, and Cathedral of Faith now has full HD broadcast capability. To view a video regarding the church’s upgrade with Spectaveris, please visit the following link: http://vimeo.com/57464828

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 201-944-1120 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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Sleigh Bells Ring at University of Chicago Thanks to Gand Concert Sound

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Gand Concert Sound (GCS) of Glenview, Illinois celebrated the holidays with noise pop duo The Sleigh Bells at the University of Chicago. Their unique stage set up which is a wall of Marshalls, and an iPod carrying rhythm tracks, makes for a simple yet bone-crushing set up.

“The Sleigh Bells are the band of the future,” states Gary Gand, President of Gand Concert Sound. “First came the White Stripes, then the Black Keys. The band’s singer, Alex Krauss, tore it up on vocals with a hand-held wireless mic. She chose songs on her iPod, which runs stereo. Guitarist Derek Edward played through a literal wall of guitar stacks. Four channels and your done!”

GCS provided a pair of Yamaha PM5D Digital Audio Consoles and a 12-box flown NEXO GEO S12 rig with six NEXO CD18 subs. Alpha side fills and PS15 wedges rounded out the rig that was powered by NEXO 4×4 amps.

“We did our first major show at University of Chicago’s Mandel Hall in the spring of 1976,” Gand says. “The bill included country swing stars Asleep at the Wheel, acapella group Sweet Honey and the Rock, juju musician King Sunny Ade, and jazz guitar prodigy, George Benson. Benson came out in a white tux, opened his mouth and sang “Masquerade” from his new, unreleased album Breezin’, which rocketed to up the charts to #1 that summer. It’s great to be working in the same venue 36 years later with a new generation of music fans listening to today’s bands through the best audio gear.”

For more information on Gand Concert Sound, visit www.gandconcertsound.com.

For more information on Yamaha and NEXO 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.

ASHLY KLR-3200 AMPLIFIERS POWER UP DOWNSTREAM CASINO AND RESORT

QUAPAW, OKLAHOMA – JANUARY 2013: With its parking lot in Kansas, its main entrance in Missouri, and its gaming facilities and guest accommodations in Oklahoma, Downstream Casino Resort is quite literally on top of the region’s historic tri-state junction. The Quapaw Tribe-operated facility opened in 2008 and attracts approximately two million visitors annually. Building on its tremendous success, Downstream Casino Resort undertook an ambitious expansion plan to add a six-story tower with 155 additional guest rooms, restaurants, event spaces, and spa services. The Tribe hired A1 Audio of nearby Branson, Missouri to design and install a comprehensive distributed audio system, and A1 Audio delivered, in part by specifying a modest rack of high-powered, low-cost Ashly KLR-3200 amplifiers.

A1 Audio got its start in the 1960s in the energized venues of Las Vegas, Nevada. Its reputation for putting on successful shows with nary an unprofessional hiccup launched successful ventures in Hollywood, California, and, later, Branson, Missouri. Today, the Missouri office upholds the unwavering commitment to service that made the company so successful at its start. For years, Downstream Casino Resort has relied on A1 Audio for live show rentals and technical support. When plans materialized for the new expansion, the Quapaw called on A1 Audio to bring that same level of professionalism to its new facilities.

For reasons outside of A1 Audio’s control, the timeline on the new project was incredibly tight. “Massive crews from all the trades swarmed the new construction,” explained Pete Savel, vice president of A1 Audio. “At one point when we were pulling cable, they had something like 250 guys on drywall! It was a huge undertaking.” Despite the rush, the new system is elegant and refined, in consonance with the architecture and professionalism of the casino and resort staff.

In strategic locations throughout the tower, eighty Community loudspeakers from the 70-Volt D4, D6, and D8 wide-dispersion series deliver articulate, full-frequency content. In a few locations with less than six inches of ceiling space, low-profile Community D4LP deliver comparable performance. Yamaha DME-N series processors provide all input conditioning and matrixing, and an AMX system provides user control via an intuitive and engaging iPad interface. Five dual-channel Ashly KLR-3200 amplifiers power the entire system.

“The Ashly KLR-Series amplifiers are tremendously powerful, yet remarkably affordable,” said Savel. “Nothing else comes close on a performance-to-cost basis. We’ve used them in several installations now, and they worked from day one without a single glitch. That’s the kind of reliability we count on.”

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

ZeeVee Makes ISE 2013 Debut; Releases HDbridge 2000 Series Encoders/Modulators

New Series Combines High-Channel Density of up to Four HD 1080p/i or 720p Channels-per-Unit, Superior Cable Management, and Remote Configuration, While Lowering Costs of Deploying HD Video by Utilizing Existing Coax

AMSTERDAM — Jan. 29, 2013 — ZeeVee, North America’s leading manufacturer of digital encoders and QAM modulators, today announced that the company will make its ISE 2013 debut with the introduction of four new HDbridge 2000 Series encoders/modulators for smarter, higher-density HD video distribution. The units offer compatibility with existing technologies to lower costs, while providing a host of new features for faster deployment and advanced management. more

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BenQ Launches Classroom iQ Solutions

New Products Provide Multidevice Connectivity, Increased Interactivity, and Power Saving Technologies to Schools

IRVINE, Calif. — Jan. 29, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations, today announced the launch of BenQ Classroom iQ — a suite of next-generation products designed to future-proof classrooms while bringing simplicity, interactivity, and efficiency to instructors, IT managers, and administrators. Classroom iQ solutions will introduce versatile new ways of both teaching and learning via today’s handheld devices using products that are simple to set up, easy to operate, and cost effective to maintain. more

Barix Accentuates Dynamic Audio Insertion for Businesses at Digital Signage Expo

Insertion of attention-grabbing facts before advertisements help keep customers focused on business message

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, January 29, 2013Barix will highlight its complete IP audio streaming and insertion solution at Digital Signage Expo (Las Vegas Convention Center, February 27-28, Booth 151), demonstrating how businesses can cost-effectively deliver targeted, dynamic messages to consumers as part of a comprehensive, custom audio program.

The Barix solution incorporates partner MOH Technology’s Adiosys ad insertion software with its Exstreamer IP decoders for audio playout. Andrew Stadheim, president of Barix Technology, U.S., says that businesses can use the complete solution to more effectively reach consumers — notably through insertion of news headlines, weather and other local-interest facts prior to ads and promotional messages.

“You’re hearing this more at gas pumps and in retail stores that place significance on audio programming, where businesses offer a teaser to entice the consumer, and follow with a business-related message,” said Stadheim. “It’s about engaging the listener up front with the goal of driving revenue. Your customers are more likely to tune out if you feed an advertisement right away.”

The Adiosys software offers a simple way for businesses to upload, schedule and target ads, jingles and promos, and simultaneously enable fact-insertion. Meanwhile, Barix Exstreamer devices are IP addressable, with the ability to receive and playout targeted messaging in one or more zones or locations. This ensures that businesses can deliver the right messages to the right locations.

“This gives retailers and other businesses two key advantages: reliable, high-quality audio playout using Barix IP audio devices; and the ability to create a personalized, broadcast-quality audio stream with dynamic messages for each of your locations,” said Stadheim.

Barix offers several Exstreamer device models for in-store media solutions, including the Exstreamer 110 IP audio device with song, title and other stream information in a front panel window; and the Exstreamer 205, which includes built-in amplification to reduce costs and infrastructure at playout locations.

About Barix AG (www.barix.com)
Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich Switzerland, specializes in research and development of state of the art IP based communication and control technology. The company is a long-term and reliable supplier of IP audio and control devices, with more than 150,000 devices shipped in its first decade of business. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks / Internet offering new and improved solutions to the commercial audio distribution, communication and automation industry. Barix products provide solutions in Audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).

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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

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New Nationwide Distribution Network Catalyst AV Inks Deals with Vanco, ICE Cable and PPC

Wide assortment of tried-and-proven media distribution, wire, cable and accessory products for residential and commercial jobs available from Catalyst AV’s 16-locations

Burlington, MA – January 29, 2013 – Catalyst AV, a newly-formed nationwide distribution network serving more than 10,000 integrators from 16-locations stateside — with emphasis on support before, during and after the sale — today announced that it has entered into agreements to nationally distribute Vanco, ICE Cable and PPC.

”Media distribution, a robust network, wire and cable, telecommunications connectors and accessories – these are the cornerstones of today’s complex residential and light commercial installations,” says board member Steve Presti, principal of member-company Easy Access Distribution.

“Catalyst AV’s goal is to benefit installers by delivering the right products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. We’re quite certain that these well-established brands will help us achieve just that,” added Presti.

The Catalyst AV member-companies are:
• Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) (Midwest)
• Audio Video Warehouse (www.av-warehouse.com) (Nevada, Arizona)
• Custom Plus Distributing (www.customplusdistributing.com) (Pacific NW / Alaska)
• Easy Access Distribution (www.easyaccessdistribution.com) (Northeast)
• Electronic Lane Distributors (www.electroniclane.com) (Southwest)
• Electronics Source (www.electronics-source.com) (Florida and Southeast)
• Electronic Stockroom (www.electronicstockroom.com) (California)
• HCA Distributing (www.hcadist.com) (Rocky Mountains)
• Pioneer Music Company (www.pioneermusicinc.com) (Plains States)
• SPD (www.spmreps.com/sound-product-distributing) (Upstate NY)
• Tech Source Distributors (www.techsourcedist.com) (Mid-Atlantic)

Look for upcoming press releases regarding additional Catalyst AV vendor partner announcements, as well as line shows and training events.

Muto Communications, LLC is Catalyst AV’s PR agency of record. Please direct media inquiries to Paul Muto at paul@mutocomm.com; 631.849.4301.

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 11 independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 10,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence.
The Catalyst AV Board of Directors is Mike Hench (Electronics Source); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

Audinate Launches Dante Ultimo™ Solution

Integrated, cost-effective networked audio

Dante Ultimo


Portland, OR-January 29, 2012- Audinate is proud to announce the newest member of the Dante? product family: Ultimo?. Ultimo is a complete, fully-featured, ready-to-use Dante interface for networked audio products, integrated into a single 13 x 13mm chip. By providing an integrated, cost-effective networked audio solution over a 100Mbps Ethernet interface, Ultimo extends the benefits of Dante networking to a wide new range of audio devices. Audinate, a company recognized for innovation in digital media networking, has created the industry’s most economical networked audio solution, enabling manufacturers to design cost-effective Dante products for the edge of the network.

Dante is the most interoperable, easy-to-use digital network solution available. Dante is licensed by over 70 OEM manufacturers, and Dante networked devices are currently being designed into hundreds of AV OEM products. Ultimo delivers a low-cost, small-footprint solution without sacrificing audio quality. As with Audinate’s other networked products, Ultimo uses high-quality, low-jitter clocks with ±1µs time alignment between networked devices. Ultimo does not require specialized switches, and works with existing network infrastructure.

Ultimo includes well-established Dante features like automatic device discovery, plug-and-play networking, network-based firmware updates, and customization of device names and channel labels.

“The Ultimo integrated chip solution accelerates the migration from analog to digital signal distribution,” says Gary Southwell, Audinate’s Vice President of Product Management. Southwell adds “Ultimo allows our OEMs to achieve their desired cost targets for networked low channel count endpoints for the first time. Ultimo is already a success, and is actively being designed into commercial products by many of the industry’s largest and most recognized AV OEMs.”

Applications targeted for Ultimo include powered speakers, microphones, speakerphones, amplifiers, paging stations, personal monitoring systems, AV wall plates, recording interfaces, analog/digital break-in/break out, and musical instruments.

Product development kits are available now.

About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes the way that AV systems are connected, by transporting high-quality media over standard IT networks. Audinate’s patented Dante media networking technology has been adopted by over 70 OEM manufacturers in the professional audio/visual industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate is a Promoter Member of the AVnu Alliance™. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company. Dante is Digital Media Networking Perfected.

Dante and Ultimo are trademarks of Audinate Pty Ltd. Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

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ACIR Professional Supplies Yamaha CL5 for Jersey’s Own Southside Johnny on New Year’s Eve

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes first achieved prominence in the mid-1970s as the second act to emerge from the Jersey Shore music scene and considered part of the original Jersey Shore sound following Bruce Springsteen. Another of Jersey’s own, Jon Bon Jovi, recently said that growing up he wanted to be a Juke. Southside’s first three albums, I Don’t Want To Go Home (1976), This Time It’s for Real (1977), and Hearts of Stone (1978), were arranged and produced by one of the original co-founders of the band and Springsteen confederate, Steven Van Zandt, and largely featured songs written by Van Zandt and/or Springsteen.

Ever evolving and still touring nationally, South Side Johnny recently performed a New Years Eve show at The Count Basie Theatre, in Red Bank NJ, with ACIR Professional (Egg Harbor Township) supplying audio production and backline for the gig. The audio included a new Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console used as the monitor console with ACIR co-owner, Ed DiBona, mixing using two Yamaha Rio-3224s. “The console sounds great, and I really like the color coded channel strips,” states DiBona. “It gives you instant recognition of key inputs and helps with locating individual channels when you are paging through multiple layers. The custom fader bank was invaluable; I was able to create a bank for the opening act and seamlessly transition to South Side.”

Joe Prinzo mixed front of house using a Yamaha PM5D. ACIR co-owner, John Grasso, mixed a live feed for a Sirius Radio broadcast on a Mackie 1602. Monitors were powered with Yamaha Tn4 amps (18) mixes. ACIR used Whirlwind cabling, Shure, Sennheiser, Audio Technica mics; and Radial and Countryman Dis. The main PA consisted of 22 d&b Audiotechnik Q1 boxes with six B2 subs.

For more information on ACIR Professional, visit www.acirpro.com.

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

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MIPRO welcomes Ang Lee and Life of Pi with ACT-7 Series

Ang Lee and Life of Pi in Taipei
The Taiwanese legendary film director, Ang Lee, who won Academy Award for Best Director in 2006, brought his recent film Life of Pi back to Taiwan. A lot of scenes in Life of Pi were shot from many places in Taiwan, that is to say, it is a “Taiwanese-born” film.

On November 7, 2012, Ang Lee and Suraj Sharma, the hero (young Pi) of the film, attended the press conference and premiere of Life of Pi in Taipei.

Life of Pi is heavily relied on 3D special effects in post-production. Lee explores the artistic horizon of applying 3D effects and pushes the boundary of how this technology can serve the movie’s artistic vision. Through Pi’s fantasy adventure on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, Ang Lee leads the audience to explore issues of spirituality and practicality with Pi.

MIPRO ACT-7 series wireless system was used to serve the premiere of this masterpiece in Taipei. ACT-7 series has excellent and reliable sound quality without drop-out, interference-free reception; thus is the absolute choice for sound system installation to welcome this international director and his film. ACT-7 series wireless systems includes ACT-717/727/747 true diversity receivers, ACT-7H handheld transmitter and ACT-7T bodypack transmitter. Featuring true diversity receiving, PLL synthesized oscillation and ACT (Automatic Channel Targeting) sync function, MIPRO ACT-7 series is always the No.1 choice for professional application.

The movie made its commercial premiere during the Thanksgiving weekend of 2012 in the U.S. and worldwide and became a highly critical and box office success. In January 2013, Life of Pi earned 11 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Visual Effect.

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