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Listen Technologies Announces Sam Nord as Territory Account Manager

Listen Technologies adds sales and account management experience in California to continue strong business growth in North America.

Listen Technologies Corporation today announced the appointment of Sam Nord as Territory Account Manager.

Sam Nord will be responsible to manage and develop accounts in California. He will also carry out Listen’s sales policies, objectives and initiatives. In his new position, Nord will report directly to Peter Papageorge, Listen Technologies Corporation Director of Sales, North America.

Nord joins Listen Technologies with over 18 years of sales and account management experience in the professional audio-visual industry. Prior to joining Listen Technologies Sam was Sales Engineer/Education Sales Manager for AVI-SPL in California.

“Sam’s background with manufacturing sales and AV integration sales is the perfect balance for supporting our partners in California.” Peter Papageorge said. “Sam brings a new dynamic and is a great addition for supporting our integrators, consultants and end user communities. His history with end users will help our partners expand their business.”

Commenting on the opportunity, Nord said, “I am very excited to join the Listen Technologies team. Having spent several years selling Listen products as a reseller, I’m looking forward to promoting Listen’s rapidly growing, high-quality line of audio solutions as a direct representative. Listen Technologies products fill a unique and vital niche in the audio market. It is an honor to now have the opportunity to help grow the adoption of these products within my assigned region.”

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Extron Introduces New DMP 128 Audio DSP Models with Dante™

Extron DMP 128 AT with Dante™

Extron DMP 128 AT with Dante™

Anaheim, California – Extron Electronics is pleased to announce a major expansion to the DMP 128 Series of Digital Matrix Processors with three new models featuring Dante network connectivity from Audinate. The DMP 128 is a 12×8 audio mixer featuring Extron ProDSP™, automixing, I/O expansion capabilities, and available AEC – acoustic echo cancellation. The three new DMP 128 AT models feature a 56 input by 24 output expansion matrix, providing efficient scalability for creating larger audio matrixes over a local area network using standard Internet Protocols. A built-in four-port Gigabit switch provides direct interconnection of multiple DMP 128 AT units. DMP 128 processors offer a configuration approach to DSP that simplifies mixing, routing, conferencing, and room optimization. Quick and intuitive configuration using the DSP Configurator™ Software allows the DMP 128 to be installed in very little time, with easy-to-learn adjustments that can be heard in real-time.

“We are pleased to be offering our DMP 128 audio DSPs with Dante digital audio networking capability, which provide a very wide range of possibilities for large-scale audio system designs and future system expansion,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “These three models are new additions to our growing family of DMP 128 audio processors which offer several advanced features including AEC.”

“Extron is recognized for its leadership position for integrated commercial AV installations and we are excited to be a part of this innovative new matrix mixer,” says Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinate. “The new Dante enabled DMP 128 offers flexible, scalable audio matrixing, while providing Extron customers with widespread interoperability with other Dante networked products. This delivers an unparalleled rich audio experience for conferencing and presentation systems.”

DMP 128 AT models provide scalable audio transport over a local area network using standard Internet protocols. Each processor sends out 24 channels of 24-bit/48 kHz digital audio and can receive 56 channels over the network. A built-in four-port Gigabit switch also provides direct interconnection of multiple DMP 128 AT units to create larger, cost-effective audio matrixes. Dante technology distributes a virtually unlimited 512×512 audio channels at 24-bit/48 kHz over a single Gigabit Ethernet link, or 48×48 audio channels at 24-bit/48 kHz over a single 100 Mbps Ethernet link, plus integrated control data with extremely low latency. Both Dante and the DMP 128 AT processor’s four-port switch are AVB – Audio Video Bridging ready.

The DMP 128 features Extron ProDSP, engineered from the ground up using a powerful 64-bit floating point DSP engine and studio grade 24-bit converters with 48 kHz sampling. ProDSP is managed by the intuitive DSP Configurator Software, featuring an easy-to-use GUI that allows for complete audio system visualization within a single window. All DMP 128 models include an automixer with gated and gain sharing modes for managing up to eight groups of microphone signals. Select DMP 128 processors feature Extron AEC with eight independent channels of high performance, fast echo cancellation for optimal intelligibility in conferencing applications.

To view a product video and for more information, please visit www.extron.com/dmp128atpr.

The Cove Church Upgrades to HD Production with Broadcast Pix Granite 5000 Video Control Center

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that The Cove Church in Mooresville, N.C., is using a Granite™ 5000 2 M/E Video Control Center™ to produce image magnification (I-MAG) for its congregation during services, as well as simultaneously stream its services live on the Web and share the live video feed with three campuses across the state. The church began using its new system in mid-October.

Attendance at the main campus in Mooresville, a suburb of Charlotte, averages 3,800 over its four weekend services, with another 900 attendees spread across its North Carolina campuses in Newton, Statesville, and Cornelius. When the church’s aging SD video system needed to be replaced, church officials decided to transition to a full HD production workflow. “We wanted to give our campuses the absolute best quality image,” said Greg Antisdel, director of production.

The Cove Church purchased its Granite 5000 from ClarkPowell in Charlotte, N.C., but designed and installed its own HD infrastructure. The upgraded control room is housed backstage in a room large enough to accommodate up to eight volunteer production team members. Antisdel said the video production team gives people the opportunity to serve the church and help share its message.

Using Granite’s 2 M/E capabilities, the church produces two very different productions. The I-MAG production is designed for the local audience, while the Web/satellite campus version resembles a broadcast production, complete with an announcer, wider shots of the service, and shots from a camera on a jib. “Our goal is not to be a TV production,” Antisdel explained, “but to help you ‘feel’ the venue and feel like you’re part of what’s going on.”

The Fluent™ Clip Store is used for a countdown video before services and a message intro, as well as “life story” videos that are sometimes integrated into services. Antisdel said Fluent Macros were designed for some tasks, so a volunteer TD – who operates the system maybe once a month – does not need to be particularly skilled at switching to get professional results. Fluent-View, the built-in, customizable multi-viewer, populates all sources on two Sharp 70-inch LEDs in the control room.

The built-in Fluent workflow tools, as well as its overall cost effectiveness, made Granite the ideal choice for the Cove Church. “I looked at other switchers, and I still kept coming back to Broadcast Pix. I like the platform,” Antisdel 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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Bose® RoomMatch® Sound System Chosen for Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church of Woodinville, WA

Olympia-based CCI Solutions worked closely with Broderick Architects and church leadership to design and install the perfect sound system featuring Bose RoomMatch loudspeakers

Framingham, Massachusetts, January 9, 2013 – When construction began on Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (a new Catholic church in Woodinville, Washington), church leadership and the architect, Seattle-based Broderick Architects, turned to Olympia’s CCI Solutions as consultant for acoustics and systems integrator for the audio system. The church’s design and layout (in addition to worship considerations) presented unique challenges in both the acoustical program and the sound system, but CCI Solutions President/CEO Ron Simonson was up to the task, and he selected a system consisting of RoomMatch® array module loudspeakers from Bose® Professional Systems Division. The worship-related audio concerns were familiar to any church: clear and intelligible speech and well-balanced music, enhancing worship rather than distracting from it. The RoomMatch system’s high level of directivity made it the ideal choice, and the recently-opened church features audio that has thrilled church leadership, architects and worshippers alike.

Simonson points out the challenges the audio team faced with this project: “The church’s pastor, Father Schuster, took a very active role in the design of the facility, and he had specific preferences for the acoustics and audio, as he should. It was an absolute requirement that the acoustics of the room would need to strongly support congregational worship and their pipe organ. We had to strike a balance in the acoustical program between speech clarity and a reverb time sufficiently long to support the music program. Go too far in the first direction, and things will sound dead, but too much reverb on the other hand will make spoken word and music hard to understand. Also, Father Schuster demanded that the speakers be hidden out of sight. Another challenge was that the architectural design of the church is a ‘cruciform’, with transepts on either side – a challenging acoustical layout. With those challenges to solve, we explored a number of speaker design options. The Bose RoomMatch design we created met all of the criteria and ended up as the most cost-effective solution.”

Simonson and his team worked closely with Broderick Architects in defining the acoustic program for the church. After strategically working absorptive and diffusive surfaces into the design, the next step was to decide on the audio system. “The challenge was, what speaker system provides consistent coverage of the seating area while providing great pattern control in both vertical and horizontal directions? We looked at a number of electronically steerable options, but none of them gave us the horizontal dispersion control that we needed. Then we looked at the Bose RoomMatch system, and it was clear that it was the right choice.”

The final system consists of two RoomMatch 7040, one RM9010 and one RM5520 array module, powered by the PowerMatch® PM8500 configurable professional power amplifier. Simonson notes, “Together with Bose technical support, we designed the system with one RM7040 for each of the transepts, and two RoomMatch modules paired in a traditional near-throw/long-throw configuration for the main seating area. We got creative with this, since we had only used the RoomMatch modules deployed in a line array configuration prior to this project. We had to think just a little outside the box, so to speak, to think of the modules as individual speaker boxes that have semi-custom definable coverage. Because of the RoomMatch array module’s wide options for dispersion patterns, we really had a huge amount of control even in the critical midrange frequencies, and we were able to tailor the coverage angle for the needs of the three different seating areas. We were able to conceal the speakers too. We really succeeded in designing the right system for the space.”

Simonson adds, “When the system was up and running, everyone was just amazed at how natural the speech sounded, and how great the music filled the room. And in the end, not only did the Bose system sound great, it was more cost-effective than the other options, which made the client very happy. The church is just thrilled with the system.”

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IAG Appoints Sound Solutions, LLC, as Exclusive U.S. Distributor of Wharfedale Loudspeakers

Under the direction of Walter Schofield, Sound Solutions sets its sights on increased domestic market presence for venerable Wharfedale loudspeaker brand

International CES, Las Vegas, NV, Jan 8, 2013 — Today, at the CES Show in Las Vegas, International Audio Group, Ltd. (IAG) announces the appointment of Sound Solutions, LLC – a new company formed by industry veteran Walter Schofield – as the exclusive U.S. distributor for the Wharfedale brand of loudspeakers (Venetian Tower, Suite 29-226).

Steve Un, Director of Global Sales and Product Planning for the International Hi-Fi Division at IAG, Wharfedale’s parent company, stated, “Walter Schofield has a rich history in the fields of sales and marketing, with specialized attention to the home theater, custom install and consumer audio sectors. We are very pleased that Wharfedale loudspeakers, a brand with the highest reputation for excellence, will now be distributed in the United States by Schofield’s new firm Sound Solutions. This company has the tools and resources to effectively and appropriately market such a storied brand. We look forward to working with Sound Solutions moving forward, and all the good things that means for Wharfedale, its dealers and end users.”

Schofield stated, “It has been a blessing to work with Wharfedale loudspeakers over the years, and this new company, Sound Solutions, is the culmination of many things personally and professionally. We are determined to devote the entirety of the tools, expertise and relationships we have cultivated to serve the Wharfedale brand and our customers well into the future, with an eye toward consistently stocking and supplying product to match the speed of the market. This is an exciting beginning for us, and we are proud to be serving in this capacity.”

Featuring multiple acoustic engineering advancements, Wharfedale offers a wide assortment within multiple series of loudspeakers to deliver a new class of sonic performance for home theater, music and architectural applications. Developed for multiple room environments and applications, the line includes over 60 new speaker models with subwoofers, floor standing towers, bookshelves, center channels, surrounds, high-style slim “decorator friendly” series and in-wall/ceiling solutions, providing resellers with a wide range of solutions for their clients’ home entertainment needs. The Wharfedale line of speakers provides the final solution to complete the ultimate home entertainment experience.

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Jünger Audio Increases its Presence at TVE In Spain

Spain’s national broadcaster TVE has made a significant investment in Jünger Audio’s loudness control technology, which it is using to normalize the audio across a number of its television channels.

TVE has been using Jünger Audio technology since 2003, but during 2012 it actively embraced High Definition broadcasting and as a result upgraded its Jünger Audio B40 and B46 processors to incorporate SDI boards, thus making them more compatible with its existing Dolby products.

TVE has also invested in an additional nine Jünger Audio frame-based C8000 systems, bringing the total number of C8000 systems in use at its broadcast facilities to 35.

The new equipment is primarily being used for play-out and for the editors’ rooms at TVE’s Torrespaña broadcast tower in Barcelona. A number of systems have also been installed in TVE’s production centre in San Cugat del Vallés, Barcelona.

Alberto Palazón, commercial manager at Jünger Audio’s Spanish distributor ASPA, which supplied and installed the new equipment, says: “TVE initially chose Jünger Audio equipment because it was looking for a transparent processor that could normalize audio across various channels without compressing the signal or distorting the sound. Jünger Audio’s LEVEL MAGIC™-based C8000 system proved to be the ideal solution as it didn’t alter the original sound of the audio in any way.

Palazón adds that, with audio coming in from many different sources, TVE also wanted a system that would make it easy to decode and encode Dolby signals and reposition their audio content into their SDI signal path.

“The Jünger Audio equipment has achieved the results they were looking for and they can now reorder audio, regardless of whether the original source was mono, stereo or 5.1 surround sound,” he says.

Paloma Sampedro, head of TVE’s audiovisual production unit, adds: “We are very happy with the Jünger Audio C8000 systems and with the upgrades we have made to our B40 and B46 units. With Jünger Audio, we now have a complete solution that allows us to decode SDI signals, process audio and sum and code again. This is a great solution and one that is incredibly easy to use. Jünger Audio’s Loudness control technology is very stable and delivers high quality audio. These factors, combined with the support we have received from ASPA, made our decision to invest in more processors an easy one to make.”

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities. www.junger-audio.com

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Spruce up your sound for 2013 with 10% off select acoustic materials

Let’s start of 2013 with a bang and be sure that bang sounds good! If part of your New Year’s Resolution is to replace your old acoustical treatment, redesign your listening space, improve the conference room, or any other sound control project, we have solutions for you! Acoustics First is also extending their New Year’s Special Savings promotion through the end of January 2013. Choose from two modular acoustical treatment systems. The PhaseFOAM acoustical foam system includes a box of linear anechoic panels or a box of bass traps that can mount to a wall or in a corner. Alternatively, the Tone Tile paint-able wall panels install direct to the wall using the provided impaling clips or can be configured as bass traps using optional corner clips or stand-off clips.

Save 10% on http://www.PhaseFOAM.com & http://www.ToneTiles.com stock products | Offer expires 1/31/2013. (While supplies last)

Acoustics First wishes you a Happy New Year and continued success in 2013!

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Acoustics First Corporation supplies acoustical panels and soundproofing materials to control sound and eliminate noise in commercial, residential, government, and institutional applications worldwide. Products include the patented Art Diffusor®, sound absorbers, noise barriers, acoustical fabrics and accessories. Acoustics First® products are sold for O.E.M applications, direct, and through dealers. For more information on acoustical materials and their application, please visit www.AcousticsFirst.com or call Toll Free 1-888-765-2900 (US & Canada).

Maryland Sound International and HARMAN Provide Stellar Sound at New Jersey’s First-Ever Orion Music + More Festival

NORTHRIDGE, California – The 2-day Orion Music + More Festival, held at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey, featured a host of major acts on four stages including Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Cage the Elephant, Modest Mouse, Baroness and more than 20 other bands, capped by Metallica performing their pivotal Ride the Lightning and Metallic albums in their entirety on successive nights. More than 64,000 attendees enjoyed hearing their favorite bands through a HARMAN sound system that included JBL VTX and VERTEC® line arrays, Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers and Soundcraft Vi6 digital mixing consoles.

Maryland Sound International, a Baltimore-based production company with more than 45 years experience in sound contracting for major events, provided the audio system for one of the main stages. The loudspeaker complement included 14 of JBL’s new VTX V25 line array elements and 12 JBL VERTEC VT4888 midsize line array elements at each side of the stage, along with 12 VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers. Six VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array elements were deployed at each side of the stage for out fill, and four VT4887’s were used for front fill.

In addition, VT4889 line array elements and VT4888’s were utilized as stage monitors, with a pair of VT4881A arrayable subwoofers placed around the drums to provide added low-end monitoring. The loudspeakers were driven by 80 Crown Crown IT12000HD power amplifiers—70 for the main system and 10 to power the onstage monitor speakers. Two Soundcraft Vi6 digital consoles handled front of house and monitor mixing. Leiter and the MSI crew employed HARMAN HiQnet Performance Manager™ software to set up and tune the system.

“The Orion Music + More Festival gave us a great opportunity to use the new JBL V25 line arrays in a large-concert outdoor setting,” said Jeremiah Leiter, General Manager at Maryland Sound. “We purchased the V25’s because we’re committed to providing the very best when the audience matters—when they’re listening to the bands they’re passionate about.”

Like most multi-band festival situations, there wasn’t a lot of time for setup between bands, which made the superior sound quality of the V25 and the VERTEC line arrays a key factor. “Most of the bands only had time to do a line check and not a full sound check, so we couldn’t go crazy with tweaking EQs and settings for every vocalist and instrument,” Leiter continued. “Although most of the bands only needed about 20 inputs and that helped speed up set changes, still, the line arrays had a flat-enough response that we were able to quickly dial in the sound of every band and performer without having to make radical adjustments at the board.”

Leiter also noted the improved installation features of the VTX Series. “The V25 is much easier to move into place and rig,” he said. “The dolly system used for transport is more secure and the built-in rigging hardware makes it faster and smpler to fly the speakers. Also, Performance Manager almost makes configuring the system idiot-proof.”

In addition, a number of different front of house engineers used the Soundcraft Vi6 consoles and they were all very comfortable with the board. “In fact, some of them brought their own Vi6 file settings on a USB drive and loaded them in,” Leiter noted.

“We were all pretty knocked out by the sound,” Leiter said. “The bands were extremely pleased. Also, a lot of other audio professionals came around to our stage to check it out. We really created a buzz—with no exaggeration, it only took about 15 minutes after the first act went on for people to come by to listen and ask about why our stage sounded so good.”

For more information about Maryland Sound International please visit www.marylandsound.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

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grandMA2 Helps Empire State Building Illuminate the Skyline With Pixel-Map Philips LED Lighting System

It may not have looked like your grandma’s Empire State Building (ESB), but a grandMA2 enhanced the dazzling pixel mapping of the New York City landmark that launched the building’s groundbreaking Philips Color Kinetics (PCK) LED lighting system. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of grandMA in North America.

The world-famous ESB recently revealed its new, one-of-a-kind LED tower lights with a first-ever light show on the Landmark, which was designed by noted lighting designer Marc Brickman. The stunning display featured six Hippo HD media servers, controlled by a grandMA2 and operated in conjunction with the PCK LSM control system and its associated network. The Hippos drove 11,500 pixel-mapped DMX channels to four types of Philips Color Kinetics RGB and white fixtures located on the building’s top four tiers where they replaced old metal halide and fluorescent fixtures. All four sides of the structure were pixel mapped making the landmark visible throughout the city and surrounding areas.

“It was an honor to work on the project,” says Brickman. “Philips and their team did an incredible job, and I had a great team. Everyone wanted to try something new and create a special musical show, and we did.”

He explains that Philips “felt they needed enhance their control system” to implement the pixel mapping. “grandMA2 would have been any designer’s choice for this application,” he says. “I was familiar with using pixels; it’s still animated light. And the grandMA worked great.”

Brickman was assisted by programmer Tony Fransen, 3-D artist Deitrich Juengling and Hippo programmer Darian Koop.

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