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InfoComm 2013 to Feature Innovative Conference and Educational Programming

Largest Commercial Audiovisual Show Adds New Training Programs and Floor Features

InfoComm 2013 adds timely new programming, including several workshops to the roster of can’t-miss events at the annual show, taking place in Orlando, Florida, June 8-14, at the Orange County Convention Center. New show programming and events for 2013 include a revised InfoComm Opening Reception, Tech Zone Pavilions, InfoComm University sessions and more providing a comprehensive schedule of events introducing new content throughout each day. Full conference information and attendee registration information is now available at infocommshow.org.

“In the evolving audiovisual (AV) industry, new possibilities for creative interaction and innovation are constant,” said InfoComm Executive Director and CEO David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD. “All year long, InfoComm strives to keep abreast of those evolutions and offer a nurturing environment for ideas, growth and innovation. This makes our annual show the place for the entire industry to collaborate, communicate and connect.”

New InfoComm 2013 Programming Highlights
InfoComm 2013 will feature expanded programming from InfoComm University. More than half of all InfoComm University programs are new, including:
• Women in Technology Symposium
• Digital Image Content in Live Event Production
• CTS-I Prep
• Business Leadership Workshop
• Four new digital signage sessions
• Integrating AV Services in an IT Dominated World

Exhibit Floor Highlights
InfoComm 2013 is adding smaller, more focused exhibit areas on the show floor with the introduction of Tech Zone Pavilions featuring new products and services in emerging categories of security, education technology and digital content creation.

Networking Opportunities

InfoComm 2013 is the place for the AV industry to connect and collaborate. New this year, the show offers new opportunities for networking and collaboration.

• InfoComm Opening Reception – free reception with defined networking areas to facilitate peer-to-peer interaction.

• First-Timers Orientation & Tour – meet the InfoComm team on a guided tour of the show floor

InfoComm 2013, the largest commercial audiovisual show, has grown to attract more than 35,000 attendees from wide-ranging market sectors, including business, government, military, education, worship, healthcare, hospitality, retail and entertainment. Along with a trade show floor that exhibits the latest from all of the industry leaders in audiovisual, staging, signage and more, the educational programming provides attendees with opportunities to develop skills and update certifications during the conference.

For more news on InfoComm 2013 before, during and after the show, visit infocommshow.org or follow the show on Facebook, and Twitter and the InfoComm 2013 Blog.

InfoComm is sponsored by Black Magic Design, Christie, Crestron, Panasonic and Samsung.

About InfoComm International

InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Additional information is available at infocomm.org.

Sennheiser Brings Unmatched Sound Quality and Wireless Reliability to Diverse Performances at 55th Annual Grammy Awards

For world-class recording artists including Bruno Mars, Sting, Zac Brown, Miranda Lambert, Alicia Keys and Ed Sheeran, Sennheiser was the microphone and wireless system of choice for the 55th annual Grammy Awards event, held at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on February 10. The evening’s telecast, hosted for a second time by LL Cool J, drew 28.1 million viewers and showcased over 25 spectacular performances by a diverse range of artists.

Sennheiser endorsee The Zac Brown Band and Adele, also a Sennheiser user, captured awards during the evening: Zac Brown for “Best Country Album” (“Uncaged”) and Adele for “Best Pop Solo Performance” (“Set Fire to the Rain”).

As in prior years, the artist dedications were among the most memorable moments of the evening, and this year included moving tributes to Bob Marley, Levon Helm, Dave Brubeck and others. Bruno Mars led the tribute to Bob Marley before ushering Sting, Rihanna, Damian Marley and Ziggy Marley to the stage for performances of “Locked Out of Heaven”, “Walking on the Moon”, and “Could You Be Loved”. Bruno Mars sang through a Sennheiser SKM 2000 transmitter, coupled with an MMD 945-1 super-cardioid capsule. Sting, meanwhile, delivered a powerful, full-range vocal performance through a Sennheiser SKM 5200-II transmitter with a Neumann KK 105 S super-cardioid capsule.

“Putting Bruno on the SKM 2000 transmitter and MMD 945-1 capsule combination was a choice between me and Front of House,” explains James Berry, monitor engineer for Bruno Mars. “We did a shootout with a ton of mics and this was definitely the best choice for Bruno. This combination really made his vocal sound fantastic both for his own IEMs and for Front of House.” Berry says he is running roughly 30 channels of Sennheiser wireless, for microphones as well as IEMs: “The 2000 series IEMs are rock solid and they sound great. I’ve been using them for many years now and it’s my go-to.”

Perhaps the most emotional tribute of the evening was to Levon Helm, who passed away in April of 2012. An all-star cast consisting of Zac Brown, T Bone Burnett, Elton John, Mavis Staples, Mumford & Sons and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes performed an emotional rendition of “The Weight” with Zac Brown leading off, singing through a Sennheiser SKM 5200-II transmitter and MD 5235 capsule.

Earlier in the evening, audiences were treated to shimmering duet renditions of “Over You” and “Home” by Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley, with Lambert singing through her signature custom pink-fashioned Sennheiser SKM 2000 handheld and MMD 935-1 capsule. “Microphone choice is a team call between Jason [Macalik, FOH for Miranda Lambert] and me,” says Chris Newsom, monitor engineer for Miranda Lambert. “You choose whatever microphone best complements the artist’s voice, and the combination of the SKM 2000 and MMD 935-1 works fantastic for us. Miranda’s voice sounds really smooth, and that’s exactly what we are looking for.” Newsom adds that his team relies 100 percent on Sennheiser for both handheld transmitters and IEMs, with 12 stereo mixes of ew 300 G3 IEMs for in-ear monitoring alongside EM 2050 receivers and six channels of SKM 2000 transmitters – each with MMD 935-1 capsules.

John Harris has been music mixer at the Grammys for 20 years and says that attaining outstanding audio has always been the focus. “This is the only show where all my clients are music professionals, so there is nothing more important than the sound,” he says. “For both Bruno’s and Miranda’s performances, the sound of the mic jumped out at me and made me look up,” he recalls. “In both cases, the mics [Sennheiser SKM 2000 with MMD 945-1 capsules] were really well matched to the performers and were ideal for the circumstances.”

Throughout the entire performance, Dave Bellamy of Burbank, CA-based Soundtronics, who served as RF Coordinator and has no less than 15 Grammy events under his belt, relied on Sennheiser for wireless systems. “We used 18 channels of Sennheiser RF for the show, all top-of-the-line EM 3732-II receivers,” he says. “We have been very happy with it and it has been solid and reliable – especially as we have less and less spectrum and more RF devices to work with than ever before.” Bellamy’s firm was responsible for the antenna system and seamless coordination of all the RF frequencies for the show.

Many Sennheiser microphones were also featured across a variety of backline instruments throughout the show. For example, no less than 20 Sennheiser e 935s were used for background vocals, 30 Sennheiser e 602 microphones for floor toms and kick drums, 20 e 904s for rack toms and ten e 906s on various guitar cabinets. Music mixer John Harris is a fan of the e 602 mic in particular: “The e 602 design is fantastic,” he elaborates. “You can put it on a drum and it already does what I was going to do to it – it is great at impact, especially at the bottom and top end.”

Harris says that he continues to receive impeccable support from Sennheiser, which is invaluable at a time when technology is moving so fast: “Sennheiser looks after their products well and having someone on the ground like their artist rep Tim Moore is spectacular. I get the feeling that Sennheiser has a real pulse on their products and that the company is moving forward all the time.”

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BARTKRESA Design deploys WATCHOUT for projection mapping at Universal Studios Japan®

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Ethereal angels and operatic singing supported with projection mapping, lighting, special effects to wow audiences, transporting them to a winter wonderland!

The system uses none other than Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image display and presentation software to manage images in a complex and stunning production that combines performances from a 60-strong cast of actors and opera singers with lighting and special effects, on a building façade and stage measuring 250 ft wide and 70 ft tall.

“Christmas time is a family time, we’ve been brought in to create stunning visuals that immerse and transport viewers on a Christmas journey,” explains Bart Kresa, Projection Designer at BARTKRESA Design. “In the design process, we created the sketches, paintings, 3d designs and animations managed using WATCHOUT. We produced the whole thing working with the Universal Studios Japan Show Director on creative elements and the Universal Studios Japan Producer on technical requirements.”

Twelve playback and four production WATCHOUT servers managed the content which was displayed with 31projectors including the Christie Roadster S+20K and Christie Roadster HD18K1080 HD DLP® models supplied by Corporate Image Associates, Inc, Images areprojected onto a stage and the main building façade, creating a magnificentbackdrop for the show.

“WATCHOUT works in sync with the show using a time code that syncs lighting, sound, projection and smokemachines. We use masking, perspective control and have done some layering ofanimations such as snow over background animations.”

Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director at Dataton says: “Once again, the skill, creativity and expertise of Bart Kresa is teamed with WATCHOUT to create a dramatic, celestial, show which I’m proud to see has wowed audiences at Universal Studios Japan from both Japan and abroad.”

The Gift of Angels II, The Song of an Angel 2012 commenced on 13 November 2012 and concluded on 7 January 2013.Universal Studios Japan® located in Osaka is one of the four Universal Studios theme parks in the world. As part of its Universal Wonder Christmas 2012 initiative, Universal Studios Japan put on a Christmas Spectacular, “The Song of an Angel 2012.” Internationally renowned projection design studio, BARTKRESA Design designed created the multimedia content, engineered and deployed allprojection mapping and equipment. The event included spectacular New Year celebrations on 31 December 2012 in front of thousands.

www.dataton.com

Modern museum techniques: projectiondesign® helps visitors better comprehend the stories of First World War

The newly opened In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, Belgium interprets the stories of the First World War as seen in the Flanders region using modern museum techniques and multimedia for visitors of today and tomorrow. projectiondesign® F22, F32 and F35 wqxga projectors and WB processors were provided by specialist museums system integrator, Ocular BVBA for use in the Belle Epoque, First Battle, Ypres Salient and Third Battle exhibit areas with the aim of stimulating a more in-depth look at how museum visitors deal with war and peace.

A video of the project can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOax1CpVt-o

On entering the museum, a Poppy Bracelet is given to all visitors. As visitors move around the beautifully restored medieval cloth-hall building in the city’s main square, a micro-chip inside their ‘Poppy’, a globally recognised symbol of the First World War, provides them with video projections, interactive touchscreens and soundscapes used to re-create the pain and tragedy of the War.

The museum has always focused on the stories of individuals within the larger picture of the Great War. These personal stories are told through many and varied objects on display, interactive installations and life-like characters.

Piet Chielens, Coordinator In Flanders Fields Museum, explains: “To really embrace the whole public with the impact of landscape then I think the best way of doing it is with projection. That is what we’ve done here. People are really thrilled with the experience and that is largely due to the techniques we’ve chosen to present it.”

Nicolas Vanden Avenne, Managing Director at Ocular BVBA explains: “Every projection surface in this museum is either curved or has a rather unusual shape for projection, which made this a technical challenge. Along with projection, we use the blend and warp functionality of the WB processors throughout the museum.”

As visitors enter the museum, they walk through the Belle Epoque exhibit, which highlights the period of time leading up until the war. In this area two F32 projectors are used to project footage on to a curved structure that looks like a forest of wood panels.

In the First Battle exhibit, an F35 wqxga projector is used to project from the ceiling onto a 3D scale model map of the battlefields from the North Sea to the front line. Viewers can watch the deployment of allied troops in the city of Ypres and the first battle from an eagle’s point of view.

Ypres Saliant uses three projectiondesign F22 projectors and WB1920 processors onto a 170-degree curved screen to observe the progress of the war as if travelling in a balloon high in the sky. Footage includes a view over buildings and deployment of troops around Ypres. The content is a combination of historical footage and custom made film.
Perhaps the most harrowing exhibit the Third battle, uses four F22 projectors onto a curved screen and ceiling to provide symbolic visuals with narration by nurses, doctors, soldiers, priests about one of the bloodiest battles in the First World War.

“To achieve the exhibit areas, Vanden Avenne says, we had to look for a partner that could do the engineering of our projections and cooperate with us during the building of the museum. We turned to projectiondesign because of their high-performance projectors for each exhibit area and choice of lenses.”

“As the museum is open ten hours a day, we wanted to have reliability, longevity with no image degradation. projectiondesign guaranteed that their projectors would remain consistent during heavy use,” adds Vanden Avenne.

Anders Løkke, Marketing Director says: “We are consistently impressed with the integrated approach that Ocular has taken. The exhibit areas are pushing the boundaries of how projection can be used to engage, inform and tell the story of the First World War. The added touch is that visitors to In Flanders Fields Museum can take their poppy home to remember the video projections and the stories of the First World War.”

And the last word goes to Vanden Avenne who says: “Working for clients such as the In Flanders Fields Museum is a richly rewarding learning experience. Ocular loves creating experiences and will continue to bring people’s stories to life for academic and cultural institutions for a long time to come.”

About projectiondesign
projectiondesign is a Norwegian company that designs, manufactures and markets a range of high- performance projectors and supporting systems for professional, business and consumer applications. Among its core markets are high-resolution scientific visualization, visual training and simulation, medical imaging, broadcast and post production, public media and entertainment. Numerous industry milestones that distinguish projectiondesign’s award winning, innovative technology include the introduction of the world’s first single-chip SXGA DLP projector in 2002, the first commercially available 1080p DLP projector in 2006, the first WUXGA resolution DLP projector, and the first portable and high-resolution active 3D stereoscopic projector in 2008. In 2009, projectiondesign introduced its first 3-chip projector and debuted LED illumination. 2010 signified the company’s first image warp and blend product with the Multi Image Processors, as well as the world premiere of the WQXGA resolution (2,560 x 1,600) projector, and revolutionary patented Remote Light Source technology. The entire professional product range is warranted for 24/7 usage. projectiondesign is located in Fredrikstad, Norway, with representatives in more than 17 offices throughout the world and is majority owned by Barco, a global leader in digital visualization.

www.projectiondesign.com

DPA Tours With Legendary Guitarist Paco Peña

The ability to move from venue to venue and achieve the same sound regardless of the acoustics or the PA system is the main reason why sound engineer Raul Mendez chooses DPA Microphones.

“I have been using DPA microphones for a long time now and they are always my first choice of microphone because they give me the sound I want without any feedback problems,” Mendez says. “Whether I am miking an acoustic instrument, voices for an event or a musical, I know these microphones will work perfectly every time and in all of these different areas of performance.”

Raul Mendez is currently using a selection of DPA microphones to capture the sound of legendary guitarist, composer, dramatist and producer Paco Peña. Over a career spanning more than four decades, Peña has expanded the possibilities of flamenco and changed perceptions of the art form by fusing the richness of its traditions with contemporary culture.

Peña, who is now touring in the USA, recently gave a series of concerts at London’s Sadlers Well’s where he presented his 2010 work Quimeras, a marriage of traditional Spanish and African music and dance. Directed by Jude Kelly, artistic director of London’s Southbank Centre, Quimeras tells the story of sub-Saharan African immigrants who move to Spain in search of a better life. The shift from hope to disillusion as reality confronts them is summed up by the title of the piece, which means chimeras or illusions.

For these performances, DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network supplied Mendez with a selection of DPA microphones, including DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones, which Mendez used to bring the sound of the guitars to life. Paco Peña’s guitar was miked using a DPA 4061 omni miniature microphone, while for the show’s vocalists Mendez chose DPA d:fine™ headset microphones.

“I prefer all my microphones to be wireless and with DPA technology this is really easy,” Mendez says. “I particularly like DPA’s wireless miniature microphones for vocals as they provide the perfect solution for the performer, while still giving me the sound I need.”

For Paco Peña’s US tour Mendez has also specified DPA and has switched Peña from a DPA 4061 omni miniature microphone to a DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone because both preferred the sound.

Paco Peña says: “The two other guitarists in my company use DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones with an attachment that allows them to be suspended away from the instrument. At first I found the actual support used for attaching them to the guitar a little difficult to deal with. I play with the guitar quite close to my body, and I move while playing and tuning etc, so I tended to knock the support on occasions. For that reason I was initially using an equally excellent mike – the DPA 4061 omni miniature microphone – which was attached to the guitar instead of being suspended in the air. However, I have now experimented with the d:vote and have found a spot to attach it to the guitar where I can manage it pretty well. It is a really great microphone and I am very happy with the sound it is giving me.”

Both Mendez and Peña feel that, when it comes to the choice of microphone, the most important aspect is the sound.

“I am very happy with the sound we are achieving on this tour,” Peña says. “I have known for a long time that DPA microphones are held in very high regard in the industry, but using them on a regular basis really makes the run of the show a whole lot better; the quality is excellent, but also the actual physical design allows musicians to attach them to the guitar and to move the instrument without altering the amplification and the EQ, and move around the stage without hindrance. The vocals are also performing well with the DPA d:fine Headset Microphones.”

Mendez adds: “I have compared DPA microphones with others on the market and I definitely prefer them. I spend a lot of time in different venues with different PAs and consoles, but with DPA the one thing I know is that the sound won’t change. This is a good way to start the day, especially when you consider that during our current US tour we will be doing shows in 32 different venues.”

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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Design Studio Of The Future Features AV And Control From ELAN, Niles and Sunfire

Kris Turnbull Studios, one of Europe’s leading interior designers, recently demonstrated his belief that contemporary home design must incorporate integrated AV and control technologies. He did so by opening a new flagship design studio in Belfast, Ireland that features the ELAN® g! Entertainment and Control System, complete with multiple zones of Niles® and Sunfire® high-fidelity speakers. The innovative interior designer makes modern technology an integral design element in many projects and recognizes that chic, life-enhancing electronics add value to a luxury living environment.

“My luxury-minded clients desire breathtaking interiors that break convention and delight the senses,” Kris Turnbull said. “Modern design has reached a confluence between architecture, decoration and technology that provides an unprecedented level of comfort, security and enjoyment, seamlessly blending environment with enhanced home functionality. My experience in the modern design industry has led me to embrace the new realities of home living that require a ground-level understanding that technology is often as vital to a homeowner’s satisfaction as the furnishings, window dressing, accessories and lighting.

“This beautiful new showroom proves that AV and integration technologies can add significant value to any living space while remaining nearly invisible. The open layout of the showroom highlights my expertise in creating uniquely attractive and comfortable arrangements, and the installed technologies provide all the modern conveniences that today’s homeowners and homebuyers desire. ELAN, Niles and Sunfire make top-quality products that blend into any décor.”

To create the showroom, Kris Turnbull transformed a former church into an open floorplan design center that features 10 distinct areas including living spaces, bedrooms, dining areas and a walk-in closet that each present a unique modern design aesthetic. Using the finest materials and furnishings from the likes of Fendi Casa, Kenzo Maison, Donghia New York and Christopher Guy, he presents a vision of modern living that appeals to a luxury-minded clientele.

“The studio reflects the luxury market. I am currently designing homes in London, Paris, Portugal, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Bermuda and Montenegro, so there is a breadth of architecture and regional stylistic influence that permeates my work across the globe. The one constant, no matter what location, is that if a client desires modern technologies, they want them to be unobtrusive and so easy to use that there is no learning involved. Technology adds value to a living environment when it makes traditional activities simpler and more intuitive. All of the electronics in the new design studio exemplify this mindset by providing enhanced comfort and usability in every type of space.”

The system was designed, specified and supplied by Indigo Distribution, the leading custom electronics distributor in Ireland. Several of the design spaces feature Niles in-ceiling and in-wall speakers that seamlessly blend into the décor with fully paintable magnetically-attached grilles, allowing the studio to present an ultra-premium sonic experience that is heard, but not seen. In one area that includes a high-definition TV, Sunfire’s audiophile bookshelf speakers are used to envelop the guests in a 5.1 surround soundscape that rivals the power and clarity of a commercial movie theater. The design offices, which are located on the second floor, also feature Sunfire speakers for listening to music during work.

The ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System consolidates control of the design studio’s three TVs and multiple audio zones, which can be simply accessed and adjusted through two in-wall ELAN LCD touchscreens, two ELAN HR2 wand-style remotes with touchscreens, or the g!Mobile app for Android, iOS, PCs and Mac computers. In the spring of 2013, Kris Turnbull Studios will add Niles outdoor speakers that are designed to look like landscape lighting to complete the building’s audio system.

The award-winning Kris Turnbull Studios has grown to 16 employees in just six years and its work has been profiled in several major design and lifestyle publications. The company recently expanded beyond interior design with the addition of in-house architects and interior architects who provide creative input and technical designs, creating a full-service home design agency that can see a project through from conception to furnishing. For more information about Kris Turnbull Studios and to view a gallery of its work, please visit www.kristurnbull.com.

Photo 1: From left to right: Simon Spears of ELAN Home Systems, Kris Turnbull and Matthew Booth of Indigo Distribution.

Photo 2: The new Kris Turnbull Studios Design Center includes several areas that feature HDTVs and hi-fi home theater speakers and subwoofers from Sunfire and Niles.

Photo 3: The new Kris Turnbull Studios Design Center launch party on February 9, 2013 drew more than 250 guests.

About ELAN Home Systems:
Founded in 1990, ELAN® Home Systems is an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning whole-house entertainment and control systems that are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers and distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

ELAN is part of the CORE® Brands division of Nortek, Inc. CORE Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

ELAN is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc., a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

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Nationwide Distribution Network Catalyst AV to Distribute IC Realtime Security Solutions

Security cameras, IP cameras, DVR and CCTV equipment for business and home surveillance in stock and available next-day from Catalyst AV’s 16-locations across the US

Burlington, MA – February 19, 2013 – Catalyst AV, a newly-formed nationwide distribution network serving more than 10,000 integrators from 16-locations stateside — with emphasis on dealer support before, during and after the sale — today announced that it has entered into an agreement to nationally distribute IC Realtime security solutions.

IC Realtime is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced visual surveillance solutions – founded by experts with a combined 35 years of experience in the development, marketing, sales, installation and support of security and alarm equipment. The company offers a wide variety of analog and IP cameras, DVRs, NVRs, software Apps and accessories.

”Surveillance is a primary target category for Catalyst AV,” says Wally Whinna, Catalyst AV board member and principal of Allnet Distributing. “We can provide added value to our dealer network who are interested in adding this profit center to the range of services they provide their clients.”

”Having a close working relationship with IC Realtime — a brand that is recognized as the preferred surveillance vendor to our channel — will allow us to execute this strategy to its fullest. Together we will be able to guide the dealer from product specification to after installation technical service,” added Whinna.

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.

Catalyst AV media contact Paul Muto, Muto Communications. 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

About IC Realtime
IC Realtime, LLC designs security solutions that not only help organizations to enhance the effectiveness of their security operations, but also improve their overall business performance. Headquartered in Pompano Beach, Florida, with offices in New York and Arizona, IC Realtime was founded by experts with a combined 35 years of experience in the development, marketing, sales, installation and support of security and alarm equipment. As a result, IC Realtime understands the needs of security/alarm dealers and integrators and is committed to providing its customers with innovative and superior-quality products that are competitively priced nearly always available off-the-shelf. www.icrealtime.com

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HARMAN’s AKG Shine Vocal Spotlight On “MC WAR” Competitions

VIENNA, Austria – Known throughout the nation as “The Official Sport of MC Battling,” the MC WAR hip hop competition is the first and only professional organization to provide emcee battlers an official platform for performing. With HARMAN’s AKG microphones and wireless systems, Amir James, COO and Arall Charles, CEO MC WAR, brings the nation’s top free style battlers to the stage for the ultimate unscripted hip-hop competition.

“Rap battles have become a phenomenon, drawing countless fans around the nation, who continue viewing these battles online hundreds of millions of times,” stated James. “What was once known as a subculture has taken the mainstream hip-hop industry by storm, being featured in numerous television specials and movies, which reinforces our work to bring battles and our MCs to the spotlight.”

All artists on stage utilize a variety of AKG products during the battles – four WMS4500 wireless systems and assortment of AKG D5 dynamic microphones and C214 microphones.

MC WAR separates itself from the many other battle leagues through its format as an official sport. Unlike other leagues whose format has no real structure, MC WAR has a referee, panel of judges, scoring system and a set of strict rules and regulations that include timed rounds, rounds based on musical bars, a cappella rounds and rounds over instrumentals. MC WAR is the oldest Battle organization with its initial launch taking place in Atlanta in 1999 as M.I.C. CHECK Lyrical Boxing until its re-launch as M.C. W.A.R. in October of 2002.

“As the world opens its eyes and ears to our art, the demand for precision and quality among the audience and artists themselves continues to expand,” continued James. “We were looking for the perfect microphone and AKG provides us with the confidence that MC WAR will give artists a powerful voice and fans a great show.”

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics. For more information on MC WAR, please visit http://www.mcwar.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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Digital Rapids Transcends Transcoding with Release of Highly-Anticipated Media Processing Upgrade

February 19, 2013 — Markham, Ontario: Digital Rapids – the trusted provider of innovative media transformation and workflow solutions for bringing content to wider audiences — today announced the immediate availability of version 2.0 of the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager automated media processing software, powered by the ground-breaking Kayak dynamic workflow platform.

The enterprise-class Transcode Manager 2.0 software goes far beyond transcoding and workflow orchestration, seamlessly blending media file transformation and workflow processes while offering unparalleled efficiency and agility for applications from post production and archive to multi-screen distribution. Building on the unique benefits of the Kayak platform, version 2.0 of Transcode Manager combines its robust management tools and hallmarks of superior output quality and format flexibility with powerful new advances including adaptive, logic-driven workflow automation with rich metadata support; intuitive, visual workflow design tools; dynamic deployment; fast, easy integration of new and emerging technologies; and a deep ecosystem of third-party technology partners.

Digital Rapids Transcode Manager is deployed in a distributed architecture, with dynamic allocation ensuring that the right workflows are available at the right scale to match job requirements and volumes at any given time. A Transcode Manager Server manages and deploys customized tasks across processing Engines on multiple computing resources, optimizing resource utilization and bringing the scalability, flexibility, and transparency of the cloud to on-premises operations. Transcode Manager Server 2.0 can manage both new Kayak Engines and earlier-generation Transcode Engines, providing a smooth transition for existing Transcode Manager users.

The new Kayak Engines also expand Transcode Manager’s extensive capabilities with new format support — including the UltraViolet(tm) Common File Format (CFF) — and new processing features such as Dolby(r) loudness correction with Dolby Dialog Intelligence(tm) for compliance with audio regulations such as the United States’ CALM (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation) Act.

“Digital Rapids Transcode Manager 2.0 has been our most anticipated new release to date, and we’re thrilled to be putting its power into the hands of our customers,” said Darren Gallipeau, Product Manager at Digital Rapids. “Transcode Manager 2.0′s logic-driven automation and flexible process design capabilities give users unmatched control of their media transformation workflows while maximizing their efficiency. Meanwhile, its catalog-based, modular architecture and dynamic deployment model enable users to rapidly integrate new capabilities, scale seamlessly and adapt quickly to new opportunities and market trends.”

Digital Rapids Transcode Manager 2.0, Kayak and the complete range of Digital Rapids solutions will be showcased in booth number SL5624 at the 2013 NAB Show, April 8-11 in Las Vegas. For more information about Digital Rapids, please visit www.digitalrapids.com.

About Digital Rapids Corporation — Digital Rapids provides market-leading content transformation and workflow solutions that empower the world’s leading media organizations to reach wider audiences more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Recipients of more than two dozen prestigious awards for company and product excellence, Digital Rapids combines innovative technology with proven expertise and visionary insight to help our customers expand their audiences, increase their revenues, and reduce their costs. Digital Rapids Corporation (www.digitalrapids.com) is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia and Argentina.

PixelFLEX LED Curtain Video Wall Supports Rodney Atkins During Take a Back Road Tour

For his recent 100-city Take a Back Road tour, Rodney Atkins used the industry’s leading lightweight and flexible LED Curtain video wall from PixelFLEX to maximize the concert audiences’ experience through visual images and effects.

PixelFLEX’s unparalleled flexibility enabled Atkins’ production team to incorporate video at any venue, no matter the layout. Whether at a corporate event, a small club or an arena, the team could bend and fly the LED Curtain to capitalize on the available space.

“We primarily used it as a broken wall with six strips – four double hung, two high panels and two single hung panels – to give the illusion of essentially a 40′ x 18′ wall,” said James “Mo” Butts, production manager and front of house engineer. “We ran all sorts of content on it…anything from video b-roll to IMAG to computer generated content.”

According to Butts, the 12 panel, 20mm resolution system, rented from Elite Multimedia, a professional sound, lighting and video company based in Nashville, offered multiple benefits to the Atkins tour beyond its flexibility.

“From a production manager’s perspective, there are four major reasons to go with the PixelFLEX solution,” Butts stated. “Weight, power draw, truck space and cost. There is nothing that even comes close to how much video you get relative to how little truck space is needed to pack the Curtain.”

Still, as Butts points out, the Curtain’s ultra light weight and flexibility is what truly separates it from other LED solutions.

“When you go and do a venue where you can fly video, but you can only fly 600 or 800 pounds a point, the PixelFLEX LED lets you put up your entire rig,” Butts remarked. “If you were working with a rigid wall that weighs four times as much, you’d either have to scale it down or not use it at all. With PixelFLEX I can even put the entire rig on Genie Towers because it is so light weight.”

Pleased with the system’s performance, in tandem with its ease of set-up, tear down and transport throughout the 2012 tour, Atkins’ team is planning to use the PixelFLEX LED Curtain for their 2013 dates starting in March.

“We’re going to use them again this year,” Butts continued, “probably very similar to how we used it last year. The Curtain is ideal for acts that travel in one or two trucks, because of how much you can fit into a small space in your pack. It allows even a one bus tour to do video in a club. There’s no other product out there that can do that with the kind of resolution PixelFLEX offers.”

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

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