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Harris Digital Out-Of-Home Network Rollout for Automotive Broadcasting Network Builds Steam

Network now live at auto dealerships in 42 states, delivering dynamic, targeted content to engage customers and influence sales

DENVER, February 27, 2013 — The Automotive Broadcasting Network (ABN) is several months into its large-scale, digital signage network rollout at auto dealerships across the United States. Harris Digital Out-Of-Home solutions serve as the core network architecture, with the company’s InfoCaster™ suite of hardware and software products supporting all dynamic content creation, network management and targeted media playout functions. Harris Digital Out-Of-Home is also providing on-site installation and managed services from its network operation center.

“We have more than 600 media players deployed, powering well over 1000 screens in 42 states,” said Jerry Daniels, president and CEO of Automotive Broadcasting Network. “And we are hearing plenty of success stories, from building positive customer relationships to driving transactions.”

Honda of Superstition Springs in Phoenix is one such story. Executive manager Christopher Zamora reports that sales are up since increasing his in-house advertising efforts. The ABN network delivers customized, targeted content to the dealership’s showroom, parts boutique and service areas. This includes digital menu boards in the parts and service departments that offer price lists and customer discounts, as well as other promotional content and TV entertainment delivered via ABN’s flagship Dealer TV programming.

“We spend between $75,000 and $100,000 a month on advertising, traditionally targeting television, radio, direct mail and other external methods,” said Zamora. “I thought it made sense to bring more of that in house and generate a response that we could measure. My philosophy is that the best customers to buy cars, services and parts are in your dealership already. We’ve had the screens up for four months, and we just had our best January on record.”

Zamora and Daniels both confirm that the InfoCaster-powered visual quality of the screens is a major benefit. Zamora comments on the “wow factor” of the dynamic, interactive content and how that translates to attracting viewers and influencing sales. Daniels adds that the flexible network management tools of InfoCaster have allowed ABN to completely transition from its long-time satellite delivery platform to multi-point Internet delivery, enhancing ABN’s ability to target custom content to different screens and locations.

“Dynamic content is an important term for us, as we provide all network content as part of our turnkey service,” said Daniels. “We work diligently to make the content we create visually appealing and effective for our dealers. Harris Digital Out-Of-Home and InfoCaster are very strong at delivering the broadcast-quality graphics you see on television. The look of our network is far more high-end than before.”

ABN launched its Dealer TV service in 2008 to enhance the automotive retail experience for customers and better control sales environments. Daniels adds that InfoCaster allows his creative staff to add multiple zones of graphics and animations for livelier screens, and has enabled ABN to integrate social media tools like Facebook and Twitter to engage dealerships and their customers.

“The ABN rollout exemplifies the power that out-of-home networks can offer to businesses that wish to communicate directly with their customers,” said Denise MacDonell, director and general manager, Harris Digital Out-Of-Home. “The ability to offer dynamic and targeted visual content across multiple digital displays brings the in-store experience to life for consumers, while giving businesses new opportunities to tell their stories and engage with their customers. We’re proud to collaborate with ABN as we roll out this turnkey service to more auto dealerships across the country.”

About Automotive Broadcasting Network
Founded by automotive retail professionals, the Automotive Broadcasting Network was formed to transform the experience customers have at retail automobile dealerships resulting in increased sales and customer retention. For additional information, visit www.ABNetwork.com.

About Harris Broadcast
Harris Broadcast develops uniquely integrated digital media solutions that streamline the entire content workflow from live production to transmission. The company’s tools and technologies fit seamlessly into any media operation, enabling customers to easily and profitably create compelling content for delivery over multiple distribution platforms. With a presence in key locations around the world, Harris Broadcast supports media customers in more than 130 countries. Additional information is available at www.harrisbroadcast.com.

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Adaptive Video Walls and Displays Demonstrates 3×2 Video Wall at Digital Signage Expo 2013

Video Wall Features Winch System for Vertical Movement

LAS VEGAS, FEBRUARY 27, 2013 — Adaptive Video Walls and Displays, a division of Adaptive Technologies Group and the premier provider of innovative wall-mountable, floor-standing, interlocking and flyable video wall frames for multiple LCD, LED and plasma monitors, demonstrates a flyable 3X2 Video Wall at Digital Signage Expo 2013 (Booth 1715).

This flyable video wall consists of six 46-inch NEC flat-screen LCD displays that are joined together and secured to a semi-automated winch system. Users can configure the video wall to exhibit one large image across all the displays or up to six different images. Raising and lowering video walls with a winch system turns conference rooms, command centers, retail environments, casinos, corporate training centers and other venues into multi-purpose facilities by allowing the user to better utilize these spaces.

“Adaptive Technologies Group is excited to demonstrate its flyable, retractable video wall capabilities at this year’s Digital Signage Expo,” says Paul Allen, president, Adaptive Technologies Group. “This 3X2 video wall is just one example of how our video walls put digital content anywhere and can help to transform any multi-purpose venue with just a click of a button. At Adaptive, we offer a full range of video wall framing solutions that can be customized according to size, configuration and monitor type, with a range of mounting options to fit any space’s unique requirements.”

Adaptive’s commitment to safety engineering is evident by its precision-machined connecting bars and compression locks that link its precisely dimensioned frames together into multiple tiers that support thousands of pounds of LCD monitors. Rigging beams provide rugged overhead load-rated lifting and suspensions for nearly any application.

In addition to the frames designed for use at Digital Signage Expo 2013, Adaptive Video Walls and Displays provides frames for a wide variety of other LCD and plasma models that are employed in many permanent, rental and staging applications around the world, including narrow bezel models produced by NEC, Sharp, LG, Orion, Samsung Panasonic and ViewSonic.

About Adaptive Technologies Group
Adaptive Technologies Group combines the talents and disciplines of Allen Products, ATM Fly-ware and Adaptive Video Walls and Displays, and offers state-of-the art rigging and mounting solutions for a range of audio and video applications. With its combined divisions, Adaptive is a full-service solution provider, by way of the design, development and manufacturing of professionally installed AV mounting and rigging equipment worldwide. Each brand offers its own standard and unique time-saving solutions, best safety practices and unlimited custom designs for any venue, size and application.

In addition to providing a wide selection of popular mounting and rigging solutions, Adaptive is a major resource for hundreds of commonly used and often hard to find rigging hardware and fastener items. Based in Signal Hill, California, all overhead products and parts are made and assembled in the USA. For more information, visit http://adapttechgroup.com.

MS1600X Powers Multiple Digital Signs with Dynamic Full High Definition ~ One Multi Screen Appliance Powers up to 16 Displays including Multi-Zone Management for Each Screen

MS1600X Powers Multiple Digital Signs with Dynamic Full High Definition

One Multi Screen Appliance Powers up to 16 Displays including Multi-Zone Management for Each Screen

Digital Signage Expo, Las Vegas & San Jose, CA – February 27, 2013 – DT Research™, Inc., an industry leader in the development of information appliances for vertical markets, today announced the release of the MS1600X, a new signage appliance in the WebDT Signage System line, capable of powering content over up to 16 screens. The MS1600 Multi Screen Appliance enables powerful content streaming on anywhere from 2 to 16 displays, and offers content blending, or tiling, across screens. The MS1600X, along with WebDT Content Manager, provides a fully integrated system with 1080p over up to 16 screens and multi-zone management for up to 16 zones.

The MS1600X is powered by the IntelÒ Quad-Core i7 processor, and provides full HD (1080p) video quality to every screen. Running MicrosoftÒ WindowsÒ operating systems, the WebDT Multi Screen Appliance displays content files in native resolution, so images are sharp and true to original properties, even when presented on multiple displays or large screens, maintaining optimal picture quality.

The MS1600X is ideal for applications that require high-resolution on multiple screens including digital signage walls, menu boards, flight/transportation information, and creative display arrangements. The MS1600X enables dynamic digital signage deployments in spaces where multiple screens are indoors and viewed in shopping malls, entertainment venues, and airports.

Each of the screens powered by the MS1600X can be remotely managed with the WebDT Content Manager software, which is bundled with the appliance. This intuitive interface software is used for organizing, scheduling, and deploying content to the digital signage network. The WebDT Content Manager provides multiple zone support and planning for each display, so that a screen can be divided into up to 16 zones with different content in each zone. With WebDT Content Manager, all screens can show the same content, each screen can play different content, or content can be blended over several screens. The user-friendly WebDT Content Manager also allows users to create many combinations across multiple screens, such as four zones on two screens, two zones on five screens, and hundreds of other possible screen layouts.

The MS1600X Multi Screen Appliance brings top quality performance and is available now.

About DT Research

DT Research™ develops and manufactures web-enabled information appliances for vertical applications. The WebDT family of products is based on embedded computing platforms for secure, reliable, and cost-effective computing. WebDT products include digital signage solutions, wireless tablets, point-of-service handhelds, compact modular systems, and display-integrated information systems. These systems emphasize mobility, wireless connectivity and touch displays. Powered by Windows® Embedded and Windows XP operating systems, WebDT devices offer durability and ease in integration, leading to solutions that can be remotely managed with the comprehensive WebDT Content Manager and WebDT Device Manager software. For more information, visit www.signage.dtri.com

MS1600X Multi Screen Appliance

http://signage.dtri.com.

DT Research and WebDT are trademarks of DT Research, Inc. All other brands and product names may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Bose® Professional Systems Division licenses Lab X Xavity™ Audio for AVB Connectivity

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, February 26 – The world’s leading Audio Video Bridging (AVB) platform provider Lab X Technologies announces that the Bose® Professional System Division has licensed Xavity™ Audio for Xilinx FPGAs to provide AVB Connectivity.

Bose Professional System Division has licensed Lab X’s Xavity platform which provides networked time synchronization, automatic bandwidth reservation and optimal bandwidth utilization via traffic shaping. Xavity furthermore enables multiple streams of data across a single network which allows for a truly converged audio, video and data network, to greatly simplify the deployment and maintenance of growing AV network systems.

“We are pleased to welcome Bose Professional Systems Division as a licensee of our audio turnkey AVB connectivity platform” said Lee Minich, president of Lab X Technologies. “They join an ever growing list of licensees who value the adoption of our Xavity Audio field tested, robust implementation of open IEEE AVB standards solutions committed to independent AVnu Alliance certification.”

Xavity AVB connectivity guarantees mission critical audio and video media will coexist simultaneously on a converged Ethernet network without time consuming, manual configuration of the network infrastructure.

For more information, please visit Lab X Technologies at http://www.labxtechnologies.com

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About Lab X Technologies

Founded in 1996, Lab X Technologies, LLC is a Rochester, New York-based engineering design firm recognized as a global leader in digital AV media transport and network connectivity, with extensive experience in applying IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) and other audio networking standards. Lab X is an influential participant in the AVB community, an extremely active member of AVnu Alliance (www.avnu.org) and fully committed to AVnu certified interoperability.

Lab X partners with leading AV manufacturers to accelerate product development cycles, enable digital network interoperability by licensing Xavity AVB connectivity platforms, augmenting internal design teams, providing pre-engineered connectivity modules, developing innovative product concepts, and producing complete turnkey custom solutions.

Xavity, the Xavity logo, and stylized Xavity X are trademarks of Lab X Technologies, LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners

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Ministry of Sound Adds HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Performer in Major Audio Upgrade

Ministry of Sound’s production manager Chris Thoms with the Soundcraft Si Performer.

LONDON, United Kingdom — Ministry of Sound closed last month for its annual technical overhaul—with HARMAN Professional brands, distributed in the UK and Eire by Sound Technology Ltd, being the main benefactors.

During the 3-week shutdown, the world-famous club extended its existing BSS network and provided an additional four channels of AKG DMS 700 wireless capability; but the piéce de resistance is found in 103—the venue’s second dance room—where a new Soundcraft Si Performer digital console now partners the Soundcraft Si2 in the adjacent box.

This is the centrepiece of a substantial upgrade, authorised by production manager Chris Thoms.

Although other spaces within the club have been reconfigured, including the VIP Room, it is 103 that has undergone the biggest change, in order to bring it more in line with its larger neighbour. As a result, it is now an adaptable space which can also feature headline acts.

This has included re-locating the DJ console, boosting the sound and giving the room its own dedicated FOH console for the first time, in a new booth offering better sightlines across the dancefloor.

“It made perfect sense to invest in a new console—since we also handle corporate work and film shoots,” said Thoms, explaining the rationale. “We wanted a good sounding desk that was easy to use and spoke to Ben Todd at Sound Technology. Although we conducted a lot of research, this presented the best solution—particularly since the new Si Performer contains all the best elements of Soundcraft’s superior Vi platform—minus the screen.”

At the same time Ministry of Sound purchased a Compact Stagebox, which with the MADI card and single Cat5 connection to the Si Performer gives them a capacity of 64 I/O’s.

“With the I/O expansion not only do we get the increase in channel count but if we have a band playing we can plug in over MADI and the Si Performer will double as a monitor and front of house console,” Thoms continues. It is simple for the FOH engineer to control the console from the surface, whilst a monitor engineer controls it simultaneously via the free Soundcraft ViSi iPad control app (or vice versa).

As for channel assignment, the DJ feed takes up four channels, a further four channels are used for booth monitors, there are two crowd mic channels for the radio feed, the AKG radios are on four channels … and the remainder are spare.

Chris Thoms says the immediate increase in sound quality has been matched by the ease of use of the desk.

“The way you assign channels to busses [with the Assignable Fader Layers] and can customise these on any page is fantastic. For instance, our main operating page will have DJ inputs, VCA, busses for radio mics, crowd mic levels and if we want to mix a band we go to Layer B. The desk feels solid and the faders are quick—you seem to get a lot more for your money with an Si Performer.”

At the same time the club has boosted its BSS Soundweb network and with the broadcasting of its live radio shows, has now replaced its Cobranet routing infrastructure entirely to create a new 256-channel Blu-Link matrix, chosen for its low latency. The club has also added a BLU-BOB 8-channel output expander, installed in the radio studio from which they perform a broadcast mix of the two main rooms on a Saturday night. It is also used for logging the broadcast material for PPL royalty purposes, taking a direct feed from the Soundweb network.

Finally, Ministry of Sound has added four channels of AKG DMS 700, with extra receivers and lapel mics to match the four channels in The Box (purchased with D7 capsules last summer for a Hadouken! live show). “We have the diversity antenna, and this will give us a chance to share channels between the two rooms,” he states.

“This significant investment will keep us ahead of the game,” Chris Thoms concludes. “We will now try and incorporate the equipment we have here in our touring concepts around the world.”

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 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2012.

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HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers Provide Gold-Standard Sound for the University of Minnesota’s Mariucci Arena

NORTHRIDGE, California – Named for John Mariucci, the “Godfather of Minnesota hockey,” Mariucci Arena is home to the Golden Gophers, the University of Minnesota’s men’s hockey team. The 10,000-seat facility opened in 1993, and after almost 20 years its audio system wasn’t sounding so golden anymore. Enter Parsons Electric of Minneapolis, Minnesota, who along with Richmond, Virginia-based A/V and architectural services firm Anthony James Partners renovated the sound system with HARMAN’s JBL PD (Precision Directivity™) Series loudspeakers.

“Mariucci Arena was a challenging environment because we had a reverberation time of about eight seconds, and there is nothing in the way of acoustical treatment,” said Tim Habedank, System Specialist for Parsons Electric. “The rink acts as a big, perfectly flat reflector so all the sounds the players make on the ice are bouncing up into all areas of the arena. Combine that with crowd noise during games, which can reach over 100 dBA, and overcoming the sheer volume of the space was a challenge.”

Parsons Electric installed 28 PD5322/95 and PD5322/64 loudspeakers in 12 clusters, flown from the ceiling and aimed throughout the arena. Four corner clusters contain three PD5322/64 loudspeakers each, while the other eight clusters each include one PD5322/64 and one PD5322/95. In addition, four PD5322/95 loudspeakers are used as floor fill.

“The best thing about the PD5000 Series loudspeakers is their pattern control and directivity,” Habedank noted. “A big box is required to achieve this level of control, but the PD boxes are not too big to the point of being distracting. They give us the performance we need, they provide high fidelity and high output but most importantly, the pattern control is terrific.”

Complementing the PD loudspeakers are 12 JBL ASB6128 subwoofers hung in four arrays of three subs each, while 14 JBL Control 25 loudspeakers provide under-balcony fill. “It’s a pretty big arena, but those subs can really shake this place,” Habedank said.

In addition, 13 JBL CBT70J-1 Constant Beamwidth Technology™ column speakers are used to fill the press box and upper suite areas. “The CBT’s worked perfectly, enabling us to achieve tremendous clarity and intelligibility in the upper areas of the arena by focusing the coverage into the narrow seating area,” Habedank pointed out. “They also have a pretty wide coverage pattern so we can space them out pretty far from each other.”

“The system at Mariucci Arena demonstrates the excellent pattern control of PD Series loudspeakers and their ability to create relatively small but powerful arrays,” said Brad Ricks, Senior Application Engineer, JBL Professional, who was instrumental in the system design.

“The JBL system rocks,” Habedank concluded. “They get as loud as we need them to be, and we could even drive them harder if we had to. There are not too many other loudspeakers we can trust in such a challenging acoustic environment.”

For more information on Parsons Electric, please visit www.parsonscorp.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 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2012.

GRAMMY®-Nominated Producer John Schneider Relies On HARMAN’s AKG K240 Studio Headphones

VIENNA, Austria – Nominated for a GRAMMY® for Best Classical Compendium in 2013, producer, engineer, artist and internationally recognized performer John Schneider has relied on HARMAN’s AKG K240 headphones for the last five years in his studio when recording and mixing the unique music of Harry Partch with his band, PARTCH. The band’s most recent 3-disc album – Partch: Bitter Music – was produced by Schneider with AKG headphones as they offer the “most realistic sound” available.

Harry Partch was an innovator in the world of classical music, creating custom-made, unique instruments, including the Boo II, Quadrangularis Reversum and Harmonic Canons, among a vast list of others, which play notes scaling a 43-note octave.

Bitter Music was recorded and mixed at the Architecture studio in Los Angeles, utilizing the K240’s recommended to Schneider when he was a radio broadcast engineer. He adopted the K240 headphones for their true sound during recording and playback.

“I wanted the flattest, best and most realistic sound when I was in the studio,” Schneider said. “There is no other type of music like the sound of Harry Partch, so to understand the beauty of the scales and intricate instruments, the sound must be exactly as it was intended. AKG’s K240’s are honest, with no extra sound boosting. Other headphones are used for that experience, but the K240’s provide me with the true sound of a mix; everything I put into it – no more, no less.”

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics. For more information or videos of PARTCH, please visit http://www.myspace.com/partchensemble/videos.

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 13,400 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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Album Mixed on PhantomFocus™ System, Lecrae’s Gravity, Wins GRAMMY®

- Atlanta’s Reach Records purchases PhantomFocus™ System with the goal of upgrading their album releases and garners a 2013 GRAMMY® Award for Lecrae’s Gravity, mixed by veteran engineer Carlton Lynn -

Nashville, TN: “The PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) could not have come at a better time,” quotes Atlanta’s Reach Records founder and CEO Ben Washer. “This [award for Lecrae’s Gravity] is our first GRAMMY®, and it is also the first album we mixed on our new PFS. We owe a big thank you to Carl for showing us a totally new monitoring experience.” Proud papa Washer continues, “Most people do not realize how important a mix is to the listener’s perception of the music. The PFS™ coupled with Carlton Lynn’s talent helped to raise the quality of our music to new heights.”

“I’ve worked in many, many studios over the years, including the ‘cost-no-object’ super studios in Tokyo, London, Paris, L.A. and Nashville, but I never heard the precise imaging, detail and sonic impact that near-fields could deliver until I heard the PhantomFocus System at Reach Records,” states Atlanta-based top-tier mix engineer Carlton Lynn (Leona Lewis, India.Arie, Ciara, Pink, Fantasia).

Ben Washer, CEO of the uber-hot independent label Reach Records, consulted with Carl Tatz for over a year about implementing a PFS, encouraged by media coverage, reviews and press releases as well as Lynn’s urging. Washer indicated that it was taking way too long to mix and no one could figure out the low end in the Reach Records control room.

Fast forward to the present – on his drive back to Nashville after the Reach Records PFS implementation, PFS creator and award-winning studio designer Carl Tatz received an email from Washer, who commented, “I spent several hours this morning listening to some CDs I bought. There is a large puddle of drool on the studio desk now. I hope heaven has sound this good. We listened to some of our old mixes and see much room for improvement. We’re excited to see how we use the system to upgrade the quality of our releases. My only regret is not doing this earlier.”

“It’s really fun to know,” muses Tatz, “that until the next Atlanta studio implements a PhantomFocus System, Reach Records has the best monitoring in the state of Georgia – hands down. Anyone who has a chance to sit in the engineer’s chair at Reach will have that fact revealed to them in very short order.”

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Bose® Professional Systems Give Cabot High School’s Renovated Auditorium the Coverage It Needs

Cabot High School, recognized as a “Center for Excellence” by the Arkansas Dept. of Education, needed a sound system to match the school’s high standard of quality, and Bose® RoomMatch® loudspeakers with PowerMatch® amplifiers and ControlSpace® DSP were the right choice for the job

Framingham, Massachusetts, February 19, 2013 – Cabot High School, in Little Rock, Arkansas, is deemed a “Center For Excellence” by the Arkansas Department of Education. So it goes without saying that when Cabot High’s auditorium was scheduled for renovation last year, a high-quality sound system was a must. What had to be contended with, however, were the challenging dimensions of the room, which is far wider than it is deep, making even sound coverage difficult. Fortunately, Little Rock-based Curtis Stout Audio Visual saw this as an opportunity to test out what RoomMatch® loudspeakers and PowerMatch® amplifiers from Bose® Professional Systems Division could accomplish. Curtis Stout AV installed a system consisting of four PowerMatch PM8500N amplifiers; two RoomMatch RM12020, two RM12060 and two RM9010 loudspeakers; two RoomMatch RMS215 subwoofers; and Bose ControlSpace® DSP. As it turned out, they accomplished exactly what the job needed.

Richard Malott, Principal Design Engineer for Curtis Stout AV, says the Bose technology hadn’t yet been tested by them, but that the auditorium’s design called for a specialized approach. “The other system that they had been considering would never have been able to provide consistent coverage for that kind of a room,” he says. “It was really a challenging project.”

The incredible precision-aiming capability of the RoomMatch array modules allows integrators to predict with a high degree of accuracy how dispersion will take place, so that when the modeling of the room was completed, the system went right into place with little additional tuning needed. “Not only did the system do exactly what we needed it to do, but Bose also gave us great support, helping us with speaker locations and room modeling and allowing us to have every seat covered,” says Malott.

The Bose ControlSpace software offers the school, which uses the auditorium for applications ranging from drama classes to theatrical and musical presentations, as well as school assemblies and presentations, the ability to run the sound system in several basic configurations without having to use the room’s FOH console. “It’s set so that they can use podium and handheld microphones through the auto-mix inputs without requiring the use of an operator, which makes the whole auditorium more accessible to students and teachers,” he explains.

Mark Chard, Division Manager for Curtis Stout AV, adds that the ControlSpace software also made it easy to design, configure and operate the system. But the proof was in the sound. “The sound is simply nothing short of premier – nothing else comes close,” he says. “The client was delighted and we now have a flagship installation that we can use to show other clients how the Bose system’s quality speaks for itself.”

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Audio-Technica SpectraPulse® UWB Wireless Microphone System Chosen for Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) Conference Room

Looking for the right microphone to rectify the inadequacies of a previously installed sound system in its conference rooms, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) in Washington, D.C., contacted local full-service audio-visual equipment supplier and integrator Metropolitan Audio Visual Company (Metro AV). David Wilkins, CTS, Vice President of Metro AV, with the assistance of mid-Atlantic regional rep firm Lienau AV Associates, proposed the ideal solution: a SpectraPulse® Ultra Wideband (UWB) Wireless Microphone System from Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years.

“They called me up because they were having some audio issues,” Wilkins relates. “They have a conference room, a multipurpose area, which consists of three divisible rooms. Two times a year they have workshops where they put the tables together in each of the rooms; they wanted a system where they could lean back in their chair and talk as normally at one table and be able to be heard at the tables on the other side of the room.”

“It was a simple enough request, yet a prior installation had badly let ACICS down. They were dealing with another company that had come in and installed ceiling microphones, just button mics. You couldn’t turn the volume up a quarter-turn or it would feed back. It was completely ineffective. When I got there it wasn’t even plugged in anymore,” says Wilkins, who called Tom Macri at Lienau AV Associates. “I said, they want something that’s as close to the ‘magic microphone’ as they can get. Tom said, ‘Let’s show them SpectraPulse.’ He brought the system down and they were blown away by it.”

Wilkins installed a SpectraPulse system incorporating 14 mtu101 Microphone Transmitter Units, the maximum quantity supported by the system, a single 14-channel drm141 Digital Receiver Module, and two seven-output aci707 Audio Control Interface demultiplexing modules. Metro AV retained the previously installed Extron ceiling speakers and Ashley amplifiers, adding AMX control panels and Biamp DSP.

Although ACICS is located just across the street from Washington, D.C.’s Union Station, the Ultra Wideband technology at the heart of SpectraPulse avoids the RF interference issues associated with conventional VHF, UHF and 2.4 GHz wireless systems. Further, since no frequency coordination is required for all 14 channels to operate simultaneously, SpectraPulse is easy to both set up and operate.

“We basically made the SpectraPulse system so that it could combine or uncombine as needed,” explains Wilkins, who configured the system such that staff members need simply set out the individual SpectraPulse microphones on the tables in the correct locations. “In order to get the best performance out of the wireless mics we set up a zone system. So we color-coded the mics and said, these only stay in room A, these in room B and these in room C.”

About ACICS
Founded in 1912, ACICS is the largest national accrediting organization of degree-granting institutions. ACICS accredits professional, technical and occupational programs, and is one of two national accreditors recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, with a scope that includes private post-secondary institutions offering certificates, diplomas and degrees from the Associate’s through the Master’s.

Please visit www.audio-technica.com for more information.

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