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SYMETRIX JUPITER 12 APP BASED TURN-KEY DSP AND ARC-WEB BRING SMARTPHONE SOUND TECHNOLOGY TO PARK CITY’S GRUB STEAK RESTAURANT

PARK CITY, UTAH – FEBRUARY 2013: Families and friends love to convene at Grub Steak Restaurant in Park City, Utah, and the establishment carves out a unique niche by providing flexible meeting and event space for local businesses, clubs, and revelers. Grub Steak’s spacious dining room is adjoined by the Miner Room and the even larger Moose Room. However, an aging, patched-together sound reinforcement system was making it hard for the management to accommodate the multimedia needs of the restaurant’s rental clients. Performance Audio, of nearby Salt Lake City, designed and installed a new system centered on a Symetrix Jupiter 12 App-Based Turnkey DSP loaded with nearly forty customized presets to cover every conceivable configuration.” Grub Steak’s managers and regular clients select the presets and adjust input and output volumes from their smartphones using robust Symetrix ARC-WEB technology.

“Grub Steak originally had a zone for each of the three main dining and meeting spaces,” explained Jake Peery, system design & installation expert with Performance Audio. “But its collection of old mixer/amps was making it difficult or impossible to get signal from one place to another. We integrated everything with a Symetrix Jupiter 12, which delivers a tremendous feature set for a very affordable price. In addition, we gave them another zone for the restroom and lobby area. Now they can combine, distribute, and adjust inputs any way they like.” The inputs include iPod docks, line level jacks, microphone jacks, a pair of wireless microphones, background music sources, and a live feed from the main dining room’s modest stage.

Peery also created nearly forty custom presets to cover every possible input selection and routing scenario the restaurant management requested. He also created four Symetrix ARC-WEB panels that, with password clearance, can be accessed from any smartphone or other Internet-connected device. Each ARC-WEB panel provides individualized control of a specified zone. “They also recognized that with so much flexibility, they had the potential to dig themselves into trouble,” said Peery. “So we also gave them a hardwired Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote in the office with a ‘reset’ selection that recalls a sensible default setup and gain structure.”

A new Ashly TRA-4150 amplifier delivers 250W to each of the four 70V zones. A handful of blown loudspeakers made way for new Atlas replacements, whereas the rest were in good shape and remain with the new processing and amplification.

“I’ve never created so many presets as I did with this job,” said Peery. “But it was easy to do with the Jupiter’s app based programming, and the client is very happy with the system’s new functionality. In fact, it’s so simple to use that Grub Steak has shared the ARC-WEB password with a few regular clients, such as the local Rotary Club.” Chris Haymond, Grub Steak manager agreed, “Yes, the new system is easy, flexible, and reliable. We’re now set up to make excellent use of our meeting and event space.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix engineers high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software. Symetrix products are distributed worldwide, and designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the Seattle area headquarters. Since 1976, customers have enjoyed the benefits of Symetrix’ independent ownership and management.  For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

NEW COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL STAYS ON BUDGET WITH PERFORMANCE DRIVEN ASHLY AMPS AND DSP

COLUMBIA, MISSOURI – FEBRUARY 2013: The population of Columbia, Missouri grew by over twenty-percent between 2000 and 2010 and is on pace to continue that growth in the current decade. Responding to the obvious need for increased classroom space in a school system designed for a smaller citizenry, the Columbia School District secured funds to build a fourth high school, which will relieve crowding in the existing high schools and middle schools. Muriel Williams Battle High School will open in fall 2013, but already many of its facilities are nearly completed, including band and music rooms that will help jumpstart new musical traditions for the fledgling school. An Ashly ne1600pe amplifier with onboard Protea DSP in each of those rooms will facilitate playback of instructional audio, including stereo recordings of the students themselves.

Lonnie Theer & Associates (Omaha, Nebraska) designed the modest band and music room audio playback systems with an eye toward performance, reliability, and transparent user control, all while meeting the school district’s budget. Each system is an exact duplicate of the other so that faculty and staff need only learn one system to learn them both. “Including only the necessary controls within a robust design make these twin systems just the right speed for the new high school,” said Paul Jonas, director of installations at Theatrical Media Services (Omaha, Nebraska), who installed the system.

A 16-channel Yamaha MG166C mixer provides an intuitive user interface in each room. A handful of microphones, a CD player, and a solid-state recorder form a manageable and flexible input set that’s useful for benchmarking students’ performances against both professional performances and against the students’ earlier performances. One Ashly ne1600pe amplifier with onboard DSP resides in each room, providing equalization, limiting protection, and power for Renkus-Heinz CFX121 full-range loudspeakers. A pair of CFX121s in each room deliver full stereo playback.

“The ease and simplicity of the Ashly ne Series with optional onboard DSP is a real benefit in a job like this,” said Jonas. “Having Ashly’s flexible Protea™ software inside the amp lets us install the system with less wiring and with less time spent wiring. Moreover, there’s a cost savings to having the DSP housed within the amplifier. A separate unit would add significantly to the expense. Ashly’s reputation for building reliable equipment also factors into the benefits.”

The school district will take possession of the new building in the summer, on schedule and on budget.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

MARLAN BARRY RECORDS TENOR NICHOLAS PHAN AT A MULTI-MILLION STUDIO AND THEN WITH A METRIC HALO ULN-8 AND MACBOOK PRO

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 2013: Nicholas Phan is one of the most exciting new voices in classical music today, as evidenced by the tremendous praise heaped on him from just about every media outlet in the country. He frequently records with New York-based sound engineer Marlan Barry, and the two worked together on 2011’s critically-acclaimed Winter Words. The New York Times flagged it as one of the best classical recordings of 2011. The duo joined forces to record 2012’s Still Falls the Rain, which yet again made The Times’ “best of” list. Of course, the talent and artistry of Phan and his fellow musicians, together with the sonic vision of Barry, deserve the credit for those critical acknowledgements, but it’s interesting to note the distinction between the gear used to record those two albums. For Winter Words, Barry piloted the console at a multi-million dollar recording studio, whereas for Still Falls the Rain, he piloted a MacBook Pro interfaced with a single-rack-space Metric Halo ULN-8. Neither session was a compromise.

In celebration of the centennial of his birth, Still Falls The Rain is an album of songs and chamber pieces by composer Benjamin Britten. Philadelphia Orchestra principal horn player Jennifer Montone, pianist Myra Huang, and Harpist Sivan Magen joined the amazing young tenor, and the actor Alan Cumming complemented the music with a reading of Edith Sitwell’s poetry. Avie Records released the recording, which took place within the exquisite and often-recorded acoustics of SUNY Purchase’s Recital Hall C.

In contrast both to the earlier studio recording and to Barry’s previous habit of lugging a studio’s worth of equipment to location sessions, the engineer traveled light for the two-day engagement in Recital Hall C. A MacBook Pro coupled to a pair of Avastor external hard drive served as the recording medium, and Barry’s Genelec monitors provided a familiar reference. Apart from a simple custom talkback system, the only other equipment consisted of microphones, stands, cables, and the Metric Halo ULN-8. “It was very minimal,” laughed Barry. “I’m into minimal these days.”

Four Sennheiser and Schoeps omni-directional microphones provided primary pickup of the musicians and their interaction with the acoustical environment. Depending on the composition and the instrumentation, Barry moved the microphones around to strike a perfect balance between direct pickup and imaging. A pair of Neumann mics covered the room’s nine-foot concert grand Hamburg Steinway D piano. For one of the more essential components of the recording session, Barry also used two Gunter Wagner U-47 tube microphones to capture Phan’s incomparable voice, as well as a stereo pair on the harpist.

“This was the first time I used Wagner’s U-47 without an external preamp,” Barry explained. “I went directly out of the power supply into the Metric Halo ULN-8. I wanted to capture the detailed sound of that mic and its unique tube saturation, without imposing any other circuitry’s coloration on it. Nick’s voice is so light and airy and beautiful – that mic and his voice form a magical combination. Sure, the ULN-8 has circuitry of its own, but I’ve found that unless I’m intentionally using Metric Halo’s ‘Character’ algorithms, the ULN-8’s signal path is refined, short, and transparent.”

Barry cites the Metric Halo ULN-8’s stable integration with his MacBook Pro via Metric Halo’s MIO Console software as a critical component in fostering confidence in the stability of his sessions. Despite using the Metric Halo on a near daily-basis, he has never had so much as a tiny hiccup in its performance. “Conducting a recording session with the rock-solid ULN-8 not only gives me peace of mind, it affects the musicians as well,” he said. “A reliable, high-quality recording setup inspires confidence. It is an amazing testament to Metric Halo that I have never had a single issue with my ULN-8 or its performance on my laptop or desktop.”

When not in session, Barry uses a Metric Halo ULN-8 as the primary interface at his studio. While useful for voiceovers or overdubbing, it more commonly acts as the digital-to-analog converter that allows him to monitor his editing, mixing, and mastering work in Pyramix, Pro Tools, or Logic. “That’s really the last check before a recording goes public,” he said. “Truthfulness is paramount, and I’ve learned that I can trust what I’m hearing through the ULN-8.”

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

www.mhlabs.com

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Fox Theatres in Pennsylvania Goes Digital with Christie Projectors

Christie® is helping the Fox Berkshire theatre, Reading, Pa., enter the modern age of digital cinema, following the complete upgrades of its eight screens exclusively with Christie Solaria® Series projectors. Formerly the Wyomissing 8, the facility recently celebrated its return to the Fox Theatres family after being under different management since 1996.

The movie house’s integrator and one of Christie’s preferred partners, Entertainment Supply & Technology (ES&T), selected Christie’s Managed Services team to install eight DCI-compliant Christie projectors, including two Christie CP2230s, one Christie CP2220, and five Christie CP2210s. As part of the agreement, Christie’s Managed Services team, in addition to projection, provided an integrated hardware package comprised of sound, networking and theatre management systems and will continue to provide onsite technical field services and 24/7 remote monitoring and telephone support through its Network Operations Center.

Donald Fox, President of Fox Theatres, has been pleased with the progress. “ES&T was instrumental in readying the facility for the conversion, and in the timely delivery and installation of all the equipment,” he said. “Working with Christie’s Managed Services team, they had Fox Berkshire up and running in time to show all the holiday blockbusters. Christie projectors wowed our audiences with the exceptional clarity, brilliant colors, and sharpness of the images. They were a hit right from the start.”

“Fox Theatres has a long history of entertaining the local community, ensuring that movie-goers get the best possible cinematic experience,” noted Sean James, vice president, Managed Services, Christie. “ES&T and Christie have always been strong supporters of independent chains like Fox Theatres, which are vital to the economic health of the communities they serve.”

Christie projectors will also feature strongly in the future of Fox Berkshire, according to ES&T, which said it looks forward to installing them at four new screens scheduled to go up in 2013. These include a large-format theater with a giant screen, which will be added to the complex during the second phase of renovations. Total revitalization plans include adding Dolby® Surround 7.1 in all the auditoriums, renovating the lobby, entrance, restrooms, concession stand, and signage, as well as installing new seating in existing rooms.

According to Bruce Schneiter, vice president of technical services, ES&T, the smooth installation of Christie projectors was a reflection of the experience and professionalism of ES&T. “We are a strong advocate of performing thorough field checks and site surveys at the client’s location prior to the delivery of the equipment, ensuring a perfect match of components, fast and efficient installation, and minimum downtime.

“ES&T is committed to helping exhibitors realize their vision of designing modern facilities that reflect the latest innovations in lobby and auditorium design, as well as digital entertainment,” Schneiter continued. “Our association with Christie has always been strong, built upon our mutual commitment to providing our customers with the highest quality products and technical support.”

Added Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions for Christie: “We are very pleased that Christie projectors were selected to bring the movie-viewing experience to the next level of entertainment for the people of Wyomissing, with cutting-edge technology that includes High Frame Rate (HFR) and 3D digital cinema capabilities. We look forward to continuing our excellent relationship with ES&T to help exhibitors across the country make the move to digital.”

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Listen Technologies sponsors the NSCA’s Business and Leadership Conference

The NSCA Business and Leadership Conference is sponsored by a network of organizations including Listen Technologies.

Bluffdale, Utah, USA – Listen Technologies joins industry leaders to sponsor the 2013 NSCA Business and Leadership Conference. The conference, hosted by Atlas Sound/IED, will be held February 21-23 at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa in Phoenix, AZ.

“We have an outstanding network of organizations that understand the value and need to support an integral part of the electronic systems channel,” said Chuck Wilson, NSCA executive director. “Our sponsors allow us to continue to provide the only leadership conference that many of our industry leaders attend because of the high quality of speakers and take-away content that can be applied the next day.”
NSCA, the National Systems Contractors Association, is the leading not-for-profit association representing the commercial electronic systems industry. The NSCA’s Annual Business and Leadership Conference brings together a dynamic and forward-looking perspective on our industry, while combining it with practical on-the-ground strategies for adapting, all into a single event to help your business succeed now and into the future.

“The NSCA Business and Leadership Conference includes many industry executives who are focused on building their business. These are the type of executives that we love to exchange business development ideas with,” stated Cory Schaeffer, Listen Technologies VP of Sales Worldwide. There will be opportunities to learn and connect with in depth educational sessions and unique networking events.

“The caliber of leaders that attend this conference are second to none. I enjoyed the networking opportunities with many of our industry’s thought leaders,” noted Schaeffer. She went on to say, “I took away many ideas on how to run my business better.”

For more information or to register, visit www.nsca.org/blc or call 800.446.6722.

About Listen Technologies Corporation
Listen Technologies Corporation manufactures and distributes wireless audio products world-wide for use in auditory assistance, soundfield, tour group, language interpretation and conferencing applications. Listen products provide superb audio performance, flexibility and ease of use, making them the ideal choice for schools, houses of worship, factories, entertainment facilities, government agencies and other entities. For more information on Listen solutions, contact Listen Technologies at +1.801.233.8992, or visit www.listentech.com.

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CAPITAL SOUND HIRE AND WIGMAN FIRST IN UK WITH NEXO STM SERIES

London-based Capital Sound Hire has become the first UK company to take delivery of a NEXO STM Series system, and Wigwam Acoustics has confirmed its purchase of a STM modular line array system, after two years of involvement in its development by both companies.

The initial STM touring range incorporates three elements; the M46 Main cabinet, B112 Bass cabinet and S118 Sub-bass cabinet, which allow users to build systems for audiences from 200 to 100,000. “With profit margins being squeezed, it’s crucial for the success of rental companies to get the maximum flexibility from their inventories,” continues Capital’s Paul Timmins. “Prep costs money, and this system only requires configuration between projects, with no rebuilds necessary.”

The scalability of STM held great appeal for Capital, whose projects range from 10 people at small corporate events to stadium and outdoor shows for 60,000 plus. “What has become evident is that most current loudspeaker systems require you to stock up to four sizes of line array boxes to cover the variation in room sizes,” says Timmins. “Often, during the winter months, an entire inventory of large format loudspeakers can sit idle while there is a shortage of small and mid-sized cabinets. The concept of STM is amazing, with true multi-use options for all components including the amplifier racks. System designs can take into consideration not only room limitations but also musical content. It’s a fantastic addition to the tool box.”

Capital, which will ultimately own a 48-box system an inventory of 48x M46 Mains, 48x B112 Bass and 48x S118 Subs, is initially planning to introduce the components on small-scale events. This will ramp up during summer 2013 to larger projects that will allow engineers to get to grips with its full capabilities. “NEXO has been a great company to work with,” concludes Timmins of the STM project. “They have a fantastic R&D team and they also know where all the best restaurants are!”

In STM terminology, Wigwam’s package is 48 sets: 48 x M46 main cabinets, 48 x B112 bass cabinets and 48 x S118 sub bass units. The system specification is identical to that ordered by Capital Sound. The main criteria for the new system, according to Wigwam’s Chris Hill, was, “will it sound good, will it be flexible, and quick to rig? NEXO engineers really listened; STM is scalable, and we can use it for many different applications instead of it just being able to do certain types of work. We’re hopeful that this will give us maximum utilization of our stock.”

Further information:
NEXO SA
Tel: 0033 44 99 00 70
www.nexo.fr

Christie Brings Element of Innovation to DSE 2013 with Custom Digital Signage Solutions, Interactivity Kit and Debut of All-Weather Outdoor Panel

Whatever the weather, Christie®, a global visual technology company, will be at Digital Signage Expo 2013 with innovative products and services designed to meet the digital signage needs of today’s customers. As a complete digital signage solutions company, Christie will debut its new Christie® WeatherAll Series of outdoor flat panels and showcase Christie® MicroTiles®, with Christie Interactivity Kit, and new bundling options for professional services and customized digital signage solutions through Christie’s Managed Services team.

Among the products at Christie Booth #1242:

Christie WeatherAll FHD551-W LCD Outdoor Flat Panel


Christie WeatherAll FHD551-W LCD Outdoor Flat Panel
The new Christie WeatherAll Series of LCD outdoor flat panels made its world debut at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show on January 29, setting the standard for outdoor LED edge-lit LCD technology. They are now ready to conquer the elements at DSE 2013 with the introduction of the first product in the WeatherAll series – the 55-inch Christie FHD551-W LCD display, engineered to withstand the harsh elements that normal flat panels cannot. Rugged and versatile, the IP56/NEMA 4-rated Christie FHD551-W LCD display is a professional grade full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) solution designed to perform in a wide range of applications, including outdoor sporting venues, outdoor live events, architectural applications, entertainment parks, public displays, the hospitality and resort industry, transportation services, as well numerous other outdoor environments not typically applicable with standard LCD panels. The new Christie WeatherAll FHD551-W LCD outdoor panel will also be on display at DSE’s New Product Pavilion.

Christie MicroTiles with Christie Interactivity Kit


Christie MicroTiles Wall with Christie Interactivity Kit
Booth visitors can paint on a graffiti wall or play a carnival game on a Christie MicroTiles wall, equipped with a Christie Interactivity Kit. Powered by Baanto™ ShadowSense™, the Christie Interactivity Kit is a complete solution for adding multi-touch interactivity to any rectangular digital display. Modular and scalable for the utmost in flexibility, the Christie Interactivity Kit can be configured into 84 different sizes. It can accommodate practically any large format display up to 21.4 feet wide and 6 feet high, and is also the perfect interactive solution for Christie® MicroTiles®, for arrays measuring up to 16-units wide by 6-units tall. The easy-to-use, field-installable kits are designed in pieces that simply attach around the display wall perimeter and plug into a computer USB port without the need for drivers. It offers excellent performance with high touch accuracy and fast response times that support up to 18 touches on a large-format display.

Fashion Kiosk with 46” LCD Interactive Flat Panel
With interactivity in fashion in the digital signage world, fashion comes to the world of interactivity with a 4 by 1 array of 46 inch LCD flat panels featuring Gucci content powered by OOOii. The display features OOOii real time servers driving a scalable immersive experience, using a Kinect sensor to allow customers to interact with the content by pausing the display at will and switching the fashion models on the screen. It is an example of the innovative digital signage solutions offered by Christie’s Managed Services team, whose customized digital signage solutions are found worldwide, from the runway of New York Fashion Week and the aisles of Fresh® cosmetics flagship stores. Managed Services delivers solutions that are integrated, technology agnostic and fully customizable. Christie’s Managed Services works with national dealers and network partners to help customers design, build, deploy and support digital display networks specific to their needs, budget and timeline.

Christie, Barneys New York, and Disney Partnership
Parisian haute couture came to life in brilliant colors while multiple configurations of 425 Christie® MicroTiles® lit up the windows of the Barneys New York flagship store during the 2012 holiday season. A partnership between The Walt Disney Company, Barneys New York and Christie, the story of this unique collaboration is told in an eight-minute video presented on a 6 by 4 Christie MicroTiles wall. The video features interviews with spokespeople from Disney and Barneys New York, as well as Christie’s Vice President of Managed Services, Sean James. Christie’s Managed Services team collaborated on technical consultation of the installation, from concept finalization, to pre-staging, to on-site set-up, expanding on its long historical partnership with The Walt Disney Company.

Christie FHD551-X LCD flat panel with Corning® Gorilla® Glass
The Christie FHD551-X 55 inch HD LCD flat panel with damage-resistant, optically bonded Corning® Gorilla® Glass will be previewed at DSE. Corning’s thin, lightweight glass solution retains the LCD flat panel’s sleek, narrow-bezel design that empowers a wide variety of tiled video-wall applications. Minimal seams, as small as 5.9mm, permit each panel to offer high-pixel density paired with the high optical clarity of direct bonded Gorilla Glass to optimize full HD resolution and capture the absolute viewing experience. Corning Gorilla Glass helps enable better touch-sensitivity so it is ideal for touch screen interactive technology, including Christie Interactivity Kit, and its damage-resistant properties help to maintain its beauty over time. The FHD551-X LCD flat panel uses less than one watt of power in standby mode and offers an exceptionally low total cost of ownership, with reliable performance.

Engaging Speakers on the tradeshow floor
Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Christie, will speak on the topic, “Engaging Your Audience with Large Interactive Media Walls,” on February 28, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m., at the DSE 2013 Interactive Technology Theater (end of aisles 400 & 500). The workshop introduces the concept of large interactive media walls and their application in digital signage. It outlines the technology options for creating a large interactive media wall and their pros and cons – all illustrated with real-world case studies on how to engage audiences.

David Guthrie, director, business development, Managed Services, at Christie, will offer a workshop on, “Designing, Deploying and Sustaining a Digital Signage Network,” on February 28, 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., in the Digital Signage Workshop Theater (near front aisle 100). He will discuss things to consider at every stage of a rollout from setting goals, to design and display selection, pre-staging, integration, deployment and support for displays.

DSE 2013 Apex and Content Awards
Having walked away with numerous awards last year, Christie and partners are once again finalists in the DSE Apex and Content Awards. For this year’s awards, to be announced on February 27, Christie keeps it “in the family,” with a nomination for the Christie West Wing in the “Business Industry & Government” category.

Christie Products Around the DSE Show Floor
Christie products can also be found at partner booths throughout DSE, including Scala, Booth #922, with a configuration of 35 Christie MicroTiles to welcome visitors. Corning Inc., at Booth #650,will display a 2 by 1 array of Christie FHD551-X 55 inch LCD flat panels with Corning® Gorilla® Glass, and content highlighting the visual and physical benefits of this combination of technologies, and rp Visual Solutions, at Booth #1338, will display a 2 by 2 configuration of Christie MicroTiles as well as a block mount custom designed for this product, which allows for up to 8 MicroTiles to be cantilevered out to either side. And Arsenal Media at Booth #739 will feature its ‘Fountain of Content’ concept structure using 47 Christie MicroTiles, Christie FHD551-X 55 inch LCD flat panels and a Christie projector.

Williams Arena’s Sound Is on the Rebound With HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers

NORTHRIDGE, California – It’s called “The Barn,” officially known as the Williams Arena, home of the University of Minnesota’s Golden Gophers men’s and women’s basketball teams. The Barn’s 14,625-capacity main arena has been renovated with an all-new sound system that includes more than 100 HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers. Parsons Electric of Minneapolis, Minnesota was the systems integrator for the project. Parsons collaborated with Richmond, Virginia-based audio/video consulting and architectural services firm Anthony James Partners.

According to Tim Habedank, System Specialist for Parsons Electric, Williams Arena is a large, reverberant space, making it a challenge from a system design standpoint. “We had a reverberation time of about seven seconds,” Habedank said.

“The shape of Williams lent itself to a line array system because the hanging points were far enough away from the seating that we needed speakers that would cover a large area,” Habedank noted. “Williams has three seating levels, so we were able to direct the boxes to the different levels as needed.”

Parsons Electric installed eight line arrays, each comprised of six JBL VRX932LA-1 Constant Curvature loudspeakers, along with two additional arrays of four VRX932LA-1 loudspeakers each for court coverage. The system also features four subwoofer clusters, each containing three JBL ASB6128 subs, while 20 Control 30 loudspeakers are installed for upper balcony fill with 48 Control 29AV loudspeakers for lower balcony fill.

In addition, Parsons Electronic separated the VRX system into three zones—one for each level—so each zone can be controlled discretely with a touchpanel. “Williams is a multi-purpose arena, so for events that don’t require the full system, the top two levels of speakers can be turned off if only the lower level speakers are required,” Habedank said. “Or the top level can be turned off if only the lower and middle levels need to be reached. The system is easily configurable depending on the requirements of each event.”

“The VRX system really packs a punch and covers Williams Arena very well,” Habedank added. “We did some level shading on the system to ensure that every seat in the arena is separated by less than a few dB. We have really nice, even coverage with the VRX line arrays.”

For more information on Parsons Electric, please visit www.HARMAN.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.

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Advanced Awarded 2013 DIGI Award For Integrating Groundbreaking AV Solutions In GE’s Grid IQ Global Innovation Center

Advanced, Canada’s premier AV and IT integrator, today announced that it has been awarded Digital Signage Magazine’s 2013 DIGI Award in the category of Interactive Technology, Rollout, for its design and installation of AV solutions in 55 rooms of GE’s $40 million, 200,000 square foot facility in Markham, Ontario. The installation included a one-of-a-kind Customer Experience Center designed to educate customers on GE’s full suite of energy management tools.

“In receiving this award, we are honored and excited to have our work recognized by Digital Signage Magazine,” said Advanced President & CEO Mark Mulford. “After a comprehensive search, we were chosen by GE to design and install AV solutions that would offer their customers an unparalleled visitor experience. In the end, we integrated cutting-edge AV solutions throughout their facility, including a 58-foot Prysm LDP video wall in their Customer Experience Center, giving them all that they asked for and more.”

The DIGI Awards recognize the resellers, integrators and service providers who have gone the extra mile to ensure success for their clients, thereby furthering the digital signage industry as a whole. Additionally, Digital Signage recognizes the best New Products for the digital signage and DOOH market.

“As Chair of the Judges Committee for the DIGI Awards–administered by NewBay Media’s Digital Signage magazine– I want to congratulate all the winners of 2013 DIGI Awards,” said David Keene, Executive Editor of Digital Signage. “Each year, the task of choosing winners becomes a more daunting one, as the world’s top digital signage and DOOH providers continue to raise the bar for excellence. In myriad ways, the entrants in the 2013 DIGI Awards showed new and creative ways to address customers’ challenges– whether for digital signage in the retail space, for transportation, for entertainment venues, corporate applications, or educational institutions.”

The installation at GE’s Grid IQ™ Global Innovation Center encompassed 55 rooms including the Customer Experience Center, executive offices, boardrooms, training rooms, and meeting rooms, all of which utilize state-of-the-art AV equipment including video conferencing systems, interactive touchscreens, in-ceiling speakers and microphones.

About Advanced
Advanced is a leading audiovisual and collaborative communications company working with corporations, government agencies, healthcare, and educational organizations throughout Canada and beyond. Dedicated to innovation in technology and services, Advanced has a strong set of businesses aligned to meet today’s needs. The company offers presentation and videoconferencing solutions in addition to complete integrated systems, visual collaboration systems, rental and staging services, repair, maintenance, and value-added integration services including design and engineering, installation and audiovisual consulting. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Advanced also has offices in Toronto, Ottawa, London and Sudbury with partner offices located in Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. To learn more visit www.advanced-inc.com.

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DPA Microphones Capture an Operatic Sensation

Sound Specialists RG Jones chooses DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones to capture the orchestra during a series of concerts by mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins

LONDON, FEBRUARY 22, 2013 – Audio hire specialist RG Jones specified a wide selection of DPA Microphones’ 4061 Omni Miniature Mics and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Mics for a recent series of concerts by Katherine Jenkins, a multi-platinum selling mezzo soprano and one of Britain’s best-loved singers.

For two weeks at the end of 2012, Katherine Jenkins sold out venues around the U.K. and Ireland, including London’s Royal Albert Hall. During the tour she was supported by the National Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Anthony Inglis. She was also joined by guests such as The Boy Choristers of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and The Band of the Welsh Guards.

RG Jones supplied all of the audio equipment for the tour and specified DPA Microphones for the orchestra. A total of 14 4061 miniature microphones were used to capture the sound of the strings, while the low strings and the brass section were miked using 10 d:vote 4099 Instrument mics.

“We chose the DPA 4061 omni miniature microphones for the strings because those are a tried and tested method for achieving high-quality close miking,” says Steve Carr, front-of-house sound engineer. “The DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones give you all the benefits of the 4061, but with a super cardiod pattern. This is very useful for isolating the sources in the middle of a loud orchestra. Although we close-miked the orchestra, we tried to also get a rounded, open orchestral sound by blending reverb effects and ambient mics with the close mic sounds.”

RG Jones carries a large stock of DPA Microphones, all of which were supplied by DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network. Carr adds that he was delighted with the results the DPA microphones achieved during the Katherine Jenkins tour. “I’ve been using DPA microphones for many years now and am always very happy with the sound they deliver,” he says.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones A/S 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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