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Sun Shines Bright on Ft. Pierce Theatre with Yamaha CL5

BUENA PARK, Calif.— Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce opened its doors in 1923 as the largest theatre on Florida’s East Coast. Sixty years later, the theatre closed its doors due to the decline of the downtown area and refusal to convert to multi-screen operation. In 1988, the Main Street Fort Pierce Association was established and began its effort to save the historic theatre, and in 1997, the St. Lucie Preservation Association, Inc purchased it. By 2006, the theatre had been completely renovated to its original splendor and is now owned and operated by the City of Fort Pierce. The 1,236-seat theatre hosts’ national Broadway touring companies, concerts and comedy acts, and ballet and opera companies with full orchestras.

This year, the Sunrise Theatre upgraded its front of house console to digital by installing a Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console with Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D input/output boxes. Incoming engineers for Tony Bennett, Ziggy Marley, The Alan Parsons Project Live, and Hotel California have already gotten their hands on the theatre’s new console.

“John Wilkes, our executive director, announced in front an audience that we had two donors from our board of directors that wanted to donate money for a new FOH console,” states Eric Hatcher, front of house engineer. “I found out about that at the same time the audience did. It was very shocking and yet exciting at the same time. I was given the go ahead to research new boards within a specific budget and looked at a Yamaha PM5D, Avid Profile, Soundcraft Vi6, and several others. A visiting engineer told me about the CL Series, so I researched that as well. As I began to look into it, I immediately fell in love with the CL, and the rest is history. The demo I was given after the fact, was icing on the cake!”

Hatcher said he went on various online forums, and he and the theatre’s technical director, Marty Petlock, spoke with some of the engineers that were coming through to see if they were agreeable to use the CL even though his (Hatcher’s) decision had already been made that the CL console was what he wanted. “It sounds absolutely wonderful! I am an analog man but this was one of the few digital consoles out right now that really impressed me, especially with the updated VCMs and effects, iPad control, and, the Premium Rack.”

Hatcher says he is running Dante networking in redundant mode. “I’ve also hooked my computer up to the CL to use Nuendo Live—purely awesome! This was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, thanks to our executives and donors.”

The theatre complex is also home to a 220-seat Black Box theatre, a state-of-the-art venue offering a variety of national, regional, local programming, completely outfitted with Yamaha products.

For more information on the Sunrise Theatre, visit www.sunrisetheatre.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: Eric Hatcher

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

NanoLumens® Named A Technology Association of Georgia Top 10 Innovative Technology Company

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, today announced NanoLumens as one of its Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia. It is the second time in four years that NanoLumens has been cited by TAG for its ground-breaking LED display technolgy. TAG will recognize this prestigious group at the 2013 Georgia Technology Summit (GTS) on March 20, 2013, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.

The “Top 10” most innovative technology companies are chosen from among TAG’s “Top 40” 2013 list and were chosen based on a number of criteria, including degree of innovation, scope and financial impact of innovation, likelihood of success, and promotion of Georgia’s innovative efforts nationally and internationally.

“The 2013 Top 10 finalists are an elite group of innovators who represent the very best from Georgia’s technology community,” said Tino Mantella, President & CEO of TAG. “These finalists are shining examples of what makes our state such a hotbed for technology and we applaud them for standing out as leaders in Georgia’s technology community.”

This year’s Top 10 companies were selected from among over 90 applications submitted by companies from across Georgia. Each company selected to be in the Top 10 will be given the opportunity to present at the annual Georgia Technology Summit before a crowd of more than 1,000 of the state’s technology leaders.

“Our ninth year of the Top 40/Top 10 was an overwhelming success, based on the number of truly innovative companies that participated in the competition,” said Dennis Zakas, a partner and founder of Zakas & Leonard, LLP, Chair of Group Office Buys, LLC, and the chairperson of the Top 40/Top 10 Selection Committee. “The Top 40 winners demonstrate the depth and breadth of Georgia’s technology community.”

“We are honored to be named a Top 10 finalist for the second time in four years,” said Rick Cope, President & CEO of NanoLumens. “Our remarkable LED display technology is helping to revolutionize the entire digital signage industry, and, in the process, we are ushering in an entirely new era in ‘one too many’ communication that will make the visual presentation of information and entertainment a more prominent part of our every day lives. All of us at NanoLumens are so proud to be buidling this success story here in Georgia.”

The 2013 Georgia Technology Summit is expected to bring together C-level executives, entrepreneurs, technology professionals and academia to celebrate and recognize Georgia’s technology community. In addition to presentations from some of the top technology influencers in the nation, the newest member of the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia will be inducted.

For more information about TAG and the Georgia Technology Summit and to register for the event, visit www.tagonline.org/georgia-technology-summit.php. Follow the conversation on Twitter through #TAGGTS.

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG):
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 18,500 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 32 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, influence, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and match (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information, visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at www.tagedonline.org.

About NanoLumens:
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, NanoLumens, Inc. (www.nanolumens.com) is a privately held corporation engaged in the research, product development, marketing and sales of unique flexible and fixed large-format LED display solutions in any size, shape, or curvature, that address a yawning technology gap in the $14 billion digital display industry. Since its founding in 2006, NanoLumens has built a portfolio of more than 20 international families of issued and filed patents on its flexible display technology that effectively address the commercial market void between relatively small flat-panel displays and huge, limited application LED boards. NanoLumens technology is not constrained by standard sizes and shapes, or by the weight, heat, noise and cost issues traditionally associated with commercial LED products.

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Matthew 25: Ministries Relies on Alcorn McBride

A full suite of Alcorn McBride equipment – a LightCue/E, 8TraXX/E, DVM-8400HDs and a V4 Pro controller – is helping visitors who take the Global Village tour gain an interactive understanding of poverty and the need for help around the world. The Global Village is located at Matthew 25: Ministries’ Center for Humanitarian Relief in Blue Ash, Ohio. It is a life-size, three-dimensional re-creation of disaster scenes and poverty in the U.S. and developing countries.

Matthew 25: Ministries was founded by Rev. Wendell Mettey, who developed a system to recover excess products no longer useful to U.S. corporations and redistribute them to people in extreme poverty. Since 1991 the organization has grown into an international relief organization distributing 10 million pounds of products each year. In December 2012 Matthew 25: Ministries exceeded one billion dollars in total humanitarian aid shipped.

Since the organization relies heavily on volunteers in the field and at the distribution center, there’s a continuing need to explain what they do and why they need help. That inspired the Global Village, which brings an understanding of disaster relief and ongoing poverty field work to visitors to the Center for Humanitarian Relief.

The Global Village presents visitors with a series of environments where help is needed. An area showing the damage incurred by the earthquake in Haiti depicts a multi-story building collapse; another demonstrates how people living in extreme poverty make their homes in a landfill sorting through garbage for food and materials they can sell, trade or use for shelter.

Alcorn McBride equipment delivers content throughout the Global Village and makes the experience more immersive. A LightCue/E raises and lowers lights in the exhibit areas as a personal guide takes visitors through the tour. An 8TraXX/E supplies background audio and sound effects to enhance the atmosphere of the areas. Five DVM-8400s source educational video content on flat-panel displays and projectors throughout the village. The entire system is automated via a V4 Pro and Alcorn McBride’s ShowTouch for iOS app. A tour guide simply triggers the pre-programmed tour from an Apple iPad or iPod Touch.

“Matthew 25: Ministries wanted a dynamic system that could be updated,” notes Joe Leonard, exhibit designer, lighting designer and technician with Leonard Design. “The tour guide, who carries an iPad interface controller, has complete control of the experience and can affect the timing of the show to adapt to the visitor. The first scene takes place in a newsroom, then there are a series of simulated disasters – the earthquake in Haiti, Hurricane Katrina – and a scene showing poverty in North America.”

Leonard knows the theme park world having done projects for Paramount’s attractions, Disney parade floats and high-profile stage design, so he was familiar with Alcorn McBride products. “I knew Alcorn equipment would give us the flexibility for full or semi-automation,” he says. “And it’s been great!”

Alcorn McBride provided two days of hands-on training with the equipment for the Global Village. Day one was devoted to educating Leonard and his staff about the various equipment and how to prepare the audio, video and lighting media. Leonard encoded the video content and recorded individual lighting cues for LightCue/E. Audio files were obtained, converted and organized on the 8TraXX/E. By the end of the first day all of the individual elements were working.

Day two was dedicated to control. The tour guides explained how the show needed to proceed as Alcorn McBride and Leonard created a list of cues while walking through the exhibit area. Leonard was also trained on how to build a simple iPad Touch interface for the guides to use and how to create a ShowTouch interface to handle basic maintenance functions. At the end of the day the Global Village had a fully functional show control system, and Leonard was savvy about how to maintain and modify the system as needed moving forward.

“The training sessions were a big help, but the Alcorn McBride equipment is very user friendly to begin with,” Leonard points out. “Matthew 25: Ministries is very pleased with how things are working. They’re very impressed with the end result.”

Alcorn McBride offers flexible training options. Advanced Control training sessions are held during the year on both the East and West Coast and are complimentary to customers. Introductory Control training classes are offered online and at InfoComm also free of charge. A complete schedule can be found on the company’s website. Customers, like Matthew 25: Ministries, may opt for one-on-one customized training solutions. Contact Alcorn McBride for more information on pricing and availability.

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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Listen Technologies Supports the 2013 Tumbleweeds Film Festival

The Tumbleweeds Film Festival, an event hosted by the Utah Film Center, will use donated Listen Technologies equipment to provide audio description (AD) services to children who can’t yet read subtitles.

Listen Technologies is pleased to support the third annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival to be held March 15-17 at Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (138 W. Broadway, SLC, UT). This unique festival, hosted by the Utah Film Center, presents feature-length and short films from around the world for children ages 4-14. Listen Technologies will be donating equipment to support audio description (AD) services throughout the festival.

With 11 feature films from seven countries, including Latvia/Estonia, Germany and Ireland these films will be screened in their original language with English subtitles as needed. The youngest viewers can opt to listen to the subtitles which will be read aloud and distributed using Listen Technologies equipment. These AD services, traditionally used to assist blind and visually impaired consumers of visual media, will ensure that everyone attending the festival can enjoy all of the events.

“This is a unique application for our assistive listening products, but one that makes great sense for what the Utah Film Center serves to achieve with the festival,” noted Steve Woolley, Product Marketing Manager at Listen Technologies. “We’re pleased to support Tumbleweeds in this way and be a part of ensuring that all who attend can have an enriching experience.”

All screenings will be held at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Visit www.utahfilmcenter.org for a complete schedule. Tickets are $6 each and available at www.arttix.org.

2013 Tumbleweeds films:
A Monster in Paris – A shy Parisian projectionist, and Raoul, a colorful inventor go on a hunt for a terrifying monster.
Adobe Youth Voices Shorts Program – Short films by the Adobe Youth Voices programs.
Alfie, The Little Werewolf – After turning into a werewolf on his seventh birthday, Alfie embarks on adventure to learn its our differences that truly make us special. (Dutch with English subtitles.)
Brooklyn Castle – Students from Brooklyn’s IS 318 hold a record 26 national chess championships. But what happens when budget cuts threaten to take the students’ game away?
Eliot and Me – Lucy falls in love with the dog she gets from a local shelter, but when Eliot the dog runs away, she embarks on a dangerous journey to find him.
The Famous Five – An adventure based on the beloved books by Enid Blyton.
Gattuz – An Indian orphan is determined to bring down the top kite in his kite-obsessed community with one of his own.
Girl Power – Short films shown from a girls perspective.
Lotte and the Moonstone Secret – Klaus and his friends Fred and Ville unlock the mysteries of three stone taken from a secret temple.
Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation – Three Mississippi 12-year-olds shoot a remake of Laiders of the Lost Ark.
Shakespeare High – A diverse group of SoCal teens band together to compete in the 90th Drama Teachers Association of Southern California Shakespeare Festival.
Shorts Programs I and II – A collection of live action, animated and forieng shorts for children.
Will – The story of a boy who runs away, searching for meaning in life, when his long-absent father reappears and dies shortly after.
Zarafa – Inspired by a true story, 10-year-old Maki and a young giraffe journey from Africa to Paris.

About Utah Film Center
The Utah Film Center brings the world of film to local audiences through free community screenings and discussions, outreach programs, and visiting artists and professionals. Emphasizing social content and artistic excellence, we present the best documentary, independent, and dramatic cinema year-round. We collaborate with various educational and community organizations to promote a diversity of ideas, to provide forums for underrepresented groups, and to develop new audiences for film.

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 visitwww.listentech.com.

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Bob Skye Joins WSDG As West Coast Rep/Project Engineer

New Role For Electro/Acoustics Innovator / Recording Engineer

SAN FRANCISCO: Bob Skye, a leader in electro/acoustic design, recording studio construction and, a Grammy-winning engineer with Gold and Platinum credits, has joined the Walters-Storyk Design Group. As WSDG’s west coast rep and project engineer, Skye will shoulder a host of responsibilities ranging from new client development and overall business management to hands-on project design and construction supervision.

“Our business plan is focused on providing exemplary client services as we expand our operation in the U.S. South America and abroad,” says WSDG Director of New Business Development, Sergio Molho. “The secret ingredient is talent, and Bob Skye is one of the most accomplished designer/builders in our field. We are extremely optimistic about our growing West Coast office; Adding one of California’s premiere acoustic gurus to our team emphasizes the level of our commitment to this market. And, Bob’s presence will enable our long-term SF associate Jack Leahy to focus on other WSDG assignments.”

Robert “Bob” Skye founded Skyelabs Inc. in 1975 as a mobile recording/acoustical/audio system design firm. From 1986 to 1993 he owned and operated the legendary Plant Recording Studios. His electro/acoustic design skills have contributed to the success of numerous nightclub, live theater, cinema, recording studio, large venue, corporate and live broadcast clients. His CV is highlighted by work for ABC TV, NBC TV NFL Films, the San Francisco Opera, Russian National Orchestra, Hong Kong Stadium, The Lear Theater (Reno, NV) Talking House Recording (SF) and numerous clubs including SF’s DNA Lounge, Whispers, Club Mercury and Blondie’s.

“Having worked on numerous WSDG projects, I have an abiding respect for John Storyk, Beth Walters and the entire WSDG team,” Bob Skye remarked. “We share a philosophy based on a commitment to excellence. I look forward to this new chapter in my life with genuine enthusiasm.”

“Bob Skye is one of our industry’s most multi-faceted, go-to guys,” WSDG co-principal John Storyk remarked. “We have collaborated with him, bid jobs against him, and over the past 35 years we’ve grown to respect the impressive range of his expertise. He not only does it all, he does it all well. We are delighted to welcome him aboard.”

Photo: Bob Skye has joined WSDG as west coast rep/project supervisor.

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona and Mexico City

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More than a House of Worship; Revolution Church creates an inspiring home for growing congregation

Revolution Church had a dream: to create a permanent home for a rapidly expanding fellowship that would, step by step, adapt to most effectively spread the gospel. However, the founding members were concerned that moving directly into a massive space might compromise the intimacy and focus that had been built over years of worship in small, improvised locations. With this in mind, the church created and implemented a staged growth plan that delivers immediate impact through an immersive yet budget-conscious audio and video experience. Additionally, Revolution Church can expand their current capabilities to serve future members without losing their cherished community feel.



As the decision to design and inhabit a permanent worship location was a massive leap of faith, Revolution Church relied on the renowned insight of both Cornerstone Media and New Ground consulting groups. Once the key audio and video components were tentatively specified, key team members from the church attended WFX, the annual worship facilities expo, to see live product demonstrations and meet some of the manufacturers. Chad Elliot, executive pastor for Revolution Church, mentioned “how impressed we all were with Digital Projection International’s relationship-oriented approach,” at that particular meeting. After WFX, final decisions were made on the preferred AV components.



Currently, the main sanctuary contains 750 seats, and features a stage and large Da-lite screen that is illuminated by Digital Projection International (DPI)’s 8,000 lumen E-Vision 1080p 8000 projector. Elliot explained, “The main sanctuary is quite wide, and we wanted to bring the congregation’s attention to a central location. Thus the single large impact screen above the stage.” With overall project cost being a major factor, the E-Vision 8000 fulfilled both the budget and performance requirements. When it’s time to activate their next stage of expansion, Revolution will finish a balcony that will add 400 seats to the venue. At that time, a larger central screen will serve as a beacon above the stage, while flanking screens on the left and right will serve those in the balcony.



Brian Damerow, media director for Revolution Church, commented, “In our temporary space we used lower-end projectors with limited brightness and impact. We knew what sort of experience we wanted to deliver on Sundays, but had few options until we moved.” Today, the church uses a BlackMagic switcher to route live video, custom-created messaging, congregation announcements and thematically-geared imagery throughout the facility. So that every attendee has an unhindered sight line, the E-Vision 1080p 8000 delivers virtually latency-free IMAG to the central screen above the stage.

After only three weeks in the new space, Revolution Church is already seeing a huge return on their expansion. “Previously,” said Elliot, “we would serve less than 1,100 members on a given Sunday. Now, there’s a huge buzz in the community regarding what we’re doing, and it’s led to a surge in membership.” In fact, the new space has hosted over 1,700 people every Sunday for the last three weeks. To ensure that everyone who wants to attend will have ample opportunity, the church is moving from two Sunday services to three as of their grand opening on March 3, 2013.

With so much at stake in this ambitious step forward, Revolution Church was careful to select only manufacturer partners that seemed to take their project to heart. “We instantly felt understood by the DPI team, and the personal connection put us at ease,” remarked Damerow. “True to form, we had to switch a lens on the E-Vision at the time of installation, and we had the new lens almost immediately. DPI’s attention to such a small detail proved to us that they care about our project as much as we do.”

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For further information and story photography, please contact:
Michael Bridwell, Director of Marketing
Digital Projection Inc.
T: (770)-420-1350
E: mbridwell@digitalprojection.com

About Digital Projection International

Founded in 1989, Digital Projection International (DPI) has been instrumental in the development and application of Digital Light Processing™ technology by Texas Instruments for projection systems. DPI introduced the world’s first 3-chip DLP® projector in 1997, and has since delivered expert system engineering and world-class customer services, thus maintaining its position as a digital imaging pioneer.

DPI’s groundbreaking projection research and development has garnered the admiration of industry professionals around the world. This has earned the company many awards, including two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. DPI remains the first and only projector manufacturer to win the coveted award.

Today, DPI manufactures and distributes an extensive line of ultra high-performance 3-chip and single-chip DLP® projection systems. These projectors are the reference standard for demanding applications such as large-venue, live-event staging, fortune 5000, education, medical and scientific research, command and control, digital cinema, commercial entertainment, worship and elite home cinema.

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Nashville Audio Week Slated For May 14 & 15


New Dates For 4th Annual Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo 2013 –

Sugarland’s Kristian Bush Locked For Keynote

NASHVILLE: Rescheduled for “Audio Week” in Nashville, the Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo will take place May 14th and 15th, at the Rocketown Event Center. “Attendees and exhibitors have been enthusiastic about the new timing for NRW+E 2013,” comments event chair Jim Kaiser, now to immediately precede the AudioMasters Benefit Golf Tournament. “Many already participate in the AudioMasters, and had participated in Mix Nashville, which previously occupied the time slot. Tying AES Nashville’s events together in the same week will maximize these visitors’ time in town. We look forward to working with all of our presenters, exhibitors and sponsors, to make this the best-ever event in the Nashville Recording Workshop series.”

Presented by the AES Nashville Section in conjunction with the AES and designed to share the expertise of audio pros with home studio owners, musicians, songwriters, producers and engineers. NRW+E 2013 will feature presentations by top industry pros; exhibits by leading audio gear manufacturers and, an opening night reception.

The AudioMasters (www.theaudiomasters.org), now in its 16th year, is also hosted by AES Nashville, bringing audio engineers and manufacturers to Music City for a good time on the golf course, and more importantly, to raise funds for the Nashville Engineer Relief Fund-a non-profit corporation begun by AES Nashville to lend assistance to area audio pros in times of crisis and need.

“We started Mix Nashville five years ago to bring a professional audio event to a town that eats, sleeps and breathes music,” says Tom Kenny, editor of Mix magazine. “We had a good run, and we were proud to partner with the AES Nashville Engineer Relief Fund golf tournament in what became a true Audio Week in Nashville. Now, we are equally proud to lend support to the AES Nashville Section’s Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo, as it continues to grow as a one-of-a-kind audio event.”

“Last year’s NRW+E truly jelled,” Kaiser adds. “The insights detailed in the Production, Engineering and Songwriting/Publishing tracks provided ample learning opportunities for every attendee, whatever their primary interests. Our special focus on live presentations, including in-depth, project profiles by Keb Mo and Beth Neilsen Chapman, was particularly well received. Rocketown proved itself an outstanding venue, and our attendees were informed, entertained and inspired.” Kristian Bush, one-half of the award-winning super-duo, Sugarland, will present the keynote address to launch NRW + E 2013 on May 14th. The full program schedule for NRW+E 2013 is available online.

“Music is always in the air in Nashville,” Jim Kaiser concludes. “But the town is particularly beautiful in May, and spring will be in the air as well. We have discounts and early-bird rates for students and members of many professional organizations, so adjust your calendars accordingly.”

Program details, registration information and exhibition/sponsorship details for NRW+E are posted at: www.nashvillerecordingworkshop.com.

Photo: The 4th Annual Nashville Recording Workshop is set for the Rocketown Event Center, May 14 & 15, 2013

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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MLA Compact Training For Max Production In Hong Kong

Martyn ‘Ferrit’ Rowe with sound engineers at Max Production


Hong Kong-based Max Production Ltd, one of the first adopters of Martin Audio’s MLA and MLA Compact systems in the Far East, recently underwent full technical training.

Following the recent purchase of an MLA Compact 24, both Martin Audio Regional Application Support Engineer Chris Pyne and Technical Training Manager Martyn (Ferrit) Rowe arrived at Max Production’s HQ in Sha Tin district to carry out the intensive three day training course afforded all Martin Audio MLA network partners.

The course was conducted by Ferrit and attended by ten of Max Production’s senior and junior staff as well as technicians and an interpreter from Budee, the MLA territorial distributor.

Chris Pyne, who conducted the introduction and initiation course, explained the content of the workshop. “The formal class room audio theory and system functions plus software and venue design studies take place over two days. The third day is dedicated to system rigging and safety, with system optimizations, listening tests and problem solving. We also do a sub bass array and system design class.”

He confirms that he will be returning in March to support Max Production with a major concert at the Asia World Arena utilizing the company’s entire MLA and MLA Compact inventory.

Summing up, Pine adds, “It was an enjoyable experience, with the Max management clearly pleased and excited by owning the first MLA system in Hong Kong. South-east Asia is proving a very strong growth area for both MLA and MLA Compact.”

Photo caption: Martyn ‘Ferrit’ Rowe with sound engineers at Max Production

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About MLA™ (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array)
The result of many years of intensive R&D, MLA’s methodology replaces trial-and-error array design with intelligent numerical optimization of the array’s output based on a highly accurate acoustic model. The multi-cellular format has six individual cells in each enclosure, each with its own DSP and amplification.

With up to 24 enclosures, each MLA array has up to 144 cells — too great a number to optimize manually, or by ear. Instead, Martin Audio’s proprietary Display2™ system design software automatically calculates FIR DSP filters for each cell and a redundant-ring audio network (U-NET™) downloads the settings into each array enclosure. Martin Audio’s VU-NET™ software provides real-time control and monitoring of the system.

MLA delivers a frequency response and SPL consistency never before achievable; a very high system output (140dB peak, per cabinet @1m); Automatic optimization of the array, both physically (splay angles) and electronically (DSP); Computer control and monitoring of the entire system, and total control of sound system balance for engineers and sound technicians.

MLA is fully integrated, with Class D amplification, DSP and U-NET digital audio
network built into each enclosure. MLA complete systems are ready-to-use, with MLA, MLD and MLX enclosures, flying hardware, software, cabling and training all supplied. Everything needed is included. All ancillary items — from tablet PC and Merlin™ controller to network interconnects and mains distro — are also included in the complete system package. This ensures full compatibility worldwide, down to cabling and accessories.

Additional features include 90° x 7.5° dispersion; a compact size (1136mm wide x 372mm high x 675mm deep), one-box-fits-all (festivals to theaters) application range and a global voltage, power factor corrected power supply.

MLA’s compact size and very high output allows it to be shipped using smaller trucks, offering considerable savings and reduced carbon footprint. The system also includes the MLX powered, flyable subwoofer capable of an unprecedented measured peak output of 150dB @ 1m; MLD downfill cabinet, and Merlin 4-in/10-out system controller and network hub. Audio input is via analog, AES3 or U-NET.

By adopting these principles and system components MLA is optimized for every member of the audience — from a 2,000 capacity theater, to a 20,000-seat arena, to a 100,000-person festival site. It will deliver the engineer’s exact mix to every seat (up to over 150 meters) with precision, exceptional power and clarity.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

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Digital Projection’s new HIGHlite 330-3D reveals new benchmark in precise 3-chip DLP performance, price

Digital Projection International (DPI), an Emmy® Award-winning manufacturer of high-performance projection systems, announces the immediate availability of their powerful, value-driven HIGHlite Cine 330-3D projectors. Delivering up to 5,500 lumens of brilliant imagery, the new 3-chip DLP enabled HIGHlite Cine 330-3D models present a compelling projection solution for immersive 3D applications with screens up to 14’ wide, as well as 2D applications for screens 20’ and beyond. Two new models are available: the high brightness HIGHlite Cine 330-3D delivering 5,500 lumens, and the high contrast HIGHlite Cine 330-3D-HC delivering 3,000 lumens and greater than 20,000:1 contrast. With MSRP’s starting at $24,995, the new HIGHlite Cine 330-3D projectors can be configured with fixed or zoom lens options, allowing for expanded installation flexibility.

In addition to brilliant and saturated color, dynamic contrast and crisp resolution, brightness is an essential characteristic when selecting a projector for any commercial venue. Delivering up to 5,500 lumens, the new HIGHlite Cine 330-3D models provide more than enough brightness to thrive in large screen corporate, education and screening rooms with limited ambient light. Additionally, the rugged and high performance HIGHlite Cine 330-3D can bring projection to commercial venues that regularly contend with higher levels of ambient light. Featuring 3-chip DLP imagery, 1080p resolution, broad source connectivity and a compact and quiet chassis, the new HIGHlite Cine 330-3D serves as an optimum solution for commercial applications needing exceptionally bright and accurate 2D and 3D imagery.

Previously, large-format immersive 3D was achieved exclusively through DPI’s 3-chip TITAN and LIGHTNING series displays. Serving as a compliment to these existing 3D products, the HIGHlite Cine 330-3D models introduce native 1080p 3-chip displays to commercial applications for a fraction of the cost. Commercial AV integrators and end-users can now experience flicker-free 3D at a full 120 frames per second while benefitting from the exceptional value of the HIGHlite Cine 3D. Combined with nearly thirty single-chip and 3-chip 3D capable displays already in Digital Projection’s product line, the new HIGHlite Cine 330-3D models extend DPI’s legacy of large screen 3D projection dominance.

Installation flexibility is unmatched due to the HIGHlite Cine 330-3D’s compact chassis design and extraordinary lens shift range of 120% vertical and 30% horizontal. Multiple lens options provide further flexibility, with .77 and 1.16:1 fixed lenses plus zoom lenses with throw ratios ranging from 1.45 – 6.76:1. HIGHlite Cine 330-3D connectivity includes two HDMI inputs, as well as RGB via D-15, component, composite and S-Video inputs. Augmenting these benefits are the overall efficiency and long-life of the lamp system, enabling this new platform to produce beautiful 2D and 3D imagery at the lowest cost of ownership, while also consuming very low power and producing very little heat.

To find the perfect projector/lens combination for your specific venue, visit DPI’s Projector Assistant by clicking here.

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For further information, please visit www.digitalprojection.com or contact:

Press Enquiries
Michael Bridwell, Director of Marketing
Digital Projection Inc.
T: (770)-420-1350
E: mbridwell@digitalprojection.com

About Digital Projection International

Founded in 1989, Digital Projection International (DPI) has been instrumental in the development and application of Digital Light Processing™ technology by Texas Instruments for projection systems. DPI introduced the world’s first 3-chip DLP® projector in 1997, and has since delivered expert system engineering and world-class customer services, thus maintaining its position as a digital imaging pioneer.

DPI’s groundbreaking projection research and development has garnered the admiration of industry professionals around the world. This has earned the company many awards, including two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. DPI remains the first and only projector manufacturer to win the coveted award.

Today, DPI manufactures and distributes an extensive line of ultra high-performance 3-chip and single-chip DLP® projection systems. These projectors are the reference standard for demanding applications such as large-venue, live-event staging, fortune 5000, education, medical and scientific research, command and control, digital cinema, commercial entertainment, worship and elite home cinema.

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France Télévisions – one of Europe’s largest broadcasters partners with Fairlight

Sydney, Australia – Fairlight, a leading force in digital audio technologies, is proud to announce that France Télévisions has chosen Fairlight’s Audio Post Production system EVO to upgrade 25 of their regional studios. Recent changes to France Télévisions production and distribution of regional news and programs required a complete workflow solution seamlessly integrating audio post in a news production environment.

Following a detailed technical and operational evaluation process as part of a European Union tender, Fairlight EVO was chosen by a France Télévisions expert review panel out of many international suppliers as the preferred audio post solution. Fairlight EVO’s superior tactile control surface, the high speed processing power of its CC-1 Media Engine and the customization opportunity of the new iCan technology was recognized by France Télévisions to deliver faster and higher throughput. The expertise to handle complex workflows through innovative management tools such as TTWASS (Total Tapeless Automation System Suite) together with strong service support from Broadcast Architech, Fairlight’s distribution partner in France, supported the decision to partner with Fairlight.

Jean-Claude Kathriner, CEO of Fairlight says “We are delighted that France Télévisions is joining the increasing number of broadcasters around the world selecting Fairlight technology for their audio post production requirements. We are looking forward to working closely with France Télévisions and Broadcast Architech to ensure smooth implementation of the systems.” Installation of the first regional studios is scheduled for January 2013.

About Fairlight:
Fairlight is a Sydney-Australia based leading manufacturer of professional video and audio recording, editing and mixing systems offering desktop, console and mouse based environments. Fairlight is at the forefront of audio IP, having received numerous Scientific and Technical Academy Awards. Pioneering 3D sound development and customized control surfaces acknowledged by industry leaders as being the fastest and most ergonomic available. www.fairlight.com.au

Broadcast Architech is based in Paris-France and the exclusive distributor of Fairlight products in France, Belgium and Luxembourg. www.broadcast-architech.com

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