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Audio-Technica Features Its AT5040 Studio Vocal Microphone in YouTube Video

In a recent YouTube clip, Audio-Technica lays out the features and pioneering technology involved in the development of the AT5040 Studio Vocal Microphone, demonstrating the groundbreaking design and performance. Watch the video here or click the graphic above.

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Hackenbacker Takes TV Audiences Back To The Sound Of the London Blitz

Multi-Award winning facility Hackenbacker has completed the entire audio post production for Murder on the Home Front, a new two-part drama series produced by Carnival Films for ITV and directed by Geoffrey Sax.

Starring Patrick Kennedy (Boardwalk Empire, Parade’s End), Tamzin Merchant (Jane Eyre, The Tudors), James Fleet (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Vicar of Dibley) and Emerald Fennell (Any Human Heart, Anna Karenina), Murder on the Home Front is set during the Blitz of 1940 and recounts details of crime in London during the Second World War.

The drama tells the story of Dr. Lennox Collins, a pathologist new to murder cases, who is paired with Molly Cooper, the very first female secretary to a pathologist. When they discover a serial killer at large under cover of the Blitz, Lennox has his work cut out convincing his unsympathetic boss to have faith in his methods and theories. The novel approach of preserving a crime scene, treating every bit of physical evidence as the key to a break-through and not just relying on intuition, may help Lennox and Molly convince DI Freddie Wilkins that they are about to hang the wrong man.

Loosely based on the memoirs of the late Molly Lefebure, who was secretary to the Home Office Pathologist and pioneer of modern forensics, Keith Simpson, Murder on the Home Front shines a compelling light on early forensic investigations.

All audio post production for Murder on the Home Front was carried out at Hackenbacker’s Soho-based facility, with founder Nigel Heath in charge of the mix. The project is the latest in a string of high profile television dramas that have come to Hackenbacker, including Any Human Heart and Downton Abbey.

Producer Christopher Hall says: “I worked with Nigel some years ago and was particularly keen that Murder on the Home Front should be handled by him and his team. I take particular care in the post production of any project that I am associated with and as far as I am concerned Hackenbacker, in a fiercely competitive market, are the Rolls Royce of sound facilities. There can be no better way to not only polish a film, but also to achieve the most elegant and creative storytelling sound-wise. Geoff Sax, our director, and I are thrilled with the end result. Murder on the Home Front has been given a much better chance of being re-commissioned as a series thanks to a terrific Hackenbacker mix.”

Nigel Heath adds: “”All of us at Hackenbacker were really excited to work on Murder on the Home Front. The scope for interesting sound design was immense. The task of making the sometimes ‘explosive’ action retain its excitement within a TV environment was a challenge, but it seems to work well. Geoffrey Sax, the director, was a complete joy to have with us in the studio and it was both a privilege and delight to work with Chris Hall once again…all in all it was a very happy experience.”

Murder on the Home Front is set to premiere on ITV in the spring of 2013.

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About Hackenbacker:
With more than 25 years experience in the audio post production business, Hackenbacker provides a first class service to the film and television industries. Its award-winning team of sound editors, designers and mixers combine a thorough knowledge of today’s technology with an understanding of the importance of deadlines in order to deliver an exceptional service to all Hackenbacker clients. The facility offers full time technical support and access to the very latest equipment as well as some more esoteric specialist devices. www.hackenbacker.com

New Top-of-the-Line Cameras from Hitachi at NAB2013

WOODBURY, New York – At NAB 2013, Hitachi Kokusai Electric America will introduce the SK-HD2200 full body HD production camera – a new top-of-the line studio and OB camera that features new 2/3-inch, 1080/60p, progressively scanned, (Ultra-Advanced) UAIT-CCDs, 1,100TVL resolution and 3Gbps HD-SDI signal handling from end-to-end. The company will also introduce the Z-HD6000 CMOS studio camera, which includes new 2/3-inch CMOS camera processor. NAB2013 runs from April 6-11 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Hitachi Kokusai Electric America will exhibit in booth C4309.

The company will spotlight the latest in its range of state-of-the-art HDTV studio/field production cameras at NAB.

Other products on display will include: the new SK-HD1500 slow-motion HDTV camera; the HV-HD33 – a compact, 3-MOS sensor, multi-standard, P.O.V. HD camera; the KP-HD20A HD camera; the SK-HD1200 native 1080/60p studio and EFP camera; the SK-HD1000 dockable studio and field camera; Z-HD5000 HDTV studio and field camera; DK-H100; and the DK-Z50 multi-purpose HDTV camera.

New at NAB2013:

The new SK-HD2200 is complemented by the portable, hand-held version model SK-HD1200. Outstanding images are acquired by three (R,G,B) 2.3 million pixel UAIT (Ultra-Advanced) 1080-line progressive-scan CCDs. Hitachi’s implementation of the most advanced digital processing technology available assure low-noise, high dynamic range pictures. The HD signal generated by the new sensors, processed by 38-bit Hitachi DSP’s, transported via our digital fiber optic system and output as SMPTE-424M SDI are 3Gbps throughout. The utmost attention to picture fidelity has been painstakingly implemented in this new camera series assuring the best return-on-investment qualities of any HDTV production camera system on the market.

With 2.6 million pixel 2/3-inch, 1920×1080 raster MOS RGB sensors, the new Z-HD6000 satisfies the highest production standards. It’s compatible with and retains all the popular functions and features of the existing Hitachi’s HDTV camera line, such as: fiber or digital triax cable operation, external auto-setup, advanced color correction, skin tone detail, prompter power, and two intercom and IFB channels. There are new functions including: ‘no vertical smear’, F12 standard sensitivity with over 60dB of video headroom, and an ARCF auto-registration correction function.

Slow Motion and 3Gbps Offerings

Introduced to the American market at NAB 2012, Hitachi’s SK-HD1500 slow motion camera provides shooters looking to up the ante with their field production packages an exciting alternative. The SK-HD1500 captures video at 1X, 2.5X and 3X the speed of standard frame rate cameras therefore any camera position or vantage point in an OB venue can capture slow motion and normal video. It offers three 2.3Mpixel 2/3-inch progressively scanned IT-CCDs, and has state-of-the-art, digital-to-analog 16-bit RGB converters, capable of 6Gbps transmission over SMPTE standard optical fiber. The SK-HD1500 is designed to be compatible with most slo-motion servers capable of 3X SMPTE292M 1.5Gbit/second HD-SKI links. It can record at speeds of 150 and 180 frames-per-second, with HD/SD video at 1080i, 720p and 480i all at 59.94 or 50Hz field rate. Its sensitivity is F9 at 2000 lux with a signal-to-noise ratio of -58dB. And, it has 1100 TVL of standard resolution. The control panels, viewfinders, studio build-up kits and accessories all can be employed from existing Hitachi SK-1000 series cameras.

The SK-HD1200 is a 3Gbps, native 1080/60p HDTV studio/field color portable camera that was also first introduced at the 2012 NAB convention. This top-of-the-line HDTV camera captures outstanding 1,100 TVL resolution images by virtue of its three 2/3-inch RGB 2.3 million pixel UAIT (Ultra-Advanced) 1080-line progressive CCDs. This multi-format camera’s advanced 38-bit digital signal processing results in low-noise, high dynamic range pictures with an HD-SDI output applicable to any broadcast or post production standard.

Besides transparent signal transmission and camera power via SMPTE-311M hybrid optical fiber cable, this dockable 2-piece camera system is flexible in its configuration and control. The Hitachi CU-1200 camera control unit (CCU) can be addressed and controlled via the TCP/IP camera control network, and an optical routing system can connect multiple camera heads to any number of CCUs.

Cost-Effective HD Production

The Hitachi Z-HD5000, an affordable studio/field HDTV camera system, has become very popular due to its appealing price performance. This broadcast-quality HDTV camera features 800 TV-lines of resolution, F10 standard sensitivity, and low noise 2/3-inch IT-CCDs. The lightweight, 2-piece dockable camera body can be configured with adapters for either digital optical fiber cable transmission or a Hitachi-patented fully digital triax system.

Hitachi will also show HDTV Point-of-View box cameras that are well suited for a variety of HD production and outdoor remote observation applications. This series includes the DK-H100 and the DK-Z50 1080/60i multi-standard HDTV cameras.

The DK-H100 and DK-Z50 will be shown in conjunction with the Eagle PT-E350 pan-tilt head, which supports pan/tilt/zoom of cameras up to 50 pounds. The PT-E350 has a pan range of 355 degrees and tilt range of 180 degrees, memorizes up to 64 preset combinations of position and lens settings, and can be remote controlled. Designed for outdoor use in inclement weather, the Eagle PTE-350 satisfies a wide range of HDTV applications, including remote traffic monitoring, remote newsgathering for broadcast television, HD production, and entertainment venues.

The HV-HD33 is a three MOS color camera – with three 1/3” format 1.3 megapixel MOS imagers. It produces images with 1280 x 720 effective pixels and has HD-SDI and component outputs. It’s selectable between 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 720/59.94p, 720/50p, 480/59.94i or 576/50i outputs.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2009 (ended March 31, 2010) consolidated revenues totaled 8,968 billion yen ($96.4 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

InfoComm University Plans 300+ Educational Sessions During InfoComm 2013

Career advancing classes, certification opportunities and manufacturer training hosted at premier audiovisual show

InfoComm 2013, the leading trade show for the commercial audiovisual industry, will provide educational opportunities to more than 3,500 of the 35,000 professionals expected to attend this year’sweek-long event, June 8-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. InfoComm University™ offers career-advancing training and certifications, and InfoComm partner organizations and manufacturers will provide additional training sessions to round out the educational offerings. More than half of the classes in this year’s Show program are new.

“InfoComm, through its career-advancing educational programming, certification preparation courses and CTS testing, offers attendees an unmatched environment to learn, grow their skills, network and leave the event at the top of their game,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. “InfoComm University, along with targeted training from partners, manufacturer’s training on specific products and the opportunity to test on-site for CTS credentials, makes attendance an absolute must for the AV professional.”

InfoComm University Tracks

InfoComm University offers a comprehensive range of programs to address the diverse skills and interests of attendees. It includes:

• Pre-Show Education – three day “total immersion” technical courses
• Super Tuesday – full day sessions prior to the show floor opening, including the popular Future Trends
• Daybreak Sessions – designed to tackle training subjects before the show floor opens
• Seminars and Workshops – one and-a-half to two-hour seminars focus on AV systems
and technology and special four-hour workshops on everything from networking for AV professionals to incorporating video streaming and managing an AV department.
• AV Tech Tours – tours of top AV installations in Orlando


The following topics will be covered during the Super Tracks at InfoComm 2013:

● AV Systems Technology
● Networked AV Systems
● Business & Management
● Technology Manager
● Staging and Live Events
● Digital Signage
● First Timers
● Standards

On Tuesday, June 11, InfoComm University presents Super Tuesday, an all-day exchange of ideas and best practices. Classes with new content include:

● Women in Technology Symposium
● Unified Communications and Collaboration
● Wireless Trends
● Technology Managers Symposium
● Digital Image Content in Live Event Production
● CTS-D & CTS-I Symposium, focusing on the AV Systems Verification Checklist
● Future Trends
● Business Leadership Workshop

Partner training opportunities are scheduled to occur before and during the event and include the following education tracks: 3D Comm, DisplaySearch, IMCCA, Projection Summit, Realcomm/IBCon, SynAudCon and Technologies for Worship. In addition, more than 30 leading manufacturers will offer 60 sessions on specific audiovisual products and solutions.

InfoComm 2013, the largest commercial audiovisual show, expects 35,000 attendees including commercial service providers and end-user technology managers from wide-ranging market sectors, including business, government, military, education, worship, healthcare, hospitality, retail and entertainment.

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

InfoComm 2013 is sponsored by Blackmagic Design, Christie, Crestron, Panasonic and Samsung.

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Christie MicroTiles Give New Meaning to “Moving Art” at School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Students “Break Out of the Box” Thanks to Christie MicroTiles’ Flexibility And High Brightness at New LeRoy Neiman Center

As a college of art and design, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) knows how important aesthetics are, which is why they chose Christie® MicroTiles® as the basis for the video wall in its new LeRoy Neiman Center, the school’s first student hub. Featuring 16-foot tall windows on both sides of the building, the LeRoy Neiman Center offers Chicago Loop visitors a clear view from the street of what is inside.

Christie MicroTiles at School of the Art Institue of Chicago

With such a large audience passing by throughout the day, SAIC wanted a video display that could be reconfigured into new and intriguing shapes, “catching their eyes” and captivating them with an endless collection of innovative, multimedia designs.

“Unlike bulky video monitors and flat panels with thick bezels, Christie MicroTiles are modular products that blend nearly seamlessly with one another, providing artists with a digital canvas of almost limitless shapes for their work,” said SAIC director of media services, Craig Downs.

“Exploration is one of the school’s core values,” Downs continued. “And with Christie MicroTiles, our students can push the edges of ordinary artistic expectations, as they are no longer restricted to a rectangle or single screen. Working with MicroTiles as a video installation medium literally takes the concepts outside of the box.”

Christie MicroTiles maintain their clarity and brightness even in the most demanding of indoor ambient light environments. With a much wider color palette than conventional LCD and plasma displays, Christie MicroTiles display pure, saturated, accurate colors. This color reproduction ability combined with their superfine resolution, high pixel density and high contrast ratio results in stunning image quality from practically any angle and even up close, making them an ideal display for public spaces.

Christie MicroTiles Inspire New Age Art

With a new architectural environment to call its own and 25 Christie MicroTiles at their disposal, SAIC opened the floor to faculty and students, asking them for designs that would speak to the public and inform them of what the school is and what it does.

Taking advantage of the MicroTiles’ potential for reinterpreting the concept of time and space, instructor Lee Blalock developed a design that broke the first artistic display into three segments, with each array telling its own story – a work made solely with Christie MicroTiles in mind.

“Lee’s piece, ‘Remote,’ really stood out in the selection process, as she clearly realized that Christie MicroTiles are not like other video displays and thought differently about the presentation right from the start,” said Downs. “Breaking away from a linear approach, she focused on depth perception and space, counting on the flexibility of the MicroTiles to play out her work exactly as she envisioned it.”

“The first piece that ran on the MicroTiles illustrated the next frontier of video art, showing students, and faculty alike, new possibilities in delivering digital images, most of which wouldn’t be feasible without this versatile technology from Christie,” added Michael Ryan, director of exhibition curricula and director of the student union gallery at SAIC. “The MicroTiles are a great teaching tool because they challenge the way we normally think about videos and allow our students to expand their skills even more.”

With a team of AV installers arranging the MicroTiles to fit the artist’s vision, SAIC treats the technology as its own exhibition space – putting no restrictions on proposals that embody a freestanding sculptural piece or are part of a window display, as the first two installations did.

“If it is physically possible, technically possible, and we have the space for it, we will try anything,” said Downs. “That is a luxury only Christie can offer with its MicroTiles. They are easy to configure and prove to be cost-effective in their ability to reinvent a display time and again.”

From The Field to the Studio: Sound Devices Highlights Diverse Capabilities of Rack-Mounted PIX 260i at the 2013 NAB Show

File-Based Audio/Video Recorder Ideal for OB, In-Studio and Post-Production Environments

LAS VEGAS, MARCH 5, 2013 — Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, is taking its proven field technology into the studio with its PIX 260i Production Video Recorder at the 2013 NAB Show (Booth C2849). Based on Sound Devices’ PIX 240i Recorder, the rack-mounted PIX 260i is a file-based audio/video recorder that seamlessly replaces tape-based video decks in production and post-production environments. Currently shipping, PIX 260i also offers 32 tracks of audio record/playback as well as control functionality from browser-capable computers and tablets.

The PIX 260i brings the features and tools needed by production companies and broadcasters looking to migrate to file-based recording and playback environments. The PIX 260i records QuickTime files in either Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD video formats. Files recorded in these intra-frame codecs are ready for editing directly from the recorder in common editing environments, such as Avid, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Premiere, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding. For color-critical applications, the PIX 260i supports Apple ProRes 4444 through its 12-bit, 4:4:4 3G-SDI I/O. Users can also play out files from the PIX 260i for real-time applications.

PIX 260i recorders can be controlled from browser-capable computers and tablets. When connected to a data network, transport controls and setup menu controls are available on the Sound Devices PIXNET, which offers IP-addressable control of one or multiple PIX 260i recorders. Users can group multiple units for simultaneous control. Data drives connected to PIX 260i are also accessible on Ethernet-based networks as read-only SMB shares, opening up endless possibilities for file sharing. Files can be copied from any PIX 260i located on a network, enabling access from across a room or the globe.

Up to four SATA drives can be connected to the PIX 260i simultaneously. For RAID-type redundancy and to eliminate the need for post-record copying when multiple copies are required, users can record to all four drives simultaneously.

Building on the company’s deep heritage in production sound, Sound Devices has infused the PIX 260i with 32-track record/playback capabilities. In addition to 16 channels of embedded SDI audio and eight channels of HDMI audio, the PIX 260i also accepts eight channels of line-level analog I/O and eight channels of AES digital audio. Using Dante, the PIX 260i can accept and transmit up to 32 channels of audio over Ethernet.

With its extensive control capabilities, the PIX 260i is a flexible video playback source. The PIX 260i can be controlled by both external RS-422 and via Ethernet through PIXNet.

The PIX 260i includes a built-in Ambient Clockit time-code generator/reader with genlock output for rock-steady, multi-camera and double-system sound applications. In addition to generating ultra-stable time code, time codes can be read from the SDI stream, the HDMI stream or from an external source.

Like the PIX 220i and PIX 240i, the PIX 260i includes a sophisticated scaler and frame-rate converter. Regardless of the incoming signal, the PIX recorders can record the signal after up-, down- or cross-conversion at the same or a different rate. Hardware-based 3:2 pull-down removal and anamorphic conversion is also available.

PIX 260i’s convenient half-rack, 2U chassis dimension allows it to be easily integrated into any existing environment. It is powered by 10-27 VDC through its four-pin XLR connector. Sound Devices’ PIX-RACK accessory includes one full 2U rack, which can hold two PIX 260is.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The fourteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

DPA Microphones Help Morgan Ågren Demonstrate Drum Miking

DPA Microphones played a vital role in helping nearly 100 studio engineers get to grips with the black art of miking a drum kit during a workshop seminar given by Grammy award-winning drummer Morgan Ågren.

Entitled Producers Seminar: Drums with Morgan Ågren, the seminar took place in Stockholm and was hosted by Swedish Studio Magazine, in conjunction with DPA Microphones and Avid/Pro Tools. Opus3 label founder and “Microphone Doctor” Jan-Eric Persson was also a guest speaker.

“The aim of this workshop was to show how to record and mix drums and percussion,” Morgan Ågren explains. “There was a strong focus on sound ideals and I used examples from my own Pro Tools sessions, with and without software plugins, to demonstrate the points I was making. I also played some CDs that I have mixed and some that I simply find inspiring.”

Ågren used a DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphone on his kit-pig compact drum kit. To demonstrate transient response he conducted a test with a similar microphone from another manufacturer and the audience reaction to the DPA d:vote was incredibly positive. He also explained the advantages of having as few different types of microphones as possible so that the sound blended together better. His personal preference is for DPA microphones, which he likes to use for all of the instruments he is recording.

Ågren also discussed the importance of recording as cleanly as possible, and referred this back to his own experiences where he is often recording for people who are not 100% sure of the character they want for the final version of the track. He explained that it was important to leave that decision to the person who was going to mix the track so that they could decide on the sound they wanted.

To complete the seminar, Ågren gave a practical demonstration of drum kit miking using DPA 2011 Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Microphones. Designed to offer a linear off-axis response in a smaller frequency bandwidth, DPA 2011 microphones make stage separation and gain-to-feedback higher and microphone level easier to control.

“I always use DPA microphones because they sound better than any other mike I’ve tried,” Ågren says. “They even sound better on the snare, which is rare for a condenser mike. I now own 12 DPA microphones and during this seminar I was happy to tell the audience why I like them so much.”

Born in Umeå, Sweden, Ågren has been a drummer since the age of four and first performed live when he was seven. In conjunction with blind keyboardist Mats Öberg, he formed the Mats/Morgan Band in the mid-1990s and began releasing CDs on his own label, Ultimate Audio Entertainment. The band has subsequently toured in Europe, Asia and the USA where Ågren and Öberg’s superb playing ability has amazed progressive jazz/rock audiences.

As a drummer, Ågren has also played and recorded with many internationally acclaimed artists including Frank Zappa, Bill Laswell, Steve Vai, and Mike Keneally. He was also voted No.1 in Modern Drummers reader’s poll in the Fusion category and is widely admired by professional drummers on both side of the Atlantic.

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

HomeTech Installs Energy-Efficient Elan g! System At Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

Modernizing the vision set forth by legendary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has partnered with energy consultant Big Green Zero and custom electronics integrator HomeTech AV Solutions to install advanced energy efficiency technologies and the ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System at the iconic Taliesin West campus in the Arizona desert. With initial design and construction dating back to 1937, this current home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture continues to advance Wright’s legacy of architectural innovation.

The Energizing Taliesin West™ project aims to minimize energy costs and carbon pollution as it works toward creating a grid-neutral campus. The project will provide architectural students with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experiment with state-of-the-art conservation and sustainable energy production technologies. After determining that Taliesin West could benefit from substantial energy and financial savings through the installation of these technologies, Big Green Zero was contracted to manage and develop the project.

HomeTech AV Solutions, in partnership with ELAN Home Systems, has designed a unique control system for a unique piece of American history. The initial installation will take place in the original Wright home theater, dubbed “The Cabaret”. After lacking modern lighting, projection and audio systems for decades, The Cabaret has been revitalized with a Da-Lite acoustic fabric screen stretched across the original frame, a new Digital Projection E-Vision projector with a special long throw lens to accommodate the 65-foot throw distance, and fully integrated audio, video and Lutron Radio RA@2 lighting controlled by the ELAN g! system. There is no way to run new cabling in the stone and concrete building, so the video signal is transmitted wirelessly from the AV receiver to the projector mounted in the projection room. Frank Lloyd Wright designed The Cabaret’s unique uneven-hexagonal shape to have no right angles and to have 20 feet of open space below the front of the theater, which has led sound engineers to determine the space is 95 percent acoustically efficient! No sound is wasted, and there are no echoes anywhere in the room.

According to Jim Beaumont, president of HomeTech AV Solution, ELAN g! is the only control platform that’s simple enough to allow novices to use the system with zero training. “The space is available to rent for corporate events, so the system will see a lot of use by first-time users with no training or experience. This was a major consideration in our design and product choices, and the ELAN g! system is the easiest control system I’ve ever used.”

Joe Lautner, Core Brands Director of Control Segment, agrees that the project is a natural candidate for control with the ELAN g! system. “The g! system is the ideal choice for the Taliesin West project for several reasons, but most of all because it is simple for first-time users to operate and it is virtually unlimited in its expansion potential. The g! system will be operational very early on in the renovation, and as construction continues the g! system will be available to integrate additional core systems across the Taliesin West campus.”

The Cabaret will be used to treat approximately 110,000 annual guests to a short film about Wright’s life and work. The original projector will be preserved in the projection room for tours as well.

“We are very proud to be selected as a partner for this historic restoration and upgrade of all the technological aspects of Taliesin West,” Beaumont added. “We will certainly face some unique installation challenges due to the concrete and stone construction of the buildings and the 80-year-old wiring throughout the premises, and when we are finished Taliesin West will be a testament to the technological advances of the past century. By combining Frank Lloyd Wright’s legendary architecture with the latest in efficient lighting, AV, solar panels, energy management, security, surveillance and climate control systems, this project will no doubt result in the one of the world’s most historic energy-efficient communities.”

Taliesin West was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982. In 2008, the U.S. National Park Service submitted Taliesin West along with nine other Frank Lloyd Wright properties to a tentative list for World Heritage Status. The 10 sites have been submitted as one total site.

About HomeTech AV Solutions:
HomeTech AV Solutions and HomeTech Europe LTD\LLC maintains offices in Lausanne, London, New York, Palm Springs, Paris and Seattle. HomeTech works with the celebrated architects and interior designers in the world to provide bespoke smart home solutions. HomeTech’s clients generally have multiple homes and appreciate having one source for their AV and Home Automation needs. For more information please contact HomeTech at info@hometechavsolutions.com or visit www.hometechavsolutions.com.

About Big Green Zero:
Big Green Zero, LLC is a team of sustainable energy engineers project planners and historic preservation enthusiasts. The team provides commercial and institutional property owners with commercial-grade energy audits and sustainable energy project planning and development services. For more information visit www.biggreenzero.com.

The Big Green Zero team was retained by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to conduct a comprehensive energy audit for Taliesin West. Based on the audit’s findings and recommendations, Big Green Zero was additionally retained to develop and manage the 75th Anniversary Energizing Taliesin West™ program.

About the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation:
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, Taliesin West and the Taliesin Collections, to shaping the architecture and design at the highest level, and to the transformation of people’s lives through the artistry, principles and values of Frank Lloyd Wright’s body of work. To learn more visit www.franklloydwright.org.

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

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

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

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Guruz Media Drums Up Attention for Sabian Cymbals at Winter NAMM with PixelFLEX LED Video Curtain Wall

At Winter NAMM, the musical instrument industry’s signature trade show, standing out from the crowd is always a challenge. To get the attention of attendees, exhibitors rely on companies such as Guruz Media, a leading full-service marketing agency, to attract prospective customers to their booths.

Working on behalf of exhibitor Sabian Cymbals, Guruz Media developed an innovative and eye-catching 16′ tall by 8′ diameter tower of cymbals stretching from the ground to high above the trade show floor. To ensure the tower of cymbals would capture the attention of visitors no matter where they were, Guruz added a PixelFLEX LED video curtain wall as a backdrop.

Exceptionally light weight and extremely flexible, the PixelFLEX curtain was the perfect solution for creating a column of bold-colored LED lighting inside the interior of the cymbal tower that was sure to turn heads. According to Doug Webber, chief creative officer for Guruz, mission accomplished.

“Anybody can go to a trade show and rent big screens for their booth, but when it comes down to it, there has to be something that pushes it over the top to really get people to notice,” Webber said. “Whether that is something of the unexpected, or just maybe huge, like the cymbal tower. As soon as I saw the PixelFLEX screens online and how they could bend around nearly any shape or structure, I knew how I could use them at Winter NAMM to make a difference for my client at the show.”

For the cymbal tower backdrop at Winter NAMM, Guruz used 12 panels of PixelFLEX’s 20mm LED video curtain. Featuring 2500 pixels PSM (Per Square Meter) and 3240 nit brightness, PixelFLEX’s curtain provided Webber and his team a solution that was easy to set up and operate – benefits to trade show support that cannot be understated.

“We were trying to create an architectural design element that had some movement, visually speaking, going on inside the tower,” Webber said. “We found a nice piece of digital juice eye candy, colorized it to match the rest of the branding in the booth, and just allowed it to loop over and over again on the PixelFLEX screens.

With more than 200 cymbals on the tower, it was a perfect solution for filling the negative space between the cymbals,” Webber continued. “On top of that, it was super simple to install and operate. The client [Sabian] was extremely happy and competitors definitely took note. One even mentioned to us that it was the best cymbal display they had ever seen at Winter NAMM. ”

Flexible in all directions and exceptionally durable, PixelFLEX LED Curtains are able to bend and shape around structures for a more creative display effect. For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of lightweight LED video screens, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Contributes to a World-Class Recording Facility for New Metro Nashville Public Schools Music Education Initiative

Music Makes Us provides students at Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School with a student-run record label mentored by Warner Music Nashville and a complete world-class recording studio designed, equipped and guided by the efforts of members of the P&E Wing

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2013) — In a bold move that will expand the boundaries of music education in public schools to include the business of music, sound production, recording technology, and the aesthetics of a well-crafted performance, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) Director Jesse Register, and John Esposito, president/CEO of Warner Music Nashville, have announced the creation of a student-run record label to be a key component of Music Makes Us, the new music education initiative at MNPS. The project will be centered around a state-of-the-art recording studio at Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School that is designed, equipped and will be guided by the efforts of members of The Recording Academy®’s Producers & Engineers Wing®. Members of the Pearl-Cohn Subcommittee of the P&E Wing, including Subcommittee Chair Jeff Balding, Nashville P&E Wing Co-Chairs Chuck Ainlay and Justin Niebank, Steve Durr, Ben Fowler, Julian King, Nick Palladino, and Terry Palmer, all contributed their collective knowledge, wisdom and passion to the project, which will feature a 32-channel API 1608 console in the main control room and two post/editing suites equipped with SSL Nucleus DAW controllers. Additionally, the project will feature products from Audio-Technica, Fredenstein Professional Audio, the HARMAN® Professional brands (AKG® Acoustics, JBL® Professional and Lexicon®) and Shure. The recording studio is scheduled to open mid-April.

“When we were approached with this project, we were delighted,” recalls Chuck Ainlay, GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/engineer for artists including Mark Knopfler, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, and Peter Frampton. “But we also realized that the recording studio aspect would need more than just equipment — it would need a solid acoustical design and a layout that would work well for students and teachers as well as for artists and engineers.”

Ainlay says they turned to award-winning recording studio designer Steve Durr, also a Nashville resident, whose portfolio includes studios for Austin City Limits, the Black Keys, Mark Ronson, Lenny Kravitz, and Zac Brown. Durr laid out the acoustical and ergometric designs, which are being constructed at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School.

“I tried to achieve a design that would allow students to experience recording music with both machines and people,” Durr explains, citing the large control room that will allow several students and teachers to work comfortably using drum machines, digital samplers and synthesizers as well as the recording equipment, and the sizable tracking room where they will be able to capture great recordings of live musicians playing in ensemble. “What I hope this ultimately accomplishes is that kids will now be able to learn about making music in an environment that was designed around great sound. Kids who have been brought up on MP3s can experience what music can really sound like. That can change their lives.”

Balding says the members of the P&E Wing pooled their relationships with major professional audio manufacturers to gain support for the project. In the process, they’ve discovered members of the Pearl-Cohn faculty who have worked in the music industry and are well acquainted with the technology of music recording.

“It’s great to see the whole community come together over this — teachers, artists, engineers, producers,” says Balding, who has multiple GRAMMY nominations and is currently working with Ronnie Dunn, Thompson Square and Don Henley. “I believe in pouring our experience into the generation coming after us. If we can take our ceiling and make that their floor, it will allow them to take our industry to a much higher level, and that’s exciting to me.”

Ainlay agrees, adding, “It’s very satisfying to watch this all come together. I really do feel that in addition to introducing these kids to how music is recorded, we’re also raising their expectations about the quality of music, and that can have tremendous implications for the music industry for years to come.”

About Music Makes Us
Music Makes Us promotes, supports and advances student engagement and achievement through robust, high-quality music education with both a traditional music curriculum as well as a contemporary curriculum track that uses new technologies and reflects a diverse musical landscape. A public/private partnership among Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and music industry and community leaders in Nashville, Music Makes Us is committed to becoming a worldwide leader in music education, bringing the resources of the Nashville music community together to enable participation and foster student success for all of its 81,000 students. For more information, please contact Director Laurie T. Schell at laurie.schell@mnps.org.

The record label, to be operated by students at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, will be managed through a strategic alliance with Warner Music Nashville. It will operate identically to a corporate music label by signing, recording and promoting student artists from across the school district. A Pearl-Cohn student will be named to head the record label each year.

Metro Schools students will audition for placement on the record label, which will include different music genres. Any revenue generated by the record label through the sale of songs will go to Music Makes Us to further invest in music education.

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