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Audio-Technica U.S. Appoints Gary Dixon to the Position of Sales Engineer – Installed Sound

— Company expands department, placing emphasis on market feedback and customer support for the
Installed Sound markets —

STOW, OH, April 23, 2013 — Audio-Technica U.S., a leader in transducer technology for over 50 years, announces the appointment of industry veteran Gary Dixon to the position of Sales Engineer – Installed Sound, reflecting the company’s continued dedication to the installed sound market sector. The announcement was made by David Marsh, Audio-Technica U.S. Director of Sales & Marketing, Installed Sound and Broadcast.

In his new position, Dixon will work closely with and report to Marsh. He will also work along side his counterpart, Mark Donovan, Sales Engineer – Installed Sound, and serve as an additional technical resource for the Audio-Technica sales channel in the broad contractor market (installed sound contractors, consultants and architects). He will ensure the proper and successful implementation of A-T products and technology in the marketplace while determining the application needs of customers so that A-T can continue to quickly and successfully engineer market-driven products. He will work closely with A-T’s sales department to enhance their overall value and service to customers while participating in the cultivation of new accounts.

“On behalf of the Audio-Technica sales department, I welcome Gary to the team,” stated David Marsh. “Gary has a unique skill set and real-world experience, and we look forward to working closely with him to continue to penetrate the installed sound market sector. He is an asset to A-T and our customer base, and we are lucky to have him as part of the team.”

Dixon began his career as a graduate of Ashland University with a B.A. in Electronic Media Production with emphasis in Television Production and a Minor in Business Administration. He has a strong background in audio, video and control systems. He has been affiliated with CAD Audio as National Sales Manager, Commercial Audio, and with SR Marketing as a sales representative. Additionally, Dixon has several years’ experience working as an Installation Technician at Integra Enterprises and as a Production Assistant for Hudson Cable Television, both in Hudson, Ohio. Dixon holds a Certified Technology Specialist designation with InfoComm International.

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Joining forces: Barco and projectiondesign® to present united front at ITEC 2013

Rome event to showcase strength of combined offering for visualization and training

A few short weeks after joining forces to offer the most complete range of projection solutions in the professional AV space, visualization experts Barco, and projectiondesign® will share two stands at the upcoming ITEC exhibition in Rome, Italy. At their booths, themed as “joining forces” they will demonstrate their combined offering for visualization and training.

As a key European forum for the training, education and simulation marketplace, ITEC has traditionally hosted Barco and projectiondesign as individual exhibitors. “Since Barco announced the completion of acquisition of projectiondesign in February, technology users will benefit from an unrivalled level of technical expertise and specialist knowledge of the industry’s most comprehensive and largest visual systems product offering,” explains Peter De Meerleer, Director, Strategic Marketing, Training and Simulation at Barco.

The two companies will therefore jointly host two stands at this year’s ITEC. Stand G100, the main stand, will showcase the breadth of the two companies’ newly combined projection offering, while a smaller booth at Stand G140 will be dedicated to Night Vision Goggle (NVG) simulation.

Maria Dahl Aagaard, Product Marketing Manager, projectiondesign, confirms: “The combined power of our two great industry brands means we are able to demonstrate an enormous range of solutions for training customers, from the smallest compact projectors to extremely bright and high-contrast models.”
Unrivalled visual systems product offering

Highlights on the main stand will include three projectiondesign F22 DLP® projectors operating in portrait mode and integrated with RSI Visual Systems Raster xT Image Generator to form a 4m curved screen for helicopter simulation with increased vertical field of view (FOV); a pair of Barco SIM 7Q HB LCoS projectors showing daylight flight simulation content, from CAE; and, several FL35 ReaLED™ projectors with solid-state illumination, also arranged as a curve to show armoured-vehicle content provided by Cursive Simulation using VBS2 software from Bohemia Interactive.

In addition, a pair of projectiondesign F35 projectors will be on display showing maritime content from Transas, a Barco SIM 10 powering a rear-projection setup showing very highly detailed images from defence and security company Saab; and one portable SEER 1 dome solution using a single projectiondesign F35 projector with an Hemispherical lens for specific JTAC training needs.

Also on display here will be miniature models of Barco’s RP-360 and CD-2260 visuals and Barco’s IP Video Systems networking image transfer, recording and playback products.

At the NVG Pavilion, a Barco SIM 7Q HC LCoS projector will demonstrate its exceptional high contrast and impressive black levels using SELEX Galileo’s VIR3x Image Generator System showing a helicopter night flight. A projectiondesign FS35 IR wuxga projector with dual IG input capability using RSI Visual Systems Raster xT Image Generators for simultaneous RGB + IR imagery that will show brighter night scenes featuring simulated stars, moons, explosions and the like.

On both stands, all screens will be sourced from projecta.


ITEC-wide sponsorship

For years, projectiondesign has been a sponsor of ITEC. Again, this year, projectiondesign and Barco will jointly be the headline main sponsor of ITEC. projectiondesign projectors will be used in the show’s co-located conference programme.

Innovation Showcase and Exhibitor Hospitality

As part of the Innovation Showcase, projectiondesign’s Senior Optics Designer, Øyvind Svensen will present a seminar on LED and IR technology taking place on Thursday, 23rd May from 11:45 – 12:15.

Ever popular, visitors to the exhibitor hospitality evening will be treated to traditional Norwegian and Belgium delicacies while stocks last on stand G100 on Thursday, 23rd May from 16:00 onwards.

Joint demo facility

The ITEC show, which takes place at Fiera di Roma from 22-24 May, will come hot on the heels of the official opening of a joint Barco and projectiondesign demo facility in Xenia, Ohio, USA tailored specifically to the needs of the military training and simulation market.

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About Barco
Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops visualization products for a variety of selected professional markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with about 3,900 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 1.156 billion euros in 2011.

About projectiondesign
projectiondesign is a Norwegian company that designs, manufactures and markets high-performance projectors for professional, business and consumer applications. Amongst its core markets are high-resolution scientific visualization, visual training and simulation, medical imaging, broadcast and post production, public media and entertainment etc. Since 2013, projectiondesign is part of Barco, a global technology company that designs and develops visualization products for a variety of selected professional markets. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with about 3,900 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 1.156 billion euro in 2012. projectiondesign is located in Fredrikstad, Norway.

For further information about this and other leading products please visit projectiondesign.com.

Kramer Introduces the VP−28, a 14−Input Multi−Format Presentation Switcher with Stereo Audio

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the most recent member of Kramer’s highly successful line of multi−format switchers, the VP−28.
The VP−28 is a 14−input presentation switcher that handles composite video, HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, computer graphics video and stereo audio and microphone signals.
The VP−28 operates as a 3×1 composite video, 3×1 HDMI, 3×1 computer graphics video, 3×1 DVI−I, & 2×1 DisplayPort switcher, each with unbalanced stereo audio. The 3×1 DVI (digital) sections can be used for DVI signals or it can be used for 3 more computer graphics video (analog) signals using special breakout cables that are included with the device.
The VP−28 can operate as a 5×1 video switcher and a 14×1 audio switcher. The unit’s Audio Level Memory remembers and returns to the last audio level setting for each audio input signal during switching. It has button selectable options for condenser or dynamic microphones and microphone & audio mixing options, including muting of the master audio output when a microphone signal is sensed. The VP−28 is also HDCP compliant and HDTV compatible.
The VP−28 has flexible control options including IR remote, Ethernet, and RS−232 (supplied with PC control software), and two microphone inputs with a mixing facility.
The VP−28 is housed in a 19” 1U rack mountable enclosure, with rack “ears” included.

The VP−28 is currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world.

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Clearwing’s Full grandMA2 Kit Takes Center Stage at ATV Dealers’ Meeting in Phoenix

When a major ATV manufacturer wanted to generate excitement at its annual dealers’ meeting, Clearwing Productions, Inc. turned to MA Lighting’s grandMA2 onPC command wing with grandMA2 onPC fader wing to program 70 moving lights and 48 feet of Color Kinetics’ ColorBlaze units and a grandMA2 light to run the show. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of MA Lighting products in North America.

The meeting in the ballroom of the Phoenix Convention Center drew 1,5000 dealers to presentations, effects-filled product reveals, an awards ceremony and mid-show entertainment. The Phoenix office of Clearwing, which provides sound, lighting and services, includes a grandMA2 light, grandMA2 onPC command wings and its new grandMA2 onPC fader wing as part of its standard kit for live staging jobs.

“I’ve been using the grandMA2 light for the last two years and would never go back to another console,” says Aaron Hubbard, Clearwing’s director of business development and the lighting programmer for the dealers’ meeting. “The command wing system is typically our back up system. In this case we actually needed to program the show from the command wing because the position of the MA2 LIte desk was pretty far away, and with this small platform you can get right up front witch makes it’s rather convenient. “Running three touchscreens from the windows system using a simple USB>VGA video driver allowed me to use an un-modified user profile”

MA’s onPC command wing is a portable solution offering realtime control for 2,048 parameters in combination with grandMA2 onPC. Designed as the perfect hardware expansion to the grandMA2 onPC software, grandMA2 onPC command wing enables the look and feel of the software to be as close as possible to a real grandMA2 console.

Lighting designer Michael Murnane of Footcandles LLC teamed with Clearwing Productions, inc. on the dealers’ meeting. While the show itself ran from the grandMA2 light the wings remained on the active network as a tracking back up, Hubbard reports. “Until we opened the house, I had the command wing front and center in the ballroom for any adjustments and aerial positioning. I preferred to come down from my crow’s nest to use the wing and be at the center of the stage so I could see symmetry.”

One of the biggest advantages to grandMA2 onPC command wing and grandMA2 onPC fader wing is their portability. “They’re small enough to get into some interesting places,” says Hubbard. “We could move them up into the bleacher seats to program from that perspective. We could move them anywhere and program from that vantage point.”

In addition, “since the system is on a PC, I can use an iOS remote desktop connection app to control any functions directly from my iPad,” he explains. “Of course allowing me to ability to play back cues from the iPad is a huge benefit.”

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SYMETRIX LAUNCHES SYMNET TELEPHONE INTERFACE CARD

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – APRIL 2013: Symetrix announces the release of the 2 Line Analog Telephone Interface Card for SymNet. The card integrates a complete set of PSTN telephony functions into SymNet Edge and Radius AEC systems configured for teleconferencing. The initial rollout includes US FCC Part 68 certification and Industry Canada CS-03 Part I.

The telephone card’s robust feature set includes incoming call detection and answering, DTMF-dialing, speed-dialing, re-dialing, DTMF decoding, do not disturb, caller-ID reception, call progress detection, and continuous line status and fault monitoring.

Telco connections use standard RJ-11 jacks with parallel set connections per line for a physical handset, a dialer, or an ADA-compliant visual or audible device. As with all SymNet modular cards, the 2 Line Analog Telephone Interface Card may be installed in the field by a certified technician.

Beyond teleconferencing, the card is also intended for use in paging, broadcast feed, and remote system monitoring applications.

Paul Roberts, Symetrix CEO, noted, “The 2 Line Analog Telephone Interface Card is the nextstep in our audio teleconferencing product developments. Integrators and consultants in North America can now design and deliver teleconferencing systems using SymNet AEC and analog telephone interface technology deployed on our Edge and Radius AEC hardware platforms.”

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.

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SYMETRIX DEBUTS DEDICATED AEC PROCESSOR

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – APRIL 2013: Symetrix announces delivery of the SymNet Radius AEC, a core acoustic echo-cancelling device for deployment in teleconferencing installations of any size. The 1U rack unit contains eight mic/line wideband echo cancellers, eight line outputs, and four auxiliary line inputs. Application specific input or output expansion of a single Radius AEC is facilitated with a configurable slot supporting any SymNet I/O card including the recently released 2 Line Analog Telephone Interface.

As a building block in larger systems Radius AEC uses Dante for network audio connections to additional Radius or SymNet Edge DSPs, and to the cost-effective SymNet 12-channel I/O expanders.

Paul Roberts, Symetrix CEO was quick to point out, “We designed mega DSP into this box. In addition to the eight full-band, low-latency channels with direct outputs, we have a flexible general purpose DSP to handle all the other processing that is truly required to support high-intelligibility speech and effective communications. Corporate and educational end users are raising the bar every day. We purposefully designed Radius AEC to stay ahead of the curve.”

As with all SymNet DSP products using Composer open architecture software, Radius AEC supports an array of user controls including the ARC-WEB browser, ARC wall panels, SymVue custom user screens, and third party touchscreens.

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.

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POST KATRINA, JOE BROWN MEMORIAL PARK RE-OPENS WITH SR SYSTEMS CENTERED ON ASHLY

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – APRIL 2013: Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures it caused left Joe W. Brown Memorial Park in east New Orleans under seven feet of water. The water sat for weeks, leaving everything below its depths to rust and rot. The march toward full recovery has advanced slowly but steadily, and now Joe Brown Park is not only back, it’s better than it was in the summer of 2005, before the fateful hurricane made landfall. Nike, the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and the Drew Brees Foundation joined the city to help fund the $23 million rehab, which includes a new football field and a new track and soccer field. Local A/V integration firm Technical Services Group (TSG) designed and installed sound reinforcement systems for both areas, relying on Ashly Audio processing, amplification, and user control to provide a pair of complementary system that – although different “under the hood” – function identically from the user’s perspective.

“I grew up in New Orleans, and I played high school baseball at Joe Brown Park,” said Patrick Meek, vice president of sales and marketing at TSG, who, together with A/V designer, Scott Richard won the bid and saw the project through to completion. “Being a part of this project was important to me personally. Moreover, it’s a high-profile job that’s being funded by some very big organizations. We worked hard to create a powerful, reliable system on budget, and Ashly’s performance per dollar, for processing, amplification, and user control, was a significant part of our success.”

Because an endless parade of different, non-technically-inclined teachers, park officials, parents, and others would need to be able to reliably use the systems, they had to be completely intuitive. TSG therefore led with the Ashly RW-8C, a four-gang wall plate with eight programmable channel faders and a programmable master fader, each with an on/off button. “The two systems operate as equals from the user’s perspective,” said Meek. “They can walk into either one and understand that the various available microphones and input sources, all labeled on the RW-8C, can be turned on or off and turned up or turned down. Behind the scenes, the processing, amplification, and loudspeakers are different between the two systems, but that’s invisible to them.”

The football field uses an Ashly ne24.24M processor configured with twelve inputs and eight outputs. A Denon CD player joins two Sennheiser HMD-Series headset microphones, a handheld Sennheiser e 935 microphone for vocals, and two Lectrosonics Venue-Series wireless microphones (a belt-pack transmitter lavalier system) and a handheld microphone transmitter at the inputs. Three QSC ISA-Series amplifiers power a Community array composed of two R2-77z, two R2-94z, and two R2-52z loudspeakers. In contrast, the track and field uses an Ashly Pema 8250.70 combination amplifier/processor together with a Protea processing-equipped Ashly ne2400.pe for both signal conditioning, mixing, and power. Again, a Denon CD player allows for music playback, a Sennheiser HMD-Series headset, and a wired Sennheiser e935 microphone provides input for vocals, but this time those inputs are joined by Sennheiser ew-Series wireless lavalier and handheld microphones. Two Community R.5-66TZ and two Community R.5-94TZ loudspeakers complete the system.

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

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MUSICIANS INSTITUTE OF LOS ANGELES INSTALLS API 1608 FOR AUDIO ENGINEERING EDUCATION PROGRAM

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 2013: A 32-channel 1608 console will contribute to the education of many audio engineering students at the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music for years to come. The 1608 console can be found in Studio C of the college and was installed in the beginning of January, just in time for the spring semester.

The school, located in Los Angeles, has been an important part of music education in southern California since the late 70s and offers a variety of programs, such as Guitar Craft, Music Industry and Audio Engineering, where the 1608 will be used. Approximately two hundred students are currently enrolled in the Audio Engineering program.

The console was sold and installed by Westlake Pro, an API dealer located in North Hollywood. The 1608 was selected to replace the aging large format console in Studio C after a complete rework of the patch bay. “The API was chosen based on recommendations. When we decided to get a new console, many of the instructors requested an API. The final decision was made by our previous program chair after discussing the options with Westlake,” said Krystal Schafer, studio manager.

“The API 1608 is perfect for teaching classic, all-analog, signal chain theory, operation and patch bay to MI’s beginning audio engineering students,” says instructor Barry Rudolph. “The Practical Recording Class is one of the first exposures they have to professional recording consoles.”

Audio Engineering students will learn the basics of the 1608 console in the Practical Recording course during their first quarter and will dive deeper into recording during their second quarter in the Mixing and Mastering course. Students are also able to book studio time on weekends to practice and work on projects.

“API was the overwhelming choice, as everyone involved knew of the API 1608’s value as a high-quality, easy-to-use, great-sounding, traditional recording console,” said Gadget Hopkins of Westlake Pro. “The API 1608’s rich heritage, based off the renowned vintage 1604, is classic API sound and quality, while adding new modern features that are valuable for today’s engineers, producers and musicians. These features fit the schools requirements for their curriculum perfectly.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

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Nest Learning Thermostat Now Available at AVAD

Custom electronics distributor offers thermostat that programs itself, saves energy.

Los Angeles, Calif. – April 22, 2013 – AVAD LLC, one of North America’s leading providers of custom electronics, has announced it now offers dealers access to the award-winning Nest® Learning Thermostat™ from Nest Labs. Compatible with 95 percent of low-voltage heating and cooling systems, the Nest Learning Thermostat remembers what temperatures homeowners like, creates a custom schedule for their home, and turns itself down when they are away.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is designed to address the reality of home energy consumption: that the thermostat controls about half of the average home’s power—more than appliances, lighting, TVs, computers and stereos combined. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that programmable thermostats can save home energy bills up to 20% annually by eliminating excessive heating or cooling. The Nest Learning Thermostat enables energy saving features that are specific to each customer by using sensors and software algorithms to monitor usage patterns and measure each home’s thermal profile.

“AVAD values the Nest mission of getting serious about saving people money by continually working to perfect home energy efficiency,” said Hugh Hughes, Director of Merchandising at AVAD. “We are expanding our home control and HVAC portfolio in an effort to expand the AVAD vision of Custom Install 2.0 that helps integrators stay ahead of the competition by bringing exciting, trending products to all of our customers.”

The Nest Learning Thermostat connects to Wi-Fi and can be controlled from anywhere using a smartphone or tablet. The Nest app is available for iOS and Android devices for free. Nest’s unique features can help save energy and keep customers comfortable. The device includes a host of proprietary features that are capable of managing heating and cooling units including gas, electric, oil, solar, hot water, geothermal, forced air, heat pump and radiant systems:

• Auto-Schedule™- No more programming hassles. Nest learns the temperatures you like and programs itself.
• Auto-Away™- Nest automatically turns itself to an energy-saving temp when you’re not home.
• Airwave™- Automatically turns off the AC a few minutes early, but keeps the fan running. The air stays cool but your AC runs up to 30% less.
• Energy History- See when heating and cooling were on and what affected your energy use.
• Nest Leaf- Appears when you turn Nest to a temperature that’s energy efficient, guiding you to energy savings.
• System Match™- Make sure you’re getting the most out of your high-efficiency system. System Match turns on specific features for forced air, heat pump or radiant to help you save and keep you comfortable.
• Remote Control- Connect Nest to Wi-Fi to change the temp or adjust your schedule from a smartphone, tablet or laptop.

For more information on Nest, visit the manufacturer’s website at http://www.nest.com.

For more information on AVAD, please visit http://www.avad.com in the US or http://www.avadcanada.ca in Canada. Connect with AVAD on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for news on the latest promotions and news.

About AVAD LLC
AVAD is an industry-leading provider of solutions to the residential and commercial custom installation markets. As part of the Specialty Solutions Division, AVAD, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro, provides integrators access to the industry’s top products and integrated solutions for residential and commercial video, audio, lighting control, content management, whole-home and business automation and control, as well as digital signage and commercial solutions and design services. AVAD offers the broadest consumer electronics and home and business automation portfolio in North America. Further differentiating its services, AVAD invests in the business tools and technical support and services integrators need to grow their businesses. With 24 locations throughout North America, AVAD offers local, hands-on access to the latest products and trainings, as well as free support services including system design and technical support.

About Nest
Nest is focused on addressing home-energy consumption with an elegantly designed solution – one that people actually enjoy using. Founded by Apple alums Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, Nest brings together a world-class team with the broad backgrounds needed to deliver an amazing product that blends technology with ease of use. Nest is privately funded and based in Palo Alto, Calif. For more information, visit http://www.nest.com.

Atlona(R) Appoints Director of Finance and Director of Human Resources

SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 24, 2013 — Atlona(R) today announced that it has appointed Kelly Hicks as the company’s director of finance and Jessica Mansfield as the director of human resources. Hicks will oversee the company’s accounting, financial planning and analysis, purchasing, and order administration functions while Mansfield will be responsible for Atlona’s human resource policies, programs, and services. As the company continues to grow, Atlona’s goal is to redefine its internal structure to better serve its customers and partners. more

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