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Zylight Demos New F8 LED Fresnel at 2013 Cine Gear Expo Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, will demonstrate its new F8 LED Fresnel at 2013 Cine Gear Expo Los Angeles (Booth 325), which runs May 31 – June 2 in Hollywood, Calif. Available in tungsten (3200K) or daylight (5600K) versions, the compact lighting instrument collapses to less than four inches thick for easy transport and storage.

Equipped with an eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens, the fully dimmable F8 maintains single shadow traditional Fresnel beam shaping, and offers a patented focusing system for spot and flood operations. Its beam spread is adjustable between 16-70 degrees for even coverage for widescreen productions. Like other Zylight models, the F8 is equipped with ZyLink wireless technology, which makes it easy to link multiple Zylights for simultaneous remote control.

While the F8 draws only 100 watts, it has close to the light output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel. It is also water resistant (IP54) for use in challenging location conditions, and can be powered by a worldwide AC adapter or standard 14.4V camera battery. The F8 ships with barn doors and yoke mount, but additional accessories are available separately.

“Cine Gear Expo is an ideal venue to showcase the innovative F8 LED Fresnel for the motion picture industry,” said Charlie Collias, senior vice president, worldwide sales. “We’ve replaced the traditionally hot and bulky Fresnel with compact LED technology. The F8 delivers all the performance of a traditional Fresnel but in a much more compact and energy efficient design.”

Zylight will also showcase its IS3c LED light, an updated version of Zylight’s acclaimed IS3 large panel cyclorama and beauty light, at Cine Gear Expo. Now shipping with a custom soft box produced exclusively by Chimera for Zylight, the fully dimmable IS3c is a wide, high-output soft light with built-in controls for adjusting color temperature, color correction, and Zylight’s Color Mode, which produces millions of colors without gels or filters.

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC

Zylight was founded in 2003 with one mission: Bring truly intelligent, time-saving lighting to the entertainment production industry. Our award-winning team has more than 80 years of combined industry experience, and we continue to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to grow its brand to a large international audience. More Than Bright – Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

PixelFLEX Introduces the Light Rigid 4 LED Video Screen at InfoComm

PixelFLEX, innovators of the industry’s most flexible, lightweight and durable LED video screens, announced today the introduction of its Light Rigid 4 (LR-4). Perfect for those looking for a lightweight, indoor hi-res LED video product, the LR-4 provides crisp and sharp playback that is ideal for IMAG, video reel playback, indoor advertising and much more. The LR-4 will make its debut at InfoComm in Orlando (Booth 5987).

With its extremely thin construction, LR-4 is easy to assemble and disassemble, and is compact for storage. Key features of the new LED product from PixelFLEX include 4mm resolution, Powercon and Ethernet connectors, and a per tile weight of approximately 17 lbs.

Already known for providing exceptional visual performance with its existing product line of LED screens, PixelFLEX’s LR-4 offers the highest and sharpest resolution to date, and features a 140 degree vertical and horizontal viewing angle. Additionally, with 281 trillion colors available and a lifespan of 100,000 hours, the LR-4 presents optimal flexibility and durability to customers seeking to maximize viewer engagement.

“The popularity of our industry-leading lightweight LED video curtain walls was the driving force for the creation of a solution that would deliver an even higher video resolution and ease of installation in any indoor environment,” said Jeremy Byrd, president and founder of PixelFLEX. “Whereas our existing video screen systems are perfect for use by touring musicians and bands on the road or in multi-use theatre environments, such as at universities, the LR-4 is the ultimate solution for permanent installations where high-end video improves the customer experience.”

Videos and images can be sent to PixelFLEX’s LR-4 through a variety of connections, including DVI, HDMI, VGA, SDI, HD-SDI, Composite, S-video or Component.

“Given the reception our LED video curtain walls have received, we’re confident the LR-4 will find an audience looking to capitalize on its performance and ruggedness,” Byrd continued. “Video is the driving force behind reaching consumers today, so having a lightweight screen that delivers pristine visuals will help users meet their bottom line.”

For more information on PixelFLEX and the LR-4 solution, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

RAI Invests in First Four HARMAN Studer Vista 9 Digital Consoles

MILAN, Italy – Italian state broadcaster, RAI, has taken delivery of its first four Studer Vista 9 digital mixing consoles from Italian distributors Leading Technologies (LT) — including a production console for the control room at the famous La Scala Theatre in Milan (Teatro alla Scala). All formed part of a single tender resulting from a unilateral decision to move up to Studer’s Vista 9 platform.

The new console has been installed in the RAI control room at the theatre, replacing the previous Vista 8, and will be used for live broadcasting for radio and TV, as well as recording of operas and classical concerts. This will meet the venue’s wish for upgraded facilities within the Vista architecture, with the emphasis on 5.1 production.

According to LT’s Studer product manager, Mauro Bucchia, the RAI sound engineers were keen to maintain working with the Vistonics interface. “The TFT based metering in the Vista 9 has provided additional facilities but a further advantage for them was the SCore Live engine, which doubles the DSP capacity, and which the existing Vista 8 doesn’t have.”

The desk is configured with 64 Mic inputs from the stage plus Line and AES I/O for local effects and machines and two MADI interfaces for multitrack recorders.

This is one of four Vista 9s supplied by the Studer distributors, who over the years have provided Studer solutions for all four RAI production centres — in Milan, Rome, Turin and Naples.

A further Vista 9 has been installed in the RAI auditorium in Turin, supplied along with a Vista Compact Remote Bay to work in parallel. Replacing the venue’s previous digital console, this will be used for live broadcasting or the recording of classical music, since Turin is the base of the RAI National Symphony Orchestra.

The state broadcaster took the decision based on the success they had enjoyed with earlier Vistas, and their familiarity with the desk ergonomics.

The other stand-out features which defined this decision were the TFT metering and the HISTORY mode, which records events such as overloads in the audio path of each channel, and highlights them in red on the channel waveform. This enables the operator to review which channel had such an event, up to 30 seconds after the event has occurred.

The Vista 9 is configured with 88 Mic inputs plus Line and AES I/O for local effects and machines and two MADI interface for multitrack recorders.

At their Rome broadcast facilities, RAI has similarly upgraded its former digital desk to a Vista 9 in the radio production centre of a general purpose studio, which is predominantly used for live music, talk shows and drama. Once again, the HISTORY mode and TFT metering features will future proof the studio’s needs.

This Summer, another studio, identical to the first one, will be upgraded with the second Vista 9 assigned to Rome. Both Vista 9 consoles have the same configuration, with 48 Mic inputs plus Line and AES I/O for local effects, and MADI link to the studio’s monitor mixer.

This is the latest in a long list of Studer desks supplied by LT to Italy’s state broadcaster. Aside from the four Vista 9s, this includes two Vista 7 and a Vista 5 (for radio), as well as two Vista 8s and three Vista 5s for television broadcast.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®, and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with Harman audio and infotainment systems. Harman has a workforce of about 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Current Marketing Hosts Home Integration Product Expo

Current Marketing’s Jerry Cave during one of many home theater demos inside Severtson Screen’s headquarters in Mesa, Ariz. during Current Marketing’s Home Integration Product Expo, held on May 9.

MESA, Ariz., May 14, 2013 – Current Marketing (www.greatreps.com) hosted its Home Integration Product Expo on May 9 at the headquarters of Mesa, Ariz.-based Severtson Screens, where representatives of Acousticsmart, AMX, AudioControl, TiO, Noble Fidelity, Severtson Screens, SIM2, Triad Speakers, and Tripp-Lite participated in the event.

“Representatives from these leading vendors were on hand to answer questions, show products, and discuss how their expertise in using their brand and products can help build retailers’ and integrators’ customer bases and bottom lines,” explained Paul Epstein, president of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Current Marketing. “It’s not often when so many world-class home integration vendors and experts are available in such an intimate and one-on-one setting to discuss how to take a customers’ business to the next level. It was a very successful day, for both the vendors, as well as current and potential customers.”

Epstein added that Severtson’s overall facility, and specifically its demo room, played an integral part of showcasing many of the vendors’ products in a real-world application. “We also want to thank Severtson Screens for allowing us the use of their facility, as well as one of their leading screens in the demo room. Everyone was blown away with the unbelievable audio and video quality of the products being showcased that are available at such a reasonable price. It certainly raised many eyebrows.”

For more information, please visit www.greatreps.com, call 490-922-0200, or email sales@greatreps.com.

About Current Marketing
Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., Current Marketing provides an unparalleled level of service to home theater and mobile audio manufacturers and dealers. Having been in the territory since 1984, our reputation paves the way for the achievement of the goals of Current Marketing, our customers, and the manufacturers we represent.

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Atlona(R) to Showcase Commercial Family of Products at Whitlock AV/IT Technology Events

SAN JOSE, Calif. — May 13, 2013 — Atlona(R), a leading digital connectivity solutions provider, today announced that the company will be participating at the Whitlock Convergence Collaborative Technology Summit tour — a collaborative AV/IT technology showcase and seminar series. The events will take place on May 14 in Houston and May 16 in Dallas. more

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Staatstheater Stuttgart Prepares for Growth with Clear-Com Eclipse HX-Omega

Digital Matrix Systems Provide Multibranch Theater with a Boost in Intercom Capabilities

STUTTGART, GERMANY, MAY 14, 2013 – Clear-Com® is proud to announce that Staatstheater Stuttgart, Germany’s largest theater, recently improved communications at its drama theater with two Eclipse HX-Omega Digital Matrix Systems. Part of Clear-Com’s newest digital matrix intercom line, the Eclipse HX-Omega uses revolutionary IP technology and can be easily upgraded, making it a future-proof investment for the theater. Other benefits of the system include exceptional system performance, intelligent integration abilities and simplified user operations.

The planning and installation of the Eclipse HX-Omega digital matrix system at Staatstheater Stuttgart was a joint venture between MCI, a Clear-Com Partner for Germany, and Zeiler, a systems integrator. The facility’s 50 Clear-Com FreeSpeak Beltpacks were seamlessly integrated with the Eclipse HX-Omega system via an E-QUE-HX card to enable wired and wireless coverage across the entire theater. All personnel, including the technical engineers, security staff and show producers, are able to remain in constant contact with each other with the Clear-Com intercoms. The Eclipse HX-Omega also gives the crew the option to conveniently run their V-Series intercom panels over IP using an IVC-32-HX card. In addition, all analogue audio inputs, such as the PA systems, audio monitors and microphones, are connected into the Eclipse HX system. This way, crew members can hear the program and be prepared for their cues.

“Because the theater is constantly evolving, the engineering team was determined to acquire a future-proof, IP-based intercom system,” explains Martin Geritz, Sales Manager for MCI. “Clear-Com’s Eclipse HX intercoms were an obvious choice for the crew because of their comprehensive features, IP technology, and easy upgrade capabilities.”

Previously, the crew communicated using walkie-talkies, third-party control panels and FreeSpeak wireless intercoms. Each of these systems operated independently from the rest. The Eclipse HX-Omega has simplified operations by integrating all the systems into a unified communications platform. Now, they have interconnection within and across each of their three stages. The Eclipse HX-Omega also allows the personnel to make fast and easy changes to the communications setup to meet the unique needs of any production. Clear-Com intercoms also offer higher audio quality than that of their previous system.

“We are extremely proud that Staatstheater Stuttgart has chosen Clear-Com’s intercoms for its theater,” says Vincent Beek, Clear-Com’s Regional Sales Manager for Northern Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia. “Staatstheater Stuttgart is continuing to develop a great deal, and its new Eclipse HX-Omega system is not only able to handle its current productions, but is suitable to meet the its future needs.”

The Staatstheater Stuttgart is anticipating a systems upgrade for its opera house in the coming months, with plans to employ Clear-Com there as well. When that installation has taken effect, the intercoms at the opera house system will be integrated with those at the drama theater to allow production crew members to communicate between both buildings.

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

Atlona(R) Partners With AVProAlliance.com

Companies Announce Distribution Agreement and Joint Training Session

SAN JOSE, Calif. — May 13, 2013 — Atlona(R), a leading digital connectivity solutions provider, today announced the appointment of AVProAlliance.com, an expert service group led by experienced AV professionals, as a national distributor for its full line of connectivity products including the company’s latest HDBaseT(TM) matrix switchers and extenders. AVProAlliance.com will also support Atlona as it targets the residential custom integrator markets and video collaboration businesses. In addition, two companies will copresent a session with Quantum Data during the AVPro Advanced Fundamentals in Audio and Video training tour. more

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Christie Lites Increases Investment in MA’s onPC command wings

Christie Lites has purchased an additional 200-plus MA onPC command wings from A.C.T Lighting, the exclusive distributor of the MA Ligthing in North America. The company’s new investment brings its inventory of onPC command wings to over 250.

Earlier this year Christie Lites took delivery of 50 onPC command wings to extend usage of the flexible and powerful grandMA2 control system to customers working on location or those who find it physically difficult to fit a full grandMA2 console at their venue. With 12 locations in the U.S. and Canada, Christie Lites supplies equipment and services to lighting designers and chief electricians across an extensive client base.

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, onPC command wing enables the look and feel of the software to be as close as possible to a real grandMA2 console.

Its command section is similar to the grandMA2 layout and features 2 A/B faders, one level-wheel, individually backlit and dimmable silent (clickless) keys and an integrated universal power supply. The unit has an ergonomic design and is lightweight (tipping the scales at just 6 kg) and rock solid.

onPC command wing comes with free grandMA2 onPC software. It offers two built-in DMX ports as well as the possibility to send two additional DMX universes via Ethernet. A simple USB connection between the MA onPC command wing and the computer running the grandMA2 onPC software permits all inputs and outputs of a grandM2 console to be available to the user. DMX, MIDI, timecode and analogue remote are all on hand directly at onPC command wing.

The portability and mobility of onPC command wing also make it an ideal backup solution within the grandMA2 system; a powerful control solution on the road or in smaller theaters, shows and clubs; or a handy choice for preprogramming.

“The popularity of the onPC command wings with our customers prompted us to invest in a substantial inventory of units,” says Christie Lites CEO Huntly Christie at the company’s Orlando headquarters. “The onPC command wings can be used anywhere and for an affordable price. They’re a win-win solution.”

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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His Heart Is In New York: H.S. Concert Hall Gets ‘Thumbs Up’ From Tony Bennett

BUENA PARK, Calif.—In 1999, singer Tony Bennett and his wife Susan Benedetto, then a public school teacher, were inspired to start a public high school for young artists and envisioned a school that would integrate the arts with rigorous academics, require a commitment to community service, and help students cultivate a lifelong love of, and dedication to, their artistic passions and crafts.

With assistance from the New York City Department of Education and the not-for-profit Exploring the Arts (ETA) who assisted in raising the necessary funds required, the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (named for Bennett’s long-time friend) opened in 2001 at a temporary space. In 2009, the school moved to its permanent home on the Kaufman Astoria Studios complex, in Astoria, Queens. Ennead Architects LLP (New York City, formerly Polshek Architects) designed the school, under lead architect Susan Rodriguez.

The Tony Bennett Concert Hall is a state-of-the-art performance 800-seat venue built specifically for use by the students. Tom Young, long-time front of house engineer for Mr. Bennett, was brought in at his bequest to specify the theatre’s sound system. “The original audio design by David Harvey (Harvey, Marshall, Berling Associates) and myself was initially a typical value-engineered system required by any New York City school but with our added mission of creating a good sounding space,” says Young. After Young took the Bennett’s to hear a demo of the Yamaha Active Field Control (AFC) system, they all agreed, that AFC would be a key component of the concert hall. Active Field Control is a reverberation enhancement system that adjusts and enhances the acoustic characteristics of a facility while preserving natural characteristics.

The theatre’s AFC system is a hybrid AFC3/LAP3 system with both the standard AFC3 system utilizing a new AFC-FIR card for processing and the enhanced option of using a dedicated FIR processing computer with the LAP3 external computer. System 1 is used for reverberation enhancement in the house and under balcony areas. System 2 is designed for reverberation enhancement/energy exchange on the stage adding a sense of spaciousness to the normally “dead” sounding stage area, aiding performers to hear others on the stage.

The main loudspeaker system in the concert hall is based around a NEXO GEO S12 line array, NXAMP4X4 amplifiers equipped with EtherSound cards connected to the existing EtherSound network; four Yamaha DSR115 self-powered Yamaha speakers for stage fills/monitors, and a Yamaha M7CL-48ES digital audio console.

In a joint statement the Bennett’s said: “Putting the finest sound system in the Tony Bennett Concert Hall at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts has turned it into one of the best sounding halls in the United States. How fortunate we are that both Tom’s team and Yamaha were able to create this for the public school children of New York City.”

For more information on Yamaha and NEXO products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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Photo ID: Cheri Walsh, Director of Exploring the Arts, Larry Italia, VP/GM Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Tony Bennett and his wife Susan, and Tom Young

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.

Tightrope Products at InfoComm 2013:

Upgrades to Carousel Digital Signage Series 250 and 320
At InfoComm 2013, Tightrope Media Systems will demonstrate upgrades to the 250 and 320 series of the Carousel Digital Signage system, all of which are now shipping. All Carousel Servers and player appliances include hardware enhancements and the newly released Carousel 6.3.4 software update, which provides support for H.264 live video streams (RTP and RTSP) via a streaming device such as VBrick and Visionary Solutions. The rack-mountable Carousel 320 and the VESA-mountable Carousel 250 series appliances now also support 1080p/30 video in H.264, as well as multiple video formats in 720p.

Upgraded components in the Carousel 320 series include HDMI, component, and composite TV inputs for live video, while the Carousel Solo 250 and Player 250 have the option to add a live TV input, either for HD or SD. Alternatively, Carousel users can send HD video streams directly to any Carousel player or Solo device.

Carousel remains the most intuitive and easy to use digital signage system in the market and features unlimited user/administration accounts and no per-user subscription or licensing fees.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Tightrope/Carousel250.zip
Photo Caption: The Player 250 is a VESA-mountable player/server

New Creative Packages for Digital Signage
Tightrope Professional Services has added new packages to its lineup, making it easier for customers and integrators to order and specify Carousel Digital Signage solutions. New creative packages include Wayfinding, Branded Channel, and Custom Carousel Channel.

The Wayfinding package is a branded, interactive solution that comprises Web-based wayfinding, directory software, and a content management system. The Branded Channel package consists of a logo, custom colors, a collection of icons, 12 standard templates, and three dynamic templates all based upon a company’s current style guide. The Custom Carousel Channel package includes a channel design that is fully customized to the customer’s brand and built from the ground up to include icons, 12 standard templates, and three dynamic templates.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Tightrope/DigitalSignage.zip
Photo Caption: Custom packages get digital signage projects up and running with ease

Company Quote

“InfoComm allows us to connect with our channel partners and better understand the changing needs of our customers. We look forward to showing off the latest enhancements to Tightrope’s popular Carousel Digital Signage solutions that make it even easier to create and display exciting, dynamic content.”
– JJ Parker, CEO, Tightrope Media Systems

Company Profile:

Founded in 1997 and trusted by thousands of users worldwide, Tightrope Media Systems(TM) offers turnkey solutions for the digital signage and broadcast markets. Tightrope’s award-winning digital signage solution, Carousel(TM), is a complete hardware and software solution for installations ranging from one display to thousands. Using an intuitive, Web-based interface, Carousel simplifies the creation, management, and delivery of content. The ZEPLAY instant replay platform for sports delivers slow-motion replays that have seen action on hundreds of hours of live production in the field. Finally, the industry-leading Cablecast(TM) family delivers complete automation for TV stations. With Cablecast servers and the Cablecast automation system, users can easily manage and automate their operations directly from a Web browser. Visit www.trms.com for more information.

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