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CMA Music Festival Rocks Music City With L-ACOUSTICS K1

Sound Image delivers better-than-ever concert sound at Nashville’s LP Field for world’s largest annual country music festival and broadcast

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — The 42nd annual CMA Music Festival, the world’s largest country music festival and broadcast, recently stomped all previous attendance records at its 2013 event, which took place in Nashville from Thursday, June 6 through Sunday, June 9. As usual, the highlights of the festivities this year were the main stage concerts at LP Field, which nightly drew more than 45,000 spectators to cheer and sing along with dozens of the genre’s top artists.

For sound reinforcement duties, the Country Music Association (CMA) awarded the contract to Sound Image, which supplied a large-scale L-ACOUSTICS K1 system for the headlining concert each night — all four of which sold out more than six weeks in advance. more

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Investors Group Field In Winnipeg Puts Stock In HARMAN’s JBL Professional Loudspeakers and BSS Audio Processing

WINNIPEG, Canada — One of the newest sports facilities in North America, Investors Group Field opened its doors on May 26, 2013 on the grounds of the University of Manitoba campus. The 33,422-seat stadium is home to the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers and University of Manitoba Bisons football team, and will host games for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. When local systems contractor Advance Pro was hired for the sound system installation, Pro Audio Specialist Ted Parnell-Best, Systems Engineer Wayne Edel and Project Manager Garth Coates and team fielded a system based around HARMAN’s JBL PD Series loudspeakers and BSS Audio components.

For the main loudspeaker clusters, Advance Pro installed a total of 46 JBL PD743 and PD764 co-axial mid/high-frequency loudspeakers and 32 PD7145 subwoofers. The loudspeakers and subs are suspended from the roof sections in clusters of 4-6 at regular intervals around the stadium. Advance Pro retained Signal Hill, California-based company Adaptive Technologies’ ATM Fly-Ware division to design the rigging, having worked with ATM on several past projects involving custom hardware for JBL loudspeakers.

Parnell and team chose the JBL PD700 Series “because the PD Series loudspeakers have greater directivity with less interactivity between the loudspeakers than a line array system.” The PD743 and PD764 provide 40 x 30-degree and 60 x 40-degree coverage, respectively, and can be mounted horizontally or vertically. The loudspeakers are designed to deliver high-impact sound at throw distances that are beyond the range of traditional single-driver designs and Parnell pointed out that “the PD system is easy to listen to even at high SPL, and seat-to-seat coverage is extremely consistent.” Every PD Series loudspeaker enclosure is treated with JBL’s WRX extreme weather protection.

More than 1,200 additional JBL Control® Series loudspeakers are located throughout the stadium. Eighty Control 25AV and 52 Control 29AV loudspeakers provide fill sound for the upper and lower suite levels, respectively. Six hundred thirty-five Control 25T and eight Control 29AV indoor/outdoor models and 573 Control 26CT in-ceiling speakers are placed the concourses and Back of House at Investors Group Field to ensure everyone in the stadium enjoys clear, articulate sound.

Signal processing for the system is provided by BSS Audio. Wayne Edel noted, “BSS Audio has a long history of successful installations in sports venues and we’ve used BSS Audio products on a host of projects in the past. The amount of DSP horsepower BSS Audio Soundweb London components provide is second to none and there’s never an issue with latency.” The Investors Group Field system includes two Soundweb London BLU-800 processors, eight BLU-320 input/output expanders, four BLU-BIB input expanders, and four BLUCARD-IN and 44 BLUCARD-OUT input and output cards.

The BSS Audio components, JBL loudspeakers and the bevy of Crown amplifiers used in the system are networked using HARMAN’s System Architect configuration, control and monitoring software. Fifty-eight Crown CTs Series CTs 2000LITE amplifiers, Thirty-two Crown MAi9000 amplifiers and three CTs 4200USPCN amps are installed in the system.

“We have had many positive comments from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ management and the stadium’s technical staff,” Parnell said. “I need to point out that we received excellent support from our HARMAN rep, Jennifer Carr, Senior Sales Engineer Peter Woods of HARMAN Soundcraft Canada and benefited from the golden ears of Senior Applications Engineer, Brad Ricks from JBL. HARMAN’s support and the tireless efforts of Garth Coates and his crew were tremendous assets in bringing this project to completion.”

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.

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HARMAN Professional Ships HiQnet Audio Architect™ Version 1.0: Triggers Strong Reception From Integration Leaders

NORTHRIDGE, California — Demonstrating the strong market acceptance of HARMAN HiQnet as professional audio’s preeminent audio network configuration and control system solution, HARMAN Professional today announced that downloads of the newly-launched HiQnet Audio Architect version 1.0 has generated an unprecedented rate of downloads from registered audio professionals. Audio Architect forms the third pillar of the new Architectural Media Systems installed sound solution, linking and combining processing and amplification from BSS Audio and Crown. HiQnet Audio Architect provides systems integration professionals with step-by-step application workflow from which a carefully-constructed modal interface is derived, embedding users’ workflows directly in the main application. With much of the development focus being on usability and user experience, it includes offline design tools specifically grouped for the system designer and online operation tools incorporated with the system, commissioning engineer in mind. Also included is an integrated Full Screen Mode designed for the day-to-day operator, making the right control panels and options available for each user, application and project. HiQnet Audio Architect automatically generates system control and monitoring interfaces that are instantly accessible regardless of the individual system hardware components. In doing so, it enables better workflows, encourages best practices and provides more efficient operation.

HiQnet Audio Architect represents the sum of the functionality of System Architect and London Architect, merging HiQnet’s proven workflow-based user interface principles with open-architecture processor configuration. Commenting on its introduction, Adam Holladay, Market Manager, HARMAN Professional System Development and Integration Group (SDIG) noted, “With 1,500 downloads in the first week, the market response to Audio Architect version 1.0 has been nothing short of phenomenal and demonstrates the systems integration community’s appetite for the most advanced toolsets, efficient productivity tools and intuitive interfaces. Following on from the success of HiQnet System Architect, Audio Architect is testament to the quality of input and direction we have received from our customers in the field.”

HiQnet Audio Architect features an intelligent venue navigation system which provides a context-sensitive tree view of the entire design, filtering out unnecessary information for each stage of the built-in workflow modes. In doing so, screen noise is significantly reduced, even for complex designs, as is the need for training since for each workflow step only the relevant tools are presented. It also provides the ability to go online to address not just the entire venue but also individual rooms, racks or even devices. This provides significant benefits in maintenance situations by eliminating the need to shut down an entire system while troubleshooting or upgrading hardware.

Audio Architect is the most comprehensive software application for routing multiple digital audio networks. It features system-wide drag-and-drop routing and is designed to support the full ‘A, B, C, D’ range of AVB, HARMAN BLU link, Cirrus Logic CobraNet® and Audinate Dante™ audio protocols to meet any and all the market’s networking demands. CobraNet compatibility assures legacy systems can continue to be supported and grown, AVB provides the path to an open standard networking future and lowers the barrier to entry for Ethernet-based media, and Dante enables complex audio routing in a managed Ethernet switch network. The BLU link bus complements all three Ethernet-based transports by providing a high channel count, low latency redundant ring connection between processors and amplifiers, simultaneously alleviating bandwidth from the Ethernet network and reducing switch port and switch count.

Audio Architect enables configuration of open-architecture processors of the BSS Audio Soundweb London family in a new ‘Soundweb London world’. Enhancing the usability of London Architect equivalent features, Audio Architect includes a matrix control, improved GPIO configuration and improved Soundweb London preset configuration. It is also compatible with the new HiQnet Motion Control iOS app, enabling customized HiQnet control interfaces to be directly and wirelessly loaded onto iOS devices.

HiQnet Audio Architect also features the capacity to launch HARMAN’s IDX-100 Designer software from a representation of an IDX server in the main system design, merging the management of HiQnet and IDX systems, and aligning the comprehensive IDX networked paging solution within the HiQnet system.

As of the availability of Audio Architect, System Architect becomes legacy software. London Architect will continue a supported platform alongside Audio Architect while the full feature set is migrated over the forthcoming months.

Audio Architect is available for free download from the new HARMAN Architectural Media Systems website, archimedia.harman.com.

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.

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RTW TM3 TouchMonitor Keeps It Level for Broadcasters

Budget-Conscious Stations Across the U.S. Employ TM3 for CALM Compliance

LUTZ, FLORIDA, JUNE, 27, 2013 – When it comes to helping his customers at U.S. broadcast stations comply with the CALM Act, Alan Vernick, president of Vernick Technology Incorporated (VTI), a manufacturers’ representative, value-added reseller and broadcast technology systems integrator, turns to RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters and monitoring devices for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control. Since 2012, the Florida-based Vernick Technology has implemented RTW’s TM3 TouchMonitor audio meter at its customer broadcast stations across the country, providing them with a simple, easy-to-use solution for monitoring audio levels in order to normalize them, throughout several stages of the broadcast production process.

According to Vernick, many U.S. broadcast stations are aware that they need to incorporate an audio-leveling device to comply with the CALM Act, but don’t know how to fit one into their production workflow. He has found that employing an RTW TM3 TouchMonitor at several key phases of the production and on-air workflow enables customers to monitor their audio levels to comply with normalization, quickly and efficiently. He recommends implementing various TM3s to monitor the output of a station’s on-air master control switcher, server ingest stations and the production control room.

“A lot of stations try to monitor the audio level downstream, which is what you need for FCC compliance,” says Vernick. “One obvious place for the TM3 is on the output of the master control switcher, before the audio level control. If you try to adjust audio levels manually ahead of that, you’re looking at a signal that has already been processed. You’ll want to use it to monitor the output of the server ingest workstations as well, when they are first taking in all the content, so that you can ensure everything is at the same level.

“As for the production control room, broadcasters still mix their microphones with VU-meters, so they need a TM3 or other product in the RTW TouchMonitor line, to monitor and adjust the LKFS levels.”

With its compact, 4.3-inch touchscreen and stylish exterior allowing for horizontal and vertical placement, the TM3 is ideal for small control rooms, OB vans, editorial suites and similar environments. It includes features of the larger TM7 and TM9 TouchMonitors, but at a more budget-friendly base price. As with the entire TouchMonitor line of meters, the TM3 allows for monitoring separate signal groups and using multiple instruments at the same time. This way, up to 16 analog or digital signals (with 3G-SDI interface up to 32) can all be displayed for the engineer monitoring the audio levels. The TM3 also includes the Magic LRA instrument, specifically designed by RTW, for intuitive visualization of the loudness range and integrated-loudness parameters. In addition, RTW recently launched the TM3-SWMC Software license, an add-on option that incorporates a moving-coil emulation display.

“We like that the TM3 has an LKFS meter that can be customized according to the user’s needs,” adds Vernick. “It’s a great LKFS meter, depicting the three different durations most stations want to measure all on one screen, along with manual start/stop and peak meters. As a pre-set feature, the TM3 displays the LKFS number in a big, bold numbers, however you can customize it any way you want. It’s simple enough to use that my customers who wouldn’t know how to customize it can still work with it. All I need to do is tell them how to read the meter and what kinds of levels they should be targeting, and they can start working with it.”

While Varnick also sells other models in the RTW TouchMonitor line—such as the TM9 TouchMonitor to larger broadcast stations—he finds the TM3 to be ideal for many applications for his broadcast customers. It works well with mono or stereo outputs and easily fits into environments such as a master control room, which are often cluttered with multiple types of gear. In addition, the TM3 is equipped to work in surround sound, as well, especially important as more broadcast stations adopt this as their standard.

“RTW is very pleased that its TM3 TouchMonitor has become so popular with the U.S. broadcasters,” says Christopher Spahr, Director of U.S. Sales and Operations. “We designed this product as a means of giving broadcasters on a budget many of the same great features found in other models of the TouchMonitor line, but at a more affordable price point that still enables them to easily monitor audio levels, in compliance with the CALM Act.”

Created to help adhere to all major loudness standards, including EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-3/1771-1, ATSC A/85 and ARIB, RTW’s TouchMonitor family of products comprises the TM7, TM9, TM3 and TM3-3G audio meters.

ABOUT VTI
VTI is a broadcast equipment supplier and systems integrator serving the US broadcast industry since 2001. VTI takes pride in providing a high level of customer service whether it is for a small order or a full system. We always want to know how a product is going to be used so we can recommend the right product for the needs. We are experts in all aspects of ATSC encoding, master control rooms and production control rooms. We represent the best products in the broadcast industry. For more information on VTI, visit www.vti.com, call 866-228-1570 or email: DigitalDoneRight@VTI.com

ABOUT RTW
For more than 45 years, Cologne-based RTW has accompanied the steady technological progress in the professional audio industry with innovative instruments and technologies for visual audio monitoring in broadcast, production, post production and quality control. Its state-of-the-art audio and loudness metering systems have an excellent reputation throughout the world. With groundbreaking products such as the Surround Sound Analyzer, the company has been a key vendor of professional broadcast and audio metering equipment for decades.

RTW’s ranges of products currently includes the SurroundControl series for monitoring, controlling and routing stereo, multichannel and surround audio and the TouchMonitor range, which truly marks a paradigm shift in visual audio monitoring and loudness metering. Combining maximum flexibility and modularity with an intuitive touch-enabled surface and multichannel signal analysis, the TM7 and TM9 units are the essence of many years of experience. The attractively priced TouchMonitor TM3 entry-level system opens new markets, targeting applications such as journalist cubicles, edit suites and small control rooms.

As part of its expansion into the U.S. market, in 2013 RTW established RTW International Corp. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The new office is the first U.S. location launched by the Cologne, Germany-based RTW, offering further proof of the company’s continued dedication to supporting its customers and dealer networks in the U.S. The new U.S. office will house all customer service, repair and final product assembly activities for U.S.-based RTW customers, further reducing product delivery lead times.

For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130. For more information on RTW International Corp., visit www.rtw.com or call 877-938-7221.

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Belkin Wins Gold in Tech Awards Circle

Belkin Tablet Stage and Stage App Selected Among Top Technology Products for 2013 

Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure and mobile environments, announced today that its Tablet Stage and Stage App solution was selected for a gold award by the 2013 Tech Awards Circle in the Midrange Hardware category. Winners were selected by an independent circle of publication reviewers/journalists from nominations based on a broad range of achievements – from product and technology innovations to talented executive leadership and engineering innovators.

“Belkin was rated among the ‘best of the best’ for true industry excellence and innovation to be a winner of the Tech Awards Circle finalists,” said Kevin Anderson, awards program coordinator.

“Our judges were impressed with the level of submissions from all the vendors entering this year’s competition, so to be named a winner of this prestigious award is a testament to the quality and innovation shown by the winners in the high tech community. We wish them continued success and look forward to them defending their title during the next awards period.”

“Taking the gold award for our Tablet Stage and Stage App is very rewarding for us,” said Jon Roepke, senior product manager, Business Division, Belkin International. “Technology advancement in the classroom is thriving and we are proud to have a product that meets the needs of students and teachers alike.”

The Belkin Tablet Stage and Stage App solution reduces the expense of outfitting a digital classroom. By displacing expensive and cumbersome technology such as document cameras and interactive whiteboards, the Stage App engages audiences with real-time video feed without the high cost. For easier in-classroom use, educators can pair the Stage App with the Belkin Tablet Stage – an ergonomic stand for tablets that makes classroom presentations easy to deliver. Tablet Stage securely holds tablets in place for effortless document projection and convenient use.

For a video demonstration visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FxbA4z24Og.

Tablet Stage and Stage App press release: http://belkinbusiness.com/sites/default/files/08. Belkin Stage App %26 Stand 2.5.13_FINAL%5B1%5D_OPT_0.pdf.

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About Tech Awards Circle
Tech Awards Circle was established this year to truly honor the ‘best of the best’ in technology. Tech Awards Circle is not affiliated with an analyst firm or a media company, both of which are directly supported by tech vendors through consulting relationships or advertising sales, so it is uniquely unbiased and immune to conflicts of interest. Entries are judged by an independent circle of journalists, including product reviewers, each with at least a decade of experience covering technology from consumer electronics to enterprise-class computing. To prevent these judges from being unduly influenced by vendors, they have agreed to remain anonymous. For more information or to be added to the mailing list please visit www.techawardscircle.com. 

About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government, and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkinbusiness.com.

Tags: classroom technology, K-12 technology, education technology, mobile computing, mobile computing solutions, iPad, iPad projector, tablet, tablet stands, tablet presentations

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Thunder Audio Electrifies The Crowd at the Movement Electronic Music Festival With HARMAN’s JBL VTX Series Line Arrays

(Left to Right): Andy Combs, President, Innovative Audio Sales; Sam Fotias, Director of Operations, Movement Electronic Music Festival; Jason Huvaere, Festival Director, Movement Electronic Music Festival; Paul Owen, Vice President, Thunder Audio; Tony Villarreal, President, Thunder Audio; Mike Fotias, Production Manager, Movement Electronic Music Festival.

DETROIT, Michigan — Detroit is one of the cities where electronic dance music originated, and it’s only fitting that one of the genre’s biggest festivals is held in Detroit’s Hart Plaza every year. The Movement Electronic Music Festival kept more than 100,000 electronic dance music (EDM) fans grooving over Memorial Day weekend with performances by Detroit techno pioneers Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson and Carl Craig, plus Moby, Squarepusher, John Digweed, Francois K, Big Gigantic and many more. Livonia, Michigan sound contractor Thunder Audio knew they had to think big for this one—more than 90 HARMAN JBL VTX Series line arrays big.

“When 100,000 people want to dance and get totally immersed in the music, you have to have a sound system that can blow them away completely,” said Paul Owen, VP of Thunder Audio. “We brought a system that delivered massive bass yet was clean and pure in the midrange and highs, even while pumping out high SPL.”

Paxahau began producing Detroit’s iconic electronic music festival in 2006. In 2007, after stabilizing the event and desiring to bring it to the next level, Paxahau engaged with Thunder Audio. By the next year, Thunder was providing sound reinforcement for all five stages and continues to do so to this day.

“Thunder provides us with unparalleled service and enthusiasm–not only throughout the year, but especially during our premier event–the Movement Electronic Music Festival,” says Sam Fotias, Operations Director for Paxahau. “We work on the sound design all year for each stage, ensuring that it is a complete, visceral experience for our festival attendees. Everyone always leaves in complete astonishment at how amazing our stages sound. Many artists who play all around the world tell us that our sound systems are the best they have ever played on.”

Thunder Audio outfitted the Movement Electronic Music Festival’s Red Bull Music Academy main stage with a massive JBL VTX-based system. Eighteen VTX V25 fullsize line array elements per side were hung on the left and right of the stage, with six V25’s on each side of the stage for outfill. Eighteen S28 subwoofers were deployed—two left and right hangs of nine each, along with nine G28 subwoofers on the ground across the front of the stage in a cardioid configuration. Two V25 line array elements atop two G28 subs per side handled side fill, six JBL VERTEC® VT4888 midsize line array elements stacked three across and two high provided front fill and six VT4888’s flown in two clusters of three were used for upstage rear fill.

Power to the massive speaker complement was provided by no less than 105 Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers and six I-Tech 4×3500 HD amps. Two dbx DriveRack 4800 loudspeaker management systems completed the system lineup, with everything controlled via JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software.

About Movement Electronic Music Festival
The Movement Electronic Music Festival features: five technologically-rich outdoor stages; more than 115 artists; free Wi-Fi access on the grounds; a posh VIP setting located behind the main stage; dozens of official afterparties; an interactive technology center featuring the hottest gear in the industry; and several art displays to stimulate the senses. Over 107,000 people from around the globe attended the 2013 festival.

About Paxahau
Paxahau, now in its ninth year as producers of the Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit, first established itself 15 years ago as an online resource to promote both Detroit and electronic music. Paxahau has since earned the respect of their peers and has formed a very strong network of alliances throughout the music industry. Today, Paxahau Promotions Group is recognized across the world by artists and industry executives as a premier production and promotions organization. To learn more, visit www.paxahau.com.

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.

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Belkin Introduces Air Protect™ Case to Provide Reliable, Cart-Compatible iPad Protection for Students

Technology Leader Also Announces General Availability of Its Store and Charge
Mobile Device Management System, and Tablet Stage and Stage App for Classroom Collaboration
 

Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure and mobile environments, announced today the introduction of its newest product for the education market, the Belkin Air Protect™ Case for iPads. The Belkin Air Protect Case uses ultra-protective, closed-cell foam that dissipates and absorbs shock to provide reliable, cart-compatible iPad protection without unnecessary bulk or weight. 

Apple iPads are important, effective learning tools in many modern classrooms that often represent a significant investment of limited school resources. Transporting iPads between classrooms, added to the daily wear and tear by enthusiastic students, puts the devices at risk. The Belkin Air Protect Case offers a practical, affordable solution that provides complete coverage for the edges, bezel, and back of the iPad, effectively protecting it from bumps and short drops. The Air Protect Case passed U.S. Military Drop Testing requirements*.

The new case is available in two sizes for the iPad 2/3/4, and the iPad Mini. It is also available in three colors: black, green, and blue. Other key features of the Belkin Air Protect Case include:

  • Lightweight and ultra-protective
  • Closed-cell foam and innovative air pocket design
  • Full edge, bezel, and back coverage
  • Hassle-free assembly, perfect for large iPad deployments
  • Open ports and buttons facilitate easy device management and usability
  • Front-facing speaker channel directs sound toward the user, not the back of the iPad

“The Belkin Air Protect Case uses the same lightweight, high-grade material that is found in shock-absorbing running shoe in-soles and protective athletic helmets,” said Jon Roepke, senior product manager, Business Division, Belkin International. “The kid-friendly, ergonomic design is comfortable for small hands, and the thin profile fits most charging carts. It’s the perfect way to optimize technology in the classroom while protecting the school’s iPad investment.”

For a video demonstration of the Belkin Air Protect Case, visit: http://youtu.be/5NMdlUeITdI.

General Availability of Belkin Store and Charge, Tablet Stage and Stage App

In addition to the new case, Belkin also announced the general availability of its recently announced Store and Charge mobile device management system for K-12 education environments, and Tablet Stage and Stage App that combines the convenience of a document camera with the power of an interactive whiteboard. Store and Charge offers an elegant, accessible, and affordable mobile device management solution designed to optimize digital learning. With the ability to store and charge up 10 devices simultaneously, the station makes it easy to keep tablets, thin and light laptops, and e-readers organized, available, fully charged, and ready for classroom use.

The Belkin Stage App for iPad enables educators to sketch and annotate over live video for engaging tutorials. The Tablet Stage is an ergonomic stand for tablets that makes classroom presentations easy to deliver. The result is cost-effective, connected learning that boosts student success.

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About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government, and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkinbusiness.com.

Tags: iPad, iPad case, classroom technology, K-12 technology, education technology, mobile computing, mobile computing solutions

*Independently tested to meet the conditions outlined in the U.S. Department of Defense MIL STD 810G, Method 516-6, Procedure IV – transit drop.

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projectiondesign® to amaze visitors to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s Newest Attraction – Space Shuttle Atlantis

Credit: Delaware North Companies/Joe Cascio

When Space Shuttle AtlantisSM, the newest attraction at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Fla., opens to the public on June 29, a new chapter in the story of interactive AV design for the themed entertainment industry will be written. The attraction was designed by PGAV and installed by Electrosonic. projectiondesign® high-performance projectors are used in the pre-show visitor area and various exhibit areas to engage, enthral and entertain audiences.

The story of the Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction dates back to 2010, when Delaware North and PGAV in partnership with NASA designed and created gave PGAV Destinations a simple brief: to design and create the world’s premiere space exploration attraction. PGAV in turn engaged Electrosonic in a four-phase design and consulting process.

As is now commonplace at big attractions, on entering the building visitors are treated to a multimedia pre-show that provides the historical context for the exhibits they are about to see. The Atlantis pre-show features some 4 projectiondesign F35 wqxga video projectors, edge-blended to form an immersive experience, with content being served by individual, multi-head, custom-configured Delta media servers from 7thSense Design.

16 projectiondesign F32 projectors, running in 1920 x 1200 resolution and edge-blended in groups of four, are used to add video content for the four ‘arches’ that surround the Shuttle itself.

projectiondesign F32 projectors are used in Batchling exhibit area and F35 projectors are used in Hubble exhibit areas.

Credit: Delaware North Companies/Joe Cascio

Credit: Delaware North Companies/Joe Cascio

Proven technologies

Much of the technology used has proven benefits for designers of visitor attractions, as Yiannis Cabolis explains:

“The projectiondesign projectors are likewise proven to be extremely reliable and to offer the kind of color accuracy and bespoke installation options you need when you are designing for a project like Space Shuttle Atlantis.”

F32 projector

Maria Dahl Aagaard, Product Marketing Manager, projectiondesign, says the Space Shuttle Atlantis installation is “yet another example of how our technologies don’t just provide solutions for attraction operators – they inspire them to push back the barriers of what is possible.”

Maria Dahl Aagard, Product Marketing Manager

Launched as the new home of the historic spacecraft that tells the incredible story of NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program, Space Shuttle Atlantis is a 90,000 square foot attraction that has been built at a cost of $100 million, providing the marquee element in the master plan of Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, which has operated the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for NASA since 1995.

Surrounding the Shuttle are state-of-the-art multimedia presentations that incorporate more than 60 interactive exhibits and audio/visual simulators, each of them giving visitors fresh insight into the extraordinary, 33-mission career of Atlantis, which included the launch and maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope as well as the building of the ISS.

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Note to editors: All images should credit Delaware North Companies/Joe Cascio.

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Miss America 2011 and Miss Nebraska 2010 winner Teresa Scanlan with the Soundcraft Si Expression 3.

LEXINGTON, Nebraska — Clyde Reimers, Owner of Lexington, Nebraska live sound contractor CL1 Productions, is a veteran audio professional who’s seen it all, going back to the 1960s. Through the years, Reimers has embraced improved technology that makes his life easier, like the HARMAN Soundcraft® Si Expression 3 digital live sound console he recently purchased and used for the Miss Nebraska 2013 pageant.

For the pageant, Reimers used the 32-channel Si Expression 3 to play back more than 50 audio tracks and 30 tracks with audio and video. “Each contestant either performed live or provided their own track for accompaniment, and each track needed different EQ, compression, level matching and other tweaking,” he noted. Previously, Reimers would have to spend a lot of time before the pageant remixing and re-recording the tracks to get them sonically consistent–or even more daunting, make adjustments on the fly at the time of the show.

He took an entirely different approach using the Si Expression 3. “In the two weeks of rehearsals I made the adjustments to each track on the Si Expression 3 and saved each one as a separate scene that I could instantly recall during the show.” Reimers assigned each contestant a number and found that what was previously very stressful and time-consuming became as easy as pushing a button once to go from one track to the next during the course of the 3-hour show. Reimers did the same thing for the live performances, accommodating everything from 16 channels of wireless and an onstage grand piano to in-ear and wedge monitor mixes. “Previously I’d have to have a very big cheat sheet,” he noted.

Coming from a live theater sound background, Reimers finds the versatility of the Si Expression 3 to be so useful in this regard and in other aspects that he says he’ll “never look at an analog desk again.” In addition to the Miss Nebraska 2013 event, CL1 Productions has used the console for theater productions like “Nunsense,” air shows, corporate functions, music festivals and other events and in every case he’s been impressed by the Si Expression 3’s ultra-clean sound quality, lack of noise and immunity to ground loops.

“With many consoles you’ll hear that ‘pop’ when you turn the console on and off while the amps are still on. I’d have to ask the other crew members if it was OK to turn the console on or off.” At one festival notorious for its “horrible” AC power, Reimers always had to struggle with noise coming through the analog console. “Now, the Si Expression 3 is so quiet I can’t even tell if the PA system is on or not.”

At first Reimers thought the console looked almost stripped down but came to appreciate its logical—and extremely powerful—configurability. He’s used it on shows where the Si Expression 3 provided a main mix and six monitor mixes and still had six subgroups left. In another situation he found he could configure the console where three subgroups rather than eight provided all the mixing flexibility he needed. “You have to re-think the way you normally mix audio,” he notes. “The Si Expression 3 feels more like a VCA console where you can assign anything to do anything you want.” The ability to globally look at functions like panning, EQ, and other aspects is invaluable when he needs to troubleshoot, instead of having to cue every channel to see if one is misbehaving.

Although all the automation and functionality is extremely useful, Reimers notes that the Si Expression 3 is equally adept when he has to mix manually. During one production of “Nunsense,” he neglected to save any settings, and realized it while people were entering the theater. He was able to do the show “blind” with no problem, finding the console’s FaderGlow illuminated fader feature particularly useful in the darkened theater environment.

In fact, CL1 Productions is planning on purchasing another Si Expression 3. “When you go to the CL1 Productions website in the near future you’re probably going to see an ad that says, ‘Much analog equipment for sale—cheap!’”

For more information on CL1 Productions, please visit www.cl1productions.com

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.

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HARMAN’s Soundcraft® Si Expression 3 Console and CL1 Productions Show Their Talents At 2013 Miss Nebraska Pageant

Miss America 2011 and Miss Nebraska 2010 winner Teresa Scanlan with the Soundcraft Si Expression 3.

LEXINGTON, Nebraska — Clyde Reimers, Owner of Lexington, Nebraska live sound contractor CL1 Productions, is a veteran audio professional who’s seen it all, going back to the 1960s. Through the years, Reimers has embraced improved technology that makes his life easier, like the HARMAN Soundcraft® Si Expression 3 digital live sound console he recently purchased and used for the Miss Nebraska 2013 pageant.

For the pageant, Reimers used the 32-channel Si Expression 3 to play back more than 50 audio tracks and 30 tracks with audio and video. “Each contestant either performed live or provided their own track for accompaniment, and each track needed different EQ, compression, level matching and other tweaking,” he noted. Previously, Reimers would have to spend a lot of time before the pageant remixing and re-recording the tracks to get them sonically consistent–or even more daunting, make adjustments on the fly at the time of the show.

He took an entirely different approach using the Si Expression 3. “In the two weeks of rehearsals I made the adjustments to each track on the Si Expression 3 and saved each one as a separate scene that I could instantly recall during the show.” Reimers assigned each contestant a number and found that what was previously very stressful and time-consuming became as easy as pushing a button once to go from one track to the next during the course of the 3-hour show. Reimers did the same thing for the live performances, accommodating everything from 16 channels of wireless and an onstage grand piano to in-ear and wedge monitor mixes. “Previously I’d have to have a very big cheat sheet,” he noted.

Coming from a live theater sound background, Reimers finds the versatility of the Si Expression 3 to be so useful in this regard and in other aspects that he says he’ll “never look at an analog desk again.” In addition to the Miss Nebraska 2013 event, CL1 Productions has used the console for theater productions like “Nunsense,” air shows, corporate functions, music festivals and other events and in every case he’s been impressed by the Si Expression 3’s ultra-clean sound quality, lack of noise and immunity to ground loops.

“With many consoles you’ll hear that ‘pop’ when you turn the console on and off while the amps are still on. I’d have to ask the other crew members if it was OK to turn the console on or off.” At one festival notorious for its “horrible” AC power, Reimers always had to struggle with noise coming through the analog console. “Now, the Si Expression 3 is so quiet I can’t even tell if the PA system is on or not.”

At first Reimers thought the console looked almost stripped down but came to appreciate its logical—and extremely powerful—configurability. He’s used it on shows where the Si Expression 3 provided a main mix and six monitor mixes and still had six subgroups left. In another situation he found he could configure the console where three subgroups rather than eight provided all the mixing flexibility he needed. “You have to re-think the way you normally mix audio,” he notes. “The Si Expression 3 feels more like a VCA console where you can assign anything to do anything you want.” The ability to globally look at functions like panning, EQ, and other aspects is invaluable when he needs to troubleshoot, instead of having to cue every channel to see if one is misbehaving.

Although all the automation and functionality is extremely useful, Reimers notes that the Si Expression 3 is equally adept when he has to mix manually. During one production of “Nunsense,” he neglected to save any settings, and realized it while people were entering the theater. He was able to do the show “blind” with no problem, finding the console’s

FaderGlow illuminated fader feature particularly useful in the darkened theater environment.
In fact, CL1 Productions is planning on purchasing another Si Expression 3. “When you go to the CL1 Productions website in the near future you’re probably going to see an ad that says, ‘Much analog equipment for sale—cheap!’”

For more information on CL1 Productions, please visit www.cl1productions.com

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.

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