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Avalon Studios Puts Xytech at Core of its Thriving Operations

Renowned New Zealand Film and Television Company Implements MediaPulse

(Mission Hills, CA/London, UK) Xytech, the global leader in facility management software for the broadcast and media services industries, announced that Avalon Studios has chosen the company’s Media Pulse Express solution to support its studio production operations. Located in Wellington, New Zealand, Avalon Studios is an independently owned and operated studio complex. MediaPulse Express helps the busy studio manage its varied facilities, as well as staff, resources, and back office operations.

The Wellington studio facility was originally launched in 1975 to support TVNZ’s production operations supporting an impressive list of television shows, feature films, commercials and media events. It provided an extensive infrastructure with sets and stages, back lots, control rooms, post production environments, camera and lighting hire, staff and crew support, and even a helipad. With the implementation of MediaPulse, Xytech’s resource, work order and asset management platform featuring a full suite of scheduling, operational, and financial management tools, Avalon Studios has the software solution it needs to keep all of the various and demanding aspects of the studio running seamlessly.

Paul Mainwaring CEO of Avalon, said, “As a studio complex that stretches over 2.45 hectares and offers the entire production and post production service spectrum, we required the most efficient, effective, and powerful solution available. We evaluated MediaPulse and found it to be the perfect fit for us. From scheduling stages and crew, to the hire of equipment, to final invoicing, it makes our job easier. We’re very pleased with our decision.”

Greg Dolan, COO of Xytech, said, “New Zealand has become one of the most appealing location centers in the world, and Avalon is a bustling production center right in the heart of things. The variety of their needs and the demands of their busy production center put MediaPulse Express in the spotlight, and I’m happy to say it delivered. We are looking forward to continuing our outstanding relationship with this stellar company.”

About Xytech
Xytech Systems Corporation(tm) is the leading global provider of facility management software for today’s media and broadcast companies. Leveraging a 25-year history of innovation and market expertise, Xytech brings unparalleled proficiency to its customers with flexible, transparent and evolutionary solutions that set the standard for successfully managing the continuous business realignments that define today’s marketplace. Xytech’s collaborative MediaPulse platform and suite of solutions enable craft workflow and asset management systems to work seamlessly with the company’s renowned planning, scheduling and financial management tools. Xytech has over 450 software deployments in more than 20 countries around the world and is headquartered in Mission Hills, California, with regional offices in New York and London.

For more information, please visit www.XytechSystems.com or call +1.818.698.4900 (US) or +44 (0)20.7903.5170 (UK).

About Avalon Studios
Avalon Studios Ltd is an independent and privately owned New Zealand television and film studio company. The aim at Avalon is to provide studio premises at competitive prices for short or long term hire while delivering a high level of customer service to international customers.
Avalon is 20 minutes from downtown Wellington and 30 minutes from Wellington International Airport and the Peter Jackson film production facilities in Miramar.

Avalon Studios are considered by many to be the finest television studios in New Zealand and highly suited to film production. We have a wide range of equipment and facilities with a highly experienced and skilled workforce.

Avalon is part of a vibrant and internationally admired film and television sector in Wellington along with Sir Peter Jackson, Sir Richard Taylor, Stone St Studios, Weta Digital, Pukeko Pictures and Park Road Post,

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ignite strategic communications
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Sennheiser and K-array Create State of the Art, Immersive Sound Experience at Hunt Library, NC State’s Pioneering ‘Library of the Future’

Raleigh, NC – June 10, 2013NC State is known around the world as a preemi-nent technology and research university, preparing thousands of students each year for the most demanding and creative high-tech careers on the planet. The University re-cently opened its pioneering, state of the art new learning facility and technology incuba-tor, James B. Hunt Jr. Library. The new facility, which features audio solutions from Sennheiser and K-array, provides students and faculty with unmatched visualization, computing and collaboration technologies for advanced, next generation applications in engineering, computer science, textiles, design, and other disciplines.

Located on the University’s Centennial Campus and designed by renowned international architectural firm Snøhetta, the Hunt Library is meant to be a ‘technology sandbox’ — a place where innovative ideas can flourish and collaborative dialog can be exchanged without restriction. During the design phase of the facility, Sennheiser became an official ‘Powered By’ partner.

“We had to find the right technology partners that could fit into our vision,” says Maurice York, Head, Information Technology NCSU Libraries, NC State University. “The Hunt Library is an impressive building, designed by one of the best architecture firms in the world,” says York. “So performance and form factor were very important considerations for us all the way through. We wanted to create a sound environment that brought this incredible visual environment to life, so visitors would have that ‘WOW’ experience.”

Scott Frey of Pittsburgh-based The Sextant Group handled the A/V design and supervised equipment specification for the entire project, and the installation was handled by Tampa, FL-based integrator AVI-SPL, a company that was chosen for their knowledge in complex A/V installations: “AVI-SPL have a quality team in the field and were one of only a few companies that could fill the requirements of the project,” says Frey. “We were very confident working alongside them from the very beginning.”

The library, which is comprised of more than 220,000 square feet, had several dedicated spaces featuring large-scale visualization, interactive displays, 3D motion technologies and other visual elements that would be complemented by highly specialized audio componentry from Sennheiser and K-array. “Audio quality is always the first thing I con-sider, and then aesthetics follow closely behind,” says Frey, who identified K-array as a suitable solution following a visit to the K-array demo room at the InfoComm trade show in 2011. “The video componentry was the highest quality on the market, so I wanted to match this with the highest possible audio quality.”

Frey thought the K-array system would be perfect for the Library’s Game Lab — not only because of their sound, but because of their small footprint. “I had maybe 6″ to work with for each speaker, and had to ensure the sound was paramount,” Frey recalls. “Those 2″ linear drivers on the KK102 really sold me — a traditional loudspeaker would have been twice that size.”

After setting up a K-array surround system in the Game Lab, Frey was so pleased that he specified them for other environments within the Library as well, in addition to head-phones and wireless equipment from Sennheiser. Sennheiser’s Eric Reese facilitated demonstrations in several rooms that were still under construction at the time, including what would eventually become the Auditorium. “Even though we knew the acoustical properties of the rooms would change, it was important for us to be inside the building and inside those spaces,” York explains. “After we set up a 5.1 system in the Game Lab, we then went down to the Auditorium and auditioned several different types of music. The performance of the system just blew us away.”

There were five primary A/V environments the team focused on for the initial installation: the Game Lab, the Teaching and Visualization Lab, the Creativity Studio and the Audito-rium. Each space had a completely different technology focus and design program.

The Immersion Theater
Located on the main level of the library and just 40′ inside of the main entrance, the Im-mersion Theater serves as a presentation space for faculty to show off their research, and a space for students to discuss and review their projects. It features a 20′ curved micro-tile display wall as well as an intelligent but powerful sound system from K-array. “We originally thought of limiting the audio requirements to just voice reproduction, but after discussion we realized we needed a much richer sound environment,” York recalls. “Part of the acoustic challenge was that the space was open to the main traffic through-way. We had to contain the sound inside of the space so it didn’t bleed out into the read-ing rooms, but still provide an engaging audio experience.” The solution was to deploy several of K-array’s KV50 ultra slim line arrays in the ceiling, along with KU36 ultra slim subwoofers — which were mounted above the video wall. This combination created fo-cused and powerful sound dispersion for those working in the space, without distracting students in the nearby reading rooms.

Game Lab
North Carolina’s Research Triangle is recognized as a main center of gaming devel-opment, with one of the most dense concentrations of gaming companies in the U.S. NC State offers an undergraduate program that is focused on the entertainment side of gaming, as well as a graduate program that is focused on sophisticated applications like artificial intelligence, environmental simulations and advanced training platforms. The Game Lab, which doubles as a development lab and a place where students can take a break and play their favorite console games, features a 20′ wide micro display wall, which can be augmented into 80 disparate LED cubes – each measuring 10″ x 12″. The multi-channel audio system features a 5.1 K-array set up with (3) KK102 line array ele-ments, each comprised of (16) 2″ neodymium magnet transducers and positioned hori-zontally at left, right and center of the display wall. Two K-array KK52s serve as rear left and right channels, and a 12″ KMT12P ultralight subwoofer, mounted in custom cabi-netry underneath the display wall, provides 600 watts of detailed sub-bass frequencies. In addition to the K-array, the Game Lab also features four channels of Sennheiser wire-less comprised of SR 300 IEM G3 transmitters, EK 300 IEM G3 receivers and RS 120 wireless headphones, in addition to several Sennheiser lavalier and handheld wireless microphones.

Teaching and Visualization Lab
The Teaching and Visualization lab is designed with similar design principles as an open, black box theater. “We wanted to create a room in the facility that was adaptable enough that we could constantly change it,” York explains. The room features an open infrastructure overhead, as well as exposed walls and flooring so pipe grids, cables, electricity and other items can be easily accessed and adjusted. Surrounding the room is a 270-degree projection screen, which provides an immersive, 3-sided wrap-around visual experience. Audio is covered with a 5.1 surround system from K-array, which includes three KK102 line arrays mounted horizontally in the front (left, right and center), and two KK52s for rear left and rear right channels. The sub-bass system, a K-array KMT12P, is mounted above and suspended from the ceiling deck. In mounting the speakers, integrator AVI/SPL deployed an intelligent clamping system enabling speak-ers to be repositioned as needed.

Creativity Studio
Similar in design to the Teaching and Visualization lab in its ‘black box theater’ approach, the Creativity Studio is a multi-collaboration environment designed for many people to use simultaneously. The space features (16) 10′ x 4′ whiteboard panels that can be moved, reconfigured or retracted to meet the specific needs of a project, making the room extremely flexible. Large screens on both sides of the room and two rotating walls in the middle enable it to function as separate rooms or as one large space. Two separate K-array 5.1 systems were deployed with a similar clamping solution as the Teaching and Visualization lab; once again, the KK102s were deployed for left, right and center, with the KK52s covering left rear and right rear channels. For sub-bass frequen-cies, two K-array KMT12Ps were mounted in the ceiling. “Since the room could be di-vided into two rooms, we wanted each half of the room to have its own 5.1 surround system; these can be tied together to make a 10.2 system if the full room is used. This is where the pipe clamping system helped so we could adjust and shift the set up as needed,” York says.

Another key space in the new installation is the new 400-seat auditorium, which is locat-ed just below the Immersion Theater near the entrance of the library. This theater fea-tures a 30′ wide screen — the largest projection screen on campus — complemented by a state-of-the-art K-array surround sound system. The auditorium is used primarily for lectures and as a classroom, but also doubles as an all purpose theater for ‘movie night’ and other campus activities. All of the K-array speakers are completely hidden from view, mounted in niches behind the screen and behind acoustic paneling surrounding the space. In the front of the room behind the screen are eight vertically mounted K-array KK102s positioned at left, center and right, supplemented by (4) KK102s posi-tioned at rear left and right. Finally, (16) KK52s are positioned around the perimeter of the room, which help create an immersive and authentic sound experience.

For Frey, the project was a resounding success. “This was one of the best projects I ever worked on and I got top quality support from the NC State personnel, the design team, the integrator and of course Sennheiser. The quality demands of the project were very high and required the best efforts from everyone involved,” he says.

The Hunt Library helps NC State realize its vision of becoming among the most techno-logically innovative universities in the world, and serves as an important vehicle for re-search, learning, collaboration and experimentation. By implementing a world-class sound environment, the University was able to provide a more enriching A/V experience. “The installed systems we have right now are just the starting point,” York adds. “We are seeing lots of potential applications for different types of speakers and ways we can use them in the different spaces, since they each have their own character.”

The incredibly thin and lightweight K-array loudspeakers are manufactured in
Italy and distributed in the U.S. and Canada exclusively by Sennheiser. Despite their small size, K-array speakers deliver impressive power and sound quality for small, me-dium and large-scale applications, including touring, special events, installed sound and broadcast. For more information, please visit www.k-array.com.

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

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Sunfire(R) Kicks Off ‘Three P’s Spring Promotion’

With Purchase of an SDS Subwoofer, Dealers and Their Customers Receive Free Performance Upgrade, Panamax(R) Line Conditioner, and Sunfire(R) Wireless Kit

PETALUMA, Calif. — June 13, 2013 — Sunfire(R), a leading designer and manufacturer of hi-fidelity home theater audio products, announced today its “Three P’s Spring Promotion,” designed to deliver Performance, Protection, and Placement at an affordable price. Through Sunfire’s most aggressive promotion to date, when dealers purchase one of the company’s popular Sunfire Dynamic Series (SDS) high-quality subwoofers, they receive a free performance upgrade to the next level model at no additional cost. In addition, the subwoofer comes bundled with a free Panamax(R) line conditioner/surge protector for power protection, and a free Sunfire wireless kit for the ultimate flexibility in subwoofer placement. more

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BenQ’s New Digital Displays and Video Wall Solutions Poised to Reshape Commercial Signage Applications

Public Information Display Lines Feature Super Narrow Bezel Screens, Interactive Touch Panels, and Mainstream Signage Solutions

ORLANDO, Fla. — InfoComm — June 11, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., a globally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations, today announced the availability of its new commercial-grade Public Information Display (PID) solutions. Designed to provide immersive visual experiences via higher brightness, more elegant design, and cost-saving technology, the PID Series comprises three new lines made to satisfy today’s most impressive digital signage installations: Super Narrow Bezel panels for video wall displays; Interactive Touch Screens with industry-leading six-point multitouch technology; and Mainstream signage for high-traffic commercial public spaces.

Super Narrow Bezel Panels for Video Wall Displays
For large video wall deployments, BenQ’s new P Series of Super Narrow Bezel displays ensures that content remains the most prominent feature of any sizeable signage installation by achieving an incredible 5.6-mm active-active gap (3.5 mm top and left; 2.1 mm bottom and right) between screens for up to 10×10 video wall displays. The result is a virtually seamless viewing experience for the audience by making bezels practically invisible from a distance. To facilitate the installation process, P Series displays also feature screen-unifying color calibration technology to accelerate video wall setups, RJ45 Ethernet and RS232 interface support, and digital daisy chain connectivity, which enables the delivery of high-quality content to multiple screens through a single DVI port. Making video walls even more vivid to the viewer, the series’ PL models offer 450 nits of high brightness, while the PH models shine at an ultra-luminescent 700 nits of lighting power. To lower the solutions’ total cost of ownership, P Series displays also feature an auto cooling function, which activates fans whenever screen temperatures reach critical levels.

Interactive Touch Screens With industry-Leading Six-Point Multitouch Technology
Featuring up to six-point multitouch displays — the highest number of touch points in the industry — as well as ambient light sensors for energy efficiency and LAN control for remote management and maintenance, the Interactive Touch IL Series has been deliberately designed for public venues that demand longer service life, higher dependability, and environmental consideration. While LAN control provides 24/7 centralized access to signage deployments, the IL Series also features full-HD resolution, a 4000:1 contrast ratio, and latency-free response times. The result is the production of smooth, rich images with no visible color banding for extremely vivid content. The series also provides scheduling management functions, portrait display capabilities, and rich connectivity options for added flexibility.

Mainstream Signage For High-Traffic Commercial Public Spaces
BenQ’s durable Mainstream SL Series provides a dust-proof design that is ideal for retail applications such as convenience stores, shopping spaces, and restaurant environments that need reliable around-the-clock operation. Featuring an amazing average life of 50,000 hours  enough for several years of non-stop display service  the SL Series also displays 10-bit levels for each primary color to produce an amazing one billion total colors. To facilitate the installation and calibration process, the series also features both digital and analog daisy chain capabilities, Open Pluggable Specification (SL461A model) for easy networking with other equipment, and PIP/PbP to display content from two different video sources independently, adding even more convenience and flexibility to signage applications.

“Our new digital signage and video wall solutions reassert our first-to-market reputation by pushing the boundaries of thought leadership, innovation, and commitment to reducing total cost of ownership,” said Kristin Kennedy, Associate Vice President, U.S. Sales at BenQ America Corp. “With game-changing features like ambient light sensors and a new Multiple Display Administrator application, users obtain the brightest possible image, colorific picture quality, and intuitive management tools that reach today’s essential energy-efficiency objectives. The result is smarter, more impactful signage installations across all commercial applications, backed by value pricing.”

All BenQ flat panel displays feature a Multiple Display Administrator (MDA) application, which enables control of up to 98 displays simultaneously through the local network. The application also monitors the health of each display and coordinates sequential startups to prevent power surges. To improve energy performance and reduce maintenance costs, BenQ’s public information displays feature sensors to automatically adjust brightness, anti-image retention to prevent the “burned-in” effect after extended periods of usage, and scheduling management to allow users to program up to seven sets of on/off times down to individual video input sources. All models feature landscape and portrait modes, which facilitate installations and the conception of creative video wall applications.

BenQ’s digital signage and video wall solutions begin shipping in July 2013, and will be on display in booth 3071 at InfoComm 2013. More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand worldwide, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of projectors, flat panel displays, and monitors for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers.

More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

About BenQ Corporation
BenQ Corporation is a renowned global trendsetter of connected digital lifestyle devices founded on the brand promise of “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life.” With a keen insight into ever-evolving consumer preferences, BenQ uniquely creates the ideal balance of leading technology and signature design to provide visual and mobile solutions that elevate consumer lifestyles. BenQ continues to delight the world’s consumers with a broad product and embedded technology portfolio spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $21+ billion powerhouse comprised of 16+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 120,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life.

The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., Raydium Semiconductor Corp., and Wellypower Corp.

PR Link: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/130611-1.zip Photo Link: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/Displays.zip

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BenQ’s SmartEco(TM) Technology Brings Pure Brilliance and Smarter Savings to Projection Solutions

Enhanced Eco Modes Increase Lamp Life up to 10,000 Hours and Reduce Power Consumption by up to 80 Percent

ORLANDO, Fla. — InfoComm — June 11, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations and global DLP(R) projector leader, today announced that its energy-saving SmartEco(TM) technology will be available with new expanded features across all product lines. Designed to provide energy efficiencies without compromising picture quality, the power-saving technology now includes new modes such as ImageCare, LampCare, and LumenCare, which build on BenQ’s existing Economic mode to dynamically adjust lamp power, provide longer lamp life, and lower projectors’ total cost of ownership (TCO). more

BenQ Expands Flexible, Eco-Friendly, Short-Throw Projector Lineup

MX819ST and MW820ST Combine Simple Operation With Enhanced SmartEco(TM) Technology to Enable up to 10,000 Hours of Lamp Life

ORLANDO, Fla. — InfoComm — June 11, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations and global DLP(R) projector leader, today introduced the latest additions to its SmartEco(TM) line of short-throw classroom projectors: the MX819ST and MW820ST. Designed to bring flexibility, performance, and energy savings to small and medium education spaces, the projectors feature lower short-throw ratios, sharper image quality, and BenQ’s leading energy-saving technology to lower the devices’ total cost of ownership (TCO), while attaining an unparalleled maximum of 10,000 hours of lamp life.

To provide teachers and students with optimal picture quality, the projectors feature XGA (MX819ST) and wide-screen WXGA (MW820ST) native resolutions in addition to high contrast ratios of 12000:1. By casting a strong 3,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, the devices also ensure bright projections in any ambient light setting, eliminating the need to dim classroom lights. The MX819ST and MW820ST utilize a six-segment color wheel (RGBYWC) to produce deeper blacks, higher contrasts, and a crisper overall projection experience. more

Sohonet Launches First Dedicated Storage Service for the Media and Entertainment Industry

Sohonet Media Storage Expands and Extends Production and Post-Production Storage Capability on Pay-As-You-Go Basis for Sohonet Media Network Community

Ben Dair, Director of Product Management

(LONDON, UK) Sohonet, the leading expert in connectivity and data management for the media and entertainment industry, has announced the launch of Sohonet Media Storage, the first private cloud storage as a service platform tuned and optimized for the media sector and accessed via its world-renowned Sohonet Media Network.

Sohonet Media Storage is an extensible, secure and flexible storage solution, which provides additional and supplementary storage capability to existing infrastructures when local storage has reached critical or maximum utilization. The service has a variety of pricing plans to suit all project sizes, which should prove particularly appealing to creative businesses that tend to predominantly operate on a short-term, project basis.

Ben Dair, Sohonet’s Director of Product Management, commented, “As digital workloads rapidly increase, the demands made on media companies’ IT infrastructure, especially at peak times, is often unsustainable. Media companies and service providers are crying out for a short term, flexible storage service that enables them to expand and extend storage capability on production or post-production projects quickly, easily and without having to purchase and maintain assets. Sohonet Media Storage has been developed to respond to this need by providing flexible, affordable access to short and long-term archiving, back up, and parking as well as a viable option for intermediate storage or as an alternative to LTO or portable disks.”

Sohonet Media Storage is attached and embedded within the Sohonet Media Network which, unlike other storage providers, ensures that, productions and post-production companies can leverage the benefit of their Sohonet Media Network connection at speeds of up to 10Gbit/s, with no data transfer charges in or out nor bandwidth limitations on transfer speeds. The solution is built on Open Stack technology, with the embedded redundancy required to reassure media businesses that their valuable digital assets are in good hands. The service provides customers with one terabyte to multiple petabytes of data storage, at the flick of a switch as if located on-site, and provides intuitive tools to allow customers to scale their provision up and down, as required.

Dave Scammell, CEO

Dave Scammell, CEO, Sohonet, said, “We are expanding our reputation as a world- leading connectivity and data management company by adding increased value to our existing services. We understand exactly what our media customers need to help them meet the many challenges of a demanding digital world, and we are extending our expertise beyond the network, to include a range of specialist, media-aware offerings, on an infrastructure-as-a-service basis. Our latest service, Sohonet Media Storage promises to take the headache out of storage procurement on both a short and long-term basis for new and existing members of our Sohonet Media Network. The new service will enable content producers to manage more projects and internal resources without impacting on capital expenditure, and we believe that we have created the ideal storage service to fully support our customer’s journey into an exciting digital future.”

By integrating the storage offering into the Sohonet Hub alongside Sohonet’s award winning FileRunner file transfer solution, customers continue to benefit from an increasing range of tools and services available on the Sohonet platform.

Sohonet Media Storage is ideal for: parking, short-term archive, long-term archive, in-production remote storage, transition storage between ingest and post-production, shadow storage and the replacement of portable media.

About Sohonet
Sohonet is a leading global expert in connectivity and data management services for the media and entertainment industry. Fully independent, with over 15 years media expertise, Sohonet offers a range of connectivity, data management, storage and compute solutions that enable clients to manage store and transfer valuable and critical content quickly, securely and effectively – all backed up by unrivalled technical support. Our Sohonet Media Network is the largest and most established private, high-performance network for the media industry connecting the leading studios, production and post-production facilities across the globe.

Sohonet continues to forge strong partnerships within the broadcast and film industry, supporting organizations such as the British Film Institute (BFI), SIGGRAPH, VES Awards and the Director’s Guild Trust and Director’s Guild of Great Britain. Its QC Solution plays an integral part in the complicated submission process for both the VES Awards and SIGGRAPH Awards for the past four years.

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HARMAN’s JBL CBT Series Column Loudspeakers Provide Powerful Outdoor Sound for the Prophet’s Mosque In Medina, Saudi Arabia

ORLANDO, Florida — The Prophet’s Mosque is one of the largest and oldest mosques in the world, built by the Islamic prophet Muhammad in the year 622 and enlarged over the centuries to where it can now accommodate up to one million worshippers during peak periods. Many devotees listen to services on the piazza outside the mosque, which is an integral part of the Prophet’s Mosque and was recently renovated with a number of upgrades including a HARMAN’s JBL loudspeaker system comprising more than 200 CBT Series column loudspeakers.

The previous loudspeakers had limited frequency response, especially in the low end, but had delivered adequate speech reinforcement until a series of canopies were installed around the outside of the mosque to shield worshippers from the heat and sun. These canopies were placed in front of the existing speakers and blocked the sound from them, resulting in the need for a new loudspeaker system. Ahmad Tekin Topuzdag, owner of Istanbul, Turkey-based A/V systems integrator Topuzdag, who is currently employed by Saudi Bin Laden Group (the company contracted to handle the operations and maintenance of the Prophet’s Mosque), was tasked by SBG to supervise and execute the system upgrade.

Topuzdag saw the opportunity to improve the system’s frequency response, coverage and overall sound quality. Because the piazza was more than 2,760,000 square feet in size, a large-scale loudspeaker system had to be deployed with amplifier power to match. After conducting an acoustic and architectural evaluation, Topuzdag determined that JBL CBT 70J-1 column loudspeakers and companion CBT 70JE-1 low frequency extension columns were ideal for the Prophet’s Mosque’s requirements. “The CBT 70J-1 and CBT 70-JE1’s specs indicated they would provide the full frequency response and bass performance we were looking for, along with powerful, intelligible sound over the entire area, which is very important,” said Topuzdag.

SBG installed 140 CBT 70J-1 loudspeakers to cover the piazza, along with 85 CBT 70-JE1 extension columns in areas where additional bass reinforcement was required. A key aspect of the CBT loudspeakers is their asymmetrical vertical coverage pattern, which sends more sound toward areas that are farther away than areas that are closer, resulting in more consistent sound levels at the various listening distances. Topuzdag noted that worshippers who are standing near the speakers don’t get overwhelmed with volume, while people who are more distant can still hear the speakers clearly. In addition, the CBT Series’ slim profile and white finish make them less conspicuous in blending in with the appearance of the mosque.

The speakers are driven by 32 Crown CDi 6000 amplifiers, connected to a BSS Audio BLU-160 Signal Processor with Digital Audio Bus, which provides system control, gain adjustment, delay compensation over the large outdoor area and control of other parameters.

The system has not only met but exceeded Topuzdag’s expectations. “The JBL CBT loudspeakers provide exactly what they were designed to deliver, with an excellent balance of volume and even coverage throughout the entire vast space of the piazza. Now, everyone who comes to the People’s Mosque can hear every word that is said clearly, whether they’re inside the mosque or worshipping outdoors,” he said.

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.

HARMAN’S JBL Professional Expands In-Ceiling Loudspeaker Lineup With New Control 10 Series

ORLANDO, Florida — At InfoComm 2013, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is introducing its Control 10 Series—three new in-ceiling loudspeakers that combine installation-friendly features with superior sound quality and value. The Control 16C/T, Control 14C/T and Control 12C/T are designed for applications where lower- to medium-volume music playback and paging is appropriate, including retail stores, restaurants, music/paging systems, airports, waiting rooms and many other areas.

“Blind-mount speakers tend to be the easiest and most cost effective speakers to install for projects that don’t require pre-installed backcan. The Control 10 Series models broaden our lineup with a new series of cost-effective blind-mount ceiling speakers, letting customers choose exactly the right loudspeaker for their requirements,” said Rick Kamlet, Senior Manager, Installed Sound, JBL Professional. “These are some very nice sounding speakers at excellent price points.”

The 2-way, 6.5-inch Control 16C/T coaxial loudspeaker, 2-way, 4-inch Control 14C/T coaxial loudspeaker and 3-inch Control 12C/T compact loudspeaker can be used in 70/100V distributed audio systems or with low-impedance direct operation. All models are available in either white or black. Each model has a blind-mount backcan for quick, easy installation and includes dual conduit/cable strain-relief clamps and removable locking speaker terminal connectors with screw terminals and loop-through terminals.

The Control 16C/T, 14C/T and 12C/T are designed to deliver clean, detailed, high-quality sound over a wide coverage area. The 16C/T and 14C/T’s woofers feature a lightweight, anodized aluminum voice coil former and high temperature voice coil for stable performance and reliability even under constant use. The woofer cones are made of water- and humidity-resistant polypropylene, with a butyl rubber surround that provides long-term durability and sonic damping. The woofer’s computer-optimized motor construction, cone geometry and linear suspension design enable an even frequency response and more consistent off-axis performance.

The Control 10 Series loudspeakers all feature an ABS baffle with a UL94-V0 and UL94-5VB fire rating and a zinc-plated backcan and all are UL1480 and UL2043 certified, with transformers that are UL1876 registered.

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.

Quick-Change Artists: Puresound Masters the Art of Fast Setup and Breakdown at Breakaway Ministries with HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays

ORLANDO, Florida — Breakaway Ministries, a non-denominational weekly Bible study organization on the campus of Texas A&M University, began in 1989 when 12 students came together to worship, and has grown to where thousands of college students gather every Tuesday night primarily in Reed Arena basketball arena or Kyle Field football stadium. Houston, Texas sound contractor Puresound supplies a HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line array sound system for the weekly gatherings, which are more challenging than a usual house of worship gig for Puresound owner Wes Mathew and crew—they have to set up the entire system in an hour and break it down in an hour.

“It’s like setting up a portable mega-church,” said Mathew. “From one week to the next we could be in either Reed Arena or Kyle Field so we’re constantly on the move. The logistics of both locations give us just about an hour to set up the system, from pulling in the truck to handing the worship leader a live microphone. When the service ends we have an hour to break the system down.”

To facilitate such a speedy setup, Mathew and a special team of Breakaway volunteers rely heavily on JBL VERTEC VT4888ADP midsize and VT4887ADP compact powered line array elements, along with VT4881ADP powered subwoofers. Because they only have an hour, building rigging and flying speakers is impossible. The loudspeakers can be quickly and easily ground-stacked, thanks to their quick-release pins, end-mounted metal frames, front and rear hinge bars and other features that enable fast, stable setup.

Another major plus is the VERTEC built-in DrivePack™ amplifier module. “With the powered VERTEC loudspeakers it’s literally plug and play,” Mathew said. “It also makes it much easier to bring more or fewer speakers depending on the venue and the event—we can just add or subtract arrays as needed without having to deal with bringing extra amps or figuring out how many amps to leave behind.”

In Reed Arena, Puresound uses four VT4888ADP powered line array elements per side to cover the center section of the court or stadium, and six VT4887ADP powered line array elements per side to cover the sides of the facilities. Six VT4881 powered subwoofers and four JBL SRX728S subs placed along the ground by the portable platform stage handle the low end. Crown XTi4000 amplifiers power the subwoofers. At Kyle Field, Puresound uses a similar configuration with the arrays spaced apart every 25 yards.

“The VERTECs work well in a ground-stacked configuration in these applications because the height of the platform stages we put the line arrays on and the curved stacking configuration of the arrays place them in positions where they cover most of the seating really well and deliver clear, intelligible sound,” Mathew noted. “We don’t really need to fly any of the speakers.”

As Breakaway Ministries grows, Mathew expects the system to grow with them, and JBL VERTEC’s modular, powered design and Puresound’s “portable mega church” approach will help ease any growing pains.

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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