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Auralex® Now Shipping SonoFiber™ Panels

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, JUNE 26, 2013 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, is now shipping its new SonoFiber™ Panels, available in charcoal gray and arctic white.

SonoFiber is the perfect solution for contractors and system integrators with projects requiring a Class A fire rating without the aesthetic demands of designer treatments such as fabric-covered panels. SonoFiber is ideal for nightclubs, restaurants, gymnasiums, houses of worship, multi-purpose rooms and any other commercial or industrial environment where aesthetic concerns are secondary to performance and safety.

SonoFiber is a 1″ thick natural fiber acoustic absorptive panel that offers significant advantages over the more traditional Class A melamine foam alternatives, including:
• Lower cost per square foot
• Sound absorption coefficients equal to or better than 2″ thick melamine products
• A flexible form that will not puncture or break like melamine panels
• Safe, easy, dust-free installations

For more information, please visit www.auralex.com.

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Waves Live Tools Chosen by Tom Wiggans, FOH for The Cranberries

— Wiggans looks to Waves plugins for live problem-solving —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, June 26, 2013 — Waves Audio’s popularity is growing among live sound engineers. One front-of-house engineer who has recently adopted Waves’ SoundGrid® live platform is Tom Wiggans (UB40, Squeeze, Wet Wet Wet, and Roni Size & Reprazent), who is currently using SoundGrid and Waves plugins on tour with Irish alt-rock mainstays The Cranberries.

He notes, “I ended up using SoundGrid especially for problem solving. The most impressive thing for me is the Waves C4, since it is the first multiband compressor that I have used that I can actually hear working when making the subtlest of changes. I use it on the main vocal, backing vocals and bass. I also use the GTR3 guitar amps and stomp pedals on the DI outputs.”

He continues, “I like to work at getting the source as correct as possible and apply effects/dynamics as a last resort, but in cases where this isn’t possible Waves plugins add a substantial amount of warmth. I use MaxxBass on the bass guitar to remove the room resonance frequencies from the source and then reinforce them with the harmonics. It worked quite well in getting rid of that ‘one-note’ bass sound. Also, H-Comp sounds great as a parallel bus compressor on the drums and it really adds weight to the snare.”

Wiggans is part of a growing trend of live sound professionals who are making the move to the next generation workflow with Waves plugins and WavesLive SoundGrid. Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

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Bose® Expands Line of RoomMatch® Array Module Loudspeakers with Horizontally Asymmetrical Patterns

Company adds 22 new RoomMatch® modules that improve sound quality by reducing side-wall reflections without the need to “yaw in” array aiming

Framingham, Massachusetts, June 25, 2013 – Bose® Professional Systems Division has expanded its range of RoomMatch® array module loudspeakers with 22 new models with horizontally asymmetrical coverage patterns. Building upon the innovative designs pioneered by the Bose engineering team, with the addition of these asymmetrical array modules, the RoomMatch series now includes 42 unique coverage patterns providing system designers with unprecedented coverage control and scalability for venues including houses of worship, auditoriums, performing arts centers and sports arenas.

The asymmetrical pattern modules improve sound quality in many room shapes by reducing side-wall reflections, which helps improve consistency of sound quality, seat-to-seat, without the need for “yaw in” array aiming. The asymmetrical pattern modules also improve stereo soundstage effects when used either in left/right pairs or in L/C/R array configurations. The modules feature the industry’s only large-format asymmetrical waveguides, with pattern control down to 800 Hz, which improve vocal clarity by reducing room reflections in the critical 1-4 kHz vocal intelligibility range.

All RoomMatch full-range modules utilize six Bose EMB2 extended–midrange compression drivers with 2-inch voice coils for the high frequencies and dual Bose LF10 high-excursion, 10-inch woofers with 3-inch voice coils for the low frequencies. RoomMatch full-range array modules feature a frequency response of 60-16k Hz (+/- 3 db) with long-term continuous power handling of 500 W and peak handling of 2000 W.

The new RoomMatch asymmetrical array modules will be available through authorized Bose dealers beginning in October 2013. For more information please visit http://pro.Bose.com.

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Lowell Manufacturing Offers a Customer Center Web Portal

— 24/7 information center is an invaluable resource for all Lowell customers —

PACIFIC, MO, June 25, 2013 — Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional A/V products, offers authorized dealers access to the Lowell Customer Center (LCC) portal via the Lowell home page (www.lowellmfg.com), or at https://access.lowellmfg.com/eLowell/. This easy-to-navigate site is designed as a 24/7 resource where customers can place and track orders, view real-time pricing and shipping information, browse past and current invoices/P.O.’s, and much more. This is an information tool designed specifically for systems integrators, sales representatives, and consultants. It can serve many disciplines within an organization such as account executives, engineering, estimating, purchasing, and senior management.

“This is a no-cost, multi-purpose resource available to our customers,” stated John Lowell, Lowell Manufacturing President and CEO. “We currently have many active dealers enjoying the benefits of our customer center. The ‘LCC’ provides real time information at the user’s fingertips at any time or anywhere around the globe. This is part of a continuing effort to enhance the Lowell customer experience.”

Authorized Lowell customers can quickly set up an account via an online form, and a temporary password will be forwarded via email to the user. Once logged in to the site, the user is able to search by part numbers or partial part numbers as well as keywords, basic product descriptions, or they can navigate by product category. Other tools include “Order Tracking,” “Store” and “User Management.” The store function is not only for placing orders; it can also be used as an estimating tool without expectation of transaction. Products that are frequently purchased can be selected as “favorites” per individual user for streamlined project management. Users can also “duplicate” and edit previous orders if a similar order needs to be placed.

A Lowell Customer Center tutorial video is available to registered dealers, and will be furnished when your registration is completed. For further information e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com.

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Extron Announces New Fiber Optic DisplayPort Extender for Signals up to 2560×1600

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the FOX II DP, a transmitter and receiver set for long haul transmission of HDCP-compliant DisplayPort video, multi-channel audio, RS-232 control, and IR control signals over fiber optic cabling. The FOX II DP brings support for higher resolutions up to 2560×1600, multi-channel audio, an audio return channel, and IR support to the FOX Series. Engineered for reliability and exceptional image performance, it uses Extron all-digital technology to deliver pixel-for-pixel DisplayPort computer-video images up to 2560×1600. The FOX II DP is ideal for point-to-point installations or in combination with a FOX Series matrix switcher for an enterprise-wide distribution system of high resolution DisplayPort video, multi-channel audio, and control signals.

“Integrators and system designers who rely on Extron fiber optic systems can now experience a new level of performance for distributing AV and control signals over a fiber optic infrastructure,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “With support for DisplayPort resolutions up to 2560×1600 along with its enhanced features, the FOX II DP breaks new ground for the already extensive line of FOX Series fiber optic products from Extron.”

The fiber optic DisplayPort extender is available in multimode and singlemode models. Some of its many integrator-friendly features include Key Minder, EDID Minder, Auto Input Memory, audio embedding and de-embedding, audio gain and attenuation control, and real-time system monitoring. The FOX II DP is ideal for a wide range of applications requiring long distance transmission of high resolution content with the highest quality.

To watch a product introduction video, please visit: www.extron.com/foxiidpvideo

For more information on the FOX II DP, please visit : www.extron.com/foxiidppr

Clay Paky and grandMA2 Shine at Robin Hood Foundation Gala

The top names in finance and entertainment weren’t the only ones shining at the annual Robin Hood Foundation gala in New York City. Clay Paky Sharpy, Sharpy Washes and Alpha Spot QWO 800 fixtures were also out in force along with three grandMA2 consoles for lighting control. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of both Clay Paky and MA Lighting in North America.

The Robin Hood Foundation has been targeting poverty in New York City since 1988. Known for applying sound investment principles to philanthropy, the organization partners with the best poverty-fighting nonprofits in the city and initiates and runs projects where community needs are unmet. The 2013 gala at the Jacob K. Javits Center attracted more than 4,200 guests for dinner and entertainment headlined by Mary J. Blige, Bono, Elton John and Sting.

The collaborative team at Performance Environment Design Group, LLC, was charged with the overall Production Design, managing the master drawing and lighting design for the event. Partnering with Atomic Lighting of Lititz, Pennsylvania PEDG specified Clay fixtures and grandMA2s.

“This was a 60,000-square foot dining room, so there was a lot of space to cover in a room with a very limited weight capacity,” says Spike Brant of PEDG llc, “It’s hard to imagine the scale until you do it – everything comes in quantities of hundreds and thousands.”

The event breaks down into 3 distinct area’s cocktail area, dining room and stage, each of which had its lighting controlled by a dedicated grandMA2 console operated by Richard Wold, Brian Jenkins and Matthew Piercy.

The gala marked PEDG’s first opportunity to use Sharpy Wash lights and Alpha Spot QWO 800s. “The Sharpy Washes comprised one-fifth of the wash lights in the huge dining room, we would have more if they had been available” Brant explains. We specified the QWO’s because they were small and lightweight and they fit nicely into the very tight space around the Auction Stage. We are going to use them again soon because of their size, weight, brightness and speed.”

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Gand Helps River Edge Park Kick Off Opening Concert Season

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Along the banks of the Fox River in Aurora, Illinois, the new River Edge Park represents a strong collaborative effort between the public and private sectors, including businesses, environmental advocates, developers, and community members. The 30-acre park has a 10-acre Music Garden, with its John C. Dunham venue seating 8,500 including the lawn area. At a cost of 13.2 million dollars, the city of Aurora has taken a huge step in upgrading a former rust belt industrial area and turning it into the place to go for music during the summer months.

To kick off its first season, Gand Concert Sound (GCS) Elk Grove Village IL, aka “the NEXO guys” provided a NEXO Geo T sound system along with Yamaha PM5D-RH and M7CL-48 consoles for the opening weekend. The NEXO rig included 24 GEO T speakers, 12 CD-18 subs, plus PS-15 monitors and Alpha side fills powered by NX 4×4 amps. Entertainment included Buddy Guy, Dr. John, JJ Grey & Mofro, Tommy Castro, Robert Randolph Family Band, and the Stone Foxes for the weekend’s “Blues on the Fox” Festival.

GCS President, Gary Gand said, “It was a great way to start off our outdoor summer season here in the Midwest. BBQ, beer, and Buddy Guy are about as good as it can get under a star-filled sky by the Fox River.”

Audience comments overheard by crew covered the gamut from “I’m all the way in the back, and it sounds great,” to “I’m right in front and it sounds great,” showing off the even coverage provided by the NEXO speakers and GeoSoft plotting software.

Florida swamp rocker JJ Grey, the first artist to play on the park’s stage, had never been to Aurora before the park’s opening night, and called it “beautiful” saying the venue’s sound system, equipment procedures, and crowd made a great impression. Grey announced to the audience, “They killed it.” during his 90-minute set, referring to the new park.

For more information on Gand Concert Sound, visit www.gandconcertsound.com.

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

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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.

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