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Xantech(R) Products on Display at InfoComm 2013

InfoComm 2013
Xantech(R)
Booth 3931

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Xantech(R) Products on Display at InfoComm 2013:

XLIP200 and XLIP232 IR-Over-IP Connecting Blocks
A simple and inexpensive way to extend control functionality across a facility, the Xantech(R) XLIP200 is an IR input and output device that supports native IR I/O over Cat 5 networks, while the XLIP232 adds bidirectional RS-232 support and the convenience of remote Web control. The XLIP232 includes memory for 128 macros — accessible via a Web page from any network-connected device — and offers both serial and IR connections. Serial commands can be extended to another device through the addition of another XLIP232 unit. Alternatively, users may create personalized control pages for smartphones and tablets using commercially available third-party apps. more

Atlona(R) to Showcase New HDBaseT(TM) Product Lines in BTX Technologies’ Booth at InfoComm 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 5, 2013 — Atlona(R), a leading digital connectivity solutions provider, today announced that the company will be showcasing its latest HDBaseT(TM) product lines for commercial AV installations at InfoComm 2013 in BTX Technologies’ booth 3759. On display will be the company’s new matrix switchers, distribution amplifiers, and extenders, which simplify the transition from analog to digital sources in schools and corporate environments. more

Mission 26 Accomplished For Christie and Endeavour at the California Science Center

The Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final journey is captured in a compelling nine-minute video being shown on a Christie Roadster HD10K-M 3-chip DLP® projector at the California Science Center in the Mission 26: The Big Endeavour exhibit. The film follows the shuttle as it flies over Los Angeles – transported on top of a NASA Boeing 747 shuttle carrier aircraft – before landing at Los Angeles International Airport and taken on its 12-mile, three-day voyage to the Science Center with a cheering crowd of over 1.5 million who lined the route. The Space Shuttle Endeavour flew 25 missions into space, deployed three satellites and orbited Earth 4,671 times. Mission 26 refers to its final journey through the streets of Inglewood and Los Angeles to its permanent home at the Science Center’s Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion where it will inspire future generations of scientists, innovators and engineers.

David Knight and Christie HD10K-M Follow the Voyage to the California Science Center

At the Science Center, guests visit the Mission 26 exhibit, which features more than 80 large-scale photographs depicting Endeavour’s journey. Inside the gallery is the Mission 26 Theater where the new film is running continually throughout the day. Following the movie, visitors can walk downstairs, visit various exhibits and then enter a large pavilion where the Shuttle is displayed.

“We did the film because people love to visually relive this moment in history. It was the first and last time ever something like this would happen on urban city streets and it brought all kinds of people together from all over the world. This commemorates that and gives those who didn’t get to see it a chance to experience it as well,” said David Knight, producer, Endeavour Project.

Knight led a large filming project that documented the entire move-process, beginning with Endeavour being mounted atop the 747 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and culminating with her installation inside the Shuttle Pavilion. He pursued the project as a labor of love and the response was overwhelming. The 150-person film crew, equipment and everything involved in the project were all donated.

“For the movie that plays on a nearly 30-foot wide silver screen on the wall – people enter from one side, sit down and watch the movie, and then walk out the other side,” said Knight. “The walls don’t go all the way to the ceiling and hanging above the back wall is the HD10K-M. It is front-projecting and shows the movie in 2D with the plan to make a 3D rendering of the movie, and then we’ll switch over to 3D.”

The most compact in its class, the Christie HD10K-M provides true HD native resolution (1920 x 1080) with up to 10,000:1 contrast ratio, dual mercury lamps, embedded Christie Twist™ image warping and edge-blending, built-in portrait capabilities and is 3D upgradable.

“I appreciate the brightness and color depth of the Christie projector: the Mission 26 Theater installation utilizes a wall-painted screen, thus the demands for output power are extremely critical. Two other projector-brands were tried and the Christie difference is stunning,” said Knight.

California Science Center Foundation executive William Harris explained the success of the Shuttle’s final trip and the movie capturing the entire event.

“No Shuttle has ever been available for up close viewing like Endeavour here; you can walk right under and around it. Other shuttles have been available for viewing such as in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. but they are roped off and you can’t go underneath,” he said. “Endeavour is mounted low to the ground, you can actually walk right under it and can read the numbers on the individual thermal tiles, of which there are over 20,000.

“There has always been a lot of pride in the Shuttle program and what mankind can do when we set our minds to it,” continued Harris. “We flew Endeavour throughout California atop the 747 before landing at Los Angeles Airport (LAX). An estimated almost four million people saw it fly over. The number of people who have seen all this is absolutely staggering.

“We are all very pleased – and with up to 25,000 visitors per day it’s important that we have a highly reliable, extended-duty-cycle solution. Christie has delivered that.”

The Mission 26 exhibition runs through Labor Day, September 2, 2013.

MASQUE SOUND REPORTS AUDIO SUCCESS FOR NORA EPHRON’S LUCKY GUY ON BROADWAY

NEW YORK, JUNE 7, 2013—Recently honored with six Tony Award® nominations, including Best Play, Nora Ephron’s LUCKY GUY transports audiences to New York circa the 1980s and 1990s. Before two-time Oscar winner and Tony nominee Tom Hanks could make his Broadway debut in the show as the charismatic tabloid columnist Mike McAlary, Sound Designer Scott Lehrer turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to supply a custom audio equipment package for the play, the last work by Nora Ephron. LUCKY GUY is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner George C. Wolfe. The production opened April 1, 2013 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street). The limited engagement was recently extended for 16 additional performances through July 3, 2013.

Nora Ephron began her professional career as a reporter at The New York Post in 1962 and LUCKY GUY marks a return to her journalistic roots. Her new play is about the scandal- and graffiti-ridden New York of the 1980s, as told through the story of the charismatic and controversial tabloid columnist Mike McAlary (Tom Hanks). LUCKY GUY is the third collaboration between Tom Hanks and Nora Ephron, following the films Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail.

From his sensational reporting of New York’s major police corruption to the libel suit that nearly ended his career, LUCKY GUY dramatizes the story of McAlary’s meteoric rise, fall and rise again. In designing the audio system for LUCKY GUY, Lehrer wanted to make sure he had maximum flexibility to meet the show’s complex needs without using equipment that would extend beyond the rental budget for the play. To make this happen, Lehrer, along with Associate Sound Designer Drew Levy and Production Sound Mixer David Stollings, worked with Masque Sound to come up with an equipment package that featured the Yamaha DM2000 (24-bit, 96-KHz) console. “The DM2000 is an older console but it’s still a fantastic one,” says Lehrer. “For plays on Broadway, it is reliable, easy to get around and cost effective.”

Although Lehrer has used the DM2000 for many years, LUCKY GUY was the first time he combined the DM2000 with the Yamaha SB-168-ES remote stage box. With 16 channels of sonically-superb remote analog inputs and eight channels of analog outputs, the SB1868-ES utilizes EtherSound technology to propagate digital sound signals, enabling Lehrer to have all of his microphone preamps onstage routed into the DM2000.

In addition, Lehrer used a selection of d&b speakers as well as a Sennheiser wireless package and IEMs. “Masque Sound has a lot of the specific equipment that I like to use along with a great inventory of products,” adds Lehrer. “It makes my job a lot easier when I know I can get the speakers and amplifiers I want and know they are going to keep me within my budget.”

One of the unique and yet challenging aspects of Lehrer’s sound design was his use of wireless microphones. “I used the wireless mics in an unconventional way because we didn’t want to put mics on the actors,” says Lehrer. “Since the office desks [that were used as props] rolled all over the stage, we had to use wireless foot mics and area mics. The way we employed the wireless mics is not common by today’s standards, but in doing so we achieved the sound we were going for and it came out great. If you are trying to do things that are a little different and difficult, like we did in LUCKY GUY, you know that the technical support at Masque Sound is going to make it happen.”

Lehrer has worked with Masque Sound many times in the past, including on the 2008 revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center Theater, for which he received the first-ever Tony Award for sound, as well as a Drama Desk Award. “You know that when you are in the shop with Masque Sound you are going to get taken care of really well,” concludes Lehrer. “From specific technical needs to knowing the RF department is going to do a really good job of putting together the wireless to knowing that our show captain is going to be there for us when we need him; there is a lot of support there.”

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grandMA2 Helps Riverview Deliver for Zimmer at the AAOS Conference

Corporate event production company Riverview Systems Group Inc. of Milpitas, California chose four grandMA2 lights to handle lighting and display control for their client Zimmer at the AAOS (American Assoc. of Orthopedic Surgeons) conference in Chicago. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of MA Lighting in North America.

One of the systems controlled a private area, another a public space and two served as back ups. The pair of grandMA2s in operation controlled lighting and automation of multiple screen systems, which included 32 x 20 Barco C5 LED wall in the main theater.

“We basically created a theme park in the booth,” says Riverview Systems’ Director Of Technical Design, Franco Berardi. “The whole booth was almost entirely composed of automated fixtures plus 280 Color Blasts. We turned a massive property the size of a city block into an immersive environment of color and evolving sensations. grandMA2 offered control and versatility of the technical cues, all remotely.”

Berardi says the Zimmer featured a main theater plus two 50-person private theaters; each had to be run and triggered remotely by one person. “We also needed two systems on the same network. We chose the grandMA2 for its robustness, its ability to network and its Telnet capability. We visited A.C.T Lighting to get training on the system.”

grandMA video fed the pixel-mapped truss above. “grandMA2 was used to control all the mechanics, automation, pixel-mapping, truss toners and things being lit in the booth,” Berardi explains. “It was like a ballet. We transformed the whole booth.”

The grandMA2 was controlled via High Resolution Systems’ UDC Timecode, which acted as “a bridge,” he says. “The show was very complex, but it was also glitch-free. We never had any problems with the consoles. They came through with flying colors.”

Berardi observes that, “nothing matches the grandMA2, or MA products in general, in terms of control. grandMA2 is bulletproof.”

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LUMINEX Joins AVnu Alliance Promoting Adoption of IEEE 802.1 AVB Standards

LUMINEX Network Intelligence has joined the AVnu Alliance, the Beaverton, Oregon-based the industry consortium that certifies IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) products for interoperability. LUMINEX is a Belgium-based developer of lighting control, pro audio and video data distribution equipment for the entertainment industry.

AVnu Alliance is a non-profit organization formed by member companies to create compliance test procedures and processes that ensure AVB interoperability of networked AV devices and help provide the highest quality streaming AV experience for end users. Utilizing AVB, the transmission of audio and video streams can be synchronized within a microsecond of each other with low delay and minimal lost data due to network congestion. The AVnu Alliance is currently focused on three markets: professional AV, automotive and consumer electronics.

“Claiming to be an AVB-capable product is not enough these days,” says Hugo Larin, Managing director for Luminex Network Intelligence in America. “The industry is looking for commitments toward AVB, and this is why we are very excited to announce that LUMINEX has joined the AVnu Alliance.”

AVnu Alliance’s Promoter members will write compliance and interoperability test guidelines, designed for the 802.1 AVB specifications, for bridge and endpoint products to undergo and then beAVnu certified.

As an AVnu Alliance Adopter member, LUMINEX will have access to those completed test plans; it will also be eligible to have its products enter certification in an AVnu Alliance-approved test lab and participate in AVnu Alliance-hosted plug-fests.

Larin notes that, “LUMINEX has been enjoying recent growth with users wanting to deploy audio over IP in a ruggedized and simplified way.” To further broaden its reach, LUMINEX is making its first appearance at InfoComm13, June 8-14, in booth #561 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando where it will show its new range of Gigabit Ethernet switches with updated web-based user interface.

Bart Swinnen, Luminex CEO, concludes, “We’re exited to get our hands on the technical documents and get our development in line. We’re really looking forward to be a professional solution provider for AVB and serve this innovative market.”

About LUMINEX

LUMINEX Network Intelligence was formed by Bart Swinnen and Jan Renckens as a branch of parent company LUMINEX Lighting Control Equipment nv, which has an extensive technical background in the lighting industry. LUMINEX Network Intelligence launched its successful Ethernet-DMX8 node in 2004 when it ran 32 DMX lines at the Paralympics in Athens. Their complete DMX and Ethernet solutions range debuted at Siel 2005 in Paris. The GigaCore switch family opened the doors to the digital pro audio and AV markets for the new company and broadened their commitment beyond their traditional customer base.

BTX ProBlox(R) Multiconnector System Now Included on BigFoot Mobile Systems Carts

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. — June 6, 2013 — BTX Technologies (BTX), a value-added distributor and manufacturer of interface, integration, and system products, today announced that the company’s ProBlox(R) all-in-one connector system is available on BigFoot Mobile Carts. Designed to bundle several signals through a single connector, ProBlox combines 16 coax and 26 audio/data/control contacts in a single multiconnector to bring BigFoot Mobile Carts even easier transport, safety, and flexibility.

Originally designed for the NFL(R), BigFoot Mobile Carts are a revolutionary new concept in the transportation and setup of systems such as audio/visual, production, computer, video conferencing, and more. By enabling portable turn-key solutions within a soft riding case design, users gain the ability to create multiuser workstations that can be effortlessly transported to areas that were unavailable to traditional road cases in the past. With the integration of BTX’s ProBlox system, users now gain faster set-up times and increased functional simplicity.

BTX’s ProBlox all-in-one connector system is field-terminatable and custom configurable for numerous connectivity combinations. The system can be used anywhere HDTV, video, VGA, analog/digital audio, control signals, or DC power need to be fed to a single location. Built of rugged and durable components, and offering true 75-ohm video contacts for an HD signal, the ProBlox system reduces the number of individual connectors, eliminating clutter and offering an even cleaner, professional, and finished look to BigFoot Mobile Carts combinations.

“The incorporation of BTX’s ProBlox all-in-one connector system onto our BigFoot Mobile Cart provides users with even greater levels of connection flexibility, installation speed, and system performance,” said Doug Solis, president of BigFoot Mobile Systems. “In addition to decreasing set-up times significantly, the system allows any number of connection combinations to create the ultimate mobile solution for our mobile cart customers. It is a very important new feature for our product which reinforces our objective to provide the simplest, most reliable, and best performing portable cart solution in the marketplace.”

BigFoot Mobile Systems develops custom utility carts for industrial applications in sectors such as sports, education, enterprise, and entertainment. The company’s “Classic” Series Mobile Cart, its flagship product, is designed to be the ultimate solution for mobile multimedia and communication technology applications. By combining flexibility, safety, and performance, users can build customized portable stations for one-time projects, frequent applications, or field installations. With a lightweight aluminum design and simple ProBlox connectivity, the BigFoot Mobile Cart also brings cost-effectiveness, versatility, and durability across audio, video, and computer-based market segments.

“The incorporation of ProBlox on BigFoot Mobile Carts brings a whole new level of convenience to users’ portable applications,” said Greg Schwartz, president of BTX Technologies. “Installers can now experience quicker set-ups and tear-downs while increasing transportable connectivity — making field solutions, conference rooms, auditoriums, and house of worship applications more flexible, cost effective, and easy to operate.”

More information is available at www.btx.com.

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About BTX Technologies, Inc.
BTX manufactures and distributes the industry’s finest interface and integration products for audio, video, security, digital signage, and many other applications. Providing its customers with value-added “Beyond Distribution” services, the company backs every product it sells with a rigorous in-house testing program and highly trained customer support team. The company has been certified as an InfoComm International(R) Sapphire Certified Audiovisual Solutions Provider(R) (CAVSP(R)) since 2007. In business since 1967, the company’s products are available online at www.btx.com, by calling 800-666-0996, and from a selection of international distributors listed on the company’s website.

PR Link: www.ingearpr.com/BTX/130606.zip
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Furman(R) Products on Display at InfoComm 2013

InfoComm 2013
Furman(R)
Booth 3931

Furman(R) Products on Display at InfoComm 2013

VT-EXT Vertical Rack Strip
The Panamax(R)/Furman(R) Vertex VT-EXT vertical rack strip provides integrators with eight outlets (three with transformer spacing), addresses ground loop issues with specialized mounting brackets, and simplifies cord management to reduce installation time. It is designed to be used in conjunction with a Panamax/Furman power management unit to provide clean, safe power, extending Panamax and Furman’s advanced protection and filtration technologies to connected equipment. more

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Alford Media Services Expands Portfolio of Riedel Equipment

GLENDALE, Calif. — June 4, 2013 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that Alford Media Services, supplier of event technology support to corporate clients across the United States, has upgraded and expanded its portfolio of Riedel equipment. With this investment, Alford has increased both its capacity for providing complete top-quality event communications systems and its ability to offer comprehensive training for new and existing users of Riedel gear.

“Riedel Communications offers flexible, state-of-the-art intercom solutions that address our customers’ requirements for performance, audio quality, and ease of deployment,” said Rich Tate, director of creative support at Alford Media Services. “We strive constantly to maintain versatile and highly efficient solutions that can be configured quickly and easily to support high-end corporate events, and our new Riedel gear meets this test very well.”

Alford has continued to systematically upgrade its inventory with a comprehensive range of Performer digital partyline intercom systems, Artist digital matrix intercom systems, and related control panels and stations, split boxes, interfaces, beltpacks, and headsets. Making these systems available from its Coppell, Texas facilities, the company offers yet another U.S. source for Riedel gear rental and training. “Alford is an extraordinary rental company that not only has invested in and supported our products, but has also taken on the task of making product training a priority for its staff and clients,” said Patti Gunnell, Riedel entertainment solutions manager, North America.

“We are seeing rising demand for our products in markets around the world, and the U.S. is no exception,” said Christopher Street, general manager, North America at Riedel Communications. “Alford’s expansion and upgrade of its Riedel systems will make it easier for U.S. companies in the corporate space to take advantage of our renowned communications technologies, and its ramped-up training capabilities will ensure the availability of freelance operators who are familiar with our intercom product lines.”

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Alford Media Services
Alford Media Services is a nationally recognized event technology support company providing audio, video, lighting, and show coordination services for a wide range of clientele. We bring together a group of dedicated professionals with years of experience in the audio-video industry to provide solutions to customers worldwide.

Our goal is to be the best (not necessarily the biggest) event technology support company in the country. To achieve that goal we believe we must provide the best in personnel, equipment, and value. We have a burning desire to excel — on showsite, at the office, and in life. We believe true success cannot be achieved without the sincere outpouring of goodwill towards our employees, our clients, and our community. From a one-day company meeting to a touring extravaganza, we work to exceed your expectations every time. Learn more at www.alfordmedia.com.

About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Auralex® Offers ProGO™ Stand-Mounted Absorbers

— ProGO™s offer contractors and system integrators a portable, highly effective acoustical treatment solution —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, JUNE 4, 2013 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, offers its new ProGO™ Stand-Mounted Absorbers.

Auralex’s new ProGO baffle is a portable, lightweight and highly efficient absorber that’s effective on stage, in the classroom, in home theaters, in hi-fi listening spaces, in the studio and more. ProGO is short for Professional Gobo (a gobo is a freestanding acoustical treatment device usually used in studios), but clients shouldn’t let the name limit their thinking about this highly adaptable device. This portable absorber consists of a custom, two-sided ProPanel™ assembly fitted into a custom black melamine-laminated base that can be outfitted with optional casters for increased portability.

The ProGO, available in 2′x6′x8″ or 4′x4′x8″ configurations, rests in the included floorstand and is easily moved to accommodate any setup. It’s perfect for controlling early reflections and is also highly effective as a bass trap when stood across a room’s corners. The ProGO is an ideal solution for any space where boundary-mounted acoustical treatments might not be desirable.

The ProGO can be used to minimize sound leakage between instruments, amps and vocalists during recording sessions or live performances while retaining line of sight with performers. Users will be able to dial in just the right amount of room ambience by varying the position and number of ProGOs, and can quickly put together an enclosed booth within a larger space by utilizing multiple ProGOs in an array. Contractors and system integrators involved in the house-of-worship market will find ProGOs particularly useful for clients working with multiple worship and music styles.

Features:

Portable absorption treatment
Reduces excessive reverberation
Minimize sound leakage
ProGO is expandable for a wide variety of applications
Available in 12 Fabric colors to match any décor.

ProGO Absorbers are now available in both 2′ x 6′ and 4′ x 4′ models with optional casters. For more information, please visit www.auralex.com.

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