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Bob Moog’s Archives Donated To World-Class Facility at Cornell University

Ithaca, NY, July 19, 2013 – Yesterday, Cornell University announced the archives of Dr. Robert A. Moog have found a home at their Sidney Cox Library of Music & Dance, thanks to a generous donation from his widow, Dr. Ileana Grams-Moog.

Dr. Robert A. Moog is the founder of Moog Music, the world’s leading manufacturer of analog synthesizers, and the inventor of the legendary Moog synthesizer. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell in engineering physics in 1965 and was a longtime resident of Trumansburg, N.Y. His personal archive of notes, plans, drawings, recordings and more will be housed in the Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.

“It was Bob‘s wish that his archives be preserved and made accessible to other scientists, inven-tors, engineers and innovators,” Grams-Moog said. “It has been eight years since my husband’s death and I am happy that my gift to Cornell will finally make this rich collection available. Bob would be pleased to know his life’s work is finally being properly preserved so that current and future generations may advance upon his work.”

Cornell has flourished as a center for research in music since the Sidney Cox Library of Music & Dance was founded in 1929, and its extensive holdings include a special focus on historical key-board instruments. It collects heavily in 20th- and 21st-century music of Europe and the United States, including electronic music and music by Cornell composition alumnae.

“We’re thrilled to welcome this donation to Cornell, and we look forward to welcoming resear-chers from all over the world who hope to learn more about Dr. Moog’s life and work, ” said Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian. “We pride ourselves on not only preserving valuable historical knowledge, but providing access to one-of-a-kind, original materials to as many people as possible.”

Dr. Grams-Moog continued, “Cornell is a 150-year-old institution with a long history of steward-ship and dissemination of rare and valuable collections for education and research. Donating Bob’s archives to the university is the best opportunity to preserve and protect them so they will finally be accessible to students and scholars worldwide. In addition, they will be available to future generations long after we’re all gone.”

About Cornell University Library

Cornell University Library’s rich collections, expert librarians, responsive services and welcoming spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning throughout the university. Its world-class collection — nearly 8 million print volumes, nearly a million e-books and 5 million journal article downloads per year — covers incredibly diverse fields. The Sidney Cox Library of Music & Dance provides extensive holdings of printed materials and recordings to support the study of music.

About Moog Music

Moog Music is the leading producer of analog synthesizers in the world. The company and its customers carry on the legacy of its founder, electronic musical instrument pioneer, Dr. Bob Moog. The company hosts Moogfest, a three-day festival celebrating the intersection of music and technology in honor of Moog’s innovative spirit. All of Moog’s instruments are hand built in its factory on the edge of downtown Asheville, NC.

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RTI Debuts Line of Ethernet-Enabled Expansion Modules

Featuring Built-In Ethernet, Units Easily Expand the Capabilities of RTI Control Processors by Adding Routable IR Ports, Two-Way RS-232 Ports, Addressable Relays, and More

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — July 18, 2013 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced that the company is now shipping a full line of expansion modules designed for efficient and cost-effective expansion of RTI control systems. The RCM-4 relay control module joins the recently released ESC-2 serial control and PCM-4 port control modules to complete the new line. These versatile devices allow installers to easily expand the capabilities of any RTI XP series control processor by simply plugging them into the local Ethernet network. more

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Shotoku’s Pedestal/Head Systems Elevate Newscasts for Communications Corporation of America Stations

Torrance, CA • KETK-TV, a Communications Corporation of America station and the East Texas NBC affiliate located in Tyler, recently replaced a set of aging and obsolete pedestals with three Shotoku Broadcast Systems TP200/SX300 systems. Naoki Ebimoto President announced the installation from US headquarters in Torrance, CA.

On the air since 1987, KETK-TV provides news for Tyler, Longview, Waco, Shreveport and Baton Rouge sister stations from its Tyler facility. Communications Corporation of America is a leading medium-market broadcast and digital media company with outlets throughout Louisiana, Texas and Indiana.

“KETK selected the Shotoku systems following a fairly extensive research process,” explained Dan Trent, chief engineer at KETK-TV. “Price is always a driver, and Shotoku gives ‘more bang for the buck’”.

Trent continued, “We produce 12 hours of news per day for 5 stations from our Tyler facility, so Shotoku’s TP200/S300 pedestal/head system gets a lot of use. Our former equipment wasn’t capable of up and down movement, and that limited production creativity. The new units change elevation easily, giving operators the freedom to capture a variety of shots and adjust to our different sets. ”

Shotoku’s elegant and ergonomically designed TP200/SX300 Pedestal System is a state-of-the-art configuration ideal for news and production studios. The 2-stage pneumatic pedestal has a maximum payload of over 80kg (177 lbs.) and supports a wide-range of camera configurations. Its perfect balance column and base offer maximum stability and great operational flexibility. One-step foot brake and single-action cable guard enables precise movements and control at all times for fast and easy positioning.

The companion SX300 pan & tilt fluid head offers top class performance with 40kg (88 lbs.) payload and perfect counterbalance/smooth pan & tilt drag to maximize image flexibility.

Added Trent, “The systems have been performing flawlessly; we’ve already experienced a significant improvement over the previous equipment. The operators are very happy.”

The TP200/SX300 systems have been in constant use since their installation.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

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Shotoku contact: Naoki Ebmioto
1-866-Shotoku • mailto:info@shotoku.tv

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HARMAN’S JBL VTX Line Arrays Help Emporium Festival Raise the Sound Thresholds

NORTHRIDGE, California – Twelve months ago Dutch rental company Story Sound mobilized a vast armory of its then-brand-new HARMAN’s JBL VTX line array PA system to cover eight stages for the Emporium Festival in the city of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Deploying its own inventory—and enclosures sub-hired in from AED Rent—Story Sound gave the system its first major baptism.

But after working with the system for a year, and learning much about its capabilities, Michael Story, Managing Director of Story Sound, was able to proudly declare, “With what we have been able to do with VTX we can now guarantee a different future for this event.”

He was referring to an easing of the sound thresholds traditionally imposed on this one-day event by the local authorities. For this hard dance/DJ festival site—the picturesque Berendonck recreational park, situated on 160 hectares in the suburb of Wijchen—is surrounded by a densely populated neighborhood.

Promoters Matrixx have always been heavily restricted with their offsite sound—bound by an agreement with the original production manager to taper off the sound at the perimeter to just 80db(A) at 50 meters in order to avoid neighborhood sound pollution. “It was just mad as sound is so frequency-dependent—and you can’t promote a festival on that basis,” stated Story.

However, this year the production company, aided by EASE plots, was able to show that by isolating the individual areas with the VTX system that it could exercise greater control. “In the past we have used the VERTEC® VT4889—but due to the new high frequency waveguide structure, VTX provides us with better tools,” he said.

“Also, we had better knowledge about how the sound would behave—we know a lot more about shaping the beam and are much more familiar with the EQ tapering and putting in the shelving features,” Story added. “The JBL Line Array Calculator is really accurate and after a year we can see much greater correlation between how the calculations are implemented and the actual reference sound. We proved that you could simply walk in and out of the sound field—and this convinced the authorities.”

Permission was granted to play 80dB(A) at 100 meters outside the festival area and on the field they were able to run the sound at around 105dB, with a distance of 50 meters between the stage and mix position—which satisfied both the promoters and audience.

This year’s Emporium Festival had grown to a 9-stage event, embracing every genre of dance music, which saw 30,000 people reveling under the theme, “Colours of India.” Each stage was named appropriately, with the main stage fittingly called Taj Mahal, and here DJ’s and dance acts such as Nicky Romero, Crookers, Shermanology, Showtek, Daddy’s Groove, La Fuente, Jordy Dazz, Brian Loui John, Zawdi MC and MC Iceman performed.

To achieve a soundscape that appeased both the artists and the authorities, the main stage in particular required high rigging towers, supporting 12 V25 line array elements per side (with eight per side on the smaller stages), so that the lows and mids could be spread. “By raising the trim level we could achieve greater directionality,” he said. “We also used 21 S28 subwoofers in a reverse cardioid set up on all stages so there was a good coupling of energy and we deployed two extra stacks of six V25 loudspeakers each on stage tilted to the near rows.”

Two delay stacks were set up behind the main mix tower, each featuring six VERTEC 4887A compact line array enclosures.

All passive loudspeakers were powered by Crown VRacks and Soundcraft MH3 analog and Vi1 digital consoles were provided (with Soundcraft Si Compacts on the smaller stages). This enabled Story Sound technicians to control the input of the DJ and monitor feeds, as well as the MCs’ mics, using the desk faders.

Story Sound again provided a sound technician to supervise each stage, with wireless laptop communication back to the central network control position in the production village, overseen on the HARMAN HiQnet™ platform. This allowed them to listen to the measuring devices, on the same network. “We monitored the system throughout the entire day and adjusted any disturbing frequencies and levels to stay within the allowed values,” they confirm.

So successful was the connection to the wireless backbone of the three measuring devices set strategically in a circle around the field that Story Sound has now set up a dedicated wireless satellite internet facility called Event Connection, headed by the company’s Barney Broomer and Michael Story. “In effect we are selling security, and the possibility of carrying out wireless measurement. It means that in the future, production people, police and authorities can deal with just a single source,” 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.

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Christie Demonstrates Leadership in Integrated Visualization Display Technologies at SIGGRAPH 2013

Christie®, a world leader in 3D visual display technology, will project a dominant presence at SIGGRAPH 2013 with a wide array of innovative visual solutions featuring powerful LED and DLP® projection technology, cutting edge 3D stereoscopic systems, and ultra-high resolution displays to meet the most demanding needs of the visualization, postproduction, exhibition, and immersive markets. A Platinum Sponsor of SIGGRAPH, Christie’s visual solutions will be found at booth #159, as well as at the Computer Animation Festival, Siggraph Art Gallery, partner exhibits and events, and throughout the Anaheim Convention Center.

The enhanced Christie HoloStation, a fully self-contained, personal visualization system for small spaces and the 84-inch Christie QuadHD84 LCD flat panel are among the solutions Christie will launch at SIGGRAPH this year.

“Christie visualization solutions are used in a wide range of industries that include academia, national laboratories, oil and gas, government, automotive and manufacturing. Our success is a direct result of our drive to provide our customers with the most innovative tools to meet their unique and demanding visualization needs,” said Zoran Veselic, vice president of Visual Environments, Christie.

World’s First and Only 4K DLP® Resolution at 120Hz – the Christie Mirage 4K25 Projector
The recently launched Christie Mirage 4K25 will light up the Christie booth in brilliant high-resolution. Part of a series that also includes the Christie Mirage 4K35, the world’s only 4K resolution 3-chip DLP® projector series running at true 120Hz. The Christie Mirage 4K25 is anchored by the new Christie TruLife™ electronics platform with proprietary 1.2 Gigapixel per second processing, floating point architecture and full 4096 by 2160 resolution at 120Hz for 2D and 3D. Rave Computer’s powerful Render Cube is driving content on the Mirage 4K25 at the show.

Designed for high performance, high resolution 3D immersive visualization applications, the Christie Mirage 4K series provides 10,000 to 35,000 lumens brightness flexibility, a variety of input options including DisplayPort, HDMI and HD-SDI, and built-in Christie Twist™ for curved screens and blended array visualization applications.

Christie HoloStation 3D Personal Visualization System – a Truly Compact and Self-Contained Design
Featuring an improved and enhanced design, the Christie HoloStation is a personal visualization system displaying up to 16.8 Megapixels of data in a 3D stereoscopic and interactive tracked environment in a compact (85-inch by 108-inch by 101-inch) footprint. With interactive 3D content, workstations and tracking system as options, it showcases the exact same type of powerful graphics processing designed for large-scale 3D visualization on a display solution optimized for one-to-three users in a small footprint. Easy to deploy, the Christie HoloStation is self-contained, affordable and easy to use. It is ideal for applications including aircraft design development, architectural walk-throughs and product design reviews, maintenance and service training, medical training and as a 3D virtual trainer.

Christie QuadHD84 Flat Panel
The Christie QuadHD84, an 84-inch LCD flat panel display offers quad high definition with 3840 by 2160 resolution and 1.07 billion colors for rich, pristine and detailed images even up close and for the ultimate realism. A unique quad interface coupled with a true 60Hz refresh rate provides flexible connectivity and smooth, real-time motion display of 2D content with 50,000 hours LED illumination life for reliability and cost-effectiveness.

“At SIGGRAPH, we seek to illustrate the exceptional versatility of this extra-large, yet easily deployable and affordable, ultra high-definition display. The native resolution of the panel is driven by four frame-locked HDMI or DVI sources at 60Hz. Users can quickly connect to high-performance workstations or image processors for greater flexibility, ” said Larry Paul, senior director of Technology and Visualization Solutions, Christie.

Bundled Multi-Touch Collaborative Solution
Christie will preview its innovative interactive flat panel visualization bundle, with quad high definition, and multi-touch interactive technology providing unmatched resolution and performance capabilities in a size that can accommodate the most demanding performance and collaboration needs of research and development, government, education, business, and industry. At SIGGRAPH, Christie will showcase six-points of touch for a two-user experience, ideal for collaboration and video conferencing in high performance, professional visualization applications. Additional bundling options will help solve many common limitations of the typical large-screen display, including poor viewing angle options, low or no sound quality, and a lack of portability that can severely limit its placement in many collaborative environments.

Preview of the Christie Mirage WQ-L for Lifelike Colors
With consistent performance over an estimated 60,000-hours (approximately 6.5 years) life cycle, the LED-based 1-chip DLP®Christie Mirage WQ-L projector features precise and lifelike colors with WQXGA (2560 by 1600) resolution. Cost-effective and highly flexible, the Christie Mirage WQ-L includes Christie ArrayLOC™ for synchronized color and brightness management and provides high performance 3D content at up to a true 120Hz refresh rate.

Christie Visual Solutions Dominate the Conference Floor
At SIGGRAPH’s “Computer Animation Festival,” Christie CP4230 and CP2230 Solaria® Series digital cinema projectors and several Christie HD14K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors take “center stage” at two festival venues. The award-winning Christie HD10K-M, with its built-in warping, blending, color matching and portrait capabilities, is lighting up the SIGGRAPH art gallery and a third venue.

With the engaging interactive Christie Design Studio display at the NVIDIA® booth #803, engineers and designers will see how the imagination can become reality. The display uses an array of Christie® MicroTiles® to create a stunning backdrop for four Christie G Series 1-chip DLP® projectors onto a 3D-printed Audi R8 miniature.

Christie is also providing a Christie Roadster HD20K-J 3-chip DLP® projector – featuring Xenon illumination with full HD resolution – and two Christie HD14K-M projectors for NVIDIA’s session sponsorship events. Combining 4K resolution and high frame rates at 60 frames per second for razor-sharp image detail and video with smoother motion and transitions, the Christie D4K2560 projector will be on display at the AMD booth #521.

Vincent Lighting Systems’ New Clay Paky Sharpy Beams, Sharpy Wash and GlowUps Meet Needs of a Variety of Projects

Vincent Lighting Systems has invested in a large inventory of Clay Paky fixtures and has begun deploying them on an array of projects, including a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame gala benefit concert. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky lighting in North America.

Headquartered in Solon, Ohio with offices in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Detroit, 35-year old Vincent Lighting Systems offers a wide selection of stage and theater lighting for performing arts centers, educational and religious organizations, corporations, special events and more.

No sooner had Vincent Lighting Systems acquired their complement of Clay Paky Sharpy Beams, Sharpy Washes and GlowUps than the fixtures began going out on jobs. “We have had these fixtures out on so many productions, and they have been receiving rave reviews,” reports marketing director Kim Craigie.

The Sharpy line came to Vincent’s attention last fall when some of the company’s production managers attended LDI. “They thought the fixtures were impressive and powerful,” she says. “Then A.C.T came out and did a demo for us. They are super bright, super fast and super quiet. They have the output of 1000-watt lamp and consume only 330 watts, so they can save a lot of power.”

The Vincent team was also drawn to the portable, battery-operated GlowUp LED floodlight because “we don’t have to run cable with them,” Craigie says. “We can get up to 20 hours life on one battery. They have a nice adjustable zoom, and we’re very pleased with them.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, “It’s great to see another lighting house join our family. It sounds like Vincent Lighting has some great applications for our fixtures.”

So far the highest profile project for the new fixtures was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 10th annual “It’s Only Rock and Roll Spring Benefit” at Public Hall in the Cleveland Convention Center, which included performances by Tower of Power and War. Thirty-six GlowUps were used for the “side show” acts performing on mini stages throughout the main floor party.

“They were ideal for this application because we didn’t need to run cable across main walkways in order to power or control them,” Craigie explains. “They also provided nice lighting for the tented seating areas.”

Additionally, a complement of Sharpy Beams and Washes delivered “a great look” for the main stage concert acts. “The Beams projected really powerful beams,” she reports.

The Grand Opening of Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati and the University of Kentucky Athletics’ 11th annual CATSPY Awards both got the Sharpy treatment, with Vincent Lighting Systems furnishing fixtures for the first casino in the Ohio river town and for the university’s awards ceremony recognizing athletic and academic performance.

Vincent also supplied Sharpy Beams for Faith Family Church’s annual ‘Love is Red’ conference. Drawing several thousand high-school and college-aged students to the North Canton, Ohio facility, the event ran three full days, where Sharpys’ beams and effects lent a rockstar aura to the bands that led worship.

George Masek, A.C.T Vice President of Automated Lighting commented, “I was born in Cleveland, so I’ve always had a fondness for Vincent Lighting, and of course, the Rock Hall of Fame. A.C.T lighting and Clay Paky are honored to be associated with Paul Vincent and his great team. We look forward to a long partnership.”

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