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Extron Ships HDCP-Compliant WindoWall Pro Series

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the WindoWall® Pro System, a powerful and versatile, yet user-friendly approach for multi-display videowall systems. It features a highly scalable architecture that delivers optimum performance and reliability. Full HDCP compliance at all HDMI inputs and outputs assures worry-free presentation of protected content. WindoWall Console software is the user interface to the system, facilitating intuitive, straightforward control and configuration of videowall systems, and the creation of presentations with multiple, independent windows for displaying graphics, HDTV, and video. The WindoWall Pro System is an ideal choice for applications that require highly reliable, multi-window videowall systems.

“WindoWall Pro features HDMI input and output capability for simple incorporation of HDCP-encrypted video sources into videowalls,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “WindoWall Pro switches HDCP-encrypted content quickly and reliably, providing uncompromised video performance for mission-critical systems.”

Each WindoWall Pro processor allows for the display of up to four windows and employs proven Extron video processing technologies to deliver a fully optimized, high quality real-time video output. Because a discrete processor is dedicated to each display unit in the videowall, WindoWall Pro is fully scalable, supporting a wide variety of display layouts from 1×2 to 2×3 and larger. The HDMI inputs, outputs, and universal analog video inputs support signal rates up to 1920×1200 and HDTV 1080p/60, plus 2K on the HDMI connections. Each WindoWall Pro processor features an HDMI background input, which allows a full motion, high resolution computer-video or HDTV signal to be used as a background image to any presentation.

To enhance and simplify integration of sources and displays, WindoWall Pro features Key Minder, an Extron-exclusive technology. For HDMI signals with protected content, Key Minder authenticates and maintains continuous HDCP encryption between input and output devices to ensure quick and reliable switching.

For more information on the WindoWall Pro Series, please visit: www.extron.com/windowallpropr

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Optocore Network Patches in Pet Shop Boys

Band’s Audio Crew Chooses Fiber System as Reliable, Cost-Effective Solution to Copper for Latest Tour

LONDON, JULY 18, 2013 — While mixing the Pet Shop Boys’ current Electric world tour, the band’s longtime sound engineers, Holger Schwark (FOH) and Seamus Fenton (monitors), needed to transfer signals and keep the sound within the digital domain. In order to do so, the duo have been relying on a multicore system from Optocore, the leading provider of scalable, high-bandwidth, low-latency fiber-optic networks for the transmission of audio, video and data in a variety of markets, including pro AV, live and fixed installations and broadcast.

The Optocore system (aided by experienced Capital Sound system technician Al Woods) plays a vital role in the tour and recently ensured the delivery of a dynamic set, including the 80’s hits Always On My Mind and West End Girls, during the synth-pop band’s performance at London’s O2 Arena. Handling the tour’s production is Capital Sound, which is utilizing a Nexo STM PA line array to provide the audio.

Schwark, a longtime Optocore user, has been relying on two Optocore DD4ME MADI converters in his compact FOH side rack for years, with a third DD4ME at the monitor desk. For the Electric tour, Schwark and Fenton chose the compact DiGiCo SD10-24 consoles and a DiGiCo SD-Rack at the monitor desk. While these consoles come equipped with an optical loop interface, the duo decided instead to run Optocore as an independent network in order to keep the entire workflow digital. Having the Optocore system in place gave the team greater flexibility to patch signals between their “playback world,” the SD-Rack, the two mixing desks, a MADI-equipped Mac Mini at FOH and FX units at FOH, along with an additional independent MADI output for occasional multichannel recording.

The selection process began during a previous tour in 2009, when the duo’s DiGiCo SD8 consoles did not have optical connections. “Since we use MADI-enabled multichannel playback equipment on stage, I did not want to rely on copper connections, so I was looking for a reliable, redundant fiber system that would also guarantee that the digital clocks on stage and FOH stayed in perfect sync at all times,” says Schwark. “Once we started using Optocore DD4MEs, it quickly became obvious how much extra flexibility they gave us in patching communication mics across or sending FOH special effects back to monitors, without needing an XLR return core,” he says.

Meanwhile, for his work with the monitors, Fenton has been running two fibers out of his Optocore system that are linked to FOH and merge two MADI streams. The DiGiCo SD-Rack, which provides inputs for mics, as well as live keyboards, is connected to the monitor console via BNC MADI cables, with full control over gains, etc., from the monitor desk. A second MADI output on the SD-Rack feeds one of the DD4ME inputs, to be picked up by FOH and the recording output. “We decided early on that gain control from FOH is not required,” says Fenton, “We only have a few mics anyway and rarely change their gains.”

The multitrack playback, which contains an essential part of Pet Shop Boys’ music, originates in a redundant pair of MADI-equipped computers near the monitor desk that have been combined using a DirectOut EXBOX.BLDS switchover unit, which feeds the other DD4ME input on stage.

The first output of that DD4ME goes into the monitor desk, carrying the multitrack playback, comms mics and some effects from FOH, while the second output is reserved for recording.

The DD4ME was designed to offer digital I/O compatibility with a range of devices, such as digital consoles with coaxial BNC MADI I/Os. The huge amount of channels exchanged by a single DD4ME makes it a highly cost-effective interface, with two MADI input and two MADI output ports allowing the transmission of up to 128 input and 128 output digital audio channels per device.

At the FOH end of the two fiber cables, fitted with standard expanded beam connectors, the two DD4ME devices have a total of four MADI I/Os — two connected to the MADI ports of the FOH desk, offering a theoretical maximum of 112 channels each way between the console and the Optocore network. The third DD4ME MADI I/O is taken by a Mac Mini with DiGiCo’s UB MADI interface, featuring tasks like system alignment tools, analyzers, live plugin processing and recording for virtual sound checks, while the final MADI I/O connects to a TC6000 reverb, with a DirectOut EXBOX.AES converter in line.

“Optocore is our entire backbone,” says Schwark. “It allows me to patch everything through the network. I connect both of the consoles’ ports to the network, as well as my peripherals, and can now use the desk’s built-in tricks for virtual soundchecks for, say, 40 recorded channels, while still connecting to my reverb engines and analyzer software on the higher-numbered channels. It works beautifully well and makes the best use of the existing I/O on the back of the desk, without adding a bulky local I/O rack.

“From the first day, what I loved about this system was its reliability, and the fact that it has ‘Link 1′ and ‘Link 2′ LEDs for the fiber connections, so I can see if communication with the stage end is established. This means that we don’t have to do extensive line checks anymore, which is great in festival situations where we don’t use our own cables, but rather festival-provided DiGiCo-style fibers. Plug it in, wait until the other end has plugged in by occasionally checking the Link LEDs, check if the shout mic works … line check done!”

Fenton agrees, praising the Optocore system. “It is a phenomenally flexible tool,” he says. “It just always works!”

About Optocore
Based in Munich, Germany, Optocore is the world market leading provider of scalable, high-bandwidth, low–latency fiber-optic networks for the transmission of audio, video and data. For 19 years, Optocore has been continuously innovating and setting new standards with regards to digital network technology. Optocore builds and develops synchronous optical fiber and CAT5 based network solutions for broadcast professionals, fixed installations and live event applications. Utilizing leading-edge technology and high-quality components Optocore guarantees durability and therefore long-term market and customer satisfaction. Due to the open system architecture, Optocore’s platform offers other manufacturers the option to transfer conventional standard audio, video and data formats used in the pro audio industry, via a fiber and CAT5 network. Technical expertise, QoS and an extensive support structure are guaranteed to all customers, together with the highest level of quality controls. For more information, visit www.optocore.com.

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LEVA Offers Courtroom Testimony Seminar for Forensic Video Analysts at Annual Conference

(MIDLOTHIAN, TEX.) – Someone who is skilled at forensic video analysis is not automatically a good expert witness. To help prepare analysts for the witness stand, the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA) will offer a comprehensive seminar during the 2013 LEVA Digital Multimedia Evidence Training Symposium, which runs Sept. 9-13 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Asheville, N.C. With a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and moot courts, “Courtroom Testimony for Forensic Video Analysts” will cover topics that are essential to understanding the role of an expert witness.

Designed to teach experts how to give effective testimony, both in direct and in cross, the three-day seminar will define the role and limits of the expert witness, present keys to effective communication with juries, and offer best practices for delivering testimony. Jonathan W. Hak, Q.C., Crown Prosecutor for Alberta Justice in Alberta, Canada, will teach the course. A major crimes prosecutor, he has been leading and challenging expert testimony for more than 25 years, and has been teaching a variety of courses for police officers and forensic specialists since 1989.

“The courtroom can be a very intimidating place,” Hak explained. “The skills required to be an expert in forensic science are completely different from the skills required to be an expert witness. Understanding the dynamics of courtroom testimony will help an expert to be more comfortable in the witness stand, give better evidence, anticipate lines of questioning, know how to handle difficult cross examination, and stay within proper limits.”

“Courtroom Testimony for Forensic Video Analysts” runs Sept. 9-11 and is open to anyone who testifies in an expert capacity, not just forensic video analysts. The seminar also fulfills the 24-hour Courtroom Training requirement for the LEVA Forensic Video Analyst Certification Program, but enrollment is limited.

LEVA’s 24th annual conference offers a mix of hands-on workshops, case studies, and interactive seminars focused on forensic video and audio technologies, as well as video production and editing tools. Many sessions throughout the five-day conference have limited availability, and pre-registration is required. For travel information, as well as the conference schedule and pricing options, visit leva.org.

ABOUT LEVA

LEVA is a nonprofit corporation committed to improving the quality of video training and promoting the use of state-of-the-art, effective equipment in the law enforcement and emergency services community. Our mission is to serve as a key resource to the global public safety community by focusing on the needs of video production and forensic imaging disciplines by providing opportunities for professional development through quality training and informational exchange. We make a positive contribution to a more competent public safety establishment. Find out more at leva.org.

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Riedel Supplies 3G Productions With Versatile Intercom Systems for Live Events

GLENDALE, Calif. — July 16, 2013 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that audio company 3G Productions has invested in Riedel gear to support its growing business in live-entertainment and corporate events. 3G Productions, based in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, is a provider of live production services, sound equipment rentals, sales, and installed sound. The Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom systems and associated keypanels, beltpacks, and headsets facilitate fast, flexible setup and quick reconfiguration, as well as the broadcast-quality audio critical in sophisticated live communications applications.

“To meet the needs of our diverse and well-regarded client base, we relentlessly analyze and pursue the best-performing equipment on the market,” said Keith Conrad, director of marketing at 3G Productions. “Riedel gear meets this standard, and we look forward to developing a strong and lasting relationship with the company. As our business continues to grow, the quality and versatility of Riedel’s intercom systems will help us to continue providing our clients with the highest quality of service.”

In an initial purchase of Riedel equipment, 3G Productions invested in Artist 64 and Artist 32 frames with fiber support of up to 10 km. Each of four purchased Performer C-44 PLUS systems can serve as a stand-alone digital partyline system for smaller requirements. The nine OLED Artist 1100 keypanels accompanying the Artist frames include four 16-key desktop units, two 12-key in-rack units, and three 26-key in-rack units. 3G Productions also purchased 24 beltpacks and two dozen headsets in a variety of styles. More recently, the company announced plans to purchase an additional Artist 128 frame to meet future demand.

The Artist digital matrix intercom system is based on a dual optical fiber ring to form a single large full-summing, non-blocking distributed matrix with 1,024 x 1,024 ports. While the system “feels” like a single unit, it has no limitations in the number of cross-points within or between the different nodes of the system. Allowing nodes to be places miles from one another when necessary and providing 64 and 32 intercom ports per matrix frame, the Artist systems purchased by 3G Productions allow for a high degree of decentralization of the entire matrix in a very cost-effective way. With the freedom to optimize placement of the matrix frames and intercom stations, 3G Productions can reduce the cost and time required for wiring and installation.

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

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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.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/3GP.zip
Photo Caption: The 3GP Team: Will Taylor, Terry Murphy, Eli Stearns, Keith Conrad, and Julio Valdez

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OCESA PRG Mexico Backs Soundgarden With HARMAN’s Martin Lighting Solutions

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Playing to a crowd of more than 20,000, Seattle-based grunge band Soundgarden recently performed at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City during its international tour, running through summer 2013. The band’s 26-song set list was highlighted with the band’s extensive catalog and was brought to life by a HARMAN Martin lighting system, deployed by OCESA PRG Mexico.

Throughout the stage, 34 Martin MAC Viper Profiles, 13 MAC 2000 WASH beams, 20 MAC Aura LED’s, 12 Atomic Strobe 3000’s and 12 Scroller 3000 lighting units were deployed, strategically designed to provide a spectacular visual landscape for the show.

Soundgarden’s live production team ordered the Martin lighting solution specifically for the Palicio de los Deportes performance.

“We’ve been using Martin lighting for years and our inventory has been trustworthy and bright from the beginning,” stated Sandro Arellano, OCESA PRG Mexico. “Even with such a complex production, the visual aspect posed no challenges for the Martin equipment. The band and fans were quite pleased throughout the entire show!”

Martin Professional distributor Audio Acustica provided the lighting equipment to OCESA PRG Mexico.

For more information about OCESA PRG Mexico, please visit http://www.ocesa.com.mx.

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®, and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with Harman audio and infotainment systems. Harman has a workforce of about 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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Audio-Technica U.S. Names Alliance Audio Visual Group Rep of the Year

STOW, OH, July 17, 2013 — Audio-Technica, a leading manufacturer of wired and wireless microphones, headphones and accessory products for over 50 years, has recognized Los Alamitos, California-based Alliance Audio Visual Group as its Rep of the Year for the 2012/2013 fiscal year. The award was presented to Alliance’s Matthew Jensen, Principal, and Jim Chase, Account Executive, by Philip Cajka, Audio-Technica U.S. President and CEO, and Michael Edwards, A-T V.P. Professional Products. Also in attendance were Doug Swan, A-T Director of Sales & Marketing, MI/PRO Audio, and David Marsh, A-T Director of Sales & Marketing, Installed Sound & Broadcast. Jensen and Chase accepted the award on behalf of other Alliance personnel not in attendance, including Kenny Andrews and Karen Lopez. Alliance represents Audio-Technica in the region of Southern California and Southern Nevada.

Audio-Technica held the awards ceremony to honor its dedicated force of manufacturer’s representatives during the InfoComm Expo on June 12, 2013, in Orlando, Florida. The A-T Rep of the Year recipient was congratulated for outstanding sales performance and bestowed with Audio-Technica’s beloved Samurai doll award. Alliance Audio Visual Group was acknowledged for its consistent success in the areas of sales, marketing and customer service.

Michael Edwards said, “Audio-Technica has an excellent team of manufacturer’s representatives, and Alliance Audio Visual Group has distinguished itself over the past year with a high level of service and support, which A-T is proud to acknowledge. We appreciate the relationships they have developed with their customers and their extensive knowledge of the A-T product line.”

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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System Integrators and Contractors Embrace Lowell Manufacturing

PACIFIC, MO, July 17, 2013 — Products from Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional A/V products for over 65 years, have become a leading choice for contractors and system integrators nationwide. From boardrooms and professional multimedia areas to arenas and houses of worship, educational facilities, theaters and other fixed installation projects, Lowell rack, power and audio products continue to be specified by high-profile audio/video professionals.

“My relationship with Lowell Manufacturing actually began with my father being friends with company founder Ben Lowell, so I not only have a business relationship, but a long-term personal relationship with the company,” stated Mark Schultz, Systems Engineer for Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Parson Technology, a leading system integrator that established its business in 1927. “As a system integrator designing and installing audio visual and voice data, as well as security systems for healthcare, houses of worship, casinos and gaming, retail stores, sports complexes and hotels and resorts, we employ Lowell equipment racks and ceiling speakers on most of the projects we do for our clients. Lowell has an extremely wide selection of products that not only are high quality and cost effective, but they also have convenient features that are not available from other manufacturers.”

DeWayne Rains, Vice President of Operations for Nashville, Tennessee-based Audio Electronics, Inc. (AEI), a full service Audio/Visual Company specializing in providing national retail, restaurant and hospitality clients with customized In-Store Music & Messaging Networks and Digital Signage solutions, echoes Schultz’s comments: “I’ve been working with Lowell for many years and specify their rolling floor racks, wall-mount racks and shelves, and wall-mount and rackmount volume controls for a variety of installations. The fact that their products are made in America is always important to us, plus John Lowell and his team take great pride and care in what they do — and that comes through when you get a Lowell product. Their customer service is second-to-none. I can order a rack for one of my clients like JCPenney, Cracker Barrel or O’Charley’s and have it the next day. That’s customer service.”

“We’ve standardized our installations using Lowell racks and accessories,” stated Jon Baker, President of Springfield, Missouri-based Audio Acoustics, a leading installer of premium sound and video systems since 1968 specializing in commercial audio/video, health care and education market sectors. “We use several types of their eight-inch ceiling speakers, including the LT series, for music and paging. We’ve been working with Lowell for over 10 years because they offer an extremely comprehensive range of quality products that we feel sound good, install easily and are competitively priced. When you compare the quality of a Lowell product to other choices on the market, with Lowell, you are getting a real value in every sense of the word. Additionally, they offer great customer support, are very responsive and truly understand our needs as a system integrator.”

For more information, please visit www.lowellmfg.com or e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com.

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HARMAN’s Soundcraft® Vi1 Digital Console Can Mix Sound Anywhere In LA County’s New Grand Park Using Unique Fiber-Based A/V System

LOS ANGELES, California – Opened in 2012, Grand Park is a 12-acre oasis of lawns, courtyards, fountains and plazas located in the heart of Los Angeles County. The new park is host to music, performances and entertainment year-round, under the auspices of The Music Center, one of the world’s largest premier arts destinations. Performances can be held in a number of Grand Park’s multi-use stages, spaces and lawns, thanks to a unique system of “media hydrants” connected by fiber optic cable and a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 digital live sound console that can be quickly moved into place to any location where it’s needed.

Matt Saltzman, Grand Park’s event manager, noted that the entire park is wired with fiber optic cable, buried underground and running to media hydrants located throughout the park that are linked to the main control room. The media hydrants provide digital audio and video connections via a Riedel light pipe data network and are terminated with Cat 5e for audio, video and control. The media hydrants are embedded in concrete and the connectors face outward horizontally for durability and waterproofing. The units are locked with a steel gate when not in use.

“In planning the A/V system for Grand Park, the County wanted to ensure live music and entertainment would be accessible in the widest variety of areas throughout the park,” said Saltzman. “They devised the underground fiber optic system to enable us to do this, rather than have to restrict performances to the stage area. However, to make this idea work we needed to be able to move the mixing console to each area. The Soundcraft Vi1’s digital connectivity enables us to do that.”

With its compact footprint, the Vi1 is relatively easy to move from place to place—and it’s easy to connect the Vi1 to the audio system using a Soundcraft Compact Stagebox. The Vi1 connects to the Compact Stagebox using a single Cat 5e cable, and the output from the Stagebox is then plugged into a media hydrant via Cat 5e. Saltzman notes that this arrangement eliminates the need for anywhere from 15 to 30 XLR cables. In some instances, Saltzman doesn’t even have to move the board—he or one of his staff will use an iPad to control front of house mixing from a remote location.

The Vi1’s built-in processing, reverb, compression and comprehensive EQ and effects eliminate the need for outboard effects racks, further adding to the mobility of the setup. Saltzman notes that all the Vi1 draws very little power, as much as a laptop. “All we need at front of house is literally a single power strip,” he said.

Saltzman points out that the Soundcraft Vi1’s comprehensive control and configuration flexibility make it comfortable for both the in-house staff and visiting sound engineers to use. “It can be set up to ‘feel’ like a traditional analog console, or you can use its tremendous amount of processing and flexibility to take advantage of all of its digital features, like assigning input groups and saving cues on the console’s cue/snapshot system.”

In fact, Saltzman discovered an unforeseen advantage of the Vi1 minutes before one particular performance. “Ten minutes before show time I accidentally pulled the AC power to the console at the end of sound check—without bothering to save my settings. Luckily for me the Vi1 had backed everything up and recalled all my settings. The show went off without a hitch.”

Photo Credit: Javier Guillen

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 Brings Cinema Sound to Vivid Life with the Launch of New Christie Vive Audio

Christie®, the world’s dominant brand in the digital cinema projection market, today launched the groundbreaking Christie Vive Audio™ solution to help exhibitors “complete the experience” for their moviegoing audiences. Designed for cinema, Christie Vive Audio leverages a unique articulated, single enclosure line array speaker design and ribbon driver technology, and combines it with the first use of efficient, high-powered Class D amplification in cinema – all at an attainable price point. Christie Vive Audio’s cinema speakers and amplifiers can be easily and efficiently integrated into any existing or new theater auditorium for the ultimate movie viewing and listening experience.
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Complete Christie Vive Audio System

“The introduction of digital technology has sparked tremendous changes in movie content since 2005, but many theaters are still using audio systems designed for 35mm film,” said Craig Sholder, Christie’s Entertainment Solutions unit vice president. “With Christie Vive Audio, we have found a way to take all the benefits of line array configuration and put it into a cinema environment by combining it with ribbon driver technology and Class D amplification – all in a single, elegant audio solution that is easily attainable to exhibitors.”
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“Typical audio solutions in the market have not kept up with performance demands of DCI specifications for audio – until now. The Christie Vive Audio integrated solution with its extended frequency response, high dynamic range and ultra fast transient response, along with unprecedented peak-to-average SPL ratios and smooth and even coverage, meets the performance demands of the DCI specification,” said Jim Hall, senior product manager with Christie’s Entertainment Solutions unit. “Christie Vive Audio represents a major leap in cinema sound, with perfect timbre-matching that unleashes the potential of today’s uncompressed digital audio along with leading immersive audio platforms such as Dolby® Atmos™.”
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The complete Christie Vive Audio solution comprises surround and screen channel speakers, subwoofers, and Class D amplifiers. It offers exhibitors the opportunity to provide audiences with the ultimate movie-viewing experience, enveloping them with dynamic, richly detailed and enhanced audio where speech, special effects, music, and alternative content sound more natural and lifelike. At the core of the system are the combination of superior sounding screen channel speakers with ribbon driver technology and the proven performance of a line array speaker design, all in a single enclosure.
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This innovative design helps increase the optimal listening area up to four times when compared to conventional compression driver-based audio systems and results in exceptionally smooth and even audio coverage throughout the auditorium. As well, Christie’s Class D amplifiers, which are more compatible with digital sources, are more efficient, resulting in lower operating costs.
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Added Patrick Artiaga, director, Business Development, Audio Solutions, with Christie’s Entertainment Solutions group, “The complete Christie Vive cinema audio solution can be tailored to the demands of any cinema space, from postproduction studios and screening rooms to traditional and premium large-format auditoriums. Each component of Christie Vive Audio has been specifically engineered to complement the other and combine to deliver a complete solution. By combining the superior performance capabilities of each piece into one integrated solution, Christie Vive Audio brings the next generation of cinema audio to any auditorium.”
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More information on Christie’s new audio initiative can be found at www.viveaudio.com.

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Christie Introduces New Matrix WU7K-J 3-Chip DLP® Projector That Delivers Power and Performance For Real World Simulation

Christie® today introduced its new Christie Matrix WU7K-J 3-chip DLP® projector delivering real world simulation to handle the most challenging of today’s display requirements. Featuring 6,300 ANSI lumens, the projector offers exceptional image quality and is packed with standard features that include full scalability, built-in geometric warping and edge blending, and high performance, image processing with 120Hz capability. The new Xenon-based projector joins the popular Christie Matrix Series family which includes the award-winning 1-chip DLP® LED-based Matrix StIM™ and Matrix SIM, as well as the Matrix StIM™ WQ and Matrix SIM WQ.

“The Christie Matrix WU7K-J is built upon one of the industry’s most innovative technologies, and provides customers with the highest level of system performance and capability available today,” said Dave Kanahele, director of simulation, Christie. “This new projector represents a continued evolution of DLP® technology combined with high brightness Xenon lamp illumination, superior image quality and stability, integrated with our unique Christie Matrix features to meet the most demanding requirements of our simulation customers.”

The Christie Matrix J Series models come standard with Christie AccuFrame™. Specifically designed to address the needs of the simulation market, this feature allows the user adjustable reduction of perceptible image smearing. It supports various frame rates and environments, ensuring the accurate display of high speed simulation content for the most true-to-life displays. Built-in image warping and advanced edge blending is provided by Christie Twist™.

“The most important aspect of this Christie Matrix WU7K-J projector is peace of mind,” said Zoran Veselic, vice president, Christie Visual Environments. “It’s compact, highly reliable and powerful, and includes standard in-demand features to help the virtual training world mirror the challenges of the real world.”

The Christie Matrix WU7K-J is suited to many simulation applications and is ideal for simulation and training applications requiring high brightness and system capability. It offers RGB color matching, full control of gamma curves and grayscale tracking and minimum processing latency.

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