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“Oscars® Outdoors” Summer Film Series Shines Bright With Christie DLP Cinema Technology

With its second season underway as of June 15, “Oscars Outdoors,” a ten-weekend summer film series sponsored by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is receiving rave reviews. And integral to the success of its weekend screenings – offering contemporary favorites and classic Hollywood films – is the Christie Solaria® Series CP2230 DLP Cinema® projector.

Oscar Outdoors (Photo credit- Todd Wawrychuk ©A.M.P.A.S.)

Capable of projecting 2D and 3D films at high resolutions and in brilliant color, even through the challenges of outdoor cinema projection, the Christie Solaria projector continues to fill a black-backed, 40 foot by 22.5 foot Harkness screen with amazing images for the 500+ families in attendance most weekends. Complementing the visual impact is an impressive L-ACOUSTICS sound system.

“We improved upon our first season by incorporating the Christie® solution, a higher-quality projection,” said Jay Palmer, Theater Operations Engineer with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “The enhanced functionality combined with superb setup by Christie all figured in a very successful debut.”

Besides the Oscars Outdoors screening series, the open-air theater – on the property of the Academy at 1341 Vine St., between De Longpre and Fountain Avenues and between Vine Street and Ivar Avenue, just south of the ArcLight Cinemas – has been used by both the Academy and community as an event space for special screenings, educational events and other festivities.

“For more than 80 years Christie has been serving the movie industry and filmgoers, so it was natural that, when approached to assist with this worthwhile project, we readily agreed,” said Craig Sholder, VP for Entertainment Services, Christie. “Our technology is leading-edge and our ability to play well with other cinema offerings ensures successful showings.”

For more information on the Academy’s public events, visit www.oscars.org .

FOR-A to Showcase a Variety of its Popular Solutions at SET Broadcast & Cable Show

Cypress, CA – At the upcoming SET Broadcast & Cable Show, FOR-A Corporation of America will demonstrate a number of its video and audio solutions in Booth F1. This year marks the 22nd SET Broadcast & Cable Show, which will take place in São Paulo, Brazil at the Exhibition Centre Immigrants from August 20-22.

One of the highlights of the FOR-A booth will be the FT-ONE 4K variable frame rate camera. The FT-ONE employs FOR-A’s “FT1-CMOS” high-sensitivity color sensor and has the ability to record up to 900 frames per second. The camera captures images as uncompressed raw data on the system’s internal memory, which has a recording capacity of 9.4 seconds. This data is then stored on one of two hot-swappable SSD cartridges, each of which is capable of storing 84 seconds of full 4K resolution images. Since its introduction last year, the FT-ONE has been used for a variety of high-end sports broadcast and digital cinematography applications, including the championship football game earlier this year in New Orleans, professional boxing, rugby, soccer and ice cross downhill competitions.

Another camera that FOR-A will showcase is the FLOVEL FZ-B1 high-sensitivity HD unit. The newest addition to FLOVEL’s extensive line of high-end HD specialty cameras, the new FZ-B1 has at its core a 2/3-inch CMOS 1.3 megapixel color image sensor. The compact camera records in 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 720p/60p and 720/50p formats and has an unprecedented low-light sensitivity of only 0.01 lux. Superior HD color imagery coupled with low-light sensitivity makes the compact camera ideal for demanding high-resolution applications, such a day/night nature video production.

FOR-A’s HVS-390HS compact, cost-effective video switcher will also be shown. The unit includes 16 HD/SD-SDI inputs and eight outputs (expandable to 24 inputs and 13 outputs), with frame synchronizers for all inputs. The HVS-390HS was first introduced last year, with new capabilities recently announced. The new functionality, referred to as a MINI M/E, is an extension of the aux bus system that allows operators to deploy any aux bus transition with cuts, mixes, or wipes, and display a keyer complete with DVE functions. These features are offered as standard in the HVS-390HS.

FOR-A will also show its newest line of video switchers, the HVS-XT100 and HVX-XT110 HD/SD portable units. Shown for the first time in Latin America, the HVS-XT100 comes with a separate main unit and control panel, while the HVS-XT110 features a compact, integrated design.

The award-winning FA-1010 signal processor will also be in FOR-A’s booth. With 10 video inputs and outputs, the new FA-1010 offers multi-channel routing between sources as well as effective video and audio signal processing for line, relay, reporting, production, editing, and delivery applications. Providing extreme connectivity and functionality, the unit is referred to as THE Processor. Another signal processor that will displayed by FOR-A is the FA-9520 3G/HD/SD dual channel multipurpose unit. The FA-9520 is suited for a variety of applications, including master control, mobile production, post production services and live production.

Other products to be showcased in FOR-A’s booth include the MV-1620HS HD/SD high resolution multi-viewer. The compact (1RU) unit features a customizable layout, audio meter, and title and timer display. The IVS-710HS HD/SD video stabilizer will also be demoed. The unit provides real-time correction of unwanted camera movement and vibrations. FOR-A’s lightweight, compact VTW-330HS HD/SD character generator and FRC-30 HD/SD frame rate converter will be showcased as well.

“Brazil’s Broadcast & Cable Show is an exciting event for us,” said Mario Rodriguez, FOR-A’s Latin American Sales Manager. “The show attracts key decision makers in television engineering, radio, and telecommunications in Latin America, and is a great chance for FOR-A to show off our new and popular solutions in a region that’s so important to us.”

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Belkin Builds on Cyber Security Strategy with the Introduction of New Secure DisplayPort KVM Switch for Federal and Defense Agencies

New KVM Switch Helps Create a More Unified, Intuitive and Secure Work Environment for Organizations Handling Confidential Data on Separate Networks 

PLAYA VISTA, Calif. – July 16, 2013 – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for cyber security and government agencies, today announced the expansion of its award-winning secure product line with the addition of the Belkin DisplayPort KVM Switch. The new switch offers the ideal solution for federal and defense users who handle sensitive or confidential information and need a seamless, coherent environment working on multiple networks with different security levels.

DisplayPort is increasingly popular with the government sector because it offers high graphics resolution in a non-consumer HDMI format. Unlike HDMI, DisplayPort cables are securely fastened which minimizes down time that results when a loose cable is dislodged. In addition, no licensing fees are required, as with HDMI, and DisplayPort is significantly thinner and smaller than DVI.

While DisplayPort adoption is on the rise, there are security concerns involved with the transfer of information beyond display signals, making data vulnerable and security a challenge. Belkin is the first and only vendor to develop a Secure KVM Switch with support for DisplayPort technology. The switch, which is Common Criteria validated to EAL 4+, includes security mechanisms to protect DisplayPort channels and prevent leakage of information between connected computers and displays. These mechanisms provide isolation even if two connected computers are infected with malicious code attempting to target the KVM.

In addition, users today face a greater demand to monitor a growing amount of data and perform multiple tasks at the same time. Belkin addresses this by making the Secure DisplayPort KVM Switch the first to support up to four monitors on one system. As a result, users can more effectively keep an eye on more data simultaneously for improved intelligence and decision making. 

As with all Belkin Secure KVM products, the DisplayPort KVM Switch is designed to thwart cyber-attacks by reinforcing user desktop security with the most advanced and secure commercially available KVM technology available. Additional Secure DisplayPort KVM Switch features include:

  • Protected DisplayPort channel switching – Security mechanisms protect DisplayPort channels, preventing leakage of information between connected computers and peripherals
  • Full support of all DisplayPort 1.2 resolutions up to 3840×2160
  • Dedicated processors with emulators for every port – Isolated port paths for video, audio, peripherals, and smart card readers prevent data leaks between computers
  • Unidirectional data paths – Optical data diodes prevent peripherals from being used to breach systems
  • Display security – Protected display interface prevents data leakage via the monitor
  • Peripheral management – USB device detection prevents unauthorized peripheral usage
  • Anti-tampering – Internal electrical sensors render unit inoperable if opened

“Belkin works side by side with government users to understand the real challenges associated with cyber security. These insights are factored into the design of the Secure DisplayPort KVM and our strategy to expand on Belkin’s secure product line,” said Luis Artiz, director of product management, Business Division, Belkin International Belkin. “We’re committed to investing in innovative solutions that secure the user computing environment and look forward to continuing to unveil new solutions that address cyber security concerns.” 

Belkin’s DisplayPort KVM Switch will be available August 1, 2013 through the company’s network of authorized channel partners.

Datasheet and images are available at http://www.belkinbusiness.com/newsroom?tab=2. 

Belkin Government

Belkin delivers the necessary components for workstation security, as well as every essential accessory and peripheral device to provide a complete, efficient, productive workstation that meets the demands of government use. For more information visit Belkin Government.

About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products is available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkinbusiness.com. 

Tags: secure KVM, government security, cyber security, cyber attack, cyber threat, peripheral security 

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Seattle Mariners Debuts FUJINON HD Imagery on Big Board at Safeco

Lenses selection based on ability to produce sharp HD picture on LED display eight times larger than previous board

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division has announced that the Seattle Mariners—a Major League Baseball American League team—debuted a new Panasonic Lighthouse HD LED video display featuring imagery from new HD camera equipment put into service just before the season opener in April.

The new camera equipment includes: two Grass Valley LDX 80 Premiere multi-format studio/field cameras paired with two FUJINON XA77x9.5 HD telephoto field lenses. The Seattle Mariners also ordered a FUJINON HA14x4.5 super wide-angle HD ENG/EFP lens for use on a Sony PMW500-HD02 XDCAM camcorder. A second XDCAM camcorder is paired with a FUJINON ZA22x7.6BERD ENG/EFP HD lens acquired last year.

Since the new camera equipment was installed and commissioned in late March 2013, it has been used for game-day entertainment at Safeco Field—the home ballpark for The Seattle Mariners—starting with the 2013 season opener. It has also been used to support and enhance a variety of community events, including a private Microsoft corporate party and a series of high school baseball games held at Safeco.

“Considering the size of our new, widescreen HD video board, it’s critical to have acquisition gear that can produce exceptional HD picture quality that stays clear and sharp on such a massive display,” said Yezmin E. Blue, BSCS, CBTE, manager of broadcast engineering for the Seattle Mariners. The new 11,425 square foot Panasonic LED display is roughly eight times larger than the Safeco’s previous video display.

“With 81 regular season home games and over 450 private events annually, our cameras and lenses are in constant use, often in windy, rainy, or dusty conditions,” Blue added. “We’re committed to producing the best possible big-screen video show and these rugged, reliable FUJINON lenses enable us to do that.”

After the public had a chance to see the new 1080i HD video display and camera equipment at an Open House and media event prior to the start of the 2013 season and during the season opener, the gear was used for a double-header featuring two Seattle high school baseball teams on April 20, 2013. These new resources were also used on May 2, 2013 when Safeco hosted a private party held by Microsoft to honor 750 employees who had reached their 10-year anniversary with the company.

“During the high school games, we featured the student athletes on our video board in Major League Baseball style,” said Blue. “For the Microsoft party, our cameras captured all the day’s activities for the video screen, including the fun the employees had running the bases, enjoying food in our private clubs, as well as the special music concert held in their honor that evening.”

To cover action on the field, the two studio cameras are situated on tripods on the club level behind home plate. Video signals are carried over 1,000 feet via triax cable to the control room, also on the club level, where they’re switched using a Ross Vision production switcher. The two camcorders are shoulder-mounted, and VistaLink HD RF wireless transmission systems enable the operators to freely rove the stands for crowd shots. The video for the HD screen is also displayed on TVs throughout the concourse and suites.

“When you make a significant investment in production equipment, you want assurance that the vendor stands behind its product. With our new broadcast-grade lenses, I can honestly say that the service we’ve received from FUJINON Sales Rep Josh Ewing has been outstanding,” Blue said. “When I recently requested a lens cleaning kit, Josh came out to Safeco with supplies, and even gave our technicians an impromptu demonstration on the proper way to clean and care for the lenses. I’ve been very impressed with our FUJINON lenses and the manufacturer’s commitment to excellent customer service.”

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visitwww.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

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Capital Sound’s Martin Audio MLA Conquers Hyde Park

–Bon Jovi & Rolling Stones Get 10-day Festival Off To Flying Start–

A revolutionary sound system and reoriented stage provided the perfect recipe for the AEG-Barclaycard British Summer Time festival at London’s Hyde Park, as Bon Jovi and the Rolling Stones kicked off the ten-day season attracting crowds of 65,000.

Historically, Hyde Park concerts have been dogged by offsite noise pollution leading to neighborhood complaints and the need to reduce sound levels on site — meaning that the audience couldn’t hear the performances. So new tenants AEG/Loud Sound adopted Martin Audio’s award winning Multi-Cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) system to help solve the problem.

Knowing that its advance level of control would be the only scientifically proven system capable of maintaining an offsite level beneath the stipulated 75dB(A) threshold, there was the equal confidence of being able to raise the levels up by as much as 6dB from previous years to around 100dB(A) within the audience area, ensuring that the entire audience was united in the experience.

These figures were verified by Ian Colville, technical manager of Capital Sound, who designed and supplied the complete audio infrastructure. He had nothing but praise for the MLA system that allows a site to be mapped and areas optimized for audience, non-audience and entirely “hard avoid.”

As a result, neighborhood complaints were reduced to an absolute minimum.

Loud Sound had already received categorical proof of MLA’s capabilities at the 2011-2013 back-to-back Underage, Field Day and Apple Cart Festivals in Hackney’s Victoria Park, serviced by Capital Sound. Immersed in a densely populated neighborhood (as with Hyde Park), complaints about noise escapement suddenly ceased according to the event management.

This gave Loud Sound, the site managers for AEG, the evidence that MLA would be a perfect tool for the Hyde Park concerts.

But given the sensitivities of noise thresholds in the Royal Parks, a site simulation was first set up at Hatfield House in Herts for the promoters and acoustics consultants Vanguardia Ltd., who routinely carry out measurement and analysis at outdoor events such as this.

Ian Colville and Martin Audio R&D Director Jason Baird confirmed that this location was chosen because of its similarities in shape and size to the Hyde Park site, and evaluation took place against other systems.

The Martin Audio system is unique in its ability to place the sound only where it is required, unlike conventional systems, which have largely depended on trial and error. As a result the sound coverage pattern can be programmed into Martin Audio’s breakthrough MLA software to guarantee sound containment.

Vanguardia recorded near- and far-field measurements and asked Martin Audio to load in two different presets. which set coverage at 330 ft. and 165 ft. The measured SPL data over the site was then fed into their own environmental model before giving the system the thumbs-up. Vanguardia’s experience with MLA also caused them to believe that a better offsite sound could be achieved than with a conventional system.

The other key factor in the sound threshold increase was the reorientation of the Hyde Park stage by around 30° from north facing to northwest (directing it away from Park Lane). “The result is that fans positioned out at the perimeter have been able to enjoy an identical sound experience to those at the front of the stage,” said Capital Sound general manager, Paul Timmins. “But walk five yards outside the soundfield and it will vanish.”

With its rapid loudness drop-off, the MLA system was created for environments such as Hyde Park. According to one sound engineer who had earlier worked with the system. The ability to ‘taper off’ the sound at the perimeter “is as if an invisible ring has been drawn around the site.” It was this that will have impressed those monitoring the offsite sound at typical nearby locations such as the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane.

As Ian Colville assessed, “The ability to gain an extra 6dB of volume onsite, while keeping within the off-site maximum level of 75dB(A), provides a significant advantage. MLA is such a different system, with all of its acoustic cells individually controlled to produce phase-coherent summation in the audience areas.”

So how was the Hyde Park system conceived? Sculpted into the oak shrubbery of the concept stage’s proscenium––the inspiration of set designers MDM working with Star Rigging––were left and right hangs of 16 x MLA elements (with a single MLD Downfill box at the base). Outfills were provided by 12 MLA (and a single MLD each side) with eight pairs of the small footprint Martin Audio W8LM Mini Line Arrays for front fills.

The subwoofer cardioid broadside array—made up of 32 MLX subs—is now a tried and trusted ‘electronic arc’ concept, with one back facing enclosure for every two forward-facing ones providing cancellation at the rear. “The beauty of this design,” says Colville, “is that you can adjust the horizontal dispersion and rear rejection electronically without needing to physically move anything.”

In addition there were ten delay masts. The front two arcs of four MLA masts each contained seven elements and a single MLD. For the larger shows, two further delay towers at the back were enabled, made up of eight MLA Compacts. Critical distances were 165 ft. (from FOH to stage), while the delays were set at 295 ft. (from the stage), 525 ft. and 688 ft. (for the MLA Compacts).

In summary, Ian Colville said, “At Hyde Park we proved how MLA technology allows us to significantly increase on-site volume while containing the sound within a strictly defined area. It’s a great result for everyone involved in the project.”

Martin Audio managing director, Anthony Taylor, added: “This is a significant jewel in the crown of worldwide events; we are thrilled that Martin Audio and our MLA technology has been chosen to tackle Hyde Park’s challenging sound issues. This is a win-win for everyone involved: artists, sound engineers and the paying public get the sound performance they deserve, while local residents are less impacted.”

In addition to system designers, Ian Colville and Martin Audio R&D Director, Jason Baird, Capital Sound’s support team included Al Woods (crew chief), Toby Donovan (system engineer and MLA technician) and eight other crew. Account manager was Martin Connolly and project assistant was Michele Conroy. Andy Davies and Chris Pyne, from Martin Audio’s Tech Support team, also supported the event.

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

Special Event Services Relies On Massive Outline Speaker System for Justin Moore Tour

System Features GTO, GTO-DF, Butterfly, Mantas, LIPF and Lab 21 Speakers

WINSTON-SALEM, NC, JULY 17, 2013 – Special Event Services (SES) deployed an immense Outline GTO-based sound system for the 2013 Justin Moore Outlaws Like Me concert tour, presented at major arenas and concert venues across the country. With Outline’s exclusive OpenArray 3D Simulation Software, SES employed the company’s integrated flying hardware system to achieve audience coverage and uniform, sterling sound quality at each stop. This setup was elemental to delivering the excitement of Justin Moore’s performances for both his heavy country rock hits and emotional ballads.

The entire mix of Outline GTO, GTO-DF, Butterfly, Mantas, LIPF and Lab 21 speakers offered audience members a sonic experience unmatched by any other system on the market. “The most significant aspect of the Outline system that we used for Justin Moore is that it replicates everything I give it without coloration,” says Jeff Oliver, front-of-house engineer for Justin Moore. “Every stage source, from all the guitar amps and microphones, to the drum kit and Justin’s vocals, are faithfully reproduced at each venue with unbelievable consistency. Such replication can be difficult to achieve live, and the Outline system does so with ease. The system puts out exactly what I put in, and I think that is the hardest aspect to achieve for live, touring concerts. With Outline, the sound is so good that the audience members feel like they are on the stage with the band no matter where they are sitting. Once you work with Outline, you get the chance to learn how an intimate sound can be achieved in a large arena.”

SES is a veteran company that has earned an international reputation for designing and deploying audio and lighting systems satisfying the needs of a broad range of audiences and venue types. The team at SES relies on the sophisticated integrated flying hardware system included on each speaker in conjunction with Outline’s exclusive OpenArray 3D simulation software to achieve stunning results.

“Outline’s OpenArray software and the design of the cabinets make setup very fast and straightforward,” says John Kaylor, systems engineer for SES. “We go in, measure the room and do all of the predictions in OpenArray, which is really simple to use. The result is a very detailed and accurate sound across every venue. The system’s automatic function chooses the angles for each cabinet. We set each cabinet in the array accordingly and fly the system quickly and accurately every time. I believe that the Outline system is one of the most powerful and easy-to-use products I’ve ever encountered. When you need it, the system delivers.”

Oliver also helps with flying the system, and while he appreciates its ease, he loves the results. “I’ve heard elements of our band out of this PA system that I never knew were there before,” he states. “The Outline system delivers the level of clarity you generally see in a recording studio, a much more controlled listening environment. The stereo imagery is second to none. There are nuances that you just don’t hear in other speaker systems. The way Outline’s high-end drivers and wave guides are designed reproduces the top end better than anything I’ve ever heard in my entire life. When you pan a guitar in the sound field, you can feel it in the room, you can feel it shift. It just kind of blows your mind that the system reproduces all the way up to 18-19 kHz where all that pretty sonic information is found, like overheads in a drum mix. Things like that give you that spatial feel at a concert, and that is good for the performer and the audience. We have achieved this all because of Outline.”

About Outline
Outline S.r.l., based in Brescia, Italy, is a leading manufacturer of high quality loudspeakers of both powered and un-powered configurations. Founded in 1973, the company has a rich history in the development of high quality loudspeaker systems, test and measurement systems, and holds numerous technology patents. With offices in Italy, The UK, and the USA and over 50 distributors on five continents with more than 4200 venues and users to its credit, Outline has assumed its place among the leaders in the professional audio market.

ELAN® Launches Cooperative Digital Marketing Campaign

Underscoring its commitment to provide the highest level of lead-generating sales support for its dealers, ELAN Home Systems and Netsertive today announced plans to launch a one-year national digital marketing program, effective July 1, 2013.

Running on Netsertive’s proven Local Extend™ channel marketing platform, the customized program is designed to support ELAN’s network of participating dealers by serving cooperative local digital marketing that leverages ELAN’s brand and pre-approved messaging. Netsertive’s technology will deliver online ads and content that targets designers, architects & consumers, and will then connect those prospects to the nearest local ELAN dealer in their region. 36 ELITE Dealers are engaged in the initial rollout of the program, with more scheduled within 6 months.

According to Paul Starkey, ELAN’s Senior Vice President of Marketing, this new marketing initiative marks an important step forward in the continuing expansion of the company’s dealer support program. “The ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System is now recognized by dealers and consumers as the leader it deserves to be,” Starkey said today. “As a result, we are ready to make a significant investment in driving qualified sales leads to our dealers all across the country. The Netsertive platform is the vehicle that will allow us to do this quickly and efficiently.”

The program includes comprehensive local campaigns using display ads, mobile device ads, search marketing, advanced targeting techniques, and dynamic lead pages which are automatically injected into the local dealers’ websites. The lead pages are centrally controlled to maintain the most up-to-date brand content, but appear to prospects as part of the dealers’ web content, helping to drive more local leads.

“Having served clients in the A/V and automation space for nearly five years, we are excited to be working with ELAN Home Systems to drive technology-driven marketing support for their dealers” said Brendan Morrissey, Netsertive’s CEO. “Our platform brings brands and dealers together to drive a compelling experience for prospects and create new sales opportunities in local markets”.

According to BIA/Kelsey, 97% of consumers use online research and media to decide what products to buy and where to find them locally. It’s more critical than ever for local businesses to be part of the online discovery process even when the buying occurs offline. Netsertive and ELAN have teamed up to help local dealers harvest the online demand and compete more effectively.

About Netsertive
Netsertive has moved to the forefront of the digital ad tech industry with a vision of using technology to connect local consumers with products and businesses. Based in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, the company automates localized digital advertising and channel-marketing solutions, leveraging online search, online display, social media and mobile platforms. It provides standalone localized campaign automation as well as its innovative Digital Co-Op system, which combines brands and local channel partners in turnkey, cooperative online ad campaigns. Serving specific vertical industries, Netsertive helps local businesses, multi-location retailers and national brands increase sales in targeted local markets with its expert team and patent-pending technology platform. Founded in 2009, the company has a history of rapid growth, a world-class team, and the strength of venture capital funding from top firms RRE Ventures, Harbert Venture Partners and Greycroft Partners. Visit www.netsertive.com.

About ELAN® Home Systems:
Founded in 1990, ELAN® Home Systems is an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning whole-house entertainment and control systems that are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers and distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

ELAN is part of Core Brands® which is part of Nortek, Inc. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management, and control brands into a single business unit that includes the ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

Nortek, Inc., is a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

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AES Draws World R&D Community for Sound Field Control Conference

— AES’s 52nd International Conference titled “Sound Field Control – Engineering and Perception” in Surrey, Guildford, UK, September 2-4, 2013 —

New York, NY, July 16, 2013 — Registration is now open for the first AES international conference on Sound Field Control, slated to take place at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK, September 2-4, 2013. Held within a short distance of London’s major international airports, this conference aims to bring together engineers and perceptual scientists from around the world to share their research in this fast-moving field, and to discuss the numerous interactions between acoustics, signal processing, psychoacoustics and auditory cognition.

Inviting the world R&D community to attend the conference, chair Francis Rumsey said, “This is an unmissable event for anyone involved in the active control of sound fields, whether as a researcher, developer or practitioner. This is going to be a major theme of audio product development and design over the next ten years, and the personalization or customization of sound fields using audio technology is a becoming a really big deal. We’ve accepted over 40 contributions, including a number of invited presentations from the leading minds on beam forming, arrays, sound zones, spatial issues, perception and signal processing, and there’ll be some fascinating workshops and demos for people to experience the issues first-hand.”

Three fine keynote lectures from leading experts go hand-in-hand with live demonstrations and workshops on the interface between perception and engineering in this fast-moving research field. Keynotes include Professor Steve Elliott of the ISVR in Southampton, UK, who will give an introductory tutorial on “Active control of sound fields”; Professor Armin Kohlrausch of Philips Group Innovation and Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, on “Evaluation of spatial sound fields; how far can we get with perceptual models?”; and Dr Frank Melchior, Head of Audio Research, BBC, UK, to discuss “Creative Sound Field Control.”

Sound field control enables the active management of audio delivered in an acoustical environment. Sophisticated signal processing and reproduction tools increasingly enable the engineer to tailor the sound field for specific applications, occupancy or listeners’ requirements. This can include the creation of independent sound zones in listening spaces, the active control of noise, personal communication systems, the electroacoustic manipulation of auditorium acoustics and the generation of complex spatial sound fields using multi-channel audio systems.

Discover the preliminary program and make your travel plans now to visit the UK in early September. Low-cost accommodation has been arranged in high-quality ensuite university rooms for conference delegates. Find out more and register for the event at the conference website: http://www.aes.org/conferences/52/. Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AES.52 and follow us on Twitter at #AES_SFC.

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Masque Sound Returns for an Encore at Renowned Summer Theatre Festivals

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA, JULY 17, 2013—When the Williamstown Theatre Festival kicked off its 2013 summer season on June 26, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, celebrated its tenth season of providing audio equipment and services to the highly regarded event. In addition to supporting the Williamstown Theatre Festival this season, Masque Sound is once again providing audio equipment to Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in New York and The Muny in St. Louis.

Taking place in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, the Williamstown Theatre Festival brings together a vast and impressive group of artists. The festival’s 58th season kicked off with the opening of Animal Crackers on the Main Stage and American Hero on the Nikos Stage.

“Masque Sound has done an incredible job of providing the equipment and services we need to put on plays that sound amazing and captivate our audiences,” says Alex Neumann, sound supervisor, Williamstown Theatre Festival. “Masque Sound always works within our budget without compromising on the quality of the gear we are using. They have been great to work with all these years.”

Managing audio for the Main Stage and Nikos Stage, which put on seven plays throughout the summer season, one of Neumann’s biggest challenges is keeping track of all the gear spread among the separate spaces, including the five smaller venues and five rehearsal spaces. “On the two main stages we turn over shows in 24 hours, so we need to make sure the sound equipment we are using can hold up to the rigors of our crazy schedule,” adds Neumann. “Equipment selection is essential and knowing that Masque Sound consistently provides reliable and well-built gear allows me to focus my attention elsewhere. That is a huge help.”

The two main stages at the Williamstown Theatre Festival feature an array of Meyer Sound and d&b speakers, including Meyer M’elodie line arrays, UPQ-1ps and UPQ-2ps and d&b E0s, E4s and E9s, as well as L-ACOUSTICS 108ps and DV subs. The 511-seat Main theatre features an Avid Profile console, while Nikos is equipped with an Avid SC48 console. For wireless needs, Neumann utilizes the Sennheiser 2000 series, supplementing it with Sennheiser SK 5012 transmitters and EM 1046 receivers.

A host of Broadway talent and recognizable film and television stars will appear on the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s stages throughout the summer, including Heather Lind, Elena Shaddow, James Cromwell and Kate Burton.

Masque Sound is no stranger to supporting regional summer theatre. Its involvement in these types of events dates back over half a century, when it first supplied rental equipment to New York City’s Delacorte Theater for Shakespeare in the Park. The Delacorte Theater became the permanent home of Shakespeare in the Park in 1962, and 51 years later, Masque Sound continues to help New York natives and visitors alike enjoy the free performances each summer season. The majestic, open-air theatre has a seating capacity of 1,800, and more than 100,000 people attend each season.

The company also recently signed on for an additional three summers at The Muny in St. Louis, following a successful eight-year working relationship. Currently in its 95th season, The Muny is America’s largest and oldest outdoor musical theatre, having been a local tradition since 1918.

When working with outdoor venues, such as Delacorte and The Muny, equipment is often exposed to the elements, requiring speakers, consoles, cables and all usable production elements to be protected—making equipment selection essential. Manufacturers such as Meyer Sound have developed water-resistant loudspeakers and rain hoods to protect the speakers from water getting inside. Masque Sound incorporates these weather-resistant products into their equipment packages.

“Although we provide unique audio equipment setups to each of these summer festivals, our goal is to supply the sound designers with the flexible, customized equipment packages they need to create an environment in which every audience member feels a connection to the show,” says Dennis Short, Masque Sound. “It’s exciting for Masque Sound to be involved with these productions and we look forward to working with them for many more summers to come.”

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies” and “Once” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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AS Project Co. First to Install Focusrite RedNet in Japan

RedNet user base continues to expand globally

Los Angeles, CA, July 16, 2013 – RedNet is Focusrite’s flagship modular high-quality audio networking system based on Dante®’s powerful digital audio network. AS Project Co. Ltd., located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, recently became the first users of RedNet in Japan.

AS Project Co. specializes in live and event sound and has been using the Yamaha CL live console series in conjunction with Pro Tools HD. As existing Yamaha CL series users, AS Project Co. decided to take advantage of the fact that the console has built-in Dante functionality by choosing RedNet 5. Two RedNet 5 units are connected to Pro Tools HD and to the Dante network, allowing 64 channels of high-quality, uncompressed digital audio to pass between the console and the recording system.

Sound engineer Masahiro Fukuhara spoke about his implementation and initial thoughts of RedNet: “RedNet 5 is recognized immediately as two 192 Digital I/O™ units from the Pro Tools® side, and therefore the routing is very straightforward. RedNet Control and Dante Controller are installed in the MacBook Pro with Nuendo Live. Pro Tools HD is installed on the main Mac Pro machine and Nuendo Live works as a backup for recording. Within the Dante network, digital audio signals for recording are connected through a Gigabit Luminex GigaSwitch 8 Ethernet switch. Long-distance cabling requirements are taken care of by high-quality Cat5e cable. The master clock from the system is taken from a black burst generator converted to word clock by a SYNC I/O™ into the Yamaha CL5, which is then the master clock for the Dante network. RedNet 5 provides the loop sync for an additional 192 I/O™. I’ve had experience with Dante, but installing RedNet 5 was easy – just connect and power-on. We’ve already used it for some live recordings, and it’s worked well every time.”

192 I/O, SYNC I/O and Pro Tools HD are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries.

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