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Bose® Professional Systems Helps the Boiling Springs First Baptist Church Upgrade Performance

System designer James N. Deal Consulting and installer MusiCraft both cite the Bose RoomMatch® loudspeakers’ comprehensive range of vertical and horizontal dispersion patterns that were able to precisely predict and cover the entire church’s sanctuary

Framingham, Massachusetts, July 11, 2013 – The First Baptist Church of Boiling Springs, South Carolina, recently undertook a large scale project to upgrade technology in the church’s sanctuary. The church’s worship style incorporates elements of both traditional and contemporary worship, using choir and organ, plus a worship team and amplified instruments at the front of their 1,100-seat church. Several solutions were evaluated, but only one company offered a configuration so ideal that it was the equivalent of a custom-designed sound system: Bose® Professional Systems Division, whose RoomMatch® loudspeakers and PowerMatch® power amplifiers offered precisely what the job needed.

The new PA system for the church is composed of two Bose RoomMatch RM5505, four RM5510, two RM7010, two RM9010 and a pair of RM12040 array module loudspeakers, plus four RMS215 subwoofers. Plus Two RM12060 modules provide for balcony fill-in coverage. Six PowerMatch PM8500N amplifiers power the system.

Systems designer Jim Deal utilized Bose Modeler® Sound System Software, an acoustic design and analysis program that can accurately predict a sound system’s performance, and the first sound system software to offer full STI prediction. Modeler was used to fine-tune the design and coverage patterns and select the proper system components. The sound system was installed by Roebuck, South Carolina-based MusiCraft Sound & Video, a longtime Bose dealer.

Jim Deal says he’d been intrigued by the design approach of the RoomMatch and PowerMatch products since they came to market, especially their potential for maximizing performance in reflective and more reverberant environments. He was able to experience them installed in a church in the Dallas area and was impressed. Music Pastor Butch King was also able to to hear the Bose system in person while attending a worship conference in Dallas, and was equally impressed. “The fact that the Bose RoomMatch components offer so many possible configurations allows me to design a system that will provide high quality intelligible sound to the seating area, while minimizing reflections from walls. The result is a system with greater clarity, detail, and impact, and we all were delighted with the result,” says Deal. “Since the system was installed, the reaction from the church members and from others who have heard the system has been very, very positive. Everyone is pleased with the outcome.”

David Clyburn, who was the Project Manager for MusiCraft and supervised the system’s installation, says the RoomMatch speakers went in without a hitch, enabling them to complete the job within the tight five-week time frame allotted. “The wide variety of horn patterns means we knew exactly where each enclosure had to go, instead of the hang-and-shoot techniques you have to use with many line arrays that require constant tweaking after they’re hung. With the RoomMatch modules, you can predict exactly where the sound is aimed, knowing that you can effectively keep the energy off the walls and keep it on the congregation,” he explains.

Clyburn says he’s been a huge fan of Bose Professional live-sound products for years. “We were excited when Bose came out with the RoomMatch and PowerMatch products,” he adds. “They gave us a larger system to work with that we can apply to a wider range of projects. We’ve been working with Bose for years and we’ll be working with Bose for years to come.”

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Digigram at IBC2013

At IBC2013, the Digigram team will feature the company’s IP-based audio and video solutions. Digigram will showcase its range of sound cards for automation, studio, and mobile production, as well as mission-critical program play-out. Products on display will include the new PCX/VX-IP Livewire(TM) family, which efficiently bridges radio automation systems to Axia(TM) mixing consoles.

The company also will present a variety of solutions that simplify the capture and delivery of high-quality audio over IP networks. A new mobile app for field contribution, a mic preamp that journalists can use with tablets and smartphones, and the new IQOYA *CALL/LE studio contribution codec are just a few of the solutions that will be making their debut. Digigram will also demonstrate valuable tools for enriching professional content production. Featured products will include Digigram’s flagship IQOYA *LINK and *LINK/LE codecs for audio-over-IP distribution for SSL and STL applications.

Finally, Digigram will demonstrate its line of IP video H.264 encoders/transcoders and decoders for video contribution and distribution over IP networks.

Sound Cards for Mission-Critical Broadcasting
Since 1989, Digigram has provided innovative radio automation, studio, and mobile production soundcards for all mission-critical situations, presenting the most complete analog and digital audio range on the market. At IBC2013, in addition to showing its well-established VX and PCX sound card lines, Digigram will highlight ultra-low latency LoLa series and new IP-audio networking sound cards such as VX-IP and PCX-IP Livewire(TM).

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Digigram/LoLa16161.zip
Photo Caption: 8 AES/EBU Input/Output PCI Express(R) Sound Card

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Digigram/VX882e.zip
Photo Caption: 8 AES/EBU + 8 Analog Input/Output PCI Express(R) Sound Card

CANCUN 442-Mic High-End USB Sound Card for Reporters and Audio Professionals
Built on a long tradition of no-compromise sound cards, housed in an ultra-robust yet stylish casing, and embedding smart mixing and effects on a powerful dual-core engine, the Digigram CANCUN 442-Mic is the toolbox for which reporters and on-the-go audio professionals have been waiting.

Four excellent mic preamps worthy of high-end digital consoles, a professional level of +25 dBu max, simultaneous analog and AES/EBU support, and latency below 4 ms on both Mac OS(R) and Windows(R) platforms are just some of the high-quality features offered by the CANCUN 442-Mic. The CANCUN 222-Mic offers the same rich capabilities and features as the 442-Mic in a two-input/two-output model. Both devices are designed with an attractive yet durable touch panel (with LED lights beneath the surface) and are built to high specifications, offering high processing power for zero-latency mixing and USB audio 2.0 Class-compliant streaming for Mac OS and iOS apps.

In stand-alone mode, CANCUN simultaneously provides high-quality mic preamps and A/D and D/A converters. A companion software application presents all relevant information (gain values, VU meters, locks, etc.) in a no-fuss fashion. Neutrik(TM) XLR connectivity and breakout cables are included.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Digigram/Cancun442Mic.zip
Photo Caption: CANCUN 442-Mic USB Sound Card

IQOYA *MOBILE iPhone(R) App for Remote Audio-Over-IP Field Contribution
At IBC2013 Digigram will demonstrate how the IQOYA *MOBILE iPhone(R) app allows an iPhone to be used as a high-quality AAC and MPEG-L2 recorder/editor IP codec. Armed with just an iPhone, journalists can record audio, edit it, and send the finished piece to the studio either as live audio over IP or via FTP. All that is required is an Internet, 3G, or WiFi(R) connection. IQOYA *MOBILE constitutes a professional-grade contribution solution for setting up a full-duplex connection between a reporter in the field and a newsroom or studio.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Digigram/IQOYA_MOBILE.zip
Photo Caption: IQOYA *MOBILE iPhone(R) App

Q-Mic Professional Mic Preamp for Smartphones and Tablets
The Digigram Q-Mic is a professional mic preamp designed for smartphones and tablets. Housed in a lightweight and ultra-rugged casing with professional connectors, it provides the low noise and high gain (up to + 24 dB) demanded by professional dynamic microphones. Its extremely low power consumption (less than 500 microamps) enables long recording sessions and uninterrupted on-air interviews. Practical, affordable, and reliable, it’s the perfect companion for professional field reporters.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Digigram/Q-Mic.zip
Photo Caption: Q-Mic Professional Mic Preamp

IQOYA *CALL/LE Audio-Over-IP Codec for Professional IP Audio Contribution
During IBC2013, Digigram will highlight IQOYA *CALL/LE, which allows users to build reliable ultra-low-latency IP audio contribution links while keeping costs under control. IQOYA *CALL/LE is a cost-effective and versatile addition to the IQOYA range of audio-over-IP (AoIP) codecs. It easily provides full-duplex IP audio sessions over standard Internet and 3G connections thanks to its hassle-free symmetric RTP connection mode. As a true IQOYA family member, *CALL/LE shares in the benefits of the family’s FluidIP(TM) IP audio streaming engine including smart jitter, loss, and drift management; QoS optimization; end-to-end stream redundancy strategy; stability; and ultra-low latency.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Digigram/IQOYA_CALL_LE.zip
Photo Caption: IQOYA *CALL/LE Audio-Over-IP Codec

IQOYA *LINK and *LINK/LE Audio-Over-IP Codec for Professional IP Audio Distribution
The IQOYA *LINK and *LINK/LE are rock-solid, full-featured stereo IP audio codecs for mission-critical program delivery. Their multiple failover programs, impressive list of audio codec algorithms (MPEG-L2/3, Fraunhofer AACs, eaptX, etc.), and connectivity to Axia Livewire(TM) networks match the stringent requirements of serious broadcasters looking for true 24/7 reliability. With the *LINK model, users enjoy easy and quick operation thanks to a color LCD user interface. Featuring Digigram’s FluidIP(TM) technology and designed from the start for dual-stream operation, IQOYA *LINK and *LINK/LE will demonstrate their ability to assure broadcast-quality audio transmission on imperfect IP networks.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Digigram/IQOYA_LINK_LE.zip
Photo Caption: IQOYA *LINK and *LINK/LE Audio-Over-IP Codec

IQOYA *SERV/LINK Multiple-Stereo or Multichannel Audio-Over-IP Codec for Professional IP Audio Distribution
For custom multiple-stereo or multichannel solutions, Digigram offers the IQOYA *SERV/LINK, which groups several distribution codec instances and features FluidIP(TM) technology on a single processing hardware platform. In addition to the 3U horsepower version of *SERV/LINK, Digigram will highlight the new 1U version, particularly suitable for MADI and multichannel audio networking interfaces.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Digigram/IQOYA_SERV_LINK.zip
Photo Caption: IQOYA *SERV/LINK Audio-Over-IP Codec

PCX-IP and VX-IP Livewire(TM) Sound Cards
Digigram’s PCX-IP and VX-IP Livewire(TM) sound cards enable broadcasters to interface with Livewire networks. As the company will demonstrate at IBC2013, the new PCX-IP Livewire is the ideal solution for broadcasters that need to bridge their radio automation solutions to or from an Axia Livewire-compatible network. A considerable improvement over a pure software approach, this model makes it possible for users to take advantage of Digigram’s legendary PCX audio quality, as well as the inherent performance stability, low latency, and instant fader start of this dedicated hardware solution. The sibling VX-IP Livewire card also fits perfectly into this range with the same technical performance.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Digigram/PCX-IP-Livewire.zip
Photo Caption: PCX-IP Sound Card

AQORD *LINK IP Video Encoder/Decoder for Contribution
AQORD *LINK is the professional’s choice for high-quality live broadcast contribution. This reliable hardware encoder/decoder delivers live event IP contributions to studio, SSL, STL, or studio-to-CDN applications in any point-to-point or point-to-multipoint application. AQORD *LINK provides simultaneous HD/SD live encoding, transcoding, and local recording on up to two video channels from SDI video inputs, recorded material, or IP streams.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Digigram/AQORD_LCD.zip
Photo Caption: AQORD *LINK IP Video Encoder/Decoder

AQILIM *FIT and *SERV/FIT IP Video Encoder/Transcoder for OTT/Web TV Delivery
The powerful software core of the AQILIM *SERV/FIT and *FIT enables multiple HD/SD IP streaming resolutions and formats, H.264 codec encoding, and MPEG-2 transcoding sessions from up to two SDI inputs. With integrated HLS, MPEG-TS, and Flash streaming support to connect with key CDN providers, Digigram’s AQILIM range provides a complete live multiscreen delivery system for WebTV, OTT, and IPTV applications.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Digigram/AQILIM_LCD.zip
Photo Caption: AQILIM IP Video Encoder/Decoder

Company Overview:

Positioned at the convergence of professional audio and video with IT, Digigram offers IP-based solutions that enable users worldwide to increase their competitiveness through change.

The company’s products enable the reliable capture, production and delivery of high-quality audio and video over IP networks. Its innovative IP audio codecs, professional sound cards, and audio processing software are used by thousands of journalists, broadcasters, and audio engineers worldwide. Digigram’s all-IP video product line provides advanced contribution and distribution solutions to broadcast, IPTV, Web TV, and OTT operators. The company also delivers key audio/video technologies and OEM solutions to software vendors and manufacturers.

For more than 25 years, through constant innovation and the development of fruitful partnerships, Digigram has been influential in energizing the industry, raising standards, and pushing forward technological development.

Further information on Digigram and its product portfolio is available at www.digigram.com.

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Lowell Offers LBR Series Rack Enclosures

— LBR Series racks provide contractors and system integrators a cost-effective solution for clients, without compromising strength or versatility —

PACIFIC, MO, July 9, 2013 — Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional A/V products, is offering its LBR line of versatile, cost-effective, 19-inch EIA, fixed-rail floor rack enclosures, which offer flexible installation options for A/V, security, data and other applications. Designed specifically for contractors and system integrators who need a high-quality, cost-effective alternative for clients on a limited budget, the all-welded LBR racks, manufactured from 100% certified U.S. steel, support loads of up to 800 pounds on Lowell’s proven, robust structural foundation and feature solid sides with upgraded ventilation capabilities plus a reversible, vented rear door.

Lowell’s LBR rack line is available in depths or either 22 or 27 inches, and in heights up to 44 rack units (RU). Generous cable pathways are provided behind the rear rails (if optionally fitted) in both depths, and there is also ample space to accommodate Lowell’s POWERSTAC™ modular power system and cable management products. For contractors or system integrators needing additional installation and wiring flexibility, the top mounting rails (which are either 7RU or 10RU depending on rack depth) are tapped 10-32 to support various field modifications and can be removed to accommodate extra-large cable bundles.

LBR thermal management features include vented side panels and a reversible, vented rear door. A fully-perforated, Plexiglas or solid front door may be optionally fitted. The upper and lower side panel and rear door vents are designed to accept Lowell’s cooling fan products anywhere along the slotted vent pattern. The racks may also be fitted with a selection of platform bases, with or without casters.

“Our LBR rack series has the ability to satisfy many basic installation issues,” stated John Lowell, Lowell Manufacturing President and CEO. “They’re a versatile, time saving and, most importantly, economical solution for any integrator demanding flexible installation options for clients in audio-visual, security, data or other applications.”

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

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Extron Introduces H.264 Streaming Media Decoder for Pro AV Applications

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the SMD 101, a compact, high performance H.264 streaming media decoder used with Extron SME 100 encoders to provide complete end-to-end AV streaming systems. The SMD 101 is designed specifically for use in professional AV streaming applications to decode live AV streaming content from SME 100 encoders or to play back AV media files available from network shares. It accepts streaming resolutions up to 1080p/60 and outputs a variety of resolutions, from 640×480 up to 1920×1200. Fill/Follow/Fit aspect ratio management provides choices for managing streaming content that does not match the display. This compact, energy-efficient decoder is an ideal counterpart to the SME 100 encoder to deploy in simple overflow and monitoring applications or multi-channel streaming systems and high resolution signage systems.

“The SMD 101 distinguishes itself from other decoders with its advanced AV signal processing and integration-friendly control options,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “These features provide simple solutions to the many challenges encountered when integrating streaming into AV systems, and make the SMD 101 compatible with a wide range of AV streaming applications.”

The SMD 101 is adaptable to different network conditions and streaming requirements offering both push and pull streaming configurations. Audio output signals are available as HDMI embedded audio as well as analog stereo audio, making it directly compatible with embedded display speakers or existing audio systems. The SMD 101 offers integration-friendly control capabilities including an optional handheld IR remote, wired IR, RS-232, or Ethernet. And an easy-to-navigate Web interface provides simple, flexible control and management. The advanced AV signal processing and control features plus the range of available networking and streaming protocols make the SMD 101 suitable for a variety of streaming applications in corporate, government, or educational environments.

To watch a product introduction video, please visit: www.extron.com/smd101video

For more information on the SMD 101, please visit: www.extron.com/smd101pr

Wohler Products at IBC2013:

RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM)
The Wohler RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) provides a consolidated, seamless software architecture that combines intensive media processing capabilities, such as transcoding, standards conversion, audio processing, caption processing, and quality control, with highly intelligent content management fabric and workflow orchestration layers. Based on an extensible service-oriented architecture, the platform integrates smoothly with editorial, archive, traffic, business process, and rights management systems.

New to IBC this year is the first version 8 series release of the RadiantGrid platform. This release contains a brand-new media processing engine that provides faster-than-real-time content transformation at speeds that are unparalleled. This newly accelerated media processing engine performs complete intelligent analysis of all inbound media, with the platform’s content management fabric retaining technical metadata at the container, essence, and frame levels. Because this analysis is automated, users never have to tell the platform what type of content is being provided.

With this new frame-level metadata-retention capability, the platform brings optimized video pipeline features such as anamorphic video handling, 2K/4K support, and higher bit depths of up to 16-bit YUV. Also new to the platform is full color legalization in both the PAL and NTSC domains. At the audio level, the new media processing engine parallelizes complex audio loudness correction alongside the video at speeds never before seen. In addition to all of this, RadiantGrid version 8 enables fully compliant OTT offerings for Microsoft Smooth Streaming, MPEG-DASH, HLS, H.265/HEVC, and more.

During IBC2013, Wohler will demonstrate the many rich capabilities of the RadiantGrid platform, showing attendees why marquee European broadcasters are rapidly upgrading to this new technology. Wohler will also highlight its newest file-based appliance solutions, derived from the RadiantGrid platform technology for purpose-built applications. These solutions include WohlerLoudness, WohlerCaption, WohlerCoder, and WohlerConverter.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Wohler/RadiantGrid2013.zip
Photo Caption: RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM)

DVM MPEG DVB-ASI and IPTV Monitors
Wohler will feature its DVM family of video monitors, including the DVM-4290, a 4-RU system with two 9-inch screens; the DVM-3270, a 3-RU system with two 7-inch screens; and the 2-RU DVM-2443 with four individual 4.3-inch screens and decoders. All of the DVM MPEG monitors provide convenient at-a-glance monitoring of program content from MPEG-2/4 ASI and Ethernet IP streams, as well as 3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs. The DVM broadcast-quality video monitors decode and display MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 signals via BNC or Ethernet inputs while giving users the ability to browse the PAT, PMT, and PID data for each selected stream. In addition to MPEG ASI and dual-input 3G/HD/SD-SDI with loop-through, the DVM monitors also accommodate HDMI(R) video and audio with level meters, GPI, and tally.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Wohler/DVM-3270.zip
Photo Caption: Wohler DVM-3270 MPEG Video Monitor

AMP1-MADIe Audio Monitor
The Wohler AMP1-MADIe is an in-rack portable MADI monitor unit with Ethernet control and configuration, including compatibility with the Evertz MAGNUM facility control system. Ideal for sports production and other live broadcasts, it can be connected in series with a 56- or 64-channel MADI stream to provide audible monitoring and metering of any eight selected MADI channels at once. Designed specifically for customers requiring unique functionality equivalent to a MADI audio hot-mic mixer, Wohler’s new AMP1-MADIe simplifies rapid selection and monitoring of MADI signals in fast-paced, live-to-air production environments. Two models will be on display, demonstrating support for either multimode or single-mode fiber connections in addition to standard copper on BNC. Each model will also convert fiber to BNC and vice-versa.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Wohler/AMP1-MADIe.zip
Photo Caption: Wohler AMP1-MADIe Front Panel

AMP1-16M Dual 3G/HD/SD-SDI Audio Monitor
Wohler’s new AMP1-16M dual-input SDI audio monitor provides broadcasters high-performance monitoring of embedded audio in two 3G/HD/SD-SDI streams at an attractive price point. The 1-RU system de-embeds and provides metering and monitoring of any or all of the 16 audio channels in the selected 3G/HD/SD-SDI stream. It assures intuitive operation and clear display of levels and other critical information using bright 2.4-inch LED-backlit LCD displays, enabling one-touch monitoring and summing of any selected pair(s) to built-in speakers, headphones, or XLR balanced analog outputs.

The AMP1-16M monitor features a number of convenient capabilities including remote access for setup and storage of user-defined presets via Ethernet and USB connections, along with gain adjustment/trim on individual audio channels (as well as select or deselect channel pairs) with the ability to assign channels as left, right, or center (both) to the internal audio system and the analog outputs. It offers both pass-through of each SDI input and a reclocked output of the selected monitored SDI stream.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Wohler/AMP1-16M_New.zip
Photo Caption: Wohler AMP1-16M Dual 3G/HD/SD-SDI Audio Monitor

AMP2-E16V Series Modular Audio/Video Processing Monitor
Wohler will also present its flagship AMP2-E16V audio/video processing monitor. The monitor’s feature list is the longest in the industry, yet the product is operated with one-touch simplicity. In addition to its top-quality audio system, it features simultaneous multiformat monitoring, quick program selection, instant stereo downmix, loudness monitoring, internal channel mixing including SDI re-embedding, audio delays, a wide variety of meter scales and ways to view meters, video, and Dolby(R) or SMPTE 2020 metadata.

The AMP2-E16V offers Dolby Zoom, Dolby E line position, and CRC error monitoring, as well as automatic system configuration based upon signal inputs, 32 complete system configuration presets, a complete internal help system, and Ethernet software updates. Audio processor card options facilitate easy configuration for multiple SDI, AES I/O, analog I/O, and connection to external surround systems.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Wohler/AMP2-16V.zip
Photo Caption: Wohler AMP2-16V Audio/Video Processing Monitor

Company Quote:
“In a rapidly changing industry where management of multiplatform content delivery is a challenge many broadcasters and media companies face, IBC2013 offers great opportunities to exchange ideas and interact with the leading technology in the field. We will demonstrate how the unparalleled speed, agility, and scalability of the RadiantGrid content transformation solution can establish intelligent file-based workflows with faster-than-real-time transcoding, conversion, and QC. We look forward to showcasing how our users are well-equipped to meet the growing demand for multiplatform delivery of digital media.” — John Terrey, Vice President of Sales, Wohler Technologies

Company Overview:

Wohler’s tradition of innovation began with the creation of the industry’s first in-rack audio, video, and data monitoring category, and continues today through its development of signal management and monitoring solutions for video, audio, captioning, and loudness applications. Wohler’s 2012 acquisition of RadiantGrid Technologies extends this award-winning product line to include the Wohler RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) for efficient file-based content creation and distribution, quality control, and faster-than-real-time transcoding and standards conversion. This new offering, combined with the company’s proven, cost-effective confidence monitoring, compliance recording, and content management solutions, ensures high-quality media production across any platform and delivery to any device. More information about Wohler is available at www.wohler.com.

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BC Electronic Sales Awarded Middle Atlantic Commercial AV Rep of the Year

Middle Atlantic Products awarded BC Electronic Sales as Commercial AV Rep of the Year at a sales meeting held prior to InfoComm 2013.

BC Electronic Sales represents Middle Atlantic for the Commercial AV market in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Southern Illinois.

Commenting on the award, Middle Atlantic Midwest Regional Sales Manager Adam Gold said, “Rick and his team have done an amazing job representing MAP in the two plus years they have been covering their territory of Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri. Their product knowledge, technical prowess, and complete dedication to customer service and satisfaction is evident by the results they achieve. Congratulations to the entire BC Electronics team.”

Photo caption (left to right): Michael Sipe and Rick Hanson (BC Electronic Sales) Robert Newhuis (Middle Atlantic) Dustin Vavak and Brandon Krepal (BC Electronic Sales).

For more information about BC Electronic Sales, please click to http://www.bcelectronics.com.

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

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Stampede’s Big Book of AV Tour To Partner with InfoComm’s Dealer Roundtable Event in Vancouver on July 18th!

Dedicated to offering its dealers the absolute best in ProAV products, training and networking opportunities, Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. is partnering with InfoComm International for its upcoming Big Book of AV Tour stop on Thursday, July 18th at the River Rock Casino Resort, located at 8811 River Road in Richmond, BC. The super-sized event is the first in a series of events from Stampede and InfoComm, and will be open from 9:00AM until 7:00PM. The event will feature new product offerings from select manufacturers, as well as training sessions and the InfoComm Dealer Roundtable Event.

“We’re incredibly excited to bring the Stampede Big Book of AV Tour to Vancouver, as we partner with InfoComm International to offer our ProAV dealers the absolute best in training and product offerings,” said Kevin Kelly, President & COO of Stampede. “In addition to meeting with leading AV industry manufacturers and attending CTS certified trainings, our dealers will be able to take part in the InfoComm Dealer Roundtable Event, an amazing networking and business education opportunity that will allow dealers to make face-to-face connections with industry colleagues, get management advice tailored specifically to AV businesses, and share insights and opinions during the open roundtable discussion. We truly have pulled out all the stops to offer our Vancouver dealers an unforgettable day!”

According to Kelly, the InfoComm Dealer Roundtable Event will take place from 4:15PM until 5:30PM. Circle Technology will also be on-site to demonstrate how to use its new portable presentation system solution from 9:45AM until 10:30 AM. From 11:00AM to 11:45AM, NEC will be showing dealers how to properly and successfully deploy a videowall solution, and each attendee of this training session will walk away with .5 CTS credits. Other exhibiting manufacturers include, Casio, Epson, TAP·it, Vidyo, Lumens, Samsung, Hall Research, Mitsubishi, Optoma, Peerless, WHOOSH!, Mustang and Vision.

What’s more, all Vancouver event attendees will receive a $100 AMEX gift card, and will be entered into a drawing to win a 42″ LG LCD HDTV! In addition, they will receive a $10 Tim Hortons gift card for every training session they attend! Participants will also receive up to $500 Stampede Credit that can be applied to any order over $5,000 that is placed with Stampede before August 18, 2013. A complimentary continental breakfast from 9:00AM – 11:30AM, and a lunch buffet from 11:45AM – 1:00PM will also be provided.

Dealer registration is open now at www.bigbookofavtour.com, where directions and participating manufacturer information can also be found.

Stampede’s 2013 Big Book of AV Tour will resume on August 8th, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” a 1000-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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Analog Way’s LiveCore™series now shipping

 

 

July 2013 – Analog Way is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the entire LiveCore™  series, its latest innovative range of Premium Multi-screen Seamless Switchers.

Following the release of the NeXtage 16 and the SmartMatriX Ultra, now the whole LiveCore™ series is shipping with the immediate availability of the Ascender 32 and Ascender 48.
Analog Way’s new ultra-powerful range of Premium AV Switchers combines ruggedized design, versatile connectivity, and state-of-the-art processing to fit with the most demanding applications.

The LiveCore™ series comes in two layouts: 8×2+1 for the NeXtage 16, and 12×4+1 for the SmartMatriX Ultra, Ascender 32 and Ascender 48. For easy and safe monitoring, all systems feature an independent Dual-Link output with versatile display options including Full Preview and Live Mosaic.

The LiveCore™ series offers the latest in digital connectivity including HDMI, DisplayPort, and 3G/HD/SD-SDI input plugs to fit a variety of applications. In addition to powerful operating modes available to create a great variety of display layouts – mixer, dual mixer, hard edge, vertical and/or horizontal soft edge, 4K display – the systems embed stunning visual effects that will impress any audience.

The LiveCore™-based systems include from 16 to 48 scalers, thus ensuring easy and seamless management despite the sophistication of the units. To make preparation and control of shows even easier, Analog Way designed an intuitive Web Remote Control Software (Web RCS) with a user-friendly graphic interface consisting of 3 independent sections: Setup, Edit and Live.
Thanks to dynamic snapshots of the connected sources, operators can easily create and organize their show presets using drag & drop operation. Through the interface, remote services and remote maintenance tools are available to users.
A new version of the Web RCS was released in July, adding the capability to create and manage Master presets to make management of groups of presets even easier for Multi-Screen applications.

Almo Professional A/V Hires Industry Veteran Sean McNeill as Vice President of Sales, Southwest and West

Almo Professional A/V Hires Industry Veteran
Sean McNeill as Vice President of Sales, Southwest and West

Philadelphia, PA — July 15, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V has hired industry veteran Sean McNeill as Vice President of Sales for the Southwest and West regions. Based out of Dallas, Texas, McNeill joins the Almo Pro A/V VP Sales team, which includes John Riley leading the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions and Steve Stacy leading the Midwest and Northwest regions. In his new role, McNeill is responsible for overseeing all Almo Pro A/V sales in his region while working directly with manufacturer vendors, channel partners and Almo’s specialized internal Business Development Manager team.
“Having just completed our fourth fiscal year, Almo Pro A/V is up in growth 23 percent year-over-year,” explained Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “As part of our expansion plan to accommodate this growth, we are incorporating key product lines, have recently opened a new 120,000 square foot warehouse in Philadelphia, and are adding staff, including sales leadership. Sean’s knowledge of the industry, and sales and technical background from years at AMX, combined with his outstanding leadership having served our country as a captain in the U.S. Army, equate to the type of professional any company in this industry would want to represent their organization.”
“Almo’s team of dedicated professionals consistently bring value to customers while being flexible in helping them build their businesses with industry leading brands, value-added services and solid long-term growth,” said Sean McNeill, vice president of sales for Almo Professional A/V. “Having previously worked with Almo leadership as a vendor, the unmatched integrity and business acumen they offer is what makes them one of the industry’s strongest and most trusted partners.”
Prior to Almo Pro A/V, McNeill spent well over a decade at AMX Control Systems in various vice president-level positions focusing on sales and business development. He’s also worked in product marketing, product management and engineering jobs at Broadband Gateways, Inc., Fujitsu Network Communications and MCI Telecommunications Corporation.
McNeill served as a captain in the U.S. Army where he led 300 soldiers in combat operations during Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Provide Comfort. He holds an M.B.A. in management and finance from the University of Texas at Dallas and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.
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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, seven distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level. Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

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Chris Patton Joins A.C.T Lighting Sales Team

A.C.T Lighting, a leading importer and distributor of lighting products, has announced that Chris Patton has joined the company’s sales team, and will concentrate in permanent installations and system sales.

“We forged a strong partnership with Chris in his role as international sales manager for GDS,” says A.C.T President, Ben Saltzman. “We look forward to all of our partners benefitting from Chris’s boundless energy, enthusiasm and 14-plus years in the entertainment technology industry.”

“Having worked very closely with A.C.T Lighting for almost two years, I have first-hand experience of how the company has consistently exceeded customer expectations by providing and supporting the finest products in the industry,” says Patton. “I am looking forward to applying my knowledge of the GDS range to the rest of the A.C.T Lighting product portfolio and being a part of the great team of people here.”

Prior to joining GDS in 2011, Patton had a 12 year career with Stage Electrics, a major UK systems integrator, rental house and production services company, where he was actively involved with many areas of the business at management level. In his last position there he was responsible for the development and implementation of a strategic international development plan to expand the company by taking an already successful business model into new territories. He also oversaw the company’s theatrical productions rental division, dealing with the development and project management of equipment and crew to large format theater shows in the UK and overseas.

Patton has worked on many major international projects throughout his career, including supplying moving lights for a number of the FIFA fan parks at the 2010 soccer World Cup finals in South Africa; provision and logistical project management of an entire production lighting system for the Royal Opera House in Muscat (Oman); and the project management of Stage Electrics’ Edinburgh Festival operations during which the company supplied equipment, crew and a 24/7 support service to over 50 individual venues at the International and Fringe festivals, the largest arts festivals in the world.

Most recently, Patton was a lead follow spot operator for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic games in London.

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