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MultiDyne(R) Optimizes Field Fiber Transport With Launch of The BullDog at IBC2013

Ideal for Sports and ENG Applications, the Compact, Rugged, and Cost-Effective Unit Can Transmit any Camera Signal Plus an Additional 8 HD-SDI Signals Over a Single Fiber Cable

LOCUST VALLEY, N.Y. — Aug. 6, 2013 — MultiDyne(R), a leading provider of fiber optic-based video and audio transport solutions for broadcast and pro A/V applications, today introduced The BullDog, an innovative new field fiber transport system that delivers incredible functionality from an ultra-compact, rugged enclosure designed to withstand the harsh environments of sports and ENG applications. Using The BullDog, professional camera operators can transmit any camera signal, including HD-SDI video, audio, intercom, control data, GPIOs, tally, and power, as well as eight HD-SDI signals in any direction — all from a single fiber cable.

“The engineering team at MultiDyne develops real-world fiber-transport solutions that solve our customers’ greatest needs, in this case the requirement for additional transmission capabilities in a smaller, more rugged package,” said Frank Jachetta, president, MultiDyne. “With the ability to transmit any camera signal plus an extra eight HD-SDI signals from one fiber cable, The BullDog packs a huge punch in a small, lightweight unit that is perfect for outdoor use, setting the industry standard for functionality, size, and cost.”

The BullDog can transport as many as eight SDI video signals up to 3G HD-SDI uncompressed with embedded or separate program audio. A return video option also supports up to 3G HD-SDI video for viewfinder or other external monitors. In addition, the unit enables operators to achieve camera control/RCP paint functions through one of the three available data channels. An additional back channel is available for camera sync or genlock. Several options are available for optical connectivity including Neutrik(R) opticalCON(R) and Lemo(R) 304M.

Extremely versatile, The BullDog is capable of operating on a lightweight battery pack, local power, or with remote power over SMPTE hybrid fiber cable utilizing MultiDyne’s JUICE power supply. With JUICE built directly into the unit, The BullDog significantly extends an operator’s transmission distance, enabling simple plug-and-play operation and delivery of up to 100 watts of power to 300 meters without requiring local power or batteries. The BullDog also includes power outputs for user accessories.

The cost-effective and scalable system can easily be configured to support a wide range of existing and next-generation signals, providing operators with a future-proof solution for field fiber transport.

To view a demonstration of The BullDog, visit MultiDyne at IBC2013, stand 10.D46b. More information about the company’s products is available at www.multidyne.com.

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About MultiDyne (www.multidyne.com)
For more than 30 years, MultiDyne has been a leading provider of innovative video and fiber-optic-based transport systems for the broadcast, cable, satellite, production, digital cinema, pro A/V, corporate, retail, surveillance, teleconferencing, judicial arraignment, transportation, government, military, and healthcare markets. MultiDyne’s fiber-optic transport systems for video, SDI, 3G HD, DVB/ASI, VGA, DVI, HDMI, audio, AES, Ethernet, data, CATV, as well as the company’s other broadcast accessories are used worldwide by such industry leaders as ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, RAI, BBC, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. MultiDyne provides a seven-year warranty on its core product line. For more information, call MultiDyne at 1-877-MULTIDYNE or 1-516-671-7278, visit the company’s website at www.multidyne.com, or send an email to sales@multidyne.com.

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StrandVision Digital Signage Celebrates 10-year Anniversary

Looks back on electronic signage accomplishments – Forward to future…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – Aug. 6, 2013 – StrandVision Digital Signage, a pioneer in patented, cloud-based digital signage delivery, is celebrating ten years in business.

StrandVision was established in August 2003 as an Internet-based subscription electronic sign software service under the name of Online-Kiosks.net by Mike Strand. Strand had previously founded StrandWare, a barcode label software company, that he built into a worldwide industry leader before selling it to Brady Corp.

A New Approach
The new company, soon renamed StrandVision Digital Signage to better reflect its mission, took a different approach by delivering low-cost, high-availability Internet-hosted digital signage services through a soon-to-be-patented Software as a Service (SaaS) technology.

The Internet delivery system eliminated the need for complex and expensive onsite hardware. It served content to subscribers’ televisions, including LCD and plasma displays, as well as computer screens and websites. Its Web-based service made it easy for administrators with limited technology and design expertise to set up, maintain and quickly distribute weather, news, text messages, graphics, and video content to their digital signage networks over their normal Internet networks using standard equipment that they often had on hand.

The approach proved popular in the market – StrandVision has delivered a record of success and more than 6 billion digital signage content pages to customer displays. It has experienced average annual growth of 42 percent and maintains a 99 percent customer retention rate. It also is A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau. Customers range from industrial distributors and manufacturers to hotels, schools, colleges and churches across North America and around the world. Employee communications has emerged as a primary use for StrandVision Digital Signage networks for companies of every size.

“We had a new vision that took advantage of the evolving Web, the wider distribution of high-speed, low-cost, reliable Internet services and the increasing comfort level of people working with office-level applications,” commented Strand. “It was a risk at the time and was portrayed as a disadvantage by some – especially the vendors that sold the high-priced, complex systems. But we were and are able to deliver sophisticated, self-administered digital signage with instant updates for a few hundred dollars that traditionally cost tens of thousands of dollars.”

A History of Accomplishments
StrandVision’s corporate history is marked by a number of accomplishments beginning with a series of seed money awards and investments totaling $445,000 from the 2005 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest; the Eau Claire [Wis.] Area Economic Development Corporation and The Chippewa Valley Angel Investors Network.

The list of milestones includes:
• August 22, 2005 – StrandVision Digital Signage Establishes Reseller Program
• April 28, 2008 – StrandVision Debuts High-Definition PC-2 TV.net Video and Audio Transmitter/Extender
• September 23, 2009 – 5th Year Anniversary – Introduces Free Digital Signage Test Drive
• April 8, 2010 – Mike Strand Granted Patent (#7,685,259) for Digital Signage Technology
• May 18, 2010 – StrandVision Offers Preconfigured Point-of-Display Linux Digital Media Player
• September 20, 2011 – StrandVision Introduces Mobile Digital Signage Player for Vehicles
• March 13, 2012 – StrandVision Digital Signage Player Software for the Mac
• July 10, 2012 – StrandVision Surpasses Five Billion Digital Signage Content Pages

In addition, countless additions and refinements have been made to StrandVision servers and user interfaces and hundreds of new features (mostly free) have been added to the subscription plans.

Customer Service is Key
Throughout the years StrandVision has stood out with its customer support. At StrandVision, the staff is entirely focused on personalized customer service through phone, live chat and Web support, as well as frequent introductory and advanced user webinars and one-on-one interactive training sessions. The administrator portal is constantly updated to add features and make it easier to use.

StrandVision is so confident in its support that it routinely shares its digital signage knowledge with customer prospects and even helps configure entire digital signage networks, all at no cost – even if they choose to select another digital signage vendor. Prospects interested in learning about digital signage can call StrandVision at 715-235-7446.

“We believe that we are one of the most customer-responsive digital signage companies around,” said Strand. “We repeatedly hear that we’re always available, and we don’t charge extra for advice. This close relationship with our customers along with our 10 years of stability pays big dividends for everybody – 100 percent of the new product features that we’ve introduced over the years have been in direct response to customer requests. Most of the features that we’ve added have been included in the subscriptions for free.

“It’s been an exciting 10 years,” concluded Strand. “Despite an historic recession we managed to continue to grow and help our customers promote their products and communicate with their employees. We’re excited about the prospects for the next 10 years and look forward to meeting many new customers and building lasting relationships.”

About StrandVision
StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers’ flat screen televisions, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – For further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

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Raleigh-Based Post Pro Looks to GC Pro for Neve Genesys Console

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, August 5, 2013 — Matt Horton’s Raleigh, North Carolina-based facility Post Pro is a primer on what it takes to keep a commercial studio facility afloat and successful in an uncertain economy and in a secondary market. The most recent location opened last December, but Horton has done business in two other locations over the last two decades. Horton chose early on to diversify his services; he’s hosted recording, mixing and mastering sessions for a range of well-known artists including Matchbox Twenty, Big Daddy Kane, Evanescence, Swizz Beatz and Julio Iglesias, as well as audio post work for corporate clients like Winnow Creative and Brazilian filmmakers. Horton has also been overseeing a transfer of original two-track masters from legendary art rockers Devo. Horton notes, “The way we’ve made it work is to be able to do it all, a bit of everything that the client could need,” from basic tracks to mixing, mastering and video post, to CD and DVD duplication and even audio restoration and forensics services. With the opening of the new complex, Horton sourced a Neve Genesys console through Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users.

The new studio facility consisting of the following spaces: Studio A’s large tracking room and spacious control room, the latter centered around a 24-channel Genesys console with Neve 1073 microphone preamps and Neve 1084 equalizers on each channel and Avid Pro Tools HD and Studer and Tascam analog multitrack recorders; a smaller preproduction studio loaded with over 30 vintage and new hardware synths and drum machines; and the Video Post Suite featuring a Euphonix MC Pro control surface and Blackmagic Design hardware.

Horton notes, “That [Genesys] console is amazing, and having the 1073 microphone preamps on it just takes it to another level,” he says. “You’d actually have to work to make it sound bad. It just sounds great naturally, as soon as you turn it on.”

There’s lots of other gear, esoteric and otherwise, much of it sourced through GC Pro. Horton says they were the only place in the country that could get him the Neve Genesys, which he says he bought before he ever actually heard it. “I’ve worked on a Neve many times and I know what a 1073 sounds like, and it just makes me gush inside,” he notes. “Getting that Neve console was a very happy moment – I was blown away by it. It just sounded like heaven.” Horton says that GC Pro has been a resource for him for most of the years he’s owned Post Pro, and he’ll be back there in the near future to add more Neve 1084 preamp/EQ modules for channels 17-24 on the Genesys.

GC Pro isn’t just a resource when he’s at the studio, though. Horton fondly recalls them being able to deliver a Roland Fantom-G6 workstation keyboard to him while he was on the road with Guns N’ Roses. “I was programming keyboards for them and I called and asked if they could get the workstation to me ASAP,” he recalls. “And it was waiting for me when I got to the hotel. They take care of me in the studio and on the road.”

For more information, please visit www.gcpro.com.

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Bose® RoomMatch® System Chosen for Kansas City’s St. Thomas More Catholic Church

Typical line arrays often don’t work in traditional church environments due to their lack of horizontal dispersion control and their need to be installed in pairs (creating sonic overlap), but the church’s new Bose® RoomMatch® sound system addresses both of those issues elegantly

Framingham, Massachusetts, August 5, 2013 – When Steven Brown, System Design & Sales Engineer at Progressive Electronics in suburban Kansas City, Missouri, saw the interior of St. Thomas More Parish Church, he knew right away that the issues that were prompting the church to search for a new sound system would not be resolved with one of the typical line array systems that have become ubiquitous in many contemporary houses of worship. St. Thomas More is a traditionally designed Catholic Church structure, with tall parallel walls and a high, pointed ceiling. “You need some very special characteristics in a sound system to correctly handle that,” says Brown. And he found them, with a system consisting of RoomMatch® loudspeakers and PowerMatch® amplifiers from Bose® Professional Systems Division.

Brown’s company assembled a single array, hung at the front of the sanctuary directly above the altar, consisting of Bose RM9010, RM9020, RM7005 and RM7010 array module loudspeakers, all powered by a pair of PM8500N PowerMatch amplifiers. Along with six Bose Panaray® MA12 modular line array loudspeakers used as fills around architectural details, the system gave St. Thomas More Parish its first satisfying sound system ever. “In fact,” Brown recalls, “One of the priests told me that this was the first time he’d ever been able to hear a reading clearly in the church.”

Brown says the Bose RoomMatch system fills a significant need in house-of-worship live sound. “Line arrays are fine when it comes to vertical dispersion coverage, which works very well in many contemporary-style churches,” he explains. “But with traditional churches like St. Thomas, what you’re looking for is predictable and definable horizontal sound control, and that’s something that the Bose RoomMatch array modules handle magnificently. A line array system typically needs to be installed in pairs in order to cover a wide space, since they’re designed for vertical dispersion, but that creates sonic overlap and resulting interference that impedes intelligibility. The Bose RoomMatch modules can be configured in a single progressive array, like we did at St. Thomas More, and the result is even coverage across the entire space with minimal excitement off the walls and ceiling.”

In addition, the single array of the Bose RoomMatch loudspeakers was also a much better aesthetic fit for St. Thomas’ traditional interior design. Custom-painted to match the Sanctuary walls and ceiling, it became the perfect sound system for this house of worship: heard extremely well and far more attractive than the original wood-grained loudspeaker boxes.

At the Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church in nearby Overland Park, Kansas, where Brown installed a RoomMatch system last year, the pastor there told him that the congregation’s members with hearing problems sent him letters praising the sound quality of the new system. “The same thing is happening at St. Thomas,” says Brown. “Those with hearing issues say that they now can hear the services like never before. The RoomMatch system gets the job done.”

About RoomMatch Array Module Loudspeakers
Introduced in 2011 and recently expanded with several new modules, the Bose RoomMatch series offers a new class of curvilinear array loudspeaker – the progressive directivity array – providing both concert-quality sound for live music and clear vocals for spoken word, with unmatched seat-to-seat tonal balance consistency for installed sound systems. The full-range modules are available in 20 different combinations: horizontal coverage patterns of 55, 70, 90 or 120 degrees, and vertical coverage patterns of 5, 10, 20, 40 or 60 degrees.

The progressive directivity array offers the ability to vary both the horizontal and vertical coverage patterns for each module in the array based on the room dimensions. More precise coverage control helps sound system designers ensure good intelligibility with spoken-word program material, especially in reverberant rooms, as well as the best possible tonal balance throughout the listening area.

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grandMA2 Controls Lighting and Video for Tony Award-Winning “Matilda The Musical”

The acclaimed “Matilda The Musical” packs the house at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre while backstage a grandMA2 console controls the conventional and moving lights, scrollers, LEDs and video cues for Tony Award-winning lighting designer Hugh Vanstone. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of MA Lighting in North America.

“Matilda The Musical,” based on the novel by Roald Dahl, tells the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams about a better life and changing her destiny. It won Tony Awards for best book, featured actor, scenic design and lighting design and special Tony Honors for the young actresses who portray Matilda; the show also netted Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical. A Royal Shakespeare Company production, the show was transferred to Broadway after its West End London debut.

“It’s the second time I’ve worked with Hugh [Vanstone] on a transfer from the West End,” says lighting programmer David Arch, who previously worked with him on “Ghost.” “I had a pretty good idea of what to expect, the hardest part of any transfer is usually getting your head around someone else’s programming. The biggest challenge for me was the substitution of a couple of fixture types that had very different feature sets from what was used in London. Doug Mekanik at A.C.T support was a huge help when it came time to clone them into the show file.”

Hugh and Joel [Schier] the US Lighting Associate worked every day finessing and making the necessary cue and timing changes.

“As well as the lighting package, video, lasers, confetti, haze and footlight pop-ups are all controlled from the grandMA2. We are using time-code on some of the big production numbers as well as sending and receiving midi show control triggers to sync with various sound effects.”

“Matilda The Musical” was David’s first Broadway show on the grandMA2. “It’s been really great,” he says. “They’ve implemented some new features recently with the Theater community in mind. I found myself using “Part Cues” and “Blind Preview Edit” everyday.”

Laura Frank programmed the video cues for the show. “It’s a pretty simple video show,” she notes. “I use the grandMA2 to trigger a video switcher as well as a media server and tie everything to David [Arch's] master cue list – he does all the heavy lifting.”

She points out that the original London production did not run video through the system. “The video cues were in the media server,” she explains. “For Broadway the video components of the show were entirely rebuilt, and I put them on the grandMA2 so everything is triggered from the console. The platform is very fast, and the desk can do so much – it allowed me to manipulate the screen feedback structures so I could create a visual feedback and not numbers. I was only interacting with essential data, and that made for a very useful environment for me.”

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Yamaha StageMix 4.0 Now Available

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. announces the availability of StageMix 4.0 for Yamaha CL, M7CL, and LS9 digital consoles. Updates available include new Dynamics Parameter Editing, Output Port Delay Editing, Output Port Levels (Gain/Attenuation), PEQ Copy and Paste, Phantom Power Switching, Mix Send Pre/Post Switching, HPF Slope Parameter (CL V1.5 only), Retina Display Support, and other enhancements.

“StageMix Version 4 raises the bar for digital mixer iPad control,” states Kevin Kimmel, Systems Application Engineer, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “We’ve continuously set the standard since we released the first version in 2010.”

The StageMix App provides greater control and flexibility for both digital mixing consoles and enables the mixing engineer to freely adjust console parameters and sound levels by wireless control, rather than at the mix position. The App also provides features like Mute Group Masters; Channel Naming; Channel Pan; Send Levels in Meter Bridge; Tap Tempo; Selectable Input and Output Meter Positions; and DCA Faders (CL and M7CL only).

Yamaha StageMix Version 4 is available from the Apple iTunes Store as a free upgrade. For more information on StageMix Version 4, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

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