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POWERSOFT ACHIEVES 600 MILLION WATTS AUDIO POWER

Florence, Italy, August 2013 — Powersoft is proud to announce that it has reached the milestone of 600 million watts of audio power spread out around the world. This impressive figure has been 15 years in the making, in which time Powersoft has strived to supply the pro audio industry with power amplifiers of the highest quality and efficiency.

“We recently had a count up and realized that we were getting close to the 600 million watts mark “explains Luca Giorgi, Powersoft’s Audio BU Director. “Nearly 600 million, but not quite. We were still missing about 3 million watts and it became our goal to achieve this target before the end of August”

“To help reach this landmark figure, we needed to come up with an effective promotion,” added Francesco Fanicchi, Powersoft’s Marketing and Communication Manager, “so we created the ‘600millionreasons’ campaign. Announcing the promotion through all of our communication channels, we invited visitors to register on a dedicated website and to join our cause.” 

The 600millionreasons campaign has proven to be a success beyond expectations. Powersoft has reached the goal after just three weeks, selling several hundred of its powerful K10 and K20 amplifiers in a matter of days.  This result confirms the value and acceptance of Powersoft amplifiers and of switching mode technology in a market that can often be skeptical.

While the idea of 600 million watts can conjures up images of pollution and of huge energy bills, in truth what needs to be evaluated is the other side of the coin: how much energy has been saved?

If done well, switching mode technology for power amplification is intrinsically efficient and Powersoft has always paid a great deal attention to maximizing these characteristics and designing products that minimize energy consumption. “If we compare our top level touring amplifiers with those of our competitors using more traditional technology,” adds Giorgi, “the benefits quickly add up.

To put this into a practical example: Imagine two systems running 600 megawatts of audio power, at full power, for one hour. The first system is comprised of Powersoft PWM, switch mode amplifiers, the second with traditional linear amplifiers. With around 85% to 90% efficiency, the power required to run the Powersoft amps would produce somewhere in the region of 24 tonnes (or megagrams) of carbon dioxide emissions less than the linear amps. This means that on average K20 Powersoft amplifier can save about half kilograms per hour of CO2 (1/4 of full output power at 4 ohm).

The importance of the ecology-efficient technologies is becoming ever more relevant in the world that we live in. Integrating these technologies into products has always been part of the underlying philosophy at Powersoft—both to save customers money and as a contribution to preserving the environment.

 

Even though the original target has been reached, the 600millionreasons campaign will continue as planned until the end of August.

For more information, sign up on the portal www.600millionreasons.com

About Powersoft:

Powersoft is a well-established company serving the professional audio market for the past 18 years. The company designs and produces lightweight, high power, energy efficient, single rack space amplifiers and amplifiers modules. With Headquarters in Florence (Italy) and offices in Ventura, CA (USA), Powersoft associates the experience and precision of its production department with exceptional components to deliver products with perfect audio performance and high reliability. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to places of worship, convention centers and clubs, and are used by the world’s leading tour sound companies.

For more information, visit the Powersoft web site @ www.powersoft-audio.com

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Pro Audio Technology Subwoofer Offers Big Impact from Compact Design

Professional-grade components, visceral bass performance, and a surprisingly compact enclosure make the LFC-10sm the perfect choice for space-conscience home cinema installations.

Huntington Beach, CA – August 6, 2013 – Pro Audio Technology (PRO), the leader in loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems for residential properties, today announced the LFC-10sm subwoofer, a compact, high-output low-frequency performer ideal for size-constrained home theater installations or larger systems featuring multi-subwoofer configurations.
Designed to deliver the same signature cinema-quality sound for which PRO is known from an enclosure measuring only 14 x 26 x 12 inches, the LFC-10sm can easily be located within cabinetry, or even placed discretely in-room, making PRO’s trademark high-impact yet musical bass performance accessible to media-room and multi-purpose room installations.
PRO equipped the LFC-10sm with a sophisticated 10-inch woofer featuring a highly rigid glass-fiber reinforced diaphragm driven by a massive magnet, and an over-sized surround for extra-long linear excursion. The subwoofer’s over-sized, front-firing free-flow port also enhances the LFC-10sm’s low-frequency extension and output, while giving integrators much more freedom in terms of cabinet or room placement.
“Owing to its exceptional components and meticulous engineering, the LFC-10sm delivers output levels and muscular yet musical bass that belies its modest size,” said Paul Hales, Pro Audio Technology founder. “It provides all of the visceral slam that customers and integrators expect from PRO subwoofers in a housing that can easily be integrated into virtually any room.”
Additional installation flexibility is provided by PRO’s PMA digital processor / amplifier, which delivers either 450 or 1000 watts of power depending on the installation needs, and provides a fully DSP optimized signal to the sub. The PMA power source also allows for in- room performance calibration via a powerful suite of controls, including parametric EQ and delay.
With its cinema-quality bass reproduction, maximum output levels greater than 110dB, and new lower price point for this level of bass performance, the LFC-10sm is expected to be a very popular solution for a broad range of applications. The LFC-10sm is available now. For more information, please visit: www.proaudiotechnology.com.

Pro Audio Technology custom designs and manufactures DSP-driven loudspeakers and amplifiers with preeminent consumer and professional-grade audio engineering technology to produce sonically accurate, inherently robust audio systems. Pro Audio Technology loudspeakers are built with the amplifier as a critical part of the signal path, resulting in performance optimized systems that deliver a dynamic, true-to-life listening experience. The sound system of choice for discerning music and home theater enthusiasts, Pro Audio Technology is available globally through an elite group of high-end residential custom installers.

 

Linear Unveils CD and MP3 Music Source for DMC Intercom Systems

Carlsbad, CA – August 6, 2013 – Linear, a leader in residential and commercial access control, security and health and wellness solutions, announces the DMCMP3, a new accessory for the DMC1 and DMC3-4 Music/Communication intercom systems. The digital MP3 and CD player integrates with new or existing DMC1/3-4 master units, transforming them into whole-house music and audio sources making it easy to share podcasts, music or even digital audio books throughout the home.

To achieve whole-home audio, Linear leverages a range of intercom and door speakers as well as audio-enabled patio and standard room stations to provide up to 15 rooms with AM/FM radio, and playback from CDs or MP3/phone devices via the 3.5mm audio input jack. Because it has its own power source, the DMCMP3 can also charge MP3 players and phones from the power- only USB-A port.

For convenient management, the DMCMP3 offers a five-button interface with a source select button and CD controls including: play/pause, fast-forward, rewind and track forward/reverse, with mode and option selection displayed on the DMC master unit. The DMCMP3’s curved edges and minimalist appearance give it a modern feel that’s complements any room décor. Faceplate colors include almond, white and black

“The DMCMP3 is an ideal accessory for people who want to upgrade their existing intercom and security system to include audio playback from CDs and digital music players,” said Duane Paulson, senior vice president of market and product development. “Whole-home audio is in great demand and the DMC system offers one of the easiest and most affordable ways for dealers meet their customer’s entertainment needs.”

For more information about Linear LLC, please visit www.linearcorp.com or call 1-800-421-1587. Linear can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

ESP/SurgeX Announces the SurgeX Defender Series Surge + PDU

With patented Multi-Stage power protection, the SurgeX Defender Series Surge + PDU offers a comprehensive all-in-one solution that distributes power, saves space, and safeguards IT equipment from damaging power anomalies beyond a UPS.

Knightdale, NC – August 6, 2013 – ESP/SurgeX, the leader in energy intelligence and power protection announces the SurgeX Defender Series Surge + PDU, a solution designed to address the power issues that arise in the SMB office IT setting. This first-of-its-kind device couples patented Multi-Stage power protection, filtration, and noise elimination inside the convenience of a traditional PDU chassis, creating a unique combination that offers superior defense against server damage and business downtime.

Developed in conjunction with engineers at Dell specifically for their new PowerEdge VRTX server solutions, the Surge + PDU is the ideal choice for remote and small office settings. Designed to safeguard IT equipment from damaging surges, spikes, over voltage, EMI/RFI noise, and wiring faults, it provides a level of protection superior to IT systems utilizing only an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) or power distribution unit (PDU). Featuring an optimal 1U space saving form factor that can be mounted in a rack or tower configuration, the Defender Series Surge + PDU can easily integrate into any system. This unique technology is superior to the single-stage MOV circuitry found in conventional surge protectors and is instrumental in reducing downtime for small and medium sized businesses.

Working in combination with a UPS, which is a key consideration to safeguard servers from power outages but is not designed to provide system wide power protection, the Surge + PDU insures increased uptime, longer component lifespans, reduced service calls, and greater customer satisfaction.

According to International Data Corporation, power disturbances account for about one third of all server failures. Yet many small to mid-sized businesses still keep servers on the same circuit as other office equipment where outlets are not dedicated, redundant, isolated, or protected—creating a hostile AC power environment and leaving businesses vulnerable.

“Unlike traditional, controlled datacenter environments, virtually every small and medium-sized business has significant exposure to power quality issues that can disrupt the reliability, processes, and data transmitted through networked server equipment,” said Stephen F. Galloway, President, ESP/SurgeX. “Equipment replacement is costly, but lost revenue and customer dissatisfaction can be even more devastating to a business, so inadequate power protection is simply not an option.”

The SurgeX Defender Series Surge + PDU is available in four variations, each with six C13 output connections, including a model with an IEC332 input for global markets.

SurgeX products can be found protecting a wide range of nationally recognized venues. Installations include Carnegie Hall, Hubble Telescope Center, Library of Congress, Yankee Stadium, Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Staples Center, and The Kimmel Center. For more information, please visit www.surgex.com or www.espei.com.

 

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Revolabs Launches New European CORE Reseller Program With Five Key U.K. Integrators

SUDBURY, Mass. — Aug. 6, 2013 — Revolabs Inc. today announced the launch of its European CORE Reseller Program, which rewards the company’s key partners based on their sales growth and dedication to Revolabs’ wireless audio solutions. Five valued U.K. integrators have already joined the program.

“We couldn’t be more excited or proud to introduce the new European CORE Reseller Program to our partners overseas and to welcome the first five U.K. integrators to join,” said Marc Cremer, COO, Revolabs. “With this new program, Revolabs is looking to help our partners by providing the necessary tools and benefits to distinguish their business from the competition, increase their revenues, as well as further establish our presence across the European market to better support our global customer base.”

Revolabs’ European CORE Reseller Program was launched to support the growing business in Europe and to recognize the commitment made by integrators who have helped introduce and deploy Revolabs technology around the territories. Keen to work with Revolabs to help grow their business with Revolabs’ products and technology, the first five U.K. integrators that have already joined the program are Saville Audio Visual Ltd., Electrosonic, AVI-SPL, Orion Audio Visual Limited, and Reflex Limited.

“We’ve been working with Revolabs’ complete product range in North America for many years and are excited to extend our relationship to the U.K. as part of the CORE Reseller Program,” said James Shanks, U.K. managing director at AVI-SPL.

Stephen Gill, sales director at Orion Audio Visual Limited, added, “The close, personal attention we have enjoyed with Revolabs has resulted in strong growth for both of our companies, and the CORE Reseller Program gives us access to even more tools and discounts, allowing us to bring best-in-class audio products to customers at attractive prices and even higher levels of service.”

CORE Reseller members receive a number of unique benefits, including deal registration, presales technical and design support, qualified leads, a field engineer “health check” for corporate customers, increased access to demonstration products, and more.

“By joining the CORE Reseller Program, with its added support and technical training, we are able to provide augmented levels of service to our clients in the U.K. and drive more revenue growth,” said Colin Etchells, group technical manager, Saville Audio Visual Ltd.

In order to qualify for the European CORE Reseller Program, partners must maintain a pre-established minimum annual revenue target, have at least one Revolabs certified technician on hand at all times, agree to a quarterly business review, host sales and engineering training events, and have a proactive involvement in joint case studies, PR, and social media opportunities for customer wins and promotions.

“Joining the CORE Reseller Program allows us to increase new business opportunities while improving the service we provide,” said Paul Brown, general manager of Corporate Solutions EMEA at Electrosonic. “For our customers, the program offers enhanced presale technical and design support, as well as significant pricing advantages. With the support of Revolabs, we have gained the expertise to confidently specify, install, and support equipment that meets our clients’ needs.”

More information on Revolabs’ European CORE Reseller Program is available by contacting Russell Harpham at rharpham@revolabs.com.

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About Revolabs
Revolabs Inc. is the premier provider of wireless audio solutions for unified communications, enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications across a wide range of markets. Offering unmatched audio quality that allows users to “hear every word,” the company’s wireless conferencing and microphone systems are utilized across the globe for a variety of applications, from webcasts and video conferencing to podcasts and broadcasting. Combining the ultimate in flexibility with sleek, stylish form factors, Revolabs solutions cut the cord, facilitating natural mobility by allowing participants to move about a workspace and still be heard, without being held back by wires. Leading the way in innovation, the company continues to add to its portfolio of value-added audio and telephony systems with superior products. Revolabs systems are secure (encrypted), rechargeable (environmentally friendly), and GSM-impervious. The company is headquartered in Sudbury, Mass., and can be reached at +1-800-326-1088 or www.revolabs.com.

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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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