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Meyer Sound LEO Reproduces Michael Bublé at London’s O2 Arena Like a “Fine Studio Monitor”

For Michael Bublé’s 10 consecutive sellouts at London’s O2 Arena, FOH engineer Craig Doubet mixed the shows for 16,000 fans per night on a powerful Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system. The system was provided by Montreal-based Solotech.

“The fact that I can cover a huge arena like this without setting up delays or tapping into the house system is just astonishing,” says Doubet, Bublé’s FOH engineer since 2007. “The furthest seat is 350 feet from the arrays, but when I turn around I see people way in the back dancing and partying, so I know it’s working up there.”

The LEO system deployed for the O2 shows was built around main hangs of 14-each LEO-M line array loudspeakers, with underhangs of four-each MICA® line array loudspeakers. Outfill arrays comprised 14 MICA loudspeakers per side, 10 M’elodie® line array loudspeakers supplied front fill, and six JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers were flown as upstage corner and front center fills. Low end was supplied by cardioid arrays of eight 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements per side, plus six 700-HP subwoofers on the deck.

A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system featuring three Galileo Callisto and one Galileo 616 AES processors optimized performance. Foldback was provided by seven MJF-212A stage monitors and twin side fills of six-each M’elodie loudspeakers.

“I am very impressed with the MJF-212A monitors,” says Matt Napier, monitor engineer for Bublé. “Most of the acts I work with use exclusively in-ear monitors (IEM), but Michael likes to work without IEM on occasion. With its high SPL, vocal clarity, and small footprint, the MJF-212A allows me to keep both the artist and visual departments happy.”

The full system was designed by Doubet in collaboration with David Brazeau, Solotech technical advisor and Louis-Phillippe Maziade, tour systems tech.

“LEO’s voice quality is exceptional, but I also like the way I can hit the system dynamically,” says Doubet. “The band and seven singers are augmented by an eight-piece horn section or an eight-piece string section, and the sound can go from very soft to quite loud. But with LEO’s huge power reserves, I can mix the system like it’s a fine studio monitor.”

Doubet is equally impressed with the power and control of the 1100-LFC loudspeakers. “The whole LEO rig has a very muscular sound, and is amazingly well controlled—the stage is dead quiet. People come on stage and ask, ‘Is the PA on?’ That’s because everything is going forward, not downward.”

Doubet mixed behind an Avid Profile console with its 96 inputs nearly filled to capacity. Console plug-ins were supplemented with Lexicon PCM92 and 480L effects units, and two BSS DPR-901 dynamic equalizers. Monitor Engineer Matt Napier used a DiGiCo SD7 console, while Bublé sang through a Neumann KMS 104 microphone, and DPA microphones were used for piano, strings, and horns.

After the London run, the LEO system was scaled down slightly for five shows at Dublin’s O2 Arena. Beginning in early September, Solotech’s LEO system will accompany Bublé on an extensive tour of large arenas across America, with at least 37 shows slated through the end of November.

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Univera Improves Communications with New HD Streaming Video System Designed By ABS

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it designed and built an HD video production system for Univera, a Seattle-based direct selling organization that produces and markets health and wellness nutritional supplements. The new system is used to produce videos of meetings and other presentations, which are streamed live to the company’s sales force.

Univera products – including Xtra, its flagship product line – are sold by hundreds of thousands of associates across the United States and Canada, so face-to-face communication is not an efficient method of communication. The new streaming video system allows Univera executives to address more than a roomful of associates at a time. A recent presentation, for example, was shared with dozens of associate groups on the East Coast.

“We’re a relatively small organization. Everything was face-to-face before – it was expensive and time consuming, and we weren’t reaching everybody,” explained Craig Ardis, director of event management. “We wanted to merge the value of live meetings with Web-based broadcasting to reach more associates around the world. This helps us get the message out in a more efficient way.”

Univera’s main auditorium comfortably seats 150 people and includes a small, raised platform for presenters. Apart from a limited sound system, there was no existing infrastructure in place. ABS installed three Panasonic AW-HE60SN HD PTZ cameras, two for the dais and one for audience shots.

The dais was lit using Brightline T-Series fluorescent instruments, and the rest of the lighting in the auditorium was changed so the audience shots would match. Panasonic PT-EZ570U HD projectors were also installed to display PowerPoint presentations and other graphics for the auditorium audience.

A small control room connected to the auditorium was built around a Broadcast Pix Mica 500 integrated production system. It is used as a production switcher, but Univera utilizes a number of integrated features – camera control, built-in Inscriber CG, clip and graphic stores, and multi-view – so presentations can be produced with minimal staff. Three of the four LCD monitors in the control room are Planar PX2230MW 22-inch touchscreens that are used to control the Mica during productions. The fourth is a Panasonic BT-L2150PJ 21.5-inch monitor, which is used as a reference monitor.

The audio system can be run manually or automatically. It features a Mackie DL1608 16-channel wireless mixer with iPad control, Shure ULXD4Q quad-channel digital wireless receiver, and Symetrix Solus 8 audio processing. Footage is captured to an AJA Ki Pro, which feeds an AJA Io XT attached to a MacBook Pro equipped with Telestream Wirecast software for live streaming and webcasting.

Univera’s headquarters also include a large atrium area, which is used during presentations to handle audience overflow. An output from the Broadcast Pix Mica is used to feed a Sharp LC-70LE847U 70-inch AQUOS Quattron LED Smart TV in the atrium.

According to Leighton Hanson, production manager, the new video production system is being used about four times per month, but there are plans to increase usage for internal and external communications. The company is also installing a green screen to utilize Mica’s built-in virtual set technology, and a LifeSize Express 220 HD teleconferencing system, also installed by ABS, will soon add interactivity to presentations.

The project had an aggressive timeline, with a December 2012 start date and the first video presentation scheduled for early January 2013. After considering other vendors, Univera chose ABS to handle the project. Within two weeks, ABS created a plan and was able to get the system functioning for a meeting in early January 2013.

Admittedly, because of the quick turnaround required, Univera did not have a complete strategy in place before ABS began work on the project. The strategy developed during the install; as a result, specifications changed throughout the process. Despite the changes, ABS was able to complete the project on budget.

“We love the system. Without them, we could not have accomplished what we needed,” Hanson added. “ABS knew where we wanted to be and they managed the project very well, especially with all the changes we threw at them.”

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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Citylight Supplies HARMAN Martin MAC Lighting For “The Voice” Spain

AARHUS, Denmark — Drawing an immense following since its debut in September 2012, reality television singing competition “The Voice,” or “La Voz,” in Spain, has become a social phenomenon. To help accentuate the live performances, live drama and the jury of popular Spanish singers: Rosario Flores, David Bisbal, Malú and Melendi, Madrid-based full-service rental, sales and installation company Citylight installed a complete HARMAN Martin MAC lighting rig.

Citylight Lighting Designer Julián Perez’s lighting design includes an abundance of Martin products including MAC III Profile, MAC 2000 Profile and Wash, MAC TW1, MAC 600 NT, MAC 550, MAC 250 Krypton, MAC 250 Wash and MAC 250 Beam luminaires, as well as Martin Stagebar 54 L battens and Atomic 3000 strobes. The upcoming 2013 season will also incorporate more than 30 of Martin’s new Rush Strobe 1 5×5 effect lights.

Perez has been especially impressed with the Martin MAC III Profile. “Thanks to the MAC III’s power, incredible gobos and zoom system we could get a great range of well-defined beam effects or cover big areas, even when using high rates of conventional lighting. It also comes with a great electronic shutter that creates instant effects without the need for complex programming.”

Perez continued, “The MAC 250 Wash/Beam surprised us with its two types of projection – the wash, which we used in different productions with great results, and a beam that proved to be amazing throughout the production that very much impressed our colleagues.”

For Photography Director Ángel Blanco, the tungsten-based MAC TW1 wash light was a great addition to the set. “Thanks to the versatility of the MAC TW1 we were able to illuminate and color different scenarios in shades not all luminaires can reproduce, and in a reduced period of time with no need to redirect conventional lighting equipment,” Blanco stated. “We could even use the projectors, especially in live shows, to replace traditional Fresnel lighting equipment in case a lamp failed. They adjusted perfectly to the color temperature and flow of the projector if they needed to be replaced.”

“We chose Martin projectors because they are reliable and versatile,” said “La Voz” Lighting Director Juan Carlos. “They have easily adapted to changes in the seven months of production and three different program formats. We’ve also received excellent technical service from Martin representatives in Spain.”

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

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

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Living Word Gets Renkus-Heinz

 

Aldergrove, BC …. An hour southeast of Vancouver and mere minutes from Canada’s southern border, the town of Aldergrove is home to Living Word Fellowship. The church purchased a “fixer-upper” and began major upgrades to prepare the building for services.

The 550-seat sanctuary recently underwent a long-needed expansion and renovation that included new acoustical treatment, audio, and video systems designed and installed by Langley, BC-based Pro Sound and Stage Lighting Ltd. As Pro Sound’s John Drake explains,”the sanctuary was built in 1982, but the equipment that was in there dated back to the 1970s, so the update was long overdue.”

The room’s physical dimensions presented some challenges, says Drake. “It’s a relatively wide room, and not very deep. For the congregation, it’s great, because no matter where you sit, you feel close to the platform. But it definitely presented some issues in terms of coverage.”

Adding to the challenge was the sanctuary’s low ceiling, which limited the possibilies. “The system design would have been a whole lot easier if the ceiling had been about 15 feet higher,” saysDrake. “As it is, the sound tends to get a bit dense in the center, so we needed speakers that gave us an exceptional degree of pattern control.”
Using Acoustical Simulation software - EASE, Pro Sound modeled the sanctuary, from the acoustical treatment on the walls and balcony to a new audio system based around a main Left-Right-Center cluster of three Renkus-HeinzPN121/6 12-inch two-way loudspeakers. A pair of PN61R 6-inch boxesprovides additional over-balcony fill.

Mounted in the steps of the stage platform, five CFX42 dual 4-inch two-way stair-step loudspeakers provide additional front fill coverage for the lower seating nearest the stage. “Rather than use side fills, we opted to aim the center cluster a bit higher to cover the balcony, which it does verywell, and we added the speakers in the stairs for front fill,” says Drake. “Each of the stair step speaker is separately delayed. The imaging is exceptionally good no matter where you’re sitting.”

A pair of PN212SR subwoofers mounted above the platform add deep low frequency support. A Midas Pro2 digital console covers Front of House duties, while a Biamp Audia handles system drive and processing. On the platform, four PN121M floor monitors provide sound for the ministers and musicians. “The Renkus-Heinz speakers were really the best choice in terms of coverage and performance,” says Drake. “They were a great fit for the room, and for the Church’s program needs.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

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Visual Unity and PROVYS Announce Their Strategic Partnership at IBC 2013

Leading OTT and Multiscreen solutions provider Visual Unity will be joining forces with media software solutions provider PROVYS at IBC 2013 to show how the two companies are integrating Visual Unity’s next generation vuMedia™ Over the Top (OTT) platform with PROVYS’ advanced broadcast management and planning system.

This ground-breaking partnership between Visual Unity and PROVYS will be on show at IBC 2013 at the Visual Unity stand 114 in Hall 14 and at the Provys stand in Hall 2, stand B49.

Visual Unity’s vuMedia™ offers the ability to manage and monetize audio, video and image libraries – quickly and easily. This Cloud-based service alleviates the need for businesses to build an expensive, in-house and resource-intensive media library by allowing content owners and distributors to publish content online. The platform also supports live streaming of 4K UHD, or High Definition video. Graphics and other audio and visual material can be associated with files, for brand promotion or to generate advertisement revenue.

PROVYS’ software solution provides broadcasters with the mature and robust channel management and advertisement sales tools needed to increase productivity and gain strategic insight into business processes.

Integration of vuMedia™ with PROVYS is seamless. No additional inputs are required. Customers who choose PROVYS with vuMedia™ will have front-end access to their own catalogue, charts and metadata, as well as a video player with a smart URL, which will allow movies to be played on a variety of different devices. Other vumedia™ features include statistical analysis, advertisement injection and social network integration are also available, bringing the full power of OTT to a much wider audience.

TV schedules can also appear within vuMedia™. The TV schedule can be composed of Live, VoD or Catch-up content. Visual Unity processes the titles based on the rights that belong to each particular content. Subscribers can easily access their content on any device, not only through a catalogue interface, but also through a TV schedule (program guide), which lists what will be broadcast and when. Furthermore, end users can access their favourite content even after it finishes, using multi-hour buffering. With vuMedia™, subscribers can watch their entertainment on any device, anytime and anywhere.

Tomas Petru, CEO of Visual Unity, says: “This is a significant development for PROVYS’ customers as it offers a completely automated online video platform where content can be managed centrally, thus saving time, equipment cost and manpower. It will also increase business bandwidth by providing broadcasters with an easy and effective way to utilize all their content rights.”

The new solution is completely connected to Visual Unity’s content delivery Network (CDN) module, vuNet™, with connectors to other worldwide CDN’s such as Akamai, Limelight, Level3, Du and MediaNova.

Josef Vasica, CEO of PROVYS comments, “We are delighted to present the results of our common development at our booth. Visual Unity brings years of OTT expertise and breath of services that complement our own. This as a triple win situation for all: PROVYS, Visual, and our customers. The combined best practices allow us to build even better products, services and overall solutions for our clients.”

Gabriel Dusil, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Strategy, adds: “This is an exciting joint project we have developed with PROVYS, and we see it as a major endorsement of our vuMedia™ OTT platform. Our joint offering is a solution that speaks to what is at the top of the broadcaster’s agenda – a Cloud-based service that allows them to maintain rights to their content, while providing flexible methods to monetize their titles onto multiple screens.”

For more information and a demo during IBC 2013, please visit PROVYS at 2.B49 or Visual Unity at 14.114.

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About Visual Unity

Visual Unity is a global provider of video and digital media solutions, enabling our clients to deliver premium quality video content. Our clients can measure, analyze and optimize their libraries over time and achieve optimal business success. Our platform capabilities inspire our clients to deploy their assets across multiple devices, screens, and media formats. Visual Unity helps clients manage, deliver and monetize their digital content.

Visual Unity is a Multiscreen Solution Provider, bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD outside Broadcast (OB) vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services. Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. vuMediaTM is a highly scalable and a modular architecture, delivering a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Cologne, Moscow, Bratislava, Belgrade, Nairobi and Dubai. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com
Visual Unity: Na hrebenech II 1718/8, Prague 4, 147 00, Czech Republic
T: +420 271 742 111 F: +420 271 742 112 E: info@visualunity.com

About PROVYS

PROVYS channel management system for TV broadcasters was created by DCIT Incorporated in 1997. Since then, its continuous development has expanded its capabilities and power, enabling cost reduction and improved efficiency. It is now used by hundreds of broadcast channels – including five national broadcasters and several renowned global companies such as Sony Pictures, Arqiva, Polsat and CME.
The core functions of PROVYS “TVoffice solution” provide the basis of an efficient and secure environment that supports the business objectives of any broadcaster, seamlessly linking all the business processes. The modular architecture provides a wide spectrum of options to suit every broadcaster, with expansion into new areas to cover growing user requirements.
PROVYS support services have a great reputation. Available around the clock, the support team provides reliable and highly responsive user support and technical assistance.

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L-ACOUSTICS is Big News at Free Press Summer Festival

LD Systems deploys K1 for top artists on FPSF’s two largest stages

HOUSTON, Texas – August 2013 — Over the past five years, the Free Press Summer Festival (FPSF), staged at Eleanor Tinsley Park just west of downtown Houston, has quickly grown into one of Texas’ most eagerly anticipated music festivals. This year notably marked the first time that the event completely sold out in advance, ultimately drawing nearly 100,000 concertgoers to enjoy 90 national and local artists performing on six stages over two days.

Houston’s LD Systems once again served as the primary audio, video and lighting provider for FPSF 2013 and supplied production gear and services for the festival’s four primary stages. This year, however, the company chose to deploy L-ACOUSTICS K1 systems on the two largest stages, Mars and Saturn. more

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional PRX700 Series Redefines Premium Performance for Portable PA Loudspeakers

NORTHRIDGE, California – Delivering an unprecedented combination of power and mobility, HARMAN’s JBL Professional today introduced the PRX700 Series portable loudspeakers. The next generation in JBL’s market-leading PRX portable PA line, the PRX700 Series offers massive improvements in power, SPL and connectivity.

“The PRX700 Series not only resets the standard for quality and portability, but also allows users to create the precise system they need from a high-performance family of full-range and subwoofer models,” said Andy Flint, Senior Manager, Portable PA Marketing, JBL Professional. “Each model is designed for specific applications, but integrates seamlessly with one another, offering a multitude of choices when tailoring a system to specific needs. In particular, the new PRX710 and PRX715XLF models offer customers even more options than ever before.”

The PRX700 Series comprises seven new models: the PRX710, 10-inch, 2-way multipurpose loudspeaker; the PRX712, 12-inch 2-way multipurpose loudspeaker and floor monitor; the PRX715, 15-inch, 2-way full-range main system/floor monitor; the PRX725, 15-inch, 2-way bass reflex loudspeaker; the PRX735, 15-inch, 3-way full-range main system; the PRX715XLF, 15-inch, self-powered bass reflex subwoofer system; and the PRX718XLF, 18-inch self-powered bass reflex subwoofer system.

All PRX700 Series loudspeakers are powered with highly efficient 1500W Class-D amplification, guaranteeing maximized speaker and amplifier performance, which translates into ample power, accurate dynamics and sonic purity. The PRX700 Series models feature new Differential Drive® woofers that provide better heat dissipation, lower power compression and higher dynamic range versus conventional single-coil designs, resulting in better sound quality and higher SPL. In addition, the PRX700 woofers use magnetically saturated pole-pieces and an aluminum shorting ring, which significantly reduces nonlinear distortion.

The PRX700 Series features JBL’s patented waveguide technology, providing excellent coverage throughout the system’s bandwidth. The sound is smooth and consistent without hotspots, so control is optimized. All models offer coverage of 90 degrees (horizontal) x 50 degrees (vertical), which the exception of the PRX710, which features coverage of 100 degrees (horizontal) x 60 degrees (vertical).

The input panel on the full-range models (PRX710, PRX712, PRX715, PRX725, PRX735) offers a variety of features for maximum flexibility and control, highlighted by two balanced XLR-1/4” combination inputs and two unbalanced RCA inputs. Other features include a signal presence LED for each channel, selectable system EQ (Normal and Boost for 710, 725, 735; Main and Monitor for 712, 715); a Mic/Line switch for channel 1 and Ground Lift for CH2.

The input panel on the low-frequency models (PRX715XLF and PRX718XLF) also offers a wealth of options, including: a Signal Presence LED for each channel; a Polarity button; a Pass Thru button for Hi Pass or Full Range; a balanced XLR-1/4” combo input for channels 1 and 2; balanced XLR Loop Thru output connectors; and a front LED On/Off button.

The PRX700 Series is ideal for traveling musicians, DJs and sound companies, thanks to a variety of tour-tested, road-worthy features. All PRX700 cabinets are built from a combination of 25 mm (on the top and bottom for added rigidity) and 18 mm, strong, lightweight poplar plywood made structurally sound with tongue and groove joints (compared to competitive models that use 15mm plywood). The cabinets also feature JBL’s tour-proven DuraFlex™ finish, a dent-resistant 16-guage steel grill, and lightweight glass-filled nylon handles to ensure strength and durability. In addition, rigging points, pole sockets and vulcanized feet promote easy setup and total versatility.

“With the new PRX700 Series, superior sound, power and connectivity while on the move is possible for virtually any application and scalable for any budget!” Flint concluded.

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

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional 3 Series Sets the Standard for Performance and Price in Studio Monitor Category

NORTHRIDGE, California – Bringing professional studio reference monitoring to customers at a remarkably affordable price, HARMAN’s JBL Professional today introduced its 3 Series studio monitors. The first studio monitor line to incorporate JBL’s patent-pending Image Control Waveguide, 3 Series is designed to deliver exceptional imaging and detail in any listening environment. With a distinctive appearance, rugged build, pristine sound, and most affordable price points, the new 3 Series will be welcomed by music, post and broadcast production customers working in stereo and surround sound formats.

The JBL 3 Series features two models: the LSR305, 5-inch powered studio monitor; and the LSR308, 8-inch powered studio monitor. Both models offer impressive performance, with the LSR305 boasting a response of 43Hz to 24 kHz and a peak SPL of 108 dB, while the LSR308 features a response of 37Hz to 24 kHz and a peak SPL of 112 dB.

Leveraging new technology developed for JBL’s flagship M2 Master Reference Monitor launched earlier this year, the 3 Series features JBL’s patent-pending Image Control Waveguide enabling the listener to hear greater depth and ambience in recordings. Surrounding the high frequency tweeter, and located directly above the woofer, the waveguide precisely controls the sound emanating from the monitor in the vertical and horizontal planes. With a complex contour employing tiny, meticulously engineered ridges, the waveguide optimizes the phase relationship of the loudspeakers, and also the blend of directed and reflecting sound arriving at the listening position. The product of intensive R&D, the waveguide design allows subtle detail to be heard, even in a dense mix. The waveguide produces a wide stereo panorama with a rock-solid phantom-center image. In addition, the waveguide enables 3 Series models to deliver neutral sound across an unusually large working space, regardless of room acoustics, eliminating the need for the customer to be positioned directly in front of the monitors when making critical adjustments to the mix.

“Our goal with the 3 Series is to bring a new level of performance and accuracy to the market at most affordable price points,” said Peter Chaikin, Senior Manager, JBL Professional Recording and Broadcast Marketing. “The Image Control Waveguide gives 3 Series a dramatic advantage. It is a remarkable piece of engineering allowing us to deliver a loudspeaker that is more revealing and engaging to listen to. Customers will find, with this waveguide, the 3 Series loudspeakers provide a truly enjoyable listening experience.”

As the sound generating engines, the 3 Series’ long-throw woofer and its damped woven composite tweeter are designed from the ground up to reproduce the powerful transients and micro dynamics of any mix. These drivers deliver impressive deep bass and smooth high-frequency response beyond the range of human hearing. JBL’s patented Slip Stream™ low-frequency port design works in concert with the woofer to produce deep bass response at all playback levels. The double-flared shape of the port is precisely engineered for greater low-frequency extension and reduced turbulence. Efficient Class D amplifiers, provide abundant power to the drivers to deliver the output and dynamic headroom needed for the most demanding production styles.

Each 3 Series model incorporates a range of features to integrate the loudspeakers into a broad range of environments including multiple inputs, a detented volume control and an input sensitivity switch for compatibility with professional and consumer equipment.

Using 3 Series low and high-frequency “TRIM” switches, the user can tailor the loudspeaker’s response to compensate for room acoustics, program material and personal tastes.

To ensure years of reliable performance, 3 Series prototypes were subjected to JBL’s 100-hour power test, in which the loudspeaker is required to play continually at full output for 100 hours without failure.

While most manufacturers take only a single on-axis measurement of the loudspeaker’s performance during development, this doesn’t tell how it will sound in any given room. JBL’s LSR Linear Spatial Reference design criteria requires 72 measurements, yielding more than 1,200 times more data, enabling JBL to engineer a loudspeaker that “sounds right” in any working space. With the LSR design, the 3 Series studio monitors deliver superior accuracy, regardless of the size and shape of the rom, so mixes “hit their mark” when heard on any playback system.

3 Series models are packaged in 5-Color cartons that explain the technology and feature set in detail. The loudspeakers will ship to stores this month at list prices of $199.99 US and $325.00 US for the LSR305 and LSR308, respectively. More information is available at www.jblpro.com/3 series.

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

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IBC 2013: Helping Broadcasters Expand Their Audience Base and Increase Ad Revenue is the Focus for International Datacasting

Second Generation of LASERTM Targeted Ad Insertion Platform to Make IBC Debut

Ottawa, ON – Helping TV and radio broadcasters reduce costs, attract new customers, and grow advertising revenue is the primary focus of new technology on display at the International Datacasting (TSX: IDC) booth during the IBC 2013 Show, which takes place at the RAI Amsterdam from September 13-17. IDC will exhibit in Stand 1.C29. Among the products on hand will be IDC’s LASER™ Targeted Ad Insertion Platform; the STAR™ Pro Audio Solution; Digital Cinema Solution, and the Digital Tattoo™ DTH Over IP Gateway for Multi-Dwelling Units.

The second generation of IDC’s LASER Targeted Ad Insertion Platform will make its European debut at IBC 2013. Broadcasters and service providers face licensing, regulatory, and copyright issues that cost them millions of dollars in ad revenues. The LASER platform solves these problems and allows television networks and content distributors to maximize their ad revenues by providing targeted local ad insertion, blackout management, and DVB-S/S2 satellite video reception in one cost-effective platform.

With this system, regional or local content can be inserted at the edge of the network depending upon considerations such as: geographic location, time zone, ethnicity, language, and regulatory issues – significantly increasing the resulting revenue. Broadcasters are no longer constrained by licensing issues which prevent specific content from being shown in a part of the viewing area.

Also making its first appearance in Europe at the IBC show is the second generation of IDC’s popular STAR Pro Audio Solution. STAR provides radio networks with localized ad insertion, helping them to boost revenue and lower operating costs. Its ad and program insertion capability allows operators to send selected ads to specific regions or receivers. Stored audio files can be inserted seamlessly into live or recorded programming. Cost savings can also be realized through shared hub support, which enables multiple radio networks to share one multi-channel receiver instead of deploying several single-channel receivers.

The STAR platform features time-shifting functionality, which allows broadcasters to play the right content at the ideal time. It also requires just 120 kHz space segment for a high quality stereo broadcast, as opposed to 400 kHz for legacy systems, resulting in significant cost savings.

Also on display will be IDC’s complete digital cinema content distribution system. Featuring DVB-S2 technology for high-speed throughput and increased transmission reliability, IDC offers a variety of digital cinema solutions that are tailored to fit customer needs, including SuperFlex Pro Cinema receivers, cache servers and event players. IDC’s SuperFlex Pro Cinema Receivers form the basis of its complete digital cinema content distribution system. The SuperFlex Receiver can decode 3D video and includes Dolby® 3D color correction for digital cinema applications. It can decode HD or SD video encoded with MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) with SDI, HD-SDI, HDMI outputs available.

Over 70 percent of satellite-connected digital cinemas throughout the world use IDC’s Digital Cinema Solutions.

IDC’s Digital Tattoo suite of products will also be shown at IBC. The Digital Tattoo platform is designed to enable direct-to-home (DTH) satellite operators to offer IPTV services to residential customers living in Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs). The solution expands DTH satellite operators’ service offerings and customer base. Since standard Ethernet connectivity is used to deliver content from the gateway to subscribers, additional services such as Internet and Voice over IP may be offered using the same infrastructure. MDU’s can include apartment buildings, gated communities, college campuses and healthcare facilities.

“IBC is a prestigious broadcasting event that draws many key decision makers across the industry from all over the world,” said Doug Lowther, IDC’s president and CEO. “IDC is looking forward to showcasing its innovative, cost-effective content distribution solutions in Amsterdam, connecting with current customers, and building mutually beneficial relationships with our partners.”

About International Datacasting Corporation:

International Datacasting Corporation (TSX: IDC) is a global leader in digital content distribution for the world’s premiere broadcasters in radio, television, data and digital cinema. IDC offers a broad portfolio of advanced solutions including the STAR Pro AudioTM Solution, LASERTM Targeted Ad Insertion Platform, and the Digital TattooTM DTH Over IP Gateway. The company’s products and solutions are in demand for radio and television networks, targeted ad insertion, digital cinema, 3D live events, satellite news gathering, sports contribution, VOD, and IPTV. IDC is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with regional offices in Arnhem, the Netherlands and in San Diego, California. The company has installations in over 100 countries and service offices in Thailand and Singapore, and an international network of value-added partners and resellers. For more information visit:www.datacast.com.

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Visual Artist Carmen Osterlye Uses High-End BenQ Projectors for Avant-Garde Exhibition

BenQ’s W1080ST and MX660P Bring Installations to Life With Colorific(TM) Picture Quality

IRVINE, Calif. — Aug. 1, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations and global DLP(R) projector leader, today announced that visual artist and filmmaker Carmen Osterlye has selected BenQ’s W1080ST and MX660P projectors featuring Colorific(TM) picture quality for her art installations Den of Blossomy and Techno Tree. Both works will be on display on Aug. 2-4 as part of the Wassaic Project’s Summer Exhibition and Festival, in Wassaic, N.Y.

Osterlye, a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and visual artist, explores re-contextualized video in hybrid format. Her work focuses on concepts of motion and perception, expressing infinite possibilities of the moving image. She works predominantly in performance, installation and print formats, and is a featured artist at this year’s Wassaic Project’s summer festival.

Den of Blossomy is a projection-mapped Louis XV style parlor featuring floral video patterns as well as four full-color digital prints. Osterlye used two high-end BenQ W1080ST projectors to bring the immersive installation of the internal space to life. The piece, part of the Wassaic Project’s Homeward Found summer exhibition, is housed in Maxon Mills, a seven-story feed mill and grain elevator repurposed by the Wassaic Project as its main exhibition space.

Techno Tree, Osterlye’s second piece, is an audio/visual installation that re-imagines an entirely natural entity as a technological one. Using BenQ’s MX660P projector, a mapped tree is transformed into a canvas upon which projected digital video signals randomly relay, creating a stimulating symphony of contained color and light, accompanied by an orchestra of tone.

“In planning the installations, I did a great deal of research to find the most effective tools for my work,” said Osterlye. “Other projectors had some of the capabilities I required, but none of them were as full-featured and versatile as the W1080ST and MX660P, which offer superb image quality, a vibrant color palette, and great ease of use. Den of Blossomy, in particular, presented some challenges due to space constraints. For this installation I specifically chose the W1080ST for its superior HD quality and its short-throw capability, which was essential in projecting my images in such close range.”

“Carmen’s installations really illustrate the advanced image processing capabilities of our projectors,” said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. “Providing precise accuracy on the secondary colors used, while maintaining the crisp blacks needed to avoid light shining on the displays’ 3D objects is an exceptional challenge beyond many projectors. Our W1080ST and MX660P are up to the task and have brought Carmen’s forward-thinking visual displays to life.”

Designed for visual display applications such as art installations, which require prolonged image projection, BenQ’s W1080ST and MX660P projectors feature Colorific picture quality to enable more accurate color representation, crisper contrasts, and longer-lasting quality. The result is more than one billion stunning colors, higher contrast ratios, and longer-lasting quality imaging since DLP projectors do not experience light burn or color degradation over extended usage. To facilitate the setup process and bring more ease-of-use to installations, the short-throw W1080ST delivers an image more than 100 inches wide at less than six feet away from the screen — providing tremendous flexibility in projector placement, while the MX660P features USB Display for plug-and-play content convenience and Wireless Display to keep cables and wires out of sight.

For complete creative freedom, BenQ’s W1080ST delivers full 3D connectivity from external devices such as Blu-ray(TM) players and gaming consoles, and supports formats and standards including NVIDIA(R) 3DTV Play(TM), DLP Link(TM), and dual HDMI(R). Designed with the high-end DLP DarkChip3(TM), the W1080ST offers full HD1080p picture quality, a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, and built-in 10-W stereo speakers for added sound convenience. In traditional settings and to safeguard close-range installations, the W1080ST features an “Auto Blank” mode that blocks light output when objects are detected in front of the lens. Especially useful for short-throw scenarios in small spaces, the mode avoids flashing light directly in users’ eyes when crossing the projection.

To ensure high brightness within any ambient lighting setting, the versatile MX660P offers a brilliant 3,000 ANSI lumens of brightness and uses XGA native resolution to bring even more picture detail to the screen. The device’s lamp life will also perform up to 5000 hours in Eco mode, which lowers the projector’s total cost of ownership by reducing lamp replacement and other maintenance costs. To support film installations and other media projects, the MX660P also features closed captioning, which displays subtitles in video content without the need for an external captioning device, as well as multiple connectivity options to simplify projection from external sources.

More information on BenQ’s W1080ST and MX660P is available at www.BenQ.us.

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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand worldwide, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of projectors, flat-panel displays, and monitors for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers.

More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

About BenQ Corporation
BenQ Corporation is a renowned global trendsetter of connected digital lifestyle devices founded on the brand promise of “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life.” With a keen insight into ever-evolving consumer preferences, BenQ uniquely creates the ideal balance of leading technology and signature design to provide visual and mobile solutions that elevate consumer lifestyles. BenQ continues to delight the world’s consumers with a broad product and embedded technology portfolio spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $21+ billion powerhouse comprised of 16+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 120,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life.

The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., Raydium Semiconductor Corp., and Wellypower Corp.

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Den of Blossomy: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/DenOfBlossomy.zip
W1080ST: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/W1080ST.zip
MX660P: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/MX660P.zip

Videos:

Den of Blossomy: http://vimeo.com/69522385
The Making of Den of Blossomy: http://vimeo.com/68624114

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