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POOLgroup Powers Germany’s Deichbrand Festival with Meyer Sound LEO

This summer in Cuxhaven, Germany, rental house POOLgroup deployed its Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system for the main stage of the 2013 Deichbrand Festival.

Headlined by acts including Bush, Die Toten Hosen, and Funeral for a Friend, the four-day festival attracted around 35,000 people a day to an airfield near the ocean. According to the audio team, the effects of wind became a key consideration in designing the sound system for the main stage.

“The LEO system is so much more powerful than anything else we have worked with,” says Tim Humpe, head of entertainment and touring production for POOLgroup. “The biggest challenge with this festival is the wind. With LEO, the sound stays focused and in your face, without the need for delay towers.”

The main stage system provided sound for the entire 150-meter-long audience area. “Not only does that make our lives easier, but it’s also better for the audience in terms of sightlines,” says Felix Suwelack, production manager for Deichbrand.

Featuring 48 LEO-M line array loudspeakers, the main stage system was augmented by eight MICA loudspeakers spread across the stage lip. Low frequencies were handled by 30 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements, while system drive and alignment was provided by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system featuring two Galileo 616 AES and six Galileo Callisto array processors.

The smaller Waterstage’s reinforcement system included 42 MILO loudspeakers and 32 700-HP subwoofers, while the Palastzelt stage incorporated 24 MICA loudspeakers per side, along with 18 M’elodie® line array loudspeakers. Low end was handled by 18 600-HP subwoofers and six 1100-LFC loudspeakers.

Founded in 2005 with a capacity of around 2,000, Deichbrand Festival has steadily grown in size to become one of Germany’s premiere rock festivals, attracting a devoted crowd to the coast of the North Sea year after year.

POOLgroup owns two Meyer Sound LEO systems, which have been busy supporting productions around Germany, Austria, and Scandinavia this summer, including tours by Peter Maffay and David Garrett.

Behind the scenes at Deichbrand Festival

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New York Philharmonic Presents Summer Park Concerts with Meyer Sound LEO

This summer, New York Philharmonic performed a series of five concerts in parks throughout New York City using a Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system. Two large shows took place on Central Park’s Great Lawn, where Meyer Sound loudspeakers covered a widely dispersed audience estimated at more than 50,000.

For the 15th consecutive summer season, both sound coordination and FOH mixing duties for the New York Philharmonic were entrusted to Larry Rock, audio director for the symphony orchestra. For Rock, a Grammy-winning veteran of hundreds of classical concerts and recordings, LEO’s debut performance raised the bar for large-scale presentation of classical music.

“It was a new experience,” says Rock. “The LEO system is very powerful—it is particularly clear and efficient in the high-frequency ranges. Also, its throw is rather astonishing. I expect we could have eliminated the first delay ring, or moved it back 50 to 100 feet.”

The main LEO system for Central Park comprised dual main arrays of 12-each LEO-M line array loudspeakers, with 12 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements arranged in four cardioid arrays. System drive and alignment was provided by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with five Galileo Callisto 616 processors.

To cover the entire audience on the expansive Great Lawn, the stage’s main LEO system was augmented by a delay system which included 18 M3D, 16 MILO®, and 26 MICA® line array loudspeakers. Twin arrays of 12-each M’elodie® line array loudspeakers provided stage side fill.

Sound Associates of Yonkers, N.Y. supplied the delay system and logistical support, with principal designer Robert Hanlon assisted by console tech David Bullard. Robert Gorton assisted Rock at FOH, and Josh Marks was head of sound.

“This is the first time I’ve ever heard a line array behave as a single, giant loudspeaker,” attests Domonic Sack, project coordinator at Sound Associates. “When you walk from front to back, you don’t hear any changes. It exhibits seamless consistency both vertically and horizontally, which is an incredible accomplishment.”

At FOH, Larry Rock mixed behind a Studer Vista 5 digital console, augmented by a Lexicon 300 reverb processor. The orchestra used MK4, MK21, and MK4V Schoeps microphone capsules, as well as several Neumann KM 184 microphones.

The first of the New York Philharmonic’s two free Central Park shows was a benefit for Hurricane Sandy relief sponsored by Major League Baseball, featuring a guest appearance by Mariah Carey. Two days later, the Philharmonic presented Dvořák’s Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

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AV Industry Expert Bob Stern Joins Hall Research

Hall Research is pleased to announce that Bob Stern has been hired as their Western Business Development Manager. Bob has been serving the professional A/V marketplace for over 20 years, including over 8 years as Central Regional Manager for Kramer Electronics and 3 years in the same position with TV One. He brings a wealth of experience in signal management products, as well as established relationships at the dealer and consultant level. His territory will include Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico. He will be calling on manufacturers’ reps and dealers in those states.
Bob, who has a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from The University of Illinois Urbana will be based in his home office in Highland Park, Illinois, where he lives with his wife Cindy.

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American Society of Cinematographers Launches New Master Class Program

Award-Winning DPs to Teach Inaugural Session in October

LOS ANGELES – The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) announced today that it will be hosting a new series of Master Classes that will teach all aspects of the art and craft of cinematography.

Each Master Class will be held over a five-day period and will convene four times a year. The first will run October 21 through October 25, 2013 and will be limited to 20 students. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis. The syllabus – along with tuition and registration information – may be viewed on the ASC Web site.

“The ASC Master Class offers an unprecedented opportunity to get direct, hands-on instruction from the best cinematographers in the world,” notes ASC President Richard Crudo. “Classes will be based at our historic Clubhouse in Hollywood, and will be augmented by field trips to nearby state-of-the-art facilities. No one else can give such access to the range of knowledge and experience that resides under our roof. It represents a truly comprehensive, one-of-a-kind experience.”

The ASC Master Class Program Advisor is Oscar(r)-nominee Stephen Burum, ASC. Different cinematographers will lead the classes each quarter.

Among the participating faculty for the inaugural session will be the world’s foremost shooter of car spots and other commercials, Bill Bennett. Additional instructors will include ASC greats Dion Beebe, Russell Carpenter, Dean Cundey, Caleb Deschanel, Richard Edlund, Robert Elswit, Matthew Libatique, Dean Semler, Dante Spinotti and John Toll. Each of whom has been Oscar(r) nominated on at least one occasion, while Beebe, Carpenter, Elswit, Edlund (three), Semler and Toll (two) are Oscar(r) winners. In addition, Deschanel, Semler and Spinotti are also ASC Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, and Edlund has received the ASC Presidents Award. (All participants subject to availability)

At the conclusion of the week participants will receive a certificate of completion at a celebratory dinner with ASC members.

ASC was founded in 1919. There are 350 active members today who have national roots in some 20 countries. There are also 150 associate members from ancillary segments of the industry.

For additional information about the ASC, visit www.theasc.com, or join ASC on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/the.ASC and American Cinematographer magazine fan page at http://www.facebook.com/AmericanCinematographer.

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Pro Control Products on Display at CEDIA EXPO 2013

Company Quote:

“This year at CEDIA, Pro Control will be showcasing a variety of control solutions to meet the needs of any consumer. For users looking to redefine the traditional control experience, our award-winning Pro.24z touch-screen controller and matching Pro.24z processor are packed with features for full command of even the most complex systems. Users who prefer to use their Apple device for control will experience the unique and powerful features of our ProPanel app, such as full two-way feedback and a completely customizable user interface. Providing the best of both worlds, our iPro.8 companion controller will be on display, which allows consumers to use their Apple device as the main interface, while adding the convenience of a dedicated remote with instant connectivity and hard buttons for tactile control.”
– Mike Everett, General Manager for Pro Control

Pro Control ProPanel App
The ProPanel app gives end users complete control over any Pro Control system containing any ProLink control processor from the convenience of their iPod touch(R), iPhone(R), or iPad(R). With so many control app options for dealers, ProPanel stands above the rest by enhancing the control experience with unique capabilities such as full two-way feedback including cover art, weather graphics, dynamic image lists, and high-resolution graphics for the newest generation of iPad. Redefining ease of use, the app displays in both portrait and landscape views by rotating the Apple(R) device, with no additional programming required. ProPanel supports local connection via Wi-Fi(TM) and offers remote-access capabilities via auto-switching Wi-Fi and 3G wireless — providing users with convenient control and monitoring from virtually anywhere in the world. Additionally, the ProPanel app sports a completely customizable graphical user interface, giving end users a consistent user experience across all Pro Control remote controllers in their system.

Image Caption: ProPanel app
Image Link: www.ingearpr.com/ProControl/ProPanelApp.zip

ProLink.z/Pro24.z Two-Way Control and Feedback System
Together the ProLink.z control processor and the award-winning Pro24.z touch-screen controller deliver the ultimate control experience. The ProLink.z features an integrated 2.4-GHz ZigBee(R) antenna for bidirectional communication via the Pro24.z, in addition to two RS-232 two-way ports for advanced control and monitoring of devices. Sporting a sleek, sophisticated design, the Pro24.z controller features a high-resolution 2.4-inch TFT LCD touch-screen display, programmable five-way joystick, and backlit hard buttons for intuitive operation, even in a darkened room. The powerful ProLink.z processor stores macros for professional-grade control and features an abundance of control options, including six routable IR ports with adjustable output strength, two voltage-sensing inputs for improved management of connected devices, and an Ethernet port for network control of a virtually unlimited number of devices. Pro Controls ProPanel app is also available for the ProLink.z control processor, giving users complete two-way control and feedback over any Pro Control system from the convenience of their iPod touch(R), iPhone(R), and iPad(R).

Image Caption: ProLink.z/Pro24.z
Image Link: www.ingearpr.com/ProControl/Pro24z-ProLinkz-Kit.zip

iPro.8 Companion Controller
Designed for end-users that enjoy using their Apple(R) smartphone or tablet as the primary controller for their electronic systems, the low-cost iPro.8 companion controller adds the convenience of a dedicated remote with instant connectivity and hard buttons for tactile control.
The patent-pending iPro.8 remote works as an extension of the ProPanel app running on an iPod touch(R), iPhone(R), or iPad(R). It gives users the hard buttons and tactile control to which they are accustomed and provides immediate access to common functions such as changing channels, controlling the volume, and DVR transport. The stylish remote overcomes network connectivity issues by using proven and reliable RF technology for instantaneous communication, and is designed for use with any Pro Control ProLink processor with an activated ProPanel app.

Image Caption: iPro.8 Companion Controller
Image Link: www.ingearpr.com/ProControl/iPro8_Iso.zip

Pro Control Manufacturer Trainings at CEDIA EXPO 2013:

Training Topic: Introduction to Pro Control
Colorado Convention Center (Mile High Ballroom  Room 4C)
Course Code: MPT1083
Sept. 27, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

In this course, attendees will learn about Pro Controls new line of control products. With a legacy of performance, technology, and innovation, Pro Control offers a value-priced solution for automated control. Along with viewing Pro Controls Studio Programming software in action, all attendees are registered for free prizes.

PR Link: www.ingearpr.com/ProControl/CEDIA2013.zip

Company Overview:
Created by Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI), Pro Control is a new remote control brand designed to meet the needs of electronic systems professionals. The product line includes handheld remote controls, control processors, and advanced software for programming and integration. The stunningly elegant handheld remotes have color touch-screen displays and are completely customizable. They can act as stand-alone remotes or sync with control processors using IR, ZigBee(R), or RF communication. The control processors provide rock-solid reliability along with advanced features such as control and feedback from iPad(R) and iPhone(R) devices, A/V receivers, internet radio, lighting systems, security, and HVAC systems. Fast, automated PC programming and cost-effective price points make Pro Control products the perfect solution for conference rooms, theaters, media rooms, and multiroom integration. Additional information on Pro Control and its innovative control solutions is available at www.procontrol.com.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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EDCO Powers State-of-the-Art Streaming Experience With Visionary Solutions’ IPTV Technology

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Sept. 10, 2013 — Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) today announced that EDCO, a leading provider of advanced technology solutions for the education market, has deployed its AVN series of encoders and PackeTV(R) Views browser-based platform to power a new end-to-end video broadcasting solution called the K12 Broadcaster(R). Leveraging VSI’s IPTV solutions, the K12 Broadcaster cost-effectively streams high-quality standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) video and audio content to classrooms, auditoriums, and other areas, improving the teaching and learning experience for instructors and students.

“The K12 Broadcaster is a simple and cost-effective solution that enables school districts to continue receiving cable TV and broadcast signals with an image quality far exceeding what was previously delivered via coax cable, without any downtime,” said David Allen, chief executive officer, EDCO. “VSI’s AVN encoders are key to the system’s seamless scalability and outstanding video quality, while PackeTV Views features an intuitive user interface that simplifies IPTV delivery, enabling school districts to simultaneously stream 1080p quality video to several thousand classrooms.”

The K12 Broadcaster, powered by VSI, eases the transition from a coax-based communications system to an IP-based video infrastructure. It cost-effectively replaces analog DVD/VCR tuners that were previously required to receive cable TV and broadcast channels in the classroom. By streaming SD and HD video and audio content from a centralized headend to a projector located within the classroom, the fully integrated IP-based streaming solution eliminates the expense and complexities of working with costly coaxial cables, televisions, and wall brackets. The K12 Broadcaster optimizes bandwidth requirements on the network through the use of H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10/AVC) video compression technology and a powerful multicasting functionality capable of streaming video service to thousands of end users at less than 3 Mbits/s. Additionally, through a user-friendly graphical interface, users can easily manage all video broadcasting, announcements, and live remote-broadcasting while controlling what is being viewed in the classroom.

As a mobile/fixed broadcast solution, the K12 Broadcaster provides an effective solution for producing a live broadcast of the morning announcements throughout the school. It supports multicasting from any location in the school to all classrooms, simplifying communications between the administrative office, teaching staff, and students. The K12 Broadcaster is fully scalable to a district’s available network bandwidth, and can be customized based upon a district’s specific requirements and budget.

As part of EDCO’s K12 Broadcaster solution, VSI’s AVN encoders compress SD and HD video and audio into H.264 real-time streams that are delivered via WAN or LAN. The AVN encoders feature standards-compliant compression and an optimized network interface technology that ensures superior-quality, full frame-rate video and audio. Through the encoders’ flexible, modular architecture, school districts can support a wide range of video resolutions, including 720p, 1080i, and 1080p.

PackeTV Views provides users with a simple, browser-based dashboard that streamlines the management of IPTV content, eliminating the need for middleware. Intuitive controls enable easy operation by both technical and non-technical personnel, making it the ideal administrative portal for the educational market. PackeTV Views also offers seamless access to stored or live content, eliminating overhead costs traditionally associated with deploying and maintaining complex client software and the servers needed to host it. The HTML-based solution can easily be customized with branding to personalize the classroom experience.

“While budgets are always tight for school districts, the quality of education should never be sacrificed,” said Joe Walsh, vice president of sales, VSI. “Partnering with EDCO, VSI provides educators with a flexible, cost-saving solution for streaming high-quality video and audio content to the classroom. We believe the K12 Broadcaster powered by VSI’s IPTV solutions is the model framework for the educational market in delivering a next-generation educational experience.”

More information about VSI and the company’s products is available at www.vsicam.com.

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About Visionary Solutions Inc. (www.vsicam.com)
Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) develops and manufactures open-standard solutions that harness the power and flexibility of IP networks to deliver real-time video and audio. With a passion for innovation and customer service, VSI provides outstanding products recognized for their value, performance, versatility, and quality. VSI products support the industry’s latest technology standards, including H.264, making the company a trusted partner for solutions in the enterprise, education, government, house of worship, entertainment, healthcare, and broadcast markets. VSI sets the industry standard for high-quality video transport over IP networks.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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New Jersey Sign Shop Enlivens Street Scene with Digital Flames using the Gefen Digital Signage Creator

Retail signage for the newest Blazing Visuals Sign Shop transformed itself into a blazing inferno that invigorates the street thanks to an innovative istallation using Gefen’s Digital Signage Creator.

True to its name, Blazing Visuals took the standard retail signage for its Point Pleasant, NJ store and made it smoking hot. This creative, full service sign company handles all aspects of sign making from creative content development through to production and publishing. For its own custom signage, the owner, Pete DiSpirito, wanted to up the “wow” factor and remain true to his company’s mission. This is where local integrator Scott Craig entered the picture and pitched the Digital Signage Creator as the ultimate tool for creating the kind of special effects desired.

According to Craig, “I wanted to draw attention to their newest location and store front windows while keeping budget and time constraints at the forefront of our plans.”

One of the biggest challenges in creating the flaming signage was the simple task of projecting a visible image onto the glass windows of the location.

“We did our own research and used some 3M graphics film to help facilitate the kind of visuals we wanted that would expand on the company’s Blazing Visuals logo.”

Gefen’s Digital Signage Creator manages content with its bundled Digital Signage Director software, which works on with any Windows OS-based browser. It is an intuitive, layer-based layout program
offering the ability to insert music, layer still and video images, write scripts to control content and pull RSS feeds off the Internet. These advanced features give users full control over their content creation, yielding visually stunning digital signage results. Users can schedule content to play at any time using the iCal application. Content can be pushed to the Digital Signage Creator for an immediate update of the on-board memory or pulled automatically from a remote server. High definition resolutions are supported up to 720p at 60 frames and 1080p at 24 frames in both landscape and portrait alignments.

“I am a big fan of Gefen and the unprecedented level of outstanding support Gefen provides their customers. Great customer service is difficult to come by from a manufacturer of Gefen’s caliber these
days. When you find a company that supports you like Gefen does, you turn to them any time possible,” explained Craig.

The successful installation has driven more traffic to the store front as well as creating a lot of local buzz. The additional traffic has inspired Blazing Visuals to consider expanding their digital signage.

“It is likely they’ll implement store-front window signage at other company locations, and I’m looking forward to using the video wall options of the Gefen Digital Signage Creator,” added Craig.

View the signage here:

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Starlight Express Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Martin Audio MLA Compact

When the updated production of Starlight Express opened at Bochum, Germany’s Stadionring—celebrating 25 years since its premiere performance at the specially constructed ‘Starlight Express Theater’ in 1988—it featured Martin Audio’s award-winning Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) platform for the first time.

Advertising itself as “the fastest musical in the universe” it fell to sound supervisor Riccardo van Krugten and system engineer/installation manager, Georg Hentschel to supercharge the next generation production while remaining faithful to Martin Levan’s original sound design.

Hentschel was already familiar with Martin Audio’s pioneering system, since his company (LiveAudio) has owned an MLA rig since May 2011. He later attended the world launch of the second-generation MLA Compact in London, and it is the smaller system that his company has now installed for this production.

Overseeing the sound in Bochum since early 2010, Riccardo van Krugten was eager that the production remained faithful to a single system to cope with the fast roller skating action. “We wanted a stereo set-up for the orchestra, and a separate system for vocals, positioned above the main performance area,” he said. “This required a PA solution that would reproduce music and vocals equally well.” Another issue was the need to reduce spill and crosstalk from the PA speakers into the 25 fast moving Microport headsets.

Since the new production promised “to take audio engineering to the highest level”, van Krugten knew that today’s audience expectation is far greater than it was two decades ago. He was also mindful of past complaints concerning vocal intelligibility and clarity in parts of the auditorium. “And so we searched for a system that would provide even coverage for all seats in the house, maintaining frequency response and sound levels.”

That search began after Andreas Karsten had produced a 3D EASE model of the Starlight Express Theater. Said Riccardo, “We ran various simulations with the existing speakers and looked at the problems. Then we ran the same simulations with a two conventional line array rigs at different positions to identify whether a line source solution could be used in this situation, before inviting nine manufacturers for two shoot out sessions.”

Atlantic Audio, Martin Audio’s German distributor, organized the hardware and crew for this shoot out, which took place in front of the full production team, including Phil Edwards, the musical supervisor from England.

To thoroughly evaluate the competing systems, Riccardo prepared a file in ProLogic containing samples from the show (and other vocal recordings of different tonalities), as well as music that everyone would recognize. “For the second half of the session we had the Starlight rhythm section and three cast members perform live from different positions on stage,” he said. “In two shoot out sessions, we heard nine different (mono) arrays rigged side by side. The MLA Compact never left any doubt it would handle reliably whatever kind of audio we threw at it.”

As a result, 27 MLA Compacts have been divided into three flown L/C/R arrays of nine elements each, along with three DSX subs ground stacked left and right of the stage. This is designed to cover the entire auditorium including the balcony and the middle sub on each side is reversed to produce a cardioid pattern. The subs are set unconventionally just outside the left and right array —stacked on the middle track level a few meters above the ground—and are sunk into the proscenium wall, via a specially-designed setup.

A pair of Martin Audio W8VDQ hybrid boxes provide outfill coverage extension of the center array, while production rigged a so-called ‘crossfire’ system, so that those sitting at the sides of the auditorium would also receive a stereo orchestra image.

Georg Hentschel explained, “Starlight has a large cast equipped with omnidirectional lavalier mics who constantly move around the set on three levels behind the speakers and also in front of the PA, often directly facing the arrays. During one particular scene, six highly amplified singers are elevated directly behind the center array, which mainly handles vocals. The amazing reduction in backspill of the MLA Compact masters these challenges in a very impressive way. The other aspect, of course, is MLA’s outstanding tonal quality.“

Hentschel set ‘Hard Avoid’ for the areas behind the arrays where there is a lot of singer traffic as well as to the areas underneath the speaker systems. Further back down the auditorium, the problems become even more complex, with two tracks running right through the audience, who are seated on different levels. Finally, there is a balcony and several rows of seating at both side walls that need to be covered.

“I challenged the system with various optimizations to achieve the best solution, and it has really delivered; we were able to solve many problems with MLA’s advanced technology, and it was absolutely the right system for the job,” he said.

And Riccardo van Krugten also commends the seamless swap-over between old and new sound systems. “The transition was smoother than expected. We knew it would be a whole new world for the performers. Part of the new concept was to reposition and reuse some of the old PA speakers for monitoring purposes, and that idea played out really well. All in all, I believe we have respected Martin Levan’s clever original sound design by replacing existing components with more advanced technology.”

Head of sound in Bochum is Jürgen Janßen, who mixed all the shows during the process of changing over the sound system, while Riccardo created the matrix layout and Georg took care of the necessary programming and alignment. Throughout the process Atlantic Audio coordinated between Martin Audio and the production team.

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

Photo credit: Jens Hauer

Emmy Award Winner Felipe Borrero Is A Winner At Location Sound

Industry veteran walks away with a PSC PowerStar LiFE Power Distribution System valued at $1,835

North Hollywood, CA (September 10, 2013) –Location Sound’s Most Awesome 50 Days of Audio Gear Giveaways Ever (at http://www.locationsound.com/most-awesome-audio-gear-giveaway) has been running since July and continues to make audio professionals very happy. The most recent winner is Felipe Borrero who has won a PSC PowerStar LiFE Power Distribution System.

“Flip” Borrero has enjoyed a very successful career as a professional sound mixer: He has been in the business for over 40 years and worked on countless movies and television shows. He was nominated for a CAS Award for outstanding achievement in Sound Mixing, and in 1999 won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for The Rat Pack (1998).

Borrero currently works on the TV show Enlisted that will air on the FOX Network on October 18, 2013. He was going to buy the PSC PowerStar LiFE Power Distribution System when he found out that his boom operator had just won a microphone, one of the many prizes of the Location Sound giveaway. “This actually works!”, he thought. “It’s not like the lottery where millions of people enter. Because only audio professionals enter this contest, the odds are much greater to actually win something. I entered 3 times and then I won!”

This prize couldn’t have come at a better time. Borrero had actually retired from his job 10 years ago and he had sold his equipment at that point, worth over $100,000, for pennies on the dollar. In 2009, he decided to come back to the industry and to mixing sound but he didn’t want to re-invest in his own equipment. Winning the prize at the LSC giveaway was a more than welcome surprise.

Borrero has been renting equipment at Location Sound for over 30 years. “I’m probably one of their first customers. I used to shop with them even before there was a West Coast location. Now, I go to their North Hollywood store all the time”, he said. “The customer service is like doing business with friends. They have respect for what I do, and they bend over backwards to help me. I remember that when one of my machines broke down, the Location Sound staff opened the store in the middle of the night for me, they got me a machine, and I was off and running the next day.”

Registration for Location Sound’s giveaway will continue at http://www.locationsound.com/most-awesome-audio-gear-giveaway until September 24, 2013, with new prizes and new winners every day. Website visitors can enter to win many high-priced and high-quality items such as Sound Devices’ 664 Field Mixer/Recorder, Lectrosonics’ UCR411/UM400A Wireless UHF System, and many others. A complete prize list is accessible at http://www.locationsound.com/most-awesome-audio-gear-giveaway-prize-list

Customers can enter up to three times a day. Bonus entries are made possible if a customer, AFTER completing the entry form, uses the Twitter “share” button to tweet the giveaway (must have Twitter account to do this). With this option, one person can potentially have up to 6 entries each day. Once a customer wins, however, they will no longer be eligible for the other prizes. The giveaway is open to all legal residents of the United States, 18 years of age or older, excluding residents of Florida, New York, Puerto Rico and all other U.S. territories. For complete Official Rules, go to http://www.locationsound.com/most-awesome-audio-gear-giveaway-official-rules.

About Location Sound Corporation
Location Sound Corp. opened its doors in January of 1977 with a mission to be the one-stop facility for production sound mixers for all their sales, rental, and equipment service needs. More than 36 years later, the client roster now also includes production companies, broadcast companies, law enforcement and private security firms, universities, houses of worship, government agencies, and more. Location Sound is known for its excellent customer service and unparalleled depth of inventory: No matter the industry, Location Sound will get anyone the sound equipment for their critical sound recording needs, while providing unmatched support services before and after the sale. For more information, please visit www.locationsound.com
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Viaccess-Orca Introduces New User Interface for TV Everywhere Solution, Optimizing the Multiscreen User Experience

Designed to Fully Engage End Users With TV Content on Any Screen, New User Interface Will Debut at IBC2013

PARIS — Sept. 9, 2013 — Viaccess-Orca, a global leader in the protection and enhancement of content services, will demonstrate a new user interface for its TV Everywhere (TVE) solution at IBC2013, stand 1.A51. The new interface allows TV viewers to easily discover compelling content on a wide range of devices — including TVs, PCs, smartphones, and tablets — enabling content service providers to offer a state-of-the art TV experience on every screen. The company’s TVE solution is shortlisted for an award in the “Best interactive TV technology or app” category at the CSI 2013 Awards taking place at IBC2013 on Sept. 13.

“To remain competitive in today’s multiscreen world, content service providers must offer a personalized TV experience anywhere, anytime, and on any device,” said François Moreau de Saint Martin, CEO at Viaccess-Orca. “Our next-generation TV Everywhere solution features an intuitive user interface that allows quick access to favorite content, helping providers enhance subscriber satisfaction and increase their revenue streams.”

Using Viaccess-Orca’s TVE solution, providers can securely deliver live, VOD, and catch-up TV content on any network via any screen — enabling them to expand service offerings, respond to market demands, monetize multiscreen TV services, and increase subscriber loyalty. Each app is carefully adjusted to each type of device in order to ensure consistent and seamless experience.

The new user interface fully relies on Viaccess-Orca’s comprehensive, in-house TVE solution, which is designed to enable rapid service innovation and increased cost-savings. The solution relies on a variety of advanced methodologies for search, recommendation, and exploration, to simplify content discovery and create a much more engaging viewer experience. Recordings can be initiated from any device. In addition, settings, favorites, wish lists, and user preferences are maintained across all devices.

Viaccess-Orca’s TV Everywhere Apps are based on a modular design that offers service providers a high degree of flexibility, enabling them to customize the look and feel of their service to increase brand awareness.

At IBC2013, the Viaccess-Orca TV Everywhere demo will also highlight the company’s DEEP platform (Data Enrichment and Engagement Platform) which is an automatically generated digital magazine platform for the second screen. Through DEEP, operators can generate enriched metadata and offer users additional content related to what they’re already consuming. This enables operators to support new business models such as targeted advertising and branding and to provide their subscribers with an immersive user experience.

Visit Viaccess-Orca at IBC2013 at stand 1.A51 to discover the company’s TV Everywhere solution and more. More info at http://bit.ly/VOatIBC2013.

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About Viaccess-Orca
As a leading global provider of content protection, delivery, and discovery solutions, Viaccess-Orca is shaping the ultimate content experience. Through its integrated range of business-savvy products and solutions, Viaccess-Orca helps service providers in the cable, DTT, satellite, IPTV, and OTT industries gain a competitive edge in today’s rapidly evolving multiscreen environment. By enabling service providers to securely deliver an engaging user experience on any device, Viaccess-Orca is reinventing the entertainment landscape. Viaccess-Orca is part of the Orange Group. For more information, visit www.viaccess-orca.com or follow the company on Twitter @ViaccessOrca and Linkedin.

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