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Riedel Showcases First Integrated AVB Control Panel for Artist Digital Matrix Intercom at IBC2013

AMSTERDAM — Sept. 13, 2013 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that the company will showcase its new CPX-AVB expansion card for the Riedel Artist 1100 series control panels at IBC2013. The CPX-AVB provides the next generation of AVB interfacing for Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom control panels.

The CPX-AVB is a dedicated card that fits in the expansion slot of the Artist 1100 series OLED control panels. The card turns the control panel into an AVB-enabled device, in turn making the panel’s ports available within the entire AVB network. The expansion card converts two Artist ports to the AVB network and vice versa.

Riedel is the first company to provide a fully integrated solution for establishing digital matrix intercom keypanel connections over AVB infrastructures. Following installation of the CPX-AVB card, the control panel’s functionality is the same as before, simply expanded with AVB connectivity.

To enable further signal integration, Riedel offers a comprehensive suite of AVB-enabled interfaces for its Artist intercom platform. In addition to the existing Connect AVB x8 panel interface, the new Connect AVB C8 offers eight AES connections on BNC. The device supports both bidirectional AES for intercom panels and unidirectional transport for broadcast AES.

Riedel’s new Connect AVB A8 provides eight analog inputs and outputs on RJ45 connectors. Riedel’s AVB Manager offers full AVB network management and features system-wide control of all AVB components.

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Musician-Producer Devin Bronson Takes Deeper Stake In BN Audio As Co-Owner – New Series Co-Designed By A Musician

David Cook (L) and Devin Bronson (R)

Los Angeles, CA, September 16, 2013 – BN Audio, manufacturer of performance portable loudspeaker systems is pleased to announce that Devin Bronson, rock-and-roll lead guitarist / songwriter and music producer is now co-owner of BN Audio.

It’s not uncommon to see music artists or athletes endorse a product or brand, however it is a serious step-up commitment when an artist takes ownership in the company behind the brand, its image, future product development and success.

Devin Bronson signed on as BN Audio spokesperson in January 2013. In a short six- months of involvement Bronson promoted BN Audio’s product, the BlackBox amplified loudspeaker system to multiple major international recording artists that now own, tout, and recommend it throughout the recording and music industry. The enthusiasm of his peers was a determining factor in his decision to get onboard in a significant way, as co-owner.

Devin Bronson commented, “BN Audio is a new brand that will be known and embraced by music enthusiasts with its commitment to building high-performance and affordable consumer loudspeaker systems at a pro-grade level that accurately capture how music should sound, – Big and Natural.”
As co-owner, Devin will not only be BN Audio’s spokesperson but he is already deeply involved in the new product development. In fact, at CES 2014 at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino, BN Audio will unveil their new amplified Power Trio Portable Bluetooth Loudspeaker Series designed and built for the musician in all of us.

BN Audio’s BlackBox loudspeaker system is a perfect audio solution for apartments, dorms, DJ’s, and musicians alike with its lightweight, compact and portable industrial “band-styling” enclosure that can easily be toted anywhere with a top mounted handle.

About BN Audio – California based BN Audio, is a group of music enthusiasts with a passion for designing and engineering high-quality consumer audio products that accurately recreate live sound and deliver high-performance audio. BN Audio founder and co-owner, Steffen “Steff” Meeks, is a CE industry product specialist, and business executive with 3 decades of audio experience collaborating with top audio brands JBL, Yamaha, Polk Audio, Klipsch, Acoustic Research and others. For more information on BN Audio please visit www.bnaudio.com.

About Devin Bronson – Devin Bronson is an LA based rock artist, lead guitarist, songwriter, and music producer who performs with numerous award-winning recording artists as Avril Lavinge, Kelly Osborne, Sebastian Bach, P!NK, Demi Lovato, American Idol® winner David Cook and many others. Visit www.devinbronson.com to learn more.

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Company Contact: Steffen Meeks, BN Audio at Tel: 888-779-9990 or steffen@bnaudio.com
Press inquiries: Roberta Lewis at Tel: 713-665-8758 or roberta@robertalewis.com

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Riedel MediorNet Now to Support Studer Consoles

AMSTERDAM — Sept. 13, 2013 — Riedel Communications, a leading provider of real-time networks for video, audio, and communications, today announced that it will present the MN-ST-AL-2, the company’s new MediorNet expansion card for Studer consoles, at IBC2013.

Riedel’s MediorNet is a fiber-based real-time signal transport solution for video, audio, communications, and data. The MN-ST-AL-2 card provides two ports, each with redundant interfaces, for connecting Studer mixing consoles via the Studer A-Link protocol to Riedel MediorNet Modular frames. In this way the consoles become an integrated part of the entire signal distribution infrastructure. Users can gain up to 384 channels per connection and realize significant cost-savings in cabling and maintenance while continuing to utilize unparalleled flexibility and signal quality.

The convenient routing of the audio stream is handled by the user-friendly MediorWorks control and management software via drag-and-drop programming, which makes last-minute changes easy and intuitive. Additional routing adjustments can be performed via Pro-Bel commands or the new EMBER+ remote control protocol in MediorNet.

The new MediorNet MN-ST-AL-2 card supports compact or larger decentralized digital audio router applications with any network topology, and it requires just a card slot with two high-speed ports. One MediorNet Modular frame equipped with A-Link interface cards becomes a cost-efficient audio router with 4,608 inputs and outputs in two rack units. The new Riedel card for MediorNet supports all Studer Vista 5 and Vista 9 consoles, as well as OnAir 3000 consoles.

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Sound Devices 788T-SSD Provides Out of this World Audio Recording Capabilities for BBC’s Doctor Who

Reliable Production Audio Recorder Delivers Outstanding Performance Throughout Busy Production Schedule

CARDIFF, WALES, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 — When BAFTA Cymru Award-nominated sound recordist Deian Humphreys set out to capture all of the dynamic dialog for the BBC hit science fiction television program Doctor Who, he turned to Sound Devices 788T-SSD digital audio recorder, 442 field mixer, CL-9 linear fader controller and CL-8 mixing control surface to record and mix all the audio action. With 20 years of experience in professional audio, he has worked in many aspects of sound production, ranging from location sound recording for drama and documentaries to sound supervising for studio and outside broadcast programs.

Doctor Who is a British science fiction television program produced by the BBC depicting the adventures of a Time Lord—a time traveling, humanoid alien known as the Doctor. He explores the universe in his TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space), a sentient time-traveling spaceship. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, a common sight in Britain in 1963, when Doctor Who first aired. Along with a succession of companions, the Doctor faces a variety of foes while working to save civilizations and help ordinary people.

As the production sound mixer, Humphreys is charged with recording clean, clear dialog and reducing the amount of ADR needed. This can be quite challenging on a science fiction show that has a large amount of special effects audio in the background, including smoke, steam and snow machines, as well as a multitude of explosions. Humphreys records the majority of the show using a trolley-based rig, which consists of a Sound Devices 788T-SSD with a CL-9 controller. When on the go, he takes his 788T-SSD using the more portable CL-8 mixing control surface.

“One of the features that I really like about the 788T is that it allows me to easily switch between a Schoeps SuperCMIT digital mic and a Schoeps analog mic without the need for any peripheral equipment,” says Humphreys. “I will often have eight iso-tracks being recorded and two mixed tracks, so the 788T is being driven hard. It always performs incredibly well.”

Humphrey’s also praises the 788T for its flexibility and versatility, which is paramount for recording on a show that utilizes special effect voice modulations on a daily basis. The Daleks, the Doctors’ arch-nemeses, are voiced by Nicholas Briggs, who uses his own proprietary secret modulation equipment. “Nicholas will sit by me on set watching my monitors and I will take an output of his magic box and feed that into my 788T,” he says. “I am able to iso that and give him a clean feed of what is happening on the floor. I use the Sound Devices 442 as his monitor, so I’ll feed a clean output into the 442 and give him his Daleks voice on another channel, so he has independent adjustment of his tracks, which he will often mix himself. I can then take another output of his voice and feed it to a loudspeaker on the floor for the actors, and another for the animatronics controllers, who make the lights on the Daleks flash, which serves as a speech recognition tool when they talk. It’s actually quite amazing and all made possible by the 788T-SSD with the 442.”

Humphreys also appreciates the 788T-SSD’s metadata features, which allow him to remain in close communication with the editors at the BBC. According to Humphreys, “When I initially started a year and half ago, I had a long conversation with the dialog editors and one of the requests they had was to match the name of each character with each track. Not just lav 1, lav 2, lav 3, but the character name, so I’m constantly in the 778T-SSD’s track naming menu and I’m re-labeling tracks when different characters come in on those particular mics. That’s such an important feature for me and for the editors, who need to know exactly who is on each track, so they don’t need to waste time pre-listening to tracks to find out who’s on what.”

“I have never looked back after purchasing my Sound Devices equipment because it just performs miraculously,” continues Humphreys. “I’ve used my Sound Devices gear 11 hours a day, 11 days and nights in a row, for 10 months straight and it’s exceptional. The service and customer relations are second to none and the company’s regular software updates are just incredible.”

With the influx of multi-tracking both in the field and on-set, Sound Devices 788T-SSD has become the next generation digital audio recorder for advanced sound mixers that require additional isolated tracks. The 788T-SSD comes with a factory-supplied, high performance solid-state drive. The SSD provides several important benefits, including vast internal storage capacity, continuous recordings of over 60 hours of 24-bit, 8-track audio at 48 kHz, increased transfer speed versus a spinning hard drive, increased immunity to shock and temperature extremes and zero acoustical output. In addition to its superior shock immunity, the SSD drive used in the 788T-SSD enhances data transfer due to its increased transfer speed. The high-performance SSD medium in the 788T-SSD has faster read- and write-speeds than the mechanical hard drive in the standard 788T. Like the standard 788T, the 788T-SSD is equipped with eight full-featured microphone inputs and twelve tracks of recording. In a stainless steel and aluminum chassis weighing less than four pounds and roughly the size of a hard-covered novel, the 788T accommodates individual controls and connectors for each of its eight inputs, plus numerous additional I/O and data connections.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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Dr. Anne Lobdell Appointed as the Chair of the Loop Utah Steering Committee

Audiologist, Dr. Anne Lobdell, will chair the Loop Utah Steering Committee, which serves to educate venues about hearing loop technology throughout the State of Utah to enrich the experiences of their Hard of Hearing visitors.

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA—Dr. Anne Lobdell, an audiologist who has been practicing for more than ten years, is now the Chair of the Loop Utah Steering Committee. The Loop Utah Movement is dedicated to educating Utah venues about the many benefits of hearing loop technology. Hearing loops deliver sound to an individual’s t-coil equipped hearing aid or cochlear implants wirelessly. This empowers hearing-impaired individuals who visit public spaces and venues of all types can enjoy a clear, immersive listening experience that they could otherwise not receive.

“I am involved with Loop Utah, because I believe in the technology,” says Dr. Lobdell. “My passion for loop technology began early in my career when my hard of hearing grandmother explained how a loop system allowed her to continue to participate in church services, which made me wonder why the technology wasn’t available in more places.”

The Loop Utah Steering Committee’s goals are to build more awareness in and around the State of Utah on how prevalent hearing loss is and to work to get all types of venues, whether they are places of worship, theaters, businesses or sports arenas, to understand the need for assistive listening (especially hearing loop) technologies.

“Through education of the community, government, health care professionals, and the hard of hearing population, we can improve the lives of those living with hearing loss. They can return to fully enjoying activities that they may have abandoned due to difficulties stemming from hearing loss and diminished hearing and communication capabilities,” Dr. Lobdell added.

The Loop Utah Steering Committee’s ultimate vision is to make Utah a model state where t-coil and cochlear implant users can take full advantage of assistive listening systems, such as hearing loops.

The group will focus its main efforts on advocacy for the individuals who are hard of hearing. This will include education on how to approach venues about hearing loop technology, and what to do if a venue doesn’t offer assistive listening technologies at all.

“I am honored to chair the Loop Utah Steering Committee. Working with such a dedicated and passionate group of individuals to push the Loop Utah Movement forward has already been exceptional. Through the collaboration and creativity of the Steering Committee, the ability to bring this technology to the community has never been so promising,” concludes Dr. Lobdell.

The kickoff event for the Loop Utah Movement, proudly sponsored by Listen Technologies, will take place at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Festival on September 21, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Sanderson Community Center. The event is free and open to the public.

About Listen Technologies Corporation
Listen Technologies brings power and clarity to the sounds that enrich your life—by overcoming the challenges of noise, distance, lively debate and hearing loss to deliver precise and personalized audio in any setting or environment. With Listen solutions, you can cut through the clutter and connect to an experience of pure, focused sound. Listen solutions are used in gathering places around the world including schools, houses of worship, factories, entertainment venues, government agencies and more. For more information on Listen solutions, contact Listen Technologies at 1.800.330.0891, +1.801.233.8992, or visit www.listentech.com or connect with the company on Facebook or Twitter.

About Loop Utah
Loop Utah is an ongoing advocacy campaign dedicated to educating Utah venues about the many benefits of hearing loop technology, which delivers sound directly to an individual’s telecoil-equipped hearing aid or cochlear implant. Loop Utah will serve to attract, educate, and advocate as the collective voice for loop technology so the Hard of Hearing (HoH) community can have the enriched experience they deserve in venues across the state of Utah.

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25×25: World-famous DJs wish Happy 25th Birthday to the Sennheiser HD 25

Old Lyme, CT, September 16, 2013 – Iconic, cult, legendary: only a product that inspires passion and remains in demand after 25 years earns this level of acclaim. Launched in 1988, Sennheiser’s HD 25 has come to define the ultimate DJ headphone. Alongside the launch of a new edition – the HD 25 ALUMINIUM, the anniversary is being marked by 25 of the world’s greatest DJs, who wish the iconic headphone a “Happy Birthday” and explain its essential role in their music and performance.

Top DJs and their HD 25s – The stories and memories

Over the past 25 years many of the world’s greatest DJs have selected Sennheiser’s HD 25 as their first choice of headphone, with some using theirs over years and even decades. That enduring appeal is expressed by 25 of the world’s leading DJs (and HD 25 fans), who send their birthday wishes in a special film by Sennheiser. Star DJs including QBert, Bob Sinclar, and Luciano describe how their HD 25s become an integral part of performance and the experience of music itself. They also share stories of their first DJ performances, describe the feeling of playing to an audience and the role their headphones play in delivering a great performance. To watch the Happy Birthday HD 25 video and exclusive DJ interviews, visit www.sennheiser.com/dj.

That special something: What makes the HD 25 the perfect DJ headphone?

Built for a life behind the decks, the HD 25’s highly insulated rotatable capsules deliver high levels of background noise attenuation, make one-ear monitoring easy, and stay comfortable when worn for long periods. And the daily punishment of professional use is more than matched by its robust build quality and serviceability.

But keeping the world’s greatest DJs happy is about more than the features and specifications. For DJ legend and four-time DMC champion QBert, the magic of the HD 25 is its precise signature sound, a characteristic that’s prized by many DJs: “My ears are accustomed to the Sennheiser sound. I love that the HD 25s have a flat sound, so you hear how the music really is – not coloured, but pure – the way the artist wanted to put their music out. I’ll be using these for 50 years – 100 years!”

“I’ve been using the HD 25 for a long time and Sennheiser headphones even longer – they made the first headphones I ever used!” said Swiss-Chilean DJ, Luciano. Likewise, Canadian superstar DJ Mike Shannon has found over the course of his career that the HD 25s are built to last: “I’ve been using the HD 25s since they came out,” he explains. Commenting on the sound performance, which offers tightly controlled bass and detailed treble while handling high sound pressure levels, Shannon said: “The clarity of the sound, it’s a clean reference – it’s very real. In the studio, listening to a mix, the sound is tight – it’s one to one with how it’s intended.”

Like Shannon, Parisian electro house DJ, producer and label boss Martin Solveig has had a lifelong affair with the HD 25: “I’ve never ever DJed without it. If you look online at the pictures of all my performances and every party you’ll never see me using another headphone. It’s the only piece of equipment I’ve never changed. The reason is the same reason everyone will tell you – it’s the best headphone. The response is linear enough to be trusted even in a studio or recording situation. Of course, I know the sound, and it matches the references in my head – I’m formatted to this headphone!”

In daily use, performance has to be matched with comfort and durability. Ibiza legend and Pacha resident Andy Baxter explains that the headphones’ longevity also reflects its perfect blend of both sound and a robust design that offers a great fit over long periods of use: “I’ve been using the HD 25 for many years now – there’s no more comfortable headphone out there that can deliver such good sound quality, for myself and for many of my favourite DJs that use the HD 25, too. Happy 25 years of listening pleasure to the one and only Sennheiser!”

The HD 25 ALUMINIUM – The cult classic reborn

Marking the 25-year milestone, Sennheiser has launched the HD 25 ALUMINIUM, a new version featuring a unique, premium aluminium construction. Taking the legend into the future, the HD 25 ALUMINIUM naturally delivers peerless sound quality in a headphone that is now even more desirable. With earcups lathed individually from single blocks of strong, lightweight aluminium, the HD 25 ALUMNIUM is ready for a lifetime in the DJ booth. Find out more at: www.sennheiser.com/hd-25-aluminium.

About Sennheiser

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2012 the family company, which was founded in 1945, achieved a turnover of around 584 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,300 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico, the USA and now Australia and New Zealand, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers) and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.

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1: Sennheisers legendary HD 25 celebrates its 25th birthday with a new aluminium version.
2: DJ superstar Luciano behind the decks with the new HD 25 ALUMINIUM.

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Impromptu Plugfest Proves FiberPlex Optical Converter for AVB

 

An impromptu “plugfest” involving a new FiberPlex converter box earlier this month at the Las Vegas labs of top AV integrator AVDB Group solved a recurring problem with the growing number of platforms using the IEEE AVB set of protocols for AV streaming.

“We needed a solution for the 100-meter (cable) limitation for our larger projects, which as you can expect of Las Vegas, is about as big as they get,” explained Bob Langlois, the general manager for AVDB Group’s Las Vegas office. AVDB Group recommends AVB platforms for audio whenever there is a need for an extreme channel count because of AVB’s expansive 420 channels of bidirectional audio on a single Cat6.

Streaming audio and/or video across distances greater than the 100-meter cap on copper cabling, however, can be a problem for any AV integrator. A FiberPlex representative passing through Las Vegas recently stopped in with a solution. “Doug from FiberPlex happened to have the right SFP module in his pocket and we decided to give it a try,” said Langlois.

The SFP, or small form-factor pluggable, was a singlemode optical module for FiberPlex’s new FOI-6010 universal SFP/SFP+ frame, which can interchange SFP modules for a variety of formats and uses such as interfacing singlemode or multimode optical cable to existing Cat5 or Cat6 build-outs. The FOI-6010 frame has two serially connected cages which provide bidirectional coupling of copper cable to optical cable at data rates up to 12.5 Gbps per slot with complete noise immunity, complete electrical isolation, and virtually unlimited optical cable runs.  

“Fiber optic doesn’t have the noise and signal propagation issues that copper does, which is why all the new switches are set up for optical cable as a solution for AVB platforms that run lighting and media across long distances,” said Doug Schwartz, who is in charge of Western Regional Client Relations for FiberPlex.

Newer AVB switches are specified for optical, although AV integrators such as AVDB Group are often faced with retrofitting to existing Cat6 or Cat5 switches that require a converter box rather than replace an entire bank of switches.   

As an initial test, system specialists with AVDB plugged a Cat6 cable into one end of the FiberPlex FOI-6010 frame and a singlemode optical cable into the other end, successfully extending an AVB network along with control through an Extreme network switch. AVDB specialists did several critical listening tests using a set of VUE H-15 loudspeakers.

“We even ran this through a proprietary network. It (FOI-6010 with optical SFP) doesn’t seem to care what the protocol is. It doesn’t matter if it’s BSS or whatever, it just goes across and comes out the other end,” said Langlois.

FiberPlex introduced the FOI-6010 at InfoComm 2013 along with new SFPs for use in a variety of data and video applications. More than a dozen FiberPlex SFP modules are currently available for the FOI-6010 frame for a range of purposes, including converting between media formats SD-SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, and 6G-SDI and for HDMI/DVI, 10/100/1G Ethernet and MADI, as well as full duplex and BiDi optical. The frame also takes any standard SFP module by third-party vendors. SFP modules are hot-swappable and interchangeable for converting optical signals from one format to another or for converting between media formats.

In addition to optical conversion, FiberPlex offers fiber optic products for affordably increasing the capacity of existing fiber optic infrastructure. Its Active WDM multiplexer bumps capacity  beyond OC-48 data transfer rates to 3G video for up to 16 channels over two strands of optical fiber, effectively reducing acquisition costs to pennies on the dollar compared to the cost of installing new fiber optic runs with associated labor and conduit expenses to yield the same capacity gain.

FiberPlex makes fiber optic products and systems for government agencies as well as for houses of worship, corporate facilities, broadcast applications, K-12 and higher education.  

 

About FiberPlex Technologies, LLC (www.fiberplex.com)

FiberPlex Technologies, LLC is a leader in digital transport and communications technology. The FiberPlex name has been around for a quarter of a century and is known for its secure fiber solutions to the U.S. government. Recently, FiberPlex extended its secure communications and fiber optic products to the commercial and AV sectors. As a fiber optics expert and equipment manufacturer, FiberPlex educates businesses, houses of worship, hospitals, financial institutions, campuses, broadcasters and live production firms on how to leverage fiber optics technology for large bandwidth delivery as well as to lower security risk and increase profits.

 

About AVDB Group (www.avdb-group.com)

AVDB Group designs, builds and integrates professional audio, video, lighting and control (AVC) systems. Consistently rated as one of the top 50 AV contractors in the U.S., AVDB Group serves diverse business and commercial operations throughout the Southwestern U.S. The company offers complete design and design-build AVC services, holding low-voltage contracting licenses in Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico. Founded as an Arizona limited liability company (LLC) in 2006, AVDB operates from its corporate headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, with additional offices in California, Nevada and New Mexico.

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InfoComm sets agenda on Corporate Communications for next UK Roundtable event

InfoComm International®, the trade association representing the commercial audiovisual technology industry, will be hosting its next roundtable event focusing on the use of AV for Corporate Communications at the Hilton Green Park, London at 14:00 to 17:00 on Thursday, 26 September 2013.

“Professionals working with corporate communications will provide insight, opinions and experience of their use of AV followed by wider discussions on the topics raised,” says Chris Lavelle, Regional Director, UK & Ireland.

The event is free for InfoComm members and £20 + VAT for non-members. Don’t miss out. Please RSVP is to Sarah Carless at ukireland@infocomm.org.

www.infocomm.org

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Alcorn McBride Equipment Helps Lure Visitors to New Fishing-Themed Gallery at The History Museum in Hood River, Oregon

The Luhr Jensen & Sons Gallery has opened at The History Museum, Hood River, Oregon with an array of Alcorn McBride equipment supporting A/V installations in the permanent exhibition. The product list includes a V4 Pro controller, a DMX Machine, three DVM8400HD video players and three AM4-EA audio players with built-in amplifiers. This A/V gear helps chronicle the nearly 75 years that the fishing tackle manufacturer resided in Hood River.

An avid angler, Luhr Jensen Sr. made fishing lures in his home workshop before launching the company in 1932. The firm rapidly expanded and remained family owned until 2005. Son Phil Jensen has long been active with The History Museum and has served as a board member and benefactor.

The new gallery features a 22-foot long mural, three video screens displaying vintage Luhr Jensen photos and other media, and a display of fishing rods, lures, spinners and other fishing gear and equipment manufactured by the company.

Visitors trigger motion sensors that launch the audio and video components of the gallery taking them on timed walk-through of the company’s history, from Jensen’s first lures to the company’s growth and innovation.

“The room is fairly small but has a lot going on,” notes Vinnie Cavarra, owner of Media Matrix Productions who served as sound and video designer and integrator. “There are eight or nine zones in the gallery from the large mural with its corresponding sounds to a factory exhibit and small theater in a rowboat where visitors can see what’s going on underwater.”

Cavarra selected Alcorn McBride DVM8400HDs to supply video to the exhibits. The AM4-EA Digital Audio Machines deliver ambient and background audio to the space. The DMX Machine controls lighting levels in the gallery, while the V4 Pro controller automates the entire system, kicking off the AV presentations and interactively guiding visitors through the exhibition.

“I’ve been using Alcorn McBride equipment since 2000 and knew it would perform reliably in this new gallery,” Cavarra says. “In addition, Alcorn McBride’s customer service and support are extraordinary. They’re wonderful people to talk to and help me through any questions that come up.”

The exhibit designers for The Luhr Jensen & Sons Gallery were Larry Watson and Peggy O’Neal of Ko-Kwow Arts and Exhibits, North Bend, Oregon.

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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Iconyx and a Tale of Three Stations

Poland [September 2013]...Thanks in large part to funding as one of the EU’s latest members, Poland is investing heavily in its public transport, and Renkus-Heinz digitally steerable systems are a key part of the audio solution in three of the country’s major train stations.

The EU’s expansion in 2004 brought Poland into the European Union, and the ensuing grants from Brussels have been wisely invested into major public projects to refresh the country’s infrastructure. The result is a new look for 21st century Poland. Western Europe-standard motorways now link Poland’s major cities, and the country’s rail system is quickly being brought up to modern high-speed standards.

Three main train stations, each a key part of the country’s updated rail infrastructure, are Warsaw East, Wroclaw and Katowice. Once aging architectural icons, all are now technological marvels, incorporating full international health and safety standards. Regional and international trains link to the Europe-wide high-speed network, and many ‘hub’ stations have now been redeveloped to include shopping malls. A major part of this is the installation of PA/VA systems which accompany video screens displaying train arrival and departure details.

System integrators M.Ostrowski sp.j. has been contracted to provide audio solutions for Warsaw East, Wroclaw, and Katowice stations. In each, while the architecture and loudspeaker locations details differ, the overall concept has been the same. Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digital beam steering arrays, networked over CobraNet via a redundant fiber optical network and controlled by RHAON, complement digital signage in the most acoustically difficult areas of huge booking halls, shopping malls and platform spaces.

Warsaw (East) is a hub station, with many lines interconnecting locally, regionally, and internationally. One of the city’s main rail interchanges, its huge, glass-walled airport style building never boasted user friendly acoustics, but M.Ostrowski’s solution changed all that. STRABAG company was the General Contractor and SYGNITY company was the subcontractor.

This was a common theme of the three contracts, in which measurable acoustical intelligibility was the most important aspect of the audio installations in large, hard surfaced halls. Passengers, finally, would be able to hear announcements in complete clarity, thanks to Iconyx technology’s exceptional STI delivery.

The fully networked design includes a very impressive text-to-voice simulation for regular train announcements, with each station also having manual override in case of train delays. The main hall, a glorious sunlit space where digital signage is flanked by four IC16-R arrays, delivers the essential visual and audio information.

The smaller area for local trains is covered by three Renkus-Heinz IC8 units, while 13 SG61-2Rs and three SG612S-2Rs cover the restaurant area. System distribution is handled by a Yamaha DME64 with CobraNet card, an HP ProCurve and a DME8oC Yamaha CobraNet to analogue output converter. Commissioning was the work of Jim Mobley from Renkus-Heinz and M. Ostrowski’s Michał Popławski.

The second station is Wrocław Główny (main train station), a 15,000 sq m project that restored this 150 year old monument in grand style. In this stunning building upper-level multiple train platforms reside under a classic curved roof. The refurbishment won the 2012 RICS [Royal Institute of Charted Surveyors] Regeneration Award. The new €78m passenger concourse and shopping mall on the lower level has a series of 10 Iconyx IC8-R loudspeakers, plus a pair of IC16-Rs that (almost invisibly) flank giant digital video displays in stereo pairs. In this typically reverberant space, the announcements’ calmness verges on the uncanny. Here, the general contractor was Budimex, the installations supplier, TKTelekom and the audio installations subcontractor M.Ostrowski in cooperation with Tommex Zebrowscy Sp. J.

Along with ceiling speakers suspended above the platforms the rest of the list is largely as at Warsaw – a DME64 processor with CobraNet and analogue input/output cards, while the Yamaha processor is fed from APS APROSYS input modules. Again an electronic text-to-speech simulator serves the audio information for passengers.

The third installation is the train station in Katowice in Silesia, Poland, which features 10 IC16/8-Rs, with Dynacord P64 distribution and a Yamaha DME8oC CobraNet-to-analogue converter. An HP ProCurve serves part of the system’s redundant Ethernet network distribution. The general contractor for this project was STRABAG, the installations supplier TKTelekom and the commissioning was done by M.Ostrowski.

Łukasz Toboła comments: “The Iconyx loudspeakers have enabled us to provide good speech intelligibility, even in a hall that is quite complicated acoustically. The train company and station managers are very satisfied with the quality of sound, and with the excellent speech intelligibility. And that combination, I think, is the main feature that puts us on a higher level than other popular loudspeakers.”

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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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