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Troast Joins Middle Atlantic Product Development Team

Tim Troast

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic has named Tim Troast as Director of Physical Infrastructure Products, an integral part of the company’s Product Development Team.

In this newly created position, Troast will oversee the development of Middle Atlantic rack and enclosure products and related options. He will drive innovation for a range of new installation products and services that help save time and labor costs for integrators in all market segments.

Troast will also work closely with product managers for power and thermal products to further strengthen the company’s integrated approach to ensuring system reliability. The benefits of integrated mounting systems are one of the key factors that have made Middle Atlantic a leading provider for infrastructure products.

Troast brings extensive experience in product marketing and development to Middle Atlantic. For the past 13 years, he has worked at Pitney Bowes, most recently as Director––Core Product Marketing, where he excelled at solving complex system problems. Tim has an MBA in Marketing & Management from Seton Hall University and a BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Miami.

Commenting on Troast’s appointment, Middle Atlantic Director of Product Management and Business Development Mark Tracy said, “I look forward to Tim’s unique contribution in terms of ideas, experience, and leadership as we develop innovative new products and services. With his expertise, Middle Atlantic will continue as the right choice to help our integrator customers deliver exceptional systems and user experiences.”

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us.com

Christie’s Visualization Systems for Oil, Energy and Mineral Industry on Display at SEG

Christie®, a world leader in 3D visualization display technologies, will be visible in more ways than one at the Society of Exploration Geophysicists’ (SEG) International Exposition and 83rd Annual Meeting at the George R. Brown Convention Center, in Houston, Texas, Sept 22-27. A Gold Sponsor of the Society of High Performance Computing (SHPCP) Theater, Christie will also showcase innovative visualization displays well-suited for the oil, energy and mineral industry, such as the pristine, quad high definition Christie QuadHD84, with 3840 by 2160 resolution as well as the 70-inch Christie® Entero™ HB video wall cube, the first high-brightness LED video wall cube with over 1100 lumens brightness capability.

“Oil and energy companies are recognizing the important roles that both collaboration and advanced visualization play in exploring and synthesizing seismic images and data. Christie’s solutions have been used by authorities around the world to better evaluate spatial relationships,” said Larry Paul, senior director of Technology and Visualization Solutions, at Christie.

During exhibition hours, a series of presentations will be accessible for attendees in the newly-built, 50-seat SHPCP Theater sponsored in part by Christie. Equipped with a brilliant high-resolution Christie Mirage 4K25 —the world’s only 4K resolution DLP projector capable of running at true 4K 120Hz input and output—the Theater’s screen will light up the room with HPC members’ technical presentation papers and products and services. Christie’s Larry Paul will present on the “Future Direction of Visualization Technologies” Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 10:30 a.m. in the SHPCP Theater.

Christie, in collaboration with Technical Innovation’s CriticalSpace Solutions (booth #3358), a leading provider of AV integration, collaborative communications and digital media technology, will exhibit state-of-the-art visualization solutions for the oil, energy and mineral industry, with their demonstration of sophisticated collaborative visualization and seismic data interpretation capabilities. Christie’s high-performance, high-brightness 70-inch Christie® Entero™ HB video wall cubes, the first and only LED display to offer Wi-Fi enabled wireless control, will be used as part of a 2 by 2 visualization display, while the rugged and powerful Christie Spyder X20 video processing system drives the content.

As part of its showcase, HP (booth #2512) will display a Christie QuadHD84. With installation provided by Data Display, both Paradigm (booth #2842) and Baker Hughes (booth #2556) are showing the awarding-winning Christie® MicroTiles® : the modular display technology that can be configured into nearly any shape and size to create a beautiful digital canvas.

SEG’s Exposition and Annual Meeting is the world’s largest oil, energy and mineral exposition showcasing cutting-edge technology for use in exploration and associated industries, where thousands attend to learn and discover geophysical innovations and new earth science technologies.

Lowell Manufacturing Offers New LRS Series Desktop Rack Stands

— Available in 8U and 12U, the LRS is ideal for home office or studio —

PACIFIC, MO, September 18, 2013 — Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional A/V products, has introduced its new LRS Series desktop rack stand. Made in the USA with 100% certified U.S. steel, the LRS has a small footprint with just enough rack space (8 or 12 rack units) to hold smaller AV or IT equipment arrangements where space is limited and a full sized cabinet is not needed. The compact design works as a freestanding rack or it can be bolted to a desk. Either way, it’s ideal for convenient access to mounted electronics such as a recording front end, effects processors or post-production equipment.

The LRS desktop rack stand features 11-gauge steel rails on a 10-degree angle for easy viewing of mounted equipment. It’s engineered to meet EIA rackmount standards and has a load capacity of 80 lbs. The LRS ships unassembled and includes hardware.

Features:

8U or 12U rack space on 10-degree angle
Two 11-gauge steel rails tapped 10-32 are printed with rack unit increments to aid equipment set-up. Includes 16-gauge steel side supports and bottom panel.
Smooth black powder epoxy finish
Made in the USA with 100% certified U.S. steel

For more information, please visit www.lowellmfg.com or e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com.

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CAD Audio Names Habel Sales Manager For Installed Products

Bob Habel

Solon, OH––CAD Audio has announced the appointment of Bob Habel as Sales Manager for Astatic Commercial installed products.

In this capacity, Habel will be responsible for managing all commercial accounts and Astatic rep firms while providing technical support for installed products.

A 30-year industry commercial A/V veteran, Habel has held sales management positions at several major Ohio rep firms including Cambridge Marketing, Online Marketing and with systems integrator, Zenith Systems AV Solutions. He is also CTS-certified and has worked as a project manager, effectively spanning both sides of the marketplace.

Commenting on Habel’s appointment, CAD Audio Executive VP of Sales & Marketing Tony O’Keefe said, “Bob has a very successful track record as a sales management executive and integrator in commercial A/V. His wide-ranging experience and technical expertise make him highly qualified to drive the commercial side of our business.”

For more information about CAD Audio/Astatic Commercial, please call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com

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Focusrite to Hold RedNet Showcase at Vintage King Audio Los Angeles

Focusrite’s acclaimed range of modular Ethernet-networked audio interfaces will be displayed and demonstrated on Thursday, September 26 at VKLA

Based on its audio quality and Vintage King’s comprehensive Ethernet infrastructure, VKLA installs permanent system for client demonstration

Los Angeles, CA, September 18, 2013 – On Thursday, September 26, 2013, leading audio manufacturer Focusrite will showcase its acclaimed RedNet range of products at Vintage King Los Angeles (VKLA). RedNet units are Ethernet-networked interfaces based around the industry-standard low-latency Dante® audio networking system. Demonstrating RedNet’s exceptional sounding audiophile design, and taking advantage of VKLA’s extensive installation network, attendees will be able to experience firsthand how RedNet can enhance their production workflow at this special event. Highly regarded by the Vintage King staff, the RedNet units are now a permanent component of VKLA’s audio setup and will be the subject of ongoing demonstrations in the future.

Demo times are as follows: 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m., followed by a 7:00 p.m. evening mixer. Key staff from Focusrite and Vintage King will be on hand throughout the day. Demos are limited availability and on a first-come-first-served basis. Demo attendees will be entered to win a Focusrite Forte interface. Seating is limited and by invitation only; please contact Vintage King to request seating/RSVP, or visit http://bit.ly/15uz9w7. VKLA is located at 1176 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90012.

“RedNet / Dante technology will be relevant to a wide cross section of our clientele, from composers and live performers to multi-room facility owners,” says Vintage King Audio Post Sales Manager Chris Bolitho. “The ability to send low-latency, high-resolution multi-channel audio between systems, racks and rooms using only existing Cat 5 / 6 data wiring and infrastructure has the potential to revolutionize the way so many of them work. It’s exciting to have the RedNet / Dante system permanently installed at Vintage King Los Angeles, making VKLA the premier RedNet / Dante demo facility in Los Angeles.”

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Take1 and Event Safety Alliance to Host Industry’s First Webinar on Live Event Safety

                                                            

Asserting that the live event production industry can no longer take a passive approach to life safety, Take1 Insurance, the leading insurance provider to the entertainment industry, today announced that it was teaming up with the Event Safety Alliance (ESA) to host the industry’s first webinar focused on producing safer live events.

According to Scott Carroll, Executive Vice President & Program Director of Take1 Insurance, the precedent-setting webinar will take place on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 2 p.m EST and is open to anyone involved in the business of producing and staging live events.  Registration for the webinar is now open at this website.

“The time for discussion is over and the time to take action is at hand,” Carroll stressed today.  “For years we have emphasized the need for live event producers to take the time to prepare for the unimaginable and now, thanks to the leadership position taken by Jim Digby and the Event Safety Alliance, the industry can utilize the ESA’s“Event Safety Guide” to prepare complete emergency action plans that include having the right insurance coverage in place.”

Carroll emphasized that, “Investing 60 minutes to learn more about the issues involved in producing safer live events is not too much to ask of any of us, given the number of incidents that have occurred over the last several years.  It is our hope that ‘A 60-Minute Introduction to Producing Safer Live Events’ is the first in a series of additional Take1 sponsored topic focused webinars that involve a broad range of industry professionals in a very important discussion.”

“Due to a series of tragic accidents, life safety has become a major concern to many within the live event industry,” explained Jim Digby, founder of the Event Safety Alliance. “Whether you work directly on productions or provide support to them, everyone has a role to play in ensuring the well-being of our performers, workers, and audience members. In this webinar, leaders from ESA and Take1 will detail the importance and responsibilities of event safety for those who promote, produce, and insure live events. You’ll learn more about the mission and activities of the ESA, along with our vision for the future, as well as the solutions offered by Take1. Most importantly, we’ll discuss critical tools and resources currently in development, and how the insurance industry can work with the ESA to create safer live events.

A week after the Event Safety webinar, the Event Safety Alliance will take its message of “be prepared” to LDI 2013 (November 22–24, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada) where it will host a presentation entitled “The Event Safety Guide: The Future of Safe, Responsible Show Production” on November 23, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  At 3:30 p.m. the same day, the ESA will host a 90-minute roundtable discussion entitled “You Are The ESA” at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The Event Safety Alliance was founded in 2011 by Jim Digby, a 30+ year veteran of the entertainment industry. He is the founder of Collaborative Endeavour Group (CEG), providing international touring strategies and complete production solutions for the live entertainment industry. He currently serves as Director of Touring and Production for the multi-million selling artists Linkin Park, and has previously worked with artists as diverse as The Backstreet Boys, Bon Jovi and Marilyn Manson. A long-time advocate for event safety and ethical touring models, he is a three-time recipient of Tourlink’s “Production Manager of the year” award, as well as the Parnelli’s “Production Manager of the Year” award for 2012.

About Take1 Insurance

U.S. Risk‘s Take1 division has been servicing the insurance needs of the film and television production industry and has expanded significantly to meet the needs of audio-video and communications industry clients as well. The company’s experience includes underwriting film and television production companies, DICE (documentary, infomercial, commercial, educational) producers, touring entertainers, concert/playhouse venues, concert promoters, video game developers, and specialty rental operations focused on audio, visual, lighting, sound, grip, and production. For additional information, visit www.take1insurance.com.

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Photo Caption 1: Scott Carroll, Senior VP & Program Director of Take1 Insurance

Photo Caption 2: Jim Digby, President of ESA

 

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Extron Announces New Compact Six Input Media Presentation Switcher

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the MPS 601, a compact six input, one output media presentation switcher for digital and analog sources. It offers four, HDCP-compliant HDMI inputs and two RGB video inputs with analog stereo audio. RGB video and analog audio are digitized and switched through the HDMI output. The MPS 601 features two Extron-exclusive technologies: EDID Minder, which maintains continuous EDID communication between connected devices; and Key Minder, which continuously authenticates and maintains HDCP encryption between input and output devices to ensure quick and reliable switching. more

Platinum Tools® Introduces New Cable Prowler™ Full Color Display Cable Tester & Report Management System

CAMARILLO, Calif., Sept. 19, 2013 – Platinum Tools (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation, hand termination and testing of wire and cable, is proud to announce the launch of the new Cable Prowler™ (TCB300) cable tester and report management system at the 2013 CEDIA Expo, held in Denver from Sept. 26-28 at the Colorado Convention Center, booth 529. Made in the USA, the Cable Prowler is scheduled to ship October 1 with an MSRP of $749.95 for the Complete Kit (P/N TCB300K1), and $529.95 for the tester only (P/N TCB300).

“Ideal for the CEDIA custom install market, the Cable Prowler provides full cable testing on any category network, coax, or telephone cable, combining the functions of a high-end cable tester and length measurement tester, with the capability to identify link status, link capability, and PoE detection,” explained Lee Sachs, Platinum Tools, Inc. president and general manager. “The Cable Prowler provides full cable testing, displaying wire map, numbered ID remotes, and any faults, including shorts, opens, miswires, split pairs, and reverses. It also enables quick identification of a network drops link capability and current link status. All of this in full color and internal memory to save results, as well as the ability to export to a computer via micro USB cable for record keeping and printing.”

The Cable Prowler Kit (TCB300K1) includes the main unit; coax and network remote set (#1-5, F-Conn coupler includes foam holder); network/tel testing and ID remote #1; RJ12 Cable (Qty 2); micro USB cable; protective silicone holster, and a hanging T3 pouch.

Cable Prowler also detects the presence of PoE on the network drop and what class of PoE per IEEE 802.3 af/at with load test for voltage drop. These network tests can also be saved for record keeping. The high resolution full color graphical display makes reading the Cable Prowler’s results as easy as it is to operate the unit. The Cable Prowler displays wire map in color per TIA-568A/B color codes.

“The full-featured Cable Prowler measures cable length (using TDR technology) and generates tone levels for signal tracing and cable identification on all pairs, a selected pair, or a selected pin,” added Sachs. “All of this displayed in a full color graphical display for easy viewing in any environment. Cable Prowler also has the ability to name each cable and save all test results. Cable results can be exported to a computer via micro USB cable for record keeping and printing.”

Cable Prowler specifications and applications include:
• Cable Testing and ID: up to 1000 ft (305 m)
• Displays length measurement for each pair in feet or meters using TDR technology
• Detects presence of PoE and class of PoE per IEEE 802.3af/at with load test for voltage drop
• Detects and reports current link speed and link capabilities for active Ethernet drops up to 1 Gbps
• Locate unlabeled network & coax cables
• Link light to identify location on a hub/switch/router port
• Tests ethernet cable configuration and verifies connectivity while conducting tests for opens, shorts, miswires, split pairs, and reverses
• Generates selectable tones on selected pins for use with tone tracers
• Supports up to eight testing & ID remotes for network & telephone cables
• Supports up to 20 network & coax ID – only mapping remotes
• View saved cable tests
• Full color graphical wire-mapping
• Ability to define cable name, save cable tests and print ALL results (cable testing & network testing)
• Multilingual (English, French, Spanish)
• Size: 1.85in H x 3.6in W x 6.8in L (4.7 x 9.15 x 17.3 cm)
• Weight (with batteries): 1 lb 2 oz (510 g)

For more information on Platinum Tools and its complete product line, please visit www.platinumtools.com, call (800) 749-5783, or email info@platinumtools.com.

About Platinum Tools
Platinum Tools, founded in 1997, was created based upon two very simple objectives. First, develop the absolute best possible solutions for the preparation, installation, and hand termination of wire and cable. Second, implement an operational infrastructure that can deliver these products in an efficient, timely, and high quality manner.

All of our products must absolutely satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…utility of function; quality of function; and economic value. Our people are our company. They, too, must be focused on and work to satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…customer satisfaction; product knowledge and expertise; and willingness to learn and adapt.

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Earthworks Microphones Record Brahms’ Requiem

September 19, 2013, Milford, NH – On April 28, 2013, the Meridian Symphony Chorus and Orchestra recorded the Brahms’ Requiem at Highland Baptist Church in Meridian, MS. This church was chosen for its’ outstanding acoustics. The entire performance was recorded using all Earthworks High Definition Microphones™ as follows: 4 FW730 Flexwands™ on choir, 2 QTC40s on the orchestra, 1 SR30 for solo mic, 1 SR30 for room ambience, and 1 PM40 PianoMic™ on piano. Dr. Bob Hermetz, Conductor, said “This recording sounds incredibly detailed, natural and real. I am very pleased with the results.”

Photo courtesy of Meridian Symphony Chorus and Orchestra ©2013

The Meridian Symphony Chorus has been conducted by Dr. Hermetz since 1971 utilizing singers from East Mississippi and West Alabama, dedicated to presenting the highest level of choral singing. Averaging three concerts a year, the chorus presents music ranging from contemporary styles, theater, oratorio, opera choruses, and other classical forms. In addition to local and regional performances, the Symphony Chorus has made three appearances at New York’s Carnegie Hall through Mid America Productions. The chorus is a non-profit organization operating under the umbrella of the Meridian Symphony Association, Inc.

For information on this recording or a CD of this performance, call (601) 693-2224, and for information on Earthworks High Definition Microphones™ visit www.earthworksaudio.com.

Seattle Pacific University Prepares for New School Season with Hitachi Projectors

SEATTLE, Washington, September 19, 2013 — Seattle Pacific University (SPU) is a private liberal arts university, home to more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The school, located in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, offers fewer classes during the summer. This time is used for planning and upgrading the technology and A/V equipment in the campus’ 100 classrooms. This summer, SPU has added 36 Hitachi CP-WU8450 3LCD projectors to its A/V system.

“A couple years ago, more than two dozen [non-Hitachi] projectors had to be recalled due to a power issue. Because it happened in the middle of the school year it was very disruptive,” said James Lim, microsystems analyst at SPU. “When we were in the market for new projectors, a strong support policy was obviously our priority and Hitachi’s extended service contract was very appealing right away.”

After installing and receiving positive faculty feedback on previously installed Hitachi CP-X4021N and CP-WU8440 projectors, SPU opted for the CP-WU8450 projectors. With the help of A/V installation firm Proton 360, 80 percent of SPU’s classrooms are now outfitted with Hitachi projectors.

“We’ve noticed that the CP-WU8450 actually seems brighter than its advertised brightness,” said Lim, “They’re bright enough that our faculty have actually gotten used to leaving the blinds open and the lights on in the classrooms!”

The CP-WU8450 projectors, which are networked together via an Extron controller, offer 5,000 ANSI lumens brightness and WUXGA 1920 x 1200 resolution.

“Walking through a classroom that’s outfitted with the CP-WU8450’s is markedly different from walking through other rooms in terms of the projector’s quietness and brightness,” said Lim. “We definitely like the product and will be sticking with Hitachi as long as they keep producing great projectors like this one.”

For more information on Proton 360 visit http://www.proton360.com/

For more information on Hitachi visit www.hitachi-america.us/digitalmedia

Follow Hitachi on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hitachi-Projectors/131067323636829

Follow Hitachi on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/HALProjectors

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others.

About Seattle Pacific University
Founded in 1891, Seattle Pacific University is a premier Christian university that equips people to engage the culture and change the world. Its comprehensive academic program serves more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Known for both their competence and character, SPU graduates are bringing about positive change in communities around the globe.

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