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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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRt7tTcQkwc

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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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Matrox Monarch HD to be Featured at IBC2013

Award-winning streaming and recording appliance makes European debut

At IBC2013 (Amsterdam, Sept. 13-17, stand 7.B29), Matrox® Video will feature the new Matrox Monarch HD™ video streaming and recording appliance that received four important industry awards at the 2013 NAB Show. Monarch HD is designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. It provides these two independent modes in an integrated unit. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. Powerful and robust, Matrox Monarch HD is remotely controlled using any computer or mobile device with a web browser. It also offers simple, one-touch stream and record pushbuttons, low power consumption, a locking power connector, and a fanless design.

“Matrox Monarch is already being used for internet broadcasts from beta sites around the world and the feedback on the feature set has been uniformly positive,” said Daniel Maloney, technical marketing manager at Matrox. “This is the latest product that exemplifies what Matrox Video does best — provides high-quality, technologically-advanced tools for video professionals that combine multiple functions in a single cost-effective product.”

Price and availability
Priced at $995 US (€799, £699) not including local taxes and delivery, Matrox Monarch HD will be available worldwide by the end of September.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

Matrox Avio KVM Extender to Drive EIZO 4K LCD Display at IBC2013

10Gbps-capable unit extends 4K video signal with zero compression, zero latency through dual-link DVI connectivity

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced compatibility of the Matrox Avio™ F125 fiber-optic KVM extension solution with the EIZO DuraVision FDH3601 monitor, which features 8.8 megapixels (4096×2160 native resolution) across a 36.4″ screen.

The DuraVision FDH3601 comes with two DVI-D and two DisplayPort™ inputs and an advanced set of specifications including 1.07 billion display colors from a palette of 278 trillion, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 700 cd/m2 brightness and an 8ms response time.

Matrox Avio is designed to extend a workstation’s displays and peripheral devices while maintaining system performance with zero compression and zero latency at the remote user station. With its feature-rich connectivity options, it enables the extension of two HD videos or one 2K/4K video, plus keyboard, mouse, stereo analog audio and USB 2.0 devices over a single duplex LC-LC fiber-optic cable up to 400 m in multimode and 4 km in single mode. Extension of 4096×2160 resolution video at 30Hz is ideal for preview and playback of 4K Cinema or Ultra HD video content. For image processing applications that require a higher refresh rate, two Avio pairs can deliver an incredible visual experience on the EIZO 4K display at 60Hz by maintaining synchronization of the two dual-link video signals.

“Many of our customers are moving to high resolution displays and have the need to back rack and centralize their mission-critical computing resources,” said Kazuhide Shimura, Board Member & Managing Officer at EIZO. “Matrox Avio provides the extension performance needed for 4K image processing applications.”

“Forward-looking facilities eventually planning to transition to 4K workflows and displays can benefit from the scalability that a 10Gbps KVM extension solution provides,” said Caroline Injoyan, Business Development Manager at Matrox. “With a higher-bandwidth KVM solution, users in government, military, air traffic control, GIS and medical sectors, as well as broadcast and post production, can support different configurations by extending a single-HD, dual HD, or even a 4K video signal with the same product, effectively future-proofing their installations.”

At IBC2013, on the Matrox stand 7.B29, visitors will be treated to a stunning display of 4K footage extended over a fiber-optic cable.

Availability
Matrox Avio F125 KVM extenders and EIZO DuraVision FDH3601 monitors are now available worldwide.

About EIZO Corporation
Founded in 1968, EIZO Corporation is a leading global manufacturer of high-end visual display products. The image quality, long-term reliability, and innovative features of EIZO monitors make them the products of choice in many financial trading rooms, back offices, hospitals, air traffic control centers, and design studios throughout the world. EIZO is based in Japan and is listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. It is represented in over sixty countries by a network of group companies and exclusive distributors. For more information, visit www.eizo.com/global.

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professional markets. In-house design expertise, top-to-bottom manufacturing, and dedicated customer support make our solutions the premier choice in industries that require stable, high-reliability products. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

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Audio Expert Mike Thornton to Explore iZotope’s Innovative RX 3 Toolkit for Post Production Professionals During SuperMeet at IBC

Amsterdam, September 10, 2013 – With IBC approaching next week, one of the most pressing issues facing post production professionals is how to create and deliver high quality audio tracks in an increasingly ‘noisy’ modern world. Next week on September 15th, sound designer, audio producer and post production expert Mike Thornton will address these challenges, and explain how iZotope’s new RX 3 audio restoration software can help overcome audio issues in post production with unprecedented efficiency.

During his showcase appearance at CPUG Amsterdam SuperMeet during IBC, Thornton will give his 20-minute stage presentation Rescue Bad Audio from the Cutting Room Floor in Amsterdam’s Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky on Sunday night between 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. — product demonstrations will begin at 4:00 p.m. Following is a brief preview of what attendees can expect, according to Mike:

What are some of the modern challenges post production professionals face in maintaining integrity in their audio?

One of the biggest challenges we are all facing is that there are less and less sound recordists being booked to record audio, so very often these tasks are left to production assistants, cameramen or directors rather than audio engineers. The reality is that these people can’t be expected to do everything at once and achieve an optimal result. What we see time and time again is that the sound suffers accordingly. As a result, very often, lower grade sound arrives in the edit room and now we can address this with intelligent tools such as iZotope RX 3.

What about audio coming from ‘controlled environments’?

In my opinion, the world is getting noisier and noisier. So even if you have good sound recordists on location to capture the audio, trying to get a truly quiet soundstage is quite a challenge and becoming next to impossible. Television studio floors on ‘light entertainment shows’ are incredibly noisy, for example. There are very often lights with motors in them, projectors, fans and other gear that introduces more acoustic noise. That means that the audio coming into the microphones is already substandard, even though there are good quality microphones on the set positioned by professionals. All of these things together mean that more and more of the audio we see in post-production is noisy, and we’ve got to deal with this. These are the kinds of challenges we see post professionals dealing with on a daily basis.

What are some standout features of the RX 3 audio restoration software?

First, it’s the Dialogue Denoiser, which operates in real-time. Until now, denoising was something that the software had to learn based on a specific noise after you assigned it a “noise profile.” Now, RX 3 reduces the background noise in real time, without adding any significant latency. The low latency aspect is key, because if you are working in television, you need to keep everything in sync. The Dialogue Denoiser is also incredibly easy to use.

What about the Dereverb module?

This is another key product feature, because very often you have situations where non-professionals are recording and maybe the microphone is further away or positioned differently than a professional would have had it. Or perhaps the recording was good, but just captured in an overly reverberant facility, such as a church. With RX 3, iZotope has made it incredibly easy to reduce or remove reverb altogether. You get the RX 3 to learn a bit of the audio with the reverb, and then RX 3 provides recommended settings that would be needed to remove it. This gives the user a tremendous starting point, making it all the more easier to achieve a great result. The Dereverb and the Dialogue Denoiser are the biggies for me, but there have been other improvements right across the board. iZotope has worked very hard at improving the GUI as well, and this helps tremendously with the overall user experience.

Why is ‘ease of use’ so important?

It comes down to the old adage ‘time is money’ — if it takes me three hours to clean up the audio, chances are the client won’t want to pay for it. If I can do this in ten minutes though, the client is delighted and everybody is happy. One of the problems we have in the industry is diminishing budgets and how much time people are willing to devote to a project. We are very often constrained in post production and have limited time to finish a program. So we have to make good decisions about what we can do in the time we have available. If there is a tool such as RX 3 that enable us to do a really good job very quickly, then our client is happy because they get a great finished product. And we get more work!

About Mike Thornton

Mike has worked in the broadcast audio industry for his entire working life, some 35 years. He has worked with Pro Tools since the mid 90s, growing up with it when it could record 4 tracks on a good day with a following wind! He has been recording, editing and mixing documentaries, comedy and drama for both radio and TV, as well as working the occasional music project. Adding to all that, Mike has provided 24/7 Pro Tools support for 15 years, as well as being a broadcast audio consultant & trainer and is deputy editor of Pro Tools Expert.

About iZotope RX 3

RX 3 is an industry-leading audio repair solution for audio engineers, post production professionals, broadcasters, podcasters, archivists, forensic specialists, videographers and more. Work up to six times faster than before thanks to processing enhancements and a redesigned user interface. Remove or reduce reverb, clean up dialogue on the fly, recall session details with the new RX Document format, and much more with the new RX 3.

For more information on RX 3 and RX 3 Advanced, please visit: http://www.izotope.com/rx3

About iZotope, Inc.

iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony.

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135th Audio Engineering Society Convention to Feature First-Ever “Systems Sound Symposium” Sessions

— Sponsored by Systems Contractor News, the SCN Systems Sound Symposium offers a day of panel sessions that provide real-world experience and practical knowledge on the most pertinent AV business and technology trends of today —

— In its inaugural year, the SCN Systems Sound Symposium events will provide a comprehensive look at one of pro audio’s fastest growing sectors —

New York, NY, September 9, 2013 — The 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City) this year will present the first comprehensive look at one of professional audio’s most robust market sectors. Sponsored by Systems Contractor News, the SCN Systems Sound Symposium, will bring together leaders in the business of installed AV, with an emphasis on how installed sound is expanding the professional audio industry. Running from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, the SCN Systems Sound Symposium is a full day of panel sessions finely tuned to offer real-world experience and practical knowledge about the most pertinent AV business and technology trends of today. Four in-depth panel discussions will address the opportunities and issues affecting business growth and profitability in the near and long term. AV integrators, consultants and others in attendance will benefit from a program featuring relevant topics with compelling speakers that are changing the commercial audio business. The Systems Sound Symposium is open to all Exhibits-Plus badge-holders (free with registration in advance).

“The SCN Systems Sound Symposium will add a new dimension to the AES Show by more completely integrating what is an incredibly successful market sector further into the larger pro audio landscape,” explains Kirsten Nelson, Editor, Systems Contractor News. “From music clubs to restaurants to theaters and hotels and more, installed sound is part of the fabric of our day-to-day existence. It’s a massive market with a global reach, and one also intimately intertwined with the music industry, so it’s very appropriate that installed sound become a larger part of professional audio’s largest show – the AES Convention.”

The panel topic and presenter line-up for the SCN Systems Sound Symposium represents the many diverse aspects of installed sound. Topics include:

How Expertise in Intelligibility Measurement Can Build Your AV Integration Business, featuring Robert Badenoch of Shen Milsom & Wilke, among other notable speakers.

Big in NYC – How the Metro Area’s Premier AV Installations Influence the Industry, which will feature AV integrators, consultants and manufacturers in a discussion moderated by Felix Robinson of AVI-SPL, examining how top-level sound systems in clubs, performing arts venues, retail outlets, restaurants, stadiums, houses of worship, and boardrooms in the Big Apple represent the cutting-edge of systems implementation.

The Practicalities of Networked Audio in Permanent Installations, featuring presentations from Lee Minich, Lab X Technologies/AVnu Alliance; Kevin Gross, AVA Networks; Josh Evans, Lab.gruppen/Tannoy; and moderated by Karl Winkler, Lectrosonics.

Beyond Background Music – Designing Sonically Driven Spaces, Production Wireless Systems: Tips and Tricks from the Experts including Sam Berkow, SIA Acoustics; David Schwartz, Essential Communications; Ben Bausher, JaffeHolden Acoustics; and moderated by Josh Evans, Lab.gruppen/Tannoy.

For further detailed information on SCN Systems Sound Symposium presentations and programs and how they can broaden your horizons as an audio professional, visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/systems/. For further information on the 135th AES International Convention, or to Register for your Exhibits-Plus (free) or All-Access badge, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/.

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GUITAR CENTER AND SLATE MEDIA TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCE THE NEW RAVEN MTi TOUCHSCREEN CONSOLE

The follow-up to the groundbreaking RAVEN MTX Production Console, the Slate RAVEN MTi is now available for preorder exclusively though Guitar Center, GC Pro, and Musician’s Friend

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS

The first console of its kind, the RAVEN MTi features a 27-inch touchscreen that displays the mixing functions of digital audio workstation software, providing tactile control of mixing parameters and more.

At only $2,499 MAP in the USA, the RAVEN MTi is the new desktop centerpiece of any modern creative audio environment.

Available for preorder exclusively via Guitar Center retail stores, www.guitarcenter.com, GC Pro and www.musiciansfriend.com.

Los Angeles, CA, September 9, 2013 – Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ, and lighting equipment, announced today that the new RAVEN MTi touchscreen console from Slate Media Technology is available for preorder exclusively through Guitar Center, GC Pro and Musician’s Friend. Based on the company’s flagship RAVEN MTX Multi-Touch Production Console, the RAVEN MTi is an intuitive, streamlined console designed for any modern creative audio environment.

Steven Slate, CEO, Slate Media Technology, states, “In the modern recording studio, the multitrack recorder, mixer, FX rack, editor, and mix-down deck all sit inside of a computer screen. The RAVEN turns the computer screen into a world-class control surface, recreating a proven studio workflow that dramatically increases efficiency during the production process.”

The RAVEN MTi is cutting-edge hardware that integrates directly with the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), allowing for instantaneous control of all of the user’s DAW parameters. The console facilitates quick navigation through any virtual production environment and adds many workflow-enhancing features through its user-customizable controls. Imagine turning your DAW mixer into a multitouch controller or editing your audio with a single touch… the RAVEN is capable of this and more! The MTi works with a variety of plugins, allowing you to control the parameters directly on the screen with your fingers. Because the MTi is a virtual control surface, its expandability is virtually limitless.

The RAVEN MTi sells for $2,499 in the USA and features a sleek 27-inch, six-touch multitouch display with Integrated-Direct-Touch DAW controller software. The RAVEN MTi currently supports AVID Pro Tools 10 and 11, and will soon offer compatibility with other major DAWs and video editors including Logic®, Cubase®/Nuendo®, Ableton® Live, Final Cut Pro®, and Adobe Premiere®. The MTi ships with Mac OSX compatibility – PC compatibility will be added in the near future with a simple software update.

The RAVEN MTi connects to a computer simply using one standard DVI cable and one USB 2.0 port. The MTi uses the RAVEN Protocol, which connects to the DAW via the industry-standard NeyFi protocol – no Ethernet or MIDI is required.

The RAVEN MTi’s display is high-definition at 1920×1080 pixels and is LED-backlit, which means it consumes very little power, produces little heat, and emits less electromagnetic interference than other displays. The display image is clear with wide viewing angles, and the brightness controls make it easy to set up for any studio environment.

For more information, please visit www.guitarcenter.com, www.gcpro.com, www.musiciansfriend.com and www.slateproaudio.com.

About Slate Media Technology
Based in Los Angeles, California, Slate Media Technology develops innovative, no-compromise products, for media creators. Slate is a pioneer of advanced digital technology that enhances workflow, efficiency and creativity.

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StrandVision Digital Signage Offers Free Digital Media Player Background Music Content

Limited time digital signage content offer valued at $750 celebrates StrandVision’s 10-year anniversary…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – Sept. 10, 2013 – As part of its 10-year anniversary of providing easy-to-use digital signage to customers around the world, and as a way to thank its customers for their electronic signage network business, StrandVision has announced that it is offering no charge digital signage background music to its existing and new customers. This one-time offer enables subscribers that sign up on or before December 31, 2013 to add the background music feature permanently at no charge – for as long as they keep their digital signage network active.

The offer, a $750 value, provides StrandVision Digital Signage subscribers with unlimited access to almost 70 different audio programming channels with more than 650 licensed music clips ranging from classical to country, children, sports, contemporary, rock and many, many more.

New customers can order the background music feature simply by entering the Promotion Code “TenYear” as they activate their subscription. Existing customers can contact StrandVision or log into their administrator console on StrandVision’s Content Management System (CMS) and input the code on the order processing screen to add the background music option. Once activated, the selected music channels will begin streaming to the digital media players on their StrandVision Digital Signage network within minutes.

“StrandVision’s success over the last ten years has been built by consistently offering our customers increasing value and ease of use,” said Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “The electronic sign background music offer extends that value while thanking our existing and new customers for their digital signage business. This versatile background music option is theirs for the asking for the life of their subscription. No charges – no renewals – no hassle. All they have to do is sign up by December 31, 2013 to add digital signage background music content for as long as they subscribe to our electronic signage service.”

The music option requires that subscribers have audio capabilities on their digital signage displays. There are no other technical requirements since StrandVision streams the audio directly from its cloud servers over the Internet directly to the subscriber’s digital media player. The background music option is also extended to StrandVision’s Free Digital Signage Test Drive.

About StrandVision
StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers’ flat screen televisions, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – For further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

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