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BenQ Unveils Self-Calibrating, Certified, Professional Color Management Monitor for Cloud-Based Color Accuracy

New PG2401PT Merges Cloud-Based Collaboration With Superior Color Matching for Design, Proof, and Print Applications at Only $999; Debuts at PRINT 13

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Sept. 4, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today introduced its new PG Series PG2401PT certified color management monitor. Made specifically for creative professionals such as photographers, graphic designers, color re-touchers, and printers requiring accurate and consistent on-screen color matching, the new device provides reliable, printing-certified soft proofing precision at an incredibly affordable price of $999. To increase collaboration and simplicity within the creative process, the new display supports today’s cloud-based color proofing systems and comes equipped with self-calibrating and one-click proofing capabilities. The result is print-like color integrity during the entire workflow: from design to print, and over the cloud. more

Sessions on Live Sound to Be Highlighted at 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention

— Live Sound Track events at the 135th AES Show will explore technologies and techniques in live sound, focusing on such topics as acoustics, Broadway theater sound, mic placement, mixing, networked audio distribution and much more —

New York, NY, September 5, 2013 — Always on the leading edge of professional audio, the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City) will again feature a Live Sound Track of events, bringing a high level of focus to key aspects of live sound, with expertise and insight shared by some of the industry’s top professionals. Reprising their roles as Co-Chairmen of the Live Sound Track for the convention, industry veterans Henry Cohen and Mac Kerr have consistently developed meaningful and significant sessions that draw large audiences including top professionals in the fields of live audio and sound reinforcement.

This year’s Live Sound Track will cover topics both core and emerging, from signal processing, grounding, loudness and metering, to the rapidly evolving domain of networked audio, where several sessions, such as “Audio Distribution Over Networks,” will address systems and protocols like Dante and Audio Video Bridging (AVB).

“The AES Show has always been an invaluable resource for information about both the art and the science of live sound,” observes Henry Cohen, who is also Senior RF Engineer with CP Communications. “Our goal is to provide greater knowledge of the technologies and techniques around live sound and do so with great detail and intensity of focus. All of the sessions offer a good balance between the science and math of live sound coupled with its practical applications. We develop sessions and panels for the Live Sound Track by following industry practices, emerging technologies and online SR forum discussions. Audio-over-networks has become a common method of signal transport, with new protocols and topologies being constantly developed. This Live Sound session, along with several other paper presentations, looks at the competing architectures and practices so the attendee can come away with a better understanding of what might be the best options for their particular needs.”

The roster for this year’s AES Live Sound Track features a mix of cutting-edge new topics and updated familiar subjects. Topics include:

AC Power and Grounding
Audio Distribution over Networks
Sound System Optimization
Speech Intelligibility in Stadiums
Production Wireless Systems: Tips and Tricks from the Experts
Audio for Corporate Presentations

At a time when many pro audio sectors are putting a heightened emphasis on live sound technology, from music to theater to corporate presentations and houses of worship, the AES is expecting a high turnout for these sessions, which run throughout the duration of the convention. If you are a live-sound professional, make the time to stay informed and competitive through these important sessions.

For further detailed information on Live Sound Track presentations and programs, visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/livesound/. For further information on the 135th AES International Convention, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/.

Photo Caption 1: Henry Cohen, Co-Chairman for the Live Sound Track at the 135th AES Convention.

Photo Caption 2: Mac Kerr, Co-Chairman for the Live Sound Track at the 135th AES Convention.

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Christie Lights Up Toronto International Film Festival Screens

Christie®, a world leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual displays, is proud to serve as projection partner for the Toronto International Film Festival® , which will take place Sept. 5–15.

In its 13th year as a Festival sponsor, Christie is providing industry-leading 4K projection solutions in addition to projectors from its Christie® Solaria® CP 2200 line, as well as one HD10K-M projector and three Cine-IPM 2K image processors.

Photo Credit: Charles Leonio/WireImage

“Christie’s reliable digital cinema projectors help us give our patrons the best possible cinema experience, whether for standard 2K movies or high-resolution 4K productions in 2D or 3D,” said Diane Cappelletto, TIFF’s director of technical production services. “For brightness, color, depth and content security, Christie leads the way. We’re very pleased to work with Christie, one of our key, valued partners.”

The Toronto International Film Festival is the leading public film festival in the world, screening 366 features and 146 world premieres from 70 countries this year.

“Throughout Christie’s long-standing partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival, we have seen the growing use of a variety of digital projection technologies,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, global and corporate marketing, Christie. “This year’s strong 4K projection presence is very much in keeping with TIFF Festival’s leadership in new film technologies.”

As part of the Festival’s industry conference, Dr. Paul Salvini, Christie’s Chief Technology Officer, will be a panelist at the “Cinematography and Technology-4K: Beyond RED” discussion on Sept. 10 at 10:00 a.m., along with noted cinematographer Nick De Pencier and moderator David Leitner of Filmmaker Magazine.

Full details of Christie’s involvement with the Festival, including the supply of leadership 4K technology, can be found at www.christiedigital.com/TIFF13 and followed at #tiff13.

Christie 4K DLP Cinema® Projectors Anchor TIFF Festival Showings
This year, for the first time, there will be several 4K movies screened using Christie projectors in each of the 4K-designated venues. These include Roy Thomson Hall, the Visa Screening Room (Elgin Theatre), Ryerson Theatre and The Princess of Wales Theatre. Projectors from the Christie Solaria CP4220 and CP4230 series will be used at these venues, with others also installed at all screening rooms and auditoriums of the TIFF Bell Lightbox facility.

The world premiere of Godfrey Reggio’s 4K movie, “Visitors,” complete with a live performance by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, will take place at the Festival in the Visa Screening Room (Elgin Theatre). Shot in rich black and white and presented in high-resolution 4K projection, Godfrey Reggio’s latest film finds the full spectrum of emotion in human faces, gorgeous landscapes and, according to the movie’s publicity, “even the behavior of an especially expressive gorilla.”

Specially designed for larger screens, 4K projection makes the best cinematic images look even better. Through higher resolution and greater pixel density, Christie’s 4K DLP® projectors provide brilliant 3D images, along with the highest level of content security, the easiest adaptability, operation and maintenance. They also provide full support for high frame rate (HFR) projection. Fully DCI compliant, and built on Christie’s extensive cinema experience, Christie’s 4K solution incorporates the proven design concepts of the bestselling Christie 2K projection platform, which is in use at eight Festival venues.

“Our participation in major film festivals is part of our commitment to the Canadian and international film industry,” said Dave Muscat, Christie’s senior director of sales for Canada. “TIFF Festival is one of the world’s leading film festivals and we are very proud to help it present 4K and other digital solutions that will ensure the best projection experience for its patrons.”

Christie digital projectors are used by leading film festivals around the globe, including Cannes, Shanghai and the British Film Institute. In Canada, Christie also sponsors the Vancouver, Calgary and Banff International Film Festivals, as well as Cine-Quebec.

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SIM2 Introduces Third New Model During NYC Road Show Event and Announces Additional US Stops

Miramar, Florida—September 2013—On September 4 and 5, SIM2 treated dealers to one more world premiere during its US Road Show’s New York City stop, held at the prestigious Waldorf Astoria. This latest innovation, the CRYSTAL CUBE home cinema projector, is, in true SIM2 fashion, a perfect blend of style and technology, with a luxurious and understated glass cabinet that easily blends into any home décor.

SIM2's Big Apple Event

“The CRYSTAL CUBE’s glass-cabinet design brings class and style to any interior, and its compact size is ideal for discreet placement in a room,” said Maurizio Cini, CEO and President of SIM2. “We sought to offer our dealers a refined solution that delivers the necessary image quality for multipurpose rooms for which it was intended. With style and performance working in perfect harmony, the CRYSTAL CUBE is the true essence of ‘Made in Italy.’”

The CRYSTAL CUBE offers full 3D capability with 2300 ANSI Lumens, and includes style-necessary features such as hidden wires into the glass cabinet, which is available in white or black finish.

SIM2's new Crystal Cube

This tour has given SIM2 dealers around the world the opportunity to view SIM2’s comprehensive line of luxury home cinema projectors including the SUPER LUMIS, CINEMAQUATTRO, SIRIO, M.150, LUMIS, NERO, and the limited-edition FUORISERIE.

Also announced during the event: Due to the overwhelming success of the 2013 SIM2 Road Show, SIM2 has added US stops in Chicago and Dallas, following the events in Dubai and Sidney.

CRYSTAL CUBE will be shipping worldwide in October.

About SIM2 USA Inc. and SIM2 Multimedia
Since 1999, SIM2 USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Italian Projector Manufacturer SIM2 Multimedia, has dedicated its efforts and resources to generating opportunities and added value to its exclusively selected U.S. partners, by marketing, servicing, and supporting the best products the Professional and CI Projection Market has to offer.

SIM2 Multimedia is a worldwide leading manufacturer of Top Class/High End custom digital video projection systems and a primary supplier of high-performance large-screen systems used in control rooms and simulation environments. Over the years, SIM2, with its Italian-developed and -made display devices, has gained a reputation for meeting and often exceeding the industry’s demand for new, emerging technologies and business models, offering unparalleled performance, customer support, and passion. Made in Italy by SIM2 is not just branding, but also a prestigious mark of excellence!

SIM2 Multimedia’s marketing support and programs are global, with a direct presence in Italy (headquarters), the USA, the UK and China (sister companies), and in over 60 countries worldwide through partnerships with qualified distributors.

New Christie MicroTiles S310 Screen Featuring 0.7 Millimeter Seams Now Shipping

Four years after initial product launch, Christie® MicroTiles® continue to captivate audiences with high resolution, high brightness displays that bring digital content to life in rich, vivid colors. Now, Christie has taken another step forward in near seamless video walls by offering a new screen option for its multiple award-winning technology: the Christie MicroTiles S310 screen.

Christie MicroTiles S310 screen features 0.7-millimeter seams


Featuring the same optical performance and construction as the S300, the Christie MicroTiles S310 screen is slightly larger and features 0.7-millimeter seams (compared to 1.3-millimeter seams for the S300). The S310 operating temperature range is 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit) to 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit). Just like the S300 screen option, the Christie MicroTiles S310 screen delivers excellent contrast with deeper blacks and image uniformity in even the most demanding indoor high ambient light environments.

“With its near seamless appearance, the new Christie MicroTiles S310 screen provides an even more lifelike visual experience – and creates an even more natural touch interface when Christie MicroTiles are coupled with the Christie Interactivity Kit,” said Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Christie. “For applications such as broadcast sets, control rooms, and high-profile lobby, corporate or retail signage where the tightest possible seams are necessary, the Christie MicroTiles S310 screen is the clear choice.”

Christie Interactivity Kit provides the creative flexibility to incorporate multipoint touch interactivity into large-format digital displays and allows multiple users to interact simultaneously with content on Christie MicroTiles or any large-format video wall.

With a much wider color palette than conventional LCD and plasma displays, Christie MicroTiles display pure, saturated, accurate colors, making them ideal for public spaces. The modular display technology can be configured into nearly any shape and size to create an eye-catching digital canvas.

The Christie MicroTiles S310 screen is now shipping.

Clarus Introduces USB for Crimson Series

Denver, CO—September 2013—Clarus® proudly introduces a USB cable for the Crimson Series, specifically designed for High Speed USB 2.0 computer audio applications. The new Crimson USB will be introduced during the 2013 CEDIA Expo in Denver, Colorado in booth 2321.

The engineering of the Crimson USB cable is the result of careful consideration of the complex issues associated with the design of digital cable, namely the preservation of signal integrity including minimization of jitter and the elimination of noise. To satisfy these design requirements, the Crimson USB cable is manufactured from heavy gauge PCOCC copper, Pure Copper by the Ohno Continuous Casting—a process that yields the purest copper available today. The USB features 20AWG power conductors to ensure there is adequate current flow to USB audio devices.

Clarus Crimson USB

To reduce jitter and timing issues, the Crimson USB cable is manufactured using high-precision wire twisting machines that ensure perfectly match twisted pairs. Skin effect is minimized by plating the solid-core PCOCC signal conductors with 6.1% solid silver. For noise elimination, there are effectively six layers of shielding to prevent the power signal or outside EMI/RFI from corrupting the digital USB signal. This heavy-duty protection also prevents emission of the high frequency USB signal from the cable, which if leaked, would adversely effect nearby cabling and electronics.

Like all Crimson Series cables, the new USB is covered with an attractive black and red woven jacket, complemented by painstakingly meticulous hand-craftsmanship.

Available in October 2013 in one- and two-meter lengths.

MSRP: 1m – $250 and 2m – $350

Clarus digital and analog audio Interconnects, speaker, and power cabling offer a patented design incorporating three distinctly different conductor types, each individually insulated; solid heavy-gauge conductors, flat conductors and spiral-ribbon conductors (with a non-conductive core). By designing audio and digital cables with multiple strand sizes and shapes, Clarus Cables dramatically improves clarity, resulting in more open and transparent sound.

Please visit the website at http://www.claruscable.com for additional information.

HARMAN’S BSS Audio Handles Audio Processing and Networking for Wisconsin’s Life Church

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Since its founding in the year 2000 with 35 people attending a service in a high school auditorium, Wisconsin’s Life Church has enjoyed continued growth. It now occupies two locations and in May 2013 completed an expansion of its Germantown facility from 17,000 to 42,000 square feet, and the church can now accommodate more than 2,000 people. As part of its expansion, Life Church installed a completely new sound system, with HARMAN’s BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-100 signal processor handling all signal processing and networking throughout the facility.

Lafayette, CO systems contractor Summit Audio Systems (www.summitintegrated.com) specializes in installing audio, video, lighting and acoustics for the worship market. In 2011, Summit teamed up with the management of Life Church to begin the design and build process for the church’s expansion. Shane Beeson, Church Relationship Manager for Summit A/V noted that Life Church wanted a worship center that would be architecturally beautiful, with the look of a prestigious performing arts center, yet have the acoustics to support everything from the pastor speaking to a full “rock and roll worship experience.” In addition, the audio needed to be distributed throughout the facility.

Beeson chose the Soundweb London BLU-100 signal processor along with a BLU-BOB output expander because of its flexibility, ease of use and quality. “BSS Audio provides a high-quality product that is powerful but also has a software platform that is easy to program,” he noted.

The BLU-100 handles all the audio processing for the worship center facility. In the sanctuary, the BLU-100 processes the output to the main, delay, down-fill and front-fill speakers and subwoofers, and it also processes and routes the audio to the main lobby, entranceway and other areas.

One of the benefits of the BLU-100, Beeson notes, is that it can interface with other BSS Audio products to create a system that is scalable to the number of inputs and outputs needed for a project. “For the Life Church installation, the BLU-BOB gave us the ability to expand the BLU-100 to provide the additional outputs we needed,” Beeson said. “The BLU-BOB gave us more outputs at a cost savings that was significant compared to a larger DSP option. Thanks to this capability, BSS Audio provided the flexibility we needed to get the job done on time, to spec and on budget.”

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

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Clay Paky Sharpys Work Packed Houses at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans

Crowds turned out in record numbers for the 19th annual ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans. A-list artists including Beyoncé, LL Cool J, Jill Scott, Tamia, Janelle Monáe, and others packed venues throughout The Big Easy. The festival was staged by ESSENCE Communications and produced by Solomon Group, a New Orleans-based entertainment production company, which supplied various equipment including Clay Paky Sharpy lighting fixtures to eight stages across town.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, comments, “This is a very high profile and exciting event to be involved in and we’re proud to be a part of it. The Solomon Group is a very talented company and we’re proud to be working with them.”

“With support from VER, Solomon Group supplied gear to several stages, including five in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, two in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and one in Woldenberg Park,” says Matt Foucheaux, Senior Production Manager at Solomon Group. “We used a total of four grandMA2s. The Main Stage at the Superdome had two grandMA2 full-size units accompanied with two fader wings. Both the Center Stage and the Empowerment Experience Stage in the Convention Center had grandMA2 Lights.”

Foucheaux deployed 65 chrome Clay Paky Sharpys for the Main Stage at the Superdome, which he says looked striking against the black truss that Solomon Group utilized onstage. “We built vertical columns between the LED screens and hung Sharpys inside of them to create the ability to show some really powerful aerial beam looks,” he says. “We also hung some above the IMAG screens, which were programmed at times to rake would go out into the audience.”

Foucheaux and festival programmer, Ryan Stumpp, built many presets that would help the guest designers. Since there was such limited time to program, it helped for these designers to come in and have a good amount of presets in their back pocket” “All of our NPUs and networking for the main stage was behind the stage which was around 350′, so we utilized a fiber network to carry all 22 universes of data”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

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iLED TO DISTRIBUTE SYMETRIX AUDIO PROCESSORS AND CONTROL TECHNOLOGY IN SOUTH AFRICA

ROODEPOORT, GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA – SEPTEMBER 2013: Symetrix has appointed iLED to distribute all of its products, including the open-architecture SymNet Edge and Radius Dante networked audio signal processors and their associated AEC conferencing solutions, throughout South Africa. In the twelve years since it launched, iLED has earned its clients’ loyalty by providing expert advice founded on a commitment to continual education. iLED team members pride themselves on the depth and breadth of their A/V knowledge, which includes all the latest cutting-edge solutions, as well as their ability to communicate that knowledge to clients.

“iLED is focused on educating members of the A/V community in South Africa,” said Mark Ullrich, international sales manager for Symetrix. “The company started iLED University in 2010 to offer free trainings on products, concepts, and techniques, and it has been a huge success. We’re really looking forward to working with their dedicated team.” This July 17–19, iLED will host a stand at Mediatech Africa 2013, the largest multimedia and broadcasting show on the African continent. “It’s going to be a great opportunity to meet with and offer training to our dealer base, and it will be a great platform from which to launch new brands and products,” said Justin Mamulis, sales director with iLED. Iain Cameron, who provides Symetrix’ regional sales and support for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, will be at Mediatech Africa 2013 to offer Symetrix training.

“We were looking to include a DSP-based product line in our arsenal, and although there are many, many brands out there to pick from, only a handful hold their own at the top end of the market,” said Mamulis. “Symetrix is at the head of the pack, and when the opportunity to distribute Symetrix presented itself, we jumped right on board. With Symetrix, we look forward to opening up more opportunities for our other brands, as well as opening up our offering to a larger market. With Symetrix leading the race to deliver effective, affordable solutions for the growing teleconferencing market, we’re excited to share the SymNet Edge and Radius AEC with our clients.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

Audinate Crosses the Century Mark with Studio Technologies

100 OEMs Have Adopted Dante Media Networking

Portland, OR-September 6, 2013-Audinate, the inventors of the award winning Dante™ digital media networking solution, announced that Studio Technologies has become the 100th Dante OEM partner. Built on existing networking protocols and standards, Dante is a plug and play solution which delivers ultra-low latency, tightly synchronized media, while simplifying installation and configuration of digital media networks. With over 3.5 million channels of Dante channels shipped last year, Dante has rapidly become the leading media networking solution.

Studio Technologies Inc., the manufacturer of tailored high performance audio, video and fiber-optic products, are used in broadcast, studio, stadium, and corporate environments. Studio Technologies products are used worldwide, by customers requiring superb audio products that make their jobs easier.

“The adoption of Dante among A/V manufacturers doubled just in the past year. We are delighted to cross the 100 OEM adoption milestone with Studio Technologies”, stated Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinate. “Studio Technologies has a great reputation for building products centered on usability. Our customers recognize that networking matters, and having an interoperable, proven networking technology to get to market quickly has enormous benefits.”

Dante is a proven and scalable system widely deployed in thousands of installations today, ranging from hotels, transportation centers, shopping centers, public address systems, live sound reinforcement, theatres, concert halls, stadiums and athletic venues, corporate boardrooms, universities, broadcast facilities, recording facilities, Houses of Worship, government facilities and courtrooms.

“We are a small, technically-focused company that thrives on developing specialized solutions for our customers”, says Gordon Kapes, President of Studio Technologies. Kapes adds, “They look to us to provide the “glue” that allows fixed and mobile broadcast applications to reach their full potential. With Dante having proven its technical excellence we are convinced that it is the correct solution for adding networking technology to our products. We are frankly honored to join the many terrific firms that are already offering Dante-connected products. Early in 2014 we look forward to offering Dante-enabled party-line intercom and IFB interfaces. Our expertise in these specialized areas, along with Dante’s network connectivity will provide users with levels of performance and flexibility previously unavailable.”

About Studio Technologies, Inc.
Studio Technologies, Inc. provides tailored, high-performance video, audio and fiber optic products for the professional audio and broadcast markets. The company was founded in 1978 with a commitment to design and manufacture dependable, individualized solutions for broadcast studio, stadium and corporate environments. Known for “designing for the way professionals work,” the company is recognized as an industry leader that has never wavered from its individualized design pledge. Product categories include fiber-optic transport, broadcast support, mobile broadcast, intercom and IFB, announcer consoles, loudspeaker monitor control systems and sound pressure level monitor systems. For more information please visit the Studio Technologies website at www.studio-tech.com or call 847.676.9177.

About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes the way that AV systems are connected, by transporting high-quality media over standard IT networks. Audinate’s Dante media networking technology has been adopted by over 100 OEM manufacturers in the professional audio/visual industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate is a Promoter Member of the AVnu Alliance™. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company. Dante is Digital Media Networking Perfected.

Dante and Ultimo are trademarks of Audinate Pty Ltd, Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

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