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LMG Equips NewSpring Church Campuses with KARAi

Greenwood and Columbia locations open doors with L-ACOUSTICS systems

ANDERSON, South Carolina — Founded by Senior Pastor Perry Noble in 2000, NewSpring Church of Anderson, South Carolina has experienced tremendous growth over the past 13 years. Following the completion of its main worship center in 2006, the church began to establish satellite campuses throughout the region to accommodate its increasing number of attendees, which has now reached nearly 30,000 each week across NewSpring’s eight locations.

With an ultimate goal to reach over 100,000 people for Christ every Sunday, NewSpring Church puts tremendous emphasis not only on the spoken word — which is streamed live from Anderson — but also on high-energy live music at each site boasting concert tour production values and sound levels.

Pleased with the dV-DOSC loudspeaker system installed in its 2,500-seat home sanctuary seven years ago, the church has recently been commissioning L-ACOUSTICS Certified Provider LMG Systems Integration of Orlando to design and install KARAi systems for all of its newest locations. NewSpring’s Columbia and Greenwood campuses, which both opened around the turn of the year, are the first two worship centers to benefit from the arrays. more

MEXICAN STADIUM – JUÁREZ VIVE – COMES ALIVE WITH DANLEY

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, MEXICO – SEPTEMBER 2013: Located in the US border city of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, the recently-completed Juárez Vive is a stunning sports stadium and a proud symbol of the recently-embattled city’s rejuvenation. Indeed, the bold, exposed angles of its support structure give one the impression that the stadium is rising into the air. When the baseball season got underway in April, the newly-completed stadium accommodated 12,000 fans for a thoroughly-modern game-day experience. An important component of that experience is now a highly-intelligible, pleasantly-musical sound reinforcement delivered by Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers, with support from Ashly amplifiers and Symetrix processing. The Mexican government had great expectations for the sound system’s performance, and the Clarity Incorporated-design not only exceeded those expectations, it did so on the narrowest of budgets.

Ciudad Juárez’ strategic location in the context of Mexico’s drug wars threatened to smother the rich cultural life of its 1.3 million people, but things have turned around in recent years and the city is regaining its footing. The new stadium thus bears a level of personal investment from city and government officials that have influenced its design and construction. “The Governor of Chihuahua, César Duarte Jáquez, toured the construction site frequently to track and encourage the progress,” explained Rich Mason, president of North-Carolina-based Clarity Incorporated. “Our charge was to deliver ‘sound that was befitting the best of Mexico.’ They expected us to jump a very high bar.” The construction company, Afirma, only involved Clarity Incorporated after first determining that the original sound system designer wouldn’t be able to deliver that kind of performance on budget. As a result, Clarity Incorporated started the design three months late and operated on an emergency schedule.

Bill Weir, Clarity Incorporated’s director of technology designed the system with assistance from Ivan Beaver, Danley Sound Labs’ chief engineer. A small crew from Clarity Incorporated spent three weeks on site to assist Afirma with the installation. “This is a value-engineered system,” asserted Weir. “Occasionally, you get a big-budget project in which issues can be overcome simply by throwing money at them. You don’t have to give them a lot of thought. But in this day and age, and especially for a government client, money is tight and you have to carefully balance the tradeoffs inherent in any decision, but in such a way that no one feels that it’s a compromise. That’s a value-engineered system.”

Loudspeaker and subwoofer placement at the new stadium looks deceptively simple. Nineteen Danley SM-80 full-range loudspeakers ring the lip of the roof that covers the stands, and every other SM-80 is joined by a Danley TH-118 subwoofer. “We’ve been huge fans of Danley from the very first moment we heard their loudspeakers,” said Mason. “Their phase coherence and pattern control are unrivaled, and they present the most natural sound stage I’ve ever heard short of studio monitors.” Weir, a loudspeaker designer himself, originally drew up the plans with a Danley SH-69 and a Danley SM-96 at each location. “I was able to quite nearly create an equilateral triangle between the slant of the seats and the point at which the loudspeakers would hang,” he said. “I wasn’t aware of the new SM-80, and so the SH-69 and SM-96 would combine to give me the appropriate coverage. Ivan realized the SM-80 would be as effective, but at a fraction of the cost, and suggested them as a replacement. I’ve worked with him enough to trust his recommendation on an unproven product. Sure enough, he was right. I’m blown away by the SM-80.”

Weir observed that subwoofers are often omitted from stadium designs. “With conventional subs, it’s hard to retain low end definition or clarity in a stadium situation,” he said. “It’s just mud. In contrast, Danley’s tapped-horn subwoofers have vastly lower group delay and a very definite focus that you can’t get from conventional designs. Put another way, it doesn’t matter how loud or low something goes, it’s the manner in which it does so that matters. And Tom Danley’s bass is not only loud and low, it’s musical and defined.” The stadium’s roof and appropriate spacing also contribute to exceptional low frequency definition.

Heil microphones and a handful of other input sources feed a 16-channel Yamaha LS9 console, which in turn feeds a Symetrix 8×8 DSP with a Symetrix BreakOut 12 for additional outputs. “Given the circumstances, we didn’t have a lot of design cycle time on this job,” said Weir. “And as well as one might plan things out, the system requirements are likely to change on site. Symetrix has a reputation for building solid algorithms that are supported by well-designed analog circuitry. Its flexible open-architecture topology allowed me to perfectly tune the system functionality while I was in Juárez.”

Nine Ashly pe3800 and four Ashly ne2400 amplifiers power the system. All of the Ashly amplifiers are networked to allow Ethernet control from a central location. “Ashly is another company that puts sound and reliability first,” said Weir. “Their network amps are a great example of appropriate functionality. They sound great and maintain a robust low end even with a lot of speaker cable. Of course, that kind of sound quality is paramount. Beyond that, the network capabilities meet the client’s needs without adding any costly – but ultimately unnecessary – bells and whistles.”

He continued, “Clarity has no obligations to any manufacturer. I can use whatever I want in my designs. Given the design expectations and constraints at Juárez Vive, I’m certain that this is the only combination of gear that would have succeeded. It’s a very unique synergy, and I’ve never heard a better system for anything less than five times the price. From the client’s perspective, it’s simple: they have a far better audio system than even dared imagine possible, and they stayed on budget.”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

RTI Launches New Website

Completely Redesigned Look, Navigation, and Enhanced Features to Benefit Dealers and Consumers

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Sept. 26, 2013 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced the launch of its new website. The site has a completely redesigned look and feel, enabling easier navigation to product and support materials for both dealers and end users. Along with the addition of individual login capabilities for providing further security to the dealer area, the website also features a two-way drivers store and project showcase section featuring case studies of RTI installations in a wide range of environments.

“The release of our new website reflects RTI’s dedication to providing both exceptional customer service and comprehensive support to our extended dealer network,” said Pete Baker, vice president of sales and marketing for RTI. “With a completely revamped design and new content sections, visitors will experience a simpler, more engaging online experience that puts a wide range of tools, information, and enhancements at their fingertips.”

Designed to enhance the customer experience and create more opportunity for improved product and data navigation, the new site features a simplified “Find a Dealer” section with front-and-center information on dealers and distributors. Visitors to the site can also peruse a new section titled “Showcase,” which highlights unique RTI control applications in residential, commercial, and hospitality markets.

Dealers will benefit from a new two-way drivers store that allows registered users to develop and post drivers in a central location alongside RTI-developed drivers. In addition, dealers are invited to submit details about how they used RTI in recently completed projects for potential inclusion in the showcase section. For a limited time, RTI is offering Control Bucks as an incentive for dealers whose project is chosen for a full case study write-up. More information on project submissions is available for download at http://bit.ly/1fmeUuI.

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About Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI)
Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) is a leading control systems manufacturer offering innovative, sophisticated, and user-friendly devices for professionally installed electronic systems. The company’s wide array of award-winning handheld and in-wall universal controllers, central processors, audio distribution systems, and accessories are marketed exclusively through a worldwide network of professional integrators. For complete control and monitoring over electronic systems from virtually anywhere in the world, the power of RTI is available on iPhone(R), iPod touch(R), iPad(R), and Android” devices through the company’s RTiPanel application, just as the award-winning RTI Virtual Panel program offers access and control via any PC running Microsoft(R) Windows(R). All RTI solutions are programmed through the company’s world-renowned Integration Designer(R) software, easily allowing dealers to provide a completely customizable user interface for intuitive command over the entire electronics system.

Founded in 1992 with a committed focus on the custom installation market, RTI offers a number of award-winning support and incentive programs to its dealers, including educational opportunities through the Advanced Control University (ACU), and the popular Control Bucks and Dealer Accommodation programs. In addition, through RTI’s Integration Partner Program, the company has reached out to manufacturers across the industry to ensure that RTI products integrate seamlessly with a wide variety of components and systems.

Additional information on RTI and its innovative control solutions is available at www.rticorp.com.

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RTI Unveils a Number of Innovative New Products at CEDIA EXPO 2013

Product Showcase Will Include New T3x and KX3 Touchscreen Controllers, KX1 OLED In-Wall Keypad, 16×16 Audio Matrix Switcher, and Much More

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Sept. 26, 2013 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced that it is showcasing for the first time several new offerings from its extensive product lineup at CEDIA EXPO 2013. The company’s newest innovations on display will include the T3x touchscreen controller, KX1 in-wall keypad with OLED display, KX3 advanced in-wall touchscreen controller, and AD-16x 16×16 audio matrix switcher. The solutions are designed to satisfy the control needs of a variety of settings including corporate, education, and home theater spaces.

New at this year’s show will be RTI’s T3x wireless control interface featuring a flush-mount 3.5-inch color LCD touchscreen with support for a Web browser and MPEG video. The unit features Wi-Fi(R) support and a dual RF platform for either one-way control via 433-MHz RF or bi-directional communication with RTI processors and supported third-party electronics through 2.4-GHz ZigBee(R). Integrated grip sensors and an accelerometer that acts as a tilt switch allow commands via hand movements. Other new features include an ambient light sensor, wireless update capabilities, a docking station, and a thinner, more ergonomic design.

With the new KX1 in-wall keypad, RTI is bringing a 1.2-inch color OLED display with support for two-way control. The KX1 keypad comes equipped with eleven customizable hard buttons for rapid access, a backlit volume level indicator, ambient light sensors, and hardwired Ethernet incorporated into the device.

Ideal for classroom and conference room setups, RTI’s KX3 advanced in-wall controller acts as both a touchscreen controller and advanced control processor with a 3.5-inch color LCD display and five customizable hard buttons. With an internal XP series processor and ZigBee antenna, the wired control interface enables seamless connectivity between the KX3′s internal processor and other RTI remotes. Hardwired with Power-over-Ethernet, the KX3 allows electrical power to be transmitted over data cables, resulting in less downtime, easier maintenance, and a simpler installation process. The unit also features six sense ports with sense-event capabilities to detect voltage or closure; four relays for control via contact closure; an integrated camera and microphone; proximity and ambient light sensors; and more.

RTI will also introduce the company’s new AD-16x 16×16 audio matrix switcher, bringing control via both IR/RS-232 and IP with two-way feedback to audio distribution applications. The device features audio pre-outs only, control protocol including group zone command, and a new Web interface for zone setup testing and zone grouping configuration.

“We are very excited to continue RTI’s tradition of introducing a wide-range of forward-thinking innovations at CEDIA,” said Pete Baker, vice president of sales and marketing for RTI. “We look forward to giving our customers a firsthand look at our solutions that bring more ergonomic comfort and more flexible connectivity options to any control environment.”

RTI will be exhibiting in booth 3606 at CEDIA EXPO 2013 from Sept. 26 – 28. More information is available at www.rticorp.com.

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About Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI)
Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) is a leading control systems manufacturer offering innovative, sophisticated, and user-friendly devices for professionally installed electronic systems. The company’s wide array of award-winning handheld and in-wall universal controllers, central processors, audio distribution systems, and accessories are marketed exclusively through a worldwide network of professional integrators. For complete control and monitoring over electronic systems from virtually anywhere in the world, the power of RTI is available on iPhone(R), iPod touch(R), iPad(R), and Android(TM) devices through the company’s RTiPanel application, just as the award-winning RTI Virtual Panel program offers access and control via any PC running Microsoft(R) Windows(R). All RTI solutions are programmed through the company’s world-renowned Integration Designer(R) software, easily allowing dealers to provide a completely customizable user interface for intuitive command over the entire electronics system.

Founded in 1992 with a committed focus on the custom installation market, RTI offers a number of award-winning support and incentive programs to its dealers, including educational opportunities through the Advanced Control University (ACU), and the popular Control Bucks and Dealer Accommodation programs. In addition, through RTI’s Integration Partner Program, the company has reached out to manufacturers across the industry to ensure that RTI products integrate seamlessly with a wide variety of components and systems.

Additional information on RTI and its innovative control solutions is available at www.rticorp.com.

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FUJINON Sets a New Standard in Optical Technology with 55X Zoom Lens, Ideal for Large Venue Sports, Concerts and Live Events

New XA55x9.5 telephoto zoom showcased at the 2013 IBC show

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division unveiled its latest offering, the FUJINON XA55x9.5 HDTV Telephoto Box Style lens at IBC this year. First shown as a preliminary model at NAB in April, the new XA55x9.5 lens is designed for large venues that require tight shots from long distances.

Like the popular XA50x9.5, this lens is available with a built-in lens support bracket for mounting on an ENG-style camera. Removing the need for additional camera lens support increases the cost efficiency of this lens.

Also built-in to the new XA55x is optical image stabilization. This is standard on the lens, making it ideal for any application where the camera operator must maintain a rock steady close up shot for long periods, such as sporting events, houses of worship, corporate presentations, or concerts.

With the end of analog broadcasting in the US, Europe and Japan, and the shift to digital in emerging economies, this lens fills a sweet spot in Fujinon’s complete line of 2/3” studio/field lenses. With a focal length from 9.5 to 525mm (or 19.0 to 1050mm with a 2x extender), this zoom offers outstanding performance in the most challenging environments. In addition, its 16-bit encoder outputs zoom, focus position and other lens data – allowing it to combine CGI seamlessly with live images.

The lens also provides a host of practical features including proprietary Digital Quick Zoom and a detachable DigiPower servo drive for remote control of zoom, focus and iris with 130-bit accuracy. As with all its acclaimed broadcast and film lenses, Fujinon combines the latest optical simulation technology with fast T-stops, quality coatings, exact color reproduction, flare rejection and transparency.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

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Digital 9000 – Sennheiser’s Digital Wireless System Makes Waves in Its First Year

Old Lyme, CT, September 26, 2013 – Launched at last year’s IBC, Sennheiser’s Digital 9000 wireless system has since become an integral part of the broadcasting, theatre and live audio worlds. The high-end solution is the first digital wireless system that can work without compression, transmitting full HD audio. We take a look back at what we’ve achieved together with our customers in a year of pristine audio transmission. It’s a journey featuring top events such as Eurovision, global superstars like Leona Lewis, renowned theatres, and national broadcasters. And this is only the start…

The Best Sound, the Biggest Broadcast Events:

Praised by engineers and artists alike for its incredible sound, the Digital 9000 system is the perfect solution for music broadcasts. In its first year, Digital 9000 has already powered prestigious shows such as the Eurovision Song Contest and The Voice of Switzerland.

The Voice of Switzerland:
Hit show The Voice of Switzerland was produced by Technology and Production Center Switzerland AG (tpc). With a reputation for staying at the forefront of technology, tpc has created a string of spectacular primetime television shows and events, including its award-winning series of live opera broadcasts. One of the first production companies worldwide to use digital desks and optical fibre networks, tpc was quick to invest in Sennheiser’s Digital 9000 wireless microphone system: the company’s broadcast productions make regular use of its three 8-channel EM 9046 receivers and the associated SKM 9000 handheld and SK 9000 bodypack transmitters.

The Voice of Switzerland was no exception; the show used the full 24 digital channels for the artists plus an additional 16 analogue channels for interviews. With just seven days to prepare the audio – which included the full PA in the venue and managing the broadcast sound in 5.1 and stereo – the show required a seamless blend of technical expertise and teamwork. Audio expert Peter Flückiger of tpc: “We had 160 channels on the main mixer plus an additional 80-channel desk for the band and backing vocals for the broadcast alone. In the venue, we had two FOH desks and a monitor desk for the artists’ IEMs. We also used separate PA systems for speech and music.“

To familiarise their engineers with the digital wireless system, tpc had organised a test run of both the digital and their existing analogue equipment. The exercise revealed the key differences, both in terms of improvements over analogue and the new skills that were demanded.

“You need to have a certain amount of knowledge about digital wireless systems,” explained Peter Flückiger. “They can’t be used exactly the same way as analogue microphone systems. For example, you need to be more careful about interference from LED walls and moving lights. By carefully positioning the antenna systems and by using additional and higher antennas we ensured a super reception in High Definition mode. The reward was great sound – it’s amazing how much sound you can now get out of a wireless system.”

Peter Flückiger: “We used the 9004 capsule for vocals and there was absolutely no handling noise! The sound is transparent, has brilliance, and the sound distortion that is so much a part of analogue systems is no more. It’s quite a revelation: with Digital 9000 I can actually hear what I would be able to hear if no microphone were used.”

“The psychological effect on the artists is immense: when they hear that they sound just fantastic, they become really confident, and that joy and spontaneity carries across to the audience at home, whether they have a 5.1 system or just a small stereo TV set in their living room.”

The 2013 LOGIE Awards, Australia:
The first use of a Digital 9000 system in Australia was at the 2013 LOGIE Awards. The Logies are one of the biggest broadcast events in the Australian TV calendar. As with previous years, the wireless microphones and in-ear monitor systems for the event were all Sennheiser and supplied and operated by SSSH! Audio. There were well over 80 channels of wireless microphone systems and another 18 channels of IEM in use on the Red Carpet, at the awards show itself and on Nine’s Today show the next morning. All of Sennheiser’s top-end wireless microphone systems were deployed, including Digital 9000. Guest artists used SKM 9000 handhelds fitted with a choice of dynamic or condenser capsules from Neumann and Sennheiser. “The Logies get more complex and demanding every year but Digital 9000 was more than a match for everything the event could throw at it,” said Brendan Drinan from SSSH! Audio. “The system sounded fabulous – just like the Sennheiser wired mics. Despite the busy RF environment and the constantly changing procession of guest artists and presenters, everything ran perfectly.“

Digital 9000 at Wimbledon Presentations:
At this year’s Wimbledon Championship men’s final, all eyes were on Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. With peak viewing figures at 17.3 million, the televised coverage drew the biggest audience since 1990. The feast was not only visual, but aural as well, with Sennheiser’s flagship Digital 9000 wireless microphones used on Centre Court by BBC presenter Sue Barker.

The presentation from Centre Court after the Men’s Final is watched by one of the largest annual global television audiences, and the audio has to be perfect. So when Sennheiser UK suggested specialist audio company RG Jones to try the new 9000 system, they jumped at the chance. RG Jones Sound Engineering is the Club’s sole provider of audio equipment and services and has been working with Wimbledon for almost three decades. As well as providing equipment on hire to the Club, the company also manages the Club’s ever increasing inventory of audio equipment.

RG Jones project manager Tim Speight commented: “By some margin, 9000 was the very best sounding radio mic system I have ever used, it really is as good as they say! We only need two channels for The Championships – a main and a backup – so we didn’t really explore the multi-channel flexibility of the 9000 system. We did, however, make use of the multiple audio output options; we took a signal directly from one output and the BBC picked up an identical signal from another output on the device.

“The requirement for The Championships is to deliver a high-quality and reliable audio signal from the centre of the court. It is only required for approximately 30 minutes across the duration of the tournament, but it is heard by a worldwide television audience. Thank you Sennheiser, the 9000 system did exactly what was required.”

Digital 9000 Took Centre Court at the US Open:
The U.S. Open was the final major Grand Slam tennis tournament of 2013, with a purse of $34 million and an audience of over 700,000 attending between 26 August and 9 September. The tournament traditionally began with the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, which was televised by CBS Sports and included a special appearance by the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. In addition to the First Lady, who was introduced by tennis champion Serena Williams and spoke about her “Let’s Move” campaign for young people, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day featured performances by The Wanted, and Coco Jones.

Audio Incorporated provided the audio infrastructure, which included eight channels of Digital 9000, used together with 12 analogue channels of evolution wireless 300 G3 microphone systems, six channels of evolution wireless 300 IEM G3 in-ear monitors plus Sennheiser ME podium microphones for Ms Obama. “The Sennheiser Digital 9000 system was selected for its robust construction, audio quality, and the ability to provide us with an amount of frequencies that is not available in the analogue world,“ commented Michael Sinclair, VP at Audio Inc.

The Digital 9000 system also supplied flawless wireless audio at the opening ceremony, when dignitaries including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and 39-time Grand Slam winner Billie Jean King delivered opening speeches. The evening also featured a moving rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner, as performed by 11-year old Frenie Acoba, star of Broadway’s hit musical Matilda.

“Considering the importance of this live broadcast event and the difficult RF conditions in New York City, the Sennheiser Digital 9000 series really shone and was the professional system that put everybody at ease,” Sinclair observed. “The quality and reliability of the wireless audio as well as the overall flexibility of the system were absolutely spectacular. The built-in spectrum analyser on the Digital 9000 helped our techs consistently monitor RF signals as they came on line, keeping the audio clean and interference-free for the duration of the event.”

The New First Choice for Broadcasters:
Norway’s TV 2 became the first broadcaster in northern Europe to invest in Digital 9000. TV 2 selected the system in December 2012 after intensively comparing a range of different digital wireless solutions. Martin Mæland, the sound engineer responsible for the wireless systems testing at TV 2 in Oslo: “Our tests began as early as May 2012, but the shootout began in earnest in autumn of that year. We tested the systems in the live broadcasts of God morgen Norge and Ettermiddagen. All digital wireless systems had their own strengths and certain unique features. Our main requirement was that the new system should offer great sound and that we would be able to handle and manage it as easily and intuitively as our existing system. Digital 9000 was the system best able to meet the greatest number of our requirements and expectations. Its sound – both in High Definition and in Long Range mode – had us convinced.“

TV 2 acquired 24 channels of Digital 9000, and installed the system with a special antenna deployment solution developed jointly by Sennheiser Nordic and Sennheiser’s international head office.

Televisa Delivers Outstanding Music Programmes:
Televisa was the first broadcaster in Latin America to opt for Digital 9000. In November 2012, Televisa acquired a 24-channel system which was immediately used for the second season of The Voice Mexico, and later for Teletón, a popular music and entertainment show that raises money for charity and operates – via the Teletón Foundation – more than 20 rehabilitation centres for children and teenagers across Mexico.

Seeing that the system was ideal for their music shows, Televisa expanded it by another eight channels in 2013. For each channel, the broadcaster can choose between bodypack or handheld transmitters. Later this year, Digital 9000 will be used for the third season of The Voice Mexico.

Further Digital 9000 highlight projects include the 2013 Swiss Music Awards, the 2013 PRG Live Entertainment Awards, Anugerah Juara Lagu – Malaysia’s major annual music competition, and the third series of X Factor in Germany, produced at MMC Film & TV Studios, Cologne.

Further production companies and broadcasters using Digital 9000 include Tele Züri, RTS (Radio et Télévision Suisse Romande) and SRG SSR (Schweizerische Radio- und Fernsehgesellschaft) in Switzerland, German broadcaster NDR, which has just expanded its existing 16-channel system by 16 more channels for TV OB applications, Grupo Diez in Mexico, Pro Plus in Slovenia, and France Télévision Nancy, to name but a few.

Taking to the Stage – A Smash Hit in Theatres:

Digital 9000 also proved strong in the theatre world, as can be seen by three recent installations in Finland, open-air events in Switzerland and Germany and pioneering sound design work in the UK.

Transparent HD Sound for Helsinki City Theatre:
In Finland, Petteri Murto and Jonas Næsby of Sennheiser Nordic worked to facilitate the installation of Digital 9000 in three prestigious theatres, one of them being the renowned Helsinki City Theatre.

Founded in 1965, the Helsinki City Theatre (Helsingin Kaupungin–teatteri) is the biggest professional repertoire theatre in Finland. Whether Finnish or foreign drama, comedies, children’s theatre, musicals or performances by its own Helsinki Dance Company – the theatre attracts more than 350,000 spectators a year, putting on around 1,100 performances and 20 new productions annually.

This year, Helsinki City Theatre upgraded its audio system by investing in a 40-channel Digital 9000 solution. Five EM 9046 eight-channel receiver units were combined with 42 SK 9000 bodypack receivers and ten SKM 9000 handheld transmitters with Sennheiser MD 9235 and Neumann KK 204 capsules. These are in use for the main stage with over 900 seats.

Antti Rehtijärvi, Head of Lighting and Sound of the Helsinki City Theatre: “We already started the planning of the new wireless system in late 2011 due to the legislation change with regard to the frequencies for wireless transmissions. At that time Digital 9000 wasn’t ready but we got a chance to view the prototype and it looked really promising. We ended up postponing our project until Digital 9000 was officially released.”

At the beginning of 2013, the system was specified, and towards the end of the summer the installation was finished as part of bigger sound system refurbishment.

“Our first season with the new system has just started,” continues Antti Rehtijärvi. “We are very pleased with the transparent sound that Digital 9000 provides us with, especially in HD mode. The system is a great tool for our demanding musical and drama theatre productions.”

Dear World at Charing Cross Theatre:
An all-star cast came together at the Charing Cross theatre for the London production of Broadway musical, Dear World. Sound designer Mike Walker, a longtime Sennheiser user, saw the production as the ideal way to see how the Digital 9000 system sounded.

“I wanted to try the 9000 series on a production with various vocal ranges, to hear it with excellent singers at the top of their game,” he said. “The show was using fourteen 5000 series systems – EM 1046 with SK 50 transmitters. After a few weeks of letting the show settle and having got used to how it sounded, I switched to the 9000s.“

“I really like the 5000 series – of the existing Sennheiser systems I think it’s the best suited to voices and I’ve been very happy with the quality of audio it delivers,” Mike said. “But the 9000 series completely surpassed it – it’s the best-sounding digital microphone system I’ve heard. Because the audio is so transparent, it highlights the way that compression circuitry in analogue systems affects the dynamic quality of the sound.

“It’s very straightforward to set up and is an excellent amalgamation of technology, engineering and audio quality, the latter being my priority. It far surpassed what I thought it would be capable of. Compared to any other wireless microphone system I’ve heard, it’s quite amazing!”

Dramatically Better Sound for Merrily We Roll Along:
At the Harold Pinter theatre, Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along was awarded more five-star reviews than any other West End show in history. Sound designer Gareth Owen had first tried the Digital 9000 system on last winter’s production of Jack and The Beanstalk in Glasgow – the UK’s only arena pantomime – but Sondheim proved a very different challenge.

“The trouble with panto is that there are so many variables regarding how a show sounds, that you can’t always tell whether differences in sound are because of different equipment or other factors,” said Gareth. “Merrily We Roll Along was a really good test for the system because, with Sondheim, the trick is to make the show sound unamplified, but without losing the excitement. You tend to put so much effort into making a Sondheim musical sound natural that it’s easy to make it sound boring.”

Gareth’s aim was to make the show sound ‘cinematic’, without it sounding amplified. To achieve this, the quality of the vocal sound was key. “Initially we tried the 9000 series out on less important characters in chorus, but we were so impressed with it that we moved the principals on to it,” he said. “I knew it worked, the question was how much better was it than other systems? On Merrily, we instantly realised that it’s dramatically better.”

The show featured eight Digital 9000 channels working seamlessly alongside 24 channels of EM 3732-II. “We had no problems at all, it was very reliable and the coverage was good. I also really liked the way the monitoring software was integrated between the two systems,” Gareth said. “The ease of set-up was excellent – the way the system scans, it looks at what else is going on and works out the best frequency to put each unit on. We also often have opening night troubles where television and press turn up and start running other radio systems. There was none of that this time – the 9000’s ability to deal with it was remarkable.”

Switzerland Turns a Whole Village Into a Stage:
In the Swiss monastic village of Einsiedeln, “Das Einsiedler Welttheater” (“World Theatre of Einsiedeln”) celebrated its premiere on 21 June, turning the impressive monastery square into a huge open air stage with 2,700 seats. The play by Tim Krohn is based on a 17th century work by Calderón de la Barca, and describes the individual’s quest for happiness and perfection in a world where medicine promises to cure all physical and mental ailments via genetic manipulation.

300 amateur actors from Einsiedeln were part of “Das Einsiedler Welttheater”, and had committed themselves to be available for the full run of the play until 7 September. Music had an important function too, and was played live at all 41 performances. To ensure that all actors and musicians got heard, Sennheiser Switzerland had deployed a 72-channel RF wireless system with 48 analogue 3000 and 5000 Series systems, including two wireless microphone booms with SKP 3000 plug-on transmitters, and a 24-channel Digital 9000 system for the main actors.

Opera at the Lakeside with “Klassik am See”:
Once a year, the lakeside of idyllic Dechsendorfer Weiher in Germany turns into a fully-fledged open-air opera house. At the end of July 2013, opera enthusiasts enjoyed Verdi’s La Traviata in a semi-dramatised production conducted by Ljubka Biagioni. Alongside various wired MKH condenser microphones for the orchestra, the opera made use of a 14-channel Digital 9000 system for the soloists and hosts. While the hosts of the opera night spoke into SKM 9000 with ME 9005 heads, the soloists of La Traviata were fitted with SK 9000 bodypack transmitters and HSP 4 head-worn mics.

Florian Johann Denzler, tonmeister of the opera production, commented on the sound of the wireless system: “The High Definition mode of the Digital 9000 system ensured a truly crystal-clear transmission. Combined with the transparent and direct sound of the HSP 4 headset mics, the audience was treated to a fantastically pure sound. Also, the HSP 4 mics excelled due to their extremely high feedback rejection, which made it possible for the soloists to act in front of the PA and in the auditorium. This would not have been possible with any other microphone solution.”

Making Live Audio Come Alive:

In its first year, the Digital 9000 has proved itself with some of the world’s top performers.

Benny Ibarra:
Benny Ibarra is the first Latin American artist to switch from a Sennheiser 5000 Series system to Digital 9000. In July, the singer, producer and actor from Mexico City acquired an 8-channel system including three SKM 9000 handheld transmitters with MD 9235 capsules and five SK 9000 bodypacks with instrument cables.

Born into a family of artists, Benny began his musical career with the pop band Timbiriche, and after 11 years, kicked off his solo career with the album Hablame Como La Lluvia in 1992. Since then, he has published ten more albums, many of them winning gold and platinum, and went on to become Mexico’s most popular pop and rock singer.

Benny is currently touring with artist friends Sasha Sokol and Erik Rubin, with whom he has joined forces. The trio released their first album – Primera Fila Sasha Benny Erik – in November 2012. Just one week later, this live recording went gold, soon followed by platinum and finally triple platinum in 2013. On their tour, Sasha, Erik and Benny sing their solo hits as well as shared hit singles such as Cada Beso via SKM 9000 microphones. The tour started in October 2012 and has continued in 2013, wowing fans across Mexico.

Claudia Leitte:
One of Brazil’s biggest stars, Claudia Leitte, brought her unmistakable axé sound to the Montreux Jazz Festival in July. Using a Digital 9000 microphone system, she thrilled the audience in the Auditorium Stravinski with the musical style that originated in Bahia in the 1980s and that quickly spread over the whole of Brazil. In Montreux, she presented some previously unreleased songs from her upcoming DVD, “Axemusic”. Roque Almeida, her monitor engineer, was thrilled by the microphone system: “It was fantastic to have the 9000 system for our concert at the Montreux festival. Claudia was very happy to sing with this excellent microphone.”

Leona Lewis:
British superstar Leona Lewis has become a regular user of Digital 9000, and also used the system on her Glassheart tour in May. Complementing the tour’s audio system, which was supplied by SW19 Productions, Sennheiser UK supplied SR 2050 and EK 2000 in-ear monitors and a Digital 9000 wireless microphone package. The latter comprised ten SKM 9000 handheld microphones with MD 9235 capsules, seven SK 9000 belt packs for guitars and the show’s string quartet, plus a pair of EM 9046 receivers.

The tour’s venues ranged from regional concert halls through London’s Royal Albert Hall to arenas in Birmingham and Liverpool. Despite playing to an ‘Academy’ style seating plan in the arenas, the acoustics were obviously very different in the various venues.

Her FOH engineer Dave Wooster is full of praise for the Digital 9000 wireless system. “The remarkable clarity of the 9000 series means that every gig showed off all that’s great about Leona’s voice. The vocals were truly stunning,” he says. “The string section really showed how the 9000 series bodypacks perfectly captured their character. Having a system that fully and accurately captures the full audio spectrum without affecting the audio needs to be heard by all engineers, the benefits are staggering.”

Depended on by Top Rental Companies:

MM Communications:
The biggest deployment of Digital 9000 systems with a rental company worldwide is with Berlin-based MM Communications. The company owns twelve eight-channel receivers, each of which is available with eight handheld transmitters or eight bodypack transmitters to ensure optimum flexibility for the customers. Their system was also used at the recent Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, which featured the biggest Digital 9000 system used to date.

“The systems are used wherever highest audio quality is a must,” said MM Communications founder, Markus Müller. “This includes broadcast applications and studio recordings. The fact that the system can transmit encrypted data and is thus tap-proof makes it an ideal choice for my political and industry customers too.”

AED Rent:
AED Rent – with subsidiaries in Belgium, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany and France – is a total solutions provider, offering its customers a variety of opportunities in the rental, sale and financing of sound, light and video equipment. The company has prestigious projects such as the Olympic Games, various European Football cups and the 2012 Queen’s Jubilee under its belt.

“In 2011, we stocked up on Sennheiser’s analogue systems, which proved to be a great success. Our international customers lost no time in contacting AED Rent for hiring Sennheiser products,” said Piet Verstraete, sound engineer and account manager at AED Rent. “At the end of 2012, we added a 24-channel Digital 9000 system – each receiving channel with a choice of either handheld or bodypack transmitter – to expand our business in the fields of broadcasting and larger theatre productions.”

“Digital 9000 is an extremely promising system and offers excellent audio quality. We have strong faith in Digital 9000’s future, particularly due to the brisk expansion of digital applications in the audio industry. At present, Digital 9000 is the only wireless microphone system with totally digital operation, while possessing all the acoustic qualities that we have learnt to expect from Sennheiser.”

Jonas Productions:
Jonas Productions, Inc. is a specialty audio and backline service company with a primary focus on backline. The company, which has offices in Indianapolis, Las Vegas and Sydney, Australia, is a longtime user of Sennheiser and handles the touring production for Harry Connick jr. and many of the major music festivals in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and Australia. When the company was in the process of expanding their inventory, they also invested in a Digital 9000 system. Ted Jonas: “The timing was right and the system itself was really impressive. Since Digital 9000 works in almost any situation, be it film, broadcast or special events, it seemed like the right investment to make – especially with RF environment getting as busy as it is.”

“Sennheiser products have always given us an edge and have been a reliable tool that you can count on. Competition is really tough in the marketplace, and if you can offer something that is better than anything else, it gives you an edge. As an audio manufacturer, Sennheiser has always been able to do that.”

“One thing that impressed us about Digital 9000 was the ability to keep the entire signal chain in the digital domain: all the way from the mic to the speaker itself. Currently, we use the Midas interface right out of the Digital 9000, and maintain digital right from the microphone itself all the way to the speaker box. And we can still have the digital split to monitor and front of house. As far as I know, that’s something that nobody else can do.”

“Sennheiser has always stood behind its product. When I think of Sennheiser, I think of reliability. From a rental perspective, their products may cost a little more than the competition, but you are always going to earn it back over the long run.”

Further rental companies offering Digital 9000 to their customers include Tapages & Nocturnes, one of the largest rental companies for broadcast and cinema in France, and SONO Studiotechnik GmbH in Germany.

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

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

Photo captions and image information:

Eurovision Song Contest.jpg: The biggest Digital 9000 project in 2013: The Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö used 96 channels of the system (photo credit: ralph@larmann.com)

US Open Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.jpg: Main Stage in Arthur Ashe Stadium for the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on 24 August

Klassik am See.jpg: Opera on the lakeside: the 2013 opera event featured Verdi’s La Traviata with Marta Torbidoni as Violetta (photo credit: Klassik am See 2013, Klassikkultur e.V., copyright: Thomas Langer)

Leona Lewis.jpg: Leona Lewis performing during her Glassheart tour (photo credit: Getty Images)

Ted Jonas.jpg: Ted Jonas, President of Jonas Productions, Inc., Audio and Backline Service with offices in Indianapolis, Las Vegas and Sydney, Australia

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BrightSign Announces Collaboration with CNBC

BrightSign, LLC®, the market leader in digital signage players, today announced that it was selected by CNBC to complete an integral component of its recent studio overhaul. The global leader in business news recently undertook a project to increase the flexibility of content delivery to screens immediately behind the news desk, and BrightSign figured prominently in the solution that was installed in late 2013.

“We’ve been looking at ways to streamline how we select and display content on the screens that serve as a backdrop to our on-air anchors and reporters,” said Lou Visconti, production technology specialist, CNBC. “Once I saw BrightSign’s app in action, I was excited to harness the app’s functionality to help us better manage and display background content.”

The monitors located behind the anchor desks at CNBC were underutilized, typically relegated to looping background content that wasn’t nearly as timely as the network’s real-time news programming. BrightSign developed a custom web page for CNBC to fully utilize these background monitors by offering greater control of the content being fed to the monitors, and giving staff the ability to switch content sources in real time to better reflect breaking news as it develops.

“We’re proud of our association with CNBC, and we are pleased that our products played such a vital role in the network’s latest studio renovation,” said Jeff Hastings, BrightSign’s CEO. “CNBC required technology that could scale and adapt to their specific use case, with reliable hardware to withstand the rigors of the studio environment – we delivered on both accounts and we couldn’t be more pleased with the end result.”

For full details, images and additional information about this installation, please contact BrightSign for its recently published case study detailing its collaboration with CNBC.

About BrightSign
BrightSign, LLC is the market leader in digital signage players. Based in Los Gatos, California, the company develops products, software and networking solutions for digital signage. BrightSign solid-state digital sign controllers set new standards for both stand-alone and networked digital signage applications with their superior video quality, reliability, affordability, ease of use and interactivity. Online information about BrightSign units is available at www.brightsign.biz. For US sales inquiries, please contact sales@brightsign.biz or call +1-408-852-9263. For European sales inquiries, please email Pierre Gillet: pgillet@brightsign.biz or call +44-1223-911842. Follow BrightSign at http://twitter.com/brightsign and http://www.facebook.com/BrightSignLLC.

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SunBriteTV And Soundcast Systems, Leaders In Outdoor Entertainment, Launch The Outdoor Entertainment Alliance (OEA) At CEDIA

DENVER, Colorado – CEDIA marks the official debut of the Outdoor Entertainment Alliance (OEA), founded by SunBriteTV and Soundcast Systems. Bringing together the best outdoor televisions and the highest caliber wireless outdoor audio systems, the OEA was formed to prove that the best seat in the house is really outdoors!

The OEA aims to dramatically increase consumer awareness of the outdoor entertainment phenomenon through traditional marketing and social media outreach. In addition, the OEA will establish and position outdoor entertainment products as a viable, standalone category in the retail space.

The OEA joins forces and pools resources to promote the excitement and fun that innovative outdoor products and technologies can bring to the outdoor living experience. Planned activities will include:

• Consumer cross-promotions
• National co-advertising campaigns
• Co-merchandising with key retailers
• Joint PR activities and events
• Promotional event co-marketing
• Co-sponsorships of charitable and philanthropic activities/events

SunBriteTV, manufacturer of the world’s best-selling outdoor television, offers a range of fully weatherproof screens and displays for residential enjoyment or commercial applications. Functional in temperatures spanning -24° to 122° F and featuring anti-reflective screens capable of delivering high-quality images any time of day or night, SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions are the perfect centerpiece for any outdoor family entertainment zone.

Soundcast Systems’ high-performance wireless audio products and music systems are weather-resistant and can withstand exposure to the elements, including moisture, humidity and sunlight/UV. The systems have a unique 360-degree omni-directional circular acoustic design and stereo sound stage for outdoor audio perfection. Soundcast offers long-range wireless systems with a broadcast range up to 300 feet that receive transmissions through walls, floors, and ceilings, and their new award-winning Bluetooth® portable system, Melody, with its sleek modern aesthetics and latest Bluetooth technology.

The combination of SunBriteTV and Soundcast Systems marks the first step in the Outdoor Entertainment Alliance goal of delivering the ultimate outdoor entertainment experience to consumers. Join the alliance and visit SunBriteTV at CEDIA booth #2904 for full details on pricing specials and discounts on SunBriteTV and Soundcast products.

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV’s all-weather televisions have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arena, restaurant and hotel patios and even on military vehicles participating in field operations. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

FSR’s DR-SOCK Provides Easy Cure for Pulling Cables

A “must have” for fast and simple cable installation

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR’s new DR-SOCK is a handy and affordable cable-pulling tool designed to simplify and accelerate every installation requiring cables and connectors.

A must-have for every installer’s toolbox, DR-SOCK is pre-assembled, easily accessible in frustration-proof packaging, and re-useable. It protects cables and connectors from being damaged by taking the stress off the connection points while pulling through a conduit. The design opens up to 1.25 inches, and features brightly colored sleeve tips to enable easy identification, and a steel ring to allow quick and positive attachment of a pull snake. DR-SOCK can be used to safely pull FSR’s new Digital Ribbon Cables as well as others with connector shells.

“DR-SOCK joins so many of our products that are designed to shorten installation time without compromising the integrity or quality of the project,” said Jan Sandri, FSR president. “This simple device pulls cables and connectors without damaging them, and will soon be a staple in every toolbox.”

DR-SOCK, like all FSR products, is made of durable materials in the USA.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

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One Direction’s “This Is Us” World Premier Shines Bright In Front of Adoring Fans With HARMAN’s Martin RUSH Series

LONDON, England — With an estimated 70,000 fans screaming and hoping to catch a glimpse of One Direction, the five-member band walked the red carpet outside the Empire Cinema in London’s Leicester Square for the world premier of “1D: This Is Us.” Lighting design and production was handled by premiere veterans Limited Edition Events who utilized HARMAN’s Martin RUSH Series Strobe 5×5’s to add some eye-candy to the daylight event. Emitting an intense but diffused cool light the units produced a myriad of pixel mapped effects which looked fabulous on the global live broadcast.

Nearly 30 Martin RUSH Strobe 5×5’s, provided by HSL lighting of Blackburn, were built into two double sided pyramid set pieces on the main stage along with two smaller pyramids on the DJ stage. With strategic spacing between units an exploded video effect was created. Each of the hundreds of pixels – 25 in each strobe – were controlled individually through the new Martin M6 lighting console.

“The Rush panels are a positive step from the original tungsten panels we all know and love. The cool LED’s provide a crisp clean look to the performance space along with the added benefit of a strobe function and remarkably low power requirements stated Edward Regan, LD. “In addition the kit is smaller and deploys quickly which allows us to be more flexible with our designs. It was a neat set; really good to look at!”

Alongside Regan was Limited Edition’s MD James Barnfather. “The client brief was to create a large high impact effect which would also act as the main backdrop to the interview area; in addition it had to look great on camera and to a live audience in bright daylight conditions. We used a lot of the Jarag-5 panels on the Fast & Furious 6 premiere which the client really liked; therefore we started looking for a similar style product but with a more modern look. The Rush panels worked really well, especially in conjunction with the M6 console which allowed us to create a host of mapped effects in a very short programming window.”

The M6 is a state-of-the-art lighting console, which functions as an advanced ‘visual control’ surface, able to control any lighting rig from conventional moving lights to digital fixtures and LED pixels. Controllable via multiple DMX options or sound activated, RUSH Strobe 5×5 includes preprogrammed effect, letter and number macros for easy-to-produce graphics and messaging.

RUSH provided a stellar performance on camera and for the live audience, receiving a vast amount of positive comments from both technicians and the end client.

A link to the 1D: This Is Us premiere highlights can be found here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uasLHTP1N_w

Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin Professional is a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors. Martin lighting solutions are industry standard on top tours and events, grace prestigious theatres, energize nightclubs and decorate major television studios around the globe. Other important areas of application are indoor and outdoor architecture and commercial applications where Martin products are increasingly being used to transform spaces with dynamic light. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. The company operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Martin Professional joined the HARMAN families of category-leading technology and lifestyle brands in March 2013.

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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