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GRUND AUDIO DESIGN ANNOUNCES GT-SF242R FRONT / SIDE FILL LOUDSPEAKER

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Council Bluffs, IA – October 2013… Grund Audio Design, a pioneering manufacturer of loudspeaker and signal processing products for the audio professional, is pleased to introduce the new GT-SF242R Front Fill / Side Fill loudspeaker. Designed specifically for front fill and side fill applications, the new GT-SF242R offers greater versatility in terms of placement and positioning when compared to the typical use of point source loudspeakers for such purposes. more

KanexPro Introduces an Array of High Performance HDBaseT® Matrix Switchers

Brea, California – October 15th, 2013. KanexPro is proud to announce an entire new array of HDBaseT matrix switchers engineered to work with broader range of environments such as commercial A/V projects smart residential applications such as connected homes.

These high-performance matrix switchers are fast, dependable and rely on long distance transmission of HDMI video, audio, and bidirectional control signals over a single twisted pair cable using HDBaseT technology to integrate in the audio-video switching world.

Fully compatible with signal resolutions up to 1080p/60 or 1920×1200 and supports HDMI specification features including data rates up to 6.75 Gbps, Deep Color up to 12-bit, 3D, HD lossless audio formats, and CEC.

HDBaseT® is here to stay and with most of our integrators today that we talk to, they want a reliable, high-performance solution for their clients when routing and extending HDMI signals over category cables says; David Sommars, Business Development manager for KanexPro. This led us to make a pre-configured, custom HDMI to HDBaseT matrix with inputs and outputs ranging from 4×4 up to 32×32 I/O’s. With integrated signal processing power, and HDCP management built-in, KanexPro can now offer a value-based solution to all A/V system integrators and dealers looking for a high-performance matrix routing.

The HDBaseT matrix features:

• Ultra-fast switching with up to 32×32
• 4×4 matrix receivers powered over Ethernet (PoE)
• Dedicated audio zones for digital and stereo audio
• Audio extractor built-in on 4×4 matrix
• Supports Cat5e lengths up to 230 feet (70m)
• Integrated signal processing
• Signal re-clocking & equalizer built-in
• Advanced HDCP & EDID management
• Built-in HDCP engine for continuous encryption
• Hot swappable design
• Illuminated buttons
• Front panel LCD
• Front panel security lock
• IR, TCP/IP & RS-232 control
• Up to 9 global presets
• Rack-mountable aluminum enclosure
• Dual-Internal power supply (100Volt~240Volt AC, 50/60Hz)
• Backed by KanexPro’s 3-Year full parts & labor warranty

About KanexPro

Leveraging our core strength in professional A/V products, KanexPro carries a complete selection of A/V connectivity needs. When planning digital installations you will find that we carry a broad line of A/V connectivity products enabling you to broadcast, extend, split, or multiply HD signal transmissions; simply and cost-effectively. KanexPro is a registered trademark. All other trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

HDMI, DVI, HDBaseT, Digital Audio, HDCP

ABS Welcomes Jeremy Brown as Engineering Manager

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it has hired Jeremy Brown as engineering manager, effective Sept. 30. His responsibilities including overseeing the project management team and all project design. He is also focused on organizing general engineering and build processes for customer projects.

Brown has designed custom programming and templates for medical display systems, commercial automation systems, and videoconferencing facilities, and has designed and installed residential AV systems. Most recently, he owned Innovative Integration Design, an Atlanta-based company that specialized in programming control systems from AMX, Crestron, and other companies. He also spent more than four years as senior engineer and program manager for AVworkz, creating custom automation programs and managing a team of programmers.

“We are very pleased to welcome Jeremy to the ABS team,” said Mark Siegel, ABS president. “His creativity and hands-on experience will help us deliver innovative solutions and maximize customer satisfaction.”

Brown is based out of SeaTac and can be reached at (206) 870-0244 or via e-mail at jeremy@advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith, and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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Neumann Announces Special Offers on Microphone, Monitor Purchases as Part of 85th Birthday Celebration

Old Lyme, Conn. – October 14, 2013: In celebration of its 85th birthday, premium audio brand Neumann USA has announced two very special incentives for U.S. based consumers interested in purchasing its microphones and studio monitors.

Effective immediately, customers purchasing any Neumann microphone are eligible to receive a free Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphone, while customers purchasing a pair of Neumann KH 120 studio monitors, or a single KH 310 monitor, are eligible to receive a free soft carrying case, courtesy of Neumann.

Rebates are valid on products listed above, which must purchased from an authorized Neumann dealer between now and December 31st, 2013. Eligible rebate claims require the following:

• A completed rebate form, which can be downloaded from the Neumann website: http://www.neumannusa.com/promos
• The original UPC and EAN code, cut from the box (no photocopies will be accepted)
• A copy of the sales receipt, dated between October 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013, from an authorized Neumann dealer for a product listed above
• All materials must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2014

Authorized Neumann dealers are listed online at www.neumannusa.com/dealerfinder. To download the rebate forms, please visit www.neumannusa.com/promos.

Neumann was founded in Berlin in 1928 and has since become ubiquitous in the recording, broadcast and live sound industries. Neumann offers a range of world-renowned microphones for studio recording, live sound, broadcast and many other applications. The company’s line of studio monitor systems, including the KH 120 and KH 310, reflects Neumann’s philosophy of achieving the most accurate sound reproduction using state-of-the-art technologies and techniques.

To learn more about Neumann microphones and studio monitors, please visit http://www.neumannusa.com.

About Neumann

Georg Neumann GmbH, with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, is well-known as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones. The company, which was established in 1928, has a long track record of world-leading product designs and has been recognized with a string of international awards for its technology innovations. From 2010, Neumann offers this expertise in electro-acoustic transducer technologies to the studio monitoring market, and will provide optimum solutions to its customers in the areas of TV and radio broadcasting, recording, and audio productions. Neumann is now the perfect partner for both the input and the output of the audio signal path. Neumann has manufacturing facilities in Germany (microphones) and Ireland (loudspeakers), and is represented in over 50 countries worldwide by Sennheiser subsidiaries, as well as by long-term trading partners. Georg Neumann GmbH is a Sennheiser Group company.

About Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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

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Extron Announces Two Input XTP Wallplate Transmitter for Digital and Analog Signals

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the XTP T UWP 302, a two-input XTP wallplate transmitter that provides the convenience of connecting local source devices at a wall or other locations including a lectern or floor box. This XTP transmitter mounts into a standard three-gang junction box, and sends HDMI or RGBHV video, audio, and control up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a single CATx cable. It is HDCP-compliant and supports computer-video to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 Deep Color and 2K. For simplified integration, the XTP T UWP 302 features automatic switching between inputs with selectable prioritization, and can be powered over the same CATx cable. The XTP T UWP 302 is designed for use in XTP Systems for signal distribution and long-distance transmission between remote endpoints. more

Kramer’s K-TV is Ready for Prime Time

Kramer Electronics is proud to announce the premiere of their new K-TV YouTube Channel videos, produced and filmed on location at Kramer Electronics’ new U.S. Headquarters. These videos will serve as tutorials for audiovisual professionals, giving them practical advice for solving common interfacing problems they may encounter when working with professional A/V products. Viewers will enhance their skill set, making them more efficient and confident at troubleshooting and fixing interfacing issues, while minimizing their reliance on Kramer technical support.

In the first two videos, Sales Support Engineering Manager Matt Kopin walks viewers through straightforward solutions to two common audiovisual interfacing headaches: Crosstalk Problems with Unshielded Twisted Pair Cabling and EDID-Related Audio Problems. Both issues are the subject of frequent tech support calls, yet each can be resolved effectively in the field by integrators and installers working on their own. The K-TV videos show precisely why these problems occur and explain in detail how to resolve both problems at the design and/or installation stages of a project.

The Crosstalk, EDID Audio, and subsequent K-TV videos are characterized by their high production values, with custom set pieces and studio-quality lighting and audio used throughout the series. Each video covers information that Kramer instructors also teach in the Kramer Certified Digitalist classes (KCD).

While Kramer Academy classes and road shows (taught by InfoComm’s 2013 Educator of the Year Malissa Dillman) have been extremely well-received, the company believes that its diverse selection of Academy classes should be accessible to everyone, even if they cannot attend in person. With each new K-TV video, Kramer affirms its commitment to provide the highest-quality digital AV training programs to the industry.

To view these new videos, please visit http://youtube.com/kramerelectronicsltd.

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With Meyer Sound Constellation, San Francisco Exploratorium Looks to Educate Science of Sound

Billed by the New York Times as “the most important science museum to have opened since the mid-20th century,” San Francisco’s Exploratorium has recently opened its new multidisciplinary theatre, the Kanbar Forum. To fully support its programming diversity and inspire original works of multimedia art, the Exploratorium has become the first museum facility to install a Constellation® acoustic system, supplemented with a palette of other audio tools from Meyer Sound.

Installed in more than 50 venues worldwide, Constellation is a technology that allows venues to alter a room’s acoustics from an intimate recital hall to a vast cathedral with the push of a button. One of Kanbar Forum’s first programs to take advantage of Constellation is a live performance series named Resonance.

“We’re very excited about exploring the Constellation system’s potential for both artists and scientists,” says Nicole Minor, the Exploratorium’s manager of moving images. “We’ve only scratched the surface of what we can do with it. I expect we’ll be able to develop an entirely new breadth of work focused on both the art and the science of sound.”

Constellation has impressed both staff and visitors at the Exploratorium. “As part of his Full-Spectrum Science series, our Staff Scientist Ron Hipschman has been demonstrating Constellation in his talks,” says Minor. “Switching through the presets, he elicits ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ with just his voice and handclaps when the audience experiences the startling, yet natural acoustical effects.”

Constellation is built on Meyer Sound’s patented VRAS™ acoustical algorithm. The configuration in Kanbar Forum features 12 distributed microphones and more than 90 loudspeakers, including Stella-4C installation loudspeakers, MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers, UP-4XP 48 V loudspeakers, and MM-10XP 48V subwoofers.

The Kanbar Forum’s expansive audio toolbox also includes SpaceMap® multichannel panning, a technology that allows sound designers to fly sounds through space. SpaceMap is used in Fathom, a sound installation by Shane Myrbeck and Emily Shisko as part of the series Soundscapes.

A sound reinforcement loudspeaker system in the venue features UPQ-2P and MM-4XP loudspeakers, UPJ-1P and UPJunior™ VariO™ loudspeakers, and 600-HP subwoofers with a Galileo® loudspeaker management system.

The Exploratorium’s Executive Associate Director Ron Semper and renowned multimedia pioneer Kristina Woolsey conceived the audio systems in the Kanbar Forum. System design specifics were developed by Phil Bailey of systems integrator BBI Engineering, in consultation with theatrical design firm The Shalleck Collaborative.

“It took a great deal of effort by a lot of dedicated people to create a room that looks so deceptively simple, yet has the potential for such a variety of uses,” says Adam Shalleck, principal and president of The Shalleck Collaborative. “All parties worked together to ensure that the Kanbar’s technical and aesthetic elements fit in with the Exploratorium’s vision.”

While the Kanbar Forum stands out as a technology showcase, more than 120 additional Meyer Sound loudspeakers are installed in 11 other locations around the Exploratorium, including the Webcast Studio, the Bay Observatory Gallery, the Outdoor Exploratorium plaza, The Retail Store, conference rooms, and classrooms. These spaces feature 12 different loudspeaker models, ranging from the discreet MM-4XP loudspeaker to the 700-HP subwoofer.

Established by physicist and educator Frank Oppenheimer, the Exploratorium was originally located in San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. The museum moved to expanded and technologically enhanced facilities at Piers 15 and 17 on the San Francisco waterfront in 2013. The new Exploratorium was designed by EHDD.

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Barbie Live! Musical Tours Asia with Meyer Sound M’elodie

Mattel’s universally beloved Barbie™ and Ken™ dolls are performing across Asia in the stage production Barbie Live! For the young audience in this family show, sound designer Kai Harada has built a sound system based on the Meyer Sound M’elodie® line array loudspeaker. Equipment provider is Orlando, Fla.-based Show Systems.

“It’s a dance-heavy show,” says Harada, “so we needed a robust system that would cover large theatres or smaller arenas with exceptional clarity—but at levels appropriate for children’s ears. I knew that a M’elodie rig would give us those qualities, as well as the flexibility to adapt to different venues.”

The show uses up to 24 M’elodie loudspeakers that can be configured as either left-right or left-centre-right arrays, depending on the venue. The system also includes two 600-HP subwoofers, 16 UPJunior™ VariO™ loudspeakers for foldback, delay, and fill, 10 UPM-1P loudspeakers for front fill, and eight MM-4 loudspeakers for offstage foldback. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 408 and two Galileo 616 processors supplies system drive and optimization.

“From my experience, M’elodies are exactly what shows like this need,” says Harada. “They are highly controllable, with excellent vertical focusing. They are also reliable, and that comfort factor is critical.”

Harada’s long-time associate Douglas Graves assisted with show design and the initial system alignment in Singapore. Traveling with the tour are FOH engineer Tristan Jackson and systems tech Andrea Espinosa.

“Galileo gives us the option to make design changes from city to city very easily,” says Frank Snipes, vice president of Show Systems, who coordinated tour audio logistics. “Coupled with self-powered loudspeakers, Galileo allows the road crew to reconfigure the system as needed, with absolutely minimum hassle.”

The tour carries a DiGiCo SD9 console with MADI-linked dual Pro Tools systems for audio playback. Cast principals sing live using Shure UR-1 wireless bodypack transmitters with Countryman B6 omni microphones. Dialogue tracks for most Asian shows are pre-recorded in the native language. Actors on stage mime the dialogue, staying in sync by following low-volume English tracks played on the MM-4 foldback loudspeakers.

Barbie Live! is produced by EMS Entertainment, in association with Mattel Live Entertainment. Opening in Singapore, the tour includes Thailand and China, followed by Hong Kong, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand through 2014. North American and European tours are in development for later in 2014.

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Meyer Sound-Equipped FutureWorks Studio in India Receives Dolby Premier Studio Certification

Indian postproduction company FutureWorks has upgraded its flagship Studio A facility in the historic Rajkamal Kalamandir Studios in Mumbai. Featuring a Meyer Sound cinema loudspeaker system, Studio A has become the first Dolby Atmos facility in India to be awarded Dolby Premier Studio Certification.

“With the Studio A refit, we challenged ourselves to come up with the best sounding room we could,” says Gaurav Gupta, managing director of FutureWorks. “We decided that we wanted to achieve Dolby Premier Studio Certification, and for that we needed loudspeakers of remarkable clarity and response.”

In evaluating FutureWorks’ equipment options, Gupta kept returning to a positive experience he had several years ago with a Meyer Sound cinema system at Skywalker Sound in Nicasio, Calif.

“I was blown away by its accuracy,” recalls Gupta. “Ultimately, it was clear that a Meyer Sound system was the number one choice, both technically and from a business point-of-view, in terms of what our customers require.”

Studio A’s monitoring system includes five Acheron® 80 screen channel loudspeakers and 37 HMS-10 cinema surround loudspeakers, complemented by four X-800C cinema subwoofers and two 500-HP subwoofers. System optimization is handled by a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616 processors. Pondicherry-based consultancy Sound Wizard advised FutureWorks on the upgrade.

“The reaction from our clients has been absolutely fantastic,” says Gupta. “They love how the room sounds, and the response and accuracy they are able to get from the new equipment. It is clear that Meyer Sound represents the future for cinema sound.”

Founded in 2007, FutureWorks provides complete postproduction services to worldwide clients, including a number of Hollywood studios. FutureWorks has studios in Mumbai and Chennai.

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PixelFLEX Introducing New 12mm High-Resolution LED Video Curtain at LDI 2013

PixelFLEX, the leading provider of flexible and lightweight LED video screens, will be introducing a new 12mm high-resolution curtain video panel at LDI 2013 in November (Booth 2321). With the introduction of its 12mm panel, PixelFLEX continues to heighten the industry standard by taking flexible LED screens to another price and performance level.

PixelFLEX’s LED curtains provide a variety of video display options that are simple to operate and set up – videos and images can be sent to the screen using any computer with a DVI-D connection. Flexible in all directions, the curtains are able to bend and shape around structures to adapt to any stage or setting for a more imaginative display effect. In addition to offering an infinite amount of uses for a varied visual appeal, the panels can be stored in a single road case to simplify shipping logistics while minimizing transportation costs.

Modifications can be made easily to the 12mm panel, which is 10.49′ x 2.62′ in size, to provide a personalized video content delivery solution to meet any need. Offering an optimal visual distance at 8m, each 12mm curtain video screen weighs approximately 9.8Kg/sq.m (21.6 lbs), which is 70-80 percent less than most other high-resolution LED video screens of this size.

“Video content is the driving force in marketing and branding – whether it’s for business, churches or individuals,” said Jeremy Byrd, PixelFLEX’s founder and president. “Today, delivering high quality video content is essential to building, strengthening and maintaining your brand. With the introduction of our 12mm LED screen, we’re opening a variety of doors to those looking to improve their brand through greater audience engagement.”

To meet the increased demand for its panels by musicians, houses of worship, universities and other venues, PixelFLEX plans to introduce several other high-resolution LED curtain video screens prior to the LDI Show in Las Vegas. The new line of panels will join PixelFLEX’s growing line of products that include 18mm, 20mm, 25mm, 30mm, 37.5mm, 50mm and 100mm curtain screens, in addition to the company’s LR-4 and LR-8 lightweight rigid video screens for outdoor and indoor applications.

PixelFLEX customers include Luke Bryan, Rodney Atkins, Darius Rucker, Joel Osteen, Google Science Fair, Skillet, Boots & Hearts Festival, Jeremy Camp, University of Iowa, Student Life and Second Baptist Church. Visit PixelFLEX at Booth 2321 during LDI 2013.

For more information on PixelFLEX’s 12mm LED curtain video screen, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

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