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Turkish Radio Television Goes On The Air With Shotoku Camera Support Systems

Big Win for Shotoku Includes Range of High Performance Tripod Systems, Paired With Pan & Tilt Heads

Staines, UK – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a leading international manufacturer of advanced camera support products, has been awarded a tender from Turkish Radio Television (TRT) for a significant complement of manual camera support gear. Working through Istanbul-based Basari, TRT placed an order comprised of the Company’s professional tripods systems paired with heavy duty pan & tilt heads – all technically qualified and approved by TRT. Shotoku Sales Manager David Shepherd announced this important company sale from its European headquarters in Staines, UK.

“Naturally we are very pleased to see Shotoku’s continued growth in key regions such as Turkey,” says Shepherd. “We are confident that our professional systems will offer Turkish Radio Television the superior level of quality, support and reliability for which Shotoku is known. We view such a substantial sale of Shotoku support gear systems to TRT as another positive step in our continued efforts to make serious inroads in this important territory and better serve our customers in these particular areas of the world.”

TRT opted for various Shotoku tripod systems including the SP compact model, and numerous units from the Company’s heavy-duty TT/TD camera support range. The tripods offer excellent price/performance features and accommodate applications ranging from production to broadcast, studio, OB and EFP camera support. The tender also includes SH100 pan & tilt heads, Shotoku’s premier ENG/EFP unit, and the recently launched state-of-the-art SX300 fluid head, ideally suited for a variety of applications and the latest portable camera systems.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
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LynTec RPCR Relay Panel Brings Intelligent Circuit Control and Monitoring to Retrofit Applications

Entertainment Industry’s First Relay Panel to Offer Remote Capabilities for Setup, Control, and Monitoring on Existing Electrical Panels

LENEXA, Kan. — Oct. 15, 2013 — LynTec, a leading manufacturer of customized electrical power control for installed audio, video, and lighting systems, today announced the market-changing capabilities of its RPCR line of remotely controlled relay panels. Based on LynTec’s popular RPC (Remote Power Controller) series panel, the RPCR is designed to add branch circuit control and monitoring to any existing breaker panel regardless of brand, make, or model. The RPCR combines relay functionality with a built-in Web server to bring remote electrical control to applications, including LED lighting, powered amplifiers, and energy management programs.

Ideal for houses of worship, schools, performing arts centers, auditoriums, and other large assembly spaces, LynTec’s RPCR is the only relay panel built specifically for the entertainment industry, providing a combination of uniquely designed features and interfaces that satisfy the marketplace’s distinct requirements. Adding on/off control to any existing circuit breaker panel installation, the RPCR is equipped with a Web-enabled browser-based interface that allows users to set up, troubleshoot, control, and monitor relay status remotely across existing networks. As a result, users obtain simpler, more efficient power management from any computer, tablet, or handheld smart device. The RPCR’s point-and-click interface enables users to set up zones, perform sequential on/off switching and scheduling, activate emergency overrides, and provide dependable brownout protection.

“Our RPCR relay panels build on the success of our hugely popular RPC motorized circuit breaker control system,” said Mark Bishop, president of LynTec. “Designers were so enthusiastic about our technology that we developed a solution that also satisfies the retrofit circuit control requirements of any existing electrical panel. Featuring easy interfacing with today’s most popular control systems for full flexibility and a Web server built directly into the controller, users can now get anywhere, anytime access to their relay panel from any browser-enabled device.”

For the ultimate in monitoring and control flexibility, RPCR panels are compatible with popular control systems such as ETC, Creston(R), and AMX. In addition, the units offer the ability to control relays direct via TCP/IP, DMX, RS-232, or contact closure control systems. Featuring brownout protection, the RPCR will automatically shut down selected circuits during under-voltage situations and power up as programmed when voltage regains stability. The units also provide emergency power-on for egress lighting and shutdown capabilities for amplifiers with contact closure inputs from fire alarms. Thanks to the RPCR’s remote capabilities, users can receive alert notifications via text or email to warn of voltage anomalies.

Available immediately, LynTec’s RPCR is offered in six different configurations housing eight to 64 relays: RPCR-8, RPCR-16, RPCR-24, RPCR-32, RPCR-48, and RPCR-64.

More information on LynTec and the company’s full line of products is available at www.lyntec.com.

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About LynTec
LynTec is a leading manufacturer of remotely operated AC power control systems for the installed sound, lighting, and video industries. The company offers both electrical protection and circuit switching capabilities within the same enclosure — saving space, lowering installation costs, and building trusted relationships with system designers. LynTec’s continuous growth in electrical and expanded lighting control, energy monitoring, built-in power conditioning, and mobile applications positions the company as a leading resource for the A/V and lighting industries and an integral partner for sustainable energy practices. More information is available at www.lyntec.com.

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HARMAN’s Martin Dynamic Digital Media Façade Renews Confederation of Danish Industry in the Heart of Copenhagen

AARHUS, Denmark — HARMAN’s Martin Professional, Kollision and Transform Architects have completely refurbished the exterior of the Confederation of Danish Industry building in Copenhagen, which now boasts a beautiful façade, highlighted by an ever-changing LED media surface for a more engaging and emotional presence.

The location of the building was the main reason for a media façade solution, as it sits in Copenhagen at Rådhuspladsen, where outdoor advertising has been an integral part of the area for more than 100 years.

Transform architect Lars Bendrup said, “This LED media façade was the next logical step. It’s an entirely new way of communicating through the language of light. Confederation of Danish Industry is showing a new face – one that reflects dynamism and change.”

The media façade incorporates 4,000 meters of Martin Professional’s VC-Strip in a customized outdoor solution, forming a harlequin pattern across the entire building on which a variety of graphic designs can be displayed. The LED strips are full-color RGB LED battens with each LED (over 90,000 in total) individually controllable in terms of color, brightness and intensity.

Content for the façade was created by Danish design firm Kollision, in cooperation with Transform and allows the Confederation of Danish Industry to use the lighting fixtures as a dynamic interface between its brand, the building and the urban setting. The system gives the client’s internal communication department the freedom to transmit any look or expression they wish onto the facade. The player-system also includes an integrated weather service app controlling the brightness of the façade and be controlled and adjusted through a custom iPad app.

“We cooperated with Martin on a solution from the start, even before we decided on the LED strip solution. It was tremendously good to work with Martin as they had the knowledge needed to integrate our LED lighting needs into this project,” Bendrup continued. “This is perhaps the most ambitious media façade integration in Scandinavia and signals a change in the architectural landscape.”

Other areas of the Confederation of Danish Industry building have also been outfitted with new Martin Professional lighting systems, including the conference room, with 60 Martin moving head luminaires and Martin LED strips; the reception area with strings of LED dots; and five elevators at the main entrance, where each floor interactively sets its own light level and color temperature – a complete Martin reference, both inside and out.

The main contractor on the Confederation of Danish Industry renovation project was E. Pihl & Søn.

For a video describing the installation, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-MHAISEjw4

Martin Equipment:
50x MAC 101 CT™
4x MAC Aura™
1x MAC 350 Entour™
4x MAC TW1™
480m VC-Strip™
4000m VC-Strip™ (customized outdoor version)
360 x VC-Dot 9™
11x VC-Feeder™
49x P3 PowerPort 1500™
5x P3-200 System Controller™
1x M-PC V3™
1x M2GO™ (bkup to M-PC / event controller)
1x iOS MAXRemote
1x Martin USB Duo DMX Interface
1x Martin ShowDesigner™
3x Ether2DMX8™
8x Martin RDM 5.5 Splitter™

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. 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. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

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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Clearwing Productions Chooses Technomad for Phoenix Zoo Audio Improvements

Technomad loudspeakers enliven “water lagoon experience” for visitors while giving zoo long-term outdoor audio solution

BOSTON, October 16, 2013 – The systems design and integration experts at Clearwing Productions last year overhauled the Phoenix Zoo’s annual seasonal spectacular “ZooLights,” transforming a linear roadside display into an immersive, 360-degree audio and lighting experience that encircled the zoo’s central water lagoon. The advanced audio system from Technomad performed so well that zoo officials opted to use the system year round, delivering multi-zone background and event music to visitors across the lagoon area.

The Phoenix Zoo initially hired Clearwing Productions to increase the production value of the annual lighting show, though the two teams quickly determined that the audio system was underperforming ¬– not to mention falling apart.

“The Phoenix area is inundated with sun and UV rays, which is very tough on outdoor products,” said Nick Pitman, service and systems engineer, Clearwing Productions. “The previous speakers were dry rotted or full of water, and most had cracks from UV rays. They wanted something that would produce great audio and last more than a year. That’s when we looked at Technomad.”

Technomad delivered an advanced outdoor audio solution comprising 24 loudspeakers, 12 subwoofers and multiple wired power amplifiers, all fully weatherproof to protect against UV rays and other outdoor elements. The Clearwing design included 12 speaker poles surrounding the lagoon, each with two Paris weatherproof loudspeakers pointing in opposite directions from a height of 16 feet. One Technomad Chicago subwoofer and two PowerChiton amplifiers were added to the base of the pole.

The PowerChiton amplifier modules simplified the installation for the Clearwing team and ultimately reduced project costs for the Phoenix Zoo, eliminating lengthy complex underwater wiring jobs to connect traditional indoor amplifiers to outdoor loudspeakers.

“We knew that we wanted an outdoor amplifier that was simple in design but offered longevity,” said Pitman. “This solution gives us 120 volts and a speaker line output in a compact, outdoor-rated package. One PowerChiton feeds the Paris loudspeakers and another feeds the subwoofer on each pole. Most importantly, the PowerChiton design has no fans, eliminating any heat-related performance problems. They just keep working.”

The end-to-end distributed audio architecture includes Harman or BSS equipment to route, zone and delay signals for everyday use or special events as required. Network protocol signals are converted back to balanced audio en route to the PowerChitons. From there, the Paris loudspeakers deliver full-range musical reproduction with broad dispersion across the entire lagoon, with the Chicago subwoofers filling in the low end with additional bass output.

“The zoo had previously used rock speakers, and after the lighting upgrade they made it clear they wanted to add real audio,” said Pitman. “The Paris loudspeakers cover the area thoroughly, while the subs emphasize specific points in the music or dramatic show scenes without pushing the bass to nightclub levels. Everyone involved agrees that this was the most effective outdoor audio solution for the job.”

ABOUT TECHNOMAD
Technomad LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range weatherproof loudspeaker and now offers nine models ranging in power from 60-watt loudspeakers to 1250-watt subwoofers — most available in Turnkey PA System packages featuring amplifiers, mixers and other signal processing equipment in pre-wired racks. The company also manufactures a variety of audio infrastructure and communications equipment including playback and recording systems, weatherproof power amplifiers and turnkey remote audio systems. Contact Technomad at 617-275-8898 or visit www.technomad.com for more information.

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RTW’s TM3 TouchMonitor is a Scream for ScareHouse

Sound Designer Glenn Ricci Trusts Audio Meter to Check Loudness Levels For Popular Haunted House’s Sound Effects

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, OCTOBER 15, 2013 – As Glenn Ricci, the sound effects designer for ScareHouse, named by the Travel Channel as one of the top five haunts in the country, will tell you, sound is just as important as the visual element when it comes creating a convincingly eerie, skin-crawling atmosphere. Helping him raise the hackles of ScareHouse attendees is the TM3 TouchMonitor from RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters and monitoring devices for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control.

Located in a supposedly haunted former Elk’s Club lodge in Pittsburgh, ScareHouse treats visitors to Hollywood-quality sets, characters and special effects that lend a high degree of realism (and terror). Its primary attractions include an entire haunted town, a demented anti-Santa, an alternate, zombified replica of Pittsburgh and a very nefarious basement. Human actors portray ghosts, zombies, ghouls and other evil night dwellers, sometimes grabbing at visitors for an especially authentic fright. The scares just wouldn’t be the same, however, without foreboding music, evil-sounding cackles and similar soundscapes setting the mood. Because of the importance these sound effects play, Ricci must ensure that the soundscapes he creates are smooth and the audio is on the level.

“I draw from a lot of different elements when I’m creating something for the show, so it’s important to even out the loudness levels for each source to make it sound cohesive,” says Ricci. “I might record or mix something using my own compositions, stuff from different sound libraries or even canned music, so I want to deliver a very smooth end product without uneven loudness in the final mix. I don’t want to worry about someone hitting play and not hearing the sound because it’s not as loud as the last thing they played. RTW’s TM3 really gives me the peace of mind of knowing everything is crisp, clear and even.”

Controlled using a touch-sensitive display, the TM3 features a 4.3-inch touchscreen and a stylish exterior allowing for horizontal and vertical placement. It includes a large number of graphical and numerical instruments showing single-channel along with summing-loudness bargraphs, PPM, true peak, SPL, loudness range (LRA), dialnorm and correlation. It handles analog or digital stereo signals and features a user interface allowing the selection of up to 10 presets quickly and simply with the swipe of a finger.

“I was pretty amazed with the pre-set capabilities,” says Ricci. “I like that I can program the device to customize pre-sets for me. It makes it more intuitive—you can just go and don’t have to think about it. You just spend a little bit of time setting it up based on the instruments that you plan to work with, and don’t have to think about it after that. It’s good to get different perspectives to just go between a couple of pre-sets.”

The TM3 also offers Ricci a way to ensure consistent loudness across the various software programs he uses. “What I like about having it here is that I never have to worry about what software program I’m using. I use a lot of software programs, such as Logic Pro and Abelton Live for some composition, and they all have different meters in them, so having one consistent meter that lives outside of it all is really helpful. It means I don’t have to check of the meters from a separate plug-in, which saves me time.”

“We love that RTW’s TM3 meter has not only helped improve Glenn’s workflow but that it being used to smooth the sound for such an interesting project,” says Christopher Spahr, U.S. Director of Sales and Operations, RTW. “His work for ScareHouse is a great example of how the TM3, along with the entire line of TouchMonitors, can be used outside of a traditional broadcast setting, lending a hand to sound engineers working on their mixes in post-production. It’s really a win-win for everyone involved.”

About RTW
For more than 45 years, Cologne-based RTW has accompanied the steady technological progress in the professional audio industry with innovative instruments and technologies for visual audio monitoring in broadcast, production, post production and quality control. Its state-of-the-art audio and loudness metering systems have an excellent reputation throughout the world. With groundbreaking products such as the Surround Sound Analyzer, the company has been a key vendor of professional broadcast and audio metering equipment for decades.

RTW’s range of products currently include the SurroundControl series for monitoring, controlling and routing stereo, multichannel and surround audio and the TouchMonitor range, which truly marks a paradigm shift in visual audio monitoring and loudness metering. Combining maximum flexibility and modularity with an intuitive touch-enabled surface and multichannel signal analysis, the TM7 and TM9 units are the essence of many years of experience. The attractively priced TouchMonitor TM3 entry-level system opens new markets, targeting applications such as journalist cubicles, edit suites and small control rooms.

As part of its expansion into the U.S. market, in 2013 RTW established RTW International Corp. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The new office is the first U.S. location launched by RTW, showing the company’s dedication to supporting its customers and dealer networks in the U.S. The new U.S. office will house all customer service, repair and final product assembly activities for U.S.-based RTW customers.

For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130. For more information on RTW International Corp., visit www.rtw.com or call 877-938-7221.

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Matrox Announces Support for StudioCoast vMix Video Mixing Software

Matrox® Video today announced support for StudioCoast’s vMix video mixing software across the entire line of Matrox MXO2™ capture devices and the Mojito MAX™ I/O card. One of Streaming Media Magazine’s, “Best of NAB 2013” award winners, vMix is a complete live video production software solution that provides live mixing, switching and streaming of SD and HD (up to 1080p) video sources including cameras, video files, DVDs, still images and more.

Matrox MXO2 Family and Mojito MAX

Matrox MXO2 devices are the ideal portable capture solutions for streaming live events from wherever they are happening. Users simply connect an HD or SD camera or any other video source and can use the live pass-through feature for external video monitoring. Matrox Mojito MAX provides the same great functionality in a ¾-length PCIe card that can be easily integrated into a PC desktop or server.

“Matrox has a reputation for quality professional video solutions,” said Martin Sinclair, sole director and founder of StudioCoast. “We’re pleased to provide support for MXO2 devices and Mojito MAX to bring video sources into vMix at up to full HD.”

“vMix users are sure to find the exact digital and analog video and audio connectivity they need in the versatile Matrox product line,” said Wayne Andrews, product manager, Matrox Video. “And current Matrox users will be happy to be able to add another powerful and cost-effective live production steaming application to their toolkits.”

Price and availability
Matrox MXO2 devices are priced starting at $449 US (£338, €382) not including local taxes and delivery. Matrox Mojito MAX is priced at $995 US (£749, €799). Matrox products are available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. Support for vMix is part of Matrox driver release 7.5.1 for Windows which is available to registered users as a free download from the Matrox website.

About StudioCoast Pty Ltd
vMix is a product of StudioCoast Pty Ltd. For more information and to download a fully functional 60-day free trial version of the software, visit www.vmixhd.com.

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

More Control System Partners Add Middle Atlantic RackLink Driver Modules

Fairfield, NJ––A growing number of leading brands such as Crestron, Vantage, Savant, AMX and Control4 are supporting Middle Atlantic’s RackLink power management modules within their control systems to provide additional capabilities for residential installations.

These and other partners such as RTI, Aurora, URC, Key Digital and Ihiji are choosing RackLink because the system’s open architecture facilitates integration into virtually any control system or management platform.

The RackLink suite of products provide real time feedback and historical data of power usage, voltage fluctuations and temperature that can be sent to the control system for data collection, user alerts and real time status of the of an AV system’s health. It also reduces the amount of on-site service calls by remotely controlling power to AV devices and rebooting devices that might lock up using a built-in auto ping feature.

Asked about the increased incorporation of RackLink, Middle Atlantic Applications Engineer Paul Mott said, “RackLink products have become widely accepted by our control system partners because they add a new level of energy management for residential installations while saving time, money and promoting environmental efficiency.”

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

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

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

SIM2 Multimedia SUPER LUMIS Global Success

Miramar, Florida—October 16, 2013—SIM2 Multimedia continues to achieve global success following its World tour, touching all five continents, which included the launch of Grand Cinema SUPER LUMIS home cinema projector.

The new SUPER LUMIS has received a glowing review and a full five-star rating from the UK-based magazine Home Cinema Choice. In the December issue, reviewer John Archer said, “Images achieve a sense of depth, texture, colour balance and naturalism that simply astonishes.” He continued, “3D delivery is exquisite” and concluded with “the SIM2 Super Lumis is about as close as you can get to a commercial cinema experience without actually buying a commercial cinema projector”—establishing SUPER LUMIS as a real “reference standard” in projection.

“The Super Lumis is by far our best projector, and I have to say, SIM2 has received over 250 awards throughout the world in the last decade. It is a small product with an enormous heart capable with extremely bright, crisp images,” said Alan Roser, SIM2 UK CEO. “It is fantastic that the UK’s premier home theater publication agrees and aligns perfectly with the feedback we’ve received from dealers during the Global Road Show. We are sure that the Super Lumis will become the new benchmark for three-chip DLP-based high-end home cinema projectors in the major markets around the world, as it has done here in the UK and in the US.”

It was not by chance that the exclusive limited-edition FUORISERIE recently won a 2013 EXC!TE Award from the US-based magazine Technology Integrator, in recognition of products “that stand out for being innovative, high-performing and solutions-oriented for the custom installation professional.”

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 for its exclusively selected US partners by marketing, servicing, and supporting the best products the professional and CI projection markets have 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 only branding, it is 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.

McCune Audio Video Adds Wireless Conferencing System from Listen Technologies to Rental Inventory

Listen Technologies Corporation today announced that McCune Audio Video and Lighting in San Francisco, Calif. purchased nearly three dozen Wireless Conferencing units from Listen Technologies as a rental option for its client base.

The wireless conferencing system is available for McCune Audio Video clients who need flexible, multi-use sound capabilities in meetings. It allows meeting participants to hear and interact in meetings without waiting for a “hand held” microphone to be passed to them or having them step up to a podium. The system is ideal for challenging locations such as historical buildings, corporate multi-purpose rooms, as well as hotel banquet halls and hospitality rooms.

“We have been looking for a wireless solution of this high quality, reliability and technical flexibility for several years,” said Allan McCune President of McCune Audio Video and Lighting. “We added the new Listen Technologies wireless conferencing units to our rental inventory because of its ease of use and set up, strong coverage and excellent battery life. The high level of interaction as well as the ability to hear others makes this system extremely desirable for corporate events. Often when a group is larger, you see less interaction than you’d like. With the use of this new system, meetings can be productive without straining to hear or waiting to speak. Our clients are thrilled with the quality of sound as well as the labor and cost savings in the set up and removal.”

The system is a complete personal sound system and provides up to 36 or more users with their own microphone and speaker positioned directly in front of each participant. This makes it possible for any meeting to become interactive and invites participation from all meeting attendees because every participant can listen and speak with total clarity to the entire room. Their voices are easily heard through the other units as well as the overall public address system if desired. The flexibility of the wireless system is a major strength, allowing easy set up and take-down with the option to adapt on the fly to any room’s configuration. The 20-hour battery life and multi-frequency format ensures units will make it through the most demanding meetings and environments. Meeting participation can also easily be recorded for later reference for meeting attendees or for those who could not attend the meeting.

About Listen Technologies Corporation

Listen Technologies brings power and clarity to the sounds that enrich your life—by overcoming the challenges of noise, distance, lively debate and hearing loss to deliver precise and personalized audio in any setting or environment. With Listen solutions, you can cut through the clutter and connect to an experience of pure, focused sound. Listen solutions are used in gathering places around the world including schools, houses of worship, factories, entertainment venues, government agencies and more. For more information on Listen solutions, contact Listen Technologies at 1.800.330.0891, +1.801.233.8992, or watch this short video.

About McCune Audio Video Lighting
McCune Audio / Video / Lighting is a full service technical event production company based in San Francisco, California. McCune provides technical services for sporting events, concerts, parades, trade shows, conferences, weddings, air shows, theater, galas and many events.
With offices in San Francisco, Anaheim and Monterey, we work all over the state and work all over the world. We have 75 years of business experience and are among the most respected and accomplished companies in the industry. No matter the size, scale, vision, budget or venue, McCune will bring a wide range of experience, knowledge and quality service to every event.

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WorldStage Returns For Sixth Year in a Row with AV Support for EA’s “The Download” Press Event at 2013 E3

Once again Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) wowed videogame fans and media at “The Download: EA 2013 Preview,” the top game publisher’s must-see press event held during the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. WorldStage returned for the sixth consecutive year to provide AV support for the event, which looked at upcoming titles via live demos, world premiere trailers and breaking news.

This year “The Download” was marked by a change of venue. “EA wanted to exponentially grow the show, so they moved from the Orpheum Theatre to the massive Shrine Auditorium, the one-time home of the Oscars ceremony,” said Michael T. May, senior account executive at WorldStage. “The challenge for everyone involved was to recreate the incredibly dynamic show that was staged in the smaller theater last year in this much larger environment.”

The action-packed preview was telecast live on cable’s Spike TV and streamed worldwide via multiple webcasts. The event began with the surprise reveal of the first-person shooter game, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare,a stunning new game originated from the famed franchise that pays homage to the action genre while retaining the signature quirky humor, depth and accessibility that fans love about the Plants vs. Zombies franchise.. The show also featured NBA star Kyrie Irving to introduce new bounceTek ball physics for NBA LIVE 14 and hip-hop artist Drake took the stage to showcase gameplay for FIFA 14. Need for Speed Rivals debuted All Drive, a mode that blurs the line between single-player and multiplayer racing experiences. The event closed with an astounding live 64-player multiplayer demo of Battlefield 4.

“To provide the same visceral impact as last year, this year’s design called for high-resolution LED screens instead of the projection screens we’ve mainly used in years past,” said May. “The brightness and pop of the LED screens definitely played better in the bigger space. ”

Three 13×25-foot PixeLED F6 high-resolution 6mm LED walls, were positioned at the left, center and right of the stage to display speaker support, title slides, IMAG and game footage and demos. The center LED wall flew in and out and the two side walls moved on and off stage on custom-built carts that traveled up to eight feet per second. The LED wall movements were choreographed to sync with lighting and stage calls. Additionally, three PixelLED F40 low-resolution 40mm LED walls served as background and scenic visuals.

In addition to the LED Screens, a 45×25-foot front projection surface was flown in to showcase the 64-player Battlefield 4 demo, and several other segments. Video playback was handled by the proprietary WorldStage Media Hub; a Vista Spyder X20 switched all sources to the screens.

Equally, if not more important was the quality of the feed to the webcast and to support that component WorldStage supplied a seven HD-camera system, including three with long lenses, one on Steadicam, one hand-held, and one on a 30-foot jib. One of WorldStage’s Ross 3.5ME Vision Mixers was used for camera cuts for the live telecast.

Debra Robins, Managing Director/Executive Producer at Plumbago Productions, adds, “This show had a tremendous amount of moving parts – both in the technology required and last minute design changes coming in from the client. I can’t imaging pulling off such a complex show as successfully as this one without the support of WorldStage. They were with us every step of the way.”

“EA’s E3 preview event looked great for the audience in the Shrine Auditorium and, with all the dynamic elements, played extremely well for all the home viewers, too,” said May. “Once again we were proud to be the technical solutions provider for such an impressive event.”

At WorldStage Jack Dussault was the project manager, Neal Gass and Carl McMillan the video engineers, and Bryan Dominick lead projectionist.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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