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Genelec Provides Great Sound for Spare Time Entertainment Center

— Family-owned and newly renovated, this Lansing, Michigan, family fun center needed an upgrade in sound, and Genelec was the obvious choice for bowling lanes, a gaming center and a restaurant —

NATICK, MA, October 14, 2013 — The Spare Time Entertainment Center’s 31 lanes of premium bowling are the focus of the facility in Lansing, Michigan, but there’s lots more to this newly renovated family fun center, including a two-story laser-tag game facility, part of its 4,000-plus-square-foot game arcade, and the Grand River Bar and Grill, a full-service dining and catering facility. What they all have in common is sound by Genelec, the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring currently celebrating its 35th anniversary.

The main bowling area has six Genelec 8030A compact Bi-Amplified Monitoring System loudspeakers across the front of the lanes, installed near the scoring video panels, with five more Genelec 8020A Bi-Amplified Monitoring System loudspeakers located along the rear wall of the room. In addition, there are three Genelec 7050B Active subwoofers placed every eight lanes. A boutique bowling area, the Capital Room, has five Genelec 8030s and a 7060 sub covering its very private eight lanes. There are five more 8020s in the Grand River Bar and two 8030A’s in the game room area.

Genelec speakers are making every aspect of the Spare Time Entertainment Center sound great. Peter MacColeman, family member and Manager of Spare Time, says his experience with Genelec goes all the way back to college where, when studying music, he looked for a pair of speakers that would give him the most transparent musical experience he could find.

“I chose Genelec then and we chose them now, for Spare Time, because Genelecs sound great, are incredibly robust in installed environments, and have incredible intelligibility even while reproducing music fully,” MacColeman explains, further noting that the sound systems in the previous bowling alley on that site had conventional passive loudspeakers powered by remote amplifiers, a situation that drew 120 amps. “With the self-powered Genelecs, the entire system here is running on 12 amps,” he says. “The sound of the facility is important to the guest experience – people like to hear music and they like to talk, and the Genelecs let people enjoy both because the music is always present without having to be overpowering. The Genelecs are tuned well – too much high end can turn off the kids and too much low frequency can annoy adults. Genelecs are musical because they reproduce well and accurately over all frequencies, so you don’t have to tweak any EQ to get them to sound right. They’re just great speakers.”

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.

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BenQ Projectors Light up Downtown Dallas During ‘The Aurora Project’ Art Exhibit

Outdoor Contemporary Art Event Comes to Life With Colorific(TM) Projector Image Quality

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Oct. 15, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations, today announced the sponsorship of “The Aurora Project” — a free outdoor contemporary art exhibit held in Dallas on Oct. 15 to 18, 2013. Providing a total of sixty Colorific(TM) projectors to the cross-genre event, BenQ is continuing its commitment to the visual arts community — providing mixed-media artists and curators with projectors that blend both ease-of-use and market-leading color quality to bring today’s most daring creative visions to life.

Held within the rapidly developing Dallas Arts District, The Aurora Project stages interactive new media projects involving light, video, performance, and sound set in exciting and unexpected public places. For two nights, the event will transform Dallas’ 68-acre downtown core into one of the nation’s largest outdoor exhibitions of contemporary art, featuring collaborations between hundreds of local, national, and international artists. With a new branch located in Dallas-Fort Worth, BenQ’s involvement in the one-of-a-kind experience echoes the company’s pledge to support both local cultural events and the larger artistic community.

“BenQ is excited about being a new member of the Dallas community, and we are thrilled to lend our support to Aurora 2013,” said Jan Spence, Director, Marketing Communications at BenQ America Corp. “By developing projectors that provide spectacular image quality, a growing number of curators and artists are turning to our technology for their creative projects. With the ability to cast over one billion stunning colors in a variety of setups and lighting scenarios, our Colorific projectors are specifically equipped to push the boundaries of the imagination, inspiring audiences through the magic of larger-than-life installations.”

Designed for visual display projects such as art projection installations that require prolonged image projection, BenQ’s Colorific projectors deliver more than one billion stunning colors, higher contrast ratios, and longer-lasting image quality over extended usage. As a result, projection installations gain more stable pictures with richer blacks, more luminescent whites, and a crisper overall projection experience. Thanks to their high contrast ratios, BenQ projectors also deliver sharper picture quality, which enables the reproduction of finely detailed images in a variety of ambient lighting settings, and adds to the flexibility of the projectors’ installation options.

“Within the arts community, BenQ is increasingly contributing as a patron of innovative projected visual art, supporting a number of important exhibits and events across the country,” said Spence. “As today’s mixed media artists seek simple ways to unleash their creative visions, BenQ projectors provide an appealing combination of reliability, durability, and immaculate performance to ensure that image quality is sustained over long projection periods.”

Projectors selected for “The Aurora Project” exhibition include BenQ’s W7000, W1070, EP920, and short-throw MW851US T and MW860UST devices. More information on BenQ’s projectors is available at www.BenQ.us.

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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand worldwide, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of projectors, flat-panel displays, and monitors for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers.

More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

About BenQ Corporation
BenQ Corporation is a renowned global trendsetter of connected digital lifestyle devices founded on the brand promise of “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life.” With a keen insight into ever-evolving consumer preferences, BenQ uniquely creates the ideal balance of leading technology and signature design to provide visual and mobile solutions that elevate consumer lifestyles. BenQ continues to delight the world’s consumers with a broad product and embedded technology portfolio spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $21+ billion powerhouse comprised of 16+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 120,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life.

The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., Raydium Semiconductor Corp., and Wellypower Corp.

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Symetrix Simplicity at Italy’s Opera Universitaria

Opera Universitaria's new theatre in Trento, facing the rake

Opera Universitaria's new theatre in Trento, facing the rake

LAVIS, ITALY: 15 OCTOBER 2013 – Widely regarded as the educational, scientific, financial, and political hub of Northern Italy, Trento is proud to boast of its excellent college – the Opera Universitaria. Ranked as first in the country by the Ministry of Education, Opera’s mission is to ensure that a student’s full potential can be realised – whether that stems from sport, academic work, or the arts. After enlisting the help of AV integrators A&T Multimedia, and distributors, Adeo Group, the college’s new theatre has been equipped with a comprehensive technical installation, enabling complete control over audio, lighting, and video.

Opera’s consultant specified that the theatre must be multi-functional, and that the technical system needed to offer standalone use by anyone, trained or not, without the assistance of the college’s AV department. As a result, A&T was required to design a system which allowed flexible mixing for musicals and plays, whilst also delivering simple and user-intuitive control for lecturers and presenters.

“Our goal was to find a digital signal processor which could directly link to a theatre-sized mixing console” commented Alessandro Baroni of A&T. “This would allow the end-user to control all audio via a simple preset recall, but should more complex mixing be needed, the console could simply be activated and off they’d go.” After discussing the idea with distributor, Adeo, the integrator settled on a combination of Symetrix’ open-architecture Radius 12×8 DSP for ‘standard use’, with a Yamaha LS9-32 looking after performance audio.

As both mixer and DSP feature Audinate’s award-winning Dante protocol, Baroni chose to connect all inputs into the rear of the Radius before channelling them over Cat5e cable into the LS9’s optional MY16-AUD card, and then back to the DSP again for loudspeaker processing. This allows seamless switching between ‘lecture mode’ and ‘performance mode’, and provides the means for non-technical staff to control audio via either the Radius’ front-panel, or through the SymVue touchscreen control software configured by A&T’s Symetrix-certified programmer.

With the new theatre space being designed to handle the most impressive occasion, Adeo recommended Renkus-Heinz’s IC-live loudspeakers (four ICL-FRs and 4 ICL215S-FRs) to provide seamless coverage, with Beyerdynamic wireless microphones (OPUS 910s) enabling wire-free movement. Lorenzo Seneci of Adeo Group states that the system ”needed to provide a very high SPL to cater for the wide range of different events, but to achieve this we would traditionally have to employ point-source loudspeakers or line arrays. However, due to the aesthetic restraints in place, it demanded a beam-steering solution.”

Panasonic projectors were also brought in to handle video content and are controlled by an Extron video distribution unit. “We are totally satisfied with the end-result” remarks the university’s spokesperson. “The Radius’ preset recall is very simple and completely suitable for the range of different situations we encounter.” The performance space is seeing rave reviews by the student body and the general public, both of which appreciate the careful design and installation work carried out to enhance Trento’s latest shows.

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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

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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

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