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Martin Audio’s Magical Summer

Starlight Express With MLA Compact at Bochum Stadionring

Martin Audio’s MLA (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array) system changed the sonic landscape around the globe this summer—providing an acoustic experience and uniting the audience at premier festivals, concerts and outdoor events, and permanent installations as never before.

For promoters and production teams, MLA enabled them to meet traditional challenges head on for the first time. The multi award-winning system’s ability to provide uniform coverage right across the soundfield was matched by its scientifically proven reduction of offsite spillage and noise pollution to well within local authority thresholds.

With MLA’s ability to sonically ‘map’ a site—optimizing audience areas and ‘hard avoiding’ objects that might create reverberation or slapback—it has rapidly become a go-to system for promoters and local authorities alike.

There was no finer example of the award-winning system’s powers than at AEG Lives’ Barclaycard British Summer Time Festival at Hyde Park, featuring the Rolling Stones and Bon Jovi.

Historically dogged by offsite noise pollution and neighborhood complaints Hyde Park had become a political hot potato. Thus new tenants AEG/Loud Sound acted accordingly.

Jim King, AEG Live Events director, explained, “We wanted to manage the whole process dynamically without having to turn [volume levels] down. We needed to set a system in place that would deal with the issues.” And with the Martin Audio MLA (of which King already had experience) Capital Sound provided the solution.

Thus just two weeks after The Killers had played to their largest audience ever through this system at Wembley Stadium, MLA headed across London to Hyde Park to demonstrate that the advance level of control would maintain an offsite level beneath the stipulated 75dB(A) threshold, raising the infield levels by as much as 6dB from previous years to around 100dB(A).

The low volume level had previously been the subject of audience complaints but the mandate set by Martin Audio and Capital Sound was to unite the audience in a single shared experience, with no compromise on sound levels.

It was the same story at the National Heritage-owned Kenwood House in Hampstead—another London landmark site traditionally blighted by neighborhood complaints until Cap Sound’s MLA came along.

But it has not only been at high profile music events that MLA has taken star billing. Believing system ownership would be a passport to securing greater local authority work, site service specialists WE Audio recently invested in an MLA Compact system and during the summer fielded it at events ranging from the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta to Bournemouth Air Show. With its ability to control offsite sound, WE Audio’s Wayne Barker is convinced that it will soon be adopted by local authorities.

Word about MLA and its groundbreaking claims have quickly migrated and its reputation has stretched far beyond British shores. The Japanese market, for one, has fallen in love with the system. MSI Japan fielded several systems that performed to no fewer than 177,000 people at Rock In Japan, while the mighty Hibino Sound has also purchased a system. Managing director, Ryoichi Hashimoto, confirmed that it would offer the same panacea. “We decided on the MLA investment because the promoters of summer outdoor festivals are increasingly demanding the absence of delay towers from festival sites and a need to solve offsite noise issues,” he said.

While Delicate Productions’ full MLA was out at the BottleRock Napa Valley Festival in California, 3G Productions equipped the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) dance festivals in New York, Chicago and Las Vegas—including a Martin Audio MLA. With eight of the world’s Top 10 DJs, and more than 200 acts performing on seven stages for over 350,000 attendees at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, MLA provided the power and coverage they needed inside the venue while controlling noise spillage to surrounding residential areas.

In addition to successful deployments of Martin Audio MLA and MLA Compact systems at a growing number of corporate and special events, On Stage Audio (OSA) of Chicago, Las Vegas and Nashville recently equipped the pavilion stage at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL with MLA, the first new PA system at North America’s oldest music festival in a decade.

SES (Special Event Services) of Winston Salem and Nashville recently supported the popular Avett Brothers on the first U.S. leg of their world tour with an MLA System 36. RMB Audio relied on an MLA Compact system to unite the audience with exceptional sound and coverage while preventing noise spillage at the Red Hat Amphitheater located within the city limits of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Nor have the worlds of classical music or top quality musical theater missed out. RG Jones continue to delight orchestras (as well as audiences) at the Raymond Gubbay Classical Spectaculars with MLA while the German production of Starlight Express celebrated its 25th anniversary at Bochum’s Stadionring by commissioning a permanently installed MLA Compact sound system to handle “the fastest musical in the universe”—with the full approval of Sir. Andrew Lloyd Webber!

But Martin Audio is far from a one-trick pony. The globally renowned Glastonbury Festival saw Martin Audio on duty at the main Pyramid Stage for the fifth consecutive time—but this time it was with the far-throw characteristics of the Martin Audio W8L Longbow line array system, which had proven itself outdoors at stadiums on the Take That tour the previous summer.

With visiting artists and sound engineers so complimentary about the W8L Longbow system last time Glastonbury was held, sound company RG Jones were comfortable that it would again meet all compliances and propagation tests set forth by the acoustics consultants and organizer Michael Eavis, and satisfy the vast crowds at the same time.

Summing up, Martin Audio MD Anthony Taylor, said, “It has been an amazing summer for the company. We are proud of the way in which our partners around the world are overcoming acoustic challenges by optimizing our premium systems for the benefit of concert-goers and neighbors alike.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

Christie Technology Solutions a Major Presence at Worship Facilities Conference and Expo

Christie® , a leader in providing digital display technology to the house of worship market, will display a range of solutions at Worship Facilities Conference and Expo (WFX) at the Dallas Convention Center October 2-4. The expo is the largest showcase of church-related products and services in America and the Christie booth will feature a variety of projection solutions all managed by the Christie Spyder X20 video processor.

Two blended Christie HD10K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors will be featured. With a combination of unparalleled image quality and low cost of ownership, the flexible Christie M Series of 3-chip DLP® projectors provides incomparable results in numerous applications. Available with WXGA, SX+, HD and WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution and providing up to 10,000:1 contrast ratio, the industry-leading Christie M Series is equipped with Christie Twist™, which enables edge blending and warping for smooth, clean images from multiple projectors.

The Christie booth will also draw attention to the new Christie LW720 3LCD projector. Featuring 7200 ANSI lumens with only a single lamp and 2500:1 contrast ratio for high brightness and deep and rich blacks, it also has one of the largest lens shift ranges*; giving customers more flexibility for installation locations in houses of worship, meeting rooms and classrooms.

Christie FHD551-W WeatherAll Flat Panel


Another highlight is the WeatherAll™ Christie FHD551-W flat panel. Introduced early this year, the weatherproof 55-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) LED edge lit LCD with optically bonded glass is designed to carry the message outdoors. Designed to withstand the elements, its high brightness LCD communicates to your audience regardless of weather conditions.

Christie is also showcasing the Christie DHD550-G 1-chip DLP® projector. Featuring Dynamic Contrast, which enhances images by increasing the contrast ratio to 5000:1, the Christie DHD550-G delivers superior image quality reliability and affordability in a single lamp design.

The Christie booth will also spotlight the award winning Nitro Solutions with a Christie YK50 dual-arm yoke supporting a Christie LX700 projector. The Christie YK50 is suitable for live events and staging applications in small- to mid-sized venues where moving video and lighting enhance the audience experience, but space is at a premium.

Also on display is a 1-unit wide by 5-unit tall Christie® MicroTiles® wall while two Christie HD14K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors will be utilized during the expo’s keynote address.

* varies on lens

Calrec Products and Support Help Maryland Public Television Win Emmy(R) Award for Audio

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — Oct. 1, 2013 — Longtime Calrec customer Maryland Public Television (MPT) has won an Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Audio from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for its mix of “America’s Veterans: A Musical Tribute,” an hour-long concert that was broadcast live on Maryland Public Television in Fall 2012. The show, featuring The United States Air Force (USAF) Band and the Singing Sergeants with guest stars Ruben Studdard and Anthony Kearns, was mixed live to air using two identical Calrec Alpha digital consoles, while a Calrec Hydra box provided additional I/O.

“Our goal for the ‘America’s Veterans’ program was not only to produce a network-quality concert in HD, but also to produce superior audio for a tape of the concert that would be shown to our troops around the world,” said Jim Bigwood, MPT audio supervisor and co-winner of the Emmy Award along with MPT staff mixer David Wainwright, freelance mixer Gordon Masters, and USAF Band mixer Master Sgt. Jim De Vaughn. “This show is always technically challenging because there are so many musicians and voices to contend with. Our Calrec Alpha consoles and Hydra networking system made routing audio around our facility a snap. I prebuilt the show memories on each console, so setup and testing on load-in day was easy.”

In order to mix the award-winning production, MPT had to accommodate 56 mic inputs in the studio. In total, there were more than 60 channels to mix, a difficult task for one person. To overcome that challenge, MPT used both of its Alpha 40-fader consoles, with two operators per console responsible for 20 faders each. One console handled all of the vocal tracks, while the other handled all of the instruments, tape rolls, host, and a submix from the vocal console, which were mixed together to create the broadcast feed. In addition, MPT routed each channel out to the Studio A prefader (with no EQ or dynamics) for the front-of-house and monitor mixer.

Another challenge was that MPT’s Hydra sound system had insufficient mic inputs for the show, so Calrec’s distributor Studio Consultants Inc. supplied an additional Hydra 24-input/eight-output box to augment MPT’s existing custom Hydra 32-input/16-output box in Studio A, enabling the required 56 mic inputs into the studio.

“Both Calrec and Studio Consultants Inc. have been great partners for MPT over the years. They are quick and responsive, and are constantly striving to help us maximize our Calrec system to its fullest extent,” Bigwood said. “In this case, they helped us acquire the extra I/O we needed and gave us great phone support to get it installed. It took fewer than 15 minutes to add the extra I/O.”

“Our relationship with MPT is a great example of how we and our partners work closely with customers to help them achieve their goals — in this case, an Emmy,” said Dave Letson, director of sales, Calrec America. “MPT is getting ready to produce the ‘America’s Veterans’ show again in November for the seventh year running, and Jim and his team can be sure that we’ll be there to help make it a success once again.”

Information about Calrec, its products, and primers is available at www.calrec.com and www.community.calrec.com.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Calrec/Emmy2013.zip
Photo Caption: From left to right: Master Sgt. Jim DeVaughn of The U.S. Air Force Band; Mr. James Bigwood, audio supervisor at Maryland Public Television; and Mr. Gordon Master, freelance audio engineer, formerly with MPT at the local Emmy(R) Awards ceremony.

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About Calrec Audio Ltd.
Calrec Audio, part of D&M Holdings Inc., is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for more than 40 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital consoles relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec. More information is available at www.calrec.com and www.community.calrec.com.

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Endemol Group Builds New Inter-City Intercom and A/V Transport Link on Riedel MediorNet and Artist

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Oct. 1, 2013 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that Endemol, the world’s largest independent television and digital production company, is using Riedel’s MediorNet real-time media network and Artist digital matrix intercom system to establish a fully redundant communications, A/V, and data link in the Netherlands. The system connects Ericsson, the distribution provider in Hilversum, with the Endemol Group headquarters in Amsterdam, where the studios and control room are located. The Amsterdam site is facilitated by DutchView. The system will be used to broadcast the FOX “Eredivisie” Football channel. MediorNet is used to get the live HD contribution feeds for all football matches to Endemol and the outputs of the production facility back to the Ericsson MCR and playout facility in Hilversum.

“With features such as embedding and de-embedding, frame stores, on-screen display, and time code insertion all standard on MediorNet, and with the tremendous flexibility and audio quality of the Artist system, Riedel was able to provide us with a versatile yet cost-effective fiber-based communications and A/V transport solution,” said Sjaak Vreeburg, manager resources at Endemol. “The Riedel solution made production a lot easier for us. Going forward, the modular design of the company’s equipment — and the ease with which a single engineer can configure, change, and control connections and signals — will allow us to adapt or expand the system as our needs evolve.”

As one of the world’s largest independent distributors of formats and finished programming, Endemol launches more than 50 new formats each year on broadcast networks around the world and distributes more than 29,000 hours of content. The company’s creative teams around the world are continuously developing new ideas, which they share across the Endemol network. The newly built system will be used for producing the Endemol Football programme that will be aired as a pay TV channel offering live broadcasts of all games of the Dutch Eredivisie.

The two facilities are connected via a redundant MediorNet Compact Pro system using two dark fiber links between the two locations. The 57- and 36-km-long connections transport up to 24 HD video signals between the MCR in Hilversum and the studio in Amsterdam. MADI audio, intercom, and data are also transported over these links. The company uses a Riedel CWDM interface to enable the transport of multiple signals over a single optical core.

Endemol uses two additional MediorNet Compact frames to connect the other studios within the Endemol facility. “Fibre for HD transport is the way to go, and since the processing is all within MediorNet, customers save time and money. All interfaces needed for broadcast are in the MediorNet solution,” said Wilbert Kooij, Riedel general manager for Benelux.

Within the Hilversum MCR, six Artist nodes not only provide intercom signals for the local control room and studios, but also route MADI audio to two Artist frames at the Amsterdam facility via the MediorNet network. The four-wire intercom signals are extracted from the MADI signal to provide for communications between the two facilities, and a separate MADI stream is connected to an audio mixer to enable staff in Amsterdam to listen remotely to all incoming audio sources in the Hilversum control room. More than 70 Artist 1100 OLED key panels are used for this application. While the Hilversum system uses a mix of Artist 128 and several smaller Artist systems, the installation in Amsterdam consists of two Artist 128 mainframes. Together with a DHD audio router, the installation uses a VSM server installation in Amsterdam to control the audio router that is used for remote access of the Artist installation and the control of the audio router feeding the program audio to the studio speakers. The MediorNet system is also managing the distribution of the external sync signal of the entire system from Hilversum to Amsterdam.

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Endemol.zip

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Sports Authority Field at Mile High Reaches New Heights with HARMAN’s JBL Professional Loudspeakers

NORTHRIDGE, California – Denver’s legendary Sports Authority Field at Mile High recently opened its 2013 season with high expectations for its resident NFL franchise, the Denver Broncos. Now, with a brand-new HARMAN’s JBL loudspeaker system, Broncos fans can also expect world-class audio quality, whether they’re sitting on the 50-yard-line or anywhere else in the stadium.

Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Parsons Electric installed the new audio system, which was designed by Dallas, Texas-based Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon and Williams, Inc. (WJHW). The upgraded system included a retrofit of the stadium’s scoreboard loudspeakers, as well as wholesale changes to the bowl loudspeakers.

“We pulled every speaker out of the bowl and scoreboard and replaced them with substantially larger speakers with more modern horns and better dispersion,” said David Potts, Field Engineer, Parsons Electric. “The previous system wasn’t bad, but it was really thin and it was dated, so they didn’t have an abundance of coverage and output.”

“The driving force behind the replacement of the audio system was the installation of new scoreboard and video displays along with addition of a full ribbon display on the fascia of the club level,” said Mark Graham, Associate, WJHW. “This fascia was previously the home of the loudspeakers that covered the lower deck and field side seating and as such, could not remain. The redesign added many new loudspeaker locations to the system, but since many of the existing locations were already wired with 10AWG cable, we reused most locations to make the best use of available budgets. We did have to step outside of our normal palette of design tools and use some custom-built loudspeakers to provide the required performance and sound coverage from these ‘pre-wired’ locations.”

Parsons Electric installed a total of 18 JBL loudspeakers flanking the scoreboard: 10 PD5342, six PD5212 and two AM5212 loudspeakers. The new bowl system now features 61 PD5342/64 loudspeakers, each paired with a JBL custom-made AL6212-WRX low-frequency loudspeaker. Every PD Series loudspeaker enclosure is treated with JBL’s WRX extreme weather protection.

“We did some steering to couple the low frequencies of the AL6212-WRX with the PD5342 loudspeakers,” Potts added.

The suite level now features 52 JBL custom-made CSMHS-DH12 weatherized loudspeakers, which each contain a 100-volt transformer. The suite level also features 26 AL6212-WRX weatherized devices.

Under the deck and upper bowl, 36 JBL CSAW-266 and CSAW-211 loudspeakers exist between “tusks” or large, forked beams.

With the Broncos off to a strong start and the new audio system in place, Broncos fans have good reason for excitement. “We now have a lot more SPL and the sound throughout the whole stadium has much more presence,” Potts said.

“Sports Authority Field at Mile High has the loudest crowd of any NFL stadium that I have been involved with and provides the backdrop for the high SPL products selected from the JBL Professional line as well as the custom loudspeakers used,” Graham concluded. “After the first two regular season games, both wins for the Broncos, the system is meeting our design expectations and more importantly, those of the fans!”

For more information on Parsons Electric, please visit www.parsonscorp.com

For more information on WJHW, please visit www.wjhw.com

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Beall

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.

HARMAN’s Martin Lights Famous Le Cornouaille Music Festival

QUIMPER, France — Renowned French music festival, Le Cornouaille, hosted several world-known artists including Steve Hackett (Genesis Revisited), Dan Ar Braz, Murray Head, Salif Keita, and Goran Bregovik among others. The festival, held in the French region of Brittany, featured 3 main stages each supported by several of HARMAN’s Martin lighting consoles and luminaires. French rental company SIWA provided the gear.

Lighting of the main stage, “Espace Gradlon,” was controlled with a brand new Martin M6 console operated by François Guillet of Lumières Utiles and Jo Nihouarn of SIWA. “The M6 T-Bar and CITP are very powerful tools for improvisation. The M6 allows me to choose media directly with media thumbs and crossfade smoothly between video cues and media speed. I really enjoy working with those two splendid tactile screens,” commented Guillet. The lighting desk was backed up with a networked M1 console. Additionally, 12 LC 2140 LED panels paired with a Maxedia compact were deployed.

The second stage, “L’Evéché,” was illuminated by a full LED design without the need of bulbs, discharge lamps or halogens. Controlled by a M1 console, the stage featured 8 Mac 350 Entour and 12 MAC Aura LED profile fixtures. “This is our second show with this green design that includes 60 fixtures, par cans, profile, Fresnel or LED Bar and only 3x10A,” explained Yves Guegan, CEO, SIWA. Maxime Saint Bonnet and Erwan Corre of SIWA controlled the lighting using a conventional desk plugged in with Martin’s DMX Interface to adjust the front lights and effect speeds. “The DMX Interface is a very simple feature of the M Series that provides good control solutions,” added Guegan.

“Saint Corentin” was the third stage reserved for Breton Dances, the traditional dance of the Brittany region. “Saint Corentin” was illuminated with 8 Mac 250 Entour controlled by an M1console.”

Espace Gradlon
1 M6
1 M1
1 playback MaxModul
1 Maxedia compact
1 MSD 5
12 LC2140
12 Mac Aura
12 Mac 700 Profile
4 Atomic

Eveche
1 M1
12 Mac Aura
6 Mac 350 Entour

St Corentin
1 M1
8 Mac 250 Entour

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 audio, lighting and infotainment 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 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

HARMAN’s AKG Wireless System in the Hands of Holy Light Church of Deliverance’s Bishops for Inspiring Services

VIENNA, Austria – Led by Bishop Samuel L Carruth, The Holy Light Church Of Deliverance has opened its doors for nearly 50 years for the St. Portsmouth, Virginia community. With an aging sound reinforcement system installed in the early ‘90s, Vicom was tasked with designing and supplying the house of worship with a new system to ensure the upbeat services were clearly heard among the crowd of devout attendees.

Six hanging loud speakers covered in carpet were previously hung and aimed incorrectly resulting in poor sound and high reverberation. The band was too loud and those in the pews couldn’t hear the choir. A Yamaha console was previously installed and a mixed set of wireless microphones were available – all deemed out of date by Vicom.

A complete HARMAN system, including 10 sets of AKG WMS4500 wireless was installed throughout the church to improve live sound and recording ability. Handheld C5 microphones are on hand as presenters take advantage of the entire stage during services.

The Church now boasts a Soundcraft Si Performer 3 digital console, with a Compact Stage Box for up to 56 channels of mixing ability. Dual clusters of four JBL VRX932 loudspeakers fill left and right sides with outstanding sound, while two VRX918 subwoofers were installed left and right on the ground. The loudspeakers are powered by Crown – eight total XTi 4002 and 6002 amplifiers.

“When we designed the HARMAN solution for the Holy Light Church, our main concern was clarifying the intelligibility of the vocals and band so any performance from a single speaker to a large ensemble would be completely audible; not bouncing off the walls,” stated Andrew Fantin, Sales Engineer, Vicom. “The church is very lively in its performances and many times they reach levels of 100db. The AKG microphones are put to the test from the second the service starts to the end of the day. The entire HARMAN solution was a natural progression for the pastors and audience.”

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.

Transmit HDMI and RS232 up to 230ft (70m) via one Cat5e/6 cable

MUXLAB LAUNCHES HDMI/RS232 EXTENDER KIT

Montreal, Canada – October 1 2013 – MuxLab Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of the newest addition to its HDMI line of products; the HDMI/RS232 Extender Kit (500454, 500454-RX). The kit allows HDMI equipment to be connected up to 230 ft (70 m) at all resolutions up to 1080p via one Cat 5e/6 unshielded twisted pair cable in a point-to-point configuration.

The Extender provides an easy to use solution for various applications such as digital signage, industrial and commercial AV systems, classroom projector systems, boardroom systems and medical information systems.

“The Extender supports all digital audio modes and RS232 which makes it an ideal choice for such a wide variety of applications” said Marc Bohbot, MuxLab’s Director of R&D.

The 500454 also has the ability to support 3D of HDMI 1.4 and bi-directional IR remote source control. The Kit includes an IR Emitter (MuxLab model 500998) and IR Sensor (MuxLab model 500999).

About MuxLab
MuxLab Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of connectivity solutions that allow CCTV and Audio-Video equipment to be connected via cost-efficient Cat5e/6 copper twisted pair in the structured cabling environment. For over 25 years, the MuxLab brand has been synonymous with quality, performance and reliability. MuxLab solutions streamline cabling by reducing material, space and installation costs. Even after installation, MuxLab products help save time and money by facilitating moves, adds, and changes.

HDMI/RS232 Extender Kit (500454)

Kramer Technology Consultant Pete Putman to Present and Chair at SMPTE’s 2013 Fall Technology Conference

Pete Putman, CTS, KT2B; owner and principal of ROAM Consulting and technology consultant for Kramer Electronics USA, will present, moderate, and also chair a session at the annual technology conference of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. The conference will be held from October 21 – 24 at the Loew’s Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, CA.

The Fall Technology Conference brings together many of the brightest minds in television and film production from around the world. Among the topics to be featured this year is Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV), also known as “4K.” The first day of the conference (Monday, October 21) will feature a 4K symposium with twin tracks (business and technical) focused on UHDTV.

Putman will present a paper during this session on the state of consumer UHDTV displays, titled“UHDTV Consumer Update: The Big Picture on Big Pictures.” Earlier in the day, Putman will also moderate a session titled, “4K Delivery: Who Will Step Up?” featuring panelists from Ericsson, eyeIO, and BskyB.

On Day 4 (Thursday, October 24), Putman will chair an afternoon session titled “More, Better, Faster Pixels.” The six presenters in this session will present on a diverse array of topics including new SMPTE standards for UHDTV, a compact 120−Hz 8K camera, multi−link 10 gigabit/second camera interfaces, and a new, immersive 4K hemispheric themed ride in Vancouver, BC.

Putman has been a member of SMPTE for over a decade and serves on the conference’s program committee. He also played keyboards in the SMPTE Jam Band at last year’s banquet and hopes to repeat that performance again in 2013!

For more information on the conference, please visit https://www.smpte.org/atc2013.

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Analog Way announces Pulse²


October 2013 – Analog Way is excited to introduce Pulse², a new versatile Mixer / Native Matrix Switcher. Pulse² is based on Analog Way’s new Midra™ platform, the core of a brand new line of mid-range Mixers / Seamless Switchers. The Midra™ platform consists of 6 products: QuickVu, QuickMatriX, SmartMatriX², Saphyr, Eikos² and Pulse².

Analog Way is pleased to renew its line of mid-range Mixers Seamless Switchers with the Midra™ platform. Based on Midra™, the Pulse² offers a new design and innovative functionalities, including some advanced features inherited from the LiveCore™ series, Analog Way’s range of Premium Presentation Mixers.

A new architecture
Compared to the Pulse which was launched in 2009, the new Pulse² benefits from several major improvements, bringing the product to the next level. Pulse² comes in a 2RU enclosure with a deeper chassis, ensuring better air circulation and cooling of the device.
The product offers upgraded connectivity, through 8 seamless inputs and 14 input plugs: 4 x Universal Analog, 4 x DVI-D, 4 x HDMI and 2 x 3G-SDI plugs. Thanks to the CleanCut effect, the Pulse² can operate fast and seamlessly switch between any of its 14 input plugs without fade through black or loss of sync.
EDID management is now standard for inputs 1 through 6 for computer sources.
Pulse² features a matrix mode with 2 outputs. To fit any display resolution, including non-standard formats like LED walls and rear-projection cubes, Pulse² offers custom output format management.

Ultra-performing processing with smart functionalities
Thanks to optimized programming and a new architecture, the Pulse² offers Fast Seamless Switching, with a 50% speed gain in control parameter response. The de-interlacing process on the Pulse² was significantly improved, similar in quality to the process available on the LiveCore™ series.
Pulse²offers two frame layers, with background and foreground positions. Thanks to the new Quick Frame function, a foreground frame can quickly hide all other layers when necessary.
Preset management was also optimized, and the Pulse² offers smart functions such as Swap and Split. Available using hot keys, these functions allow users to switch between a PIP and a live background source (Swap), or the display of two PIPs side-by-side on a colored or frame background (Split).

Advanced audio management
Major new assets available on the Midra™ generation of Mixers Seamless Switchers also include advanced management of audio and embedded audio. The Pulse² can easily embed or de-embed digital audio on HDMI and DVI-D connectors on inputs and outputs, ensuring better processing and quality of the video and audio mix.
The signal to noise ratio was notably improved, and fine-tuning of the gain on analog signals can be easily made through a comprehensive audio section available on the machine user interface. Routing mode allows the audio of any input to be associated to any output.

A new user interface: the RCS²
The RCS² is a user-friendly graphic interface designed for the Midra™ platform, and inspired by the Web RCS of the LiveCore™ series.
As an AIR application, the RCS² is compatible with Windows, Mac OS and Linux. It offers 3 main sections to setup and control the Pulse²: Setup, Edit and Live.
The section to control audio signals includes the main elements of an audio console, including a potentiometer and a VU meter.
The Midra™ series can also be controlled by several Analog Way’s Remote Controllers, including Orchestra and Vertige (available 1st semester 2014).

All products based on the Midra™ platform received Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certification.
Analog Way’s new Pulse² will be demonstrated at several international tradeshows starting October 2013: InfoComm Middle East & Africa (United Arab Emirates – Booth #TA-115), Satis (France – Booth #D65) and LDI (United States of America – Booth #2231).

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