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Masque Sound’s Custom Audio Equipment Package Docks at New York City’s Vineyard Theatre for New Musical, The Landing

TheLanding_Frankie Seratch and Paul Anthony Stewart - Photos by Carol Rosegg

When The Landing, the first collaboration between legendary theater composer John Kander and gifted playwright Greg Pierce, arrived at New York’s Vineyard Theatre on October 3rd, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, was on board to provide sound designer Nevin Steinberg with a custom audio equipment package for the new musical.

A beautiful and haunting new musical, The Landing comprises three thematically connected tales of desire, love and loss. Starring Tony- and Emmy Award-winner David Hyde Pierce, along with Julia Murney, Paul Anthony Stewart and Frankie Seratch, and directed by Tony Award-winner Walter Bobbie, The Landing is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award.

The Landing_Julia Murney and David Hyde Pierce - Photos by Carol Rosegg

In designing the sound for The Landing, Steinberg wanted to maintain a very natural feel. “The Vineyard is a very small, intimate theater, and the play itself is a four-character musical with a four-piece orchestra, so my hope was to create an unobtrusive amplification system,” he says. “Of course, speaker selection was very important. The speakers I chose for this production supply a very diffuse amplification. It’s just a little bit unfocused, and I find that in a small space that tends to work pretty well.”

Steinberg employed several speakers from L-ACOUSTICS, including the company’s 112Ps and 108As. “These L-ACOUSTICS models provide a very pleasing sound and a very wide dispersion pattern both horizontally and vertically,” he adds. “I knew that they would work well for this project, so I was very specific about what I wanted. As always, Masque Sound was happy to fulfill this request. We’ve worked on various projects throughout the years, and they’ve always been very supportive and attentive to the needs of the production and also to me, the designer. I really value my relationship with everyone there.”

One of the main challenges that Steinberg faced focused on where to put the musicians, since the Vineyard Theatre has no dedicated orchestra pit. To overcome this, Steinberg split the orchestra into two halves and placed them in the balconies on the house left and right side of the audience. He positioned the percussionist and piano player/conductor on one side and the woodwind and cello players on the other. While this is often not the preferred setup as it can make communication difficult, in the case of The Landing, it suited the style of the production very well. Masque Sound was able to assist this unconventional setup by providing each musician with an audio and video monitor, so that each player could clearly see the conductor and have his and her own audio mix.

Masque Sound’s custom audio equipment package also included an AVID SC-48 compact digital console, which Steinberg likes for its great routing and effects options. The orchestra is reinforced using DPA and Neumann microphones. Because the actors are continuously onstage throughout the show, each performer is double mic’d with a combination of DPA and Sennheiser wireless microphones. Masque Sound also provided frequency coordination for the 10 channels of wireless in use.

“One of the nice things about Masque Sound is that when there is a challenge or a budgetary issue, they are very quick to help solve the problem,” notes Steinberg. “They always offer good solutions, and having them as the rental shop on my projects allows me to focus on other issues and not have to worry about anything related to the equipment. They consistently do a wonderful job.”

The Landing had its world premiere on October 3rd and is slated to run through November 24th at the Vineyard Theatre, located on 108 East 15th Street in downtown Manhattan in the heart of historic Union Square.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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Waves Audio 2013 AES Convention Press Kit

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LynTec Products on Display at LDI 2013

Remote Power Control Mobile (RPCM)
Launching at LDI 2013 is LynTec’s all-new Remote Power Control Mobile (RPCM) — the first intelligent power distribution panel to bring three new features to the mobile power distribution market. First, the RPCM uses switch-grade motorized circuit breakers to provide remotely managed electrical protection and on/off control within a single enclosure. Second, the unit offers current monitoring at the branch circuit level — enabling real-time current draw on a branch breaker, phase, or panel basis in addition to notification alarms that alert users of electrical panel anomalies via text or email. Third, the RPCM’s built-in Web server enables users to monitor and control distribution with ease directly on the network from a Web interface on any browser-enabled smart device. RPCM also interfaces with most third-party control systems using IP, DMX, and sACN protocols.

Ideal for temporary live events in settings including houses of worship, stadiums, and theaters, the RPCM provides direct on/off control for LED lighting and takes loads out of standby mode by directly shutting down circuits — reducing energy and system maintenance costs, and facilitating more sustainable setups within a portable, road case design.

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Remote Power Controller (RPC) — New Version!
Lyntec’s Remote Power Controller (RPC) Series Panel version 2 combines the latest motorized breaker technology with a new and improved controller featuring more memory, a faster processor for real-time monitoring down to the circuit level, and the capacity to use multiple control protocols simultaneously — now including sACN. These new features complement the device’s onboard server with network or smart-device access, load-specified switch-grade motorized circuit breakers, built-in auto-off brownout protection using controlled circuit breaker shut-down and restart, optional sequential circuit level on/off capabilities, and ability to interface with third-party control systems via contact closure, TCP/IP, DMX, or RS-232.

This new version also provides the market’s only auto-on function to activate egress lighting via contact closure inputs from fire alarms in the event of an emergency. Supporting UL924 requirements, the upgrade replaces the need for separate emergency lighting panels and high voltage switches. The software also turns on lighting circuits regardless of control protocol or zone assignment — similar to the function of existing emergency-off or kill features used for silencing sound reinforcement systems during alarms.

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RPCR Relay Panel
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. Based on LynTec’s popular RPC series panel, the RPCR brings branch circuit control and monitoring to any existing breaker panel, regardless of brand, make, or model. The unit combines relay functionality with a built-in Web server to provide remote electrical control to applications, including LED lighting, powered amplifiers, and energy management programs. Additionally, a Web-enabled browser-based interface allows users to set up, troubleshoot, control, and monitor relay status remotely across existing networks — resulting in simpler, more efficient power management from any computer, tablet, or handheld smart device. The point-and-click interface enables users to set up zones easily, perform sequential on/off switching and scheduling, activate emergency overrides, and provide dependable brownout protection.

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“At LDI 2013 LynTec will introduce the first intelligent mobile power distribution panel, our new RPCM, which is based on our trusted RPC controller and offers a built-in Web server so anyone on the network with access to a browser can set up, control, and monitor their power. In addition, we will have our RPC family of remote power control systems for the installed sound, lighting, and video industries on display, including the RPCR relay panel and new features such as the market’s only emergency auto-on function for egress lighting requirements. This year’s show is a very exciting event for our company, and we look forward to sharing all our latest innovations with attendees!”
– Mark Bishop, president of LynTec

Company Overview:
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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Martin Audio Appoints Colon As Western Regional Sales Manager

Left to right: Michael Colon, Rob Hofkamp

Waterloo, ONT––Martin Audio has announced the appointment of Michael Colon as Western Regional Sales Manager for North America.

Colon, a respected industry veteran with a highly successful track record in audio, first began his affiliation with Martin Audio in 1998 when his company MC Marketing represented the brand in southern California and southern Nevada.

More recently, Michael served as National Sales Manager for Group One Ltd., working with brands such as XTA and MC2 Audio. He also worked as Eastern Regional Sales Manager for Lake Technologies, Dolby Laboratories.

Prior to that, Colon was Western Regional Sales Manager for Crest Audio where he brought to fruition a number of high-profile sound reinforcement installations in the region, including the convention center at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas and a series of major live sound venues and night clubs in Hollywood, CA.

Commenting on Michael’s appointment, Martin Audio Director of U.S. Operations Rob Hofkamp said, “Having had the opportunity to work with Michael when he was a rep and later in a factory role, my decision was easy. I am thrilled to have him join our team at Martin Audio and convinced that his knowledge and passion for excellence will work to support our partners.”

Asked about his new position, Colon stated, “I couldn’t be more excited to be part of the Martin Audio sales team. It’s such an honor to be working with one of the most respected loudspeaker manufacturers in the world. I look forward to this opportunity and a great future with the company.”

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

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Experience Church.tv Improves Multi-Camera Production with JVC GY-HM600 ProHD Camera

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced Experience Church.tv, based in Puyallup, Wash., is using a GY-HM600 ProHD handheld camcorder as part of a multi-camera HD production that provides image magnification (I-MAG) for its live congregation during services and streaming video for online viewers.

Known for its high-energy live services, Experience Church.tv embraces AV technology as a tool to help share its message with its local congregation and its ministry around the world. The church purchased the GY-HM600 in May and has mounted the lightweight camera on a jib for dynamic moving images. The camera’s built-in BNC connector for SDI output provides a reliable connection for jib use.

“For us, it was about the lens quality and the size of the camera to use on our jib,” explained Dennis Cummins, pastor. “It’s a huge lens in a compact frame. That keeps the weight down for use on the jib.”

The church’s multi-camera setup also includes two Grass Valley LDK 4000s on sticks, one handheld JVC GY-HD250, and two GoPro cameras, which are positioned on stage to highlight musicians in cutaway shots. “I was amazed how good the JVC looks in comparison to the LDK4000s,” Cummins noted. “The colors are rich and vibrant, and it reacts well to our lit stage. We purchased one, but will be adding to it soon. With the quality of the lens, we are looking to use it in more places.”

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, with West Coast operations in Long Beach, California, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, D-ILA front projection systems, and Super LoLux HD video security products. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

BenQ Becomes Canada’s Favorite 1080p Projector Company

World’s No. 1 DLP(R) Projector Brand Soars Atop Canadian Marketplace With Largest Volume of 1080p Projectors Sold

TORONTO — Oct. 23, 2013 — BenQ Canada Corp., the world’s No. 1 DLP(R) projector brand and globally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today announced that the company has surpassed competition to become the top-selling 1080p projector brand in Canada for Q2 2013 according to a recent study by Futuresource Consulting. With the release of its W1070 — the first 1080p 3D projector for under $1,000 — and SH910 — the high-brightness 1080p projector designed for large spaces — BenQ has brought premium cinematic and multimedia experiences to more Canadian home theaters, corporate settings, and educational institutions than ever before.

With increased market share to 36.73 percent in the 1080p home projector category and 34.85 percent in the overall 1080p projector category, more Canadian consumers are turning to BenQ’s 1080p projectors to bring price-defying full HD picture quality, 3D content, and high-brightness capabilities to their living rooms, boardrooms, and classroom environments. Based on 2013 Q2 data collected by Futuresource Consulting, BenQ’s ascent atop Canada’s 1080p marketplace is credited to the company’s commitment to releasing market-changing products that combine forward-thinking innovations and consumer-friendly prices.

“The introduction of BenQ’s price-defying W1070 was a major turning point for our industry,” said Lars Yoder, President of BenQ America Corp. “At under $1,000, the unit delivers unheard of performance value by making advanced features, typically reserved for higher-priced models, more accessible to consumers. As we continue to develop and grow into a full display provider of projector, monitor, and digital signage products, we are thrilled to be Canada’s top 1080p projector brand and look forward to releasing more leading-edge solutions in the very near future.”

Supported by a forward-thinking company culture and commitment to category development, BenQ continues to lead the projector marketplace with innovations such as the world’s first built-in 5GHz wireless FHD (WHDI(TM)) projector and the development of Colorific(TM) image quality, which brings more accurate color representation, crisper contrasts, and longer-lasting quality to produce more than one billion stunning colors. In Canada since 2003, BenQ has also lowered the total cost of ownership of its devices through the company’s world-leading SmartEco(TM) technology — allowing projectors to automatically adjust lamp power based on content needs, resulting in increased energy efficiency and up to 10,000 hours of maximum lamp life.

More information about BenQ’s full line of products is available at www.BenQ.ca.

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About BenQ Canada 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 Canada 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.ca.

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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HARMAN Professional Introduces JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ Version 1.6

NORTHRIDGE, California – HARMAN Professional today announced the latest update to its patented, award-winning live sound system configuration and control application software, JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™. Version 1.6 features improved group muting controls and a new library cleanup tool, along with several other updates including the ability to save files with EQ in Line Array Calculator Tapering/Shading mode and open them in multiple arrays.

JBL HiQnet Performance Manager offers reduced design time, simplified networking, and automated control interface configuration in a true workflow-based user experience for live performance installation professionals. Offered in version 1.6 is the new I-Tech 4×3500 HD firmware version 1042, a critical update for front display operation, a new array and ground stack Auto Amplify button to help guide automatic amplification of loudspeakers, and Group Muting and Signal Generator controls are now available in Test System mode. When selecting groups within the Group list, the affected loudspeakers are now highlighted in the main workspace to aid navigation.

In addition, each Array or Ground Stack now has its own mute button to facilitate left/right testing, time alignment and tuning, as well as the ability to amplify speaker groups from the Configure Array dialog. Overall subwoofer array delay is now completely separate from individual subwoofer electronic delay steering (EDS) delays and the delay panels now show these as two separate values. This new feature allows for more sophisticated low frequency steering for either cardioid or front-firing subwoofer arrays while providing a convenient interface for global system time alignment.

The updated version also provides users with a new library cleanup tool, which helps to eliminate the accumulation of inadvertently large files for archived Custom Racks and Generic Speakers. A new “Clean” button has been added to both the Add Speakers and Add Amplifiers modes to remove custom racks and generic loudspeakers not in the current file from the disk library, as well as the file itself.

“JBL HiQnet Performance Manager version 1.6 further proves our commitment to providing the most complete and useful live sound system configuration and control tool,” said Paul Bauman, Associate Director – Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “Our customers want to be able to tweak every aspect of the sound design to optimize performance for the specific requirements of any venue and show. Performance Manager provides a user interface that is easy to use in the field, allowing our customers to achieve the best possible performance.”

Performance Manager is available for purchase via license key on the HiQnet website. For more information please visit: hiqnet.harmanpro.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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