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VMP Features ER-148 Equipment Rack with New ER-148-4PKIT Expansion Kit at 2013 ISC East

STEVENSVILLE, Md., Nov. 18, 2013 — Video Mount Products (videomount.com), a leading provider of mounting solutions for the security, commercial, residential, and pro audio/video markets, is proud to announce it will feature its ER-148 equipment rack with the new ER-148-4PKIT 2-post expansion kit during ISC East 2013, held in New York from Nov. 20-21 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, booth 442. Both models are now shipping.

“Space is at a premium in many commercial and residential AV and security applications,” explained Keith Fulmer, president of VMP. “Thermal and cable management issues also continue to lead the list of complaints for professionals installing rack-mountable electronics in small or enclosed spaces, and VMP offers numerous solutions to help answer these concerns. By providing easy-to-assemble, vented, functional, and compatible racks, shelves, brackets, mounts and accessories, VMP meets the challenges faced by such tight and component-laden commercial, home theater, and other low voltage installations. The ER-148 is an example of just such a valuable tool.”

The ER-148-4PKIT is an easily installed expansion kit for the ER-148 rack that converts VMP’s popular two-post rack to a four-post rack and adds even more versatility.

Features of the ER-148 19-inch Headend Equipment Rack include:
• Rail Height – 48 inches
• 400 lb. load capacity
• EIA Compliant
• 27 Rack spaces
• Standard 10-32 threading
• Includes 32 rack screws
• Steel construction
• Black static resistant powder coat finish
• MSRP: $169.95

Features of the ER-148-4PKIT Expansion Kit include:
• Standard 10-32 threading in expansion posts
• Includes side stabilizing bars
• Steel construction
• Black static resistant powder coat
• MSRP: $111.95

“Now shipping, the ER-148 and ER-148-4PKIT are durable and practical solutions installers have come to expect from Video Mount Products,” Fulmer concluded.

For more information on the ER-148 and ER-148-4PKIT, please visit www.videomount.com or call toll free 877-281-2169. If you need help choosing the right mount for your application, try the Video Mount Finder at www.chooseamount.com.

About Video Mount Products
Born in 1994, Video Mount Products (VMP) is a leading provider of mounting solutions for the A/V, communication and security industries. VMP products consistently offer the latest designs in safety and flexibility, all at an outstanding value. VMP’s product offering continues to grow by adding mounting systems to address growing segments across many markets.

VMP has become the mounting systems company of choice for professionals and their customers everywhere. All products have been engineered for and installed with confidence in thousands of residences, businesses, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and security applications throughout the world. VMP prides itself on providing the best products in the industry and by supporting those products with knowledgeable professionals who understand that “support” is the core of our business.

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Portland Thorns FC Stream Championship Season with Broadcast Pix

Billerica, Massachusetts – Fans of Portland Thorns FC, a professional women’s soccer team and part of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), were able to watch home games during the team’s 2013 championship season live on the Web via HD streaming video. The coverage was produced through a unique sharing of stadium resources anchored by a Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 1000 integrated production system.

Both Thorns FC and the Portland Timbers Major League Soccer (MLS) team, owned by Peregrine Sports LLC, play at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore. While Thorns FC wanted an online presence for the league’s inaugural season, the club opted not to invest in an entirely new control room.

Instead, built in a space originally designated as an audio booth for the stadium’s main control room, an area was established specifically for streaming Thorns FC matches. Using video output from the existing Granite 1000 production switcher allocated for in-stadium video wall presentations, combined with audio from the radio broadcast, each Web production was managed by a single operator. Dave Spraker of spraker.tv, who served as the integrator for the project, said it was essential to “leverage the existing Broadcast Pix system to do a second show.”

The Web streaming room, built around a 27-inch iMac, receives an output from the Granite 1000 via HD-SDI cable, which is fed into a Magma ExpressBox 3T Thunderbolt PCIe expansion box equipped with a Blackmagic Design DeckLink Quad HD capture card. Streaming is handled through Telestream’s Wirecast software. The room also includes dual touchscreens that serve as mirror displays of the main control room’s customized multi-view, which is part of the Granite’s built-in toolset.

In an effort to avoid the expense of an additional control panel, streaming productions are managed using iPixPanel, Broadcast Pix’s iPad-based virtual control interface. Matt Smith, director of broadcasting for the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC, said iPixPanel was a far better solution than keyboard and mouse-based control, especially when trying to TD a soccer match with shared resources. “It was a nice solution to be able to use the iPad,” he added. “That was the way to go.”

The system was installed in February, shortly before the Timbers began preseason and well in advance of Thorns FC’s first home game on April 21. Nine of 11 home games were streamed live to www.portlandthornsfc.com during the season. (The additional home games were televised by Fox Soccer.) The NWSL also partnered with YouTube to provide live and on-demand access to matches online.

Smith thought the Thorns FC streaming video game coverage was among the best in the league. He said Thorns FC had a very successful following on the Web that grew as the season progressed. “We knew there would be great interest in the team,” he recalled, “and we wanted to offer a high definition option for fans who wanted to see Thorns FC games online.”

The simultaneous productions were not entirely different, just tailored to suit the two audiences. The main production, designed for the large video wall in the south end of the stadium, included full-screen graphics, sponsorship messages, and extensive replays. The streaming presentation, however, had much fewer replays, as it was aimed at an online audience solely relying on the video stream to follow the action.

While most of the streaming coverage was simply a line cut of the in-stadium production, the Web director could take any source independently using the iPixPanel and coordinate with the stadium director on headset. For example, the streaming production could take the main game camera during replays or commercials, or switch to a stadium “beauty cam” during halftime. “It worked really well,” Smith said.

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems with end-to-end integration, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and external control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to large sophisticated control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, streaming, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix and Granite are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

Hob Sound Adds HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression To Its One-Man Show

FRAMINGHAM, Massachusetts – Rob Bernstein, the sole owner of Hob Sound, recently purchased a HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 2 to accommodate his production and mixing needs. As a one-man business that provides sound equipment for a wide range of events, Bernstein requires an equally versatile console to match his needs.

The Soundcraft Si Expression console is the complete solution for all of Bernstein’s mixing requirements. Versatility is an understatement when it comes to this digital board with recallable features and analog-type controls. In addition, the Si Expression Series comes with GEQ effects on every bus as well as built-in Lexicon effects.

Within 15 minutes of working with the Si Expression, Bernstein was amazed at the quality of the console. “Its versatility blows anything else out of the water,” he said. “Having the graphic EQ’s available to all the buses is a huge advantage, and combined with the availability of compressors on each channel, this console replaces a lot of gear. This is critical to my operation, since I cannot haul all those additional racks by myself.”

The Soundcraft Si Expression comes with tons of features that make it easy to use and convenient to set up, which is highly appealing to sound engineers managing multiple events. ‘1 Control = 1 Function’ ensures that there is never any layering of controls. The One Touch Easy Mix (TOTEM) allows a single key to mix to an AUX, FX or Matrix bus. The Si Expression also features FaderGlow™ color-coded illuminated faders and a range of connectivity and network cards. It combines the utility of a digital console with the simplicity of an analog one.

“I love how much faster it is to set up for an event, due to the recallable features,” Bernstein added. “Even though this is my first digital board, it retains the simple feel and authentic sound of an analog board that I have grown accustomed to in my decades of experience. Also, I no longer have to worry about choosing which channel gets compressed or gated.”

Hob Sound recently mixed a show with the local band The Fools in the Boston area. “The Si Expression sounded great, and it is everything that I need from a console,” according to Bernstein.

The Si Expression 2 console was purchased through Pro Audio Star (www.proaudiostar.com).

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. 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 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

Middle Atlantic Brings Under Table Rackmounting to Meeting Spaces

Fairfield, NJ –– In a movement to simplify and speed the installation of equipment in meeting spaces, Middle Atlantic Products is unveiling the TechPed™ Series Technology Pedestal. Designed to provide localized and discrete equipment mounting in huddle rooms, conference rooms and other collaboration spaces, the TechPed is a simple to integrate, easy to service conference table support system that houses equipment and cables.

The TechPed incorporates the company’s Frame to Furniture™ design, an installer-friendly approach that eliminates long waits, speeds up integration and reduces the effects of transit damage. The inner steel rack frame ships directly from stock, allowing integrators to begin the integration of the system immediately. The outer surfaces are shipped separately to the installation site or shop and can be quickly and easily attached to the core structure to cover the metal and complete the installation.

Quick and simplified system maintenance is made possible by the TechPed’s removable side panels and the inclusion of the patent-pending Lever Lock™ tool-free internal management system, which maximizes rack space and cable management options within the side channel of the pedestal.

Available in 3 sizes and a wide range of standard color choices, a custom millwork kit option is also available that provides detailed shop drawings for a woodworker to create a customized look for the TechPed and mounting hardware to attach it to the frame.

For more information about the TechPed and Frame to Furniture™ solutions from Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

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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

PixelFLEX Presenting New 9mm High-Resolution LED Video Curtain at LDI 2013

The industry’s leading provider of flexible and lightweight LED video screens, PixelFLEX, will be presenting a new 9mm high-resolution curtain video panel at LDI 2013 later this week (Booth 669). The 9mm curtain video panel joins PixelFLEX’s new line of high-resolution video panels that are taking the industry standard to another level with flexible LED screens delivering stunning visuals at cost-effective prices.

The 9mm panel, which is 10.49’ x 2.62’ in size, allows for easily made personalized modifications, providing a video content delivery solution to meet any need. Offering an optimal visual distance at 7m, each 9mm curtain video screen weighs approximately 10.4/sq.m (23 lbs), which is 70-80 percent less than most other high-resolution LED video screens of this size.

“With the introduction of our 9mm video curtain, we now have a complete line of high-resolution solutions to meet the diverse needs of churches, touring musicians and businesses, among others,” said Jeremy Byrd, PixelFLEX’s founder and president. “Video is a critical component of marketing, branding and customer engagement efforts, and the 9mm curtain, as well as our other high-resolution panels, will provide tremendous flexibility – both physically and conceptually – to our customers.”

PixelFLEX’s LED curtains are able to deliver an assortment of video display options that are simple to operate and set up – videos and images can be sent to the screen using any computer with a DVI-D connection. The curtains are able to bend, shape and form around structures to adapt to any stage or setting for a more flexible and innovative display effect. In addition to the infinite potential uses for a varied visual appeal, the panels can be stored and shipped in a single road case, eliminating logistics hassles and minimizing transportation costs in one simple step.

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

PixelFLEX customers include Luke Bryan, Rodney Atkins, Darius Rucker, Joel Osteen, Google Science Fair, Skillet, Boots & Hearts Festival, Jeremy Camp, University of Iowa, Student Life and Second Baptist Church. Visit PixelFLEX at Booth 669 during LDI 2013 this coming weekend.

For more information on PixelFLEX’s 9mm LED curtain video screen, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

Triad Speakers Appoints Independent Sales Rep Firms in Michigan and Upstate New York

Portland, OR – November 18, 2013 – Custom loudspeaker manufacturer Triad Speakers, Inc. today announced the appointment of On The Road AV to represent the company in Michigan and Pro Audio Associates for upstate New York.

“Jeff Fuerstenberg of On The Road AV is a successful and hard working sales representative and we are pleased to add him to our team,” says Triad Speakers Director of North American Sales Bruce Franklin.

Triad's Director of North American Sales, Bruce Franklin

Triad has expanded the region of its New England Rep Firm, Pro Audio Associates, Inc. to include upstate New York. “John Eibye, who will be primarily responsible for this region, has strong relationships with the dealers there,” says Franklin.

About Triad Speakers
Established in 1982 by President Larry Pexton (a founding member and Vice Chairman of CEDIA), Triad Speakers, Inc. is a steadily growing provider of complete loudspeaker solutions for multi-room residential and home theater system applications. A top choice by many custom integrators nationwide, Triad has made significant advancements in the arena of front-channel speakers, surrounds, subwoofers, distributed audio speakers via enclosed in-wall, in-ceiling, on-wall and freestanding designs. Over 80% of Triad’s products are manufactured daily in Portland Oregon, in a pure build to order operation with no work in progress and no finished goods inventory of the US built products. In the 2006 – 2010 Inside Track Supplier Loyalty Tests, Triad ranked #1 in the category of Custom Installation Company. www.triadspeakers.com and www.facebook.com/triadspeakersfans

Renkus-Heinz Helps Schengenfest Cap the Summer Season

Vinica, Slovenia – November, 2013…. Now in its sixth year, Schengenfest has quickly become Slovenia’s largest and most popular summer music festival. Held in the world-renowned Krajinski Park on the banks of the River Kolpa, the show’s three-day ticket includes dozens of bands and DJs on three stages, as well as free camping, an amusement park, a theater, games, workshops, and more.

This year’s lineup included UK rockers Skunk Anansie, Belgium’s Triggerfinger, and German reggae artists Gentlemen and the Evolution, as well as an all-star roster of DJs from the US and Europe. Performances spanned three stages, with audio provided by one of the country’s largest concert providers, Turjak-based Akustika Pirman.

The Main Stage was outfitted with a massive Renkus-Heinz line array, with 16 VLX3 cabinets and 24 DRS18-2B subwoofers per side. Five PN102 cabinets provided front fill, with six PN102LA boxes per side deployed from the FOH roof to cover the area shaded by it. Analog and digital were represented at FOH, with DiGiCo SD8 and Soundcraft MH-3 48 consoles. Xilica XP-4080 processors handle system processing, with Lab.gruppen amplification. Stage monitors were also Renkus-Heinz, including 12 PNX151 wedges, side fills with DRS18-2B subs, and a PNX121 and DRS18 rig for drum fill.

The Electro Stage was an ongoing DJ party, pumped up with left and right arrays of 12 STXLA/9 cabinets, with bass amply covered by 16 DRS18-2B subs. Monitors for the DJ included an IC Live SUB IC215 and two PN102LA cabinets per side, along with six more PNX121 boxes for additional monitoring. A DiGiCo SD11 console handled FOH mix, with XTA processing and Lab.gruppen amps.

Over at the smaller, more intimate riverfront Beach Stage, a single TRX151T and DRS18 sub per side handled PA duties, with PNX121 boxes for monitoring.

“I knew we needed a truly powerful setup for this event, as we were expecting a huge crowd,” says system engineer Ales Dravinec. “We wanted to create a system that would deliver excellent throw across the entire frequency range, and we came up with a system that gave us not just great coverage, but headroom to spare. Setup was straightforward and effortless as well. Bravo, Renkus-Heinz!”

Akustika Pirman’s Metod Komatar adds, “As one of Slovenia’s largest rental companies, we work on a wide range of events, from national celebrations and congresses to concerts, TV shows, and many others. We use Renkus-Heinz systems exclusively because they deliver powerful performance, they are dependable, and they sound great.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

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