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Modern Touch Installs Meyer Sound MM-4XP at Four Seasons Graffiti Lounge in Cairo

In Egypt’s Four Seasons Hotel Cairo, the Graffiti Bar and Lounge has created a guest environment that is both relaxing and lively, depending on the time of the day. To ensure optimal audio quality for Graffiti’s requirements, Cairo-based Modern Touch has installed a discreet yet powerful Meyer Sound system based around the MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers. The system works in conjunction with a series of 4K-ready atmosphere media display panels that deliver a variety of high-quality visuals.

“Graffiti Lounge is a new concept for the Four Seasons, and is intended to be fresh, funky, and colorful,” says Magued Makram, co-founder and managing director of Modern Touch. “People can sit and enjoy a drink over ambient background music, but as the evening progresses, the mood heats up with DJ sets and live performances.”

Graffiti Lounge’s system consists of 22 MM-4XP loudspeakers and one MM-10 subwoofer. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor supplies system drive and optimization. The system was installed by Modern Touch engineer Hany Naguib.

“Self-powered loudspeakers cut down on rack space,” says Makram. “And it’s also highly beneficial that the MM-4XPs are so compact and easy to mount. They have a max peak SPL of 113 dB, which allows the system to cover everything from very minimal background music to full-on DJ sets.”

The loudspeakers fit seamlessly into the lounge’s sleek aesthetic, which is balanced by the two sets of atmosphere media display panels. The panel configurations display elemental visuals, such as waterfalls and sunrises.

“This project was really the brainchild of Rony Gad El Rab, the Four Seasons’ food and beverage director,” says Makram. “He’s very content with the system, to the extent that he shows everyone passing through the lounge what it can do.”

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Mizmor HD Productions Turns to HARMAN’s Studer

TEL AVIV, Israel – Mizmor HD Productions, based in Tel Aviv, has recently purchased a 32-fader HARMAN Studer Vista 1 digital console through Kilim Electronics, Studer’s Israeli distributor.

Under the direction of Daniel Lankry, Mizmor HD has grown steadily since being founded in 1992 and today has four sophisticated HD OB vans, including the largest in Israel, broadcasting mainly sport and national events. It is in this OB, which can accommodate up to 14 cameras, that the Vista 1 and Compact Stagebox have been installed, replacing the previous analogue console.

After considering all options, the purchasing decision was based on the superior facilities of the Studer console and the service/backup Mizmor knew it would receive from Kilim Electronics.

The Vista 1 is a transportable all-in-one digital mixing console for broadcast, live and production use, with the control surface, I/O system, DSP and power supplies all contained within the console. This makes it the ideal choice when space is restricted, such as in OB and ENG vans.

Thanks to the patented Vistonics™ user interface, with 40 on-screen rotary knobs, the Vista 1’s look and feel is identical to that of the larger, more sophisticated Vistas.

The OB van’s technicians say their excitement on taking delivery was eclipsed by the speed of installation (which they undertook themselves). They then discovered just how easy the Vista 1 was to operate.

“In fact they started working only a quarter of an hour after the installation was complete—without the need to study the manual,” reported Kilim Electronics’ MD Meir Kilim, whose Haifa-based company again supplied all the services.

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.

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One Vision Acquires HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Compact Digital Audio Consoles

CANBERRA, Australia – When Canberra-based audiovisual company One Vision decided it was time to replace its Yamaha digital mixers, there was only one alternative—HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Compact. Soundcraft’s Si Compact Series consoles are designed to offer digital power and versatility combined with an operator-friendly “analogue feel.” The consoles were purchased through Jands, Soundcraft’s Australian distributor.

“We wanted a console that would be more hands on than the Yamaha consoles as far as the crossover between digital and analogue,” commented Frank Meany, managing director of One Vision. “Basically, we wanted a console with knobs on it as opposed to a console with buttons and scrolling pages of menus, it’s more intuitive.”

Meany and his team have found their Soundcraft Si Compact consoles to be very powerful and they are particularly impressed by the console’s sound, with Meany remarking that it sounds more like an analogue console than other digital consoles.

“We purchased a digital multicore for them which makes a huge difference being able to patch things around and also having the soft patch on it,” Meany added. “I am however a bit sad that the Soundcraft Si Performers were not available at the time we bought them—a simple lighting console built into the desk would have been great! Maybe next time.”

Meany also commented on how easy his team has found the Soundcraft Si Compact to learn, describing it as a straightforward live sound mixer.

“Its price range, small footprint and portability also helped seal the decision to purchase,” he said.

In the few months since acquiring the Soundcraft Si Compact, One Vision has had it hard at work mainly on corporate events and Meany reports that it has been totally reliable and a great asset to the company.

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.

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Bose® RoomMatch® System Solves Two Problems for Winnipeg’s Rowandale Baptist Church

Speech intelligibility and the sound quality of louder worship music were problems at opposite ends of the aural spectrum, but the Bose® RoomMatch® system addressed both of them, offering articulate speech and full-range audio for the music

Framingham, Massachusetts, November 25, 2013 – Rowandale Baptist Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where an average of 220 worshipers assemble each Sunday, faced the same issues that confront many churches as they aspire to have their message delivered clearly and articulately, while presenting music that is powerfully performed and inspiring. Unfortunately, in many of the acoustical environments typical of houses of worship, getting a single sound system to address both needs can be difficult. Rowandale Baptist Church found its answer with a RoomMatch® system from Bose® Professional Systems. Installed earlier this year by audio systems specialist Sound Art in Winnipeg, the new system consists of a center-hung cluster comprising one RM7020 module atop a RM12040 module, plus one RM9040 module used as a balcony delay speaker and a pair of MB24 modular subwoofers (chosen in place of the RoomMatch RMS215 subwoofer due to space issues), all powered by Bose PowerMatch® PM8500 and PM8500N amplifiers. From the moment it was first turned on, the RoomMatch system delivered everything the church was looking for: clean, articulate and powerful sound that evenly covered the entire worship space.

“The church, which had had some experience with the brand in the past, actually contacted Bose Professional Systems directly, and Bose then asked John [Loewen, head of Sound Art’s sales and installation division] and I to take a look at it,” recalls Ian Skrabek, Project Manager at Sound Art for this installation. “Like many churches, they were looking for a way to make speech clearer and get it to cover the interior of the church more evenly. At the same time, their worship music performances had become increasingly louder and more powerful – a new youth service to be held twice a month would include a full band playing contemporary-style music. Specifically for this service they were concerned about meeting high volume and bass requirements. They needed a sound system that could handle that with full-range sound and do so without any distortion.”

Skrabek felt confident that they could successfully address both issues with technology from Bose. Skrabek and Loewen chose RoomMatch array modules for their ability to handle high SPL levels in a more compact form factor, as well as their wide selection of coverage patterns to choose from and their smooth natural sound. “One of the really remarkable things about the RoomMatch systems is how few modules you actually need to cover a space,” marvels Skrabek. Two modules essentially gave us four zones of coverage, which distributes the sound very evenly.”

Furthermore, the PowerMatch amplifiers can be networked or not, depending upon the needs of the project. Sound Art used a PowerMatch PM8500N amplifier, networking the RoomMatch center cluster and balcony delay speakers together, while separately powering the MB24 subwoofers, which are soffited beneath the stage, with a PM8500 amplifier. “The PowerMatch amps are able to deliver an incredible amount of power from a standard 15-amp AC outlet, and all system processing was done with the DSP in the PowerMatch amps,” Skrabek notes. “The church was extremely happy with the outcome. The resulting sound coverage from the RoomMatch modules is very consistent everywhere in the room and balcony. The sound system is now capable of accurately reproducing the most delicate sounds right up to concert-volume sound with thunderous bass. They got everything they were looking to achieve.”

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Antelope Audio Announces its Largest Black Friday Sale to Date on Clocking Devices and AD/DA Converters

Musicians and Audio Professionals Can Take Advantage of up to 29 Percent Discounts on Antelope Audio Products from Friday, November 29th to Friday, December 6th

Santa Monica, Calif., November 25, 2013 – Just in time for the holiday rush, Antelope Audio announced its largest sale ever with an entire week of discounts — including deals on single and bundled professional merchandise. By contacting certain dealers, customers can take advantage of discounts up to 29 percent on Antelope’s selected products such as the renowned Trinity and 10M, Eclipse 384 mastering AD/DA converter and Zodiac+ D/A converter. The top selling, TEC Award nominated 32-channel audio interface Orion32 will come in an attractive bundle price with the extremely stable 10M atomic clock.

“We are pleased to provide such an amazing opportunity for audio professionals and enthusiasts to upgrade their studio equipment, and this year we are expanding our offering to include even more industry-leading converters and clocking systems,” said Marcel James, Director of Sales for Antelope Audio USA. “Our digital audio equipment has seen unprecedented success through world tours and studio recordings this year, and this resounding success makes it possible for us to significantly expand our Black Friday offerings.”

In the United States, customers interested in purchasing discounted items may visit Alto Music, B&H or Sweetwater and Studio Economik (Canada). For more information on seasonal discounts, please visit Antelope Audio’s product page.

About Antelope Audio
Antelope Audio is the brainchild of Igor Levin who has more than 20 years’ experience and a number of innovations in digital audio and synchronization technology. The company is widely acknowledged as the leading manufacturer of audio master clocks.

In 2009 Antelope Audio launched its product line of high-resolution USB D/A converters, being among the pioneers designing a 384 kHz DAC. Antelope’s DACs employ their renowned 64-bit clocking and jitter management technologies and custom-designed circuits, achieving unprecedented precision and sound clarity.

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Electrosonic Provides Audio-Visual Systems Expertise for Thea Award-Winning Projects

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) has announced the winners of the prestigious 20th annual Thea Awards, honoring creative excellence in theme parks, museums and other attractions, and once again Electrosonic has taken part in several of the winning projects. This year Electrosonic played key roles in Outstanding Achievement awards for the Polynesian Cultural Center Revitalization in Oahu, Hawaii, and the Mystic Manor trackless ride at Hong Kong Disneyland.

The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) netted honors in the Attraction Revitalization category and was cited by TEA for “very successfully bringing the 50-year old facility and guest experience into the 21st century.” The theater hosts the new production “Hawaiian Journey,” which takes guests on a breathtaking flight through the islands as they look at the time of the first Hawaiians.

Early in the design phase of the project, Electrosonic’s Design Consulting team worked with Michael Lee Design, LLC to develop a modern digital solution to replace the aging IMAX film system and antiquated audio system in the existing facility. During the production phase, Electrosonic installed a new AV system in the reimagined theater, including a Christie 4K projector, 7thSense 4K media server and Strong/MDI 40×74-foot projection screen, plus a new 7.1 surround sound system and Medialon Show Manager. Electrosonic also designed and installed alternative content interfaces that enable the theater to serve as a true multi-purpose facility. Electrosonic’s upgrades not only reduced operating costs but also significantly enhanced the guest experience.

Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland won TEA’s top honors in the Attraction category for the ride creators’ ability to never lose “their rigorous focus on the beautifully told story” while achieving “technical breakthroughs.”

Working with the US-based Disney team, Electrosonic provided audio-visual fabrication services in the US for Mystic Manor, a trackless ride-through attraction that combines extensive and ingenious projection mapping, audio-animatronics and other one-of-a-kind special effects to tell the tale of a mischievous monkey and a magical music box whose ribbon of mystical energy brings a host of artifacts to life. The highly immersive adventure is full of surprises and theatrical wonders that deliver “state-of-the-art storytelling.”

The Thea Awards are considered one of the attraction industry’s greatest honors. The awards gala, slated for April 5, 2014, in Anaheim, California, will mark two decades since Thea honors were first presented.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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