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Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) Savors the Moment at Inaugural Life is Beautiful Festival

When the first-ever Life Is Beautiful music, art and food festival, took over 15 square blocks of downtown Las Vegas on Oct. 26th and 27th, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) was on location providing frequency coordination for the more than 80 musical acts, performers and media outlets throughout the two-day celebration.

In its inaugural year, the Life is Beautiful festival featured a diverse lineup of musical acts from a variety of genres including The Killers, Kings of Leon, Beck, Vampire Weekend, Imagine Dragons, Janelle Monae, Passion Pit, Jurassic 5, Danny Brown, Childish Gambino Pretty Lights, STS9 and Empire of the Sun, to name a few.

“PWS was happy to be part of this new festival, and while we have extensive experience in providing frequency coordination for events of this size and scope, it was not without its challenges,” says Jim Van Winkle, general manager, PWS. “There was quite a bit to consider logistically, because the festival was situated over a large area right in the middle of downtown Las Vegas near Fremont Street.”

Jim Van Winkle and John Garrido from PWS arrived two days prior to the event in order to conduct a frequency sweep to identify all frequencies in the area. A total of four PWS staff members were onsite during the two-day celebration to monitor and ensure that any potential issues were kept to a minimum. With six stages and more than 520 frequencies, PWS utilized its proprietary Intermodulation Analysis Software (IAS) and spectrum analyzers to determine occupied bandwidth and track interference sources, ensuring that both the musical acts and attending media were on a safe frequency, once located.

PWS worked closely with Another Planet, the production company for the festival, and all the stage managers, before and during the event to have as much information as possible about the wireless requirements needed by all of the performers and media. PWS also established and coordinated frequencies for the PA companies, including VER Audio and Solotech, to use for the entire weekend.

“Whenever working on an event of this magnitude, there is always a media presence; making sure that they are on the correct frequency is crucial, so that there is no interference with the musical acts,” adds Van Winkle. “You always have to expect last minute changes to arise but our crew works really hard to address these as they come up. The final result turned out great and we look forward to being part of the festival next year.”

In addition to managing frequency coordination, PWS’ Domed Helicals as well as its original Helical Antennas, were onsite for the festival. The PWS Domed Helical Antenna boasts the highly successful circular polarization configuration, pioneered by the company’s original Helical, but with the unit sealed within a unique new compact “domed” design.

In addition to the GX-8 Combiners that are already a part of several of the bands’ rigs, PWS also had extra GX-8 Combiners on-hand in case the need arose. One of the musical acts was so impressed with the GX-8 that the group decided to use the product for its next show. PWS’ GX series of combiners, the GX-4 and GX-8, offer selectable high and low output settings as well as above unity gain on output. Helpful for very anemic transmitters, the combiners in the GX series are considered RF limiters because of their proprietary Automatic Level Control (ALC) circuitry.
For more information, visit www.professionalwireless.com.

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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Blonder Tongue Video Encoder Enables Affordable HD Video Delivery For Education, Enterprise, Hospitality, Healthcare, Government, and Pro A/V Applications

New MPEG-2 HD Encoding Solution is Now Shipping; HDE-8C-QAM Offers Industry-Leading Price/Performance Ratio, Reliability, and Ease of Use

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — Nov. 5, 2013 — Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) today announced it is shipping its new encoding solution designed to deliver cost-effective, high-quality HD video content for educational, enterprise, hospitality, healthcare, government, and pro A/V applications. Priced under $850 USD per channel, the easy-to-use HDE-8C-QAM MPEG-2 HD encoder provides users with reliable and efficient performance and supports Dolby(R) Digital audio encoding. The first units have shipped to Nickless Schirmer & Company for deployment at Emory University in Atlanta as part of its campus digital upgrade. more

HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 Speeds Up Training Times for Royal Holloway University of London

EGHAM, United Kingdom – The Student Union at the Royal Holloway University of London host a variety of events at a multifunctional venue, which include live music, clubs, conferences, theaters, trade shows, etc. Its technical crew is responsible for approximately 10 different productions a week, and recently purchased a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 in order to train more students in front of house (FOH) audio mixing.

“I purchased a different brand of digital console 18 months ago for our FOH training. My staff here consists of students and it was taking them quite a while to learn on that console, so we started looking at the Soundcraft Vi Series for a replacement. After working with the Vi1 I knew instantly that the user interface was far more straightforward and more intuitive for the crew to learn,” said Karl Travers, Technical Manager of the Students Union, who purchased the console through UK-based Arc Sound.

The highly praised Vi1’s UI became popular due to its widescreen Vistonics™ interface, which retains the same ‘walk-up’ user-friendliness of the other Vi consoles. It displays all parameters for 16 channels side by side, on a single 22-inch Vistonics touchscreen. Also, the Vi1 includes built-in Lexicon effects as well as GEQ’s on all output busses, eliminating even more hassles such as additional sound equipment.

“I’ve found that the console UI is very user-friendly with a short learning curve, which has enabled me to get my staff trained in a short amount of time. This in turn leads to quick and confident operation during shows,” said Travers.

The Soundcraft Vi Series is the ultimate console for people who need a fast setup and an easy-to-use experience. It is the perfect solution for running shows with multiple acts or back-to-back events such as those that Travers is responsible for.

“In the last few weeks we’ve done about seven club nights, a few bands, live PA acts with MC’s and several conferences. So far, the Vi1 has performed extremely well, and the user-definable pages make setup for different shows very easy. On top of that, its gain structure is sweet and requires little work to achieve the desired results,” Travers added.

Soundcraft is distributed in the UK by Sound Technology Ltd.

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.

Bannister Lake Launches Sports-Centric Content Management Solution

Unique software solution delivers stats, rich data for the sports fan through intelligent automation – freeing human resources to engage fans on a broader level

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Canada, November 5, 2013 – Immediately following its first successful national launch at Canada’s live-event sports specialty channel, Sportsnet, Bannister Lake Software announces the availability of BL Sports Ticker, a new sports-centric content management solution.

BL Sports Ticker helps broadcasters and sports entertainment networks unite disparate workflows, paving the way to consolidate, centralize, and automate existing sports coverage workflows with a single solution. The solution eliminates the struggle that networks have long experienced to maintain and manage amalgamated channel branding, multiple data sources, and independent graphics and branding across multiple platforms, ticker systems, and rendering engines.

“A single BL Sports Ticker implementation powers an unlimited number of channels with automation efficiencies that afford you the freedom to focus on what matters most: viewership and fan engagement,” said Chris Mintz, Lead Solution Architect at Bannister Lake Software. “With the game basics like scores and stats coming in automatically, editorial personnel can focus on adding the detail that really excites the audience. It gives them time to tell team and athlete stories.”

BL Sports Ticker’s simplified workflow also allows networks with limited staff resources to automate many manual tasks. This affords networks the freedom to control key regional differentiators and unique brand identities from a single data source. Editorial staff can pre-schedule content by time zones or work shifts rather than by game and match dates. In master control, automation support replaces manually driven squeezes and state changes with fully automated, scheduled operations.

With BL Sports Ticker, broadcasters have the freedom to:
• Highlight regional franchises per league, per channel and per sport
• Supplement automated data with customized, regional editorial
• Build daily rundowns as granular as a channel demands
• Output to broadcast, web and mobile

Bannister Lake’s latest automation solution continues to take full advantage of the template-based workflows and dynamic graphic updates available within the Ross Video XPression platform, as well as social media integration.
“For sports entertainment, BL Sports Ticker offers the same powerhouse performance and reliability that BL Super Ticker delivers to today’s 24/7 news networks but provides more sports and score-specific control,” said Mintz. “You’ll have fans of all types hooked with your customized coverage of the season from draft to playoffs and stats from DL reports to spreads. Add in the ability to show your viewers social media and you become the ultimate sports fan broadcast.”

BL Sports Ticker is available as an enterprise server 1RU chassis solution, a secure cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, and a lightweight, Solid State, portable Nano turnkey solution that fits in the palm of the hand.

About Bannister Lake Software Inc.
Bannister Lake is a leading provider of professional video graphic display solutions for Broadcast Television, Cable, Satellite and audio visual applications worldwide. Our display solutions are designed to integrate seamlessly with your existing infrastructure, automating the process of data entry for video graphics display and improving the productivity of your organization. Visit Bannister Lake online: www.bannisterlake.com

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Matrox Avio to Extend Sharp 4K Display from Remote Workstation

Zero compression, zero latency, Ultra-HD KVM and USB 2.0 extension to be demonstrated by Japan Material at Inter BEE 2013

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced that local distributor Japan Material Ltd. will showcase the Matrox Avio™ F125 fiber-optic KVM extension solution along with the Sharp® PN-K321 4K Ultra-HD LCD monitor at Inter BEE 2013 (Tokyo, Nov. 13-15, Hall 8, Booth 8404). Visitors will be treated to a stunning display of 4K footage extended over a fiber-optic cable.

Matrox Avio F125 KVM extender with Sharp 4K monitor

The Matrox Avio F125 KVM extender is designed to extend a workstation’s displays and peripheral devices while maintaining system performance with zero compression and zero latency at the remote user station. With its feature-rich connectivity options, it enables the extension of two HD videos or one 2K/4K video, plus keyboard, mouse, stereo analog audio and USB 2.0 devices over a single duplex LC-LC fiber-optic cable up to 400 meters in multimode and 4 km in single mode. Extension of 4K video at 30Hz is ideal for preview and playback of Ultra-HD video content.

Sharp’s professional-use PN-K321 LCD monitor incorporates Sharp’s cutting-edge IGZO technology offering high resolution and energy efficiency. At 3840 x 2160 pixels (4K Ultra-HD), the PN-K321 boasts four times the resolution of 1080p full HD making it ideal for a wide range of professional applications in settings where detailed information needs to be displayed with tremendous precision such as in post-production, financial services, car dealerships, cosmetics services, video game production and museums.

“The combination of Matrox Avio with the Sharp 4K display provides an ideal solution for remote ultra-high resolution display environments,” said Yoshinori Sakaguchi, Director of Sales, Graphics Solutions Division, Japan Material Co. Ltd. “It gives users the extension performance they needed for their 4K applications while they centralize their computing resources.”

“The scalability provided by Matrox Avio is an important benefit for broadcast and post-production facilities as they begin implementing 4K workflows and installing 4K displays,” said Caroline Injoyan, Business Development Manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. “Avio’s support for extension of single-HD, dual-HD, and 4K video signals with the same product lets customers protect their investments with future-proof technology.”

At Inter BEE 2013, Japan Material will also showcase Matrox Maevex™ video over IP encoders/decoders that enable high-quality, low-bandwidth video and audio distribution over a LAN. In addition, new Matrox Video products will be demonstrated, including the Matrox Monarch™ HD video streaming and recording appliance, a 4K video monitoring card, and live production streaming systems.

About Japan Material Co., Ltd.
The Graphics Solutions Division of Japan Material Co., Ltd. (JM) supplies world-renowned, high-quality hardware to multiple professional markets in Japan. A long-standing Matrox representative, JM currently offers a full range of Matrox graphics and video solutions. Customer confidence has been achieved through JM’s outstanding product support. For more information, visit www.jmgs.jp.

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professional markets. In-house design expertise, top-to-bottom manufacturing, and dedicated customer support make our solutions the premier choice in industries that require stable, high-reliability products. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

Crabby Joe’s Makes A Bold Statement With 165” 3×3 Videowall Installed By Advanced

The owners of the newly renovated Crabby Joe’s at 276 Dundas St. in London, Ontario knew they needed to go big with their AV system to draw guests fromlocal competition. A videowall was their top choice for displaying major events and multiple events at once, so they went to the AV professionals at Advanced to design and install the biggest videowall that would fit.

According to Advanced General Manager of Systems Integration Omar Prashad, the installation gives Crabby Joe’s a sophisticated multi-display solution that is simple to control.

“At our initial meeting Crabby Joe’s owner Howard Pennell told us that he wanted something that would blow his guests away as soon as they walk through the door,” Prashad said. “We determined that the best solution was to build a 3×3 video wall that would allow them to show a single video feed or all six available video feeds at once.

“There was enough room for us to create a 165” videowall composed of nine 55-inch HD Orion display panels, and we installed a simple-to-use Crestron system to give them fast, easy control over which video feed plays on which display. We configured the videowall to allow for all nine panels to show a single feed, or to show the main feed on the four upper-left most displays while each of the remaining five displays can show the other five independent video feeds.”

To ensure the installation went according to plan and that the customer would be 100 percent satisfied with the result, the team at Advanced installed, configured and calibrated the videowall at their warehouse before the real on-site installation even began.

“Monitors need to be color calibrated,” Prashad said, “and LED LCD technology tends to work through most of its color shift in the first 10 hours. We like to get every installation right the first time, so we rig up each videowall we build in our warehouse and make sure everything is working and calibrated before the customer ever sees it. The last thing we want is to start hanging panels in the restaurant and find that one of them is defective. This pre-installation testing process allows us to sort out issues so the customer doesn’t have to.”
Pennell knew that not every AV company can pull off this type of installation. After deciding he wanted a videowall for the new restaurant’s grand re-opening, he researched companies in the area that specialize in large, complex AV systems, and found that Advanced had the experience and expertise he was looking for.

“I wanted the guest experience to be unforgettable, and I wanted the videowall to make a statement to our guests. Advanced delivered everything I could have hoped for, and I hope to work with them again in the future,” Pennell said. He added that while it wasn’t the lowest-cost option, the final effect of the videowall can’t be underestimated.
“The cost of the videowall was worth the effect that it has on passersby and guests once they enter the restaurant,” he said. “We could have simply hung a bunch of TVs on the wall, but this system has as much value as a marketing tool as an actual video display. London has the highest concentration of restaurants in Ontario, so we’re always looking for anything we can do or provide that guests can’t get elsewhere. The ‘WOW” factor when you see this videowall is amazing, and it really is the best place in town for people to catch all their favorite sports. People see it when they walk by our window, and then they bring their friends the next time they come in. Plus it’s much easier to use and stay organized with the Crestron system than having nine more separate TVs.”

Crabby Joe’s is a fresh, entertaining concept that is setting new standards in the hospitality industry. Since 1996, the Canadian-owned company has grown from Sarnia to Belleville, with more than 40 franchises operating in 2013. Crabby Joe’s Tap & Grill is managed by Obsidian Group, Inc., a management company formed to develop, market and manage hospitality and real estate interests. For more information visit www.crabbyjoes.com.

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WATCHOUT MANAGES CONTENT FOR THE BIG PICTURE, THE WORLD’S LARGEST HIGH DEFINITION VIDEO WALL

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Standing over 15 meters tall and 60 meters wide, “The Big Picture” has official Guinness World Records title for the “Largest High Definition Video Wall”. It is located inside the main lobby and entrance to Suntec Exhibition and Convention Centre (Suntec Singapore) and is fast becoming a hotspot for photo-taking by delegates and Suntec City shoppers alike; an iconic souvenir of Singapore. The system relies on the amazing Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image display and presentation software to manage its large-format, dynamic and ever changing content that is presented over 664 integrated LG LED flat panel displays.

Arun Madhok, CEO of Suntec Singapore said: “The full HD digital wall is an integral part of our technology suite which includes digital signage and free Wi-Fi. This mega screen with its captivating content is fast becoming a hotspot for photographers providing an iconic and memorable souvenir of Singapore. High definition content is played 16 hours each day delighting the convention centre visitors and Suntec City shoppers alike.”

“The Big Picture is fast becoming a hotspot for photo-taking providing an iconic and memorable souvenir of Singapore. In addition, it has successfully achieved a new Guinness World Records title for Largest High Definition Video Wall.”

Fredrik Svahnberg, marketing director at Dataton said: “Our software designers have worked tirelessly over the years to create a single robust system that can handle an unprecedented quantity of video and data on such a huge real-time display. We’re delighted that WATCHOUT technology has been put to the test and is an integral part of The Big Picture at Suntec Singapore. It’s validating that the project and its technology partners involved are officially recognised by Guinness World Records and as part of a smart building our technology is used to bring a return on investment to the owner as well as to inform, engage and enthral local and international visitors to Singapore.”

An ecosystem of technology partners bring The Big Picture to life

The project was managed by Suntec Singapore working with an expert team of Asia-based technology partners including global automation controls specialist, Honeywell who were appointed master systems integrators for the project.

“We understood Suntec Singapore’s vision to be a convention and exhibition centre of the future,” said Ananda Seshadri, regional marketing leader at Honeywell. “We leveraged the latest technologies to help Suntec achieve their business goals. The big digital screen with the application of WATCHOUT certainly has the ‘wow factor’ for visitors and Suntec exhibitors use it as a fantastic advertisement placement.’

LG acted as systems engineers to design and analyse the system and manage subcontractors such as ACETEL Korea.

“ACETEL were responsible for supplying Dataton WATCHOUT for The Big Picture as well as designing and installing the visual display system according to LG and Honeywell’s requirements,” explains Jeong-Mok Byun, team lead of visual solution division at ACETEL.

Big pixel display

The Big Picture is designed to support a resolution of 32,051 pixels wide by 7,941 pixels high, which is 84 times the resolution of HD (1 UHD = 4HD).

The Big Picture acts as a standalone exhibit allowing a combination of multiple media such as still images, animations and video clips to be shown at the same time, or a single media image in native format to be displayed over the entire wall.

Interactive features are integrated with RFID tracking systems and sensors on the escalators located just in front of The Big Picture. With these integrated sensory systems, The Big Picture can be adapted to display welcome messages, or show specialised content alongside riders on the escalator from levels 1 to 3.

Mr Oh, Technical Manager, LGE Singapore explains: “LG worked on the design of the visual display system and it evolved to be the largest HD LED screen in the world. Early in the design phase, we discussed with Dataton the possibility of the project being the largest HD LED screen and on finding out that it could, we selected WATCHOUT as the main multi-image display and presentation system.

“The Big Picture is controlled and operated by three major subsystems which are the video wall, playback, integration and control. Playback manages content and the principle of the design is to support multi-display and 4K images from 21 WATCHOUT display servers, serving 84 full HD outputs.

“The integration and control system acts to control The Big Picture and servers, turning them on or off as required. It also manages playback where a part of a show at a specific time can be selected or it can be used to manage interactive content.”

Mesmerising audiences through dynamic content

Content for the system can be updated according to the exhibition taking place. It also uses a variety of ultra-high resolution content from Suntec Singapore and its advertisers.

Lasanthi Bandara, manager, audio-visual technology & content at Suntec Singapore explained: “WATCHOUT is being used to primarily display content on all 664 screens seamlessly. Content is also designed, animated, and produced within the WATCHOUT system itself.

“There was no other feasible and scalable technology available in the market that could enable us to create such high definition display. WATCHOUT was selected because of its primary capability to display synchronised content on multiple screens,” added Bandara.

Bernard Ng, digital creative curator at Suntec Singapore explained: “Audio, video and graphic content are used together to create spectacular showcases and presentations on The Big Picture. The design challenge here is simply the immense size of our entire screen. Producing and rendering videos and animations at this scale is incredible but potentially time consuming. However, production time is greatly reduced by maximising WATCHOUT’s ability in allowing us to create amazing content directly within the system itself.

“For content management, WATCHOUT allows content to be stored and managed in media containers with auxiliary timelines. This allows my team to manually organise and manage content according to scheduling and requirements.”

Smart building design

The system is designed to be integrated with other building systems and to bring in return on investment.

“The initial plan was not to build the largest HD LED screen in the world. The Level 1 of our building was initially designed as the lobby entrance to our venue and following a major modernisation programme, the idea of having a HD LED screen was realised in the form of The Big Picture. The size of The Big Picture was in accordance to our overall design of venue entrance. We are very delighted that an unexpected design step turned into the largest HD LED screens in the world,” said Arun Madhok, CEO of Suntec Singapore.

Measuring project success

Suntec Singapore measures the success of The Big Picture from its reception on multiple social media platforms tagging Suntec Singapore as their check-in location, newspaper and media coverage featuring The Big Picture as part as well as filmography interests. Operationally there are benefits such as reduced costs and increased advertising revenue that assist the centre in being profitable and sustainable.

“It is great to see our organisers and delegates posing in front of The Big Picture with big smiles. One more reason why Suntec Singapore is the Preferred Place to Meet.” ended Madhok.

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Daktronics Redesigns Audio System at University of Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium with HARMAN’s JBL VLA Line Arrays

MADISON, Wisconsin – In time for the football season, Daktronics recently redesigned the video board and audio system at the University of Wisconsin’s famed Camp Randall Stadium. Home to the Wisconsin Badgers football team, the stadium seats 80,321 people and is the 41st largest stadium in the world. To match the intensity of some of college football’s most dedicated fans, Daktronics selected HARMAN’s JBL VLA Series line array loudspeakers for the new audio system.

“We modeled different designs from many different manufacturers before deciding to use the VLA loudspeakers. No other system could deliver a confident outcome besides the VLA design,” according to David Sturzenbecher of Daktronics.

The new system consists of 18 JBL VLA301H loudspeakers, 14 JBL VLA 601H loudspeakers, three JBL PD743 loudspeakers, two JBL PD5212 loudspeakers, 12 AWC82 loudspeakers and 21 AW295 loudspeakers. Four line arrays cover west, south and east seating areas, with many fill speakers covering the north seats and upper seat fills.

“The design of the stadium presented many challenges including a very deep under-balcony area that was shadowed from the main display. This area required a completely separate submix in order to blend properly with the main system,” Sturzenbecher added.

With system design/commissioning assistance from Shay McElwain of the University of Wisconsin Athletics department, Draktonics successfully completed this massive overhaul of the stadium’s system.

“After some system optimization over the first two events, the system is currently operating extremely well and has received many positive reviews,” Sturzenbecher concluded.

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.

Lighting and Video Designer Breckinridge Haggerty Opts for MA Lighting’s VPU

Lighting and video designer Breckinridge Haggerty is a proponent of MA Lighting’s VPU (Video Processing Unit), the media server for still and moving images that’s fully integrated into the MA system. VPU is MA’s solution for controlling, live- accessing and altering video, stills and 3D objects in realtime. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of MA Lighting in North America.

“I’ve used grandMA lighting consoles to control Tool’s video show since 2002 and have always enjoyed a comfortable relationship with the system and the people behind it” says Haggerty. “They’re well-engineered, reliable consoles that have been excellent over the years.”

“When I was recently auditioning DMX media servers, I was pleasantly surprised by MA’s VPU Video Processing Unit. The new hardware features beefy internal shock-mounting, and a very useful touch-screen on the front panel. The VPU has some great features that drew me in, and the system integration sealed the deal. The software integration of the VPU media server with the grandMA2 range of lighting consoles is unprecedented, and they have ambitious plans for the future.

And it goes beyond that; The integration of grandMA2 and VPU means one-stop technical support, and Bob Gordon’s team at A.C.T Lighitng has been answering my 2am calls consistently for well over 15 years, so committing to the VPU was an easy choice.”

Haggerty worked with Delicate Productions Inc. to ensure a total of four VPU are available for his work. Haggerty has been the video designer for the band Tool for 11 years, and works with artist such as Sting, the Beastie Boys, Puscifer, Eminem the Foo Fighters, on projects ranging from systems design to production design. He also has credits for broadcast TV.

Haggerty notes that, “The VPUs did very well on short notice through Australia and New Zealand. The show was rebuilt in 5 weeks and thrown in a shipping container. The VPU saved us time on our only setup day on many fronts. I was able to get my dark programming time and a good night sleep.”

He cites the VPU’s video inputs as a feature he likes. “Live video inputs are a requirement for my work, and the VPU video input cards are quick. There’s very little delay pushing two 1080 HD streams through. I personally use the inputs for external playback, but these inputs are fast enough for live cameras. Maybe the grandMA2 is the next great live video desk?”

Haggerty finds that the VPU works well with LED and projectors alike. “The warper is useful for projection adjustment and mapping, but it is also great for pixel-perfect segmenting of LED displays.” he says. “The warper, pixel mapper, and content manager all update themselves system-wide in real time, and everything can be manipulated with a laptop at FOH where the changes can be seen directly. The net result is less stress and more creative programming time.

“The Tool video show took a big step forward with the incorporation of A.C.T Lighting’s MA VPU video processors. It was a sea-change on short notice, and both A.C.T and MA were very responsive through the whole process. MA’s VPU technology is excellent and evolving fast, and ACT’s technical support is going the extra mile as always. I’m on board.”

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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The Music Producers Guild Opens Voting For Its 2014 Awards

The Music Producers Guild is delighted to announce that voting for its 2014 Awards is now open. All Full Members of the Guild are entitled to take part in this process and their votes will decide which nominees make the shortlist in 12 of the 15 award categories.

MPG Chairman Steve Levine says: “Once again, our call for nominations has generated a fantastic response and we’re thrilled to see such a diverse range of projects and individuals on the list. In the five years since we launched the MPG Awards we have seen a steady increase in the number of nominees. This indicates just how coveted an MPG Award is to those recording professionals who work so hard to create the music that we all enjoy.”

The Music Producers Guild Awards fly the flag for the achievements of the UK’s top producers, engineers, remixers and mastering engineers. The 2014 Music Producers Guild Awards will take place at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in Vauxhall, London, on Thursday February 13th. 2014. As in previous years, the winner of the MPG UK Producer of the Year category will also be awarded the prestigious BRIT Award for Best Producer.

In total there are 15 award categories, three of which are in the gift of the MPG Awards committee. However, MPG Full Members are entitled to vote for the following categories and are encouraged to do so before the closing date of December 1st 2013.

UK Producer of the Year
International Producer of the Year
Breakthrough Producer of the Year
Recording Engineer of the Year
Breakthrough Engineer of the Year
Mix Engineer of the Year
Mastering Engineer of the Year
Re-mixer of the Year
UK Album of the Year
UK Single Song Release of the Year
Studio of the Year
The A&R Award

Voting for Full Members is simple and takes place via the website at www.mpgawards.com. Instructions on how to log in and vote will be emailed to each Full Member individually. Every Full member who completes voting in all the available categories will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a Dave Hill Designs Europe 1 mic/line preamp, worth £1,200 (including VAT) and kindly donated by KMR Audio.

The shortlists for the MPG Awards and the prize draw winner will be announced in December 2013, with judging for the final winners taking place in January 2014.

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About Music Producers Guild (UK):
The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.

The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers. www.mpg.org.uk or www.mpgawards.com

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