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Optocore Delivers Quality Sound Over Long Distances for CheongShim Peace World Center

Fiber Transport System Boasts Superior Audio, Reliability and Cost-Effectiveness as Key Benefits

GAPYEONG, SOUTH KOREA, DECEMBER 3, 2013 — When the CheongShim Peace World Center first opened in late 2011, the AV technology team knew that the vast size of the arena (it seats up to 25,000 people) would dictate the type of audio and data transport system that would support it. Traditional analog lines were just not going to cut it. Instead, the team turned to Optocore, the leading provider of scalable, high-bandwidth, low-latency fiber-optic networks for the transmission of audio, video and data in a variety of markets, for its fiber transport technology.

Located just over 21 miles outside of Seoul in the Gapyeong District in South Korea’s Kyunggi province, CheongShim Peace World Center is owned by Unification Church (also known as Moonism) and is the largest multipurpose hall in the area, to date. The approximately 1,367-square-foot (127 meter) steel-frame structure boasts a 29 ½ foot (9 meter) high arena that is generally used for various activities by the Unification Church’s general assembly, as well as for corporate events, concerts, plays or CF (commercial) shooting. Paired with Yamaha gear, the recently installed Optocore fiber system is just what was needed to properly transmit audio digitally from the microphones to the Front of House (FOH) and the PA system to its large constituency. Without it, the size of the venue would be just too big to transmit microphone signals over analog lines.

“We chose the Optocore system for its reliable optical transmission system, in order to ensure the audio would be heard throughout our large arena,” says Kim Hanchoon, audio/video technical director, CheongShim Peace World Center. “Traditional cabling was just not going to be reliable enough and while Optocore is still a rather new technology to many here in South Korea, we were happy to expose the team to Optocore’s fiber optic transmission method and all of the benefits that can be reaped from it.”

The equipment has been installed to support Front of House (FOH) as well as the sound control room. The Optocore DD32E system consists of three X6P-16IN units in the stage rack, each with 48 channels of analog mic inputs to digital and one X6-16OUT with 16 channel digital to analog converter. In addition, the DD32E provides AES/EBU feeds to the system’s loudspeaker DSP controllers at the main mix position, with a Yamaha PM5D mixing console loaded with one Optocore YG2 fiber optic card and two additional Optocore YS2 Slave cards that allow for up to 48 inputs and outputs to/from the Optocore network to the mixing console, as well as control of the X6 Optocore microphone preamps.

In the sound control room there is a Yamaha DM2000VCM mixing console loaded with an Optocore YG2 fiber optic card and two Optocore YS2 Slave cards that allow for up to 48 inputs and outputs to/from the Optocore network to the mixing console as well as control of the X6 Optocore microphone preamps. Rounding out the system, the technical team uses speakers and a speaker control unit from Meyer Sound.

Of the many benefits that the Optocore system has provided to the church, three stand outs for Hanchoon include sound quality, console connectivity and long-distance transmission.

“Having the Optocore system in place enables us to transmit signals by a fiber optic cable without noise or any audio loss,” he explains. “When our audio is passing through small outputs such as at the microphone level, there is no noise to distract our constituents; they are hearing the sermon, loud and clear, which is something that’s very important to us. In addition, it’s easy to control the Optocore system with the touch of a button on the console, while it also can handle the user to patch in all 48 channels, easily configuring the control layers.”

Finally, Hanchoon says he is pleased with the long-distance capabilities that fiber optic transmission has afforded to the church.

“It’s often the case when using a multi-cable setup for a long distance signal, that there might be a loss of signal transmission caused by the circuit size that is over 200 meters, such as in our case,” he says. “By utilizing Optocore and fiber optics instead, we can overcome the distance barriers, ensuring smooth, reliable transport every time.”

“We are so pleased to provide such a complete solution to the A/V team at CheongShim World Peace Center,” says Tine Helme, director, Optocore. “The fact that our system can be used in three ways—as an electrical transmission system by multi-cable (analog), signal transmission of console and stage box (using PM5D and DSP50) by UTP cable, as well as optic transmission—is further proof of the unprecedented benefits that fiber transport can bring to even the most challenging of situations, such as CheongShim’s large venue.”

About Optocore
Based in Munich, Germany, Optocore is the world market leading provider of scalable, high-bandwidth, low–latency fiber-optic networks for the transmission of audio, video and data. For 20 years, Optocore has been continuously innovating and setting new standards with regards to digital network technology. Optocore builds and develops synchronous optical fiber and CAT5 based network solutions for broadcast professionals, fixed installations and live event applications. Utilizing leading-edge technology and high-quality components Optocore guarantees durability and therefore long-term market and customer satisfaction. Due to the open system architecture, Optocore’s platform offers other manufacturers the option to transfer conventional standard audio, video and data formats used in the pro audio industry, via a fiber and CAT5 network. Technical expertise, QoS and an extensive support structure are guaranteed to all customers, together with the highest level of quality controls. For more information, visit www.optocore.com.

Christie Awarded Aero Simulation Contract to Deliver High Brightness, High Resolution Christie Matrix Simulation Projection Systems to U.S. Marine Corps’ AH-1W Weapons Systems Trainer

Christie® today announced that Aero Simulation Inc. (ASI) awarded Christie the contract to supply the U.S. Marine Corps with projection systems consisting of 12 Christie Matrix StIM™ WQ 1-chip DLP® solid state LED projectors for AH-1W Weapons Systems Trainer (WST) Device 2F136A upgrades. Six display system projectors will be installed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., and six at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), New River, N.C. in 2015.

The U.S. Marine Corps’ project includes the modification and technical refresh of two existing AH-1W WST systems with the replacement of visual display projectors, image generators and visual databases. With the goal of upgrading the system displays and supportability, while reducing lifecycle costs, the modified trainers will help teach pilot and co-pilot cockpit familiarization, engine operation, tactical navigation, and emergency procedures. The trainer supports standalone tactical training, as well as integrated virtual training with other devices. These features let the students practice essential aircraft operations and tactics skills in an environment closely resembling real world scenarios.

The 2F136A WST device comprises several functional systems producing a simulated environment and emulating real world scenarios for AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter aircrews with each trainer consisting of two visual display domes. The training device’s computer systems control two separate training platforms, one housing a Pilot position and the other a Co-pilot/Gunner position. The system provides Pilot and Co-Pilot/Gunner transition weapon systems, integrated crew, and flight proficiency training.

StrandVision Digital Signage Offers New Digital Media Player Signage Backgrounds

StrandVision makes it easy to select a background template.

Also offers customers the option to submit custom backgrounds…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – Dec. 3, 2013 – StrandVision Digital Signage today announced additional electronic sign background templates along with enhancements to the StrandVision service that allows subscribers to submit their own personalized backgrounds to create a consistent business marketing look across their digital signage network.

With the update, StrandVision now includes many standard background templates that are all automatically sized to the proper aspect ratio of standard TVs, wide screen flat panel displays and vertical orientations to fit the screen attached to the digital media player and its setup. Administrators can also change fonts, styles, colors and live clock viewing settings to fit their design needs.

In addition, StrandVision now offers its customers the option of submitting their own custom background templates. For a nominal charge, StrandVision converts PowerPoint, graphic, desktop publishing or animated flash files that are designed internally or by their marketing agency to the format used by StrandVision. Once installed to their account, the additional templates become available to the customer through a simple dropdown menu. Customers can submit multiple background templates for different company divisions, different target audiences or to reinforce special events, holidays or important upcoming dates.

“These background template choices allow StrandVision customers to keep their signage content fresh while having the ability to customize the look and feel to their exact specifications,” said Mike Strand StrandVision Founder and CEO. “It’s another enhancement that adds to the simplicity, flexibility and usability of the StrandVision Digital Signage Network.”

StrandVision’s free digital signage test drive has also been enhanced to further customize the look of digital signage content. Anonymous visitors can quickly and easily create their own custom electronic signage. Interested visitors who want to convert their personalized digital signage content to the full system and install on their own digital media player can also create functional 30-day demos just by entering their email address and password as the last step.

About StrandVision
StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers’ flat screen televisions, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and international and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising and operations information display systems); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to multiple televisions over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – For further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

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Shanghai Mook Club’s Exhilarating Nightlife Created with HARMAN’s Martin LED Lights

SHANGHAI, China – Shanghai Mook Club, one of the most popular nightlife hotspots in the financial capital of China, recently installed a full HARMAN’s Martin lighting system, creating an exciting experience for Shanghai’s partying public. The club’s vibrant and urban-style interior design is complete with a vast number of Martin lighting fixtures.

Mook combines local music with international flavors for a premium clubbing experience, hosting world-renowned DJ’s and bands on a monthly basis. Therefore, it needed a lighting system as versatile as Martin to accommodate its broad music selection.

To bring an extraordinary party experience to the nightclub, Martin designed the system to be highly adaptable, yet consistent and reliable in each function. Its lineup of lighting fixtures, combined with hazers and fog machines, outfitted the Mook club with all the desired visual effects.

For the installation of visual effects in this club, Martin provided 16 MAC 350 Entour high power LED’s, 16 MAC 101 moving head wash LED’s, two Jem K1 Hazers, two Jem ZR-44 Hi-Mass foggers and one LightJockey 2 Controller.

The MAC 350 Entour does not fall short in high-powered brightness, coupling an 8000-lumen output with motorized iris. The fixture is Mook Club’s flagship lighting, co-existing with the club’s innovative design. The MAC 350 Entour’s dimming, strobing and shutter effects synchronize perfectly with a wide range of music, while its high rotational speed makes it an excellent partner to Mook’s fast-paced songs.

Smoke is an indispensable element to high-end entertainment and lighting systems. Martin Jem K1 Superior performance, sustainable operation and consistent fog output ensures a uniform release of smoke density. The Jem K1 creates the fog by intelligently and efficiently mixing air with smoke oil to accentuate the rich and varied lighting effects. A low quantity of smoke oil is consumed, leaving no soot or pollution after use. To increase visual effects, Martin installed a Jem ZR44 Hi-Mass fogger to suit a host of performances in the club, which has a continuous fog output of 1200 m3/min.

Martin systems are known to perform flawlessly throughout every hour of the night for club-goers. Through endless testing it ensures top-notch reliability and consistency of LED and smoke machine output.

A Martin LightJockey 2 console controls both smoke and lighting systems, which is one of the industry’s most popular PC control units in the past decade. The user-centric lighting control software is both user-centric and flexible. It is a crucial component for professional lighting performances.

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.

Masque Sound Celebrates the Spirit of the Holiday Season with Christmas Live! 2013 at GraceWay Bible Church

As GraceWay Bible Church gets ready to stage its annual holiday program, Christmas Live!, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, returns with a custom audio equipment package to support Sound Designer Nathan Schmalbach and Technical Director Kevin Webb’s production.

Now in its fifth year, Christmas Live! is an immersive experience transporting visitors back 2,000 years to the very first Christmas. An hour-long guided walking tour, it features 11 interactive scenes with actors and animals located in and around the church grounds. The cast and crew total 300 people, with 15 involved directly in its technical aspects.

This is Masque Sound’s third year providing rental gear for Christmas Live!. As the program has grown over the past three years, so has the company’s support. In 2011, Masque Sound supplied a large wireless rig to distribute audio throughout the show. Last year, the rental package grew to include a semi-centralized system, and this year, Masque Sound provided a system that will allow the entire program to be centralized.

“Our goal over the past few years has been to centralize all of the controls for the entire program, which is no easy task when you are talking about remotely mixing and controlling 11 different shows, all of which are active at the same time,” says Schmalbach. “We have been working with Masque Sound for months to make sure we have the necessary equipment to execute this. It’s been a challenge, but Masque Sound has done a great job in giving us the gear and support to make our vision a reality.”

In order to mix the show from one central point, Schmalbach and his team will utilize a binaural audio (3D Audio) remote listening system. The system is composed of AKG C414 B-ULS and Earthworks M30 microphones, Genelec 1032A and 8030A monitors, XTA DP448s and Meyer Sound Galileo 616s for processing, XTA DS8000/D splitters, Rational Acoustics Smaart software and a Midas Venice 240 console. Audio is distributed from the control center with a Riedel RockNet 300 digital audio network. The speaker package consists of L-Acoustics MTD108As, 115XTs, SB218 and dB-SUB subwoofers, and Meyer Sound UPM-1Ps, UPA-1Ps and UPJ-1Ps. All of the L-Acoustics speakers are powered via Lab.gruppen fP Series amplifiers.

Figure53 QLab software running on Mac Minis with RME Fireface 800 interfaces handles the show’s effects and music playback. Masque Sound also provided a large wireless rig consisting of a Sennheiser 2000 Series 24-channel kit. To accompany the Sennheiser wireless package, Masque Sound supplied four Domed Helical Antennas from its sister company, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS).

“Masque Sound is always there for whatever we need. The program would not be as technically advanced as it is without their first-class equipment and support,” adds Schmalbach. “They do a wonderful job, and we can’t imagine working with anyone else.”

Christmas Live! will take place Friday, December 6 and Friday, December 13, starting at 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 8 and Sunday, December 15, starting at 4:30 p.m. For more information and to get free tickets, visit www.gracewaybc.org.

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.

Clay Paky Sharpys and grandMA2 Consoles are Winners at “Miss America 2014” Pageant

The Miss America pageant returned to its Atlantic City origins this year and lighting designer Allen Branton was charged with lighting the cavernous Boardwalk Hall and making sure 53 beautiful women looked their best whenever the TV camera turned their way. He was aided by Clay Paky Sharpy and Sharpy Wash fixtures and grandMA2 lighting consoles from Atomic Lighting in Lititz, Pennsylvania. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for both Clay Paky and MA Lighting.

Branton marked his sixth consecutive year lighting the pageant, which was televised on ABC-TV. After spending a number of years in Las Vegas the show moved back to Atlantic City where “the venue, audience and scenery doubled in size,” he reports. “Given the size of the hall and way the show was set in the room, every single element of production had to be rigged from overhead – and there’s no permanent rigging infrastructure. So there were 240 individual rigging points for lighting, sound, video, scenery, cable management, cameras. Atomic provided and managed all that, which we hadn’t needed in Vegas; their attention to detail is second to none.”

Branton mounted 24 Sharpys on truss for “Miss America 2014.” “Sharpys are a dramatic little effects light for music and variety programming, particularly for their size and cost,” he says. “They’re a wonderfully fun and dynamic tool. In beam arrays they add spice and energy to the Sharpy Washes.”

He also employed two dozen Sharpy Washes as utility and backlights positioned on truss in the gaps formed by the finger-like arches that created a ceiling over the stage. “Having a light with that much output in that small a physical package came in handy,” he says. “The Sharpy washes provided a nice delicate array of light for 53 women who needed a hairlight from the overhead zone. I’m glad we had them.”

Programmers Felix Peralta, Kevin Lawson and Laura Frank utilized a full-size grandMA2 and a pair of grandMA2 Lights with fader wings. Peralta was responsible for programming the scenic and effects lighting for the show, Lawson the key contestant and audience lighting, and Frank the media. “We carved up the show into three different aspects of lighting design, but all the consoles were networked so the programmers could work independently or collaboratively,” Branton explains.

Kevin Lawson praises grandMA2′s “fantastic multi-user capacity,” something he and Peralta took advantage of, and the system’s expandability. “We can keep adding universes and not hit a ceiling,” he says. “And grandMA2 doesn’t slow down based on the number of fixtures and parameters you use.”

Branton says his projects “never use anything but grandMA2 consoles anymore. Its architecture is user friendly, and there’s so much data to be managed these days.”

Branton notes that while “the faces of the 53 women competing change” over time, the Miss America pageant is remarkably consistent in its format and goal. “People tune in expecting to see these women in (quite literally) their best light; we never know which ones will be in close up. So we have to make their close-up photography really consistent woman to woman, act to act, show to show, year to year,” he says.

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