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Listen Technologies Announces Maile Keone as Vice President of Marketing

Listen Technologies adds extensive executive level marketing and business development capabilities to strengthen its business growth worldwide.

Listen Technologies Corporation has announced the appointment of Maile Keone as Vice President of Marketing. In her new position, Keone is responsible for developing and executing a clearly defined marketing and communications strategy that supports consistent business growth while enhancing brand equity and awareness.

As a new member of Listen’s Executive Team, Keone reports directly to Russell Gentner, Co-Founder and CEO of Listen Technologies. Keone will lead the strategy and all marketing activities to achieve the company’s objectives of sales, growth, profitability, and visibility.

Keone brings over 25 years of executive level experience in online marketing, sales, corporate marketing, operations, and business development including, strategy, positioning partnerships, and market penetration. Prior to joining Listen Technologies Keone was Chief Marketing Officer at VacationRoost, Inc. In her role she was responsible for the online customer experience for 24 geo and national vacation rental sites, including management of a multi-million dollar operating budget.

“Listen Technologies is growing and is focused on strengthening our executive level expertise in marketing strategy to build our markets and ensure we are meeting the needs of our industry,” said Russell Gentner. “Maile has an impeccable reputation for being an effective leader in evaluating, refining, and building solid marketing strategies that lead to success. We are honored to have someone of her caliber join our Executive Team.”

Commenting on the opportunity, Keone said, “Listen Technologies is poised for expanding its reputation as a leader in delivering excellent personal listening solutions for people to connect to sounds in difficult hearing environments. I’m excited to bring my drive and passion for developing and leading high-performance marketing professionals to position and market products and services that lead to increased growth and visibility.”

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About Listen Technologies Corporation
Listen Technologies brings power and clarity to the sounds that enrich your life—by overcoming the challenges of noise, distance, lively debate, and hearing loss to deliver precise and personalized audio in any setting or environment. With Listen solutions, you can cut through the clutter and connect to an experience of pure, focused sound. Listen solutions are used in gathering places around the world including schools, houses of worship, factories, entertainment venues, government agencies, and more. For more information on Listen solutions, watch this short video. Contact Listen Technologies at 1.800.330.0891, +1.801.233.8992, or visit www.listentech.com.

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SMPTE Announces Leadership for Key 2014 Events

Planning Begins for 2014 NAB Show’s Technology Summit on Cinema, SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, and Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age Conference

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Dec. 10, 2013 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today revealed the individuals who will lead program organization and execution for the 2014 NAB Show’s Technology Summit on Cinema (TSC), SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, and Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age (ETIA) conference.

TSC takes place April 5-6, the first two days of the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas. Dave Schnuelle, senior director in the office of the CTO at Dolby and former chair of SMPTE Technical Committee 21 Digital Cinema, will serve as the chairman for the summit. The program committee includes several program committee members from the highly successful 2013 event, plus other industry notables.

The 2014 ETIA Conference, which will be held once again on the Stanford University campus, is scheduled for June. SMPTE Education Vice President Patrick Griffis will join Joyce Farrell, executive director of the Stanford Center for Image Systems Engineering (SCIEN), to head up the conference program committee.

For the society’s flagship event, the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, Paul Chapman, senior vice president of technology at FotoKem, will serve as chairman and Jim DeFilippis, CGO at Technology Made Simple consulting, will serve as vice chairman. The conference will run from Oct. 21-23 following a pre-conference symposium on Oct. 20.

Additional program committee members include Patrick Griffis, executive director, technology strategy, in the office of the CTO at Dolby Laboratories; Corey Carbonara, IC2 senior research fellow and director of the Digital Communication Technologies Project at Baylor University and also a professor in the university’s Film and Digital Media Division; Pete Putman, president of ROAM Consulting; Harvey Arnold, corporate director of engineering for Sinclair Broadcast Group; Al Kovalick, principal member and founder of Media Systems Consulting; and Kevin Stec, vice president of image technology research at Dynamic Digital Depth.

“In 2013 the Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, TSC, and the inaugural ETIA conference drew remarkable attendance from a diverse group including leading media companies, educational institutions, service providers, content creators, technology innovators, and suppliers from the entertainment industry and Silicon Valley,” said SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange. “SMPTE set the bar high last year with a successful series of dynamic events, and I am confident that the leadership announced today will meet and exceed our lofty expectations for 2014.”

Further information about SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world, sustain the Society. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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RockWave Fiber Systems Deploys Riedel RockNet Audio Network for Red Bull and Traxxas TORC Racing Events

GLENDALE, Calif. — Dec. 10, 2013 — Riedel Communications, a leading provider of real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that RockWave Fiber Systems has used a Riedel RockNet real-time, low-latency audio distribution network to support the Red Bull AMA Amateur National MX Championship and the Traxxas TORC (The Off-Road Championship) Series. Enabling bidirectional fiber-based audio transport, the Riedel RockNet frames provided a copper cable alternative that allowed RockWave to cover the extensive race courses with much greater simplicity and ease.

“Managing the distance of various audio locations from the main audio mix is our primary challenge during race events, but Riedel’s RockNet solves this problem by providing flawless analog-to-digital conversion of audio, which then can be transported and distributed via fiber,” said Justin Maita, chief engineer at RockWave Fiber Systems. “The difference between using a couple of pieces of tactical fiber, rather than the many heavy DT-12 cables normally required, is impossible to convey. Ultimately, this approach saves us days on the install and a lot of time on the strike, thus allowing techs to spend valuable time working on other important technical details.”

Designed for heavy-duty road use, RockNet is a real-time, low-latency audio distribution network that conveys up to 160 24 bit/48 kHz audio channels on a single fiber core at distances of up to 12.4 miles. (Alternatively, the system can be used with RJ-45 CAT-5 cabling.) All devices feature locking IEC connectors for redundant power supplies, all other audio connectors are entirely gold-plated, and the circuit design is streamlined to assure ultra-low noise and minimum distortion for excellent audio quality.

RockWave used Riedel RockNet systems for the Red Bull AMA Amateur National MX Championship from July 28 to Aug. 3 at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., and at the Traxxas TORC series held in September at Nevada’s Primm Off Road Raceway. For production at both events, RockWave connected all locations with Riedel 351 and 352 fiber TX/RX devices and single-mode TAC fiber, to RockNet frames connected locally to one another via Riedel CAT-5 jumpers. In the field where audio required voltage for communications and IFBs, the company connected wetting devices to the frames.

Thanks to this Riedel solution, RockWave did not use a single piece of heavy DT-12 audio cable during the Red Bull AMA Amateur National MX Championship. Instead, the company used 16 RockNet frames, deploying half in the field and the other half in the main TV compound, where the network passed all the field audio, with signals going in both directions, to the main audio hub/mix over fiber.

With the numerous audio drops used during high-profile motocross and off-road races, production typically would require as many as 20 separate DT-12 cables, some going as far as 1,000 feet, to accommodate all the show audio. Installation of this cabling is easily a day’s work or more, but using the RockNet system and fiber, the engineer on site for the TORC event was able accomplish in one day the audio network configuration work that previously took two or three days.

At TORC, RockWave used 11 Riedel RockNet frames along with a Riedel MADI interface, which was installed in the broadcast compound to enable interfacing with primary audio. With this solution, the company was able to pass all audio for the show down two short pieces of coax cable, and then down TAC fiber to the field.

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About RockWave Fiber Systems
RockWave Fiber Systems was founded in 2013 by a team of professionals with over 30 years of combined experience working in all areas of production, including broadcast, live music, corporate events, and resort A/V. Our commitment is to provide every client with a high level of technical support and customer service while implementing state-of-the-art fiber-optic technology capable of delivering all types of media (audio, video, data, etc.) in the most cohesive, practical, and cost-effective ways possible. www.rockwavefiber.com

About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Archimedia Announces Upgraded Master Player Software With Support for Jog/Shuttle Controller and New IMF Format

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Dec. 10, 2013 — Archimedia Technology, a new company whose technology and applications bridge the gap between content producers and their archives without loss of quality, today announced the Archimedia Master Player v1.5. An upgrade to the company’s software player, v1.5 now supports the remainder of all common master formats in use around the world today — including the long-awaited, studio-driven SMPTE IMF — and contains new features that make the player a true 4K-era replacement for videotape machines for master-grade quality control (QC) and archiving functions.

“Videotape players are becoming less common in general, and are almost useless in workflows that include any 4K, DCP, DPX, or IMF. At the same time, modern file formats are becoming more useful, but that means they are also becoming more structurally complex,” said Mark Gray, Archimedia president and CEO. “For those and so many other reasons, we’ve upgraded our player to give media professionals in the file-based world all the advantages they had with videotape, and extend those advantages into the most modern and demanding professional formats. Now they can QC master files in HD and 4K and view what’s going into and out of their archives in HD and 4K. Plus, they can do it more affordably than with videotape players or mastering tools, which can be prohibitively expensive and might not offer an upgrade path to 4K.”

In preparation for the rapidly approaching onslaught of 4K-capable consumer devices, Archimedia has added support for Avid’s DNxHD format, Industrial Light & Magic’s OpenEXR format, Panasonic’s AVC-Intra format, Sony’s IMX and XDCAM formats, and the newest SMPTE format, IMF. Now users will be able to play even more mastering formats with precision from one vendor-neutral player, knowing all formats have been vetted and validated by professional users to ensure performance and accuracy based on their actual work samples.

Besides support for even more mastering formats, the Archimedia Master Player v1.5 also includes new features that eliminate the need for a videotape player. Key among them is the ability to control audio and video remotely using RS-422 jog/shuttle wheels.

“What we miss the most about videotape players is the jog/shuttle wheel, so we’re bringing it into these workflows by supporting popular PC-compatible ones such as those from BUF, DNF Controls, and JLCooper,” Gray said.

Also, in a first for the industry, users hear smooth scrub sounds for all supported formats in slow-motion, forward, and reverse while in jog/shuttle mode. The action sounds like an analog videotape in slow motion and fast motion, with no annoying clicks or digital noise as found in other players.

Other new features include the ability to browse and automatically check Digital Cinema and IMF packages — that is, their XML metadata files — for completeness and checksum integrity, and additional support for increased 4K frame-rate speeds up to 60 frames per second with Quad 3G-SDI.

The new version of the Archimedia Master Player will ship with all Archimedia Workstations starting in mid-December. The upgrade will be announced and available to existing customers in their Archimedia Master Player when connected to the Internet, and by download from www.archimediatech.com

Information about the Archimedia Master Player, including an online demo, a free trial, and online purchasing, is available at www.archimediatech.com.

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About Archimedia
Archimedia Technology specializes in the processing, conversion, and playback of mastering formats, including JPEG 2000, for the professional broadcast, digital cinema, and video archival industries. Its technology and applications bridge the gap between content producers and their archives without loss of quality. Archimedia’s products fulfill a critical piece of the production and archival workflows, encapsulating complex file interchange and quality control processes for mastering and archive formats into practical solutions that give end users a new level of access to their assets. More information is available at www.archimediatech.com.

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Martin Audio OmniLine Meets Challenges Of Essex University Lecture Theater


A Martin Audio OmniLine system was recently installed in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall (ICLH) at Essex University. Supplied by LMC Audio and installed by Scan Audio, the micro-line array system was identified as the ideal solution for the application from the word go.

The decision was endorsed by Tessa Rogowski, Head of Customer Services––Information Systems at Essex University. “I first saw the product at ISE and spoke with technical staff from Martin Audio about the specific problems we have with the 1,000 seat lecture theater, namely hard surfaces and the fact that the only place to hang speakers was behind the microphones, causing problems with feedback.”

Tessa continues, “There was no question in my mind that this needed to be solved once and for all. Martin Audio were the first people who actually appeared to understand my problems, and had the technology to ensure that the installation would be carried out correctly, the first time.”

The resulting OmniLine sale of 64 elements was handled by LMC Audio London, where Technical Sales Supervisor, Sam Simon-Norris, oversaw the project.

Following an initial visit from Martin Audio’s Peter Child to discuss OmniLine, it quickly became obvious to him that this was the perfect system to install at the ICLH. “With fantastic sound and sleek styling, I could see that it would complement the contemporary nature of the building brilliantly,” Simon-Norris stated.

The OmniLine system will primarily be used for voice amplification in the theater, which is used for high profile graduation ceremonies, conferences and lectures. However, a further challenge is that the theater can also split into two self-contained 500-seat spaces when the positioning of the speakers would automatically change, since they are hung on the walls that would move during the transformation.

Nigel Meddemmen, Martin Audio sales support, addressed the challenge by carrying out venue predictions as an accurate 2D slice using the OmniLine software. The calculations enabled him to position the arrays to ensure best possible response and generate the required rigging, inter-module angles and equalization. These peculiar challenges, he noted, “Actually made OmniLine an excellent choice.”

Other challenges included the use of a variety of microphones in front of the PA system, including tricky omnidirectional lavalier mics, which tend to be favored by university lecturers—plus the insistence on wall-mounting the arrays since the roof structure had not been rated for a flown system.

The biggest problem, however, was the fact that the rear walls of the hall move, splitting the auditorium via a central removable divide when it needs to open up. A total of four OmniLine arrays were specified to cover each of the two sides, yet maintain pattern control across exactly the same area when the room is functioning as a single large space. However, the front wall in each of the two halves is hinged, and when moved backwards, it would swing the outside arrays inward to leave gaps in the coverage at the sides while producing a troublesome coverage overlap in the center between the two ‘inner’ arrays.

The solution was to fix the vertical coverage of the arrays while leaving a degree of play in the horizontal alignment, which would normally be tightened off once commissioned to prevent any movement. An ‘angle stop’ system was therefore designed to slot behind the standard OmniLine wall mount brackets, to make it easy to accurately reposition the arrays when the room configuration changes.

Summarizes Sam Simon-Norris, “Nigel’s solution for overcoming the two-zone problem was as ingenious as it was practical, utilizing an additional bracket to allow the arrays to be swung from one position to another, giving optimum coverage in both modes. This really was a breakthrough for the project, and left us with no doubts that this system would be the perfect choice for the ICLH.”

For the installation itself, Simon-Norris chose long-standing LMC Audio client Scan Audio to carry out the work. The company’s MD, William (Dee) Couchman comments, “We have worked with LMC since the early 1990’s and have always been well supported with great product selection, support and demonstration equipment when needed. We had previously worked successfully together on projects for other educational institutions, and while the University of Essex was new to us, the project looked particularly interesting and we were keen to try out the new compact OmniLine system.”

The installation itself was carried out over four days, including one day to decommission the existing large custom column speakers and a small line array.

Couchman confirmed, “The main challenges included fitting the four line arrays of 16 OmniLine modules to the two large moveable projection walls. The tops of the arrays were only a few inches beneath the stage ceiling area so we used specialized hoist equipment to precisely move these into position above the supporting brackets while avoiding damage to the projection surface.

“The setting provided by the design software required only minor adjustment to produce a clear intelligible sound for this mainly speech-based reinforcement system,” he continued. “Music reproduction was surprisingly full range from such a compact line array, which blended very well with the interior of the hall.”

Nigel Meddemmen also confirmed that OmniLine had proven to be an excellent choice for this application. In addition to solving the University’s sound problems he notes that OmniLine is also visually unobtrusive, the curved lines and neutral grey color helping the system to blend, and not detract from the focus of the venue, in this case the university lecturers.

All of which is a source of great satisfaction for Tessa Rogowski. “It is exactly what I was hoping for,” she said. “Clear vocal reproduction even at the back of the hall in the seats positioned immediately in front of a significantly noisy HVAC outlet. And there is no feedback.

“From those with experience of the previously appalling sound, when they entered the room this time and we turned on the volume, they universally walked round the hall with silly grins on their faces. Sad though this is, we don’t get compliments, we have just stopped getting complaints—and trust me this makes it more than worthwhile.

“As for the installation process. I was most impressed. We could only give the installation team the smallest time frame to undertake the work—as the hall is booked at least six months in advance—and despite this all the work was completed on time.”

But the final word comes from Sam Simon-Norris. “This is just the sort of application for which OmniLine was designed and feedback from the university staff suggests that it has met and exceeded the initial brief on all counts.”

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

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

Domyos Uses Digigram AQILIM *SERV/FIT to Enable Live Streaming Fitness Courses

MONTBONNOT, France — Dec. 10, 2013 — Digigram today announced that Domyos, an Oxylane Group Company (formerly Decathlon Group) with two Domyos Club fitness centers in Lille (Northern France), has installed a Digigram AQILIM *SERV/FIT encoding and transcoding platform to enable live streaming of its Domyos Coach fitness courses and to automate recording and packaging of that content for on-demand viewing. Supplied by systems integrator Novastream, the Digigram solution makes it easy for Domyos to give both existing and prospective members online access to the latest instructional videos and training sessions via the newly redesigned Domyos website.

“The Digigram AQILIM *SERV/FIT is a cost-effective and highly adaptable solution that enabled Novastream to meet our specific requirements for management of live streaming, as well as recoding and export functions,” said Mathieu Desmarez, engineer at Domyos. “By streamlining and simplifying this process, the Digigram solution has allowed us to leverage our on-site fitness offering to provide full online video services and, in turn, to engage our membership in an even more dynamic and interactive manner.”

Novastream developed the Domyos Live solution, which not only makes live sessions available online on both PC and Mac platforms, including mobile devices, but also enables viewers to view a schedule of live streaming events and to share the site on social networks. At the same time, Domyos is able to collect real-time statistics on viewership for each course.

Facilitating this live streaming and VOD model, Digigram’s AQILIM *SERV/FIT supports multiple HD/SD IP streaming resolutions and formats, H.264 codec encoding, and MPEG-2 transcoding sessions from up to two SDI inputs. With integrated HLS, MPEG-TS, and Flash streaming support to connect with key CDN providers, the solution is a complete live multiscreen delivery system for all variety of streaming applications.

More information about Digigram and the company’s products is available at www.digigram.com or by phone at +33 4 76 52 47 47.

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About Novastream
Novastream is a company in France specializing in online video/Web TV for On Demand or Live Streaming. The company provides complete Web solutions to help customers broadcast their video content online. On Demand: personalized and dedicated Web TV for internal or external uses with complete back-office solution and training. Live Streaming: broadcasting of live events with interactive plugins. Further information on Novastream is available at www.novastream.fr / contact@novastream.fr.

About DOMYOS
Created in 1998, Domyos (the fitness, dance, gymnastics and combat sports brand) is one of 20 in-house “Passion” brands in the Oxylane network, sold exclusively in all Decathlon stores. The Domyos philosophy: innovation, design, quality, and accessibility for all ages and abilities. This mindset is shared by the brand’s 150 employees who are all passionate fitness enthusiasts.
www.domyos.com

About Digigram
Positioned at the convergence of professional audio and video with IT, Digigram offers IP-based solutions that enable users worldwide to increase their competitiveness through change.

The company’s products enable the reliable capture, production and delivery of high-quality audio and video over IP networks. Its innovative IP audio codecs, professional sound cards, and audio processing software are used by thousands of journalists, broadcasters, and audio engineers worldwide. Digigram’s all-IP video product line provides advanced contribution and distribution solutions to broadcast, IPTV, Web TV, and OTT operators. The company also delivers key audio/video technologies and OEM solutions to software vendors and manufacturers.

For more than 25 years, through constant innovation and the development of fruitful partnerships, Digigram has been influential in energizing the industry, raising standards, and pushing forward technological development.

Further information on Digigram and its product portfolio is available at www.digigram.com.

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Berlin Philharmonic Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Harman Studer Vista 9

BERLIN, Germany – In recognition of its 50th year, Berlin Philharmonic installed a HARMAN Studer Vista 9 in the Great Hall of its 24-year-old Chamber Music Hall. The auditorium provides excellent acoustics, and therefore hosts a wide range of concerts that are broadcast from the Studio 11 production room to areas far beyond the borders of Germany. The console is provided by Studer’s German distributor Audio Pro, who also fitted the system with 512 additional audio channels in the form of optical MADI interfaces.

In addition to its 80 analog and 24 digital inputs/outputs, The Studer Vista 9 console is outfitted with 240 DSP channels operating at either 48 kHz or 96 kHz. “The additional MADI interfaces allows 64 channels to connect to the digital workstation, while the remaining channels are connected to the Great Hall,” reported Mirsat Neziraj of the Berlin Philharmonic. “Even though Studio 11 production is not assigned exclusively to the Chamber Music Hall, it is used amongst other studios, as a mixing space for recordings or broadcasts from this venue.

Not only is Studio 11 also in high demand from record companies and broadcasters for their own productions, it also services the Philharmonic’s ‘Digital Concert Hall’, an Internet platform that enables music fans all over the world to see and hear the Philharmonic’s concerts, live or on demand. The Soundcraft Vi6, previously used in that production studio, has been relocated to the newly created Studio 12.

“The consistent and fast operating concept of the Studer Vista has impressed us from the start,” says Marco Buttgereit, a member of the audio team. “Because we often have guest sound engineers using our studios, it is important that they are able to familiarize themselves quickly with the technology. The intuitive, easy to operate Vistonics interface of Studer’s Vista range was the key reason why we chose this solution for the studio.”

In addition to local music concerts and jazz, international performances are also promoted in the Great Hall. For example, famous journalist Roger Willemsen has been hosting a series of concerts, which resembles a musical journey through different cultures and regions of the world. These are then also mixed on the Studer Vista 9 in the newly refurbished Studio 11.

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.

Q-Sound Doubles Up on HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 Following Success in Two Cultural Events

THESSALONIKI, Greece – Greek rental company Q-Sound was the force behind the success in two recent cultural events, employing HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 audio consoles supplied by Bon Studio S.A. to ramp up the sound performance. The events included a festival organized by a well-known political party, plus a symphonic orchestra performance at Thessaloniki Concert Hall.

The symphony was a tribute dedicated to legendary Greek poet Kavafis, and all 64 input channels on the Soundcraft Vi1 were utilized during the show. Needless to say, both the audience and the supporting team from Q-Sound were impressed with the sound quality of the console, which has the smallest footprint in the Soundcraft Vi Series. In addition, the Vi1 has the largest touchscreen in its class and features FaderGlow™ color-coded illuminated faders.

“We could not have imagined better results from a Soundcraft console of this size. Our mission was to be able to support venues of this magnitude, while also creating the exact level of sound that the orchestra needs. We are glad to say the Vi1 helped us achieve this goal and exceeded our expectations,” according to Mr. George and Chris Paraskevopoulos, owners of Q-Sound.

“The recent shows were such a success that we decided to acquire a second Soundcraft Vi1! The portability, combined with the amazing yet easily controlled sound system, is a huge advantage for the variety of events that we manage. From political gatherings to cultural events, nothing seems to be a problem for the Vi1,” claimed George Paraskevopoulos.

In 2013, Bon Studio S.A. has already sold 28 Si Expression consoles, seven Si Performer consoles and nine Vi1 consoles in the Greek audio market.

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.

Screen Innovations Now Shipping Black Diamond Tiles

Now shipping! A complete game-changer in large scale projection display, Black Diamond Tiles™ incorporates the most advanced ambient light rejection screen technology available. Benefiting from years of development and refinement, Black Diamond Tiles™ delivers a bright, brilliant image in nearly any environment eliminating the need for darkened viewing areas. Black Diamond Tiles™ are well suited for a wide range of commercial venues and are designed for utmost versatility.

Black Diamond Difference

Unlike all other screen materials, Black Diamond absorbs ambient light from all directions and only selectively reflects back the projectors light. The result is 900% more contrast in most conditions giving you the ability to utilize projection in any room environment. Black Diamond also has huge benefits in a dark room

Scalable & Custom

Black Diamond Tiles™ are completely customizable as well as scalable. Neodymium magnets affix Black Diamond Tiles™ to our custom rigid frame creating a display of any size or aspect ratio, limited only by your imagination. Each panel can be arranged in either landscape or portrait orientation for a unique, one-of-a-kind display with custom sizes available.

Modular

Black Diamond Tiles™ feature a modular design for easy specification, compact shipping, and fast service. Difficult logistics, elevator shafts, and tight spaces are welcome.

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Clay Paky Sharpys and grandMA2 Get the Justin Timberlake Experience on His New World Tour

Justin Timberlake kicked off his “20/20 Experience World Tour” in Montreal and Clay Paky Sharpys, Sharpy Washes and the grandMA2 console were out in force. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor of Clay Paky fixtures and MA Lighting products.

True to its name, the tour is “an experience rather than a show,” says lighting director Nick Whitehouse. “It’s very visual with lots of projection and lighting and a lot of new technology. We got pretty creative with everything and had fun putting it all together.”

The tour is in support of Timberlake’s third studio album, which has a sophisticated vibe. The singer will play dates in North America, Europe, Australia and South America. Solotech is the lighting company for the tour.

Whitehouse programmed the tour on a grandMA2 console with Jason Gangi, who is also the tour lighting director. “I like using grandMA2 best,” Whitehouse says. “They have developed a 3D tracking system for us; our video server feeds 3D info to the MA, which interprets it to the lighting rig. Lots of companies have tried to pull this off before, but MA has succeeded. Every light on the rig can follow Justin around the stage.”

“We did seven weeks of rehearsals,” Whitehouse reports. “The gear really got a work out – 20 hours a day.” On the tour “the whole rig is hidden behind a scenic back wall and ceiling. We have 80 Sharpys and 130 Sharpy Washes mounted on trusses, and all of them come through a grill and look amazing. When they’re not on you don’t see them at all. And when they’re on you can’t see the grill.”

Whitehouse selected Sharpys because he “needed something that was powerful, lightweight and low power. And they tick all those boxes.”

Although the tour is still in its early days the lighting designer says “everything is working great – all the Sharpys and the grandMA2 are holding up really well. The guys at A.C.T were awesome, too. A.C.T’s support has always been incredible. Day or night, we could make one call to A.C.T and get anything sorted out.”

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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