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LynTec Products on Display at PLASA Focus: Nashville 2014

Remote Power Control Mobile (RPCM)
LynTec’s all-new, award-winning Remote Power Control Mobile (RPCM) is the first intelligent power distribution panel to bring three new features to the mobile power distribution market. First, the RPCM uses switch-grade motorized circuit breakers to provide remotely managed electrical protection and on/off control within a single enclosure. Second, the unit offers current monitoring at the branch circuit level — enabling real-time current draw on a branch breaker, phase, or panel basis in addition to notification alarms that alert users of electrical panel anomalies via text or email. Third, the RPCM’s built-in Web server enables users to monitor and control distribution with ease, directly on the network, from a Web interface on any browser-enabled smart device. RPCM also interfaces with most third-party control systems using IP, DMX, and sACN protocols.

Ideal for temporary live events in settings including houses of worship, stadiums, and theaters, the RPCM provides direct on/off control for LED lighting and takes loads out of standby mode by directly shutting down circuits — reducing energy and system maintenance costs, and facilitating more sustainable setups within a portable, road case design.

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Remote Power Controller (RPC) — New Version!
LynTec’s Remote Power Controller (RPC) Series Panel version 2 combines the latest motorized breaker technology with a new and improved controller featuring more memory, a faster processor for real-time monitoring down to the circuit level, and the capacity to use multiple control protocols simultaneously — now including sACN. These new features complement the device’s onboard server with network or smart-device access, load-specified switch-grade motorized circuit breakers, built-in auto-off brownout protection using controlled circuit breaker shutdown and restart, optional sequential circuit level on/off capabilities, and ability to interface with third-party control systems via contact closure, TCP/IP, DMX, or RS-232.

This new version also provides the market’s only auto-on function to activate egress lighting via contact closure inputs from fire alarms in the event of an emergency. Supporting UL 924 requirements, the upgrade replaces the need for separate emergency lighting panels and high voltage switches. The software also turns on lighting circuits regardless of control protocol or zone assignment — similar to the function of existing emergency-off or kill features used for silencing sound reinforcement systems during alarms.

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RPCR Relay Panel
Ideal for houses of worship, schools, performing arts centers, auditoriums, and other large assembly spaces, LynTec’s RPCR is the only relay panel built specifically for the entertainment industry. Based on LynTec’s popular RPC series panel, the RPCR brings branch circuit control and monitoring to any existing breaker panel, regardless of brand, make, or model. The unit combines relay functionality with a built-in Web server to provide remote electrical control to applications, including LED lighting, powered amplifiers, and energy management programs. Additionally, a Web-enabled browser-based interface allows users to set up, troubleshoot, control, and monitor relay status remotely across existing networks — resulting in simpler, more efficient power management from any computer, tablet, or handheld smart device. The point-and-click interface enables users to set up zones easily, perform sequential on/off switching and scheduling, activate emergency overrides, and provide dependable brownout protection.

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LDI 2013 Best Debuting Product of the Year Award
The RPCM was recently honored with an LDI Award for Best Debuting Product of the Year

Company Quote:
“LynTec is pleased to introduce the market’s first intelligent mobile power distribution panel at PLASA Focus: Nashville 2014. Our new award-winning RPCM brings the dependable features from our popular RPC controller to a fully portable product. LynTec will also exhibit its entire RPC line of remote power control systems for the entertainment industry’s professional sound, lighting, and video applications, including the RPCR relay panel and new features such as the market’s only emergency auto-on function for egress lighting requirements.” — Mark Bishop, president of LynTec

Company Overview:
LynTec is a leading manufacturer of remotely operated AC power control systems for the professional sound, lighting, and video industries. The company offers both electrical protection and circuit switching capabilities within the same enclosure — saving space, lowering installation costs, and building trusted relationships with system designers. LynTec’s continuous growth in electrical and expanded lighting control, energy monitoring, built-in power conditioning, and mobile applications positions the company as a leading resource for the A/V and lighting industries and an integral partner for sustainable energy practices. More information is available at www.LynTec.com.

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INDUSTRY LEADERS FORM SAMASERVE

Samaserve \ sam-ma-serve \ n 1 An enabler 2 : Sole authorized Sales, Marketing, Service and Support arm for the entire Nipros (nee- pros) range of broadcast and professional digital video production technology 3 : Samaserve offers 3 a : systemized, 2K, 4K, HD-compatible and SD camera solutions 3 b : deep product knowledge 3 c : proactive, cost-effective, future-proofing counsel 4 : connectivity via www.samaserve.com

RAMSEY, NJ: Three leading industry pros, Bob Ott, Sal Sandoval and Mel Medina, have joined forces with financial expert Vincent Tuzzio, Jr. to form Samaserve, a sales and service company that is taking an innovative approach to providing broadcast and professional digital cinema, television studios and mobile video production companies with first tier production consulting, technology sales, support and service.

With a combined 80+ years of experience in product development and support, long-time Sony execs Ott, Sandoval and Medina have all been directly involved with the introduction of such seminal digital technologies and popular formats as Universal Betacam, DVCAM, HDV, XDCAM, the PMW F3, F5, F55 and, OLED monitors. The Samaserve team’s Pro Audio credentials include overseeing marketing of DAT and solid-state digital recorders, the MDR professional headphone series and Pro Mini Disc.

“We all share a common philosophy about developing a business that would offer superior products, provide peerless support to broadcasters, production companies and cinematographers, and establish an indispensible link to the manufacturers,” Ott said. “Our concept was, ‘Customer First, and, ‘Differentiate our customers’ sales experience with extraordinary service and support.”

Rather than trying to develop a new technology in search of an application, Samaserve has focused its efforts on the thousands of camcorders and shoulder-style cameras already in the market. And, they have developed a method to extend the productive life expectancy of those investments. After surveying the industry, they aligned their sales/marketing, production and support expertise with the new Nipros, (nee- pros) product line of camera accessories popular throughout Asia. The products are manufactured by Nippon Video Systems (NVS), in Japan, which has pioneered camera rigs and accessories that enable any ENG/EFP or DSLR type camera to be operated within a multi-camera studio / stadium environment or digital cinema set.
“The need to take studio cameras and camcorders out of that environment and use them in the field or elsewhere, is now a serious necessity, because professionals need to get the most bang for their camera buck,” Ott said. “These are tough economic times. We understand that video pros need to accomplish more with their existing resources. Nipros camera rigs and signal converters are the perfect solution to that equation.”

“Nipros is completely in sync with our philosophy,” Medina said. “Since the mid-1990’s, their product line has performed far above the expectations of its customers. Nipros technology is designed to deliver top broadcast / cinema quality, they are camera-agnostic, ergonomically ideal for the professional user, and ruggedly built to handle the hard knocks of real world production. Our alliance [with NVS] and shared perspective on the industry is particularly robust. Co-development of meaningful new products is a foundation of our relationship,” Medina adds.

“The Nipros product line was inspired by the clear understanding of client needs and the development of products that meet and exceed those needs,” Ott said. “We are venturing into areas with our flagship product, the LS-750 Fiber Optic Adapter, which offer true 4K operation using accepted industry standards, and provides four HDSDI 3G signal paths plus an additional HDSDI 3G connection. The LS-750 anticipates the need within the nascent 4K production and broadcast industries for shooting a 4K and HD image simultaneously; e.g. 4K/HD simulcast broadcasts.

“Nipros gives camera operators all the tools they need, and every one of those tool controls is operator-selectable,” Sandoval said. Samaserve is committed to supporting and servicing our customers, understanding their needs, and providing the best solution to fit their usage. Basically, do the right thing at the right price.”

Bringing a new product line to the Americas can be a daunting task but the all-pro Samaserve team knew a good thing when they saw it. And now they’re ready to share it with the industry.

Photo 1. Samaserve co-executive partners Bob Ott (left) and Mel Medina on set with Nipros LS-750 systemized camera-agnostic solution. Not pictured are CFO Vincent Tuzzio, and west coast-based executive partner Sal Sandoval.

Photo 2. Samaserve CFO Vincent Tuzzio, Jr.

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Samaserve headquarters is located at 55 Grant Street, Ramsey, NJ 07446. Phone (973) 551- 0391 www.niprosam.com

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DPA Microphones and Steinway Pianos in Perfect Harmony for ‘Keyboards at Christmas’ Event

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary teams up with DPA and Steinway for large-scale holiday performance featuring 17 grand pianos

FORT WORTH, DECEMBER 12, 2013 – The School of Church Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary recently enlisted the help of DPA Microphones and Steinway Hall of Dallas, Plano and Fort Worth to put on Keyboards at Christmas — a performance of “grand” proportions. With 17 Steinway Grand Pianos on stage, student and professional musicians performed holiday songs for the packed house at the 3,500-seat venue.

Already DPA Microphones enthusiasts for the ability of its mics to reproduce the natural beauty of a Steinway, the music staff at Southwestern Baptist knew it wanted to equip all 17 pianos with three d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Mics each, for a total of 51 mics. A clear, pristine sound was the school’s primary requirement when searching for a mic, and it was obvious that the DPA d:vote was the only choice.

“The Steinway instruments have a very beautiful, very unique sound that other instruments can’t touch, so we didn’t want to recreate the sound, but rather amplify it for the audience to hear in this very large hall,” says Luke Byford, Assistant Director of Musical Productions for the school. “We had experimented for a while with how to mic the piano in this hall and we knew it had to be the DPA d:votes. We previously tried a pickup system, but it just didn’t provide the live sound of the piano. It actually sounded pretty dead. Then we tried a variety of other mics and positions. Nothing seemed right, until our sound techs presented the idea to try the d:votes we had for string instruments in the piano. We were very pleased with the natural reproduction of the DPA mics as they gave us a much more accurate picture of how the pianos sound and the beauty that they put out.”

While this is the second year of the event, the school’s 2012 performance was held in a smaller, more acoustically tuned venue, so the staff did not require microphones. For this year’s Keyboards at Christmas, the school increased the number of pianos. To ensure that audience members had a clear view of every musician, the stage had three elevated platforms, which allowed them to place five pianos at the top, six in the center and six in the front.

“For a great deal of the program, all of the pianos were played at the same time,” says Jerry Aultman, Professor of Music Theory, who worked with Byford on the event. “Sometimes there were two pianists per piano, so a total of 34 pianists playing simultaneously. Bottom line, it was imperative in this hall, as you can imagine with this many instruments and musicians, for the artists to hear each other separately and without delay. From an audience perspective, I noticed that the DPA d:votes just made the Steinways sound the way they are supposed to sound. It was a true representation of the pianos. They don’t need improvement, they’re wonderful the way they are, we just wanted to amplify them and reproduce an accurate sound. With a program of this magnitude, using this many pianos in a hall this large, it is impossible to overemphasize the importance of this requirement.”

It wasn’t just the microphones that drew Byford and Aultman to the DPA d:vote. As the microphone is designed to be heard and not seen, the tiny capsule size enabled the mics to be positioned where the staff wanted them, without any visible signs of a mic being in place.

“We like that you can’t see them,” adds Byford. “They were in the pianos and we ran the lines out of the back, so the audience did not even know they were there. The magnetic piano mounts were great because once they were attached to the brass, they didn’t bounce or rattle. They stayed exactly where we put them, and the fact that they are on goosenecks allowed us to get the mounts in the proper spot on the piano, but then move the microphone to get them in the best position to pick up the exact area of sound we wanted to highlight. They were so hidden and so natural that many of our audience members later told us they didn’t even realize the pianos were being amplified until we mentioned it to them.”

The school had only one day of prep time to mic up the pianos and do an audio run through with students to ensure the EQ was perfect, so the size and maneuverability of the d:votes also afforded the quick setup that was needed. With only a limited in-house supply of d:votes, the school sought to rent an additional 35 microphones to fulfill their need for 51 d:votes. A tall order for any rental house, Byford found himself in direct contact with Eric Mayer, President of DPA Microphones, Inc.

“I think it’s great that a company that makes this kind of product would want to get behind a production like ours and help out the way they did,” adds Byford. “Everyone we worked with at DPA, seemed really excited to help us and support this project.”

In addition to the large supply of d:votes, the company loaned the school two d:facto™ Vocal Microphones for the soloists who accompanied the pianists. DPA’s Sales and Marketing rep, James Capparelle, also attended the event to help with setup and make certain everything ran smoothly.

The Keyboards at Christmas event hosted Southwestern Baptist students and faculty, as well as school-aged children who played three songs, including excerpts from the classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Guest artists Becky Lombard, professor of music at Truett-McConnell College, and T. Bob Davis, a former Southwestern Seminary trustee also performed. In addition to Byford, Aultman and Capparelle, the event was also run by Matthew Bennett, Will Schaefer, Caleb Wallace and Cody Meuer, who are student employees of the school’s A/V Communications department and were key players in making sure the program operated effortlessly.

Video from the event can be found at: http://youtu.be/-D0JsLg2IDw.

ABOUT DPA MICROPHONES:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

SSL Teams With Audio Acústica for Live Console Distribution in Mexico

“SSL Live is definitely setting new trends and standards for live audio”

TLALPAN, MEXICO – Solid State Logic is proud to announce that as part of the ongoing development of a global partner network for SSL Live consoles, pro audio specialist Audio Acústica y Electrónica S.A. de C.V. will distribute SSL Live in Mexico.

“Audio Acústica is proud to be the face of the SSL Live in Mexico,” says F. Javier Posada Morales, Director General of Audio Acústica y Electrónica S.A. de C.V. “As the next big thing in live mixing, SSL Live is definitely setting new trends and standards for live audio, which is something the company has been doing for more than 35 years in the music, broadcast and post production markets. By joining forces with this prestigious brand, we are able to distribute and support the live console of the highest quality to our customers in the region.”

“Audio Acústica is a great company with depth and personal relationships with the highest level audio companies in Mexico,” says George Horton, Vice President, Western Region, Solid State Logic, Inc. “Live audio has some deep roots in Mexico, so we wanted to have the best possible partner to help bring the SSL Live to the region and also to support our clients for years to come. We are honored to work with Audio Acústica to raise awareness of the console.”

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Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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LMG Systems Integration Launches In Nashville; Hires Tim Slade

Nashville, TN – LMG is pleased to announce the hiring of Tim Slade as a sales engineer in Nashville in order to launch and expand a local presence in the marketplace for the firm’s systems integration division. Slade’s duties will include developing new business, client communication, and advising clients on the optimal equipment to meet design and budget needs to support the systems integration division, which focuses on permanent installations and product sales of video, audio, lighting and audiovisual equipment.

Tim Slade, LMG Systems Integration

Tim Slade, a seasoned veteran, brings over 25 years of audiovisual industry experience to LMG. Previous to LMG, Slade handled sales and consulting of audiovisual systems, handling engineering, project strategy, dealer channels, and developing client partnerships supporting high end installation projects, with an emphasis on education, corporate, and house of worship markets. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Belmont University in Nashville, and is a Certified Technology Specialist through Infocomm International.

LMG’s 24,000 square foot Nashville office and warehouse location recently celebrated its one year anniversary, opening in October 2012 to support the firm’s show technology and touring divisions, as well as their onsite office at the Music City Center as the official audiovisual provider for the venue. With the addition of Tim Slade and his depth of experience to the team, LMG rounds out its service offerings to include systems integration in Nashville. LMG’s office/warehouse is located at 1674 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37210.

“Tim is a welcome addition to the systems integration team,” states Les Goldberg, CEO/president of LMG. “Adding this position helps us in supporting national installation projects, continuing our effort to expand the systems integration division, and growing the LMG footprint in Nashville.”

LMG Systems Integration provides design, consulting, installation, as well as product sales, of customized audiovisual technology – including video, audio, control and teleconferencing equipment, working with clients nationwide on educational institutions, healthcare facilities, executive boardrooms, command/control centers, houses of worship, and specialty installations.

For more information, please visit lmgintegration.com

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HARMAN Wins 2014 Technical GRAMMY® Award for Lexicon Audio Brand

STAMFORD, CT – December 12, 2013 — Harman International (NYSE:HAR), the premium global audio and infotainment group, announced today that its Lexicon® brand has won a Technical GRAMMY® Award, which is presented to individuals and companies that have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced their Special Merit Awards earlier today. Recipients are determined by vote of The Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing Advisory Council and Chapter Committees, as well as The Academy’s Trustees. This year’s Technical GRAMMY Award recognizes Lexicon’s contributions to the art and science of music recording and reproduction through innovation and excellence in product design. The Lexicon brand is in rare company: the only other such award is being presented posthumously to Emile Berliner, who invented and patented the “Gramophone” sound recording device in 1887.

Dinesh C. Paliwal, HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO; Blake Augsburger, President – Professional Division; and Noel Larson, Market Manager – Recording, Broadcast, Portable PA and Tour, will accept the award during the 56th Annual GRAMMY weekend festivities in Los Angeles January 24-26, 2014.

“We are deeply honored that yet another HARMAN brand has been recognized with a Technical GRAMMY Award,” said Paliwal. “Lexicon products have long been admired both by recording industry professionals and the discriminating audiences they serve, and we are proud to be the only audio systems company to have received this prestigious validation multiple times from the Recording Academy.”

Founded in 1971, Lexicon is one of the world’s premier manufacturers of digital effects processing electronics and home theater systems. The company was among the first to produce commercially-available digital reverb systems which is used by 80 percent of recording artists, and was also an early pioneer in the hard disk recording sector. Lexicon also markets premium amplifiers for luxury cars, home theater and distributed audio applications, featuring the brand’s exclusive Logic 7® surround sound processing algorithm.

“Earning this GRAMMY is a testament to the remarkable passion that Harman puts into the science of recording and reproducing great sound,” said Augsburger. “I am very proud of the contribution that our Lexicon team has made in creating some of music’s most memorable impressions, and congratulate my colleagues on this milestone achievement.”

HARMAN is the only manufacturer to earn multiple Technical GRAMMY Awards. The Company’s AKG microphone and headphone brand was honored in 2010 for its more than 60 years of contributions to the art and science of sound. The JBL brand earned a Technical GRAMMY in 2005 for its state-of-the-art advancements in music recording, loudspeakers, and audio systems integration expertise. HARMAN Professional audio systems are used in the studio and on the road by leading performing artists, and are installed in thousands of performance, sporting and commercial venues worldwide.

About Harman International
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. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

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Middle Atlantic Names Brubaker Regional Sales Manager

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products has appointed Blake Brubaker as Regional Sales Manager for Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota.

In his new position, Brubaker will manage sales for the A/V, security, data and residential market segments while ensuring that Middle Atlantic factory sales reps are properly trained and equipped with the right tools to effectively represent the company. He will also provide support with sales calls, trade shows and direct customer contact.

Prior to joining Middle Atlantic, Brubaker spent 19 years at the Da-Lite Screen Company, working his way up to VP of Sales with overall responsibility for the customer service, residential sales and A/V consultant liaison departments.

Over the years, Blake has also been closely involved with InfoComm, serving as Exhibitor Committee Chairman and as part of the Professional Education Training Committee. He was also technical consultant for the InfoComm Standards Committee specializing in projection screens.

Asked about his new position, Blake responded, “I am very excited about being part of the Middle Atlantic family. Having spent much of my career with a U.S.-based manufacturer in the audiovisual industry, this is a perfect fit and really feels like home to me. They are a great group of people who work hard and have fun doing it. You couldn’t ask for more.”

Middle Atlantic Midwest Sales Director Robert Newhuis added, “We are truly fortunate to have someone with Blake’s experience and success in sales management, knowledge of the industry, and extensive technical background. He represents a major asset and valuable addition to our team in terms of building our customer base and sales for the future.”

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

Extron Introduces Two Input DTP Wallplate Transmitters for HDMI and VGA

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DTP T HWP 232 D and the DTP T UWP 232 D two input Decora®-style transmitters. The DTP T HWP 232 D transmits HDMI, audio, and control, while the DTP T UWP 232 D transmits HDMI or analog video, audio, and control. These signals are sent up to 230 feet (70 meters) over a single CATx cable to an Extron DTP 230 receiver. The DTP T UWP 232 D digitizes incoming analog video for reliable display on a variety of output devices. Both transmitters are HDCP compliant and include independent stereo audio connections. They also offer many integrator-friendly features such as EDID Minder, auto-switching between inputs, remote power capability, and bidirectional RS-232 and IR pass-through for remote AV device control. The wall-mountable design of the DTP T HWP 232 D and DTP T UWP 232 D provides the convenience of placing input connections precisely where they are needed. more

ABS Builds, Supports International Broadcasting Center for 27th SEA Games in Myanmar

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it has been selected as the premier AV technology provider for the International Broadcasting Center (IBC) for the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, which start today and run through December 22nd in Myanmar. More than 1,000 media personnel are expected to cover the games, and ABS has been on location for more than three months preparing for the event.

Held every two years, the SEA Games include participants from 11 countries and serve as pre-qualifying contests for some track and field events for the Olympic Games. There are more than 4,000 athletes competing in more than 30 sports at this year’s event, which will be held in 29 venues across Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay, and Ngwe Saung. This year is the first time Myanmar has hosted the SEA Games since 1969.

In conjunction with Asia Mega Link, a telecommunications company based in Yangon, ABS was tasked with designing, building, and supporting video and audio for the media in all venues. ABS will also produce HD coverage of all athletic events, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. Each venue includes an area for stand-ups, a “mixed zone” for interviews with athletes, and predetermined ENG camera positions with wide views of the field of play.

ABS and Asia Mega Link have installed bi-directional fiber links between each venue and the IBC, which is based in the Maniyadana Jade Hall in Nay Pyi Taw. The IBC features a three-camera TV studio with control room. Other services available include SD and HD satellite uplink/downlink, equipment rental, and daily highlight video packages available for each sport and each day. Grass Valley is the premier provider of technology for the SEA Games, providing LDX Series cameras and GV STRATUS nonlinear media production tools. Broadcasters can also rent private offices, which include a network connection, router connectivity, and GV STRATUS.

“Myanmar is an emerging country, and the SEA Games will help introduce its people and culture to much of the rest of the world with brilliant HD imagery,” said Mark Siegel, president of ABS and director of technology for the SEA Games. “ABS is very pleased to be working with Asia Mega Link to help make this event a success for members of the media who will be on site.”

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith, and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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Sennheiser Digital 9000 System Drives ‘Next Wave’ of Interactive Art

The microphone system delivered uncompressed, artifact-free audio night after night to patrons donning Sennheiser wireless headphones

Los Angeles, CA, December 12, 2013: Last month, Invisible Cities, the world’s first large-scale opera for wireless headphones, completed its limited run of sold-out performances at Los Angeles’ Union Station – the largest railway terminal in the western United States. At the heart of the production, which was staged within the vast, multi-room expanse of the terminal as well as among its outdoor courtyards, was Sennheiser’s new Digital 9000 wireless system. The microphone system delivered uncompressed, artifact-free audio night after night to patrons donning Sennheiser wireless headphones.

The opera, a collaboration among The Industry, L.A. Dance Project and Sennheiser, was written by Christopher Cerrone and based on the 1972 novel by Italo Calvino. The narrative, which is accompanied by an 11-piece live orchestra being captured by a selection of Sennheiser and Neumann microphones, takes audience members on an artistic, multi-sensory journey throughout the terminal as character Marco Polo describes his quests to Emperor Kublai Khan. Thanks to professional and consumer wireless technology from Sennheiser, neither the performers nor the audience members are restricted by the typical spatial confines of a theatre, and participants are invited to experience the opera from an almost infinite number of different perspectives.

Three core technology elements from Sennheiser made the technical production possible: these included wired microphones; wireless microphones and IEM (in-ear monitoring) systems; and wireless consumer headphones. Each instrument in the orchestra was miked using Sennheiser or Neumann wired microphones while performances were broadcast to performers and audience members using Sennheiser’s state-of-the-art wireless technology. Audience participants were able to experience the entire performance using wireless consumer headphones from the Sennheiser RS 120 II system.

The Heart of the System: Sennheiser’s Digital 9000

From a technical perspective, the star of Invisible Cities was the Sennheiser Digital 9000 system, which delivered eight channels of uncompressed, artifact-free audio throughout the facility and captured every delicate nuance of the libretto. The components of the Digital 9000 system used in the opera included the EM 9046 digital receiver, SK 9000 bodypack transmitters and MKE 1 clip-on microphones.

“Digital 9000 was a natural choice for the singers,” explains Dave Missall, National Market Development, Professional Systems, Sennheiser USA. “In addition to delivering 24/96 kHz performance with unprecedented dynamic range and a non-existent noise floor, the Digital 9000 system made it easy to allocate frequencies in the middle of downtown Los Angeles, which is an extremely hostile RF environment. Since the Digital 9000 transmitters have very high linearity, intermodulation is non-existent. Therefore frequencies can be set in very close range to one another with no problems, making the system spectrum efficient.”

Running in parallel with Digital 9000 was Sennheiser’s 2000 series IEM system, which handled in-ear monitoring duties for each of the singers and dancers and ensured their performances were in lock step with the musical score. EK 2000 IEM receivers, IE 8 earbuds and SR 2050 IEM twin transmitters were accompanied by a highly complex antenna system. Four distinct zones throughout the terminal served as antenna farms to achieve seamless RF coverage for both the performers and for audience members wearing wireless headphones. Depending on the zone, A 2003-UHF passive directional antennas were deployed with A 5000-CP circularly polarized models, effectively minimizing signal strength variations while eliminating multipath issues.

Sennheiser and Neumann at the Source

Sound designer Martin Gimenez specified a diverse collection of Sennheiser evolution microphones as well as Neumann microphones to cover each instrument in the 11-piece orchestra. evolution microphones were used to capture brass and percussion, as well as overall room ambience. For woodwinds and strings, including the harp, Gimenez utilized several Neumann KM 184 small-diaphragm condenser microphones. On the piano, he selected a pair of Neumann U 87 Ai large-diaphragm condensers.

“Between the sonic immediacy of the headphone concept and Christopher Cerrone’s haunting orchestration, sonic transparency was paramount on our minds,” commented Gimenez. “Having access to the entire range of Neumann and Sennheiser microphones proved vital and necessary in order to convey the amount of detail to each and every audience member.”

Sennheiser Audio Quality, from Alpha to Omega

At the opposite end of the signal chain were four hundred wireless consumer headphones from the Sennheiser RS 120 II system, which delivered premium quality sound to the audience members during each performance. Featuring a comfortable, open-air design with easy access to user controls such as volume, tuning and an on-off switch, the combination of audio quality, comfort and ease of use made the headphones the perfect choice for this particular application.

The success of Invisible Cities’ initial run has been recognized extensively in the international press and was awarded a proclamation from the City of Los Angeles. Since completing its performances there, The Industry has entertained offers for performances in Bordeaux, France and other locations in 2014.

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2012 the family company, which was founded in 1945, achieved a turnover of around 584 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,300 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.

Photo captions:

1: Invisible Cities attendees listened to the opera on wireless headphones from the Sennheiser RS 120 II system

2: Sennheiser had four zones of antennas to facilitate wireless transmission throughout Union Station

3: The Sennheiser EM 9046 digital receiver

4: The 11-piece orchestra of Invisible Cities was miked using Sennheiser evolution and Neumann microphones

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