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CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA INAUGURATES NEW MULTI-PURPOSE WSDG CONTROL ROOM

CHICAGO: For over 120 years, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has reigned as one of the world’s greatest classical music ensembles. In a move to upgrade their recording, broadcast and streaming capabilities, Marc Geelhoed, chief of the CSO’s CSO Resound record label, commissioned leading recording engineer/producers Tim Martyn and Shawn Murphy to form a design team to revamp the control room which has long served as the CSO’s technical hub.

A multiple Grammy winner, and owner of Phoenix Audio LLC based in Glen Rock NJ, Martyn has served as Technical Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Festival for 30 years. Oscar and Grammy-winning, film-scoring engineer Shawn Murphy, has worked with such artists as James Newton Howard, Danny Elfman and John Williams on films ranging from The Bourne Legacy, Star Wars and Indiana Jones to Jurassic Park.

Cognizant of the compressed time frame and technical constraints of the project, Martyn and Murphy turned to the Walters-Storyk Design Group as architectural and acoustical collaborators. “I’ve worked with John Storyk on a number of studio projects, and knew they had the creative skills and technical knowhow to redesign CSO’s control room within the limited construction window and budget allotted for this critical turnaround,” Martyn said.

WSDG Project Manager Matthew Ballos reports that their initial site visit to CSO’s 320 SF control room immediately inspired a key design point. “John Storyk and I agreed that the path to reconfiguring this 16′ wide x 20′ long room was to change its orientation from center line (rear wall) access to right rear corner. Shifting the position of the entrance immediately enabled us to improve the ‘sweet spot;’ introduce a comfortable client work area, and develop additional space to accommodate the CSO’s active CD duplication service for conductors and guest artists.” In addition to creating a custom suspended ceiling cloud and wall treatments, WSDG supervised custom millwork for the mixing desk and related cabinetry.

Designed to accommodate live recording, broadcast, streaming and post-production, the new CSO control room and recording system features Merging Technologies’ Pyramix DAWs and Horus Mic preamps and converters; a Yamaha DM2000 console; and B&W and Classé Monitors and power amplifiers. In addition, the orchestra made a serious commitment towards upgrading their microphone inventory, with new mics by Schoeps, Sennheiser, and Neumann.

“We could not be more pleased with the vastly improved appearance and functionality of our redesigned control room,” Marc Geelhoed remarked. “Tim and Shawn coordinated a remarkable team effort. Our new WSDG room is a success on every level. Our listeners and fans will clearly benefit as much as our technical staff from this new facility.”

“As an ardent enthusiast of classical music, I have an abiding love for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and their inspirational Music Director, Riccardo Muti,” John Storyk concludes. “We were honored to contribute to this important project.”

Photo 1. Chicago Symphony Orchestra Control Room revamped by WSDG. Photo by Harvey Tillis

Photo 2. Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Photo 3. Chicago Symphony Orchestra Center. Photo by Jim Steere

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media facilities worldwide. Credits include Jimi Hendrix’s 1969′s Electric Lady Studios; NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge; broadcast facilities for The Food Network, ESPN, and WNET; major education complexes for NYU and Berklee College of Music Boston and Valencia, Spain; media rooms for Hoffman La Roche, and other corporate clients. Recent projects include NYC’s TEC award winner Jungle City Studios and private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk (an adjunct professor at Berklee College,) Beth Walters, Sergio Molho and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications.WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Rafael Vinoly, Norman Foster, Oscar Niemeyer, Phillipe Stark and Nicholas Grimshaw. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Buenos Aires,Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City and Mumbai.

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Casio Teams Up With Synnex Corporation To Expand LampFree® Projector Distribution

DOVER, NEW JERSEY, December 16, 2013 – Casio is proud to announce its new association with Synnex Corporation, a wholesale distributor servicing resellers and original equipment manufacturers worldwide. Under this new partnership, Casio will increase its presence in the government and education sectors by being the first LampFree® projector line that Synnex distributes across the United States.

 “We are very excited to work with Synnex and believe this partnership will benefit Casio’s growth nationwide,” said Matt Mustachio, general manager of Casio’s Business Projector Division. “Casio is committed to providing its leading LampFree® technology to consumers and this partnership will open the door to new channels for Casio projectors and strengthen our position as a leader in this industry.”

Casio’s portfolio of projectors are powered by its state-of-the-art LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source and DLP® technology that provides LampFree®, eco-friendly data projection at a fraction of the cost of traditional projectors. Casio’s LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source combines blue laser light and a fluorescent element to generate a high output of green light. The green light, blue laser light, and the light emitted by a red LED are then projected through a DLP® chip which, in turn, is passed through the projection lens to form an image. This technology achieves an increase in color spectrum compared to a mercury lamp, while lowering a projector’s total cost of ownership and maximizing investment.

Synnex is authorized to distribute the Casio LampFree® projector across the United States including Alaska and Hawaii. While the company will carry the complete line of Casio LampFree® projectors, some models will be open to all channels of distribution, while others will focus on the Pro AV marketplace. For additional information on Casio’s LampFree® family of projectors, please visit www.CasioProjector.com.

 

About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casiousa.com.

About SYNNEX Corporation
SYNNEX Corporation, a Fortune 500 corporation, is a leading business process services company, servicing resellers and original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs, in multiple regions around the world. The Company’s primary business process services are wholesale distribution, contract assembly, and business process outsourcing, or BPO. Founded in 1980, SYNNEX employs over 11,000 associates worldwide and operates in the United States, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom.

Tightrope Media Systems Keeps Digital Signage Content Fresh with Tight Social Media Integration

New Carousel software release adds Twitter, Facebook authentication alongside new visual enhancements tools to address evolving customer needs

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, December 17, 2013Tightrope Media Systems announces a new software release for its tried-and-true Carousel digital signage platform, giving its customers new tools and enhancements that keep content fresh and enrich visual appeal.

Available today, the Carousel 6.4 software release supports direct Twitter and Facebook integration, simplifying how operators access and subsequently incorporate social media feeds into signage layouts. This native connection, achieved via a simple login process, also better organizes social media integration so that content remains timely.

“Social media is so natural to people today that it’s easy for most to focus in and consume that information on signage platforms,” said Eric Henry, Signage Solutions Lead for Tightrope Media Systems. “Our customers are increasingly seeking ways to ensure that their social media content is current, dynamic and well-aligned with their screen content. It creates a natural connection between consumers and the businesses or organizations that rely on digital signage as a communications platform.”

The new Carousel software release also includes visual and operational enhancements to keep screens lively and appealing. A new text character limit on Carousel bulletins eliminate screen crowding and wordy passages to retain viewers and strengthen messages. Similarly, a new web preview feature offers a quick glance at clock bulletins to ensure content is synchronized and easy to digest. Operationally, a new copy option allows for quick transfer of new bulletins to fresh templates, allowing users to create and customize layouts rich with up-to-date information.

“The new software release benefits our customers across all digital signage verticals we serve, including hospitality, transportation, sports and houses of worship,” said Henry. “These enhancements also reflect what our customers are requesting today.”

About Tightrope Media Systems
Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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Last Chance To Ring In The New Year With SunBriteTV’s Best Seat In The House Consumer Rebate Promotion

THOUSAND OAKS, California, December 17, 2013 – Aren’t we all dreaming of warmer weather by now? SunBriteTV’s Best Seat in the House Consumer Rebate promotion ends December 31, meaning that now is the best time to prepare your backyard for springtime’s glorious sunshine and temperatures!

The promotion offers direct mail-in rebates on select Signature Series models. Consumers will receive a $300 rebate after purchasing the 4660HD, and a $400 rebate for 5565HD and 6560HD models.

“Whether you’re hosting a brisk football party, a sunny BBQ or a family movie night under the stars, a SunBriteTV makes any outdoor gathering more fun,” said Tom Dixon, VP of Marketing, SunBriteTV.

What’s more is that every Signature Series model is available in black, silver or white to best complement any outdoor entertainment zone.

Every SunBriteTV includes a 2-year warranty, a weatherproof remote, and a built-in 20-watt sound system. Optional accessories include a variety of wall-, ceiling- or pole-mount installation solutions, dust covers and FM Radio.

All models withstand temperatures from -24°F to 122°F and completely resist rain, humidity, salt corrosion, dust, and insects. Anti-glare screens are specially designed to deliver bright high-definition images in any outdoor climate, any time of day or night.

Looking for inspiration to design the perfect backyard paradise? Visit http://backyardphotos.sunbritetv.com/ to view user-submitted entries in SunBriteTV’s Backyard of the Year Competition.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.sunbritetv.com or call the sales department directly at 866.357.8688.

Follow SunBriteTV on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SunBriteTV

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV’s all-weather televisions have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arena, restaurant and hotel patios and even on military vehicles participating in field operations. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

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“The House at Haunted Hill” Delivers Hollywood-Style Halloween Illusions with Alcorn McBride Equipment

Halloween has gone high tech in Woodland Hills, California where Emmy-winning lighting designer Matt Ford of Magic Lantern Creations, Inc. and his wife, actress Lori Merkle Ford, have evolved their home’s Halloween display to attract visitors far beyond neighborhood trick-or-treaters. The Fords’ “House at Haunted Hill” has grown from homemade tombstones and black lights to a Disney-inspired haunted mansion to its current incarnation as an illusion-filled holiday show driven by an Alcorn McBride V16+ show controller and A/V Binloop HD.

The 12-minute free show, mounted by an all-volunteer cast and crew at the Fords’ residence, featured holograms, projections, animatronics and lighting effects, which told the Hollywood story of a 1920s starlet who marries a shady screenwriter whose wife and daughter have mysteriously disappeared. Neil Patrick Harris – who offered to be part of the show – had a cameo as a reporter, a role written especially for him. The production ran every 15 minutes from October 3 to November 3 from 7 pm to 10 pm (midnight on Friday and Saturday).

“We got between 6,000-7,000 people to see the show,” Ford says. “On October 30 a big double-decker bus with flashing lights came by. It turned out to be large group of Disney imagineers and a few executives. And they all recognized the Alcorn McBride equipment.”

Just as “The House at Haunted Hill” has evolved in style and complexity, it has grown in its use of Alcorn McBride equipment. “By 2006 we had quite a few effects – there was still no show, juts a bunch of random stuff but we had four or five Alcorn McBride Digital Video Machines running off an Interactivator. We’d get a couple of thousand people to see the house over a two-week period. Some people in the business thought it was great but said we needed to tell our own story.”

The Fords didn’t want a typical spooky house scenario. “My wife came up with a story set in Old Hollywood, and Emmy-winning TV writer Ed Valentine wrote the script,” says Ford. “We wanted to use projection effects, no live actors, to tell a classy story like a high-end ride, which had strong production values.”

With the story established Ford had to find equipment to handle the lighting, sound and video cues. “We needed something that could take SMPTE off the soundtrack and fire all these elements during the show,” he explains. “So we upgraded to a V16+ show controller and went straight to the A/V Binloops to support all the projections and Pepper’s ghost illusions – Neil Patrick Harris appears in one of those.

“The V16+ was really critical to pulling off the show. Everything is completely automated: Push one button on the V16+ and the whole show runs. It also sends MIDI show control to the lighting console and serial commands to automation equipment. The V16+’s flexibility and ability to interface with many different devices is key. There’s no other way we could have done it and kept the show fresh.”

Ford emphasizes that “The House at Haunted Hill” “is not about the technology but about the story. But it’s the technology that allows us to tell the story the way we do.”

The A/V Binloops have 14 channels of projection and three channels of HD output, while the Pepper’s ghost illusions feature some video warping. “What’s nice is being able to pop out the CompactFlash card, put it in the computer, adjust the video then put it back,” he says.

“Alcorn McBride’s support has been great,” Ford adds. “As a TV lighting designer I’m used to having really good support, and theirs is second to none. I have high expectations, and Alcorn McBride is one of the most responsive vendors I’ve used. I totally get why they are considered an industry leader.”

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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New Deal Sounds Great To DPA Microphones

Leading microphone manufacturer DPA Microphones has consolidated its position in the market by joining forces with The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm that focuses on acquiring strong and growing businesses.

The Riverside Company’s investment in DPA Microphones will allow DPA to significantly expand its operation and grow the company at a much faster pace.

“DPA is already a very successful and profitable company, which has been experiencing a 15% increase in sales, year on year, for the last five years,” says DPA’s CFO Christian Hoff. “With Riverside involved, we anticipate even stronger sales growth in the next five years.”

Riverside has long experience in the audio and electronics industry, having previously invested in German loudspeaker company Teufel, which was successfully divested in 2010. More recently Riverside acquired BLUE Microphones, a US manufacturer of consumer and performance microphones and related products.

Riverside Partner Thomas Blomqvist says that Riverside saw DPA Microphones as an attractive partner because it has an innovative and well-designed product range and an international reputation for delivering outstanding quality and durability.

“This is a solid foundation for further growth, and Riverside’s global network and experience in the audio industry should help propel DPA to further success,” he says.

Under the terms of the new deal, DPA’s CEO Christian Poulsen and CFO Christian Hoff have retained their current positions in management and on the board, along with a 40% shareholding. Riverside is now the majority shareholder and will also have representation on the DPA board.

“For our day to day operation, it is business as usual,” Christian Poulsen says. “What has changed is our ability to capitalize on our current success and make this even more significant in the future. Riverside has an extensive network worldwide, many of whom are specialists in the audio industry and have deep technical knowledge and experience that we can exploit. This investment will allow us to develop new technologies and new products at a much faster pace. It will also allow us to move into new markets and attract more good people to our brand, while still properly supporting our existing customer and partner base.”

DPA makes an array of microphones geared toward demanding professional users in application areas such as theatre, broadcast, public address/live and studio. Its current product range includes headset, lavalier, instrument, and vocal microphones. In addition, the company makes adaptors and a variety of accessories to complement its offerings. DPA’s products are sold through own sales offices in Denmark, the US and Hong Kong as well as through a worldwide network of licensed distributors, and are used by many of the world’s top studios, broadcasters and recording artists.

Working with Thomas Blomqvist on the transaction for Riverside were Vice President Björn Larsson and Associate Martin Gustavsson. Principal for Origination Lars Eriksson sourced the opportunity for Riverside.

L.E.K., KPMG and Gorrissen Federspiel performed commercial, financial and legal due diligence, respectively. Danske Bank provided financing for the transaction. Audon A/S, an M&A International Inc. firm, advised DPA Microphones.

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About The Riverside Company
The Riverside Company is a global private equity firm focused on acquiring growing businesses valued at up to $250 million (€200 million in Europe). Since its founding in 1988, Riverside has invested in more than 320 transactions. The firm’s international portfolio includes more than 70 companies.
www.riversidecompany.com or www.riversideeurope.com

About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all 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, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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Bexel Promotes Greg Bragg to VP of Global Sales

(BURBANK, CA) Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, has named Greg Bragg vice president of Global Sales.

“Greg’s comprehensive understanding of our day-to-day operations and his strong customer relationships make him a perfect match for this new role,” said Bexel President and General Manager Halid Hatic. “He has learned our business from the ground up, and his leadership will be instrumental as Bexel continues to expand its reach across the worldwide broadcast industry.”

Bragg started his career with Bexel in 1995; working his way up through positions such as quality control supervisor and audio department technician, to rental department division coordinator, among others. In 2006, Bragg was named rental manager for the company’s headquarters in Burbank, Calif. Within a few years, he was appointed to serve all Bexel locations, and soon after was promoted to associate director of Network Rentals. He has been serving as director of sales since 2012.

Bragg has played a critical role in broadening Bexel’s broadcast services to include reality programming and production support. He has developed strong relationships with reality production companies that include Mark Burnett Productions (Apprentice), Upper Ground Enterprises (Hell’s Kitchen), Endemol USA (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), Evolution Media (Real Housewives franchise) and Original Media (LA Ink, NY Ink).

“I am excited about this opportunity to represent the entire Bexel family in my new role,” said Bragg. “Bexel has a long history of superior customer service and engineering excellence. I am confident in my vision for our sales organization, and a lot of that stems from the fact that that I am surrounded by the best sales team, engineering, and support staff in the industry”

About Bexel:
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit http://www.bexel.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Vitec Group:
Capture the moment(tm)

For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

Media Contacts:
ignite strategic communications
818.980.3473
Lisa Muldowney: lisa@ignite.bz
Sally Christgau: sally@ignite.bz

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Haivision Video Cloud Gains Momentum Globally with Channel Partners

Hulskamp Audiovisueel and Ikonik Media Choose Haivision Video Cloud to Simplify Customers’ Video Management, Publishing and Delivery

MONTREAL, CANADA — December 16, 2013 — Haivision today announced that channel partners Hulskamp Audiovisueel (a leading Dutch media company) and Ikonik Media (a service organization focused on digital strategy and optimization) have selected the Haivision Video Cloud as a service for their global customer base to manage, publish and distribute live and on-demand video content.

Haivision Video Cloud is an end-to-end platform that simplifies video management, publishing and delivery to multiple sites and devices. As enterprises continue to adopt video to communicate to audiences globally, including employees, partners and customers, the management and distribution of that content has grown complex due to the proliferation and diversity of mobile devices, social media sites and video formats. Haivision Video Cloud simplifies video workflows by integrating automated video content management, audience analytics, live and file-based transcoding and CDN services.

Hulskamp Audiovisual manages more than 80 projects per week for clients in the financial, education, corporate, healthcare and government industries: “We rely on the Haivision Video Cloud to manage and deliver our customer content for high profile events and corporate communication applications throughout Europe,” said Eduard Hulskamp, owner, Hulskamp Audiovisueel. “High quality, online streaming has been in great demand by our customers. By leveraging the Haivision Video Cloud, we’re able to create great online experiences for our customers and offer a complete solution for their needs.”

A number of Ikonik Media customers have already deployed the Haivision Video Cloud to achieve their online video goals: “Our customers are taking advantage of the unrivaled flexibility and agility of Haivision Video Cloud’s robust architecture every day,” said Matt Browning, president, Ikonik Media. “In addition to providing an extensive and reliable foundation for long-term content strategy, Haivision Video Cloud has allowed us to deploy highly customized integrations on behalf of our customers, bringing their video publishing workflows into their existing content management systems to further streamline video publishing and efficiently distribute content to all of their web properties and video-centric applications.”

“With our dedicated channel partner network embracing the Haivision Video Cloud, they can now combine high value products and cloud-based media services in a comprehensive solution for their clients,” said Charles Dobson, vice president, global channels at Haivision.

The Haivision Video Cloud provides enterprises with a complete ecosystem to take their content from the source encoder right through to distribution on any mobile device, eliminating the complexity of coordinating multiple solutions from different vendors. The Haivision Video Cloud integrates key video solutions, including on-premise source encoding, live and file-based transcoding, media management, automated publishing, content delivery and real-time analytics, so organizations can deliver both live and on-demand media experiences from every source to every device.

About Haivision
Haivision delivers end-to-end solutions for streaming, encoding, recording, managing, and distributing secure IP video and interactive media within the enterprise, education, medical/healthcare, and federal/military industries. Haivision is a private company based in Montreal and Chicago with regional offices in Austin, Tx; Atlanta, Ga.; Portland, Or.; Washington D.C. and Hamburg, Germany. With a global sales and support organization, Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide. More information is available at www.haivision.com.

 

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Bose® L1® Systems Chosen for Hawaiian Virtuoso Daniel Ho

GRAMMY® Award-winner, and curator of traditional Hawaiian music, relies on a combination of Bose portable products to bring perfect clarity and tone to his concerts in the U.S. and abroad

Framingham, Massachusetts, December 12, 2013 – From his base in Los Angeles to venues as far apart as Nashville and Hong Kong, Daniel Ho has taken the traditional music of Hawaii far and wide. The Oahu native has recorded 18 solo albums and produced over 100 albums, in the process winning six GRAMMY® Awards as an artist, producer and audio engineer. But Ho’s greatest pleasure is taking Hawaiian music to people, performing it in concerts all over the world. And besides his ukulele, he always travels with his L1® portable sound system from Bose® Professional Systems. From ukulele clinics at venues around the country, including Guitar Center stores, to huge concert settings, Bose L1 systems and T1 ToneMatch® components have supported Ho’s live performances night after night.

Ho travels with a pair of Bose L1 Model II loudspeaker systems and uses one or both, depending upon the size and the acoustical nature of each venue. For the smallest venues, he’ll use the Bose L1 Compact system, which combines conventional PA and monitors into a single sleek unit. Ho is also a user and fan of the Bose T1 ToneMatch digital multichannel mixer that features over 100 proprietary ToneMatch presets for instruments and microphones and includes the Bose zEQ, storable scenes and a suite of studio-class effects. These few components allow Ho to travel the world, ready to interface with any kind of performance venue confidently.

“I’m also an audio engineer, and I do all the mixing and mastering for our record label, DHC, so I know exactly how I want everything to sound,” he explains. “The Bose L1 system and T1 mixer are the only way I know I can reproduce exactly the sound I want in any venue. The L1 system delivers great sound and the right dispersion – I set it up and I immediately have a 180-degree soundfield. For instance, I can plug an instrument mic into the mixer, call up that preset and I have the sound I’m looking for at the press of a button. We’ve tried using a variety of studio-quality microphone pre-amps live, but nothing comes close to the quality we get from the ToneMatch engine.”

Ho plugs everything into the Bose T1 audio engine including the piezo-electric pickup on his ukulele, giving him complete control over his live sound. He can simply give the output of the T1 engine to the FOH mixer at a large venue and know that the exact sound he’s hearing on stage is precisely the sound that’s being sent to the house PA system. “It’s a real confidence booster,” he says. “I’m always sure that my mix is what I want it to be, regardless of the size of the room.”

With his accolades and appearances in contemporary cinema hits like 2008’s Forgetting Sarah
Marshall, in which he sang “Nothing Compares 2U” in Hawaiian, he’s become one of Hawaiian music’s most recognized exponents. But at heart Ho is still a gigging road warrior and as such truly appreciates the ergonomic benefits of the L1 system and T1 ToneMatch engine. “They’re incredibly lightweight for the kind of performance they offer,” he says. “And I especially like the fact that the T1 mixer has a cover that I can use when the unit is unattended. No one can touch the knobs or spill something into it. I don’t have to carry extra equipment like mic pre-amps. These components offer a turnkey travelling PA system solution that fits any audio environment.”

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Kilgore ISD Undergoes Seamless Installation for New Campuses with Hitachi 3LCD Projectors

Kilgore, Texas, December 16, 2013 – Kilgore Independent School District (ISD) in eastern Texas recently passed a bond to build two new campuses—one primary school and one middle school. When it came to selecting projectors for the new schools, Kilgore ISD looked to the manufacturer it was most familiar with—Hitachi.

“They knew the brand and knew the high quality of the projectors,” said Jimmy McMahon of Visual Techniques, Inc., the systems integrator responsible for the installation. “Along with affordability, the school’s 15-year relationship with Hitachi was the deciding factor.”

According to Mark Lane, Executive Director of Technology of Technology at Kilgore ISD, “We wanted a solution that was highly reliable and simple to maintain. Based on past experience and having achieved great results with Hitachi products, we expected the same this time around..”

For both campuses, a total of 150 Hitachi 3LCD projectors were installed. Interactive whiteboards and standard projector screens were both utilized, along with larger projections in each school’s gym, cafeteria and library. Completed just a month ago, the projectors were ready in time for students’ first day at the new schools.

“It was a very straightforward project,” said Mr. McMahon. “The projectors were easy to install and surpassed our clients’ needs.”

For more information on Visual Techniques, Inc. visit www.visualtechniques.com

For more information on Kilgore ISD visit: w3.kisd.org

For more information on Hitachi visit: www.hitachi-america.us/digitalmedia

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About Hitachi.
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For more information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com/.

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