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Julie Taymor’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Features Projection Support from WorldStage

Photo: Es Devlin

The inaugural production of Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA), a non-profit theatre that produces Shakespeare along side other major authors in its new home at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn could hardly have been more ambitious: director Julie Taymor’s innovative staging of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” featuring extensive video projections designed by Sven Ortel. WorldStage provided seven Christie video projectors coupled with a content handling system centered on the d3 Technologies d3 media server to meet the complex needs of Ortel and the multiple, moving projection surfaces, which help create the enchanted atmosphere critics and theatregoers are raving about.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” opened in The Samuel H. Scripps Mainstage, a 299-seat uniquely flexible space inspired by the Cottesloe Theatre on London’s Royal National Theatre. The Scripps merges an Elizabethan courtyard theatre with a modern black box. It has seven configurations and is 35 foot high from floor to grid, nearly twice the height of a typical Off Broadway theatre.

Taymor and her set designer, Es Devlin, devised a deep thrust configuration that reduced seating to 284. The deep thrust enabled the audience to get close to the stage and the performers and immerse themselves in The Bard’s magical comedy. During the show, expansive moving pieces of fabric serve as multi-functional projection surfaces: They act as the sky, a wedding canopy and bower; performers on flying rigs slide down the fabric and are raised and lowered on it. Fabric sometimes becomes a ground cloth that later disappears down a trap. Fabric tumbles out of the back wall. All of it is mapped with projections to set the scene for weddings, woods and fairies galore.

“It’s not an overstatement to say that the support of WorldStage was one of the essential elements that made this production possible,” says Jeffrey Horowitz, founding artistic director of TFANA. “This show is on a completely different scale for TFNA than any other of our productions in our 34 year history. The audience wrapped around the thrust on three levels. I’ve worked with projections before but never at this level of complexity. It was an incredible feat for WorldStage to configure the projectors and focus them to map the images precisely to the huge canopies of fabric. The staging appears to have the lightness and playfulness of a dream.”

Sven Ortel designed projections that feature a lot of naturalistic and woodsy elements, layered clouds with evocative colors and a number of fairy elements, including slow-motion footage of moths in various sizes and intensities, which represents the fairy kingdom. Animated cut-out silhouettes also create “a bit of mystery in a scary, fairy-tale way,” he adds.

WorldStage’s Lars Pedersen notes that, “the rectangular shape of the black-box theatre itself, the shapes of the projection surfaces and the fact that the fabric moves – it raises, it lowers, it billows, it vanishes down the trap at times – posed significant challenges for us. The projector configuration was unusual to the extreme with many of the projectors having to be placed in close proximity to the audience seating. Beyond the nonconforming projection angles, we also had to account for noise abatement when considering projector placement.”

Different types of fabric were tested to make sure the imagery would read well on the material and the fabric would “recede into nothing when it’s not acting as a projection surface,” Ortel explains. “We found a sheer, quite translucent fabric that looks quite magical.”

Ortel calls “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” “one of the most challenging projects I’ve ever done from an installation point of view. I contacted Lars and (WorldStage president) Josh (Weisberg) very early on. They came on board with all they had to help us pull it off. They gave us a lot of confidence no matter what bold, challenging ideas Julie (Taymor) or I came up with.”

Ortel selected seven Christie projectors, which are mounted in the grid, low to the floor and on the back tiers of the theatre. Two Christie Roadster S+20K projectors provide top floor projection; an M Series DS+10KM near front projection; an M Series HD-14K-M video projector far front projection; one M Series DS+10KM back projection (flown) and four more M Series units to handle canopy projection.

“The projectors had to be positioned where they wouldn’t be in the way of the performers and still fulfill the function of covering certain surfaces,” notes Ortel. “Lars and his team helped me make it work – they wouldn’t go home until the job was done and that took quite some time with various iterations and changes.” Since the theatre had to act as a rehearsal venue during the day, time on site for WorldStage was limited to evenings and late nights.

The Christie projectors were chosen primarily for their low-noise, small footprint, and 110v operation. “In addition, the ChristieNET control software allowed the operators to quickly and effortlessly monitor and modify projector status throughout the run of the show.”

“We opted to go with the d3 server platform on this job due its inherent ability to facilitate image mapping along with a myriad of other incredibly useful features. We immediately recognized the difficulties we were up against given the amorphous form of the projection surfaces. Not only were we concerned about the indeterminate shapes of the fabric, but we also had to account for the fact that the fabric would reside in various stage positions. In order to create the requisite d3 mesh objects we employed a very sophisticated laser instrument to measure and record the vital information of the various shapes and positions of the fabric within the 3D space of the venue. We then used a brand new feature in d3 called Mesh Animation. This feature allowed us to seamlessly transition imagery and mapping information from one fabric shape and position to another in real time.”

Jeffrey Horowitz notes that TFANA’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” has received “spectacular reviews and audiences are having a wonderful time. The imagery and production are fresh – Shakespeare wrote images, and this all comes from what he wrote. But it’s not duplicative of Shakespeare, it’s additive. You can sense its aliveness.”

“The show has been a big success for everyone involved,” says Ortel. “It’s been everything that we’ve hoped for – it’s really unlike anything anyone has seen before. What has been particularly exciting for me is to get email and Tweets from young projection designers who have been inspired by what they’ve seen. That’s a compliment to all of us, including WorldStage.”

“It’s unbelievable what WorldStage did for us,” Horowitz concludes. “A theatre only opens once. This production was the fireworks we hoped it would be, and WorldStage was a big part of the gunpowder!”

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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Turkey’s National Public Broadcaster Selects Litepanels(tm)

CHATSWORTH, Calif. – The Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, TRT, has selected a range of fixtures from LED lighting pioneer Litepanels(tm), for its brand new studios in the company’s Ankara headquarters. The Litepanels’ equipment was selected as part of the organization’s bid to improve efficiencies in both costs and energy savings across its multiple studios.

The two studios, home to the network’s rolling and hourly news programs, have recently been installed with 82 of Litepanels’ renowned 1×1 Mono daylight fixtures, together with range of 2×1 manual yokes, which mount two 1×1 fixtures side-by-side.

TRT has been operating out of its Ankara base for more than forty years, and transmits a wide array of international and domestic programs, from news and live sports, to popular music and magazine programs.

Litepanels’ regional partner in Turkey, Asimetrik Sound Lighting and Visual Systems, managed the TRT installation. Mehmet Sabri Erman, Asimetrik’s project manager said, “In the past TRT used traditional tungsten lighting in its studios and since the introduction of the Litepanels fixtures the organization has seen a significant reduction in its air conditioning and energy bills. The cost savings have been substantial, and TRT has also been equally impressed with the outstanding quality of light from the 1×1 fixtures.

“We received excellent feedback from Halil Parlak and Ufuk Genç, the project managers at TRT,” adds Erman. “They were very satisfied with the installation and the level of support offered.”
The Litepanels family of 1-foot square LED arrays offers a number of options with daylight, tungsten, variable colour and variable focus fixtures that output the company’s signature full spectrum white light. This revolutionary modular lighting system provides 1×1 of pure, luminous, soft, directional output and gives an unmatched level of lighting control.

The 1X1 Mono panels are used by many of the world’s biggest broadcasters and have been deemed the most versatile production light ever built. One of the many advantages the fixtures have brought to studios like TRT is that they are absolutely heat-free, so the fixture can be placed comfortably close to talent and creates an unmatched soft, wraparound light for the broadcaster.

About Litepanels
Litepanels, a Vitec Group brand, was founded in 2001 by five professional gaffers and engineers who saw the future and pioneered LED (light emitting diode) lighting for motion pictures, television, and the audio-visual industry. Their Emmy(r) award-winning technology has now been used on thousands of productions worldwide and is trusted by the world’s leading broadcast organizations. Litepanels continues to expand its suite of flicker free, color accurate, fully-dimmable soft lights that talent and lighting directors admire. These environmentally friendly fixtures can pay for themselves with power savings and long life, setting a new standard in professional lighting. More information can be found at www.Litepanels.com

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.

About Asimetrik
Asimetrik is an integrator and distributor company in Turkey. The major player in Audio-Visual and Lighting projects in Turkey and Turkic republics. Representing and Exclusive distributor many well known brands . Asimetrik is based in Ankara, Istanbul , Antalya and Izmir and serving customers in the broadcast, Audio- Visual , Lighting military , government , cooperate markets.

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NYIT’s Communications Department Relies on FOR-A’s HVS-390HS Video Switcher

Cypress, CA – When the Communication Arts Department at the Long Island campus of the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) began the process of upgrading its studio to HD last year, the school looked for a reliable, cost-effective switcher. NYIT uses video production for hands-on classroom training and for show production for its global digital network, so the video switcher had to be easy to use and flexible for a variety of production scenarios. The school selected FOR-A’s HVS-390HS switcher, which has proven an ideal fit since its installation last September.

“Our 2 M/E HVS-390HS is a cost-efficient unit that provides NYIT with a variety of features, including extensive DVE and keyer options on each channel, and a variety of multi-viewing and routing capabilities built right into the switcher,” said Herb Savran, NYIT’s Chief Engineer of the Communication Arts Department. “The switcher gives us the flexibility we need to produce a variety of fast-changing shows. We love the light-up buttons and alphanumeric display over the keys and the ability to easily reconfigure settings.”

NYIT’s global digital network, Globesville, allows students to leverage the power of social media and engage with students and alumni from across the world. Students at NYIT rely on FOR-A’s HVS-390HS to produce online shows about sports, news, and pop culture. Roundtable discussions with participants from around the world, utilizing Skype and FaceTime technology, is just one way that NYIT leverages the switcher’s flexibility.

The HVS-390HS switcher is also used in classroom settings to train and educate students. NYIT has found the ease of setting up and configuring the switcher as an aid in catering to its different classes and programs.

“Not only are we very pleased with the switcher itself, but we have been overwhelmed by the service from FOR-A,” explained Savran. “Our sales manager, Jay Shinn, has been extremely supportive and proactive in making sure we’re happy with the product. I’ve had over 25 years of experience in using FOR-A equipment, and they’ve always been a reliable technology provider with a track record of great products and support.”

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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BenQ Strengthens Commitment to Pro A/V Partners With New Integrators’ Choice Program

Initiative Provides Exclusive Dealer Benefits on Commercial Line of Professional Projectors and Interactive Flat Panel Displays

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Jan. 30, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today unveiled a new program designed to provide direct dealers with exclusive benefits on the company’s commercial line of projectors, interactive flat panel (IFP) displays, and accessories. Including preferred access to BenQ’s systems integration projectors with interchangeable lenses and other notable advantages, the BenQ Integrators’ Choice Program provides pro A/V partners with a wide range of incentives backed by limited distribution to secure profit margins.

An invaluable asset for Integrators’ Choice Program partners, BenQ’s value-added program offers exclusive advantages on the company’s new line of P Series projectors, including the devices’ seven interchangeable lenses ranging from 3.4M short-throw optics to long zoom 16.41  24.71M capabilities, giving partners the options needed to suit any projection distance or specific setting. The program also features dedicated training and certification, sales and technical support, co-op rebates, and superior product service warranties. As part of the Integrators’ Choice Program, BenQ’s commercial products will only be available via select distribution partners including AVAD and Starin.

“Through the Integrators’ Choice Program, BenQ will continue its growth within the commercial space by offering dealers dedicated products, exclusive benefits, and unmatched customer service and support,” said Kristin Kennedy, Associate Vice President of Sales, BenQ America Corp. “In addition, our limited distribution strategy ensures the best overall value to end users through expert installations by strong program partners like Summit Integration Systems and CCS Presentation Systems, who are already onboard. Throughout 2014, we will be looking to expand the breadth of the program for our dealers, adding exclusive benefits for new product categories.”

BenQ’s professional product lineup, offered exclusively through Integrators’ Choice partners, features the PW9500, PX9600, and SH963 large-venue projectors; interchangeable projector lenses for the professional series; and the IL650 multitouch IFP display. Designed for commercial applications across education, retail, and corporate environments, BenQ’s professional projectors provide integrators with top-end industry features such as ultra-high brightness, 360o projection capabilities, lens options, and switchable color wheels to fit any specific installation requirement. Offering multitouch interactivity, BenQ’s IL650 professional-grade display delivers a large 65-inch viewing area, full HD imaging, and fast response times for truer touch responses and interaction.

For more information on BenQ’s new Integrators’ Choice Program, please contact Stephanie Kohler, CTS, Director of Pro AV Sales at BenQ America Corp. at 727-452-5419 or Stephanie.Kohler@BenQ.com. Additional product information is available at www.BenQ.us.

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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand worldwide, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of projectors, flat-panel displays, and monitors for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers. More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

About BenQ Corporation
Founded on the corporate vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers’ lives. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to people today — lifestyle, business, healthcare, and education — with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, feel healthier, and enhance learning. Such means include a delightful broad portfolio of people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions. Because it matters.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $20+ billion powerhouse comprised of 15+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life.”

The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ ESCO Corp., BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., and Raydium Semiconductor Corp.

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Extron Introduces Five Input Audio Expansion Processor with AEC and Dante

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the AXP 50 C AT, a five input audio expansion processor with Extron ProDSP for integrating remote microphones and other sources onto a Dante™-enabled Extron DMP 128 audio system. A single Ethernet cable to a central equipment rack can link multiple AXP 50 C AT units, avoiding the effort and expense of pulling one cable for each mic. The AXP 50 C AT provides 48 volt phantom power to its mic/line inputs. Dedicated signal processing is available for each input, including gain, filtering, dynamics, and AEC – acoustic echo cancellation. The intuitive DSP Configurator Software makes it quick and easy to set up DSP parameters and AEC on the AXP 50 C AT. more

John Meyer, Audio Pioneer behind Meyer Sound, Enters TEC Awards Hall of Fame

John Meyer, CEO and co-founder of Meyer Sound Laboratories, was inducted into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame at the 2014 NAMM Show. Following an introduction by Dennis “Wiz” Leonard, long-time FOH mixer of the Grateful Dead, Meyer received the award as he joined Frank Zappa, Phil Spector, T Bone Burnett, and 30 other luminaries who have shaped the art and science of music, recording, and sound reinforcement technologies.

“Throughout my career, I have worked to create technology that brings audiences closer to musicians in a transparent way,” Meyer says. “There are products designed specifically to make art, but my interest has always been to create a high-quality listening experience without interfering with the artist’s creation. By providing these tools, we strive to enhance the shared entertainment experience that will surely remain a way of life for generations to come.”

John Meyer’s role as an audio innovator extends to the late 1960s, when he consulted on audio for the Steve Miller Band. Since establishing Meyer Sound in 1979, John Meyer and his wife, Helen Meyer have led an engineering team that is responsible for not only pioneering self-powered concert loudspeakers, but also introducing breakthrough developments including dedicated loudspeaker processing, SIM™ source independent measurement tools, trapezoidal loudspeaker cabinets, directional subwoofers, and more. Products designed and manufactured under Meyer’s direction are now installed in many of the world’s most prestigious concert venues, and have toured with artists ranging from the Three Tenors to Michael Bublé.

“New products start with an idea, but turning a concept into useful technology requires hard work and risk-taking that may or may not result in financial success,” says Meyer. “By rewarding the contributions of the engineers in our industry, the TEC Awards have inspired us to pursue ambitious new ideas and fostered an innovative spirit. I’m extremely honored to be inducted into the TEC Hall of Fame.”

Sharing the honors with John Meyer as the other 2014 TEC Awards Hall of Fame inductee was Hal Blaine, the legendary “Wrecking Crew” studio session drummer. Musician and engineer Todd Rundgren received this year’s Les Paul Award.

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Capital Sound Chooses Self-Powered Meyer Sound MILO for Adrenaline-Filled “Nitro Circus Live”

A self-powered Meyer Sound MILO® line array loudspeaker system recently accompanied the 15-city European arena tour of “Nitro Circus Live,” the extreme stunt show featuring daring stunt specialists on motorbikes, skateboards, and BMX bikes.  Over the roar of both frenzied fans and motorbikes, the Meyer Sound system from London-based Capital Sound delivered clear, powerful audio for the show’s announcements, interviews, and music playback.

According to Capital Sound, the MILO system offered ample power and crisp intelligibility, as well as the logistical advantages of self-powered technology.

“With the show being on the floor of the venue, the cable routings, power distribution, and any amplifiers that would normally be sited on the ground would get in the way,” says Paul Timmins, general manager of Capital Sound. “Also, with the tight schedule for rigging and de-rigging, speed was of the essence. To achieve all these aims, we deployed a customized MILO system with dedicated power distribution on top of each hang. This meant we could put any hang in any position in the building, all linked via an Optocore fiber optic digital network system.”

For most shows, the coverage requirement was for either 270 degrees or 360 degrees. The general setup featured six hangs of nine MILO loudspeakers over three MICA® line array loudspeakers, with two arrays of nine MICA loudspeakers each for delay, eight UPA-1P loudspeakers for fill, and 16 700-HP subwoofers positioned under the lander ramps. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with three Galileo 616 processors supplied system drive and optimization.

“The MILOs did most of the work, with the MICAs hanging off the bottom and supported by a clever Meyer Sound transition frame,” says Timmins. “This worked exceptionally well, allowing us to configure the hangs depending on the room.”

As directed by George Gorga, head of sound for “Nitro Circus Live,” the main hangs were flown just off-center in each venue. With this positioning, and the arrays pre-cabled and on dollies, the Capital Sound team could rig the system clear of everything else that was going on, significantly decreasing setup time.

Inputs for the show principally came from ten Shure UHF-R handheld and headset microphones, plus a pair of Denon D-630 CD players, all mixed by Gorga on a Yamaha M7CL digital console. In addition to the main Meyer Sound system, console outputs also fed eight Sennheiser 2000 series IEM transmitters with 16 receivers, plus Sennheiser HD-25 headphones for local monitoring.

Hosted by and featuring daredevil entrepreneur Travis Pastrana, the “Nitro Circus Live” tour was spawned by the success of the “Nitro Circus” reality TV series which started in 2006.

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Meyer Sound Reinforces Live Jazz at Chef Claus Meyer’s Copenhagen Restaurant Venue

Globally renowned chef Claus Meyer has recently opened The Standard, a live jazz and restaurant venue in Copenhagen, Denmark. The jazz club features a compact, self-powered Meyer Sound UltraSeries™ loudspeaker system installed by Kastrup, Denmark-based Stouenborg.

“The Standard has a small, powerful, and flexible system that offers excellent dispersion and reproduces sound perfectly,” says Anders Jørgensen, project manager and sound designer for Stouenborg.

The installation in the 68-seat club combines two UPJ-1P VariO™ and three UPM-1P loudspeakers with one UMS-1P subwoofer. Performances are mixed on a Roland V-Mixer mixing console, and musicians use DPA microphones.

“We considered a number of options, but the combination of UPJ-1P and UPM-1P loudspeakers best provided the necessary audio fidelity and visual unobtrusiveness,” says Jørgensen. “The challenge was to ensure a pristine sound with no coloration, and the UPJ-1Ps have been really terrific in this regard.”

Recent performers at The Standard’s jazz club include Roberta Gambarini, The Oscar Peterson Legacy Quartet, Viktoria Tolstoy, and other leading Scandinavian jazz musicians. The venue is also equipped to stream its performances via HD webcasts.

Claus Meyer is co-founder of two-Michelin-star Noma, a Copenhagen restaurant named best in the world three years in a row by Restaurant magazine.

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Meyer Sound to Demo New MJF-210 Stage Monitor at All Access Show 2014 in Nova Scotia

Meyer Sound’s lightest self-powered stage monitor, the MJF-210, will be heard in its first trade show demo at All Access Show 2014 on January 30 and 31 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The low-profile MJF-210 carries the sonic performance of the MJF-212A stage monitor, which has been used by artists such as Metallica, Usher, and Michael Bublé. The MJF-210 began shipping in November 2013.

The MJF-210 weighs 67 pounds (30.5 kg) and measures less than 14 inches (35.5 cm) high, and is sloped at 40 degrees from the stage. Each loudspeaker houses a four-inch diaphragm compression driver coupled to a 50° H x 70° V constant-directivity horn. A three-channel class D amplifier powers the drivers. An optional RMS™ remote monitoring system module enables comprehensive monitoring on a Mac or Windows computer. In addition, Meyer Sound will display the UPA-1P loudspeaker at the booth.

All Access Show will also feature an interview with Lee Moro, Meyer Sound’s Nashville manager and touring liaison, in a special session entitled “Hot Seat.” More details are available on the All Access Show website.

All Access Show 2014 is organized by Tour Tech East, the leading supplier of live event production technology along Canada’s Atlantic Coast. 2014 marks Meyer Sound’s first appearance at All Access Show.

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NETIA Products at NRB 2014

Radio-Assist(TM) 8.2 — Upgraded Radio Automation
At NRB 2014, NETIA will showcase the latest version of its powerful Radio-Assist(TM) range of digital audio automation software. Radio-Assist 8.2 will offer the same robust array of tools for streamlined end-to-end multimedia production, broadcast, and publication workflows, along with two significant new features: an integrated music-scheduling application and a video editing capability. Users can access both new features from a single user interface.

NETIA’s Radio-Assist family of digital audio software programs covers each part of the production and broadcast workflow, allowing users to record, edit, or prepare a playlist. In addition to new browsing and publishing tools for full multimedia functionality, the software features tools for acquisition, sound-file editing, commercial and music production, newsroom systems, scheduling, multicasting, and administration.

Radio-Assist 8.2 allows users to leverage built-in music-scheduling functionality. With music management tools integrated into Radio-Assist 8.2′s FederAll playlist preparation module, users are able to automate playlist generation according to preset criteria, business policies, and a wide range of intelligent options for sequencing music.

The video editing tool now available within the Radio-Assist 8.2 interface complements the software’s Snippet and Snippet+ audio editing tools. Offering a convenient editing solution, this enhancement addresses the growing demand for radio broadcasters to provide video via their online portals. This simple and easy-to-use editing tool is available through the same GUI as the Snippet tool, providing a familiar utility that allows staff to produce video clips with very little training.

Additionally, NETIA will highlight further functional and technical enhancements that add to the value of Radio-Assist 8.2 in today’s radio broadcast operations.

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iSnippet Audio Editing Tool for iPhone(R) and iPad(R)
The Snippet range of editing tools available within the Radio-Assist(TM) automation products is now available for iOS devices. Sharing the same look and ergonomic principles as the Snippet desktop interface, the new iPhone(R)- and iPad(R)-compatible iSnippet tool allows field reporters and other remote users to enjoy Radio-Assist audio editing capabilities — familiar from the desktop — on their portable devices.

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Teleprompter
The new teleprompter module for the Radio-Assist(TM) suite gives presenters and journalists convenient visual access to news scripts, which scroll continuously down the presenter’s screen and are linked to the playout system in the studio. Customizable features such as text size, color selection, automatic speed control that adapts to reading speed, and read length may be configured in user profiles that are tailored to presenter preferences.

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Company Overview:
NETIA, a Globecast company, is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of content to today’s full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 10,000 users in 200 installations in more than 40 countries, NETIA solutions allow content producers and owners to manage content from ingest to delivery, targeting multiplatform outlets including the Internet, VOD, IPTV services, and mobile devices.

NETIA provides radio automation, media asset management, and workflow management solutions to major radio and television brands and to multimedia groups around the world. Clients include the Associated Press, ABC News Radio Network, Cumulus Radio, Vatican Radio, TWR, Radio Globo in Brazil, SBS and ABC in Australia, MediaCorp Singapore, RAI Italy, RTL France, Radio France, RTBF in Belgium and France Televisions. NETIA has its headquarters in France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, and Singapore, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

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