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Revolabs and Biamp Systems to Present Joint AVB Demonstration at ISE 2014

Demo Will Prelude Upcoming Integration of Revolabs Executive Elite(TM) Microphones and the Biamp Tesira(R) DSP System Using AVB Connectivity

SUDBURY, Mass. and BEAVERTON, Ore. — Jan. 30, 2014 — At the upcoming ISE 2014 show in Amsterdam, Revolabs and Biamp Systems will join forces to present a technical demonstration of Audio Video Bridging (AVB) interoperability between Revolabs Executive Elite(TM) wireless microphone system and Biamp System’s Tesira(R) digital signal processor (DSP)-based media system. The demonstration, a preview of upcoming development work to integrate the two products, will take place on Revolabs’ stand 12-A92 at ISE 2014.

“After an in-depth evaluation of network technology, we have chosen to standardize our products on AVB because of its robustness, speed, and scalability,” said Tim Root, chief technology officer, Revolabs. “As the leader in the DSP space and a pioneer in AVB technology for scalable AV networks, Biamp is the ideal partner as we work together to bring AVB and its benefits to our joint customers.”

Both Revolabs and Biamp(R) are members of the AVnu Alliance, a consortium that advocates adoption of the IEEE 802.1 AVB standards designed to make Ethernet suitable for audio and video transport. At ISE 2014, Revolabs will demonstrate an AVB link between its breakthrough Executive Elite four- and eight-channel wireless microphone system and Biamp’s industry-leading Tesira scalable DSP media system. Engineering groups from Revolabs and Biamp will work together to develop a complete AVB solution integrating the two systems.

“At Biamp, our commitment to the AVB connectivity standard is evident throughout our product family, so it’s a pleasure to be working with Revolabs on this joint effort. We’re pleased to welcome another AVB manufacturer to the market,” said Graeme Harrison, executive vice president of marketing, Biamp Systems. “Revolabs’ new Executive Elite microphone system is a great example of a solution that uses AVB to its full potential. Once both of our companies achieve compliance with the AVnu Alliance’s interoperability standards, we see strong potential for working with the Executive Elite in the future.”

More information about Revolabs is available at www.revolabs.com. More information about Biamp Systems is available at www.biamp.com.

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About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona(TM) AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, OR, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, NY. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

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About Revolabs
Revolabs Inc. is the premier provider of audio solutions for unified communications, enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications across a wide range of markets. Offering unmatched audio quality that allows users to “hear every word,” the company’s wireless conferencing and microphone systems are utilized across the globe for a variety of applications, from webcasts and video conferencing to podcasts and broadcasting. Combining the ultimate in flexibility with sleek, stylish form factors, Revolabs solutions cut the cord, facilitating natural mobility by allowing participants to move about a workspace and still be heard, without being held back by wires. Leading the way in innovation, the company continues to add to its portfolio of value-added audio and telephony systems with superior products. Revolabs systems are secure (encrypted), rechargeable (environmentally friendly), and GSM-impervious. The company is headquartered in Sudbury, Mass., and can be reached at +1-800-326-1088 or www.revolabs.com.

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Christie’s “Solutions That Rock” Audio-Video Technology Show Stops in Nashville February 4-6

Christie®, along with Draper Inc., Alcorn McBride, and rp Visuals Solutions presents Solutions that Rock Feb. 4-6 at Soundcheck in Nashville, Tenn. The latest stop of the traveling road show highlights display solutions and Christie Vive audio for organizations involved with professional AV rental staging, fixed installs, houses of worship and corporate AV environments. Professionals from the healthcare markets will also benefit from attending by experiencing how audio-video technology can be used in meetings and for training purposes.

“Solutions that Rock” gives consultants, architects, service planners and designers hands-on experience with some of the best audio and visual systems available, letting them discover exciting ways to convert projection ideas into reality. Attendees can also enjoy complimentary refreshments and gifts, and a chance to win an Apple® iPad.

Christie’s wide range of technologies include LCD, 1-chip DLP ® and 3-chip DLP®, and DLP Cinema® projectors, rear screen projection modules, video walls, advanced 3-D projection technologies, virtual reality and simulation. Whatever the application, Christie solutions are purpose-built to meet unique projection requirements and backed by industry-leading service and support.

Day one is sponsored by distributor JB & A with VIP integrator Technical Innovation sponsoring both day two and three. Also on the agenda are two separate AIA-certified classes – one presented by Draper and one by Technical Innovation – taking place Feb. 5 and Feb. 6.

“Solutions that Rock” is also an informal occasion where dealers, integrators, distributors, consultants and end users can see how the showcased products offer leading edge and effective solutions for their customers. To help increase their confidence when demonstrating and selling to their customers, attendees can participate in technology demonstrations and receive practical experience with each solution’s capabilities.

Christie Vive Audio Highlights Technology on Display

The complete Christie Vive Audio solution comprises surround and screen channel speakers, subwoofers, and Class D amplifiers. It offers exhibitors the opportunity to provide audiences with the ultimate movie-viewing experience, enveloping them with dynamic, richly detailed and enhanced audio where speech, special effects, music, and alternative content sound more natural and lifelike. At the core of the system are the combination of superior sounding screen channel speakers with ribbon driver technology and the proven performance of a line-array speaker design, all in a single enclosure.

Another “Solutions that Rock” highlight is the new Christie Brio. This presentation and collaboration solution enables multiple users to share video and audio content from laptops or mobile devices by connecting to the meeting room’s video system through a Wi-Fi or Ethernet network. Presentations, video, and other media can be displayed without wires, dongles, or special software applications so meeting participants can start working without setup delays.

Christie Brio makes collaboration across multiple rooms, auditoriums and offices easy and immediate. It can connect to multiple worksites on a college campus or across several campuses. All Brio nodes added to a meeting will be able to see the same content and contribute to the meeting by sharing any presentation. Christie Brio also takes full advantage of interactive whiteboard technology by turning it into a bi-directional collaboration tool. Any participant in a Brio meeting can use touch-enabled displays to add to or edit whiteboard contents, regardless of geographic location.

An additional highlight is the eye-catching tower display of Christie® MicroTiles® with Christie Jumpstart. Built on proven DLP® technology, Christie MicroTiles – the industry’s most flexible, high-resolution modular design concept – are specifically designed for maximum image quality in demanding indoor, high ambient light environments.

Both the Christie M Series and Christie J Series will be showcased as will multiple solutions ranging from HD and 2K LCD, to Xenon 3-chip DLP® images, displaying on a 30-foot wide screen. Attendees will learn how to control any Christie J Series or M Series projector directly from their iOS-enabled mobile device using Christie’s latest network wired and wireless control solutions.

Also on display is the Christie Vista URS. The all-in-one matrix switcher accepts multiple sources in any format (analog composite to digital 4K) and seamlessly routes these sources to as many as eight user-configurable outputs, which can be configured independently for any analog or digital output format.

The Christie FHD551-W 55-inch LCD outdoor flat panel will also be featured and, to fulfill the need to interface with IT systems, Christie will display its network solutions with all projection and multi-image systems connected to, and managed through, the IP network – including wireless control of all devices. Christie AutoStack™ – a camera-based, software driven solution used for maintaining projector alignment in multiple blend and stacked designs, will operate across the network offering a solution that manages both fixed installs and rental staging designs for both flat and curved screens.

The RPMM Mobile Matrix (Deployable Matrix Video Wall) from rp Visual Solutions is supporting the four Christie flat panels while the Christie Spyder X20 multi-image processor will manage all display content including the stereoscopic demonstrations.

Soundcheck is located at 750 Cowan Street in Nashville. To register, please visit http://www.christiedigital.com/solutionsthatrock

Clay Paky Lighting Fixtures, grandMA Consoles and MDG Fog and Haze Generators Make Luke Bryan’s Night on Country Artist’s New Tour

Luke Bryan has rolled out his That’s My Kind of Night Tour, and Elite Multimedia Productions in Nashville is providing Clay Paky A.LEDA, Sharpy and Sharpy Wash lighting fixtures; grandMA2 consoles; and MDG’s theONE fog/haze atmospheric generators as Bryan once again takes to the road. The popular country artist’s new tour is named after his latest single, which has catapulted to # 1 in the country charts. A.C.T Lighting Inc. is the exclusive distributor for Clay Paky, MA Lighting and MDG in North America.

“We just concluded the Dirt Road Diaries Tour with Luke; his new tour will run from January 2014 to the end of October,” says Tom Wilson, vice president of event productions at Elite Multimedia Productions. “For this tour they’ve doubled the number of Sharpys and added Sharpy Washes. They’ve been really thrilled with the Clay Paky fixtures, which have been very durable with a really low failure rate. In 10 months on the road, there have been almost no failures. The only light we lost was due to a guitar player accidentally kicking it into the audience!”

Lighting designer Justin Kitchenman of Fade Up Design Group points out that Bryan “wants all of his productions to be big, ambitious and with lots of bells and whistles. When someone walks into this show they’re walking into a party.”

Bryan is at the center of the action figuratively and literally. “We designed a 42-foot wide circle stage that sits at the end of the thrust giving the entire audience a 360º view of Luke for the majority of the show,” says Kitchenman. “Having a lighting rig that can light the entire room and have lots of punch was essential.”

Kitchenman was challenged to keep the sight lines clean and offer the entire audience “the full concert experience. We don’t want the people off to the sides or way up top to ever feel like they are missing out on elements of the show.”

Kitchenman’s Clay Paky complement consists of 46 Sharpy Beams, 20 Sharpy Washes and 12 A.LEDA Wash K10 and 32 A.LEDA Wash K5 LEDs, which are positioned “all over” forming “the teeth of this lighting rig,” he says.

“I chose Clay Paky based on the reputation of the manufacturer as well as the unparalleled support provided by A.C.T Lighting,” Kitchenman reports. “After a full year of touring with the same type of fixtures last year, there was very little down time. I’ve found all of the Clay Paky fixtures to be extremely rugged and reliable. There wasn’t a single reason why I should have been looking for alternatives this year.”

Kitchenman has been using grandMA and grandMA2 consoles almost exclusively for the last seven years. “MA consoles are by far the most user-friendly on the market today,” he says. For Bryan’s new tour he’s running two full-size grandMA2s at FOH and a grandMA2 light at dimmers for tech and emergency back up.

He programmed the majority of the show himself but brought in programmer Johnny Caudill for rehearsals; he plans to call on Caudill throughout the year for larger-scale productions that may need advance overnight programming.

Kitchenman admits that he’s become so accustomed to all of the features of the grandMA2 that he sometimes forgets “that they are unique.” He cites “the ease of MA net for data distribution on such a large production, which is huge for me” and the dedicated Art-Net output for running media servers. “The physical size of the console and number of playback faders and buttons give me the ability to operate the show with comfort and ease,” he adds.

MDG products round out the tour with Kitchenman deploying two MDG theOne fog/haze generators, a pair of MDG Atmosphere hazers and an MDG ICE Low Fogger. He selected them, as he did the Clay Paky fixtures, for the reputation of the manufacturer and A.C.T’s high level of support. Kitchenman also points to the devices’ high output and limited residue as “major contributors” to his choice.

“We use the low fogger to create a bit more of a dramatic scene during one of Luke’s new songs,” he says, “and the hazers just ensure that we have plenty of haze in the air for all of those Sharpys!”

Having come full circle to the Sharpys, Elite’s Wilson chimes in that the “Clay Paky fixtures are great performing lights that hold up well” during tours. “As a company owner, that’s a big one for me.”

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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Hostworks Selects Digital Rapids Encoders for New Live Streaming Service

  • Australia-based digital solutions provider Hostworks has chosen Digital Rapids encoders for the new Hostworks Media Foundry live streaming service
  • The encoders are used for live 24/7 streaming and ad-hoc live events while also creating file-based outputs for on-demand distribution
  • Digital Rapids’ responsive support and expertise have helped Hostworks bring new services to market in a timely and engaging manner

January 30, 2014 — Sydney, Australia: Digital Rapids – the trusted provider of innovative media transformation and workflow solutions for bringing video to wider audiences — announced today that Australia-based digital solutions provider Hostworks has selected Digital Rapids encoders for the new Hostworks Media Foundry live streaming service.

Hostworks has a long history of delivering live and on-demand content for major entertainment and enterprise brands. With the continued growth of online viewing, Hostworks continues to expand the services it offers for online media delivery. For the Hostworks Media Foundry service, the Digital Rapids encoders transform live HD or SD inputs into both live streams and file-based outputs in multiple formats and bit rates to reach audiences on devices and screen sizes ranging from smartphones to ‘smart’ TVs.

Installed at a key satellite downlink facility owned by Hostworks’ parent company Broadcast Australia, the encoders are used for live 24/7 streaming and ad-hoc live events. Outputs are delivered via the Hostworks Content Distribution Service (HCDS), enabling adaptive bit rate live and on-demand distribution from high-capacity infrastructure located in multiple geographical locations.

“A key factor in our selection of Digital Rapids was the very responsive support provided by their team, who were able to provide solutions to a number of specific requirements,” said Mark Heppleston, Media and Broadcast Manager at Hostworks. “The Digital Rapids encoding platform has enabled us to develop and launch new high-quality services for live adaptive bit rate HD video streaming, while Digital Rapids’ support and expertise have helped to save us time and bring our services to market with efficiency, precision and a fast turnaround.”

“Service providers such as Hostworks supporting premium clientele require an encoding solution with proven reliability, outstanding vendor support and exceptional visual quality to protect and elevate the reputations and brand image of both themselves and their clients, ” said Clive Vickery, Managing Director, EMEA and Asia at Digital Rapids. “Our encoders are perfectly suited to such applications, and we’re thrilled that Hostworks has chosen them for their new live streaming service initiative.”

“We have worked closely with Hostworks to help them meet the specific requirements of a variety of their high-profile clients, and are excited that our solutions are playing a key role in the launch of their new Hostworks Media Foundry offering,” added Neville Paterson, Sales Manager, Asia Pacific at Digital Rapids.

Digital Rapids encoders provide superior quality, outstanding reliability and flexible output format support for audience-expanding live and on-demand multiscreen initiatives. Powering applications from online and mobile video to over-the-top (OTT) services and IPTV, Digital Rapids encoders’ rich output capabilities and adaptive streaming support are ideal for capitalizing on today’s lucrative multiscreen distribution opportunities, enabling content owners and service providers to efficiently reach viewers on devices from tablets and mobile phones to game consoles, PCs and ‘smart’ TVs.

For more information about Digital Rapids, please visit www.digitalrapids.com.

About Hostworks — Hostworks protects revenue and brand by ensuring that the availability or performance of digital environments do not impact on critical business deadlines or objectives. Our Australian-based people are available 24 /7 to save organisations time and money. Hostworks serves to keep business online and ahead of the game through strong audience engagement and is renowned for providing direction and solutions to household brands, media agencies, commercial enterprises, along with high profile government organisations. With an agile, adaptive and competitive approach to business, coupled with thought-leading enthusiasm, incessant pursuit of innovation and dedicated cultivation of expertise, Hostworks ensures results; all the time, every time.

About Digital Rapids Corporation — Digital Rapids provides market-leading content transformation and workflow solutions that empower the world’s leading media organizations to reach wider audiences more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Recipients of more than two dozen prestigious awards for company and product excellence, Digital Rapids combines innovative technology with proven expertise and visionary insight to help our customers expand their audiences, increase their revenues, and reduce their costs. Digital Rapids Corporation (www.digitalrapids.com) is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia and Argentina.

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Housed in the renovated, historic Fenway Theater in Boston, the Berklee Performance Center is the Berklee College of Music’s flagship performance space seating more then 1,200 and counted among Boston’s most prestigious concert halls. Parsons Audio (Wellesley, MA) recently added two new Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Consoles in the performance center for use by student and faculty productions as well as national entertainment.

Berklee has had a long relationship with Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems consoles dating back to 1976 beginning with the Yamaha PM1000, 3K, PM4K, PM1D, PM5D, DM2K, and now the CL Series. A CL5 is positioned at front of house with a second based in Studio BPC located in an area above the theater.

“The BPC looked upon the new CL as the PM1D successor, states Rick Scott, Sales Director, Parsons Audio LLC. Among features that were appealing to the technical team were the networking capabilities of this generation of Yamaha consoles along with its Rupert Neve plug-ins within the Premium Rack and integration with Nuendo Live.” Parsons Audio has provided customer support of the school’s Yamaha consoles since the very beginning.

“We had the Yamaha PM1D for eight years, and wanted to make sure we could stay up-to-date with current, commercially available (and currently supported) technology, states Ed Libeartore, A1 at BPC. We also really wanted to have something with remote iPad control, so we could mix monitors on stage from the FOH console.”

Liberatore said he immediately loved the sound of the preamps and the processing, and quickly became accustomed to having the controls accessible from the touch screen. “Handing an iPad off to a student assistant has been working amazingly well. It lets me concentrate on the house mix and seems to make the performers more comfortable knowing that there is somebody who can listen to the same monitor speaker with them and build a custom mix right on the spot with exactly what they need without ever having to shout to me, standing 50 feet away.”

Studio BPC, which regularly multitrack records many of the performance center concerts, is a teaching lab for live performance location recording classes. The studio is fed from a separate split off the on-stage mic snake box, but also receives a feed from the house Dante network for additional options. “I am really happy with our decision on going with the CL5 console for our live recording studio, states Alejandro Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Music Production and Engineering, Berklee College of Music. The Dante Network is key in the success of our new BPC Studio, and we use Nuendo Live linked to the CL5 as one of our two multi-track systems capable of recording up to 64 channels, receiving independently the outputs of our 64 Grace mic preamps.”

For more information on the Berklee Performance Center, visit www.berklee.edu.

For more information on Parsons Audio, visit www.paudio.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL Digital Console, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Cirque du Soleil Relaunches Varekai as an Arena Show using BlackTrax

Streaming realtime tracking data keeps the lights on the performers

The Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai, which has been touring the world since 2002, returned to Montreal, Quebec in December 2013 for its re-launch as Arena Shows. The production team proposed to lighting designer, Nol van Genuchten the deployment of the BlackTrax realtime tracking solution from CAST BlackTrax Ltd for moving light tracking of performers.

Improving production efficiency

“As lighting designer for the very first edition of Varekai, it’s great to be working on it again as it evolves. With the new arena tour, Varekai is hosted at a different location each week and presents its own lighting challenges allowing me to adapt the lighting to ‘the arena’ of each new environment,” said van Genuchten.

“We introduced BlackTrax as an operational efficiency and cost saving tool as well as a way of calibrating lighting highlights to track performers on the stage area. BlackTrax works by accurately tracking people and objects using a proprietary infra-red sensor and a LED beacon that is attached to a performer giving positional information for X, Y, and Z coordinates.

“Using BlackTrax we placed a tracker and beacon and designated certain fixtures to track certain performers throughout the show. At each venue of the Arena tour, BlackTrax quickly calibrates moving lights making sure that the performer and high-res light beam control is used, and that the beam of light is kept at minimal width,” added van Genuchten.

BlackTrax enhances creativity

As well as significant recurring cost savings, BlackTrax became interesting as it gave van Genuchten and Varekai more creative control with lighting.

“With BlackTrax, I had a lot more freedom to create and place highlights on performers within the imagery and doing so in a way that I couldn’t have done with a traditional follow spot.”

“The BlackTrax software interface is very well developed and the physical practicality of creating trackable LEDs and beacons worked well. What’s more, BlackTrax is supported by a very good technical team at CAST that were there to assist us with any queries we had.”

“BlackTrax is a very powerful tool for the future,” concluded van Genuchten.

Gil Densham, President and CEO of CAST Group Group said: “Did you know that in English “Varekai” means “wherever”, which also describes the renown of Cirque du Soleil for its highly creative, hugely artistic entertainment and clever leveraging of technology to consistently deliver magical results! BlackTrax is the solution that makes possible seamless, spontaneous creativity + artistry + technology – its job was to simplify. Nol and the creative team of magicians + artists used hot-wired technology to help spin a thrilling, vibrant and colorful yarn. And, we are pleased that BlackTrax played its part by streaming the critical, precise, target coordinates to lighting technology in realtime so the planned creative effects augmented the artistry.”

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MUSEO DEL DUOMO IN MILAN’S CATHEDRAL OPENS WITH ASHLY PROCESSING

MILAN, ITALY – JANUARY 2014: Although ground broke for the construction of Milan Cathedral in Milan, Italy in 1386, it was only in the last decade that its construction was declared complete. The massive architectural project took over six-hundred years – twenty-four generations – and links Europe’s Middle Ages, through the Renaissance, to Post-modernity. Milan attracts two million visitors a year, and almost all of them visit the famous cathedral. To convey the epic story of its construction and to raise additional funds for Milan Cathedral’s costly upkeep, the Cathedral Museum opened in 1953. In keeping with the long timescale of the cathedral’s construction, the museum closed for five years and only recently re-opened, completely refurbished and ready to accommodate contemporary revenue streams. Among its new offerings, the museum added a conference room that can be rented for meetings and dinners. To keep costs low, but functionality and fidelity high, the conference A/V system uses an Ashly Pema 4125.10 100V output, combination four-channel 125W amplifier with a built-in 8×8 Protea™ DSP Matrix Processor.

Daniele Santini of Etabeta Electronics designed the museum’s new conference system, and Marco Oberto of Oberto & Allerino oversaw its installation. “We were called in after a different system failed to meet the needs of the client,” explained Santini. “That system seemed overly complicated and difficult to control remotely. The client wanted a system that would be virtually invisible and that would still yield highly intelligible audio. Moreover, they wanted a system that could be remotely controlled, even by lay users with no technical background. We went with the Ashly Pema 4125.10 for three reasons. First, it gives a very favourable performance-for-price ratio. Second, it only occupies two rack spaces and yet provides eight inputs, auto-mixer functionality, full DSP capabilities, and four powerful 250Watt amplifier channels. Third, it connects easily to Ashly’s line of intuitive user control units.”

Inputs to the system include two wired gooseneck microphones on the conference table, two Mipro ACT wireless microphones, and four line inputs located at strategic points around the room. The Ashly 4125.10 powers one On Point Audio OPA-Line loudspeaker system, plus six individual column loudspeakers. The whole room acts as one zone with several of the loudspeakers delayed slightly to optimize intelligibility at the table.

Users of the system are primarily the people who rent the room for various functions and Santini programmed and deployed the system so that they would be able to use it intuitively. An Ashly WR-5 programmable push-button remote allows users to select from various preset configurations, such as “dinner party,” “speech,” or “background music.” In addition, an Ashly FR-8 eight-channel Network Remote Fader console provides individual volume control for all eight input sources. “The Ashly remotes are very easy to configure, and we can insert them anywhere in an establishment’s local area network (LAN) for immediate and direct control of the inputs and outputs,” said Santini. “The museum is very pleased with the new system. They like the intelligibility and are amazed at how easy it is to control using the Ashly WR-5 and FR-8.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY THUNDERS WITH DANLEY JERICHO HORNS

PULLMAN, WASHINGTON – JANUARY 2014: The Cougars football team of Washington State University plays all of their home games in 33,500-seat Martin Stadium. Although on the smaller side among its Pac-12 peers, the stadium has more than enough seats for every resident of Pullman, Washington (the university’s home), and loyal alumni and visiting fans easily make up the difference, filling the stands to near capacity on game day. Recent additions to the stadium necessitated relocating the scoreboard to the opposite end zone, and that in turn inspired a full upgrade to Martin Stadium’s sound reinforcement system. Three Danley Sound Labs J3-64 Jericho Horns, two J4-31 Jericho Horns, and four TH-812 “Rock Monster” subwoofers now fill Martin Stadium with glorious, high-fidelity sound.

Washington State University called in Anthony James Partners of Richmond, Virginia to design the sound system. “It was a pretty straightforward situation,” said Lee Vaught, senior audio engineer at AJP. “Martin Stadium is a bowl with almost no overhang. A distributed system wasn’t an option. We had to go with an end-fired system, and the new scoreboard was the obvious place to put it. The only question was exactly what boxes to use. This is my first full Danley installation, and the their design provided the necessary coverage with vastly fewer boxes than I would have used with conventional technology.”

Three Danley J3-64 Jericho Horns provide the majority of the full-range coverage at Martin Stadium. They split the stadium down the middle, with the odd J3-64 covering the additional asymmetrical seating below the press and suite box. Two Danley J4-31 Jericho Horns deliver high-frequency content to the far seats, where otherwise the high end would be diminished having traveled through so much air. A single Danley OS-80 weatherproof Synergy Horn loudspeaker fills in for the seats right below the scoreboard. Four Danley TH-812 “Rock Monster” subwoofers – two to a side – complement the fidelity of the full-frequency components with robust low end. A handful of JBL Control 28 loudspeakers provide coverage of the small shaded area underneath the press and suite box. A rack of Crown i-Tech HD-Series amplifiers powers the system, with processing from a BSS London backbone.

Danley Sound Labs, President Mike Hedden commented, “This was a short turnaround project and was one of the first using our SketchUp plugin module in DDT3D. This is a very powerful 3D coverage program we developed that enables accurate predictions of all frequencies from 20Hz and up. We’ve worked with virtually all the major modeling programs and DDT is simply the easiest yet powerful program out there. This enabled us to turn the entire design around in basically one day.”

“The coverage is great,” said Vaught. “The long throw across the field is impressive, and the high end from the J4s together with the low end from the 812s provides a full-frequency experience that stadiums with conventional systems would have a hard time replicating. Surprisingly, we actually received a request to turn the system down after the first few home games. That never happens! If anything, systems aren’t loud enough. But at Martin Stadium, we pulled it back a bit. There’s plenty of headroom, and it sounds clean and undistorted. Cougars fans will enjoy this sound system for a long time to come!”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.
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Extron Adds DisplayPort Support for TeamWork Collaboration Systems

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce two new DisplayPort SM “Show Me” Cables for the company’s popular TeamWork Collaboration System. The cables, available with full-size or mini DisplayPort input connectors, actively convert DisplayPort signals to HDMI for use with TeamWork-compatible digital switchers. The cables meet Section 508 accessibility standards and are certified for use with Extron Cable Cubby enclosures. To simplify the process of planning, configuring, and ordering custom TeamWork systems, the new TeamWork System Builder is now available online. The TeamWork System Builder allows users to select from a wide range of Extron switchers, control processors, and cable management enclosures or other architectural connectivity to create a system that fits precise collaboration requirements, for up to eight users. more

YCD Multimedia to Introduce Latest Version of its Retail Advertising and Merchandising Platform at ISE Europe, Opening New Horizons for Retailers

New York, January 29, 2014 – YCD Multimedia, a global provider of smart digital signage solutions, today announced that it will introduce the new version of YCD|RAMP (the company’s proprietary Retail Advertising and Merchandising Platform) at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), to be held February 4-6, 2014 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. YCD|RAMP addresses the needs of retailers and marketers to create and display effective in-store digital signage campaigns in a fast, cost-effective way while ensuring 100% compliance with brand guidelines.

The new release, version 3.2, brings a host of new features that further simplify creation and displaying of content. At the top of the list is support for HTML5 templates and a new player. With HTML5 support, users have more options to source or create smart templates – the basis of YCD|RAMP content. Furthermore, passive or interactive templates can now be used with a wide array of HTML5-capable displays such as Android devices and Select Smart Displays. A seamless workflow for importing Google Web Designer projects directly into YCD|RAMP lets users import templates created in the free tool from Google. Upon import, YCD|RAMP will automatically ‘recognize’ the required parameters in the template.

Starting with this version, YCD|RAMP will be shipped preconfigured with user-editable templates optimized for retailer process improvement, including “attract” screens, digital menu boards, seller assistance for impulse buy, shopper assistance, and brand loyalty displays. Additional templates can be created using Flash or HTML5, and RAMP can also import and automatically recognize HTML5 projects created in Google Web Designer – a free advertising-focused HTML5 content creation tool.

On the deployment and management side, the YCD|RAMP now offers the flexibility of on-premise (standalone) or cloud-based deployment. Both editions also include a host of new player management and monitoring features.

“YCD|RAMP remains a fresh and unique approach to retail digital signage,” said Eran Sharon, VP of Product Management, YCD Multimedia. “And with the new version’s HTML5 support, multilayer content and bundled templates, we hope to simplify and accelerate the creation of effective product promotions and campaigns even more.”

About YCD|RAMP

YCD|RAMP is a unique digital signage platform which was created to address the needs and challenges of retailers, offering them, their agencies and suppliers a simple way to create, manage, and deliver branded marketing campaigns and targeted product promotions that assist specific processes in the retail environment.

Using RAMP’s innovative product-centric approach, marketing teams can quickly and easily deploy product promotions, campaigns and advertisements. Simple network trees and dayparting support allow marketers to target product mix, price, and promotion by location and time. Promotions can be sent to one, some, or all locations. Authorized regional and store managers can manage corporate-approved campaign slots and make real-time updates based on criteria such as weather, events/promotions, or inventory levels. Optional POS integration adds real-time upsell/cross sell capability, inventory tracking, and – most importantly – analysis and optimization of content effectiveness and ROI.

About YCD Multimedia

YCD Multimedia is an industry leader providing corporations and organizations worldwide with advanced digital media solutions and applications within the retail environment and other industries. YCD’s flexible platforms help businesses attract clients, target and assist consumers’ buying decisions, reinforce branding and ensure a measurable impact on their business. YCD’s end-to-end offering combines strategy, professional services and technology that increase profits, optimize product mix and enhance the customer shopping experience. To date, the company has partnered with over 2,000 customers, including Fortune 500 corporations and some of the world’s most recognized brands such as Burger King, Coca-Cola, Toyota, Ferrari, Cartier and others. Founded in 1999, YCD Multimedia is headquartered in the United States with offices in the United Kingdom and Israel, and has an international network of resellers serving clients around the globe. In October 2011 YCD acquired C-nario, a global provider of digital signage software solutions. For more information, visit www.ycdmultimedia.com.

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David Kanaan
Kanaan Public Relations
Tel.: +972-54-4255307
e-mail: David@KanaanPR.com

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