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Hoyts Chile Chooses Christie for their Conversion to Digital Cinema

Christie®, a world leader in digital cinema projection, is pleased to announce that it has been chosen by Hoyts Chile, the leading screening chain belonging to Grupo Chilefilms, to digitize its 127 35mm theaters distributed across 23 complexes throughout the country. The agreement includes the installation of digital cinema projectors from the Christie Solaria™ Series, the Christie Avias-TMS™ Theatre Management System and select Christie Vive Audio™ cinema sound systems.

To carry out the digital theater conversion process, Hoyts Chile released a private technology tender in which it invited the most distinguished suppliers in the industry to bid. “In the end we chose Christie because their business proposal was the most complete, attractive and aggressive,” stated Juan Carlos Arriagada Mons, General Manager of Cinecolor Chile, Grupo Chilefilms division that provides technology services for all business units of the group.

“Christie knew how to interpret our planning, appreciated our apprehension with technological changes and financing needs and they pledged their commitment to a close, long-term relationship. Their offer was not limited to supplying projection equipment only, but they also guaranteed immediate access to spare parts, lamps, new technologies and financing in a long-term contract,” added Juan Carlos Arriagada Mons, Cinecolor Chile.

Hoyts Chile has a long business relationship with Christie. In fact, in mid-June of 2012, the color correction/projection theaters of Cinecolor –the post-production division for images, sound and cinematographic laboratory of Grupo Chilefilms with presence in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and Chile – was equipped with Christie CP2220 projectors.

Craig Sholder, VP, Entertainment Solutions at Christie, said “We are delighted that Hoyts Chile has once again put their trust in our projectors for their digital theater roll out, which is proof of the confidence and respect that theater professionals have for Christie. Today the digital cinema projectors that Christie manufactures have the largest worldwide market share because exhibitors recognize that our projectors, in addition to having exceptional image quality, offer the best light efficiency and the lowest operating costs”.

Christie will supply Hoyts Chile with a variety of DLP Cinema® projectors, such as Christie CP2215, Christie CP2220 and Christie CP2230, as well as the Christie Avias-TMS™ Theatre Management System (TMS), which allows the screen operators to centrally control and organize all projection operations from a multi-screen theater.

Furthermore, Hoyts Chile will equip three of their theaters with the innovative Christie Vive Audio™ cinema sound solution, which they will use along with a leading immersive audio platform, Dolby® Atmos™.

“Christie invited us to several demonstrations of the Vive Audio technology, where we were able to witness and systematically measure the extraordinary distribution of the sound pressure throughout the audience, which substantially improves the intelligibility of the dialogue (with respect to cone-based speaker systems) and the uniform distribution of sound in the theater, greatly decreasing the rebounding that causes interference,” said Juan Carlos Arriagada Mons.

Hoyts Chile’s roll out, which will take place through a Virtual Print Fee (VPF) agreement with GDC Technology, began in January of 2014 and it is expected to be completed by November of this year, including the digitalization by Christie of the new theaters that Hoyts Chile plans on opening in 2015 and 2016, which could number as many as 30 screens.

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Austrian Freelancer Lukas Zilka Takes HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 3 to the Big Stage

PURKERSDORF, Austria – Lukas Zilka, a freelancer who mixes audio for live concerts, press conferences, corporate events and national balls, recently elevated his company Live Productions –Event Services with the purchase of a HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 3 mixing console. This upgrade will assist him not only with his own productions, but also with the services he routinely offers to bigger companies.

Zilka is a highly skilled sound engineer who manages audio for some of the nation’s top balls, including the “Bonobonball” (Candy Ball) in Vienna. His previous experience with the Soundcraft GB8 analog console installed at that venue is what led him to grow his business with the Si Expression 3. It is the perfect console to lead analog users into the digital realm, as the controls on the Si Expression feel very much like any analog desk.

“Simply put, the value of the Si Expression 3 is unmatched, as other brands cost an arm and a leg for the same feature set that Soundcraft offers. I mix children’s plays for one of my regular clients, which is a local community church, and as the performance group expanded over the years and became increasingly professional, the small racks on the old Yamaha console couldn’t cut it anymore. I needed more outputs and more faders, so when I saw the Si Expression 3, I knew my search had come to an end,” Zilka said.

The Soundcraft Si Expression 3 features a mighty number of 30+2 faders along with flexible onboard and expansion I/O options to ensure that every one of the 66 input processing channels can be used. To help the operator power through concerts and events of any size, this console not only boasts the award winning EMMA™ DSP processor, it also comes with built-in FX engines that do not impact the mix regardless of load. To top it off, the fader groups are illuminated with Soundcraft FaderGlowTM, which color-codes the motorized faders for an intuitive mixing experience.

“So far, I’m loving the digital experience,” said Zilka. “I really like the easy handle on all channel parameters, as there is no need to jump into menus to get the effects I want. When I did a charity concert, I noticed the advantage of storable pre-amps, which was not present on my old mixer. I also enjoy using the ViSi app on my iPad for corporate events and press conferences.”

“Overall, Soundcraft delivered on every aspect of its name, providing me with an experience that cannot be found elsewhere for this price,” Zilka concluded. “The Si Expression does a perfect job and helps me create the exact sound that I want. Its ease-of-use features such as FaderGlow are revolutionary for this industry, which contains too many cluttered mechanics from other brands.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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Rose Electronics – New Orion XC KVM Switch

The Orion XC series by Rose Electronics is a signature family of high performance KVM matrix switches ranging in sizes from 8-288 ports to provide solutions for specific enterprise applications. With single or dual-link DVI, HDMI, SDI, and VGA video and several unique features, the Orion XC is a scalable and powerful switch able to meet the requirements of customers with large and small installations.

An Orion XC and Orion XTender package enables companies to build very cost-effective and flexible systems supporting HD video, USB-HID, USB 2.0, PS/2, and both analog and digital audio options. All video and control signals are consolidated into an option of CATx or single-mode fiber cabling between the extenders and switch. The switch can be outfitted to have both options. The maximum extension distance is 440ft on either side of the switch with CATx, or 33,000 over single-mode fiber.

Orion XC systems have several significant features. Instant switching allows users to switch between CPUs with no detectable delay. This process which takes only a few thousandths of a second is vastly quicker than IP-based solutions which frequently cause syncing problems and experience considerable delays. The I/O ports on the switch are flexible in that any one of them can be configured as an input or output. This allows for almost any combination and ratio of users to CPUs. Further setting the Orion XC apart from other switching technologies is the auto-configuration feature in which the ports will automatically configure when connected to the transmitter or receiver of the extender. When attaching an Orion XTender, the extender identifies itself to the switch, which then automatically allocates the necessary ports. This means that when the console or CPU are hot-swapped or plugged, the switch recognizes the connection based on the extender ID and automatically routes it. This eliminates the need to keep track of cable sequences, which is especially useful when constructing large switching systems. The system size can also be increased by daisy-chaining or cascading multiple switches.

With digital products now playing an integral role in business operations, choosing trusted products with a track record of performance and reliability is one of the most significant decisions businesses can make. The Orion XC series by Rose Electronics is a dependable and intelligent choice for any size of enterprise application.

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Engineer/Producer Ben Findlay Continues Success With Peter Gabriel Using HARMAN’s AKG K812 Reference Headphones

LONDON, United Kingdom – Ben Findlay, a GRAMMY®-nominated recording engineer and producer, recently added HARMAN’s AKG K812 reference headphones to his setup to achieve world-class sound when mixing the variety of projects that pass through his studio in the United Kingdom.

Findlay’s list of credits includes work with artists such as Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Jeff Beck, Sting, Lionel Richie and more, but he is probably best known for his work with Peter Gabriel. Over more than 25 years, Findlay has supported Gabriel in the recording, mixing and mastering of multiple projects—a collaboration that continues to this day. “I am using the K812 headphones as we speak on the Peter Gabriel Back To Front Live Blue Ray; I am mixing and I will be using them on the road next year to master the audio for the CDs which we produce of every show from the tour, which I often have to do on the road, in a hotel room. The K812’s are superb headphones that will allow me to effectively do my job in any setting.”

Introduced in late 2013, the K812 offers an oversized 53mm driver for the highest dynamic range ever in an AKG headphone. Its copper-covered aluminum voice coil extends sounds beyond the limits of human hearing, hitting a full spectrum of frequencies. Each K812 is built for comfort with a fast, adjustable headband and extremely soft ear pads to ensure comfort in any application, for extended periods of time. It also features a new open-back design optimized for pristine and natural sound.

“The headphones are stunning, they’re unlike any other pair I have ever used,” Findlay said. “Although you have the physical sensation of wearing headphones, there is no sense of enclosure in the listening experience. This makes the imaging very open and defined by the musical content alone. The response is very flat with no cosmetic lumps or scoops. “

For more information on Ben Findlay, please visit www.benfindlay.co.uk

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

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Sound Investment A/V Invests in Vista Systems Spyder x20

Chicago-based Sound Investment A/V has purchased a Vista Systems Spyder x20 image processor for its production inventory. By stepping up to the Spyder, Sound Investment A/V is now equipped with the next level of professional tools that can attract new clients with multi-image needs or offer greater creativity and production efficiencies to existing customers.

Parent company Sound Investment, a consulting firm, founded Sound Investment A/V with Peter Vanek in 2000 as a rental and staging company offering sound, video, lighting, scenic and staging solutions. It has become a top-tier provider for the industry both nationally and internationally.

“The Spyder is our first Vista Systems product,” says Vanek. “We plan to use it for large-format corporate events, such as general sessions featuring multi-screen, multi-projector situations.”

Vanek says the Spyder was chosen for its “ease of use and flexibility as a system. It can accomplish anything producers might throw at us on the fly. Or we can prebuild a show and be ready to go when we arrive on site. With other systems you have to do all the work once you get to the venue.”

He also notes that the Spyder was an affordable choice. “The price point is great considering the number of inputs and outputs you get,” he reports.

Sound Investment A/V already expects the Spyder to experience heavy usage right off the bat. “We have some big projects coming up,” Vanek says. “One is a 13-screen show with projection mapping, various projector blends and multiple outputs. That’s typical of how we’re going to deploy Spyder. We’re really excited about adding it to our inventory.”

About Vista Systems
Vista Systems’ switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching with real-time windowing and composition. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at www.vistasystems.net.

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Sennheiser’s K-Array Anakonda Loudspeaker Brings Extraordinary Sound and Flexibility to Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) Music Theater

Anakonda is the Perfect Front-Fill Solution for 300-Seat Music Theater That Features Diverse Artistic Performances and Exquisite Acoustics

Phoenix, AZ, February 26, 2014: Phoenix’ Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is home to nearly 15,000 instruments and objects from all over the world, providing a unique museum experience for guests of all ages. The museum features an exquisite, 300-seat music theater that features performances from a diverse range of artists — including well known, nationally touring musical acts as well as traditional and eclectic acts from every corner of the globe. Designed and constructed as an intimate, world-class concert hall offering comfortable seating and state of the art acoustics, the theater hosted 193 concerts last year and recently was the first venue in Arizona to install the new K-array Anakonda speaker solution from Sennheiser.

The K-array Anakonda speaker system was installed directly across the edge of the stage as a front fill solution, providing greater definition and sonic clarity to the first several rows. The new installation helps the theater deliver an unparalleled listening experience for all its patrons no matter where they are seated, ensuring even sound dispersion and intelligibility.

“Our former front fills were point source, mounted just below the stage,” comments Ted Greenbaum, music theater manager. “There wasn’t even coverage and these were in the more expensive seats. So when Jerry Delgado of Sennheiser brought the Anakonda in for us to test, it was phenomenal.” “Our main PA system is built into the shell and each side is pretty far away from the center of the audience and in the first couple of rows intelligibility and imaging is an issue,” explains Jim Zick, technical manager for the Theater. “When Sennheiser brought in the Anakonda, which sounded great and was aesthetically attractive, I thought it would be a perfect solution to set this up right across the front of the stage.”

Six Anakonda loudspeakers were daisy chained at the edge of the stage and powered by a single K-array KA40 amplifier complete with DSP control. The system made its debut one evening as renowned country singer/songwriter Suzy Bogguss sang for 300 enthralled fans. “It was phenomenal,” Greenbaum recalls. “After that night, we got several emails from audience members saying it was the best sound they ever heard. Before, the front fill was lacking and the Anakonda really came through as a great solution — it was the final piece to the puzzle.”

Anakonda: Astounding intelligibility, flexibility:

In addition to theaters, the Anakonda is a perfect solution for a range of indoor or outdoors installations. Since each speaker element is bendable, the Anakonda can be wrapped around poles, columns, or mounted to curved or otherwise uneven surfaces. Speakers are available in 6′ lengths, and up to 16 combined elements can be linked and powered from a KA40 amplifier using the Anakonda’s integrated NL4 connectors. The speaker’s dedicated presets support a variety of configurations, including both standalone and combination use with K-array KMT Series subwoofers.

The Anakonda, which is priced at $859.95, is available exclusively in the U.S. through authorized Sennheiser dealers.

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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

Photo captions:

1) The K-array Anakonda solution was installed at the Musical Instrument Museum theater as a solution to provide increased intelligibility.

2) Six K-array Anakondas were daisy chained at the front edge of the stage, providing a great sounding and aesthetically attractive solution.

3) From the rear of the theater, the Anakonda is barely visible on the front part of the stage.

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Thunder Audio Storms Into 2014 With K2

Prominent Midwest-based SR provider takes delivery of its first L-ACOUSTICS system

LIVONIA, Michigan — Fresh back from the 25th annual Pollstar Awards in Nashville, where they were nominated for “Sound Company of the Year,” Thunder Audio President Tony Villarreal and Vice President Paul Owen proudly announce that they have now officially taken delivery of their company’s first L-ACOUSTICS system, the new K2.

Comprised of 36 K2 and six KARA variable curvature WST® line source elements, eight K1-SB and 18 SB28 subs, six ARCS II constant curvature enclosures and 10 LA-RAK touring racks — each housing three LA8 amplified controllers — the sound reinforcement provider’s recent purchase marks one of the very first K2 systems sold in the U.S.

Thunder Audio’s company principals made the decision to join the L-ACOUSTICS family after critically listening to K2 late last year at the manufacturer’s corporate headquarters in Marcoussis, France. Fully aware of the impact that L-ACOUSTICS’ larger K1 system has had on the festival and touring industries, both Villarreal and Owen are equally optimistic about K2′s potential.

“In the past, we’ve always purchased large-scale systems based on the requirements dictated by a specific tour or application,” notes Owen. “This is the first time, however, that we’ve taken delivery of a product purely from the standpoint of feeling in our gut that it will be a success. Given the overwhelming reputation of K1 — as well as the more than 20-year legacy of K2′s predecessor, V-DOSC — we knew that getting in on the ground floor of this new system with such a stellar pedigree was absolutely the right choice for us and our client base.”

“With its compact profile, surprisingly light weight and exceptional horsepower, K2 is perfect for so many of our customers — from corporate to touring to theatrical,” agrees Villarreal. “And, of course, the sound is absolutely phenomenal. We A/B-ed it with the other four systems in our inventory and felt that it shined above and beyond anything else. We really have a sense that this is very quickly going to become the number one requested box on the market, and we’re so confident in that fact that we’ve already put in a purchase order for an additional 48 K2 for early next year, which is about the soonest we can get more seeing how popular they are right now!”

According to the two company principals, Thunder Audio is ultimately hoping to set its sights on K1 ownership as well. “In addition to being terrific as a standalone system, K2 is also a great stepping stone for us potentially getting into K1,” Owen describes. “It would make a lot of sense for us to be able to repurpose our K2 arrays as side hangs on a stadium-sized rig, which is one of the big reasons that we began looking into it in the first place. We’ve had some prior clients that have requested L-ACOUSTICS in the past, and with K2 — and eventually K1, perhaps — we’ll be in a position to give them both the service that has been our hallmark and the systems that they’re looking for.”

Villarreal sums things up by adding, “We feel that we’ve definitely made a wise investment here. The demand for the product is strong and the support we’ve received from L-ACOUSTICS has been fantastic. It’s truly a winning combination.”

About Thunder Audio
Headquartered in the Detroit suburb of Livonia, with a new office and rehearsal space in Nashville, Thunder Audio has grown over the past three and a half decades into one of the world’s top touring sound reinforcement companies. For more information, visit www.thunderaudioinc.com.

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Contact:
Thunder Audio
28501 Schoolcraft Rd., Livonia, MI 48150
Phone: 313.291.5020 / Fax: 313.291.5124
Web: www.thunderaudioinc.com

DiGiCo Sweeps the GRAMMY® Awards

ATK Audiotek deploys numerous SD Series consoles for “Music’s Biggest Night”

LOS ANGELES — Southern California-based live event sound, equipment rental and broadcast audio production specialist ATK Audiotek recently acquired a slew of DiGiCo digital consoles, immediately putting them to work on the 56th annual GRAMMY® Awards telecast in Los Angeles in late January. This is the third consecutive year that ATK has relied on DiGiCo consoles for the production of “Music’s Biggest Night,” with this year’s show marking the very first outing for the company’s latest purchases.

ATK, the audio production provider for the Recording Academy’s annual music celebration since the telecast permanently relocated to the Staples Center in downtown L.A. fourteen years ago, made the switch to DiGiCo consoles in 2012. This year, the console complement included an SD10 for Mikael Stewart, FOH production mixer and ATK’s vice president of special events, plus an SD7 for Ron Reaves, FOH music mixer, seated alongside Stewart.

“Everybody who comes through the GRAMMYs leaves happy, and all I use is the onboard processing,” says Reaves. “But my partner in crime at the GRAMMYs, Mikael Stewart, uses the Waves plugins quite extensively. He mixes all the dialog and the production elements, so he makes use of the DNS plugin on some of the podium micas.” Stewart, whose console was directly connected to a DiGiCo SoundGrid server, used the Waves Dialog Noise Suppression plugin to reduce the room regeneration coming back in to the microphones and also made use of the Waves C6 Multiband Compressor.

Tom Pesa, the A stage monitor engineer, and Michael Parker, monitor engineer for the B stage, each mixed on an SD7 with a redundant engine. This year, for the first time, an SD8-24 — supplied by Hi-Tech Audio for the occasion — was positioned backstage at A2 world, and that enabled an assistant engineer to more efficiently monitor signal distribution throughout the venue.

As in previous years, Parker and Pesa each accessed common head amps in the four SD-Racks positioned backstage. But this year, in another first, two SD-Racks were added in parallel in order to provide Reaves with discrete preamp control at FOH. “Those were running MADI to his console. Staying at 48 kHz, we got an entire rack down one MADI cable instead of two,” says Jeff Peterson, ATK’s system designer. A further four SD-Racks were dedicated to outputs. ATK’s recent purchase was comprised of six consoles — two SD10s, two SD7s and two SD5s — plus 14 SD-Racks.

ATK was not the only company utilizing DiGiCo equipment at the GRAMMY Awards show. Outside the venue, in the Music Mix Mobile (M3) Eclipse truck, which provides the 5.1 surround music mix for the broadcast, Joel Singer, engineer-in-charge and M3 company partner, made use of a DiGiGrid MGO dual-port optical MADI interface and SoundGrid SGS-1 Server One. The setup enabled co-broadcast music mixers John Harris and Eric Schilling to insert Waves Renaissance Vox and DeEsser as well as CLA-76 and SSL Compressor plugins on the truck’s console and Pro Tools system.

About DiGiCo
DiGiCo is a UK-based manufacturer of some of the world’s most popular, successful and groundbreaking digital mixing consoles for the live, theatre, broadcast and post production industries and is exclusively distributed in the U.S. by Group One Ltd. of Farmingdale, New York. For more information, go to: www.DiGiCo.biz

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Rob Mailman Finds Supernatural Success in DiGiCo’s SD5

Veteran analog stalwart makes the jump to digital during Santana’s Las Vegas residency at House of Blues Mandalay Bay

LAS VEGAS, NV — Remember the old sound guy adage about knowing what all the knobs and buttons do? As the industry increasingly moves in a digital direction depending more on touch screens than faders and on menus and layers instead of every function being at one’s fingertips, mix engineers like Rob Mailman — who need to move fast and are accustomed to the dedicated control of analog — are searching for digital consoles that offer ease-of-navigation as well as outstanding sound quality. And like Mailman, who has now officially made the move to a DiGiCo SD5, those engineers are increasingly turning to DiGiCo citing the “analog-ness” of the SD interface. more

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DiGiCo’s SD5 Wins at Super Bowl XLVIII

Twin FOH and monitor consoles deployed for Halftime Entertainment Extravaganza featuring Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey — For the 82,529 fans that braved forecasts of cold, snowy weather predicted for Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2, Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers delivered an enthusiastic show that was long on great musicianship and killer showmanship. And making sure that show also sounded great were a pair of DiGiCo SD5 digital audio consoles used for both front-of-house and monitor mixes. more

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