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NY’S QUAD STUDIOS BOW WSDG UPGRADE

NEW YORK: Ricky Hosn and Alessio Casalini, co-owners of Quad, one of NYC’s most popular and prolific recording studios, have completed a significant redesign of their Q1 Control Room. Working with Walters-Storyk Design Group architect/ acoustician John Storyk, Hosn and Casalini maximized the interior space of their primary studio, and significantly pumped up the volume of their Augspurger system.

“When the room was originally built in 2010, it centered around the producer’s production needs,” Hosn says. “We had a huge rack in the middle of the room that we used as a production desk. Today’s clients are less reliant on actual instruments and equipment; they’ve embraced software-based production. We decided to free up the back of the room and shift the racks to the side. We saw this build out as an opportunity to enhance the overall sound, look and vibe of the room. The WSDG team came up with a great redesign concept that performs exactly the way we hoped it would.”

Though Hosn has known Storyk since 2005 this marks his first time working with WSDG. “Our primary goal was to create more legroom for our 320 sq. ft. control room, and update its aesthetics to make our clients more comfortable,” he says. “We also decided to upgraded our Augspurger sound system with custom digital amps and an integrated DSP processor that provides 5000w of total power. We replaced our tweeters with new Beryllium Diaphragms, and added two 18″ subwoofers. One of the challenges of the renovation was to improve the sound quality of the room while adding a more powerful sound system. Thanks to the combined efforts of WSDG and Dave Malikpour of Pro Audio Design we achieved a sound that surpassed our expectations. Q1′s always been one of NYC’s loudest rooms,” Hosn says, “but now it’s super-powered loud!”

“This was an interesting project,” John Storyk remarked. “Quad has always had a first tier client base and a superb reputation. WSDG was pleased to be invited to re-imagine this well loved room, and that the program we devised hit the mark. As with any busy room a primary concern was keeping downtime to a minimum. From beginning to end the project took about 2 months, and we held actual downtime to under a week. We achieved that abbreviated schedule with precise planning, and by having the major components of the new design pre-fabricated off site,” Storyk says.

Hosn reports initial client reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. “The first artists in the completed room were Natalie Imbruglia, Hilary Duff and Ne-Yo, they loved what WSDG did with the room. Trey Songs and 50 Cents came through for a look and immediately booked sessions. With the renovations and our Augspurger system upgrade, Studio Q1 is undoubtedly one of the clearest and loudest sounding rooms in the city.”

A Mecca for stars ranging from Tupak Shakur to Ashanti, Nelly, and Tony Braxton, Quad Studios has called 723 Seventh Ave.its Times Square home since the early 80′s. Hosn acquired the company from original owner Lou Gonzales in 2005.

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Photos: Four views of Quad Studios Q1 Control Room redesigned by WSDG
Photo #4 features Quad Studios House Engineer “DG”
Photos by Rick Hosn

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

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Video Mount Products (VMP) Celebrates 20th Anniversary

STEVENSVILLE, Md., Feb. 18, 2014 — Video Mount Products (videomount.com), a leading provider of mounting solutions for the A/V, communications, and security markets, is proud to announce that it is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

“Back in 1994 when big and boxy tube televisions were all the rage, VMP quickly became a favorite for mounting these bulky CRT’s onto walls and from the ceilings of bars, restaurants, gyms, and other commercial venues,” explained Keith Fulmer, president of Video Mount Products and a 28-year industry veteran who joined VMP in 1996. “Since then, VMP has evolved along with an ever expanding A/V industry into a leading supplier of flat panel mounting solutions, from installations in educational, institutional, and religious applications to lodging, sports venues, residential, health care, and restaurants.”

20 years ago, Stevensville, Md.-based Video Mount Products began as an OEM project to provide mounts for a handful of Maryland electronic distributors whose customers were handling multiple TV installations in small venues. The line began with a product offering of just six items and has evolved into an industry leader now offering nearly 200 SKUs to installation professionals across every facet of the A/V, communications, and security industries.

“While we began strictly offering TV mounts for CRTs, we now provide an extensive line that includes mounts for flat panels and projectors as well as equipment racks and cabinets for data and A/V installs,” Fulmer added. “Additionally, we cater to the needs of our wireless and broadband customers with an array of satellite and antenna mounting products.”

In 1996 when Fulmer was a principal of Keller & Associates, which was the manufacturers’ representative for Video Mount Products in the NY/NJ Metro area, the founder of VMP hired him to spearhead VMP’s growth and market development. In 2005, Fulmer purchased all of the company’s outstanding stock and became the sole owner.

Fulmer holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from James Madison University, is the father of two sons, and is an active leader of the Boy Scouts of America since 1997 as well as an active member of Christ Episcopal Church (Kent Island, Md.; oldest congregation in MD – Founded 1631). Prior to joining VMP, Fulmer was owner of manufacturers representative Concepts Unlimited, and executive vice president and partner for manufacturers representative Keller & Associates.

“VMP products have been engineered for and installed with confidence in thousands of A/V, communications, and security applications throughout the world,” Fulmer concluded. “We wouldn’t be celebrating our 20th anniversary without our customers, and that’s why we place such a high emphasis on our customer service. VMP prides itself on providing the best products in the industry and by supporting those products with knowledgeable professionals who understand that ‘support’ is the core of our business.”

For more information, please visit www.videomount.com or call toll free 877-281-2169. If you need help choosing the right mount for your application, try the VideoMount™-Finder at www.chooseamount.com.

About Video Mount Products
Video Mount Products (VMP) is a leading provider of mounting solutions for the A/V, communication and security industries since 1994. VMP’s products consistently offer the latest designs in safety and flexibility, all at an outstanding value. VMP’s product offering continues to grow by adding mounting systems to address growing segments across many markets.

VMP has become the mounting systems company of choice for professionals and their customers everywhere. All products have been engineered for and installed with confidence in thousands of residences, businesses, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and security applications throughout the world. VMP prides itself on providing the best products in the industry and by supporting those products with knowledgeable professionals who understand that “support” is the core of our business.

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Matrox KVM Extenders Now Compatible with EIZO 2Kx2K Air Traffic Control Display

Reliable, fanless design and zero compression, zero latency KVM extension make Matrox Avio and Extio ideal for ATC environments

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced compatibility of Matrox Avio™ F125 and Matrox Extio™ F2408 KVM extenders with the EIZO Raptor SQ2804 2Kx2K primary control monitor for air traffic control. Matrox KVM extenders allow ATC workstations to be located in a different room than the control monitors, simplifying system maintenance and security. They feature reliable, fanless designs and the ability to transmit all signals with zero compression and zero latency on a single duplex LC-LC fiber-optic cable, making them ideal for ATC environments.

Matrox KVM Extenders Now Compatible with EIZO 2Kx2K Air Traffic Control Display

The Raptor SQ2804 monitor features EIZO eBlue LED backlight technology, offering outstanding image quality, low energy consumption, and a long lifetime. Two dual-link digital video signal inputs are included as standard and a DisplayPort™ input is available as an option.

When used with the EIZO display, Matrox Avio F125 fiber-optic KVM transmitter/receiver pairs extend dual-link DVI (2048×2048) video, audio, multiple high-speed USB 2.0 compliant devices, keyboard and mouse from the host computer by up to 400 m (1312 ft) over multimode cable and 10 km (6.25 mi) over single-mode cable.

Matrox Extio F2408 Quad KVM extenders separate keyboard, mouse, audio peripherals and up to four DisplayPort displays from the rest of the computer by up to 1 km (3280 feet) via fiber-optic cable and PCI Express® bus-extension technology.

“We have some cases where our customers in air traffic control need to isolate their computing resources in climate-controlled, secure server rooms,” said Rob Hawksworth, International Business Development Manager for Air Traffic Control, at EIZO. “Matrox Avio and Extio provide the extension performance needed to drive the EIZO Raptor 2Kx2K monitors and other peripherals from a distance.”

“Matrox KVM extenders pair beautifully with the ergonomically-designed EIZO Raptor displays to reduce environmental stress on operators,” said Caroline Injoyan, Business Development Manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. “In addition, ATC system integrators can count on the reliability, stability and longevity of the field-proven Matrox products to meet customer needs in these demanding installations.”

Availability
Matrox Avio F125 and Extio F2408 KVM extenders and EIZO Raptor SQ2804 monitors are now available worldwide.

About EIZO
EIZO is a leading global manufacturer of high-end visual display products. The image quality, long-term reliability, and innovative features of EIZO monitors make them the products of choice in many financial trading rooms, back offices, hospitals, air traffic control centers, and design studios throughout the world. Founded in 1968, EIZO is represented in over sixty countries by a network of group companies and exclusive distributors. For more information, visit www.eizo.com/global.

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professional markets. In-house design expertise, top-to-bottom manufacturing, and dedicated customer support make our solutions the premier choice in industries that require stable, high-reliability products. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

StrandVision Digital Signage Introduces Free-standing Pedestal-mounted Electronic Signage Digital Media Players

Also debuts commercial-grade, large-format digital media player displays…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – Feb. 18, 2014 – StrandVision Digital Signage today introduced a line of attractive, large-format, free-standing pedestal Light-Emitting Diode (LED) digital displays for customers looking for the simplest digital signage network installation. StrandVision also introduced standardized pricing for several new sizes of LG commercial-grade LED digital displays, as well as smaller pedestal and wall-mountable displays. Sourced from United Visual Products, Inc. of Milwaukee, the new display items are available directly from StrandVision and through authorized StrandVision resellers and system integrators.

StrandVision’s new display options include:

• Wall-mountable LG LED 1080p displays in 42”, 47” and 55” configurations that feature two-year on-site warranty, speakers, Video Graphics Array (VGA) and High Definition Media Interface (HDMI) inputs, and Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) compatible mounts;*
• Floor Pedestal (kiosk) Screen LED displays in 1080p 46” and 55” vertical configurations with speakers and a two-year warranty. The units are pre-configured with the StrandVision Digital Signage R360 Linux Digital Media Player.
• Smaller, 22”, tabletop pedestal and wall-mountable wood-framed (cherry, oak and walnut) display options are also available.*

*Available with the pre-configured StrandVision Digital Signage R360 Linux Digital Media Player, which mounts behind the unit to facilitate electronic signage installation/startup and administration.

All of the units are designed to operate 24x7x365, are rated for 50,000 hours of continuous use and are optimized for bright commercial environments. They include tempered glass, alloy encasing, advanced cooling systems with integrated cooling fans, LED backlighting, Super-Patterned Vertical Alignment (S-PVA) technology and built-in speakers.

“We are excited to be offering these new commercial displays and pedestals,” said Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “They give our customers new ways to easily blend their digital signage into their buildings using extremely reliable commercial-grade equipment. We find that having a single source for all electronic signage equipment that is tested for compatibility is really attractive to customers since it simplifies and expedites installation of the digital signage network.”

“Combining the StrandVision Digital Signage network with our display solutions makes for an all-in-one, easy-to-use turnkey solution,” said Chad Bogan, Digital Signage Manager at United Visual Products. “We are pleased that StrandVision has decided to standardize on large-format and pedestal digital signage displays from United Visual Products.”

The new electronic signage display options are available immediately from StrandVision and its reseller channel partners. Pricing is listed on StrandVision’s website at http://www.strandvision.net/pricing.html.

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented cloud-based approach that delivers content to subscribers’ flat screen televisions, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many business marketing applications, including for medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising and operations information display systems); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – for further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

Chad Bogan
United Visual Products
800-444-0305
www.uvpdigitalsignage.com

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