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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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