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Zylight Brings Upgraded F8 LED Fresnel to NAB 2014

LOS ANGELES – Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, showcased an improved F8 LED Fresnel at the 2014 NAB Show. Introduced last year, the reengineered lighting instrument still delivers close to the light output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel and collapses to less than four inches thick for easy transport, but a number of refinements deliver improved performance for field and studio applications.

The yoke mount has been angled for greater positioning range and able to accommodate 90-degree stand mounting. Plus, all locking and adjustment is done with a single knob. On the light, the self-locking focus now automatically holds focus position. Other improvements include improved bellow design for smoother operation, a self-terminating DMX input, better protection from the elements and a new heat sink orientation that allows 20 percent better cooling.

“We have been blown away by the response to the F8. Broadcast studios, ENG news crews, commercial producers, independent filmmakers – our LED Fresnel has been embraced by video professionals across the industry,” said Joe Arnao, president of Zylight. “We went back to the drawing board to make the F8 even better, without changing the features that make it the most exciting lighting instrument on the market.”

Available in daylight (5600K) or tungsten (3200K) versions, the F8 lighting instrument draws only 100 watts. It has a high CRI (color rendering index) and its eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens maintains single shadow traditional Fresnel beam shaping. The fully dimmable F8 offers an adjustable beam spread (16-70 degrees), with a patented focusing system for spot and flood operations.

Bright like an HMI, the F8 is a better choice for run-and-gun ENG applications – it can be powered by a standard 14.4V camera battery or AC adapter, and it is water resistant (IP54) for use in challenging location conditions. Its LED engine features quantum dot technology to provide a more refined and balanced natural light output, which has been tuned to work with today’s digital camera systems. Like other Zylight models, the F8 features ZyLink wireless technology, which makes it easy to link multiple Zylights for simultaneous remote control. The F8 ships with barn doors and yoke mount, but additional accessories are available separately.

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC

Founded in 2003, Zylight LLC is the leading manufacturer of intelligent LED lighting instruments for the film and video production industry. Every model in its easy-to-use lighting system produces fully calibrated bright white light, while some also provide a spectrum of adjustable colors without gels. Full wireless control and DMX integration are included, and AC or DC power options are available. The Zylight state-of-the-art LED system is truly the most unique and flexible lighting system on the market today. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. More Than Bright – Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

CI-BUSS Brings Clear Sound to Dixie Regional Medical Center

St. George, UT – April 2014… Consistently voted one of the top 100 hospitals in the US, Intermountain Dixie Regional Medical Center is one of the largest and most progressive health care facilities in the Southern Utah and Nevada region. Its sprawling campus is home to a number of state-of-the-art, high tech laboratory and surgical facilities, staffed by some of the best professionals in the business.

Recently, the hospital installed new CI-BUSS communications systems from Yorba Linda, CA-based Tech Works in several of their Cardiac Catheterization lab facilities. Randy Turek of Dixie’s Cardiology Department explains the challenges of communicating within a sterile facility.

“The doctors inside the clean rooms need to be able to communicate with staff outside the glass, and for quite some time, that communication was via a hanging microphone,” says Turek. “The sound quality was terrible. The rooms themselves are a very boomy, reflective environment, with flat walls, vinyl floors, and plenty of glass, so intelligibility is poor to begin with. Communication basically consisted of a lot of yelling back and forth.”

The CI-BUSS system provided the doctors with the flexibility of using lightweight headsets, desktop or ceiling mounted microphones, with powerful digital signal processing and automatic level control for clean, intelligible, hands-free communication.

“We had tried a number of different solutions, and when we looked around at other facilities to see what they were using, we realized that everyone was having the same issues,” Turek observes. “Everyone was putting together systems with different components from different manufacturers, and the results were never quite as good as they could be. The CI-BUSS system was the first we found that was specifically designed for this purpose. We were able to configure the entire system and choose the components we needed for each application.”

With the CI-BUSS system in place, doctors are now able to communicate to staff in normal conversational tones. That has its own advantages, says Turek. “We found that after we switched to the CI-BUSS, the satisfaction levels in our patient care environment went up. Patients were happy we were no longer yelling back and forth.”

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Tech Works is a US-based manufacturer of high-quality, highly specialized communications systems for the healthcare, security, corrections, and education industries. Based in Yorba Linda, California, Tech Works was founded in 1984 with the goal of creating powerful communications solutions for the most demanding environments. Our products are designed to meet the unique challenges of our customers, in applications where clear communication can be critical.

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5 Seconds of Summer, One Mixing Console of Choice: HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi4

SYDNEY, Australia – Australian pop rock band 5 Seconds of Summer is currently one of the hottest bands in the world. Since forming in December 2011 as college students posting YouTube videos of cover songs, the group has rocketed to worldwide fame—it has performed as the opening act for One Direction and will reprise that role on an upcoming tour, had its debut single “She Looks So Perfect” hit Number One in 39 countries and sold out headlining shows in Australia, the US and the UK in minutes. Over the last year the band and front of house engineer John Delf have toured the world with one console: the HARMAN Soundcraft Vi4.

“We’ve done more than 110 shows with One Direction, interspersed with 5 Seconds of Summer’s headlining shows and last year played in front of a combined audience of over one million people. Not bad for a band that at the time hadn’t even had a single out yet,” said Delf. “Most of the venues have been arenas from 10,000 to 20,000 capacity although we did a couple of shows that were 25,000 to 30,000, and a few 1,000 to 3,000-seat theaters. Through it all the Vi4 has been rock solid.”

Although 5 Seconds to Summer has been playing some of the world’s biggest venues and the Vi4 is capable of 96 inputs to mix, the band has a channel count of 32, making the Soundcraft Vi4’s compact size and ready access to all functions a big benefit. “I can get all my important channels on layer one, so I find it really easy to get access to everything I need without having to switch pages on the console,” Delf said.
What’s Delf’s biggest challenge in using the Vi4? “Trying to hear the mix over the screaming girls! For the first three songs of the set it’s almost impossible to hear the music because the fans are so excited to see the band that their screams are in the region of 115 to 120 dB, which is quite a lot louder than the usual 104-105 dB gig level. This also batters your ears and they take a little time to recover so it’s not until around song four that can you start to really get an idea as to what is going on.”

“I have all my main important channels on layer one of the desk, so all the drums, bass, guitars and vocals, then layer two is just for backing tracks and effects returns that usually look after themselves,” Delf said of his console configuration. “I use the VCAs a lot and have masters for all sections of the band and an all master for the whole band less vocals. It’s with this all VCA that I ride the dynamics of the band. I also have an effects VCA and a delay return VCA so I can control these levels and mutes without going on to layer two.”
Delf noted that one of the main reasons he chose the Vi4 for mixing 5 Seconds of Summer is the new Soundcraft Realtime Rack library of plug-ins developed with Universal Audio and compatible with all Soundcraft Vi Series digital consoles. “The fact that you can now use all the Universal Audio plug-ins in the live environment is so exciting,” he said. “I own Edge Recording Studios in Cheshire UK and we have a UAD2 card installed and the Universal Audio plug-ins sound amazing in the studio, so to be able to apply those to live sound is very cool.”
“Soundcraft also provided us with the touchscreen to control all these plug-ins and that makes it so much cooler to use and also looks pretty damn impressive,” Delf continued. “When I first started using them the effect was quite subtle but one day on tour one of my cables went missing and I thought I couldn’t use it for the show and that’s when I realized how much I missed it and how big a difference it really made. We found the cable in the end and it was all systems go. Not sure what I’d do without it now to be honest!”

Having used a Soundcraft Vi6 on a previous tour with the band Plan B, Delf chose the Vi4 primarily for its sound quality. “I just love the way it sounds and it was my first choice for 5 Seconds of Summer,” he said. “This band has a much smaller channel count than the Plan B tour so I was able to fit perfectly on the Vi4, so why not? It sounds amazing, has great pre’s, has built-in dbx compressors and Lexicon effects, plus the addition of the Realtime Rack UAD card. Why wouldn’t anyone choose one?”

So far, Delf is more than satisfied with the Vi4. “I have loved using the desk and all of its features,” he noted. “It’s so easy to get round and everything you need is there in front of you. We let our support act use the desk too and their engineer had never seen one before the tour and by show two he was all over it. It’s very easy to use, sounds amazing and is so quick to learn. I couldn’t ask for more. Bring on the Soundcraft Vi3000, that’s all I can say!”

For more information on John Delf’s recording studio, please visit www.theedgestudios.co.uk.

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.

Omnivision Studios Launches Omnitapps Composer

New Multi-Touch Software Provides Industry-Leading Simplicity, Customization, and Reliability for Deploying Highly Captivating Touchscreen Experiences

BEST, The Netherlands — April 14, 2014 — Omnivision Studios BV today announced the launch of Omnitapps(TM) Composer, the newest addition to the industry-leading Omnitapps multi-touch software suite. Designed to bring further simplicity, customization, and reliability to multi-touch deployments, Omnitapps Composer offers up to 21 easy-to-configure applications for creating highly captivating, interactive touchscreen experiences within any public setting.

The Omnitapps Composer suite include Omnitapps Composer Basic, a multi-touch software package with 18 applications and basic setting configuration; Omnitapps Composer Advanced, a full-featured multi-touch software package with 21 applications; and Omnitapps Composer Ultimate, adding Omnivision’s Interactive Wayfinding application to Omnitapps Composer Advanced. In addition, Omnitapps Composer Player offers a cost-effective system for running any configuration created using Omnitapps Composer, Basic, Advanced, or Ultimate.

“With Omnitapps Composer, we set out to create the most complete and cost-effective set of multi-touch software applications on the market,” said Alexander Aelberts, CEO, Omnivision Studios BV. “The three options provide endless interactive possibilities for creating engaging touchscreen experiences that provide strong brand reinforcement and highly enhanced communications. Users can tailor the application to suit any look and feel for audiences in a wide range of spaces from building lobbies to shopping malls to airports.”

The Omnitapps suite is ideally suited for any location that requires the ability to communicate with users and customers in a highly intuitive and interactive manner. Omnitapps customers have installed compelling multi-touch screen applications in settings as diverse as retail shops and showrooms, education and training facilities, TV studios, fairs and conferences, hotel and hospital lobbies, museums and exhibitions, and real estate centers. These touchscreens are used for everything from generating traffic and attracting new customers to welcoming and directing visitors, communicating product information through digital brochures, entertainment and presentations, and training.

Omnitapps Composer entirely eliminates the need for any programming — enabling more user-friendly workflows within any multi-touch environment. A redesigned configurator makes it even easier to create stunning custom graphical interfaces. Omnitapps Composer supports 15 languages, enabling users to fully configure language settings while displaying content in any language to suit the audience. With the Omnitapps Interactive Wayfinding application, users can easily create a completely customized wayfinding solution by simply importing a high-resolution floor plan and their CSV database. Omnitapps Composer also includes data collection forms for capturing valuable information regarding touchscreen usage. The software supports resolutions ranging from 1366×768 to 4k and is ideal for kiosks, single/multi-touch screens, touch tables, touch video walls, and all-in-one computers. Adaptable to both multi- and single-touch requirements, Omnitapps Composer is compatible with Windows(R) 7 and Windows(R) 8 environments.

Omnitapps Composer delivers further savings through free updates and by offering a single price for a total of 21 applications. In addition, Omnivision provides free customer support.

More information on Omnitapps Composer and Omnivision’s full range of products is available at www.omnitapps.com.

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Omnivision Studios is the developer of the industry’s most customizable, user-friendly, and reliable software for creating and deploying interactive multi-touch screens and displays. The company’s Omnitapps(R) product family enables out-of-the-box as well as custom multi-touch and multi-user installations in many industries including business, educational, and games/entertainment. Omnivision’s customers have deployed Omnitapps multi-touch applications in a wide variety of locations including schools, reception areas, shopping malls, real estate, museums, retail, and trade shows. The company has partnered with global industry leaders to provide complete multi-touch solutions supporting both desktop and modern user interfaces (Windows 7,8 and Android). For example, Omnivision Studios is an official Intel(R) Technology Provider and Intel Software Partner. For more information, visit Omnivision Studios http://www.omnivision.nl/en.

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Up-And-Coming Swedish Producer/Musician Erik Birkelöf Finds Sweet Sounds In HARMAN’s Lexicon LXP Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — When you think of world musical centers, places that come to mind are New York, Nashville, London, Detroit, Sweden and…Sweden? From ABBA in the 1970s to Max Martin and his unstoppable string of hits today, the home of Spotify is enjoying a growing influence in pop music. 19-year old Erik Birkelöf is part of the Swedish musical movement – he’s already been playing and recording for more than half his life and is constantly honing his craft, with his most recent acquisition being a Lexicon LXP Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle.

Birkelöf began playing classical guitar about 10 years ago and progressed to playing drums and other instruments. He soon bought his first computer audio interface in order to record himself – “and then I was trapped! I found that I loved recording music as much as playing it.” In addition to his own music he likes to record other musicians. “I’ve done projects from blues to funk to electro to death metal,” he notes. “I like to record all the different styles of music, because each requires different mixing techniques.”

In his pursuit of musical knowledge Birkelöf had heard Lexicon mentioned time and again. “I can’t tell you how many people told me I needed to try a Lexicon reverb, or that they had been using something else and made the switch to Lexicon because it sounded so much better. I didn’t think a reverb plug-in could make that much of a difference – but when I finally got the chance to hear the LXP Native Reverb it was the greatest reverb I’ve ever heard.”

“I’ve used the LXP Native Reverb on some classical guitar tracks, drums, and vocals. On guitar it gives a bigger and more colored sound that really fits well with what I’m trying to create. It also does a great job filling in the gaps with vocals and drums while staying transparent,” added Birkelöf.

For Birkelöf the various effects that the LXP Native Reverb offers has opened up a lot of new possibilities. “I like the Plate as my standard when mixing a track, but now that I have more options I’m using Hall, Chamber, and Room as well. They sit in the mix much nicer then my other reverbs and make the track sound much more put together.”

Sweden is known for its support of music and the arts and Erik Birkelöf’s dream is to attend a school for music production to further his mission to help other young up-and-coming musicians. Currently he manages an initiative that gives four artists a year, under the age of 16, the opportunity to have their music recorded for free. “Obviously it would be great to work with big names, but I know how difficult it is to break into the music industry and I enjoy providing this opportunity to the next generation of musicians. My ultimate dream is to build my own studio and continue to help young artists.”

“Erik is a talented and ambitious young man who is not only working hard to make his dreams a reality, but he is taking the time to help others along the way. We are confident Erik will find Lexicon to be an invaluable tool as his career continues to develop and we look forward to hearing about his future success,” stated Jason Kunz, Market Manager, Portable PA and Recording & Broadcast for HARMAN Signal Processing.

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.

Imperial Russian Ballet Gets Royal Sound with Renkus-Heinz

Ljubljana, Slovenia – April 2014… In the heart of Slovenia’s capital city, Park Tivoli is a lush urban oasis that is home to the renowned International Center of Graphic Arts, as well as the Museum of Contemporary History. The Park is also home to Hala Tivoli, one of the region’s largest sporting and event halls.

Recently, the Hala Tivoli’s 4500 seat basketball venue hosted a performance of Labodje Jezero (Swan Lake) by the acclaimed Imperial Russian Ballet, drawing a full house and numerous national and international dignitaries. Audio for the event was provided by leading tour providers Akustika Pirman, who brought in a system based on Renkus-Heinz PN-Series line array loudspeakers. As Systems Engineer Metod Komatar explains, the system was exactly what was needed for the venue.

“The Hala Tivoli actually has pretty good acoustics for a sporting arena, and it’s possible to get a reasonably good sound in the room,” says Komatar. “The biggest challenge is the height of the left and right seating areas, and how to cover it consistently using a relatively small number of loudspeakers.”

The main system, designed by Komatar and director Joze Pirman, comprises four flown arrays — two left and two right — each with six PN102 line array cabinets. Six DRS18-2B subwoofers covered low frequency reinforcement. Four TRX151 full range cabinets provide front fill for the first few rows, with two more TRX151 boxes onstage as side fills for the artists. The system was powered by Crown and lab.gruppen amplification, with a Xilica XD4080 unit for system DSP.

“We have used Renkus-Heinz systems for many years, because they always fulfill our needs perfectly, through many different types of events,” adds Komatar. “The PN102 line arrays deliver a nice wide dispersion that enabled us to consistently cover a large area with a small number of speakers. The Renkus-Heinz system proved itself once again, with a very natural sound and plenty of headroom, which is critical for classical music.”

 

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

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