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Introducing Microphone Buyback Program

An appealing campaign just launched by Media Vision is stirring the industry: the first microphone buyback program. For a limited time, until July 15th 2014, Media Vision is offering $50 per microphone to customers trading in their obsolete or inadequate technology for a new TAIDEN conferencing microphone system. The program is supported by Media Vision’s nine offices across North America and Europe.

Media Vision’s buyback program is available to all. “We accept to trade in any microphone from any manufacturer” says Kevin Stoner, Director of Operations at Media Vision “whether your old solution is a wired, wireless, ceiling-mounted or boundary microphone system, we will take it back and give you $50 per microphone”. With these open terms, Media Vision is making it easy for most organizations to upgrade to conferencing microphones and finally experience intelligibility in their meeting environment.

To get the full trade-in value Media Vision only requires that the used microphones be returned with all accessories, including main unit and cables or batteries, as the company will attempt to recondition them for resale or donation. “If the system is in working condition, we will strive to find an organization in need of those products that you no longer want” says Kevin, “The goal is to keep electronics out of the waste stream”. However, if the old microphones are damaged and reuse is not possible, Media Vision offers to recycle them according to local regulations.

Media Vision’s microphone buyback program combines a financial incentive with sustainable practices; now, wouldn’t you agree it is time to upgrade your microphones?

For more information on the program, including a video presentation, complete FAQs, as well as all registration details, Media Vision has created a dedicated support line on their website and via email at buyback@media-vision.com

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Finland Kicks Off April Jazz 2014 with Meyer Sound and Studiotec

Celebrating its 28th year, April Jazz brings the world’s top jazz artists to the Finnish city of Espoo from April 22 to 27. This year, acts such as Snarky Puppy, Angélique Kidjo, Tiempo Habana, and The Kenny Garrett Quintet are supported by more than 100 Meyer Sound loudspeakers at all three principal venues located in and around the Espoo Cultural Center.

2014 marks the April Jazz debut of Meyer Sound’s new MJF-210 stage monitors, 10 of which were recently purchased by the Espoo Cultural Center, and will remain in its permanent inventory. Sound reinforcement support and equipment supply come from Espoo-based Studiotec, with logistical coordination by Antti Murto.

As the main venue for the festival, the April Jazz Arena features a JM-1P arrayable loudspeaker system supporting artists such as the Omer Avital Quintet and the Pedrito Martinez Group. Erected on a grassy courtyard across from the cultural center, the covered venue features main arrays of five JM-1P loudspeakers each and six 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements. The system also features MINA line array loudspeakers for front fill and UPQ-1P loudspeakers for out fill. The foldback system includes 10 MJF-210 stage monitors, in addition to UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeakers and 500-HP subwoofers for monitor side fill and UPJ-1P loudspeakers and a 650-P subwoofer for drum fill. Additional UPJ-1P loudspeakers are available for VIP area delays.

Inside the cultural center’s Tapiola Hall, performances are heard through a permanently installed house system comprising dual arrays of 12 M’elodie® line array loudspeakers each, with dual flown arrays of three 500-HP subwoofers each and two 700-HP subwoofers on the ground. UPA-1P and UPM-1P loudspeakers supply front fill and in-fill, with 10 MJF-210 stage monitors for artist foldback.

Also inside the cultural center, Louhi Hall is transformed into jazz club “Café Louhi.” The stage features dual arrays of eight MINA™ line array loudspeakers each with four 500-HP subwoofers, two flown and two on the ground. Galileo® loudspeaker management systems supply drive and optimization at all three venues, with two Galileo 616 processors each at the April Jazz Arena and Tapiola Hall, and one at Louhi Hall.

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Brantley Gilbert FOH Engineer: “Meyer Sound LYON Has Power for Days”

Brantley Gilbert’s “Let It Ride” spring tour marks the christening of the new Meyer Sound LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system from Nashville-based Digital Console Rental (DCR).

“LYON is extremely smooth and linear, and has power for days,” says Andy Wacker, FOH engineer for Brantley Gilbert. “It just keeps on going. It’s also easy to work with—there’s no need to manipulate the sound, to pull tricks from up your sleeve. It’s all straightforward, so I can concentrate on my mix.”

LYON incorporates the technology of the LEO™ Family in a more flexible and compact package, and extends the advantages of highly linear self-powered systems to a larger range of venues and applications.

“Brantley has been a DCR client for more than six years,” says Howard Jones, owner of DCR. “For the bigger arenas this year, we needed a lot of horsepower that would still fit into a tight truck pack. LYON arrived just in time. The sound quality and the power-to-size ratio are absolutely the right combination for us.”

For the larger arenas with capacities up to 20,000, the system comprises arrays of up to 12 LYON-M main line array loudspeakers and four LYON-W wide-coverage line array loudspeakers. For the smaller venues, the system is cut back to 12 LYON loudspeakers total in each array.

The tour also carries 24 MICA® and 12 MINA™ line array loudspeakers for out fill and front fill, respectively. Six 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements in cardioid or end-fired configuration provide low end, while a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with two Galileo Callisto 616 array processors and a Galileo 616 processor handles drive and optimization.

With only six 1100-LFC loudspeakers up front, the audio team has been asked if the tour has enough subwoofers. “I just say, ‘Wait until you hear them,’ and that settles it,” says Wacker. “The 1100’s have an amazingly high output, and supply more than enough low end for the venue sizes we’re playing.”

The tour audio package also includes Avid VENUE Profile consoles for FOH and monitor, while the band uses Shure PSM 1000 personal monitoring systems. A Shure UHF-R wireless microphone system with a KSM9H mic capsule is used for Gilbert’s vocal. DCR also supplied the tour’s lighting and video systems, with overall show design by Howard Jones. DCR’s system techs are Chris Wilhelm and Patrick Johnston.

“LYON is what I’ve come to expect from a Meyer Sound product,” Jones continues. “It does all they say it will do, and more. For one thing, the new rigging hardware is exceptional—it makes the arrays so much easier to fly. The whole package is a great step forward for Meyer Sound, and for us.”

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Meyer Sound MINA at Home in The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam’s Legendary Orchestral Venue

A world-renowned concert hall for orchestral music, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw is reinforced with a new Meyer Sound MINA™ line array loudspeaker system for its amplified events. The self-powered system is designed to be flown and ready within an hour, and removed for unamplified symphonic concerts.

Both coverage and voicing of the MINA system are optimized for the 1,974-seat hall’s natural acoustics, featuring a reverberation time of 2.8 seconds when empty and 2.2 seconds when filled.

“Our goal was to give The Concertgebouw a system that was consistently better than what was available from outside rental companies,” says principal system designer Jan Panis, an accomplished engineer who specializes in reinforcement for modern classical music. “It was a challenge, because the same acoustics that make The Concertgebouw splendid for unamplified music are problematic for amplified concerts. MINA’s clarity, purity, and lack of coloration are qualities exceptionally well-suited to this application.”

MINA has been well received in its new home, according to Alfons Hutschemaekers, theatre technology coordinator for The Concertgebouw. “With this system I don’t hear the speakers, I simply hear an open and spatial sound,” he says. “I particularly like how it reproduces vocals and the brass in big bands.”

The system provides total front and back coverage with two flown arrays, each featuring 11 front-facing MINA loudspeakers, one MINA loudspeaker for the extreme side balcony, and three MINA loudspeakers aimed to the rear for the choir/organ loft seating. On the floor, six UPM-1P loudspeakers supply front fill, while two USW-1P subwoofers anchor the low-end frequencies. The system also includes an Allen & Heath iLive FOH console.

The dedicated array configuration streamlines workflow, according to Hutschemaekers. “Saving time is a critical issue, since we have so many programs with very short periods in between,” he points out. “The system has been a tremendous time saver.”

In addition to its sound quality and discreet profile, the self-powered benefits of the MINA system are also essential in this application. “We have main arrays, side fills, and rear fills all in one array, with no amplifiers in the attic, which is a difficult place to reach,” says Panis. “One technician can put the system up in an hour, where it can take a full crew four or five hours with other externally-powered systems.”

The MINA loudspeakers are used for jazz and pop shows, as well as for augmenting soloists in symphonic concerts. In addition to the resident Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, acts that have used the new system include the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jazz Orchestra of The Concertgebouw, and Brad Mehldau. Artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Tori Amos, and Roy Hargrove are scheduled in the coming weeks.

Designed exclusively for The Concertgebouw and kept on site when not in use, the MINA arrays are owned by PME-Téchnica, a new collaborative enterprise formed by Jan Panis and associate Koen Keevel. The sale was facilitated by Meyer Sound distributor Audio Electronics Mattijsen (AEM).

Permanent Meyer Sound systems are heard in all other smaller performance spaces of The Concertgebouw. The Small Hall is equipped with four UPJunior™ VariO™ loudspeakers and two UMS-1P subwoofers, The Choir Hall features seven UPJunior loudspeakers and a USW-1P subwoofer, and The Pleinfoyer has four UPM-1P loudspeakers and a USW-1P subwoofer.

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Spain’s Use Sonido Debuts New Meyer Sound LYON System on Sergio Dalma Tour

One of the latest companies to invest in a Meyer Sound LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system, Use Sonido of Spain is deploying the system on tour with multi-platinum recording artist Sergio Dalma.

“We believe LYON is a significant technological breakthrough,” says Oscar Marchena, technical director of Use Sonido. “It not only has excellent sound quality, but it is also compact and exceptionally powerful.”

LYON incorporates the technology of the LEO™ Family in a more flexible and compact package, and extends the advantages of highly linear self-powered systems to a larger range of venues and applications. For the Sergio Dalma tour, Use Sonido is providing 20 new LYON linear line array loudspeakers, six 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements, six UPA-1P loudspeakers for front fill, and a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with a Galileo Callisto 616 and a Galileo Callisto 616 AES processor. The LYON sale was facilitated by Rafael Jimenez of Meyer Sound España.

Use Sonido sealed its decision to invest in LYON after Oscar Marchena and Eusebio Marchena, managing director, attended a demonstration session in Amsterdam. “We were very impressed by LYON’s extreme clarity and natural tonality, as well as its exceptionally uniform coverage,” says Oscar Marchena.

“The accuracy and headroom of LYON and the 1100-LFC easily deliver all the power that Sergio Dalma’s music demands, without losing the delicacy that is also essential,” continues Marchena.

Following the Sergio Dalma tour, Use Sonido’s LYON system will tour with rising Spanish pop star Manuel Carrasco.

Based in the northwest Spanish city of Valladolid, Use Sonido is a full-service sound and lighting provider serving the concert touring, corporate meeting, theatrical, and festival markets throughout Spain.

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Chile’s Audiopro Adds Meyer Sound LYON and MJF-210 Stage Monitor

Viña del Mar, Chile-based Audiopro has invested in a Meyer Sound LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system. According to Jorge Diez, owner of Audiopro, the purchase will extend his company’s rapid growth in Chile’s thriving concert and event production market.

“I have been using Meyer Sound loudspeakers since 1997, and they have been the foundation of my business,” says Diez. “When I heard the LYON demos in San Francisco, I knew immediately that I wanted this system. Its powerful, precise sound will appeal to a broad range of clients.”

Introduced in January, LYON incorporates the advanced technology of the LEO™ Family in a lighter and more compact package, extending the advantages of highly linear self-powered systems to a wider range of venues and applications.

The Audiopro order comprises 32 LYON-M main line array loudspeakers, 16 LYON-W wide-coverage line array loudspeakers, 18 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements, eight Galileo® Callisto™ 616 and three Galileo Callisto 616 AES processors, and 12 MJF-210 stage monitors.

Diez will use the full LYON system for many arena-sized concerts and summer outdoor festivals. He also foresees using his LYON and 1100-LFC loudspeakers in smaller configurations as the Southern Hemisphere summer season winds down.

“LYON is an exceptionally versatile system that will allow me to cover a wide variety of events, large or small,” says Diez. “These may include anything from corporate events to rock concerts or rave parties.”

One of Latin America’s premier sound rental companies, Audiopro has supplied concert sound systems for domestic and international artists such as Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, Juanes, and Luis Miguel. Its corporate customers include McDonald’s, LAN Airlines, and Hyundai.

The LYON sale was facilitated by Antonio Monasterio of Santiago-based Audiopro Limitada, Meyer Sound’s Chilean distributor that coincidentally shares the same name as Diez’s Audiopro.

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EASWEST Offers Limited Time Spring Savings

Save on Complete Composers Collection 2 and more for one week only

Hollywood – April 24, 2014 – EASTWEST, the industry leader in virtual instruments for over 25 years, is offering additional spring savings on their popular Complete Composers Collection 2 virtual instrument bundle as well as other select EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP virtual instruments for one week only.

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Perfect for music, film, TV, and videogame scoring, the Complete Composers Collection 2 can be customized by choosing from 20 award-winning virtual instruments that cover virtually every musical genre. Customers can save an additional $175 (200 Euros for European customers) on the downloadable version of the CCC2 and pay no tax, no shipping, and have immediate access t the product. Alternatively, customers can opt for the CCC2 PRO to be shipped to them pre-installed on a 2TB plug ad play hard drive and save an additional 10% for up to 70% off the total price. Final prices can vary depending on selections.

EASWEST is also offering 50% off of select EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP virtual instruments for one week only. Most of these collections are available for immediate download.

For more product information, promotion rules and requirements, and to order, please visit http://www.soundsonline.com/Spring-Offers or http://www.soundsonline-europe.com/EU-Spring-Offers for European customers.

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Church on the Rock in Texas Engages Congregants with Meyer Sound MINA

A Meyer Sound MINA™ line array loudspeaker system has been installed in the new 950-seat auditorium of Church on the Rock in Lubbock, Tex. The church reports that MINA is helping break down separation between worship leaders and the congregation, bringing a greater sense of unity and participation to services.

“Compared to the system in our old sanctuary, the MINAs are much more intelligible,” says Michael Koontz, technical director for Church on the Rock. “You feel much more engaged with the singers and musicians, like you’re right there with them. It’s no longer a passive experience—you feel actively involved.”

Leslie Rich, the church’s worship leader for the past 12 years, has also noticed a significant improvement. “The sound is very clear and full,” she points out. “In our old facility, it felt like we were constantly working around problems. Now, our sound team tells me that it’s much easier to get the sound they want, which is critically important to translate what we do on the worship team out to the congregation.”

In addition to two arrays comprised of nine MINA loudspeakers each, the system includes seven UPJunior-XP 48 V VariO™ loudspeakers as front fills, six 500-HP subwoofers flown in a cardioid configuration, and a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor for system drive and optimization. Lubbock Sight, Sound and Security handled system integration, with owner Alan Rich consulting on design and handling project management.

“We were able to outfit Church on the Rock with a reinforcement system we can honestly say is the best money can buy,” says Rich. “The system brings to life every nuance and detail of the worship team, and we’ve received nothing but compliments from the church staff.”

The system at Church on the Rock also incorporates a new Behringer X32 digital mixing console; 11 Behringer Powerplay 16 P16-M digital personal mixers, including six extended with Shure wireless IEMs; and six channels of Shure wireless microphone systems, including one beltpack equipped with a Countryman lavalier mic for the senior pastor.

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Kramer White Paper Guide to Wireless AV Connectivity

Kramer’s latest White Paper provides a comprehensive look at devices for connecting HD video and audio over high-bandwidth wireless connections, and details the current and pending “white space” spectrum allocations for wireless AV connectivity in North America. The paper also explores the challenges of reliable transmission and reception of high bitrate HDMI and HD-SDI signals over 5 GHz and 60 GHz wireless links, including a discussion of both forward error correction (FEC) and techniques for multipath and echo compensation.

Several wireless systems are compared and contrasted and include 802.11n/a/an/ad Wi-Fi, Wireless High Definition Interface (WHDI), and Wireless High Definition (WiHD). Practical examples of each system are cited, along with their transmitting range and resistance to interference from co-channel and adjacent channel wireless devices. The paper concludes with a general discussion of design and operating parameters for wireless AV systems, including best practices.
Download Kramer’s Guide to Wireless AV Connectivity: http://www.kramerus.com/downloads/white-papers/kramer_wireless_guide.pdf

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Christie a Premiere Sponsor of Lollipop Theater Network

Christie®, a global leader in visual display solutions, is pleased to announce its donation of digital cinema technology and installation services as a Premiere Sponsor of A Night Under the Stars, Lollipop Theater Network’s fundraising event on April 26. Installed by Christie’s Managed Services team, the Christie Solaria® Series projector and Christie Vive Audio™ immersive cinema system will provide hospital-bound children the opportunity to experience the magic of movies through the screening of 20th Century Fox’s animated hit, Rio 2. The event will be staged outdoors at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio lot in Burbank, California, and will also feature family friendly activities, food and beverages, music, and autographs from attending celebrities.

Established in 2001, Lollipop Theater Network has spent the past 12 years working to bring blockbuster movies to children confined to hospitals due to chronic illnesses or life threatening diseases. Through its collaboration with organizations such as Christie, LOLLIPOP has screened more than 290 films for hospitalized children across 18 states nationwide.

Christie CEO Jack Kline has always been impressed by the extraordinary work of Lollipop Theater Network. Inspired to take on a more active role in supporting LOLLIPOP’s cause, he recently became a member of that organization’s Board of Directors.

“Community outreach has always been important to us here at Christie, and the mission and goals of Lollipop Theater Network are not only easy to admire, but are undertakings that we are thrilled to help support,” said Kline. “Our renowned digital cinema technology will provide LOLLIPOP with the opportunity to give these children an authentic movie theater experience.”

“As a nonprofit, our organization’s success depends on the generosity of our community, and the immense support Christie has given us has been essential in bringing our vision to life for the upcoming A Night Under the Stars event,” said Evelyn Iocolano, executive director and co-founder of Lollipop Theater Network. “We have always appreciated Jack Kline and Christie’s support of our organization and we welcome Jack as a new Board member. It has been great to work with Christie’s Managed Services team, whose superior level of professionalism and technical expertise will help us achieve our ambitious goals on behalf of so many deserving children.”

To “light up” Rio 2 on the big screen, Christie is providing the Christie CP4220 projector, which delivers the brightest image and highest resolution in its class, as well as the most robust and cost-effective 4K DLP Cinema® solution. Christie will also provide the innovative Christie Vive Audio™ immersive cinema system, which unlocks the full potential of leading DCI digital cinema audio formats. The setup includes five Christie CDA5 amplifiers, a combination of subwoofers, and a variety of screen channels and surround speakers. As well, the Christie SKA-3D™ digital cinema processor, which complements Christie Vive Audio, is being provided.

Christie’s Managed Services team will supply complete technical support for this event, expertly installing the digital cinema equipment. They are skillfully compensating for many environmental challenges typical of outdoor settings to create the optimum viewing experience for the audience.

“In installing the equipment for this event, we needed to overcome a number of technical and design challenges to ensure safety and deliver vibrant and clear visuals in an unusual, outdoor environment,” said Sean James, vice president, Christie Managed Services. “From mounting and aligning the projectors to safely running power and speaker wires while protecting the equipment from the elements, this event has engaged our team throughout the installation from every angle.”

As a new member of Lollipop’s Board of Directors, Kline joined well-known entertainers such as Anne Hathaway and Billy Bush, who are also on the Board. He is hoping to install permanent equipment in Children’s Hospital of Orange County to provide a more secure and permanent screening room for the hospital’s patients. The facility is one of the many hospitals nationwide with which Lollipop Theater Network works.‬

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