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Blonder Tongue InfoComm 2014 Exhibitor Preview

Visit Blonder Tongue at Booth N2055

At InfoComm 2014, Blonder Tongue, a leading manufacturer of SD and HD digital video solutions, will provide live demonstrations of its next-generation MPEG-2 encoders, QAM/IPTV transcoders, and MPEG transport stream analyzer, all designed to optimize television distribution.

New Products and Technology Demonstrations

HDE-8C-QAM MPEG-2 HD Encoder
At the InfoComm Show, Blonder Tongue will demonstrate its affordable HDE-8C-QAM, a high-performance MPEG-2 HD encoder. Offering an attractive price per channel, the easy-to-use HDE-8C-QAM supports Dolby(R) Digital audio encoding and provides users with reliable and efficient encoding performance.

The encoder is capable of accepting programs from up to eight component or composite inputs, including satellite receivers and cable set-top boxes. After accepting video content, the HDE-8C-QAM digitizes, MPEG-2 encodes, multiplexes, and modulates the eight input programs into four adjacent ClearQAM channels. Any one of the QAM outputs is also available in the ASI format. In addition, the encoder features a built-in ability to switch over any of the primary inputs to a spare input for uninterrupted service.

There are two specialized software versions of the HDE-8C-QAM available that allow the unit to control and manage receivers from DIRECTV and Dish Network. Utilizing this software, operators can effectively reduce truck rolls and increase reliability. The encoder supports Dolby Digital audio encoding and Closed Captioning (EIA-608). It is also equipped with an Emergency Alert System (EAS) interface. A front-panel RF test point allows for monitoring/testing of the QAM output without service interruption. Comprehensive remote monitoring and control is accomplished using any standard Web browser via a rear-panel 10/100Base-T Ethernet connection.

AQT8 Series Transcoder
Blonder Tongue will also showcase its recently introduced (at the 2014 NAB Show) AQT8 Series transcoder, which provides channel processing in a high-density, low-cost, flexible 1-RU chassis that reduces the equipment, space, and power needed for QAM or IPTV in-house distribution. The AQT8 Series transcoder inputs eight 8VSB digital off-air and/or QAM signals, and outputs both in IP and QAM simultaneously, providing operators with maximum flexibility for selecting channels and distributing them.

Through an interactive dashboard, operators can monitor the performance status of all eight channels. An intuitive Web-based GUI simplifies setup and management, enabling local and remote operation. Three models are available depending on the desired output distribution. The AQT8-IP provides an IP output, the AQT8-QAM provides a QAM output, and the AQT8-QAM/IP provides QAM and IP outputs simultaneously. Emergency Alert System (EAS) program switching is featured on the GigE output, triggering either an ASI or IP format EAS input and terminal block contacts, allowing operators to comply with EAS requirements.

HDE-4S-PRO Encoder
An extension of the companys standard HDE-4S-QAM encoder, Blonder Tongues HDE-4S-PRO brings efficiency, quality, and affordability to professional sports encoding applications. In addition to the enhanced motion estimation for HD-SDI inputs, the PRO includes an HD-SDI spare and monitoring points — optimizing encoding in real-time environments. Utilizing the MPEG-2 encoder, operators can accept up to four HD-SDI programs, plus one spare, and simultaneously output in QAM, IP streams (1000Base-T Ethernet), and ASI formats. By allowing operators to assign up to four programs to each QAM output channel, and to individually turn on/off each of the four adjacent QAM output channels, the PRO dramatically improves transport efficiency.

The encoder supports Dolby(R) Digital and closed captioning (EIA-608 and EIA-708) to ensure superior audio quality. It is also equipped with an EAS interface to support the delivery of emergency messages. A front-panel RF test point allows operators to monitor and test the QAM output without service interruption. Comprehensive remote monitoring and control is accomplished via a user-friendly Web browser.

MTSA-PRO MPEG Transport Stream Analyzer
At InfoComm, Blonder Tongue will also be showing a test bench demonstration of its MTSA-PRO MPEG transport stream analyzer, designed to help operators understand what is going on inside their digital transmission. Utilizing the compact device, users can capture, analyze, and generate MPEG ASI transport streams to troubleshoot problems from outside sources and ensure the best digital delivery. The MTSA-PRO features a single DVB-ASI input and output with USB (half duplex) and RF input. By enabling real-time analysis, monitoring, and decoding of transport streams, the software-based solution helps reduce transport stream issues and ensure superior video quality. The MTSA-PRO can also serve as a PSI/PSIP generator and advertisement inserter.

Company Overview:
Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) together with R. L. Drake Holdings, LLC — its wholly owned subsidiary — offer customers more than 130 years of combined engineering and manufacturing excellence with solid histories of delivering reliable, quality products. As a leader in the field of cable television communications, the Company provides system operators and integrators serving the cable, broadcast, satellite, IPTV, institutional, and professional video markets with comprehensive solutions for the provision of content contribution, distribution, and video delivery to homes and businesses. The Company designs, manufactures, sells, and supports an equipment portfolio of standard- and high-definition digital video solutions, as well as core analog video and high-speed data solutions for distribution over coax, fiber, and IP networks. Additional information on the Company and its products can be found at www.blondertongue.com and www.rldrake.com.

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The information set forth above includes “forward-looking” statements and, accordingly, the cautionary statements contained in Blonder Tongues Annual Report and Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 (See Item 1: Business, Item 1A: Risk Factors, Item 3: Legal Proceedings and Item 7: Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations), and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are incorporated herein by reference. The words “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “project”, “target”, “intend”, “plan”, “seek”, “estimate”, “endeavor”, “should”, “could”, “may”, and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In addition, any statements that refer to projections for our future financial performance, our anticipated growth trends in our business and other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect managements analysis only as of the date hereof. Blonder Tongue undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof. Blonder Tongues actual results may differ from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in Blonder Tongues “forward-looking” statements.

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Visionary Solutions Brings Award-Winning PackeTV IPTV System to InfoComm 2014

Modular, End-to-End Video Network and Asset Management Solution is Now Shipping

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — May 7, 2014 — Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) today announced that its award-winning PackeTV(R) IP video network and asset management solution is now shipping. The modular, end-to-end video network and asset management solution enables secure, scheduled, and on-demand delivery of live and recorded video, with support for multiple screens and networks. VSI will demonstrate the entire PackeTV IPTV system at InfoComm 2014, booth C7744, June 18-20, in Las Vegas.

Through PackeTV, organizations can easily and cost-effectively deliver high-quality HD and SD, MPEG-2/H.264 video content to TVs, set-top boxes (STBs), PCs, tablets, smartphones, and other IP-connected devices across a wide range of networks, including LAN, WAN, Wi-Fi, cellular, and public Internet. PackeTV supports a variety of applications from corporate communication to video monitoring, training, and distance learning to legacy cable system replacement with TV over IP.

“PackeTV transforms video delivery by providing organizations with a single, end-to-end IP video network solution,” said VSI President Jordan Christoff. “Based on a modular architecture, the PackeTV IPTV system can quickly and easily be deployed in virtually any IT environment, making it perfect for a broad range of markets, including enterprise, entertainment, education, healthcare, IT, broadcast, and house of worship.”

The open-standard solution is compatible with a wide range of equipment, including VSI encoders and decoders, and features the same modular architecture as the encoder and decoder product lines allowing customers to upgrade as their budget permits. This modular flexibility lowers the base price of the equipment by allowing the customer to purchase only the features they need at the moment and upgrading the software as requirements change.

Through an intuitive, Web-based user interface, administrators can dynamically create and manage video assets for distribution across any type of network. Video assets are fully protected via AES 256/128-bit encryption, and access can be controlled right down to the individual user and group level through seamless integration with Microsoft Active Directory. Frontline customer support guarantees a flawless installation and operation for the life of the solution.

The end-to-end PackeTV IPTV system includes:

The PackeTV(R) Core System comprising:
- PackeTV(R) Portal, a powerful web-based administration interface that offers total control over the PackeTV system, including user and group permissions and dynamic video asset creation, management, protection, and distribution.
- PackeTV(R) Player, a browser-based, no-install player that provides CPU-efficient, high-quality playback of live, scheduled, and on-demand streams up to full HD 1920 x 1080p60.
- PackeTV(R) Player Mobile, an integrated player for iPhones(R), iPads(R), Android” tablets, and smartphones providing user authentication and full channel guide synchronization.

The PackeTV(R) System Modules which are:
- PackeTV(R) Video on Demand (VOD) Module provides on-demand playback of archived/indexed video files, including library management and search capability.
- PackeTV(R) Network Video Record (NVR) Module supports scheduled recording and continuous archiving for monitoring and time-shift applications.
- PackeTV(R) Set-Top Box (STB) Module offers commercial IP STB integration into the PackeTV IPTV system so the entire PackeTV channel lineup can be viewed on HD or SD TV monitors, secured by AES 256/128-bit encryption and access control.
- PackeTV(R) Electronic Program Guide (EPG) Module creates an intuitive guide for scheduled programs based on data sourced from the broadcaster. The guide is displayed via an easy-to-read user interface and programs can be effortlessly recorded directly from the electronic programming guide.

To schedule a demonstration of PackeTV at InfoComm 2014, please contact: packetv@vsicam.com.

More information about the company and its products is available at www.vsicam.com.

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About Visionary Solutions, Inc. (www.vsicam.com)
Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) develops and manufactures open-standard solutions that harness the power and flexibility of IP networks to deliver real-time video and audio. With a passion for innovation and customer service, VSI provides outstanding products recognized for their value, performance, versatility, and quality. VSI products support the industry’s latest technology standards, including H.264, making the company a trusted partner for solutions in the enterprise, education, government, house of worship, entertainment, healthcare, and broadcast markets. VSI sets the industry standard for high-quality video transport over IP networks.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Calibre brings real-world innovation to InfoComm 2014

Focus on media, events and entertainment applications

Calibre UK, the creator of multiple award-winning scalers and processors for the professional audio visual market will exhibit at InfoComm 2014, 18-20th June, Las Vegas Convention Centre (Booth C7541). The booth will be co-branded Calibre and Kramer Electronics in recognition of the two companies’ strategic partnership launched in 2013.

Immediately adjacent to the main Kramer booth (C7736), Calibre will include an impressive array of real-world applications using the new Kramer Media, Events & Entertainment product range of edge blending, scaling, warping and LED video wall processing equipment – all powered by Calibre’s proprietary scaling technologies. The products include the Kramer VP-791, VP-792, VP-793 and VP-794, which are derived from the Calibre HQView and LEDView scaling and processing model range.

Live at InfoComm 2014: VP-794 events demonstration

Making its Americas debut, the Kramer VP-794 universal live events scalers will be demonstrated in typical live events scenarios. Creating a exceptionally engaging and bright display that’s expected to be seen from all angles of the InfoComm show floor, the VP-794 will drive content for display on to Lighthouse Technologies’ LED video walls.

Complementing this will be a demonstration of the VP-794’s capabilities to edge blend and warp various content onto a curved screen display using ultra-bright large-venue projectors from Digital Projection International.

The demonstrations will highlight to InfoComm visitors how easy it is to manage video content across LED displays and projection video walls in the most rugged and high-demanding environments.

Focus on high-performance image processing

Where image quality, precision and fidelity are key, Calibre will demonstrate the benefits of edge-blending across multiple displays and curved projection screens for simulation and training environments, events, conference room applications.

Highlights include the warping and blending controls of the Kramer VP-793 and VP-792 processors at interactive demo stations located around the booth.

There will also be interactive demo stations showing video processing with geometric correction using the 3G-SDI to DVI-HDMI signal processing capabilities of the Kramer VP-791 processor and an interactive demo of Kramer VP-794 pixel-accurate image resizing for LED videowalls.

In each case visitors can come and try out the products and interact with the controls themselves to see how they work.

“The booth this year will enable visitors to gets hands on and try out the Kramer Media, Events and Entertainment range powered by Calibre so they can plan for their future projects and investments,” said Tim Brooksbank, Chairman at Calibre UK.

“Our proven technologies are in daily use across the world in some impressive and challenging event, media and entertainment production installations and are now available to a much wider market through Kramer’s outstanding Americas and worldwide sales and support network.”

You can see the Kramer Media, Events & Entertainment product range powered by Calibre including the VP-791, VP-792, VP-793 & VP-794 scalers on the Calibre booth at InfoComm 2014, 18-20 June, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth # C7541.

ENDS

About Calibre
Multi-award winning British company, Calibre has over the past 26 years achieved world recognition providing image scaling and processing technologies for use in broadcast/television, digital cinema, large venue projection, LED videowalls and surgical medical applications. Calibre manufactures products under its own brand-names as well as providing products and technology to several market leaders in the Pro-AV market worldwide. Calibre is a market leader in innovation, utilizing its own, UK & Germany-based in-house hardware and software design teams for all its product developments and its own UK manufacturing.

Some useful links:

Twitter: @CalibreProAV

Website: www.calibreuk.com

Riedel Artist Intercom Enables Flexible Comms for Macau’s Spectacular Live Water Show, The House of Dancing Water

WUPPERTAL, Germany — May 6, 2014 – Riedel Communications, a leading provider of real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that its Artist digital matrix intercom system is being used for communications throughout The House of Dancing Water, a breathtaking in-the-round water show created by the Franco Dragone Entertainment Group for Macau’s City of Dreams entertainment complex.



“The Riedel solution was originally specified by the sound designer, Francois Bergeron of the Thinkwell Group in the U.S.,” said Jason Graham, head of sound at Dragone Macau Limited. “We continue to work with Riedel’s Artist primarily for its reliability, stability, and seemingly limitless flexibility. All of these factors are important due to the integral role the system plays in uniting everyone who is working on the show.”

Designed by Pei Partnership Architects, the state-of-the-art Dancing Water Theatre created for The House of Dancing Water includes a stage pool that holds a record-breaking 3.7 million gallons of water, equivalent to five Olympic-sized swimming pools, within an arena boasting a 40-meter-high steel-trussed space that provides the generous height required for the show’s diving and acrobatics elements. The show itself centers on an epic love story and spectacular journey through time, showcasing dazzling costumes, special effects, and performances.

One Riedel Artist 64 frame and two Artist 32 frames support 62 panels distributed across the Dancing Water Theatre. The motocross stunt riders and acrobatic performers, coupled with the technical teams, use the Artist intercom system for continual communication during the show, which features visuals, water, and atmospheric effects. Even in the aquatics area, the Artist system supports communications with performers and underwater performer handlers in the pool via underwater speakers, in-mask communications systems, and buddy phones. Lighting, stage management, rigging, automation, sfx, and audio technicians use the remaining bulk of the panels.

Riedel’s Director software enables intuitive management and configuration of the system while also facilitating real-time system monitoring from multiple computers. Monitored by the sound department, the Director software gives the sound team the ability to respond to configuration requests and to perform troubleshooting at a moment’s notice.

“Our Artist intercom system delivers the exceptional versatility and performance required in the most demanding and complex live production environments,” said Hans Chia, rental operations manager at Riedel Communications. “The House of Dancing Water is no exception. The Artist provides the clear, reliable communications that are essential in orchestrating this ambitious live show.”

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

Visit Riedel Communications at the 2014 KOBA Show, Booth C210, Exhibiting With DONG YANG DIGITAL CO., LTD.

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Drake InfoComm 2014 Exhibitor Preview

Visit R.L. Drake at booth N1763

At InfoComm 2014, R.L. Drake, a leading global provider of digital and analog cable, digital signage, and MPEG encoding systems, will introduce the SDE24A and HDE24A encoder modules, both of which offer a wide range of improvements over the company’s popular SDE24 and HDE24 units, including superior video quality at lower bitrates.

The DSE 2 PLUS dual multiplexing encoder, which is now shipping, will also be demonstrated at the show.

New Products and Technology Demonstrations

DSE 2 PLUS Dual Multiplexing Encoder — NOW SHIPPING
A key highlight at Drake’s InfoComm booth will be the DSE 2 PLUS dual multiplexing encoder, which combines encoding and QAM modulation capabilities within a single stand-alone unit. Ideal for digital signage applications, the DSE 2 PLUS can also be used to simplify HD video distribution for various applications across the house of worship, education, healthcare, government, and hospitality markets.

The DSE 2 PLUS digitally encodes two uncompressed HDMI, high-resolution component video or VGA inputs to MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 (H.264), and then uses an internal multiplexing QAM modulator and low-noise upconverter to enable distribution of two HD programs over existing legacy fiber and coaxial networks while providing a superior reliability and consistent performance. Leveraging the bandwidth savings provided by the encoder, users can deliver twice as many HD programs or multiple channels at half the bandwidth. This enables users to tap into existing networks of digital HD displays to provide informational video, revenue-generating advertising, or promotional content in a vibrant high-definition format.

SDE24A Dual SD MPEG Encoder
At InfoComm, Drake will introduce the SDE24A encoder module, an advanced version of the company’s popular SDE24 module. Improvements include the capability to encode two SD programs in MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 (H.264), the ability to deliver a higher video quality at lower bitrates, and sharper image and text detail.

With the SDE24A dual-input SD MPEG encoder, users can perform analog to digital encoding of up to two separate input sources in real time. The unit can be configured to encode sources in either MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 (H.264) transport streams to optimize bandwidth efficiency. Each module provides two sets of input connectors for NTSC Composite Video with stereo (L+R) audio. Audio is encoded using Dolby Digital audio encoding, as with the HDE24A.

HDE24A Dual HD MPEG Encoder
At InfoComm 2014, Drake will unveil the HDE24A encoder, which provides high-quality, low-cost HD encoding in MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 (H.264) with Dolby Digital or MPEG-1 Audio Layer II. The HDE24A offers an improved video quality at lower bitrates, especially in the MPEG-2 mode, and sharper image and text detail than the company’s popular HDE24 module.

As with the SDE24A, the HDE24A HD encoder module is designed to be installed into Drake’s EH24, EH244, or MEQ1000-style chassis. This configuration provides users with the ultimate in bandwidth management and economy by allowing multiple HD and SD streams to be multiplexed together dependent upon the limitations of the bandwidth of the chosen output, whether QAM or ASI.

The HD encoder accepts non-encrypted HDMI or component video inputs and can inject closed-captioning data from a synchronized composite video source, which is typically provided by the same decoder that produces the HD video stream. Composite analog audio inputs provide the audio source when an HDMI source does not contain embedded audio. Typically, HDMI has embedded audio but if the HDMI is derived from a source converter that does not provide audio, such as DVI-to-HDMI, then the analog composite inputs may be used.

Company Overview
Headquartered in Ohio, R.L. Drake is an American cable TV institution that has been designing and building innovative end-to-end communications systems and video engineering components for over 65 years. Drake Digital headends are deployed in demanding locations worldwide. Commercial, government, and MSO customers of all sizes use Drake Digital systems. Drake arms multichannel service providers with the technical solutions they need to effectively compete in the residential, enterprise, and hospitality environments.

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The information set forth above includes “forward-looking” statements and, accordingly, the cautionary statements contained in Blonder Tongue’s Annual Report and Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 (See Item 1: Business, Item 1A: Risk Factors, Item 3: Legal Proceedings and Item 7: Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations), and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are incorporated herein by reference. The words “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “project”, “target”, “intend”, “plan”, “seek”, “estimate”, “endeavor”, “should”, “could”, “may”, and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In addition, any statements that refer to projections for our future financial performance, our anticipated growth trends in our business and other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management’s analysis only as of the date hereof. Blonder Tongue undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof. Blonder Tongue’s actual results may differ from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in Blonder Tongue’s “forward-looking” statements.

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SSL Live Gives Clarity To Santana’s Monitors


“Once I finally got to see the console, it drew me right in … for me, it’s about design, use, accessibility and layout”

LAS VEGAS – Mixing multiple wedges and in-ear mixes for a large band with a dynamic musical set requires a flexible console that can quickly be operated manually. For this reason, an SSL Live console is on the road with iconic Latin rocker Carlos Santana, whose perennial monitor engineer, Brian Montgomery, is using it to mix both stereo wedges for Carlos and IEMs for his band. Following last winter’s residency at Mandalay Bay’s House of Blues (HoB), Santana has been globetrotting, making stops at the Dubai Jazz Festival, Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium, Cape Town’s Grand Arena and the New Orleans Jazz Festival as part of its Corazon tour. Carlos and his crew will then join Rod Stewart for The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs tour this spring and summer.

Carlos is the winner of nine Grammy® Awards – the most for a single project – for Supernatural, which revitalized his career, leading to the first Las Vegas Hard Rock residency and his ongoing HoB appearances each winter. An industry legend in his own right, Montgomery has mixed Santana’s monitors for 16 years. “I was an analogue guy for a long time, but, it got to where I’d actually outgrown most of the analogue consoles on the market,” he explains. “I was using a pair of competitor consoles to get 26 mixes, and I needed more space. When we went to Japan, the model I’d been using wasn’t available, so we switched to another competitor, which I’ve used as my primary console for Santana ever since. That is, until the SSL Live came out. I’m an old school guy and I like that SSL has an additional focus channel screen, which gives me all of the control that I need, alongside the main screen. This setup lets me have multiple modes of accessibility to my work surface, which is key.”

Montgomery was introduced to SSL Live by Rob Mailman, FOH for Santana and GM of Touring for Sound Image, which supplied the console. “I’d been looking to switch consoles, so when Rob started telling me about the way SSL Live’s control surface was laid out, I was extremely interested,” explains Montgomery. “Once I finally got to see the console, it drew me right in. I actually never heard the console before I decided to use it. I know what an SSL sounds like in the studio; they’re sonically incredible. For me, it’s mostly about design, use, accessibility and how I could lay the desk out for what I need to do. I don’t have any static mixes with the band, every song is different, so there’s never quite the same setup each night. I have to have a console that I can get around on very rapidly.”

With eight stereo wedge mixes across the front of the stage, Montgomery has them set as post-fade mixes that are tapered, so when Carlos is near somebody, the sound is turned down a little to give him an even mix across the stage. With this setup, Carlos can go anywhere and still hear what he wants or move away from sounds that he’s not interested in hearing.

“I’ve always liked to have Carlos’ setup accessible through post-fade on my surface so that I can do anything for him at any point in time, even if I’m messing around with the mix for somebody else in the band,” continues Montgomery. “Most of the band members are on in-ear monitors, so I need the versatility to mix Carlos while I’m changing the IEM feed for another band member. With many other digital consoles, that’s difficult to do because you have to stop what you’re doing for one performer to do something for another. With the SSL Live, I don’t have to do that. I tap the screen for the mix and I can change something for someone else rapidly without popping through four different layers.”

Montgomery first used SSL Live at HoB Las Vegas during a sound check. “I did a line check with the backline members and I started to notice how sonically I didn’t need to EQ as much,” he says. “The preamps sound very nice, very natural, no additional high-end, no tin that I often hear out of other digital consoles, very warm and very forgiving. With our current set, which is very loud, I might get plenty of input gain as well as a lot of output. All in all, with the SSL Live, I don’t have to EQ vocal mics to avoid feedback. It gives me a good natural sound and, regardless of the mic placements, I don’t have drastic EQ changes on the instruments.”

After Montgomery started using the SSL Live, every band member was impressed with its quality. “They all came to me and said it sounds brilliant,” he concludes. “It was something that kind of threw them because it was very natural sounding. Over the years, a lot of them have gotten used to something that was a little brighter or a little thin sounding. No matter what you did to the midrange, you had that digital imperfection. Now that I’ve switched to SSL Live, all of the musicians have come to me and said that sonically they’re very pleased with how it sounds. With a lot of my ear mixes, I don’t have to drive the units as hard. The musicians actually have to turn their packs down and I don’t have to send as much signal.”

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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AVB Education Takes Center Stage at InfoComm with New Sessions Hosted by AVnu Alliance

Alliance member companies showcasing AVnu-certified and AVB devices at InfoComm Pavilion

Beaverton, Ore. – May 7, 2014AVnu Alliance, the industry consortium that certifies Audio Video Bridging (AVB) products for interoperability, has announced today that its 2014 InfoComm initiatives will include several new education sessions which attendees can use for recertification units (RU credits) toward a Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) certification.

The dedicated AVnu Alliance technology pavilion will host ten Alliance member companies showcasing AVB and AVnu-certified demonstrations and products in booth number C11350 at InfoComm Show 2014, taking place in Las Vegas, NV on June 18-20th. In addition, the Alliance will host a new line up of in-booth presentations, as well as an industry cocktail party.

The AVnu Alliance Pavilion at InfoComm 2014 will engage visitors with in-booth AVB educational courses from Alliance members every hour. Sponsor members will also treat attendees to an in-booth networking cocktail party on Wednesday, June 18th, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. hosted by Alliance members Biamp Systems, Extreme Networks and Yamaha. Housing a large number of member companies in one pavilion allows visitors to experience the growing AVnu-certified ecosystem and learn more about advancements to AVB.

Continuing commitment to the AVB education program, AVnu Alliance will also be presenting to attendees in two InfoComm sessions as part of the official program. The schedule for the InfoComm sessions is as follows:

  • Effective Deployment & Management of Large Scale AVB Networks
    • ISO012 – Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 from 8:00AM – 10:00AM
    • Speaker: Jeff Koftinoff, Meyer Sound
    • 1.5 RU Credits
  • How to Design and Specify Systems Using AVB
    • ISO070 – Thursday, June 19th, 2014 from 2:30PM – 4:40PM
    • Speaker: Rob Boatright, Harman
    • 2 RU Credits

In addition, Alliance member Greg Kopchinski from Avid will present AVB for Live Production and Houses of Worship on Friday, June 20th, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. as a part of the Technologies for Houses of Worship’s co-branded seminar at InfoComm 2014. Those interested in registering for any of the above sessions may do so through the InfoComm 2014 Official Event Explorer.

About AVnu Alliance

The AVnu Alliance is dedicated to the advancement of streaming audio video by promoting the adoption of IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards over the network infrastructure. The organization strives to create an open path to AVB standards, define AVB compliance test procedures, and an AVnu certification program that ensures AVB interoperability of networked A/V devices to provide the highest quality streaming experience in professional A/V, automotive, and consumer applications to deliver a compelling end user experience.

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Christie MicroTiles and Christie Spyder X20 Promote Michigan State University’s Basketball Program

The Michigan State University Spartans are using Christie® MicroTiles® and a Christie Spyder X20 to promote its powerful men’s basketball program to potential recruits as well as current players and fans. Integrated Design Solutions (IDS) and BlueWater Technologies created the magnificent 30-foot wide by 5-foot tall Christie MicroTiles visual display wall in a corridor of the Berkowitz Athletic Complex, home of Spartans basketball.

With athletic recruiting a highly competitive endeavor, the Spartans wanted something extra to bring the best prospects to their program. The plan was to install a video wall – but not just any video wall – into the long, narrow corridor 20 feet above the basketball court leading into the athletic complex. LCD flat panels were the first choice but the school was concerned about the quality of the images that would show on the display – especially when viewed close up.

“There are several trophies at the end of the corridor, including two men’s NCAA championship trophies, but the college wanted to be able customize the experience for visitors. Coach Izzo and his staff are well known and respected and the school wanted a digital display system to highlight that and the successful history of the program. They wanted to show off what Michigan State does and can do for potential recruits,” said Dean Harris CTS, designer technology services, Integrated Design Solutions.

Christie MicroTiles at Michigan State

The school was also concerned about the larger bezels of flat panels interfering with the cohesiveness of the display they wanted. Familiar with Christie MicroTiles, Harris had some MicroTiles’ samples brought in.

“We took the MicroTiles demo out to the coaches, the athletic director and others at MSU,” explained Harris. “They said, ‘if we are going to do this, we have to have the right product so the content will be crystal-clear up close.’ The visuals on the MicroTiles are very sharp even when you stand just a few inches away from them. Everyone’s reaction was ‘Wow!’ We blew them away. It was the tiny seams, the clarity of the images, the fact that they are serviceable from the front – the MicroTiles just looked stunning and did exactly what they wanted – they were the right choice.”

Located two feet off the floor and fitted into the wall, the Christie MicroTiles video wall comprises 110 tiles in a 22-unit wide by 5-units tall array and – using a Christie-designed pedestal – seamlessly blends into the architecture.

“The MicroTiles wall is located in a dark and narrow entry corridor that leads to a brightly lit rotunda. One of our architects explained that ‘this corridor was designed to replicate the feeling of a student athlete walking through the player’s tunnel into an arena. The vivid content on the MicroTiles wall draws your attention as you walk down the corridor that ends at a large trophy display in the rotunda.’ It is rather impressive,” said Harris.

“There is quite a lot of talk around campus about having to go see the new video wall at the Berkowitz complex. We’re also hearing that other MSU departments would like to have one, too.”

Christie Spyder X20 Manages and Controls Content

To complete the project, the school needed a powerful video processor to do full justice to the content – which is where the Christie Spyder X20 came in. The school’s video production department produces a variety of branded content with one highlight being a line of past coaches that includes their history at the touch of a button while game days include satellite feeds and other MSU-branded content.

“Bob Christopher (central regional manager, Christie) recommended the Spyder X20 and we, in-turn, recommended it to the school; it became part of the whole design project. It was the best fit for the MicroTiles wall,” Harris concluded. “Working with Bob, and Christie as a whole, has been great. I would do it again.”

Christie MicroTiles bright, color-rich and flawless images are the perfect digital technology for creating impressive displays in university and college lobbies, auditoriums and athletic facilities. Several higher education institutions – including the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at the North Carolina State University and Texas Tech University – are benefiting from Christie MicroTiles video walls.

HARMAN’s Soundcraft Releases Si Expression/Performer/Compact Software Updates with BSS Soundweb London Control and Other New Features

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – HARMAN’s Soundcraft today announced that its new Si Expression/Si Performer V1.6 software and Si Compact V3.1 software is available for download. These new software updates offer several new features and improvements to Soundcraft Si Series consoles, including BSS Soundweb London preamp control, external clocking via option cards, selectable input solo modes, Select follow solo, pre-dynamics global bus send, knob bubble pin, and momentary on.

With the V1.6/V3.1 software update, Si Expression, Si Performer, and Si Compact have powerful new features specifically geared to improve performance for networked audio and monitoring applications. All console software updates can be accessed from the appropriate product page on the Soundcraft website (www.soundcraft.com).

In addition, updated user guides for the Si Dante Card, V1.6/V3.1 software update, and Mini Stagebox 32 are now available from the Soundcraft website.

Additionally, supporting How-To videos on the V1.6/V3.1 features are now available on the Soundcraft YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/soundcraftuk).

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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South Main Baptist Church Transitions to Digital with HARMAN’s Si Performer 3 Consoles

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HOUSTON, Texas – South Main Baptist Church (SMBC) in Houston recently upgraded with two HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Performer 3 consoles, sold through Hairel Sound Enterprises. “Our old analog broadcast and sanctuary mixers started to show their age just as we hired our new music minister, Dr. Carey Cannon. The recordings of his first Christmas services inspired generous gifts towards new replacement mixers with recording capability,” said Douglas Robertson, owner of Citizen Doug Productions, who provided design, installation and training of the Si Performer 3 consoles. “I recommended that we go with the Soundcraft Performer 3, Compact Stagebox with MADI, and Dante cards to connect the mixers and provide multi-track recording support.

To match the strong music culture that includes congregational hymns, pipe organ, a 70-person choir, and guest performances, Robinson installed a Soundcraft Si Performer 3 console at the FOH position in the balcony, and one in the broadcasting room in the basement.

“We looked at mixers in all price ranges,” said Robertson. “Only Soundcraft had the card slots we needed and word clock combined with FaderGlow™ and the flexible channel programming with LED scribble strips. These were important creature features for our all-volunteer operators.”

The volunteers, some who have been serving for 35 years, only had experience with analog mixers. “The Soundcraft Si Performer 3’s interface is so intuitive that we had them mixing to air immediately,” Robertson said. “We tape delay our broadcasts, stream live, and have an active social media effort. We had to get the old mixers out and the new mixers in place without interruption.”

“We’ve just finished our Easter services with no problems and are looking forward to recording projects to teach children hymns and possibly some new ensemble CDs,” Robertson concluded.

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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