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HARMAN’s JBL Professional CBT 70J-1 Column Loudspeaker and CBT 70JE-1 Extension Box Receive THX Approval

NORTHRIDGE, California – Making its world-class CBT column loudspeakers available for even more cinemas around the world, HARMAN’s JBL Professional today announced that its CBT 70J-1 column loudspeaker and CBT 70JE-1 extension box are now THX approved. This enables exhibitors to include CBT 70J-1 loudspeakers in their THX-certified theaters.

“The CBT 70J-1 was developed for a variety of applications where high-quality sound and low visual profile are priorities and we have seen considerable adoption of this product in cinema environments,” said Rick Kamlet, Senior Manager, Commercial Sound, JBL Professional. “Now, with THX approval, even more moviegoers can enjoy the sonic benefits of the CBT 70J-1!”

The CBT 70J-1 is a high-power, 2-way line array system consisting of 16 high-frequency drivers and four high-power low-frequency drivers, all in a fully co-axial column loudspeaker, featuring JBL’s patented CBT Constant Beamwidth beam control circuitry. The vertical coverage of the loudspeaker is asymmetrical, sending more sound toward the far seats of the auditorium than the near seats. When used as surround speakers, this technological breakthrough provides a much wider “sweet spot” where the audience hears a similar amount of both left and right surround speakers.

The 2-foot height of the column array controls the sound as well as a 2-foot tall horn would, so this asymmetrical coverage takes place throughout a wide bandwidth of the operational range of the speaker. In addition, the CBT 70J-1 covers a very wide horizontal angle of 150 degrees, allowing the even coverage of more seats. The small frontal profile makes it visually unobtrusive and the bracket allows for both vertical tilt and horizontal swivel aiming. The CBT 70JE-1 extension box can be added to the CBT 70J-1, doubling the low-frequency output capability and extending the pattern control of the system down to a lower frequency.

Major cinema exhibitors have installed the CBT70J-1 and the CBT70J-1 + CBTJE in the past several years as surround systems. These systems provide complete even coverage for each seat throughout the auditoriums at high SPL levels.

“We are very pleased that THX has certified the CBT70J-1 + JE,” said Charles Goodsell, Senior
Manager, Cinema, JBL Professional. “Movie theaters throughout the world are already employing these systems and we are glad they will now be able to be installed in THX-certified auditoriums.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) 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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

Extron Introduces Compact Two Channel Amplifiers for High Impedance Systems

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the Extron XTRA Series XPA 1002-70V and XPA 1002-100V, half rack 1U, convection cooled power amplifiers delivering two channels of 100 watts rms for 70 volt and 100 volt distributed speakers. These professional grade amplifiers feature a 100 dB signal-to-noise ratio with 0.1% THD+N specifications. The XPA 1002-70V and XPA 1002-100V are ENERGY STAR® qualified amplifiers with an Extron exclusive, highly efficient, advanced Class D amplifier design. They also feature patented CDRS – Class D Ripple Suppression technology that provides a smooth, clean audio waveform and an improvement in signal fidelity over conventional Class D amplifiers. The XPA 1002-70V and XPA 1002-100V are housed in half rack width metal enclosures, conserving rack space and weighing only 2.5 lbs (1.1 kg). The Extron exclusive, high efficiency design generates very little heat and allows the amplifiers to be convection cooled. more

Crimson AV Develops AV Mounts for Digital Signage and Point of Sale Use; Lineup Ideally Suited for Retail, Hospitality and Other Commercial AV Applications

PR30 and CLAMP3 by Crimson AV Provide Versatile Display Mounting Options; Will be Demonstrated at InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada June 16-18

GLENVIEW, IL and LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 28, 2014 (InfoComm Booth #C5430) – Crimson AV, LLC today announced that the Company will utilize the InfoComm Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada to showcase new commercial AV mounting solutions engineered to affix to round and rectangular pipes, on walls, on counter tops, and other challenging attachment points often found in retail, point of sale, digital signage and other commercial installations. Expanding on the Company’s mission to deliver professional-grade AV mounting solutions that are simple to specify, order and install, Crimson will demonstrate at InfoComm 2014 a host of new mounting solutions specifically designed for hospitality, retail, entertainment, education, government, healthcare facilities, houses of worship, venues of any size, and a wide variety of commercial applications.

Crimson AV has a unique value proposition and fills a much-needed niche. In addition to a comprehensive TV and projector mount lineup of more than 400 off-the-shelf solutions, the Company also specializes in custom-configured solutions that are designed to specification and suitable for virtually every type of audio-visual installation. Two new models in the line are a product of this solution-oriented approach and are being shown to InfoComm attendees for the first time:

New CLAMP3 Display Mounting Accessory

  • Benefit: Quick and easy to install, attaches to unistrut, truss, pipe or any round or rectangular structure up to 3.5″ in diameter. Extremely adjustable; monitor display height adjustment is limited only by the range of the drop length. Creates a unique and versatile display mounting solution that’s compatible with a variety of flat, tilt, pivoting and articulating mounts.
  • Application: Digital signage, retail, point of sale, trade shows, exhibits, studios, warehouses, venues, and other challenging environments.

New PR30 Display Mounting Accessory

  • Benefit: Versatile mounting solution for monitors up to 30“ in size. Interfaces with the CLAMP3 to create a pivoting display mounting solution. Attached monitors can be set in either landscape or portrait orientation, and then rotated, tilted, and locked into place after installation, providing end-users significant flexibility in both location and use.
  • Application: 100x100mm hole pattern. Ideal for retail point of sale, hospitality, venues, and other challenging environments.

“Our new PR30 and CLAMP3 were developed for customers that needed to mount displays for point of sale and digital signage use in retail, warehouses, venues, and other challenging commercial environments,” says Crimson President, Vlad Gleyzer. “They’re genuine problem-solvers and serve as prime examples of Crimson’s ability to react to the unique needs of commercial systems integrators.”

Every product in Crimson’s comprehensive assortment is manufactured to rigorous standards, designed for maximum install efficiency, and sold for a fraction of the price of competitive solutions, making the line making the lineup a “must see” at trade shows and regional events. Interested parties are invited to connect with Crimson at booth #C5430 at InfoComm 2014, or by visitingwww.crimsonav.com, calling 866-MOUNT-TV, or writing to info@crimsonav.com.

About Crimson
Based in Glenview, IL, Crimson AV manufactures a comprehensive yet uniquely differentiated lineup of display mounting solutions designed for Commercial, Pro, and Residential audio-visual applications. Combining enhanced product design techniques, extensive manufacturing expertise, and lean business practices, Crimson has developed a proprietary business model that delivers superior products for maximum value. Customers benefit from professional-grade products that are backed by unparalleled service and technical support. Uncompromising design and build quality requirements and an industry-leading 10-year warranty ensure each Crimson AV mount will be trouble-free for years to come. Interested parties can learn more about Crimson mounting solutions by visiting www.crimsonav.com, by calling 866-MOUNT-TV, by writing to info@crimsonav.com and by following @CrimsonAV on Twitter.Media inquiries should be directed to: Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640Katye@KMBComm.com,www.kmbcomm.com/press and @katyemcgregor.

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HARMAN’s Studer Vista X Console Star of the Show at KOBA 2014

SEOUL, South Korea – At KOBA 2014, HARMAN’s Studer showcased a broad selection of its latest products for broadcast applications, including the flagship Vista X digital console with the new Studer Infinity Processing Engine, additional Vista Series models, the compact, cost-effective OnAir broadcast consoles and more. KOBA (the Korea International Broadcast, Audio and Lighting Equipment Show) is South Korea’s premier showcase for the global broadcasting industry.

Studer exhibited with HARMAN’s South Korea distributor Dongyang Digital Co., Ltd. at KOBA 2014 at the COEX Exhibition Center, Seoul, South Korea, Booth C210 (May 20 – 23, 2014).

“At KOBA 2014, attendees had a unique opportunity to experience the new Vista X,” said Myoung-Ho Seo, Director of Technical Sales for Dongyang Digital. “It is a remarkable advancement in large-scale broadcast console technology that gives broadcast professionals far greater mixing and production capabilities than ever before—and by a wide margin.”

At the heart of the Vista X is the Studer Infinity processing engine, which uses CPU-based processors to provide huge numbers of DSP channels for large-scale, high-resolution audio processing and mixing. Thanks to the Infinity core, this is the first time more than 800 audio channels have been processed in a single CPU-based board. The Vista X includes 12 A-Link high-capacity fiber digital audio interfaces, to provide more than 5,000 inputs and outputs.

The Vista X shares many features with the Vista 5 M3 and Vista 1 consoles that were featured at KOBA, including the company’s patented Vistonics™ color touchscreen interface, FaderGlow™ enabling faders to be color-coded according to function, flexible input routing and many additional features that make Studer Vista consoles the most powerful and versatile in the industry.

Also on show was the Studer OnAir Series 3000 consoles, a complete lineup of compact, flexible boards that offer a host of useful high-end features that are ideal for smaller, medium and larger radio and TV studios.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) 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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

ESS Audio Announces First Sales of HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi3000 Console in Poland

LOMIANKI, Poland – HARMAN Soundcraft’s Polish distributor ESS Audio has fulfilled the first of its first batch of orders for the new Soundcraft Vi3000.The first two companies to take delivery are W Sound from Szczecin, run by Mariusz Węgiełek, and Modussound of Sieraków Śląski, headed by Artur and Lukasz Kedzia. Both confirm they already have the consoles out on tour.

ESS Audio demonstrated the new features of the much-anticipated console to its customer base, and at the same time staged an open day for the Vi3000, which coincided with the European premiere of JBL Professional’s new VTX V20 loudspeakers and included two days of training. The event was supported by Oskar Tarczynski (from ESS Audio) and Ed Jackson (from HARMAN Professional).

The Soundcraft Vi3000 boasts many new attributes. In addition to the much requested access to Universal Audio’s plug-ins (via the new Soundcraft® Realtime Rack plug-in processing engine – which also integrates with the rest of the Vi Series consoles), the console also provides an analogue infrastructure via the I/Os on the back and has built-in MADI and Dante, as well as an upgraded SpiderCore™ DSP and new ‘3D’ Vistonics graphics.

In addition to the Dante/MADI record feed outputs, the console provides MIDI, USB, Ethernet, DVI out, redundant power supply and other connections.

According to W Sound’s Mariusz Węgiełek, “The Soundcraft Vi3000 is the ideal solution for medium-sized touring companies such as ours. The capability of the board, the price of the controller and additional peripherals like the stage rack or expansion cards, make it impossible to look at any alternatives.”

“The immediate driver for the purchase was to acquire a console that would meet most of the riders from the middle range of touring artists—and after almost a month of use, it has been a big hit,” Węgiełek continued. “The response from our sound engineers could not be more positive, and our Vi3000 is working almost every day, earning us money.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) 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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

Recording Industry Golf Tournament™ (RIGT) Announces Updated List of Sponsor Partners

— Annual charity event to be held at Malibu Country Club on Monday, June 2 —

— Hyundai Motor America offers special opportunities for tournament participants —

Los Angeles, CA, May 27, 2014 — The 2014 Recording Industry Golf Tournament™ (RIGT) has announced additional sponsors for the event, which will be held Monday, June 2, 2014, at Malibu Golf Club (12:00 noon shotgun start). The event is again being organized by seasoned event producer Karen Dunn of KMD Productions and will benefit the music program at A Place Called Home, a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. Recording veterans Ed Cherney and Al Schmitt will return as Honorary Co-Chairs for the afternoon’s festivities.

Newly announced sponsors include Audio Engineering Society (AES), Avid, Bob Hodas Acoustic Analysis, Full Sail University, Universal Mastering, Vintage King Audio and Westlake Recording Studios. These names join previously announced sponsors Audio-Technica, Clyne Media, Dave Collins Mastering, Design FX Audio, GC Pro/Sterling Audio, JBL Professional®, NAMM, PreSonus, The Recording Studio Insurance Program, Record Plant, SAE LA, studioexpresso.com / AlterMedia and TransAudioGroup.

Additionally, Hyundai Motor America is working closely with KMD Productions to offer a series of special opportunities to tournament participants. Some of these include a hole-in-one opportunity for an all-new 2015 Hyundai Genesis; prizes for other Par 3’s (e.g. Travis Mathew Apparel, Fairmont golf vacation); prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin ($150 value for each); premium giveaways (Sleeve of Titleist Pro V1) at registration area; test drive Incentive offer for Taylor Made wedge ($100 value); and a full expense paid trip for two winners to attend Hyundai Invitational National Final in Las Vegas at Cascata. In addition, Hyundai Motor America is making a contribution to the tournament’s charitable endeavors.

“There are a few key spots still available for players who want to join us for this great event,” stated Dunn. “I am looking forward to another great tournament that benefits a very worthy cause. See you on June second!”

In addition to the 18 holes of pristine golfing, the day will include a $1 million hole-in-one opportunity, contests for longest drive and longest putt, a “closest to the pin” competition, “funnest hole,” a putting contest, a helicopter ball drop, a silent auction and more. Dunn and the Record Plant’s Rose Mann-Cherney will be driving the “world famous tequila cart” to make sure all of the day’s participants are playing their best.

More information on the tournament and its participants is available at http://www.recordingindustrygolftournament.com/, or call Karen Dunn at 925-708-0307. Register here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-recording-industry-golf-tournament-tickets-10567095467. “Like” the RIGT on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2014RecordingIndustryGolfTournament.

Register here for the Helicopter Ball Drop: http://lu6717.wix.com/recording-industry.

About A Place Called Home:
A Place Called Home (www.apch.org) is a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. APCH provides support and opportunities that increase the likelihood that young people will stay in school, go on to higher education and viable jobs, and make a meaningful difference in their communities and the world. Music and recording are key components of the organization’s program offering, and the APCH youth band performs and records on a regular basis.

About KMD Productions
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, KMD Productions offers full-service event production across the US for businesses and individuals, providing a range of services needed to make events an overwhelming success. KMD Productions can handle all the details of your fundraiser, corporate function or trade show event. Whether you’re looking to launch a new product, get better brand recognition or raise money for your worthwhile charity, KMD Productions has the resources and experience to help you achieve your goals.

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Additional Sponsors Announced for Inaugural Pensado Awards

Growing list of manufacturers and organizations pledge their support for new awards show

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 27, 2014 — Pensado Awards, an upcoming award show acknowledging today’s emerging brand of music professional and “recognizing the faces behind the sound,” is pleased to announce additional sponsor partners in advance of the award ceremony next month. Created by the producers of the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place, the Pensado Awards are set to take place June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, and broadcast online globally one week later.

The list of sponsors comprises some of the most prominent names in professional audio, M.I. and audio education. Newly announced Title Sponsors include Blackout and The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®, with the following newly added Supporting Sponsors: Bedrock LA, The EchoBar Recording Studios, Full Sail University®, G-Technology®, Gobbler, Larrabee Studios, Record Plant, Studio at The Palms and Ultimate Ears. These names join the following previously-announced Title Sponsors: Audio-Technica, Avid, The Blackbird Academy, Recording Connection, Slate Media Technology and Vintage King, as well as the following previously-announced Supporting Sponsors: Barefoot Sound, Indaba Music, iZotope, Morris Light and Sound and Studio 202. Additional sponsors are being added at a rapid rate, and a complete list will be announced in the weeks leading up to the ceremony.

Co-hosting will be singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb along with producer-engineers Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Pink, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Daughtry, Paramore, Black Eyed Peas), Marcella Araica (Britney Spears, Madonna, Pink, Duran Duran, Keri Hilson) and Young Guru (Jay Z, Beyonce, Mariah Carey).

Herb Trawick, the Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place, as well as Manager and Advisor to Co-host Dave Pensado, stated, “We continue to add title and supporting sponsors, and they are all stellar examples of the type of organizations that we are proud to be associated with. We thank them each for their support.”

Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher) echoed Trawick’s sentiments: “As leaders in their respective fields – whether manufacturers, vendors, services, recording facilities, educational institutions, industry associations, etc. – these names represent the lifeblood that runs through the recording industry every day. We could not put on the Pensado Awards without them, much less continue in our day-to-day activities as recording professionals. We are proud they have decided to take part in the Pensado Awards and what the show honors in our community.”

In recent years, developments in music and technology have changed the landscape for producers, songwriters, engineers and musicians, encouraging artists and composers of all types to hone their craft. The Pensado Awards acknowledges these talented individuals and their work, with unique categories including OMG! Mix of the Year; Game Changer Producers Award; Songwriters Break Thru Award; Unique Project Studio (Global); Break Thru Mixer Award; Best Non-English Song (Global); Best Tracking Engineer; Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television & Gaming; Pensado Giant Award (industry legend); Master of Mastering; Live/FOH Award; AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner); Outstanding Brand; Spin Doctor DJ Award; Dave Pensado Educators Award; and Herb Trawick Visionary Award.

About Pensado’s Place
The hour-long weekly web series Pensado’s Place was created nearly four years ago. Co-hosted by legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado (Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson and more) and show creator Herb Trawick, Pensado’s Place includes interviews with top music industry artists, engineers, producers, mixers, and record executives, as well as in-depth tutorials in production, engineering and mixing. Pensado’s Place has positioned itself as “the most influential show for audio engineers,” mixers and producers (Forbes Magazine) in just three years. Pensado’s Place is more than just a show, as it highlights the very best in the industry of music, gaming, sound identity on film, and audio equipment, with a presence in live events. As a leading educational resource, Pensado’s Place is helping build the next generation of audio greats.

Opportunities are still available to join the over 100 leading music makers and manufacturers, representatives from 75 countries and over 100 schools who are already active supporters of and participants in the inaugural Pensado Awards. Three sponsorship packages are available. To support the Awards, please visit http://pensadoawards.com/sponsorship_info.html.

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Bose® RoomMatch® Loudspeakers Chosen for Boston Opera House

Historic venue with large balcony area wanted to achieve perfect coverage and intelligibility, which was solved by the precise dispersion patterns offered by Bose® RoomMatch® array modules

Framingham, Massachusetts, May 27, 2014 – Located in the heart of the city’s theater district, the historic Boston Opera House is known as one of New England’s most architecturally and aesthetically impressive theaters. Opened in 1928 as B.F. Keith Memorial Theater, the Boston Opera House has hosted scores of classic productions over its 86-year history and saw a massive $50 million renovation in 2004. These days, the majority of the space’s annual 200-plus-show calendar is filled by the Boston Ballet and touring musical theater productions hosted by Broadway in Boston (recent and upcoming shows include Book of Mormon, Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, Motown the Musical, Newsies, Kinky Boots and more). The seating areas are truly expansive, with 2645 total seats and 1303 in the balcony alone. The theater’s owners wanted to ensure that touring productions would have the ability to deliver vocal clarity in the wide mezzanine and balcony, so steps were taken to install a sound reinforcement system serving that area of the venue (the main floor dress circle and part of the mezzanine would continue to be served by touring sound reinforcement systems). After a meticulous audition process, those involved chose RoomMatch® arrays from Bose® Professional Systems to provide clear, even coverage to the balcony of the venue.

Boston Opera House Production Manager Mike Marchetti was leaning toward a system from a different manufacturer; however, he was persuaded by colleagues to hear a demo of the Bose RoomMatch system. After the demo and an A/B shootout on site with his original choice, Mike became convinced that RoomMatch progressive directivity arrays were what he needed. The system was installed by Sudbury, Massachusetts-based Adtech Systems Inc., an award-winning system integrator, founded in 1988, which had already employed Bose RoomMatch and PowerMatch® components in several high profile installations, including Rondileau Center Auditorium at Massachusetts-based Bridgewater State University; Nevins Hall in Framingham, Massachusetts; University of Rhode Island’s Edwards Auditorium; Thompson, Connecticut’s High Pointe Church; and others.

The system, installed under the supervision of Adtech Sales Engineer Charles Crane, includes two RoomMatch arrays, with each array consisting of one RM5505, two RM7010s, one RM12010 and one RM12020 module, along with eight RMU208 small-format foreground/fill loudspeakers for under-balcony and “shadow-killer” fill. Power is handled by four Bose PowerMatch PM8500N 8-channel amplifiers, and processing is handled by a Bose ControlSpace® ESP-00 Engineered Sound Processor. Other components included a full complement of cables, speaker and line-level patch panels, XLR jumpers etc., from Whirlwind® .

Marchetti stated, “Vocal clarity is very important for the type of performances held here, and it was difficult to achieve for some touring systems, especially in the balcony areas. And most notably for productions that have a lot of speech or sung text in dialect – like Dublin accents in Once, or Ugandan accents in Book of Mormon, or rural British in Billy Elliott and such. After I had a demo of a RoomMatch system, I was convinced that it provided the right solution for clear balcony coverage, and it fit well within our budget. When we did the actual A/B shootout at our venue, I invited several of my colleagues whose opinions I trust to be involved in the listening evaluations – these included Steve Colby, Audio Engineer, Boston Pops Orchestra; Bradley S. Berger, Director of Production, Berklee College of Music; Rick Brenner, Sound Designer, Boston Ballet; James Jensen, Exec. Director, Boston Opera House; and Rich Jaffe, President of Broadway in Boston, to name a few. I must admit, I was skeptical at first, but after my mind was made up, I started telling others throughout the industry how impressive the RoomMatch system is. And since the installation, my fondness for the system has grown stronger.”

“I was very pleased that the system specified was a Bose RoomMatch system, as I have recently employed RoomMatch and PowerMatch components in several installations in our area,” stated Charles Crane. “For example, at the University of Rhode Island’s Edwards Auditorium, RoomMatch solved a problem, as their existing system was not covering every seat. In the Boston Opera House application, RoomMatch not only increased coverage but it bolstered speech intelligibility by a significant margin.”

Crane also noted that a unique aspect of the project was matching the color of the theater’s golden/beige décor and painting the Bose modules to match. “Beyond that,” he stated, “things went very smoothly, and the crew at Boston Opera House helped with much of the installation. We had strict instructions to keep the architecture intact due to the historical nature of the building, but there were two holes that had been drilled for a special presentation of Phantom of the Opera years ago. We lucked out, because they were in the exact right spots for our purposes to hang the system. Once the system was up, it required minimal tuning or tweaking to dial in the audio perfectly.”

Marchetti noted the unique challenges of providing sound reinforcement for a variety of genres in a large theater: “If a popular music artist is touring and the sound isn’t getting to the right spots in the venue, the FOH mixer simply adjusts the mix to compensate for the lack of clarity or definition. But Broadway productions are more complicated. They are governed by what the show’s Sound Designer has specified for the overall sound of the show. We have also found that most touring productions are not capable of covering our large balcony with their systems. But now with the Bose RoomMatch system in place, it is no longer a problem. The dispersion patterns that Bose offers are extremely specific, so it was not a challenge to put together exactly the right configuration for our needs. And the response has been enthusiastic from both audience and touring sound engineers. It’s a success all around.”

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The Australian Pink Floyd Show Plays On Its Legacy with HARMAN’s AKG Microphones

ADELAIDE, Australia – The Australian Pink Floyd Show (TAPFS), a cover band for the iconic Pink Floyd, is fully equipped with a diverse range of HARMAN’s AKG microphones for its band members. Having sold over four million tickets in 35 countries, The Australian Pink Floyd Show is currently touring the globe over the course of five months to bring its ‘Gold Standard’ to the rest of the world.

Having tried condenser microphones with larger polar patterns, guitarist/vocalist Steve Mac of TAPFS noticed they picked up the drums in the background, which introduced too much noise into the FOH mix. Dynamic microphones, on the other hand, don’t suffer as badly from drum spill, so after much experimentation, the band purchased an AKG D7 for each vocalist and the keyboardist/MC, which offers tremendous sound quality while meeting the band’s other criteria.

“The D7 has great isolation, which not only keeps our monitor mixes tidy, but preserves our voices,” said Mac. “Our keyboard player doubles as the MC and uses a chrome-plated D7 for a bit of fun and a touch of class!”

AKG C414, C518 and D40 microphones are used for the drums. “We use the AKG C414 microphones on the overhead and ride cymbal, because they just sound so natural. For the toms and roto toms, we use the AKG C518 microphones, because their small stature and stunning sound allows for more accurate positioning in tight spaces. We also use the AKG D40 on the lower floor tom and also on the gong to capture the rich bass,” Mac said.

Mac uses AKG C451/CK1 microphones on his Fender Twin Reverb amps, which “really bring out the detail of the top end and capture the glassy bite of a Twin,” he said. Mac also uses AKG C214 microphones on his Hiwatt 4 x 12 speaker cabinets, because “they have a large diaphragm and they capture the low end naturally and add ‘size’ to the guitar sounds.”

AKG C518 microphones with AKG radio packs are used for the tenor, alto and soprano saxophones. The Baritone saxophone is captured by an AKG D40 large diaphragm “to bring out the warmth in the sound without the risk of feedback,” according to Mac.

TAPFS ambitiously recreates Pink Floyd album tracks as closely as possible on a live stage. “We approach this show differently to most live shows, because to some degree we are taking a recording studio on tour. With AKG microphones, we are able to recreate the sounds of a studio environment, while maintaining isolation and high feedback rejection,” said Mac.

Besides sounding just the way vocalists want them to, AKG microphones are designed to stay consistent and endure severe punishment across all stages of a tour, so bands can focus on the show. “The consistency is extremely important, because the audience is familiar with the sounds of original Pink Floyd songs,” said Mac. “These microphones allow us to accurately maintain the amazing sounds of Pink Floyd’s albums, regardless of the venue and environment. That is why we have been using AKG microphones for 31 years in both studio recording and live music production.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) 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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

StrandVision Digital Signage Enhances the Live Web Page Capabilities of its Electronic Signage

Systems automatically polls, formats, presents and updates Web Pages directly from the Internet…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – May 28, 2014 – StrandVision Digital Signage today announced that it is adding a new way to source material for its electronic signage customers. It has developed a method to capture Web page content from the Internet and intranets, automatically format it to electronic signage customer settings and merge it into the digital media player presentations.

This capability offers many benefits for StrandVision customers. Applications include adding dynamic information that is becoming more widely available over the Web directly into StrandVision Digital Signage such as near-real-time bus schedules and expected arrival times and traffic maps, for display in public areas and for employee communications.

How It Works

The StrandVision cloud-based digital signage service Web Page facility captures Web pages, immediately converts them to images for display on StrandVision’s cloud server and distributes them to the local media players as needed. The system pre-loads and captures the Web page so that the content displays immediately rather than waiting for information to be gathered from the source Web site. User-specified delays can be configured to ensure that Web sites are fully loaded in the background before they are captured. The pages are captured and formatted to match the digital media player display orientation. The administrator console can also securely store log-in information so password-protected sites can be included as sources. Administrators can choose to offset portions of the pages to better utilize the screen region resources and highlight certain sections.

The new Web Page capability also takes advantage of the capabilities of many corporate and enterprise systems, as well as other specific business applications, which typically can generate Web page output. With this new enhancement, the StrandVision system can take charts, graphs or other details from this standard business system data output and capture it for display on its digital signage player. This opens a world of possibilities for Human Resources, operations, production, finance, safety and other corporate departments.

“The enhanced Web Page display is another free digital signage capability that makes StrandVision Digital Signage a more capable, more flexible and more effective business marketing and employee communication tool for our customers,” commented Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “There are an untold number of applications, including the obvious real-time transportation and traffic reports, and we’re looking forward to seeing the creative ways that our signage subscribers use this tool to meet their individual communication needs.”

The Web Page capability complements StrandVision’s previously available streaming weather and radar displays and its local and national new services. It also provides another option to StrandVision’s ability to capture and convert RSS feeds and its extensive database-to-digital signage conversion capabilities.

The no-cost Web Page add-on capability is available immediately to StrandVision subscribers. It has been added as a new page type in the “Modify Pages” section of their Content Management System (CMS) portal. Web Page refresh rates of less than 15 minutes require a StrandVision Linux digital media player.

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, cloud-based digital signage software content to subscribers’ digital media player displays, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s patented approach distributes customer created text, graphics, videos, RSS/social media feeds along with pre-packaged worldwide, national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many business marketing applications for waiting rooms (patient and customer information); banks and retailers (video merchandising); education (student, staff and visitor information); business and industry (employee communication and operational/performance information); as well as nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers digital signage support hardware including PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender for long distance multi-screen distribution, Linux digital media players to ease and optimize electronic signage network installation and several large-format displays including freestanding pedestal displays. StrandVision Digital Signage services, installation and equipment are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – for further information:

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

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

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