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Britney Spears Doubles Down on DiGiCo in Vegas

Robert “Cubby” Colby and Johnny Balistrere both using SD Series desks for Britney: Piece of Me residency at Planet Hollywood’s AXIS theater

LAS VEGAS — Britney Spears is currently taking a break from touring, settling into a two-year residency on the Las Vegas Strip at Planet Hollywood’s AXIS theater, which was revamped for the purpose at a reported cost of $20 million with new staging, lighting, projection, and sound equipment, including a pair of DiGiCo digital audio mixing consoles. Britney: Piece of Me, which has already grossed nearly $18 million, brings a dance club atmosphere to the 4,600-seat theater, where the singer, backed by 14 dancers and a four-piece band, performs hits from her 15-year career.

Marc Delcore, the show’s musical director and keyboard player, appreciates the finesse with which veteran front-of-house engineer Robert “Cubby” Colby, using the DiGiCo SD10 console, is able to deliver every nuance of the band’s performance to the audience. “I spend as much time as I can during soundcheck with Cubby,” reports Delcore, who joined Spears in early 2000 as a keyboard sound designer and programmer before first appearing onstage with her on the 2009 Circus tour. “If I ask him to bump a track that might not be sitting where I need it, the flexibility to make that change but also keep what we just did is really important for me.”

According to Colby, the DiGiCo console’s snapshot functionality enables him to translate the tracks coming off stage, which have been carefully crafted by the musicians, to the audience. “With the help of virtual soundcheck and snapshots I’m able to recall sequenced tracks that are a very big part of a show like this, especially a dance show,” he says. “Britney sings every song live, but there are additional tracks when they’re doing the heavy dance numbers. Snapshots give Marc the security of knowing that these levels that they work on so hard translate to the live environment.”

“Britney pretty much has to stick to her script, but I have a lot of freedom to play different chords or different sounds,” continues Delcore. “Anything that the band throws at him, Cubby hears right away and he makes the adjustment. He catches everything and is able to make those adjustments with the console. It’s important for him to be able to make those changes on the fly. He’s such a great engineer.”

Monitor engineer Johnny Balistrere, generating 42 sends to side fills and wedges for Spears and the dancers, with in-ear feeds for the band, had not previously used a DiGiCo console. Once he learned that he would be using an SD5, Balistrere spent some time on the phone with Matt Larson, national sales manager at Group One, DiGiCo’s U.S. distributor, who also directed him to an online video tutorial. “It’s a great training video,” says Balistrere. “I was able to retain most of what I watched and apply it to this console. It’s the most impressive, well-thought-out console I have ever used in my career. You can operate it with ease.”

Balistrere continues, “It’s a very musical console. Certain things I want to be digital, certain things I want to be analog. The fact that I can customize digital and analog sounds in my mixes, separating inputs into a digital head amp or putting a DigiTube [tube emulation] on and making it a little more gritty, is one of the greatest features.”

By chaining effects, Balistrere is also able to deliver significant sound pressure levels to Spears’ wedges without having to worry about feedback, he says. “With condenser mics and headsets, I’ll take a vocal and send it to five or six effects, turn the sends down, and use them as vocal boosts with minimal effect. I’m able to get 112 or 113 dB, A-weighted, three feet from the wedges with her Crown CM-311A headset mic without even a hint of feedback. I’d never experienced that in my life until I used a DiGiCo console.”

Balistrere prefers to fix problem inputs at the source rather than use subtractive EQ. “But with the DiGiCo console I find I’m running even flatter EQs than I was previously in other consoles. So I can experiment more with my mic technique and placement, and not have to go right to the EQ section and cut it. It’s a very easy, precise, smooth console. I’ve got to say, it’s hard to go back to anything else!”

Julio Valdez, systems engineer and designer for 3G Productions – the rental house that supplied the show’s DiGiCo desks and d&b loudspeaker system – notes that the SD10 and SD5 were the natural choices for this massive production that is nightly drawing capacity crowds. “The sheer number of channels, pristine 96K sound, and ease of use were all huge factors in making these consoles the right gear for the job,” he says. “They say you’re only as good as your tools, but I really must compliment Cubby on the consistently exceptional mix he’s providing. He really makes the SD10 shine and I know he’s very happy with DiGiCo, as we all are.”

Cubby agrees: “My relationship with DiGiCo goes back to the company’s inception and I can honestly say that out of all of the digital consoles available to musical productions and mixers around the world, DiGiCo holds the key to undisputed audio quality and function. And with spill sets and other new features, the company continues to set the bar even higher. I love the SD10.”

“I also have to give a lot of credit to Marc Delcore,” he adds. “To be able to work on pursuing the best possible musical experience and audio quality with a musical director and keyboard player of his caliber really benefits this whole production. The same can be said of production manager Jason Danter, who has worked with Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and many others. Music is the number one focus of this production, and it has been a pleasure to be part of a show with such great audio facilities and a band that really cares about how it sounds.”

Britney: Piece of Me began its most recent leg on April 25. Following a summer break the show is scheduled to run through August into early September, tentatively wrapping up in February 2016.

About DiGiCo
DiGiCo is a UK-based manufacturer of some of the world’s most popular, successful and ground-breaking digital mixing consoles for the live, theatre, broadcast and post production industries and is exclusively distributed in the U.S. by Group One Ltd. of Farmingdale, New York. For more information, go to: www.DiGiCo.biz

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A.C.T Lighting Approved for Membership in the Con Edison Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Market Partner Program

A.C.T Lighting, Inc. has been named a member of the Con Edison Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Market Partner Program. The program, piloted by the utility’s Green Team brand, benefits A.C.T Lighting and its customers as its members participate in protecting the environment. It directly relates to the GDS ArcSystem of auditorium, retail and commercial LED lighting for which A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor in North America.

The Market Partner Network is comprised of contractors, distributors, suppliers and manufacturers of energy efficient equipment. It also includes skilled professionals such as architects, engineers and energy consultants who assist Con Edison commercial and industrial customers in meeting their energy savings goals.

Partners receive numerous advantages from the program, including the potential to broaden their customer base and increase sales. One of the primary benefits is the financial incentives offered by Con Edison to replace less efficient incandescent, T12 fluorescent and standard metal halide technologies with energy efficient alternatives such as LED lighting.

“We discovered ConEd’s Market Partner program at a recent global energy conservation trade show we attended,” says Chris Patton, systems specialist at A.C.T Lighting. “We were impressed by the financial incentives offered to those who want to implement energy efficient measures. We are very happy to have been accepted into the program. Now, when an interested party like a theater or entertainment venue contacts Con Edison for energy efficient lighting solutions the utility can refer them to us and our GDS ArcSystem.”

Designed as an LED lighting system for new and retrofit applications, the UK-made ArcSystem is available in a range of configurations that serve as truly viable replacements for traditional incandescent sources. With a CRI in excess of 90, the ArcSystem produces an incredibly rich, warm light. It offers extremely smooth dimming from 100 to zero – a feature that’s hard to find in LED fixtures. The system can also be operated wirelessly for easy installation in existing buildings without the need for rewiring with control cable.

“The ArcSystem has been in production for over two years and has hundreds of completed installations worldwide, including many in the U.S.,” notes Patton. “The ArcSystem has just received UL 924 approval for the dual input, emergency version of its fixtures. That’s particularly important for venues looking for an all-in-one solution since it’s now possible to use a fully-listed house light product for both main house lighting and emergency lighting.”

Patton says that A.C.T Lighting is “confident that our acceptance into Con Edison’s Market Partner program will help us promote the ArcSystem’s exciting, green energy alternative to theaters and other entertainment venues in the New York metropolitan area.”

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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Artel Video Systems to Showcase DigiLink Media Transport Platform at AHECTA 2014

DigiLink Provides Educational Institutions With a Single, Flexible Media Transport Platform for Delivering Broadcast-Quality Video and Data

WESTFORD, Mass. — May 27, 2014 — Artel Video Systems, a leading global provider of broadcast-quality video transport solutions, today announced that it will showcase its DigiLink media transport platform at AHECTA 2014, the education industry’s premier conference for campus communication, cable, and video services. During the show, June 25-27 in Denver, the company will highlight DigiLink’s rich feature set and functionality including transporting video over direct fiber, IP networks, optical backbones, JPEG2000 compression, and integrated routing, all designed to address the challenges educational institutions face when delivering broadcast-quality video and data in interactive and global learning environments.

“Today, higher education is rapidly expanding beyond the classroom walls and campus. As institutions look to provide increased opportunities for distance learning, on and off campus, the need for broadcast-quality media transport is essential,” says Richard Dellacanonica, president at Artel Video Systems. “In addition to being flexible, reliable, and cost-effective, DigiLink is easy to configure and use, making it the ideal solution for educational institutions that want to deliver high-quality, low-latency video and data across IP, direct fiber, and optical networks.”

DigiLink’s unique architecture features internal signal routing capabilities, virtually eliminating the need for external cross connects, video routers, or Ethernet switches. Designed to operate in any operating environment while being compact and power efficient, DigiLink dramatically lowers educational institute capital and operational expenses.

More information about the company’s products is available at www.artel.com.

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About Artel Video Systems (www.artel.com)
Artel Video Systems is a leading global provider of broadcast-quality media transport solutions for IP, direct fiber, and managed optical networks. A pioneer in the industry, Artel developed the first commercially available video-over-fiber video transport platform. In recent years Artel has provided solutions based on DigiLink media platform providing the most reliable and easiest to configure and support solutions. With thousands of deployments DigiLink is relied upon everyday by the world’s largest broadcasters, telecommunication companies, and CATV operators for mission critical video and data feeds to support the world’s most watched sports, news, and entertainment events.

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L-ACOUSTICS Grows North American Team With Three Hires

David Brooks, André Pichette and Chris “Sully” Sullivan join L-ACOUSTICS US

OXNARD, California — Bolstering its commitment to both the permanent installation and touring markets, L-ACOUSTICS announces the strategic appointment of three new employees to its US team: David Brooks, André Pichette, and Chris “Sully” Sullivan. The announcement comes from Laurent Vaissié, General Manager, L-ACOUSTICS US.

Having served as Applications Engineer for L-ACOUSTICS’ worldwide headquarters in Marcoussis, France for the past nine years, David Brooks has now joined the Oxnard, California office as Applications Engineer, Touring Liaison, USA. With 30 years of experience to his credit – including running monitor mixes for N’Sync, among many other artists – Brooks is now tasked with providing additional support for touring clients, liaising with production and sound companies, and facilitating education for FOH and system engineers.

André Pichette, who most recently served as Director of Integration and Operations at Solotech Las Vegas since 2010, comes to L-ACOUSTICS as Head of Applications, Install, USA. Similarly bringing three decades of audio experience to his new role with the loudspeaker manufacturer, Pichette has performed audio design and engineering work for numerous Cirque du Soleil productions, Olympic Games, and high-profile tours like Billy Joel and Elton John, Backstreet Boys, and Barenaked Ladies over his career.

The new position of Application Engineer, East Coast, USA has now been filled by Chris “Sully” Sullivan, who previously served as Optimization Engineer for Elite Multimedia in addition to mixing touring FOH sound for Gary Allan, Luke Bryan, Joe Nichols, Jaci Velasquez, and Point of Grace. Involved with live sound for almost 30 years as well, Sully takes charge of L-ACOUSTICS’ first technical support position based on the East Coast for increased support and future development in the Northeast.

“L-ACOUSTICS US experienced a steep 74 percent growth in permanent installations in 2013, as well as a very strong demand from production rental companies for our variable curvature products following the introduction of K2,” says Vaissié. “As this trend continues into 2014, I am pleased to announce the appointments of David, André, and Sully to key strategic positions in support of our touring and installation clients, and dedicated local support in the Eastern US, respectively. These men each share a passion for uncompromised high-performance audio, education, and customer support that fits perfectly with our values. Benefiting from nearly 90 years of combined experience, our North American customers and end users can count on, now more than ever, premium support for their L-ACOUSTICS sound systems.”

L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, K2, KUDO, KARA, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a “total system approach.” Product distribution and customer service for the USA is handled by L-ACOUSTICS’ subsidiary in Oxnard, CA.

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Contact:
L-ACOUSTICS US
2201 Celsius Avenue, Unit E, Oxnard, CA 93030
Tel: 805.604.0577 / Fax: 805.604.0858
Email: info@l-acoustics-us.com / Web: www.l-acoustics.com

SHOREVIEW DISTRIBUTION KICK’S OFF 25th ANNIVERSARY

Continuing Role As Select Sony U.S. Distributor

FOXBORO, MA: In September 1989, Luke Furr (then VP of Lake Systems), was standing on a beach in Florida when Sony called. They were changing their ‘go to’ market and wanted to start using reps, “Do you know anyone?” they asked. Without hesitation he said “What about me?” The rest is history. Today he is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his Shoreview Distribution Inc., national sales organization. A key to his success has been working with Sony Electronics in the U.S. as a select distributor for all its professional audio and video products. “Sony was our first client,” Furr says, “We’ve grown our roster to include a number of major manufacturers, but maintaining our relationship with Sony for all these years is a special source of pride.”

Shoreview’s positive trajectory has been marked by productive relationships with Revolabs, JVC, Pioneer, Toshiba, Tascam, Ricoh USA, Crane and many other stellar brands. The firm’s nationwide sales team constantly solidifies the success of those alliances. A home office staffed by career employees with an average 12+ years on the job, provides indispensible backup support. “We have always focused on application oriented sales, information, competitive pricing and, on delivering the gear in a timely fashion,” Luke Furr says. “Our field reps are skilled educators and trainers who know the products because they use them. We all share a genuine sense of family with our clients and our manufacturers.”

Starting off with the traditional ‘garage-based business,’ Furr’s early sales focused on the recording and performing gear he used in his music career. His ability to grasp the functionality and value of a rapidly expanding arsenal of new products proved a major asset. “As manufacturer R&D teams began turning out innovative digital gear and ‘must have’ new tools, we found ourselves in the midst of a technology explosion,” Furr says. “Simultaneously, a number of savvy young men with an aptitude for using, explaining and selling this next generation equipment gravitated to us. We built a great sales team!”

Case in point, Rory Caponigro joined Shoreview in 2001. Thirteen years on, he is national sales manager, supervising a crew that ranges from his own Tri State turf to skilled reps all over the country, “I watched Luke Furr in action, and felt very much in synch with his sales approach, his sense of urgency, and his scrupulous follow through. Luke inspires our team with a genuine sense of commitment,” Caponigro says. “Clients want information quickly. Not just on pricing, but on product availability and training. Our systems and technology deliver this.

“We’re also providing an indispensible service to the manufacturers who have now trimmed their in-house sales. And, we’ve greatly expanded our services,” Caponigro asserts. “We’ve worked with Sony’s Audio and Video divisions on such major projects as the Patriots Gillette Stadium, Madison Square Garden and Yankee Stadium installs. We’ve collaborated with systems integrators on projects for Adelphi and Penn State Universities, and we’ve assisted live sound companies for tours by groups like The Rolling Stones. These assignments are extremely gratifying, and the compensation is not just financial. There is a real sense of accomplishment in our work.”

John Kaloukian, vice president of sales, Professional Solutions of America, Sony Electronics remarked, “Shoreview has been a select distributor for Sony’s professional audio and video products for 25 years. The fact they are in the select group of distributors we work with means that we chose them for very specific reasons. They are very knowledgeable of Sony’s product lines. Basically, they are a turn-key, one stop shopping resource for resellers.

“Shoreview’s strength is that they can act quickly to meet the market’s needs,” Kaloukian concludes. “They are highly responsive, flexible, and able to adapt easily to customers’ evolving requirements. For example, special terms or custom packing, and, they get the job done with minimal red tape. They are one of our closest links to the market.”

“We wouldn’t be celebrating our 25th Anniversary without the commitment and enthusiasm of our home office and field rep team,” Luke Furr concludes. “Sales Manager Rory Caponigro, Regional Sales Managers: Mark Rehfuss, Dan Drees, Curtis Harris, Warner Swain, Bo Murgo and Bert Shaffer, our long time Office Manager, Lynn Snow, and a host of other super professionals keep the company running at peak efficiency. AND, they generate a positive vibe that flows throughout the day. We all share the good fortune to be doing the work we love and working with the people we like. We look forward to the next twenty five years!”

Photo: Shoreview Distribution Inc. founder Luke Furr (l) with
National Sales Manager Rory Caponigro

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Celebrating their 25th anniversary Shoreview Distribution is exclusive national distributor for all Sony audio and video products. Shoreview also represents such major manufacturers as: Revolabs, JVC, Martin Pro, Toshiba, Tascam, Pioneer, and Ricoh USA. Shoreview is located at 69 Elm St. Foxboro, MA 02035 (781) 784 1144.

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FOR-A to Highlight New Version of FT-ONE 4K Super Slow Mo Camera and File Converter at Cine Gear Expo 2014

Cypress, CA – FOR-A Corporation of America plans to showcase the newest version of its FT-ONE full 4K super slow motion camera at the upcoming Cine Gear Expo, taking place June 5-8 at The Studios at Paramount in Hollywood. FOR-A will be in Booth #317, where they will also display the FT-1READ – a RAW data to DPX converter available with the FT-ONE camera.

The new version of the FT-ONE offers fiber I/O connections built directly into the unit for ease of use when shooting from the field. The FT-1READ is an option available with the FT-ONE for easy file conversion. The FT-1READ takes the RAW data from the SSD drives, imports all recorded info, and converts it to a DPX file, which is a common file format for editing and color grading.

The FT-ONE has been used in a variety of sports broadcast and digital cinematography applications, including professional football, boxing, automobile racing, ice cross downhill, and wakeboarding events, as well as a NASA rocket launch. The camera has been the recipient of multiple industry awards, including a 2012 IBC Show STAR Award from TV Technology Europe, TVB Europe’s Best of IBC 2012 Award, and most recently, a 2013 Government Video Salute at GV Expo.

The FT-ONE employs FOR-A’s high-sensitivity CMOS color sensor, “FT1-CMOS,” and plays back full 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels). One output channel can provide QFHD (four 1080p 3G-SDI) outputs, while the other output channel provides down-converted HD-SDI for live viewing and play back. The FT-ONE captures images as uncompressed raw data on the system’s internal memory, which has a recording capacity of 9.4 seconds. This data is then stored on one of two hot-swappable SSD cartridges, each of which is capable of storing 84 seconds of full 4K resolution images at 900 fps.

“We’re very excited to showcase this new version of the FT-ONE camera at Cine Gear – the event where we chose to launch this groundbreaking camera two years ago,” said Hiro Tanoue, President, FOR-A Corporation of America. “Cine Gear Expo continually attracts major players in high-end entertainment production. We’re offering the FT-ONE with fiber connections built into the unit, making it easier when the production calls for the camera to be used a far distance away from the base station.”

Cine Gear Expo is the premier film, video, and digital media expo for the entertainment industry, and is the largest event of its kind. 2014 marks the conference’s 18th year.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Mexican Rock Band Zoé Travels the World with SSL Live Console

“The SSL Live is totally different than other consoles: much warmer, far superior”

MEXICO CITY – One of Mexico’s most popular rock groups, the platinum-selling, Latin Grammy® Award-winning band Zoé is world renowned, having played concerts across North America, Europe and South America. For their latest world tour, which has already made more than 40 stops in the U.S. and Mexico, the band’s monitor engineer, Gustavo Zertuche, is using an SSL Live console to drive the group’s wedges and in-ear monitors. Supplied by Meridian Proaudio, the first rental company in Latin America to offer SSL Live, the console’s ease of configuration makes it perfectly suited to handle monitoring for a fast-paced tour such as Zoé’s.

“The board is really amazing,” Zertuche says of the SSL Live, which allows an engineer to choose their own balance of touch screen and hardware functionality. “You can use the control surface the way you want to, put any channel in any place and configure it the way you want. It’s great for an engineer because you’re not limited; you don’t have to conform to somebody else’s workflow.”

After selecting the SSL Live for Zoé’s world tour, Zertuche, owner of Audioarquitectura and considered one of Mexico’s leading engineers, flew to Los Angeles for a training session. “Live is very simple to learn,” he says. “I was taught how to use it in two days! I was very grateful that the training didn’t require a lot of time; the console is just that great. I used to use a different digital console, but when I heard the SSL, I said ‘no more!’ This is perfect for me now.”

“The audio is incredible,” he continues. “Our mic preamps are being split from our FOH console, but that doesn’t affect the sound. It’s the most clarity I have ever heard from a digital console. It’s like you are using an analogue board—the preamps are very accurate and sound excellent.”

Zertuche uses the console for all of his stereo mixes for in-ear monitors and mono mixes for wedges with a complex cue system that routes audio for three or four monitor switch boxes on stage. “I use this wonderful reverse communication function for the SSL Live,” he explains. “I use it for all of my talkbacks through an intercom matrix, which I also use to set my cues. Even if I’m just using one solo, I can still hear the musicians, which is great. It’s a unique way to mix, but it’s helpful for me. For instance, if my stage right technician needs something, he only has to press a button and he can speak to me directly.”

As part of their world tour, Zoé recently brought the SSL Live to the Stereo Picnic Festival 2014, a massive music event in Bogota, Columbia. According to Zertuche, the band members appreciate what the SSL Live has brought to their monitor mixes during this and other performances. “They love it! They are very impressed by the sound,” he says. “Live made its debut on the final day of rehearsals, following the auditions of competing consoles, and the guys could hear a clear difference between them. They said the SSL Live is totally different: much warmer, far superior.”

With nearly two decades of engineering and six years monitoring Zoé under his belt, Zertuche’s current lineup includes the band Caifanes, pop duo Ha*Ash, singer Benny Ibarra and MTV’s World Stage, as well as recording and mix engineer duties at Control Room Studio and MAS Audio Studio. He also serves as audio crew chief and monitor engineer for the Lunas del Auditorio Nacional, an awards show recognizing live musicians and sound companies in Mexico.

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

Australia’s Trackdown Studios Expands With HARMAN’s JBL and Crown

SYDNEY, Australia — Since its humble 1980s beginnings as a cramped recording studio with mattresses on the walls for sound absorption, Trackdown Studios (www.trackdown.com.au) has evolved to become a fixture on the Australian pro audio scene, working with artists like INXS, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Will.I.Am and many more and growing to two locations offering music and film recording and post-production. Trackdown’s Moore Park facility recently expanded with the addition of “Theatre One,” a new 20-seat room with audio post, mixing and 3D screening capabilities. Rather than equipping the theater with conventional studio monitors Trackdown chose HARMAN’s JBL Professional ScreenArray™ cinema system powered by Crown DSi Series power amplifiers.

Working with HARMAN Professional Australian distributor JANDS (www.jands.com.au), Trackdown installed a complete multichannel surround sound system with three JBL 3722N 2-way ScreenArray loudspeakers as the left, center and right channels, each employing dual 15-inch woofers and a horn-loaded compression driver. Four JBL 8340A 2-way surround loudspeakers and a JBL 3635 18-inch subwoofer complete the speaker complement.

The loudspeakers are driven by three Crown DSi 2000 amplifiers, which include presets for JBL cinema loudspeakers to make configuration quick and easy and provide on-board signal processing to handle crossover points, EQ, speaker delay and output limiting. Rounding out Theatre One’s equipment is a host of impressive video gear including a Christie Digital projector, Harkness Screens projection screen, Doremi ShowVault 4K video server and other equipment.

Right from completion (“we finished painting in the morning and started working in the afternoon,” noted Trackdown general manager Elaine Beckett) the studio launched into high-profile activity on films including The Great Gatsby, Forbidden Ground, Warwick Thornton’s new film The Dark Side and a concert documentary on Australian music legends Paul Kelly and Neil Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House).

Response to the Theatre One has been extremely enthusiastic. “One sound mixer in particular was thrilled to be working in Theater One, using it as a premix space,” noted Beckett. “It’s quite common to have small monitors in premix rooms and he was very impressed to be working with true theater sound for monitoring. What he mixed in Theatre One translated really well when doing the final mix in a large theatre.” With customers that include the elite of Australia’s film community and a growing number of international clients, Trackdown is confident they’ll be mixing a future Award-winning soundtrack sooner rather than later.

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.

Ocean Matrix Introduces New HDMI Over IP Extender / HDMI to CAT5/CAT6 Converter

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. – May 27, 2014Ocean Matrix, a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of professional broadcast video gear, today announced the availability of a new HDMI Over IP Extender. The OMX-HDMI-2-IP transmitter accepts HDMI and converts it to standard TCP/IP to send the signal over your local area network via CAT5/CAT6. The receiver then converts the signal back to HDMI at the destination point. The transmitter has a static IP address and can pair with multiple receivers (up to 8). Multiple transmitters and multiple receivers can be paired on the same network. Ocean Matrix HDMI Over IP Extender

“With the distance limitations of HDMI and since CAT5/CAT6 infrastructures exist in virtually every facility we wanted to leverage these systems to provide a low cost, long distance HDMI transmission option,” said Dan Coscarella, Product Manager at Ocean Matrix. “Sending HDMI over your entire network frees you of the typical limitations found in send/receive point-to-point systems. The OMX-HDMI-2-IP delivers unparalleled performance in Pro-AV projection networks, digital signage systems and educational streaming applications taking advantage of your existing network and making it your HDMI network.”

The Ocean Matrix HDMI Over IP Extender is available and shipping now. To learn more about the OMX-HDMI-2-IP and other Ocean Matrix products visit www.oceanmatrix.com.

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About Ocean Matrix
Ocean Matrix is both a manufacturer and importer of cost effective interface solutions for video & Pro-AV users. Our in-house engineers evaluate every product with state-of-the-art test equipment to ensure quality results at the lowest possible cost. Every Ocean Matrix product features a 1-Year Product Warranty.

Ocean Matrix is exclusively distributed by TecNec Distributing and is available through the entire TecNec dealer network and online at Markertek.com.

Alcorn McBride Announces Unprecedented Five-Year Product Warranty

Alcorn McBride Inc. has announced that it is extending its standard product warranty from two years to five years. Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry as well as for retail environments and transportation applications,

In a world where some manufacturers offer 90-day warranties, Alcorn McBride is well known for a straightforward warranty policy that’s distinctly lacking in fine print. Previously, if an Alcorn McBride product broke within two years of its purchase and the breakage was not due to abuse, the manufacturer would repair or replace it. The customer paid only for shipping to Alcorn McBride.

Now that warranty period has been extended to five years, demonstrating the confidence that Alcorn McBride has in the reliability and durability of its products.

“The Alcorn McBride brand is known for rock-solid reliability and unsurpassed customer support,” says CEO Steve Alcorn. “We’ve always had a two-year product warranty and the industry’s most customer-friendly support policies. Now we’ve decided to increase that to an unprecedented five-year product warranty.”

“Frankly, our existing customers have always known they can expect that level of support from us, so we’ve decided to make sure the rest of the world knows, too.”

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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