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SCOTT PETITO PRODUCTIONS ADDS A 1608 CONSOLE “THE BEST PIECE OF GEAR FROM API”

WOODSTOCK, NEW YORK – JULY 2014: Musician, audio engineer, and studio owner Scott Petito has roots in the jazz and acoustic genres that go back to the early 1980s. His studio, Scott Petito Productions, has worked with major acts including James Taylor, Keith Richards, Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck, and Brian Setzer. In an effort to return to his roots in analog recording, Scott consulted Alto Music in Middletown, New York, who directed him toward an API 1608.

“It’s the best piece of gear I have ever used from API,” said Scott. “I have mixed on the Vision and Legacy consoles, as well as several vintage consoles. This has that same sound, but in a compact, simple and reasonable affordable design. It’s new, reliable, and has a great warranty.” The console has 24 channel inputs and 32 slots, providing over 48 reruns from Pro Tools. “It quickly became clear that it’s the only choice for uncompromising analog sound, and a familiar character and layout.”

With a degree from Berklee College of Music and countless hours in the studio, the sound generated by the 1608 is held to a high standard by Scott. “I already can feel and hear the added depth and dimensionality. It makes it easier to get what I want, I use fewer plug-ins, and being a smaller footprint the short signal path is always pristine and clear. It also has great headroom.”

Also among his favorite features and functions, Scott appreciates the Channel Strip and lunchbox implementation. “It lets me keep a lot of flavors on hand. The routing is wonderful. We have everything coming up on the patchbay.”

Scott and his crew wasted no time in getting to know the capabilities of the 1608. “The first session even before everything was wired to the patchbay or furniture was installed, we recorded a new album with Tony Levin, the bassist for Peter Gabriel and King Crimson among others. It’s turning out great! We are now mixing it.”

Next, the new 1608 will be used to mix the new album from Mercury Rev, whose fourth studio album Deserters Song was voted as one of the top twenty most influential albums of the last twenty years by Mojo Magazine. Scott will also use the new console to mix a new album of his own.

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608 and THE BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

Platinum Tools® Launches New 500 MCM Cable Cutter

CAMARILLO, Calif., July 3, 2014 – Platinum Tools(R) (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation, hand termination and testing of wire and cable, is proud to announce the launch of the new 500 MCM Cable Cutter (p/n 10569). The 500 MCM Cable Cutter is now shipping with an MSRP of $139.95.

“The compact ratcheted 500 MCM Cable Cutter is designed for simple one hand operation,” said John Phillips, Platinum Tools product manager. “It works well in tight spaces and tackles cutting larger cables with ease with ergonomic, non-slip comfort grip handles.”

The new Platinum Tools 500 MCM Cable Cutter cuts stranded, flexible copper and aluminum cable up to 500 MCM (240mm2). It also features precision ground fixed and moving cutting blades for improved performance.

Additional specifications include:
• locking latch for safe, easy storage
• quick blade release system in any position
• cutting blades manufactured from high carbon tool steel
• heat treated blades for added durability and extended life
• rust resistant black oxide finish
• Platinum Tools cable jacket slitters are perfect companion tools (p/ns 10005C
and 10007C)

For additional pricing and more information on Platinum Tools and its complete product line, please visit www.platinumtools.com, call (800) 749-5783, or email info@platinumtools.com.

About Platinum Tools
Platinum Tools, founded in 1997, was created based upon two very simple objectives. First, develop the absolute best possible solutions for the preparation, installation, and hand termination of wire and cable. Second, implement an operational infrastructure that can deliver these products in an efficient, timely, and high quality manner.

All of our products must absolutely satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…utility of function; quality of function; and economic value. Our people are our company. They, too, must be focused on and work to satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…customer satisfaction; product knowledge and expertise; and willingness to learn and adapt.

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Almo Professional A/V Releases 2014 Video Wall Buying Guide

Almo Professional A/V has another resource available for your readers…

A newly released VIDEO WALL GUIDE!

As we saw at InfoComm last month, video walls have ENDLESS possibilities. The distributor’s new 2014 Video Wall Guide includes a roundtable discussion with Almo’s Business Development Managers about video wall trends, factors to consider when designing a video wall, the challenges involved with selling and installing them, and the best ways to break into the video wall business.

The guide explores ways to run video wall content without a PC, what really matters in video wall panels, new ways to program video walls together, how to create content for video walls in different applications, and examples of how video walls have made an impact across various markets.

The new guide contains a total of 19 new products, 21 engaging videos, 7 industry articles and 3 case studies. Featured manufacturers providing expertise on the topic of video walls include Barco, Sharp, Peerless, Samsung, ATEN, BrightSign, LG, Panasonic, Chief, NEC and Premier Mounts.

To access the Almo 2014 Video Wall guide, go here: http://almoproav.com/Resources/BuyingGuides/VideoWall/2014/assets/VideoWallGuide_2014.pdf

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Reach Communications Adds NEXO STM Line Array To Arsenal

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Reach Communications of Minneapolis, MN has added a new NEXO STM line array to its already impressive stable of NEXO boxes. “We researched NEXO, L’Acoustics, d&b and others for boxes having a high 145+db peak output per box, to use as a large format line array for our bigger shows, states Dan Brown, Event Services Manager, at Reach. Having had a long history with NEXO and owning 130+ boxes in house before this purchase, we felt with our current inventory and amazing support from NEXO, this was the obvious option.” With the addition of the STM, Reach now owns 192 NEXO boxes, and 34 NXAmp 4×4 and 4 NXAmp 4×1 amplifiers.

So far, the NEXO STM rig has been used on Unite – NDOP 2014 and the KTIS Joyful Noise Family Festival 2014. NDOP included Hillsong United and a local Unite house band. KTIS Joyful Noise acts included Lincoln Brewster, Mercy Me, Tenth Ave North, Steven Curtis Chapman, Audio Adrenaline, Mandisa, and Hawk Nelson.

“The output and sound quality is incredible and very accurate, says Brown. We have had engineers comment that the STM rig has headroom for days and I barely had to do anything to the EQ! We wanted a system that would give engineers a clean canvas to mix on and headroom to handle the largest venues, and STM provides that.”

For NDOP 2014, the NEXO layout consisted of 12 STM M46 boxes and 12 B112 bass per side, 8 GEO S12s per side for outfill and 9 GEO S12s per side for rear fill. 8 STM S118 subs were used left and right with 8 RS18 spread across the center, and 8 PS10-R2s provided front fill. For Joyful Noise, the NEXO layout consisted of 12 STM M46 boxes and B112 bass per side, 12 GEO S12s HL used for outfill, 5 GEO S12s HR for outfill, 16 GEO S12 used for delays – 8 left and 8 right, 16 NEXO STM S118 subs – 8 per side in Cardioid configuration, 18 RS18 ray subs spread across the center in stacks of 3, and 8 PS10-R2 for front fill. The monitor rig for Joyful Noise included 10 PS15-R2 wedges, 2 PS15-R2 and 2 RS18s for side fills, and 2 RS15 used for drum subs. 14 NEXO NUAR racks powered the system.

“Reach Communications rig was my first experience with the NEXO STM, and it was incredible! states Lee Fields, front of house engineer for Lincoln Brewster. The horsepower of this PA is remarkable. From the second I started mixing until the last note, I was blown away by the punch of the LF and smoothness of the HF. This is Seriously the muscle-car of PA’s.”

For Unite NDOP, Reach provided two Yamaha CL5 digital audio consoles, one at front of house and one for monitors and a PM5D-RH for the house band monitors. A Yamaha CL5 was used at FOH and PM5D-RH at monitors for Joyful Noise. Reach also used the new Yamaha QL1 digital audio console for playback and announcements.

Additional audio gear supplied by Reach included Sennheiser 2000 IEM, Shure UHF-R, Shure, Sennheiser, Beyer, AT mics and Radial, Countryman DI’s. Lighting included Vari-Lite VL3000 spot, VL3500 spot, Martin MAC Aura, MAC 101 – Atomic 3000, ChromaQ colorforce 48, Chauvet 230SR Beam, GrandMA2 light. Video consisted of Hitachi HD1000 camera, Ross Carbonite 2ME switcher, Ross Router, AJA KiPro recorders.

For more information on Reach Communications, visit www.reachcomm.net.

For more information on the NEXO STM line array, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Community Provides the Sound for Tokyo’s Most Famous Square

Hachiko Square, sometimes called Hachiko Plaza, is probably the busiest and best-known meeting place in Tokyo. Named in honour of the famous statue of the “Faithful Dog Hachiko,” it is fenced in by a department store, two train stations and the well-known Shibuya pedestrian scramble crossing that is reputed to be the busiest in the world.

The plaza is usually teeming with people, especially during evenings and weekends. It is a prime people-watching spot and a very popular meeting place. Most people, locals and tourists alike, gravitate toward the bronzed Akita Inu statue referred to as Hachi or Hachiko. The original statue was erected in 1934 to honour the dog who met his master, Professor Ueno Hidesaburo, every day at the station after work. When Professor Ueno died in 1925 and did not return, Hachiko continued to wait for him daily for the next nine years, appearing exactly when the train was due. The story continues to be told and the 2.4 million people who use Shibuya Station pass by the bronze dog each day.

As with many of the world’s great cities, such a location provides the perfect advertising opportunity and the professional sound company, Katoya Recording Service, was commissioned to provide sound for a 24.3 x 17.3 meter LED screen, which is mounted on a roof overlooking the intersection.

Mr Katoya, Managing Director of Katoya Recording Service, explained the choice of loudspeakers, “To provide high quality and intelligibility within a defined area at such a distance required high power loudspeakers with exceptional control. We chose two Community R.5-66T’s, with 60×60 degree dispersion for the main area, and an R.5-HPT with 60×40 dispersion to focus on the distant crossroads. They deliver the sound clearly to the areas where the displays are seen, but do not create a noise problem with spillage.”

A Powersoft M30D HDSP+ETH was chosen to drive the Community loudspeakers, for its power, audio quality and the on-board DSP it provides.

With R SERIES’ proven all-weather capabilities, Katoya Recording Service has provided a system with the quality and reliability the application required, and a system that will be heard by countless millions for many years to come.

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Mitsubishi Electric’s Diamond Vision Division Depends on Reliable Lightware Routers for Failure Control of Stadiums’ LED Screens

The Diamond Vision Systems of Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. (MEPPI) has a big picture perspective of what Lightware Visual Engineering’s matrix routers offer the company’s stadium clients from coast to coast. Lightware USA is the US distributor for Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering products.

“Our primary application for Lightware is failover control” for the 15×58-foot LED “hustle boards” at the corners of stadiums, says engineering manager David Corathers. “We’ll put a big switcher on the front end [of our LED screens] with outputs for primary sources. But we also have to be able to patch different sources and need the routers in there for back up.”

Corathers has deployed an array of Lightware routers for the large LED screens at the homes of the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills. “The stadiums are installing new screens and upgrading all their systems,” he explains. “It’s often a case of having to support old and new screens, although Buffalo has all new stuff. We have a Lightware MX8x8DVI-Pro in there; another phase of the upgrade will require another 8×8. We’ve also been using 16x16s and the 4x4s and 4x8s for smaller projects.”

Lightware MX8x4DVI-Pro and MX8x8DVI-Pro is an 8 input 4 output or an 8 input 8 output DVI matrix router, switching all DVI-D resolutions from 640×480 @ 60Hz to 1920 x 1200 including all HDTV resolutions: 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 2048 x1080. All inputs have a unique cable equalization circuit which allows using up to 50 meter cable. All outputs drive 500 mA power on DVI +5V pin to power fiber optical DVI cables.

MX8x4DVI-Pro and MX8x8DVI-Pro contain an Advanced EDID Management system; EDID monitor identification data determines the native pixel resolution and refresh rates for connected computers. The user can emulate any EDID on the switcher’s inputs independently, read out and store any attached monitor’s EDID in 100 internal memory locations, and upload and download EDID files using the Lightware Matrix Control Software.

Corathers says Lightware products score high in reliability, ease of use and cost-effective pricing. “They offer good reliability at a reasonable price. We’re always looking for the best value for our customers, and the Lightware products do just that.”

About Lightware USA

With the flexibility of the Lightware product line, the Lightware USA team is able to assist with the design for some of the highest performance systems in the world. Router sizes ranging in size from the robust UMX4x4-Pro up to the impressive 160×1602 5G give Lightware USA the edge over the competition when it comes to routing multiple video sources to the ever changing variety of displays in the industry. Their array of solutions for extending the highest of resolution video formats including 4K and 3D over Cat or Fiber also set the product line apart from that of other manufacturers.

For more information on these products, visit www.LightwareUSA.com.

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Ocean’s Ten Club Has Great Sound on Miami Beach

Ocean’s Ten is a popular night club and tourist destination in Miami Beach, Florida with indoor and outdoor dining areas, live music and DJs and a great location on the beach front.

Ocean’s Ten is known for its high-quality entertainment with live bands and DJs. Unfortunately, the audio in Ocean’s Ten outdoor dining area wasn’t up to the quality standards of their indoor areas. In addition, the outdoor loudspeakers had deteriorated from continuous exposure to the beach-front, salt-air environment.

Last year, Ocean’s Ten asked James Reed and Michael Callahan of Audio Video Lighting Innovations (AVLI) in Miami to propose a new loudspeaker system that would survive the salt air while providing high-quality audio for its outdoor dining area customers. AVL Innovations had installed the club’s indoor system and understood their commitment to high-quality sound. Reed recommended Community’s WET loudspeakers because he knew they would meet the club’s high standards while surviving the beach-front environment.

Ocean’s Ten new outdoor system consists of six Community W2-2W8 loudspeakers in a distributed array along Ocean’s Ten sidewalk dining area. The W2-2W8s provide full-range, high-quality sound with wide, smooth dispersion and their white color complements the club’s outdoor décor. The new loudspeakers are powered by a Lab Gruppen power amplifier and the system includes a Biamp Nexia DSP for loudspeaker management and system equalization.

Reed says the club is very happy with their new outdoor loudspeaker system and he added, “it sounds fantastic out there!”

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