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Soundsphere® acquired by MSE Audio®

Overland Park, Kansas – MSE Audio, parent company of SoundTube Entertainment, has acquired Soundsphere, a Connecticut-based manufacturer of omnidirectional speakers and speaker systems.

Founded in 1976, Soundsphere is best known for its ceiling-mounted, globe-shaped omnidirectional speakers. These speakers produce a wide, diffuse sound field and are installed in a broad variety of applications including offices, government facilities, warehouses and shopping centers. A wide range of on-ceiling speakers are available along with flush-mount speakers, in-ceiling speakers and speaker systems. All Soundsphere products are made in the USA.

“This acquisition broadens MSE’s commercial speaker solutions, and provides a nice complement to the products offered by SoundTube and MSE’s other lines,” said Duke Ducoff, MSE Audio VP of Sales. “We plan to capitalize on the synergies with these other lines to increase visibility, sales and profitability for Soundsphere.”

The acquisition is effective immediately; former Soundsphere owner Peter Hamilton will remain on-board as a consultant.
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About MSE Audio
MSE Audio companies represent the pinnacle of loudspeaker technology in the premium home theater, audiophile, distributed audio and commercial sound markets. Brands include Induction Dynamics®, SolidDrive®, Phase Technology®, SoundTube Entertainment®, Soundsphere® and Rockustics®; MSE Audio offices are located in Overland Park, Kansas; Park City, Utah; Jacksonville, Florida; Denver, Colorado and Stratford, Connecticut. www.mseaudio.com

SoundTube Surface-Mount System for Speakers Earns Patent

SoundTube SM5xx speakers may be aimed in almost any direction using this patented assembly.

Park City, Utah and Overland Park, KS — MS Electronics, parent company of SoundTube Entertainment, has been awarded Patent # 8582798 for the mounting and aiming system used in SoundTube’s SM500i-II and related SM5xx-II series speakers.

The patented mounting and adjustment mechanism combines two separate mechanical systems to achieve a versatile and easy to use speaker aiming feature. The first system is a simple rotation axis that allows the speaker to be adjusted up or down, as would be achieved with a standard U-bracket. The second system provides rotation of the speaker around the main mounting shaft, allowing the first axis to be rotated to any angle. The blending of these two mechanisms results in a solid and secure mounting mechanism which offers nearly unlimited options in aiming the speaker. The aiming versatility is achieved with simple adjustments that can be made by hand, without the use of any tools.

The key to the design is a spring-loaded spline in the second rotation system. “A spline is typically used in the drive train on cars and trucks and is a very strong mechanism when it comes to transferring rotational power or torque,” said David Staley, MSE Audio VP of Engineering & Operations, and a principal designer of the system. “In this case we are using the spline to resist rotation, as this ensures that the speaker will stay aimed in the intended direction. The spring mounted feature allows the user to gently pull the speaker away from the wall, disengaging the spline teeth and allowing the speaker to be rotated in the desired direction. When the speaker is released, the spring pulls it back in to place, engaging the spline teeth and locking it in place. This enables the user to easily aim the speaker in almost any direction, without the use of tools.”

The patented mounting system is currently used on four models: SM500i-II; SM590i-II; SM500i-II-WX and SM590i-II-WX. The –WX versions of the speakers feature a hydrophobic material behind the grille that resists water, making those models useful for “extreme weather” applications.

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About SoundTube Entertainment
SoundTube Entertainment, based in Park City, Utah USA, develops, manufactures and markets loudspeakers for installed sound. Our broad range of products includes RSi and RS-EZ open-ceiling, CMi, CM-BGM and CM-EZ in-ceiling, SMi surface-mount, XT outdoor, HPi high-power, FP sound-focusing, LA columnar line array and IP-addressable speaker models along with the WLL wireless delivery system, SolidDrive surface-direct and Rockustics speaker brands. SoundTube products are installed in many of the world’s best-known commercial operations. SoundTube is part of MSE Audio®, Overland Park Kansas USA. www.soundtube.com / www.mseaudio.com

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Dan Dugan Unveils E-3 Automatic Mixing Controller

The Dugan Model E-3 provides seamless automatic microphone mixing.

San Francisco, California — Dan Dugan Sound Design has introduced the Dugan Model E-3 Automatic Mixing Controller. The Model E-3 replaces the Model D-3 as Dugan’s top-of-the-line 8-channel automatic mixing controller with AES digital I/O. Through its interface with Dugan’s Model CP-2 control panel, the Model E-3 provides all the functions of the Model D-3 including the Dugan Speech System, the Dugan Music System, Dugan Gain Limiting and three automixing groups in a smaller and more economical box.

“The Model D-3 was our most versatile controller, but in the past few years advances in technology have made it possible to deliver lower latency, a smaller size and a lower price for the same capabilities,” said Dan Dugan. “We are passing these improvements on to our customers.”

AES3 Audio connections are made through a DB-25 connector; readily available cable squids can be used where XLR connectors are desired. I/O may also be switched to ADAT optical connectors, as in Dugan’s other E-series controllers. The E-3 can be operated from the Dugan Control Panel for Java (included in the purchase price), the Model CP-2 physical control panel (optional; two rack unit height) or the mute and bypass buttons on the E-3’s front panel. To make larger systems, the Model E-3 links with all other digital Dugans, including the Models D-2, D-3, E, E-1 and Dugan-MY16. Rack mounting accessories are included to mount a single unit, and two units may be mounted side by side in a single rack space.

Dan Dugan Sound Design automatic mic mixing products eliminate cueing errors, reduce feedback and ambient noise pickup, allow for smooth transitions between talkers, provide consistent system gain no matter how many mics are open, have the ability of handling up to 64 live microphones, and can be remotely controlled.

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About Dan Dugan Sound Design:
Dan Dugan, the inventor of the automatic microphone mixer, has been actively involved in the audio industry since the 1960’s. The DUGAN SPEECH SYSTEM, DUGAN MUSIC SYSTEM, and DUGAN GAIN LIMITING have formed the basis of the best automatic microphone mixing and mixing controller systems available. Dugan mixers are essential components of network television talk shows, public affairs programs, houses of worship, courtrooms, and staged events. www.dandugan.com

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SoundTube Announces Annual Rep Award Recipients

SoundTube Entertainment has announced the company’s Representative of the Year for 2010 along with other rep awards. The announcement was made in a ceremony held in Orlando prior to the InfoComm show.

Online CRM, the Michigan affiliate of Online Marketing, was named Representative of the Year. “Online CRM principals Glen Cordial and John Riley are legendary in their territory for customer service and product knowledge,? said Duke Ducoff, MSE Audio VP of Sales. “Their tireless efforts through the year led to consistently high sales and customer satisfaction.?

The award for Most Improved Territory was presented to Cowser-Lee Marketing, SoundTube’s representative in the Southwest USA; the Grand Slam award, given to rep firms who met or exceeded their quota every quarter, went to two companies, Online CRM and Warren Associates. “The awards given to these three companies are significant because they recognize consistent sales performance in an economy that more

SoundTube Appoints New Regional Sales Managers

Park City, Utah — SoundTube Entertainment has announced the appointment of Jill Levine and James McManus to regional sales management positions.

Jill Levine will manage sales in the Northeastern United States, areas that are covered by SoundTube’s rep firms Online Marketing, Online CRM, Seymour Marketing, Reflex Marketing LLC and FM Valenti Inc. Ms. Levine has been with SoundTube since 1999. She started as an office assistant and within three months was promoted to customer service. For the past several years, Ms. Levine has managed inside sales at the company. She holds a BS degree from Boston University.

James McManus transitions to SoundTube from MSE Audio Group’s residential sales team. Mr. McManus joined MSE in 2007 as inside sales manager for the SolidDrive line; he was later promoted to regional sales manager and has handled sales in six territories and 20 states. Mr. McManus has an extensive background in more

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Alcorn McBride Named to Inc 5000 List

Orlando, Florida — Alcorn McBride Inc., a leading manufacturer of audio, video, lighting and show control equipment for the themed entertainment, broadcast and AV industries announced that the company was named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America. This is the second time Alcorn McBride has been placed on the list. more

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Alcorn McBride LightingPad™ App Now Available

Alcorn McBride Lighting Pad app

Alcorn McBride has announced the release of its newest App – LightingPad™. LightingPad is designed for controlling lighting for small shows or for installing and testing lighting systems. It can also be used to program Alcorn McBride’s LightCuePro™. Users may connect any Art-Net compatible DMX device to a wireless network to create a hand-held lighting console. more

SoundTube Announces Annual Representative Award Recipients

SoundTube Rep of the Year presentation

Mike Wuellner of Online Marketing accepts the SoundTube Rep of the Year award from MSE Vice President of Sales Duke Ducoff.

SoundTube Entertainment, the leading manufacturer of high-performance commercial speaker systems, announced the recipients of its 2009 Manufacturer’s Representative Awards at a reception held at the 2010 InfoComm show.

Online Marketing was named SoundTube’s Representative of the Year. The company, which serves AV integration, commercial installation, pro audio and MI retail industries in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, was presented the award for outstanding performance and consistently high sales. “It takes more than just sales to earn Rep of the Year,? said Duke Ducoff, VP of Sales, MSE Audio Group. “Online Marketing went the extra mile by cultivating solid relationships with dealers and consultants making SoundTube the speaker line of choice in their territory.? more

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SoundTube Names International Distributor of the Year

MSE VP of Sales Duke Ducoff presents award to Hussam Al Haddad of Ateïs Middle East.

SoundTube Entertainment, the leading manufacturer of high-performance commercial speaker systems, has awarded Ateïs Middle East with its prestigious International Distributor of the Year award for 2009. The award was presented at the PALME (Pro Audio & Light Middle East) show in Dubai in April 2010. more

Alcorn McBride Develops iPhone / iPad App for Show Controllers

Alcorn McBride UDP Remote

An iPhone / iPad application for remotely interfacing with Alcorn McBride’s Pro line of show controllers.

Orlando, Florida – Alcorn McBride Inc. (InfoComm booth C5674) has announced the release of its new iPhone/iPad interface application – UDP Remote – for use with the company’s Pro line of Show Controllers. The new app allows users to create on-screen buttons to start sequences, turn on/off an output or set a variable. more

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