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K&S Electronics Updates Courthouse Audio With Astatic Mics

When the Hillsborough North Superior Court in Manchester, New Hampshire underwent reconstruction and modernization, they brought in K&S Electronics of Craftsbury, Vermont to upgrade their sound system.

According to K&S President Ken Atherton, “The system had to provide audio for media and function effectively as a PA system. Because we support the FTR (ForTheRecord) digital recording format, our challenge was finding microphones that would provide audio for live reinforcement and recording verbatim testimony in courtrooms with digital-ready audio quality and minimal background noise.

“A while back, we had used 905R Astatic mics for court service windows in Maine.” Atherton continues, “and were impressed with their signal-to-noise performance and vocal clarity. Based on that, we chose Astatic 915B and 920B goosenecks for six courtrooms in the Hillsborough project because they also have impressive signal-to-noise performance and outperformed more expensive microphones.

“We also installed the Astatic 905R at the witness stands because their short length, tight pickup pattern and outstanding sensitivity at picking up soft-spoken witnesses allowed them to be mounted at a greater distance, which also provided a larger work surface. The mics also have a minimal visual impact because of the miniature gooseneck design.

“For the attorneys, we chose Astatic 40-117 microphone stands, which we use in virtually all installations. The muting function is essential for attorney-client privacy and the stand also lends itself well as a platform for modifications. We typically mount either a jack, for wired hearing assistance, or switches that can be wired for sound system-muting applications.”

The rest of the system upgrade included Shure SCM810 8-channel mic mixers, TOA A-912MK2 amplifiers, and Electro-Voice loudspeakers. Atherton also points out that the Shure mixers’ noise gating function teamed effectively with Astatic mics to further increase the gain-before-feedback.

Summing up, Ken explains “We’ve found that the price point of Astatic microphones make them an excellent choice in today’s economy without any compromises in quality. Comparing them with other brands, we’ve found they perform as well as brands that cost three times as much. And for Hillsborough, their performance was definitely up to the recording quality of the FTR system. They are quiet, natural-sounding microphones, which makes them an ideal choice for courtroom applications.”

For more information about CAD Audio and Astatic Commercial, please call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com.

Martin Audio OmniLine Transforms Sound For United Church of Christ

Middletown, MD––When the United Church of Christ was damaged by fire, they took advantage of the situation and called in Audio-Video Group of Frederick, Maryland to redesign and upgrade their sound system as part of the renovation.

Fortunately, the church sanctuary hadn’t been too badly damaged, with the chancel and the area above it requiring the repairs that mostly involved new wiring. Asked about the challenges of installing the new sound system, Audio-Video Group’s President Eric Johnson says, “The church specified that no acoustical treatment was to be added, and since it was an acoustically challenging space because of the surrounding balcony and hard plaster ceiling and walls, the excessive reverberation was surely going to hamper intelligibility. The new system had to be designed around, and to directly combat this issue.”

“The previous sound system was built into the ceiling and the coverage was not that great. When they saw this opportunity to undertake a new sound system that would provide better coverage, speech and music reproduction, they pounced on it.”

Having a client used to speakers that were hidden from view and therefore wary of any audio system hanging from the ceiling into the sanctuary was also challenging. As Audio-Video Group’s Chief Engineer Stephen Bon explains, “Martin Audio’s OmniLine system was our first choice simply in terms of its minimal footprint and aesthetic appeal, which were very important to the Church.

“It also provided the solution to cover the main level seating under and out from the balcony and the balcony itself with full range sound,” adds Bon. “So the coverage pattern with a small, visually unobtrusive speaker was a key factor in choosing OmniLine. We’d used the system in the past and knew it was ideally suited for this project.”

The installed system consists of a single hang from the ceiling with 8 OmniLine enclosures and a Martin Audio AQ212 sub above the hang in the enclosure covered with a grille cloth opening that originally housed the audio system.

Audio-Video Group redid 90% of the audio system with new digital signal processing, amplification, speakers and additional wireless. The audio was converted from predominantly a speech, manual mixer only system to more of a performance-based combination automatic/manual setup.

System components included a Biamp Audia Flex DSP (14-In x 10-Out) for auto-mixing speech mics and all signal processing; a Lab Gruppen C28.4 four-channel amplifier; Biamp MCA-8050 eight-channel amplifier; four Shure ULX-series wireless systems and a Marantz PMD580 solid-state recorder.

Asked about the new system, Johnson points out, “The audio quality is as different as night and day. There’s a drastic difference in terms of intelligibility with smooth, even coverage even from the balcony down through the main seating area in the sanctuary.

“Now it works well for speech and music,” adds Bon. “The Church has moved into a more contemporary music program with acoustic instruments and the musical reproduction is fantastic for both. They wanted full fidelity and even coverage up to moderate levels, and that’s exactly what they have.”

The United Church of Christ’s sound operator Paul Fink is also enthusiastic about the change: “OmniLine speakers are an incredible improvement over the old system. The ability to place them in the active space and aim the sound output directly to the congregation while reducing the bounce effects has made the biggest difference. As to the quality of sound from the speakers, there is no real comparison to the old system. I have occasionally driven them to the limits of my hearing with no sound degradation at all.”

Describing the overall impact of the Church’s new audio system, Johnson concludes, “Intelligibility is the predominant characteristic of the OmniLine system. Looking at the entire congregation from the youngest to the oldest member, we were concerned that everyone would be able to understand the spoken word and OmniLine passed with flying colors.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

CAD Debuts UHF WX100 Installation-Grade Wireless System

CAD Audio/Astatic UHF WX100 Wireless System

Las Vegas, NV––Introduced at InfoComm 2012, the new UHF WX100 Wireless Series from CAD Audio/Astatic provides the A/V installer with simple and intuitive form factors, reliable high performance wireless connectivity and exceptional audio bandwidth.

The WX100 was designed using the latest wireless technologies and industry-leading diversity performance to ensure the highest standards in connectivity in congested RF environments.

In addition to superior connectivity, the WX100 features a familiar and intuitive control scheme that allows easy, problem-free operation by casual non-professional users. The WX100 transmitters’ simple form factors make it easy to identify various features, operate on/off switches, change and recharge batteries.

These designs along with an array of useful accessories make the WX100 a perfect solution for A/V suites, flexible meeting spaces or any situation that requires easy to use, certain-connectivity wireless that doesn’t require a long learning curve.

Basic system components include the WX160 gooseneck desk stand transmitter and WX100 receiver, the handheld WX150 microphone and the WX155 body pack which can be used with the CAD 301 cardioid lavalier mic or CAD 302 headworn microphone for additional flexibility. The WX100 is supplied with a joining plate and rack ears for easy installation.

Key accessories for the WX100 system include Ground Plane and Paddle Antennas, an Antenna Distribution System and battery charging solutions for all transmitters.

For more information about CAD Audio, please stop by Booth #C10149 at InfoComm 2012, call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com.

Martin Audio Introduces MLA Compact™ For Installed Sound

Las Vegas, NV––Introduced at InfoComm 2012, the new MLA Compact™ makes Martin Audio’s award winning* Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) technology available to a wide range of installed sound applications.

Incorporating the same principles that allowed MLA to break new ground on the international touring circuit, the self-powered and processed MLA Compact takes advanced cellular control to permanent installations such as Theaters, Concert Halls, Ballrooms and Houses of Worship where a smaller, lighter system takes precedence over the full power and throw of the flagship MLA.

The new system’s compact size (each enclosure measures only 31” wide x 11” high x 19.6” deep and weighs 109 lbs.) belies its output capabilities—a 12-box array can easily deliver full rock SPLs in a 5,000 seat venue, while a 24-box array will approach the output of many “full-size” systems which have less efficient acoustic elements.

MLA Compact’s fully integrated system brings together the latest technologies in acoustic design, Class D amplification, DSP and industry-leading optimization software—with communications and control via an easy-to-use audio network. Combining with fast, automated Display 2.1™ intelligent software it delivers a dramatically increased level of performance and coverage consistency over traditional line arrays.

Since no external amplifier racks are required, the integration of power and control also represents huge trucking advantages as well as valuable space and cost saving.

Asked about the new system, Martin Audio North American Director of Sales Rob Hofkamp stated, “MLA Compact is ideally suited for fixed installations. Its light weight, scalability and competitive pricing, coupled with the power and seamless coverage of MLA technology, make it a winner right out of the box.”

For more about Martin Audio, please stop by Demo Room N112 at InfoComm 2012 or click to www.martin-audio.com.

(*) PLASA Gold Award for Innovation; MusikMesse International Press Award; Parnelli Indispensable Technology Award; PSW/LSI Reader’s Choice Award.

About MLA Compact
System Architecture: Loudspeakers
The 3-way MLA Compact delivers power, clarity and detail, with a peak output capability of 135dB LF, 135dB midrange and 135dB HF, per box at 1 meter. MLA Compact’s LF section utilizes 2 × 10”/2.5″ voice coil, neodymium drive units in a unique Hybrid® configuration. Each driver is slot-loaded into a truncated horn with a low flare rate, to give a high sensitivity of 103dB @ 1m/2.83V.

MLA Compact has separate, mid and HF horns with horizontal constant directivity characteristics—so the horizontal off-axis response tracks the on-axis response exactly. The mid horn utilizes 2 × 5″/1.5″ voice coil neodymium drivers to produce 109dB @ 1m/2.83V, while the 5″ cone/0.7″ compression driver combination replaces the more traditionally used large format compression driver and has less distortion, as well as having a much more extended HF response.

The HF section utilizes 4 × 0.7″ exit neodymium compression drivers which feed separate horns for true 100° horizontal constant directivity. In the vertical plane, MLA Compact makes significant advances over previous thinking by adopting new criteria for vertical wavefront curvature.

DSX Subwoofer/DSX-F Sub
With high output level, compact size and advanced DSP-based realization of directional arrays, the DSX more than meets the challenge of a powerful subwoofer.

Capable of 146dB peak output at 1m (half space, measured), the DSX powered and networked subwoofer is an incredible performer. Its high output level is achieved by combining state-of-the-art LF driver technology with an onboard Class D amplifier module that can deliver 6kW peak power.

The DSX features 2 × 18″/4″ voice coil, ferrite drivers in a reflex-loaded enclosure with four flared ports, carefully designed to improve linear airflow. Each driver is housed in its own separate chamber to move any cabinet resonances out of band. Sonically, the DSX is a perfect balance of low frequency extension and punch.

A flying version, the DSX-F Sub, can be flown alongside or at the top of MLA Compact arrays, as well as being ground stacked. A maximum of 15 DSX-F can be suspended from the MLA flying frame and symmetrical rigging allows flown DSX-F cabinets to face backwards — enabling directional flown as well as directional ground stacked arrays to be configured.

The ground-stack DSX can be upgraded to the DSX–F by the addition of an easy-to-fit accessory kit.

System Architecture: Control
Each MLA Compact enclosure is fitted with a state-of-the-art five-channel amplifier module — with high-efficiency Class D circuitry delivering a total of 2.1kW continuous and 4.2kW peak output. One channel powers both LF drivers in parallel and two channels drive each mid independently. For the HF section, two channels drive the four HF drivers in parallel pairs, making a total of five independently powered acoustic cells per enclosure. Lightweight, switched-mode power supplies, auto-range to global mains voltages from 100 to 240V 50/60Hz, whilst Power Factor Correction smoothes out the mains current draw over the whole of the AC waveform. The amplifier section is designed to withstand rain and ambient temperatures of up to 45°C and features advanced protection ─ amplifier monitoring via U-NET includes input signal, output signal at the drive unit terminals, limiter status, heatsink temperatures and driver fault conditions.

Powerful onboard DSP performs all crossover and EQ functions via a combination of IIR and advanced FIR filtering — fast VanishingPoint™ FIR filters give the freedom to physically separate the mid and HF horns — so they do not compromise each other’s constant directivity dispersion pattern, yet achieve the spatial performance of a single device.

Arrays can be remotely controlled over U-NET from the supplied wireless tablet running VU-NET™ control software with its intuitive graphical interface. VU-NET also enables the user to switch on enclosure identification LEDs with automatic identification of neighboring enclosures and connectivity confirmation.

MLA Compact’s rigging system combines speed with precision. Up to 24 enclosures can be suspended via its two-point-lift flybar, and the same hardware can also be used for single point lifting of up to 12 cabinets, as well as ground stacking up to 6 high.

For more about Martin Audio, please stop by Demo Room N112 at InfoComm 2012 or click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

MLA Compact Debuts With Chris Rea

The first UK rental company to purchase Martin Audio’s MLA (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array), RG Jones Sound Engineering was also the first to debut the scaled down version of this groundbreaking technology with the new MLA Compact.

“I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the new system,” admits Simon Honywill, who seized the opportunity to mix Chris Rea’s sound through the MLA Compact on the closing dates of the recent European and UK tour.

Honywill, largely responsible for driving RG Jones’ investment in the MLA platform, instigated a seamless PA switch, ably assisted by system engineer Mark Edwards in time for the last two tour dates—at the Pavilions in his home town of Plymouth, and HMV Apollo Hammersmith, where the system had been formally launched a few months ago.

While the system performed admirably in Plymouth, Honywill and Edwards, along with Martin Audio’s R&D Director, Jason Baird, repurposed the system for the larger Hammersmith show where Simon Honywill described the impact as “unbelievable”.

He reported that the vocal clarity had been incredible, even at high levels, and the separation of the drums and cymbals, even in excess of 106dBA had to be heard to be believed. “The drum sound was massive,” he said, “very dynamic and very exciting.

“When you wind the system up, it just gets louder, but nothing changes in the character of the sound, which is beautiful.”

While the optimization at Hammersmith was nothing unusual, with the balcony being notched out in the software to remove unwanted reflections, Simon Honywill explained: “Mark and Jason worked on the EQ curve and played with the sub alignment so that the system was everything I had hoped it would be.”

“In Plymouth we used a broadside array of 12 DSX subs in four cardioid cells under the stage apron, but this isn’t possible in Hammersmith so we went for a left/right cardioid stack of six subs a side and tweaked the crossover between the subs and the MLA Compact to get a really rich, smooth low end with real punch.”

Deploying a ground stack of four Martin Audio W8LM Mini Arrays under the two main PA hangs of 12 MLA Compact enclosures, they were able to draw down the image at the front while substantially decreasing the physical profile of the stacked system.

“In the past the ground stacks have looked a little imposing with the subs and W8LC, but the ability of the system to generate seamless coverage from wherever you tell it to start and finish allowed us to get the energy we wanted into both downstairs and upstairs––the groundstacks are just to keep the sonic image down on stage for those at the front,” says Honywill.

“The system produced a fantastic impact but the overriding feeling from the production team was that the compactness of the package also offered huge benefits.” And this spelled good news for production manager, Pat Baker.

Rea’s tour inventory is traditionally geared to fit one truck, which places enormous pressure on the truck pack. “Every night it is stacked to the roof with all the equipment,” Honywill explains “But the appeal of a self-powered system, without separate processing and amplification, was pretty exciting.”

Having piloted Chris Rea shows for the last 15 years, Simon Honywill has historically used Martin Audio systems to reinforce the artist’s sound––generally 16 x W8LC Compact Line Arrays per side and 16 WLX subs; but for the ensemble of six musicians (including second guitar, two keyboards and drums) this time around, they knew they had considerably raised the sonic bar. Simon’s overall verdict? “MLA is vastly superior to anything on the market and this system provides a great neutral platform to mix on.

“Although RG Jones has bought the big system, which was a no-brainer considering the profile of the company’s expanding client base, the MLA Compact has to be a serious proposition. It’s brilliantly conceived and brilliantly delivered—a completely revolutionary product and other manufacturers should be asking themselves how they are going to counter that.”

Meanwhile, RG Jones’ full-sized, and multiple award-winning MLA will make its debut on the Sainsbury’s UK 2012 School Games Closing Ceremony at London Olympic Park’s Basketball Arena on May 9.

Pic: Chris Rea onstage, with the MLA Compact

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About MLA™ (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array)
The result of many years of intensive R&D, MLA’s methodology replaces trial-and-error array design with intelligent numerical optimization of the array’s output based on a highly accurate acoustic model. The multi-cellular format has six individual cells in each enclosure, each with its own DSP and amplification.

With up to 24 enclosures, each MLA array has up to 144 cells — too great a number to optimize manually, or by ear. Instead, Martin Audio’s proprietary Display2™ system design software automatically calculates FIR DSP filters for each cell and a redundant-ring audio network (U-NET™) downloads the settings into each array enclosure. Martin Audio’s VU-NET™ software provides real-time control and monitoring of the system.

MLA delivers a frequency response and SPL consistency never before achievable; a very high system output (140dB peak, per cabinet @1m); Automatic optimization of the array, both physically (splay angles) and electronically (DSP); Computer control and monitoring of the entire system, and total control of sound system balance for engineers and sound technicians.

MLA is fully integrated, with Class D amplification, DSP and U-NET digital audio
network built into each enclosure. MLA complete systems are ready-to-use, with MLA, MLD and MLX enclosures, flying hardware, software, cabling and training all supplied. Everything needed is included. All ancillary items — from tablet PC and Merlin™ controller to network interconnects and mains distro — are also included in the complete system package. This ensures full compatibility worldwide, down to cabling and accessories.

Additional features include 90° x 7.5° dispersion; a compact size (1136mm wide x 372mm high x 675mm deep), one-box-fits-all (festivals to theaters) application range and a global voltage, power factor corrected power supply.

MLA’s compact size and very high output allows it to be shipped using smaller trucks, offering considerable savings and reduced carbon footprint. The system also includes the MLX powered, flyable subwoofer capable of an unprecedented measured peak output of 150dB @ 1m; MLD downfill cabinet, and Merlin 4-in/10-out system controller and network hub. Audio input is via analog, AES3 or U-NET.

By adopting these principles and system components MLA is optimized for every member of the audience — from a 2,000 capacity theater, to a 20,000-seat arena, to a 100,000-person festival site. It will deliver the engineer’s exact mix to every seat (up to over 150 meters) with precision, exceptional power and clarity.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

1 Volt Associates Wins Middle Atlantic Security Rep of the Year Award

Photo caption (left to right) Bill Poling and Rob Atkins (Middle Atlantic); Scott Robitzer, Pete Peek and Brian Cain (1 Volt Associates); Dan Tarkoff (Middle Atlantic)

Fairfield, NJ—Middle Atlantic Products presented 1 Volt Associates with the Security Sales Representative of the Year Award at a sales meeting prior to ISC West 2012 in Las Vegas.

Commenting on the award, Middle Atlantic Regional Sales Director Bill Poling said, “1 Volt embraced our ViewPoint™ technical furniture line early on, marketed it aggressively and got the consoles spec’d into a number of jobs over the course of the year where it really made a difference in terms of our sales.”

1 Volt’s sales territory includes the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.

Photo caption (left to right) Bill Poling and Rob Atkins (Middle Atlantic); Scott Robitzer, Pete Peek and Brian Cain (1 Volt Associates); Dan Tarkoff (Middle Atlantic).

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Martin Audio MLA System Gathers Momentum At Frankfurt

Martin Audio Managing Director opens proceedings in Frankfurt

––New Sales Announced For MLA And Newly Introduced MLA Compact––

Martin Audio used Prolight+Sound in Germany to launch its new MLA Compact Multi-cellular loudspeaker array—introducing Stockholm-based DM Audio as the first customer worldwide. But by the end of the expo, they were celebrating sales of the original MLA platform to two UK rental companies as the High Wycombe company reported taking orders in excess of £1.9 million.

RG Jones, which numbers the Glastonbury Festival among many high profile accounts, invested in a System 36 (24 x MLA top boxes and 12 MLX subs) following successful trials at the Royal Albert Hall (Classical Spectacular) and Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds.

The company placed the order on the opening day of Frankfurt and joint managing director Andrew Williamson said, “We needed a large format system and this will be our first self-powered rig. It provides an excellent truck-pack solution because you don’t need to deploy a lot of amp racks, and the degree of control it offers is a major plus point.”

Knutsford-based rental company VME, specialists in servicing the entertainment, touring, corporate and broadcast industries also placed an order for a System 30 MLA. Their director, Dion Davie, said, “MLA is the direction we shall be taking as it represents the future of audio.”

Philippines-based JB Music & Sports also finalized an order, confirming the purchase of the country’s first MLA system consisting of a System 36 MLA and System 24 of the newly launched MLA Compact. “We are confident that when potential customers understand the unique abilities of this revolutionary multi-cellular system, they will be won over,” said Jerico Salonga Fernando, VP Sales & Operations.

On the opening day Martin Audio managing director Anthony Taylor had addressed a packed stand of media and distributors, explaining the impact the groundbreaking new MLA technology was now having, on the back of huge growth in 2011. “We threw a pebble in the water and watched the ripples rapidly expand,” he said.

By the end of the show the ripples were threatening to become tidal as Martin Audio celebrated its most successful trade show ever.

Photo captions: 1. Martin Audio Director of Sales, Simon Bull, addresses a packed press conference in Frankfurt. 2. Managing Director Anthony Taylor opens proceedings. 3. R&D Director Jason Baird explains the MLA concept

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About MLA™ (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array)
The result of many years of intensive R&D, MLA’s methodology replaces trial-and-error array design with intelligent numerical optimization of the array’s output based on a highly accurate acoustic model. The multi-cellular format has six individual cells in each enclosure, each with its own DSP and amplification.

With up to 24 enclosures, each MLA array has up to 144 cells — too great a number to optimize manually, or by ear. Instead, Martin Audio’s proprietary Display2™ system design software automatically calculates FIR DSP filters for each cell and a redundant-ring audio network (U-NET™) downloads the settings into each array enclosure. Martin Audio’s VU-NET™ software provides real-time control and monitoring of the system.

MLA delivers a frequency response and SPL consistency never before achievable; a very high system output (140dB peak, per cabinet @1m); Automatic optimization of the array, both physically (splay angles) and electronically (DSP); Computer control and monitoring of the entire system, and total control of sound system balance for engineers and sound technicians.

MLA is fully integrated, with Class D amplification, DSP and U-NET digital audio
network built into each enclosure. MLA complete systems are ready-to-use, with MLA, MLD and MLX enclosures, flying hardware, software, cabling and training all supplied. Everything needed is included. All ancillary items — from tablet PC and Merlin™ controller to network interconnects and mains distro — are also included in the complete system package. This ensures full compatibility worldwide, down to cabling and accessories.

Additional features include 90° x 7.5° dispersion; a compact size (1136mm wide x 372mm high x 675mm deep), one-box-fits-all (festivals to theaters) application range and a global voltage, power factor corrected power supply.

MLA’s compact size and very high output allows it to be shipped using smaller trucks, offering considerable savings and reduced carbon footprint. The system also includes the MLX powered, flyable subwoofer capable of an unprecedented measured peak output of 150dB @ 1m; MLD downfill cabinet, and Merlin 4-in/10-out system controller and network hub. Audio input is via analog, AES3 or U-NET.

By adopting these principles and system components MLA is optimized for every member of the audience — from a 2,000 capacity theater, to a 20,000-seat arena, to a 100,000-person festival site. It will deliver the engineer’s exact mix to every seat (up to over 150 meters) with precision, exceptional power and clarity.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Middle Atlantic Debuts Quiet, Powerful Thermal Management Options

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products is introducing two new quiet, powerful options for effective thermal management of heat-producing equipment and the smaller spaces they occupy.

Built to remove heat from credenzas, lecterns and entertainment centers, the new 50 CFM Cabinet Cooler is the first blower-style option available to the market that provides a free air rating as high as 50 CFM. It incorporates intelligent proportional speed control which runs the blower only when necessary.

Designed to pull hot air up out of a component and direct it where desired, the new 50 CFM Component Cooler removes heat from system components on open shelving or in racks. It is now available in a Stand-Alone version to directly cool a single component, as well as a Platform model that is ideal for cooling multiple stacked components.

Both the Cabinet Cooler and Component Cooler maintain quiet operation, emitting a maximum of 29 decibels, while providing high static pressure to overcome airflow restrictions.

For technical specifications and in-depth information please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Releases Designer™ Version 4.0

Free 3D Design Program Features New Layout Capabilities

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products has updated its Designer™ 3D layout and specification software to include new product groups, enabling more complete room configurations. In addition to consoles and video walls, Designer can now facilitate the placement of MRK Series racks and C5 Series Credenza Racks in room layouts, giving a more fully furnished visualization of a potential installed system.

With over 8,000 users, Designer software has quickly become an ideal solution for specifiers and installers to easily design a 3D room layout. The free program, available for download on Middle Atlantic’s website, produces full color room layouts with guidance for optimal furniture placement via its built-in line of sight tool. Designs can be exported to CAD and include retail price quotes to assist with the system specification process.

“Designer Software was developed to take the guesswork out of room layouts and has been helping security professionals choose the right consoles and video walls for their applications,” said Michael Cukrow, Technical Marketing Manager. “With this new update we’re able to improve on its core functionality by offering racks and credenzas, which are critical components requested by many users.”

For technical specifications and in-depth information please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

New VisionFrame™ Mounts Offer Added Flexibility, Usability and Save Space

Fairfield, NJ––The new VisionFrame Vertical Multi-Mount Panel and Vertical Panel Mount are designed to provide additional flexibility and enhanced usability for the popular Middle Atlantic VisionFrame Video Monitor Mounting Wall while saving rack space in a variety of environments including control rooms, digital signage and surveillance.

The VisionFrame Vertical Multi-Mount Panel allows users to quickly and easily mount HDMI extenders, video switchers and other small components to the back of monitor walls. The panel saves space in local racks and allows easy access for servicing and cabling changes.

Designed to save rack space, the new VisionFrame Vertical Panel Mount allows fast, easy installation of components such as UPS, Codecs, power supplies and other rackmount equipment to the back of monitor walls without adding to the depth of wall systems.

A fixture in control rooms around the country, the VisionFrame Video Monitor Wall system provides heavy-duty structural support for monitors in both free standing and desk mount configurations. Featuring a simple, effective design to save valuable installation time for integrators, VisionFrame can be quickly and easily specified with Middle Atlantic’s Designer™ 3D Layout software.

VisionFrame systems optimize viewing of larger and multiple screens simultaneously in security and other monitoring environments and are also well suited for applications such as digital signage for information sharing, advertising and visual communications.

For technical specifications and in-depth information about the VisionFrame Video Mounting Wall System and Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

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