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MASQUE SOUND MAKES THE GRADE WITH CUSTOM AUDIO EQUIPMENT UPGRADE FOR AUDITORIUM AT NEW YORK CITY’S MS-223

Turnkey Sound System Provides Flexibility for The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology

BRONX, NY, October 2, 2012—As students arrived for their first day of the new school year at MS-223, also known as The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology, in the South Bronx, they were greeted by the site of the school’s newly upgraded auditorium. During the summer, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, completed the auditorium overhaul and installed new audio equipment for the nationally recognized school of excellence.

Contracted by Yorke Construction and working with acoustical design firm Akustiks, LLC, the team at Masque Sound provided a much needed upgrade to the old audio equipment in the aging auditorium. “Most of the existing AV gear in the auditorium was 10-15 years old and in bad shape,” says Matt Peskie, project manager, Masque Sound. “Certain aspects of the old system were broken and not properly maintained, or required a skilled operator who knew how to operate the equipment.”

Akustiks, LLC wanted to make sure the new system was simple to use, offering a turnkey experience for users, so they designed a Crestron TPMC-9 tilt touch screen as the core of the system. The Crestron touch screen features a generous 9-inch widescreen display and offers an easy-to-use interface for controlling all of the technology in the newly renovated auditorium.

Masque Sound installed an array of EAW speakers, a Panasonic PT-DZ6700UL projector, a Da-Lite Tensioned Large Cosmopolitan Electrol Screen, Listen Technologies transmitters and receivers, Audix microphones, a Clear-Com PS-702 intercom and all associated accessories.

“As soon as this project came up, we knew that we wanted Masque Sound to be involved in the installation of the AV system,” says Jordan Lytle, AV design consultant, Akustiks, LLC. “With a tight budget and short installation period, I knew that they would be able to efficiently manage and coordinate the installation. Masque Sound brought the highest quality products to this project – providing the kids with a great sounding system that is sure to last for ages to come.”

In addition to the audio upgrades, the MS-223 auditorium went through some significant cosmetic changes. Reflective tiles were taken down from the room’s back wall and replaced with sound-absorbent material, including some large fabric drapes. The auditorium received a complete paint job and some of the existing lighting was changed out. New scenery was brought in and the rigging grid was completely overhauled as well.

“This was a special project for a special school,” adds Peskie. “We wanted to make sure that we provided MS-223, a model of exemplary teaching and learning, with the technology to allow its students to explore their creative and artistic sides to the fullest. The auditorium went from an old, aging room to a great sound stage and was completed just in time for the new school year, which is a credit to all of the contractors involved.”

Located on the corner of 145th St. and 3rd Ave., MS-223 opened in September 2003. Since then, it has grown into one of the most popular and well-known middle schools in the entire Bronx.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies” and “Once” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

For further information contact:
Kayla O’Brien
D. Pagan Communications, Inc.
631-659-2309, ext. 26
kaylao@dpagan.com
www.dpagan.com

Stephanie Hansen
General Manager
Masque Sound & Recording
201-939-8666
StephanieHansen@masquesound.com
www.masquesound.com

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Autoscript Teleprompters and Software Drafted By the New York Yankees for Game-Winning Big-Screen Video Clips

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 1, 2012—To help keep players and coaching staff on cue for their big-screen video clips this season, the New York Yankees recruited teleprompting solutions from Autoscript, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, and a world-leading teleprompting company. Autoscript LED8TFT-M portable teleprompters and +WinPlus Studio+ software help the team deliver game-winning entertainment to spectators in the stands.

Autoscript’s eight-inch LED8TFT, selected to join the Yankees during spring training, is ideal for portable prompting applications. Along with the LED8TFT, the production setup includes Sony cameras, tripods from Sachtler and Vinten as well as Litepanels lighting.

The LED8TFT incorporates a built-in tally light, tally sensor input, and provides an illuminated control panel for easy viewing. As brightness level is critical to a portable prompting system used outdoors, the LED8TFT high-bright display helps deliver outstanding performance under daylight conditions. In addition, the LED8TFT features a compact size, rugged all-metal case and an on-camera mounting system versatile enough for nearly any portable camera.

“We especially like the portability of the equipment, as we are often using it in the field. The LED8 gives us that flexibility,” says Michael Bonner, senior director of scoreboard & broadcasting, Yankees. “We also wanted our players to be comfortable with the readability and the pace of the prompter to ensure clear delivery of the messages, including PSAs, welcome messages, trivia questions, etc. that ultimately end up on the big screen during home games.”

+WinPlus Studio+ delivers the flexibility and smart design required by a professional broadcast environment. A Windows-based software package that adds the ease of “point-and-click” functionality to an intuitive on-screen edit display, +WinPlus Studio+ can provide stand-alone prompting for presentation and general production both in the studio and on location. Features include a fully active run order, which can be manipulated at any time during scrolling, as well as instant prompt editing. WinPlus Studio is available with an internal PCI card or external box connected via USB.

“It is really simple to make a quick fix in the software,” adds Bonner. “Every now and then a player might suggest a copy change, so using the WinPlus software, we’re able to simply make the change at the player’s request and it appears on the monitor for them just how they wanted it. In addition, if we need assistance with the hardware or software, it is easy to reach out to the support folks and get solutions.”

For more information and to find an authorized Autoscript dealer, please visit www.Autoscript.tv or contact ussales@autoscript.tv.

About Autoscript
Established in the UK in 1984, with headquarters in the US and the UK, Autoscript is the world leader in the prompting industry. Autoscript provides a complete range of teleprompters for PC and the i-Series, the best designed and built hardware, PC cards and software, and—with its expanding line of intuitive accessories—is the new definition in prompting. Autoscript is a member of the Vitec Group. For more information, visit www.autoscript.tv.

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

Vitec Videocom – innovative products around the camera.

PWS PROVIDES EQUIPMENT AND TECHNICAL SERVICES FOR STARLIGHT THEATRE’S FIRST-EVER INDOOR PRODUCTION

Renowned Kansas City Theatre Presents Elton John’s Spectacular Musical, Aida

KANSAS CITY, MO, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012—When Kansas City’s Starlight Theatre produced its first summer musical indoors at its new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, it turned to Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound company and experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live and broadcast events, to supply audio equipment and technical services for the Elton John and Tim Rice musical spectacular, Aida.

“Since the 1950s, the Starlight Theatre has been known for its outdoor wireless performances,” says Brooks Schroeder, project manager, PWS. “So when they came to us to help provide audio equipment and technical services for its first indoor show in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre, we wanted to make sure its loyal subscribers would be able to hear the performances just as well, if not better, than they had become accustomed to at the outdoor amphitheatre.”

During Aida’s 13-show run at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre, which began on August 3, PWS, working in conjunction with Vista Productions, provided 32 wireless microphones and antenna systems for the show. Propriety gear included Masque Sound’s AF8-X antenna distribution system and Masque Sound LM series to monitor all the mics. In addition, PWS utilized a remote to handle the opposite end of the stage.

The 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre includes multiple balconies and box seating on either side of the theatre, placing attendees much closer to the stage than in most other auditorium-type venues. With a 5,000-square-foot stage, an orchestra pit that can house up to 90 musicians and a 74-foot-tall fly tower, it is the performance home of the Kansas City Ballet and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, as well as the site of many other theatrical, musical and dance productions.

“For the past five seasons, Starlight has allowed PWS and Masque to really combine our strengths as a company. Having the support of Masque Sound as a leading sound provider for Broadway certainly gives us an advantage,” adds Schroeder. “The show looked and sounded absolutely amazing.”

As part of PWS’s expert services and solutions, Schroeder remained on site during the two-week run to oversee all of the show’s audio and wireless coordination as well.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies” and “Once” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

For further information contact:
Matthew Rimi
D. Pagan Communications, Inc.
631-659-2309, ext. 12
matthewr@dpagan.com
www.dpagan.com

Stephanie Hansen
General Manager
Masque Sound & Recording
201-939-8666
StephanieHansen@masquesound.com
www.masquesound.com

Jimmy Van Winkle
General Manager
Professional Wireless Systems
407-240-2880
JimmyV@ProfessionalWireless.com
www.professionalwireless.com

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CERWIN-VEGA! UNVEILS P-SERIES

Powerful, portable speaker system with legendary Cerwin-Vega! Bass

Cerwin-Vega!® introduces its new P-Series professional PA system, which delivers a new standard in power and bass punch, suited for any sound reinforcement application, from live performances to public speeches. The P-Series family includes two active speaker products: the P1500X and the P1800SX.

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HARPA CONCERT HALL AND CONFERENCE CENTRE CALLS THE SHOTS WITH CLEAR-COM

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND, 25 SEPTEMBER, 2012 ─ Staff members at the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavik, Iceland, rely on Clear-Com®’s Eclipse® digital matrix system and FreeSpeak® wireless intercom to help coordinate their avant-garde productions, which involve famous musicians and cultural icons. Installed by Exton, a full-service sales and rental company, the Clear-Com intercoms ensure reliable interconnection among highly productive and collaborative staff members and offer flexibility for adapting to shifting production needs. more

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PROFESSIONAL WIRELESS SYSTEMS RF SPECTRUM MANAGEMENT GROOVES TO THE BEAT AT FIRST ANNUAL PREMIOS TU MUNDO

Expert Frequency Coordination Keeps Telemundo’s Awards Celebration Interference Free

MIAMI, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012—When Telemundo kicked off its inaugural Premios Tu Mundo awards show, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound Company and experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live and broadcast events, was on hand at the Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theatre in Miami Beach, providing frequency coordination and services for the Spanish-language network’s first-annual awards gala and red carpet show.

Presented by Telemundo, Premios Tu Mundo (Your World Awards) is a celebration of pop culture and a musical spectacular combining the power of television, Web, mobile and social media platforms to give fans the final say in what’s hot in everything that moves and inspires them, including telenovelas, music, fashion, movies and sports.

For the Premios Tu Mundo broadcast, PWS provided Shure Axient™ and UHF-R wireless microphone systems, BTR-800 wireless intercoms and Comtek IFB systems. PWS worked in conjunction with Baltimore-based East Shore Sound, which handled the wired intercorm and IFBs for the telecast . For the red carpet telecast prior to the main show, PWS provided Shure UHF-R® wireless microphone systems, BTR-800 wireless intercoms and Lectrosonics IFBs.

The Shure Axient wireless management network is a comprehensive, innovative and fail-safe system. With its advanced planning, setup and control capabilities, it is an extremely reliable product, especially in the heavily populated Miami television environment. “Anytime you do a show in Miami, there are a lot of local television stations that you have to deal with, so frequency coordination is a major challenge—especially during red carpet events,” says Brooks Schroeder, project manager, PWS. “Our expertise and the services we are able to provide, along with the gear we select, allow us to find, isolate and minimize any potential problems that may arise.”

During the festivities, three experts from PWS were on site, monitoring the RF spectrum to ensure the show ran smoothly without interference issues.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies” and “Once” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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For further information contact:
Kayla O’Brien
D. Pagan Communications, Inc.
631-659-2309, ext. 26
kaylao@dpagan.com
www.dpagan.com

Stephanie Hansen
General Manager
Masque Sound & Recording
201-939-8666
StephanieHansen@masquesound.com
www.masquesound.com

Jimmy Van Winkle
General Manager
Professional Wireless Systems
407-240-2880
JimmyV@ProfessionalWireless.com
www.professionalwireless.com

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BEXEL ADDS LEADER INSTRUMENTS WAVEFORM GEAR TO RENTAL INVENTORY WITH QUARTER-MILLION-DOLLAR PURCHASE

Continuing the company’s expansion of its inventory, Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, has announced a quarter-million-dollar commitment to Leader Instruments with the purchase of the company’s multi-format waveform monitors and rasterizers. more

Show Us Your Aviom in Action Facebook Photo Contest

Aviom Facebook Contest Offers Opportunity to Win Visa Gift Cards

WEST CHESTER, PA, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012—Aviom (WFX Booth #735) is pleased to announce its first Facebook contest: the Show Us Your Aviom in Action contest. The company is collecting users’ Aviom photos to share with others on Facebook and Twitter. Launched in part because the number of photos that users share online of their A-16II Personal Mixers—everything from the classic Instagram shots of the labeled A-16II to on-stage shots of people performing—the contest has to date drawn photos of all different types of Aviom gear.

“We began to see that lots of people were sharing photos of their Aviom personal mixers online, so we thought it would be fun to launch a contest that allowed people to enter their photos,” says Aviom’s Director of Marketing, Chandler Collison. “Not only have we gotten some great A-16II shots, but people have entered interesting photos of their snakes and network gear as well.”

Those who participate, either by entering a photo or just by voting, have an opportunity to win a Visa gift card. The photo that receives the most votes by October 8, 2012, will win a $250 Visa gift card. All photos must be entered by midnight Eastern on September 30, 2012. Those who vote have the opportunity to win a $50 Visa gift card. One voter will be randomly selected as a winner. Individuals can vote daily through October 8. Winners will be announced October 10, 2012.

Learn more about the contest at http://www.facebook.com/AviomInc.

Aviom pioneered personal mixing with its Pro16® Monitor Mixing System and continues to break new ground with the revolutionary Pro64® Series of audio networking products. With tens of thousands of products in the field today, Aviom has set the standard for high performance, scalable digital solutions. All Aviom systems harness the power of A-Net®, Aviom’s innovative digital audio technology that simplifies system design while enhancing flexibility and fidelity. All Aviom products are designed, tested, and manufactured in the USA. For more information, visit www.Aviom.com.

RTW Relocates Cologne Headquarters

Move Supports the Company’s Continued Growth and Streamlines Operations

COLOGNE, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 – RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is pleased to announce that it will be settled into its new office on September 25. The new company headquarters, still located in Cologne, will now occupy two floors of a building that was once home to the German staff of Sony Corporation. While the company’s phone numbers and email addresses will not change, its new mailing address will be:

RTW GmbH & CO. KG
Am Wassermann 25
50829 Köln – (Cologne)
Germany

“We are very happy to move into a new space that is more modern and will help us to better streamline our operations,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “This new building will offer us new amenities that will help us to further focus on developing and manufacturing innovative solutions for the broadcast market.”

RTW has recently experienced much success with it TouchMonitor line of audio meters. The TM3, an affordable, compact version of the original TM7 and TM9, is quickly becoming an industry standard. The recently announced TM3-3G is sure to follow in its successful footsteps. The latest addition to the TouchMonitor line seamlessly allows the TM3′s current hardware and software design to visualize, convert and replay 3G SDI signals in TV and video production and post-production applications, offering a feature set unrivalled in its class.

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Adaptive Video Walls and Displays Creates Flyable Video Wall for the Cube Lounge at the Rivers Chicago Casino

Flexible Video Walls Can Be Retracted According to Venue’s Specific Need

CHICAGO, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 — Adaptive Video Walls and Displays, a division of Adaptive Technologies Group and the premier provider of innovative wall-mountable, floor-standing, interlocking and flyable video wall frames for multiple LCD, LED and plasma monitors, teamed up with SVT, a company that provides design, installation, management and service of turnkey technology solutions in a variety of venues, to create three interlocking video walls for the Cube Lounge at the Rivers Chicago Casino. Cube Lounge, a multimedia sports lounge by day and state-of-the-art nightclub/live-performance space by night, can raise and lower the Adaptive video frames from the ceiling, instantly transforming the space as needed.

When the lounge is being utilized as a sports venue, a two-sided 2X1 video wall, consisting of four 55-inch NEC flat-screen LCD displays, is positioned over the bar area. In the center of the lounge is a two-sided 6X1 video wall that also has 55-inch NEC LCD displays. During live performances, the front stage area houses a complete 4×4 video wall, which consists of sixteen 46-inch NEC ultra-thin bezel LCD displays. This video wall can be configured to exhibit one large image across all the displays or up to sixteen different images. When the venue is in nightclub mode, the entire video wall can then be lifted out of sight.

Adaptive’s precision-machined connecting bars and compression locks link multiple LCD frames together, horizontally and vertically, in both landscape and portrait orientations. Precisely dimensioned mounting frames and LCD monitors are assembled in tiers, and then the completed and locked assembly is flown utilizing a load-rated rigging beam and suspension components. Rigging beams secure to the top and bottom of the video wall for tilting displays, and cam-style compression locks provide seamless alignment between LCDs. Powder-coated alloy steel-welded frames and precision-machined connecting bars provide rugged overhead lifting for nearly any application.

“We are thrilled that we were able to solve the Cube Lounge’s multi-purpose needs through the use of our flying interlocking video walls,” says Paul Allen, president, Adaptive Technologies Group. “Our video walls help to easily transform this venue from a sports bar to a night club setting, with just a click of a button.”

In addition to the frames designed for use in this project, Adaptive Video Walls and Displays provides frames for various other LCD and plasma models that are employed in many permanent and rental and staging applications around the world, including narrow bezel models produced by NEC, Sharp, Orion, Samsung and ViewSonic.

About Adaptive Technologies Group
Adaptive Technologies Group combines the talents and disciplines of Allen Products, ATM Fly-ware and Adaptive Video Walls and Displays, and offers state-of-the-art rigging and mounting solutions for a wide range of audio and video applications. Adaptive’s combined divisions are a major resource worldwide by way of the design, development and manufacturing of professionally installed AV mounting and rigging equipment. Each brand offers its own standard and unique time-saving solutions, plus unlimited custom products for any venue or application.

In addition to providing a wide selection of popular mounting and rigging solutions, Adaptive is a major resource for hundreds of commonly used and often hard to find rigging hardware and fastener items, including metric sizes and pre-blackened wire rope and components. Based in Signal Hill, California, all overhead products are made in the USA.

ATM Fly-Ware is the world’s leading designer of certified, pre-engineered professional loudspeaker rigging systems for permanent installations and live performances. Allen Products is a leading designer and supplier of universal fit standard, custom and OEM loudspeaker mounts, mounting loudspeakers to walls, ceilings, under balconies, to poles and vertical columns. Adaptive Video Walls and Displays is the premier provider of innovative interlocking wall, ceiling and floor mounted video wall frames and flyable video wall assemblies for multiple narrow bezel LCD, LED and plasma monitors.

For more information, visit http://adapttechgroup.com.

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