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DPA Microphones Defy the Elements During the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

LONDON, JULY 3, 2012 – DPA Microphones were on board as more than one million people lined London’s famed River Thames in early June to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as she celebrated her Diamond Jubilee with a River Pageant involving 1,000 boats. In typical British style, the weather was dreadful, with heavy rain doing its best to spoil what was supposed to be the highlight of the UK’s Diamond Jubilee weekend.
The cold, wind and rain proved no match for the DPA microphones, supplied by Thames Audio, and the unsung heroes of the event. Even in atrocious conditions, the microphones worked perfectly and guaranteed that the orchestras and choirs delivered a seamless performance. The microphones also ensured that the master recordings of the event would be forever timeless.

Among the DPA gear used for the celebration were the DPA 4088 Directional Headset Microphones, which were used to mic the Royal College of Music Chamber Choir. The group performed alongside the London Philharmonic Orchestra on Symphony, the final of the ten Herald music barges to participate in the pageant. Photographs of the 12 choristers, soaked through and with their hair plastered to their faces, were transmitted around the world for days after the event – and there in the pictures were (among others) DPA’s sturdy microphones on the choir girls, doing their best to defy everything Mother Nature could throw at them.
“We chose these DPA microphones because they are small, unobtrusive and have a very directional quality,” says Thames Audio director Pete Cox. “This meant we were able to record the orchestras without picking up too much of the surrounding acoustics. Given that the Academy of Ancient Music musicians were in an acoustically dreadful see-through marquee, and accounting for the noise from the strong wind and rain, this was a very important point. The microphones were only a few feet from the PA but still gave us plenty of gain before feedback.”

DPA Microphones were also spotted on two of the other four music barges equipped by Thames Audio. Fourteen DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones could be found alongside musicians from the Academy of Ancient Music, which performed Händel’s Water Music aboard the Edwardian. Additionally, 30 musicians from The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Plymouth, one of the most famous and highly regarded military bands in the world, relied on DPA while they sounded their horns aboard the Valulla. For this portion of the performances, Thames Audio equipped the musicians with additional d:votes for the trombones, French horns and cornets. DPA 4060 Miniature Microphones were taped onto the clarinets and saxophones, with a few others mounted on the helmets of the musicians playing piccolo.

“All of our DPA microphones delivered exceptional results, and the damp conditions didn’t daunt them at all,” Pete Cox adds. “The sound quality remained fantastic throughout, and we were very pleased with the results we achieved.”

Thames Audio sourced part of its stock of DPA microphones from freelance sound engineer Ian Barfoot, who was also recruited to handle the sound mixing throughout the day.

“I have a large selection of approximately 70 DPA microphones, all of which were sourced from DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network,” say Barfoot. “I use them for all sorts of concerts, including a lot of Rock and Roll work, because they always perform exactly as they should. They are very forgiving, and you can put them through hell and back without having to worry about them. If I don’t have DPA microphones to work with, I tend to throw my toys out of my pram.”
The music performed during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee pageant, believed to be the Thames’s most spectacular in 350 years, was recorded by the BBC for both broadcast and archive purposes. Live coverage of the event was transmitted to BBC Big Screens in 22 locations throughout the United Kingdom.

ABOUT DPA:

DPA Microphones A/S is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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Bexel Continues Equipment Upgrade and Expansion of HD Zoom Lens Inventory with Major Purchase from Canon

New Gear Addresses Customer Need for Long HD Image Stabilization

BURBANK, CA, JULY 2, 2012—Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, has added an array of Canon HD zoom lenses to its rental equipment inventory. The purchase comes as part of Bexel’s continuing upgrade and expansion of its long lens inventory in advance of major broadcast events up ahead this year. Included in the purchase were Canon’s DIGISUPER 86II xs, DIGISUPER 22 and XJ60 lenses.

The DIGISUPER 86II xs is a field lens that utilizes Canon’s POWER OPTICAL SYSTEM and X-Element technology and optical design concept. By adopting these, the DIGISUPER 86 xs realizes the necessary optical performance for HDTV, with a zoom ratio of 86x and improved wide angle of 9.3mm, while still maintaining a size equivalent to that of previous SDTV lenses. The Power Optical System achieves higher specifications and quality using the optical X-Element, which virtually eliminates aberrations.

“Canon has long been recognized as a leader in optical image stabilization technologies and the DIGISUPER 86II xs is a welcome addition to Bexel’s inventory,” says Tom Dickinson, chief technology officer, Bexel. “The DIGISUPER 86′s built-in optical image stabilizer eliminates even the slightest amount of wind or operator movement, providing incredible HD zoom pictures in the field. It will be used for many of our clients’ sports productions.”

As part of the Canon purchase, Bexel also added the DIGI SUPER 22 lens to its inventory. The DIGI SUPER 22 is a new innovation in HDTV studio lens design—one that introduces an important new choice in studio system configuration. It is intended for broadcasters and producers whose foremost priority is a high-performance but cost-effective and compact HDTV studio lens and camera package that can be supported on a modest-sized pedestal or sturdy tripod system. This low-weight combination is also ideal for robotic system applications.

Bexel has also added Canon’s XJ60x9BIE-D lens to its inventory as part of the purchase. It is intended to offer the industry a cost-effective lens that can optimally service many long focal length applications in the field, large studios and special venues. This lens embodies the pinnacle in dynamic image creation for live television production for both HDTV and SDTV. It is intended for mobile truck operators and broadcasters seeking good telephoto flexibility for high-definition sports and entertainment event coverage while operating within constricted production budgets.

“We have had a great working relationship with Bexel for many years,” says Thomas Bender, director, national sales accounts, Canon. “Our lenses have become the industry standard for production trucks and various other applications, with many broadcasters coming to rely on them for critical operations. Bexel is very responsive to this need, always ensuring its customers have access to the gear they require.”

Bexel has also purchased peripheral equipment from Canon, including servo modules and lens supporters.

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit http://www.bexel.com.

A Snapshot of The Vitec Group
Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military, aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2011 revenue of £351 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Imaging & Staging, Videocom and Services. Imaging & Staging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews. More information can be found at http://www.vitecgroup.com.

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Bexel Makes Major Investment with Million-Dollar Purchase of Fujinon HD ENG Lenses

Acquisition Includes Optical Stabilization Gear and Lens Accessories

BURBANK, CA, JUNE 28, 2012—Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, announced a million-dollar purchase of over 60 new Fujinon lenses as well as a significant amount of lens accessories, including zoom and focus controls and optical stabilization gear. The acquisition of the Fujinon ENG lenses supports Bexel’s growing inventory of Panasonic P2, Sony PDW-F800 XDCam camcorders and HDC-2500 camera systems, which are mainstays in Bexel’s arsenal of rental gear. The lenses will be used to provide captivating coverage of events, including major sports productions this summer.

Fujinon’s lenses are designed to complement and enhance the quality of HDTV systems. Great consideration in the design and development of these high-end HD lenses has been taken to incorporate the highest optical and mechanical specifications, while ensuring unmatched performance in the most rugged and demanding of production environments.

The purchase includes 22 Fujinon ZA12x4.5BERD super wide-angle HD ENG full servo production lenses, and over 40 ZA22x7.6BERD and BERM HD production lenses. “We chose to purchase the BERD-model lenses from Fujinon because the line features digital full-servo zoom and focus, which allow them to be used for robotic work and specialty applications beyond just a normal ENG camera,” says Tom Dickinson, chief technology officer, Bexel. “This purchase will allow Bexel to continue to provide its clients with the best equipment available on the market today.”

In addition, Bexel made a major investment in optical stabilization with the purchase of four Fujinon TS-P58A optical stabilizers. The TS-P58A stabilizers will be used for various applications where vibration needs to be eliminated, such as in water events like sailing during televised competitions planned for this summer. What’s more, to help capture every aspect of the production assignment, Bexel also purchased a variety of lens accessories, including rear zoom and focus controls.

Following this summer’s events, the new Fujinon lenses and accessories will be used to equip HD cameras in the Bexel rental inventory for use on a wide range of events, from sports to entertainment to reality programming.

“We’re thrilled with the level of confidence that Bexel continues to place in our optical technology,” says Thom Calabro, director of marketing and product development, Optical Device Division, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “Their summer schedule is filled with very high-profile and demanding events and our lenses have proven themselves in the field under extremely challenging conditions time after time for their dynamic clientele. Bexel is adding a sizable amount of our popular and cost-effective HD Select Series of ENG lenses. These lenses are the perfect complement for today’s HDTV cameras because they maintain the superior imaging standards and optical performance that Fujinon is known for.”

For more information, please visit www.Bexel.com.

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit http://www.bexel.com.

A Snapshot of The Vitec Group
Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military, aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2011 revenue of £351 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Imaging & Staging, Videocom and Services. Imaging & Staging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews. More information can be found at http://www.vitecgroup.com.

Anton/Bauer Introduces New Compact COFDM Transmitter

AB HDTX System Offers Portable RF Solution

SHELTON, CT, JUNE 28, 2012—Anton/Bauer®, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, is pleased to announce the availability of its new AB HDTX System, a compact 5.8 GHz COFDM RF system offering the ability to transmit a robust HD signal over great distances, all the while being powered by Anton/Bauer batteries.

A collaboration between Anton/Bauer and Vitec Group sister company Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), Anton/Bauer’s AB HDTX System is a COFDM transmitter that utilizes the 5.8 GHz frequency band allowing customers to operate without the need for an FCC license. The AB HDTX sends its signal directly to the AB HDRX dual-diversity receiver or the DirectVu handheld confidence monitor/receiver. The unit’s size makes it ideal for reality-based, ENG/EFP and live event coverage.

“We gave attendees a sneak preview of the AB HDTX system at this year’s NAB and Cine Gear Expo, and the response was overwhelmingly positive,” says Shin Minowa, vice president of marketing and business development, Anton/Bauer. “Professionals love this system simply because it is compact, fits on the end of their camera, can be powered with their existing Anton/Bauer batteries and does not add much additional weight. We are proud to continue to offer solutions to help power our clients’ creativity, while protecting their investment.” As the system only draws about 15-watts, Anton/Bauer batteries, including the DIONIC® 90, HC and HCX, can offer reliable power for extended periods of time.

The AB HDTX System has an RF output of 100 mW and is capable of accepting a wide range of HD/SD video formats along with embedded audio from the HD SDI output on the camera. The use of MPEG-4 compression allows the signal to travel a half-mile in line of site applications. The system offers users the flexibility to be able to choose from 12 different channels in which to transmit to ensure the least amount of interference. “This also allows the ability for multiple different cameras to transmit to one central receive site,” adds Minowa. “In this application, a director can conveniently monitor different shots and make adjustments in real time.”

For more information, please visit www.antonbauer.com.

About Anton/Bauer
Anton/Bauer is recognized as the world’s innovator and a premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other key mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries. Based in the United States in Shelton, CT with offices in Europe and Asia, Anton/Bauer was established in 1970 and has expanded its product offerings to include many signature lines such as its leading Gold Mount® system, InterActive® chargers and Logic Series® batteries such as the HyTRON® 50, 100 and 140, and DIONIC® 90, 160, HC and HCX. Their products are compatible with every camera brand on the market today. Other Anton/Bauer high performance products include the Ultralight® 2, ElipZ®, CINE VCLX and the Tandem 150 Modular Charging System. Their superior-quality products have become an industry standard. For more information on Anton/Bauer, visit www.antonbauer.com.

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, 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.

Bexel Hits a Grand Slam at Rangers Ballpark with Broadcast Infrastructure Upgrade for 2012 Season

Company Conquers Triax, Timing and Tornados for Facility Overhaul

ARLINGTON, TX, JUNE 25, 2012—When Opening Day festivities commenced at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services, had just wrapped up a major broadcast infrastructure overhaul for the facility, a project that was completed in less than two months. To ensure the 18-year-old ballpark had full broadcast capabilities, Bexel provided an infrastructure makeover that included more than 70,000 feet of new triax cable while also adding significant audio and fiber to many positions in the venue.

“Our goal was to replace the majority of the broadcast infrastructure in time for Opening Day,” says Justin Paulk, manager, Bexel Broadcast Fiber Solutions. “To do this, our team was required to demolish nearly 10,000 pounds of existing triax—a significant portion of the old infrastructure. Once that was complete we had to install new triax cable, audio cable and fiber cable in the venue. Bexel also provided on site coordination with the General Contractor for the new center field construction, ensuring that the cable runs required under Bexel’s contract and those associated with the new centerfield locations were closely coordinated to eliminate damage and maximize the efficiency of the installation.”

With an office located in nearby Irving, Texas, the Bexel team has had a standing relationship with the Rangers and is extremely familiar with Rangers Ballpark, having done work there over the last decade. “During the initial demo, we had to be very careful because we couldn’t just cut and remove everything; we had to make sure that we indentified and removed the correct cables,” adds Paulk. Following the demolition of the old cable, the Bexel team worked quickly to install 70,000 feet of new triax cable, 25,000 feet of 12-pair audio cables and 27,000 feet of 12-strand single-mode fiber.

In addition, the team equipped the facility with 96 new triax connectors, replaced all panels and re-terminated all of the existing audio and added 132 audio pairs. “Essentially we kept some of the newer existing triax that was installed when the scoreboard was updated several years ago, moved the existing audio cable over to the new panels and added more channels of audio and fiber. In all there are 126 strands of fiber now that didn’t exist before. The timing of this project was challenging, but the experience and efficiency of the Bexel crews allowed us to rise to the challenge and complete the overhaul before Opening Day,” says Paulk. Along with the specific upgrade for the Rangers, Bexel added SMPTE fiber cable for NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), including two SMPTE runs to center field and six pairs of audio and six fiber strands to an auxiliary interview room, to cover pitching sensation Yu Darvish for viewers in Japan. “We also put fiber in for the local media including KXAS-TV, KTVT and Univision.”

“While the time allotted was a bit of a challenge, it was a job well-done by the entire team,” concludes Paulk. “Not only did our expertise in fiber solutions help ensure this, but our standing relationship with the venue was extremely valuable. Despite delays caused by recent tornados in North Texas, we completed the project in about two months. It was definitely an exciting project to be a part of for us.”

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit http://www.bexel.com.

A Snapshot of The Vitec Group
Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military, aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2011 revenue of £351 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Imaging & Staging, Videocom and Services. Imaging & Staging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews. More information can be found at http://www.vitecgroup.com.

Alan Kemp Appointed Adaptive Technologies Group’s Director of Business Development

Kemp’s Extensive Experience in the Rental and Staging Industry To Boost Company’s Presence in the AV Market Further

SIGNAL HILL, CA, JUNE 25, 2012 – Adaptive Technologies Group, comprised of Allen Products, ATM Fly-ware and Adaptive Video Walls and Displays, and a premier developer of state-of-the-art rigging and mounting solutions for a wide range of audio and video applications, has appointed Alan Kemp as the company’s new Director of Business Development. In his new role, Kemp will help lend direction to all aspects of business development from the Adaptive offices, located in Signal Hill, CA.

“We are excited to have Alan Kemp join our team,” says Paul Allen, president, Adaptive Technologies Group. “With Kemp’s talent and experience, we are confident he will help us increase our brand visibility in the rental and staging markets significantly. We look forward to working closely with him to achieve our goals.”

Kemp brings more than 25 years of diverse sales experience in the rental and staging industry to his new position. Prior to joining Adaptive Technologies Group, he worked for Video Applications, NEP/ScreenWorks, BlueWater Technologies and SmartSource Event Technologies.

Kemp distinguished himself earlier in life as a boxer. He was a three-time Buffalo Golden Gloves Champion and a successful professional middleweight. He was inducted into the Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011. Kemp humorously says that his “battles in the ring” prepared him for the demands of the industry. The father of two daughters in college, he currently resides in San Juan Capistrano with his wife of 25 years.

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. Based in Signal Hill, California, all overhead products and parts are made and assembled 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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Masque Sound Celebrates 50 Years of Providing Audio Equipment for New York City’s Delacorte Theater

Majestic Venue Commemorates Golden Anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park

NEW YORK, JUNE 19, 2012—As the curtain rises on the 2012 season of Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, is celebrating its 50th anniversary of providing audio equipment and services to the theater for one of New York City’s most beloved traditions.

Shakespeare in the Park moved to its permanent home at the Delacorte Theater in 1962 and since then, New York natives and visitors alike have enjoyed free Shakespeare performances each summer season. The majestic, open-air theater has a seating capacity of 1,800, and each season more than 100,000 people attend performances produced by The Public Theater.

“Masque Sound has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with The Public and Delacorte theaters and their summer productions of Shakespeare in the Park,” says Dennis Short, Masque Sound. “Being able to celebrate 50 years as the theater’s audio equipment provider is quite an accomplishment and demonstrates our commitment to supporting the theatrical community. The Delacorte is in such a magnificent setting, and being able to provide theatergoers with an audio experience to match their visual experience is something we take great pride in doing.”

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, the Delacorte Theater officially opened in Central Park on June 18, 1962 with The Merchant of Venice. The Merchant of Venice was followed that summer by a production of The Tempest, featuring Paul Stevens as Prospero and James Earl Jones as Caliban. The first Delacorte summer season concluded with King Lear. Since then, more than 100 productions have been presented for free at the venue—come sun or rain shower. “Some years have been drier than others, but throughout our partnership, Masque and Shakespeare in the Park have developed methods for protecting the equipment from water damage and mold,” says Short. “We’re at the mercy of Mother Nature, but manufacturers such as Meyer have developed water resistant loudspeakers and rain hoods to protect the speakers from water getting inside. It’s been a work in progress but every year it gets better.”

This summer, Daniel Sullivan, who directed well-received productions of All’s Well That Ends Well, The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night in the Park, will return to direct As You Like It this month. The second show of the 50th anniversary summer season will be Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s beloved musical Into the Woods, beginning performances at the end of July.

“We are so pleased that Shakespeare in the Park has provided us the opportunity to support their productions over the 50 year span, especially as several have moved on to Broadway following their run at the Delacorte,” adds Short. This includes The Pirates of Penzance, which starred Kevin Kline and Linda Ronstadt in 1980; On the Town, which starred Jesse Tyler Ferguson in 1997; The Merchant of Venice in 2010 with Al Pacino and Lily Rabe and this summer’s acclaimed production of Into the Woods. “It’s exciting for us to be involved with these productions at their inception and watch as they grow in popularity to a point where they move on to The Great White Way. There’s something to be said about supporting projects and the organizations that nurture young talent, shows and sound designers at the early stages of their career. This has been the trusted blueprint for the development of long term working relationships in our industry.”

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.

Clear-Com Eclipse Intercom Gleams at Diamond Jubilee

Eclipse and V-Series Key-panels Cover Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s Accession to the Throne

LONDON, JUNE 19, 2011 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is pleased to announce that its Eclipse Median digital matrix intercom and V-Series key-panels played an integral role at the recent Diamond Jubilee celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the English throne. Delta Sound, a U.K.-based provider of sound design, equipment rental and sales, and communication systems and services, employed three Eclipse Median intercoms and more than a dozen V-Series user control panels to facilitate fast, reliable communications between the event’s sound, lighting, pyrotechnics, security and stage-management production teams.

Coordinating the different activities that took place over the Diamond Jubilee weekend, including a concert featuring more than 30 performers, a flotilla on the Thames River and a royal procession from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace, was a massive undertaking. It required precise coordination and organization on the part of event organizers and production teams, which is why Delta Sound installed a 112-port Clear-Com Eclipse Median with several V-Series panels in the Jubilee’s event control room. The system, which features eight built-in interface module slots for easy interfacing with third-party systems, allowed event workers on walkie-talkies to communicate with workers on the V-Series panels in the control room, adding greater efficiency to the overall production.

Delta Sound deployed another Clear-Com Eclipse Median, along with a large number of V-Series control panels, for the Diamond Jubilee concert, which took place in front of Buckingham Palace. For the concert, Delta set up V-Series panels in the center of the traffic circle in front of the palace, on its roof and in its back garden. This allowed the sound, lighting, video and stage-management teams working the concert to coordinate their efforts. A highlight of the concert was a set by the ska band Madness where stunning, giant visuals of past English kings and queens, as well as images of typical British-style row houses, were imposed on the palace. Workers used the V-Series panels to ensure the visuals were projected as the band played its hit “Our House.” A third Eclipse Median, along with a dozen V-Series panels, were used by security operations during the Royal Family’s procession from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace.

“We found the Clear-Com system to be very straightforward to use, which is important when it comes to coordinating an event of this size,” says Phil Kidd, Delta Sound’s Project and Comms Manager. “The Eclipse Median systems and V-Series panels were easy to set up and we didn’t have to spend much time training people to use them. We also liked the ease of interfacing with other communications systems, such as the walkie-talkies used along the route of the royal procession. Overall, the systems worked very well for us.”

Clear-Com’s Eclipse family of digital matrix intercoms provide a flexible and scalable foundation for point-to-point and group-based multi-connections, supporting up to as many as 3120 user connections on a networked system platform. The Eclipse Median, which comes in a 6-RU frame that houses two CPU and eight matrix slots, with eight built-in interface module slots, is uniquely designed for mobile flight-case systems or any production environment where rack space is limited.

Fully compatible with the Eclipse systems, Clear-Com V-Series panels are a comprehensive set of advanced, fully programmable digital key-panels that come in rotary, pushbutton, or lever key form. The V-Series panels feature cutting-edge Digital Signal Processing, 10-character OLED display, international-character support, 8-shift key, and Listen Again memory. All V-Series panels can be connected to the matrix system via digital AES3, Co-ax, RJ-45, or over standard IP.

About Clear-Com®
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

About HME
HM Electronics, Inc. is a diverse group of companies providing solutions that enhance productivity and customer service in markets including restaurants, sports and professional audio. Founded in 1971, we sell, service and support products in 89 countries worldwide, via company-owned offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and China, and an extensive network of HME-authorized distributors, dealers and service agents. Every day quick service restaurants take over 24 million orders using HME systems. With the recent acquisition of Clear-Com, HME is the world’s leading provider of professional intercom systems. To learn more, visit www.hme.com.

Pixine Relies On Anton/Bauer CINE VCLX Batteries to Power Through Productions in Extreme Environments

HyTRON 140 and DIONIC HC Complete High-Performance Package

SANTIAGO, CHILE, JUNE 18, 2012—For the last 12 years, film and digital cinema camera rental company Pixine has relied on power solutions from Anton/Bauer®, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries. When the company saw an increasing number of clients shooting with the ARRI ALEXA, it turned to Anton/Bauer’s CINE VCLX battery to help match the camera’s power demands and hold up to the tough environmental situations its users face around the world.

Known for providing equipment and support for production companies, Pixine works with both national and foreign clientele filming television commercials, corporate videos and feature films. When Pixine needed a battery that could match the ALEXA’s power demands and support long hours of filming in such extreme climates as the deserts and rainforests of Chile, Anton/Bauer’s CINE VCLX provided the optimal solution. With its 560 watts of power, two 14.4V outputs and one 28V output, the CINE VCLX from Anton/Bauer offered maximum battery performance paired with superior reliability for Pixine’s clients.

“The CINE VCLX has been a pleasure to work with,” says Rodrigo Lizana, owner and head of technology at Pixine. “I don’t have to think about batteries anymore, which is a big help when filming in extreme weather conditions. We have been shooting by the sea, in the mountains and the driest desert in the world, here in Chile. This is a very tough job and our equipment has to deal with it on a regular basis. So, for me, the best technology is the one that goes unnoticed—it’s the technology that lets you work without worrying about it.”

Pixine recently collaborated with a client that was using the ALEXA on an eight-day project, with production lasting 15 hours each day. With the CINE VCLX, the client was able to power the camera for about five hours at a time, using only two batteries per day, as opposed to needing six when it was using 24V batteries previously. Known for providing extended run-times for some of the most popular film and digital cinema cameras, including ARRI, RED, Sony and Panavision, CINE VCLX batteries provide all the safety and high power-draw performance of Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) cell chemistry technology in a power package specifically designed for the integration of 24V film and 14V video equipment. The high-power 28V output is also capable of powering 200-w HMI lights, lighting panels and portable microwave units. The CINE VCLX batteries feature a RealTime® LCD that accurately displays remaining run-time and a visual LED warning indicator when 15 minutes of run-time remain.

Pixine also utilized Anton/Bauer’s HyTRON 140 when the crew needed to switch to a handheld camera, and powered the field monitors and the KI PRO recorder with DIONIC® HCs. The HyTRON 140 is a high-power NiMH battery system suited to the power demands of today’s high-definition equipment and on-camera lighting systems. In lower-power applications, it can provide power for many hours without limits or travel restrictions. The HyTRON 140 also offers an excellent counterbalance to offset the weight of a lens.

DIONIC HC provides 91Wh and can operate a 40-watt HD camera for more than two hours. Transported as carry-on luggage without restrictions, the DIONIC HC is the perfect lightweight battery for shooting on location. Part of the company’s Logic Series® batteries, the DIONIC HC is suitable for powering high-current applications in a lightweight package. Working closely with cell manufacturers, the HC series incorporates high-capacity cells offering 10 amps. To continually ensure cell protection and performance integrity, a special honeycomb cell pack design protects the cells. An enhanced RealTime® display indicates up to nine hours of run-time (under low power-load conditions) using a seven-segment display enclosed by four circular arcs that indicate 15-minute time intervals, ensuring high confidence in those filming with the battery. The three-battery combination for one camera proved to be a smart solution for the project.

Another recent project found Pixine turning to the CINE VCLX once again. Pixine was working on a television spot for a mobile phone company in Europe. The company wanted to have two lighting units and one camera unit so that by the time the camera unit and the first lighting unit were filming at location A, the second lighting unit would be preparing the set for location B. This meant that the camera unit needed to work through 24 hours on the first and third days, a difficult task.

“This project would have been impossible without the three CINE VCLX batteries we used,” says Lizana. “The batteries lasted five hours and took only seven hours to be recharged and back to work. We never had to use a power supply, wait for batteries to charge or ask for more blocks. In this business you have to be perfect or as close to perfect as possible. Your clients put a lot of time and effort into one day of shooting. If the equipment is not up to the task at hand, people lose time and money and you lose credibility. There’s no point in having the best equipment if you won’t have the power at hand to turn it on.”

For more information, visit www.AntonBauer.com.

About Anton/Bauer
Anton/Bauer is recognized as the world’s innovator and a premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other key mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries. Based in the United States in Shelton, CT with offices in Europe and Asia, Anton/Bauer was established in 1970 and has expanded its product offerings to include many signature lines such as its leading Gold Mount® system, InterActive® chargers and Logic Series® batteries such as the HyTRON® 50, 100 and 140, and DIONIC® 90, 160, HC and HCX. Their products are compatible with every camera brand on the market today. Other Anton/Bauer high performance products include the Ultralight® 2, ElipZ®, CINE VCLX and the Tandem 150 Modular Charging System. Their superior-quality products have become an industry standard. For more information on Anton/Bauer, visit www.antonbauer.com.

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, 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.

Allen Products Debuts Updated Ceiling and Wall Mounts at InfoComm 2012

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 15, 2012 – Allen Products, a division of Adaptive Technologies Group and a leading designer and supplier of universal fit standard and OEM loudspeaker mounts, highlights several updated ceiling and wall mounts at InfoComm 2012 (Booth C9547), including its Steerables Wall Mount, Adjustable SocketMount, adjustable U-Bracket and several MultiMount solutions.

“We are thrilled to present an expanded line of ceiling and wall mounts at this year’s show,” says Paul Allen, president, Adaptive Technologies Group. “Allen Products provide a wide range of standard and custom mounting solutions to cater to nearly every possible configuration request. We will continue to develop new products based on our customers’ feedback.”

Steerables Wall Mounts suspend and aim loudspeakers, equipped with suspension or mounting points, from walls and other vertical structures. Users can make or remake pan-and-tilt adjustments within seconds, offering unprecedented ease and precision. Designed for use with permanently installed loudspeakers in churches, schools, gymnasiums, auditoriums, theme parks, nightclubs, and bars and restaurants, Steerables Wall Mounts feature a unique cross-arm steering mechanism providing up to 360 degrees of pan control. Their structural steel alloy assembly is coated with a baked-on black textured powder coat finish. Steerables Wall Mounts can support loads of up to 100 lbs./45.5 kg. with a 5:1 safety factor. In addition, tilting can be achieved with Allen Products’ U-Series bracket or the Steerables Tilt Cable Kit.

Allen Products Adjustable SocketMount supports and aims loudspeakers that are equipped with pole sockets to walls and other vertical structures. Both pan and tilt rotations are provided for optimum aiming, and the support arm folds down when not in use. The Adjustable SocketMount is designed as a temporary solution, as its easy-on, easy-off feature allows loudspeakers to be relocated to other SocketMounts and/or tripod stands, thus reducing the need for additional loudspeakers and saving floor space.

Adjustable U-Brackets mount loudspeakers quickly and reliably to walls and poles, and from under ceilings, balconies, overhangs and other structural mounting surfaces. These brackets give installers multiple options for mounting speakers to irregular or unpredictable mounting surfaces due to their unique mounting pattern. Adjustable U-Brackets support most of the mountable loudspeakers in the 60 lbs./22 kg. range, or less, and their open side-arm slots allow a single installer to easily mount loudspeakers in this weight range. Loudspeakers rotate within the arms of the U-Bracket kit to aim sound toward the audience. It then locks into position, with the included friction washers and compression hardware.
Allen Products is also introducing several updated models of MultiMounts at this year’s show, including its MultiMount MM-120, MultiMount MM-024 and MultiMount MM-020-CM.

* The MultiMount MM-120 pan-and-tilt speaker mount is a sturdy and adjustable speaker mount that is safe and exceptionally easy to use for installing large-format loudspeakers. It accommodates up to 120 lbs. with greater than a 5:1 design factor. The speaker brackets’ mounting holes match two standard speaker mounting hole patterns, the 6.88- x 3.44-inch and the 2.75- x 5-inch, and two VESA mounting hole patterns, the 75- x 75-mm and the 100- x 100-mm. The bracket’s pivot housing provides 65 degrees of tilt adjustment and the screw-drive thumb-wheel adjustment makes tilting speakers very stable. The pivot housing also provides a full 180 degrees of pan rotation. A clutch-style lock holds it in position. The wall bracket accommodates stud mounting with two centrally located mounting/alignment holes and a slot that allows for plumb adjustment. Four outer holes allow it to be secured to other structural surfaces.

* The MultiMount MM-024 supports loudspeakers weighing up to 60 lbs./27 kg, enabling the quick attachment of them to walls, ceilings, overhangs and other structural surfaces. Speakers can be aimed and locked in almost any direction or angle through the use of independent pan, tilt and clockwise adjustments. MultiMount-024 supports vertically oriented standard speaker mounting-hole patterns. Tilt adjustments are made independently at the side of the speaker adapter plate. Panning adjustments are also made independently at the mounting plate and a third rotation is available between the speaker and the support arm. This rotation is especially useful in directing sound from the ceiling and under balcony applications, where mounting space is limited.

* MultiMount MM-020-CM is specially designed to suspend loudspeakers (weighing up to 60 lb./27 kg.) from overhead structures using a customer-supplied schedule 40, one-half inch NPT pipe. This allows the installer to bring the loudspeaker down from any height, positioning the speaker closer to the audience, further reducing the speaker’s size and power-rating needs. The MM-020-CM provides a very clean loudspeaker installation because signal wire and safety cables can be passed through the pipe from the ceiling to the speaker’s terminal block without being seen. Also, this design adapts directly to standard loudspeaker mounting-hole patterns so no modifications are necessary. The oval-shaped ceiling attachment plate offers a sufficient mounting surface with four one-quarter inch mounting holes to secure to overhead structures including beams, beam clamps, etc. Pan-angle adjustments are achieved where the MultiMount and the vertical tube (pipe) connect, with down-tilt adjustments at the mount’s two-side clutch-lock points.

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. Based in Signal Hill, California, all overhead products and parts are made and assembled 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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