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L-ACOUSTICS Introduces K2 and PANFLEX Technology

New line source with horizontal steering makes official North American debut at InfoComm

LAS VEGAS – InfoComm stand C11908 — Following in the footsteps of the highly successful K1 system for large stadium tours and outdoor festivals, L-ACOUSTICS announces the official North American debut of its new K2 line source array loudspeaker system featuring PANFLEX technology.

The successor to L-ACOUSTICS’ industry-changing V-DOSC system, K2 offers K1 performance in a rescaled package that makes it flexibly well-suited for both permanent installation and touring applications, from theatre to stadium productions. The primary system components include:

- K2 full-range element with PANFLEX horizontal steering, operating from 35 Hz to 20 kHz
- K1-SB low-frequency element reinforcing LF contour down to 30 Hz or LF throw down to 35 Hz
- SB28 low-frequency element extending the operating bandwidth down to 25 Hz
- LA4X / LA8 amplified controllers or LA-RAK touring rack fitted with three LA8

Boasting an unprecedented performance/weight ratio, sophisticated and fast captive rigging system and exceptional sonic performance, the K2 line source benefits from L-ACOUSTICS’ Wavefront Sculpture Technology (WST). Inter-element angles can be set with laser-like accuracy up to a generous 10 degrees allowing the optimization of the vertical coverage with SPL smoothly spread across the audience.

K2 employs L-ACOUSTICS’ new PANFLEX, a unique horizontal steering technology that combines mechanically adjustable fins with DSP algorithms effective from 300 Hz. Four different settings are possible: two symmetric (70 or 110 degrees) and two asymmetric (90 degrees as 35/55 or 55/35). Narrowing or widening the horizontal directivity can serve many purposes: adapt to the width of the listening area, fit long and short distance coverage/SPL requirements, reduce or extend overlapping areas, and avoid reflecting surfaces.

By combining WST and PANFLEX L-ACOUSTICS exclusively addresses the control of directivity in both vertical and horizontal planes. As a result, K2 can match the complex shape of any audience geometry with ideal sonic performance and minimum noise pollution.

Thanks to its three-way quad-amplified design and full range capability, the K2 enclosure can be deployed as a standalone line source. For applications demanding extreme LF impact (contour mode), or maximized LF projection (throw mode), K2 can be arrayed with its dedicated and flyable K1-SB LF extension. The K2 system can also address applications with demanding infrasonic reproduction when combined to the SB28 subwoofer. Before installation, any system configurations can be acoustically and mechanically modeled with L-ACOUSTICS’ SOUNDVISION 3D simulation software.

For touring applications, K2 can be associated to the LA-RAK, a universal distribution platform for power, audio signals and network that facilitates cross rental between rental companies. LA-RAK houses three LA8 amplified controllers and can be flown onto a K2 array. Other applications can feature LA8 amplified controllers. For high-end installation projects, K2 can also be driven by the LA4X amplified controller. The scheme authorizes fully discrete DSP treatment per section and maximum power headroom for the best possible sonic performance.

With its dedicated factory presets, the LA8/LA4X amplified controller constitutes an extremely advanced and precise drive system for the enclosures. All L-ACOUSTICS amplified controllers feature the L-DRIVE thermal and over-excursion protection circuit.

Up to 253 LA8/LA4X amplified controllers can be connected together via the Ethernet-based L-NET protocol. LA NETWORK MANAGER software allows online remote control and monitoring of all the connected units via a user-friendly and intuitive graphic interface and features the Array Morphing EQ. This exclusive tool allows the engineer to quickly adjust the tonal balance of the system to reach a reference curve or to ensure consistency of the sonic signature.

L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, K2, KUDO, KARA, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a “total system approach.” Product distribution and customer service for the USA is handled by L-ACOUSTICS’ subsidiary in Oxnard, CA.

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Contact:
L-ACOUSTICS US
2201 Celsius Avenue, Unit E, Oxnard, CA 93030
Tel: 805.604.0577 / Fax: 805.604.0858
Email: info@l-acoustics-us.com / Web: www.l-acoustics.com

DiGiCo Releases V685 Software

LAS VEGAS – InfoComm 2014 stand C11336 — UK digital solutions manufacturer DiGiCo has now released V685, the latest software upgrade for its range of digital mixing consoles. It is the power of DiGiCo’s proprietary Stealth Digital Processing that allows the company to unlock the incredible amount of new features with each new software version for live, broadcast and theatre applications.

V685 is no exception and includes:
- Increased Buss count for the SD9 from 16 to 24 Flexi Busses
- SD11i/B input channel count increased from 32 to 40 Flexi Channels
- Support for Optocore DD4MR, DD2FR, X6R and DD32R devices in audio I/O
- Any SD5, SD8, SD9, SD10 and SD11 running Waves 9.5 will now have 32 stereo Waves racks
- The availability of Aux Sends on Groups in the live and theatre versions
- Support for the D-Rack AES input card and the addition of the D2 Rack as an I/O device

For theatrical environments, the Relative Faders in Cue Groups is now a Macro command; Auxes, Groups and Matrix channels can now be added to channel sets; and Channel Cues now defaults to showing names.

And for broadcast applications, Backstop PFL is now functional on output busses, plus there is a new option on the SD7B and SD10B for Speaker Mute to do Dim.

“Waves is happy to provide the increasing number of DiGiCo SoundGrid MultiRack users the added benefit of doubling their rack capacity,” comments Mick Olesh, Waves EVP Sales and Marketing. “Increasing the number of racks provides DiGiCo SoundGrid users the capability of running 32 racks of Waves and third party plugins to their workflow.”

“It was always our intention to ensure that our SD range of consoles was as future-proof as we could possibly make it,” adds DiGiCo Managing Director James Gordon. “We believe we have the most comprehensive range of consoles currently on the market that deliver exactly what our customers need and want, whatever the changing demands of their use requires. Being able to deliver such substantial upgrades again and again means that they should stay that way.”

V685 is being provided free of charge for an introductory period. For full details of this, and of the wealth of new features and functions, please visit www.digico.biz.

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Professionak Wireless Systems Showcases Range of RF Solutions for Live and Broadcast Events at InfoComm 2014

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 11, 2014-Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound Company and experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live and broadcast events, will showcase its range of RF solutions at InfoComm 2014 (Booth C11816), including its GX Series of Combiners, DB Series of Multicouplers, Helical Antennas, Domed Helical Antennas, and various accessories such as splitters, Dual Bias Ts and receive and transmit line amps.
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“InfoComm is the ‘can’t miss’ AV technology show of the year, and we look forward to demoing our range of state-of-the-art RF and wireless equipment to the industry professionals in attendance at the show,” says Jim Van Winkle, general manager, PWS. “In addition to showcasing our RF solutions, PWS representatives will be on hand to discuss our ability to provide onsite install services and show support for wireless systems at broadcast, industrial, live entertainment and media events of any size.”

At InfoComm 2014, PWS will highlight its GX series of combiners, the GX-4 and GX-8, which offer selectable high and low output settings, as well as above unity gain on output. Helpful for very anemic transmitters, the combiners in the GX series are considered RF limiters because of their proprietary Automatic Level Control (ALC) circuitry. The power level of each frequency at the output of the combiner is a maximum of 250 mW licensed, 50mw if not licensed. This is the FCC’s maximum allowable limit for RF in-ear monitor (IEM) systems in the UHF band. The GX-4 is an RF IEM transmitter combiner/booster, compatible with RF signals from major IEM transmitter manufacturers across the radio band from 470MHz to 698MHz. The system accepts input power levels from 20 to 100 mW, with each input containing its own discreet RF amplifier and ALC circuits. The signals are amplified to the power level needed to produce up to 250 mW of RF at the output antenna port.

PWS will also feature its DB series of Multicouplers, including the DB8 (8 outputs), DB16 (16 outputs) and DB24 (24 outputs). These diversity systems are designed to distribute antenna signals to multiple receivers without loss and with high isolation between ports. Outputs can be put into ranges, providing the user the ability for low, middle and high as well as custom ranges for frequencies. The systems all come packed with features providing the user with maximum control as well as two power supplies, ensuring that if there is a power failure, backup is available.

Two of PWS’ flagship product lines, Helical Antennas and the new Domed Helical Antennas, will also be onsite. PWS Helical Antennas, which are perfect for long throws and high gain, have become the industry standard for multichannel wireless microphone, in-ear, and intercom systems thanks in part to their unique characteristics, offering users extreme flexibility. The circularly polarized UHF antennas cover a frequency range of 450 MHz to 950 MHz and offer 14dbi gain and 8.5dbi for the Domed Helical. With an inherent boost in gain, greater bandwidth, and dropout-resistant polarization, PWS Helical Antennas outshine the performance of traditional antenna designs. Popular for use with IEM systems, users can employ these antennas with other UHF systems, including wireless microphones and intercom systems.

For venues and installations where site-line appearance is a priority, PWS Domed Helical Antennas offer a wider angle of coverage that’s perfect for smaller stages and medium gain. Featuring the same circular polarization as the original PWS Helical Antenna, the Domed Helical features a more durable, sealable enclosure, and compact profile. Inconspicuous and robust, the PWS Domed Helical Antenna is a great choice when the requirements of aesthetics and function can’t be compromised.

Additionally, PWS has recently begun to streamline its manufacturing process to accommodate faster turnaround time when it comes to product development. “To continue to provide the necessary support and high-level functionality on today’s in-demand productions, we are constantly looking for ways to improve both our products and our services, as a company,” adds Van Winkle. “We specialize in frequency coordination that is solid, accurate and constant, as is our workflow.”

For more information, stop by Booth C11816 or visit www.professionalwireless.com.

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 Vice President 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.

Pivitec Introduces New Ethernet AVB Products at InfoComm 2014

This year at InfoComm 2014 Pivitec is introducing two new Network Audio Interfaces that bridge the ADAT and MADI digital audio formats to work with IEEE Ethernet AVB Networks.

The e64i/o MADI is a bi-directional 64-channel MADI to Ethernet AVB Bridge that works with MADI sources such as digital consoles, microphone preamps, Analog to Digital converters, and DAW interfaces.

The e16i ADAT is a 16 channel interface with 2 ADAT optical receivers for use with ADAT optical sources. Both products offer solutions for applications in commercial installations, broadcast, and live performance. In addition, Ethernet AVB allows both Pivitec interfaces to be used as Recording & Playback interfaces from Mac OS X & other AVB equipped PCs as well as AVB compatible consoles.

Pivitec will also be showing their award winning Personal Monitor Mixing System , which features 32 discrete channels and full wireless control from iOS devices via their V2Mix Pro Application.

In addition, Pivitec will be participating in audio networking demonstrations with several other exhibitors. In the Pivitec booth (C11446) we will be partnering with Luminex on demo stations that highlight Pivitec’s Personal Monitor Mixing Systems and their Gigacore Ethernet switches as well as AVB / MADI bridging with consoles from Yamaha and Avid.

Professional Wireless (Booth C11816) will be showcasing the advantages of Pivitec’s Personal Monitor Systems in wireless IEM solutions for touring and installation while Avid (Booth C11716) will highlight Pivitec’s e64i/o MADI and e32 Personal Mixer with their new S3L Console based on Ethernet AVB.

Visit us at Booth 11446 to learn about Pivitec’s innovative Personal Monitor and Network Audio Interface solutions based on Ethernet AVB.

For more information visit: www.pivitec.com

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NEW JERSEY STUDIO ADDS THE BOX

MIDDLETOWN, NEW JERSEY – JUNE 2014: Studio owner and musician Greg Padrusch, better known as LEK, has just commissioned THE BOX by API for his northern New Jersey studio. This becomes the latest sale from Calistro Music, API’s distributor in the tri-state area.

Since purchasing THE BOX, LEK has kept busy reconstructing his studio. Throughout that process, he has still managed to immerse himself in some of THE BOX’s recording features. Soon, his studio will feature state-of-the-art acoustics in its new building, creating the ideal surroundings for mixing.

Early this summer, LEK is also planning on releasing new original singles.

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

www.apiaudio.com

THE FREQ ZONE ADDS API’s THE BOX

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – JUNE 2014: The final steps are being taken in constructing a brand new recording studio in Jacksonville –The Freq Zone. Studio owner Nathan Hamiel lives a double life as a sound engineer and computer security analyst. To fit the needs of his new recording and mixing space, Hamiel has commissioned THE BOX to provide the rich, classic sound it achieves in an all-inclusive small-format package.

“I love THE BOX. It provides the sonic character of a large format console in a smaller footprint,” shares Hamiel, who was guided through the decision process by Craig Calistro of Calistro Music. “The sound is everything you’d expect from API – big and punchy. I also like the fact I can have it be the centerpiece and augment it with outboard gear of my choice, creating my own personal sound.”

The studio is undergoing its final preparations, including a new mix/master/production room, as well as a custom desk, which will be completed in June.

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

www.apiaudio.com

COOL PONY MEDIA USES THE BOX TO CREATE MUSIC “HAND-DIPPED IN API SECRET SAUCE”

COLLEYVILLE, TEXAS: Located outside Dallas, Cool Pony Media is a record label and artist development company that works with various music genres, as well as score-to-picture work. Brothers and co-founders, Mark and Mike Stitts, recently did a massive upgrade in part of their studio, with help and guidance from API. The team now uses THE BOX console on a daily basis for writing, tracking, creating stems, and mixing.

“We’re amazed,” shares Mark. “We have quite a bit of other API outboard gear, EQ’s, compressors, channel strips, and summing. THE BOX integrates seamlessly. I often wonder – mustn’t there be elves inside creating some kind of magic here?”

The duo was looking to upgrade their composing room when they first heard about the new small-format console from API. “It was really a no-brainer. The sound and flexibility of a full-fledged API console, with that footprint? We must be dreaming, right? BOOM! This thing is a complete home run!”

The brothers have been creating and recording professionally since the 1980s, and say that not much has changed other than the technology. Their careers have included production work for labels, children’s albums, independent artists, and beyond. The experience they’ve had so far with THE BOX stacks up well with their previous experience with the brand. “We’ve always been API fans. The sound is just so fantastic and unique. I remember the first time we ran audio through anything API. It was so dramatic. The punch, depth, clarity, presence – it was almost like removing wool blankets from in front of the speakers. THE BOX is more of the same.”

Cool Pony purchased the gear earlier this year, and appreciated the support they received during commissioning. “The packaging was impeccable, and the support is off the chain. These guys really are the Apple of the recording console industry. We couldn’t recommend API or THE BOX more highly.”

Designed for home and professional studios of all sizes, THE BOX delivers the classic sound that API is known for, and handles all the functions needed for production not provided by most DAWs. “All the releases from Cool Pony Media are hand-dipped in API secret sauce. It’s very much the Swiss Army knife of audio production. Really, THE BOX is the kind of piece you wonder how you ever lived without.”

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

www.apiaudio.com

(PHOTO CAPTIONS) (top) Mark Stitts with THE BOX console at Cool Pony Media; (bottom) Mike Stitts with the large array of API modules at Cool Pony Media.

Earthworks Debuts IML Installation Series with LumiComm™ Touch Ring

Milford, NH – Introducing the Earthworks IML Installation Series featuring the LumiComm™ Touch Ring designed for permanent table top installation.

IML12-B, IML10-B, IML6-B, IML3-B

Seamlessly integrated into the microphone, the LumiComm™ Touch Ring consists of a dual-color LED light ring and a touch sensor output, providing integrators complete freedom to assign function and LED color with a media control system.

The IML microphone is a back-electret condenser that features a near-perfect cardioid polar response and a flat 30Hz-30kHz frequency response, allowing orators to maintain the same intelligibility at the front and sides of the microphone without a reduction of high frequencies.

IML models come standard with RF shielding, cardioid polar pattern, 4.5 inch body, black finish, touch sensitive surface, and dual-color (red & green) LED light ring. They are available with 3, 6, 10 or 12 inch goosenecks.

Primary applications for the IML Series include boardrooms, teleconferencing, distance learning, and government facilities.

Shipping July 2014.

See us at InfoComm Booth #C11708.

earthworksaudio.com

HRS Control Unveils NEW Bridge Products as part of their Embedded Control Servers product line At InfoComm14

HRS Control will introduce a suite of Bridge products as part of their Embedded Control Servers product line at InfoComm14 where the company will occupy booth # C4834 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, June 18-20. The three devices – Lighting Bridge, Studio Bridge and Timecode Bridge – serve as middle-ware hardware devices and are designed to work as stand-alone units or as part of a larger system with UDC Pro ESC-Raptor.

“We have had this protocol translation technology since we developed it several years ago and it has been available as part of our full UDC Software package. Customers now have dedicated hardware to perform the function of protocol translation,” says Drew Taylor, director of sales and applications for HRS Control. “The Bridge products now offer this technology in a cost effective dedicated and embedded hardware platform for even better performance and reliability.”

While the Raptor provides the GUI, the Bridge products act as back-end workhorses linking external equipment for integrated communications. The bridges are ideal for concert touring, live events, broadcast studios, houses of worship, museums, theme parks, theaters and any other AV application.

The Lighting Bridge accepts incoming Art-Net or DMX triggers and executes outgoing HRS Macros that control any AV equipment. Configuration of the Lighting translation table is fast to build and simple to maintain.

The Studio Bridge translates incoming PBUS or VDCP triggers and executes HRS Macros enabling switchers in broadcast environments to talk to equipment such as Vista Systems’ Spyder and AJA Ki Pro recorders.

The Timecode Bridge listens to incoming timecode. The user adds triggers so HRS Macros can be executed at points in the timecode to trigger other equipment. It works with LTC and MTC formats.

All of the Bridge products run on Linux embedded for 24/7 reliability. They come in half-rack width with an available rack shelf. Sharing its form factor with Raptor, a Bridge can sit side-by-side with the Raptor and occupy just a single rack height.

A built-in web page is used for set up configuration and realtime system monitoring.

HRS Control is taking orders and shipping the bridge products now.

About HRS Control

High Resolution Systems known as HRS Control is a company with a strong systems engineering and applications background. Its founders have decades of experience in the audio visual rental and staging industry, broadcast applications, A/V installations and system design. This combined experience allows them to provide the highest possible quality solutions to its customers in the most efficient manner. For more information, visit www.hrscontrol.com.

LUMINEX V2 Firmware, Which Increases Support for Industry Protocols, Makes Infocomm Debut

LUMINEX Network Intelligence, a Belgium-based developer of lighting control, pro audio and video data distribution equipment for the entertainment industry, has announced the introduction of GigaCore firmware V2, which ushers in a brand new core system for the GigaCore family of Ethernet switches. This latest development will be showcased at Infocomm 2014 in LUMINEX booth C11447.

V2 firmware features support of precision time protocol (PTP v2), development for the support of AES67, new modules for future adoption of AVB, new group web interface, and enhanced PoE and Multicast media support.

In addition to the new industry protocol qualification, the GigaCore 16RFO, an Ethernet switch tailored for touring applications, will bow at Infocomm. Also on hand will be the GigaCore RPSU, a redundant main and PoE supply rack-mount device for the GigaCore family. It can support two GigaCore Ethernet switches and provide back up to one unit in case of power failure.

Visitors to the LUMINEX booth will also have the opportunity to see a demonstration of audio networking offered in conjunction with manufacturer Pivitec LLC. These demo stations will highlight Pivitec Personal mixing systems and interface with a Yamaha digital console, Dante audio support and AVB/MADI bridging from Avid S3L systems.

“After an incredible 2013, we are very excited to be back at Infocomm showing the latest developments from LUMINEX,” says Hugo Larin, Director of LUMINEX Network Intelligence in America.

About LUMINEX

LUMINEX Network Intelligence was formed by Bart Swinnen and Jan Renckens as a branch of parent company LUMINEX Lighting Control Equipment nv, which has an extensive technical background in the lighting industry. LUMINEX Network Intelligence launched its successful Ethernet-DMX8 converter in 2004 when it ran 32 DMX lines at the Paralympics in Athens. Their complete DMX and Ethernet solutions range debuted at Siel 2005 in Paris.

For more information visit www.luminex.be

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