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Technomad Makes Loudspeakers with Heat from the Sun

Sustainable process improves quality while significantly reducing costs and carbon footprint

BOSTON, March 13, 2012Technomad redefines sustainable AV with a new partnership that brings solar technology to its already-green plastic loudspeaker manufacturing process. The move slices production costs up to 30 percent while reducing the company’s carbon footprint — and introduces a revolutionary process to the professional audio and AV space.

Technomad has long been associated with sustainable manufacturing, producing durable, weatherproof MilSpec loudspeakers using recycled plastic. As a result, Technomad loudspeakers are often specified into AV projects with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) requirements.

Technomad recently teamed up with LightManufacturing LLC, which developed a unique-patent-pending method of molding plastic with solar heat. The company’s unique Solar Rotational Molding (SRM™) systems eliminate greenhouse gasses associated with traditional rotational molding while reducing manufacturing costs — an unusual combination in a world that equates ‘green’ with unaffordable.

LightManufacturing now molds most of Technomad’s popular Vienna and Vernal loudspeakers at its California facility, with larger models to follow.

“Technomad is the first company in the professional audio industry to take advantage of solar thermal energy,” said Rodger von Kries, vice president of Technomad. “We’ve always worked on the cutting edge of green manufacturing, being the first company to use 100 percent recycled plastic to make loudspeaker cabinets. The LightManufacturing partnership brings new advantages by reducing our costs while benefitting the environment.”

LightManufacturing’s SRM process uses computer-controlled mirrors to concentrate heat from the sun onto a mold and melt the plastic inside. The sun’s thermal energy is used directly, avoiding the costs of making electricity with photovoltaic panels. The process delivers higher quality parts at a lower cost than traditional rotational molding, with typical savings of 10 to 30 percent. The nearly silent SRM systems use no natural gas or external AC power, and the hardware costs less than traditional rotational molding systems.

“This partnership shows that the solar molding process can deliver high-quality, reduced-cost parts for manufacturers right out of the gate,” said Mark Severy, a consultant at LightManufacturing. “Technomad came to us with a 15 year history of making world-class products. We met their requirements for outstanding quality, lower cost — and zero carbon emissions.”

ABOUT LIGHT MANUFACTURING
LightManufacturing LLC’s unique process re-invents rotational molding and other plastic molding processes through the use of solar thermal energy. The company works with equipment builders, plastic molders, large-scale end-users of plastic components, governments and NGOs to create sustainable and economically-competitive manufacturing solutions. Please call 415-796-6475 or e-mail newclient@lightmanufacturingllc.com for more information.

ABOUT TECHNOMAD
Technomad LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range weatherproof loudspeaker and now offers nine models ranging in power from 60-watt loudspeakers to 1250-watt subwoofers — most available in Turnkey PA System packages featuring amplifiers, mixers and other signal processing equipment in pre-wired racks. The company also manufactures a variety of audio infrastructure and communications equipment including playback and recording systems, weatherproof power amplifiers and turnkey remote audio systems. Contact Technomad at 617-275-8898 or visit www.technomad.com for more information.

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ALTINEX PREMIERES TNP128 AND TNP128C INTERCONNECT BOXES

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Brea, CA – March 2012… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the availability of the TNP128 and TNP128C (custom) Interconnect Boxes, the latest additions to the ever-expanding line of Tilt ‘N Plug interconnect offerings. Available in both standard and custom configurations, the TNP128 and TNP128C interconnect boxes offer convenient, one touch access to a variety of video, audio, computer, network, and power connections—making the tabletop connection point attractive for any boardroom or conference room table. more

Discover Video Introduces RTMP H.264 Flash Stream Recorder

Discover Video, LLC (www.discovervideo.com), a leader in video streaming products and solutions, today announced the new RTMP Flash stream recorder. The Discover Video RTMP recorder allows you to display and record a live RTMP (“Real Time Message Protocol”) video stream from the public Internet. Files are recorded in industry standard H.264 .mp4 format allowing them to be uploaded, streamed, and/or viewed on virtually any computer, Smartphone, iPad, tablet, etc.

The DV RTMP Flash stream recorder includes the following features:
• Records live RTMP/H264 audio/video stream
• Optionally records multiple smaller files of a given duration
• Built-in scheduler allows you to record on unattended computers
• Automatic settings for Discover Video Streaming accounts

“When doing live events, it can be absolutely essential to have a recording made for later VoD viewing or for other purposes”, said Rich Mavrogeanes, President and CEO of Discover Video. “While you can record using DVME, and you can often make a recording via a network server, it is often a good idea to have a backup recording in case something goes wrong. The DV RTMP recorder uses the same bandwidth as your live video player, but it records your live stream so you have a copy of exactly what your live stream looked like to viewers.”

The DV RTMP Flash Stream Recorder is available for purchase on www.discovervideo.com. Price is only $49.

About Discover Video, LLC

Discover Video was founded by the same people that created VBrick Systems, and provides video streaming equipment and services to broadcasters, schools, corporations, and government. The products include multimedia video encoders, decoders, and transcoders, priority video alert systems, and mobile broadcasting kits. Discover Video’s customers include major corporations, educational institutions, local cable-TV stations and small businesses. http://www.discovervideo.com

Extron Manufactures Speakers at New Raleigh, North Carolina Facility

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce that it is now manufacturing its award-winning, patented Flat Field® and SoundField® ceiling tile speakers at the company’s brand new, 146,000 square foot East Coast regional headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina. more

ASHLY PEMA™ POWERED PROCESSORS IN THE BIG HOUSE

LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK – MARCH 2012: Although the universe of institutions that require professional sound reinforcement includes churches, schools, and other places that can make a sound integrator feel warm and fuzzy at the end of the day, it is also populated by places like the Yaphank Correctional Facility (YCF) on Long Island, New York. The new $133-million building will house 650 inmates when it is finally commissioned for operation in the spring of 2012. To deliver both routine and safety-related information, Pro Sound Alliance (Troy, New York) a division of Live Sound, Inc., provided a three-tiered redundant paging system centered on the (figuratively) bulletproof Ashly Pema™ powered processor.

The new YCF is designed around six “pods,” each of which will house one-hundred, or so, inmates in a way that maximizes the efficiency with which they can be guarded. Beyond the pods, common areas, food preparation quarters, medical facilities, etc. require dedicated paging zones as well. Pro Sound Alliance general manager Dominick Campana served as project engineer at YCF. “It was a little bit complicated, as we were a subcontractor to a subcontractor to a subcontractor to a prime contractor for the owner, Suffolk County Department of Public Works,” he laughed. “They were counting on our expertise to design and install a system that would deliver the functionality and performance required by the Sheriff’s department together with the architect and engineer’s specifications and concept drawing.”

He continued, “Acoustics are seldom addressed in such facilities. There are little or no absorptive surface materials. All of the speakers are hindered by heavy-duty vandal-proof hardware. The potential background noise is extremely loud. Most input signals are generated from telephone-quality paging and security systems. And so, with all that stacked up against me, I had to find a processor and amplifier capable of multi-layer priority ducking, matrix routing, extensive signal processing, and significant output power to make sure that all pages and announcements are heard loud and clear.” The Ashly Pema multi-channel amp with on-board Protea(tm) DSP processor met all of those requirements at a fair price-point and with Ashly’s reliability and support.

The system covers thirty-plus zones with one Ashly Pema 8250.70 and six Pema 4250.70s powering over 600 Lowell 805-T72 loudspeakers. Both Pema models provide full-blooded 8×8 DSP together with eight (8250) or four (4250) 250-watt amplifier channels in just two rack spaces. Three redundant paging systems at different priority levels provide input.

An industrial-grade Black Creek security intercom system provides top-priority paging: any Black Creek handset or computer-controlled announcement or alarm will immediately take control of the PA system. The most commonly used paging source occupies the second level – a comprehensive Stentofon IP telephone paging system with sixteen microphone stations located throughout the facility. Finally, built-in microphones and program sources at each of seven head ends provides the third-level input.

“We were introduced to the Ashly Pema through our extensive use of the Ashly ne24.24M modular DSP,” said Campana. “We love the flexibility, simplicity, and power of the Protea software platform. Moreover, Ashly’s ‘network-enabled’ equipment is vastly easier to use than other equipment in its class. Instead of opening up control panels, messing with ‘COMM-this’ and ‘PORT-that’ for two hours, the Ashly equipment plugs into the computer and just works.” While Campana says he welcomes that speed and simplicity at any job, it was especially important at YCF. “Getting in there for any changes will not be easy,” he laughed. “The process can take quite awhile! With the Ashly Pema in place, I was able to make efficient use of my time. It will be even trickier to go back for any updates or a service call when the inmates are in residence, so I’m glad, first, that the Ashly gear is so solid, and, second, that it’s so quick to work with in case I have to go back.” Campana reported that the sales support from Charlie Eaton at Eaton Sales and Marketing was exemplary.

Campana commissioned the system in the presence of prison officials and security system integrators. “They were stunned at how wonderful it sounded,” he said. “They’re not used to working with people from a true audio background. I wasn’t just trying to make the pages intelligible, I was trying to make them pleasingly so!” Where most security integrators might tap a loudspeaker at 0.5 or 1 watt, Campana leveraged the muscle of the Ashly Pema units to tap loudspeakers at between 5 and 7.5 watts. “I know that people are under the impression that there are tons of powerful amps out there,” he said. “But I defy anyone to come close to the Pema’s eight channels at 250 watts each with full DSP in just two rack spaces at the price point Ashly manages. It’s a godsend. It’s perfect.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO With a greater than thirty-seven year history, Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of quality signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets.

www.ashly.com

API 1608 INSTALLED IN BELGIUM STUDIO

pieter_apers.JPGBRUSSELS, BELGIUM – MARCH 2012: Brussels-based Studio La Buanderie has recently installed a 16-channel API 1608 – a console that its owner and engineer, Pieter Apers, calls, “the holy grail in recording.” Apers purchased the fully-analog console through API dealer Amptec, who is credited with quickly bringing multiple 1608 consoles into Belgium.

“I have always been an audio enthusiast, so I have known about API for a very long time,” said Apers. But when I was choosing a console for my studio, I considered a number of alternatives. To be fair, some others offer deeper DAW integration and more bells and whistles than the 1608. However, when it comes to sound and sheer build quality there is no doubt – the 1608 stands high above the others.”

Apers founded Studio La Buanderie in his home eight years ago to fulfill a longtime more

SYMETRIX JUPITER PROCESSORS UNITE FIRST UNITED

firstunitedmethodist_sandiego.JPGSAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 2012: First United Methodist Church of San Diego is the largest Methodist church in southern California and occupies one of the most architecturally-splendid church campuses in the area. Over many decades, First United has struggled with sound reinforcement systems for its multiple venues that somehow always failed to live up to expectations. Recently, Paul Svenson of Sound Casework Inc. (PS Audio Video) reversed the inertia of that sorry history, unifying all five sound systems under a common, easy-to-use, foolproof paradigm centered on the Symetrix Jupiter 8 signal processor and the Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote. Now volunteers can get a quick explanation of how to work on any system and transfer their knowledge transparently to any of the other systems, relying on Svenson’s intuitive design to deliver perfect audio with confidence.

“I’ve been trying to get First United’s more

New Stand Alone Digital Signage Player and Server from DT Research

Player and Server in one digital signage appliance

New Stand Alone Digital Signage Player and Server in One

Robust SP Series Combines Functions for Efficient Deployments

SAN JOSE, Calif., – March 6, 2012 – DT Research™, Inc., an industry leader in the development of digital messaging appliances for vertical markets, today announced a new line of digital signage players, the Player/Server Appliances (SP). An SP appliance performs as both a media player and a server, eliminating the need for a separate server device, and streamlining digital signage deployments. With pre-installed WebDT Player and WebDT Content Manager software, the SP appliances are ready to perform out of the box, ideal for events, presentations, reception areas, and test deployments. One SP appliance is also capable as operating as a server for up to ten digital signage player appliances, ready to create a network for targeted communications.

The SP1350 is a small form factor solid state player that incorporates an AMD Fusion Dual Core processor and Hudson graphics card in one design. This fanless, power-efficient player offers full HD display resolution, providing content with the best possible viewing experience, and a wireless network interface option.

The SP200 is powered by the Intel Core i3 or i7 processor, with full-HD/dual full-HD, and the capability to display content on one or two screens. The SP200 also offers an optional video capture card with HDMI, component, composite, and S-video inputs.

Both the SP1350 and SP200 offer the Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 operating system, making it flexible to integrate with third-party applications.

The scalable SP digital signage appliance line grows with the needs of the deployment and project, offering a streamlined digital signage set up in a single location and able to accommodate adding on players and locations. There are no recurring fees with the WebDT Digital Signage System, lowering the total cost of operating and giving complete control of content management. The comprehensive WebDT Content Manager software provides a navigable interface to schedule and plan content files from any location and also includes tools to manage signage appliance functions such as power on/off timing.

About DT Research
DT Research™ develops and manufactures web-enabled information appliances for vertical applications. The DT family of products is based on embedded computing platforms for secure, reliable, and cost-effective computing. DT products include digital signage solutions, wireless tablets, point-of-service handhelds, compact modular systems, and display-integrated information systems. These systems emphasize mobility, wireless connectivity and touch displays. Powered by Windows® operating systems, DT devices offer durability and ease in integration, leading to solutions that can be remotely managed with the comprehensive WebDT Content Manager and WebDT Device Manager software. For more information, visit http://signage.dtri.com and www.dtresearch.com.

DT Research and WebDT are trademarks of DT Research, Inc. All other brands and product names may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

ASHLY AUDIO ADMITTED TO WEST POINT

usmaps_exterior.JPGWEST POINT, NEW YORK: The United States Military Academy Prep School (USMAPS) provides critical academic training to promising students who aspire to be admitted to the US Army’s prestigious West Point Military Academy. Although the core institution of USMAPS has been around for nearly a century at various locations throughout the country, only recently did it commit to new construction in the town of West Point, New York, adjacent to the military academy. A multi-purpose lecture hall/ auditorium is the largest room in the new building (excepting sports-related facilities) and seats approx. 325 students. USMAPS hired New York-based Pro Sound Associates to integrate the room’s audio and video components, many of which were already purchased. Company owner Dominick Campana relied on an Ashly ne24.24M modular processor to tie the disparate pieces together in a way that would be reliable and easy for the school’s more

DANLEY DIALS IN STATE-OF-THE-ART SOUND AT KELOWNA CHRISTIAN CENTRE

kelowna_christiancentre_outside.JPGKELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA: Kelowna Christian Centre (KCC) in Kelowna, British Columbia is many things to many people. It is a contemporary, charismatic church with services that feature a full band, high-energy worship, multi-media presentations, dramatic performances, and dance. It is also a school: kindergarten through twelfth grade for attending students and the largest online school in British Columbia for remote students. Finally, by hosting numerous special events and conferences throughout the year, it is a hub of community life. KCC’s flexible, decade-old sanctuary is heavily used by the church and the school, and also for events, but until recently its multi-media infrastructure and sound reinforcement were outdated and approaching haphazard. Local A/V integrator AVcom Technical Productions designed and installed a new state-of-the-art A/V system centered on Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers.

The original installation had its share of problems from the more

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