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K&S Electronics Updates Courthouse Audio With Astatic Mics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

High Resolution Systems Goes Live with Apple HRS Control Pro App for UDC

High Resolution Systems has announced that HRS Control Pro from Apple’s App Store has gone live. The new app for High Resolution Systems’ UDC (Universal Device Controller) software gives users of Apple devices another interface option and reinforces the company’s commitment to the concept of open systems for maximum client flexibility.

“We’re big supporters of the Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) trend, which finds customers using Apple iPads, Apple iPhones, Apple iPod Touch and other tablets and smart phones for AV control,” says High Resolution’s Drew Taylor. “Customers have been using our web-server feature for these devices. But now Apple users have their own dedicated app, HRS Control Pro, for extended control of all versions of iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch in landscape and portrait modes.”

The new app follows the debut of a Windows 8 client controller app for extended control of Windows-enabled devices.

Both the Apple and Windows controller apps offer the ability to download different UDC configurations and store them for offline viewing. “This allows customers to use them in a demo mode; it’s a very useful sales tool,” says Taylor.

He notes that it’s the goal of High Resolution Systems to “support any tablet or smart phone – to leave the options wide open for the customer to use any hardware they choose as their control platform. We advocate giving the customer the flexibility to get really creative about how they integrate hardware,” in contrast to closed control systems on the market which offer proprietary-limited hardware choices.

About High Resolution Systems
High Resolution Systems, a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers is a company with a strong systems engineering and applications background. Its founders have decades of experience in the audiovisual 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.

DT Research Impresses COMPUTEX 2012 with Multi-screen Digital Signage Solutions

TAIPEI, TAIWAN, – June 5, 2012 – DT Research, Inc., an industry leader in the development of information appliances for vertical markets, will bring comprehensive multi-screen digital signage solutions to COMPUTEX 2012. With slim bezel displays from the strategic partner eJump Digital, Inc. and Multi-screen Appliances from DT Research, this digital signage system clearly conveys appealing messages through dynamic HD content for many applications, such as menu boards, flight schedules, and lobby communications.

DT Research’s Multi-screen (MS) Digital Signage solutions are specifically designed to send high resolution dynamic messages for multiple-screen configurations. These MS Appliances are equipped with high performance processors and independent graphical cards, as well as WebDT Content Manager software to provide efficient remote control of hardware and content distribution. The integration of software and hardware provides a ready-to-perform digital signage system that has already proven successful for customers worldwide in many high-profile locations. With the MS signage appliance line, one signage appliance player can power advanced features to a video wall, sending messages to up to 18 screens with the industry’s highest 7680 x 4320 Super Hi-Vision resolution. The Multi-screen Digital Signage solutions save setup time and staff costs with efficient management of content media across multiple screens in multiple locations, and minimize the mess of network cables and power cords. More importantly, the multi-screen configuration provides viewers a whole new visual experience and corporate image.

“The multi-screen advertisement is the future trend,” said Lewis Liaw, president of DT Research, Inc. Taiwan Branch. “This multi-screen system is perfectly incorporated with both software and hardware; users have more room to express creativity. To reach that goal, we continuously devote resources to development of multi-screen digital signage solutions. In COMPUTEX, we are glad to cooperate with eJump Digital. With their high-brightness displays, this multi-screen system gives a dynamic presentation. This cooperation indicates that both parties are always devoted to perfecting digital signage solutions.”

“With the popularizing of digital signage, we observed that the market has switched the demand from single screen display to multi-screen configuration,” said Rino Tsai, president of eJump Digital, Inc. “We are honored to have this opportunity to cooperate with DT Research for the tradeshow. Our 42-inch SB series high-brightness displays work seamlessly with software and hardware from DT Research to create eye-catching effects of display configurations. Both parties provide customers with a complete solution selection.”

During COMPUTEX 2012, DT Research will demonstrate the comprehensive digital signage solutions, including Signage Appliances, Multi-screen Appliances that support from 2 to 18 screens, Integrated Player/Server Appliances that incorporate players and servers for immediate setup and short term installations, and slim bezel displays from eJump Digital. In addition, DT Research will also exhibit embedded computing appliances, such as industrial Mobile Tablets and Handheld POS Terminals. DT Research will be located at booth G0615, Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 3.

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 Device Manager software. For more information, visit www.dtresearch.com.

About eJump Digital Inc.
E-Jump is a leading solution provider of high definition industrial screens that already integral product portfolio for public display, such as banks, schools, medical centers, transportation centers, retail stores, hotels, department stores. Extraordinary reliability, performance, and design of products are highly affirmed by clients. For more information, visit www.ejump.com.tw.

Small Tree Demonstrates Magma’s ExpressBox 3T Expansion Chassis for Thunderbolt Technology at Infocomm 2012

At Infocomm 2012, Small Tree (Booth C5654 – Technologies for Worship pavilion) will demonstrate the ExpressBox 3T, recently introduced by Magma, which is the first three-slot PCI Express expansion chassis for Thunderbolt technology.

ExpressBox 3T, an ‘outside-the-box’ solution for using PCIe cards with Thunderbolt-equipped computers to enhance high performance workflows, is fully compatible with network software drivers developed by Small Tree.

“Magma and Small Tree have worked closely to ensure compatibility and high performance of our market leading Thunderbolt products,” said Randy Jones, president and CEO of Magma, developer and manufacturer of PCI & PCI Express Expansion Systems for servers, desktops and portable platforms. “Small Tree’s reputation as Mac Network and Ethernet based shared storage experts and Magma’s long standing expertise in expansion technology will provide customers with rock solid solutions leveraging the breakthrough Thunderbolt technology.”

Small Tree’s network software drivers were validated by Magma to be fully functional with ExpressBox 3T after undergoing and passing a series of rugged performance tests conducted at Magma’s San Diego facility.

“Small Tree was one of our first partners to provide fully compliant drivers that incorporate Thunderbolt expansion support for their 10Gige PCIe card,” Jones continued. “Support for advanced Thunderbolt features, like hot-plug and sleep, creates a positive user experience because it allows for graceful exit from applications in the event of an unexpected removal of the cable.”

For Corky Seeber, president of Small Tree, demonstrating Magma’s ExpressBox 3T at Infocomm is an illustration of the company’s ongoing commitment to providing solutions that promote real-time collaboration. “As the shift to Thunderbolt technology evolves, Small Tree will continue to offer shared storage and networking solutions that meet the industry’s demands,” said Seeber, president of Small Tree. “With the introduction of ExpressBox 3T, Magma has developed a leading-edge expansion solution that will add tremendous value to editing teams looking to maximize their efficiency and workflow, whether it’s large post-production facilities working on movies and TV shows for mass consumption, or small to mid-size teams at churches and universities working on projects for specific audiences.”

“Thunderbolt delivers unparalleled performance, flexibility and simplicity to personal computing.” said Jason Ziller, Intel’s director of Thunderbolt Marketing. “Products like Magma’s ExpressBox 3T and Small Tree’s network software drivers for Intel’s 10G Ethernet Converged Networking Adapter X540-T2 help highlight what Thunderbolt makes possible.”

For more information about Small Tree and its shared storage and networking products, visit Booth C5654 at Infocomm, online at www.Small-Tree.com or follow the company on Twitter @SmallTreeComm. For information on Magma and its growing line of products, visit www.magma.com. For information on Thunderbolt technology, visit www.thunderbolttechnology.net.

Audio Authority To Give Away a SonaFlex 16-Channel Matrix Amp at InfoComm12

The new amplifier provides important differences in both sound quality and flexible capability for commercial and residential integrators.

LEXINGTON, KY – Audio Authority®, manufacturer of audio/video distribution, extension and signal conversion solutions, announced an incentive for new dealers to sign up at InfoComm Conference 2012. more

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One party to rule them all at InfoComm 2012

There’s one party to rule them all at this year’s InfoComm on the projectiondesign Booth N1351, Thursday, 14 June at 3-5pm.

Live music and ‘We Will Rock You’ themed entertainment!

See http://www.projectiondesign.com/corporate/news-events/event-calendar/infocomm-2012 for more info!

Norway’s projectiondesign® to partner with BOI Solutions, Inc. at InfoComm 2012

See projectiondesign at InfoComm 2012, Booth N1351, 13-15 June, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV

Ohio-based integrator to provide 16-channel projected visualization solution with diverse market applications

The migration of immersive displays to the worlds of enterprise conferencing and collaboration will be a key theme for projectiondesign® at this year’s InfoComm 2012 show, as the Norwegian manufacturer teams up with BOI Solutions, Inc., to showcase its F22 projectors integrated in a 16-channel visualization solution on its booth in Las Vegas.

“We use projectiondesign projectors with our top customers ranging from Procter & Gamble (P&G) through to Starbucks, NFL Films, Honda and the U.S. Military. BOI Solutions designs research simulators and high-end conference rooms using the highest levels of video and audio systems engineering. Based in Ohio, the firm has pioneered the convergence of immersive displays with corporate meeting-room systems, even designing a unique conference-room concept – known as the Business Sphere – around a curved screen for which it co-holds a patent with P&G,” says Bill Othick, vice-president of BOI.

“Our company is a think-tank that designs working spaces, as opposed to a typical audio-visual firm that installs equipment in certain kinds of rooms,” adds Bill Othick. “When you make data really visual, it is quicker and easier to process than if it simply sits on a spreadsheet or a PowerPoint presentation.”

By applying techniques more commonly used in product visualization – such as the edge-blending and warping of multiple projected images and high-quality, multi-channel surround sound – to meeting rooms, BOI helps enterprises change the way they think about business, bringing market reports and strategies to life in the same way that a new product or landscape can be viewed from any angle in an industrial or military simulation environment.

Such an approach requires BOI to stay at the forefront of audiovisual technology, and Othick says he could not ask for a more responsive partner than projectiondesign.

“Our success is driven by our ability to integrate technologies of higher and higher performance capabilities, and we’ve used projectiondesign in many jobs for clients such as P&G and NFL Films,” adds Othick. “The resolution of the projectors is excellent, their imaging is ultra-dependable, and the service and support we receive from the company is second to none.

“We’re excited about being part of projectiondesign’s InfoComm exhibit plans and look forward to meeting current and future end-customers while they are literally right in front of our unique approach to visualization.”

Anders Løkke, Marketing Director, projectiondesign, adds: “The InfoComm show always delivers a strong mix of international integrators and end-users, and we believe our 16-channel projected display, designed and built in partnership with BOI, will inspire both communities to see how visualization displays are moving from niche markets into everyday enterprise communication.”

Set up and alignment of all projectors in the BOI Solutions 16-channel visualization wall at InfoComm is achieved using Scalable Display Technologies’ software and expertise.

www.projectiondesign.com

Sound Works Productions Supports Northwestern’s PhilFest

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Big Daddy Love and Paper Thick Walls performed at the Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois) 2012 Philfest held in mid-May. The annual bluegrass concert, co-sponsored by A&O Productions and Students for Ecological and Environmental Development (SEED), is held in memory of Phil Semmer, a SEED member who passed away while studying abroad. The event raises money for the Rocky Mountain Institute; an organization that researches more effective use of resources and that Semmer aspired to join after graduation.

Sound Works Productions of Frankfort, Illinois, not only staffed the event (Eric Lindholm at Front of House, Daniel Nickleski at Monitors and Kevin Flasza as Stage Tech), but also provided a NEXO GEO S line array for the main PA along with a Yamaha M7CL-48 digital console for FOH and LS9-32 for monitors.

The NEXO GEO S12 was configured as eight GEO S1210s, two GEO S1230s for mains, two PS10s used for front fills, four RS18 Ray Subs, and three 4×4 NXAmps.

“Every time our GEO S12 rig goes out it never ceases to amaze our clients,” says Nickleski. “The versatility, ease of set up, and the consistent sound quality are what keeps our clients coming back.”

For more information on Sound Works Productions, visit www.soundworkspro.com.

For more information on NEXO and Yamaha products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. The company is the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

The Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

Delta Media Servers to supply key content for video exhibition

Atlas AV has completed a renovation of the extensive audiovisual exhibition surrounding The Crown Jewels at the Tower of London.

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In explaining about the technology installed, Alan Williams, Operations Manager at Atlas AV says: “The interpretation designs provided by Ralph Appelbaum Associates and interior fit-out by Beck Interiors are complemented by state of the art audio visual technology.”

“projection is prominent within the exhibition and displays are all individually warped and blended using Delta Media Servers to fit the contours of the historic building with masks placed on the edges for a soft edge. Uncompressed content created by Center Screen Productions is controlled by 7thSense Design Delta central media servers, providing frame accurate synchronised projections with 32 channels of audio over CobraNet to provide genlocked audio in addition to genlocked video displayed in stunning 1080p HD.”

“One area presents to visitors over 25 metres of bespoke projection all perfectly synchronised. The display acts as a single image punctuated only by the character of the ancient monument bringing the history and spectacle of The Crown Jewels to life.”

It is expected that there will be 3 million visitors to the exhibition this year as attention focuses on HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics. Please see more information from the historic Royal Palaces Website, http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/stories/crownjewels.

www.7thsensedesign.com
Powerful LEDView530 LED video wall processing

The LEDView530 is a flexible scaler, routing switcher and interface for connecting LED screens to almost any HD and SD video source to intuitively process images for a breath taking display transforming any space. This new product also comes with easy to use front panel control.

Calibre scoops The Queens Award for Enterprise 2012

Calibre UK has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2012, in the International Trade category. HM the Queen will personally present Tim Brooksbank, Chairman, Calibre UK the award later in the year in recognition of its sustained export growth and international success between 2008 and 2011. Calibre UK will celebrate their success on their booth at InfoComm 2012.

Learn with Calibre UK at InfoComm University

Calibre UK and their US partner, Marketing Specialists will present Electronic Projection Mapping, warp and blend on Wednesday, 8am – 10am on 13 June 2012 providing a generic overview oftechnologies, application and highlighting several real-world case examples. To register, please visit www.infocommshow.org.

See the LEDView530, HQView530 and other Calibre UK video processing and scaling products on booth N1153 between 13-15 June 2012 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

KanexPro Introduces Audio De-Embedder with 3D Support

KanexPro (InfoComm booth # C7247) , the leading A/V Connectivity solutions provider is proud to introduce Audio De-Embedders with full 3D support. Audio De-Embedder is a simple device, designed to extract HDMI audio from HDMI signals. It outputs to analog 2-channel stereo and digital S/PDIF simultaneously providing multichannel audio up to 5.1 surround sound. Supports data rates up to 6.75 Gbps to all channels with HDMI 1.3 Deep Color. The audio De-embedder is HDCP compliant, displaying resolutions to 1080p/60 and PC resolutions up to 1920×1200.

Input cable equalization on the audio De-embedder compensates for weak source signals or signal loss when using long input cable runs. Supports wide variety of audio formats from two-channel PCM or encoded bit stream audio for Dolby® Digital to 5.1 DTS® Digital Surround.
The Kanex Audio De-embedder is a perfect problem solver for many applications that require audio extraction from HDMI signals.

About KanexPro™

Leveraging our core strength in professional A/V products, KanexPro carries a complete selection of A/V connectivity needs. When planning digital installations you will find that we carry a broad line of A/V connectivity products enabling you to broadcast, extend, split, or multiply HD signal transmissions; simply and cost-effectively.
KanexPro is a registered trademark. All other trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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