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Shotoku’s Pedestal/Head Systems Elevate Newscasts for Communications Corporation of America Stations

Torrance, CA • KETK-TV, a Communications Corporation of America station and the East Texas NBC affiliate located in Tyler, recently replaced a set of aging and obsolete pedestals with three Shotoku Broadcast Systems TP200/SX300 systems. Naoki Ebimoto President announced the installation from US headquarters in Torrance, CA.

On the air since 1987, KETK-TV provides news for Tyler, Longview, Waco, Shreveport and Baton Rouge sister stations from its Tyler facility. Communications Corporation of America is a leading medium-market broadcast and digital media company with outlets throughout Louisiana, Texas and Indiana.

“KETK selected the Shotoku systems following a fairly extensive research process,” explained Dan Trent, chief engineer at KETK-TV. “Price is always a driver, and Shotoku gives ‘more bang for the buck’”.

Trent continued, “We produce 12 hours of news per day for 5 stations from our Tyler facility, so Shotoku’s TP200/S300 pedestal/head system gets a lot of use. Our former equipment wasn’t capable of up and down movement, and that limited production creativity. The new units change elevation easily, giving operators the freedom to capture a variety of shots and adjust to our different sets. ”

Shotoku’s elegant and ergonomically designed TP200/SX300 Pedestal System is a state-of-the-art configuration ideal for news and production studios. The 2-stage pneumatic pedestal has a maximum payload of over 80kg (177 lbs.) and supports a wide-range of camera configurations. Its perfect balance column and base offer maximum stability and great operational flexibility. One-step foot brake and single-action cable guard enables precise movements and control at all times for fast and easy positioning.

The companion SX300 pan & tilt fluid head offers top class performance with 40kg (88 lbs.) payload and perfect counterbalance/smooth pan & tilt drag to maximize image flexibility.

Added Trent, “The systems have been performing flawlessly; we’ve already experienced a significant improvement over the previous equipment. The operators are very happy.”

The TP200/SX300 systems have been in constant use since their installation.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

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Shotoku contact: Naoki Ebmioto
1-866-Shotoku • mailto:info@shotoku.tv

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications, Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmoon.tv

ASHLY AUDIO PROCESSING AND AMPLIFICATION MAXIMIZE VALUE FOR NEW CHRIST BAPTIST CHURCH SANCTUARY

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – JUNE 2013: Christ Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina branched off of nearby Providence Baptist Church. For many years, Christ Baptist used a converted office building as their worship center until funds could be raised to build a sanctuary that would serve the needs of the fledgling church for decades to come. That time arrived recently, and now Christ Baptist Church has a 1,200-seat sanctuary with a 150-seat choir. A/V integration firm Provision Audio/Video Services of Rolesville, North Carolina designed and installed a first-rate sound reinforcement system for the new sanctuary, relying on Ashly Audio amplifiers and processing, along with a custom Ashly GUI to give the church reliable, high-performance audio for the long haul.

“Christ Baptist Church is a very traditional Baptist church,” said John Linden, managing owner of Provision AVS. “Their music is primarily orchestral and choral with a sixteen voice organ. The church wanted an appropriate acoustic space to support their worship style.” A digital snake from the stage feeds a DiGiCo SD9 digital console at FOH. The main sound reinforcement system is comprised of a pair of Renkus Heinz ICLive-Dual steerable column arrays. Two Danley TH-212 subwoofers provide deep low-end support while simultaneously delivering “tight low-end that punches,” in the words of Linden. A pair of Ashly KLR-3200 dual-channel amplifiers, each running in bridged mono mode, power the subwoofers.

“We went with Ashly amplification based on its sound quality and value,” said Linden. “They have a low-noise floor and clean output. Ashly’s great range of options and formats, including big, beefy amps like the KLR-3200 allowed us to order the power we need. On Ashly’s ne Amplifiers, we can add DSP as needed and specify the input configuration. The ne Series includes networking capability. It’s like having a huge menu of options, and we can pick exactly the right combination of features so as to maximize system performance at the minimum cost. Reliability is also a factor. In the many years we’ve been using them, we’ve had very few problems. In fact, we have never had an Ashly amp fail.”

Two Ashly ne8800 Protea DSPs provide all of the necessary processing for the main system. To complement the formats on the upstream devices, one is outfitted with standard analog inputs, whereas the other is outfitted with AES/EBU digital inputs. One ne8800 handles all of the processing requirements for the main system, including the subwoofers. The other handles all of the processing requirements for the floor monitors and satellite systems. “The sound quality on the Ashly processors is impeccable; they’re very musical,” said Linden. “They’re easy to program and operate and are a remarkable value for the church.” In addition to input control at the DiGiCo console, the FOH operator can remotely control the Ashly DSP via multiple pages of intuitive, custom GUIs that determine the operation of the main system and the various systems that support it.

Four K-array KV50 miniature column loudspeakers powered by an Ashly ne800 amplifier provide front- and side-fill for the main system. Thirty-three 70-volt SoundTube SM31 loudspeakers cover the choir loft. An Ashly ne8250.70pe not only provides power, its optional on-board DSP allowed Provision to custom tailor the frequency and dynamic response across eight separate zones in the choir loft. Similarly, an Ashly ne4250.70pe amplifier with optional DSP controls an overflow system in the adjoining Fellowship Hall. Finally, a pair of Ashly KLR-2000 amplifiers powers the smaller systems in the adjacent choir room and the gathering hall.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A. www.ashly.com

New WebDT Content Manager 6.0 Pro Improves User Experience and Adds New Streamlined Features

New WebDT Content Manager 6.0 Pro Improves User Experience and Adds New Streamlined Features

WCM New Content Manager Software

Dynamic Content Management Simplified


Efficient Management of Digital Signage Networks from Any Location

InfoComm, Orlando, FL & San Jose, CA – June 12, 2013 – DT Research™, Inc., an industry leader in the development of information appliances for vertical markets, today announced the release of WebDT Content Manager version 6.0 Pro, a key tool for managing a digital signage network. WebDT Content Manager (WCM) software provides inclusive tools to schedule content files and create layout designs for media displayed on digital signs. With WCM, a network manager can manage how and when content files are played on a digital signage network from any location. The new WCM 6.0 Pro streamlines operations, enhances security, and offers scalability and rich feature sets.

The newest WebDT Content Manager release, WCM 6.0 Pro, offers an improved user experience with an even more user-friendly and intuitive interface, making the process of managing digital signage content more efficient. A digital signage content manager can now edit a content playlist with single or multiple scenes using Playlist Editor, a 3-step process to publish content in a few minutes. The new calendar interface enables convenient management of playlist schedules, with drag-and-drop operation and a mini-menu to edit schedules. WCM 6.0 Pro supports a wide variety of multimedia formats, as well as built-in Widgets, real-time video-in, executable applications and remote URLs, and files can be edited and previewed in the Media Library.
The Widget Editor allows content managers to quickly create or edit content for playlists, and apply common widgets such as clock, date, time and weather to playlists directly.

The new Player tools allows a content manager to create and monitor player groups, and check the settings, download and playback status, take snapshots, and execute on/off commands for a grouped set of media players. The updated Urgent Cast feature now has three pre-set buttons to assign different Urgent Cast content to multiple player groups, and the Urgent Cast can now be in the form of a playlist or widget. When there is an urgent situation that requires immediate broadcast, clicking the preset Urgent Cast button will publish the content as defined to all target players. Another new tool with WCM 6.0 Pro is an open canvas multi-screen layout designer, with pre-loaded attributes for popular commercial display models for quick content publishing with multiple display groupings.

Beyond content management, WCM 6.0 Pro can also monitor the status of each player, track all activity, and generate reports for network reviews and advertising proof-of-play billing. Additionally, administrators can remotely update patch, restart and shut down the player appliances.

For users who work with Microsoft Active Directory, rather than creating new usernames and passwords for WCM, the data can be directly imported to WCM, including already assigned account roles and access privileges.

WebDT Content Manager software is included with purchase of WebDT digital signage single-head and multi-head hardware appliances, greatly expanding the value and deployment efficiency. Also available is the WebDT Software Development Kit (SDK) for customization and integration with third party applications.

The WCM 6.0 Pro release improves the process for a creative, timely digital signage network deployment, and adds enhanced tools for users to deliver the most dynamic and customized communications.

Availability
The WebDT Content Manager 6.0 Pro software is available directly through approved resellers and partners. For more information, visit DT Research in Booth 5343 at InfoComm in Orlando on June 12-14, or go to http://signage.dtri.com.

About DT Research
DT Research™ develops and manufactures web-enabled information appliances for vertical applications. The WebDT family of products is based on embedded computing platforms for secure, reliable, and cost-effective computing. WebDT 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, WebDT devices offer durability and ease in integration, leading to solutions that can be remotely managed with the comprehensive WebDT Content Manager and Device Manager software. For more information, visit http://signage.dtri.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.

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FSR InfoComm 2013 Product Introductions to Hit Broad Cross-Section of Applications

Woodland Park, NJ • FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, has announced plans to introduce numerous and varied Audio/Video products at InfoComm 2013 that will target a broad cross-section of applications.

Highlights of the new launches include a series of powerful but compact table boxes for conference to classrooms; an iPad table mount to satisfy any digital signage need; a USB Charger for iPad and iPhones, and Digital Ribbon Cables for signal distribution in any AV setting. The new gear will all be showcased during InfoComm in Booth 2259 in the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, from June 12th – 14th.

NEW AT INFOCOMM
Power Coaster Mini Table Box Series
FSR’s new Power Coaster mini table boxes are ideal for meeting, conference and classroom applications. The decorative covers protect and conceal the connectors below and resemble a high-end coaster when closed. Easy installation is accomplished by simply drilling a round hole in the table. A variety of connector options are available including Universal AC power receptacles and dual USB charging ports. The decorative covers are available with either black or aluminum anodized finishes for durability.

iPad Table Mounts
Perfectly suited for retail establishments, tradeshows, conferences, or even residential use, the versatile iPad Table Mounts offer a secure and reliable solution for any application utilizing an iPad or mini iPad as a digital signage tool. Using mounting holes in the base, the units can be permanently and securely mounted to a desk, tabletop or other surface as an advertising aid or mini billboard. Rotating action allows quick repositioning between portrait and landscape orientation, and a swivel option permits user sharing. Flexible tilt mechanics swiftly adjust the iPad Table Mount into any desired position.

SS-USB-CHRG Charger
The patent pending SS-USB-CHRG Charger snap-in module is iPad / iPhone compatible and incorporates the necessary firmware to communicate with USB devices, detect the correct charging wattage, and deliver a full 10 watts of charging power. The snap-in style connector fits a standard keystone mounting form and includes a power supply with screw terminals for easy installation.

Digital Ribbon Cables
FSR’s revolutionary Digital Ribbon Cables utilize proprietary composite technology to effectively allow “sparkle free” high-speed high definition HDMI signal transmission over distances of up to 325 ft. Active circuitry embedded in the connector shells provides all the signal buffering needed and eliminates additional bulky electronics.

The cables deliver a lightning speed 10.2 Gb/sec video bandwidth and can easily handle 1080p, 4kx2k, 3D and most newer hi-res formats. HDMI and HDCP compatibility is maintained throughout. With virtually flawless signal transfer, these cables are perfect for audio/video distribution in digital signage, conference room and classroom settings where longer cable runs have been prohibitive in the past. The cables are UL listed and plenum rated. The new technology permits tight bends during installation that were never before possible and facilitates easy routing.

AND MORE
FSR will also launch a host of AV equipment including Floor Boxes and a NEW FLEX System. This amazing self-contained control system offers valuable features, ease of use, and sensible pricing. In addition, the Company will highlight its popular Ceiling Boxes, the only ceiling boxes that offer both agency and plenum ratings; its Pathfinder Line of Matrix Switchers; and the Twister Pro transmitter/receiver system.

All of FSR’s latest products will be on exhibit at InfoComm, June 12 – 14, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Booth 2259.
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About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

FSR complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and is a woman owned business. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information visit www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmoon.tv

GRUND AUDIO DESIGN ANNOUNCES NEW ACX SERIES LOUDSPEAKER LINE

**** Photo: Grund Audio Design ACX-2 loudspeaker ****

Council Bluffs, IA – InfoComm Booth #553… Grund Audio Design, a pioneering manufacturer of loudspeaker and signal processing products for the audio professional, is pleased to introduce the new ACX Series loudspeaker product line. Designed as a budget friendly sound reinforcement solution for the 200 – 400 seat House of Worship, smaller meeting / presentation facilities, and similar spaces, the new Grund Audio Design ACX Series encompasses five models and related accessories that address these application environments handily. more

Historic St. Augustine’s Church Upgrades its Audio with Community ENTASYS and dSPEC

Founded in 1832, St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, in Minster, Ohio, built its first building, a log structure, in 1835. The brick church building, built in 1848, has gone through several significant renovations including replacement of the original, single tower with twin Gothic towers in 1874, installation of stained glass windows in 1878 and the addition of seven ceiling murals, painted by Joseph Vittur, in 1866.

St. Augustine’s beautiful interior is highly reverberant which is well suited for its pipe organ and 78-voice choir. However, the church’s acoustics have always been a challenge for voice intelligibility. So, in 2012, St. Augustine’s worked with Steve Merrill of Stage Right Productions to install a new sound reinforcement system based on Community’s Entasys 200 loudspeakers and dSPEC Loudspeaker Processor.

“The old sound system put the sound everywhere,” said Merrill. “The reverb and echoes were terrible and I had to overcome these problems.” Merrill had used Community’s original Entasys Column Line Array on another project and knew that Entasys could project the sound directly to the people and keep it off of St. Augustine’s rounded ceiling and hard floors. But, Merrill was attracted to Community’s newer Entasys 200 family because it offered several versatile models that he could use in different areas of the church.

Merrill chose Entasys 212s for the main church sanctuary and Entasys 203s for the front (chancel) area and the choir loft. “A single pair of Entasys 212s would have covered the entire sanctuary,” he said, “but I put a second pair about half-way back in the church and delayed them with the dSPEC processor. Now, the sound is great everywhere. The intelligibility is excellent and you can even hear breath noises!” Merrill put the Entasys 203s on a 70-volt amplifier and used dSPEC to delay the pair covering the choir loft. “The delay makes the sound system disappear,” he said. “The sound seems to come from the lector, not the loudspeakers.”

Merrill used existing electronics where possible to keep the cost down for the church but he replaced older lavalier microphones with new Audio-Technica head-worn mics and added new Ashly amplifiers to power the Entasys 212s.

Greg Oen, lead technical volunteer at the church said “The (dSPEC) processor is amazing. With the delay and equalization, you don’t even notice the loudspeakers.” Oen continued, “some of the older choir members have asked me ‘what did you do to the sound?’ because they can finally understand the message.

CARVER SPORTS COMPLEX HITS A TRIPLE: ASHLY PROCESSING, ASHLY AMPLIFICATION, AND ASHLY USER CONTROL

NEOSHO, MISSOURI – MAY 2013: Neosho, Missouri serves as the western gateway to the Ozark Mountains. Recently, the Neosho R-5 School District initiated a multi-phase plan to convert an open field adjacent to Carver Elementary School into a sports complex with two baseball/softball diamonds and a soccer field. Lance Brummett at Warren Smith & Associates, Consulting Engineer P.C. (Tulsa, Oklahoma) designed the electrical infrastructure for what will be known as the Carver Sports Complex. Nate Pugh, project supervisor and Vince Hightower, installation foreman of Total Electronics Contracting (Joplin, Missouri) oversaw its installation. In order to provide the district with reliable, affordable sound reinforcement for the sports complex, Ashly Audio processing, amplification, and user control forms its core.

“Although they only have the first softball field completed, we have already installed the audio systems that will cover both ball fields,” said Pugh. A pair of Community R.5 loudspeakers covers each field (four loudspeakers total) from atop a concessions stand that resides between the two fields. A single Ashly KLR-2000, rated at 1000W on each of two channels, powers the system, one channel per field. An Ashly ne24.24M processor handles all of the input management, signal processing and routing logic for both fields. Because it has a modular I/O design, the ne24.24M is perfectly tailored to the complex’s needs. Twelve inputs collect six identical sources from each field, and four outputs feed the amplifier with two spares.

“This was my first experience using the Ashly ne24.24M processor,” said Hightower. “After just an hour with it at the shop, I felt completely comfortable and ready to take it to the field. It went in easily and without a hiccup. The fact that it’s modular is nice; we were able to give them what they needed without wasting a lot of untapped potential. The Ashly KLR-2000 is a great sounding amp. It’s nice and clean and promises to deliver reliable sound for a long time to come.”

A pair of Ashly FR-8 Network 8-Channel Remote Faders provide simple, intuitive user control of source volume and muting, as well as output volume for each field. Because the FR-8 connects to the ne24.24M with just a simple Ethernet jack, installation was a snap. Input sources are identical for each field and include a tuner, a Marantz CD/iPod player, an ElectroVoice wireless microphone, a Shure wired announcer microphone, and an additional microphone jack. Furman sequencing provides power to the system in a Middle Atlantic rack.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A. www.ashly.com

STOP BY AND SEE ASHLY AT INFOCOMM BOOTH #335

SYMETRIX PROMOTES HOCK THANG TO REGIONAL SALES MANAGER ASIA/PACIFIC

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MAY 2013: Spurred by Symetrix’ increasing global presence and the rise of a robust Asian market, former Symetrix Technical Sales Engineer Hock Thang has been promoted to the newly-created position of Regional Sales Manager – Asia / Pacific. Based in Singapore, Thang’s mastery of the Symetrix product line – including Jupiter app based turn-key DSP, Solus standalone fixed I/O DSP, as well as Edge and Radius Dante network audio DSP – has been winning Symetrix converts throughout the region.

“Since 2006, Hock has been an invaluable resource for Symetrix in Asia,” said Mark Ullrich, Symetrix international sales manager. “From his home base in Singapore, Hock has been providing trainings and superior support to the Asia-Pacific Symetrix distributor network. He will continue with this fully but will now also add new focus on strategic sales activities, territory management, and increased connection and support for our distribution partners.”

“I’m privileged to work with such a great team at Symetrix,” said Hock Thang. “Together with our extremely committed distribution partners I look forward to growing Symetrix further in my new role. As our products evolve and become more sophisticated and competitive, we must have the presence and sales infrastructure in place to support it. With the recent release of SymNet Radius AEC Dante network audio DSP, for example, I’ll be focusing heavily on growing the awareness of our full range of conferencing solutions. I look forward to working even more closely with distributors, consultants, and end-users alike, to continue to install superior Symetrix DSP products in the Asia-Pacific region.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix engineers high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software. Symetrix products are distributed worldwide, and designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the Seattle area headquarters. Since 1976, customers have enjoyed the benefits of Symetrix’ independent ownership and management. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

WORXAUDIO TECHNOLOGIES DEPLOYED AT NORTH KANNAPOLIS BAPTIST CHURCH

**** Photo: Charles Morrow (left) and Cam Taylor (right) at North Kannapolis Baptist Church ****

Kannapolis, NC – May 2013… As is the case with many houses of worship, music plays an increasingly vital role during services at North Kannapolis Baptist Church these days because of its ability to engage the audience and, as a result, make services more relevant to a wider constituency. After having struggled with the inadequacies of its previous sound reinforcement system, church leaders decided an upgrade was in order. After reviewing a variety of SR systems, the decision was made to install loudspeakers from the TrueLine and Wave Series catalogs of Greensboro, NC-based WorxAudio Technologies. more

New cost–effective KanexPro HDMI Matrix with up to 32×32 I/O’s

May 16, 2013. Getting ready for InfoComm? Don’t forget to check our new, best-in class HDMI™ Matrix Switcher for all your AV integration needs.

The KanexPro HDMI 32×32 (also available in 4×4, 8×8 & 16×16) matrix is an ultra-high performance, digital matrix switcher engineered to route HDMI signals from 32 inputs to 32 outputs. The unit provides full HDCP internal management for today’s integration in commercial A/V market, ensuring HDCP key authentication, and administering the handshake internally. It maintains resolutions up to 1920 x 1200, 1080p or 2K, supporting full cross point switching. The matrix supports smart EDID management for rapid integration of sources and displays.

HDMI, Matrix, EDID, HDCP


Fully controllable through RS-232 commands, IR remote and front-panel buttons, this switcher includes 10-global presets for I/O configurations which allows saving and recalling via the front-panel, IR or through serial control at any time.

Today’s Applications

The KanexPro HDMI 32×32 matrix switcher is ideal for countless commercial applications such as military, medical and government environments where swift, reliable switching and distribution of high-resolution DVI/HDMI signals is critical to meet pixel-by-pixel needs.
To get a quote or for more information please call us at 888-644-4149 or visit KanexPro.com

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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