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Iconyx Welcomes You to Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV – August, 2013… Despite the recent real estate woes, Las Vegas remains one of the fastest growing cities in America. And as the city has grown, so has its airport. Along with the recent opening of its new 1.9 million square foot Terminal 3, McCarran International Airport has also revamped and renovated the original Terminal 1, including an updated sound system featuring dozens of Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digitally steerable array loudspeakers.

“Terminal 1 was not designed with a dedicated paging system,” explains Edouard Charland, Vice President of Lenexa, KS-based Coffeen Fricke & Associates, Inc. (CFA). “The airport was using the fire alarm systems for paging, and most of the terminal-wide announcements were originating from a paging office that was using the telephone system to originate those announcements. This approach produced low levels of speech intelligibility and offered very little flexibility for zoning and directing announcements.”

Based on their involvement in the Terminal 3 project, CFA was called in to offer suggestions for the ailing audio issues at Terminal 1.. One of the most challenging areas was the expansive baggage claim area. As Charland explains, in addition to the typical acoustical issues inherent in large spaces, there was something uniquely Vegas.

“All around the carousel area there are numerous large screens playing video advertisements for local casinos and night clubs. The audio systems for those screens are fairly loud. They’re running pretty much non-stop 24/7, and they’re only overridden for emergency announcements.”

The baggage claim area is covered by 32 Iconyx IC16-R-II steered arrays, mounted on opposite sides of each carousel’s pillar to provide 360 degrees of coverage. As CFA’s Sr. Vice President Robert Ledo points out, the arrangement provided an unprecedented degree of control. “Typically, an airport will be zoned so that all of baggage claim is a single zone, or possibly a couple of zones. But this arrangement also enables them to address each individual carousel – this was an airport directive.”

“The Iconyx system actually enabled us to provide better intelligibility than something like an overhead distribution scheme,” Ledo adds. “It can concentrate the energy right at the people, and cut through the background noise.”

Another area where the Iconyx steered beam technology really shined was in the lengthy ticketing lobby, where the building’s unique architecture presented its own set of challenges. “The ticketing lobby’s design looks like an airplane wing,” says Charland. “So the horizontal coverage pattern varies as you go further down toward the narrower taper of the wing. Using the Iconyx provided us a way to cover the entire space not only horizontally but also to change the front and back coverage distance as the dimensions change.”

Twenty-two IC16-R-II columns are mounted about every 50 feet along the second floor walkway overlooking the main ticketing lobby. Custom brackets and fittings include metal wedges on the top of each cabinet to prevent their being mistaken for cup holders. “The beams are steered downward, each one a bit differently depending on the dimensions of the coverage area,” says Ledo. “It also provides a bit of a buffer zone right below the speakers in the ticketing counters themselves. You don’t want to bombard the ticketing counter itself with sound because agents are trying to talk to passengers. So being able to steer and direct the sound to where it needs to be helps provide that buffer.”

In both the ticketing lobby and baggage claim, the entire system is linked via RHAON networking, allowing for complex DSP programming to custom-steer each array independently using multiple beams. TheRHAON software and on-board contact closures are also used to monitor each array for proper operation.

Charland concludes, “the Iconyx systems enabled us to create customized coverage patterns to fit each space, and afforded us a degree of control and monitoring over the systems that a facility like McCarran International Airport demands.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

Pro Audio Technology Subwoofer Offers Big Impact from Compact Design

Professional-grade components, visceral bass performance, and a surprisingly compact enclosure make the LFC-10sm the perfect choice for space-conscience home cinema installations.

Huntington Beach, CA – August 6, 2013 – Pro Audio Technology (PRO), the leader in loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems for residential properties, today announced the LFC-10sm subwoofer, a compact, high-output low-frequency performer ideal for size-constrained home theater installations or larger systems featuring multi-subwoofer configurations.
Designed to deliver the same signature cinema-quality sound for which PRO is known from an enclosure measuring only 14 x 26 x 12 inches, the LFC-10sm can easily be located within cabinetry, or even placed discretely in-room, making PRO’s trademark high-impact yet musical bass performance accessible to media-room and multi-purpose room installations.
PRO equipped the LFC-10sm with a sophisticated 10-inch woofer featuring a highly rigid glass-fiber reinforced diaphragm driven by a massive magnet, and an over-sized surround for extra-long linear excursion. The subwoofer’s over-sized, front-firing free-flow port also enhances the LFC-10sm’s low-frequency extension and output, while giving integrators much more freedom in terms of cabinet or room placement.
“Owing to its exceptional components and meticulous engineering, the LFC-10sm delivers output levels and muscular yet musical bass that belies its modest size,” said Paul Hales, Pro Audio Technology founder. “It provides all of the visceral slam that customers and integrators expect from PRO subwoofers in a housing that can easily be integrated into virtually any room.”
Additional installation flexibility is provided by PRO’s PMA digital processor / amplifier, which delivers either 450 or 1000 watts of power depending on the installation needs, and provides a fully DSP optimized signal to the sub. The PMA power source also allows for in- room performance calibration via a powerful suite of controls, including parametric EQ and delay.
With its cinema-quality bass reproduction, maximum output levels greater than 110dB, and new lower price point for this level of bass performance, the LFC-10sm is expected to be a very popular solution for a broad range of applications. The LFC-10sm is available now. For more information, please visit: www.proaudiotechnology.com.

Pro Audio Technology custom designs and manufactures DSP-driven loudspeakers and amplifiers with preeminent consumer and professional-grade audio engineering technology to produce sonically accurate, inherently robust audio systems. Pro Audio Technology loudspeakers are built with the amplifier as a critical part of the signal path, resulting in performance optimized systems that deliver a dynamic, true-to-life listening experience. The sound system of choice for discerning music and home theater enthusiasts, Pro Audio Technology is available globally through an elite group of high-end residential custom installers.

 

Linear Unveils CD and MP3 Music Source for DMC Intercom Systems

Carlsbad, CA – August 6, 2013 – Linear, a leader in residential and commercial access control, security and health and wellness solutions, announces the DMCMP3, a new accessory for the DMC1 and DMC3-4 Music/Communication intercom systems. The digital MP3 and CD player integrates with new or existing DMC1/3-4 master units, transforming them into whole-house music and audio sources making it easy to share podcasts, music or even digital audio books throughout the home.

To achieve whole-home audio, Linear leverages a range of intercom and door speakers as well as audio-enabled patio and standard room stations to provide up to 15 rooms with AM/FM radio, and playback from CDs or MP3/phone devices via the 3.5mm audio input jack. Because it has its own power source, the DMCMP3 can also charge MP3 players and phones from the power- only USB-A port.

For convenient management, the DMCMP3 offers a five-button interface with a source select button and CD controls including: play/pause, fast-forward, rewind and track forward/reverse, with mode and option selection displayed on the DMC master unit. The DMCMP3’s curved edges and minimalist appearance give it a modern feel that’s complements any room décor. Faceplate colors include almond, white and black

“The DMCMP3 is an ideal accessory for people who want to upgrade their existing intercom and security system to include audio playback from CDs and digital music players,” said Duane Paulson, senior vice president of market and product development. “Whole-home audio is in great demand and the DMC system offers one of the easiest and most affordable ways for dealers meet their customer’s entertainment needs.”

For more information about Linear LLC, please visit www.linearcorp.com or call 1-800-421-1587. Linear can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Iconyx Makes a Difference in Holy Cross’ Hogan Ballroom

Worcester, MA – August 2013….. The Boston metropolitan area is home to a number of colleges and universities rich in history and tradition. Among them, College of the Holy Cross stands out as one of the first Roman Catholic colleges in the region, if not the entire country. Its alumni include US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, NBC’s Chris Matthews, and LSD pioneer Timothy Leary.

The College’s Hogan Ballroom hosts a wide range of events, from regional theater and dance performances to high-profile public speaking engagements. As Jesse Anderson, Director of Audio Visual Services explains, the room has always been a problematic acoustical space.

“It’s a large space with some very reflective surfaces, and spoken word intelligibility has always been a challenge,” says Anderson. “Last year we had (Supreme Court Justice) Clarence Thomas in to give an address, and we had to rent a PA system. That was when we decided it was time to address the issue.” 

Working with Tom Oriola from the Boston offices of AV contractors AVI-SPL and Rich Trombitas of Cardone, Solomon and Associates, the College installed a system based around a pair of Iconyx IC8R-II digitally steerable column array loudspeakers. The system was commissioned by Trombitas just in time to make its debut with Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, making his farewell tour upon being appointed to the office of Secretary of State. 

“We selected the Iconyx primarily for its intelligibility, but it has already proven itself on several musical performances as well,” Anderson reports. “It has enabled us to steer the sound away from the floor and walls and other reflective surfaces, and direct it into the audience where it needs to be. Iconyx has made a tremendous difference for the Hogan Ballroom.” 

 

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

VARIA Delivers Serious Performance at Comedy Club Stardome

 

Hoover, Alabama – August 2013… For more than 25 years, the Comedy Club Stardome has built a reputation as one of the most respected comedy showcases, not just in the state but in the entire Southeast. The club’s stage has hosted some of the biggest names in comedy, including Margaret Cho, Craig Ferguson, Lewis CK, Sinbad, and Pauly Shore, as well as a regular roster of new and innovative talent.

The room’s tiered, dinner theater style seating offers a few interesting acoustical challenges. As Patrick Sobers of Birmingham-based Media Visions explains, “it’s a fan-shaped room, with dinner theater style table seating on tiered rows. But the front section is almost at orchestra pit level; you don’t get to stage height until the third or fourth row.”

With a throw to the last row of around 60 feet, the problematic space called for a sound system that could be shaped to create the custom coverage the room needed. Media Visions recommended the Renkus-Heinz VARIA modular point source array.

The system comprises left and right arrays, each with a single VAX101-15 and VAX101-22 cabinet. Each array is topped with a VAX15S subwoofer. “The top box has a variable 60 to 90 degree coverage, and the bottom one goes from 90 to 120 degrees,” says Sobers. Additional front fill is provided by a pair of CFX41 compact coaxial speakers, with CFX81 8-inch cabinets covering rear delay and side fills. The system is powered by Lab Gruppen amps, with a Biamp Nexia handling system DSP. A PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 digital console handles Front of House duties. 

Sobers quotes the club’s owner, Bruce Ayers, as saying the system “sounds absolutely awesome.”  

“They’ve struggled for several years with systems that didn’t really meet their needs,” says Sobers. “VARIA enabled us to design a system that delivers consistent, full range coverage and great intelligibility to the entire room.”

 

 

 

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

IC Live Rings In North Carolina’s New Governor

Raleigh, NC – August 2013… For more than 170 years, North Carolina’s State Capitol building has served proudly as a centerpiece of the city of Raleigh, and a focal point of state government. This classic architectural masterpiece, its majestic columns evoking ancient Greek temples like the Parthenon, has been a gathering place for generations of events, both large and small. 

With this grand building as a backdrop, Pat McCrory was recently sworn in as the 74th Governor of North Carolina. Despite the familiar setting, McCrory’s inauguration was the first to take place on the Capitol’s South Lawn, with the stage looking out down Fayetteville Street, a vibrant thoroughfare that serves as Raleigh’s ceremonial center. 

With highly reflective marble buildings lining both sides of the street, the setting presented some daunting obstacles to speech intelligibility. “We were really concerned about the location,” says Allin Foulkrod, President of Creative Visions. “It was a big challenge to reduce slap off the marble buildings, while ensuring great quality sound for all the areas we needed to provide it for.” 

To ensure that the attention remained squarely on Gov. McCrory, and not the sound system, Creative Visions selected the Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC Live steerable array. Two pairs of IC Live speakers were deployed on each side of the stage, creating an extremely low-profile system that delivered every word of the inauguration with complete clarity. 

“We looked at a number of different speakers, and IC Live were absolutely the best solution,” says Foulkrod. “The magic of the IC Live is that they have an incredibly low profile, and they are ground-supported. It was crucial for the TV shots that the ceremony not look technology-heavy – if you fly major speaker arrays it takes away from this, for obvious reasons.”

The low-profile, tightly controlled sound, and high output of the IC Live allowed Creative Visions to fire them directly down a crowded street lined with reflective buildings, delivering sound cleanly to the audience while being almost invisible. “With IC Live, the speakers literally disappeared,” says Foulkrod. “I produced the show, but when I went back and looked at pictures I had a difficult time finding where the speakers were in the press shots. That is an amazing thing, having been in the business for 24 years, to see something vanish like that into a crowd of thousands.” 

Foulkrod points out that no additional near fields or other fill speakers were required to deliver full sound coverage to the audience of thousands. “We were just shocked by the results, we were so pleased,” he says. “The sound was fantastic – crystal clear, and with beautiful articulation. The comment made by the #1 TV station in town was, ‘This was a production designed for television.’ It’s the best one they have seen in years.” 

 

 

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

Moya Benefits from HARMAN’s Soundcraft ViSi iPad Monitor Mix

LONDON, United Kingdom – Whether by accident or design, the partnership of sound engineer Bryony October and tour manager Tim Boardman has made a speciality of starting a number of emerging acts on the road to success—supporting them with their expertise if not the luxury of full production. Touring at this level, where for both economic reasons and venue size production real estate is reduced to the bare minimum, is anything but glamorous.

On many occasions in this past six months, HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Performer 3 and Si Expression consoles have come to the pair’s rescue on low budget tours around Europe. And when Bryony suffered a freak accident in Dortmund recently, leaving her at the A&E department of the local hospital, Boardman found himself piloting the Performer 3 for the first time and to his immense relief found it an intuitive ‘walk-up’ experience like so many sound engineers before him. On many other occasions he has simply taken October’s show files and performed the mix for other artists on an Si Expression. “It’s amazing what can be achieved, mixing FOH and monitors together and delivering a big sounding show from a desk that sits in a 19in rack,” he said.

Since finishing her long stint with the Noisettes, Bryony has worked with artistes such as Billy Ocean, Laura Marling, Delilah, Marika Hackman, Bo Bruce and now Moya—a 4-piece band fronted by lead singer Emily Andrews, who have been supporting Rod Stewart on his current arena tour.

Earlier this year Moya played equally large venues in an acoustic setting supporting Mick Hucknall—but this time the band wanted to plug in. And it has been Soundcraft’s ViSi Remote app for iPad, enabling the band to control their monitor mixes from the FOH desk, that has shown the true value of touring economics.

With their stripped down, Splitter van-friendly production consisting of little other than a router, CAT5 multicore and the compact Performer 3 (a convenient one-man lift), they persuaded Stewart’s Major Tom production team that rather than perform again in an acoustic context, they could carry a line system for the 30-minute support stint without compromising the main event.

With 29 of the 32 recallable inputs working the board to near capacity (along with 13 outputs) October is blessed that she that she can see all activity on the top Layer of the Si Performer with no page changes necessary. At the same time the desk’s FaderGlow™ and colour backlit name displays on every channel provide her with a definitive colour reference of what monitor mixes are being sent. “It means I never make a mistake when moving from FOH to monitor mixes and I can clearly see the dynamics present,” October said.

She has been using the Si Performer’s output processing to send post-fade FX to the stage so the reference sound heard in the band’s in-ears match the audience experience. “I am using ambient mics, reverb and panning to give them a feel that they are right there in the mix—providing an open sound so that they feel what the audience feels. I really like the ease in which I can change the panning on each mix using the same encoder as panning for the main mix. It means I can space things out in each band member’s mix depending on their position on stage.”

As to how she builds the soundscape, Bryony uses vocal reverb, drum reverb, slapback delay and tap delay (on Moya’s voice). “Although she has an incredible voice I also want the dynamics to be present in everything else, producing a good full range sound.”

But the sound engineer admits to having had concerns about mixing five in-ears from FOH in arenas and even a stadium at Dublin’s RDS— until the iPad idea struck her. “I upgraded the desk at production rehearsals with the new firmware and latest version iPad operating system—and the band were all over it.”

Nevertheless, on the first tour date they were tight for time. “We didn’t know we had to provide our own complete line system until night day before the first show so I had to build my looms and wire up the patch during the first day’s soundcheck. Thankfully Rod Stewart’s team allowed us to set up on stage before Rod’s soundcheck, which gave us a lot more time. He was happy to work around our gear which is very unusual.”

The drummer and keyboard player used small mixers to facilitate hardwired in ears and a separate click channel which was split from the playback system. “If the drummer loses click, there’s no show,” October said, “so he has to have total control over that. We also gave him one of the two stage iPads as he is sat down and can access it most easily.”

This also provides reassurance for Moya herself (since she has no direct contact with her sound engineer) although she quipped, “The idea of trusting my life to my drummer was scary at first. But the setup has been quick and easy—and provides both confidence and consistency.”

After nearly two decades of honing her craft on the road, Bryony October has seen most things. But today, products like the Soundcraft Si Expression and Si Performer 3 are easing the burden. “The Si Performer has made this tour an absolute joy. It is the first time I have used Soundcraft’s iPad app—and having the band control their own levels has completely freed me up to concentrate on the FOH sound.”

Soundcraft and other HARMAN Professional products are distributed in the UK by Sound Technology Ltd.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®, and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with Harman audio and infotainment systems. Harman has a workforce of about 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Great Sound is Heard but Barely Seen at Chicago’s Union League Club

Chicago, IL – July 2013… The roots of Chicago’s Union League Club date back to the Civil War, when an elite group of northerners formed the Union League of America as a defense against radical Confederate sympathizers in the north. The Club, which boasts locations in several major cities, has evolved to become one of Chicago’s most prominent social clubs, playing a major role in establishing such cultural institutions as The Art Institute of Chicago, Orchestra Hall, the Field Museum, and the Harold Washington Library Center.

The historic 20-story building sits prominently on Chicago’s Loop, somewhat dwarfed by its larger skyscraper siblings but exuding an air of Old World class. Inside, the building’s Main Hall plays host to events ranging from formal dinners to addresses by heads of state and other national and international dignitaries. It’s an exquisitely appointed room with high ceilings and massive mahogany beams and columns. As David Hecht, Managing Principal at Wheaton, IL-based Sound Planning Associates explains, the room’s architecture is impressive to behold, but creates some rather interesting acoustical challenges. 

“The columns are literally around four or five feet square, and their size does make it a challenge to achieve uniform coverage everywhere in the room,” says Hecht. “In addition, the room is used for a range of different events, and the stage and seating setup can vary from one event to another. Inevitably someone will end up sitting behind a column.” 

To meet the challenge, Sound Planning Associates designed a multi-faceted audio system based around 28  Renkus-Heinz CFX81 8-inch two-way complex conic loudspeakers. The system offers several different matrixing options. “It’s essentially three systems,” says Hecht. “Depending on where the stage is set up, the speakers fire from that direction, and the others are delayed across the room. So different groups of speakers are set up to work together, depending on the event.”

DSP is provided by a BIamp Audia with RED-1 controller. “The Biamp DSP enables us to reconfigure the system for a variety of scenarios, depending on the event,” says Hecht. “They can just select a ‘stage setting’ – north, south, east, west – from the RED-1 touch screen, and it sets up the speaker delays and EQ, selects the correct mic inputs, sets input levels for the wireless mics, everything. It’s a very easy system to use.” A Yamaha LS9 console with wireless iPad control handles mixing duties, with Shure ULX wireless systems for the presenters.

Not surprisingly, aesthetics played a prominent role in specifying the system. “They wanted nothing that would be visually intrusive,” says Hecht. “Nothing around the windows or near the artwork, and anything below at least ten feet high wasn’t an option. That was one of the main reasons we chose the CFX Series – they offered great pattern control and they don’t have a ‘hot spot,’ so coverage is nice and even across the entire space.” The speakers were custom painted to match the beams, and all wiring is concealed. 

“This is a very distinguished club, catering to clientele accustomed to the best,” observes Hecht. “They wanted to know that they were getting the best. And they have been very, very pleased with the system. It sounds great, it looks great, and it does exactly what they needed it to do.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

Iconyx Brings Clarity to the Art of Living Foundation

Boone, NC – July 2013… Founded in 1981 by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the Art of Living Foundation has evolved to become one of the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian and educational non-governmental organizations. Working with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the Foundation offers programs dedicated to health, education, eliminating stress, and restoring human values in more than 140 countries worldwide.

One of the Foundation’s most treasured retreats is The International Center for Meditation and Well-Being, located in the lush, rolling hills of the Great Smokey Mountains. It’s an idyllic piece of Planet Earth, where visitors can immerse themselves in the grandeur of nature, while retuning their bodies and minds with yoga, meditation, and organic diet. 

The retreat’s Meditation Hall is a large, multi-purpose space that is used for everything from yoga and meditation classes to dance events and performances. As Jeff Hedgecock, Project Manager for AVI-SPL in Charlotte, NC explains, the room is visually appealing but acoustically challenging. 

“It’s a very large space, very bright and airy and open, with nice high ceilings,” says Hedgecock. “But when they have someone leading a yoga or mediation class, intelligibility is quite an issue. And that’s not a scenario where one wants to shout, so for people at the back of the room it’s very difficult to concentrate on the instruction being given.” 

A single pair of Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC16-R-II provided an ideal solution for the room’s sonic challenges. “They hold some dance events and performances there as well, so the musical performance of the Iconyx was equally critical,” says Hedgecock.  

The Iconyx’s multiple steerable beams can be individually attenuated to provide uniform coverage and SPL across even the most challenging spaces. “That’s one of the things that’s great about the Iconyx – we were able to steer the beam to make the whole hall sound great,” says Hedgecock.

The design-build system is streamlined and uncomplicated. A Biamp Red One handles simple volume and source selection, with all audio routed directly to the Iconyx columns. As Hedgecock observes, aesthetics was also a consideration here. 

“The fact that we were able to paint the speakers to pretty much blend into the walls was a major advantage for them,” he explains. He points to his own previous experience with Iconyx as instrumental in trying them at the Foundation. “I’ve used Iconyx on a couple of other problematic spaces, and was pretty certain it would be a good fit here.” 

 

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

Bexel Broadens Equipment Offerings with New Dealer Partnerships

Company Expands Video and Audio Product Lines for Purchase or Rental

(BURBANK, CA) Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group‘s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, has expanded its new equipment offerings of high-end video and audio products. Bexel’s Technical Sales & Solutions (TSS) business segment is now the first authorized U.S. reseller of Lawo, and has added five new product lines, including: Lawo’s V_pro8 video processors, AJA acquisition/edit/conversion products, Grass Valley production solutions, Harris Broadcast, and Panasonic professional video products and displays. These brands join over 200 products available from Bexel TSS to the broadcast and production segments of the industry.

These products will also be incorporated into Bexel’s Engineered Systems & Solutions (ESS) business segment, which designs and implements solutions for the broadcast industry, including systems integration, fiber, engineering expertise, and technical production support.

“This strengthening of inventory and manufacturing relationships builds on Bexel’s long history of supporting the broadcast industry with new and pre-owned equipment for purchase or rental,” says Bexel President and General Manager Halid Hatic. “These new partnerships make it possible for content creators and production pros to leverage Bexel’s wide-range of offerings for all their needs.”

As the first certified reseller for Lawo’s new V_pro8 video processor in the U.S., Bexel is able to provide robust features for the video engineer in a small 1RU form factor. The V_pro8 combines a number of different tasks into one tool, including eight 3G/HD/SD-SDI video channels with frame synchronization, variable video and audio delays, and 128 audio channels via MADI or RAVENNA for embedding, de-embedding and shuffling. Additionally, the V_pro8 offers high-quality up/down/cross and AR conversion, RGB color correction with Proc Amp and quadsplit monitoring including waveform and vectorscope display as supplementary options. All features are configured via an intuitive html5-based touch user interface.

“At Bexel, we pride ourselves on knowing how video and audio products service the broadcast and engineering needs of the community, because we rent and integrate systems all the time,” adds Joyce Bente, director of sales, Bexel TSS. “We don’t just sell equipment; we use it in real-world environments, offering our customers unmatched expertise about product performance.”

After working with AJA for many years, Bexel TSS now offers the complete Ki Pro Family of file-based recording and playback devices, Io Family hardware and software for on-set editorial and graphics capabilities, KONA cards, and conversion solutions. According to Bente, the Ki Pro recorders have become a go-to product for file-based recordings due to their easy file compatibility for editing.

Grass Valley brings broadcast technology to teleproduction facilities, independent video professionals, and emerging content creators and distributors. Bexel represents their full line of cameras, switchers, converters, servers, replay systems and other tools for broadcast, sports and venue applications.

For nearly 100 years, Harris Broadcast has been a leading source for professional audio and video equipment for the broadcast industry. Bexel now offers their portfolio of automation products, editing systems, networking and encoding, servers, and signal processing solutions.

Panasonic offers a range of professional video solutions. This wide selection of gear provides Bexel’s customers with comprehensive equipment from camcorders and camera systems, to mixers, switchers, video recorders, displays and digital media. From ENG and field production to the studio, Bente notes that Panasonic’s advanced solutions complement a plethora of sports, news, and entertainment equipment needs.

Bexel is also the exclusive U.S. distributor of TSL and SoundField audio products. As part of the Vitec Group of companies, Bexel has access to a wide range of industry standard product lines including Anton/Bauer, Vinten, Litepanels, Sachtler and Petrol Bags. Additionally, Bexel TSS offers its own line of intercom and audio products made in house under the Bexel ASG business segment.

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About Bexel TSS
Bexel Technical Sales & Solutions (TSS), a business segment of Bexel Broadcast Services, a Vitec Group Brand, has offered the latest new and pre-owned professional broadcast video and audio products since 1991. Over the years, Bexel TSS has expanded to include exclusive dealerships with top-of-the-line manufacturers. The company is the exclusive U.S. distributor of TSL and SoundField audio products, as well as the only U.S. dealer for Lawo. As part of the Vitec Group of companies, Bexel has access to a wide range of industry standard product lines including Anton/Bauer, Vinten, Litepanels, Sachtler and Petrol Bags. Bexel TSS also offers its own line of intercom and audio products made in house under the Bexel ASG brand. Bexel’s specialists offer product training and support before and after the sale, as well as in-house equipment maintenance and repair. In an effort to supply the broadcast industry with unequaled service and product solutions at exceptional prices, Bexel TSS represents over 200 product lines, including AJA, Canon, Clear-Com, DiGiCo, Evertz, Fujinon, Grass Valley, Harris, Lawo, Lectrosonics, Panasonic, Sennheiser, and TSL/Soundfield, among many others.

For more information about Bexel, visit www.bexel.com, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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