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Audinate Enhances Dante Controller 3.5 with New Advanced Capabilities

Portland, OR January 23, 2014- Audinate, the inventors of Dante, have released Dante Controller version 3.5, a updated release of their free networking management configuration and monitoring application. Several powerful new features have been added providing advanced real-time network monitoring functionality, including multicast bandwidth usage, clock health monitoring and latency management statistical information. These enhancements enable you to quickly identify and fix potential issues on the network, while preserving Dante Controller’s hallmark ease-of-use characteristics.

Dante has become the defacto standard and dominant networking technology in the professional audio industry. Built on existing networking protocols and standards, Audinate’s Dante is a plug-and-play networking solution which delivers ultra-low latency and tightly synchronized media, while simplifying installation and configuration of digital media networks. Dante is the most interoperable digital media networking solution available and has become the most specified technology by system designers, installation contractors and end-users.

“Many of the new features in Dante Controller 3.5 were implemented to directly meet specific customer requirements”, says Gary Southwell, VP of Product Management at Audinate. Southwell adds, “Dante has rapidly become the market leader and the dominant media networking solution for audio networking. Dante Controller 3.5 includes many features that AV and IT professionals could only dream of a few short years ago.”

What’s New in Dante Controller 3.5

Significantly Enhanced Latency Reporting
•New histogram-based reporting and tracking of transmitter latencies – provides at-a-glance information about the latency performance of audio flows for supported devices.
•Latency histograms indicate if latency play-out settings are properly configured, and also provide an overall view of the health of the network.
•This feature helps solve one of the biggest challenges in the industry: It allows an operator to quickly see if an audio flow has been properly configured, and also indicates if underlying network issues could potentially develop into an audio quality problem.

Improved Clock Health Monitoring
•Clock health is now tracked on a per-device basis via dedicated performance histograms. This enables the quick and easy detection of difficult-to-diagnose network issues which are impacting clock accuracy – such as clock traffic bottlenecks, and low-performance external word clocks.

New Preset Tool Suite
•New preset system exposes XML-based network configuration presets for use in off-line configuration tools. This simplifies the setting up of new networks, and the reconfiguration of existing networks. Ideal for integrators, and large multi-use end-user networks.
•Presets are further enhanced to enable simpler switching between standard configurations and special event configurations. Provides greater confidence in the ability to share audio network configurations for multiple uses and/or user groups.

Redundant Network Connection
•Enables visibility of primary and secondary networks at all times. Redundant devices can still be seen and managed via the secondary network in the event of a problem with primary network connectivity.
•Simplifies redundant network set-up, and allows the operator to easily verify that both networks are properly configured.
•Provides real-time notifications about connectivity status on both primary and secondary networks.

New Channel Grouping Capability
•Allows simple viewing and configuring of large numbers of device channels, in groups of 16.
•Each group can be expanded then collapsed when set-up is complete.

Improved Network and Device Status Information
•Network and device information has been enhanced and restructured across two tabs (including a new Network Status tab) to provide a clearer and more useful overall picture of the network.
•New notification icons provide up-front, real-time information about a range of network and device events.

Click link to download Dante Controller 3.5 http://goo.gl/IjDQ6D

Click links to view Dante Controller 3.5 videos
Latency Monitoring http://youtu.be/FLQDwDXXoxc | Clock Status http://youtu.be/Sgnx0-TwDjE
Pre-sets http://youtu.be/AQZGShVW0MA | Connection to Secondary Network http://youtu.be/ZTsLFzQ262k

About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes AV systems to enable our customers to thrive in a networked world. Dante has become the defacto standard and dominant networking technology in the professional audio industry. Audinate’s patented Dante media networking technology has been adopted by leading OEM manufacturers in the professional audio/visual industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company. Dante is Digital Media Networking Perfected.

Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd, Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

HARMAN’s Soundcraft Racks up Another Winner with New Si Performer 1 Digital Console

ANAHEIM, California – At Winter NAMM 2014, HARMAN’s Soundcraft is adding to its groundbreaking Si Performer Series digital consoles with the introduction of the Si Performer 1—the most compact Si Performer console to date. The Si Performer features two Option Card slots available for ViSi Connect Expansion cards, 80 inputs to mix, Soundcraft’s patented FaderGlow™ and Channel Displays for instant mix status, plus the DMX interface and control (which allows simultaneous control of light and sound)…all of which is available in a single 19-inch rackmount console.

The Si Performer’s two Option Card slots offer unprecedented flexibility, enabling users to connect stageboxes, while providing the ability to connect to audio networks like Dante, BLU Link, and CobraNet. The Option Card slots also allow for use with personal monitoring systems like the dbx PMC Personal Monitor Controller via BLU Link.

The Si Performer has an input capacity of 80 audio inputs to mix on all models, while featuring the same mix power as the Performer 2 and 3 consoles but with 16 mic pres and 16 faders. It is a feature-packed audio console with fully parametric 4-band EQ as standard on all input channels, and as usual on Soundcraft’s digital range, BSS graphic EQs on all bus outputs. This is in addition to the already standard filters, gates, compressors and delays on all inputs and compressors and delays on all outputs, which when calculated delivers the equivalent of over 448 rack units of processing in a tiny footprint. Unlike many other digital consoles at this price point, all this processing is fully available all of the time, there are no compromises on the amount of DSP in use.

In addition, the Si Performer offers Soundcraft FaderGlow, which allows faders to be color-coded via an LED strip alongside the fader to indicate its function or channel identification. The Si Performer 1 also features eight VCA groups and eight mute groups for easier control over Si Performer 1’s 80 inputs and 35 busses. Each channel on the surface features a custom LCD screen to show identifications such as channel name, assignments, graphic EQ frequencies and DMX data, plus signal metering. Lastly, the unique integration of a DMX512 port offers core lighting control, ideal for single (audio + lighting) operator application.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. 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 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional LSR310S Powered Studio Subwoofer With XLF Rounds Out Winning 3 Series Studio Monitor Line

ANAHEIM, California – Bringing extended low-frequency performance to music recording and post-production clients, HARMAN’s JBL Professional today introduced the new LSR310S powered studio subwoofer optimized for use with the highly successful JBL 3 Series studio monitors. The first studio monitors to incorporate JBL’s patent-pending Image Control Waveguide, the recently introduced 3 Series models provide an unprecedented level of accuracy, with exceptional imaging and detail at most affordable price points. Rounding out the 3 Series line, the new LSR310S subwoofer extends the low-frequency response of the system into the 20 Hz range while including an innovative feature that will make the sub attractive to dance music producers.

Driven by an integrated 200 Watt Class D power amplifier, a new 10-inch high excursion woofer works in concert with JBL’s patented Slip Stream Port™, delivering impressive low-frequency response below 27 Hz, with peak output of 113 dB SPL. Exceptional performance in a compact form-factor make the LSR310S the ideal choice for use in music recording and playback reference systems, and also as the “.1” LFE Low Frequency Effects speaker in surround-sound post production applications. Developed with dance music producers in mind, the sub includes a selectable XLF Extended Low Frequency setting that emulates the augmented low frequency response heard in the dance club environment. This provides a useful reference of how a dance mix will sound in the outside world.

Designed to integrate into a broad range of applications the LSR310S features balanced XLR and ¼” inputs, a selectable input sensitivity switch and three crossover settings: 80Hz, XLF and External. The 80 Hz setting implements high and low pass filters to create a seamless blend of the LSR310S with JBL’s LSR305 or LSR308 studio monitors or models from other manufacturers. The external setting bypasses all filtering, allowing use of an external crossover. The special XLF setting activates a 120Hz High Pass Filter in conjunction with a low frequency tuning that approximates the tuning used in club playback systems. Using this setting, the bass output more than doubles and the newly developed woofer/amp combination with protective limiting allow the 310S to produce extended bass output continuously without failure.

The LSR310S joins JBL’s exciting 3 Series Powered Studio Monitors, which are capturing rave reviews for their exceptional performance and value. “With the addition of the LSR310S Sub, we are able to offer a complete full range system with impressive detail, accuracy and low frequency performance at a price within reach of any studio,” said Peter Chaikin, Senior Manager Recording and Broadcast Marketing, JBL Professional. “The new XLF setting will be a welcome ‘plus’ for producers of hip-hop and dance music, conveniently bringing the sound of the club to the control room,” Chaikin added.

The LSR310S striking appearance is highlighted by a distinctive glossy black flange of the front-mounted Slip Stream™ Port. The handsome compact black enclosure is designed to fit neatly into small recording and post production studio environments.

“The 3 Series Studio Monitor line is the result of close collaboration with the production community and our retail partners and our commitment to the needs and trends of the market. The new LSR310S leverages JBL’s market leading transducer and acoustic technologies to provide an unusual level of performance and value.” Chaikin concluded The LSR310S will ship in January 2014 with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $499.00. More information is available at www.jblpro.com/3Series.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. 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 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

Matrox Adds 10 km Extension and HDCP Compliance to Avio F125 KVM Extenders

New features make Matrox Avio F125 the ideal solution for long-haul transmission of high quality dual-HD, 4K or 4K UHD video content

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced that important new features have been added to Matrox Avio™ F125 KVM extension solutions. Maximum extension distance over a single duplex LC-LC fiber optic cable has been increased from 4 km (2.5 mi) to 10 km (6.2 mi) and High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) compliance has been added.

Matrox Avio F125 - 10km KVM Extension with HDCP

Designed for high-performance environments, Avio F125 delivers fluid graphics and video playback over long distances making it ideal for Pro A/V, industrial process control, oil and gas, 3D design and visualization, education, military, broadcast and post-production environments. The ability to extend uncompressed dual-HD, 4K or 4K UHD video; keyboard; mouse; stereo analog audio and USB 2.0 devices up to 10 km from a workstation over a single duplex LC-LC cable lowers the cost of deployment across campuses and multi-story facilities. HDCP compliance lets users extend and playback copy-protected content on HDCP-enabled displays.

“The new 10 km extension and HDCP compliance features let users get the most from their investment,” said Caroline Injoyan, business development manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. “In particular, customers who require longer distance deployments will appreciate the significant cost saving inherent in Avio’s single-cable design.”
Matrox Avio will be presented at Integrated Systems Europe 2014 (Amsterdam RAI, Feb. 4-6, stand 11-M66).

Availability
Support for 10 km extension is available as part of the Avio SFP single-mode upgrade kit. The HDCP compliance feature for Avio will be available as a firmware update this quarter. For more information, contact Matrox Graphics.

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professional markets. In-house design expertise, top-to-bottom manufacturing, and dedicated customer support make our solutions the premier choice in industries that require stable, high-reliability products. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional Provides World-Class Performance and Added Flexibility with JBL VTX V20 and S25 Line Array Loudspeakers

ANAHEIM, California – Adding to its already-legendary VTX Series line arrays, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is introducing the VTX V20 dual 10-inch line array loudspeaker and VTX S25 cardioid-arrayable dual 15-inch subwoofer. Both products offer the same unmatched sonic clarity, high power density and precise coverage as their predecessors (the V25, S28 and G28) but in more compact form factors, providing rental sound companies, event sound designers and system integrators even more flexibility when building world-class live sound reinforcement systems.

“In its short history, the VTX Series has already proven to be the world’s highest-performing line array system, as evidenced by its rapid worldwide adoption and deployment on some of the world’s most successful tours and in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, not to mention numerous industry awards,” said Paul Bauman, Associate Director, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “The new V20 and S25 deliver the same level of performance that is characteristic of the VTX Series while adding even more flexibility due to their compact form factors.”

The VTX V20 loudspeaker features a true 3-way system design with proprietary D2 Dual Diaphragm Dual Voice Coil compression driver and Differential Drive™ low frequency transducer technology along with patent-pending ultra-linear motor technology employed for midrange components. In keeping with the philosophy of the VTX Series, the VTX V20 has extremely high power density with each line array element featuring two 2261H 10-inch Differential Drive™ woofers, four 2164H 4-inch ultra-linear midrange transducers and three of the new small-format D2415K Dual Drivers.

VTX V20 features three D2415K transducers – a new small format version of the patented D2 Dual Diaphragm, Dual Voice Coil annular (ring radiator) compression driver that delivers a dramatic increase in pure high frequency extension and sound pressure levels with significantly lower distortion, reduced power compression and lower weight combined with increased power handling, linearity and dynamic headroom.

A new Radiation Boundary Integrator (RBI) waveguide based on the same proven design principles that have been so successfully employed for both the VTX V25 and VERTEC® VT4886 subcompact line array elements, provides stable 110-degree horizontal coverage for V20, combined with perfect line source array coupling from 0 – 12.5 degrees in the vertical plane. The VTX V20 features a highly integrated, modular design with unique cast-aluminum baffle and HF waveguide construction that allows the enclosure to achieve the same tightly-packed power density as the V25 along with the added benefits of light weight, improved structural rigidity and enhanced heat dissipation.

VTX V20′s new ASM Suspension System was specifically designed for ease of transport and handling, speed of installation and versatile re-configurability. Fully captive, ergonomic flip hingebars work in conjunction with a rotary cam angle stop mechanism (ASM) to select inter-enclosure angles quickly and efficiently while the array is being deployed. The dual mode ASM suspension system facilitates operation in either compression mode (using a rear pullback motor or hand hoist to set inter-enclosure angles) or traditional fixed angle suspension mode (using quick release pins to secure angles between enclosures). During de-installation, ASMs can quickly be reset to zero degrees to configure enclosures into travel position for convenient landing onto vertical transporters that are specifically designed to have truck pack friendly dimensions.

A completely new array frame and extension bar design complements the V20 suspension system, providing a high degree of flexibility for either compression or tension mode suspension as well as tilt adjustment capability for stacked configurations. An additional adapter accessory is under development that will allow V20 to be suspended under V25 enclosures for downfill applications.

The companion VTX S25 subwoofer uses a pair of the same 2000-Watt continuous, 15-inch Differential Drive transducers employed in the fullsize V25, ensuring the same sonic signature while allowing V20 and S25 arrays to be used for outfill, center cluster or delay system applications in conjunction with main left/right V25 arrays. The S25 is cardioid-arrayable, and can be suspended in the middle of V20 arrays to provide effective balcony/floor coverage and under-balcony penetration for theatrical sound design applications. Alternatively, S25 enclosures can be flown at the top of V20 arrays in either front-firing or cardioid mode to extend the low frequency length of the line array and provide improved low frequency pattern control and throw, similar to the manner in which S28 enclosures can be deployed at the top of V25 arrays. With its compact form factor, the S25 is also an ideal tool for drum monitoring and medium format front-of-house ”subwoofer/satellite” use with VTX F Series enclosures or VERTEC subcompact line arrays.

Bauman concludes, “NAMM is the public preview of V20 and S25 and we are excited to be featuring the system on the Grand Plaza main stage to serve all live acts in front of the Anaheim Convention Center. We’ll be conducting field testing throughout January and February with key development partners to further refine the V20 system in preparation for production availability in March 2014.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. 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 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

Symetrix SymNet Edge Processor Defines Video Conferencing at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington

MOUNT VERNON, VIRGINIA – JANUARY 2014: The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington opened recently just outside the gates of Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, roughly fifteen miles south of Washington DC. Not only is the $45 million building the leading scholarly research facility for America’s first President, it is also filled with state-of-the-art technology that allows scholars-in-residence to videoconference with colleagues around the world. A SymNet Edge Dante networked audio DSP system with comprehensive conferencing features, including Acoustic Echo Canceling (AEC), delivers robust, high-quality audio for the library’s six video conferencing systems, as well as background audio and paging services. A dedicated SymNet Radius 12×8 DSP together with a custom Crestron computer control interface serve as the heart and brains of the library’s recording studio.

Richard Derbyshire of Shen, Milsom & Wilke’s Washington, D.C. office designed the sound reinforcement system, and IES Communications of Roanoke, Virginia installed it. Jim Hogan, A/V project manager with IES Communications, explained, “This is a high-profile, high-visibility installation, and the expectation is perfection. We’ve done a number of Symetrix installations, and they always go smoothly. The technical support from Symetrix is excellent, and the sound quality and stability of the units are great. The modular SymNet Edge system gives us tremendous flexibility with regard to inputs and outputs as well as customized processing.”

The sound reinforcement system and conferencing systems are located primarily in the conference wing of the library, where two larger conference rooms and two smaller conference rooms join the library’s signature lecture and conferencing space, The David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall. A massive eighteen-foot by eight-foot micro-tile screen forms the focal point of Rubenstein Hall and allows the library’s scholars-in-residence to connect with individuals and groups across the country and around the world. Four SymNet Edge frames are outfitted with eleven AEC cards, two 2-Line analog telephone interface cards, three analog input cards, and two analog output cards, all working in conjunction with two SymNet xIn12 and two SymNet xOut12 I/O expanders. The units are integrated using the DanteTM network audio protocol. All of the conferencing systems benefit from Symetrix’ advanced AEC hardware and DSP algorithms.

In addition, the library staff has use of a small audio and video recording studio with which to create educational and other materials in-house. Hogan centered the studio workflow on a SymNet Radius 12×8 processor. He used its open architecture to design custom recording and playback functionality that users control via an intuitively laid out Crestron interface, thereby enhancing their productivity by providing them with efficient, easy to use tools.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

Dan Corson Transforms Council Bluffs, Iowa’s River’s Edge Park Into Interactive Art Landscape With HARMAN’s Martin Professional Lighting

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — As an open space to accommodate community events and recreational activities, Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park sits on the Missouri River, creating a border between Council Bluffs, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska. Artist Dan Corson recently designed a massive light show for the park, complete with complex characters and simple, intuitive interactive games that spans across the park’s five acres. HARMAN’s Martin Professional light fixtures were installed by Bandit Lites to illuminate the artist’s vision.

Inspired by European baroque knot gardens, the ever-changing light environment showcases choreographed sequences and patterns every half hour. Additionally the piece interacts with visitors via thermal cameras and analytics program to track and “play” a series of simple, intuitive and fun games. The motions of park visitors can control the lighting and allow participants to be tracked with spotlights. The light show has been calibrated to utilize a different color palate for each of the three “park seasons” of the year: White, Brown and Green, coinciding with the snow, dormant grass and green grass states of the lawn.

“The city was originally expecting an artwork something along the lines of a laser light show, but the potential for a more ambitious interactive light environment was too great to pass up. I wanted a layer of activity that would engage visitors’ curiosity in the large space,” stated Corson. “I have been very impressed by the Martin lights and how they ended up meeting the power, brightness and area needs of this piece.”

A total of 16 Martin Exterior 1200 Image Projectors with custom gobos mounted on 35-foot poles and four MAC III Profile fixtures with custom gobos in Tempest enclosures mounted on 14-foot poles surround the 5-acre park to create the visual experience. A Martin MAX Module Cerebrum combined with a custom motion control system by David Beaudry of Beaudry Interactive runs the timing and interactive lightshow from a weatherproof station in the park.

Visual Terrain, Inc. worked with Corson to implement his vision. “With a project of this magnitude and a limited budget, we were concerned about providing meaningful coverage for the exhibit,” stated Lisa Passamonte Green, CEO and Principal in Charge at Visual Terrain. “We tested many products in terms of brightness, pattern capability and movement prior to selecting the Martin fixtures. The combination of their brightness, exterior housings, pattern and texture movement, and adjustability won us over. We have a long history with Martin and continue to come back to them when they fit the project application. We look forward to using Martin fixtures on our own future projects and those we do with artists such as Dan.”

The biggest challenge of the project, according to John Jenkinson of Bandit Lites was the sheer size of the space. “On the fixture side, every piece spec’d for this project was a perfect fit,” Jenkinson says. “The MAC 1200’s were one of the few tools that could have pulled off what we planned and the brightness and colors have performed perfectly.”

Photos by John Jenkinson, Bandit Lites

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. 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 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

Technical Direction Company (TDC) provides the perfect video backdrop for 27th ARIA Awards

Video display experts, Technical Direction Company (TDC) supplied all video technology elements for the 27th ARIA Awards held at The Star, Sydney, Australia on 1 December 2013.

The ARIA Awards are the official awards of the Australian Record Industry Association attended by an audience of over 4,000. The event was broadcast live on Channel 9’s “GO!” with performances from many Australian artists including Birds of Tokyo, Bliss n Eso and Tame Impala as well as special guest appearances from Alicia Keys and Lorde.

The ceremony was produced by Michael Long and Vicki Gerrans. Set design was by Kim Buddee. Stunning screen graphics were produced and operated by Rod Morris.

TDC supplied custom automated rolling screens with ultra-bright 26K HD projectors, that not only provided a uniform, succinct and clean look according to the set design but also acted as a mask for set changeovers. TDC also supplied 200 square metres of high-resolution LED video display as well as video projections and creative and scenic LED elements along with switching, control and technical crew.

ARIA Event Producer, Michael Long said: “We’ve worked with TDC for a number of years because they have quality product, they always deliver on time and within budget meeting our set designer needs and music act requirements. TDC has an excellent logistical and creative team that can cope well with any last minute changes.

“For the Birds of Tokyo, Tame Impala, Jessica Mauboy performances and various DJ’s we used all 4 LED screens on stage along with two side screens. We created a specific look for act changeover where TDC’s two large projection screens came down and covered the stage. Because the venue didn’t have the ceiling height, we had to think of something different and thankfully TDC had some special screens available. TDC suggested early on that we use 6×6 metre screens with custom-built truss to roll them in and out creating a seamless image and transition.”

Olin Winton, Technical Manager at Technical Direction Company said: “Creating a seamless video and LED video technology elements was vital to this project. We were able to utilize some of our highest resolution LED stock for the 27th ARIA Awards which created the perfect backdrop to the Australian and international music performances.”

The TDC Crew working on this project included:
Olin Winton
Kain Jones
Karl Johnstone
Will Day
Anthony Pellizzari

“We really appreciate the support that TDC gives the ARIA Awards and the Australian music industry,” ended Long.

About Technical Direction Company – TDC

Established in 1981, TDC’s expertise is in providing video technology solutions for major TV shows, theatre, corporate events, concert touring, exhibitions and outdoor events. Holding one of the largest stocks of high-end video equipment including LED, projection, displays and HD camera systems, TDC is the preferred provider of technical solutions for the top designers, producers, and production companies across the Asia Pacific region.
www.tdc.com.au

Tecom Appoints TecPodium Distributor for South Africa

Expanding Global Reach to Higher-Education Institutions and Training Facilities in Africa

Tecom Electronics, the leading manufacturer of TecPodium – interactive lecterns and podiums to the worldwide education, corporate and government markets, has added a new distributor to its global network – Dynamic Communications.

Johannesburg-based Dynamic Communications is a Value Added Distributor & Integrator of Communications Technologies including Video Conferencing, Audio Conferencing, Interactive Solutions and boardroom and classroom products. Dynamic Communications already distributes leading product ranges from AV companies, making them ideal partners for Tecom and its extensive range of products for the classroom and training markets.

Owen Patmore, Dynamic’s MD notes: “We are very happy to have made the Tecom products an addition to our product range. We feel that Tecom is a prime product offering for the local educational market due to having one vendor for all components in the multimedia lecterns. In the past, there were 4-5 vendors for one lectern. As you can imagine this becomes hard to manage when there is technical or warranty issues. Tecom is the market leader in this segment and we plan to grow this brand exponentially in South Africa”.

Aviv Brosilovski, Tecom CEO commented, “We are delighted to be working with Dynamic Communications, who are ideally placed to service a large and growing market in which they are already well established. Universities and Colleges in South Africa are highly interested in our product line and we feel a local distributor with direct connection to quality AV system integrators will allow us to provide our interactive lecterns and podiums with local service and support. We look forward to working with them.”

The new partnership means Tecom continues to develop their global reach to customers in the higher education, corporate, government and other training markets.

Tecom will be displaying the TecPodium Lecterns and its latest technology at ISE 2014, on February 4-6 at the RAI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Tecom will be in Booth # 2-E60.

www.tecpodium.com

Muzeek World Upgrades Tavern with Yamaha CL5 Digital Console

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The Belly Up Tavern is a live music venue, located in Solana Beach, California. We have all types of music almost every night bringing the best in new, up-and-coming artists as well as established legends in genres ranging from alternative rock, rock, reggae, and hip-hop to blues, folk, jazz, Latin & more!

Seating approximately 600, The Belly Up Tavern recently upgraded from analog to digital at the monitor position with a Yamaha CL5 and Rio 3224-D and Rio 1608-D purchased from Muzeek World in San Juan Capistrano, CA. The company also provided a new Antari F-3 lighting system and fog machines.

“Yamaha products are built like tanks, and the sound quality of the new CL is amazing,” states John Sardari of Muzeek World. “The features on the CL are more than what anyone needs, and the learning curve is quick, but most of all, the Yamaha service to get something exchanged or repaired is the quickest out of all manufacturers.”

The CL5 has been getting a lot of use at the tavern. “We just shot our second season of Live At The Belly Up for KPBS in San Diego and used the CL5 and the Nuendo Live function to multi-track the show, states Damian DeRobbio, Belly Up Tavern Production Manager. Nuendo Live has been flawless, easy to use, and really sounds great. We are now using it to record bands live and release them on our web site (www.bellyupmusic.com). The CL5 that we purchased is actually used for monitor applications, yet because it is so compact, we have also used it for FOH when bands are carrying their own monitor console and are considering a second one for FOH. We love the ease of use and the fact that any engineer can jump on and operate it.”

DeRobbio said he really likes being able to use the iPad to dial in mixes. “The power in this little console is amazing! Not to mention how great it looks in the dark! I would highly recommend this console to anyone, touring or not. You can’t go wrong with the CL series.”

For more information on the Belly Up Tavern, visit www.bellyup.com.

For more information on Museek World, visit www.muzeekworld.com.

For more information on Yamaha CL Digital Audio Consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: Yamaha CL5 – Donavon Frankenreiter Show

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. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains 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.

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