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Multi Image Group Upgrades to HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers

Andy Kakas (left) and Edward Gonzalez (right).

BOCA RATON, Florida – Multi Image Group (MIG) is a full-service corporate communications company with resources to produce events worldwide. MIG supplies complete sound, lighting, video projection, digital signage, set design and technology for events ranging from 50-person sales meetings to 50,000-seat stadium concerts. The Boca Raton-based company employs 150 people and prides itself on providing its clients with nothing less than the very best—to that end, the company recently upgraded its audio system inventory with HARMAN JBL VTX Series line array loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

Multi Image Group has been a HARMAN Professional dealer and user for nine years. “I’ve always been a fan of JBL and have used their loudspeakers since 1981,” said MIG Audio Department Manager Andy Kakas. “I’ve been blown away by their VERTEC® line arrays, especially the way they maintain a stable sonic image in a variety of situations. I really wanted to put the newer VTX line arrays through their paces because in my experience JBL loudspeaker systems just keep getting better.”

Kakas’ interest dovetailed with Multi Image Group’s need to acquire another loudspeaker system for arena events—in the last two years MIG had been doing more and more arena and stadium events along with ballroom and theater productions. Kakas had heard a VTX V25 line array system at an Orlando stadium concert and was impressed by the way it sounded, how easy it was to rig and the way the sonic image stayed intact even from 200 to 250 feet away. Soon after, JBL introduced the smaller V20 loudspeaker and Kakas knew it would be even more adaptable to the type of venues MIG services.

Knowing from his own experience the benefits of upgrading to the I-Tech HD amplifiers, Kakas believed the VTX rig would represent another major step forward. “We weren’t using Crown amplifiers when I joined the company. I didn’t agree with this because I had been using Crown since I started in the professional sound industry back in 1981 and they were always bulletproof.”

However, Kakas first had to convince MIG’s owner. Kakas pointed out that in eight years of owning VERTEC VT4888 line arrays they had almost no driver failures, and had recouped their investment on them in three years. An audition of the V20 at the recent Winter NAMM show sealed the deal: “We heard them and realized, that’s the way a PA should sound.”

Since taking delivery of the JBL VTX V20, MIG’s initial impressions have only been reinforced. “The size of the V20 is perfect for what we do, the loudspeakers sound exceptionally good and the V20 is loud for its size, so in situations where I’d normally have to bring a bigger box, I can stick with the V20,” said Edward Gonzalez, Audio Engineer and System Designer at Multi Image Group. “In a lot of the corporate events we do, I’m fighting height–I have to work around low ceilings in ballrooms, so the smaller size of the V20 is a major advantage.”

Gonzalez, Kakas and the rest of the MIG crew are impressed with every aspect of the V20’s sound, yet single out the newly refined Radiation Boundary Integrator™ (RBI) waveguide, which provides broader, more stable horizontal coverage and a more seamless transition between the high-frequency and midrange drivers. “The new HF driver throws really far and sounds incredibly clean and smooth,” Gonzalez noted. Using the V20 with the Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers provides another advantage—the amps’ internal processing is designed to optimize the performance of the V20 (and other JBL models) and enables the crew to carry one less piece of external gear.

“With the I-Tech HDs there is a lot of sonic detail. It has a transparent top end, which has an open and natural sound. It maintains the Crown dampening that gives you that punch in your chest. Also, the Cobranet™ integration is quite useful since we have had a need for multiple channels of AES from front of house to the stage and the amp racks,” added Kakas.

MIG controls its systems with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™, which Gonzalez helped beta test and finds a major step forward from the previous System Architect. Performance Manager now provides pre-configured control panels instead of having to build them from scratch – a significant time saver. The built-in JBL Line Array Calculator II loudspeaker setup and calibration software is improved to the point where Gonzalez can predict the locations of where the loudspeakers should be set up and get them almost dead-on to their final placements. He also likes Performance Manager’s ability to automatically reconfigure itself. “If the number of amplifiers in the system is changed, I don’t have to manually re-address the locations of the amplifiers on the network,” Gonzalez noted. “I’m excited to mix on something that sounds so good. It’s a very high-fidelity system. It doesn’t sound like a PA—it sounds like a high-end audio system you’d have at home.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio 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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

Audio DAWg to Host Yamaha NUAGE Open House

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems and Audio DAWg is pleased to host a product showcase of the Yamaha NUAGE – Advanced Production System on Tuesday, June 3 at Audio DAWg, 400 E. Royal Lane, Ste. #300, Irving, Texas.

NUAGE is a highly refined, scalable hardware/software production environment for recording, video post-production, ADR, music production and mixing. NUAGE features many unique and exciting features such as an integrated ADR system, efficient content management, advanced media access system, and much more.

A joint collaboration between Yamaha and Steinberg, NUAGE is a hardware and software system that adds the power of Dante audio networking, and is a complete, flexible system that allows engineers to choose and combine components to perfectly match individual application and workflow requirements.

Join Audio DAWg’s Spunky Brunone, the NUAGE Team, and special guests for an open house to be held from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm with Q&A and product showcase. A NUAGE overview will be held from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Please RSVP as seating is limited. Telephone (972) 759-1131.

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New Yamaha Amplifiers Added to CIS Product Line

LAS VEGAS—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. will launch two new amplifiers at InfoComm 2014 that will add to the growing number of Commercial Installations Solutions (CIS) products. The user-friendly UI of the MA2030/PA2030 are based on years of experience developing AV products and musical instruments.

At a targeted MSRP of $399, the MA2030 mixer amplifier, available in the summer of 2014, provides functionality not normally seen in products at this price point. World-renowned DSP technology allows product features such as Priority Ducking, Feedback Reduction, Auto Leveling, Speaker Processing, and simple remote connectivity. The MA2030 is the only mixer amp in its class that provides a low-cost optional DCP1V1S wall controller panel connected over a common Cat5 cable for simple user control without having to access the amplifier. The DCP mounts in a standard single gang wall box and provides one knob and four switches.

The PA2030 can easily provide more power by adding two more 30-watt channels to the MA2030 and also works great as a low-cost, high or low impedance amplifier. Reliable Yamaha quality and a “green” and silent design equipped with a highly efficient class-D circuit with a fan-less cooling design, the PA2030 will be available at an MSRP of $299 in the summer of 2014.

“When we originally introduced the CIS product line, we knew it was only a first step in bringing great value, Yamaha reliability, and technology features to the market, states Marc Lopez, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems. Inc. The tradition continues with the addition of these two new products.”

The MA2030 mixer amp features three stereo line inputs (two RCA, one Mini-Stereo plug), two mic inputs (one Euro Block, one combination XLR/phone jack), one Stereo output (RCA), two amplifier outputs (2×30 watts at high impedance, 70v or 100v, or low impedance from 3 to 8 ohms), and one DCP control port (RJ45 supports one DCP1V4S with power and control).

The PA2030 power amp has two stereo line input options (RCA and Euro Block), two amplifier outputs (2×30 watts at high impedance, 70v or 100v, or low impedance from 3 to 8 ohms).

For more information on the new Yamaha MA2030 mixer amp and PA2030 power amp, visit Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. in booth #C10716 at InfoComm 2014 or visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. 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.

Devoted Fans Celebrate 311 Day with Five Hours of Music and Lighting From HARMAN’s Martin Professional

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — Devoted 311 fans swarmed to New Orleans this year for the ultimate celebratory concert experience on March 11, better known as 311 Day. Showcasing a culmination of 11 albums, including their most recent studio album released earlier this year, titled Stereolithic, HARMAN’s Martin Professional Atomic 3000 DMX strobes (10) and M6 lighting console were deployed by Joe Paradise, Lighting Designer.

311, an American rock band from Omaha, Nebraska formed in 1988, created 311 Day in 2000 when the band played 47 songs straight. Since then, the band has consistently increased its set list, including over five-and-a-half hours of music this year.

“The biggest challenge is being able to program at a high rate of speed and to be able to have most of the songs programmed ‘cue to cue’,” Paradise said about the M6 console. “I have used Martin consoles since the Maxxyz lighting console came out and have always been impressed with the ease of programming and how simple but diverse the effects engine is.”

“I switched to the M1 because of how solid it is and the familiar syntax and since then have chosen the M6 for the same reason. I really do enjoy the larger format and the numerous playbacks. I am really happy with how modular it is and I really enjoy the variety of playback placement types as well as the playback options. The touch screens are really easy on the eyes but vivid and very accurate. It just keeps getting better!”

On this particular show, Paradise had Martin’s M1 console standing by as a network backup console, but it was never needed. “The goal was to make this a very special event for hardcore fans of 311,” Paradise stated. “I wanted to make the show look a lot larger than it was and make the audience feel as though they were part of it as opposed to just being there. The M6 console makes getting what you see in your mind’s eye to the fixtures very simple and effortless.”

Paradise, who has used just about every Martin fixture since the MAC 250s and 300s came out, utilized the Atomic strobes to create diverse effects for the audience. “The crowd really responded to some of the looks and gags we put together and everyone walked away very happy! It was a great experience and I always enjoy using Martin to showcase my vision.”

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 infotainment and audio 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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

NUGEN Audio’s VisLM Now Supports 7.1 Surround Audio

Latest Version Supports Compliance Needs of Game Audio Producers as They Launch Production of 7.1 Titles

LEEDS, U.K. — May 21, 2014 — To meet the evolving loudness requirements of the games industry, NUGEN Audio today announced that its industry-leading VisLM loudness metering plug-in now includes support for 7.1 surround audio for the Xbox(R) One console and the Audio Standards Working Group (ASWG) standard for PlayStation development.

VisLM provides an easy-to-use, standard-compliant way to measure, compare, and contrast loudness during production, broadcast, post-production, and quality assurance, on the fly or after the fact for entire sections of audio. With detailed, objective loudness measurement, history, and logging facilities, VisLM supports ITU, ATSC, EBU, and Game Audio standards to ensure loudness compliance for titles to be distributed virtually anywhere in the world. In addition to supporting channels recorded in 7.1 format, the latest version of VisLM now offers support for the VST3 plug-in format, improved routing in the stand-alone mode, and a new analyze/render option.

“The latest version of VisLM is a direct response to our Game Audio customers, who need high-quality audio tools as they begin to adopt 7.1 as a standard format for titles for the new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles,” said Jon Schorah, creative director, NUGEN Audio. “Just as with broadcasting, these customers need the ability to distribute their products in every market whilst ensuring loudness compliance. At the same time, they want to ensure appropriate loudness in order to give users the most immersive, exciting audio experience possible. VisLM provides a highly visual and easy-to-use way of meeting both goals.”

The latest version of VisLM with 7.1 support is available as a free upgrade for current VisLM users. More information about the entire NUGEN Audio product family is available at www.nugenaudio.com.

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About NUGEN Audio
NUGEN Audio provides the broadcast and post-production industry’s most advanced solutions for end-to-end loudness management, metering, and correction from content acquisition through to playout. Reflecting the real-world production experience of the NUGEN Audio design team, the company’s products make it easier to deliver high-quality, compliant audio while saving time, reducing costs, and preserving the creative process. NUGEN Audio’s tools for audio analysis, loudness metering, mixing/mastering, and tracking are used by the world’s top names in broadcast, post-production, and music production. For more information, visit www.nugenaudio.com.

All trademarks mentioned herein are acknowledged as property of their respective owners.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/NUGEN/NUGENAudio-VisualizerScreenShot.jpg

Studio Tenn Chooses Hitachi for Tennessee Performing Arts Center Production

Nashville, Tennessee, May 20, 2014 – Hitachi’s CP-WX8265 projector was instrumental in Studio Tenn’s critically acclaimed debut of Charles Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Polk Theater.

Located in Nashville, the James K. Polk Theater is an intimate proscenium theater for its size, with a maximum seating capacity of 1,075. The distance from the projection booth to the back wall of the set is 102 feet and the projection area is approximately 56 x 20 feet.

“We found the Hitachi projector to be very bright and quite simple to use—it was a perfect solution for our needs,” said Mitch White, Technical Director, Studio Tenn. “The image was fantastic despite the long throw using the standard lens.”

The Hitachi CP-WX8265 was instrumental in adding “strikingly modern twists” to TPAC’s rendition of the classic Christmas play which featured an 18-member cast, a full orchestra and fog effects. Traditionally performed in the more intimate Franklin Theater, this was the first year that TPAC used the Polk Theater for A Christmas Carol.

The Studio Tenn Theatre company was established in 2009 in order to combine talent from Nashville and Broadway, bringing classic works of drama and musical theatre to life in Middle Tennessee.

“Peter Vaque of SpringTree Media Group in Franklin, TN suggested Hitachi when we told him what we wanted to do,” said Jake Speck, Managing Director, Studio Tenn. “Video elements are an integral part of what we put on stage and that simply can’t be compromised. Needless to say, we were thrilled with the Hitachi projector’s performance.”

The Hitachi CP-WX8265 3LCD projector features 6,500 ANSI lumens brightness, motorized lens shift, Perfect Fit (which allows easy shaping of the projection to fit to the projecting area) and setup memory, which allows for quickly changing lens and focus settings for specific scenes.

For more information on Studio Tenn, visit http://www.studiotenn.com/

For more information on SpringTree Media Group, visit http://www.springtree.net/

For more information on TPAC, visit http://www.tpac.org/

For more information on Hitachi projectors visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

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About Hitachi
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For more information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com/.

Mid-America Sound Holds Yamaha QL Demo

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Mid-America Sound Corp. (Greenfield, IN) will host a demo on the new Yamaha QL Series Digital Audio Console, Tuesday June 3 between 12 noon and 4:00 pm at their 6643 West 400 North location, Greenfield, IN. Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems District Manager, Mike Eiseman, will be on hand to present and answer questions.

The new Yamaha QL Series inherits CL console features such as all-in-one mixing, processing, and routing capability for small to medium scale live tour sound, house of worship installations, corporate A/V, and speech applications.

RSVP is encouraged. E-mail Jason Wells Jason@midamericasound.com or call
(317) 947-9980 for more details.

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Biamp Systems Acquires Dev-Audio

Renowned audio solutions manufacturer adds microphone technologies company as it continues developing innovative products enhancing the robustness of its DSP offering

BEAVERTON, Oregon — May 15, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today has announced the acquisition of Dev-Audio, a developer of advanced microphone processing technologies and the award-winning Microcone product. Microcone and its associated software application, Microcone Recorder, are conferencing products that actively track and enhance voice quality, adaptively reduce background noise, and record directly to any computer. more

ACIR Professional Celebrates Moms at Annual Music Fest

Mays Landing, N.J.—Held Saturday, May 10th in celebration of Mother’s Day, the annual Mother’s Day Festival took place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ and for the third year, ACIR Professional (Mays Landing, NJ) provided audio production services for the 14,500 attendees. This year’s line up included Charlie Wilson, Gladys Knight, and Heads of State featuring Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, and Johnny Gill. The Mother’s Day Music Fest is always the biggest holiday event at the newly renovated, historic Boardwalk Hall, drawing sell-out crowds.

ACIR provided two Yamaha PM5Ds digital audio consoles, one at front of house and one at monitors. The main PA consisted of 16 d&b J8s, four J12s, 16 B2 subs, and D12 amplifiers. The monitor system included 12 d&B Q1s used for side fills along with Q subs, ACIR 115 wedges, and 12 Yamaha T3N amplifiers.

“The system sounded incredible,” states John Grasso, ACIR Professional co-owner who functioned as front of house engineer. The changeover provided festival-like challenges so we treated it as a festival style in that we had three changeovers with only 10 minutes in between to re-set. This was accomplished by great pre-planning on the part of our crew.” In addition to Grasso, the ACIR crew included Dave Lefko, ME; Bobby Harper, systems engineer; Mike Nugent, systems tech; and Dominick Friia as crew chief. ACIR also provided the entire backline.

For more information on ACIR Professional, visit www.acirpro.com.

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Riedel Products at InfoComm 2014:

InfoComm 2014
Riedel Communications
Booth C8939


MediorNet 2.0
Riedel has enhanced its MediorNet family of real-time networks for video, audio, data, and communications with MediorNet 2.0, an update for MediorNet. At InfoComm 2014, the company will show how MediorNet 2.0 enables new video router functionality and high-speed rerouting, along with new WAN capabilities that include solutions for JPEG 2000 and H.264 formats.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-MediorNet2_0Update.jpg
Photo Caption: MediorNet Real-Time Network 2.0 Update

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-MediorNet-H264-DPro.jpg
Photo Caption: Riedel’s MediorNet Systems With WAN Capabilities

MediorNet MetroN Core Router
The latest addition to the MediorNet family of real-time networks is the 2-RU large-scale MediorNet MetroN core router. The new MediorNet MetroN provides a real-time routing capacity of 64 x 10Gb ports, further enabling Riedel’s acclaimed approach to signal distribution and routing. During InfoComm 2014, Riedel will demonstrate how the new frame can function within a larger MediorNet installation, interfacing with other MediorNet frames via fiber.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-MetroNCoreRouter.jpg
Photo Caption: Riedel’s MediorNet MetroN Core Router

Virtual Key Panel App for Artist Intercom System
Riedel’s Artist virtual key panels enable the use of smartphones and tablets (iOS, OS X(R), and Android) as control panels in combination with any Artist digital matrix intercom system. These hand-held devices can then provide the same functionality as full-featured, 12-key Artist control panels. The user operates the virtual control panel with the device’s touch-screen interface, which can be configured via Riedel’s Director software.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-VirtualKeypanelForiOS.jpg
Photo Caption: Virtual Key Panel App for Artist Intercom System

Other Products on Display:
- Performer, Artist, and Acrobat communications systems
- RockNet 100 and 300 low-latency audio distribution networks and console interfaces

Company Quote:

“InfoComm is the premier North American event for seeing our partners and customers in the pro A/V and entertainment markets. Our new MediorNet update and the MetroN core router take our philosophy of totally networked solutions to the next level, and we are thrilled to be able to show them in Las Vegas in June.”
– Patti Gunnell, Riedel Entertainment Solutions Manager, North America

Company Profile:

Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/549773?trk=tyah

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