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Legendary Artist AR Rahman Adopts the HARMAN Studer Vista X Digital Console

Studer_ARRahmanCHENNAI, India – One of the world’s most respected composers, singer/songwriters, musicians and music producers, AR Rahman recently added a HARMAN Studer Vista X digital console to the studio of his YM Movies film production firm in Chennai, India.

A GRAMMY® and Academy Award® winner, AR Rahman is one of the world’s most influential music professionals and is probably best known for his scores and soundtracks in countless feature films, including Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours and Jodhaa Akbar. Rahman’s compositions are popular for their eclectic blend of musical styles and wide range of instrumentation. To date, Rahman has sold more than 250 million albums worldwide.

Rahman will be using the Vista X to mix audio for the extensive variety of YM Movies projects, as well as Rahman’s other works, including his own solo albums and numerous humanitarian projects.

“The console’s massive number of channels and outputs will speed up laying stems, for big scores in particular,” Rahman said.

Speaking on his decision to purchase the Vista X console, Rahman said it was love at first sight. “I first saw the Vista 5 at the HARMAN store in New York City and I loved the controls,” he noted. “I soon learned about the Vista X and had to have it. It has a very user-friendly vibe and processing redundancy.”

In addition, Rahman’s previous experience with other HARMAN audio equipment provided reassurance that the Vista X would not disappoint. “When I started my Panchathan Record Inn studios, the only speakers I had were JBL Control 5 and 4412,” Rahman said. “I am also a big fan of Lexicon reverbs as well.”

The Vista X offers an unsurpassed intuitive user interface, retaining the patented Vistonics™ and FaderGlow™user interface, providing control of 800 or more audio DSP channels and more than 5,000 inputs and outputs.

At the heart of the system is the Infinity DSP core, which uses CPU-based processors to provide huge numbers of DSP channels for large-scale, high-resolution audio processing and mixing. Thanks to the Infinity core, this is the first time more than 800 audio channels have been processed in a CPU-based board. This offers significant advantages, as CPU processing provides a scalable system, faster development of new signal processing designs, huge channel counts, full system redundancy without a single point of failure and the possibility of running third-party algorithms.

“I’m using the Vista X as a full-fledged post-production console,” he said. “Geoff Foster from Air Studios is here mixing over 600 tracks of ProTools on it right now.”

For more information on AR Rahman, please visit www.arrahman.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse Leaps Into Digital With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi3000 Console

Scraft_Cocoa copy 2COCOA, Florida – First opened to the public in 1924, The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse (CVP) is listed on the national register of historic buildings, and serves as the community theater for regional Broadway performers. Having relied on a HARMAN Soundcraft MH3 console for many years, the in-house staff recently upgraded to a full digital infrastructure featuring the new Soundcraft Vi3000 console.

The CVP has provided Cocoa with affordable community theater and education in the performing arts over the decades. With 17 years of sound engineering experience, Lead Audio/Sound Designer of CVP Gavin Little knew exactly which digital console would suit the venue’s performances the most, opting for the Vi3000.

“I’m a huge Soundcraft fan because of their sound quality, and decided to replace an old analog Soundcraft with a new digital one,” said Little. “Moving over to the Vi3000 from the MH3 was a huge leap in terms of functionality. I wanted to store all the shows and have huge matrix capabilities with delays built into the console. This console does all that and is easy to use.”

Many engineers like Little prefer Soundcraft consoles over alternative brands due to their layout and design. Rather than scrolling through countless menu layers, the Vi3000 allows audio professionals to cut down on setup time and enjoy a smoother mixing experience. The Vi3000 is perfect for addressing workflow issues, even during large-scale productions.

The CVP has a seating capacity of 600 people, and currently hosts 5 shows per week, while also featuring six or seven big musicals per year. The productions consist of full large-scale orchestras and a cast so large that it is common to see 20 wireless microphones on the stage at the same time. To accommodate the channel load, Little also acquired a Soundcraft 32×8 Stagebox for use in the orchestra pit and a Soundcraft 32×16 Stagebox for use on the stage.

“This digital console is laid out so well and so intuitively, that it functions like an analog console,” said Little. “For example, the Vistonics™ screen and the FaderGlow™ are straightforward features that allow me to focus on my job and the show while mixing. I think this is the way of the future, as I was confident to be able to do a show right out of the box.”

“The sound was completely transparent from the moment I turned it on,” said Little. “The console provides true representation of sound, as you could hear the EQ working really well, with the sound being very clean. I’m excited to use this console for our next big show a month from now, which is West Side Story.”

For more information on The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, please visit www.cocoavillageplayhouse.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Myers Heads Up 3G’s New AV Installation Division

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Los Angeles, CA––As an integral part of a significant expansion and growth move for the company, David Myers has been appointed as Director of 3G Pro Audio’s new Installation Division.

As Director of AV Installations, Myers will be dedicated to building a division that sets itself apart in terms of innovative solutions, unique new methodologies and successful collaborations with clients.

A veteran in the field with 25 years in contracting, David holds CTS-I and CTS-D certifications in Installation and Design.

Asked about his mission, David responds, “Developing consistencies within the division so our key sales team members can sell and support installations while maintaining a commonality in how things are done. Refining our branding so that 3G is perceived as an installation house; growing sales; designing systems, and responsible project management at every stage of the process.”

3G will build on its core strengths in theatrical and festival production and touring to focus on vertical installation markets such as performance venues and Houses of Worship, nightclubs and hotels that can draw from the company’s expertise in live entertainment. They will also focus on performance spaces in government and educational environments.

David feels the division should be seen as specialists in terms of the lines they carry, the solutions they offer and the way they present themselves. “We don’t want to be like everyone else,” he affirms. “What’s really important is understanding the client’s needs and maintaining a constant connection with them throughout the installation process and after the project has been completed.

“3G intends to deliver turnkey solutions that meet all of the customer’s technical requirements including sound, lighting and video. We’re not just a sound company.”

Asked about his feelings regarding the appointment, David answers, “I’m honored and excited to be part of the company. 3G is made up of a terrific group of people dedicated to treating their customers and their own staff the right way, which is the core of all business.”

Eli Stearns, President and CEO of 3G adds, “We are really excited to have Dave join our team and lead our new Installation Division. While we have been selling professional audio systems for years, Dave’s expertise as an experienced contractor and designer of full AV systems will catapult our company’s capabilities to full service integration. Moreover, Dave’s work ethic, leadership and ‘can do’ attitude makes him a perfect fit with the company’s commitment to providing the highest quality service to our customers.”

For more about 3G Pro Audio, please call 702.948.0459 or click to www.3glp.com

About 3G Productions, Inc.
Founded in 2004, 3G Productions, Inc. is a multifaceted audio company focused on providing the highest quality of service in live production, sound equipment rental, sales, and installed sound. Located in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, the company operates through two divisions: Live and Pro Audio.

Pexip(R) Infinity Powers World’s Leading and Largest Distance Education Network at Charles Sturt University

Videoconferencing Platform Provides Thousands of Students, Faculty, and Staff With Personal Virtual Meeting Rooms

OSLO, Norway — Jan. 15, 2015 — Pexip(R), a leading innovator in scalable, distributed videoconferencing software, today announced that Australia’s Charles Sturt University (CSU) has selected the Pexip Infinity scalable meeting platform to power the institution’s world-class distance learning program. The education and communications network will allow students, faculty, and staff to instantly communicate face-to-face via personal virtual meeting rooms (VMRs) that foster engagement and collaboration.

Charles Sturt University is Australia’s largest regional educational institution and is celebrating its 25th year, although its rich history traces back more than 120 years. Now with an excess of 20,000 students enrolled in undergraduate, postgraduate, or single subjects, CSU’s leading global distance education program has become the largest in the region. Using the Pexip Infinity scalable meeting platform, the continuing education program provides intuitive online learning where students and lecturers can meet in VMRs in order to participate in classroom discussions, knowledge sharing, or team-based collaborations within an easy-to-use virtual environment.

“CSU is the leading provider of distance education in Australia, with 60-percent of our students studying fully online, so the solution needed to be accessible from many different devices, from any location, and required the scaling capabilities to facilitate the provision of the video conferencing service to that cohort,” said Philip Roy, acting Executive Director of Information Technology at CSU. “By deploying Pexip Infinity, we’ve taken a definitive step in ensuring that our online learning remains empowering and simple to use while guaranteeing that it can be easily expanded to meet any of our future requirements. By giving our distance learning students their own personal VMRs, we’re taking away some of the fear and mystery of not being able to physically attend classes on campus.”

Powering more than 25,000 VMRs and virtual auditoriums, Pexip Infinity will be deployed at multiple data centers and managed from a single location by a team of only two administrators. CSU reckons that the majority of students will be active users within 12 months. Pexip Infinity natively supports HD video conferencing right from inside any major web browser, including Microsoft(R) Internet Explorer(R), Apple Safari(R), Google(R) Chrome”, Mozilla Firefox(R) and Opera”. With CSU’s primary end user client being web-browser based, Infinity removes any accessibility obstacles, providing the easiest-to-use distance learning solution that doesn’t require participants to be IT experts in order to engage.

“This is a very big day for us,” said Simen Teigre, CEO and Co-Founder of Pexip. “The fact that Charles Sturt University has selected our solution really shows that our platform is up to any virtual communication task. We built Infinity to provide large-scale institutions with a solution that is simple to deploy, manage, and use — and knowing the amount of students that will be using our platform from all types of endpoints, clients, and devices with little or no prior knowledge of enterprise-scale videoconferencing — this becomes a very strong endorsement. Knowing CSU provides a true world-class and leading distance education program makes us very proud to be a part of future generations’ education and learning.”

For additional information on CSU’s distance education programs, please visit www.csu.edu.au/distance-education. For more information or a free test drive of Pexip Infinity, please visit www.pexip.com.

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Pexip(R) overthrows conventional thinking by providing an affordable, scalable, and virtualized meeting platform that truly enables everyone to do high-quality video meetings from any device. For Pexip, simplicity for the end user and IT is a guiding principle in the design of Pexip Infinity, the scalable meeting platform. Founded in 2012, Pexip was created by leading innovators from the videoconferencing industry. Pexip is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and has offices in New York and London. For more information, visit www.pexip.com.

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Matrox at Digital Signage Expo 2015 — Product Preview

Multi-display graphics cards, video wall controller boards and H.264 encoders/decoders to be showcased

At DSE 2015 (Las Vegas, Mar.11–12, booth 1645), Matrox® Graphics Inc. will present the new C-Series™ multi-display graphics cards, the field-proven Matrox Mura™ MPX video wall controller boards and the cost-effective Matrox Maevex™ AV-over-IP encoders/decoders. Demonstrations will show digital signage integrators and retailers how to create high-impact, memorable user experiences for their customers using Matrox products to capture, display, and distribute content.

Multi-display Graphics Cards

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Matrox C-Series multi-display graphics cards let signage integrators build high-impact display walls that are reliable and easy to install. C-Series provides outstanding video performance with advanced multi-monitor capabilities and EDID management via intuitive software to simplify both portrait and landscape installations. The cards feature 2 GB of on-board memory and secure mini DisplayPort connectivity. Matrox C680 supports up to six 4K/UHD displays. More displays can be supported by inserting two C680 cards into a system. The board-to-board framelock feature ensures synchronization of all displays to reduce tearing on digital signage and video walls. Matrox C420 is ideal for use in the small-form-factor systems needed in tight signage setup spaces. It’s also the fastest quad card with passive cooling, for increased reliability and silent operation. At DSE 2015, a C680 will drive displays in portrait mode.

Video Wall Capture and Display Boards

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Matrox Mura MPX Series capture and display boards feature flexible inputs and high-quality outputs allowing AV integrators, system builders and equipment manufacturers to easily and cost-effectively build custom, high-density video wall controllers with up to 56 inputs and outputs. Exceptional-quality scaling, switching and compositing of source content including HDCP feeds are easily managed through intuitive software control options including Matrox MuraControl™, third-party software and simple integration with existing AV control systems. Rich transitions and eye-catching effects can be applied to both live and file-based content using the latest Mura Network API — a platform that software developers have used to build their own powerful video wall control solutions for Mura-based video walls. At DSE 2015, versatile VuWall2 DS signage software developed by VuWall Technology using the Matrox Mura Network API will be used to control a Mura MPX-based video wall.

H.264 Encoders/Decoders

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Matrox Maevex 5100 Series H.264 encoders and decoders deliver exceptional-quality AV streaming at low bandwidth over standard IP networks for display or for storage anywhere on the LAN. Maevex encoders, priced at only $999 US (MSRP), can be combined with Maevex decoders or third-party software decoders to stream Full HD content to displays and projectors for cost-effective, high-quality digital signage AV distribution. Maevex comes bundled with Matrox PowerStream™ software for easy remote device management, stream switching and streaming/recording control, including user-definable bit rates between 100 Kbps and 25 Mbps. At DSE 2015 digital signage integrators will discover how they can take advantage of Maevex’s high MTBF and fanless design to create low maintenance installations as well as encode/stream solutions where digital signage players do the decoding.

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a global manufacturer of reliable, high-quality ASICs, boards, appliances, and software. Backed by in-house design expertise and dedicated customer support, Matrox products deliver stellar capture, extension, distribution, and display. Engineering high-quality products since 1976, Matrox technology is trusted by professionals and partners worldwide. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

Ashly Pema Plus 4-Channel Amp Upgrades the Audio with Ease at Bowmanstille Volunteer FIre Department

Bowmansville_FireDeptBOWMANSVILLE, NEW YORK – JANUARY 2015: With the celebration of its one-hundredth year in operation still fresh on everyone’s minds, the Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Department in upstate New York secured modest funds to refurbish the A/V systems in its 4,500-square foot recreation room. The room is used by the volunteers and the community for gatherings spanning everything from lectures to parties and bingo to movie nights. In addition, the company uses the room to stage training and other educational events. A new Ashly Audio Pema 4250.70 combination 8×8 Protea™ matrix processor and four-channel amplifier has breathed new life into the system.

“Their old audio system was little more than a basic mixer-amplifier and a few wired mics,” explained Karl Maciag, A/V integrations engineer at Toshiba Business Solutions in nearby Tonawanda, New York. It’s A/V solutions department designed and installed the system for the BVFD. He continued, “They had terrible gain-before-feedback and marginal intelligibility. Of course, budget was a big concern, which necessitated reusing the existing loudspeakers… but with a new Ashly Pema processor and amplifier. We sold the department’s point-person on the Pema by bringing him to another fire company where we had installed a Pema. He loved it, along with the Ashly WR-5 remote control that made it easy to select sources and adjust volumes. In addition, the Pema was critical because it packs full DSP and four 250W amplifiers in just two rack units. That’s exactly how much room we had – no more.”

The system is split in two main zones: one for the bar and another for the rest of the room, including a new projection system Maciag prescribed. One Ashly neWR-5 remote control in each zone allows intuitive selection of AM/FM, cable, a resident computer, a computer tie-in, an MP3 player jack, and two new wireless microphones, along with master volume control. A small Crestron keypad controls the projection system.

“We were early adopters of the Ashly Pema and we’ve had great success with it ever since,” said Maciag. “It’s one of the variables that we never have to worry about. Moreover, the Pema – like all Ashly products – sounds great, with transparent but effective algorithms and faithful amplification.”

“The Ashly Pema is also a good size for jobs like this,” added Leamon Hall, the technician with Toshiba Business Solutions who installed and commissioned the system. “It has eight inputs, which is enough to cover most input counts with a few to spare that the client can grow into. Ashly’s control protocol is well constructed. It’s easy to set up the network neWR-5 controller for a customized interface, and if I ever have questions, Ashly tech support staff are always ready with an answer. In short, the Ashly Pema is deeply functional, easy to configure, and quick to deploy.”

Although the existing loudspeakers were not everything Maciag had hoped for, the Pema’s extensive equalization controls allowed Hall to dial in sound quality that would give the BVFD plenty of gain before feedback and intelligibility.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 40-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

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Now Streaming to Your Smartphone: Audio Everywhere Delivers High-Quality Audio For Every Environment

AE LogoSARATOGA, California — Comprehensively addressing the need for high-quality streaming audio in public venues, including fitness centers, sports bars and restaurants, hotels, houses of worship, as well as digital signage applications, Silicon Valley based company, Audio Everywhere has developed a solution for delivering high quality sound from any source via a free downloadable app for iOS and Android devices.

Audio Everywhere is powered by a media appliance that connects to multiple televisions or other sources and operates over standard Wi-Fi. The system provides high quality audio delivered via a free downloadable app used by the venue’s customers.

“The opportunities to enhance dynamic video content with high quality audio in a range of markets and environments is limitless,” stated Lance Glasser, president and CEO Audio Everywhere. “Our solution provides an accurate, low latency, streaming audio solution and because we leverage standard Wi-Fi our system can be deployed anywhere worldwide.”

Audio Everywhere’s app is highly customizable and provides the capability to place streaming video or advertisements when the app is launched or at specific times and can also be easily embedded and skinned to integrate into a company’s existing app.

“Today Audio Everywhere is a differentiator in my market,” said Robert Goslin, owner of Bull Wings Bar and Grill. “I can see the day coming soon when it will be a must-have for every sports bar.”

An Audio Everywhere system can support hundreds of users simultaneously and is highly scalable. It can be easily integrated into a location’s existing PA system and support is available for multiple languages. The system is available in multiple configurations from 1 to more than 32 channels of audio.

For more information about Audio Everywhere please visit: www.audioeverywhere.com.

About Audio Everywhere
Audio Everywhere is the leading provider of high-quality streaming audio solutions for fitness centers, bars and restaurants, casinos, and a range of other environments and applications. Founded by ExXothermic, Inc., in early 2012 as a Silicon Valley start-up, Audio Everywhere features free downloadable apps for iOS and Android users and leverages global Wi-Fi standards. For more information about Audio Everywhere please visit: www.audioeverywhere.com.

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On The Waterfront: HARMAN Professional Outfits the Brando Hotel on Tetiaroa Island

HARMAN_BrandoTETIAROA, French Polynesia — Named for the legendary actor, The Brando is truly one of the most magnificent luxury resorts on Earth. Located in French Polynesia on the Tetiaroa atoll, once Marlon Brando’s private island, the new eco-friendly resort features 35 private villas located on the coast, surrounds a completely enclosed lagoon and is accessible only by plane. Its hotel offers the finest restaurants, spas and amenities including a HARMAN Professional audio system installed by Total Video Distribution of Tahiti.

Total Video installed networked audio systems in three primary locations, the biggest in the main part of the hotel which includes the reception area, indoor and outdoor shops, two restaurants, two bars and other sections. A large meeting room has a separate audio system, and the spa was considered separately because of its environmental considerations.

“We determined that the best solution was to go with separate installations that were optimized for each location rather than one all-encompassing system, as this would best serve the needs of each facility and would be the simplest, most flexible and most cost-effective way to meet the Brando’s needs,” said Jacques Lilin, General Manager of Total Video, engineer design Jean Jacques Canot. “That said, we standardized on all-HARMAN brands in each installation because we knew it would be a guarantee of perfect communication between the different system elements and compatibility between inputs and outputs.”

The main system is networked via two BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-800 signal processors. The BLU-800 handles source selection, volume control and distribution for a variety of audio sources and distributes music and announcements throughout multiple zones.

Amplification is provided by Crown CTs 600 and CTs 280A power amps and a variety of JBL Control 24CT and 23T loudspeakers mounted in the beams, ceilings, walls and in various other locations. An AKG D542ST-S microphone is used for announcements and each zone is managed locally via a BSS Audio BLU-6 wall-mount controller. All the equipment is housed in a dedicated equipment room located near the Brando’s concierge area. The control room also has a BSS Audio BLU-10 programmable controller for general control of all the zones.

The meeting room’s separate audio system is managed by a BSS Audio BLU-800 signal processor, with JBL Control 26CT in-ceiling speakers powered by Crown CTs 600 amplifiers. Four AKG WMS450PRESENTER+D5 wireless microphone systems are available, along with a DVD player and custom-built A/V connectors near the video projector to accommodate a computer, iPod or other device. Two AKG wireless antennas are located in the ceiling to provide optimum reception for the wireless mic signals.

The spa system had a very specific requirement: the equipment had to be simplified to the maximum degree because of its exposure to salt and humidity. “We needed to install components that have proven themselves in such conditions,” said Lilin. Because of the harsh environment, four separate systems were installed to accommodate four spa areas, hammams (steam rooms), tea room, shops, locker rooms, fitness and massage rooms. The four systems each have only an iPod as a music source, connected directly to a Crown 280MA mixer-amp with their volume operated by either the iPod or a Crown 1-VCAP in-wall volume control.

“Now that the system is in place, it’s apparent that having separate systems was the right approach for this installation,” Lilin stated. “Everything operates in a manner that’s easy for the hotel staff, and the HARMAN components provide the flexibility and functionality the Brando needs.” It’s a perfect combination of simplicity and functionality that complements the Brando’s beautiful surroundings.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Students Pass With Flying Colors Assisted By HARMAN’s Martin Professional At 2014 Singapore Night Festival

Martin_Flights of FancyBRAS BASAH, Singapore — Taking inspiration from a swarm of butterflies in mid-flight, a group of students from Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) developed the unique ‘Flights of Fancy’ display for the 2014 Singapore Night Festival. The installation, which was the culmination of the University’s 10-week Urban Lighting course, used the Singapore National Design Centre’s expansive space to bring a true on-of-a-kind experience to life with help from HARMAN’s Martin Professional Exterior 400 LED lighting fixtures.

Throughout the University’s Urban Lighting course, students learned about the effects of both natural and artificial light on space as well as fundamental design concepts. The students then had the opportunity to develop an installation for the Singapore Night Festival as part of their final course project and according to the SUTD student team leader, Kenickie Cher Jia Jun, Martin Professional fixtures were crucial in bringing the team’s vision for ’Flights of Fancy’ to life.

Created by the careful positioning of lights and shadows, ‘Flights of Fancy’ offered unique effects depending on the time of day to ensure no experience was the same—not even for two people standing beside each other. The display featured a large floating sculpture made of hanging dichroic films, a reflective material the team used to mimic butterflies ascending into the sky. To do this the SUTD student team needed a large, tall space with white walls and used eight Marin Exterior 400s, a MAC 700 Profile, and a MAC 250 Krypton to produce a powerful light for reflections.

“One of the things we liked about the Martin fixtures was our ability to program a dynamic design,” said Kenickie. “The installation became ever-changing, and that made the experience unique for each visitor. The strong light source amplified the colors of the reflections and refractions created by the dichroic film, creating the full effect that our team had envisioned from the beginning.”

The Martin fixtures were concealed in two floor boxes below the floating sculpture and programmed to gradually change intensity and direction. Each box contained four Exterior 400 fixtures that provided color washes that were slowly dimmed and then brighten constantly over time. “The Martin fixtures were extremely powerful and effective,” said Lighting Designer Shigeki Fujii, the students’ course instructor. “The dimming and movement of the lighting fixtures truly amplified the colors and the effects of the display. Most observers did not even notice the lights were changing intensity and direction, they thought the effect was simply due to the wind.”

The SUTD team also programmed Martin’s MAC 700 Profile and MAC 250 Krypton moving head fixtures slowly move across the sculpture. Additionally, the lightweight of the dichroic films and the subtle movement of air throughout the space paired with the lighting effects helped animate the color reflections into a sea of shimmering lights.

“Space, material and light source were the three most important components of the design,” said Fujii. “The space had to be white because it need to receive reflected light as a canvas and we also wanted daylight in the space to allow for dramatic effect changes from day to night. The light source had to be powerful and sharp to create crisp reflections on the space as well as programmable to allow us to amplify the dynamic effects.”

According to Fujii, the fixtures were instrumental in helping the student team develop one of the most powerful pieces in the festival, “the students would not have been able to complete their final project without the support of Martin’s team and the outstanding quality of their products!”

For more information, please visit: www.martin.com

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 premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Extron Introduces iPad Control App for TouchLink and MediaLink

Extron ControlExtron is pleased to introduce Extron Control, a new app that gives users complete access to any Extron control system, directly from their iPad. After a quick initial setup, the iPad connects to the desired room, allowing for a seamless, highly-responsive control experience. The app automatically loads the user interfaces present on any Extron control product without a lengthy setup and customization process. The familiar interfaces emulate the TouchLink touchpanel or MediaLink controllers in your room, as all button presses are kept in sync between the app and your Extron control devices. Extron Control is available for download from the iTunes App Store. Existing users of the TouchLink App will automatically receive Extron Control when they update. Since MediaLink for iPad will be retired, Extron is offering education institutions special pricing on the Control App through the Apple Volume Pricing Program. more

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