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Bittree Audio and Video Patching Solutions Used in Major A/V Upgrade for Confederation Centre of the Arts’ Homburg Theatre

Landmark Theatre in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Receives First Major Renovation in Its 50-Year History

GLENDALE, Calif. — July 9, 2014 — Bittree today announced that its high-bandwidth video and programmable audio patchbays were chosen for a major A/V upgrade for the Homburg Theatre, a 1,102 seat performing arts venue in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Bittree’s Canadian reseller, Solotech, provided systems integration and installation for the project, which wrapped up in April. Trizart Alliance were the consultants on the project. more

Riedel and German Broadcaster RTL Celebrate Six-Year Partnership That Brings Formula One to the World

WUPPERTAL, Germany — July 9, 2014 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, announced that Formula One host broadcaster RTL has, for the past six years, leveraged the Riedel RiLink Global Fiber Service to provide bidirectional links between the race circuits and the broadcast station in Cologne, Germany. In addition, Riedel’s Artist and MediorNet platforms are used for communications and signal acquisition and distribution at the various race venues around the world. more

Biamp Systems’ Tesira(R) SERVER-IO Powers Milwaukee’s ‘Listening to Mitchell’ Art Installation

DSP-enabled soundscape brings interactive public exhibit to life

BEAVERTON, Oregon — July 9, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced that the company will be donating the use of a Tesira(R) SERVER-IO to support the immersive sound installation for the “Listening to Mitchell” art project co-created by Sonja Thomsen and Adam Carr. Arup — an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants, and technical specialists — provided acoustic and audiovisual consulting and design services for the project and produced the 18-channel sound installation. The Tesira SERVER-IO provides the digital signal processing (DSP) behind the acoustically enveloping experience in the storefront sound installation. more

HARMAN’s Martin Professional M6 Lighting Console is the Optimal Solution for Tiens Conference

NEW YORK, New York — For Tiens Company’s annual distributor conference at Moscow’s Russia Hall in SC “luzhniki”, featuring a combination of official speeches and an original concert program for 8,000 guests, HARMAN’s Martin Professional provided Lighting Designer Roman Kasaev with a M6 console to control a design with over 100 Martin lighting fixtures.

To ensure the lighting design integrated seamlessly with the conference’s theme, Kasaev teamed with Daniel Maneshin, Technical Director at the Knyazev Agency, who was brought in to design the conference’s main concept. Maneshin also developed the conference’s business section as well as conceptualized many decorative and informative elements, which featured several LED screens mounted on the main stage. Kasaev chose 48 MAC 101 compact LED wash lights due to the brightness and colors that complimented the LED screens used at the event. The MAC 101s were mounted on custom-made metal structures between screen modules, eight pieces per aperture, due to their bright colored lights that fit ideally with the colors of the video-content on LED screens.
“The MAC 101s are extremely bright and they were never lost on the background of the LED screens,” said Kasaev. “What’s more, there were moments when they outshined the powerful MAC III Profiles.”

“Thanks to the built-in effects engine of the M6, I was able to create a very sophisticated and beautiful color and dimming effects for the MAC 101s,” Kasaev explained. “It resulted in a very intense, bright and impressive picture! The MAC 101s are very fast, so I could bring more diversity into lighting design to make it more dynamic and filled with drive and energy.”

The event program also featured classical ballet and acrobatic performances. To highlight the actors and gymnasts, Kasaev also chose 34 MAC III Profiles to create unique lighting accents with beautiful rays and gobo projections.

For Kasaev, the Tiens Conference was the first project where he was able to work with M6 console, only a slight change as he is familiar with the philosophy from using the M1 and M2GO controllers before. “I had a very big set of equipment for this project so I needed a more powerful console than the M,” Kasaev said. “I reached out to the Representative Office of Martin Professional in Moscow for the support and they provided me with M6 console.”
“Working with the M6 console was very cool and awesome,” he continued. “It’s definitely number one in the M-series due to the features, functions, power and possibilities. The effects engine that Martin’s R&D invented and implemented is a crazy story! The programming speed is really impressive! I had two monitors that allowed me to program many things much faster. The whole process is a pleasure, when you work on M6! The implementation is excellent, very easy to use. Every LD could find all the instruments they need to put their creative ideas into life! I want to recommended LDs to try to work with M-series consoles. It is really very easy, logical and simple solution for programming a variety of lighting effects!”

In addition, Kasaev deployed 50 MAC Aura’s and 12 Atomic 3000 DMX strobes throughout the lighting design.

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 designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

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Grove City Church of the Nazarene Upgrades to New Yamaha Digital System

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The Naz Church in Grove City, Ohio main auditorium seats approximately 2,800 people and has a congregation of 3,000. The church recently installed two Yamaha CL Series Digital Audio Consoles (a CL5 at front of house and a CL1 at monitors), eight Rio input/output boxes: two Rio3224-D, two Rio1608-D, two Ri8s, and two Ro8s. The system was purchased through Boynton Pro Audio (Norwich, NY) and installed by church staff and volunteers.

“This was not our first experience with digital consoles,” states Matt Groves, Technical Director at The Naz. “We previously used a Yamaha LS9 at monitors and a Yamaha PM1D at front of house. The purchase of the CL system began when we started looking for a replacement monitor console because our Yamaha LS9 was stolen from the monitor booth. One of our front of house engineers, Doug McLaughlin with Tech Art Productions in Columbus, suggested we purchase a CL Series, and after researching it more, we discovered how functional it would be for us. Our audio engineers are volunteers with previous digital console experience on our LS9 and PM1D, so the only training required was to watch the self-training videos on the Yamaha website. The set up and operation of the CL system was very user-friendly.”

The Church of the Nazarene has both traditional and contemporary services. The traditional service consists of an 80-member choir, a 15-piece orchestra, a rhythm section (with a five- piece drum kit, two digital keyboards, bass, two acoustic guitars, one electric guitar, synth/tracks), and seven main vocalists. The contemporary service consists of a five-piece drum kit, digital keyboard, bass, acoustic guitar, two electric guitars, synth/tracks, and four vocalists.

“Because of the many components each service style presents, we felt it was a good opportunity to start our CL system upgrade,” Groves said. “We decided to purchase a CL1 with a Rio3224-D first to replace the monitor console, and our master plan was to eventually purchase a CL5 for front of house. A couple of weeks after installing the CL1, we began having major issues and failures with our then existing analog wiring and patch bays, so we decided to accelerate the completion of our system and purchased the CL5 along with the seven additional Rio boxes.”

Groves said the features that determined the church selection of the CL Series was the Dante networking and the ability to bypass their old/existing wiring. “The use of the Dante system is so functional for us as a church,” he says. “Since we run two very different style worship services and host many events and concerts throughout the year, having the Dante network gives us the flexibility we need. We also needed to replace the existing wiring and patch bays so being able to run a redundant network with Cat5e cable between the consoles and Rio boxes was a huge cost savings for us. Our system now sounds the cleanest it has ever sounded.”

The Naz also upgraded part of their video system infrastructure using Ross Video’s Carbonite 2M 24 Switcher MultiMedia Edition. The video control room is home to the switcher along with two 60″ Panasonic plasma displays for multi-viewer use with the Carbonite, along with three 24″ LCD displays for preview use. The church staff records to two solid-state hard drives using Blackmagic’s Hyperdeck Studio Pro. Four Mac Pro’s are used for video playback, lyric projection, and live streaming of services, using Livestream as their streaming service provider.

“We currently run five cameras,” Groves notes, “however, these are still our older cameras (three Sony D-30′s and two Canon XH-A1’s). Right now we are meshing our standard definition cameras with the high definition infrastructure, which took some doing, but works great now after some trial and error and many converters.”

With regard to the new Yamaha system, Groves said the system has unbelievable clarity. “It’s amazing when you have the system on and can’t tell it’s on. Before the installation, our system was pretty noisy from the analog wiring and patch bays, but now there is no noise at all. The clarity and depth of sound we’re getting from this system is amazing!”

For more information on The Naz, visit www.thenaz.tv.

For more information on Yamaha CL Digital Audio Consoles, 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.

Pexip and Enabling Technologies Partnership Expands Microsoft Lync Functionality for Unified Communications Applications

Collaboration Enables Simple Microsoft Lync Integration Within Traditional Videoconferencing Environments

OSLO, Norway — July 7, 2014 — Pexip(R), a global disrupter in scalable, distributed videoconferencing technology, today announced a partnership with Enabling Technologies Corp. Under the agreement, the companies will enable enterprises to integrate traditional videoconferencing systems seamlessly with Microsoft(R) Lync(R) — increasing flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and deployment simplicity within IT-led collaboration environments.

A three-time Microsoft Worldwide UC Partner of the year, Enabling Technologies Corp. has successfully implemented nearly 1,000 unified communications projects within industries such as education, government, oil and gas, and healthcare. By working with Pexip, the company solves interoperability issues related to customers’ existing infrastructures — enabling Lync users to connect to legacy video conferencing systems simply.

“Using Pexip’s Infinity scalable meeting platform, our customers can now easily integrate Microsoft Lync with any legacy videoconferencing solution, satisfying the need for a straightforward visual collaboration solution that can be seamlessly incorporated into IT infrastructures,” said Bill Vollerthum, President, Enabling Technologies Corp. “As a result, users within sectors such as education, professional services, and the enterprise gain a more comprehensive unified communications solution that effectively leverages existing IT investments.”

“Joining forces with a systems integration innovator such as Enabling Technologies brings the simplicity, scalability, and seamlessness of our meeting platform to an even wider range of users,” said Simen Teigre, CEO and co-founder of Pexip. “With Microsoft Lync being the top choice for unified communications clients, our software simply solves fundamental enterprise communication challenges by bringing visual collaboration solutions together.”

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About Enabling Technologies Corp.
Enabling Technologies www.enablingtechcorp.com is the leading Systems Integrator of Microsoft Unified Communications systems. Enabling has 20 years of messaging and real-time communications experience and over 1,000 deployments of Microsoft Lync, Exchange, and Exchange Unified Messaging as well as Office 365. Enabling’s tried-and-true processes have helped customers minimize risk, maximize investments, and optimize the end-user UC experience. Enabling takes a holistic approach to projects, acing the technical components while also optimizing the people and process side to technology rollouts. If your projects involve integrating Lync or Exchange UM to an existing phone system, count on Enabling’s expertise in integrating to Cisco, Avaya, Nortel, Siemens, and small-scale phone systems. Having Enabling design, implement, and proactively monitor your Exchange and Lync systems is the first step to changing the way your workforce thinks about communications, for the better. Once you’ve made the move to Lync UC, we can take you to the next level by providing CEBP solutions to integrate Lync with your back office business applications.

About Pexip(R)
Pexip(R) overthrows conventional thinking by providing an affordable, scalable, and virtualized meeting platform that truly allows anyone 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 global offices in New York and London. For more information, visit www.pexip.com.

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Image Caption: Bill Vollerthum, CEO of Enabling Technologies Corp.

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Bexel Scores with FIFA World Cup Games

BURBANK, Calif. – With almost a third of the world’s population predicted to tune in to watch one or more of the FIFA World Cup soccer matches, the tournament has become one of the biggest international broadcasts of all time. So when the English speaking U.S. broadcast rights holder wanted to build temporary studio production facilities in Rio de Janeiro, they turned to Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions.

The original concept for the project when it launched in November 2012 was limited to a small flypack located near Copacabana beach.

“When the broadcasters saw the beauty of the beachside location, they decided to build their main control room in Clube dos Marimbás, a Brazilian beach club,” said Joe Wire, Bexel’s vice president of Sales and Account Development. “So what started as just enough camera equipment to fit into a 20-foot shipping container soon grew into a 4,000 square-foot technical facility housed in its own custom-designed building.”

Since the FIFA World Cup competition takes place in 16 different stadiums, around the country, there was no central venue that could host the broadcasts. But, by locating the main studio right at the beach, there would always be something interesting happening behind the anchors’ and commentators’ desks to keep the pictures interesting.

Once it was installed, the studio’s entire infrastructure was built around an Evertz EQX 394 X 970 video router with all Grass Valley cameras, a Grass Valley K-Frame Kayenne 4 M/E digital production switcher and a Calrec Artemis 24 fader audio console.

“This project involved tight integration between Bexel and the U.S. rights holder,” Wire said, “and by the time we shipped the equipment in late April, the complement included 27 cameras, three control rooms and two production sets, all linked via fiber from the beach club to their main facility in Bristol, Conn.”

Once they started to build the gear into the Rio de Janiero location in May, there were two main challenges the Bexel team had to overcome: power and logistics. “Every country to host a large event presents unique challenges and Brazil is no different,” Wire commented.

Bexel’s crew had to conform to the Brazilian concept of how and when to work. “We learned to adapt to the city’s own regulations that keep trucks carrying containers over 6-feet long off the streets between 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.” Wire said. “Most of our unloading had to happen during the night. But adapting to those intricacies is just typical of the type of service that people have come to expect from Bexel.”

The two-story technical facility complete with two control rooms was completed on June 4 when Bexel’s team handed it over to their client after certifying that everything was up and properly functioning.

“Since we had to build the technical infrastructure inside the Clube dos Marimbás beach club, we were working in a defined space,” Wire said. “But by the time the games started to air, we had created a world-class broadcast facility on time, and within the specified budget at one of the most beautiful locations on the earth.”

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Reach Communications Adds NEXO STM Line Array To Arsenal

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Reach Communications of Minneapolis, MN has added a new NEXO STM line array to its already impressive stable of NEXO boxes. “We researched NEXO, L’Acoustics, d&b and others for boxes having a high 145+db peak output per box, to use as a large format line array for our bigger shows, states Dan Brown, Event Services Manager, at Reach. Having had a long history with NEXO and owning 130+ boxes in house before this purchase, we felt with our current inventory and amazing support from NEXO, this was the obvious option.” With the addition of the STM, Reach now owns 192 NEXO boxes, and 34 NXAmp 4×4 and 4 NXAmp 4×1 amplifiers.

So far, the NEXO STM rig has been used on Unite – NDOP 2014 and the KTIS Joyful Noise Family Festival 2014. NDOP included Hillsong United and a local Unite house band. KTIS Joyful Noise acts included Lincoln Brewster, Mercy Me, Tenth Ave North, Steven Curtis Chapman, Audio Adrenaline, Mandisa, and Hawk Nelson.

“The output and sound quality is incredible and very accurate, says Brown. We have had engineers comment that the STM rig has headroom for days and I barely had to do anything to the EQ! We wanted a system that would give engineers a clean canvas to mix on and headroom to handle the largest venues, and STM provides that.”

For NDOP 2014, the NEXO layout consisted of 12 STM M46 boxes and 12 B112 bass per side, 8 GEO S12s per side for outfill and 9 GEO S12s per side for rear fill. 8 STM S118 subs were used left and right with 8 RS18 spread across the center, and 8 PS10-R2s provided front fill. For Joyful Noise, the NEXO layout consisted of 12 STM M46 boxes and B112 bass per side, 12 GEO S12s HL used for outfill, 5 GEO S12s HR for outfill, 16 GEO S12 used for delays – 8 left and 8 right, 16 NEXO STM S118 subs – 8 per side in Cardioid configuration, 18 RS18 ray subs spread across the center in stacks of 3, and 8 PS10-R2 for front fill. The monitor rig for Joyful Noise included 10 PS15-R2 wedges, 2 PS15-R2 and 2 RS18s for side fills, and 2 RS15 used for drum subs. 14 NEXO NUAR racks powered the system.

“Reach Communications rig was my first experience with the NEXO STM, and it was incredible! states Lee Fields, front of house engineer for Lincoln Brewster. The horsepower of this PA is remarkable. From the second I started mixing until the last note, I was blown away by the punch of the LF and smoothness of the HF. This is Seriously the muscle-car of PA’s.”

For Unite NDOP, Reach provided two Yamaha CL5 digital audio consoles, one at front of house and one for monitors and a PM5D-RH for the house band monitors. A Yamaha CL5 was used at FOH and PM5D-RH at monitors for Joyful Noise. Reach also used the new Yamaha QL1 digital audio console for playback and announcements.

Additional audio gear supplied by Reach included Sennheiser 2000 IEM, Shure UHF-R, Shure, Sennheiser, Beyer, AT mics and Radial, Countryman DI’s. Lighting included Vari-Lite VL3000 spot, VL3500 spot, Martin MAC Aura, MAC 101 – Atomic 3000, ChromaQ colorforce 48, Chauvet 230SR Beam, GrandMA2 light. Video consisted of Hitachi HD1000 camera, Ross Carbonite 2ME switcher, Ross Router, AJA KiPro recorders.

For more information on Reach Communications, visit www.reachcomm.net.

For more information on the NEXO STM line array, 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.

RTI Announces Powerful Integration With SnapAV Wirepath Surveillance Devices

Two-Way Drivers Facilitate Easy Integration of SnapAV Wirepath PTZ IP Cameras and Surveillance Recording Devices Into RTI Control Systems

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — July 2, 2014 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced the availability of new two-way drivers for SnapAV’s surveillance line of Wirepath PTZ IP cameras, DVRs, and NVRs. Developed by RTI, the new drivers simplify the integration of the popular surveillance solutions into RTI’s control systems through efficient programming during installation, while providing full control, convenient viewing of surveillance video, and powerful automation functionality to the end user. more

Christian Worship Center Upgrades with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi6 Digital Console

MANTECA, California – The Christian Worship Center in Manteca, California recently purchased a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6 digital console to better accommodate the Sunday and Wednesday services at its 2,000-seat venue. While most of the Center’s previous equipment was analog, current Lead Sound Engineer Bill Clark relayed how the construction goal was to implement state of the art sound reinforcement gear through digital technology. Hence, the church set stringent design requirements for the new console and with the assistance of San Francisco’s Novo Group and consultant Art Yeap, it was determined only the Vi6 could satisfy.

As a serviceman with 35 years in the U.S. Army, the last 18 in the Army Music Program, Clark is also responsible for the sound reinforcement of his Army unit, the 191st Army Band in Dublin, California. Having experienced Soundcraft as one of his first digital consoles in the past, he appreciates the brand and recommends Vi Series consoles for their channel capacity, rich feature set and cost-to-performance ratio.

Additionally, the Christian Worship Center plans to create a production company utilizing its current platform for theater and music. In order to suit the audio needs of artists and actors, the owners required a well-polished MADI implementation of the new console. The Vi6 can more than provide for this need, as Clark recently demonstrated with the recording of two albums so far.

“We wanted to do a lot of things with our new console, and we went with the Vi6 because it’s superior in many ways,” said Clark. “Whether used for touring or fixed installation, from a safety and logistics standpoint, it cuts the weight and equipment count by so much, allowing us to replace all those equipment racks with onboard features. With regards to capacity, we never reach the limit with our 64×32 mono-outs, despite having a big worship team of eight vocalists, a full-sized band with a horn section and 18 channels of wireless handhelds and body-packs.”

All the feeds are routed into a PC, which gives Clark the ability to come back later and audit the mixes. As an additional benefit, this allows him to train new volunteers more efficiently, leading to more consistent operations of the intuitively designed console. For example, training a student who is obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in music production was as easy for Clark as training his own son, who has had limited sound engineering experience.

“Not only does the console run continuously with no problems [I’ve tested it multiple times on 16 hour runs non-stop], it sounds great!” said Clark. “There are a lot of subtle things that my ears don’t hear anymore, but with a digital signal path, the marvelous compressors and the onboard effects, I can definitely hear the improved clarity. Frankly, it all sounds nothing short of astounding.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

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