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Miller Pro Audio, HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers Add Pop to Fun Fun Fun Fest

NORTHRIDGE, California – For the eighth straight year, Miller Pro Audio supplied a HARMAN’s JBL line array system, powered by Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers, at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in downtown Austin, Texas. The system was deployed for the festival’s main (Orange) stage, which hosted performances by Snoop Dogg, MIA, MGMT, Slayer, Television and more.

The main PA system featured a left-right configuration of 10 VTX V25 fullsize line array elements per side, with an additional six V25 elements for front fill. The system also included nine ground-stacked G28 subwoofers, with 12 S28 subwoofers hung as a center cluster. Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers powered the V25 loudspeakers and S28 subs, while I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers powered the G28 subs. The system was controlled via JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software.

According to Oliver, the challenges of the event ranged from the large number of acts to staying within strict noise limits from the city. “We try very hard to find a happy medium that keeps everyone as happy as possible,” he said.

With offices in Austin, Dallas, Lubbock and Oklahoma City, Miller Pro Audio was founded more than 20 years ago by Danny and Leslie Miller, growing from one truck and a small shop on a dirt road to averaging well over 1,000 shows per year spanning from clubs to top 10 shed tours. “We are a turnkey company, meaning we stock a full inventory of audio, backline, lights, video, staging, truss-built roof systems and stage lines,” said Aaron Oliver, Corporate Comptroller/Corporate Trainer for Miller Pro Audio. “We also provide production management, stage management, event planning and have a thriving install department.”

This year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest marked Miller Pro Audio’s first use of the JBL VTX line array system. “We found the VTX to have great, smooth response while remaining very musical,” Oliver noted. “The output power of the V25 was killer and the subs were powerful yet smooth and punchy. We really liked the VTX system and would love to experience what it has to offer again.”

Miller Pro Audio also owns Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers and have been pleased with the products’ performance. “We utilize the I-Tech amps to power many other products we supply and all in all, we love what the I-Tech’s allow us to achieve,” Oliver said.

In addition, Performance Manager has proven beneficial to Miller Pro Audio’s business. “We used Performance Manager for the Fun Fun Fun Fest and we use it on many other shows as well,” Oliver added. “The control it provides really helps us cut back on the need for additional hardware, which means less cases, less labor and lighter trucks—all of which translate to savings in budget.”

For more information on Miller Pro Audio, please visit www.millerproaudio.com

HARMAN 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

CAST BlackTrax and Trinity Fellowship Church to present ‘Lights. Camera. Tracking!’

CAST BlackTrax delivers on ROI, increased creativity and systems flexibility

Appealing to large-scale event and production professionals, Paul Braile, BlackTrax expert at CAST BlackTrax Ltd and Michael Wells, executive director of operations at Trinity Fellowship Church, Texas will present the ‘Lights. Camera. Tracking!’ seminar at PLASA Focus: Nashville 2014 at room Mezzanine 27 at The Nashville Municipal Auditorium, TN from 12:00 to 13:00 on Tuesday, 18th and Wednesday, 19th of February.

Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo, Texas utilized BlackTrax motion tracking system in its 3,750 seat auditorium integrated with live performers, lighting, sound, multi-media and video for its 2013 Christmas Program and beyond.

“Visitors will walk away from the seminar with an in-depth understanding of how our production has deployed BlackTrax bringing significant ROI as well as lighting, logistical and creative benefits,” explained Michael Wells, executive director of operations at Trinity Fellowship Church.

“BlackTrax is key to our presence at PLASA Focus: Nashville 2014,” said Bruce Freeman, chairman at CAST Group. “We will offer visitors outstanding education as well as hands-on experience of our innovations, opening their use for future projects.”

In addition to the company’s education initiative, CAST will exhibit its revolutionary BlackTrax, wysiwyg and Vivien technologies at Booth 201 at PLASA Focus: Nashville 2014 from February 18 to 19, 2014.

All seminars in the Professional Development Program at PLASA Focus: Nashville 2014 are free to attend. Interested parties are encouraged to register early for the ‘Lights. Camera. Tracking!’ seminar at http://www.prereg.net/2014/plasaone/.

For enquiries about the BlackTrax Solution please contact bt@blacktrax.ca or visit the website at www.blacktrax.ca.

www.blacktrax.ca

Showlogix has demonstrated Show and Media control software at ISE 2014

This new software offers very powerful media server functionality and control versatility. This includes the ability to drive an unlimited number of synchronized displays with geometric correction and edge blending.

Showlogix can play up to 30 layers of video, image, external inputs and dynamic text.

On the stand, the demonstration included the new multi tracker module, which was used to track a toy car’s motion and create particle effects. All processing made by the Showlogix player.
Watch the video

All content and production was done by Lior Sadeh www.studiolivyatan.com

About Showlogix:
Showlogix is located in Tel Aviv and is focused on developing show control software for the entertainment market and the 3D/4D theater industry. The company’s products are designed to control video, lighting and motion based simulators in precise accuracy. For more information, visit the Showlogix web site at: http://www.showlogix.com

MassAV Creates ‘Ultimate Production Snake’ by FiberPlex

It’s lights, cameras and a whole lot more action for massAV as a result of a new FiberPlex Technologies optical snake recently added to its linecard.

The live event AV staging and production company in Billerica, Massachusetts, purchased FiberPlex’s WDM optical multiplexer to create what massAV Director of Operations Aaron Raymond calls the ultimate production snake. “We build a lot of very high end video systems, and when you start adding multiple lines of HD video along with audio, data, lighting and control for an event, it really has to be fiber,” he said, adding, “We’d been limited in our use of fiber until now because it meant having to set up an optical transmitter and receiver on every single channel, and that got expensive.”

Now, with FiberPlex’s WDM-8 active wave division multiplexer, massAV can multiplex eight discrete signals at 3 Gb/s each for transporting video, audio, lighting and control feeds onto one fiber pair.

The FiberPlex WDM multiplexer comes in 16-channel and 8-channel models and are on a cost parity with copper and copper’s associated installation and handling expenses. As the cost of copper cabling continues to rise, companies like massAV are going the fiber optic route to transport large volumes of content. Optical fiber has ten times the transference rate of copper at the high end and can transmit data error-free over greater distances by a 400:1 ratio.

“The FiberPlex multiplexer makes it so that we can run eight channels on the same fiber pair as opposed to dealing with the different types and sizes of copper cabling as well as the need to re-clock signals every couple hundred feet for longer runs,” explained Raymond.

As a result, massAV is able to replace 2,000 pounds of copper cabling with a 25-pound spool of fiber optics for large events, a savings that is realized by its corporate and other live event customers in reduced labor, setup time and transportation costs to truck in and set up copper cabling at events.

Multiplexing media and control signals onto one, 1/4-inch optical cable is also ideal for events that require running cables down hallways, across doorways or through public areas where bulky copper cabling is not practical, said Raymond.

massAV recently tried out the new multiplexer for a 1,500-person event with a main stage, two control areas, and 26 video projectors in the air – all tied together via the ultimate production snake consisting of little more than a spool of fiber optic cabling and a pair of WDM multiplexers. The setup involved multiple lines of data, video, audio, lighting control, intercom communications, and serial communications between equipment.

FiberPlex’s eight-channel WDM-8 and sixteen-channel WDM-16 multiplexers use interchangeable SFP/SFP+ modules for interfacing to a variety of gear and environments, including converting between media formats SD-SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, and 6G-SDI and for HDMI/DVI, 10/100/1G Ethernet and MADI, as well as full duplex and BiDi optical. massAV’s new multiplexer provides the flexibility now and into the immediate future as new media requirements change, noted Raymond.

FiberPlex recently took to the road to conduct a 25-city demo tour of its active wave division multiplexers as the ultimate production snake (check with a local FiberPlex representative for details). FiberPlex makes fiber optic products and systems for government agencies as well as for houses of worship, corporate facilities, broadcast applications, and K-12 and higher education.

SA1360 Ultra High Performance Digital Signage Appliance
for Targeted Communications

Full 1080p HD Video Delivery for Digital Signage Networks

DSE, Las Vegas, NV & San Jose, CA – February 12, 2014 – DT Research™, Inc., an industry leader in the development of information appliances for vertical markets, today announced the SA1360 signage appliance player, providing full high definition (HD) 1080p video performance, delivering a quality digital signage experience.

The SA1360 features the powerful and energy-efficient Intel® Core™ i-series processor (i3 or i7) in a fanless, robust package, providing dual Full-HD video playback yet energy-efficient power consumption. The integrated Microsoft® Windows® 7 Professional operating system offers a highly intuitive menu interface and enhanced flexibility to integrate with other applications.

With DVI and DisplayPort connectors for high-quality video and optimal display experience, the SA1360 powers displays with dynamic content while communicating with the server for updates. The SA1360 also offers up to 128GB of flash storage and up to 8GB of RAM, with TPM 1.2 support, and a PCI Express expansion port. With options for wireless networking, WebDT signage appliances offer flexibility in placement, and support growing digital signage networks.

The SA1360 is complimented by the web-based WebDT Content Manager software for intuitive remote management of content and device functions. Bundled with all WebDT signage appliances, WebDT Content Manager offers an easy-to-use interface for organizing, scheduling, and distributing content, and supports numerous media formats (e.g., images, videos, Flash, URL, RSS, and Microsoft PowerPoint). Flexible screen layout options with multiple zones and layers enable a screen to be divided into up to eight areas with different content in each zone to mix images, text, and real-time video within a screen. This detailed management software allows quick updates over an IP network connection for real-time or scheduled content playback and automatic content download recovery to prevent downtime. The newly released WCM 6.0 Pro now adds built-in Widgets, one-click publishing, an enhanced schedule interface, and more multiple-screen deployment tools.

The WebDT Signage System offers innovative digital signage hardware integrated with intuitive web-based content management software enabling effective targeted communications. With a range of high-powered signage appliance players for single and multiple screens, the WebDT Signage System delivers dynamic visual messages to optimize customer experience while driving sales.

About DT Research
DT Research™ develops and manufactures web-enabled information appliances for vertical applications. The WebDT family of products is based on thin computing platforms for secure, reliable, and cost-effective computing. WebDT products include digital signage solutions, wireless tablets, point-of-service handhelds, compact modular systems, and display-integrated information systems. These systems emphasize mobility, wireless connectivity and touch displays. Powered by Windows® operating systems, WebDT systems offer durability and ease in integration, leading to solutions that can be remotely managed with the comprehensive WebDT Device Manager software.
For more information, visit http://signage.dtri.com.

DT Research and WebDT are trademarks of DT Research, Inc. All other brands and product names may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

SA1360 Ultra High Performance Digital Signage Appliance

Symetrix Automates Audio for Services at Marytown’s 24/7 Sanctuary

LIBERTYVILLE, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 2014: Marytown in Libertyville, Illinois is the National Shrine of Saint Maximilian Kolbe and is a ministry of the Conventual Franciscans Friars of Saint Bonaventure Province. Its stunningly beautiful sanctuary is a notable pilgrimage site and operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for Eucharistic Adoration and prayer. In addition, Marytown holds mass twice daily and Liturgy of the Hours four times daily. In short, Marytown is a very serene, yet busy place. When its sound reinforcement system failed, Marytown called on CAVCOMM Audio Visual (Niles, Illinois) to make a speedy repair. Once the system was evaluated, replacing the aging analog system made more financial sense. A Symetrix SymNet Solus 16 open architecture, standalone audio DSP forms the heart of a robust, flexible system that the Franciscan Friars liked so much it inspired the installation of a Symetrix Jupiter 4 fixed architecture, standalone DSP in their residence.

“The layout of Marytown’s beautiful sanctuary is unique,” said Mike Canfield, president of CAVCOMM Audio Visual. “In front of the chancel alter area, the pews are perpendicular, and the pulpit and Father’s chair are situated towards the middle of the nave. Just before a major holy day, their mixer failed. I brought in a SymNet Solus 16 so they could get through the busy season. Having the flexibility of the open-architecture SymNet Solus 16 was great because we could use it in place of the old gear and we could still use the existing speakers and amplification. New Tannoy VLS15 passive line array speakers were added a few months later. I favor Symetrix processing based partly on its broadcast industry heritage, which requires products to have a quiet, neutral performance and the Symetrix processors are intuitive to program.”

Two Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote controls provide easy selection and volume control for a collection of seven Shure wired and wireless microphones and a CD/iPod deck. An eight-channel Lab.gruppen C10.8x amplifier powers the system. Because it was so easy to program the SymNet Solus 16, Canfield ran a few experimental setups with the Marytown friars. “I put in a gated mixing design for a few weeks and then tried a gain sharing design,” he said. “Then I asked which they liked better. Because so many different people with different speaking voices and volumes use the system, they felt the gain-sharing design worked better. It was nice to have that kind of flexibility.”

The friars were so pleased with the performance of the new system in the sanctuary that they requested a smaller DSP system for their dining/meeting room. “It’s very simple, and a Jupiter 4 together with a Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote control allows them to play music and have a microphone input for meetings,” Canfield said. “Right now it’s just two inputs and two outputs, but they might expand the system to include some outdoor landscaping speakers or another input. Everything that the Jupiter 4 contains couldn’t be touched by an analog system for anywhere near its price. It’s a tremendous value.”

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

ASHLY AUDIO APPOINTS BARDY HAYES AND ALEX SCHLOESSER OF GLOBAL MARKETING MANAGEMENT AS ASIA PACIFIC SALES MANAGER AND ENGINEER

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 2014: Ashly Audio, veteran manufacturer of professional audio signal processing and amplification equipment, has appointed Bardy Hayes and Alex Schloesser of Global Marketing Management (GMM) as its sales manager and sales engineer, respectively, in the Asia-Pacific region. Hayes will oversee the qualification and appointment of local distributors, as well as monitor sales and marketing goals. Schloesser will train and support the distribution channel. In a word, the duo will act as an extension of Ashly’s sales, marketing, and technical departments from Mongolia to Tasmania and from India to Tahiti.

“Global has a mature and well-managed territory, with deep networks that we will tap directly into,” said Mark Wentling, CEO at Ashly. “Alex’s technical training and support capabilities are world class, and Bardy’s able handling of regional planning and management will allow us to focus our energies on the more strategic side of building Ashly’s channels worldwide.” GMM has been in operation for over a decade and maintains offices in San Diego and Singapore.

“Ashly has a strong and stable brand reputation in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Hayes. “Ashly products sound great, fill real world needs, and are some of the most reliable in the world. The company has a high level of integrity and has respect from all parties fortunate enough to do business with them. We will work hard to strengthen all of the relationships between the factory and the channel in the Asia-Pacific region. We want to see Ashly in projects of all sizes and across a wide swath of applications.”

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 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

(PHOTO CAPTION) From left to right, John Sexton (Ashly), Bardy Hayes (APAC Sales Manager), Mark Wentling (Ashly), Alex Schloesser (APAC Sales Engineer), Kelly Trader (APAC Order/Sales Admin).

“Strictly Come Dancing” Has a Ball with HARMAN’s Studer Consoles

HERTFORDSHIRE, United Kingdom — “Strictly Come Dancing”, one of the BBC’s flagship family entertainment programs, has become the latest to benefit from the comprehensive broadcast production services at the new home of BBC Studios And Post Production – Elstree Film Studios. Facilities include a new audio installation featuring a MADI / fibre-optic infrastructure and flexible routing and mixing framework, with HARMAN’s Studer Vista and OnAir technology at its core.

Only the second show to use the new facility, “Strictly Come Dancing” made full use of the George Lucas 1 sound gallery’s 70-fader Studer Vista 8 console for primary mixing duties. In addition, a Studer OnAir 3000 console was used for grams and as a system routing hub—with control from BBC Studios and Post Production’s Broadcast Network Control System. A Studer Vista 1 console took care of the surround mix and down-mix check for the BBC 1 HD channel feed.
Sound Supervisor Andy Tapley specified the audio system, which is replicated across the other BBC Studios and Post Production stages/studios at Elstree, in order to maintain consistency and cope with some of the UK’s most complex TV productions.

Strictly Come Dancing is especially demanding. “By half past six on a Saturday night we have to be ready to go, whatever,” comments Tapley. “…And that involves the live music as well, which is one of the things that sets Strictly apart from other shows.
“The music is incredibly diverse—it can range from Carmen to classical pieces to heavy rock for the next one. We rely on instant snapshot recall…You can’t rely on the woodwind section just being one type of instrument so you might have to dial in another 15dBs on a mic, plus high pass filtering, just to get a flute through; and it has to happen just like that.”
Studer D21 I/O systems were used to move approximately 150 feeds from the show floor, including the 20-piece band and 60 channels of RF from contestants, presenters, judging panel, and IEM systems. More were employed for the Vision Apparatus Room (VAR) I/O, the grams/OnAir 3000 system, and the reverb/outboard bay.
The Vista 8 was the main show console, configured as a dual operator board for Andy Tapley and Sound Mixer Tony Revell. “The dividing line between operators is constantly re-definable,” comments Tapley. “It doesn’t have to be set before hand… If I need a hand I can drag and drop channels anywhere, as we go.”
On the evening, Tapley takes responsibility for the band mix, while Revel manages all of the microphone feeds, including an extensive audience mic set up. The Vista’s unique cascading control groups make the surround stem provisions much simpler, while for Tapley every spare moment before the show starts is an bonus: “Because of the schedule we’re grabbing every opportunity we can to refine the music mix. The second we get a break we can, at the press of a button, turn our band channels round to their second inputs and have the multitrack replay back though, refine the mix, and then save that as a snapshot.”

The new Studer VistaMix automatic mixing system was used for managing the judges’ and contestants’ microphones—especially effective in the show’s mezzanine area where co-presenter Tess Daily and the contestants gather in close proximity, often contributing ad-hoc comment.
Overall, the facilities and the crew at BBC Studios And Post Production, Elstree have proven themselves worthy of the biggest and most demanding broadcast productions around. The Studer Vista and OnAir systems are an important part of that story.

Photo Caption 1: (Left) Andy Tapley and Tony Revell working on the Studer Vista 8.

About BBC Studios and Post Production
BBC Studios and Post Production is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC, providing world-class studios, post production and digital media services. It works with media companies and broadcasters, making content for a variety of broadcasters including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five and Sky, from Channel 4’s Deal or No Deal and Big Fat Quiz, to EastEnders and Strictly Come Dancing. It’s award-winning digital media services team preserves, re-masters and manages content through its digital archiving, restoration and distribution services, working with content owners like Imperial War Museums to conserve and maximise the value of their material. Credits include Dr Who, David Attenborough’s Life on Earth and Trials of Life, The Sweeney, The Queen’s Coronation and The Trumptonshire Trilogy. Whilst Television Centre is being redeveloped, BBC Studios and Post Production has relocated its London studio business to Elstree, where it offers fully equipped HD TV studios and post production services. Its award-winning Digital Media Services team operates from a new permanent, purpose-built facility at Odyssey Business Park, South Ruislip.

www.bbcstudiosandpostproduction.com

HARMAN 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Extron Announces A New Era for Control

We are pleased to introduce Extron Pro Series Control Systems. Extron takes configurable control to a whole new level with advanced configuration software, exciting new touchpanels, more powerful processors, and a broad range of other tools and breakthrough technologies geared to handle the evolving complexities of today’s AV system designs. There are over 40 Pro Series control products; all designed to make complex systems simpler and simple systems more powerful, and all backed by the Extron Quality Guarantee and S3 customer support you trust. more

ALTINEX ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF NEW CNK-IP SERIES INSERT PLATES FOR CABLE-NOOK JR™ INTERCONNECT UNITS

**** Photo: New CNK-IP Series Insert Plates ****

Brea, CA – February 2014… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the availability of three new insert plates for the company’s popular Cable-Nook Jr. interconnect boxes: the CNK-IP-111, the CNK-IP-112, and the CNK-IP-113. Designed for use with the Altinex CNK221 and CNK321 Cable-Nook Jr. interconnect boxes, the three new insert plates are manufactured from black anodized aluminum, are RoHS compliant, and provide connectivity for the most popular types of boardroom / meeting facility spaces—facilitating one’s choice of digital sound and picture (HDMI), analog video (VGA), and audio (3.5 mm to Terminal Block). more

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