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Professional Wireless Systems Says Adios to Signal Interference at NBA Global Games Mexico City 2014

MEXICO CITY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014 — As the Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves tipped off at the Mexico City Arena on November 12, as part of NBA Global Games Mexico City 2014, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) was courtside to manage all wireless frequencies throughout the game.

PWS’s overall goal was to provide frequency coordination for all wireless communications, enabling multiple wireless frequencies to be used in conjunction with one another without interference. PWS’ presence reaffirmed that the NBA would have clear communications throughout the event, without worry of dropped signals or unwanted interference during the live show. In all, the PWS team coordinated approximately 110 frequencies.

Two challenges that the PWS team faced in managing frequencies while on-site centered on combating potential signal interference from several active TVBDs in the area and successfully coordinating frequencies with the influx of international media. “There were many more frequencies in use in the area than initially anticipated, which meant that our team had to be prepared and on-guard for unexpected challenges and potential interference during the game,” says John Garrido, PWS’ main RF coordinator for the event.

PWS utilized a selection of equipment, including multiple Telex BTR-800s with wireless intercom beltpacks for extended coverage and range, the Shure UHF-R wireless system, and an assortment of Shure handheld microphones and Lectrosonics IFB kits. In addition, PWS set up a main intercom master station for the game’s courtside lead director, which enabled her to utilize multiple channels at one time and effectively coordinate the game entertainment with all parties involved. For this event, PWS also supplied all the hardware for the hard-wired communications using a Telex RTS-BP325 for all technical positions, which amounted to 25 drops.

“The intercoms proved essential during the event and kept the production running smoothly, allowing crew members to seamlessly coordinate the timing of all talent acts,” adds Garrido. “At one point, one of the team mascots acted out physically eating the game floor host! It seems a crazy act in and of itself, but it is one that was only possible because she was working with wireless equipment.”

In addition, PWS used several of its own proprietary equipment. This includes two Domed Helical Antenna kits, one PWS GX-4 combiner and one PWS DB-IC Custom Intercom Antenna Distribution System.

“We have enjoyed a long relationship with the NBA and were very excited to be a part of the NBA’s Global Games initiative in Mexico City,” says Jim Van Winkle, general manager, PWS. “It is difficult to know what to expect when working an event outside of the United States, especially a live one, but our extensive experience and expert team once again did a great job and the broadcast went off without any issues.”

Along with the on-court action, NBA Global Games 2014-15 will feature a variety of off-the-court activities, including NBA Cares community programs and interactive fan events in each city. The games will also be supported by a variety of marketing and merchandising partners, and fans will be able to receive real-time updates through the NBA Game Time App, on NBA.com, and NBA social media channels, as well as watch globally on television and digital media, including NBA LEAGUE PASS International.

For more information about Professional Wireless Systems, visit http://www.professionalwireless.com.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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PRO SOUND EFFECTS DEBUTS SOUND DESIGN SPOTLIGHT VIDEO SERIES

Episode 1: How Ryan Billia (Rumble Audio, Brooklyn) is Making it in Indie Film

NEW YORK, NY – Pro Sound Effects®, the next level sound effects library company, has released the first video in its Sound Design Spotlight Series featuring Ryan Billia of Rumble Audio in Brooklyn, NY. The Spotlight Series is designed to bring awareness to the art and craft of sound design and to provide practical knowledge and inspiration for the growing number of aspiring sound designers.

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In the Series debut, Pro Sound Effects takes us into Billia’s one-stop audio post facility in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, goes behind the scenes to reveal workflow and creative approach, and finally onto the big screen where Billia shows us how he designed Icelandic Geyser explosion sounds for Land Ho! (Sony Picture Classics) using Pro Tools and the Hybrid Library.

“People hear sound design everywhere, but are not exposed in-depth to the art and craft behind it,” said Douglas Price, Founder & President of Pro Sound Effects. “To raise the bar, we decided to create a series of video interviews with forward-thinking sound designers to capture the creative spirit and technology of storytelling’s other side – that which is heard and not seen.”

Watch the full Spotlight Series video (11:17) here.

Or, skip to Geyser explosion design scene here.

ABOUT the SOUND DESIGN SPOTLIGHT Series:
The Sound Design Spotlight video series interviews forward-thinking sound designers to capture the creative spirit of story-telling through sound design and technology.

ABOUT PRO SOUND EFFECTS:
Pro Sound Effects® curates and delivers the Next Level sound effects library for media producers worldwide. The Pro Sound Effects Library is 220,000+ royalty-free sounds effects available both online and on hard drive. The Library spans the entire sonic spectrum and is continually updated. Founded in 2004, Pro Sound Effects is relied upon by top freelancers and big media production companies worldwide.

Matrox Maevex Streams Full HD Camera Footage from Hong Kong International Airport to Off-Site Aviation Gallery

Maevex H.264 encoders and decoders selected to distribute high-quality, low-bandwidth video over the existing network infrastructure—simplifying integration and reducing project costs

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced that the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD) has successfully installed Matrox Maevex™ H.264 encoders and decoders to stream live, low-bandwidth, 1080p60 ATC tower camera footage to its HKCAD Education Path aviation gallery 2 km (1.2 mi) away. Selected for its ability to distribute high-quality video at low, user-definable bit rates (100 Kbps to 25 Mbps), the Maevex AV-over-IP platform lets HKCAD present a dynamic air traffic control exhibit to the gallery’s visitors.

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After evaluating several third-party AV-over-IP options, HKCAD brought in local IT solutions provider Amara International Ltd. Amara recommended the cost-effective Maevex encoder/decoder system. Amara demonstrated how the bundled Matrox PowerStream™ software can be used to easily customize the bit-rate limit to the existing infrastructure’s available 8Mbps. As a result, HKCAD was able to stream smooth and uninterrupted traffic footage from a 1080p60 HD camera in Hong Kong International Airport’s ATC tower to the off-site Epson® HD projector, giving gallery visitors a highly engaging air traffic controller experience.

“Pristine image quality, low-bandwidth consumption, high stability…these are the qualities that make Matrox Maevex a unique AV-over-IP solution,” said Miss Michelle Siu, Project Officer at the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department. “Matrox Maevex was instrumental in helping us stream video over our existing IP network and we are very satisfied with the equipment’s performance so far.”

To read the complete story and view pictures, visit Matrox Maevex Streams Live Airport Traffic Footage to Off-Site Aviation Gallery.

See Matrox Maevex demonstrated live at ISE 2015 (Amsterdam RAI, NL, February 10-12, stand #11-F68).

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.

Hawthorn Names DPA As Its Microphone Brand of Choice

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Hawthorn, the UK’s largest independent supplier of technical production services, has named DPA as its primary microphone brand.

Established in 1987, Hawthorn employs over 120 staff from offices around the UK and handles over 1,000 events every year, including gala dinners, product launches, conferences and parties. The company’s product portfolio has seen a 4.4 EUR investment over the last two years and now includes state of the art lighting, sound, AV, rigging, staging and drapes.

Among this phenomenal inventory are a wide range of DPA microphones including d:fine™ Headset Microphones, d:screet™ 4060 lavalier microphones and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones.

Audio quality is very important to Hawthorn, which bases its reputation on delivering exceptionally high standards. It was this desire to use the best that initially brought DPA to the company’s attention.

“It all started a few years ago when we were looking for headset microphones to replace the brand we had previously been using,” says Jon Curnew, Hawthorn’s Head of Sound. “We discovered the DPA d:fine Headset Microphone range and were immediately taken with the fact that they came with single and dual ear attachments. That really appealed to us because it made them so versatile. We now have a stock of about 35 d:fine microphones and we use them all the time. They are much easier to position than any other headset mic we have tried and our customers love them.”

Although Hawthorn also offers DPA d:screet™ 4060 lavalier microphones, most of its customers prefer headsets because they don’t have to worry about accidentally knocking them – or forgetting to take them off when they go off stage.

“Headsets are also better at picking up weaker voices because the microphone is positioned so close to the mouth and doesn’t have to compete with background noise,” Curnew says. “Once they are in place, they tend to stay in place – we even had a guy wearing one while he was doing aerobics and it managed to survive that.”

For musicians, Hawthorn stocks DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones and now has 17 in its microphone cupboard.

“We use them with a variety of clips and they are great because they deliver such a clean, transparent sound,” Curnew says.

Hawthorn recently added six DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphones toits stock, which it bought from DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network.

“We saw the d:facto Vocal Microphones at PLASA two years ago but we needed the right event to inspire us to buy some,” Curnew says. “This turned out to be SunWalk in London’s Battersea Park – a charity event raising money for breast cancer research, for which we delivered full technical production.”

Four wired and two wireless d:facto’s were immediately put to use on the SunWalk live music stage.

“Everyone loved them,” Curnew says. “They sounded amazing and we had no issues with feedback or rejection – they worked well across a range of artists and really brought out the subtlety in the vocalists’ voices. We have since used them on other events including an opera. It’s interesting to note how often they are cropping up on artist’s riders – that’s another reason why we felt the time was right to invest in some.”

Although most of Hawthorn’s DPA microphones are used for in-house productions, they are also available for dry hire and Curnew says the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphones, in particular, are already making a name for themselves amongst dry hire customers.

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

ITI Creates Definitive Martin Audio Club System For Verboten

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ITI Audio, designer of award-winning systems for clubs such as Washington DC’s U. Street Music Hall, have achieved what they consider to be their “best work” using Martin Audio loudspeakers and line array enclosures at Verboten in Brooklyn, New York.

In less than a year, Verboten has quickly become one of the leading clubs in what Time Out New York calls “New York’s new clubland paradise,” Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section. With a hard-edged, post-industrial exterior, Verboten’s overall aesthetic is dark, unfinished steel and wood. The music, described on their website as “underground dance music in all its forms,” includes house, techno, deep house, bass music, live electronica, indie dance and nu disco.

With a 20-year history in the dance music promotion business, owners Jenn Schiffer (booking and operations), her husband/partner John Perez (A&R and promotions) and co-owner Michael Roche (director of production), have created the ideal permanent venue for the most evolved expression of dance music, culture and lifestyle in the 10,000 square-foot former metal shop.

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Bill McClure, a principal at ITI Audio, describes what the owners were originally looking for: “When they came to us, they wanted audio to be the primary focus for the space, which was refreshing.”

Verboten consists of the larger Control Room, designed for showcase dance music events, concerts and private parties, which has skylights, acoustic ceiling panels, panoramic edge-blended projection, raised seating areas, and a sprung wooden dance floor from a warehouse once owned by Thomas Edison.

The room’s elaborate Martin Audio sound system is capped off by two hangs of eight W8LM line array cabinets and two W8LMD downfill boxes with four WMX hybrid folded horn subs and two W8VDQ three-way enclosures for rear fill¬¬. Five WS218X sub-bass systems form the sonic centerpiece for the room.

As Bill explains, “There’s something about those incredibly reliable Martin Audio bass bins, they just work better than other stuff available in the market today. They can get super-loud, take a beating, and they have a super-nice frequency response. The musical tone and percussive feel are way better than the competition. That’s why we use WS218X’s pretty much for every club we do.

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“The system has a lot of horsepower with really good coverage and the Martin Audio line array is ideal for concerts, because the owners wanted increased and deeper coverage as they book more live artists in the future. The W8LM and W8LMD’s are hung in front of the WSX hybrid folded horn subs, which are awesome by the way. I love the way they sound.

“The two hangs are on both sides of the stage/DJ booth,” he continues, “which is completely modular so the stage can get pulled down and configured in many different ways. We actually put a pair of H3H+s on a trolley system on the stage, so if you move the DJ booth, the speakers can be moved to accommodate that. The monitors can slide from the center of the stage all the way out to stage left or stage right to accommodate different configurations. The H3H+’s sound is clear with a lot of punch and that nice dance club low-mid resonance.”

With the concentration of subs in the room, directly under the DJ’s, turntable feedback was a natural concern. As Bill points out, “while the WS218X sub bass cabinets do a great job delivering the energy on to the audience area with very minimal wasted energy, we needed a modular work surface/DJ booth that would provide acoustic isolation for the turntables, have a removable/changeable facade, include cable pass through, and be made in four identical sections 5′ wide and no more than 24″ deep. As no such thing existed, we designed a custom solution. After many calculations, a little tweaking, and some in the field engineering, we were able to deliver a finished product that was highly effective at mitigating feedback, unique and aesthetically pleasing.”

Adjacent to the Control Room is the Cabaret Bar ostensibly designed for day parties, art shows, cabaret, burlesque, karaoke and smaller weeknight events with a restaurant, sound absorbent curtains, neon chandeliers, overstuffed leather banquettes, a burned concrete bar and a Martin Audio sound system comprised of eight AQ15 compact full-range systems and 12 Blackline H3H+, three-way bi-amp fully loaded horns.

In addition to the loudspeakers, the overall system includes Martin Audio MA3.0. MA5.2K, MA9.6K and MA12K amplifiers; BSS Soundweb digital signal processing; a Midas fixed input rack, and two Cranesong HEDD A-D converters.

Asked about their client’s specific needs for the system, Bill responds, “Obviously, the system had to be able to crank, but the owners were more focused on smooth, even coverage with clarity and consistency throughout the venue. They wanted it to sound good in as many places as possible without overspending. To that end, they approved the purchase of a bunch of amplifiers to control the sound system, so that it performs really consistently at different volume levels with bass presence everywhere in the club. The sound can be sourced for both rooms, or they can have independent sources in both rooms. There’s a big set of steel doors between the two rooms, so bleed through isn’t bad.”

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Explaining some of the system’s subtleties, Bill adds, “HEDD A-D is a stereo in/stereo out digital audio converter that converts analog to digital or digital to analog, depending on how you want to use it. We’re taking the output from the DJ’s, converting it to digital and then going digitally into four or five BSS processors from the Cranesong while clocking all the digital audio to the Cranesong as well, which give us a more robust sound.”

With the system in place and the club filling both rooms every weekend and most weeknights, we were curious how his clients were responding the Martin Audio system.

“The owners love it, they’re very pleased,” Bill concludes without hesitation. From the beginning, my partner Adam Weiner and I felt this was an opportunity to do our best work in terms of the outcome, overall sound quality and performance, and we definitely did that with this project.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Renewed Vision Enriches World’s First Permanent 3D Pool Mapping Light Show at Sheraton Waikiki

PointCloud Media develops unique projection architecture driven though ProVideoPlayer2 software to entertain hotel guests year-round

ALPHARETTA, Georgia, November 18, 2014 — The Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu launched its Helumoa Playground Superpool series earlier this fall, comprising two distinct 3D pool mapping light show stories presented twice every evening to entertain hotel guests and the general public. Billed as the world’s first permanent installation of its kind, the 3D pool mapping shows are projected across a 7,503-square foot pool canvas, demonstrating lively displays of volcanic eruptions in “Helumoa – the birth of Hawaii”; and the rise of historical Hawaiian resorts and water sports in “Helumoa – the legendary story of Waikiki.”

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The Sheraton Waikiki hired PointCloud Media, a full-service production company specializing in 3D projections, to develop innovative, energized shows featuring graphic figures and images projected onto the nearly 200,000 gallon superpool. The PointCloud solution integrates its core Raylight4D mapping system—responsible for superimposing visual content on the pool to mesmerizing effect—with seven ultra-bright projectors and reliable, cost-efficient playback software from Renewed Vision.

The integration of Renewed Vision’s ProVideoPlayer 2 (PVP2) software is significant as it drives playback for all seven projectors from two Mac Pro computers, saving PointCloud Media tens of thousands of dollars in comparison to expensive hardware-based packages. Additionally, PVP2 simplifies the overall workflow, allowing PointCloud Media to automate playout and quickly adjust show schedules in the event of inclement weather or special circumstances.

“Over the years, we have used many different servers to augment video projections on large buildings, and they were all very complicated to operate, requiring real experts,” said Jack Hattingh, president, PointCloud Media. “The Renewed Vision PVP2 software reliably plays out all content from a stable platform, without the expense of purchasing or renting a system and hiring a full-time operator. I can purchase PVP2 software and a Mac Pro for the price of a three-week rental of most competing products. Being a permanent installation, the return on investment with PVP2 is nearly immediate.”

The end-to-end architecture includes five rooftop Barco HDQ-2K40 40,000 lumen projectors positioned 320 feet in the air to project visual content onto the pool, along with two 20,000 lumen projectors at ground level to project visuals onto adjacent rock formations. The workflow starts with a 4000×4000 content file for the pool map and a 3840×1080 file for the rock formations. A Mac Pro running PVP2 at each location slices the 4000×4000 file into five separate 1920×1080 feeds with mild overlap. The fluid pool reflections and surrounding ambience add an element of reality to the custom 3D mapping projections.

“PVP2 allows us to fine-tune the mappings on the fly to create the best convergence between the projected images,” said Hattingh. “Its advanced rending engine, coupled with the power and reliability of the Mac Pro, enables smooth playback of the massive video file across all five outputs. PVP2 is also allowing us to create some unusual projections, as we’re blending from four corners geometrically rather than top to bottom or left to right. PVP2’s flexibility has made it easy to create a unique mosaic map with plenty of light that audiences can enjoy.”

The master system on the roof is connected to the second rock projection system 31 stories below via a fiber-optic connection, with all content triggered simultaneously from both PVP2 servers. As each show begins, PVP2 triggers a contact closure relay to change the sound system from the standard background music service to the PVP2 audio feed. A third Mac Pro system outfitted with PVP2 supports a hotel broadcast on Channel 37, with viewers able to enjoy a live cut of the pool projections at the moment the light show music begins.

PointCloud Media representatives routinely monitor the system from their offices near Dallas to ensure everything is working properly, with the ability to stop, pause, restart and reschedule shows as needed. A third, holiday-themed show is now in development, given the success of the first two shows. Additionally, the simple learning curve of the system will allow hotel staff to use the system for other business opportunities as desired.

“PVP2 and the rest of system is very easy to learn and operate, so the hotel can easily use this for conferences and other themed events by the poolside,” said Hattingh. “Furthermore, they can easily gain an additional return on investment by renting the system to businesses and clients.”

About Renewed Vision
Founded in 2000, Renewed Vision’s mission is to offer reliable, purpose-built production software that enables organizations—spanning from churches to corporations—to create dynamic media experiences that enhance worship services, meetings and other special events. For more information on our product lines, including ProPresenter, ProVideoPlayer and ProVideoServer, please visit our website at www.renewedvision.com.

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InfoComm Announces University Days in Cardiff & London

InfoComm International®, the leading trade association representing the audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide announces two InfoComm University™ Days to 18th November at the Thistle Cardiff City Center and 20 November onboard the HMS Belfast, London.

Cardiff and London University Days are supported by Canon Europe. The London University Day is supported by Audio-Technica.

Chris Lavelle, Regional Director, UK & Ireland at InfoComm International said: “We’ve got an amazing line up of expert speakers who will present informative and topical issues. Interested parties are encouraged to sign up as early as possible.”

Each day will be a full day of education covering topics including networked microphones to the behavior of light in projection, LED video wall displays, cloud computing, big data and a look at InfoComm’s new AV Systems Performance Verification Guide. Each event will be followed by a networking reception to reflect on the day.

Certified Technology Specialist holders can earn CTS® renewal points. Each event is free to InfoComm members and includes lunch.

There will be prize giveaways for delegates including a compact digital camera from Canon at both events and pair of Audio-Technica headphones at the London University Day.

Viewing the full schedule is highly recommended. Please visit:

Cardiff – http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/40438.htm
London – http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/40532.htm

Martin Audio MLA At First FREQ’ender Dance Festival In Singapore

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EXPO AV-INSYNC (EAI) were chosen to provide full technical production for the first ever FREQ’ender dance festival in Singapore, and the company wasted no time in specifying its Martin Audio MLA system for the two day event.

The event was held at Infinite Studios and promoted by Limited Edition Concepts (Singapore), with 4,500 people attending over the weekend.

The festival was split into two distinct days: the first (in conjunction with Halloween) was named Freq’show, which made way on Day 2 for Mekanika, produced by international Trance Festival brand, Godskitchen

EAI managing director, Gerard Rodrigues, confirms that his company had recommended the MLA system. “The end result was that everyone, including the promoters, really felt the music and were amazed at the audio quality. They were really blown away.

“The MLX subs also became a talking point for many of the AV industry professionals who attended the gig as well.”

EAI kept the same rig in place for both days, with hangs of eight elements per side (plus a single MLD Downfill). The 12 MLX subs were ground-stacked in configurations of 2 + 4 + 4 + 2.

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In addition the company supplied eight W8LM Mini line arrays and four WS218X subs as a potent DJ monitor system.

Limited Edition Concepts’ director and co-founder, Godwin Pereira was certainly impressed. “With EXPO AV’s experience, it was easy to get the best out of the MLA system, and the sound behaved superbly in the 18,000 square foot sound stage. It was warm and non-intrusive, producing little in the way of ‘noise’; instead, it delivered purity, clarity and a whole lot of thump!”

In addition to what Rodrigues describes as “the awesome sound”, he says the audience was also treated to lighting and projection mapping during the festival.

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The event featured global acts covering electro, trance, house, techno and many other genres, including Hot Chip, 2ManyDJs, GlowInthedark and Marco V, along with over 20 live performers and dancers from Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Pixcom Installs Matrox Avio KVM Extenders to Facilitate Workstation Centralization Outside of Production Studios

Matrox fiber-optic KVM extenders provide real-time control while eliminating system background noise and heat in video editing studios

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced production company Groupe Pixcom Inc. has successfully installed Matrox Avio F120 fiber-optic KVM extenders, which have been running flawlessly since day one. Pixcom has eliminated system background noise and heat in their video editing studios by centralizing systems in a separate machine room with Avio transmitter/receiver pairs, letting video editors maintain real-time control over high-resolution dual-display desktops and peripherals.

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Moving into new offices, Pixcom required new fiber-optic KVM extenders to securely centralize high-performance workstations up to 100 meters from their video editing studios. Pixcom chose Avio over competitors for its comprehensive feature set, including zero-latency 10Gbps transmission over a single fiber-optic cable. Ease of integration, supported distance (10 km or 6.2 mi), 4K-readiness, and a compact, rack-mountable design also factored into Pixcom’s decision.

“By meeting all of our extension needs in a single box connected by a single fiber-optic cable, Avio let us reduce clutter in the workspace and cut down on the wiring required,” said Dominic Gagné, a member of Pixcom’s technical services team. “Avio is a robust technology we can rely on… to the point where we can even forget it’s there!”

To read the complete story, visit Pixcom Centralizes Video Editing Workstations with Matrox Avio KVM Extenders.

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.

RMB Audio Eliminates Reflections With MLA Compact

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Raleigh, NC––Tasked with providing audio for 11 concerts in a row at Dorton Arena featuring artists ranging from Vanilla Ice to comedy artist James Gregory, country stalwart Trace Adkins, Gospel luminary Tamela Mann and Christian Rock’s Newsboys, RMB Audio already faced a daunting assignment at this year’s NC State Fair.

Factor in the arena’s demanding acoustic environment, and the task became even more challenging. As RMB’s Systems Engineer Roger Dennis drily points out, “It’s got everything you want; concrete, glass, steel, and hard wooden seats. Plus the arena’s an oval, so it’s reflections galore.”

Fortunately, the RMB Audio team came equipped with a Martin Audio MLA Compact system to better control the sound in the hall and eliminate reflections. “The MLA Compact system allowed us to stop the coverage just before it hits the glass in the rear and on the sides of the room,” Roger specifies. “The system’s output control is really precise. It made our job a lot easier while improving the sound quality for all of the acts and the audience.”

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The actual system consisted of a main hang with 12 MLA Compact enclosures per side, a side hang with 8 MLA Compacts per side, and 6 Martin Audio W8LMD (downfill) as lip fill. Ample low end was provided by 12 DSX subs ground-stacked in two rows of 6 standing on end with the two outer enclosures slightly angled out.

Asked about the MLA Compact’s other attributes, Roger points out the enclosure’s lighter weight and wider dispersion, but the main advantage is still its output control capability.

“It used to be when you had someone speaking into a microphone in the arena, the reflections would kill all speech intelligibility. With MLA, that’s not a problem. When we first brought it into Dorton three years ago it was quite a shock. Now that we’ve switched to MLA’s for outfill to kill the reflections coming off the glass, the clarity for spoken word has continued to improve dramatically.

“Everyone was pleased with the system, adds Dennis, “especially Newsboys FOH Engineer John O’Neal who was very impressed with what we could do with the rig because he’s been in Dorton before with an older system. One of his last comments to me during this show was ‘everything from 300Hz and above is completely clear. We could hear everything.’ John and I walked the entire venue during the soundcheck as did several engineers who put their head right next to the glass, and they said it sounded exactly the same as it did down at the mix position.

“That’s one of the key things the MLA does that other systems don’t. It optimizes for the audience, not the room. The quality of the coverage is consistent from the front of the stage all the way to the back of the arena.”

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Summing up, Roger adds, “We’re going to UNC Memorial Hall on the campus of University of North Carolina, a 1600 seat proscenium theater with a really prominent balcony face that is a problem in terms of generating reflections back onto the stage. The MLA Compact allows us to steer around that balcony; we can just slice that section out of the vertical coverage. We’ve been able to make it so accurate that you can literally stand up out of a seat and you’re out of the coverage. It’s really amazing.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

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