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Tightrope Media Systems and University of Massachusetts Bring Interactive Digital Signage to Campus

Touchscreen-enabled kiosk at new Football Performance Center engages visitors with 130 years of historical data about the UMass Minutemen football program

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, December 8, 2014
– The University of Massachusetts in Amherst recently opened its Football Performance Center, a 55,000 square foot facility representing the UMass Minutemen football program. Visitors are greeted by a hall of fame showcasing the university’s 130-year football program as they enter the facility, located at the north end of Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium. As part of the experience, the university sought an interactive kiosk to compile and present detailed information about the football program. A Carousel digital signage solution from Tightrope Media Systems was selected to address the challenge, featuring custom software-defined programming to bring decades of historical and current data together.

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The interactive kiosk catalogues an impressive array of details and statistics related to the storied football program, showcasing players, teams, coaches, seasons and accomplishments. The system reaches beyond the realm of football action, generating information about the bands, mascots and other entries supporting the teams over the years. In casting a wide net, it’s assured that every visitor engaged with the kiosk will discover something of interest while controlling the touchscreen.

“We wanted a searchable system that delivered an interactive experience for current players, students, alumni, fans and visitors,” said John Sinnett, assistant athletic director, University of Massachusetts. “We faced the significant challenge of finding a system that could centralize 130 years of information, make it interactive, and intelligently display a large amount of content in a sortable manner on demand. This is a homegrown system and we’re not aware of another university that offers anything similar. There’s no question that this was a steep hill to climb.”

Sinnett and his team soon engaged with Tightrope to generate a custom program for pulling historical and recent content from various online sources. Driven by intelligent, automated software-defined triggers and a central content management system, the Carousel solution manages a giant block of XML data, extensively programmed to ensure the right information correlates with the right targets.

However, Carousel’s trademark ease of use also provides staff with an intuitive interface to manually upload content, ensuring that missing details from player numbers and headshots to game stats and team descriptions can be effortlessly edited or added on the fly.

Most importantly, the varied and dynamically updating information gives everyone something to enjoy, increasing dwell times and generating a deeper connection between the user and the football program. Current Minutemen players and their families can follow seasonal statistics, while visiting alumni can look back at past achievements. Sinnett also views the interactive kiosk as an intriguing recruitment tool, allowing prospective players to search which Minutemen have made NFL rosters, and which teams have made collegiate football history over the years.

“The touchscreen is emblematic of the overall mission of the Football Performance Center,” said Sinnett. “This venue ties in a large part of the program’s history into a modern home that will be a future cornerstone of the program. Carousel is efficiently driving and disseminating information about the historical past and success of the program, while keeping visitors up to the date on the latest activities. Tightrope is helping us push that history forward, drawing in anyone with interest in our football program.”

The system is based on a scalable architecture powered by a single Carousel 330 server, capable of supporting 15 channels should the university choose to add more kiosks or displays in the future.

About Tightrope Media Systems
Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, Internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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Munich Airport: Inonet Selects Matrox M-Series Graphics Cards to Drive One of the World’s Largest Flight Information Display Walls

Matrox M-Series quad and octal-monitor graphics cards drive an expansive 72-monitor FIDS video wall showcasing crisp, high-quality flight arrival and departure content

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced that Munich Airport has leveraged Matrox M-Series multi-display graphics cards to power a 72-monitor flight information display system (FIDS). Recommended and installed by local system integrator InoNet, Matrox M9148 quad-monitor and M9188 octal-monitor boards reliably drive high-definition flight and departure information on a 19-meter-wide by 2.30-meter-high FIDS video wall—one of the largest of its kind.

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To run the unique installation, InoNet uses an M9148 and M9188 board pairing within six of their Magnius-2 video wall controller systems. Each workstation’s 12 displays have been combined to form an 18×4 matrix, outputting an astonishing 72 NEC X463UN displays at individual resolutions of 1920×1080. With the NEC display’s slim 5.7mm bezel design, the resulting video wall enables a nearly 180° viewing platform on which all 72 displays are completely visible from any front-viewing position. A configured fail-safe mechanism on the displays also ensures continuous operation with minimal downtime and IT intervention.

“The aim of the installation was to present razor-sharp content across the entire display. There is no scaling via daisy chaining on the 72 displays, where each monitor is individually supplied with Full HD content,” said Susanne Gomez, Key Account Manager Digital Signage at InoNet. “Using Matrox M-Series, we were able to realise the requirements quickly and easily.”

To read the complete story and view pictures, visit One of the World’s Largest Flight Information Displays Powered by Matrox M-Series Cards.

See Matrox demonstrate its latest multi-display graphics cards live at ISE (Amsterdam RAI, NL, February 10-12, stand 11-F68) and DSE (Las Vegas, March 11–12, booth 1645).

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.

Noted Surgeon Finds Live 3D Streaming and Recording from Matrox Monarch HD “Irreplaceable” for Live Teaching and Archiving

To expand his teachings to aspiring surgeons and gynecologists all over the world, Dr. Rajesh Modi, Director of the Akola Endoscopy Centre in Maharashtra, India, relies on the Matrox Monarch HD video streaming and recording appliance combined with the Matrox MC-100 SDI-to-HDMI mini converter to distribute 3D video and audio of his daily surgical procedures and to record them for the facility’s record keeping and as future teaching material. Students can view live streams of his gynecologic and endoscopic procedures on www.drmodi.in and by using the mobile app “Dr. Modi.”

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Dr. Modi is a frequent speaker at medical conferences throughout India and often leads training sessions from the Akola Centre for surgeons looking to increase their knowledge of gynecological endoscopy.

Previously, Dr. Modi used three separate products – two to handle the streaming and one as the recorder – to stream and record his daily operations. “Irreplaceable” is the word he uses now to describe Monarch HD’s role for his daily teaching and administrative needs. Dr. Modi reports that data collection for the large amount of surgical work he conducts is of paramount importance in terms of record keeping, as well as providing high-quality video for future lectures.

“There’s no other option out there that comes close to this in terms of its dual use for recording and streaming, while at different settings, that does not compromise the quality of the recording,” he explained. “The Monarch HD/MC-100 combination is the only system that can convert two SDI inputs into a single HDMI output, and the HD recording it provides is simply brilliant.”

The compact design and intuitive interface that lets users easily set up, control and output streams using any computer or mobile device with a browser has simplified this process and made portability much easier for Dr. Modi, which he said he particularly appreciates as someone who’s not a full-time video professional.

Two outputs for the 3D endo camera from the operating room provide left-eye and right-eye video signals which are sent to the Matrox MC-100 and multiplexed into one side-by-side HDMI signal. The HDMI signal is used as the source for the Monarch HD which streams the side-by-side video to a Flash Media Server. Viewers tune into Dr. Modi’s website to access the 3D content which they watch on any 3D display.

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The above-and-beyond technical support he’s received from Matrox has solidified Dr. Modi’s confidence in this equipment selection. “The company provided a free demo of the equipment on-site in our operating theatre at Akola. Plus, their online and phone technical support has been consistently excellent. I know, without hesitation, if anything should go wrong, someone at Matrox is there for me.”

Matrox Monarch HD is a cost-effective, small, and easy-to-use H.264 encoder designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. It provides these two independent modes in an integrated unit. From any HDMI input source, such as a camera or switcher, Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, USB drive, or network-mapped drive.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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