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H-P Products Element 2300 Central Vac Cleans up to 12,000 sq. ft

A convenient dual-filtration design and a powerful new engine make the Element 2300 ideal for large homes and light commercial applications.


Louisville, OH – July 8, 2014 – H-P Products, a leading manufacturer of central vacuums and custom tubing-related products, is proud to announce the Element 2300, its most powerful Element Series central vacuum power unit, designed for large homes and businesses up to 12,000 sq. ft.

The Element 2300 offers several innovations for a cleaner home with less hassle. The cyclonic, dual-filtration system deflects heavy particles with a filter shroud, depositing them directly into the dirt canister to reduce wear and tear of the inverted filter. Smaller dust particles are captured by the self-cleaning, permanent CleanShield inverted filter that eliminates the need for an outdoor exhaust, improves air quality, and never needs to be replaced. A simple, yet effective, carbon dust filtration system on the powerful Ametek motor protects walls and reduces carbon dust emissions.

About that motor, H-P Products partnered with Ametek/Lamb to design a completely new 8.4″ high-performance motor with 707 max air watts of power and 136 CFM of airflow to pick up pebbles, crumbs, hair, grass and other debris. The Element 2300 also features an on-board inlet which allows for easy vacuuming from the power unit location.

“Convenience, power and efficiency are the key factors driving central vacuum adoption these days,” said Amy Wesely, marketing manager, H-P Products. “The Element 2300 is about as low-maintenance as it comes for a central vacuum system since the filter never needs replacing, there’s no exhaust required, and the dirt canister only needs to be emptied three or four times a year.” Wesely added, “The 2300 is also backed by a powerful Lifetime Limited Warranty to the original homeowner.”

According to the 11th Annual State of the Builder Market Study done jointly by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), 18 percent of all new homes included central vacuum. That is a 64 percent increase since 2007, making it the second-fastest growing technology product category installed in new homes behind only home theater. It is also one of the most profitable categories for installers, frequently earning 50-point margins.

Wesely continued, “Central vacuum presents a great opportunity for residential dealers to expand into light commercial segments like hair salons, dog groomers, workshops, etc. There’s not a lot of competition and it’s easy to sell the benefits of central vac to someone who’s always cleaning the floors as part of his or her business.”

For more information about the Element 2300 central vacuum power unit, please visit www.elementvac.com or follow H-P Products on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Element 2300 Power Unit

Element 2300 Filtration Diagram 

About H-P Products
Since 1945, H-P Products, Inc., premier manufacturer of central vacuums and tubing-related products, has been internationally recognized for its operations developed on the genuine principles of producing high-quality products, while servicing the needs of a wide customer base. Superior service and performance practices have positioned H-P as a leader in the tubular products and central vacuum industries. With more than 60 years of manufacturing success, H-P continues to grow as a result of its diversified product line and flexible fabrication capabilities, and is committed to researching and formulating technologies while pioneering the industry.

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Video Devices PIX 260i Streamlines Multi-Campus Workflow For Bethlehem Baptist Church

MINNEAPOLIS, JULY 8, 2014 – When Bethlehem Baptist Church was looking for a reliable video/audio solution for recording and playback of weekly services among the house of worship’s multiple campuses, it turned to the PIX 260i Production Video Recorder from Video Devices, a new brand of Sound Devices that is dedicated to the company’s mission critical video products. The church utilizes five PIX 260i’s to ensure the highest quality video and audio when rebroadcasting sermons to the campuses.

Comprised of three campuses (Downtown, North and South), Bethlehem Baptist Church hosts multiple services a week. In order to ensure that all three campuses have a current sermon from the main pastor, Associate Director for Media Ministries Jonathan Davis records the Saturday night service using the PIX 260i. He then sends the recording for playback to the two campuses not being served by the preaching pastor, on a particular Sunday morning. Recorded files can be transferred over Ethernet or delivered on one of the four drives that the 260i is able to simultaneously record to. The Downtown and North campuses feature a full production setup, while the South Campus is a portable campus at a local high school for the Sunday morning services. The Downtown and North campuses each have two PIX 260is, and the South campus has another.

The PIX 260i’s extensive audio capabilities are an essential component for the facility. The facility records both the mono- and stereo-feed of the house, as well as an iso of the pastor’s mic. Using the PIX 260i, the facility is able to send and receive all audio over Dante to and from its Yamaha CL5 mixing system. In order to cater to its ethnically diverse members, Bethlehem Baptist Church also records live Spanish and Russian translations. The multiple track count gives the facility room to grow in terms of having additional isolated audio tracks available, when needed. In addition, with only two full-time media staff members, the facility needed a user-friendly solution to cater to its large volunteer base. The PIX 260i’s large display and easy-to-use controls enable non-professionals to use the equipment with ease on an ongoing basis.

“We found that the PIX 260i met all of our criteria, and most importantly, it was seamlessly incorporated into our existing AV system,” says Davis. “The PIX 260i gives us ultimate flexibility in being able to record content from SDI or HDMI, and to get that content back out just as easily. In addition, the PIX 260i allows us to take whatever we record and deliver it directly into our post-production workflow in order to post services online as well as streamline our other productions.”

Davis and the church are already familiar with the company’s products, as they have used its PIX 240i recorder for on-location productions. “We found the PIX 240i to be very proficient and an improvement to our workflow, so when we heard about the PIX 260i, we knew we had to give it a look. It sounded perfect for what we needed,” says Davis. “We needed something that was rock-solid reliable, because when it comes to church services, it is a timed event. There isn’t a backup and you don’t get a do-over. The Video Devices PIX 260i gives us the reliability and redundancy we need to ensure that we capture the services and are able to play them back at both our fixed and mobile locations.”

The PIX 260i brings the features and tools needed by production companies and other production-based AV environments looking to migrate to file-based recording and playback environments. It records either QuickTime files in either Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD video formats or WAV format audio files. Files recorded with Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD are ready for editing in common editing environments, such as Avid, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding. For color-critical applications, the PIX 260i supports Apple ProRes 4444 through its 12-bit, 4:4:4 3G-SDI I/O. Users can also play out files from the PIX 260i for real-time applications.

Continuing the company’s heritage in production sound, the PIX 260i is infused with 32-track audio recording and playback capabilities. In addition to 16 channels of embedded SDI audio and eight channels of HDMI audio, the PIX 260i also accepts eight channels of line-level analog I/O and eight channels of AES digital audio. Using Dante, the PIX 260i can accept and transmit up to 32 channels of audio over Ethernet.

“The customer service that we receive from Sound Devices has been absolutely amazing,” adds Davis. “One of my favorite things about Sound Devices is how proactive they are in sending out firmware updates — not only do they fix any potential bugs, but they add new features, which is rare today. They take such great care of their customers.”

Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production. Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit Video Devices and Sound Devices websites, www.videodevices.com; www.sounddevices.com.

PPL Extends Support to the 2014 Music Producers Guild LIPA Prize Winner

The Music Producers Guild is delighted to announce that PPL will this year sponsor the expenses of the recipient of its 2014 Prize.

Launched in 2010, the MPG Prize is awarded annually to the most promising student to graduate from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) Sound Technology degree programme.

The Prize brings enormous benefits to the winning student as it offers an opportunity to work alongside some of the UK’s top recording professionals. Prominent MPG Awards winners continue to be very supportive of the initiative, which also brings sponsorship opportunities from pro audio companies such as Avid.

MPG Education Representative Tony Platt says: “We are very grateful to PPL for the financial contribution they are making to our next winner. This prize comes with lots of work experience opportunities, such as being able to attend mastering and orchestral sessions at studios in London, and being able to shadow top producers in commercial facilities. PPL’s support will contribute towards the cost of our recipient’s travel and accommodation expenses while he or she is taking up these opportunities.”

Jonathan Morrish, Director of PR and Corporate Communications, PPL says: “It’s a pleasure for PPL to be able to help the MPG in some small way. These are tough times and it is entirely appropriate to have an award that celebrates the next generation of performers and helps them hone further their skills in recording and production. We wish the next MPG Prize recipient all the very best of luck with their career and hope that they are able to make the most of this fantastic opportunity.”

The name of the 2014 recipient will be revealed at LIPA’s graduation ceremony, which takes place on July 31st, 2014.

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About Music Producers Guild (UK)

The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.

The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers. www.mpg.org.uk

About LIPA

LIPA is located in Sir Paul McCartney’s old school, the Liverpool Institute for Boys, which underwent a multi-million-pound renovation to turn it into a state-of-the-art performing arts higher education institution. It was founded by Sir Paul and Mark Featherstone-Witty and opened in 1995 with the aim of providing the best teaching and learning for people who want to pursue a lasting career in the arts and entertainment industry, whether as performers or those who make performance possible. www.lipa.ac.uk

About PPL

PPL is the music licensing company which works on behalf of over 90,000 record companies and performers to license recorded music played in public (at pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, shops, offices and many other business types) and broadcast on TV radio and online) across the UK. Our members include major record labels and independents as well as globally successful performers and session musicians, ranging from orchestral players to percussionists and singers. The majority are small businesses, all of whom are legally entitled to be fairly paid for the use of their recordings and performances.

PPL also operates an international royalty collection service. With 68 reciprocal agreements in place in 34 countries with other international collecting societies – or Collective Management Organisations (CMOS) as they are commonly known – PPL helps members to get paid when their music is played internationally. ppluk.com/@PPLUK.

After the deduction of PPL’s running costs, all licence fee income is distributed to members. PPL does not retain a profit for its services. In 2013 PPL paid £152.2m in revenues to its members.

Pro Audio Technology Appoints ByDesign Vision and Sound Marketing as Regional Rep Partner

The new venture headed up by former Stewart Filmscreen vice president Joaquin Rivera will represent Pro Audio Technology in southern California, southern Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii.

Lake Forest, CA – July 7, 2014 – Pro Audio Technology (PRO), the leader in loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems for residential properties, today announced the appointment of ByDesign Vision & Sound Marketing as a regional rep partner in California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii. ByDesign is the creation of former vice president global sales for Stewart Filmscreen, Joaquin Rivera.

“Joaquin has established himself as an influential member of the CEDIA community through many years of great success at Stewart. He is an expert on all things related to home theater sales and technology, so I have no doubt ByDesign will be a tremendous success,” said Paul Hales, Pro Audio Technology founder. “He also understands our unique value proposition in the elite home theater space and will no doubt help Pro Audio Technology expand in the western region.”

Later this year, Pro Audio Technology is set to launch a new multi-purpose demo, showroom, and training facility to showcase PROs high-powered cinema grade loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifiers with partner home theater products. The facility will be a valuable education and experience hub for all PRO reps and dealers to use when courting clients or training staff.

“During my time with Stewart, some of the most powerful and impressive installations I encountered featured audio systems from Pro Audio Technology,” said Joaquin Rivera, ByDesign Vision & Sound founder. “With PRO, people can get an audio experience that far exceeds going to the movie theater, and I’m not just talking loud. I mean high SPLs that make you jump and move your pant legs but don’t stress your ears a bit. And it’s not just about performance, PRO products are extremely reliable and they offer white-glove support behind the scenes. This will be a great partnership.”

ByDesign Vision and Sound currently represents Pro Audio Technology, Runco/Planar, Stewart Filmscreen and Cinematech. For 15 years, Rivera focused on the need to educate customers on the science of screen technology, theater and projection in general. Selling value added products and building the heritage of the Stewart Filmscreen brand. The ByDesign group will also include Benito Joaquin, a colleague of Rivera’s for over 10 years at Stewart.

Rivera continued, “At Stewart, our trainings and dealer collateral was very much rooted in science, and we took the time to explain why our products outperformed the competitors in technical terms, not just with marketing claims. Paul Hales from Pro Audio Technology does the same thing with audio. He helps dealers understand why certain programming or setup decisions make sense in scientific terms instead of just making unsubstantiated claims about performance.”

For more information about Pro Audio Technology products, visit www.proaudiotechnology.com

About Pro Audio Technology
Through thoughtful combination of consumer and professional engineering technologies, Pro Audio Technology designs and manufactures a complete range of high-power loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifiers for high-end residential installations. PRO products unite lively dynamics, high maximum output level, and rugged durability with the refined acoustic performance you’ve come to expect from contemporary home audio equipment. The sound system of choice for discerning music and home theater enthusiasts, Pro Audio Technology products are available globally through an elite group of high-end residential custom installers. Pro Audio Technology is the brand name of Professional Home Cinema, LLC.

Triad Speakers, Inc. Adds InRoom and OnWall Bronze SlimSubs to Lineup

Built upon the critically-acclaimed InWall Bronze 4/SlimSub with integrated long-throw 10-inch aluminum driver and powered by the RackAmp 350 DSP, each Bronze SlimSub delivers the same exceptional power and deep bass from its remarkably compact enclosure. The net result is a series of subwoofers that fit virtually any application, room or location.

Portland, OR – July 7, 2014 – Custom, made-in-the-USA loudspeaker manufacturer Triad Speakers, Inc. today announced the addition of both an InRoom and OnWall Bronze SlimSub. Built upon the performance merits of the popular InWall Bronze/4 SlimSub, the new models create a Bronze SlimSub Series that consists of 3 models in total. Each Bronze SlimSub is paired with Triad’s 350-watt outboard amplifier (RackAmp 350 DSP) at an MSRP of $1,500 per package.

InRoom Bronze SlimSub
“Taking up little to no floor space, the InRoom Bronze SlimSub is really 2 subs in one!” exclaims Triad Speakers Marketing Director Paul Teixeira. “Standing upright, this compact powerhouse looks smart, and at just 4.3-inches deep, it takes up almost no floor space. When laid down (requiring just 5.1-inches of height clearance) it becomes a down-firing subwoofer that can be hidden under furniture. Visible or hidden, you get the same great bass.”

OnWall Bronze SlimSub
The OnWall Bronze SlimSub is Triad’s first on-wall subwoofer solution. Measuring merely 4.4-inches from the wall and available in custom colors, the OnWall Bronze SlimSub is a perfect solution for many ultra-flat TVs using soundbars. “And, by way of Triad’s EZ Mount Brackets, the subwoofer is quick-and-easy to mount on any wall,” adds Teixeira.

Triad's Bronze SlimSub Family: In-room, on-wall and in-wall designs to meet any application.

Each of the Triad SlimSubs utilizes a proprietary long-throw 10-inch aluminum driver. All provide deep bass at high volumes – achieving a maximum output of 108 dB from 40-80 Hz with a bass extension of -3dB at 28 Hz. “When ordered in multiples, the SlimSub makes it easy to achieve deep, powerful and accurate bass over large listening areas,” adds Teixeira.

Each SlimSub enclosure carries a 10-year limited warranty. The new SlimSubs are shipping now. For more information visit www.triadspeakers.com or call Triad Speakers toll-free at 1.800.666.6316.

For all Triad press inquiries please email paul@mutocomm.com or call 631.849.4301.

About Triad Speakers
Established in 1982 by President Larry Pexton (a founding member and Chairman of CEDIA), Triad Speakers, Inc. is a steadily growing provider of complete loudspeaker solutions for multi-room residential and home theater system applications. A top choice by many custom integrators nationwide, Triad has made significant advancements in the arena of front-channel speakers, surrounds, subwoofers, distributed audio speakers via enclosed in-wall, in-ceiling, on-wall and freestanding designs. Over 80% of Triad’s products are manufactured daily in Portland Oregon, in a pure build to order operation with no work in progress and no finished goods inventory of the US built products. In the 2006 – 2010 Inside Track Supplier Loyalty Tests, Triad ranked #1 in the category of Custom Installation Company. Visit us on the web at: www.triadspeakers.com and www.facebook.com/triadspeakersfans

A.C.T Lighting becomes the exclusive distributor for Robert Juliat lighting solutions in the US

Robert Juliat and A.C.T Lighting have entered into a strategic agreement for A.C.T Lighting to become the exclusive distributor for all Robert Juliat products in the US.

The RJ USA Wallingford office will remain operational through the end of the year, but A.C.T Lighting will manage all sales and customer service issues going forward. RJ USA’s Fred Lindauer and Pete Engel will join the A.C.T Lighting sales group and the entire team will work together to provide a smooth and seamless transition.

Founded in 1993, A.C.T Lighting is the leading distributor of entertainment lighting equipment used in the concert touring, theatrical, and architectural industries.

“We are very proud to add Robert Juliat lighting products to A.C.T roster,” says A.C.T Lighting Chairman Bob Gordon. “Robert Juliat has long been a leader in the field and has established an excellent reputation for top-quality lighting fixtures based around superb optics and ergonomic design.” Robert Juliat is approaching its centenary: It was founded in 1919 and is still 100 percent family owned.

“We feel this agreement is a logical way to provide a future growth for Robert Juliat in the US. A.C.T Lighting is well positioned in the American market to bring added value for both the customers and Robert Juliat,” explains Robert Juliat’s Managing Director, François Juliat.

Contact sales@actlighting.com for further information.

Information on all Robert Juliat lighting products can be found at www.robertjuliat.com

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Dobbs Stanford Wins Commercial AV Rep of the Year Award

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products presented Dobbs Stanford Corporation with the Commercial AV Rep of the Year Award at the sales meeting prior to InfoComm 2014.

Based in Dallas, TX, Dobbs Stanford represents Middle Atlantic for the Commercial AV Market in Texas (except El Paso), Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Asked to comment on the award, Middle Atlantic Regional Sales Manager John Stenzel said, “Dobbs Stanford did great job with incredible growth last year, not just in Texas, but all of their territory. Their knowledgeable and seasoned staff has the long-term relationships, technical expertise and product knowledge that drives sales, especially for our corporate meeting room solutions and power products.”

Photo caption (left to right): Dan Tarkoff, Middle Atlantic; David Shauberger, Stan Thomas, Pete Blair, Terry Rountree, Fred Dobbs, Joe Piland, Darrell Clingman and Jacob McDaniels, Dobbs Stanford; John Stenzel, Bill Poling Middle Atlantic

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

White Mark Designs A New Foley Studio At Moscow’s CineLab

Studio design consultancy White Mark Ltd played an important role in creating a new Foley studio for Russia’s state of the art film sound facility CineLab Ltd. Unashamedly designed to be the best in the world, CineLab’s Foley studio is already attracting projects from both local and international clients.

Based in Moscow and housed in a completely renovated former cold store building on the banks of the Moskva River, CineLab already has 14 studios including three dubbing theatres, a 5.1 mixing room for pre-mixes and TV/DVD work, multiple edit and pre-production suites and sound design rooms. Three of CineLab’s dubbing theatres have Dolby Premier Licenses, and one of these was recently upgraded by White Mark to Dolby Atmos 3D spec.

The facility’s new Foley studio was designed to cater for two very distinctive approaches to Foley recording, says CineLab’s Managing Director Vadim Nerukov.

“Some Foley artists want to close mic everything and then add effects, compression, reverb, etc. afterwards in the control room,” he explains. “Others prefer a more ‘naturalistic’ approach where they use the space and air in the room and real reflections from the walls. In our opinion neither approach is the best – they are simply different. We wanted a room that could cope with both.”

To achieve this result, White Mark worked closely with internationally acclaimed and award-winning Foley artist and sound designer Nicolas Becker, whose credits include Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Ninth Gate, The Pianist, Oliver Twist, The Ghost and Venus In Furs, all directed by Roman Polanski.

White Mark’s managing director, David Bell says: “We designed and built the room from scratch, including every conceivable kind of indoor and outdoor surface. We also incorporated motorized ceiling panels and wall curtains that can be used to modify the room acoustics, and a special floor mounted on acoustic pads that can be tuned to different frequencies by tightening or loosening screws.

Bell adds that White Mark obviously included a conventional control room in its design but after speaking to Becker and watching him work, the company also positioned an additional mixing and recording area in the centre of the live room with a line of sight into each of the studio’s four working zones.

“This dedicated space allows the artists like Nicolas who prefer to work naturally to move around the studio and create sounds to the picture in real time,” David Bell says. “The picture is projected onto screens and the engineer working with him has five microphone positions at his disposal and can literally mix live, building up each scene, sound by sound.”

White Mark installed a 5.1 surround sound system in the Control Room, while the live room, which has four screens in different positions, has a theatrical-style loudspeaker system (Left-centre-Right) behind the main screen. This allows the Foley artist to work to picture and hear exactly what a cinema audience will ultimately hear.

Naturally the studio is filled with props and devices to create new sounds – and there is a dedicated large storage room with a car access dock so that bigger props can be brought in.

“This is, without doubt, the most impressive Foley room I’ve ever seen – and certainly the most impressive we’ve ever built,” David Bell adds. “Of course, having carte blanche to create something special did help – as did the fact that CineLab was effectively built from the ground up so we could incorporate features like the very thick cast concrete floor, incorporating deep pits and water pools of different depths, and the loading dock very early on in the design process.”

Vadim Nerukov says that completing CineLab’s Foley studio involved the most innovation in terms of ideas, design and workflow.

“As our design partner, White Mark has achieved great results with all of the rooms in the facility,” Nerukov says. “In our view they are the best acoustic design company on the market and we’re thrilled with the Foley room – it is quite simply magnificent.”

Recent projects undertaken at CineLab include the mix for the feature film Stalingrad, carried out by Vincent Arnardi, and the mix for Viy, carried out by four times Oscar winning sound engineer Bob Beemer. CineLab has also recently completed the Russian dub of The Amazing Spiderman 2, one of the first projects to take place in its newly accredited Dolby Atmos theatre.

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About White Mark:

Established in 1997 by David Bell, John Dunnill, Derek Buckingham and Alan Cundell, White Mark Ltd specialises in production facilities for music recording and the film and television industries. Over the last fifteen years it has designed and supervised the construction of over 500 production suites worldwide. The company’s impressive client list encompasses some of the world’s most famous music recording facilities including Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in the UK, Germano Studios in New York, Hit Factory/Criteria Recording Studios in Miami, Strongroom in London and private studios for producers and musicians such as William Orbit and Damon Albarn. In the area of audio post production, White Mark has completed over 140 audio studios and many broadcast and video editing facilities for more than 60 companies in Soho alone. The list of clients includes Grand Central, Hackenbacker, Envy, De Lane Lea, Scramble, Lipsync, Molinare, DeLuxe, 750mph, NBC/Universal, Wave, Unit and Boom. Advertising agency clients include worldwide facilities for Hogarth International and AMV/BBDO on four continents.
www.whitemark.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

HARMAN’s Soundcraft Launches Online “How To” Video Series

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – HARMAN’s Soundcraft is pleased to announce that it is offering its “How To” instructional video series on its website, www.soundcraft.com. The videos focus on the Si Series of digital consoles and include a variety of topics from basic operation to advanced tips and tricks.

The “How To” video series offers practical instruction on how to get the most from a Soundcraft Si console in live sound, recording and fixed-installation applications. “The video series offers real-world information and depth of subject matter for a broad spectrum of users, whether they’ve never had their hands on a Soundcraft console before and need to get up and running quickly or have mixed hundreds of shows and want to dig deeply into a console’s feature set,” said Keith Watson, Marketing Director, Soundcraft Studer.

Alongside the “How To” videos, there is a video vault covering every Soundcraft console range including the Vi Series, Si Expression, Si Performer and analogue consoles. A wide variety of topics is offered, from basic operation and configuration, gain structure, channel assignment and using EQ and effects to Soundcraft-specific features like the Vistonics II™ colour touchscreen interface and FaderGlow™ illuminated, colour-coded faders.

“At Soundcraft we’re dedicated to providing our users with the educational tools they need to get the most out of their consoles,” said Watson. “We’d like to think our video series is the next best thing to having a front of house engineer standing next to you behind the console.”

The videos can be viewed at http://www.soundcraft.com/support/videos.aspx?c=15

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

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