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Cinemagic to Digitize National Chain with Christie Cinema Solutions

Cinemagic, a cinema chain focused on building cinemas in towns between 50 and 70 thousand inhabitants of Mexico, and Christie®, the dominant brand in the global digital cinema projection market, today announced the joint digitization of 70 screens currently operated by Cinemagic in Mexico.

Christie will supply an assortment of Christie Solaria® One+ and Christie CP2220 projectors to the Cinemagic complexes, facilitated by Scrabble Entertainment, an international deployment entity whose financing of DCI-compliant digital cinema projector conversions helps all manner of cinemas make the move to digital technology.

“With Christie supplying the highest quality of digital cinema equipment and technical support, Cinemagic will be able to offer to our audience the best quality in cinema projection in each of the cities we serve,” said Roberto Quintero, CEO, Cinemagic.

“Cinemagic is to be commended on its mission to bring cinema to the small communities without entertainment options in Mexico,” said Ernesto Armus, general manager for Christie Mexico. “We are honored to be part of its mission and are committed to supplying Cinemagic with the world’s leading digital projection hardware, software and services.”

Roberto Quintero said, “We are confident that with dedication, effort and together with our strategic partners, we will ensure the growth and consolidation of our project to successfully bring cinema to the small communities of our country.”

The Catalyst AV Distributor Near You is Now Stocking EnGenius Networking Products

Catalyst AV Signs Distribution Agreement with EnGenius Technologies

Burlington, MA – March 5, 2014 – Catalyst AV, a nationwide distribution network of specialty AV products that serves more than 15,000 integrators from 18-locations in the US, today announced EnGenius Technologies as its home networking products partner.

EnGenius Technologies is a leading provider of consumer and business-class switches and long-range wireless networking solutions including routers, media bridges and adapters. Established in 1999, the company delivers network infrastructure solutions to the residential and business channels.

“As one of four prime network antenna manufacturers, EnGenius is delivering advanced, enterprise-grade technology. A prime example is their ECB600 concurrent dual band 2.4 / 5 GHz Wireless-N Indoor Access Point, which we are selling for well under $200. This is a tremendous value,” says Mike Hench, Catalyst AV board member and principal of Electronics Source. “All of the distributors within the Catalyst AV network have a full-assortment of EnGenius products in stock, making it very easy for the integrator to furnish both new networks and refresh older ones with the very best solutions available today.”

The ECB600 is one of many hot EnGenius products now available from Catalyst AV

”We’re excited to enter into this distribution agreement with Catalyst AV as our growing portfolio of wired and wireless networking solutions are an ideal fit for the growing array of network-connected applications in the home,” explained Gabriel Maxwell, Director of Sales at EnGenius Technologies. “Bandwidth-sensitive applications are being accessed via a growing number of media streaming and mobile devices in the home. This makes it critical for the network infrastructure to deliver fast speeds at long ranges to provide access throughout the home and beyond. EnGenius’ products are designed to deliver both at a very competitive price-point.”

Catalyst AV is comprised of 12 privately-owned distribution companies. The members are:
• Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) (Midwest)
• Audio Video Warehouse (www.av-warehouse.com) (Nevada, Arizona)
• Custom Partners (www.custompartners.com) (Metro-NY)
• Custom Plus Distributing (www.customplusdistributing.com) (Pacific NW / Alaska)
• Easy Access Distribution (www.easyaccessdistribution.com) (Northeast)
• Electronic Lane Distributors (www.electroniclane.com) (Southwest)
• Electronics Source (www.electronics-source.com) (Florida and Southeast)
• Electronic Stockroom (www.electronicstockroom.com) (California)
• HCA Distributing (www.hcadist.com) (Rocky Mountains)
• Pioneer Music Company (www.pioneermusicinc.com) (Plains States)
• SPD (www.soundproductdistributing.com ) (Upstate NY)
• Tech Source Distributors (www.techsourcedist.com) (Mid-Atlantic)

About Catalyst AV: Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 12-independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 15,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. The Catalyst AV Board of Directors consists of Mike Hench (Electronics Source Distributors); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

About EnGenius Technologies: Established in 1999, EnGenius Technologies, Inc., is a US-based industry expert in wireless communications and radio frequency (RF) technology, delivering feature-rich, long-range wireless communications technology for voice and data. The versatility and performance of the company’s solutions lower total cost of ownership, increase productivity and maximize return on investment. www.engeniustech.com

TNDV Lands New Facility as Tenth Anniversary Approaches

Mobile production specialist converts large, secure warehouse into creative business space

NASHVILLE, March 5, 2014TNDV celebrates ten years of business by securing a massive new facility in northeast Nashville that will double as a place of business and creativity. The secure, climate-controlled facility gives owner Nic Dugger and his growing team a space to maintain and upgrade trucks, host clients, plan upcoming projects and accommodate post-production work.

Dugger and his team re-designed the former armored truck warehouse from scratch, from concrete pours and office partitions to lighting, wiring and security systems. The 10,000 square foot space provides plenty of room to securely park and work on TNDV’s trucks, and includes a networked infrastructure with state-of-the-art AV technology to share data, audio and video across offices and conference rooms. The main board room is equipped with the latest HD playback and recording technology to evaluate and review projects with staff and clients, while UHDTV displays and fiber optic tie lines to the trucks enable real-time review of media still residing on video servers and ProTools.

While the technological gains are impressive, Dugger notes that the move was firmly rooted in square footage, with a need to better accommodate activity and growth.

“When we moved to our previous location six years ago, it was me and a truck,” he said. “Ten years into business we are at five trucks with seven full-time engineers and a crew of production freelancers. Bringing one truck into that facility meant we couldn’t prep for our next show effectively. Here, we can pull three trucks indoors at once to do maintenance, make upgrades and change infrastructure as needed. The last point is very important, as we do not force a fixed inventory on our clients. We are a la carte for each show, and constantly reconfigure our trucks. Now we have a spot to prepare for the many upcoming truck shoots we have, while taking advantage of our newest 4K production acquisition systems.”

The large space also provides plenty of room for post work. While not a post-production facility, TNDV frequently works with graphics, PowerPoint files and large video and audio files post-shoot. The large amount of space allows staff to do post work in a separate part of the facility, away from the daily business operations.

“We have one particular office that we set with extra power and conditioning, additional video, audio and fiber tie lines, and sound reinforcement,” said Dugger. “That way if we are cracking through some post-production on a loud concert we’re not disturbing the peace.”

This is just one example of how well-prepared the facility is to deal with media coming in and out, as well as moving files around on site. The design includes single-mode fiber tie lines throughout, with between four and eight Cat6 cables going to each office. This infrastructure supports anything from sending video feeds from one truck router to driving ProTools rigs on the audio truck — all while carrying traditional phone and internet data.

Dugger adds that the location gives his fleet quick access to interstates instead of having to slog through city traffic. Another interesting aside regarding location is its close proximity to the production site of the ABC TV show Nashville — which shoots at the warehouse immediately across the street.

“Unintentionally, we’re building a small production community in this northeast portion of Nashville,” he said. “We expect to be here for a long time, and I’m excited about identifying some key partners in the region that might need a space. We have plenty of room to set producers up with offices for long term projects. Essentially we want to build a ‘laborhood,’ where a group of complementary professionals can network, synergize and tap each other for resources, instead of having to live by Skype and conference calls to simply communicate.”

The new TNDV facility is located at 515 Brick Church Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37207.

ABOUT TNDV: Television
Formed in 2004, TNDV: Television represents the culmination of many years of broadcast and live production for Nic Dugger, owner and president; and his staff of full time engineers. TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions all the way up to multi-million dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation. Recent productions include the live concert productions at the NCAA Final Four, the 2013 Re/Max Long Drive Challenge on ESPN, and the inaugural season of Sing for Your Supper on PBS. Please call 615-585-6528 or visit www.tndv.com for more information.

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WorldStage Helps Volkswagen “Think Blue” in Live Augmented Reality Presentation at LA Auto Show

The theme at Volkswagen’s press event at the 2013 LA Auto Show was “Think Blue,” and it was all that blue on stage and on screen that posed a challenge for WorldStage in creating a live augmented reality experience for the automaker.

WorldStage marked its third year servicing the VW press event at the auto show, but it was the first time that event producers, George P. Johnson, and creative content agency, Spinifex Group, asked WorldStage to tap its deep technical knowledge to help create an augmented reality element where live images were enhanced with pre-programmed CG effects. What complicated the technique was the fact that portions of the augmented reality presentation showcased a blue vehicle shot against a bluescreen background and the presenter, VW USA president and CEO Jonathan Browning, wore a blue suit. The many blue-toned elements made live keying a challenge, and WorldStage performed a lot of tests to ensure that it could key out the blue background while retaining the blue of the car and Browning’s wardrobe. The resulting presentation was a unique and enchanting look at the VW lineup for 2014.

VW’s “Think Blue” philosophy of sustainable mobility and environmental leadership was presented to a cadre of press eager to see three new vehicles: e-Golf, the company’s first fully-electric model in the US, which will soon be available in showrooms, and two concept cars, the sporty Design Vision GTI and Cross Blue Coupe. Browning addressed the audience from a drive-in blue set with a large LED wall mounted high behind him on the back wall.

“Normally, this kind of live action and graphics compositing would be done in a studio where you could really finesse things,” says WorldStage account manager Richard Bevan. “Then the pre-produced video would play back on the video display. Done in a studio, augmented reality would not have been that complicated. But all the playback and keying had to be done live at the auto show for all three of the car models. And one of the car models was a bright metallic blue.”

Preproduction at WorldStage’s Tustin office was “intense” he reports. Mock ups were constructed and different tones of blue for the set were tested to see which worked best with the complex keying. Although the exact conditions of the stage at the auto show couldn’t be duplicated off site, the R&D done by WorldStage in prepro was instrumental to pulling off a successful augmented reality presentation.

At the press event WorldStage provided three Hitachi HD1000 cameras. Two at the front of the stage captured tight shots of Browning and wide shots of him and the vehicles; a third was mounted on a Steadicam to cover the reveal of the cars driving on stage.

The motion graphics, with various levels of transparency, were designed to appear both in front of and behind the live vehicles. The shiny car could not reflect the blue stage or it would ruin the effect. At the same time the “countryside” background had to appear through the windows of each vehicle. During one segment the wheels of the car appeared to be turning and kicking up leaves as it traveled.

The compositing was performed in a Ross Vision 3.5 production switcher and complex custom masking in the shape of the vehicles was created using WorldStage Media Hubs. All of the graphics and video playback was sourced from two 4-channel Dataton WATCHOUT media servers for primary and back up. WorldStage used WATCHOUT’s alpha channel capabilities to guide the placement of content created by Spinifex Group.

WorldStage also filled the audio needs for VW integrating JBL VRX speakers with the public audio system on site. WorldStage supplied Shure Axient wireless mic system, which offered the most robust wireless system available, using dynamic spectrum management. “At a venue like the auto show there’s so much competing RF activity,” Bevan points out. “Axient is a relatively new, high-end system that constantly scans the airwaves looking for interference. It alerts you to any issues so the system can switch to a back up transmitter and change to a better frequency.”

At WorldStage Gary Kajikawa was the project manager, Carl McMillan did much of the testing and consulting, Mike Alboher the EIC, Alex Bright the WATCHOUT operator, Paul D’Amour the Ross programmer & operator and Gabe Benso the A1. The TD was Steve Oliker and the producer Robert Walker

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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FIBEP 2014: Digital Nirvana to Sponsor Global Media Intelligence Conference

Newark, CA – Digital Nirvana is a silver sponsor for the upcoming FIBEP World Media Intelligence Congress taking place in Dubai, UAE, March 12-15, 2014. FIBEP is the world’s largest global gathering of professionals in media intelligence and communications insight.

Digital Nirvana provides media monitoring services to public relations, brand management and media monitoring companies, including acquisition, monitoring and analysis for radio and TV broadcasts, print and the web. Digital Nirvana also provides back-office services, such as media content management, data services, content conversion, tagging and reporting. The company’s key offerings in the media monitoring space are coding, analytics and news report generation – the monitoring and clipping of TV and radio content from local, national and global news.

“We’re looking forward to being part of FIBEP this year, reconnecting with customers from all over the world, and sharing our latest innovations for media monitoring,” said Vishnu Beri, COO of Digital Nirvana. “The video delivery ecosystem is expanding rapidly with the availability of content across a wide range of platforms. Our experienced team and powerful tools help our customers monitor and manage content throughout the entire ecosystem. Most importantly, it’s our goal to deliver these services and products with an ideal combination of price and performance.”

Digital Nirvana’s unique expertise can be found in its ability to not only acquire data – but also customize it to meet a client’s unique requirements. Digital Nirvana works closely with each customer to ensure data is delivered in meaningful, custom formats that help turn data into knowledge.

Digital Nirvana’s knowledge management services also include market intelligence and analytics compilation for financial news aggregators and corporations, and learning management (phone-based language training and test scoring) for public and private schools, colleges, universities and other learning centers.

In addition to services, Digital Nirvana offers a leading portfolio of products such as the Monitor IQ™ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ™ live stream monitoring in the cloud, and MediaPro™ content repurposing system. Additionally, Digital Nirvana’s RAD Suite uses audio fingerprinting technology to accelerate and enhance the tracking and analysis of advertisements, songs and copyrighted content.

FIBEP 2014 attendees are encouraged to schedule a meeting with Digital Nirvana to learn more.

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The company’s product portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ OTT monitoring solution, and the MediaPro content repurposing system. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Newark, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information visit http://www.digital-nirvana.com.

Christie to Demo Breakthrough 3D Cinema Technology For Premium Cinema Experiences with Latest ‘6-Primary’ 4K Laser Projector

Christie® today announced upcoming demonstrations of the world’s most advanced laser projection architecture and Dolby® 3D, to be held in the Christie Innovation Theaters throughout CinemaCon 2014 (Caesars Palace, March 24-27) and the National Association of Broadcasters NAB Show® (Las Vegas Convention Center, April 5-10). Christie DLP Cinema® laser projectors using 6-Primary (6P) color laser modules, earmarked for mass production in early 2015, will show how 3D light levels, image uniformity, viewing comfort, and a sense of immersion can be vastly improved, especially when combined with advanced separation technology like Dolby 3D, versus conventional 3D systems found in cinemas around the world today.

“Recent declines in domestic 3D movie attendance are a sign that the novelty is wearing off, with audiences less willing to pay a premium for what is all too often a mediocre experience. The lackluster quality of this experience results from a number of technical limitations with current 3D system architectures, the most serious one being restricted light levels that amount to only 10-30 percent of those levels achieved for 2D presentations,” said Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie Entertainment Solutions. “Simply put, the movies are too dark, leaving audiences struggling to discern critical details that make up the image in front of them.”

“Christie’s latest laser projection technology, using 6 specific primary colors rather than filtered or polarized broad-spectrum white light, brings dramatically improved 3D efficiency to projection systems, regardless of the size of screen in premium movie theaters,” added Shaw. “We believe that this is the future of 3D cinema projection, that it is right around the corner, and that it will be a key element in boosting 3D box office revenues around the world. Our CinemaCon and NAB Show demonstrations will be the first 6P laser events available to the broad cinema community, from filmmakers to exhibitors, and reaffirms Christie’s 80-year commitment to cinema innovation, rather than ‘moving beyond digital cinema’ as some other industry players have promised.”

At least twice as efficient as today’s best 3D systems, Christie’s 6P laser projectors generate a proprietary mix of photoptically-optimized light wavelengths for each eye directly from the source, in effect eliminating the need for a highly inefficient stage of filtering or polarizing the light as it leaves the projector. The Christie demos will use Dolby® 3D glasses specifically engineered to exactly match the 6 primary laser light wavelengths to yield nearly 90 percent light efficiency. “Their color separation based technique for 3D is well regarded as the gold standard among industry professionals, especially for its true color reproduction, compatibility with low-gain white screens, and superior crosstalk performance – only now it can be part of a system that is tremendously more light efficient,” said Shaw.

“Dolby 3D’s advanced color separation technology is ideally suited for next generation laser projectors,” said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories. “With extremely high light efficiency, nearly no crosstalk and crisp images with vibrant colors, we believe Dolby 3D combined with laser projection produces the best possible 3D viewing experience for audiences.”

“Having had the opportunity to witness an early 6P laser demo at Christie’s worldwide center for engineering, research and development in Canada, I can confidently state that this is an exciting and important innovation in 3D cinema,“ said Matt Cowan, Co-founder & Senior Technical Advisor at Entertainment Technology Consultants. “I look forward to further refinement of this technology and upcoming installation in premiere theaters around the world.”

Consistent with efforts so far in developing 3-Primary (3P) laser projectors, which Christie sees filling important needs in several, non-cinema industries, Christie laser projectors will provide industry-leading brightness (up to 72,000 Lumens per projector head), wider color gamut capabilities, higher contrast, and dramatically reduced maintenance requirements, resulting in a better experience for all applications. As part of its largest research and development program ever, Christie will continue to develop superior 6P and 3P laser projection solutions for all of its global customers.

Specific to the development of cinema laser projectors, Christie leads the industry in this area, having announced last year that it would supply and install the world’s first commercial laser projection solution for the Seattle Cinerama Theatre, and that it was the first to receive a US FDA approval of variance allowing the sale and installation of laser projectors in movie theaters and other high performance projection venues.

Prism Sound Brings Mic To Monitor Back To The USA

How do the pros do it? What makes great gear great? How is that hit sound achieved? What does it take to become a successful and in demand audio engineer?

These are just some of the questions that Prism Sound will set out to answer when it takes its hugely popular Mic to Monitor series of free seminars and workshops to the USA for a five date tour.

Targeted at music production students, hobbyists and professionals, Mic to Monitor aims to dispel the many myths surrounding the recording process. In conjunction with SADiE and PMC, Prism Sound will be hosting events at SAE Atlanta (March 19th); Full Sail, Orlando (March 21st); the Winter Music Conference, Miami (two days on March 24th and 25th) and the University of Miami (March 26th).

Each seminar features presentations from recording professionals who will answer audience questions on recording techniques. There will also be the opportunity to demo equipment and win recording equipment. The Mic to Monitor event in Orlando will also be webcast live for those who want to be part of the experience but can’t get along in person. To register, please contact sales@prismsound.com

Chris Allen, Prism Sound’s SalesExecutive and Support Engineer, says: “Our Mic to Monitor tours are always well received because they give those attending the opportunity to learn tips, tricks and technical know-how directly from top producers and engineers. Our guest speakers are always willing to share their knowledge and to back up their examples with original material from their own studios and projects.”

Guest speakers for Mic to Monitor USA 2014 include Edward J “UK” Nixon of the Grammy Award winning J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, and multi-Grammy Award winning producer Dwayne ‘Supa Dups’ Chin-Quee.

Edward J “UK” Nixon, who presents the seminars in Atlanta and Orlando, will give an insight into his unique story No Secrets, the rise of his career from early beginnings in the idyllic Lake District in the English countryside to becoming one of the most globally respected engineers of today. Edward will also demonstrate his approach to the workflow, mixing style and processes which earned him his title as Chief Engineer of the production super-group, The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League (Sir Paul McCartney, Nas, Mary J. Blige, Rick Ross & Drake).

Multi-Grammy award winning Producer and DJ Dwayne ‘Supa Dups’ Chin-Quee, who presents the Miami sessions, will share his knowledge under the heading That Perfect Mix. His production experience is legendary and has resulted in over 25 million record sales to date for his work with Eminem, Drake, Bruno Mars, John Legend, Mary J Blige, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), Akon, Rihanna and many more.

As well as guest presenters, Prism Sound’s Mic To Monitor sessions will also feature talks from top British pro audio equipment manufacturers Prism Sound, PMC and SADiE. These will cover hardware design and optimizing your studio setup, converter design and clocking, and speakers and acoustics. Professional mastering will also be discussed, with the chance to have questions answered first hand from leading designers and makers of high-end professional audio products.

Places on Prism Sound’s Mic To Monitor Tour USA are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Anyone registering and attending will have an opportunity to win prizes from Prism Sound, PMC and SADiE.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

Electrosonic Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of its Founding

Electrosonic announces that March 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding. In 1964 the company started with two rooms in London’s Greenwich vegetable market. Five decades later, Electrosonic is an international, multi-million dollar business with headquarters in Burbank, California, and offices worldwide.

Electrosonic’s story is complex but in many ways it parallels the history of audio-visual technology, and provides a window into how the industry and its services and products have changed.

Founded by Denis Naisbitt, Michael Ray and Robert Simpson, the company opened with the strapline “Electronic Control and Audio Systems”. From the start, Electrosonic combined the manufacturing and selling of products with the building of complete engineered systems. Key product categories included electronic lighting control, multi-image slide projection and videowalls. The product and systems portions of the business continued together through 2010 when the products side of the business, which by then represented a small portion of overall revenue, was sold.

“The 50 year anniversary marks an important milestone for the company as we look back on our incredible heritage of talent and accomplishments. Electrosonic is continually investing in new generations of talented staff through mentoring and education as we continue to push the limits of what AV technology can do,” says Jim Bowie, President of Electrosonic Group. “A key element of Electrosonic’s success, and one that we are very proud of, is our long and enduring relationship with designers, suppliers and customers.”

Electrosonic carried out many impressive and memorable projects over the last 50 years all around the world, from multi-image spectaculars in 1970s Iran and the world’s biggest videowall in Seville in 1992 to massive projection displays at EXPO 2010 in Shanghai. Electrosonic was often leading the way in applying new technology, whether it was pushing 70mm film to the limit, implementing multi-channel dynamic sound systems, or achieving huge 3D images with the latest electronic projectors.

Electrosonic’s historical project portfolio can be best summarized as embracing world EXPOs, lighting control, theater sound systems, experience shows, museums and visitor centers, theme parks, videowalls, control rooms and corporate AV.

World EXPO, or international exposition, work was a key business driver for Electrosonic from the start. Exposition work, starting with EXPO 67 Montreal, instilled in Electrosonic the desire to work internationally. More importantly, many influential people from around the world saw the shows, which in turn led to demands to emulate the work at home and globally. Electrosonic would go on to carry out installations in 15 different EXPOs.

In its present role as designer and integrator of complex systems, Electrosonic continues to exploit advances in technology. The business today serves three market sectors, each of which is treated on a global basis. The largest is “Entertainment”, followed by “Corporate” and “Control Rooms”. Beyond system engineering, Electrosonic has always offered ancillary services to further assist its clients. Today these include support services, managed services and technical design consulting.

Electrosonic will release a book about its history in late March 2014, with the title “Electrosonic – 50 Years on the Audio-Visual Frontline”. Written by co-founder Robert Simpson, the book presents a short history of the company, and chapters on its products, notable projects completed, its people and on the company’s contributions to the AV industry.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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Hoyts Chile Chooses Christie for their Conversion to Digital Cinema

Christie®, a world leader in digital cinema projection, is pleased to announce that it has been chosen by Hoyts Chile, the leading screening chain belonging to Grupo Chilefilms, to digitize its 127 35mm theaters distributed across 23 complexes throughout the country. The agreement includes the installation of digital cinema projectors from the Christie Solaria™ Series, the Christie Avias-TMS™ Theatre Management System and select Christie Vive Audio™ cinema sound systems.

To carry out the digital theater conversion process, Hoyts Chile released a private technology tender in which it invited the most distinguished suppliers in the industry to bid. “In the end we chose Christie because their business proposal was the most complete, attractive and aggressive,” stated Juan Carlos Arriagada Mons, General Manager of Cinecolor Chile, Grupo Chilefilms division that provides technology services for all business units of the group.

“Christie knew how to interpret our planning, appreciated our apprehension with technological changes and financing needs and they pledged their commitment to a close, long-term relationship. Their offer was not limited to supplying projection equipment only, but they also guaranteed immediate access to spare parts, lamps, new technologies and financing in a long-term contract,” added Juan Carlos Arriagada Mons, Cinecolor Chile.

Hoyts Chile has a long business relationship with Christie. In fact, in mid-June of 2012, the color correction/projection theaters of Cinecolor –the post-production division for images, sound and cinematographic laboratory of Grupo Chilefilms with presence in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and Chile – was equipped with Christie CP2220 projectors.

Craig Sholder, VP, Entertainment Solutions at Christie, said “We are delighted that Hoyts Chile has once again put their trust in our projectors for their digital theater roll out, which is proof of the confidence and respect that theater professionals have for Christie. Today the digital cinema projectors that Christie manufactures have the largest worldwide market share because exhibitors recognize that our projectors, in addition to having exceptional image quality, offer the best light efficiency and the lowest operating costs”.

Christie will supply Hoyts Chile with a variety of DLP Cinema® projectors, such as Christie CP2215, Christie CP2220 and Christie CP2230, as well as the Christie Avias-TMS™ Theatre Management System (TMS), which allows the screen operators to centrally control and organize all projection operations from a multi-screen theater.

Furthermore, Hoyts Chile will equip three of their theaters with the innovative Christie Vive Audio™ cinema sound solution, which they will use along with a leading immersive audio platform, Dolby® Atmos™.

“Christie invited us to several demonstrations of the Vive Audio technology, where we were able to witness and systematically measure the extraordinary distribution of the sound pressure throughout the audience, which substantially improves the intelligibility of the dialogue (with respect to cone-based speaker systems) and the uniform distribution of sound in the theater, greatly decreasing the rebounding that causes interference,” said Juan Carlos Arriagada Mons.

Hoyts Chile’s roll out, which will take place through a Virtual Print Fee (VPF) agreement with GDC Technology, began in January of 2014 and it is expected to be completed by November of this year, including the digitalization by Christie of the new theaters that Hoyts Chile plans on opening in 2015 and 2016, which could number as many as 30 screens.

Thunder Audio Storms Into 2014 With K2

Prominent Midwest-based SR provider takes delivery of its first L-ACOUSTICS system

The Thunder Audio crew with several of its new L-ACOUSTICS enclosures

LIVONIA, Michigan — Fresh back from the 25th annual Pollstar Awards in Nashville, where they were nominated for “Sound Company of the Year,” Thunder Audio President Tony Villarreal and Vice President Paul Owen proudly announce that they have now officially taken delivery of their company’s first L-ACOUSTICS system, the new K2.

Comprised of 36 K2 and six KARA variable curvature WST® line source elements, eight K1-SB and 18 SB28 subs, six ARCS II constant curvature enclosures and 10 LA-RAK touring racks — each housing three LA8 amplified controllers — the sound reinforcement provider’s recent purchase marks one of the very first K2 systems sold in the U.S.

Thunder Audio’s company principals made the decision to join the L-ACOUSTICS family after critically listening to K2 late last year at the manufacturer’s corporate headquarters in Marcoussis, France. Fully aware of the impact that L-ACOUSTICS’ larger K1 system has had on the festival and touring industries, both Villarreal and Owen are equally optimistic about K2′s potential.

Paul Owen (left) and Tony Villarreal at the 25th annual Pollstar Awards at the historic Ryman Theater in Nashville where Thunder Audio was nominated for "Sound Company of the Year"

“In the past, we’ve always purchased large-scale systems based on the requirements dictated by a specific tour or application,” notes Owen. “This is the first time, however, that we’ve taken delivery of a product purely from the standpoint of feeling in our gut that it will be a success. Given the overwhelming reputation of K1 — as well as the more than 20-year legacy of K2′s predecessor, V-DOSC — we knew that getting in on the ground floor of this new system with such a stellar pedigree was absolutely the right choice for us and our client base.”

“With its compact profile, surprisingly light weight and exceptional horsepower, K2 is perfect for so many of our customers — from corporate to touring to theatrical,” agrees Villarreal. “And, of course, the sound is absolutely phenomenal. We A/B-ed it with the other four systems in our inventory and felt that it shined above and beyond anything else. We really have a sense that this is very quickly going to become the number one requested box on the market, and we’re so confident in that fact that we’ve already put in a purchase order for an additional 48 K2 for early next year, which is about the soonest we can get more seeing how popular they are right now!”

According to the two company principals, Thunder Audio is ultimately hoping to set its sights on K1 ownership as well. “In addition to being terrific as a standalone system, K2 is also a great stepping stone for us potentially getting into K1,” Owen describes. “It would make a lot of sense for us to be able to repurpose our K2 arrays as side hangs on a stadium-sized rig, which is one of the big reasons that we began looking into it in the first place. We’ve had some prior clients that have requested L-ACOUSTICS in the past, and with K2 — and eventually K1, perhaps — we’ll be in a position to give them both the service that has been our hallmark and the systems that they’re looking for.”

Villarreal sums things up by adding, “We feel that we’ve definitely made a wise investment here. The demand for the product is strong and the support we’ve received from L-ACOUSTICS has been fantastic. It’s truly a winning combination.”

About Thunder Audio
Headquartered in the Detroit suburb of Livonia, with a new office and rehearsal space in Nashville, Thunder Audio has grown over the past three and a half decades into one of the world’s top touring sound reinforcement companies. For more information, visit www.thunderaudioinc.com.

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28501 Schoolcraft Rd., Livonia, MI 48150
Phone: 313.291.5020 / Fax: 313.291.5124
Web: www.thunderaudioinc.com

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