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Extron Tackles Lecture Capture with the Introduction of the SMP 351 and FlexOS

We are pleased to introduce the SMP 351, an H.264 streaming media processor for capturing and distributing live AV sources and presentations. Featuring up to five inputs, the SMP 351 creates high-impact content by combining two high resolution signals, a background image, and metadata into dynamic layouts that enhance a presentation’s message. The SMP 351 supports both live streaming and recording capabilities, allowing a presentation to be delivered anywhere a network can reach. Extron’s FlexOS embedded operating system makes it easily-adaptable to new requirements, and applications can be uploaded to the SMP 351 to automate system operation using control ports. It is easy to use, and with no licensing fees, has a low cost of ownership. The SMP 351 is a flexible, cost-effective solution for delivering presentations to a larger audience. more

Christie Donates Technology and Services to USC School of Cinematic Arts

Christie®, a global leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual display solutions, continued its technology partnership recently with the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts (USC SCA) by launching a state-of-the-art cinema experience at USC’s showcase theater, the Eileen Norris Theatre. Christie, through a generous donation of equipment and installation services, will be the sole provider of all cinematic and audio equipment within the Eileen Norris Theatre, and will be working together with USC SCA in enhancing visual technologies, specifically cinematic ones.

USC Eileen Norris Theatre


The Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre is a 341-seat motion picture theater set within the campus of USC and adjacent to the Cinematic Arts Complex. It is home to some of the School of Cinematic Arts’ largest classes and is the primary theater often used for large guest movie premieres and screenings of major Hollywood and International films at USC.

The Norris Theatre has undergone a total renovation of its projection and audio equipment, and with the help of Christie’s Professional Services team, will now showcase movies with the most immersive projection and audio system available. Highlighting the theater will be the Christie Solaria Series DLP® CP4230 4K projector. This 4K series projector is prepared for the next generation of digital cinema, giving audiences the best visual experience possible. The theater is now also outfitted with a complete Christie Vive Audio system, utilizing over 40 different speakers, sub-woofers, and amps. The Vive S218 and S215 subwoofer, LA3 and LAC3 line array speakers, as well as the LA45 and LA4C speakers are all installed and complement the theater’s Dolby Atmos® installation.

Christie Vive is specially configured to meet Dolby Atmos® sound technology requirements. Filmmakers use Dolby Atmos to place and move sounds anywhere in the movie theater, including overhead, to make film audiences feel as if they are inside the movie and not merely watching. Altogether, Christie has delivered to USC a solution to drive a captivating and unique experience that will give theatrical viewers a unique and truly immersive movie experience.

Commenting on the Eileen Norris Theatre installation, Eric Furie, Senior Technologist, USC CSA, said, “Christie and our staff are to be congratulated on their support, input, and hard work in making the Norris Theatre into such an extraordinary space. The theater and the content displayed in it have never looked or sounded better; it’s truly impressive!”

Christie’s CEO Jack Kline had a vision to partner with the prestigious cinema school, located in Los Angeles, near Christie’s headquarters, and cultivate a relationship through generous giving. Always wanting to give back, Mr. Kline believes that USC is the perfect educational environment in which to do that. The students in the School of Cinematic Arts are using cutting-edge technology in the creation of current content, film and visual experiences, and Christie’s equipment will be the foundation for that.

“Christie’s innovative culture, manifested through the cinema services, audio and visual technologies donated to USC, will complement the already vast knowledge and experience of the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ educators,” said Christie CEO Jack Kline. “Combined, the tools and expertise will inspire and equip future film makers to recreate humanity’s stories in the most lifelike and engaging ways possible.”

“The USC School of Cinematic Arts is one of the top-ranked film schools in the world so it’s only fitting they have selected Dolby Atmos for the Eileen Norris Theatre,” said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Dolby Laboratories. “Now the entire USC community including student and Hollywood filmmakers, many of which have embraced Dolby Atmos, will benefit from the premium quality Dolby delivers.”

Christie has been working with USC SCA in a philanthropic effort to provide not only current cinematic projection equipment, but also cutting-edge technological visual solutions for the school’s recently constructed Interactive Media Building. Through the working relationship with the university, Christie plans to further its donation efforts and become the primary technology provider for the school.

COLUMBIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE DANCING TO ASHLY’S NX-SERIES AMPS

COLUMBIA, MISSOURI: The Columbia Performing Arts Centre in Columbia, Missouri is a private, not-for-profit dance school for children founded in 1998, and its students range in age from toddlers through college age. The school recently completed a major addition including four new studios. The addition replaced the nearby, but separate, studio annex allowing them to have all eight studios under one roof creating a safer environment for the students. Local A/V integration firm Sound Concepts Inc. was hired to design and install high-fidelity sound systems, both for the new studios and to preemptively replace the older components in the existing studios. Sound Concepts Inc. delivered an impactful, energy-efficient sound system centered on the Ashly nXp8002 two-channel Network Amplifier rated at 800W per channel with a built-in Protea™ DSP Processor. All nX Series amplifiers can be programmed to trigger a defeatable sleep mode where the amp draws less than 1 Watt of AC power.

“The Columbia Performing Arts Centre is always brimming with energy and activity, and high-quality sound reproduction is an important component in its success,” said Chris Howe, manager at Sound Concepts Inc. “In addition to supplying the new studios with great, easy-to-operate sound systems, the center’s directors wanted us to harmonize functionality and quality in the existing studios as well. That way, instructors trained in one studio will be able to use any other studio without a hiccup.” Howe completed the installation in stages, beginning with the new rooms and progressing to the existing rooms as class schedule logistics permitted.

As requested, each studio is nearly identical. Each features a Denon DM700C CD player for a primary music source. Howe used its digital output with the Ashly nXp’s optional digital input card. In addition, he gave each system a 1/8-inch iPod-style jack and connected it to the nXp’s analog input. “If an instructor wants to use the CD player, they just use it and it works,” he said. “If they want to connect their digital music source from a player, phone, or computer, they just turn the Denon player off, and the nXp automatically fails over to the analog input. It’s really simple and removes a layer of equipment that we (and they) would have had to deal with.” He used the nXp’s back-panel volume control option to wire a 10k potentiometer for a simple volume control. Depending on the room, the nXp powers either four 8ohm Renkus-Heinz TRX182s or two 8ohm Renkus-Heinz TRX151s. Each room gets the full benefit and liveliness of stereo sound.

“There were a lot of good reasons to go with the Ashly nXp combined amplifiers/processors,” said Howe. “Of course the built-in DSP is one of the first features that drew us to the nXp line, we needed smooth compression and limiting to protect the system as well as a good EQ to fine tune the speaker response to each space. The fail-over functionality was huge, as was the unit’s super low power consumption at idle. That kind of intelligent power management is great in a situation like this! The fact that they’re American made with a huge five-year warranty is excellent. And of course, the sound quality and reliability is tremendous. When we got the first nXp8002 in, we A/B’d it with an amp from our rental stock in the adjacent room. That rental amp’s got a good name and a good reputation. Everything else about the two rooms was exactly alike – same size, same speakers, same everything. I assumed I wouldn’t be able to hear a difference, or if I did hear a difference, I’d have to strain to hear it. I was surprised that the Ashly nXp8002 was obviously better. It was the kind of difference you just hear, no straining needed.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 40-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

DANLEY EXPANDS LINE OF OS “OUTDOOR SERIES” FULLY-WEATHERIZED LOUDSPEAKERS

GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA: Danley Sound Labs, maker of innovative loudspeakers and subwoofers, announces the expansion of its OS “Outdoor Series” of fully-weatherized loudspeakers, including a new fully-weatherized subwoofer. Although all Danley products are optionally available with level-2 weatherization, which includes fiberglass seams, stainless steel hardware, and protective coatings over all wooden components, the fact remains that those wooden components will have a shorter life span in the elements than they would have had in an indoor installation. In contrast, Danley OS products are constructed of molded plastic with a custom injection molded shell rated to last fifty-years. The cabinet is sealed so the inner components are also protected from harsh outdoor elements. The materials are sourced from within a half-hour of Danley’s Gainesville, Georgia headquarters – a boon for large orders and/or short lead times.

“Like all of our Synergy Horn loudspeakers, the Danley OS-80 sounds fantastic,” said Mike Hedden, president of Danley Sound Labs. “Fidelity is excellent and distortion is remarkably low at all SPLs, and the OS-80 has the same highly-articulated coverage pattern and arrayability for which Danley is known. What sets the OS-80 apart is that its construction and materials make it impervious to the weather, for years and decades to come. Our local sources and molding machinery make it easy for us to turn over large Outdoor Series orders on short notice. Moreover, the molding process itself is very efficient, which allows us to sell the OS products at fiercely competitive prices.”

Soon, the OS-80′s versatile 80-degree conical coverage pattern will be joined by other OS models with a diversity of coverage patterns that will give designers greater flexibility to meet the needs of a range of outdoor situations. These will include the OS-90 and OS-100. In addition, the new Danley OS-115LF subwoofer will extend the bottom end of the OS line and the OS Nano will be the power of Danley in the palm of your hand.

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

www.danleysoundlabs.com

NUAGE Road Tour and Nuendo Masterclass at RSPE Audio Solutions

BUENA PARK, Calif.—A Yamaha NUAGE Demo and Nuendo Masterclass will be held by top Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems and Steinberg engineers and hosted by RSPE Audio Solutions on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at 4130 Cahuenga Blvd. #210, Universal City, CA. The event is free of charge.

A joint collaboration between Yamaha and Steinberg, the NUAGE Advanced Production System is the brainchild of workflow efficient hardware and Nuendo 6 software operating together in perfect harmony. Offering unprecedented productivity and flexibility as well as premium audio quality in an innovative design, NUAGE is making waves across the world.

David Lees and Marcel Mauceri from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. will be on hand to demonstrate the new Yamaha NUAGE production system along with a Nuendo masterclass presented by Steinberg’s Greg Ondo discussing the latest news, tips and tricks in Nuendo. Plus get hands on with Yamaha’s Nuage, the dedicated, scalable, DAW control surface/recording mixer for Nuendo.

Spots are limited so registration is required at: https://www.eventbrite.com/register?orderid=321450975521&client_token=a2951db3596148c782f325bc5a917688&eid=11858933389

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Extron Introduces New USB Extender that Supports a Wide Range of Devices

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the USB Extender Plus, which extends signals from USB peripheral devices located up to 330 feet (100 meters) away from the host computer using a single CATx cable. The extender supports USB 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, and 1.0 devices with data rates up to 480 Mbps. Direct connection of USB peripherals to a remote host eliminates the need for additional IP network drops, equipment, software, or drivers. For streamlined integration, the transmitter includes USB peripheral emulation that supports trouble-free booting of the host. Also, the receiver features an integrated four port hub with 5 Volts, 500 mA available on each port to power attached devices. The capabilities and low profile design of the USB Extender Plus ensure simplified device integration in a wide variety of environments, such as installation within a courtroom, classroom, lecture hall, or conference space. more

Shotoku Makes Gains With El Financiero ׀ Bloomberg TV

UNIQUE VR TRACKING SYSTEM DELIVERS AUGMENTED REALITY SOLUTION FOR FINANCIAL NEWS BROADCASTER IN MEXICO CITY

Mexico City – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a leading international manufacturer of advanced camera support products, has announced the recent installation of its highly regarded Shotoku TK-53LVR Dolly Crane System for a Virtual Studio at El Financiero|Bloomberg TV, a station based in Mexico City that broadcasts, through an alliance with Bloomberg NY, both worldwide and local financial-based programming to Mexico and Central America. The sale was facilitated through long-time Shotoku dealer Comtelsat, based in Mexico City with offices in US, Brazil and Central America, to help the station deliver stunning graphics and visuals to viewers.

According to Ricardo Granada, IT & TV support manager, El Financiero|Bloomberg TV, the station is using the TK-53LVR system, alongside a Vizrt Virtual Studio solution, Grass Valley LDX camera dedicated to the Shotoku system, and a Kayak production switcher, as an augmented reality system, for the graphics and statistics, as well as logos of the station’s sponsors in some sections. It is used for augmented reality and virtual elements matched to the real studio.

“They don’t use a traditional lower third or a bumper to show some sponsored section of the news show,” explains Angélica Elizalde, sales executive and specialist in graphic solutions for Comtelsat. “Instead, they use the logo of the sponsor in augmented reality during the whole section — which is way more spectacular, since the anchor is interacting with the virtual element. Also, the anchors can present statistics and schemes that come out right from the floor of the studio — which is a simpler and more creative way to present the information to the audiences. And those graphics can get sponsored, too.”

“We knew the brand from other installations and knew it was a reliable and very stable system,” says Granada. “We were quite impressed because of the length of the crane and the possibilities it has for live production; and also by the fact that no other vendor has a product with the same quality, accuracy and level of service we are used to receive from Shotoku.”

The Shotoku TK-53LVR Dolly Crane System for Virtual Studio offers a unique set of VR features coupled with a sturdy twin arm structure that provides vibration-free, high performance with a single operator. The VR Dolly Crane System allows any studio to be easily transformed into a virtual environment without the need for targets on the ceiling, floors, or walls, or infrared sensors. Reliable, accurate and immediate VR data, including pan/tilt, zoom, focus and X/Y camera date is sent to the graphic computer via an RS422 cable. A Pan Bar control unit maximizes optimal pan & tilt operation. The TK-53LVR also features Shotoku’s unique SPi-Touch 2 point calibration system for quick set-up.

“We’ve been dealers for Shotoku for a number of years, and we have always preferred the system because of its reliability and accuracy in the mechanical tracking data –it’s just the best,” adds Elizalde. “They can have a 360-degree tracking of virtual elements; the arm of the crane is totally vibration free (no matter the length of it, which is quite large). They can make a very large range of movements without worrying about undesired bumping; plus they just need one operator to manage the whole system (nevertheless, they often use two people just to make sure, but most of the time is just one). Also, unlike some other systems, Shotoku guarantees that there won’t be any delay or loss on the receiving of the mechanical tracking data.”

Granada adds, “I have been a user for a few years, but I never worked with a crane system, so this was a challenge. Nevertheless, the system has proved to be as reliable as all other Shotoku products I know. Once you get to know it, it is fairly simple and straightforward to use. Overall, it’s easy to manage, it’s accurate and the final result is always impressive.”

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

Extron Now Shipping Five Input Audio Expansion Processor with AEC and Dante

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the AXP 50 C AT, a five input audio expansion processor with Extron ProDSP for integrating remote microphones and other sources onto a Dante™-enabled Extron DMP 128 audio system. A single Ethernet cable from one AXP 50 C AT, or several linked units, to a central equipment rack significantly reduces the effort and expense of pulling one cable for each mic. The AXP 50 C AT provides 48 volt phantom power and a digital control port to all mic/line inputs. Dedicated signal processing is available for each input, including gain, filtering, dynamics, and AEC – acoustic echo cancellation. FlexInputs offer the additional capability to process a Dante channel in place of a local input. The intuitive DSP Configurator Software makes it quick and easy to set up DSP parameters and AEC on the AXP 50 C AT. more

Yamaha YCATS Training Moves Toward Future In Networking

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Sessions (YCATS) is moving in a new direction with their console training programs. This year, YCATS has created two new console classes in order to eliminate the repetition between the CL, QL, M7CL and LS9 seminars as these consoles share many of the same software features. The new classes will initially be held at HB Live during the first week of August, HB Live is sponsoring a CL/QL Series Essentials Class in North Haven, CT and ATR/Treehouse is sponsoring the same class in Warwick, RI.

HB Live, a division of HB Communications will host new sessions Tuesday, August 5th between 8:30 – 5:00 pm at 60 Dodge Avenue, North Haven, CT. For more information, call 800-331-1804. Registration details below.

ATR/Treehouse sessions will be held Thursday, August 7th between 8:30 am – 5:00 pm at the Ocean State Theater, 1245 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick, RI. Complementary breakfast and lunch will be served. For more info, contact ATR/Treehouse at 401-751-3121. Registration details below.

“The new YCATS training direction will be much for efficient and streamlined for our customers,” states Marc Lopez, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “We are improving the YCATS programs for networking and acknowledge that our end user customers operate different Yamaha digital consoles from time to time with many common paradigms between the various models that enables us to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our training programs.”

Console Operation – Level 1 is for those with little or no familiarity with Yamaha live sound consoles. Console Operation – Level 2, is more of an intermediate to advanced class designed for those familiar with the basic functions of Yamaha digital consoles. This new training format will allow YCATS more efficiency in terms of customer time. It will also reinforce that the software of Yamaha digital consoles is the same, and a user familiar with one should have no problem operating another. Right now, the largest demand is for training on CL, QL, M7CL and LS9; all sharing similar software.

In addition to the new Console Operation Levels, YCATS is adding “Digital Sound Reinforcement – Dante” and “CL/QL Series Essentials”. “DSR – Dante” is a one-day class covering design and use of Dante networks with Yamaha products as well as several third party products (i.e. Shure ULX-D and Aviom D800). “CL/QL Series Essentials” is a class for those who have been trained on the M7CL and LS9 and covers all new features with the CL and QL consoles and the set up of Dante networks.

For an end user looking for more in depth information on a particular console, YCATS has produced an online video series that can be used as a reference. New videos and webinars are on the docket for later this year.

Detailed descriptions of the new classes can be found online at:

Console Operation – Level 1: http://www.yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training_class_desc.php?courseID=33
Console Operation – Level 2: http://www.yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training_class_desc.php?courseID=34
Digital Sound Reinforcement – Dante: http://www.yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training_class_desc.php?courseID=35
CL/QL Series Essentials:
http://www.yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training_class_desc.php?courseID=32

Look for the new YCATS classes coming in Chicago, IL; Hayward, CA’ Long Island City/Queens, NY; and Nashville, TN. A full list of locations for this year can be found at: http://www.yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training.php?catID=11001.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Slovakia Medical University Complex Get the Renkus-Heinz Treatment

Banská Bystrica, Slovakia – July 2014… One of the region’s most respected institutions, Slovak Medical University has recently completed a major renovation and reconstruction project at their campus in Banská Bystrica. The multi-functional complex includes several classrooms, student dormitories, and a large, multi-purpose auditorium and presentation hall, used for graduations, conferences, technical seminars, and more.

The complex underwent a full technology modernization, including new audio, conferencing, and interpretation systems, as well as video, digital signage, and information technology systems. The systems were designed and installed by Bratislav-based MediaTech, one of the largest professional AV firms in central Europe, and include a full range of loudspeakers from Orange County, CA-based Renkus-Heinz.

The main system includes several ICONYX IC16-R-II and IC8-R-II digitally steered arrays, as well as a number of ICX7-II mechanically steered arrays. ICONYX steered array technology enables precise steering of the sound toward the audience and away from walls and other reflective surfaces, reducing reflections and improving intelligibility.

“The hall has always been very challenging acoustical space, and there were a lot of problems with spoken word intelligibility. Of course, this affects people’s ability to communicate, and to learn,” reports MediaTech General Director, Ing. Bohumil Tonkovic. “The ICONYX systems really provided an excellent solution. Intelligibility has been dramatically improved, and their low profile design integrated nicely with the building’s architecture.”

Elsewhere in the complex, Renkus-Heinz CFX41 and CFX61 two way systems provide additional sound reinforcement. State-of-the-art video systems include large scale remote controlled projection screens with Mitsubishi projectors, PTZ cameras for conferencing, and full multi-language interpretation facilities.

Working under an exceptionally demanding timeline, the team from MediaTech handled the entire project, from planning and preparation to system design and installation, as well as training on-site personnel in the operation of all systems.

“Banska Bystrica finally has a space that meets all the parameters of top quality acoustics and information technology,” enthused Professor MD. Svetozár Dluholucký, PhD., Dean of Slovak Medical University.

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

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