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White Mark Ltd Wins A Major Design Competition

Studio and design consultancy White Mark Ltd has won a major international concept design competition to reconstruct and modernise the recording studios and control rooms at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Poland.

Since 1963, this prestigious university has been headquartered in a five storey building in Warsaw. Originally designed to take into account the requirements of the Sound Engineering department, the building has studios in the basement as well as a concert hall and teaching facilities on the other floors. However, 50 years after its completion, the entire complex now needs significantly updating to bring its functionality in line with current technical and educational requirements.

To ensure that the best team was chosen for the project, the Fryderyk Chopin University held an international competition and encouraged entries from acoustic and architectural companies from around the world. The brief was complex as there were a large number of rooms to take into consideration including two recording studios, an orchestral studio, various editing suites, lecture theatres and a master control room linking all of these facilities together. There was also a requirement to design an Atmos mixing studio, the first of its kind in Poland.

Alan Cundell, Director of White Mark, says: “We approached the competition brief in the same way that we would approach any design brief – with a view to giving the client the best facility possible within the constraints of the budget and the available space. The main issues we faced were optimally configuring the large number of rooms that needed to be included in our submission and ensuring that our technical proposals were both appropriate to the University’s educational requirements and reflected current industry practice. The time frame was very short and we had to pull out all the stops to meet the deadline.”

White Mark’s main competition came from a design consortium consisting of team members from Canada, Poland and Germany. To ensure that the competition was entirely fair, all designs had to be submitted anonymously, identified only by reference numbers, so that no names were visible to the judges.

“The requirement for confidentiality was very stringent,” Alan Cundell adds. “We even had to make sure that everything we sent by FedEx only had reference numbers and no company name, just in case one of the judges saw it.”

Judging was carried out on a percentage basis, with marks allocated in three sections – compliance with guidelines, innovation and feasibility. White Mark’s overall rating was 92% –11% higher than the competition.

The Fryderyk Chopin University is now discussing the on-going project with White Mark as it hopes to start the design and building of its new Sound Engineering department at the beginning of next year.

“Winning the competition was a great achievement and one we are very proud of, but the bigger challenge will come when we start designing for construction,” Alan Cundell adds. “That’s when the hard work really starts!”

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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

SYMETRIX SYMNET EDGE AND RADIUS DSPs HANDLE PERFORMING ARTS CENTERS IN HOUSTON’S KATY SCHOOL DISTRICT

HOUSTON, TEXAS: The rapidly growing Katy Independent School District serves over 65,000 students in the greater Houston area. To meet their growing audio and visual media demands, school officials recently earmarked funds to update the performing arts center A/V systems in four of its seven high schools. Broadcast Works of Tyler, Texas was contracted to do the installation and used SymNet Edge and Radius AEC open architecture Dante network audio DSPs.

“The old A/V systems were 1990s vintage and entirely analog,” explained Aaron Comer, project manager with Broadcast Works. “The system designer, Erich Friend of Teqniqal Systems assessed their existing systems and determined that they could transform the performing arts centers from outdated to cutting-edge by revamping only the front end and control systems. The existing QSC amplifiers and Renkus-Heinz loudspeakers were basically in excellent shape.”

Although the original design called for another DSP manufacturer, Comer and his team lobbied hard for SymNet Edge and Radius DSP. “We had worked with this other manufacturer’s products in the past, and it was always a challenge,” he said. “In contrast, we’ve done a lot of Symetrix jobs, and they always go well. Ryan Curtright, Symetrix’ senior technical sales engineer, worked with us to put a nice package together centered on SymNet solutions. Based on our past experience, we knew it would work well and reliably… and would save the district some money.” The new systems make use of the Dante network’s stability and flexibility to send signal long distances without copper and provide digital patch bays that allow users (including first-year students) to select among each stage’s 70+ inputs for allocation to a 48-channel Avid SC48 console.

Stage inputs include a multitude of wired input plates together with a portable rack feeding a SymNet Edge and SymNet xIn12 expander. Rather than home running all of the stage inputs back to the sound booth, as in the old design, the new system uses a stage-located SymNet Radius AEC to collect them for transfer to the sound booth via Dante. That same Radius AEC, together with a SymNet xOut12 expander, receives the final house mix from the sound booth (again via Dante) for output to the stage-located amp rack. The portable SymNet Edge rack pairs up with a sixteen-count wireless microphone system or an additional twelve-count hardwired microphone collection and can connect to the system via any one of four Dante ports located around the stage.

Each sound booth contains three SymNet Radius AEC units with additional input cards, three SymNet xIn12s, and three SymNet xOut12s. Broadcast Works designed a custom computer interface using Symetrix’ SymVue software that allows users to connect any input source to any channel on the Avid SC48 console. In turn, the console outputs thirty-two channels that feed back into the SymNet system for transfer to the amp rack via Dante. “The students love it,” said Comer. “We trained a group of freshmen who had zero experience with a system like this. Within a couple of hours, they were completely comfortable and playing with the whole thing. Despite its complexity from our perspective, SymVue makes it simple from their perspective. They get it.”

For less elaborate events, Broadcast Works gave each school an iPad outfitted with Crestron control that would allow them to turn the system on with a minimal number of commonly-used microphones and input sources. The iPad gives them control over which commonly-used inputs are active, their individual volumes, and the overall volume.

The new systems’ easy learning curve made it possible for the theater and music departments in all four schools to start production on fall programs without delay. A few of the highlights include The Wizard of Oz, a Masquerade Serenade concert, and a play called The Cherry Orchard.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

Singing Wells Records, Archives and Shares Traditional African Music with HARMAN’s AKG Microphones

Working to raise awareness and manage traditional East African music for future generations to listen, refer to and take pride in, not-for-profit group Singing Wells travels throughout the continent to capture beautiful melodies of the people of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and others. With a studio pair of HARMAN’s AKG C414 XLS reference recording microphones, Singing Wells captures the sounds of local musicians and offers young artists an opportunity to collaborate and incorporate traditional music into their own work.

Beginning in 2011, with a successful pilot recording in the coastal province of Kenya, Singing Wells (a collaboration between UK-based charity Abubilla Music Foundation and Ketebul Music) delivers engineers to help with audio and video recording during performances.

“The time we spend in the field must be used productively, so being able to set up quickly and capture as many high-quality recordings as possible was an important factor when considering microphones,” stated Andy Patterson, Singing Wells. “I’ve used AKG throughout my entire career for vocals, guitars, overheads and ambients in various studios and they have never disappointed.”

A matched pair of AKG C414 XLS is used on a stand to record in the field and have been featured on every recording Singing Wells has developed. From the vocals to the percussion and even the performers’ stomping feet, C414 beautifully captures the rhythm, soul and heart of the performers.

“The C414’s produce a reliable image and balance of the sound, which we complement with extra lapel and spot mics.” Patterson continued. “We are confident that in the event of failure of the other microphones, we will have an accurate stereo recording from the main pair of AKG C414 mics as a fallback if necessary. In such differing outdoor environments, I was worried we might suffer equipment failures, but the C414’s have never let us down.”

Singing Wells pays a gratuity to all artists for their recording time and in the event any money is made from the recordings, royalties are also paid.

“We see ourselves not just as archivists and seed collectors, but as cultivators and seed planters, helping to conserve and grow this magical type of performance,“ said Patterson. “The next stage in our project is to try and raise the profile of Singing Wells and the musicians we have recorded. We’ve worked with amazing artists, and anyone in any culture can surely appreciate and respect their passion.”

For more information on the Singing Wells project, please visit http://ww.singingwells.org

For more information on the AKG C414 XLS, please visit http://www.akg.com/C414+XLS-788.html

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Yamaha Training Sessions Set for Pittsburgh and Beltsville, MD

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Seminars (YCATS) will hold training sessions in Pittsburgh, PA November 5, 6, and 7 and in Beltsville, MD on November 12, 13, and 14.

Pittsburgh and Beltsville sessions will include M7CL for Beginners, M7CL for Experience Engineers, CL Series Operational Training, and Digital Audio Networks for Engineers.

For more information, course description, seminar location, and registration visit: http://yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training.php?catID=11001.

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Belkin Releases Stage App with New Features to Boost Student Success

Apple Rates Stage App a “Best New App,” Highlighting Belkin’s Commitment to
Technology in Education
 

PLAYA VISTA, CA  – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, today announced the latest version of the Stage App. The Belkin Stage App was rated by Apple as a Best New App in its first week of release. 

Belkin’s Stage App combines the convenience of a document camera with the power of an interactive whiteboard to bring lessons to life and boost student success. It enables educators to sketch and annotate over live video for engaging tutorials, and displays objects using the iPad camera with the ability to sketch, write, label or laser point to objects in real time. With a simple connection to a projector or second screen, iPad creations can be easily shared and viewed with an entire classroom.

Stage App provides users with new features that include an undo/redo function, a zoomable camera, and a text tool. Additional new functionalities include: 

  • New, efficient user interface, improved toolbars, and more colors
  • Improved label library and label design features
  • In-app purchases available that include Multiple Canvases, Academic Backgrounds Bundle, Shapes, and Multiple Pictures

The Stage App also features a video output function to allow all video and interactions to be output via a wired or wireless connection, and a recording function that allows users to record audio, video and created interactions. Recorded sessions are saved to the iPad photo library for simple access and uploading to collaborative sites such as YouTube EDU. The newest version of Stage App is optimized for iOS7.

In addition to the free Stage app, Belkin launched Stage Pro. Stage Pro unlocks all advanced features of the basic Stage app including Video Recording, Multiple Canvases, Academic Backgrounds Bundle, Shapes, and Multiple Pictures. A 50 percent discount is available for qualified educational purchases of Stage Pro through Apple’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP).

“The exciting new features of Belkin’s newest Stage App release, along with the Best New App recognition from Apple, highlight our customer-driven approach to product development and dedication to technology in education,” said Jon Roepke, senior product manager, Business Division, Belkin International. “Our goal is to efficiently integrate the iPad into the classroom to help optimize the learning environment for students and teachers. Used with the Tablet Stage for iPad, the Stage App also represents an economical alternative to technologies such as interactive whiteboards and document cameras – delivering similar functionality without the price tag and hassle of integration.”

Tweet this: @belkinbusiness for education announces new version of Stage App, rated ‘Best New App’ by @TheAppleInc http://goo.gl/yMjjux

About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkin.com/us/business/enterprise.

Tags: education technology, classroom technology, K-12 technology

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Belkin USB 3.0 Dual Video Docking Stand for Ultrabooks Now Provides Support for MacBooks

Users Have Increased Flexibility, More Computing Options with Mac OS 10.8.5 Availability 

PLAYA VISTA, Calif. Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure and mobile environments, today announced that its USB 3.0 Dual Video Docking Stand for Ultrabooks is now compatible with MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Mac OS 10.8.5 and above. Users can now get greater flexibility and more computing options through the MacBook’s USB 3.0 port. 

The Dual Video Docking Stand for Ultrabooks and MacBooks makes mobile computing easier and more productive for business users. The stand, which leverages DisplayLink® technology, allows users to turn an Ultrabook or MacBook into a full-function desktop with a single plug-and-display USB 3.0 cable.

The new docking stand is designed to provide versatility to accommodate mixed platforms and multiple users, including visiting professionals, contractors and ‘hot desk’ environments. Because it allows easy access to multiple peripherals, users can configure their workstations based on their preferences.

Belkin’s docking stand provides a SuperSpeed connection to two high-resolution monitors and peripherals via a single USB 3.0 cable. The sturdy, ergonomic stand holds the laptop in an organized space, raising the screen to an equal level with desktop displays.

“Now with the added support for MacBooks, the Belkin Docking Stand for Ultrabooks and MacBooks provides even greater flexibility, compatibility and computing options for business users,” said Timothy North, global product manager of Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International. “The stand delivers both the freedom and convenience of mobility, with the full functionality of the office environment for greater productivity.” 

Tweet this: @belkinbusiness USB 3.0 Dual Video Docking Stand for #Ultrabooks Now Supports #MacBooks http://goo.gl/D6XpVG

About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government, and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkinbusiness.com.

Tags: MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, docking stations, USB 3.0, connectivity, mobile computing, mobile computing solutions

 

 

 

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Extron Now Shipping HDMI Streaming Encoders and Decoders

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the VN-Matrix 250 series of encoders and decoders, which provide real-time transmission of high resolution HDCP-compliant HDMI, DVI, or RGB video across standard IP networks. The VN-Matrix 250 Series accepts HDMI and RGB signals at resolutions up to 1920×1200 and 2048×1080, and streams video and audio over an IP network, preserving the native source resolution of digital or analog video sources. It offers a wide range of features to support diverse streaming application requirements including USB keyboard and mouse data transport, bidirectional RS-232 control, return audio streaming, multiple network ports, and support for both HDMI-embedded and analog stereo audio. Equipped with these powerful features, VN-Matrix 250 products are ideal for use in real-time streaming, recording, and playback applications. more

Christie’s Educational Forum Designed to Increase Visual Display System Knowledge in Simulation Industry

Due to popular demand, Christie®, a leader in simulation projection display solutions, will host its fifth SIM University, a free educational forum for visual system engineers, program managers and technical specialists in the simulation industry, on Oct 22-23 at the Dayton Country Club, Dayton, Ohio.

“Visual display capabilities in the simulation industry are forever changing and advancing. It’s important to bring together experts and participants in this field and offer an in-depth look at system fundamentals and design as well as advancements in solid state illumination and how it will impact visual display systems for the simulation market. The event also expands our own knowledge of industry needs and priorities so that we can stay ahead of our customers’ needs,” said Zoran Veselic, vice president of Christie’s Visual Environments.

On Oct. 22, Christie will provide introductory technical sessions for those with entry-level
experience in visual display systems for simulation or anyone interested in a refresher. It will cover topics such as the fundamentals of projection technology, resolution, optics, and display specifications. For those with intermediate or advanced knowledge or anyone who attended the Oct. 22 session, October 23 is dedicated to system design considerations and image quality, display specifications (part two), the visual systems design process for RFP proposals, choosing the correct visual system components, and night vision goggle (NVG) stimulation principles and practice. Both days include hands-on exercises. For a complete agenda and to register, please visit SIM University.

Joining Christie’s engineers and technical staff in presenting at SIM University is FlightSafety International, a world-leading aviation training company. Specialists in simulation and training interested in learning more or about future SIM University events can email the SIM University team.

New ICE Cable Systems HDMI Features Compact Head Design with GRIP Technology; Handles 15-lbs. of Pull-Force and Transmits 1080P/60 HZ Signals up to 100 feet without use of Baluns

Los Angeles, CA – ICE Cable Systems is shipping its new and improved Clear Series 2 HDMI Cables. Key features of the series include a compact head design, GRIP connector with locking technology and the ability to handle 1080P/60 HZ up to 100 feet (30 meters) without baluns. The line is comprised of pre-terminated cables in lengths from .5 meter to 30 meters and replaces the company’s original Clear Series.

ICE Cable’s unique GRIP connector attaches to female HDMI connectors with up to 15 lbs of pull-force, thus helping reduce disconnected cables and frivolous service calls. The compact size of the head (measures 10 MM by 19 MM by 21MM) contributes to easier side-by-side and stacking connections and takes up less space behind equipment.

In addition to an active chip set, proprietary cable technology allows the Clear Series 2 to achieve 1080P/60 HZ in runs up to 100 feet without the use of a balun, ideal for direct connections from Blu-ray DVD players and DVRs to the TV.

”Clear Series 2 is a game changer because it’s comprised of all the improvements that an integrator could want,” says ICE Cable Systems President Brian Rizzo. “With innovations in three key areas, this is a wish-list of HDMI cable technology at extremely-competitive prices.”

ICE Cable Systems has 41 active distributors in the US selling its products. Integrators can locate distributors in their area by visiting http://www.icecable.com/where-to-buy/ or by calling ICE Cable Systems at 310.444.1950.

About ICE Cable Systems: Founded in 2004 by president Brian Rizzo, ICE Cable Systems is a leading manufacturer of premium low-voltage wire and cable products serving the Audio Video, Alarm and Security, Commercial, Electrical Contracting and Data Center channels. The company’s products are available to integrators both directly and through more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally. ICE Cable’s success is driven by ingenuity and its desire to make superior products that offer more value to installers. www.icecable.com

DANLEY TH-812 “ROCK MONSTER” SUBS SHAKE BIG-10 FOOTBALL FANS IN ILLINOIS AND WISCONSIN

CHAMPAGNE, ILLINOIS/MADISON, WISCONSIN – OCTOBER 2013: The University of Illinois’ 60,000-seat Memorial Stadium and the University of Wisconsin’s 80,000-seat Camp Randall Stadium each received a huge new Daktronics video board in time for the 2013-2014 season. At 3,500 and 4,200 square feet, respectively, the new boards dwarf their predecessors in both size and quality. With them came new Daktronics-designed and installed sound reinforcement systems, each with abundant musical low-end supplied by four giant Danley TH-812 “Rock Monster” subwoofers. For the throngs of ardent Illini and Badger fans that pack the historic stadiums on game day, the powerful low-end inspires new levels of enthusiasm!

At four hundred and counting, South Dakota-based Daktronics has installed more sound reinforcement systems in large sports venues than any other company in the U.S. “Our clients never ask for more high end,” laughed John Olsen, a Daktronics regional sales representative with a focus on large sports venues. “And when it comes to low end, no one ever complains that there’s too much! With the program material that is being played by students these days, thunderous low end has become an essential component of the game day experience. Danley provides a clean and punchy low end that we like better than most other manufacturers.” Daktronics has a complete in-house design team that includes system design engineers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, structural engineers, marketing experts, project managers, field installation engineers, and site supervisors. “It’s a big team that, together, builds very engaging sound solutions for our customers and their fans,” said Olsen.

Both new systems use JBL VLA line arrays for full-range content. A BSS Hi-Q Network and Crown amplifiers provide processing and power at Illinois, and a QSC Q-Sys Network and QSC amplifiers do the same at Wisconsin. Each stadium’s complement of four Danley TH-812s hang from its new scoreboard and provide, in Olsen’s words, “seat-shaking bass” fifty feet off grade at Illinois and one hundred feet at Wisconsin, using 128,000 watts of power. “Our design team keeps specifying Danley’s Rock Monster because it gives our clients a rich low-frequency response that extends below that of most normal subwoofers.”

Olsen continued, “When a client’s new system is operational, it’s always a great day. And when we bring the subs into the mix, the usual reaction is stunned silence and big smiles. The contrast is stark: they had been using a system with only partial low-frequency response that had reached the end of its life. Moving to a new system with the kind of deep low-frequency response that the Danley TH-812s deliver really puts an exclamation point on the new experience!”

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

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