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DANLEY JERICHO HORNS THROW 600 FEET AT BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

BOISE, IDAHO – JANUARY 2014: Boise State University is justifiably proud of its Broncos football team, which has only lost four games at home since 1999. In ninety-one other contests, the visitors left Bronco Stadium’s famously blue field in defeat. As the program gained regional and national notoriety, Bronco Stadium grew from 14,500 seats to its current 36,000, but the stadium’s original sound reinforcement system failed to grow with it. When a local beef producer promised money to update the stadium’s similarly outdated scoreboard, the university scrambled to match money so that it could leap forward with a cutting-edge video board and sound reinforcement system. Although the timing was far from ideal, local A/V integration firm Production Services International complemented the scoreboard expertise of Daktronics (Brookings, South Dakota) by designing, installing, and commissioning the new sound reinforcement system in just six short weeks. Danley Sound Labs delivered its high-SPL, high-fidelity, USA-built Jericho Horn loudspeakers, BC subwoofers, and OS-80 weatherproof loudspeakers to meet that tight deadline, and the results are, by all accounts, fantastic.

“The original system was designed for a much smaller stadium, and it was pretty much designed for speech only,” explained Brian Kohagen, the sales and audio engineer with PSI who designed the new sound reinforcement system and oversaw its installation and commissioning. “The Boise State University marketing department was forever asking for a high-energy, full-range sound system that could really pump up the crowd.” Kohagen drew up his original value-engineered design with a different loudspeaker manufacturer, but the 120-day timeline placed some serious challenges in the way. “It all came together so fast, it was hard to find any manufacturer that could deliver,” he said. “I had heard a Danley system at Brigham Young University, so I knew that Danley’s growing reputation for high-SPL, high-fidelity stadium sound systems was well-founded. I spoke with [Danley President] Mike [Hedden], and he assured me that their US-based manufacturing plant could deliver.” And they did.

He continued, “The real challenge at Bronco Stadium is throwing sound from the scoreboard clear across the field and past the other end zone to the opposite seating two-hundred yards away. There is no place for a real distributed system to exist, as there is no roof system at Bronco Stadium. It has to be an end fired single source.” Four Danley J3-64 Jericho Horns, two on each side of the new Daktronics scoreboard, provide the lion’s share of the coverage. Their exceptional pattern control keeps the sonic energy on the fans and prevents it from spilling outside of the stadium – an important achievement given neighbors’ frequent complaints about the old system’s pattern-free leakage. Four Danley OS-80 weatherproof Synergy Horn loudspeakers provide fill for the seating area directly below and in front of the new scoreboard where the Jericho Horns overshoot. “We easily met all of our coverage and SPL requirements,” said Kohagen. “All of the Danley full-range boxes have tremendous clarity, and we were fortunate not to have to rig any fly system. The catwalk in front of the scoreboard gave us perfect aim. All we had to do was make some adjustments left and right and then lock them in place.”

For low end, Hedden recommended a pair of Danley’s new BC-415 subwoofers, which are designed to provide exceptional bass response and exceptional directivity, especially when two units are coupled. Kohagen used them that way, placing both subwoofers just above a pair of the J3-64s. “Wow, does that bottom end throw!” exclaimed Kohagen. “It’s amazing! I can sit two-hundred yards away on the stands behind the opposite end zone, and the bass still shakes the structure. It’s completely full range and sounds fantastic. Everybody that we’ve talked to has been extremely happy with it.”

Kohagen was pleased with his first-time experience working with the people at Danley Sound Labs. “Mike [Hedden] helped me out with the preliminary design,” he said. “In the weeks running up to the installation, I was completely in the loop regarding the manufacturing and shipping schedules. When it came time to commission the system, [Danley Application Engineer] Chad [Edwardson] flew out to help me voice the system. He was extremely knowledgeable and we finished the job in just one day. There were a few challenges as well, and Danley was right on top of them. One of the subwoofer drivers had glue that had not set properly, which I discovered during testing at the shop. I was on the phone with [Danley Chief Engineer] Ivan [Beaver] Sunday before the first game, and we had the replacement on Tuesday.

The most memorable moment was during the system commissioning, when we powered up the subwoofers to see what they could do. “The video board installers had been working all day and prevented a full system test up to this point, so we hadn’t heard the system at full volume,” relates Kohagen, “At 4pm we got the all clear that they were off the structure, and we lit up the low end. About sixty seconds later my phone was ringing, the head football coach was asking how long this was going to take. It turns out, his office is directly below the scoreboard, and the low end coming off the BC 415s was shaking the wall and items on his shelf. One picture actually fell off the wall.” At that point, I knew we had a kickin’ system in place, and the response from the football fans have been nothing but positive.

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

BitWise Controls BC1, BC2, BC4 Automation Controllers and Room Remote now available for purchase by authorized US-based dealers 24/7/365 in the BitWise online dealer store

ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO — Dec. 23, 2013 – BitWise Controls, a leading innovator of powerful, flexible control and automation systems is now offering authorized US-based dealers the ability to purchase online via the BitWise Online Dealer Store. A much-anticipated enhancement to the BitWise Controls offering as well as a great benefit to dealers, the entire suite of BitWise home automation controllers accessories, GUI templates, and programming modules can now be ordered online any time, day or night by authorized US-based BitWise dealers. 

The hub of any home automation system, BitWise controller models include the BC1, a powerful unit capable of handling virtually any automation task; the BC2, with all the processing power of the BC1 in a midsized chassis; the BC4, which caters to single-room systems and expansion projects; and the Room Remote, a hard button tactile remote that can be used as a standalone unit or in conjunction with any other BitWise control unit.

Nearly everything from theaters, lighting, shades, HVAC and more can be accessed from any BitWise controller or user interface on the network. The onboard relays and signal sensing ports allow interaction with mechanical devices as well, and two-way communication with serial and networked devices is supported. BitWise systems can be controlled with the BitWise Touch app for Apple® and Android® devices as well as with the new BitWise Room Remote for the ultimate in ease and accessibility.

Authorized US-based BitWise dealers can purchase BitWise controllers online in the Dealer Store by visiting http://store.bitwisecontrols.com. Those interested in learning more about BitWise automation controllers or about becoming an authorized BitWise dealer should contact the BitWise sales department by emailing sales@bitwisecontrols.com or by calling (866) 932-2292.

About BitWise Controls

Designed and backed by more than 20 years of mission-critical control, monitoring and AV systems integration experience, BitWise Controls provides powerful and flexible control and automation solutions for commercial, industrial, education and residential control applications. BitWise Controls was founded in 2008 with the goal of offering innovative and reliable new products, designed and tested and manufactured in the United States. For more information, go to www.bitwisecontrols.com. Dealership opportunities are available. To learn more, send an email to sales@bitwisecontrols.com or call (866) 932-2292.

BitWise Controls Media Contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com@katyemcgregorwww.kmbcomm.com/press

Accompanying image: BitWise Automation Controller models BC1, BC2 and BC4

 

Extron Universal XTP Transmitter for Multi-Format Analog Video Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTP T VGA, a universal XTP transmitter that sends multi-format analog video, audio, bidirectional RS-232 and IR control, and Ethernet up to 330 feet (100 m) over a single CATx cable. The transmitter digitizes incoming analog formats, providing signal extension of RGBHV, HD component video, S-video, and composite video signals from remote analog sources for high performance transmission. It supports computer-video to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60. To simplify integration, the XTP transmitter provides VGA loop-through for source monitoring and can be powered over the same CATx cable. more

Extron Two Input XTP Wallplate Transmitter for HDMI and VGA Signals Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTP T UWP 302, a two-input XTP wallplate transmitter that provides the convenience of connecting local source devices at a wall or other locations including a lectern or floor box. This XTP transmitter mounts into a standard three-gang junction box, and sends HDMI or RGBHV video, audio, and control up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a single CATx cable. It is HDCP-compliant and supports computer-video to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 Deep Color and 2K. For simplified integration, the XTP T UWP 302 features automatic switching between inputs with selectable prioritization, and can be powered over the same CATx cable. The XTP T UWP 302 is designed for use in XTP Systems for signal distribution and long-distance transmission between remote endpoints. more

FOR-A’s HVS-390HS Production Switcher Provides Value and Flexibility to Diverse New Customer Roster

Cypress, CA – Compact and cost efficient, FOR-A’s HVS-390HS video production switcher has proven itself ideal for a wide variety of applications. First introduced last year at NAB, current customers of the 1 M/E to 2 M/E switcher include houses of worship, universities, public access television stations, major newsgathering organizations, government agencies and network news stations.

Located in the heart of Lower Manhattan, Trinity Church, a historic Episcopal house of worship, recently purchased the HVS-390HS as the center of its new control room. Trinity Church regularly webcasts worship services, concerts, and conferences from its iconic Manhattan church, and estimates that the switcher will be used for 450-500 events throughout the course of a year.

“We found FOR-A’s HVS-390HS 2 M/E switcher to be exactly what we needed,” said William Jarrett, Trinity Church’s Director of Media, Production & Operations. “The switcher has an easy-to-understand flow, and the ease of use and layout of the switcher inherently made sense to us. The amount of inputs it offers is ideal for our productions, and there’s an elegance about the unit that we really appreciate.”

News organization The Washington Post is another recent customer. The D.C.-based company is using the HVS-390HS along with FOR-A’s VTW-330HS character generator for a video wall application.

The HVS-390HS video switcher is also well suited for schools, and has recently been purchased by both the New York Institute of Technology and Worcester State University. NYIT installed the HVS-390HS as part of a control room upgrade in September. The switcher is being used for hands-on production classes and for video produced for the school’s global digital network.

“The switcher offers great value and features that empower our students,” explained Herb Savran, NYIT’s Chief Engineer of the Communication Arts Department. Savran has over 25 years of experience in using FOR-A equipment. “Our 2 M/E switcher provides extensive DVE and keyers options, multi-viewing and routing capabilities, and makes it easy for our students to produce a variety of fast-changing shows.”

Broadcasters ranging from local PEG facilities to worldwide broadcast networks are using the HVS-390HS. Wilbraham Public Access, which serves the local Wilbraham, MA area, recently purchased the FOR-A switcher for use in its television facility. New York’s ABC News is also an HVS-390HS customer, utilizing the switcher for mobile news production for the national network.

Phoenix, AZ-based company Road Dog Show Pros, who specializes in event management and corporate productions, is another new HVS-390HS switcher customer. The company currently has the switcher packaged in a flight pack, where it was first used during a November production in Nashville.

“We purchased the HVS-390HS because of the extensive amount of features it offers at a reasonable price point,” said Andrew Stavro, Road Dog Show Pro’s Technical Director. “A few things that stood out to me are the customizable labels for each source button, the two multi-viewers, and its Web interface. These features make set-up much easier for us. We’ve always found FOR-A products to be high-quality and reliable.”

FOR-A’s HVS-390HS is also ideal for government applications. The switcher is part of the video production setup at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Casio Teams Up With Synnex Corporation To Expand LampFree® Projector Distribution

DOVER, NEW JERSEY, December 16, 2013 – Casio is proud to announce its new association with Synnex Corporation, a wholesale distributor servicing resellers and original equipment manufacturers worldwide. Under this new partnership, Casio will increase its presence in the government and education sectors by being the first LampFree® projector line that Synnex distributes across the United States.

 “We are very excited to work with Synnex and believe this partnership will benefit Casio’s growth nationwide,” said Matt Mustachio, general manager of Casio’s Business Projector Division. “Casio is committed to providing its leading LampFree® technology to consumers and this partnership will open the door to new channels for Casio projectors and strengthen our position as a leader in this industry.”

Casio’s portfolio of projectors are powered by its state-of-the-art LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source and DLP® technology that provides LampFree®, eco-friendly data projection at a fraction of the cost of traditional projectors. Casio’s LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source combines blue laser light and a fluorescent element to generate a high output of green light. The green light, blue laser light, and the light emitted by a red LED are then projected through a DLP® chip which, in turn, is passed through the projection lens to form an image. This technology achieves an increase in color spectrum compared to a mercury lamp, while lowering a projector’s total cost of ownership and maximizing investment.

Synnex is authorized to distribute the Casio LampFree® projector across the United States including Alaska and Hawaii. While the company will carry the complete line of Casio LampFree® projectors, some models will be open to all channels of distribution, while others will focus on the Pro AV marketplace. For additional information on Casio’s LampFree® family of projectors, please visit www.CasioProjector.com.

 

About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casiousa.com.

About SYNNEX Corporation
SYNNEX Corporation, a Fortune 500 corporation, is a leading business process services company, servicing resellers and original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs, in multiple regions around the world. The Company’s primary business process services are wholesale distribution, contract assembly, and business process outsourcing, or BPO. Founded in 1980, SYNNEX employs over 11,000 associates worldwide and operates in the United States, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom.

Tightrope Media Systems Keeps Digital Signage Content Fresh with Tight Social Media Integration

New Carousel software release adds Twitter, Facebook authentication alongside new visual enhancements tools to address evolving customer needs

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, December 17, 2013Tightrope Media Systems announces a new software release for its tried-and-true Carousel digital signage platform, giving its customers new tools and enhancements that keep content fresh and enrich visual appeal.

Available today, the Carousel 6.4 software release supports direct Twitter and Facebook integration, simplifying how operators access and subsequently incorporate social media feeds into signage layouts. This native connection, achieved via a simple login process, also better organizes social media integration so that content remains timely.

“Social media is so natural to people today that it’s easy for most to focus in and consume that information on signage platforms,” said Eric Henry, Signage Solutions Lead for Tightrope Media Systems. “Our customers are increasingly seeking ways to ensure that their social media content is current, dynamic and well-aligned with their screen content. It creates a natural connection between consumers and the businesses or organizations that rely on digital signage as a communications platform.”

The new Carousel software release also includes visual and operational enhancements to keep screens lively and appealing. A new text character limit on Carousel bulletins eliminate screen crowding and wordy passages to retain viewers and strengthen messages. Similarly, a new web preview feature offers a quick glance at clock bulletins to ensure content is synchronized and easy to digest. Operationally, a new copy option allows for quick transfer of new bulletins to fresh templates, allowing users to create and customize layouts rich with up-to-date information.

“The new software release benefits our customers across all digital signage verticals we serve, including hospitality, transportation, sports and houses of worship,” said Henry. “These enhancements also reflect what our customers are requesting today.”

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

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School of Marine Sciences – Old Friendship, New TecPodiums!

The Ruppin Academic Center School of Marine Sciences trains its students in fields related to the sea, the marine environment and marine technology. The School’s location on the shore encourages fruitful research collaboration with universities and research institutes worldwide.

Enjoying the quality and durability of Tecom’s TecPodiums for more than 9 years, RAC has recently upgraded their main auditorium and a several more classrooms with the All-In-One TecPodium Interactive Lectern.

Faculty and the Technical team chose TecPodium Lecterns as they go way beyond “easy-to-use” and get down to where it should be: Intuitive. The Interactive Lecterns come fully loaded from the factory to simplify your life.

TecPodium Interactive Lecterns and Podiums

After 9 years of successful service, Tecom’s motto – “Simple. Works.” – gets a whole new verification.

For more information visit Tecom website www.tecpodium.com

DPA Microphones and Steinway Pianos in Perfect Harmony for ‘Keyboards at Christmas’ Event

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary teams up with DPA and Steinway for large-scale holiday performance featuring 17 grand pianos

FORT WORTH, DECEMBER 12, 2013 – The School of Church Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary recently enlisted the help of DPA Microphones and Steinway Hall of Dallas, Plano and Fort Worth to put on Keyboards at Christmas — a performance of “grand” proportions. With 17 Steinway Grand Pianos on stage, student and professional musicians performed holiday songs for the packed house at the 3,500-seat venue.

Already DPA Microphones enthusiasts for the ability of its mics to reproduce the natural beauty of a Steinway, the music staff at Southwestern Baptist knew it wanted to equip all 17 pianos with three d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Mics each, for a total of 51 mics. A clear, pristine sound was the school’s primary requirement when searching for a mic, and it was obvious that the DPA d:vote was the only choice.

“The Steinway instruments have a very beautiful, very unique sound that other instruments can’t touch, so we didn’t want to recreate the sound, but rather amplify it for the audience to hear in this very large hall,” says Luke Byford, Assistant Director of Musical Productions for the school. “We had experimented for a while with how to mic the piano in this hall and we knew it had to be the DPA d:votes. We previously tried a pickup system, but it just didn’t provide the live sound of the piano. It actually sounded pretty dead. Then we tried a variety of other mics and positions. Nothing seemed right, until our sound techs presented the idea to try the d:votes we had for string instruments in the piano. We were very pleased with the natural reproduction of the DPA mics as they gave us a much more accurate picture of how the pianos sound and the beauty that they put out.”

While this is the second year of the event, the school’s 2012 performance was held in a smaller, more acoustically tuned venue, so the staff did not require microphones. For this year’s Keyboards at Christmas, the school increased the number of pianos. To ensure that audience members had a clear view of every musician, the stage had three elevated platforms, which allowed them to place five pianos at the top, six in the center and six in the front.

“For a great deal of the program, all of the pianos were played at the same time,” says Jerry Aultman, Professor of Music Theory, who worked with Byford on the event. “Sometimes there were two pianists per piano, so a total of 34 pianists playing simultaneously. Bottom line, it was imperative in this hall, as you can imagine with this many instruments and musicians, for the artists to hear each other separately and without delay. From an audience perspective, I noticed that the DPA d:votes just made the Steinways sound the way they are supposed to sound. It was a true representation of the pianos. They don’t need improvement, they’re wonderful the way they are, we just wanted to amplify them and reproduce an accurate sound. With a program of this magnitude, using this many pianos in a hall this large, it is impossible to overemphasize the importance of this requirement.”

It wasn’t just the microphones that drew Byford and Aultman to the DPA d:vote. As the microphone is designed to be heard and not seen, the tiny capsule size enabled the mics to be positioned where the staff wanted them, without any visible signs of a mic being in place.

“We like that you can’t see them,” adds Byford. “They were in the pianos and we ran the lines out of the back, so the audience did not even know they were there. The magnetic piano mounts were great because once they were attached to the brass, they didn’t bounce or rattle. They stayed exactly where we put them, and the fact that they are on goosenecks allowed us to get the mounts in the proper spot on the piano, but then move the microphone to get them in the best position to pick up the exact area of sound we wanted to highlight. They were so hidden and so natural that many of our audience members later told us they didn’t even realize the pianos were being amplified until we mentioned it to them.”

The school had only one day of prep time to mic up the pianos and do an audio run through with students to ensure the EQ was perfect, so the size and maneuverability of the d:votes also afforded the quick setup that was needed. With only a limited in-house supply of d:votes, the school sought to rent an additional 35 microphones to fulfill their need for 51 d:votes. A tall order for any rental house, Byford found himself in direct contact with Eric Mayer, President of DPA Microphones, Inc.

“I think it’s great that a company that makes this kind of product would want to get behind a production like ours and help out the way they did,” adds Byford. “Everyone we worked with at DPA, seemed really excited to help us and support this project.”

In addition to the large supply of d:votes, the company loaned the school two d:facto™ Vocal Microphones for the soloists who accompanied the pianists. DPA’s Sales and Marketing rep, James Capparelle, also attended the event to help with setup and make certain everything ran smoothly.

The Keyboards at Christmas event hosted Southwestern Baptist students and faculty, as well as school-aged children who played three songs, including excerpts from the classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Guest artists Becky Lombard, professor of music at Truett-McConnell College, and T. Bob Davis, a former Southwestern Seminary trustee also performed. In addition to Byford, Aultman and Capparelle, the event was also run by Matthew Bennett, Will Schaefer, Caleb Wallace and Cody Meuer, who are student employees of the school’s A/V Communications department and were key players in making sure the program operated effortlessly.

Video from the event can be found at: http://youtu.be/-D0JsLg2IDw.

ABOUT DPA MICROPHONES:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

Extron Introduces Two Input DTP Wallplate Transmitters for HDMI and VGA

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DTP T HWP 232 D and the DTP T UWP 232 D two input Decora®-style transmitters. The DTP T HWP 232 D transmits HDMI, audio, and control, while the DTP T UWP 232 D transmits HDMI or analog video, audio, and control. These signals are sent up to 230 feet (70 meters) over a single CATx cable to an Extron DTP 230 receiver. The DTP T UWP 232 D digitizes incoming analog video for reliable display on a variety of output devices. Both transmitters are HDCP compliant and include independent stereo audio connections. They also offer many integrator-friendly features such as EDID Minder, auto-switching between inputs, remote power capability, and bidirectional RS-232 and IR pass-through for remote AV device control. The wall-mountable design of the DTP T HWP 232 D and DTP T UWP 232 D provides the convenience of placing input connections precisely where they are needed. more

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