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HARMAN’s JBL ScreenArray® and VRX Series Loudspeakers Show Their Star Quality at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International In New York

NORTHRIDGE, California – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences (AMPAS®), known worldwide for its annual Academy Awards® ceremonies, recently completed a total remodeling of its East Coast showcase, the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City. The 220-seat auditorium was re-done in spectacular fashion, with an interior by renowned theater designer Theo Kalomirakis and an audio system including JBL’s 5732 ScreenArray 3-way high-power loudspeakers, 4642A dual-18-inch subwoofers, and VRX932LA Constant Curvature loudspeakers with VRX918S subwoofers.

Lighthouse International is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting vision loss, and its headquarters is host to the Academy Theater. The Academy financed and upgraded all projection and sound equipment according to its standards, while Lighthouse International board member Charles S. Cohen and his wife Clo, financed the beautification of the space. Digital Media Systems of New York, a specialist in providing projection and sound for the motion picture industry, was contracted to install the new audio/video system.

“Since the Lighthouse Theater is the Academy’s East Coast showplace, we knew the sound and picture quality had to be nothing less than the absolute best,” noted Gregg Paliotta of Digital Media Systems. “However, all the speakers had to be completely hidden. Designer Theo Kalomirakis understands the importance of great sound as a vital part of the cinema experience – yet was insistent that the speakers should not intrude upon the elegant interior design of the Academy Theater.”

“The installation is also unique in that it’s really two installations in one,” Paliotta pointed out. “The Lighthouse Theater is used as both a screening room for films and as a traditional stage for concerts, plays and other events. When films are being shown, the Microperf cinema projection screen rolls down from the ceiling. Then a motorized masking, scrim and house curtain system is engaged. When in final position, the stage has turned into an amazing screening room front end.”

“Our solution to accommodate the theater’s dual-purpose nature seems obvious in retrospect – we installed two separate audio systems. We went with JBL ScreenArray 5732 loudspeakers and 4642A subwoofers for movie screenings, and JBL VRX932LA loudspeakers and VRX918S subs for everything else.”

“The architecture wasn’t the easiest to work with, as there were ‘wings’ projecting from the walls on either side of the stage that had to be dealt with, but Kalomirakis and I came up with the solution of building the three VRX932LA speakers per side right into the wall with one VRX918S per side, and hiding the line arrays behind fabric.”

Placing the ScreenArray 5732 speakers and 4642A subwoofers required a little more ingenuity. Paliotta’s solution: “We mounted the ScreenArray speakers and subwoofers on wheels. The staff rolls them in behind the acoustically transparent perforated screen when movies are being shown, and rolls them out after the closing credits. Instead of figuring out how to locate and hide such massive speakers and subwoofers, we came upon the idea of just keeping them off the stage when not in use, and as a result, not having anything to hide in the first place!”

The result is optimized sound quality for all the Lighthouse Theater’s presentations. “It wasn’t ever not going to be JBL product,” noted Paliotta. “I’ve been a projection and sound supervisor for AMPAS for 10 years, and I know the capabilities of JBL. The ScreenArray 5732 loudspeakers are proven performers that are specifically designed for a cinema environment, and can be placed behind a perforated screen without adverse acoustic effects. The VRX932LA speakers and 4642A subwoofers gave us the coverage, clarity and low-end presence and articulation we needed in their respective applications.”

BSS Soundweb London processors are used as the digital crossovers for the speakers and subwoofers.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. 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 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

FOR-A Announces Rental Program for VFC-7000 Super SloMo HD Camera

Open House and Live Webcast Planned at Midtown Video, Miami

Fort Lee, N.J. – FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, announces that its VFC-7000 HD variable frame rate (super slow motion) camera will be available on a rental basis from three top audio/visual rental companies, as well as for sale through FOR-A equipment dealers. The companies that will carry the VFC-7000 include: Midtown Video in Miami; VER in Glendale, CA; and Bexel in Burbank.

An open house event—including a live webinar and product demonstration—is planned at Midtown Video on February 16, 2012 at 2:00pm to introduce the VFC-7000. This live event will also be broadcast on Midtown Video’s JTown.tv web channel, http://jtown.tv/, as an episode of “the .video show, with jesse miller.” This live monthly webcast—which airs on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30pm—is a place where media professionals can see broadcast equipment in action and understand trends forming in the industry.

“This webcast will consist of a feature-rich introduction to the camera, and a live demonstration recording and playing back footage in 700 frames per second,” said Jesse Miller, Chief Technical Officer at Midtown Video. “We shoot in front of a live studio audience and invite our internet viewers to chime in via our chat room, where questions are answered in real time.”

The VFC-7000 slow motion camera offers high-speed play-out and recording in HD at variable frame rates from 24 to 700 fps. It features a high-sensitivity CMOS color sensor and electronic high-speed shutter that can operate as fast as 1/200,000 of a second for filming fast-moving events and events and subjects without blur.

“The objective of our rental program is to make the VFC-7000 more readily available to professional video customers, such as sports broadcasters and commercial producers. The rental program makes the camera more accessible, especially by those who need it on a temporary or project basis,” said Pedro Silvestre, sales director for FOR-A Corporation of America. “The VFC-7000 is an ideal complement to the HD broadcast camera packages already available for rent from Midtown Video, VER, and Bexel. These rental company partners will support our marketing efforts by providing VFC-7000 equipment, technical support, and any training new users may require.”

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 201-944-1120 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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Sennheiser Helps Renowned Winter Carnival in Minnesota Usher in its first Annual ‘Silent Disco’

St. Paul, Minn. – February 14, 2012 – At the Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival Craft Beer Festival in St. Paul, an annual event that hosts over 60 breweries presenting over 200 craft beers, participants are always looking for new ways to interact and have fun while frolicking in the freezing cold Minnesota air. This year, the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company of Chippewa Falls, Wis. sponsored its first ‘silent disco’ during the festival. The unique event featured 30 pairs of Sennheiser RS 120 wireless headphones for attendees to enjoy while shaking it up on the dance floor.

The silent disco, which lasted 4.5 hours on the evening of January 28th, was an instant success, drawing both eager dance participants and curious onlookers who found the spectacle entertaining to watch — even through bystanders could not hear the music. From a technical perspective, the event could not have been simpler to run, requiring just 30 pairs of Sennheiser RS 120 headphones, two Sennheiser transmitters, an Apple iPad and an Apple iPod Shuffle.

“People were skeptical at first, but by 8:00 p.m. when the disco closed, there were more than 100 people still waiting in line for their turn to dance,” said Matthew Kenevan, owner and founder of Beer Dabbler. “Everyone loved the silent disco, whether they were dancing or watching, and the Sennheiser RS 120 wireless headphones delivered excellent sound quality while making the technical side as simple as possible to run the event.”

The silent disco was designed and run by Full Compass Systems, a national leader in professional audio, video, A/V and lighting systems. In addition to the audio equipment that formed the basis of the silent disco, Full Compass Systems also provided the disco lighting (and disco ball) under a canopied 25 x 25-foot dancing area.

“When we were approached about doing the silent disco, we immediately recommended Sennheiser RS 120 headsets,” said Manny Figueroa, national/international account manager at Full Compass Systems. “They delivered outstanding audio quality throughout the evening — even in 17-degree temperatures — with no additional battery charge required.” A Leinenkugel refreshment stand kept the dancers’ thirst quenched while they danced between the hours of 3:30 and 8:00 pm.

Following the overwhelming success of its very first silent disco, the Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival will now make this an integral part of the festival each year. Kenevan plans to double the size of the event next year, and will purchase twice the amount of Sennheiser RS 120 wireless headphones.

“We had a lot of good feedback on both the silent disco and the Sennheiser RS 120 wireless headphones,” Kenevan commented. “I was able to deliver top of the line audio quality for everyone who participated. I could not have been more impressed with the outcome. I’m looking forward to adding more next year!”

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ADVANCED BROADCAST SOLUTIONS AND BROADCAST PIX CO-SPONSOR WORSHIP NORTHWEST 2012

SEATAC, WA— Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) and Broadcast Pix are co-sponsors for Worship Northwest 2012, which runs Feb. 24-25 at Dayspring Fellowship in Keizer, Ore. Now in its 14th year, the two-day conference is expected to attract more than 500 worship leaders and team members representing more than 200 churches across several states. ABS and Broadcast Pix will exhibit in the Worship Expo area, which showcases products and technologies that can help churches improve their AV presentations.

“Our participation in Worship Northwest is part of an ABS initiative to address the growing worship market,” said Mark Siegel, President of ABS. “Churches of all sizes are using AV technology to improve their worship experience, and events like Worship Northwest provide outstanding educational opportunities.”

For registration and more information, visit www.worshipnorthwest.com.

About Broadcast Pix:

Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated live video production systems. Its systems provide the best control surface for combining cameras, clips and graphics to create compelling live video. These surfaces offer Command Center Control™ of the built-in multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls. Its Fluent™ workflow enables files and data to be easily incorporated from other parts of the studio. Broadcast Pix systems are a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. System range from compact systems controlled by a touch-screen or voice-automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios in more than 110 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

About Advanced Broadcast Solutions:

Based in SeaTac, WA, Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) specializes in personalized broadcast services such as consulting, project budgeting, workflow analysis, feasibility studies, project management, system and architectural design and engineering, equipment specifying, procurement and installation, maintenance support and training. ABS boasts a technical staff with over a century of practical experience in television operations, automation, traffic implementation, multiple program stream management and signal distribution by fiber, microwave and satellite. ABS clients include: Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios.

For more information about ABS, call 206-870-0244 or visit our Web site at www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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ASHLY KLR-4000 AMPS POWER COMMUNITY LOUDSPEAKERS AT NAMM’S POPULAR “WANNA PLAY?” STAGE

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA: For the second year in a row, Ashly’s extremely efficient and powerful KLR-4000 amplifiers powered Community loudspeakers and subwoofers at the 2012 NAMM “Wanna Play?” stage in Anaheim, California. Michael Bell of Bell Event Services handled production at the stage, which featured an inspiring collection of handpicked, up-and-coming artists. The stage takes its name from NAMM’s “Wanna Play?” campaign, which encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to take up a musical instrument and perform. Last year, the “Wanna Play?” stage used a similar Ashly/Community configuration that set off alarms in the parking lot next door!

The Ashly KLR Series amplifiers leverage the company’s decades of experience building reliable, high-performance amplifiers and uses the latest technologies and materials to dramatically increase efficiency, while maintaining sonic purity and decreasing cost. The Ashly KLR Series amplifiers are dual channel, and each of the nineteen KLR-4000s used at the “Wanna Play?” stage delivered 2,000 watts per channel into a two-ohm load.

The “Wanna Play?” stage was located just outside the convention center area, adjacent to the arena fountain. The impressive collection of Community loudspeakers and subwoofers comprised a four-way system and included four Solutions SLS960 bi-amped all horn-loaded array cabinets, four iBOX i215S double-15-inch bass cabinets, eight VLF218 double-18-inch subwoofers, iBOX i2W8′s for front fill, and six channels of M12 stage monitors.

This year was the largest NAMM show in its 110-year history. Registered attendees numbered over 95,000, a six-percent increase over last year. International registration was up 15%. These numbers, along with the 236 new exhibitors, appears to forecast a prosperous 2012.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO With a greater than thirty-seven year history, Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of quality signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. www.ashly.com

ABOUT COMMUNITY PROFESSIONAL LOUDSPEAKERS Community Professional Loudspeakers has been a leading supplier of professional sound systems since 1968. Headquartered in Chester, Pennsylvania, Community distributes its products to over fifty countries on six continents. Visit www.communitypro.com for more information.

CES 2012 Exhibitors, Keynotes Rely on PESA Routers

Huntsville, Alabama – The 2012 International CES, a high-profile annual event to promote the consumer electronics industry, was held earlier this month in Las Vegas, Nev., and PESA routers played a significant role behind the scenes for several exhibitors and the keynote presentations from Ericsson, Intel, Microsoft, and Qualcomm.

Staging Techniques, an event staging company with offices in California, New York, Atlanta, and Seattle, was contracted to provide to provide video support for the keynotes in cooperation with the overall event management firm, The Production Network (TPN). “The CES Keynotes are an average sized show for us, with an audience size of approximately 2,000,” explained Bryce Will, general manager of Staging Techniques. “Where it does get fairly involved is with the technical complexity. Four different clients – all high technology companies – make for a pretty demanding environment. Lots of different sources, many different signal formats, and the quick changeovers required between the rehearsals and shows keep things exciting.”

The keynotes were streamed live and archived for on-demand viewing by the Consumer Electronics Association, Staging Techniques’ primary client, as well as the individual keynote companies. Two PESA Cheetah 64NE HD-SDI routers were used to feed video switchers for live HD cameras and other sources during each of the presentations. Will said the PESA routers are permanently installed in the company’s HD flypacks.

“Company-wide, we use almost exclusively PESA signal routing systems,” Will added. “They are just that reliable. We have been a PESA customer since 1996, and the vast majority of our production systems are based around PESA technology.”

With its universal device control (UDC) software and other technology, Clarkston, Michigan-based High Resolution Systems (HRS) provided support during the keynotes for Staging Techniques. HRS also provided rental and staging services for a major CES exhibitor, and used a PESA Ocelot 16×16 HD routing switcher to manage signals for a large video wall display in its booth. “Out of all of our HD-SDI routers, the PESA router has proven to be the most reliable,” said Drew Taylor, HRS applications engineer.

NEP Broadcasting, a Pittsburgh-based company that provides teleproduction services for live sports and entertainment events, supported another major CES exhibitor with one of its 3D-dedicated mobile production units, SS31, which features a PESA Cheetah 144×256 HD video router. “SS31 produced a 3D broadcast for the 3D network,” said George Hoover, chief technology officer. “The Cheetah is at the core of the production, handling signal distribution and routing for the entire show.”

“It was an honor to be part of such an important production initiative supporting the keynote addresses at CES,” said Chuck Tillett, president and COO of PESA. “We understand the critical level of support our customers must provide in live venue presentations, and are pleased to be recognized for our long-standing reputation of quality products, service and support.”

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners.

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Pipeline Communications
561-531-3106
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256-726-9200
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“The Passion Play” Resounds With New Sanken Head Worn Mic

COS-11D HWM Shines in Shepherd of the Hills Production    

Each year, California’s Shepherd of the Hills Church presents “The Passion Play,” a large scale musical reenactment of the life of Jesus Christ.  With over 160 cast members, the critically-acclaimed production has become a focal point of activity for one of the nation’s largest non-denominational churches.  This year, Sanken’s new COS-11D HWM head worn microphone was tested out on principle performers by Technical Director and Production Designer Jeff Taylor.

“We had access to an early production unit and gave it a try,” remarked Taylor.  “We were amazed at the sonic quality, not only for the robust singing, but the speech, as well.  Everything just opened up — it sounded as if we were using good handheld ribbon mics.”

Sanken’s new head worn COS-11D HWM utilizes the same miniature components lauded industrywide as the lavalier microphone for  film, TV, and stage. The ultra-miniature new generation microphone was designed for hi-resolution audio and is now available for live stage productions, broadcast, and houses of worship.  The mic is especially valuable when there is rigorous head movement, while the close proximity of the mic to the vocal source provides consistently good audio with very natural characteristics.

“We tried the new Sanken mic on the cast member portraying Pilate,” explained Jeff Taylor.  “It is a fairly active role and the gentleman is very dramatic, very physical in his performance, and we had no issues whatsoever. ”

“My FOH engineers were really impressed with the overall quality, so we put it on our musical director, Maxine Anderson, who is a professional vocal performer herself.  She is an extremely powerful vocalist, and we wanted to see how the headroom was, so she just let it fly.  The Sanken performed flawlessly.”

Sanken’s new microphone was also designed to provide greater immunity to RF interference.  It incorporates exclusive design advances that deal with both digital and digital/analog hybrid RF wireless transmission.  Taylor concluded, “There was a lot of RF flying around on that stage, and the COS-11D performed very well, no issues at all.  We have a big Christmas production coming up and we’re really looking forward to using these new Sanken mics.”

For more information about Shepherd of the Hills Church, visit:
http://www.theshepherd.org

For more info about Sanken, visit distributor plus24:  http://www.plus24.net
or phone 323.845.1171

Pictured is the cast of “The Passion Play” at Shepherd of the Hills Church.

Extron Introduces 800 Watt ENERGY STAR® Qualified Power Amplifiers

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the new XTRA™ Series XPA 4002 two channel power amplifier. This compact 1U, convection cooled amplifier delivers 400 watts rms per channel, and is available in low impedance and 70 volt versions. The XPA 4002 is an ENERGY STAR® qualified amplifier with an Extron exclusive, highly efficient, advanced Class D amplifier design. It also features patented CDRS™ – Class D Ripple Suppression technology that provides a smooth, clean audio waveform and an improvement in signal fidelity over conventional Class D amplifiers. The XPA 4002 is half the size of comparable amplifiers, conserving rack space and weighing only 9 lbs (4 kg). The Extron exclusive, high efficiency design generates very little heat and allows the amplifier to be convection cooled.

“The XPA 4002 is our newest ENERGY STAR qualified amplifier that delivers a unique combination of high power output and very efficient operation,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “It is ideal for driving high powered speaker cabinets or a large quantity of distributed speakers in large spaces such as auditoriums and houses of worship, while consuming less energy, running cooler, and taking up less space than competitive models.”

The XPA 4002 features an auto power-down feature that automatically places the amplifier into standby after a period of inactivity, and consumes 30 watts or less when idle and less than 1 watt in standby mode. It also has an ultra low inrush current draw to prevent power circuit overload that occurs when multiple amplifiers are switched on simultaneously. This feature eliminates the need for power sequencing in systems with multiple amplifiers in large centralized equipment racks, and prevents other equipment from experiencing power interruption from associated power surges. Additionally, the XPA 4002 amplifier features very low thermal dissipation under full load, which keeps racks and equipment cabinets cool.

Visit our Web site at www.extron.com/xpa4002pr for more information.

Renkus-Heinz Joins Event Live Expo 2012

Los Angeles, January 2012… Renkus-Heinz will be participating in this year’s Event Live Expo, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 1 and 2, 2012.

Event Live Expo brings together the live event production community, from producers and promoters to manufacturers and service providers, to gather for one of the industry’s most comprehensive showcases of ideas and technology. The exhibition profiles all facets of the live event production industry, including staging, sound, lighting and AV, as well as supporting services such as catering, merchandising, ticketing and more.

At booth CV3002, Renkus-Heinz will be exhibiting a wide range of innovative new products, including IC Live digitally steerable array loudspeakers, IC2 (IC Squared) digitally steerable point-source arrays, and CF101LA modular point source arrays.

The convention’s Open Forum Stage will feature a range of presentations throughout the show, powered by IC Live with IC215SR subwoofers.

Kicking off the proceedings on Tuesday evening, January 31 is an invitation-only networking event for all Event Live Expo, Club + Venue Design Expo and Pollstar Live! exhibitors and VIPs. Then, on February 1 and 2, the Convention Center hosts two full days of networking and business-to-business opportunities for event venue owners, production teams, event planners, designers and concert touring professionals.

Visitors can register for the Event Live Expo for free by following this link. 

“For Renkus-Heinz, live production is a tremendously important part of our user base, and a show like Event Live Expo is one we’re proud to be a part of,” said Marketing Manager Margie Ulm.

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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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AVIOM PRO16 PERSONAL MIXING SYSTEM SHINES DURING LINKIN PARK’S “A THOUSAND SUNS” WORLD TOUR

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 20, 2012Aviom Personal Mixers (NAMM Booth 6720, Hall A) were used recently by audio techs to monitor vocal and guitar feeds on the Linkin Park “A Thousand Suns” World Tour, which ran from June 2010 to September 2011 to promote the band’s album by the same name. more

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