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Mackie and CCI Bring Audio Salvation to Acoustically Challenged Life Church

Woodinville, WA — August 2013… CCI Solutions has a well-deserved reputation for creative solutions to challenging spaces. So it’s not surprising that the Olympia, WA-based AV design firm is behind the unique installation at Life Church in nearby Oak Harbor, featuring a 360-degree all-Mackie audio system.

With multiple weekly services hosting a growing membership approaching 900, Life Church recently completed an expansion project that includes a new multi-purpose youth facility. Housed in a futuristic looking geodesic dome, the youth center is designed as a circular worship space with integrated audiovisual system and seating for 150.

“This was an unusual space that presented some unique acoustical challenges,” explains Rick Boring, Sr. Systems Consultant for CCI Solutions. “The structure had been built several years ago but was never completed, and was uninhabitable. The room itself is circular, so every single interior wall is angled. Configuring it with traditional theater seating would have presented some coverage problems, and the need to go with a curved video screen, which would be expensive.”

CCI’s simple and effective solution was to design a space with 360-degree seating. A small, slightly elevated stage at the room’s hub is built around a single center truss that holds four Mackie HD series loudspeakers and four LCD displays.

“The youth pastor conducts the service from the center stage, while the rest of the band is on another small stage an alcove off to one side,” says Boring. “And depending on how the room is configured, the band alcove can sometimes wind up behind the seating area.”

“Placing the speakers in the center was the easiest and most cost-effective way to ensure good, consistent coverage,” Boring adds. “Plus, everyone is watching the worship leader on the center stage, and reading the text on the screens above him. Having the sound emanate from the middle of the room simply makes the most sense.”

The main loudspeaker cluster consists of four Mackie HD1531 powered 15-inch 3-way systems. The speakers are mounted vertically above the LCD displays and angled down toward the seating areas.

“The Mackie HD1531 offers great sound quality and versatility for the money,” Boring remarked. “With a challenging job like this, where space and budget are important, the HD1531 delivers a tremendous amount of clean output and bandwidth. So when the kids want to rock they can do it no problem. They’re fully powered, so we didn’t have to worry about outboard amps, and they’ve got more than enough low end for this space, so they don’t need a sub.”

For mixing duties Boring specified a Mackie DL1608 digital live mixer with iPad control. In addition to the band, inputs include a wireless microphone system for the youth pastor, as well as a Denon recording and playback system. The Mackie DL1608 provides outputs for mains as well as monitors, and handles 100% of the system DSP.

“The DL1608 is absolutely perfect for a job like this,” says Boring. “It’s really simple to use, has excellent processing power already onboard, and packs plenty of I/O for its size.”

The “keep it simple” mindset extends beyond all things audio to the video system as well. Beneath the four Mackie HD series loudspeakers are four 65-inch LCD displays. Signal is provided by a Mac Mini computer running ProPresenter software. Four separate Xbox 360 consoles are each coupled to the four screens for rowdy, eye-to-eye multi-player sessions.

While technology may be their passion, the team at CCI Solutions will ultimately cite customer satisfaction as their highest priority. For Life Church, Boring is especially pleased with the finished product.

“We care about these churches and we want to help them communicate their message,” concludes Boring. “I worked very closely with Life Church’s Sr. Pastor from the very beginning of this project. He’s very pleased with the final result and that’s exactly what we strive for.”

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Mackie, a LOUD Technologies Inc. brand, is known worldwide as a leading developer and marketer of high-quality, affordable professional audio systems. Mackie products can be found in professional and project recording studios, video and broadcast suites, post production facilities, sound reinforcement applications including churches and nightclubs, retail locations and on major musical tours. For more information visit: www.mackie.com.

Mackie is a registered trademark of LOUD Technologies Inc. in the United States, European Union and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Iconyx Makes a Difference in Holy Cross’ Hogan Ballroom

Worcester, MA – August 2013….. The Boston metropolitan area is home to a number of colleges and universities rich in history and tradition. Among them, College of the Holy Cross stands out as one of the first Roman Catholic colleges in the region, if not the entire country. Its alumni include US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, NBC’s Chris Matthews, and LSD pioneer Timothy Leary.

The College’s Hogan Ballroom hosts a wide range of events, from regional theater and dance performances to high-profile public speaking engagements. As Jesse Anderson, Director of Audio Visual Services explains, the room has always been a problematic acoustical space.

“It’s a large space with some very reflective surfaces, and spoken word intelligibility has always been a challenge,” says Anderson. “Last year we had (Supreme Court Justice) Clarence Thomas in to give an address, and we had to rent a PA system. That was when we decided it was time to address the issue.” 

Working with Tom Oriola from the Boston offices of AV contractors AVI-SPL and Rich Trombitas of Cardone, Solomon and Associates, the College installed a system based around a pair of Iconyx IC8R-II digitally steerable column array loudspeakers. The system was commissioned by Trombitas just in time to make its debut with Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, making his farewell tour upon being appointed to the office of Secretary of State. 

“We selected the Iconyx primarily for its intelligibility, but it has already proven itself on several musical performances as well,” Anderson reports. “It has enabled us to steer the sound away from the floor and walls and other reflective surfaces, and direct it into the audience where it needs to be. Iconyx has made a tremendous difference for the Hogan Ballroom.” 

 

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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.

Christie Display Technology and Adtech Systems Deliver Lifelike Images and Outstanding Customer Service at Boston College

With a commitment to fostering and imparting knowledge, Boston College has earned its reputation as one of America’s top institutions of higher learning. Therefore, when it was time to upgrade the projection technology at the storied college, Adtech Systems Inc., installed more than 70 Christie® projectors to deliver course material, lectures and presentations in classrooms and auditoriums.

After a successful demonstration, the school is replacing old product with Christie and calling it a great choice. “The (Christie) price point is fantastic compared to any other manufacturer. We had another manufacturer come in – offering all kinds of incentives and programs – and the product just didn’t meet what we wanted and the price point wasn’t right,” said Jim Clements CTS, project manager, Media Technology Services, Boston College. “Nobody comes close to offering what Christie offers. If you can install a Christie projector, why would you buy anything else?”

The seminar rooms are outfitted with Christie LWU420 projectors while a larger, theater-style 80-seat auditorium has a 1-chip DLP® Christie DHD800. Clements confirmed that one Christie LX700 and one Christie DHD675-E are slated for installation in the Fine Arts department.

The 8000 ANSI lumens Christie DHD800 offers full HD and high-brightness in a 1-chip DLP® projector, making it ideally suited for Boston College’s large auditorium. The Christie DHD675-E delivers lifelike color reproduction and its Dynamic Contrast is perfect for the smaller collaborative classrooms and meeting rooms.

“We also have several Christie LWU505 projectors in three different campuses in a number of different buildings including the Arts and Sciences building, which we just built,” said Clements. “The Arts and Sciences building is a 200,000 square foot, gothic-style facility with 54 classrooms using the LWU505 projectors right now.”

More Christie Technology on the Way
“As Bill Copley (Northeast Territory Sales Manager, Christie) and Adtech can see from future projects, we’ve gone out of our comfort zone in model type and we’re starting to incorporate a number of different models. That kind of success just breeds more success for us to go back to the product,” added Clements. “Bill has brought flat panel technologies to my attention. We have a sporting facility that we’re looking at doing some upgrades there – maybe we want to put in some of these environment-safe outdoor panels (Christie FHD551-W). Maybe we want to put in some video walls. Based on our experiences with Christie, it would certainly lead us to follow its product line.

“Bill (Copley) and Matt Fionda of Adtech Systems have been fantastic. Everything that Christie has promised and offered us they have delivered. That says a lot, certainly in this market. A guarantee or warranty is one thing, but to stand behind it and prove it just continues our partnership with Christie and Adtech as long as I’m here.”

Phase Two of the project – which includes an additional 20 projectors – will see a Christie L2K1000 installed in the 200-person capacity auditorium located in the Admissions/Fine Arts building that also hosts general classes and a 20-foot wide screen.

Christie QuadHD84 LCD Flat Panel Display Delivers Brilliance and Flexibility at SIGGRAPH 2013

Christie® “goes large and fast” at SIGGRAPH 2013 with the official launch of its Christie QuadHD84 flat panel display, a versatile, quad high definition LCD flat panel that provides a unique interface for true 60Hz performance at a full 3840 by 2160 resolution with compatibility with both computer and video sources. The display has twice the actual update rate over consumer ultra high definition (UHD) TVs available on the market today. The 84-inch size can accommodate the most demanding collaborative needs of research and development, government, education, business, and industry.

“The QuadHD84 flat panel display offers compatibility with a wide variety both high and standard resolution sources – the most critical aspect of any display solution and one that guarantees a superior system, whatever the configuration, ” noted Larry Paul, senior director of Technology and Visualization Solutions, Christie. “At SIGGRAPH, we seek to describe the exceptional versatility of this extra-large, yet easily deployable and affordable, ultra high-definition display.”

The native resolution of the panel is driven by four frame-locked HDMI or DVI sources at 60Hz. Users can quickly connect to high-performance workstations or image processors for greater flexibility. The panel has three additional single channel HDMI 1.4a inputs capable of full Quad HD resolution (3840 x 2160 at 30Hz) and each of those inputs are HD compatible enabling beautiful graphics scaled to fill the screen at up to 60Hz. Boasting 8.2Mpx and smooth motion, Christie’s QuadHD84 lets you focus on what really matters – the content.

The 84-inch Christie QuadHD84 is a high performance visualization display that provides rich, pristine and detailed images, even up close, for the ultimate in realism. The super fast refresh rate allows for smooth, real-time motion display of 2D content while its 50,000 hours illumination life makes it reliable and cost-effective.

Christie MicroTiles Illuminate Reception at Opening of Interactive Media Building at the USC School of Cinematic Arts

Christie®, a global leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual display solutions, recently showcased its Christie® MicroTiles® at the opening of the new Interactive Media Building at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts (SCA). Christie is partnering with USC to provide students and faculty with access to the latest in visual technologies.

Christie MicroTiles at Univ. of Southern California


A gala reception was followed by an open house where attendees, comprised mostly of game and tech-industry executives, as well as faculty of SCA and friends of USC, could observe and interact with different programs and content being developed for new entertainment and educational projects. Content for the 30 Christie MicroTiles was provided by USC School of Cinematic Arts.

The reception was also followed by a panel discussion on “The Future of Entertainment,” featuring George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Don Mattrick of Microsoft, and was moderated by Julia Boorstin of CNBC. The panelists discussed current technology shifts/trends with emerging medias and outlined where they believe the entertainment industry is headed in the future.

The SCA Interactive Media Building will house programs that include the Interactive Media & Games Division, the Media Arts + Practice Bachelor’s and Doctoral Programs, and the Institute for Multimedia. It will also house leading edge R & D labs, such as Game Innovation, Mixed Reality, and Environmental Media Lab. The building features all of the most advanced digital technology including 4K digital projection, game testing rooms, and multitouch screens.

“At the USC School of Cinematic Arts we always want our students to have access to technologies that will improve their ability to tell exciting stories and the Christie MicroTiles solution literally allows them to expand their vision,” said the School’s Dean Elizabeth M. Daley. “This is the kind of technology that seamlessly supports the best narrative storytelling, and the visual displays are just stunning.”

“We’re delighted to support the School with our proven Christie MicroTiles solution, built on DLP® technology, and used around the globe in many visual display applications,” said Jack Kline, President and CEO of Christie Digital Systems USA. “Christie MicroTiles are ideal for a wide range of demanding applications, including architectural elements, out-of-home advertising, command and control video walls, and event production, so we look forward to the content that the students will create to exploit the many features of our award-winning technology.”

Using the strengths of both DLP® projection and Light Emitting Diode (LED) illumination technology, Christie MicroTiles offer substantially brighter images and a much wider color palette than conventional flat panel LCD and plasma displays. With no practical limit to the number of tiles in a display, Christie MicroTiles produce a virtually seamless canvas, arranged in any shape or scale, with an unlimited number of super-fine pixels.

Christie Control Room Technology Selected By American Water for Its New Operations Security Support Center

Christie® technology is supporting an efficient digital operations security support center for American Water, the largest investor-owned water utility company in the United States. Thanks to the Christie® Phoenix™ network-distributed open content management system and a Christie LCD flat-panel video wall display solution, American Water now has the capability to simultaneously monitor its security systems across the U.S., in one centralized location.

Christie LCD Flat Panel video wall at American Water


American Water provides high-quality water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people in more than 1,500 communities in the U.S and parts of Canada. Working closely with AV integrator ClassCraft Design Associates, American Water developed an IP-based solution using Christie Phoenix, allowing the security management team to efficiently watch, operate, manage, and respond to security alarms and incidents across their operations.

Christie Phoenix nodes are now collecting data from various physical and digital sources throughout American Water’s service areas, including streaming video and audio, desktop captures, online information, local cable television feeds, and facility systems. The captured information is simultaneously being presented onto a display wall. Installed under the guidance of Class Craft Audio Video, the system was designed to be energy and space efficient, have low operating costs, and promote efficient security monitoring operations. From the display wall, information can quickly and easily be integrated, customized, recalled and shared from multiple locations and multiple sources with high accuracy and reliability.

“With several hundred IP-based sources we needed the ability to create custom layouts that could be recalled on-the-fly and quickly, allowing us to respond to alarms and incidents the moment they occur,” explained Nicholas Santillo Jr., CPP, PSP, Director of Operations Security for American Water. “It was important to select the right technology that would give us the best capabilities at the lowest cost of ownership – while allowing us more efficiency, and reliability in the management of our security monitoring operations.”

Simple, Reliable, Flexible, Scalable – Christie Solutions Fit the Bill
American Water and ClassCraft chose the Christie Phoenix solution after reviewing and comparing many other options. According to Michael W. Class of ClassCraft Audio Video, there were several requirements and challenges involved in the project that made Christie Phoenix the perfect solution for the job. Among them, the system needed to be simple, reliable, and easily operated by the security staff.

“Christie control room solutions are consistently reliable and simple to deploy, compared to other products that are out on the market – it’s something a buyer can understand,” said Class. “In addition, the product was the easiest to install and configure making it more cost effective than other solutions. This was a major consideration in my decision to recommend that solution over others that I saw.”

Another factor was the Christie Phoenix’s scalability, which allows American Water the ability to scale that solution up or down, as needed, to meet operational requirements. “It’s a key feature that we wanted in the environment and that the other solution providers did not offer,” noted Santillo.

He continued: “When we compared Christie Phoenix to other products on the market, the decision was clear. Simplicity, reliability, and low total cost of ownership were paramount. Other vendors’ complex solutions with multiple servers and switchers would mean more potential points of failure throughout the system with associated higher costs. Christie Phoenix is a simple design and a single-SKU solution, enabling us aggregate information quickly to ensure our employees’ and customers’ safety, protect our facilities, and provide holistic situational awareness to our operational teams.”

A Forward Looking Control Room
With the implementation of the new Operations Security Support Center, Christie’s commitment to service and quality has left a positive impression on American Water and ClassCraft. The Christie Phoenix system is operational, and American Water’s Operations Security professionals are pleased with the performance and reliability of the solution.

“The deployment of the Christie Phoenix at American Water has thus far been successful, providing a highly functional, highly adaptive solution that will meet their needs today, while also equipping them with the tools they need for solving tomorrow’s security problems,” said John Stark, senior director of Collaborative Visual Solutions at Christie. “By embracing forward-looking trends and using Christie Phoenix’s network-distributed, IP-based solution, American Water has developed a model for digital public utility control rooms.”

Christie Phoenix is a network distributed open content management system for simultaneous encode, decode and display of audio-visual data, enabling seamless access and control of audio-visual data, regardless of the user’s location.

Christie Pushes the Envelope with Newest Tiled Display Solutions at InfoComm 2013

Christie® continues to stay ahead of the industry curve with today’s introduction of the next generation of Christie Jumpstart, the Christie FHD551-XG with Corning Gorilla Glass, and the company’s first turnkey multi-touch video wall solution. An industry first with the smallest image-to-image gap of any bonded LCD panel, the Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution comprises a 4-unit wide by 1-unit high row of portrait-mounted 55-inch LCD panels with bonded Corning® Gorilla® Glass, Christie Interactivity Kit, Christie Jumpstart, and the mounting hardware for a wall-mounted or freestanding display.

Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution


Christie JumpStart: Now with Higher Resolution Capabilities and Faster Performance

Christie Jumpstart now provides additional flexibility with six outputs (compared with four previously) and a 50 percent increase in resolution capability – now 15 megapixels. The content management system allows you to display multiple, high-bandwidth video files, graphics, Microsoft® Windows applications, Blu-ray™ and DVD movies, and text effortlessly on a large-format video wall. It is compatible with any digital display, including Christie® MicroTiles® and rear-projection or flat-panel display solutions.

Christie JumpStart features a 3.6 GHz processor, 16 GB memory and 64-bit server for even faster performance and a more powerful workstation. Users can also send serial over IP commands to external devices by scheduling them at any point along the scenario timeline.

“Christie JumpStart targets architectural markets including museums, universities, stadiums, corporate offices and retail stores needing high resolution, reliable content playback across large video walls,” said Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Christie. “Rental stagers will also benefit from the speed and ease of setup of JumpStart, and its support for unique display configurations.”

Christie FHD551-XG with Corning® Gorilla® Glass – Beautiful, Durable yet Lightweight

The first 55-inch super-narrow bezel LCD display for tiled video walls with bonded Corning Gorilla Glass, the Christie FHD551-XG is ideal for touch screens including broadcast sets and high-traffic public spaces including hotels, restaurants, museums, airports and railway stations.

“The Christie FHD551-XG with Corning Gorilla Glass is scratch- and damage-resistant offering invaluable protection for multi-touch displays or in high-traffic, public spaces,” said Heslett. “The optical clarity of Corning Gorilla Glass makes images appear brighter and crisper than standard LCD and customers will also notice how lightweight it is, making for reduced shipping costs and easy installation.”

Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution Provides One Stop Shopping

Now, Christie customers can fulfill their entire video wall requirements with one vendor thanks to the Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution that brings a turnkey, interactive digital experience to multiple users. Quad Full-HD resolution, high pixel density and LED backlighting combine to provide a visually stunning display with the smallest bezels of any bonded video wall.

“This new turnkey solution provides a superior interactive experience that enables up to ten simultaneous touches and the best touch performance in high ambient light,” said Heslett. “Whether it’s museums, universities, corporate lobbies, retail environments, or broadcast sets, the Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution will capture people’s attention and fit in beautifully with the surrounding architecture. Reliable, practical and with the durability for high traffic areas, the multi-touch solution is easy to use and maintain, and provides a low total cost of ownership.”

“Christie is at the forefront of innovative digital display technology,” concluded Heslett. “It’s time consuming to search various vendors for what you need, but Christie has changed the game and is the first and only manufacturer to offer a complete, fully integrated, multi-touch video wall solution from a single source.”

Christie Jumpstart, Christie FHD551-XG with Corning® Gorilla® Glass and Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution begin shipping in July 2013.

SunBriteTV’s Newest Marquee Series Touchscreen Model is Unveiled at InfoComm

ORLANDO, Florida, June 12, 2013 – SunBriteTV is proud to debut its Portrait Orientation of the 32” Marquee Series Touchscreen (3204TSP) at InfoComm 2013. Previously available only in Landscape, the Portrait Orientation gives integrators more display options at an affordable price.

The Marquee Series’ Dispersive Signal (3-M) Touch Screen Technology is ideal for interactive guest experiences in businesses like restaurants, venues and parks. Additionally, the Marquee Series features Enhanced Solar Tolerance, preventing isotropic blackouts in direct sunlight.

SunBriteTV’s entire fleet of outdoor digital signage solutions will be on display at InfoComm at booth 4681.

SunBriteTV’s anti-glare screens are specially designed to produce bright, high-definition images in any climate, day or night. All Marquee Series models withstand temperatures from -40° to 122°F and completely resist rain, salt corrosion, moisture, humidity and insects.

Every SunBriteTV includes a 2-year warranty, a weatherproof remote and 20-watt built-in speakers. Any custom installation is made simple with wall-, ceiling- or pole-mounts.

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV’s all-weather televisions have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arena, restaurant and hotel patios and even on military vehicles participating in field operations. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com

Host the Backyard Party You’ve Always Dreamt of With a SunBriteTV

THOUSAND OAKS, California, June 7, 2013 – The Summer Solstice this year falls on a Friday, June 21, and there’s no better day to show off your backyard’s new SunBriteTV all-weather television. Enjoy more sun than any other day of the year, all the while entertaining your guests with a modern outdoor entertainment system.

“The Summer Solstice might not be your sole reason for throwing a summer party,” said Tom Dixon, VP of Marketing, SunBriteTV. “But a SunBriteTV will certainly be the reason your guests clamor to know when you’ll be hosting the next one.”

Much more than just a television, SunBriteTV’s transform outdoor areas into outdoor living rooms. Even after the big party is over, a SunBriteTV becomes the center of a moonlit family home theater in idyllic summer heat.

All SunBriteTV models withstand temperatures from -24°F to 122°F and completely resist rain, humidity, salt corrosion, dust, and insects. Anti-glare screens are specially designed to deliver bright high-definition images in any outdoor climate, any time of day or night.

Every SunBriteTV includes a two-year warranty, a weatherproof remote, and 20 watt built-in speakers.
Optional accessories include a variety of wall-, ceiling- or pole-mount installation solutions, dust covers and FM Radio.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.sunbritetv.com.

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV’s all-weather televisions have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arena, restaurant and hotel patios and even on military vehicles participating in field operations. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

Renewed Vision Unveils ProVideoServer at InfoComm 2013

Popular and reliable ProVideoSync media server rebranded and upgraded with significant improvements

ORLANDO, Florida – InfoComm 2013 booth #4211 — Renewed Vision is taking advantage of InfoComm 2013 to officially debut ProVideoServer (PVS), the company’s new four-channel HD video server with synchronization.

Eight years ago, Renewed Vision introduced ProVideoSync, a dual-channel media server currently used by many organizations around the world for the synchronized playback of two channels of broadcast-quality video with select video codecs. Since that time, codecs like H.264 that were originally suitable for web video became of a better quality, distribution of content over the web became more desirable, remote control capabilities in video switchers became more widespread, and the appetite for even more video channels has grown.

With all of that in mind, Renewed Vision’s engineering team set out to address these modern requirements, re-imagining and extending the original scope of PVS. The result is essentially a brand new product with a slightly updated name better suited for its purpose. more

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