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Point Source Audio’s Earset Microphone Hits the Bulls-eye

Offier Wears Waterproof Earset Mic with Ear Muffs

Point Source Audio's waterproof microphone pairs comfortably and effectively with protective hearing gear.

Law Enforcement Officers at Municipal Firing Range Extol Mic’s Compact Size and All-weather Performance

Petaluma, CA – Hearing protection is required for law enforcement officers at the Amarillo Shooting Complex in Texas, so when audio integrator Joe Bolin of Norris Audio Video was hired by the City of Amarillo, he turned to Point Source Audio’s low-profile waterproof earset microphones to deliver a hands-free solution that would not compromise hearing safety.

The low-profile, high-performance, all-weather mic fits comfortably under the training officers’ protective earmuffs. Paired with an AKG-brand wireless system the microphone is helping to improve safety and enhance the training experience for law enforcement personnel at the sprawling outdoor complex which features two ranges: one, primarily for civilians, is 400’ long and offers both rifle and pistol sections; the other is for law enforcement exclusively.

Law enforcement instructors previously used a bullhorn to communicate with the trainees during live firing events, so a hands-free wireless microphone system “made communication much more safe, easy and effective” according to Bolin.

Bolin chose the IP-57 waterproof rated CO-5W earset microphone from Point Source Audio because “we needed a small mic which wouldn’t create a gap for sound to penetrate the earmuff’s protective seal,” he said. “The CO-5W’s small footprint was an important consideration, as well as its high performance capability in an outdoor environment which might include sweat, rain and snow.”

The CO-5W earset model is one of several waterproof microphones from Point Source Audio that offer high performance with a low-profile and IP-57 waterproof rating to address outdoor use. The all-weather mics are available for purchase at a number of resellers and distributors worldwide. More information about PSA’s various audio solutions can be found by visiting http://www.point-sourceaudio.com.

About Point Source Audio
Point Source Audio (PSA) manufactures and distributes worldwide a unique line of lightweight bendable boom headset and earworn microphones—known as the “toughest” in the industry. As a result of PSA’s pro-audio expertise and its admired reputation for sales and service support, the company was also named Digigram’s Master Distributor for the Americas. The world renowned brand of Digigram sound cards, IP audio and video codecs, and Ethersound audio networking technology are now available from Point Source Audio. Founded in 2004, Point Source Audio is headquartered in Petaluma, Calif. For more information call (415) 226-1122 or visit www.point-sourceaudio.com.

About Norris Audio Video
Located in Amarillo, Texas, Norris Audio Video, LLC. designs, sells, installs, and services quality audio, video, stage lighting, digital signage, security, emergency mass notification, and home theater systems. For more information visit http://www.norrisav.com.

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

Turkish Radio Television Goes On The Air With Shotoku Camera Support Systems

Big Win for Shotoku Includes Range of High Performance Tripod Systems, Paired With Pan & Tilt Heads

Staines, UK – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a leading international manufacturer of advanced camera support products, has been awarded a tender from Turkish Radio Television (TRT) for a significant complement of manual camera support gear. Working through Istanbul-based Basari, TRT placed an order comprised of the Company’s professional tripods systems paired with heavy duty pan & tilt heads – all technically qualified and approved by TRT. Shotoku Sales Manager David Shepherd announced this important company sale from its European headquarters in Staines, UK.

“Naturally we are very pleased to see Shotoku’s continued growth in key regions such as Turkey,” says Shepherd. “We are confident that our professional systems will offer Turkish Radio Television the superior level of quality, support and reliability for which Shotoku is known. We view such a substantial sale of Shotoku support gear systems to TRT as another positive step in our continued efforts to make serious inroads in this important territory and better serve our customers in these particular areas of the world.”

TRT opted for various Shotoku tripod systems including the SP compact model, and numerous units from the Company’s heavy-duty TT/TD camera support range. The tripods offer excellent price/performance features and accommodate applications ranging from production to broadcast, studio, OB and EFP camera support. The tender also includes SH100 pan & tilt heads, Shotoku’s premier ENG/EFP unit, and the recently launched state-of-the-art SX300 fluid head, ideally suited for a variety of applications and the latest portable camera systems.

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

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

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

HARMAN’s Martin Dynamic Digital Media Façade Renews Confederation of Danish Industry in the Heart of Copenhagen

AARHUS, Denmark — HARMAN’s Martin Professional, Kollision and Transform Architects have completely refurbished the exterior of the Confederation of Danish Industry building in Copenhagen, which now boasts a beautiful façade, highlighted by an ever-changing LED media surface for a more engaging and emotional presence.

The location of the building was the main reason for a media façade solution, as it sits in Copenhagen at Rådhuspladsen, where outdoor advertising has been an integral part of the area for more than 100 years.

Transform architect Lars Bendrup said, “This LED media façade was the next logical step. It’s an entirely new way of communicating through the language of light. Confederation of Danish Industry is showing a new face – one that reflects dynamism and change.”

The media façade incorporates 4,000 meters of Martin Professional’s VC-Strip in a customized outdoor solution, forming a harlequin pattern across the entire building on which a variety of graphic designs can be displayed. The LED strips are full-color RGB LED battens with each LED (over 90,000 in total) individually controllable in terms of color, brightness and intensity.

Content for the façade was created by Danish design firm Kollision, in cooperation with Transform and allows the Confederation of Danish Industry to use the lighting fixtures as a dynamic interface between its brand, the building and the urban setting. The system gives the client’s internal communication department the freedom to transmit any look or expression they wish onto the facade. The player-system also includes an integrated weather service app controlling the brightness of the façade and be controlled and adjusted through a custom iPad app.

“We cooperated with Martin on a solution from the start, even before we decided on the LED strip solution. It was tremendously good to work with Martin as they had the knowledge needed to integrate our LED lighting needs into this project,” Bendrup continued. “This is perhaps the most ambitious media façade integration in Scandinavia and signals a change in the architectural landscape.”

Other areas of the Confederation of Danish Industry building have also been outfitted with new Martin Professional lighting systems, including the conference room, with 60 Martin moving head luminaires and Martin LED strips; the reception area with strings of LED dots; and five elevators at the main entrance, where each floor interactively sets its own light level and color temperature – a complete Martin reference, both inside and out.

The main contractor on the Confederation of Danish Industry renovation project was E. Pihl & Søn.

For a video describing the installation, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-MHAISEjw4

Martin Equipment:
50x MAC 101 CT™
4x MAC Aura™
1x MAC 350 Entour™
4x MAC TW1™
480m VC-Strip™
4000m VC-Strip™ (customized outdoor version)
360 x VC-Dot 9™
11x VC-Feeder™
49x P3 PowerPort 1500™
5x P3-200 System Controller™
1x M-PC V3™
1x M2GO™ (bkup to M-PC / event controller)
1x iOS MAXRemote
1x Martin USB Duo DMX Interface
1x Martin ShowDesigner™
3x Ether2DMX8™
8x Martin RDM 5.5 Splitter™

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

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.

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Iconyx Tames a Legendary Landmark

Beijing, China – October 2013… An icon of the modern People’s Republic of China, Beijing’s Great Hall of the People is truly a towering architectural achievement. The 1.9million square foot (171,800 sq m) hall, overlooking the city’s Tiananmen Square, was originally constructed in just 10 months, officially opening in September 1959 to mark the 10th anniversary of the PRC. Designed by Zhang Bo, it has since become famous worldwide as the home of the National People’s Congress.

Most recently, the Great Hall was once again on the global stage as the historical 12th National People’s Congress convened in March. But as the world watched Xi Jinping become the new president of the People’s Republic, a small group of audio technicians and specialists were busy ensuring that a very discreet, very special audio system was helping delegates to hear every moment with perfect clarity.

Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digitally steerable column arrays now form the backbone of the sound reinforcement systems within the iconic building. Commissioned by the Management Office of The Great Hall of People and designed by China’s Radio, Film & TV Design and Research Institute (RFT), the new system takes in six large conference rooms and, most impressively, the Great Hall’s famous and striking conference auditorium.

The high-profile, high-pressure project offered a unique set of challenges for contractor Beijing Zhongdahuatang Technology Co Ltd., particularly the Great Hall’s massive conference auditorium. The circular chamber can accommodate an audience of thousands, measuring approximately 130 ft (40 m) in diameter, with a 33 foot (10 m) ceiling. Not surprisingly, the room’s acoustics are less than ideal. As a Beijing Zhongdahuatang Technology Co Ltd. spokesperson explains, “the auditorium has a very difficult acoustical environment, with reverberation problems and reflections.”

With its elaborate and ornate decor recognizable by billions, the room’s aesthetics were also a foregone conclusion. The room would require a system that could deliver clear speech intelligibility and flawless coverage while remaining virtually invisible to onlookers.

A single pair of Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC32-R-II column arrays provides the ideal solution. Installed to the far left and right side of the Chairman’s position, each column is made up of arrays of coaxial transducers, each with its own triple tweeter array. The Iconyx beam steering technology makes it possible to achieve even coverage in even the most problematic spaces by focusing sound where it needs to be, and away from reflective surfaces.

“The Iconyx IC32-R-II columns now provide consistent SPL wherever an audience member might be, whether they are in the front of the hall, the middle or at the back of the auditorium,” reports Beijing Zhongdahuatang Technology Co Ltd. “Even though the auditorium has such a difficult environment, the Iconyx beam steering technology covers the whole auditorium with evenly distributed sound while avoiding the walls, the ceiling and delegate microphones.”

Nor have the IC32-R-II columns infringed upon the all-important décor. According the technical team, “the thin cabinet design makes the columns easy to conceal within an installation – you hardly notice that there is a column speaker there.”

Iconyx technology has been deployed elsewhere throughout the complex, including the six smaller conference rooms, each measuring 1000 s.f (300 sq-m) seating 90 people. Each room has been equipped with two IC8-R-II columns, concealed within the marble walls to once again ensure the most discreet solution possible. Despite the highly reflective atmosphere within each of the spaces, the Iconyx columns are successfully delivering clear speech in every area.

The completed system is a triumph for the team at Beijing Zhongdahuatang Technology Co Ltd., and for Iconyx technology, solving one of the toughest acoustic environments in one of the highest profile buildings in the world. And while that success will be obvious to all who hear the system in action, the loudspeakers themselves will remain out of sight.

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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.

Extron Announces Two Input XTP Wallplate Transmitter for Digital and Analog Signals

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce 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

Extron Now Shipping Media Presentation Switcher with DTP Extension

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the MPS 602, a simple-to-use, six input media presentation switcher for digital and analog sources. It offers digital video switching with three HDCP-compliant HDMI inputs and one DTP 230 twisted pair input, and analog video switching with two RGB inputs that are digitized for distribution to the digital outputs. For increased flexibility, the MPS 602 includes a DTP 230 twisted pair output and an HDMI output that are switch-selectable. The DTP 230 input and output extend video, audio, and bidirectional control signals to DTP 230 transmitters and receivers, each over a single CATx cable up to 230 feet (70 meters). The MPS 602 also includes several audio switching and processing features, available power amplification, plus flexible control options for complete switching and distribution with local and remote display support. The MPS 602 is available in three models: a non-amplified version with a variable preamp output, the MPS 602 SA that adds a stereo 4/8 ohm power amplifier, and the MPS 602 MA with a mono 70 volt amplifier. more

ICONYX Delivers For New State-Of-The-Art International Terminal at LAX

Los Angeles, CA – October 2013… When the Port of Los Angeles began construction on the new, expanded Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX three years ago, there was an unspoken understanding that the new structure would have to be an architectural tour-de-force, and a befitting ‘first impression’ for this iconic international city.

Indeed, anticipation turned to pride when the stunning new terminal was unveiled at a special commissioning ceremony on February 18th. Among the attendees were past and present Los Angeles mayors, along with airport officials, and the joint design team from Fentress Architects and HTNB Corporation.

Expansive and airy in design, the new terminal greets international travelers with a bright, open floor plan, high ceilings, and enough glass to pull in the welcome glow of southern California’s most ample natural resource.

With its towering walls and abundant reflective surfaces, the Fentress and HTNB teams knew early on that the new space would present some unique acoustical challenges. They turned to Whittier California-based VSA Associates, an acoustical consulting firm with more than 20 years’ experience and a client list that includes Hilton Hotels, Caltrans, and Arizona State University.

What VSA’s design team created was a sophisticated system based around ICONYX digitally steerable arrays from Renkus-Heinz. As Michael Kalmanson, Vice President at VSA Associates, explains, “the ICONYX systems allows us to direct sound exactly where we needed it to be, while avoiding difficult reflective surfaces or wasting energy outside of the listening areas.”

The new International Terminal features 14 ultra-modern gates with facilities to accommodate today’s larger, trans-oceanic aircraft like the Airbus A360 and Boeing 747-B. A combination of IC16 and IC8 arrays are deployed throughout the terminal, all fully concealed within the structural detailing. “We selected IC16s or IC8s, depending on ceiling height and how far we needed to throw the sound,” says Kalmanson.

But the undeniable crown jewel of the new terminal is the 150,000-square foot, $1.9 billion Antonio R. Villaraigosa Pavilion, home to premier dining, shopping and relaxation services, along with an equally impressive AV information hub.

“At 80 feet high with tons of glass, the pavilion was one of the more challenging spaces,” admits Kalmanson. “We opted for the ICONYX IC16 arrays there, and then dialed in the multiple steering lobes to target individual listening areas while ensuring that sound didn’t splash into the aisles or up onto the walls.”

Kalmanson continued, “The ability to define multiple steering lobes from a single array is one of the most compelling aspects of the ICONYX system—especially for a job like this. You can literally steer a portion of the array down 30 degrees, the next part down 15 degrees, and the final portion straight out. It’s extremely sophisticated equipment that offers an amazing amount of control.”

Pulling everything together for the expansive new terminal is a multi-zone paging system from Innovative Electrical Design [IED], which synchronizes the massive flight information displays and PA systems throughout the pavilion and terminals. The IED system combines the audio into zones for easy operation and adjustment during heavy traffic times.

“In most places, the ICONYX arrays are assigned to their own paging zone, but in some instances we combined multiple arrays into a group zone,” says Kalmanson. “Each zone is tuned perfectly for the space. We even have ambient noise compensation, which automatically raises or lowers the output depending on crowd noise.”

Hawthorn, CA-based Direct AV handled installation duties. Working closely with the architects, Direct AV ensured a highly finished installation, with minimal visual impact. As a result, all ICONYX arrays are flush mounted into existing structural elements throughout the terminal, with only their grills visible to visitors.

While Kalmanson comfortably credits the power of the ICONYX system as an essential ingredient in the successful design, he also notes the support provided by Renkus-Heinz directly.

“I simply don’t know of a better product for jobs like this than ICONYX,” he concludes. “But I’m also pleased that Renkus-Heinz was so involved, from modeling the spaces in EASE, to ensuring that we had exactly what we needed to meet our schedule from start to finish. I couldn’t be happier.”

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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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