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Martin Audio Demos MLA Compact In New York and D.C.

Lisner Auditorium

Martin Audio will be holding exclusive demonstrations of its award-winning MLA Compact loudspeaker system in New York City and Washington D.C.

The New York demonstration is on October 21st and 22nd in the Grand Ballroom, Manhattan Center Studios, and the Washington D.C. demo is October 24th in the Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University.

Both demonstrations will provide the unique opportunity for attendees to learn more about MLA Compact’s groundbreaking cellular drive technology and experience the system in person.

There will be a variety of two-hour time slots available for the demos, each including a technical presentation by Martin Audio’s Research and Development Director Jason Baird and a live demonstration of the system. Refreshments will also be provided.

These demonstrations will offer leading audio engineers, theatrical sound designers and event production management the chance to hear the dynamic sound capability, exceptional coverage across the audience and clarity of speech that MLA has become known for worldwide.

Please visit www.martin-audio.com where you can click the link to register for either event.

Point Source Audio’s SERIES8 Raises the Bar on Miniature Microphones

Designed with a variety of robust features, SERIES8 miniature microphones are tiny but tough, and now shipping worldwide

Point Source's SERIES8 Headset model is both collapsible and reversible, and available in beige or black.

Petaluma, CA — Point Source Audio (PSA), an innovator of the original and one-of-a-kind “unbreakable boom” microphone, today announced its SERIES8 miniature microphones are now officially shipping in three different styles: headset, earworn and lavalier. Created for use in broadcast, theater and live production, the new SERIES8 miniature microphones have recently been adopted by distinguished venues such as Universal Studios, Kravis Center, and Shiki Theater Company Tokyo, to name a few.

SERIES8 mics are setting a new standard for performance and durability in a micro size capsule. While the mic elements measure a mere 2-4 mm in diameter, the mics’ robust features are unlike any others on the market today. The omnidirectional microphones feature 148dB max SPL with an “Unbreakable Boom” bendable to 360°. In addition, they are IP57 waterproof rated against water, sweat and makeup, and feature interchangeable X-connectors for wireless compatibility on the spot.

The SERIES8 cardioid microphones are an ideal solution for performers who require isolation from surrounding performers. The cardioid mics perform best when placed just at the corner of the mouth, which also allows them to maintain an unobtrusive appearance when worn.

”I’ve been passionate about music for more than 30 years and believe there is nothing better than hearing audio at its finest,” stated James Lamb, President, Point Source Audio. “We’ve designed the SERIES8 miniature microphones to have unmatched performance and reliability in a very tiny package. With these standards, we’re confident the SERIES8 products will meet the needs of the most discriminating audio professionals.”

With an MSRP starting at $389, PSA’s SERIES8 miniature microphones are shipping now and 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.

Troast Joins Middle Atlantic Product Development Team

Tim Troast

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic has named Tim Troast as Director of Physical Infrastructure Products, an integral part of the company’s Product Development Team.

In this newly created position, Troast will oversee the development of Middle Atlantic rack and enclosure products and related options. He will drive innovation for a range of new installation products and services that help save time and labor costs for integrators in all market segments.

Troast will also work closely with product managers for power and thermal products to further strengthen the company’s integrated approach to ensuring system reliability. The benefits of integrated mounting systems are one of the key factors that have made Middle Atlantic a leading provider for infrastructure products.

Troast brings extensive experience in product marketing and development to Middle Atlantic. For the past 13 years, he has worked at Pitney Bowes, most recently as Director––Core Product Marketing, where he excelled at solving complex system problems. Tim has an MBA in Marketing & Management from Seton Hall University and a BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Miami.

Commenting on Troast’s appointment, Middle Atlantic Director of Product Management and Business Development Mark Tracy said, “I look forward to Tim’s unique contribution in terms of ideas, experience, and leadership as we develop innovative new products and services. With his expertise, Middle Atlantic will continue as the right choice to help our integrator customers deliver exceptional systems and user experiences.”

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us.com

Extron Announces New Compact Six Input Media Presentation Switcher

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the MPS 601, a compact six input, one output media presentation switcher for digital and analog sources. It offers four, HDCP-compliant HDMI inputs and two RGB video inputs with analog stereo audio. RGB video and analog audio are digitized and switched through the HDMI output. The MPS 601 features two Extron-exclusive technologies: EDID Minder, which maintains continuous EDID communication between connected devices; and Key Minder, which continuously authenticates and maintains HDCP encryption between input and output devices to ensure quick and reliable switching. more

Earthworks Microphones Record Brahms’ Requiem

September 19, 2013, Milford, NH – On April 28, 2013, the Meridian Symphony Chorus and Orchestra recorded the Brahms’ Requiem at Highland Baptist Church in Meridian, MS. This church was chosen for its’ outstanding acoustics. The entire performance was recorded using all Earthworks High Definition Microphones™ as follows: 4 FW730 Flexwands™ on choir, 2 QTC40s on the orchestra, 1 SR30 for solo mic, 1 SR30 for room ambience, and 1 PM40 PianoMic™ on piano. Dr. Bob Hermetz, Conductor, said “This recording sounds incredibly detailed, natural and real. I am very pleased with the results.”

Photo courtesy of Meridian Symphony Chorus and Orchestra ©2013

The Meridian Symphony Chorus has been conducted by Dr. Hermetz since 1971 utilizing singers from East Mississippi and West Alabama, dedicated to presenting the highest level of choral singing. Averaging three concerts a year, the chorus presents music ranging from contemporary styles, theater, oratorio, opera choruses, and other classical forms. In addition to local and regional performances, the Symphony Chorus has made three appearances at New York’s Carnegie Hall through Mid America Productions. The chorus is a non-profit organization operating under the umbrella of the Meridian Symphony Association, Inc.

For information on this recording or a CD of this performance, call (601) 693-2224, and for information on Earthworks High Definition Microphones™ visit www.earthworksaudio.com.

Screen Innovations Black Diamond Motorized is a Unique, Rollable Flat-Panel TV Alternative That Vanishes From Sight When Not in Use; Now Available in 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio up to 138” in Size

Design and décor-friendly flush and external mount options provide integrators the ability to add a large-format television that virtually disappears when not in use to any room, environment or space

AUSTIN, TX and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO booth #3331) September 19, 2013 Screen Innovations (SI), a leading US-based manufacturer of projection screens and associated technologies, announced today that the company’s highly popular and newly-updated Black Diamond™ Motorized screen will be actively displayed for CEDIA EXPO 2013 attendees to witness firsthand. The recent recipient of several new enhancements, Black Diamond Motorized is now available in diagonal screen sizes up to 138” and can also now be configured with either a 16:9 or 2.35:1 aspect ratio with either flush or external mount, allowing integrators to specify the most appropriate screen for the job based on the type of content that will most often be viewed.

Featuring a truly unique motorized design utilizing SI’s proprietary Black Diamond award winning multi-directional ambient light rejection screen technology, Black Diamond Motorized is a sleek and sexy flat panel alternative that delivers stunning images yet disappears when not in use, making it ideal for virtually any environment, aesthetic or application. It has been installed in locations worldwide thus far, serving as a rollable TV that can enter and exit a space with ease. As such, there is no other product like Black Diamond Motorized on the market.

Utilizing one motor, four custom helixes, and a spool of slender aircraft cable, Black Diamond Motorized silently lowers a thin wing containing the rolled Black Diamond screen downward from a recessed ceiling-mounted cassette. The cable-hung wing then stops, and from it, a small tube quickly emerges and lowers itself down to an adjustable, pre-determined image height, leaving only the image space in sight. Because Black Diamond screens do not require masking or any black drop material whatsoever, there is no visible material above, below, or on either side of the screen surface, allowing the images projected on Black Diamond Motorized to appear as though they are suspended in air.

Now available in either 16:9 or 2.35:1 configurations, Black Diamond Motorized screens can be effectively used with ceilings that are up to 11 feet in height. 16:9 versions are available in 80”, 92”, 100”, 106” and 110” diagonal screen sizes, whereas the 2.35:1 versions are available in 110”, 120”, 132” and 138” diagonal sizes. Custom sizes will be made available in the future.

Unlike flat panel TVs, Black Diamond Motorized delivers zero glare and reflection when used in a bright environment, and by virtue of its industry-leading Black Diamond ambient light rejecting screen technology, light scatter is measurably reduced by over 75%. Delivering a next-level entertainment experience while literally disappearing into the room’s existing décor when not in use, Black Diamond Motorized appeals to the senses – and satisfies the needs of - a diverse audience in a variety of Commercial environments. Black Diamond Motorized is the ultimate blend of art + science.

Video: http://www.screeninnovations.com/projector-screens/motorized/black-diamond-motorized/

Those interested in learning how Black Diamond Motorized solves complex installation challenges and delivers next-level entertainment experiences for a wide range of residential and commercial applications are encouraged to contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications to schedule time to meet with SI executives during CEDIA EXPO 2013 by emailing Katye@kmbcomm.com or calling (425) 328-8640.

For more information on the SI line, to find local area dealers, or to access screen calculators and other useful specification and ordering tools, visit www.screeninnovations.com or call (512) 832-6939.

About SI

Screen Innovations (SI) is a leading US-based manufacturer of projection screens and associated technologies for residential and commercial applications. Best known for Black Diamond™, the world’s first and only multi-directional ambient light rejection projection screen technology, SI has effectively revolutionized the two-piece projection category by pioneering and producing screens which deliver an unparalleled video image in either light or dark environments.

Sold at affordable price points and designed to blend flawlessly with surrounding décor, SI projection screens deliver stunning images and a fully immersive entertainment experience, rivaling or surpassing traditional displays. Operating under the principle that “No matter the budget, Screen Innovations has the best available screen solution to suit your needs,” SI produces a comprehensive assortment of screens and accessories for nearly any application.

More information about Screen Innovations can be obtained by visiting www.screeninnovations.com, e-mailing sales@screeninnovations.com, or by calling (512) 832-6939. Follow SI on Twitter @SIScreens, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/screeninnovations, and on Vimeo at www.vimeo.com/screeninnovations.

Screen Innovations Media Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

E. Katye@kmbcomm.com

O. (406) 446-1283

C. (425) 328-8640

T. @katyemcgregor

W. www.kmbcomm.com

 

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Uniting the Audience: The Martin Audio Experience

Martin Audio Installation/MLA Ad

For many years Martin Audio has flourished under the memorable tagline, ‘The Martin Experience’. But actually defining what that is, and what it means to the industry, has been less clear. After reviewing at length Martin Audio’s increased profile in the industry today—and its ambition for the future—the company is about to unveil precisely what that ‘experience’ is all about.

James King, Marketing Director, explains. “After a lot of soul searching to define what lies at the heart of the brand, what quickly emerged was the importance of the audience experience. It’s what the company has been doing for over 40 years, from enabling ‘supergroups’ of the ‘70s to be able to play to larger audiences and be heard properly for the first time, through to MLA and its superlative consistency of coverage.

“The audience is central to the industry’s success, so creating exciting sound that envelops all of them and delivering truly memorable shared moments ensures better quality tours and more sell-out venues, be they bars and clubs, houses of worship, theaters or auditoriums. That’s the essence of the Martin Audio experience, and we summarize it as uniting the audience.”

Jason Baird, R&D Director adds, “The goal of delivering the Martin Audio experience to each audience member, led us to develop our patented Multi-cellular technology. First implemented in MLA, this has become renowned for its out-of-the-box coverage consistency, while still preserving all of the dynamics and projection of our signature horn-loaded approach. The future promises the development of this philosophy and technology into more and more of our market segments.”

Simon Bull, Director of Sales, went on to say, “Our customers have been asking for Martin Audio to communicate its values and create greater awareness and consideration for our touring and installation solutions. Uniting the audience does just that.”

To help illustrate and communicate the thinking, a series of print ads and brand video are being deployed, alongside a refreshed website www.martin-audio.com, featuring new case study materials.

Anthony Taylor, Managing Director, had the final word, “We’ve been looking at ways of communicating, really for the first time, exactly what makes Martin Audio tick, and to build on our recent growth and technology success in the marketplace. With ‘uniting the audience’ underpinning our philosophy and all that we do, I’m confident that our customers, FOH engineers, rental companies, production managers, system integrators and installers will also be able to take a fresh look at Martin Audio and understand how our experience provides them with better solutions for their different needs.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

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.

Matrox Monarch HD to be Featured at IBC2013

Award-winning streaming and recording appliance makes European debut

At IBC2013 (Amsterdam, Sept. 13-17, stand 7.B29), Matrox® Video will feature the new Matrox Monarch HD™ video streaming and recording appliance that received four important industry awards at the 2013 NAB Show. Monarch HD is designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. It provides these two independent modes in an integrated unit. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. Powerful and robust, Matrox Monarch HD is remotely controlled using any computer or mobile device with a web browser. It also offers simple, one-touch stream and record pushbuttons, low power consumption, a locking power connector, and a fanless design.

“Matrox Monarch is already being used for internet broadcasts from beta sites around the world and the feedback on the feature set has been uniformly positive,” said Daniel Maloney, technical marketing manager at Matrox. “This is the latest product that exemplifies what Matrox Video does best — provides high-quality, technologically-advanced tools for video professionals that combine multiple functions in a single cost-effective product.”

Price and availability
Priced at $995 US (€799, £699) not including local taxes and delivery, Matrox Monarch HD will be available worldwide by the end of September.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

THE BEAUTIFUL GAME: WATCHOUT ENGAGES AUDIENCES AT THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL MUSEUM

The National Football Museum in Manchester, UK reopened in July 2012 and exists to explain how and why football has become ‘the people’s game’, a key part of England’s heritage and way of life. Since its opening and vital to how the museum engages in storytelling, expert systems integrator D J Willrich (DJW) has deployed Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image display and presentation software to manage a variety of content across LCD displays in the Milestones gallery and in ‘Our Beautiful Game’, a 15.9 meter panoramic and immersive theatre. Mirage Associates, Dataton Premium Partner, UK and Ireland provided project support to DJW during the installation phases.

DJW was contracted to design, integrate, commission and programme the audio visual system, including full lighting design, as well as all of the exhibition electrical and audio visual cabling. Centre Screen Productions created all multimedia content for the project.

In explaining the client brief for multi-image display, David Willrich at DJW says: “The National Football museum wanted a fully interactive experience to give visitors a feel for what it’s like to be one of the superstars of football – from the pressure of scoring a penalty to the exhilaration of lifting the winners’ cup.”

WATCHOUT is used in the Milestones galleries showing football milestones on various LCD screens and which is buzzing with light and sound.

“Our Beautiful Game”, an immersive film capturing one month in the life of English football,” says Paul Kucharski, director at Centre Screen Productions. Here, WATCHOUT is used to map and edge blend content and projected images in a special theatre with a 15.9 metre curved screen showing the diversity of football.

“In these areas, WATCHOUT enables the film to be blended across a wide screen and helps the film portray the beautiful game in a powerful and striking way,” adds David Willrich.

Lars Sandlund, chief operating officer at Dataton adds: “Our technology has once again been deployed by DJW to engage and immerse audiences alongside a world-class home for the greatest collection of football memorabilia ever assembled.”

The National Football Museum was shortlisted for the Consumer Installation and AV/IT Project of the Year categories in the 15th AV Awards 2013 programme.

See Dataton and WATCHOUT Premium Partner Videmus 
at Stand 107, EAS 2013 from 18-20 September, Port de Versailles Convention Center, Paris

See Dataton at PLASA London at stand Q6 from 6-9 October 2013, ExCel London

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