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X2O Media Signage Goes Live at Singapore’s Latest Performing Arts Center

The Star Performing Arts Centre Features More Than 100 Digital Screens to Provide Broadcast-Quality Live Streaming, Wayfinding Signs, Event Promotions, and Meeting Room Information

MONTREAL — Sept. 5, 2013 — X2O Media, a full-service provider of software, network management, and content services for real-time visual communication applications, today announced its implementation of award-winning X2O Media software at Singapore’s latest performing arts venue — The Star Performing Arts Centre (The Star PAC). The software platform drives information to more than 100 digital signage screens across the nine-level state-of-the-art complex, including broadcast-quality live events streaming, wayfinding capabilities, upcoming event promotions, and dynamic meeting room information. more

SYMETRIX EXPANDS LIBRARY OF APPS FOR JUPITER TURN-KEY DSP

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: Symetrix announces the addition of seventeen new apps for its family of Jupiter app-based turn-key DSPs. The three different hardware units in the series – Jupiter 4, Jupiter 8, and Jupiter 12 – differ only in their input/output counts and are user-controllable from Symetrix ARC wall panel remotes, third-party systems, and Symetrix ARC-WEB browser-based software for smartphones. The addition brings the total number of available Jupiter apps close to one hundred and expands the already impressive range of situations for which the Symetrix Jupiter provides reliable processing at an extremely competitive price point.

“We’ve been listening to our customers,” said Trent Wagner, senior product manager at Symetrix, “and we’ve carefully chosen the new apps to release to ensure they offer functionality that addresses the breadth of requests we’ve received. Additionally, we’ve enhanced nearly all of the existing apps with multi-channel gain and mute controls to simplify user control.”

Everyone loves a free app that has more functionality, saves time and makes the user look smarter than the next guy (or gal). So, go to our website and download the apps that will make your next Jupiter installation a virtual breeze.”

Six core apps form the heart of the addition and are elaborated according to the input/output counts of the three Jupiter hardware devices. “BGM Zone Mixer 1” provides background music routing to multiple zones with two levels of priority. “Dual Matrix Mixer 1” provides flexible mixing and routing and allows integrators to assign any input to a mix, assign those mixes to submixes, and route submixes to outputs. “Gain-Sharing Automixer 3” provides a gain-sharing automixer with feedback processing on the outputs together with matrixed outputs. Similarly, “Gating Automixer 3” provides a gating automixer with feedback processing on the outputs together with matrixed outputs. “Priority Zone Mixer 2” provides a multi-zone priority mixer with paging and SPL computing. Finally, “Sound Reinforcement 12” provides heavy input processing and full-range outputs with feedback processing.

The growing library of Jupiter apps are optimized for specific applications and venues including houses of worship, auditoriums, retail and hospitality establishments, sports facilities, and transportation terminals. The time needed to learn the software is zip. With Jupiter turn-key DSP sound contractors end up doing what they do best, which is to dial in really great sound.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

BenQ’s Ultra-Bright SX914 Projector Now Shipping to Light Up Large Venues Nationwide

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Aug. 29, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations, today announced that it is shipping its high-brightness SX914 projector. The ultra-bright device is specifically designed to awe large-venue audiences with Colorific(TM) image quality for accurate, crisp, and long-lasting color reproduction. Delivering an amazing one billion stunning colors and XGA native resolution, the SX914 offers a superior viewing experience even in rooms with ambient light. In addition to flexible installation features, easy maintenance options, and 3D support, the SX914 provides eco-friendly functions to lower the device’s total cost of ownership (TCO). more

Hillsong UNITED Brings “WELCOMEZION” Tour to U.S. on K1

Hillsong UNITED performing on K1/KARA at the Hollywood Bowl

Mid-America Sound deploys full L-ACOUSTICS system for international worship group

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — Hillsong UNITED, the chart-topping worship band that rose out of the youth ministry of Sydney, Australia’s Hillsong Church, recently wrapped up a U.S. summer arena tour in support of its 12th and latest full-length album, ZION. The outing, known as “WELCOMEZION”, picks back up with a second three-week leg of North American dates in November and will continue to be supported by Greenfield, Indiana-based Mid-America Sound, which has been supplying an L-ACOUSTICS K1 system for the tour. more

Parsons Audio Expo 2013 To Take Place in November

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Parsons Audio (Wellesley Hills, Mass) will hold its 23rd annual EXPO on Thursday, November 14th from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Dedham Holiday Inn in Dedham, Mass.

Parsons Audio, a leader in offering professional audio products in the New England area, will begin the day at 10:00 am on Professional Development Workshops taught by industry leaders and focusing on industry trends. At 12:00 noon, the manufacturer exhibit floor opens with product representation from all top professional audio manufacturers represented by Parsons Audio.

This year, the Parsons Audio Expo will include the Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems Rolling Showroom with the new NUAGE system. Yamaha staff will be on hand for presentations and demonstrations. NUAGE, a joint collaboration between Yamaha and Steinberg, is a hardware and software system that adds the power of the Dante audio network to world-class recording, post production, live to tape broadcast, and house of worship recording for re-broadcast, NUAGE is a complete, flexible system that allows engineers to choose and combine components to perfectly match individual application and workflow requirements.

“We enjoy keeping our customers and potential customers up to date on what is new in the professional audio market,” states Roger Talkov, General Manager, Parsons Audio. The Professional Development seminars are extremely useful In providing the latest industry trends.”

For more information visit www.paudio.com/expo or email roger@paudio.com.

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Yamaha Training Sessions to Be Held in Chicago and Dallas

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Seminars (YCATS) will hold training sessions in Chicago on September 10 and 13 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois and in Dallas on September 17 and 20 at the Sheraton Downtown.

Chicago sessions include CL Series Operational Training on September 10, and M7CL for Beginners and M7CL for Experience Engineers on September 13.

Dallas sessions include CL Operational Training on September 17 and Digital Audio Networks for Engineers on September 20.

For more information, course description, seminar location, and registration visit: http://yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training.php?catID=11001.

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St. Joseph Fullerton Hosts Traditional and Contemporary Mass with Community

Founded in 1850 by German immigrants, St. Joseph Fullerton is a Roman Catholic church located just north of Baltimore in Perry Hall, Maryland. St. Joseph’s current building, an octagonal structure with around-the-sanctuary seating, and imaginative décor has impressed parishioners and visitors for more than 40 years.

St. Joseph’s original sound system used ceiling loudspeakers to cover the sanctuary and had been augmented with loudspeakers in the organ chamber. However, coverage was uneven in many locations and very poor in the back of the church.

Through a referral from another church, St. Joseph’s contacted Mike Flaherty of Nelson White Systems in Baltimore. Flaherty recommended a system based on Community’s Entasys column line arrays. He had used Entasys in other church sound systems and knew they would provide smooth coverage throughout the sanctuary and project sound evenly all the way to the rear while minimizing unwanted reflections from the ceiling and floor.

Flaherty chose left and right double-stacked Entasys to cover the central areas of the sanctuary supplemented by a pair of single Entasys to cover the far left and right. He added two Community VLF212 Subwoofers to supplement the system’s low-frequency performance for the church’s weekly contemporary mass. And, he chose Community’s dSPEC Networked Loudspeaker Processor to provide system equalization.

Since Flaherty had not used Entasys in a semi-circular sanctuary like St. Joseph’s, he asked Community’s Technical Applications Group to review his design. Community’s analysis showed that the design would achieve its goals of even coverage and uniform sound levels throughout the church.
Completed in late spring of 2013, St. Joseph’s new sound system includes Crown amplifiers and a Shure automatic mixer so that operation can be “hands off” for most services. For the weekly contemporary mass, Flaherty provided a special dSPEC input with a compressor section to manage the level. Musical groups can connect their own mixers to this input.

At the church’s request, Community custom-painted the Entasys columns to a color chosen to complement the carpet and trim. Flaherty says the church is very pleased with the results. “They’ve gotten nothing but complements about the appearance and the sound,” he said. “Those people who were sitting in the dead spots from the old system can finally hear everything.” Flaherty was also impressed with the musicality of the system. “The spoken word clarity is excellent,” he said, “and the subs add a pleasing low-frequency warmth to the contemporary service.”

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KanexPro Releases 2×2 DVI Video Wall for Commercial A/V installs

Brea, California – August 27, 2013. KanexPro is pleased to release 2 x 2 Video Wall Processor part # SW-VDYWALL. A video processor with 4 DVI input and 4 DVI output, which enables you to configure to either a 2×2 Video Wall or create a 4×1 Multi-viewer. This high-performance processor supports image overlapping and output scaling function to your specific needs. Fully compliant with HDCP and supports EDID management.

The SW-VDYWALL does not require all 4 sources and 4 displays to be connected in-order to work, one can connect and select between 1 to 2 source inputs to 4 outputs such as Apple TV or Blu-ray to 4 displays. Using RS-232 connection to a computer with the included software, will help you set up and control all the different layout configurations such as PIP, POP, switching functions, resolutions and save & recall functions.

The built-in scaler supports various PC & HD resolutions up to 1920×1200. The embedded scaler converts an input signal to match the native resolutions of output displays, up-scaling if needs to be. The scaler is also manually adjustable through front-panel buttons; featuring selectable output settings of up to 1920 x 1200@60Hz.

Ideal for operation centers, military installations, shopping malls and airports where demand for high-resolution 4×4 video wall is critical.
For more information, please contact us at (888) 644-4149 or visit kanexpro.com

About KanexPro™

Leveraging our core strength in professional A/V products, KanexPro carries a complete selection of A/V connectivity needs. When planning digital installations you will find that we carry a broad line of A/V connectivity products enabling you to broadcast, extend, split, or multiply HD signal transmissions; simply and cost-effectively.
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Esteemed Cleveland Church Opens a New Chapter with VARIA

Cleveland, OH – August 2013… Roots run deep at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, a cornerstone of Cleveland community and worship since 1931. Over the years, the church’s pulpit has played host to such luminaries as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, and TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

But this congregation with a strong sense of tradition is equally forward-thinking. The church’s 1,500-seat sanctuary, constructed in 1954, recently underwent an in-depth renovation, enhancing sound and vision with the addition of HD cameras, a switcher, and large-scale video screens, as well as a new Renkus-Heinz VARIA modular point source loudspeaker system.

As Tom George, Director of Installations for installer Eighth Day Sound, explains, the sound reinforcement aspect of the project presented some unique challenges. “Although the exterior of the building has a peaked roof, the sanctuary’s ceiling is flat, and relatively low – only around 25 feet in height. So going with a traditional line array would have created line-of-sight issues. Moreover, we were faced with a 400-pound weight restriction, which made the design even more problematic.”

With a need to ensure musicality for both its traditional gospel choir and plugged-in bands, as well as high intelligibility for all spoken aspects of the program, VARIA’s feature set seemed a good fit for the large, acoustically challenging space. With VARIA’s modular and flexible enclosures, Eighth Day could create a system to deliver the coverage of a traditional line array, but using fewer cabinets, thereby decreasing weight, visual impact, and cost.

The flown system consists of six VAX 101-7/6 (7.5 degree), two VAX101-22/69, and two VAX101-22 912 VARIA loudspeakers. The result is powerful, even coverage across the congregation’s main floor and balcony, from the front rows to the rear wall 100 feet away.

“When we listened to the box, we were convinced,” says George. “VARIA met the challenge – it delivered the coverage we needed, along with the power and performance. It looks great, and it sounds great.”

Olivet’s recent improvements mark Phase One of their in-depth renovation, with improved lighting and Web streaming next on the agenda. Through it all, elevating the live sound experience has been key for the Cleveland church.

“Olivet wants to reach younger people – they understand that the demographic is changing and a more contemporary worship style is a big part of that,” Tom George says. “VARIA was the perfect solution for this congregation’s message and their music.”

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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.

Award-Winning Loudspeaker Manufacturer and Founding MVP Partner Triad Speakers Rejoins the D-Tools MVP Program Enabling Current System Integrator™ Users Free Access to Detailed Product Information

CONCORD, CA – August 23, 2013 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that Triad Speakers has once again renewed their partnership in the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. Originally joining the MVP program in 1998, the same year D-Tools was founded, Triad is one of several founding partners of D-Tools.

Based in Portland, Oregon, Triad has been manufacturing high-end custom loudspeakers since 1982. While the company prides itself on offering unique, built-to-order speakers, their lineup of custom speaker solutions provides high-end audiophile sound and performance that unobtrusively blends into the specified environment. Featuring premium components and unparalleled design and build quality, Triad speakers offer not only exceptional sound, but outstanding reliability as well.

“We have enjoyed a valuable, time-honored partnership with D-Tools over the years that has provided us many tangible benefits,” said Paul Teixeira, Director of Marketing for Triad Speakers. “We are excited to renew our MVP partnership and look forward to introducing more of the SI community to our family of products.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program is designed to help provide system integrators with the most up-to-date product information to over 4400 companies using D-Tools System Integrator software. D-Tools MVP members are dedicated to helping companies streamline the design process and making it easier for system integrators and installers to provide accurate proposals to their clients.

“Triad Speakers has been the hallmark of high-end custom loudspeakers for some time, and D-Tools’ longstanding history with the company has always proven to be mutually beneficial,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Because of their lengthy tenure as a D-Tools partner and their renowned products and exceptional business standards, we are incredibly pleased to have Triad Speakers provide their full line of product information to the SI community through their MVP Program renewal.”

About Triad Speakers

Established in 1982 by President Larry Pexton (a founding member of CEDIA), Triad Speakers, Inc. is a steadily growing provider of complete loudspeaker solutions for multi-room residential and home theater system applications. A top choice by many custom integrators nationwide, Triad has made significant advancements in the arena of front-channel speakers, surrounds, subwoofers, distributed audio speakers via enclosed in-wall, in-ceiling, on-wall and freestanding designs. Over 80% of Triad’s products are manufactured daily in Portland Oregon, in a pure build to order operation with no work in progress and no finished goods inventory of the US built products. In the 2006 – 2010 Inside Track Supplier Loyalty Tests, Triad ranked #1 in the category of Custom Installation Company.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

D-Tools Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

 

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