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Sochi Olympics Sound Better with Renkus-Heinz

Sochi, Russia – February 2014… The Sochi Olympics have gone to the history books, and as is always the case, the brief few days the games are held belies the immense time and effort preparing for them. In Sochi, a dozen new world-class venues have been erected for the games, and outfitted with high-performance audio, video, and lighting systems.

Avallon, Ltd of Moscow designed and installed multiple Renkus-Heinz systems in no fewer than five Olympic venues. The most prominent project was the Arena Isberg, home to the figure skating and short track competitions. As Avallon President Sergey Vashchenko explains, it was also the most challenging.

“Since music is such an important part of the performance, figure skating competitions have some of the most stringent sound requirements,” says Vashchenko. “Even after working with the building’s designers to reduce the reverb time from 7.5 to 3.2 seconds, we still knew we need to create a system with great performance and tight pattern control, to keep the reflections under control.”

The audience seating is covered by eight each Renkus-Heinz CEM61 and CEM62 high power CoEntrant mid-high modules, with eight CE-3TLO subs covering low frequency reinforcement. The systems are hung around a central Media-LCD display. Ten CT7M TRAP boxes provide music to the skaters on the ice.

“During the EASE acoustic modeling phase, we looked at a number of options, including more traditional line arrays,” says Vashchenko. “But we were not happy with the difference in sound quality between the audience and the ice. Moreover, there was some concern that a line array might block the sightlines for some of the upper-level seating. The optimal solution was to mount all the speakers on the video screen frameworks, and the Renkus-Heinz CEM and CT series speakers offered coverage patterns that suited this arrangement very well.”

Power and signal processing for the systems is covered by Dynacord DSA-series multichannel amplifiers and P64 matrix processors. Amps and DSP are located within the signage frameworks, to reduce cable runs and assure low impedance. Audio signal is fed via fiber from the Stage Tec Auratux 16-T2Z digital console. “We assembled the entire system within the framework while it was on the ground, which made things a bit easier,” says Vashchenko.

Acoustical measurements were carried out by consultant Yury Indlin of ADI in Irkutsk. Vashchenko designed the system, with installation and commissioning by Avallon’s Vladislav Azarov.

“During the competition, sound levels are limited to 85-87dB,” says Vashchenko. “But during testing we were able to achieve levels of 103dB, with even coverage across the entire facility.”

At the Arena Fischt, home of the Olympics Opening and Closing ceremonies, Avallon installed six Iconyx IC7-II mechanically steered array systems in the VIP lobby, as well as a pair of PNX-82 two-way Complex Conic loudspeakers in the Press Center. And the Training Centers for Hockey and Figure Skating are both outfitted with multiple TRX151 two-way systems.

“It was a great pleasure to work with the Renkus-Heinz system,” remarked Vladislav Azarov. “I’ve heard many good things about their patented wave guides, but this was my first experience using their products on a large-scale project, and it was awesome. I’ve had so many great comments about the sound quality, from the athletes, from the spectators, and even from the heads of the Olympic Committee.”

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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.

Hoyts Chile Chooses Christie for their Conversion to Digital Cinema

Christie®, a world leader in digital cinema projection, is pleased to announce that it has been chosen by Hoyts Chile, the leading screening chain belonging to Grupo Chilefilms, to digitize its 127 35mm theaters distributed across 23 complexes throughout the country. The agreement includes the installation of digital cinema projectors from the Christie Solaria™ Series, the Christie Avias-TMS™ Theatre Management System and select Christie Vive Audio™ cinema sound systems.

To carry out the digital theater conversion process, Hoyts Chile released a private technology tender in which it invited the most distinguished suppliers in the industry to bid. “In the end we chose Christie because their business proposal was the most complete, attractive and aggressive,” stated Juan Carlos Arriagada Mons, General Manager of Cinecolor Chile, Grupo Chilefilms division that provides technology services for all business units of the group.

“Christie knew how to interpret our planning, appreciated our apprehension with technological changes and financing needs and they pledged their commitment to a close, long-term relationship. Their offer was not limited to supplying projection equipment only, but they also guaranteed immediate access to spare parts, lamps, new technologies and financing in a long-term contract,” added Juan Carlos Arriagada Mons, Cinecolor Chile.

Hoyts Chile has a long business relationship with Christie. In fact, in mid-June of 2012, the color correction/projection theaters of Cinecolor –the post-production division for images, sound and cinematographic laboratory of Grupo Chilefilms with presence in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and Chile – was equipped with Christie CP2220 projectors.

Craig Sholder, VP, Entertainment Solutions at Christie, said “We are delighted that Hoyts Chile has once again put their trust in our projectors for their digital theater roll out, which is proof of the confidence and respect that theater professionals have for Christie. Today the digital cinema projectors that Christie manufactures have the largest worldwide market share because exhibitors recognize that our projectors, in addition to having exceptional image quality, offer the best light efficiency and the lowest operating costs”.

Christie will supply Hoyts Chile with a variety of DLP Cinema® projectors, such as Christie CP2215, Christie CP2220 and Christie CP2230, as well as the Christie Avias-TMS™ Theatre Management System (TMS), which allows the screen operators to centrally control and organize all projection operations from a multi-screen theater.

Furthermore, Hoyts Chile will equip three of their theaters with the innovative Christie Vive Audio™ cinema sound solution, which they will use along with a leading immersive audio platform, Dolby® Atmos™.

“Christie invited us to several demonstrations of the Vive Audio technology, where we were able to witness and systematically measure the extraordinary distribution of the sound pressure throughout the audience, which substantially improves the intelligibility of the dialogue (with respect to cone-based speaker systems) and the uniform distribution of sound in the theater, greatly decreasing the rebounding that causes interference,” said Juan Carlos Arriagada Mons.

Hoyts Chile’s roll out, which will take place through a Virtual Print Fee (VPF) agreement with GDC Technology, began in January of 2014 and it is expected to be completed by November of this year, including the digitalization by Christie of the new theaters that Hoyts Chile plans on opening in 2015 and 2016, which could number as many as 30 screens.

DiGiCo’s SD5 Wins at Super Bowl XLVIII

Twin FOH and monitor consoles deployed for Halftime Entertainment Extravaganza featuring Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers

ATK Audiotek's DiGiCo SD5 console used to mix FOH for Super Bowl XLVIII's halftime performance by Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers (photo: Dave Rat)

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey — For the 82,529 fans that braved forecasts of cold, snowy weather predicted for Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2, Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers delivered an enthusiastic show that was long on great musicianship and killer showmanship. And making sure that show also sounded great were a pair of DiGiCo SD5 digital audio consoles used for both front-of-house and monitor mixes. more

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Extron Pro Series Control Processors Deliver Speed, Security, Power

Extron is pleased to introduce six IP Link Pro Series control processors. All of these are faster, more secure, and more powerful than ever. Built-in Gigabit Ethernet and the latest network protocols allow fast, secure connections with multiple TouchLink Pro touchpanels using today’s network infrastructure. IP Link Pro control processors are built to work with TouchLink Pro touchpanels and are fully customizable with Extron’s most powerful configuration software – Global Configurator Professional. more

Extron Introduces the Industry’s Most Powerful Configurable Control System Software

Extron is pleased introduce Global Configurator Professional. This dynamic configuration software is ideal for control systems and applications that range in scope from single projector classrooms to large, elaborate control system designs. Powerful features, such as conditional logic, variables, and macros provide even greater flexibility for more sophisticated control scenarios. The Controller Groups feature expands AV system design potential for much larger systems requiring multiple IP Link Pro control processors. Global Configurator Professional brings advanced configuration capabilities, enhanced features, and streamlined integration to your next control system design. more

Zektor Again Renews Partnership in D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point Program

Detailed Zektor Information Available in D-Tools System Integrator™ Product Database For Immediate Worldwide Project Specification

CONCORD, CA, USA – FEBRUARY 26, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Zektor has renewed their participation in the MVP Partnership Program. Detailed information about the entire line of Zektor products is available in the D-Tools product database for D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify free of charge.

Founded in 2003, Zektor designs and manufactures some of the most recommended audio/video signal distribution and switching products for the global custom installation market.

“We are pleased to renew our participation in the D-Tools MVP Program, making our professional A/V switching equipment more readily available to system integrators and custom installers,” said Jeff Haynes, CEO at Zektor. “The D-Tools MVP program provides us with an exceptional platform to further extend our product reach by making it easier for integrators worldwide to specify our full line of products. As a service-centric organization serving the dynamic custom installation trade, it is critical that detailed product information be readily available whenever are wherever it’s most convenient to those who need it. D-Tools not only provides this capability, it also simplifies the design and estimation process significantly.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides system designers, specifiers, integrators and installers the most up-to-date and detailed product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, more than 4,500 MVP members worldwide help companies streamline the design process by making it easier for them to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients by using the D-Tools System Integrator platform.

“Zektor’s products are well known for their quality and compatibility and their products are an ideal fit for the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point program, so we are happy to have them renew their participation,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “D-Tools System Integrator users have come to rely on Zektor’s premium quality Audio Video Switching and Distribution options for their customers and we’re thrilled to make the lineup available to them for use in their system designs and proposals.”

Those interested in learning more about the D-Tools MVP program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the many benefits that can be derived from utilizing a streamlined system design, proposal and estimation software platform are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, Email mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About Zektor
Zektor is a designer and manufacturer of feature rich professional grade audio/video distribution products for the custom installer.  Zektor proudly designs, manufactures and supports all of their matrix products in the USA. Zektor was founded in 2003 and is a privately held company. For more information please visit their website at www.zektor.com.

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. In fact, over 4,500 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), as well as a winner of the National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications (2013).

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, (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press

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Delicate and Martin Audio MLA Team Up For Maroon Five

Las Vegas, NV––For the second year in a row, Delicate Productions supported Maroon Five with a Martin Audio MLA system for two celebratory New Year’s Eve shows at the Mandalay Bay Event Center.

The Event Center, a modern 12,000-seat venue, “is fortunately one of the better sounding casino rooms,” according to Jim Ebdon, FOH Engineer for Maroon Five.

“In these venues it’s all about the coverage,” Jim explains, “and what’s great about the MLA system is that it covers so well. It’s a smaller box and very versatile. We work with Delicate a lot and I trust them, so I leave it up to (President of Delicate Productions) Jason Alt and FOH Tech Makoto Araki to set up.

“They do a great job shooting the room, making the analysis and figuring out how many boxes they’re going to need and how the side hangs should be configured depending on the amount of tickets we’ve sold. Maroon Five usually sell out these shows, so the hangs tend to go right round the sides of the stage in a 270 configuration. And with MLA, we’re able to control the sound well to avoid reflections.”

The setup for these shows consisted of 11 Martin Audio MLA, one MLD (downfill) and 12 MLA Compact enclosures per side with 12 MLX subwoofers, plus 6 W8LMD and four WT2s for side fills. In addition to Alt and Araki, the Delicate crew included Craig Robinson (Monitor Tech) and Russ Cunningham (Stage Tech).

Asked how the system sounded, Ebdon said, “MLA is a very flat system, it doesn’t color the sound in any way, which is great. And I find it to be very accurate as well; the high frequencies are smooth and extremely easy to listen to. Going down the frequency range, there’s a very seamless transition into the subwoofer. With many systems, you hear the main flown PA and then the sub, it sounds like two separate sound sources. Not with MLA. It’s a real full-range sound system.

“We travel a lot and I’m lucky enough to plug into all kinds of sound systems these days. When it comes to MLA, I don’t even need to get into what kind of drivers or amps Martin Audio uses because it sounds good, and that’s all that matters.”

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.

Camplex Introduces New HDMI to Fiber Optic Converter

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. – February 24, 2014 - Camplex, a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of professional broadcast fiber optic interface gear, today announced the availability of a new HDMI to Fiber Optic Conversion System. The CMX-HDMIF accepts HDMI and converts it to ST Fiber allowing the signal to be sent over 10 miles using low cost fiber optic cable. The cost effective Camplex complete converter system is perfect for extended use of HDTV, LCD monitors, digital projectors, plasma TV’s and other equipment requiring HDMI to Fiber conversion.Camplex CMX-HDMIF HDMI to Fiber Optic Conversion System

“Taking into account the low cost of fiber we wanted to provide a simple solution to extend HDMI signals over long distances,” said Dan Coscarella, Product Manager at Camplex. “The Camplex HDMI over Fiber conversion system delivers broadcast results. With ST Fiber connectors and a locking power supply the CMX-HDMIF gives you the added assurance that you’re always connected.”

The Camplex HDMI to Fiber Optic Conversion System is available for pre-order now and is expected to start shipping on March 10th. To learn more about the CMX-HDMIF and other Camplex products visit www.camplex.com.

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About Camplex
Camplex is a popular broadcast industry manufacturer of fiber optic based camera adapter systems and other broadcast grade fiber optic interface gear. With our unique modular design philosophy, you can add high bandwidth, long length easily deployable fiber to any camera – from broadcast to pro-sumer at dramatically lower costs than other professional systems. Unlike other systems, our fiber optic equipment is instantly swappable to any camera. Camplex supports all formats including 4K and Ultra HD production.

Camplex is exclusively distributed by TecNec Distributing and is available through the entire TecNec dealer network and online at Markertek.com.

GatorVision Enhances University of Florida In-Venue Sports Production with Tightrope ZEPLAY

Slo-mo instant replay system offers school a robust feature set, reliable performance and affordable price point for upgraded control room

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, February 24, 2014GatorVision is the University of Florida athletic department’s broadcast and production initiative, handling live and on-demand event streaming and in-venue, game day coverage as part of its operation. The recently-built control room, located in the College of Journalism and Communications building on campus, houses a full complement of cutting-edge production gear suited to both outside broadcasts and in-venue content.

For in-venue productions, Tightrope Media Systems is helping the GatorVision production team score points with fans at football, basketball, volleyball and gymnastic events. The control room includes two of its ZEPLAY slo-mo instant replay systems to inject added excitement into game day action via multi-angle replays, on-the-fly highlight packages and more.

Brad Noblitt, director of engineering for University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, states ease of use and flexibility as two reasons for choosing ZEPLAY over competitive solutions. Noblitt has assigned a seasoned operator of a well-known instant replay brand to operate the primary system. That operator simultaneously trains students to run the second ZEPLAY.

“The learning curve on ZEPLAY is not nearly as steep as competing products,” said Noblitt. “We have a lot of student involvement at GatorVision, being part of the College of Journalism and Communications. Our primary operator teaches students how to use ZEPLAY keystroke by keystroke. Within an hour, the student can really understand the concept of the workflow.”

Noblitt also feels that ZEPLAY offers the best price to feature set ratio of slo-mo instant replay systems available.

“This gives us a true four-by-four system,” said Noblitt, referring to its four input and four output configuration. “ZEPLAY offers a lot of flexibility based on the project size and budget. We rely heavily on the system for the fan experience, and I am astounded by how quickly we can produce multiple replays. We can fire off a replay even as our opponent heads back down the basketball court. It is the meat and potatoes of our system.”

The GatorVision team further benefits from a built-in multiviewer that provides operators with a clear visual tool to monitor the various camera angles. According to Noblitt, the ZEPLAYS never stop recording, which compel camera operators to keep shooting. This ultimately creates exceptional value in terms of replay content.

Noblitt adds that the latest software release has simplified how his team can edit, trim and build packages for game highlights. Additionally, the GatorVision team creates “melts” after every game for later use, with direct playout to our XDCam disc or as an exported .mov file(s). This highlights the open, non-proprietary nature of ZEPLAY.

These features combined add even more to the educational experience for College of Journalism and Communications students interested in learning the system.

“We can easily set up a simulated game by taking our four camera feeds from the previous game, and using one of our ZEPLAY units to playback the game through our switcher,” he said. “This helps us teach our students how to direct, how to TD and how to do replays offline. If there is a problem we can hit stop, discuss what went wrong, back up a few plays and try it a different way. We built that functionality into GatorVision because it is a teaching facility. ZEPLAY offers a teaching tool to get students up to speed with true hands-on experience.”

About Tightrope Media Systems

Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, Internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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Cairo’s St. Therese Basilica Gets Mackie HDA

Cairo, Egypt , February 2014…With more than 22 million inhabitants, the city of Cairo is rich in history and culture. In a region renowned as the birthplace of most of today’s religions, the sprawling metropolis on the banks of the Nile River is dotted with mosques, cathedrals, and houses of worship large and small.

The Basilica of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus is one of the more remarkable Catholic churches in the region. Named for one of the church’s early French missionaries, the Basilica is a massive Byzantine style structure adorned with Arabic-Egyptian ornamentation. Constructed in 1939, it served for many years as a stopover for missionaries on their way to the East. Today, it attracts a great number of visitors, many of them foreign tourists.

As with many of the grand basilicas, the room’s acoustics have long been a challenge. Soaring walls, marble floors, wooden pews, and a massive 80-foot (25 meter) high dome ringed with windows are just the beginning of a highly reflective environment that makes intelligibility nearly impossible. The walls of the church are decorated with an ornate mosaic which, while beautiful to behold, only adds to the reflectivity of the space.

Egyptian audio distributors Al Fanny Trading were called in to help solve the Basilica’s sonic challenges, and installed a system based around four of Mackie’s HDA two-way arrayable powered loudspeakers. As Al Fanny’s Rami Saad explains, the church’s previous system was simply not up to the task.

“They had a system of ten speakers installed on the columns, but the sound quality was very poor,” Saad says. “People could not understand the sermon, and the balance between the choir and the spoken word was very poor.”

Saad says the HDA system was selected not just for its power, but for its pattern control. “It was no problem to find speakers that were loud, or speakers with good sound quality,” he explains. “The challenge was to find speakers that could direct the sound toward the people, not toward the walls. The HDA speakers did exactly that, and very well.”

The choir area has been equipped with several SRM450v2 loudspeakers for monitoring. “The choir are standing higher on a platform, and the sound coming out of the main speakers didn’t really provide them with enough coverage,” says Saad. “The SRM speakers are a great solution.”

As the final piece to the sound system, Al Fanny installed a Mackie Onyx 24.4-Bus console. “The Onyx console sounds wonderful — very clean and clear,” says Saad. “The system has made a big difference for them already, and everyone is very pleased.”

 

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