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WORXAUDIO DEBUTS XL3i AND XL3T LINE ARRAY SYSTEMS

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Greensboro, North Carolina, December 2014… WorxAudio Technologies, a division of PreSonus Audio Electronics (www.presonus.com) proudly introduces the XL3i (installation) and XL3T (touring) line array systems. A new addition to the TrueLine™ Series, the new XL3i and XL3T’s throw capabilities mark a dramatic departure from conventional line array systems of this size and class. Combined, the three XL3i/XL3T modules create a 38-degree vertical system with an unusually broad horizontal dispersion of 150 degrees. The exemplary dispersion characteristics of the these loudspeaker systems make them outstanding choices for a wide range of sound reinforcement applications, delivering pristine audio quality with even coverage that eludes many competing systems. more

InfoComm Announces Education Line Up at ISE 2015

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InfoComm International®, the leading trade association representing the audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide and co-owner of the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE 2015) tradeshow, announces its most comprehensive InfoComm University™ training to date at ISE 2015. ISE 2015 takes place from 10-12 Feb. 2015, at the Amsterdam RAI.

As in previous years, InfoComm is contributing to the drive for increase knowledge by providing Members and Guest Members with unlimited free access to its on-site InfoComm University education programme. Members and Guests who pre-register for ISE 2015 using an invitation code will receive complimentary access to seminars of their choice on a first come, first serve basis. Two courses not eligible under the free voucher programme are CTS® Study Session and the brand new Master Class.

Non-InfoComm Members must purchase vouchers during ISE registration and then register for specific classes.

“Our comprehensive training and development programme encourages ISE attendees to take advantage of the show’s excellent education opportunities,” said Terry Friesenborg, Chief Global Officer at InfoComm International.

A wide range of presenters will provide education content that is relevant to ISE’s growing audience, while remaining true to the association’s values by being non-biased and objective.

Professional Development Seminars

Among the courses that attendees can take for free at ISE 2015 are:

· Needs Analysis for End-User Requirements – What Are They Really Saying?
· Digital Audio Protocols – What Are Your Options?
· Design Documentation and Tendering
· Understanding Multi-Channel Projection
· 4K and Streaming
· Collaboration in the BYOD Era
· Network Administrators – Cracking the Code
· Instore Analytics – Improve the ROI of your Digital Signage Solution and Enhance Your Customer Experience At The Same Time

Education Technology Managers

Also free to register, InfoComm is repeating the successful Special Sessions for Education Technology Managers. Aimed specifically at higher education professionals, the first session titled Destination 2020: Future Trends in AV and Electronic Systems will explore the influence and future of IT, consumer electronics, smartphones and the Internet. The second is Building Large Scale, Low Cost Lecture Capital – The Norwegians’ Story and will focus on digitizing higher education.


EDID Lab

New for ISE 2015, a special EDID lab course has been introduced aimed primarily at providing systems integrators with a practical understanding of EDID management and implementation for HDMI. The EDID Lab is valid under the free voucher scheme.

Master Class

A new Master Class category for ISE 2015 focuses on ‘Displays for Today and Tomorrow’. The session presented by industry veteran, Robert Simpson of Electrosonic, will be divided into four sessions and aimed at experienced AV professionals with around 8-10 years’ experience. Attendees can sign up for the Master Class during registration at a cost of €150 (for InfoComm members) or €200 (non-members).

CTS Study Session

As in previous years, a Certified Technology Specialist™ (CTS) class will be held. CTS is recognized worldwide as the industry’s leading AV professional qualification. Interested parties are encouraged to register early. Attendees can sign up for the CTS Study Session during registration at a cost of €99 (for InfoComm members) or €150 (non-members). Attendees can also register to take the CTS exam onsite at the RAI 10-12 February. Please visit infocomm.org/ise for more information.

All InfoComm University education will be held in the Elicium building, conveniently located amongst all show halls during ISE 2015.

Don’t miss out. View the speaker line up and sign up now at www.iseurope.org.

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About InfoComm International
Now in our 75th year, InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Additional information is available at infocomm.org.

Arch Enemy Finds an Ally in HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi6 Digital Console

Scraft_ArchEnemyHALMSTAD, Sweden – Bringing its unique brand of melodic death metal to its fans across the Atlantic Ocean, Swedish band Arch Enemy is currently touring North America with a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6 digital console at front of house.

According to Hagen Weigel, Arch Enemy’s FOH engineer, Arch Enemy’s shows are dynamic and full of energy and theatrics. “Arch Enemy is a band that has beautiful melodies arranged around very intricate drumming, which is mixed with heavy shredding guitars and spiced up with brutal growling to form a nice mélange that feels like a kick in the face,” he said.

While “melodic death metal” might seem like an oxymoron, it is in fact a popular sub-genre that is nonetheless quite challenging to mix. “There are heavily distorted guitars that are also wide, open, and melodic which mix with very fast double kick drum playing,” Weigel noted. “Frequency differentiation is key to the mix—getting all of the instruments to sit and work around each other. I need to have clarity and separation and still be able to put [lead singer] Alissa’s voice out in front. I’m always looking for the result to be something that is beautiful and brutal at the same time.”

In his search for a digital console for this tour, Weigel placed a priority on reliability. “You can have the best-sounding, most feature-packed desk, but when it crashes in front of 30,000 people at a festival none of that matters,” he said. “What Soundcraft has done with the Vi6 is create an incredibly stable, ergonomic console that still has all of the features that I am looking for.”

Those features, in turn, are multiple. “In order to fulfill my vision of what the Arch Enemy sound should be I need really good dynamics—fast responding gates, compressors that are smooth and predictable in behavior, EQs that are responsive and accepts boosts well, and effects engines that are able to give me reverbs that range from ‘80s plate sounds to modern large reverbs,” Weigel added.

For all these reasons, Weigel chose the Vi6, which he noted has performed flawlessly to this point. “From metal to orchestral and symphonic music, Vi consoles are able to translate the vision you have for your mix in your head to the PA,” he noted. “It is incredibly reliable and consistent and sounds beautiful.”

Lastly, Weigel notes the Vi6’s intuitive user interface is icing on the cake. “The whole concept of having a dedicated touchscreen for every eight channels is great,” he said. “The fader bank, all angled really steep, gives a very nice feel of having a perfect overview and also puts every single parameter in reach, all the time. I don’t have to step through menus and sub-menus, it’s all right there. In my opinion the Vi interface is probably the fastest interface there is to work on.”

For more information on Arch Enemy, please visit www.archenemy.net

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Event Enterprises Supplements NEXO M28 Arsenal, Adds Yamaha QL5 and DSRs

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—Event Enterprises is a full-service production company focusing on meeting their customers needs with utmost professionalism and the highest quality of service. With offices in Cincinnati, OH and Bellevue, KY, the company maintains a vast inventory of industry-standard, current event production equipment, coupled with an extensive dealer network and affiliations. The company recently took delivery of 12 NEXO STM M28 speakers to augment their existing NEXO box count, which has grown to 80.

“We were looking to increase our PA inventory to accommodate the demand of multiple festivals/stages/jobs happening simultaneously and were looking to dive into something with a little hotter output and farther throw than the NEXO GEO S12, states Grant Cambridge, Managing Director, Event Enterprises. The M28s could provide us with that need and seemed to make logistical sense for most of our applications. Financially, they also allowed us to make a comfortable initial investment into the STM franchise with the ability to “add on” and grow the rig with the additions of any B112s or M46s in the future. Our maiden voyage with the new boxes was a country show with headliners Dustin Lynch and Frankie Ballard, and out of the box, both front of house guest engineers enjoyed their day with them.”

Event upped their Yamaha DSR speaker inventory to 24, utilizing the DSRs for a variety of applications. “While the DSRs do see a lot of smaller “speaker on stick” gigs as well as corporate applications, we use them just as frequently for wedges as mains, Cambridge says. We do so many 5k, 10k, half/full marathon events where we line up the streets at the start and finish lines that the DSRs work perfectly for. We recently did a half marathon event earlier this month based around Veterans Day, and on a very cold Saturday morning we deployed DSRs down the start/finish line for 400 ft., and in 18 degree temperatures, they worked flawlessly for five hours in the elements.”

Cambridge said the Yamaha QL5 digital audio console was purchased primarily for the company’s rental inventory and in-house engineers to utilize in the field. “We have all taken a liking to Yamaha digital desks at our company and thought this was a nice “next step” for us, having gotten a lot of miles out of LS9s and M7s, notes Cambridge. Because of our familiarity with the Yamaha OS and internal workings within their digital desks and the direct functionality with the Dante network, we thought this would be a wise investment moving forward. The QL was put to use the minute it arrived, both by our own guys’ use well as fulfilling rider requests.”

For more information on Event Enterprises, visit www.evententerprises.com.

For more information on NEXO STM, Yamaha QL and DSR, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Nitin Sawhney Transcends With Martin Audio MLA At Albert Hall

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After working with RG Jones’ Martin Audio Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) at Glastonbury Festival, as well as the smaller MLA Compact at other events, David McEwan’s vision was to use it at the holy grail of London venues, the Royal Albert Hall.

As the long term recording and live engineer for Nitin Sawhney, the opportunity came when this British Indian musician, orchestral composer and producer announced his return to the famous London venue for performances from his forthcoming album Dystopian Dream and a selection of material from his first nine albums.

McEwan approached John Carroll, MD of RG Jones Sound Engineering, and to his great delight, the award-winning PA was made available within the production budget.

Rarely will MLA have had so many different sounds and voices pumped through it as Sawhney moved effortlessly through different musical genres. While he performed on guitars and piano, the ensemble featured many vocalists of different tongues as well as guests such as Björk percussionist and hang player, Manu Delago, and Soumik Datta on the 19-stringed sarod. The band also included two cellists, a tabla player and drummer, and the four singers lined up across the stage included the impressive flutist, Ashwin Srinivasan.

Fellow sound engineer Steve Watson, who tragically died last year, had first introduced David McEwan to RG Jones and the MLA. “I built up a good relationship over the years and had been badgering them to let me have MLA for the Royal Albert Hall. I wondered what it would sound like after using it at Glastonbury, and it sounded amazing. It produced great imaging—there was a real presence about the vocals wherever you stood—and that’s an important part of the show. In terms of PA’s, it’s clearly the next step up.”

The design consisted of 16 x MLA elements per side with nine W8LM Mini (and two W8LMD Downfills) per side and further W8LM/W8LMD used judiciously as front and infills. Eight Martin Audio WLX subs were recessed under the stage in a splayed broadside cardioid array to create the required curve.

McEwan’s system tech was the experienced Marty Beath, who a week previously had helped optimize the MLA system deployed for the Invictus Games Closing Concert.

As production/soundcheck time at the Royal Albert Hall was compromised, Beath was able to draw on existing presets, previously used by MLA tech Mark Edwards, enabling them to notch out sound spillage at the stage and up to the top tribune, where there was no audience present.

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Supporting the production was RG Jones’ Jack Bowcher, who has worked many times with McEwan, and was in charge of the stage. He, too, knew the rig would be rock solid.

“MLA again produced amazing clarity, particularly at front of house, which was impressive considering the nature of the event. The detail you could hear in the vocals was just unbelievable.”

But the last word came from David McEwan. “This was one of my favourite experiences; everyone seemed delighted with the sound and I will want to use MLA wherever I can.”

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.

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Hitachi CP-WX8255 Projector Provides Tremendous Benefits to Olive Branch Community Church

Hitachi_OliveBranchCorona, CA, November 25, 2014 – After a less than satisfactory projection setup in Olive Branch Community Church in Corona, California, Director of Technology Services Brian Norwood set out to upgrade the church’s system. The solution was found in the Hitachi CP-WX8255 projector, meeting all of the church’s visions.

“Our video and lighting was pretty rudimentary when I took over as Director,” explained Mr. Norwood. “I had a vision to extend the projected content out to a panorama and invest in enough lighting to make the environment the whole room instead of just the stage.”

Olive Branch Community Church has an attendance of 900 to 1000 people in multiple services on Sundays. The Hitachi projector is mounted on the ceiling and is projected onto a 16 x 9-foot screen. It is the centerpiece of a 5-screen projection setup. For worship services, it displays motion backgrounds and lyrics, title and segment slides during speaking promotions, and virtually all of the video content.

“The budget for this project was very small,” explained Mr. Norwood. “I didn’t even want to pursue it if the projector would not be able to do true HD, and be bright enough to make a major impact.” The Hitachi CP-WX8255 met Mr. Norwood’s needs. “The specs, reputation and value of the CP-WX8255 made it an easy choice. “

Ease of use was a big factor in making the right projector selection. “I think the CP-WX8255 is the very definition of easy to use,” said Mr. Norwood. “We had it unboxed, up, aimed, sized, and focused in less than an hour.”

The CP-WX8255 has been very beneficial to Olive Branch. “Our Church has left-center-right seating and the people in the center were really having to turn quite a bit to view any content. That was especially troublesome for worship, and you had to look across people to see lyrics,” Mr. Norwood explained. “The Hitachi projector and center screen gives them a place of their own for worship content. Also it gives us a real tool in outreach as we finally have a display worthy of hosting movie nights or sporting events.”

In addition, the Church members have been thrilled with the upgrade. “Our congregation loves the addition,” Mr. Norwood added. “Honestly, not a week goes by without someone commenting on the improvement in the visual appeal of the service.”

For more information on Olive Branch Community Church of Corona, CA, visit http://www.olive-branch.org

For more information on Hitachi projectors, visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

About Hitachi America, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd. headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, particle beam therapy technologies, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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PRO SOUND EFFECTS DEBUTS SOUND DESIGN SPOTLIGHT VIDEO SERIES

Episode 1: How Ryan Billia (Rumble Audio, Brooklyn) is Making it in Indie Film

NEW YORK, NY – Pro Sound Effects®, the next level sound effects library company, has released the first video in its Sound Design Spotlight Series featuring Ryan Billia of Rumble Audio in Brooklyn, NY. The Spotlight Series is designed to bring awareness to the art and craft of sound design and to provide practical knowledge and inspiration for the growing number of aspiring sound designers.

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In the Series debut, Pro Sound Effects takes us into Billia’s one-stop audio post facility in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, goes behind the scenes to reveal workflow and creative approach, and finally onto the big screen where Billia shows us how he designed Icelandic Geyser explosion sounds for Land Ho! (Sony Picture Classics) using Pro Tools and the Hybrid Library.

“People hear sound design everywhere, but are not exposed in-depth to the art and craft behind it,” said Douglas Price, Founder & President of Pro Sound Effects. “To raise the bar, we decided to create a series of video interviews with forward-thinking sound designers to capture the creative spirit and technology of storytelling’s other side – that which is heard and not seen.”

Watch the full Spotlight Series video (11:17) here.

Or, skip to Geyser explosion design scene here.

ABOUT the SOUND DESIGN SPOTLIGHT Series:
The Sound Design Spotlight video series interviews forward-thinking sound designers to capture the creative spirit of story-telling through sound design and technology.

ABOUT PRO SOUND EFFECTS:
Pro Sound Effects® curates and delivers the Next Level sound effects library for media producers worldwide. The Pro Sound Effects Library is 220,000+ royalty-free sounds effects available both online and on hard drive. The Library spans the entire sonic spectrum and is continually updated. Founded in 2004, Pro Sound Effects is relied upon by top freelancers and big media production companies worldwide.

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Christie Delivers New Twist to Blending and Warping Capabilities

Christie®, the worldwide leader in digital display technology, is launching three upgraded versions of its ground-breaking Christie Twist™ technology at the Live Design International (LDI) show in Las Vegas. The Christie Twist solution delivers full image warping and advanced edge blending in Christie 3-chip DLP® projectors using powerful software that controls and edge-blends multiple curved images seamlessly on any surface.

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ChristieTwist Image Blending and Warping Module

Easier to use and with better, more precise pixel-to-pixel alignment than ever, the upgraded Christie Twist product family includes three tiers of specialized Twist software  each for different application requirements. ‘Christie Twist’ software is a free download from the Christie website. ‘Christie Twist Premium’ and ‘Christie Twist Pro’ are paid upgrades and provide additional functionality for more complex projects.

Christie Twist and Christie Twist Premium are ideal for live theater and events, projection mapping, tradeshows, large classrooms, corporate boardrooms, museums, house of worship, casinos and entertainments facilities, and more. For more intricate projects – including flight simulators, virtual caves and domes  Christie Twist Pro delivers unlimited arbitrary placement points for even greater accuracy. When purchasing Pro or Premium, customers can buy a dongle to attach to a PC running Twist software or license individual projectors and eliminate the need for a dongle.

“Christie has developed a more advanced Christie Twist family and added a new category with Christie Twist Premium. Each version of Christie Twist is tailored to specific needs: from simple flat screen multi-projector warps and blends to highly multifaceted applications,” said Joel St-Denis, product manager, Christie. “Whether the surface is cylindrical, curved, jagged, or any other non-flat shape or surface, Christie has the right Twist solution for the project.”

Christie Twist technology also provides networked projector control by allowing the user to launch a virtual remote from within the twist software with all the functionality of standard Infrared remotes.
Key features of upgraded Christie Twist family:

Feature Christie Twist

Maximum Projectors – 6
Control Points – Up to 81 Grid control Points
Brightness Uniformity – No
Auto Blending (Wallpaper) – No
Auto Blending (Field of View) – No
Arbitrary Point Placement – No

Christie Twist Premium
Maximum Projectors – 18
Control Points – Up to 87 Grid control Points, including 6 arbitrary points
Brightness Uniformity – Yes
Auto Blending (Wallpaper) – Yes
Auto Blending (Field of View) – No
Arbitrary Point Placement – Maximum 6

Christie Twist Pro
Maximum Projectors – Unlimited
Control Points – Up to 1500 arbitrary or grid control points
Brightness Uniformity – Yes
Auto Blending (Wallpaper) – Yes
Auto Blending (Field of View) – Yes
Arbitrary Point Placement – Yes – Unlimited

Matrox PowerDesk Desktop Management Software Turns 20

Robust, field-proven application gives professional users of Matrox multi-display hardware practical, stable, easy-to-use configuration tools

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced the 20th anniversary of its core desktop management software Matrox PowerDesk™ that lets users of Matrox graphics cards, external multi-display adapters and display wall products easily configure and manage multi-monitor setups. The latest products to include PowerDesk are the new Matrox C-Series cards — C420, the world’s fastest fanless quad-output card, and C680, a high-performance six-head card with board-to-board framelock.

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PowerDesk is designed to provide superior stability and ease of use. It includes a comprehensive set of tools to control a wide array of configurations including stretched or independent desktops, clone mode, pivot, bezel management, and edge overlap. Advanced features such as drag & drop functionality and unattended install simplify multi-display configuration management and shorten set-up times for single- and multi-system deployments. A PowerDesk API is available to third-party software developers and OEMs who wish to incorporate PowerDesk features into their own applications.

“In the early 90s Matrox led the industry by inventing the first graphics processor capable of supporting multiple monitors, addressing a major productivity hurdle by expanding the amount of information that could be viewed at one time. With that innovation came another major breakthrough, Matrox PowerDesk desktop management software, which let users easily customize their multi-display setups,” said David Chiappini, VP R&D, Matrox Graphics Inc. “That software has evolved into a formidable asset over time and is an important component sought by IT administrators, AV integrators and industrial system builders when upgrading corporate PCs, installing display walls and specifying multi-display cards.”

“Matrox has long supported professional users with superior hardware, premium technical assistance, long product life cycles and the easy-to-use PowerDesk software,” said Caroline Injoyan, business development manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. “When we had the new C-Series line of multi-display graphics card on the drawing board, it was clear that the hardware had to strike the perfect balance between video output density, performance and power consumption; and that the Matrox PowerDesk software had to be implemented so that customers will continue to benefit from the exceptional stability, usability and versatility they rely on.”

Watch the PowerDesk Video or visit individual Matrox Graphics product pages to learn more:
C-Series graphics cards
M-Series graphics cards
DualHead2Go & TripleHead2Go multi-display adapters
Mura MPX Series capture & display boards
See PowerDesk in action at upcoming tradeshows including ISE (Amsterdam, Feb. 10–12, stand 11-F68) and DSE (Las Vegas, Mar.11–12, booth 1645).

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a global manufacturer of reliable, high-quality ASICs, boards, appliances, and software. Backed by in-house design expertise and dedicated customer support, Matrox products deliver stellar capture, extension, distribution, and display. Engineering high-quality products since 1976, Matrox technology is trusted by professionals and partners worldwide. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

HARMAN’s BSS Audio Provides Networking for Italy’s MiCo – Milano Congressi Convention Center

BSSMICO2 copyMILAN, Italy — Fiera Milano SpA is the most important trade show organizer in Italy and its MiCo- Milano Congressi convention center is the largest in Europe, with a capacity for 18,000 attendees and 70 different conference rooms. Located in the heart of Milan, the center has a variety of exhibition spaces and its conference rooms feature a complete range of audio and video connectivity including a comprehensive audio upgrade featuring a HARMAN BSS Audio Soundweb™ London networking solution.

The installation, located in the Northern wing of MiCo, was designed and built by Volume Srl, Euphon S.p.A. Group with support from HARMAN Professional Italian distributor Leading Technologies. The installation interfaces with the existing BSS Audio network that Leading Technologies provided for the South Block section of the facility.

The backbone of the system is provided by BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-806 signal processors, which offer configurable I/O, signal processing, Audinate’s Dante™ audio transport and Harman’s BLU link digital audio bus. Thirty-seven BLU-806 devices are installed in 18 rooms (along with an audio mixer), with each room’s EQ correction programmed into the BLU-806 devices. The BLU-806 was specified because it is the only Dante-supporting DSP device that could handle the required amount of signal routing and processing and enable a dual-redundant Dante network to run throughout MiCo North.

The system utilizes HARMAN HiQnet Audio Architect™ software, which provides comprehensive configuration, control and monitoring of the system.

According to Leading Technologies engineer Roberto Frigerio, the size of the project was matched by its urgency. “In the spring, the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union decided to bring various international meetings to MiCo. The organization also wanted to test the waters regarding staging other international corporate events beginning in 2015. Despite our successful installation in the South Block two years earlier, we had to prove we could accommodate these new demands and seamlessly integrate the new installation with the existing one – and under severe time and budgetary constraints.”

In addition to providing audio and video connectivity throughout the convention center, a major requirement was to standardize operation of the system in any room and accommodate a number of diverse A/V sources. “The BSS Audio Soundweb London system takes in the audio inputs from the mixing consoles via Dante and feeds the amplifiers through BLU link,” explained Volume’s project manager Marco Salviati. Users now also have the ability to send A/V from one room to all the others, enabling multiple rooms to share the same content, yet have individual volume levels.

109 JBL Control® 28 loudspeakers deliver audio throughout MiCo’s rooms. The speakers are powered by nine Crown DriveCore™ Install 4I300N amplifiers. In addition, a pair of JBL LSR305 powered studio monitors are used to provide a sonic reference in the master control room.

“For such a complex and flexible installation, it’s really simple to operate,” noted Dick Cranbe, the Audinate consultant on the project. “Every room can be run completely independently, and where rooms are linked together a user can use a single audio mixer to control the volume of all the rooms.”

“The project has lived up to its expectations, which were extremely high,” concluded Frigerio. “Until now, there was no facility in Italy capable of hosting large international meetings, which meant that we lost business to other countries. With the advent of the new BSS Audio system, MiCo is truly in the forefront of the world’s convention centers, and we’ve brought a new level of professionalism and new job opportunities into our domestic market.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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