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Tymphany Launches Into Professional Branded Transducer Market

Tymphany’s new line of professional transducers resets the relationship between performance and cost by building on proven design and manufacturing principles from Tymphany’s Peerless and Vifa heritage.

Tymphany pro transducerAnaheim, CA – The NAMM Show 2014 – February 1, 2014 – Tymphany HK Ltd., the leading expert in transducer and audio system design and manufacturing, announced today the FSL Series of woofers, the TC Series full-range column transducers, and the BC and H Series tweeter line. These professional audio transducers are built on 85 years of design and manufacturing expertise from Tymphany’s Peerless and Vifa brands.

Tymphany’s international team of acoustic experts leveraged the latest FEA multi-physics techniques to create transducers that reset the performance to price relationship for professional branded transducers. Independently verified measurements and production tolerance data validate Tympany’s leadership in transducer design and manufacturing. The company seeks to push the industry standard for power handling and sound quality upward, while helping audio companies hit cost targets.

“By combining an innovative, western-led design philosophy with the speed and efficiency of our Asian-based engineering and manufacturing teams, we optimized the new Tymphany transducers to handle the most demanding professional applications while lowering costs for our customers,” said George Bullimore, head of the transducer business unit for Tymphany.

FSL Series Pro Woofers
Available in 5, 6.5, 8, 12, or 15-inch versions, each FSL Series Pro Woofer is voiced with a smooth frequency response and designed for optimal large signal performance. The Ferrite magnet steel frame ensures reliability and enables custom variants for unique or large-scale installations.

BC Series Tweeters
Tymphany is the world leader in tweeter design, and the BC Series is a reflection of the work done by top audio industry minds over eight decades. The series includes a one-inch damped fabric soft dome tweeter with compact faceplate and finned heat sink for improved power handling and enhanced voice coil cooling. Tymphany’s H Series Tweeters feature a one-inch titanium dome and offer compact, high-strength Neodymium designs or cost-effective ferrite designs. All tweeters produce a smooth, extended frequency response with high sensitivity and consistent performance.

TC Series Column Transducer
The TC Series of full-range transducers were specifically designed to meet the needs of the column loudspeaker market. The TC Series was optimized to have an extremely smooth frequency response through the mid-range with a rising response at the top end of the curve. With industry leading sensitivity and low-frequency extension, the TC series sets a new standard for column transducers. The TC series is available in 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, and 4-inch models.

“Tymphany is already designing and manufacturing transducers for the world’s leading professional loudspeaker brands; a branded transducer offering is the natural extension of our complete ODM system solutions,” said Bullimore. “Guitar amps, PA systems, live sound, we really see no limits to what the future holds.”
Tymphany’s new line of professional transducers are available now for evaluation and can be seen at NAMM 2014 in booth A6260.

About Primax Electronics Ltd.
Primax Electronics Ltd. is an electronics manufacturing company based in Taipei Taiwan with manufacturing plants and R&D centers in China and Taiwan. It has been supplying PC peripherals, accessories for smart phones/tablets and multifunction printers to the IT industry in the past 29 years. It is listed in the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

About Tymphany
Founded in the U.S. in 2002, Tymphany™ Corporation is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of premium quality, digital electronics systems for the loudspeaker industry. Tymphany is an indispensable ODM partner to many of the world’s leading consumer electronics, automotive and professional audio brands, combining advanced digital circuit design and premium analog speaker components to achieve the highest level of audio performance. The company delivers a wide range of turnkey solutions within its transducers and integrated sound systems portfolio, including Peerless, a world-renowned brand of transducers since 1926. Tymphany is a privately held corporation. More information about the company is available at www.tymphany.com.

Yamaha R Remote App For Rio Line

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has announced today the launch of R Remote software. R Remote joins the Yamaha R Series input/output rack units, which since their inception, have made significant advancements in audio, creating natural sound quality, Dante audio networking, and system flexibility. The new Windows™- based PC standalone application, R Remote enables remote control of R Series Rio3224-D, Rio1608-D, and Ri8-D rack unit head amplifiers directly from a computer.

With R Remote, a live recording system can be created with just R Series I/O racks and a computer running Nuendo Live or similar DAW software. Combined with the I/O racks, R Remote can be used with consoles that up until now have not been able to support remote head amp control, such as the 02R96 or 01V96i. For this application, however, a Dante-MY16-AUD expansion card must be installed in the console. The end user will also be able to operate a stand-alone R Series Dante infrastructure independently from a console.

“There is great potential for advanced systems that provide enhanced portability and expandability,” states Marc Lopez, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “The development of R Remote is another example of listening to recommendations from our customers in order to provide them with even more advanced system possibilities.”

Yamaha R Remote will be available today, free of charge, via download at www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

D-Tools Delivers Slate of New Features and Services Aimed at Boosting SI User Productivity Including Updated and Expanded Six 2013 Software Platform, Native iPad Mobile Quoting App and Exclusive Hosted Solution Powered By Amazon Web Services

Productivity and performance enhancements to the award-winning software platform, App and Hosted Solution now available to current SI users as part of D-Tools’ shift to annual product release cycle

CONCORD, CA and AMSTERDAM RAI, NL (ISE 2014 stand #1-N53) – Feb. 3, 2014 D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that the Company will demonstrate the newest release of its flagship software platform, SIX 2013 to ISE 2014 attendees along with an all-new iOS-based mobile design and proposal App for the iPad, and an exclusive D-Tools Web Hosted Solution, a cloud-based workflow solution available to System Integrator users worldwide.

Now available to integrators worldwide, D-Tools SIX 2013 adds valuable productivity features and enhancements that enable commercial and residential AV integrators to streamline business processes, increase profitability, and reduce overhead. SIX 2013 makes it faster and easier than ever to perform key functions such as estimation, system design and project management. Moreover, SIX 2013 offers improvements in virtually every functional area including data and project management, QuickBooks® and third-party integrations, mobile connectivity, as well as a major upgrade in the software’s drawing capabilities. The application delivers a powerful, straightforward solution that now can improve all areas of an integrator’s business.

The new D-Tools iPad App is a native iOS application that leverages D-Tools’ extensive manufacturer product library by enabling integrators to access and integrate product category and package data from their SIX 2013 catalog while working with customers in the field. Integrators can enter client and contact information into the iPad app, then walk prospective customers through available installation scenarios in order to create a quote for approval. Once complete, the resulting quote can then be imported into SIX 2013 for additional design work and synchronization. Labor and general pricing will be calculated to give the customer an accurate proposal, which can then be signed off for approval on the spot.

Finally, D-Tools Web Hosted Solution – Powered by Amazon Web Services™ is a “plug and play” option for users that seek mobility and cloud-based storage of D-Tools SIX 2013 Server data. Because the D-Tools Hosted Solution is powered by Amazon Web Services, it features the highest possible level of scalability, security and performance. This new feature-set enables remote access and secure offsite storage for the entire System Integrator user community and delivers an easily accessed and utilized extension of the system that can be used anywhere or any time it is needed.

Currently, more than 4,400 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems. The D-Tools SIX 2013, iPad App, and Hosted Solution each serve to improve operational capacities and to reduce overhead, while providing efficient workflow. Demonstrations of the D-Tools platform will be provided during ISE 2014, being held 4-6 February 2014 at the Amsterdam RAI in the Home Cinema Europe stand #1-N53.

Any press seeking to schedule time to discuss the D-Tools advantage, should contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by emailing Katye@kmbcomm.com or calling +1 (425) 328-8640. Press kits for ISE will be made available the week prior to the show at www.kmbcomm.com/press.

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 4,400 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.

 

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BitWise Controls BC1, BC2 and BC4 Home Automation Controllers to be Featured During Exclusive 2014 Integrated Systems Europe Demonstrations in Home Cinema Europe Stand 1-N53; BC1 and Room Remote will Control Theater Demonstration

ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO and AMSTERDAM RAI, NL (Integrated Systems Europe 2014 – Stand 1-N53) — Feb. 3, 2014 – BitWise Controls, a leading innovator of powerful, flexible control and automation systems will be featuring its suite of home automation products at Integrated Systems Europe 2014 (ISE). BitWise controllers serve as the hub of any home automation system, allowing components and devices to interact with one another both wirelessly and seamlessly. Three controller models are available including the BC1, a powerful unit capable of handling virtually any automation task; the BC2, with all the processing power of the BC1 in a midsized chassis; and the BC4, which caters to single-room systems and expansion projects. BitWise Automation Controllers can be controlled by the new tactile, hard-button BitWise Room Remote or by iOS® and Android® devices via fully customizable graphic user interfaces (GUIs).

The top-end BC1 is a 1RU unit suitable for any residential or commercial application that easily controls audio/video, lighting, HVAC, shades, security systems and more. It features a built-in astronomical clock that provides event scheduling based on the time of day, sunrise or sunset, and includes eight IR ports (routable and attenuable), four SPDT relays, analog or digital signal sensing capabilities as well as customizable email notifications and two USB ports allow for future expansion. BC1 can be shelf or rack mounted using provided rack ears for added convenience and versatility.

The BC2 is a powerful midsized controller that features four IR ports (routable and attenuable), two SPDT relays, and analog or digital capabilities. Its compact chassis belies its powerful capabilities. It’s suitable for most any residential or commercial automation application, especially those that have fewer devices to control. Two USB ports allow for expansion, and like the BC1, email notifications can be customized.

The BC4 is an ideal single-room or expansion solution that can be used independently or in conjunction with BC1 or BC2 Automation Controllers. It offers one RS232 port, four IR ports plus a built-in blaster, two SPDT relays, and two-way interaction for a single device is supported via a serial or network connection.

Nearly everything from theaters, lighting, HVAC, shading systems, and more can be accessed from any BitWise controller or user interface on the network. The onboard relays and signal sensing ports allow interaction with mechanical devices as well, and two-way interaction with serial and networked devices is supported. For the ultimate in ease and accessibility, BitWise systems can be controlled with the BitWise Touch app for a variety of Apple and Android devices as well as with the new BitWise Controls Room Remote.

Experience the scalability and flexibility of BitWise and its suite of automation controllers During ISE 2014 at the Home Cinema Europe stand 1-N53. Those interested in scheduling an appointment with key BitWise executives to learn more about the simple superiority of the BitWise Controls lineup during Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) are encouraged to contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by calling +1(425) 328-8640 or writing to Katye@kmbcomm.com.

About BitWise Controls
Designed and backed by more than 20 years of mission-critical control, monitoring and AV systems integration experience, BitWise Controls provides powerful and flexible control and automation solutions for commercial, industrial, education and residential control applications. BitWise Controls was founded in 2008 with the goal of offering innovative and reliable new products, designed and tested and manufactured in the United States. For more information, go to www.bitwisecontrols.com. Dealership opportunities are available. To learn more, send an email to sales@bitwisecontrols.com or call +1 (866) 932-2292.

Press contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, (406) 446-1283, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press, @katyemcgregor

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Torus Power to feature three premier power conditioning lines at Integrated Systems Europe 2014; The AVR2 Series, the new TOT Series and the RM Series are now available for international sales and distribution

TORONTO, ON, CANADA and AMSTERDAM RAI, NL (ISE 2014 Stand #5-R128) – Feb. 3, 2014 – Torus Power, a subsidiary of Plitron Manufacturing, will be showcasing a variety of its popular and versatile power conditioners at ISE 2014, including the premiere AVR2 Series, the popular and newly-expanded TOT Series, and the original RM series. Torus Power’s line of reliable, affordable toroidal isolation power conditioners provide clean, protected power to custom audio video installations of nearly any size or configuration. Used in residential and commercial applications to significantly improve sound and video quality and performance, Torus Power products are available with North American or International outlets for use in Continental Europe, UK, Asia, and Australia, and the line meets both IEC and Neutrik standards. Shelf, rack and wall mount configurations are available throughout the line for added versatility.

The AVR2 Series is Torus Power’s top-end toroidal isolation power conditioning and surge suppression solution. Designed for large-scale custom installations such as studios, consumer home theatre and audio system installations, and other mission-critical applications, the International AVR2 Series features two (2) models: the AVR2 8 CE and AVR2 16 CE. Both provide enhanced Ethernet (IP) control and monitoring functionality in addition to automatic voltage regulation, automatic reboots, versatile scheduling options, and individually addressable outlet zones. These models come in 3U and 4U chassis sizes with 5 or 8 outlets and 8A or 16A Output Current Ratings respectively, with either 220V or 240V Input Voltages, all of which readily accommodates a wide range of residential or commercial applications.

The TOT Series, now offered in two models, the TOT Mini (3A and 7A) and the TOT Max (15A), expands the Torus Power lineup to include an affordable entry-level price point that also delivers highly effective power conditioning. Employing Plitron toroidal isolation transformers and NBT noise filtering technology, the TOT Series restores incoming power to its clean original state and protects valuable systems from voltage sags, brownouts and surges. TOT also provides very low source impedance to connected devices, enabling high current delivery – up to the rated current limit – on an instantaneous basis; ensuring dynamic components are never starved for power. TOT Mini is suitable for providing Torus isolated power to components such as digital projectors, flat panels, powered speakers, media or source players, processors, and network devices. TOT Max features a larger capacity toroidal transformer and can be used with most audio systems and mid-power amplifiers.

The RM Series, Torus Power’s original line of reliable, affordable power conditioners have been providing clean, protected power to custom audio video installations for years. Available in a variety of configurations for North American and International use, RM Series models include the RM 8 CE and RM 16 CE. RM 8 CE is an 8A model and RM 16 CE is a 16A model; both are available with either 220V or 240V Input and Output Voltage, with 5 and 8 outlets, and 3U to 4U chassis sizes respectively to accommodate shelf, rack or wall mount applications. Torus Power RM Series toroidal isolation power conditioners are suited for a variety of installations from simple front-end systems to complex custom installations.

Showcasing a variety of versatile and technologically unrivaled power conditioning solutions for residential or commercial applications, Torus Power will exhibit at ISE 2014 in stand # 5-R128 with RGB Audio Visual Inc., a leading UK-based distributor of custom AV systems and components.

Torus Power is a Crestron Integrated Partner and also a member of Savant’s Partner in Excellence Program, which enables seamless integration across platforms. More information about Torus Power can be obtained by visiting www.toruspower.com, calling +1 (800) 754-8766, writing to tech@toruspower.com and by following @TorusPower on twitter.

About Torus Power
Torus Toroidal Isolation Power Conditioners are the world’s finest clean power source for audio, video, and control systems. Built to an uncompromising standard of quality, performance and reliability, Torus Power Conditioners are engineered to perform and protect like no other.

Utilizing Plitron’s patented NBT technology and toroidal isolation transformers, Torus Power products restore incoming power to its clean original state, eliminate virtually all power line noise artifacts, and protect connected equipment from potentially damaging AC power line events, including severe lightning strikes and brownouts, thereby increasing system reliability and extending product life. Providing high levels of clean, instantaneous current, Torus Power products ensure that dynamic components – such as high power amplifiers – are never starved for power.

Precision engineered by Plitron Manufacturing Inc., a much sought-after OEM supplier of toroidal transformers and toroidal-based products for many of the audio/video industry’s leading amplifier brands as well as medical, broadcast, telecommunications, computer, power conditioning, UPS, energy, and other industrial sectors, Torus Power is manufactured to rigorous standards under Plitron’s ISO 9001 medical-level quality control system in Toronto, Canada. More information can be found online at www.toruspower.com. Follow Torus Power on Twitter @TorusPower.

Press contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, (406) 446-1283, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press, @katyemcgregor

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Hitachi Projector Boosts Resident Involvement and Participation at Tara Woods Community

North Fort Myers, Florida, January 31, 2014 – As the central gathering area of the Tara Woods 55-and-older community in North Fort Myers, FL, the center’s clubhouse needs to provide a consistent projection source for all kinds of media. After a previous projector had failed, Wayne Cox’s experience in educational A/V led him to purchase a Hitachi CP-WX8265 projector for the community. The projector was purchased from Harmon’s Audio Visual in Fort Myers, FL.

“There are no window coverings in the clubhouse, so high brightness is a must,” said Mr. Cox, who is a member of a volunteer group called Sound and Lighting that sets up, operates and services all audio and video equipment for the community. “I’ve already received plenty of positive feedback from the community on the brightnesow s and clarity of images.”

The clubhouse seats several hundred and is used for movie nights, bingo and, most recently projected lyrics during the community’s Christmas Carol Sing-a-long.

“Attendance at our movie night has already increased because of the picture quality,” said Mr. Cox. “We are able to rely on the image quality even on the brightest days.”

Mr. Cox, now retired, used to work as the Technologies Manager at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. He became familiar with Hitachi products during his time there, recognizing the projectors for their high resolution, brightness, contrast ratio, aspect ratio and connectivity.

The Hitachi CP-WX8265 3LCD projector features a brightness of 6,500 ANSI lumens and supports an aspect ratio of 16:10 WXGA.

For more information on Tara Woods, visit http://www.hometownamerica.com/tarawoods

For more information on Harmon’s Audio Visual, visit http://harmonsav.com/

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

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About Hitachi, 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, 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.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 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 material & components, automotive systems and others.

Christie Delivers Higher Brightness and Value with Upgraded Christie G Series and New Christie Q Series

Christie® welcomes three upgraded Christie G Series projectors to its powerful, industry-leading 1-chip DLP® line-up at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam Feb. 4-6. Providing 6000 lumens and WXGA/HD/WUXGA resolution, the three new Christie G Series models raise the benchmark of single-lamp, high brightness 1-chip DLP® performance at a low ownership cost.

Also debuting at ISE is Christie Q Series. The 1-chip DLP® projector powerhouse with a sophisticated design delivers best-in-class performance with brightness options ranging from 8500 to 10,000 lumens and XGA, WXGA, and WUXGA resolutions.

Christie Q Series Debuts at ISE 2014

Upgraded and Expanded Christie G Series Delivers 6000 lumens and Six-Segment Color Wheel
Boasting 6000 lumens and a single-lamp design, the upgraded Christie G Series is the brightest in its category and provides the exceptional image quality, brightness and dependability that is essential for presentations in board and conference rooms. For higher education, government facilities and houses of worship with limited budgets, the Christie G Series delivers the cost effective solution combined with long-life DLP® technology needed in such environments.

A new category in the upgraded Christie G Series is the Christie DWX600-G with WXGA resolution. The Christie DWX600-G is ideal for applications where the superior image quality of 1-chip DLP® and high brightness are vital but high resolution is secondary. Each upgraded Christie G Series projector is also equipped with a six-segment color wheel for the widest possible color range and more natural, vibrant images. Now shipping with a standard lens included, end users can also choose from a suite of optional lenses.

“As customer expectations change and grow, Christie is in the vanguard of providing brighter and better 1-chip DLP® solutions for a variety of installations and with two upgraded models and a brand new WXGA model, Christie has a complete line-up of 1-chip DLP solutions for every presentation need,” said Curtis Lingard, technical product manager, Christie. “The upgraded Christie G Series is durable and suitable for demanding environments such as signage and museums where the projector will be on for long periods of time. Unique to this class of projectors, the upgraded G Series also delivers multi-projector blends onto curved surfaces seamlessly and effortlessly for a perfect image every time.”

Installation is straightforward with features like optional wireless connectivity and input options including HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort. When it comes to authentic images, the Dynamic Contrast feature boosts contrast ratios up to 4800:1 and Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture functionality provide flexible display options.

The Christie DWU600-G replaces the DWU550-G and the Christie DHD600-G replaces the DHD550-G. Along with a boost in brightness, the new G Series models also offer 33 percent longer lamp life over the previous models and are equipped with DICOM® (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) Simulation Mode for training purposes.

New Christie Q Series 1-Chip DLP Delivers Up To 10,000 Lumens
The Christie Q Series 1-chip DLP® platform with brightness options ranging from 8500 to 10,000 lumens and XGA, WXGA and WUXGA resolutions is equipped with eClarity™ – advanced image processing that significantly enhances images by providing greater control over image sharpness, gloss and shading. With built-in High Dynamic Contrast Range (HDCR), image ‘washout’ in high ambient light conditions is eliminated by adjusting the dynamic contrast to recapture detail lost by excess ambient light on the screen. Christie Q Series is also equipped with DICOM® (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) Simulation Mode for training purposes, all in an elegant design.

“Whether displayed in portrait or landscape mode, Christie Q Series sets an industry benchmark for brightness and flexibility in this category of 1-chip DLP,” said Frank Anzures, senior product manager, Christie. “With the finest digital display tools available combined with an unsurpassed commitment to 1-chip DLP® solutions, end users have peace of mind with Christie.”

With the built-in dual color wheel, users can quickly choose between two color wheels to select the one that best suits their content and application.

“The High-Brightness color wheel provides superior whites for better graphic presentations while the Ultra Rich-Color wheel provides an expanded color gamut that rivals cinema color space,” said Anzures. “The Q Series is also equipped with an automation function that allows for easy switching between the color wheels.”

For rental staging applications including concerts, conventions and other events where visuals are a vital component, end users will recognize the Q Series’ difference when blending or warping images from multiple projectors onto flat, curved, hexagonal, or spherical surfaces.

Usable in either single lamp or dual lamp mode, Christie Q Series models include the Christie DXG1051, Christie DWX951 and the Christie DWU951. Both Q Series and G Series ship in March with a three-year warranty, backed by Christie’s industry-leading renowned customer service and support.

Extron Introduces Five Input Audio Expansion Processor with AEC and Dante

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the AXP 50 C AT, a five input audio expansion processor with Extron ProDSP for integrating remote microphones and other sources onto a Dante™-enabled Extron DMP 128 audio system. A single Ethernet cable to a central equipment rack can link multiple AXP 50 C AT units, avoiding the effort and expense of pulling one cable for each mic. The AXP 50 C AT provides 48 volt phantom power to its mic/line inputs. Dedicated signal processing is available for each input, including gain, filtering, dynamics, and AEC – acoustic echo cancellation. The intuitive DSP Configurator Software makes it quick and easy to set up DSP parameters and AEC on the AXP 50 C AT. more

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Housed in the renovated, historic Fenway Theater in Boston, the Berklee Performance Center is the Berklee College of Music’s flagship performance space seating more then 1,200 and counted among Boston’s most prestigious concert halls. Parsons Audio (Wellesley, MA) recently added two new Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Consoles in the performance center for use by student and faculty productions as well as national entertainment.

Berklee has had a long relationship with Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems consoles dating back to 1976 beginning with the Yamaha PM1000, 3K, PM4K, PM1D, PM5D, DM2K, and now the CL Series. A CL5 is positioned at front of house with a second based in Studio BPC located in an area above the theater.

“The BPC looked upon the new CL as the PM1D successor, states Rick Scott, Sales Director, Parsons Audio LLC. Among features that were appealing to the technical team were the networking capabilities of this generation of Yamaha consoles along with its Rupert Neve plug-ins within the Premium Rack and integration with Nuendo Live.” Parsons Audio has provided customer support of the school’s Yamaha consoles since the very beginning.

“We had the Yamaha PM1D for eight years, and wanted to make sure we could stay up-to-date with current, commercially available (and currently supported) technology, states Ed Libeartore, A1 at BPC. We also really wanted to have something with remote iPad control, so we could mix monitors on stage from the FOH console.”

Liberatore said he immediately loved the sound of the preamps and the processing, and quickly became accustomed to having the controls accessible from the touch screen. “Handing an iPad off to a student assistant has been working amazingly well. It lets me concentrate on the house mix and seems to make the performers more comfortable knowing that there is somebody who can listen to the same monitor speaker with them and build a custom mix right on the spot with exactly what they need without ever having to shout to me, standing 50 feet away.”

Studio BPC, which regularly multitrack records many of the performance center concerts, is a teaching lab for live performance location recording classes. The studio is fed from a separate split off the on-stage mic snake box, but also receives a feed from the house Dante network for additional options. “I am really happy with our decision on going with the CL5 console for our live recording studio, states Alejandro Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Music Production and Engineering, Berklee College of Music. The Dante Network is key in the success of our new BPC Studio, and we use Nuendo Live linked to the CL5 as one of our two multi-track systems capable of recording up to 64 channels, receiving independently the outputs of our 64 Grace mic preamps.”

For more information on the Berklee Performance Center, visit www.berklee.edu.

For more information on Parsons Audio, visit www.paudio.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL Digital Console, 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 integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Cirque du Soleil Relaunches Varekai as an Arena Show using BlackTrax

Streaming realtime tracking data keeps the lights on the performers

The Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai, which has been touring the world since 2002, returned to Montreal, Quebec in December 2013 for its re-launch as Arena Shows. The production team proposed to lighting designer, Nol van Genuchten the deployment of the BlackTrax realtime tracking solution from CAST BlackTrax Ltd for moving light tracking of performers.

Improving production efficiency

“As lighting designer for the very first edition of Varekai, it’s great to be working on it again as it evolves. With the new arena tour, Varekai is hosted at a different location each week and presents its own lighting challenges allowing me to adapt the lighting to ‘the arena’ of each new environment,” said van Genuchten.

“We introduced BlackTrax as an operational efficiency and cost saving tool as well as a way of calibrating lighting highlights to track performers on the stage area. BlackTrax works by accurately tracking people and objects using a proprietary infra-red sensor and a LED beacon that is attached to a performer giving positional information for X, Y, and Z coordinates.

“Using BlackTrax we placed a tracker and beacon and designated certain fixtures to track certain performers throughout the show. At each venue of the Arena tour, BlackTrax quickly calibrates moving lights making sure that the performer and high-res light beam control is used, and that the beam of light is kept at minimal width,” added van Genuchten.

BlackTrax enhances creativity

As well as significant recurring cost savings, BlackTrax became interesting as it gave van Genuchten and Varekai more creative control with lighting.

“With BlackTrax, I had a lot more freedom to create and place highlights on performers within the imagery and doing so in a way that I couldn’t have done with a traditional follow spot.”

“The BlackTrax software interface is very well developed and the physical practicality of creating trackable LEDs and beacons worked well. What’s more, BlackTrax is supported by a very good technical team at CAST that were there to assist us with any queries we had.”

“BlackTrax is a very powerful tool for the future,” concluded van Genuchten.

Gil Densham, President and CEO of CAST Group Group said: “Did you know that in English “Varekai” means “wherever”, which also describes the renown of Cirque du Soleil for its highly creative, hugely artistic entertainment and clever leveraging of technology to consistently deliver magical results! BlackTrax is the solution that makes possible seamless, spontaneous creativity + artistry + technology – its job was to simplify. Nol and the creative team of magicians + artists used hot-wired technology to help spin a thrilling, vibrant and colorful yarn. And, we are pleased that BlackTrax played its part by streaming the critical, precise, target coordinates to lighting technology in realtime so the planned creative effects augmented the artistry.”

www.blacktrax.ca

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