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Konzerthaus Berlin Finds Speech and Music Clarity with Meyer Sound CAL Column Arrays

konzerthausRanked amongst the top five symphonic concert venues, Konzerthaus Berlin has recently installed the steerable Meyer Sound CAL™ column array loudspeakers in its Great Hall (German: Großer Saal). Blending inconspicuously into the hall’s neoclassical architecture, the slender, elegant arrays are used for music reproduction as well as voice applications from concert narration and conductor commentary to emergency alarm systems.

“After modeling and measuring CAL’s extended frequency performance, we were impressed by the system’s ability to handle both speech and high-fidelity music reinforcement,” says system designer and acoustical consultant Ralf Bauer-Diefenbach of Berlin-based MMT Network. “That has surprised many musicians who have heard it; they are amazed that such a small, unobtrusive system can sound so natural.”

Several factors steered the venue toward a CAL solution. “We wanted a system that could be integrated subtly into the architecture,” Bauer-Diefenbach says. “In addition, CAL delivers excellent speech intelligibility, particularly for a reverberant concert hall, with over 95 percent of the STI values greater than 0.5 for the empty hall, and greater than 0.64 with audience present. Speech sounds very natural with CAL.”

The primary central cluster, flown high to keep clear of sight lines, comprises four CAL 64 loudspeakers configured for 360-degree coverage of the two upper tiers, rear stalls, balconies, and stage area. Two additional CAL 32 loudspeakers are placed on each side of the orchestra for floor seating coverage. The advanced beam-steering technology in CAL allows the venue to custom-tailor both the vertical directivity and down-tilt angles with exacting precision, while the CAL 64 model adds beam-splitting capabilities. Also used are four UP-4XP loudspeakers for front fill and four MM-10XP subwoofers. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor provides system drive and optimization. Components were installed by Berlin-based Elektroakustik Neuenhagen GmbH.

Since installation, the system has been used for dramatic readings accompanying the Vienna Philharmonic’s performance of Schubert’s incidental music for Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus, and reinforcement of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

The 1,418-capacity Konzerthaus Berlin was opened as a theatre in 1821 and rebuilt as a concert hall in 1977. The acoustics in the shoebox-shaped Great Hall have been ranked among the world’s five best for symphonic music by eminent acoustician Leo Beranek. Konzerthaus Berlin hosts its own resident orchestra, as well as visits by renowned orchestras such as the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

For Leo Beranek’s full list of the world’s best symphonic music venues, click here.

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Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Is Third Renowned Symphony Hall to Install Meyer Sound CAL System

koncertgebouwThe Royal Concertgebouw is expanding its Meyer Sound inventory by adding two Meyer Sound CAL™ 96 column array loudspeakers in the Main Hall (Dutch: Grote Zaal). Amsterdam’s architecturally resplendent and acoustically magnificent concert venue, The Concertgebouw now joins two other world-renowned orchestral venues, Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus Berlin, both of which have installed Meyer Sound CAL systems within the last year.

“Here at The Concertgebouw we have been planning for some time to install a state-of-the-art permanent system for speech reinforcement,” states Wouter van Poppel, head of technical services at the venue. “After listening to CAL demonstrations here on site and at the Musikverein in Vienna, we were extremely impressed with the system’s clarity, speech intelligibility, and configuration flexibility.”

The new Meyer Sound system is supplied by Audio Electronics Mattijsen (AEM), and lead consultant on the project is Theateradvies, both based in Amsterdam.

Meyer Sound CAL column array loudspeakers employ advanced beam steering and shaping algorithms coupled with tight driver spacing and individual amplification of all drivers to provide exceptional coverage accuracy and impeccable audio performance. CAL has recently become the first AVnu-certified AVB loudspeaker product, and will be demonstrated live at ISE 2015 in Amsterdam at the Meyer Sound stand 1-M90.

In three other rooms at The Concertgebouw, Meyer Sound UPJunior™ VariO™ and UPM-1P loudspeakers along with UMS-1P and USW-1P subwoofers provide reinforcement as needed in the Small Hall, Choir Hall, and Pleinfoyer. For amplified concerts, The Concertgebouw deploys a flown MINA™ line array loudspeaker system, supplied as needed by PME-Téchnica of Amsterdam.

The Concertgebouw, Musikverein, and Konzerthaus Berlin are listed amongst the five best venues in the world for their acoustical qualities for symphonic music, according to eminent acoustician Leo Beranek. A fourth hall on Berank’s list, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, features Meyer Sound UltraSeries™ loudspeakers. See his full report here.

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Meyer Sound Partners with Crestron® to Simplify AV System Integration

CrestronTo strengthen its support for system integrators, Meyer Sound has joined the Crestron Integrated Partner Program. The result is a suite of Crestron modules in development that will allow customers to seamlessly implement Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeaker systems in environments controlled by Crestron products.

The Crestron Integrated Partner modules will provide integrators with direct access to the Meyer Sound Galileo® and Galileo Callisto™ loudspeaker management systems, including functions such as snapshot recall, level control, muting, and more. Developed and tested by Crestron, the modules will fully support Crestron 3-Series® control systems via an Ethernet connection.

“As applications of Meyer Sound products continue to broaden across connected AV environments from corporate boardrooms to arenas, this new partnership will allow us to further simplify workflow for consultants and integrators,” comments John Monitto, Meyer Sound’s director of technical support worldwide. “Now our customers can skip the time-consuming custom OSC programming and enjoy more flexibility in creating high-performance AV systems.”

Meyer Sound’s award-winning Galileo loudspeaker management system encompasses the Galileo 616 and Galileo 408 processors, the Galileo Callisto 616 array processor, and Compass® control software. The Crestron module for Meyer Sound will be available on the Crestron application market this summer.

ABOUT CRESTRON

For more than 40 years, Crestron has been the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced control and automation systems. Our solutions are built on a validated architecture, using best-in-class technology that integrates unified communications, AV presentation, lighting, and environmental systems. Crestron streamlines technology, improving the quality of life for people in corporate conference rooms, hotels, classrooms, auditoriums, and in their homes. Our products are backed by more than 90 fully-staffed offices that provide 24 x 7 x 365 sales, technical, and training support across the globe. In addition to its World Headquarters in Rockleigh, New Jersey, Crestron has sales and support offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Discover the world of Crestron by visiting www.crestron.com.

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Beijing Poly Theatre Equips International Artistic Venue With HARMAN Professional

HARMAN_PolyTheatreBEIJING, China – Hosting domestic and international artistic events since 1991, the Beijing Poly Theatre is one of the main Chinese hubs for cultural arts exchange. Promoting everything from Russian ballets to Singapore Orchestras, it is designed to bring audiences the most refined art performances from around the world. During its most recent upgrade, local HARMAN distributor ACE supplied a new audio system for the auditorium that features HARMAN’s Soundcraft consoles, Crown amplifiers and BSS signal processors.

The auditorium seats 1,428 people and features world-class audiovisual equipment to cater to the various needs of different international acts. ACE provided an audio system that is perfect for operas, symphonic concerts, ballets, musicals and many other productions.

Soundcraft Vi6 and Vi4 digital mixing consoles were installed in the control room, where they share a Stagebox so the signals can be routed into both consoles. The Vi6 is the main console used for front of house. The Vi4 is used as a backup console, but can also be configured for monitors.

“The two Soundcraft consoles form a complete mixing system that is extremely versatile,” said Lina Han, Vice President of Engineering at ACE. “They have added a huge amount of digital mixing capacity to the control room, and by just switching a few cables around, they can be configured for any purpose.”

The system is powered with Crown Macro-Tech i Series amplifiers and supported with BSS BLU-160 signal processors, which offer configurable signal processing at a high bandwidth.

“By converting the existing analog infrastructure into newer digital systems, we have transformed the control room of the theater,” said Han. “The biggest challenge for this project is that we only had 15 business days until completion, which meant that we pre-configured all the equipment in-house. The customer was very satisfied, as we provided reliable maintenance and support during the integration process.”

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 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

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Extron Introduces Five MediaLink Plus Controllers with Ethernet Device Control and PoE

Extron MLC Plus SeriesExtron is pleased to introduce several new, easy-to-use MediaLink Plus controllers. The MLC Plus 50, 100, and 200 are sleek, fully configurable Ethernet controllers with beveled edges, rounded corners, and backlit buttons. While the MLC Plus 50 features backlit Up and Down volume buttons, the 100 and 200 models feature a multi-function volume knob for smooth, precise control of select Extron amplifiers, ProDSP-equipped Extron products, and a wide range of audio devices. As part of the MediaLink Plus Series, all of these controllers are loaded with features and enhanced security, making them ideal for handling common AV functions such as display on/off, input switching, volume, and Ethernet control of AV devices. Magnetically-attached faceplates hide the mounting screws giving the controllers a refined, uncluttered appearance. Power over Ethernet allows the controllers to receive power and communications over one Ethernet cable. The MLC Plus 100 and 200 are also available in AAP versions; providing openings for up to four, single space Architectural Adapter Plates for numerous connectivity possibilities. more

Hitachi CP-TW2503 Interactive Projectors Bring Excitement to Nauset Public Schools

Hitachi NausetNauset, Massachusetts, February 6, 2015 – Looking to keep up with rapidly evolving educational technology, Nauset Public Schools in Nauset, Massachusetts chose Hitachi CP-TW2503 interactive projectors to bridge the gap from old to new. With the installation of the Hitachi interactive projectors, the children at the Nauset Public Schools have become far more engaged and excited about learning.

Nauset Public Schools is comprised of five school districts. There are seven schools in all: a high school, middle school, and five elementary schools. The total student population is 2,500 with a faculty of 315. Nauset High School is ranked as one of the top 100 schools in the country.

“During the last three years we have made a tremendous push to update our technology,” explained Barbara Lavoine, Director of Technology for Nauset Public Schools. “We wanted to make sure our students were technologically prepared beyond K12 and that they were ‘21st century’ students.”

A variety of interactive projectors and whiteboards have been installed in the Nauset Public Schools over the past three years. More than 50 Hitachi CP-TW2503 interactive projectors were installed in the summer of 2014.

Student feedback on the new technology has been very positive. “The kids love it. They are always excited to use the interactive projectors,” explained Mrs. Lavoine. “In fact, we have found that the students often want to keep using the interactive projectors over playing outside.”

The teachers have also had a positive response to the interactive projectors. “The faculty continually asks, ‘When can I get an interactive projector?’ We have been working hard and most of our schools are pretty well-equipped with this technology,” Mrs. Lavoine concluded.

For more information on Nauset Public Schools, visit http://nausetschools.org

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

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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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New d3 Technologies’ Media Servers Provide Massive Computing Power for WorldStage

4x4_white_angleWorldStage continues to expand its equipment inventory with the purchase of several new d3 Technologies media servers. The company now has d3 4×4 PRO servers and d3 4×2 PRO servers to supplement their existing d3 4U v2.5 units. The new acquisitions mark another milestone on the WorldStage 4K roadmap, which also includes the recent addition of a Barco E2 presentation system with extensive 4K capabilities.

“We were looking for a media server device capable of handling the 4K workflow requirements we’re starting to see,” says WorldStage’s Lars Pedersen. “d3 offers a variety of video output cards to handle a multitude of signal formats and has the flexibility to meet future requirements as the industry begins to standardize 4K transmission.”

Pedersen also gives kudos to d3′s “plethora of hardware and software features, including Dynamic Edge Blending” and its “enhanced functionality when connecting to external devices, such as sensors, encoders, camera tracking systems and others.” The system is also “extremely powerful” with the ability to handle up to 32 HD layers. The company also utilizes d3′s industry-standard pre-visualization capability that provides real-time renders of pixel-accurate 3D environments.

More than just media servers, d3 is billed as the world’s first integrated video production suite. Based around a realtime 3D stage simulator, it’s a single solution to design, present, communicate, sequence and playback shows. The server works with props, venues, LED screens, projection, lighting and moving set pieces while using a single intuitive software solution on a laptop or dedicated d3 hardware.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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BenQ Unveils Latest Classroom IQ Solutions at TCEA 2015

Colorific(TM) Projectors and Interactive Flat-Panel Displays Bring Increased Connectivity, Collaboration, and Energy Savings to Enable Schools to Teach With Flying Colors

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Feb. 4, 2015 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of Classroom IQ solutions, today announced that the company is kicking off its participation at TCEA being held in Austin, Texas, from Feb. 4-6, by unveiling its newest Colorific(TM) projectors, interactive flat-panel (IFP) displays, and other collaborative classroom applications. Under its “Do It All With Flying Colors” theme, BenQ joins education leaders and technology experts at TCEA with a renewed commitment to education by offering a wide range of dedicated sales and support initiatives via the BenQ Education Solutions in Technology (BEST) program. more

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VideoCentric Launches Pexip(R)-Powered VideoCloud 365 Video Conferencing Service

Flexible Cloud Solution Relies on Infinity to Securely Connect to Any Professional Video Conferencing, Mobile, Lync, Skype, and Web Client

OSLO, Norway — Feb. 4, 2015 — Pexip(R), a leading innovator in scalable, distributed videoconferencing software, today announced that prominent U.K. video communications integrator VideoCentric has selected Pexip Infinity to power VideoCloud 365 — a high-quality “super green” video conferencing service. By incorporating industry-leading software from Pexip, the cloud-based VaaS allows meeting participants to connect on any device using any software, bringing an incredibly simple video conferencing solution to today’s dynamic enterprise environment. more

Stevie Wonder’s Epic ‘Songs in the Key Of Life’ Tour Takes Analog Sweetness into the Present, with Clocking by Antelope Audio

As More Tour Dates are Announced, Antelope Audio is the Sole Clocking Device at FOH and Monitors for Limited Run Engagements, with Zen Studio Capturing Each Performance

1Santa Monica, CA, February 5, 2015: Last fall, Stevie Wonder announced that he would be taking his landmark Songs in the Key of Life album on the road in a limited run, 11-city engagement across North America. The announcement sparked the attention of major U.S. media, since it marked the first time Wonder has ever taken the Diamond-certified album on tour — and almost four decades after its original release in 1976. To be sure, Songs in the Key of Life is an American masterpiece that has helped define the very fiber of popular culture, while influencing countless musicians around the world. A faithful, touring rendition of the album was a daunting endeavor, since the double album took over a year to record and involved over 120 studio musicians.

The tour, which began on November 6th at Madison Square Garden and has now been extended to run through April 12, features a horn section, a choir, background singers and a ten-piece orchestra in addition to the regular band, which is comprised of 11 musicians. All in all, the live touring rig consists of over 40 musicians and 156 console inputs. Bringing Songs in the Key of Life to the live stage and into the digital age has been an enormously challenging task, and the sonic integrity of each performance has been anchored by clocking technology from Antelope Audio.

Finding a Technical Roadmap for a Creative Visionary
2Danny Leake, who has been Stevie Wonder’s FOH engineer for 22 years, is responsible for providing a spectacular audio infrastructure for each of the shows. To achieve this, he relied on an audio system from Eighth Day Sound, while working closely with Monitor Engineers James Berry (Stevie Wonder monitors) and Rico Gonzales (band monitors): “Stevie is the creative visionary, and basically, whatever he comes up with, I create the technical road map to get it done, and make sure it is achievable from a technology perspective,” he says. “On this particular tour, Stevie was reproducing the original Songs in the Key of Life album. We had a much bigger band, an orchestra with strings, and a choir. Plus a bunch of things that he had done on that album that were impossible to play live. I had to find a way of taking 156 inputs of stuff and turn it into a stereo mix.”

For Leake, ensuring the integrity of signal path and achieving an immaculately detailed soundstage was the first order of business. Before the tour began, he met with Antelope Audio’s Marcel James, who explained that by using Antelope’s 10M/Trinity combination to clock both the FOH and monitor stations, he could achieve significantly increased sonic depth while retaining an authentic ‘analog’ feel. “I tried using the Antelope clocking system at a friend’s studio at Marcel’s suggestion, and it wasn’t a subtle difference. Now we are using the 10M/Trinity combination to clock the entire show at 96k and it sounds really wonderful.”

Antelope: Bringing Analog ‘Back to the Future’
3In an industry conditioned to raise audio quality by focusing primarily on microphones, preamplifiers and loudspeakers, Leake was surprised at the enormously positive effect Antelope’s mastering grade clock could have on the signal chain. “To me, it was more ‘analog’,” Leake explains. “As an engineer, I came up with tape in the analog days. There is a certain depth you get from that — and some of that can get ‘fuzzy’ when you go to digital. But the Antelope clocking made it sound like straight analog: all of a sudden, I had depth, I could hear things that were happening with the reverbs that were more fuzzy before.”

In addition to hearing more depth, Leake says the Antelope 10M/Trinity combination also made a difference in bringing out more detail in the stereo field: “I don’t normally mix very wide for a live show, but the Antelope clocks made a big difference in expanding the sound stage. All this enables me to maneuver better around the console.”

Moving to an external clock was a big step for Leake and the Stevie Wonder tour. “This was the very first time we used external clocking on the console, both at FOH and monitors, and I will never go back,” he says. “We’ve run everything through the Antelope clocks since day one, and they have performed flawlessly — absolutely no problems.”

Zen Studio: Ever-Present to Capture the Magic
4While on the road, Leake counts the new Antelope Zen Studio among his ‘most used’ arsenal of tools. With (20) analog inputs, (12) microphone preamplifiers and Antelope’s signature 24-bit/192 kHz conversion all running over a proprietary USB connection, he uses the Zen as a ‘scratchpad’ to capture recordings from every show and to check his stereo mixes from the main L-R console outputs.

“I used the Zen Studio to replace a competitor’s unit, and it really made a big difference,” Leake says. “I love the conversion, and it has a really smooth top end that I am used to hearing from Antelope’s clocks over the main P.A. I would describe the preamps on the Zen as very clear and open, with more depth and detail than on what I was using before.”

For the new leg of the tour, which starts on March 17th in Denver, Leake says it will once again be wheels up with Antelope Audio: “It has been a wonderful experience for me, and also for my monitor engineers: the better the clocking is, the better it is for the whole stereo stage and IEMs. In Steve’s case, his ears are his eyes — so the quality of a stereo mix is all important.”

About Antelope Audio
Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of high-end professional audio equipment and the pioneer in the adoption of Atomic clock generators.

The company utilizes Igor Levin’s more than 20 years’ experience in digital audio to develop professional and consumer high-end products with the signature Antelope Audio sound. The company employs proprietary clocking and jitter management technologies as well as custom-designed digital and analog circuits to provide both professional audio engineers and music aficionados with unprecedented musicality, sound stage and clarity.

Antelope is the first to design a 1U 32-channel audio interface and a multi-channel portable interface with 12 mic pres. Antelope’s breakthrough technologies are offering both studio and live audio engineers great productivity and flexibility.

The company’s customers include many Grammy award-winning sound engineers and some of the most renowned recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the globe.

Photo captions:
1) Antelope Audio’s Marcel James interviews Stevie Wonder FOH Danny Leake
2) Antelope Audio provided all the clocking for Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ Tour.
3) Danny Leake, Stevie Wonder’s FOH Engineer, in action.
4) Danny Leake, who has been Stevie Wonder’s FOH engineer for 22 years, is responsible for providing a spectacular audio infrastructure for each of the shows.

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