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Biamp Systems’ Tesira(R) SERVER-IO Powers Milwaukee’s ‘Listening to Mitchell’ Art Installation

DSP-enabled soundscape brings interactive public exhibit to life

BEAVERTON, Oregon — July 9, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced that the company will be donating the use of a Tesira(R) SERVER-IO to support the immersive sound installation for the “Listening to Mitchell” art project co-created by Sonja Thomsen and Adam Carr. Arup — an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants, and technical specialists — provided acoustic and audiovisual consulting and design services for the project and produced the 18-channel sound installation. The Tesira SERVER-IO provides the digital signal processing (DSP) behind the acoustically enveloping experience in the storefront sound installation. more

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Suburban Community Channels Serves Local Viewers with Tightrope Media Systems

New master control center, production truck benefit from multichannel scheduling and playout, slo-mo instant sports replay

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, July 10, 2014 — Many Community TV broadcasters across the United States rely on Tightrope Media Systems to simplify multichannel scheduling and playout, but one Minneapolis-area broadcaster is leveraging the full Tightrope portfolio to establish meaningful community connections beyond master control.

Suburban Community Channels has been the Community TV and media resource connection for the northeast Minneapolis/St. Paul suburbs for more than 30 years, delivering 17 physical channels from its facility. As the local cable franchise authority for Comcast, the PEG broadcaster delivers eight channels of programming across 12 municipalities, including discrete government channels for each community. Suburban Community Channels populates its remaining channels with a variety of imported and locally produced content, the latter of which includes live broadcasts of high school sports.

Suburban Community Channels relies on solutions across Tightrope’s portfolio to manage all content. In master control, Tightrope Cablecast server and automation solutions cost-efficiently deliver high-quality programming to Comcast viewers, simultaneously serving on-demand content to online viewers. Cablecast has played a significant role for the core master control operation, cost-efficiently transitioning Suburban Community Channels from analog to SDI digital while establishing an HD-ready future. On July 16, “On Location TV19” will become the first channel in the cluster to transition to HD.

“It was clear we needed to rebuild master control from the day I was hired,” said Michael Simonds, technical lead for Suburban Community Channels. “We had a 25-year old system based on old analog composite video equipment and relay machine control, along with a massively sized router and automation system. Cablecast quickly and cleanly transitioned us to a digital environment while introducing a large number of operational efficiencies—not to mention returning real estate to our master control center. Tightrope clearly has the community media market in mind for product development, and understands the challenges we face.”

Many of the new operational efficiencies are tied to centralized workflows. Operators can connect to the central Cablecast server from any location with web access, and schedule programming weeks in advance; or make scheduling changes on the fly. Cablecast also allows Suburban Community Channels to quickly add new channels and applications, the most recent of which was a video-on-demand service that offers city council meetings on the website of its member municipalities.

Additionally, Tightrope Carousel digital signage solutions support transitional broadcast feeds, including bulletin boards between programs. The Carousel systems also deliver a bright and lively mix of rotating informational programming for visitors and employees inside its lobby areas, providing an additional public-facing benefit for establishing community connections.

On board its production truck, the broadcaster uses a Tightrope ZEPLAY solution for slo-mo instant replay of highlights from varsity football and other local high school sporting events. ZEPLAY allows production personnel to quickly trigger exciting replays and build highlight packages for viewers who follow local high school sports at home. Adding ZEPLAY to the infrastructure allows the production staff to operate across the workflow with more freedom by eliminating the more labor-intensive replay processes of the past.

“Tightrope makes their equipment very accessible, with no special software or training required to learn their products. The user experience is really much better than competitive products, and that is especially true of ZEPLAY,” said Simonds. “For live sports production, having four inputs and four outputs means that our operators don’t need to do any more intensive switching. We’re no longer doing the old school method of following the puck or the ball and switching angles in real-time. The ZEPLAY records every angle, and we can assemble what we need to enhance our sports programming. It has simplified our live productions dramatically—just as Cablecast has simplified our master control operations.”

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

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JVC Promo Offers Three-Year Extended Warranty on Select ProHD Cameras

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., is offering a free three-year extended warranty on parts and labor for a select group of ProHD cameras, including some new 800 Series shoulder-mount models, as well as the SR-HD2500US professional Blu-ray/hard disc drive combo deck and select studio components.

Products must be purchased from authorized U.S.-based JVC Professional
Products dealers after July 1, 2014, to qualify for the extended warranty. ProHD cameras included in the promotion are the GY-HM650U, GY-HM850U, GY-HM850CHU, GY-HM890U and GY-HM890CHU. Studio components included in the promotion include the KA-M790G multicore studio module and KA-790G studio sled; RM-HP790DU digital camera control unit, RM-LP20G remote, RM-LP25U local remote and RM-LP55U handheld remote; and VF-HP790G 8.4-inch color viewfinder.

Customers must register the purchase online at pro.jvc.com/register within 30 days of purchase date and save a copy of the confirmation screen as proof of registration. Proof of purchase (receipt or dealer invoice) will be required for warranty service.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, with West Coast operations in Long Beach, California, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, D-ILA front projection systems, and Super LoLux HD video security products. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

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CLEAR-COM’S HELIXNET™ PARTYLINE INTERCOM SYSTEM WINS ‘BEST OF SHOW’ AWARD AT INFOCOMM 2014

At this year’s InfoComm convention, the latest version of Clear-Com’s HelixNet™ HKB-2X Speaker Station with S-Mount digital networked Partyline Intercom System was recognized by NewBay Media’s Sound & Video Contractor magazine and Pro Audio Group (ProSoundNews & Pro Audio Review) with two coveted “Best of Show” awards. The awards come just months after the HelixNet system was honored with TV Technology magazine’s ‘Best of Show” award at NAB.

NewBay Media’s Best of Show Awards are judged by a panel of engineers and industry experts from submitted nominations. Criteria include ease of installation and use/maintenance, performance, relevance, value/ROI, network friendliness, versatility, and reliability.

The HKB-2X Speaker Station has four channels of intercom communications simultaneously over a single cable, and is able to monitor all four and communicate on any two of those channels at any given time. The S-Mount unit is an attractive yet durable mount that enables the Speaker Station to be used in portable applications. It includes a DC Power connector and XLR-3M and XLR-3F Powerline Intercom Ports for easy connection; additionally it has the capability to be locally powered via an external power supply or use Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) connection.

These two units, along with the new HRM-4X Remote Station, HMS-4X Main Station, and HBP-2X Digital Beltpack, round out the HelixNet digital partyline family and will continue to provide numerous user benefits that have not been delivered by any digital partyline system before. HelixNet is designed to meet the workflow demands in live event corporate production, as well as arena and stadia and performing arts center fixed installations.

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AV Networking World Connects with Attendees

New attendance record for Las Vegas conference

Nearly 250 consultants, , sound engineers and IT managers from all over the world came together in Las Vegas on June 17th, 2014 for the AV Networking World Conference to learn about Dante™, the market leading audio networking solution. This year’s event was sponsored by Atlas Sound, Attero Tech, Audinate, BSS Audio by Harman, Bosch, Bose Professional Systems, Focusrite Rednet, Innovative Electronic Designs, TC Group, Lectrosonics, Peavey Commercial Audio, Powersoft, Presonus, Shure, Stewart Audio, Studio Technologies and Yamaha Commercial Audio.

“Attending AVNW from a broadcasting and live sound perspective, it was amazing to see the different ways companies and people are using Dante” remarked John Ball, Systems Engineer from Microsoft Product Studios. “For us at Microsoft Production Studios (MPS), the IP platform is giving us new ways to transport audio and backend communications like never before. Seeing equipment manufacturers embracing the Dante technology at a breakneck pace is giving MPS a new arsenal of tools for creative ways of handling productions – faster, cheaper and better.”

“AV Networking World was confidence-inspiring for a small HOW integrator like myself to hear about how Dante is being used successfully in very large scale projects, with mission-critical requirements placed on the delivery of audio”, said Bryan Cole, founder of Axia Concepts. “I’m benefiting from some of the same economies of scale in the smaller projects that I am involved in, which demonstrates that Dante is cost effective at both ends of the spectrum, and scales well both directions.”

“Audinate brought Dante to the market with features and capabilities that we are only beginning to fully appreciate and see where they can be applied. I am in a unique position where I serve multiple market segments, from AV to Multi-media, to broadcast”, remarked Tim Bailey, Project Manager for Communications Engineering, Inc. “The possibilities for the applications of Dante to my company are virtually limitless.”

One new and extremely popular component of this year’s seminar was the Dante Installation Workshop, in which three teams from the audience were tasked to design and put together a working Dante network using at least 5 different Dante enabled products. In just 2-3 minutes the teams were able to quickly install and configure a Dante system and transmit audio.

One of the attendees Tanner Upthegrove, Media Engineer for Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, commented, “I thought it was a great event. It was interesting to learn how Dante is being used – not only for large systems, but small scale installations as well.”

About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes AV systems to enable our customers to thrive in a networked world. Audinate’s Dante media networking technology has been adopted by the leading OEM manufacturers and has become the market leader for networking technology in the professional audio/visual industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company. Dante is Digital Media Networking Perfected.

Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd, Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

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Extron Introduces Compact HDMI to HDMI Scaler

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DSC HD-HD, a compact high performance, HDCP-compliant scaler that converts between HDMI resolutions and frame rates. It accepts video from 480i up to 1920×1200, 1080p, and 2K, and offers high performance upscaling and downscaling with multiple output rates up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 and 2K. The DSC HD-HD features advanced Extron video signal processing with 1080i deinterlacing and Deep Color processing for optimal image quality. It includes many integrator-friendly features such as on-screen display, test patterns, and EDID Minder. The DSC HD-HD is ideal for applications that require scaling HDMI video to match the different capabilities and requirements of sources, displays, videoconferencing codecs, and other equipment. The compact form factor allows simple integration at a source, destination, or in a distribution system. more

HARMAN’s Martin Professional M6 Lighting Console is the Optimal Solution for Tiens Conference

NEW YORK, New York — For Tiens Company’s annual distributor conference at Moscow’s Russia Hall in SC “luzhniki”, featuring a combination of official speeches and an original concert program for 8,000 guests, HARMAN’s Martin Professional provided Lighting Designer Roman Kasaev with a M6 console to control a design with over 100 Martin lighting fixtures.

To ensure the lighting design integrated seamlessly with the conference’s theme, Kasaev teamed with Daniel Maneshin, Technical Director at the Knyazev Agency, who was brought in to design the conference’s main concept. Maneshin also developed the conference’s business section as well as conceptualized many decorative and informative elements, which featured several LED screens mounted on the main stage. Kasaev chose 48 MAC 101 compact LED wash lights due to the brightness and colors that complimented the LED screens used at the event. The MAC 101s were mounted on custom-made metal structures between screen modules, eight pieces per aperture, due to their bright colored lights that fit ideally with the colors of the video-content on LED screens.
“The MAC 101s are extremely bright and they were never lost on the background of the LED screens,” said Kasaev. “What’s more, there were moments when they outshined the powerful MAC III Profiles.”

“Thanks to the built-in effects engine of the M6, I was able to create a very sophisticated and beautiful color and dimming effects for the MAC 101s,” Kasaev explained. “It resulted in a very intense, bright and impressive picture! The MAC 101s are very fast, so I could bring more diversity into lighting design to make it more dynamic and filled with drive and energy.”

The event program also featured classical ballet and acrobatic performances. To highlight the actors and gymnasts, Kasaev also chose 34 MAC III Profiles to create unique lighting accents with beautiful rays and gobo projections.

For Kasaev, the Tiens Conference was the first project where he was able to work with M6 console, only a slight change as he is familiar with the philosophy from using the M1 and M2GO controllers before. “I had a very big set of equipment for this project so I needed a more powerful console than the M,” Kasaev said. “I reached out to the Representative Office of Martin Professional in Moscow for the support and they provided me with M6 console.”
“Working with the M6 console was very cool and awesome,” he continued. “It’s definitely number one in the M-series due to the features, functions, power and possibilities. The effects engine that Martin’s R&D invented and implemented is a crazy story! The programming speed is really impressive! I had two monitors that allowed me to program many things much faster. The whole process is a pleasure, when you work on M6! The implementation is excellent, very easy to use. Every LD could find all the instruments they need to put their creative ideas into life! I want to recommended LDs to try to work with M-series consoles. It is really very easy, logical and simple solution for programming a variety of lighting effects!”

In addition, Kasaev deployed 50 MAC Aura’s and 12 Atomic 3000 DMX strobes throughout the lighting design.

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

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DPA Microphones Gets a Dose of Reality on Rising Star

New live results TV singing competition relies on company’s d:dicate™ 4017 Shotgun and system of d:screet™ 4061 Miniatures with Wisycom transmitters and receivers

LOS ANGELES, JULY 8, 2014 – When Daniel S. McCoy, CAS, scored the sound supervisor role for ABC’s new live results singing show, Rising Star, he knew he would need an innovative miking solution to support the performances. In addition to his tried-and-trusted d:dicate™ 4017 Shotgun Mic from DPA Microphones, McCoy also relies on his new DPA d:screet™ 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Mics with Wisycom wideband transmitters and receivers.

With behind-the-scenes competitor interviews, commentary from host Josh Groban and mentoring from the likes of Ludacris, Kesha and Brad Paisley, Rising Star incorporates significant moments of dialogue in addition to the performances. In order to account for the show’s various ENG and reality needs, McCoy simultaneously uses the d:dicate 4017 and d:screet 4061s to give the post production team the ultimate choice in audio dynamics.

Using the d:screet 4061s with the Wisycom transmitters is a first for McCoy, a long-time enthusiast of DPA Microphones. New York-based Gotham Sound supplied the one dozen d:screets and beltpacks for Rising Star. McCoy chose the d:screet 4061 because it has a lower sensitivity and can handle 144dB SPL, which allows him to avoid distortion on the powerful singing voices. In addition, post requires vibrant-sounding mics that can be concealed, and DPA was the perfect solution.

“Wisycom’s transmitters are essentially the Ferrari of wireless,” adds McCoy. “I’ve been using DPA d:screets for years, and now I’m hearing them with new parameters. Since the transmitter is equipped with an AF input mic powering at 5.5 V, as opposed to the standard three or four, we can get an enhanced dynamic range and improved frequency response from the microphones. It’s been a real ‘ear opener,’ if you will. Using the d:screet 4061s and transmitter with a 24-bit 96 KHz A/D and D/A converters gives me a sound that makes me feel like I’m back in a recording studio while I’m in the field. It’s really interesting to me to find that, with proper amplification, DPA mics can give you so much more.”

The d:screet 4061 also makes it quick and easy for McCoy to swap users between a dialogue setup and a vocal arrangement. “The fact that I can use this mic for both styles is super effective,” he says. “I don’t need more gain and additional compressors, and I don’t have to slam on another limiter; I just need fade up and fade down. It’s freeing to be able to have a mic and transmitter combo that works so well together. I’ve been wondering for years how it is that European broadcasts sound so much better than here in the states, and I think I found the secret.”

Rising Star is based on a new format in which the audience judges the contestants in real-time through social media across three time zones. Voting is conducted through Facebook and Twitter to decide if a competitor moves ahead in the show, right in that moment.

Currently the owner and operator of ToneMesa, Inc., a location and post audio company based in Los Angeles, McCoy has received two Daytime Emmy Awards for “Best Live Audio Mix to Tape” for his work on the Ellen Degeneres Show and a Grammy® Award nomination for “Best Engineered Album” for Brian Wilson’s first self-titled solo project. In early 2008, McCoy became one of the youngest members to join the Cinema Audio Society.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

WORXAUDIO TECHNOLOGIES LOUDSPEAKER SYSTEMS ELEVATE THE EXCITEMENT OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Hillsborough NC – July 2014… All across our great nation, Friday night high school football is a generations-old ritual that brings a school’s student body together like few other activities are capable of. As the home and opposing team try to best one another on the field, friendships are reinforced and the students are generally unified with a sense of school spirit that brings everyone together. But without being able to clearly hear the score and other pertinent announcements, much of the excitement turns to frustration. Such was the case at Orange and Cedar Ridge High Schools—until the deployment of new loudspeaker systems drawn from the TrueLine catalog of Greensboro, NC-based WorxAudio Technologies were deployed.

Burlington, NC-based Boone Audio, Inc., a design/build firm that provides AV systems to the commercial and worship markets, was contracted to install new sound reinforcement systems at both schools. As both schools had essentially identical requirements on the football field, Boone and his team deployed two identical systems consisting of a TrueLine S-XL3-15 two-way, high efficiency, ultra compact, line array loudspeaker system mated with the company’s S-118S subwoofer. Power amplification is provided by WorxAudio’s PXD-2580 and PSD-700 digital amplifiers. Boone discussed the nature of the two projects. more

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