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California State University Bakersfield Upgrades Theater Acoustics With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Performer 3

Scraft_CSUBakersfieldBAKERSFIELD, California – Known for its accessible, student-focused higher education programs and individualized attention to students, California State University Bakersfield recently purchased a HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Performer 3 to solidify the technology supporting its growing music and theater programs. The console is used for live mixing during shows in the 485-seat Doré Theatre, which include jazz and other music productions, theatrical productions, musicals, and opera. The board was purchased through Full Compass Systems.

To accommodate the 14 to 20 wireless microphones for the Music and Theatre Department productions, Performing Arts Technician Frank Robinson chose the Soundcraft Si Performer 3 with 32 channels for sufficient capacity and room for future expansion. The sound booth that houses the console also allows for a simplified wiring network, and will permit elimination of much of the internal house wiring at a later date.

“We chose Soundcraft because we wanted a brand-new system within our budget that works consistently and reliably,” said Robinson. “From my decades of tour sound experience, I know that Soundcraft makes solid consoles, and the Si Performer is a good combination of intuitive design and great sound for the money.”

Situated in an educational environment, the theater features continental seating that is both wide and shallow, creating perfect acoustics for theatrical and musical applications. Robinson capitalized on these favorable acoustic conditions by specifying a console that is great not only in sound quality but also workflow. So far, the intuitive onboard dynamics such as Soundcraft FaderGlow™ are greatly appreciated by the students and staff alike.

“At our venue, not a lot of reproduction is needed, but we still wanted to get the perfect mix, and this board delivers on that,” said Robinson. “Since installation, events for which we used the Si Performer went smoothly, partly thanks to how quickly the students learned how to operate the board. Compared to some of the more expensive Yamaha consoles, this Soundcraft console sounds great and makes mixing easier, especially when it comes to patching.”

For more information on California State University, please visit http://www.csub.edu

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 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 workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Martin Audio MLA At First FREQ’ender Dance Festival In Singapore

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EXPO AV-INSYNC (EAI) were chosen to provide full technical production for the first ever FREQ’ender dance festival in Singapore, and the company wasted no time in specifying its Martin Audio MLA system for the two day event.

The event was held at Infinite Studios and promoted by Limited Edition Concepts (Singapore), with 4,500 people attending over the weekend.

The festival was split into two distinct days: the first (in conjunction with Halloween) was named Freq’show, which made way on Day 2 for Mekanika, produced by international Trance Festival brand, Godskitchen

EAI managing director, Gerard Rodrigues, confirms that his company had recommended the MLA system. “The end result was that everyone, including the promoters, really felt the music and were amazed at the audio quality. They were really blown away.

“The MLX subs also became a talking point for many of the AV industry professionals who attended the gig as well.”

EAI kept the same rig in place for both days, with hangs of eight elements per side (plus a single MLD Downfill). The 12 MLX subs were ground-stacked in configurations of 2 + 4 + 4 + 2.

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In addition the company supplied eight W8LM Mini line arrays and four WS218X subs as a potent DJ monitor system.

Limited Edition Concepts’ director and co-founder, Godwin Pereira was certainly impressed. “With EXPO AV’s experience, it was easy to get the best out of the MLA system, and the sound behaved superbly in the 18,000 square foot sound stage. It was warm and non-intrusive, producing little in the way of ‘noise’; instead, it delivered purity, clarity and a whole lot of thump!”

In addition to what Rodrigues describes as “the awesome sound”, he says the audience was also treated to lighting and projection mapping during the festival.

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The event featured global acts covering electro, trance, house, techno and many other genres, including Hot Chip, 2ManyDJs, GlowInthedark and Marco V, along with over 20 live performers and dancers from Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.

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.

Moorpark College’s MDG Ice Fog Q Generator Delivers Just the Right Atmosphere for New Production of “Dracula”

MC DRAC 1Dracula is eternally popular. A new version of the tale of Vlad the Impaler hit big screens recently while on stage Steven Dietz’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” opened at the Moorpark College Performing Arts Center where an MDG Ice Fog Q generator helped create just the right atmosphere for the play. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of MDG foggers in North America.

Moorpark College is one of three in the Ventura Country Community College District near Simi Valley, California. The Performing Arts Center staged “Dracula” in time for Halloween with evening and afternoon performances in mid- to late-October.

“When the theater opened in 1996 we had two dry ice barrels with pumps for fog effects, and they broke down a lot,” recalls Mickey Howell, the performing arts technician at the theater. “Then we rented MDG Ice Fog units. In the last couple of years funding from the state has enabled us to buy new equipment, and an MDG fogger was one of the things on my list.”

Unlike traditional dry ice machines, MDG Ice Fog generators use liquid CO2, or liquid N2, to create the maximum low-lying fog with zero residue. The machines are extremely quiet, self-contained units on wheels for easy operation. They offer adjustable low fog output and are compatible with remote control timers and a DMX interface.

Howell had seen an MDG Ice Fog Q machine at LDI and was impressed by the amount of its output in a short amount of time. “Also, you could pump it out for long periods – five or ten minutes continuously,” he says. In addition, “the fog dissipates rather than rises. With dry ice there are so many nuances and it can be dangerous, especially around students. But the MDG fogger is very easy to use. It’s the best I’ve seen in the past two years.”

“Dracula” marked the debut of the system. And it couldn’t have picked a better play to showcase its capabilities. Fog shrouds Dracula’s castle and Lucy’s tomb and, at times, Dracula himself appears as fog. “One of the characteristics of Dracula is that he is actually fog in part of the play,” Howell explains. “It’s a great effect, and we’re glad to be in the position to create it now.”

He reports that the MDG Ice Fog Q “worked out really well” for “Dracula.” “It’s an incredible unit that does what we tell it to do. It produces great effects and is very reliable. And in theater reliability is especially critical.”

Howell gives kudos to A.C.T Lighting president Bob Gordon who has “helped educate” him on equipment to enhance the Moorpark College productions. “The first set of scrollers we ever got were from Bob – we’ve been dealing with A.C.T since we opened,” he says. “Bob has helped me to grow the equipment inventory and the quality of my theater. It’s nice to work with someone you know and trust.”

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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Chandler Limited celebrates NAMM TEC Award Nomination with TG2-500 Pre-Amp GIVEAWAY

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Shell Rock, IA – November 2014 …Chandler Limited is proud to announce the TG2-500 Pre Amp from our esteemed EMI/Abbey Road Studios series has been nominated for the 30th annual NAMM TEC Awards.

Chandler Limited’s TG2-500 pre-amp is a recreation of the rare EMI TG12428 pre-amp used in EMI/Abbey Road Studios recording and mastering consoles from the late 60s and early 70s. The sound of the EMI/Abbey Road Studios equipment is world renowned, and imparts a unique and pleasing sonic character as heard on many famous recordings done at Abbey Road including The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” and Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” albums.

TG2-500 GIVEAWAY

In jubilation over the NAMM TEC Awards nomination, Chandler Limited is giving away TG2-500 Pre Amp serial No. 1 to one very lucky winner. Click here to enter the TG2-500 Giveaway.

 

About Chandler Limited

Headquartered in Shell Rock, Iowa, Chandler Limited, Inc. is a boutique manufacturer of high-end signal processors, mixers, and amplifiers for musicians and audio professionals. Recognized globally for its exquisitely handmade products and the company’s high profile clientele, Chandler’s product offerings include the Abbey Road/TG line, its unique Germanium transistor series of products, the 500 Series Modules, plus its recently introduced guitar pedals and amplifier. For additional information about all Chandler Limited products, please visit the company online at www.chandlerlimited.com.

About Abbey Road Studios

Abbey Road Studios are the most famous recording studios in the world and an iconic symbol of British music.  They have been home to countless landmark recordings and pioneering advances in recording technology.  Opened in November 1931, Abbey Road Studios were the world’s first purpose-built recording studios.  The hallowed building has a phenomenal history spanning over 80 years, during which the studios have hosted many of the world’s most famous artists, including the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Hollies, Kate Bush, Oasis, Florence and the Machine, Adele and Lady Gaga.  Abbey Road is also one of the world’s premiere locations for movie scoring.  Since the 1980s, scores for films such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Braveheart, and The King’s Speech have been recorded there.  The list continues with many other major titles, including Shrek, Prometheus, Harry Potter, Skyfall, and The Hobbit.

 

Abbey Road Studios, EMI, TG and their associated logos are trademarks of EMI (IP) Limited.

Ottawa Hills School District Taps Powersoft K Series for Reliability, Sound Quality and Remote Capabilities

Powersoft Helps ‘The Green Bears’ Raise Quality of Audio Performance in Sonic Makeover of Gymnasium, While Keeping Equipment Footprint Lean and Mean

Toledo, OH, November 12, 2014: The Ottawa Hills Local School District, based just outside of Toledo, OH, is highly regarded for both its academic and athletic programming. The district, which is comprised of an elementary and a junior / senior high school and roughly 400 students, is home of the Green Bears — and considers its athletic program to be an integral part of students’ overall learning experience. As an academic institution focused on providing students with a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum, The Green Bears’ athletic program has won multiple state titles and excels in sports such as football, soccer, volleyball and basketball.

gymwideThe athletic program at Ottawa Hills is not only appealing for enrolled students, but also for fans and spectators including alumni, staff, visiting teams and the broader community at large. The high school’s gymnasium, an important venue that hosts basketball games, volleyball games and many other district activities and events, was constructed roughly a decade ago and has a capacity of 2,000 persons. This year, the gymnasium was outfitted with a new, state of the art PA system comprised of Powersoft and EAW components.

The catalyst for the sonic upgrade was lack of intelligibility, reports Eric Harter, President of Montpellier, OH—based Harter Sound. “They have a fairly young gymnasium as compared to most other schools,” he observes. “But the problem was that all the spectators, especially alumni and athletic directors, complained that they could not hear or understand any of the announcements in the gym.” Since the gymnasium is routinely used for commencement activities, meetings and other district related events, achieving audio intelligibility was a primary concern for the administration.

Out with the Old, In with K Series

Harter’s firm was given the nod at the recommendation of one of the administration’s technical directors who had worked with him in the past. The first order of business was for him to evaluate the existing environment, the legacy sound system and determine what needed to be done differently to achieve greater intelligibility. Harter notes that the legacy sound system consisted of four powered cabinets placed at center court, each with an estimated frequency range of between 500 Hz to 12 kHz. The speaker placement proved to be inefficient and cumbersome, and the technical crew tried to adapt it to different events by merely aiming speaker cabinets in various directions depending on the activity in the gymnasium. “Unfortunately, system had been put into place without taking into consideration speaker positioning, time alignment, EQ and power requirements,” Harter says.

kseriesThe acoustic environment itself was sound however, so after removing the existing components Harter’s team was soon able to focus on equipment choice and integration. “We did not have to do much acoustic work outside of choosing the right equipment components, putting them in the right places and powering them properly,” he recalls. After determining the different locations where the audience would be seated and each respective distance from the sound source, Harter selected a two-way point source system consisting of ten speakers in three different ‘zones’ across the length of the gymnasium. Each speaker was placed horizontally rather than vertically approximately 18′ from the floor, enabling the system to maintain a relatively low profile. The speaker height and horizontal orientation also made it less likely to be struck by an errant ball, intentionally or unintentionally.

At the core of the new system were three K series amplifiers, each driving respective zones consisting of 12″ woofers and for high frequencies, a single 1.75″ driver. According to Harter, one of the reasons Powersoft was chosen was because of its ability to drive such a substantial amount of power while taking up just three rack space units. Another reason was that the system amplifiers could be set up in a secure location and controlled remotely using Powersoft’s Armonia software. “We set it up so that if someone gets access to the rack, they can’t change anything unless they know exactly what to do and how to do it,” explains Harter. “The sole person with the ‘key’ is technology director, who we’ve trained how to use the system and the software.”

To Armonia and Beyond

With Powersoft’s Armonia software, all the key features of the new PA system are literally at the fingertips of the technology director. “We put an ethernet system in place and it hooks up to the WiFi — it was very easy to configure,” he says. “We can enable everything from EQ, to delay to trimming different zones up and down. But all they really needed to be able to do was turn the different zones on and off or up and down, and they can now do all this wirelessly using the Powersoft Armonia application. It is incredibly easy to operate during a game or other event.”

gymdetailFrom a broader project perspective, it was important for Harter to ensure that Ottawa Hills Local School District was pleased with the gymnasium sound system, since his company is being considered for a much larger, football stadium project due to kick off in the spring. “We wanted to make sure that whatever we did in the gymnasium left a very good impression so that we are the ones the district wants to partner with on other projects,” says Harter. “In this regard, Powersoft and EAW took us a long way towards achieving our goals.”

Making the Right Choice

While the Powersoft K3s were not the least expensive product under consideration, they were the clear long-term value choice. “We were asked why the Powersoft units were more expensive than other more common brands,’ recalls Harter. “Our response was that the Powersoft units take up less rack space, are extraordinarily reliable, and the power efficiency is spectacular. Once we got past the initial sticker shock, the conversation shifted to value based topics like reliability, intelligibility, power conservation and size and space requirements — soon enough my client agreed that it was the right choice.”

“The administration is just thrilled,” Harter concludes. “They realize they purchased a premium product that is not ‘middle of the road’ and that it delivers precisely what was needed for this installation: plenty of power, headroom and remote capabilities — all in a small physical space that is contained and secure.” Harter says that Powersoft’s premium amplifier solutions help distinguish him from the crowd: “We are not the lowest price guy in this market, but we believe there is a reason for that. We don’t want to compete on cost, but on long-term investment and value. For me and my clients, brands like Powersoft represent an advantage on many levels.”

About Powersoft:

Powersoft is the world leader in lightweight, high power, single rack space, energy efficient amplifiers for the professional audio market. Founded in Italy in 1995, headquartered in Florence, Italy, with offices in Ventura, CA, Powersoft couples the experience and precision of its production department with exceptional components to deliver products with perfect audio response and high performance reliability. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to convention centers, churches and clubs, and are used by the world’s leading tour sound companies. For more information, visit the Powersoft website @ www.powersoft-audio.com.

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1) The Ottawa Hills Local School District chose Powersoft to drive its new state of the art PA system.

2) The Powersoft K series bring unparalleled efficiency in a single rack space.

3) Detail of the PA installation in ceiling of the gymnasium.

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PESA Demos New Streaming App, 4K Routing Options at CCW 2014

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, will demonstrate its new PESA Live streaming app for iOS and Android smart devices, PESA Xstream family of streaming appliances, live production programmable remote control panels, and Cheetah 4K routers and field upgrade kits at Content & Communications World (CCW) 2014, which runs Nov. 12-13 in New York City (Booth 800).

The PESA Live app delivers a high-quality, multi-channel video stream with synchronized audio that users can customize during live events with an intuitive interface. The chat-enabled app also allows real-time social media interaction via Twitter without missing any of the audio or video presentation. For targeted CCW- product group photoadvertising and messaging, content producers can add logos and other branding to the video, as well as insert revenue generating advertising. Content distribution options include local Wi-Fi or publishing to a content distribution network (CDN).

“PESA Live works in conjunction with our PESA Xstream C58 streaming appliance to provide an CCW- product group photoaffordable way to enhance a live event with personalized video selection,” said John Naylor, vice president, global sales and distribution, streaming products. “Plus, stadiums and other venues can see an immediate ROI with its built-in ad insertion capabilities.”

Also at CCW, PESA will show its new PESA Xstream C22 compact streaming system, which allows AV professionals to compress, stream, and share high-quality content between locations, as well as enable streaming in existing video distribution. As part of a larger hybrid broadcast system or standalone streaming appliance, the C22 can be configured as a two-port video encoder or two-port decoder, or can include one of each. Two units can be paired to allow bi-directional live interaction between sites.

An ideal solution for medical, educational, government, security, sports, and news and entertainment applications, the C22 offers a variety of video inputs, while its built-in genlock allows video signals to be locked to an external source for glitch-free video switching. During an event, two external audio sources can be synchronized to either or both video streams. An HDMI out allows for local preview, while an integrated Web server provides full remote control, so no personnel are required on site for streaming content to another facility.

PESA’s two advanced remote control panels are designed for live production. The Touch72 LCD features 72 programmable LCD push button switches, along with a color touch-screen display, while the Smart32 features 32 dynamically reprogrammable LCD buttons arranged in a 2×16 configuration. Buttons can be customized by color with text and icon graphics through Cattrax, PESA’s management control software, and any switch can be configured as a source, destination, level, salvo, or control.

New PESA Cheetah routers are now available in multiple configurations to manage the expanded bandwidth requirements of 4K signals. Using PESA’s easyPORT converter module technology, each I/O card includes four SC-style fiber CWDM connections carrying up to 12 Gbps (4xSDI) for each port. An outboard easyPORT module converts the signals from each CWDM port on the router back to conventional HD/3G-SDI video lines. Both UHDTV (3840×2160) and DCI (4096×2160) are supported, and the router can mix and match between 4K CWDM and traditional copper or fiber I/O in the frame.

For current 3G-SDI Cheetah routers, retrofit kits provide a simple plug-and-play upgrade solution. The 4K I/O card is a direct drop-in replacement for the standard 16-channel HD/3G-SDI card found in current Cheetah frames. Any size Cheetah 3G-SDI routing switcher can be retrofitted with the new Cheetah 4K I/O card system by replacing any existing 16-channel I/O card set and reconfiguring the software to accept the new 4K cards. Once configured for 4K, the router can run both 4K and 3G-SDI signals in parallel.
Please note: The proper reference to PESA Switching Systems, Inc. in all written communication is with all letters capitalized, i.e. PESA, to reflect its broadened product range. Kindly refer to the company this way in all written copy.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

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Kensington Survey Data Reveals that 73% of Organizations Say BYOD Creates Greater Security Risks

Industry Study Finds that 55% of Enterprises Plan to Implement Physical Security Locks for Laptops, Notebooks and Mobile Devices in 2015

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Redwood Shores, CA, November 11, 2014– Kensington, a worldwide leader in delivering smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, today announced findings from a North American survey on the security risks created by bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies in the enterprise. Findings show 73 percent say that BYOD represents greater security risks for their organization, and yet 59 percent still approve the use of personal devices for business usage.

According to MarketsandMarkets, a leading research and consulting firm, has completed a new global market forecast for BYOD and enterprise mobility. The firm projects the BYOD market to nearly quadruple in size over the next four years. Currently valued at $72 billion, MarketsandMarkets expects annual growth of 26.6 percent for a projected value of $284 billion by 20191.

The survey – summarized in a new infographic at Kensington.comwhich was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2014, found that across multiple B2B vertical industries – including Education, Healthcare, Financial Services, Retail and Manufacturing – CEOs, CIOs, CSO, and IT professionals are significantly concerned with how BYOD is impacting the security of their enterprise environments. To address these concerns a number of physical security measures are being leveraged with varying adoption and as many as 55 percent report that they are considering further investments in this security area.

Among the physical security measures being used, the simplicity of using device locking mechanisms is among the most cost effective and reliable solutions an organization can put in place.

Physical security measures in use by survey respondents included:

  • 64 percent use employee training and guidelines
  • 61 percent use anti-malware and encryption
  • 55 percent have employed compliance and governance policies
  • 48 percent use data loss prevention and authentication solutions

“With the rapid rise in the use of BYOD mobile devices and laptops, organizations need to consider protecting their employees devices with physical security locks to protect them from the risk of theft and putting critical business and personal data into the wrong hands,” said Judy Barker, Global Product Marketing Manager, Kensington.  “By employing simple and secure device locking products, organizations can safeguard their data and mobile assets with an added layer of protection”

Kensington invented the first lock more than 20 years ago, and consistently introduces new, innovative products and solutions designed to protect organizations’ most vital assets — computing devices and confidential data. Kensington’s patented slot designs are integrated into over 20 million leading computing devices including Dell®, HP® and Lenovo® for an additional layer of physical security for enterprises worldwide. Kensington’s family of physical security accessories, including ClickSafe®, MicroSaver®, SecureBack, Desktop and Peripherals locking kit, and the industry standard Kensington Security Slot, is designed to address the escalating demand for protection against loss of devices and data.

Kensington’s Master Key Solutions remove the worry of financial data loss by ensuring a more secure office environment to minimize risk and maximize profit. Master Access Solutions offer more control

over equipment while safeguarding employees from laptop and data theft. Individuals are allowed access to their own devices, while the IT manager has control of all of the equipment and data.

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Kensington, a leader in smart. safe. simple. computing accessories is the recognized industry standard trusted by enterprises around the world. Kensington’s mobile security product offerings include laptop and mobile security locks providing a new generation of front-line protection for mobile devices. In addition, Kensington offers accessories including power adapters, chargers, mice, keyboards, trackballs, universal docking stations, desktop accessories, carrying cases and iPad/iPhone/iPod accessories. Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Kensington is the technology division of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO), a world leader in branded office products, with products marketed in more than 100 countries across the globe. For more information, visit http://www.kensington.com or call Kensington toll-free at 1-800-235-6708.

Kensington, ClickSafe and MicroSaver are registered trademarks of ACCO Brands. SecureBack and smart. safe. simple. are trademarks of ACCO Brands. All other registered and unregistered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Covered by one or more of US Pat. No’s D661,975; D660,682 S; 8,042,366; D651,889;8,001,812; 7,997,106; 6,081,974; 6,317,936; 7,415,852.

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4K UHD HDMI Switcher with Audio Extraction is Newest Addition to Digital A/V Line of Products

MONTREAL, QUEBEC — MuxLab Inc. is pleased to introduce the newest member if its Digital AV line of products. The HDMI 4×1 Switcher with Audio Extraction allows four HDMI sources to be distributed to one HDMI display. The switcher supports up to 4K (3840 x 2160), 8-bit color and HD audio.

The Switcher was designed to meet the high demand of installs for various commercial and residential AV systems. The extracted audio is available on an S/PDIF Toslink, Coaxial and 3.5mm Stereo Jack. The push button selects between the HDMI inputs, and the unit also features IR Remote Control.

“The new HDMI 4×1 Switcher with Audio Extraction is ideal for various residential and boardroom applications” said Marc Bohbot, MuxLab’s Director of R&D. “With its multiple Audio output formats, it can be used with a variety of audio equipment.”

MuxLab offers its customers a wide-ranging product line-up and strives to maintain its reputation in both high quality and affordability in the Digital and Pro A/V markets.

The Switcher joins the MuxLab Pro Digital family of products which also includes HDBase-T extenders, 4K HDMI splitters, multi-media & HDMI matrix switches, HDMI over IP distribution solutions, and more.

About MuxLab

MuxLab is a leading Canadian manufacturer of A/V, CCTV, and Broadcast equipment including matrices, splitters, switchers, & extenders with a full range of HDBaseT solutions for both residential and commercial environments. At the forefront of innovation, MuxLab continuously releases new products to keep up with the changing and evolving markets.

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Sound Devices Brings Complete Range of Rack-Mounted Video and Audio Recorders into Focus at CCW 2014

Video Devices PIX 270i and PIX 250i and Sound Devices 970 Address the Multiple-Source Audio/Video Needs of Today’s Large-Scale Productions

NEW YORK – Sound Devices, along with its new video-products brand Video Devices, will showcase its full complement of rack-mounted production decks, including the Video Devices PIX 270i and PIX 250i video recorders and Sound Devices 970 audio recorder, at CCW 2014 (Booth 1240). Video Devices PIX 270i.jpg 1a

Seamlessly replacing tape- and disc-based video decks, the PIX line of IP-connected video decks with FileSafeTM and PowerSafeTM are a complete offering addressing a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live events and mobile truck production. In addition, at CCW, Sound Devices will feature its first-ever dedicated, audio-only rack-mounted solution, the 970, which boasts an impressive 64 channels of Dante and MADI. The half-rack, 2U device simplifies any application requiring high-quality, high-track-count audio recording.

Video Devices’ PIX 270i and PIX 250i recorders offer significant advantages and time-savings for production workflows, providing tapeless, file-based recording and playback with the ability to access and transfer high-quality files over gigabit Ethernet. The units record edit-ready Apple ProRes (up to ProRes4444) or Avid DNxHD files, and allow simultaneous multiple-drive recording, giving production staff the peace of mind of rock-solid redundancy and backup capabilities (four drives for PIX 270i and two drives for 250i). Their extensive audio capabilities, including 64 channels of both MADI audio and Dante audio-over-Ethernet for PIX 270i, and PIX 250i’s 16 tracks of audio, make each unit a comprehensive, cost-effective replacement for complex video servers, and an effective tool for high-performance video production.

Both PIX products feature extensive network connectivity, and can be connected over Ethernet for simultaneous, frame-accurate grouped recording and playback, delivering a cost-effective, scalable solution addressing the multiple-camera recording and multiple screen playback needs of today’s productions. Any number of units can be grouped, controlled and configured as a single system from either the hardware or the built-in Web browser-based control panel, PIXNet.

Video Devices’ PIX 270i and PIX 250i and Sound Devices’ 970 all feature the company’s proprietary PowerSafe technology. PowerSafe circuitry has a built-in 10-second power reserve. In the event of power loss, the unit continues to operate for up to 10 seconds, then stops any file operation and shuts down. This ensures that a complete power loss has no effect on the recording. In addition, these newest rack-mounted products feature FileSafe, which automatically detects and repairs corrupted file headers when drives are mounted. If a drive is inadvertently removed during recording, the user can simply reinsert it to repair the files automatically.

The PIX 270i and PIX 250i include high-performance hardware scalers and frame-rate converters allowing recording of up-, down- or cross-converted 3G-SDI or HDMI signal at the same or a different frame rate. Hardware-based 3:2 pull-down removal is also available. With its built-in Ambient Clockit time-code generator/reader with genlock output, the PIX line is designed for multiple-camera and double-system sound applications. In addition to generating ultra-stable time-code, time-code can be read from the SDI stream, the HDMI stream or external sources. Its convenient 1/2-rack, 2U chassis dimension allows it to be easily integrated into any existing environment. It is powered by 10-27 VDC through a four-pin XLR connector. The PIX 270i offers a secondary DC input for power supply redundancy.

A powerful tool for professionals requiring a significant number of audio channels, Sound Devices’ 970 records 64 channels of monophonic or polyphonic 24-bit WAV files from any of its 144 available inputs. These inputs include 64 channels of Ethernet-based Dante, 64 channels of optical or coaxial MADI, eight channels of line-level analog and eight channels of AES digital. Any input can be assigned to any track. In addition, 32-track recording at 96 kHz is supported. The 970 records to any of four attached drives, which include two front-panel drive bays and two rear-panel e-SATA connected drives. Material can be recorded to multiple drives simultaneously or sequentially. This eliminates time-consuming post-record copying and allows for continuous long-form, high-track-count recordings.

With its built-in, rock-steady Ambient Recording Lockit time-code technology, the 970 is ideal for operation as a master clock. It can also slave or be jammed to any other time-code source. All common production time-code rates and modes are supported. The 970 also supports word-clock synchronization from external word clock, video sync, MADI or AES. To simplify the connection of multiple digital inputs, SRCs are available for all MADI, Dante or AES inputs.

The Sound Devices 970 also features an embedded Web-based control panel for machine transport and setup control over Ethernet-based networks, as well as file transfer over the data network with SMB. File metadata editing of scene name, take name, notes, track names, and reel folders can be done during, before and after recording across all drives. In addition to RS-422 and GPIO control, the unit also allows for format conversion between analog, AES digital, MADI and Dante.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production.

Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and Video Devices websites, www.sounddevices.com; www.videodevices.com.

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WorldStage Makes Big Tech Staff Expansion To Support Continuing Growth

WorldStage is pleased to announce five new hires, across a wide range of departments, at its East and West Coast offices. Coming on board are Susanna Harris-Rea as lighting project manager, Russell Cowans as audio engineer, Gus Garces and Greg Duffin as staging project managers, and Frank Musgrove as senior video engineer.

“We are delighted to welcome these five talented and experienced professionals to the WorldStage family,” says company president Josh Weisberg. “We prefer to have our technical people on staff rather than freelance and we pride ourselves on having the most professional staff around. These “newbies” fit right into that philosophy, although I can’t say they’re that new, as we’ve known them all for years.”

Susanna Harris-Rea joins WorldStage in New York in the role of lighting project manager. A graduate of Ohio’s Oberlin College, she has been a freelance production electrician and gaffer for the last 15 years and served as artistic director from 2000 to 2009 at Overlap Productions, a New York based theater company.

Audio engineer Russell Cowans returns to WorldStage after a three-year absence. He was audio engineer at WorldStage predecessor Scharff Weisberg from 2004 to 2011 then joined the celebrated Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater where he remained for the last three years.

Gus Garces comes to WorldStage as staging project manager having served as audio tech/production manager and most recently in sales and production at New York City events agency Production Glue LLC.

Garces previously was director of sales at Paratore Audio Visual, director of production at Star Group Production and Cipriani, production manager/audio engineer at Manhattan Center Studios/Hammerstein Ballroom and staff engineer at Sound Works Studios and The Hit Factory Recording Studios. Like Cowans, Garces enjoyed a stint at Scharff Weisberg earlier in his career where was audio tech/production manager from 2003 to 2005.

Staging project manager Greg Duffin has more than 20 years experience in recording, theater, concerts, events and corporate meetings, including world tours with gold and platinum recording artists. For the last four years he has headed Duffin Design in New York City where The Tribeca Film Festival, ABC, Warner Bros Records, A&E Networks, AMEX, Morgan Stanley, Standard & Poors, the NYC RoadRunners and Columbia University were among his clients.

Previously, Duffin was a sound designer with Basil Twist/Tandem Otter Productions, FOH concert engineer/systems technician at Martin Systems Audio, resident sound designer at the Japan Society of NYC and production manager/FOH engineer for Regina Spektor’s touring show. A graduate of Missouri State University, Duffin began his career with audio positions in Springfield, Lawrence and Kansas City, Missouri and in Atlanta.

Frank Musgrove joins WorldStage in Tustin, CA as a senior video engineer with 15 years experience in leading and managing AV production for a variety of events and programs for corporations, media outlets and staging companies. For 19 years he has been on the production staff of MLB’s San Diego Padres doing live and taped events at the stadium and off site; for almost as long Musgrove has been a member of the Boltvision game day staff for the NFL’s San Diego Chargers.

Musgrove was a senior AV production staffer with Qualcomm INC. from 2007 to 2012 and video head/project manager at Multimedia Presentation Group from 2004 to 2007.

He has done video replay and served as camera operator and EIC for numerous sports productions, including events from host broadcasters, ESPN, Fox, NBC, ABC and CBS. He also handled Vista Systems’ Spyder and Encore video playback and projection for sporting events, concerts and other multi-camera events in the San Diego market. Earlier in his career he had posts at San Diego State University, KUSI Television, King Video Cable and KCRA-TV.

Gary Standard, WorldStage CEO, concluded, “These hirings are another example of the continued growth of WorldStage on both coasts. We welcome all of these professionals to our staff and look forward to the contributions they will bring us.”

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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