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Biamp Systems Adds to Growing U.S. Sales Team

Robert Taylor to serve as regional manager for Southeastern U.S.

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Aug. 20, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced the appointment of Robert Taylor as Regional Manager, Southeast Region of North America. In his new role, Taylor will be responsible for strategic sales and support encompassing the entire Biamp(R) product line for customers in the Southeastern United States. more

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Cobalt Prepares to Introduce European Market to A Significant Number of NEW Products at IBC 2014

IBC Stand # 10.B44

Quint-Split Multi-Image Display Tops the List of 13 Additions to Already Robust Product Ranges

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, has revealed plans to roll out a record-breaking number of product launches in Stand 10.B44 at this year’s IBC exhibition taking place from 12 – 16 September 2014. Topping the lengthy list of launches are numerous openGear® cards including a quint-split multi-image display processor, a high-quality down-converter, embedder/de-embedder, DA, a MPEG multi-standard broadcast transcoder, and several fibre optic cards. The outrageously popular Blue Box Group™ is also being expanded with many new units, and Cobalt’s SPOTCHECK® loudness measurement/compliance monitoring system will be sporting numerous upgrades at the show.

“We’re excited to bring over 13 new and enhanced products to IBC, the premier international show devoted to professionals engaged in creating, managing and delivering media,” says Chris Shaw, EVP sales and marketing, Cobalt Digital. “Our customers play a critical role in our development process and we’re thrilled to respond with reasonably priced solutions that target exactly what they need to keep them technically advanced and financially sound.”

NEW openGear® CARDS
9970-QS 3G/HD/SD-SDI/CVBS Quint-Split Multi-Image Display Processor

Cobalt Digital will debut the 9970-QS 3G/HD/SD-SDI/CVBS Quint-Split Multi-Image Display Processor. A single processor is capable of auto-detecting and displaying up to five independent 3G/HD/SD/Composite inputs and multiple processor cards can be cascaded to provide additional input source capacity. An Ethernet-based GUI control enables intuitive set-up of video windows and advanced on-screen graphics, and a simultaneous display output over SDI and HDMI supports flexible system design and easy integration. The 9970-QS is ideal for outside broadcast vehicles and production control rooms.
9902-DC-4K UHDTV High-Quality Down Converter
Cobalt’s reputation for high-quality down-converters grows with the introduction of its Quad 3G-SDI 1080p 50/60Hz (UHDTV) to HD 50/60Hz or SD 50/60Hz. The card makes copies of the down converted output TO 3G/SDI/ HDMI, and features a timecode burn-in window and user defined character insertion.

9950-EMDE-ANC Embedder/De-Embedder
The new 9950-EMDE Embedder/De-Embedder provides multiple serial RS-232/422 and GPIO to/from ancillary data insertion and extraction. An IP (RJ-45) I/O option is also available.

9910DA-4Q-3G-RCK 3G/HD/SD/ASI Partitionable Multirate Reclocking Distribution Amplifier
This single DA card can be configured as 1×16, 2×8, 4×4, or 1×8 and 2×4. Designed for 4K applications and high-density base band or ASI distribution, the 9910DA-4Q-RCK is capable of receiving 3G input signals up to 120m on 1694A cable. As a safety feature it will automatically perform a switch over from any of the four inputs, upon loss of signal. Amazing configurability, and loss of signal source switching for peace of mind.

9990-TRX-MPEG Multi-standard Broadcast Transcoders
Cobalt’s new 9990-TRX-MPEG multi-standard broadcast transcoders target MPEG-2 to MPEG4 AVC and MPEG-4 AVC to MPEG-2, and media conversion to and from ASI and IP. Up to 40x channels of real time transcoding can be accomplished in a 2RU openGear frame. The card offers MPEG-1 Layer II, AAC, and AC-3 audio support

Cobalt is also extending its series of fibre cards for openGear with a number of new solutions, including:
9420LT/LR Fibre Optic L-BAND Transmitters and Receivers

• Remote antennae extension over fiber up to 30km
• 25dB Tx and Rx Adjustable Gain Range
• One 2RU openGear frame houses up to 20x transmitter or receiver cards
• 1310nm, 1550nm, and CWDM laser options

9450GT Fibre Optic Gigabit Ethernet Transceivers
• 4 x Port (RJ-45) Ethernet Switch with copper extension over 2 x LC fibers
• Point-to-point and CWDM laser options with support of distances up to 80km.

9490CWDM Fibre Optic Multiplexers
• Available in 4, 8, 12, 16 channel configurations
• Fully passive design has no active components for maximum reliability

BBG-1000 SERIES
Cobalt’s user-friendly Blue Box Group™ offers peak performance from compact conversion modules at a low-cost. The series will be expanded to include numerous new models, Including:

BBG-1002-DC-4K UHDTV Downconverter
Cobalt is introducing IBC attendees to a standalone high-quality UHDTV downconverter from the Blue Box Group. The BBG-1002-DC-4K Quad 3G-SDI converts 1080p 50/60 (UHDTV) to HD 50/60Hz or SD 50/60Hz and offers simultaneous SDI and HDMI ouputs for extended capabilities. The unit can be rack-mounted for 3x paths of downconversion in 1RU.

BBG-1070-QS 3G/HD/SD-SDI/CVBS Standalone Quint-Split Multi-Image Display Processor
Also new to the global market is the standalone version (1/3 Rack Width) of the quint-split multi-image display processor. The BBG-1070-QS 3G/HD/SD-SDI/CVBS can auto-detect and display up to 5x independent 3G/HD/SD/composite inputs on one unit. An Ethernet based GUI control facilitates intuitive set-up of video windows and advanced on-screen graphics. A simultaneous display output over SDI and HDMI allows flexible system design and easy infrastructure integration. Rack-mounted units can be cascaded for up to 13x Inputs in 1RU.

BBG-1090-TRX-MPEG Standalone Multistandard Broadcast Transcoders
The new BBG-1090 TRX-MPEG converts MPEG-2 to MPEG4 AVC and MPEG-4 AVC to MPEG-2, and media conversion to and from ASI and IP. Three units can be rack-mounted for up to twelve channels of real time transcoding in 1RU. The modules support MPEG-1 Layer II, AAC, and AC-3 audio.

More Blue Box Group™ BBG Series Launches
Small form factor Audio Embedders and De-Embedders will be debuted, including:

• BBG-EM-AA 3G/HD/SD eight Channel Balanced Analogue Audio Embedder
• BBG-DE-AA 3G/HD/SD eight Channel Balanced Analogue Audio Embedder
• BBG-EMDE-AES 3G/HD/SD sixteen Channel Un-Balanced AES Embedder / De-Embedder

Small form factor HDMI Fibre Optic Transmitters and Receivers,
• BBG-H-to-F HDMI to Fibre Transmitter
• BBG-F-to-H Fibre to HDMI Receiver

UPGRADE
SPOTCHECK® – Transport Stream Compliance Monitoring

Cobalt Digital’s SPOTCHECK®, initially developed to provide loudness measurement and records for broadcasters, returns to IBC with significant upgrades including full EBU-R128 compliance (Including DVB-T, DVB-C & DVB-S), as well as CALM A/85. SPOTCHECK now detects transport communication errors as well as frozen/black frame and audio silence for superior quality control. Multiple operators in different destinations can now receive email alerts by email, and reports can be located by date. The Optional feature – AIRCHECK – provides easily managed lo-res proxy downloads of user-selected transport stream segments.

Come see all of Cobalt’s new and established products being showcased in Stand 10.B44!

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ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmoon.tv

TTcomm Optimizes Satellite Delivery With Integrated Solution From Harmonic

Utilizing Harmonic’s Market-Leading Electra(TM) Encoders, Award-Winning ProStream(R) Processors, and NMX(TM) Video Network Management, TTcomm Can Deliver More Channels and Better Video Quality

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Aug. 19, 2014 — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, today announced that TTcomm (www.ttcomm.net), one of the largest suppliers of teleport satellite services in Central and Eastern Europe, has selected an integrated video processing solution from Harmonic to support its satellite television services. Leveraging Harmonic’s high-density, scalable video infrastructure solutions, TTcomm customers can now affordably deliver high-quality live and VOD channels to subscribers throughout Europe. The Harmonic solution was purchased from JBD S.A., a major TV equipment supplier in Poland. more

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Shotoku Broadcast Systems Announces “SMART” IBC Exhibition Plans

IBC Stand # 11.F40

New SmartTrack System Anchors New and Enhanced Studio and Field Camera Support Gear

Staines, UK — Shotoku Broadcast Systems, the well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support, and virtual reality tracking, will anchor its IBC Stand with a new ‘smart’ rail camera system targeting the rigorous demands of daily TV studio use. The SmartTrack system will be at show alongside Shotoku’s advanced and high-performing control solutions, pan & tilt heads, robotic and manual pedestals, and virtual reality products for OB, studio, field production and legislative applications.

“As always, we are totally committed to IBC, which is a major event in our calendar. It allows us to showcase our systems to visitors from Europe and so many other parts of the world. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet new clients and catch-up with old friends with whom we’ve worked for many years,“ said James Eddershaw, sales director, Shotoku. “This year, as usual, we will be showing a combination of systems from across our entire range of camera supports, including for the first time outside the USA the new SmartTrack rail-based camera system for floor or ceiling use.”

ROBOTIC HIGHLIGHTS

    NEW SmartTrack
    For the first time at IBC, Shotoku will demonstrate the new SmartTrack system, a fully integrated product based on the core track-based technology of MAT, Germany. In combination with Shotoku pan & tilt heads and control systems the MAT system is turned into the perfect solution TV studio use, day after day. It is highly adaptable, supporting floor or ceiling operation and a range of height column configurations, in both upright and inverted modes. The high quality engineering of the MAT and Shotoku systems ensure that the system is robust and stable, designed for long-term use in demanding applications such as 24/7 news or TV Shopping environments.

    ENHANCED TR-XT Control Systems
    Shotoku’s leading advanced control system will be shown once again, incorporating the recent enhancements and expansions in terms of camera capacity and dynamic configuration. The systems on show will be controlling multiple cameras and sharing camera operation across several controller-types.

    ENHANCED Fully Robotic Pedestal
    Shotoku will also be showing the latest developments in fully robotic studio pedestals, providing complete X-Y-H camera positioning with free-roaming capability, where track systems would not be appropriate. Several enhanced features including Virtual Reality tracking and simple referencing make the pedestal ideal for many TV studio applications.

    SEE IT LIVE Orchestra CMS Parliamentary Systems
    Fully automated and with live video touch-screen operation, Shotoku’s world-leading parliamentary TV system will be shown in action. The TG-27 pan and tilt head, becoming a standard among high-end parliaments and legislatures all over the world, will be shown under the control of the TR-S panel.

    MANUAL HIGHLIGHTS
    NEW TTH1502C Carbon Fibre Tripod

    Shotoku’s new 2-stage TTH1502C carbon fibre tripod incorporates the latest technology to give operators a lightweight, yet sturdy tripod system that is perfect for EFP or documentary production. Built to last with carbon fibre legs, the tripod weighs a mere 5.9kg (13 lbs.), features a 150mm bowl base, and stands over 1615mm (5’) tall at its maximum height. Available with a ground spreader or a mid-level spreader, the tripod is ideally paired with Shotoku’s SX300 pan & tilt head for optimal performance.

    TRIED & TRUE SX300 Pan & Tilt Head
    One of Shotoku’s latest mid-weight EFP pan & tilt fluid heads, the SX300 features outstanding balance, a robust build and ergonomic design. With a high capacity 38kg (83 lbs) payload and wide-balance capability, the SX300 supports an array of cameras, lenses and accessories, making it perfectly suited for field production, OB and studio use. The 300 head accommodates flat base or 150mm ball. Operators can not only expect top-class performance and reliability from the SX300’s VISCAM technology for smooth and adjustable pan & tilt drag with reinforced torque, but a continuously adjustable balance system.

    FLEXIBLE SG900 Pan & Tilt Head
    Shotoku’s SG900 manual pan & tilt head offers vibration-free speed in an ergonomically designed sturdy package. Ideal for OB and studio production with Teleprompters or box type lenses, the SG900 supports 90 kg (198 lbs), and features single knob balance adjustment. The unit incorporates the VISCAM ultimate fluid drag system to control smooth pan & tilt movement and REULAUX perfect balance system for maintaining the camera’s centre of gravity. The SG900 fits various pedestals including Shotoku’s TP200 lightweight, 2-stage pneumatic pedestal and both the TP-80 and TP-90 studio models.

    BACKED BY EXPERIENCE Virtual Tracking Systems
    Based on decades of extensive VR experience, Shotoku VR tracking systems offer outstanding design features, robust and reliable platforms for a wide range of camera and lens configurations. High-accuracy, real-time data output with absolutely no loss in manual performance is common to all Shotoku systems as is compatibility with all leading VR graphics systems. Shotoku’s VR range includes the simplest PT head and tripod right up through studio pedestals and high payload heads to state of the art cranes and jibs with total freedom of movement within VR studios small or large. Shotoku will have a sample of these systems on show at IBC.

    About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
    Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

    Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
    +44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

    Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
    +1-845-512-8283 / mailto:Harriet@DesertMoon.tv

DPA Microphones Was The Impresario Of Aspen Opera Theater Center

Collection of company’s mics were on hand for recording at Wheeler Opera House during the Aspen Music Festival and School

ASPEN, CO, AUGUST 19, 2014 – Every year, professional and aspiring classical musicians and technical personnel from around the world head to the mountains of Colorado for an eight-week summer intensive retreat at the Aspen Music Festival and School. As the country’s premier classical music program, the festival presents more than 300 performances and music education events, including the Aspen Opera Theater Center (AOTC) program at the historic Wheeler Opera House, where DPA Microphones had its chance to shine.

The AOTC relied on the d:dicate™ 4006C Omnidirectional, 4011A Cardioid and 4015C Wide Cardioid Microphones, as well as the d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphone 10-piece Classic Touring Kit for their pristine recording capabilities. Supplied by DPA, Inc. — the company’s U.S. branch, these mics were used primarily to record and broadcast AOTC’s Saturday morning opera master classes as well as its fully-staged productions of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Bizet’s Carmen.

“We were looking for a clean and accurate sound,” explains Scott Burgess, head audio engineer for the Aspen Music Festival and School. “The DPA mics are spotless and precise, and could handle the dynamic range of an operatic performance.”

Since the AOTC is a training program for professional singers, the music was not amplified for the live audience. However, Burgess still needed to ensure that the broadcast audiences, recording listeners and guests in the green rooms all had the same audio experience as the live attendees. He selected the d:dicate 4006s to pick up the vocals from across the front of the stage, a pair of d:dicate 4015s arranged for the main orchestra, a pair of d:dicate 4011s in the wind section and the d:vote 4099s to accent the orchestra’s string section. This guaranteed a pure sound for all recordings and radio broadcasts, including those aired on the local NPR station.

“Another big appeal of the d:dicates and the d:votes was their small size,” adds Burgess. “We could put them where we wanted without having visual distractions, as we needed to stay out of the way of the performances that took place.”

Burgess also arranged d:votes inside the piano to feed sound to the students during the master classes. “The flexibility and sound of the d:votes proved invaluable for the Saturday classes, especially since the piano was constantly being moved in and out of the pit,” he continues. “DPA’s unique magnetic clip design saved us a lot of time as the mics can easily be placed in and out of the piano.”

In addition to the traditional uses, Burgess also called on his d:dicate 4011s to amplify the percussion section for the July performances of Lowell Liebermann’s The Picture of Dorian Gray into the theater through a pair of powered speakers. “We weren’t able to record Dorian Gray, for contractual reasons, but we still needed mics during these performances,” he explains. “Since the show had an especially large orchestra, we were unable to fit the percussion in the theater. Instead, they had to perform from a side room where we set up an ORTF pair of DPA 4011s, which allowed us to amplify the sound of the percussion back into the theater using a standard PA speaker system. It was an astoundingly convincing method as audiences could scarcely tell that the percussionists were not in the theater. The conductor was happy with it and it worked really well for everyone.”

Though the AOTC had not used the newer DPA mics before, it was essential to Burgess, who started with the festival in 2011, to be able to hit the ground running. “The space can be a little challenging and usually I have to make some modifications, but the DPA mics worked right off the bat,” he says. “We only had to make very minor adjustments to get a really good sound.”

Working with professional companies, such as DPA Microphones, has proven indispensible to Burgess and the students. “Our staff comes from all around the country, from some of the biggest recording programs where they are taught on a variety of equipment,” he says. “Having companies like DPA Microphones as one of the sponsors is a great way for our students, and even our professionals, to work with the best professional audio equipment on the market, which is a really important part of our program.”

Founded in 1949, The Aspen Music Festival and School is held annually each summer, with this year’s run ending on August 17. The three AOTC operas presented each summer feature AOTC singers and distinguished conductors and directors. Additionally, all members of the AOTC are expected to sing in one opera chorus and to provide technical-support hours during events such as vocal chamber music performances, house concerts and the weekly public Opera Scenes Master Classes. AOTC singers also participate in an intensive curriculum of weekly voice lessons, and classes focused on opera music, acting, song repertory, movement, rehearsals, Alexander Technique and auditioning, among other requirements.

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

Extron Introduces All-New Cable Cubby 202

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the all-new Cable Cubby 202, the latest addition to the company’s benchmark Cable Cubby Series/2 line of cable access enclosures for AV connectivity and AC power. The compact Cable Cubby 202 is equipped with one fixed, unswitched AC outlet and is available in versions for the US, Europe, and other world markets. The removable Cable Pass-Through Bracket accommodates up to four AV cables, allowing cables to be installed or serviced from the top of the enclosure, after it’s installed in the furniture surface. The Cable Cubby 202 also features a hidden, integrated clamp system that quickly secures the enclosure with common hand tools. more

Kreative Teknik AB Illuminates Ullevi Stadium’s Iconic Pillars with HARMAN’s Martin Exterior 400 Wash Lights

GOTHENBURG, Sweden — As one of the largest arenas in the Nordic region, Sweden’s Ullevi Stadium recently completed a renovation that increased its capacity from 54,000 to 75,000 people featuring 43,000 seats with another 32,000 in standing room. Located in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, the outdoor arena was inaugurated in 1958 when the country hosted one of the world’s most prestigious soccer competitions. However, as the stadium has aged it has undergone a series of renovations, the first in 1985 when the stadium’s iconic concrete pillars on either side of the main entrance were reinforced. Further renovations in 2004 brought Swedish lighting design firm Kreative Teknik AB on board to light the pillars and recently the company retrofitted their original design with six of HARMAN’s Martin Professional Exterior 400 light fixtures.

Each pillar features three Exterior 400 fixtures mounted over 200 feet or 65 meters above the ground, shining both up and down to ensure the entire length is evenly covered. The lighting is controlled by a CueServer-system via DMX that allows for the facility manager to easily change the appearance through a simple click on the touchscreen or by a pre-programmed calendar.

Martin’s Exterior 400 now produces a much brighter and crisper light with more saturated colors when compared to the earlier models Kreative Teknik installed back in 2004. Today, the Exterior 400 line boasts a brighter light with lower power consumption of 139 W, down from the 575 W of its predecessor. Additionally, the fixture’s advanced LED technology limits downtime and maintenance costs while increasing the life span from 2,000 hours to 40,000 hours.

“Once again Martin’s fixtures were the best choice and we are extremely proud of the result of this project,” said Marcus Persson, CEO and Owner of Kreative Teknik AB. “We chose Martin because of their well-documented quality of outdoor fixtures in installations and their exceptional ability to support us with spare-part handling.”

The lighting concept was designed to allow the city’s population to know what type of event was being held inside the venue, such as blue and white washes over the pillars to signal a soccer match for the local team. The color-changing technology and rugged design of the Martin Exterior 400 made it a clear choice for Kreative Teknik.

“The technology has changed drastically since we first installed a number Martin’s Exterior 200 and 600 at the stadium,” said Persson. “Almost a decade has passed and Martin’s been a proven innovator in LED technology, energy-efficiency, RA-index and fixture design. The Exterior 400 is a great example of their ability to provide designers with advanced technology to empower their creative visions.”

For more information on the Martin Exterior 400 wash light, please visit: http://www.martin.com/product/product.asp?product=exterior400

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 (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.

Coeur d’Alene Church of the Nazarene Elevates Its Sound System With HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers and Soundcraft Digital Consoles

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — Coeur d’Alene Church of the Nazarene has served its parishioners since 1941, with roots going back to the first group of Nazarenes who congregated in the region in 1912. Like many houses of worship, the church had been making do with an inadequate, practically antiquated sound system until it brought in Spokane, Washington’s Hoffman Pro Systems and HARMAN Professional for an audio revival.

“The sanctuary literally had two wall-mounted speaker boxes to provide coverage to the entire main floor, balcony, under balcony and the church’s extended side wings,” said Hoffman Pro Systems general manager Dave Kenagy. “To say it was insufficient for the church’s current needs, which include providing sound for a full praise band, would be an understatement.”

Not so for the current system, specified by designer/installer David Lewis which features a Soundcraft Si Expression 3 digital console, Crown XTi 2 Series amplifiers, JBL VRX Series and additional loudspeakers, dbx PMC16 Personal Monitor Controllers and AKG K240 MKII headphones.

The Soundcraft Si Expression 3 has a MADI card installed and provides 32 inputs from the floor as well as local inputs at front of house for playback from various audio sources. A Soundcraft Stagebox is located at the front of the pulpit/stage area, linked to the console via a HARMAN BLU-Link card. Two dbx PMC16 Personal Monitor Controllers connected to the front of house via Cat6 cable enable the drummer and guitar/bass player to control and balance their own individual monitor levels, which Kenagy notes helps to keep the overall stage volume lower and easier to mix.

The Si Expression 3 handles the front of house and all monitor mixes. “The church volunteer staff had to make the move from their old analog console to digital,” noted Kenagy. “Although they’re not audio professionals, the board’s straightforward control layout and ability to store and recall snapshots made it easy for them.”

Three JBL VRX 932LA-1 Constant Curvature loudspeakers and two VRX918S subwoofers are hung as the main center cluster. Two VRX928LA loudspeakers are used for balcony fill, with three AC18/26 wall-mountable loudspeakers employed for under-balcony fill. Two AC18/95 wall-mountable loudspeakers are used for front side fill where the seating wraps around the front corners of the stage. In addition, an AC26 compact loudspeaker is mounted on stage and aimed back at the choir area. The loudspeakers are powered by a total of five Crown XTi 6002, XTi 4002 and XTi 1002 amplifiers.

Lewis noted that the Coeur d’Alene Church of the Nazarene is “extremely happy with the new system. Aside from the fact that it’s a night and day difference from their old setup sonically, for the first time it enables the church to mix the praise band the way they should be heard and it gives the pastor and the speakers the freedom of wireless movement.”

Another benefit which was unforeseen by Lewis and the church’s staff: the sound quality is so clear throughout the entire sanctuary that fewer people are using the church’s assistive hearing devices.

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.

Kramer Introduces BC−HDKat6a Category Cable Optimized for Use with HDBaseT™ Signals


Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce the introduction of BC−HDKat6a cable, its newest category cable designed for use in the Pro AV industry. Building on the success of Kramer’s extremely popular, high−performance BC−DGKat623 category cable, the new BC−HDKat6a cable has been built to the same exacting standards and offers virtually identical performance in tests with 4K signals.
Kramer’s BC−DGKat623 cable works flawlessly with Kramer’s unique DGKat twisted pair technology. Similarly, the new BC−HDKat6a cable has been engineered to deliver the same level of high performance when used with HDBaseT signals. HDBaseT has become a very popular method for the long distance transmission of today’s digital AV signals, and now there is a competitively priced cable from Kramer designed specifically for this use.
Kramer Electronics category cable recently outperformed competitive cables from several high−profile industry manufacturers in the Redband Radio and AVNation independent InfoComm 2014 Cable Challenge. In testing 4K signals sent via HDBaseT transmitters and receivers, Kramer’s cable achieved the best performance registering measurements of 0.362, 0.482 and 0.362 errors per billion in three successive tests utilizing a Quantum Data 980 test generator. Utilizing the same set up, competitor’s cables measured from 0.845 to 14.468 errors per billion. Additionally, the HDKat6a was tested and accredited in an Alliance Recognized Testing facility, met the requirements set by HDBaseT Alliance and therefore work perfectly with HDBaseT devices.
With the introduction of the BC−HDKat6a cable, Kramer now offers the industry two outstanding cables for carrying digital video including HDBaseT signals, both with incredible performance. Kramer cables ensure reliable installations that benefit both dealer/integrators and end−users.
Pro AV professionals can rely on Kramer cables for the very best performance in any Pro AV installation.
Kramer’s BC−HDKat6a cable is available in bulk spools of 1000ft (305m). Complete product information for all of Kramer’s products can be found at www.kramerus.com.

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American Idols LIVE! Tour 2014 Reaches New Sonic Heights with Sennheiser Digital 9000 Wireless System

Best In Class Wireless System Brings out The Best From a Diverse Range of Vocalists, Amidst Challenging RF Environments



Old Lyme, CT, August 19, 2014: As the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2014 charges through the final leg of its highly successful summer tour, North American audiences have been treated to a broad range of talented male and female contestants performing a diverse selection of material. The new Sennheiser Digital 9000 system has delivered stellar performance every step of the way, capturing each nuance of the vocal performances in stunning detail and clarity.

This year, since the contestants are singing to backup tracks, the audio system consists primarily of a multi-channel playback rig, wireless in ear monitors and vocal microphones — putting the spotlight squarely on the Idol contestant performances. At the recommendation of Lititz, PA-based Clair Global the audio team decided to utilize (16) channels of Sennheiser Digital 9000 wireless to provide the best possible audio quality for both performers and fans.

“When Clair presented me with the idea of using the new Sennheiser Digital 9000 on this tour, I was very excited because I know it is a phenomenal system,” commented Dustin DeLuna, Monitor Engineer and RF Technician for American Idols LIVE! Tour 2014. “So far, it has surpassed my every expectation — the microphones have sounded amazing across the entire range of vocalists we’ve got out here.”

The Digital 9000 system used on American Idols LIVE! Tour 2014 consists of two eight channel Sennheiser EM 9046 receiver units, (14) SKM 9000 handheld wireless transmitters with MD 9235 capsules and (2) SK 9000 beltpack transmitters. Each of the (10) Idol contestants have been using the SKM 9000 transmitter / MD 9235 capsule combinations. In addition, several microphone / transmitter combinations are being used as ‘guest’ microphones and for pre-show Q&A sessions, which are extremely popular among fans.

For monitoring, the audio team has been relying on (18) channels of Sennheiser 2000 series transmitters and receivers. These cover in ear monitoring — including click tracks to make sure everyone is in time — for each of the onstage performers as well as production staff including the stage manager, lighting technician and Pro Tools operator.


Digital 9000: Outperforming in the Most Extreme RF Environments

As one might expect, the performance venues on the tour vary greatly and include arenas, casinos, theaters, sheds, outdoor fairgrounds and others. In the face of such a diverse range of performance spaces, Sennheiser Digital 9000 helps bring predictability when it comes to RF performance. “The system has been unstoppable from a reliability perspective,” reports DeLuna. “Since we started using it, there has not been a single drop out. Just the other day, we were at Indiana State Fair — it was the most crowded RF environment we have seen on this tour. But after scanning and setting up our frequencies, we had no issues. It has literally been flawless.”

For DeLuna, who is handling double duty as the tour’s sole Monitor Engineer and RF Technician, ease of use and set up time are precious. On this level, the Digital 9000 does not disappoint. “The frequency scanning features are amazing because the interface is so visual,” he explains. “Scanning takes about 30 seconds from start to finish, and the Digital 9000 allows me to visually plot out where I am going to put the microphone transmitters to see how they will work with other RF in the area. I can scan and sync these transmitters without any trouble — and I don’t even have to walk them,” he says.

Delivering Pristine, Uncompressed Sound for the Masses

Front of House Engineer Kirk Shreiner, now in his third year on the Idol tour, says the Sennheiser Digital 9000 delivers on audio quality: “It has a very clean and warm sound,” he says. “I regularly get comments on how great the microphones are on this tour, and I am having great experiences on all the PA systems we have been using with these mics.” Shreiner also appreciates the outstanding feedback rejection of the new MD 9235 capsule. “It’s not unusual to have all of the contestants up on stage singing at the same time in front of the PA, and with these microphones we’re not having to fight the system.”

For mixing in ear monitors, DeLuna has had a similarly positive experience: “The top end of the MD 9235 capsule is very smooth,” he says. “All in all, the audio seems to be very well rounded. With the Digital 9000, I am hearing more detail and it is almost like the difference between an mp3 file and a wav file. Since there is more ‘information’ in the audio, it means I don’t have to make as many EQ corrections.”

In addition to the RF reliability and sonic qualities of the system, DeLuna is especially impressed at how quiet the SKM 9000 transmitter / MD 9235 capsule combination is in light of a brand new capsule design and dampening mechanism. “We have noticed zero handling noise, and this is usually among the first things a Front of House Engineer will complain about,” he says. In an RF world that is usually dependent on buckets of AA batteries, DeLuna also appreciates the newly designed battery compartment on the transmitter: “The two buttons at the bottom that are used to slide the battery in and out are so easy to use. Moreover, the rechargeable batteries last for six hours at a time and we can run the whole day with one set of batteries,” he says.

For more information on American Idols LIVE! Tour 2014, visit www.americanidol.com/tour.

The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hongkong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.

More up-to-date information about Sennheiser is available on the Internet at www.sennheiser.com.

Captions: 
1 – The audio crew for the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2014 (L-R: Monitor Engineer and RF Technician Dustin DeLuna, Monitor Technician Matthew Van Hook, Front of House Engineer Kirk Shreiner and PA Technician Jeff Weurth)
2 – The American Idols LIVE! Tour 2014 is utilizing two Sennheiser EM 9046 eight channel rack units for the Digital 9000 system.
3 – For in ear monitors, the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2014 uses (18) Sennheiser EM 2050 transmitter units.
4 – The Sennheiser SKM 9000 transmitter / MD 9235 capsule combination.

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