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Symetrix SymNet Radius DSP Boosts Reliability, Flexibility at Florida International University Football Stadium

FloridaIn its second FIU-related project, Icor International Systems implemented a Dante-based processing infrastructure at the large-capacity college football venue.


DORAL, FL — MARCH 2015: As the biggest university in Southern Florida and one of the top ten largest in the US, Florida International University places a premium on maintaining technological standards at its various facilities. The 21,000-seat FIU Stadium for college football matches is no exception, and the venue is currently the subject of a substantial and ongoing AV upgrade.

Having solicited possible solutions from a variety of audio specialists, FIU ultimately appointed Doral, Florida-based Icor International Systems Design & Integration to provide the replacement for an elderly, CobraNet-oriented audio system. In the first phase of the overhaul, the company focused its efforts on revamping the processing and distribution hub in the stadium’s control room.

“The old set-up had become unreliable and had a habit of failing at the worst possible moment,” says Scott Pearson, VP of engineering at Icor International Systems. “Having used Symetrix processors for many years, and the Audinate Dante media networking technology on several recent projects, we determined that a Dante-compatible Symetrix DSP-based solution would represent the best way forward.”

The ability to implement Dante on the building’s existing fibre backbone was a primary advantage of the final design, which revolves around a single SymNet Radius 12×8 open architecture Dante-scalable DSP and a pair of SymNet xOut 12 I/O expanders. In addition, a Yamaha Dante-MY16-AUD card has been provided to connect an existing Yamaha LS-9 mixer to the network.

A keen advocate of Dante, Pearson describes the increasingly ubiquitous technology as “the cleanest, most versatile and most economical way to handle complex audio systems. With many AV departments being managed by IT professionals now, we have found great acceptance for Dante as IT managers understand the technology well and appreciate its capabilities for control and expansion.”

Similar praise is reserved for Symetrix’ Dante-supporting DSPs. “I have been using Symetrix products for over 25 years and have only had one product requiring a return for repairs, which is quite a remarkable achievement and a testament to the durability of their designs,” he says. “The products are also very feature-rich, and we have Symetrix SymNet Composer software installed on a local PC that we can access remotely. With this setup, we can monitor, control and troubleshoot all stadium audio functions from anywhere with an Internet connection.”

Providing an FIU perspective, Anthony King – who is the assistant director of athletic facilities and operations – comments: “We could not be happier with our move to Symetrix. The reliability, power and broad functionality of our new system components has been an absolute home run for us. Having the peace of mind that comes with such high quality products is a welcome change in the hectic world of athletic facility management.”



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Precision Planting® Upgrades Their Mobile Planter Technology Institute with PixelFLEX FLEXTile LED Screens

VideoTrailer- FLEXTileInstall-1397Nashville, March 5, 2015 — Agricultural technology manufacturer and educator Precision Planting updated the user experience for their unique Planter Technology Institute, a mobile educational and promotional 53-foot trailer that travels to growers nationwide, with the high definition PixelFLEX LED FLEXTiles.

After utilizing high-maintenance short throw projectors and televisions, Precision Planting engaged AV partner AVSC to improve the visual impact of the mobile display. PixelFLEX was chosen to create a dynamic and mobile visual environment.

“We thought this would be the best solution for our trailer moving forward, because we had seen it in action, we had seen the clarity and the definition, and we felt like it would be the best bang for our buck,” said Precision Planting Marketing Manager Sean Arians.

The lightweight LED tiles are a perfect match for the application, saving time and money in conjunction with the video trailer’s full and constant touring schedule. PixelFLEX also managed the integration of the old system with new technology components to give Precision Planting more capabilities with their system as their teaching program platform continues to grow. The video wall was comprised of 30 LED panels to create a 15.75-foot-wide by 4.725-foot-tall space that was built onto a custom shock-mounted frame to minimize vibration from constant coast-to-coast travel.

The FLEXTile LED proved to be the high standard of flexibility and roadworthiness Precision Planting needed. With the 3.75mm LED tile, the quality of the video footage and viewing distance grants growers an engaging and dynamic educational setting

“Customers are impressed when they see something that’s that sharp and clean when they get into the trailer, so it’s an enjoyable experience for them,” said Arians.VideoTrailer- FLEXTileInstall-1231

After starting its educational tour through Indiana, Michigan, the Dakotas and more of the Midwest region, the Precision Planting video trailer will continue through March picking back up again in June to reach more farmers with assistance in producing their best yield whether that be through mechanical or technological solutions.

“The flexibility of the FLEXTile is a big part in what makes this tile stand out from the rest of the LED market,” said PixelFLEX Director of Marketing David Venus. “This product is a long term solution that will enable Precision Planting’s mobile Planter Technology Institute to thrive while assisting growers in reaching their goals.”

For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of lightweight LED video screens, visit PixelFLEX at pixelflexled.com. Follow them @LEDCurtain and on Facebook.



PixelFLEX Creates Custom LED Video Displays for True Religion Jean’s Bold New Message

Nashville, March 3, 2015 — “Be So Bold” is the catchphrase surrounding luxury brand True Religion’s new marketing campaign. While encouraging consumer’s personal statements of daring fashion, True Religion made their own bold statement with the introduction of custom PixelFLEX FLEXDisplay LED video stands in a group of their top stores.JZocco_NYC_8699_HiRes

The FLEXLite 3.9mm LED screens reside in custom displays built to be a part of the store design concept and create a more compelling and immersive digital signage experience compared to traditional televisions and paper signage. True Religion built dynamic, customized content to display promotions and immersive experiences for increased customer foot traffic. The capabilities of the screen and the imaginative content combine to create what Vice President of Omnichannel Commerce and Digital Innovation John Hazen at True Religion, calls a “Trojan Horse.”

“They get people to stop and look at a brand when they otherwise might not be interested,” Hazen said. “And that’s what we’re trying to do. The content we display is complleing on its own, it’s not a hard sell. It is brand right and compelling visuals.”

PixelFLEX installed the FLEXDisplays in order to increase foot traffic and revenue just in time for the 2014 holiday season, and True Religion has decided double down on another group of additional stores. The change marks a more efficient option for promotional material versus printed signage of the past.

“It [paper signage] is incredibly expensive,” Hazen explained. “These are large cardboard or foam signs that we are usually overnighting or mailing two-day air to stores across the entire United States and Canada. So the idea of not doing that any more and being able to change out the signage library color palette four times a year is incredibly attractive.”

The content management system provides headquarters the ability to change all signs at a time, a few, or even a single sign to deliver content or promotions based on a geographical area. Making the changes digitally means a faster turnaround at a much lower cost.

“By the end of the first quarter, we’re going to have these in 30 out of our 100 full-price stores, so when it comes to our full-price business, we are going to have the ability to turn our content on a dime and allow us to be much, much more nimble than our competitors,” Hazen said.

JZocco_NYC_8690_HiRes“In today’s fast-paced world, you only have a few seconds to catch a potential customer’s eye as they pass by. You have to rise above the advertising congestion,” said PixelFLEX Director of Marketing David Venus. “Using LED signage gives you the ability to create a much more personalized, interactive and impactful message, and we only see this market continuing to grow.”

“Providing flexible LED solutions is a hallmark of PixelFLEX,” said PixelFLEX Chief Operating Officer Monty Rains. “In this case, we listened to what True Religion was trying to accomplish and developed a customized solution for their digital signage needs. Our flexible design allows the client to increase or decrease size, add mobility and wireless updating to the FLEXDisplays based on changing needs.”

“The PixelFLEX team bent over backwards when it came to the installation of these,” said Hazen. “They put in a really herculean effort to get these done before the holidays. Every store that we went into had an unexpected issue that could have easily been a showstopper that day, and the guys worked around it for us. So the service provided in installing these things with some wacky hours, unique circumstances and a unique set of problems was absolutely amazing.”

For more information on True Religion and their Be So Bold campaign, visit TrueReligion.com.

For more information about the FLEXLite and other PixelFLEX products, visit pixelflexled.com. Follow PixelFLEX on Facebook and on Twitter @LEDCurtain.



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Bexel Opens New Location in New York City

Manhattan Office to Support Bexel Sales and Autocue Rentals
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(BURBANK, Calif.) – Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, has announced the official opening of the company’s new location in New York, NY. The facility will provide local access to Bexel’s award-winning production services in Manhattan, while continuing to serve as an office for Autocue/QTV Teleprompter rentals, a leading provider of teleprompting camera and software systems. Autocue, a sister company in the Vitec Group, originally opened the location in 2013.

“This expansion was a natural step for Bexel,” said Halid Hatic, president and general manager of Bexel. “As the preeminent supplier of broadcast services around the globe, we are keenly focused on being where our clients need us to be, and that certainly includes New York City. As the exclusive U.S. rental provider for Autocue, collaborating with their existing Manhattan location made perfect sense.”

Bexel’s New York office, located at 124 West 30th Street, will support sales efforts, provide a space for local clients to prep their rental equipment, and serve as an adjunct drop-off center for the company’s hub in Secaucus, NJ. It will also continue to operate as Autocue’s U.S. rental showroom. The company’s premium QTV teleprompters and software systems are synonymous with quality in the broadcast industry.

Gregory Bragg, vice president of Global Sales for Bexel notes, “Our presence in Manhattan is a clear commitment to our clients on the eastern seaboard that we are close at hand and ready to help. We’re especially looking forward to working closely with our colleagues at Autocue as we support the growth of their quality teleprompting service.”

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit www.bexel.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Vitec Group
Capture the moment(tm)

For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com


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Palais des Congrès de Paris Installs SSL Live. L500

PARIS – Since its inception in 1974, the 3,723-seat Main-Auditorium at the Palais des Congrès de Paris performing arts and convention centre, operated by Viparis Group, has hosted an average of 150 shows each year, including internationally-acclaimed ballets, operas, symphonies and pop concerts. Located at the western tip of the 17th arrondissement, near the Arc de Triomphe, the Palais des Congrès de Paris features two TV studios, 20 conference rooms, 85 meeting rooms and three smaller auditoriums. When the time came to find a new audio console that would best accommodate the high-profile productions and fast-paced turnaround, the Main Auditorium’s three-man audio team selected the Solid State Logic Live. L500 console.Thomas Guardenti, Laurent Maury and Sylvain Demay with SSL Live. L500

“The challenge for us is having a sound system that satisfies the size and functionality requests of our clients,” explains the Palais des Congrès sound team, Laurent Maury, Sylvain Demay and Thomas Guardenti. “In the Main Auditorium, we three sound managers are responsible for the sound system and all related audio activities, whether doing our own mixing or assisting guest engineers. So, we need to make sure that we have the highest quality products in order to satisfy everybody well into the future. Finally, after two years of research, we chose the SSL Live.”

Used for all Main Auditorium conferences and concerts, including those with connections to external services such as television productions and uplinks for corporate events, the SSL Live was installed to integrate with the venue’s existing audio infrastructure. The Main Auditorium’s fan-shaped seating has no balcony and its mix position is 27 meters from the stage, behind a mid-house cross aisle. Its loudspeakers cover the audience with flown left and right arrays of L-Acoustic V-DOSC with dV-DOSC down fills, a KARA center cluster, ARCS floor fills, MTD108 and KIVA front fills and SB28 subwoofers. Backstage, two 32 x 32 5U SSL stage boxes, totalling 96 channels (including the 32 console inputs), are redundantly connected via co-axial MADI to an SSL Blacklight II MADI concentrator that connects them to the FOH mix position via a single multimode fibre per side.

“Even though we’re always in the same theatre, working at the Palais des Congrès is like being on tour because of our constant exposure to different engineering and mixing approaches,” adds Demay. “So, it was the important for us to buy a desk that is known around the world. The SSL Off Line Setup Application (SOLSA) on the console has proven to be an especially important element for us. It ensures that guest engineers can familiarize themselves with the console and organize their session before they arrive.”

The team credits the variety of software features available on the L500 as a primary reason for selecting the console. “The Layer Manager is a fantastic tool that is easy to use and really helpful to organize the surface the way we want,” Maury adds. “Visiting engineers are immediately comfortable organizing inputs and outputs on their fader tiles’ layers and banks to suit their production. Being able to add any input or output without noise or any problem while the show is running is also impressive, and being able to rearrange the surface at any moment is great.”

Guardenti points out that the ‘AutoMix’ and ‘Dynamic-EQ’ insert tools are also great to have on board and that the flexible workflow has been important. “The three of us each has his own preferences and approach, so the combination of touch screens and encoders allows everybody to work as they wish,” explains Demay. “What’s more, the SSL Live sounds really outstanding.”

A European leader in conferences and trade events, Viparis Group manages the eleven main conference centres and exhibition/event/show venues in the greater Paris region. In addition to the Palais des Congrès de Paris, the company oversees Carrousel du Louvre, Cnit Paris La Défense, Espace Champerret, Espace Grande Arche, the Palais des Congrès d’Issy, the Palais des Congrès de Versailles, Paris Le Bourget, Paris Nord Villepinte, Paris expo Porte de Versailles, Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild. All Viparis venues host a variety of exhibitions, shows, congresses and business events for the general public and professionals from every sector.

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Blackburn College Revamps Auditorium with Danley Sound Labs Loudspeakers and Subwoofers

BlackburnCollege_AuditoriumCARLINVILLE, ILLINOIS: Located in the rural Illinois town of Carlinville, Blackburn College serves six hundred undergraduates. Its unique work program keeps costs low and campus community involvement high by employing students in a range of non-traditional student jobs under the direction of professionals, for nine of the campus’s sixteen buildings. A recent $3 million upgrade to the 430-seat Bothwell Auditorium continued that tradition, with the student construction crew providing much of the labor. Amid a range of new infrastructure is a new sound reinforcement system centered on Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers, which provide exceptional fidelity and pattern control.

“The old system was original to the building, which was constructed in the 1970s,” explained Ryan Winstead, sales design consultant with Advanced Audio and Lighting Systems (AALS) of Peoria, Illinois. “Their tech staff had a hard time making things sound good, and they had an especially hard time keeping stage mics from feeding back during theater productions. Part of our upgrade included a new Yamaha QL5-65 console, which scales functionality to the expertise of the operator. Accommodating different proficiencies was an important part of the upgrade.”

BlackburnCollege_SpeakerCloseup“Giving them much better pattern control was critical to the success of this installation, both in terms of keeping on-stage volume low and in terms of minimizing side and back wall-reflections to maintain fidelity and intelligibility,” said Winstead. “They also wanted stereo coverage, which would be useful for musical and theatrical performances and essential for movie presentations. Based on past experience, I knew Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers would give us the pattern control we needed with fidelity that would more than measure up to their expectations. I also knew that Danley subwoofers would provide excellent low-end support.”

To each sidewall, Winstead and his crew attached matching clusters composed of a Danley SH-46 at the top for principle coverage, a Danley SM-60 for downfill, and a Danley TH-115 subwoofer. Powersoft Duecanali 5204 amplifiers with integrated AESOP DSP provide power and modest processing for the system. The fact that all of the Danley boxes use passive crossovers minimized the number of necessary amplifier channels, which helped keep the project on budget.

In addition, AALS gave Bothwell Auditorium two Danley SM-100 low-profile loudspeakers for use as stage monitors, with plans for two more as funding permits. A Powersoft M50Q provides the necessary power. “Again, Danley’s well-known pattern control makes the SM-100 an excellent stage monitor,” said Winstead. “That, and its low profile. It has an inspiring sound and it doesn’t take up a lot of visual real estate.”

Blackburn College will celebrate the completion of Bothwell Auditorium’s renovation with a performance of Jim Beaver’s play Verdigris.

Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.


Sound Devices 688 Takes Field Production to the Next Level

REEDSBURG, WI, MARCH 4, 2015 - Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video products for broadcast and film production, introduces its next generation field mixer with the ground-breaking 688, a 12-input, 16-track portable mixer/recorder. The new 688 is the center of an extensible mixing and recording system incorporating MixAssist, Sound Devices automatic mixing technology. The 688 accepts the new SL-6 SuperSlot powering and wireless accessory. A mixing bag comprised of a 688 with attached SL-6 plus SuperSlot-compatible wireless offers audio mixing, recording and wireless receiver control all from the mixer, with dramatically simplified power distribution and interconnection.Sound Devices 688 1

Representing a major evolution of Sound Devices’ mixer and recorder products, the 688 harnesses the best of Sound Devices’ successful 633, 664 and 788T. “The 688 is the most powerful portable mixer/recorder available,” says Matt Anderson, CEO of Sound Devices. “We’ve included features called-out by our customers, including 12-channels of MixAssist, 12-inputs, eight-outputs, digital mixing and routing, 192 kHz sampling, audio delay on both inputs and outputs, PowerSafeTM and QuickBoot. When used with the SL-6 accessory, the 688 provides tight integration and control of wireless manufacturers’ slot-compatible receivers with no cabling required.”Sound Devices 688 Sl-6

The optional SL-6 powering and wireless system, available summer 2015, dramatically simplifies interconnection between the 688 and multiple channels of wireless by accepting up to three dual-channel slot-compatible receivers. Using Sound Devices’ developed SuperSlot interconnection standard, the SL-6 offers all powering, audio interconnection and control needed for SuperSlot-compatible receivers. The SL-6 attaches directly to the 688 and offers built-in
NP-1 battery powering for the 688 mixer, slot receivers, plus four additional DC outputs for external peripherals. The SL-6 also offers built-in antenna distribution.

“We are continually developing technologies that offer more flexibility and choice to our customers, and we have achieved this with the SL-6 and SuperSlot,” says Paul Isaacs, VP of Marketing and Product Design at Sound Devices. “With SuperSlot, Sound Devices developed an open specification that will certainly become the new standard for wireless integration with audio mixers and recorders.”

Regarded as the industry’s first non-proprietary, open wireless control and interfacing standard, SuperSlot is the result of Sound Devices’ collaboration with a number of leading wireless manufacturers including Lectrosonics, Sennheiser, Wisycom and Audio Ltd.

“Lectrosonics is excited to partner with Sound Devices with this new integration interface,” says Gordon Moore, Vice President of Lectrosonics. “By offering centralized control and interoperability, we see this as another step forward in making the life of the professional mixer easier. For existing owners of the SRb, an audio board upgrade will be made available through the Lectrosonics service department. All future Lectrosonics slot products will be SuperSlot-compatible. SRas will need the SRb upgrade plus the audio board upgrade. Unaltered SR receivers will provide audio through the slot but control functions will not be available.”

“We are excited to have collaborated with Sound Devices during the development of the SuperSlot format,” says Tobias Von Allwörden, Product Manager Broadcast and Media for Sennheiser. “As a new open standard, we look forward to hearing the feedback from the industry on this groundbreaking new protocol.”

“One of the most common issues in professional audio is setup and interoperability,” says Massimo Polo, Sales & Marketing Director, Wisycom. “It was a pleasure working with Sound Devices to enable our Wisycom systems to support SuperSlot. Wisycom has recently issued a new MCR42 firmware and a SLK-IKSS rear panel adapter update to accommodate this new technology. The overall wireless capabilities will also benefit from the Sound Devices SL-6′s antenna amplifiers and filters. We continue to develop new firmware updates to support frequency scan, and more, in order to further benefit our customers’ workflow.”

The 688, which is now shipping, is the first 6-series mixer/recorder to incorporate Sound Devices’ MixAssist technology. First introduced with the 788T, MixAssist has been expanded in the 688 to offer 12-channel automatic mixing capability. Using the most sophisticated algorithm on the market today, MixAssist automatically attenuates the level of inactive inputs and maintains consistent background levels regardless of the number of open microphones. Comb filtering and phasing artifacts are also reduced by intelligently attenuating microphones receiving the same audio signal.

The 688 provides six high-bandwidth mic/line XLR inputs, each complete with phantom power, high-pass filter, analog input limiter and variable pan, plus six additional line-level TA3 inputs for additional flexibility in complex productions. All inputs are assignable, pre- or post-fade to eight output buses, left/right plus Aux 1-6. The main left/right mix is available to three outputs simultaneously via transformer-balanced XLR and Hirose outputs.

The 688 also offers 16-track, polyphonic or monophonic broadcast WAV and MP3 file recording to SD and CompactFlash cards. All common sampling rates are supported, including 192 kHz on up to six tracks. The 688 features comprehensive metadata editing, sound report creation, Ambient time-code circuitry, two-second turn-on time with QuickBoot, and PowerSafe, a built-in 10-second power reserve to protect against loss of data.

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RTW Appoints HHB Communications As New U.K. Distributor


RTW_HHB_UK Distributor_ImageCOLOGNE, GERMANY, MARCH 4, 2015RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters and monitoring devices for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is pleased to announce the appointment of HHB Communications, Ltd., as the company’s new U.K. distributor. HHB, which recently highlighted RTW’s latest broadcast audio products at BVE 2015 (Stand J43), has been dedicated to delivering the latest and most innovative pro audio equipment solutions to the world’s top broadcasters, recording studios, post facilities and systems integrators since 1976.

HHB will distribute RTW’s entire line of products, including the TouchMonitor hardware range and the new Mastering Tools software, an entirely new range of products that provides the functionality of RTW’s TM7 and TM9 basic PPM instrument meters as standard-format plug-ins for Windows and Mac OS.

“The U.K.’s Digital Production Partnership’s (DPP) adoption of EBU loudness standards has made the region a very important market for innovative audio loudness tools,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO of RTW. “HHB is the U.K.’s leading supplier of loudness technology and we are confident that the staff’s expertise will enable the company to deliver the best sales and technical support to the top broadcast and post production facilities in the region.”

“It is very exciting to add RTW to our portfolio of leading loudness monitoring technologies,” says HHB Director of Sales Martin O’Donnell. “RTW continues to innovate in the field of loudness monitoring with a range of solutions for professional workflows with which we have a great deal of experience. The company’s new loudness software will be of particular interest to our broadcast and post production customers.”

About HHB Communications Ltd.
Founded in 1976 and located in London, HHB Communications is a global leader in the supply of professional audio technology. Serving in the broadcast, recording and media production sectors, HHB’s unique expertise is also recognised by major manufacturers and innovators, many of which have appointed the company as exclusive distributors of their products. The specialist division, Scrub serves the needs of the television and film post production industry from premises in the heart of London’s Soho. www.hhb.co.uk

About RTW
RTW, based in Cologne (Germany), has nearly 50 years of experience in designing, producing, and marketing advanced recording-studio equipment, leading and innovating the market for high quality audio metering and monitoring tools. RTW operates a worldwide distribution and service network. For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.com, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130.

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BM AUDIO Equipment FZE Appointed Distributor for Crane Song in GCC and Pakistan

Superior, Wisconsin, USA and Dubai, UAE (February 28, 2015) — Crane Song is very pleased to announce that BM Audio Equipment FZE in Dubai has been named the exclusive distributor of the company’s award-winning line of products in GCC and Pakistan regions.

“I have known Dave Hill for nearly a decade, and I know the excellent quality products that Crane Song manufactures,” says BM Audio Equipment company founder Beata Mablad. “I’m excited to be able to bring Crane Song’s line of products to my customers here.”

BM Audio Equipment will distribute the entire line of Crane Song products in the regions, including the Avocet II monitor controller, the newest version of Crane Song’s best-selling hardware product which features an entirely new DAC and offers significantly improved jittery performance, as well as the INSIGNIA Tube Equalizer, the third generation 500 Series module from the company.

“It is wonderful to have Beata, with her vast industry knowledge and experience, bring the Crane Song Brand to new customers in this region,” adds Crane Song Founder Dave Hill.

About BM Audio Equipment FZE
BM Audio Equipment started October 2009 in the United Arab Emirates, as a distributor for Avalon Design known as Avalon Middle East. Three years ago, the company added several other brands and became known as BM Audio.

BM Audio Equipment is the now a premiere distributor of products for professional audio, broadcast and stage serving dealers and system integrators in the Middle East. In addition to the full line of Crane Song products, BM Audio Equipment distributes products from Avalon Design, Brauner Microphones, Monkey Bananas, SPL, Telefunken, Teenage Engineering and VoVox. For more information, visit: www.bm-audio.net.

About Crane Song
Crane Song began in 1995 by Dave Hill and the company edict is all about loyalty – loyalty to their valuable employees, to the audio industry and especially to supporting their local community in Superior, Wisconsin. The company currently has eight full time employees, three of whom were with the company since its doors opened a decade ago.

Today Crane Song has a dealer network which covers the United States, Canada, Australia, as well as throughout Europe and Asia. All Crane Song products, including their compressors, limiters, digital signal processors, converters, mic preamps and plug-ins are manufactured to the highest-quality sonic standards. All Crane Song products come with a three-year warranty; however, the company has a less than 1% repair rate with any of its products – once a product leaves the Crane Song warehouse, it works so well that is this manufacturer rarely sees it again.


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Ergonomic Surge Protection and Diagnostic Energy Intelligence for Digital Signage

AT DSE 2015, SurgeX will demonstrate the benefits of its power protection technology and highlight its energy intelligence platform in a variety of compact, install-friendly form factors.

Las Vegas, NV – Digital Signage Expo 2015 – March 11-12 – Booth 3028 –

At DSE 2015, SurgeX, will address the number one cause of digital signage downtime and failure worldwide, power quality issues. The SurgeX MultiPak and FlatPak product lines represent the most advanced power protection and energy diagnostic technology available for safeguarding digital signage equipment from disruptive and damaging surges, spikes, and electrical transients. SurgeX will also demonstrate its energy intelligence platform that delivers critical data in real time and offers remote power monitoring and management capabilities.

Digital signage installations can be found in inhospitable environments, often sharing the same circuit as industrial HVAC systems, IT equipment, elevators, appliances, and other power hungry devices. The constant barrage of low-level surges from systems cycling on and off affects the power line causing transients and other issues that affect daily performance and deteriorate unprotected digital signage equipment over time.

“Digital signage downtime is a crisis for many businesses. The cost of missed sales and unhappy or inconvenienced customers, can add up quick,” said Shannon Townley, president of SurgeX. “SurgeX offers the only defense a digital signage installation will ever need against common power issues and catastrophic events. We also provide energy diagnostics data that can be used to identify small issues before they become big problems.”

Energy intelligence gathering is a growing trend in digital signage as companies seek to reduce downtime and prolong the lifespan of digital signage investments. Energy diagnostics solutions from SurgeX measure and record power conditions in real-time, presenting data in detailed, date-stamped reports that can be used to correct and prevent power issues, before they cause damage or disruption. Technicians can easily identify preexisting power issues and analyze real-time power anomalies like transients and sags, to better protect digital signage investments more effectively.

While many believe surges only come from events like lightning or blown fuses, more commonly they originate from within a building via HVAC units, office equipment, or other electronics constantly cycling on/off. A UPS provides back up power in the case of outages and brownouts, but offers no protection against surges and transients. Surge strips are merely power outlets/power distribution, and do not provide professional grade surge protection strong enough to protect the life of a sophisticated digital signage solution.

SurgeX products offer a unique balance of premium power protection and energy intelligence, and they are ergonomically designed to install conveniently behind multi-panel displays and other signage solutions for minimal visual impact. If you’re interested in learning more about SurgeX and digital signage energy management at DSE 2015, please visit SurgeX in booth 3028.

For more information about SurgeX, please visit www.surgex.com.

About ESP/SurgeX

ESP/SurgeX is the leader in energy intelligence and power protection products. Our comprehensive product portfolio offers a complete line of AC power solutions for surge protection, power conditioning, diagnostic analysis, and control of sensitive electrical and electronic equipment. Backed with 42 patents/patents pending, ESP/SurgeX products are engineered to safeguard against power anomalies that can “confuse” the circuitry in digital equipment and cause both equipment degradation and downtime. Independent research proves that ESP/SurgeX technology can improve equipment performance, profitability, and ROI. For 30 years, business leaders worldwide have trusted ESP/SurgeX to protect and improve their electronic systems. For more information visit www.espei.com.

ESP/SurgeX products are manufactured in Knightdale, North Carolina. Visit www.surgex.com or www.espei.com for further company and product information.

Press Contact:  Caster Communications, Inc. at 401.792.7080

Nick Brown: nbrown@castercomm.com

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