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Peter Pan Live! Soars with DPA Microphones

Company outfits entire cast of the NBC production with d:screet™ 4061 Miniature Mics

Peter Pan Live! - Season 2014NEW YORK, DECEMBER 18, 2014Peter Pan Live!, NBC’s live primetime television production of the classic Broadway musical, aired last week with audio support from Firehouse Productions and DPA Microphones. The live TV ‘film,’ which followed the success of the network’s 2013 depiction of the Sound of Music, raked in over nine million viewers. With a live show of this magnitude, Firehouse needed an audio solution that would provide pristine audio quality expected with HD television while still giving audiences the feel of a grand theater production. To accomplish this, the sound reinforcement company called on 48 d:screet™ 4061 Miniature Microphones to support the entire cast, which included Christopher Walken as Captain Hook and Allison Williams as Peter Pan.

With each lead and principal actor double-miked, and a single mic on each member of the ensemble, DPA’s d:screet 4061 was the exclusive microphone used for the production. Having gained familiarity with the DPA d:screet 4061s from years of Tony Awards productions, Mark Dittmar, audio producer for Peter Pan Live! and lead design and integration engineer for Firehouse Productions, credited both the sound and the size of the mics for highlighting the show’s top level performers.

Peter Pan Live! - Season 2014“DPA d:screet 4061s have become our premier high-end microphone,” says Dittmar. “We used them on the Sound of Music last year, which was the first big NBC live musical, and even knowing where the microphones are hidden, you cannot see a single one. It’s the combination of size and sound quality that makes the d:screet 4061 the perfect choice for this application; it was the same thing this year. Most of the cast members were wearing two microphones, so we were even able to hide two on one person. From my experience, the sound quality of the microphones is spectacular and that is especially evident when miking an actor who has a very dynamic vocal range.”

Since the production was not filmed in front of a live audience, the audio team also had no PA system to hide behind when it came to hiding background noises. “Literally every single sound on the set is audible and some microphones are so sensitive that you even get noise from their wires,” continues Dittmar. “The DPA mics don’t have this obstruction. The sensitivity of the noise is like nothing else I’ve ever dealt with. The microphone works very nicely for us in that it’s not adding anything unwanted. What’s more, they are a very popular Broadway microphone. We have a whole team of A2s that had to mic the cast and the d:screet is absolutely a top choice for them.”

Peter Pan Live! - Season 2014A live telecast of the beloved J. M. Barrie book, Peter Pan, the production featured an all-star lineup, which not only includes Williams and Walken as the leads, but also Minnie Driver as both the narrator and the adult version of the character Wendy Darling, and Christian Borle in dual roles as Mr. Smee and George Darling. The show aired Live on NBC on Thursday, December 4 at 8 p.m. Eastern, from Grumman Studios in Bethpage, New York. Peter Pan Live! is now available on DVD and as a DVD+CD Soundtrack Gift Set, which includes “The Making of Peter Pan Live!,” a unique opportunity for fans to have an inside look at the creation of the musical event.

A 25-year veteran of the industry, Dittmar has been with Firehouse Productions for the last 14 years. During this time, Dittmar has had the benefit of working on several high-profile productions, including the MTV Video Music Awards, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies and the Concert of Valor, among others.

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.

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CP Holiday Trains Raise Money, Food, and Awareness with Meyer Sound

holiday trainThe CP Holiday Trains are spreading the joy of the season—and filling local food banks with donations—across Canada and the northern US. Supported by Meyer Sound systems, the brightly decorated trains draw thousands of people who brave the winter cold to partake in the festivities.

With two separate 14-car trains travelling west across Canada and the US, the Holiday Train program delivers free live music shows in more than 150 US and Canadian communities, encouraging attendees to bring donations for local food banks. As the crowds grew year after year, the organizers decided to look for more powerful and higher-quality audio reinforcement for the 2014 edition.

“The difference the Meyer Sound systems provide is stunning, despite their smaller footprint,” says Randall Prescott, president of Rip Roar Productions in Eastern Ontario, and producer of the trains’ entertainment program for the past 13 years. “I can go to the back of an audience of nearly 10,000 and still hear a crisp hi-hat and punchy vocals that have the whole crowd singing along. It is a marvelous feeling for me, as the shows’ producer, to know that not one person is missing one note, whether in front of the stage or at the far back of the crowd.”

To accommodate crowds gathered on either side of the train, the stage car is a double-sided affair, with a drop-down door and stage extension on each side, and a rotating drum riser in the center. On each side of the car, two loudspeaker stacks comprise one UPQ-1P and UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeaker atop a 500-HP subwoofer. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor provides system drive and optimization, and MJF-210 stage monitors augment the musicians’ in-ear monitoring systems.

Each stage car is also equipped with Sennheiser and Shure microphones, and a Behringer X32 digital mixer is set up to allow mixing back in the crowd using a remote iPad control.

“The Meyer Sound system is a remarkable improvement,” says Ken Stone, the Ottawa-based independent audio engineer who helped select the audio equipment. “We’re gaining at least another 150 feet of throw, and we’re not getting near to the maximum level of what the boxes can do. They are little workhorses, that’s for sure.”

The CP Holiday Trains are sponsored by the Canadian Pacific Railway. The artists on this year’s trains include Jim Cuddy, Odds, Roxanne Potvin, Kira Isabella, Tracey Brown, and Home Free. The 2014 Holiday Train program is expected to exceed last year’s donation totals of $2 million and 300,000 pounds of food.

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Sonnet’s Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 Rackmount Storage System Offers Built-in RAID 5 Controller, USB 3.0 Interface

Low-Cost, Four-Bay 1U Storage System Uses 3.5-Inch SATA Drives, Is Versatile and Easy to Configure With RAID 5

IRVINE, Calif. — Dec. 17, 2014 — Sonnet Technologies today introduced the Fusion(TM) R400 RAID USB 3.0, a four-bay, hardware RAID 5, rackmount storage system with a USB 3.0 interface. The Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 integrates a high-performance RAID controller for maximum drive configuration versatility and critical data protection, and its USB 3.0 interface provides single-cable-to-host connectivity and wide compatibility. Its compact size makes this Sonnet storage solution perfect for use in a wide range of popular mobile racks, carts, rack cases, and server rooms as well.

“Our new Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 should be on the short list for anyone looking for an affordable, multidrive 1U rackmount storage system,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “This flexible four-drive RAID 5 SATA storage system is easy to configure and simple to deploy in a server rack and delivers good, reliable operation in a convenient, budget-friendly package. The Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 is the perfect complement to our RackMac mini, a 1U rackmount enclosure for Mac mini, to support our small- to medium-sized business and education customers.”

The Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 features a high-performance internal storage controller that offers five drive configuration options (RAID 5, RAID 0, RAID 10, Span, and JBOD) without requiring additional hardware, software, or a specialized RAID controller card. Drive operation and health status indications are available at a glance with multicolor LEDs.

Drive configuration is as easy as flipping a mode selector switch, with configuration options that include maximum capacity (RAID 0), data protection with optimum performance (RAID 5), most concurrent audio file editing (JBOD), or combining all four drives’ capacity into a single large volume (Span). The 5.0Gbps SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface delivers optimal performance to any USB 3.0-equipped computer, and can be connected to virtually any computer with earlier-generation USB ports.

The Fusion system provides ideal low cost storage expansion for a Mac(R) mini (running OS X(R) Server) housed in either the Sonnet RackMac(TM) mini enclosure or xMac(TM) mini Server PCIe 2.0 expansion system. A second Fusion system can be connected to a computer for added data security and high availability. The user is then able to configure the computer with popular backup and archiving software to automatically mirror the primary storage system to the second one.

The Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 includes a quiet, temperature-controlled fan that operates at a slow speed in most situations but speeds up with more extended or intense disk activity. The unit is compatible with Sonnet’s line of PCIe(R) and ExpressCard/34 USB 3.0 host controllers, and supports Mac, Windows(R), and Linux(R) computers. To allow users the widest-possible choice of high-capacity drives that meet their particular capacity and performance needs, the Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 is sold without hard drives.

The Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 (part number FUS-R4BR5-0TB) is available now at an MSRP of $349. More information on the product is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/fusionr400raidusb3.html.

More information other Sonnet Technologies products is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCIe(R) card expansion systems, pro media readers, RAID storage systems, and storage, network, and other interface cards for pro users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, network and storage interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with Thunderbolt technology-enabled computers. For nearly 30 years Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac(R), Windows(R), and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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PRO Audio Technology Joins With Elite 3 Pro and Digital Sales Group

Lake Forest, CA – December 17, 2014 – PRO Audio Technology (PRO), the leader in loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems for residential properties, today announced the appointment of Elite 3 Pro and Digital Sales Group as manufacturing representatives for two separate regions. Elite 3 Pro will represent the company in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana, and Digital Sales Group will cover Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa and Southern Illinois.

“Elite 3 Pro and Digital Sales Group acknowledge the unique integration and performance benefits of our products and we are confident that they will do an exemplary job of conveying PRO’s advanced technology to the channel,” said PRO Audio Technology VP of Sales, Larry Reagan. “Both Representatives are veterans in the industry and are well equipped to position PRO as the premier residential audio brand in the South Central and Midwest markets.”

PRO products are comprised of professional-grade components, truly bringing a cinema-quality experience to the home. Engineered to deliver the best sound to any room, PRO’s multiple speaker series allow installers to mix models based on application demands and achieve a seamless, coherent sound field. In addition, the integrator is given a powerful suite of software controls to compensate for environmental influences, such as speaker placement behind viewing screens or stretch fabric walls, secondary boundary loading, and other factors. All crossover functions, high-resolution frequency response shaping, and time correction are achieved in DSP, eliminating restrictive passive filter networks from the signal path.

“PRO Audio Technology’s advanced products set them apart from their competitors making them the perfect addition to our existing brands,” said Elite 3 Pro President Michael Coughlin. “PRO’s DSP amplifiers and extensive speaker options provide dealers with unmatched flexibility and an audio solution for almost any room in the home. PRO’s diverse product line paired with their proprietary SoundTools™ software makes it easy for dealers to provide an incomparable audio experience.”

For more information about PRO products, visit www.proaudiotechnology.com

For more information on Elite 3 Pro or Digital Sales Group, please visit www.elite3pro.com or www.digitalsalesgroup.com.

About PRO Audio Technology

Through thoughtful combination of consumer and professional engineering technologies, Pro Audio Technology designs and manufactures a complete range of high-power loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifiers for high-end residential installations. PRO products unite lively dynamics, high maximum output level, and rugged durability with the refined acoustic performance you’ve come to expect from contemporary home audio equipment.The sound system of choice for discerning music and home theater enthusiasts, Pro Audio Technology products are available globally through an elite group of high-end residential custom installers. Pro Audio Technology is the brand name of Professional Home Cinema, LLC.

Press Contact:  Caster Communications, Inc. at 401.792.7080

Nicholas Brown nbrown@castercomm.com

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University of Utah is Taking Care of Business with Matrox Monarch HD


Picture this. Salt Lake City. Three feet of snow and wind blowing outside, cold and fever, and to top it off, having a bad hair day. Enough reasons for even the most diligent student to stay in bed! But there is one important class at the David Eccles School of Business that simply can’t be missed. Not to worry, with the new classroom studio enabled by Matrox Monarch HD, all classroom activities, including lectures and white board content are captured and streamed live so students don’t miss a single thing. The classes are made available online on demand as well for future reference.

At the core of the classroom studio is the Matrox Monarch HD streaming and recording appliance. The School of Business was looking for a nice and simple process where they could take the recorded class content and provide it to its video distribution and streaming services with a quick turnaround. Software based applications fell short of expectations. In addition, the school wanted to have high quality recordings that could be edited by non-linear editors and uploaded online as course content that the students could view on demand.

Mark Fowles, AV and Technology Support Specialist at the David Eccles School of Business, summed up the reasons why he homed in on Matrox Monarch HD:

• With software based applications, the computer that the software was running on would lock up in the middle of a recording, and all data was lost. A decision was made to find a product that worked more like an appliance.

• Software based uncompressed video capture produced large sized files – about 500 GB for an hour’s worth of video. With Matrox Monarch HD, a two hour lecture produced compressed files less than 2 GB in size.

• When compression was available with software based applications, the overall quality of the video suffered. With Matrox Monarch HD’s H.264 encoder, pristine quality recordings were produced.

• Other options considered limited the encoding and streaming to be done at the same bit rate only. Matrox Monarch HD was the only option that provided the flexibility to record videos at a much higher quality, independent from the streaming bit rate. One could record at up to 25 Mbps if required and stream at up to 5 Mbps simultaneously.

Fowles states, “With its video recording and streaming capabilities, stability, and competitive price, I am pleased with the Matrox Monarch HD. For us, the biggest criteria were reliability and simplicity – and the Matrox Monarch HD fit both of those very nicely.”

The Set Up
Classrooms where the courses are recorded are fitted with two remote cameras mounted on the wall and another camera on a tripod, all connected to a production switcher placed on a cart. The input to the Matrox Monarch HD appliance is connected to the output of the production switcher. The video recording settings are pre-configured to capture at 1280 x 720 resolution, 4 Mbps bit rate, and 30 frames per second.

In addition, a simpler, more portable solution is also conceived using a second Monarch HD. The HDMI output of a portable JVC camera is connected to the input of the second Monarch HD. A SATA (laptop) hard drive is used to store the recordings and it easily plugs into the output (USB port) of the Matrox Monarch HD appliance.

An AMX control room system is used to remotely control the computer and projectors in the classroom setting. By using the simple Monarch HD Control API, the Monarch HD appliance as well can be controlled by the AMX system.

The Process
Within minutes, a facilitator in the class, usually a Teaching Assistant, can be taught to take on the role of a production crew – to switch cameras, and easily control the recording and streaming by pushing the one touch Stream/Record buttons conveniently located on the front of the Monarch HD.

The classroom recordings are captured as MP4 files. At the end of the class, the SATA drive with the captured video files is simply unplugged, taken to the lecturer’s office, reviewed, edited, and processed with quick turnaround times. The NLE (non-linear editor) of choice is Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014. The edited class content files are then uploaded to a video sharing platform called Kaltura which is used to store and stream the video. To build online course content, files from Kaltura are embedded into a course management system called Canvas. The students then get access to the courses through the Canvas system.

Using the RTMP protocol and Matrox Monarch HD, the School of Business is streaming live through YouTube at 1.2 to 1.5 Mbps, and it is working beautifully, “just gorgeous”, according to Fowles. They do this by creating a profile in YouTube and uploading the XML file into the Matrox Monarch HD appliance.

Fowles comments, “Matrox Monarch HD does such a nice job of capturing content at higher compress rates, giving us smaller files, that it really makes our turnaround process for recordings faster, smoother, and that’s why we have gone that way.”

The Results
The School of Business has gone from streaming one or two classes a year to two or three classes a week now! Given the increased interest, over the next year, they see the possibility of two or three classes being streamed simultaneously.

Currently providing online courses, the School of Business is looking to expand into providing an online degree.

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Clay Paky Fixtures and grandMA2 Join The Eli Young Band for Concert Tour and House Party Shows

268The Eli Young Band has hit the road on its North American tour and recently hosted it’s 2nd Annual Eli Young Band House Party featuring Clay Paky Sharpy and A.leda B-EYE K-20 fixtures with control being provided by a grandMA2 light playing supporting roles. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky lighting and MA products in North America.

An American country music band from Texas, The Eli Young Band released its “10,000 Towns” album earlier this year. During its career the band has had three singles reach number one on the Billboard country charts. The band is currently on a North American concert tour and just finished hosting its popular yearly House Party concerts on back-to-back weekends at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.

“The overall design of the tour is high-impact versatility,” says lighting designer David Carr. “We deliver a lot of speed with fast moving lights and design.”

Carr uses eight Clay Paky Sharpys as floor lights for the concerts. “I used them on a corporate show before, but this is my first time in a touring situation,” he notes. “I love the brightness of the beam; it punches through just about everything.” Morris Light and Sound, a full-service production and integration company in Nashville, TN is providing the lighting package for the tour.

For the Eli Young Band House Party in Houston Carr added a dozen Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K-20 fixtures from LD Systems, the systems integration and production company headquartered in Houston. “The punch and zoom range they have for an LED is amazing, and the effects package is great,” Carr declares. “We plan to add B-EYE K-10s to our touring package next year.”

Carr, who is also the band’s programmer, has been using grandMA consoles since 2000 migrating to the grandMA2 in 2009. He opted for a grandMA2 light to control the concerts and House Party shows with grandMA2 onPC wings for back up and fly dates.

“The versatility of the grandMA system allows me to set up how I want and not how the manufacturer says I should,” he notes. “The networking of the grandMA2, allows me to be able to use multiple consoles. It’s super for situations with multiple users and as can also be used as a back up. In the last four yeas, we’ve been installing them in churches throughout California because of their ease of use and versatility.”

Carr used MA3d to previs The Eli Young Band tour design, which helped save time on a tight schedule.

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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Trinity Christian Centre, Singapore Is A New Nighttime Icon with HARMAN’s Martin Professional Lighting

Martin_Trinity CentrePAYA LEBAR, Singapore — In a prominent intersection on the outskirts of Singapore City in Paya Lebar lies the Trinity Christian Centre, Trinity@Paya Lebar. Designed to imitate the vast canyons of the Israeli deserts, the building’s beige-colored facade mimics the folds of the desert landscape and now boasts HARMAN’s Martin Professional lighting.

The original lighting scheme did not live up to Trinity Christian Centre’s aspirations to become a neighborhood nighttime landmark. In fact, even the next-door gas station outshone it and made more of an impact on the surroundings with lights. In consequence, ONG&ONG (Lighting Design) were commissioned to design and implement a new lighting concept for this house of worship.

ONG&ONG (Lighting Design) installed 14 Exterior 400 Image Projectors, 28 Exterior 410 fixtures, all controlled by Martin’s M-PC controller. Inspired by the original visions, ONG&ONG set out to use the light to mimic the hues of colors of the Israeli skies and to tell meaningful stories to the community.

“Our task was to enhance and improve existing architectural features in the night,” said Swee Hong Ong, Director at ONG&ONG (Lighting Design). “To ensure the success of the lighting design we had to conduct various onsite tests and consider the surroundings and conditions before we could propose our idea for the new design. This process is a lot more demanding than designing a new project from scratch.”

After a series of shootouts to test various fixtures from different manufacturers in relation to their wash quality and color rendition, Martin fixtures from the Exterior range were chosen to project the new design onto the facade of the building. The fixtures were mounted on poles, equipped with lenses and glare shields to reach all the folds in the facade and complement the geometry of the architectural surface.

“The Exterior range from Martin proved to have the rich, saturated color wash that we were looking for,” said Ong. “The fixtures are easily controllable and unlike the other fixtures we tested, the exact calibration enables all the fixtures to display the same colors.”

The new lighting design attempts to create a connection between the church and its community. Pre-programmed sequences display messages of faith and joy to spectators, and colors and projected patterns add a dimensionality to the architecture. The animation and vibrancy of the colors mirror the dynamism of the sky.

“Apart from depicting the sky, as an added benefit the color scenes we’ve worked on together with Trinity also works to relate to the events and festivities celebrated by the church,” said Ong. The animated scenes and effects would not have been possible without our great installer, Kurihara Kogyo. We can only be happy with the result we achieved together.”

Against the backdrop of the relatively quiet, semi-industrial surroundings, Trinity has now completed its transformation into a new night-time icon in the neighborhood.

Link to video: http://youtu.be/JBxnmRwHSek

Martin Equipment
1 x M-PC controller;
14 x Exterior 400 Image Projector;
28 x Exterior 410 with snoot kits.

Lighting design: ONG&ONG (Lighting Design)
Martin equipment supply and installation: Kurihara Kogyo Co., Ltd
Lighting programming: Martin Professional Pte Ltd

Photo Credit: Chee Keong Photography

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 enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Veracruz, Mexico’s Museum Naval Reopens with Alcorn McBride Equipment Powering New Exhibits

The Museo Naval in Veracruz, Mexico recently reopened with a large complement of new audio, video and interactive exhibits powered by Alcorn McBride show controllers, lighting controllers and audio and video players specified and installed by TEDD.

The Museo Naval occupies the historic waterfront site of the former Naval Academy in Veracruz. It presents visitors with a wide range of Mexican naval history, including pre-Columbian navigation, the conquest of Mexico/New Spain, the role of pirates and famous naval battles.

Mexico City-based Tecnologia EDD (TEDD), which offers high-end staging, entertainment, audio, video and lighting equipment mainly for Museums worked with museum designer Margen Rojo to configure the technology required for the new exhibits and galleries, which employ projectors, LCD panels, lighting and directional audio speakers.

“There are 20-plus rooms, all with technology,” says Alejandro Altamirano, General Manager with TEDD. “We have been using Alcorn McBride equipment for a very long time. We have a great deal of confidence and trust in it: We know we can just set it up and let it run for years with no maintenance.”

Most of the Alcorn McBride gear is housed in two central control rooms on the main and first floors. The main floor control room is outfitted with a V16+ show controller, a DMX Machine, an 8TraXX for audio playback, and five A/V Binloop HD for synchronous audio and video.

The first floor contains a large exhibit space which boasts 16 projectors and has its own dedicated control room. TEDD has equipped it with a V16+ show controller; DMX Machine; an 8TraXX; and four AV Binloop HD’s.

“Alcorn McBride’s customer support has been great,” says Altamirano. “They’ve been involved with us from the beginning and have come in to offer training when we need it for new equipment.

“Renovating the Museo Naval has been a very big project,” he explains. “We were proud to be part of it and happy to bring in Alcorn. The client has been very pleased with the outcome. We may be in line for another big job with them, and if that happens we plan to integrate Alcorn equipment once again.”

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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Solotech Increases Yamaha NUAGE Awareness In Canada


BUENA PARK, Calif.—A recent Yamaha NUAGE demo took place at Solotech in Quebec City, increasing awareness of the new advanced digital audio production system to the Canadian market, and educating its clients about the new system.

Held in October, the “NUAGE Demo Week” included Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems team member Michel Trépanier and Marcel Maurceri and François Thibault, Solotech Studio Specialist, who conducted approximately a dozen of demos and presentations to clients. “The clients really enjoyed the event and were amazed by NUAGE and its impressive possibilities for post-production,” states Fabien Panou, Marketing & Communications for Solotech.

“Mr.Thibault received training from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, and is probably one the most well-trained representatives in Canada on the system, Panou said. He has already sold three NUAGE systems this year, and interest from our clients is continually growing.”

Attendees consisted of studio owners, audio specialists in the video game industry, and educational institutions. “The NUAGE system integrates perfectly with the capacity of Nuendo,” notes Jacques Monminy, Studio TRAM, while Pierre Rousseau owner of Studio SFX said he’s been working in a Pro Tools environment for the last 20 years and was very surprised how the NUAGE system is revolutionary on many aspects. “The system brings creativity and productivity to another level.”

For more information on Solotech, visit www.solotech.com.

For more information on Yamaha NUAGE, visit www.yamahaca.com.


Photo ID: L to R: François Thibault, Solotech Studio Specialist, Jacques Monminy, Studio TRAM, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems Michel Trepanier and Marcel Mauceri

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Samsung Adds High-Brightness Displays to Smart Signage Lineup

OMD Series delivers brilliant images and clear text in high ambient light environments where making a strong visual impact is important


Ridgefield Park, NJ – December 17, 2014 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced a new lineup of 2,500 nit high-brightness displays in screen sizes from 46- through 75-inches. Designed to deliver consistently brilliant performance, the OMD Series LED-lit LCD displays convey easily readable text and bright graphics in high ambient light environments and outdoor applications, including transportation facilities, banking and retail storefront windows, sports arenas, quick service restaurants and convention centers (outdoor use requires custom-designed weatherproof enclosure).


“Samsung continues to develop innovative solutions that enable businesses to make smarter signage choices, whether that’s making the transition from a printed poster to dynamic digital signage in a storefront window for increased visibility or upgrading to an all-in-one solution for easier content management,” said Thomas Evans, director of display product marketing at Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division. “We understand that capturing the attention of consumers today can be challenging and created the OMD Series to offer a simple, smart and visually attractive way for businesses to showcase content, so that no matter the environment their messages will come across clear and bright.”


Ideal for High Ambient Light Indoor Conditions or Sunlight Readable Outdoor Environments

At 2500 nits, the OMD Series displays deliver ultra-high brightness. The display’s high contrast ratio of 5,000:1 allows consistent, clear and vivid delivery of visual messaging. With an energy-efficient LED backlight, the OMD Series also incorporates an automatic brightness sensor helps reduce power consumption and provides optimal visibility. Additionally, all OMD Series displays are equipped with Samsung’s circular polarizing technology which allows for viewing content on the display while wearing polarized sunglasses.



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