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Willow Creek Community Church Relies On Clear-Com’s HelixNet For Critical Communications

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Willow Creek Community Church has purchased a Clear-Com(r)
HelixNet Digital Partyline system as part of a major upgrade of AV equipment at its main campus in South Barrington, IL. The HelixNet solution replaces a legacy Clear-Com analog partyline system that the church has relied upon for over 20 years.

Founded in 1975 by Bill Hybels, Willow Creek began holding services in a movie theater. Today it serves over 20,000 worshippers each weekend from six regional campuses around the Chicagoland area.

The main church campus at South Barrington was built in 1980 (Lakeside Auditorium); the Activity Center in 1990 and the Main Auditorium was opened in 2004. From the start, video, audio and a reliable communication system have played a key part in the services.

“Communication is highly important because we have so many people in the mix and have to coordinate between front-of-house, stage, video and lighting teams. A good communication system keeps tensions to a minimum and maintains a good working environment,” explains Matthew Wentz, Audio Systems Engineer at Willow Creek Community Church.

“Before we had one, we appeared to be yelling at each other when we were really just trying to communicate,” adds Wentz. “We have always used Clear-Com systems in our venues. At South Barrington our main auditorium is still on an Eclipse-Median matrix while our Lakeside Auditorium uses V-Series stations that tie back to the Eclipse-Median, and until recently, our Activity Center was running on a legacy analog Clear-Com partyline system. As we didn’t need multiple digital party lines or forced groups, we didn’t see the need to expand the system further by tying in the HelixNet to the Eclipse-Median. That made the upgrade extremely cost-effective.”

The previous system at the main campus performed extremely well over the years, but advances in technology and workflow meant that the time was right to upgrade to a digital system.

“When we decided to make the switch, we chose to remain with Clear-Com because of our current relationship, and the fact that the HelixNet is reliable, and really easy to setup and get going,” continues Wentz. “With the new system, our infrastructure
is so much cleaner because we can get all our channels down to run on one cable instead of planning for four different sources and working out where they need to go to. It enables us to provide clear, calm, and consistent communication between audio, video, lighting and stage teams, producers and system engineers.”

“Willow Creek Community Church is just one of the hundreds of Clear-Com analog users that continue their relationship with us when it comes time to upgrade to digital,” said Mike Rucker, Director of Sales for North and South America at Clear-Com. “Year after year, we see old customers become new customers again as houses of worship, theaters, broadcasters and other organizations realize the benefits of a digital intercom
system like HelixNet, and the reliability of Clear-Com.”

HelixNet is the industry’s first digital network partyline intercom system. It was designed as a digital version of Clear-Com’s industry-standard analog partyline system, bringing simplicity, efficiency and a powerful set of intelligent features to those users who require a cost-effective digital communication solution.

“Our interaction with Clear-Com was fantastic. They had great design ideas, helped look at what we’d come up with, made suggestions for the best gear to do the project, and even helped with some custom cabling for what we needed,” concludes Wentz.

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Kaleidoscope Productions Executes Live Concerts and Social Event With HARMAN Professional at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado — For the first time in 15 years, the Alpine World Ski Championships will take place in the USA. But the skiing is only the beginning of the fun slated for Beaver Creek, Colorado from February 2-15. For two weeks, the Denver-based and family-owned Kaleidoscope Productions is providing a full-service, concierge-grade AV production using HARMAN Professional equipment in conjunction with Beaver Creek Resort Company and the Alpine World Ski Championships, which represents the largest collection of ski racing talent in the world.

HARMAN made it possible for Kaleidoscope Productions to fulfill its mission to use the best equipment the industry has to offer. Founded by husband and wife Stephen and Carrie Ridgeway, Kaleidoscope has more than 20 years of production experience. It has grown considerably in the past few years into a full service sound, lighting, and video production company.

At the center of the social extravaganza is the well-known Beaver Creek ice skating rink, which will be transformed into a lively indoor beer garden. The stage will host live music and DJs using the best quality audio products provided by HARMAN. “See and hear the difference. That is the promise we make to our clients and HARMAN equipment helps us deliver,” said Carrie Ridgeway. “Deploying JBL VRX loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers, and a Soundcraft SI Performer 3 allows us to provide the highest quality audio with the high-end aesthetic our clients have to come expect.”

Kaleidoscope is providing all necessary equipment and delivering entertainment at an affordable cost to the venue. Working with a qualified vendor such as Kaleidoscope Productions allows resort businesses to have access to high-quality equipment, production and event execution that would be almost impossible if coordinated with their own resources.

The heated tent is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with live broadcasting of all of the races throughout the day. Following the day’s events the tent will transform into Club InterX, the after-race DJ dance party.

The equipment being used for the event includes the JBL VRX 932-LA-1 loudspeakers and VRX918 subwoofers, JBL STX812 and PRX612 loudspeakers, powered with Crown I-Tech 6000 and I-Tech 4000 amplifiers. The audio and lighting control will be executed with the Soundcraft SI Performer 3 which features 32 local recallable mic pre amps and eight stereo inputs. The Visi App and Powered by Crown App will insure the equipment runs smoothly and cohesively.

For more information on Kaleidoscope Productions, please visit http://www.kaleidoscope-co.com or visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KaleidoscopeProductions

For more information on The Alpine World Ski Championships, please visit http://vailbeavercreek2015.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 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.
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Listen Technologies Offers ListenPoint 2.0 for Enriched Educational Environments

— ListenPoint 2.0 provides students and educators Soundfield solutions to create better learning environments, including more features, more flexibility and competitive pricing from a trusted authority —

INTEGRATED SYSTEMS EUROPE, AMSTERDAM, 10 February 2015 — Listen Technologies CorporationListenPoint2-0_72 (Stand 3-C89), a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of assistive listening products for over 16 years, offers ListenPoint 2.0, the latest iteration of the acclaimed ListenPoint® system for students and educators. This system offers students and educators the opportunity to create enriched educational environments with an enhanced set of features, more flexibility and competitive pricing.

ListenPoint 2.0 provides classrooms the ability to enhance lessons with music, sound effects, internet, video and VoIP/Skype capabilities for virtual fieldtrips around the world. It also makes it incredibly easy to seamlessly integrate with Listen Technologies’ Assistive Listening Systems, making it easy for students with hearing loss to hear every word.

No matter what the needs are, ListenPoint 2.0 has a scalable system for each and every classroom, and due to their flexible nature, systems can grow as a classroom’s needs evolve. There are numerous options, whether it’s a basic system, fully integrated, or something in between. When compared to others in the K–20 Soundfield market, ListenPoint 2.0 also provides the most competitive pricing for its advanced set of features, and is incredibly simple and intuitive to install and maintain over time.

“We are incredibly pleased to offer ListenPoint 2.0, because it meets the mission of educating students, which we consider to be among the most important pursuits,” said Russell Gentner, CEO of Listen Technologies. “ListenPoint 2.0 provides students the enhanced educational experience they deserve, helping shape innovative, creative and extraordinary minds.”

For more information on Listen’s full product line, please email sales@listentech.com.

Listen Technologies:
Listen Technologies brings power and clarity to the sounds that enrich your life—by overcoming the challenges of noise, distance, and hearing loss to deliver precise and personalized audio in any setting or environment. With Listen Technologies, you can always connect to meaningful experiences that are defined by pure, focused sound. Listen Technologies solutions are used in gathering places around the world including schools, houses of worship, factories, entertainment venues, government agencies, and more. For more information on Listen Technologies watch this short video or visit www.listentech.com.

CONTACTS:
Listen Technologies Press Contact:
Kim Spencer / Tel: 801-542-7720 / kim.spencer@listentech.com / www.listentech.com

PR Contact:
Robert Clyne / Clyne Media / Tel: 615-662-1616 / Robert@clynemedia.com / www.clynemedia.com/

Listen Technologies is exhibiting at Stand 3-C89 at Integrated Systems Europe 2015 in Amsterdam, NL.

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ihiji Launches New Features, Delivers UK’s Most Complete Remote Network Management Solution

New remote network management features from ihiji enable European integrators and technology professionals to remotely detect, diagnose, and resolve network issues without rolling a truck 

 

AUSTIN, TX, USA (ISE 2015 stand #10-N114) – FEB. 10, 2015 -  ihiji, a global leader in remote network management solutions, is excited to introduce the addition of new features and UK-compatible appliances to its award-winning network management solution at the upcoming Integrated Systems Europe 2015 (ISE), being held February 10-12 at the RAI in Amsterdam, NL. The new enhancements are designed to make implementing the ihiji invision platform IHI-APP-500-UK_4more convenient, efficient, and powerful than ever.

 

A longstanding leader in the category and the only zero-maintenance, cloud-based system on the market, ihiji invision is the industry’s most complete solution for remotely monitoring, servicing, and maintaining client networks and connected devices—effectively and securely—24/7/365. Simple and cost-effective to deploy, ihiji’s remote network management solutions are designed for the Custom Install, Audio-Visual, and Information Technology markets.

 

“Over the years, ihiji dealers have helped develop the product into what it is today; the industry’s most capable, effective and efficient remote network management solution,” says Stuart Rench, CEO. “By incorporating insight and advice from the field we are constantly improving the solution to best fit the needs of the global integration community, bringing needed functionality to market in a fraction of the time it would normally take.”

 

During ISE, ihiji will showcase its unrivaled ihiji invision remote network management solution and demonstrate the benefits of incorporating remote network management into integrated systems, citing real-world examples of successful implementations. ihiji will also introduce two new remote network management appliances specifically designed for the UK and compatible markets—the INV-APP-500-UK and INV-APP-1100-UK—and announce its new UK distribution partnership with Habitech, which provides regional training, shipments, and support for dealers in the UK.

 

At ISE, ihiji will also be highlighting three of its newest features, including:

 

Notification Zen – Time Based Buffering for Notifications

ihiji invision’s new Notification Zen reduces redundant communication by minimizing the number of email messages sent to contacts when devices report as down, but quickly recover. Events that occur during the set Notification Zen window are always captured for reporting purposes.

 

Network Scan Monitoring Device Tracking 

ihiji recently added Network Scan capability to invision’s repertoire, and now, it’s easier than ever to covert a newly discovered device found during a network scan process into an actively managed device. A simple change, but gives the technology professional an easy way to manage what was added.

 

Scheduled Actions

ihiji’s new Scheduled Actions feature provides the ability to run commands at a specified time. For example, a technician can schedule the system to power cycle a Wireless Access Point every Friday at 3 a.m. or reset a cable modem every month. The schedule can be configured to execute daily, weekly, monthly or annually, and is especially useful for devices that regularly lock up and require a reboot.

 

Co-exhibiting with Control4 in stand #10-N114, ihiji will showcase the new ihiji invision appliances along with other new advancements while demonstrating the benefits of incorporating remote network management into integrated systems. New distribution partner Habitech will also offer ihiji invision training Tuesday & Wednesday during ISE 2015, from 12:45 – 1:45 in Elicium Hall 12, with lunch included for those in attendance

 

Interested parties are encouraged to visit ihiji at Integrated Systems Europe 2015 (ISE) at the Amsterdam RAI, NL in stand #10-N114. Alternatively, more information or a demonstration of the award winning ihiji invision solution can be requested by calling +1-512-538-0520 or emailing info@ihiji.com.

 

About ihiji

ihiji is the only zero-maintenance cloud-based remote network management solution for IT Professionals and Technology Integrators. The award-winning ihiji invision solution is easy to set up, uses a low-cost, palm-sized appliance as the only onsite hardware, and gives service providers a centralized web-based dashboard with visibility into multiple client networks at once. ihiji’s customers become more efficient and proactive, eliminate up to 90% of service calls, and become more valuable to their clients, while increasing recurring revenue and protecting profits. A global solution provider, the privately held company is based in Austin, Texas. To learn more, visit www.ihiji.com or on twitter @ihiji.

 

ihiji Media contact

Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications, Inc. | +1(406) 446-1283 | Katye@kmbcomm.com | www.kmbcomm.com/press | @katyemcgregor

 

 

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Torus Power Showcasing Premier Toroidal Isolation Power Conditioning Products at Integrated Systems Europe 2015

Integration professionals and end users observe significant AV system performance improvements when implementing Torus Power products 

 

TORONTO, ON, CANADA (ISE 2015 Stand #5-R128) – FEB. 10, 2015 – Torus Power, a subsidiary of Plitron Manufacturing and maker of uncompromising, clean, toroidal isolation power conditioning components, will showcase its lineup for international audiences at Integrated Systems Europe 2015. Torus Power’s toroidal isolation power conditioners are used in high-performance residential and commercial applications and have been found to significantly improve the quality and performance of electronic systems installations large and small. Providing a proprietary and highly compelling offering TorusAVR2CE-300dpiwith a collective feature set available only in the TorusPower lineup, Integrators touring ISE should take time to view the Torus Power products on display in the AV EMEA stand 5-R128.

 

Components connected to the Torus Power products are protected from damaging electrical events, and are fed a consistent supply of isolated, clean, and robust power, which enables optimal performance. Torus Power products are available with International outlets for use in Continental Europe, UK, Asia, and Australia and can be configured with North American outlets. The lineup meets both IEC and Neutrik standards, and shelf, rack and wall mount configurations are available throughout the line for added versatility and most models can be custom specified to perfectly suit nearly any application.

 

Torus Power products to be featured at ISE 2015 include:

 

The TOT Series

The Torus Power TOT Series—offered in two configurations, the TOT Mini (3 Amp and 7 Amp models available) and the TOT Max (15 Amp model available)—expands the Torus Power lineup to include value-driven models that deliver highly effective power conditioning in a compact chassis. Employing parent-company Plitron’s toroidal isolation transformers and NBT noise filtering technology, the TOT Series restores incoming power to a clean state and protects valuable systems from surges. TOT also provides very low source impedance to connected devices, enabling high current delivery—up to the rated current limit—on an instantaneous basis; ensuring dynamic components are consistently delivered the power the need to perform at the highest possible level. TOT Mini is suitable for providing Torus isolated power to components such as projectors, flat panels, powered speakers, media or source players, processors, and network devices. TOT Max features a larger capacity toroidal transformer and can be used with most audio systems and mid-power amplifiers.

 

The AVR2 Series

Utilizing Plitron’s toroidal isolation transformers to provide high instantaneous power and protect connected equipment from electrical fluctuations and surges, Torus Power’s AVR2 power conditioning series is designed for large-scale custom installations such as studios, home theatres, critical listening environments, and other high performance applications. The AVR2 Series boasts isolation from the main electrical grid, two levels of surge suppression, and features enhanced Ethernet (IP) control and monitoring functionality in addition to automatic voltage regulation and remote reboots, automated scheduling options, and individually addressable outlet zones (up to 5 individual zones in 15 Amp and 20 Amp models, and up to 8 individual zones in 60 and 100 Amp models). Wall mounted versions allow for greater flexibility in projects with dedicated wiring.

 

The RM Series

The RM Series is Torus Power’s original line of toroidal isolation power conditioners have been delivering clean, isolated power to residential and commercial installations for years. Highly versatile, the RM Series is designed for applications ranging from simple front-end systems to complex custom installations. Available in 5 Amp to 100 Amp configurations for use around the world, models within the line can be ordered with either 220V or 240V Input and Output Voltage; with five or eight outlets; and as 3U to 4U chassis sizes to accommodate shelf, rack or wall mount applications. RM20 has been consistently top-rated by leading audiophile magazines. Smaller RM10 or RM15 models are often selected for mid-size systems, while RM5 can be dedicated to front-end components, media servers, and more. Larger models—rated 60 Amp and 100 Amp—provide ample, isolated power to accommodate high-end, high performance systems.

 

Torus Power is a Crestron Integrated Partner and also a member of Savant’s Partner in Excellence Program, which enables seamless integration across platforms. More information about Torus Power can be obtained by visiting www.toruspower.com, calling (800) 754-8766, writing to tech@toruspower.com, and by following @TorusPower on twitter.

 

Attendees of ISE 2015 are encouraged to visit Torus Power in the AV EMEA stand #5-R128 to learn more about the company’s performance-enhancing product lineup. Media tours can be scheduled through Torus Power’s PR firm KMB Communications, by emailing katye@kmbcomm.com or calling (406) 446-1283.

 

About Torus Power

Toroidal isolation power conditioners by Torus Power are the world’s finest clean power source for audio, video, and control systems. Dramatically increasing performance levels of connected AV components from video displays to speakers, Torus Power Conditioners utilize Plitron Manufacturing’s patented NBT technologies and toroidal isolation transformers to eliminate virtually all power-line noise artifacts and protect equipment from potentially damaging AC power line events, while increasing system reliability and extending product life, by establishing clean incoming power from which connected components can draw upon and use. Thereby providing high levels of clean, instantaneous current, Torus Power products ensure that dynamic components—such as high performance amplifiers—are never starved for power.

 

Plitron Manufacturing precision-engineered products are a sought-after supplier of toroidal transformers and toroidal-based products for leading AV amplifier brands—as well as medical, broadcast, telecommunications, computer, power conditioning, UPS, energy, and more. Torus Power is manufactured to rigorous standards under Plitron’s ISO 9001 medical-level quality-control system in Toronto, Canada. Learn more by visiting www.toruspower.com and by following @TorusPower on Twitter.

 

Torus Power media contact 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications, Inc. |+1 (425) 328-8640 | katye@kmbcomm.com | @katyemcgregor | www.kmbcomm.com/press

 

 

 

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ATK Audiotek Provides Championship Sound at Super Bowl XLIX with HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Array Loudspeakers

1/29/2015 - Superbowl CentralGLENDALE, Arizona – In one of the most exciting Super Bowls in history, ATK Audiotek once again provided sound reinforcement for Super Bowl XLIX, which took place at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. ATK Audiotek deployed its custom-designed, cart-based audio system, equipped with HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line array loudspeakers, for the game’s halftime show and pregame performances of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful.”

Super Bowl XLIX was broadcast by NBC and was seen by an average of 114.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched program in American television history. The halftime show featured pop star Katy Perry, while Idina Menzel performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” and John Legend performed “America the Beautiful.”

For the event, ATK Audiotek provided 18 carts, each loaded with four VERTEC large-format line array loudspeakers and two VERTEC dual 18” subwoofers.

“We rely on JBL for the Super Bowl because it is a tried-and-true solution,” noted Kirk Powell, Engineer in Charge for ATK Audiotek. “VERTEC provides very predictable results even when we are in challenging environments and [FOH engineer] Pat Baltzell is comfortable with the system.”

Because of the inclement weather in Glendale in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, the roof on the University of Phoenix Stadium remained closed, which made rehearsals a challenge since the roof on game day was open, leading to different acoustical conditions. At the end of the day, the reliability of the VERTEC loudspeakers enabled ATK Audiotek to provide an unforgettable experience for the crowd of more than 70,000.

“For a decade and a half, ATK has relied on JBL VERTEC to power the Super Bowl, and once again the system performed as expected and sounded great,” Powell concluded.

For more information on ATK Audiotek, please visit www.atkaudiotek.com

Photo Credit: Super Bowl 50 Host Committee

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 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

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The Czech Republic’s Sound of Innovation Adopts HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi3000 Digital Live Sound Console

Scraft_SoundofInnovationPRAGUE, Czech Republic – Sound of Innovation lives up to its name as one of the Czech Republic’s premier live sound contractors, having provided audio systems to some of the country’s biggest events, artists and corporate clients for almost 25 years. In addition, Sound of Innovation offers complete sound production and consultation services for studio and live recording and television and radio broadcasters. The company is now better equipped than ever to serve its clients with its recent purchase of a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi3000 digital live sound console.

“Since we were founded in 1990 we have been fond of Soundcraft mixing consoles for their exceptional sound quality, going all the way back to the Spirit LX7 and we still find the MH3 to be a dependable workhorse,” said Frantisek Petrik, Sound of Innovation’s owner. “In 2011 we purchased the Vi1, which we found to be a huge step up thanks to its intuitive user interface and ease of operation.”

When the time came to make the move to a larger-format console Petrik didn’t hesitate to get the new Vi3000. Sound of Innovation purchased the Vi3000 from Czech HARMAN Professional distributor Audio Master CZ. “Audio Master CZ has always been very supportive to us and provided exceptional customer service,” he noted. “In fact, over time they have become our sole technology supplier.”

“The advances in technology and internal sound processing are even more apparent in the Vi3000,” Petrik noted. “There are many major as well as incremental improvements. We are totally excited about the sound quality and the ability to manipulate every parameter, while the clear layout of the interface makes the console even more ‘comfortable’ to operate.” Petrik finds the console’s Dante compatibility to be a major advantage, and appreciates the fact that the Vi3000 is relatively lightweight and fits inside a single transport case—especially during those all-too-frequent hectic load-ins and load-outs.

Like many pros that have spent time as a front of house mixer, Petrik considers sound quality to be the most important part of a console’s performance. “Although we are old-school analog fans we are aware of the amazing advancements in digital technology,” he said. “We have always considered the quality of a console’s preamps as the foundation of live sound mixing. We can assure any live sound people who still might be hesitant about entering the world of digital audio that the Vi3000 is going to blow their minds.”

The Soundcraft Vi3000 offers a host of high-end features including a new ergonomic design, 96 channels to mix, new internal SpiderCore 40-bit floating point DSP, Dante ‘built-in’ and much more. The Soundcraft Vi3000 features a control surface with four Vistonics II™ 3-D touchscreen interfaces, making it the only console in its class that can be used by two engineers at the same time. The Vi3000 provides extensive connectivity and routing options and offers a host of built-in dbx compression and Lexicon reverb/delays and effects.

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 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

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PMC and Auro Technologies Help Launch the 2015 GRAMMY Celebrations

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British loudspeaker manufacturer PMC played a key part in ensuring that the US Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing got the 2015 GRAMMY Week celebrations off to a flying start.

PMC is a Silver Sponsor of the P&E Wing’s annual party at The Village Studios in Los Angeles, an event that traditionally kicks off GRAMMY Week and regularly attracts over 500 industry VIPs.

All sponsors are given the opportunity to host a technical demonstration and in PMC’s case this took the form of a joint presentation with Auro Technologies, which showcased its Auro-3D audio format. Five PMC twotwo.8 monitors, four twotwo.6 monitors and a twotwo.sub2 active subwoofer were positioned around The Village Studio’s Studio A live room in an Auro 9.1 configuration to create the Auro-3D effect of an enveloping cocoon of sound. The flagship AV processor Auro-3D Mensa was on hand to create the best possible immersive sonic experience.

“It was an exceptionally well received demonstration,” says PMC’s US President of Sales and Marketing, Maurice Patist. “Many of the producers at the party are PMC users and have our loudspeakers in their own private facilities, so they were already aware of the audio accuracy and detail our products deliver. But the combination of PMC and Auro-3D really blew them away and even though there were other 3D sound demonstrations taking place that night, people kept coming back for another listen because they were so impressed.”

Patist adds that PMC is delighted to be a long term supporter of the P&E Wing’s GRAMMY Event, which it has now sponsored for seven of the eight years it has been running.

“It gives us a fantastic opportunity to showcase our technology to some of the most influential producers and engineers in the USA,” he says. “As a result we have established a very strong network of PMC users, including producer Justin Hergett who was nominated for a GRAMMY for his work with Beyonce; engineer Dave Schiffman, who won a GRAMMY for his work with Vampire Weekend and artist/engineer David Miles Huber who has been nominated for a GRAMMY numerous times.”

The US Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing comprises more than 5,500 producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related music recording industry professionals. Anyone who joins The Recording Academy in the category of producer or engineer automatically become a member of the P&E Wing.

As a national membership initiative of The Recording Academy, the Wing provides a vehicle to reach a specific constituency, to craft advocacy positions, and to better address the daily concerns of these individuals. This organized voice for the creative and technical recording community uses its nationwide network of experts to address critical issues affecting the art and craft of recorded music. Among these issues are: the development and adoption of new technologies; recommendations for best practices in recording, master delivery, archiving and preservation; and support for both music education and education in the recording arts.

This year’s P&E wing party, which took place on February 3rd, saw three times GRAMMY winner Nile Rodgers honoured for his commitment to excellence and his ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. He joins an impressive list of past honorees, which includes Chris Blackwell, T Bone Burnett, Tom Dowd, Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, Jimmy Iovine, Quincy Jones, Arif Mardin, Al Schmitt, Jerry Wexler, and Neil Young.

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About PMC
PMC is a UK-based, world-leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems, the tools of choice in all ultra-critical professional monitoring applications, and also for the discerning audiophile at home, where they provide a transparent window into the recording artist’s original intentions. PMC products use the best available materials and design principles, including the company’s proprietary Advanced Transmission Line (ATL™) bass-loading technology, cutting-edge amplification and advanced DSP techniques to create loudspeakers that present sound and music exactly as it was when first created, with the highest possible resolution, and without coloration or distortion. For more information on our clients and products, see www.pmc-speakers.com.

DVEO Takes Over Sales and Tech Support for RealNetworks Helix Broadcaster Products

San Diego, California — February 9, 2015 — DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), has announced an agreement with RealNetworks Inc. to take over sales and technical support for RealNetworks’ discontinued Helix Broadcaster line of streaming encoder appliances. Former RealNetworks customers can purchase DVEO’s comparable products — the MultiStreamer, MPEG Gearbox, and Brutus families of real time encoders, streamers, and transcoders. These products map 100% to the RealNetworks Helix Broadcaster product line.

“IPTV operators, telcos, mobile operators, broadcasters, and Over The Top (OTT) video providers who had chosen RealNetworks will be happy to know that we offer encoders and transcoders in all major video formats, and in several different system configurations,” stated Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO. “Plus, we will add some very useful new upgrades in the coming months.”

DVEO will also take over tech support for Helix Broadcaster. Existing RealNetworks customers will continue to receive support services through the term of their contracts.

“DVEO is absolutely the best qualified company to manage tech support for the Helix Broadcaster product family,” said Philip Rutledge, Philip Rutledge, VP-Helix, RealNetworks. “This agreement represents a win-win for our customers. They can still purchase similar systems, plus they receive expert assistance for the Helix Broadcaster products they already own.”

For customers seeking an alternative to RealNetworks’ discontinued Helix Universal Server, DVEO recommends their new multichannel live and VOD media distribution server – the Atlas Media Server.

The system ingests MPEG-2, H.264, and/or H.265/HEVC live streams over IP, then “grooms” the streams by adding wrappers such as MPEG-DASH, HLS, or RTMP, plus subtitles for closed captions or multiple languages. It outputs the live streams and simultaneously stores the streams as VOD files. The Atlas Media Server is available in three different sizes.

Atlas Media Server, Brutus, DVEO, MPEG Gearbox, and MultiStreamer are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

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Suggested Retail Prices:
Atlas Media Server — Small, 1RU: $6,595 U.S.
Atlas Media Server — Medium, 1RU: $9,995 U.S.
Atlas Media Server — Large, 3RU: $19,995 U.S.
Brutus V IP/IP Telco: $33,995 U.S.
MPEG Gearbox II IP/IP: $16,995 U.S.
MultiStreamer DIG/IP: $3,995 U.S.

About CMI and DVEO
CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

DVEO, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

About RealNetworks
RealNetworks creates innovative applications and services that make it easy to connect with and enjoy digital media. RealNetworks invented the streaming media category in 1995 and continues to connect consumers with their digital media both directly and through partners, aiming to support every network, device, media type and social network.

For more information visit: www.realnetworks.com/about-us.

Matrox C420 Video Card for Multi-display Digital Signage and Control Rooms Now Shipping

Low-profile, fanless, quad-head PCI-Express card provides the professional-grade performance and reliability systems integrators need in multi-screen applications

 
Matrox® Graphics today announced that Matrox C420 low-profile, quad-output PCI Express® graphics cards are now available worldwide. Engineered for stability, reliability and advanced multi-display capabilities, C420 delivers the features systems integrators require when designing small-form-factor (SFF) systems and digital signage player PCs for applications such as public information displays, video walls and multi-display operator workstations in process control, transportation and security control rooms. Matrox C-Series™, which also includes the six-output C680 card, is currently being validated by control room and digital signage solution providers worldwide including Scala.

 
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“Scala is very excited to be working with the new C-series graphics cards from Matrox. Initial test results are very good, and we expect these cards to pass full testing. These cards enable high performance multi-output displays. Matrox C680 can drive six displays per card, and using framelock we can use two cards to obtain twelve full-HD displays fully synchronized,” said Harry Horn, Vice President Marketing, Global at Scala. “Matrox’s dedication to professional markets means our customers benefit from features such as EDID management, secure Mini DisplayPort connectors, and easy bezel compensation. Scala has been working with Matrox successfully for many years we and look forward to joint high quality multi-screen projects that will surely follow.”

 
C420 is fanless for enhanced reliability and silent operation. Its low-profile design and low power consumption make it the perfect fit for SFF, desktops and embedded systems. It drives up to four displays or projectors at resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 per output and two C420 cards together can drive eight displays from a single system. Secure Mini DisplayPort connectivity prevents loose cabling and 2GB of on-board memory ensures smooth video playback and graphics performance. C420 is compatible with Microsoft® Windows® 7, 8.1 and Linux® operating systems and offers DirectX® 11.2, OpenGL® 4.4 compliance. The cards come bundled with Matrox PowerDesk™ for Windows desktop management software.

 
Matrox PowerDesk lets users easily configure and manage multi-display setups giving professionals a comprehensive set of tools to control a variety of display configurations including stretched or independent desktops, clone mode, pivot, bezel management, and edge overlap. Matrox advanced desktop management features also let users determine where and how program windows are displayed on the desktop — a productivity tool designed to enhance multi-display experiences.

 
“Matrox is renowned for giving professional users and systems integrators the premium technical assistance, long product life cycles and easy-to-use PowerDesk desktop management software they need to maximize ROI,” said Caroline Injoyan, Business Development Manager at Matrox Graphics Inc. “C-Series builds on that tradition while offering our customers higher performance and higher display density solutions.”

 
Matrox C420 quad-output cards and the C680 single-slot, six-output cards are available worldwide. C-Series can be seen in action at upcoming tradeshows including ISE (Amsterdam, Feb. 10–12, Matrox stand 11-F68 and Scala stand 8-F195) and DSE (Las Vegas, Mar.11–12, booth 1645). For more information contact Matrox Graphics.

 
About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a global manufacturer of reliable, high-quality ASICs, boards, appliances, and software. Backed by in-house design expertise and dedicated customer support, Matrox products deliver stellar capture, extension, distribution, and display. Engineering high-quality products since 1976, Matrox technology is trusted by professionals and partners worldwide. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

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