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Extron UTM 100Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the new UTM 100 Series, a unique, self-supporting under-table mount system for 1U and 2U full rack width products. The UTM 100 Series brackets feature EIA standard rack-mount spacing and are ideal for use in environments where a traditional equipment rack or cabinet cannot be located beneath a table top or other furniture surface. The UTM 100 Primary Bracket mounts directly to the undersurface of the table top, providing a small gap for optimum airflow and cooling of top-vented enclosures. For additional capacity, one or more UTM 150 Secondary Brackets can be attached to the UTM 100, up to the total supported weight of 30 lbs. (13.6 kg). more

Christie is the New Face of Security and Surveillance for the Control Room at ASIS 2014

Christie®, a world leader in creating and sharing the world’s best visual and audio experiences, brings a generation of leadership experience to designing and implementing high-performance mission critical control room solutions to ASIS 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia, September 29 – October 2. From high resolution flat panel displays, to video processors and the Christie Phoenix™ open content management platform, Christie will showcase versatile and cost-effective solutions for the ultimate in mission-critical communications, performance, and reliability.

Christie Entero™ HB Front Access Cube, Front Screen Extended

Christie Entero™ HB Front Access Cube, Front Screen Extended

Among the products on display will be a 2×2 ultra-narrow bezel Christie FHD552X HD LCD-based flat panel video wall featuring ultra-sharp HD resolution, high pixel density, and superior image sharpness and brightness. Significantly thinner than conventional panels, Christie flat panels automatically map in any array configuration, either in portrait or landscape mode. They are quick and easy to set up and use less than one watt of power in standby mode for low-cost operation. Also on display will be a 2×2 set-up of the 70-inch Christie Entero™ HB front access display cube the first and only LED display cube to offer wireless control through Wi-Fi® capability. Christie’s video wall displays will be fed by the Christie Phoenix™ open content management platform.

“Christie brings more than 80 years of leadership in visual displays and generations of experience in designing and implementing 24/7 mission-critical operations for some of the world’s largest organizations,” noted Dave Muscat, senior director, Americas Region, Visualization, Simulation and Control Room Solutions, at Christie. “Whether for government, law enforcement, power, utility or telecommunications, Christie offers customized, end-to-end control room solutions specifically tailored to the customer’s needs and budget.”

Collaborative visual solutions for mission-critical monitoring
Today’s control rooms go beyond traditional displaying and monitoring and Christie’s collaborative visual solutions are removing boundaries and enabling expansive collaboration for many of the world’s most mission-critical operations. By integrating stunning zero-maintenance displays with the power of the network, Christie is completely redefining the control room space, and setting the stage for an increasingly distributed control room environment. Across every sector in business, commerce and government, Christie is raising the bar beyond today’s stringent control room requirements.

Christie is the New Face of Security and Surveillance for the Control Room at ASIS 2014

Christie®, a world leader in creating and sharing the world’s best visual and audio experiences, brings a generation of leadership experience to designing and implementing high-performance mission critical control room solutions to ASIS 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia, September 29 – October 2. From high resolution flat panel displays, to video processors and the Christie Phoenix™ open content management platform, Christie will showcase versatile and cost-effective solutions for the ultimate in mission-critical communications, performance, and reliability.

Christie Entero™ HB Front Access Cube, Front Screen Extended

Christie Entero™ HB Front Access Cube, Front Screen Extended


Among the products on display will be a 2×2 ultra-narrow bezel Christie FHD552X HD LCD-based flat panel video wall featuring ultra-sharp HD resolution, high pixel density, and superior image sharpness and brightness. Significantly thinner than conventional panels, Christie flat panels automatically map in any array configuration, either in portrait or landscape mode. They are quick and easy to set up and use less than one watt of power in standby mode for low-cost operation. Also on display will be a 2×2 set-up of the 70-inch Christie Entero™ HB front access display cube the first and only LED display cube to offer wireless control through Wi-Fi® capability. Christie’s video wall displays will be fed by the Christie Phoenix™ open content management platform.

“Christie brings more than 80 years of leadership in visual displays and generations of experience in designing and implementing 24/7 mission-critical operations for some of the world’s largest organizations,” noted Dave Muscat, senior director, Americas Region, Visualization, Simulation and Control Room Solutions, at Christie. “Whether for government, law enforcement, power, utility or telecommunications, Christie offers customized, end-to-end control room solutions specifically tailored to the customer’s needs and budget.”

Collaborative visual solutions for mission-critical monitoring
Today’s control rooms go beyond traditional displaying and monitoring and Christie’s collaborative visual solutions are removing boundaries and enabling expansive collaboration for many of the world’s most mission-critical operations. By integrating stunning zero-maintenance displays with the power of the network, Christie is completely redefining the control room space, and setting the stage for an increasingly distributed control room environment. Across every sector in business, commerce and government, Christie is raising the bar beyond today’s stringent control room requirements.

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James Blunt Chooses HARMAN’s Martin Professional to bring his “Moon Landing” World Tour to Life

MartinPro_JamesBluntAARHUS, Denmark — James Blunt, alongside his Production Designer Paul Normandale and Lighting Director Glen Johnson, are on the road for another tour with HARMAN’s Martin Professional lighting fixtures, including 41 MAC Auras, 32 MAC Viper Profiles, six MAC Viper AirFXs and two AF1 Fans.

Blunt released his newest album in October of 2013 entitled ‘Moon Landing’, which features an emotional and powerful side to the singer-songwriter we have not yet seen. The album is personal and intimate, reflecting back to where Blunt got his start and where he is now.

“We have worked with James Blunt since 2005, this is our fourth world tour with him, and all James’ shows have been dominated by Martin moving lights,” Said Johnson. “This is the largest production we have taken out on the road thus far.”

The theme of the tour is the romanticism and loneliness of the moon landings. For Normandale, this was a fun challenge. “My thoughts and vision with the lighting design were inspired by the lunar landing theme. That is where the idea of landing craft risers and panorama of the lunar planet LED screen came from,” explained Normandale.

“The Viper Profile has great color speed for snap chase,” said Normandale. “The optics and reliability of the fixture over this past year has been staggering. I don’t think we have swapped even one Martin fixture yet. The Viper Profiles have become the standard profile workhorse, with great gobo options and a fantastic color speed on the color wheel.”

“The MAC Viper AirFX has great zoom optics,” said Johnson. “It’s a great all-around fixture. I could do the whole show just with these.”

“I love the Viper Air FXBeams,” said Johnson. “They have become a great addition to the Martin range and filled a gap that Martin had. They work really well and have produced some fantastic aerial looks over the audience. The Aura I think I can say is Normandale’s favorite LED wash fixture as they seem to feature on nearly everything he does.”

The Moon Landing World Tour started in December 2013 in China and will run until spring 2015, making its way through North America, Europe, Africa and South America.

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

Scheiner, Ainlay, Slovarp and McClain Demo Yamaha NUAGE at AES

Award-winning recording and mix engineers Elliot Scheiner, Chuck Ainlay, Jeremiah Slovarp of Jereco Studios, and John McClain of Dog & Pony Studios, along with Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems technology experts will discuss and demonstrate the NUAGE Advanced Production System and Nuendo 6.5 Software for music and post applications during the AES 2014 Show. The demos will take place at booth #1401 on Friday, Oct. 10: Jeremiah Slovarp at 11:00 am – 12:00, Elliot Scheiner from 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Chuck Ainlay from 4:00 – 5:00 pm, and John McClain from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. On Saturday, October 11: John McClain from 10:00 – 11:00 am, Chuck Ainlay from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, and Jeremiah Slovarp from 3:00 – 4:00 pm.

Also, check out the Yamaha Demo Room, #304C, on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11 for CL and QL Series Basic Operation Tips between 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and CL and QL Series Network Essentials between 3:00 – 5:00 pm. On Sunday, October 12, there will be a CL and QL Series hands-on open lab from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

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The Public Sector Gets Creative with TecPodium Lecterns

For many years the public sector (Government agencies, municipalities, libraries, city halls and more) has been a vital resource of unique requirements at every level. At this critical point enters creative solutions such as the TecPodium Interactive Lecterns.

The TecPodium Lecterns offer an easy to use control panel. It can interface with existing systems to provide a wide range of scenarios and applications. The combination and seamless integration of audio, lights, displays and multimedia presentations, computer or DVD playback are just some of the requirements which the TecPodium successfully fulfills!

A public room at the Bar Association library has turned into a smart presentation room with TecPodium Interactive lectern

Tecom cooperation with AV integrators and other manufacturers in the video conference, lecture capture and advanced sound systems, assures versatility and customer satisfaction. Tecom Electronics, taking part in large and complex projects, advises and assists customers to reach the best desired solution.

An example of a new City Hall meeting room designed with Crestron control system integrated into TecPodium Lecterns

www.tecpodium.com

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YCD Multimedia Names Sam Losar New CEO

New York, September 22th, 2014 – YCD Multimedia today announced that its Board of Directors named current US president, Sam Losar as the next CEO effective September 15th, 2014. Assuming CEO responsibility from company co-founder Noam Levavi, Losar will be trusted with continuing to expand the growth he achieved in the Americas to its business operations in Europe and Asia.

Noam Levavi co-founded the company in 1999 in Israel and led it for well over a decade. “I’m proud to have collaborated with an amazing team at YCD over the years. Leading YCD from the very birth of the digital signage space has been a magnificent personal journey. Sam and I have been working closely the last few years on building products and a team that can take YCD to its next phase. The time is right for me to hand over the reins to Sam who will continue to plot the growth of our company for the next decade,” said Levavi.

Losar joined YCD as President of its US operations during its acquisition of C-nario, another leading digital signage software provider in October 2011. Having redeveloped the entire business model, YCD Multimedia quickly expanded its customer base and increased its overall profitability all while focusing on its core competency of developing world class digital signage software. Losar brings 20 years of experience in building and leading businesses.

“I am extremely proud of our company’s accomplishments and thankful in the confidence Noam has had in allowing me the opportunity to positively impact YCD. I’m excited to continue building on a foundation of innovation and to continue to succeed in the future. We have assembled a group of great dedicated professionals over the years and added new talent in the US and overseas. We are well positioned to continue to expand and meet the needs of our customers’ worldwide,” added Losar.

About YCD Multimedia

YCD Multimedia is a leading global provider of advanced digital signage software solutions, serving the retail, telecom, banking, gaming, entertainment, hospitality, educational, transportation and corporate markets. Founded in 1999 (and having acquired C-nario, a leading digital signage company, in 2011), YCD provides businesses and organizations with a fully-scalable platform to attract and engage customers, while communicating their brand. YCD’s software offers unmatched capabilities in driving digital signage networks including high-impact video and mosaic walls in a native, pixel-perfect resolution. To date, the company has partnered with industry leading customers, including Fortune 500 corporations and some of the world’s most recognized brands. YCD operates worldwide with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel, as well as an international network of partners serving clients around the globe. For more information, visit www.ycdmultimedia.com

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Lou Carulli
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YCD Multimedia
646.237.8115
lcarulli@ycdmultimedia.com

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With the Promise of Audio over IP (AoIP) Fully Realized, Telos Systems Helps Broadcasters Carry High Resolution Broadcasts ‘Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere’

Greg Shay, Chief Science Officer of Telos Alliance, Describes the Birth of Livewire and How the Industry Has Finally Embraced AoIP Nearly Twenty Years Later

CLEVELAND, September 22, 2014: Greg Shay, Chief Science Officer at Telos, began working on Audio Over IP (AoIP) 18 years ago in order to help the professional audio community close the loop on a pressing challenge: moving large amounts of audio data more efficiently, while retaining sonic quality and integrity. After joining Telos Systems in 1996, Shay worked with Steve Church and Frank Foti of The Telos Alliance to make Audio AoIP a reality, combining the company’s unique technology achievements with existing state of the art switches and network-ing solutions from companies like Cisco.

Greg_Shay_webThe result was a watershed breakthrough for radio broadcasters in 1999 with Telos’ Livewire solution. This enabled end users to dramatically reduce cabling and I/O points, while retaining pristine audio quality and facilitating easier management of their systems infrastructure — which often consisted of anywhere between 100 and 1,000 channels of audio. While it was a long road of innovation, Telos succeeded in solving a widespread industry problem — now, the company estimates that Livewire is present in more than 5,000 broadcast studios around the world. Greg Shay was a key architect of Livewire and an important stakeholder in the development of AES67, the AoIP interoperability standard that was published by the Audio Engineering Society (AES) in September of 2013. In the following interview, Shay describes the breakthroughs and nearly ubiquitous adoption of AoIP.

How did your work on AoIP begin?

My work on AoIP predates my coming to Telos, which was 18 years ago. I developed ‘Digital Audio Work Station’ (DAWS) in the late 1980s and early 1990s as part of a company that was eventually acquired by Euphonix. In the early 1990s, you had this interesting work problem of multiple people in separate control rooms working with DAWS, but no real solution for sharing work among them. So the whole problem of audio networking came about and this planted the seed of how can we move large amounts of audio back and forth by just using the network.

How did the discussion of leveraging the network infrastructure come about?

Livewire_BadgeWhen I first came to Telos and met Steve Church and Frank Foti in 1996, my very first conversa-tion with Steve Church was about this new thing Audio over IP. We thought, wouldn’t it be great if we could do all this audio I/O on the hardware that already exists on computer device plat-forms? Of course back then, network speeds were slow: 10MB was considered fast, and the industry wasn’t very mature so it was a lot harder. So we always had it on our back burner and began waiting for the right opportunity and context of a solution while working on the develop-ment of what would become Livewire. This was about 1998, and we got our patents filed in 2002. Since then, Livewire has been very successful — there have been approximately 5,000 studios built with the technology so far, and many of these include very large ones around the world. In the radio market, it is a leading technology.

When and why did you really see the broad market adoption occur?

Early adopters went ahead and started using it around 2003, because it delivered efficiencies but also saved costs. We were able to outfit many studios because our solution helped end-users minimize required cabling — there was much less I/O involved because you were leverag-ing all that computer horsepower. Then the hump period was around 2005 when the broader adoption occurred. All of the sales were based on specific problems that were being solved. It’s hard to convince people to buy a new product when it is more expensive, but since Livewire saves costs and brings technology innovation, it became much easier.

Our solution had lots of features and worked really well, and setting up installations became so fast. It is very analogous to hooking up computers; the difference of having 100 computers in a building and trying to hook them all up with RS 232 cables and a switching box versus just plug-ging it into the network and it’s done. We got that same kind of efficiency, because a typical radio station facility has hundreds of audio channels — the biggest ones have thousands. The sheer logistics of organizing and dealing with that many audio channels delivers unprecedented econ-omies of scale and along with it, cost savings.

What were some of the ways you were able to manage your own risk in develop-ing Livewire?

From the very beginning, the technology strategy — and this is something that Steve Church was just great at -— was the realization that radio on the whole is a relatively small industry, so let’s not try to do all of our own R&D and not reinvent the wheel. Let’s figure out how to leverage what the giants have done already. So we ended up hitching our wagon to the billions of dollars of R&D the big networking companies had. We had to figure out many things that were never done before, but all the while leveraging these bigger technologies. We accomplished this, and to me, this is the number one reason we’ve been successful. In developing Livewire, we made a num-ber of good technology choices that blossomed and matured over the 12 years.

Where do you think some of the future evolution is going to happen?

I believe the telecommunication companies will eventually lay down more fiber, and we are just riding on that progression and evolution. When we developed Livewire, we chose to use stand-ard IP networks formats — so our equipment is future proof and will work on these huge networks once they are deployed. This is where the real payoff will come on the decisions we made while developing Livewire, and it is also the huge problem that many of our competitors will face who made different choices. I have been giving whitepapers about this particular transition happening inside the studio, which will essentially open them up to the whole world. Interconnectivity is coming, but the missing piece is the telcos have to interconnect more cities with fiber. This is going to happen though. The power of networking will mean that the physical location of where people are and where the equipment is doesn’t matter much anymore. We are already seeing that happen in various ways. There is always going to be a human being at a microphone, be-cause of course it is all about the content. How you get that content to interested listeners how-ever, is up for grabs in terms of the technology.

About Telos:

For three decades, the companies of The Telos Alliance have revolutionized radio and television audio technology. Our goal is to help our clients, from global networks to local stations, produce better programming to improve audience engagement and ratings.

The companies of The Telos Alliance – Telos Systems, Omnia Audio, 25-Seven Systems, Axia Audio and Linear Acoustic – develop game-changing technologies and products that raise the bar for quality and innovation in the radio and television industries.

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Powersoft to Present on Advanced Subwoofer Design and its Patented M-Force Loudspeaker Technology at 137th AES Convention

Moving Magnet Linear Motor Technology in Subwoofers Can Deliver Greater Conversion Efficiency and Sound Quality in the Lower Frequency Ranges

Los Angeles, September 22, 2014: Powersoft, a world-leading manufacturer of professional power amplifiers, announced that it will present working methodologies and loudspeaker application scenarios on its patented M-Force linear motor technology, which was introduced at the 136th AES Convention in Berlin [A Novel Moving Magnet Linear Motor: Convention Paper 9060, by Claudio Lastrucci]. The presentation will take place on Friday, October 10th between 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and explores applications such as cabinet design using new, electro-dynamic transducers based on a moving magnet linear motor instead of a traditional moving coil.

motorassemblyThe presentation, which will be conducted by Mario di Cola of Audio Labs Systems and Claudio Lastrucci — who both co-authored a new paper for this session — will demonstrate the practical use of M-Force linear motor technology with full measurement results. In the paper presented at the 136th AES, Claudio Lastrucci, Research and Development Director at Powersoft, articulated the benefits of this new technology, including improved conversion efficiency and sound quality in the lower frequency range as well as significantly lower distortion. Additionally, moving magnet technology offers considerably increased power handling, enabling it to reproduce upper bass frequencies with unprecedented level of quality and output. The presentation is open to all AES convention badge holders.

Who:
Mario di Cola, Audio Labs Systems and Claudio Lastrucci, Powersoft

What:
AES Paper Session: P9-4 Subwoofer Design with Moving Magnet Linear Motor

When:
ventedboxdesignFriday, October 10th, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 pm.

Where:
AES 137th Convention, Los Angeles Convention Center — Room to be announced

To obtain a copy of A Novel Moving Magnet Linear Motor: Convention Paper 9060, please contact the AES online or request to The Audio Engineering Society, 60 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10165.

About Powersoft:

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

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1) Moving magnet linear motor assembly with polymeric 30″ diaphragm
2) High output, high quality vented cablnet design

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ABS Strengthens Operations Team with New Hires

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced Mindy Siegel Baggett has been hired as director of operations, effective May 27. She is the latest hire in an ongoing effort this year to improve company operations. Natalie Hoffman joined accounts receivable and payable in January, while David McKillip was added in May to manage warehouse and logistics.

A former assistant public school principal, Baggett has built her new career around sales and marketing management. Most recently, she spent three years as the director of patient Mindy Siegel Baggettacquisition for Contemporary Dentistry, where she increased revenue by creating and implementing new policies and procedures. She has also served as director of sales for Supercoups, account executive for Troxell Communications, and educational specialist for Odysseyware.

With a focus on small business, Hoffman has worked for more than 15 years as an accountant and bookkeeper for various companies in the Seattle area. Most recently, she spent eight years as the business office manager for a private mental health agency in Seattle. Previously, she worked as a comptroller for an addiction rehab hospital in Seattle, and handled administrative duties as co-owner of a specialized construction company in Honolulu.

McKillip oversees all shipping and receiving activities, maintains inventory, and has established workplace safety standards. He previously held warehouse and logistics leadership positions for ECCO Manufacturing, Valuable Technologies, Indiana University, and the American Red Cross.
“Our company continues to be successful because we design and deliver customized audio and video production solutions. Part of that process happens behind the scenes, and these new employees have strengthened our in-house operations, which has improved our customer service,” said Mark Siegel, president of ABS.

Baggett, Hoffman and McKillip are based out of the company’s main office in SeaTac. Contact them at 206-870-0244 or via e-mail at mindy@advancedbroadcastsolutions.com, natalie@advancedbroadcastsolutions.com and david@advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

About ABS:
Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith, and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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