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Matrox at Content & Communications World, Streaming Media West and Government Video Expo — Product Preview

VS4Recorder Pro multi-camera recording app and Matrox Monarch HD video streaming and recording appliance to be featured

At three upcoming tradeshows, Matrox® Video will feature the new VS4Recorder Pro™ multi-camera recording and multiviewer app and the popular Matrox Monarch™ HD video streaming and recording appliance.

Designed for use with Matrox VS4™ quad HD capture cards, each VS4Recorder Pro system frame-accurately captures up to four video and audio inputs to create files for use with popular editing apps from Adobe, Apple and Avid and for archiving. H.264 is provided in either MOV or MP4 wrappers. AVI files can be created using the high-quality Matrox MPEG 2 I-Frame codec. MOV QuickTime files can be created using DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD. VS4Recorder Pro also functions as a multiviewer, offering pristine video quality even when monitoring interlaced sources on progressive computer monitors. VS4-based systems are also ideal for multi-camera live production streaming with Telestream® Wirecast® for Windows® or StudioCoast vMix software.

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Matrox Monarch HD is a small, easy-to-use H.264 encoder designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. The Monarch SDK, an HTTP-based API, includes documentation and sample code that let AV and broadcast equipment developers write applications to configure and control Monarch HD streaming capabilities, giving them a very straightforward way to include a high-quality webcasting service as part of their overall product offerings. Monarch HD can also be integrated with a Crestron® controller, which allows operators to easily start and stop streaming and recording from within the familiar Crestron interface.

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See the products in action at Content & Communications World (New York City, Nov. 12–13, booth 1163), Streaming Media West (Huntington Beach, Nov. 18–19, booth 216) and Government Video Expo (Washington DC, Dec. 3–4, booth 434).

At Government Video Expo, Matrox will also present a deep-dive technology session with interactive Q&A on the topic “Anything Worth Streaming is Worth Recording”, Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 2 pm in the presentation theater at the back of the exhibit hall. All GVE attendees are welcome.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of 4K, HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a-box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, live event producers, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional Introduces 7 Series Master Reference Monitors

JBL_7SeriesNORTHRIDGE, California — Delivering unprecedented sonic performance in a compact form factor, HARMAN’s JBL Professional today introduced the first two models in its new 7 Series Master Reference Monitors, the 708i and the 705i. Leveraging patented technologies of JBL’s flagship M2 Master Reference Monitor, these two models were developed to meet the needs of broadcast and post-production facilities, producing content in surround and burgeoning immersive audio formats.

From a hardware standpoint, multi-channel monitoring presents several challenges: The presence of video displays may limit options for speaker placement, installing a power outlet at each speaker location is costly, and management of a multichannel monitoring system requires costly outboard equipment. Use of traditional powered studio monitors is problematic. The solution calls for a next-generation approach to monitoring hardware.

At AES 2014, JBL Professional introduced the 708i 8-inch two-way, and 705i 5-inch 2-way installed monitors with remarkable frequency response and output that belie their small size. To deliver exceptional performance, JBL developed a new miniature high-frequency transducer—the 2409H—featuring JBL’s low-mass, annular diaphragm design that allows very high output with low distortion and high frequency response to 35kHz. JBL also engineered two new high-excursion 5-inch and 8-inch woofers, the 725G and 728G that allow the speakers to deliver robust low-frequency output into the 30Hz range. JBL’s distinctive patent-pending Image Control Waveguide and a sophisticated dividing network work in concert to produce an imperceptible crossover transition, detailed, spatial imaging and neutral response, particularly in the critical dialog range. Front-ported birch plywood install-ready enclosures include bottom and rear-panel mounting points. With a range of available mounting brackets, the speakers’ placement can be optimized to maintain sight lines to video displays.

To reduce enclosure size and installation cost, the speakers are centrally powered by HARMAN’s Crown DCi 8|300N 8- and 4-channel power amplifiers. The 705i and 708i can be driven by a single amp channel or bi-amplified. For greater accuracy and room-to-room consistency, HARMAN’s BSS Soundweb London signal processor provides speaker tuning, room EQ, and bass management. The processor accepts 16 or more analog and AES/EBU inputs, and networks with the power amps via CAT5. The entire system can be externally controlled with HARMAN HiQnet Audio Architect™ software, a hardware controller, or wireless tablet. Working in concert, the amps, processor and high-performance 5-inch, 8-inch and 15-inch speakers (including the M2), are a modular system that can be scaled to any size room and any number of channels. With exceptional frequency response, and tune-ability, the complete system provides greater room-to-room consistency and accuracy at the mix position.

With the launch of the 705i and 708i, JBL raises the bar and expectations for studio monitor performance. “These models are the product of extensive R&D, and collaboration with post and broadcast customers,” said Peter Chaikin, Sr. Manager, JBL Professional Recording and Broadcast. “At AES, amazed responses to the performance of the 708i and 705i indicate we achieved our objective!” The LSR705i and LSR708i Master Reference Monitors will be available in January 2015 as part of complete 5.1, 7.1 and immersive sound monitoring systems.

For more information on the 7 Series, please visit www.jblpro.com/7series

For more information on the M2 Master Reference Monitor, please visit www.jblpro.com/m2

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.

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Neumann Presents U47 fet Microphone to Grammy-Award Winning Audio Engineer / Producer Bruce Swedien at the 137th AES Convention

swedienLos Angeles, October 15, 2014: During the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention held here last week, premium audio brand Neumann made a very special presentation of a new U 47 fet Collectors Edition to esteemed recording engineer and producer Bruce Swedien.

Swedien, who counts the recording and mixing of Michael Jackson’s Thriller album among the highlights of his lifetime of career accomplishments, was presented with serial number 82 of the U 47 fet Collectors Edition, in honor of the year that the Thriller album was released to the public. The presentation was made by Neumann President Wolfgang Fraissinet at the Neumann booth on Friday, October 10th.

The original U 47 fet was used extensively by Bruce Swedien throughout the recording of Thriller, so the event was especially fitting as Neumann launched its new U 47 fet Collectors Edition to a new generation.

u47frontWolfgang Fraissinet commented: “It is a very special honor for our company to honor Mr. Swedien in this way. He has not only left an indelible mark on the recording community at large, but his contributions to the recording of Thriller and countless other recordings have had a tremendous influence on our culture.”

The Neumann U 47 fet microphone was iconic in shaping the sound of the ’70s, ’80s and beyond. As the transistorized successor of the U 47, it permitted the processing of very high sound pressure levels for the first time, and engineers were able to place it directly in front of extremely loud sound sources such as guitar amplifiers and kick drums, as well as in front of more delicate sources such as vocals and acoustic instruments. The combination of the U 47 fet’s ability to capture high sound pressure levels and the unique capsule design derived from its famous tube-based predecessor, the U 47 fet contributed to many legendary recordings.

Now, the U 47 fet Collectors Edition has been faithfully reproduced using the original production documents and schematics. The Collectors Edition is supplied with a high-quality wooden case with special packaging, and an individual certificate with the serial number of the microphone and signature of Neumann President Wolfgang Fraissinet.

The U 47 fet is now shipping and is priced at $3,999.95. For more information, please visit u47fet.neumann.com.

About Neumann:
Georg Neumann GmbH, with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, is well-known as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones. The company, which was established in 1928, has a long track record of world-leading product designs and has been recognized with a string of international awards for its technology innovations. From 2010, Neumann offers this expertise in electro-acoustic transducer technologies to the studio monitoring market, and will provide optimum solutions to its customers in the areas of TV and radio broadcasting, recording, and audio productions. Neumann is now the perfect partner for both the input and the output of the audio signal path. Neumann has manufacturing facilities in Germany (microphones) and Ireland (loudspeakers), and is represented in over 50 countries worldwide by Sennheiser subsidiaries, as well as by long-term trading partners. Georg Neumann GmbH is a Sennheiser Group company.

About Sennheiser:
Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.

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Biamp Systems to Speak at Rocky Mountain Audio Video Expo 2014

Keynote address and educational session to discuss open standards and AV networking protocols more

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PESA XSTREAM C22 Compact Streaming System Now Shipping, Delivers Customized Content Sharing Between Facilities

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, is now shipping the PESA XSTREAM C22 compact streaming system. As part of a larger hybrid broadcast system or standalone streaming appliance, the C22 allows AV professionals to compress, stream and share high-quality content. Two units can also be paired to allow bi-directional live interaction between sites.

According to John T. Wright, senior vice president of sales and business PESA XSTREAM C22 Front JPEGdevelopment, the first C22 units have been delivered to a current PESA customer and will be used to facilitate mission critical live streaming between two geographically separated sites within the United States.

“The PESA XSTREAM C22 is a great solution for sharing content between facilities, because its two video streams can be PESA XSTREAM C22 Front JPEGtailored for a variety of applications,” he added. “That level of flexibility, combined with its dollar-to-stream value, makes the C22 a very appealing solution for a number of markets.”

The latest addition to the PESA XSTREAM family of multi-channel HD IP streaming devices, the C22 can be configured as a two port video encoder or two port decoder, or can include one of each. It includes HDMI, coax and Ethernet (IP-based camera) video inputs, and optional SFP modules allow multiple configurations (fiber, HD-BNC, A-to-D and more) for expanded connectivity. During an event, two external audio sources can be synchronized to either or both video streams.

Video signals can be locked to an external source using built-in frame sync for glitch-free video switching in broadcast and pro AV applications. An HDMI out allows for local preview, while an integrated Web server provides full remote control, so no personnel are required on site for streaming content to another facility.

About PESA
As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

The Dalai Lama Presents 2014 Kalachakra Prayer with DPA Microphones

Reynolds Sound & Lighting Services relied on the company’s d:fine™ Dual-Ear Cardioid Headset Microphone for the 10-day Buddhist ceremony

DPA Microphones_Dalai Lama CrowdLEH, LADAKH, INDIA, OCTOBER 15, 2014 – Earlier this year, His Holiness the Dalai Lama hosted Kalachakra, a religious event that takes place at various locations around the world every few years. With a now 79-year-old religious figure at the helm for the nearly two-week long Kalachakra 2014 prayer meeting, high importance was placed on finding a microphone that would project his voice to the nearly 200,000 followers who attended. The solution was found in DPA Microphones’ d:fine™ Dual-Ear Cardioid Headset Microphone, which was supplied from the company’s U.S. office. The microphone was such a success that it is now the preferred microphone for His Holiness for all of his speaking engagements.

As the sound company of choice for the Dalai Lama, Reynolds Sound & Lighting Services supported this year’s prayer ceremony, which was held in Ladakh, up in the Himalayas, 16,000 feet above sea level. In addition to braving the treacherous travel to the location, the audio team from Reynolds was also faced with properly miking a person who would be speaking for long periods of time and whom they themselves could not physically contact.

33rd Kalackakra by His Holiness the 14. Dalai Lama, Ladakh, J&K, India,  July 2014. Photo by Manuel Bauer 2014. This picture is Copyrightprotected and only for use by the Private Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and internal use by the Organising Committee for use in direct connection with the 33rd Kalachakra.“One of the biggest challenges for us was that the Dalai Lama would speak for about five hours every day, so we needed a high quality microphone that would provide excellent gain before feedback, excellent off axis rejection and low noise floor,” explains Felix Remedios, owner of Reynolds Sound & Lighting Services. “This event focuses on His Holiness speaking to a crowd of 100 to 200 thousand people over a period of 10 to 12 days. This would be stressful on anyone’s voice, and required the assurance of long term comfort and the ability to maintain critical placement. The DPA d:fine made it possible for us to ensure that his voice was loud and clear, and that all of the attendees could hear every word he spoke.”

The Kalachakra 2014 event was held in a field equivalent to the length of four soccer fields, with the audience almost a kilometer away from the stage. “We had to be really careful to ensure that his voice was heard across the whole venue,” explains Remedios. “In addition to needing perfect reliability, given only one mic for a large audience, there was a high level of stage monitoring requirements for the surrounding Monks. I had contacted my friend and colleague Ron [Lorman] in New York, and explained that I was unsure that my previous mics would have the amount of gain that I needed. We additionally discussed the unique monitor needs for this event, as it was mandatory that the source element provided a flat response with substantial rear rejection. Ron recommended the d:fine products and he put me in touch with the company during a visit to the U.S.DPA Inc. supplied me with four mics to try out, which I brought back to India. My team was extremely happy with the quality.”

33rd Kalackakra by His Holiness the 14. Dalai Lama, Ladakh, J&K,Once the mics traveled up into the Himalayas, Reynolds’ audio team, led by Sound Engineer Suresh J, were able to put them to the test for the first time. “We chose to use the cardioid version of the mic for the Kalachakra,” adds Remedios. “We had never used DPA mics before, but one of the first things we noticed was that there was no coloration in the signal. His Holiness’ voice sounded extremely natural and transparent, and we were able to get the gain levels we wanted. The DPA d:fine is certainly a big quantum leap from what we are used to, both in signal levels from the mic and overall quality of the design.”

In addition to the location of the prayer meeting, the overall setup of the stage and personal preferences of His Holiness also provided a unique set of challenges. The Dalai Lama sits on a high throne, surrounded by several senior monks both in front of and to each side of him. “Since we have worked with him for several years, we know that the microphone must always be placed beside him on stage so he or a member of his team can put it on him,” continues Remedios. “In order for a mic to get the perfect amount of gain it must sit exactly in the correct position. Luckily, the DPA d:fine is designed in a manner that even an untrained person can affix the mic. The Dalai Lama’s media team representative, Jigme Tsering, was able to fit it onto His Holiness each day. It worked out so well that on the last day the Dalai Lama put the microphone on himself and was very pleased.”

DPA Microphones_dfine_Dalai Lama3His Holiness wasn’t the only one impressed by the DPA d:fine Headset Microphones. “The Dalai Lama’s media team was so pleased with the quality of the microphone that they asked to keep it for his smaller prayer meetings,” concludes Remedios. “Of course we obliged and gifted them one. We also decided to follow suit. As one of the largest audio rental companies in the country, we work with the biggest corporate houses for several important, large-scale events. We plan to use DPA on all of them. It is definitely going to be our microphone of choice moving forward.”

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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D-Tools Donates SIX Integrator Software to the Gary Sinise Foundation, Helping Injured Vets Live More Independently via Custom Smart Homes

With the help of donated gear and the support of the custom electronics community, the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program strives to give wounded soldiers back their independence

CONCORD, CA, USA – OCTOBER 15, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, is honored to announce its participation in the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence & Supporting Empowerment) program. The program, now in its third year, builds Smart Homes for physically wounded warriors that include automated amenities to ease the life challenges they face and to help restore their independence. Since its 2011 inception, the foundation has built (or is in the process of building) more than 30 smart homes for wounded American heroes. D-Tools donated its SIX DTLOGO_basic logo for online use_245x109Integrator Software to the cause, which is used by more than 4,500 commercial and residential integrators to streamline business processes while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems.

“We are so honored to be able to help the Gary Sinise Foundation via the continued use of our D-Tools SIX Software,” says Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “R.I.S.E. integrators are donating their time to this incredible cause, and by facilitating their workflow with our SIX software, we endeavor to make these projects run more smoothly—saving everyone time and with the ultimate goal of getting these veterans into their homes faster. It’s the least we can do for those who have done so much for us.”

The SIX software platform allows the integrators to call up product catalogs, view the project overview, manage revisions, create custom reports, manage drawings, and more. All processes associated with the installation and integration of the R.I.S.E. home’s low-voltage systems are handled by D-Tools SIX. The Gary Sinise Foundation can also use the software on future R.I.S.E. projects.

The first project the D-Tools SIX software was used on is located in Texas. Key players include Joel Berrettini of IT & Custom Media Solutions and Lead Systems Integrator for the Gary Sinise Foundation, who procured the donated gear/labor and coordinated the entire project. Local businesses, including the Builder Security Group (BSG) and Bjorn’s Audio Video, generously donated both time and labor. The R.I.S.E. project for this particular wounded warrior makes his life significantly more independent through the use of automated shades, multi-zone thermostats for the veteran’s health conditions, convenient iPad integration, wireless locks with separate codes for caregivers, a comprehensive security system, a state-of-the-art media room, and more.

“We are very proud to be part of an industry that is so willing and ready to donate time and equipment for a good cause,” says Stone. “The amount of labor, equipment, and time that went into the project is not only generous, it’s above and beyond. We are happy to associated with this group and the Gary Sinise Foundation.”

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

About The Gary Sinise Foundation
Gary Sinise inspired millions with his Academy-Award-nominated role as Ltd. Dan in the blockbuster Forrest Gump. While his moving portrayal of a wounded veteran certainly deepened his commitment, his crusade to help America’s servicemen and women actually goes back more than three decades. On June 30, 2011, he formed the Gary Sinise Foundation and launched the R.I.S.E (Restoring Independence & Supporting Empowerment) program, which builds Smart Homes for wounded warriors with automated amenities to ease the life challenges they face and to help restore their independence. In just three years, the foundation will have built more than 30 smart homes. For more information, visit www.garysinisefoundation.org

Press Contacts:  
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

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

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SMPTE to Receive Prestigious Philo T. Farnsworth Award at 66th Primetime Emmy Engineering Award Ceremony

Television Academy Will Recognize SMPTE for Its Significant Impact on Television Technology and Engineering
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Studio Gear of Milwaukee Keeps On Growing With HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers

HARMAN_StudioGearMILWAUKEE, Wisconsin — Founded in 1989, Milwaukee’s Studio Gear has provided audio, video and lighting equipment rentals, sales and installations to a growing clientele of Fortune 500 companies, houses of worship, universities, small businesses and other customers throughout the Midwest. In fact, for its 25th anniversary Studio Gear is experiencing a growth spurt: “In the past few years we have experienced a huge increase in business, especially for large-scale events,” noted Studio Gear project manager Collin Donohue. As a result, the firm has been steadily expanding its inventory, most recently with the addition of HARMAN Professional’s JBL VTX Series line array loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers.

Studio Gear started its JBL inventory with a few VRX900 Series cabinets some years ago, soon increasing its VRX complement more than four-fold. Liking what they heard, the company then purchased a 12-per-side JBL VERTEC® VT4886-based system for larger events. Even so, over the course of the past two years, the need for an even more capable system became apparent—coinciding with the availability of JBL’s current top-of-the-line VTX Series.

“The VTX Series’ V20 line array loudspeaker was the perfect fit.” Donohue said. “It sounds spectacular, it can handle a lot of power, delivers exceptionally wide and smooth coverage and its smaller size and weight make it a very good choice for us, especially in situations where height and weight restrictions become an issue. In the corporate production world, that’s a pretty common occurrence.” Studio Gear has purchased 18 V20 loudspeakers to date and also expanded its inventory of VERTEC VT4880A arrayable subwoofers.

To drive the V20 arrays, Studio Gear acquired Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD four-channel amplifiers, along with I-Tech 12000HD amps to power the VT4880 subs. “Our first large-scale PA that we ever bought was powered by Crown Macro-Tech amps and as far as big projects go, it’s been all Crown all the time for us,” said Donohue. Donohue and his team are relying more and more on JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ system setup and calibration software to squeeze every drop of sonic capability from the I-Tech HD Series’ built-in preset tunings and extensive DSP functionality.

He also notes that more often than not, he’s not working with professional performers. “In a corporate setting you’re lucky to get people to put a microphone within six inches of their face.” As a result, Donohue has to set up a system with an entirely different approach to how it’s going to be used and think about how things will need to be tweaked during an event. “The tight pattern control and high output on the V20 gives us a huge advantage for those tricky situations.”

“The JBL line arrays and Crown amps give us better tools than ever before to deliver a better audio experience to our clients. It’s a tremendous advantage,” Donohue concluded.

For more information on Studio Gear, please visit www.studiogear.net

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.

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Christie’s Complete Cinema Solutions Offer Truly Immersive Experience at Asia’s Largest Multiplex

Christie®, a global leader in digital cinema technologies, is proud to announce that its state-of-the-art cinema solutions have been installed in the newly opened Lotte Cinema World Tower in Seoul to provide the ultimate movie-going experience for its patrons.

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Lotte Cinema World Tower – Lobby (Photo courtesy of Lotte Cinema)

Located in the highest landmark in Korea, Lotte World Mall, the Lotte Cinema World Tower is the largest multiplex in Asia with 21 theater auditoriums and over 4,600 plush seats for maximum comfort. Each theater, housed on separate floors, will have its own unique concept and interior design based on an “art movie city” theme. The screen in its 21st auditorium currently holds the Guinness World Record for the largest permanently installed 35mm cinema screen in the world, measuring an enormous 34 meters by 13.8 meters.

Lotte Cinema World Tower is also home to the largest 4D theater in Korea, equipped with dynamic motion seats and other special effects.

All auditoriums are complete with Christie digital cinema solutions, including the flagship Christie Solaria™ Series projectors, Christie Vive Audio™ surround sound systems, Christie ACT Digital Cinema Theatre Control and Christie Integrated Media Block (IMB). The installation of this extensive range of cinema solutions by Christie and its Korean partner Eugenetek Corporation is one of the biggest entertainment solutions projects undertaken by both teams in Korea.

Audiences can expect nothing but the best visuals from the Christie Solaria CP2215, CP2220, CP2230 and CP4230, which utilize the latest generation DLP® Cinema electronics platform. Among the seven auditoriums fitted with Christie Vive Audio, five are specially configured to meet Dolby® Atmos™ sound technology requirements. Filmmakers use Dolby Atmos to place and move sounds anywhere in the movie theatre, including overhead, to make film audiences feel as if they are inside the movie and not merely watching it. Rounding out the impressive list of installed products are the Christie ACT and Christie IMB solutions designed to provide the best performance and reliability in terms of theater automation control and content delivery.

Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific, said, “Christie is honored to work with Lotte Cinemas to have our most advanced and comprehensive range of cinema solutions installed in all auditoriums of Asia’s largest multiplex. The audience can look forward to be wowed by our brilliant projection and audio systems that offer truly immersive and memorable experiences. Lotte Cinema World Tower is certainly one of the world’s premier cinema destinations and we are proud to be a major part of this project.”

“We’re very excited to install an extensive range of Christie digital cinema solutions, including the Solaria Series projectors and Vive Audio cinema sound systems in our latest multiplex which ranks among the best in the world,” said Gwan Ro Lee, executive director, Lotte Cinema. “Christie’s visual and audio solutions are well known for their high quality and reliability that is backed by industry-leading service and support. We have utilized a number of Christie products at various locations and are confident that the complete cinema solutions fitted at our Lotte Cinema World Tower will offer the best and the most lifelike visual and sensory cinematic experience for all movie patrons in Korea.”

Joon-Ho Lee, president, Eugenetek Corporation, commented, “Lotte Cinema World Tower is one of the biggest projects that we have ever embarked on and we are thankful to be given this opportunity to be involved in this major installation. We have worked closely with the team from Christie throughout this project and are proud to present the best-quality picture and sound to the audience with Christie’s cutting edge cinema solutions.”

The Solaria Series offers precise vivid color with superior contrast ratios and the light output necessary to light up even the largest auditoriums. The clear choice for any cinema exhibition environment, it is fully capable of providing the world’s most brilliant images, the highest level of content security, the easiest adaptability, operation and maintenance. Fully DCI compliant, and built on Christie’s extensive cinema experience, the Solaria Series is ready for the next evolution of digital cinema – displaying premium 4K content or 2D/3D 2K High Frame Rate (HFR) feature films and alternative content in its original format.

Complementing the stunning visuals is the innovative Christie Vive Audio, which offers rich, dynamic and detailed sound that unlocks the full potential of the DCI digital cinema audio format and supports leading formats such as Dolby Atmos, 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound. It consists of wall and ceiling surround speakers that use unique ribbon driver technology in a line array design, purpose-built for cinema environments. From the thundering roar of an airplane flying overhead to the delicate hums of insects in flight, the Christie Vive Audio system envelopes audiences with dynamic, detailed and captivating sound.

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