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Prolight + Sound 2014: HARMAN’s Martin Professional Introduces New Lighting Solutions and Offers Daily RUSH™ Giveaway

FRANKFURT, Germany — Underscoring its commitment to providing innovative solutions for lighting designers around the world, HARMAN’s Martin Professional introduced several new lighting solutions, both hardware and software, as well as a offered a daily giveaway of Martin’s popular RUSH™ line, at Prolight + Sound 2014.

Day 1 Highlights
Martin Professional revealed the MAC Quantum Profile™, the latest addition to its new MAC Quantum line. The profile features innovative LED technology and Martin’s proprietary optical designs to deliver super-bright light output. Martin also introduced an expanded family of its proprietary VC-Grids™ and VC-Strips™ family to include 15, 25, 30 and 60 mm pixel pitch fit for architectural installations, stage design, and TV set design.

Additionally, the show’s first day featured the introduction of two new RUSH by Martin LED fixtures—the RUSH MH 5 Profile™ and RUSH DC 1 Aqua™. The RUSH MH 5 features two color wheels, two gobo wheels, and a rotating 3-facet prism, in a compact yet super bright LED profile moving head. The RUSH DC 1 Aqua is a compact and bright LED fixture featuring full electronic dimming, variable manual focus, and five selectable colors to deliver aquatic decoration effects for shows, clubs, and other entertainment venues. Integrated into the Martin stand is an authentic club setting, complete with a DJ and house music, which features the RUSH by Martin line in time-coded shows.

Day 2 Highlights
Garou Blancan, was introduced as the winner of Martin’s annual worldwide Young Lighting Designer Contest at a press conference held by Martin’s Villads Thomsen, Vice President of Global Sales, and Theis Wermuth, Product Application Specialist. They also discussed the process of reviewing the top shows and presented a viewing of Blancan’s winning show design as he accepted the winning trophy.

The second drawing of Martin’s RUSH daily giveaway surprised winner Christoph Mainusch with a RUSH product of his choice. Mainusch works for Munich-based MC-Veranstaltungsdienste, where he provides lighting design services for popular band, Famous Naked Gypus Circus. Mainusch quickly chose the RUSH Multibeam 2™ as his prize.

Martin successfully hosted its annual RUSH event at the prestigous Gibson Club in Frankfurt. The event featured a unique lighting experience provided by Martin’s RUSH Multibeam 2™, RUSH MH 4 Beam™, RUSH PAR 2 RGBW Zoom™ and other members of the RUSH by Martin line.

Additionally, Martin’s state-of-the-art M6 lighting console was honored with the PIPA award for best lighting controller.

For live updates from Martin Professional at Prolight + Sound, please visit: www.facebook.com/MartinProfessional

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 designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, HARMAN Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

DPA Microphones Allow Jure Tori To Move Freely On Stage

Slovenian accordionist Jure Tori is using DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones to bring extra energy and quality to the sound he is achieving on stage. The internationally acclaimed musician recently bought two d:vote microphones from DPA’s Slovenian distributor, Sonus, and is now using them for all of his live performances.

“When you’re playing an accordion, the whole body is involved,” Tori says. “Therefore I need microphones that enable me to move and express myself without limitations. With a DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone attached to my accordion, I am able to pick up the sound of the entire keyboard and really capture the sensitivity of my music.”

A unique and charismatic musician, Jure Tori has performed on stages all over the world, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with other musicians such as Austrian double bass player Ewald Oberleitner and guitarist Ariel Cubria. He also plays as part of the group Orlek and recently established the Tori Trio with Oberleitner and percussionist Ganesh Anandan. His reputation as an accordionist is now so well established that his songs are part of the curriculum programme for students of accordion and his compositions have been published by the Slovenian Music Information Center. His music has also been used to accompany animations by Dušan Kastelic (Bugbrain Institute), in movies by Metod Pevec and in various Slovenian and Austrian documentaries.

“My compositions express my personality, traumas and pleasures – sometimes in a funny way and sometimes in a sad way” he explains. “DPA microphones have brought real progress to my music, especially the work I am doing with the Tori Trio. With DPA, I have achieved more live musical energy, improved the quality of the sound and found it much easier to play my instrument.”

DPA’s d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones are renowned for their audio quality and their versatility. Despite their tiny, discreet size and lightweight design, these clip mics are rugged, stable and perfectly suited to the rigors of touring and live performance. Intended for fast-paced settings, the mics can easily be unclipped and repositioned or moved to another instrument with only one hand. Additionally, the d:vote’s microphone mounting system is designed to be extremely gentle, never marring the finish of an instrument.

“On an accordion, the constant sound of the bass is very important and these microphones enable that sound to be properly picked up,” Tori adds. “They also make it much easier to record live concerts. I have managed to find a good solution for fixing and positioning the microphones on both sides of the instrument and as a result I am really enjoying the sound these microphones are delivering.”

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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 provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all 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, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

BHV Broadcast to Show Seriously Expanded Video Ghost Series at NAB 2014

NAB Booth C 3841

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BHV Broadcast to Show Seriously Expanded Video Ghost Series at NAB 2014

Video Phantom Power System to Offer HDMI Monitoring, a Rack-Mount Version, and a Digital Signage Solution

Owslebury, UK – BHV Broadcast, manufacturer of compact, cost-effective equipment for live and post-production will show a seriously expanded Video Ghost series at NAB2014, Booth C 3841.

• Video Ghost – Sleek, sexy and affordable, Video Ghost lets you run power and serial digital (SD/HD/3G) video over a single coaxial cable. Video Ghost now offers enhanced cable length performance up to 200m from the camera or monitor and a maximum power output of 65W (both ratings may depend on signal format and application). Multi-layer protection circuitry prevents inadvertent damage caused by mis-connection. This powerful alternative to batteries is especially relevant for installing cameras or monitors where the supply of power is difficult or hazardous, such as gantries, stage sets, sports arenas and amphitheatres.

NEW at NAB – Ghost now provides optional HDMI monitoring of SD/HD/3G video feeds.

• GhostRack – On show for the first time! The rack-mounted version of BHV’s friendly spirit offers 4 channels of Video Ghost Power Over Coax in a 2RU x 19″ rack case with integral power supply and front panel monitoring. Ideal for mounting in an OB and powering four remote monitors or cameras over the video cables!

• Video Ghost is being introduced as a low-cost and reliable power source for Digital Signage applications. The ‘fit-and-forget’ system provides an innovative and unique way to get power to a monitor on a stage floor or in an arena roof, and eliminates the need for local mains power for monitors.

“Video Ghost is ideal for short-term or permanent applications that utilise monitors for digital signage such as entertainment venues, retail establishments and houses of worship,” explained Julian Hiorns, BHV Broadcast’s managing director. “Operational benefits include portability and rapid deployment – important features for mobile productions and difficult locations where monitoring is required, and the flexibility to send or receive video signals and DC power wherever and whenever the need arises.”

See all of BHV’s award-winning products at NAB 2014. Click on harriet@desertmoon.tv to schedule a visit!

About BHV Broadcast
BHV Broadcast is the manufacturer of award-winning compact and cost-effective equipment for production and post-production including a full range of rack-mount and portable digital switchers to accommodate any application where space is at a premium. The company also manufactures rate and format converters and video power systems. For further information: www.bhvbroadcast.com

BHV Broadcast contact: Martin Cook
+44 (0) 1962 777733 • sales@BHVBroadcast.com

Press contact: Harriet Diener / Desert Moon Communications
1-845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

BHV Broadcast’s Syntax Up-Converter Series Adds Closed Captions Capability

NAB Booth C3841

BHV Broadcast’s Syntax Up-Converter Series Adds Closed Captions Capability

First US Demonstrations of Syntax Bridge Slated for NAB 2014 in Booth C3841

Owslebury, UK – BHV Broadcast, manufacturer of award-winning rate-converters, up-converters and the innovative coax-powering solution Video Ghost, will introduce the US market to Syntax Bridge at NAB 2014. The newest member of the Syntax up-converter series provides closed captions capability via integration with Microvideo’s HDB 300 data management system. The first US demonstrations are slated to be held in Booth C3841 at the LVCC.

Syntax Bridge, recipient of TV Technology’s IBC 2013 STAR award, was developed in response to the growing global requirement for closed captions as part of the retention of metadata through the broadcast chain. Now broadcasters and producers can enjoy the benefit of Syntax’s unrivalled quality HD up-conversion with closed captions. BHV’s award-winning Syntax up-scaler integration with Microvideo’s HDB 300 (which in itself provides simultaneous data management of control signals, trans-coding, decoding, bridging and copying) will allow broadcasters to utilize the artefact-free performance of the Syntax in distribution and production chains with massive metadata handling capability.

BHV Broadcast’s managing director, Julian Hiorns, commented “The combination of BHV’s extraordinary Syntax up-converter combined with Microvideo’s HDB 300 provides an unparalleled solution to the latest closed caption compliance requirements. We’re delighted to demonstrate this exciting new technology at NAB and make it available in the Americas.”

BHV’s Syntax series uses Super-Resolution Bandlet technology, a natural successor to motion compensation, for virtually transparent conversions.

See all of BHV’s award-winning products at NAB 2014. Click on harriet@desertmoon.tv to schedule a visit!

About BHV Broadcast
BHV Broadcast is the manufacturer of award-winning compact and cost-effective equipment for production and post-production including a full range of rack-mount and portable digital switchers to accommodate any application where space is at a premium. The company also manufactures rate and format converters and video power systems. For further information: www.bhvbroadcast.com

BHV Broadcast contact: Martin Cook
+44 (0) 1962 777733 • sales@BHVBroadcast.com

Press contact: Harriet Diener / Desert Moon Communications
1-845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

House of Worship Drives Triple-Screen Projection with Matrox TripleHead2Go

Catalina Church uses TripleHead2Go external multi-monitor adapter to revitalize its stage and enhance audience engagement

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced that Tucson-based Catalina Church created its new visually-stunning triple-projector setup using a Matrox TripleHead2Go external multi-monitor adapter. Sound and visual technology experts CCI Solutions recommended the low-cost, easy-to-use multi-monitor solution to drive dynamic, inspirational content across the three-screen-configuration, resulting in a revitalized stage design that has enhanced worship engagement.

Matrox TripleHead2Go at Catalina Church

Already familiar with TripleHead2Go for other house of worship installations, CCI Solutions connected the adapter to an Apple® iMac desktop computer to support three Christie® projectors. Featuring a compact black box design, TripleHead2Go easily connects to iMac computers via the Thunderbolt™, Mini DisplayPort™, or Mini DVI video output—depending on the model—without a need to open up the system. The installed RenewedVision™ ProPresenter® lyric and media presentation software meanwhile permits church staff to easily manage video and graphics on the screens, which can serve as a decorative design element, complementary showpiece for musical performances, or even an enlarged reading surface for lyrics or text.

“Visually our space used to have no focus and getting people to engage in worship was a challenge,” said Brian O’Morrow, worship pastor at Catalina Church. “Not only does our triple-screen system look amazing, it is super simple for our volunteers to use and helps us create the engaging, interactive experience we were hoping for.”

To read the complete story and view pictures, visit www.matrox.com/catalina.

For more information on CCI Solutions, visit www.ccisolutions.com.

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professional markets. In-house design expertise, top-to-bottom manufacturing, and dedicated customer support make our solutions the premier choice in industries that require stable, high-reliability products. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada, with representation and offices in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Media 5 Chooses Matrox DSX LE3 SDI Card as Heart of HD Broadcast Graphics System

CG5 Multichannel HD provides multiple realtime title rolls and crawls, 3D animated logos, time and weather displays, sports timers, lower thirds and other broadcast graphics tools for TV stations, production companies and OB vans

Matrox® Video today announced that Media 5 S.R.L., one of Argentina’s leading video equipment manufacturers, has chosen the Matrox DSX LE3 card, one of the Matrox DSX™ Developer Products, as the I/O and mixing engine for its CG5 Multichannel HD character generator. Telefe, Argentina’s top-rated broadcaster, uses CG5 Multichannel HD to remotely control the entire broadcast graphics and channel branding operations of the network.

“We decided to move off other hardware and standardize on Matrox when we discovered that the DSX LE3 card would give us a cost-effective way to access the quality, reliability, integrated hardware/software platform and modular architecture Matrox is known for,” said Fabian Balliro, Media 5 CTO. “In addition, advanced Matrox features like flexible genlock and full HANC and VANC support give our products the versatility our customers need in demanding and diverse work settings.”

“Media 5 prides itself on constant innovation and evolution of its products,” said Alberto Cieri, Matrox senior director of sales and marketing. “The Matrox DSX software tools are designed to enable the rapid application development they need to stay at the forefront of the markets they serve.

At the upcoming 2014 NAB Show (Las Vegas, April 7-10) Matrox products will be demonstrated in booth SL5019. Media 5 products will be demonstrated in booth C11249.

About Matrox DSX Developer Products
Matrox DSX Developer Products combine a full range of multi-channel SD/HD/4K I/O hardware with the feature-rich SDK and unlimited engineering support that let OEMs create advanced channel-in-a-box, video server, broadcast graphics and live streaming equipment. In addition to hardware that provides 24/7 reliability in even the most demanding environments, the Matrox DSX platforms provide advanced ancillary data handling for VANC and HANC, a constantly expanding selection of codecs (DVCPRO HD, MPEG-2, XDCAM HD AVC-Intra, H.264, Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD, PitchBlue, and more), extensive file format support (GXF, MXF, MOV, AVI, MPG, MP4, and more) and powerful tools for quick app development.

About Media 5 S.R.L.
Media 5 S.R.L., headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been supplying versatile, robust broadcast products to TV stations, radio stations and production companies for 20 years. The company’s current product lines include character generators, video servers, video recorders, channel-in-a-box systems and MAM systems. For more information, visit www.video5.tv.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of 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, 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.

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Alcorn McBride Helps Animate Big Tex

A new and improved Big Tex was back welcoming guests to the 2013 State Fair of Texas thanks to SRO Associates and Texas Scenic and the innovative implementation of Alcorn McBride’s V4 Pro frame-accurate controller and AM4 Digital Audio Machine.

The iconic giant cowboy had been greeting fairgoers since 1952 when it was destroyed by fire near the end of last year’s State Fair. The rebuilt Big Tex was bigger and better than ever tipping the scales at 25,000 pounds and towering over the fairgrounds at 55 feet tall. He boasted a new red, white and blue outfit and boots decorated with the Texas and American flags, the State Capitol, bluebonnets, longhorns and other Lone Star State imagery.

Big Tex was no static figure. He waved his hand, turned his head and spoke pointing guests to The Million Dollar Midway and the Texas-size fun and wonders that awaited them. Over a period of 10 months SRO Associates designed and built the shape and visible parts of Big Tex at its studios in Boerne, Texas and partnered with Texas Scenic in San Antonio to engineer the structure and design the mechanisms that make the giant cowboy come to life.

Key to making Big Tex bigger and better was developing a new control system, says Louis Bohn, Lighting Designer & Technology Project Managerat SRO Associates. “Before, the control was hydraulic: There was a button panel like you might see on any fairground ride,” he explains. “But they wanted to add more movement to Big Tex and make those movements more fluid, so we elected to go with large industrial electric motors and a new user interface.”

Bohn had worked with Alcorn McBride on a previous project and turned to the manufacturer for its V4 Pro frame-accurate controller and AM4 Digital Audio Machine, which “really filled the bill” for Big Tex’s audio needs. “We needed a scheduler and interface to drive the motors, a very robust system that would run 24/7 and a system that allowed some audio mixing. That’s how I wound up with Alcorn McBride.”

Big Tex’s moving mouth had to function with the live voice of the giant cowboy as well as with prerecorded audio. “With the prerecorded audio we originally planned to do a timeline of mouth movements to audio. When we decided to actually interface with audio we had to come up with a system to make it more dynamic,” says Bohn.

With five motors inside the head of Big Tex SRO devised the idea of using a light organ device to take the incoming audio signal and split it into low-, mid- and high-frequency signals and give them a visual orientation. “We were able to convert that to numbers and go into the V4 Pro controller and apply numbers directly into SEW Eurodrive’s MOVI-PLC (Programmable Logic Controller), which controlled the motors,” Bohn explains. “We added an audio delay to compensate for the latency of communication. And everything worked fantastically well.”

He notes that “there was no textbook to reference” for solving the audio needs of the giant cowboy so ingenuity and innovation were essential to deliver his much enhanced audio capabilities. With the solution SRO developed, “we could analyze the audio and move his mouth accordingly,” Bohn says. “Based on amplitude, his mouth not only moved at the right time but also differently depending upon the audio. Big Tex opened his mouth more and gestured more depending upon the live or prerecorded audio. That way we didn’t have to preprogram the mouth movements for the prerecorded audio, which wouldn’t look the same – or as good – as the live audio.”

Alcorn McBride engineer Joy Burke says the V4 Pro served as the show controller for Big Tex, starting and stopping his performance via the Showtouch software interface from a touch panel. “The V4 Pro is a very reliable system, rock solid with no chance of downtime. It easily interfaced with the complex systems involved in this show and communicated with the MOVI-PLC as well as the AM4 audio player,” she says.

Specifically, the V4 Pro sent the MOVI-PLC “appropriate commands and toggle bits to allow it to follow the audio file and tell the PLC when to move Big Tex’s mouth up and down,” Burke explains. The V4 Pro triggered prerecorded audio tracks with a timeline and audio tailored to particular times of day by reading the audio values and sending commands as needed. For live audio, when the voice of Big Tex used the microphone the V4 Pro made the figure’s mouth movements coincide.

Bohn says he approached programming Big Tex as a lighting designer, making “individual modules to pull into different sequences. Any single movement required at least 12 bits of data. Big Tex had 80 prerecorded messages, and I didn’t want to do all that programming 80 different times. So the operator simply pressed a single button on the computer to get the whole thing started.”

He reports that Big Tex’s audio “worked really well” and gives kudos to Burke for being “instrumental in helping us line up all these systems. We all worked together to integrate everything, and Alcorn McBride updated firmware to tailor the system for us. Alcorn and Joy were phenomenal and very supportive of the project.”

Bohn believes Big Tex may be improved even further by the next State Fair. “We may add new movements other than his mouth, head and hand. We’d like to be able to have his forearm move for a much more natural wave. That will be a big upgrade.”

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

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional to Host Manufacturer’s Forum Seminar on VTX Line Arrays at Prolight + Sound 2014d

FRANKFURT, Germany – At Prolight + Sound 2014, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is hosting a Manufacturer’s Forum seminar on its revolutionary VTX line array system. The seminar will be hosted by Paul Bauman, Associate Director, Tour Sound, JBL Professional, and will take place on Friday, March 14 at 11:00 AM at the Cosmopolitan Lounge in Hall 9.T

At the seminar, aspects of the JBL Professional VTX system will be presented, including transducer technology, system design details, amplification/processing and simulation/control software. New additions to the VTX product family will also be featured, including the VTX F Series and VTX V20/S25.

“Our VTX product lineup continues to grow and as our customer base expands accordingly, Prolight + Sound offers a prime opportunity to make even more potential customers aware of VTX’s sonic superiority, easy rigging and unmatched power,” Bauman said.

All Prolight & Sound attendees are welcome to join the seminar. For more information on JBL Professional VTX line arrays, please visit www.jblpro.com

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Martin Audio OmniLine Upgrade At Most Holy Rosary Church

Brown Sound Equipment Company recently installed a Martin Audio OmniLine array in Syracuse’s historic Most Holy Rosary Church to upgrade the sound system and meet current standards for articulation and clarity.

Part of Most Holy Rosary Parish founded in 1913, the church dates back to the site’s original groundbreaking in 1927 through over 60 years of growth and expansion resulting in today’s remarkable construction that is central to the Catholic community in Syracuse.

Asked about the installation, Brown Sound President Jim Messinger begins by acknowledging that, “Having been in this business for over 45 years, it’s most satisfying when a customer repeats with you as in this installation at Most Holy Rosary Church; and that the technologies we now have at our disposal really do make a tremendous difference in outcomes.

“The Martin Audio OmniLine replaces a huge custom central cluster point source system we designed in 1991. The reverb time was the same then as it is now, approaching 4 seconds. These clusters with large long throw horns were the only ‘tools’ we had at the time to minimize splashing sound all over the place and still throw the energy 135’ to the last pew. Unfortunately, the cluster was large, ugly, black, and a visual distraction in front of that beautiful artwork above the altar. It also was a major challenge to install given the height, 53 feet to the peak of the Church. Everything had to be installed with a system of winches above the dome.”

Messinger recalls the OmniLine solution came down to “a matter of timing. I’d played with the idea of column type line arrays, but the church didn’t want the system to visually intrude on the altar and worship area. After a Martin Audio sales rep recommended OmniLIne, we did a demo at the church with a single module and it sounded very good; even in a big empty space.”

The installation is built around a 16-enclosure OmniLine array so compact, it is barely visible in the dome above the altar. A Mackie DL1608 iPad-controlled mixer replaces a “cumbersome” analog console for the music ministry microphones.

Messinger reports that Martin Audio’s array guide software made “assembly of the modules in this array extremely easy. The mechanics of the assembly are also well thought out and engineered. The coverage also allowed us to eliminate all of the original sidefill delay speakers.”

Summing up, Jim adds, “The bottom line is always comes down to ‘how does it sound?’ I attended a service when the pews were approximately 65% filled. Even after 45 years of listening to results, I was honestly impressed at how good, how articulate, and how natural the Martin Audio OmniLine sounded in this space. I’ve been in the business a long time and frankly I wasn’t expecting to be this impressed.

“The Director of Music mentioned that his choir members are very impressed with the system, they hear everything a lot better because there’s been so much of an improvement in articulation and clarity.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

“Electrosonic – 50 Years on the Audio-Visual Front Line” Published to Mark Company’s 50th Anniversary

Electrosonic celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and to mark the milestone the company is publishing “Electrosonic – 50 Years on the Audio-Visual Front Line,” which celebrates five decades of achievements in the AV community.

The story of Electrosonic from its founding in 1964 to the present day is a complex one that spans the analog to digital revolution, the move to HD and 4K, and amazing innovations in display technology. The book tells this story in a series of chapters covering key aspects of the company’s first 50 years.

Electrosonic began as a two-room startup in London’s Greenwich vegetable market. The book’s first chapter, “A Short History,” tells how the fledgling firm became a multimillion-dollar international business with headquarters in Burbank, California and offices worldwide. Parallel stories chart changes of ownership, subsidiaries, related companies and acquisitions.

Chapter two, “Products and Technology,” reviews the many industry changes and challenges faced by Electrosonic in its 50 years in business. From the era of slide projectors and overhead projectors to 4K projection and network technology, Electrosonic has maintained a leadership position and developed many unique products. It was among the first to exploit the emerging technologies of electronic lighting control, multi-image slide projection and videowalls. From the start, Electrosonic combined the manufacturing and selling of products with the building of complete engineered systems. The product and systems portions of the business continued together through 2010 when the products side of the business, which by then represented a small portion of overall revenue, was sold.

Chapter three, “Projects,” reviews some of Electrosonic’s most impressive global projects, including multi-image spectaculars in 1970′s Iran, the world’s biggest videowall in Seville, Spain, in 1992, and massive projection displays at EXPO 2010 in Shanghai. These projects and more reveal how the company pushed the envelope in applying new technology, whether it was pushing 70mm film to the limit, implementing multi-channel dynamic sound systems, or achieving huge 3D images with the latest electronic projectors. The importance of long-term relationships with designers, suppliers and customers is also discussed.

Electrosonic has created new business units to support the changing needs of AV users across five decades and chapter four, “Service,” examines these developments from the early days when the principal service was “pulsing” (programming magnetic tapes) and then making “show copies”, to the more recent on-site staff support of major installations.

Electrosonic’s extraordinary success in business is a testament to its “People” who are recognized in chapter five. In 55 profiles of the company’s talented staff members, the book salutes the different personalities and skills, which have contributed to 50 years of growth, innovation and outstanding customer support.

The final chapter, “Contribution to the AV Industry,” details how Electrosonic has supported the development of the AV business by example, sponsorship and participation in trade events. It features a look at the company’s current ownership and governance.

Robert Simpson, one of the co-founders of Electrosonic, authored “Electrosonic – 50 Years on the Audio-Visual Front Line.” A graduate of Trinity College, Oxford and the former Chairman of Electrosonic Ltd., he is a frequent writer and lecturer on AV and lighting control topics and has several other books to his credit. Robert is a member of many professional organizations and the recipient of the 2008 InfoComm Distinguished Achievement Award.

“Electrosonic – 50 Years on the Audio Visual Front Line” is now available; those interested in purchasing a copy can visit www.electrosonic.com/50thbook to learn more.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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