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EMERSON COLLEGE ADDS 32-CHANNEL API 1608 ANALOG CONSOLE WITH AUTOMATION

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 2014: Specializing in preparing students for careers in communications and the arts, Emerson College, through a collaborative initiative between VMA Prof. Pierre Archambault and the TRF Audio Group, recently added a 32-channel API 1608 analog console with full automation to its studio facilities to provide high-end sonics and a transitional work-flow between its other studio facilities. The school is located in Boston, Massachusetts and currently enrolls over 4,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Among schools of its type, Emerson College is unique for its long history – Charles Wesley Emerson founded it as a school of oratory in 1880 – and its recent growth. The new API 1608 will be used to teach courses in Advanced Recording and Introduction to Sound Design.

“We are a school of communications, focusing on Sound for Visual Media Arts,” said Bruno Caruso, Audio Technical Supervisor with Emerson College. “We use our studio facilities to teach Sound Design, Mix to Picture, ADR, Foley, sound for gaming, and voice-over.” Emerson’s studio facility already contains an entry-level room, with an analog console workflow, and a high-end post-production suite with an Avid ICON Digital workflow. The post-production suite already uses a collection of API 512c mic preamps and an API Channel Strip to handle any source recording. “We were certainly very happy with that sound,” said Caruso. “That was a factor that moved us in the direction of API for our console purchase.”

The goal was to add a studio space that bridged the technological gap between the entry-level room and the post-production suite. “Of course the API sound was an important part of our decision to add a 1608, but there was more to it than that,” said Caruso. “It’s an analog board with a great sound that’s very easy to teach. The students can stand around the board while the Faculty demonstrates techniques. Moreover, including automation gave us a pedagogical bridge between the entry-level room and the post-production suite.”

Emerson College purchased its 32-channel API 1608 through nearby Parsons Audio (Wellesley, Massachusetts). “Everyone at Parsons was great,” said Caruso. “They gave us demos of everything we were considering and lots of other support. They were instrumental in pointing us in the right direction for our needs. Through them, Todd Beeten of Sound Construction built us custom furniture and racks for our facilities” Caruso was also impressed by the help he received from API: “As far as I’m concerned, the entire industry should look to API as an ideal model for customer service. Right off the bat, our phone calls were always answered by an actual person and that’s very reassuring. Their lead technical support guy, Radovan Maricic, had the complete answer to any question we had right on the tip of his tongue. He knows API inside and out, outside and in. There’s no ‘I’ll check into that and get back to you.’ He knows exactly what’s going on, and that made it easy to install and commission the board.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

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ITV Backs HARMAN’s Studer Vista 1 as New Coronation Street Production Goes Digital

TRAFFORD, United Kingdom – The relocation of the famous ITV Coronation Street lot, from Manchester’s Quay Street Studios to the 7.7-acre studio and production facility on the Trafford side of MediaCityUK, has coincided with a significant streamlining of technology. Set in a fictional town in the north of England, what has become the world’s longest-running television soap opera is a British ‘institution’, having first been broadcast back in December 1960. One of the biggest upgrades in this latest development has been the transition from an analogue mixing environment to a HARMAN Studer digital platform, once ITV had learnt that its familiar analogue surface would no longer be supported.

With AVC Electronics appointed project consultants and TSL tendering successfully for the installation contract, Coronation Street’s head of sound, Alan Monks and Coronation Street technical manager, Stan Robinson, researched the market for suitable options. But it was the show’s senior sound supervisor, Mark Cochran, who suggested investigating Studer Vista 1 all-in-one desk for each of its two new production galleries.

These were duly adopted, along with Compact Stageboxes and a Soundcraft Si Compact 16 mixing desk from Studer’s sister company Soundcraft, to provide resilience. When the order was placed by TSL, the Vista 1 became the first Studer sale to an ITV facility.

Earlier, a site visit had been arranged for the show’s leading technicians, along with AVC’s lead consultant Raz Khan, at Studer’s offices in Potters Bar. Khan recalls, “Initially we evaluated the Vista 5, and had one on demo, so we could evaluate the platform, knowing that the Vista 1 would shortly be in production. From that it was written into the specification.”

Stan Robinson added, “We realised the Vista 1 would offer more or less the same facilities and also that it was compatible with Optocore fibre distribution, which we were running right across the site, linking the five production control areas.”

The 22-fader Studer Vista 1, containing 20 channel strips and two grand master faders, provides Coronation Street with true broadcast monitoring, talkback, red light control and eight general-purpose control inputs/outputs (GPIO).

But aside from ease of use and intuitive Vistonics™ interface, one of the key reasons for choosing Studer was the superior mic preamp — an observation made after the technical team had carried out comparison tests with their own alternatives.

Stan Robinson admits that the Studer D21m mic input card, transformer balanced to all five stageboxes, had been a key driver, with Studer stageboxes transporting native MADI over an Optocore system.

Noted RazKhan, “This solution meant that the whole rigging set up became a lot simpler, with fibre out to the OB van to transport MADI and a ruggedized case housing the electronics. With DSP onboard, this fitted the bill perfectly for the budget and operational flexibility and redundancy.”

He added, “We didn’t like the multi-layered menu of other desks — this was a lot easier. Also it needed to be intuitive because we have a small core of technical staff and a lot of freelance engineers using the system. It has been extremely well received.” Once a mic is plugged into appropriate input the source immediately appears on the relevant fader in the sound control room.

Speaking of the desk’s attributes, Mark Cochran stated, “You can access everything at the press of a button and EQ all your channel strips — and because the Studer stage box has option cards we were able to buy the highest quality mic amps.”

This digital format has allowed Stan Robinson to introduce a unique fibre transportation system for the signals around the site. Based on the Optocore network structure, the portable stageboxes allow signals from the studios (or anywhere else on the site) to be routed to either gallery.

Each gallery has its own stagebox, which production simply wheels to where shooting is taking place, and plugs in to the SMPTE 311M hybrid camera cable network — with 100 SMPTE sockets distributed around the site that can be patched in. Signals such as microphones, foldback, picture monitoring, video router control and talkback are automatically routed to the Studio Floor and Galleries. “In effect, the whole site becomes our studio floor,” says Stan Robinson.

Summing up he backs Mark Cochran’s endorsement of the Vista 1. “We have all been extremely happy with the decision to back the Studer platform, and it has been extremely well received.”

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) 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.

MTJ Upgrades Indonesia’s Stadium Club Lighting With HARMAN’s Martin Professional Fixtures

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Built in the disco era, Stadium Club is one of the largest and oldest dance clubs in Indonesia. For decades, the venue, located in Jakarta, has entertained hundreds of music and dance fans a night with the newest tracks and brightest lights for the ultimate night out. Stadium Club recently underwent a renovation to improve its facilities, which included the installation of numerous HARMAN Martin Professional lighting fixtures by Monalisa Tunggal Jaya (MTJ).

As the official distributor for Martin products in Jakarta, MTJ delivers Martin fixtures to customers around the area with confidence in the manufacturer’s continued quality and reliability, with the best and brightest outputs in the industry. “The newly installed fixtures significantly improve the environment and ambiance in Stadium Club,” stated Zandy Jong, MTJ. “The lighting performance of Martin in the venue is highly trusted by the club’s staff and continues to engage revelers every night.”

Twenty-two units of Martin MAC 350 Entour Profiles and eight units of RUSH MH3 Beam effects have been installed in Stadium Club.

MTJ also delivered and installed in a large number of Martin lighting fixtures for Stadium Club’s sister venues: Kingcross, with eight MAC 350 Entours and Light Jocky USB DMX Controller; Malioboro, with 12 MAC 350 Entours and Light Jockey USB DMX Controller.

Additional clubs in South Jakarta MTJ updated feature Martin as well: Exodus Club lvl 5, with six MAC 350 Entours, eight RUSH MH-3 beams, two Atomic Strobe 3000’s and one Jem K-1 haze machine; and the Exodus Restaurant lvl 6 & 7, with six MAC 350 Entours, eight RUSH MH-3 beams, one Jem K-1 and Light Jocky USB DMX Controller.

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.

Super Bowl Halftime Show Shines with grandMa2, Clay Paky Sharpys and B-EYEs

The Super Bowl Halftime Show always glitters, and Bruno Mars’s stellar performance at Super Bowl XLVIII was no exception. This year 330 Clay Paky Sharpys and a dozen Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20s were on hand to illuminate the show while a grandMA2 light took command of the media. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky and MA Lighting in North America.

Lighting designer Bob Barnhart opted to have “a more rock ‘n roll vibe in the rig than the stylized, choreographed shows that we’ve seen in the past. Bruno wanted this to be more of a live rock show.”

Barnhart was challenged to capture that rock ‘n roll sensibility as well as prepare for winter weather conditions that might envelop the open-air MetLife stadium in New Jersey. “It was a question of what we could design that could survive severe weather,” he says. “Another factor was the limitations of rigging positions in the building and how we could symmetrically lay out the rig. We had to cover as much of the full stadium with the stage pushed back against the audience as we could.”

Barnhart calls the Sharpys “workhorses” and says that, “one of the goals in an outdoor stadium is to maintain an atmosphere to maintain the beam; that’s hard to do with high winds. But Sharpy is a very fast instrument with an extremely tight, bright beam.” He placed Sharpys on the three balcony facias throughout the stadium, on a series of trusses and around the main stage hanging them in clusters of three or six for symmetry.

Lighting director David Grill says the Sharpys “really came in handy at a venue where there were so many power needs. Sharpys are a tremendously brilliant beam of light with no wattage at all; they really saved us money on power and cut the amount of cable and power we needed dramatically. We could get a lot more lights on one cable because of the low wattage, and for a stadium that’s great. Sharpy are worth their weight in gold.”

Barnhart placed six Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 innovative, LED-based moving lights on each side of the stage. “I saw the fixtures at A.C.T in New Jersey and thought they could be really interesting in Bob’s lighting design,” recalls Grill. “So I sent him a link to a video, and Bob loved them. Their horsepower is pretty phenomenal, the speed of the LED is great in terms of changing color, they throw beams very far and they create some cool visuals. At the same time the B-EYES are a relatively low-wattage fixture with no heat issues.”

Barnhart agrees that the B-EYES deliver “a very full fixture. There’s a lot of potential in that light – it can create a lot of cool patterns and effects and do some really fun things. And they’re really reliable.”

Jason Rudolph controlled all the media with a grandMA2 Light; an additional system served as a back up. “I use the grandMA for most of my shows,” he reports. “It performed great, as usual, which is one of the reasons it has become my console of choice.”

Grill gives kudos to A.C.T Lighting’s customer service. “I can’t say enough nice things about them. A.C.T is a company that understands service and support, which is invaluable to a customer. It’s a gem in the industry. Having someone you can call in the middle of the night is tremendous. A.C.T knows that service is paramount.”

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PESA as Part of the Serco Team Awarded Position on $4.1 Billion U.S. Army Communications Multiple Award IDIQ Contract

2/18/2014 – PESA, as part of the Serco team, will participate in the award of a new multiple award ID/IQ contract to provide global communication systems for the U.S. Army. Serco was selected as one of 12 companies to compete for tasks on the Communications and Transmission Systems (CTS) contract. The Serco team will provide design, procurement, installation and testing services in support of delivering global, mission-critical communication systems. The team will utilize its experience in the areas of engineering, Operations & Maintenance (O&M), and lifecycle management services to provide a more secure, operational, and sustainable network communications solutions for the United States’ expeditionary warfighters. PESA intends to provide mission critical Audio/Video hardware and software to include its Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) certified Cheetah Video Distribution Systems for use in Army and DoD command and control centers in support of the overall team effort. The contract vehicle has an overall ceiling value of $4.1 billion over a five year period.

“PESA is extremely pleased to be a part of the Serco Team for the Army CTS contract,” says Chuck Tillett, PESA President/COO. “We have supported Serco for C5I applications at several DoD installations and we value our relationship. As the only manufacturer of JITC certified Video Distribution System hardware for use by DoD we look forward to continuing our support to the Army and all services.”

Serco provides communication system solutions to the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. Utilizing its Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Collaboration and Intelligence (C5I) expertise, the Company delivers engineering, systems integration, hardware procurement, software development, technical support, installation and testing, operations and maintenance solutions.

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 A/V products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is a U.S. Small Business, located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com.

About Serco Inc.: Serco Inc. is a leading provider of professional, technology, and management services focused on the federal government. We advise, design, integrate, and deliver solutions that transform how clients achieve their missions. Our customer-first approach, robust portfolio of services, and global experience enable us to respond with solutions that achieve outcomes with value. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Serco Inc. has approximately 10,000 employees, annual revenue of $1.2 billion, and is ranked in the Top 40 of the largest Federal Prime Contractors by Washington Technology. Serco Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Serco Group plc, a $7.5 billion international business that helps transform government and public services around the world. More information about Serco Inc. can be found at www.serco-na.com.

Matrox KVM Extenders Now Compatible with EIZO 2Kx2K Air Traffic Control Display

Reliable, fanless design and zero compression, zero latency KVM extension make Matrox Avio and Extio ideal for ATC environments

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced compatibility of Matrox Avio™ F125 and Matrox Extio™ F2408 KVM extenders with the EIZO Raptor SQ2804 2Kx2K primary control monitor for air traffic control. Matrox KVM extenders allow ATC workstations to be located in a different room than the control monitors, simplifying system maintenance and security. They feature reliable, fanless designs and the ability to transmit all signals with zero compression and zero latency on a single duplex LC-LC fiber-optic cable, making them ideal for ATC environments.

Matrox KVM Extenders Now Compatible with EIZO 2Kx2K Air Traffic Control Display

The Raptor SQ2804 monitor features EIZO eBlue LED backlight technology, offering outstanding image quality, low energy consumption, and a long lifetime. Two dual-link digital video signal inputs are included as standard and a DisplayPort™ input is available as an option.

When used with the EIZO display, Matrox Avio F125 fiber-optic KVM transmitter/receiver pairs extend dual-link DVI (2048×2048) video, audio, multiple high-speed USB 2.0 compliant devices, keyboard and mouse from the host computer by up to 400 m (1312 ft) over multimode cable and 10 km (6.25 mi) over single-mode cable.

Matrox Extio F2408 Quad KVM extenders separate keyboard, mouse, audio peripherals and up to four DisplayPort displays from the rest of the computer by up to 1 km (3280 feet) via fiber-optic cable and PCI Express® bus-extension technology.

“We have some cases where our customers in air traffic control need to isolate their computing resources in climate-controlled, secure server rooms,” said Rob Hawksworth, International Business Development Manager for Air Traffic Control, at EIZO. “Matrox Avio and Extio provide the extension performance needed to drive the EIZO Raptor 2Kx2K monitors and other peripherals from a distance.”

“Matrox KVM extenders pair beautifully with the ergonomically-designed EIZO Raptor displays to reduce environmental stress on operators,” said Caroline Injoyan, Business Development Manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. “In addition, ATC system integrators can count on the reliability, stability and longevity of the field-proven Matrox products to meet customer needs in these demanding installations.”

Availability
Matrox Avio F125 and Extio F2408 KVM extenders and EIZO Raptor SQ2804 monitors are now available worldwide.

About EIZO
EIZO is a leading global manufacturer of high-end visual display products. The image quality, long-term reliability, and innovative features of EIZO monitors make them the products of choice in many financial trading rooms, back offices, hospitals, air traffic control centers, and design studios throughout the world. Founded in 1968, EIZO is represented in over sixty countries by a network of group companies and exclusive distributors. For more information, visit www.eizo.com/global.

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. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

Visual Unity’s vuMobile™ platform Adds Ecwid

Leading OTT platform and multiscreen solution provider, Visual Unity Global is announcing an important extension to its mobile marketing platform vuMobile™, by integrating the popular Ecwid e-commerce platform. vuMobile™ now enables clients to build their own online store in 5 minutes. This feature improvement is offered within the existing price and service package.

Recently announced rebranding and repositioning of vuMobile™ version 4.0 is followed by a further significant platform feature improvement; integration with the revolutionary Ecwid shopping cart. Ecwid is the fastest-growing, global e-commerce platform for small businesses, and used by over 400,000 retailers in 175 countries. The multi-platform Ecwid is also Facebook’s most popular store building app.

With vuMobile™, clients can now build an online store within five minutes. This storefront is fully functional on any device including feature phones, smart phones and even desktops. Through a modern responsive design, clients are able to categorize different types of products (for example consumer electronics or e-products) and choose from more than 40 payment systems. Ecwid has numerous shipping and tax options and enables product feeds to marketplaces and comparison shopping engines. The e-shop is easily integrated with social media networks like Facebook, and the Ecwid storefront is available in 45 languages.

Tomas Petru, CEO of Visual Unity Global, says. “Thanks to the integration with Ecwid’s online store, our vuMobile™ platform now offers our clients the ability to easily generate additional revenue through mobile channels worldwide.”

“Ecwid is honored to integrate with the Visual Unity platform and work with such an innovative partner,” says Jim O’Hara, president of Ecwid, Inc., adding, “Now Visual Unity’s users can add robust e-commerce functionality directly to their mobile sites in minutes, and also enjoy the flexibility of adding stores to social media and other online venues.”

Gabriel Dusil, Chief Marketing and Corporate Strategy officer at Visual Unity Global adds: “This latest integration with Ecwid shows Visual Unity’s commitment to developing strategic features that bring untapped revenue success to our clients.”

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About Visual Unity Global

Visual Unity Global is a global provider of video and digital media solutions, enabling our clients to deliver premium quality video content over the internet. Our clients can measure, analyse and optimize their libraries over time and achieve optimal business success. Our platform capabilities inspire our clients to deploy their assets across multiple devices, screens, and media formats. Visual Unity helps clients manage, deliver and monetize their digital content.

Visual Unity is a Multiscreen Solution Provider, bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD outside Broadcast (OB) vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services. Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. vuMediaTM is a highly scalable and a modular architecture, delivering a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Munich, Nairobi and Los Angeles. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com, info@visualunity.com

About Ecwid: Ecwid is a full-featured, cloud-based e-commerce platform that allows businesses to create professional online stores and embed them into any existing web, mobile, or social site. Ecwid, available directly or through trusted partners, has over 400,000 registered merchants in 175 countries, and is available in 45 languages. A free plan is available. The Ecwid Facebook app is the leading shopping cart application on Facebook, with over 40,000 Facebook stores globally and used by more than 300,000 monthly active users.

For further information, please visit: www.ecwid.com.

Fred Falke Dubs Prism Sound’s Lyra the Pinnacle of ADA Conversation

Renowned French DJ, remixer and producer Fred Falke was so bowled over by Prism Sound’s Lyra II audio interface that he bought one after just one listen.

“It simply surpasses every other competitor by far,” he says. “The AD conversion is so clear that recording becomes effortless, and the DA is just unreal: you can hear every little detail in a mix in a way that you never thought was possible. It’s like watching the stars through the Hubble telescope.”

One of the most prolific and in-demand producers around, Fred Falke earned global recognition as a DJ, producer and remixer with his debut release Intro. Now based in Los Angeles, Falke’s career has spanned nearly two decades and he has consistently proven his versatility with releases such as Golden Cage and reworks of Nervo and Robyn tracks. His ability to bridge the gap between pop and electronic dance music is evident with his remixes for artists from Katy Perry and Ke$ha to, more recently, Lana Del Rey, Jason Derulo and Selena Gomez. He has also written and produced for Ellie Goulding and Florrie and co-wrote Amelia Lilly’s track You Bring Me Joy that reached #2 in the UK charts.

Falke says he first came across Prism Sound’s recently introduced Lyra 2 audio interface during a recording session at Metropolis Studios in London.

“It sounded so good that I immediately bought a unit myself,” he says. “I have subsequently gone on to use it on a number of tracks, including remixes of Tiesto’s Redlights and Foxes’ Let’s Go.”

Prism Sound’s Lyra has built up a loyal following among musicians and DJs because it is so portable and versatile – something that Falke says is essential to him. “It doesn’t matter where I’m working, I have this little ‘magic box’ in my bag and can achieve superb recording and mixing,” he says.

He connects the interface via USB to his MacPro, utilising the line-ins and also the preamp inputs. “When mixing, my DAW master out goes into the outboard through line-outs one to two, and comes back into the Lyra line-ins,” he explains.

Ease of use is also high on Falke’s list of criteria. Part of his signature approach is his love of crafting synth sounds and beats with synthesisers, drum machines and samplers.

“They all have a specific sonic signature,” explains Falke. “Instruments and vocals carry emotions. The Lyra manages to capture that with an unmatched perfection. The controller software is a no-brainer, offering the same zero-latency recording as working from a desk.”

In perhaps the ultimate testament to the quality of the Lyra, Falke explains that when he took delivery of it, he listened to many of his favourite songs and tracks through it right away.

“Even though I have heard these songs a million times before, all of a sudden I heard things I never heard before,” he recalls. “It’s hard to describe how good it is; you have to experience it to realize what you’ve been missing: Prism Sound is the pinnacle of ADA conversion.”

Based on the award-winning and critically-acclaimed Orpheus interface, Prism Sound’s Lyra allows music recording professionals to access the power and sophistication of the Orpheus audio path and clock circuitry, but in a smaller package and at a much improved price point.

The Lyra 1 interface has two analogue input channels – one for instrument/line and one for mic/line – plus two DA output channels and optical-only digital I/O. Lyra 2 includes two AD input channels with switchable microphone, instrument or line input modes and four DA output channels. Both versions incorporate new ARM Cortex processor design offering class-compliant USB interfacing that allows for seamless integration with both Macs and PCs. Both versions also offer digital volume control, a low latency ‘console-quality’ digital mixer for foldback monitoring and optical SPDIF capability.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987 in Cambridge, UK, Prism Sound manufactures a range of high quality professional test equipment for audio applications. The company is organised in three divisions and in addition to audio test equipment, Prism Sound also manufactures equipment for high-quality recording and production for music and sound applications and for voice-logging recorders used in law enforcement, legislative and business applications. Prism Sound audio test equipment is used by many major consumer electronics brands in automotive, home entertainment, personal mobile, communications and other market sectors as well as most of the world’s leading broadcasters including the BBC. Prism Sound’s music recording products are widely used by leading professionals in music and film sound such as the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

Robert Juliat TIBO LED Profile Fixtures Shine a Light on New Newsroom at KTMD-TV, Houston

Robert Juliat TIBO 533 75w LED Profile lighting fixtures have been installed in a new newsroom at KTMD-TV by project lighting designer/director Bruce Aleksander. KTMD-TV is the Telemundo owned-and-operated station serving Houston.

Aleksander did a complete digital solid-state lighting installation for a new studio layout he designed that’s dedicated to news programming. “Everything was predicated on energy-efficient lighting from the start,” he explains. “Since it was new, we were able to build out the studio without the traditional heavy support for cooling down the lights and the full dimming load normally necessary for an incandescent approach. We used all fluorescent and LED lighting.”

Aleksander evaluated a number of fixtures then concluded that “for hard-edge, profile fixtures, the best bang for the buck came from the Robert Juliat TIBOs.” The TIBO 533 75w LED Profile offers a high-intensity LED array, double condenser optics and extremely low energy consumption. The fixture represents a new look in LED Profile design with a compact, aesthetic silhouette.

The eight TIBOs, which Aleksander obtained from Barbizon Light of Texas, serve primarily as set accent lights. “There are a number of logos and graphic elements on the set, and the TIBOs are perfect for picking them out,” he says. “Where some panels in the background are not well detailed, we used the TIBOs with defocused projection patterns to add texture and shape.”

Aleksander selected daylight-balanced TIBOs for “a much closer match for the video display walls, which are an integral part of the set.” In addition, the daylight-balanced fixtures were chosen because one wall of the newsroom is open with windows “and we wanted to match color temperatures so what the camera sees consistently carries proper color. We also needed to match color temperatures to insure the cameras could be properly white-balanced.”

In reviewing a number of LED profiles on the market Aleksander says “the very high optical quality of the TIBOs distinguished them” from other fixtures. “The patterns projected sharply, the focus was smooth and the beam of light was beautifully consistent edge to edge. With a number of other brands out there, I can look at their fields and see the unevenness where they weren’t able to blend the different emitter fields. But the Juliats have a smooth field and a very even focus field across the entire beam.”

“Not all LED manufacturers have done nearly as well as Robert Juliat,” he notes. “The TIBOs really exceeded my expectations for an LED profile fixture.”

Chris Boyd was the sales person at Barbizon Light of Texas; Robin Crews was the representative at Spectrum Lighting. At KTMD-TV Todd Taylor is the director of technology.

About Robert Juliat

Robert Juliat is a three-generation, family-run, company dedicated to the manufacture of quality lighting equipment for entertainment and architectural applications. Robert Juliat lights are installed worldwide in venues as diverse as The Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, Caesar’s Palace and other showrooms in Las Vegas, the Royal Opera House in London, the Los Angeles Music Center, and the Hong Kong Academy School. Robert Juliat lights are used on major tours and events such as Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion, the South African Music Awards 2013 and the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

R&D, production, and company headquarters are based in the village of Fresnoy-en-Thelle, 50 km north of Paris. Robert Juliat USA is located in Wallingford, CT. For more information visit www.robertjuliat.com

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Landmark Oakland Church Gets VARIA

Oakland, CA – February 2014… Bishop Carl Smith is on a mission, and he’s unapologetic. The members of New Birth Church are encouraged not only to attend church, but to become the church by actively working to improve the quality of the lives of those they touch.

Housed in a mid-19th century Catholic Cathedral, New Birth’s 500-seat sanctuary was an acoustically challenged environment when Concord, CA-based Premier Media Integration, Inc., was brought in to design and install new audio, video, and lighting systems and acoustical treatment. Graham Cooper, President of PMI, contacted Rocky Giannetta, Principal of Layer 8 Inc., to assess the room’s acoustics and assist with systems design.

With Giannetta’s acoustical measurements documenting a reverb time of 3.8 seconds, Layer 8 created an EASE model and designed acoustical treatment and loudspeaker system that PMI would install. While the acoustical treatment reduced reverb to around 1.6 seconds, the environment was still challenging enough to demand an audio system that could keep reflections to a minimum.

“The church has beautiful stained glass throughout the structure,” adds Graham Cooper “Our job was to find places to put the panels that would be aesthetically and architecturally acceptable. Padded chairs, carpet, and, of course, people, also help.”

With reverb down to an almost reasonable level, Giannetta specified the new VARIA line array system from Renkus-Heinz. “We knew that despite our best efforts, the room was not going to be acoustically ideal, and we needed to maximize control of the energy,” he explains. “Typical line arrays would only provide the right directivity in one plane. The client wanted a line array system that would provide the output and headroom for the sound they create, and VARIA fit the bill perfectly.”

The system is comprised of six VARIA VAX101 cabinets per side, with three 7-degree boxes on top and three 15-degree boxes underneath. “With the VARIA’s variable pattern control, we were able to configure coverage from 60 degrees on top to 120 degrees on the bottom,” says Giannetta. Two VAX115S subwoofers per side, along with four DRS18-2 subs on the floor, provide low end reinforcement. The system is powered by Lab.gruppen amplification.

“We’ve been using Renkus-Heinz products on a number of projects, and the clients have always been happy with the results,” says Cooper. “The VARIA system does a great job of focusing the sound on the congregation and keeping it off the walls and reflective surfaces, and the speakers integrate nicely with the room’s architecture. Bishop Smith was emphatic about maintaining the building’s aesthetics, and the VARIA system looks great.”

Giannetta agrees, “the VARIA system was an ideal choice for this project.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

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