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NRJ TV Finds Versatile Solution in HARMAN Studer Vista 1 Digital Console

PARIS, France – NRJ TV has recently purchased a HARMAN Studer Vista 1 digital console for its television control room. NRJ TV has a television control room and two studios to manage the production of its NRJ 12 channels, Chérie 25 and NRJ Hits. Both channels broadcast news and live shows every day.

According to Cédric Drapeau, Technical Manager, it was important to upgrade to a console that could sustain the network’s production growth. “We have a variety of programming that takes place here at NRJ 12 and Chérie 25, so we need equipment that provides a high level of versatility to meet our varying needs,” he said.

To that end, NRJ chose the Studer Vista 1 digital console, which fits perfectly into the network’s technical environment.

The audio configuration of the two studios is based on an EtherSound network, allowing for easy routing and management of signals between the two TV studios and the control table. The Vista 1 has an EtherSound connection that can control over 32 inputs and 32 outputs to perfectly interface into the network.

The Vista 1 is highly suited to broadcast applications, with an integral DSP engine of 96 channels. The Vista 1 can handle mono, stereo and 5.1 inputs with ease, and is provided with 32 mic/line inputs, 16 line outputs and eight stereo AES inputs and outputs on rear panel connections.

The Vista 1 contains many of the same features as its larger brother, the Vista 5, including the patented Vistonics™ user interface plus features such as true broadcast monitoring, talkback, red light control, GPIO, N-x (Mix Minus) busses, snapshot automation and DAW control.

The Vista 1’s I/O can be expanded using the standard Studer D21m I/O controller’s card slot on the rear, to allow a wide range of protocols including MADI, AES, AoIP, ADAT, TDIF, CobraNet, Dolby E/Digital and SDI connections. A MADI link can connect to any of the Studer Stagebox range for XLR connectivity as well as other formats.

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.

Patchwerk Recording Studios’ Nick Bassani Keeps On Track With HARMAN’s JBL LSR308 Studio Monitors

ATLANTA, Georgia – Patchwerk Recording Studios is one of the top recording and mastering facilities in the United States. The Atlanta studio has recorded more than 60 platinum and gold albums and worked with a who’s who of rap, hip-hop, R&B and pop artists including 50 Cent, Sean Combs, Pit Bull, Flo RIda, Jay-Z, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Kanye West and dozens of others. It’s music based on bass, and producers, artists and listeners want more and more of it, notes Patchwerk’s tracking engineer Nick Bassani, which is why he relies on HARMAN’s JBL LSR308 powered studio monitors as his go-to near-field loudspeakers.

Bassani recognizes in the urban music scene “there’s an insatiable appetite for more low-end response in the music and this creates a challenge for urban market producers and mix engineers. Many monitors and even headphones out there cater to this appetite with low-end response that’s often misleading and just plain inaccurate.”

Bassani feels the JBL LSR308 is the perfect solution to the need for for bass-accurate near-field monitors. “Accuracy and clarity tend to be expensive – but not in the case of the LSR308. They’re not ‘boomy’ or exaggerated in the bass, yet have more low-end response along with far better high-frequency extension—all the way up to 24kHz—than any other near-field I’ve used.”

The powered-bi-amplified LSR308 employs a long-throw 8-inch woofer and a 1-inch woven-composite neodymium tweeter that is mated to JBL’s exclusive Image Control Waveguide™, developed for the company’s new flagship M2 Master Reference Monitor.

“The LSR308’s wider frequency response and clarity and ability to let me ‘hear into’ the mix at lower volumes has caused me to make huge improvements in my overall mixing technique,” said Bassani. “Thanks to the exceptional definition of the woofer and tweeter and the accurate on-and off- axis coverage pattern of the waveguide, the stereo image is deep and wide and the clarity is phenomenal. I can hear reverbs and delays extremely well.” Bassani also found the LSR308 “a godsend” when its improved resolution allowed him to begin experimenting with mid-side panning in his mixes.

Bassani asks: “Suppose an artist or producer wants to be sure that what they hear in their mixing environment translates accurately to the next studio they work in, or in their car or home?” “To be honest, that’s what really sold me on the LSR308. During a project, we were tracking in a studio that had a nice vocal booth but the control room was not the best. We replaced the existing control room speakers with a pair of LSR308 monitors and I noticed an instant improvement in the transferability of my rough mixes between the studio, my home and another professional studio where I work.”

After that experience, Bassani installed the LSR308 at Patchwerk’s Studio 9000 (one of Patchwerk’s main tracking and mixing rooms) and has never looked back, saying he is “unable to part with them.” He now takes a pair of LSR308 monitors to every room on any project he’s involved with, whether it’s a small project studio or a multi-million-dollar facility. He concluded, “I know that if I get my mix sounding great on the JBL LSR308 monitors, I’ll never have anything to be worried about.”

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.

Glendale Community College Chooses Hitachi Projectors For Low Total Cost of Ownership

Glendale, Arizona, August 19, 2014 – Arizona’s Glendale Community College media team has been implementing projector teaching technology ever since 2004 when Scott Kozakiewicz, Manager of Media and Help Desk, was put in charge of a data projector upgrade plan. After browsing several projector options based on their total cost of ownership, Mr. Kozakiewicz purchased a Hitachi projector and soon made the decision to convert the school to an all-Hitachi campus featuring over 300 Hitachi projectors.

“Hitachi is the one company that has a consistent design across its entire product line, so we have the ability to use the same bulbs with different models,” said Mr. Kozakiewicz. “Upgrades have been painless and affordable.”

Mr. Kozakiewicz needed a solution that was not only bright, affordable and dependable, but also user-friendly. He originally set up a testing area and invited faculty to experiment with several different projector companies and brands. Based on feedback from the teachers and media staff, Hitachi was the clear choice.

“The Hitachi projectors provide the necessary brightness to operate in a well-lit room and don’t overwhelm the faculty,” said Mr. Kozakiewicz. “Rather, the projectors supplement their teaching and presentations.”

Glendale Community College serves over 20,000 students between its two local campuses, with projectors frequently running from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and shorter days on Friday and Saturday. Mr. Kozakiewicz cited Hitachi’s customer support as an important factor as well—several times he’s gathered data from faculty, relayed it back to Hitachi, and seen his recommendations integrated into future projectors.

“My responsibility is to provide faculty and students with the latest technology that can enhance teaching and learning, but at the same time I have to be fiscally responsible to our taxpayers,” said Mr. Kozakiewicz. “We’ve been able to deploy and maintain more than 300 Hitachi projectors while satisfying both of these needs.”

When asked if he would recommend Hitachi projectors to similar institutions, Mr. Kozakiewicz replied that he would “without hesitation.”

“I was one of the first to invest in Hitachi and now many schools in our district have jumped on board as well,” said Mr. Kozakiewicz. “The best products are ones that you don’t need to think about being there—pure and simple, Hitachi’s projectors just work.”

For more information on Glendale Community College, visit http://www2.gccaz.edu/.

For more information on Hitachi projectors visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

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About Hitachi America, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd. headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

Sound Works Pro Gives HOW Kids Camp ‘Surge’ Protection

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Surge is a weeklong evening summer camp for children entering first through sixth grade held by the Westridge Church of Dallas, Georgia. The camp offers coaching in various sports and instruction in the arts, along with religious teachings.

Sound Works Productions of Frankfort, Ill. provided the audio gear for the camp, which took place at the Star Plaza Radison Hotel in Merrillville, Indiana, and included a NEXO GEO S12 line array consisting of four GEO S12s and two RS18 Ray Subs per side, two PS10s used for front fills, NEXO NX4x4 amplifiers, and Yamaha M7CL digital audio console with Aviom card used for front of house and monitors.

“When our clients are looking for a smooth implementation and excellent sound quality, we turn to our NEXO rig, ” states Daniel Nickleski, Co-owner at Sound Works Productions.

For more information on Surge, visit www.westridge.com.

For more information on Sound Works Productions, visit www.SoundWorksPro.com.

For more information on NEXO and Yamaha products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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Ohio’s Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency Adds Vista Phoenix for Street Camera System Display

When the Hamilton County (Ohio) Emergency Management Agency (EMA) had a complete technical renovation last year it acquired a Vista Phoenix system for use with its street camera system.

Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Hamilton County EMA runs a regional operations center for 12 counties in three states: eight in Ohio, three in Kentucky and one in Indiana. The agency is concerned with all natural and man-made hazards, including international and domestic acts of terrorism and homeland security functions.

Vista Phoenix is a network distributed open content management system for simultaneous encode, decode and display of AV data. “Our main use for Phoenix is to bring in our street camera system for viewing,” says Steven Siereveld, regional operations center manager. “We have approximately 100 street cameras in the Cincinnati area and river cameras in all three states. With Phoenix we can capture all the camera feeds, bring them in and view them in full HD quality on our new main display, a 14×35-foot videowall comprised of Christie Entero high-brightness 67-inch LED cubes.”

Prior to installing Vista Phoenix the Hamilton County EMA brought in the street cameras through a software web viewer and displayed multiple security camera-style views on monitors. “Now we can pull direct feeds from the camera with Phoenix. Our integrator, AVI in Cincinnati, recommended Vista Phoenix as a complement to our Christie videowall and Vista Spyder image processor. It’s a perfect fit,” Siereveld says.

The street and river camera displays are critical for emergency situations. “We need these camera feeds available for emergency viewing and for planned events like the annual River Fest, which draws half-a-million people, and next year’s MLB All Star Game,” Siereveld explains. “So far, we’ve only used Phoenix for testing and drills, but it works well and the quality of the camera feeds is just great.”

About Vista Systems
Vista Systems’ switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching with real-time windowing and composition. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at www.vistasystems.net.

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HARMAN’s Martin Professional Establishes a New Standard for Moscow Nightlife in Space Club

MOSCOW, Russia — The nightlife culture changed dramatically in the Russian capital of Moscow with the grandiose opening of Space Moscow, a huge entertainment venue and nightclub designed to match the style of the original Space Club in Ibiza, Spain. To create a mesmerizing experience, Vitally Perepelin, Lighting Designer for Space Moscow, deployed over 70 of HARMAN’s Martin Professional lighting fixtures, fog machines, and lighting consoles.

The Space Ibiza club is a long-time active user of Martin lighting solutions, so when the franchise was brought to Moscow it was natural to continue using Martin equipment. Perepelin’s design features 22 MAC Aura LED wash lights, 12 MAC Viper Profiles, 12 compact MAC 101 fixtures, 16 RUSH MH3 Beams, 12 Atomic 3000 DMX strobes, M6 controller, ZR-44 Hi-Mass fog machine and the Jem 365 Ready hazer.

“I personally insisted on using Martin equipment,” said Perepelin. “I worked with Martin fixtures at the Euroshow company and I know very well the high quality of the products. The fixtures are very simple to use and they have a user-friendly menu. Moreover, some of them are really unique lights that don’t have any equals on the market. For example, the MAC Viper Profile is very fast for its size, bright, has a great set of gobos and is an excellent beam and animation. In my mind, Martin offers an optimal price-quality ratio which was a deciding factor for our installation.”

“Knowing that they also used Martin fixtures at Space in Spain, it was one more reason for me to pick the fixtures,” said Perepelin. “I think that our greatest achievement is that we can meet the riders of such popular world stars performing at our club such as Tiësto, who was the opening act in 2013, Steve Aoki, Above & Beyond, Cosmic Gate and others. The Lighting Designer for Tiësto was very appreciative of our installation and equipment, which is proof of our success.”

Space is far from just a nightclub and a big entertainment venue as it also functions as an events hall for corporate events. For this reason, it was important that the lighting installation be mobile to meet the different requirements of various events.

“From time to time I change the position of the Martin fixtures in the lighting set to add some diversity,” said Perepelin. “Of course, the changes are not so crucial but it’s still nice to have the flexibility to do so according to the customers’ wishes.”
“I still like to use my favorite compact moving head, the MAC 101,” said Perepelin. “Even though it’s been four years since its launch, it is a vital asset in many of my installations. It’s really fast and has a very bright beam! When the time comes for the most energetic part of the show, the MAC 101s and RUSH MH3 Beams march into battle. The high speed in combination with the brightness is truly amazing.”

Perepelin was very happy with Martin’s decision to provide an entry-level fixture with the launch of the RUSH series. “I think the RUSH MH3 Beam is a very worthy fixture for its functions and features,” he said. “It is perfect from the point of price and quality, which is a crucial factor in the club sphere. It’s not easy to find an affordable fixture with a good light output but the RUSH MH3 Beam has everything you need. It’s dynamic, has rich colors, a great prism and awesome gobos. It’s the perfect fixture!”

Perepelin explained that the basis for all lighting installations is centered around the flagship M6 lighting console and mentioned that he chose for several reasons. “As we use a set of Martin equipment, in my opinion we should use an original console. The M6 has all necessary functions for this club. Also, it is really easy to use and very powerful. It has perfect touchscreens that I like a lot and the programming is very easy too. It’s intuitive and user-friendly, making it easy to jump between pages and arrange everything. I put one kind of parameters on one page and all the others on another which makes it easy to switch back and forth. This function makes this console so handy for me!”

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

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

D.A.S. AUDIO DEPLOYED AT BRIARCREST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

**** Photo: Briarcrest Christian School’s Sparks Chapel Fine Arts Center ****

Memphis, TN – August 2014… For over forty years, Briarcrest Christian School has been recognized in the Mid-South for its unique combination of academic excellence and Christian education. Starting at the pre-school level and continuing through the 12th grade, Briarcrest Christian School offers students a wealth of learning opportunities, including a comprehensive Fine Arts program. In an effort to support its music, theatre, and a wide range of other on-campus activities, the school recently opened the Sparks Chapel Fine Arts Center. To ensure the highest levels of speech intelligibility and music reproduction characteristics, the facility is equipped with a world-class sound reinforcement system drawn from the Aero Series 2 catalog of Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio. more

Three SSL Live Consoles Deployed for Chess in Concert

“I was stunned by the exceptional audio quality and dimensionality of sound from the SSL Live”

TROMSØ, NORWAY – What better music to accompany the 41st World Chess Olympiad tournament than the soundtrack to Chess the musical? Under the direction of Andrew Eljas (who also wrote the original score to the music by Benny Anderson and Bjørn Ulvaeus), the performance included the Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra along with a choir and ensemble of leading Norwegian musical performers. This full concert version of Chess demanded a massive audio system. The production tapped the power of three SSL Live consoles, supplied by Bary Sales AS in Oslo, to handle the inputs from the live band, choir and the Arctic Philharmonic. This application is among the largest implementations of SSL Live thus far.

FOH and monitor consoles shared 64 inputs from the band and soloists on stage, while the third Live was used to submix 86 orchestra channels down to six stereo stems. Engineer Espen Andersen was at the helm of the orchestra console, delivering the stem mixes to the main FOH console. The layering, VCA and snapshot automation capabilities of Live were utilised to control both the mix and solo portions.

Additionally, FOH engineer David Solheim and monitor engineer Stig Kamonen each took advantage of Live’s highly flexible automation system to store and recall scenes. This was especially helpful for Kamonen whose monitor console was running a total of 71 mix busses, feeding effects, in-ear monitors, wedges and personal monitoring systems.

“I was stunned by the exceptional audio quality and dimensionality of sound from the SSL Live,” adds Solheim. “The console provides tremendous detail and the response of the controls is very precise. At the Olympiad ceremony, a competitor console was being used at FOH to mix two guest artists who were also playing with the orchestra. The same six stereo orchestra stems were sent to this console; so it was very interesting to have the opportunity to compare the audio quality through my SSL Live as well as the guest console. I think we all were a bit surprised by the difference in quality. Listening to it through the SSL Live was like hearing a stereo mix compared to a mono mix.”

Each of the Live consoles used for this special staging of Chess in concert included onboard Blacklight II I/O. The system was also comprised of six 32 channel ML 32.32 analogue stageboxes, a D 32.32 AES/EBU stagebox and two BL II.D MADI Concentrators. The analogue stageboxes provided the engineers with shared access to a total of 192 remote-controlled SSL Super Analogue™ mic/line inputs and 192 line outputs, while the AES/EBU stagebox facilitated use of 16 pairs of AES/EBU digital I/O at 96 kHz for driving the PA mains. SSL’s BL II.D MADI Concentrator ensured bullet-proof reliability through redundant pairs of SSL’s proprietary Blacklight II connections, each of which are capable of carrying 256 channels of 96 kHz digital within a single armoured fibre cable.

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

CASIO’S LAMPFREE® PROJECTORS ILLUMINATE “G” BY GUESS STORES NATIONWIDE

 CASIO’S LAMPFREE® PROJECTORS ILLUMINATE “G” BY GUESS STORES NATIONWIDE

“G” By Guess, a retail store founded in 2007 by the Marciano brothers, wanted to upgrade and showcase its existing visual technology to further enhance the store’s overall design. To do so, “G” By Guess partnered with Pro-Motion Technology Group, the leading single-source provider of integrated technology specializing in commercial digital solutions, to transform its stores’ atmosphere. To date, “G” By Guess has installed more than 100 projectors in various store locations, including Casio’s Pro XJ-H1700, and plans to purchase additional projectors for additional locations across the United States throughout the year.

“Our company spent a lot of time researching the best projection technology for “G” By Guess and found that Casio’s projectors are unmatched in terms of their long lifespan, lightweight design and overall total cost of ownership,” said Chris Thomas, project manager at Pro-Motion Technology Group. “We recommended Casio’s Pro projectors for “G” By Guess and they have been well worth the investment.”

“G” By Guess chose Casio’s projectors specifically because of the LampFree® technology and state-of-the-art LASER & LED Hybrid Light Source. Casio projectors provide users with a 20,000 hour estimated lifespan, eliminating the need for expensive projection lamps that often need replacement and can cost almost as much as the original projector unit over one year. These units are also mercury-free, eliminating concerns for the proper disposal of used lamps and mercury pollution.

“The Casio projectors we installed have met needs beyond our expectations. Originally, “G” By Guess was looking for something to complement its store design and overall, existing visual experience and thought a projector would be a great fit,” said Thomas. “I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback from “G” By Guess’ in-store employees since we began installing the Casio projectors. We can see the difference in terms of brightness and clarity.”

Throughout many “G” By Guess locations, Casio projectors are mounted on the ceilings, and project images and music videos on the wall behind the cash registers. Each store location can run video feed up to 12-14 hours per day and can shut the units down easily without worrying about additional setup time. The next day when the power is turned back on, the projectors retain memory of the predetermined settings and cut down on calibration time. Also, since the projectors use Laser & LEDs it only takes eight seconds from power on to reach full brightness.

“Casio is proud to provide its state-of-the-art projectors to “G” By Guess store locations,” said Matt Mustachio, general manager of Casio’s Business Projector Division. “We know our units will reduce operating costs for the stores and create an inviting digital atmosphere for customers.  We look forward to building upon our relationship with “G” By Guess as they continue to upgrade locations nationwide.”

For additional information on Casio’s portfolio of LampFree®projectors, please visit www.CasioLampFree.com.

For more information about Pro-Motion Technology Group please visit www.pro-motionamerica.com

 

About Casio America, Inc.

Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casiousa.com.

 

About Casio LampFree® Projectors

Casio’s portfolio of LampFree® projectors combines a laser, a fluorescent element and an LED light to deliver a mercury-free hybrid light source that lasts up to 20,000 hours while sustaining a high brightness and keeping maintenance costs to a minimum.  Casio has four series of LampFree® projectors – Slim, Signature, Pro and Short Throw – that are available for home, business, education and commercial applications. For additional information on Casio’s projector series and LampFree® technology, please visit: www.CasioLampFree.com.

Biamp Systems Selected for University of Oregon’s Hatfield-Dowlin Football Complex

AudiaFLEX and Nexia(R) CS provide digital signal processing for technologically advanced collegiate sports facility more

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