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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.

FUJINON Lenses Selected By Production Company Delivering National Feed of Winter Games and Paralympics to Russia

292 FUJINON HD Lenses Supplied Through Sony Moscow and Broadcast Solutions

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division, has announced that it is a major lens supplier to Russian video production company ANO Sports Broadcasting (also known as Panorama), for production of the country’s national HDTV feed of the Winter Games and Paralympic Games in Sochi. A total of 292 FUJINON lenses were provided to ANO SportsBroadcasting by Sony Moscow and the UK-based dealer Broadcast Solutions. The Sochi 2014 Winter Games started on February 7th and continue through February 23, 2014. The Sochi Paralympics run from March 7-16th.

Included among the large complement are: 20 XA101x8.9BESM-TK telephoto field lenses, 41 XA88x8.8BESM telephoto field lenses, 24 HA42x9.7BERD telephoto ENG-Style lenses, 53 HA14x4.5BERD wide-angle ENG/EFP lenses, and 54 ZA22x7.6BERD telephoto remote-controlled lenses. The lenses will be used by several major European and Russian outside broadcast companies.

During the entirety of the Winter Games and Paralympic Games, Fujifilm’s Optical Devices Division will have an engineer available at its technical center to support FUJINON lens customers. The company’s Russian and German offices will also be available for customer support during the Sochi Winter and Paralympic Games.

The technical support center is located at:

Adler district

Staronasypnaya str., 22

Business Center Plaza

Sochi, Russia

Hours of operation for the center during the Winter Games are from 9:00 a.m. through 18:00 p.m. The center was opened on January 2 and will remain in operation until February 25th. It will be open during the same hours to support customers broadcasting the Paralympic Games from March 6 through March 16th.

Service center phone numbers during the Winter Games:
Nikolay Zharov +79688474071 (for Russian and English speakers)
Lars Gehring +491735242211 (German and English)

Service center phone number for Paralympic broadcasters:
Nikolay Zharov +79688474071 (Russian and English)
Contact information for German speakers will be announced at a later date.

Throughout both events, the Russian and German offices of FUJIFILM’s Optical Devices Division will also be available to support customers:
Russian office central number : +7(495)797-3512 (Russian, English)
German office phone number : +49-(0)211-5089 8950 (German, Japanese, English)

A general email address is also available for customers broadcasting the events – optical_service@fujifilm.eu.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visitwww.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

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Landmark Building Converts to Mattorosso Restaurant & Live Bar, Sporting HARMAN’s JBL Professional Loudspeakers and a Soundcraft Digital Console

MONTEBELLUNA, Italy – A landmark industrial building in the quiet Italian town of Montebelluna (TV), previously used as a tobacco drying plant, has been lovingly converted into the Mattorosso KMØ Restaurant & Live Bar by Spolverato Umberto and Bressan Lorella, owners of the architecturally superb (and historically significant) edifice. The building also incorporates one of Italy’s biggest MI shops, Esse Music Store.

The conversion has been implemented with the help of a technical infrastructure masterminded by HARMAN Professional distributors, Leading Technologies, and featuring many of the corporation’s premier brands.

Venue managers Manuel and Claudio recall that when they first visited the site at the end of 2011 the brickwork was scored by lime and black carbon; but they say that thereafter “the building’s owners spared no effort or commitment in reconditioning the building and making it fit for purpose.”

Leading Technologies soon became involved in the project and put together an industry-standard sound reinforcement specification within the budget for the 300-capacity venue. Consultant, Paolo Michelini, discussed the design in conjunction with Leading Technologies’ engineers and the building was divided into two indoor zones and one external, ensuring that the sound generated in the live room could also be distributed evenly outdoors.

“The concept was straightforward,” says Leading Technologies’ product specialist, Marco Roveri. “We looked at the project and listened to the owners’ ideas before making our recommendations.”

At the main industrial entrance they have suspended four JBL Control 67P/T pendant loudspeakers from the pitched corrugated roof; these incorporate a large enclosure and high-power 6.5” transducer for extended bass and high-fidelity performance, while the large RBI Radiation Boundary Integrator™ provides outstanding pattern control, which can allow fewer speakers to cover a venue.

In the main live room Leading Technologies specified four JBL VRX932LAP powered, compact 12″ two-way line-array elements, flown two per side, and four ground-stacked VRX918SP bass reflex subs, recessed back into the stage. PRX612 self-powered 12″, two-way speakers and PRX415 15” two-way speaker are used for stage monitoring (with two of the latter deployed for drum fills).

Sound engineers also enjoy the presence of a Soundcraft house desk. Leading Technologies recommended the popular Soundcraft Si Expression 2 console, featuring 24 recallable mic pre amps, and MADI optical card expansion, with I/O capacity extended via a Compact Stagebox (32/16).

All the sound is under the management of a dbx DriveRack 260 although Marco Roveri confirms that future plans are for the sound to be routed to a recording studio in another part of the building. To complete the roster of HARMAN Professional brands on display AKG K 240 MKII Professional Studio headphones have been provided for the sound engineers.

Summing up, Roveri says, “Many companies competed for this contract as they wanted to work in that prestigious building, but the owners chose Leading Technologies for the brands they represent and the back-up they knew they would get. They are extremely happy with the result … as were we, when we heard the system fired up on the opening night.”

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.

Donal Hodgson Adds Bite to Sting’s Sound with HARMAN’s AKG K812 Reference Headphones

ANAHEIM, California – Donal Hodgson is an award-winning sound engineer who boasts an impressive list of credits, including Sting, Primal Scream, Jeff Beck, the La’s and more. Most recently, Hodgson recorded Ronnie Wood’s performance at BluesFest 2013 at the Royal Albert Hall, with special guests Bobby Womack, Mick Hucknall and Paul Weller. Based in the United Kingdom, Hodgson recently upgraded his recording setup with HARMAN’s new AKG K812 headphones.

“The K812 headphones are amazing,” Hodgson said. “They’re incredibly comfortable, and although they felt quite heavy when compared to my long-standing headphones, wearing them is a different story. I hardly noticed I had them on.”

Even more important than the comfort of the K812 headphones, Hodgson notes their world-class sound quality. “I am really impressed with their performance,” he said. “I’m hearing detail on the headphones I simply don’t hear on my speakers. I am now worried to listen to some of my old mixes because I’m afraid I’ll hear lots of stuff that I’ll want to fix!”

The K812 offers an oversized 53mm driver for the highest dynamic range ever in an AKG headphone. Its copper-covered aluminum voice coil extends sounds beyond the limits of human hearing, hitting a full spectrum of frequencies. Each K812 is built for comfort with a fast, adjustable headband and extremely soft ear pads to ensure comfort in any application, for extended periods of time. It also features a new open-back design optimized for pristine and natural sound.

Hodgson added that he is planning on recording with Sting this week. “I’ll take the K812s with me and see if I can make him jealous!”

In fact, Hodgson plans on taking the K812s wherever he goes. “I have a feeling the K812s will always be close by wherever I am working,” he concluded. “They are the new standard in sonic excellence.”

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.

Hubei Business News Channel Network Employs Soundcraft Vi4 Digital Console for Broadcast Production

HUBEI, China – As Hubei’s top-ranked network in revenue for eight consecutive years, Hubei Business News Channel Network covers the entire Hubei province and has arguably the strongest influence of all media of Hubei. Recently, to accommodate its HD broadcasting, the network upgraded to a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi4 digital mixing console.

The console is configured with 32 mic line inputs, 32 EAS/EBU digital inputs and 16 analog outputs. The audio equipment was supplied and integrated by HARMAN distributor ACE.

“The main reason we selected the Soundcraft Vi4 model for this project is because it serves as the perfect balance between price and performance that the network was looking for,” said Rico Fung, VP of Broadcasting at ACE. “Also, the touchscreen interface helps the workflow of operators during live broadcasting, as there are many things to monitor.”

Operators of the network prefer the Soundcraft Vi4 mainly due to its value per dollar, ease of use and scalability of the system. It uses the Vistonics™ touchscreen interface in order to monitor and control input parameters and output channels. This increases the amount of control during live broadcasts, as everything is displayed clearly and intuitively. The sound is processed by the SCore Live DSP engine, providing superb signal quality.

“The Vi4 changes the concept of digital mixing consoles; having all this processing power as well as the intuitive layout allows the operator to focus solely on the mixing. After some general testing, we believe it is much easier to use when compared to our previous digital mixing console, making live broadcasting effortless,” Fung said.

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.

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