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HARMAN’s JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors Prove “Pitch Perfect” for Music Mixer Joseph Magee

NORTHRIDGE, California — Music mixer Joseph Magee, whose impressive credits include Saving Mr. Banks, Pitch Perfect, High Fidelity, Into the Wild, The Muppets, Spider-man 3 and many more, is currently on location in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, mixing music for the feature film, Pitch Perfect 2. For this music-heavy project, Magee is putting HARMAN’s JBL Professional flagship large-format M2 Master Reference Monitors to the test. Recently signed by Hollywood’s TODD-SOUNDELUX, where he is responsible for the company’s expanding music services, Magee chose the M2 system for projects at TODD-SOUNDELUX’s Hollywood facility. For Pitch Perfect 2, Magee transported his JBL M2 monitors along with a pair of JBL LSR308 studio monitors to Baton Rouge, where the film is in production. The music recording studio for the project was built specifically for the film in an existing 4-story warehouse structure.

With the objective of recording 95 percent of all the on-camera a cappella performances in a new, untested studio environment, Magee relies on the M2’s ability to provide exceptional performance in any production environment. “I’ve been using the M2 monitors in my music dub room at TODD-SOUNDELUX and I’m now getting accustomed to using them on the road,” Magee said. “I think a lot of people perceive the M2’s as monitors that are meant to be permanently installed in a control room, tuned to the room and then left alone. But the reality is these loudspeakers sound great out of the box, so taking them to Baton Rouge was an easy decision.” With the dynamic range needed for film production yet with a footprint of only 20 feet wide by 14 feet deep, the M2 is finding its way into smaller rooms where traditional cinema speakers are prohibitive. With included room EQ, the M2 system can deliver accurate response in any mix environment.

Having used other large-format studio monitors, in Magee’s opinion, JBL’s patented-pending Image Control Waveguide, coupled with JBL’s patented low-distortion D2 high-frequency driver sets the M2 apart from the pack. “The waveguide is so darn fast, I’m hearing things I haven’t heard before in my mixes and I’m hearing things differently—in a good way,” he said. “At the TODD-SOUNDELUX facilities, all the engineers who have come through have been shocked at how authoritative these M2 loudspeakers are and they’ve been amazed at the clarity of the system.”

In addition to the M2 system, Magee uses a pair of JBL’s powered 3 Series LSR308 studio monitors as his near-field listening system. In a portable, “bookshelf”-size format, and available at an entry-level price, the 3 Series studio monitors share the Image Control Waveguide technology developed for the M2 to provide detailed imaging. “In all honesty, when I was first auditioning the M2 system at TODD-SOUNDELUX, I didn’t fully understand what I was working with,” Magee noted. “But then I worked with the 308 monitors at home and it all clicked for me. I simply wasn’t used to the imaging and level of detail these speakers provide.”

To further meet Magee’s needs, JBL custom-designed a panel in its HARMAN HiQnet System Architect™ software that enables Magee to quickly create a simple, 4-band Room EQ in the DSP of the Crown I-Tech 5000 HD amplifiers being used to power the system.

Looking towards the future, Magee sees no boundaries for the M2. “I envision a lot of opportunities for different applications with the M2,” he said.

For more information on Joseph Magee, please visit his IMDB page at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0535848/

For more information on TODD-SOUNDELUX, please visit www.toddsoundelux.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.

iGAD Productions Chooses Raptor Lightware HDMI Matrix Router for Exactech Exhibit

ECS-Raptor from HRS Control, a UDC Pro Embedded Control Server, played a key role in the Exactech exhibit at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery’s (AAOS) 2014 annual meeting in New Orleans.

Exactech is a fast-growing global innovator of bone and joint restoration products. The AAOS marked the introduction of ExactechGPS Guided Personalized Surgery, the first advanced surgical technology to provide a realtime, patient-specific solution in total knee arthroplasty. The cornerstone of Exactech’s exhibit was a surgical skills demo area that allowed surgeons to gain hands-on experience with ExactechGPS.

Grant Gaddis of iGAD Productions, an AV rental house based in Snellville, Georgia, was introduced to HRS Control at an earlier trade show where he found the UDC technology to be “really cool.” He remembered it when he was tasked with meeting the needs of Exactech’s AAOS exhibit.

“It’s the first time I’ve rolled out Raptor on a show,” he says. “It was great for the client and great for me to have such a user-friendly set up in one workstation.”

The Exactech exhibit featured two 55-inch monitors on the show floor and four 40-inch monitors on a front truss all positioned in a corner of the booth. The Lightware HDMI router’s four inputs were from the Exactech computer system, which showed what the surgical instruments were doing; a live camera feed; an animated demo video; and a general marketing video. The Raptor, which provided end user control of switching the Lightware HDMI router and monitors, interface was an Apple iPad customized for Exactech by iGAD using the UDC Software from HRS Control.

“The iPad screen had the company logo on it and five dummy-proof buttons that turned green when selected,” says Gaddis. “The button options were a full demo; a limited demo; stand-by mode for in-between shows, a ticker, and the marketing video and animation.”

Presenters had mics to talk about the ExactechGPS process and benefits. Thirty to 60 surgeon attendees gathered to watch each demo. “When there was a full demo, the demonstrator switched one big monitor on the GPS product and one on the camera feed,” says Gaddis. “We staggered the other monitors with the same two feeds. The presenter, armed with the iPad, could also do short, impromptu demos for attendees configuring them for one monitor while the rest of the monitors showed other feeds. Or they could press a button to switch all six monitors to show the animated surgery video or the marketing video.”

Gaddis reports that the programming interface was “great – very graphic and command-driven. I really liked the number of preprogrammed command sets. We could network in other display and switching devices, gather it all onto a control server and have all the control from a laptop and iPad.”

Gaddis saved time on site by doing all the programming at the iGAD Productions office. “We came to the show and everything worked. It was great, very solid.”

For the Exactech exhibit he also deployed a Lightware 8×8 HDMI matrix router; Lightware U.S.A., a sister company of HRS Control, is the US distributor for Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering products.

“It was bullet-proof,” Gaddis says. “All the command sets for it are already built into the Raptor and UDC Software. I could just go to a dropdown menu in the Raptor software, pick the router input and output for the macro. No coding had to be done.”

About HRS Control

High Resolution Systems known as HRS Control is a company with a strong systems engineering and applications background. Its founders have decades of experience in the audio visual rental and staging industry, broadcast applications, A/V installations and system design. This combined experience allows them to provide the highest possible quality solutions to its customers in the most efficient manner. For more information, visit www.hrscontrol.com.

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FUX PRODUCTIONS TAKES METRIC HALO PLUG-INS AND INTERFACE THROUGHOUT THE FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE

LYON, FRANCE – APRIL 2014: Still remarkably early in his career, Julien Collier wears many hats as a musician and sound engineer. He is a multi-instrumentalist, a composer, and an arranger; he is a sound designer, a producer, and a director; he is a recording engineer, a mix engineer, and a mastering engineer; and he is a live tech, a FOH engineer, and a monitor engineer. On the side, he works as a music coach and artist developer! Collier borrowed his alias, Fux, for the production house he established in Lyon, France. Fux Productions contains a recording studio, a composing studio, and a rehearsal room, along with Collier’s extensive industry connections. Clients have access to professional musicians of all stripes, composers, sound engineers, producers, videographers, and more. Across all those wide and varied activities, Collier relies on his Metric Halo 2882 interface and Metric Halo plug-ins for almost everything. They are his pro audio equivalent of a Swiss Army knife!

Collier’s list of clients includes many French independent labels, as well as majors such as Sony, Universal, and Warner. A few of his most recent studio projects include work with Romain Ughetto, Chasing After Time, 99 Ways to Die, and Green Money. For all of those projects, he served as producer, tracking engineer, mix engineer, and mastering engineer, and on many of them he also helped with composition and performance. “A lot of important decisions are made during the tracking,” he said. “It is critical to get the recording into the computer in the best way possible because once it becomes digital, it stays digital. I use my Metric Halo 2882 for everything. It has excellent preamps and flexible input and output routing. It’s just as useful in the studio as it is on stage, where I often use the 2882 to mix in-ear monitors. The software and hardware is very stable, and I am comfortable using it live without a problem.”

Collier’s appreciation for the 2882 made him curious about Metric Halo’s other products and inspired him to get the company’s Production Bundle, which is a complete collection of Metric Halo plug-ins. “Like the 2882, the Production Bundle is now completely integrated into my workflow,” he said. “I use Metric Halo plug-ins on everything and in every situation. They are very flexible and allow me to handle everything from subtle track correction to creative coloration and effects. I use ChannelStrip 3 to clean up my tracks with equalization, compression, and filtering. I love that the plug-in has a great deal of precision – when I adjust a parameter, I really feel it directly. The Character plug-in models different signal paths and gives me a great sound that I use all the time. I use two variants of HaloVerb on most of my productions, which combine together nicely without using a lot of DSP resources. I use the Precision DeEsser on all my vocals and on other shrill instruments, like keyboards or hi-hat. Finally, I use the Transient Control on all of my percussion and drum tracks which gives me fine-grain control of dynamics, attack, and power. It’s also often useful on acoustic and electric guitars and is a lot more reactive than other plug-ins of its type.”

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

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HEAVY MELODY MUSIC PRAISES THE BOX® BY API AN “ALL-IN-ONE SOLUTION FOR COMPOSERS”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 2014: Located in the heart of Manhattan, Heavy Melody Music composes original tracks for film and video game trailers, designs sound and music for video games and television, and functions as a post-production facility. Four friends run the studio, as well as software development company Heavyocity Media – a resource for composers and sound designers looking for production-ready musical and sound design elements. Producing for both companies requires a wide range of technical audio needs, which is why each of Heavy Melody’s composing rooms uses THE BOX®, the latest recording and mixing innovation from API.

Heavy Melody was founded in 2003 by Dave Fraser and Neil Goldberg as a new music and sound design company focusing on video game audio and music for advertising. Today, the team focuses on original music for motion picture advertising and video game trailers. “As soon as the release of THE BOX was announced, I was running around the studio showing the guys what it was. We HAD to get them,” recalls Neil. “We saw THE BOX as a solution to getting a really big sound in a small footprint, with a lot of the great features found in large format consoles.”

The studio has three albums out, and also creates custom trailer and spot work, as well as dialog casting and recording for games and TV spots. Much of the sound capturing and mixing for Heavyocity’s “DM-307” virtual instrument was done through THE BOX, as well as some custom revisions for tracks on the trailer album God Machine. “We noticed a significant difference in punch and depth, said Neil. “Running the analog synth percussion sound through THE BOX produced some amazingly heavy tones with a great, transparent top.”

The group isn’t a stranger to API, and has used the brand’s microphone pre’s for previous projects. Among the studio’s favorite feature on THE BOX is the Talkback system. “THE BOX has all of my favorite features rolled into one with the API sound,” said Neil. “I was excited that it had four mic/line input channels with the 500 Series EQ, a stereo bus compressor, and a sixteen-input summing mixer with sends/inserts and the headroom and character of API.”

“It has a great bottom end,” shares partner, composer, and sound designer Ari Winters. “The sound that comes out is punchy, yet transparent. With sixteen channels, you get a ton of headroom, that comes together nicely with the on-board compressor.”

While compact in size compared to a larger format studio console, THE BOX is capable of seeing projects through from start to finish, which is something Ari appreciates. “It’s an all-in-one solution for us as composers. It allows us to have multiple computers linked together, spitting out a ton of stems at very high output levels. Also, we now have the ability to monitor and record live microphones without ‘in the box’ latency.”

Co-Founder Dave Fraser sums it up easily, “What can we say, THE BOX is a beast.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608 and THE BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

(PHOTO CAPTIONS) IMAGE 1: The crew at Heavy Melody from left to right: Ari Winters, George Valavanis, Neil Goldberg, and Dave Fraser. IMAGE 2: Co-Founder/Composer/Sound Designer Dave Fraser’s room.

Martin Audio AQs Excel At Amble Links Holiday Park


Country and leisure park operators Park Leisure recently undertook a major upgrade of its Amble Links ‘owners-only’ holiday park on the Northumberland, England coast.

Preferred AV integrators Promotiontime NE carried out the technology design and outfitting of its main entertainment areas, The Links Owners Only Bar & Entertainment Lounge and refurbished Old Storehouse restaurant/bar, exclusively using a Martin Audio AQ solution for all of its requirements.

Brian Graham, who took over Promotiontime NE ten years ago, has been a frequent user of Martin Audio systems over the years, particularly the Blackline series, but the compact AQ architectural range has opened up a number of new opportunities for him.

“Martin Audio is generally our ‘go to’ brand for most requirements above a basic bar, and I would probably have specified Blackline again for the entertainment room. But when we heard the AQ series, we knew this would be equal to the demands of the room.”

The stage system needed to reinforce small acts, as well as a resident DJ and karaoke, but also needed to be used for larger performances when required.

After sampling the AQ series Graham specified a pair of AQ28’s, with dual 8in drivers, one each side of the stage, as the main front-facing PA with an AQ10 on each wing providing outfills. Recessed into the stage on each side is an AQ215 (2×15) bass enclosure with a 42-way patch so that incoming productions carrying their own mixing console can plug straight in and override the house desk.

The Old Storehouse is divided into two areas; a restaurant and bar, with background music fed to eight AQ6 in the main restaurant and a pair of AQ5s in the overspill/annex area, while the dedicated bar area is served by an additional combination of AQ8, AQ6 and pair of AQ112 (1×12) subs.

The music extends to the outside patio area where Brian Graham has specified four Martin Audio C115 surface-mount weather-resistant speakers.

The entire system is powered by Martin Audio MA5.2K, MA4.8Q and MA2.8Q amplifiers and fed by a 16×16 audio routing matrix, which allows any sound source to be switched to any zone via the Martin Audio Engineer 818 DSP. Limiting and EQ settings are also stored in the Engineer, with inputs recalled and switched between the different operating modes via the Control4 audio and lighting environmental control platform (linked to Mode dimming packs for the lighting).

The installation needed to offer ease of use and the site is configured so that all audio and vision can be switched and controlled from two touch screens, one located in the main bar and the other in the performance area, to allow intuitive use throughout the complex.

In summary, Brian Graham confirmed, “In addition to raising the performance level, we had to make the installation look sleek which the AQ certainly does. And with only around 10 ft. ceiling height in the entertainment room, we are able to run the AQ28s in landscape orientation, flush against the ceiling. It was the perfect solution.

“Everything works seamlessly; the client is absolutely delighted, the feedback has been great and we have had nothing but positive comments.”

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

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

WorldStage Lighting Package Sparks Fred Bock’s design for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

When Jimmy Fallon assumed the role of host of the iconic “Tonight Show” it meant more than a change in the man behind the desk. “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” now originates from 30 Rockefeller Center where lighting designer Fred Bock, of Ferri Lighting Design & Associates (FLDA), has created a new look in NBC’s upgraded Studio 6B. WorldStage supported Bock’s design with an extensive studio and band lighting package featuring some of the latest fixtures on the market.

They include Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20, the innovative, LED-based moving lights, Clay Paky Alpha Profile 800 STs and Clay Paky Sharpy Washes for band lighting.

“One of the biggest challenges for WorldStage was managing the logistics of obtaining the newest technology our industry has to offer without disrupting the studio installation schedule,” says Drew DeCorleto, director of lighting production at WorldStage. “Many of the fixtures chosen by Fred were still on the assembly line when installation began. A very strong and steady line of communication with the manufacturing vendors was paramount to keeping us on schedule. Since we provided both the sale and rental packages every fixture in the studio passed through the WorldStage lighting shop en route to NBC.”

Bock found that “Drew, [sales project manager] Derek Abbott and everyone at WorldStage gave me complete and total attention every step of the way. I felt that they were my true partners. WorldStage was as invested in the success of ‘The Tonight Show’ moving back to New York as everyone else working on the project.”

Bock’s overall design goals for the show were “keeping the lights as unobtrusive as possible to both the design of the studio space and the camera. This was achieved by keeping lights as high to the grid as possible and backing them off to maintain a flattering angle to light the faces of the talent. Set lighting was approached in a very architectural manner integrating the fixtures into the beams and soffits that were a big part of the lighting design.”

But Bock followed a different mandate for the band lighting. “The Clay Paky B-EYEs are a contradiction to the main design edicts because they are meant to be seen and provide a look for music that was fresh and new,” he says. “The flexibility of the B-EYE makes it a perfect light for effects in the haze, but they can also be used as wash lights in the music set as well.”

The Alpha Profiles serve a similar purpose. “They’re a great light that can be used for effects and beams in the haze, but they can also be used to light talent and scenery thanks to their shutters,” Bock reports. He chose them for “their flat field, size, brightness, shutters and versatility” and positioned some in the grid to be used as back lights and for eye candy shooting into the camera for music. Six are also downstage of the music set where they are used as keys for music and to light scenery for comedy skits.

Bock says the Alpha Spots are “working very well. They transformed the music space for Lady Gaga’s performance giving a high-energy feel that enhanced the number tremendously. They also have been used to light the talent in the performance space and cue cards for sketches.”

DeCorleto says the B-EYEs have “turned out to be a ‘must-have’ light for the show. Using the built in macros, you can utilize all of the impressive effects while only tying up 32 channels per fixture. There is nothing out there like it.”

He calls the Alpha Profiles “probably Clay Paky’s best-kept secret. We demo’d this unit last year for NBC and they’re on the ‘Today Show,’ ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers.’ It’s a terrific arc light with shutters that’s quiet enough to be used in NBC’s smaller studios.”

DeCorleto notes that A.C.T Lighting, the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky lighting fixtures in North America, “was there every step of the way for us during ‘The Tonight Show’ and ‘Late Night’ process and delivered fixtures ahead of schedule. The B-EYE was actually on ‘The Tonight Show’ before they were in any vendor shops; that wouldn’t have been possible without the tremendous support from Brian Dowd and his colleagues at A.C.T Lighting.”

WorldStage also supplied Martin MAC Aura LED Washes for band lighting and an extensive array of fixtures for studio lighting, including ETC Source 4 LED Lustr+s; Prism Profile Juniors; numerous ETC D22, D40 and D60 Lustrs; Prism Studio 3 fresnels; dozens of Chroma-Q Color Force, Studio Force and Color Block fixtures; City Theatrical Beam Benders and ETC Source 4 Minis.

Bock says he “never viewed WorldStage as just the vendor that supplied the gear to us. Drew and everyone else really poured their hearts and souls into insuring a successful launch and load in. They were amazing to work with, and I can’t thank them enough for their support and efforts on our behalf.”

“Fred is consistently on the cutting edge of technology pushing the boundaries of the industry to new heights,” says DeCorleto. “The fixture choices he made are well deserving of their network debut on a stage as grand as ‘The Tonight Show.’ Every step of the way it was a real pleasure working with him.”

At the same time WorldStage was working with Bock, the company was awarded the sale and rental lighting packages for the new “Late Night with Seth Meyers” in NBC’s Studio 8G, which was slated to debut one week after Jimmy Fallon took over hosting duties on “The Tonight Show.”

“That meant delivering another lighting package for another major network late-night show – a lot of pressure, but challenge accepted!” says DeCorleto.

And WorldStage was up to the challenge of meeting the lighting needs of the new show, which rounds out NBC’s dominant late-night schedule. Few companies in the New York area are equipped with an inventory and personnel pool deep enough to service both shows simultaneously.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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SunBriteTV Introduces Outdoor Wireless HD To Backyards Nationwide

THOUSAND OAKS, California— SunBriteTV, manufacturer of the world’s best-selling outdoor television, has broken the wireless HD barrier with a universal outdoor transmitter module for both residential and commercial applications.

Completely weatherproof and wireless, the SunBriteTV Wireless HD Transceiver (SB-HDWT) is capable of transmitting full 1080p HD content to any SunBriteTV within range of 150 feet via an HDMI-in and HDMI-out transceiver. The peripheral device is compatible with all SunBriteTV models as well as other HDMI-featured products.

“Consumers have anxiety regarding wiring and connectivity,” said Tom Dixon, VP of Marketing, SunBriteTV. “The Wireless HD Transceiver makes it easy and painless for both homeowners and professional installers to send a high-definition signal to an outdoor TV—anywhere in the backyard living space.”

“In some instances, running hard wiring can be difficult, time consuming, and costly to the homeowner. Custom integrators now have a simple, cost-effective solution to address problem installations,” said Dixon. “In that sense, this product will make outdoor TV even more accessible to thousands of homeowners.”

The SB-HDWT carries an MSRP of $595 and is available through SunBriteTV’s Authorized Dealer Network or online at www.sunbritetv.com.

Designed for permanent installation outdoors, SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions are superior to indoor televisions when it comes to both safety and performance. Specialized gaskets and insulated electronics keep all wiring safe from every kind of natural element from moisture to insects. All models function flawlessly in temperatures spanning -24 to 122°F and feature ruggedized exteriors that can handle any climate. The bright, anti-glare screens are specially designed to deliver bright HD images outdoors, day or night.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.sunbritetv.com or call the sales department directly at 866.357.8688.

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About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV engineers and manufactures award-winning televisions and displays built specifically for outdoor use. SunBriteTV developed the industry’s first all-weather TV in 2004 and its products have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arenas, restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, and airports. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

Cinemark Chooses Christie Vive Audio Cinema Solution for Cinemark’s Starcreek 16 in Allen, Texas

Christie®, a dominant brand in the digital cinema projection market, today announced that Cinemark Theatres has installed the Christie Vive Audio™ cinema sound system in its state-of-the-art Cinemark XD: Extreme Digital Cinema auditorium at the Cinemark StarCreek 16 in Allen, Texas. The 282-seat premium auditorium, which includes Auro 11.1 by Barco audio platform, features a huge, wall-to-wall screen and plush seating for maximum comfort; and now, Christie’s leading-edge immersive line array technology that makes every seat the best seat in the house.

“We applaud Cinemark for adding a critical piece of the cinema experience with the decision to install our Christie Vive Audio solution in their premium XD Auditoriums,” said Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. “We believe the performance of our line array speaker technology provides a great audio experience to their XD guests, in every seat.”

Christie Vive Audio System

The innovative Christie Vive Audio system unlocks the full potential of the DCI digital cinema audio format and supports leading formats such as Auro 11.1, Dolby® Atmos™, 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound. It is comprised of wall and ceiling surround speakers that use unique ribbon driver technology in a line array design, purpose-built for cinema environments. Christie Vive Audio speakers featured at the Cinemark XD: Extreme Digital Cinema auditorium include the Christie LA3 series for screen channels, wall and ceiling surrounds and the Christie S218 subwoofer.

“We are excited to add the Christie Vive Audio solution to our Cinema XD auditorium,” said Damian Wardle, SVP Theatres Technology & Presentation at Cinemark. “Offering the ultimate in immersive cinema sound is part of Cinemark’s commitment to bringing the highest quality movie-going experience to all our guests.”

Phil Hacker, director of Presentation at Cinemark added, “We continue to seek out and bring the latest technology to our guests and the new generation of immersive sound is the differentiating factor. For Cinemark, Christie Vive Audio continues that objective and allows us to take full advantage of powerful immersive technology such as Auro 11.1, to bring our guests a movie-viewing experience that is also unmatched for its audio clarity.”

Recognized for their exceptional timbre matching, enhanced voice intelligibility, and low distortion, the Christie Vive Audio speakers’ unique line array design increases the optimal-listening area up to four times that of the standard point source systems. The complete Christie Vive Audio solution includes ceiling surrounds, wall surrounds, screen channel speakers, subwoofers, and Class D amplifiers. The system is ideal for traditional and premium large-format auditoriums, as well as postproduction studios and screening rooms.

For more information on Christie’s new audio initiatives, visit www.viveaudio.com.

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Lighting Designer Ira Levy Selects Clay Paky Fixtures for H&M Flagship Store in Times Square

When Swedish retail giant H&M opened its newest US flagship store in Times Square, lighting designer Ira Levy selected Clay Paky Sharpy and A.leda Wash K10 LED-based lights to enhance the store’s futuristic, high-tech look. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky fixtures in North America.

The H&M Times Square branch encompasses 42,000 square feet and has a number of tech-savvy features, including a mezzanine with Social Media Lounge, 7,000 square feet of LED screens, a 53-foot glitter wall, interactive mannequins and a virtual runway for shoppers. Lady Gaga cut the ribbon to open the new store and spent time with 20 lucky shoppers who had waited overnight in line for the privilege of being the first through the doors.

“The idea was for the store to appear as if shoppers were coming to a New Year’s Eve party 24 hours a day,” says Ira Levy who heads New York City-based Levy Lighting | NYC. “The flagship store is located across from where the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, and it has a club environment with lots of glitter and reflective surfaces. We use moving lights to add energy to the retail experience and shoot the lights against all the reflective surfaces, almost like a stylized mirror ball.”

Levy has employed Sharpys and A.ledas in the space. “The ceiling height is about 60 feet, so we wanted to have a light that is able to punch through the ambient light in a highly-illuminated space. But we also needed to hit all the way to the ground floor. Sharpy gives me that,” he says.

Levy was also looking for a fixture “with a very long lamp life. We have scheduled maintenance four times a year based on calculating Sharpy’s lamp life,” he explains.

The A.leda Washes give Levy the option of color washes in that same area. “The zoom gives me a lot of range,” says Levy. “I’m able to have tight beams for long throws and wider beams to illuminate shorter distances. I wanted color out of an automated light and something that had a long maintenance life, and I get both from the A.ledas.”

The lighting designer reports that he’s been “very happy” with both fixtures, which are “working great” in the high-profile store. “I used to work with Clay Paky and know the quality and reliability of the units. A lot of companies make [moving light] fixtures, but I wanted top quality motors and have been happy with Clay Paky’s in the past. I’m very happy with their performance.”

Levy was also impressed with A.C.T Lighting’s customer service. “They’ve been great, really supportive with very good back up,” he reports. “A.C.T staff members have been very responsive to everything and always available to me. I’ve never had to wait for anything.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, commented, “The A.ledas and Sharpys work very well together in the H&M store and we’re honored to have been chosen to help illuminate this retail institution.”

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ICE Cable Systems Receives HDBaseT Certification on Cat5e and Cat6 Products

The certification propels the brand towards a leadership position in the CEDIA channel and further cements its value proposition of high-performance yet cost-effective structured wiring solutions

Los Angeles, CA – April 7, 2014 – ICE Cable Systems today announced that its Cat5e and Cat6 cables have received HDBaseT certification. This means the products perform to specs as defined by the HDBaseT Alliance.

According to ICE Cable President Brian Rizzo, the certification serves to propel the company towards a leadership position of HDBaseT Cat 5e/6 cable solutions in the CEDIA channel. It also further cements the brand’s value proposition of delivering high-performance yet cost-effective solutions.

HDBaseT
HDBaseT is a connectivity standard for whole-home and commercial distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content. The cornerstone of HDBaseT technology is 5Play™, a feature set that converges uncompressed full HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, power over cable and various control signals through a single LAN cable.

”With HDBaseT, installers are running video, audio, ethernet, control and power all on one cable, all of which requires equipment “handshakes” on each end. We want to help installers do it right the first time so they can move onto other areas of the job,” says Rizzo. “ICE Cable has spared no expense in the making of our product, from the quality and quantity of copper and compounds we use, to our tangle-free dispensers,” says Rizzo.

ICE Cable HDBaseT Products Feature Set
ICE Cable Systems’ HDBaseT-certified Cat5e and Cat6 cables are sold in bulk cartons of 1,000 feet/ 305 meters. For installation convenience the cartons incorporate REELEX II® payout technology which delivers tangle-free pulls and according to Rizzo also contributes to signal performance. The wire is also UL listed, ETL verified and RoHS compliant.

Where to Purchase ICE Cable
ICE Cable Systems has more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally. Integrators can locate distributors in their area by visiting http://www.icecable.com/where-to-buy or by calling ICE Cable Systems at 310.444.1950.

About ICE Cable Systems
Founded in 2004 by president Brian Rizzo, ICE Cable Systems is a leading manufacturer of premium low-voltage wire and cable products serving the Audio Video, Alarm and Security, Commercial, Electrical Contracting and Data Center channels. The company’s products are available to integrators both directly and through more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally. ICE Cable’s success is driven by ingenuity and its desire to make superior products that offer more value to installers. www.icecable.com

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