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Press Releases For : December 11, 2014

Matrox Monarch HD Streaming and Recording Appliance Now Offers Automatic Configuration Tools

AV integrators and video delivery platform developers can easily integrate powerful and economical Monarch HD H.264 encoders to provide a unified, consistent and branded user experience

Matrox® Video today announced the immediate availability of automatic configuration tools for the popular Matrox Monarch™ HD streaming and recording appliance. AV integrators and video delivery platform developers can use the powerful tools to design a single device management interface for detecting, configuring, and controlling Monarch HD units in remote locations using easy-to-develop XML information sets that can be viewed by any text editor or displayed in any webpage.

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For example, specialized CDNs and video platform providers who wish to offer a branded plug-and-play user experience can use the new automatic configuration tools to give their customers a very simple installation procedure. The customer would just insert a USB key containing the customized automatic configuration file, boot the new Monarch HD and be ready to stream at exactly the right settings.

Similarly, IT administrators in corporate and education environments with deployments of multiple Monarch HD units on a network can use the new tools to manage all of the units from a single application or portal. Streaming and recording parameters need not be set by each individual user.

“We have been approached by many organizations who love the feature set and economical price point of Monarch HD but who want to integrate it more completely within their own video management platforms,” said Dan Maloney, technical marketing manager, Matrox Video. “
“The new automatic configuration tools give these solution providers an easy way to offer a powerful H.264 encoder with a superior user experience.”

Matrox Monarch HD is a small, easy-to-use H.264 encoder designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, USB drive, or network-mapped drive.

See Matrox Monarch HD in action at 2015 tradeshows including ISE (Amsterdam, Feb. 10–12, stand 11-F68), BVE (London, Feb. 24–26, stand J19) and NAB (Las Vegas, April 13–16, booth SL5817).

Price and availability
Priced at $995 US (€799, £699) not including local taxes and delivery, Matrox Monarch HD is available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. The new automatic configuration tools are enabled in Monarch HD firmware release 2.1.1, which is now available to registered users as a free download from the Matrox website.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of 4K, HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a-box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, live event producers, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

Matrox at Intersec 2015 — Safety and Security Products to be Showcased

Matrox C-Series multi-display graphics cards and Mura MPX video wall controller boards will be featured in live demonstrations

At Intersec 2015 (Dubai, Jan. 18–20) Matrox® Graphics will demonstrate new Matrox C-Series multi-display graphics cards and field-proven Matrox Mura MPX video wall controller boards on value added distributor NIT’s (Network Information Technology LLC) stand. Show attendees are invited to visit stand SA-J12 to see how the latest Matrox products can be used to capture and display video and data in fire and rescue, homeland security, policing, commercial security, and other security and safety control rooms

Matrox C-Series multi-display graphics cards deliver outstanding performance, stability, and usability to power video management systems and small-scale display walls in security, control room, digital signage, enterprise, industrial, A/V, and embedded system applications. C-Series cards feature 2 GB of on-board memory and secure mini DisplayPort connectivity. Matrox C680 supports up to six 4K/UHD displays. More displays can be supported by inserting two C680 cards into a system. The board-to-board framelock feature ensures synchronization of all displays to reduce tearing on digital signage and video walls. Matrox C420 is the fastest quad card with passive cooling for increased reliability and silent operation. At Intersec 2015, a C420 card will run a Milestone Xprotect® video management software (VMS) viewing station in a 2×2 configuration of desktop displays.

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Matrox Mura MPX Series capture and display boards feature flexible inputs and high-quality outputs allowing AV integrators, system builders and equipment manufacturers to easily and cost- effectively build high-density video wall controller systems supporting custom video walls with up to 56 inputs and outputs. Exceptional-quality scaling, switching and compositing of source content is easily managed through intuitive software control options including Matrox MuraControl™, third-party software and simple integration with existing AV control systems. The latest Mura Network API allows software developers to build their own powerful video wall control solutions for Mura-based video walls. At Intersec 2015, Mura boards will be used to capture and display multiple feeds on a 2×2 video wall, including workstations running security software. Layout creation and switching between presets will be managed using MuraControl for Windows®. A Matrox P690 graphics card will be used alongside Mura MPX to power an independent console display.

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About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a global manufacturer of reliable, high-quality ASICs, boards, appliances, and software. Backed by in-house design expertise and dedicated customer support, Matrox products deliver stellar capture, extension, distribution, and display. Engineering high-quality products since 1976, Matrox technology is trusted by professionals and partners worldwide. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

Vitec Group Acquires SmallHD

Company Brings Quality Field Monitors To Vitec Product line-up

LONDON (December 11, 2014) – The Vitec Group today announced that it has acquired SmallHD, the North Carolina company known for its high-quality, high-definition, on-camera field monitors used by videographers, cinematographers, camera assistants and other creative professionals across the filmmaking world. SmallHD will be incorporated into the Vitec Group’s Videocom division, complementing its existing brands.

SmallHD pioneered the design and manufacture of rugged, future-proofed field monitors based on the company’s experience in production, collaborations with other filmmakers, and from extensive customer feedback. SmallHD’s association with the Vitec Group will enable it to bring a new range of innovative monitors to customers.

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“With the rapid increase of independent filmmakers and videographers, the need for quality, high-performing, end-to-end solutions has never been stronger,” said Vitec Videocom CEO Matt Danilowicz. “There is definite synergy between SmallHD and Vitec Videocom, especially given that their pioneering drive matches our own. The acquisition enables us to offer another set of professional and innovative solutions for the production workflow, and takes us a step closer to fully addressing the needs of this expanding and exciting market.”

SmallHD was officially founded in 2009 by Wes Phillips and Dale Backus. The pair, along with a group of friends, had been creating spots for local businesses and entered the Doritos-sponsored Crash The Super Bowl contest with a spot entitled Live the Flavor. The resulting notoriety from winning brought national work in for the team. The demand to complete increasingly higher-calibre work made the SmallHD creatives and production crew aware of a need for better tools. Rather than buying off-the-shelf solutions, they were inspired to create them, specifically field monitors. The DP6 field monitor, their first mainstream product, not only met their own high standards but was immediately sought after by other filmmakers. When SmallHD won an unprecedented second Doritos Crash The Super Bowl challenge in 2010, the company used the winnings to develop its product line and expand manufacturing operations.

“We are looking forward to joining the Vitec Group of companies,” said Wes Phillips, founder and CEO of SmallHD. “It’s exciting for SmallHD to be included among the great brands that they represent. We have aspirations to continue to build outstanding monitors, and Vitec not only encourages that entrepreneurial spirit but offers the support and expertise we need to move forward.”

SmallHD joins the Vitec Videocom line-up of brands that serves its users in broadcast, cinematography and professional content creation. Other Vitec Videocom brands include Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Autocue, Camera Corps, Bexel, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, Sachtler, Teradek, The Camera Store, Vinten and Vinten Radamec.

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DPA Appoints New Distributors In South East Asia and Taiwan

AV-United, Ken Kimura & Chin Foo Heng

DPA Microphones has reorganised its distribution channels in South East Asia by appointing new distributors in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Taiwan.

Ken Kimura, DPA’s general manager for the APAC region, says the appointments reflect the company’s ongoing commitment to develop new business channels and support DPA’s influential customer base.

“Sales in virtually every APAC country are showing growth as the market recognises the quality and breadth of DPA’s product range,” he says.

Francis Lai, DPA’s Regional Sales Manager, continues: “With our new distribution channels in place, we are now better able to promote DPA microphones and increase brand awareness in many industry areas including broadcast, film, theatre, installation, conferencing and security.”

The new appointments include AV United in Malaysia (www.av-united.com); Vision One Co. Ltd in Thailand (www.visionone.co.th); Pro AVL in Vietnam (www.proavl-group.com); Promedia in Indonesia (www.promediasolution.com) and Shin Lee Sheng Music Corp. (SLS) in Taiwan.

Chin Foo Heng, Managing Director of AV United says: “We are very proud to be appointed as DPA distributor in Malaysia as this not only enhances our company status but also enables AV-United to deliver unique high quality microphones and thereby lead the industry to a higher standard. DPA Microphones is a reference, a standard, a MUST-HAVE item in the audio solution.”

Tanapat Mongkolkosol, Managing Director of Vison One, Thailand, adds: “We guide our customers by identifying which equipment is the best solution for them. DPA is one of these solutions because it offers high quality microphones that are easy to use, with great sonic results fit for recording and live sound productions.”

For more information please contact Ken Kimura at kek@dpamicrophones.com.
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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

StrandVision’s Latest Digital Signage Corporate Responsibility Customer/Employee Communications Campaign Addresses Occupational and Personal Safety

Third in the series of corporate sustainability-themed libraries covering 15 subject areas…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – Dec. 10, 2014 – StrandVision Digital Signage today introduced a library of pre-produced animated customer and employee communication electronic signage page templates that addresses occupational and personal Safety. Like the previously announced Environmental and Health/Wellness libraries, the set of 50 attractive digital signage Safety templates can be easily added to StrandVision customer electronic signage digital media player displays.

Occupational and Personal Safety

The new Communications Library is ideal for both StrandVision Digital Signage employee communications and for customer-facing networks. It addresses a wide range of safety topics from general manufacturing safety, accident prevention and reporting, safe lifting reminders and other workplace topics to personal safety topics such as child and vehicle safety and home security.texting safety background

“This new free digital signage Safety Library complements our Environmental and Health/Wellness libraries by extending our corporate responsibility communications offerings for StrandVision customers,” said StrandVision founder and CEO Mike Strand.” We’ve found that many of our customers want this kind of information and have been searching for a convenient way to communicate safety topics. The Library provides an easy, efficient way for our customers to add these important safety topics to their digital signage mix. It’s a perfect addition for manufacturers and other companies that track and post safety information such as days without reportable incidents. It all fits in together to motivate the viewers to improve overall safety of the business, school or organization.”

The Communications Library offers eye-catching pages with animation that can become an integral part of their overall safety communications campaign with virtually no effort. Each page consists of an attractive graphic and a short, animated text message on the topic. The pages are set to random animation sequences and are added into the customer’s normal digital signage page mix with a single click to http://www.svds.co/?installimage&e=1&i=LB4FXUL4KYHM2OSLTUM9YU42726D.

Administrators simply select the Safety category on their StrandVision Content Management System (CMS) portal. The StrandVision system randomly selects from among the 50 safety subjects and automatically mixes the selections with one of several animation sequences and inserts a different subject/animation combination on each pass of the page loop.

StrandVision Animated Template Library Program

The StrandVision Animated Template Communications Library covers 15 themes from diversity and ethics, to safety and morale, quality and time management, spanning hundreds of specific subjects. Designed for both employee communication and general public audiences, the Communications Campaign Library motivates, educates and informs digital signage viewers while demonstrating the customer organization’s commitment to worthwhile personal and corporate initiatives.

The animated templates can be displayed in full-screen or in-frame formats. Administrators can easily define frequency and change default settings, such as scroll speed, and other functions, such as scheduling and expiration, to meet the needs of their particular display environments. The Safety Library can also be combined with the growing list of previously introduced StrandVision Communications Library offerings.

The variety of subjects, combined with the randomly assigned animations, creates a dynamic presentation that keeps people focused on the digital media player screens long after the campaign page plays.

Safety Communications Campaign Library template pages are available immediately at no charge to all StrandVision Digital Signage subscribers, as well as StrandVision Free Digital Signage Test Drive participants. See sample templates at: http://www.strandvision.com/corporate_social_responsibility_samples.html or visit our introductory demonstration YouTube video at: http://www.strandvision.com/video_safety_communications_campaign_library.html, call 715-235-7446 or email sales at StrandVision.com.

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, cloud-based digital signage to subscribers’ digital media player displays, as well as computers, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s patented approach distributes customer-created text, graphics, videos and RSS/social media feeds along with pre-packaged, user-selectable weather and news, trivia, music, as well as a library of social responsibility topics. StrandVision Digital Signage is ideal for many business marketing applications for visitor and employee communication for banks and retailers, schools and universities, business and industry, as well as nonprofit and religious organizations.

StrandVision also offers digital signage support hardware including PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender for long distance multi-screen distribution, Linux digital media players to ease and optimize electronic signage network installation and administration, and several large-format displays including freestanding pedestal displays. StrandVision Digital Signage services, installation and equipment are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.
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EDITORS – for further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Greg Soucy
Soucy Communications Group
603-682-7162
gsoucy@scg-pr.com

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Prism Sound Makes Its Audio Interfaces Even More Affordable

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As part of its commitment to offering customers the best possible value, Prism Sound has introduced a new pricing structure for three of its critically acclaimed audio interfaces.

The new pricing structure, which significantly reduces the cost of purchasing a Prism Sound Lyra 1, Lyra 2, Titan and Atlas audio interface, has been applied globally and is being backed by a special Christmas offer of a further 5% discount.

“We are adjusting our pricing to reflect the continuing evolution of the pro audio market,” says Prism Sound’s Sales and Marketing Director Graham Boswell. “This area of the pro audio business has exploded in recent years with vast numbers of musicians, producers, DJ’s and others entering the market with project or home studio and mobile applications for audio interfaces. These changes mean that we can offer lower prices and enable many more people to enjoy the premium sound quality that we strive for in our products.”

The new prices see the cost of a Lyra 1 audio interface dropping to just £995 plus VAT $1,745). Equally large reductions have been applied to the other interfaces, especially the Atlas which is reduced by more than £1,000 ($1,700).

“All of our audio interface products have been carefully designed to meet customer needs, and every one of them incorporates the same no-compromise design and acclaimed converter performance that users have long come to expect from Prism Sound’s high quality audio products,” Graham Boswell adds. “By making these units even more affordable, we aim to help spread the word about improving the quality of digital audio for today’s consumers. This is a cause that has been championed by leading figures in the global music business such as Sir Paul McCartney, Neil Young and many others.”

Prism Sound’s Lyra 1, Lyra 2, Titan and Atlas USB interfaces incorporate Prism Sound’s latest and award-winning CleverClox clocking technology and the company’s popular mic pre’s as standard. Each one offers recording professionals the ultimate in audio quality and ease of use.

Prism Sound will be showing its entire product range, including its flagship ADA-8XR modular converter, at CES Suites #29-217 and 219, at Venetian Towers, Las Vegas from January 6th – 9th 2015, and at NAMM 2015 in Los Angeles, from January 22nd – 25th (Booth 7120).

For more information about Prism Sound products and the new pricing structure, please visit www.prismsound.com or contact your nearest Prism Sound dealer.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

Prism Sound’s Lyra 2 Makes its Las Vegas Debut

Luca Pretolesi

Studio DMI, a private facility that focuses on mixing and mastering electronic music, has incorporated a range of Prism Sound equipment, including a Lyra 2 audio interface that is being used to record mixes and A/B two different sound sources.

Based in Las Vegas, Studio DMI is owned by European Music Market Inc, which also owns two publishing companies and an entry level entertainment service company called Weebang. EUMM also operates The Studio at The Wynn, a high-end recording facility in The Wynn Casino Hotel that is made available to very high end producers and artists performing at The Wynn’s venues.

Ronnie F Lee, CEO of EUMM, says: “Studio DMI is more than a studio – it is a concept based on the engineer lifestyle and creative process. Literally speaking, we have combined the word ‘studio, which means study in Italian, with DMI, which stands for digital music innovation. The basic philosophy comes from the heart, soul and mind of Luca Pretolesi, who is the creative side of our business and handles all the engineering and training of our engineering associates. Luca has 25 years’ experience of producing, performing, mixing, mastering and pioneering electronic music. This has given him a very unique grasp on the EDM industry.”

The choice of Prism Sound equipment was taken by Pretolesi after he visited the Winter Music Conference in 2013. He opted for a Prism Sound MEA-2 Equaliser, an MLA-2 Compressor and a Lyra 2 audio interface, which he installed in Studio DMI along with a new Maselec MTC-1X stereo mastering console.

“The MTC1 serves as the brain for the entire studio. It is like the hub between the mixing and mastering process,” Luca Pretolesi says. “Even before mastering, it acts as a great way to monitor multiple sources with no latency or added colour, check mono compatibility and side information – and it is all done with one finger. During mastering, it is also great to have the ability to flip between inputs, mid/side information and add parallel processing with just your hands. It allows you to make changes very quickly using only your ears rather than a mouse and your eyes.”

Pretolesi adds that, based on his 20-plus years of experience, the Prism Sound MLA-2 is by far the most transparent and musical compressor he has ever heard.

“You can really get it pumping but it doesn’t colour the sound,” he says. “I usually use a low ratio with a slow attack but it is very versatile and you can do a lot of very versatile compression.”

Pretolesi is equally impressed with his Prism Sound MEA-2 Equaliser that, like the MLA-2, is mostly used during the final stage of the mastering process.

“I usually spilt this into two parts,” he explains, “the top end, which I use for more surgical EQ-ing and the low end, between 40-300hz, which gives the sounds a great attitude and weight. The MEA-2 is capable of some very heavy lifting on the low end without losing the transients or the overall sound.”

Studio DMI’s Lyra 2 audio interface plays a bigger role in the recording and mixing process than in mastering.

“We included the Lyra 2 because we were looking for a fantastic converter to capture our mixes with the great high end sound that Prism Sound is known for,” Pretolesi says. “However, we also wanted the ability to A/B two sources, which we can do with Lyra 2 because it is a two in/four out interface.”

Studio DMI is now using its Lyra 2 to record a mix while also comparing it to reference tracks.

“Non-traditionally, I also use it musically by clipping the input to achieve a certain sound on a lot of my mixes,” Luca Pretolesi adds.

Studio DMI is primarily Luca Pretolesi’s facility, while the Wynn Studio operated by Studio DMI attracts high profile producers and artists such as Diplo, Lil Jon, Gareth Emery, MakJ and Morgan Page.

“We are currently in the process of creating an educational division to spread Luca’s passion and knowledge about mixing and mastering electronic music,” Ronnie F Lee adds. “This will be a unique learning opportunity that targets post graduates from more traditional schools and focuses on application more than theory.

The first three day workshop under the Studio DMI.edu brand will run in the first quarter of 2015, in either Las Vegas or Los Angeles. Courses will be offered in English, with other languages made available later in the year.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

Press Releases For : December 10, 2014

WorldStage to Produce Live Events with FOR-A Portable Video Switcher

Cypress, CA – New York City-based company WorldStage, a leading technical staging provider in the live event and entertainment technology field, recently selected a FOR-A HVS-100 portable video switcher for live video production of events ranging from corporate meetings to fashion show productions. WorldStage serves clients in the broadcast, arts, theater, non-profit, technology and corporate industries.

WorldStage purchased the switcher as part of its overall initiative to build a compact and flexible video production HVS-100 imagesystem that optimizes the company’s performance at the many Manhattan area venues it travels to throughout the year. WorldStage already owns two FOR-A HVS-300 video switchers, and found that operators were able to quickly learn how to use the HVS-100 imageHVS-100 unit due to its similar setup. The company recently began user training with the new switcher.

“We do a lot of computer graphics work, and we wanted to have more bandwidth for high definition work over coax cable,” said Barry Grossman, Chief Engineer at WorldStage. “So the fact that we can have 1080p/3G connectivity on a single coax with our new FOR-A switcher is a major perk for us.”

The built-in Web browser interface on the HVS-100 is another useful feature of the unit for WorldStage. With this capability, operators can remotely control their FOR-A switcher via a computer or tablet. “With the browser interface, we can remotely control the switcher with an iPad. This helps with projector setups,” added Grossman.

FOR-A’s HVS-100 comes with a separate main unit and control panel, which includes dedicated bus buttons, AUX buttons, a fader controller and direct user buttons for various functions. The unit comes standard with eight HD/SD-SDI inputs and four outputs, plus one HDMI output. A maximum of 14 inputs and six outputs or 12 inputs and eight outputs can be freely assigned, and three slots enable the addition of various inputs and outputs. FOR-A also offers the HVS-110 portable video switcher, which boasts a more compact, integrated design, making the switcher ideal for use in small broadcasting vans and flyspecks.

About FOR-A
FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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With Meyer Sound LEO and LYON, Judas Priest FOH Engineer Gets Headroom, Weight Savings, and Clarity

judas priestFor British metal legends Judas Priest’s world tour, FOH engineer and production manager Martin Walker has selected LEO-M and LYON™ linear line array loudspeakers from Meyer Sound’s growing LEO Family of products. With the power and linear response of both products, the crew can easily adapt the system for a wide range of venues, which includes casino showrooms, arenas, large theatres, outdoor amphitheaters, and festivals.

“The response of the system is pretty seamless, whether going from main LEO arrays to LYON side arrays, or going from a main LEO hang in an arena to a LYON hang in a theatre,” Walker says. “You turn on the PA and there’s really no difference to worry about. The headroom is there, the weight saving is there, and the clarity and fidelity are there. It’s a great system with either box out front.”

The main and side arrays for the tour are assembled from the tour’s full inventory of 28 LEO-M and 32 LYON loudspeakers and 18 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements. Twelve M’elodie® line array loudspeakers are deployed as fills, and a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 AES and six Galileo Callisto 616 array processors handles drive and optimization. For onstage foldback, monitor engineer Brad Johnson mixes the band on 10 MJF-212A stage monitors and side-fill stacks of three JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers and two 700-HP subwoofers per side. The system is supplied by UK-based Major Tom Ltd.

“I try to recreate a total experience of the band,” says Walker, who mixes behind a DiGiCo SD7 digital console. “I want a loud sound with full bandwidth, warmth, and depth, a sound that really brings the band to life. With LEO and LYON, I can realize that, every night.”

Steel Panther opened the North American leg of the tour. Judas Priest’s last world tour in 2011-2012 was supported by a MILO® line array loudspeaker system.

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Oliveto Restaurant and Cafe Collaborates with Meyer Sound to Create Exceptional Dining Experience

olivetoOliveto Restaurant and Cafe, the innovative, Italian-inspired dining destination in the heart of Rockridge in Oakland, unveils a new look – and sound – this week. Addressing the industry-wide issue of noise pollution in restaurants, Oliveto has found the perfect balance in its new partnership with Berkeley’s pioneering Meyer Sound, installing a state-of-the-art acoustic solution in addition to making enticing aesthetic changes as part of the restaurant’s first major renovation in 18 years. At the same time, the Meyer Sound system allows the restaurant to advance on its soon-to-launch Oliveto Commons, an ongoing series of classes, panel discussions and workshops focused on food policy issues, producers, cooking techniques, and wine and spirits.

Led by owners and founders Bob and Maggie Klein, Oliveto’s renovation speaks to the 28-year-old restaurant’s deeply ingrained curiosity and drive for continual innovation and improvement. Oliveto’s commitment to the local community, environmental stewardship, and sustainability parallels their commitment to providing everything necessary for a profoundly gratifying customer experience, making the partnership with Meyer Sound a logical next step.

“We think it’s a good time to step out of the crowd of the current restaurant scene,” said Bob Klein. “When we decided to make sound management a top priority in our renovation, we wanted to go with this extraordinary company that thought deeply about a problem, took no short cuts, and is truly innovative.”

Known for creating impeccable listening environments, from Cirque du Soleil to UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall, Meyer Sound has tailored its groundbreaking Constellation and Libra systems for Oliveto — the second restaurant to employ this unique acoustic management technology — to seamlessly transform the dining experience.

Employing visually striking Libra acoustic panels, as well as patented algorithms, microphones, and small loudspeakers distributed throughout the upstairs dining room, the Meyer Sound system shapes the sonic ambiance of the space to ensure consistently comfortable conversations. With the touch of an iPad screen, restaurant staff can choose the optimal aural properties for the time of day, type of event, and occupancy. Guests on any side of a table – large or small – can be heard clearly and without interruptions or distractions from background noise or voices from other tables. With Libra and Constellation working seamlessly together, Oliveto has created a truly multi-sensory experience that sets the perfect tone for conversation and connection, while maintaining the all-important buzz of an exciting, busy restaurant.

Deborah O’Grady’s mural-sized, high-resolution photographs of olive and oak trees (which are printed on the large absorptive Libra acoustic panels) are the cornerstones of Maggie Klein’s interior renovation. Additional enhancements include a mixture of modern elements and the natural world, with deep grey walls that fall into the visual background; dramatically lit, large native California tree branches; a new bar crafted from orchard walnut trees; new carpeting and chairs, and artwork from Pt. Reyes painter Susan Hall.

About Oliveto Restaurant & Cafe

Oliveto is a renowned restaurant and cafe in the heart of the Rockridge neighborhood in Oakland, serving innovative, Italian- and northern Mediterranean-influenced California cuisine. Founded by Bob and Maggie Klein in 1986 with the simple intention of bringing the distinctive flavors of the northern Mediterranean to California, Oliveto has been a Bay Area leader in sourcing the best seasonal, sustainable, and local ingredients through a network of passionate purveyors, and was an original restaurant pioneer of the whole animal movement for the region. Under the direction of Executive Chef Jonah Rhodehamel, Oliveto offers house-cured salumi, handmade pastas created with specially milled Community Grains flours, and sustainable fish, exceptional seasoned produce and foraged plants available no where else. Since Chef Rhodehamel’s arrival in 2010, Oliveto’s special dinners, like the Tomato, Truffle, Oceanic, and Whole Hog dinners, have taken on a new character and elevated quality.

The wine list at Oliveto is a direct product of relationships with the best traditional producers and vineyards, and is comprised primarily of Italian wines, with the addition of select wines from France, Spain, California, and Oregon. It proudly features classic and lesser-known producers, as well as a one-of-a-kind aged-wine program, comprised primarily of older vintages of Barbaresco, Barolo, and Brunello. The cocktail program at Oliveto is centered on the same values as the kitchen and features housemade bitters, tinctures, and syrups, along with nearly a dozen rotating housemade cordials that change seasonally.

With both the 104-seat upstairs dining room, which offers exquisitely prepared food in a fine-dining atmosphere, as well as the warm and bustling 36-seat cafe downstairs, Oliveto is at once a special occasion destination and a neighborhood spot that appeals to a local, sophisticated, and well-traveled Bay Area audience.

Oliveto Restaurant & Cafe is located at 5655 College Ave., Oakland. The upstairs restaurant offers lunch and dinner, while the cafe downstairs offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily. For reservations in the restaurant, please visit OpenTable or call 510-547-5356.

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