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BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC PREMIERES TEN STUDIO WSDG-DESIGNED COMPLEX + 400 SEAT “CAFÉ” PERFORMANCE/RECORDING VENUE IN 160 MASS. AVE. TOWER

BOSTON, MASS. Berklee College of Music opened the doors to its 160 Massachusetts Avenue, residence tower in January 2014. The building now features one of the largest, most progressive, and versatile professional audio teaching/production/performance complexes in the U.S. Over three years and $100 million have been invested in the development and construction of this cusp point educational compound. Situated over four dedicated floors in a striking, sixteen-story, 155,000 sq. ft. William Rawn Associates building, the ten-studio Walters-Storyk Design Group – designed, audio education component represents a pinnacle of contemporary studio planning.

A commanding floor-to-ceiling glass wall overlooking Massachusetts Ave. distinguishes the 21,400 sq. ft., 400-seat ‘Berklee Café.’ Originally conceived as a student-dining hall, early in the design phase, Berklee senior staff recognized an opportunity to utilize the space (replete with a 38’ high ceiling, and a gracefully curved, 2nd floor balcony), as a live performance/recording venue for students. WSDG was tasked with devising optimal acoustical treatments for the showplace and with providing total connectivity to multiple control rooms throughout the 23,800 sq. ft.’ A & B level, recording education complex. Nightly student performances began in January, quickly establishing the room as a superb talent platform and (not incidentally), an outstanding ‘live recording room.’

“WSDG has not only designed many of the world’s best studios, they closely monitor the smallest construction details to insure that they are built to impeccable standards,” states Roger H. Brown, President, Berklee College of Music. “We are delighted with the outcome, both in the studios they designed for our campus in Valencia, Spain and with this new suite of studios in our 160 Massachusetts Avenue building. Berklee students deserve the best, and now they have the best.”

Level A

Two stories below the Café, on Level A, the 2200 sq. ft. Studio 1 features a 1300 sq. ft., 13’/h, live room designed to accommodate an orchestra of up to 50 musicians. As the largest 160 Mass studio, this cutting edge recording/mixing suite includes: a 600 sq. ft. Control Room for classes of up to 16 students, and two oversized 110 sq. ft. ISO rooms. Extremely useful for multi artist recording projects, they compliment the WSDG-designed studios at the Berklee Valencia campus.

“Our Basel, Switzerland-based partners, Dirk Noy and Gabriel Hauser ran extensive auditory simulation and modeling tests to establish optimal acoustics for the performance café, the studios, and the critical listening environments,” reports WSDG Co-Principal/ Interior Designer, Beth Walters. “160 Mass. incorporates architectural elements and acoustic treatments which epitomize our 40+ years of studio design experience. These rooms are World Class.”

“Studio 1 engaged a number of innovative design elements,” reports WSDG Partner/ Project Manager, Romina Larregina. “Because it is clearly a ‘star’ attraction, Berklee College of Music President, Roger Brown and the executive team envision an on-going series of student tours through the complex. Faculty members were concerned that the panoramic 12’/w x 5’/h corridor window into the live room might prove a distraction to student musicians. To ameliorate this anticipated problem, WSDG recommended fitting the window with clear glass Quadratic Residue Diffusers. These custom-built treatments were precisely calibrated to diffuse the studio’s frequency range. Joined together as a single ‘sill-to-top’ installation they enhance the live rooms’ acoustics, provide visitors with an expansive view, and maintain the privacy required by working student musicians.

“The 1500 sq. ft. Studio 2 was designed for smaller ensemble recording projects, and features a 120 sq. ft. ISO Booth, and 360 sq. ft. Control Room,” Larregina continues. “The Lee Kennedy Co. Inc. contractors deserve tremendous credit for their contribution to this project. Each studio represents the latest word in room-within-room construction. Each studio is acoustically de-coupled and allows for zero tolerance in terms of sound leakage,” she adds.

Level A also features one of two 120 sq. ft. ‘tiered’ Central Machine Rooms (CMR), which represent a formidable achievement in ‘enhanced connectivity.’ “Due to the extensive amount of technology required by 160 Mass., we split the distribution within two fully integrated rooms, The Level A CMR is positioned directly above the Level B CMR,” Larregina explains. “This vertical configuration was extremely logical. Our long-time Systems Design & Integration Specialist Judy Elliott-Brown accomplished literal miracles in one of the most challenging wiring projects we have ever encountered.”

A twenty-five year WSDG veteran, Elliott-Brown has been involved with the 160 Mass. Ave. project since the project was awarded in 2011. Tasked with routing, running and connecting upwards of 100,000 feet of analog audio, video, CAT-6 and speaker wire with over 30,000 connections via some 5500 individual connectors throughout the three-floor recording, producing, mixing and teaching complex, Elliott-Brown considers 160 Mass one of the most complex assignments of her career, (a track record that includes NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center; SF’s Ex’pression College of Digital Arts; Village Studios, Guangzhou, China; and NYU’s James L. Dolan, Music Recording Studio/Teaching Complex). Collaborating with Berklee College of Music Chief Engineer Burt Price, and Jerry Smith, Senior Director of Technology for the Writing and Technology Division, and enlisting the creative design assets of the entire WSDG global team Elliott-Brown encountered and resolved innumerable systems infrastructure issues.

“Over the three years that this project evolved from initial drawings to fine tuning, our primary mandate was to remain open to change. Technology shifts, room repurposing and functionality remained fluid well into the construction period,” Elliott-Brown says. “The most significant refocus was the decision to refashion the Cafeteria from a traditional dining hall into a performance venue. In retrospect this seems like an obvious call, but it was a brilliant expansion of the iconic role this three story high, glass-walled hall will now play in this complex. It presented some interesting acoustic and wiring challenges, but the benefits to Berklee students and guests will be enormous. Fortunately, the decision was reached early enough in the construction stage for us to accomplish the changes in a timely and efficient manner.”

Elliott-Brown supervised the system installation crew led by Redco Audio of Stratford, CT. She estimates that over the past three years she has devoted upwards of 2240 hours to 160 Massachusetts Ave.

Level B

Level B is comprised of five independent suites of varying size and purpose. Created for small ensemble recording, the 1100 sq. ft. Studio 3, features a 320 sq. ft. Control Room, a 140 sq. ft. ISO booth, and a 600 sq. ft. Live Room. Larregina refers to the 400 sq. ft. Mastering/ Critical Listening Lab, as a ‘self-contained Sweet Spot.’ “The precise acoustic tuning of this studio will provide classes of up to twelve students with an impeccable listening experience, one which will be difficult to match in the ‘real world,’” Larregina adds.

Another 160 Mass. ‘signature room’ is Level B’s 700 sq. ft. Dolby Atmos™ -ready Dubbing Stage which features twin 150 sq. ft. ISO Booths, and a 120 sq. ft. Overdub Booth. The 1400 sq. ft. Production Control Suite features four 170 sq. ft. Control Rooms, three of which are equipped with 100 sq. ft. ISO Booths, and all adjacent to a communal 400 sq. ft. lounge.

Fourth Floor Ensemble Rooms

The (7454 sq. ft.) fourth floor at 160 Mass. is dedicated to practice and rehearsal. Three conjoined, 250 sq. ft. Ensemble Practice Rooms were constructed with pro studio isolation and acoustic treatments to enable musicians to practice at peak volume without concern for sound leakage into neighboring rooms. Additionally, twenty Individual Practice Rooms of varying size were designed to accommodate a diverse range of rehearsal configurations. The fourth floor also houses a student fitness room.

Beth Walters, and WSDG interior design supervisor Silvia Campos Molho and interior designer Charlotte Ross collaborated with Berklee College of Music Assistant VP Carl Beatty on the overall 160 Mass interior design “VP Beatty suggested introducing subtle inflections of color to ‘warm and refine’ the atmosphere. To facilitate this goal, we developed a custom palette to compliment the college’s distinctive red and black motif,” Walters said.”

“As a former professional engineer I’ve logged countless hours in recording studios,” Carl Beatty remarked. “My interior design experience began with WSDG on Berklee’s Valencia, campus which has a ‘Destination Studio’ rather than a classroom vibe. Because 160 Mass. is a dedicated teaching facility, we envisioned an unequivocal pro studio setting. Beth and Sylvia prepared an expansive canvas of gold, ocher, lavenders, blues and other harmonizing colors, to enhance each room’s distinctive character. This complex bristles with technology, but its variable acoustic treatments, silver diffusers, dramatic ceiling clouds and other auditory elements are complimented by carefully considered aesthetics orchestrated by WSDG.”

Walters describes the three-year design/construction mission as, “An exceptional opportunity for WSDG to collaborate with brilliant clients and an outstanding architectural firm. Our challenge was compounded by the fact that we were simultaneously engaged in integrating our design for Berklee’s five studio Valencia Campus, in Spain,” she says. “The major differences between these two projects were scale and location. Berklee Valencia is set within the ultra-modern, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia arts/performance complex, a world-renowned building. Boston’s four-floor, 52,654 sq. ft. audio education complex is the hub of a 16-story, ground-up building. Virtually every member of our international team made a meaningful contribution to both of these formidable endeavors. It is extremely gratifying to walk through 160 Mass. today, and know that WSDG helped to bring it to life.”

WSDG co-founder/architect/acoustician, John Storyk concludes, “Projects on this scale are extremely rare. Berklee College of Music President, Roger Brown, Assistant VP Carl Beatty, Jay Kennedy, Vice President for Academic Affairs/Vice Provost, and their entire executive cadre are among the most astute and forward thinking educators we have ever worked with. Their insights and recommendations were invaluable, particularly in proposing the Café as a performance/live recording space. A brilliant decision, albeit one, which presented considerable acoustic design challenges at that stage of the project. However, their prescience reflects a unique grasp of student needs. And, The Café was immediately recognized as the jewel in the 160 Mass. crown. Berklee College of Music has introduced a new standard of professionalism and commitment to a rapidly evolving career path. WSDG was privileged to contribute to this significant addition to America’s educational infrastructure.”

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1. Berklee College of Music 160 Massachusetts Ave. Café / Performance space
2. Berklee College of Music 160 Massachusetts Ave. Control Room 1
3. Berklee College of Music 160 Massachusetts Ave. Control Room 2
4. Berklee College of Music 160 Massachusetts Ave. Control Room 2 (vertical)
5. Berklee College of Music 160 Massachusetts Ave. Control Room 3
6. Berklee College of Music 160 Massachusetts Ave. Dub Stage
7. Berklee College of Music 160 Massachusetts Ave. Equipment Closet
8. Berklee College of Music 160 Massachusetts Ave. Mastering Suite
9. Berklee College of Music 160 Massachusetts Ave. Production CR
10. Berklee College of Music 160 Massachusetts Ave. Studio 1 C v1
11. Berklee College of Music 160 Massachusetts Ave. Studio 1 Live Room v2
12. Berklee College of Music 160 Massachusetts Ave. Studio 3 Live Room v1
13. Berklee College of Music 160 Massachusetts Ave. Studio 3 Live Room v3
14. Berklee College of Music 160 Massachusetts Ave. Exterior Day

Photos by: Cheryl Fleming/James Lane www.CherylFleming.net

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CHERYL FLEMING Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3500 media facilities worldwide. Credits include Jimi Hendrix’s 1969’s Electric Lady Studios; NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge; broadcast facilities for The Food Network, ESPN, and WNET; major education complexes for NYU and Berklee College of Music Boston and Valencia, Spain; media rooms for Hoffman La Roche, and other corporate clients. Recent projects include NYC’s TEC award winner Jungle City Studios and private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk (an adjunct professor at Berklee College,) Beth Walters, Sergio Molho, Renato Cipriano, Silvia Molho and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Rafael Vinoly, Norman Foster, Oscar Niemeyer, Phillipe Stark and Nicholas Grimshaw. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City, St. Petersburg and Mumbai.

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Biamp Systems Names Kiley Henner as Director of Customer Experience

Promotion Underlines Company’s Continued Commitment to Quality Customer Experience

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Oct. 30, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced the promotion of Kiley Henner to director of customer experience. In his new role, Henner will oversee the company’s applications engineering, training/education, and customer service departments as Biamp(R) continues expanding its focus on providing an unrivalled customer experience and complete satisfaction. (more…)

Riedel Communications SATIS 2014 Product Preview

Visit Riedel Communications at SATIS 2014, Nov. 18-20, at Stand E24

Riedel Products at SATIS 2014:

STX-200 Professional Broadcast-Grade Interface
The STX-200 professional broadcast-grade interface brings any Skype(R) user worldwide into the professional broadcast environment. Licensed by Microsoft(R), the new Riedel product meets broadcasters’ increasing need for a reliable single-box solution that enables them to bring live contributions from both reporters and viewers into live programming — all while avoiding typical problems such as consumer PCs running common Skype clients, scan and HDMI-to-SDI converters, or audio dropouts and menu pop-ups on their live feed. Serving as more than a stand-alone solution, Riedel’s STX-200 integrates Skype into the intercom solution to enable even more powerful, flexible applications and workflows. The unit offers broadcast-quality HD-SDI and balanced XLR audio I/Os and is packaged with professional Microsoft Skype TX software. The solution’s broad feature set includes remote management and monitoring of Skype calls.

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Tango TNG-200 Fully Networked Platform Based on AES67 and AVB
The Tango TNG-200 represents Riedel’s first fully networked platform based on the AES67 and AVB standards. With its own dedicated intercom application, the platform can be turned into a flexible, cutting-edge solution for a variety of communications scenarios. The unit itself is equipped with a high-resolution, full-color TFT display that ensures perfect readability at all times. Intuitive front-panel controls simplify the recall of presets and adjustment of audio levels. Along with powerful processing capabilities, the Tango TNG-200 features two integrated Riedel digital partylines, two AES67- and AVB-compatible ports, two Ethernet ports, one option slot, and redundant power supplies. The TNG-200 application transforms the platform into an efficient intercom system that users can tailor according to their needs, including their choice of matrix size starting with 40 x 80. The asymmetric 40 x 80 matrix size is another Riedel innovation, as it allows for a standard premium-quality stereo audio connection to Riedel panels.

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RSP-2318 Smartpanel
The new RSP-2318 Smartpanel offers features and capabilities that will enrich the user experience and change the way broadcasters and A/V professionals communicate. The world’s first smartpanel designed to serve as a powerful multifunctional user interface, the Riedel device boasts a unique feature set that includes three high-resolution, sunlight-readable, multitouch color displays; premium-quality stereo audio; a multilingual character set; and 18 keys in just 1 RU. These features make Riedel’s new smartpanel a powerful user interface that can be further expanded through the use of apps. Riedel’s first app for the RSP-2318 turns the smartpanel into an innovative and smart intercom panel. AES67 and AVB connectivity are standard, with AES3 over CAT/coax optional. Additional features include exchangeable headset connectors for mono or stereo applications, an integrated power supply, individual volume controls for each key, two USB ports, two Ethernet connectors, GPIO, audio I/O, an option slot, a removable gooseneck microphone, an SD card slot, and an HDMI output.

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Other Products on Display:
- MediorNet and MediorNet Compact
- MediorNet MetroN Core Router
- Artist, Performer, and Acrobat Intercom Systems
- RockNet Audio Systems

Company Quote:

“We are returning to SATIS with a remarkable array of new solutions that alter the way broadcast and A/V professionals manage communications and signal transport. From our innovative new Smartpanel to the new Tango platform to our STX-200 professional interface for bringing Skype content into live production, we will show how broadcasters can realize new levels of operational and creative freedom.”
– Francke Berger, Sales Engineer France, Riedel Communications

Company Profile:

Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 350 people at 12 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

Broadcast Pix Announces Sports Bundle for Affordable High-End Live Production

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced its Sports Bundle, a tightly integrated package of the company’s Granite™ X large-scale integrated production switcher, ReVue slow motion system, and FX3D real-time 3D graphics platform. The bundle provides the sophisticated switching, multi-camera replay, and 3D graphics expected by sports viewers, along with significant cost savings.

“Live sports production is a year-round commitment for so many network affiliates and public access channels across the country,” said Steve Ellis, CEO of Sports BundleBroadcast Pix. “Today’s viewers demand high production values, even at the local level, which is why our Sports Bundle is such an appealing Broadcast Pix Sports Bundle JPEG 4 3 14solution. When you combine our integrated production switchers with our replay and 3D graphics systems, you can deliver live coverage that rivals the big sports networks – and you can do it affordably.”

The bundle is built around the Granite X 2 M/E production switcher, with 22 SDI inputs, 12 outputs, seven channels of file-based inputs, six key layers, dual-channel clip server, and access to cloud-based content. Granite X also features a number of additional built-in production tools – including a customizable multi-view, CG, and file-based macros – plus several control panel choices.

Developed in collaboration with strategic partner EditShare, ReVue offers variable speed playback of two or four channels of video in sync, so it is easy to cut between cameras and find the best replay angle. Its compact controller includes a jog/shuttle wheel for reviewing footage, intuitive controls for manual and preset playback speeds, and dedicated buttons for marking in and out points for playback. ReVue’s on-screen user interface makes it easy to keep track of marked clips and replays, and Granite X can trigger playlists directly from the production switcher.

FX3D’s three software modules – and preloaded graphics and animations – create a simplified end-to-end graphics workflow. FX3D Creator software provides an intuitive interface to design and create graphic content, complete with a built-in 3D modeler. Users can also import 3D models from Maya, Lightwave, or 3DS max, then add animation, texture mapping, and lighting. FX3D API allows the system to be controlled through Granite X, and also allows integration with third-party products. FX3D Playout, a template-based rundown controller, brings completed graphics to air, allows manual or automatic graphic content updates, and allows users to search assets using a variety of parameters, including keywords and date.

For more information, please contact a local Broadcast Pix representative or visit www.broadcastpix.com/Products/Sports-Bundle.html.

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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Masque Sound Custom Audio Equipment Package Helps Audiences Discover Charming New Musical, FOUND

NEW YORK, NY, OCTOBER 30, 2014 – When the ambitious and original new musical FOUND opened at the Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater on October 14, Sound Designer Ken Travis enlisted the services of Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to provide a custom audio equipment package to help audiences discover this Off-Broadway gem. FOUND at Atlantic Theater Company. Photos by Kevin Thomas Garcia. Photo 1

FOUND isn’t just based on a true story; it’s based on hundreds of them. FOUND is an original musical featuring scores of surprising and eccentric discarded notes and letters that have been “found” in the real world by every-day people. Inspired by actual events, the show follows Davy who, along with his two best friends, is lost and broke. When he finds a strangely revealing note on his windshield meant for someone else, it sparks an outlandish idea that finds him and his companions on a wild, comedic journey. By bringing a host of real notes and letters from Davy Rothbart’s popular FOUND Magazine to irreverent theatrical life, this insightful new musical tells a story of ambition, betrayal and loyalty while celebrating the weirdness in us all.

Travis’ biggest challenge in designing the sound was adhering to the very quick amplification changes in the theater, which was previously an old church. “Because of its architectural design, you can’t really hit the walls and you can’t activate the room,” says Travis. “We needed to be able to go from really loud to super intimate within a second and allow the audience’s ears to settle into that adjustment. It took a little while to figure out how we would accomplish that without losing any energy and without having the audience members miss a single word.”
FOUND at Atlantic Theater Company. Photos by Kevin Thomas Garcia. Photo 2
For Travis, equipment selection proved essential to the show’s success. He found what he was looking for with a speaker system featuring d&b audiotechnik products. The sound system features a Q-Series rig, along with E3 loudspeakers for delays and B2 subwoofers. “In a matter of one minute, the actors can go through 10 songs, and, stylistically, each song is 100 percent different,” adds Travis. “It can range from something that pays homage to Queen and Bruce Springsteen, to 80s metal bands and country music. Dynamically, the shifts are huge, and the d&b system allowed us to really bring out the style of the various music genres in a rapid succession.”

Additionally, Travis wanted to ensure that no microphones were visible on the cast during the production, so he relied on Sennheiser MKE1 Professional Lavalier Microphones, along with one of Masque Sound’s pre-built Sennheiser 2000 Series wireless transmitter kits. Designed for quick and easy dispatch, Masque Sound’s pre-built kits provide 24 wireless channels and are targeted for the Off Broadway and regional markets. The orchestra was mic’ed with DPA 4011 Cardioid Microphones, DPA 4099 Instrument Microphones, Schoeps MK4 Cardioid Capsules and Beyerdynamic M 160 Hypercardioid Ribbon Microphones. Masque Sound also provided an Avid VENUE SC48 digital console.

Since the orchestra is present on stage, with musicians spread between a few small pods, Travis wanted the sound design to creatively capture and evoke a natural and intimate sound. To accomplish this, he utilized a Meyer Sound LCS LX-300 delay matrix. “We wanted the orchestra to be able to go from a chamber sounding musical, involving violin, cello, guitar, bass, drums and piano, to a heavy rock sound,” he says. “We used the delay matrix to time every single instrument on stage so that when we were amplifying it, it really sounded like it was coming from the specific instrument. We also divided the stage into zones, which ensures that the engineer has a lot of cues for the actors.”
FOUND at Atlantic Theater Company. Photos by Kevin Thomas Garcia. Photo 3
Furthermore, with regards to timing, this production requires that the audio is perfectly synched up to the show’s video images. Travis relied on MIDI to achieve this, using one big MIDI loop to ensure that the design teams could send information back and forth. This was an easy way to simplify a very technically challenging show on an Off-Broadway budget.

“This was a great team effort,” concludes Travis. “My associate, Justin Stasiw, A1 Jillian Walker and A2 Laura Brauner all did a wonderful job, and it was terrific that the whole design team was able to come together for this fun and original production. Masque Sound was once again great to work with and very accommodating in providing me with the equipment I wanted to use.”

FOUND began previews on September 18 and is slated to run through November 9 at The Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater, located at 336 West 20th Street in Manhattan. To learn more about FOUND, visit atlantictheater.org.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

FSR Extends Line of Table Box Offerings With Introduction of T3-DV2S

New model ideal for single users, needing access to HD HDMI video/audio source input and AC power sources

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, leading manufacturer of a wide variety of products for the audio/video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, adds to its family of Table Box products with the launch of its new T3-DV2S Table Box unit. This new solution is intended for single users where convenient access to HD HDMI video/audio source input, and AC power sources is required. The T3-DV2S allows users to power and connect their laptop or any HDMI source to an external video display and house sound systems as well as connect with network, phone lines and other AV system infrastructure.

All T3-DV2S models are HD ready with an HDMI pass-through connector, standard grounded AC outlet and openings for two keystone snap-in connectors. The two keystone openings, supplied with two blanks, can be populated with a variety of snap-in connectors including network, telephone, RCA or mini stereo audio, to custom configure the units to suit unlimited applications. A large selection of keystone style snap-in connectors, including USB DC powered charging stations to charge digital mobile devices, are available separately from FSR.

“FSR is always working hard to offer our customers in the professional audio/video markets innovative and reliable solutions that meet a variety of needs,” said Jan Sandri, FSR president. “We are proud to be able to grow our popular family of Table Box solutions with the addition of the new T3-DV2S. These new models, fitting a 3 1⁄2-inch round opening, are not only stylish with round and square covers available in black, brass or aluminum to blend with the décor, but the small footprint provides an un-obtrusive solution to any interior. AND, they are HD ready!”

There are options for one or two button momentary switches / bi-color LED arrangements on the cover bezel that enable user control input and status indication for an external control system application. Screw down terminals are provided for fast, convenient cable termination.

As always, all FSR products are made of durable materials in the USA.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of signal management and infrastructure solutions for the audio / video, datacom, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and HDBaseT & CAT-X signal delivery solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

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Harriet Diener
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Kensington Introduces PresentAir Pro Bluetooth 4.0 LE for Greater Versatility in Presentation Delivery

Presenter Features Advanced Wireless Technology, Customizable Modes of Functionality, and Slim Design for User Flexibility and Productivity

Kensington Twitter logoRedwood Shores, CA, October 29, 2014 – Kensington, a worldwide leader in delivering smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, announced today the availability of its PresentAir Pro Bluetooth® 4.0 LE Presenter for versatile presentation delivery and improved productivity. Featuring the latest in wireless technology, the advanced presenter offers three different function modes to support different types of activity — presenting, controlling media, or editing — and offers one of the slimmest presenter designs on the market. The free downloadable companion app, PresenterWorks, allows users to set buttons to the functions of their choice for greater flexibility and efficiency.

Key features of the Kensington PresentAir Pro Bluetooth 4.0 LE Presenter include:

  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE Technology — The latest in wireless innovation, this low-energy pairing between the user’s device and presenter frees up a valuable USB port — a shrinking feature with increasingly thin laptops and mobile devices — and offers a range of up to 30 feet so the user can move freely during a presentation.
  • Three Modes/PresenterWorks App — Buttons on the presenter can be set to two predetermined modes, and a third mode that enables user customization. In Presenter Mode, users may choose among specific profiles to suit the individual’s requirements for navigating within presentations. While in Media Mode, PresentAir Pro can be used as a remote for volume or playlist controls, allowing for dynamic content delivery, such as video clips, on the fly. Custom Mode offers a wide range of commonly used commands users can set the buttons to perform. The free PresenterWorks app, which will be available for download from Google Play, Windows® Store, or App Store®, delivers even more customizable options.
  • Ultra-Slim Design — The presenter’s thin profile makes it extremely light and easy to hold, as well as convenient for a shirt pocket or the pen/stylus holder found in many business folios or briefcases.
  • Red Laser Pointer — Users can accentuate presentation material with a bright red laser that highlights any part of a presentation with complete effectiveness.
  • Touch-Activated Stylus — Compatible with all major tablets and smartphones, holding the metal enclosure turns the presenter into a fully functional stylus to navigate around device touchscreens.
  • Carrying Case — A convenient place to store the presenter when not in use, keeping it protected with a soft internal lining that prevents scratching.
  • Compatability — The presenter is compatible with Android 4.4 and above, Windows® 8.1 and above, and iOS 8 and above running Microsoft® PowerPoint.

“While the proliferation of ultrabooks and tablets is on the rise in business, they come with limitations — less USB ports, which confines expansion capabilities, and limited video ports, which restricts presentation options,” said Louie Yao, Global Product Manager at Kensington. “We’ve designed the PresentAir Pro to offset these limitations, giving users expanded flexibility for presentation delivery with the next generation of computing devices, as well as unparalleled customization capabilities that give users more control over how they use the presenter to be as productive as possible.”

The PresentAir Pro is available for pre-order today and will be generally available in November 2014. The PresenterWorks App will be available for download from Google Play, Windows Store, and App Store.

Digital images of the PresentAir Pro are available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/48490242@N04/sets/72157647615187069/

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Kensington, a leader in smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, is the recognized industry standard trusted by enterprises around the world. Kensington’s mobile security product offerings include laptop and mobile security locks providing a new generation of front-line protection for mobile devices. In addition, Kensington offers accessories including power adapters, chargers, mice, keyboards, trackballs, universal docking stations, desktop accessories, carrying cases and iPad/iPhone/iPod accessories. Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Kensington is the technology division of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO), a world leader in branded office products, with products marketed in more than 100 countries across the globe. For more information, visit www.kensington.com or call Kensington toll-free at 1-800-235-6708.

Kensington is a registered trademarks of ACCO Brands. PresentAir Pro and smart. safe. simple. are trademarks of ACCO Brands. All other registered and unregistered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

© 2014 Kensington Computer Products Group, a division of ACCO Brands. All rights reserved.

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Kensington Launches USB 3.0 Hubs and Adapters, 4-Port USB Charger, and New Universal Soft Sleeves

New Products Line-Up Delivers Power, Flexibility and Style

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Redwood Shores, CA, October 29, 2014 – Kensington, a worldwide leader in delivering smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, today announced the launch of its USB 3.0 Hubs and Adapters family, its 48W 4-Port USB Charger, and two new Universal Soft Sleeves.

The company’s update from its previous USB 2.0 connectivity line to the faster USB 3.0 addresses industry trends marked by slimmer laptops with fewer ports and wires; a plethora of USB equipment to connect, charge, and sync; and increased use of mobile devices. Additionally, the update includes a new 7-port USB hub and the ability to charge mobile devices.

“With more than 2 billion USB 3.0 devices projected to be in the market by 2015, as well as 100 percent penetration by native 3.0 computers, there is a lot more digital data to transfer like photos, music, and video and more devices to connect,” said Greg Agustin, Global Product Manager, Kensington. “Our USB 3.0 hubs and adapters take care of this significant trend, by providing transfer speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 and more interfaces to connect.”

And, with the launch of the new 48W 4-Port USB Charger, Kensington introduces a true universal desk charging solution. With PowerWhiz technology, the charger automatically detects a device and its specific power needs, creating the correct “handshake” between the device, USB cable, and charging port to deliver a fast and safe charge.

“With 4 in 10 smartphone users having a second mobile device, there’s an increasing need to charge multiple mobile devices simultaneously from the same location,” said Louie Yao, Global Product Manager, Kensington. “The 48W 4-Port USB Charger is the most powerful and compact 4-port USB charger in the market, offering a full-speed charge for each device simultaneously.”

Kensington’s new lineup of USB 3.0 Hubs and Adapters includes:

USB 3.0 4-Port Hub, Model UH4000 — With USB ports on laptops becoming a precious commodity, an external hub can be the answer to optimizing productivity and helping to expand a device’s capabilities. The 4-Port Hub ensures that users can connect all of their USB peripheral desktop accessories, with each of the four ports supporting fast transfer speeds.

USB 3.0 4-Port Hub plus Charging, Model UH4000C — The UH4000C offers the same benefits found in the standard 4-Port Hub, but each of the four ports also double as chargers for mobile devices, providing a convenient way to plug in and keep device batteries topped-off. With 3 AMPs available, users can choose any of the ports to provide a fast charge for a tablet and a smartphone, or other combination of low-power devices. Charging ports are compliant with USB BC 1.2 standard and compatible with BC 1.2 devices such as iPad Air and iPad mini. (Users should check their device specs.)

USB 3.0 7-Port Hub plus Charging, Model UH7000C — This 7-Port Hub and Charger ensures that users can connect all of their peripheral desktop accessories to a laptop, as well as quickly charge their smartphone or tablet. Each of the seven ports can support USB 3.0 transfer speeds to allow for more efficient work. The ports also double as chargers with 4 AMPs available, allowing for use of any port to provide a fast charge for up to two tablets, a tablet and a smartphone, or any other combination of low-power devices.

USB 3.0 Ethernet Adapter, Model UA0000E — Many newer laptops do not come with an Ethernet port, leaving users only WiFi to get connected to the Internet. This Ethernet Adapter provides a wired connectivity option with extremely fast Gigabit Ethernet transfer speeds where wireless access isn’t available or if a user has a broken internal network card.

USB 3.0 Ethernet Adapter plus 3-Port Hub, Model UA3000E — The UA3000E offers the same benefits found in the standard Ethernet Adapter, but also includes three USB 3.0 ports for additional device expansion.

Each of the five new USB 3.0 Hubs and Adapters also offers the following features:

  • Lightning-fast, gigabit transfer speeds. Using USB 3.0 technology, the 4-Port and 7-Port hubs support transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps, which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0. The Ethernet Adapters offer gigabit transfer speeds (also 10 times faster than USB 2.0) and provide an RJ-45 connector that supports 10/100/1000 BASE-T performance.
  • Plug and play operation. The 4-port and 7-port hubs allow users to simply plug the expansion hub into their device, with no need for an additional power source or driver downloads. The Ethernet Adapters require a one-time driver download via WiFi and subsequent installation, and then can be plugged into devices, ready to go.
  • Near universal acceptance. The adapters are all compatible with devices running Windows® 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP and Mac OS® X 10.6 or later operating systems.

Kensington’s 48W 4-Port USB Charger allows users to power up to four tablets and smartphones on their desk at the same time using PowerWhiz Technology. This technology allows almost any device to be plugged into the charger because it automatically recognizes a device and gives it the fastest charge possible while remaining completely circuit safe. Users can mix and match any combination of devices into any of the four USB ports, and each port can carry up to 2.4 AMPs of power to ensure even tablets get a speedy charge. Additionally, the charger only needs a single wall socket to charge device batteries.

The USB 3.0 Hubs and Adapters are available for pre-order today and will be generally available by the end of October. The 48W 4-Port USB Charger is also available for pre-order and will be generally available in November.

Kensington is also launching two new Universal Soft Sleeves that will allow customers to carry their device(s) in style, comfort and ease. Available in both 11” and 14” sizes, the new Universal Soft Sleeves respond to the growing popularity of Chromebook and MacBook Air as go-to essentials for mobile business professionals. The Kensington Universal Sleeves offer the perfect complement to help carry laptops or tablets, providing a soft layer of protection, with interior fleece lining for an added level of protection against scratches and dings, a reinforced carry handle for easy holding, and an exterior pocket for the convenient storage of accessories.

Editors: USB 3.0 Hubs and Adapters, USB Charger and Universal Soft Sleeve digital images are available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48490242@N04/sets/72157648681616766/

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Kensington, a leader in smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, is the recognized industry standard trusted by enterprises around the world. Kensington’s mobile security product offerings include laptop and mobile security locks providing a new generation of front-line protection for mobile devices. In addition, Kensington offers accessories including power adapters, chargers, mice, keyboards, trackballs, universal docking stations, desktop accessories, carrying cases and iPad/iPhone/iPod accessories. Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Kensington is the technology division of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO), a world leader in branded office products, with products marketed in more than 100 countries across the globe. For more information, visit www.kensington.com or call Kensington toll-free at 1-800-235-6708.

Kensington is a registered trademark of ACCO Brands. smart. safe. simple. is a trademark of ACCO Brands. All other registered and unregistered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

© 2014 Kensington Computer Products Group, a division of ACCO Brands. All rights reserved.

 

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Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena POPS Take to the Stage with DPA Microphones for Summer Concert Series

Company’s d:facto™ Vocal and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Mics are mainstays for all recent performances

LOS ANGELES, CA, OCTOBER 30, 2014 – Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena POPS recently concluded their 2014 Sierra Acura Summer Concert Series at the LA County Arboretum to an audience of nearly 5,000 people. DPA microphones was among the star-studded lineup, not only for this concert series but for Feinstein’s additional performances, with its d:facto™ Vocal Microphone and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones for Piano.Michael Feinstein Pasadena dfacto 1

Michael Feinstein’s long-time Production Manager and FOH Engineer Andy Brattain was introduced to DPA Microphones a few years ago at a show at the Palladium in London. Brattain secured the mics for Feinstein’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Series and has been using the microphones ever since.

“We were heading out on the road and had a lot of different types of shows scheduled throughout this past summer, which included everything from the outdoor symphony shows to a small trio show in a club setting,” says Brattain. “I made sure that I had a couple of DPA mics with me and this is when we really started liking them, as they worked perfectly in so many different applications with all different types of sound systems.”
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As a baritone, DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphone matches well with Feinstein’s voice. “He can get a little hot on the low end, but the d:facto is able to smooth some of that out without any coloration,” adds Brattain. “Also, the proximity of where Michael holds the mic in relation to his mouth, whether really close or really far away, works nicely with the d:facto. He has the freedom to move around and the d:facto evens out the sound, leaving me with minimal EQing.”

In addition to the d:facto, Brattain relies on DPA’s d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones for Piano. “We play with the piano lid closed for 99 percent of our performances and with most microphones you are fighting the low end that produces a harsh sound. With the d:votes you can position the mics exactly how you want and when you close the lid you have this great open and natural sound,” continues Brattain. “I’ve had an engineer tell me it’s the best sounding close-lid piano they’ve heard. It’s such an easy installation too, some pianists don’t want me to tape mics to their piano, but with the d:vote magnet mounts I don’t have to worry about scratches or a gluey mess, it leaves everyone happy.”Michael Feinstein Pasadena dfacto 3

Not only is Brattain happy with the quality of DPA’s microphones but the system tech and other FOH engineers that were at the Pasadena POP performances commented on how well they sounded. “Everyone was pretty blown away about not having to do a lot of EQing, just take the high pass up a little bit and call it a day, it was great,” concludes Brattain.

Feinstein is a multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy® Award-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook.”

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 always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is 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 on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

Christie and USIS Partnership Inspire AppNexus Employees with High Tech Office Spaces

Christie® and USIS AudioVisual Systems achieved grand success at AppNexus in creating additional space on a floor that includes both open plan office space and a basketball court.

AppNexus Basketball Court uses Christie Projector

AppNexus Basketball Court uses Christie Projector


AppNexus is a high tech company occupying three floors of office space on 23rd Street in New York City. As part of its culture, AppNexus holds employee motivational meetings called “Razzles.” Razzles include the use of Christie projectors and other tools to ignite excitement and motivate the team. At the end of a Razzle, employees can head from the fourth floor (where the Razzles are held) down to the second floor where the basketball court is located to work off the day’s stress.

According to Todd Hutchins (CTS-D), chief technology officer, USIS AudioVisual Systems, AppNexus needed additional Razzle space. The answer was to equip the second floor  where the basketball court is located  with technology on par with the fourth floor Razzle space where three Christie DS+6K-M projectors are located, ultimately creating an extension of the fourth floor. This included the installation of one Christie HD10K-M projector and the ability to do high-end video collaboration.

“AppNexus is critical when it comes to the projected image and audio quality,” said Hutchins. “When they use the room for presentations, there may be 400 people in the space that connect between several floors, plus others from international offices  it has to be perfect.”

When it came time to make a decision on the projector requirements, USIS AudioVisual Systems turned to Christie to fulfill its projection needs.

“We chose Christie not only because their products are superior but because they have always held true to our partner relationship. Whether we’ve needed technical support, sales assistance, or demonstrations, Christie has never let us down,” added Hutchins. “With Christie  it’s all about support. If our team has any issues, all we have to do is call and someone from Christie will be at our side to help, as any true partner should be. Because of what we do and how we do it, we will partner only with manufacturers who fully support their products.”

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