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Press Releases For : September 30, 2014

Middle Atlantic Sets New Standard for Compact Surge Protection

MAP Compact Surge
Fairfield, NJ––The new Series Protection™ and 2-Stage Compact Surge Devices from Middle Atlantic Products establish new industry standards for reduced size, rapid response time and comprehensive surge protection.

Offering the fastest responding technology in the most compact stand-alone surge protection device in the industry, the new Series Protection system is engineered with non-sacrificial and non-degrading protection to ensure system reliability by effectively absorbing surges without contaminating the system ground. It safeguards against both under and over voltage events with automatic recovery that does not require a hard reset after a surge event, minimizing system downtime.

The new MOV protected 2-Stage unit is the industry’s most compact stand-alone surge protection device that deflects surge events from line to neutral without contaminating the system ground. It safeguards against both over and under voltage events and its two-stage technology provides enhanced surge protection. Quality fire-protected components eliminate the risk of fire associated with surge events.

Both of these devices can power and protect displays, extenders, digital signage players and more, while their ultra compact size makes them ideal for installation behind flat panel displays, in furniture, within ceiling and wall boxes or in a traditional rack already filled with components.

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

Professional Wireless Systems Highlights Range of RF Solutions for House of Worship Events at WFX 2014

DALLAS, TX, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 – Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound Company and experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live and broadcast events, will showcase its range of RF solutions at WFX 2014 (Booth 1023), including its Helical Antennas and Domed Helical Antennas, Intermodulation Analysis Software System (IAS), GX Series of Combiners and DB Series of Multicouplers.PWS_Helical Antenna

“We are excited to bring our range of state-of-the-art RF and wireless equipment to the house of worship professionals in attendance at WFX 2014,” says Jim Van Winkle, general manager, PWS. “In addition to showcasing our RF solutions, PWS representatives will be on-hand to discuss our ability to provide on-site install services and support for wireless systems at HOW events of any size, especially with the influx of larger scale events for the upcoming holiday season.”

Two of PWS’ flagship product lines, Helical Antennas and Domed Helical Antennas, will be on display at the show. PWS Helical Antennas, perfect for long throws and high gain, have become the industry standard for multichannel wireless microphone, in-ear and intercom systems, due in part to their unique characteristics, which offer users extreme flexibility. The circularly polarized UHF antennas cover a frequency range of 450 MHz to 950 MHz and offer 14dbi gain and 8.5dbi for the Domed Helical. With an inherent boost in gain, greater bandwidth, and dropout-resistant polarization, PWS Helical Antennas outshine the performance of traditional antenna designs. Popular for use with IEM systems, users can employ these antennas with other UHF systems, including wireless microphones and intercom systems.

For venues and installations in which site-line appearance is a priority, PWS Domed Helical Antennas offer a wider angle of coverage perfect for smaller stages and medium gain. Offering the same circular polarization as the original PWS Helical Antenna, the Domed Helical features a more durable, sealable enclosure with a compact profile. Inconspicuous and robust, the PWS Domed Helical Antenna is a great choice when aesthetics and function cannot be compromised.

PWS will also be demonstrating its Intermodulation Analysis Software (IAS), which cuts down on setup time by combining a database of wireless performance equipment and access to local television frequencies in use. “PWS’ IAS software is the solution RF technicians have been waiting for,” adds Van Winkle. “This saves tremendous time over traditional trial-and-error methods. Once a clean frequency is found in IAS, a simple pre-show equipment test will verify the software’s ‘offline’ analysis. Our proprietary software helps to speed up a tedious and error-prone process.”

Additionally, PWS will highlight its GX Series of Combiners, the GX-4 and GX-8, which offer selectable high and low output settings, as well as above unity gain on output, as well as its DB Series of Multicouplers, including the DB8 (8 outputs), DB16 (16 outputs) and DB24 (24 outputs). These diversity systems are designed to distribute antenna signals to multiple receivers without loss and with high isolation between ports.

Interested show participants are invited to stop by PWS’ WFX Booth (1023) to speak with executives about the company’s latest product offerings. The team will also be offering site surveys at a discounted price to show attendees who are interested in learning more about how to optimize their frequency coordination during house of worship events.

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.

New Birthplace of Country Music Museum Explores Historic 1927 Bristol Sessions with Audio and Video Systems from Electrosonic

BCM day 2-21Straddling the Virginia and Tennessee state lines, the town of Bristol just opened the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, featuring audio and video systems provided by Electrosonic.

The new museum celebrates the historic 1927 Bristol Sessions, which are considered the origin of modern country music. Held by the Victor Talking Machine Company in a local hat warehouse, the sessions were made possible by the advent of portable audio recording technology. Nineteen performers traveled to what was then the largest urban area in the Appalachians to raise their voices in song; the sessions marked the commercial debuts of the legendary Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter family.

The 24,000-square foot Birthplace of Country Music Museum uses multiple theater experiences, interactives and artifact displays, to tell the story of the Bristol Sessions and their far-reaching influence. The museum is in a vintage building that formerly housed a truck dealership; over a period of years, it was gutted and retrofitted to be true to the era of the Bristol Sessions.

Electrosonic was brought on board the project in its early stages by Washington, D.C.-based Hillmann & Carr, which produced the museum’s video content and handled interactive programming. Electrosonic’s Design Consulting team worked with Joseph Nicholson of studioMUSarx in Philadelphia on the initial exhibit design. Electrosonic’s Orlando office provided the subsequent AV systems and support for the facility.

“There were a number of challenges to working in a historically significant building,” says Electrosonic project manager Tim Wilson.

Chief among them – and critical to a music-themed museum – were the issues concerning sound. Steve Haas, president of SH Acoustics in Milford, Connecticut, served as the acoustic and audio consultant to Electrosonic and was a key contributor to the project’s audio design and calibration. “We had to resolve acoustically challenging hard surfaces and create the highest quality sound experience for visitors,” he says. “Optimizing the sonic environment throughout the museum was the goal, whether in the theaters or individual exhibits.”

Visitors to the museum enjoy five theaters, four of which feature equipment from Electrosonic. The largest of them, the Orientation Theater, has a holding area styled like a train depot. Visitors hear associated sound effects and historic music clips through Acoustic Enhancements’ activated sound panels built into the depot walls while they wait to gain admittance to the theater; when they hear a train’s air brakes, the theater doors open and they take a seat to watch the video, “Bound to Bristol,” about the musical heritage of the Bristol Sessions. The Orientation Theater is outfitted with an InFocus projector, Renkus-Heinz speakers, Bag End subwoofers and activated sound panels by Acoustic Enhancements. A pair of NEC monitors above the walkways provides closed captioning.

The small Greasy Strings Theater displays a looped video exploring the philosophy and musical techniques behind the sessions. It has a BenQ projector and Innovox and Tannoy speakers. The Chapel has a few church pews where visitors can rest and watch a video about local gospel groups and how faith has shaped music. It has a BenQ projector, Tannoy speakers and four Acoustic Enhancements activated sound panels built into the pews. The Orientation Theater, Greasy Strings and the Chapel all have Screen Goo projection surfaces on their walls. Their video sources are Alcorn McBride DVM8500 digital video machines.

A stop at the Immersion Theater comes later in the tour. Its video focuses on making visitors part of the unbroken circle of country music and includes clips of many different artists performing “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” – from Jimmie Rodgers to Lynyrd Skynyrd. This theater has a custom Da-Lite perforated, curved screen, three blended BenQ projectors, a Dataton WATCHOUT video source, Tannoy speakers and Bag End subs – and room to dance. The walls are lined with murals showing crowds of appreciative country music fans at the annual Rhythm & Roots Reunion festival in Bristol.

Throughout the museum, a number of interactives equipped with 32-inch ELO touch screens engage visitors in various aspects of the Bristol Sessions and country music heritage. Interactives dubbed “Way Back Machines” enable visitors to scroll through photographs showing Bristol over the years; four “Mixing Stations” allow them to change the mix on assorted tracks from the sessions. Two “Bristol Remastered” interactives, with Brown Innovations focused beam speakers, showcase a number of session tunes covered by contemporary artists. An interactive recording booth invites visitors to sing along in their own version of the famous Bristol Sessions, and “Send a Postcard” lets them choose a digital postcard design to email to family and friends.

Bristol-born Tennessee Ernie Ford gets a video kiosk driven by an Alcorn McBride DVM8500 with overhead speakers. The “Rediscovered/Reinvented” video, displayed on a 46-inch monitor, shows how movies and media integrate country music today. It is also fed by an Alcorn McBride digital video machine.

The museum has provided space for a working internal radio station, too. Visitors can look through picture windows to the audio booth, which features a vintage radio control room and studio equipped with a 1940s Raytheon console from a Bristol radio station that has been retrofitted to convert analog to digital signals. The FCC has granted a low power FM license, and the studio will soon begin broadcasting WBCM, Birthplace of Country Music Radio. Electrosonic provided the interactive outside the windows where visitors can tune into four pre-recorded radio shows if the radio station is not broadcasting. Audio playback is provided by a QSC Q-Sys system.

Electrosonic built three control rooms on the second floor of the museum, which are connected with a fiber network. Empty racks have been provided to accommodate future expansion in the already limited space. Museum staff maintains all of the audio and video equipment.

“Everything looks very, very good and sounds excellent,” says Wilson. “The Birthplace of Country Music is a very cool place to visit, and the people there are wonderful. They really believe in the product and have done a great job showing the full spectrum of country music from the 1927 sessions to today.”

Dr. Jessica Turner, the museum’s director and head curator, concluded, “It was important to us, as a music museum, to have the highest quality sound and media experiences. This is exactly what the group from Electrosonic delivered. I was impressed that the whole team worked with us to troubleshoot problems to find innovative solutions, often going above and beyond to provide expertise and professionalism. I was sad when the installation was complete and we would no longer be working together.”

Burwil was the general contractor for the museum.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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New Extron ShareLink 200 Enables Wireless BYOD Presentations

Extron ShareLink 200Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the ShareLink 200 Wireless Collaboration Gateway, which enables anyone to present content from a personal device. Supported devices include Windows® and OS X® computers as well as Apple® and Android® smartphones and tablets. ShareLink technology provides simultaneous display of presentations, images, documents, and other content from up to four different personal devices, eliminating the need to constantly change sources during a session. Content from a single device shows full screen, and content from multiple devices appears simultaneously in four windows on the display. Any user can share content and control the presentation when it is set to collaboration mode. A moderator mode ensures only approved content is displayed. Designed for professional AV applications, this wireless gateway also includes many integrator-friendly features such as an integrated wireless access point, Power over Ethernet – PoE, and antennas mounted on the front panel. The ShareLink 200 Wireless Collaboration Gateway can be used to create a stand-alone wireless collaboration and presentation system or to add wireless presentation capabilities to a variety of wired AV system designs. (more…)

DPA Microphones Brings d:screet™ Omnidirectional Miniature Necklace Microphone to WFX 2014

Company also features its line of d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones

DALLAS, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014DPA Microphones showcases its new d:screet™ Omnidirectional Necklace Microphone at WFX 2014 (Booth 1016), which is not only perfect for religious holiday productions, but can also be used for a range of other house of worship microphone applications. The company’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones, another ideal accompaniment for such performances and daily HOW needs, will also be on display throughout the show.

DPA Microphones_dscreet NecklaceThe new d:screet Omnidirectional Miniature Necklace Microphone addresses an industry need for a mic that can be mounted and removed quickly several times by untrained talent without a sound expert nearby, which is often the setting in a house of worship. Especially useful for instances when mounting and consistent audio output are the primary requirements, the d:screet Necklace Mic is ideal for situations requiring quick costume changes, such as a Christmas play or concert at a house of worship. Featuring DPA’s legendary d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Capsule in a soft rubber necklace, the d:screet Necklace Mic offers fast, repeatable, “do-it-yourself” mounting and is designed specifically for use by non-technicians. It is available in black, white and brown and in lengths of either 18.3 or 20.9 inches.

Representing years of research and development, the d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones are condenser mics that feature supercardioid polar patterns for superior gain-before-feedback. Fully capable of handling the full dynamic range and subtle details of any instrument, these microphones are tiny, discreet, rugged and lightweight. The versatile gooseneck provides stable and repeatable positioning, while the variety of available clips and mounts enable the mics to be repositioned or moved to another instrument without worry of damaging the finish of an instrument of changing its sonic character. Through the use of DPA’s extensive adapter system, the d:vote can be used as a standard 48V phantom powered microphone via the included XLR connector and is compatible with virtually any wireless system. The mic comes standard with a 5.5-inch gooseneck, but an optional extension unit is available along with a detachable cable, which increases the convenience of instrument mounting. Further, the selection of cables makes it possible to tailor the mic to a specific task, such the heavy-duty cable for PA/Live gigs or a thinner option that’s easier to hide on a personal instrument.

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.

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Christie Brings Its House of Worship Visual Display Solutions to Life at WFX 2014

Christie® is bringing its visual display solutions to life at the Worship Facilities Conference and Expo (WFX) 2014, which takes place October 1-2 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. The Christie booth features the new Christie GS Series laser phosphor projectors, Christie Q Series and Christie M Series projectors, a Christie FHD651-T touch panel, and a Christie® MicroTiles® display. The Christie Spyder X20 video processor will manage all content.

Christie DWX555-GS Series of Laser Phosphor Projectors

Christie DWX555-GS Series of Laser Phosphor Projectors

A Christie display solution for every need
Making its WFX debut is the Christie DHD555-GS. Part of the 1-chip DLP® Christie GS Series, the DHD555-GS eliminates the need for lamp and filter replacements, providing 20,000 hours of low-cost operation. It features wireless connectivity and a suite of optional lenses for greater installation flexibility. Christie GS Series provides clean, radiant images with up to 5400 ANSI lumens with Picture-in-Picture functionality, making it ideal for houses of worship. Easy to install, the Christie DHD555-GS includes display port, HDMI, DVI and HDBaseT connectivity.

The booth also features the Christie DHD951-Q. Part of the Christie Q Series, the 1-chip DLP® projector is usable in either single or dual-lamp mode, and equipped with eClarity™ – advanced image processing that enhances images by providing greater control over image sharpness, gloss and shading. Moreover, with Q Series’ built-in High Dynamic Contrast Range (HDCR), image ‘washout’ in high ambient light conditions is eliminated.

Two blended Christie HD14K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors will display content on a wide aspect ratio curved screen using the Christie Spyder X20. Combining unparalleled image quality and low cost of ownership, Christie M Series provides incomparable results in houses of worship. Available with WXGA, SX+, HD and WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution and providing up to 10,000:1 contrast ratio, the industry-leading Christie M Series is equipped with Christie Twist™, which enables edge blending and warping for smooth, clean images from multiple projectors.

The LED edge-lit Christie FHD651-T will be showcased at WFX. Featuring a 2.7-inch deep profile, the elegantly designed LCD flat panel has the reliability and image quality needed for houses of worship where it will complement any décor. Delivering, bright, brilliant images, the congregation’s message will be visible every seat without interruption.

Featuring up to four simultaneous touches, the Christie FHD651-T has high-accuracy infrared touch technology with superior touchscreen performance in a fully integrated package.

The Christie booth will also display the multiple award-winning Christie MicroTiles in a 1 by 5 array. Christie MicroTiles deliver clean, saturated, precise colors on a nearly seamless digital canvas. Their unique modular design allows them to be configured into any shape or size, creating the perfect blend of architecture and technology.

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HARMAN’s Martin Professional Now Shipping RUSH Wizard™ Effect Light

RUSH by Martin_WizardAARHUS, Denmark — HARMAN’s Martin Professional today announced the RUSH Wizard™ “full-house” effect light for nightclubs, bars and other leisure environments is now shipping. As the latest member of the RUSH by Martin line of affordable lighting solutions, the RUSH Wizard is an extremely bright yet energy-efficient light providing high-quality mid-air effects.

The RUSH Wizard is music-triggered and DMX-controllable with two independent color/gobo wheels offering seven colors (plus two whites) and 13 different gobos with an additional two open patterns. An advanced shutter system allows the Wizard to create fast strobe and pulse effects as well as blackouts and a unique instant open. The Wizard also delivers more than 80 agile light beams with each beam chasing the other while continuously changing color and gobo pattern.

“Finding reliable effect lighting that is compact and bright while also energy efficient is a challenge faced by many integrators,” said Mark Buss, Product Manager, RUSH by Martin. “We are committed to providing the industry with the most innovative and affordable lighting solutions; the RUSH Wizard is a powerful addition to our RUSH by Martin line that is capable of filling any venue with a dazzling display of mid-air effects and personality.”

The Wizard’s powerful ‘full-house’ club effect produces more than 80 light beams with each beam chasing the other while also continuously changing color and gobo patterns. It also features adjustable focus and a stand-alone mode for easy control as well as a130W short-arc discharge to create powerful effects via a reflector.

In addition, the RUSH wizard comes equipped with mounting brackets for easy installation on walls and ceilings as well as on floor stands ideal for mobile DJs in need of portable lighting.

For more information on Martin’s RUSH Wizard, please visit:

http://www.martin.com/en-US/Product-Details/RUSH-Wizard.aspx

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

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

DL Sound & Lighting Productions Gives Butchart Gardens Great Sounds for the Summer with HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers

IMG_2366VICTORIA, Canada — Providing a sound reinforcement system to accommodate the growing audiences for The Butchart Gardens’ “Summer at the Gardens” concert series, DL Sound & Lighting Productions of Victoria has supplied HARMAN’s JBL VTX V20 line array loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers for two months of live performances.

Located near Victoria on Vancouver Island, The Butchart Gardens is a collection of floral gardens that receives almost a million visitors each year. For the past 12 years, DL Sound has provided the sound reinforcement system for The Butchart Gardens’ famed “Summer at the Gardens” series. This year’s performers included world-famous acts including Colin James and Pink Martini, with performances scheduled every night from June 15 to August 30.

“This year, The Butchart Gardens wanted to up the ante as far as the draw of its performing artists went, so they also needed an audio system that would meets the needs of larger crowds,” said Doug Lyngard, President of DL Sound. “They also wanted to be able to fly the PA system instead of ground-stacking, which they have done in the past.”

“The venue lends itself to great presentation for an artist, and this is a great venue for acts coming through the Victoria area,” said Paul Gatien, Live Sound Engineer for The Butchart Gardens. “For Colin James, we had an audience of 5,000 people, which was one of our largest events.”

The system at The Butchart Gardens includes a left-right hang of six V20 line array loudspeakers per side, powered with Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers. Gatien also uses JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ to monitor and control the system.

“I haven’t had any training on Performance Manager, so I’ve been figuring it out as we go, but it’s so intuitive that it’s been working great, and we’re doing really well with it,” Gatien noted.

When looking for a loudspeaker system for the summer season at The Butchart Gardens, Lyngard was attracted to the V20 for multiple reasons. “I really liked the sound of the V20, and the JBL name carries a solid reputation, so that also played a big factor,” he said. “Other factors like the easy rigging were important, as well as how easily the loudspeakers work with the Crown amplifiers and Performance Manager.”

“We’re really happy with the system,” Gatien added. “We do everything from symphony performances and jazz to classic rock and blues, and the VTX loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers handle it all very well.”

While Summer at the Gardens provided the impetus for DL Sound to purchase the JBL VTX system, the company has big plans for it once the summer is over. “The V20 and I-Tech 4x3500HD raise our ability to compete for larger projects,” Lyngard said. “Now we’ll be able to provide sound for all the venues on Vancouver Island and in the Vancouver area and be able to fill most riders as well.”

For more information on DL Sound & Lighting Productions, please visit www.dlsound.net

For more information on The Butchart Gardens, please visit www.butchartgardens.com

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

Jason ‘Malletman’ Taylor Finds The Sweet Spot With HARMAN’s AKG Microphones And Headphones

AKG_MalletmanATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – A nationally renowned jazz recording artist, vibraphone player Jason ‘Malletman’ Taylor relies on HARMAN’s AKG microphones to produce the perfect sound in the studio and on the stage.

Taylor has played in a variety of theaters and nightclubs throughout his career, while recording and performing with the likes of Tito Puente Jr., Earth, Wind & Fire, Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Bernard Purdie and Jon Bon Jovi. Malletman sees today’s music as a melting pot of genres, and thus restricts himself to none.

Prior to his game-changing experience with AKG, the 5-time GRAMMY® nominee was forced to become a ‘slinger’ and play the vibraphone with great force in order to be heard. But after his introduction to AKG microphones, it became effortless for him to find the right sound.

“They can hear me well now,” said Taylor. “It’s the best sound I’ve ever played. AKG takes me to the next level in the world of audio. For years I couldn’t be heard, and now it’s a challenge to not hit too hard. Also, I don’t have to worry about accidentally hitting the microphones anymore either, because I know they won’t break like some of the other brands that I’ve tried.”

Taylor uses two AKG C516 ML miniature microphones for his vibraphone and an AKG D5 handheld microphone to speak with the audience while onstage. He also likes to rely on the AKG K550 and K551 reference headphones for all production work in the studio.

“When I make music with the AKG headphones, I can make the sounds that I want, and they just make me smile,” said Taylor. “This whole journey with AKG makes me smile.”

For more information on Jason Taylor, please visit http://www.malletsplace.com/

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

Click Effects Selects Vista Systems’ Spyder for Content Delivery Solution at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field

IMG_20140909_115203Vista Systems’ Spyder has become the image processor of choice for large professional sports installations implemented by Click Effects, whose line of powerful, dependable and cost-effective digital content delivery systems are designed to meet the demands of live sports environments nationwide. The most recent venue where Spyder plays a key role in Click Effects’ content delivery solution is Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.

“Vista Systems’ Spyder is used in virtually every large professional project with displays over 1080p or with displays requiring multiple windows,” says Greg Stocker, managing director of the sports division of Click Effects. “We’ve worked on nearly a dozen projects in the past few years – all using Spyder, in conjunction with our Crossfire and Blaze video playback systems, to facilitate a level of visual sophistication that fans are accustomed to seeing on broadcast television.”

In addition to Lincoln Financial Field, sports venues featuring Spyder include Bank of America Stadium, home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers; NRG Stadium (formerly Reliant Stadium), home of the NFL’s Houston Texans; Toyota Center, home of the NBA’s Houston Rockets; American Airlines Center, home of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and NHL’s Dallas Stars; EnergySolutions Arena, home of the NBA’s Utah Jazz; and EverBank Field, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

The new installation at Lincoln Financial Field is believed to have the most extensive content delivery system of any pro sports venue. “We have more than 30 content delivery systems playing audio, video, graphics and data over all of the LED displays, digital signage and ancillary displays,” says Stocker. “If you include suite and concourse monitors there are over 1,000 displays.”

To accomplish that feat operators marshal Crossfire systems, with HDSDI output, and Blaze systems, with DVI output; ten Crossfires handle L-Bar custom advertising alone.

The LED displays, as well as the digital signage and ancillary displays, are so large that three Spyder X20 1608s are used. Content delivery includes live feeds, replays, animations, stats, advertising and crowd motivational videos.

“Spyder enables users to put multiple sources over the huge displays in one canvas,” Stocker explains. “It also facilitates synchronous playback, including on suite and concourse displays, to completely envelop fans in ‘moments of exclusivity,’ such as a touchdown. And it’s all done with very smooth transitions and production values that approximate what fans see on the broadcast networks.”

Before Lincoln Financial Field’s installation came online Click Effects’ most ambitious pro sports project was Houston’s NRG Stadium where “as many as eight to ten sources feed a display that’s nearly 200 feet wide,” says Stocker. “Spyder creates numerous windows then goes to a full-screen replay or animation. Spyder transitions smoothly to reveal stats, advertising and live video.

“We’ve worked with half-a-dozen different multi-window scalers over the years and nothing has been remotely as powerful and reliable as Spyder,” he continues. “The number of layers it handles and how they’re manipulated, the ability to scale effortlessly – these are all hallmarks of Spyder. Nothing can match its reliability, power and transparency of integration with other content delivery systems.”

Click Effects also considers Spyder to be the go-to image processor for college sports installations. “Spyder is also a great choice for college venues,” Stocker reports.

This fall at LSU’s Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge a single Spyder X20 1608 is working in combination with more than ten Crossfire and Blaze systems to drive the big LED display. “They’re getting the kind of broadcast looks they were unable to achieve before,” he says.

And at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville a Spyder is part of new centralized control for the inhouse TV station where it teams with Crossfire and Blaze systems to drive content to a high-density LED wall.

Click Effects is a division of Sound & Video Creations, Inc. in Nashville.

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

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