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Press Releases For : August 1, 2014

CLEAR-COM LAUNCHES FREESPEAK II™ DECT-BASED DUPLEX WIRELESS INTERCOM SYSTEM

At IBC 2014 Clear-Com® will announce the launch of FreeSpeak II™ wireless intercom system, an enhanced DECT-based offering that operates in multiple license-free DECT bands from 1.897-1.933GHz. FreeSpeak II delivers improved roaming capability for reliable wireless connections, superior digital ‘Clear-Com Sound’ for clear intelligibility and ultimate audio comfort, and innovative intercom features that make it a high performance wireless option.
The system is ideal for deployment across large-scale, multi-zone production areas typically required in live events, broadcast and sports production.

More Users, Same Flexibility

FreeSpeak II allows large numbers of wireless beltpack users to simultaneously roam across an expansive production area without compromising on performance. Similar to
its predecessor, FreeSpeak II can be implemented as a standalone base station wireless
system or as an integrated wireless solution within Eclipse HX matrices, known
as FreeSpeak II Integra. When using the base station, up to 20 full-duplex wireless
beltpacks can be connected; in an integrated matrix setup, as many as 50
full-duplex wireless beltpacks can be used at the same time by strategically
placing 10 or more distributed remote antennas to create an expansive coverage
zone. These beltpack users are then able to directly communicate with any other
remote or local matrix panel or other wireless or wired beltpack user who is on
the Eclipse HX Matrix System network.

New Hardware, Better Experience

FreeSpeak II leverages the existing base station from its predecessor that has been updated to work with the new beltpacks and new active antennas. All-new five-channel,
full-duplex FS II-BP wireless beltpack was uniquely designed for the rigorous
demands of large-scale operations and continuous communication use. Ergonomically
positioned controls, intuitive operation and rugged housing make the beltpack
ideal for extended use under harsh conditions. Beltpacks are IP-65 rated for
water and dust resistance for mobile productions. The Li-Ion battery for the
beltpack can last over 18 hours on a full charge. Beltpack operations including
battery health, RF status and Antenna link can be monitored in real-time via
the base station or Eclipse HX version 7.6 software.

The newly-designed Active Antenna provides the cellular roaming capability that keeps wireless users connected to the base station or to the Integra Solution. Enhancements to
the antenna systems now offer a much improved wireless performance and thereby
delivering a reliable wireless connection for mobile intercom users. Locally-powered
Antennas can be positioned up to 3,200ft away, or 800ft away when centrally
powered from the base station. Five way Antenna Splitters extend the base station
to create an expansive coverage area with up to 10 antennas.

Crystal-clear Sound, Ultimate Audio Comfort

FreeSpeak II beltpack users can continue enjoying the highly-intelligible and digitally-clear “Clear-Com Sound at 7kHz “commentator” audio bandwidth. This level of sound
quality offers excellent audio experience and reduces the strain on the user’s ears after extended usage.

Simon Browne, Director of Product Management, Clear-Com, said, “FreeSpeak is a proven duplex wireless solution for large-scale, multi-zone production areas. The introduction of the redesigned FreeSpeak II Beltpack and Antenna provides rugged and ergonomic operation, together with greatly improved radio and audio clarity that will delight our wireless users.”

The FreeSpeak II family of products, together with a wide range of other Clear-Com solutions, will be available for demonstration on Stand 10.D29 at IBC 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SONNOX HEATS UP PLUG-INS FOR SUMMER MADNESS SALE 35% OFF PLUG-INS AND BUNDLES

OXFORD, UK: Beginning on August 1st and continuing on throughout the month, Sonnox will offer a 35% discount on individual plug-ins and also bundles.

Company Sales & Marketing Manager Nathan Eames explains, “Buying multiple plug-ins and creating a custom bundle, purchasers are already saving up to 40% – so in effect, this Summer sale means an additional 35% discount. Now is a great time to buy Sonnox plug-ins!”

Included in the Summer Madness Sale are: Oxford Dynamics, EQ, Inflator, Limiter, SuprEsser, TransMod, Reverb, Fraunhofer Pro-Codec, and Sonnox Restore. To take advantage of these great summer prices Buy Now. iLok2 is required for authorization.

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Revolabs Announces Enhanced Training Academy Portal and 20 Live Training Events

Unified Communications Leader Unveils Redesigned Online Training Program and Upcoming Training and Certification Tour

SUDBURY, Mass. — July 31, 2014 — Revolabs(R) today announced that the company is launching its newly redesigned Revolabs Academy Training Program — a free, interactive online learning portal that provides users with a better understanding of audio fundamentals, measurement and performance, and proper use and installation of Revolabs products. Available now, the online curriculum complements the company’s upcoming training and certification tour, which will bring live instruction with Revolabs’ award-winning product portfolio to 20 cities across the U.S. This tour continues the Revolabs tradition of onsite education for global partners.

Coinciding with the launch of the company’s new online learning portal, Revolabs will embark on a nationwide training and certification tour from August to October 2014. The 20-city tour will include stops in New York, Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles, where AV resellers and consultants will receive hands-on training on all Revolabs products, including the all-new, award-winning Executive Elite product family. This national tour offers an all-day class focused on all technical knowledge needed to become a certified Revolabs partner. Upon completion of either set of courses, users will earn four CTS credits.

“By revamping the entire Revolabs Academy Training Program and adding fresh content, the new portal now brings a more intuitive, streamlined, and engaging training experience to our technical partner community worldwide while introducing new incentives that encourage learners to continue earning credits,” said Marc Cremer, COO, Revolabs. “The North American live training and certification tour is part of our ongoing global outreach initiative and affirms Revolabs’ commitment to providing live training to our customers around the world.”

Open and free to all current Revolabs customers including resellers, consultants, distributors, and end users, the online academy provides an interactive learning experience that intuitively guides users through a series of lessons covering the principles of audio, echo cancellation, microphone placement, product integration, configuration settings, repair procedures, maintaining RF stability, and avoiding interference. Users earn four CTS credits upon successful completion of the course, which can be applied to InfoComm(TM) RU credits for CTS, CTS-D, or CTS-I certifications. This is especially useful for professionals unable to attend InfoComm training sessions onsite.

Users can access the new Revolabs Training Academy at www.revolabs.com/support/training. More information on the Revolabs training and certification tour is available at www.revolabs.com/support/training/live.

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About Revolabs(R)
Revolabs(R) Inc. is the premier provider of audio solutions for unified communications, enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications across a wide range of markets. Offering unmatched audio quality that allows users to “hear every word,” the company’s teleconferencing and microphone systems are utilized across the globe for a variety of applications, from webcasts and video conferencing to podcasts and broadcasting. Combining the ultimate in flexibility with sleek, stylish form factors, Revolabs solutions cut the cord, facilitating natural mobility by allowing participants to move about a workspace and still be heard, without being held back by wires. Leading the way in innovation, the company continues to add to its portfolio of value-added audio and telephony systems with superior products. Revolabs systems are secure (encrypted), rechargeable (environmentally friendly), and GSM-impervious. The company is headquartered in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and can be reached at +1-800-326-1088 or www.revolabs.com.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

PR Link: www.ingearpr.com/Revolabs/140731Revolabs.doc

RCF Powers Ultra Music Festival electronic dance music festival

For the second consecutive year, the Ultra Music Festival followed its triumphant event in Miami by bringing the electronic dance party to Split, Croatia over three days.
Known as Ultra Europe, the DJ festival moved into the city’s Poljud Stadium, with the sound from some of the world’s leading turntablists heard by an estimated crowd of 40,000 through more than 100 of RCF’s TT+ Series products.
Headliners including Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Carl Cox, David Guetta and Paul Kalkbrenner performed. Event production provided by Zagreb-based Promo Logistika.
The main PA consisted of two hangs of 20 TTL55-A dual 12” three-way active line array elements with a straight cardioid array of 42 TTS56-A dual 21” active subwoofers electronically curved via the algorithm in RCF’s proprietary RDNet to achieve a wide and smooth sub-frequency coverage. Additionally, eight HDL20-A dual 10” active line array modules were utilized for front fills.
Sidefills comprised an array of six TTL55-A (left) and 10 TTL55-A (right) while two delay towers situated 200-feet back were covered by hangs of 8 TTL55-A.
RCF Italy provided full support and system engineering with TT+ specialist Luca Cilloni designing and optimizing the rig designed for maximum coverage throughout the venue.
According to Promo Logistika marketing director Zoran Biskupic, the event was a huge success and the system performed at its best.
You can view the RCF Bart Channel YouTube presentation of the Ultra Music Festival at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJtf5XU-XEg&feature=youtu.be

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DVIGear Launches Powerful New HDBaseT™ Extenders

Delivers a Major Breakthrough in Value for System Integrators

Marietta, Georgia    August 1, 2014  –  DVIGear, a leading manufacturer of digital connectivity products, has launched its models DVI-7520 and DVI-7525, the first in a powerful new range of HDBaseT™ Extenders targeted for professional AV system installations and rental & staging applications.

DVI-7520 and DVI-7525:  HDMI HDBaseT Extenders

Extends Multiple Signals over a Single Category Cable

DVIGear’s DVI-7520 and DVI-7525 provide simple and cost-effective solutions to extend uncompressed HDMI or DVI, embedded audio, bidirectional RS-232 and IR, and Ethernet (DVI-7525 only) using a single twisted-pair CAT-X cable.   Unlike other products, these extenders support the full range of HDBaseT features, including: 5‑play, support for 4K / 30p (UHD) resolution, bidirectional IR, POH and long range operation:

DVI-7520:         4K / 30p up to 130 ft. (~ 40 m),  1080p up to 230 ft. (~ 70 m)
DVI-7525:         4K / 30p up to 230 ft. (~ 70 m),  1080p up to 330 ft. (~ 100 m)

Fully Compliant Power over HDBaseT (POH)

The DVI-7520 and DVI-7525 are among the first extenders on the market to offer a fully compliant implementation of “Power over HDBaseT” (POH), a key component of the HDBaseT standard.  To maintain system stability and compatibility, POH uses standardized 48 VDC power as well as a sophisticated handshake feature that prevents power exchange with incompatible devices.  Today there are many HDBaseT products on the market that utilize non-standard implementations of power over the HDBaseT link.  This problem has created numerous interoperability challenges for system integrators who are faced with HDBaseT products that do not work with each other or in some cases actually cause equipment failures.  “We felt that a fully compliant implementation of POH was the only solution to the growing problems caused by non-standard power in many HDBaseT products today,” stated Steven Barlow, President of DVIGear.  “The architects of the HDBaseT standard wisely included this feature from the beginning and yet very few companies have included this crucial functionality in their product designs.  We think this will change in the future.”

The DVI-7520 and DVI-7525 deliver a powerful combination of advanced features and sterling performance at very attractive price points, which make them a true break-through in value for professional AV system integrators.  This makes them ideally suited for a wide range of digital display applications including rental & staging events, conference and training rooms, boardrooms, auditoriums, hotels, churches and other demanding environments.  Both units are available now for immediate delivery.

About DVIGear

Founded in 1999, DVIGear (www.dvigear.com) is a leading supplier of Digital Connectivity Solutions for a wide range of professional display applications.  Located in Marietta, Georgia, DVIGear offers an extensive portfolio of high performance digital video distribution products including:  Digital Matrix Routing Switchers, Splitters, Extenders, Converters, Scalers, as well as long-length copper and optical cables.

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Contact: Joseph Barbier  /  770.421.6699  /  joseph@dvigear.com
High Resolution Product Photo:  DVI-7520 and DVI-7525

HDBaseT™ and the HDBaseT Alliance logo are trademarks of the HDBaseT Alliance.

Listen Technologies Provides Comprehensive Resources on Updates to California Building Code Requirements

— CBC guidelines for assistive listening go further than the ADA requirements, and Listen Technologies has gathered and clarified the information for contractors/system integrators and their clients in real-world terms —

— Company creates dedicated pages on its website with current information on recent changes to the CBC and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance —

BLUFFDALE, UT, July 29, 2014 — As part of its ongoing efforts to provide venues, contractors and system integrators with the latest resources, Listen Technologies Corporation, a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of assistive listening products, has gathered and clarified updated information on the California Building Code (CBC). The state of California relies on the CBC to outline the compliance laws for facilities that serve people with hearing disabilities in California – with more specific guidelines than those offered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The CBC is updated and published every three years, and the most recent revision took effect January 1, 2014. The new guidelines are particularly significant for houses of worship, which are now classified as “assembly areas” by the CBC and are not exempt from the laws for such spaces. In addition, meeting rooms and conference rooms are required to have assistive listening.

“We know that our channel partners and clients are often not aware of changes in compliance and how they affect AV projects,” stated Cory Schaeffer, Listen Technologies VP Business Development Worldwide. “At Listen Technologies we spend a great deal of time and effort to first understand the requirements as they relate to our category of products, then to communicate the changes and guidelines in brief so that they are understood and easy to follow. We hope these resources help the contractors and consultants working in the Golden State to communicate to the venue owners, as the venue owners can be held legally liable. Our approach is to talk about ‘why’ these requirements are in place, explain what is required to become compliant and inform the venue owners of the tax benefits available for becoming compliant. It’s a win-win.”

To access Listen Technologies’ resources regarding the current CBC revisions, please visit http://www.listentech.com/blog/california-building-code-requirements-2014/. General compliance standards outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act can be found at http://www.listentech.com/legislative-compliance/. Additional information regarding training, as well as available courses that fulfill InfoComm CTS renewal credits, can be found by visiting www.listentech.com/loop-training/.

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About Listen Technologies Corporation
Listen Technologies brings power and clarity to the sounds that enrich your life—by overcoming the challenges of noise, distance, lively debate, and hearing loss to deliver precise and personalized audio in any setting or environment. With Listen solutions, you can cut through the clutter and connect to an experience of pure, focused sound. Listen solutions are used in gathering places around the world including schools, houses of worship, factories, entertainment venues, government agencies, and more. For more information on Listen solutions, watch this short video. Contact Listen Technologies at 1.800.330.0891, +1.801.233.8992, or visit www.listentech.com.

The above is general information only, and is not meant to be a substitute for legal advice or legal opinions. This information may not reflect current legal developments or other issues that may apply to your specific circumstances and situation.

CONTACTS:
Listen Technologies Press Contact:
Kim Spencer / Tel: 801-542-7720 / kim.spencer@listentech.com / www.listentech.com

PR Contact:
Robert Clyne / Clyne Media / Tel: 615-662-1616 / Robert@clynemedia.com / www.clynemedia.com/

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A United ‘Console’ Kingdom

DiGiCo, Allen & Heath and Calrec announce the formation of a new ProAudio Group

The DiGiCo team has spent the last 18 months consulting with Electra Partners about the possible combination of both Allen & Heath and Calrec with the DiGiCo family. The culmination of this brings together three British console companies to create a new professional audio group, while retaining their unique skills, customer relationships and the identities of each brand.

James Gordon will become Group CEO supported by a strong and talented management from across the new group. When asked about what this means for the future, James said:

“We have bold plans for the group but it is imperative that each company maintains its own independence and style. None of these brands needs to trade off each other’s technology or reputation.”

“These are three great companies and all the brands currently in the group have enviable reputations for technology, audio quality, reliability and perhaps, most importantly, customer focus and care. The strategy is to share technology and resource across the group and allow some interconnectivity across the product lines.”

“The combined R&D teams are about to enter a new world of possibilities and we intend to take full advantage of their resource, passion and experience. It’s an amazing opportunity for us, and just maybe the whole British Pro Audio industry.” (more…)

Press Releases For : July 31, 2014

ASHLY AUDIO PROCESSING AND MULTI-CHANNEL AMPS REVAMP CHICAGO AREA MALL

VERNON HILLS, ILLINOIS: Built in the early 1970s, Westfield Hawthorn Mall is located in the Chicago suburb of Vernon Hills. Its classic mall architecture boasts 4 anchor stores, 180 retail spaces, and 1.3 million square feet of space. However, until recently, its sound system possessed the lifeless quality of 1970s-era contractor-grade components. Music was low-fidelity, speech was of poor intelligibility, and volume throughout was too loud during slow times and too quiet during busy times. Renaissance Communications Systems, located nearby in Franklin Park, Illinois, overhauled Westfield Hawthorn Mall’s sound system. In addition to replacing the ceiling speakers, Renaissance also gave the mall modern auto-leveling control and multi-zone support using two Ashly Audio ne8800M 8-In x 8-Out Protea™ DSP System Processors and two 8-channel Ashly ne8250.70 Network Amplifiers.

“Certainly, one big issue was the sound quality itself,” said Mike Shares, CEO with Renaissance. “The components needed to be modernized. Beyond that, they were having problems with the volume control. First, the system wasn’t zoned properly, so low-ceiling areas had to share the same volume with high-ceiling areas such that neither area could be ideal. Moreover, traffic in the mall varies widely; it’s very slow on a weekday afternoon but very busy on a weekend afternoon or in the rush up to the holidays. The management wanted the sound system to play at appropriate volumes without having to manually track it. They have enough other things to worry about.”

Shares divided the system into thirteen zones based on location, purpose, and ceiling height. Input sources to each zone may be selected independently, and the target volume-over-noise in each zone may also be selected independently. Sensing microphones in several of the zones feed the pair of Ashly ne8800M Protea™ Digital Processors, which analyze the ambient noise and adjust the music or paging output to hit the target sound pressure level. A pair of Ashly ne8250.70 8-Channel Network Power amplifiers deliver 250-Watts per channel to all thirteen zones while taking-up only 4 rack spaces. Nearly 200 full-fidelity Community D6 loudspeakers now deliver the background music with modern impact and convey pages with crystal-clear intelligibility. Of course, paging and alarm overrides provide Westfield Hawthorn Mall patrons with a secure environment.

“I’ve been using Ashly for twelve years now, and I’ve always had excellent results,” said Shares. “The equipment is extremely reliable, and its five-year warranty was a selling point for the client. I have a good relationship with the Ashly support staff, and they helped with the most efficient plan for Westfield Hawthorn Mall. The ambient noise detection and adjustment feature in the Protea software works very well, and the fact that we could fit all of the processing and amplifier channels into just 8 rack spaces was great. That saves space and power consumption.” Based on the success of Westfield Hawthorn Mall, Renaissance has already secured another mall renovation job, where Shares will again use Ashly processing and amplification to deliver excellent performance at a fiercely competitive price.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 40-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

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Blackmagic Design announces ATEM Camera Control Now Available

Fremont, CA – July 31, 2014 – Blackmagic Design today announced the immediate availability of ATEM Switchers Update 6.0 which adds support for controlling cameras from ATEM production switchers via the program feed to the camera. ATEM Switchers Update 6.0 is available now free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website.

Until now the ability to control cameras from the live production switcher was only available to extremely high end broadcasters who had the costly infrastructure that allowed this feature. With the new ATEM Camera Control software update, ATEM live production switchers can now control cameras via a new open standard protocol sent to the camera via the return program feed.

ATEM Camera Control is compatible with the new Blackmagic Studio Camera when running software update v1.8.2 or later. The Blackmagic Studio Camera HD and Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K models feature both optical fiber and regular SDI program return feeds to the camera and the commands from the switcher are broadcast to all cameras via this program return feed.

The Blackmagic Studio Camera can be controlled via a regular CCU style of control, however to allow even greater creativity, the Blackmagic Studio Camera has a fully featured DaVinci Resolve primary color corrector built in featuring the same YRGB style grading that is found on DaVinci Resolve.

This means the switcher operator has incredible control over the cameras and not only can settings like focus and iris be remotely set with extreme accuracy, but the operator has full lift, gamma and gain controls in full YRGB colorspace just like a full color corrector. Now any colorist that is familiar with DaVinci Resolve color grading can use their creative skills on live production work.

This new ATEM Camera Control with color correction will allow customers to not only get perfect matching between cameras on live production, but operators can also take into account changing light conditions, which is common on outdoor events. Then when customers need to generate creative looks, such as for music videos, they can push the correction further for exciting looks all in real time.

The stylish control panel in the ATEM Software Control allows normal operation of the ATEM live production switcher, but then at any time the user can select the camera tab and then see the controls for each camera. They get a familiar CCU style of interface with easy control of black and iris settings on the camera as well as focus. When controlling a camera, this camera is automatically output using one of the switchers aux. outputs so the operator can use this aux. output to local monitoring.

When more refined and creative looks are desired, the user can then push a button and the CCU style interface will expand out to a fully featured primary color corrector interface, that allows color grading using an interface very familiar to any DaVinci Resolve colorist. Every setting creatively is the same as DaVinci Resolve as the processing is the same. With the color corrector built into the camera, customers get much greater creative control because the color corrector gets full bit depth and colorspace direct from the camera’s sensor.

“Since we first demonstrated the ATEM camera control, the response has been amazing, and broadcasters have quickly recognized the advantage of the Blackmagic Studio Camera’s design and interoperability with ATEM switchers as well as the incredible color corrector built right inside the camera itself!” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “Now they can have full control without running any extra cables using the new SDI based protocol. All that is required is a single thin SDI optical fiber or SDI cable. This is not just a simple CCU style of color adjustment but a full featured DaVinci primary color corrector built right into the camera itself. The benefit to the customer is that exciting creative looks can be achieved in live production, that previously were only possible in post production. I’m very excited to release this software and cannot wait to see what people do with it creatively!”

ATEM Camera Control Key Features

Color control for up to 20 cameras.
Familiar Da Vinci YRGB style live color grading including lift, gamma and gain control.
CCU style operation for the most commonly used operations of iris and pedestal levels.
Remote gain settings.
Remote shutter speed settings.
Coarse setting for iris.
Remote white balance selection.
Remote focus.
Remote iris.
Aux switching for camera preview allowing automatic local monitoring for grading.
Clear “On Air” indication in user interface reduces the possibility of mistakes.
Lock function stops accidental changes.

Availability and Price

ATEM Switchers Update 6.0 with the new camera control features is available now for all ATEM live production switcher customers free of charge for download from the Blackmagic Design web site. To use this software with the new Blackmagic Studio Camera, the Blackmagic Studio Camera will also require the latest software update 1.8.2 or later that is also available free of charge.

Press Photography

Product photos of the ATEM production switchers, the ATEM camera control software user interface, Blackmagic Studio Cameras as well as other Blackmagic Design products, are available at www.blackmagic-design.com/press/images

About Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G- SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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ABS Lighting Grid Upgrade Improves Studio Versatility, Reduces Energy Costs for TV Tacoma

SEATAC, WA – The production studio for TV Tacoma, a government access channel serving the City of Tacoma and Pierce County, Wash., is a lot brighter and more versatile since professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) upgraded the facility’s lighting grid. ABS removed all incandescent lights and replaced them with almost 70 Brightline daylight balanced (5600K) fluorescent and LED LIGHTING instruments.

According to Mark Siegel, president of ABS, the redesigned lighting grid has twice the lights but has reduced energy consumption (including HVAC usage) by more than 75 percent. The four-day project was completed in February and also included a new ETC Element lighting console, which allows operators to dim all instruments and save lighting designs for easy recall.

Under the direction of supervisor John Miller, TV Tacoma has six FULL-TIME producers and a full schedule of original series and special programming, which is available locally on Click! and Comcast cable systems. Programming is also streamed live on www.cityoftacoma.org and archived through Granicus for on-demand viewing. The City of Tacoma also operates a regional bulletin board channel and a regional master control center that serves six channels from its facility.

The primary goals of the project were to drastically improve the overall studio lighting to coincide with the arrival of new sets, as well as reduce heat and energy consumption generated by the existing incandescent (quartz) lights. The 25×40 studio space once housed three sets, but now has enough lighting to support six sets, including a new green screen wall for chromakey productions.

Joe Cervone, a sales manager for Brightline who assisted with the project, said the company’s fluorescent SeriesONE fixtures were used to light large areas of the sets. “From there, we used our Lupolux LED Fresnels to sculpt, highlight, and add depth and texture,” he explained. “By mixing broad and point sources, we were able to produce excellent results with a more realistic return on investment, more so than if we just used LEDs.”

Jeff Lueders, cable communications and franchise services manager, City of Tacoma, said the new lighting was part of their overall improvement plan to enhance productions and the viewer experience. “It definitely makes our studio space more versatile, allowing PROGRAMS to include a performance area in addition to the traditional interview area,” he said. “The new lighting scheme also helps prepare our facility for the transition to HD production, which should be completed within the next nine months.”

“The before-and-after differences are stunning,” Cervone added. “In the ‘pre-light’ shows, the interview set almost looks grey and black, while it’s actually several shades of red, violet and gold. Also, utilizing daylight-balanced sources, we were able to relieve some of the challenges to the broadcast chain while they’re rapidly switching from studio to exterior location shots.”

“TV Tacoma might not have the biggest studio, but their investment in new lighting instruments has made their space significantly more flexible,” said Siegel. “The investment in Brightline fixtures is already paying off in lower energy costs and improved lighting quality. Plus, the new ETC lighting board makes it easy to recall lighting schemes for regular series, which saves a lot of time and effort.”

About ABS:
Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to INSTALLATION and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith, and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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