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Making Waves in EDM: Meyer Sound LEO Powers German WORLD CLUB DOME Festival

At the WORLD CLUB DOME electronic dance music (EDM) festival in Frankfurt, Germany, a Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system was selected for main-stage headliners Pet Shop Boys, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, and Tiësto. With this latest deployment at the Commerzbank-Arena, the Meyer Sound LEO Family of line array products continues its busy summer of EDM events, having recently powered the Mayday Festival in Germany and Soenda Festival in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

“LEO is strikingly elegant in appearance and relatively compact, particularly considering how it can project very clear sound over a considerable distance,” says Holger Schwark, FOH engineer for the Pet Shop Boys.

Supplied and configured by POOLgroup of Emsdetten, Germany, the system featured dual main hangs of 14 LEO-M line array loudspeakers each, with two MICA® line array loudspeakers for down fill. Side hangs consisted of 10 LEO-M and two MICA loudspeakers each. Low end was supplied by left and right end-fire arrays of 12 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements each, plus a center array with an additional 12 1100-LFC loudspeakers. Two UPQ-1P loudspeakers and 18 JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers provided front fill, while a single delay system comprised two hangs of 10 MILO® line array loudspeakers each and eight 1100-LFC loudspeakers in a cardioid array.

The system was aligned, optimized, and driven by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 AES processor and six Galileo Callisto 616 array processors. Tim Humpe served as project manager for POOLgroup, and Dirk Maron was lead system tech. The production was presented by BigCityBeats.

“LEO is a very forward-looking product,” says Schwark. “My personal experience mixing on it certainly supported the positive statements I’d heard about LEO from other sound engineers.”

The Meyer Sound LEO Family comprises the LEO linear large-scale sound reinforcement system, and its more compact and flexible sibling, the LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system. Learn more by visiting the Meyer Sound website: http://meyersound.com/leo/

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Meyer Sound Constellation Fosters Idea Sharing at Enbridge Corporate Learning Center

Calgary-based energy company Enbridge is the latest corporation to install a Meyer Sound Constellation® acoustic system, with the goal of clarifying corporate communication and facilitating the free flow of ideas. Eliminating the need for lavalier or handheld microphones, the systems support a variety of functions in two adjacent meeting rooms located in the company’s new Learning Center. The systems are part of a complete AV design by Bill Schuermann, senior consultant at the Houston office of SLR Consulting.

“The rooms are used for everything from executive meetings, teleconferencing, and employee training to safety orientations for construction workers, and even occasional social events,” says Amin Ladha, AV subject matter expert at Enbridge. “Constellation has performed exceptionally well for all of them.”

Constellation is an active approach to expanding the acoustic capabilities of a multipurpose space. In environments where speech communication is essential, the voice lift feature of Constellation enhances speech intelligibility by generating precisely articulated and directed early reflections.

In Learning Center A at Enbridge, the system is equipped with three preset modes to take advantage of the voice lift feature. For presentations, the system picks up signals near the presenter and reproduces them in the audience area. In Conference Table mode, the system focuses on sounds from the center of the room, and Small Groups mode uses subtle reverberation effects to provide acoustical isolation between adjacent groups.

“Learning Center A is a large room, and several important staff members are very soft-spoken,” says Ladha. “If that person is at one end of the room, he or she could not be heard at the other end without Constellation turned on. But when it’s on, they can talk in a natural tone of voice, and everybody hears clearly at the other end, even though the voice stays localized in place. It sounds like the person is five feet away rather than 50.”

Worldwide partners connecting with Enbridge via teleconferencing have also noticed the improvements in intelligibility. “We used to have people at the other end complain that it sounded like we were in a tunnel,” reports Ladha. “In the new rooms, that is all eliminated.”

The system in Learning Center A comprises 66 MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers and six MM-10XP subwoofers, both with IntelligentDC technology, and 24 miniature condenser microphones tucked close to the ceiling. Learning Center B has a similar setup, employing 30 MM-4XP loudspeakers, two MM-10XP subwoofers, and eight microphones. A D-Mitri® digital audio platform with the patented VRAS™ acoustical algorithm is at the core of both systems.

Ladha was also pleased to discover that, since the new systems have been installed, requests coming to him for technical support to solve audio problems have dropped by about 75 percent.

“These are multi-purpose rooms, and Constellation’s voice lift technology is in use constantly,” says Ladha. “It’s easy to use, highly effective, and is proving exceptionally useful. Before Constellation, people in the back were asked to stand and talk louder. Now, people can stay focused on the conversation.”

In addition, the Learning Center has equipped its small meeting room and two social areas with 39 Stella-8C installation loudspeakers and three MM-10XP subwoofers.

Other technologies housed in the Learning Center include Biamp Systems Tesira audio DSP and routing, NEC and Sharp video screens, and a Crestron DM control system. All systems were installed by the Calgary office of AVI-SPL, with project management by Chad Lavoie.

With more than 11,000 employees in Canada and the U.S., Enbridge specializes in distribution systems for crude oil and natural gas, as well as renewable energy projects.

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ProductionLink Products Compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 Available in New Online Marketplace

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – DiaQuest Products, a software development firm with a focus on the video and film industries, today announced its ProductionLink for Adobe® Premiere Pro and ProductionLink for Adobe After Effects plug-ins are compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud® 2014 and are available through a new Adobe Marketplace Web site, creative.adobe.com/addons.

The new site supports 14 different Adobe applications. Previously, Adobe only provided access to ProductionLink through the Adobe Exchange Panel within Adobe products. Now, through the add-ons section of the site, five ProductionLink options can be purchased from DiaQuest: ProductionLink for Adobe Premiere Pro, which works with Windows and Mac platforms; ProductionLink for Adobe After Effects (separate versions for Windows and Mac); ProductionLink for Adobe Bundle, which includes one seat license for Premiere Pro and After Effects; and ProductionLink for Adobe Bundle with four seat licenses for both programs.

ProductionLink adds Avid® Interplay to Adobe’s list of available render formats and resolves compatibility issues without transcoding or manual file manipulation. Once installed, ProductionLink features appear within the Adobe user interface and provide a reliable, seamless link between applications. The plug-in exports files that are fully compliant with Avid file formatting and folder organization, so saved files can be used immediately in Media Composer™ and other Avid applications.

“ProductionLink takes the work out of sharing video and audio files between Adobe and Avid products,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of DiaQuest. “The new Adobe Add-ons site makes it easier than ever for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects users to purchase our products and improve their workflows.”

DiaQuest products are also available through DiaQuest Direct, the company’s online store, as well as select system integrators and Adobe and Avid resellers. For more information, contact DiaQuest at (510) 547-4544 or visit www.diaquest.com.

About DiaQuest:

Based in Emeryville, Calif., DiaQuest Products LLC has been developing mission critical software for the video, film, and broadcast industries since 1982. The company develops software as an OEM for several manufacturers, as well as custom software tools for a variety of clients. In addition to software development, DiaQuest provides professional-level support of related software and hardware products. Find out more at www.diaquest.com or call (510) 547-4544.

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Newly Formed Boy Band Cre5cendo Achieves Modern Sounds with HARMAN’s AKG Microphones

MILAN, Italy – Formed around the 15-year old guitar prodigy Gianluca Gentilesca, boy band Cre5cendo ambitiously offers a modern interpretation of Classic Rock, with help from HARMAN’s AKG microphones in one of Milan’s historic studios. While working with producers, KNAGUI of 7:06PM Entertainment Group and Massimo Caso, who also serves as studio engineer, Cre5cendo has found its voice as a band that respects the works of original artists while adding its own unique flavor to the mix.

Working out of Caso’s studio Il Cortile, the producers, who together call themselves GUIMAX Productions, recently cut a cover of “Happy” by Pharrell Williams as one of Cre5cendo’s first songs. Two AKG C12A and two D12 microphones, plus a few 414 and D112 microphones, were used to record the drums, guitar amps and room acoustics for the song.

“What I love about the AKG microphones is that they give a certain life to the recording,” said KNAGUI. “They have a distinct flavor when they pick up the sound, but unlike microphones from some other brands, it’s not so dominant that the microphones only have specific uses. Therefore, the placement is flexible and allows us to bring out the unique qualities of the band.”

The drummer enjoyed a setup of three microphones that covered the overhead, kick and bass, thanks to a cardioid configuration with AKG C12A microphones, which according to KNAGUI is a “modern and realistic approach to the sound. Rather than providing a microphone for each drum, this setup allows the drummer to “be the drummer” and showcase his finesse and proficiency.”

The C12A were the favorite microphones of Caso’s inventory, and also his first choice for the acoustic guitars, providing certain “softness without the dullness. Also, they are able to capture the sounds of electric guitars effectively, which are usually notoriously difficult to record with condenser microphones,” Caso said. “So far, only the AKG C12A and 414 microphones were able to do so!”

While recording the band’s EP this past January, the D12 and D112 microphones were used on the kick drum, while the C12A and 414 were used on the hi-hat and cymbals, providing excellent balance and a natural reproduction of sound in the studio.

“When Cre5cendo was looking for a modern sound with a rock-centric and open approach, I knew the choice and use of microphones would be essential,” said Caso. “This is why AKG’s established heritage in sound is greatly appreciated by me and the band.”

For more information on Cre5cendo, please visit www.facebook.com/cre5cendo

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

Strictly Audio STL Counts on HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression Consoles For Regional Festivals

ST. LOUIS, Missouri – Running a small production company in the heart of Missouri, the owner of Strictly Audio STL Bob Walther provides his services to cover local festivals from St. Louis all the way to southern Illinois. While his HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 3 console is temporarily installed alongside the integrated HARMAN audio system at the Atomic Cowboy nightclub, his newly purchased Si Expression 2 is responsible for mixing the sound at some of his region’s most popular festivals.

The owners of the nightclub, which has a capacity of 700 people, were sold on the fact that the Si Expression’s core functions can be remotely controlled via the Soundcraft ViSi Remote 2.0 iPad app. This added functionality allows the 32-channel Si Expression 3 console to be stored away behind a barricaded space, freeing up precious room for customers, while the operator roams free through the crowd.

Besides the console, the audio system at the Atomic Cowboy features one JBL STX825 loudspeaker on each side of the stage and two SRX728S subwoofers under the stage, powered by two Crown I-Tech 6000 amplifiers, as well as three JBL SRX712M monitors powered by two Crown XTI2002 amplifiers. The sound is further enhanced by a dbx DriveRack, which provides optimum control of equalization and loudspeaker management.

“The evening after the installation was completed, a show took place that exceeded the expectations of the club owners and myself,” said Walther. “I knew that going with a full HARMAN setup would eliminate guesswork and result in good synergy, but we couldn’t believe how good the system sounded right out of the box. The owners praised the equipment that was chosen for the club, as the clarity and detail were fantastic. The Crown amplifiers provided plenty of headroom at front of house and the monitors made the band very happy.”

“I was pleased with the performance and audio fidelity of the Si Expression 3, which were my main reasons for purchasing a Si Expression 2,” Walther added. “The Si Expression Series remains far better than anything else within this price range. The lower channel count of the Si Expression 2 is more than sufficient for most of our local festivals and events, whereas the Si Expression 3 is used for regional touring groups, when not in use at the Atomic Cowboy.”

Having cut his teeth on analog equipment, Walther is averse to the cluttered menus found on some of the digital consoles in today’s market. However, the Soundcraft Si Expression consoles are designed with an appreciation for common sense; features such as FaderGlow™, the illuminated and color-coded fader-strip, speed up workflow and improve efficiency of operation.

“This console translates so well from the analog world, because it is designed in a very logical fashion,” Walther stated. “With some digital mixers out there, I almost feel like I’m translating a foreign language when attempting a live mix. With the Si Expression, I don’t even have to look at my hands, thanks to FaderGlow and the intuitive layout. Also, the onboard effects and compressors eliminated the need for a 4-foot-tall effects rack, which saved me a lot of room in the truck.”

Walther has recently used the Si Expression 2 in events such as the annual Crawfish Boil in downtown, where Cajun food is accompanied by a healthy dose of local musical acts. The Si Expression 3 temporarily installed in the nightclub will enjoy more spectacles such as the upcoming Mound City Music Fest over the weekend.

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

Professional Performance Meets Affordability with HARMAN’s AKG Project Studio Microphone Line

AKG Perception P120

VIENNA, Austria – Building on almost 70 years of experience in developing world-class microphone technology, HARMAN’s AKG is adding five new models to its Project Studio line of microphones. The new models are designed for enthusiasts and professionals alike, meeting the needs of makeshift project studios as well as professional environments.

The Project Studio line was built on AKG’s heritage of technical excellence and was developed in collaboration with some of the audio industry’s top professionals. The new Project Studio microphones deliver historical premium AKG sound quality in a classically designed series. “As more and more manufacturers continue to enter the marketplace, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for end-users to identify the best microphones for their needs,” said Erich Gaertner, Product Line Manager, AKG. “Therefore, we chose to update the Project Studio line with professional-grade microphones at accessible prices, thereby making it easier for our customers to find the perfect microphone to meet their demands. Thanks to AKG’s depth of research and development resources, the new Project Studio line of microphones are both high-quality and affordable.”

The new additions to the Project Studio line include: the P120 general purpose recording microphone; the P170 general purpose instrument microphone; the P220 large-diaphragm true condenser microphone; the P420 large-diaphragm dual-capsule true condenser microphone; and the P820 dual-capsule tube microphone.

The P120 is a 2/3-inch diaphragm true condenser microphone that offers durability, outstanding performance and excellent value. The low-mass diaphragm delivers a clear sound with accurate sonic detail for vocals, speech and instrument recording in project studios and for home recording.

The P170 is a small-diaphragm condenser microphone for recording of overheads, percussions, acoustic guitars and other strings. Its lightweight half-inch true condenser transducer diaphragm delivers outstanding clarity and transient response. The P170 utilizes the experience of sound engineers from around the world and is considered an affordable alternative to the legendary AKG C451 B.

The P220 is a large-diaphragm true condenser microphone offering a warm and clear sound for lead vocals, acoustic guitar and brass instruments. A switchable bass-cut filter and attenuation pad make it perfectly suited for use on loud sound sources with sound pressure levels up to 155dB SPL. The rugged and roadworthy design also makes the P220 a perfect choice for on-stage applications. The P220 represents the most popular and successful microphone within the actual Project Studio Line. It comes complete with a spider-type shock mount in an aluminum carrying case.

The P420 is a multi-pattern large diaphragm true condenser microphone for demanding project studio recording applications. Offering high sensitivity and 155dB maximum SPL, the P420 delivers a warm, transparent sound quality perfectly suited for ensemble recording, grand piano, woodwind and brass instruments, as well as drums and percussion. With three selectable polar patterns—cardioid, omnidirectional or figure 8—it is an ideal tool for stereo miking techniques and ambient recording.

The P820 Tube high-performance multi-pattern tube microphone is an excellent tool for highlighting lead vocals, brass instruments, electric guitars and drums. With its dual one-inch diaphragm capsule and the advanced ECC83 dual-triode circuitry, the P820 Tube delivers real tube sound and raises the bar in its class of affordable tube microphones.

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

Bose® L1® Model II System Chosen for Acclaimed Vocal Duo Joey+Rory

Academy of Country Music’s 2010 “Top New Vocal Duo” award winners take their Bose® L1® Model II loudspeaker system with B2 Bass subwoofers to their Middle Tennessee farm, where it becomes the house PA and monitor system for the duo’s The Joey+Rory Show on RFD-TV

Framingham, Massachusetts, June 26, 2014 – Critically acclaimed vocal duo Joey+Rory have done it all. Rory Feek has written four number-one country hits, among them “Some Beach,” recorded by Blake Shelton, and “A Little More Country Than That,” recorded by Easton Corbin, and has had dozens of other songs recorded by some of the biggest artists in country music. He and his wife, Joey, are road warriors and regulars on the Grand Ole Opry, where they’ve performed over 40 times. While they garnered the Academy of Country Music® “Top New Vocal Duo” award in 2010, have their own television show on RFD-TV, and a radio program on Nashville’s WSM, Joey still finds time to work at their family-owned café while Rory handles farm chores. To make the most out of busy lives and careers, they know they have to choose the right tools, and one of their most important pieces is the L1® Model II system with B2 Bass modules from Bose® Professional Systems.

After deciding to embark on a performing career in 2008, Joey+Rory got to work making records and hitting the road. In 2011, Rory encountered the Bose L1 sound system being used by a colleague and he asked to borrow it for a few dates on the road. Both he and Joey quickly realized how the Bose L1 system could make their lives easier, by functioning as a combination PA and monitoring system. The highly portable L1 system fit nicely in the cargo bay of their bus. Once they had acquired their own pair of L1 Model 1S systems and two B1 Bass modules, the systems also served as the main PA and monitoring system for the filming of their popular television program. The Joey+Rory Show is filmed in a converted barn right on their Tennessee farm. Joey and Rory soon realized that this barn/studio would also make a great concert hall, and with the help of the L1 system, Joey+Rory now perform sold-out “Farmhouse Concerts” in this intimate 300-seat venue. In 2013, they upgraded to a pair of L1 Model II systems with B2 Bass modules.

“We can use the Bose PA anywhere, in almost any sized room, so it’s a very effective choice for us,” says Rory. “We’ve used it in pretty big halls where it’s both the PA and the monitor system, and we also use it in the café, which seats 60 people, for really intimate songwriter performances. The L1 system keeps the vocal out in front and it makes the live performance sound like the way you recorded it.”

The Bose L1 system has become so deeply enmeshed in Joey+Rory’s lives that it was also the PA used at the reception for their daughter’s wedding. “It’s just a great sound system – reliable, portable, easy to use and great sounding,” he says. “I guess you could say it’s part of the family now.”

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Christie Previews First 4K Laser Illuminated 3-Chip DLP Projector Running at True 120HZ

Christie® is previewing the latest addition of its Mirage 4K platform, the Christie Mirage 4KLH. This new model builds on all the benefits of the Mirage platform, but adds Christie Solid State Laser illumination technology, driving a new range of brightness and flexibility. The Mirage 4K platform is ideal for 3D applications for advanced visualization in automotive, location-based entertainment, government, military, oil and gas and more.

Christie laser projectors provide industry-leading brightness, wider color gamut capabilities, higher contrast, and dramatically reduced maintenance requirements, resulting in a better experience for all 2D and 3D applications.

Christie Mirage 4KLH laser 3-chip DLP® projector at true 120Hz

The Mirage 4KLH supports both full 120Hz active stereo and passive stereo with optional external filters and polarized passive glasses with 3P illumination. The Mirage 4KLH system is also configurable with Christie’s latest 6P illumination source, providing support for an unprecedented 120Hz per eye when used in a 6P passive configuration.

Like the existing lamp based Mirage 4K projectors, the Mirage 4KLH is anchored by the unique Christie TruLife™ electronics platform with proprietary 1.2 Gigapixel per second, floating point architecture, offering full 4096 by 2160 resolution at 120Hz for 3D and integrated Christie Twist for warping and blending. The preview of the Mirage 4KLH takes place in the Christie 3D showroom located adjacent to the IVR conference at the Tokyo Big Sight, Japan’s largest exhibition technology and high definition image technology, June 25-27.

“Christie, as the global leader in the visualization market has the first and only projector in the world to provide full 4K DLP® resolution at a true 120Hz. With this new Mirage 4KLH, Christie has raised the benchmark even higher with high performance visualization solutions currently available on the market,” said Larry Paul, senior director of Technology and Visualization Solutions, Christie.

Mamoru Hanzawa, director of Christie Digital Systems, Japan, added, “Christie designs the most functionally-advanced and intuitive 3D projection for visualization display solutions. Enhancing the Mirage 4K with laser illumination will expand the capabilities for new applications. Christie once again is demonstrating its leadership position and dedication to customers with solutions and services that our customers have come to expect. Our mission at Christie is to help our customers create the world’s best shared experiences.”

By introducing the world’s first stereoscopic 3-chip DLP® projector in 2001, Christie set new standards for 3D performance and changed the way people looked at stereoscopic images. For 12 years Christie has led numerous Mirage innovations to facilitate the use of 3D visualization for multiple applications, including visualization of advanced computer-generated models, and presentation of engaging content at location-based entertainment venues, opening the doors to enhanced human perception and understanding.

Listen Technologies’ Cory Schaeffer Honored with InfoComm Women in AV Award

BLUFFDALE, UT, June 23, 2014 — Listen Technologies Corporation, a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of assistive listening products, is proud to announce that Cory Schaeffer, Listen Co-Founder & Vice President of Business Development Worldwide, has been honored with a Women in AV Award by InfoComm International®, the leading professional audiovisual trade association. The award was presented at InfoComm 2014, which took place June 14-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Schaeffer received her award alongside fellow honoree Jan Sandri, founding member of FSR, a well-known manufacturer of a wide variety of products for the AV industry.

Schaeffer stated, “It’s great to be recognized by InfoComm International with this prestigious award. I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish, and I believe that this award will help in my main goal: to raise awareness about the disability of hearing loss. And being acknowledged alongside Jan Sandri, whom I respect and admire, made the honor even more meaningful.”

In 1998, Schaeffer co-founded Listen Technologies. In 2011, Listen Technologies was named the most recognizable brand of assistive listening system in North America. Listen products are now sold worldwide in more than 30 countries.

Schaeffer’s talents in the AV industry extend beyond sales and business development. She holds two patents for her contributions to the ListenPoint product line. In addition, Cory played a key role in establishing partnerships with Ampetronic, the global leader in hearing loop systems, and Televic Conferencing.

Schaeffer is deeply committed to shining a spotlight on what she calls the invisible disability of hearing loss. She has been involved in supporting the HLAA Utah Walk4Hearing. She is a thought leader within the AV industry, building awareness about hearing loss, the ADA standards, and hearing loss prevention. She contributes regularly to the InfoComm International’s “All Voices” blog.

In Utah, Schaeffer leads the effort to build awareness for the AV industry. For the past six years she has successfully lobbied Utah’s governor, the mayors of Salt Lake County and Park City, and the Bluffdale City Council to proclaim one week every October as AV Week. During AV Week, Schaeffer organizes community activities to highlight the AV industry, including tours of AV systems in the Capitol Theater, the Utah State Capitol, Rio Tinto Stadium, Adobe and the Hale Theater. She has also spearheaded fundraising efforts to purchase AV equipment for a Utah school.

Schaeffer is motivated by creating and selling products that change lives, whether it is helping the hearing-impaired participate in church services or a student hear instructions in the classroom. This has taken her to the top of her profession: the industry recognized Cory’s impact on AV technology by electing her to the Board of Directors for InfoComm International to serve a four-year term from 2009 to 2012.

The Women in AV Award was created by InfoComm to raise awareness of the growing role of female professionals in the male-dominated field of audiovisual technology. These award winners are in the upper echelon of AV professionals and symbolize the strength of entrepreneurship and excellence in developing tomorrow’s AV talent.

“Both Jan Sandri and Cory Schaeffer have demonstrated extraordinary levels of professional knowledge, while taking time to improve the industry and better the lives of others,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. “InfoComm is pleased to celebrate Cory and Jan’s achievements.”

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Grand Ole Opry Installs New Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™)

- Iconic venue replaces its legacy PFS™ with the latest technology and protocols -

Nashville, TN: As part of a recent control room upgrade, the Grand Ole Opry has installed a new PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) – 2 to replace its legacy PFS. Included in the upgrade are custom PFS-positioned Genelec 8250A monitors and a new Studer Vista 9 console. “We’re very gratified to know that PFS users are choosing to replace or upgrade their original systems with the newer technology that renders dramatic sonic improvements over the previous iterations,” states TEC Award-winning studio designer and creator of the PFS, Carl Tatz.

Grand Ole Opry/Ryman Auditorium Chief Broadcast Engineer King Williams describes his experience of upgrading from the older legacy PFS to the current offering: “Having worked with the Phantom Focus System for a number of years in both our broadcast rooms (Opry and Ryman Auditorium), I was pretty certain that I knew how it was going to sound when Carl brought in the new equipment to upgrade our current PFS after the installation of the Studer Vista 9. I was right and I was wrong. It was a familiar sound, yes, but the detail was increased by at least a factor of 2, and that was fairly astounding.”

Williams further explains, “The Phantom Focus System is a tool to be used for both diagnostics and artistic achievement – you know what is wrong immediately, and getting to what is right is easier than ever before. Thanks, Carl!”

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