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Press Releases For : August 6, 2014

Symetrix Jumps Into Space-Age Sound and Control at Manhattan’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 2014: Space Shuttle Enterprise was the first reusable spacecraft ever built in the United States, and the extensive prototyping and experiments that it underwent led directly to the construction of space shuttle Columbia and the rest of NASA’s fleet. After the retirement of the space shuttle program, NASA awarded Space Shuttle Enterprise to Manhattan’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, where it was installed after a much-publicized NYC flyby and Hudson River barge ride. Leo Garrison, senior integration specialist at Metro Sound Pros, designed and installed a flexible sound reinforcement system for the museum’s purpose-built Space Shuttle Pavilion using the cost-effective Symetrix Jupiter 8 DSP with smartphone-based control provided by Symetrix ARC-WEB. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy badly damaged the pavilion a few short months after it had opened to the public, but the Intrepid Museum rebuilt the exhibit with several improvements, including a second Symetrix Jupiter 8 DSP for expanded functionality.

Garrison used the Symetrix Jupiter 8 hardware, which has eight inputs and eight outputs, together with the Priority Zone Mixer #1 App, which automatically configured the Jupiter hardware for routing and processing needs of such a system. “The Symetrix Jupiter DSP delivered a lot of processing power at an affordable price,” said Garrison. “The budget was very tight, and the client selected powered loudspeakers that required a lot of the Jupiter’s processing capabilities in order to sound properly tuned.” The museum’s AVP of technology opted to rely on Symetrix’ robust ARC-WEB Internet-based control, with one Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote for backup. Garrison custom designed the ARC-WEB interface just as he would a hardware ARC interface and gave the museum the ability to select different input sources in the Pavilion’s entryway and in the Pavilion itself.

The original Symetrix Jupiter 8 hardware survived Hurricane Sandy, which collapsed the inflatable dome due to loss of power. Because the museum had to start over again, they had the opportunity – unwelcomed as it was – to redesign the exhibit with knowledge of what worked and what could have worked better,” said Garrison. The second Symetrix Jupiter 8 was added to the system and also uses the Priority Zone Mixer #1 App. One analog output was dedicated to feed into the first unit’s priority input 1. That allows single source material from the second Jupiter to feed the entire exhibit, when desired. Together, the two units possess sixteen outputs, with roughly half feeding audio induction loops for assisting the hearing impaired. For day-to-day use, different zones loop zone-specific audio, such as recordings of radio transmissions between NASA ground control and Enterprise during test flights or educational movie content.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

SSE Audio Group Adds HARMAN Soundcraft Vi3000 to Extensive Inventory

Chris Courtney mixing monitors for Travis at the Isle of Wight Festival with SSE’s new Soundcraft Vi3000.

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – HARMAN Professional has announced that SSE Audio Group has been appointed a Soundcraft Vi Select Dealer, and immediately purchased one of the first Soundcraft Vi3000 digital consoles off the production line, sold through HARMAN’s UK distributor Sound Technology.

SSE Sales Director, Alex Penn, confirmed, “We have a long history with Soundcraft’s Vi Series. We saw the Vi3000 for the first time at Frankfurt Prolight & Sound; it sits neatly between the Vi1 and Vi4 and offers many new features, which will secure the longevity of this series, which has always been popular with engineers.”

Marking a massive technological upgrade to the groundbreaking Vi Series, the Vi3000 offers many advantages, including the much-requested access to Universal Audio’s plug-ins via Soundcraft’s Realtime Rack plug-in engine—both points picked up on by Penn.

“The Realtime Rack can also be used with our existing Vi6 inventory,” Penn continued. “We have a pool of sound engineers who are existing Vi users and it will be useful to let these guys know about the new facilities on offer with Realtime Rack.”

“We also see a lot of potential in SSE sales and installations for the Vi3000, with its very competitive price point and new facilities,” Penn added. “This is the first time a large-format Vi control surface has been available to the market at this level and the Vi3000 will integrate very neatly and cost-effectively into venues with existing analogue infrastructure via the I/O on the back of the surface. Onboard MADI and Dante interfaces as standard are also a huge bonus as well as upgraded DSP and new graphics.”

SSE’s Vi3000 had had its first major outing at the recent Isle of Wight Festival where it was used by SSE regular Chris Courtney to mix monitors for Travis. Courtney had previously used a Vi6 for the band, but for this festival run, the reduced size and lack of rack requirements made the Vi3000 a more attractive proposition.

For more information on SSE, please visit www.sseaudiogroup.com

For more information on Sound Technology, please visit www.soundtech.co.uk

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.

Point Source Audio SERIES8 Microphones Endorsed by Lou Mannarino

Lou Mannarino trusts Point Source Audio for his work with The New York Philharmonic.

Lou Mannarino

Point Source Audio (PSA), an innovator of the original and one-of-a-kind “Unbreakable Boom” miniature microphones, announced that its SERIES8 miniature microphones have been selected by famed musician, audio engineer and conductor Lou Mannarino for use in high profile performance applications including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

The SERIES8 microphones were specified by Mannarino’s distinguished New York production company L&M Sound & Light for applications in similarly prestigious institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Historical Society and New York Public Library, to name a few. L&M Sound & Light’s team of engineers and sound technicians has over 30 years of experience creating audio designs for the most esteemed musical artists, concert halls, theaters, museums and event spaces.

“We are blown away by your mics,” said Mannarino.

“The SERIES8 mics stand alone thanks to excellent build quality, durability, and the X-connectors that offer easy wireless compatibility. In our world, people do not want to hear the amplification, they just want the natural sound of the speaker. The SERIES8 needs no improvement.”

The SERIES8 is available in three different styles: headset, earworn and lavalier. Created for use in broadcast, theater and live production, the miniature microphones have also been adopted by distinguished venues such as Universal Studios, the Kravis Center, and Shiki Theater Company Tokyo. The product line is similarly well suited to corporate applications and presentations, thanks to the sleek design and hands-free advantages.

“We’re delighted that the features of SERIES8 microphones have earned them a place in front of stage and screen icons at some of the finest concert and performance venues in the world,” said James Lamb, President for Point Source Audio. “From spoken word presentations to finely tuned falsettos, our microphones are ultra durable, wearable and most importantly enjoyable for people on both sides of the stage due in part to our rigorous testing and engineering standards.”

SERIES8 mics have set a new standard for performance and durability in a micro size capsule. While the mic elements measure a mere 2-4 mm in diameter, the mics’ robust features are unlike any others on the market today. The omnidirectional microphones feature 148dB max SPL with an “Unbreakable Boom” bendable to 360°. In addition, they are IP57 waterproof rated against water, sweat and makeup, and feature interchangeable X-connectors for wireless compatibility on the spot.

The SERIES8 cardioid microphones are an ideal solution for performers who require isolation from surrounding set noise or environmental acoustics. The cardioid mics perform best when placed just at the corner of the mouth, which also allows them to maintain an unobtrusive appearance when worn.
With an MSRP starting at $389, Point Source Audio’s SERIES8 miniature microphones are available for purchase at a number of resellers and distributors worldwide. More information about Point Source Audio’s various audio solutions can be found by visiting www.point-sourceaudio.com.

About Point Source Audio
Point Source Audio (PSA) manufactures and distributes worldwide their SERIES8 miniature microphones—a unique line of headset and earworn microphones known for their robust bendable boom and waterproof features. As a result of PSA’s pro-audio expertise and its admired reputation for sales and service support, the company was also named Digigram’s Master Distributor for the Americas. The world renowned brand of Digigram sound cards, IP audio and video codecs, and Ethersound audio networking technology are now available from Point Source Audio. Founded in 2004, Point Source Audio is headquartered in Petaluma, Calif. For more information call (415) 226-1122 or visit www.point-sourceaudio.com

DPA Microphones Capture The Kyteman Orchestra

Front of House engineer Sjoerd Terpstra used a selection of DPA microphones to capture the unique sound of the Kyteman Orchestra when they played six concerts at the Utrecht Tivoli in Holland recently.

The concerts, which took the form of elaborate jam sessions, were all multitrack recorded for subsequent mixing and broadcast on the internet.

“Our aim was to create a library of completely original Kyteman material,” Sjoerd Terpstra says. “None of the songs were written in advance – they were all improvised on the spot.”

Founded by Colin Benders (aka Kyteman), the Kyteman Orchestra plays a mixture of hip-hop, opera and jazz laced with melodies and raw beats. Its first album, The Hermit Sessions, was released in 2009 and was a great success in the Netherlands where it reached the top five of the Dutch Album Charts and sold over 75,000 copies.

Sjoerd Terpstra, who has been working with Kyteman for the last five years, says he chose DPA microphones for this project because he knew they were capable of delivering studio quality from the live stage. The microphones were supplied by Amptec, DPA’s distributor in the Netherlands.

“There are approximately 18 musicians in the orchestra,” Terpstra explains. “We used a lot of DPA d:vote 4099™ Instrument Microphones on strings and horns, a d:dicate 2011A on the drums and percussion and a set of d:screet 4061 Miniature Microphones on the upright piano because they sound amazing, especially at low noise levels. One of the snare drums initially gave me a lot of trouble because it was so low pitched and I just couldn’t get it to sound right, but eventually I used another d:vote 4099 and then it sounded great. The d:vote could handle the low pitch well and gave me enough ‘snap’ to make it cut in the mix.”

Terpstra adds that the d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones were especially useful because they were able to deliver very isolated sound.

“We were recording on an exceptionally cramped stage so this was an important feature,” he says. “The isolation they achieved gave me tons of possibilities in both the FOH and studio mixes.”

With the latest Kyteman Orchestra project now completed, Sjoerd Terpstra is now working with a number of bands from the Middle East.

“I am hoping to use DPA microphones for some of those projects, too,” he says. “I am always happy with the results I get from DPA so have no hesitation in recommending them to all the bands I work with.”

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

Press Releases For : August 5, 2014

FOR-A Latin American Sales Awards, Miami Meeting

On June 11th, video and audio manufacturer FOR-A Corporation of America held a meeting at its office in Miami to focus on business in Latin America. Attendees of the event included FOR-A equipment dealers from nine countries, including Cricon, Excelencia, Videocam, SVC, Arze and Videomedia LTDA. FOR-A Corporation President, Mr. Katsu Kiyohara, traveled from Tokyo to attend the meeting as well.

FOR-A presented several awards to meeting attendees, including: Tecnovideo’s Arthur Oguri for greatest number of sales in 2013; SVC’s Domingo Simonetta for selling the highest number of HVS-390HS video switchers; and the recognition of Arrow Media as the newest addition to FOR-A’s South American dealers. As pictured, FOR-A America’s Latin American Sales Manager Mario Rodriguez (left) and FOR-A America’s President Hiro Tanoue (right) and present Arrow Media’s Juan Carlos Merria with the award.

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A United ‘Console’ Kingdom

DiGiCo, Allen & Heath, and Calrec Announce the Formation of a New ProAudio Group

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — Aug. 1, 2014 – 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 team 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 maintain 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 resources 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 resources, passion, and experience. It’s an amazing opportunity for us, and just maybe the whole British Pro Audio industry.”

Glenn Rogers, Managing Director of Allen & Heath, added, “The creation of the group with DiGiCo and their management is an impressive combination. It will certainly add new momentum to what Allen & Heath and Calrec had already planned for the future.”

Henry Goodman, Calrec’s Sales and Marketing Director, commented that “This exciting formation gives Calrec new opportunities for swifter development of a host of ideas we have been wanting to bring to the market. We will have a vast pool of engineers to share new ideas for the industry and target them specifically to each brand’s needs. Customers can expect us to maintain, and in some areas improve, our very high levels of support and service.”

The complexity of this combination required the effort and support of two of London’s top Private Equity houses. For the first time, Electra Partners and ISIS have pooled resources to support the management of this ambitious vision for the future of U.K. Pro Audio. Charles Elkington, Investment Partner at Electra Partners, said:

“DiGiCo augments our existing investment in the professional audio sector. We have worked hard over the last 18 months to bring together these three successful businesses. We look forward to working with James Gordon and his team to grow the group, while also preserving the distinctive brand identity and excellent customer relationships of each business.”

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About Calrec Audio Ltd.
Calrec Audio is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for 50 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital consoles relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec. More information is available at calrec.com and community.calrec.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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BenQ’s New Versatile MW665 Projector Now Shipping

BYOD-Ready Projector Features Handheld Device Sharing, Colorific(TM) Image Quality, and LAN Display and Control

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Aug. 5, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions and the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand in The America’s(1), today announced the latest addition to its robust M6 series, the MW665 projector. Designed for professional applications in environments such as houses of worship, classrooms, and boardrooms, the device boasts 3,200 ANSI lumens of brightness, a 13,000:1 contrast ratio, and SmartEco(TM) energy-saving features to lower the projector’s total cost of ownership (TCO). (more…)

Biamp Systems Offers AV Training Sessions Ahead of InfoComm Mexico 2014

Commercial audio leader continues partnership with InfoComm to provide AV systems training to Spanish-speaking industry professionals

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Aug. 5, 2014 – Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, will continue its partnership with InfoComm International by offering a third training session just prior to TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Mexico 2014. In an effort to help increase the number of trained AV professionals in Latin America, the course, held Aug. 18-20, will allow Biamp(R) partners to understand and troubleshoot the IT networks that support today’s unified AV systems. (more…)

Extron Introduces Six Input, Four Output Audio Expansion Processor with AEC and Dante

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the AXP 64 C AT, an audio expansion processor with six mic/line inputs and four line outputs for remote connectivity to a Dante™-enabled DMP 128 audio system. It is used to place six mic/line sources onto a Dante audio network, and route any four Dante channels from the network to an amplifier or other destination. The AXP 64 C AT features Extron ProDSP with gain, filtering, and dynamics processing for all inputs and outputs. Four of the inputs also include AEC, 48 volt phantom power, and control ports. FlexInputs offer the additional capability to process Dante channels in place of the first four local inputs. A single Ethernet cable from one AXP 64 C AT, or several linked units, to a central equipment rack greatly reduces the effort and expense of pulling one cable for each endpoint. (more…)

Catalyst AV Network Member Custom Plus Distributing San Jose Hosts August 19th Grand Opening Event

Dealers invited to visit new shopping-warehouse with exclusive deals and demos

Auburn, WA – August 5, 2014 – Custom Plus Distributing and sister company manufacturers rep firm Oliver Marketing announce the grand opening of its fourth location on August 19th, to feature the unveiling of a new shopping-warehouse and showroom, limited time promotions, demos and other exclusive benefits for area integrators.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m., guests can tour and shop the new San Jose warehouse, enjoy great food and experience the highlighted 4K Ultra HD Experience Demo Room by Sony. In addition, new products, demos and deals will be on-hand for brands such as: IC Realtime, ClearView CCTV, ICE Cable Systems, Nest, APC, Sony, Onkyo, URC, Sanus, 2GIG, Russound, TiVo, ProControl, SpeakerCraft, Sunfire, Panamax, Vivitek, Soundcast, EnGenius, Velodyne, and Atlona, amongst others.

“Attractions include a prize drawing for tickets to the San Francisco 49ers, a 42-inch television, remotes and other product from leading brands,” says Charity Hardwick, Custom Plus Distributing Director of Marketing. “Additionally, a free 49er jersey will be given away with purchase of a Sony 4K TV.”

Hardwick along with General Manager Mike Munger, Territory Manager Steven Ricks, Branch Manager Kevin Mitchel and Inside Sales Rep Peter Warren will all be on-hand to meet with dealers, provide warehouse tours, set-up accounts and answer questions.

Dealers, integrators, and other industry professionals are invited to attend the grand opening throughout the day. To register for the event, visit: https://sanjosecpd.eventbrite.com or email to: info@customplusdistributing.com

About Custom Plus Distributing
Established in 1996, Custom Plus Distributing is a leading Distributor covering Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Montana, Northern California and Nevada territories. Distributing over 65 brands and specializing in both car and home categories, CPD has three full-service warehouse locations in Auburn, WA, Beaverton, OR and Rancho Cordova, CA. CPD is also a founding member of Catalyst AV, a consortium of consumer electronics distributors which serve over 15,000 dealers nationwide.

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