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Press Releases For : October 1, 2014

HARMAN’s Martin Professional Lights Up The Ubisoft Event at 2014 E3 Conference

Martin_Ubisoft E3NEW YORK, New York — E3, the world’s premier trade show for computer and video games, provides groundbreaking new technologies to over tens of thousands of professionals. Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in June, this event has representatives from over 100 countries. This year, HARMAN’s Martin Professional helped bring the Ubisoft event to life providing premier lighting for the introduction of this year’s newest games, including Assassins Creed French Revolution.

Featured at the Ubisoft event were 64 MAC Quantum fixtures, 10 MAC 2k Performances, five MAC 2k Washes, eight MAC Viper Profiles and 22 MAC Auras.

Chris Collins, Yeager Design, along with Elizabeth Harper, E. Harper Design, described the amount of work that went into finding the appropriate lighting for the event, including the creation of a waving French flag from Martin lights. One of the biggest challenges was finding lighting that not only added to the stage but also looked good on camera.

“Making sure it looks good for the camera is huge,” said Harper. “Your live audience is only a fraction of who is actually watching the event. Branding is one of the biggest aspects of these events so finding the correct color range to match the brands that show up on camera is equally important”

Finding the right lights for an event of this caliber to fit both the live event and the broadcasting took some work, but Martin was able to provide just the right equipment. “We’re starting to phase out the MAC 2k washes, the Viper Wash and Profile are filling those roles for the next generation,” said Collins. “The MAC 2k was our go to fixture prior to the Viper line as it offered a nice field for camera, as well as the shuttering mechanism in a reasonable size fixture. The Viper line is a nice improvement and it’s timing is great for taking over from the MAC 2k line.”

The Vipers that were used for the Ubisoft event have a great range of optics, whether it’s for texturing a site or a short throw or even lighting a piece of scenery. “The Viper is a reasonably sized fixture and it’s been really great,” mentioned Collins. “Our camera guy loved the Auras. If you just have scoop for house lights nobody wants to see them. But the Auras gave the TV/web audience a better sense of how many people were there and all the excitement surrounding the event.”

When asked if there were any big obstacles around the lighting, Harper replied, “No real challenges that the gear impacted. Overall everyone was very happy with the variety of looks for the show. With the Quantum’s negative space around it, it could have been easy for the LED screen to overwhelm everything. But we actually had to dial the Quantums back to get a nice balance. The event was a big success both live and broadcasted, thanks to the versatility of Martin’s lighting fixtures.”

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.

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Alcorn McBride Welcomes Devin Acker to Software Engineering Position

DevinAlcorn McBride is pleased to announce the hiring of Devin Acker as Software Engineer. He join the company in a new position, which has been created to meet the growing demand for staff at Alcorn McBride, the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail and transportation.

As Software Engineer, Devin Acker reports to Alcorn McBride’s Project Engineer and is responsible for developing and maintaining MS Windows-based GUI applications for programming, configuring and controlling the company’s audio, video, show control and lighting equipment. Acker will also provide customer support and interface directly with customers regarding feedback on software design.

“Devin’s computer skills are just what we need,” says Joy Burke, Senior Product Engineer. “The new Software Engineer position gives him a great opportunity to further his software development talents in an innovative and challenging environment.”

Acker is a 2012 graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Computer Science and a minor in Electrical Engineering. He has pursued several open-source personal projects using various languages and technologies.

Most recently Acker served as Applications Development Analyst with Black Knight Financial Services where he maintained and developed software responsible for processing millions of mortgage loans for clients nationwide as well as various internal development and deployment tools.

“I decided to join Alcorn McBride as Software Engineer because I knew that this unique position would be a perfect fit for my skills and interests,” says Acker. “I am greatly looking forward to helping continue to develop exciting and innovative products for all of the company’s clients around the world.”

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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PURE GROOVE SYSTEMS TAKES DANLEY TO THE DANCE!

Pure_Groove_DanleyLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: In less than a decade, Danley Sound Labs has revolutionized the fidelity and efficiency of sound reinforcement in houses of worship and, more recently, arenas and sports venues. The key to that revolution is the innovative loudspeaker and subwoofer designs of Tom Danley, who spent his early years inventing electro-acoustic solutions for NASA and holds seventeen patents, only a fraction of which are for music reproduction devices. He is a broad and deep thinker, and the patented Synergy Horn and Tapped Horn technologies, upon which Danley Sound Labs products are based, cleverly sidestep the compromises that are inherent to conventional loudspeaker and subwoofer designs. Simply put, Danley devices sound glorious at any volume, with rich, honest bass and pleasant midrange. Moreover, the efficiency of Danley devices allows that better fidelity to happen with vastly fewer boxes (and thus with vastly fewer amps and processing). With the help of Pure Groove Systems, Danley Sound Labs plans to expand its revolution to the world of dance music.

“I know the current dance music industry standard, and Danley smashes it,” said Damian Murphy, founder of Pure Groove Systems and president of Liquified, the dance music and festival production veteran. “I thought I had heard ‘great’ systems before, but now that I’ve heard Danley, I realized that audiences were settling for something that isn’t that great.’ I feel that it’s my duty to get promoters, artists, and fans the true sound they deserve,” said Murphy. Pure Groove Systems distributes, rents and demos Danley products globally.

Danley Sound Labs made its first inroad in the house of worship market in part because that’s where the heart of company president Mike Hedden resides, and the company’s current expansion into the arena market comes with considerable insider knowledge. They lacked that connection to the dance music industry, however. “Danley approached me and suggested a demo for a show we were doing in the Atlanta area,” said Murphy. “They sent Ivan [Beaver] and Chad [Edwardson] with a system to cover 1,500 people. It was just four boxes – two tops and two subs. I admittedly, was dubious, but they assured me it would be more than enough.”

Murphy continued, “They were right. It was plenty loud. But more importantly, it sounded rich, clean, and powerful. It was immersive and no matter what was playing, I felt like I was inside the track; and I wasn’t getting my head ripped off, either, despite the volume. The advantages didn’t end there. The consistency of sound was also unparalleled. No matter where I went on the dance floor or on any of the venue’s three balconies, I heard the same enveloping sound. It was unlike anything I had heard in my 25 years in the industry. It was very special.” Murphy reports that all of the numerous Danley systems he has since been a part of share those qualities.

The second characteristic of Danley’s designs – efficiency – is also a huge advantage in the dance music industry. “We put up a twenty-box Danley system at a 12,000 person stage at the Lightning In a Bottle Festival,” said Murphy. “An adjacent stage used over 170 conventional boxes to cover a comparable crowd, and their sound was no where near as good as ours. Danley’s efficiency scales, too. Fewer boxes means less time and/or people rigging, fewer amps, less processing, less electricity, smaller trucks, less fuel, and so on. And the fact that the efficiency comes with a dramatic improvement in sound quality… well, you can see why I’m excited to move the industry toward Danley.”

Since its establishment in January 2014, Pure Groove Systems has provided Danley systems for several festivals. At Miami Music Week, forty of the world’s top DJs played to 15,000-plus people, over five days, using two Danley J1 Jericho Horns and two Danley BC-415 subwoofers. The previously mentioned “Lighting In a Bottle” Fest used four Danley J1 Jericho Horns, two Danley SH-96HOs, eight Danley BC-415 subwoofers, and six Danley TH-118 subwoofers. The system performed flawlessly fourteen hours a day through the extreme heat and dust of the California desert. Despite rain at Amsterdam’s “Lost In a Moment” outdoor event, DJs kept more than 4,000 people packed on the dance floor using two Danley J1 Jericho Horns, two Danley SH-96HOs, two Danley TH-812 subwoofers, and two Danley BC-415 subwoofers.

“Working with the Danley team has been inspiring,” said Murphy. “They’re justifiably confident in their products, but they welcome feedback and are constantly looking to improve. The products sound amazing with any type of musical genre, electronic, rock, pop, classical, etc. I’m devoting myself to traveling the world with these systems to make an impact in my industry. We sell and rent Danley systems or demo them to potential customers in the right situation. I’m willing to do that because I’m confident that once people hear a Danley system, they’re going to want to buy it. There simply is nothing comparable to the clarity and power of these speakers. The difference is obvious.”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

www.danleysoundlabs.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PURE GROOVE SYSTEMS, VISIT: Web: PureGrooveSystems.com • Twitter: @PureGrooveLabs • Facebook: PureGrooveSystems

Two Symetrix Jupiter 8 Turn-Key DSPs and ARC-WEB Control Technology Power Corner Entertainment

1919HOUSTON, TEXAS: Corner Entertainment is a recently-opened entertainment constellation located in Houston, Texas. It features a restaurant (Corner Table) a bar/nightclub (The Oak Bar), and a second wine and mixed drinks bar (1919). Though distinctly named, the three concepts flow together, both physically and in the vibe that unites them. That vibe is perhaps best described as high-class, but relaxed. Though the aesthetic and the quality of the libations and cuisine might justify it, Corner Entertainment is decidedly not stuffy. Houston-based integration firm LoGo Audio Video Music designed and installed Corner Entertainment’s high-performance, cost-effective audio system using two Symetrix Jupiter 8 fixed architecture standalone DSPs with smartphone control for the managers provided by Symetrix ARC-WEB.

“For small- to mid-sized installations, the Symetrix Jupiter is the only processor I’ll use,” explained Jay Gonzalez, LoGo AV’s founder and chief designer. “I’ve used a wide range of processors from different manufacturers, and I’ve experienced a surprising number of failures. When I have issues like that with a processor, I can’t use it again. It’s just too stressful! In contrast, the Symetrix Jupiter is always rock-solid and incredibly easy to work with. My programmer has had zero issues and loves that connecting with the Jupiter is as simple as plugging it in. And of course, Symetrix’ studio-grade sound quality is amazing and gives my clients a sound system to be proud of.”

Corner Entertainment’s audio system is divided into two completely separate halves: one that runs the restaurant and a second that runs the bar. Inputs to the restaurant system include a wireless microphone for events, a tie-in from a small mixer on a patio where bands set up, an iPod dock, and a Pandora music service stream. With eight inputs, one Symetrix Jupiter 8 accepts those sources and provides all of the necessary equalization, dynamics, and routing control. Crown CTS-Series 70-volt amplifiers power SoundTube SM500 loudspeakers. The Jupiter 8’s eight outputs feed eight separate zones, selected to give Gonzalez and his team maximum flexibility to tailor output levels and processing for a perfectly tuned system.

CornerTable_PatioSource selection and volume control are provided by Symetrix ARC-WEB technology. “They were excited by ARC-WEB,” said Gonzalez. “It’s cool technology that’s also very practical and, like all the Symetrix products I’ve worked with, rock-solid.” The owners and managers are set up to use ARC-WEB, but in the event that they aren’t available, LoGo Audio Video Music installed a hard-wired backup. A Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote located at the equipment rack provides redundant control.

The area that Corner Entertainment beautifully renovated to form its bar areas was constructed in 1919 (hence the name) as a sawmill to process local oak trees (hence the name) for upscale residences in Houston. Its inputs include a wireless microphone, an iPod dock, a Blu-ray player, an HDMI audio de-embedder, and a DJ tie-in from the wine bar area. Again, a Symetrix Jupiter 8 DSP handles all of the system processing, and Symetrix ARC-WEB and ARC-2e control technology allows source selection and volume control. With sixteen QSC AD-S82Hs and two QSC GPW subwoofers powered by beefy QSC PLX-3602 amplifiers, “it can get dance club crazy” in the bar areas, in Gonzalez’ enthusiastic words. A separate VIP area, dubbed “Lexington’s,” has its own Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote for separate input selection and volume control, as well as a dedicated flat-screen for presentations or screenings.

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

API 1608 CONSOLE A POWERFUL SOLUTION FOR CHT ESTUDIOS IN CHILE

Gonzalo_GonzalezSANTIAGO, CHILE: With sound quality a top priority, mix and mastering engineer Gonzalo González E. wanted to expand his studio offerings, while maintaining the high quality of recording for which his clients are accustomed. With all the needs of his growing studio in mind, González was advised by 57 Pro Audio, API’s Chilean distributor, to add a standard 1608 console.

The 1608 is a perfect match for the size of CHT Estudios, as well as both the independent and bigger international label clients that it works with. “We usually record bands of rock, pop, hip-hop, reggae, and folk music of Chile,” said González. “Many people in Chile receive this new console as good news for the recording industry.”

Along with the 1608, CHT Estudios has a pair of 3124 preamps, which González says he uses on everything. He also uses a 527 compressor in his API lunchbox®. “With the 1608, we can now use the preamps and EQ, and send to record in DAW, and at the same time. We can also use faders of the same channels to listen to tracks from DAW, which is very useful. My favorite feature is the ability to use EQs as an insert for gear outside the console. We can also sum thirty-two channels of DAW using sixteen channels on faders, with eight stereo returns and eight program bus ins.”

Coming up in the next few months, the studio will continue recording and mixing for an array of recognized artists. “All of the features make the console a powerful solution for a studio like ours,” said González. “It is a good inspiration for us, and for everybody who likes music with a very good quality of recording.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.)
Established more than 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608 and the BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

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DRAWMER INTRODUCES THE 1973 A THREE-BAND FET STEREO COMPRESSOR AT AN UNREASONABLY LOW PRICE

Drawmer_1973LAS VEGAS, NEVADA: Ivor Drawmer, maker of classic analog, and now digital, pro audio signal processing equipment, drew on his thirty-plus years behind the soldering iron to create the Drawmer 1973, a three-band FET stereo compressor. Drawmer’s longtime distributor, TransAudio Group, will distribute the 1973 in the USA. Three features set apart the Drawmer 1973 from other multichannel dynamics processing solutions. First, the all-analog 1973 sounds noticeably better than the wide variety of multiband plug-ins popular with mixers. Second, the 1973′s controls are sensibly selected and intuitively laid out to get quick, effective results for an impressively wide range of dynamics problems. Third, Drawmer has priced the 1973 aggressively, matching the price of its best-selling full-band tube stereo compressor, the 1968.

The Drawmer 1973′s features include three independent compressor sections with two variable-frequency 6dB/octave crossovers to separate them into low, middle, and high frequency compression sections. Each section contains familiar threshold, gain, attack, and release controls, along with gain-reduction metering. Moreover, each section can be independently muted or bypassed for confusion-free setup and monitoring. The low section possesses a “Big” switch for enhanced low-end, whereas the high section possesses an “Air” switch for enhanced high-end. The three sections are recombined to form the “wet” signal, which can be mixed to variable degree with the dry signal for easy parallel compression. Illuminated VU meters make monitoring compression and output intuitive and, yes, fun.

“Certainly, the Drawmer 1973 owes some of its sound and functionality to Ivor’s experience designing the classic Drawmer 1960 and 1968 compressors, as well as to the Drawmer S3 signature series multiband tube compressor,” said Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group. “But it also has a sound and operation all its own. It is capable of solving problems single-band compressors simply cannot, such as compressing only the low end, raising its average level relative to everything else, and giving your mix a bit more bass without changing the overall level. It has a sound quality that cannot be matched by other analog processors, never mind plug-ins. It will be popular among mixers and EDM mixers alike. The 1973′s layout is impressive. Unlike most other multiband compressors, the 1973′s controls are easy to understand at a glance and work to inspire creative use. The real news here may be the 1973′s affordable price. Those in need of stereo multiband compression with Drawmer’s quality can have it for the cost of Drawmer’s famous single-band stereo tube compressor, the 1968.”

ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUP
TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm.

www.transaudiogroup.com

MSRP: $1,825.00
The Drawmer 1973 is now shipping.

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Press Releases For : September 30, 2014

The HPA Announces 2014 Winners of Engineering Excellence Awards and HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation

MACOM, NVIDIA, Wohler/Cinnafilm for Engineering Excellence, ASC-CDL, DigitalFilm Tree Garner Honors for Creativity and Innovation

2014 HPA Awards

(Los Angeles, CA) – The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) has announced recipients of the organization’s 2014 Engineering Excellence Award and the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production. These awards were developed to recognize the technical excellence and creative innovation that continually drive the post production industry in the advancement and support of content creation. The coveted honors will be bestowed on November 6th, 2014 during the ninth annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.

The Engineering Excellence Award spotlights companies and individuals who draw upon technical and creative ingenuity and apply it to real world post production demands while raising the profile of breakthrough technologies.

The winners of the 2014 HPA Engineering Excellence Awards are:

MACOM: 12G-SDI Chipset
12G-SDI is the next data rate in the evolution of SDI, and MACOM has introduced the industry’s first complete chipset to enable next-generation 4K video production applications. Our newest family of SDI equalizers, reclockers and cable drivers supports 4K video resolutions at 60 frames per second over a single link and complements our industry-leading crosspoint switch portfolio.

“The MACOM team is honored to accept an Engineering Excellence Award from the Hollywood Post Alliance,” said Hasnain Bajwa, Senior Vice President and General Manager, High-Performance Analog at MACOM. “We are encouraged to be recognized for our technical achievement by such an esteemed panel of industry insiders and thankful for the contributions of our customers, partners and supporters as we help to enable the migration to 12G-SDI for the next generation of broadcast video equipment.”

NVIDIA: NVIDIA VCA
Accelerate design and VFX workflows with NVIDIA(r) Visual Computing Appliance (VCA), the fastest way to interactive photorealistic digital 3D models and scenes. This network-attached appliance easily integrates into the design workflow and scales to multiple VCAs, each decreasing the time to noiseless, physically based global illumination.

“The Hollywood Post Alliance’s recognition of NVIDIA VCA is validation of how our GPU rendering appliance is changing the way filmmakers, artists and animators work. NVIDIA VCA removes the need to wait hours for rendered movies and allows artists to interact and edit their photo-real digital models in real time, dramatically accelerating the review and approval process,” said Jeff Brown, vice president and general manager of Professional Visualization and Design at NVIDIA.

Wohler/Cinnafilm Joint Venture: Tachyon Wormhole
Tachyon Wormhole is a file-based Retiming and Standards Transcoding solution which leverages commodity enterprise hardware to deliver content based on time or standards requirements. Fully automated with audio pitch correction and caption retiming, Tachyon Wormhole processes two files faster than real time, simultaneously, on a single small footprint server.

Ernie Sanchez, COO, Cinnafilm, Inc. commented, “Because it is peer-based, few awards invoke the same sense of pride as the HPA Engineering Excellence award. We are truly honored to be recognized a second time by the HPA for our achievements, and we are thrilled that we earned it through intelligent partnering with the team at Wohler.”

The HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production was conceived to recognize companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence, whether in the development of workflow and process to support creative storytelling and/or technical innovation. A jury of peers and industry experts determines the HPA Judges Award winners.

The 2014 winners of the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production are:

American Society of Cinematographers: Color Decision List (ASC CDL)
The ASC CDL helps maintain and communicate creative intent, from production, dailies, post, VFX, editorial, in a multi-facility, multi-vendor environment. The ASC CDL enables creatives to set the look of a shot via system-independent primary color corrections communicated as metadata from on-set through dailies and post. Developed by the ASC Technology Committee – a broad group of industry members working to benefit the industry – the ASC CDL is freely available, saving time and money, improving the artistic result and audience experience in the vast majority of motion pictures, TV shows, and VFX.

David Reisner, D-Cinema Consulting commented, “We are honored to be recognized by our colleagues at the HPA. The ASC CDL was developed to help all participants in the production and post pipeline most effectively produce the best result and deliver the creative vision of filmmakers to audiences. The ASC CDL could only have been created by filmmakers, the post community, and vendors’ active collaboration.”

DigitalFilm Tree: Cloud Post Workflow Initiative (ProStack)
ProStack enables instantly accessible, widely deployable post production. ProStack packs the capacity and bandwidth needed to manage the entire post process- high-end color correction, VFX and DI workflows- into a scalable solution. Flexible design and implementation incorporates the best tools for every job, connecting all users via cloud storage. ProStack, in conjunction with Critique, integrates the entire spectrum of file-based workflows into one hub, while simultaneously embracing the evolving role of production and the post facility.

Guillaume Aubuchon, DigitalFilm Tree CTO commented, “We have been focused on developing a system that is truly cloud based and easily useable for our clients, an OpenStack environment with secure and instantaneous access. It is an honor to be recognized by the HPA for our work on ProStack, and we are honored to receive our second C&I Award.”

Leon Silverman, President of the HPA commented, “The HPA Awards have become an important acknowledgement and celebration of creativity in content, technology and workflow innovation. This year’s awards for Engineering Excellence and Creativity and Innovation in Post Production represent significant and foundational new approaches. The HPA is proud to be able to recognize these outstanding achievements.”

Tickets for the HPA Awards will be available in late September. They can be purchased online at www.hpaawards.net, by calling the HPA at +1(213) 614.0860 or by writing info@hpaawards.net. More information about the HPA Awards and the Hollywood Post Alliance can be found at www.hpaonline.com.

For information about the HPA Awards or general HPA information, please contact Alicia Rock, arock@hpaonline.com or call +1(213) 614.0860. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the 2014 HPA Awards, please contact Garrett Randall, garrett@MESAlliance.org, or +1 (310) 882.9204.

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About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content.

About the HPA(r) Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance.

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HARMAN’s Crown and BSS Audio Are At Center Court In Wimbledon Audio System Upgrade

Photo Credit: Tim Speight

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LONDON, England — It’s the world’s oldest and most prestigious tennis championship – Wimbledon, held at the All England Club In London since 1877. Although steeped in tradition, the facility takes a decidedly modern approach to its audio and communications network, evaluating and updating its installation every year. Prior to the 2014 tournament, Wimbledon-based systems contractor RG Jones Sound Engineering (www.rgjones.co.uk) knew that the scope of work would be much more involved than in the past. Because of building renovations, the Broadcast Center PA equipment room had to be completely relocated, and the system upgrade called for more audio inputs and outputs than the existing system provided.

Jon Berry, RG Jones Sales and Installation Director realized that HARMAN’s Crown DriveCore Install (DCi) Network amplifiers and BSS Audio BLU-160 signal processor made such a major undertaking a lot easier, because of their ability to be networked with the All England Club’s existing Soundweb London audio DSP system, which operates across the site in locations including the Centre Court clubhouse, the North courts, the Gate 3 turnstiles building and other areas. RG Jones installed a total of 24 Crown DCi 4|300N and DCi 4|600N four-channel amplifiers in the new PA room, as well as two BSS Audio BLU-160 processors. All Crown and BSS Audio products were supplied by UK HARMAN distributor Sound Technology, Ltd.

Crown’s DCi Network amplifiers utilize exclusive DriveCore amplifier technology, which enables powerful, energy-efficient operation from an amplifier just 2U rack spaces high. The ampifiers are compatible with HARMAN’s HiQnet Audio Architect™ system setup and control software.

The amplifiers receive audio from the BSS BLU-160 processors via BLU link, a low-latency 256-channel fault-tolerant bus, which provides the required channel count and a cost-effective hardware solution that can be implemented over long distances.

“Having to implement such a major overhaul of the system proved to be a blessing in disguise, as the relocation of the PA room confirmed our belief that network-compatible amplifiers were the way forward,” said Berry. “The ability to network the amplifiers alongside the existing Soundweb London system has proven to be extremely useful. Having in-depth, instantaneous monitoring of the amplifiers gives us a degree of control that was simply unavailable before.” He also noted that the amplifiers’ Ethernet connectivity significantly reduced the amount of analog cabling that would have otherwise been necessary.

Berry has been equally impressed with the DCi Network amplifiers’ performance. Before starting the All England Club project RG Jones undertook rigorous sonic testing at their workshop to check that the amplifiers would integrate with the existing system. “While conducting these evaluations we realized that the depth and functionality of the amps’ DSP features were a major advantage in tailoring their performance to the speakers, the system and the venue,” Berry added.

For Berry and his team, the acid test was going from the workbench to configuring the installation for the Centre Court clubhouse. “The setup and commissioning of the clubhouse system was the most complex part of the install, and in fact we found the process to be intuitive, easier than we thought it would be – and extremely effective. The flexibility, control capabilities and the sound quality are far better than we could have hoped for and we will certainly be specifying the Crown DCi amps and BSS Audio components for future projects.”

Photo Credit: Tim Speight

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.

FOR-A to Showcase Video Switcher, Multi Viewer & Video Transmission Technology at WFX 2014 Conference & Expo

Cypress, CA – FOR-A will exhibit at this week’s WFX Conference & Expo. The event is dedicated to showcasing technology for houses of worship and takes place October 1-2 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, TX. FOR-A will exhibit a number of its products used in the worship industry, including video switcher and multi viewer technology, in Booth #120.

The HVS-XT100 HD/SD portable video switcher is among the products that FOR-A will showcase in its booth. The HVS-XT100 features a compact, HVS-390HS_Image02integrated design and comes standard with eight HD/SD-SDI inputs and four outputs (plus one HDMI output). The unit HVS-390HS_Image02offers a wide range of functions, including frame synchronization, multi-viewer capability, a built-in Web server, and a clip memory feature within the still store that supports complex moves. First introduced last year, the switcher is a popular choice among houses of worship due to its high-performance and portability.

Another video switcher that FOR-A will show is its versatile HVS-390HS unit. The cost-effective switcher features advanced AUX technology that allow users to add in up to four additional mix effects, giving the switcher the capabilities of a 6 M/E unit. The HVS-390HS is the switcher of choice for many houses of worship across the country, including use by Manhattan’s Trinity Church, Florida’s First Baptist Church Oviedo, Flatirons Community Church in Colorado, Alabama’s Hunter Street Baptist Church, and Detroit’s Kensington Church, to name a few.

FOR-A will also showcase its MV-1620HSA 4K compatible multi viewer. First introduced at NAB earlier this year, the MV-1620HSA 3G/HD/SD/Analog Mixed High-Resolution multi viewer is a 1 RU unit that accepts up to 16 channels of signals for monitoring on up to two screens. The multi viewer includes the option to cascade it with other units to display up to 64 sources simultaneously.

As the exclusive North American dealer for Fujitsu, FOR-A will also demonstrate Fujitsu’s IP-920 high-performance encoder/decoder solutions. The video transmission technology uses H.264 advanced MPEG-4 AVC encoding to provide best-in-class video fidelity, is capable of operating at less than 99ms back-to-back latency, and features real-time transmission and robust error correction.

“Being that the house of worship industry is such an important area to FOR-A, we see WFX as one of our most important shows of the year,” said Jay Shinn, Vice President of FOR-A America. “This year we will be highlighting a few of our small to midsized video production switchers. These reliable and easy-to-operate units are packed with useful features and unique capabilities that make them the perfect fit for full-time professionals, weekend pros and volunteers alike. Our aim is to always be the leader in affordability and value for house of worship video technology.”

About FOR-A
FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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

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