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Press Releases For : April 16, 2014

Soundfirm Installs Australia’s First Meyer Sound Cinema System for Dolby Atmos Dubbing Stage

Soundfirm, which has received more awards than any other Australian audio post facility, has selected a Meyer Sound cinema loudspeaker system for its Dolby Atmos dubbing stage in its new Melbourne location. The large mixing room is the country’s first to feature an all-Meyer Sound screen channel and surround loudspeaker system.

The Meyer Sound system was selected by owner Roger Savage, a veteran re-recording mixer whose film credits include the family classic “Babe” and the musical “Moulin Rouge!”

“When we decided to install an Atmos room, we needed surround loudspeakers capable of full-range response, and Meyer Sound sounded so much better than anything else we’d experienced,” says Savage.

The monitoring system incorporates three Acheron® 80 screen loudspeakers, eight HMS-12 and 29 HMS-10 cinema surround loudspeakers, six X-800C high-power cinema subwoofers, and two 500-HP subwoofers in the rear for surround low end.

Chris Goodes, Soundfirm’s chief re-recording mixer, has mixed a number of projects in the new room. “The first thing I took to was the top end,” he says. “The Acherons are so much better than what we’d been using before. The dialogue clarity is outstanding, and you can trust what you’re doing with equalization. You never have to question whether the speaker is changing the sound. And you can work for 10 or 12 hours on this system without fatigue.”

Projects mixed by Goodes since opening include “The Monkey King,” an Atmos mix for the Chinese market; “Predestination,” a feature starring Ethan Hawke; “Deep Sea Challenge,” a James Cameron documentary; and “Hidden Universe” for IMAX release.

Savage appreciates the streamlined installation of the 48 V remotely powered surround loudspeakers. “Installation and setup was much easier than the conventional approach,” he notes. “You simply run a single cable with 48 V power and audio for the internally bi-amplified surrounds. This saves installation costs, particularly when you’re dealing with an Atmos system.”

The new mixing theatre also includes a Harrison Trion mixing console with 240 inputs, five Avid Pro Tools systems, a 10-meter-wide screen, and a Christie 4K projector with 3D capability.

“The independent mixers who use the room all comment on how great it sounds,” reports Savage. “The Meyer Sound monitors have lived up to our high expectations, and exceeded them—particularly with Atmos.”

Established in 1983, Soundfirm lists sound mixing credits for such iconic films as “Crocodile Dundee,” “Mad Max 2,” and “Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome.” In addition to its Melbourne location, Soundfirm also maintains post-production facilities in Sydney and Beijing.

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Nashville Music Club Thrives with Dante™ Audio Networking

Dual-path Dante network simplifies audio transport and reduces labor, increasing flexibility and lowering installation costs

Portland, OR, April 15, 2014 – Dante, the market leading media networking solution created by Audinate, has transformed Nashville’s legendary 12th and Porter concert venue with a networked state-of-the-art sound system. The world-famous 12th and Porter has operated as Nashville’s premier label showcase venue, and has hosted thousands of live performances over the years.

Morris Light & Sound was hired to help restore the club’s reputation as a premier live performance venue. New owners gave Mills the freedom to specify the end-to-end audio system, given the company’s 25 years of experience in audio and lighting for live events and fixed installations.

The systems integration team at Morris Light & Sound, which handled the audio upgrades, also significantly reduced labor costs in choosing Dante as its audio networking solution. John Mills, vice president, commented that Dante allowed his team to simplify connection terminations in the digital signal processing racks and eliminate an analog front-of-house snake. The presence of two separate networks gives house sound engineers and the band’s sound engineers more options in networking audio between front of house and the stage, while increasing channel capacity and contributing to sound quality improvements.

“We saved well over $1000 in labor costs by using Dante instead of the traditional analog snake.” said Mills. “The minimal termination requirements saved us a lot of time. Using Dante, I am saving money at the end of the day because I can get the job done much quicker.”

Mills knew he wanted a clean and modular networked solution to route multi-channel audio, while offering plenty of flexibility – as well as room for growth.

“We established two separate networks so that a band could easily patch its own console straight into the system DSP,” said Mills. This ensures the owner doesn’t have to call me to the club to remove the main console every time a band wants to use its own. And the modularity of the Dante network gives the club owners plenty of room for expansion.”

The main network includes a Dante-enabled Yamaha CL3 console, with a Yamaha Rio stagebox, with the second network running between the System DSP and the NEXO amplifiers. The complete solution accommodates high-capacity audio I/O and extremely versatile routing, with Dante playing an important role in overall sound quality.

“The quality of the gear we put in this club is amazing, and Dante is an important reason why everything sounds great,” said Mills. “The CL3 console with the Dante allowed us to replace all the old analog cabling and is a very clean and cost effective way of moving audio. The response from the club owners, musicians and attendees alike has been extremely positive.”

Dante-enabled equipment used:
(1) Yamaha CL3 consoles
(1) Yamaha RIO I/O stageboxes
(1) Yamaha MTX5D System DSP
(2) NEXO NX4x4 amplifier

About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes AV systems to customers to thrive in a networked world. Audinate’s patented Dante media networking technology has been adopted by the leading manufacturers in the professional audio/visual industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company. Dante is Digital Media Networking Perfected.

Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd, Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

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Media Vision Launches Microphone Buyback Program

An appealing campaign just launched by Media Vision is stirring the industry: the first microphone buyback program. For a limited time, until July 15th 2014, Media Vision is offering $50 per microphone to customers trading in their obsolete or inadequate technology for a new TAIDEN conferencing microphone system. The program is supported by Media Vision’s nine offices across North America and Europe.

Media Vision’s buyback program is available to all. “We accept to trade in any microphone from any manufacturer” says Kevin Stoner, Director of Operations at Media Vision “whether your old solution is a wired, wireless, ceiling-mounted or boundary microphone system, we will take it back and give you $50 per mic.”. With these open terms, Media Vision is making it easy for most organizations to upgrade to conferencing microphones and finally experience intelligibility in their meeting environment.

To get the full trade-in value Media Vision only requires that the used microphones be returned with all accessories, including main unit and cables or batteries, as the company will attempt to recondition them for resale or donation. “If the system is in working condition, we will strive to find an organization in need of those products that you no longer want” says Kevin, “The goal is to keep electronics out of the waste stream”. However, if the old microphones are damaged and reuse is not possible, Media Vision offers to recycle them according to local regulations.

Media Vision’s microphone buyback program combines a financial incentive with sustainable practices; now, wouldn’t you agree it is time to upgrade your microphones?

For more information on the program, including a video presentation, complete FAQs, as well as all registration details, Media Vision has created a dedicated support line on their website and via email: buyback@media-vision.com

About Media Vision
Media Vision is a leading provider of professional wired and wireless conferencing solutions for multipurpose meeting rooms, VTC boardrooms, training centers, council chambers and auditoriums. Supported by feature-rich, flexible technologies, powerful software, and a dedicated product engineering team, we work with system integrators and consultants to design conferencing solutions that improve the audio intelligibility in the room and on the far end for distance communication. Additional information can be found at www.media-vision.com

Masque Sound Takes Lincoln Center Theater Audiences on a Sonic Tour of New York City in Moss Hart’s Autobiographical Play, Act One

NEW YORK, APRIL 16, 2014 – Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, returned to the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center to support Sound Designer Dan Moses Schreier with a dynamic custom audio equipment package for Lincoln Center Theater’s newest production, Act One.

In Act One, James Lapine directs his own adaptation of Moss Hart’s classic autobiography, which chronicles the legendary playwright and theater director’s struggle to escape poverty and forge a career in theater. This led to his collaboration with George S. Kaufman, and culminated in his first great success, Once in a Lifetime.

Schreier’s biggest challenge in designing the sound was dealing with the acoustics of the theater itself. “The Vivian Beaumont Theater is notorious for requiring special acoustic systems, since there is no natural reverb in the room,” says Schreier. “When the theater was constructed it was built with traps all the way around the back wall of the auditorium, which gives the effect of an acoustically dead space. Technologies have evolved so much since the theater opened in 1965, however, that it is now possible to make the room feel alive.”

Part of the aesthetic of Act One is driven by the set design, as it features a three-story structure built on an 80-foot revolving turntable. Each part of the turntable highlights a different New York City locale throughout the play. “It’s very monumental, it’s very theatrical and it’s a very beautiful structure,” adds Schreier. “All of the sound effects were driven by the look and the movement of this turntable, which signifies that specific time period of Moss Hart’s life. In addition, every time it spins, you get a different sonic picture of New York City — sometimes it’s the subway, other times the street or a playground. The idea behind the sound design was to create a sonic version of New York City. With Masque Sound’s help, I think we did a wonderful job.”

Another key component of the sound design was the use of Yamaha’s DME 64 Programmable DSP Engine. “I worked very closely with my Associate Sound Designer Joshua Reid to create nine different zones that all have different timings to help with the architecture of the space,” says Schreier. “Because of the theater’s shape, a third of the audience is always looking at the back of an actor. A big part of the sound design was to compensate for this, which is why we created these different time zones based on the actor’s locations on the set.”

In order to achieve the sound he was looking for, Schreier chose the Yamaha CL-5 digital mixing console. With a three-section fader layout for efficient hands-on control, the CL-5 is an ideal choice for a diverse spectrum of live sound systems, giving Schreier exactly what he needed. He utilized 12 discreet outputs of the console going to various areas of the theater in order to provide real sound effects, such as the sound of the subway moving across the back wall of the theater at the same time as dogs barking upstage. This added real depth and three dimensions to the design.

For his PA, Schreier thought a lot about what speakers would be right for the space. “The Vivian Beaumont Theater seats like a coliseum with a three-quarter fan shape,” he continues. “There was one speaker in particular, the d&b audiotechnik E12-D, that I thought would solve the problem of the theater very elegantly, and it did. The coverage is smooth and it’s amazing how well the speakers work. I think the sound reinforcement part of the design sounds quite fantastic and I really have to thank Masque Sound for that, because they had to purchase this particular model for this production.”

Schreier chose the d&b E12-D for its rotatable horn, as it provides a very wide dispersion. By rotating the horns up and down, he was able to cover the theater almost entirely with one cabinet, thus eliminating the need for an array. Masque Sound also provided d&b Q-subs as well as Meyer Sound M1Ds for the rear orchestra fill and balcony delay ring. In addition, Schreier also utilized the Beaumont Theater’s Qin-house PA system for some of the sound effects when he wanted to envelop the audience.

Act One opened on Thursday, April 17 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. The show features a cast of 22 including Tony nominees Tony Shalhoub and Santino Fontana and Tony Award-winner Andrea Martin. The limited engagement is currently scheduled to run through June 15, 2014.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

West Coast Catalyst AV Distribution Network Member Custom Plus Distributing Announces Expansion in Northern California

Auburn, WA – April 16, 2014 – Custom Plus Distributing and manufacturers’ rep firm Oliver Marketing today announced the addition of a new distribution warehouse in San Jose, California. This is the second location for the sister companies in Northern California.

This announcement represents the fourth location for Custom Plus Distributing and Oliver Marketing, headquartered in Auburn, WA – with additional locations in Portland and Sacramento.

The new location will be led by San Jose resident Kevin Mitchel, who brings a strong background in custom home audio and video, including years as a Regional Sales Manager for Atlona Technologies.

“We’re excited about the appointment of Kevin Mitchel as Branch Manager,” said Mike Munger, General Manager for Custom Plus Distributing, adding “Kevin will be able to provide superior support to customers through his deep understanding of custom integration needs.”

The location will carry Nest, APC, EnGenius, Atlona, TiVo, IC Realtime, ClearView CCTV, Vivitek, ICE Cable, Perfect Path, Vanco, Rapid Racks and Mounts, Catalyst Wire & Cable, 2GIG, Sony, Russound, Klipsch, SpeakerCraft, URC and more.

The warehouse is merchandised for integrators to evaluate and select their items in a self-serve shopping environment. This allows them to see the breadth of product available to them, easily identify deals, and through quick product selection, move on to their jobs.

Bob Oliver, President and Owner of Custom Plus Distributing and Oliver Marketing, commented, “Silicon Valley is a hotbed of growth and we are committed to delivering the same superior products and levels of customer support that our company has become known for in the markets we serve.”

The new Custom Plus Distributing location is 751 Charcot Ave, San Jose, CA 95131.

For more information visit http://www.customplusdistributing.com/sanjose.html or email 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. Custom Plus Distributing specializes in both car and home categories, providing audio, video, security, and networking products. CPD is also a founding member of Catalyst AV, a consortium of consumer electronics distributors, serving over 15,000 dealers nationwide. www.customplusdistributing.com

About Oliver Marketing Inc.
Oliver Marketing, Inc., a manufacturers’ representative firm, was founded in 1986, and represents major brands Sonos, Harman, Sony, Kenwood and Rockford Fosgate, among others.

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 12-independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 15,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. The Catalyst AV Board of Directors consists of Mike Hench (Electronics Source Distributors); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

PixelFLEX Adds FLEXLite to Growing Line of LED Screens

The new FLEXLite tile, perfect for installs, weighs just 28 pounds.

Nashville, April 16, 2014 — Leading LED screen manufacturer PixelFLEX has introduced another product in their diverse, growing line of flexible, lightweight and durable LED video screens with the addition of the FLEXLite LED tile. Available in both indoor and outdoor options, FLEXLite was designed for clients who asked for an economical solution to meet their needs for permanent installations and lightweight event screens.

The indoor version comes in pitches of 3.0, 5.2, 6.9 and 7.8 mm and is great for tradeshows, other events and signage. Where FLEXLite really outdistances the competition, however, is its abitlity to translate for television broadcasts. Because of its extremely high refresh rate, FLEXLite is camera friendly and an ideal solution for televised and filmed events.

In outdoor situations like advertising and large music or sporting events, FLEXLite is bright enouh to compete with sunlight. A dedicated outdoor product that comes in both blowthrough and non-blowthrough designs allows the customer to have even more creative control. It is manufactured in pitches of 6.25, 8.9 and 12.0 mm with brightness of 5,000 nits.

The universal appeal of FLEXLite, both indoor and outdoor, lies in its practicality. The frame is made of die cast aluminum, resulting in a lightweight yet durable tile that weighs 28 pounds each. PixelFLEX has taken all of the aspects it has been known for in its touring products and transformed them into a single product that makes sense for installation. It can be installed and dismantled by one person, making FLEXLite time and labor efficient. The LED panel also comes in a rectangle shape — versus the traditional square — and consequently covers more space with less tiles.

“We saw a demand from our customers asking for a product like FLEXLite,” said Director of Marketing David Venus. “It was our goal to create a product that not only fit the lightweight and durable characteristics of the PixelFLEX brand, but also was an economical choice that looked phenomenal.”

As with PixelFLEX’s existing line of LED video screens, FLEXLite is simple to operate and set up; videos and images can be sent to the screen using any computer with a DVI-D or HDMI connection. In addition, the quality of the FLEXLite screens keep with the standard PixelFLEX holds all of its products to. It uses the latest debugging technology to prohibit issues with gray scale level, allowing for clear, crisp content playback. The LED screen also has a powerful 140 degree viewing angle so more of the audience gets the full impression of the desired content. With FLEXLite, clients get PixelFLEX quality that fits various budgets.

For more information on PixelFLEX’s FLEXLite, visit http://www.pixelflexled.com.  Follow PixelFLEX on Facebook and @LEDCurtain.

 

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HARMAN’s dbx DriveRack PA2 Loudspeaker Management System Makes A Night and Day Difference for Live Sound Engineer Whitney Day

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Audio engineer Whitney Day is an independent audio professional who has worked with many of the larger companies in Las Vegas, in venues such as the Smith Center for the Performing Arts and for productions including The Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, The Lion King, Cirque du Soleil, Mannheim Steamroller and many others. Production managers know they can rely on Day to deliver superb live sound with exceptionally clear, detailed and well-balanced mixes and Day is always on the lookout for tools to deliver better sound – like HARMAN’s dbx DriveRack PA2 Loudspeaker Management System.
The DriveRack PA2 enables a loudspeaker system to be quickly and accurately optimized for the best-possible sound quality. The PA2 is ideal for bands, musicians and artists who carry their own PA and for a wide range of installed sound applications. The DriveRack PA2 makes it easier than ever to set up a system and control it on the fly via a mobile device or laptop.

“As a live audio mixing engineer, DSP and loudspeaker EQ are fundamentally important tools for me and I’ve always been impressed with the digital signal processing in HARMAN products,” Day stated. “I’m constantly looking for new ways to achieve better sound and when the PA2 was introduced I felt it was something that would help me do my job in smaller to medium-size shows.”

The dbx PA2 offers a host of loudspeaker tuning and system optimization features, including a new Wizard setup utility, AutoEQ™ room EQ, Advanced Feedback Suppresion (AFS™) and more. The PA2 provides dbx compression, graphic and parametric EQ, speaker delay, dbx’s exclusive Subharmonic Synthesis for enhanced low-frequency response, a built in loudspeaker crossover (for full-range, 2-way and 3-way systems) and additional features to get the most from any speaker system it’s used with, in any room.
“The PA2 is exactly what I was looking for,” Day said. He found it simple to set up and use without reading the manual. The PA2’s wireless control gives him the freedom to make adjustments while walking around a venue and listening to the loudspeakers from various locations, which Day finds a major advantage in making sure every listener in every seat enjoys the best-possible sound.

Day is particularly impressed with the PA2’s natural, transparent EQ. “Sometimes even on the best consoles when you engage the EQ you might notice a change in the character of the sound but can’t really put your finger on what it is. On the worst consoles it puts a mask over the sound. It’s like covering the speakers with a bed sheet. When I take the EQ in and out on the PA2 it’s flawless – I don’t hear any change in sonic character.”

The PA2 does its sonic job with precision. On a lot of even highly touted digital consoles, if Day thinks he needs a 2dB cut he’ll make a 5dB cut and slide the fader back and forth until he hears what he wants. “With the PA2, 99 percent of the time the EQ adjustment is exactly what I think it should be. If I want to make a 1dB cut, I hear a 1dB cut. For the PA2’s price point I was amazed – that’s a very good EQ.”

He also feels that when it comes to EQ, the edict “first, do no harm” applies. “People think about EQ in terms of improving the sound, but in order to do that your EQ needs to sound fundamentally good to begin with. I find that with some gear, applying EQ can be extremely destructive to the signal and really mess up the phase relationships between frequencies. That’s simply not an issue with the PA2. I’m really stunned at how good the unit is, and the fact that it’s this good at its price point.”

“We designed the unit with the goal of bringing the highest levels of audio quality and control to smaller venues and live events and having an audio engineer of Whitney’s caliber talk about the precision of the PA2 is the best compliment we can receive,” stated Jason Kunz, Market Manager, Portable PA and Recording & Broadcast for HARMAN Signal Processing.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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Press Releases For : April 15, 2014

Litepanels Celebrates the Revolutionary 1×1 Panel with a Worldwide Anniversary Sale

(Chatsworth, Calif.) – Litepanels®, a Vitec Group brand and premier provider of LED lighting for the broadcast and production industries, is celebrating the anniversary of the company’s signature 1×1 panels. In honor of the fixture that started it all and revolutionized LED lighting for the motion picture, television, and video industries, Litepanels is offering specially reduced pricing on both 1×1 fixtures and kits for a limited time only.

The 1×1 Mono Daylight Spot and Flood, the 1×1 Mono Tungsten Flood, the 1×1 Bi-Color, the 1×1 Bi-Focus, all of the 1×1 LS models, and the company’s complete line of 1×1 LS Kits are included in the sale, which runs through June 7, 2014. List prices have been reduced by up to 45 percent on individual fixtures and kits.

“The Litepanels 1×1 has been used on thousands of sets and shoots worldwide since hitting the marketplace,” notes Chris Marchitelli, vice president of global marketing for Litepanels. “Our unique design has been copied and imitated by many, but the 1×1′s quality and performance have never been duplicated. This promotion is a great opportunity for people to add an innovative product to their collection at an incredibly affordable price.”

“Litepanels now offers more than 30 different LED fixtures, including 9 LED Fresnel models, an extensive range that was almost unimaginable when we first launched our 1×1 fixtures into the studio and broadcast market,” says Pat Grosswendt, Co-Founder of Litepanels. “Our original 1×1 line included a flood 50 degree panel and a spot 30 degree panel, with technical innovations that gave lighting directors an unmatched level of lighting control. Since their launch, the 1×1 fixtures have been dubbed the most versatile production lights ever built, providing pure, luminous and soft directional output. We’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished and very excited about our plans for the future. This special promotion is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the customers who have been with us along the way.”

For more detailed information on the Litepanels 12th Anniversary Sale, please visit www.store.litepanels.com.

Please note that promotional pricing applies to in-stock inventory only, and supplies are limited.

About Litepanels

Litepanels, a Vitec Group brand, was founded in 2001 by five professional gaffers and engineers who saw the future and pioneered LED (light emitting diode) lighting for motion pictures, television, and the audio-visual industry. Their Emmy® award-winning technology has now been used on thousands of productions worldwide and is trusted by the world’s leading broadcast organizations. Litepanels continues to expand its suite of flicker free, color accurate, fully-dimmable soft lights that talent and lighting directors admire. These environmentally friendly fixtures can pay for themselves with power savings and long life, setting a new standard in professional lighting. More information can be found at www.Litepanels.com

About the Vitec Group

Capture the moment™

For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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Powerful Christie Projectors Drive Idaho Power’s Unique Hybrid Control Room Wall

Christie® projection technology is an integral part of a groundbreaking hybrid display wall solution for Idaho Power’s new control room that is helping the electric utility serve its half-million customers with a more efficient, more informative, and more reliable monitoring system. The SA2™ patent-pending solution designed by Primate Technologies, Inc. overlays dynamic projected content from a series of Christie DS+6K-M SXGA 3-chip DLP® projectors onto a digital-based modular tile mapboard from Monitor Mapboard Systems. The unique combination allows abnormal conditions to be projected and lit upon the screen, making it easier to see situations such as an open breaker or multiple breakers flashing at different stations.

Idaho Power’s service area spans some of the most rugged and remote landscape across southern Idaho and eastern Oregon to serve a population of approximately 1,000,000 people. When the utility was moving to a new location, it sought to remodel its control room and started exploring potential alternatives to the traditional, static-type mapboards that would not be affected by the ambient light from the windows. In the past, the utility had used anything from a paper map to a tiled mapboard. Idaho Power was intrigued by the hybrid Scadaboard solution suggested by Monitor and Primate that still met all its criteria for a rugged, 24/7 wall that was also customizable, providing up-to-the-second information while maintaining a static component of the control monitoring display which is critical during outages or catastrophic events.

Primate Technologies Inc., which builds robust visualization software products for the energy industry, developed the unique concept of overlaying projected content from overhead Christie projectors in strategic areas of Monitor Mapboard Systems’ modular, digital output based mapboard with software driven dynamic content just in the areas needed. The result was a hybrid display wall that is much more visible to the entire room, allowing for increased situation awareness and the ability for operators to easily add collaborative information and tags to the projected dynamic content. Primate Technologies, Inc. software also allows users to add additional displays or change the appearance of the dynamic content projected on the board.
“Idaho Power’s hybrid solution is the first of its kind and represents a marriage of leading technologies in 24/7 control rooms,” said Rita Patterson, vice president of Sales, Marketing and Customer Relations at Primate Technologies, Inc. “With the primary goal of providing a highly efficient control room environment, we needed to make sure that the companies we chose fully understood that environment. For digital front projection, Christie was the clear choice as they came highly recommended by trusted customers.”

Monitor Mapboard Systems provides situational awareness tools for displaying the ‘big picture’ in the form of large, physical dynamic mapboards, which are graphic representations of the client’s grid or service territory. It also offers dynamic mapboards that are wired with LEDs to show abnormal status. When coupled with Primate Technologies’ dynamically projected software, this “live” Scadaboard™ provides the ultimate situational awareness mapboard solution.

“Electric utilities have a history of using mapboards to display their big picture system status, making them a critical tool for alerting the dispatcher when something has happened,” noted Vince Blaeser, principal, Monitor Mapboard Systems. “The hybrid Scadaboard solution brings additional layers of relevant and dynamic content to the system operators.”

“Analog display walls are common in the industry, and we considered everything from using materials that included metal or plastic tile boards, to massive silkscreen tile boards with switches or lights,” said Gary Felton Jr., Chief Dispatcher, Load Serving Operations, Idaho Power. “The hybrid display was the ideal solution. We are especially impressed with the images from the three Christie DS+6K-M projectors. They are exceptionally bright, crisp and vibrant, and really ‘pop’ when you see them on the board.”

“We are pleased to be selected for this unique solution for Idaho Power that represents a perfect marriage of three leading technologies for control rooms. This hybrid display has a truly high-tech feel,” said Dave Muscat, senior director, Control Room Solutions, at Christie. “It’s really inspiring to see how Primate Technologies, Inc. and Monitor Mapboard Systems helped Idaho Power brilliantly meet its needs.”

At Booth 9207 at the IEEE Conference and Exposition April 14-17 in Chicago, Monitor Mapboards will feature Scadaboard™, a real-time monitoring display wall technology that uses Primate Technologies, Inc.’s data visualization software and Christie DHD800 HD DLP® front projection to bring timely content to a Monitor mapboard, delivering enhanced situational and operational awareness.

Leading Italian Hire Company AGORA Adds SSL Live to its Console Portfolio

“The sound quality reminded me of the high level analogue sound that I was used to”

ROME – AGORA, the leading Italian rental company, has purchased an SSL Live console to support the local and international music, sports and corporate events that it serves. In the nearly 25 years that it has been in business, AGORA has become the standard for the tours of top Italian artists, such as Andrea Bocelli, Laura Pausini, Ligabue and Tiziano Ferro, as well as high-profile international events, such as Carlos Santana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Elton John, the Live 8 concert and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2006 and 2014 Winter Games in Turin and Sochi.

AGORA’s Live console has already hit the road with one major client, Italian blues singer Mario Biondi, whose front of house engineer, Piefrancesco “Hugo” Tempesta, has been using it on tour for almost two months and has been extremely happy with the results. “Before I decided to use the SSL Live on tour, I did a simple but efficient test,” says Tempesta. “I used one channel and carefully listened to the performance of the mic pre, summing and overall sound quality, which reminded me of the high level analogue sound that I was used to. I had no doubt in my mind that this was the console for me, and I feel very confident in my choice.”

It wasn’t just the sound quality that drew Tempesta to the SSL Live, but also the user-friendly interface, which he says is well-designed and intuitive. Another key feature for him is SSL’s Blacklight II high bandwidth multiplexed MADI, which transports several MADI ports on a single fibre connection.

Wolfgango and Vittorio De Amicis, brothers and co-owners of AGORA added their own comment regarding their addition of SSL Live to their hire portfolio. “AGORA usually invests with major players in the industry and of course SSL is one of them, even if it has just joined the live touring market. We expect that SSL’s reputation will follow the company into the live space and make Live a leading contender in the market.”

www.solidstatelogic.com/live
www.agoraaq.it

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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