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Dolynchuk Named Senior Product Manager, Infrastructure

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Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products has appointed Paul Dolynchuk as Senior Product Manager, Infrastructure. In this new position, Dolynchuk will be responsible for the category’s long-term sales strategy and optimization of profitability and growth.

Prior to joining Middle Atlantic, Dolynchuk served as a Marketing Director at Pitney Bowes and has held marketing, sales and finance positions at OfficeMax and Boise Cascade. He has a BBA in Management/Pre-Law from Ohio University and an MBA in Marketing/Finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

Commenting on Dolynchuk’s appointment, Tim Troast, Middle Atlantic Director of Product Management said, “Paul is an innovative business leader who has demonstrated his ability to deliver multimillion dollar growth strategies for respected brands through the introduction of innovative products and strategic marketing campaigns. His leadership, business analysis and passion for the customer make him a natural fit for the Middle Atlantic team.”

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

For High-Profile Events Where Huge Screens, Image Quality, and Precision Are Top Priorities, WorldStage Relies on Stewart Filmscreen

WorldStage, the well-known rental and staging company, purchases two gigantic projection screens, adding to an ever-growing Stewart Filmscreen inventory and recommitting to Stewart as its projection screen supplier of choice

TORRANCE, CA, USA – October 27, 2014 – Stewart Filmscreen, world leader in built-to-order, high-performance, extra-large, projection screens for the commercial, rental, and residential markets, and WorldStage, a premiere technical rental and staging company in event and entertainment technology, stewart_logo_sfc08_webannounced today their ongoing mutual support, with WorldStage buying two gigantic new ‘Stewart Large’ category screens,adding to its extensive and ever-growing Stewart Filmscreen inventory.

“While Stewart screens can sometimes cost more than the alternatives and require special care when being used, they are unparalleled in terms of image quality,” says Richard Bevan, VP and General Manager at WorldStage-LA. “No matter where the viewer is seated, they will see the same image quality as those seated front-row center, no matter the projector configuration. With the very large shows we cater to, that is critical.” 

For more than thirty years, display technology engineers at WorldStage have relied on Stewart Filmscreen, going back to WorldStage CEO Gary Standard’s early days in the industry in the mid-1980s. As WorldStage evolved in to an AV staging company in the early 1990s, the company began to purchase Stewart screens for rental inventory. Now, the company uses large high-performance Stewart screens ranging in size anywhere from 10-feet x 17-feet to 24-feet x 91.5-feet, with a large number of Stewart AeroView 100 rear-projection surfaces, specialty screens including GrayHawk front-projection surfaces, UltraMatte 150 front-projection curved surfaces, and a variety of other screen surfaces in inventory.

WorldStage chooses Stewart Filmscreen projection screens for their unmatched color-accuracy and brightness uniformity, attributes that allow the screens to be used very successfully in applications where other screens would exhibit hot spots and color-shift. With the added advantage of being the only screen company that can create seamless projection screens up to 40-feet by 90-feet wide, Stewart Filmscreen offers the uninterrupted, larger-than-life images that live events in large venues require. The Stewart ‘Difference’ means WorldStage can offer the biggest and best seamless image, while providing the durability that the rental market requires. Stewart’s unrivaled build-to-order custom manufacturing capabilities also means WorldStage has the versatility necessary to service any live event, no matter how big, unique, or demanding.

We are honored to be the projection screen supplier of choice for WorldStage, one of the country’s most prestigious rental and staging companies,” says Stewart Filmscreen president and CEO, Grant Stewart. “WorldStage continually amazes us with its innovative and impressive use of Stewart Filmscreen products in some of the most creative events and venues we’ve witnessed.”

WorldStage uses Stewart screens in many different configurations on the majority of its projection shows. For instance, a 24-feet x 91.5-feet Stewart screen was used for the Cisco Partner Summit 2013 in Boston, while two 20-feet x 66-feet GrayHawk front-projection screens and one 20-feet x 35.5-feet rear-projection surface were showcased in the SALT Conference 2014 in Las Vegas.

Whether it’s a Fortune 500 product launch, a wildly inventive media art exhibit, or an extravagant benefit gala, WorldStage and Stewart Filmscreen are both dedicated to customer service, diverse and custom solutions, and impeccable image quality regardless of environment. To see Stewart screens in action at WorldStage events, go to www.worldstage.com/portfolio.

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

About Stewart Filmscreen
Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with additional manufacturing and satellite sales facilities in Ohio, Singapore, and Denmark, Stewart Filmscreen has been the consistent choice of discerning clientele around the world for more than 65 years. An Academy Award-winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings, aesthetic-conscious architects, consultants, systems designers, and property owners rely on Stewart Filmscreen for the perfect combination of superior quality, flexible design, and dedicated support, and we consistently deliver. Providing the most immersive experience in the industry, Stewart can custom engineer a projection screen solution to meet nearly every need. Proprietary material science and innovative manufacturing methods allow Stewart to produce some of the most optically immaculate screens in the world, ultimately delivering an immersive experience that’s unrivaled in the marketplace. Simply put, if a screen can be imagined, Stewart Filmscreen can deliver it. www.stewartfilmscreen.com | @StewartFilm

About WorldStage
In 2007, Scharff Weisberg merged with Video Applications to form WorldStage, a diverse technical staging company in the live event and entertainment technology field. WorldStage provides Audio-Visual Design, Engineering and Implementation Services to the corporate, artistic, and theatrical communities, and has one of the most experienced and conscientious staffs in the business. The company also has a full-service lighting division that is a market leader in quality of service. And, finally, WorldStage’s design and research division specializes in designing the systems and configurations that are the most cost-effective and innovative around. For more information, visit www.worldstage.com.

Stewart Filmscreen Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications | (406) 446-1283 | Katye@KMBComm.com | @katyemcgregor

WorldStage Contacts
Josh Weisberg | President, WorldStage | (212) 582-2345

David Steinberg | Goliath Marketing | (646) 319-8255 | golmar@mac.com

Images for use in publication can be downloaded from the following links:

Cisco Event
Caption: “A 24-foot high by 92-foot wide rear projection screen using Stewart AeroView 100 material is flanked by two 18-foot wide by 24-foot high screens using Stewart AeroView 150 material.”

Dreamforce Event
Caption: “Multiple 92-foot, 60-foot & 24-foot wide Stewart front and rear projection screens support a Metallica appearance at Dreamforce 2011”

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Earthworks Now Shipping 40kHz High Definition FlexMic™ Podium Microphones

Milford, NH – Earthworks expands its FlexMic™ Series of podium microphones to include 40kHz High Definition models, which feature an extended frequency response from 50Hz to 40kHz.

HD FlexMics

The original FlexMic™ models feature a 50Hz to 20kHz frequency response, while the new High Definition models have 50Hz to 40kHz response that provides even greater clarity and intelligibility than the 20kHz models.

All FlexMic™ and HD FlexMic™ models feature a new slimmer 7mm diameter gooseneck, and a shorter tip, providing an overall lower profile.

The FM & FMHD models feature a fully flexible gooseneck, while the FMR & FMRHD models have a rigid center with flex at both ends. All FlexMic models are available with either cardioid or hypercardioid polar patterns in 13, 19, 23 and 27 inch overall lengths.

Every standard and HD FlexMic utilize Earthworks’ patented polar technology, which allows orators to move as much as 90 degrees off-axis to either side, above or below the mic and still maintain the same pristine sound quality with high intelligibility.

All FlexMic™ and HD FlexMic™ models are currently shipping.

earthworksaudio.com

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SSL Duality Brings La Mansión Recording Studios to Next Commercial Level

“SSL was always the number one option because of the incredible sound and powerful workflow options”

MONTERREY, MEXICO – Originally built 15 year ago as a world-class private recording studio, La Mansión Recording Studios has become one of Mexico’s premiere commercial recording facilities with a Solid State Logic Duality console leading the way forward. Built from the ground up by the Malvicino Design Group, La Mansión is a destination multi-room facility serving the likes of Gordon Raphael, producer for The Strokes and Regina Spektor, 15-time Grammy winning sound engineer Benny Faccone and a long list of top music groups and artists including Intocable, Pablo Montero, Zurdok, PXNDX and Jumbo.

SSL Duality at La MansionSituated on a hilltop overlooking the city, with breathtaking views of the mountains, La Mansión offers four different recording/creative environments, with Duality in Studio A, the largest studio, deluxe hotel-level bedrooms, a kitchen and dining room, with private offices, rehearsal rooms and a home theater entertainment area. The facility is fancied with hand-laid marble, salam wood floors and mahogany-lined walls to provide an elegant creative and living space. Studio owner, Victoria Morales-Kühne, took charge of the facility and opened to the public two years ago.

“The studio was first built by my family and we used it as a private studio for 13 years,” explains Morales-Kühne. “This studio was world-class in every respect, with very pricey, but not very commercial, digital consoles in each room, and, while a creative haven for us and our musician friends, we didn´t really have to consider a client’s needs. After asking for ways to improve our offerings as a commercial studio, SSL was always the number one option because of the incredible sound and powerful workflow options. That is what led us to Duality being installed in our largest room.”

The industry-leading sound of Duality was apparent on the initial recordings of Morales-Kühne’s new project. “In the first week with Duality, I recorded the vocals for my upcoming single with Alejandro Rosso from Plastilina Mosh producing and we were both very excited about the workflow of the console. The second week saw Latin Grammy nominees A Band of Bitches recording and mixing their new single and they were extremely happy with the sound. We also had the opportunity to playback previously recorded material from our high grade digital console, and the quality difference was immediately obvious. The sound through Duality was noticeably tighter, wider and it really packed a punch.”

While having a great console is a necessity, equally important is having the manufacturer at the ready to back up the purchase. This is a hallmark service of SSL. “We were keenly aware of buying a product that not only moved us forward on the sonic front, but that was hands down backed by the manufacturer. SSL came highly recommended by everyone we spoke to and working with them has been a complete pleasure. All our clients are very anxious to use our Duality room.”

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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CARGO Nightclub Brings Unmatched Sound Quality to Reno with Powersoft

‘Power is Everything’ for Newly Redesigned Venue, Which Counts Itself Among the Finest Sounding Small-Scale Venues in Western United States

Reno, NV, October 27, 2014: The newly completed CARGO Nightclub, which opened last June, is an exquisite 1,000 person capacity venue located in the Whitney Peak Hotel in the heart of downtown Reno. The new club, which is powered by several Powersoft M and K series amplifiers, is something of a sonic gem with its best in class audio system and lighting design, created to meet and exceed the discriminating standards of A-level touring artists and engineers.

cargo1The hotel, which is located where the Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel once stood, underwent a multi-million dollar renovation before opening to the public as Whitney Peak Hotel on Memorial Day of this year. Now, as Northern Nevada prepares for an impending technology boon with the planned construction of Tesla’s soon to be constructed Gigafactory, CARGO finds itself at the ‘spearhead’ of a ‘rebranding’ that is already underway in greater Reno.

Prior to the reconstruction and rebranding of the hotel, CARGO was located on the third floor, situated as a 700 person capacity venue with a mediocre sound system. With the property under new ownership following the renovation, a new directive was put in place from management that would ultimately raise the audio production and lighting design standards of the venue to an entirely new level. At the core of the audio system is an EAW KF740 3-way array system, powered by Powersoft K10s, K6s and K2 (2) channel high-performance power amplifiers.

powersoftrack“The whole idea of the club was to go high-end on the production side so we could be attractive to larger, nationally touring artists,” comments Dan Bishop, Production Manager at Whitney Park Hotel. “Now, CARGO is able to produce the same or better production quality that artists are used to experiencing in much larger venues. Our choice of Powersoft amplification played a key role in helping us attain both the quality of audio we required, while reducing overall power consumption. Since reopening the club in June, we are getting amazing feedback from both fans and artists alike — everyone is insanely impressed with the quality of production.”

A ‘Big-Sounding Venue’ in ‘The Biggest Little City in the World’:

According to Bishop, there were two fundamental challenges the venue faced during the renovation and rebranding phase. First, the first floor facility to be completely redesigned and rebuilt to accommodate a dedicated HVAC system and decoupled wall construction for the performance venue, which shared the first floor with other ‘quieter’ spaces including the restaurant and hotel lobby. Second, the selection and installation of sound and lighting components was of critical concern.

cargo2“My expectation of the audio system was that it had to be sonically accurate,” says Bishop. “Many times in other rooms, where there is an inferior PA, the sound is muddy coming into the room and this is often compensated for by increasing volume. I wanted to make sure all our program material was accurately represented without depending on ‘more volume’ so it would be heard with great clarity from anywhere in the room.”

To power the EAW KF740 system, which consists of two (6) box arrays suspended from the ceiling at either side of the stage and another (3) across the front of the stage, Bishop chose (8) Powersoft K10 for the subwoofers and low frequency drivers, (4) K6s for the mid-frequency drivers, (4) K2s for the high frequency drivers and Powersoft M50Q four channel amplifier to power the center fill speakers (for mid frequency).

On specifying equipment for the venue, Bishop was surprised to learn about the K-series amazing power efficiency rating. “The efficiency was so high and the power needed to run the Powersoft equipment was so minimal that I actually changed my design for electrical requirements because I knew the system wasn’t going to need as much,” he says. “That actually ended up saving us a significant amount of money in both construction and ongoing utility costs.”

“Once we got the system up and running, everyone was just floored,” Bishop recalls. “The clarity of the audio was amazing. There was no hum, no buzzing, no nothing. It was dead silent until you put something through the system. And once we did put audio through the system, what came out of it was so accurately reproduced, it was just amazing.”

powersoftrack2Bishop says that he initially became interested in Powersoft on hearing an audio demonstration at nearby University of Nevada Reno, which runs its house PA system off of Powersoft amplifiers. “I saw that they were running all of their gear off of a tiny 3U rack system set up in a corner,” he says. “I was impressed with both the audio quality and the small footprint and efficiency of the gear.”

CARGO uses two Midas PRO9 consoles: one at front of house and the other at monitors. Having chosen Powersoft, he is assured that whatever audio is coming out of the audio processing will be completely neutral. “The Powersoft gear does not color the sound in any way, and the audio that gets reproduced in our room is stunning,” he says.

“Power is Everything”:

“From the very beginning of this project, we wanted to make sure that we were achieving the best possible audio for this room, and power is everything,” concludes Bishop. “Now, no matter where you are in the venue, you are going to get a great show. That means we did a good job on equipment selection and integration, and I am really proud of that.”

Since opening, Cargo has hosted nationally prominent acts like Shiny Toy Guns, Johnny Lang and renowned Ukelele player Jake Shimabukuru. The venue continues to rise in prominence in Reno and beyond, and the property itself is planning even more innovations: “We are working on a couple of new projects. And when we begin pricing installations for these, Powersoft is a name that will be at top of my list : I love the brand and the product.”

About Powersoft:

Powersoft is the world leader in lightweight, high power, single rack space, energy efficient amplifiers for the professional audio market. Founded in Italy in 1995, headquartered in Florence, Italy, with offices in Ventura, CA, Powersoft couples the experience and precision of its production department with exceptional components to deliver products with perfect audio response and high performance reliability. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to convention centers, churches and clubs, and are used by the world’s leading tour sound companies. For more information, visit the Powersoft website @ www.powersoft-audio.com.

Captions:

1) Reno, Nevada’s Cargo is powered by several Powersoft M and K series amplifiers,
2) At the core of the audio system is an EAW KF740 3-way array system, powered by Powersoft K10s, K6s and K2 (2) channel high-performance power amplifiers.
3) A camera crew records the television program “Cargo”, live at the Whitney Peak Hotel.
4) Powersoft K2, K6 and K10s power the front of house system at Reno’s Cargo nightclub.

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Martin Audio Debuts PSX Powered Subwoofer

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Waterloo, ONT––The PSX is a companion self-powered subwoofer for the DD6, XD12 and XD15 full-range loudspeaker systems. Featuring a powerful 15”/4” voice coil, long-excursion driver in a very compact reflex-ported enclosure, it houses two channels of Class D amplification, one channel for itself and one channel to power an XD12, XD15, or up to three DD6’s.

The PSX’s Class D amplifier section produces a total peak output of 2400W, with 1400W allocated to the 15” subwoofer and 1000W to drive the associated full-range system. Its lightweight, switched-mode power supply auto-ranges to global mains voltages from 100 to 240V 50/60Hz, and Power Factor Correction smoothes out the mains current draw over the whole of the AC waveform. The operating range of the PSX is 48Hz to 150Hz, with a peak SPL capability of 136dB at one meter.

Onboard DSP performs delay, crossover and EQ functions, while the PSX plus full-range system can be controlled and monitored from a laptop or wireless tablet PC via intuitive VU-NET™ proprietary software. PC connection can be made directly via micro USB, or via Martin Audio’s proprietary U-NET™ network and Merlin loudspeaker and network management system.

An important feature of the PSX is its Internal memory, which allows factory ‘plug-and-play’ or user-generated DSP preset ‘snapshots’ of the PSX/full-range combination to be recalled by means of a preset selector button on the rear panel, instead of using computer control.

The PSX’s tour-grade plywood enclosure is coated in hard-wearing polyurethane and its Declon® backed steel grille is pre-curved to resist deformation in the field. Practical features include a pole-mount fitting in the top surface, bar handles and protective skids. When stacked, the skids on the base of the upper PSX enclosure align with recesses in the top of the enclosure below.

FEATURES AT A GLANCE
• Compact subwoofer power plant for XD12, XD15 and DD6
• Low distortion, high-excursion 15” (380mm)/4” (100mm) voice coil driver
• 136dB peak output capability
• Onboard DSP, networking and Class D amplification (1400W sub + 1000W full-range)
• Switched-mode power supply with Power Factor Correction and global mains operation
• Tour-grade plywood enclosure with integral pole mount fitting
• Wheelboard and rain cowl options

APPLICATIONS
• Portable live sound for 100-400 people
• Smaller-scale theatre productions
• Corporate AV events
• Meeting halls and HoW

For more about Martin Audio, please visit martin-audio.com

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Flag Systems Delivers Balanced SPL to HARD Summer Festival with HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers

HARMAN_HardFestLOS ANGELES, California – As an audio system provider with a 40-year history of working with world-class audio equipment, Flag Systems was again contracted to provide sound reinforcement and personnel for this year’s HARD Summer Festival. Having used HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line arrays for over a decade, the company recently decided to upgrade to JBL VTX Series line arrays, exceeding all expectations at the show.

The HARD Summer Festival is an electronic music dance festival, featuring some of the world’s top DJs. Naturally, this requires the highest volume levels and a heavy bass from the PA system, which not only needed to move a tremendous amount of air, but also due to city noise ordinances must have balanced SPL combined with precise pattern control. With guest appearances like Mary J. Blige and DJ Tiesto, system designers dazzled audiences with a total of 40 JBL VTX V25 loudspeakers and 44 VTX S28 subwoofers on the main stage.

Flag Systems was responsible for the audio at the main outdoor stage and one tent. On the main stage, it set up two hangs of 18 VTX V25 line arrays for the main LR system and four VTX V25 units as front fills. By using the same loudspeakers for the main hang and front fills, they were able to provide sonic consistency while maintaining high SPL’s that smaller loudspeakers cannot deliver. To ensure that the attendees enjoyed a bass-heavy experience with controlled coverage, the subwoofers were set up in a delay-steered end-fire cardioid configuration of 11 2×2 blocks.

The tent that Flag Systems was responsible for, dubbed “Pink Tent”, had a system consisting of two hangs of eight VERTEC® VT4889 line arrays and two of Flag Systems’ recently-acquired VTX V20 loudspeakers for front fills. Outside the tent for out fills and delays, there were two stacks of four VT4889 loudspeakers on risers and four of Flag System’s new proprietary SubX on each side. For the DJ monitors Flag used one VTX S25 and three V20 loudspeakers per side.

The entire system was powered by 102 Crown I-Tech 12000HD and three Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers. JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ was used to manage the system.

“At the request of guest engineers, we needed a system that could deliver all of the low-end frequencies in an accurate and powerful fashion,” said Dale West, Systems Designer of Flag Systems. “We believe that the JBL VTX Series is a phenomenal sounding system. The high end of the D2 driver never needs a lot of EQ, staying extremely linear as the output level increases, and the subwoofers are equally impressive. In order to generate the balanced SPL we needed for this festival and still have cancelation behind the stage, we end-fired the subs because it allowed us to achieve this with fewer boxes when compared to a traditional cardioid configuration.”

“We used Performance Manager because it is an amazing tool for system alignment, control over circuit-based EQ’ing, level control and delay times to add digital arc delays for optimum horizontal sub steering,” said West. “On a show like this where a system is pushed to its limits, it’s an absolute must to monitor system health, limiter threshold and component health. I never leave home without it.”

With this setup, the PA system exceeded the requirements of the audience as well as the touring engineers. The unique configuration rewarded the team with a good rear rejection, high SPL, smooth high end and powerful bass. West was mostly impressed by VTX’s ability to be tuned easily for any application, and is pleased with the increased efficiency of this upgrade.

“I can see that JBL did a lot of work designing these components, that in turn helps us a lot with systems design and implementation,” said West. “When I have the time to do my due diligence, by capturing multiple mic measurements and really delve into circuit based level and EQ-ing, the results have been jaw dropping. However when there is a time crunch I have complete confidence I’ll be able to get a PA into the air and timed correctly and get a fairly linear, distortion free system with a high SPL in relatively little time. With JBL VTX every show ends with smiles from the audience, artists and techs. I really enjoy using this product.”

Flag Systems will again be providing VTX for the upcoming Hard Festival Day of the Dead taking place Nov 1-2 in Los Angeles.

http://www.hardfest.com/

http://flagsystemsinc.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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Ward Church Makes a Joyful Noise With Renkus-Heinz

 Northville, MI – October 2014…In today’s fast-changing society, many churches have taken creative steps to grow their congregations by diversifying their offerings. Ward Church, a Presbyterian house of worship located in this Detroit suburb, is a case in point. The church had long offered three different worship settings each Sunday: a liturgical service in their chapel, a traditional service in their sanctuary, and a post-modern service in Knox Hall, a large multi-use venue. After a new worship director was hired, the church decided to start a fourth, mainstream contemporary service that featured a more driving and progressive rock musical style.

The new service was held in the sanctuary, with an existing sound system that included a pair of Renkus-Heinz STX8 loudspeakers mounted in the center above the stage. While the church had been happy with the STX8s, the more bass-heavy, driving style of music accompanying the new service called for a more powerful, full-spectrum solution.

“Overall, the sound quality was great for the more traditional service, but they wanted to take it up a notch for the more rock-oriented service,” explained consultant Nathan Cole of Sound Planning Communications in Redford, Michigan. “There was nothing wrong with the existing STX8 loudspeakers — they are good products and certainly could handle a contemporary service. What was needed was a re-installation of the speakers, some tweaking and some additional supplemental boxes here and there to fill it out.”

After modeling the room, Sound Planning Communications split up the two existing center STX8s to front right and left positions and kept an existing STX8 in the rear for back fill. An ICONYX IC Live ICL-FR-DUAL Digitally Steerable Line Array loudspeaker system was added on each side of the stage to cover the side-fill requirements created by a drop to an 18-foot ceiling on each side. Additional subwoofers were also installed.

“The IC Lives gave great penetration into the lower areas,” said Cole. “And because of their width, they delivered great horizontal front-fill coverage. We didn’t need to do any down-fill or front-fill boxes because the IC LIVEs were covering all the way across.”

After installing a series of 4-inch acoustic panels to help avoid bass traps in the final phase of the project, church leaders were pleased with the result.

“They didn’t really recognize how inadequate the previous system had been until they started the new service,” said Cole. “By re-positioning the existing Renkus-Heinz boxes and supplementing them with the ICONYX arrays, they now have a very warm, very punchy, nice sounding system for the space.”

 

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About Renkus-Heinz - Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

 

Press Releases For : October 25, 2014

Answering the Challenges of Audio in the Corrections Environment

 Yorba Linda , CA – October 2014…It’s hardly a misnomer to say that the corrections industry is, in many ways, a world apart. It is its own unique environment, with its own unique challenges. As with most high-risk settings, communication is essential and can sometimes be critical. Providing good audio in this challenging world can be a demanding profession.

Audio systems in most prisons are designed for two-way communication between the inmates’ living area and guards on duty in a central control area called the picket. As Louis Davis, Vice President of Southlake, TX-based Electronic Controls and Automation observes, performance and reliability are the essential factors in designing a system. “The engineers who spec these systems base their criteria on reliability and quality. They want to provide the best systems for their clients. If you have a problem out there, if you have an officer in need of help and his only means of communication is through the intercom system, then you have to have good, reliable audio.”

As James Beckham, President of A-V Corp in Amarillo, TX explains, the environment can also be something of an acoustical nightmare. “Typically, you’ve got a large dayroom with cells opening off this dayroom on one or two floors. You’ve got concrete floors, concrete or cinder block walls, concrete ceilings, and steel bars. If a guard wants to communicate with an inmate in his cell, and they’re slamming doors across the way, and the TV is playing in the dayroom, all that ambient noise is going to reduce your intelligibility to next to nil.”

Beckham points to Tech Works ICM intercom systems, including ICA-202 amplifiers and ICR-116 station relay panels, as his first choice for delivering intelligible audio in these challenging environments. “We’ve been specifying Tech Works systems for years. Their systems are designed to deliver better intelligibility, so you can actually understand what’s being said.”

 Dependability is another essential requirement. The systems must function in the face of regular, ongoing abuse. “Sometimes it’s inmate abuse,” says Beckham. “You might have an inmate pulling out a transformer to use the wire to make a tattooing machine, for example.” Perhaps less apparent, says Beckham, is the potential for vandalism by corrections officers themselves. “Generally, the inmates are fairly closely supervised, and don’t have as much opportunity to tear stuff up. It’s the officer sitting in the picket (the central control area), bored out of his mind, who doesn’t necessarily want to talk to foul-mouthed, abusive inmates. So he might tear up the intercom so he’s got an excuse.”

Whatever the cause, maintenance can be problematic, and the systems need to remain functional even under less than ideal conditions. “It’s a challenging environment for the electronics,” adds Beckham. “Something may be damaged, a short may occur, and the system needs to keep working. The facility will see that they’ve got a problem, but they won’t know what or where it is. They may not get around to repairing it for two or three weeks.”

“These facilities have very little maintenance available, so down time is something we want to avoid,” echoes Rob Johnson of Greenville, IL-based Creative Technologies, manufacturers of Secured State security control systems. “The equipment needs to be very fault-tolerant, to withstand both intentional and unintentional damage. That’s what I like about Tech Works gear – it will withstand a lot of electronic abuse without shorting out.”

Indeed, maintenance can be a significant challenge. “You typically have a shortage of qualified technical staff, so you have people maintaining the equipment who are not all that well skilled,” says Beckham. “For example, you might have an officer who at one time was an electrician. He may know very little about audio, but they’ll have him working on the equipment. They may re-wire, and often mis-wire a system. So in addition to wear and tear and physical abuse, the equipment may have to withstand electronic abuse like running a circuit to ground or to a short for a period of time, simply due to user error.”

 Despite the ubiquity of digital and online communications in today’s world, the corrections sector has remained distinctively analog. What some might view as a Luddite perspective is, in the prison environment, a matter of pragmatic practicality. “Most of the communications industry has moved to VOIP technology,” observes Beckham. “But while putting everything on the network might be the way to go in most settings, there are literally thousands of county jails, city jails, and other incarceration facilities out there who are still in the analog domain. They have wiring in conduit that has been poured in concrete when the buildings were constructed. These facilities do not have the budgets at this point to rewire a facility to meet an IP scheme. And from a maintenance perspective, the people who maintain these systems don’t necessarily possess the electronics expertise to work on IP-based technologies. But they do understand a basic analog system.”

“There are really only a handful of amplifiers available that meet the detention industry’s specifications, and we found that most of them still had a really high failure rate,” says Davis. “We’ve put in hundreds of Tech Works systems all over the US, and we’ve yet to have a single one fail. The audio is less noisy, we’ve had fewer feedback and crossover issues, and it’s pretty easy to set up.”

“When we design a system for our customers, we’re looking not only at the cost of purchasing a system, but total cost of ownership,” says Johnson. “That includes the price of operation and maintenance down the road. Since we believe our systems should not require a maintenance contract, Tech Works has been the answer for us. The dependability is outstanding. We never had to send one back or had any issues with it. That enables us to design a bullet-proof system upfront and maintain our core values.”

The Tech Works systems used in corrections facilities had their start in another challenging setting, the medical industry. As Beckham points out, the company has been proactive in adapting their systems to meet the prison industry’s needs. “When I call in for a price quote, often (Tech Works President) Mark Dundas will get on the phone with me personally to ask about how I’m using a particular component, and we’ll brainstorm together on how to improve the product to meet our unique criteria. They’ve taken their healthcare audio systems and adapted them for the prison environment by making them even more robust and more secure. There’s simply no other manufacturer that builds an entire system that fills this niche.”

“One of the reasons you do business with a company is support,” offers Louis Davis. “Any time I’ve ever had a question, whether it’s about a particular type of microphone or speaker, or an existing amplifier has been compromised, I can call Tech Works and the people there have been super helpful. I can get all the info I’m after and more. It makes a big, big difference.”

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About Tech Works - Tech Works is a US-based manufacturer of high-quality, highly specialized communications systems for the healthcare, security, corrections, and education industries. Based in Yorba Linda, California, Tech Works was founded in 1984 with the goal of creating powerful communications solutions for the most demanding environments. Our products are designed to meet the unique challenges of our customers, in applications where clear communication can be critical. For more information, please visit www.tech4people.com

 

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Bexel Supports a New Season of the Best in Reality TV

From “Chopped” to “The Apprentice,” Company Provides Services for a Host of Non-Scripted Shows
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(BURBANK, Calif.) – As the Fall television season rolls out, a wide array of reality programming is being supported by Bexel, a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions. Bexel can be found behind the scenes on a veritable who’s who of non-scripted programming, including Chopped and The Apprentice, providing them with the equipment, state-of-art systems, and engineering support needed to meet the highest broadcast standards.

The span of Bexel’s services in reality television covers the entire gamut the genre has to offer. From competitions like American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Hell’s Kitchen, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Utopia; to the real world exploits of Beyond Scared Straight, Black Ink Crew, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The Real Housewives of Orange County, Vanderpump Rules, Watch What Happens: Live, and White Girl Problems; to sports-based shows including The Big Break, Deadliest Catch: The Bait, and Hard Knocks, Bexel contributes expertise, support, and solutions to some of television’s most entertaining shows.

Bexel provides a variety of premier technology solutions to these shows, including complete ENG camera packages with wireless monitoring, full ENG audio packages with multi-track recording, Cat-5 monitoring for offstage production offices, fiber booth kits, flypack systems, director/DP monitoring solutions, and much more. The company’s services also incorporate on-site design and installation, overall project management of the technical production, customized communication systems, and frequency coordination and consultation.

Chopped, which will soon begin airing its 22nd season, has been working with Bexel from day one. The popular cooking competition works with a 12 ENG camera flypack from Bexel, utilizing 10 Panasonic AJ-HDX900s cameras and two Panasonic AK-HC1500G robotics systems. The show is provided with CopperHead and SMPTE fiber cable, as well as Bexel’s custom camera harness, to make the ENG cameras work as needed in a studio application.

“From season one, we’ve worked with the great team at Chopped to build a camera package specific to their needs,” says Ernesto de la Torre, business development manager for Bexel. “To be cost effective, they need a very versatile system. With their 12 cameras, they have the flexibility to do what they need in the fast-paced Chopped Kitchen, while still being able to go ENG, which they do for the contestant bio packages. We’re also able to support their Steadicam Operator, who uses a Teradek Bolt Pro system. It allows him to record onboard with the Bolt, and transmit his signal to the control room integrating it into the full production process.”

Bexel also provides hands-on engineering support, delivered in a way that is uniquely integrated with the production. Timothy Quinn, a system engineer for Bexel, serves as the Engineer in Charge on Chopped. In that role, Quinn oversees the technical engineering aspects of the entire production. “Tim is an integral part of the show, and he’s truly considered to be a member of the Chopped crew after all these years,” notes de la Torre. “We also provide a Video Operator who’s charged with making sure all the cameras are matched when the show is being produced, which helps manage time and budgets during the editing process. Bexel’s commitment to our clients is exemplified by Tim and the complete services and support we’re proud to provide for Chopped.”

“Bexel’s support has been invaluable on Chopped,” comments Notional’s Loe Fahie, Line Producer for Chopped. “As an equipment and services provider, they’ve been with us every step of the way. Even when we moved studios a few seasons ago, everything went seamlessly. The team at Bexel knows our production requirements and anticipates our technical needs, which helps keep our production on schedule. I love this team. Ernesto and Tim act as if our show is their show as well. Bexel is part of the Chopped family!”

Bexel has also enjoyed a longstanding relationship with The Apprentice franchise. The popular series, featuring Donald Trump, will soon begin airing its 14th season (The Celebrity Apprentice 7), and Bexel has been in “the boardroom” from the very beginning. Each season the company sends a team of engineers to execute and oversee the entire installation in The Apprentice’s Trump Tower studios. For the upcoming season, the production is utilizing 24 cameras from Bexel, including 18 Sony PDW-F800s cameras and 60 channels of wireless audio from Sennheiser and Lectrosonics.

“From the very start, versatility was key for this production,” notes Gregory Bragg, vice president of Global Sales for Bexel. “Their field crews are able to use the 18 ENG cameras to shoot the contestants in ‘reality situations’ and set up mini-fly packs with six to ten cameras to cover a ‘task delivery’ in the field. Then all of those cameras are able to come in when they shoot the boardroom material. They get tied into Bexel’s control room facilities and become part of the studio flypack as well. The Apprentice franchise is the reason we originally developed our custom harness system. The only cost effective solution for them was to allow the flexibility of an ENG camera into a flypack situation, and our harness has continued to serve us well on many other shows.”

Bexel has served as a resource to production companies from the initial days of reality television. “Since the dawn of the early MTV shows in the mid-1990′s, including Road Rules and many others, Bexel has been at the forefront of support for reality television,” concludes Bragg. “As the genre has evolved, so have the services and solutions that we offer. The depth of our reach into the reality market is really unmatched. Whether it’s a small two to three camera production, a 24 camera mega-show, the 90 robotics involved in Hell’s Kitchen, or the massive infrastructure of Utopia, Bexel covers the entire range.”

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit www.bexel.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Vitec Group
Capture the moment(tm)

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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