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AVI Forms Educational Market Division Audio Visual Innovations (AVI) has formed the Creative Learning Division. The division will deal solely with the
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Dec 1, 2002 12:00 PM

AVI Forms Educational Market Division

Audio Visual Innovations (AVI) has formed the Creative Learning Division. The division will deal solely with the needs of the educational market with a focus on the sale of PosterPrinters, interactive white boards, and other tools that enhance education. The Creative Learning Division consists of six sales specialists in the audiovisual and education industries, including two former teachers. Led by Stephenie Scanlon, executive vice president of AVI, the team will service the state of Florida.

Escient Provides FireBall, TuneBase 200 Compatibility

Escient Convergence Corp. introduced new software that provides direct compatibility between the company's FireBall and TuneBase 200 music management products and Elan Home Systems 6.4 Via touch panels. The software is shipping on all new FireBall and TuneBase 200 units. Existing installed systems will receive the new upgrade automatically and free of charge when the Escient product performs its weekly software update. This integration with Elan Via control systems is the result of an ongoing cooperative agreement between the two companies to develop software components needed for seamless compatibility.

Crown Presents Employee Awards

Crown International presented plaques to five of its employees, honoring them for their exemplary service throughout the Harman 2002 fiscal year. Bob Lichty, marketing director for music industry and recording, was named Marketing Employee of the Year, and Bradford Benn — brand development manager for IQ, engineered systems, and touring — was awarded Technical Support Employee of the Year. On the sales side, central regional sales manager Troy Bornman was recognized for Outstanding Sales Performance, support administration manager Sue Livings was awarded Sales Employee of the Year, and export sales agent Amanda Divine received a plaque for Sales Administration Employee of the Year.

Elan Brings Custom Install Line to U.K.

Kentucky-based Elan Home Systems is launching its products in the United Kingdom through Elan Systems (UK). Elan is a 1995 spin-off of the Square D Company. Having released more than 250 new products, the company has experienced 500 percent growth in four years. In 2000 the company experienced 70 percent sales growth.

SPL One of Fastest-Growing Private Companies

SPL Integrated Solutions has been named as one of America's entrepreneurial growth leaders by Inc magazine, which released its 2002 Inc 500 ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. SPL's growth rate of 474 percent during the past five years placed it 470th on the list. SPL's sales grew from $14.8 million in 1997 to $85.1 million in 2001. To be eligible for this year's Inc 500, companies had to be independent and privately held through their fiscal year 2001, they had to have at least $200,000 in sales in the base year of 1997, and their 2001 sales had to have exceeded 2000 sales.

Electrosonic Expands with Finnish Companies

The Electrosonic Group has added two companies, Lightinen and Qualitron. Lightinen provides audiovisual and lighting systems to the cruise ship, entertainment, and corporate markets and is based in Helsinki, Finland. The company employs 35 people, and in 2001 the turnover exceeded U.S. $10 million. Qualitron is a Helsinki-based broadcast systems engineering company that serves the broadcast industry in Finland, Russia, Ukraine, and other Confederation of Independent States countries. The company employs 32 people, and the emphasis is on the provision of the latest digital broadcasting technology.

Telex Communications Selects Peak Audio

Peak Audio, a division of Cirrus Logic, has licensed its CobraNet technology to Telex Communications, allowing for the incorporation of CobraNet into all of Telex's professional-audio brands, including Midas, Klark Teknik, Electro-Voice, RTS, Dynacord, and Telex. Telex produces professional-audio products that serve the broadcast, live sound-reinforcement, and fixed installation markets. Developed by Peak Audio, CobraNet distributes uncompressed, real-time digital audio over a standard Ethernet network.

AKG Releases Enhanced Audio CD

AKG Acoustics has completed and is distributing Mic Check, a CD-ROM and audio CD that enables musicians, producers, engineers, and retailers to compare and contrast AKG microphones with various features and prices. This free enhanced audio CD can be played in a standard CD player or as a CD-ROM and includes 89 dynamic tracks. The main goal of the CD is to provide the reference points that are needed for the consumer to make a more informed purchasing decision. Listeners can hear for themselves the uncolored difference between microphones on many different instruments.

Stardraw Adds Flexibility with Rubber-Banding

Stardraw has a new feature, Rubber-Banding. This upgrade has been under development for and represents an enhancement to its design and documentation applications, according to Stardraw.com. This new functionality means that the elements in schematic designs stay connected as you move them within the document. If you wish to change the look of your block schematic and move products, by dragging the selected symbols to their new position or by nudging them with the arrow keys, the connections follow automatically. Furthermore, Rubber-Banding operates independently of Modifiers (Snap to Grid, Snap to Object, and so on).

Media Vision Offers Products in U.S.

Media Vision USA, which is an interkom electronic distributor, has launched its digital multimedia conference systems in the United States. Interkom electronic is a provider of IT products, specializing in conference and simultaneous interpretation technology, including automatic video control. After a 20-year history, mainly in the European and Asian markets, interkom electronic is providing custom-made system solutions to vendors in the United States. As many as 2,000 users can operate simultaneously using the conference systems in 50 languages.

ActiveLight Named to Fast 100

ActiveLight has been named No. 35 on the list of 100 fastest-growing private companies in the state of Washington by the Puget Sound Business Journal. ActiveLight started in 1998 as a spin-off of Boxlight Corp. of Poulsbo, Washington. Boxlight has received the same honor on three occasions as well as being a five-time Inc 500 winner. ActiveLight is a distributor of advanced display systems and solutions. The company distributes NEC, Pioneer, and other plasma displays, multiple-display image servers, specialized broadcast-display software, and interface electronics for the large-format display network industry.

Crimson Tech Holds Converging Technologies Expo

Crimson Tech recently held its Converging Technologies Expo at its corporate headquarters in Wilmington, Massachusetts. This year's show brought together the broadcast and presentation technologies that have converged during the recent years, owing in large part to the expanded role of the Internet. Barco Projection Systems showed its latest IQ Series projectors that enable the presenter to access and distribute files and presentations over the Internet from remote locations. Other industry members such as Sony, NEC, Sharp, Smart, JVC, Panasonic, and JBL were in attendance, exhibiting the latest audiovisual advances.

Behringer Announces New Global Pricing Structure

Behringer has implemented a new global pricing system, resulting in new lower retail prices in most countries. “Last year's price reduction of up to 50 percent on our entire range enabled us to pass on price reductions to our customers,” says company founder Uli Behringer. The company designs and manufactures professional-audio products for musicians and sound engineers, including mixing consoles, analog and digital signal processors, guitar amplifiers, studio reference monitors, microphones, and public address enclosures.

Nexo Publishes EASE and CATT Data

Nexo SA has published EASE and CATT data files for its PS and Alpha loudspeakers, along with the GEO S830. The data was measured by Nexo R&D under the direction of technical director François Deffarges and R&D manager Rémi Vaucher. “With the growing use of EASE and CATT, not only by acoustical consultants but also by design/build contractors in many countries, we feel it's important to make accurate data available in current formats,” Deffarges says.

Soundcraft Adds Bar-Graph Metering to MH4

The Soundcraft MH4 console now has an option for LED bar-graph metering. The new meter-bridge option has 16 LED meters that display all Auxiliary/Group outputs and can be switched to read matrix outputs. The Mix Left, Right, and Center outputs are shown on VU meters. Since its launch earlier this year, the Soundcraft MH4 has made an appearance on two stages at the Montreux Jazz Festival, toured around Europe, and been on the recent series of Big Brother in the United Kingdom. The MH4 has also been incorporated into regional and corporate sound-reinforcement companies in the United States.

SoundTube Recognized for Fast Growth

SoundTube Entertainment was recently named one of Utah's Top 100 Fastest-Growing Companies for the second consecutive year by the Mountain West Venture Group, a nonprofit organization that fosters business growth and capital development in Utah. SoundTube Entertainment says it prepared for the 2001 economic downturn by developing new sales channels, introducing technological innovations to the commercial audio market, and increasing its customer-service programs. The Utah Top 100 award is based on percentage of revenue increase over five consecutive years.

Partnership Results in Onscreen Touch Control

The Crestron DVP4 has been integrated with I2P partner Tandberg in a system that offers onscreen touch controls for multimedia and videoconferencing functionality in one integrated unit: the Tandberg Director. Designed for organizations with a high usage of rich media in presentations to audiences in multiple locations, the Director is targeted at a variety of applications, including education, health-care, and military environments in North America. The Director displays and integrates a range of audiovisual inputs, such as a VCR, a DVD player, a document camera, or a PC. The Director automatically displays the multiple audiovisual inputs in an intuitive format for local presentations and remote videoconference locations.

AFA Launches Entertainment Solutions Group

Howard Schlieper has been named director of the newly formed Entertainment Solutions Group, an Orlando, Florida-based unit of A. F. Associates (AFA) designed to expand the scope of core consulting, design, and integration services and resources it offers to the location-based entertainment industry. AFA is a Liberty Livewire Networks Company. It provides engineering consultation services and solutions for emerging technologies, including Internet broadcasting, storage area networks, multichannel facilities, and asset management. AFA also designs, engineers, and builds advanced systems for the broadcast, cable, Internet, satellite, production/post-production, and corporate video industries.

Ten Lifestyle Channels Added to DMX Music Lineup

DMX Music announced a new broadcast lineup for its commercial customers who use the Direct Broadcast Satellite system by offering ten new lifestyle channels, featuring Arias and Overtures, CityScapes, Club 12, Italian Bistro Blend, Jazz'n'Blues, Rat Pack, Riviera, Riviera Discotheque, Urban Alternative, and Vixens. The new lifestyle programming will be delivered to customers through DMX Music's direct satellite service. Selection and control of music programming can be managed on-site at the satellite receiver or nationally through the DMX Music Customer Support Center. Song information is provided by the DMX DJ remote control, which displays the song title, artist, album, composer, and record label and on the LCD on the remote as each song is playing.

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