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Masque Sound Goes Back To School to Equip Brooklyn Tech with New Turnkey Audio System

New York City’s Third Largest Auditorium Receives Professional Audio Upgrade

BROOKLYN, NY, JANUARY 28, 2013—When Brooklyn Tech High School, one of New York City’s most prestigious public high schools, needed to overhaul the outdated audio system in its 80-year-old auditorium, it called on Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to do the job. The company equipped the majestic hall with a range of state-of-the-art audio equipment.

Built in 1933, Brooklyn Tech is home to the third largest auditorium in New York, second only to Radio City Music Hall and the Metropolitan Opera House. Featuring seating for 3,100 and two balconies, the auditorium underwent a 2010 architectural makeover designed to preserve the hall’s 20th century elegance. The Masque Sound upgrade, meanwhile, brought the audio capacity up to 21st-century, professional-caliber productions standards.

Sub-contracted by Midland Electric and working with acoustical design firm Criterion Acoustics, the team at Masque Sound put together a package comprising state-of-the art equipment from d&b, Peavey Electronics Corporation, Crestron, Blackmagic and L-ACOUSTICS. “From a functionality standpoint, we wanted to provide Brooklyn Tech with a turnkey solution,” says Matt Peskie, systems engineer, Masque Sound. “From the cabling infrastructure to the speakers, and all other audio equipment in between, everything has been replaced.”

A significant part of Masque Sound’s involvement in the project was speaker and sound reinforcement. The existing setup in the auditorium never had speakers that could completely cover underneath the first balcony or the upper balcony. Masque Sound installed two rows of delay speakers under the balcony, and one row in the upper balcony, which significantly improves the clarity of sound for those seated in those areas.

Peskie integrated an array of speakers from d&b for the upgrade. “I like the tonality and flexibility of the d&b speakers,” he notes. “They provide a very natural sound straight out of the box. We used seven different models of their speakers on this particular job. d&b has a wide array of products for different needs and applications, so we were easily able to install a speaker that was the size we needed and would give us the output and coverage required.”

Masque Sound also incorporated all d&b proprietary D6 & D12 amplifiers, which are loaded with every preset required for the individual speaker models. The speakers work in conjunction with the d&b R1 control software system, making it easy to set up user pages to aid in system tuning. The amplifiers, in turn, also utilize a Lyntec sequencer, making it simple to power them on and off. Users can get the system up and running with the push of a button in 20 seconds. Masque Sound also used the Peavey MediaMatrix units for all of the audio DSP. Media Matrix allowed the audio system to interface with Crestron, as well as all other venue audio distribution and processing.

Masque Sound also installed a Crestron TPS-6X tilt touch screen to give the end user a straight forward interface with the system. It combines a 5.7-inch active-matrix display and powerful Isys engine to produce stunning 16-bit color graphics with extreme versatility and lightning-fast performance. Users control all the technology in the upgraded auditorium with the Crestron TPS-6X interface.

“The auditorium is absolutely spectacular. It now sounds as amazing as it looks,” adds Peskie. “Masque Sound is committed to providing schools with state-of-the art solutions that will allow students and those involved in the arts programs at the schools to have the audio resources they need to create whatever they can dream up.”

Built on its present site in the 1930s, at a cost of $6 million, Brooklyn Technical High School, commonly known as Brooklyn Tech, is the largest specialized high school for science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the United States. Twelve stories high, it covers more than half a city block. Operated by the New York City Department of Education, the school was cited by The Washington Post in 2006 as one of the best magnet schools in the United States.

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 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” and “Once” 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.

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OPTOCORE TO SHOWCASE NEW RANGE OF MADI SWITCHES AT ISE 2013

Company Cites Advantages of MADI plus Ethernet over CAT cabling

AMSTERDAM, JANUARY 28, 2013 – Optocore, the leading provider of scalable, high-bandwidth, low-latency fiber-optic networks, for the transmission of audio, video and data in a variety of markets, including pro AV, live and fixed installations and broadcast, will launch its revolutionary new range of MADI Switches at ISE 2013 (Booth 3-A120). Developed specifically for professional audio and video users, Optocore’s new MADI Switches have extremely low power consumption, latency and setup time.

Equipped with 10 or 18 ports of MADI, the switches allow distribution over Cat5 cabling, in addition to MADI over fiber and MADI over BNC. The RJ45 MADI ports on the new products will introduce greater flexibility, lower cost and simplification of MADI connectivity. Additionally, each switch has two redundant high-speed 2GB fiber uplink ports that switch and route sixteen MADI streams and Ethernet, for creating larger switches for large size infrastructure.

“We believe this to be a great solution for the professional AV market,” says Tine Helmle, director, Optocore. “MADI is a common and open standard, as opposed to the closed proprietary Audio over Ethernet formats, with MADI ports frequently being used by manufacturers as a way to offer customers an affordable, forward-thinking open platform. By introducing the MADI Switches, Optocore is offering a greater number of options with the best technical features at a budget-friendly price.”

Each port on the MADI Switch allows for a 64-in/64-out point-to-point connection, as well as 100Mb of Ethernet on one single Cat5 cable. At the same time, the MADI Switch enables routing of each individual audio channel, providing a 640 x 640 matrix for the 10-port switch and a 1152 x 1152 matrix for the 18-port switch. It can also connect using the redundant uplink ports with up to 24 additional MADI Switches, providing audio switching and routing while additionally functioning as an Ethernet switch.

The new MADI Switches are fully compatible with Optocore and SANE. Optocore plans to develop the new devices into a complete series of MADI devices with six, 10 and 18 port switches with Cat5, fiber and BNC connectivity.

About Optocore
Based in Munich, Germany, Optocore is the world market leading provider of scalable, high-bandwidth, low-latency fiber-optic networks for the transmission of audio, video and data. For 19 years, Optocore has been continuously innovating and setting new standards with regards to digital network technology. Optocore builds and develops synchronous optical fiber and CAT5 based network solutions for broadcast professionals, fixed installations and live event applications. Utilizing leading-edge technology and high-quality components Optocore guarantees durability and therefore long-term market and customer satisfaction. Due to the open system architecture, Optocore’s platform offers other manufacturers the option to transfer conventional standard audio, video and data formats used in the pro audio industry, via a fiber and CAT5 network. Technical expertise, QoS and an extensive support structure are guaranteed to all customers, together with the highest level of quality controls. For more information, visit www.optocore.com.

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