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Specialized Acoustical Tuning Systems
September 2010

As we head into fall - and the eagerly anticipated CEDIA Expo - we're ramping up our communications to customers, dealers, friends and neighbors to share some exciting developments and stories about the products, technologies, systems, and spaces we're helping to create.

In addition to this monthly news brief, we now have active pages on Facebook and Twitter, so please click the links to the right and have a look at what we're up to. On our website, you'll also find links to helpful articles, white papers, and how-to's, all meant to educate and inspire everyone from the most sophisticated installer and dealer, to the eager enthusiast. If there's anything in particular you want to know more about, there are several ways now that you can connect with us - we want to hear from you!

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from the team at MSR

MSR Introduces Dimension4™ Acoustical Tuning Systems

MSR has introduced a new line of high-value acoustical tuning systems for home theater designers, installers, and enthusiasts. Dimension4™ features three systems designed with an exclusive combination of absorbers, diffusers, and bass traps for superior sound performance and control. All three systems are pre-engineered to provide optimum sound quality without any complex acoustical calculations. Unpack, set it up, and share the experience!

Each Dimension4™ system includes a set of modules designed to deliver a clearer, smoother and more immersive audio experience. Dimension4™ absorber modules create a precise and realistic soundfield. Cloud panels control the detrimental vertical ceiling reflections, and diffusers enhance sonic immersion. Bass traps eliminate muddy room resonances for a tighter and punchier bass. Dimension4™delivers full frequency solutions which ensure improved accuracy, focus, envelopment, and tonal balance. Each system offers a variety of configurations to accommodate all room sizes. 

The Symphony system is the top-of-the-line solution for uncompromising quality. The Sonata system is a mid-range solution for high quality performance, especially suited for rooms with stretched fabric. The Melody system is an entry-level solution for the budget-conscious client. For more information, visit MSR's website to download spec sheets.

CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) produces the industry's foremost event for residential AV specialists. The CEDIA Expo runs September 22-26, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.

MSR will be co-sponsoring the Screen Research cocktail party this Friday at 7:00 pm. It's invitation-only, so email us ASAP if you'd like to attend. Other co-sponsors include SIM2, MSR Acoustics, Genelec, PlanetWaves.

If you're looking for high-value educational opportunities, Anthony Grimani will be sharing his extensive expertise in the following CEDIA Expo workshops:

Intensive Home Theater Acoustics
Wednesday, September 22 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm  (room B216)
This full-day workshop is the most comprehensive home theater acoustics course in the industry. It will cover the basic theory and carry through to the full acoustic design process. Attendees will receive the 5.1 Audio Toolkit test and calibration DVD, and an advance copy of the book on home theater audio calibration written by Anthony. Read more at CEDIA Expo online.

Advanced Home Theater Design Lab
Thursday, September 23 @ 1:00 - 5:00 pm  (room B302)
This course provides info about room layout and dimensioning, including placement of seats, audio and video equipment selection, positioning of equipment (screen, loudspeakers, subwoofers) and acoustical treatments. Participants are expected to already have substantial requisite knowledge of home theater design. Read more at CEDIA Expo online.

Home Theater Acoustical Treatments
Friday, September 24 @ 1:00 - 4:00 pm  (room B301)
Attendees will discover how to identify and tame sound reflections through the use of absorbers, diffusers, bass traps, and other specialty devices. Learn how to tweak a room and maximize the prime listening zone through proper use of acoustical treatments and tuning systems. Read more at CEDIA Expo online.

AV Spaces

Each month, we'll profile a professional space to show the diversity and flexibility of MSR products and technologies for a range of applications.

This month we're talking to Fred Coury, head of Double Forte Music, and best known as the drummer of the rock bandCinderella. Fred was looking to tighten the imaging and bass response in his control room, and to accomplish this, we recommended our ZSound modules.

According to Fred, "What MSR does is AMAZING. The team really knows that they're doing and they don't leave until it is done right. They turned my modest project room into a competitive studio. When they do a studio, you KNOW what your room sounds like. That kind of certainty allows you to process jobs with incredible efficiency, accuracy and speed."

For more photos of Fred's studio, and other recording studio profiles, please visit our website. Also check out some of our quick tips on our AV Spaces page on Twitter.
In This Issue
MSR Introduces Dimension4 Acoustical Tuning Systems
AV Spaces - Fred Coury
MSR Supports Marin Youth Center
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MSR Upgrades Media Facilities at Marin Youth Center

In February 2010, MSR contributed product and expertise to outfit the Marin Youth Center's (MYC) media facility. Located in San Rafael, California, the mission of MYC is to provide and inspiring space that supports the development of young people's talents, potential, and leadership skills through the arts, technology, and community service.
With sophisticated media facilities such as HD video production and editing, MHC only had basic rooms, with low-end acoustic foam sheets, which resulted in poor sound quality the young artists were getting from their recording projects.

MSR lent a helping hand with engineering services and product solutions. The teens even got to work on this project by helping to make some of the acoustic absorber units, and assisting with the installation process. The rooms now sound great and look clean and professional, and the kids feel increased ownership of the facilities.

"MSR contributed above and beyond to make this happen, teaching our kids about acoustics, fabrication and installation processes. Our members are happy with the results and are eager to use the studios," commented Katherine Monahan, MYC Studio Coordinator.

"It was a pleasure and privilege to work with the staff and members at MYC. They were sharp, enthusiastic, and care so much about the music; it was very refreshing!" said Anthony Grimani, MSR president.
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