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BEN ARTHUR’S DUBWAY DAYS AND THE METRIC HALO ULN-8

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HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 2011: Ben Arthur is a charismatic, self-made singer/songwriter who has released four critically-lauded albums and opened for such acts as Tori Amos, Bruce Hornsby, and the Dave Matthews Band. His knack for successful collaborations has earned him the friendship of many very talented musicians who tend to fly just under the radar of the mass media. That knack and those friendships will be put to the dramatic test on Dubway Days, a web-TV show – and possible Network TV show – that will air its pilot episode on February 14, 2011 at www.breakthruradio.com. It so happens that Ben Arthur is also an ardent Metric Halo user.

The tagline for Dubway Days, “Two Artists… One Day… One Song,” sums up the mechanics of the show, but its drama hinges on the immensity of that task. Ben Arthur and a guest begin a day of more

53RD ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® TECHNICAL TEAM HITS A HOME RUN WITH GREAT SOUND FOR LIVE BROADCAST

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2011) — The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, showcased an amazing collection of musical performances and tributes and utilized the latest in technology to provide television viewers worldwide with a cutting-edge, high-definition/5.1 surround sound event.

The GRAMMY Awards’ technical staff consists of audio pioneers who continually strive to employ the latest in HDTV and 5.1 technology to enhance the show. The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® members Phil Ramone and Hank Neuberger again supervised the broadcast audio, while fellow P&E Wing member Leslie Ann Jones supervised the house audio.

Pictured L-R: Top Row: Mark Linnet, M3 Offline Remix Truck Engineer-in-Charge; Hank Neuberger, GRAMMY Award Telecast sound supervisor; Maureen Droney, P&E Wing Senior Executive Director; Michael Abbott, Audio Coordinator; and Mikael Stewart, Front-of-House Engineer. Bottom Row: Eric Schilling, Co-Broadcast Music Mixer; Phil Ramone more

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AUDIO-TECHNICA UNVEILS THE U851RO OMNIDIRECTIONAL CONDENSER BOUNDARY MICROPHONE

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STOW, OH, February 15, 2011 — Audio-Technica brings to market the new U851RO Omnidirectional Condenser Boundary Microphone. Featuring breakthrough audio and mechanical design innovations, the phantom-powered U851RO offers outstanding speech intelligibility and transparent sound quality for surface-mount applications. Such applications include high-quality sound reinforcement, professional recording, television, conferencing and other demanding sound pickup situations.

The U851RO’s small-diameter UniPoint® capsule near the boundary eliminates phase distortion and delivers clear, high-output performance. The unit is equipped with a PivotPoint® rotating output connector, allowing the cable to exit from either the rear or the bottom of the microphone; a UniSteep® filter, which provides a steep low-frequency attenuation to improve sound pickup without affecting voice quality; and UniGuard® RFI-shielding technology, which offers outstanding rejection of radio frequency interference. Self-contained electronics eliminate the need for an external power module. It accepts interchangeable condenser elements in cardioid and hypercardioid polar more

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DREW BECKER, FOH ENGINEER FOR THE GRAMMY NOMINATED STRING BAND HAS A LONG RELATIONSHIP WITH METRIC HALO

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HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 2011: There is much to admire in a band that forms for the love of music and then, because of the members’ talent, inspiration, and joyful willingness to play tour after tireless tour, achieves well-deserved success. A bluegrass band that elegantly draws inspiration from tradition, The Infamous Stringdusters recently earned a Grammy nomination for Best Country Instrumental Performance for “Magic #9,” the fourth track on the band’s third album, Things That Fly. The Infamous Stringdusters are rather famous – despite the appellation – on the bluegrass-friendly stages of the nation for both their quality (see above) and their quantity (the band plays approximately 150 shows a year!). FOH engineer Drew Becker was fresh off a degree from Full Sail and still rather green when he went to work full-time for the band three years ago. Since then he has logged over 500 shows, some more

Transform Any Whiteboard into a Video Whiteboard with New Squiggle Kit from Vaddio

Vaddio, the global leader in robotic PTZ cameras and camera control systems has officially launched the Squiggle Video Whiteboard Kit designed for videoconferencing, educational and corporate training facilities.

Capable of being installed alongside almost any existing whiteboard, the Squiggle converts whiteboard notes into and an HD or SD video signal. Because no dedicated PC is required, the video signal can then be connected to any videoconferencing, TelePresence, distance education or video media distribution system. In addition to HD/SD outputs, data can be captured and stored as a JPEG image onto any USB flash drive.

“There are so many educational institutions who want video output capabilities on their existing whiteboards. We had to come up with a solution,? explained President of Vaddio Rob Sheeley. “The Squiggle is a simple way to convert all of those whiteboards into a video output source.?

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Media Décor Introduces Allure Moving Art Series with iColor Frames

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL—February 2011—Media Decor, the leading manufacturer of elegant solutions to discreetly conceal flat screen TVs, now introduces the new Allure Series with iColor frames.

As flat screen TVs grow larger and thinner, many consumers are choosing to mount them up and out of the way on a wall like a piece of fine art however, aesthetically, the black, glass and metal rectangle still leaves a lot to be desired in terms of décor.

To the rescue is Media Décor’s new Allure Moving Art Series—a simple and stunning solution to attractively conceal that flat panel on the wall.

The Allure’s clean, contemporary lines are complemented by an endless choice of frame colors. The high gloss, lacquer-like finish is available in a wide variety of colors from Apple Green to Zebra Black (or White) and any color in-between. And Media Décor makes it more

Platinum Tools® VDV MapMaster™ Voice, Data, and Video Tester Now Shipping

Platinum Tools VDV MapMaster Voice, Data, and Video Tester

The Platinum Tools VDV MapMaster Combines Continuity Testing, Mapping, and Tone Generator into a Single Unit

CAMARILLO, Calif., Feb. 17, 2011 – Platinum Tools (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation and hand termination of wire and cable, is proud to announce that its new VDV MapMaster™ voice, data, and video tester is now shipping.

“The VDV MapMaster combines continuity testing, mapping, and tone generator functions into a single unit,? explained Lee Sachs, Platinum Tools, Inc. president and general manager. “Made in the USA, the VDV MapMaster is capable of identifying and mapping 19 locations at one time.?

The VDV MapMaster tests Cat-6, Cat5e, Cat-5, Cat-4, Cat-3, and coax cables, as well as shielded cables. Video and data cables can be connected to their respective more

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