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Haivision’s KulaByte and HyperStream to Enable Live Streaming of Show Content at WFX 2011

WFX Counts on Live Internet Encoding and Transcoding to Stream Real-Time Content Including Church Communications and Multisite Strategies

MONTREAL and CHICAGO — Nov. 1, 2011 — Haivision Network Video today announced that its KulaByte live Internet encoder and HyperStream live cloud transcoding technology will drive the WFX Live Studio, a feature of WFX 2011 (Worship Facilities Conference and Expo) to be held in Dallas Nov. 9-11. The WFX Live Studio is a full-function recording and streaming-video broadcast studio that will provide live coverage of the show floor and conference sessions to Internet viewers.

During the WFX 2011 show, the Haivision technology will serve two independent live streams to the WFX website: a continuous stream from the exhibit floor from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and live coverage of all keynote sessions and educational presentations. The WFX Live Studio will feed two KulaByte encoders, each contributing a bandwidth-optimized stream from the conference center to the cloud-based HyperStream transcoder. In the cloud, HyperStream will then transcode each contribution stream into multiple bit rates and multiple formats to serve the WFX website using Adobe(R) Flash(R) dynamic and Apple(R) HTTP adaptive streaming systems. By using the HyperStream cloud-based transcoder to create the different bit rate streams, the contributed streams can take full advantage of available bandwidth to maximize video quality.

“We are very grateful to Haivision for providing the streaming technology to power the WFX Live Studio,” said Amy Reddington, director of event operations at EH Publishing, producer of WFX. “Not only will our attendees and Web audience be able to stay up to date on show-floor happenings and conference proceedings, but they’ll also be able to see firsthand how state-of-the-art Internet encoding technology can transform their worship activities and bring their message to vast new audiences.”

The WFX Live Studio will host a full series of educational presentations, panel discussions, and interviews broadcast live to an Internet audience that will interact with the presenters during Q&A periods. In addition, attendees will observe and engage with experts on video capture, lighting, streaming broadcast technology, and social media. Educational sessions at the WFX Live Studio will include church and independent experts on multisite strategies, as well as a discussion of church communication and social media tools.

“The WFX 2011 setup will be very similar to that of many of our hundreds of faith-market clients,” said Peter Maag, executive vice president of Haivision. “So extending WFX beyond the conference hall is a great opportunity for attendees to experience the potential of live streaming, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to show them.”

Haivision offers products that are complementary to KulaByte and HyperStream for media applications in the faith market. These products include Mako(TM) and Makito(TM) codecs for connecting multisite churches; the Furnace(TM) video distribution system to enable recording, video-on-demand, and internal video distribution; and the CoolSign(TM) digital signage system to deliver dynamic content to public area displays.

Haivision, an official sponsor of WFX 2011, will be demonstrating KulaByte, HyperStream, and other media solutions at WFX 2011 in booth 442.

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About Haivision Network Video
Haivision delivers advanced technology for streaming, recording, managing, and distributing secure IP video and interactive media within the enterprise, education, medical/healthcare, and federal/military markets. Haivision is a private company based in Montreal and Chicago, with technical excellence centers in Beaverton, Ore., Austin, TX, and Hamburg, Germany. With a global sales and support organization, Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide. More information is available at www.haivision.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Xantech’s A/V Control Technology Used for Tour Center at Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations Plant

The recently completed movie theater located within the brand new Vaughn L. Beals Tour Center at the Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations plant in York, Pennsylvania, includes A/V control products from Xantech, a leader in the field of audio/video remote control and distribution for 40 years. SDK Electronics of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, outfitted the theater, where visitors begin the one-hour factory tour, installing a Xantech CSPLCD39G 3.9-inch Smartpad LCD Graphic Touchpanel and a WIC1200 Web Intelligent Controller to manage the presentation’s audio, video and lighting.

The Smartpad LCD Graphic Touchpanel and the WIC1200 in combination offer fully automated control of the movie presentation, which takes visitors through the famed motorcycle manufacturer’s history. The film starts with a single touch of the Xantech Touchpanel, explains Scott Koons, owner of SDK Electronics. “The system sits in idle mode until the tour guides bring the visitors in. They touch one button on the screen that says ‘play’ and the movie starts to run. The WIC box gets a signal, tells a Crestron lighting controller to dim the lights, and turns on an audio sense to the Blu-ray Disc player. As soon as it senses that audio is no longer present – in other words, the player is in full stop – it tells the Crestron to relight the room.”

The system is also programmed with an alternate mode for employee meetings. “When they hold a meeting in the theater they can touch a button that says ‘presentation’ and it will switch over to a presentation mode,” says Koons.

The Xantech products offered an affordable control solution for automating the theater’s A/V system, according to Koons. Although the system is relatively simple, the controller does need to support some specific interface capabilities. “I needed to have some way to automatically turn on the lights. The WIC1200 gave me the ability to do two-way communications as well as system status sensing.” A more complex and more costly unit was just not necessary, he adds: “It would have been overkill to spend that kind of money on a competing product for what little I needed to do, especially since the WIC box does everything I needed it to do for this system.”

The Xantech Touchpanel interfaces directly with the theater’s JVC projector. “The only codes we send to the projector are on, off and source select, so we use those straight out of the keypad because I don’t need any sense on that,” explains Koons, adding, “The only thing I need to send to the Lexicon DC2 processor is power on and source select.”

The rest of the theater’s audio system, which includes EAW loudspeakers in a 7.1 configuration with Crest amplification, is initiated through the use of a Surge X power sequencer. A 159-inch 16:9 HDTV format Da-Lite fixed wall screen completes the A/V presentation setup.

Koons also installed a Xantech CSPLCD64G 6.4-inch Smartpad LCD Graphic Touchpanel in the employee cafeteria at the new plant. “They can hold 450-person meetings there. It has four screens, four projectors, a scaler and an SPLCD64 controlling it, along with a couple of relay packs and a 1×8 RS232 router.”

The Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations plant, established in York in 1973, assembles the company’s Soft Tail, Touring and Tri-Glide models. Following the demolition of 42 separate buildings and a year of construction, a brand new, robot-assisted manufacturing plant opened on the site on August 1, 2011, that combines all of its manufacturing lines and warehousing in one 600,000-square-foot facility. Over eight thousand tourists have reportedly visited the new Vaughn L. Beals Tour Center and toured the new factory in its first two months of operation.

For more information, please visit www.xantechcommercial.com.

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HK Audio Introduces the SoundCaddy One System

— Complete professional PA system in a single, mobile, self-contained unit ––

HK Audio announces the SoundCaddy One system. The SoundCaddy One provides the benefits of a line array/woofer combo in a compact and portable format. Inside the SoundCaddy One are three six-inch bass speakers, six three-and-a-half-inch mid/high drivers, a 600-Watt class D amplifier and a complete four-channel mixer. This innovative PA system is completely self-contained, and can be used for both speech and music.

As a single, self-contained unit, the SoundCaddy One provides plug-and-play convenience. Easy to transport, the SoundCaddy One can be moved into position on its built-in wheels. A firm push on its top releases the mid/high array, which rises from the cabinet on a pneumatic lift. Once adjusted to the desired height, it can be twisted to lock into place.

The back panel offers access to a full four-channel mixer. The mono channels (Mic In and Combi In) are each equipped with a Neutrik XLR/Guitar combo input, a volume knob and a tone control. Next to those are two stereo channels (Line In, Aux In), each offering a Volume and a Contour control. The Combi In channel features two Neutrik combo inputs; the Aux In provides both stereo RCA jacks and a single stereo eighth-inch input. Using the XLR Line Out, a second SoundCaddy One can be connected to create a fuller stereo or dual-mono system. Recording Out (RCA Stereo) jacks allow connections to other equipment. The Bass Level control makes it easy to balance the highs and lows.

For power, the SoundCaddy One houses a 600-Watt Class D amplifier. Three six-inch bass drivers provide a tight, deep low-end sound. The pop-up line array contains six 3.5-inch broad band speakers that together deliver excellent reach, intelligibility, and an easy-to-aim 70-degree horizontal dispersion that provides deep coverage while eliminating unwanted reflections. The SoundCaddy One renders speech and music with authority and power, and can easily provide satisfying full-range sound for smaller concert venues.

The 19-millimeter birch cabinet construction features cutaway handles, integrated wheels and protective skid guards. A protective cover is included.

HK Audio SoundCaddy One is now available at select U.S. retailers with an MSRP of $4000.00.

Learn more at www.hkaudio.com/us/soundcaddy.

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SYMETRIX HIRES JEFF SONDERMEYER AS DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING AND CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – OCTOBER 2011: Symetrix, manufacturers of high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software, announces the hire of industry veteran Jeff Sondermeyer as Director of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer. Sondermeyer brings almost twenty years of experience to his new role. He split the first decade between Peavey Electronics and Mackie Designs as the Digital Design Leader for pioneering products and he spent the most recent decade with integrated circuit manufacturer Analog Devices (ADI) as Senior Field Apps Engineer. During his tenure at ADI, Sondermeyer helped Symetrix integrate ADI’s Sharc and Blackfin chips into Symetrix products.

“For a number of years, Jeff has been a major player in the pro audio industry, from his design-side engineering management experience with Peavey and Mackie to his applications engineering work for ADI,” said Symetrix founder and CEO, Dane Butcher. “As always, Symetrix maintains an aggressive product development roadmap. We feel very fortunate at this time to have Jeff on board to manage the execution of our strategic product initiatives.”

“Having supported Symetrix for the past ten years, I have an appreciation for how the company works,” said Sondermeyer. “Dane has created a tight-knit team of dedicated people with the same passion – making superior products. It runs more like a family than a business and I really like that! My short-term goal is to join the excellent engineering team, fill in holes, and increase productivity. My long-term goal is to continue fostering the culture at Symetrix that wins loyalty from contractors and other industry clients: superior sound, superior service, superior sales – just superior! No hacks, no workarounds, no excuses – just excellence!”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Sound professionals rely upon the performance, value and reliability of audio mixing, routing and processing products from Symetrix. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1.425.778.7728.

THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING® FOCUSES ON RECORDED SOUND QUALITY AND ADVOCACY FOR MUSIC MAKERS

Over the course of the past decade, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® has illuminated those who labor behind the scenes to create music by highlighting their achievements and educating about best practices. The P&E Wing provides a forum where all recording professionals — from producers, engineers and studio personnel to retailers, manufacturers and educators — can work together to preserve and grow their industry. Now, as both the music industry and consumers are rediscovering the value of high fidelity recordings, the Wing has taken a leading position with a revitalized effort to advocate and educate about the important role sound quality and audio professionals play in communicating the emotional and artistic intent of recorded music. As part of this effort:

*At the 131st AES Convention the P&E Wing will present a second iteration of GRAMMY SoundTables® “Sonic Imprints: Songs that Changed My Life” on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2:30 p.m. at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Exploring music that has inspired and shaped influential careers, and moderated by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Chris Lord-Alge, the panel will feature a diverse, New York-centric group of panelists including producers/engineers Ken “Duro” Ifill, Steve Lillywhite, Ann Mincieli, Phil Ramone and Al Schmitt.

*In July, in a first-of-its-kind event, the P&E Wing brought music producers together in Washington, D.C. with Congressional leaders, including the Chair and Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, for meetings, a panel discussion and musical demonstrations. The event addressed pressing industry issues and provided insight into the essential role that producers and engineers play in the music recording process.

* A new version of the influential, committee-created white paper “Delivery Recommendations for Master Recordings” will be released in October reflecting current recommended best practices for master media delivery and storage, along with guidelines for delivery of audio mix stems and recording personnel credits.

*The establishment of a working council of audio manufacturers, retailers, and other related entities with a stake in the future of high quality audio and a goal of working together to grow the professional audio industry. This group will hold its fourth meeting during the 131st AES Convention.

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Audio-Technica Names Doug Swan Director of Sales, MI/Pro Audio

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 45 years, has announced the appointment of Doug Swan to the position of Director of Sales, MI/Pro Audio. Michael Edwards, Vice President Professional Markets, made the announcement and indicated that Swan’s appointment will serve to propel A-T toward continued growth in the Musical Instrument and Professional Audio market sectors.

In his new position, Swan will be responsible for the overall management of the MI and Pro Audio channel within Audio-Technica. He will focus on driving sales for A-T U.S. and its dealer network by working closely with A-T’s internal sales force and their accounts, as well A-T’s independent manufacturer’s representatives. Additionally, he will be developing new sales programs that will allow all dealers to grow and maintain even more profitability.

With an impressive background in music and business, Doug is a very experienced MI and Pro Audio industry professional who has lived in California and Florida for most of his adult life. In addition to managing his own rep firm, his previous positions have included sales and marketing responsibilities for Sennheiser USA and the Roland Systems Group.

“Doug is an industry veteran who has a rich history in both MI and Pro Audio,” stated Michael Edwards. “His extensive background in music, business and retail sales makes him uniquely qualified not only to lead our sales team, but also to work closely with and reinforce our unparalleled commitment to our dealers and end users. We welcome Doug to the Audio-Technica family, and I look forward to working with him.”

Please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Audio-Technica Promotes David Marsh to Director of Sales and Marketing, Installed Sound & Broadcast

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 45 years, has promoted David Marsh to the position of Director of Sales and Marketing, Installed Sound & Broadcast. Marsh’s appointment was announced by Michael Edwards, Vice President Professional Markets. In his new role, David Marsh will be responsible for managing and directing all sales and marketing activities within the Installed Sound and Broadcast markets.

Marsh has been with Audio-Technica since 2000, when he joined the company in the position of Customer Support representative. Over the past decade with Audio-Technica, Marsh was promoted to A-T’s Assistant Regional Manager and then on to Territory Manager, a position he held until his latest promotion. Marsh will help to identify emerging market dynamics and trends, while continuing to address the needs of contractors, consultants and end users, concerning the increasingly intricate requirements of complex installations and challenging applications.

“David has done an outstanding job in his past positions with Audio-Technica,” said Michael Edwards. “I’m confident that he will continue to thrive in this new leadership role.”

Please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Remote Digital Media Chooses Audio-Technica Microphones and Wireless Systems to Capture the Audio on Food Network® Programs and Beyond

— RDM’s Kevin Hartmann says that A-T’s BP896 MicroPoint™ Subminiature Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier Microphone is the smallest and the best-sounding lav he’s ever used—

— A-T’s dual-channel 1800 Series wireless system provides total redundancy on
remote shoots for celeb chef Rachel Ray’s regular forays into the field —

If high-definition broadcast video has made the offerings on The Food Network® look good enough to reach in and sample, Remote Digital Media (RDM) makes certain that the sound is equally enticing. RDM is an EMMY Award®- and Telly Award®-winning audio and video remote company based in Woodstock, New York, that handles audio for several of the network’s most popular programs, including Next Great Baker and Rachel Ray. To get great sound, RDM uses microphones and wireless systems from Audio-Technica on all of its shoots. For instance, RDM has used the Audio-Technica dual-receiver Artist Elite® 5000 Series frequency-agile True Diversity UHF wireless system all nine seasons of reality show Chopped. On Rachel Ray, RDM employs the A-T 1800 Series Camera-mount Dual-channel UHF wireless system as well as the ATR5200 Monophone/Dynamic Boom Microphone Combination Headset. Many shows will also benefit from the Audio-Technica BP4071 Line + Gradient Condenser shotgun microphone for audience and ambience capture, which allows RDM to create a “seamless transition” between onstage and offstage audio.

Kevin Hartmann, one of two owners of RDM, is also its Head of Audio. (Sandor Bondorowsky is Hartmann’s partner and oversees the company’s video operations.) “These shows are about food, but they are actually reality shows, and you have to approach the audio that way,” explains Hartmann, who also uses A-T microphones and wireless systems on other projects, including audio for numerous MTV music shoots and for Inside the Actors Studio, whose host, James Lipton, he says, is a huge fan of Audio-Technica’s BP896 MicroPoint lavalier. “The MicroPoint is the tiniest lav I’ve ever seen, and on reality shows, the key is the ability to be able to completely hide the microphone yet still get great sound and a reliable signal. The MicroPoint does all of that and does it better than any other lav out there,” Hartmann adds. Bakers’ white tunics, he notes, offer the perfect opportunity to keep lavaliers well hidden.

Hartmann says that A-T’s system designs are what put it out in front of the pack. “People think that RF performance is all about power, but the fact is that it’s really about tuning – the ability to understand the environment you’re working within in terrestrial TV and build your RF system around that. The A-T systems give me a high degree of control over my RF.”

Hartmann uses the 1800 Series camera-mount wireless system because it gives him ENG-quality audio when doing remotes for celebrity chef and host Rachel Ray. “I’ve been using that and the 5000 Series Wireless on her remotes since the show began six years ago,” he says. “The sound quality and reliability are the best. In fact, one of the main reasons I’m drawn to Audio-Technica equipment is that it’s so reasonably priced – nothing in its price point can touch its performance, and it actually sounds better than microphones costing far more money. It’s just very, very good, reliable equipment.”

Please visit www.audio-technica.com for more information.

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Blackstar Amplification Expands HT Venue Series with HT Club 50H Head and Limited Edition Bundle Package in the U.S.

— 50-Watt head is available alone or with matching 4 x 12 HTV-412A cabinet —

Blackstar Amplification is expanding its popular HT Venue Series of combo tube amplifiers to include the HT Club 50H head, available alone or with the matching HTV-412A cabinet as a specially priced, limited-run bundle (HT50STACK) in the U.S. The HT Club 50H provides 50 Watts of power, and is based on the features of Blackstar’s popular HT Club 40 Combo amp.

Offering two channels and four modes, the HT Club 50 Head is ideal for creating a full or half stack for club-sized venues. The preamp stage offers 2 x ECC83/12AX7 vacuum tubes. The 50-Watt EL34-driven power amp has amazing punch and dynamics that easily cut through in any band situation. The matching HTV-412A cabinet features four Celestion 12” speakers.

Each channel features an independent Voice switch that greatly enhances the tonal versatility. The Clean channel provides Boutique or Modern voicings; the Overdrive channel offers a choice between Classic and Modern. The three-band EQ is augmented by the Infinite Shape Feature (ISF), which works with the EQ to provide infinite new tone-shaping control. Equipped with digital reverb (including a Dark/Bright switch), emulated output and an effects loop, the HT Club 50H is designed to be a solid and flexible tube head for nearly any gigging situation. A 2-way footswitch is included.

Pricing is as follows:

HTCLUB50H 50 Watt Venue Series Head U.S. MSRP $879.99
HTV-412A 4×12 angled Cabinet U.S. MSRP $749.99

Authorized Blackstar Dealers in the U.S. will be offering the HT50STACK at a special introductory price of $999.99 for a limited time.

For more information, please visit www.blackstaramps.com.

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AVI-SPL Joins GovComm 2011

Leading audio video communications provider AVI-SPL is headed to GovComm 2011 November 1-2, 2011 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. AVI-SPL’s Mike Brandofino, vice president of video conferencing and unified communications, will lead a presentation on understanding unified communications and will be moderating the panel discussion on cloud computing.

Cloud Computing
November 1, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Moderator: Mike Brandofino
This panel discussion will help attendees understand the definition of cloud computing, issues related to security, and the benefits and tradeoffs of collaboration solutions in the cloud in order to achieve ubiquitous service and a real return on investment (ROI).

Understanding Unified Communications & Collaborative Conferencing
November 1, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Speakers: IMCCA Government SIG Chair: Ken Scatturo, AVI-SPL: Mike Brandofino, KBZ: Brian Ricca Compunetix: Jerry Pompa
This session will provide an overview of unified communications and collaborative conferencing: What are they? What technologies are under the umbrella? How is security handled? How is interoperability with existing video deployments addressed? What are the pros and cons of an “all-in-one” approach versus a “best-in-breed” approach? How are end users deploying the technologies? What lessons have been learned?

AVI-SPL is exhibiting at booth # 271 at the show.

To learn more about GovComm 2011 and to register, visit http://www.govcommshow.org.

About AVI-SPL AVI-SPL is a global leader in audio video communications technology, providing comprehensive solutions and services for professional AV installation, telepresence and video conferencing, digital media systems, control rooms and network operations centers, hotel rental services, event staging and production. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., AVI-SPL has highly-trained and certified system engineers throughout 32 U.S. offices and an international network of solution providers in 30 countries. Please visit www.avispl.com for more information or connect with AVI-SPL On Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

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