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L-ACOUSTICS KARA installed in Norwegian National Theatre

OSLO, Norway — Norwegian distributor Scandec Systemer has supplied and installed an L-ACOUSTICS KARA WST line source system in the Norwegian National Theatre in Oslo.

The new system consists of seven KARA cabinets flown with two SB18 subs per side, with a center array of 10 KIVA speakers. The system is driven by LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers. more

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ELAN g! Entertainment And Control System Now Supports The Chinese Language



ELAN® g! now features a full 5,800 simplified Mandarin Chinese character set across all TS touch screens, HR2 remote control, computer interface, on-screen display, iPhone and iPad user interfaces.

ELAN will demonstrate Chinese Character integration at CEDIA Shanghai 2011 (Nov. 23 – 25), International CES 2012 in Las Vegas (Jan. 10 – 13, 2012) and at ISE 2012 in Amsterdam (Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, 2012).

CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA, November 18, 2011—Reinforcing its commitment to meet the growing Chinese market demand for its entertainment and control system solutions, ELAN® Home Systems today announced that its revolutionary g! system now supports a full 5,800 simplified Mandarin Chinese character set — a milestone achievement that is expected to immediately impact sales throughout this rapidly growing residential and commercial market for ELAN.

According to ELAN Home Systems President Paul Starkey, the company will demonstrate the g! system’s Chinese language support across all of its interfaces—TS touch screens, the HR2 remote control, computer interface, on-screen display, iPhone and iPad interfaces at the CEDIA Shanghai Expo taking place Nov. 23-25, 2011 at the Shanghai International Convention Centre, at the International CES 2012 at The AVC Group’s Hospitality Suite 2876 in the East Tower of the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and at ISE 2012 at Stand 1N73 at The Amsterdam RAI in The Netherlands.

“The Chinese market is the second fastest growing market for g! systems outside of the United States,” Starkey said today, “and it is about time that the g! system more completely meets the lifestyle needs of our valued residential and commercial Chinese customers. By featuring a full 5,800 simplified Mandarin Chinese character set, we will be able to meet more of our customers’ needs in the region. At the same time, we can now also support metadata from iPod and MP3 sources.”

With the addition of Chinese, the ELAN g! entertainment and control system now supports a total of seven languages: English, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, French, Italian and Swedish.

Available starting at under $2,000 for a single-room, four sub-system control solution, the ELAN g! Series Control System can be expanded quickly and cost-effectively to enable whole-home control of every room appliance. ELAN g! provides users with the most uniform and intuitive icon-based control from their favorite devices, including TVs, touch screens, touchpads, PCs, iPhones, and iPads. The standardized interface works across platforms, so that the trendy g!Mobile app users love on the iPhone appears and works similarly on ELAN touch screens, valets and handheld remotes as well as users’ televisions and mobile devices. And the system’s IP backbone makes it just as easy to control the system from across the room – or across the globe.

The ELAN g! system has been awarded a 2011 Residential Systems Magazine RESI Award, a 2011 Custom Retailer Magazine EXC!TE Award, A 2011 CE Pro Magazine BEST Award, as well as a Platinum Level 2011 CEA Mark of Excellence Award by the Consumer Electronics Association and a 2011 Gold Level Electronic House Magazine Product of the Year Award.

About ELAN Home Systems:
Since 1990 ELAN® Home Systems has been an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning Multi-Room audio/video systems. ELAN systems were the first to integrate audio, video, phones and third-party products to create a seamless, easy-to-use “whole house” solution. ELAN systems and products are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select Dealers and Distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. ELAN Home Systems is part of The AVC Group. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

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A.C.T Lighting Welcomes Bob Ferra as Product Specialist for the Company’s Cable Business

Bob Ferra

Bob Ferra

A.C.T Lighting, a leading importer and distributor of lighting products, is pleased to announce that Bob Ferra has joined the company as Product Specialist for the company’s cable business.

“Bob will be creating strategy to sell A.C.T Lighting’s cable products to new customers while continuing to expand cable sales to our existing customer base,” says Executive VP and COO Ben Saltzman.

“A.C.T Lighting’s reputation for high-end products is only surpassed by their industry-leading customer service,” notes Ferra. “I’m very excited about joining a remarkable team of professionals and adding my expertise to the wide array of world-class products offered by A.C.T Lighting.”

Prior to coming on board at A.C.T Lighting, Ferra worked in business development for AV products at a leading cable manufacturer where he introduced their line of AV cable assemblies and designed numerous products for OEM customers. Earlier he served as their general manager, launched the company’s west coast office and acted as western territory manager while he continued his GM duties part-time.

Before that, Ferra had founded and headed Ferra Tech from 1986 to June 2007 establishing the company as the number-one go-to shop for cable assemblies, wiring harnesses and cable packages. Ferra Tech offered top-notch services to lighting and audio productions, tour support, recording studios, OEM manufacturers and others; for almost two years Ferra acted as install coordinator for client A&M Recording Studios where he coordinated with outside wiring contractors to build five rooms for the recording giant.

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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BenQ America Corp. Inks Deal With ASI

Value-Added IT Distributor to Offer BenQ’s Complete Line of High-Performance Projectors and LED Backlight Monitors
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Haivision Network Video Named Akamai Digital Media NetAlliance Solution Partner

aivision and Akamai Highlight Joint Customer Solutions as Akamai’s NetAlliance Partner Program Expands to Include Digital Media Ecosystem

MONTREAL and CHICAGO — Nov. 19, 2011 — Haivision Network Video today announced that the company has been named a NetAlliance Partner in Akamai Technologies’ newly expanded NetAlliance Partner program. In this role, Haivision is a key player among companies that have been recognized for providing value to the overall partner ecosystem for Akamai’s leading cloud platform.

“There is strong synergy between Haivision and Akamai, since both companies are enabling customers to leverage the cloud to deliver more streams to more platforms. A great example is our HyperStream(TM) Live cloud-based video transcoding service, which is integrated with the Akamai HD Network to reduce the cost and complexity of over-the-top multiplatform content delivery,” said Peter Forman, vice president of the Internet Media Division, Haivision Network Video. “As Akamai’s first Digital Media NetAlliance Solution Partner, we’re looking forward to working closely with Akamai and its broad ecosystem of partners to continue bringing new solutions to market that meet the evolving media streaming and multiplatform requirements of our customers.”

The NetAlliance Partner Program brings together more than 40 hardware and software integrators, application and infrastructure service providers, and commerce and digital media platform providers committed to helping customers leverage the cloud for business success.

“As a best-of-breed technology company delivering robust and superior workflow solutions for its digital media customers, Haivision is an ideal Akamai Digital Media NetAlliance Solution Partner,” said John Sconyers, senior director of media channels at Akamai. “With solutions like HyperStream Live, Haivision addresses the ever-increasing complexity of delivering video easily to any device on any network, and understands the value of a tightly integrated ecosystem of partners for meeting customers’ complex business needs in today’s rapidly moving technology arena.”

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About Akamai Akamai(R) is the leading cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences on any device, anywhere. At the core of the company’s solutions is the Akamai Intelligent Platform(TM) providing extensive reach, coupled with unmatched reliability, security, visibility and expertise. Akamai removes the complexities of connecting the increasingly mobile world, supporting 24/7 consumer demand, and enabling enterprises to securely leverage the cloud. To learn more about how Akamai is accelerating the pace of innovation in a hyperconnected world, please visit www.akamai.com and follow @Akamai on Twitter.

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, Texas; 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.

Akamai Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act The release contains information about future expectations, plans and prospects of Akamai’s management that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors including, but not limited to, the effects of any attempts to intentionally disrupt our services or network by hackers or others, unexpected termination of Akamai’s relationship with Diesel, a failure of Akamai’s network infrastructure, and other factors that are discussed in Akamai’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents periodically filed with the SEC.

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

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CLEAR-COM CHOOSES AUDIOPRO FOR DISTRIBUTION IN THE NETHERLANDS

AMSTERDAM, NOVEMBER 17, 2011 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is pleased to announce the appointment of AudioPro as its new distributor in the Netherlands. AudioPro, the region’s leading lighting and professional audio equipment provider, will offer the full range of HME professional intercom products as well as a majority of Clear-Com’s offerings, focusing on solutions designed for the theatre, live entertainment, studio and broadcast markets. more

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DW SERVICES GROUP SELECTS AVIOM PERSONAL MIXERS FOR CHURCH INSTALLATIONS ACROSS THE U.S.

Pro16 Personal Mixing System Helps Eliminate Stage Volume in Houses of Worship

TUCKER, GA, NOVEMBER 17, 2011Aviom personal mixers have become the solution of choice for DW Services Group for helping to reduce stage volume and to ensure spoken messaging is clearly heard during church services and events across the country.

“When working with churches, our primary concern is about the message and the word,” says Fred Jacobson, co-owner/operator and VP of sales and marketing, DW Services Group. “Without that being heard or if it’s cluttered by stage volume from the band, those who have come to listen to the pastor or the minister won’t get the full message. Aviom gives us the ability to have the message come across and not be overshadowed by the band, so we like to place A-16II Personal Mixers in every venue that we can because they truly eliminate stage volume.”

A full-service audio, video, lighting and recording company, DW Services Group provides site consultations, gear rentals, equipment maintenance and repair, complete system design and installations both large and small for churches in the U.S. Having worked with such churches as Mountaintop Faith Ministries, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Light of the World and Changing a Generation in Atlanta, Jacobson understands the importance of balancing stage volume for a congregation and utilizes personal mixers from Aviom to help manage individual monitor levels for the musicians.

In a typical worship setup, signals from the instruments and mics in the pulpit are fed into the front-of-house console, such as the Yamaha M7CL digital live-sound console or PM5D digital mixing console. The Aviom AN-16/i Input Module then takes the signals from the console and outputs a digital audio stream. The digital signal is then sent via Cat-5 to an A-16D Pro A-Net® Distributor near the stage, which sends monitor stems via Cat-5 to the personal mixers, which are used with in-ear monitors or powered wedges.

“The Aviom A-16D Pro fits nicely in my equipment racks and once I set it up, it’s done,” says Jacobson. In addition to being simple for the audio mixer, Jacobson notes the system’s ease of use for the musicians. “What makes Aviom a good fit for our musicians compared to other options is the feel of the knob. So, for example, a musician may not watch the dial to see if it’s on seven or eight, so with the Aviom personal mixers, the click tells them exactly where they are. With the 16-channel mixer, they can simply click eight times, whereas other systems require a sweeping turn.”

Other features Jacobson appreciates are the option to group the mixers and the lack of learning curve that comes along with the system. “Aviom gives me a card that I laminate and put on top of the mixers. The musicians study it and it takes them five minutes and they get it. Between the recall and grouping, I can get somebody doing 50-100 songs and recall them without a problem,” he says.

“In all, Aviom is a great investment and very reliable. I haven’t had a mixer or a Cat-5 breakdown,” says Jacobson. “It’s not overpriced and it’s certainly something that every church needs.”

For more information about DW Services Group, please visit http://dwservicesgroup.com.

Aviom pioneered personal mixing with its Pro16® Monitor Mixing System and continues to break new ground with the revolutionary Pro64® Series of audio networking products. With tens of thousands of products in the field today, Aviom has set the standard for high performance, scalable digital solutions. All Aviom systems harness the power of A-Net®, Aviom’s innovative digital audio technology that simplifies system design while enhancing flexibility and fidelity. All Aviom products are designed, tested, and manufactured in the USA. For more information, visit www.Aviom.com.

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Kaufman Ltd Names Red TX As Its Preferred Broadcast Audio Supplier


Broadcast sound specialist Red TX has been named as the preferred audio supplier for all broadcast projects undertaken by production company, Kaufman Ltd.

Founded in 2009, Kaufman Ltd is headed by Mike Kaufman and provides executive production and supervisory services to a range of companies including Live Nation, Smooth Operations, Universal Music and O2.

Mike Kaufman says: “I have worked with Red TX on numerous high profile music festivals and events and have come to appreciate the quality of their work and their dedication to getting the best possible broadcast sound. When you are dealing with a live event, it is really important to have the support of a team you trust because it must be right first time – there are no second chances.”

In recent months Red TX has been called in to handle the broadcast audio for various projects on which Mike Kaufman has been Executive Producer. These include Hard Rock Calling and the Download festival, both of which were produced by Live Nation and broadcast on Sky Arts and Vh1 USA; Sainsbury’s Super Saturday, which was broadcast on Channel 4, and Kings of Leon – Live In Hyde Park, which was recorded for future release.

“One of the main reasons I have named Red TX as my preferred audio supplier is because they show such enormous pride in their work,” Kaufman adds. “It also helps that they have recorded so many artists and bands over the years. It is very reassuring for a band undertaking a live event to know the sound team and to trust them on the basis of past good experiences. This was certainly the case with Linkin Park and Bon Jovi, both of which had Red TX driving the audio controls.”

Red TX director Ian Dyckhoff says: “We are really pleased that Kaufman Ltd has consolidated its relationship with Red TX and we take it as a huge compliment that a producer of Mike’s experience recognises the quality of the service we offer. We look forward to working with him on many more groundbreaking music events in the future.”

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About Red TX:
Red TX provides a comprehensive concert recording and broadcast service to the music and television industries. The company has state-of-the-art mobile recording facilities and can handle projects of any size or complexity. As well as recording audio for broadcast, the company also records live music events for subsequent release on CD or DVD. It is headed by Ian Dyckhoff and Tim Summerhayes, both of whom have extensive experience in delivering high-quality audio for broadcast. www.red-tx.com

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Wohler Announces New Software Interface for MADI-8 Audio Monitor

PC-Based Interface Enables Quick Configuration of Channel Naming and Preset Assignments

SAN FRANCISCO — Nov. 15, 2011 — Wohler Technologies today announced a new software interface for the company’s MADI-8 in-rack audio monitor that allows for control and quick reconfiguration of channel presets from any PC. With the new software, operators now have the ability to name any or all of the 64 available channels and then assign them up to eight available presets. Configurations can be saved as files on the set-up application, so operators can instantly recall channel names and presets from previous events and assign them to other MADI-8 units.

“MADI-8 was the world’s first in-rack MADI monitor to offer simultaneous monitoring of up to eight channels,” said Jeff McNall, product manager at Wohler. “Now, with this new channel-naming and preset configuration application, the unit provides even more convenience in high-volume monitoring applications.”

Giving users the option of creating presets via a PC and keyboard rather than on the MADI-8 unit itself, the firmware upgrade and software application download significantly reduces the time required to configure a MADI-8. For installations with numerous MADI-8 units, using a simple device server adaptor for each of the serial ports can enable all of the MADI-8 units to be controlled via an Ethernet network. This capability allows users to switch MADI-8 units between sport- or event-specific presets over the network, taking very little time to shift channel names and presets from one broadcast to the next.

“We designed the MADI-8 to be a flexible, powerful, and easy-to-use solution for cost-effective audio confidence monitoring, and this new software interface makes the unit an even better match for demanding broadcast and production environments,” added McNall. “Wohler is evolving to incorporate the use of Ethernet networks in configuration of our products. We’ve done it on our AMP2-16V-3G monitor, as well, and we continue to look for additional ways that our customers can take advantage of having Wohler products networked.”

The new software application and firmware upgrade are free to existing MADI-8 users. More information about the MADI-8 and access to updates is available at www.wohler.com.

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About Wohler Technologies Inc. Wohler offers a comprehensive and award-winning range of audio, video, data monitoring, and captioning products designed to provide the highest quality solutions for facilities of all sizes and complexity. Founded in 1987, the San Francisco Bay-area manufacturer has grown to become the dominant provider of confidence monitoring and signal management solutions for the broadcast and pro audio/video markets. Originally inventing and defining the category of in-rack audio, video, and data monitoring products, the company has expanded its offerings to include solutions for captioning and loudness. More information about Wohler and its full range of solutions is available at www.wohler.com.

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DNF Sets New Standard for Control Integration in Broadcast Operations With New Flex Control Network(R) Applications

SYLMAR, Calif. — Nov. 15, 2011 — DNF Controls today announced the release of a series of new applications for the Flex Control Network(R), DNF’s modular platform of professional IP-based machine controllers. The new applications provide control integration enabling broadcasters to solve all manner of operational control problems, setting a new standard of excellence for operational efficiency and profitability. The applications are designed for all segments of the broadcast industry, including live and live-to-tape production; master control and playout; broadcast and network (cable) operations; postproduction; live sports; live news; and machine control.

The Flex Control platform consists of device controllers with 25 (and counting) drivers and interface solutions that combine with a full range of control panels to create applications for solving even the most complex control problems while using existing I/P infrastructure as the backbone. With its tactile control surfaces, browser-based interfaces for ease of use and deployment, and simple push-button operation using “event to action” logic for sophisticated, automated control, Flex Control delivers unparalleled centralized and distributed control over machinery and workflows.

“Today’s broadcast facilities comprise more disparate technology than ever before, and all these systems need to be networked, managed, and controlled in new fundamental ways,” said Dan Fogel, CTO of DNF Controls. “The feedback we’re hearing from our customers around the world is that they have found Flex Control Network to be the simplest yet most versatile, and certainly most reliable, solution on the market to address operational control issues. The Flex Control broadcast applications integrate easily with their existing equipment, so they don’t miss a beat when changing setup. Plus the modular nature of the platform means they can scale and adapt the system as their requirements change.”

Flex Control offers infinite possibilities for controlling, monitoring, and managing networked devices over LAN, WAN, and the Internet. With Flex Control, users can add and change devices, control protocols, and control points whenever and wherever they want without disrupting their workflow. Flex Control lets users redistribute the broadcast or production workload at a moment’s notice to keep up with late-breaking news, equipment failure, and unexpected personnel changes or other events. Users can control almost anything in their facility from anywhere in the world using DNF’s Web services from a computer, tablet, smartphone, or any other Web-enabled device.

Flex Control Network is based on DNF’s more than 20 years of experience providing “must work,” mission-critical control systems for broadcast and production operations.

More information on DNF Controls solutions is available at www.dnfcontrols.com.

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About DNF Controls DNF Controls is a leading provider of hardware- and software-based control solutions for equipment used in the television broadcast, audio/video production, post-production, and graphics markets. By partnering with industry-leading manufacturers and customers, DNF provides innovative, reliable, precise, and easy-to-use products for point-to-point control as well as facility-wide multipoint control applications. DNF Controls’ customer list includes all major U.S. television broadcast and cable networks, domestic and international television stations and production facilities, mobile production trucks, stadiums, and arenas. DNF Controls is headquartered in Sylmar, Calif. More information is available at www.dnfcontrols.com.

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