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SYMETRIX ANNOUNCES 2011 INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTOR AND REP AWARD WINNERS

(Pictured from left to right) Hock Thang and Paul Roberts of Symetrix, Jun Zhu and Alan Ho from Sanecore Audio Ltd.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – DECEMBER 2011: Symetrix announced its international distributor and sales representative award winners for fiscal year 2011. UK-based World Marketing Associates earned International Rep of the Year for the tremendous strides it made in introducing Symetrix’ innovative solutions to a broad range of industry professionals in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Norway-based Fotophono earned Symetrix’ Distributor of the Year Award in Europe. For the second consecutive year, China-based Sanecore Audio Ltd. in the Asia-Pacific region and Canada-based SF Marketing in the Americas earned International Distributor of the Year Awards.

“We’re doing everything we can to build DSP solutions for a wide range of applications,” said Paul Roberts, director of sales and marketing for Symetrix. “But all of our efforts are for naught if our products don’t find their way into the hands of industry professionals. Therefore, we are grateful for the efforts and successes of our reps and international distributors as exemplified by World Marketing Associates, Fotophono, Sanecore, and SF Marketing and are excited for 2012.”

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.

PERCUSSIONIST AND COMPOSER JOHN ARRUCCI USES THE METRIC HALO ULN-8 TO RECORD AND MIX METAPHORS

HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 2011: Although one is tempted to write baldly that John Arrucci is a percussionist just as, for example, Albert Einstein was a scientist, Arrucci’s modest nature would probably not tolerate the comparison. So… suffice it to say, Arrucci is very talented. His biography includes twenty-plus years on the faculty at Princeton University; study on three continents; mastery of Classical, Jazz, North Indian, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, and other traditions; and a fine and very extensive list of composition and performance credits on high-profile albums, movies, and commercials. Arrucci’s latest passion is demonstrated in Metaphors, the first of three albums of his original compositions. Months of painstaking research led him to the Metric Halo ULN-8 preamp/converter/interface, on which the entire album was both recorded and mixed.

“I was updating my studio in preparation for Metaphors,” Arrucci said. “I needed preamps, AD converters, and a monitor controller. I was grateful for the help of three friends, each of whom is an expert engineer with a unique and strong opinion about audio.” Arrucci resolved to purchase only equipment upon which all three engineers could agree. “Two were Mac guys and the other was a PC guy,” he continued. “But that was just the start. They each had very different feelings and criteria.” To arrive at an unbiased decision, the group gathered together the contenders and then conducted a blind shootout. “The Metric Halo ULN-8 was the clear winner and earned each of their approvals,” he proclaimed.

One of the consulting engineers was Mike Cirile, who would also later record the initial session tracks for Metaphors. But before he did, Cirile gave Professor Arrucci some homework. “I am certainly not an engineer,” Arrucci asserted. “But I’m making a good-faith effort to become more knowledgeable about engineering. The Metric Halo ULN-8 is a deep piece of gear and it ships with some powerful routing and mixing software. Mike knew I wanted to really learn how to use it, so he gave me assignments to build [virtual] mixers in Metric Halo’s MIO Console. The assignments were complicated. I had to create big mixers that had all kinds of groups with ‘pre-fader-this’ and ‘post-fader-that.’ Although it was initially challenging, I learned a lot, and now I feel empowered.”

The first, Cirile-engineered sessions featured piano, bass, and, of course, drums. After that, Arrucci took over the engineering duties for his own overdubs, which included marimba, conga, vibraphone, alto flute, and a handful of other exotic instruments. “The ULN-8 was utterly solid,” he said. “I had had problems in the past with interfaces that didn’t want to play nicely with my Mac, but the ULN-8 was not only well-integrated in terms of the user-interface and stability, but there was also zero perceivable latency. It was nice to just use the box, without having to jury rig a work-around solution for latency on overdubs.”

He continued, “Everyone involved in the initial sessions commented about the strikingly beautiful sound on playback, before anything had been effected, processed or mixed. I felt gratified that my rigorous vetting process had paid off. The Metric Halo ULN-8 was really going to put the music, on which I’ve worked so hard in its best light.” Arrucci edited in Digital Performer and then used Digital Performer together with Metric Halo MIO Console to mix. Metaphors is now available at www.JohnArrucci.com, as well as from the usual suspects (iTunes, Amazon, etc.). A portion of the proceeds from album sales will go directly to the Rotary Foundation’s global fight to eradicate polio.

ABOUT METRIC HALO
Based in New York’s Hudson Valley, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware. www.mhlabs.com

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NATURAL HISTORY DP MARK SHELLEY USES FUJINON ZOOMS TO CAPTURE THE DRAMATIC RESCUE OF “OTTER 501”

Wayne, N.J. – The breathtaking Monterey Bay Coastline is the setting for a natural history film documenting the rescue of “Otter 501” – a sea otter pup found clinging to life on the beach after being separated from her mother.

Cameras follow Otter 501 as she’s taken to the Sea Otter Research and Conservation (SORAC) facility at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where a specially trained team will introduce a surrogate sea otter mother to raise the pup until she’s ready to be released back into the wild. She was called Otter 501 because she was the 501st sea otter admitted to SORAC. Through Otter 501’s ordeal and survival, viewers gain a better understanding of the threats sea otters face in the wild, including, great white sharks, and a host of diseases and toxins coming from human actions.

One mission of this feature film is to raise awareness of the plight of the Southern sea otter, a threatened species protected by the Endangered Species Act. Because of these protections, the “Otter 501” boats could not get very close to the marine mammals, making the long zoom lenses a crucial production asset.

Natural history Director of Photography (DP) Mark Shelley and his production crew used FUJINON 2/3” format Premier Series zoom lenses to capture rare footage of sea otters in their natural habitat off the California coast. They were also used to document Otter 501’s experience at SORAC and her triumphant return to the sea.

“Our FUJINON lenses did a phenomenal job in extreme conditions,” said Shelley, who is president of his own production company, Sea Studios. “When you’re capturing wildlife footage, you don’t have the luxury of setting up the perfect shot. To capture this footage, we were continually framing, zooming, and focusing the shots, trying to predict how and where the sea otters would swim. Our FUJINON zooms captured extremely sharp, crisp images, with no aberrations or flaws – despite the salt water, sea spray, and other challenges.”

The story of Otter 501 is seen through the eyes of a young woman named Katie who embarks on an adventure after college that takes her to Monterey where she discovers the sea otter pup stranded on the beach. In a departure from conventional wildlife documentaries, Katie conveys the story by speaking into the webcam on her laptop as she blogs about her experience.

Picture quality was of critical concern to the production team, which included DP Mark Shelley, Producer Josh Rosen, Director Bob Talbot, Cameraman Ernie Kovacs, and Editor Shirley Gutierrez, because the film will be projected on large theatrical screens. However, the storyline required that the super sharp digital HD footage be interspersed with Katie’s prosumer and webcam footage—an effect that DP Shelley said worked extremely well.

According to “Otter 501” Project Manager Arlene Burns, “A variety of video vignettes and short films were also produced as part of an extensive social media campaign that will help promote the movie. Among the videos that we hope will go viral are: a short piece showing how Katie learned to roll a kayak in the surf, and a behind the scenes look at the making of ‘Otter 501.’”

FUJINON lenses were used on Panasonic Varicam and Sony CineAlta cameras. The Varicam and F900 employed a FUJINON HA13x4.5 super-wide lens for underwater and top-side production. An extended-range, yet portable HA25x16.5 ENG-Style zoom was used for top-side production. A Sony F950 with a HA42x9.7 FUJINON ENG-Style zoom lens was used in a Cineflex gyro-stabilized housing that was extended from the side of a boat using a jib-arm.

Shelley added, “The customer support we received from Fujinon’s Western Manager Chuck Lee was invaluable. He is a true supporter of natural history production.”

Production, which began in January 2011, involved 16-hour days, six days a week over many months in all types of weather and lighting conditions.

“Otter 501” was funded by the National Science Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and investor Clint Jones. It is slated for release in first quarter 2012 to cinemas and aquariums nationwide.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of five operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division sells consumer and commercial photographic products and services including film, one-time-use cameras, online photo services and fulfillment, digital printing equipment and service. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras. The Motion Picture Division provides motion picture film, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides binoculars, and optical lenses for closed circuit television, videography, cinematography, broadcast and industrial markets. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. markets a range of Fujifilm products and services. For more information, please visit www.fujifilm.com/northamerica, or go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.
FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 16 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2010, and in the year ended March 31, 2011, had global revenues of $25.8 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 86 yen to the dollar.

About Sea Studios Foundation

Sea Studios Foundation is a non-profit team of award-winning filmmakers, respected scientists and communication experts who work together to raise public involvement in solving the major threats to our planet’s health. We are dedicated to raising awareness of all the ways human life is entwined with the natural environment, and exposing the complex web of connections of Earth’s life support systems. We believe that lasting solutions demand an informed, engaged public as well as government and business leadership. In all our work we rely on cutting-edge social science research, extensive scientific and public opinion research, and we rigorously evaluate everything we do.
The Foundation received international acclaim for two recent projects produced for PBS in collaboration with the National Geographic Society: The Shape of Life, a primer for understanding the evolution of the animal kingdom and animal biodiversity, and Strange Days on Planet Earth, One and Two, hosted by Academy-award nominee Edward Norton. Both projects were praised for the quality of their science-based content, style, storytelling and pioneering techniques in underwater and deep-sea filmmaking.

Strange Days on Planet Earth is the recipient of fourteen international awards, including Wildscreen, the environmental equivalent of the Academy Awards®. Building upon the Strange Days Two episode Dirty Secrets, Sea Studios spearheaded the Think Beyond Plastics Social Activation Campaign, which won Best 360 Campaign at the 2009 Jackson Hole Film Festival. The Sea Studios film Once Upon a Tide won Best Children’s Film at Jackson Hole.

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FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division, 10 High Point Drive, Wayne, New Jersey 07470. Phone: 973-633-5600. Fax: 973-633-5216. Web site: http://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/optical_devices/index.html.

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TELEFUNKEN Introduces New ELA M 260 Tube Mic Stereo Set at Winter NAMM

Shipping With Cardioid, Omni, and Hyper-Cardioid Capsules, Plus Dual Power Supply

Pictured is the new TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik ELA M 260 Tube Microphone Stereo Set.

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik of South Windsor, CT, is exhibiting for the first time at Winter NAMM the new ELA M 260 Tube Microphone Stereo Set, which comes complete with 3 capsules for each microphone, plus one dual power supply and flight case.

The Stereo Set was first introduced in1958 by Gotham Audio as a package for the Neumann U-47 and U-48 microphones that were distributed in the United States.  The designers at TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik have emulated the concept in this new version 53 years later.

Each microphone in the Stereo Set features 3 capsules (260 cardioid, 261 omni-directional, and 262 hyper-cardioid).  The new M 960S provides power to both microphones from a single power supply.  Also included are two 25′ Accusound tube microphone cables with right angle XLR connectors, two wooden microphone jewel boxes, two shock-mounts, and a flight case for safe transit. The microphones also feature NOS TELFUNKEN EF732 vacuum tubes, custom audio transformers, and come in the same “flint gray” finish made popular by the R-F-T AR-51 microphone.

Also now available is the ELA M 260 Stereo Field Recording Set with interchangeable capsules, Novuscell 20-hour rechargeable battery pack, charger, and accessories.

TELEFUNKEN will be exhibiting the new Stereo Set at Winter NAMM, Booth # 1868.
To learn more about TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik, visit: http://www.t-funk.com

Gefen Ships Next Generation USB 2.0 4-Port Extender using CAT-5 Cable

Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen today announced that its Gefen ToolBox USB 2.0 LR (Long Range) 4-Port Extender is shipping. This next generation 4-port USB 2.0 hub extends up to four hi-speed devices up to 330-feet (100m) in distance. This allows users to operate peripherals away from the computer, ideal for setting up a remote workstation.

The USB 2.0 LR 4-Port Extender provides a high-bandwidth method of extending up to four printers, cameras, hard drives, DVD burners and more using a single CAT-5 cable. Data is transmitted at rates up to 480 Mbps, and the product is compatible with all previous versions of USB.

The USB 2.0 LR 4-Port Extender is simple to install and use. It operates through a wall-mountable sender/receiver system, available in either a black or white finish. The sender connects to the computer, and the receiver connects to four remote USB devices. One CAT-5 cable connects local and remote locations.

Power is typically supplied to the sender unit by the connected source device. If the source cannot power the unit, an optional 5-volt power supply is available. The receiver unit requires power, which is included with locking power supply

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Electrosonic Launches New Website to Facilitate 24/7 Sourcing of OEM Projector Lamps and Bulbs

To meet the needs of clients looking for an efficient, hassle-free way to buy projector lamps and bulbs, Electrosonic has launched www.ElectrosonicLamps.com. The new website is a 24/7 source for OEM projector lamps as well as cost-effective replacement lamps that meet or exceed original specifications. Backed by the company’s renowned customer service, the website offers many value-added features in addition to quick and easy lamp purchases.

Customers browsing ElectrosonicLamps.com are able to instantly access an extensive inventory of OEM lamps and bulbs from major projector manufacturers. The buying power of Electrosonic ensures that cost savings are passed on to customers. Volume buyers can achieve special account status, which is reflected in the pricing they see online.

ElectrosonicLamps.com also offers OEM-alternative Diamond and Sapphire projector lamps. UHP Diamond and Xenon Sapphire lamps perform identically to OEM products and are available at a lower cost. They are fully backed by Electrosonic and all warranty and return policies apply.

The online order process is quick, easy and secure. Customers select the lamps they want to purchase, add them to their cart and check out according to the instructions provided. After browsing the online inventory, customers may also phone toll free to place their orders or submit purchase orders via fax or email.
Beyond projector lamp sales, ElectrosonicLamps.com provides information on a wide range of Electrosonic service solutions, including priority maintenance and support, on-site staffing and the cost-effective Lamp Replacement Program.

By joining the Lamp Replacement Program, customers get to see Electrosonic’s commitment to service first hand. The company’s close vendor relationships minimize customer downtime by making sure that lamps are in stock and delivered promptly with no back-order delays. Free recycling is offered at no extra cost. Lamps containing hazardous waste are recycled through a certified waste management company.

With its rollout, ElectrosonicLamps.com is sure to become the new go-to destination for projector lamp and bulb sales and much more.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic is an international AV company with a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has through its 47 year history developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Electrosonic brings a unique breadth of experience to each project; backed by solid engineering skills, project management and quality production facilities. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic can provide a wide range of services including technical design, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com.

Visit http://www.electrosoniclamps.com

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