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WINTERSONG BAND CELEBRATES HOLIDAY SEASON WITH HELP OF AVIOM PERSONAL MIXERS FOR THIRD YEAR IN A ROW

With Limited Setup Time, Aviom Personal Mixers Help Group Focus on Making Festive Music for Community

BOUND BROOK, NJ, DECEMBER 8, 2011 — For the third annual Wintersong Band concert, Aviom Personal Mixers will take the stage at the historic Brook Theatre, helping to keep stage volume at bay for the eight-piece band and its singers as they kick off the holiday season. more

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Antelope Audio Introduces a 384 kHz A/D & D/A Converter, Master Clock and Monitoring Controller – All in a Two Space Rack Unit Called Eclipse 384

Santa Monica, Calif., December 7, 2011 — Antelope Audio announces the launch of ?Eclipse 384 – the first of its kind multifunctional audio device that provides 384 kHz A/D and D/A conversion clocked by Antelope’s renowned 64-bit technology and a powerful and flexible monitoring control.

Eclipse 384 was unveiled during the Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention in New York last October, where it received the accolade “Best of Show” and subsequently “Gear of the Year” from two highly regarded industry publications.

“The philosophy behind Eclipse 384 is Aristotle’s dictum: ‘The whole is greater than the sum of its parts‘,” commented Igor Levin, CEO and founder of Antelope Audio. “The device is a technological fusion of our best and most prominent innovations, such as the 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) and the Oven-controlled oscillator, high resolution USB streaming, and next generation conversion and power supply circuits.”

Inside the Eclipse 384

The Eclipse comprises 384 kHz A/D & D/A converters clocked by two independent 64-bit DSP Trinity-level clocks. The fully integrated monitor controller employs 0.05 dB accurate gold-plated relay attenuators and provides speaker switching, bass management and cue mix functions with integrated talkback. The Eclipse also includes two dedicated headphone amplifiers and a custom USB interface, as well as two large peak meters on the front panel. The advanced software control panel compatible with both Mac & PC, allows five nameable presets for easy recall of favorite setups.

The unique dual-domain clocking system enables analog-based, more natural sounding sample rate conversion. The integrated patching/routing capabilities make monitoring of either analog or digital sources extremely simple, avoiding jitter, distortion and cabling noise. By eliminating the many input and output stages and the various power supplies, that would be present in separate devices, the noise floor can be substantially reduced and the audio quality significantly improved.

“The 2U-box easily substitutes and outperforms an equivalent combination of five separate high-end products. It is targeted towards audio engineers who crave superb sound quality and maximum efficiency,” Levin added. “ By simply pushing a preset button, a user is able to completely reconfigure dozens of settings. This beats running around the studio and turning a gazillion knobs on multiple devices.”

The Eclipse is also well-suited to live environments. Master clocks are becoming more and more popular for use with digital consoles and recording equipment at concerts and live events. By using the Eclipse 384, a live sound engineer is able to provide sync reference for up to four different devices, while using the main D/A for backing material, the A/D with multiple digital outs feeding redundant recording systems, and monitor DAC to check the recording post A/D conversion.

Currently Antelope Audio is accepting pre-orders for Eclipse 384, which is expected to ship during the first quarter of 2012; however the first pre-ordered units will arrive in studios before the end of 2011.

Eclipse 384 features
Clocking

– 64-bit DSP Trinity-level clocking
– Oven-controlled oscillator
– Factory calibrated to better than +/- 0.001 ppm stability
– Two independent sample rates
– Varispeed capability of +/- 200 cents
– 10M atomic clock input

Conversion

– 384 kHz A/D & D/A converters
– A/D with Dynamic Range of 124dB
– D/A with Dynamic Range of 129dB
– Burr-Brown D/A conversion chip
– Two bypassable A/D inserts
– Custom USB 2.0 chip streaming up to 480 Mbits

Monitoring

– Three sets of switchable monitor outs
– Second dedicated monitor D/A
– Bass management with LFE output
– Precise input and output peak meters
– Talkback and cue mix functions
– Relay volume attenuator matched to 0.05 dB

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Showcore Supports Event With New Listen Technologies Wireless Conferencing Solution

Showcore Event with Listen Wireless Conferencing

Showcore , a cutting-edge event design services provider has partnered with Listen Technologies to add Wireless Conferencing products into their professional inventory to meet the audio needs of their customers that have meetings and events in conference centers or anywhere that running cable is difficult, simply not feasible, or situations that require rapid deployment.

Bluffdale, Utah, USA — Showcore has added a new line of multi-band Wireless Conferencing products to its rental inventory. Confidea® delivers a highly reliable communication solution for meetings and events where participants need to hear and be heard.

The Confidea® system allows event coordinators to manage meetings easily and more effectively with minimal setup up time making better and more effective use of the space. There are no cables to manage or to run the system. Individual microphone units can be set out for meeting participants and are unobtrusive and intuitive to use.

“The addition of the Wireless Conferencing products to our rental inventory was perfect timing,” said Mark Chalberg, Technical Director & Audio Manager, at Showcore. “We were facing an immediate challenge of how to implement the audio-visual solution we had designed for a client holding an event in a very unique environment.”

Showcore’s client was looking to maximize their investment in their event planning by using the main event room of the hotel for their opening session and then quickly turning the room into two separate break out rooms; both requiring audio-visual solutions.

“We came up with the perfect design that included a large center screen with two side screens to allow the event participants to see the presentations when they were all assembled for the opening session,” described Chalberg. “We knew that during the break we could simply split the event room in half and that the center screen would be enclosed in the air walls leaving the side screens to be used for display in the now separate break out rooms. Our challenge was how to have the same simplicity and efficiency with the audio.”

Showcore recognized that the Confidea® Wireless Conferencing system was the solution. The opening session was set with crescent round tables for seven people with one microphone unit on each table. Two Wireless Conferencing Access Points were placed at each mixing station so that when the room was split in half a single system became two systems in a matter of minutes.

“Our client was completely satisfied,” said Chalberg. “They thought the table mics were a hit, and that they’ll be a permanent fixture in their meetings going forward. They felt it turned what used to be a one-way lecture into a two-way conversation and kept the audience involved and captive.”

For more information on the Wireless Conferencing products contact Showcore at +1.651.994.1500 or visit www.showcore.com.

About Showcore
Showcore, Inc is the leading event production & design services company that utilizes new technologies to turn events into catalysts to drive excitement, innovation, and change. As developers of the revolutionary Audience Encapsulation℠ design concept, they have changed the way audiences interact with events. For over 20 years, Showcore has been providing specialized in-house personnel while leveraging one of the largest staging and AV inventories in the nation, to provide turnkey event planning, event design, show logistics and unsurpassed execution for corporate, association and entertainment events anywhere in the U.S. and throughout the world.

About Listen Technologies Corporation
Listen Technologies Corporation manufactures and distributes wireless audio products world-wide for use in auditory assistance, soundfield, tour group, language interpretation and conferencing applications. Listen products provide superb audio performance, flexibility and ease of use, making them the ideal choice for schools, houses of worship, factories, entertainment facilities, government agencies and other entities. For more information on Listen solutions, contact Listen Technologies at +1.801.233.8992, or visit www.listentech.com.

Kramer Introduces Unique VP-81KSi Step-In Switcher

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the high−performance VP-81KSi, an analog Step-in switcher for computer graphics video. The unit can switch any one of eight inputs to one computer graphics video, one unbalanced and one balanced stereo audio and one twisted pair output. The VP-81KSi is designed to work with a family of Step-In modules: the SI-1VGA, SI-1VGAT and WSI-1VGA. These Step-in modules are part of Kramer’s Table Mount Solution Products, such as the line of TBUS models, which are mounted in or below conference room tables.

With the VP-81KSi, meeting attendees can connect the computer graphics video and audio from their laptops into the module located in a TBUS at their seat. The module is prewired to the switcher that is connected to the projector. Every attendee can make his laptop the active device on display by pressing a switch in the module.

The VP-81KSi is HDTV compatible and has a very high video bandwidth of 440 MHz (-3dB) to ensure transparent performance for signals with resolutions up to WUXGA. It also includes Kr-isp™, Kramer’s innovative integrated sync processing technology. Kr-isp™ restores the sync signal waveform to provide a sharp, stable image even when the sync level is too low.

Additional features include: audio-follow-video (AFV) switching and an audio breakaway option that switches video and audio channels independently; DDC (Display Data Channel) communication between the selected input and output on pins 12 and 15 of the 15-pin HD connector; Kramer’s I-EDIDPro™ intelligent EDID processing algorithm that ensures plug and play operation for analog systems; a volume control for the audio inputs; a standard 15-pin HD output connector and a CAT 5 output for compatible Kramer twisted pair receivers to provide long distance signal transmission.

Larger virtual systems can be created by cascading eight VP-81KSi switchers to form a 57 input virtual switcher for use in a very large conference center installation.

The VP-81KSi switcher offers several very flexible control options including front panel buttons, remote step-in modules, RS-232, RS-485, Ethernet via a built-in web server, contact closure & IR remote control (remote is included). It has a worldwide power supply that operates on 100-240V AC, fits a standard 19” rack mount and includes a standard pair of rack mount “ears.”

The VP-81KSi sells in the United States at a list price of $1295.00. The VP-81KSi is currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world. Complete product information can be found at www.kramerus.com.

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Capitol Theatre Chooses Yamaha PM5D for Sound and Reliability

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The Capitol Theatre in Moncton, Canada, is an architectural jewel and one of only a few examples anywhere in Canada of pre-war theatres that have been authentically and historically restored. The 800-seat beauty has been completely improved upon over the past two years and most recently, added a Yamaha PM5D digital audio console for front of house, joining the previously-installed LS9 digital console used as the house monitor console.

Purchased by the City of Moncton in 1991, the theatre hosts over 200 events per year ranging from local graduations to full theatre productions, regional and national touring companies—musical events counting for 80% of the hall’s performances. The venue’s Capitol School of Performing Arts offers various programs for children as well as adults on a continual basis.

“We knew we wanted go to digital,” states Eric Hache, technical director of the Capitol Theatre. “We looked at what products were available on the market and were given demonstrations of various products. We spoke with the touring staff coming into the theatre and knew the product we wanted had to be user friendly, and that within minutes, the engineer would be able to control the board even if they had never experienced it previously. The console also had to sound good and be reliable.”

Hache said they had heard the Yamaha PM5D on various tours and although there were newer consoles on the market, it became clear that the Yamaha PM5D was the logical choice. “Installing and using it for the past six months in the Capitol Theatre confirmed our decision. I didn’t want a console that was overly computerized, and I wanted it to be much like analog in its operational
aspect.”

The Capitol Theatre has a wide range of microphones consisting of AKG, Shure, Neumann, and Sennheiser. The theatre also added a new Christie DHD700 projector, with three screens to choose from, the latest being a 13×21 DaLite Series 300. The lighting system consists of an ETC ION with two universal 20 fader wings, six Mac250 Entour movers, 12 SGM Palco 3s, 15 LumiLED700s, and 96 ETC conventional fixtures.

For more information on the Capitol Theatre, visit www.capitol.nb.ca.

For more information on Yamaha digital consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Bright Technologies Presents New Generation of BrightDrive Media File Servers for Media Industry

Reno, USA — Bright Technologies, Inc., developer of advanced technology for shared media, has answered the industry’s need for economical, compact, eco-friendly media file servers by launching a new generation of BrightDrive servers. Designed and developed to address the rigorous demands of the media and entertainment industry, BrightDrive Procyon and BrightDrive Triton offer a unique set of features and functionalities that dramatically increase productivity and maximize profitability via real-time collaboration between all clients.

The servers will incorporate Bright’s best-of-class software, including the astonishing new patent-pending BrightClip 2.0 advanced recording technology. The latest BrightClip release is faster and smarter than ever. More than just file allocation, it permanently overcomes the industry-wide problem of degradation by eliminating fragmentation, randomization and inter-leaved frames and is still the only solution that works 100% at all times.

BrightDrive Procyon, the next generation of Bright’s G2 Pro, packs a powerful punch from a compact 3U footprint. The high-availability server utilizes integrated connectivity, eliminating the need for extraneous components, to offer an outstanding out-of-the-box experience. Procyon features a groundbreaking hardware platform plus a current and stable software foundation – including support of StorNext 4.2.

The new BrightDrive Triton elevates BrightDrive G2, its predecessor, to a higher level. The new server answers the need for an attractively priced, green solution that only occupies a single rack unit. Triton also supports StorNext 4.2.

In addition to their fresh look, BrightDrive’s Procyon and Triton eco-friendly designs lower cooling requirements and significantly reduce power costs. The servers’ agnostic architecture allow facilities to seamlessly interface with their preferred applications, protocol, resolution, and formats, eliminating the need for investment in new storage. They offer the highest level of operational stability, consistent and predictable performance, and high-speed access for all users at all times. Both BrightDrives are equipped with incomparable GUI’s (graphical user interfaces) for monitoring and administration.

“The most ingenious thing about the BrightDrive Procyon high-availability Media File Server, is that it’s consolidated into a mere three rack units and utilizes integrated connectivity between the components!” exclaimed Roger Beck, Bright’s CTO. “With more uptime, less maintenance effort, and BrightDrive’s internal “Virtual SCSI Device” customers save money on meta-data devices, hardware, and maintenance. Also our new single server, BrightDrive Triton, occupies only 1U which, I’m sure, our customers will love.”

Added Shawn Clark, Bright’s director of sales, “We’re thrilled about the new product releases specifically because our development team designed the BrightDrives to be a lot smaller and greener than their predecessors. This will ensure that our customers’ infrastructure will consume less power and require less cooling. But even more exciting is our ability to offer both new BrightDrives for 20% less!”

BrightDrive Procyon is shipping now, and BrightDrive Triton will be available as of January 1, 2012 directly from Bright Technologies and through Bright’s worldwide network of business partners.

About Bright
Bright Technologies develops highly specialized technology for shared media environments. In the mid-1990s, Bright’s core team began the development of the first file system for shared media and by 1999, Bright was the first company to address the core issues and challenges of file handling in media. Over the past 12 years, Bright has earned a reputation as an innovative, collaborative, problem solving media software and technology developer. Based on this level of experience and vision for what’s possible, Bright has developed its current product line. Today, Bright Technologies provides the most advanced media file servers in the industry, featuring low-latency, high performance, and best possible predictability and reliability, specifically designed to meet the needs of media file-based workflows. Bright Technologies, Inc., head office: 10405 Double R Blvd, Reno, Nevada, USA. t: +1 775 823 9002 www.4bright.com

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Catrin Beck, Marketing Director
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harriet@desertmooncomm.com
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CLAIR GLOBAL INTRODUCES THE CF 1090 FRACTAL ANTENNA

cf1090_fractalantenna.JPGLITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA – DECEMBER 2011: Clair Global is introducing the CF 1090 Fractal Antenna for live entertainment applications worldwide. The creation of the CF 1090 is a study in guided serendipity.

In the summer of 2010, Clair Global acquired Wireless First. Both the company’s founder, Kevin Sanford and his chief engineer Josh Flower had been working on a new wireless antenna in their shop for several years. Now, as part of the Clair team, they moved quickly to take advantage of Clair’s innovative spirit and talented staff. The final stroke of genius was the inclusion of Dr. Nathan Cohen, whose decades of experience as founder of Fractal Antenna Systems Inc. make him one of the world’s foremost experts on the technology at the CF 1090′s heart. Using fractal technologies, whereby self-similar scaling of antenna elements both reduces housing size and increases frequency range, more

HARMAN Professional Appoints Nick Owen As Senior Director of Worldwide Sales, Signal Processing Business Unit

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – HARMAN Professional today announced the appointment of Nick Owen as Senior Director, Worldwide Sales for the HARMAN Professional Signal Processing Business Unit. Owen will be responsible for global brand strategies throughout the company’s regional sales offices and driving sales globally for the dbx, Lexicon, BSS and DigiTech brands. Owen is based in HARMAN’s Sandy, Utah facility and reports to Rob Urry, HARMAN Professional Vice President and GM, of Signal Processing and Amplifier Business Units.

“HARMAN’s aggressive growth strategy worldwide, especially in emerging markets, is built on a qualified sales network who can meet the unique needs and challenges of our clients in their respective countries,” stated Urry. “Nick’s deep understanding of the markets we serve and strong established relationships with dealers and customers makes him the perfect fit for this role.”

Owen joined HARMAN in 2002 as Director of Sales for Europe, Africa and the Middle East for Crown Amplifiers and most recently held the position of Vice President, Sales For HARMAN Professional in North America for AKG, Soundcraft and Studer. Prior to joining HARMAN Owen was Commercial Managing Director for Soundscape Digital Technology, a company he co-founded which manufacturers hard disc recording and editing systems and related I/O products.

Commenting on his appointment, Owen stated, “I’m exited to lead the worldwide sales team during a period of strong growth for HARMAN. We will continue to provide our customers with the most innovative products combined with the highest level of support and service to meet the specific challenges they face in their specific markets.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

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Christie Surpasses 26,000 Digital Cinema Projector Milestone

Christie announced that it has shipped and installed more than 26,000 digital cinema projectors worldwide, led by the firm’s DCI-compliant Christie Solaria™ Series 2K and 4K projectors, from the popular Christie CP2220 and Christie CP2230 workhorses to the CP4220 and CP4230 thoroughbreds.

Christie’s news follows on Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announcement today that in the 12-month period between December 1, 2010 and November 30, 2011, the number of DLP Cinema® screens worldwide grew to a total of 51,620 for an increase of 84 percent. As part of TI’s announcement, coincident with the Cine Asia 2011 conference in Hong Kong, TI awarded a commemorative plaque to Christie customer, United Circuit Cinemas, Shanghai Film Group.

“The versatility and convenience of our one-stop shopping approach based on our deep understanding of exhibitor needs has won us new customers across the globe. Christie continues to be the exhibitors’ choice for financing options like our innovative Virtual Print Fee (VPF) program in North America, leading edge-hardware and software and unparalleled support from Christie’s Managed Services,” said Jack Kline, president and chief operating officer, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.

“All of this enables exhibitors to deliver a filmmaker’s vision today in 2D, 3D, 4K and future-proofs their investments for 3D High Frame Rate (HFR) projection quality, depending upon the movie’s format and our clients’ budgets and audience expectations,” added Kline. “Combined with display support for 2D, 3D, 4K and 3D High Frame Rate (HFR) projection, exhibitors can choose between formats to suit their budgets and audience expectations and deliver a filmmaker’s vision or broadcast content the way it was intended while future-proofing their investments.”

Contributing to the total were projectors shipped to a score of exhibitors across the globe in November 2011, including units bound for Canada, Costa Rica, China, France, Japan, Mexico, Poland and the United States.

Not Resting on Success
Since 1999, Christie has been the dominant leader and expert in digital cinema projection. More than 12 years ago, Christie introduced the world’s first digital cinema projector, the Christie DCP-H, followed by the Christie CP2000 series and, most recently, the Christie Solaria™ series for both 2K and 4K resolutions. In addition to product launches and technology firsts, Christie was selected for the first large scale digital cinema deployments in all major regions of the world, including Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific.

In keeping with its technology leadership and reputation for innovation at the service of its customers, the Christie Solaria™ Series solutions are being continually improved and expanded upon, with recent announcements including:

• Christie’s Solaria V.2.2 software application, to include Christie Previsto™ High Frame Rate (HFR) technology, among other firmware upgrades, which will allow Christie Solaria Series 2 projectors to accept video content at frame rates as high as 48 and 60 frames per second (FPS) per eye in 3D and up to 120 FPS in 2D;

• A fully integrated media block (IMB) solution with 4K and HFR capabilities that is physically integrated into the projector, becoming an integral part of the display device, giving the Christie IMB a secure, high bandwidth connection that can manage HFR and 4K content without compromising image quality;

• The new Christie Avias-TMS™, a Theater Management System (TMS) software application that allows exhibitors to centrally manage and orchestrate all of their projection operations within a cinema multiplex – regardless of the diverse projector, servers or operating systems (OS) in use.

All Christie projectors are designed to meet Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) specifications. They feature a new modular architecture for improved serviceability and ease of maintenance, with up to 25 percent lower cost of operation than competing technologies.

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ALTINEX ANNOUNCES AVSNAP™ VERSION 5

Brea, CA – December 2011… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the release of AVSnap Version 5 (www.avsnap.com), the latest revision to the company’s highly acclaimed AV systems design and control software. Designed to facilitate a complete development environment for any size AV system, the new AVSnap V5 offers numerous enhancements designed to make AV system sales professionals, design engineers, installers, and programmers more productive. more

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