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BenQ Introduces SmartEco(TM) Projector Lamp Technology

Breakthrough Technology Reduces Power Consumption by up to 50 Percent; Provides Enhanced Image Quality and Extends Lamp Life

IRVINE, Calif. — Dec. 5, 2011 — BenQ America Corp., the first DLP(R) brand to incorporate Philips’ ImageCare(TM) technology into its projector lamp system, today announced that it has taken a further leap with the development of its proprietary SmartEco(TM) lamp technology to maximize energy savings. BenQ’s SmartEco technology combines energy efficiency for longer lamp life with optimized image contrast, greatly enhancing imaging performance while reducing projector operating and maintenance costs.

SmartEco technology saves energy and increases lamp life by dynamically adjusting the lamp power to different brightness settings based on the projected content. SmartEco lets the projector compensate for this process with an internal software solution that maintains the ideal color spectrum and also provides an improved contrast ratio. This revolutionary technology produces no more light than absolutely necessary and always adapts to the ideal picture setting.

When the projected content contains dark elements, SmartEco dims the lamp accordingly for those scenes without any loss of visible brightness for the viewer. This provides many benefits to users, including prolonging lamp life by up to 70 percent and reducing energy consumption by up to 50 percent.

“SmartEco is a significant breakthrough in projector technology; a true game changer that doesn’t come around very often,” said Lars Yoder, President at BenQ America Corp. “Particularly for users in the education and corporate market segments, SmartEco significantly lowers costs and enhances picture quality, so that going green does not come at the expense of performance.”

BenQ also provides online tools to help users calculate their yearly energy savings by projector model. By visiting the company’s “SmartEco Savings Calculator” page http://www.benq.com/microsite/projector/smarteco/ and entering information on their current consumption levels, users can find out how much energy and money they can save with SmartEco technology.

Available now, BenQ SmartEco projector models for business and education applications include the MS513, MX514, MW516, MW712, MX813ST, MX850UST, and MW851UST.

Information on the full line of BenQ products is available at http://www.BenQ.com.

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About BenQ America Corp. BenQ America Corp. is a leading-edge digital display technology company supplying superior quality projectors and gaming monitors. BenQ America Corp. offers compelling 3D solutions from big screens to desktops. Today BenQ ranks as the world’s No. 1 selling DLP(R) projector brand as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors.

About BenQ Corporation BenQ Corporation, a leading provider of networked digital lifestyle devices, is a multifaceted company with strengths in product design, visual technology, and mobile technology. BenQ offers an unrivalled breadth and depth of products and integrated technologies across platforms through the brand promise of “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life,” including digital projectors, LCD monitors, LCD TVs, digital cameras, eBook readers, mobile Internet devices, storage devices, and human interface devices such as mice and keyboards.

About BenQ Group The BenQ Group comprises companies that operate independently while sharing resources and leveraging synergies among them. The BenQ Group companies include BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (in the top three of the world’s manufacturers of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Software Co., BenQ Hospital, BrightView Corp., Cando Co. Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Darwin Precisions, Ltd., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., SiPix Imaging, Lextar Electronics Corp., Raydium Semiconductor Corp., BenQ Medical Technology Corporation, and Wellypower Corp.

SmartEco is a trademark of BenQ Corp. All other trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Technomad DragonFly Portable Audio System Debuts in Europe

Compact, integrated Micro PA system is first weatherproof system of its kind

BOSTON, December 7, 2011Technomad brings DragonFly, the world’s first completely weatherproof, all-in-one, self-casing portable PA system for the commercial pro audio market to ISE2012 (January 31-February 2, RAI Exhibition Center, Hall 3, Booth #3D144), marking its international debut.

The DragonFly, adapted from Technomad’s rugged military technology, is ideal for mobile pro audio and staging events that require outstanding audio quality, lightweight portability, quick setup, ease of operation and durable construction for outdoor events. The weatherproof design fully protects system components from moisture, dirt, shock and other elements in outdoor environments, supporting everything from ceremonies and parades to sporting events and concerts.

The inclusion of green, rechargeable and long-lasting NiHM battery power, along with a potent audio output, supports mobile audio free of extension cords for crowds of approximately 2,150 in size. NiMH battery technology, which uses nickel-metal hydride materials, is far more energy-efficient than lead-based batteries used in many portable audio systems today.

The DragonFly offers a uniquely small form factor for a fully functioning PA unit, sized at 14-1/2”x8-1/4”x14” and weighing 28 pounds. It contains two Technomad loudspeakers (expandable to four) and a 200-watt amplifier, and is one of the only portable PA systems to offer an integrated four-input mixer with individual controls. Collectively, the professional audio features provide a powerful output with broad dispersion, projecting intelligible speech and high-quality musical reproduction over long distances and wide areas.

“The DragonFly provides high-quality portable sound without worries by eliminating any risk of equipment loss due to quickly developing weather changes at outdoor events,” said Rodger von Kries, vice president of Technomad. “The DragonFly is shockingly loud considering its small form factor, and its high-fidelity performance is an ideal upgrade from low-fidelity horn systems. Compact and flexible with advanced battery technology, it advances what is possible in portable PA while delivering Technomad’s military-grade reliability and weatherproof construction.”

Other standard features include 16+ user-selectable channels for UHF applications, an integrated wireless microphone and an expansion bay to support an additional mic and a CD player. Network interfaces for streaming audio to other PA systems or receiving audio over a network via a wireless connection are included. Users can also add a Technomad Schedulon mp3 playback and recording system for instant, manual playback of user-loaded audio; or automatic playback of files (single-, multiple- or repeated-play) through down-to-the-second scheduling.

The convergence of neo-driver, amplification and NiMH battery technology supports the compact, lightweight and high-powered portable PA design. The internal NiHM battery comes with a charger for powering up in the field, and the unit operates on 120-240VAC and 12-24VDC power — making the DragonFly also useful as a fixed indoor or outdoor PA system, temporary or permanent.

ABOUT TECHNOMAD
Technomad LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range weatherproof loudspeaker and now offers nine models ranging in power from 60-watt loudspeakers to 1250-watt subwoofers — most available in Turnkey PA System packages featuring amplifiers, mixers and other signal processing equipment in pre-wired racks. The company also manufactures a variety of audio infrastructure and communications equipment including playback and recording systems, weatherproof power amplifiers and turnkey remote audio systems. Contact Technomad at 617-275-8898 or visit www.technomad.com for more information.

Christie To Showcase “Solutions That Rock” Display Technologies In Scottsdale AZ, December 13-15

Christie, along with Draper Inc., today announced Solutions that Rock, a free event introducing several of its new display solutions to organizations involved with professional AV rental staging, fixed installs and corporate AV environments. The event takes place December 13 through 15 at Scottsdale Studios in Scottsdale, Arizona.

“Solutions that Rock” provides a unique opportunity for consultants, architects, service planners and designers to get hands-on experience with some of the best projection systems available and discover inspiring ways for projection to turn their ideas into reality. Attendees will also enjoy complimentary refreshments and gifts, and a chance to win an Apple iPad. There will be an Open House for the public on December 13 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Top local integrators will exclusively sponsor two of the days: CCS Presentation Systems of Arizona will host the full day December 14 session for invited guests from the architectural sector, and AVDB of Phoenix will sponsor December 15 for representatives of the houses of worship community.

“Solutions that Rock” is also an informal opportunity for dealers, integrators, distributors and end users to see how the showcased products offer leading-edge and fully workable solutions for their customers. Attendees will participate in technology demonstrations and get hands-on experience of the capabilities for each solution, making them more confident when demonstrating and selling to customers and prospects.

Products on Display
Highlighting the exhibits will be an eye-catching tower display of Christie MicroTiles, the industry’s most flexible, high-resolution modular design concept. MicroTiles are built on proven DLP technology and specifically designed for maximum image quality in demanding indoor, high ambient light environments.

For the backstage experience, Christie will have multiple solutions from HD and 2K LCD to Xenon 3-chip DLP images displayed on a 30-foot wide screen and a pair of 11-foot screens in portrait mode. The displays, including stereoscopic 3D demonstrations, will be managed using the Christie Spyder X20 multi-image processor.

The Christie Vista URS will also be at the show. The Christie Vista URS is an all-in-one matrix switcher that accepts multiple sources in any format (analog composite to digital 4K) and seamlessly routes any of these sources to any of eight user-configurable outputs, each of which can be independently configured for any analog or digital output format.

Christie’s new FHD551-X 55-inch flat panel LCD, designed for multi-panel displays, will also be on exhibit.

To fulfill the need to interface with IT systems, Christie will demonstrate its network solutions with all projection and multi-image systems connected to, and managed through, the IP network – including wireless control of all devices. Christie AutoStack(tm) – a camera-based, software driven solution, used for maintaining projector alignment in multiple blend and stacked designs – will operate across the network, offering a solution that manages both fixed installs and rental staging designs for both flat and curved screens.

Founded in 1902, Draper Inc. provides a range of products for the rental staging and fixed installation market including electric, manual, rear, portable and fixed screens, as well as a variety of projector lifts and mounts.

For more information, please visit http://blog.draperinc.com/2011/11/solutions-that-rock-tour/. To register, visit http://info.christiedigital.com/m/378/38870/.

About Christie
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio Inc., Japan (JP:6925), designs, builds and installs customized projection display solutions. Christie delivers turn-key solutions for sophisticated virtual reality, simulation systems and control room environments including high-resolution power walls, multi-sided immersive environments, curved screen displays, domed simulation and multi-projector arrays. Industries and organizations that rely on Christie range from government agencies to oil and gas, aerospace to entertainment, and manufacturing and design to pharmaceuticals. Christie is listed among Military Training Technology magazine’s Top 100 simulation companies and has been awarded the Blue Ribbon for Innovation as well as the Red Ribbon for Best Program for the Christie Matrix StIM(tm). The awards recognize companies around the world that have made a significant impact on the military training industry across the spectrum of technologies – serious gaming, live training, constructive simulation, modeling, virtual simulation and others. For more information, visit www.christiedigital.com.

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Blackmagic Design Announces Acquisition of Teranex Systems Inc.

Blackmagic Design (www.blackmagic-design.com) today announced its acquisition of Teranex Systems Inc. (www.teranex.com), a leading manufacturer of high performance video processing products for the post production and broadcast industries. Teranex, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Blackmagic Design.

“Teranex is a strategic acquisition for Blackmagic Design,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “Its technology, solutions and market complement our own efforts and its high quality video processing technology enables us to provide our customers with even higher levels of video quality – extending Blackmagic Design’s product range for the broadcast, feature film and high end post production markets.”

“This is an exciting milestone for our company,” said Mike Poirier, General Manager of Teranex. “We are extremely happy to be part of the Blackmagic Design team. Blackmagic Design’s global reach, leading edge technologies, widely recognized brand name, strong systems and networking expertise and worldwide customer relationships make it an ideal partner for Teranex.”

Teranex will continue to support its customers and expand its sales channels with the added strength of the Blackmagic Design organization. Teranex will also continue its long tradition of developing superlative video processing platforms based on its patented SIMD architecture.

About Teranex Systems Inc.
Teranex Systems Inc. is renowned for its extremely high quality image processing that is dramatically higher than virtually all other video processing products on the market today. The company’s VC100 series of broadcast image processor products include options for extremely high quality deinterlace, up conversion, down conversion, SD and HD cross conversion, SD and HD standards conversion, automatic cadence detection and removal even with edited content, noise reduction, adjustable scaling, aspect ratio conversion and smart aspect ratio 4:3 to 16:9 conversion, all with full time code and multi channel audio conversion. The company’s new 3D toolkit now adds 3D camera alignment, 3D dual channel conversions and new patent pending 3D simulation that is dramatically better than other products available today.

Teranex Systems Inc. has a rich history of leading edge technology. In the early 1980s Lockheed Martin undertook a major project to develop real time video processing capability for the U.S. military – no mean feat with the electronics technology of the time. Over a period of 15 years more than $100M was spent, 34 patents have been granted and the project was completed successfully. The critical element developed was a SIMD array processor designed specifically to execute sophisticated algorithms in real time on digital video signals.

In 1998 Teranex was set up as an independent company to develop commercial applications for the technology. Subsequently Teranex has continued to develop the basic platform and has also developed award winning products that provide key functionality such as format and frame rate conversion, video noise reduction, film restoration and pre/post compression conditioning.

The Teranex SIMD array processing technology delivers real time processing with reprogrammable products, providing a future proof solution for the broadcast industry´s changing needs. Teranex is headquartered in Orlando, FL, and is represented worldwide. Email sales@teranex.com for a dealer near you.

Press Photography
Product photos of the Teranex products are available at http://www.teranex.com/images_logos.

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagic-design.com.

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Revolabs at ISE 2012

Revolabs
ISE 2012
Stand 12B92

Revolabs, Inc.
144 North Rd, Suite 3250
Sudbury, MA 01776 USA

Revolabs Contact:
Alyson Savelle
Director, Global Channel Marketing
Tel: +1 (978) 610-4010
Email: Asavelle@revolabs.com
Website: www.revolabs.com

Media Contact:
Joshua Carlson
InGear PR
Tel: +1 (408) 892-6771
Email: josh@ingearpr.com

Company Quote:
“At ISE this year, we will showcase the Revolabs FLX(TM) wireless conference phone, which has recently been introduced to the European market,” said JP Carney, chief operating officer at Revolabs. “Visitors to our booth will be among the first to experience its exceptional audio performance and flexibility for small and mid-sized conference rooms, executive and home offices, and more. Stay tuned for announcements of additional FLX versions, which we expect to introduce at ISE. In addition, we will highlight Revolabs HD(TM) wireless microphone systems.”

Revolabs at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2012:

Revolabs FLX(TM) Wireless Conference Phone
Showing for the first time at ISE, the Revolabs FLX(TM) wireless conference phone is designed specifically for small and mid-sized conference rooms, executive offices, and SoHo environments. Based on the Revolabs’ wireless audio technology that for years has delivered superior sound quality for audio and video conferencing to large conference rooms and boardrooms, the FLX brings exceptional performance to smaller settings at an affordable price. Combining wireless operation, high-quality wide-band audio, 128-bit encryption, integrated Bluetooth(R), support for analog and IP, and a competitive price point, the FLX redefines the conference speakerphone.

Available with a variety of compatible Revolabs microphones, the FLX includes a lapel microphone worn by one person; an omni-directional tabletop microphone that captures the sound of six to 10 participants; and a directional tabletop microphone that enables audio capture from two to three people. Because the FLX dialer operates like a telephone for handset calls and enables the setup of conference calls, there is no need for a separate desk and conference phone.

The Revolabs FLX can also serve as the audio interface with virtually any major brand of video conferencing equipment, providing the same high audio performance within video calls. Callers without Internet access can have their phone calls bridged into the video session anytime.

Revolabs expects to debut additional versions of the FLX product at ISE. Be sure to visit Revolabs’ stand for the latest in wireless conference phone solutions!

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Revolabs HD(TM) Wireless Microphone Systems
The Revolabs HD(TM) line of wireless microphone systems includes the Single/Dual Channel; the rack-mounted, dual-channel Venue; and the four- and eight-channel Executive HD. The HD systems utilize Revolabs’ “Designed for Speech” technology, which provides wideband frequency to improve the intelligibility and presence of speech. Support for bandwidths of 50-14,000 Hz allows these systems to pick up the entire human voice spectrum.

Ideal for broadcasting applications, the Single/Dual Channel supports one or two HD wireless microphones, while the Executive HD supports up to eight microphones for executive boardrooms and large conference rooms. The Venue provides support for up to two wireless microphones, and offers a rack-mounted design for video conferencing or voice reinforcement applications.

The HD systems can be mixed and matched with a variety of wireless microphones, including a lapel microphone worn by one person; an omni-directional tabletop microphone that captures the sound of six to 10 participants; and a directional tabletop microphone that enables audio capture from two to three people. In addition, the systems can be used with the XLR adaptor for handheld microphones and the Countryman(R) microphone adaptor.

All Revolabs wireless microphones are rechargeable, providing up to eight hours of talk time on a full charge. In addition, RF Armor(TM) technology enables the microphones to operate even when in direct contact with other wireless electronic devices known to cause unwanted audio interference, such as GSM mobile phones and smartphones. Fail-safe security is integrated using 128-bit encryption, preventing people from listening in on conversations.

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About Revolabs
Revolabs Inc. is the premier provider of wireless audio solutions for unified communications, enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications across a wide range of markets. Offering unmatched audio quality that allows users to “hear every word,” the company’s wireless conferencing and microphone systems are utilized across the globe for a variety of applications, from webcasts and video conferencing to podcasts and broadcasting. Combining the ultimate in flexibility with sleek, stylish form factors, Revolabs solutions cut the cord, facilitating natural mobility by allowing participants to move about a workspace and still be heard, without being held back by wires. Leading the way in innovation, the company continues to add to its portfolio of value-added audio systems with products such as the new Revolabs FLX(TM) wireless conference phone, which provides superior performance for video and audio conference calls, public address systems, and more. Revolabs systems are secure (encrypted), rechargeable (environmentally friendly), and GSM-impervious. The company is headquartered in Sudbury, Mass., and can be reached at +1-800-326-1088 or www.revolabs.com.

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MLA Makes Spectacular Albert Hall Debut

MLA System at Royal Albert Hall

Sound rental company RG Jones has been producing sound reinforcement infrastructure for the challenging Raymond Gubbay Classical Spectaculars at the Royal Albert Hall since 1993.

With a production harnessing cannons, pyro and lasers in a festival type ‘Proms’ atmosphere, it has taken all of FOH engineer Simon Honywill’s expertise to keep the show’s audio fidelity evolving with each generation of new technology.

Honywill is no stranger to Martin Audio proprietary line array platforms, introducing W8L Longbow systems to the Glastonbury Pyramid stage, and taking the new MLA (Multi-Cellular Loudspeaker Array) system on tour with Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds.

Rigging the MLA at the Royal Albert Hall for the first time ever this month, he knew the Classical show would experience the same dynamic range and sudden transients as War of the Worlds––and in a venue notoriously difficult to control, he also knew it would clean up the room’s inherent reflections. But the performance, he said, was breathtaking, and even beyond his expectations.

“We’ve made a massive leap forward with the MLA … the results were remarkable,” reported Honywill.

At the RAH, the two front arrays comprised 16 element MLA hangs per side, with no downfill enclosures, since the rig’s trim height was 40 ft. (from the lowest box) to accommodate the huge lighting rig. Side hang arrays of nine Martin Audio W8LM mini enclosures were balanced with a single W8LMD underneath to bring coverage down as far as possible; at the same time, a central sub-bass array of six WLX was recessed under the stage apron, which was electronically curved to optimize coverage.

Martin Audio’s Nigel Meddemmen became de facto systems engineer, walking the entire room to verify uniform sound balance. “The challenge was to match the warmth and smooth response of the MLA, a tricky task particularly on some of the operatic pieces with shrill soprano vocals which have a tendency to really show up deficiencies in the high frequency of a system.”

Meddemmen recounted that the design software was critical in ensuring optimum performance. “The calculations were based on Simon’s model of the slice through the venue, and with the advantages of the new Display 2.1 software, Ambrose [Thompson, Martin Audio Electroacoustic Engineer] was able to design a system with the correct splay angles.”

Stated Simon Honywill, “The fact that it sounded so astounding is testament to the software. In fact I have never heard a system [in the RAH] that sounded so similar upstairs as down. Ambrose was also able to rationalize the coverage to effectively reduce the amount of energy hitting the balcony fronts––other systems have claimed it but this is the first to deliver.”

The design prediction created ‘voids’ precisely where necessary––including the elimination of any stage spill, as Simon Honywill was quick to attest. “You could stand under the MLA on stage and not hear a thing!

“But at the same time this is the loudest I have been able to drive a system here without the orchestra moaning!”

The program combined the traditional ‘greatest hits’ from the classical canon with new works such as Karl Jenkins’ Benedictus from The Armed Man; A Mass For Peace. The latter swings from the gentlest of solo cello to five percussionists hitting a variety of drums extremely hard and the choir adding weight to a huge sonic picture.

“We had ten mics on the choir and I found I could keep opening them up massively, with no coloration whatsoever,” noted Honywill. “We’ve never had the amount of level, definition and control––particularly with the low strings––as we achieved with the MLA, and that is what makes it sound really fat. It was a pleasure and absolute joy to mix.”

Summing up, the sound engineer said, “To get the sonic quality and level required by the promoters you can’t afford for the system to be in any way obtrusive. It has to sound really sweet when loud, warm and powerful––and intelligent and delicate at the same time. MLA was all of these things and more.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About MLA™ (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array)
The result of many years of intensive R&D, MLA’s methodology replaces trial-and-error array design with intelligent numerical optimization of the array’s output based on a highly accurate acoustic model. The multi-cellular format has six individual cells in each enclosure, each with its own DSP and amplification.

With up to 24 enclosures, each MLA array has up to 144 cells — too great a number to optimize manually, or by ear. Instead, Martin Audio’s proprietary Display2™ system design software automatically calculates FIR DSP filters for each cell and a redundant-ring audio network (U-NET™) downloads the settings into each array enclosure. Martin Audio’s VU-NET™ software provides real-time control and monitoring of the system.

MLA delivers a frequency response and SPL consistency never before achievable; a very high system output (140dB peak, per cabinet @1m); Automatic optimization of the array, both physically (splay angles) and electronically (DSP); Computer control and monitoring of the entire system, and total control of sound system balance for engineers and sound technicians.

MLA is fully integrated, with Class D amplification, DSP and U-NET digital audio
network built into each enclosure. MLA complete systems are ready-to-use, with MLA, MLD and MLX enclosures, flying hardware, software, cabling and training all supplied. Everything needed is included. All ancillary items — from tablet PC and Merlin™ controller to network interconnects and mains distro — are also included in the complete system package. This ensures full compatibility worldwide, down to cabling and accessories.

Additional features include 90° x 7.5° dispersion; a compact size (1136mm wide x 372mm high x 675mm deep), one-box-fits-all (festivals to theaters) application range and a global voltage, power factor corrected power supply.

MLA’s compact size and very high output allows it to be shipped using smaller trucks, offering considerable savings and reduced carbon footprint. The system also includes the MLX powered, flyable subwoofer capable of an unprecedented measured peak output of 150dB @ 1m; MLD downfill cabinet, and Merlin 4-in/10-out system controller and network hub. Audio input is via analog, AES3 or U-NET.

By adopting these principles and system components MLA is optimized for every member of the audience — from a 2,000 capacity theater, to a 20,000-seat arena, to a 100,000-person festival site. It will deliver the engineer’s exact mix to every seat (up to over 150 meters) with precision, exceptional power and clarity.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

KM Productions Upgrades Inventory With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1™ Consoles

ALBERTSON, New York — In order to fulfill the demands of a variety of events, Kevin Mignone, President of Albertson, New York-based KM Productions, recently purchased two HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 consoles. Mignone felt it was necessary to upgrade to more reliable, cost-effective consoles that could provide greater flexibility for his clients, which includes Vali, a high-end event band.

Vali, an exclusive performance band that typically plays at large wedding events weekly, including Chelsea Clinton’s wedding in July 2011, relies on KM Productions to provide its audio systems, and front-of-house and monitor mixing.

After using a demo model of the Vi1, Mignone was pleased with the results and purchased two consoles in order to allow one console to permanently travel with Vali.

“In venues of all sizes, it is great to have the flexibility and the option to do anything. Even lighting companies can integrate with the console easily,” explained Mignone. “There is so much capability in such a small package; it definitely is one of the more loaded consoles for the price point without sacrificing any features. The Vi1 has everything that we need and more, allowing us to be as flexible and reliable as possible.”

Some of the challenges when servicing high-end events such as weddings include providing the proper sound while being hidden from guests and viewers. It is extremely important that the technology be as discreet as possible. “The footprint is so convenient and is small enough that it can be used in a closet to be kept out of the way,” Mignone said.

“Overall the user interface is excellent,” Mignone continued. “Some venues can be unpredictable, and the Vi1 allows so much more instantaneous flexibility to do whatever is required to get the job done. It’s great that any engineer can pick it up so easily and be ready to go. Our purchase of the second desk not even a month after the first one goes to show how much we rely on it.”

For more information on KM Productions, please visit: http://www.km-productions.com/

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 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

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Guitar Tech Geno Bishop Introduces Queensryche To HARMAN’s AKG WMS 4500 Wireless Microphone System

VIENNA, Austria – With decades of experience as a guitar tech, working with notable acts such as Prince, Timbaland and Edwin McCain, Geno Bishop has upgraded the progressive heavy metal sounds of Queensryche with HARMAN’s AKG WMS 4500 wireless microphone system. Working with the band’s lead guitarist Michael Wilton, Bishop integrated AKG’s wireless solution into the band’s equipment rack after numerous technical issues stemming from previous transmitters.

Utilizing two stand-alone WMS 4500 units for Queensryche shows, Bishop keeps the wireless channels busy by assigning one channel for the main feed, one for a backup, one open with a cable and one dead – always ready for anything a performance or venue throws at him.

“When we started having issues with our previous wireless system, we knew we could do better and the AKG WMS 4500 is proof,” said Bishop. “It’s a great piece of technology – perfect for guitar and vocals – and I can’t imaging using any other transmitter/receiver system after the success we’ve seen from the WMS 4500.”

Wilton and Bishop have taken the WMS 4500 all around the world, from Japan and Australia, to Russia and the Middle East and both continue to rave about the sound and reliability. “It’s the pro’s choice,” stated Wilton, who has played guitar and bass for nearly four decades. “I’ve been using AKG wireless from the early days of the 700-series and it never disappoints.”

Currently on its 30th Anniversary Tour, Queensryche continues to be one of the most notable metal bands in the industry, with 11 studio albums, totalling more than 20 million sold and a strong fan base around the world. Ensuring its sound is perfect is a crucial aspect during live shows for Bishop.

“There have been a few times where we’ve forgotten the AKG wireless in racks when we performed and had to use alternate systems,” Bishop continued. “Those nights were definitely not as happening. We have zero issues with the WMS 4500, no matter what venue or country we play. Impressing the fans is the number-one priority and AKG allows us to provide the perfect sound.”

For more information on Queensryche, please visit http://www.queensryche.com

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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Broadcast Pix Strengthens Management to Exploit New Leadership Products

Former President Ken Swanton Named CEO, Rob Flory Becomes Board Chairman, Ron Gruner Added as Board Member

Billerica, Massachusetts – Following several new innovations that enhance its leadership product line of integrated video production systems, Broadcast Pix™ today announced a series of personnel changes to strengthen the management of the company. Broadcast Pix President Ken Swanton has been promoted to CEO, financier Robert H. Flory, Jr. is now Chairman of the Board of Directors, and entrepreneur Ron Gruner is now a member of the Board of Directors.

Broadcast Pix recently introduced and began shipping: Mica systems – powerful integrated HD production system from $16,900; Granite 6000 systems – the largest integrated production systems; and VOX – innovative voice-automated production systems. These products are now being used by leading customers in broadcast, internet, radio and projection applications.

“Rob Flory and Ron Gruner bring tremendous expertise in managing rapidly growing businesses,” said Swanton. “Broadcast Pix has grown every year, and now with our new HD product family that’s used by leading customers worldwide, Rob and Ron will help raise Broadcast Pix to the next level.”

Swanton’s career in the video and computer industries has helped him combine the two in today’s Broadcast Pix live production systems. He has led Broadcast Pix since co-founding it in 2002, and previously served as president of Echolab for five years. For the sixteen years before that he was at Digital Equipment Corporation, which was the world’s second largest computer company, where he served as vice president.

Flory has been president of Flory Investments, Inc., a privately owned investment company, since 1995. Since 2004, he has also been chairman of portfolio company, Chemogen, Inc., which created a patented antigen-specific test for the diagnosis of tuberculosis in HIV patients. In addition to playing an active role at Chemogen and now Broadcast Pix, he also oversees some of the sales and marketing activities of Eberle Winery, a portfolio company since 1996.

Gruner is chairman and co-founder of Sky Analytics. Previously he founded Shareholder.com (originally Direct Report Corporation) in 1991 and served as its president until 2006, when it was purchased by NASDAQ. Before that, he co-founded and was president of Alliant Computer Systems which became a public company. Gruner holds 24 patents from his extensive work in the computer industry.

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated live video production systems. Its systems provide the best control surface for combining cameras, clips and graphics to create compelling live video. These surfaces enable total control of the built-in multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls. Its Fluent™ workflow enables files and data to be easily incorporated from other parts of the studio. Broadcast Pix systems are a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. System range from small systems controlled by a touch-screen or voice-automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios in more than 90 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix and Fluent are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented.

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High Resolution Systems Introduces New Modular Online Pricing Structure for UDC Software

High Resolution Systems LLC has begun selling its popular UDC (Universal Device Controller) software online using a new modular pricing structure that enables customers to pay only for the features they truly need.

“With this a la carte shopping experience built right into our website, customers will have the ability to pick and pay for just the features they want. The pricing model gives us the ability to better serve our customers and provides a very cost-effective entry to the control systems market,” says sales engineer Drew Taylor.

“We’re also making upgrades easier to obtain by integrating our online shopping cart into our software so customers can add more features right from the UCD software or buy online through our new purchasing terminal,” he reports.

The base cost of UDC software, which offers powerful functionality in the core product, is $995. Features included at this price point include the ability to configure up to 30 devices, choose from system command sets, build custom command sets to control any device, add as many virtual UDC 400 controllers as desired, and take control of an AV system via a simply configured GUI. Also available in the base cost are matrix router functions to control multiple routers with a common XY panel; the ability to create macros for device control; and the use of TCP, UDP, RS232 serial, Contact Closure, IR and other protocols for device control.

Numerous add-ons and upgrade features are also available for $995 each. They include web-enabled device control; listen & learn capabilities; scheduling for automated control solutions; protocol translation for ArtNet, Sony -9pin and more; the ability to build custom control interfaces; a security package; and the ability to turn a PC into a controlled device.

In addition to the UDC Software category on the High Resolution website, there are product categories for the UDC 400, UDC 210 and UDC Touch Controllers, all of which require UDC software; and all other Touch Controllers, which run standalone on embedded systems and do not require UDC software but work with UDC software to display controllers via the web server feature.

An Accessories category has also been included and will feature third-party products that act as accessory items to UDC software as they become available.

About High Resolution Systems
High Resolution Systems, a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers is a company with a strong systems engineering and applications background. Its founders have decades of experience in the audio visual rental and staging industry, broadcast applications, A/V installations and system design. This combined experience allows them to provide the highest possible quality solutions to its customers in the most efficient manner. For more information, visit www.hrscontrol.com.

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