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THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING® AND THE NASHVILLE CHAPTER HOST “THE HANG WITH HARMAN”

Product Demonstration and Networking Gathering at Nashville’s Legendary Sound Stage Studios Showcases HARMAN Professional Division’s AKG Acoustics®, JBL® and Lexicon®

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (December 5, 2011) — The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®, together with The Academy’s Nashville Chapter, partnered with HARMAN Professional Division’s audio brands AKG®, JBL® and Lexicon® to present an exclusive event titled “The Hang with HARMAN,” on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, at Nashville’s famed Sound Stage Studios. An eclectic gathering from Nashville’s professional audio community, ranging from top engineers and producers to studio personnel and music recording students, gathered for a cocktail reception featuring live recording demonstrations highlighting the latest microphone, signal processing and monitoring technologies from HARMAN Professional Division.

With three-time GRAMMY Award®-winning engineer /producer Chuck Ainlay (Mark Knopfler, Miranda Lambert, George Strait) behind the 9000 J Solid State Logic console in the George Augspurger-designed and recently renovated Front Stage, a musical group performed, consisting of Jim Long on acoustic guitar along with wife Cherrill and daughter Betsey on vocals, and attendees were able to experience various models of JBL studio monitors, AKG headphones and AKG microphones in action. Concurrently, in the control room of Back Stage, new Lexicon PCM Native Reverb software plug-ins were demonstrated throughout the evening.

“The Hang with HARMAN was a very successful event,” stated Maureen Droney, Sr. Executive Director of the P&E Wing. “Our members appreciate being able to audition, and get hands-on with, the latest audio equipment in a great acoustical environment like Sound Stage. Our partnership with HARMAN is consistently win/win. They share our goal to raise awareness of the value and importance of high quality audio and those who create it.”

Peter Chaikin, Senior Manager, Recording and Broadcast Marketing for JBL, commented, “We have been working with the P&E Wing for several years, and we always find these kinds of events extremely valuable. The Hang with HARMAN was a wonderful opportunity to showcase our products and exchange information with the uniquely qualified and talented Nashville P&E Wing members.

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Korg Releases Kronos System Version 1.5

— First EXs Expansion Sample Series Library also now available —

MELVILLE, NY, December 1, 2011 — Korg has released System Version 1.5, a free update for their flagship Kronos Music Workstation. Downloadable from Korg’s website, this update offers users access to the first EXs Expansion Sample Series Sound Library, which is also now available.

Kronos Music Workstation System Version 1.5 adds seven new Program Banks with 896 new locations for storing sounds. Version 1.5 also allows users to install additional memory, doubling their available sampling RAM memory to roughly 2 GB, with additional index locations to allow larger sample loads. The convenient connection of USB MIDI controllers – such as Korg’s nanoSERIES2, microKEY and padKONTROL – is also possible with Version 1.5.

Korg is now offering two types of Kronos Sound Libraries. The EXs Expansion Sample Series take advantage of Kronos’ built-in SSD, providing large amounts of PCM data. The KRS Professional Sound Series were created by pro musicians and programmers who are intimately familiar with each of the Kronos sound engines. These libraries contain skillfully crafted programs, combinations, and drum patterns with infectious grooves, all designed to maximize the nine sound engines that power the Kronos.

Now available is the first of the EXs Libraries:

EXs10 Ricky Lawson’s “West Coast” Drums
Content: Approximately 650 MB of PCM samples, 16 Programs, 4 Drumkits
Drummer Ricky Lawson is a founding member of The Yellowjackets, and is known for his playing with internationally famous artists and groups. In addition to Ricky’s drumkits, this collection includes numerous variations of snare drum, providing the exact sounds of his playing. Also included are ambient sounds that add realism and depth, delivering a studio-quality sample set that covers a wide range of genres from pop to many other styles.

In addition, the following KRS Libraries were previously released and remain available:
KRS Professional Sound Series
KRS-01 “Pro Grooves” by David “Fingers” Haynes
Contents: 200 Patterns, 8 Songs
David “Fingers” Haynes is famous as the master of finger drumming. This set includes 200 realistic drum patterns that – unbelievably – he played with his fingers. His grooves are famous from his appearance with top-rated musicians, and are now available as performance-ready backing for your own songs using the Kronos’ RPPR function or Drum Track function.

KRS-02 STR-1/MOD-7 Phase II
Contents: 128 Programs
This library digs deep into the two complex sound engines whose possibilities have never been exhausted. Created largely by legendary sound programmer Katsunori Ujiie, this collection of sounds for the STR-1 and MOD-7 is destined to become a new standard. Classic electric pianos and basses from the MOD-7 and unprecedentedly new synth sounds from the STR-1 reflect his deep sound design talents and skill. Enrich your songs with wondrous sounds reflecting a strange realism.

KRS-03 Nu Electro
Contents: 128 Programs, 120 Patterns, 3 Songs
This is a collection of the “electro sounds” that in recent years have been appearing in a wide range of styles including pop, R&B, and hip-hop. The simple synth sounds valued in electro house and dubstep are also included. In addition, you receive a deep collection of phrase patterns, sure to stimulate your songwriting ideas.

KRS-04 Pro Splits and Layers
Contents: 128 Combinations
Created by some of the best sound designers available, this collection focuses on realtime live performance, providing a great set of split and layer combinations that concentrate on in-demand keyboard sounds such as gorgeous pianos, electric pianos, clavinets, and organs. The splits are ideal for solo performances or for backing a vocalist and the layers are the perfect rich accompaniment for ballads.

All Kronos Libraries can be purchased and downloaded at Korg’s Website. Introductory pricing on the KRS libraries ranges from $19.00 to $49.00; the EXs10 library features an introductory price of $199.00.

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Slang Musicgroup Looks to Guitar Center Professional for Products and Support as They Upgrade Their Production Studio

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, December 1, 2011 — Vince Lawrence has packed more into three decades in the music business than some achieve in a lifetime, initially as an artist, entrepreneur and innovator who helped introduce house music worldwide, then as a composer, producer and remixer who has come to effortlessly straddle the worlds of music and brand marketing. Lawrence’s Slang Musicgroup recently turned to Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, as they were upgrading the company’s production studio. Chicago-based Dan Scalpone, GC Pro Regional Manager, South Central U.S., was Lawrence’s primary contact on the project.

A studio owner for many years, Lawrence, founder and CEO of Slang Musicgroup and a Chicago resident since birth, has amassed an extensive collection of recording hardware and instruments, but with so much now being produced in the box, the facility’s main computer needed an upgrade. “We wanted to take advantage of some more horsepower in other programs that we were using outside of Pro Tools,” he says. “Since we were making the upgrade we said, what else could we do at the same time, since we were going to take some time off? So we also took the opportunity to isolate some of the noisier equipment.”

Scalpone, another longtime resident of Chicago, spearheaded the project for GC Pro. “I gave Vince all the options, and we sat down with the Avid product specialist and had some good meetings and demonstrations to narrow down what he needed. He wanted to update his Apple OS to Leopard, and naturally he had to upgrade Pro Tools, and he wanted to upgrade his computer. He bought a 12-core Mac and a bunch of hard drives with a Magma chassis. He also got some extra RAM, plus the additional cards for Pro Tools.”

Having access to the fastest computer available and 30 GB of RAM is critical for a studio that runs so many software instruments, not to mention the various applications, such as Logic and Reason, preferred by the team’s composers, according to Lawrence. “We got Vienna Ensemble to use as a bridge so that we could load the other synths into different RAM or even different computers that are elsewhere on our network, so we could maximize our composition palette. We wanted to have as many different things running virtually as possible,” he explains.

Slang Musicgroup works on many different types of projects, including remixing; music for advertising; music licensing for commercials, web, games and other purposes; original music production; artist development; and studio rental to outside engineers and artists. Current remix projects include songs by R. Kelly and Wiz Khalifa, reports Lawrence, also noting that Canadian artist Mira Black, young four-piece Mindless Behavior, and rapper Jim Jones, working with local artist YP, have all visited recently. The Slang Music Group team also wrote the theme for TV’s “Dr. Oz” and works closely with McDonalds, a client for many years, on music-related initiatives.

In addition to the upgrade to Pro Tools 9, and shortly to Pro Tools 10, new software at the studio also includes Native Instruments Komplete & Maschine, Spectrasonics’ Omnisphere and Arturia’s collection of VST instruments. “Plus a few other interesting synth goodies that I’ll keep to myself for the moment,” laughs Lawrence. With the installation of Apple’s Leopard OS, he upgraded the studio’s Waves plug-ins (Mercury bundle) and added the Abbey Road Studios bundle. The processing plug-in collection was further expanded with iZotope’s Stutter Edit, Elysia’s mpressor and the SPL Tube Vitalizer. The upgrade included a single item of outboard processing hardware, an API 2500 stereo compressor.

With producers and musicians all working in the facility’s large control room, noise was an issue, so Lawrence also purchased a 20-unit IsoBox rack from Sound Construction. “Lowering the noise floor while keeping critical gear in the room was one of his objectives,” reports Scalpone.

Slang Music Group is also working with several artists on Atlantic Records, says Lawrence. Somehow the team has also found time to create a five-CD set of loops and one-shot samples, Chicago Fire, for Sony Creative Software’s Acid application. “It’s a good basic toolkit for anybody who wants to make good sounding house music and electro,” he says.

There is no denying that Slang Music Group is busy: “Our posted hours are 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. Not that I’m here for all of them,” Lawrence acknowledges, “but we’re willing to book a session between those hours. We really want to help out as much as we can, so there’s a pile of stuff going on around here.”

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

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Former Bedroom Hatches World Class Control Room at The Nest

— Producer/Engineer Ryan McFadden transforms an unused bedroom into a stunning personal mix facility with the help of Carl Tatz Design and The PhantomFocus™ System —

Nashville, TN: “What’s really crazy is that, in this little bedroom studio, I now have one of the best monitoring systems in the world – it’s nuts. I have trouble believing it myself until every time I sit down in front of it – it hits me all over again,” waxes The Nest studio owner Ryan McFadden about his new PhantomFocus™ System (PFS).

“It’s a funny thing,” explains studio designer, Carl Tatz, principal of Carl Tatz Design LLC (CTD), “and I think it has to do with the fact that our aural memory is our shortest, but the same thing happens to me and that is that every time I sit down and listen to one of my systems it’s like I have forgotten how incredible it is. I have a repetition of the wow experience. This is probably why it is so difficult to explain in words to someone about how amazing the PFS performs without it sounding like hyperbole – you just have to experience it for yourself.”

Tired of suffering with inaccurate mixes, wasted time and loss of bookings in his bedroom control room, Nashville engineer/producer Ryan McFadden called on personal studio designer guru Carl Tatz to orchestrate a dramatic transformation from a bedroom of acoustic squalor into a control room of acoustic nirvana with CTD’s proprietary acoustic modules and the acclaimed PhantomFocus System monitor tuning protocol.

McFadden had a tight budget to work with but knew that the PhantomFocus System had to be the centerpiece based on the expert advice of teachers and friends, articles he read and ultimately his own PFS demo experience. What really helped his cost was the fact that he was not concerned about isolating the control room from the rest of the house and only required some extra glass in one window to the outside. This way the budget could be used primarily for the CTD acoustic modules and some custom application treatments along with the PFS.

McFadden goes on to say that since completing his CTD mix room, mixes happen much more quickly and are far more enjoyable, and his bookings have greatly increased. He notes that it is the best professional decision he has made.

Video URL: http://youtu.be/9ReNCAEWc5s

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Sentina LED Signage Completes High Tech Atmosphere of Innovative Wine Café

KENILWORTH, NEW JERSEY, December 6, 2011—The premier wine store and tasting room in Hope Mills, North Carolina isn’t just any old wine store. Featuring Sentina™ LED signage solutions for countertop and window advertising, several flat screen TVs, an automated wine dispensing system that can pour up to 12 different bottles of wine and free WiFi for customers, The Wine Café updates the classic fine wine experience into the 21st century and offers guests an experience unlike any other.

“I love modern technology, and I know it is a large part of everyday life for people today, so I want my stores to use the latest technologies to offer a different, more modern, and better experience than other wine stores,” said Angie Malave, Owner and CEO of The Wine Café. “From the wine pouring system to the touch screen register, every part of my store is up-to-date and meant to impress my guests. That extends to my advertising as well, which is why I use Sestina’s LED uSigns on my countertops and in the windows. I host events for the store and for local clubs throughout the year, and I need the uSign’s flexibility to be able to plug the sign in or use a battery pack to bring it outside when I host outdoor events. And I even hang one in the window to attract passersby.”

Malave started out using one Sentina LB-8 uSign digital signage display at The Wine Café to advertise specials, showcase new products and provide information during events or promote upcoming events, and quickly realized that she wanted to do more. She purchase two additional uSigns and has since had several customers remark about how “cool” the signs are, and how they like them better than plain poster advertisements.

“I recently held the grand opening of my second Wine Café location, and I will be using the Sentina uSigns there as well,” Malave continued. “I’m the first wine store in the area to bring these modern technologies to the wine tasting and buying experience, and my customers and guests have taken notice. Sales are up, people are happy, and my tasting events have all been very successful! Whether it’s promoting information about new varietals or an upcoming event, the digital signs and the TVs inside really set my store apart from my competition. What I really like is that it’s so easy to update and change the advertisements—all I have to do is print out a new flyer on a transparency and slip it into the Sentina uSign.”

Designed to replace wasteful fluorescent-based signage, Sentina™ uSign™ displays advance the state-of-the-art in energy-efficient LED lighting technology in a number of significant ways. First, the displays feature customized Super LED lights that are 20 percent brighter than conventional LED lights. Second, these Super LED lights are embedded behind a proprietary Shoji screen-based Optical Reflection Panel, OptiLight, that produces an ultra-bright, evenly dispersed edge-to-edge light that virtually eliminates heat emission. Third, the ultra-lightweight display frames are constructed entirely of recycled plastic. Fourth, each Sentina uSign frame consumes just six watts, translating to an operating cost of less than a penny per day in normal usage. Fifth, and perhaps most importantly of all, each 8.5” x 11” display costs just $80.00.

According to Datexx President Mei Noguchi, “The LB-8 uSign is the perfect solution for any business that wants to display information, advertising, promotions or large photos on a counter, or hang it on a wall or window. Because it is low-cost, consumes so little energy, uses LED lights that will work forever and is so simple to update with new transparencies that can be made on any printer, every customer-facing business can utilize the Sentina uSign to attract new customers and impress old customers alike. With options ranging from a single uSign to a tower consisting of 16 uSigns in a 360 degree display, there is a solution for every situation and any sized store.”

The Wine Café (www.thewinecafeus.com) is the first store in Cumberland County, North Carolina to offer an interactive wine tasting experience featuring automated wine dispensing units and family owned wines from around the world. It is a unique wine café that truly goes “beyond the bottle”, letting guests experience wine in an entirely new way. After visiting The Wine Café, wine will never be the same!

Headquartered in Kenilworth, New Jersey, Datexx is a leading manufacturer and marketer of innovatively designed, affordably priced products that help consumers manage their time and money. For more than 15 years, the company has proudly met the needs of smart consumers seeking smarter living solutions. To date, more than 20-million consumers have joined the Datexx family of satisfied customers.

Barix to Introduce Compact Master Paging Station at ISE

Bi-directional audio path also supports intercom communications

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, December 6, 2011Barix AG unveils its Annuncicom PS1 Paging Station at the ISE show in Amsterdam early next year (January 31-February 2, RAI Center, Booth 2E70). The compact, elegant device gives commercial businesses, office buildings, educational institutions, medical facilities and others a simple, fully-integrated hardware solution for paging and intercom over IP.

The PS1 features two backlit push-to-talk buttons, volume control and a built-in speaker and microphone, giving security guards, receptionists and other operators a simple way to make announcements to an entire facility. The device’s IP addressability enables a simple connection to the network, allowing systems integrators and end users to take advantage of existing infrastructure, reducing costs and equipment requirements. Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability further simplifies installation, requiring only a single cable to the device.

The PS1 can also merge with background music systems — ideal for retailers, restaurants, hotels, clubs and other entertainment venues that wish to break into a stream with announcements. Bi-directional capability enables intercom for facility-wide, two-way communications — taking the PS1 beyond a basic paging device for ski areas, university campuses and other large areas that require talkback capability.

Barix introduced its first master paging station, the Annuncicom PS16, in 2009 to support complex, multi-zone paging and intercom applications. The PS1 addresses market needs for a simple and reliable, yet elegant and affordable solution.

“Many Barix customers have reported the need for a simple, compact one-to-two button desktop paging station for universal use,” said Johannes G. Rietschel, CEO and Founder of Barix. “Hospital and school receptionists, for example, can page doctors and teachers or make general announcements without a learning curve. Ease of use and reliability were of paramount importance in its design.”

The compact PS1 design accommodates wall-mount and desktop installations, with minimal real estate requirements. This makes the PS1 ideal for central offices and control rooms, as well as secondary rooms and remote points. A belt clip also enables mobility for those that need IP intercom on the move.

Existing Barix customers can easily integrate the PS1 with other Barix devices on a network, including Instreamer IP encoders, Exstreamer IP decoders and Annuncicom two-way IP devices — enabling a complete, customized Barix IP audio and control solution that meet the requirements of the facility.

About Barix AG (www.barix.com)
Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich Switzerland, specializes in research and development of state of the art IP based communication and control technology. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks / Internet offering new and improved solutions to the professional audio distribution, communication and automation industry. Barix products provide solutions in audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).
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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

Christie Continues to Extend 4K and 3D Digital Cinema Footprint Across Asia Pacific Region

Exhibitors in countries throughout the Asia Pacific region continue to embrace Christie® 4K and 3D technology, employing the company’s award-winning Solaria™ Series of DLP Digital Cinema® projectors in hundreds of screens. Designed to meet DCI specifications, the Christie Solaria™ Series includes a fully integrated media block (IMB) solution that can manage Higher Frame Rates (HFR) and 4K content without compromising image quality.
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“Christie, as the pioneer of digital cinema projection technology, and the first to present digital solutions based on 4K, is committed to work with exhibitors in Asia to grow their digital 4K footprint in line with global trends in the film industry,” announced Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific.
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“The demand for 4K will continue to increase, especially in Asia where the cinema industry is experiencing a dynamism that has not been seen for a long time. Christie has deployed its Christie CP4220 and CP4230 projectors in various markets in Asia, with the highest number in China and Australia.”
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Rapid 4K Expansion in China

Christie has the most 4K installations in China including more than 350 with the Wanda Group, Asia’s largest cinema chain.
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“With Christie’s 4K projectors filling our cinema screens, we are able to provide a complete 3D experience unequaled in quality, brightness, image accuracy and alignment and ultimately, a total cinema immersion for our clients,” remarked Ye Ning, general manager of Wanda Cinema Group.
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United Circuit, the cinema operator under Shanghai Film Group, China’s largest cinema circuit, recently purchased 200 Christie digital cinema projectors, including the Christie CP4230.
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Xu Xiaoping, general manager of United Circuit, said the 4K digital cinema projectors are part of the company’s next step in providing industry-leading solutions for bigger screens and selected 3D releases. To date, United Circuit has installed more than 600 Christie digital cinema projectors across China.

India and Indonesia Embrace 4K

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The Christie CP4230 made the 3D screening of http://www.transformersmovie.com/ Transformers: Dark of the Moon at Bangalore India’s Urvashi Cinema, the country’s first 3D cinema, possible.
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“4K is a premium experience even going by worldwide standards. Urvashi prides itself on its commitment to give our patrons the best viewing quality, said Amit R Gowda, CEO of Urvashi Cinema. “We pursue excellence and that is the reason why we took such a bold move with the installation of the Christie CP4230 digital cinema projectors.”
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Ranjit Thakur, CEO of Scrabble Entertainment, Christie’s deployment partner in India, agreed, stating, “I have seen this industry progress and witnessed the ups and downs. The way in which India is progressing on the digital cinema platform is astonishing. Urvashi’s move to 4K digital cinema projection has set the bar for cinemas everywhere. This is the onset of a new revolution and I’m sure in the near future, we will see a lot of conversions from the cinema operators here in India.”
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In Indonesia, Christie is installing close to 200 digital cinema projectors, including several 4K models. Other Asia markets using Christie 4K DLP Cinema® projection technology include Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.
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Christie 4K Provides New Cinematic Experience Down Under
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Hoyts Group, Australia’s second largest chain with 55 cinemas and over 448 screens, employs a selection of Christie 4K projectors in both Australia and New Zealand.
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“We have been keeping pace with the strong push across the entire film industry towards digital cinema and one of the main driving forces is 3D content,” said Adam Wrightson, executive director and chief technology officer, Hoyts Cinemas Technology Group. “Christie’s 4K projectors provide our patrons with a whole new cinematic experience as never before, combining the best resolution, color contrast and image quality to give off crisp, life-like images in vivid colors.”
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“Christie 4K technology provides cinemas with the most reliable foundation for converting its operations to digital cinema projection. We worked with our exhibitors on integration, installation, service, and technical support for their 4K conversions, providing them with a complete solution for making the move to digital cinema,” concluded Lin.
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“In this regard, Christie will continue to push the boundaries of 4K cinematic experience onto screens across Asia. We are also looking forward to having people visit Christie’s CineAsia booth to see demonstrations of our 4K technology.”

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Rai Way Italy relies on T-VIPS to ensure uninterrupted Digital TV Services

Oslo, Norway – T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video contribution and distribution solutions, today announced that its TNS541 Seamless TS Monitoring Switch has been chosen by Rai Way, the operator of Italy’s DTT network. The project is a continuation of the existing cooperation between T-VIPS and Rai Way which began in 2009 when Rai Way deployed T-VIPS’ solutions for its DVB-T digital terrestrial service. The TNS541s are currently being installed by T-VIPS’ business partner Communication Video Engineering (CVE). The project is scheduled to be fully live by the end of 2011.

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with T-VIPS, helping to bring its cutting edge technology to the Italian broadcast industry so that terrestrial customers can enjoy an uninterrupted service,” said Luca Catalano, CEO, CVE. “T-VIPS has demonstrated its ability to provide solutions of unrivalled reliability including its TNS541 solution which is the only seamless switch to have been deployed for SFN network operation.”

The TNS541s are to be situated at all the transmitter sites which are being fed by MPEG Transport Streams over both satellite and by an Ethernet connection. The TNS541 seamless switch monitors both incoming MPEG-2 transport streams for status and based upon customer configurable criteria, switches over automatically if required. The solution enables seamless switching in an SFN region and can handle both DVB-T and DVB-T2 services.

“The choice by RAI of the TNS541 further cements T-VIPS’ reputation for leadership in DTT, building upon our experience of major Digital Switchover project deployments in the UK, Norway, Sweden and other countries across Europe,” said Johnny Dolvik, CEO, T-VIPS. “I believe that our TNS541 will continue to be highly successful as rolling-out 1+1 redundancy greatly enhances the reliability of a DTT network. As well as protecting against poor performance in the distribution network, the seamless switch protects the modulators at the transmitter sites from major outages due to sync loss. I look forward to the TNS541 ensuring that Italian viewers get uninterrupted DTT services for many years to come.”

TNS541 Seamless TS Monitoring Switch
The TNS541 is part of the nSure line of monitoring and switching products. The TNS541 safeguards the delivery of high-quality video content, by providing 24/7 monitoring, advanced analysis and intelligent 1+1 redundancy switch-over between two MPEG-2 transport streams. This seamless switch solution continuously monitors both incoming MPEG-2 transport streams for status and switches over automatically if required, based upon customer configurable criteria.

Key features include:

-Intelligent seamless switch-over between two input signals
-Transport Stream monitoring and error detection
-Enabled for seamless SFN and DVB-T2 redundancy switching
-Dual power supply
-Compact and cost-effective solution
-User-friendly configuration and control.
For further information: David Bramley, Platform PR, Tel: +44 (0)20 7486 4900, Email: david@platformpr.com

About T-VIPS AS
T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video transport solutions for contribution, distribution and Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), offers a comprehensive portfolio of powerful, efficient and intelligent solutions for processing and transporting high-quality video. T-VIPS’ close involvement in video standards bodies, leadership in JPEG2000, expertise in IP and transport stream multiplexing, processing and monitoring results in state-of-the-art technology that makes complex TV network operations simpler and preserves the integrity of high-end video streams.

T-VIPS solutions are utilized in many demanding applications, including 1080/60p, 3DTV, alternative content for digital cinema, live HD sports and news back-haul, and the transport of HDTV programming over IP networks. T-VIPS is leading the IP-based video network revolution by empowering high-profile network operators, broadcasters and post-production customers in over 50 countries with innovative solutions that deliver significant operational and financial benefits. The privately-held company is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with Americas’ headquarters in New Jersey. For further information, visit: www.t-vips.com

Panamax/Furman ISE 2012 Show Preview

ISE 2012
Panamax/Furman
Exhibiting in SpeakerCraft Stand 1N80

Panamax/Furman
1690 Corporate Circle
Petaluma, CA 94954
USA

Panamax/Furman Contact:
John Benz
Director of Marketing
+1 (707) 766-2359
Email: johnb@panamax.com
Website: www.panamax.com
Website: www.furmansound.com

Agency Contact:
Josh Carlson
InGear PR
+1 (408) 892-6771
Email: josh@ingearpr.com

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CN-3600S E SmartSequencer(TM): http://bit.ly/uwu8mZ
BlueBOLT(R) Remote Power and Energy Management Platform: http://bit.ly/uHSBhY

NEW for ISE 2012

At ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) 2012 in Amsterdam, Panamax/Furman will be showcasing its full line of commercial and residential products, including the first power management solution for the EMEA market to be compatible with the company’s BlueBOLT(R) hosted remote power and energy management platform: the CN-3600S E SmartSequencer(TM).

The CN-3600S E (220V-240V, 16A capacity) combines AC power distribution, protection, filtration, and sequential system power on/off in a 1-RU rack-mount unit. Featuring Furman’s SmartSequencing(TM) technology, the CN-3600S E allows large and complex A/V systems to be safely powered on and off with a simple press of a button or turn of a key, even by non-technical personnel. SmartSequencing’s bidirectional communications between installed units enables a primary unit to control and sequence multiple secondary units, ensuring multizone electronic systems are powered on and off safely and dependably from a single control point across an entire installation. The CN-3600S E features eight rear-panel IEC C-13 outlets arranged in four adjustable delay-sequence banks, in addition to one front-panel IEC C-13 outlet. The unit ships with a detachable IEC-C19 female-to-Schuko-male power cord, with other cord options available.

Multiple units can be connected via current loop at runs of more than 1,000 feet with full backward compatibility with Furman’s legacy sequencers. The CN-3600S E provides clean, safe power with Furman’s SMP, EVS, and LiFT protection and filtration technologies.

The CN-3600S E is equipped with an RS-232 port and command set for integration with control systems. An optional RS-232-to-Ethernet adaptor (sold separately) allows the unit to be controlled, programmed, and monitored from a smartphone, tablet, PC, or any Web-enabled device via Telnet, direct HTTP connection, or the BlueBOLT platform. Connecting the CN-3600S E to BlueBOLT enables integrators to reboot problem components remotely to address a myriad of common system issues immediately ranging from locked up components to bad communications handshakes. Powerful features for installers include email alerts when power anomalies occur; scheduled commands for power-up, power-down, or power-cycling of outlets; monitoring of incoming voltage in near-real time or over history; and auto-reboot functionality to resolve networking equipment lock-ups automatically. In addition, BlueBOLT provides a future-proof solution as clients become more concerned with energy management. BlueBOLT offers a variety of features designed to monitor energy use closely, eliminate standby power, and enable automated load-shedding.

The CN-3600S E will begin shipping in Q1 2012.

Company Quote:
“Last year we captivated ISE 2011 with a demonstration of BlueBOLT(R), and this year we’re ecstatic to introduce our first power management solution for countries using 220V to 240V to offer connectivity to the platform. The CN-3600S E SmartSequencer(TM) is already an amazing product by combining power distribution, protection, filtration, and sequential system power on/off in one compact unit. Connecting it to BlueBOLT, however, takes its capabilities to an entirely new level; allowing integrators to improve customer service and reduce service calls, while providing their clients with a powerful tool for monitoring and managing their energy consumption. Many of our European customers have been eager to begin incorporating BlueBOLT into their installations, so be sure stop by our booth to see the CN-3600S E in action.”
– Dave Keller, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Panamax/Furman

Company Overview:
Panamax and Furman have been international leaders in providing award-winning, innovative power management products for more than 35 years. Their power and energy management products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance, providing longevity to the components connected while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. Together — as part of Panamax LLC — Panamax, Furman, and PFPower (a Panamax/Furman brand) address all major electronic markets, including home theater, professional audio and music, broadcasting, audio/video recording, OEM, and office equipment. Panamax/Furman’s cloud-based power and energy management platform, BlueBOLT(R), sets a new industry standard in ease of installation and use. The company is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network and through select retail outlets. More information is available at www.panamax.com and www.furmansound.com.

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Follow Furman:
Twitter: www.furmansound.com/twitter
YouTube: www.furmansound.com/youtube
Facebook: www.furmansound.com/facebook

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Tinopolis Broadcasts Rugby World Cup with Universal Videohub

Blackmagic Design announced today that Tinopolis Group, the UK’s largest independent media group, used a Blackmagic Design Universal Videohub 288 to broadcast the 2011 Rugby World Cup, held in New Zealand, across Wales. Tinopolis Group also incorporated a wide range of Blackmagic Design’s OpenGear Converters and Mini Converters to support their HD infrastructure used in broadcasting the games.

Tinopolis Group company, Sunset + Vine Cymru, won the tender to provide Rugby World Cup programming for the S4C Network.  As part of this, a Sunset + Vine team worked in New Zealand for the duration of the Rugby World Cup, with all matches and rugby related programs sent back to Wales via a combination of satellite and optical fibre. From there, live programming and highlights were produced at the Tinopolis studios and headquarters in Llanelli, Wales.

The Universal Videohub was used to route all incoming HD satellite feeds from New Zealand into record playback servers and edit suites, as well as routing all studio sources into a vision mixer located in the company’s production suite.  Through this workflow, Tinopolis was able to complete rapid input source changes as well as the rerouting of satellite receivers, VTRs and other servers quickly and efficiently, keeping pace with the huge amount of footage and programming being created during Wale’s historic World Cup run.

Peter Harston, Chief Engineer at Tinopolis, said: “We used an iPad to control the previous Videohub, but for the Rugby World Cup, we have added a combination of software control panels and Blackmagic Design’s Smart Control panels. This allowed for rapid input source changes to the EVS as well as the re routing of satellite receivers, VTRs, servers and vision mixer outputs.”

Harston continues: “We wanted to install a system that would cope with 3G so that our infrastructure is ready to handle our future needs, and the Universal Videohub was perfect for this. We decided to integrate the Universal Videohub into our workflow, not just because of the attractive price, but also because the equipment needed to fit the bill in terms of both performance and operability. The Universal Videohub did just that.”

About Universal Videohub
The Universal Videohub family consist of two fully customizable card based routers designed for the high end post production and broadcast industries. Universal Videohub is available in two models, a 72 x 72 and a 288 x 288 capacity size with the ability for customers to add a combination of SDI and optical fiber interface cards to fully customize their router. Universal Videohub 288 model also supports hot swap redundant cross-points and power supplies, so in the case of a fault, switch over is fully automatic for 24/7 reliability. Universal Videohub also includes powerful features such as SD, HD and 3 Gb/s auto switching, built in deck control ports and ethernet and serial router control with a wide range of Mac and PC software and hardware control panels.

About Tinopolis
Tinopolis is one of the UK’s largest independent media producers and distributors, working across all genres in television, new media and animation. The group has recently acquired two US production companies as part of its strategy of transforming the company into a genuinely international business with a strong US presence from which to launch its intellectual property, with a focus on program and format rights.

Press Photography
Product photos of Universal Videohub, and all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at www.blackmagic-design.com/press/images.

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 DaVinci Emmy™ award winning 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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