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JVC INTRODUCES PROHD COMPACT STUDIO SYSTEM FOR GY-HM150 HANDHELD CAMCORDER

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced its ProHD Compact Studio solution, which configures the GY-HM150 ProHD handheld camcorder for a studio environment using two new accessories, the HZ-HM150VZR ProHD remote lens control and the DT-X71 ProHD monitor. The company also announced a limited-time rebate program that provides up to $600 in savings for customers who purchase the camcorder and ProHD Compact Studio components. more

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AVI-SPL and Biamp Present Webinar on Leading Trends, Applications in Audio Conferencing

AVI-SPL kicks off 2012’s webinar series with Biamp Systems on Tuesday, January 31 at 1 p.m. EST. Biamp’s Read Wineland will lead this free, hour-long webinar on “Successful Communications: What You Need to Know about Audio Conferencing” to explore the essentials needed for high quality audio conferencing systems. more

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WWE Continues To Amaze With Fairlight’s Constellation And Xynergi Consoles

STAMFORD, Connecticut- In order to deliver the full effect of bone crushing body slams and death-defying stunts that continue to leave fans in awe, the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) recently invested in Fairlight’s Constellation and six Xynergi consoles to meet its post-production needs. The WWE headquarters, located in Stamford, Connecticut, is the home to one of the largest entertainment companies in the world, reaching 13 million viewers in the United States while also broadcasting its shows in 30 languages to more than 145 countries. more

Katy Perry’s Sold-Out “California Dreams” Tour Relies On DPA Microphones’ Headset Mics

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Multiplatinum Grammy-Nominated Artist Uses the DPA 4088 for All Live Performances

LOS ANGELES, JANUARY 18, 2012 — Katy Perry’s engineering team relies on DPA Microphones’ 4088 Cardioid Headset microphones for all of the pop superstar’s live performances, including her current “California Dreams” tour. With the fast-paced, high-action set mechanics of the tour, Perry’s front-of-house engineer, Peter Keppler, needed a microphone that could adapt to any situation. The smooth design of the DPA 4088 microphone, which makes the mic almost invisible, combined with its ability to eliminate feedback and background noise, make it the ideal choice for a high-octane tour like Perry’s. more

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The RapcoHorizon Company Showcases i-Jam 3-n-1 at the 2012 NAMM Show

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 19, 2012 ― The RapcoHorizon Company, a leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment, is exhibiting the i-JAM 3-n-1 Smart Phone Interface at the 2012 NAMM Show (Booth 4558, Hall C). The i-JAM 3-n-1 is a three-in-one smart phone solution, ideal for every electric instrument player. In addition to its ability to interface with iPhone apps, such as recording and instructional play software, the i-JAM 3-n-1 also features a built-in amplifier and MP3 play along practice device. more

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Saran Media Chooses SterGen to Bring 3D Sports to Turkey

(Istanbul, Turkey) SterGen Hi Tech Ltd. and Saran Media—a premiere sports broadcast and entertainment rights distributor in Istanbul, Turkey—have signed an agreement to use SterGen’s patented real-time stereo 3D conversion platform to make 3D sports programming available to Turkish broadcasters and mobile carriers. more

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HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Compact Takes Giant Leap With V2

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – HARMAN Soundcraft’s popular small-format (but big-hearted) digital console Si Compact has received a major upgrade with the V2 software release.

The new free upgrade provides more than 23 major new features, updates and enhancements; the first welcome addition being eight additional DSP channels expanding the Si Compact 16 and Si Compact 24 to 32 and 40 inputs to mix, respectively.

Of particular note is the new user configurable fader layers allowing input channels to be reassigned anywhere on either input layer and any bus master reassigned to either master layer. Now an engineer can put the inputs and returns where he or she most needs them, for example, having the main vocal or presenter always in position 1 on both input fader layers, or mixing aux and matrix masters on a single bus layer to reduce the number of layer changes.

Another particularly useful function introduced in V2 is D.O.G.S (Direct Output Gain Stabilisation). A common frustration for engineers is when two consoles (FOH and Monitors) share the same source such as a mic on stage; the mix balance on the second (slave) console can be overridden if the engineer at the master console changes the mic gain and in some environments this could also result in feedback in the slave system. Using a connection topology where the slave console is fed from a pre-fade direct output of the master, DOGS can compensate for the gain adjustment maintaining original system gain between mic in and direct out. One of the unique advantages of DOGS is since stabilisation occurs ‘locally’ in the master console only this component requires the DOGS system and all other equipment connected to the master can benefit from the feature.

Selective Copy & Paste is now implemented allowing all or part of a selected channel or bus to be copied and pasted elsewhere. This basic functionality is augmented with the ability to copy and paste individual bus or matrix mixes and copy/paste FX presets between Lexicon processors. Enhanced MIDI control allows snapshots to be recalled from any external devices capable of sending simple program change messages.

A new security mode prevents unauthorised access to key functions; as well as ‘total lockdown’ security can be tailored for different ‘operator access’ levels for example locking out house EQ and processing for guest engineers whilst allowing access for in-house operators.

Other enhancements include additional information displayed in the Function Focus window on the touch screen, improved matrix mix facilities, show file & folder management, better navigation, improved default settings, HPF settings, added EQ curve graphics and much more.

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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Prelite Studios Teams with Paul Turner to Preprogram Lighting for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Boston and Durham

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Before the 2011 Radio City Christmas Spectacular opened in Boston and Durham, North Carolina, lighting designer Paul Turner partnered with Prelite Studios to preprogram the lighting for everyone’s favorite holiday shows.

The most recent company of the Christmas Spectacular transitioned from being arena-based productions to traditional theatrical presentations. Boston’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular was staged at the Citi Performing Arts Center – Wang Theater and the Durham show at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC).

“Since we were no longer in arenas we were starting from scratch with a new hang and a new lighting console,” says Turner. So he joined Prelite’s Rodd McLaughlin in a rehearsal space in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina about ten days prior to the load-in at DPAC to previsualize the two versions of the show based on their new staging requirements.

McLaughlin, who served as Turner’s lighting programmer for the Christmas Spectaculars, notes that lighting for the shows was designed with two venues in mind. “Fixture placement and trim heights were kept as consistent as possible, and we programmed using X, Y, Z coordinates (i.e., 3D space) to ease the transition between locations: If we needed to make changes onsite we just updated where the lights were in the console and the presets would automatically update themselves,” he explains.

Turner’s moving lighting complement, which was based on the original theater design of Radio City’s lighting designer of record David Agress, featured Martin MAC III Performances front of house and MAC 2000 Profiles and MAC 700 washes overstage. A traditional theater front of house hang of conventional fixtures rounded out the design. Two grandMA consoles were networked together for lighting control.

Working with Prelite enabled Turner to turn off the scenic elements as needed, making them invisible at times to better see what the lights were doing. “We used Autodesk 3ds Max to model the scenery and set up the previs. We then used our own custom scripts to quickly export that data to grandMA 3D,” McLaughlin explains. “We continued to use previs throughout the process even when we had the real lights as we were able to ‘see’ behind curtains that were brought in or when the carpenters were working on another scene. Resolving the flips that occur when using X,Y,Z was considerably easier when we could see the rig from above without the legs and borders in the way.”

Jeff Capitola was the producer of the Radio City Christmas Spectaculars with Gary Memi serving as the onsite producer. Brenda Gray was associate lighting designer and Devon Allen assistant lighting designer.

The time between the Christmas Spectacular shows in Durham and Boston found Turner again teaming with Prelite. “We had a Prelite mobile system for two days to preprogram Mary J. Blige’s show at Club Nokia in LA as part of the American Express Unstaged live-streamed concert series in partnership with VEVO and YouTube,” he says. Mike Baldassari was the TV lighting designer for the show with Turner acting as lighting director/programmer.

A proponent of Prelite for the last decade, Turner has seen the technology evolve as his lighting needs have grown and changed. “There have been great improvements in Prelite’s hardware and software,” he reports. “We no longer wait for processing – we can have the whole rig turned on and it will look the same onstage as it does in the Vision software. I can preprogram complex musical numbers outside the theater without the cast and scenery – that’s a serious time saver.”

About Prelite

Prelite was founded in San Francisco February 2000 by Tom Thompson and Norm Schwab as a place for lighting designers and programmers to use technologies to previsualize lighting projects. Its success led to the launch of Prelite NY in June 2001 by Kim Grethen and Rodd McLaughlin. The bicoastal company provides studios where previsualization and creativity take center stage away from the distractions and interruptions of a chaotic work environment and where clients save time and money and minimize stress. Prelite also offers on-site previsualization services for those who prefer the convenience of working at the venue. For more information, visit www.prelite.com or contact Thomas Thompson at 415-883-7727.

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Grand Prize Winner Announced for “Show Us Your Auralex Room” Online Challenge

Sarasota, Florida Resident Steve Capo Earns Top Spot for Treatment of Home Recording Studio

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 18, 2012 – Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, announced today that Sarasota, Florida’s Steve Capo is the Grand Prize winner of its “Show Us Your Auralex Room” online challenge. In addition to collecting his $1,500 cash prize, Capo will be on site at the Auralex NAMM booth (Booth 6898, Hall A) throughout the 2012 NAMM Show to share the details of his experience installing Auralex products in his home recording studio. Auralex will also run a video montage of all entries to the challenge at the show.

The online challenge, which ran from October 1 until December 15, asked users to showcase their best use of Auralex’s acoustical treatment products. Users were able to submit their entries on the Auralex Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/AuralexAcoustics). Facebook voters narrowed the entries to 15 finalists. Auralex chose Capo’s entry as the grand prize winner due to the overwhelming amount of votes he received.

“We are continually wowed by the innovative ways our customers utilize Auralex products to achieve the optimal sound quality necessary for their varying needs,” says David Fischer, CEO of Auralex Acoustics. “Steve Capo’s entry was fantastic. This challenge was a huge success for Auralex — truly a way for us to demonstrate our appreciation for the support of our customers.”

A guitarist and singer in his band, the “Stevie Capo Project,” Capo installed several Auralex acoustical treatment products, including Sheetblok-Plus, SonoFlat, SonoColumns and SonoCollars, in the sound booth, rehearsal and control rooms of his home studio in Sarasota.

“I first saw Auralex products in a music store and wanted to try them out,” says Capo. “After installing them, I was instantly able to hear the difference. Auralex is a must have product for your studio.”

About Auralex Acoustics, Inc.
Located in Indianapolis, Auralex Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies.

Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex Web site at www.auralex.com. Auralex can be reached via email at auralexinfo@auralex.com or by calling 1-800-959-3343.

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Clear-Com Drives Efficiency for Resorts World Manila’s Theater Productions

Additional Communication Paths Offered by Wireless and Wired Systems Boost Productivity

NEWPORT CITY, MANILA, PHILLIPINES, JANUARY 18, 2012 ─ Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, adds greater efficiency to productions at Resorts World Manila’s (RWM) Newport Performing Arts Theater by providing advanced intercoms with crystal-clear audio, robust functionality and immense flexibility. The high-end theater has installed a Clear-Com FreeSpeak wireless system and Encore partyline intercoms to facilitate communications between its production staff.

As the first integrated tourist hub in the Philippines, RWM combines lodging, restaurants, gaming facilities, entertainment spots, a luxury mall, and the Newport Performing Arts Theater, a majestic 1,500-seat venue for concerts, plays, musicals and exclusive productions. The Clear-Com FreeSpeak and Encore systems increase organization for the facility’s elaborate theater productions. The six communication paths offered by FreeSpeak, coupled with the four additional channels from Encore, segment the theater’s departments into distinctive communication groups. From elaborate set changes to lighting and other technical cues, the stage manager can easily coordinate between the production staff by contacting specific departments to share information that is only important to them.

“In most sets, we would require beyond the traditional two channels of wired intercommunications for the entire production crew. Simultaneous conversations about separate issues would be happening, creating much confusion, especially in the delivery of cues,” says Ernesto De Leon, Senior Technical Manager of Resorts World Manila. “These systems resolved this issue. Multiple channels of communication allow the production team to focus on what is pertinent to carry out their job responsibilities. The flexibility of this wireless technology allows unrestricted movements with excellent indoor coverage in the whole venue.”

The setup at the Newport Performing Arts Theater features a FreeSpeak base station with 10 wireless beltpacks and one Encore base station with 18 RS-Series wired beltpacks and 16 KB-series speaker stations. During productions, the stage manager, technical director and other mobile stage crew members utilize the wireless system. Because of the FreeSpeak’s DECT and wireless auto-roaming technologies, the crew members can move freely and communicate without fading or losing connection. Further, the lighting operator, sound operators and technicians underneath the stage, along with the orchestra and backstage crew, are all on the Encore partyline system.

“Clear communications is key when working with a large crew like the one at Newport Performing Arts Theater,” says Edmund Song, Regional Sales Manager, Southeast Asia, for Clear-Com. “Clear-Com understands this, which is why the company has developed value-add and easy-to-use technologies that actually enable users to concentrate better on their productions. FreeSpeak and Encore easily integrate with one another and offer the extra channel capability that the theater requires. These systems are also scalable for expansion in the future.”

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

About HM Electronics, Inc. (HME)
A privately held company founded in 1971, HME has continued to be a leading provider of innovative technology focused on enhancing productivity and customer service for multiple markets including pro audio, sports, and restaurants. HME developed the first wireless intercom system for pro audio and continues to introduce exciting, cutting-edge wireless intercoms that enhance communications, increase productivity and facilitate creativity for virtually any application. For more information, please visit www.hme.com.

About Resorts World Manila
Resorts World Manila (RWM) is the first integrated tourism destination in the Philippines. Conveniently located across Ninoy Aquino International Airport 3, RWM is an instant gateway to Philippine hospitality in world-class standards. This lifestyle hub is home to three international lodging brands: Maxims Tower, the first all-luxury suite hotel in the country; Marriott Hotel Manila, a five-star brand known all over the world; and Remington Hotel, slated to open in the last quarter of 2011, will offer comfortable amenities at an affordable price.

Also home to RWM is The Newport Mall that features dining destinations and luxury retail brands from all over the world. Experience a unique viewing experience at The Newport Cinemas with stadium seating and state-of-the-art cinema projectors. Watch plays and performances at a grand scale at The Newport Performing Arts Theater, a 1,500-seat ultra modern theater which boasts of the largest LED wall in Southeast Asia.

Find the biggest gaming facility at RWM, and amp the excitement by becoming a cardholder! Membership at RWM is free and provides an instant pass to discounts, freebies, and exclusive invites to RWM events.

Resorts World Manila— the place to PLAY.

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