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Nashville Guitarist Johnny Hiland Relies On Aviom Personal Mixers for His New Private Recording Studio

Personal Mixers Help Launch Camp Hiland Studio and Provide Opportunity to Teach Handicapped Children

NASHVILLE, JANUARY 24, 2012—Road veteran, session ace and multi-instrumentalist, Johnny Hiland, is accomplished on 22 instruments and has played with some of the biggest names in country and blues, including Toby Keith, Ricky Scaggs and Randy Travis. Born with an eye disease that left him legally blind, Hiland faces unique challenges on the road and in the studio. When he built his own private studio, Camp Hiland, he chose Aviom A-16II Personal Mixers to make the transition easy with gear that he had used in many of the elite venues in the world.

Johnny Hiland with an Aviom A-16 II Mixer

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Waves Announces Increased Popularity of SoundGrid® On DiGiCo SD7 and SD10 Consoles in the U.S.

— DiGiCo’s U.S. distributor, Group One Limited, reports that virtually all SD7 and SD10
consoles sold in the U.S. are equipped with Waves SoundGrid® —

KNOXVILLE, TN, January 23, 2012 — Waves Audio, the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies and the recipient of a Technical GRAMMY® Award, is proud to be in an ongoing strategic alliance with DiGiCo, whose SD Series consoles – SD7 and SD10 – are virtually all shipping with Waves SoundGrid® in the U.S. In fact, DiGiCo’s U.S. distributor, Group One Limited, notes that almost all DiGiCo SD Series consoles are specified with Waves SoundGrid. The SoundGrid platform gives DiGiCo users access to Waves’ award-winning reverbs, equalizers, compressors, limiters, delays and more, directly from their consoles. In 2010, Waves formed the strategic alliance with DiGiCo, the renowned U.K.-based manufacturer of some of the world’s most popular, successful and groundbreaking digital mixing consoles.

Perfect for front-of-house, monitor, broadcast, and theater applications alike, SoundGrid gives users instant access to the industry’s leading audio processors, directly from the industry’s leading consoles. And to make things even simpler, Waves SoundGrid-compatible plugins come pre-loaded into DiGiCo consoles, eliminating the need to install.

Jack Kelly, Founder and President at Group One, DiGiCo’s U.S. distributor, stated, “The integration of Waves plugins into DiGiCo SD Series consoles gives live engineers the ability to really use their artistry – for example, to make changes on-the-fly without a break in the audio, shaping the sound for each and every act or different performance in the moment. We have also found that engineers who have been using the system love the 15-inch touch screen, which they can use for complete control of the Waves platform, versus using a keyboard and mouse. Waves SoundGrid opens a world of opportunity for live engineers working on DiGiCo SD Series consoles.”

“Waves is pleased that more and more live engineers are utilizing the SoundGrid platform on DiGiCo SD Series consoles,” said Mick Olesh, senior vice president of Waves Audio. “Now that most SD7 and SD10 consoles are shipping fully loaded with SoundGrid, it will be easier than ever to bring Waves studio-quality audio processing to the stage.”

For more information, please visit www.waveslive.com or www.waves.com.

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CLAIR GLOBAL SCORES A HAT TRICK AT THE 2012 NHL WINTER CLASSIC

nhl_pa_cart.JPGPHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – JANUARY 2012: The NHL Winter Classic is a throwback to the bygone days when professional hockey was played outdoors in the chill wintertime air. But more than that, it is the NHL’s so-far-successful attempt to claim New Years Day in the same way that baseball claims July 4th and football claims Thanksgiving Day. This year’s contest took place at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia between the hometown Flyers and their rivals, the New York Rangers. Despite the Flyers’ loss, the 47,000 fans in attendance enjoyed the experience, as did the nearly four-million viewers who watched on NBC. Clair Global provided house sound and a broadcast mix for the between-period performances by hometown superstars, The Roots. They used three unique, Clair-conceived and Clair-deployed solutions: mobile speaker carts that allowed the line arrays to be lowered and flipped out of site lines as more

McCallum Theater Goes Digital with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi6™ to Complete Full HARMAN System

PALM DESERT, California — Known for providing entertainment and education through a variety of performing arts events that reflect the diversity of people, interests, and tastes of the Coachella Valley in California, the McCallum Theater recently updated its all-HARMAN audio system by adding Soundcraft’s Vi6 digital audio mixing console for its front-of-house mixing needs.

The 24-year-old Theater needed an update to replace an aging Soundcraft Series 5 console. With the Vi6 in mind, James D. Anderson, Audio Director at the Theater, consulted with Bob Patrick, Principal of Hacienda Heights, California-based IPR Services, to install the console and ensure compatibility with the rest of the system, including JBL’s VERTEC VT4888 midsize line arrays and Crown I-Tech amplifiers. The upgrade included BSS Soundweb London signal processing for digital routing and flexibility. Dennis M. Kornegay, CTO, IPR Services, developed the London programming and user interface software.

Patrick was the project manager when the original system was installed, and knows the details of the hardware. “He was the logical choice to go to, both for purchasing and integrating the console,” stated Anderson. “I had done my research and knew I wanted the Vi6. I had never used a digital board before, but the ease of use and operation with Soundcraft’s Vistonics™ II was so good that I jumped right into it. I knew that my guest engineers would be satisfied.”

“It was a seamless transition going from the old analog wiring to the new digital system,” said Anderson. “I am still learning the aspects of digital mixing, but the board is everything I imagined and more. I chose the 96 input option.”

To learn the new board, Anderson attended Soundcraft’s “Mixing with Professionals” session, conducted by Gert Sanner in Northridge, California. “It was perfect,” stated Anderson. “The class was four hours long and I came away with information that made everything easier. My favorite feature on the console is the Vistonics, which allows me to see all channel settings at the same time. I also like the GPIO (General Purpose Input/Output) for starting playback devices with the function keys or from a cue. The GPIO contacts appear on my patch bay, along with user interface connections to all playback devices, for easy configuration.”

“I am extremely happy with the console and the support I’ve received from HARMAN and Soundcraft. It is perfect for what we need and I am excited to keep learning more ways to use the board and discovering more functions and effects,” Anderson concluded.

For more information on the McCallum Theater, please visit: http://www.mccallumtheatre.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.

Genelec Winter NAMM 2012 Press Kit

The Genelec Winter NAMM 2012 Press Kit is now available. Please click the link below for press releases and high-res photos:

http://www.clynemedia.com/genelec/WNAMM12/index.html

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Audio-Technica Winter NAMM 2012 Press Kit

The Audio-Tehcnica Winter NAMM 2012 Press Kit is now avaible. Please click link below for press releases and high-res photo files:

http://clynemedia.com/audiotechnica/WNAMM12/index.html

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Guitar Center Professional Helps Pyramind with Both Sides of Their Unique Business Model

— Pyramind produces professional commercial audio for clients and also offers professional music production training, and GC Pro has been able to provide technology support for both sides of Pyramind’s services —

Pyramind occupies a special space in professional audio: As a commercial audio production and post production facility, it excels as a leading supplier of audio for the video game industry. As such, they are noted for their work with major studios such as Sega, 2K Games, LucasArts, Sony PlayStation and others, producing the scores, voice over and sound design for blockbuster games like Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Kinect Disneyland Adventures, Infamous 2, Iron Man 2, Bioshock 2, the God of War trilogy and dozens more. Pyramind is also a leader in the growing field of pro audio education. Award-winning educators including YouTube Guru David Earl (sfLogicNinja), CSI composer and sound designer Brian Trifon (Trifonic), and G.A.N.G award-winning engineer Steve Heithecker teach Pyramind’s signature “Core” program (devised by Chief Academic Officer Matt Donner), emphasizing the three key disciplines for individual success in any creative field: creativity, technology, and business acumen. Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, has been a vendor partner with Pyramind for over a decade, providing equipment, expertise and services that address Pyramind’s needs in all of their ventures. These include the sales of products such as Genelec Active Monitors, Avid ProTools systems, mic pre’s from Focusrite and Avalon and high-end microphones from over a dozen manufacturers, as well as being an educational partner, providing discounts for Pyramind students and staff and offering advice for students on an array of pro audio topics.

“We’ve been working with [GC Pro Account Manager] Vince Bedford for ten-plus years now, and the service has just been great,” exclaims CEO Greg Gordon. “We’ve had a longstanding relationship with Vince and GC Pro, and they have helped us across the board, from the biggest consoles to the smallest items. We really appreciate how responsive they’ve been in terms of helping out students, not only with educational discounts on equipment but also with advice and input on so many subjects. They treat everyone like a professional, and that means a lot to our students.”

Bedford says the feeling is mutual: “Pyramind is one of the finest music production schools in the country – every teacher there is an author or is a professional producer/engineer working in the field. We’re glad that a school of that caliber feels good enough about GC Pro to send all of their students to us. We are able to provide students with the right tools essential for their education, as well as high-quality information that reinforces their training at Pyramind. We’ve enjoyed supporting them in the past and look forward to continuing to do so in the future.”

Matt Donner, Pyramind’s Chief Academic Officer, says that GC Pro has been a long-time supplier to both of the company’s business lines. “On the training side, we recommend specific computers, keyboards and software – including Pro Tools, Reason, Live and Logic- and our students get great advice along with competitive pricing on all of that from GC Pro,” he says. “On the studio side, GC Pro has provided us with just about everything, including several last-minute needs that GC Pro solved immediately for a vocal session for the Halo soundtrack. Our relationship with them is very strong because they have what we need and they’re there when we need them. Most importantly for the students, they get solid advice, great pricing and solid customer service. In one purchase with GC Pro, they transition from being a hobbyist to becoming a professional. It’s worth its weight in gold.”

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

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Revolabs FLX(TM) Wireless Conference Phone Delivers Exceptional Audio Quality for Sametime(R) Users Through IBM Sametime Integration

SUDBURY, Mass. — Jan. 23, 2012 — Revolabs Inc. today announced that the company’s FLX(TM) wireless conference phone has been tested and verified to operate with IBM Sametime(R) software. Designed specifically for small and mid-sized conference rooms, executive offices, and SOHO environments, the Revolabs FLX now offers seamless integration with IBM Sametime to deliver exceptional audio quality for users.

IBM Sametime delivers unified, real-time communication and collaboration services — from enterprise instant messaging and online meetings to telephony and video conferencing. The software allows businesses to improve how work gets done while reducing travel and telephony expenses. Through the new integration with IBM Sametime, users simply plug the Revolabs FLX wireless conference phone into their computer for superior audio performance at the desktop or in the conference room. The Revolabs FLX works with IBM Sametime integrated telephony solutions, whether SUT, SUT Lite, TCSPI, or the built-in Sametime audio features.

Combining wireless operation, high-quality wideband audio, 128-bit encryption, integrated Bluetooth(R), support for analog and IP, and a low price point, the FLX redefines the traditional conference speakerphone. The FLX is available with a variety of compatible Revolabs microphones types, including a lapel microphone, worn by one person; an omnidirectional 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 at any time.

In a review of the FLX, Carl Tyler, director of Epillio, noted, “I connected the FLX to my PC and tried it with IBM Sametime. The audio quality was excellent, even clearer than the phone line. Another impressive FLX feature is the ability to merge audio streams. So, if you’re on a Sametime phone call using FLX for PC audio and the telephone rings, you can answer the phone, and the audio from both calls will be merged, allowing both callers to hear and chat with each other.”

In September 2011, Wainhouse Research (WR) conducted a third-party evaluation of the FLX. Ira M. Weinstein, senior analyst and partner at WR, said, “Throughout our testing, the Revolabs FLX performed well and provided a solid conference call experience even through the most aggressive echo cancellation and duplex tests. Not only is its audio call-quality as strong as wired speaker phones, but the use of a wireless speaker and microphones completely changes the entire conference call dynamic. The ability to move about the room without having to yell to be picked up by the speakerphone adds a new level of freedom to the meeting experience.”

The Revolabs FLX was recently honored with a 2011 Internet Telephony Product of the Year Award and is sold through major distributors, dealers, and resellers.

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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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TV Tools Oy to Serve as Wohler Dealer in Finland

SAN FRANCISCO — Jan. 24, 2012 — Wohler Technologies today announced that Helsinki-based TV Tools Oy will be serving as a Wohler representative and reseller within Finland. The company will offer the full portfolio of Wohler’s powerful signal management and confidence monitoring solutions, including the new DVM-2443 video monitor and the RMQ 230 quad split monitor.

“Wohler makes a wide range of great products that are cost effective, easy to use, and highly reliable,” said Timo Kujala, TV Tools Oy owner and managing director. “By adding these products to our own portfolio, we’ll be even better positioned to meet the needs of our customers and maintain our role as a reseller of world-class professional A/V products.”

TV Tools Oy imports, sells, and markets video and audio solutions and information systems from leading manufacturers. The company also designs, builds, and maintains systems ranging in size and complexity from a single editing station to solutions for the world’s largest cruise liners.

“Good client relationships, a professional staff, and high customer satisfaction have made TV Tools Oy the industry leader in Finland,” said Terry Allford, business development and channel manager of Wohler EMEA. “Our new relationship with the company will complement existing business avenues for Wohler products, fueling increased brand awareness and product visibility across EMEA markets while improving end-user access to our complete product range.”

Information about the complete Wohler product line is available online at www.wohler.com.

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About Wohler Technologies Inc. Wohler offers a comprehensive and award-winning range of audio, video, data monitoring, and captioning products designed to provide the highest quality solutions for facilities of all sizes and complexity. Founded in 1987, the San Francisco Bay-area manufacturer has grown to become the dominant provider of confidence monitoring and signal management solutions for the broadcast and pro audio/video markets. Originally inventing and defining the category of in-rack audio, video, and data monitoring products, the company has expanded its offerings to include solutions for captioning and loudness. More information about Wohler and its full range of solutions is available at www.wohler.com.

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Mitsubishi’s New Interactive Projectors Announced

Mitsubishi Electric First to Offer Interactive Mirror-less Short-Throw 3D Projectors with Dual Pen Support

IRVINE, Calif., January 24, 2011 — Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc. introduced its first mirror-less interactive projector design that provides dual pen support in two new 3D-ready models. When using light pens, two students or presenters can write, draw, or point independently on any solid surface, including a projection screen, passive white board or any smooth, white or light-colored wall, making teaching with technology more interesting for students.

Mitsubishi’s new interactive projectors offer several benefits:
• No calibration required: the interactive pen communicates directly with the projected image, so set-up is quick and easy. Teachers spend time teaching instead of dealing with calibration.
• No special screen needed: users can turn any solid screen or wall into an interactive surface, presenting up to a 180-inch diagonal image with the WD385U-EST. The interactive surface can be as wide and as tall as a teacher’s arms can reach, making the best use of space in the classroom.
• Maximum portability: because interactivity is not fixed onto a traditional white board, instructors can take these advanced teaching techniques with them from classroom to classroom, which can be more cost-effective for budget-strapped school districts.
• Engaging presentations: teachers and students can interact either directly on the projected surface or standing away from it. This flexibility makes lessons and content easier for students to retain.

“When classrooms are equipped with great technology, the learning experience becomes more engaging,” said Wayne Kozuki, product manager, Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc. “It makes learning more fun and therefore, more productive. I wish we had one of these in my classroom when I was growing up.”

Mitsubishi’s wide-screen format WD385U-EST and XGA-resolution XD365U-EST 3D-ready projectors support single or dual pen functionality when used with interactive teaching software like Mitsubishi’s optional bundle, WizTeach® from Qwizdom, among others. Students and teachers can simply and easily make annotations, draw, write or use the pen as a mouse, on almost any solid surface.

Like its other extreme short-throw projectors, Mitsubishi’s WD385U-EST and XD365U-EST projectors are built with a specially crafted lens that provides excellent short-throw focus performance, and can project a 70-inch (diagonal) image from less than 23-inches away. These new models help prevent shadows on a screen or white board, which can be distracting during interactive sessions. Teachers and presenters can move in front of the image without getting blinded by the projected light path.

Each projector is currently available and comes with one interactive pen. Additional pens are available directly from Mitsubishi for $139. Included with the projectors are Mitsubishi’s three-year limited warranty on parts and labor, and a one-year limited warranty on the lamp. Like all Mitsubishi data projectors, these are covered by the Express Replacement Assistance (ERA) Program, a comprehensive nationwide service that offers next business-day replacement* for down units that are under warranty.

“Mitsubishi took its time to develop the best interactive projectors available, and we’re the first manufacturers to offer dual-pen capabilities,” said James Chan, vice president, marketing, Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc. “And we’re getting very positive feedback from the field. We’re very excited to offer this new solution with our extreme short-throw projectors.”

About Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc.
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc. is a US subsidiary of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation of Tokyo, Japan. Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America manufactures and markets projectors, data wall display systems, LCD digital signage monitors and players, large-screen 3D DLP® televisions and the world’s first laser TV, LaserVue®. Other products include industrial printers, photo kiosks and digital photo printers, time lapse security recorders and DVRs.

For additional information about Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, visit http://www.mevsa.com. You may also connect with Mitsubishi on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/MitsubishiDisplays) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/MitsuDisplays)

*Dependent upon FedEx shipping schedules.

HDMI is a trademark of HDMI Licensing, LLC; SXRD is a trademark of Sony Corporation; DLP is a registered trademark of Texas Instruments. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact:
Nancy Napurski
Lionheart Communications
585-967-3348
nnapurski@lionheartpr.com

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