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Furman 2012 NAMM Show Preview

Furman to Introduce New Power Products for Audio Professionals at the 2012 NAMM Show

At the 2012 NAMM Show, Furman will demonstrate its new Contractor Series of AC power management solutions specifically designed for audio professionals, and BlueBOLT(R) cloud-based technology for remote monitoring and control of installed systems. In addition, the company will provide hands-on demonstrations of its protection and AC noise filtering technologies. more

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AES Nashville Announces Keb Mo as Keynote Speaker for 2012 Nashville Recording Workshop +Expo

“Helping Creative People Make Better Recordings” NASHVILLE: The AES Nashville Section is pleased to announce that three-time GRAMMY-winning artist/songwriter/producer Keb Mo will be officially opening the 2012 Nashville Recording Workshop +Expo event on Friday, March 2, with a keynote address and interactive Q&A discussion with attendees. Additionally, Mo and his go-to engineer for both studio and live performance, John Schirmer, will be walking through the production of a complete song from start to finish in the final session of the first day of NRW+E 2012, giving their unique perspectives on both the technical and emotional experiences of making a recording and conveying the truest possible message on to the listener. Having worked together on variety of musical projects, including production for artists on Keb Mo’s Yolabelle International label and musical scores for a multitude of television shows at his Stu Stu Studio in Nashville, this will afford a unique opportunity to gain insight to such a multi-faceted career and the creative process. more

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Peavey Commercial Audio Demonstrates Integrated Residential AV Control Systems at CES

Peavey® Commercial Audio, the audio system of choice in more than 10,000 installations worldwide, from the halls of U.S. Congress to Soccer City Stadium in South Africa to Beijing Capital International Airport in China, is demonstrating the robust capabilities of its audio processing and control products in a residential environment at the Consumer Electronics Show, Exhibit 25330 (South Hall 2), January 10-13, in the Las Vegas Convention Center. more

ALT Systems Names Bruno Munger to Vice President

(SUN VALLEY, CA) ALT Systems, a full service systems integrator and workflow solutions provider for the entertainment industry, has promoted Bruno Munger to Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the company. Munger will continue to manage ALT Systems’ expansion of services, especially in the area of on-set dailies solutions, which he has fostered since joining the company in February 2011 as Director of Sales. more

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Sound Devices Hosts PIX Seminar At Los Angeles Film School

Attendees Get an In Depth Look into PIX Features, Functionality and Workflow

LOS ANGELES, JANUARY 12, 2012 — Sound Devices, experts in production sound and video products for field production, will host a PIX seminar at the Los Angeles Film School’s LAFS Theater on Saturday, February 4 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The presentation highlights Sound Devices’ new line of portable production video recorders, PIX 220 and PIX 240, and will explore the benefits of using an external recorder to acquire the highest quality picture and sound in the field.

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RIVERSIDE GOVERNMENT TELEVISION GOES LIVE ON LOCATION USING JVC PROHD CAMERAS FOR MULTI-CAMERA PRODUCTIONS

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced that Riverside Government Television (GTV), the government cable access channel for the City of Riverside, Calif., is using three JVC GY-HM790U ProHD cameras with CopperHead ProHD KA-F790 camera-mounted fiber optic transceivers for multi-camera productions in the field. The cameras are being used with a new mobile production van for live and live-to-tape coverage of local events. more

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First Lutheran Church Finds “Solutions” with Community Loudspeakers

Ellicott City, MD, January 2012… The leafy green hills west of Baltimore are home to First Evangelical Lutheran, one of the area’s oldest and beloved churches. Established in 1874, the church has grown steadily over the years, moving to its current site in the mid-1950s. The campus is home to several buildings, including the Ellicott City Children’s House, Montessori School, and the current sanctuary, dedicated in 1996. more

Tom Kittle Selects Look Solutions’ TINY FX and Viper NT Foggers For Feature Film and Television

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Special effects foreman Tom Kittle, who’s based in Ocala, Florida, turns to Look Solutions for his foggers of choice for motion picture and TV work. more

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DVEO Releases New 200 Channel Enterprise Class Multiblade Transcoder Streaming System at an Exceptional Price, Performance, and Transcode Density Point

MultiStreamer IP/IP (Brutus) Transcoder-Streamer

San Diego, California — January 12, 2012 — DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), is proud to introduce the latest addition to their unique product family of real time adaptive bitrate streaming transcoders.

Now shipping, the MultiStreamer IP/IP (Brutus)™ is an MPEG-2 to H.264, or H.264 to MPEG-2, transcoder Blade System with simultaneous multiformat inputs and outputs. It is targeted at cable operators, telco TV, IPTV, A/V systems, or university and entertainment systems.

The MultiStreamer IP/IP (Brutus) receives multiple simultaneous IP streams, transcodes them to H.264 or MPEG-2, and/or changes wrappers, and then streams them to any number of IP devices — including standard IP capable set-top boxes, streaming video, TV’s, smart phones, iPads, or software clients such as VLC or Mplayer. With the Brutus, Cable and Telco operators can transcode H.264 video to MPEG-2 and deliver it to customer’s home set-top boxes. This blade system can be used in the cloud or in installations where multiple options and extra horsepower are required.

The individual dual Intel® 6 core processor based blades feature multiprotocol, multiresolution, and multiwrapper support including RTMP, RTSP, and HTTP5 – plus an extensive number of IP output protocols. The system streams multiple channels using UDP, RTP, RTSP, HTTP, HTTP Live (HLS), HTTP Smooth, HTTP Dynamic, FTP, RTMP (Open Flash), or Windows® Media Video 9 with HTTP/ASF. It also supports M3u8 playlist files, qHD and H.264up resolution, and high quality Ogg Vorbis audio.

“The Brutus allows users to have up to 10 modules per 4 RU chassis. That’s 60 1080i/p HD streams, or 120 720p HD streams, or 200 SD streams in a 4 RU rack space. So you can mix and match as your application or needs may be,” stated Scott Grizzle, Product Manager for DVEO. “Each of the up to ten blade modules does the work of two 3 RU machines, and more.”

Scott Grizzle continued, “Some competitors’ systems transcode only SD or HD. We build one machine that does any resolution.”

Each of the up to ten Brutus modules transcodes up to 6 1080i/p HD streams, 12 720p HD streams, or 20 SD streams from MPEG-2 to H.264, or vice-versa. The system can also mix and match MPEG-2 and H.264 streams.

The MultiStreamer IP/IP (Brutus) transcoder works with Wowza®, Adobe® Flash®, and RealNetworks® servers, plus major CDNs including Akamai, Limelight, Highwinds, and BitGravity. Supported resolutions include qHD, H.264up, SQVGA, QCIF, QVGA, SIF, VGA, or any custom size up to 1080i/p. Audio support is AAC or Ogg Vorbis.

A real time store and forward (time delay) option for up to 80 streams is available. Additional input options include DVB-ASI, DVB-S/S2, QAM, DVB-C, 8VSB, DVB-T, and/or SDI/HD-SDI. The MultiStreamer IP/IP (Brutus) features a web-based GUI with SNMP support. Users can control Brutus from anywhere in the world.

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features

  • Input or output format can be MPEG-2 or H.264
  • Can sit in the cloud as a Cloud Encoder
  • Supports HTTP adaptive Smooth, Live, and Dynamic Flash streaming protocol for output to mobile devices
  • Capable of near real time FTP output of segmented TS streams with I-Frame boundaries
  • Input: IP (H.264, MPEG-2, or VC-1)
  • Optional inputs: DVB-ASI, DVB-S/S2, QAM, DVB-C, 8VSB, DVB-T, SDI/HD-SDI
  • Output: IP (MPEG-2, H.264, HLS, UDP, RTMP, and others)
  • Supports M3u8 playlist files (standalone and through HTTP live)
  • Transcoding bit rates: .1 to 15 Mbps
  • Resolutions: qHD, H.264up, SQVGA, QCIF, QVGA, SIF, VGA, or any custom size up to 1080i/p
  • Transcodes up to 12 720p HD streams, 6 1080i/p HD streams, or 20 SD streams from MPEG-2 to H.264 or vice-versa in each module
  • Able to upconvert incoming SD streams to HD
  • SNMP support
  • Tested to work with Wowza®, Adobe® Flash®, and RealNetworks® Helix® servers
  • Tested compatible with major brands of IP devices including Amino™, Roku®, Atlanta DTH, and Apple iPad® and iPhone®
  • Tested to work with major CDNs including Akamai, Limelight, Highwinds, and BitGravity
  • Audio support: AAC or Ogg Vorbis
  • Settings are remembered when power cycled
  • Based on embedded Linux® (via flashdisk)

DVEO and MultiStreamer IP/IP (Brutus) are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc.
All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

Suggested Retail Prices:
Individual MultiStreamer IP/IP (Brutus) Module: $12,500 U.S.
MultiStreamer IP/IP (Brutus)/10 channel System with 10 modules: $125,000 U.S.

About CMI and DVEO:
CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

DVEO, 11409 West Bernardo Ct. San Diego, CA, 92127
Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

House Research Institute Outlines Five Ways Musicians Can Protect Their Hearing in 2012

Los Angeles – January 11, 2012 — As the 2012 NAMM Winter Show approaches, musicians from all over the world are eagerly anticipating the most recent music gear developments and exciting equipment innovations. House Research Institute (HRI) [NAMM booth 1292, Hall E] will be on hand providing hearing screenings throughout the duration of the show, while offering advice on how to protect what is unequivocally musicians’ most valuable asset: their hearing.

House Research Institute – a leading non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with hearing loss and related disorders – has outlined five simple ways musicians and music fans can preserve their hearing during 2012 and beyond:

1) Know thyself: have your hearing tested

Often, hearing loss issues are initially detected by family and friends rather than the person experiencing it. “When a person frequently has trouble understanding conversations in places where there is significant background noise, such as at parties, crowded restaurants and clubs, it might be a good time for a hearing test and an ear examination,” observes John W. House, MD, president of House Research Institute and physician at the House Clinic. Find out where you stand so you can understand and address the personal risks you may face — hearing exams take just minutes. Noise induced hearing loss begins in the higher frequencies and does not affect speech frequencies until it is advanced. Therefore, a screening audiogram is advised for those who are exposed to loud noise.

2) Know thy surroundings: avoid potentially dangerous environments

By ensuring you are in a safe listening environment, you mitigate the risk of noise induced hearing loss (NIHL). “If you have to raise your voice to be heard, you are likely in an environment with sound levels exceeding 85 dBA,” says Marilee Potthoff, director of community outreach and education at House Research Institute. Musicians and engineers depend on good hearing for their careers, but also are at high risk for hearing damage from prolonged sound exposure on the job. If you’re in the sound industry, it’s important for your hearing health to carefully monitor your sound environments that reach above 85 dBA both on and off the job, and know how much to limit your exposure. When relaxing with your personal stereo or player, we recommend keeping the volume setting at no louder than 60 percent of max. potential.

3) Use it or lose it: make the right choices in hearing protection

Educate yourself on what kind of hearing protection is truly effective. “Select hearing protection devices that provide the appropriate amount of sound reduction. Hearing protection with an NRR (noise reduction rating) of around 25 to 35 dB offers better protection for loud music environments than devices with lower NRRs. Using devices with a much lower NRR may result in significant damage to the inner ear when exposed to high level [loud] sounds,” says Andrew Vermiglio, AuD, HRI research audiologist and California State University Northridge audiology professor. Some custom ear plugs — which are available through licensed audiology clinics, including the House Clinic — offer a flatter attenuation across the frequency range and may make listening to loud music more enjoyable than standard, over-the-counter earplugs, such as foam or pre-molded plugs. Standard earplugs tend to “colorize” what you hear by filtering the high frequencies more than the low frequencies.

4) Keep it clean: Ears need good hygiene, too
Earwax may not be the most popular discussion topic in the world, but it is certainly worth knowing about. Knowing how to safely remove wax and dirt build up will help you keep your hearing on the right track in 2012 and beyond. “Never insert foreign objects into your ear canal, including cotton swabs — instead, use a warm washcloth to gently clean the outer area of your ears or an over the counter ear wax removal solution,” says Dr. House. Other ear cleaning methods known as ear candling or coning are dangerous, not effective, and can easily damage your ear canal.

5) Make a date: Have your ears checked on a regular basis
Have your hearing checked annually. If you notice a change in the state of your hearing, seek immediate medical attention. “Annual hearing exams may help to identify potential hearing loss issues while there is still time to rectify them,” says Dr. Vermiglio. Also, symptoms such as hearing loss, ringing in the ears, dizziness or loss of balance, may be related to a serious medical condition.

So whether you are a musician, or just enjoy listening to music with friends, follow these basic steps and put your hearing first in 2012 — because once you lose it, you may never be able to get it back. For more information, visit the House Research Institute website at http://www.houseresearch.org.

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