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DPA to Showcase New 2000 Series Reference Microphone Capsules at 2012 NAMM Show

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 20, 2012 — Building on the success of its flagship 4000 Series Reference Standard Microphones, DPA Microphones, the manufacturer of high level reference and headset microphones, is showcasing the new 2000 Series MMC2006 Omni and MMC2011 Cardioid microphone capsules at The 2012 NAMM Show (Booth 6996). Designed to bring the exceptional performance of the 4000 Series to a wider audience, the new 2000 Series incorporates the same capsule technology found in the company’s entire line of miniature microphones, but pairs it with the 4000 Series microphone bodies. The new modular series is offered at an attractive price point, allowing studios, sound companies and live performing groups the opportunity to own a high-level DPA product.

“We have taken our pioneer miniature condenser capsules and engineered them into two new capsules for our modular microphone system,” says Jarrod Renaud, Sales & Marketing for DPA Microphones, Inc. “These capsules offer outstanding performance and bring DPA’s sonic integrity within reach of every serious engineer, artist or studio owner. The MMC2006 and MMC2011 Twin Diaphragm capsules are interchangeable with our standard 4000 series capsules and microphone preamps, so a 2000 Series user can upgrade to the higher level 4000 Series capsules at a later date, if desired.”

Both the MMC2006 and MMC2011 encapsulate two opposite-facing 4060 omnidirectional miniature diaphragms to form a single-capsule, twin-diaphragm design, which reduces noise while enhancing sensitivity. The MMC2011 benefits from DPA’s interference tube design experience gained through its pioneering DPA 5100 Mobile 5.1 Surround Microphone. The interference tube technology ensures the integrity of the MMC2011 cardioid pattern.

The omnidirectional MMC2006 offers a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz with a soft roll-off below 50 Hz and typical 3 dB soft boost at 14 kHz, ± 2 dB. The cardioid MMC2011 capsule is a pressure gradient type with interference tube, offering an exceptionally flat frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz with a 3 dB soft boost at 12 kHz, ± 2 dB, at 30 cm. Both capsules can be used with DPA’s MMP-A Preamplifier, MMP-B Preamp with low cut and high boost functions and the MMP-C Compact Preamp.

About DPA:
DPA Microphones A/S is a leading manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

Stampede Breaks New Ground In Dealer Education With Launch Of Industry’s First Online Courses At Stampede University

Stampede Presentation Products Inc., the leading value-added distributor of ProAV solutions, today announced the addition of a completely integrated series of online courses to its Stampede University training curriculum, making Stampede the first ProAV distributor to offer online courses to its dealers at times that meet each dealer’s unique requirements. In addition, Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly said that the University is now offering new categories of courses to address the larger business issues confronting today’s dealer, including mergers and acquisitions and new market development.

“Today’s ProAV dealer is challenged as never before to find new ways to grow and expand their business that go far beyond the basics of product knowledge,” Kelly emphasized. “To be sure, dealers must be fully educated on the products they sell, but they now need to be experts in long term business planning, business transition, and new market development. What’s more, their businesses run virtually around the clock. All of this means that a university tasked to meet their needs must keep pace with the demands of the times. That is what we are doing with Stampede University.”

According to Kelly, Stampede University’s training programs now include more business-oriented courses, including courses on transitions and mergers and acquisitions, as well as a consulting program designed to help residential dealers develop commercial markets and vice versa. What’s more, many of these courses will now be available online 24/7/365 to allow learners to proceed at their own pace and on their own schedule.

These new course offerings come in addition to Stampede University’s already substantial collection of dealer and integrator learning aids found on the website. These include training materials in the form of webinars, how-to videos, white papers and other media that cover the breadth of the AV technology experience from video walls to distance-learning technology, and represent large numbers of major equipment manufacturers, including Hitachi, Sharp, VUKUNET, InFocus, NEC and Samsung.

No other AV systems distributor offers a more comprehensive and knowledgeable array of training materials than Stampede University, and Stampede has established its learning proposition to be a bridge between manufacturers and dealer/integrators, achieving unprecedented synergies by serving the needs of both simultaneously. “Part of our mission is that not only do we have to offer a value to our customers but also we have to offer a value to our suppliers,” explained Kelly. “A significant part of the value we offer to a manufacturer through Stampede University is by educating the marketplace in new technologies, and manufacturers do want to teach dealers how to use their products and how to sell their products. In that way, we act as a very necessary bridge between the manufacturer and the dealer.”

Kelly pointed out that Stampede University’s training hub not only disseminates product training widely but also does it cost-effectively for manufacturers: instead of multiple manufacturers redundantly mimicking each others’ training efforts, Stampede University acts as a portal through which dealers and systems integrators can search for and find new products and platforms as well as the training and information they’ll need to best leverage them. The enhanced availability of information through Stampede University has enabled many dealers to broaden their product and services offerings to customers, and that’s helping the AV industry as a whole, as it continues to operate in a challenging economic environment.

“More than ever, knowledge is power, as dealer/integrators seek out new markets, add core competencies and expand their knowledge base, in the effort to bolster revenues. Stampede University is the sole commercial resource nationally that can offer that necessary link between manufacturer and integrator to assure the needed exchange of information that will guarantee future success. “We know that knowledge and training are the keys to the future in this industry,” said Kelly. “And Stampede University exists to make sure they are always available to our customers.”

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” an 816-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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HARMAN’s AKG DMS 70 Digital Wireless Microphone System Launches At Winter NAMM

ANAHEIM, California – Highlighting the latest in digital wireless capabilities, HARMAN’s AKG introduces its DMS 70 – a true uncompressed digital wireless system. The DMS 70 operates with 24bit 48 kHz transmission in the 2.4GHz ISM band, a worldwide license-free frequency range, to ensure top-quality audio for every customer.

“HARMAN’s AKG DMS 70 system offers exceptional studio-quality sound thanks to its uncompressed digital audio transmission capability,” said Thomas Umbauer, Product Manager, AKG. “The DMS 70 is designed for the most exacting applications where the highest level of wireless audio performance is required. It is especially recommended for guitar and bass because of its ideal frequency response between 20 Hz to 20 kHz.”

DMS 70 is ideal for live sound, club sound, conferences, seminars and school and universities – whenever quick and easy setup up is required. The entire DMS 70 package includes: AKG’s DSR 70 Quattro or DSR 70 Dual Receiver, DPT 70 Digital Pocket Transmitter and DHT 70 Digital Handheld Transmitter, available with patented D5 acoustics or DHT 70 Perception with standard supercardioid capsule. The DSR 70 Quattro includes a rack mount kit, power supply and other accessories. DMS 70 systems are fully compatible – able to be customized and combined for any customer’s needs.

All DMS 70 devices are available separately or in the following prepared packages: The Vocal Set, Instrumental Set and the mixed version of Vocal/Instrumental Set . The Quattro sets include two digital transmitters and the Dual sets, one digital transmitter.

All DMS 70 devices feature bidirectional communication between the transmitter and receiver. The dynamic frequency selection provides “intelligent” operation in the crowded 2,4 GHz band, enabled by digital diversity from receiver and transmitter side. Its easy setup functions make the system simple to use, even for less experienced operators, while the AES 128-bit encryption ensures secure 2-way wireless communication.

The DSR 70 Quattro receiver can work with up to four channels of audio in parallel, which can be mixed down directly to its balanced XLR sum output. The DHT 70 mic employs AKG’s patented dynamic D5 capsule to deliver outstanding sound quality with less feedback and handling noise.

Based on the bidirectional communication DMS 70 offers a number of additional new and unique features, including power off from receiver side for all connected transmitters, battery status monitoring, adjustable mic/guitar input level (DPT 70), high/low level gain switch (DHT 70) and more.

For more information about AKG and DMS 70, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics.

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.

Auralex Highlights New Studiofoam Wave Panels at the 2012 NAMM Show

Studiofoam Wave Panels Offer Aesthetically Pleasing Visuals, Mid- and High- Frequency Sound Solution

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 20, 2012 — Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, showcases its new Studiofoam Wave panels at the 2012 NAMM Show (Hall A, Booth 6798).

Auralex’s new Studiofoam Wave is 2 ft. x 2 ft. and is between 1 to 3 in. thick due to the wave design of the panel. Providing varying levels of thickness, Studiofoam Wave can help control unwanted mid- or high-frequency reflections and standing waves in a variety of applications, such as vocal booths, control rooms, live rooms, rehearsal spaces and project studios. These panels will clean up the sound in any room and are a cost-effective alternative to fiberglass cloth-covered panels.

The panels are available in charcoal coloring and are made from Auralex’s melamine-free formula, which won’t crumble with age. The new “wave” profile opens up many different design possibilities and can add a contemporary aesthetic to any space.

“The Studiofoam Wave is a reinvention of the best-selling Studiofoam line, giving our customers another alternative to our more traditional panels,” says Mike Buratto, acoustical engineer at Auralex Acoustics. “These are a great way to create a totally different vibe in your space, while maintaining the acoustic integrity that Auralex is known for.”

Studiofoam Wave panels can be used to help improve common acoustical issues such as excessive reverberation and flutter echo in small- to medium-sized areas and can be used with common mechanical fasteners such as t-pins, finish nails and tacks, as well as Auralex Foamtak or Tubetak for easy, removable installation.

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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HARRISBURG’S WHTM TRANSITIONS TO HD, PROMPTING STUDIO UPGRADE WITH AUTOSCRIPT

HARRISBURG, PA, JANUARY 20, 2012—When Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s local ABC-TV affiliate, WHTM, made the transition to HD last year, the station also upgraded its existing teleprompting gear used in the studio. To help ensure its on-air talent could deliver more than six hours of local news clearly each day, it selected teleprompters from Autoscript, the world’s leading teleprompting company and a Vitec Group brand. more

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AVIOM PRO16 PERSONAL MIXING SYSTEM SHINES DURING LINKIN PARK’S “A THOUSAND SUNS” WORLD TOUR

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 20, 2012Aviom Personal Mixers (NAMM Booth 6720, Hall A) were used recently by audio techs to monitor vocal and guitar feeds on the Linkin Park “A Thousand Suns” World Tour, which ran from June 2010 to September 2011 to promote the band’s album by the same name. more

Sennheiser launches “no worries” RF wireless systems

Anaheim, Calif. – January 19, 2012 – Audio specialist Sennheiser is launching its brand new XS Wireless Series at the 2012 NAMM Show. Designed for users who want to easily go wireless, this entry-level series offers complete sets with sturdy units, simple operation and high quality sound. The transmitters have a battery life of up to 10 hours, while a switching bandwidth of up to 24 MHz allows for flexibility in the choice of frequencies. The series is comprised of two vocal sets, an instrument system and presentation sets with clip-on microphone or a headmic.

“With the XS Wireless Series, Sennheiser offers reliability and quality sound at an entry-level price,” explained Martin Fischer, Product Manager for Sennheiser’s wireless systems. “It offers good value for money and will benefit small event and conference venues, houses of worship as well as bands, vocalists and musicians.”

Wireless without fuss
The designers have focused on ease of use: the systems are operated via intuitive menus, they automatically search for free frequencies, and transmitters are synchronized with their receivers via a wireless link. “We wanted to make sure that users can fully concentrate on their performance, their speech, etc. without having to worry too much about the set-up and technology,” Fischer said.

Extras for bands…
XS Wireless includes two systems for vocalists and one instrument set for guitarists. Vocalists can choose between a handheld with a super-cardioid condenser capsule and one that includes a genuine dynamic e 835 capsule. “The XSW 35 system takes the assertive sound of the cardioid e 835 to new user groups,” Fischer added.

… and speakers
For installed sound applications and presentations, users can choose between systems with a handheld transmitter or a bodypack transmitter with either a head-worn mic or an unobtrusive clip-on microphone. Mute buttons on the handheld and the bodypack ensure that speakers are in control of the transmission.

Ruggedness and flexibility
To withstand the rigors of daily use, the true-diversity receiver is housed in a sturdy metal case. In the transmitters, one set of batteries will last for up to 10 hours—not only good for energetic stage shows, but also for long events and conferences. The systems feature freely tunable frequencies within a switching bandwidth of 24 MHz (13 MHz for the E frequency range). This allows up to 12 wireless links to be operated simultaneously, ensuring trouble-free operation even at somewhat larger events.

Visit Sennheiser at NAMM, Hall A, Booth # 6579.

BTX Continues to Grow; Names Mark Chernoff as Director of A/V Sales Northeast

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. — Jan. 18, 2012 — BTX Technologies, a value-added distributor and manufacturer of interface, integration, and system products for audiovisual, digital signage, broadcast, home theater, and security applications, announced that Mark Chernoff has taken over as director of A/V sales Northeast. In his new role, Chernoff is responsible for the sales and marketing of the company’s full offering of A/V products to its rapidly growing customer base in New York, Northern New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. more

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LIVING STONES CHURCH BELIEVES IN THE INTEGRITY OF DANLEY LOUDSPEAKERS

RED DEER, ALBERTA, CANADA – JANUARY 2012: Living Stones Church in Red Deer, Alberta has a rather unique expansion plan. When funds are available, the church has plans to knock out one of the sanctuary sidewalls in order to build out the room’s mirror image. The result will be a wide, fan-shaped room that effectively doubles seating capacity from 700 to approximately 1,400. In anticipation of that expansion and because problems with the existing sound system had become unbearable, Living Stones Church contracted Merge Systems Inc. of Edmonton to design and install a new loudspeaker system for the existing sanctuary. With their excellent pattern control and robust manufacturing process, Lance Spratt of Merge Systems specified Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers to replace the system in the existing sanctuary.

“The old system was remarkably inconsistent,” explained Spratt. “In some seats you could hardly make out what was being said; in other locations the system punished your ears. Far from meeting their needs for contemporary worship services the system was hurting and distracting the congregation.” There was nothing wrong with the old products; they were simply deployed in the wrong application. “There were two loudspeaker cabinets that were being asked to cover more (bandwidth and physical area) than they were designed to,” he continued. “Never mind all the nuanced ways that good systems can go bad. This one simply didn’t cover the congregation. It was doomed from the start.”

Beyond providing Living Stones with minimally adequate coverage, as taught in Sound Reinforcement 101, Spratt was committed to making their new system sound eminently intelligible and musical for every seat in the sanctuary. “Tom Danley’s innovations result in transparent, articulate loudspeaker cabinets that array beautifully, with minimal required processing and amp channels,” he said. “In addition, Danley’s impressive pattern control down into the lower frequency range help to keep sound energy off the walls, an important consideration in this active acoustical environment.” Spratt worked with Chad Edwardson at Danley Sound Labs to ensure that a design that worked for the existing sanctuary would still perform as desired when mirrored. “I also spoke with [Danley president] Mike [Hedden], who assured me that the Danley cabinets we installed today would still be available when the facility expansion commences,” said Spratt. “He explained that the way they design the growing family of SH-series loudspeakers and TH-series subwoofers meant they would not be discontinued.”

Despite limited availability of loudspeaker rigging locations, Spratt designed a system that would deliver even coverage to the congregation without acoustically exciting the sanctuary walls. On each of the two laminated beams hang two tight-packed Danley SH-50s – four SH-50s in all. Below each cluster hangs a Danley SH-95, which provides down fill for the first few rows. A pair of Danley TH-115 subwoofers fill in the already generous low end from strategic locations on the floor. “I would have preferred to fly the subwoofers,” Spratt said. “But our limited rigging options made it extremely difficult to fly and unsightly.” Crest amplifiers deliver power to the system, and a Xilica processor provides modest processing.

Perhaps the greatest compliment comes from the church itself. Music and Fine Arts Pastor at Living Stones, Darren Aucoin comments: “We are very pleased with the results of our new speaker system. We had some very unique sound needs in our sanctuary that would not be met with any conventional way of thinking. Merge/Danley designed a solution for us that has met our needs, and in some ways have exceeded them. I have had many people come to me to compliment the improved sound projection as well as sound quality. The added bonus was the overall and low-end volume capabilities of our new speakers. We have TONS of headroom, and are able to provide quality sound at low or high volumes without blowing anybody away.”

“It doesn’t matter where you sit,” Spratt states,” every seat gets the same full-range signal. From our standpoint, we received timely assistance and answers from Danley when we needed them, and the products performed exactly as advertised. It will be fun to double the system when the church builds out a mirror image. All the hard work is already done and all that’s left is the installation!”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

BTX Appoints Kimberly Robbins as Senior Marketing Manager

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. — Jan. 18, 2012 — BTX Technologies, a value-added distributor and manufacturer of interface, integration, and system products for audio-visual, digital signage, broadcast, home theater, and security applications, announced that Kim Robbins has been appointed as the company’s new senior marketing manager. In her new position, Robbins is responsible for planning, directing, and managing all BTX marketing strategies, programs, and initiatives to drive corporate growth and profitability. Robbins replaces Mark Chernoff, who has taken on the role of BTX’s director of A/V sales, Northeast. more

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