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Audio Facility Ravenswork Sets Up Shop at Video Editorial House Lost Planet with Genelec Active Monitoring System

— Mixer/sound designer Robert Feist’s Ravenswork commercial audio studio found a new home at long-time collaborator Lost Planet’s video editorial facility, and Feist’s new audio suite features a Genelec 5.1 surround monitoring array —

NATICK, MA, February 29, 2012 — Commercial media advertising has been a tough business for the last decade but many lucky talents have found ways to stay on top. When Robert Feist, owner of the three-room Ravenswork commercial audio facility in Venice, California, felt the economy’s pinch in recent years, he created synergy by moving his studio and its high-end commercial work into the space of a long-time collaborator, video editorial facility Lost Planet, in Santa Monica. Together, the two companies have increased their work at the high end of commercial media with top-level talent and technology. Part of that has been the inclusion, from the moment the new audio studio opened at Lost Planet last June, of a Genelec 5.1 surround monitoring system, consisting of three Genelec 8250A Bi-Amplified DSP Monitors for the L-C-R array, a pair of Genelec 8240A Bi-Amplified DSP Monitors for the left and right rear surrounds, and a Genelec 7270A Active DSP Subwoofer.

Feist says that the Genelec surround monitoring system was put to the test immediately upon the opening of the room with the first commercial worked on there, promoting GRAMMY Award®-winning vocalist Beyoncé’s exclusive distribution arrangement with retailer Target. “The commercial had very critical audio requirements – the monitoring had to be perfect, consistent and accurate, and that’s just what the Genelecs gave me,” says Feist, who also uses a pair of Genelec 1029A speakers as desktop monitors.

Since then, Feist and the Genelec speakers have applied their talents to other commercial projects for clients including Nike, Mazda, Google and Absolut Vodka, including Absolut’s award-winning “Absolut Blank” campaign that features over two dozen artists.

“The Genelecs are great speakers for monitoring and mixing,” says Feist, who uses them for both broadcast and theatrical mix versions of the commercial spots he works on. “They’re not just a purchase, they’re an investment – one which is already bringing great results for us and our clients.”

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.

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EAW® Names Steve Davis Service Manager

Pro audio veteran Davis has worked with EAW® in different capacities for 25 years

Whitinsville, MA, USA, February 27, 2012 – EAW®, a world leader in audio system technology for over 30 years, appointed Steve Davis to the position of EAW Service Manager. A longtime member of the extended EAW family, Davis for many years held this same position, before shifting his focus to his company Performance Audio of New England (PANE), where he continued to contribute with his service expertise. Coincidentally, PANE has been located in the same mill complex where EAW designs and manufactures its loudspeakers. The announcement was made by Jeff Rocha, EAW President, and reflects the company’s dedication to enhanced communications and direct access to resources for greater overall efficiency and faster turnaround on service issues.

Having worked as an EAW employee then a contract vendor, Davis is now in his 25th year as EAW’s primary service resource. As a result of the new appointment, he will soon relocate to a new dedicated space in EAW’s manufacturing complex. With communications streamlined and with service connected directly to the rest of EAW’s resources, customer service issues will be resolved more quickly, efficiently and effectively, having a major impact for EAW customers.

Rocha states, “Steve Davis is one of the most trusted resources – indeed, one of the most trusted names – in all of pro audio. When customers send a loudspeaker to Steve for service or repair, they do so with complete faith in his ability to solve their problems. He is truly world-class, and it’s great to have him back on the team. With Steve again on board, we are one step closer to reaching our goal of being a fully integrated organization with the necessary complement of internal resources to comprehensively serve our customers’ needs.”

Davis notes, “To tell the truth, it’s not that big a change for me, because I’ve been servicing EAW products all along. I know that EAW has recently brought back many of the familiar names from the past, and they’ve all felt like a homecoming. I never really went that far away.”

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

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Lenny Kravitz Tours With Expanded & Mirrored DiGiCo SD7 & SD11 Audio Rigs

After a nearly five year hiatus—and eight gold and platinum albums of retro soul and rock ’n’ roll—Lenny Kravitz takes to the global highway with an 8-piece backing band in support of his latest and ninth studio album, Black and White America. Taking musical cues from the past while looking forward in true Kravitz style, he pulls together a wide range of musical and cultural influences.

Working with Mike “Spagoo” Sprague of Sound Image, production/FOH engineer Laurie Quigley crafted an elaborate touring rig that would allow them to retain the high audio quality Kravitz demanded, regardless of the venue size. These two mirrored systems are comprised of DiGiCo SD7s at both FOH and Monitors (with engineer Dan Horton, pictured at right) for use on bigger show dates, with a pair of diminutive SD11s for use on the band’s myriad promo gigs and fly dates.

“I’ve been using the SD7,” Quigley states, “because it is the best sounding digital control service available. More to the point, DiGiCo products just sound better. The SD7 has everything I need right under my fingertips. I added the newer SD11s on this tour so that we could maintain the quality that Lenny has become accustomed to, on small press and TV shows. With space issues, the 32 Flexi channels on the SD11 were perfect. We maxed this little baby out, but it did the job very well. In fact, we are now also using the SD11 for our support band, Raphael Saadiq, on this leg of the tour.”

Quigley also carries an external rack of effects to administer on Lenny’s boutique sound and vocal effects—a BSS 901 and Empirical Lab distressors for Lenny’s vocals, Smart compressors for the sound system and also for all the overheads, in addition to Bricasti reverbs, Culture Vulture distortion units, Leslie vocal effects, Lexicon 960, dBx 120x, 3 x SDE 3000 delay units and a H3500, to name but a few.

Quigley offers his no-bull advice to getting the most out of any audio system. “Let’s get back to basics, lets plug a mic in, see what sounds better, and then start from there. Too many people have forgotten their basics. If you present a properly tuned sound system, the right mic in the right place, and let it breath and do its job with a good control console, you won’t need a plug-in on every channel to start off with. My advice? Learn how to properly tune a sound system, get a DiGiCo mixing console and don’t over-think it. Simplicity breeds consistency. If it sounds good, leave it alone.”

“Let’s forget all the b******t and just plug a mic into a channel and let’s see which one of these wonderful digital control consoles sound like a soundboard. DiGiCo products sound like soundboards, like the analog boards, that we who are old enough to remember, were brought up on. The SD7 sounds like a soundboard; like a more convenient version of an XL-4. But better, smaller, lighter, quicker and more adaptable. It’s all there under one console, not 2 or 3 very large and HEAVY soundboards. And, the new DiGiCo SD 96kHz racks rock!”

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SENSIO and Samsung Electronics reach a patent license agreement over SENSIO(R) S2D Switch

MONTREAL — Feb. 29, 2012 — SENSIO Technologies Inc. (SENSIO) (TSX-V: SIO), a pioneer in 3D image processing and leader in 3D business solutions, and Samsung Electronics co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of consumer electronics, today announced that they have reached a patent license agreement over the SENSIO(R) S2D Switch. As a result of this agreement, SENSIO is licensing Samsung Electronics the right to implement SENSIO(R) S2D Switch in its 3DTVs. The financial terms of the license agreement will remain confidential. more

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New PESA PRO-3GSDI-1616 Routing Switcher Offers Internal Power, Optional Pushbutton Control

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA has expanded its PESA PRO line of professional AV routers with the new PRO-3GSDI-1616 Routing Switcher. It supports all common SMPTE and ITU standard serial digital video signals, as well as embedded audio and other ancillary data required for HD-SDI and DVB/ASI broadcast sources. For digital cinema high definition video distribution requirements, it can be configured to switch SMPTE 372M dual-link HD-SDI in configurations up to 8×8.

The PRO-3GSDI-1616 supports standard data rates from 50Mbps to 3Gbps and video transports up to 1080p/60. All inputs are auto-equalized. With standard SMPTE formatted outputs, each signal is auto-sensed and re-clocked to the appropriate transport stream. Signals can be re-clocked up to 100m for 1080p/60. For non-standard formats, re-clocking circuitry can be set to bypass mode. Two independent reference inputs allow easy selection of genlock from a black burst or tri-level sync source.

Two models are available: the PRO-3GSDI-1616-C and the PRO-3GSDI-1616-PB, which includes a local pushbutton control panel. Both models feature an internal power supply and can have multiple remote control panels added via an Ethernet interface.

The PRO-3GSDI-1616’s compact 1 RU frame design features front load, hot swappable card sets, and includes space for an optional redundant power supply and controller module. It is also compatible with PESA’s Cattrax™ graphical user control interface. Cattrax is an intuitive GUI control system that supports comprehensive configuration, diagnostics, and monitoring of the PRO-3GSDI-1616 as well as the full line of PESA router frames. The software is installed on a host PC running the Windows® operating system and communicates via an Ethernet port located on each router.

Positioned at a more competitive price point, the PESA PRO line includes several new features that make it an attractive package for small to mid-size video switching environments. The PESA PRO line is ideal for SD-SDI, HD-SDI, and 3G-SDI switching applications in digital cinema, telemedicine, O&P, high-end presentation rooms, satellite imaging, military command centers, and simulation/visualization environments.

“With almost four decades of proven performance in high-quality broadcast switching products, PESA continues to innovate with cost effective products like the PRO-3GSDI-1616,” said Dan Holland, PESA vice president of product marketing. “It’s loaded with features normally found in larger router systems, but it fits perfectly in small to mid-size venues where rack space is at a premium.”

The PRO-3GSDI-1616 has an MSRP of $5,995 and is available now.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners.

Press Contact

Mark J. Pescatore
Pipeline Communications
561-531-3106
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Dan Holland
VP, Product Marketing
256-726-9200
dholland@pesa.com

Platinum Tools® Debuts New Snap Shot™ SSTDR* at 2012 ISC West

Utilizing an Advanced Form of Spread Spectrum Time Domain Reflectometry, the Snap Shot Fault Finding/Cable Length Measurement TDR Seeks and Measures for Electrical Faults Over Energized Data Lines, Electrical Cable Runs, and Live Coax Systems

CAMARILLO, Calif., Feb. 29, 2012 – Platinum Tools (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation and hand termination of wire and cable, is proud to announce that it will debut the new Snap Shot™ fault finding/cable length measurement TDR at 2012 ISC West, held in Las Vegas, Nev. from March 28-30 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, booth 3043.

“Today’s security, electrical, data, voice and video signal carrying systems can be incredibly complex,” explained Lee Sachs, Platinum Tools, Inc. president and general manager. “Working in real time has become a must to keep these systems up-and-running. With the Snap Shot, the field technician can work much quicker and more accurately. Snap Shot can measure attached working data lines, electrical cable runs, and live coax systems for run lengths, and to see if there are any existing electrical faults while the cable is in use and under power.”

Utilizing an advanced form of *Spread Spectrum Time Domain Reflectometry that allows its use over energized cables, Snap Shot TDR accurately detects, locates and identifies fault conditions such as opens, shorts, and arc faults on energized cable of all types up to 3,000 feet in length. Made in the U.S.A., large backlit LCD display clearly shows lengths in both feet and/or meters with an accuracy of better than one percent for pinpointing any fault or condition. Dual internal memory allows users to store cable parameters for easy reference, while a built in tone generator with multiple tone capabilities trace found faults.

Additional Snap Shot features and specifications include:
• Auto power-off
• Four different tones
• Calibrates any cable NVP value
• Size: 6.8 x 3.15 x 1.3 inches
• Weight: 12 oz (with battery)
• MSRP: $259.95

For more information on Platinum Tools and its complete product line, please visit www.platinumtools.com, call (800) 749-5783, or email info@platinumtools.com.

About Platinum Tools
Platinum Tools, founded in 1997, was created based upon two very simple objectives. First, develop the absolute best possible solutions for the preparation, installation, and hand termination of wire and cable. Second, implement an operational infrastructure that can deliver these products in an efficient, timely, and high quality manner.

All of our products must absolutely satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…utility of function; quality of function; and economic value. Our people are our company. They, too, must be focused on and work to satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…customer satisfaction; product knowledge and expertise; and willingness to learn and adapt.

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Extron to No Longer Exhibit at InfoComm-USA and ISE Tradeshows

Extron Electronics, a leading manufacturer of professional AV system integration products, today announced that the company will no longer exhibit at the InfoComm-USA and Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) trade events, effective immediately. As explained in the current Andrew Online on its Web site, Extron will instead focus its efforts, staff, and resources on activities that directly benefit its customers, starting with additional training facilities and expanded customer support in the US and around the world. more

AVI-SPL Teams Up with Prysm, Industry Weapon to Exhibit at DSE

Leading provider of audio video communications solutions AVI-SPL is teaming up with digital signage manufacturer Prysm and software designer Industry Weapon to exhibit at the 2012 Digital Signage Expo (DSE) from March 6-9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Featured at booth #245, the three technology leaders aim to bring an exciting interactive edge to the annual expo, an event billed as the world’s largest international trade show dedicated to digital signage, interactive technology and out-of-home networks.

As a team, Prysm, Industry Weapon and AVI-SPL will demonstrate and discuss simplified, all-inclusive digital signage solutions. Attendees will experience first-hand how Prysm video walls and Industry Weapon software are combined with AVI-SPL’s integration expertise to create a one-stop-shop experience for clients seeking digital signage. The trio will share how they have simplified the normally complex process of obtaining digital signage by bundling all of the components.

“AVI-SPL bundles offer easy, full-service solutions for digital signage,” said Lucinda Bost, digital media sales, AVI-SPL. “Our solutions provide all of the gear, content and integration for digital signage all in one budget-friendly package deal.”

Additionally, the AVI-SPL team will demonstrate how each bundle is customer focused.

“Our team understands and accommodates the unique needs of each of our clients,” said Rich Daugherty, AVI-SPL digital media content specialist. “AVI-SPL can create original content specifically designed for the customer and its viewers.”

About Prysm
Prysm, Inc. has invented a new display platform based on the Laser Phosphor Display (LPD) technology that it owns entirely. LPD is a large format display platform that can be organized in any size or shape to support a wide range of complete solutions for a variety of commercial markets. When compared to traditional technologies, LPD offers brilliant lifelike and lifesize displays which deliver truly immersive experiences, while offering the lowest cost of ownership and meeting the highest standards of environmental impact. Prysm is a privately held company based in Silicon Valley, California with sales offices in New York, San Jose, London and Dubai. For more information, please visit http://www.prysm.com/.

About Industry Weapon
Founded in 2003, Industry Weapon’s mission is to simplify digital media communications for non- technical users. For the past 3-1/2 years, Industry Weapon has successfully provided its digital signage technology to companies throughout the world by utilizing its cloud-based platform known as CommandCenterHD. Industry Weapon’s simplistic approach to the design, scheduling and deployment of digital signage is now being expanded to mobile and IP phones. For more information, please visit: http://www.industryweapon.com

About AVI-SPL AVI-SPL is a global leader in audio video communications technology, providing comprehensive solutions and services for professional AV installation, telepresence and video conferencing, digital media systems, control rooms and network operations centers, hotel rental services, event staging and production. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., AVI-SPL has highly-trained and certified system engineers throughout 32 U.S. offices and an international network of solution providers in 30 countries. Please visit www.avispl.com for more information or connect with AVI-SPL on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Bahakel Communications Uses FOR-A MXF Clip Server to Store and Playout Video Clips for Local Newscasts

Fort Lee, N.J. – FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, announces that Bahakel Communications in Charlotte, NC, is using six FOR-A MBP-100SX MXF clip servers to store and convert MXF (XDCAM compatible) files for HD-SDI video play out during live newscasts for WCCB-FOX Charlotte and WOLO-ABC Columbia.

The clip servers, which reside in the station’s News Engineering room, replaced a bank of HDCAM tape machines. FOX Charlotte’s news editors—working in nonlinear video editing suites in multiple cities—now wrap their finished news stories in MXF and transfer them as files over a high-speed data network. Once downloaded onto the clip servers, the news director organizes them using the companion touchscreen into a “rundown” of stories that playout to air during the station’s newscasts.

“The FOR-A clip servers are far more cost-effective than broadcast video servers for tapeless news playout,” said Bob Davis, Director of Engineering and Operations for Bahakel Communications, a Charlotte, NC-based communications company that owns television and radio stations primarily in the Southeastern U.S. “Tapeless local news playout, as well as the ability to exchange news stories as files with other group members, helps us streamline our workflow and maximize our production efforts and resources. Operational efficiency was a big motivating factor in our buying decision, along with reliability and great support.”

The MBP-100SX, which is a compact, 1-rack-unit MXF clip server, supports Sony’s XDCAM, XDCAM HD and XDCAM HD422 compatible MXF files. The control software displays thumbnail images on a PC monitor or touch panel that lets users confirm the content and metadata of recorded clips at a glance. It outputs MXF files as HD/SD-SDI baseband video, with up to eight channels of embedded audio.

“The MBP-100SX clip server was designed to provide a bridge between IT and MXF file-based workflows and the HD/SD-SDI baseband video world, as well as playout to air,” said Pedro Silvestre, sales director for FOR-A Corp. of America. “We’re extremely pleased that Bahakel has chosen our clip servers as an innovative, cost-effective way to streamline its tapeless news production workflow.”

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 201-944-1120 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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Larson Studios Installs Jünger Audio’s Loudness Solution To Solve Its CALM Compliance Issues

The need to comply with the recently introduced CALM Act on broadcast audio loudness has led Hollywood-based Larson Studios to invest in two Jünger Audio T*AP Television Audio Processors. These have now been installed in the facility’s transfer rooms where they are already proving invaluable in terms of saving time.

Larson Studios is renowned as a full-service post production sound company specialising in digital mixing for standard and High Definition television, film and multimedia. From its two 10,000 square-foot landmark buildings in the heart of Hollywood, Larson Studios offers ADR/Foley stages, sweetening rooms, edit suites and seven Chris Pelonis/George Massenburg-designed 5.1/7.1 surround mix stages. In addition to award-winning television and film audio post that is fully CALM compliant, Larson also offers complete audio restoration, remixing, repurposing and pre-mastering.

Prior to investing in Jünger Audio’s T*AP units, Larson Studios conducted its own research into available loudness control products and reached the conclusion that T*AP offered the best all-round solution.

David Dondorf, Larson Studios’ Chief Engineer, says: “We did a shoot-out between Jünger Audio and two other Loudness control boxes from major manufacturers and eventually chose the Jünger Audio units because they sounded better. Our testing showed that they were completely accurate, especially from the aspect of dialnorm. They were also easier to use and offered a clear path to creating the presets we needed. The default presets sold the box, along with the fact that you can go into great depth – or not.”

Larson Studios delivers product to all major broadcast and cable networks and, as an extremely busy facility, does not have time to constantly re-deliver audio material that doesn’t comply with the regulations specified by the new CALM act.

“Before we invested in the T*AP processors, we were wasting hours fixing shows that were being rejected because they were one tenth of a dB out,” Dave Dundorf adds. “These units have not only saved valuable time but they also allow us to deliver audio material that sound as good as our customers expect.”

Jünger Audio’s award-winning T*AP Television Audio Processor incorporates Version II of the company’s LEVEL MAGIC™ adaptive loudness algorithm, which is compliant with all current broadcast audio loudness recommendations including ITU 1770 (versions 1 and 2), ATSC A/85, ARIB TR-B32 and EBU R128. Based on a Multi-Loop dynamic range control principle where slow changes (AGC), fast changes (Transient processing) and Look Ahead peak limiting are handled simultaneously, LEVEL MAGIC™ offers level management with exceptionally high audio quality and without coloration, pumping, breathing, distortion or modulation effects.

Primarily designed for TV playout, T*AP focuses on automatic and adaptive loudness control, Upmix and surround sound processing for up to eight channels of audio (8×1, 4×2, or 6+2). Optional Dolby Decoding and Encoding (D, D+, or Pulse), as well as metadata management, are also provided along with 5.1 Downmix and Jünger Audio’s 5.1 UPMIX circuit.

Major broadcasters around the world are choosing these products because they allow loudness consistency to be maintained in a very easy and cost effective way – and without any detrimental effects on sound quality.

Larson Studios’ T*AP units were supplied by Jünger Audio’s US distributor Group One. According to Dundorf, they have completely solved the facility’s CALM compliance issues.

“Now, when we receive a client delivery spec, we know we will meet it exactly, quickly, accurately, and with minimal negative change to the original mix. We are using T*AP on all Deliverables from both our facilities and we are very happy with their performance,” he says.

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities.

For more information about Jünger Audio products in the USA, please contact Group One, Ltd, 70 Sea Lane, Farmingdale, New York 11735. Telephone: +1 515 249 1399. Email: sales@g1limited.com, or visit www.g1limited.com

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