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The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Announces Sponsors for Fifth Annual GRAMMY® Week Event This Year Honoring Music Producer and Executive Jimmy Iovine

Audio Industry Leaders Support Fifth Annual GRAMMY® Week Celebration at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles

P&E Wing’s Annual Gathering Recognizes the Music Industry Production Community’s Achievements and Contributions

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (January 31, 2012) — The Producers & Engineers Wing® of The Recording Academy® will celebrate its fifth annual GRAMMY® Week event, this year honoring legendary music producer and entrepreneur Jimmy Iovine for his commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. The event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles, with Bono and Dr. Dre serving as honorary event co-chairs. GRAMMY Week culminates with the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, airing live on the CBS Television Network, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. (www.grammy.com)

The event is being held with the support of leading companies within the Professional Audio and Musical Instrument market sectors. Presenting sponsors are The Village Studios, West L.A. Music and Westlake Professional Sales. Co-sponsors include such leading professional audio manufacturers/institutions and other corporate support as Harman International brands AKG Acoustics, JBL, and Lexicon; Iron Mountain; Avid; Musician’s Institute; Music Marketing; Shure Incorporated; Beats Electronics; Ultimate Ears; Focusrite Novation; Prism Media Products; Apogee Electronics Corporation; Full Sail University; Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro); Lurssen Mastering; Sennheiser Electronic Corporation; SoundExchange. Eco-friendly cocktails will be provided by VeeV. Additional sponsors will be announced soon.
“There is no way we could present an event of this magnitude without the support of our loyal sponsors.” states Maureen Droney, Senior Executive Director of the P&E Wing. “Our sponsors make this evening possible. This year’s honoree, Jimmy Iovine, has a career that spans the breadth of the music industry, from his roles as an engineer, producer, and co-founder of Interscope Records, to his current position as chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records and his founding of Beats Electronics with Dr. Dre. Throughout all of these endeavors he has continued to be an outspoken evangelist for high quality audio. He shares common goals with the P&E Wing in supporting the art and craft of recorded music, and we are thrilled to be honoring him at this year’s P&E Wing GRAMMY Week Celebration.”

Jimmy Iovine began his career in the ’70s as a recording engineer for artists including John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen. He then made the transition to producer, working on classic albums with artists including Dire Straits, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Patti Smith and U2. In 1990, Iovine co-founded Interscope Records with partner Ted Field. He is now chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, a unit of Universal Music Group, and recently celebrated 20 years commitment as a label head to diverse and gifted artists including the Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Nelly Furtado, Lady Gaga, No Doubt and U2. Furthering his interest in and commitment to sound quality, in 2008 Iovine co-founded the high-performance headphone and sound transmission company Beats Electronics with GRAMMY-winning artist Dr. Dre, and he continues to passionately advocate for reversal of the degradation of sound quality in music that has resulted from the recording industry’s transition to digital distribution.

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Auralex Partners with Camp Simcha to Provide Ailing Children with Sound Recording Environment

Auralex Acoustical Treatments Installed into New Studio Space

GLEN SPEY, NY, FEBRUARY 1, 2012 — Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, made a generous contribution to Camp Simcha, a summer camp for children and teens with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, serious chronic conditions or disabilities, located in Glen Spey, NY. The camp recently built a recording workshop in an unused cabin and Auralex donated several of its acoustic products to outfit the new studio space. more

Broadcast Pix Launches Online User Forum

Billerica, Massachusetts – January 31, 2012 – Broadcast Pix™ today launched an online user forum, www.broadcastpix.com/forum, to foster communication between live video production professionals from a variety of markets. The new public forum encourages users to share information about the company’s Granite™, Mica™, and Slate™ integrated production systems, as well as its Fluent™ workflow tools and the new VOX™ system for voice-activated video productions.

“Broadcast Pix has a very enthusiastic user community that is spread out across more than 110 countries. Our new user forum is an ideal place for those customers to come together, discuss our products, and share production tips,” said Paul Lara, marketing director. “Plus, it’s an ideal venue for producers and directors who have not yet used one of our systems to get information from an experienced user base.”

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated live video production systems. Its systems provide the best control surface for combining cameras, clips and graphics to create compelling live video. These surfaces offer Command Center Control™ of the built-in multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls. Its Fluent™ workflow enables files and data to be easily incorporated from other parts of the studio. Broadcast Pix systems are a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. System range from compact systems controlled by a touch-screen or voice-automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios in more than 110 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Mica, Slate, Fluent, and Command Center Control are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented.

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StrandVision Offers Custom Programming to Integrate Corporate Live Data into StrandVision Digital Signage

Virtually any live business marketing, manufacturing or other data can be displayed on StrandVision Digital Signage…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – Feb. 1, 2012 – StrandVision Digital Signage today announced a custom programming service that enables its customers to automatically import virtually any live data feed into its digital signage display. Dynamic business marketing information, manufacturing production or safety performance information, bank interest rates or stock prices, or even conference room listings in hotels can be automatically updated, formatted and displayed through the StrandVision Digital Signage software.

Custom Applications
The process begins with a free digital signage consultation with a StrandVision engineer that explores StrandVision’s free pre-packaged, built-in database and RSS feed integration capabilities. If the solutions that are included with the standard StrandVision Digital Signage service are not appropriate, the engineer will discuss alternative, custom FTP, XML, HTML or other data access programming approaches.

The StrandVision engineer will then work with the customer’s IT staff on an hourly basis to develop the interface that will conform to the customer’s data security protocols. StrandVision will also design a custom template to display the information as part of the customer’s page mix.

“This service makes StrandVision Digital Signage even more flexible and valuable since it eliminates the need to manually update frequently changing live data,” said Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “We’ve built a lot of the hooks into our software so we can efficiently and cost-effectively develop these custom data feeds quickly. It’s the fastest way to securely access corporate data for display on one digital signage player or a worldwide deployment of digital signage screens.”

The custom data feed service is available immediately. The initial consultation is free. Development programming is on an hourly basis; typical development projects take only a few hours and often are under one hour.

About StrandVision
StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wisconsin, delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers’ LCD flat panel screens, as well as computer screens and websites. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); non-profit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – For further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

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Christie JumpStart Software Solution Launches At ISE 2012

Christie today announced the official launch of its Christie JumpStart content management solution at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam. JumpStart makes it easy to put stunning, high resolution content onto a multi-display or tiled digital canvas.

Christie JumpStart targets architectural markets including museums, universities, stadiums, corporate offices and retail stores needing high resolution, reliable content playback across large video walls. Rental stagers will also benefit from JumpStart’s speed and ease of setup, and support for unique display configurations.

“Christie is leading the way in developing simple, user-friendly solutions for integrated, large-format, digital displays,” said Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Business Products, Christie. “Christie JumpStart can be used with any digital display that has up to four inputs, and is the ideal companion for small and medium-sized Christie MicroTiles video walls – giving customers the ability to get the most out of their MicroTiles displays.”

Combining user-friendly JumpStart software with reliable HP hardware, Christie JumpStart enables users to position and play back a wide range of content including video, graphics, applications, Blu-ray and DVD movies, remote video sources, color swatches and text.

When used with Christie MicroTiles, Christie JumpStart communicates directly with the master External Control Unit (ECU), automatically picking the best resolution for the MicroTiles canvas, regardless of shape or cabling layout, and showing the location of every tile so that snapping content into position is a breeze.

Benefits of Christie JumpStart:

* Multi-windowing capabilities including video files, applications and text

* Seamless integration with Christie MicroTiles, automatically optimizing resolution of the Christie MicroTiles display

* Supports non-standard resolutions and independent resolutions

* Simple user interface allows for quick changes and intuitive user controls

* Integrated solution with single PC/software bundle means no additional hardware and no ongoing software costs or licenses

* Positioning and playback of content can be accomplished by seasoned designers and less technical users

* Plays media locally so no external source PCs or movie players are required

* Scheduling of playlists within each content window (scheduling by date is not supported)

Christie JumpStart is now shipping with a three-year warranty and the hardware bundle is backed by HP, providing peace of mind.

Winner of 18 industry awards since debuting in November 2009, Christie MicroTiles are installed throughout the world including Seoul’s Incheon International Airport, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Bank’s Asia Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong.

Blackmagic Design Releases Support For Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 Broadcast Monitoring

Blackmagic Design today released Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1, a software update for its capture and playback products that adds broadcast monitoring support with the new Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 update.

Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1 for Mac OS X is available for download now and is free of charge for all Blackmagic Design customers. This update includes support for all current DeckLink, Multibridge, Intensity and UltraStudio models.

Broadcast monitoring in Final Cut Pro 10.0.3 allows video output to external monitors and other equipment using the SDI, HDMI or analog video outputs from Blackmagic Design video hardware.

Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1 includes a new control panel for selecting the video output format from Final Cut Pro X for output to devices such as broadcast quality monitors, HDTVs and projectors, so you can see exactly what your master will look like in television colorspace.

Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1 also includes Media Express 3.1 beta. Media Express provides capture, logging and management of video files to Final Cut Pro X compatible formats including ProRes and uncompressed video. Media Express features timecode accurate video capture from professional VTRs with RS-422 control, the ability to log additional metadata and to create custom bins for managing all project video media.

Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 includes XML 1.1 for exporting primary color grades to DaVinci Resolve. This improved XML support makes it easier to move projects from FCP X to Resolve as any primary color changes carried out during editing can now be imported and applied automatically within Resolve. Once a project has been color graded with DaVinci Resolve it can be reopened simply within Final Cut Pro X for any further editing.

“We are extremely pleased to provide immediate support for the new monitoring feature in Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3,” said Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design. “Now working with Final Cut Pro X is even better since our customers can accurately view projects on whatever monitor they choose and can ensure that their final output meets crucial broadcast standards.”

Availability and Price
Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1 for Mac OS X is available now free of charge from the Blackmagic Design support page at www.blackmagic-design.com/support.

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Images of all Blackmagic Design products are available at www.blackmagic-design.com/press/images.

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s DaVinci EmmyTM award winning color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagic-design.com.

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Clay Paky Alpha Moving Heads Add Color and Punch to Turkmenistan’s 20th Anniversary Independence Gala

Turkmenistan 20th anniversary

Turkmenistan 20th anniversary

Central Asia’s oil-rich Turkmenistan celebrated the 20th anniversary of its independence with a multimedia extravaganza lit by Luc Lafortune, one of the creators of Cirque du Soleil, with an extensive package of Clay Paky Alpha moving heads.

The size and sweep of an Olympics opening ceremony, the event highlighted the tremendous economic growth of Turkmenistan in the last two decades and linked its history and cultural heroes with its future prospects. It was produced by Filmmaster Events, Milan, on October 28 in the capital’s Ashgabat Stadium, which was recently enlarged and refurbished.

Lafortune, a lighting designer with nine shows currently running, including all of the top Las Vegas productions, was brought on board in July. “It was a very short turnaround for a show of this magnitude,” he notes. “Designing lighting for a theater in Vegas is very different from designing lighting for a stadium. Everything is so much bigger – you need a lot of very powerful fixtures, but we were limited to 575 fixtures due to power issues. It was very challenging to keep things dynamic.”

Rome-based Agora supplied Lafortune with a large complement of Clay Paky moving heads, including 80 Alpha Beam 1500s, 50 Alpha Profile 1500s, 100 Alpha Spot HPE 700s and 90 Alpha Beam 700s.

Lafortune designed the lighting keeping the Turkmen aesthetic in mind. “They were very proud and eager to show the world that they have come of age and that their destiny is a bright one,” he explains. “It was all about brightness and colors. We had to put aside everything we know from working in the west and start with a blank page.”

While opting for a bright and colorful palette, Lafortune also had to maintain “a certain degree of elegance” for the gala ceremony. “It would have been easy to go down the path of something that might look tacky,” he says. “The celebration had to come across as something very precious – like giving a nice gift.”

Lafortune spent a good deal of time in the capital of Ashgabat observing how the Turkmen light their monuments. “They use very bold colors. If you find the right colors you can have two colors unexpectedly work well together. I wanted the Turkmen to recognize themselves when they watched the show.”

He deployed 100 Alpha Spot 700s around the periphery of the field to punctuate the stage area where an elderly storyteller related the country’s history to a group of children and acted as the show’s narrative element. “They were a means of illuminating the actors without touching the ground because there was projection as well, and we didn’t want to interfere with that,” Lafortune explains. “The challenge was being able to light the actors without distorting the projections. Putting the Alpha Spot 700s on the perimeter of the field allowed me to do that. They have an amazing amount of output – the beam is so tight, they really kick. I was surprised!”

Lafortune positioned 100 Alpha Beam 700s primarily around scenic devices, including the LED screen, where they enhanced the shape of the screen and provided lighting effects. He used Alpha Beam 1500s on Front of House trusses and some Alpha Profile 1500s with gobos. “At certain moments there were no projections and I didn’t want to have to use white light, so I still needed a lot of power to get the output,” he says. “The 1500s were great at that. I could get color and output at huge distances with flat angles.”

The lighting designer was pleased with the speed of the fixtures’ movement, “particularly on some of the larger lights – it was really quite surprising,” he reports. In addition, “the color mixing has really come a long way. People sometimes pack so much stuff in fixtures that you can’t get good color. Somehow, Clay Paky has managed to pack a lot in the 1500s, yet we could still mix the color we wanted and they weren’t unmanageably big.”

The robust lights also held up under a grueling schedule in a largely desert climate. “We worked them really hard – they were on for very long periods of time,” says Lafortune. “Turkmenistan is mostly desert, with lots of dust. We had no problems – they lights were great and performed magnificently.”

Pio Nahum, Clay Paky CCO, adds, “We’re proud to supply the lights for such a high profile and important event. “I’m glad that the Clay Paky line of fixtures was able to meet all the needs of Mr. Lafortune, a very important designer in our industry.”

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ihiji Ships Category Changing, Low-Cost, and Energy Efficient Remote Network Monitoring Appliance

Austin, TX – February 1, 2012, – ihiji

ihiji INV-APP-500 is now shipping

, creator of the award-winning cloud-based remote monitoring and support system invision, has begun shipping the new and much-anticipated INV-APP-500. This low-cost and energy-efficient remote monitoring hardware appliance is destined to be the industry standard for installations large and small.

The INV-APP-500 boasts a game-changing starting price of $200 and is sold as part of the ihiji invision solution. When implemented, dealers are able to further reduce remote servicing costs while simultaneously increasing system reliability, thereby earning recurring revenue and maximizing operating efficiencies. Furthermore, in contrast to competitive solutions, ihiji’s annual services have been greatly reduced, and the first monitoring tier is free. This enables dealers to deploy an appliance on virtually every installation. Therefore, authorized ihiji dealers are now able to offer both hardware and the first year of service for as low as $200, which is easily recouped by avoiding just one truck roll.

The end-user benefit is equally impressive. ihiji’s low-power appliance INV-APP-500 can deliver a remarkable $700 in annual energy cost savings per location, when compared with traditional in-home server scenarios.

“With the introduction of our new INV-APP-500 appliance, dealers are able to implement robust and reliable remote monitoring and support services for a fraction of the price,” according to ihiji VP of technical operations, Michael Maniscalco. “Our goal is to enable dealers to own their customers’ network and doing so requires remote management. With ihiji invision’s cloud-based architecture, all of the heavy lifting is done on our servers, meaning dealers do not sacrifice features or reliability with the new low-cost appliance. Utilizing cloud services, dealers can offer the most reliable monitoring and support solutions available while keeping the costs of entry and ongoing maintenance as low as possible. We believe this approach to the category is more than a trend. It’s an emerging industry standard.”

invision is the only cloud based monitoring solution built specifically for custom dealers and designed to simplify remote management. It also avoids the high costs and complexities associated with traditional IT-focused monitoring solutions. Developed and maintained entirely in-house by ihiji’s software engineering team, invision has been frequently lauded by dealers as being both the most robust and the most easy-to-use solution available, providing “profound benefits”.

To join the ihiji invision community, or to learn more about establishing business-stabilizing proactive recurring revenue streams and improved customer loyalty, please email info@ihiji.com or call (512) 538-0520.

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About ihiji
ihiji, the leading residential systems monitoring company, provides invision, a simple-to-use, yet robust remote systems monitoring and network support solution that enables proactive system performance management for Electronics Systems Contractors. ihiji develops partnerships with dealers and industry manufacturers to offer inspired solutions for complicated problems, increasing both end-user satisfaction and dealer profitability. Led by a team with a rich history as futurists and technologists, the company boasts a unique background comprised of computer and electrical engineering, research and development, information technology, computer programming, and graduate-level business experience. Follow ihiji on Twitter and on Facebook, and learn more about the company online at www.ihiji.com.

ihiji Media Contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 374-8930, Katye@KMBComm.com.

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