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Sennheiser Helps Renowned Winter Carnival in Minnesota Usher in its first Annual ‘Silent Disco’

St. Paul, Minn. – February 14, 2012 – At the Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival Craft Beer Festival in St. Paul, an annual event that hosts over 60 breweries presenting over 200 craft beers, participants are always looking for new ways to interact and have fun while frolicking in the freezing cold Minnesota air. This year, the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company of Chippewa Falls, Wis. sponsored its first ‘silent disco’ during the festival. The unique event featured 30 pairs of Sennheiser RS 120 wireless headphones for attendees to enjoy while shaking it up on the dance floor.

The silent disco, which lasted 4.5 hours on the evening of January 28th, was an instant success, drawing both eager dance participants and curious onlookers who found the spectacle entertaining to watch — even through bystanders could not hear the music. From a technical perspective, the event could not have been simpler to run, requiring just 30 pairs of Sennheiser RS 120 headphones, two Sennheiser transmitters, an Apple iPad and an Apple iPod Shuffle.

“People were skeptical at first, but by 8:00 p.m. when the disco closed, there were more than 100 people still waiting in line for their turn to dance,” said Matthew Kenevan, owner and founder of Beer Dabbler. “Everyone loved the silent disco, whether they were dancing or watching, and the Sennheiser RS 120 wireless headphones delivered excellent sound quality while making the technical side as simple as possible to run the event.”

The silent disco was designed and run by Full Compass Systems, a national leader in professional audio, video, A/V and lighting systems. In addition to the audio equipment that formed the basis of the silent disco, Full Compass Systems also provided the disco lighting (and disco ball) under a canopied 25 x 25-foot dancing area.

“When we were approached about doing the silent disco, we immediately recommended Sennheiser RS 120 headsets,” said Manny Figueroa, national/international account manager at Full Compass Systems. “They delivered outstanding audio quality throughout the evening — even in 17-degree temperatures — with no additional battery charge required.” A Leinenkugel refreshment stand kept the dancers’ thirst quenched while they danced between the hours of 3:30 and 8:00 pm.

Following the overwhelming success of its very first silent disco, the Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival will now make this an integral part of the festival each year. Kenevan plans to double the size of the event next year, and will purchase twice the amount of Sennheiser RS 120 wireless headphones.

“We had a lot of good feedback on both the silent disco and the Sennheiser RS 120 wireless headphones,” Kenevan commented. “I was able to deliver top of the line audio quality for everyone who participated. I could not have been more impressed with the outcome. I’m looking forward to adding more next year!”

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The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Star-Studded GRAMMY® Week Event Salutes Music Producer, Executive and Entrepreneur Jimmy Iovine

An Advocate for Artistic and Sonic Integrity Is Feted by the Music Production Community

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

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (February 14, 2012) — In what has become a much-anticipated evening that kicks off music’s biggest week ahead of the annual GRAMMY Awards®, Wednesday, February 8, 2012, saw the fifth annual GRAMMY® Week event held by The Recording Academy®’s Producers & Engineers Wing®. The event, which took place at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles, brings to center stage the irreplaceable contributions made by the recording engineers and record producers whose technical expertise and brilliance warrant GRAMMY Awards of their own. Created specifically to honor individuals who, in the words of Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, have “championed creative freedom” throughout their career, the event has previously honored T-Bone Burnett, Island Records’ Chris Blackwell, and five individuals associated with Atlantic Records: Tom Dowd, Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, Arif Mardin and Jerry Wexler. This year’s Producers & Engineers Wing event, which preceded the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, airing live on the CBS Television Network, singled out music producer and entrepreneur Jimmy Iovine, engineer and producer for artists including Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, U2, the Pretenders, Dire Straits, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and many more. Portnow presented The Recording Academy President’s Merit Award to Iovine in front of a star-studded audience that included such individuals as Alex da Kid, Mary J. Blige, Colbie Caillat, Diddy, Simon Fuller, Brian Grazer, Dave Koz, Nigel Lithgow, Stevie Nicks, Robbie Robertson, and will.i.am and Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas.

After musical performances by singer/songwriter and “I Love The Way You Lie” co-writer Skylar Grey and singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey, Iovine arrived onstage to receive The Recording Academy President’s Merit Award from Portnow. By that time, the crowd was charged, applauding Iovine both for his contributions to record making and for his entrepreneurship. Iovine founded Interscope Records, one of the most successful labels in the world, and more recently he established Beats Electronics, his consumer headphone venture with colleague Dr. Dre, one of many GRAMMY Award winners in the audience that night.

Iovine singled out many people to honor with a personal note of thanks, including Stevie Nicks (whom he praised for her unique vocal style), Elliot Scheiner – the first producer Iovine ever worked with and whom he credits for giving him the studio bug (“He wore boots and a leather jacket with a matching leather bag, and at the end of the night he went home with a beautiful woman and I said, ‘That’s what I want!” Iovine recalled to the delight of the crowd) – as well as engineer Roy Cicala, label head and producer Doug Morris, the late studio owner Eddie Germano and artists such as Mary J. Blige and Tom Petty. Even as he celebrated his current role as chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, a unit of Universal Music Group, and his 20 years as a label head, Iovine credited others for guiding him and for teaching him to give that back throughout his career. He noted, “People were constantly giving me opportunities I wasn’t really ready for,” but that prompted him to rise to meet those challenges and do the same for several generations of artists, producers and engineers over more than four decades.

Iovine also praised the pro audio manufacturing community for its contributions, and indeed The Village was filled with technology demonstrations from sponsors West L.A. Music and Westlake Professional Sales, as well as co-sponsors including 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 were provided by VeeV.
Looking over the crowd of audio professionals gathered at The Village that evening, Maureen Droney, Senior Executive Director of the P&E Wing, observed, “Each year, we take a night to honor the people who work behind the scenes to make great-sounding recordings. You are the glue, the foundation that holds the music business together. Day after day, you are the problem solvers, and the creatives who help others to shine. This is your night to shine. It has been challenging in recent times to keep commercial studios in operation and to maintain a focus on the importance of creating music that sonically reflects the artist’s intention. Thanks to the dedication and outspokenness of Jimmy Iovine and others like him, that trend is starting to change. The public is beginning to realize that the sound of the music they are listening to is not as good as it can be and they are starting to demand better. Producers and engineers deserve recognition for being in the forefront of the quest for better sound.”

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Photo Caption 1: Shown L-R: Producer Jimmy Jam; President/CEO of The Recording Academy®, Neil Portnow; honoree Jimmy Iovine; and Producers & Engineers Wing® Senior Executive Director Maureen Droney, at the P&E Wing Event at The Village Recording Studios on February 8, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy/WireImage.com/Michael Kovac. Photographed by Michael Kovac. © 2012.

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Photo Caption 2: Shown L-R: President/CEO of The Recording Academy® Neil Portnow and honoree Jimmy Iovine, posing onstage during The 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards P&E Wing Event at The Village Recording Studios on February 8, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy/WireImage.com/Lester Cohen. Photographed by Lester Cohen. © 2012.

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More Gain Before Feedback Achieved at Rose Bowl and Super Bowl Thanks to RND 5045

BUENA PARK, Calif.—An ongoing issue with ref mics appears to have been resolved with the use of the new Rupert Neve Designed Portico 5045 Primary Source Enhancer developed for, and distributed by, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. A case in point was the recent use of the unit by Jack Bowling of ATK AudioTek at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and the Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

Bowling had the chance to demo the RND 5045 unit prior to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena to explore the possibilities for its use in resolving certain issues of this specific application. “Kevin Kimmel from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, having worked with me in the past, knows I project manage and mix the UCLA football games and also mix the Tournament of Roses Game at the Rose Bowl,” states Bowling. “He initially introduced me to the RND 5045 suggesting it might help achieve more gain before feedback and provide more clarity on the referee microphone. I was curious to see what effect it would have, and after some patching and a further discussion of various parameters, we tried it out and I was impressed with the change the unit made.”

Bowling said the Rose Bowl PA is a distributed system with all speakers pointing toward the field, and because of this, a great portion of the reverberant energy works its way onto the field, making for a challenging situation. “It was only through experimentation that I was able to hear the effect and appreciate the change it made to the ref mic,” says Bowling. “The 5045 did an excellent job tightening up the ref’s voice by attenuating a great deal of that reverberant energy.”

Because of the success he had with the RND 5045 at the Rose Bowl, Bowling took the unit on the road to Indy for the Super Bowl where he used a Yamaha M7CL digital console at his mix position and two Sennheiser MKE-2 Platinum mics connected through a dual switch to two Shure Axient transmitters and receivers (only one element is used at a time, the additional system is used as a backup). “The RND 5045 was great! I had limited time to tune the ref mic and was very pleased with the result. I used the 5045 on an insert with a Cedar DNS-1500 and an XTA Parametric EQ and ended up with a ref mic that sounded very natural and had plenty of gain. I am always looking for a way to improve the clarity and squeeze just a bit more level out of the ref mic and this unit did both.”

For more information on ATK Audiotek, visit www.atkaudiotek.com.

For more information on the RND 5045, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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Photo ID: Jack Bowling, ATK at Yamaha M7CL digital console with RND 5045 in rack

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

KIT digital Uses Haivision’s KulaByte(TM) Internet Encoder to Power Live Multiplatform Video Streaming for Nautilus Live

KulaByte Encoder Converts Live HD Feed From Exploration Vessel Nautilus to Multiformat Video Streams, Delivering Real-Time Educational Content to Broad Range of Viewers

MONTREAL and CHICAGO — Feb. 14, 2012 — Haivision Network Video today announced that its KulaByte live Internet encoder powers multiscreen video delivery for Nautilus Live, a cutting-edge live ocean exploration program. A part of a complete media system provided by KIT digital, the KulaByte H.264 encoder receives the raw HD video signal from the Nautilus vessel and converts it into multiple H.264 IP streams in the formats required for delivery to the Nautilus Live Roku channel, website, iPhones(R), iPads(R), and other mobile devices. more

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CULTURAL PARK THEATRE RESONATES WITH WORXAUDIO TECHNOLOGIES

*** The Cultural Park Theatre’s exterior. ***

Cape Coral, FL – February 2012… With more than 50 events each year—encompassing everything from exhibits, musicals, plays, concerts, recitals, and more—the Cultural Park Theatre is one of this city’s most prized establishments. Despite its rich activities agenda, the veritable facility suffered from less than desirable sound quality for quite some time. Recently, however, Cultural Park Theatre management decided it was time to upgrade the sound reinforcement capabilities of the theatre and this decision ultimately resulted in the deployment of a new loudspeaker system from the catalog of Greensboro, NC-based WorxAudio Technologies. more

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Matrox Video Products Group Appoints Computers Infinite as Newest Distributor in India

MONTREAL — Feb. 14, 2012 — Matrox(R) Video Products Group today announced the appointment of Computers Infinite as the company’s newest distributor in India. Computers Infinite will represent the full lineup of Matrox video products including the new Matrox Mojito MAX(TM) I/O card, the award-winning Matrox MC-100(TM) SDI-to-HDMI mini converter, the popular Matrox MXO2(TM) I/O devices, the full line of Matrox Convert(TM) DVI and DVI Plus scan converters, as well as all Matrox Developer Products. more

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Matrox Video Products Group and UBC Technology Pte. Announce Southeast Asia Partnership Agreement

MONTREAL — Feb. 14, 2012 — Matrox(R) Video Products Group today announced the company has entered into a new distributor agreement with Singapore-based UBC Technology Pte. Ltd. to further strengthen Southeast Asia sales and support. more

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DNF Controls at the 2012 NAB Show

At the 2012 NAB Show, DNF Controls will demonstrate the company’s array of applications based on its flagship technology, the Flex Control Network(R). An intelligent and cost-effective solution, Flex Control Network provides a complete control and connectivity infrastructure that integrates with existing equipment, protecting equipment investments. Also on display will be DNF’s new Production Control Application for live television productions and the new Tally Control System. DNF will also exhibit its popular AnyWhere Interface Box (AIB) and GTP-32 Control Processor. more

Christie MicroTiles “Speak” As Creative Medium At Perimeter Institute

World-class technology converges with world-class facilities at the are visually communicating a range of scientific research, training and outreach messages for a variety of audiences – including some of the world’s brightest minds. Located in the lobby, itself a mix of angles and multiple perspectives, the Christie MicroTiles array is assembled as an irregular hexagon, creating a dynamic media wall to welcome and inform all visitors.

“The video wall’s shape is arranged in a ‘V’ with a narrow base of three MicroTiles wide and works its way up to eight wide at the top of the array,” said Randy Pagnan, President, RP Visual Solutions (RPV). “Any MicroTiles array greater than five tiles high benefit greatly from a consolidated back frame, which is what RPV constructed; our adjustability and capability to align each MicroTile guarantees the tight seams of the video wall. MicroTiles allow the flexibility to provide that ‘architectural’ look Perimeter was seeking to achieve.”

The scale, diversity, and modular design of Christie MicroTiles in architectural spaces allow a building’s design and the organization occupying it to ‘speak’ with the Christie MicroTiles as the creative medium.

“The wall’s design is a fusion of messaging, mission and architecture – and it all came together because of the Christie MicroTiles technology,” said John Matlock, Director of External Relations and Public Affairs at Perimeter Institute. “The flexibility of MicroTiles allowed for the whole space to come together in a very exciting way. The unique shape of the media wall – including a functioning passageway – is in line with the architect’s vision of the main entrance to Perimeter Institute.”

Matlock explained that Perimeter’s small in-house graphics and audiovisual team needed a visual display technology that would enable them to manipulate and update zones, backgrounds and the overall display with ease. With the use of vibrant color, the MicroTiles’ digital canvas enables the Institute’s graphic artist to create, import, and display high-resolution and highly detailed scientific animations to help share abstract concepts in theoretical physics. In addition, the MicroTiles display will share daily news about the many research, training and outreach activities taking place throughout the facility.

“In the past we had plasma displays to impart basic information – times, dates, names. However, in expanding the research center, the Christie MicroTiles’ high-resolution capabilities, color and clarity really took us to that next level where we could bring information to life in all new ways, including the display of highly detailed scientific images and computer-generated animations,” Matlock continued.

“Many different communities – researchers, trainees, students, teachers, members of the public and even our many stakeholders – pass by and speak in overwhelmingly positive tones about the media wall. The Christie MicroTiles provide a ‘wow’ factor when we share information about Perimeter’s purposes and other messaging. I think we are in an ideal position with Christie MicroTiles to keep the communications as fresh, impactful and awe-inspiring as the Stephen Hawking Centre itself.”

“Christie MicroTiles allow for the creativity of architects to realize their vision and do things they couldn’t do only a few years ago,” Pagnan concluded.

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HARMAN’s Studer OnAir 3000 Center Of Attention In Newly Constructed And Renovated Chinese Broadcast Stations

A Studer OnAir 3000 digital mixing console at the Soundcraft Studer facilities in Potters Bar, UK.

CHENGDU, China — With a growing emphasis on reliable digital transmission throughout the world, three China-based broadcasting companies have recently installed HARMAN’s Studer OnAir 3000 digital mixing consoles—two newly renovated and one recently constructed. The Sichuan Radio & Television Station Broadcasting system in Chengdu, Sichuan; the Wuxi Broadcast TV and Radio station in Jiangsu Province; and the Fujian Broadcasting Station Master Control system have all been upgraded with OnAir 3000 consoles.

Provided by Advanced Communication Equipment (ACE), the HARMAN Professional distributor in China, each station sought a more efficient and up-to-date solution for their broadcasting needs.

With 15 on-air rooms in the facility, Sichuan Radio purchased and installed 14 Studer OnAir 3000 and OnAir 2500 digital consoles to control their broadcasts. The master control room in the recently constructed building is fully digital and offers simulated analogue signals for backup purposes, commitment program exchanges and transmission capabilities, among other tasks. The audio system controls synchronization of the clock system, internal communications and video surveillance throughout the studio.

The studio also boasts 14 pairs of JBL LSR4326P and two LSR4328P studio monitors, four JBL Control 25 loudspeakers, Soundcraft Vi6 digital console, and Soundcraft FX16ii and EFX8 analogue mixers. The analogue mixers are used for backup purposes.

The Wuxi Radio station renovation included an installation of five OnAir 3000s and five OnAir 2000s, all based on Studer’s SCore Router. The digital consoles ensure transmissions distributed out of the studio are of the highest quality. Additionally, the master control system can be utilized to control the comprehensive surveillance and monitoring systems and silent alarm.

The Fujian Broadcast station installed a large variety of Studer equipment, including six OnAir 3000s, four OnAir 2500s, two OnAir 2000s and four OnAir 1000s. The studio also installed 11 pairs of JBL LSR4328P studio monitors, six pairs of LSR2325P and four pairs of LSR4326P studio monitors. Two Soundcraft Vi1 16-channel digital consoles round out the equipment installed in the project that renovated six live rooms, two backup live rooms, 10 recording rooms, two dialogue recording rooms, two monitoring rooms and the master control room.

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.

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