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HARMAN’s Studer OnAir 1500 Mixing Console Makes UK Debut at BVE 2012

LONDON, United Kingdom — At BVE 2012, HARMAN’s Studer is showcasing its unique and versatile OnAir 1500 digital mixing console for the first time in the UK. The OnAir 1500 is a flexible solution for radio broadcasting and production, and the result of Studer’s close attention to the needs of its customers, who are increasingly requesting more versatility and connectivity from their mixing systems at an affordable entry budget price point.

The Studer OnAir 1500 is a 12-channel, 6-fader console (expandable to 12 faders), ideal for studios needing an additional professional-grade fader unit and additional I/O or a compact and cost-effective mixing console for a production room or on-air studio. Integrated USB playback and record functions make the OnAir 1500 a very compact yet complete production unit and mixer. With simple point-to-point connectivity it can easily be moved around as a backup or secondary unit.

Flexibility is increased with the addition of a 6-fader extension bay, creating either a 12-fader surface, or an additional six faders that can be remotely placed in a producer’s bay or used as a redundant surface. The system bridges the gap between production and on-air needs, offering an all inclusive feature set to simplify great programming in either setting.

Channel parameters such as EQ and dynamics can be comfortably edited using console controls in combination with the OLED channel displays without requiring an additional screen or PC. For more advanced operation and configuration, the console provides interfaces for connecting a PC screen, keyboard and mouse.

The master section gives the operator simple yet comprehensive access to the signal monitoring and switching for control room and studio with an internal speaker preconfigured to output CUE and talkback signals. Audio monitoring is augmented by two 29 segment stereo bargraph PPMs, providing constant overview of all-important signals; six different meter standards are available. Unique features such as Headphone Split allows the user to listen to two different sources, one through the left earpiece and the other through the right. Preset buttons also allow one-touch control of all monitoring. Additional monitoring for separate studios is available via an external Monitoring/ Talkback unit for added flexibility.

The separate NANO SCORE of the OnAir 1500 contains the audio and control engine. Its straightforward design provides standard sockets, making any additional breakout panel unnecessary. Two separate card slots can be equipped with any optional D21m I/O module, such as MADI (up to 64 ch in/56 ch out), ADAT, AES, or additional MIC inputs. The front panel carries three USB ports, one of which is used to identify the console operator. The second port can host a USB stick for recording and playout, while the third one can be switched to deliver an additional eight channels of I/O to/from a USB device. The core connects to the surface via one Cat5 cable, which also supplies power to the surface.

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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Peregrine Andrews Upgrades His Studio With A White Mark Fast Studio System

Recording engineer Peregrine Andrews, who specializes in mixing radio and television, has installed a White Mark Fast Studio acoustic system in his west London-based private studio.

Developed by studio and design consultancy White Mark Ltd, Fast Studio allows producers, composers and studio owners to build high performance facilities in far less time and at far less cost than would normally be anticipated. The system uses properly constructed and individually specified acoustic modules that are assembled off-site, making them very quick and easy to install. It is ideal for rooms using free-standing monitors and in which there is no need for full isolation.

White Mark’s managing director David Bell says: “Fast Studio meets market demand for high quality studios that are acoustically accurate, quick to install and preserve more of the character of the original building. Not everyone has the time or the requirement to invest in high levels of isolation. With Fast Studio, we can install a room that sounds good and delivers great acoustic results. We always insist that Fast Studio customers have their initial drawings and monitor set-ups carried out by our team of experts so that we can guarantee both the viability of using the system and the level of performance that will be achieved, but, provided the room meets our criteria, we can deliver a studio that satisfies our customers’ requirements – and in a fraction of the normal time.”

Peregrine Andrews says he chose White Mark for his studio upgrade on the basis of the company’s reputation for excellence in acoustics.

“My studio is a converted room in my flat and I use it for all my radio work and an increasing amount of TV,” he explains. “It is equipped with SADiE and Nuendo, a Smart AV Tango control surface set into a bespoke desk and stereo PMC monitoring, although I’m planning to install surround sound monitoring soon.

“I chose White Mark because I knew they had designed a lot of the top audio post rooms in London and a couple of friends in the business had used them. David Bell recommended the Fast Studio system as suitable for my needs and the company installed a set of panel absorbers and a bass trap in a void at the back of the room. David and Matt Dobson optimized the height and position of my speakers using their measurement system and they achieved an impressively flat response. I am really delighted with the sound of the room and the speed at which the work was carried out.”

Andrews, who trained at the BBC and now runs his own company Moving Air, has already put the studio through its paces mixing a variety of projects.

“In radio I do a lot of fast turnaround mixes, mainly documentaries, for the BBC
and also some drama. Recent TV work for the BBC includes the comedies “Twenty Twelve” and “The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff”, the Queen music doc “Days of their Lives”, and a series of “Motorway Cops”.

White Mark’s Fast Studio system has now been used to great effect on a number of other studio projects including an advertising agency in Mexico City, Giles Martin’s new room at Abbey Road and Cenzo Townshend’s new mixing facility in Suffolk.

For more information about Fast Studio visit www.whitemark.com

For more information about Moving Air, please contact Peregrine Andrews. Email: pez@moving-air.com

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About White Mark:

Established in 1997 by David Bell, John Dunnill, Derek Buckingham and Alan Cundell, White Mark Ltd specialises in production facilities for music recording and the film and television industries. Over the last decade it has designed and supervised the construction of over 170 audio production suites worldwide. The company’s impressive client list encompasses some of the world’s most famous music recording facilities including Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in the UK, Hit Factory in New York (for which the company won a coveted TEC Award for Best Acoustic Design), Hit Factory/Criteria Recording Studios in Miami, Strongroom in London and private studios for producers and musicians such as William Orbit and Damon Albarn. In the area of audio post production, White Mark has completed over 100 studios for more than 40 companies in Soho alone. The list includes Grand Central, Hackenbacker, Envy, Scramble, Lipsync, Molinare, Ascent Media, Wave and Boom. This impressive achievement means that a significant proportion of mainstream British television output passes through rooms designed by White Mark. www.whitemark.com

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T-VIPS expands its footprint in Digital Terrestrial Television with the launch of the TNS547 DTT Monitor

The TNS547 DTT Monitor extends T-VIPS’ portfolio of DVB-T2 solutions and enables “end to end” monitoring – from the headend to the RF signals at the transmitter – delivering a complete toolset ensuring top class Quality of Service in terrestrial networks

Oslo, Norway – T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video contribution and distribution solutions, today announced the launch of the TNS547 DTT Monitor for DVB-T and DVB-T2 Networks, which provides true end-to-end monitoring for DVB-T and DVB-T2 operators. The TNS547 is the newest member of the T-VIPS nSure product line and is designed to ensure the delivery of high-quality video content by simplifying the monitoring and analysis of DVB-T/T2 transport streams and services throughout a terrestrial network. This new solution has been developed in close cooperation with customers and will ship at the end of Q1 2012.

“With the switch off of analogue systems imminent, Quality of Service and reliability in DTT systems are of critical importance. Errors and service breaks need to be detected the second they occur, and that is what we enable with our nSure monitoring and switching solutions,” said Johnny Dolvik, CEO, T-VIPS. “By providing the capability to monitor off-air signals at the transmitter site with the T-VIPS TNS547, we can now offer powerful end-to-end DTT monitoring – from the head-end to the transmitter site – for both DVB-T and DVB-T2 infrastructures.”

The T-VIPS TNS547 provides efficient monitoring of all major interfaces, formats and layers found in DVB terrestrial networks. The monitoring and analysis features enable fast fault-detection and diagnostics either through an intuitive web-based user interface or integration with a network management system. Improved operational efficiency and network reliability are compelling reasons to deploy the TNS547 DTT Monitor in digital terrestrial networks.

As broadcast infrastructures become increasingly complex, the TNS547 provides an ideal tool for the continuous monitoring of relevant QoS parameters at important points in the terrestrial transmission chain. The TNS547 provides an extensive range of RF measurements, T2-MI analysis capabilities (DVB A14-1), IP/Ethernet statistics and EPG/EIT verification. Error detection and alarms are compliant with ETSI TR 101 290 (Pri 1-3) for DVB signals.

Applications:

Off-air RF monitoring of signals at DTT transmitter sites
Simultaneous monitoring of signals in the transmission chain including ASI, IP, T2-MI and RF
TS monitoring, error detection and advanced analysis
24/7 continuous supervision of signals.

Key Features:

DVB-T/T2 RF monitoring and analysis using two demodulators
Round-Robin monitoring of up to 16 frequencies (both DVB-T and DVB-T2)
Monitoring of 6 Transport Streams over ASI or IP
Transport Stream monitoring and error detection
Powerful Transport Stream and T2-MI analysis
Compact and cost-effective with simultaneous, real-time monitoring of 6 multiplexes in 1 RU
User-friendly configuration and control.

For further information: David Bramley, Platform PR, Tel: +44 (0)20 7486 4900, Email: david@platformpr.com

About T-VIPS AS

T-VIPS is a global leader in professional video transport solutions. We help our customers deliver next-generation TV services such as 3D, HDTV, live events and local content. Our IP based video transport and Digital Terrestrial TV solutions allow network operators, broadcasters, and content providers to deliver the highest picture quality at the lowest cost. Leveraging our technology expertise in video over IP, video compression, transport stream processing, monitoring and seamless switching we deliver products and solutions that improve Quality of Service (QoS), ensure high quality in live contribution workflows and enable state of the art DTV.

Our wide range of products enables fast time-to-market, increased reliability and improved video quality. We also provide fully customizable solutions, tailored to customer needs to deliver increased efficiency in video transport infrastructures.

T-VIPS is driven by innovation, customer success, and the application of new technologies to enhance both traditional video transport and Over The Top infrastructures and ensure the delivery of high quality content to TV ready mobile devices.

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IOGEAR USB 3.0 Card Reader/Writer Supports 59 Memory Card Formats

Data transfer from almost any memory card is faster and more efficient with new IOGEAR SuperSpeed USB 3.0 card reader/writer.

Foothill Ranch, CA – February 13, 2012 – IOGEAR, a leader in convergence through connectivity products, announces a new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Multi-Card Reader/Writer (GFR381) with data transfer speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 and support for 59 different memory card formats. Moving data at a clip of 5Gbps, the new USB 3.0 Card Reader/Writer saves time and improves the efficiency of computers and the devices that capture and store digital content.

Equipped with SuperSpeed USB 3.0, IOGEAR’s newest multi-card reader/writer can transfer data from 59 different memory card formats (listed below) with ease. Simply connect to a USB 3.0 Hub or computer input and the Multi-Card Reader/Writer transfers HD and other content taken from digital cameras, smartphones, tablets and more at a blazing clip of 5Gbps. For added convenience, multiple memory cards may be inserted into the GFR381 for use at the same time. Small but powerful, the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Multi-Card Reader / Writer bridges the data transfer gap between mobile devices and computers for unmatched data hustle.

A major jump from USB 2.0, USB 3.0 allows the sending and receiving of data simultaneously, through different data lanes, while requiring less power. How much faster? A 25-30GB HD movie transferred to a media device can take more than 15 minutes with USB 2.0. Using USB 3.0, that same HD movie takes only 60-70 seconds for data transfer. IOGEAR SuperSpeed USB 3.0 products work with each other and are backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 devices and connections.

Supported Media List:
• Compact Flash/Micro Drive: CF-Type I, CF-Type II, CF-Ultra II, Microdrive, CF-Pro II, CF-Extreme, CFExtreme III, CF-PSP II, CF-Supper, CF-Ultra X
• SD/SDHC: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MicroSDXC, SD-Pro, SD-Pleomax, SD-Pro C, Ultra II SD, Ultra II Plus SD, SD-Extreme III, SD-Ultra X, SD-Turbo, SD-Supper, SD Max, Mini SD, Mini SD-Pro, Mini SD-Pleomax, MMC, MMC-Pleomax, MMC Pro, HS-MMC, MMC Plus, MMC-Plus Turbo, RS MMC, RS MMC-Pleomax, RS MMCSpeed, RS MMC-Max, MMC Mobile, MMC Mobile-ProC, MMC Mobile-Pocketnet, MMC Micro (adapter required)
• Olympus DC Card: Olympus DC Card, Olympus DC Card(M), Olympus DC Card(H)
• MicroSD / microSDHC: microSD / microSDHC, T-Flash
• Memory Stick: MS, MS-Magic Gate, MS-PRO Magic Gate, HS-MS-PRO Magic Gate, MS-DUO, MS DUO Magic Gate, MS-PRO Duo, HS-MS-PRO Duo, HS- / MS-PRO Duo Magic Gate, MS-PRO Duo-PSP, MS-PRO Duo-Gaming Memory Stick
• M2: Memory Stick Micro (M2)

For users with limited USB 3.0 ports to work with, also available is the IOGEAR SuperSpeed USB 3.0 4-Port Hub (GUH374). Connectivity is enhanced with the expansion of four USB 3.0 ports enabling SuperSpeed data transfer between a computer and up to four devices. HD cameras, USB 3.0 Multi-Card Readers, storage devices, docks, adapters, RAID configurations, printers, high resolution webcams, scanners and hard drives work more efficiently with the IOGEAR USB 3.0 4-Port Hub. The compact USB 3.0 Hub is plug-n-play for a no hassle installation and hot swappable for easy connecting and disconnecting of devices.

“Humans have long-pursued the greatest possible speeds in cars, planes and even factory production, and download time is no different,” said Bill Nguyen, senior marketing manager at IOGEAR. “We’re an on-demand society that wants to be entertained or productive immediately and there is no faster way to access content from our devices, than with the use of USB 3.0.”

Pricing for the IOGEAR USB 3.0 SuperSpeed products are:
IOGEAR SuperSpeed USB 3.0 4-Port Hub (GUH374) – $49.95
IOGEAR SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Multi-Card Reader/Writer (GFR381) – $37.95

For more information on IOGEAR and its connectivity solutions, please visit: www.iogear.com. Follow IOGEAR on Twitter, the company blog, and become a fan on Facebook for additional industry, company and product details.

About IOGEAR
IOGEAR, headquartered in Foothill Ranch, Calif., manufactures innovative Home Electronics and Information Technology solutions that enable convergence through connectivity. Founded in 1999, the company develops products that help integrate technologies, share resources, decrease clutter and energy consumption, and reduce electronic waste. IOGEAR distributes throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.

The company emphasizes the conservation of natural resources to both employees and customers through its GREEN initiatives program and “Road to a Million Trees” campaign. In partnership with Trees for the Future, one tree is planted for every product purchased on the IOGEAR site or through an IOGEAR GREEN initiative partner.

(c)2011 IOGEAR. All rights reserved. IOGEAR and the IOGEAR logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of IOGEAR. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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WSDG Names Cheryl Fleming Official Photographer

NEW YORK: Walters-Storyk Design Group co-principal Beth Walters has named Cheryl Fleming official WSDG project photographer. “We have always prided ourselves on outstanding visuals of our completed designs,” Walters said. “Cheryl’s work has brought a new level of elegance to this key element of our overall image.”

An accomplished architectural and event photographer Fleming also specializes in ‘beauty’ shots of luxury yachts, (is there any other kind)? Among her high-visibility pro audio credits are covers of Jay-Z’s Roc The Mic Studio; the $6 million NYU Steinhardt/Dolan Music Technology Center and NY’s Jungle City Studios. Fleming has also collaborated with noted commercial photographer Patrick St. Clair to develop a unique interactive 360º video tour designed to provide comprehensive architectural facility ‘walkthroughs:’

http://www.stclairphoto-imaging.com/360/360tours/Thompson/TourWeaver_Thompson.html

“The recording studio projects I’ve shot for WSDG have been both challenging and gratifying,” Fleming said. “Lighting and glass reflection issues need to be addressed in very specific ways. Beth Walters and John Storyk have given me great direction and a tremendous amount of freedom to experiment with interesting angles and lenses. Their clients have been very complimentary about our collaborations. The fact that we’ve produced three magazine covers out of three shoots is equally encouraging,” Fleming concludes, “Patrick St. Clair and I also look forward to producing a number of video walkthrough tours. They’re affordable and they’re extremely effective.”

For information on Cheryl Fleming Photography visit: http://www.cherphotos.com/architecture

Photo: Jungle City Live Room photo by Cheryl Fleming

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.

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Oxygen DCT Launches The GlueBox™ Mio HD/SD-SDI To HDMI/DVI Converter at BVE 2012

At BVE 2012, Oxygen DCT will be launching the GlueBox™ Mio HD/SD-SDI to HDMI/DVI converter, a high quality, compact, reliable device for broadcast television and digital film industries.

This useful and practical product addresses the everyday and ever changing requirements of video conversion and interfacing by offering an exceptional range of facilities that overcome many of the limitations commonly found with other converters.

Ideal for a wide range of applications, the highly adaptable GlueBox Mio HD/SD-SDI to HDMI/DVI converter is equally at home in a master control room, in the back of a rack, on a studio floor or mounted on a crane. It can be powered from a 12v DC battery or from the AC to DC power unit that is supplied as standard with each box.

A key feature of this unique product is its flexible multi-mode scaler, which has 14 modes enabling automatic output scaling or user selection of 13 different output resolutions from 1920×1200 down to 1024×768. The box also incorporates broadcast grade filtering, which delivers superior image conversion, permitting greater detail and eliminating the artifacts often found on low quality converters.

The GlueBox™ Mio HD/SD-SDI to HDMI/DVI converter accepts all HD-SDI signal formats including 3G-SDI (dual or single link), HD-SDI or SD-SDI and from 1080p/60 down to 525i with automatic signal detection. There is also an active, non-reclocked looped out that negates the need for additional distribution equipment in the signal path.

Steve Hathaway, Oxygen DCT’s Managing Director, says: “This product is packed with features that are often not available on similar converters. These include audio monitoring on HDMI – a really useful facility that allows users to fully monitor a HD-SDI signal on a low cost HDMI monitor. By incorporating audio output with the HDMI signal, the audio within any of the four groups embedded in the HD-SDI stream can be extracted and output as a stereo pair. The side mounted dip switches allow users to select the stereo audio pair for the HDMI output or blank the audio output to the HDMI signal, if required.”

The GlueBox™ Mio HD/SD-SDI to HDMI/DVI converter also offers a DVI connector output interface, as well as a DVI to HDMI converter for HDMI applications. Two LED status indicators show the unit is powered up correctly and that it has a valid video signal, free from errors.

Steve Hathaway adds: “This unit is perfect for both studio and field portable applications and is widely used with HD-SDI signals to provide a DVI/HDMI output for use with large monitors such as Oxygen DCTs Evolution Pro-M series. The fact that this product is both simple to operate and very affordable makes it ideally suited to customers who want an inexpensive conversion solution without having to compromise on quality.”

For further information about Oxygen DCT’s GlueBox Mio range, please visit stand i60 at BVE 2012 or the company’s website at www.oxygendct.com

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About Oxygen DCT:
Oxygen DCT is a broadcasts systems solutions provider with a deep knowledge and understanding of the broadcast and professional media markets. This dynamic organisation has amassed in just over five years, a very extensive and comprehensive products portfolio of over 3000 carefully designed broadcast and production products that represent the pinnacle of engineering excellence. Oxygen DCT was the first company in the broadcast industry to fully implement online facilities for its customers and its unique, comprehensive online ordering facility automatically configures equipment systems for customers, saving time and provides industry professionals with the convenience of immediate online pricing. The ‘one-stop-shop’ website caters for the smallest requirements whilst also allowing users to prepare their own quotes and place orders online with immediate order confirmation. Oxygen DCT also provides advice, support and expertise as part of its ‘life cycle’ care scheme, ensuring that customers are fully serviced throughout their career life cycles. www.oxygendct.com

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UK Debut For HARMAN’s Studer Low-Cost Vista Digital Console and Compact Stagebox

LONDON, United Kingdom — HARMAN’s Studer has extended its popular Vista 5 M2 range of digital broadcast and production consoles to include a 22-fader option, realising the lowest cost Vista ever to be made available and accompanying it with a new low-cost, Compact Stagebox.

Like its bigger brothers the 32 and 42 fader versions, the new model is optionally equipped with new TFT metering, capable of displaying signal levels from mono through to 5.1 channels on each input, with a configurable lower area which can be used to display bus assignments, surround images or the unique ‘History Mode’, where a scrolling audio waveform displays signal anomalies and highlights them for up to 50 seconds to allow the engineer to identify where the event occurred. Metering for ‘layer 2’ signals can also be viewed, while the Control Bay screen can be used to provide configurable user pages with up to 40 meters. When the TFT meter bridge is fitted, the external GC screen becomes an integral part of the chassis.

The Vista 5 family has found its home in all kinds of broadcast and theatre production facilities around the world. Existing Vista 5 owners will be pleased to learn that their console may be easily upgraded to the M2 version to be ready for the optional meter bridge, which is a simple add-on to the console chassis.

To provide a cost-effective package with the 22-fader console, Studer has also introduced the optional Compact Stagebox, which offers a high density of I/O connections in only 4U of rack space. The modular unit is fully configurable but is offered with a standard configuration of 32 mic/line inputs and 16 line outputs. Optionally, the Compact Stagebox can be equipped with an additional 16 mic/line input module instead of the output module, then providing 48 inputs. Alternatively, up to three output modules resulting in 48 outputs may be fitted.

The expansion slots for standard Studer D21m I/O cards may be used for interfaces connecting to most popular digital formats, including CobraNet® or Aviom A-Net® 16, Ethersound, ADAT, TDIF, SDI (SD/HD/3G), Dolby® E and Dolby Digital. A MADI recording interface can be fitted to the expansion slots as well.

The Compact Stagebox is connected to the host console using either Cat5 or optical-fibre MADI, the same way as the larger 64 mic/line Stagebox is hooked up, and shares the same redundant MADI cable capability. The unit comes complete with twin redundant power supplies, thermostatically-controlled fan cooling and full LED status monitoring. An 8ch GPIO interface is also provided.

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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Derik Lee Turns to HARMAN’s JBL LSR4300 Studio Monitors to Create The Soundtrack for “Bring It On: The Musical”

NORTHRIDGE, California – Derik Lee is a New York-based musician, composer and recording engineer who was invited to travel across the country to record and mix the score for “Bring It On: The Musical,” a new theatrical musical comedy which recently debuted at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. On location, Lee had to work in a number of acoustically less-than-ideal environments—including a dressing room, and relied on the accuracy of his JBL LSR4300 Series studio monitors as a sonic reference point.

“I began recording and producing the music in my Brooklyn home studio, which of course I’m intimately familiar with, and which is based around JBL LSR4328 monitors,” noted Lee, who learned his craft working with renowned producer/ engineer Frank Filipetti. “Soon after, I had to move my setup to a room in Studio 54 in New York, which turned out to be fine.”

However, when composer Tom Kitt and orchestrator/arranger Alex Lacimore asked Lee to come to Los Angeles, Lee knew he was in for a challenge. “When I got to the room—which was normally used by the theater ushers—I took one look and thought, ‘I’m dead.’ I was in an area that was like a little box and didn’t see how it could possibly sound good. I set up my laptop, keyboard, and a pair of JBL LSR4328 monitors—and the sound was way too boomy. My heart sank…but that was before I turned on the RMC Room Mode Correction feature.”

Using a supplied microphone and internal analyzer, the LSR4328’s RMC system measures and compensates for the misleading peaks in bass response caused by room modes and the speakers’ proximity to walls and work-surface boundaries.

“I turned on the RMC system and the clouds parted and the butterflies came out,” said Lee. “After a huge sigh of relief, I knew I could keep working. Having a reliable reference monitor is important for any project, but it was especially important for ‘Bring It On’ because of the nature of the music. It’s intensely synthesizer-driven and has a lot of sonic elements.”

Just when Lee was getting a handle on the project, he had to relocate again—this time to an office. “If that wasn’t enough, after a while I had to move once more, to the conductor’s dressing room! The dressing room in particular had trouble written all over it,” Lee said. “But once I kicked in the LSR4328P RMC system, the low-frequency response I was getting was excellent. That and some judicious speaker positioning enabled me to get accurate mixes no matter where they stuck me.”

In addition to smooth bass response, Lee needed speakers that were accurate through the rest of the frequency range, and had resolution of musical detail that would let him know exactly what was being recorded. “I couldn’t have gotten through this project without the LSR’s,” Lee said. “I never had to use the RMC feature in so many places before and under conditions where we were constantly making revisions to the score right up until opening night. No matter what rooms they threw me in, I knew I could trust that my mixes would translate well in the theater.”

Headquartered in Northridge, California, JBL Professional is the world’s leading manufacturer of loudspeakers used in demanding recording, post-production and broadcast applications and facilities worldwide. JBL Professional is the recipient of numerous awards including a prestigious Technical GRAMMY® Award “for continual mastery and innovation…to ensure exacting standards for the most accurate sonic experience.” JBL Professional is part of the Harman International network of professional and consumer audio companies. For complete product and company information, go to the JBL Professional website at www.jblpro.com

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.

HARMAN Professional Audio System Boosts Serbia’s Concert of the Year

Studio Berar provided a comprehensive HARMAN audio system for NS Koncert Godine 2011, highlighted by JBL VERTEC line arrays.

NOVI SAD, Serbia – When the NS Koncert Godine 2011 (Serbia’s NS Concert of the Year) took place recently, local HARMAN Professional distributor Studio Berar fielded premium products from the Group brand portfolios to ensure that the near-capacity 9,500-person crowd who assembled in the Great Hall of the Sport & Business Centre Vojvodina (aka SPENS) in Novi Sad were treated to a memorable audio experience.

Since this is the largest centre of its kind in the Balkans—and the event hosted all the year’s best bands in a 9-hour back-to-back show—Studio Berar needed to draw on all of its 28 years’ experience, which in the case of NS Koncert Godine dates back to 1993.

Working with production managers Momcilo Berar and Emil Berar, the service company took responsibility for the entire technical realization, including stage, rigging and lighting, as well as the sound.

For the main PA system, Studio Berar rigged 20 HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® VT4889 fullsize line array elements (10 per side), with eight VT4880 fullsize arrayable subwoofers on each flank covering the main auditorium and giant balconies. Twelve further VT4889’s provided outfill coverage, with a pair of VT4888 midsize line array elements assigned for infill duties.

The entire system was set up and optimized using HARMAN Professional’s HiQnet System Architect™ 3.0, with system management under dbx DriveRack 4800 control.

Other processing was also drawn exclusively from the HARMAN catalogue and included dbx IEQ 31 graphic EQ, Lexicon PCM 91 and PCM 96 reverbs, BSS DPR-402 and DPR-404 compressor/de-essers and DPR-504 gate. This was all reinforced with JBL powered VP7212 loudspeakers.

Studio Berar also took the opportunity to field its two Soundcraft Vi6™ digital consoles in the FOH and monitor positions—both configured with stage box and local racks. In addition a Soundcraft MH2 analogue desk was deployed for the second stage.

The highlight of the event, according to Studio Berar’s marketing manager, Lazar Josanov, was the continuous music—thanks to the deployment of the second ‘No Break’ stage. “Both stages were situated in the north-west corner of the hall, and close to each other, so that fans didn’t need to turn round to follow performers on the adjacent stages,” he said. “An advantage of this was that some of the same equipment could be utilized for both stages.

Of the auxiliary stage, Josanov reports that production was thrilled with this new approach, which enabled the musical marathon to take place without a break. “On the main stage were the older, more famous bands and while they were changing over, young up-and-coming artists were reveling in their first 15 minutes of fame on the No Break stage,” he said. Major acts appearing included Partibrejkers, Sunshine, Eyesburn and Ritam Nereda.

Studio Berar’s technicians, who also undertook necessary Vi6 induction, were main sound engineer Ivan Paplacko, while Zoran Matic supervised the No Break stage. “These are among the most experienced sound technicians in Serbia and we were delighted to have them in our team,” praised Lazar.

“As for the Soundcraft desks, they were fantastic; we have two Vi6s and take every opportunity to put them out on our shows. Ergonomically they are laid out with everything in front of the operator, and there is no need to look around when running the show. Using Soundcraft Vi6s, technicians have the mix right in the palm of their hand.”

From the desks they also supplied a MADI bridge to enable the entire event to be recorded on a Mack Audio recording station.

Summing up, Lazar Josanov described the event as a major success. “We had 1500 more visitors than last year and this was due to the efforts of the whole Studio Berar production team, the No Break stage and, of course, the very best HARMAN Professional sound reinforcement. It was unquestionably the best concert of the year in Serbia.”

For more information on Studio Berar, please visit http://www.studioberar.com

For more information on NS Koncert Godine, please visit http://www.koncertgodine.com or http://sr-rs.facebook.com/KoncertGodine

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.

VISUAL UNITY EXPANDS ITS MANAGEMENT TEAM WITH TWO KEY APPOINTMENTS

Leading Broadcast and Multiscreen System Integrator Visual Unity has expanded its management team with two key appointments – Tony Hasek and Asheem Parikh. These appointments will further strengthen Visual Unity’s sales channel and its ability to help customers as they make the transition from traditional broadcasting to a modern multiscreen workflow.

As Vice President of Sales, Tony Hasek will drive Visual Unity’s international business development and take charge of internal sales management. He brings 20 years experience in both Systems Integration and Mobile technology to the role, having previously founded system integrator Kinetik and Anyware, a developer of custom and stand-alone applications for Apple’s iOS (iPhone/iPad) and Google’s Android OS, Blackberry and Windows Mobile.

Client Services Manager Asheem Parikh, who joins Visual Unity from KIT Digital, will assist customers with effective project deliveries. His extensive experience in programme management and professional services will ensure best practice and a smooth transition for customers who are expanding or adapting to the multiscreen environment.

Commenting on the new appointments, Visual Unity’s CEO Jakub Kabourek says: “Tony and Asheem are valuable additions to our team and their experience extends our unique expertise in linear and multiscreen solutions. They join at an exciting time for Visual Unity, following the successful delivery of a High Definition production OB vehicle to Czech TV and news that the national broadcaster’s online service iVysilani, driven by Visual Unity’s vuMedia™ integrated multiscreen content and delivery platform, has won two industry awards for innovation to power the second screen.”

Visual Unity is now consolidating its position as a multiscreen specialist by launching new and enhanced mobile features for its vuMedia™ platform and extending its Content Delivery Network outside Europe with new pops in the Middle East.

Over the next 12 months Visual Unity will be taking part in a number of trade events including the CABSAT, NAB and IBC exhibitions.

For more information about Visual Unity, its products and its services, please visit www.visualunity.com

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About Visual Unity
Visual Unity is an international Systems Integrator blending broadcast, IT and multiscreen expertise to help clients reach and engage audiences – wherever they are. The team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast-IT convergent and multiscreen systems since 1991 – from HD Outside Broadcast vehicles and major playout facilities to automated Direct-to-Web and second screen solutions.

Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetised in the multiscreen environment. Through four highly scalable and flexible modules, the vuMediaTM platform delivers a cutting-edge web-based and mobile viewing experience, comprehensive VOD services and secure, robust content distribution – all of which can be seamlessly deployed into existing workflows.

Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Dubai and Belgrade.

For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com

Visual Unity: Na hrebenech II 1718/8, Prague 4, 147 00, Czech Republic
T: +420 271 742 111 F: +420 271 742 112 E: info@visualunity.com

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