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Church of Champions Relies on JVC ProHD Cameras, Switcher for Weekly Broadcasts, Webcasts

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced that the Church of Champions in Houston recently purchased four GY-HM790U ProHD camcorders, along with a KM-H3000U production switcher and DT-V24G11Z 24-inch studio monitor.The new equipment is being used to webcast weekly sermons and other projects.

With its growing footprint – it has locations in Texas, Georgia, New Jersey, Colorado, and Hawaii – the 23-year-old Church of Champions felt it was time to replace its outdated SD system. “We needed a more sophisticated way to reach our members, so we decided it was time to make the logical switch from SD to HD,” said David Grigsby, creative pastor at the Church of Champions.

The church produces live coverage of sermons on Sundays for its Web site, www.champ.tv. Three of the four GY-HM790U cameras, positioned on the left, right, and rear of the church, have full studio configurations. The fourth camera is a handheld unit used on and around the platform and altar. All four ProHD cameras are equipped with KA-M790G multicore studio modules.

Grigsby is pleased with the image quality of the HD cameras and the performance of the switcher. He said the new JVC system has greatly improved the video production of Sunday services, and he plans to produce more sophisticated projects. In fact, the church first used its new JVC system on Sept. 30 for its “Thinking Out Loud” webcast.

“It was an online roundtable discussion with pastors and ministry leaders from six other ministries, where we discussed various topics that dealt with church and ministry leadership,” Grigsby explained. “We had roughly 600 viewers, most of whom were church leaders. The new JVC system worked flawlessly, and we are very pleased with what we felt was a successful first event.”

Grigsby hopes to produce roughly six webcasts a year similar to the “Thinking Out Loud” event. The Church of Champions also plans to provide worship and sermons for other locations throughout the nation and the world, as it expands its multi-site capabilities. Other projects in the pipeline include coverage of the church’s community groups, called Champions Life Groups, which meet every week in different locations around the area to discuss the Bible and Christianity. “We want to enable our members in different cities to join these groups virtually,” Grigsby said. “We’d also like to do some electronic newsgathering.”

An ideal solution for multicore or fiber-based facilities, the GY-HM790U offers an innovative modular design and a redesigned studio adapter sled. Its three, 1/3-inch progressive scan CCDs produce 1280×720 and 1920×1080 images, and its proprietary MPEG-2 encoder supports 1080i, 720p, and even SD (480i) for operations that have not yet made the move to HD. The compact, shoulder-mount camera is also an outstanding choice for ENG applications, with a dual card slot design that records to low-cost, non-proprietary SDHC solid-state media cards in ready-to-edit file formats (.MOV and .MP4) for major NLE systems.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, security products including IP network cameras and recorders, premium front projection systems for home theatre use, and projection displays and optics used in aviation simulators. The JVC Technology Center provides advanced technology in support of major JVC business alliances. For further product information, visit JVC Professional’sWeb site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800)582-5825.

T3 Innovation’s New Coax Clarifier™ Now Available

Camarillo, Calif., Feb. 2, 2012 — T3 Innovation (t3innovation.com), a leading provider of advanced handheld test equipment for the cable/telecommunications, datacom/networking, electrical design and maintenance, and residential/CEDIA custom install markets, has announced that the new Coax Clarifier™ layout/fault finder is now available.

“T3 Innovation’s new Coax Clarifier system quality tester is designed to help the field technician qualify and quantify ‘Dark’ coax systems,” explained Ron Vogel, T3 Innovation CEO. “Dark unpowered coax systems give no clue as to their design, condition, or configuration. The Coax Clarifier will determine individual run quality as well as to determine the ability of the overall system’s capability to deliver good quality video at both standard and high definition levels.”

Made in the USA, an easy-to-read large backlit LCD shows loss levels on each coax cable run and displays a bar graph of quality for each. Detecting and testing splitters for quality, shorts/opens, etc. is also done on each test. Finally, the Coax Clarifier uses inexpensive wiremap remotes that allow the technician to singlehandedly “map” an entire system easily and quickly. Cable length measurements, signal quality measurements, and wiremapping all in one compact, rugged tester.

“In addition, separate wire mapping sets allows a technician to map out the entire coax system and measure the quality and characterization of the overall network for carrying services, such as high grade video, surveillance data, and HD programming,” Vogel added. “It also has the ability identify the testing remotes through splitters, showing the end location of multiple runs off of installed splitters.”

Additional Coax Clarifier features and specifications include:
• Measures cable length up to 1,500 ft. (457 meters)
• Four unique tones to distinguish between respective outlets
• Wiremaps up to 12 coax locations
• Size: 6.8 x 3.15 x 1.3 inches
• Weight: 12 oz (with battery)
• MSRP: $329 – $449 USD (depending on kit configuration)

For more information, please visit www.t3innovation.com or call (805) 233-3390.

About T3 Innovation
T3 Innovation is dedicated to bringing the latest and most effective technology to the world of handheld test equipment. Innovation is in our name and represents what we look for in each and every product we launch.

A strong engineering team with decades of experience in software and hardware integration with access to some of the most advanced new testing technology on earth is creating concepts, designs and production of new handheld testing devices that are being made right here in the U.S. T3 Innovation is committed to high quality U.S. manufacturing that will help us address market needs around the world.

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Audio-Technica Presents “Get Your Own Mic”

Grunge is more than just a genre. As any singer knows, grunge (along with dirt, grime, and sludge) is what happens to a vocal microphone, especially when it’s shared among different performers. With their latest video, Audio-Technica humorously illustrates this phenomenon and urges singers to “Get Your Own Mic” – it should be a basic right for singers.

Please take a look at this clever, irreverent clip, and feel free to post to your website, share on facebook, add to newsletters, tweet or pass along to friends.

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PSAV Deploys HARMAN’s Crown Audio VRack Complete Amplification System to Make Hotel Events Easier

ELKHART, Indiana — PSAV Presentation Services is the world’s largest A/V rental supplier with more than 800 offices worldwide, many located on-site at major hotels. Headquartered in Long Beach, CA, PSAV specializes in providing in-house audiovisual services to the hospitality industry for meetings and events, and maintains one of the largest, most up to date equipment inventories in the industry.

PSAV has been using HARMAN’s Crown Audio VRack complete amplification system since its introduction. The Crown VRack is a turnkey, out-of-the-box amplifier rack system that includes three I-Tech HD I-T12000 power amplifiers, a versatile input panel with analog and digital connections and a globally universal power distribution system that can be set to meet US and international power standards. All the components are housed in a wheeled rack that can be flown in the same manner as a line array loudspeaker system.

“Typically, a hotel sells the meeting space and we work with the end client to provide the equipment and labor required to manage the event,” noted Jacob Ingle, Audio Product Manager for PSAV. “Since we own all of our equipment, we have to select products that are cost-effective, efficient and reliable in order to maintain a profitable bottom line.”

“We have been using HARMAN products for quite a long time and even discussed building pre-configured amp racks with Crown before VRack was introduced. When they introduced the VRack, it was the perfect solution for a number of our amplification needs,” continued Ingle.

“One of our goals is to standardize gear as much as possible so our technicians can move from location to location and be familiar with the equipment they’re going to use,” said Ingle. “Having a unified amplifier package like VRack makes this a lot easier. We have many locations large and small, and VRack is adaptable to different situations because it allows multiple configurations for analog and digital inputs, for different types of speakers and for system networking,” stated Ingle.

“Crown’s VRack is the perfect solution for the audio rental supplier because of its benefits as a plug-and-play solution for customers like Jacob who face an ever-changing set of challenges based on each event,” stated Brian Pickowitz, Marketing Manager for Crown.

“Another major advantage is that VRack interfaces with Harman’s HiQnet Performance Manager™ system design and setup software and is specifically designed to work with JBL VERTEC® loudspeakers. Because we use a lot of JBL, Soundcraft and other HARMAN gear in addition to Crown, VRack becomes part of an all-in-one solution where all components ‘talk to each other’ using HiQnet. This makes system setup and operation much easier and a great deal more efficient,” added Ingle.

About PSAV® Presentation Services
PSAV provides the ideas and technology that inspire great meetings. This has made PSAV the leading provider of event technology for meeting planners and producers across the corporate, association, and tradeshow markets. PSAV provides an unparalleled range of event technology to support its customers’ ability to create, collaborate, and communicate. With more than 800 partner locations worldwide, PSAV provides people and resources right where you want to have your meeting. www.psav.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.

Legendary Engineer/Producer Ken Scott Enveloped by the PhantomFocus™ System

— Engineer for The Beatles and producer/engineer for Jeff Beck, David Bowie and Supertramp has monitoring epiphany with Carl Tatz Design’s PhantomFocus™ System tuning protocol —

Nashville, TN: “For the longest time I would espouse the use of the 7-foot-tall, half-ton behemoths, known as Cadac speakers. I had doubts whether I would ever again hear the clarity and power from those speakers that I used to mix albums like Supertramp’s Crime of the Century or Stanley Clarke’s Journey to Love et al. Those doubts have finally been erased after hearing the near field PhantomFocus™ System (PFS) from Carl Tatz Design. At last, something new that compares to the best of the past,” comments engineer/producer Ken Scott about the new-generation PFS.

Engineer and prolific author Bobby Owsinski , who was also on hand and who is co-writing the soon-to-be-released book Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust with Scott, explains, “This is high praise indeed. Ken is not impressed with ANY speaker system. He always uses the main soffit monitors in any room he works in and NEVER uses near fields. To have him so satisfied with the PFS is significant.”

“The PhantomFocus System is a new genre in monitoring where near fields become mains. In other words, you have the intimacy of your choice of near fields but the frequency response of mains – the best of both worlds,” says Carl Tatz, principal of Carl Tatz Design LLC and creator of the PhantomFocus System. “It was a real thrill for me to throw up the Beatles’ ‘Blackbird,’ which Ken had mixed and I had downloaded for the occasion, and be able to listen to it microscopically with him on the PhantomFocus System – hard to explain what that was like.”

Both Ken And Bobby had lots of questions about the system that longtime PFS user and iconic Nashville engineer Bob Bullock , who was also in attendance, was happy to answer. “Carl’s work is clearly beyond what anyone else has done or is doing. I’ve been spoiled for a long time, and I’m looking forward to upgrading to the latest PFS technology in my home mix room soon.”

Owsinski sums up his experience by admitting, “After hearing so much about the PFS from people whose ears I trust, I was eager to hear the system for myself. Sure enough, the PFS was so far beyond my expectations that it’s difficult to express. It has unparalleled pinpoint stereo imagery and a depth of field that has to be heard to be believed in both the near field and mid field PFSs. Finally, it’s now possible to really hear all those sonic layers that you take so much time building.”

In related news, Ken Scott has recently released EpiK DrumS EDU, a double DVD set of instructional videos and world-class drum samples from some of the world’s top rock and jazz drummers.

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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.

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