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Revolabs Names Curtiss Singleton as New Director of Sales for the Americas

SUDBURY, Mass. — Feb. 21, 2012 — Revolabs Inc., a leading provider of wireless audio solutions for unified communications, today announced the appointment of Curtiss Singleton as the company’s new director of sales for the Americas. In his new role, Singleton is responsible for distribution, reseller, and end-user sales for the Revolabs’ professional product line in the region. more

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An East Hampton Showcase By WSDG MonkMusic Studios

Grammy Winner Cynthia Daniels Debuts New Recording /Mixing Complex

EAST HAMPTON, NY: Multi-Grammy winning engineer Cynthia Daniels, has added MonkMusic a sophisticated recording studio to her East Hampton home. Catering to a first-tier client base, which includes ‘local’ residents Paul McCartney and Alec Baldwin required superb acoustics and elegant aesthetics. To meet these goals, Daniels reached out to Walters-Storyk Design Group .

“I was on a fast track to get up and running as quickly as possible,” Daniels says. “I’ve worked in a number of WSDG studios, and was very familiar with their credentials. On his first site visit, in October 2010, WSDG principal John Storyk assured me that ‘we would never be waiting for drawings, design elements or architectural issues.’ And,” she adds, “WSDG was on the mark throughout the process. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

“Our client base ranges from high energy rock sessions where we spend hours in the high volume stratosphere to jazz, orchestral, pop, ADR for film and TV, and of course, narration recording.” Daniels explains. “Because my home is set in a suburban/rural area, we needed to be sensitive to sound leakage both into and out of the studio. We needed sand-filled cinderblock wall construction, along with lots of soundproof windows and sliding glass doors for complete isolation and to take advantage of the East End’s beautiful natural light.”

MonkMusic is a 650 sq. ft, state-of-the art recording/mixing studio housed in a new, ground-up wing attached to Daniels’ home. Although hardly the norm in residential construction in the Hamptons, the addition was built with a decoupled concrete floor system, created for optimal isolation. The complex includes: live, isolation booth and mixing rooms; 5.1 Genelec DSP monitors; a hybrid AVID console; fully digital and analog signal processing. And, a full complement of microphones, preamps, instruments, amplifiers and outboard gear.

WSDG project manager Matt Ballos reports the studio design is based on a combination of optimal room proportion, membrane absorbers used for critical low frequency room respons, and specifically placed diffusers (in some instances transparent), for high frequency reflection control. Allowing the studio suite to relate to the home and to the beautiful Hamptons surroundings was very important to Cynthia and to the final design. Cynthia collaborated with WSDG associate Judy Elliot-Brown of Rocket Science and Mike Donahower on the critical wiring program and systems integration/installation.

“I’ve known Judy for years, she is an absolute wizard at her job,” Daniels says. “Collaborating with her and Mike was one of the best parts of this project. WSDG was also highly recommended by Alan Silverman, my first-call mastering engineer, and former mentor from my A&R Recording days,” Daniels adds. “There was never a doubt about my decision.”

Since opening MonkMusic Studios Cynthia Daniels has worked with such artists as: Barbara Cook, Randy Brecker, veteran rocker Joe Delia, Sarah Jessica Parker, Julie Andrews and Bob Balaban

Photos:

1. MonkMusic Studios, East Hampton, NY
2. Cynthia Daniels (left) with WSDG co-principal Beth Walters
3. MonkMusic Studios, East Hampton, NY Exterior

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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 Goo Goo Dolls, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith; Green Day, 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. The firm maintains offices in NY, SF, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.

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Major 3D Sound Installation Kicks Off With HARMAN’s JBL PRX612M Speaker System

NORTHRIDGE, California – The University Art Museum (UAM) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) kicked off its prestigious and innovative audio installation of “Metal Machine 3: The Creation of the Universe” with an appearance by Lou Reed, American rock superstar.

In order to provide the unique 3D sound necessary for the event, Arup, specializing in acoustic consulting, installed 12 of HARMAN’s JBL PRX612M compact powered speakers, arrayed spherically to create a fully immersive 3D sound environment.

The exhibition will run from January 27- April 15, 2012, and is free and open to the public with no reservation required. The show kicked off with legendary musician Lou Reed and producer Bob Ezrin in conversation, giving voice to their thoughts, processes and motivation behind their work.

The exhibit allows museum visitors to hear a groundbreaking composition as Mr. Reed once heard it himself while performing onstage. This has been made possible through the collaboration and hard work of recording and reproduction specialists at Arum, using their “ambisonic” process perfected in the Arup SoundLab®.

Many aspects of Reed’s original work will be present such as his mixed over-modulated feedback and guitar effects at varying speeds to create an ebb and flow of organic atonality that is only experienced while on stage. The modulated din of this deep sound flow becomes meditative noise art that spans over the course of the hour-long recording. In order to enhance sound quality chairs will be strategically placed so audience members can gain the full sonic experience.

Paul Chavez, Director of Systems Applications for HARMAN Professional states, “We are pleased to provide the sound for this special event. The PRX612M speakers are perfect for this application as they provide quality sound to support the 3D environment and the goal of the overall exhibition.”

The University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach is open: Mon-Sun: 12-5pm, Thur: 12-8pm, and closed Mondays and all University holidays. For more information please visit: http://www.csulb.edu/org/uam

For more information on Arup, please visit: http://www.arup.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 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

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Verrex Houston Open House Scheduled for 4 May 2012

MOUNTAINSIDE, NEW JERSEY USA / 21 February 2012 / — Verrex, a global design-build integrator and managed services provider of conferencing, collaboration and presentation technologies, will hold an open house at its Houston-based Southwest USA headquarters on May 4, 2012 to celebrate the company’s continued expansion in the region. Key manufactures, including Christie Digital, will participate in a technology showcase during the event. Senior members of the Verrex team will include President & CEO, Thomas Berry, Jr., and Southwest Executive Director, Steve Peters.

“The addition of Houston to the list of key corporate hubs Verrex serves will benefit a number of global clients,” said Mr. Peters. “Adapting our footprint to match the enterprise needs of markets such as Oil & Gas, Finance & Banking, Chemicals, Healthcare and many other sectors is why Verrex expanded into the region. We look forward to opening our newly designed office to clients, partners and those not yet familiar with Verrex during out first annual Houston open house and technology showcase.”

The by-invitation-only open house, including technology showcase and BBQ, will be held on May 4, 2012 from 12:00PM to 6:00PM (CST), at the company’s Houston office at 11777 South Sam Houston Parkway West, Suite B, Houston, Texas. To attend, or for more information, please contact Jeannie Smith at jsmith@verrex.com or phone +1 713-402-1960.

About Verrex
Founded in 1947, Verrex is a global design-build integrator and managed services provider of complex conferencing, collaboration and presentation technologies. Specializing in enterprise-wide corporate solutions, clients engage Verrex to unify and enrich how they communicate, collaborate and articulate through videoconferencing, digital signage and other AV systems locally and globally. Superior performance is Verrex’s hallmark offering exceptional execution and consistent best-in-class standards in systems design, integration, installation, support and staffing. With principle offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Verrex has positioned its presence to serve key corporate hubs around the globe. For more information, visit verrex.com.

Verrex, the Verrex Logo and GMS are registered trademarks of Verrex Corporation and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries.

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Media Contact:
Theresa Hahn, Director, Marketing & Business Development
Verrex
Phone: +1 908 664 8391
Email: thahn@verrex.com

Matrox Announces Special Promotional Pricing on Selected I/O Devices

MONTREAL — Feb. 21, 2012 — Matrox(R) Video Products Group today announced a special limited time promotion on selected I/O products for a variety of workflows. Purchasers save $100 on Matrox Mojito(TM) MAX(TM), the best choice card for use with desktops and towers; $100 on Matrox MXO2(TM) LE MAX, the best choice for editors on the go; and $400 on Matrox MXO2 Rack MAX, the best choice for rackmounting in a studio. Until March 31, the special promotional pricing is available through authorized Matrox dealers worldwide. more

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Look Solutions’ Hazers Stay Up Late at Dance Clubs Coast to Coast

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Look Solutions’ Unique hazers are playing an essential role in the dance club scene nationwide thanks to John Lyons Systems. A company that has transformed nightlife in top destinations across the country, John Lyons Systems specializes in the sales, design and installation of audio systems.

“We always specify Look’s Unique hazers for any venue that requires atmospherics,” says award-winning lighting designer Richard Worboys. “Look hazers are first and foremost reliable. They offer an amount of control that other systems don’t have, and the water-based fluid is kind to the venues and doesn’t produce any residue. They’re better than other machines on the market for that reason alone.”

Worboys says the Unique hazers are great for providing “an extra boost” to clubs such as Surrender in the Encore Beach Club at Encore Wynn, Las Vegas; One Oak clubs in New York and in the Mirage, Las Vegas; Haze at the Aria Hotel in City Center, Las Vegas; and John Lyons Systems’ own club in Hollywood.

The Unique2 haze machine offers minimal warm up time, minimal noise and minimal fluid consumption. Its new, more efficient fan quickly distributes haze in a room, and its variable output can achieve any desired effect from the finest mist to a thick haze similar to fog.

In addition to the Unique hazers’ performance, Worboys gives kudos to Look Solutions’ customer service. “It’s very responsive. We have set up an automated monthly delivery of fluids that’s been very reliable. It’s a great service.”

About Look Solutions

Based in Germany, Look Solutions manufactures high-performance fog machines, haze machines, battery-powered mini-foggers, low-foggers, accessories and fluids at reasonable prices. Look Solutions USA, located in western Maryland, serves customers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information, or to request a demo machine for evaluation, visit www.looksolutionsusa.com or call Hunter Totty, Director of Operations, at 1-800-426-4189. Look Solutions’ Technical Service line is 646-300-0520.

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XPAND 3D Bolsters Commitment To Japan Market: Names Yasunori (Yogi) Higashimura To Lead Business Development Initiative Operating From New Japan Offices

Yasunori (Yogi) Higashimura

Cyprus, Europe – Underscoring its commitment to provide partners and customers in the Japanese market with the highest levels of attention and support, XPAND 3D today announced the appointment of Mr. Yasunori (Yogi) Higashimura to the position of Business Development Manager. Mr. Higashimura is a veteran technology and business leader with considerable experience in senior engineering, business planning, financial analysis and operations positions at Panasonic Corporation in Osaka, Japan and the United States. He joins XPAND 3D with immediate effect and will be based from offices in Osaka and will have responsibility across all of XPAND 3D’s businesses including cinema, consumer electronics, retail, education, OEM, medical and licensing.

According to Maria Costeira, Chief Executive Officer, XPAND 3D, the addition of Mr. Higashimura to the executive team at XPAND 3D will provide deep insight into market needs coupled with a strong commitment to serve partners and grow the business.

“I am very pleased that Yasunori Higashimura has elected to join XPAND 3D and am very confident he will make a strong and immediate impact on our business in Japan,” Costeira noted today. “As a global organization with operations in every continent, we have grown our business by listening to customers and partners and then adjusting our offerings to provide innovation, interoperability and value packaged to address the unique needs of each market. In Japan, it will be a great asset to have someone of Mr. Higashimura’s caliber leading our business development initiatives, interacting with customers and partners and providing our executive team with the direction to succeed in this important, demanding market.”

Echoing this sentiment, Yasunori Higashimura noted the opportunity XPAND 3D faces in the Japan market: “XPAND 3D under Maria Costeira’s leadership understands that the road to success in retail, education, cinema, medical, consumer technologies and OEM begins at the intersection of great technology and unique design. I am very pleased to join XPAND 3D on this exciting journey and I believe that my experience and energy equips me to make a valuable contribution,” Mr. Higashimura said. “I look forward to working with the international XPAND 3D team and to excel with customers and partners in the Japan marketplace.”

Yasunori Higashimura joined Panasonic Corporation as an Electric Video Engineer in 1970 and held engineering and sales positions in the United States and Japan. In 1983, Mr. Higashimura led Panasonic’s broadcast video business initiative and worked closely with leading broadcasters in Japan and North America and in 1995 he was appointed Vice President and Director of Panasonic’s Digital Video Compression Company in Universal City, Los Angeles. Returning to Japan in 2004, Mr. Higashimura held senior planning and analysis roles with the company’s AVC company.

For more information on XPAND 3D, please visit www.xpand.me

About XPAND 3D:
The global leader in the 3D technologies for home, business, education, cinema, military and medical applications, XPAND is committed to advancing the state-of-the art in technology to provide consumers, businesses, educators and medical professionals with the comprehensive advantages of stereoscopic 3D. XPAND provides glasses on a linear scale from the most advanced and feature-packed for sophisticated surgical, training and home theater to more ruggedized and affordable for cinema and mass market use. X6D Limited is a global company whose products and services are marketed under the XPAND brand name. XPAND 3D technology is used by over 5,000 3D cinemas in more than 50 countries and is the 3D solution of choice for post-production houses, educational and professional 3D applications. XPAND designs, manufactures and OEMs a range of consumer electronics 3D solutions that are driving the 3D revolution.

Haivision Integrates Intel’s Anonymous Viewer Analytics Technology for Intelligent Signage Solutions

CoolSign(TM) Digital Signage Solution Now Integrated With Intel(R) Audience Impression Metrics Suite, Enabling Intelligent Digital Signage Installations That Deliver Relevant, Fresh, and Highly Targeted Messaging more

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Visionary Solutions to Demonstrate Interoperability With Partner Technologies at Digital Signage Expo 2012

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Feb. 21, 2012 — Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI), today announced that the company’s industry-renowned encoders will be part of several partner technology workflows at the upcoming Digital Signage Expo 2012 as key interoperable equipment within digital signage solutions. The use of VSI encoders by technology leaders like Daktronics, Enseo, and Four Winds Interactive, is demonstrative of the interoperability, scope, and relevance of VSI’s technology within the digital signage space. more

FOR-A Opens New Dubai Office to Serve Growing MEA Region

Tokyo, Japan – FOR-A Company Limited, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, announces that the company has opened a new office in Dubai to better serve customers in the Middle East and Africa (MEA).

Effectively immediately, FOR-A MEA has hired two industry veterans—Sales Manager Khalid Sweidan and Engineering Manager Mohammed Abu Ziyadeh—whose complementary skills and experience make them uniquely qualified to manage the daily operational demands of the new Dubai office.

“While we’ve always provided sales and technical support to the MEA region from our Tokyo world headquarters, it’s become imperative that we maintain an office in the MEA region that can provide timely, personalized service and support to our rapidly expanding MEA customer base,” said Mr. Hiroaki Tanoue, deputy senior general manager, Overseas Sales & Marketing division, for FOR-A Company Limited. “This new office is dedicated to promoting FOR-A products and providing responsive customer and technical support to broadcasters and other A/V professionals in the MEA region.”

With over 12 years of experience spanning the broadcasting, A/V, and IT arenas, Khalid Sweidan brings to his new role as FOR-A MEA sales manager a proven track record of sales performance and success. Prior to joining the FOR-A MEA office, Mr. Sweidan served in senior regional sales positions with S[quadrat] Video System Integration, Barco n.v., and Sony Broadcast and Professional. He successfully built and executed sales strategies and has worked closely with broadcasters, production houses and A/V system integrators across the MEA territory.

Prior to joining FOR-A MEA as its engineering manager, Mohammed Abu Ziyadeh gained valuable experience as a technical solution engineer, and later became a senior broadcast engineer for a leading digital broadcasting equipment and solutions provider. In this capacity, he worked with broadcasters around the world to resolve technical problems, handle installations and maintenance of broadcast and production systems, and manage and train the engineering team. Ziyadeh also served as a broadcast engineer for a television station where his duties encompassed overseeing studio, off-line, outside broadcast (OB) vans, transmission and master control operations.

Contact information for the new FOR-A MEA office is as follows:

FOR-A COMPANY LIMITED

Middle East-Africa Office

JEBEL ALI FREE ZONE-LOB-16-OFFICE 619

PO BOX 261914, DUBAI, UAE

TEL: +971 4 887 6712 / FAX: +971 4 887 6713

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call +81 (0)3-3446-3936 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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