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Sennheiser Rocks (and Rolls in the Deep) with Big Grammy Winners

Los Angeles, California, March 1, 2012: This year’s Grammy Awards event, hosted by LL Cool J, celebrating music’s biggest night, went down in history as the second highest rated telecast since the show’s inception in 1959. It was a phenomenal undertaking showcasing nearly thirty diverse musical performances on multiple indoor and outdoor stages, along with a very last minute tribute celebrating the late Whitney Houston. So when Sennheiser artists took the stage, their engineers knew they had to have Sennheiser microphones to assure their performances would go off without a hitch.

Adele, the big winner of the evening, tied the record, set two years ago by Beyoncé, for the most awards won by a female artist in one year. The 23-year-old pop-soul singer won the night’s most prestigious awards, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for 21, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Short Form Music Video for the single “Rolling in the Deep,” and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Someone Like You.”

The most highly anticipated performance of the evening finally arrived when Adele took the stage to perform “Rolling in the Deep.” Her favorite nickel-finish Sennheiser SKM 2000-XP wireless handheld transmitter with MMK 965-1 capsule conveyed her beautiful voice to the adoring crowd. Dave McDonald, Adele’s front-of-house engineer, said, “It’s a great microphone. We started using it just after the Brit Awards in February of last year, and she’s loved it ever since.” He adds, “Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the equipment we use is Sennheiser – and the point-one percent is Neumann.” Her performance brought the Grammy audience to its feet for the longest standing ovation of the evening.

Foo Fighters, nominated in a total of six categories, swept the entire rock category, winning awards for Rock Song and Rock Performance for “Walk,” Rock Album for Wasting Light, Hard Rock/Metal Performance for “White Limo,” and Best Long Form Music Video for “Foo Fighters: Back and Forth.”

The band rocked the stage twice during the Grammy broadcast, performing “Walk” from a tent on Nokia Plaza, adjacent to the Staples Center, then returning to play “Rope” during the electronic dance music segment with David Guetta, Chris Brown, Lil’ Wayne, and deadmau5. Frontman Dave Grohl made use of his usual Sennheiser MD 431 II vocal mic on both songs. Ian Beveridge, Foo Fighters’ longtime monitor engineer, spoke highly of Dave’s vocal mic: “I love that microphone to death. That microphone is so unbelievably flat in the high-end, and incredibly stable with moisture and temperature. During their shows, we used to have terrible instability problems with other microphones, and I was going through maybe four, five or six microphones a show with Dave, swapping them out. Now, I keep the 431 for the whole show. I can’t remember the last time there was any feedback during Foo Fighters’ show. And these Grammy performances were no exception.”

Bruno Mars, channeling James Brown with his energetic, throwback performance of “Runaway”, had the singer using an SKM 2000-XP with MMD 945-1 capsule. James Berry, monitor engineer for Mars shared, “Sennheiser products have great sound and reliability. We could not have done it without Sennheiser. I’m always grateful for their gear and support in making it happen under the stress of a live event like the Grammys.”

Other Sennheiser users got to shine during the show, too, including the evening’s host, LL Cool J, who made use of an SKM 5200. Alicia Keys sang a duet with Bonnie Raitt in memory of Etta James through her SKM 5200-II vocal mic with MD 5235 capsule. Katy Perry made a memorable entrance, descending in a glass box with her baby blue hair and her SKM 5200-II/MD 5235 combination to perform her new post-divorce song, “Part of Me.” During a medley honoring and featuring Glen Campbell, Blake Shelton performed the songwriter’s “Southern Nights” using his SKM 5200-II /MD 5235 vocal mic. Tony Bennett, in a duet with Carrie Underwood on “It Had to Be You,” also used an SKM 5200-II.

(Photo Credit: © 2012 FilmMagic)

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Gefen Announces New 1:4 DisplayPort Splitter to Distribute High Resolution Graphics for Multiple Monitor Applications

Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen today announced the release of a new splitter for computers and monitors using DisplayPort connectivity. The Gefen 1:4 DisplayPort Splitter provides an easy method of delivering the same video source to multiple displays in any viewing environment.

This new Splitter comes equipped with one DisplayPort cable connected to the input and four DisplayPort outputs that support all computers and displays using the new interface standard. Clear high resolution graphics in resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 are delivered to all four displays simultaneously.

To extend monitors throughout the venue, Gefen offers extension solutions ranging from a DisplayPort Super Booster cable for short-range applications to fiber optic-based cabling for long distance installations.

Designed to offer a robust distribution solution for audio/video systems using DisplayPort, Gefen’s 1:4 DisplayPort Splitter comes with built-in EDID management to guarantee signal integrity and will begin shipping in mid-March.

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BP Marketing Group, LLC To Represent Listen Technologies In Michigan

In efforts to build its Midwestern sales force, Listen Technologies announces the appointment of Alex Hunter, BP Marketing Group, LLC as its main representation for Michigan.

Listen Technologies Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of BP Marketing Group, LLC as the company’s representative for Michigan.

Alex Hunter will be working Listen’s full line of Wireless Listening, ListenPoint®, and Conferencing products for assistive listening, soundfield, tour group, language interpretation, and conferencing applications.

BP Marketing is a progressive firm that represents manufacturers for video, streaming, document cameras, projectors, product mounts, and digital signage. BP Marketing is headquartered in Savage, MN. Alex Hunter, Regional Sales Manager for BP will be Listen’s key sales person for the territory.

Commenting on the partnership, Alex Hunter said, “I look forward to bringing the customer service excellence BP is known for to Listen’s Michigan customers.”

“We are excited to welcome Alex to the Listen team,” said Peter Papageorge, Listen Director of Sales, North America. Alex’s enthusiastic attitude combined with BP’s progressive sales techniques and tools will give the territory a fresh new direction. We look forward to a bright future.”

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Audio One Marketing Welcomed As New Representative Firm for Listen Technologies

To continue strengthening its sales force, Listen Technologies announces the appointment of a key representative firm for Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota and the western half of Wisconsin.

Listen Technologies Corporation is pleased to welcome Audio One Marketing as the company’s representative for Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota and the western half of Wisconsin.

Audio One Marketing will be working Listen’s full line of Wireless Listening, ListenPoint®, and Conferencing products for assistive listening, soundfield, tour group, language interpretation and conferencing applications.

Tim VonBargen, Owner of Audio One Marketing brings over 14 years of sales, management, engineering and technical experience in the audio industry. Before launching Audio One Marketing VonBargen was Regional Sales Manager at Starin Marketing.

Commenting on the partnership, Tim Von Bargen said, “I believe this is great timing for Audio One Marketing to represent Listen Technologies and we’re excited to get started with this great brand.”

“Tim VonBargen brings new ideas for representing the pro audio industry.” said Peter Papageorge, Listen Director of Sales, North America. “He is passionate about educating and training our resellers on all Listen solutions. We look forward to a successful partnership.”

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Listen Technologies Announces FIS Marketing Inc. as New Representative Firm for Western Canada

To continue building its North American sales team, Listen Technologies appoints a key representative firm for Western Canada.

Listen Technologies Corporation is pleased to announce FIS Marketing Inc. (dba Future Image Systems) as its new representative firm for Western Canada.

FIS Marketing Inc. will offer Listen’s full line of Wireless Listening, ListenPoint®, and Conferencing products for assistive listening, soundfield, tour group, language interpretation and conferencing applications.

FIS Marketing Inc. has been representing leading Professional Audio-Visual and Security manufacturers in Canada since 1998. Based in Vancouver, BC, FIS Marketing’s customer service oriented staff are committed to providing both technical and non-technical sales and marketing services to resellers in Western Canada.

“Our team at FIS Marketing Inc. is excited to represent Listen Technologies for Western Canada,” noted Ed Tchoi, FIS CEO. “Listen has a solid reputation amongst our dealers of having unparalleled customer service. In addition to this, Listen is well known for manufacturing high quality sound solutions for a variety of environments, from classrooms to boardrooms. Listen’s focus on customer service and high quality products makes for a winning combination, which we are proud to be a part of.”

Commenting on the partnership, Peter Papageorge said, “FIS Marketing’s commitment to provide reliable service and excellent support to help their resellers and dealers grow their business aligns well with Listen’s values. We look forward to a rewarding partnership.”

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Extron SME 100 Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the SME 100, a live H.264 encoder for streaming audio, video, and computer-video signals. The SME 100 employs standards-based H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC compression, and outputs an IP stream that can easily be decoded and viewed on desktop or laptop PCs. It is designed specifically to address the input requirements common to pro AV applications, supporting RGB or DVI input signals up to 1920×1200 as well as standard definition and high definition video up to 1080p/60. The SME 100 also features an integrated three-input switcher with audio and buffered loop-through connections to simplify integration. High performance Extron signal processing scales and optimizes video input signals for the intended viewing application. Encoding and compression controls provide a range of adjustments for bit rate and quality. more

RMC Upgrades Paris Studios With Pair of HARMAN Studer OnAir 3000 Digital Consoles

PARIS, France — RMC (the former Radio Monte Carlo) has added a pair of HARMAN Studer OnAir 3000 digital broadcast consoles to its studio production facilities in Paris—configured and supplied by the Broadcast Division of Audiopole, Studer’s French distributors.

Originally created in 1943 in Monaco, RMC was acquired in 2001 by private French group, Nextradio TV Group, who opened new studios in Paris and closed down the facilities in Monaco.

Today RMC is ranked third among the privately owned radios in France; its on-air programme is focused on news and sports, interacting heavily with listeners, particularly during the morning show phone-in segments.

The new Studer consoles are the latest phase in a relationship with Audiopole that extends back more than a decade. When Nextradio first opened the new Paris studios in 2001 it equipped its three studios with Studer OnAir 2000’s—and Audiopole’s Broadcast Division Director, Jean-Philippe Blanchard, was again on hand to meet the latest requirement this time around.

Currently running with two identical studios (one dedicated to the on-air programme and the other to the production), RMC decided it was time to upgrade its consoles, along with some other equipment.

“Two teams were set up to survey the market—the user team and maintenance team,” said Ruben Vicente, Technical Director deputy in charge of the project. “Several consoles were evaluated and finally both teams decided upon the OnAir 3000.”

The desks are equipped with 18 faders to control the microphones, with the external lines coming from Codecs, the telephone lines and the audio servers.

The OnAir 3000 design is based around the same patented ‘Touch-n-Action’ philosophy as the successful Studer OnAir 2000, with colour GUI screens, which the station had used previously—but this time with a completely modular desk and a new DSP engine.

“We had been very happy with the reliability and ease of use of the OnAir 2000 and the studio technicians experienced the same way of working with the OnAir 3000—with a lot of additional functionalities. For example, the talkback system to the codec lines are now handled by a Talkback Box with displays, as part of the OnAir 3000 system. This box directly remotes the routing of the console.”

Future plans include the installation of a Studer RELINK system between the consoles, so that the sources can easily be shared.

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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LEGENDARY ENGINEERS/PRODUCERS GATHER AT 54TH ANNUAL GRAMMY® AWARDS

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (February 29, 2012) — M3 (Music Mix Mobile), a New Jersey/California-based remote facilities company, were onsite at the 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards with their Eclipse and Horizon trucks, which served as the control rooms for the broadcast music mixes of all of the GRAMMY Awards musical performances. It’s a real team effort, and several prominent members of the Producers & Engineers Wing® of The Recording Academy®, including John Harris, Leslie Ann Jones, Hank Neuberger, Phil Ramone, and Eric Schilling, began planning months in advance for this extraordinarily complex audio production.

Pictured here on show day in front of the Eclipse broadcast truck are legendary engineers Al Schmitt and Geoff Emerick (who were on site to supervise audio for Paul McCartney), Bob Clearmountain (supervising the Bruce Springsteen mix), and Broadcast Music Mixers John Harris and Eric Schilling. Missing is Telecast Audio Supervisor Hank Neuberger—who took the photo!

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SOLID STATE LOGIC APPOINTS SENNHEISER MIDDLE EAST AS NEW DISTRIBUTION PARTNER

New arrangement increases presence and highlights the importance of the Middle East for two of pro audios most respected brands

DUBAI AIRPORT FREE ZONE, UAE – Solid State Logic is pleased to announce that it has appointed Sennheiser Middle East (SeME), a division of Sennheiser UK, to be a manufacturer’s representative in the Middle East for SSL console products including C-Series Digital, Duality and AWS Consoles. Over the past 20 years, SSL has built up a significant music, film and broadcast customer base across the Middle East and SeME has built an extensive client network developing Sennheiser’s business in the region. This new partnership reflects SSL’s ongoing success and commitment to the region and will enhance both companies’ ability to develop strong customer relationships and deliver exemplary customer service.

SSL's Paul Lindsay and SeME's Mig Cardamone

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New DYMO Rhino 4200 Labeling Tool Lets Professional AV and Security Installers Get Jobs Done Fast – And Right

New DYMO Rhino 4200 Labeling Tool Lets Professional AV and Security Installers Get Jobs Done Fast – And Right

Offers Ease of Use and Affordability
with No Compromise on Features and Performance

Atlanta, Ga. – DYMO® Industrial, part of Newell Rubbermaid’s Technology global business unit, introduced the newest member of its Rhino™ line of high performance industrial labeling tools: the DYMO Rhino 4200, a compact, full-featured labeling tool that delivers uncompromising performance at an attractive $79.99 price point, making it one of the most affordable professional labeling solutions on the market.

Designed with the professional audio/video and security installer in mind, the new DYMO Rhino 4200 labeling tool offers features not available in other industrial label printers, including patented one-touch “hot keys” that quickly create and format wire/cable wraps, flags, fixed-length labels and more; “Favorites” key for single-key access to commonly used labels; and “Custom” key to save settings for individual label formats. The Rhino 4200 prints labels up to 3/4″ wide in a variety of materials and colors, and directly onto heat-shrink tubes.

“We worked closely with end users and distributor partners to design a labeling solution that could offer ease of use plus full customization and optimization features, at a lower cost, and the result is our new Rhino 4200,” said Angie Shelton, Senior Manager of Product Marketing, DYMO Industrial. “Today, affordability and usability are no longer mutually exclusive in industrial labeling tools.”

The DYMO Rhino 4200 further enhances a growing suite of purpose-built labeling solutions offered by DYMO Industrial. Key features of the DYMO Rhino 4200 include:
• Easy-to-navigate, computer-style QWERTY keyboard — offering quick and comfortable text entry
• DYMO-exclusive one-touch “hot keys” – shortcuts for creating and formatting a wide range of labeling applications, such as wire/cable wraps, flags, Code 39 and Code 128 bar codes, fixed-length, general and breaker labels, among others
• Prints directly on heat-shrink tubes
• New “Favorites” key – single-key access to commonly-used labels, symbols and terms
• New “Custom” key – individualized and customized settings for label format, which eliminates time-wasting repeated steps
• Industrial-strength labeling versatility – by printing 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2” and 3/4” wide labels in a variety of materials and colors

Other product highlights are a large, easy-to-read backlit display; integrated rubber bumpers that help prevent damage from accidental drops and falls; and auto-save/power-off for longer battery life. It is also compatible with a quick-charging, Lithium-ion battery, which is sold separately (along with a charger) as an accessory.

The availability of the DYMO Rhino 4200 further enhances a growing suite of products offered by DYMO Industrial through commercial, industrial distributor and retail channels, as well as Value-Added Resellers (VARs), as those companies seek products, resources and support that provide useful, high-quality solutions to address real customer problems.

For more information about the DYMO Rhino 4200, please visit www.dymo.com/industrial.

About Newell Rubbermaid Global Business and Technology Solutions
DYMO is the master brand name for the Newell Rubbermaid Global Technology Solutions portfolio. In a world that demands greater productivity and measures it at every opportunity, DYMO provides businesses, educational institutions and consumers with innovative and easy ways to share, manage and organize information with improved efficiency and satisfaction.

Our DYMO global technology brands are organized into four solutions:

• DYMO® / Labeling Identification Solutions include DYMO hand-held label makers, PC connected label and postage printers, plus Industrial labeling tools (www.dymo.com).
• DYMO™ / CardScan® Contact Management Solutions include CardScan business card scanners and contact management software (www.cardscan.com).
• DYMO™ / Endicia® Postage Technologies include Endicia online shipping and mailing services (www.endicia.com), as well as customized postage (www.pictureitpostage.com).
• DYMO™ / Mimio® ITT (Interactive Teaching Technologies) include Mimio interactive whiteboard technology, digital ink recorders, document cameras, student response systems and engaging lesson plan content (www.mimio.com).

These global technology brands complement Newell Rubbermaid’s strong portfolio of global brands, which also includes Rubbermaid®, Sharpie®, Graco®, Calphalon®, Irwin®, Lenox®, Levolor®, Paper Mate®, Waterman®, Parker®, Goody®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products® and Aprica®.

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