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METRIC HALO RELEASES PRODUCTION BUNDLE FOR AAX, CELEBRATES WITH SALE

channelstrip-3.JPGMUSIKMESSE, FRANKFURT – MARCH 21, 2012: Today at Musikmesse, Metric Halo announced the release of the Metric Halo Production Bundle for Pro Tools 10. The software will be available starting on March 26, 2012 and consists of seven AAX plug-ins compatible with both Native and HDX DSP systems: ChannelStrip 3, Character, Haloverb, Multiband Dynamics, Multiband Expander, Precision DeEsser, and TransientControl. The software may be seen at the Audiologistik booth – Hall 5.1, Stand A85.

This bundle provides the all the tools necessary to sculpt a mix. Four of the plug-ins contain audio analysis tools from SpectraFoo, giving the user visual feedback of the plug-in’s processing. “We’re thrilled to release the Production Bundle for AAX,” said Allen Rowand of Metric Halo. “We wanted to do more than simply port our existing ChannelStrip plug-in to the AAX format. We wanted to release a suite of more

In full motion: FoveaHD makes NAB debut

See Calibre UK at NAB 2012, Booth N1817, 16-19 April 2012, Las Vegas

Cost-effective HD and SD motion compensated standards converter with real-time noise reduction and image enhancement

British video image processing hardware manufacturer, Calibre UK will introduce the new FoveaHD MEMC motion compensated frame rate converter into the broadcast marketplace at NAB 2012.

“The FoveaHD is a completely new motion compensated standards convertor designed for cost-effective and smooth SD and HD broadcasting. Typical applications for FoveaHD include newsgathering, mobile operations, outside broadcasting and live events to studio dubbing and satellite broadcast communications,” says Tim Brooksbank, Chairman at Calibre UK.

The convertor has multiple SD and HD inputs and outputs to enable upconversion, downconversion, cross conversion, as well as converting between all common frame rates. Adding to its functionality, the FoveaHD convertor is equipped with 3G-SDI and Analog I/O. FoveaHD provides motion compensated HD and SD standards conversion at the price of a standard linear video converter.

FoveaHD also has powerful image restoration capabilities for archive conversion, a valuable library asset.

VITC embedded time code is supported and includes automatic delay and correction.

The 2U rack system has control via Ethernet or front panel keyboard ensuring smooth integration.

“The introduction of FoveaHD follows the success of our VideoExcel series broadcast grade universal format converters and frame synchronizers, which will also be on show at NAB alongside the latest HQView530 video scalers, format convertors and scan convertors aimed at the professional video market,” adds Brooksbank.

Calibre UK will exhibit on booth N1817 at NAB 2012 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA between 16-19 April 2012.

www.calibreuk.com

“I do! I do! I do!” – across multiple screens

Lasika Productions uses Dataton WATCHOUT for wedding parties throughout Indonesia

The ability of WATCHOUT to seamlessly blend images from multiple sources and across virtually any different kind of display has seen it used in a host of applications around the world, but perhaps none so colourful, emotive or as beautiful as the wedding party sector in Indonesia.

Based in Surabaya in eastern Indonesia, Lasika Productions is the largest AV rental company in the region and produces, on average, 15 wedding parties per week. While not all of these are elaborate enough to justify large-scale video displays, there is growing enthusiasm among couples for wedding parties that incorporate compelling multimedia content.


“The lucky couples don’t have the in-depth technical knowledge to specify AV products themselves, but in terms of a concept and an effect, they know exactly what they want,” says Stephanus Nugroho, Managing Director of Lasika Productions. “For those who want large-screen displays, the solution is almost inevitably based around LED walls, and the nature of the animations required means that it is often necessary to combine different sizes of screen together to form a single wall. For this purpose, we always use WATCHOUT™ by Dataton.”

According to Nugroho, the AV specification for a typical wedding party can include motorised LED modules that move up and down to create different display areas at different times of the event. Another option often requested is for the LED screens to be integrated with motorised curtains so that the display area opens and closes to create screens of different widths. In both such cases, WATCHOUT is used to ensure that the image displayed is always perfectly synchronised, not just with the movement of the screens but also with other elements of the show such as audio tracks and changes in lighting scenes.

While some parties confine their AV to a single ballroom location, others want additional displays to be positioned in pre-function meeting rooms and even on the outside of the building hosting the party, as Nugroho explains:

“For a pre-function room, which is typically smaller than the main ballroom, we would combine framed and frameless LCD screens together so that you see a mixture of single screens and multiple-screen displays. Regardless of the number of screens we use, driving them with WATCHOUT ensures that all the images are correctly scaled for thesize of the screen.

“Externally, we sometimes use outdoor LED screens – in either flat or curved configurations – as a kind of welcome motif for wedding guests. More recently there has also been a trendtoward projection mapping, where the whole façade of the building is used as a dynamic, animated backdrop for multiple projected images. In either case, we again use WATCHOUT to combine the images seamlessly together and ensure consistent geometry and synchronisation.”

Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director at Dataton, concludes: “From humble beginnings as an audio manufacturer and rental company, Lasika Productions has successfully diversified to become the most innovative supplier of multimedia entertainment in its region. With its ability to sync different media together seamlessly and to a common timecode, WATCHOUT is the perfect fit not just for Lasika’s company skill-set but also for the ever-increasing demands of Indonesia’s wedding couples.

“We are delighted that our products are being used so inventively, and in ways which make an already special day even more memorable for hundreds of newly-weds and their many thousands of invited guests throughout Indonesia.”

www.dataton.com

GET THE SYMNET EDGE

symnet_edge.JPGSEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MARCH 2012: Symetrix announces SymNet Edge, a significant update to its long line of DSP solutions packed with incredible new features. DSP is deep in Symetrix’ DNA and Edge is their most exciting commercial audio product yet. Edge is scalable hardware configured with SymNet Composer open architecture software for total design synergy.

Symetrix designed Edge to meet the I/O capacity requirements of the bulk of commercial sound installations. Edge features four configurable I/O card slots, up to 16 channels total of local I/O plus 128 (64×64) channels of Dante network audio. Flexible I/O and plug-and-play networking enable multiple Edge units to scale to your projects’ demands.

Built for performance, Edge trumps the competition with DSP efficiency, consistently providing more processing per project. An internal gigabit switch provides the bandwidth that unleashes the power of Dante to deliver ultra-low latency more

projectiondesign® ships entry-level F21 professional projector

Unrivalled image reproduction, optics and performance for meeting and collaborative business usage

Advanced meeting room and collaboration users now have more choice when looking to upgrade or invest in new projection and display technology. They need look no further than the new F21 projector from projectiondesign®. The Norwegian projector manufacturer today announces that this entry-level projector is shipping.

“Renowned for having the world’s most advanced projector technologies, the F21 reproduces intense graphics reproduction and reliability with no compromise in image quality. The F21 meets the specific needs and expectations of professional corporate users and is available at an attractive price point,’ says Fredrik Brostrøm-Hansen, Product Marketing Manager at projectiondesign.

Designed in a breathtakingly stylish pearl white cabinet, the projector will grace any boardroom or meeting room environment. In saying this, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. The new high performance F21 single-chip DLP® projector comes with full HD native 1080p resolution. It incorporates a high quality zoom lens and a long life lamp.

The projector uses projectiondesign’s unique RealColor™ colour management suite for perfect picture, ideal for stand-alone or multi-channel blended environments. For greater accuracy, RealColor allows the user to define a desired white point, match the colours from the projector to the picture on the screen or a print for true colour imaging.

“Now that the F21 projector is shipping we are able to deliver an even stronger product offering for the important corporate meeting room and collaboration space. With the F21 what you see is what you get, and that is no less than the highest performing quality on-screen image!” adds Brostrøm-Hansen.

The F21 projector comes with projectiondesign’s standard 3-year 24/7 warranty which can be extended up to five years, all service inclusive.

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www.projectiondesign.com

T-VIPS’ JPEG2000 Video Gateway Ensures La Liga’s On-Screen Video Quality Matches ‘Best in World’ Quality of Players on the Pitch

Oslo, Norway – March 19, 2012

T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video contribution and distribution solutions, today announced that Mediapro, the Spanish media, communications and service provider group, selected T-VIPS’ TVG450 JPEG2000 Gateway for live HD contribution.

The TVG450s will be used to link three locations across Spain: GloboMedia, a production facility in Madrid; Mediapro in Barcelona; and Mediapro in Madrid. The project marks the continuation of a partnership between T-VIPS and Mediapro that will enable La Sexta, the Spanish TV channel, to broadcast La Liga football and other HD productions – live.

Mediapro provides video transport services to a wide range of customers and has been using T-VIPS’ Video Gateways for the contribution of high quality video between the FC Barcelona football stadium and Mediapro’s Master Control Room (MCR) for the last two years. This new project will be implemented in cooperation with T-VIPS’ Spanish business partner, Mome.

“T-VIPS’ solution is robust, reliable and easy-to-use – three key requirements for us,” said Mr. Emili Planas, Operations Director, Mediapro. “Not only is the TVG450 cost-efficient it is also future-proofed, providing an easy upgrade route to additional functionality. It is absolutely crucial that La Sexta is able to provide un-interrupted video to millions of football viewers. When you have some of the best footballers in the world in action it’s only fitting that the video is the best possible quality too – with the T-VIPS solution that’s exactly what we deliver. The equipment fits perfectly into our extensive IP Network.”

The TVG450 JPEG2000 Gateway enables the transport of HD video over IP networks. Utilizing JPEG2000 compression technology, the solution can transport compressed 3G, 3D, SD and HD video over Gigabit Ethernet or DVB ASI links. The TVG450 is designed for the real-time contribution and distribution of high-quality video over IP networks. It offers flawless operation from end to end with built-in Quality of Service functionality through advanced Forward Error Correction and error concealment, making it an ideal solution for ensuring the quality delivery of La Liga’s live football.

“We have considerable experience in delivering solutions to live sport broadcasters across the globe and we are delighted to be able to provide this expertise for Mediapro’s football coverage,” said Johnny Dolvik, CEO, T-VIPS. “As pioneers in JPEG2000, we offer tried and tested products that have demonstrated the unrivaled quality of this compression scheme. Our market leading solutions are increasingly popular with sportscasters due to both their reliability and the quality of video we provide. We plan to continue to offer broadcasters and service providers the best solutions for transporting the world’s most valuable sports video assets.”

For further information: David Bramley, Platform PR, Tel: +44 (0)20 7486 4900

Email: david@platformpr.com

About T-VIPS AS

T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video transport solutions for contribution, distribution and Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), offers a comprehensive portfolio of powerful, efficient and intelligent solutions for processing and transporting high-quality video. T-VIPS’ close involvement in video standards bodies, leadership in JPEG2000, expertise in IP and transport stream multiplexing, processing and monitoring results in state-of-the-art technology that makes complex TV network operations simpler and preserves the integrity of high-end video streams.

T-VIPS solutions are utilized in many demanding applications, including 1080/60p, 3DTV, alternative content for digital cinema, live HD sports and news back-haul, and the transport of HDTV programming over IP networks. T-VIPS is leading the IP-based video network revolution by empowering high-profile network operators, broadcasters and post-production customers in over 50 countries with innovative solutions that deliver significant operational and financial benefits. The privately-held company is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with Americas’ headquarters in New Jersey. For further information, visit: www.t-vips.com

DPA Upgrades Popular 4099 Instrument Mic Series To d:vote At Prolight + Sound 2012

FRANKFURT, GERMANY, MARCH 21, 2012 – DPA Microphones is pleased to announce the unveiling of its new d:vote range of instrument microphones at Prolight + Sound 2012 (Hall 8, Stand F22). Building on the success of the highly acclaimed 4099 instrument clip mic series, d:vote has been enhanced with a new shock mount to provide even better absorption.

DPA’s original instrument microphones have been widely embraced by international artists including Sting, Randy Brecker, Wayne Shorter and Bobby Ricketts. They are also indispensable tools for gigging musicians around the world, who appreciate the level at which the microphones can accurately capture their acoustic tone. In addition to the shock absorption upgrades, the new d:vote instrument microphones now feature a cable available in a heavy duty 1.55 mm and 2.2 mm diameter versions, which can now be detached from the end of the gooseneck. Further flexibility is available through an extension unit for the gooseneck supplied with the mic, which lengthens its neck by 50 percent. “After a long introduction, the 4099s have more than tripled the amount of microphones sold in the last two years and the curve is only going up,” says DPA CEO Christian Poulsen. “We have listened to what our users want and the new improvements make it even more durable and less sensitive to noise. The new extension unit brings maximum value to demanding applications, achieving just the right sound from the instrument.”

d:vote condenser mics feature supercardioid polar patterns for highly uniform off-axis frequency response and superior gain-before-feedback. Capable of handling high sound pressure levels, these microphones live up to DPA’s pedigree of breathtaking clarity and richness.

Despite its tiny, discreet size and lightweight design, d:vote is rugged and stable, while the versatile and extendable gooseneck provides stable positioning. The mics can easily be unclipped and repositioned or moved to another instrument with only one hand. d:vote’s microphone mounting system is designed to be extremely gentle, never marring the finish of an instrument.

The MicroDot connector and more than 35 DPA adapters ensure compatibility with just about any wireless system, and the product can also be used as a standard 48V phantom powered microphone via its supplied XLR connector.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones A/S is a leading manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com or contact:

Verrex Expands Asia Pacific Sales Team

Joseph Mak and Tomi Kallio join Verrex Asia Limited to meet growing regional demand

KOWLOON BAY, HONG KONG & MOUNTAINSIDE, NEW JERSEY USA / 21 March 2012 / — Verrex, a global design-build integrator and managed services provider of conferencing, collaboration and presentation technologies, has announced the expansion of its Asia Pacific team with the addition of two new sales leaders. Joseph Mak, CTS, has joined the company as Director of Sales responsible for leading a multi-geographic team in delivering audiovisual solutions to business hubs throughout APAC including Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Shanghai. Tomi Kallio has also joined the company as Sales Engineer responsible for pre-sales design and engineering support for clients throughout the region. Both Mr. Mak and Mr. Kallio are based out of Verrex’s Asia Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong and report to Vice President of Enterprise Sales, Bill Chamberlin.

“Joseph and Tomi are outstanding additions to our team,” said Mr. Chamberlin. “They possess the deep range of regional industry experience to help Verrex expand throughout Asia Pacific. They also model the credentials and dedication that will help transform the market by raising the expectations of what a client should expect from their audiovisual partner. We are delighted to welcome them and their commitment to superior audiovisual solutions.”

Joseph Mak, CTS, joins Verrex as Director of Sales – Asia Pacific, with over 20 years of technology solutions experience including sales, marketing, business development and strategy. Most recently Mr. Mak was Regional Business Development Manager for Crestron. Other career highlights include a 17-year tenure at Thomson, where he undertook a variety of increasingly senior roles in Business Development, Marketing, Product Management, Sourcing and Engineering. Mr. Mak holds an MBA from OUHK, a Master of Science in Operations Management from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Marketing and the Hong Kong Institute of Industrial Engineers. Mr. Mak earned his Certified Technology Specialist designation from InfoComm International. He can be reached at jmak@verrex.com.

Tomi Kallio joins Verrex as Sales Engineer responsible for engineering support including initial systems design drawings, equipment research and ensuring the integrity of Verrex designed systems. Prior to joining Verrex he was Business Development Manager at ServicePoint Australia. Other career highlights include Senior Technician for Spaceage Communications and Audiovisual Repair Technician for Audience Motivation. Throughout his career, he has also taken on a variety of freelance engineering contracts. Mr. Kallio holds an Associate Diploma in Electrical Engineering and an Advanced Certificate in Electronics and Communications from North Sydney TAFE. He can be reached at tkallio@verrex.com.
“I am proud to be able to show our ongoing commitment to the Asia Pacific market by adding two very talented audiovisual industry experts that will no doubt bring value to the clients we serve,” said Verrex President & CEO, Thomas Berry Jr. “Our continued expansion in this region – and all Verrex global regions – reflects the growth of conferencing and collaboration technology adoption by companies around the world. Verrex can deliver these enterprise solutions thanks to the expertise of global team members like Joseph and Tomi.”

Verrex Asia Limited is located at Suite 2701A, 27/F Exchange Tower, 33 Wang Chiu Road, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong and can be reached by phone at +852 3713 4200.

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 of Marketing & Business Development
Verrex
Phone: +1 908 664 8391
Email: thahn@verrex.com

Industry Veteran Larry Goodman Joins Broadway Systems’ Advisory Board

March 19, 2012 – Grand Rapids, Mich. – Broadway Systems, the leading provider of advertising management software for cable networks, announced today that Larry Goodman, a 30-year media and advertising industry veteran, has joined its Advisory Board. With his extensive experience in cable network advertising, he will provide industry insight and guidance to enhance the value that Broadway delivers to its cable network customers.

“Broadway Systems is an innovative company with terrific people, great resources, and a very impressive end-to-end advertising sales and traffic software solution,” said Goodman. “I believe you are going to continue to see this company grow at a very rapid rate, and I look forward to being part of their success.”

For almost two decades, Goodman worked at Turner Broadcasting, including eight years serving concurrently as president of CNN sales and marketing and president of operations for Turner Broadcasting Sales, Inc. During that time, he was directly responsible for more than $500 million in sales across CNN’s television, Internet, and barter syndication units. Plus, Goodman oversaw commercial operations and software development for all Turner networks and Web sites across the Advertising Sales Division. Earlier in his career, he held media planning positions at advertising agencies McCann Erickson and Grey Advertising.

In 2004, Goodman established White Mountain Media, through which he has provided consulting services for a number of public and private media companies, as well as media advisory services for private equity. He has received numerous industry awards, including the CAB President’s Award and Turner Broadcasting President’s Award, and was one of the first sales executives named a “Media Maven” by Advertising Age.

“Larry is well respected within the advertising community and brings a deep understanding of the issues facing Broadway’s customers on both the linear and digital sides of the business. He has literally walked in the shoes of our customers,” said Chris Noe, managing director, Broadway Systems. “We are very fortunate to have someone of Larry’s caliber and reputation working with our company.”

Goodman can be contacted at (914) 923-0145 or larrygoodman4@gmail.com.

About Broadway Systems

Since 2002, Broadway Systems has collaborated with cable networks to engineer a contemporary and fully integrated programming, sales, traffic, stewardship, and billing software system. Today, this platform is used to manage some of the top brands in industry and more than $3 billion in advertising revenues for top 20 rated cable networks and startups alike. Broadway Systems offers cable networks a strategic alternative to existing vendors, one that is dedicated to their business and keeps pace with the changing needs of this dynamic industry. Find out more at www.broadwaysystems.com.

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Expands VTX Line Array Series With S28 and G28 Subwoofers at Prolight & Sound 2012

FRANKFURT, Germany – At Prolight & Sound 2012, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is expanding its revolutionary next-generation VTX Line Array Series with the addition of two subwoofer models, the VTX S28 and VTX G28.

“In January, JBL introduced the first product in the VTX Series—the V25—and the new S28 and G28 subwoofers provide system technicians with a wealth of configuration options and unprecedented performance,” said Paul Bauman, Senior Manager, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “These new models truly represent a breakthrough in subwoofer design.”

The VTX S28 and G28 are dual 18-inch subwoofers, each employing two 2269H 18″ transducers featuring Differential Drive® technology with two voice coils, two neodymium magnets and extremely high peak-to peak excursion capabilities to deliver world-class, extended low-frequency performance. Both models are reverse cardioid-arrayable.

The VTX S28 can be suspended or ground-stacked and is cardioid-arrayable in either configuration for improved rear rejection. Compatible with VTX V25 suspension, the S28 can be suspended at the top of V25 arrays to extend the effective low-frequency line length, providing improved vertical pattern control combined with improved rear rejection when used in cardioid mode.

Alternatively, S28 arrays (cardioid or front-firing) can be suspended beside or behind V25 arrays. For theatrical sound design, the S28 can be suspended in the middle of flown V25 arrays to facilitate balcony and floor coverage by allowing improved under-balcony penetration. Larger cardioid configurations are also effective where S28 is suspended or ground-stacked in multiple cardioid blocks, each block consisting of three enclosures.

The VTX G28 is ground-stackable, but with a practical form factor for convenient stacking and additional enclosure volume, plus port tuning that delivers true sub performance down to 22 Hz @ -10 dB.

Like all JBL Professional products, the VTX subwoofers are comprehensively tested in JBL’s power testing facilities. Unique in the industry, during the design phase JBL power testing submits each component and system to 100 hours of continuous, high level input, ensuring that your system will deliver extraordinary sound even after years of hard use and thousands of hours of performance.

Like all VTX Series models, the S28 and G28 feature Crown Audio VRack DSP and amplification. VRack is a rugged touring rack fitted with three Crown I-Tech HD Series power amplifiers, power input panel, and custom-engineered input/output panels that is available in two configurations: VRack

12000 and VRack 4 x 3500 are loaded with three IT 12000HD and three IT 4 x 3500HD amplifiers, respectively.

Apart from the performance advantage of a standard package ensuring that VTX Series enclosures are optimally powered and processed, VRack ensures compatibility for cross rental between VTX Network Partners. Since VRack is supplied with all components installed and internally connected, there is also no need for laborious rack building; no chance that a component might be improperly connected; and a dramatically lower chance of connection failure.

VTX’s patented S.A.F.E. suspension system is streamlined for speed and efficiency with improved hardware for faster setup with fewer pinning operations and greater security. A custom-designed protective cover and dolly makes transport easy and the suspension process fast, efficient and safe. Vertical Transporters will be available allowing for transport of four V25 enclosures or three S28 enclosures in either front-firing or cardioid mode.

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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