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GC Pro Helps Chicago’s Earhole Studios Stay on the Leading Edge

— Newly installed Avid D-Command mix console was installed over a long weekend and ready to go to work at the beginning of the week thanks to GC Pro’s logistical experience and willingness to be there when needed —

— For over 20 years this successful Chicago Loop music and audio house has worked with top commercial clients, and GC Pro has been a longtime partner —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, March 13, 2012 — Earhole Studios has been part of Chicago’s thriving commercial music and audio business since 1990, currently serving clients including UPS, Chrysler, Sprite, Motorola, Allstate, BP and other major international brands. One of the reasons this 10-employee facility has been so successful is that they truly partner with their clients, looking for the nuances that will make the outcomes of their collaborations truly unique. That’s also the kind of support that Earhole Studios has long experienced with Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, which has been providing Earhole Studios with sales, service and advice for years.

GC Pro has been the vendor for equipment that has gone into Earhole’s main Chicago location’s three mix rooms and their satellite locations in Los Angeles and Detroit, and even for many of the staff composers’ own personal studios. Most recently, GC Pro provided a new Avid D-Command recording and mix console that was installed in Earhole’s Studio B in Chicago, replacing an Avid Pro Controller there. But GC Pro provided more than just the products that help keep clients like Earhole Studios on the leading edge – they also offer expertise and know-how that makes major transitions like these easier and seamless.

“The new D-Command needed to go in and be up and running over what amounted to a long weekend, which was no simple task,” recalls Eric Lambert, a veteran Composer and Creative Director at Earhole Studios. “What made it happen was that the guys we’ve worked with at GC Pro for years, Dan Scalpone and Javier Briseno, not only got us the equipment we needed but also helped us pre-plan the entire transition from one console to the other. The trick to successfully pulling off a major installation like this is to plan it out in as much detail as possible in advance, in order to keep the amount of downtime for the studio to a minimum, and that’s something that Dan and Javier were incredibly adept at.”

GC Pro’s experienced sales representatives made sure they were available for Earhole’s staffers throughout the weekend of the installation, ready with any last-minute extras. Then there’s what Lambert calls the “last five percent” – the items that almost no amount of planning can allow for until the job is nearly finished. “GC Pro was there for that, too,” he says. “Whatever we needed, whenever we needed it, it was there for us.”

Looking over the studio, Lambert estimates that at least half of the equipment there was procured through GC Pro, including every piece of Avid gear in all of the facilities. Calling on his years of experience in advertising, Lambert offhandedly composes what could be the GC Pro mantra: “Always available, always knowledgeable, always helpful, always there,” he says. “What else could you ask for?”

For more information, please visit www.gcpro.com .

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Vaddio Announces First Pro-AV USB 2.0 Wireless Microphone System

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (2012) – The EasyTALK Wireless USB Mic System is the worlds first professional-quality wireless microphone system designed to plug directly into your PC. It features a high-quality unidirectional lavalier microphone and belt pack transmitter with up to ten hours of battery life. And the 2.4GHZ full frequency spectrum is based on a wireless digital transmitter and receiver that offer interference-free operation and wide-band sound quality.

“We wanted to have a wireless USB microphone system we could plug directly into a PC,” explained Rob Sheeley, President of Vaddio. “As a lot of our products are used to support computer applications like lecture capture, streaming and video conferencing, we saw a real need for a professional-quality audio system to support these applications.”

There are two audio outputs to connect directly with your room’s existing audio system and with the enhanced DSP functions; you can customize the audio for specific room and speaking conditions. Besides the two balanced and unbalanced outputs, the wireless mic system also incorporates a USB audio output.

The USB audio output can be directly connected to a PC as a microphone input. Whether your application is streaming or lecture capture – even video conferencing – adding professional audio is no longer an issue. And because it uses a standards-based UAC USB driver it’s truly a plug and play device so no software, drivers or configuration is needed – resulting in an easy system setup.

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About Vaddio:
Vaddio is the leading manufacturer and OEM distributor of specialty PTZ cameras and high-end camera control systems in the broadcasting, audiovisual and videoconferencing industries. Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, Vaddio also has operations throughout the Americas, as well as sales and support partners throughout the world. More information can be found on the Vaddio website, www.vaddio.com or at (800) 572.2011.

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LECTROSONICS MOURNS PASSING OF MATT ROBERTSON

*** Matt Robertson ***

Rio Rancho, NM – March 2012… Lectrosonics is saddened to announce that Matt Robertson, the West Coast face and voice of the company for 12 years, passed away suddenly March 9, 2012 at the age of 59. Matt’s easy going personality, professionalism, and easy smile will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Our prayers and condolences go out to his family and friends. The professional audio and music community has lost a true gentleman and great guitarist.

The memorial service will be held Monday March 19th at 11 A.M. at the L.D.S. Church at 2430 Mariposa Ave. in Chico, CA, followed by a 2 hour reception. Musicians who would like to jam in honor of Matt are encouraged to bring their instruments and plan to play a bit. more

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Vaddio Launches World’s First High Definition USB PTZ Camera

The ClearVIEW HD-USB is the world’s first broadcast-quality HD PTZ camera with USB and Ethernet streaming built right into the camera. Now you can directly plug an HD PTZ camera directly into your PC – without the need for a separate capture device. Because the ClearVIEW HD-USB uses standard UVC drivers, no special USB drivers need to be installed. As a result it works seamlessly with any software application running on any OS that supports USB 2.0 devices.

ClearVIEW HD-USB PTZ Camera

ClearVIEW HD-USB PTZ Camera


“For the last two years we have been inundated with requests for a professional-quality high definition PTZ camera,” explains President of Vaddio, Rob Sheeley. “As more enterprise videoconferencing users adopt soft codecs such as Skype and Microsoft Lync, they are demanding better performance than what a webcam can deliver. With our new camera they can finally achieve broadcast-quality video from a USB camera.”

The ClearVIEW HD-USB also supports H.264 video streaming. With a built in Ethernet network interface you can now do both IP control and IP Streaming directly from the camera. It supports either RTSP or HLS streaming protocols.
The camera features a 19x optical zoom lens with a 58.1-degree wide angle of view – wide enough to view everyone at a standard conference table, as well as capture an individual from a long distance at 3.2 degrees in a larger room. The zoom range provides great flexibility for a wide variety of applications.

Add the optional USB Quick Connect cable system and extend the USB, power and control up to 300 feet. This way you can mount the camera anywhere and not worry about the cabling distance from the computer.

RTI Introduces Laser Shark Custom Button Engraving

With Laser Shark, Dealers Can Engrave Custom Buttons on Select RTI Controllers

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — March 15, 2011 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) has introduced its new Laser Shark custom button engraving service. Available exclusively to RTI dealers, the Laser Shark software allows professional integrators to easily design custom buttons for select RTI controllers. more

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Vaddio’s New AV Bridge Provides the Gateway from Analog to Digital

Vaddio’s AV Bridge provides a USB gateway from your traditional analog AV components to your PC. Based on UVC/UAC USB standards, no special USB drivers need to be installed, and as a result, it work seamlessly with any software application running on any operating system that supports USB 2.0 devices. Whether you want to do a Skype video call or need to set up lecture capture using Panopto’s software lecture application, the AV Bridge provides the USB connection to your AV system.

AV Bridge

AV Bridge

“We designed the AV Bridge to provide our integrators with the ability to integrate professional video and audio products into any PC application,” explained Rob Sheeley, President of Vaddio. “Enterprise users are demanding high-quality audio and video performance from their computers, so whether you want to record, stream or even do a video conference, the AV Bridge encodes your analog AV signals into a digital USB stream that can be used with any application and on any OS.”

The AV Bridge can support switchable balanced or unbalanced audio – and switchable HDMI, RGBHV, SD or HD component video inputs. Video inputs can be up or down converted as required. Outputs include USB 2.0 with HD UVC/UAC device support and an Ethernet network interface for both IP control and streaming, supporting RTSP and HLS streaming clients.

The AV Bridge makes it simple to encode, capture and stream your AV content through a variety of PC applications or directly to the network. You now have a true digital gateway to capture, record and stream those legacy analog solutions.

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LEADING BROADCAST PRODUCTION COMPANY IN EUROPE RELIES ON ANTON/BAUER PRODUCTS AND CUSTOMER SUPPORT EXCLUSIVELY

Anton/Bauer Gold Mount, Batteries Central to Prime Television’s Documentary, Television News and Commercial Work

LONDON, MARCH 15, 2012—Anton/Bauer®, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, is the battery supplier of choice for London’s Prime Television. Prime Television, a mainstay for decades of London-based productions, relies heavily on Anton/Bauer power products and the company’s global customer support. more

TSI Global Provides Audio Upgrade To Historic St. Louis Peabody Opera House With HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC(r) Line Arrays

NORTHRIDGE, California – In order to update the audio system at the historic Peabody Opera House in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, TSI Global of St. Charles, Missouri, installed a HARMAN JBL VERTEC(r) line array system in the 3,100-seat theater. The Opera House, originally opened in 1934, has hosted performances by prestigious artists including Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones. Today, it hosts a variety of events including concerts, comedies, theatricals, family and holiday shows, and more.

Paul Murdick, Vice President of TSI, stated that the install was a 3-year long process, with plans changing as technology advanced. For the main PA system, 14 JBL VERTEC VT4888 midsize line arrays were installed per side, accompanied by four VT4882 midsize arrayable subwoofers per side as well as three ASB7128 subwoofers per side. An additional six VT4886 subcompact line array elements per side provide outfill, with six more VT4886 loudspeakers for coverage on the stage lip and eight VT4886 loudspeakers for under-balcony coverage. Crown I-Tech amplifiers power the system, with BSS London for system processing and control via HARMAN’s HiQnet System Architect(tm).

Many challenges arose during the planning and installation phases of the project. “With any renovation, especially a historical building, there is great emphasis on not ruining the architectural integrity of the original structure,” Murdick stated. “We wanted to ensure that all types of performances could be held at the theater, from a Broadway show to an intense rock concert. With the high arc of the building, the VERTEC’s worked perfectly as they met the weight limit of the rigging points, and provided a variety of uses by installing them on a swivel hang which could be rotated according to the needs of the performer.”

Since JBL is known as an industry leader with a prestigious reputation, Murdick felt confident that everyone who would be using the system would be happy. “We had the support of JBL and the owner of the Opera House to ensure that everything went according to plan, and looked the best it could be while providing quality sound and coverage needed,” he said.

Murdick concluded, “I’m proud to be a part of the renovation to a historical venue and the architecture that is present in the Opera House. There is nothing built like it anymore, and to help improve and create more history in the Opera House was a pleasure to be a part of.”

For more information on TSI Global, please visit: http://www.tsi-global.com/

For more information on the Peabody Opera House, please visit: http://peabodyoperahouse.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.

Vaddio Launches EasyUSB – Tools for the USB Revolution

With Vaddio’s EasyUSB tools you now have Pro AV quality computer peripherals you need to transform your personal computer into an effective, affordable meeting room system. Whether you are looking to design a small videoconferencing system or a large integrated lecture capture classroom, Vaddio gives you the tools you need to make your software applications work in a real world AV environment.

EasyUSB Tools

EasyUSB Tools

“Until now, audio and video products designed to work with a computer have produced fairly low-quality sound and images,” explained Rob Sheeley, President of Vaddio. “We wanted to create a new standard for computer peripherals based on professional AV quality performance. We believe we have delivered just that with our new line of EasyUSB products. Now you can build an enterprise-quality videoconferencing system with affordable soft codecs like Microsoft Lync, Skype or Google Talk.”

Vaddio’s EasyUSB tools include an HD USB PTZ camera, a USB audio mixer/amplifier, USB microphone options – and for control, a web-based room control system. For those legacy and traditional AV systems, Vaddio introduces the AV Bridge – your gateway from analog to digital. The AV Bridge lets you connect audio and video inputs to your computer through a USB connection, allowing the integration of legacy AV systems into group collaboration software.

And Vaddio’s EasyUSB tools are based on UVC/UAC USB standards, eliminating the need for custom software drivers or a particular OS to be installed on the PC – so they work seamlessly with any soft client conferencing systems including Skype, Google+, Movi and Microsoft Lync, as well as lecture capture software systems such as Tegrity and Panopto. When added to your PC, the combination of EasyUSB tools create a complete group AV solution that allows users to engage in any type of collaboration and conference activity. The USB revolution is here.

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HARMAN Lexicon(r) LXP Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle provides a World of Sounds for Composer, Orchestrator and Producer Simone Giuliani

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Simone Giuliani is a film and TV composer, music producer, orchestrator and keyboard player born in Florence, Italy, based in Manhattan and inspired by music from all over the world. He has composed for films and TV shows and has done digital audio editing on a host of classic jazz reissues including very rare recordings of Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong among others. He is the founder of Emunity Records, a digital label that focuses on future-lounge and ambient soundscapes, and was a contributing writer to the book “The Spiritual Significance of Music.”

“I have been interested in Lexicon products going back to 1992 when I was recording and producing an album in Florence with Funkareem, my band at the time,” said Giuliani. “At that time, I first heard the Lexicon 480L digital effects system and fell in love with it.”

“I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Lexicon’s ability to maintain a very special sonic flavor for their products throughout the years, Giuliani continued. “The sonic texture of their reverb units has always been unique. My good friend, bassist Amanda Ruzza told me about the LXP Native Reverb and when I tried it I instantly knew I had to add it to my studio arsenal.” Giuliani is using a Mac(r) Pro 8-core Intel(r) Xeon(r) desktop running Logic(r) and Pro Tools. “The Lexicon LXP works like a charm in this setup.”

Currently Giuliani is working on recording and producing Sambismo, a contemporary vision of Brazilian music with Zé Luis Oliveira (Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil) and Béco Dranoff (Bebel Gilberto, Red Hot + Rio). “A top-line roster of guest artists like the one we have on this project can only deserve the best I can give them, and the LXP Native Reverb is an obvious choice for this production. It gives me a selection of those warm, uniquely lush Lexicon reverbs that perfectly complement male and female vocals and a wide variety of instruments.”

Giuliani co-wrote the soundtrack for Vice magazine’s documentary “TOXIC: Amazon” with Guilherme Monteiro of Forro in the Dark, a New York-based collective of Brazilian expatriate musicians. “I used the LXP Native Reverb on all of Guilherme’s acoustic guitar parts and the results were excellent, perfectly complementing his beautiful tone and skillful playing with stunning ambience and depth.”

“I get to work with musicians from all over the world in my projects – for example, I’m now scoring a beautiful Italian movie by director Fabio Mollo and for the occasion I will be working with musicians from different parts of the world; I’m thrilled at the chance to try out the LXP on such a different variety of instruments.” Giuliani feels that every plug-in has a different flavor and its own reason to exist and the Lexicon LXP remains one of his favorite choices because of its versatility, regardless of the project he’s working on.

“My work approaches and explores musical styles that can be very different from one another,” Giuliani notes. “From one week to the next I can be working on anything from orchestral arrangements to soundtracks to bossa-nova to remixes using all sorts of electronic sounds, and I enjoy working with both analog and digital gear. Last year I produced Echocell, an eclectic Los Angeles band. For their forthcoming album, they wanted to experiment with all kinds of different and unusual sounds, and we had a lot of fun using the Lexicon LXP in many different and unconventional ways. We ended up creating interesting textures that haven’t been heard before that ended up on the final mixes for the record, mixed by the great engineer Dave Darlington (Sting, Wayne Shorter) here in New York.”

“No matter what style of music or approach I take when I’m working on a project,” Giuliani concluded, “it always feels good being able to count on such a solid effects plug-in like the Lexicon LXP Native Reverb.”

The Lexicon LXP Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle is designed to work with popular DAWs like Pro Tools and Logic, as well as with any other VST(r), Audio Unit(tm) or RTAS(r)-compatible host. PC- and Macintosh(r)-compatible, it offers four of Lexicon’s most renowned algorithms – Chamber, Hall, Plate and Room – plus 220 finely crafted studio presets. Its intuitive user interface provides easy access to key parameters, with a graphical real-time full-color display.

You can listen to Simone Giuliani’s music and read more about him here: http://www.simonegiuliani.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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