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SWITCH BY TIMBRE ROCKS WITH D.A.S. AUDIO

**** Photo: SWITCH by Timbre ****

Singapore – April 2012 … From its dazzling airport and cityscape to a wealth of fashion emporiums along Orchard Road, Singapore sizzles with excitement. Nowhere is this high level of energy more evident than at SWITCH by Timbre, the latest live music restaurant and bar by the Timbre Group. Located in the arts and heritage district of Bras Basah, the 300-seat, bilingual venue sets the stage for the best up-and-coming Singaporean musicians proficient in Mandarin and English pop-rock and offers live performances nightly. As the third Timbre property to utilize D.A.S. Audio loudspeaker systems, SWITCH by Timbre relies on a potent sound reinforcement system drawn from the company’s Aero Series 2, Road, and Avant loudspeaker product lines. more

Sennheiser to Host Series of Online Recording Sound Academy (RSA) Webinars between April and October

Old Lyme, Conn. – April 2, 2012 –Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it will begin hosting a series of online webinars featuring Grammy-award winning engineers and producers this week. The webinars will teach attendees how to use various recording techniques aimed at achieving the best possible studio sound.

The first webinar, which will focus on EQ and compression techniques, will held free of charge this Thursday April 5th at 5:00 p.m. EDT as a special introductory offering to program participants. To register for this Online RSA, or learn about other upcoming webinars that will be taking place, please visit http://www.sennheiserusa.com/RSA.

Topic/Host
Avoiding Too Much Equalization and Compression, hosted by David Thoener, Grammy-winning producer/engineer (Santana, AC/DC).

When:
Thursday, April 5th at 5:00 p.m. EDT

Attendees will learn:

– How to use EQ constructively
– When to use compression—and when not to
– How to add the final sheen to the mix with gentle use of EQ

Sennheiser: Supporting Aspiring Producers/Engineers
The Online Recording Sound Academy borrows instructional elements from Sennheiser’s highly successful on-site Recording Sound Academy seminars, such as valuable tips and instruction on microphone selection and placement, recording and mixing techniques. The RSA webinars — which run between April and October — feature instruction by accomplished producers and engineers on a variety of recording topics, and also feature a thorough Q&A session with the instructor. Following is a summary of upcoming dates and topics:

May 3: Modern Compression Tactics
Hosted by Karl Richardson, nine-time Grammy-award-winning producer

June 13: Recording Vocals
Hosted by Tom Young, Grammy award-winning engineer

July 17: Mixing
Hosted by Tim Palmer, Grammy-nominated producer/mixer

August 13: Re-Mixing, Beats and Percussive Rhythms
Hosted by: Cool & Dre, production/songwriting team

September 12: Reverb, Spectral Energy and Human Positional Perception
Hosted by: Greg Lukens, engineer and founder of Audio Fabricators

October 25: Engineer’s Roundtable: Award-winning Engineers Discuss Recording Tips, Tricks and Trends
Moderated by: Al Schmitt, 21-time Grammy-winning producer/engineer

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‘KK’ Tan Strengthens Renkus-Heinz APAC Support Team

Singapore, April 2012…   Renkus-Heinz has announced an important addition to its APAC international application support team, Singaporean national Tan Kheng Keong (‘KK’).

Technically trained and fluent in Chinese and English, KK joins the company from Renkus-Heinz’s Singapore distributor, Electro-Acoustics Systems, where he was part of the technical team involved in the execution of several major projects including the new Singapore Supreme Court, National Institute of Education, Resorts World Sentosa, and Universal Studios Singapore. Before this he worked both as project and design engineer for an engineering company and an audio consultancy firm.

KK will be offering system design assistance, commissioning support and more, focusing on supporting the company’s Asian/Pacific Rim customers.

He comments: “At EAS, my role was as an internal system consultant: design, commissioning and troubleshooting, all highly technical. My relationship with Renkus-Heinz goes back to when I was consulting over 11 years ago. I was impressed with their loudspeakers and specified them on numerous projects, so I’m already familiar with the products and their ethos.

“The future here is about moving more into digital technology and live sound. The new IC2 system, for example, is just right for concerts. Audio and IT are coming together and at Renkus-Heinz, convergence is happening quickly, and for me it’s natural, having been exposed to IT from a young age. I’m very excited about the future here.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

Iconyx Blends Right in at First United Methodist

Conway, SC, March 2012…  The bell tower of First United Methodist Church has been a landmark in this coastal city’s historic downtown since the early 1960s. In recent years Conway has undergone something of a revitalization, and First United Methodist is no exception. The 600-seat Georgian-style sanctuary was recently treated to an extensive renovation that included everything from foundation repair and new flooring to an elevator and a new, state-of-the-art sound system featuring Iconyx digitally steered column arrays from Renkus-Heinz.

Audio Engineer David Clyburn of Roebuck, SC-based MusiCraft explains the selection of the Iconyx IC16-R systems. “The sanctuary is a beautiful, large, rectangular space with high ceilings and tall windows,” he says. “Even before the renovation, we measured the reverb time at more than three seconds, and that was before they expanded the space to accommodate their new pipe organ. They also removed the carpet and put in hardwood floors. We knew right away we would have to remove their traditional cluster loudspeakers and go for a more focused line array type system.

After researching all the options, Iconyx was the clear choice, says Clyburn. “The Iconyx’s steered array technology enabled us to focus the sound onto the seating areas and away from the walls and floor,” he explains. “We were able to replace an entire cluster of multiple cabinets with two small IC16 cabinets. The sound is nicely focused, and the intelligibility issues the building has long endured are a thing of the past.” The system also includes a Yamaha LS9 digital console, with a Yamaha DM8 processor connected via Cobranet. A pair of Renkus-Heinz IC7 mechanically steered columns are installed in the choir loft as monitors.

The building’s landmark status meant that aesthetics was also a major consideration. Here too, Iconyx fit the bill. “With such an extensive renovation, they were very clear on their desire for the sound system to be as unobtrusive as possible,” says Clyburn. “The Iconyx cabinets, mounted on the vertical columns, blended in perfectly. Everyone was really pleased with the way it looks, and we’re getting great compliments on the sound quality.

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

Toledo-based Buckeye CableSystem Selects Seven Hitachi HD Cameras for BCSN Local Sports Network

WOODBURY, NEW YORK – Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd., today announced that Buckeye CableSystem, the premier cable service provider in the Toledo, Ohio area, purchased seven Hitachi Z-HD5000 studio and field HDTV cameras for use by its local sports channel, Buckeye Cable Sports Network (BCSN).

Offered as a free service to Buckeye CableSystem’s subscriber base, BCSN uses the cameras on two of its newest HD mobile units. Buckeye CableSystem launched BCSN in January 2004 and upgraded it to HDTV in April 2011.

“While it’s affordably priced, the Z-HD5000 still offers superior, native 1080i HD picture quality comparable to more expensive HD broadcast cameras,” said Tad Fowkes, BCSN’s creative services/production manager of local stations. “Our goal is to retain cable subscribers by offering them a valuable, exclusive service they can’t get from any other cable or satellite provider. In light of our goal, we have to make very judicious, cost-effective equipment choices.”

BCSN televises over 900 local sports events each year, including NCAA Division I sports at Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo, as well as high school games. The channel is also the TV home of the Toledo Mud Hens AAA baseball team and the Toledo Walleye Hockey Club, an affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.

“To produce 17 to 20 sports events each week, at locations ranging from college stadiums to high school gyms, we set up and strike our cameras roughly 300 times per year and operate them in all kinds of conditions,” said Fowkes. “The roadworthiness and durability of these cameras have proven to be a great asset to us.”

BCSN’s cameras are also used to produce several weekly programs—also at remote locations—including: “Inside the Red Zone,” a high school football show; “Rant and Rage,” a live sports call-in show; and “The T Sports Report,” co-produced with WTOL-DT (CBS) and hosted by that station’s sports personalities.

“Our management strives to be community oriented and attract and retain customers,” said Fowkes. “Offering BCSN in HD and choosing Hitachi HD cameras are two ways we’re making sure that’s just what we’re doing.”

About Hitachi

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 400,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2009 (ended March 31, 2009) consolidated revenues totaled 10,000 billion yen ($102.0 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials, logistics and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at www.hitachi.com.

Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. designs, manufacturers and markets video cameras, digital transmission, processing and recording devices for the broadcast television, cable, video production, and industrial vision markets. For more information, please call (516) 921-7200 or visit Hitachi’s web site athttp://www.hitachikokusai.us . Hitachi Kokusai Electric, Inc. (TSE, OSE: 6756), is a Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT) group company.

Full versions of all press releases and product images are posted on the web site in the pressroom section: www.hitachikokusai.us

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Travis Rogers Takes HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi6(tm) With Return To Forever

NORTHRIDGE, California – While on tour with jazz-fusion group Return To Forever, chief sound engineer Travis Rogers relies on a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6 digital console for front of house mixing.

Return To Forever, led by pianist Chick Corea, was founded in the 1970s and remains one of the core groups to be involved in the jazz-fusion movement. Many notable musicians including Stanley Clarke, Flora Purim and Al Di Meola got their first breaks through their performances on Return to Forever’s albums. After a hiatus from the music world, the classic Return to Forever lineup reunited in 2008 to recreate the music they all love. The band embarked on its current tour in February 2011, with tour dates extending through October 2011.

Rogers, who had previously used various digital consoles, chose the Vi6 for its crystal clear and warm feel. “It’s absolutely beautiful!” Rogers stated. “It’s by far the best digital console on the market.”

Where the biggest complaint of any digital board is that it doesn’t have the comfort and intuitive operation of an analog console, Rogers believes the Soundcraft Vi6 is as close as it gets, and all the digital aspects make it the easiest board to use. “It’s amazing to have everything fully recallable,” Rogers said. “I can save settings on different pages and trust they’ll be there when I switch back. I save anything from cues, reverbs, gates, it goes on and on and I still love learning new tricks every day.”

The desk is so easy to manage and learn on that in a desperate time of need, the monitor team was able to record using the Vi6 and the MADI interface.

The plugins, although Rogers doesn’t use them excessively, are nice to have when needed. “Using the plugins is a breeze. It’s amazing how many different sounds you can get out of the console.”

One of Rogers’ favorite aspects of the desk is the ability to layer the pages according to what is most used for a particular show. For a group with such a dynamic style as Return to Forever, this makes Rogers’ day-to-day work much easier. “Out of the box the Vi6 is already amazing and there is so much you can add to it,” Rogers added. “The whole desk is easy to navigate through and label, I never have to worry about locating anything.”

Overall, the Vi6 gives Rogers the flexibility and confidence to do his job every night without worrying about any surprises from the technology. “Other than ‘great job Soundcraft’ there isn’t much more to say. I love it,” he summed up.

For more information, please visit: http://travisrogersmusic.com/About_Me.html

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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FOR-A Unveils LTO-5 High-Capacity, Tape-Based Video Storage Appliance at NAB 2012

Fort Lee, New Jersey – Building on its successful line of LTO-5 video archiving recorders, FOR-A will introduce the LTS-50 storage appliance at the 2012 NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 16-19 (Booth C5219). Using a network connection, it archives media files to LTO-5 high-capacity tape, regardless of file format.

The LTS-50 uses an LTFS (linear tape file system), which records video on tape as files and enables the reading and writing of files from a PC via FTP. It’s ideal for data backup that does not require video I/O, as well as archives of nonlinear editing materials that will be reused. Plus, it can create original and duplicate copies with the installation of an external LTO drive. The LTS-50 can be controlled through FOR-A’s optional LTR Browser software, and another optional proxy generator can be configured to automatically create low-resolution proxy files and thumbnails when archiving MXF files.

With this new storage device, FOR-A is building on its successful line of video archiving recorders that use LTO-5 tape. Both its LTR-120HS and LTR-100HS video archiving recorders will also be on display, along with the MBP-100MP multi-format player and MBP-100SX MXF clip server and baseband converter. The LTR-120HS provides “archive at ingest” for AVC-Intra/DVCPRO file-based workflows, while the LTR-100HS supports MPEG-2. Data from the LTS-50 is compatible with both recorders.

“LTO-5 is an established standard in data tape storage technology, and it’s an ideal option for creating archives that are reliable and cost effective,” said Pedro Silvestre, sales director for FOR-A Corporation of America. “The new LTS-50 is an excellent tool for broadcasters and other production facilities with file-based workflows.”

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 201-944-1120 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Workshops Highlight AES 132nd Convention

Distributed Music – Recording Reality – Audio Hardware in Smartphones & More

BUDAPEST: Workshops are a major attraction at every Audio Engineering Society Convention. Scheduled for April 26-29 at the Novotel Budapest Congress and World Trade Center, the 132nd convention will deliver another program of diverse, compelling, and educational workshop events including:

Distributed Music Panel: Chair: Alex Case, Panel: Nathan Brock, Alvaro Barbose
David Willyard (remotely) and Karl Steinberg (remotely) This workshop covers the emerging field of music intended for performance over networks, including both advanced research and the public Internet. Topics such as determined limits for delay between locations, and methods for performance above and below these thresholds will be addressed. Soundjack and the Jamlink hardware interface will be discussed as examples of realistic interaction over networks. There will also be a discussion of artistic strategies for overcoming excessive delay in performance.

Reality Is Not a Recording/A Recording Is Not Reality: Presenter, Jim Anderson
Former New York Times film critic, Vincent Canby, wrote “all of us have different thresholds at which we suspend disbelief, and then gladly follow fictions to conclusions that we find logical.” It is the responsibility of the recording engineer and producer to create a universe so compelling and transparent that the listener isn’t aware of any manipulation. How can we produce a listening experience that is both logical and better than reality? What techniques can be applied?

Audio Hardware in Smartphones: Chair, Antti Kelloniemi Comparisons between novel Smartphones and other professional or consumer audio equipment reveal that phones provide highly sophisticated audio functions for their size and price. Users expect high quality noise reduction and echo cancellation wide frequency response, and high dynamic range,. Quality expectations keep rising, while devices must remain small and affordable. This workshop will provide introductory level Smartphone audio solutions and a discussion of current audio performance requirements. Examples of state-of-the-art audio component technology will be demonstrated.

AES Conventions are a locus for listening, learning and connecting. Please visit http://www.aes.org/events/132/calendar/calendar.cfm for a complete list of event titles, abstracts and presentation times.

Photo: The Novotel Budapest Congress & World Trade Center hosts the 132nd AES Convention

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. With over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East, the organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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Technomad and Onyx AudioVisual Upgrade Woodberry Forest School Sound Systems

Integrator chooses all-in-one Technomad Turnkey PA System to reproduce high-quality voice and music indoors at Virginia school

BOSTON, APRIL 2, 2012Woodberry Forest School, situated on the banks of the Rapidan River near Charlottesville, Virginia, is an historic boy’s prep school situated on 1200 acres of land that once belonged to General William Madison, the brother of President James Madison. Using Technomad advanced audio solutions, the school has upgraded sound systems in two athletic facilities in alignment with campus-wide building preservation efforts.

Onyx AudioVisual, a Virginia-based IT consulting company with expertise in audio/video, network infrastructure and lighting, designed and integrated the new sound systems. The company chose a Technomad Turnkey PA System to bring multiple loudspeakers and all required signal processing systems together into a single, integrated solution.

The complete system, deployed in a 70-volt configuration to accommodate lengthy cable runs across four zones, reproduces intelligible voice and high-quality music over long distances for athletic meets, games and other activities in both areas. The installations include 11 Technomad Vernal loudspeakers in the pool area and 10 in the Reily Wrestling Room, delivering high-fidelity sound and broad audio dispersion from a compact form factor.

Onyx AudioVisual also chose Technomad for its rugged, weatherproof loudspeaker designs. The project required environmentally tough loudspeakers that could withstand the humidity and moisture associated with indoor pool environments.

Bart Cardea, sales director for Onyx AudioVisual, said his team balanced perfect audio detail inside the pool area and the wrestling room to achieve pristine athletic event sound. The upgrades substantially improve sound quality around the galleries, bleachers, pool and mats to help spectators follow the action during events.

“The sound needed to be excellent quality for sports writers, fans and athletes,” said Cardea. “We needed to preserve the historic integrity of the areas, while delivering state-of-the-art sound technology. We chose Technomad because of their reputation for superior sound, easy setup and environmental durability. They exceeded our specifications for sound while meeting the environmental challenges we faced.”

Cardea added that the Technomad Turnkey PA System design established a new central audio headend from which all cable runs originate. Technomad Turnkey PA Systems include a pre-wired amplifier, six-channel mixer, cables, connectors and open rack space for audio source equipment — all delivered in a compact, durable equipment rack.

ABOUT TECHNOMAD
Technomad LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range weatherproof loudspeaker and now offers nine models ranging in power from 60-watt loudspeakers to 1250-watt subwoofers — most available in Turnkey PA System packages featuring amplifiers, mixers and other signal processing equipment in pre-wired racks. The company also manufactures a variety of audio infrastructure and communications equipment including playback and recording systems, weatherproof power amplifiers and turnkey remote audio systems. Contact Technomad at 617-275-8898 or visit www.technomad.com for more information.

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