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Introducing a media control protocol for Sennheiser wireless systems

Old Lyme, Conn. – April 17, 2012– With the new firmware version 1.7.0, audio specialist Sennheiser [NAB booth C2632] is now providing a media control protocol for its 2000, evolution wireless ew 500 G3 and evolution wireless ew 300 G3 series. This new open protocol enables rack-mount devices of the series to communicate directly with media control units in an Ethernet network (UDP/IP) and to be integrated into larger audio/video control systems. The units can then be remote-controlled and monitored directly from a central control panel, such as those supplied by Crestron and AMX. Individual solutions from system providers or control via an Apple iPad/iPhone or a mixing console are equally possible.

“The new firmware enables microphone receivers and monitoring transmitters from the 2000, ew 300 G3 and ew 500 G3 series to be remote-controlled and monitored,” explained Robb Blumenreder, channel manager for professional systems at Sennheiser’s U.S. headquarters. The user can display the channel banks of the rack-mount receivers and transmitters, remotely set a suitable frequency and also assign names. The receivers and transmitters can be muted via the control panel and give warning signals if, for example, the signal strength is too low or if the devices are threatening to over-amplify. “Put simply: this interface can be used to give all essential commands and to set up the system,” Blumenreder said.

For the receivers of the ew 300 G3, ew 500 G3 and 2000 series, the squelch, equalizer and audio signal strength can be displayed, as well as the RF field strength for each receiver unit within the device, the active antenna, pilot tone on/off and the battery status for the associated handheld or bodypack transmitters.

For the monitoring transmitters of the ew 300 IEM G3 and 2000 IEM series, the sensitivity, equalizer and mono/stereo setting can be displayed and adjusted. In addition, the transmitter indicates the audio signal level.

“Of course, even when integrated into a media control system, the rack-mount receivers and transmitters can still be operated and programmed directly at the units themselves,” Blumenreder explained. “The devices will then process the current control signal in each case.”

The new firmware version for the receivers and transmitters as well as the complete documentation for the media control protocol can be downloaded free of charge from the Sennheiser website: www.sennheiserusa.com/mediacontrolprotocol.

*iPad and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the USA and other countries

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Screenshot1+2.jpg: Microphone receivers and monitoring transmitters from Sennheiser’s 2000, ew 500 G3 and ew 300 G3 series can now communicate directly with media control units via an open protocol

Devices Supported

EM 300 G3 wireless microphone receiver
EM 500 G3 wireless microphone receiver
SR 300 IEM G3 monitoring transmitter
EM 2000 wireless microphone receiver
EM 2050 twin wireless microphone receiver
SR 2000 IEM monitoring transmitter
SR 2050 IEM twin monitoring transmitter

BTX Enters Into Distribution Agreement With Telecast Fiber Systems

Effective Immediately, BTX Offers Select Broadcast and Pro A/V Solutions Across the U.S., Providing Unmatched Technical Support and Quick-Turn Inventory

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. — April 17, 2012 — BTX Technologies, a value-added distributor and manufacturer of interface, integration, and system products, today announced that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Telecast Fiber Systems, Inc., a Belden (NYSE:BDC) brand. Under the agreement, BTX now promotes, sells, and provides technical support for a select offering of Telecast products across the United States. more

BTX Awarded Prestigious Belden Eagle Award

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. — April 16, 2012 — BTX Technologies, a value-added distributor and manufacturer of interface, integration, and system products, today announced that it has received the esteemed Belden Eagle Award for excellence in performance. more

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DutchView’s New OB Van Hits the Road With a HARMAN Studer Vista 9 Console

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – With more than 1,500 television productions per year including The Voice, The Winner Is, F-1 Silverstone and DWDD, DutchView is the leading broadcaster in the Netherlands. Whether recording these programs in one of its 14 studios or on location, DutchView often relies on HARMAN’s Studer digital consoles for high-quality sound mixing.

In 2007, DutchView equipped its DV2 OB van with a Studer Vista 8 for medium-sized productions. In 2010, DutchView added a Studer Vista 5 console at its Westergas Fabriek studio, from which two of the Netherlands’ most popular primetime daily talk shows are broadcast.

In 2011, Heynen bv (Studer’s supplier in the Netherlands) and DutchView came to an agreement for the upcoming years regarding the delivery of Studer digital mixing consoles. The choice for Studer was based on good pricing and a strong brand, but most of all it was based on DutchView’s positive experiences with its previous Studer Vista consoles. In February, DutchView outfitted its new DV8 OB van with a 62-fader Vista 9 console-one of three Vista consoles it plans to add to its new OB vans in the near future.

The brand-new DV8 OB van is designed to serve a wide variety of customers in both low and high-end productions. DutchView is very pleased with the routing and layering capabilities of Studer digital consoles, especially in combination with providing the highest possible sound quality levels for any digital console. DutchView also finds the intuitive “analogue approach” of Vista consoles very attractive.

With 62 faders, DutchView is able to have all of its important sources directly on the faders, including EQ, dynamics and panning. In combination with FaderGlow and Vistonics(tm), this gives most audio engineers the ability to work in an intuitive and familiar manner. This is crucial when preparation time is getting shorter by the day.

Another advantage of the Vista 9 is its ability to handle a lot of different feeds, which is needed for huge events like Domino Day, where 30 receivers and 140 microphones were used. In these cases, the Studer compact stage box is also a good asset, especially for controlling the preamps directly from the desk surface.

The audio section in the OB van is very spacious, providing enough room for a professional 5.1 surround sound system. It even provides plenty of room for extra individuals, such as music directors, to sit comfortably. DutchView also adheres to the Loudness Recommendation EBU 128. “Thanks to the Vista 9, the DV8 OB van is very versatile and able to cover almost all types of broadcasts, including sports, festivals, entertainment, music or even a combination of these,” said Peter Slot of DutchView. “In many cases, this will even save us from needing several OB’s on the road to do just one job.”

DutchView is very involved in Sustainable Broadcasting. By implementing all kinds of different innovative solutions the DV8 uses up to 40 percent less energy than comparable OB vans. This is possible by using more fibre optics instead of copper, a low emission engine, a balanced cooling system and the use of LED lightning. In turn, DutchView is pleased that both Heynen bv and Studer share the company’s philosophy on Sustainable Broadcasting to help maintain the highest standards of quality and environmental responsibility.

At this moment, Studer is already building a second Vista 9 for the DV9 OB van, which will be identical to the DV8. It is expected to hit the road sometime in the second half of 2012. With these new OB vans and the intensive technical support of both Heynen and Studer, DutchView will continue its leading trend-setting role in the Dutch broadcast landscape.

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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Haivision Brings Over-The-Top Internet Broadcast Capabilities to More Than 10,000 Systems

Haivision Offers Internet Streaming Upgrades to all Makito(TM) and Barracuda(TM) H.264 Encoders, Furnace(TM) IP Video Systems, and Viper(TM) Stream and Record Appliances

MONTREAL and CHICAGO — April 17, 2012 — Haivision today announced that it is empowering its latest products with over-the-top (OTT) streaming capabilities as well as adding a “single-click connect” feature to its HyperStream(TM) cloud-transcoding and CDN connectivity service. HyperStream unifies, simplifies, and automates cloud-based transcoding on Amazon EC2(TM) with connectivity to the Akamai HD Network for global content delivery. more

Wowza Announces Inaugural Support for Windows Azure Media Services

EVERGREEN, Colo. — April 16, 2012 — Wowza Media Systems, LLC, the “Any Screen Done Right(TM)” media server software company, today announced that Wowza(R) customers will have the option of delivering audio and video content using Wowza Media Server(R) 3 running in the newly announced Windows Azure Media Services. more

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HARMAN’s AKG Relaunches Classic Project Studio Line Of Condenser Microphones – C4500 BC Broadcast Mic Debuts At NAB

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Originally launched in 1993, HARMAN’s AKG C3000 condenser microphone brought a remarkable level of quality and performance to musicians and sound engineers with a foundation of audio perfection and reliability. With the C2000, C4000 and C4500 BC debuting in the following years, the Project Studio Line was born. Nearly 20 years later, AKG’s has relauched the Project Studio Line, with a cost-effective, aesthetically beautiful set of mics, channelling the popular characteristics it maintained in the ’90s.

The revamped Project Studio Line’s C4500 BC is specially designed for on-air broadcast purposes. The mic is designed with cardioid pickup and offers legendary AKG sound quality thanks to its edge-terminated large diaphragm condenser capsule. The low proximity effect and the integrated multilayer pop-filter ensure best results even with lively speakers. Its low noise and 165dB maximum SPL capability make it an ideal tool for close micing of low instruments, such as bass drums, low brass and guitar amps as well.

“AKG’s new Project Studio Line takes a fresh look at a technology that has stayed true to the audio industry for 20 years, which is testament to the quality and reliability of our world-leading microphones,” stated Thomas Stubics, product marketing manager, recording and broadcast, AKG. “The C4500 BC’s relaunch will offer a comfortable and reliable solution for any on-air micing or voice over application with amazingly clear and high-quality results.”

The entire Project Studio Line’s revamped mics apply to multiple facets of the live sound and recording industry, in addition to C4500 BC’s broadcast capabilities. The C3000 is best used for miking lead vocals, electric and acoustics guitars and for drum overhead applications. Its switchable attenuation pad and low-cut filter enable high SPL up to 150dB and eliminates proximity effects.

The C2000 small-diaphragm condenser sounds like a real large-diaphragm microphone but at a more affordable price. It is ideal for vocals, brass and percussions thanks to its great transient response and remarkable low end. Its low-noise electronics ensure low distortion and a high dynamic range.

The C4000′s high-performance, multi-pattern, large-diaphragm design provides exceptionally high headroom and low self-noise. With one of the widest dynamic ranges for condenser mics, the microphone provides users with excellent results in the studio or on stage. Its warm, dark-sounding character is perfect for thin vocals, bright brass and acoustic guitars.

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics.

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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SSL Appoints Mark Davidson as Global Systems and Solutions Business Development Manager

New Role Created to Enhance SSL’s Position in the Install and Integration Markets

LAS VEGAS – Solid State Logic is pleased to announce that Mark Davidson has joined the company in the newly created role of Global Systems and Solutions Business Development Manager. Davidson brings with him a wealth of industry experience, making him a valuable addition to the SSL team. Based in Munich, Germany, Davidson will be responsible for the SSL global strategic business development strategies in relation to the SSL Integration I/O and Workstation Partner Products (WPP) product portfolio, with a focus on, but not restricted to, the broadcast and system integration markets. Attendees of the 2012 NAB Show will have a chance to meet Davidson in person at the company’s booth (C2013).

“We searched for a long time to find the right person to represent SSL in the global install and integration markets, so it is simply great to have Mark on the team,” says Jim Motley, Head of Business, Workstation Partner Products for SSL. “With Mark on board, we have someone with a proven track record of establishing new routes to market. This capability is a key element for us and we are confident that he will help develop this growing sector for SSL. I’m confident that Mark will be a useful contact for both our existing partners and new clients alike.”

“I am really excited to join a company with the history and the pedigree of SSL,” states Davidson. “SSL’s reputation for quality and innovation, as well as the respect it has obtained from its peers, made accepting the offer to become part of the global SSL team a very simple decision. The company has some very exciting new products in development and I am looking forward to being part of the continuing SSL success story into the future.”

Davidson joins SSL with extensive sales and marketing as well as strategic business development experience within the broadcast, live performance and fixed installation markets on a pan global scale. Most recently, Davidson worked for Optocore, based in Munich, Germany, where he was responsible for the global sales and marketing function, as well as managing the back office sales and marketing and technical support teams. Prior to this, Davidson worked at Clear-Com as Regional Sales Manager for the Eastern United States region from a New York office, where, within a two-year period, he successfully oversaw an increase in turnover by more than double. Before New York, Davidson was International Sales Manager for Clear-Com located in Hamburg Germany, looking after the Eastern Central and Western Europe regions. Previously he also worked for Riedel Communications on a number of very high-profile broadcast communication infrastructure-based projects.

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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Swiss Parliament Upgrades Media Centre With HARMAN’S Studer OnAir 1500 Consoles

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – SRG SSR, the Swiss public radio and television broadcaster, has taken delivery of three new Studer OnAir 1500 12-channel, 6-fader consoles. These are designed to provide a flexible, compact solution for radio broadcasting and production.

Purchased from Dr.W.A.Günther Distribution, the HARMAN Professional distributor for Switzerland, two of the desks will be used in the TV studios in the Media Centre of the Swiss Parliament building in Berne, while the third will be used for mobile/location work-such as election nights or other major events.

Both desks are equipped with a MADI card and connected to the central Nexus TV audio router over a MADI fibre cable, to give them access to most of the audio sources in the house. Replacing two older consoles they are working alongside nine OnAir 3000 and two OnAir 2500 consoles in the Media Centre’s Studer armory-part of a complement of 14 Studer digital audio mixing consoles specified when the Media Centre was originally built in mid-2006.

This production hub forms part of SRG SSR National Services. According to Broadcast Systems Engineer, Werner Isch, these studios produce radio and television news broadcasts from Parliament, along with local news from the region of Berne, Freiburg and Wallis, for five enterprise units-Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF), Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), Radiotelevisione Svizzera (RSI), Radiotelevisiun Svizra Rumantscha (RTR) and Swissinfo.

“In other words,” Isch said, “we are house broadcasters for the Swiss Parliament. The Federal Parliament Media Centre records all debates in the National Council and theCouncil of States (the two houses of Parliament). Recordings can be followed live when Parliament is in session, while in addition to the activities of the executive and the legislature, SRG SSR provides coverage of 400 governmental press conferences annually.”

Located within the Media Centre are a large 10-camera, 230-square-meter TV studio and three small single-camera Duplex studios, dealing with everything from live news to pre-production of MPs’ speeches. The new OnAir 1500 consoles in Duplex studios 1 and 2 follow a third, larger Duplex studio, built in 2010, which houses a Studer OnAir 2500.

Isch added that it had been logical to upgrade with the Studer platform, since the 80-year-old organisation has worked with fellow Swiss manufacturers for at least half of that period.

The OnAir 1500 consoles also boast a similar operating concept as the OnAir 2500 and OnAir 3000, which provided a further compelling reason for this latest purchase. “We needed a 6-fader console with a small footprint that would be easy to use for both live and pre-production. Last year we tested a prototype of the OnAir 1500-and found the quality to be excellent,” he said.

The incoming and outgoing feeds from Duplex 1 and 2 are transmitted over the fibre network and the Nexus audio router to the OnAir 1500 consoles. Other inputs include two microphones, servers and telephone lines (ISDN codec).

“All the users are happy with this purchase,” Isch concluded. “The OnAir 1500 consoles are easy to use and offer a good price/performance ratio.”

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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Haivision Simplifies Over-The-Top Cloud Transcoding and Streaming With HyperStream(TM) SaaS and Managed Services

HyperStream(TM) Provides Live Video Streaming Automation for Cloud Transcoding On Amazon EC2(TM) and Content Delivery Over the Akamai HD Network more

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