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Archive for April 26th, 2012

Bexel Expands Turnkey Broadcast Capabilities with Two-Million-Dollar Purchase of Evertz Routing Systems

New Gear Will be Central to Building Flypack Systems

BURBANK, CA, APRIL 26, 2012—Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, is continuing its commitment to offer large routing systems as part of the company’s turnkey broadcast capabilities with a recent two-million-dollar purchase of digital broadcast equipment from Evertz Microsystems. Last year, Bexel purchased an additional two-million-dollars’ worth of Evertz routing and processing equipment. The gear made its debut at the 2011 US Open Tennis Tournament.

Bexel’s latest investment in Evertz large routing systems extends to Evertz’s Xenon routers. Included in the current purchase are four new Xenon routers, including a Xenon 128 x 128 3G/HD/SD video router, two Xenon 32 x 64 3G/HD/SD video routers and a Xenon 32 x 32 3G/HD/SD video router. This significant purchase builds upon Bexel’s investment in Evertz’s larger EMR and EQX routers and signal processing equipment last year.

The Xenon allows any mix of formats within a frame in independent blocks of 32 inputs or outputs. Any of the supported formats, including 3G, HD, SD, AES and analog, can be expanded to fill an entire 128 x 128 frame. Additionally, the Xenon supports optical routing from 3Mbps to 3Gbps in blocks of 32 inputs or outputs. The Xenon is housed in a 4-RU frame, switching up to 64 sources to 64 destinations, or in an 8-RU frame, switching up to 128 sources to 128 destinations. Additional input and output modules can be installed in the router at anytime.

Bexel has also acquired Evertz’s 5601MSC Master Sync and Clock Generators, 500 series and 7700 series video and audio DA’s, 7876 VIP16x2 and VIP32x2 multiviewers, HD2014 passport audio video converters plus audio embedders and de-embedders, in addition to Evertz’ MAGNUM Unified Control System.

“Evertz’s MAGNUM facility control system has enabled Bexel to operate all Evertz products and other third party systems under one unified system,” says Joe Cirincione, vice president of sales, Evertz. “The ability to control an entire facility from a single point is invaluable to our customers, as it increases workflow and reduces operational costs. Evertz’ MAGNUM control system unifies the control and operation of the entire facility including the routing core, master control, production switching, up-down cross converters, advanced transport, UMD INFORMATION and multi-viewer.”

“This significant purchase further secures Bexel as the premier leader of routing and terminal processing equipment for the HD marketplace,” says Tom Dickinson, chief technology officer, Bexel. “Evertz processing equipment is essential to Bexel building a new line of flypacks to provide the best in service around the world, especially as we approach the summer games and other large broadcast events up ahead.”

For more information, visit www.bexel.com.

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit http://www.bexel.com.

A Snapshot of The Vitec Group
Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military, aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2011 revenue of £351 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Imaging & Staging, Videocom and Services. Imaging & Staging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews. More information can be found at http://www.vitecgroup.com.

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Chyron Further Expands Latin American Footprint

Sergio Amuchastegui Appointed as Regional Sales Manager of Mexico

MELVILLE, N.Y. — April 26, 2012 — Chyron today announced the appointment of Sergio Amuchastegui as the company’s regional sales manager of Mexico. As part of a strategic expansion, he joins the Latin American sales team to work with authorized dealers and channel partners to drive the sale of Chyron products, solutions, and professional services aggressively. more

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Vaddio Donates Remaining Furniture Inventory to K-12 and Higher Ed Facilities

Vaddio, the global leader in robotic PTZ cameras and camera control systems, will donate all remaining furniture to K-12 and higher education facilities beginning April 24th, 2012. The remaining furniture includes a variety of media carts, lecterns, teaching stations and equipment enclosures. Each piece was designed to integrate modern form, function and style for any classroom or training facility. More information on the specific pieces available can be found at http://www.vaddio.com/category/furniture-systems.

Vaddio Furniture Line

Shipping is not included. Each campus location is limited to two pieces of furniture, but a waiting list will be available for those who want more than two. Items are available while supplies last and electronics are not included. For more information contact Leanne Waschbusch at (763) 971-4403 or by email at lwaschbusch@vaddio.com.

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I Mix the Songs: Front of House Engineer Ken Newman Chooses a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6 Digital Console for Barry Manilow Tour

NORTHRIDGE, California – Barry Manilow needs no introduction as one of the most popular and recognizable artists of all time. His hits include “Could It Be Magic,” “Mandy,” Copacabana,” “I Write the Songs,” “Looks Like We Made It,” “Can’t Smile Without You” and many others, with sales of more than 80 million records worldwide. On February 29, Manilow kicked off his first US tour of the decade with a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6 digital console as the front of house console for the tour. Eighth Day Sound Systems is providing the console for the tour.

“In mixing this show I have to make it sound exactly the way Barry wants it to,” said Ken Newman, FOH engineer for the tour and owner of Newman Audio, Inc. “While some artists leave the sound to their engineers, Barry is very involved in rehearsal and sound check and will sit right next to me and tell me exactly how he wants to hear something. He is very particular about what should be heard because he put together many of the arrangements and wants the audience to feel the music the way it is intended to be felt.”

“We’re using a trimmed-down band setup, but we want it to sound like we have 30 to 40 musicians,” continued Newman, who worked with Manilow from 1992 through 2002 as his FOH mixer. “As a result, the biggest challenge of mixing this show is keeping up with the changes of a very active mix. There’s always something that needs attention. The logical layout and five illuminated touchscreens of the Vi6 make this part of the job much easier.”

“Another key aspect is that the reverb has to be right,” Newman continued. “It’s critically important to him and has to sound good no matter what the venue. If I turn on the console and I don’t have the reverb up, Barry will say it sounds wrong. If the reverb is up and it sounds right, he is happy.”

Newman had to get ready for rehearsals quickly-and use a digital live console for the first time. “The last time I toured with Barry the console was analog, and from 2002 to 2011 when I was working for a corporate events firm I spent most of my time working on analog and smaller digital consoles,” Newman noted. “When I got the call for the tour, I wondered how I was going to be able to do it.”

The console selection process was quite involved, Newman pointed out. “I knew it would be totally impractical to use an analog console for the tour, and I looked at a number of digital consoles and what other music shows were using,” Newman said. “I didn’t feel confident that I’d be able to get the sound I was looking for with some of the consoles, as their internal effects and processing were marginal at best. With others, the control surfaces just weren’t going to cut it for an old analog guy like me. Some consoles seemed too complicated to learn in the short time I had, or were just not the right ‘fit’ for me.”

Newman asked the advice of Dave Lawler of Docktrdave Audio Inc. of Burbank, California. “My friend Dave Lawler suggested the Soundcraft Vi6. I could immediately see how operator-friendly it was with its five display screens, three user-configurable input fader configurations and other features. For me it was like the time I got my first Macintosh computer in 1984 after having used DOS-based computers.”

“I need to see what is going on one channel at a time, and the Vi6 offers great access to everything and not limiting me when I’m mixing, in a console that’s so nicely sized,” Newman added. “The Vi6 is also intuitive enough where if I don’t know exactly how to do something at first, I can figure it out easily enough.”

“I’m using all 64 inputs from the stage, as well as the majority of the local rack inputs and outputs,” Newman pointed out. “I’m using the board’s internal processing for most of the inputs, and I have two external tube audio compressors for the main and spare vocal mics. I’m using some other external effects because they’re the exact same units I had for the 2002 Manilow tour and I’m familiar with them. Given time and rehearsals, I might be able to eliminate some of those effects because the Vi6′s built-in Lexicon effects, compressors and gates sound so great.”

“This tour is the first time I’ve used the Soundcraft Vi6 for anything! Talk about putting something to the test – but I feel like I’ve found a new friend in the Vi6, and I look forward to using it for many years to come.”

For more information on Eighth Day Sound Systems, please visit www.8thdaysound.com

For more information on Newman Audio, Inc., please visit www.newmanaudio.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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