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Analog Way releases a series of demo and training videos

Analog Way, a leading designer and manufacturer of presentation switchers and image converters, is pleased to release a series of videos on its products. The first videos
are available on Analog Way’s new website www.analogway.com and on AnalogWayTV, the company’s YouTube channel. To help customers and prospects discover its wide range of products, Analog Way is releasing a set of
videos. To meet the expectations of varied customers, different types of videos have been created.
On one hand, short videos of 2-3 minutes show a quick presentation of a given product and its main features and effects. Thanks to these videos, A/V professionals can get a quick overview of the product’s capabilities and determine their interest for specific applications.
On the other hand, training videos were created to simplify the setup of a product. Approximately 15 minutes long, these videos present the main steps a user should follow to easily configure the product of his choice.

Franck Facon, Marketing & Communications Director at Analog Way, states:
“We always pay great attention to the design of our mixers and switchers, with development of unprecedented functionalities and effects. To present these state-of-the-art features, a video is worth a thousand words. With these videos, we intend to provide better support to our customers by giving them the simple procedures to optimally utilize our solutions.”
The first demo (Eikos,…) and training (Di-VentiX II, Pulse…) videos can be viewed on Analog Way’s new website at www.analogway.com or on AnalogWayTV, which is Analog Way’s YouTube channel.

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ALTINEX ANNOUNCES CABLE-NOOK JR. AND CABLE-NOOK INTERCONNECT PACKAGES

* Photo: Altinex CNK361 Cable-Nook Jr. (Top and ¾-view) *

Brea, CA – April 2012… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the availability of several Cable-Nook Jr. and Cable-Nook tabletop interconnect packages. The new interconnect packages are designed for installation into a conference room or boardroom table and provide a convenient means of connecting audio, video, and other multimedia sources into a presentation system. The newest Altinex Cable-Nook Jr. offerings include the CNK261, CNK271, and CNK361 packages as well as the larger CNK260 Cable-Nook interconnect box. more

TC Furlong Inc. to Host Yamaha CL Chicagoland Launch Tour

LAKE FOREST, IL—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. and TC Furlong Inc. will host a mini-demo tour featuring the new Yamaha CL Digital Console Series, May 1-2, at three separate Chicago-area sites. Yamaha Systems Application Engineer, Kevin Kimmel, Regional District Manager, Mike Eiseman, and TC Furlong staff will be on hand to demonstrate the new console. All events are free of charge and open to audio professionals are welcome.

Dates and location of events are: Tuesday, May 1—2:00 PM-8:00 PM, TC Furlong Inc., Lake Forest, IL; Wednesday, May 2—9:00 AM-1:00 PM, American Management Association, Rosemont, IL; and Wednesday, May 2—3:00 PM-8:00 PM, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, in Chicago.

The Yamaha CL console is Dante network-based and uses Yamaha CentraLogic technology. Features include remote I/O for a faster, more responsive Yamaha system solution. The three CL models (CL1, 3, and 5) are only differentiated by frame size and input capability. All three models feature 24 mix buses, 8 matrix buses, stereo and mono buses, and 16 DCAs. The console series was specifically designed for sound reinforcement applications, including performing arts venues, theaters, houses of worship, touring, and remote broadcast.

Visit http://tcfurlong.com/CLTour for more information.

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Haivision’s KulaByte(TM) 4.0 Live Transcoder Wins STAR Award From Editors of TV Technology

MONTREAL and CHICAGO — April 26, 2012 — Haivision’s KulaByte(TM) 4.0 software for efficient high-quality cloud transcoding received the 2012 STAR (Superior Technology Award Recipient) Award from the editorial staff of TV Technology magazine at the 2012 NAB Show. KulaByte is a software-based live H.264 video transcoder that delivers the highest quality RTMP Dynamic Streaming for Flash(R) video and Adaptive HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) for iOS devices. Now available for Linux, KulaByte 4.0 delivers significant gains in transcoding performance and enables cost savings. more

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Tualatin Valley Community TV Adds Broadcast Pix Mica Video Control Centers to New Control Rooms

Billerica, Massachusetts – April 26, 2012 – Based in Beaverton, Ore., Tualatin Valley Community TV (TVCTV) produces PEG (public, educational, and government) programming for cable subscribers in 14 cities and Washington County. Earlier this year, TVCTV moved from a three-studio setup it shared with a magnet school to its own two-studio facility. Each new studio has its own control room, which is anchored by a Broadcast Pix™ Mica™ Video Control Center™.

A division of the Metropolitan Area Communications Commission, TVCTV produces more than 400 local programs each year for its five cable channels. Its main studio is dedicated to community programming, while a second studio is used for government programs, in-house productions, and contract work.

By design, both control rooms are very similar. “We do a bunch of outreach programs for each community,” explained Thaddeus Girard, TVCTV production services manager. “We have 14 freelancers and five in-house producers. Both studios running the same platform is huge. Two Micas in house will help volunteers by easily cross-training and reducing crew costs.”

The move to the new facility also included a move to a file-based workflow, which allows TVCTV to take advantage of Mica’s built-in Fluent™ Clip Store. “One of the most exciting things for us is having so much stuff stored in one unit,” Girard said. “What we’d used before was a ton of monitors and decks – and it took a lot of engineering and tweaking. Now we can use internal clip stores instead of three DVCPRO decks. I’m excited to have it so tightly integrated with Fluent-View and get rid of so many crummy black-and-white monitors.”

TVCTV is also exploiting the capabilities of its new production switchers to improve its on-air look. “We want to try to spice it up as much as we can. There’s so much power, we can do so many things,” Girard said. “It’s fun to program your own vision and have it show up almost immediately. Mica has just made our workflow much more sensible, creative, and easier.”

TVCTV implemented the Mica workflow in March. They were purchased through Professional Video and Tape in Tigard, Ore., and installed by Delta AV in Portland, Ore. One of TVCTV’s new studios features robotic HD cameras, but programming is down-converted and broadcast in SD. Mica’s multi-definition switcher can mix eight HD/SD-SDI inputs with seven channels of internal clips, animations, and graphics.

Beyond its new studios, TVCTV produces live coverage of city council meetings for seven cities, and Girard plans to begin migrating existing local city council control rooms to Broadcast Pix systems later this year. “Mica fits that perfect niche, allowing us to expand a little bit but keeps us within budget,” Girard added. “All around it’s been a fantastic piece of equipment for our new facility.”

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is a leader in live video production systems. Its Video Control Centers™ empower operators with patented techniques that combine cameras, clips and graphics to create compelling live video. The integration of a multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls provides the lowest cost of ownership at a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. Systems range from compact systems controlled by a touch-screen or voice-automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios in more than 100 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Mica, Fluent, and Video Control Centers are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented.

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Maryland Sound International Becomes First Company in U.S. to Purchase New HARMAN JBL VTX Line Array Series Loudspeakers

NORTHRIDGE, California – Continuing its commitment to staying on the cutting edge of technological advancement, Maryland Sound International recently became the first company in the United States to add the new HARMAN JBL VTX Line Array Series loudspeakers to its inventory. One of the world’s leading sound production companies, Maryland Sound was founded in 1966 to serve Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons on a national tour, growing over the decades to become one of the industry’s foremost sound contractors, with a resumé spanning presidential inaugurations to Times Square New Year’s Eve broadcasts to major concert tours.

Maryland Sound first deployed its VTX system at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on April 9. “We built our business on offering our clients the very best, and we are purchasing more than 300 of the new JBL VTX V25 line array loudspeakers,” said Bob Goldstein, President of Maryland Sound. “We will be using them for large-scale events, smaller productions and everything in between.”

The JBL VTX Series is the next generation of JBL line array loudspeaker design. “VTX represents an evolution of JBL’s industry-standard VERTEC® that heralds a new era in performance, system integration and user-friendliness,” said Paul Bauman, Senior Manager, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “The VTX Series features JBL’s legendary sound quality coupled with the most advanced sound reinforcement technology and support available.”

“When you start with outstanding components and put them into a well-designed enclosure, you can’t help but end up with outstanding results,” Goldstein continued. “I have to say that the technology behind the V25 is amazing. I’m a guy who likes to experience high-frequency reproduction all the way out to 20kHz. The D2 drivers handle a ton of power with no breakup modes and no measurable distortion. Having the D2 drivers in the V25 makes a huge difference and I wanted to have that kind of sound quality in our inventory.”

The JBL VTX Series V25 full-size, 3-way high-directivity line array element features two 2,000W, 15-inch Differential Drive® woofers mounted in die-cast aluminum baffles, with four 8-inch Differential Drive midrange transducers and three D2 dual-diaphragm dual-voice-coil compression drivers mounted on a third-generation waveguide and patented Radiation Boundary Integrator assembly.

“The new JBL D2 high-frequency driver is fantastic,” Goldstein added. “There is virtually no distortion, and designer Paul Bauman and his team came up with a new waveguide that takes full advantage of its performance to distribute extremely smooth frequency response with even coverage.”

In addition, Maryland Sound will continue to use its existing VERTEC VT4889 inventory. “I think the VT4889’s with the V5 software tunings are world-class and we will not stop using them anytime soon,” Goldstein noted. “That said, the VTX V25 is simply a step up in its ability to resolve musical detail.”

“Our clients want to know that we’re always on the leading edge of the technological state of the art,” Goldstein concluded. “Having the best technology like the JBL VTX V25 means we can provide the best service AND the best sound. Our clients don’t have to ask us to upgrade—we do it on our own because we want to stay on the cutting edge.”

For more information on Maryland Sound International, please visit www.marylandsound.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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Vienna’s Burgtheater Relies on the Audio Quality of DPA Microphones’ d:fine™ for Prominent Events

VIENNA, AUSTRIA, APRIL 27, 2012 – The Burgtheater in Vienna has added five DPA Microphones d:fineTM omnidirectional headsets to its existing armory of more than 70 DPA microphones. The d:fine microphones were purchased from DPA’s Austrian distributor, Studer Austria, for productions such as the prominent discussion televised panel Debating Europe, where top politicians and experts discuss the future of Europe. more

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HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers Travel The World With DJ Skribble

NORTHRIDGE, California – Renowned DJ/producer DJ Skribble travels with HARMAN’s JBL PRX600 Series portable loudspeakers for monitor use while DJ’ing at some of the biggest clubs in the world.

DJ Skribble entered the DJ world in the early ’80s and since then has gained great success with his popular musical drops, albums, mix compilations and his kinetic radio personality. He has teamed up with many popular artists such as Britney Spears, Pink, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Power5 and Keith Shocklee and has been a popular member of MTV’s The Grind and Total Request Live. Today, he performs at some of the most popular venues around the world, is a staple on the huge spring break tour as well as DJ’ing in his home base of New York City.

Since first using the JBL PRX600 Series loudspeakers at a gig in New Mexico, DJ Skribble has never looked back. “I didn’t realize how much power they actually had until I tried them,” he said. “They truly bump at reasonable volumes. Feeling the groove and hearing that quality motivates me. That’s the hard part of being a DJ, motivating yourself so you can keep the crowd in a frenzy. Making people dance and sweat all night long is how I roll and the PRX600′s are right there with me!”

“Having DJ Skribble as part of our team is amazing. He’s a critical listener and a demanding customer,” stated Richard Ruse, VP Worldwide Sales, JBL Professional. “Working with Keith Shocklee sent a message to the DJ community that we take them seriously and have been listening to their needs. Now with Skribble we hope to reach deeper into the world of all DJ’s and make the statement that we’re here and we care.”

The lightweight, portable nature of the speakers is huge to Skribble. “I can be up and running in five minutes without having to worry about anything else. This is so important when we’re jumping from club to club at spring break.”

Within a 2-month span, DJ Skribble ventured to the Pro Bowl, Super Bowl and recently on a loop of popular spring break locations including Cancun, South Padre, Clear Water and Rocky Point. “PRX600′s bump. Even at these huge venues I’m still impressed. I’m hooked!” stated DJ Skribble.

For more information on DJ Skribble, please visit: http://www.djskribble.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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HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6(tm) Cuts the Mustard on Cape Verde

PRAIA, Cape Verde – The municipality of Praia, located on the Cape Verde Island of Santiago, isn’t the most obvious place to find a pair of HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6 digital desks. But it is here in the archipelago where Mario Bettencourt has been operating his rental company, MARIUS Produções-the largest pro audio and lighting company on the islands-for the last 13 years, and Soundcraft desks have been a central feature.

The island hosts a population of around 500,000, and although 20 percent live in the Republic’s capital of Praia, events supported by MARIUS take place throughout the country. These include a variety of music festivals, concerts, live TV and radio music shows, theatre and dance, expecting ever higher production values.

Responding to this, and the faster changeover times required by the new standard of shows now appearing on the island, Mario placed the order for the two Vi6s with Portuguese based importers, Tecnimusica, who provide the company with all the support necessary.

“As we are involved in practically all the big events that take place in Cape Verde, the need to make these fast stage changes and keep records of all the soundchecks in order to satisfy the artists’ demands has become paramount,” Bettencourt said. “We can be providing sound reinforcement for up to six bands a night in a festival situation, which is why I chose a sound desk that could enable me to fulfill this.”

But Mario Bettencourt didn’t rush into his purchasing decision lightly-in fact he took some time to decide. “I asked some of my technician friends who had worked with different digital mixers,” he added. “Hardiness, versatility, size, weight, design, ease of use, and quality of the processors were all carefully considered. But the Vi6 is the reference mixer in various riders that I receive.”

Since the population of Cape Verde is made up of Creoles, the recent Kriol Festival, which marked the debut of the Vi6, saw a big turnout. “By organising an event of this magnitude we can make our Festival a real reference for all Creole people,” Mario declared. “With national music headed by Cesária Évora, along with the exposure we get to a lot of world music, Cape Verde is now a real cultural melting pot.”

Before establishing MARIUS, Mario Bettencourt had already worked with a number of Soundcraft platforms, including the Series 5, Delta and Spirit. “I always liked the sound and today own an MH3 and EFX 12, as well as the two new Vi6s,” he said. MARIUS also has various BSS, dbx and Lexicon processors in its inventory, as well as AKG microphones.

But it is the Vi6 that now takes pride of place. “This all-in-one compact desk provides the easiest plug and play operation,” Bettencourt added. “It shows tremendous versatility when only one mixer is needed and the total recall feature is invaluable.”

Bettencourt said that his sound team loves the fact that it is an intuitive platform, offering a superb sound quality “and anyone can quickly familiarise themselves with it.” Having an experienced system engineer as a close associate provides him with a ready Vi6 trainer and system babysitter.

The Vi6s can now expect to be pressed into ever more versatile service as they cover everything from conferences (where MARIUS also provide simultaneous translations) to church weddings and installations.

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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Indonesia’s Largest Exhibitor Selected Christie For Digital Cinema Solutions

Christie® announced today at CinemaCon that Cinema 21, Indonesia’s largest cinema chain, has ordered 300 Christie DLP Digital Cinema® projectors including the Christie Solaria® CP2220, Christie CP4220 and Christie CP4230 models.

Almost 100 units purchased are Christie’s 4K digital cinema projectors. “Our experience with Christie has been a positive one. Almost 90 percent of the installation has been done and Christie provides fast and reliable technical support. The projectors also produce very high-quality and sharp images and they are very reliable in terms of technology,” said Suryo Suherman, president, Cinema 21.

Working together with Christie’s Indonesian partner, PT Megatech Engineering, the installation is expected to be fully completed by June this year in the entire country. “We’ve been working with Christie for more than five years and the company has always been a technological leader with groundbreaking advancements such as the Christie 4K projectors as well as high frame rate (HRF) projection development. Through Christie, we hope to bring the latest technologies to the audience in Indonesia,” commented Rudy Susanto, president, PT Megatech Engineering.

“Christie, as the pioneer of digital cinema projection technology, and also the first to present digital solutions based on 4K, is committed to deliver the best cinema projection solution and service to our customers. We are very happy to establish this new relationship with Cinema 21. With the cinema industry experiencing such vigorous growth in Indonesia, we are confident we will be able to continue serving film operators like Cinema 21 with the same level of commitment and dedication that we always have,” said Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific.

Founded in 1987, Cinema 21 is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year in commemoration of its dominance in the Indonesian entertainment industry. It will soon be presenting an enhanced cinematic viewing experience with its newly-built large-screen movie theaters in Indonesia. The first one is scheduled to open on May 4, 2012, to coincide with the premiere of “The Avengers.” It currently operates a total of 575 screens spanning over 122 locations across Indonesia. Its theaters are expected to be 100 percent digital by June 2012.

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