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DPA Exhibits d:facto™ Vocal Mic at InfoComm 2012

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 15, 2012 – DPA Microphones, the manufacturer of high-level reference and headset microphones, is featuring its handheld d:facto™ vocal mic at InfoComm 2012 (Booth C9850). Building on the success of the DPA reference standard cardioid 4011 microphone, the company has pooled its years of expertise and resources to bring the eagerly awaited, high-quality vocal condenser mic to the live performance market.

With the d:facto, DPA has identified what its users love about the reference standard cardioid 4011 and tailored those qualities to a handheld design specified for live performance purposes. The result is a supercardioid mic with superb definition, excellent separation, breathtakingly natural sound and extreme SPL handling. The d:facto boasts a rugged design for professional use, and has an optimized proximity effect specifically designed for vocal use.

Similar to all DPA mics, d:facto features superior gain before feedback, while the robust three-stage pop-protection grid built into the microphone effectively removes unwanted noise. Designed to last, d:facto boasts exceptional isolation from handling noise, as well as the ability to accommodate extreme sound levels. The microphone head can be used on the DPA wired handle and can also be unscrewed for mounting onto a Wisycom wireless microphone system, offering a high degree of flexibility.

“For many years, the live sound market has been requesting that the high sound quality of DPA’s legendary 4011 mic be made available for a myriad of live performance and recording needs,” says DPA’s CEO, Christian Poulsen. “As a result of the innovative partnership with Wisycom, we have developed the d:facto vocal mic to fulfill those requests. The option of wired and wireless modes, combined with DPA’s proven technology, has resulted in a live performance vocal mic that encapsulates flexibility and unsurpassed sound quality; key elements for equipment of the future.”

With the d:facto, DPA has made a handheld microphone that inspires the same feeling a musician gets from a handbuilt instrument. It makes the user of the mic feel more confident and perform better.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones A/S is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.

For more information about DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

MediaMatrix® nTouch™ 60 Interactive Controller Now Available

MediaMatrix® by Peavey proudly announces that the new nTouch™ 60 control interface is now shipping. The nTouch 60™ is a touch-screen interactive controller designed for remotely controlling audio systems designed in MediaMatrix NWare™ for the NION® platform.

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The nTouch 60 features a full-color, resistive OLED touch-screen panel with high-quality graphics that measures approximately 2.4” (60 mm) diagonally, and displays and controls projects hosted on a MediaMatrix NION or nControl™ processor. more

MediaMatrix® ControlMatrix® II Paging System Provides Large-Scale Flexibility for Networked Audio Applications

Peavey® Commercial Audio has released ControlMatrix® II, the next generation of the popular integrated hardware and software paging system from MediaMatrix®. ControlMatrix II provides complete system management with support for hundreds of remote paging stations in transportation, convention, theme park and industrial paging applications.

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ControlMatrix II is an extremely powerful paging control solution for MediaMatrix digital audio systems, and can be deployed as a centralized, distributed or hybrid system with the ControlMatrix Host hardware, which supports up to 16 stations per host. ControlMatrix II supports all current MediaMatrix paging station hardware as well as selected third-party page stations, and can be configured and controlled through the intuitive MediaMatrix NION® drag-and-drop interface for nControl™, nTouch™ surface-mount panels and the NWare™ Mobile iOS App. more

Hitachi Installation Series Projectors Offer Versatile and Reliable Solutions for Large Venues

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, June 13, 2012 – At InfoComm 2012, Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group proves itself as the ideal partner for the large-venue market by showcasing its Installation Series 3LCD projectors. The Installation Series projectors provide ease of installation and ideal functionality for large-venue applications.

The Hitachi Installation Series models being showcased at InfoComm 2012 include the CP-X8150, CP-X8160, CP-WX8240, CP-WX8255, CP-WU8440 and CP-WU8450.

The Installation Series projectors offer several groundbreaking features, including two HDMI inputs, which address the increasing demand for digital connectivity. The Installation Series also features motorized focus, zoom and lens shift, enabling easy adjustment of the image. In addition, several Installation Series models also feature 360-degree off-axis display, which is ideal for creative applications.

High reliability is a hallmark of the Installation Series, as several projector models in the Installation Series are equipped with a high-performance filter that can last up to 20,000 hours without cleaning, saving significant maintenance time. New to Hitachi, the Operation Log Recorder allows users to access internal status and server conditions.

The Installation Series also offers flexible installation, with four optional interchangeable lenses to accommodate for different throw distances. Large lens shift allows users to readjust the position of the image to fit any screen perfectly. The Installation Series’ center lens design also makes it easy to align the projector with the screen. itac

The Installation Series offers a wealth of enhanced features, including a new slim design and 16 Watts of audio (two 8-Watt stereo speakers). Digital keystone (horizontal and vertical) and Perfect Fit also make it easy to properly position the image. Thanks to the wide lens shift and Perfect Fit feature, the Installation Series also offers Versa-Stack, enabling seamless stacking of two projectors through an RS-232 connection. This enables users to double the brightness of the image.

An optional wireless adapter enables users to connect their PC to the projector via a wireless network. This adapter supports IEEE802.11b/g and the latest 11n through a USB adapter.

For more information on Hitachi visit www.hitachi-america.us/digitalmedia

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About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 320,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2011 (ended March 31, 2012) consolidated revenues totaled 9,665 billion yen ($117.8 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

HARMAN’s AKG Perception Headphones Expand On Leading Perception Microphone Series

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – With a large selection of microphones, ranging from dynamic models, condensers and wireless solutions for the stage and recording, HARMAN’s AKG’s Perception Series has built a strong reputation for quality, providing high-value to artists, producers and engineers since its launch in 2005. AKG’s new Perception Headphone series extends the Perception line, offering an entire range of solutions for enthusiastic musicians and engineers. Three new headphone models, the K44 Perception, K77 Perception and K99 Perception, deliver AKG sound quality, a great design and comfort level at an affordable price.

“It is AKG’s continued mission to offer the greatest in professional audio to industry professionals and the Perception line completes our range of affordable, high-quality headphones and microphones,” stated Thomas Stubics, product marketing manager, recording and broadcast, AKG. “The Perception Headphones Series offers musicians a vast range of opportunities when choosing the perfect head piece for their respective needs. All three over-ear models provide powerful, clear sound for accurate listening experiences in the studio or in live settings.”

The over-ear, semi-closed design of the K44 Perception provides a powerful low end and clean highs for an excellent sound, ranging from project studios to home recording. The K77 Perception is an over-ear, semi-closed headphone with powerful and convincing sound at an amazing value – ready to use for home or project studios. Both products include comfortable leatherette ear pads and a self-adjusting headband for extended wear, without discomfort and a 3-meter fixed, straight cable and convertible jack.

K99′s high-performance, over-ear, semi-open headphones combine excellent sound quality with an astounding price-to-performance ratio. Its large, 40mm speakers provide a natural, uncoloured sound, ideal for the studio. K99 Perception is lightweight and self-adjusting for a pleasant fit for long sessions.

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(r), Harman Kardon(r), Infinity(r), JBL(r), Lexicon(r) and Mark Levinson(r). 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 $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

SAVANT® Adds Imerge to Partners in Excellence Cooperative Program

Savant Systems LLC, having delivered the first complete Apple®-based home automation and commercial control system, has announced the addition of Imerge to their PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE cooperative program. Savant’s PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE initiative has been targeted to achieve global compatibility between Savant’s control systems and a diverse group of best-in-class manufacturers from the audio, video, lighting control, HVAC, and security industries, as well as devices and subsystems from many related markets.

Based in Cambridge, England, Imerge is a manufacturer of audio and media servers, having developed the world’s first hard drive-based audio server in the 1990s. In 2011, the company was acquired by the Prism Sound Group, which manufactures a range of high quality professional equipment for audio applications. Since its acquisition by Prism Sound, Imerge has launched a 4th generation server that offers users the ability to store and play 3D DVD and Blu-ray movies in full 1080p High Definition quality without the need for a mechanical disc auto-changer.

“The Partners in Excellence program is important because it will enable Imerge products to integrate seamlessly with the Savant’s control environment, increasing the appeal of Imerge products in the residential and custom install markets,” explained Graham Boswell, Sales Director of Prism Sound. “With new Imerge products scheduled for release later in 2012, we see this collaboration as mutually beneficial for both companies as well as installers in the field.”

Participation in Savant’s PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE cooperative program will facilitate the seamless integration of Imerge devices within the Savant system environment.

“Savant is pleased to add a respected brand such as Imerge to our PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE program,” stated Savant’s Director of Business Development Bob Ross. “Media access is so important to many of our customers and the interoperability between the brands is an important resource for our dealer base,” Ross concluded.

The core of Savant’s technology is an open programmable platform built upon the Mac OS X operating system supporting various communication protocols and offering high speed A/V switching, scaling and processing.

Savant’s PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE program will open new doors for participating manufacturers seeking to expand their business in a rapidly growing industry.

Interested manufacturers can find out more about the PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE program by communicating via email to Bob Ross at bob.ross@savantsystems.com.

About Savant
Savant Systems, LLC, an innovator and market leader in the home and commercial automation markets, designs, develops and manufactures a complete suite of integrated solutions that has defined the modern age of control technology. Savant’s progressive platform cohesively addresses control, automation, audio/video, telephony, digital display, lighting control, energy management and the media integration needs of today’s most advanced environments. Through their tightly integrated use of Apple® technology, Savant has leveraged the familiarity and intuitive nature of the iPad® and iOS family of devices to address the user interface demands of today’s discerning consumers. Savant SmartSystems are sold globally through a network of authorized dealers within residential properties and into a number of different commercial markets including: Corporate Enterprise, Education, Retail, Arenas & Events, Multi-Dwelling Units & Hotels, Government, Healthcare, Luxury Transportation & Marine, Houses of Worship and Broadcast. www.savantsystems.com

About Imerge
Part of what is popularly known as the “Cambridge Phenomenon”, Imerge is well-qualified to be the leader in its field. A spin-off from Cambridge-based technology consultancy “Scientific Generics”, it developed the world’s first hard drive-based audio server, the SoundServer, back in 1990s. In 2007 Imerge launched a multi-terabyte, 1080p-capable music/movies multi-room server hailed for setting new standards in usability as it also integrated multi-room entertainment, as well as delivering the very highest standards of audio and video performance. In 2008, Imerge changed the rules by introducing the world’s most advanced media server, the MS1, and its associated enterprise grade storage solution, the XiVASafe. Redefining the way we interact with our media, Imerge has continually innovating releasing MS1-HD and most recently the MS1-3D, incorporating 2D and 3D Blu-ray support, and the revolutionary new and unique XiVA music store and user interface in over 12 languages and many more market firsts. The current range in includes two brand new products introduced in 2012, the multi-zone S4000 audio server product and a miniature HD video player unit (Mini Client) for the MS1-3D video server.

For more information please visit www.imerge.co.uk or www.xiva.com

About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. Prism Sound audio interfaces are used in the leading audio studios around the world for all types of music as well as high-quality film scores and other quality-intensive applications. Prism Sound is the owner of the SADiE range of digital audio workstation & location recording software and hardware products, setting the standard for speed and accuracy for audio editing and production. Prism Sound also manufactures audio test and measurement products such as the DSA-1 and the dScope Series III audio analyzer, widely used by both large and small electronics manufacturers for testing of audio products in research, development and production.

For more information please visit www.prismsound.com

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Blossom’s in Full Bloom with NEXO GEO S12 System


The Blossom Music Center is an amphitheatre located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Owned by The Cleveland Orchestra’s governing organization, Musical Arts Association in Cleveland, and managed by Live Nation, the pavilion seats 5,700 people, with space for about 13,500 more on the lawn. It is the summer home of The Cleveland Orchestra, performing its annual Blossom Festival at the amphitheatre. The site’s natural setting, sloping slate roof, and the area’s natural wooded surroundings distinguish it from other contemporary amphitheatres. The venue operates May through October.

The venue is also host to a full summer schedule of popular music acts and symphonic performances. This year, the venue plays host to Drake, Lady Antebellum, Radiohead, Dave Matthews Band, 2012 Country Megaticket Tour, Beach Boys Reunion Tour, Phish, 2012 Vans Warped Tour, Barry Manilow, just to name a few.

The facility, originally designed by architect Peter van Dijk, underwent a $17 million renovation in 2003; however, NAC Technologies in Cleveland was brought in to design a sound system to replace the aging lawn system. “Musical Arts is a non-profit organization so we had a tight budget and needed to have a system that would deliver the best bang for the buck,” states Rick Galbraith, senior audio engineer, NAC Technologies. With assistance from NEXO independent rep firm, R. Joseph Group, a 10-box NEXO GEO S12 line array system, supplemented with three NEXO Alpha speakers for fill zones, all powered by multiple 4×4 NXAmps, was installed.


“The new system had to be able to take care of the needs of the Orchestra and cater to Live Nation events,” says Galbraith. NAC has a long history with NEXO. “NEXO is always a sure thing. We have used the NEXO GEO systems in four of the five theaters at Playhouse Square, and installed a 64-box GEO S12 system in the Palace Theater that most Broadway shows use instead of what they are carrying.”

Prior to the season opening, NAC installed 48 NEXO Geo S12 cabinets in the ten existing sound bays. The bays are arranged in an arch, are about 35’ apart and vary in height from 19’ on the ends to 29’ in the middle. The longest part of the lawn with the highest bays, has two hangs of five GEO S1210 and one S1230, with the next bay of 4/1, then 3/1, then a bay of three S1230s in a horizontal configuration and mirrored on the other side. The system is powered by all NEXO 4×4 NXAMPs.

For time alignment and EQ, NAC installed a Yamaha DME64 to straighten out the bays and give the visiting engineers their own delay device. Last year NAC installed three NEXO Alpha full range cabinets per side on a pole system on the outside of the pavilion. Since the system must function for both the orchestra concerts and rock shows, the DME allows scene storage for any and all events.
For orchestra concerts, NAC also provides a 40-box NEXO GEO S8 LCR system, PS10 and PS15 floor monitors, and Yamaha M7CL digital consoles.

“I’ve always thought for years the only thing keeping Blossom from being an absolutely perfect venue (although it was always still my favorite) was the lack of a decent lawn sound system,” notes Bill Horschke, from sister Live Nation venue, Nautica. “I was very pleasantly surprised when attending a DMB concert to see a nice NEXO rig installed for the lawn, thus completing my jealousy from this nature loving concrete and steel veteran. Kudos to all who made the new system happen. It is very, very cool. Crank it up, and rock them trees!”

For more information on NAC Technologies, visit www.nac-tech.com.

For more information on NEXO and Yamaha products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

D.A.S. AUDIO TO OFFER WR SERIES WEATHER RESISTANT SYSTEMS

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Valencia, Spain – June 2012 … Leading Spanish manufacturer D.A.S. Audio announces the introduction of a new series of products aimed at the outdoor installation market. The new WR (Weather Resistant) series products offer flexible system configuration as well as two exposure ratings to comply with IP55 and IP56 environmental ratings. These ‘built to order’ products will debut at InfoComm 2012. more

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