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Outline Showcases New Subwoofer Speakers at InfoComm 2012

New Subs Round Out the Bottom End for Line Array and Traditional Systems

LAS VEGAS – Outline, the makers of high quality, industry leading speaker systems for touring, installation and studio applications, will showcase the new GTO-SUB, DBS 18-2 iMode, DBS 18-2 and EIDOS 108 S subwoofer loud speakers at InfoComm 2012 (Booth C11549). These systems are targeted for fixed installation, auditorium, outdoor venue and touring applications, offering excellent low frequency performance to augment the full line of Outline speaker systems. more

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Meyer Sound and NTi Introduce Cinema Meter Option for XL2 Handheld Analyzer

Berkeley, Calif.-based Meyer Sound Laboratories and Liechtenstein-based NTi Audio AG have announced a new cinema meter option for NTi’s XL2 handheld audio and acoustics analyzer. Developed through a collaborative effort by the two companies, the Meyer Sound cinema meter option and test script allows cinema sound technicians to calibrate loudspeaker systems efficiently and to an extremely high degree of precision—beyond what is recommended by basic SMPTE standards—using a small, easy-to-use handheld device.

The cinema meter was initially created to extend the capabilities of the XL2 analyzer to facilitate efficient and accurate alignment of Meyer Sound EXP cinema systems, which are inherently capable of highly linear performance with exceptionally flat phase and amplitude response. The cinema meter option comprises a software package which includes a Meyer Sound test script that can be used for tuning any cinema system. Test signals can be sourced through storage in the cinema system or from the NTi MR-PRO generator.

“A fundamental goal of EXP cinema audio is to achieve near perfect linearity,” notes John Meyer, CEO of Meyer Sound. “Final calibration is critical in realizing that goal, and with the Meyer Sound XL2 cinema option, technicians now have a compact and cost-effective tool for making the extremely precise adjustments required.”

The cinema meter project reflects Meyer Sound’s commitment to leadership in all aspects of cinema sound technology. It also marks its first outside collaboration on a test and measurement product; the company’s renowned SIM audio analyzer was developed entirely in-house.

“NTi Audio is extremely pleased to have this opportunity to work with Meyer Sound,” says Tom Mintner, president of NTI Americas. “The confidence Meyer Sound places in the XL2 is deeply appreciated, and underscores NTi’s position as the recognized world leader in handheld audio test instruments.”

The Meyer Sound cinema meter development was facilitated by Mintner along with Thomas Hupp and Philipp Schwizer on behalf of NTi Audio, with performance specifications and test routines developed by the Meyer Sound engineering department.

To begin shipping in July 2012, the Meyer Sound cinema meter option will be available through NTi Audio’s worldwide sales channels either with the purchase of a new XL2 or as an upgrade to an existing unit. It will also be available through Meyer Sound EXP distribution channels.

www.meyersound.com/news

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Meyer Sound Promotes Antonio Zacarias to VP of Worldwide Sales

Meyer Sound has named Antonio Zacarias Vice President of Worldwide Sales, a newly created position to supervise the company’s growing sales activities and support the international and regional sales managers in servicing Meyer Sound customers around the world. Formally Director of Latin American Sales at Meyer Sound, Zacarias has been instrumental in the fast expansion of the Meyer Sound Mexico office that he has headed since 1998 and will continue to oversee in his new position.

Reporting to Helen Meyer, executive vice president of the company, Zacarias is charged with all aspects of leading Meyer Sound sales managers and partners across the globe, including setting sales goals and forecasts, developing consistent pricing and distribution policies, and evaluating and communicating new product requirements and business opportunities. Zacarias will also collaborate with the company’s marketing department on promotional activities and providing technology information to customers.

“As Meyer Sound and our product offerings evolve and expand, our opportunities and challenges are changing as well,” says Helen Meyer. “We’re excited that we’re able to promote from within. With Antonio taking on this new role, he will be fostering a visible and consistent sales structure to benefit our sales partners, and making sure that customers will receive the same quality support regardless of where they are.”

Prior to joining Meyer Sound Mexico as technical support in 1997, Zacarias was audio technician and then operations manager at Audio Concepto SP, and was also front-of-house and monitor engineer for artists including Pandora, Mijares, and Benny Ibarra.

Currently based in Mexico City, Zacarias will relocate to the Meyer Sound headquarters in Berkeley, Calif. in the next few months. To contact Zacarias, please write to: antonio@meyersound.com.

www.meyersound.com/news

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Responds to Design Trends With New Support Rail for 4-Foot Ceiling Tiles

AS VEGAS, Nevada – In response to the growing popularity of 4×4-foot ceiling tiles in public buildings, HARMAN’s JBL Professional introduced the MTC-48TRx12 tile rail today at InfoComm 2012. The MTC-48TRx12 is compatible with many of JBL’s ceiling speakers, allowing those speakers to be installed into today’s increasingly popular 1200 mm (48 inch) ceiling tile grid systems without requiring customization on the part of the integrator.

The MTC-48TRx12′s inverted-V design, which is common for most of JBL’s tile rails, minimizes transmission of vibrations to the ceiling grids while ensuring strong support of the speakers. The rails are extra-thick, providing the required support for the extra length. MTC-48TRx12 tile rails can be used with 8124/28, all Control 19CS models, all Control 24C Micro models, all Control 24C models, all Control 26C models, all Control 40 Series models, and Control 226C/T.

Jim Ford, President of Ford Audio-Video Systems, commented, “There is a definite trend in building design toward using 4×4-foot ceiling tiles. Many public buildings with high ceilings are being designed with a 4×4 ceiling grid. The larger tile size requires less labor and materials to install and results in a cleaner visual appearance. In the past, it has been challenging to install ceiling speakers in these larger tiles because they require longer support rails to reach the tile grids and the support device needs to be stronger to span the longer distance. I appreciate JBL’s quick response to our needs by introducing tile rails especially designed for use with this increasingly popular ceiling design style.”

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.

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Meyer Sound and Solotech to Sponsor the 33rd Montréal International Jazz Festival

In partnership with Solotech, Meyer Sound will be supporting the 33rd edition of the Montréal International Jazz Festival as the Official Sound Reinforcement Sponsor. A world leader in touring and installed sound systems, Meyer Sound will be heard at more than a dozen venues of all sizes, indoors and out, throughout the festival.

“The challenges of our diverse collection of indoor venues and outdoor stages are met by Meyer Sound and Solotech with creativity and a great concern for a superior sound experience,” acknowledges André Ménard, artistic director for the festival. “More than mere suppliers, they have become true partners in our adventure!”

Meyer Sound systems will be in place at the premier indoor venues, including the nearly 3,000- seat Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, where MICA line array loudspeakers will anchor a system prepared for headliners including James Taylor, Norah Jones, and Seal. The JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers will be heard at the Place des Arts Théâtre Maisonneuve and the new Maison Symphonique de Montréal, which has recently installed a permanent JM-1P system and is hosting festival concerts for the first time in 2012. A new MINA line array loudspeaker system will debut in the intimate L’Astral cabaret at Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan.

Outdoors, the main stage at Place des Festivals will utilize a powerful complement of MILO line array loudspeakers for main and delay systems, while MICA line arrays are the foundation for the main stage at Promenade Maisonneuve.

Additional Meyer Sound systems are planned for deployment at Place des Arts Théâtre Jean Duceppe, Hyatt Session, Pub Heineken, Le Parterre Blues Stage, Esplanade Clark, and Parc des Festivals.

A longtime partner with Meyer Sound since 1992, Solotech has supplied Meyer Sound loudspeaker systems for entertainment and music icons that include Céline Dion, Michael Bublé, Leonard Cohen, Cirque du Soleil®, and more

Presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan, the Montréal International Jazz Festival ranks as one of the world’s largest and most esteemed annual musical celebrations. The lineup for 2012, reflecting the cross-pollination of musical inspiration worldwide, includes—in addition to artists noted above—Tangerine Dream, Stanley Clarke, Al Stewart, Philip Catherine, Ziggy Marley, Wayne Shorter, Larry Coryell, and Esperanza Spalding, among many others.

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Clear-Com Highlights CC-300 and CC-400 Headsets at InfoComm 2012

New Headsets Offer Better Comfort, Improved Sound Quality and Greater Flexibility

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 15, 2012 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, will highlight at InfoComm 2012 (Booth C10345) the latest additions to its line of professional headsets, the CC-300 and CC-400. The CC-300 and CC-400 offer extra comfort, better performance and more flexibility for users who are constantly employing intercoms for long hours. These headsets are compatible with Clear-Com’s wide range of wired and wireless intercoms.

Personalized for Comfortable Fit
Wearing headsets day in and day out while communicating with other team members over the intercom can easily and quickly exhaust a user. The new Clear-Com CC-300 single-ear headset and CC-400 double-ear headset were designed to reduce fatigue and accommodate individual preferences by offering a clear and comfortable audio experience.

The CC-300 and CC-400 headsets’ microphone booms can be rotated 300 degrees, allowing the microphone to be worn on the right or left side of the head. Users can also make the headsets larger or smaller by manipulating the slide adjustments on either side of the headband. In addition, the enclosed headphones have very soft padding and a slight rotation to provide a better fit.

Balanced for High Performance
The CC-300 and CC-400 headsets are equipped with hyper-cardioid dynamic microphones and high ambient-noise attenuation headphones that deliver balanced audio performance to the user. The acoustic isolation capability significantly reduces external background noise and with a clear audio profile, including an up to 20-kHz frequency response, the new headsets are made for professionals who demand high-quality sound.

Flexibility for Operational Convenience
The CC-300 and CC-400 headset microphones can be turned on and off by moving the microphone boom. Users need only to pull the boom gently downwards to turn on the microphone and push the boom gently upwards to turn it off, in effect giving them a quick and simple mute to their intercom system.

Interchangeable cabling is another major benefit of the CC-300 and CC-400 headsets. Both headsets come with a standard four-pin female connector, but users can easily change the cable and connector at the base of the headset by using a Phillips screwdriver in order to accommodate different connector types. The same process can be used to repair and replace a damaged cable on the fly.

“Busy crew members need a headset that they can slip on and immediately feel the difference in fit and performance,” says Stephen Sandford, Product Manager, Clear-Com. “The Clear-Com CC-300 and CC-400 deliver by providing long-lasting comfort and high-quality audio, and can be used in conjunction with virtually all of our intercom solutions.”

About Clear-Com®
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

About HME
HM Electronics, Inc. is a diverse group of companies providing solutions that enhance productivity and customer service in markets including restaurants, sports and professional audio. Founded in 1971, we sell, service and support products in 89 countries worldwide, via company-owned offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and China, and an extensive network of HME-authorized distributors, dealers and service agents. Every day quick service restaurants take over 24 million orders using HME systems. With the recent acquisition of Clear-Com, HME is the world’s leading provider of professional intercom systems. To learn more, visit www.hme.com.

HARMAN’s dbx Offers Software Update for Its DriveRack PA+ Loudspeaker Management System

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – HARMAN’s dbx has announced that it is offering its Software Version 1.1 update for its dbx DriveRack PA+ Loudspeaker Management System. The dbx DriveRack PA+ makes it easy to set up and optimize a portable PA system with its exclusive Set Up Wizards that guide users through system setup with step-by-step instructions. Utilities including Auto Level Wizard(tm), Auto EQ(r) Wizard, automatic feedback suppression and many more enable even inexperienced users to make their PA to sound like it was tuned by a pro.

The software version 1.1 update provides the latest tunings for JBL loudspeakers and Crown Audio amplifiers including JBL PRX Series loudspeakers, Crown XTi Series and XLS Series amplifiers.

The update can be downloaded free of charge from www.dbxpro.com. The downloaded Wizard-enabled web-updater will check for the latest release and walk the customer completely through set-up and will notify the user of future updates as well.

The DriveRack PA+ is the world’s most popular loudspeaker management system and enables users to optimize the performance of loudspeakers and amplifiers in a portable sound reinforcement system by precisely adjusting crossover points, speaker levels, EQ settings and other parameters.

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.

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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

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