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OSD Audio Adds Patio Speakers to Expanding Wireless Lineup

Brea, Calif., July 16, 2012—OSD Audio, a Southern California-based manufacturer of whole-house audio products, announced the availability of their much anticipated OSD-WPA650 2-way wireless patio speakers. Priced under $250 and available in black or white, the new model is part of the company’s expanding line of wireless speakers that includes rock, planter, and decorative garden speakers. Leveraging their experience in 2.4 GHz wireless technologies with their extremely successful line of hard-wired patio speakers, the company claims the OSD-WPA-650s offer full range audio quality and a very reliable signal transmission.

“We’ve been producing wireless outdoor speakers for a long time and have learned what works and what doesn’t,” states Tim Leahy, General Manager for OSD Audio. “We’re also a leader in wired outdoor speakers so the WPA650s combine the best technologies of our most successful brands.” Leahy references OSD’s widely popular WR800 wireless rock speakers as well as their AP Series of wired patio speakers. Like the wired models, the WPA650s install easily under patio eaves and mounting hardware is included. An 8-channel transmitter then sends the audio signal to the wireless receiver built into the main patio speaker. Users simply connect their iPods/Android mobile device, AV receiver, or laptop via the included audio cables. The 2.4 GHz-2.48 GHz frequency is less likely to experience interference from other wireless devices like cordless phones, and range is steady up to 300 feet unobstructed.

Inside each all-weather enclosure is a 6.5” polypropylene woofer, 1” aluminum soft dome aluminum tweeter and a complex crossover system that produces remarkably full sound. “When we tested early prototypes, we knew we had another hit because the sound quality just blew us away, especially the low end,” concludes Leahy.

The WPA-650 includes a main speaker, pairing speaker, transmitter, all necessary audio cables, AC power cable and remote control. List price is $249.95 with free shipping. OSD Audio Wireless patio speakers are available now at www.outdoorspeakerdepot.com

About OSD Audio
Based in Southern California, OSD Audio manufactures whole-house audio products, including in-wall speakers, amplifiers, volume controllers and a variety of outdoor speaker systems. We are a family of audio enthusiasts comprised of engineers, product designers, sales, marketing, and administrative staff dedicated to providing the best products at unbeatable prices with world class customer service. www.outdoorspeakerdepot.com

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SYMETRIX JUPITER PROCESSOR AT THE TAI O HERITAGE HOTEL IN HONG KONG

taio_lookout_exterior.JPGHONG KONG, CHINA – JULY 2012: Tai O is a traditional fishing village on the west coast of Lantau Island, Hong Kong. An agreeable counterpoint to the bustle of the city, Tai O offers visitors a peaceful escape with all the charms of traditional village culture. Recently, Tai O Heritage Hotel restored the village’s 100-year old police station to its full architectural splendor, cleverly adding posh modern amenities without overwhelming the building’s tasteful minimalist aesthetic. Among those amenities is Tai O Lookout, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, which affords patrons a scenic view from the top of the building. In keeping with the Tai O Heritage’s elegant atmosphere, Hong Kong-based A/V designer Sound Classy Holding Limited gave the restaurant a high-fidelity sound system based on the Symetrix Jupiter 8 turnkey signal processor and the Symetrix ARC-2e user interface. Sound Classy works directly with Sanecore more

DANLEY SOUND LABS’ FAMILY OF JERICHO HORNS GROWS TO FOUR WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE J4 “SUPER-TWEETER”

danley_jericho4.JPGGAINESVILLE, GEORGIA – JULY 2012: In addition to drawing on inventor Tom Danley’s decades of experience in the fields of professional sound and military acoustics, Danley Sound Labs, is now fully leveraging the might of its R&D team to expand the new family of Jericho Horns. Now composed of four members – the J1, JH 2, J3, and J4, the Jericho Horns provide stunning fidelity at great distances, applications that are commonly addressed with line arrays, but by ingenious design, the Jericho Horns sidestep the line array’s many faults to deliver phase coherence, frequency response, and imaging detail typical of a professional reference monitor. Whereas the J1, JH 2, and J3 represent variations on a full-frequency theme that fulfill the coverage requirements of different long-throw situations, the J4, while still being a Synergy Horn, is designed to address a problem long ignored by the more

HARMAN Professional and the Producers & Engineers Wing® Of The Recording Academy® Host First “From Mic to Mix” Event With Nathaniel Kunkel at Conway Recording Studios

(Left to right): Joseph Wagoner, AKG; Mike Clink, Producers & Engineers Wing(r) of the Recording Academy(r); Maureen Droney, Producers & Engineers Wing of The Recording Academy; Nathaniel Kunkel, Studio Without Walls; Peter Chaikin, JBL Professional; and Gregory Butler, Lexicon. Photos Courtesy of The Recording Academy(r)/Wireimage.com (c) 2012 Photographed by: Rebecca Sapp

NORTHRIDGE, California – On June 27, HARMAN Professional and the Producers & Engineers Wing(r) of The Recording Academy(r) hosted their first-ever “From Mic to Mix” event at Los Angeles’ Conway Recording Studios. Open to The Recording Academy members and industry professionals, “From Mic to Mix” featured a live acoustic recording session by the pop/soul group Elaine Faye & Company, engineered by 2-time GRAMMY(r) winner Nathaniel Kunkel, and showcased the latest recording products and technologies from AKG, JBL Professional and Lexicon.

Nathaniel Kunkel is the owner of Studio Without Walls, offering location and in-studio recording services to top music clients. He has earned GRAMMY Awards for his work with B.B. King and Robin Williams, received an Emmy(r) for “A&E In Concert: Sting: Sacred Love” and has recorded a “who’s who” of top artists including Brian Wilson, Stevie Nicks, Ringo Starr, Zooey Deschanel, Cobra Starship, Lyle Lovett, Linda Ronstadt and many others.

The surround sound recording session took place in Conway’s large Studio C using a variety of AKG microphones and headphones, including a C12VR, P820Tube, C414XLII, C214, C451 and a pair of C414XLS. The attendees were able to listen to Kunkel’s mix with 24 AKG K271 and K240MKII headphones placed around the studio. In the control room, Kunkel monitored using a JBL LSR6328P system in a 5.1 surround sound configuration. Ambience and reverb were provided by a Lexicon PCM96 Surround system. In a separate control room, Lexicon demonstrated PCM96 and MX400 reverb processors as well as the I-O U42S USB audio interface. Nathaniel Kunkel gave attendees insight into his approach to micing, studio monitors and use of effect processing.

“The sounds came together in a very short amount of time,” Kunkel said. “For several years, I have relied on JBL studio monitors for their accuracy. I never have to second-guess my mix. While the AKG C414 and C12VR have been go-to mics for me, I was pleased to try AKG’s new Perception mics and headphones on this session. The Lexicon PCM96 Surround system was the only reverb I used and it added polish that put the mix over the top. The session went smoothly and I’m really pleased with the end result using the great HARMAN gear.”

“The P&E Wing evening at Conway was a great opportunity for us to meet with the engineers and producers on the front line shaping today’s recording landscape,” said Peter Chaikin, Senior Marketing Manager, Recording & Broadcast, JBL Professional. “Elaine Faye’s performance and Nathaniel’s stunning sounds coming across on our speakers made P&E Wing members smile.”

“We wanted to show attendees how well AKG microphones and headphones, JBL studio monitors and Lexicon reverb and effects processors perform in a real-world setting, and how they can help engineers make better recordings from the moment the sound hits the mic to when they’re putting the finishing touches on the final mix,” said Joe Wagoner, product marketing manager for wireless, tour and install, AKG.

“We had a great time hearing countless stories about all the hit records that have been made with Lexicon, JBL and AKG equipment while talking shop with so many talented and creative people. A legendary studio like Conway was the perfect place to hold ‘From Mic to Mix’ and we are incredibly appreciative of all those who joined us and made the evening such a success,” said Gregory Butler, Segment Director, Lexicon.

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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133rd AES Historical Events Track The Test Of Time

RCA Studios – Remembering Lee de Forest – Ioan Allen, Sound On Film

SAN FRANCISCO: West Coast arbiter of audio history, Bill Wray has prepared a far-ranging Historical Program for the 133rd AES Convention set for Oct. 26-29 at the Moscone Center. “The lessons of the past remain integral components of pro audio’s on-going evolution,” remarked Convention Co-Chair Jim McTigue. “Bill Wray has always approached our Conventions with an eye towards relevance as well as variety. While today’s digital tools are generations removed from their analog antecedents, our goals for efficiency and clarity remain unchanged. This year’s Historical Program will provide our attendees with an invaluable perspective on problem solving and innovative thinking.”

133rd AES Convention Historical Events Include:

The Evolution of Electrical Recording At RCA Victor Studios 1925-1953: Presenter, Nicholas Bergh, President, Endpoint Audio Labs – This must-see presentation explores early electric recording methodology by examining the technical evolution of RCA Victor Studios. Little documentation remains of this early era or of its relatively crude and often custom-built equipment: Cryptic technical notations in recording ledgers, brief comments in memoirs, rare photos, and decades of secondhand lore. Research for this presentation focused on alternative sources, e.g. Western Electric and RCA engineering reports, manuals for leased equipment, and modern tests of restored original equipment. Although these sources are not definitive, collectively, they become quite powerful. The presentation will include images of recording equipment and rare audio clips.

Lee de Forest: The Man Who Turned Science into Art: Presenter, Mike Adams, Professor, Radio, Television, and Film, San Jose State University – After de Forest received his PhD in physics and electricity from Yale in 1899, he spent the next 30 years fashioning 19th Century science into the 20th century’s popular audio media. He added sound to Marconi’s wireless telegraph to create a radiotelephone system. He added a “B” battery and earphone to Fleming’s diode vacuum tube telegraph detector to enable the detection and amplification of sound. He added a reliable synchronized sound track to Edison’s silent film, and gave birth to the talking pictures. While he didn’t profit from this innovation, his earlier invention of the three-element vacuum tube allowed amplification of audio through loudspeakers for radio and the movies, and helped create their large public audiences.

The Replay of Historical Magnetic Tape – More than Pressing the Play Button: Presenter, Nadja Wallaszkovits, Phonogrammarchiv, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna – By exploring the various process challenges related to the transfer of historical magnetic audio tapes, this program will focus on the digitization of early audio collections. Issues covered include stages of preservation conditions, handling, and reproduction of important original tapes. In a related program,

Old Fables About Magnetic Recording Theory: Presenters, Jay Mcknight and Jeff McKnight – This event will highlight some meaningful developments you may have missed over the past 60 years. These include: The story of the “effective” gap length of a reproducing head. And, a correction to Westmijze’s Gap Loss Theory; Who really discovered AC Bias? How does it actually work? And, who were the 4 groups that re-discovered it circa 1940?

The Egg Show: A Demonstration of the Artistic Uses of Sound on Film: Presenter, Ioan Allen, Senior Vice President, Dolby Laboratories – With pictures of eggs ingeniously illustrating his points, and an array of 35mm clips (replete with scratchy leader and still perfect sound), Mr. Allen describes innovative mixing and editing techniques developed over the years. Attendees will see how film sound mixers highlight a conversation in a crowd scene, how they inter-cut music to film and, how they create artificial effects that sound more real on film than on live recordings. This event will be held at Dolby Laboratories’ Theater. A limited number of $10 tickets will be available exclusively to registered convention attendees at the tours counter in the main lobby at Moscone. In addition to an Oscar, and a Samuel L. Warner Award for contributions to motion picture sound, Ioan Allen has earned Scientific and Engineering Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. An AES Fellow, and recipient of the AES Silver Medal, he spearheaded breakthrough film audio formats which have revolutionized the film sound experience.

“And, though not a historical event,” Bill Wray adds, “I strongly recommend this Scott Hull tutorial, to interested attendees. The growing resurgence of vinyl makes this previously historical subject surprisingly relevant.”

Mastering For Vinyl – Today’s Challenges: Presenter, Scott Hull, Mastering Engineer, Masterdisk – In the last few years there has been a renewed interest in producing vinyl records. What are the considerations for mixing and mastering your music for vinyl? A leading mastering engineer for nearly thirty years, Hull will dig into quality control issues and discuss ways to get great sound on your first pressing.

“We are extremely fortunate to have a genuine audio pioneer serving as our Historical Committee Chair,” said Committee co-chair Valerie Tyler. “Bill Wray is one of the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic members of our team. He is an inspiration to all of us.”

Photo: 133rd AEC Convention Historical Chair Bill Wray

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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BASSMAXX Launches The SSP115 Profundo Series Powered Sub-Bass Loudspeaker System

AUSTIN, Texas, July 16, 2012— BASSMAXX (www.bassmaxx.com), an industry leader in high-output subwoofers and audiophile-quality professional loudspeakers, is proud to announce the launch of its newest Profundo Series powered subwoofer. Scheduled to ship Sept. 1, the SSP115 is a sub-bass loudspeaker consisting of a single, long-excursion 15-inch low frequency driver in a vented enclosure, optimized for deep bass response in a small, lightweight, and manageable size, powered by a 3400W class D amplifier.

“This is a super-powered single 15-inch subwoofer, delivering greater depth and better sound quality than a lot of double 18-inch cabinets,” said David Lee, president and designer of BASSMAXX. “Putting so much power in a tiny box may sound impractical, but this is a very practical product. It fits in a hatchback car, can easily be carried up and down stairs, takes up precious little floor space, and yet is also able to hit hard and deep and fill big spaces with big bass. Using one SSP115 rather than two inferior boxes makes dollars and sense because with it you can deliver superior service with less effort, set-up, transport costs, and floor space. One person can move these, which is a huge advantage for the smaller company. Sometimes more or bigger boxes won’t even fit in the car, truck or even in the venue. The SSP115 is the solution when space is at a premium.”

The self-powered SSP115 includes a 3400W class D amplifier, the most output and power available in such a small box. It’s not just tremendously powerful, it’s a reliable, self-protected system with the built-in DSP already pre-set and all the system components power-matched and protected from damage. The result is a powerful, compact, reliable and consistent system that is super easy and quick to set-up and take down.

The cabinet is finished in black textured weatherproof polyurethane coating and the woofer’s cone is made from a waterproof fiber matrix. The top-mounted pole socket in the subwoofer provides for one of the AT-Series tops to be mounted on a straight speaker pole above the subwoofer.

The SSP115 is engineered to work hard and continue to work where others often fail. That’s why the BASSMAXX ‘Sound Defense’ warranty even covers failed drivers, including burned voice coils, for two years. If a voice coil, or anything else, fails within the warranty period, replacement parts will be provided without charge. With this kind of peace-of-mind, the SSP115 can confidently be pushed to levels and depths that would otherwise require many more or bigger cabinets.

“We design and manufacture every product to the highest standards and with great care taken over every detail so we sincerely believe that our customers will be thrilled with every purchase,” Lee added. “We work to ensure that every customer is completely satisfied, and if they’re not, for any reason, they may exchange their purchase for another model or the purchase price will be refunded. No hassles. Plain and simple.”

Additional specifications include:
• Frequency Response (±3 dB): 38-180Hz
• Frequency Range (-10 dB): 35-200Hz
• Sensitivity: 94 dB, 1W @ 1m 40-100 Hz) (2.83V into 8 ohms, half space)
• Maximum Sustained Output: 125dB SPL, 1m, 2pi, half-space (ground plane)
• Short-term Peak Output: 131 dB
• Nominal Dispersion (°H x °V): 360 x 360
• Enclosure Type: Helmholz resonator enclosure, optimally tuned for low frequency response with good sensitivity and high power handling
• Transducers: 1 x 15 inch diameter (380 mm) woofer with 4-inch (100mm) copper winding voice coil and 56mm peak to peak excursion; Waterproof fiber composite cone
• Cabinet Construction: 18mm Baltic Birch plywood; equipped with two handles, a pole socket and interlocking rubber feet
• Dimensions (H x W x D): 18in H x 27.5in W x 22.5in D (18.7in high with feet)
• Net Weight: 120 lbs; Shipping Weight: 125 lbs
• Exterior Finish: Weatherproof bonded polyurethane
• Grill: Perforated, powder-coated steel
• Compatible Top Boxes: BASSMAXX Attuned Tops Series
• Electrical Input Connector: Neutrik Powercon in and through
• Voltage Operating Range: 90-250V; auto-sensing, auto switching universal supply
• Current Draw, Nominal: 3A @ 1/8 power
• Current Draw, Peak: 31A
• Signal Input Connector: XLR-F
• Signal Output Connector: XLR-M pass-through only
• DSP: Comprehensive

For more information on BASSMAXX products and services, please call 713-397-4466, or visit www.BASSMAXX.com.

About BASSMAXX
Since 1999, BASSMAXX has designed and delivered powerful and efficient sound systems to the live sound and high-end club market. Applying a ruthless practicality to uncompromising standards of quality and reliability has yielded a product line that is both exotic in performance and accessible in price.

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Sky News Arabia Puts Vizrt at the Core of its News Graphics

Bergen, Norway, Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ)

Sky News Arabia, the new 24-hour free-to-air Arabic news channel, launched in May using a sophisticated Vizrt system to deliver its live news graphics. Vizrt is the sole news graphics provider for the Abu Dhabi based channel. This is a departure from the news graphics workflow used by Sky News in the UK, sister channel to Sky News Arabia, which uses both Vizrt and another provider.

The channel has a variety of uses for real-time 3D graphics, such as the “screen furniture” of multiple tickers, side panels, maps and Breaking News alerts constantly animating around the video window. In addition, the news content includes full-frame 3D animations in its stories, as well as displaying maps and background story graphics displayed on a large video wall in the studio. The Viz World map server allows news producers to generate animated 3D maps instantly from their newsroom system, providing useful geographical context for every news story. Everything is generated with a consistently branded look that is uniquely Sky News Arabia.

System efficiency, which could deliver breaking news first, was the primary objective in designing the Vizrt workflow. This was achieved by building in a high level of automation into the graphics templates used by operators and in the newsroom. This provides a very high quality 3D animation, with consistent branding ready to take to air within seconds of a story breaking. This can be added to and enhanced as more information becomes available throughout the day.

This results in two distinct workflows to deliver a well-rounded channel output: reliable templated news graphics (by the graphics design company, Astuce Media) integrated with Sky News Arabia’s iNews newsroom system for ultra-fast population by producers and editor. These are enhanced by longer, full-frame graphics designed by the in-house design team, who can respond quickly to news priorities passed to them by the editorial team. These graphics can be built into the story video, to explain key points, as well as used interactively by the studio talent on the Newswall in the studio.

Roland West, Creative Head for Sky News Arabia, explained the choice of Vizrt’s graphics system.

“When we set out to create Sky News Arabia, the key requirements to delivering a successful graphics package were quality of finish, ease of use, unity of platform and a breadth of graphic presentation.

Having built on the knowledge shared by Sky News UK and Vizrt through a collaborative relationship, we have successfully launched the channel on a graphics system capable of achieving the quality and speed that Sky News demands.”

Martin Burkhaulter, CEO Vizrt Ltd added:

“Sky News Arabia’s requirements presented us with a genuine challenge. The workflow is extremely streamlined. It relies a great deal on graphics automation of sophisticated templates that are populated by news producers. The emphasis is very clearly on speed and getting breaking news on air with the minimum of delay. I feel sure this is a key factor that will set Sky News Arabia apart from its competitors. Good integration between all aspects of the Vizrt graphics system was fundamental to a smooth and fast workflow, which meant that sticking with one system throughout was absolutely the right decision. The success of their launch on May 6th has already proven what good TV journalism, backed up by fully integrated graphics created by their local design team, can do.”

Oliver Pitkin, Project Manager for Sky News Arabia added;

“This was always going to be a challenging project– particularly in integrating a well-proven Sky News UK ethos and workflow into a Middle Eastern context and broadcasting everything in Arabic. We pre-built the entire technical infrastructure in a warehouse provided by TSL in the UK and then shipped it to Abu Dhabi. We have had terrific support from Vizrt at every stage of the process. We continue to receive support and advice from Vizrt locally and we expect our well integrated Vizrt core to become the backbone of the Middle East’s leading channel for breaking news.

Sky News Arabia launched on schedule on May 6th 2012 and is already generating a high level of audience level in its principle target markets of Arabic-speaking MENA countries.

About Vizrt:

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the Stock Exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154. For further information please refer to www.vizrt.com

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RTI Selects Ultimate Integration as Manufacturer Representative for the New York Metro Area

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — July 16, 2012 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced that it has appointed Ultimate Integration as its manufacturer representative in the New York metropolitan area. Under the agreement, Ultimate Integration will act as an extension of RTI’s sales and marketing team throughout New York City, Long Island, lower Upstate New York, and Northern New Jersey. more

Peavey MediaMatrix NION Training Seminar Scheduled for Bay Area in July

Peavey® Commercial Audio will host a two-day MediaMatrix® NION® Certification training course in Emeryville, Calif., during July, where AV designers, consultants, contractors and end users can learn the best practices for designing, deploying and implementing MediaMatrix audio distribution, processing and control systems.

The MediaMatrix NION Certification training course instructs AV professionals on the fundamentals of MediaMatrix, the most flexible and scalable audio networking system on the market, as well as how to design and program projects in NWare™; how to set up a NION processor; how to create end-user GUIs for nTouch™ 60 and nTouch 180 touch screens and PC kiosks; and how to integrate the XControl® into a MediaMatrix installation.

The MediaMatrix NION Certification training seminar will be held at Meyer Hall on the campus of Ex’pression College in Emeryville on July 30-31, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Each successful student will receive a completion certificate that can be submitted to InfoComm for receipt of 7.5 renewal credit hours for InfoComm CTS, CTS-I and CTS-D. For full class descriptions and registration, please visit mm.peavey.com/education or www.peaveycommercialaudio.com/education.

Peavey has educated thousands of AV system designers, integrators and end users from around the world since MediaMatrix revolutionized the professional audio industry in 1993. MediaMatrix also offers the content of its renowned seminars as online courses at mmtraining.peavey.com. Completion of the online Peavey MediaMatrix Basic or Advanced course earns two hours of credit toward InfoComm’s CTS and CTS-D Certification Renewal.

Now installed in more than 10,000 facilities worldwide—from theme parks, hotels and stadiums to airports and government facilities—Peavey MediaMatrix was the first digitally controlled audio network, and is still the most flexible and capable audio networking system available.

About MediaMatrix®
MediaMatrix® is a division of Peavey®, one of the largest manufacturers of professional audio equipment in the world. Peavey has earned more than 180 patents and distributes in more than 130 other countries. MediaMatrix revolutionized the high-end audio technology market with its computer-based audio processing and control interfacing systems, and can now be found in more than 10,000 airports, stadiums, theme parks, government facilities and other venues around the world. To find out more about MediaMatrix, visit mm.peavey.com or www.peaveycommercialaudio.com.
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University of Arizona Boosts Live Sports Production Control Room with Tightrope Media Systems

ZEPLAY slow motion instant replay system brings new life to venues during game action

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, July 16, 2012 – The University of Arizona’s rich sports tradition and heritage dates to the early 1900s, with 18 NCAA Championship titles to its name among many other titles and awards. The university recently overhauled its live sports production capabilities to more closely align with the grandeur of its sports tradition, transitioning its aging analog control room to an all-digital, HD-capable environment.

Director of Video and Information Technology Matt George oversaw the project, carefully choosing the components that would bring his control room vision to life. He selected Tightrope Media SystemsZEPLAY slow-motion instant replay system to inject fresh excitement into home Wildcats games, including football, basketball, volleyball and gymnastics.

“My main focus is to promote the teams and create an environment for the fans where they will continue to support our events,” said George. “ZEPLAY helps us put on a show that rivals what viewers at home are watching on TV.”

George wound up purchasing two units for the price of a single competitive system he was evaluating — and with more features and capabilities per unit. Each ZEPLAY provides eight channels of live replay (four in, four out), a built-in multiviewer for studying angles, and extensive tagging options to assist with storage, recall and lightning-fast highlight package creation.

“We build profiles for each sport, and operators can just pull down the home team, type in the player number and use a hot button to tag a play,” he said. “This is especially ideal in basketball, where fans are close to the action. We can throw together a quick player highlight package after a scoring spurt to keep the crowd juiced during breaks. We couldn’t do that without ZEPLAY’s tagging options.”

Ease of use has also been a major advantage. George adds that he can — and has — put a non-technical person in front of the system in the pinch.

“We don’t have a huge budget for production, so we utilize a lot of student and freelance labor,” said George. “I can assign a camera guy who has never run replay for a basketball game and get decent results. It’s not a simple system — it does everything we want it to do — but it’s simple to operate, and it’s very robust and powerful. And things like the built-in multiviewer are a great cost-saver to me as it provides extra information, and features like color outlines and camera titling. Most of the products we looked at gave us the angle and nothing else.”

Systems integration company AVR worked closely with George and his team on design initiatives for the control room and installed all systems, recognizing the clear benefits of including ZEPLAY in the overall solution.

“The ZEPLAY solution was a significant value engineering choice as it literally provided double the bang for the buck in its feature set — and with change to spare,” said Jim Mauger, director of engineering, AVR. “It’s rare today to see so much quality and reliability for less money. All of this combined to help us provide a winning solution.”

AVR also added new routers, switching and audio equipment for the new control room among other systems, while running fiber connections to new digital scoreboards in the venues — the same scoreboards that now enliven the venue environments in cooperation with the ZEPLAY systems. The complete solution gives George and his staff a powerful set of live production tools to keep the fans coming back.

“The new control room is an improvement over the previous one in the way that driving a jalopy on a racetrack would compare to a brand new Corvette,” said George.

About Tightrope Media Systems
Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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