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BLUMENTHAL PERFORMING ARTS LOOKS TO LECTROSONICS WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY

* Photo: Morgan Calma (left) and Robert Schoneman (right) *

Charlotte, NC – July 2012… Blumenthal Performing Arts’ venues are home to premier Broadway touring attractions as well as the Charlotte Symphony, Community School of the Arts, North Carolina Dance Theatre, On Q Productions, Opera Carolina, Queen City Theatre Company, and The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film. As the cultural hub of the greater Charlotte area, there are high expectations for every type of event that takes place here. That’s precisely why—when it comes to wireless microphone performance—the organization relies on its sizeable contingent of wireless microphone systems from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics. more

New SD9 Rack Pack Offers Affordable, High-Performance, Road-Ready System

When DiGiCo introduced its supercharged SD9 at the beginning of 2012, the significant expansion in channel count, dynamic EQs, multiband compressors and matrix, and the addition of DiGiTubes, reorder of busses, multichannel inputs and aux VCAs (formerly only available on SD7) made it a no-brainer for production companies around the country for use in myriad real-world applications. With the addition of the “Rack Pack” option—adding a second D-Rack, Digital Snakes and a flight case for the surface—DiGiCo took it a step further, offering a ruggedly road-ready, 72-mic-input system available at an unprecedented price.

“DiGiCo has had incredible success in penetrating not only the touring market, but also the Broadway market, house of worship market, and projects ranging from small events to large-budget corporate productions,” says Group One’s National Sales Manager, Matt Larson “Now, with the SD9, you can get an expanded I/O capacity with the same sonic performance as you would on the SD7 with a smaller footprint and less expensive system. The DiGiCo Stealth™ platform, using the super FPGA chip, allows us to open up the power of the engine in any of our systems like we’ve done with the SD9. We’ve increased the output capacity as well as a vast amount of other cool features. We then offer it in the SD9 Rack Pack package, which now takes this small footprint system and adds a ton of inputs to it. It is very accessible to every market segment, whether it’s the regional sound company or the big sound company looking for a desk for the house of worship for the main sanctuary or small youth room, down to the regional theatre market segment.”

The small footprint, easy load-in/load-out capabilities and an easy-to-program operating system enable Atlanta’s Rock-N-Road Audio, Miami’s Beachsound and Audio Formula, Seattle’s Carlson Audio Systems and OTSC in West Texas to get the job done easily at mid-to-large-scale festivals and corporate events.

“DiGiCo consoles offer us essentially three important features: superior audio quality, ease of use, versatility and reliability,” reveals Rock-N-Road Audio’s Roy Drukenmiller. “It’s wonderful for anything from corporate events to major shows. The fact that you don’t have to use copper analog snakes makes life so easy. When your snake is a piece of CAT5, everybody’s willing to help pull that! We just did a show in Boston, a corporate after party, and used it for FOH and monitors—one console did it all. And it made for a very easy load-in and load-out since the only thing at the FOH was the surface, a processor and a CD player. And because we have the traditional eight-output strip in our rack, we were able to have 16 outputs on deck, which allowed us to have the in-ear rack onstage as well.”

“Audio Formula placed a pair of SD9s and D-Racks at the Ultra Music Fest in Miami Beach,” explains CEO Nick Assunto. “Our responsibility at the event was to make certain we had the latest technology available for the performances, from the PA system to all the peripherals involved. In addition, we’re responsible for tuning the system for the demanding SPL requirements and making sure we get the nicest definition out of the system. My favorite feature of the DiGiCo is having the ability to have everything separated in the matrix and in different layers. It’s handy to be able to remove all the nonessential buttons from the layers to have easy access to all the required channels in one page without having to flip around. Also, the SD9 with remote D-Rack was very small and fitted perfectly under the DJ booth with no problems. That definitely was a winner.”

“We’ve found the SD9 Rack Pack to be the most powerful compact-sized mixing platform available for our events while still retaining a practical and logical layout,” says Beachsound & Lighting owner Andre Serafini. “Because of its efficiency and reliability, we foresee this becoming a tour standard for shows that require a solid performance and are limited on space as they travel, such as up-and-coming artists needing to carry consoles in a bus or cruise ship theatres where space is limited and heavy I/O is demanded. DiGiCo has continuously provided outstanding and unparalleled support for their digital mixing consoles, which is definitely an added benefit to us as we pick partners to work with.”

“OTSC used the SD9 at FOH for the Fiesta West Texas family-centered Hispanic cultural festival to mix a roster of a dozen bands over the three-day Cinco de Mayo weekend,” OTSC head engineer Eric Hite explains. “We really need the flexibility of the SD9 as we wanted that big fat DiGiCo sound, clear and solid, and features that go on and on. The SD9 allowed us to set up and soundcheck multiple bands and recall their snapshot without needing to re-soundcheck. Also, with its physical size being so small compared to our older VCA analog board, it made it easier to move around during the festival. Not needing a separate FX rack really helped, as there was no last-minute re-patching of the comps and gates, or anything at FOH, really. You just look up your band and hit Recall. It is very convenient to have. The internal effects did just fine for this show and will most likely keep up with our pace for a long while.”

“We took delivery of our first SD9 in April 2012, and since then I have been really pleased with the system as a whole,” enthuses Matt Collins, operations manager for Carlson Audio Systems. “I’ve used it several times at this point for both corporate and rock shows, and the versatility of the system is incredible! It’s really nice to have exactly what you want anywhere you want it. Once you become familiar with the system and the surface, it is really quick to set up a new show and be ready to roll. Additionally, using the SD9 Remote Control Editor software on a PC makes show setup even easier. As with any system, there are quirks and a learning curve; however, the usability of the SD9 is superb and it sounds great as well. I could go on for a while about the techy nerd details that I like about the SD line, but in lieu of that I’ll say that overall I am very happy with the SD9 and will certainly use it more and more going forward.”

“After spending four days running monitors on our SD9 at Sasquatch Music Festival, I found it to be a highly flexible, great-sounding, robust desk,” adds Carlson staff engineer Jesse Turner. “The GEQs were responsive and I could move around on the desk quite quickly even after only spending a little time on it. The biggest win for me was when I had an engineer walk up and be pleasantly surprised that we had a DiGiCo product, as he had an SD11 file that he’d recently created. He was able to load his presets, move around a few fader banks, and away he went with no problem. At the end of the show, he thanked me profusely and stated that he was able to have one of his best shows ever in a festival situation, when typically he would end up ‘just trying to get through the show.’ Overall, I was impressed with the fact that the desk has many of the qualities of its flagship counterparts, but in a much more compact and cost-effective package.”

After years of research, St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Belleville, Illinois, and Grace Church in Glendora, California, undertook major renovations of their technology systems, including making the leap from analog to digital with DiGiCo. Both were extremely pleased with the features and functionality of the SD9 systems.

“Having installed an SD7 for a large theatre project in 2011, we were impressed with the sonic quality, manufacturer support and operator training that DiGiCo provides its dealers and end users,” explains Joe Byrne, CTS operations manager for the West Coast division of Pro Sound & Video, which handled the install. “Because of the small budget we had for the Mountain Springs Church install project in Colorado Springs, I did not know if we could even consider DiGiCo. However, looking into the SD9 Rack Pack further, we found that it was such a great deal and represented such a robust upgrade from similar products in that price range that we ultimately decided to go with the SD9 system. I feel 100% confident that we made the right choice and the client is very happy.”

“The SD9 offers so much more, really, than any other console in its price range,” adds Mountain Springs Church tech director Keith Miller. “The Flexi Buss feature really opened a lot of options for us. You can mix in any type of situation without being stuck with a set amount of auxes or groups. Also, we found that the macros were very flexible and can do more than one function at a time, which is really nice, and the ability to have an alternative input on mono channels really cuts down on patching between our weekend and youth services.”

“When the SD9 was introduced, we all quickly realized that this would be the perfect replacement for the analog console in the video control room, making FOH and video independent and completely digital,” explains St. Matthew United Methodist Church’s broadcast engineer DJ Rockwell. “With the SD9′s affordable price tag, everyone was in agreement. It sounded great and the processing was seamless. The snapshots were very smooth and easily customizable. St. Matthew is a house of worship that has been into technology for a long time, and we do our best to stay on the cutting edge. We started airing our services on cable more than 25 years ago, and now we also stream live. On Sundays, we have three services back-to-back, with no time for rehearsals in between, and they can be as simple as three mics or as extreme as 75-plus inputs. Both the SD8 and SD9 made these 15- and 20-minute switchovers—from traditional to contemporary to blended with choir and orchestra—possible. The DiGiCo system has really improved the audio quality of our worship services and productions. The quality has noticeably improved for our members who watch online or at home.”

Andrew “Fletch” Fletcher Drives SD7 On Billboard Music Awards

Andrew “Fletch” Fletcher has made a name for himself mixing music on hit TV shows from “American Idol,” “The Voice” and a slew of prestigious award shows from the Grammy’s to the MTV Music Awards. For the second year in a row, Fletch handled music mixes for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards and opted to test-drive his first DiGiCo console supplied by ATK, the show’s Audio provider.

“When the opportunity arose for me to use a DiGiCo on the show, I jumped at the chance. Given the choice of an SD10 or an SD7, I went with the SD7 as it had a bigger input capacity… and more flashing lights!”

As it was his first time on a DiGiCo, Fletch spent a few hours at ATK familiarizing himself with the desk, programming his show template, and then did the rest onsite.

“The challenge on any live TV show is to always be ahead of the game. I found the SD7 to be very easy to program and to get around on in general—which got me where I needed to be time-wise. I liked the onboard effects and stuck strictly to what was available on the console including three reverbs (Warm Hall and Vocal Plate for vocals and Percussion Room for drums) and two simple delays (one short, one long for vocals) for the show. I loved the multiband compressors and they worked great on vocals.”

“I liked the flexibility of the fader bank layout, too. I put all my instruments on the left side of the console and had my vocals on the right side. I also put the top layer of vocals in the center section so I could have all 17 vocal mics on the surface at the same time. I used the edit range function to add things to my snapshots such as back up mics that were added after I had rehearsed all the bands and had to be put into all the snapshots. Also, I found the scope functions invaluable for some production elements that I had to land in my console and needed to be isolated from automation for emergency back up in case the FOH production console encountered a problem. Macros were quite useful to navigate around snapshots quickly as well.”

But what struck Fletch initially was the sound of the console.

“The sound quality is outstanding and it’s very flexible. I’ve been using just Yamaha consoles for the past 8 years and the DiGiCo’s sound very different and a lot more transparent. As it was my first time on the console—and having the time constraints of a live TV show—I didn’t get too deep into it, but I’ll indeed have some fun the next time I use one… and I’d be inclined to use one on every show, given the chance.”

ASHLY PEMA 8125.70 COMBINED DSP/AMP PROVIDES BONUS PROCESSING AT MICHIGAN HOTEL

grandrapids_hilton.JPGGRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – JULY 2012: In addition to comfortable rooms and splendid amenities, the Hilton Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan offers over 7,000 square-feet of flexible event and meeting space for wedding receptions, parties, conferences, and the like. An array of microphone and line-level inputs tie into a sound reinforcement system that had been working for the Hilton and its guests admirably for over a decade. When, after extended 24/7 service, one of the system’s Ashly amplifiers gave up the ghost, the Hilton asked for an Ashly replacement, counting on another long run of trouble-free performance. KVO Communications, the local A/V contractor and integrator, that has been providing the Hilton with technical support for events for over fifteen years, obliged that request and installed an Ashly Pema 8125.70. Not only does the new Pema 8125.70 give the hotel eight amplifier channels in a more

Listen Technologies Announces Induction Loop Training & Certification Schedule

Listen Technologies has developed multiple levels of training to ensure the quality of loop installations for assistive listening customer in the Americas.

In response to tremendous interest in Induction Loop technology at InfoComm 2012 Listen Technologies is pleased to announce its Induction Loop Training & Certification Program schedule. Visit www.listentech.com/loop-training.

Hearing Loop solutions are the preferred standard and widespread throughout the rest of the world. Only recently has the technology begun to win favor and be installed in a wide range of venues in North America. This is the result of grass roots efforts of the hard-of-hearing community who demand the benefits that this technology can bring to them. The demand is escalating significantly as the overwhelming majority (90 %+) of hearing aids are today being specified with T-Coil loop receivers installed as standard.

In order to support this demand, starting this month, Listen Technologies will be training & certifying “Qualified Listen Loop Installation Partners” in every major metropolitan area in the Americas.

“Listen is the leader in the expanding Loop market,” stated Steve Woolley, Listen Technologies Wireless Listening Product Group Leader. “We are working with qualified installation partners to bring together the skill sets and parties to ensure that all Loop solutions are installed and supported to meet legal compliance obligations, IEC standards and the needs of the community.”

Hearing loops can be installed in a variety of environments, from larger venues such as theatres, conference facilities, houses of worship to smaller one-on-one communication settings such as ticket counters and meeting rooms. Mobile Loop solutions also benefit those that need hearing assistance in taxi cabs, trains, and buses.

Contractors and Integrators for mid-size installations and house of worship applications are needed for the immediate demand. Also, large scale AV integrators will be needed to support the growing consultant designs for University, Government and Corporate applications. Qualified and certified Listen Loop integrators will be clearly differentiated in the market by their ability to design and install superior performing high value systems.

“There are many variables in the ‘real world’ that must be taken into account for a system to be successfully specified installed and operated, noted Woolley. “Although many may understand loop systems fully, we have outlined this comprehensive support program to address the varying needs of each installation.”

To be able to purchase Induction Loop products from Listen Technologies, a dealer must complete the Basic Induction Loop Training webinar. In order to purchase Phased Array kits dealers must complete the Installation and Commissioning of Induction Loops one-day class.

For an overview and schedule of the Basic Induction Loop Training webinar and the One-Day Installation & Commissioning of Induction Loops visit www.listentech.com/loop-training.

Listen Technologies partnered with Ampetronic in April 2012 to distribute audio induction loop systems in the Americas. Ampetronic is the world leading provider of audio induction loop systems for assisting individuals with hearing loss. Ampetronic and Listen Technologies are committed to improving the lives of hard of hearing people by making professional quality loop solutions available across the breadth of the Americas.

Hearing Loop Demonstration – By Juliette Sterkens, AuD

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Future Lighting at Dorking Halls

Touted as the future of entertainment lighting for a number of years, LED-based lighting fixtures are now rapidly entering the mainstream, as witnessed by the re-equipping of Dorking Halls in Surrey, England, supplied by UK-based entertainment lighting specialists White Light. Prism Projection’s RevEAL Color Wash LED luminaire

The staff at the Halls, a versatile multi-purpose venue that hosts everything from concert recitals to wrestling to conferences to cinema to pantomime, felt that the time had come to replace the existing rig of 1,000W Fresnels and PARs. The aim of both Michael Knight and Craig Gravett of Dorking Halls was to build a lighting rig that offered more versatility compared to the existing gear while retaining the high-quality illumination and fades the Hall’s users expected – all while being more energy-efficient than the previous set-up.

In the first instance, Craig Gravett compiled a list of products that he thought would work well for the venue, including both fixed focus and moving LED fixtures. A full comparative demonstration of this equipment together with a selection of other products was then arranged by White Light.

Based on this hands-on testing, the final rig chosen consisted of a core fixed-focus rig from Prism Projection: eight Prism RevEAL
Color Wash fixtures and six Prism RevEAL Studio Fresnel fixtures. As with all of the Prism range, these fixtures include color mixing with built-in monitoring of the fixture output, allowing the light output to be consistent from unit to unit and to remain consistent over the fixture’s life. The Studio offers all of the flexibility of a traditional Fresnel, with a beam that can be varied from 20˚-70˚ either under local or DMX control.

Complementing the Prism fixtures are moving lights from JB Lighting, Martin Professional, and Philips Vari-Lite.

The considerably lower power requirements of this all-LED rig compared to more traditional lighting fixtures meant that the Hall was able to fund their purchase with an interest-free loan based on a scheme to provide loans for energy-efficient equipment, as long as the new equipment will pay for itself within five years.

“We have been delighted with our new rig,” comments Gravett from Dorking Halls, “primarily because it has provided incredible flexibility compared to our old rig of traditional lanterns, letting our users enjoy a whole new range of lighting possibilities. That it uses less energy than our previous rig is a welcome bonus!”

“White Light was invaluable during the process of deciding on the new rig,” adds Knight, “since their extensive equipment stock and their huge experience with all kinds of fixtures meant that they were able to offer advice and let us try things for ourselves hands-on, which is always the best way to pick new products. They were a delight to work with.”

Find out more about Dorking Halls: http://www.dorkinghalls.co.uk

Find out more about White Light: http://www.whitelight.ltd.uk/

For more information about Prism Projection, Inc. and its RevEAL series products, please go to: www.prismprojection.com.

Sky News Expands Vizrt’s Role in Creation of Live, Data-Driven Graphics for Daily Business News Updates

To ensure that viewers have the most current business news, Sky News has expanded its use of Vizrt’s Viz Content Pilot to create real-time, data-driven graphics for its “Business Bulletins,” presented at regular intervals throughout the 24-hour news day.

While Sky News has been using Viz Content Pilot template-based graphics and video management system and the Viz Artist design workstation to create full-frame graphics and 3D animations for some time, in May 2012 the network began using Content Pilot and Artist to embellish its Business Bulletins with full-screen graphics, side panels (for HD viewers), lower third supers and scrolling tickers that contain financial data updated in real-time.

“The design focus at Sky News is to provide our viewers with a wealth of timely information in an attractive, structured and understandable format,” said Brent Jones, head of 3D/VFX for Sky News in Isleworth, Middlesex, UK. Considered one of the world’s premiere breaking news networks, Sky News delivers international news to roughly 103 million homes in 115 countries worldwide.

Viz Content Pilot automatically requests specific data sets and then puts that data into designated fields within the templates. The templates can even update while they’re live on air. “Content Pilot is a straight-forward addition to our broadcast infrastructure,” Jones continued. “Its flexibility allows us to create a fully bespoke template system based on the requirements of our business team. The team can now respond to breaking news and illustrate financial stories as they happen—confident we’re always showing viewers the most up-to-date information.”

At Sky News, Viz Content Pilot is part of an integrated graphics workflow that was first installed in 2006 including: Viz Artist, VizWeather for live weather presentations, and Viz World to create interactive, 3D animated maps for broadcast and static 2D maps for its online and iPad news services. Viz Content Pilot was chosen because of its ability to integrate with the other Vizrt systems, including the Viz Engine realtime HD/SD rendering engines, and the ability to provide a fully customized producer interface.

“Increased investment in Viz Content Pilot and newsroom integration has enabled us to provide our entire business news team with user-friendly interfaces,” said Jones. “From the comfort of their own desks, our producers and journalists can quickly and easily create, modify, and then save their graphics directly into the rundown.

“The ability for several producers to access the templates simultaneously and the removal of the commissioning process has greatly improved the efficiency and delivery of our live graphics as well as our updates.” An in-house design team at Sky News creates all the graphics designs, develops control interfaces, and integrates the graphics systems.

“We’re delighted that this prestigious international news network has placed its confidence in our live, template-based graphics workflow,” said Petter Ole Jakobsen, chief technical officer for Vizrt. “Viz Content Pilot saves broadcasters the time and expense of continually redesigning live graphics for air. Sky News takes great pride in its on-air branding and regularly refreshes its graphics workflow to offer the most appealing and current on-air presentations possible. We look forward to furthering our relationship with Sky News and supporting their efforts.”

About Vizrt:

Vizrt offers a new vision for content creation and delivery with an end-to-end solution from ingest to visualization. Our solution combines Vizrt’s true 2D/3D graphics tools with Curious Software’s World Maps and Ardendo’s Asset Management. Running on non-proprietary software, the combination of these unique cutting edge products ensures a seamless workflow from conception to multi-format distribution.

Vizrt’s product suite is used by the world’s leading broadcasters including: CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, Sky, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, TV Today, CCTV and NHK. Also, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions, including both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, utilize Vizrt solutions.

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

Martin Burkhalter / CEO / +41 22 365 75 01 / MBurkhalter@vizrt.com

Ofra Brown / CFO / +47 5351 8040 / OBrown@vizrt.com

Håvard Myklebust / Executive VP Products and Marketing / +4791845602
HMyklebust@vizrt.com

Leading Designers and System Integrators Embrace Bose® Professional Audio Systems

Framingham, Massachusetts, July 18, 2012 – Products from the Bose® Professional Systems Division are becoming the systems of choice for leading designers, system integrators and contractors. From houses of worship and educational facilities to theaters and other fixed-installation projects, these audio professionals have been responding overwhelmingly positively, and specifying and installing systems using Bose’s RoomMatch™ array module loudspeakers and PowerMatch™ configurable power amplifiers, and employing Bose’s proprietary Modeler® sound system design software to aid in the design process.

RoomMatch loudspeakers deliver concert-quality sound for fixed installations in almost any room size, shape, acoustic requirement or budget. Using proprietary technologies, RoomMatch modules form a new class of progressive directivity arrays that allow designers to tailor the sound coverage of arrays to that of the audience area, while delivering seamless audio quality, with consistent front-to-back and side-to-side tonal ßbalance. The PowerMatch PM8500 is a configurable professional power amplifier delivering concert sound quality for fixed-installation sound reinforcement systems. Both of these product groups were developed with close input from top minds in the industry, as well as customers in the field. So far, the industry response has been very positive.

Integrator Ron Simonson, President and CEO of Olympia, Washington-based CCI Solutions, stated, “The innovative part of RoomMatch is this ability to select different boxes that have horizontal coverage angles and vertical coverage angles that can be designed in combination with one another to produce a custom solution for each room that we’re designing. And so far, every project that we’ve done, we’ve matched RoomMatch speakers with PowerMatch amplifiers.”

Progressive Electronics Inc., a design and integration firm based in Raytown, Missouri, recently upgraded the sound reinforcement system at World Revival Church in Kansas City with a state-of-the-art RoomMatch array. Systems Design and Sales principal Steven Brown noted, “Bose is able to ‘paint’ the space, keeping all the direct energy on the floor and on the seats but off the walls so that it doesn’t take away from the clarity and intelligibility. I think a RoomMatch system is able to provide sound that’s natural and true to the source. The isolation that the loudspeakers provide onstage allows you to take care of the musicians and presenters in a unique way so that they can have the tools they need to present well.”

After listening to a demo, Nashville, Tennessee-based Steven Durr, Principal at Steven Durr Designs, added, “The RoomMatch speakers were so beautiful in the vocal range, and the intelligibility was gorgeous from the front of the room to the back. And the PowerMatch amplifier is really spectacular, and it’s really going to change the way that people do things.”

Ken Dickensheets, CTO/Principal Consultant, Dickensheets Design Associates, Austin, Texas, reflects on a recent installation at the 1,800-seat Interstake auditorium at the Oakland California LDS (Mormon) Temple: “The room is acoustically difficult. The overriding consideration was speech intelligibility with the added need for excellent musical quality. When we looked at other speaker systems we could address some of the issues but not all of them; this one addressed all of the issues. And the estimates for this system came in below comparable systems, so we had a lower cost and higher performance.”

Morten Jorgensen, Sr. Manager of the Americas Professional Systems Division, states, “We are very excited about the progress we have made over the past five years. We believe we are bringing legitimate products to fruition for the installed market that solve fundamental problems that the industry has struggled with for years. At the same time we are heavily focused on providing best-in-class sales, engineering, and after-installation support to our key partners. We trust this recipe will make us a reliable, go-to partner for consultants and integrators who strive for delivering unique, high-quality experiences to their customers.

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Waves Audio Joins the AVnu Alliance

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, July 16, 2012 — Waves Audio, the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies, has announced that it has become a new member of the AVnu Alliance, an industry forum dedicated to the advancement and certification of Audio/Video Bridging (AVB) devices. As part of this relationship, Waves will be a presence at AVnu events and will encourage industry adoption of AVnu’s standards campaigns. By associating with AVnu, Waves is joining such leaders as Avid™, Cisco™, Dolby®, Gibson®, GM™, Harman, Intel®, Meyer Sound®, Sennheiser, Texas Instruments, Yamaha and many more.

AVnu promotes the adoption of the IEEE 802.1 Audio/Video Bridging (AVB), and the related IEEE 1722 and IEEE 1733, standards over various networking link-layers. The organization works to create compliance test procedures and processes that ensure AVB interoperability of networked A/V devices, helping to provide the highest quality streaming A/V experience. The Alliance will promote awareness of the benefits of AVB technologies and is collaborating with other organizations and entities to make use of this work in their respective efforts to provide a better end-user A/V experience. The Alliance is focused on applications of these technologies in the Automotive, Professional and Consumer Electronics markets.

Specifically, Waves is planning to collaborate with AVnu in the following ways: by having a strong presence at industry trade shows; by participating in AVnu’s flagship “Plug Fest” events; by encouraging AVB adoption by crossing platform boundaries (when Waves SoundGrid technology runs AVB, it is immediately available to all SoundGrid users); and more.

“AVnu Alliance is pleased to announce Waves as a member,” said Lee Minich, marketing chair for the AVnu Alliance. “Waves’ hardware and software signal processing spans the studio, live sound and broadcast markets, all of which will benefit from the adoption of standards-based, truly interoperable networked audio solutions.”

“We at Waves strongly support AVnu’s goals to provide the practical means to identify equipment conformity and test interoperability, and to educate our customers as to the values and benefits of AVB-based networked systems,” stated Gilad Keren, Waves CEO and Co-Founder. “Waves is dedicated to non-proprietary and standardized interoperability between systems, allowing our customers the freedom to use their plugin products anywhere and everywhere.”

Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

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GC Pro Appointed Panasonic Professional Products Dealer

— Partnership with Panasonic System Communications Company of North America will enhance GC Pro’s installation services with expanded multi-media offerings, while providing Panasonic with penetration into additional market sectors —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, July 16, 2012 — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, is pleased to announce that it has been appointed as an authorized dealer for Panasonic professional products. The announcement was made by Rick Plushner, GC Pro Vice President, and reflects GC Pro’s ongoing expansion and dedication to providing turnkey solutions. As dealers, GC Pro locations will offer Panasonic professional projectors, cameras, recorders and display products.

Plushner stated, “As GC Pro has grown in scope, particularly with our Affiliate program, the installations projects have become more multimedia in nature, leading us to offer comprehensive turnkey solutions. By partnering with Panasonic, GC Pro is now offering a more complete approach to servicing our clients. We are not getting into the retail video business; rather, the application for these professional products is meant to enhance our installations business for many of our customers in the house-of-worship marketplace, recording and post-production communities, and general business-to-business applications. GC Pro has always offered high-end professional audio products, and now we’re excited to represent the most sought-after brand in the professional video business, rounding out our ability to provide complete cutting-edge installations.”

Bill Brennan, Senior Director, Category Sales, stated, “Panasonic is extremely excited about partnering with GC Pro, and supporting their go-to-market strategy. This relationship offers Panasonic the opportunity to expand our presence in markets that reach beyond our conventional customer base, and to approach clients from a unique perspective. I am extremely impressed with the passion and creativeness of the Senior Management Team and look forward to working and growing business together with GC Pro.”

Stephen Milley, National Sales Manager, Panasonic Professional Video Sales Channel, stated, “As part of Panasonic’s B2B initiative – the Panasonic System Communications Company North America – we are always looking for strategic partners that can integrate all of our various technologies seamlessly and have a client base to whom they can promote this portfolio on a national level. As a key partner, GC Pro is not only closely familiar with these technologies, but they are also able to penetrate market sectors that we are not strongly addressing at this point. This is a win-win situation, as GC Pro can now offer its clientele Panasonic professional broadcast cameras, video displays, projection etc., and Panasonic will grow its presence in new burgeoning markets, like house-of-worship, post-production and the musical entertainment industry, which GC Pro emphasizes as part of their core competency. Many of GC Pro’s customers have expanded their own areas of focus outside of simply audio, and we are proud to be able to partner with GC Pro to offer products to that end.”

Milley added, “Another thing that made GC Pro attractive to us as a strategic partner is that their parent company Guitar Center has a reputable, strong name that has clout in the industry, is financially sound and is a national company. This provides the foundation for GC Pro to grow, and the fact that they have 43 offices nationwide means further support of the Panasonic brand across the nation.”

For more information, please visit www.gcpro.com.

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