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Growth Spurs Management Changes at Cobalt Digital

Visit Cobalt at IBC Stand 10.B27

CHRIS SHAW PROMOTED TO EXECUTIVE VP OF SALES & MARKETING WORLDWIDE

BOB MCALPINE ASSUMES SENIOR VP OF US SALES POSITION

Urbana, IL – Gene Zimmerman, president and founder of Cobalt Digital – (www.CobaltDigital.com) today announced promotions of two senior level staff members. Chris Shaw has been promoted to executive vice president of sales and marketing, and Bob McAlpine moves to senior vice president of US sales. Cobalt, a leading manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, maintains headquarters in Urbana, IL and offers sales and support throughout the US, Europe and Asia.

“Both Chris and Bob bring extraordinary industry knowledge and experience to Cobalt, and have made major contributions to the Company’s unprecedented growth,” says Zimmerman. “Now, with our expansion into international markets, Chris will devote his talents to building our sales force, dealer channel and marketing efforts on a global level, and we’re fortunate to have Bob and his immense skill available to assume a higher level of domestic responsibility.”

Shaw joined Cobalt in December 2006 as director of sales and marketing after serving in senior management sales positions with numerous advanced technology companies. He soon earned the vp title, and was promoted to senior vp sales and marketing in 2011. In his new position, Shaw will direct all aspects of Cobalt’s international sales and marketing efforts, including dealer channel management, overseeing global trade shows, and world-wide advertising.

McAlpine, a well-respected industry veteran with over 35 years of sales management experience, joined Cobalt in 2011. He will continue to work closely with senior management and the sales staff to ensure that customer needs are addressed and supported.

Added Zimmerman, “As our company moves forward, both technically and geographically, we will continue to add products and staff to accommodate our world-wide customer base. At IBC in September we will demonstrate our commitment to the European market and reveal our latest launches that include quantum leaps in IP-based loudness processing, advanced MADI cards, and our new Blue Box Group conversion modules.”

Please visit Cobalt at IBC in Stand 10.B27. Click on harriet@desertmooncomm.com to schedule an appointment.

ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

AES Educational Foundation Announces 2012 Awards

NEW YORK: Don Puluse, President of the AES Educational Foundation, and its Board of Directors, have announced the recipients of the 2012 AES Educational Grants for Graduate Studies in the field of Audio Engineering. “This year our Emil Torick Scholar is Matthias Leimeister, who will pursue an MSi in Medientechnnologie in Audio Signal Processing from the Technische Universitat Ilmenau,” Mr. Puluse said. “Mr. Leimeister holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Heidelberg. The Emil Torick Award honors an outstanding student with exceptional career goals.”

The John Eargle Award given annually to a student who excels in both technology and music was presented to Ross Penniman, candidate for an MS in Music Engineering, University of Miami. Mr. Penniman holds a BM and a BS from University of Michigan.

Other AES Educational Foundation Awards Include:

Areti Andreopoulos is studying for her PhD at the Steinhart School of NYU. She has a degree from the University of Athens, Greece, and an MM in Music Technology from Steinhart.

Christos Manolas, receives a renewal grant for his PhD studies at the University of York. Manolas has a degree from the New Music School, Thessaloniki, Greece, and two masters’ degrees from University of York.

Magdalena Plewa is pursuing a PhD at Gdansk University of Technology in Audio Engineering and Telecommunication. She has a MSc. from AGH University of Science & Technology in Krakow, Poland. She is current president of the AES International Student Delegate Assembly.

Jamie Tagg will begin his studies towards a PhD in Sound Recording from McGill University. He has a BM from the University of Miami in Music Engineering Technology, and a MM in Sound Recording Technology from U. Mass Lowell.

Mauricio J. Gargel receives a renewal grant to continue his studies towards an MFA in Recording Arts at MTSU. He has a degree in Social Communication from Univerdidade Metodista de São Paulo, Brazil and studied audio at the Institute of Audio and Video.

Scott Levine continues his studies at McGill University for an MM in Sound Recording. He receives a renewal grant. His previous degree is in Music Technology from the University of California at San Diego.

Hannah Robertson holds a BA in Physics from Middlebury College. She continues with a renewal grant at McGill University for an MS in Music Technology.

The Board of Directors has also announced the addition of two new members, Bob Moses and Jim Anderson. Mr. Moses, a product designer, technologist, and pro audio industry advocate, is Executive Director of the AES. Mr. Anderson, a Grammy Award- winning producer and engineer, is a former President and Governor of AES and a professor at NYU.

The AES Educational Foundation was established in 1984 to encourage talented students to enter the profession of audio engineering. Grants for graduate studies with emphasis on audio topics are awarded annually. Recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated talent, achievements, goals and recommendations. Since its inception, the AESEF has presented 170 grants at 60 universities worldwide, totaling over seven hundred thousand dollars. Grants have been made possible by contributions from AES, Inc., the estate of John K. Hilliard, JBL Inc., the Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio, and the families of John Eargle, David Smith, and Emil Torick. The AES also receives support from other benefactors such as in memoriam donors, and individuals and companies, which support education in audio.

Application forms and additional information are available from the Audio Engineering Society, 60 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10165, USA, or on its web site: www.aes.org/education/foundation/.

Photo: Don Puluse, president of the AES Educational Foundation

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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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Masque Sound Wraps Up Another Season at The Muny

America’s Oldest and Largest Outdoor Musical Theater Conclude 94th Season

ST. LOUIS, MO, AUGUST 16, 2012—When The Muny kicked off its 2012 musical theater season, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, was backstage, providing audio equipment and services for the St. Louis institution.

Recently concluding its 94th season, The Muny is America’s largest and oldest outdoor musical theater, having been a St. Louis tradition since 1919. Masque Sound has been providing AV equipment and services to The Muny for seven years and has enjoyed a long relationship with the organization.

“The Muny is one of the most challenging and unique projects we work on all year,” says Gary Stocker, director of development, Masque Sound. “With a rapid integration schedule, we do not have room for any delays or setbacks. Masque Sound’s ability to provide audio equipment, services and solutions under such a tight timeline is a testament to our expertise.”

In addition, because the speakers, consoles, cables and all usable elements are exposed to St. Louis’ unpredictable and often stormy summer weather, it is essential that Masque Sound helps the Muny staff protect the gear. These conditions, combined with The Muny’s outdoor exposure to the inclement summer weather, make equipment selection and preparation extremely important.

“We can always rely on Masque Sound to provide us with audio solutions that will continue to enhance the audience experience at The Muny,” says David Shapiro, Muny’s resident sound designer. “When Masque recommended we incorporate a HARMAN Studer digital console into our equipment, it was a game changer. Time is at a premium and the Studer console not only allows sound checks to move a lot quicker, it also proves to be extremely durable. ”

The Muny produces all of its musicals in the summer season and operates every year from mid-June to mid-August. During the winter, a full-time staff of less than 20 people prepare for the approaching summer season. During the season itself, the summer staff expands to include more than 700 people in various positions. The outdoor amphitheater seats 11,000 people, with approximately 1,500 free seats in the last nine rows available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“When audio systems are used outdoors, it’s not a matter of if there will be a problem but when,” says Jason Krueger, Muny sound designer. “With our unyielding performance schedule, we cannot afford to be without equipment for an extended period of time. Masque Sound’s ability to repair or replace the equipment within a 24-hour time period is a huge benefit to us. It’s a first-class operation all the way, with resources and staff expertise that is second to none.”

Thoroughly Modern Millie was the first of seven shows this summer at The Muny. Chicago, Aladdin, Dreamgirls, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Pirates! (or, Gilbert & Sullivan Plunder’d) and The King and I rounded out the rest of the summer’s scheduled plays.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies” and “Once” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

Audio-Video Corporation Outfits Atrium at Mount Saint Mary College With HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers

NORTHRIDGE, California – To accommodate a broad variety of events in the newly renovated atrium at Mount Saint Mary College, located in Newburgh, New York, Audio-Video Corporation of Albany installed a new sound system featuring HARMAN’s JBL CBT Series column loudspeakers and JBL Control® Contractor ceiling speakers.

The atrium, which caters to various events at the college including dinner functions, presentations, movies and more, needed an integrated audio/video system to eliminate the hassle of running wires and setting up speakers every time a function was to be hosted.

To do so, Marc Happes, Application Engineer at Audio-Video Corporation, installed five JBL CBT 50LA-1 column speakers along the front wall of the building, with four Control 24CT ceiling speakers under the overhang of the balcony for reinforcement. On the second floor, which is used as an overflow area for additional seating, four Control 24CT Micro ceiling speakers were installed as well.

The narrow and vertical coverage angle of the CBT’s proved to be perfect, while the thin compact design allowed them to blend into the wall without a distraction. “We avoided any architectural problems and were able to direct the speakers to project even coverage throughout the entire room,” Happes stated. “Trying to fill the large space with even coverage for the type of applications they are running without feedback was a challenge, but the CBT’s were the perfect solution.”

Happes and his team selected the Control 24CT and Control 24CT Micro ceiling speakers, as they have become a standard for Audio-Video Corporation. “Their coverage pattern and frequency response is the best out there for this application. The Micros, with their short back cans, were a blessing as there was not much space above the ceiling to mount the speakers on the second floor,” Happes explained.

Audio-Video Corporation has been a HARMAN dealer for many years, and deploys HARMAN products whenever possible. “HARMAN has everything we need to build complete systems,” Happes continued. “The support has always been great and the products are bulletproof out of the box. It’s great to have a company we can rely on.”

For more information on Audio-Video Corporation, please visit: http://www.audiovideocorp.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

CTS Audio and HARMAN’s Crown Amplifiers Provide Powerful Sonic Presence for the 2012 CHIC Youth Conference

ELKHART, Indiana — CTS Audio recently deployed more than 50 of HARMAN’s Crown I-Tech HD Series and XTi Series amplifiers to power a JBL VERTEC® line array system for the for Covenant High in Christ (CHIC) youth conference earlier this summer at the University of Tennessee’s 25,000-seat Thompson-Boling Arena. The 5-day event featured numerous inspirational speakers and musical performers.

“We were given the opportunity to upgrade some of our inventory this past winter, and that included the purchase of more than 150 Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers,” noted Mike Taylor, Vice President at CTS Audio. “A few years ago when we purchased the original Crown I-Techs, we noticed a huge improvement in the way we could power our VERTEC enclosures. With the leap to the new amplifiers that level of improvement has happened all over again.”

The system used at CHIC included 36 Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers and 16 XTi Series XTi 4001 amplifiers, connected to the front of house and monitor mix positions using an all-digital signal path. The JBL VERTEC loudspeaker system consisted of 32 VT4888 midsize, 24 VT4887 compact and 12 VT4886 subcompact line array elements along with 16 VT4880 fullsize arrayable subwoofers and 16 VT4881ADP compact subs.

“The performance improvement provided by the IT-12000HD amps really contributed to the exceptional sound we were able to achieve in the Thompson-Boling Arena,” stated Taylor. “Aside from the amplifier’s sheer power capability and ‘grunt’ factor, the inclusion of the VERTEC V5 DSP preset tunings made a big difference in enabling us to match and optimize the performance of the amps to the VERTEC speakers. The frequency response and smoothness of the system is noticeably better, and we were able to achieve better pattern control from the line arrays and get more consistent sound coverage throughout the arena.”

Taylor also noted the solid reliability of the amplifiers. “We have experienced zero failures. Having equipment that simply works consistently is a piece of the tour sound puzzle that not many people talk about, but it’s not something to be taken for granted. We now have a system in place for our fall and winter tours that we can completely rely upon.”

“What the Crown I-Tech HD series amplifiers are capable of is astounding,” said Jon Schwarz, CTS Audio’s Lead System Designer. “This amplifier just does naturally what I have been trying to emulate in the field for the past few years. It really is a game-changer.”

For more information about CTS Audio, please visit www.ctsaudio.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

RelampIt Provides Support to Local Professional Associations

As part of its sustainability policy, RelampIt has a mission to continually promote social responsibility. Recently, RelampIt has joined two local professional organizations which are in line with this mission by supporting local business, economy and environment.

The first organization RelampIt has joined is the Seatuck Business Council. Seatuck promotes environmental conservation on Long Island through “education, research and advocacy.” The Seatuck Business Council collaborates with local businesses which have sustainable practices or products to help educate other local businesses about sustainability options and support the growth of those companies with sustainable practices.

RelampIt has also joined the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce. One of the larger Chambers of Commerce on Long Island, the Huntington Township COC offers a number of member based committees which all work toward a common goal; to support and grow the local businesses and economy. Specifically, RelampIt has joined the Education Committee and the Environmental Committee, which both fit well with RelampIt’s mission and priorities

RelampIt provides relamping services for the projection display industry. RelampIt has developed a process that allows projection lamps to be reclaimed and manufactured at a reduced cost without compromising lifetime or performance. RelampIt also offers a no charge projector lamp recycling service. The RelampIt Projector Lamp Recycling Center, focuses on reducing waste and environmental contamination from the lamps found in front and rear projectors. For more information about relamping and recycling or to become a RelampIt dealer, call 1(631)244-0051, email gms@relampit.com or visit our website at www.relampit.com.

WEST PALM BEACH CHURCH RE-ENERGIZED WITH ASHLY NE AMPS AND PROCESSORS

holynamejesus_church.JPGWEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA – AUGUST 2012: Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in West Palm Beach, Florida has seen tremendous growth in its fifty-eight year history. In the military surplus warehouse that served as its first sanctuary, early sermons competed with wildlife, rain, and muffled announcements from the dog track across the street. HNJCC grew into – and out of – a more

DANLEY SPEAKERS SET THE TONE IN A FABULOUS LOUISVILLE BACKYARD

louisville_backyard_speakers.JPGLOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – AUGUST 2012: Odds are that your backyard is unlike Glenn Hogan’s backyard. Hogan is the founder, president, and CEO of Hogan Real Estate, and his grand Louisville, Kentucky home reflects the success of his business. A decade ago, Hogan hired the forward-thinking A/V integrators of Phantom Theater and Sound (West Chester, Ohio) to thread an awe-inspiring sound system throughout his more

BUOYED BY SYMETRIX JUPITER AND ARC-WEB TECHNOLOGY DEGANGE SOUND SOLUTIONS FINDS ITS NICHE IN THE INSTALLATION MARKET

john_degange.JPGBELMONT, NEW HAMPSHIRE – AUGUST 2012: Last fall, Daddy’s Junky Music Store, a New England retailer of thirty-nine years, closed all twelve of its locations. One employee, John DeGange, who had risen to the position of installed sound manager, walked away and started all over again. With a client list, established industry contacts, and a working more

Shotoku Broadcast Systems Appoints David Shepherd As EMEA Sales Manager, Manual Products

IBC Stand 11.F40

Staines, UK – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a leading international manufacturer of advanced manual and robotic camera support products, today announced that David Shepherd has joined the company in the newly created position of EMEA Sales Manager, Manual Products. James Eddershaw, Sales Director, revealed Shepherd’s appointment from the company’s European headquarters located in Staines, England.

“We’re delighted to add David to our sales team to support a significant increase in the manual side of our business,” said Eddershaw. “His strong communication skills combined with his business development capabilities and technical proficiency will serve as a tremendous benefit to our customers as we respond to their requests with a new range of broadcast and professional products.”

Shepherd is responsible for supporting current customers and developing new markets for Shotoku’s range of high quality and innovative manual camera support systems, including pan and tilt heads, pedestals, tripods and virtual reality systems. He will work closely with management and R&D to promote Shotoku’s entire manual camera support range, and in particular the recently expanded SP range of cost-effective tripod systems for the professional market.

Prior to joining Shotoku, Shepherd served in a management capacity for other high technology companies including RET UK Ltd., and Spire Technology, where he quickly rose from junior to senior sales positions, and Orion Distribution, Ltd. where he was ultimately responsible for 40% of the company’s turnover.

Shepherd is based in the, UK and can be reached at DShepherd@Shotoku.co.uk or +44 (0)1784 224650

Shotoku’s entire range of manual and robotic camera support products will be demonstrated at IBC in Hall 11 Stand 11.F40. Click on harriet@desertmooncomm.com to schedule an appointment.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www. Shotoku.co.uk

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Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0)1784 224 650 • info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications, Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

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