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ALTINEX ANNOUNCES TNP151 / TNP151C TABLETOP INTERCONNECT BOXES

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Brea, CA – September 2012… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the availability of the TNP151 and TNP151C (custom) Interconnect Boxes to the ever-expanding line of Tilt ‘N Plug interconnect offerings. Available in both standard and custom configurations, the TNP151 and TNP151C interconnect boxes offer convenient, one touch access to network and AC power connections—making the tabletop connection point attractive for any boardroom or conference room table. more

Allstage Pro Adds Yamaha Networking System to Extron’s THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon

BUENA PARK, CA–THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon is Anaheim’s premier dining and country music venue. A restaurant and upscale saloon with separate entrances, it comprises 20,000 square feet of restaurant, wine cellar, live country music, and dancing.

THE RANCH is the longtime dream and vision of Andrew Edwards, president and owner of Extron Electronics, a leading manufacturer of professional AV system integration products for over 29 years. A passion for food, wine, country music and dancing prompted Edwards to create THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon. In developing a live music venue like THE RANCH Saloon, all sound quality and design was handpicked by Edwards. Allstage Pro (Santa Ana) owner, Ian Ingram worked closely with Edwards and Extron Electronic’s Application Engineer Consultant, John Fish, in selecting an elaborate EtherSound networking system in the saloon.

The system includes two Yamaha M7CL digital audio consoles, using the M7CL control surface at front of house connected to a Yamaha NAI network interface, AD8HR mic pre amp, and EtherSound cards, all running off a Yamaha DME64 digital mixing engine.

“Andrew wanted us to design and install a system that would be both analog and digital, user friendly, acceptable for most riders, and one that he could be proud of,” said Ingram. “The idea of using the M7CL control surface to NAI and AD8HR gives us the best of both worlds.”

Allstage Pro also designed and integrated a comprehensive lighting system to provide a wide variety of lighting scenes and visual effects for featured concert acts. A total of 83 lighting fixtures, the majority of which are LED based, were installed in conjunction with the elaborate electrical infrastructure.

Ingram said using Yamaha’s EtherSound networking system was essential in creating a great system with an amazing light show that would make everyone say “Wow!”

For more information on THE RANCH, please visit www.theranch.com.

For more information on Allstage Pro, visit www.allstagepro.com.

For more information on Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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Photo ID: L to R: House engineer Mark Bjork and Allstage Pro’s Ian Ingram

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

Christie 4K Solutions For Business on Display at IBC Europe

Christie Twist 4K is Available on the Christie D4K25 Projector

Meeting the growing demand for 4K projection outside of cinema applications, Christie® announced the official launch of Christie Twist™ 4K at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) 2012 today. Designed for Christie 4K, 3-chip DLP® projectors used in business applications, Christie Twist 4K enables the warping, blending and color matching of multi-projector displays in large-screen, fixed installation applications including amusement parks, automotive designs, museums and planetariums that require exceptionally large images in a multi-channel (tiled) format.

Christie Twist 4K creates uniform, tiled images with superior color consistency across the entire display when using several projectors and is on display at the Christie booth with the new Christie D4K25, 25,000 lumen projector.

“Whether it’s a flat or curved surface, with Christie Twist 4K, ProAV professionals can now blend and color match images from multiple 4K projectors – easily creating large, ultra-high resolution canvasses that will amaze audiences like never before,” said George Tsintzouras, senior director, product management for Business Products, Christie.

Christie Twist 4K is equipped with Quad DVI input, allowing for the use of standard DVI sources. “With Christie Twist 4K, Christie expands its 4K solution offering and gives end users the ability to create large, high-pixel density panoramas that show their content with the finest detail, without distortion,” Tsintzouras concluded.

Christie Twist 4K comes with a two-year parts and labor warranty backed by Christie’s renowned sales and service support. It is displayed at the Christie booth September 7-11 and ships in October.

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Audinate and DHD Audio Team-up at IBC

Amsterdam- 6 September, 2012- Audinate, the inventor of the award winning digital media technology Dante™, and DHD Audio, a premier manufacturer of digital audio studio technology for professional radio and TV broadcasting studios, announced today the introduction of DHD’s new 52/XC Dante™ IP Audio Interface with integrated Dante networking technology.

Founded in Germany in 1996, DHD develops and manufactures digital audio studio technology for professional applications in radio and TV broadcasting studios. Their products are highly modular mixing consoles and routers used throughout the broadcast industry.

DHD’s new 52/XC Dante™ IP Audio Interface distributes audio signals from a DHD console to any other Dante-enabled DHD device, third-party device, PC or Mac. This will allow monitoring, talkback and connection of remote facilities to the studio via the network, making broadcast installations much more flexible. With a Dante-enabled DHD routing matrix, one can create talkback systems as well as complex On-Air switching systems.

Joerg M. Deubner CEO of DHD says, “We are really satisfied with the Audinate solution. The Dante networking technology provides what we were looking for: a high-performance, reliable and field-tested Audio-over-IP system.”

Audinate is leading the way networks are connected by transporting high-quality media over standard IT networks. Its Dante products deliver a no-hassle, self-configuring, true plug-and-play digital audio network that uses standard Internet Protocols. Dante offers a market leading solution today, while taking the risk out of future developments by providing a migration path to upgrade to new standards such as IEEE Audio Video Bridging (“AVB”).

Lee Ellison Audinate’s CEO says, “The broadcast market is rapidly adopting the Dante solution as the industry moves to audio over IP networking technology. Audinate offers a proven next generation networking solution built on standards. Audinate delivers a robust working solution while also providing a migration path to evolving standards like AVB.” Ellison adds “We are pleased that DHD can offer a powerful choice to the radio and TV broadcast industry, who prefer the flexibility and reliability of Dante as the network technology.”

About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes the way that AV systems are connected, by transporting high-quality media over standard IT networks. Using Audinate’s patented Dante networking solution, digital media networking just got easy. Audinate’s solution has been licensed by customers across the AV industry and can be found in installations and live sound applications globally. Audinate is a Promoter Member of the AVnu Alliance™. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company.

About DHD
Founded 1996 in Germany, DHD develops and manufactures digital audio studio technology for professional applications in radio and TV broadcasting studios. The main products are highly modular mixing consoles and routers. DHD’s in-house development and manufacturing process for hardware and software have always been the basis for their high-quality products.

Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd. Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

DHD 52/XC

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NTP Technologies launches Dante enabled Penta 720 and 721 at IBC

Amsterdam, NL,- 7 September 2012: NTP Technology has chosen IBC 2012 as the launch venue for its two additions to the Penta family of broadcast audio routing interfaces, with a direct focus on audio over IP powered by Audinate’s award winning digital media networking solution Dante™.

The Penta 720 is a 2U modular audio interface which provides embedded audio inputs/outputs and analog-to-digital/digital-to-analog conversion for new or existing NTP routing systems. Designed for use in television or radio studios, outside broadcast vehicles and public-event venues, it comes with eight channel AES3 input/output channels, MADI, two Dante IP Audio Ethernet in/outs and an Avid Pro Tools interface.

The Penta 721 is a compact 1U digital audio interface designed for standalone use in recording studios, radio stations and stage venues. It has the same basic input/output configuration as the 720 (eight channel AES3 input/output channels, MADI, two Dante IP Audio Ethernet in/outs and an Avid Pro Tools interface). The Penta 721 includes a mini module slot, which can house an optional 2xSFP MADI/HL I/O optical interface or multi mode MADI I/O optical interface.

Audinate is leading the way networks are connected by transporting high-quality media over standard IT networks. Its Dante products deliver a no-hassle, self-configuring, true plug-and-play digital audio network that uses standard Internet Protocols.

“NTP is bringing their years of experience of manufacturing high quality audio products.” remarks David Myers, COO of Audinate. “NTP has a large base of customers in both Broadcast and recording studio production who recognize the quality that their product brand deliver and we are pleased to see Dante gaining so much traction in the studio production industry.”

The Penta 720 and 721 will be exhibited at IBC on stand 8.B51 by NTP Technologies.

NTP Penta 720

About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes the way that AV systems are connected by transporting high-quality media, over standard IT networks. Using Audinate’s patented Dante networking solution, digital media networking just got easy. Audinate’s solution has been licensed by customers across the AV industry and can be found in installations and live sound applications globally. Audinate is a Promoter Member of the AVnu Alliance™. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company.

About NTP Technology
NTP Technology (www.ntp.dk) produces high-reliability audio routing and signal processing systems for major international broadcasters, audio mastering and editing studios. NTP products are integrated into television and radio stations as well as production centres, post-production facilities and outside broadcast vehicles. Based in Copenhagen, NTP is part of Dan Technologies Group, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of audio, video, transmission products and digital media solutions.

Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd. Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

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NTP Technology Launches its Third Audinate Dante Product at IBC

Amsterdam, NL- 10 September 2012: NTP Technology, a world leader in digital audio routing and signal processing, has chosen IBC 2012 for the world premiere of the DAD AX32 pristine audio converter which features ultra flexible interface configuration and audio over IP using Audinate’s Award winning Dante™ technology.

“The AX32 is a major development of the extremely successful AX24 which has become the industry benchmark for no-compromise audio recording, mastering, post-production and future-proof archiving,” states NTP Technology Sales Director Mikael Vest. “It offers the same pristine pre-amplification and analog to digital conversion as the AX24 plus powerful additional features. Up to 32 channels can be housed in a compact 2 rack-unit chassis to accommodate larger multi-microphone arrays without needing to transport a second processor. All 32 microphone feeds can be connected back to the control room on a single Cat 5 cable via IP Ethernet.”

Vest adds, “In response to customer demand, we have added audio over IP Ethernet capabilities which allow master recordings to be networked easily and cost-efficiently from one studio to another or across a large building complex. The Ethernet over IP audio interface handles up to 512 channels and uses the highly robust, Dante technology, which is enabled in our Penta 725 IP audio routing system.”

Audinate is leading the way networks are connected by transporting high-quality media over standard IT networks. Its Dante products deliver a no-hassle, self-configuring, true plug-and-play digital audio network that uses standard Internet Protocols.

The AX32 incorporates AES/EBU and MADI inputs and outputs plus a Gigabit Ethernet IP interface for use with Audinate’s Dante Virtual Soundcard for PC, Mac and other Dante enabled devices. It is fully compatible with Avid’s ProTools|HDX multitrack capture/editing/mixing system. A versatile interface structure allows the analog-to-digital, digital-to-analog and digital-to-digital converters to be assigned to any digital interface, as well as patching between the interfaces on a channel-to-channel basis.

“We have retained the same flexible control features that made the AX24 so popular and added a larger control screen, which interacts with four adjacent pushbuttons to allow adjustment of key converter parameters from the front panel.” Vest explains, “Full remote control can be accomplished using NTP Technology’s DADman software or via Ethernet. The AX32′s preamp parameters can be represented on the channel strip of third-party audio production consoles and workstations.”

“The AX32 represents a significant evolution from the AX24. The inclusion of the Dual-redundant Dante interface in a product with a heritage of this kind is exciting for Audinate,” commented Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinate,” This development gives the market a one I/O box solution for all but the largest studio tracking projects”

Compatible with all standard sampling rates up to 384 kilohertz, the AX32 allows production of future-proof master-quality Digital eXtreme Definition (DXD) and Direct Stream Digital (DSD) audio data formats as well as 44.1 to 192 kilohertz formats commonly used for audio editing and distribution.

Existing users of NTP DAD audio signal processors include Abbey Road Studios, Bauer Studios, Benny Andersson’s RMV Studio, Classic Sound, CMC Studios, Collegium Records, Danish Radio, DEX Mastering, DPA Microphones, Echopark Studios, Electronic Pencil Canada, Galaxy Studios, Hana Music Montreux, Helsinki Music Centre, Lindberg lyd, Magne Furuholmen, Master Touch, McGill University, Moscow Music Conservatory, NDR Hamburg, NHK, NRK, QVC shopping channel, Real Sound, Royal Danish Opera House, Royal Opera House London, Sidney Opera House, SK Works, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, SoundWorks/Jeff Sheridan, Spanish Radio, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Stock Fish Records, Swedish Radio, Telarc International, Timbre Music, Ultimo Productions and the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra.

About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes the way that AV systems are connected by transporting high-quality media, over standard IT networks. Using Audinate’s patented Dante networking solution, digital media networking just got easy. Audinate’s solution has been licensed by customers across the AV industry and can be found in installations and live sound applications globally. Audinate is a Promoter Member of the AVnu Alliance™. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company.

About NTP Technology

NTP Technology (www.ntp.dk) produces high-reliability audio routing and signal processing systems for major international broadcasters, audio mastering and editing studios. NTP products are integrated into television and radio stations as well as production centres, post-production facilities and outside broadcast vehicles. Based in Copenhagen, NTP is part of Dan Technologies Group, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of audio, video, transmission products and digital media solutions.

Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd. Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

NTP DAD AX32

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HARMAN’s AKG FLOORPAD Near-Field Antenna Increases Signal Quality For Close-Range Applications

LONDON, United Kingdom – Designed to mitigate interference at the antenna in order to protect wireless microphone operations, while reducing the potential for interference to nearby operations, HARMAN’s AKG FLOORPAD helps touring and equipment rental companies meet audio demands where a small to medium coverage area is required.

As an innovative and alternative approach to the typical antenna design normally applied to entertainment production wireless microphones and in-ear monitoring systems, where antennae are designed to be deployed at a distance from the speaker or performer at a higher elevation above head level for a clear line of sight, AKG’s FLOORPAD is placed on the floor, capable of being hidden under a stage, carpeting or podiums with a high-quality RF link to wireless audio devices.

FLOORPAD is connected to microphone receivers or in-ear monitor transmitters via low-loss coaxial cable and placed in the area of operation. FLOORPAD reduces interference sources lying outside of its range, providing tactical advantage against surrounding high-powered transmitters, other wireless devices or unknown devices surrounding the area.

“Deploying an antenna in the air for a wireless microphone system creates a greater exposure to potential interference from unwanted radio energy, whether from a crowded broadband or noise in general where the user has little to no control,” stated Wolfgang Fritz, product marketing manager, AKG. “AKG’s FLOORPAD offers significantly less interference and an unobtrusive performance for users and events with limited propagation. As the FLOORPAD sits relatively close or under the performer, it does not require the same sensitivity as a typical wireless antenna, therefore is less sensitive to potential interferers outside its coverage area.”

The FLOORPAD is a round, flat rubberized package approximately 20” in diameter by ¼” thick with a 10-foot RG316 coaxial tail terminated with a female BNC. The device has a hemispherical radiation pattern, circular polarization and deliberate reduction in sensitivity across its 470-740MHz-frequency range.

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, 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.w

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HARMAN’s Crown Audio Begins Shipping I-Tech 4x3500HD DriveCore™ Multichannel Power Amplifiers

LONDON, United Kingdom — HARMAN’s Crown Audio today began shipping its new flagship I-Tech HD 4x3500HD DriveCore™ Series 4-channel power amplifier. The 4-channel I-Tech 4x3500HD incorporates Crown’s sixth-generation Class I engine with DriveCore™ technology to deliver 3,500 watts per channel burst into two ohms, and offers a host of Crown’s most advanced features including a 4.3-inch TFT LCD with capacitive touchscreen, exclusive HARMAN HiQnet System Architect™ 2.0 control functionality and V5 DSP preset support for JBL Professional’s VTX Series V25 plus VERTEC® Series line array loudspeakers.

The Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD delivers 1,900 watts per channel into eight ohms, 2,400 watts per channel into four ohms and a massive 4,800 watts into eight ohms bridged with all channels driven at full bandwidth all from an amplifier that measures just 2U rack spaces high. This remarkable power to size ratio is made possible by Crown’s exclusive DriveCore amplifier IC chip. The DriveCore chip combines the amplifier driver stage into the power output stage (along with additional audio-signal functions), to dramatically reduce overall size and power-consumption requirements and yield energy-efficient operation that conforms to HARMAN International’s GreenEdge™ environmental initiative.

“The I-Tech 4x3500HD DriveCore Series sets a new benchmark in control, connectivity, DSP and system interfacing capabilities for professional high-power multichannel amplifiers,” said Brian Pickowitz, Business Segement Manager for Crown Audio. “We are confident customers will immediately recognize the distinct benefits of a true 4-channel solution that this amplifier offers for a wide range of live sound and fixed installation applications.”

The I-Tech 4x3500HD provides an ideal real-world solution with its four analog inputs, four AES3 digital inputs and four AES inputs over VDrive and the ability to select four CobraNet® inputs. The amplifier also includes SpeakON or banana plug speaker connectors, as well as a Neutrik® PowerCON AC input connector to prevent the power cord from coming loose in transit.

The Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD provides more DSP sound-tailoring capability than any other amplifier on the market. Its proprietary BSS OmniDriveHD processing engine employs 32bit/192kHz A/D and D/A converters for superb sonic clarity and the ability to precisely tailor the amplifier’s audio output. Crown’s exclusive linear phase FIR and IIR filters provide optimized loudspeaker crossover points with improved midrange clarity and off-axis loudspeaker response.

The amplifier is compatible with the HARMAN HiQnet System Architect and JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ sound reinforcement system design software. The inclusion of JBL VERTEC V5 DSP preset tunings for VERTEC Series loudspeakers interface with the I-Tech 4x3500HD’s FIR filters to improve the loudspeakers’ sound quality and horizontal coverage performance. For enhanced control and monitoring capabilities the amplifier is also compatible with the Powered By Crown iPad/iPhone application.

The I-Tech 4x3500HD incorporates a host of additional useful features including Crown’s innovative LevelMax™ limiter technology that combines the operation of the amplifier’s Peak, Thermal and RMS limiters for more effective protection; and a front-panel USB port that enables users to load preset amplifier settings or device files and update firmware.

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.

Sennheiser launches Digital 9000 wireless system at IBC

Last week at IBC in Amsterdam, audio specialist Sennheiser unveiled Digital 9000, a digital wireless system that can transmit completely uncompressed audio, artifact-free and with superb dynamics. Targeting broadcasting professionals, (musical) theatres and high-profile live audio events, Digital 9000 sets a new benchmark in digital wireless transmission. The system, which includes the EM 9046 receiver, SKM 9000 handheld and SK 9000 bodypack transmitters, and a comprehensive suite of accessories, has been meticulously designed for the highest channel counts in today’s increasingly dense frequency environment.

“This system is a masterpiece, both in the digital and in the wireless realm,” said Kevin Jungk, portfolio manager for wireless microphones at Sennheiser. “It offers unprecedented sound quality and ease of use. For example, users will no longer have to calculate and circumvent intermodulation frequencies but can conveniently place their transmission frequencies in an equidistant grid.”

Ideal for the most diverse environments
The groundbreaking digital wireless system is fitted with two transmission modes to suit any need and environment. The High Definition (HD) mode will transmit entirely uncompressed, artifact-free audio, rivaling a high-quality cabled microphone. The Long Range (LR) mode has been designed for difficult transmission environments with many sources of interference. It ensures maximum range with a proprietary Sennheiser digital audio codec. “This refined codec ensures an audio quality that is superior to that of an FM system,” explained Kevin Jungk. “These two modes make Digital 9000 the most versatile digital wireless system available, and the best adapted to on-site requirements.”

Built-in ease of use
In addition to IR synchronization between receivers and transmitters and a convenient antenna loop-through for creating larger receiving systems, Digital 9000 offers a number of groundbreaking features. First and foremost, the system does not generate any intermodulation products – the high linearity of the entire system, from transmitters to antennas and receivers, and a special transmitter design make laborious intermodulation calculation a thing of the past. Transmission frequencies can now be evenly spaced without generating intermodulation, maximizing channel count in congested RF environments.

The receiver also automatically measures the RF cable loss between the receiver and the booster and adjusts the gain accordingly. “This makes the RF wireless system easier to operate for users with less RF knowledge” said Kevin Jungk.

Optimum control – more information on the receiver
A large display with clearly laid out controls is at the heart of the EM 9046 receiver. Three display modes ensure that the RF or sound engineer has an optimum overview of important parameters in live situations and can change settings quickly via an intuitive, icon-based menu. One or more channels can be monitored at a time via the headphone output.

The modular EM 9046 receiver is a mainframe that accommodates up to eight receivers internally. The receiver system covers the UHF range from 470 to 798 MHz (328 MHz band­width). To easily integrate the system into an existing infrastructure, the user can choose between transformer-balanced analog or digital AES3 audio output modules, or a mix of both.

System set-up is facilitated by a built-in graphical spectrum analyzer to scan the RF landscape, and an RF level recorder for checking reception and optimizing antenna positions. The receiver will also suggest the best transmission mode for the environment being worked in, and will automatically set an appropriate gain to counteract RF cable losses. The system’s antenna boosters can be controlled via the receiver, which is helpful for installations with remote antenna positions.

Digital 9000 also offers encrypted data transmission, with proprietary keys generated randomly. With encryption engaged, transmission of sensitive information can be protected against hijacking and tapping.

The receiver stores up to ten complete system configurations so that set-ups can easily be recalled and repeated.

Powerful sound – more information on the handheld
The SKM 9000 handheld transmitter is compatible with all evolution wireless G3 and 2000 Series microphone heads, including the Neumann capsules KK 204 and KK 205. This means that an artist’s favorite sound can easily be transferred to the new system. Besides these capsules, the handheld can be fitted with four dedicated 9000 Series capsules.

“The 9000 Series would not have been complete without the sound of our most successful live capsule, and I am happy that the cardioid dynamic MD 9235 is part of our new digital system,” said Kevin Jungk. The rock ’n’ roll sound of the MD 9235 is complemented by the transparency of three permanently polarised condenser mic heads, the ME 9002 (omni), ME 9004 (cardioid) and ME 9005 (super-cardioid). The condenser heads feature a low susceptibility to pops and have extremely low handling noise due to snowflake-shaped rubber suspensions above and below the actual capsules.

The rugged SKM 9000 comes with an 88 MHz switching bandwidth, and is available in black and nickel. Command switch versions for easy communication between broadcast units or artists and their crews are also available. As the handheld transmits digitally, it does not employ a compander and is exempt from the associated noise, ensuring a cable-like purity of sound.

Versatile and lightweight – more information on the bodypack
The SK 9000 bodypack transmitter is easy to hide and easy to attach; it comes in a magnesium housing that combines maximum robustness with low weight. The transmitter can be used with any clip-on or headset mic with a 3-pin Lemo connector and has a line input for guitars or other instruments. “As the system is able to deliver cable-like audio, we have added a three-step guitar cable emulation – to round off the perfect instrument sound,” explained Kevin Jungk.

The SK 9000 is available in four different frequency ranges (88 MHz switching bandwidth); a command switch for communication between crews and artists/reporters is available as an accessory.

Selective and reliable – more information on boosters and antennas
To protect Digital 9000 against unwanted frequencies and interference, the AB 9000 antenna booster has been fitted with eight highly selective filters to allow just a specific frequency window to pass. Unwanted signals are thus blocked out before the first active component, adding to the overall excellent reliability of the system. The filter can be set manually on the booster or remotely via the antenna cable on the receiver.

The AB 9000 provides a maximum gain of 17 dB and is available as a stand-alone booster or integrated into the A 9000 omni-directional antenna and the AD 9000 directional antenna. Two booster versions (470 to 638 MHz and 630 to 798 MHz) cover the receiver’s UHF range.

Power supply – more information on batteries and chargers
The transmitters of the 9000 Series operate on environmentally friendly lithium-ion rechargeable battery packs, with a precise remaining operating time indicated on both the transmitter and the receiver. The SKM 9000 is powered via the BA 60 rechargeable battery pack, which will provide 5.5 hours of operating time. The SK 9000 bodypack is powered by the BA 61, which lasts for 6.5 hours. Operation on standard batteries is possible too.

The L 60 charger will recharge two BA 60 or BA 61 in any combination. It reaches 70% of charge in an hour and full charge after three hours, with the charging status being indicated by three-colour LEDs. Up to four chargers can be daisy-chained and powered via a single power supply unit.

Spectrum-efficient wireless
“Summing up, Digital 9000 is a meticulously designed wireless tool,” said Kevin Jungk. “Spectrum is a scarce resource, therefore every part of the system has been designed for the highest frequency efficiency. We have put much effort into allocating the largest possible data rate to the actual sound transmission, ensuring the unmatched audio performance of Digital 9000. Because audio is what it’s all about.”

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Newly Refurbished HARMAN Soundcraft Studer Truck Offers First-Class Customer Experience

NORTHRIDGE, California — Delivering a greater level engagement that ever for customers and visitors, HARMAN’s Soundcraft Studer is taking to the road with its newly refurbished truck, featuring a range of Soundcraft Studer digital mixing consoles, JBL Professional LSR Series studio monitors and AKG microphones and headphones.

The Salon area of the truck now features a unique and versatile “workstation” setup where any combination of three Soundcraft and Studer consoles (a Soundcraft Vi1, a Soundcraft Vi4 and a Studer Vista 5) can be matched with a variety of JBL LSR6325P studio monitor systems and flat-screen video displays, which are placed along movable tracks so that each console can be configured with any speaker combination to replicate virtually any mixing scenario. This combination of products can also easily be configured into training stations, utilizing the video monitors, AKG K240 headphones and Soundcraft Studer’s series of training videos. A pair of AKG D5 microphones is also available for use.

The Studio area features Studer’s flagship Vista 9 digital mixing console, which features I/O sharing with the Vista 5 in the Salon via Studer’s RELINK resource linking system. The system is complemented by a JBL LSR6328P surround sound monitoring system. The truck is also showcasing compatibility of Soundcraft Studer consoles with Riedel RockNet’s audio distribution networking technology and all Soundcraft consoles take a multichannel audio feed from the Vista 9 I/o via MADI.

With the redesign and refurbishment, the Soundcraft Studer truck can now demonstrate up to six mixing consoles at any one time, and features a rackmounted Soundcraft Si Compact 16 small-footprint digital console, plus a rackmounted iPad featuring the Soundcraft ViSi app, allowing control of any Soundcraft console on the truck at any time.

The interior of the truck is now adorned with state-of-the-art LED lighting, which can be modified to create different moods and atmospheres depending on the activity. The LED lighting was an important environmental and energy-efficient decision as they use an eighth of the power of a traditional incandescent or halogen light and are not harmful when disposed of.

Leaving no detail unattended, the upgraded truck’s exterior is UV-treated to improve temperature control for client comfort, and features the iconic performance faces well known from Soundcraft Studer’s advertising campaign.

The Studer truck will continue to be used as the centerpiece for the overwhelmingly successful Studer Broadcast Academy training and open house series. A Studer Broadcast Academy session is scheduled for the SBE 22 Expo in Verona, New York on October 11. The Studer truck will also be on display at the 133rd AES Convention in San Francisco on October 27-29.

“With our world-class range of consoles on board, combined with tremendous flexibility and a new sleek design, we feel the new Soundcraft Studer truck reflects our attitude as a company: that we’re all about providing a first-class experience for longtime Soundcraft Studer customers as well as those new to our products,” said Katy Templeman-Holmes of Soundcraft Studer. “We are eager to show off our range of consoles for the broadcast and live sound markets, as well as JBL’s market-leading studio monitors and AKG’s world-class microphones. Everyone is encouraged to come see and hear our new truck for themselves!”

The new Studer truck will kick off with a brief tour in the northeastern United States on September and will be on the road until just before the AES show. If you are located in the Northeast and are interested in scheduling an open house for your company, please visit usa.studer.ch to register online.

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.

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