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West Hollywood Library links residents to information and policy-makers with major AV update

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Atlanta, Georgia – (9/20/2012) – The striking architectural form of the year-old West Hollywood Library (WHL) may have attracted the lion’s share of attention initially, but it’s the functionality within that has led to the West Hollywood community’s widespread embrace of the public building. Located across from the iconic Pacific Design Center, the West Hollywood Library enlists large-screen projection and automation to more

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New ChyronIP Earns STAR Award at IBC2012

Real-Time HD/SD 2D and 3D Character and Graphics Generator Brings Chyron’s Full-Motion, Data-Driven 3D Graphics to NewTek TriCaster Live Production Systems

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Sept. 20, 2012 — Chyron today announced that ChyronIP, a new real-time HD/SD 2D and 3D character and graphics generator that brings the company’s acclaimed full-motion, data-driven 3D graphics to NewTek TriCaster live production systems, was honored with a STAR Award (Superior Technology Award Recipient) at IBC2012. Selected by the editors and writers at TV Technology Europe, the STAR Award celebrates and showcases the preeminent technological innovations available to the broadcast industry.

“STAR awards are given to interesting new products that help a user save money or accomplish a task in an easier way,” said Mark Hallinger, editor of TV Technology Europe. “The products selected help advance the industry — some were chosen because of technical novelty or innovation, some because they filled an important gap in the production or transmission chain, and some because they were just cool products.”

Winners of STAR awards were reviewed, evaluated, and selected on the merits of their technical applications and their overall contribution to the industry. The award-winning ChyronIP promises to make an impact on the industry by making the quality and sophistication of Chyron graphics available at an unprecedented price point. ChyronIP for TriCaster allows all variety of broadcasters — from large global media companies to local sports production teams — to incorporate Chyron’s dynamic animated elements and information-rich graphics into their live productions with ease.

Loaded with all of the features and functions offered by Chyron’s Lyric(TM) PRO software, ChyronIP delivers key and fill signals via the TriCaster network interface, which gives producers two full HD or SD live full-motion channels of Chyron graphics without tying up any of the TriCaster’s video inputs.

“Ideal for sports, news, entertainment, and any other live production, ChyronIP allows TriCaster users to employ the same type of high-impact graphics typical of premier sports and entertainment broadcasts,” said Bonnie Barclay, chief marketing officer at Chyron. “For the very broad base of TriCaster users, ChyronIP is a game-changer that will enable them to transform the look and feel of their productions. We’re proud that the significance of this new product release has been recognized with a STAR Award.”

Further information about ChyronIP and other Chyron products is available at www.chyron.com.

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About Chyron
Chyron (NASDAQ: CHYR) is a leading provider of Graphics as a Service for on-air and digital video applications including newsrooms, studios, sports broadcasting facilities, and corporate video environments. An Emmy(R) Award-winning company whose products have defined the world of digital and broadcast graphics, Chyron’s graphics solutions include the Axis World Graphics online content creation software and order management system, on-air graphics systems, clip servers, channel branding, and graphics asset management solutions, all of which may be incorporated into the company’s BlueNet(TM) end-to-end graphics workflow. More information about Chyron products and services is available on the company websites: www.chyron.com and www.axisgraphics.tv. The company’s investor relations information is at www.chyron.com via the “Investors” link.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Listen Technologies One-Day Installation & Commissioning of Loop Systems Underway

Listen Technologies has begun conducting the One-Day Installation & Commissioning of Loop Systems training to meet the growing demand for hearing loop systems and to ensure the quality of loop installations for assistive listening customers in the Americas.

Participants in Chicago begin the hands-on testing and commissioning of the hearing loop.

Bluffdale, Utah, USA — Listen Technologies conducted its initial One-Day Installation & Commissioning of Loop Systems sessions last Tuesday in Chicago and last Thursday in New York City. The next two sessions are scheduled for Thursday, October 11, 2012 in Los Angeles and Thursday, November 6, 2012 in Salt Lake City. For a full schedule go to www.listentech.com/loop-training.

There is a growing demand for hearing loops for a variety of environments. In order to meet this demand and to assure systems deliver consistent value and real benefits to end users, Listen Technologies is building a network of trained and certified Listen Loop Integration Partners across the Americas. Attending the One-Day Installation & Commissioning of Loop Systems session is mandatory to qualify as Level 2 Listen Loop Integration Partner to sell and install Phased Array solutions from Listen Technologies.

“A properly designed, installed and operating Listen Loop solution delivers real tangible benefits to the end user. It is hard to communicate in words the reaction end users have when they hear a properly installed and operating system, it is more often than not a profound emotional moment.” stated Steve Woolley, Listen Technologies Wireless Listening Product Group Leader. “To assure this is possible in every potential application, we are working with our integration partners to bring together the skill sets to ensure that Loop solutions are installed and supported to meet legal compliance obligations, and IEC standards.”

At all levels of the market, there is significant growth in demand for loop systems and assistive listening systems in general. To meet this demand Listen is training and certifying contractors and integrators for mid-size installations, house of worship applications as well as consultants and large scale AV integrators for growing 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 that meet the IEC 60118-4 standard.

Leo Garrison, of Metro Sound Pro’s notes “Although we understood loop systems, Listen’s training in installation and certification has really helped us in creating installations that deliver IEC complaint, uniform coverage and frequency response and that deliver true value to our customers and the hearing impaired community.”

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.

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Haivision Live Streaming Deployment Wins WFX Solomon Award at WFX 2012

International House of Prayer (IHOP) Internet Streaming Ministry Recognized for Building, Enhancing, and Expanding Church Community

MONTREAL and CHICAGO — Sept. 20, 2012 — Haivision announced today that it has been honored with a WFX Solomon Award at WFX 2012 for its Internet streaming ministry project at the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City. The WFX Solomon Awards recognize excellence in the creation of outstanding and meaningful projects reflecting the vision, goals, and aspirations of churches. more

Westbury National Show Systems: Years of Success with Yamaha Consoles

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Westbury National Show Systems in Toronto, Canada is the largest Yamaha console rental company in all of Canada. The company recently provided audio production for several high profile events including Fashion Cares featuring a performance by Elton John at the Sony Centre in Toronto. Three Yamaha PM5D-RH consoles were used for the front of house mix along with a DSP5D Expander and an LS9-16. A Yamaha PM5D, PM1D and 02R were used for monitors.

“We have always found Yamaha consoles to be dependable, world-class touring consoles that are requested by many of the world’s top touring acts,” states Bob Groza, audio department manager. “They are intuitive and ergonomically designed; the control surface layout provides ease of operational use.”

Westbury also provided two Yamaha PM5D-RH consoles, a PM5D and DSP5D Expander for the recent Jump For Jamaica event, celebrating Jamaica’s 50 Years of Independence, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in mid August with approximately 1,500 guests, including Premier Dalton McGuinty, Senator Don Meredith and Jamaica’s High Commissioner to Canada, Sheila Sealy.

And, earlier in August, the company supported audio for the Hillside Festival with performances by Kathleen Edwards, The Arkells, and others. With several thousands in attendance, Westbury provided three Yamaha PM5D-RH digital consoles, a DSP5D expander and a Yamaha LS9-32 digital console.

“We stand by our use of Yamaha consoles because they are proven and dependable, and we never have to worry about performance and durability,” says Groza.

Westbury’s Yamaha digital console arsenal consists of a PM1D, a PM5D-RH, PM5D, DSP5D Expander, three M7CLs, three LS9-32s, six LS9-16s, and a DM2000. For those requiring analog, the company has a PM4000 for FOH and a PM4000M available for monitors.

For more information on Westbury National Show Systems, visit www.westbury.com.

For more information on Yamaha consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: Photo 1: Hillside Festival Photo 2: Jump for Jamaica

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.

Media Technology Expo Exhibitors Highlight New Products on Show Floor

SEATAC, WA — Presented by professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS), next week’s Media Technology Expo (MTE) will feature an exhibit hall with some of the industry’s newest and most innovative products. The show, which runs Sept. 26-27 at Leftbank Annex in Portland, Ore., will include more than 50 exhibitors showcasing a variety of cameras, lenses, projectors, monitors, audio equipment, prompters, LED lighting systems, switchers and integrated production systems, and more.

“This has been an exciting year for cameras, with new models from Canon, JVC, Panasonic, and even Blackmagic Design. But many video professionals in the Pacific Northwest were not able to attend IBC or the NAB Show to see them in action,” said Arco Groenenberg, expo manager. “Media Technology Expo will give our attendees the chance to get their hands on these new cameras, as well as hundreds of other products.”

Designed for broadcast, house of worship, corporate, cable, live event, government, and independent video professionals, MTE also features more than a dozen free educational seminars, as well as numerous networking opportunities. Sponsors include the Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA), Access Community Media (ACM), Washington Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (WATOA), Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) Oregon Chapters, and AVL (Experience Church.tv).

Registration is free and includes food and beverages during the show, but space is limited. For a complete list of exhibitors, as well as registration and vendor information, visit www.mediatechexpo.com.

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

Live Sound Rules At 133rd AES Convention

Women of Pro Concert Sound; Small Venue Acoustics; Audio DSP in Unreal-Time

SAN FRANCISCO: 133rd AES Convention Co-Chairs Jim McTigue and Valerie Tyler have assembled a cadre of ‘pros, pros’ for the Live Sound Track. “Our Road Warriors and high-tech savants represent the ultimate combination of hands-on expertise and theoretical achievement,” McTigue says. “We’ve reached out to experts from every corner of the Live Sound Universe; from FOH wizards to small (and large) venue acoustic specialists; educators and, women in live sound. This program is designed to encapsulate Live Sound’s ever-widening reach into revitalized and unanticipated quarters.”

AES Convention Live Sound Highlights Include:

The Women of Professional Concert Sound: Chair, Terri Winston, Women’s Audio Mission; FOH Engineer Panelists: Claudia Engelhart, (Bill Frisell, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter); Deanne Franklin, (Tom Waits, David Byrne, Pink); Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato, (Gwen Stefani, Jewel, Melissa Etheridge): Drawing from their experience running sound in major venues around the world, these distaff engineers will share their tips and tricks; explore an ‘average’ day on a world tour; describe tweaking the acoustics of dissimilar venues; and offer insights into managing a life of constant touring.

Acoustics For Small Live Sound Venues – Creating (& Fine-Tuning) The Consummate Performing/Listening Environment: Chair John Storyk, Walters-Storyk Design Group; Panelist, David Kotch, independent project engineer. Architects, acousticians and designers of significant small (and large) contemporary live performance venues, WSDG credits include NY’s Le Poisson Rouge, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola (Jazz At Lincoln Center), the Rockwood Music Hall, 54 BELOW and most recently The Fenix Club, opening this month in San Rafael. This Workshop will address effective solutions for eliminating noise leakage out of and into the venue, innovative acoustic treatments, room tuning and realistic programs for accessing club site selection.

Live Sound Engineering – The Juxtaposition of Art and Science: Chair, Chuck Knowledge, Chucknology, SF: The technical foundations of audio engineering are no longer enough to deliver the experiences demanded by concertgoers. This session presents an examination of the disciplines required for modern live event production. In addition to practical engineering challenges and considerations for the artist’s desire to push the technological envelope, issues to be covered include: Transplanting studio production to the live arena; Computer-based solutions and infrastructure requirements; The symbiosis between lighting and video. And, new career paths.

Tuning a Loudspeaker Installation: Chair, Jamie Anderson, Rational Acoustics – Panel TBA: Loudspeaker systems are designed to achieve functional and aesthetic goals. Tuning those systems is the final step in achieving those aims. Beyond EQ/DSP tweaking, system alignment encompasses critical decisions made throughout the design, installation, drive adjustment and application processes. This panel will discuss their procedures, priorities and, the critical elements that make their alignment goals achievable.

Planning a Live Sound Education – Should I Study The Theory, or Practice The Skills? Chair, Ted Leamy, Promedia-Ultrasound: Panelists, Kevin W. Becka, Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences/Mix Magazine; Michael Jackson, Independent Live Sound Engineer; David Scheirman, Harman Professional: Acquiring the right education for a career in live audio is a challenging proposition. Which is better, a formal education or hitting the road and earning while you learn? Education options being marketed today are overwhelming. School programs, manufacturer training, product user certifications … These industry veterans will launch a lively investigation of the alternatives for acquiring wisdom and chops.

Live Sound For Corporate Events: It’s Business Time: Chair, Michael (Bink) Knowles; Panelist Steve Ratcliff – Two leading independent engineers will discuss the level of perfection required by corporate events in an environment where video screens and lighting plots often take precedence over loudspeaker placement. Related onsite events creating feedback challenges can complicate signal flow and mixing. Mixing, routing and arraying strategies will be addressed.

Audio DSP In Unreal-Time, Real-Time and Live Settings: Chair, Robert Bristow-Johnson, audioImagination; Panelist, Kevin Gross, AVA Networks – There are two primary audio DSP problem areas: The Algorithm – What the sound and math needs to accomplish; and Housekeeping – the “guzzintas,” “guzzoutas” and related overhead. Other key issues include the variable aspects of audio processing. This presentation will provide a realistic definition of “real-time,” and explore common and ‘innovative’ tricks for getting ‘non-real-time’ algorithms to act in a real time context.

The Art of Sound For Live Jazz Performances: Chair, Lee Brenkman; Panelists: Mitch Grant, independent engineer for San Diego area jazz events; and Nick Malgieri, mixer for Monterey Jazz Festival events – A discussion of the sonic presentation of America’s native musical art form in settings ranging from intimate cafes and night clubs to large outdoor festivals. Panelists will focus on how sound reinforcement for jazz can differ from other genres.

Photo: NYC’s new 54 BELOW will be discussed in an AES Convention “Acoustics For Small Live Sound Venues” Live Sound Track event.

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The 133rd Audio Engineering Convention is set for SF’s Moscone Convention Center Friday, October 26 thru Monday, Oct. 29. For a detailed Preliminary Calendar of Events please visit: http://www.aes.org/events/133/calendar/calendar.cfm
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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Show Us Your Aviom in Action Facebook Photo Contest

Aviom Facebook Contest Offers Opportunity to Win Visa Gift Cards

WEST CHESTER, PA, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012—Aviom (WFX Booth #735) is pleased to announce its first Facebook contest: the Show Us Your Aviom in Action contest. The company is collecting users’ Aviom photos to share with others on Facebook and Twitter. Launched in part because the number of photos that users share online of their A-16II Personal Mixers—everything from the classic Instagram shots of the labeled A-16II to on-stage shots of people performing—the contest has to date drawn photos of all different types of Aviom gear.

“We began to see that lots of people were sharing photos of their Aviom personal mixers online, so we thought it would be fun to launch a contest that allowed people to enter their photos,” says Aviom’s Director of Marketing, Chandler Collison. “Not only have we gotten some great A-16II shots, but people have entered interesting photos of their snakes and network gear as well.”

Those who participate, either by entering a photo or just by voting, have an opportunity to win a Visa gift card. The photo that receives the most votes by October 8, 2012, will win a $250 Visa gift card. All photos must be entered by midnight Eastern on September 30, 2012. Those who vote have the opportunity to win a $50 Visa gift card. One voter will be randomly selected as a winner. Individuals can vote daily through October 8. Winners will be announced October 10, 2012.

Learn more about the contest at http://www.facebook.com/AviomInc.

Aviom pioneered personal mixing with its Pro16® Monitor Mixing System and continues to break new ground with the revolutionary Pro64® Series of audio networking products. With tens of thousands of products in the field today, Aviom has set the standard for high performance, scalable digital solutions. All Aviom systems harness the power of A-Net®, Aviom’s innovative digital audio technology that simplifies system design while enhancing flexibility and fidelity. All Aviom products are designed, tested, and manufactured in the USA. For more information, visit www.Aviom.com.

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Dataton and Show Sage bring WATCHOUT to LDI 2012

Dataton and WATCHOUT™ Premium Partner for North America, Show Sage, return to LDI 2012

On booth 442, the latest features of WATCHOUT multi-image display and presentation software will be demonstrated. The new features include interactivity, video streaming, live presentation, 3D stereo display and multiple output display. Dataton and Show Sage will also sponsor the Projection Master Classes taking place during the show on 17 and 18 October.

Jim Testa, President of Show Sage explains: “LDI continues to be the meeting point for projection designers, creative designers and users of WATCHOUT and is a great location to share ideas and knowledge.”

WATCHOUT is a fully scalable system that’s software-based and does not require proprietary hardware. It orchestrates still images, animations, graphics, video, sound and live feeds into a single show across multiple display areas, either soft-edge blended or scattered.

Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director at Dataton adds, “This year has been a tremendous success for the latest version of WATCHOUT. We’ve seen it deployed in several installations such as the Alexandria Center for Life Sciences, Minnesota State University Ballroom as well as a HBO and Shark Week events and Cold Play concerts, all backed up by the best technical support, through our trusted WATCHOUT Premium Partner, Show Sage.”

Key features of WATCHOUT are:

Video streaming and interactivity
WATCHOUT integrates video streaming and devices such as network cameras to allow video to be accessed over a standard network solution. It also offers the ability to interact with live components and assets of interactive media. Users can position, rotate and move all media objects in 3D and interactively. WATCHOUT integrates with various devices and external systems so users can connect sensors and control sources, such as iPads, to on-screen elements like images, video and live feeds.

Live presentation
A built-in text editor allows last minute changes, or additions, in presentation text without the need for graphics software such as Adobe Photoshop®.

The latest version also has a DMX recording function that lets you record a complete lighting show and play it back from a single cue in WATCHOUT. This new feature makes WATCHOUT even more attractive in live events and staging applications.

Stereo playback and management of multiple outputs

WATCHOUT offers 3D effects and stage preview to position and rotate all media objects, including motion paths and video fly-through. Seamless stereoscopic playback and support is offered for multi-head output cards so up to six displays can be driven off one display computer using a single cost-effective WATCHOUT license.

www.showsage.com
www.dataton.com

projectiondesign® boosts presence on AV-iQ resource

Premium participant status set to boost accessibility to product information

projectiondesign® has now signed up to an increased presence in North America on the AV-iQ resource, the most comprehensive commonly categorized and formatted current AV products and providers directory in the industry.

Learn what’s new from projectiondesign

“We’re delighted to have boosted our presence as a premium manufacturer in North America. By using the AV-iQ resource, AV dealers, integrators and consultants will have even greater access to the latest projection and image processing product information from projectiondesign,” explains Karl Hantho, President of projectiondesign’s Americas operation. “The online system is very easy to use and can be updated easily.”

Current and potential users of AV-iQ are encouraged to sign up to their iQ customized environment to search for the latest products, comprehensive product information, news and multimedia from projectiondesign. AV-iQ can be found at http://catalogs.infocommiq.com/avcat/ctl1642/index.cfm?myiq.reg.

“It’s an exciting time for projectiondesign to come on board with the AV-iQ as a Premium participant,” explains John Fuchs, Senior VP, AV-iQ at InfoComm International®. “Having experienced a tremendous increase in visits to their dedicated AV-iQ web page already, projectiondesign recognizes the value of the AV-iQ program and is committed to be at the forefront of its continued development and implementation.”

The AV-iQ program has been serving web based industry research and marketing catalog for nearly twelve years. In 2013 AV-iQ is taking the task of conforming data to the next level and will re-format it to enable EDI (Electronic Data Interchange). In the near future distributors, integrators, designers, third-party software developers and others will be able to populate their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), proposal, accounting and other software applications by simply importing one file sourced from AV-iQ saving the industry thousands of man-hours, millions of dollars and countless, costly data entry errors.

www.projectiondesign.com

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