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HARMAN’s AKG Continues 65-Year Anniversary Celebration With Limited Edition Classic C451 Mics and K702 Headphones

LONDON, United Kingdom – As HARMAN’s AKG continues to grow and expand from its founders’, physicist Dr. Rudolf Görke and businessman Ing. Ernst Pless, original visions, professionals worldwide have learned to interchange the highest standards in quality, performance and dependability with the 65-year-old name of AKG. Discovering trends has always been a strong suit for AKG, from patenting more products, designs and pieces than all of its competitors combined, to originally recognizing the need for a wider range of equipment for various levels of recording.

Celebrating its 65th anniversary, AKG is proud to introduce a line of limited edition products to commemorate its industry leading, quality and reliable audio equipment offerings to the professional market. The limited edition C451 condenser microphones and K702 headphones are now available to music enthusiasts around the globe.

Handcrafted in Vienna with the highest attention to detail, the limited editions of these prestigious products are positioned to deliver renowned AKG quality to sound engineers, producers and musicians around the world. Each are individually tested and numbered to ensure the highest quality.

AKG’s C451 65th Anniversary Edition condenser embodies sound from the legendary C451 EB with the CK1 capsule delivering stunning quality and precision accuracy. Since its introduction in 1969, the C451 has been continuously improved and has demonstrated its durability under the harshest onstage environments. The C451’s transformer-less preamp enables high sound pressure capability, allowing for close miking of high-energy sound sources up to 155 dB SPL without distortion.

The reference small-diaphragm is an excellent tool for capturing the smallest details of any instrument due to its lightweight membrane and sophisticated acoustic design, which makes it the perfect choice for accurately capturing drums, percussion, acoustic guitar and overhead miking. C451 is listed at a UVP of €599.00.

The K702 Anniversary Edition headphones bring a new level of precision to the line with newly designed genuine leather headband and soft velour ear pads for maximum comfort during long recording or listening sessions. With its patented Varimotion two-layer diaphragm and revolutionary flat-wire voice coil, K702 delivers pristine sound with incredible impulse and treble response.

K702’s reference-style headphones boast an over-ear, open-back design, with extremely accurate response. Its sophisticated technology allows for spacious and airy sound without compromise. The K702 Anniversary edition is listed at a UVP of €599.00.

“In our seventh decade of setting the industry standard, raising the bar in recording and live audio, AKG is proud to offer our dedicated customers an opportunity to help celebrate our milestone with the limited edition C451 and K702’s,” stated Thomas Stubics, product marketing manager, recording and broadcast, AKG. “With the limited edition C451 and K702, users with these extraordinary pieces of equipment will enjoy AKG’s ever evolving history, with a sound experience they will never forget!”

AKG’s C451 and K702 65th Anniversary Limited Edition sets both stun with a new Titan semi-gloss finish.

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.

Advanced Installs Impressive Video Display To Enhance CTV/Bell Media’s Olympics Coverage

Reaffirming its position as Canada’s leading audio-visual presentation products and solutions specialist, Advanced recently helped CTV/Bell Media with the construction of an impressive video wall display for CTV’s Olympic coverage in London. Advanced installed two large Orion video walls that were used to broadcast live event coverage across Canada from July 27 through August 12, 2012.

Advanced sent a team of factory-certified technicians to London to manage the installation of the two video displays. The team used their expertise in broadcast audiovisual solutions to provide CTV with on-site support and services throughout the duration of the Olympics.

“We’re extremely proud of how this project turned out,” said Mark Mulford, CEO & President of Advanced. “Advanced has a long-standing relationship with CTV/Bell Media, so they knew that we were the right team for the job. Our technicians have extensive experience in broadcast solutions, and their work resulted in two fully functional video walls that operated flawlessly throughout the two weeks of the Olympics.”

The large video walls consisted of two 7 x 3 display panels, joined together with ultra-thin bezels, which resulted in providing CTV with bright, seamless images. To create a ‘window effect’ overlooking iconic Trafalgar Square a window treatment was installed on top of the videowalls. The set was equipped to deliver both English and French broadcasts across Canada.

Advanced has the expertise in broadcast solutions to meet the display needs of any situation, and is a complete provider of design and engineering, installation and audiovisual consulting. To set up a meeting or to schedule a demonstration on the latest audio-visual collaborative solutions, contact Advanced at info@advanced-inc.com or toll free 1-800-436-6239.

About Advanced
Advanced is a leading audiovisual and collaborative communications company working with corporations, government agencies, healthcare, and educational organizations throughout Canada and beyond. Dedicated to innovation in technology and services, Advanced has a strong set of businesses aligned to meet today’s needs. The company offers presentation and videoconferencing solutions in addition to complete integrated systems, visual collaboration systems, rental and staging services, repair, maintenance, and value-added integration services including design and engineering, installation and audiovisual consulting. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Advanced also has offices in Ottawa, Toronto, London and Sudbury with partner offices located in Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. To learn more visit www.advanced-inc.com.

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grandMA2 Tours With Motley Crue and KISS

Iconic rock bands Motley Crue and KISS teamed for a North American summer tour and took grandMA2 along for the ride. A grandMA2 is being used to program and control lighting and video on 44 shows, which are drawing huge crowds coast to coast. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of MA Lighting in North America.

Michael Cooper of Newfangled Lighting, Inc., the programmer/operator for Motley Crue, has been using the grandMA2 since it debuted. For this tour, they are using 18 Universes, two Art-Net lines for the Catalyst Media Server, and SMPTE time code.

“I pulled grandMA2 serial number 2 off the pallet at Upstaging in 2009 and they have come such a long way with the new software. I love it,” says Cooper. “I’ve used it pretty exclusively for the last few years – it goes around the world with me. Christie provided me with grandMA2 Light last year for the worldwide Motley tour, and now Epic has provided us with these 2 full size systems and a command wing for the KISS/Motley tour. It builds on the advanced capabilities of the original grandMA- very solid, reliable and fast. And the new abilities of the clone feature are amazing; it allows me to take existing programming and adapt it to other lighting systems. I can pull up to a festival, take my show program and pull it across.”

“The speed of this desk is amazing,” Cooper continues. “Even while running lots of universes and NPU’s I’m able to program as fast and the desk keeps up. Reliability is also something to note; we sat in pre production for about a week, Sean [Hackett] programming late afternoon until about 2am and I would come in and program till mid morning. I’m not sure if we ever restarted the desk that week. It was on and working the entire time.”

Sean Hackett, the programmer/operator for KISS, migrated to grandMA2 for the tour after using the flagship grandMA console for the last eight years. He praises “the speed of the processor and the saving/loading feature” of the grandM2, which he finds useful working side-by-side with Cooper. “Michael and I can jump from show file to show file and both get what we need done in a limited time frame,” he notes. “The new effects engine is also cool. And I’ve always been a fan of cloning and changing fixtures, which can be very useful in festival situations.”

He also likes how “you can get grandMA3D for your laptop and link it to the console so you can get a lot of work done with just the console and laptop or even at home with a second screen.”

“Both Sean and I have also been very happy with A.C.T. lighting support and training staff,” concludes Cooper. “They’re always on call, willing and able to help with any issue. Their training style was very conducive for us to learn quickly and efficiently.

Sooner Routhier, Robert Long(SRae Productions) and Patrick Whitley are the lighting and production designers for the tour. Epic is the lighting supplier.

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

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intoPIX JPEG2000 technology selected for integration in the new “4K Gateway” product of Visual Unity

intoPIX, the leading provider of JPEG 2000 compression solutions, and Visual Unity, an international Systems Integrator providing turnkey solutions for the broadcast and film industry, today announced their strategic collaboration in Visual Unity’s new 4K Gateway product.

“With the broadcast market discovering the 4K format for Over-the-Top (OTT) delivery and the 4K format taking off in the East-European film industry, there is an increasing call for faster-than-software based compression solutions,” says Jakub Kabourek, CEO of Visual Unity. “Integration of the leading intoPIX JPEG2000 FPGA-based compression technology allows 4K Gateway to meet the new challenges of this growing market.”

“We feel proud to be selected as JPEG2000 technology provider by Visual Unity and its technology partners,” says Katty Van Mele, Director of Business Development at intoPIX. “Visual Unity’s 4K Gateway is a unique hardware compression solution that enables real-time streaming of content, even when bandwidth is limited, when multiple streams are simultaneously transported over gigabit networks or when broadcasting to multiple screens.”

Visual Unity will be showcasing 4K Gateway during the IBC Show (Booth 3:B60) in Amsterdam from September 7th-11th.

The intoPIX team is also exhibiting its latest technology developments at IBC (Booth 10:D31).

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About intoPIX
intoPIX is a leading supplier of image compression technology to audiovisual equipment manufacturers. We are passionate about offering people a higher quality image experience and have developed FPGA IP-cores and compression solutions that enable leading-edge JPEG 2000 image compression, security and hardware enforcement. More information on our company, customers and products can be found on www.intopix.com.

About Visual Unity
Visual Unity is an international Systems Integrator bridging the gap between broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences – wherever they are. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast systems and multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD Outside Broadcast vehicles and major playout facilities to automated Direct-to-Web platforms. More information on the company, products and services can be found on www.visualunity.com

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DK-Technologies and TSL Professional Products New Strategic Technology Partnership Delivered its First Product at IBC 2012

The new strategic partnership that was formed in August 2012, between DK-Technologies and TSL Professional Products Ltd, manufacturer of hardware and software audio monitoring, tally and power management products, has yielded its first audio measurement product, which launched at IBC 2012.

TSL unveiled the PAM PICo Audio Loudness Meter – at IBC 2012 (Stand 10.B41). Derived from the award-winning compact DK Meter, this latest member of TSL’s Precision Audio Monitor (PAM) product family meets increasing market demand for simple, cost effective audio metering, specifically with loudness measurement.

The new relationship between TSL Professional Products Ltd and DK-Technologies (Stand 8:E60), which manufactures high-quality audio and video metering equipment, aims to bring a range of unique product solutions to a variety of markets including the broadcast industry.

Andy Page, UK Director, DK-Technologies, says: “The partnership with TSL sprang from meetings we had when both companies were involved with equipping new broadcast facilities for a major UK independent television channel. TSL has excellent loudspeaker-based audio monitoring products, while DK offers exceptional audio metering solutions. We noted the synergy between our product ranges and recognised that, by combining our knowledge, we could provide more efficient workflows to not only broadcast, but to theatre, music productions and AV installations.”

Chris Exelby, managing director of TSL Professional Products Ltd, adds: “TSL is delighted to be collaborating with DK-Technologies, as DK has demonstrated true innovation and reliability when it comes to bringing new audio test and measurement products to market. With our combined knowledge, we’re looking to develop some exciting new ways of managing audio across the broadcast chain that will streamline present production needs while anticipating future trends. We are thoroughly energized to begin working with DK to bring our collective mission to fruition.”

TSL’s new PAM PICo Loudness meter is a compact, standalone unit that features DK’s revolutionary StarFish™ surround sound display technology and measures loudness to all known international standards including ITU, EBU R128 and ATSC. To create PAM PICo, DK has adapted its DK Meter to provide a menu structure and metering scales that are unique to TSL, thus enabling PAM PICo to dovetail perfectly with TSL’s existing product range.

Designed for use in any operational position where ‘at a glance’ audio metering is required, PAM PiCo is available in three formats; to display stereo, multichannel or surround sound audio from analogue, AES or embedded SDI signal sources, all measuring Loudness to international standards and recommendations. Simple to use and easy to configure, PAM PiCo puts high quality metering within easy reach of anyone involved in sound production, from operators working throughout broadcast production to music studio technicians and record producers.

“Everyone benefits as a result of this collaboration,” says DK’s Andy Page. “From DK’s point of view we are able to introduce new customers to our range and provide an upgrade path to our more comprehensive audio metering products such as the MSD600. TSL, meanwhile, benefits from having a highly regarded metering solution that fits in perfectly with its existing product offering – and the customer benefits through having a very affordable Loudness measurement solution that can be supplied as an integral part of TSL’s renowned audio management package.”

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video sync and test signal generators, as well as video waveform monitors and colour analysers both for LCD and CRT monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA. www.dk-technologies.com

In night vision: projectiondesign® 2nd generation FS33 IR NVG projector is now shipping

See projectiondesign at I/ITSEC 2012, 3-6 December, Booth #2448, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL

2nd generation LED projector boasts brighter and even more realistic illumination levels for day and night-time vision, 24/7 operation and 100,000 hours of typical service life.

FS33 IR

FS33 IR

Designed for use with the industry’s leading Night Vision Goggles (NVG), the FS33 IR infrared ReaLED™ projector from projectiondesign® is now shipping.

The FS33 IR is already deployed in some of the world’s top training and simulation applications for critical night-time training as well as bright and full-daylight operations.

The 2nd generation solid-state ReaLED illumination engine used in the FS33 IR projector provides users with 50% more light than any other competing LED projector further enhancing eye-limiting resolution. Even in pitch black it’s possible to locate light points from various light sources in the image thanks to its 0-100% light adjustments on the visual RGB display device. The projector’s high quality optics further increases eye-limiting resolution.

“Optics plays an important part for this projector as they are purpose designed for IR transmission”, notes Øyvind Svensen, Optics Designer at projectiondesign. “Projection lenses and optical design from projectiondesign ensure high quality imaging, enables easy colour matching, and optical alignment between channels. Additionally, the projector’s user-adjustable SRP™ Smear Reduction Processing virtually eliminates any smear or jitter.

“The FS33 IR is an ideal product for night vision simulation where a long life time, low downtime, and low cost of ownership is important. The combination of LED illumination and reliable DLP® technology ensures a lifetime of up to 100,000 hours,” adds Maria Dahl Aagaard, Product Marketing Manager at projectiondesign.

“The FS33 IR has a wide colour gamut, which gives very saturated colour and it is optimised to stimulate the different generations of Night Vision Goggles.”

A fully scalable and systems compatible projector, the FS33 IR is available in HD (1,920 x 1,080) or WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) resolutions.

All this is backed up by projectiondesign’s comprehensive warranty programme of up to five years.

The FS33 IR ReaLED projector is just one of the new product innovations to be demonstrated on booth #2448 at I/ITSEC 2012 between 3-6 December at Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, USA.

www.projectiondesign.com

DPA Microphones Help The Fukada Tree To Bloom

Internationally renowned recording engineer and lecturer Akira Fukada made an enormous impact at the New York AES Convention in 1997 when he unveiled the Fukada Tree seven microphone arrangement – a totally new technique for recording orchestral music in surround sound for subsequent broadcast or CD release.

Developed to resolve some of the problems engineers had encountered when trying to record spatial environments with traditional omni-directional microphones, the Fukada Tree clarified microphone positioning and also incorporated directional microphones for main and environmental sounds.

Akira Fukada originally developed the Fukada Tree while working for Japanese state broadcaster NHK, but since 2011 he has been CEO of his own company, Dream Windows Inc., that consults on a wide range of music recording, special sound design and audio issues. From the outset, Mr. Fukada specified DPA microphones as best suited to his Tree arrangement because they offer a rich bass and high frequency sound that doesn’t blot during the recording process. These were supplied by DPA’s Japanese distributor Hibino, with whom Mr. Fukada has subsequently presented a number of seminars and workshops explaining the Fukada Tree.

“I insist on using DPA microphones because I like the transparent feel they deliver,” he explains. “When recording piano, for example, they give me the clear attack sound and the beauty of reverberation when the sound attenuates. Their wide dynamic range and rich bass vigorously catches the expression of an orchestra, while for string ensembles recorded in a studio, they capture the rich overtones and give a better feeling of air.”

Since first announcing the Fukada Tree arrangement, Akira Fukada has made a number of positioning modifications to improve front localization, but his choice of microphones remains constant and continues to be DPA.

He says: “The LL/RR microphones on both sides are intended to pick up the orchestrated sound expanse and a smooth sound envelope covering the front and rear sections of the hall. However, I don’t use LL/RR microphones for small music ensembles. My arrangement incorporates DPA 4011A directional microphones and DPA 4006A omnidirectional microphones from the Reference Standard Microphone Series. The configuration of the tree can vary depending on the hall’s acoustic characteristics, while the intervals at which the microphones are placed can also change to conform to the size and formation of the orchestra.”

Ken Kimura, DPA Microphones’ Regional Sales Director, Asia Pacific, says: “Following the upgrade and release of our finest Reference Standard Microphones, and given Mr. Fukada’s requirement for the best audio equipment, I’m very pleased to see that he continues to rely upon our 4006A, 4011A, and 4015A mics for his recording sessions under Dream Windows Inc.”

In recent months Mr. Fukada has used DPA microphones and The Fukada Tree to record a number of prestigious projects including capturing Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 with the Saito Kinen Orchestra, directed by Seiji Ozawa.

“I also use DPA microphones for projects that don’t require the Tree,” he says: “Recently I used a DPA 4006 on a Decca Tree stereo configuration to pick up string ambience in a studio setting. I also use a DPA 4015 wide cardioid ORTF for piano, and if I am recording acoustic guitar I like to use a DPA cardioid 4011 XY. For me, DPA microphones are indispensable because they suit any musical instrument and provide all the accuracy that I need.”

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

ALTINEX ANNOUNCES TNP151 / TNP151C TABLETOP INTERCONNECT BOXES

**** Photo: Altinex TNP151 Interconnect box ****

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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