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L-ACOUSTICS 5XT Awarded at LDI 2012

Tiny speaker system nets its first award for best debuting sound product

LAS VEGAS — L-ACOUSTICS is proud to announce that its new 5XT ultra-compact coaxial enclosure recently took home LDI 2012′s sole Debuting Product Award in the category of Sound. Presented to the manufacturer on Saturday, October 20 at the Live Design stand on the LVCC show floor, the award was bestowed as part of LDI’s 25th anniversary celebration.

“We’re honored that LDI’s panel of industry professionals selected our 5XT as the most significant sound product launched at the show,” says L-ACOUSTICS Marketing Director Stéphane Ecalle. “Although it is an extremely small product — essentially a six-inch cube with a five-inch coaxial driver — its performance is anything but tiny, and we expect that it will soon be extremely popular in rentals and fixed installations.” more

X2O Media Launches Pioneering New Approach to Real-Time Visual Communications

New X2O Platform Turns Any Content Into Real-Time Channels, Published and Viewed on Any Device

MONTREAL — Oct. 25, 2012 — X2O Media today announced the launch of its new platform called “X2O,” which enables businesses and organizations to communicate more effectively using stunning TV-like channels across multiple devices. X2O Media is no stranger to the digital content software business, having created several generations of products that simplify the creation of sophisticated graphics and video content. Built using the HTML5 standard, the new X2O platform allows users to create rich media channels quickly and easily — featuring HD video, 3D animations, charts and graphs, and links to live data sources — and publish those channels across desktop PCs, smartphones, tablets, and digital signage displays. more

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Award-winning Mixer Paul Hurtubise Joins Margarita Mix

SANTA MONICA (October 25, 2012) – Margarita Mix, a FotoKem company specializing in audio post services for commercials and advertising media, has added sound mixer Paul Hurtubise to its talent roster. The highly regarded sound designer/mixer and music composer has been contributing his art and craft to the industry since 1996. His work includes numerous Super Bowl spots throughout his career, and he has earned CLIO and Telly Awards, among other accolades.

Known for his technological acumen and expertise in audio tools, Hurtubise began his career when Avid Pro Tools first hit the scene for commercial post production. As an early adopter, he became a recognized expert in Hollywood. He has worked on a vast array of projects over the past 20 years, and his recent client roster reads like a “Who’s Who” of spots, including Honda, Toyota, Old Navy, AT&T, Qualcomm, Burger King, Carl’s, Nike, Smartwater, Coke Zero, American Express, Apple, and Microsoft.

FotoKem’s Senior VP Rand Gladden comments, “For over 30 years, Margarita Mix/LA Studios has been providing award-winning, cutting-edge services to the commercial production and advertising communities. And we remain committed to growing our outstanding group of engineers, designers and mixers. We’re excited to add Paul to the team.”

Hurtubise joins multi-award winning mixers Jimmy Hite, Nathan Dubin, and Jeff Levy, to name a few, at Margarita Mix.

“I’m thrilled to be part of such an acclaimed studio with a long history and stellar reputation in the industry,” says Hurtubise, who will be based in Santa Monica. “I am looking forward to working in this state-of-the-art environment supported by a great team. All of us at Margarita Mix are focused on helping our clients do great work, and exceed their expectations on a session-by-session basis.”

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Christie Awes Exhibitors in Beijing with World’s First 72,000 Lumen Laser Projection Demonstration

Christie®, a global leader in cinema projection, fascinated leading exhibitors from Asia Pacific with a demonstration of its prototype laser projector in Beijing today. Short movie clips of 3D content projected on a 20-meter wide by 12-meter high screen were screened at typical 3D brightness levels of 3-4 ft-L and then using the laser projector at 14 ft-L at the theater of Wanda Shi Jin Shan Cinema, leaving the audiences in awe.

“Today’s laser projection demo was fabulous! I’m impressed with the ultra brightness and life-like colors delivered onto the screen,” said Ning Ye, General Manager of Wanda Group.

“Christie is committed to creating new technology and maintaining our products at a high quality. We are continuously developing solutions to help exhibitors to project compelling, immersive images to their screens. Today we are pleased to demonstrate our first prototype laser projector to the exhibitors,” said Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific.

Presenting at the laser demo event, Dr. Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie Entertainment Solutions, noted, “Audiences deserve to see the brightest 3D with 14 ft-L on cinema screens. Our demonstration today showed just how truly spectacular a movie maker’s vision can be realized when shown at the highest light levels, making the shared experience more immersive, and, ultimately, driving more cinema ticket sales.”

Dr. Shaw continued, “Some attendees leave 3D movies complaining of headaches, fatigue, and sore eyes. Just like reading a book in low light levels, low brightness on the movie screen is one of the reasons for these complaints. Delivering more lumens to the screen will help address these effects, as will the advent of ‘eye-easy’ high frame rate (HFR) movies.”

Commenting on the laser projector, Dr. Shaw said, “There’s half-a-dozen different ‘forks in the road’ decisions that have to be made when designing a laser-projection system and most manufacturers will take different paths.” He noted that Christie customers have come to expect the best in technology and service from the world’s largest supplier of DLP Cinema® projectors, operating for more than 80 years.

Dr. Shaw also shared with the exhibitors information on Christie® IMB, an integrated media block solution that seamlessly converts and delivers feature-film and alternative content within a secure environment to all of Christie’s 2K and 4K, DCI-compliant Solaria® Series 2 projectors. Following his presentation, the audiences were treated to a demo of Christie IMB showcasing MPEG2 contents.

Christie hosted its first laser projector demo for cinema industry luminaries such as Douglas Trumbull, recent Gordon E. Sawyer Academy Award winner, at its High Frame Rate Summit in April 2012.

At IBC 2012 in Amsterdam in September, Christie gained recognition for the world’s first laser projection of Hugo 3D, a feature-length 3D movie projected at 2D brightness levels. Hugo 3D is the first CPG (Cameron Pace Group) certified movie.

Christie’s Commitment to HFR
The two main goals of Christie’s HFR activities are to help the industry develop the best HFR content and the best delivery system for HFR content. The first goal involves assisting leading-edge filmmakers and post-production companies in perfecting HFR movie creation, so the industry has the most engaging, entertaining content possible. The second goal is to assist exhibitors in showing these 3D HFR movies in all their glory. To these ends, Christie is helping create the standards for 3D HFR movies through formal and informal technology-development alliances with major producers and directors, post-production facilities, studios and technology partners. On the exhibitor’s front, Christie provides one-stop shopping for all the hardware, software and services that enable exhibitors to deliver a filmmaker’s vision in stunning 3D HFR quality.

FSR Outfits Local Kids With Tools for School

Manufacturer’s Participation in United Way’s “Backpacks 4 Kids” Program Provides Much Needed Supplies

Woodland Park, NJ — FSR, a Passaic County-based manufacturer, has partnered with United Way of Passaic County to make sure that local students have the supplies they need to maximize their school experience. FSR donated 50 backpacks stuffed with pens, pencils, erasers, crayons and notebooks, along with 50 lunch boxes to United Way for “Backpacks 4 Kids”, the organization’s school supply program – the largest of its kind in Passaic County.

Part of a larger United Way initiative and a combined effort between area businesses, “Backpacks 4 Kids” strives to send students back to school in the Fall armed with the tools they need to succeed.

“It’s our privilege to help the kids as they start a new school year,” said Jan Sandri, FSR’s president. “FSR is a part of the fabric of Passaic County, and we continue to support the United Way and their staff in their unwavering belief that children from all walks of life can succeed if they have the proper tools.”

“Education is one of the primary building blocks of a successful career and financial stability,” said Yvonne Zuidema, CEO/President of the United Way of Passaic County. “We are grateful to Jan Sandri and FSR, as well as our other local businesses, for their generous support of programs that help cultivate the community leaders of the future.”

FSR manufactures audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, from its headquarters in Woodland Park, NJ.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

All FSR products are designed and manufactured in its Woodland Park, NJ facility. The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

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

HARMAN’S Soundcraft “Mixing with Professionals” Series Rolls On with Sessions in Minnesota

BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota — HARMAN’s Soundcraft is continuing its popular “Mixing with Professionals” (MwP) series with two sessions in Bloomington, Minnesota on Wednesday, November 7. The sessions will provide attendees the opportunity to learn about Soundcraft’s Vi Series consoles from Ken Newman, front of house engineer for Barry Manilow and owner of Newman Audio. A top sound engineer since 1974, Ken Newman is currently touring with Manilow and has also mixed live sound for Chris Isaak, Anita Baker, Stevie Nicks, Liza Minnelli, Paul Anka and other top performers.

Newman will give MwP attendees formal training with plenty of hands-on time with Vi Series consoles in a classroom atmosphere. Participants will be given a USB stick so they can save their settings and take them on the road for their next gig, or continue working on their settings using the Soundcraft Virtual Vi offline editor, which is available free on the Soundcraft website.

“I have been using Soundcraft consoles for many years and have been working with a Vi6 for Barry Manilow’s shows in recent months,” Newman said. “My experience with Soundcraft products has been nothing but positive and I am looking forward to sharing these real-world experiences with attendees!”

The MwP sessions will be held on November 7 at Evergreen Church on 2300 East 88th Street, Bloomington, Minnesota.

Two time slots will be available from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The course is free to attend but registration is required and space is limited. Details are available at usa.soundcraft.com and participants can register via e-mail at Soundcraft-usa@harman.com.

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

PROFESSIONAL WIRELESS SYSTEMS’ JASON ESKEW TO SPEAK DURING AES LIVE SOUND SEMINAR

Eskew to Provide Expert Insight on Wireless Frequency Wrangling at Large Events

SAN FRANCISCO, OCTOBER 25, 2012—Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound Company and experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live and broadcast events, is pleased to announce that its wireless specialist Jason Eskew will participate in a live sound seminar on Wireless Frequency Wrangling at Large Events at AES 2012 in San Francisco. The seminar will take place on Saturday, October 27, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm (Room 120), and cover the overall approach to RF coordination, preparation and setup for large events. Topics that will be discussed include microphones, in-ear monitoring, and production communications, with a specific focus on antenna systems, cabling, RF-environment isolation, monitoring, verifying operation and procedures.

“I always enjoy having the opportunity to get together with fellow audio experts and professionals to discuss the state of our industry and what innovations are on the horizon,” says Eskew, who has been a wireless specialist with Professional Wireless Systems since 1996. He is the author of the Intermodulation Analysis System (IAS) frequency-coordination software and supports such nationally recognized productions as the Super Bowl half-time show, Republican National Convention, college and professional football games. “AES is the perfect setting for a seminar on wireless frequency coordination,” he adds. “I encourage all attendees of AES to come be part of this informative seminar.”

Eskew will be joined by several industry experts, including seminar chair Bob Green, Audio Technica, Dave Bellamy, Soundtronics, Steve Caldwell, Norwest Productions, Henry Cohen, Production Radio, Chris Dodds, The P.A. People, Pete Erskine, Freelancer and Larry Estrin, Clear-Com. Panel members will describe their experiences (national and international) with events as diverse as Olympic ceremonies, Super Bowls, Presidential debates, Grammy Awards and Eurovision contests.

For more than 60 years, AES has been the largest gathering of audio professionals and enthusiasts in the world, attracting delegates from more than 100 countries worldwide. Workshops, tutorials, technical papers and the exhibition floor provide attendees with a wealth of learning, networking and business opportunities.

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

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Token Creek Selects Cobalt Digital Gear for New HD Production Truck

Urbana, IL –Token Creek (http://www.tokencreek.com), one of the nation’s fastest-growing mobile HD and digital television production companies, will roll out the newest member of its mobile fleet in early November furnished with an extensive complement of Cobalt Digital’s (www.CobaltDigital.com) sophisticated signal processing gear. The truck, named Chippewa, will predominantly cater to sports events.
“We’re building this truck to accommodate the growing demand for more vehicles with HD infrastructures, especially within sporting applications,” said John Salzwedel, Token Creek’s president. “We made our equipment choices based on numerous factors, including performance and technological advancement, but we were particularly influenced by the reliability of Cobalt’s products and the support we’ve received from their exceptional sales and technical support staff.”
Chippewa will be Token Creek’s fourth truck. Beck Associates, a television systems integrator, is building the mobile unit in its Pflugerville, TX location. Cobalt’s new award-winning HPF-9000 High Power Frames will comprise the core of the truck’s infrastructure and be populated with HD-SDI reclocking, MADI and audio DAs; frame syncs; and the Company’s 9901-UDX-HD 3G up/down/cross converters with 16 channels of AES embedding and color correction software.
“With Cobalt’s large selection of terminal gear, paired with a variety of software, and input/output options we were able to select the exact configurations we needed,” Salzwedel continued. “The 3G video infrastructure and MADI distribution are both key pieces in this new mobile unit. This will be the first Token Creek unit to utilize a MADI audio system, which is the ultimate way to distribute audio throughout the truck. The signal flows flawlessly. It simplifies a lot.“
Token Creek, headquartered in Waunakee, Wisconsin, travels the country covering college and professional sports for major networks. “The key word is reliability,“ explained Salzwedel. “We can be working in Green Bay, Wisconsin one day and be in Miami, Florida within 48 hours. Our infrastructure must withstand the rigors of temperature extremes as well as highway systems in varying degrees of disrepair.”
Token Creek’s membership in Alliance Productions, the largest group of mobile production companies in North America, also impacted its choices. The organization identifies and meets the demand for top-notch television production services at competitive rates through 13 partner companies. “Alliance Productions strives, and succeeds, to compete with the larger truck companies by furnishing services from a select group of companies reputed for their advanced technology and dependability. As a member, we pride ourselves in providing customers the best, most efficient gear available for exceptional, worry-free productions,” Salzwedel added.

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

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

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

RECAPITALIZED, UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP AND LOADED WITH INNOVATIVE NEW TECHNOLOGY: FAIRLIGHT SETS AMBITIOUS NEW GOALS FOR BROADCAST AND POST

SYDNEY, Australia – Fairlight — a pioneering force in digital audio technologies for over 30 years — is introducing an array of new products and showcasing a new look of the Fairlight brand at AES in San Francisco from October 27 – 29.

The company has been reinvigorated with fresh capital through a recent takeover by KFT Investments Pty. Ltd., leading to new investments in R&D, production and customer support to develop innovative technologies and services for its Audio Post Production clients.

Fairlight will also target new market opportunities with the launch of competitive new tactile control surfaces for the powerful CC-1 audio processing engine, including the new XSTREAM Compact Desktop Controller and QUANTUM a fully featured, mid size Console.

Recently appointed CEO Jean Claude Kathriner, joining the company from Bosch, where he held a series of senior international sales and marketing positions, will be driving the business and the many changes ahead.

The team that Kathriner heads includes highly experienced engineering leaders including Tino Fibaek, Fairlight’s Chief Technology Officer.

Kathriner says “I am very excited to join such a great brand and a technically gifted team. A key focus of my role will be to ensure we maximize the technology we have and maintain a strong focus on continued development to ensure Fairlight provides its customers around the world with real edge digital audio technology and reliable service and support purely focused on one goal – delivering outstanding Audio Post results.”

Steve Kepper, General Manager of KFT Investments Pty. Ltd also noted, “We saw enormous potential in Fairlight from day one. Our ambitions are to leverage its outstanding assets in terms of product, people and Intellectual Property. Emphasis on customer support will be integral to the brands offering. Over the next 12 months we will be launching a range of new technologies and products, improving our distribution and entering some new markets and aggressively driving growth is sales.”

About Fairlight:
Fairlight is a Sydney-Australia based leading manufacturer of professional video and audio recording, editing and mixing systems offering desktop, console and mouse based environments. Fairlight is at the forefront of Digial Audio Technology, having received numerous Scientific and Technical Academy Awards. Pioneering 3D sound development and customized control surfaces acknowledged by industry leaders as being the fastest and most ergonomic available. www.fairlight.com.au

FairlightUS is headquartered in New Jersey USA and is the exclusive distributor for Fairlight products in the North American market. www.fairlightus.com

Sound Devices Showcases PIX 260i Production Video Recorder at AES 2012

32-Track Audio Recorder Incorporated into File-Based Audio/Video Recorder/Player

SAN FRANCISCO, OCTOBER 25, 2012Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, showcases its new PIX 260i Production Audio/Video Recorder at AES 2012 (Booth 934). Based on Sound Devices’ field-proven PIX 240i recorder, the rack-mounted PIX 260i is a file-based audio/video deck that seamlessly replaces tape-based video decks in production and post-production environments, while offering 32-tracks of audio record/playback.

“We are excited to showcase PIX 260i at AES. Its impressive 32-tracks of audio record and playback is a great feature for many audio professionals,” says Jon Tatooles, managing director at Sound Devices. “Our entire line of PIX recorders provides users with an all-in-one audio and video product.”

Using the Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD codecs, the PIX 260i records and plays files at up to 220 Mbps in high-quality, 10-bit 4:2:2 video. It also records 32 tracks of 48-kHz audio. Files from the PIX 260i are ready for direct import into the Avid and Final Cut Pro editing platforms, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding. Files can also play out of the PIX 260i for real-time applications.

Building on the company’s deep heritage in production sound, Sound Devices has infused the PIX 260i with 32-track record/playback capability. In addition to 16 channels of embedded SDI audio and eight channels of HDMI audio, the PIX 260 also accepts eight channels of line-level analog I/O and eight channels of AES digital audio. Using Dante, the PIX 260i can accept and transmit up to 32 channels of audio over Ethernet.

The PIX 260i has a built-in, five-inch 800- x 480-pixel IPS video display that allows users to view video and setup-menu selections. With its extensive control capabilities, the PIX 260i is a flexible video playback source, compatible with Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X and Avid sessions. The PIX 260i can be controlled by both external RS-422 and via Ethernet through its embedded Web server, allowing for machine transport control over Ethernet-based networks.

Up to four SATA drives can be connected to the PIX 260i simultaneously. For RAID-type redundancy and to eliminate the need for post-record copying when multiple copies are required, users can recorder to all four drives simultaneously.

The PIX 260i includes a built-in Ambient Clockit time-code generator/reader with genlock output for rock-steady, multi-camera and double-system sound applications. In addition to generating ultra-stable time code, time codes can be read from the SDI stream, the HDMI stream or from an external source.

Like PIX 220i and PIX 240i, the PIX 260i includes a sophisticated scaler and frame-rate converter. Regardless of the incoming signal, the PIX recorders can record the signal after up-, down- or cross-conversion at the same rate or a different rate. Hardware-based 3:2 pull-down removal is included as well.

PIX 260i’s convenient half-rack, 2U chassis dimension allows it to be easily integrated into any existing environment. It is powered by 10-27 VDC through its four-pin XLR connector.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The fourteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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