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Dual Yamaha DM2000s Used at Hofstra Presidential Debate

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Hofstra University on Long Island (NY) was the site chosen for the second of three Presidential debates between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Held on Tuesday, October 16, Hofstra previously hosted the 2008 debate between President-elect Obama and John McCain. Audio production was provided by On Stage Audio (OSA) Las Vegas.

Michael Abbott, owner of All Ears, Inc. (Los Angeles) chose a pair of Yamaha DM2000 digital consoles for audio control. “The dual DM2000s were chosen for the Presidential debate specifically to provide two separate audio streams,” states Abbott. “Size and audio I/O capabilities also played a key role in the set up. We routed six Yamaha AD8HR 8-channel preamps to eight groups: four for the house mix and four for the broadcast pool truck.”

In addition, Abbott said Dugan-MY16 cards were inserted for the 24 Town Hall participant mics along with moderator and candidate microphones.

For more information on All Ears, Inc., e-mail michaelsound@earthlink.net.

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

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, 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.

Sound Image Turns to HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays for Indoor/Outdoor Audio System at LC Pavilion

`NORTHRIDGE, California – Delivering world-class audio to one of the most unique live music venues in the United States, Escondido, California-based Sound Image recently upgraded the audio system at the Lifestyle Communities (LC) Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio with HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line arrays.

The LC Pavilion, owned by PromoWest Productions, serves as both an indoor and outdoor venue, with a single stage that can be used for the indoor space (which seats 2,200 people) or for the outdoor lawn area (which accommodates 5,000 people). A large, single divider separates the indoor space from the outdoor space, through which the stage—and the accompanying sound reinforcement and lighting systems—can be moved and reconfigured. This enables the LC Pavilion to be used year-round.

According to Tim Burris, Director of Production for the LC Pavilion, the venue needed an audio system to accommodate the top-level tours it hosts throughout the year. “We needed a new system that would provide a higher level of quality for the fans and would be rider-friendly for the touring acts that play at the LC Pavilion,” he said.

The new system features a total of 24 VERTEC VT4888 midsize line array elements (12 per side), powered by 24 Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers. The Pavilion employs HARMAN’s HiQnet System Architect™ for system configuration and monitoring.

“We were really enthusiastic about this project because LC Pavilion is such a great music venue,” said Dave Shadoan, President of Sound Image. “It is so unique and is such a great space—we had a lot of fun designing the system and I think it turned out really well.”

The VERTEC system is performing flawlessly, Shadoan added. “It covers the venue like a glove,” he said. “There were a couple of unique acoustical characteristics to the space that we thought might be a challenge, but the coverage from the VERTEC line arrays turned out to be absolutely spot-on for that venue.”

“It’s a huge upgrade and puts us on the same playing field with other major venues around the country,” Burris added. “The system is performing extremely well and the touring acts that play here are very happy.”

“Sound Image did a great job,” Burris concluded. “I have had tour managers and production managers that are ecstatic that PromoWest hired Sound Image for this install, because of their reputation for excellence.”

For more information on Sound Image, please visit www.sound-image.com

For more information on PromoWest Productions, please visit www.promowestlive.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.

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Jack Joseph Puig, Dell, Skullcandy and Waves Audio Announce Cooperative Effort

Industry-leading electronics brands and GRAMMY®-winning producer join forces to create a new audio standard for next-generation consumer electronics products

October 16, 2012 – Three of the world’s leading electronics brands: the CE Division of Waves Audio, Skullcandy and Dell, along with GRAMMY®-winning producer Jack Joseph Puig, announce that they are joining forces to bring about consumer electronics products with proprietary, studio-quality audio technologies.

Waves, the industry leader in professional audio digital signal processing and recipient of a Technical GRAMMY Award®, has a longstanding relationship with iconic multi-platinum award-winning record producer/mixer Jack Joseph Puig, and has worked with him on several acclaimed signal processors for the professional market.

Waves has also previously worked with Dell to offer enhanced audio on select products. With the decision to deliver an enhanced audio experience on Dell laptops and desktops targeted towards consumers and professionals alike, Puig, working with Waves and Dell, then invited Skullcandy, a leading performance lifestyle audio brand that reinvented the headphone category, to join forces.

Initial results of this unique effort were unveiled recently with the launch of several new Dell XPS and Inspiron laptops, all of which include the Waves MaxxAudio suite. Select systems, like the sleek Inspiron 14Z Ultrabook, also include Skullcandy-branded speakers.

“Skullcandy brings a fresh branding perspective and audio expertise to this partnership. Our genesis was the collision of music, action sports and fashion, which allows us to be an authentic, everyday part of our consumers’ lives,” says Jeremy Andrus, President and CEO, Skullcandy, Inc.

Puig is responsible for some of the most successful recordings in music today, including work with Green Day, U2, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Goo Goo Dolls, Florence and the Machine, Faith Hill, Beck, Mary J. Blige and many more. His extensive relationships with top artists and record companies give him a unique perspective on the nexus between the entertainment world, technology, and the world of consumer electronics.

“As leaders in their respective market sectors, it is natural that these companies would decide to do work together,” stated Jack Joseph Puig. “This cooperative effort has already led to some brilliant ideas. We are very, very close to where we can unveil some of the new results of our efforts. In the coming weeks and months, the market is going to see us introduce some groundbreaking technological innovations that set new standards in consumer electronics.”

“Now more than ever, people use their laptop or desktop as their primary entertainment center or communication device, and we are making the investment to ensure they get the best audio experience available,” said Brian Pitstick, Executive Director of Consumer Product Marketing at Dell. “Whether it’s listening to your favorite music playlist, watching a movie, or calling friends and family over VoIP, it sounds better with Dell.”

Tomer Elbaz, Executive Vice President, Waves Audio Consumer Electronics Division, stated, “Waves is proud to bring professional audio expertise to this partnership. Our DSP and design are used by every professional producer and engineer in all areas of entertainment audio. Waves Consumer Audio provides the infrastructure and tools that enable each member to do what they do best and, in the end, refine and redefine peoples’ perceptions of consumer electronics sound. Waves brings a precise representation of The Professional Studio sound to the consumer’s listening experience.”

About Skullcandy, Inc.
Skullcandy is a leading audio brand that reflects the collision of the music, fashion and action sports lifestyles. The Skullcandy brand and distinctive logo symbolize youth and rebellion and embody the company’s motto “Every revolution needs a soundtrack.” Skullcandy headphones feature the distinctive Skullcandy sound and leading-edge design. Skullcandy products are currently sold in the United States, as well as in more than 70 countries around the world and through its websites.

About Jack Joseph Puig
Jack Joseph Puig (JJP) has helped redefine the role of the producer and mixing engineer in modern music. As an inventor and technologist he relies on vintage hardware and cutting edge software to create complex aural tapestries that capture the essence of the recording artists’ vision. JJP has worked with countless hitmakers, including Sheryl Crow, Fergie, Weezer, John Mayer, No Doubt, Sugarland, and The Rolling Stones.

About Waves Ltd.:
Waves is the world’s leading provider of audio DSP solutions for professional, broadcast, and consumer electronics audio markets, and recipient of a 2011 Technical GRAMMY Award®. Waves has twenty years of expertise in the development of psychoacoustic signal processing algorithms that leverage knowledge on the human perception of hearing to radically improve perceived sound quality. Waves’ award-winning processors are utilized to improve sound quality in the creation of the world’s most popular music, movie soundtracks, and multimedia titles. Waves offers semiconductor-with-embedded-software solutions under the Maxx brand for consumer electronics audio applications. Waves’ Maxx technologies dramatically enhance audio performance and are used by industry leaders such as Dell, Sony, Sanyo, ASUS, Toshiba, and many others.

About Dell
Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. For more information, visit www.dell.com.

All other product names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Waves. GRAMMY is a registered trademark of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

For further information please contact:

Waves: Robert Clyne, Clyne Media, Inc., O: 615-662-1616 E: robert@clynemedia.com

Skullcandy: Tyson Andrus, Marketing Machine, Product & Retail Marketing Division,
O: 435-729-2561 E: tyson@skullcandy.com

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Sennheiser to Host “Al Schmitt & Friends” Roundtable at AES to Include Elliot Scheiner, Ed Cherney, George Massenburg, Chuck Ainlay and Frank Filipetti

Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it will sponsor “Al Schmitt & Friends: AES Roundtable of Award-Winning Engineers” at the 133rd Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention, to be held at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco later this month. The roundtable, which is free to registered AES attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis, will cover a range of recording-related topics and includes some of the biggest names in audio production: Elliot Scheiner (Foo Fighters, Eric Clapton), Ed Cherney (Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones), George Massenburg (Earth Wind & Fire, James Taylor), Chuck Ainlay (Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits) and Frank Filipetti (Foreigner, KISS).

The roundtable will be hosted by 21-time Grammy-winning engineer and producer Al Schmitt and is being presented as part of Sennheiser’s Recording Sound Academy (RSA) program. Admission to the event at the convention is free for all AES attendees. For those not able to attend, the event will be recorded and posted online at the Recording Sound Academy (RSA) and AES websites. The archived video can be viewed free for all RSA and AES members, and just $9.95 for non-members. To learn more or to sign up for RSA, please visit http://www.sennheiserrsa.com.

Details on time and location
When: Friday, October 26, 2012 between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. PDT
Where: 133rd AES Convention, San Francisco
Moscone Convention Center Special Events Room #134

Topics covered at the roundtable will include:
Understanding the differences of recording at home, in a project studio and in a larger traditional studio
How to effectively record drums
How and when to use effects
Techniques for vocal thickening
Obstacles that were encountered and resolved during the recording of classic albums
Diplomacy in the studio with artists, executives and other stakeholders

During the presentation, the panel will answer questions both in person and those posted by RSA members from the RSA forum page.

Register for the Online Recording Sound Academy
By registering for Sennheiser’s Online Recording Sound Academy, participants have the opportunity to have two of their own mixes critiqued by award-winning engineers, in addition to having access to live and archived webinars and other special events featuring well-known artists and producers. Members can also access exclusive tutorial videos and receive a free copy of CuBase LE5 mixing software as well as the chance to win a Neumann U 87 studio microphone.

Photo caption:
Al Schmitt, 21-time Grammy-winning engineer and producer (image courtesy Capitol Studios).

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FAIRLIGHT INTRODUCES XSTREAM, A COST EFFECTIVE DESKTOP CONTROLLER FOR ALL-IN-ONE EDITING, MIXING AND RECORDING

SYDNEY, Australia – In a move to address broader markets with a high-powered audio post production system, Fairlight will debut the XSTREAM, a new tactile, ultra compact desktop control surface for Fairlight’s CC-1 Media Engine at AES in San Francisco from October 27 – 29. The XSTREAM is a cost effective option suited for audio and video engineers working in the post-production fields of advertising, TV production and music project recording.

XSTREAM delivers pure intuitive, tactile control– no need for mouse, tabs or drop down menus – through the ergonomic design and fast operation of a robust and attractive control surface. The unique picture keys self-label instantly for easy navigation with fewer keystrokes, providing even better efficiency. The control surface literally reinvents itself for each task one performs, presenting the commands at the right time. Fairlight’s new iCan (Integrated Control Across Network) technology with drag-and-drop layout editor allows audio engineers to design their own button layout for specialized functions and greater accessibility. This technology allows for easy modification of the layout of the functions on the keys as well as allows the controller to be used with other applications. Up to 24 faders can also be added in blocks of six to enhance the mixing capability of XSTREAM.

The XSTREAM control surface includes QWERTY functionality for naming, and still has an amazingly compact footprint smaller than a 17” laptop, while enabling advanced control macro development.
“XSTREAM empowers the broader market to have a full post-production suite right at their desk without lacking the sophistication and flexibility and sonic integrity that Fairlight is known for,” says Steve Rance, President of Fairlight US.

The XSTREAM delivers pure efficiency with editing, SD/HD integrated video, mixing, plug-ins, file transfer, recording – all in one system. As an integral part of the Fairlight range it is fully file format compatible and provides seamless workflows for virtually all SD and HD file formats. The powerful CC-1 media engine can be configured with up to 192 disk recorder tracks, 230 mixing channels and 2 HD video tracks for 3D work. The XSTREAM supports up to 256 audio inputs and outputs, built-in EQ and dynamics for every channel, full integration of VST plug-ins and instruments, and mixing to multiple bus destinations up to 7.1 wide.

Stop by Booth 543 at AES in San Francisco, October 27-29, 2012 to experience the new Fairlight XSTREAM.

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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

Clear-Com’s Larry Estrin to Participate in Wireless Panel Discussion at AES 2012

Expert Offers Insight into RF Coordination for Live Events

SAN FRANCISCO, OCTOBER 16, 2012 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is pleased to announce that its Strategic Technology Specialist Larry Estrin will be a panelist for the AES 2012 live sound seminar entitled, “LS6 – Wireless Frequency Wrangling at Large Events” taking place on Saturday, October 27, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

As part of the panel, Estrin, along with other industry leaders, will provide his expertise on the overall approach to RF coordination, preparation, and setup for large events. Topics to be discussed include microphones, in-ear monitoring, and production communications, with a special focus on antenna systems, cabling, RF environment isolation, monitoring, verifying operation and procedures.

Estrin is no stranger to frequency coordination. He has 39 years experience from his work on numerous landmark events, such as the first multi-satellite global broadcast of a major concert, the live stereo broadcast of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, stereo broadcasts of the Grammys and Academy Awards, as well as numerous high-profile projects for the White House, NFL and Disney. From his current position with Clear-Com, he will be able to speak in depth on the coordination of wireless intercom system for live events.

Estrin will be available throughout the show at Clear-Com’s booth (1218) to answer additional questions. For more information on the seminar, please visit www.aes.org.

About Clear-Com®
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

About HME
HM Electronics, Inc. is a diverse group of companies providing solutions that enhance productivity and customer service in markets including restaurants, sports and professional audio. Founded in 1971, we sell, service and support products in 89 countries worldwide, via company-owned offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and China, and an extensive network of HME-authorized distributors, dealers and service agents. Every day quick service restaurants take over 24 million orders using HME systems. With the recent acquisition of Clear-Com, HME is the world’s leading provider of professional intercom systems. To learn more, visit www.hme.com.

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DPA Microphones and ResInno Offer Test Drive at AES 2012

DPA d:vote™ 4099, 4006A, 4011A and 2000 Series Mics Make Beautiful Music with ResInno Grand Rossa Piano

SAN FRANCISCO, OCTOBER 16, 2012 – DPA Microphones and ResInno, designers of specially engineered piano legs, are teaming up at AES (Booth 629) to highlight DPA’s complete line of instrument microphones. ResInno’s Grand Rossa piano design will be on display at the DPA booth for attendees to not only marvel at the Ferrari-inspired red piano legs, but also to listen to the superb audio quality they produce through the DPA d:vote 4099P piano instrument microphones and 4006A, 4011A and 2000 Series Reference Standard Microphones.

Designed by ResInno Originator Justin Elliott, the legs on the Grand Rossa have been precisely engineered to produce a distinguishable improvement to the impressive instrument’s tonal quality. To emphasize the enhanced audio abilities of the grand piano, as well as those of DPA Microphones, the companies will affix DPA’s d:vote 4099, 4006A, 4011A and 2000 Series microphones to all areas of the piano at AES. Attendees will be able to listen to each individual microphone through various headphone listening stations connected to each microphone and set up throughout the DPA booth.

DPA’s newly-updated d:vote 4099 is ideal for live performance settings requiring high-quality, discreet mics that are effortless to change. Building on the success of the highly acclaimed 4099 instrument clip mic series, d:vote features an enhanced shock mount to provide even better absorption. More natural sounding than any internal microphone or pickup, d:vote rejects unwanted noise and accurately captures the true voice of acoustic instruments. Now, just one microphone model can beautifully reinforce an entire orchestra. The d:vote 4099P piano microphones are sold as a complete system pair on goosenecks, with magnetic mounts that can secure anywhere to the piano to allow the most realistic capture of its sound. With its low profile and unobtrusive design, the d:vote is perfect for capturing true acoustic, closed-lid piano sound in a live setting.

The DPA 4006A, 4011A and 2000 Series Reference Standard Microphones have become recording standards around the world, for both studio and live performance applications. All microphones in the 4000 and 2000 Series boast total transparency in any recording situation, while also being able to provide incredible detail and depth of sound. The definition of the series’ high-frequency characteristics across a wide range of instruments is undeniably impressive for the vast majority of microphone applications. With the Reference Standard Microphones, engineers, broadcasters and musicians alike can achieve extremely clean, natural and precise reproduction in a variety of applications.

The Grand Rossa, named after Ferrari’s 1957 Testa Rossa race car, boasts sleek curves forming semi-helixes on the front legs, as well as a prolonged arch stemming from the tail leg that appears to flow through the piano. The Grand Rossa also features a matching music rack, two-tone lid prop and musician’s bench complete with a hand-stitched diamond pattern that matches Ferrari’s interior. The entire ensemble, all painted in the iconic deep Ferrari “Rossa Corsa” red shade, was inspired by the craftsmanship and artistic beauty of the iconic automobiles.

About ResInno
ResInno’s concept is a revolutionary piano leg design that combines beauty, art and a new sound. Artists and musicians consider it the greatest innovation in the piano industry in the last 100 years. Originally conceived as an artistic way of enhancing the visual impression of the piano, it was discovered that the new design also dramatically enhanced the tonal qualities of the instrument, otherwise known as the voice of the piano. Thus, the ResInno Effect was born. The company name, which was fashioned from a blend of the verb to resonate and the term innovation, communicates the core of what they do: changing the resonant structure and improving the aesthetic design. ResInno’s designs are hand-crafted from superior species of woods by craftsmen in the United States. They can be made for an existing or newly purchased piano.

About Justin Elliott
Twelve years ago, Justin Elliott envisioned a design that would enhance the visual impression of the piano. Today, his vision is a reality, with legendary artists like Bill Cunliffe, Dick Hyman and Johnny Mandel having played on his designs. In addition to designing pianos, Elliott has also been a master piano technician since the age of 15, having worked in this role for Alicia Keys, Elton John and David Foster, to name a few.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones A/S 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 about DPA Microphones, please visit the company’s website – www.dpamicrophones.com.

IABM Annual Conference to Focus on Profitability

Adopting ‘Adapt or Die!’ Theme, 2012 Annual Conference Will Focus on Using Business Innovation to Create a Profitable Future

GLOUCESTERSHIRE, U.K. — Oct. 16, 2012 — The IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers) today announced that the organization’s annual conference will be held Nov. 29-30 at the Mercure Windsor Castle Hotel, Windsor, U.K. Open to all within the broadcast and media technology supply industry, the 2012 conference titled “Adapt or Die!” will focus on strategies for creating a profitable future through business innovation. A series of keynote presentations and discussion groups will examine the challenges of maintaining technology suppliers’ business value, profitability, and growth in today’s changing industry.

“Technology is a powerful enabler of change, and it has transformed the broadcast industry into a very different sector than it was 20 years ago, or even five years ago,” said IABM Director General Peter White. “The rules are changing, with tumbling hardware and software costs giving new players the means to participate in the industry, which in turn presents challenges for established businesses. At the IABM annual conference, leaders from companies that are meeting these challenges will provide insights into successful business strategies.”

The IABM annual conference once again brings recognized experts and industry leaders together to debate the keys to real business improvement. Speakers slated to participate include Joshua J. Stinehour, senior vice president, Silverwood Partners; Alain Andreoli, president and CEO, Grass Valley; Jeremy Morton, partner, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP; John Maxwell Hobbs, head of technology, BBC Scotland; Niko Waesche, founder and managing partner, German Media Pool; and Janne Morstøl, COO, T-VIPS.

Topics that will be addressed throughout the conference program include:
-understanding the current business climate,
-focusing on and optimizing business processes,
-revisiting customer-facing strategies,
-generating revenue in a changing environment,
-exploiting business opportunities and profitable trends,
-understanding changing customer requirements.

Further information about the IABM annual conference and an online registration form are available at www.theiabm.org/conference. More information about the IABM is available at www.theiabm.org.

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About the IABM:
The IABM, the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers, is the authoritative voice of the broadcast and media technology supply industry worldwide. Its wide range of services to members encompasses market research and intelligence, expert representation at standards bodies and broadcasting unions, executive networking opportunities, and preferential purchasing. A presence at every major broadcast tradeshow, the IABM also provides a valuable channel for communication between broadcast manufacturers, government, and regulatory bodies. Additional IABM activities include awards programs for innovation and scholarships designed to stimulate the development of the broadcast and electronic media industries on an international basis. For more information, please visit www.theiabm.org.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/IABM/KeynoteSpeakers.zip

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Visionary Solutions Powers High-Quality, Real-Time IP Video Streaming for the Asia-Pacific Offshore Industry

Based on a New Partnership With APAC Reseller Subsea Engineering, Visionary Solutions’ AVN Series Encoders Will be Deployed Onboard Support Vessels for the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Oct. 16, 2012 — Visionary Solutions Inc. today announced that Subsea Engineering Pte Ltd of Singapore, one of the premiere suppliers and equipment manufacturers for the offshore industry in the Asia-Pacific region, is utilizing the company’s AVN series of IP video encoders. The collaboration with Subsea Engineering dramatically expands Visionary Solutions’ customer base to include offshore vessels in the oil and gas industry, enabling boats, barges, and drilling rigs worldwide to deliver high-quality, real-time video signals to remote personnel located onshore. more

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Autoscript Prompters Chosen For New Qatari Studio Complex

Leading Regional Sports Channel Equips Three Studios

TWICKENHAM, UK, OCTOBER 16, 2012—Autoscript, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, announced today that Al Dawri & Al Kass (known as Al-Kass), a sports channel based in Doha, Qatar, has purchased multiple Autoscript prompting units and newsroom software for its new studio complex. The sale was completed by German distributor, Gruppe 3, and installed by systems integrator BFE.

Al-Kass, one of the key sports broadcasters in the Middle East region, broadcasts 24 hours a day, presenting mainly Gulf-based sports events including regional football and the Asian Games. It recently moved its production operations to a new complex at the Aspire Zone in Doha, also known as Doha Sport City. Al-Kass has three 600m² studios; one is used as a news studio, while the other two are used for live event coverage, recorded events, and sports-based magazine programs and talk shows. Each studio is equipped with three Autoscript LED 17” On Camera Units with WinPlus newsroom software and various accessories including Magno Foot Controls.

Juergen Loos, BFE, said, “Al-Kass’ main requirements for its prompting solutions in the new studios were reliability and functionality. They had previously used Autoscript prompters and were pleased to choose them again for their robustness and reliability for day-to-day studio operations.”

Simon Clark, Head of Sales and Support EMEA, Autoscript, said, “Al-Kass’ demanding production schedule in the fast-moving sports broadcasting arena requires that they have equipment they can depend on 24/7. Our innovative solutions are proven to provide that peace of mind to leading broadcasters around the world.”

About Autoscript
Autoscript is the world leader in the prompting industry, providing professional teleprompting equipment to broadcasters across the globe. Established in the UK in 1984, with headquarters in the UK and the US, Autoscript designs and builds innovative hardware, PC cards and software to meet real world needs and continually enhance the production process. A prime example of this is Autoscript’s latest product, the E.P.I.C. (Enhanced Prompting InformationCentre), an all-in-one prompter display and on-air talent monitor that vastly simplifies studio equipment, reduces power consumption and enables easier location prompting. Autoscript is a member of the Vitec Group.

For more information visit www.autoscript.tv

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

Vitec Videocom – innovative products around the camera.

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