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On Stage Audio and HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers are Clear Winners at Presidential Debates

NORTHRIDGE, California – Audio rental systems provider On Stage Audio has supplied JBL VRX Constant Curvature loudspeakers for use in all three presidential debates and the vice presidential debate. The presidential debates took place at the University of Denver on October 4, Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on October 16, and Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida on October 22. Additionally, the vice presidential debate took place October 11 at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

The audio system for each event remained consistent across the different locations, with JBL VRX932LA portable line arrays arranged in clusters of two each in left-center-right configurations, with two additional delay fills of two VRX932LA loudspeakers each. Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers powered the system, with processing handled by a dbx SC32.

Larry Estrin served as Audio and Production Communications Director for the Commission on Presidential Debates, overseeing the audio/video systems for each event. “High-profile events such as the presidential and vice presidential debates leave zero margin for error when it comes to the audio reinforcement system—it is imperative that the system performs flawlessly,” Estrin said. “As was the case during the debates four years ago, the JBL loudspeakers once again delivered high-quality, reliable sound.”

While On Stage Audio’s Chicago-based facility provided similar audio system packages for each of these three locations, JBL’s ability to provide a variety of loudspeakers for different needs helped overcome any acoustical challenges that may have arose in each venue.

“The combination of JBL VRX loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and dbx processing gave us a high-performing and consistent audio system that we were able to deploy in several different environments,” said Jim Risgin, Vice President of On Stage Audio.

On Stage Audio’s Chicago-area rental services facility can be reached in Wood Dale, IL at (630) 227-1008 or on the web at http://www.osacorp.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.

HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Performer Passes Touring Induction with Flying Colours

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom — The newly launched Si Performer integrated sound and lighting control desk from HARMAN’s Soundcraft has made its world debut—mixing the current UK club tour for rapidly emerging Sony artiste Kyla La Grange.

West Country PA company Amber Audio is the first rental house to pilot the board and co-owner Paul Bullimore (handling Kyla’s FOH mix) is loving the experience.

Amber Audio was already a fan of Soundcraft technology, with an inventory including GB4, GB8, K1 and Series 2—as well as the popular Si Compact 32, which Paul and partner Alan Burgess purchased 18 months ago. Yet Bullimore believes the Si Performer 3 (32-channel version) is more akin to the superior Soundcraft Vi platform—particularly with its assignable Gain, Pan and HPF functions.

“We had inquired about Soundcraft desk updates with this tour in mind and the timing of the Si Performer launch couldn’t have been better,” Bullimore reported. “When Soundcraft showed us the new desk it contained everything that was good about the Si Compact 32—along with even better features, such as the independent LCD channel screens and eight assignable VCA groups, which the Compact didn’t have.

“But the strongest attribute is the select fader function which allows you to assign any fader to any job, and build the work surface you want specifically for the show you’re working on. The other notable feature is the TOTEM touch [The One Touch Easy Mix] which allows you to get to your mix with one button push; so the board is definitely quicker to navigate enabling engineers to get straight on and use it.”

Since Amber Audio also handles one-off shows and dry hires in addition to touring, Paul Bullimore believes that the lighting function will have a major role to play, providing control of a single DMX512 universe. “There are customers we hire to who will love the ability to do simplistic lighting scenes with this desk,” he predicted.

As for road tours, the physical advantages of the Si Performer stand out. “As a touring desk to have 32ch measuring under 1m in width, which I can carry on my own and put in the back of a splitter bus, is amazing. The Si Performer fits comfortably into small format venues—yet there’s so much under the bonnet.”

In particular, he singles out the 14 mix busses —which when touring small venues and theatres with part-equipped house rigs has enabled him to handle monitor mixes from FOH. “Most in-house desks I’d be working on during this tour would be unable to handle five- or six-way monitor mixes and in ears; they wouldn’t have the physical outputs do it. Being able to bring the Si Performer into small venues enhances stage sound for the band, making a more enjoyable performance for everyone.”

The list of attributes extends to the FX. “Using in-house desks I’d rarely have more than two FX busses to play with but now we can use all four Lexicon FX—vocal hall and plate reverbs, varying delays, drum plate etc on this tour, while the preamps are crystal clear and transparent, the gain pots responsive and the BSS EQ robust.

In summary, he said, “The Si Performer is fantastic and the feedback I have had from engineers couldn’t be more positive; they all speak of the ease of getting around the work surface and how quickly they can be up and running on the board. Most importantly they say it sounds a lot better than comparable desks while several technical managers have commented that they see the DMX feature as a real asset.”

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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B.M.C. Audio Introduces Integrated Amplifier With Built-in Power Amp Upgrade Option

Housing a Wealth of Exclusive Features, the AMP CS2 Delivers
High-End Reproduction that’s Natural, Neutral and Transparent

GESEKE, GERMANY, Oct. 16, 2012 — Balanced Music Concept (B.M.C.) Audio, a developer and manufacturer of high-performance, high-value audiophile components, is introducing into the U.S. market the AMP CS2 Power Amplifier. The AMP CS2 delivers 2 channels of 200 Watts housed in a sturdy aluminum chassis with large Power and Volume buttons and an easily read Power Meter.

The AMP CS2 is notable for a built-in option that automatically changes it from operating as an integrated amplifier with B.M.C.’s exclusive Load Effect Free (LEF) technology into a stereo power amplifier with LEF by simply connecting it to a B.M.C. digital-to-analog converter (DAC).One of a series of amplifiers B.M.C. developed to deliver music to loudspeakers purely, naturally and neutrally, the AMP CS2 also features a full package of B.M.C.’s unique and exclusive technologies, including LEF amplification, Current Injection (CI), and Discrete Intelligent Gain Management (DIGM). Used together, as in the Amp CS2, they lead listeners to a previously unheard level of musical transparency.

Contributing to the exceptional sound are a short, pure signal path, and the absence of distortion. Instead of compensating for distortion as other amps do through a negative feedback loop, the AMP CS2 simply avoids it, believing that it’s better to avoid distortion from the start than to try to correct it later.

Users can take advantage of the built-in upgrade option by combining the AMP CS2 with a B.M.C. DAC, which transforms the CS2 into a stereo power amp, while retaining all of B.M.C.’s exclusive technologies.

And all of the AMP CS2′s dynamic power. The amplifier outputs 2 channels of 200 Watts into 8 Ohms, and 2 channels of 360 Watts into 4 Ohms. A fully regulated power supply with a large 2kW toroidal transformer, and energy storage by specially designed balanced current capacitors, provide the muscle behind the music even as the amp, itself, runs cool and quietly. In addition, an innovative electronic stabilization circuit filters voltage ripples and other disturbances out of the supply voltage, ensuring exceptional tranquility and dynamic stability.

Three Technologies
The AMP CS2 includes three technologies developed by and exclusive to B.M.C.:

Load Effect Free (LEF) Technology handles a speaker’s current demand separately from the voltage demand. This helps the amplifier achieve high output and high-quality reproduction. It provides a top-level signal without voltage amplification, and increases efficiency. The result is a level of musical complexity that brings to life delicate details, rock-shaking power, high dynamics, sonic vitality, and accurate imaging.

Current Injection (CI) Technology processes the input current from a signal source through a special XLR-CI input and the amplifier’s circuitry until it attains the desired output voltage for the loudspeakers, increasing the purity of the amplified signal and the immediacy of its musical reproduction.

Digital Intelligent Gain Management (DIGM) is a volume and amplification control system that recalibrates gain without dividing and downgrading the input signal. It enables users to adjust left/right output balances in 66 1-decibel increments. It also avoids unnecessary attenuation of the input signal and excessive amplification, eliminates the need for a preamp circuit, and allows a DAC to directly connect to the amplifier. Less amplification means less distortion and noise, which leads to a more natural musical quality

B,M.C.'s AMP CS2

Exhibiting the modular construction and massive build quality typical of B.M.C. components, the AMP CS2 is housed in a sturdy aerospace-grade aluminum chassis using the finest components available. Large Power and Volume buttons and an easily read Power Meter enhance the front panel.

A variety of inputs and outputs — including XLR-CI, RCA and optical
connections — help the AMP CS2 take advantage of its advanced technologies.

A handsome aluminum remote control is included to operate the AMP CS2. Rear-panel connections include 2 pairs of balanced XLR-CI inputs, 3 pairs of unbalanced RCA inputs, 2 pairs of speaker outputs, an optical input and output for stereo operation, and an AC power connection.

The AMP CS2 Power Amplifier is available now from authorized B.M.C. Audio dealers at a suggested price of $8,390 (U.S. MSRP).

About B.M.C. Audio
B.M.C. Audio, based in Germany, is a developer and manufacturer of innovative audiophile components that combine a radically different approach with unconventional technologies, modular designs and affordable prices for music lovers with the highest expectations.

For further technical information, visit B.M.C. Audio’s website at www.BMC-audio/de/en or the Aaudio Imports website at www.aaudioimports.com

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MythBusters Test the “Frequency of Fear” with Meyer Sound’s New 1100-LFC

When Discovery Channel’s MythBusters set out to test the claim that subaudible low-frequency sounds near 19 Hz can instill feelings of discomfort, dread, and even outright terror, they turned to Meyer Sound and Dr. Roger Schwenke, the company’s staff scientist and honorary MythBuster, for assistance.

Filming for the “fear frequency” segment took place in and around four abandoned cabins at a secluded forest resort in Northern California. To test the theory, the show enlisted 10 volunteers to spend time in the cabins.

“One cabin was subjected to infrasonic sound while the other control cabins had no sound,” says Schwenke. “Although the cabins were essentially identical, the idea was to ask the participants if one cabin seemed more eerie or frightening than the others.”

Unbeknownst to the subjects, a U-shaped array of nine modified Meyer Sound 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements was hidden behind one of the cabins to create the ultra-low sounds.

“We used the U-shape to get the 1100-LFCs as close together as possible,” explains Schwenke, “and to direct any higher overtones away from the cabin so we could get the infrasonic level as high as possible without anything being audible.”

It turns out that nine of the potent 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements were more than needed. “We had to be careful with the level because, at around 95 dB, we started rattling the cabin walls,” recalls Schwenke. “That would have been a dead giveaway.”

Did the MythBusters debunk or confirm the myth? Schwenke isn’t saying: “I did feel a sense of unease. You could tell when it was on even though you couldn’t hear anything. It was more of a whole-body, change-in-the-air sensation, an undefined ominous feeling.”

To find out if the myth was officially confirmed, busted, or deemed merely plausible, tune in to the Discovery Channel on October 28 at 8 PM. The 2012 Halloween edition marks Schwenke’s seventh appearance on the phenomenally popular TV series. In previous episodes, Schwenke applied his expertise and Meyer Sound technical resources to urban myths associated with movie gunshots and explosionsextinguishing flames with sound, the echo of a duck’s call, a human voice breaking glass, and the infamous “brown note.”

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Video: Blackhawk Audio Unveils New Meyer Sound LEO at Beach Festival

At the ultimate beach party in Florida, DeLuna FestBlackhawk Audio demonstrated how its brand new Meyer Sound LEO system delivered what it was built for: to carry a whole new level of musical fidelity and impact for long distances.

Featuring Clint Aull, production manager of DeLuna, and Rick Shimer and Jamie Nixon of Nashville-based Blackhawk Audio, this first LEO video explains the linearity philosophy behind LEO, and how LEO has raised the bar for large-scale sound reinforcement.

The LEO system at DeLuna included the LEO-M line array loudspeaker, MICA line array loudspeaker, 1100-LFC low-frequency control element, and the Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system. Artists who played on the LEO system included Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, The Gaslight Anthem, The Joy Formidable, Fitz and The Tantrums, and The Wallflowers.

“No matter where you went, the LEO was in your face. The fidelity of the system is just incredible.” – Jamie Nixon, Blackhawk Audio

Video: Blackhawk Audio Unveils Its New Meyer Sound LEO at Beach Festival

Learn more about the Meyer Sound LEO at www.meyersound.com/leo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HARMAN Professional Institutes Direct Distribution In India

BANGALORE, India — Underscoring its determination to support growth in the India market and serve its professional audio and systems integration communities more comprehensively, HARMAN Professional today announced the immediate implementation of a direct distribution model in India. The announcement follows an extensive investment by HARMAN Professional in India-based R&D, operations sales and support and — according to HARMAN Professional President, Blake Augsburger — reflects his determination to serve customers with the best products, the best programs and the most appropriate channel strategy for that market.

“Having invested so much time and resources into developing a strong product offering for the India market, we are determined that as many potential customers as possible get access to this winning lineup,” Augsburger said today. “Our distribution strategy is to act as the market dictates and, in doing so, to provide a broad array of professional customers with the best possible systems and support.”

HARMAN’s switch to direct distribution includes the opening of new regional sales offices to support audio professionals with application engineering and sales support; new service centers across the subcontinent to ensure optimal deployment and customer service; project design and application support to address increasing convergence system sophistication and comprehensive warehousing to ensure availability of the right products in the correct region at the appropriate time. The net gain to customers in the Indian professional audio community is that HARMAN will be easier to work with and there will be greater availability of product and better, more expansive support.

Leading HARMAN Professional operations for India is David McKinney, who was recently appointed Senior Director, India Operations for the Professional Division. McKinney, a 12-year veteran of HARMAN Professional with a demonstrated capacity to build and lead organizations in emerging markets, previously established HARMAN Professional’s Asia Regional Sales office in Kuala Lumpur where he achieved significant success at establishing the organization and growing the business.

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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HARMAN’s Studer Takes Broadcast Academy to Colorado Sound Recording Studios

WESTMINSTER, Colorado — On Friday, November 9, HARMAN’s Studer is hosting a Studer Broadcast Academy and open house recording session at Colorado Sound Recording Studios in Westminster, Colorado. From 9 am to 12 pm, Studer will host its Studer Broadcast Academy Vista Foundation course, while the recording session will take place from 1 pm to 4 pm, with 4 pm to 8 pm set aside for listening to the tracks.

The sessions will take place in the newly refurbished Soundcraft Studer truck, which features a range of Soundcraft Studer digital mixing consoles, JBL Professional LSR Series studio monitors and AKG microphones and headphones. With the redesign and refurbishment, the Soundcraft Studer truck can now demonstrate up to six mixing consoles at any one time.

The truck also includes a “mouse hole” that enables wires to be fed through the belly of the truck and patched into the I/O of any of the consoles on board and take feeds from those external sources. Using this mouse hole feature, a live band will be recorded in Colorado Studios and mixed in the truck.

The Vista Foundation introductory module provides a unique opportunity to work with Studer factory experts to learn the basic operating philosophy and signal flow of the Vista mixing system and provide an overview of the surface. It includes plenty of hands-on time with the consoles to enable students to get comfortable with the renowned Vistonics™ user-interface, the layout and operation. Attendees will also learn the role of each segment of the Vista system, from the point of entry at a mic pre, following the signal flow through to bringing that mic to a channel on the surface. This is a perfect module for those completely new to the Vista consoles and even audio, and also for those needing a basic refresher course.

“We are looking forward to hosting the Studer Broadcast Academy and recording session here at Colorado Sound,” said Kevin Clock, Owner of Colorado Sound. “We pride ourselves on providing artists with top-quality recording services using world-class technology, and working with the newly refurbished Soundcraft Studer truck will be a unique way to showcase our facilities and HARMAN equipment.”

For more information on Colorado Sound Recording Studios, please visit www.coloradosound.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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MuxLab’s New HD-SDI Balun is Ideal for HD CCTV

TORONTO, ONTARIO, Security Canada Central 2012, Booth # 931 – MuxLab Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of the newest addition to its HD-SDI family; the HD-SDI Balun (500701). This new product allows one HD-SDI signal to be transmitted up to 150 ft (45m) via Cat5e cable at HD resolution in a point-to-point configuration.

Ideal for various applications such as video production, broadcasting, post-production, and medical imaging displays, the 500701 is ideal for HD CCTV and supports SD, HD and 3G resolutions. This new balun supports transmission of up to 2.97/3.0 Gbps uncompressed, un-encrypted digital video within television facilities and between professional video equipment.

“To make things simple, the 500701 also comes as a two-pack (500701-2PK) and the unit works with devices such as camcorders, video processors, monitors, projectors, and any equipment supporting HD-SDI single link” said Marc Bohbot, MuxLab’s Director of R&D. “We are extremely excited about the launch of this new product”.

The 500701 also supports up to 400 ft (120m) via Cat5e cable at SD resolution. The unit features a cast aluminum enclosure for maximum EMI/RFI shielding making it the obvious choice for various installations.

About MuxLab

MuxLab Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of connectivity solutions that allow CCTV and Audio-Video equipment to be connected via cost-efficient Cat5e/6 copper twisted pair in the structured cabling environment. For over 25 years, the MuxLab brand has been synonymous with quality, performance and reliability. MuxLab solutions streamline cabling by reducing material, space and installation costs. Even after installation, MuxLab products help save time and money by facilitating moves, adds, and changes.

For more information;

www.muxlab.com

videoease@muxlab.com

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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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