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Audio Incorporated Chooses Genelec Active Monitors to take Post Production Sound at Outpost Digital to the Next Level

— Noted East Coast post facility adds three new Genelec 5.1 surround-monitoring systems for their two color mixing and mastering studios and Pro Tools editing suite —

Genelec, the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring, is pleased to announce that Outpost Digital, the leading New York City audio and video post production company whose clients include Dodge, Champion, ESPN, Cingular, IKEA and others, recently upgraded their audio system with the installation of three new 5.1 surround monitoring systems from Genelec. In the wake of an expansion last year that saw 13 new post suites added to the company’s existing facility, Outpost Digital’s two main coloring and mastering studios each now have a newly installed Genelec 5.1 monitoring system consisting of five 8240A Bi-Amplified Active Monitors for the L-C-R and rear surround arrays, and a 7270A Active Subwoofer. The facility’s Pro Tools editing suite is now equipped with a Genelec SE™ (Small Environment) Smart Active Monitor™ (SAM) System – aka Digital PowerPak – a 5.1 system using five 8130A Bi-Amplified Active Monitors and an SE7261A Active Subwoofer.

All of these new Genelec monitoring systems employ the company’s proprietary Smart Active Monitor (SAM) concept that includes GLM™ (Genelec Loudspeaker Manager software) and AutoCal™ (Automated Calibration software) technologies, which together create a self-calibrating monitoring solution that both guarantees accurate audio and ensures a steady-paced workflow. These products and technologies reflect Genelec’s recently introduced SAM concept, which allows monitors to be controlled with digital networking to enable the building of highly flexible computer-controlled systems of monitors. The Genelec system was sold to Outpost Digital by Audio Incorporated, of Roselle Park, NJ.

Genelec monitors are a favorite of post production facilities, says Mike Yorky, Director of Sales at Audio Incorporated. “Genelec’s DSP and Auto-Cal are well-suited for post facilities because they let those facilities adjust the focal point of the monitoring system to anywhere in the control room, which is brilliant for clients, who can have the sweet spot anywhere in any room customized for them,” he explains. “We sell a lot of Genelec speakers into the post market for that reason, as well as the fact that they sound great, offer incredibly accurate uncolored monitoring, and come with fantastic technical support after the sale.”

Chief Engineer Randy Main went with Genelec, he says, “because Genelec has been a trusted and reliable standard in the broadcast and film industry for years.” Outpost Digital is a full service post facility whose services range from offline editorial to final mastering. “When it came down to it, we were looking to standardize our facility on a monitoring technology that we could depend on to translate well inter-facility wide. When our clients are in the final mastering stage we know that the fidelity is reproduced perfectly and consistently through each stage of the process. Also it’s extremely important that the final sound translate well to any number of venues, whether it be theatrical, broadcast, live events, etc. The Genelec 8240s with their SAM technology was really a no brainer for us, especially with their intelligent auto calibration feature set. It was a critical tool in calibrating our listening environment to meet the acoustical challenges we faced when adjusting the sweet spots for both client and mix position.”

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com.

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Genelec Offers SpeakerAngle for Android and Update for iOS Devices

— Popular app allows users to correctly configure and match the angling of stereo or
surround-sound speaker systems —

Genelec, the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring, is proud to announce the latest news regarding its highly successful TEC Award-nominated SpeakerAngle app.

First, in response to popular demand, the app is now available for Android devices (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.genelec.apps&feature=nav_result#?t=W10), priced at just $ 0.99 USD. The Android version of SpeakerAngle is functionally and graphically identical to the popular iOS version released in August and already in use by thousands of audio professionals and home studio/theater owners. It works on all Android smartphones and tablets running OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) or later and equipped with a gyroscope chip, including the Samsung Galaxy II and III; the HTC Evo 3 and 4; the Google Nexus; and the Asus Transformer and Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Second, Genelec has announced the availability of SpeakerAngle version 1.2 for iOS devices as a free update on the Apple iTunes Store (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speakerangle/id549033688?mt=8). This latest version offers improved functionality that indicates when speakers are angled at +/- 3 degrees of 30 (the range of angles that will generally work best when speakers are equidistant from the listening position). All iOS versions of SpeakerAngle are fully compatible with iOS 6 and with the iPhone 4 and later (including the new iPhone 5), iPad 2 and later and iPhone Touch 4th Generation and later.

SpeakerAngle is the first digital tool that allows anyone to correctly set and match the angling (“toe-in”) of both stereo and 7.1 surround sound speakers, helping to ensure optimum audio fidelity. Easy and intuitive to use, SpeakerAngle was co-developed by Genelec and AudioApps (a new mobile apps company founded by industry veteran Howard Massey).

In the app, dedicated onscreen speaker icons move as the actual speaker is rotated, while number boxes below each speaker icon continuously display the angle of the speaker. The number boxes also change color to let users know when their speaker is angled within industry recommendations, and when it is angled to the same degree as the other one in the pair (i.e. left and right in stereo systems; front left / front right, rear left / rear right and side left / side right in 7.1 surround systems). Detailed information screens provide a tutorial on speaker angling, as well as step-by-step instructions for using SpeakerAngle.

“The Genelec SpeakerAngle app is a convenient and intuitive way to quickly set and confirm the angle of your speakers in your listening environment, and it was important to us that we listen to our loyal customers and meet their request for an Android version while continuing to offer enhanced functionality for iOS devices,” stated Will Eggleston, Genelec USA Marketing Director. “This is a perfect tool for recording engineers, system installers, home theater owners and anyone else working to get optimum sound from any loudspeaker system. The possibilities are exciting, and we look forward to audio enthusiasts everywhere putting it to good use.”

To use SpeakerAngle, simply select the desired mode of operation (Stereo or Surround), then place your Android or iOS device on top of the speaker you want to angle. Set the speaker so that it is facing straight towards you, then touch the corresponding speaker icon so that it lights up. Next, touch the icon’s number box to let SpeakerAngle know that the selected speaker is currently at “zero-axis.” Now physically rotate the speaker inwards (that is, towards the listening position). The selected speaker icon will move accordingly, and the number box below it will display the degree to which the speaker is angled. When the speaker is angled within the industry recommendation of 20 degrees to 45 degrees, the number box changes color, from red to green (light green when angled between 27 and 33 degrees). When you touch the speaker icon once again (or select any other speaker icon), the number box changes color to orange, and “freezes” the currently displayed angle. Next, touch the paired speaker icon (for example, the right speaker in a stereo system if you have just angled the left speaker). Pick up your Android or iOS device and place it on top of that speaker, then touch the number box below the speaker icon. Physically rotate the speaker inwards until the number box changes color to yellow, indicating that this speaker is now angled to the same degree as the first one. To continue experimenting with different speaker angles, you can start from scratch at any time by pressing SpeakerAngle’s RESET button.

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.

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Audio-Technica Launches Flagship 50 Series with New AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone

— The ultimate studio condenser vocal microphone, the AT5040 represents a milestone in design, build quality, and the depth, presence and purity of its sound quality —

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology currently celebrating “50 Years of Passionate Listening,” is launching its flagship 50 Series of elite studio microphones with the AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone. A-T’s ultimate studio vocal microphone, the hand-built AT5040 side-address condenser offers remarkably musical high-fidelity performance, with profound realism and depth, presence and purity of sound. Featuring a proprietary breakthrough element design, the AT5040 employs four ultra-thin (2 micron) rectangular diaphragms that function together providing combined surface area unachievable in a standard round diaphragm. Designed as a first-choice vocal microphone with smooth top end and controlled sibilance, the AT5040’s large-diaphragm characteristics and fast transient response also make it ideal for recording acoustic instruments such as piano, guitar, strings, and saxophone.

The first of A-T’s design criteria for the AT5040 was purity of sound. To achieve this, A-T engineers developed a four-part rectangular element, the pinnacle of recent breakthroughs in sound-capture technology. Four exquisitely matched diaphragms function together (with outputs proprietarily summed) as a single high-performance element – effectively the largest element Audio-Technica has ever created. By using four diaphragms as a single capsule, the AT5040 achieves remarkably large surface area without the increased weight and decreased transient response that are the expected limitations of expansive size.

Another key AT5040 design feature is advanced internal shock mounting that effectively decouples the capsule from the microphone body. For additional isolation, each AT5040 is also provided with Audio-Technica’s new AT8480 shock mount. Featuring a proprietary design, the AT8480 was engineered not only to isolate the microphone, but to rid the apparatus itself of any unwanted resonances and other audio aberrations that could be transmitted to the microphone. It also features a unique locking mechanism that holds the microphone securely in place.

Every AT5040 is hand-assembled and inspected for 100% quality control and is housed in an elegant case of aluminum and brass with gray chrome plating for durability and low reflectivity. Discreet components have been selected for optimized capsule performance; in fact, every aspect of microphone has been carefully considered to minimize any effects on the audio signal. To protect the AT5040, each microphone comes in a custom-designed hard-shell carrying case, padded with die-cut foam compartments for the microphone and shock mount.

The AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone, the first model in Audio-Technica’s new flagship 50 Series of elite studio microphones, will be available January 2013 with a U.S. MSRP of $2,999.00. For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Aphex® HeadPod 4 Nominated for TEC Award

Aphex®, a leader in audio enhancement technology for over 35 years, is proud to announce that its HeadPod 4 portable headphone amplifier has been nominated for a TEC (Technical Excellence & Creativity) Award in the category of Amplification Hardware/Studio & Sound Reinforcement. The 28th annual awards will be presented in January 2013 at the NAMM Convention in Anaheim, California.

“It’s a true honor to be recognized by industry professionals for outstanding technical achievement,” stated Rick McClendon, Aphex General Manager. “The HeadPod 4 is a product that we feel very strongly about, and to be noted by our peers is one of the biggest compliments we can receive. We are proud to have made the list, and we cross our fingers for a win in Anaheim!”

Artists love the HeadPod 4 for their studio and live performances – from the Letterman band to Korn to LMFAO, it’s the superior sound quality built into this signature Aphex product that makes it so popular with top artists, engineers and producers.

Founded in 1985, the Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards is the foremost program recognizing the achievements of audio professionals. Presented annually by the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio, the TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and other media. TEC Awards nominations are made by a panel of industry professionals and voted upon by members of various professional organizations and audio industry websites.

Aphex’s HeadPod 4™ is a compact, portable headphone amplifier capable of driving four separate stereo outputs with individual level controls from the selected input source. HeadPod 4 combines four independent Aphex stereo amplifiers and high quality converters in a rugged metal case and offers ultra low distortion and wide frequency response with headroom to spare. HeadPod 4 overcomes the limitations of typical headphone amps through the use of four completely independent stereo amplifier channels that ensure minimum distortion and crosstalk regardless of the headphone loads connected, resulting in consistent volume levels, crystal clear audio and no clipping. HeadPod 4 is suitable for a variety of applications, including desktop audio production, recording and broadcast studios, language labs, quality assurance listening stations and rehearsal rooms, and live sound venues such as houses of worship and schools.

For more information, please visit www.aphex.com.

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Marquee In Sydney First To Feature Martin Audio MLA Install

The first permanent installation of Martin Audio’s new award-winning Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) has taken place at the Marquee Nightclub in Sydney, Australia.

Part of The Star Casino complex overlooking Darling Harbour, ‘Marquee––The Star Sydney’ is more than just a nightclub. It represents a development of the Casino into a much larger leisure and retail complex with the emphasis on entertainment, nightlife and shopping.

Within this, the Marquee Nightclub stands out as an independent enterprise and part of an international franchise that includes some of the hottest clubs in the world. It is fitting, therefore, that in choosing MLA, the Marquee Nightclub should have commissioned the world’s most advanced sound system as the central component to what is comfortably the largest nightclub investment ever undertaken in Australia.

MLA is more familiar to high-end touring and vast festival audiences. But Technical Audio Group (TAG), Martin Audio’s Australian distributors, were given the thumbs-up to supply a system into the largest of the areas within the club called the Main Floor––¬¬the Boombox, VIP Room and Library being the others.

Describing the background of this project, TAG’s Director of Engineering, Anthony Russo, said that as leaders in the design and supply of high end nightclub systems spanning over 30 years, the company was invited to bid on the project by AVS and Rentals Sydney on behalf of their client The Strategic Group, owners and operators of TAO and Marquee in the USA. “One main advantage of our experience was that we could assume total responsibility, deliver a turnkey solution and provide long term 24/7 support.”

As importers of Martin Audio equipment, Russo realized that the client was already familiar with the brand having specified it in some of the Group’s American clubs. After being awarded the contract in late 2011 TAG tabled a proposal to supply the new flagship MLA Multi-cellular array system on the main dance floor. “Considered by many to be the most cutting edge system available, this was to be MLA’s first installation in the world and compatible with Marquee’s market position,” said Anthony.

With such headline acts as Will.I.Am, Redfoo and Avicii appearing at the club, the request “for no technical compromise” further justified the selection of MLA.

Given this exacting criterion, a team approach was required and Russo enlisted several of the best electro-acoustics engineers in Australia––Glenn Leembruggen of Acoustic Directions and David Gilfillan as the commissioning and alignment team, with TAG dealer, Paul Moss from S&VC handling installation and mechanical aspects. In conjunction with Matthew Kline from Australian Venue Services, Marquee brought in Adam Ward, their US operations expert, for equipment review and final commissioning.

The club itself has been designed around 13 zones over the two main rooms. Even coverage and control were paramount, delivering high SPL where required and comfortable clarity elsewhere. AECOM Sydney undertook internal acoustic treatment given the high SPLs generated and mechanical isolation was also essential for all speakers with premium industrial caged rubber/spring isolators installed throughout.

A major challenge for speaker selection was the unusually low ceiling height for a club of nine to 11 feet in some areas with a plethora of existing hydraulic and electrical services and the added constraints of a stretched Barrisol false ceiling over the dance floors, so that tight vertical dispersion characteristics were the order of the day.

The main dance floor speaker system is comprised of six MLA enclosures and six MLX sub bass, with 18 specially modified VHF bullet arrays ensuring it specs right out to 32KHz, according to Anthony.

With its six onboard amplifiers, cutting edge DSP and networking, and with peak capabilities of 140-145dB, MLA is barely idling at Marquee, delivering nightly levels of 120dB or more. “As MLA is unlike any other loudspeaker manufactured, its set up requires a venue optimization program to be loaded specific to the task, and is exclusively venue based,” confirms Anthony Russo. “The amazing ability to listening for hours on end with no fatigue is truly unique.”

But TAG’s involvement with the Marquee went well beyond a PA system for the Main Floor. Apart from the Boombox and the chill-out Library there are several other small, segregated areas of entertainment and bar systems

The dance systems deployed here include 20 Martin Audio W8LM line array elements plus VHF bullet arrays, and five WS218X subs––while the three bar areas are catered for with banks of Martin Audio OmniLine micro line arrays, totalling 76 elements, with specially suspended banks of AQ212 subs. And with DJs also playing inside the enormous unisex toilet, a high-end Martin Audio 6.8T and sub ceiling speaker system has been installed.

Finally, the DJ’s need for monitoring is well catered for with Martin Audio AQ215 subs, Blackline F12+ and LE 2100 monitors.

Summing up, the TAG director says, “Marquee Nightclub at The Star Sydney has just installed by far the most advanced, cutting edge sound system in the world … full stop. We are delighted to have been the company responsible for specifying and being part of the team. The most exciting aspect is reading countless reviews of events and seeing comments relating to the sound system such as ‘jaw dropping’, ‘amazing’, ‘killer system’ and ‘best ever sound’; the list of superlatives is never-ending.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

Vaddio Expands Operations to New Facility

Vaddio will be moving all operations Monday, November 19, 2012, to a new 67,000-square-foot Vaddio facility, nearly doubling the size of its current space. The new building, located in Minnetonka, Minn., will accommodate growing product research and development, and significantly expand manufacturing facilities.

“By expanding our engineering, product development and customer support departments internally, we’ve quickly outgrown our current space,” explains Mark Steen, COO of Vaddio. “We needed a larger facility to not only house these existing employees, but to plan for future growth in all areas of the company.”

Included in the new facility is an 80-person training room, as well as five technology-intensive demo rooms available for scheduling at vaddio.com. Each room will contain technology designed to work for different application-based environments including lecture capture, videoconferencing and live event broadcasts.

The new address will be:
131 Cheshire Lane

Suite 500

Minnetonka, MN 55305

Shipping will continue, but will be limited through November 26, 2012. If you have further questions please contact Stacy Kringlen at skringlen@vaddio.com or by phone at 763-971-4400.

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About Vaddio:
Vaddio is the leading manufacturer of specialty PTZ cameras and camera control systems used in the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast industries. Your customers demand cutting-edge technology that’s simple to use. You want equipment that’s easy to install and reliable to operate. Vaddio serves integrators and operators alike – with broadcast-quality PTZ cameras and control systems that deliver the performance you need with the convenience you demand. More information can be found on the Vaddio website, www.vaddio.com or at (800) 572.2011.

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John Kahn Appointed Chief Financial Officer Of NanoLumens®

John Kahn has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of NanoLumens®, according to an announcement made today by Rick Cope, President & CEO of the Georgia-based company that introduced the world to large-format flexible LED display technology. The appointment is effective immediately.

“We’re very excited to welcome John as our new CFO,” said Cope. “He comes to us with an exceptional track record and is certain to play a crucial role in this critically important time of growth for NanoLumens. With his experience and leadership abilities, we will be able to successfully accomplish both our short and long-term goals.”

Kahn has more than 25 years of strategic international financial experience that includes CFO roles at a variety of NASDAQ listed, private equity owned, and venture capital backed companies. Kahn, a Certified Public Accountant, is an accomplished and highly networked CFO who is experienced in working with technology-focused companies, both domestically and internationally. In addition to his strong financial background, Kahn also has significant experience managing legal, human resource, and information technology functions.

Most recently, Kahn was CFO of TeamStaff, Inc. where he helped the Company become a top-performing micro-cap stock and led a public offering. Kahn started his career with Arthur Andersen in the United Kingdom, before transferring to Silicon Valley, where he was part of Andersen’s Global High Technologies Industry Team and served as an Audit and Business Advisory Manager. Kahn then became CFO of various publicly traded, private equity and venture capital backed companies, achieving over 50% IRR for his investors.

Kahn is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a Chartered Global Management Accountant and a Certified Information Technology Professional. He is currently President of the Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Chartered Accountants in the United States (ACAUS) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). Kahn is also a past president of the Technology Executives Round-table (TER) and has a Bachelor of Science (Economics) degree from the University of Wales.

“I’m very proud and excited to be joining the NanoLumens team,” Kahn said today. “NanoLumens is doing things unlike any other digital signage provider in the industry, and I’m looking forward to doing my part to help them continue this unbelievable rate of growth. Their innovative technology is changing the way the world sees digital signage and I’m confident that I can use my experience and expertise to help take the company to the next level!”

NanoLumens displays are extremely slim, ultra-lightweight, energy efficient, and feature a bright, seamless, high resolution picture quality that can be viewed from any angle throughout the display horizon without color shift or image distortion. The company’s patented display technology, which allows customers to select from 4mm up to 10mm pixel pitch (depending on the model), promises to transform the way marketers engage their customers in every type of trade show, retail, hospitality, stadium, arena, transportation and public event environment.

NanoLumens displays are designed and engineered with the environment in mind, and consume significantly less energy per square foot than conventional digital displays. Further emphasizing their commitment to eco-friendly technology, NanoLumens displays are composed of up to 50 percent reclaimed materials, and are completely recyclable. What’s more, many NanoLumens displays can be serviced from the front, making maintenance easier than ever before possible.

Designed and assembled in the United States, NanoLumens displays are offered in standard configurations as well as design-specific configurations to fit virtually any size, shape or curvature in both the NanoFlex line of flexible displays and the NanoSlim line of fixed frame displays.

The Company’s technology has been named ‘Best LED Product’ of the year by Rental & Staging magazine in its 2012 INFOCOMM Product Awards Program, as well as being recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as a 2011 future-proof tech trend and cited by The Wall Street Journal in its 2010 Technology Innovations Awards. NanoLumens’ technology also received the 2011 Breakthrough Technology of the Year Award at the American Technology Awards. Digital Signage Magazine awarded the NanoLumens NanoFlex a 2011 DIGI Award for “Best New Display Device – Non-LCD or Plasma.”

About NanoLumens:
Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, NanoLumens, Inc. (www.nanolumens.com) is a privately held corporation engaged in the research, product development, marketing and sales of unique flexible and fixed large-format LED displays that address a yawning technology gap in the $14 billion digital display industry. Since its founding in 2006, NanoLumens has built a portfolio of more than 20 international families of issued and filed patents on its flexible display technology that effectively address the commercial market void between relatively small flat-panel displays and huge, limited application LED boards. NanoLumens technology is not constrained by standard sizes and shapes, or by the weight, noise and cost issues traditionally associated with commercial LED products.

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Tecom introduces New Gooseneck Microphones Line

The new TGM product line from Tecom Electronics offers a complete range of gooseneck microphones which perfectly fit the classroom and auditorium environments.
The microphones are immune from mobile phone interference and offer several cardioid condenser options. The TGM microphones, used on hundreds of TecPodium Lecterns, are highly reliable and quick to install in a classroom podium, teacher workstation or a boardroom.
The new product line features professional condenser gooseneck microphones for various applications: large-scale conferences, classrooms and auditoriums, public addresses and outdoor speeches.
The TGM line offers high performance, extremely clear sound, high sensitivity and low self-noise.
The flexible gooseneck, with a standard 3 Pin XLR connection, is highly durable and includes red LED indication.

Read more on Tecom Gooseneck Microphones

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