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Advanced Systems Group Focuses on Asset Management with Free Webinar

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. –Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, will host “The ABCs of MAM,” a free webinar that will spotlight media asset management solutions, on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at 10 a.m. Hosted by ASG’s Tyler Berry, the 90-minute webinar will offer perspectives from axle video, B4M, a Primestream Company, and CatDV, all of which specialize in MAM technologies.

Sam Bogoch, CEO of axle video, will showcase the company’s affordable and intuitive software, which can organize assets on shared storage from any Web browser on a PC, Mac, or iPad. Nicholas Smith, technical sales manager at channel partner JB&A, will explore the CatDV cross-platform software solution, which provides a number of tools beyond asset management, including logging, transcoding, and subtitling. Warren Arenstein, Primestream senior vice president of business development, will talk about FORK software suite, which offers a seamless end-to-end platform for digital acquisition of live and file-based video content, media asset management, cloud asset management, editing, logging, control room and master control playback, smart phone and tablet video contribution, publishing to the Web, and dynamic archiving. The presentations will be followed by a short Q&A session.

“With so much content and so many formats, it’s easy for any broadcaster, production house, or post facility to get disorganized in a hurry,” said Dave Van Hoy, ASG president. “Digital asset management is an essential part of today’s video operations. We hope our webinar will help members of our audience ask the right questions when considering asset management systems for their facilities.”

To register for “The ABC’s of MAM,” or for more information, visit http://www.asgllc.com/events/am-webinar-event.

About ASG:

Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., with offices in the Bay Area and Southern California, has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative, and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in Apple-based newsroom systems, shared storage, archiving, editing, finishing, and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 185 SANs, production, and post production systems over the last six years. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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Clear-Com Improves Delivery of Event Services at Mars Discovery District

Tempest2400 Wireless Intercoms with Seamless Roaming Ensure Reliable Communications

TORONTO, NOVEMBER 28, 2012 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is providing MaRS Discovery District, an organization focused on developing Canada’s next generation of growth companies, with uninterrupted wireless communications across its Toronto facility. Always staying at the forefront of innovation, MaRS is one of the first companies to take advantage of Clear-Com’s Tempest®2400 digital wireless intercom with the new Seamless Roaming feature. This capability allows the MaRS technical crew members to move freely throughout the spacious MaRS facility with dependable wireless coverage and provide customer support faster than ever before.

To effectively service its numerous meetings and events each month, the MaRS staff required clear communication in several key locations including the control room, a 4,600-square-foot auditorium in the lower concourse level, and six classrooms that span approximately 9,600-square-feet on ground level. The organization previously employed mobile phones and rented two-way radios to address the challenge, but those devices lacked reception and coverage in many areas. With the Tempest2400 and its Seamless Roaming feature, the MaRS staff can now keep in contact without signal dropout regardless of where they are located in the complex. This has added tremendous efficiency to the organization’s overall workflow and has allowed MaRS to more effectively respond to its customers.

“Our decision to use Clear-Com was based on our past experiences with the company, our knowledge of its stellar reputation within the industry and our confidence in its brand and products,” notes Michael Heath, Manager of Audio Visual Event Services, MaRS. “During live events, communication throughout the venue between our operating staff, especially our remote camera personnel and stage managers, was essential. Thanks to Clear-Com, we were able to resolve this issue with one comprehensive system.”

GerrAudio, Clear-Com’s exclusive Canadian distributor, in conjunction with the radio frequency expert, RP Dynamics, provided MaRS with its new intercom systems. Two Tempest2400 BaseStations with ZSync™ Roaming Dongles are installed in the control room. MaRS also acquired eight Tempest2400 BeltStations and eight Clear-Com CC-300 headsets. From the control room, production operators easily monitor and can quickly configure the wireless systems with a few clicks via Tempest’s T-Desk software. MaRS also purchased a spare remote antenna to ensure expanded coverage if its intercom needs ever changed.

“We’re proud that a notable innovation hub such as MaRS is taking advantage of Clear-Com’s latest wireless product on the market,” says Jay Wallace, Regional Sales Manager, Northwestern USA, Clear-Com. “The Tempest2400 with Seamless Roaming has helped MaRS become more productive, reduce its service delivery time and raise customer satisfaction levels.”

MaRS provides science, technology and social entrepreneurs with top-notched advisors, relevant programs, physical facilities, funding and networks to build their businesses. In 2013, the MaRS Collaboration Centre plans to double in size, extending to 1.5 million square feet, to establish itself as one of the largest urban innovation hubs in the world.

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com®, an HME company, is the global leader in critical voice communication systems for professional productions. Since 1968, Clear-Com has developed and marketed a comprehensive range of analog, digital and IP-based wired and wireless intercom technologies for party-line and point-to-point communications. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communication solutions. More information about Clear-Com can be found at www.clearcom.com.

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Revolabs Selects Business Octane as the Master Distributor of the Revolabs FLX(TM) Wireless Conference Phone in the Indian Market

SUDBURY, Mass. — Nov. 28, 2012 — Revolabs Inc. today announced that the company has signed a distribution agreement with Business Octane, an enterprise collaboration and learning accelerator solution provider based in Gurgaon, India. Under the agreement, Business Octane will be the master distributor of the Revolabs FLX(TM) wireless conference phone in the Indian market. more

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Steve Below Joins PESA as Global Product Manager

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and build manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, today announced that Steve Below joined the company on Aug. 10 as global product manager for PESA’s C58 Digital Media System and HDcctv product lines. He is responsible for business development, marketing, and sales.

Below has held management positions with several of high-tech companies, including Digital Fusion and Analytical Services, Inc. Most recently, he served as director of business development and strategic partnerships at JBM.

“Steve is no stranger to technology, and he has a 20-year track record of successful new business development experience,” said Chuck Tillett, president and COO of PESA. “Under his guidance, we anticipate significant growth of our HDcctv product line and a successful launch of the new C58-DMS.”

Below is based out of the company’s main office in Huntsville. He can be reached at (256) 327-8046 or via e-mail at sbelow@pesa.com.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners.

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Sugarland’s Kristian Bush to Keynote 4th Annual Nahville Recording Workshop + Expo 2013

NASHVILLE: Kristian Bush, one-half of the award-winning super-duo, Sugarland, will deliver the keynote address to kick off the 4th annual Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo. NRW+E 2013 returns to the Rocketown Event Center in downtown Nashville, February 15 & 16.

A singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and personal studio owner, Bush joins a prestigious list of artists including: Ricky Skaggs, Ben Folds and Keb Mo, who have who have set the tone for previous NRW+E events by highlighting the role of technology in the creative process. Joining Bush for an aural romp through the stages of a recent production will be his long-time collaborator, producer/engineer, Tom Tapley.

NRW+E is designed to share the expertise of audio pros with home studio owners, be they musicians, songwriters, producers or engineers. The event will feature showcase presentations by top industry professionals; exhibits by many leading audio gear manufacturers and, an opening evening reception. The Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo 2013 is presented by the AES Nashville Section in conjunction with the Audio Engineering Society.

“The highly successful Project Studio Expo introduced at the recent 133rd AES Convention in SF, was modeled in no small part on NRW+E,” said event Chair, Jim Kaiser. “Last year the program formula truly jelled. The balance of information in the three tracks: Production, Engineering and Songwriting/Publishing, offered ample learning opportunities for every attendee, regardless of their primary interests. Our special focus on live presentations, including in-depth, end-of-day project profiles by Keb Mo and Beth Neilsen Chapman, was particularly well received. Rocketown proved an excellent venue, and all our attendees were informed, entertained and inspired,” Kaiser adds.

Industry notables who have presented at previous NRW+Es include: George Massenburg, Russ Long, Nathan Chapman, Glenn Meadows, Rich Adler and Lynn Fuston. This year’s program is being developed now, and program updates will soon be online. Registration information and exhibition/sponsorship details for this very affordable event can be found online at www.nashvillerecordingworkshop.com.

“Discounts and early-bird rates are available for students and members of a number of professional organizations. An NRW+E registration is the perfect holiday gift for the recordist on your list,” Kaiser concludes.

Photo: Kristian Bush of Sugarland, is keynote speaker for the Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo, Feb. 15

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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Atlona(R) to Host AtlonaAcademy Webinar “HDMI Troubleshooting: Exploring Critical Elements of Digital Connectivity” on Dec. 4

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Nov. 28, 2012 — Atlona(R) today announced that the company will be hosting the AtlonaAcademy webinar “HDMI Troubleshooting: Exploring Critical Elements of Digital Connectivity” on Dec. 4 at 6 a.m. PST and 10 a.m. PST. The one-hour sessions will explore the root causes of HDMI(R) connectivity problems, and the latest technologies and tools being used to combat these issues. more

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Meridian Audio Announces Series of Powerful Performance Enhancements

Meridian Audio’s research team has announced a series of powerful performance enhancements to the company’s most advanced products such as the 808 Signature Reference Compact Disc Player and 861 Reference Digital Surround Controller. Meridian has also upgraded the performance of the DSP7200 Digital Active Loudspeaker with new DSP developments including a new psychoacoustically-based feature to allow the adjustment of image height in home theater applications.

808 Signature Reference CD Player
The Compact Disc still offers the widest music catalog and exceptional quality – particularly if replayed through the highest class system. Meridian was an early leader in CD playback technology, and Meridian’s 808 delivers on the ultimate promise of the Compact Disc. This latest edition 808 includes improved technology and components that enhance audio quality in a number of areas. There is also a plate commemorating 30 years of the format along with the signatures of Meridian’s co-founders.

861 Reference Digital Surround Controller
Meridian invented the digital surround-sound controller, and the highest expression of the art of surround-sound is provided by the latest edition of the 861 Reference Digital Surround Controller. With unparalleled surround-sound playback capabilities, the new version of this product includes improved technology in a number of areas and the addition of brand new features such as the ability to manage center-channel height imaging in conjunction with the new DSP7200HC loudspeaker.

DSP7200 Digital Active Loudspeaker and DSP7200HC Horizontal Center
The DSP7200 has been a popular part of the Meridian Digital Active Loudspeaker range since its introduction in 2007. Now with improved technology and components, it provides even purer audio performance, while new DSP developments provide additional features including innovative music modes and, in the Horizontal Center version, a new proprietary, psychoacoustically-based feature called Center Elevation, that allows the adjustment of image height in home cinema applications – delivering a truly seamless experience when integrated into the Meridian Digital Theater system.

Availability on all models: late November

ABOUT MERIDIAN AUDIO
Meridian Audio is based in Cambridgeshire, UK, and was founded in 1977 by psychoacoustics expert, Bob Stuart and design engineer, Allen Boothroyd. With over 35 years’ history of innovation and development of uncompromised consumer home entertainment systems offering exceptional performance, this award-winning company is widely recognised as a world leader in high-quality audio and video reproduction. Meridian developed the first audiophile CD player, the world’s first consumer digital surround controller, and the MLP lossless packing system included in Blu-ray Disc. The company’s optical disc players, DSP-based loudspeakers, video projectors, and scalers are unique in the industry, maintaining a super-quality digital signal throughout the path from the studio to the home, using advanced digital signal processing to deliver natural sound and smooth, crystal-sharp images with true cinematic realism. In 2008, Meridian established its Automotive division and has since developed in-car entertainment systems featuring their unique Trifield technology for models including the McLaren MP12C supercar, the Range Rover Evoque, and more recently, the luxury Jaguar XJ Ultimate.

Visit: http://www.meridian-audio.com

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HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays Rock the Crowd at Germany’s 20th Anniversary Arsch Huh Music Festival

NORTHRIDGE, California – The recent Arsch Huh music festival in Cologne, Germany was one of the largest of the year, with 85,000 people enjoying performances by more than 25 bands including BAP, Bläck Fööss, Brings, Tommy Engel and other notable German artists. The concert, organized in 1992 to stand against racism, celebrated its 20th anniversary with spectacular sound courtesy of Sirius Showequipment AG and an audio system featuring HARMAN’s JBL VTX Series line arrays.

“We were one of Europe’s first users of the JBL VTX Series and knew from previous experience that they are remarkably clear and powerful, especially for their size and they would be ideal for this big outdoor festival event,” said Wolfgang “Schabbach” Neumann of Sirius. For the main PA the company deployed two left and right towers with 15 VTX V25 fullsize line array elements and eight S28 subwoofers per side. In addition, several delay towers were set up, with the main (first delay line) towers each containing seven V25 line array elements.

The speakers were driven by 30 Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers, and Neumann and his crew used HARMAN’s JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software to set up and tune the system.

“We had more than 25 bands and artists going on and off the stage and a number of different front of house engineers using this VTX-based system for the very first time,” Neumann said. “Some of them performed only two or three songs. As a result there was not much time to get the sound right for each act. We also had the added pressure of knowing that the entire 5 1/2-hour show was being broadcast live on German television.”

“However, using the new JBL VTX Series is easily explained,” Neumann continued. “You switch it on, you power up your desk, you push the faders up and the sound is already there, sounding really great right from the start.”

In addition, Neumann noted that the Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amplifier is an ideal match for VTX. “It’s the most powerful amp on the planet,” Neumann said. “We’ve experimented with other amplifiers including 4-channel models but I would say that 2-channel amplifiers, especially the I-Tech 12000 HD, have more power when you push the masters to ’11.’ It also helps that the VTX Series and Crown amps work hand in hand with Performance Manager, which works very well and is easy to operate.”

“Achim Schnall, front of house mixer for headliner BAP told me it was ‘an easy to mix on system,’ and our front of house ‘babysitter’ engineer Daniel Schindler told me that for him the system was ‘unbelievably powerful and easy to operate,’” Neumann added. “Without a doubt, the JBL VTX Series are the most efficient and best-sounding loudspeakers we have ever had in our inventory.”

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 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

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Foxtel Chooses Digital Rapids Encoding and Streaming Solutions for Ground-Breaking Foxtel Go Service

November 28, 2012 — Sydney, Australia: Digital Rapids has been chosen by Foxtel to provide encoding and streaming solutions to underpin Foxtel’s ground-breaking new video initiatives. Foxtel has purchased StreamZ Live adaptive streaming encoders and the Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager multi-encoder management system to power the new Foxtel Go App.

The Digital Rapids encoders and management software are being used to provide IP streams for Foxtel on Xbox 360, Foxtel on Connected TV, and the Foxtel Go App. They were also used to provide IP streams for the hugely successful Foxtel LONDON 2012 Olympic Games App.

“Foxtel Go is an exciting new way for our customers to watch our premium TV shows, series and sport on the go, and it was imperative the service be built on a technical foundation that delivers the superior quality and reliability that our customers demand,” said Foxtel Executive Director of Product, Jim Rudder. “Digital Rapids solutions met our stringent criteria, and their outstanding support is also a critical factor to our success.”

“We’re excited that Foxtel has chosen our solutions to power their innovative Foxtel Go App,” said Neville Paterson, Sales Manager, Asia Pacific at Digital Rapids. “Our encoding and streaming solutions deliver exceptional quality and performance for service providers expanding their reach to new platforms ranging from game consoles to mobile devices, and we look forward to working closely with Foxtel in the future as their services continue to grow.”

The StreamZ Live family of encoders delivers an industry-leading combination of outstanding quality, reliability, versatility and easy operation in powerful configurations for multi-platform live streaming applications. Adaptive streaming models of StreamZ Live encode and stream live HD and SD content with superior quality and performance for delivery through both standard streaming protocols and the latest generation of adaptive streaming technologies. The Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager software provides enterprise-class management, automation, monitoring and fault tolerance for multiple live streaming encoders, with features including scheduling, automated failover and alert notifications.

For more information about StreamZ Live, Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager and other Digital Rapids solutions, please visit www.digitalrapids.com.

About Digital Rapids Corporation — Digital Rapids provides market-leading content transformation and workflow solutions that empower the world’s leading media organizations to reach wider audiences more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Recipients of more than two dozen prestigious awards for company and product excellence, Digital Rapids combines innovative technology with proven expertise and visionary insight to help our customers expand their audiences, increase their revenues, and reduce their costs. Digital Rapids Corporation (www.digitalrapids.com) is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia and Argentina.

About Foxtel — Foxtel is one of Australia’s most progressive and dynamic media companies, directly employing around 2,500 people, and delivering a diverse subscription television service to both regional and metropolitan areas over cable, satellite and broadband distribution. We offer a better entertainment experience every day to each one of our 2.3 million subscribing homes through delivery of exclusive and inspiring programming across all genres, the world’s most popular channel brands, and investment in high quality local content. As constant champions of innovation we have brought customers the iQ personal digital recorder, Australia’s largest HD offering, Foxtel 3D, and more recently, the Foxtel Go App for iPad. Foxtel is owned by Telstra Corporation Limited ACN 051 775 556 (50%) and The News Corporation Ltd (50%). foxtel.com.au

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Electrosonic’s Audio-Visual Systems Expertise Showcased in Five Thea Award-Winning Projects

Electrosonic is pleased to announce that it has taken part in five projects that have captured Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Presented by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), the Thea Awards recognize and honor excellence and breakthrough innovation in visitor experiences, attractions, exhibits and places.

The 19th annual Thea Awards will be presented April 6, 2013, at a gala dinner at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. TEA is an international non-profit association representing the world’s leading creators, developers, designers and producers of compelling places and experiences.

Electrosonic played key roles in five very diverse Thea Award winners.

Working directly for Walt Disney Imagineering, Electrosonic performed the AV systems installation of the “Radiator Springs Racers” ride at Disney California Adventure Park. Winning in the Attraction category, the ride puts visitors in the driver’s seat for a thrilling race through the world of Disney-Pixar’s “Cars.”

Electrosonic’s close working relationship with Universal Studios has resulted in another award winning attraction. Electrosonic handled AV system design and integration for another winner in the Attraction category: “Transformers: The Ride 3D” at Universal Studios Singapore and Universal Studios Hollywood. The attraction is an immersive, next-generation thrill ride that puts participants in the middle of the ultimate war zone with the famed Transformers.

Winning in the Museum category is Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary, for which Electrosonic provided AV system design and integration services. The dynamic new facility celebrates Canada’s sports heroes and legends in a dozen galleries with compelling media and displays.

Working for WET Design, Electrosonic performed the projection system design and integration for WET’s contribution to Living Screen display at the “Big-O Experience” water sculpture at Yeosu 2012 International Expo in Korea, a winner in the Event category. The unique multimedia installation fused a breakthrough concept and cutting-edge technology to dazzle visitors.

Finally, Electrosonic was hired by Thinkwell Group of Burbank, CA to provide design, engineering and installation services for the “Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter” in London, which netted honors in the Studio Tour category. At this venue, visitors experience the “making of” process used to bring the extraordinary characters, worlds and events of the books alive on the big screen.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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