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Leading Artists, Engineers and Producers Choose Auralex® ProPAD™ Monitor Isolation Pad

— ProPAD™ is designed for decoupling monitors and reducing structural vibrations —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, December 5, 2012 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, is proud that its ProPAD™ Monitor Isolation Pad, the latest product in its ISO (Instant Sound Optimizer) line, has been chosen by leading artists, engineers and producers as a vital piece of their recording setup. ProPAD provides superior isolation from the vibrations and resonant energy created by studio monitors, preventing this energy from being transmitted into the supporting furniture, which would greatly color the monitors’ sound and degrade their imaging.

Guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Adrian Belew is noted for his work with Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Heads and King Crimson, as well as his acclaimed solo career. He is blown away by the difference the ProPADs make in his monitor setup. “Once you listen to your monitors on the Auralex ProPADs, you won’t want to hear them any other way. They’re the best I’ve heard,” he states.

Producer/engineer Russ Long, whose credits include Wilco, Dolly Parton, Steven Curtis Chapman, etc., is also impressed by the contrast between his monitors with and without ProPADs: “After making records in my studio for nearly 20 years, I added ProPADs to my configuration, and my monitoring became more accurate than ever.”

Mixer/engineer/producer Peter Moshay has worked with such acts as Hall & Oates, Mariah Carey and Sean Lennon, and currently he serves as house engineer for Daryl Hall’s Live at Daryl’s House program. He states, “I never thought my monitors could sound better until I tried ProPADs. I’ll never be without them.”

Producer/mixer/engineer/songwriter Glenn Rosenstein’s CV features many of music history’s heavy hitters: Madonna, U2, Talking Heads, Ziggy Marley, etc. He adds, “The Auralex ProPADs are unlike any other professional monitor isolators I’ve used. No harmonic resonance … and no sonic artifacts!”

Paul Umbach’s tenure in the pop world has led him to a stint as a key producer at Jive Records, where he worked with superstars Britney Spears and ‘N Sync, to name a few. He has also collaborated with acclaimed singer-songwriter Matt White. He is similarly impressed with his ProPADs: “The new Auralex ProPADs are amazing. It’s like somebody pressed the clarity button.”

The ProPAD is sold in stereo pairs and is designed to work with nearfield monitors employing up to 8″ woofers. ProPAD’s updated design features a 0.75″ layer of laminated black MDF covered with a thick layer of Auralex’s proprietary IsoPuck™ isolation material, which is made of recycled rubber. Six stick-on feet, also made from IsoPuck material, are supplied for flat or angled applications. The ProPAD is the perfect solution for decoupling monitors and reducing structural vibration in all manner of sound-critical spaces, including recording studios, post-production/edit suites, mobile recording facilities, hi-fi listening rooms, home theaters or anywhere a monitor/speaker isolation platform is needed to improve sonic purity.

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

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The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Hosted Annual Manufacturer Council Breakfast at AES 2012

SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (Dec. 3, 2012) — The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Manufacturer Council Breakfast was held on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, during the 133rd AES Convention. At their biannual meeting, the group of industry leaders — who are dedicated to the advancement of sound quality and to the overall growth of the professional audio industry — shared ideas and discussed issues with the goal of raising awareness about the importance of high-quality audio and the professionals who create it, as well as topics of mutual interest to pro audio manufacturers, retailers and the producers and engineers who use their products.

A key topic of conversation was the P&E Wing’s recent partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) in debuting www.qualitysoundmatters.com, an online portal launching in early December 2012, aimed to promote enhanced consumer awareness of higher-quality sound for music.

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New York City’s Legendary Birdland Soars to New Sonic Heights with HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers

NORTHRIDGE, California – New York City’s Birdland is one of the most legendary jazz clubs in the world, an intimate room where aficionados can enjoy the world’s greatest jazz artists in an up-close environment. Perhaps more than most venues, the sound system at Birdland is a vital part of the musical experience. Birdland has taken its in-house audio to new heights with a host of HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers including six VRX932LAP powered Constant Curvature loudspeakers, a pair of ASB6112 subwoofers, two Control 29AV loudspeakers and six PRX612M powered portable PA speakers used as stage monitors.

“As the engineer at Birdland, the most important thing for me to be able to do is amplify the musicians’ stage performances in the most naturally sounding way so that the system is almost invisible,” said Birdland house engineer Richard Bernard. “The legendary musicians who perform at the club almost always have their own very distinct sound and that’s what people want to hear—‘that sound’.”

A sound system that needed to be heard while not drawing attention to itself was quite a challenge. To achieve this goal, Birdland hung six JBL VRX932LAP loudspeakers directly above the stage facing the audience—two facing downstage towards the main house, two located stage right towards one side of the room and two on stage left facing the rear side of the bar. In addition, two Control 29AV loudspeakers are hung at the far side of the bar, giving total coverage for the room. The two ASB6112 subwoofers are hung downstage on the left and right front corners.

“I’m running the system in mono, and the subwoofers are connected to the spare aux send on the mixing desk, so I’m free to choose which channels I send to the subs,” Bernard noted. “I used to have to mix for the house and the bar would basically get what they would get. That’s no longer a problem as we’ve had many compliments on being able to hear from that side of the room.”

That said, the most noticeable improvement in the system is the level of clarity, Bernard noted. “This is a massive help because the response of instruments and vocals is very true and I’m not forced to just keep turning up an instrument in order for people to hear it—once everything is in its own little pocket in the mix, it just sounds great!”

In addition to JBL loudspeakers, Birdland installed a variety of additional HARMAN equipment, including AKG microphones, dbx processing and Crown amplifiers.

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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AVnu Alliance Welcomes New Member Axon and Forms Pro Video Subgroup

Beaverton, Ore. – December 12, 2012AVnu Alliance, an industry forum that certifies Audio Video Bridging (AVB) products for interoperability, has added broadcast infrastructure equipment developer Axon Digital Design to its membership roster. In addition, Jan Eveleens, CEO of Axon, will serve as chairman of the newly-formed AVnu Alliance Pro Video Subgroup.

Axon joined the AVnu Alliance as a result of the growing need for the professional video industry to adopt Ethernet – and specifically AVB – as its primary networking interface. The interoperability and functionality enabled by AVB, including low latency, time synchronization and bandwidth reservation, are essential for video and broadcast applications.

“Joining the AVnu Alliance fits very well in our history and strategy of being at the forefront of new technologies and standards in professional video,” said Jan Eveleens, CEO of Axon. “We strongly believe that networked video is the next big thing in professional video applications, and the AVnu Alliance is an excellent platform to help drive this vision towards a reality”

As chair of the AVnu Alliance Pro Video Subgroup, Eveleens will work with other alliance member companies to define key requirements for AVnu certification of video products. The goal is to ensure that professional video equipment manufacturers and their customers can benefit from the performance and interoperability advantages of AVnu-certified AVB products.

“The AVnu Alliance continues to expand, and we welcome the addition of another AVnu Alliance member that is so video-centric,” said Lee Minich, Marketing Work Group chair of AVnu Alliance, and president of Lab X Technologies. “Axon’s participation has boosted our ability to support the AVB standard in the exploding networked video market.”

AVnu Alliance’s membership is comprised of notable companies in the pro video market, including Barco, Digital Design Corporation, Riedel and Xilinx, as well as key players in the automotive, consumer electronics, and professional audio markets.

About AVnu Alliance

AVnu Alliance is an industry forum dedicated to the advancement of professional-quality audio video by promoting the adoption of the IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards. The organization creates compliance test procedures and processes that ensure interoperability of networked AV devices, helping to provide the highest quality streaming AV experience. The Alliance is focused on applications of these technologies in the automotive, consumer electronics and professional AV markets. More information can be found on the AVnu Alliance website at www.AVnu.org.

About AXON

Based in Gilze, Netherlands, Axon develops, manufactures and markets high quality broadcast equipment for the conversion, processing and compliance recording of audio and video signals. Products integrate advanced signal processing techniques, innovative engineering and modular flexibility and provide high quality, affordability and reliability within mission critical applications.

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L-ACOUSTICS Product Videos Now Available

OXNARD, California — L-ACOUSTICS is pleased to announce that two new product videos — “ARCS WIDE and ARCS FOCUS” and “CONSTANT CURVATURE LINE SOURCES” — are now available online.

In the Constant Curvature video, Scott Sugden, head of application, touring for the US, gives a short presentation on the physical principles and acoustic properties of L-ACOUSTICS WST constant curvature line sources and how they can be exploited in a variety of applications. more

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Spectrum Productions Supports NASCAR Awards Banquet with Broadcast Pix Granite 5000

Billerica, Massachusetts –Broadcast Pix™ today announced that Spectrum Productions, a company which offers full AV production and rental services, used its new Granite™ 5000 2 M/E Video Control Center™ on Nov. 19 to produce the NASCAR 2012 Nationwide / Camping World Truck Series Awards Banquet at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla. The ceremony aired on SPEED in late November, and Spectrum was responsible for the the entire ballroom production including staging, scenic, video, and lighting at the venue.

Headquartered in Atlanta, with offices in Miami, Orlando, Charlotte, N.C., and Las Vegas, Nev., Spectrum has been providing AV production services for corporate meetings, conventions, and trade shows, as well as video support for concert tours, for more than 20 years. Preston MacIntyre, president, said the Granite system was purchased in October to help clients create a high-end broadcast look for their stage productions. “We were looking for a way to enhance production values for certain events, elevate their presentations from the PowerPoint look,” he explained.

Several features made Granite an ideal solution for Spectrum. “One thing that seems to be a problem in new switchers is a lot of frame delay,” MacIntyre said. “Delay is a big problem for live events. The Granite has very minimal latency, and that was a factor in selecting it.”

The Granite 5000’s optional 12 SDI outputs were another important feature. MacIntyre noted that corporate events have complex output routing needs. In fact, the number of outputs often exceeds the number of inputs during a corporate event, he said.

During the NASCAR banquet, Spectrum took full advantage of Granite’s built-in workflow tools. The Fluent™ Clip Store, for example, was used to access and playback more than 100 clips – but the production was far from simple. Throughout the show, videos were sent to various screens and combined with other sources and effects. Some cues included dozens of different commands. While the program would have been “really difficult” to execute manually, MacIntyre said Fluent Macros triggered each cue correctly and without a predetermined timeline, which can be problematic during a live show.

“Every single cue was a whole package of cues,” MacIntyre added. “Every step in our run of show was represented by a macro. We used Fluent Macros very, very extensively.”

Granite also helped make setup much easier and cleaner. Compared to setup for the same event last year, the Granite system replaced two switchers, eight computers, four HDCAM tape decks, and four additional playback systems. MacIntyre said all source content originated from the Granite, and the native HD system produced an outstanding look. The Fluent-View with Quad Monitor option was an asset during the NASCAR event as well, providing customized multi-view layouts for the TD and other production personnel during the event.

Moving forward, MacIntyre said Spectrum’s Granite system will be used for events where clients want to take their on-screen look to the next level, as well as events that require significant video playback or need to take advantage of the system’s built-in robotic camera control and other automation. “From the client side back through the technical ranks, everyone seems really happy with it,” he said.

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and device control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays that enable operators to create with confidence. That confidence is further enhanced with rock-solid stability, patented technologies to maintain lip sync, and great technical support. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Fluent, Granite, and Video Control Centers are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

Christie Technology Weaves a Magical Holographic Image of Tribal Storytelling at Tillicum Village

Christie® is bringing the past to life at Tillicum Village, a Native American cultural experience, with holographic images powered by two Christie HD10K-M Series 3-chip DLP® projectors. Using built-in Christie AutoStack™ and Christie Twist™, the projectors cast holographic images onto a Musion screen of a storyteller interacting with live actors and drummers throughout the performance on stage, helping capture unique tribal traditions. Located on Blake Island in Puget Sound, Washington, Tillicum Village and its Long House Theater present the history, tradition and culture of the Coast Salish tribes located along the state’s western border.

Tradition Meets High Tech
The 50-year-old, 450-person wooden theater – complete with dirt stage and 18-year-old soundtrack – needed a complete makeover that included the installation of a new Christie projection system.

Holographic Image at Tillicum Village Features Christie Projection Technology


According to Maureen Black, marketing director at Tillicum Village, “The theater is magical because of its age and rustic setting, but we needed to bring it up to modern standards. Part of this meant revamping the entire live performance to better showcase the traditions and culture of the Salish community in a way that is more relevant to today’s more tech-savvy generation. We wanted to bring the vibrant and ever-changing nature of native culture to life on stage, and technology would help us do that – but the show had to remain authentic.”

Tempest and Christie Partner for Precision
Integration partner Tempest Technologies chose Christie HD digital projectors as part of its 3D hologram system to deliver Tillicum Village’s vision.

“Tillicum Village really wanted to get that ‘wow’ factor in there, rather than just have people performing. When they decided they wanted 3D holographic technology, we didn’t hesitate to steer them toward Christie and its Christie Twist technology,” said Bart Black, audiovisual technology consultant, Tempest Technologies.

“The only way we could achieve the right contrast and align the images perfectly was to utilize Christie Twist. It allowed us to adjust where the images hit on the bounce surface to create a perfect, seamless image. Another important aspect was the tech operators having an easy mechanism to realign the images before each show. With one button, Christie AutoStack allows them to realign everything in 90 seconds without calling a projectionist to the island.”

Christie AutoStack is a camera-based solution and intuitive user interface that achieves accurate blending of multiple projectors. Used in conjunction with the Christie Twist™ warping and blending solution, AutoStack supports various screen sizes and aspect ratios, utilizing screen points for quick geometric calibration. In addition, it supports horizontal and vertical blending, with a live camera preview to aid in quick setup.

Christie Technology Thrills the Crowd
“The Christie HD projectors have become part of the magic. Audiences often want to know why the storyteller won’t come out and take a bow after the show! That’s how real he seems on stage,” said Kevin Clark, CEO of Tillicum Village. “By blending the live actors with holographic technology, we get better, richer performances, with great quality and consistency. And the technology allows us to easily update and modify the projected content.”

“The technology we used before was out of focus and dark and the images weren’t aligned. Tillicum Village is not only excited to promote the venue, but to stand behind the Christie product line,” Black concluded. “There hasn’t been one service call since the show started, and during high season it runs twice a day, seven days a week – we are extremely pleased.”

About Tempest Technologies, LLC
Tempest Technologies, LLC, is a Pacific Northwest based design, engineering and integration firm specializing in presentation, control and unified communication technologies. Since formation in 2003, Tempest has leveraged the extensive industry experience of their team to become a leading integration solutions provider in the Puget Sound region, and across the nation. Tempest provides consulting, design, custom programming, installation and post-installation services for systems found in a wide variety of environments such as boardrooms, classrooms, auditoriums, conference and training facilities, video teleconferencing , network operations and command and control centers. Tempest’s commitment to excellence and their ability to offer clients innovative and cost effective solutions has resulted in successful collaborations with the region’s top corporate, healthcare, technology, government, and educational clients, and has allowed them to become a trusted partner who makes a positive and lasting impact on how these businesses communicate and conduct their day to day operations. Tempest Technologies, LLC places the highest value on developing and maintaining strong customer relationships, and is committed to providing quality products and services that result in complete customer satisfaction and strategic and lasting partnerships. Tempest Technologies is headquartered in Issaquah, Washington. For more information, visit www.tempest-av.com.www.tempest-av.com.

CAD MH510 Headphones Offer Studio Performance And Consumer Style

Solon, OH––The new Sessions™ MH510 professional headphones from CAD Audio have been designed for performers in recording and live audio environments as well as audio enthusiasts who want to experience their favorite recordings exactly as the artist intended.

Growing from a decade long collaboration of CAD’s experience and expertise in the design of professional audio equipment, the MH510 headphones produce a wide frequency response (10Hz – 24kHz) with extended lows, smooth mids and articulate, life-like highs for accurate and natural reproduction.

The MH510’s high SPL capability delivers ample volume while the design provides exceptional isolation ensuring a private listening experience that virtually eliminates bleed through into the playback environment.

In addition to professional specifications and performance, the Session MH510 phones are available in a distinct and modern cosmetic design with four colors––Black, White/Red, Back Chrome and Black/Orange to choose from.

The MH510s feature exceptional power handling capability along with high quality construction to stand up to the most demanding use without sacrificing extended listening comfort. Each headphone is supplied with two cables (coiled and straight) and two sets of earpads to satisfy changing user demands.

Commenting on the new line, CAD Executive Director of Business Development Glenn Roop said, “Given CAD Audio’s acclaimed studio heritage, developing the MH510 headphones was a match made in heaven. The Sessions project was a natural for our design team. We engineered for the highest level of performance with no compromises, and then added some flair and style into the mix.”

MSRP for the MH510 headphone is $159.00

For more information about CAD Audio, please stop by and see us at Winter NAMM 2013 Booth #6632 in Hall A at the Anaheim Convention Center, call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com

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Extron Announces a New Compact HDMI Fiber Optic Extender

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the HFX 100 HDMI Fiber Optic Extender, an economical transmitter and receiver set for long distance transmission of HDMI video and embedded audio signals over one fiber optic cable. It extends HDCP-compliant HDMI signals over a multimode cable at lengths up to 300 meters (984 feet). Engineered for reliability and exceptional image performance, the compact extender uses all-digital technology to deliver perfect pixel-for-pixel transmission of images up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60. The HFX 100 is ideal for use in applications that require long distance transmission of HDMI video and embedded multi-channel digital audio signals. more

Korean Broadcast Specialist Sion Media Solves Signal Routing Backup Challenges at New SBS Facility With Bittree Patchbays

GLENDALE, Calif. — Dec. 11, 2012 — Bittree, a manufacturer of high-quality audio and video patching systems, today announced that its South Korean partner, Sion Media, has been contracted by Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) to supply Bittree patchbays for its new facility, the SBS Prism Tower. SBS, one of South Korea’s largest broadcasters, purchased more than 400 Bittree video and audio patchbays for two of its channels, SBS Plus and SBS Golf. The SBS Prism Tower will support a total of six new HD channels.

“Systems designers overwhelmingly choose Bittree patching as a backup routing method for both studio and outside broadcasting use in Korea,” said Glenn Garrard, CEO of Bittree. “Sion’s customer relationships and marketing strategies are the reason for our success there. In fact, Sion has done an outstanding job of representing Bittree’s brand to the Korean broadcasting industry for more than 10 years. The SBS project is the latest example of Sion’s ability to devise solutions for prominent Korean broadcasters using the Bittree product line.”

For its facility upgrade, SBS Plus is currently installing 313 Bittree E-series HD-SDI video patch panels and 80 additional TT (Bantam) audio patchbays. Custom-designed for simplifying the installation process, E-series video patchbays feature front-mounted jacks that simplify the rewiring task for install technicians.

“Integrators and systems designers alike specify Bittree because they trust the high quality of Bittree patchbays as a reliable backup system for signal routing,” said Johnny Lim, sales manager at Sion Media. “It’s our pleasure to include such a versatile, high-demand product family in our portfolio.”

More information about Bittree’s full range of video and audio patchbays is available online at www.bittree.com.

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About SBS (Seoul Broadcasting System)
SBS, the only private-owned nationwide terrestrial television in South Korea, was established in 1990 and has successfully built a reputation as the “Innovator of the Media Industry” in its country. As the pioneering network to initiate HD broadcasting in Korea, SBS has maintained the highest ratings in genres such as news, dramas, and sports. As South Korea’s sports broadcasting leader, SBS has acquired the exclusive broadcasting rights for Olympics Games and World Cup. SBS has strategic partnerships with NTV (Japan), BTV (China), SMEG (China), TF1 (France), TVB (Hong Kong), GTV (Taiwan), and HTV (Vietnam) and operates international bureaus in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Beijing, Paris, and Cairo. Besides the terrestrial channels, SBS Media Group operates SBS Plus (drama/entertainment), SBS Golf, SBS Sports, and E! Entertainment Channel Korea — all recognized as the leaders in their genres. More information is available at www.sbs.co.kr or http://global.sbs.co.kr.

About Bittree
Bittree offers a complete line of patching products, including audio, video, data, and integrated patchbays, as well as a variety of patchcords, tools, and accessories. Tailored for use in the post-production, pro A/V, systems integration, and radio and television broadcasting fields, Bittree’s patching solutions are rigorously tested to ensure long-term functionality and dependability especially for mission-critical operations and live events. To ensure consistency, performance, and adherence to rigid quality standards, all of the company’s patching products are designed, manufactured, and tested in its state-of-the-art facility in Glendale, Calif. More information is available at www.bittree.com.

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