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SYMETRIX SYMNET RADIUS 12X8 DSP PLAYS BALL AT PHILADELPHIA’S WELLS FARGO ARENA

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: FM 97.5 is better known to Philadelphia sports fans as The Fanatic, and recent agreements with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Philadelphia Flyers gave its listeners a new reason to cheer. As of this season, the station will broadcast all 76ers and Flyers games in full FM stereo and full FM bandwidth, a substantial improvement over the previous station’s AM broadcasts. Both teams play in The Wells Fargo Center, and Greater Media, the owner of FM 97.5, recognized that a substantial upgrade in its broadcast audio infrastructure would be required to deliver reliable, high-fidelity game day sound. In what is perhaps the one of the nation’s first Dante radio broadcast digital backbone system in a professional sports arena. Greater Media installed three Symetrix SymNet Radius 12×8 processors with built-in Dante digital audio networking. The SymNet Radius 12x8s gather inputs from three strategic locations in the Wells Fargo Center and deliver them with full fidelity and near-zero latency to the station’s codec.

“It was apparent that a lot of The Wells Fargo Center’s broadcast audio infrastructure might have been appropriate for the fidelity of an AM broadcast but that it wouldn’t work for an FM broadcast,” said Rodney Byrd, engineer with Greater Media. “AM is forgiving; FM is not.” And because bringing the fidelity up to FM standards would require a complete overhaul, it was an excellent time to build an infrastructure that would be flexible, easy to use, and amenable to future changes. “The Fanatic has the contract for multiple years, and the expectation is that they will renew,” explained Pat Conneen, an audio engineer who contracts with Greater Media, was an A/V integrator, and a is also a Symetrix rep. “So, they wanted to get it right from the start.”

Several issues presented themselves, but foremost was the disparate locations used by the players, the 76ers announcers, and the Flyers announcers. The players, of course, use the locker rooms and the main floor. The 76ers’ announcers use an area on the balcony, and the Flyers’ announcers use a space adjacent to the press box. The previous radio station physically moved its equipment several hundred feet depending on which team was playing. “It was clear to us that that was not what we wanted to do,” laughed Byrd. A better plan was to place a SymNet Radius 12×8 at each of the three locations and rely on its Dante network backbone to deliver audio to the Telos Zephyr Xstream codec via the SymNet Radius 12×8 located near the press box.

“Of course, cabling all of that up with copper would have been a tremendous and costly undertaking,” said Byrd. “In contrast, the Dante bus requires only CAT6 cabling, and it allows us to push signals from anywhere to anywhere within the network.” Conneen added, “We were originally considering using another manufacturer’s system with a proprietary digital network, but then Symetrix announced the SymNet Edge system [to which the Radius 12x8 is related]. The features, benefits, and industry acceptance of Dante made it the clear choice. Personally, both Rodney and I have history in the live sound industry, and there Dante is being used to send huge numbers of channels between inputs, and outputs of consoles. If it was working for that application, I was confident it would be robust for our needs.”

He continued, “I also knew that Symetrix has a longstanding reputation within the broadcast industry for delivering clear, high-fidelity audio. Its analog components are excellent, and its processing algorithms are transparent.”

The other major component of the installation is a pair of digital mixing consoles, a Soundcraft unit for the Flyers and a PreSonus unit for the 76ers. Signal processing duties are shared between the consoles and the SymNet Radius 12x8s. “The SymNet units are flexible enough to bring in either line inputs or mic-level inputs, so we have a lot of flexibility in terms of which inputs go where,” said Byrd. “We’re still working out exactly how we want to control them on a day to day basis, but the most likely solution will be to create custom SymVue panels for a PC interface.” Because the Radius 12x8s are easily IP addressable, the station can make changes to the system either at the arena or remotely from its broadcast studios.

Because the Dante network accepts 128 channels of audio, it will be easy for Greater Media to expand the system with the addition of another SymNet Radius 12×8 or a SymNet Edge processor. No additional wiring will be necessary to bring new signals to the station’s codec.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix engineers high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software. Symetrix products are distributed worldwide, and designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the Seattle area headquarters. Since 1976, customers have enjoyed the benefits of Symetrix’ independent ownership and management.  For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

CAD Audio Expands Sales Network With New Rep Firms

Solon, OH––CAD Audio is expanding its growing sales network with the addition of three highly regarded Rep firms; Quest Marketing, dB Marketing, and AMP Sales.

Headed by principal John Saviano and based in Miami, Florida, Quest Marketing will represent CAD Musical Instrument sales in Southeast Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. They will also represent Astatic Commercial sales for Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina.

dB Marketing is located in St. Louis, Missouri and headed up by Dave Batson. They will represent CAD Audio MI sales for Michigan, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa.

Phoenix-based AMP Sales will represent CAD Audio MI sales for Southern California and Southern Nevada as well as Astatic Commercial for Arizona, Southern California, Southern Nevada, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. Fred Allard is the principal for AMP Sales.

Commenting on the new appointments, Jeff Beck, CAD Audio National Sales Manager stated: “We are very excited to announce these additions to our US Sales force. They are three of the best rep firms in the country and bring decades of industry experience to the CAD Audio team. We look forward to a strong 2013 and are excited about the possibilities these relationships could yield.”

For more information about CAD Audio, please call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com.

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Falken Tire USA Calls on IMT to Build New Green Virtualized Data Center

Integrated Media Technologies, Inc. has designed and built an entirely new data center for Falken Tire Corporation, manufacturer of UHP (Ultra High Performance) tire products for racing enthusiasts. Utilizing VMware software, this new data center packs what was once a large server environment into a new smaller more efficient virtualized computing environment.

As part of the comprehensive project, numerous decentralized storage arrays were consolidated using the powerful EMC’s VNX 5300 unified storage system platform. The new state-of-the-art data center utilizes Schneider Electric’s APC Hot Aisle Containment cooling and UPS system for maximum efficiency, capacity, and predictability of the cooling requirements.

IMT’s newly designed infrastructure fully supports Falken Tire/Falken Motor Sports and Racing companies Oracle eBusiness Suite, accommodating their supply chain, warehouse inventory, management, accounting, email, and business analytics tools, ensuring that all selling channels are aligned with their corporate objectives. Benefits realized by Falken Tire at their new corporate headquarters include a reduced physical compute footprint and an eco-friendly data center using less power and greatly reduced air conditioning needs.

In addition, IMT leveraged Quantum’s StorNext file system to enable Falken Tire’s
Creative and Marketing team to create and share rich media from the EMC VNX
platform. Prior to this, all video editing and graphics were silos of individual Apple
Mac Pro workstations. Now everything is shared over a real time fibre channel
storage network that is accessible to the video production team. The system also supports network attached storage (NAS) capabilities to share files easily with the entire marketing team.

IMT partnered with Falken Tire Corporation’s CIO Laura Paoletti to design and build out the new state of the art data center that provides leading edge technologies, and places Falken Tire Corporation as a leader in technologies for the ultra high performance tire and motor sports and racing business.

Ron Papcun, Falken Tire Vice President of Operations commented, “IMT did a thorough analysis of our entire IT infrastructure, then designed and built our new data center. By virtualizing our computing department in a very eco-friendly way, it takes us further in the green direction we always strive for. Our new operation is saving us about 30% on electricity, so it’s not only good for the planet, it’s good for our
profit margin.”

Mike Braico, IMT Executive Vice President of Sales, commented, “Falken Tire was great to work with. They gave clear direction on their efficiency targets for the new virtualized data center.  Designing and building the data center was easy with a partner like Falken Tire.”

For more info, visit: http://www.falkentire.com

ABOUT INTEGRATED MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (IMT)
IMT is a consulting, design, construction, and systems integration company
providing scalable technology systems for business operations. IMT addresses
the following major market sectors: Media & Entertainment, Information
Technologies (IT), Education, Telecommunications, and Healthcare. Through an
active engagement process, IMT consultants and engineers collect, interpret,
refine, design, build and maintain technology systems that deliver optimum
results for clients.

Learn more at: http://www.imtglobalinc.com    tel: 877.761.9770

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Joel Motel Joins Listen Technologies as Regional Sales Manager

Listen Technologies adds sales management and marketing capabilities to continue strong business growth in North America.

Joel Motel, Listen Technologies

Listen Technologies Corporation today announced the appointment of Joel Motel as Regional Sales Manager.

Joel Motel will be responsible to manage the accounts, sales representatives and dealers to meet or exceed sales targets within his designated region of the US and Canada. He will also develop new accounts. In his new position, Motel will report directly to Peter Papageorge, Listen Technologies Corporation Director of Sales, North America.

Motel brings over thirty five years of sales, product management, product marketing, training and sales management experience in the pro audio-visual industry. He has thorough knowledge across many disciplines including installed sound, pro audio, recording and musical instruments. Prior to joining Listen Technologies Motel was VP of Sales & Marketing for Sound Bridge Acoustic Labs. He served as Regional Sales Manager for Harman Signal Processing for twelve years for the BSS Audio, dbx Professional, and Lexicon brands.

“Listen is growing its team of sales professionals to expand our markets and ensure we are meeting the evolving needs of our industry.” Peter Papageorge said. “Joel’s history with system sales and supporting consultants and AV designers will help Listen realize this direction. It will be a pleasure to have an industry veteran with solid sales management experience on the sales team. I know that he will make an immediate difference to our strategy.”

Commenting on the opportunity, Motel said, “I’ve been a fan of Listen Technologies’ products for years. Aware of Listen’s reputation for high-quality, innovative products and the best customer service in the industry, I’m thrilled to join the Listen team as a Regional Sales Manager. I look forward to interfacing with Listen Technologies’ reps, and helping Listen’s customers by offering them audio solutions that not only sound great, but truly make a difference in people’s lives.”

Connect with Joel on LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/pub/joel-motel/11/1bb/133

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Stampede Predicts 2013 Is The Year Unified Communications Becomes A Practical Reality

The November 2012 announcement by Vidyo that its innovative software platform is being incorporated into Wii UTM Chat, a video communication service that is included with every Nintendo Wii U console, opens the door to a future where peer-to-peer communication will become a daily part of every consumer’s video game play, according to Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly, and this reality speaks volumes about what lies ahead for profitable peer-to-peer communication in business.

In fact, Kelly predicted today, Vidyo’s announcement represents the tipping point that now transforms a trend toward low-cost video conferencing into a ‘stampede’ toward widespread, peer-to-peer Unified Communications that promises to create unprecedented new business opportunities for ProAV dealers who are equipped and educated to take advantage of all the new field offers.

“Over the last several years we have all seen and experienced how video conferencing has become an increasingly important part of our lives,” Kelly explained. “What began as high-end video conferencing through dedicated tele-presence systems from companies like CISCO has evolved through lower-cost dedicated VC systems that can be leased for under $100 a month to software-based PC video conferencing solutions, to device-based conferencing. The fact that all of these different conferencing systems can now be combined at any given time, and in a variety of different configurations, is what makes the old era of video conferencing the new era of Unified Communications.”

Kelly believes that 2013 will be the year that Unified Communications becomes a major new growth opportunity for dealers in virtually every vertical market, offering end-users a wide selection of product offerings that cover every need from dedicated enterprise-wide video conferencing systems to software-based, PC-attached solutions.

Even more importantly, according to Kelly, dealers now have the opportunity to benefit not only from the sale of VC hardware and software, but also from the associated sales of displays, audio equipment, and other components that users of VC software surely need to have. Also, the ongoing service contracts on video conferencing systems create annuities for VC dealers that are unheard of in any other sector of the ProAV industry.

“The increased number of video conferencing endpoints is changing the way that people view the need to videoconference, and more people are taking notice of the endless opportunities that VC offers,” added Kelly. “The responsibility now lies with VC dealers to learn more about how Unified Communications can benefit them and their customer base, so that they can be prepared to offer the absolute best in the coming year.”

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” an 816-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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ELAN Announces Integration of Vivotek IP-Based Security Cameras With The ELAN g! System

Jump starting its 2013 third-party developer program, ELAN® Home Systems today announced that its industry-leading ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System is now compatible with the VIVOTEK line of IP-based security cameras.

“We are very excited about this new partnership with ELAN,” said Harry Hu, President of VIVOTEK USA. “Everyone has seen the convergence of voice, video, and technology that new technologies are bringing to the industry. Now, VIVOTEK has further broadened the scope of this convergence with ELAN’s exciting technology.”

According to ELAN Home Systems Brand Manager Robert Ridenour, “ELAN partners with best-in-class entertainment, climate, security, lighting, irrigation and custom home electronics manufacturers to make sure our products and theirs work together seamlessly. Our dedication to third-party component integration makes the ELAN g! System a powerful foundation for any home control or entertainment system, including the VIVOTEK line of IP-based security cameras.”

VIVOTEK IP cameras are supported in ELAN g! version 6.1 or newer, and the g! system supports video streaming, PTZ, motion detection and image flip functions in the cameras. The g!Tools Network Manager can automatically discover VIVOTEK cameras on the network, making it faster and easier than ever for integrators to implement a whole home surveillance and security system.

“The ability to easily integrate high-definition video cameras and microphones that can be controlled and viewed remotely has broadened the appeal of complete home control solutions,” Ridenour explained. “ELAN and VIVOTEK are on the cutting edge of home security, and ELAN will stay on the cutting edge by always integrating the industry’s best third-party solutions.”

VIVOTEK’s 8000 series IP camera line ranges in image resolution from VGA to HD to 5-megapixel, including models that provide many advanced features such as Supreme Night Visibility, H.264 compression, removable IR-cut filter with built in IR illuminators, P-iris, remote zoom and focus and much more.

The complete list of supported VIVOTEK camera models includes: FD8133, FD8133V, FD8134, FD8134V, FD8135H, FD8335H, FD8136, FD8161, FD8162, FD8361, FD8361L, FD8362, FD8362E, FD8372, IP8132, IP8133, IP8133W, IP8151, IP8151P, IP8161, IP8162, IP8162P, IP8172, IP8330, IP8331, IP8332, IP8335H, IP8361, IP8362, IP8372, MD8562, PD8136, PT8133, PT8133W, PZ8111, PZ8111W, PZ8121, and PZ8121W.

About VIVOTEK:
VIVOTEK, established in 2000, has quickly taken its place as a leading brand in the security industry. Known for delivering world-class IP surveillance solutions, VIVOTEK specializes in system applications and integration. With innovative R&D teams adopting ground-breaking codec technologies, VIVOTEK provides a wide range of products, including network cameras, video servers, video receivers, and central management systems. VIVOTEK (TAIEX: 3454) was listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange in 2006. In 2008, a branch office was set up in California, USA. VIVOTEK products are currently available through more than 150 authorized distributors in over 80 countries. For more details about the current VIVOTEK products and offerings, please visit http://www.vivotek.com.

About ELAN Home Systems:
Founded in 1990, ELAN® Home Systems is an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning whole-house entertainment and control systems that are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers and distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

ELAN is part of the CORE® Brands division of Nortek, Inc. CORE Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

ELAN is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc., a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

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A.C.T Lighting Named as Clay Paky’s Exclusive North American Distributor

A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been named the exclusive distributor for Clay Paky lighting in the US and Canada.

Based on A.C.T Lighting’s performance as a North American distributor of Clay Paky fixtures over the past two years, comments Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, Francesco Romagnoli said, “We felt that naming A.C.T Lighting as our exclusive distributor is the best step we could take to ensure our growth in this very important market. A.C.T Lighting has not only set sales records for North America but also provided the excellent after-sales service that Clay Paky has been known for.”

Bob Gordon, president and CEO of A.C.T Lighting, affirmed his company’s extraordinary sales records with Clay Paky products and said, “We are proud that our sales records in North America have propelled us to the position of number-one Clay Paky distributor in the world by sales during the past two years. We are delighted to have achieved exclusive status with Clay Paky’s wide array of cutting-edge products.”

A.C.T Lighting, with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Canada, was founded in 1993 with the mission to identify leading high-technology products, gain exclusivity, and stock, support and service those products as if they were their own.

Italy-based Clay Paky has been producing lighting systems since 1976 for theater, television, live events, clubs, trade shows, theme parks, conferences, corporate presentations and architecture. The company is renowned for its moving-body and moving-mirror projectors, color changers, followspots, and projectors for architectural lighting and lighting effects.

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems Launches Yamaha Ri8-D and Ro8-D Input and Output Rack Units

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has announced the worldwide launch today of the Yamaha Ri8-D and Ro8-D input and output rack units that will maximize the live sound experience by using the same Dante audio network protocol as that found in the new CL Series Digital Audio Consoles. The small, but mighty 1U rack mount units provide additional options for flexible system design and implementation, while maintaining the excellent sound quality found in the CL Series and Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D I/O racks.

Both sound quality and system layout flexibility were enhanced in the CL Series by separating I/O hardware from the mixing console. The new Ri8-D and Ro8-D take that freedom one step further with the number of inputs and outputs available wherever they are required for sound reinforcement installation and I/O distribution.

In addition to working with CL Series components, by using Dante-MY16-AUD card(s) with the new Rio units and a Yamaha PM5D will create a 96kHz system. The new Rio units can also be used with M7CL and LS9 Digital Consoles, DME64N Digital Mix Engines, and other compatible Yamaha products such as NEXO NXAmps using an NXDT104 card, further enhancing the Dante networking experience. The Ri8-D head amplifiers can even be controlled directly from the interface of the M7CL, LS9, or other compatible console.

“The natural, musical sound that is a key element of the CL Series design is again achieved without compromise in the Ri8-D and Ro8-D input and output units,” states Marc Lopez, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “Whether used as portable input and output racks, or alongside a Yamaha console, we know our customers will appreciate the addition of these two new units in supporting Dante networked systems of any size.”

The Ri8-D and Ro8-D can be used in any combination with the Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D. Availability is expected spring of 2013 with a targeted MRSP of $1,900 for the Ri8-D and $1,700 for the Ro8-D.

For more information on the Ri8-D and Ro8-D, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

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