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AVIOM HOSTS LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS OF THE NEW A360 PERSONAL MIXER AT NAMM 2013

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 24, 2013—Aviom, manufacturer of the iconic A-16II Personal Mixer and industry leader in personal mixing, is pleased to announce that it will be hosting live demonstrations of its next generation product, the A360 Personal Mixer, at NAMM (Hall A, Booth 6720). The company will feature two versions of its A360 demonstration: a brief overview of the product and its features and an in-depth tour of the product with a live music demonstration. more

Waves Audio Announces IR-Live Convolution Reverb for Live Sound

NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 24, 2013 — Waves Audio (booth 6824) introduces the new IR-Live Convolution Reverb, customized for live sound use. Like its predecessor, the acclaimed IR1, the IR-Live is convolution-based, using sound samples called “impulse responses” (or IRs for short.) Featuring a simple and intuitive interface, IR-Live is compatible with Waves MultiRack Native and SoundGrid® platforms, as well as all of IR1′s acclaimed impulse responses, including those of world famous venues such as Wembley Stadium, CBGB’s and the Grand Ole Opry. In addition, IR-Live includes samples of the world’s best-sounding hardware reverb units.

With IR-Live, FOH/live sound engineers now have virtual access to the magic of convolution-based reverb. Waves’ IR-Live Convolution Reverb will be available soon with a U.S. MSRP of $250.00 and a special introductory price of $100.00. Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

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Pro Control’s ProPanel App Now Available for ProLink.r Processor

ProPanel Enables Complete Control Over Systems Via iPad(R), iPhone(R), and iPod Touch(R)

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Jan. 24, 2013 — Pro Control, a division of Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI), announced that the company’s popular ProPanel control app for the iPad(R), iPhone(R), and iPod touch(R) is now available for the ProLink.r control processor. The powerful ProPanel app provides users with convenient system control of the home environment. Already available for the ProLink.z, and now available for the ProLink.r, the ProPanel app will integrate either ProLink processor with Apple(R) devices to control A/V systems, lights, music servers, shades, internet radio, door locks, and more. more

HARMAN’s Soundcraft Offers a New Expression: Pound-for-Pound (And Dollar for Dollar), the World’s Most Advanced Audio Console

ANAHEIM, California — HARMAN’s Soundcraft today launched the Soundcraft® Si Expression digital console range, tagged as the most advanced digital console in this low price category.

Available in three frame sizes, Si Expression 1, 2 and 3 offering 16, 24 and 32 fader and mic inputs respectively; all three are capable of up to a staggering 66 inputs to mix by connecting any Soundcraft stagebox including the two new Mini Stagebox 16 and 32 (16 x 8 and 32 x 16) models also launched today at the show (separate release) or by connecting additional inputs over MADI or AES/EBU. All external inputs are additional to the connections on the desk itself.

In true Soundcraft style, the mixer is loaded with industry standard processing from HARMAN siblings BSS®, dbx®, Lexicon® and Studer® and many top-end professional features like a colour touchscreen, iPad ViSi Remote control and Soundcraft FaderGlow™, adopted from Soundcraft’s Vi Series large format flagship consoles. FaderGlow is a patented technology that automatically illuminates specific faders in varying colours according to their assignment enabling you to focus on the mix, not where signals might be.

An incredibly powerful DSP engine provides 4-band parametric EQ, delays, gates and compressors on every input, parametric and 30-band graphic EQ, compressors and delays on all outputs, as well as four Lexicon stereo effects devices, all capable of being utilised at the same time, unlike most consoles in this class. Soundcraft ViSi Remote allows remote control of the console from an iPad.

Freely assignable fader layers allow you to place inputs and outputs anywhere on any layer, optimising your mix control for the most important channels.

Andy Trott, Soundcraft and Studer’s Vice President and General Manager says this is one of the most exciting new developments in his 10 years running Harman’s mixer business. “A Soundcraft at this low price point is a departure from tradition for us,” he noted. “The Si Expression is based on new technology bridging the current Si Compact and Si Performer ranges and meets a totally new price point for Soundcraft making this product highly attractive to those looking for a professional console, at a budget price. Other companies will continue to produce ‘cheap’ mixers, we make professional, high-quality, easy to use mixers in the same price range—which makes the customer’s decision easier!”

The console is packed with professional features and a wide range of networking and option cards, the most recent of which is the BSS BLU Link card, also launched today enabling simple and automatic connection to the dbx PMC16 Personal Monitoring System.

Si Expression is designed for all mixing applications ranging from gigging bands, performance venues, installations and tours, corporate AV and theatres to houses of worship and education facilities.

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.

Waves Audio and DiGiCo Announce New Partnership: DiGiGrid™

NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 24, 2013 — DiGiCo, the world’s leading manufacturer of live mixing consoles, its studio sound sister company Soundtracs and Waves Audio (booth 6824), the world’s leading developer of professional audio plugins, are proud to introduce DiGiGrid™: The perfect partnership of audio hardware and software. From the studio to the stage and back again, today’s digital productions are getting more and more complex, with higher track counts, CPU-hungrier plugins and increasingly demanding real-time requirements – not to mention portability, expandability and connectivity issues. Now, Waves, DiGiCo and Soundtracs have joined forces to create hardware and software processing solutions to address these needs with DiGiGrid, which enables users of Native DAWs, Pro Tools and MADI-enabled live and broadcast mixing consoles to have access to Waves SoundGrid audio networking and real-time processing. DiGiGrid offers a full line of SoundGrid I/Os, Pro Tools-to-SoundGrid I/Os and MADI-to-SoundGrid I/Os.

In the studio, DiGiGrid systems provide the power and performance needed to meet the most taxing mixing challenges. DiGiGrid systems are expandable and ideal for users of all levels, from budget-minded audio enthusiasts to full-fledged multi-studio facilities. And because they use Intel-based SoundGrid DSP Servers to perform audio processing, DiGiGrid systems ensure maximum versatility and compatibility today, tomorrow and into the future.

Live on stage, DiGiGrid MADI-to-SoundGrid interfaces enable users of any MADI-enabled console to take advantage of low-latency networking and processing, perfect for both FOH and monitor applications. Live processing and recording has never been easier, thanks to the flexibility and simplicity of DiGiGrid systems.

DiGiGrid Components

DiGiGrid IOS
Perfect for personal production studios, the DiGiGrid IOS is an 8 x 8 I/O which includes a built-in SoundGrid DSP server and certified SoundGrid switch. With 8 mic / line inputs, 8 line outputs, 2 headphone outputs, MIDI In/Out/Thru, SPDIF and AES outputs, DiGiGrid IOS is an all-in-one audio interface that brings the power of SoundGrid in a convenient, comprehensive solution.

DiGiGrid IOX
Ideal for professional facilities with separate performance rooms, the DiGiGrid IOX expansion I/O features 12 mic / line inputs and 6 line outputs, plus 4 individual headphone outputs, for customizable mixes for each performer.

DiGiGrid IOC
An I/O custom-designed with control rooms in mind, the DiGiGrid IOC includes 2 mic inputs, 8 line inputs, 8 line outputs and 2 headphone outputs, plus 16 AES digital outs ADAT for additional connectivity options.

DiGiGrid SWI
The DiGiGrid SWI 5-way network switch is tested and certified for full SoundGrid compatibility, ensuring smooth setup and flawless performance straight out of the box.

DiGiGrid DLS
With 64 digital inputs / 64 digital outputs plus a built-in SoundGrid DSP server and certified SoundGrid switch, the DiGiGrid DLS Pro Tools-to-SoundGrid Interface is the ideal integrated solution for users who want to expand their existing systems while enjoying the convenience of an all-in-one hardware interface.

DiGiGrid DLI
With 64 digital inputs / 64 digital outputs, the DiGiGrid DLI Pro Tools-to-SoundGrid Interface was custom-engineered for users of large Pro Tools systems who require the extra processing power of a dedicated SoundGrid DSP server.

DiGiGrid DMI
Interface option to allow Digigrid system devices to access DiGiCo SD Rack and D Racks for massive system input expansion with a wide range of format configuration choices.

MGB MADI-to-SoundGrid Coaxial Interface – 2 MADI ports, up to 128 Inputs & 128 Outputs
MGO MADI-to-SoundGrid Optical Interface – 2 MADI ports, up to 128 Inputs & 128 Outputs

Visit www.digigrid.net for more information.

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Introduces M2 Master Reference Monitor

ANAHEIM, California – Responding to the call for greater accuracy and dynamic range in music and post-production control rooms, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is introducing the M2 Master Reference Monitor that for the first time makes world-class, large-format monitoring feasible in a wide range of rooms. The largest speaker in JBL’s studio monitor line, the M2 integrates new JBL transducer technologies and patented innovations in a free-standing, 2-way system that can be placed in any production environment and tuned to provide a superior level of accuracy and performance.

The M2 Master Reference Monitor design leverages JBL’s new D2 Compression Driver which uses two annular diaphragms and two voice coils to deliver extended high frequency response and very low distortion at very high sound pressure levels. The D2 is mated with JBL’s new 2216ND Differential Drive® 15-inch woofer also with dual voice coils, incorporating a patented wire application that reduces power compression enabling linear output regardless of playback level. With these two extraordinary drivers as the engine, the M2 Master Reference Monitor delivers extended in-room response of 20 Hz to 40 kHz for today’s high-resolution recording formats, and remarkable 123 dB SPL at one meter, providing the necessary dynamic range for demanding music and film production.

To allow an imperceptible transition between the two drivers, and deliver exceptional imaging, JBL Engineers pioneered a new patent-pending waveguide dubbed “Image Control” that enables neutral frequency response, not just on-axis, but off-axis in the vertical and horizontal planes all the way down to the M2’s 800 Hz crossover point. The unique geometry of the waveguide allows the M2 to deliver remarkable high-frequency detail and imaging and natural timbre at any listening position, in a broad range of acoustic environments.

HARMAN’s Crown I-Tech power amplifiers complete the system, providing greater than a kilowatt of clean power to the 2216ND woofer and the D2 high-frequency driver. In conjunction with the M2’s revolutionary waveguide, digital signal processing in the Crown I-Tech or BSS Soundweb™ London processor allows the implementation of an ideal crossover, while providing the option for storage of eq presets. In conjunction with measurement software, HARMAN HiQnet System Architect™ software allows central control of system calibration and tuning to address non-linearity in the room, ensuring a high degree of accuracy particularly in the room-dependent low-frequency area, whether the M2 is free-standing, soffit-mounted or placed adjacent to a wall.

With an efficient form-factor of only 14 inches deep, 20 inches wide and 49.5 inches tall, the M2 Master Reference Monitor allows flexibility of placement in artist studios, behind the screen and in remote trucks. “Leveraging the best of our JBL technologies, we set out to solve the problems that have prevented the use of large monitors in all but purpose built control rooms,” commented Peter Chaikin, JBL Professional Senior Manager of Recording and Broadcast Marketing. “We feel the M2 Master Reference Monitor will be a game changer, which for the first time, makes a big, detailed world-class monitoring experience a viable option for artist studios, mastering facilities, small mix stages and screening rooms.”

The M2 Master Reference Monitor will be available spring of 2013 in stereo and surround sound configurations from select JBL Professional dealers. For more information, please visit www.jblpro.com/m2

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.

ISE To Conduct Tours Using Listen Technologies Tour Group Systems

The Hosted Buyers Programme and Digital Signage Tours at ISE 2013 will be sponsored by Listen Technologies tour group systems.

(January 23, 2013) Bluffdale, Utah, USA — Listen Technologies Corporation has announced sponsorship of the ISE 2013 Hosted Buyer Programme and Digital Signage Expert Tours via an in-kind donation of its tour group systems.

ISE AV Solution Partners will manage the tours through the show beginning Monday, January 28, 2013 through Thursday January 31, 2013. Programme sponsors this year are AMX, Crestron, Epson, LifeSize, Listen Technologies, NEC, RCF and syscomtec/Easescreen.

Listen’s tour group systems, which transmit the tour guide’s voice to receivers worn by tour participants, will also be used to facilitate the ISE 2013 Digital Signage Tours hosted by Invidis Consulting. The free tour provides an overview of a selection of exhibitors that helps participants understand the various considerations to digital signage including content, screens, software, extension, totems and audience measurement. Tour participants will be able to follow along and hear each presentation through Listen’s tour group system.

“This year it’s the 5th edition of the Hosted Buyer Programme with more attendees than ever,” noted Stefanie Hanel, Marketing Executive at Integrated Systems Europe. We understand how critical the audio guides are to what we do and are very appreciative of Listen’s support.”

The Listen tour group system includes an LT-700 Portable RF Transmitter with a microphone that allows the tour guide to speak in a normal tone of voice. Each guest will be provided with an LR-400 Portable Digital Display RF Receiver and an LA-164 Ear Speaker. With a transmission range of 150 ft (45.7 m), the tour guide is not subjected to voice strain and guests can stand at a comfortable distance without crowding.

“So often in our industry we plan and prepare for showcasing our technology visually, and often miss how critical it can be to hear the message of what is being shown,” said Cory Schaeffer, Vice President of Sales Worldwide at Listen Technologies. “We are pleased that we can provide the tour group gear to ISE and Invidis Consulting to ensure that their clients will have the best experience possible on the trade show floor.”

Listen Technologies will be providing product demonstrations at ISE of its RF, IR and ListenPoint solutions at Stand #E108.

About Listen Technologies Corporation
Listen Technologies Corporation manufactures and distributes wireless audio products world-wide for use in auditory assistance, soundfield, tour group, language interpretation and conferencing applications. Listen products provide superb audio performance, flexibility and ease of use, making them the ideal choice for schools, houses of worship, factories, entertainment facilities, government agencies and other entities. For more information on Listen solutions, contact Listen Technologies at +1.801.233.8992, or visit www.listentech.com.

Extron Introduces Industry’s First Secure iPad Enclosure

Extron TLM 100T

Extron TLM 100T

Anaheim, California (January 23, 2013) – The Extron TLM 100T mount is a secure, stylish tabletop enclosure designed for use with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation iPads. It is the first iPad enclosure designed specifically for the professional AV market that combines security, aesthetics, and a wide variety of mounting options. The TLM 100T allows access to key iPad functions and has several features that make it ideal for high-traffic areas where an iPad is running Extron control apps or is being used as a presentation video source. When locked in with the included security fasteners, the iPad is safeguarded against theft. The discrete cable management system allows iPad adapters and charging cables to be routed through the adjustable and removable base.

“Many customers with iPads are enjoying the convenience that Extron control system apps, such as TouchLink® for iPad and MediaLink® for iPad, bring to AV,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Extron. “While wireless control allows freedom to move from room to room, there are many scenarios where an iPad needs to remain in a fixed location as part of an integrated control solution. The TLM 100T allows the iPad to act as a secure, permanent control interface in a classroom, boardroom, or any AV environment.”

The base of the TLM 100T allows for 45 degrees of tilt and can be paired with an optional Extron SMA-1 Swivel Mount Adapter. This allows the iPad to tilt and swivel, providing convenient viewing for multiple users. The TLM 100T can also be paired with an Extron LPVM-1 Low Profile VESA Mount for additional mounting flexibility.

Visit our Web site at www.extron.com for more information.

The RapcoHorizon Company Unveils SilverHog at the 2013 NAMM Show

Silver-Plated Guitar and Mic Cables are Newest Members of the RoadHog Family

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 24, 2012 ― The RapcoHorizon Company, a leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment, announces its SilverHog guitar and microphone cables at the 2013 NAMM Show (Hall C, Booth 4558). The latest addition to the RoadHog Series, SilverHog is a series of high-end touring cables without the high-end price tag.

Built with the original RoadHog jacket, which The RapcoHorizon Company designed specifically for the touring musician, SilverHog cables also have pure silver-plated copper conductors and shields. This upgrade provides a link between ultimate sound quality and extreme durability. Like all RoadHog cables, the SilverHog comes with a limited lifetime warranty for further protection against wear and tear.

“SilverHog cables really are the best-sounding, flattest-laying and longest-lasting cables a musician will ever get their hands on,” says Lucas McCulley, marketing specialist at The RapcoHorizon Company. “The RoadHog series is one of the most popular brands in the RapcoHorizon family of products. Once a performer uses our RoadHog cable on stage, they never go back. With the addition of the SilverHog, we know the series will only trend upward.”

The SilverHog guitar cable is equipped with a 20awg pure silver-plated copper conductor, encased in a 95-percent pure silver-plated copper spiral shield with a RoadHog jacket that is incredibly durable, lays flat and coils easily. The SilverHog mic cable includes two 24awg silver-plated copper conductors and features the same spiral shield and jacket as the guitar cable.

The RapcoHorizon Company, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, data and telecommunications cable in both bulk wire and assemblies. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, The RapcoHorizon Company’s products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance. The company’s state-of-the-art Custom Shop can modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need. For more information, please visit The RapcoHorizon Company’s Web site at www.rapcohorizon.com.

Guns N’ Roses Matt Sorum Depends on HARMAN’s Lexicon PCM 96 at His Own Drac Studios

ANAHEIM, California – Matt Sorum is one of rock’s best-known drummers and for good reason. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year with Guns N’ Roses, Sorum was the percussive powerhouse for many of the band’s hardest-hitting songs. Sorum isn’t just a one-dimensional head-pounder, he also owns Drac Studios in Los Angeles which is equipped with an inviting blend of retro and cutting-edge instruments and gear, including HARMAN’s Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle and PCM 96 Stereo Reverb/Effects Processor.

“Lexicon has always maintained the best quality of effects and has been a standard in the recording studio since I can remember,” said Sorum. “I’ve always loved the reverbs and effects that Lexicon can deliver, since I first started hearing Lexicon products in the late 1970s.”

Sorum made the move to plug-ins a few years ago, but still finds himself drawn to outboard gear. “I love the PCM Native Reverb Bundle for its easy interface with computer recording software, its ability to save favorite settings and come back to them instantly and for its variety of exceptional reverb sounds and types. However, I’m still a huge fan of outboard effects and EQ.” Sorum uses the PCM Native Reverb Bundle and the PCM 96 in a Pro Tools-based recording environment.

“I still use an analog Trident mixing console and a lot of outboard gear, including the PCM 96. I like a ‘hands-on’ feel, whether I’m using an outboard piece of gear with knobs – or a plug-in. Sometimes I like using a plug-in and sometimes the PCM 96 is what I reach for, but it’s all good, and there’s really nothing like those classic, lush Lexicon reverbs for adding richness and depth to vocals, drums and other instruments.”

Sorum is currently using the PCM 96 on a new recording project with his band Diamond Baby (Sorum plays under the alias Baron Von Storm). He’s also just finished recording an album from all-star band Kings of Chaos, featuring Sorum, Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) Duff McKagan and Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses), Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) and others. “The Lexicon Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle and PCM 96 have been indispensible for both of those projects,” Sorum noted.

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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