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Marshank Sales Wins Martin Audio Rep Of The Year Award

Rob Hofkamp, Martin Audio; Gary Marshank and Paul Hugo, Marshank Sales

Marshank Sales won Martin Audio’s Sales Representative of the Year award at the recent Winter NAMM Show.

Based in Tarzana, California, Marshank Sales has an enviable record of over 90 years in the industry and represents a number of leading brands in retail, live audio, contracting and recording. Headed up by Gary Marshank and Paul Hugo, the award-winning company is well into its third generation as a family business.

Commenting on the award, Martin Audio Director of U.S. Operations Rob Hofkamp stated, “Marshank Sales continues to perform at the highest levels, delivering outstanding results in terms of sales and building key relationships for the brand. Gary, Paul and the rest of the exceptional team provide full support for all of our products and, thanks to their efforts, we are enjoying unprecedented success for our latest offerings, the MLA and MLA-Compact.”

Paul Hugo commented, “We are really proud to represent Martin Audio. The technological advances they have made with the introduction of MLA and MLA-Compact are really attracting a lot of attention from our customers in the sound reinforcement and contracting segments. And the great support we and our customers get from Rob Hofkamp make them a pleasure to do business with.”

Photo caption (left to right): Rob Hofkamp of Martin Audio, Gary Marshank and Paul Hugo of Marshank Sales

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

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Bassnectar Rumbles and Rings in New Year on LMG’s L-ACOUSTICS K1 System

Popular dubstep artist shakes Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena with 72 SB28 subs

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — On December 31st, over 11,000 devoted “Bass Heads” packed Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to celebrate the new year with Californian dubstep musician/producer Lorin Ashton, better known as Bassnectar.

LMG Touring, which supplied sound and video for the artist’s 2012 New Year’s Eve show at the same venue and subsequent 32-date fall tour, once again provided this year’s technical production elements, including a sizable L-ACOUSTICS K1 System. more

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DPA Shows The New d:facto™ II Vocal Mic at BVE 2013

DPA Microphones is introducing its new d:facto™ II Vocal Microphone to the broadcast industry at this year’s BVE Exhibition in London, where it will be on show on the DPA distribution partner Sound Network stand (B.55).

Ideally suited to live music broadcasting, this latest addition to the d:facto line offers an extraordinarily natural sound, high separation and extreme SPL handling, giving users unlimited possibilities for their performances. In addition to use with the new wired DPA handle, the d:facto II provides singers and engineers with the added benefit of a state-of-the-art adapter system that allows for seamless integration with many professional wireless systems.

“We are extremely proud to have developed an ingenious adapter range that brings the true DPA sound out of a wireless system,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “The wireless systems currently available deliver very limited power to drive the capsule, so getting the sound quality we wanted was nearly impossible. We had to be creative and put a huge amount of work and thought into the electronic circuit of the adapter solution. We wanted to make the best vocal microphone on the market, and with the d:facto we have reached this goal.”

The new d:facto II guarantees users exceptional DPA sound with popular existing wireless systems such as Sony, Lectrosonics, Shure, Wisycom and Sennheiser. The d:facto II provides improved audio performance as it is superbly linear in frequency and phase, both on- and off-axis, while its impressive definition and accuracy reproduces a singer’s voice effortlessly.

The flexibility of its inventive adapter system gives the user easy and very affordable possibilities of choosing either a wired DPA handle or the professional wireless system of their choosing, with no loss in the sound quality. Its simple plug-and-play features allow it to reproduce an extraordinary natural sound, which reaches the extreme sound level handling of 160 dB.

As with all DPA mics, the d:facto II provides superior gain before feedback, and a robust three-stage pop protection grid built into the microphone to remove unwanted noise. It also boasts exceptional isolation from handling noise as well as the ability to accommodate extreme sound levels.

The cabled version of the d:facto II, as well as the adapters for Shure, Sony, Lectrosonics and Wisycom, will be available in February 2013. The adapters for the Sennheiser systems will be available in March 2013.

Ralph Dunlop, Director of Sound Network, says: “We are all excited to be exhibiting at BVE once again, especially in light of the success we have had over the last year. The introduction of the new d:facto II Vocal Microphone is a milestone in the development of the DPA microphone range and we are proud to now have a microphone for every professional application.”

Sound Network will also be using the BVE platform to show DPA’s expanded d:fine™ series of headset microphones. Offering impressive gain before feedback and very stable construction, DPA’s unobtrusive d:fine headset microphones are easy to fit and provide presenters and guests with a discreet microphone solution that is nearly invisible on the face. The d:fine range is renowned for its audio accuracy and its ability to deliver natural voice intelligibility and consistent audio performance at all SPLs. d:fine capsules are so comfortable to wear that presenters can focus on their performance, safe in the knowledge that these hand-built microphones will deliver high-quality, distortion-free sound.

d:fine is available in both directional and omnidirectional options, in single or dual-ear designs and with several boom lengths. Designed to fit comfortably, they adjust to accommodate any ear size and head shape and can be mounted on either the left or right side of the head. Available in black, beige, brown, and lime green, each solution performs spectacularly in either cabled or wireless settings and can accommodate a range of accessories including windscreens, power supplies, and adapters or cables with fixed connectors (MicroDot, 3-pin Lemo, TA4F mini XLR, Mini-jack).

“DPA is internationally acclaimed for delivering the pristine sound quality that programme makers and viewers want,” Christian Poulsen adds. “Our range includes microphones for a wide variety of broadcast applications and we are confident that, both in terms of sound quality and design, they are the best broadcast microphones on the market today.”

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

WorldStage Lighting Announces Staff Promotions and New Hires Within Management Group

WorldStage, the new brand for Scharff Weisberg and Video Applications, is pleased to announce two promotions and a new hire among its lighting management staff.

“WorldStage enjoyed a very successful 2012 – one of the best years in our history – and we want to build on that by giving the staff members that have proven themselves time and again more responsibility, says Josh Nissim, Vice President of Operations for WorldStage East, who was promoted to that post just last year. “We continue to embrace new technologies and expand our high-quality rental inventory along with high-quality staff to provide our clients with the customer service they expect from us”.

To that end, Terry Jackson, formerly Director of Rentals/Lighting, has been named Vice President, Director of Lighting with an overall responsibility for managing the client experience at Worlstage Lighting. Drew DeCorleto has been promoted to Director of Lighting Production building on his success with fostering and retaining client relationships.

In addition, lighting veteran J Wiese has joined WorldStage as a Senior Project Manager. Wiese comes on board with 20 years experience in all areas of lighting design and production for the entertainment industry, including television, film, opera, theater, concerts and industrials.

“We’re very excited to have J on our team with his vast technical knowledge and easy going disposition -, our clients are really going to enjoy working with him” says Nissim. “J has worked for a Who’s Who of clients in every aspect of the business, and we’re very lucky to have him on the WorldStage staff as our new Lighting Project Manager, where he’ll mainly be hands-on in the field to provide our clients direct support.”

Wiese has served as a designer, production manager, production electrician and rigger for many events, tours and musical acts, including The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Beastie Boys, U2, The Goo-Goo Dolls, The Boston Pops, Savion Glover, The Rhode Island Philharmonic, Harry Connick Jr. and James Taylor. And he has overseen corporate launches and activations for such clients as Ducati, Harley Davidson, American Express, Gillette, Macy’s, Nike and Phillips.

Among Wiese’s credits are projects for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Crossroads Theatre, The Huntington Theatre, The Kodak Theatre, Lyric Stage, Playwrights Horizon, Commonwealth Shakespeare Theatre, The Joyce Theatre and The New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Last year he assisted Tribe Design with the production design for the Super Bowl half-time show starring Madonna; later he also assisted on the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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Belkin Named Finalist in Info Security Product Guide’s Global Excellence Awards for Secure Audio and Microphone Four-Port Switch and Belkin USB Smart Card Reader for Government

Belkin announced today that Info Security Products Guide, the industry’s leading information security research and advisory guide, has named two products, Belkin Secure Audio and Microphone Four-Port Switch and Belkin USB Smart Card Reader, as finalists for the 2013 Global Excellence Awards in the Security Products and Solutions for Government category. These prestigious global awards recognize security and IT vendors with advanced, ground-breaking products and solutions that are helping set the bar higher for others in all areas of security and technologies.

Belkin’s Secure Audio and Microphone Switch offers users centralized control over audio ports, and is designed to reduce the possibility of analog cross-talk of audio signals between computers running at different security levels. It is designed for government and other environments requiring the use of secure Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communications. Supporting both stereo audio and microphone analog signals, the switch allows users to securely share headsets, speakers and microphones between computers or IP phones.

The Belkin USB Smart Card Reader is the industry’s first USB smart card and common access card (CAC) reader specifically designed for today’s demanding government applications. Offering the broadest range of smart card compatibility, including Class A, B, C (5v, 3v and 1.8v), the Belkin Smart Card Reader features a compact, tamper-resistant design for easy one-handed card insertion that is ideal for government data security use. Designed to support smart cards meeting ISO7816 standards, which include CAC and PIV, the new Belkin Smart Card Reader has been built from the ground up to assure high security for government applications. Its uni-body enclosure works to eliminate entry points and prevents physical electronic tampering. All firmware is in ROM (read only memory) to assure no risk of alteration.

“We are very pleased to have the Belkin Secure Audio and Microphone Four-Port Switch and Belkin USB Smart Card Reader both named as finalists by Info Security Products Guide,” said Ben Thacker, global vice president, Business Division, Belkin International. “This recognition validates our fierce commitment to understanding the IT challenges our government customers face, and to delivering the iron-clad security that their industry-specific applications require. We strive to achieve the perfect combination of reliability and usability that only Belkin can achieve.”

About Info Security Products Guide Awards

SVUS Awards organized by Silicon Valley Communications are conferred in four annual award programs: The Info Security’s Global Excellence Awards, The IT Industry’s Hot Companies and Best Products Awards, The Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards, and Consumer Products Guide’s Best Choice Awards. These premier awards honor organizations of all types and sizes from all over the world including people behind them, the products, performance, PR and marketing. To learn more, visit www.svusawards.com

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About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkin.com/us/business/enterprise.

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2013 NAMM Show News: CERWIN-VEGA! UNVEILS P-SERIES

Powerful, portable speaker system with legendary Cerwin-Vega! Bass

Cerwin-Vega!® introduces its new P-Series professional PA system, which delivers a new standard in power and bass punch, suited for any sound reinforcement application, from live performances to public speeches. The P-Series family includes two active speaker products: the P1500X and the P1800SX. more

PESA Recognizes Top Channel Partners for 2012

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and build manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, today recognized its top performing U.S. and international channel partners for 2012. Last year, PESA’s revenue growth increased by 56 percent over 2011, with indications of continued growth as the company celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2013.

“Thanks in no small part to the support and dedication of our channel partners, the trend line is very positive for PESA,” said John Wright, senior vice president of sales and business development. “In 2013, we are investing heavily in new product development to ensure our channel partners have the greatest solutions to offer their customer base.”

In the United States, the top four channel partners were Audio Video Systems, Inc. (Chantilly, Va.), 5280 Digital (Centennial, Co.), Diversified Systems, Inc. (Gahanna, Ohio), and CEI (Newington, Va.). International top performers included Eurocom Broadcast (Madrid, Spain), Insitel Mexicana (Mexico City, Mexico), Systec International (Osaka, Japan), SK Technology (Seoul, South Korea), TekMark Broadcast (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), and HDPlusTech (Seoul, South Korea).

“As PESA continues to expand its presence globally, our international channel partners will play a pivotal role in building the PESA brand,” added Wright. “PESA is committed to building brand recognition outside the U.S., and with our exceptional channel partners, we are confident that 2013 will bring continued success.”

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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L-ACOUSTICS Introduces Loudspeaker Modules for CATT, EASE, ODEON and LARA

MARCOUSSIS, France — L-ACOUSTICS is pleased to announce that new modules are now available for third party software, including CATT-Acoustics (Dynamic Link Library – DLL), EASE (Generic Loudspeaker Library – GLL), ODEON and LARA.

Sound designers and acousticians can now simulate L-ACOUSTICS’ line source arrays via specific GLL or DLL files for the electro-acoustic software EASE and CATT-Acoustics, respectively. L-ACOUSTICS coaxial speakers can also be simulated using the dedicated GLL file in EASE and the Common Loudspeaker Format (CLF) file for CATT-Acoustics, ODEON and LARA. more

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SpaceX Employs Clear-Com’s Concert For Landmark Mission

Intercom-over-IP Connects Remote Staff in All SpaceX Locations

HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA, JANUARY 30, 2012 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is pleased to announce its role as a supplier of intercom systems to Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), the first commercial company in history to put a spacecraft into orbit and return it safely to Earth. SpaceX’s remote users rely on Clear-Com’s ConcertTM IP-based intercom software to communicate within and among its four facilities, especially before and after spacecraft launches.

Photo courtesy of Bruno Sánchez-Andrade Nuño, PhD.

Deployed at SpaceX’s Hawthorne (Los Angeles) headquarters, the McGregor, Texas testing facility, and its Cape Canaveral launch site, Concert was used as the internal communications system for coordinating the most recent launch of its Dragon spacecraft. In this monumental undertaking, Dragon both delivered cargo to the International Space Station and returned cargo to Earth, successfully completing its first official operational resupply mission for NASA.

Concert is seamlessly integrated with SpaceX’s existing matrix intercom systems in the mission control rooms to enable those in mission control to collaborate and communicate fluidly with all remote personnel. Remote staff include anyone outside of the mission control rooms, whether in the same facility or in another area. Several hundred remote users, including engineers, flight operators and mission administrators, depend on Concert for reliable, flexible and high-quality communications.

Concert is the optimal communication solution for SpaceX operations. Concert offers a more feasible and cost-effective solution over hard-wired intercom user panels for the number of connected facilities and remote users. The system is highly scalable, interconnecting as few as two users to as many as a several hundred users in a single conference or in multiple, simultaneous conference sessions. Remote users can access Concert from any computer over any LAN, Wan or secure internet connection.

The system also meets the high audio performance that SpaceX requires for minimizing the possibility of communication interruptions and thereby ensuring the safety and success of every spacecraft launch operation. Supported by an ultra-wideband G.722 CODEC connection and built-in audio optimization features, every audio packet is ensured to be securely and instantly delivered. Concert has built-in echo cancellation, built-in redundancy, pack loss reconstruction, recovery algorithms and jitter buffer optimization.

Moreover, the comprehensive features of Concert make it extremely accommodating to SpaceX’s complex and dynamic operations. Concert’s grouping function, for instance, enables each remote user to tailor communication to specific departments and relevant sites. Each new user is also capable of installing and administering the intuitive software without prior training, saving SpaceX both time and money.

“Clear-Com has over forty years of experience and success in deploying intercom solutions around the world. Our intercom systems are used for command and control at NASA, along with many other recognized aerospace facilities nationwide,” says Mike Hughes, Clear-Com’s General Manager for Military, Aerospace, and Government (MAG). “We’re very proud to provide SpaceX with the right communication solution to help the company achieve its goals and continue its history-making endeavors.”

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com delivers professional communication solutions for command and control, training and simulation, test and evaluation, and more. For over 43 years, Clear-Com’s partyline, digital matrix, wireless, and IP-based intercom solutions have led the industry with high quality audio performance that meets critical needs in a variety of settings. Clear-Com continues to be the preferred choice for clear, reliable, and scalable communication solutions. More information about Clear-Com can be found at www.clearcom.com.

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NanoLumens Launches New Web Site To Facilitate Design-Specific Customer Bid Requests

Underscoring its commitment to provide prospective customers with a maximum amount of information simply and efficiently, NanoLumens, Inc. today announced the launch of an entirely new and redesigned web site that features a unique Design Specification Calculator that allows potential customers to plug in their desired model, size and pixel pitch and receive a full list of specifications for that unique display. In less than 30 seconds a visitor to the site can enter their requirements, view the specifications, and submit the specified design to a NanoLumens team member for a price quote.

“We are dedicated to revolutionizing every aspect of digital media, including the way prospective customers go about gathering information for their projects and initiate the process,” today said Josh Byrd, NanoLumens Director of Marketing. “Available in any size, shape, or curvature, NanoLumens’ large-format display technology enables customers to set their imagination free to create the ultimate digital experience for their audiences.

“Our new web site now functions as a creative facilitator of their creative process,” Byrd continued. “Visitors to the site can gather more information about how NanoLumens displays are uniquely suited to their industry and then use our new calculator tool to choose from a variety of display options, sizes, and pixel, pitches, calculate their own display specifications and submit it for an immediate price quote. This new functionality is a direct result of our commitment to helping our customers break free from the constraints of traditional large-format display technology.”

According to Byrd, the launch of the new NanoLumens web site comes as the company prepares to introduce its new NanoSlim DS and NanoFlex DS Series (Design Specific) LED displays at Digital Signage Expo 2013 in Booth #1042 in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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

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

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