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BTX Products on Display at the 2013 NAB Show

BTX Technologies
2013 NAB Show
April 8-11
Las Vegas
Booth C7319

BTX Products on Display at the 2013 NAB Show:

New BTX Fiber Optics Lab and opticalCON(R) Certification
With the opening of a new state-of-the-art fiber-optics lab at its headquarters in metro New York, BTX now offers a full line of fiber system solutions for high-definition audio and video applications for both the broadcast and A/V marketplace. In operation since January, the lab is staffed by a team of talented technicians and features automated termination and test equipment. These new fiber capabilities complement BTXs existing offering of copper assembly and custom plate and panel solutions. As a result of its new capabilities, BTX has already been designated by Neutrik(R) — the leading manufacturer of audio connectors and receptacles — as a Certified Assembler Fiber House for its opticalCON(R) line of fiber-optic connection systems. Neutriks opticalCON products are based on standard optical LC-Duplex connections and feature rugged-body, high-performance fiber contacts as well as a unique shutter design to protect against dust and dirt. BTXs fiber product portfolio also includes products from AFL, Atlona(R), Belden, Gefen, Kramer, OCC, RDL, TE Connectivity, and Telecast.

Photo Caption: opticalCON fiber
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Just Add Power 2G+ HD-SDI Over IP Transmitter
The new Just Add Power 2G+ HD-SDI over IP transmitter now enables high-definition digital video broadcast over IP connections with a 1000% increase in specified network speed. Equipped with multichannel audio, the new release enables source audio and video to be distributed with complete integrity. As a result, installers can now replicate crystal-clear 1080p video quality that is indistinguishable from source content to satisfy even the highest installation standards. Compatible with the complete 2G/2G+ family of HD over IP products, the transmitter also features an HDMI(R) pass-through port for feeding audio to central amplifiers; an integrated stereo audio extractor with programmable audio delay; a 3.5mm RS232 port with integrated null modem for easy integration with all RS232 controlled devices and accessories; support for locking HDMI cables; and an independent CEC over IP CPU with new Pico processor.

BTX Pro Plates and Panels: Software and Products
With the new BTX Pro Plates and Panel Software, users can easily design, configure, specify, and order custom wall plates and panels within a matter of minutes. Using drag-and-drop technology, users select wall plates, rack panels, and connector options from an extensive library of manufactures such as Neutrik(R) and Switchcraft(R), in addition to BTXs long list of award-winning products. The softwares newest upgrade also includes access to floor box inserts and allows for optional engraving if desired. Upon completion of configuration and design, users can request quotes and place orders with the click of a button. Most orders are shipped between five to seven days.

BTX Pro Plates and Panels are also available as standard anodized aluminum wall plates and panels, laminated aluminum color wall plates, formed anodized aluminum plates, and anti-bowing flanged heavy-duty panels. With the option for complete customization to complement any setting, wall plates are available in white, black, red, green, blue, and yellow, and can accommodate up to six-gang configurations. The stylish plates also feature a unique two-layer laminate over the aluminum that can be engraved to give a clean contemporary look to any commercial environment.

To accommodate uneven surfaces, formed anodized aluminum wall plates are flush with the wall only at the edge of the bezel. Available in single- and double-gang configurations, the plates are thicker and more durable than other solutions on the market and feature an elegant clear or black-brushed finish for a more sophisticated design. BTXs rack panel offering includes heavy-duty, flanged, and anodized aluminum panels. Even when punched with the maximum number of cutouts, the new black, one-eighth inch thick, one-piece bent flanged panels have the extra strength needed to eliminate bowing when attaching or removing cables. The heavy-duty panels are available in sizes up to 10 RU.

Photo Caption: BTX Pro Plate and Panel Designer Software
Photo Link: www.ingearpr.com/BTX/BTX_PRO.zip
Image Caption: BTX Pro Plates and Panels
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Company Quote:
At this years NAB, BTX will introduce many products produced directly from our newly established in-house fiber lab. These range from rugged Neutrik(R) OpticalCon(R) multifiber cables to tactical fiber snakes and jumpers. We will also offer standard and custom breakout boxes, active fiber solutions from our varied vendor partners, as well as new connectors and tools. Recently, BTX has also invested heavily in Belden Cat 5e and Cat 6 cables, which are now in stock at unbelievable prices. Our Belden cables are available in different colors, with or without shielding, in plenum, and in several other varieties. BTX will also showcase its Pro Plates & Panel division, which features a newly expanded connector symbol library and other innovative capabilities. Also new to BTX and NAB will be ZeeVee’s HD Encoding/RF Modulation devices, which allow broadcasters to deliver up to 1080p HD video to displays and HDTVs over existing coaxial cable — eliminating the need for costly rewiring projects. Just Add Powers new 2G+ HD-SDI over IP transmitter will also be on display at the show. These new devices combine quality with simplicity by allowing content producers to send video over IP. The BTX booth will also have food and drinks available, so whether youre an old friend or meeting us for the first time, please stop by our stand to meet the team.
– Greg Schwartz, president of BTX Technologies.

Company Overview:
BTX manufactures and distributes the industrys finest interface and integration products for audio, video, security, digital signage, and many other applications. Providing its customers with value-added Beyond Distribution services, the company backs every product it sells with a rigorous in-house testing program and highly trained customer support team. The company has been certified as an InfoComm International(R) Sapphire Certified Audiovisual Solutions Provider(R) (CAVSP(R)) since 2007. In business since 1967, the companys products are available online at www.btx.com, by calling 800-666-0996, and from a selection of international distributors listed on the companys website.

PR Link: www.ingeapr.com/BTX/NAB2013.zip

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WSDG Completes World Class Sound Reinforcement System Upgrade For KKL Luzern Concert Hall

LUZERN, SWITZERLAND: From its opening performance by the Berlin Philharmonic in August 1998, the KKL Luzern Concert Hall was recognized as one of the world’s great performance centers. An international landmark, both architecturally and culturally, the complex attracts music fans from around the world to its picturesque lakeside setting.

Designed by architect Jean Nouvel and opened in 2000 KKL Luzern is comprised of three distinctive sectors: The conference and meeting room wing, complemented by a number of lounges and restaurants; A black box-style multipurpose hall, which presents events ranging from rock concerts to general assemblies; And, a Concert Hall distinguished by world-class acoustics designed by Russell Johnson’s Artec. The Concert Hall features some remarkable acoustical properties, including an extremely low quietness level of below 20 dB and mechanically variable room acoustics employing huge echo chambers surrounding the hall. A dozen years of constant use – with an impressive yearly booking rate of more than 90% – coupled with significant technological advances prompted the KKL Luzern management group to upgrade its retractable electro acoustical system. WSDG, an international team of acoustics experts, was brought in to accomplish this essential project.

The Concert Hall

The Concert Hall’s retractable electro acoustical system is used as a high-quality sound reinforcement system during many of the events, typically jazz, world music or pop style concerts and also for speech announcements during performances. The Concert Hall has a gently rising main floor, plus four balcony levels – the lowest of which flows into the organ loft with additional seating, resulting in a total seat count of just under 2.000. The hall’s dimensions correspond to a classic 1:1:2 shoe box shape with a height of 22 meters (72ft), a width of 22 meters (72ft) and a length of 46 meters (150ft). The clear wood stage consists of 41 adjustable elements. Situated at the front end of the house, directly above the stage, the Goll organ boasts 4’387 pipes. The organ can be closed with large doors and a 12 x 8 m (40ft x 26ft) wide projection screen can then be dropped in front of it. A retractable two-part canopy is located directly above the stage. The ceiling holds 190 lights of various sizes to depict a starlit night sky.

The walls are white and many of them in fact are not walls, but touch panel-controlled hydraulic doors that can be used to modify the reverberation time for different applications. The Concert Hall itself has a volume of 17’823 cubic meters (about 630’000 cu. ft), the echo chambers (with doors in the open position) can increase the volume by an additional 6’189 m? (220’000 cu. ft) – about 1/3 of the hall’s volume! The echo chambers are treated by varying arrangements of absorbing curtains, providing a variable median reverberation time of between 2.0s and 2.8s. The walls (and/or doors,) are slightly convex and covered with a total of 24’000 custom designed gypsum relief elements. For reinforced events, the reliefs are covered by white curtains. Prior to an event, KKL Luzern’s technical team configures the room based on the parameters received from the conductor and, on their vast experience from past events. Further fine-tuning of the room’s variability is accomplished while rehearsing with a conductor. As Technical Director Tjark Kuhlmei explains, “We have conductors who know the room very well and want it set up exactly to their personal preferences. For example, Claudio Abbado knows precisely the slight change that can be achieved by varying the canopy height by 20cm to produce a subtle, yet more pronounced harp sound.”

The Requirements and The Solution

Dr. Dominik Isler, COO, reports: “The room acoustical quality of the KKL Luzern Concert Hall is on par with other world-class halls, so the main objective for the new sound reinforcement system was that we achieve the same high quality level in electroacoustical concerts as we do in classical events.”

In addition to extremely high quality acoustic requirements, further parameters had to be met. These include the ability to fully retract the loudspeaker system for non-reinforced events; eliminating the need for temporary placement of auxiliary loudspeakers for audience coverage; 360-degree coverage for spoken word events (also covering the area besides and behind the stage, including the balcony below the organ) and, a more accurate perception of directionality. Due to the complexity and logistics of the project, WSDG was mandated for a two-year project covering the consulting, planning, contractor selection, supervision of installation and calibration of the technical systems.

Dirk Noy, General Manager of WSDG’s Europe Office states: “A major issue of this hall is the wide distribution of seats on five vertical levels surrounding three of the four walls, and consequently, the coverage requirements of the electroacoustical sound system. The WSDG solution’s core idea was the realization that the KKL Luzern Concert Hall is mainly designed for acoustical sources that are placed directly on stage.” Consequently, the new main loudspeaker system is installed significantly lower and closer to the stage than the previously installed solution. The main system is supplemented by a distributed system whose elements are permanently installed but retractable by motors.

The project was divided into three phases: firstly the identification of the requirements, system planning and preparation of specifications, secondly the on-site evaluation of a total of three loudspeaker system candidates, and lastly the execution phase of installation planning, supervision and commissioning.

The preparation and specification in phase 1 and the on-site evaluation in phase 2 determined that d&b loudspeakers provided the optimum system both in the technical evaluation (acoustical measurements) as well as in the listening tests (consisting of questionnaires within a test audience of 20 persons with varying backgrounds). The procuring and installation assignment was awarded to auviso, one of Switzerland’s most significant system integrators, based in Lucerne.

The Sound System

The new sound reinforcement system consists of the Left Right main system with two line arrays of eight d&b V12 units each, suspended above the stage front edge, two additional line arrays for covering each of the balconies with five d&b V12 units, a stage edge in-fill system consisting of two d&b V-Sub and two d&b V12 units each on the right and left and a stage mounted front-fill provided by six d&b E6 units. For events requiring a 360-degree speech reproduction a retractable center cluster was provided with a front section (consisting of eleven d&b T10 units) and a rear section (consisting of three RCF VSA 2050 digitally controlled column loudspeakers).

The d&b V12 units have a nominal horizontal dispersion of 120-degrees; the vertical tilting is variable from 0 to 14 degrees. The passive 3-way units are equipped with two 10-inch low frequency drivers; a horn loaded 8-inch midrange driver and two 1.4-inch high frequency drivers mounted on a dedicated waveguide. The d&b V-Sub units hold a forward radiating 18-inch driver in a bass reflex enclosure and a rear-firing 12-inch driver in a two-chamber band pass enclosure. With this arrangement and the algorithms within the D12 amplifier a Cardioid dispersion characteristics with a significant attenuation of the energy radiation towards the stage can be achieved.

Amplification is provided by d&b D12 units that allow for precise tailoring to the installation parameters. “Beyond their sonic qualities we also really like the aesthetics of the new system, being an inconspicuous, slim line array,” Tjark Kuhlmei points out, “With the subs on stage, we can flexibly adjust the low frequency reproduction as required, or not use them at all, for example for pure speech events.” Signal transport from the Yamaha DME System DSP (digital signal processor) to the amplifiers is achieved via digital AES / EBU at a 96kHz sample rate.

All the line arrays are suspended and are equipped with their appropriate motor and cable winding mechanism. This allows the retraction of all loudspeaker arrays not required for a specific performance, to a parking position above the canopy.

Distinguished by its spectacular architecture and acoustics; its vast variable echo chambers and its unique Goll pipe organ, The KKL Luzern Concert Hall is an incomparable world-class venue. The new d&b V-Series sound reinforcement system, engineered, implemented and calibrated to the most demanding performance specifications, exceeds all quality requirements and significantly widens the hall’s usage profile. WSDG is exceptionally proud to have been associated with this important and artistically significant project.

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KKL Luzern Concert Hall photo captions

1. KKL Luzern Concert Hall Exterior photo by KKL Luzern
2. KKL Luzern Concert Hall Interior w. New System photo by KKL Luzern
3. KKL Luzern New Main System photo by KKL Luzern
4. KKL Luzern Simulation Screen Shot of SPL Sound Pressure Level Direct Sound. Image by WSDG

Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, , Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.

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Revolabs and Cisco(R) Collaborate on Development of New Cisco Unified IP Conference Phone 8831

New Cisco(R) Conferencing Solution Powered by Revolabs Advanced Acoustic and Wireless Microphone Technologies

SUDBURY, Mass. — March 19, 2013 — As Revolabs Inc. previews its next-generation FLX platform at Enterprise Connect 2013, the company also revealed that Cisco(R) has selected Revolabs to develop its latest IP conference phone, which is debuting at this year’s show and is the first product on the market using this platform.

“Cisco was interested in partnering with a company that could develop its next generation of UC speakerphone products, and after evaluating Revolabs’ FLX platform, they approached us,” said JP Carney, CEO of Revolabs. “Once we shared our technology and strategic roadmap with Cisco, it was evident that our FLX platform was a complement to the company’s vision of the UC market. This synergy formed the basis for the partnership.”

Revolabs’ award-winning FLX digital signal processing platform provides advanced audio technology, superior echo cancellation and acoustics, as well as Revolabs unparalleled wireless microphone technology for unmatched audio clarity and flexibility.

Powered by Revolabs’ FLX(TM) platform, Cisco’s new IP Conference Phone 8831 features a sleek industrial design to complement any executive boardroom or conference room. The Cisco IP Conference Phone 8831 base unit houses an industry-first dual speaker configuration with four HD capable microphones and utilizes a corded dialer. The conference phone is available with three options to expand coverage for larger rooms: a daisy-chain kit to link two base units together, and wired and wireless microphone kits, each featuring two omnidirectional microphones. The optional wireless microphone kit calls on Revolabs’ expertise in wireless microphones and acoustic echo cancellation to deliver the ultimate in flexibility. With the kit, users can easily place the additional microphones anywhere they are needed in the conference room to expand coverage and maximize sound quality. The IP Conference Phone 8831 is also optimized for Cisco’s Unified Communications Call Manager.

“We are thrilled to be teaming up with an industry giant like Cisco,” Carney continued. “We have been working very closely with the company to optimize our new FLX platform to interoperate with its Cisco Unified Communications Call Manager platform, and the end result is stunning. When the unit is turned on, the display denotes ‘Powered by Revolabs.’ We couldn’t be more proud of these three words and are very excited to get this product out to Cisco’s customers so users can experience firsthand the audio quality that this product delivers.”

More information about Revolabs’ award-winning products and technology is available at www.revolabs.com or by visiting booth 1722 at Enterprise Connect in Orlando, Fla., March 18-20.

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About Revolabs
Revolabs Inc. is the premier provider of wireless audio solutions for unified communications, enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications across a wide range of markets. Offering unmatched audio quality that allows users to “hear every word,” the company’s wireless conferencing and microphone systems are utilized across the globe for a variety of applications, from webcasts and video conferencing to podcasts and broadcasting. Combining the ultimate in flexibility with sleek, stylish form factors, Revolabs solutions cut the cord, facilitating natural mobility by allowing participants to move about a workspace and still be heard, without being held back by wires. Leading the way in innovation, the company continues to add to its portfolio of value-added audio systems with products such as the new Revolabs FLX(TM) wireless conference phone, which provides superior performance for video and audio conference calls, public address systems, and more. Revolabs systems are secure (encrypted), rechargeable (environmentally friendly), and GSM-impervious. The company is headquartered in Sudbury, Mass., and can be reached at +1-800-326-1088 or www.revolabs.com.

PR Link: www.ingearpr.com/Revolabs/130319.zip

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METRIC HALO USER & DEALER AUDIOGUY EARNS SEVEN KOREAN MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS AND ONE WIN!

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – MARCH 2013: South Korea’s Audioguy & Partners is an aptly named clearinghouse for all things related to great audio. Headed by the passionate (and terrifically busy!) Jung-Hoon Choi, Audioguy is a world-class recording studio, an audiophile record label for jazz, classical, and world music, and a dealer for high-end pro audio equipment. Choi proudly wears many hats at Audioguy, including CEO, producer, recording/mixing/mastering engineer, and sales manager. His hard work was recently rewarded by winning the 2013 Korean Music Award for “Best Jazz & Crossover – Performance Album” along with six other nominations in the Jazz and Crossover category. Consistent with a tireless pursuit of transparent sound, Audioguy is both a Metric Halo user and a Metric Halo dealer. Indeed, all seven of the KMA-nominated and winning works were recorded and mixed using Metric Halo ULN-8 and ULN-2 preamp/conversion interfaces.

Audioguy & Partners recently opened a state-of-the-art recording facility. Notably, it includes a Hamburg Steinway & Sons D piano, an SSL console, over seventy microphones (many vintage), and multiple Metric Halo interfaces. Although new to the scene, between 30% and 40% of South Korea’s jazz recordings already happen at Audioguy. “I always strive to make recordings that are timeless,” explained Choi. “I don’t want to be part of a trend. I want my recordings to be as engaging decades from now as they are today.” In addition to studio work, Audioguy provides location recording services throughout South Korea, as well as China, Japan, and even Europe. The portability and audiophile quality of the Metric Halo interfaces make them reliable travel companions.

“All of the Metric Halo hardware is great, but I especially love the ULN-8,” said Choi. “The ULN-8’s microphone preamplifiers are outstanding, and the conversion is pristine. I also love Metric Halo MIO Console, the software that controls the routing and DSP of all connected Metric Halo interfaces. It can do anything! Whatever a producer, engineer, or musician can dream up, MIO Console can do.”

Audioguy & Partners is also a record label that releases some of the most innovative and captivating classical, jazz, and world music of South Korea. “Our identity is strong because we handle all of our own planning, producing, recording, mixing, mastering, and promotion,” said Choi. “Metric Halo is a part of most of those stages, and all of our Korean Music Awards nominations and winning work were recorded, mixed, and mastered using the ULN-8 and ULN-2.” Those nominations include three for “Best Jazz & Crossover – Jazz” (Sorefa, Soar, and Ascetic) and four for “Best Jazz & Crossover – Performance Album” (Sorefa, Reverberation, Discover Myself, and Ascetic). To their excitement, Sorefa turned into a win for “Best Jazz & Crossover – Performance Album” during the evening’s awards ceremony.

Everything else that’s happening at Audioguy sets it apart as a pro audio equipment dealer. “All of our staff are recording engineers,” said Choi. “They understand the real-world performance of our products, and they accordingly offer our customers proper suggestions and service. They know more than the manual or the sales pitch; they know how our products operate in the field. Working with the people at Metric Halo is great. They are timely, competent, and always very friendly.”

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

www.mhlabs.com

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Zylight Unveils Ultra-Thin F8 LED Fresnel at 2013 NAB Show, Offers Rebate Promotion

LOS ANGELES – Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, will showcase its new F8 LED Fresnel at the 2013 NAB Show (Booth C5446), which runs April 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nev. Available in tungsten (3200K) or daylight (5600K) versions, the compact lighting instrument collapses to less than four inches thick for easy transport and storage.

“When we showed our F8 concept at NAB last year, we received an overwhelmingly positive response,” said Charlie Collias, senior vice president, worldwide sales. “We’ve taken the traditionally hot and bulky Fresnel technology and replaced it with compact LED technology. The F8 delivers all the performance of a traditional Fresnel lighting instrument in a much more portable and energy efficient design.”

As part of a special promotion, Zylight is offering a $200 rebate on all F8 orders for NAB attendees through May 15. Details will be available at the booth and at www.zylight.com.

Equipped with an eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens, the fully dimmable F8 maintains single shadow traditional Fresnel beam shaping, and offers a patented focusing system for spot and flood operations. Its beam spread is adjustable between 16-70 degrees for even coverage for widescreen HD productions.

The F8 draws only 90 watts but has close to the light output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel. While its silent operation makes it ideal for studio use, the F8 is also water resistant (IP54), so it can be used in challenging location conditions. The F8 can be powered by a worldwide AC adapter or standard 14.4V camera battery.

“The F8 is a really versatile, rugged light,” said Joseph Arnao, president. “It’s bright like an HMI but better suited for run-and-gun news ENG applications – you just snap on a battery and go. It’s also a great choice for studios that need to save space and reduce operating costs.”

Two speakers will share their shooting experiences with the F8 at Zylight’s NAB booth. Boston-based DP Tom Guilmette recently took the new Fresnel to the top of Mount Washington. On Monday, April 8, at noon, he will discuss how his Zylight performed in the mountain’s unforgiving weather conditions. On Tuesday, April 9, at 1 p.m., Matt Kearney, vice president of Fastec Imaging, will show how his company’s ultra-portable TS3Cine high-speed handheld camera works with Zylight’s flicker-free LED lights.

Like other Zylight models, the F8 is equipped with ZyLink wireless technology, which makes it easy to link multiple Zylights for simultaneous remote control. As a result, several F8s can be grouped together and linked for unique lighting scenarios. The F8 can also be controlled via DMX.

Barn doors and yoke mount ship with the F8. Additional options and accessories, including DMX motorized focus, pole yoke mounting, ZyLink controlled multi-head mount, hand grip, and kit box are available separately. The F8 has an MSRP of $2,400 and will ship in June.

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC

Zylight was founded in 2003 with one mission: Bring truly intelligent, time-saving lighting to the entertainment production industry. Our award-winning team has more than 80 years of combined industry experience, and we continue to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to grow its brand to a large international audience. More Than Bright – Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

Hanan Takes HARMAN’s AKG WMS4500 Wireless System On the Road With Alicia Keys’ “Set The World On Fire” Tour

VIENNA, Austria – Hanan, an Israel-born guitarist, who moved to New York with his family at 12, has built his music career from the ground up, sharing the stage and studio with world-renowned acts, such as Jennifer Hudson, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Jordan, Keyshia Cole, Anthony Hamilton, Gladys Knight, Kanye West, Nas, BB King, and Roy Hargrove, among many others. The multi-talented musician can wow a crowd on the guitar, bass, keys, drums and nearly any other instrument he can get his hands on. Currently on tour around the globe playing in Alicia Keys’ band, Hanan relies on HARMAN’s AKG WMS4500 wireless system to showcase his true, natural guitar sound.

“Until I tried the AKG WMS4500, I was fed up with other unreliable wireless systems in the industry and was seriously considering using a very long cable during shows,” stated Hanan. “Most wireless systems I’ve played with affect my sound negatively, especially the high end. The shimmer of the guitar and tone depth are lost. With the WMS4500, it’s not about what the system is providing, but what it’s NOT taking away.”

Hanan plays lead guitar on Alicia Keys’ international “Set The World On Fire” Tour. With more than 100 scheduled performances, the show is traveling through North America and Europe in 2013 and boasts a tremendous stage and set.
During the performances, the wireless solution allows Hanan to participate freely – walking, running and dancing around stage with the multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning Keys.

“The WMS4500 Is significantly better than everything I’ve ever used,” Hanan continued. “AKG is off the chain! It facilitates my movements around the stage and I can put on the best show fans expect from Alicia Keys.”

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics. For more information on Hanan and his career, please visit http://www.hananonline.com.

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 13,400 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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Sound Devices Welcomes Dr. Steve Popovich as Software Engineer

New Addition Furthers Company’s Commitment to Creating Cutting-Edge Products

REEDSBURG, WI, MARCH 19, 2013 — Sound Devices, experts in audio and video products for field production, is pleased to announce that industry veteran Dr. Steve Popovich has joined its engineering team as Staff Firmware/Algorithm Engineer. Popovich will work directly with the Sound Devices research and development team to further enhance the company’s range of firmware and software algorithms for its audio and video products. Popovich brings with him a strong background in audio, systems engineering and software algorithm creation—a unique skill set that will further bolster Sound Devices’ software development efforts.

“Steve is a very talented software coder whom we’ve had the privilege of working with in the past. He has made big contributions with MixAssist on the 788T and other important algorithm developments,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “With more than two decades of experience in the industry, he is a welcome addition to the Sound Devices family. We look forward to his future contributions.”

Popovich’s background in acoustical signal processing began at Digisonix LLC, where he was Director of Research, developing active sound and vibration control technologies applied to silencing HVAC, automotive, aerospace and industrial noise. Since then, he has served in a diverse set of technical and engineering roles in electronic circuit manufacturing, DSP algorithms and embedded software applied to sound, electric motors and vehicle system electronics. His past work has also included supporting audio-related algorithm and software development for videoconferencing products at VTEL.

Popovich most recently served as a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville (UWP), where he participated in the creation of a collaborative program between UWP and UW-Fox Valley in Menasha, Wisconsin. During this time, Popovich also provided DSP-related consulting services, including work for Sound Devices.
Popovich holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has been named as inventor on 11 patents.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The fourteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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Display Development Moving On Up

Batavia, NY—March 2013—Display Development, innovator of the Residential Architectural Video System category, is thrilled to announce the expansion of their facility in Batavia, New York. The additional 4,000 square feet will accommodate manufacturing, light assembly, engineering, and distribution.

“We were very fortunate that the space adjacent to our current location became available,” said Jim Burns, president of Display Development. “Our business is exploding, and we needed to accommodate the demands of this growth. While it’s tempting in this real estate market to purchase space, we didn’t want to invest in something we may outgrow—it’s an exciting time for our company.”

Display Development recently introduced their IW7 and IW8 in-wall display systems, which offer extreme flexibility for an unprecedented value. The IW systems create a display solution far superior to a flat panel in terms of image size and fidelity, and overall experience, with no impact on a room’s décor—when not in use, the system can be completely concealed.

Display Development is located at 56 Harvester Ave, Batavia, New York, 14020. You can also find Display Development at Twitter (@DisplayDev) and on Facebook.

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HFP Acoustical Consultants Helps HOK Visual Communications Bring Imagination To Life With NanoLumens Display “Sculpture”

The February 2013 installation of a one-of-a-kind 5.5-foot tall by 13-foot wide NanoLumens®-powered digital sculpture at a Fortune 500 company’s headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana was the direct result of an intense collaboration between a client receptive to new ideas, a graphic design firm with a big technological vision, a technology consultant with the smarts to execute that vision, and a manufacturer with the technology to provide design-specific digital displays for literally any environment.

What’s more, according to Bill Schuermann, Senior Associate Design Consultant at Houston, Texas-based HFP Acoustical Consultants, it’s a collaboration that is likely to grow and expand as visual displays become an increasingly important part of large scale commercial design projects. “We are standing on the threshold of an entirely new era of interior design,” Schuermann reflected today, “and visual displays are at the center of these designs. This era is being made practical by a new generation of technology from NanoLumens that makes it possible to design and deploy specific display solutions of any shape, size, or curvature, in virtually every type of environment. Before today, technology didn’t allow you to think in terms of sculpted digital display letters, but now that technology is here, thanks to NanoLumens.”

The concept for the NanoLumens digital sculpture came from Hal Kantner at Houston-based HOK Visual Communications, who envisioned a unique display landscape that would allow the client to tell their story in brilliant video across the lifesized letters U-S-A. HOK’s team of designers then turned to HFP Acoustical Consultants to create the technical specifications and installation design, at which point it was determined that NanoLumens was the only manufacturer who could build this display and make the vision a reality.

Increasingly, innovative digital signage projects require the marriage of an architectural design firm, a technology design firm and a display manufacturer that can build displays to the unique specifications of a never-seen-before design, no matter the size or shape. With this type of project becoming more common, HFP is in the midst of transitioning the services it provides from pure AV, architectural acoustics, and industrial acoustic design to include all things technology.

“Working directly with HOK Visual Communications has allowed us to create some amazing graphic designs that include, and are often centered around, modern technology,” Schuermann said. “When HOK was developing the U-S-A design for this project, they asked themselves what they could do that hasn’t already been done. The result is this sculpture that isn’t so much a digital signage display as it is a piece of modern art that is fluid, patriotic and futuristic all at the same time. This project is proof that with NanoLumens, if you can imagine it, they can build it.

“We’re always looking for new ways to express our creativity and excite our clients,” Schuermann continued, “and projects like this one are becoming highly desired because digital displays can finally capture the imagination and be used to create truly unique, awe-inspiring environments. At HFP we are beginning to see more and more uses for novel technologies in both public spaces and corporate environments. Making a lasting impression with a digital sculpture, or a visual palette that can exhibit an ever-changing video presentation, comes down to combining the right design with the right engineers and the right technology. With this project we’ve busted open the doors for digital signage to become an entirely new and different product, and with our mindset for design combined with NanoLumens manufacturing abilities, the possibilities are endless.”

Since 2009, HFP Acoustical Consultants has been working closely with HOK Visual Communications to bring dozens of HOK’s designs to life. As for the future, HFP Acoustical Consultants is looking at a new project in Saudi Arabia that will have 650 digital signage displays connected to a single network!

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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HARMAN’s dbx Introduces the PS6 Power Supply for its PMC16 Personal Monitor Controller

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – HARMAN’s dbx today introduced its PS6 power supply for the dbx PMC16 Personal Monitor Controller. The PS6 is a road-worthy power supply that can supply AC power for up to six separate PMC16 units. The PMC16 is ideal for everything from house of worship systems with a single compact mixing console to large-scale orchestra installations of up to 60 PMC16 units.
The dbx PMC16 Personal Monitor Controller is remote control designed to give performers the ability to set up and control their own personal mixes of up to 16 channels of audio. Each channel can be tweaked with EQ, panning, Stereo Width control and effects, including a choice of built-in Lexicon reverbs. The PMC16 can be used with traditional on-stage monitor systems, powered personal monitors, in-ear monitors, digital snakes and headphones.

“Since it began shipping our PMC16 has been met with wide acclaim from users from a variety of backgrounds. We designed a high-quality multi-power supply that provides users with a functional and flexible option that will allow them the ability to have a highly scalable setup as they add additional PMC16s,” stated Noel Larson, Market Manager for Portable PA, Tour and Recording at HARMAN Signal Processing.

The dbx PS6 connects to a PMC16 Personal Monitor Controller via a standard 12-volt DC center-negative cable. XX cables are included with the PS6. The PMC can be configured to operate with either 48kHz or 96kHz D/A conversion. Its built-in dbx PeakStop™ limiting prevents the possibility of signal overload. The PMC16 is future-ready, thanks to its USB port, DSC and Ethernet port for future updates.

The dbx PS6 power supply will be available in April 2013 at a price of $299.95.

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 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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