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Kodiak Mobile’s New GRIZZ HD Carries Latest FUJINON HD Telephoto and Wide-Angle ENG-Style Lenses

Wayne, N.J., March 25, 2013 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division announced today that Kodiak Mobile—a mobile truck company based in Broken Arrow, OK and Intincifi LLC of Austin, TX—will unveil GRIZZ HD, a unique 45-foot HDTV production truck during the 2013 NAB Show, taking place from April 8 to 11, in Las Vegas.

GRIZZ HD carries seven Grass Valley LDK 3000+ cameras with three FUJINON XA77x9.5BESM HDTV telephoto field lenses with optical stabilization; three FUJINON ZA17x7.6BERM Select Series HDTV ENG style lenses with 2X extender and DigiPower Servo; and one FUJINON ZA12x4.5BERM Select Series HD ENG style super wide-angle lens with 2x extender and
DigiPower Servo. The latest FUJINON product line can be seen at the Fujifilm Optical Devices Division exhibit—booth C7525—at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the 2013 NAB Show.

“All three FUJINON lens models were new as of last NAB,” said David Kearnes, who co-owns Kodiak Mobile with Paul Bronsteader. “These FUJINON lenses offer the high-performance we need in a compact, lightweight, innovative design. In a way, they were everything GRIZZ HD was designed to be so that’s why we felt they’d be a great fit.”

Lisa Kirtley, co-owner at Intincifi, the Austin-based firm that managed the entire GRIZZ HD project, including the design, build, and systems integration. “With its fresh, ground-up design, GRIZZ HD hits a sweet spot in the market,” said Kirtley. “Compared to 53-foot expandos, this truck is more suitable for use at events and venues where space and budget pose constraints. But compared to smaller mobile units or production trailers, it’s fully equipped to handle the demands of live broadcasts such as college sports, corporate events, and music festivals.”

GRIZZ HD’s equipment complement also includes: a Grass Valley Kayenne 2.5 M/E 3Gb/s production switcher, Chyron Hyper X3 dual-channel graphics system, two EVS 6-channel XT Nano replay systems, a Calrec Omega Digital 5.1 audio console, a Tightrope ZePlay 8-channel replay system, and four 47-inch LCD flat-screen monitors capable of user-configurable multi-viewer displays.

“With its innovative design and dimensions, GRIZZ HD offers HD truck customers a viable, cost-effective new option for producing live shows and events,” said Thom Calabro, director of marketing and product development for the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM. “We’re proud that Intincifi and Kodiak Mobile selected FUJINON lenses and wish them all the best as they cut the ribbon and put GRIZZ HD on the road.”

GRIZZ HD will be on display during NAB 2013 and shown as part of a Special Invitation event Tuesday, April 9th from 4pm to 8pm, at the Hofbräuhaus on 4510 Paradise Road, Las Vegas. Food, beer, and wine will be served and a car service will be available to transport guests to and from the convention centers. Interested parties may schedule private demos for Wednesday, April 10th from 8am to 4pm at the same location by calling Lisa Kirtley at 512-917-3783 or Kodiak Mobile Co-Owner Paul Bronsteader at 630-805-1489.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of five operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division sells consumer and commercial photographic products and services including film, one-time-use cameras, online photo services and fulfillment, digital printing equipment and service. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras. The Motion Picture Division provides motion picture archival film, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides binoculars, and optical lenses for closed circuit television, videography, cinematography,broadcast and industrial markets. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. markets a range of Fujifilm products and services. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, or go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe atwww.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2011, and in the year ended March 31, 2012, had global revenues of $27.8 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 79 yen to the dollar.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division, 10 High Point Drive, Wayne, New Jersey 07470. Phone: 973-633-5600. Fax: 973-633-5216. Web site:www.FUJINON.com

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A TEAM OF ASHLY EIGHT-CHANNEL NE8250 AMPLIFIERS & THE STARR GROUP WIN THE GOLD AT THE LAKE PLACID CONFERENCE CENTER

LAKE PLACID, NEW YORK: Set in the breathtaking Adirondack Mountains of New York at the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games, the newly-constructed Conference Center at Lake Placid pairs the splendor and story of its surroundings with amenities that far surpass those of most big city convention centers. The architecturally stunning three-story building boasts over 90,000 square-feet of flexible ballrooms, meeting rooms, and pre-function space, not to mention decks and verandas from which to enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. Starr Entertainment Group designed and installed a flexible and abundantly powerful A/V system for the center, in part by relying on Ashly ne8250 eight-channel network amplifiers that deliver 250-Watts of power to 104 zones of distributed audio speakers.

The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), which manages the state of the art conference center, tapped Starr Entertainment Group to design a thoroughly modern A/V system that could flexibly accommodate a wide range of uses. Pleased with the company’s competence and communication, ORDA invited Starr Entertainment Group to bid on the installation of its design. The bid was successful, and so the company saw its design through to completion.

The system collects its audio inputs from wireless microphone systems, wired microphones, media input panels, visual media players, and a background music system. In addition, several small-frame consoles in rolling racks accommodate events with live music. The inputs feed a Peavey Media Matrix NION processor, which allows system-wide inputs to be assigned to any output zone. Thirteen Ashly ne8250 eight-channel amplifiers deliver 250 Watts to each of the 104 zones distributed throughout the building. The meeting rooms and common areas use 180 JBL Control 26 in-ceiling loudspeakers, and the ballrooms use sixty 12-inch JBL Control 322 in-ceiling loudspeakers.

“ORDA wanted a high-quality system. They wanted to do it right,” said Peter Starr, owner and chief designer of Starr Entertainment Group. “About a year-and-a-half ago, we used some Ashly ne8250 amplifiers in a hotel system. I loved the fact that we could get 250 Watts per channel. It’s ideal for these kinds of systems. Of course, there are other multi-channel amps on the market, but nothing combines the specs, affordability, and reliability of Ashly’s ne Series. It is certain, the Conference Center at Lake Placid sounds great and is capable of some serious volume when needed.”

A 32 x 32 Crestron digital video matrix processor allow any video input to be shown on any combination of the center’s approximately 120 video output devices. Those devices include Sanyo HD projectors and flat-screen monitors. In addition, a large Visix-based digital signage system provides the conference center guests with way-finding and other information. A Crestron Pro2 system with 22 wall panels allow user control of every aspect of system performance, such as video and audio input selection and volume, room combining, as well as room functions such as room temperature and lighting. In addition, the building’s functions can be accessed via secure Internet and LAN connections. According to Bob Hammond, ORDA’s director of planning and construction, “the Starr Group has exceeded expectations,” and was noted by Ted Blazer, ORDA’s president and CEO, to be “the most dependable and cooperative contractor on the project.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

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DANLEY GETS INTO THE IVY LEAGUE: THE HUN SCHOOL OF PRINCETON UPGRADES THEATER SOUND SYSTEM WITH DANLEY SOUND LABS LOUDSPEAKERS AND SUBWOOFERS

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY: The Hun School of Princeton is a private school for students in sixth grade through high school. Located near Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, the school serves five-hundred students from over a dozen states and nearly two-dozen countries. A third of the students board there. School assemblies, dramatic and musical performances, and other events take place in the Hun School’s 350-seat proscenium theater, but a low ceiling and overly-diffuse loudspeakers had given the it poor sound reinforcement for many years. Recently, the school hired local A/V design and integration firm Reid Sound, Inc. to identify the weak links in its sound reinforcement chain and to make strategic improvements on a budget. Reid Sound installed Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and a subwoofer. Their combination of high fidelity and excellent pattern control elevated the theater’s sound quality from poor to excellent.

“The theater is used for a variety of events, including musicals, dramas, presentations, dance performances, and more,” said Darren R. Sussman, owner of Reid Sound, Inc. Sussman designed the new system together with Timothy Pearce, Reid Sound’s director of installation services. Sussman continued, “Vocal reinforcement was a major concern, but the system had to deliver excellent music reproduction as well. The space is very wide, but it’s not very deep. Moreover, the ceiling height is only around eighteen feet. Because the loudspeakers would be hanging very near the front of the stage, precise pattern control was critical.”

The previous system consisted of a pair of popular commercial powered loudspeakers mounted to the walls next to the proscenium. Although a number of deficiencies existed within the entire system, the project’s budget only allowed for a partial replacement, and Sussman and Pearce identified the loudspeakers as the most significant weakness. “The old loudspeakers weren’t very directional,” Sussman explained. “They spilled a lot of energy onto the walls and ceiling, which contributed to poor intelligibility, and there were seats that were inadequately covered by direct sound.” In short, the coverage was indistinct and uneven.

The team selected a pair of Danley Sound Labs SH-50 loudspeakers for the center cluster. “The arrayed pair gives excellent 100-degree horizontal coverage to the entire seating area, and the tight 50-degree vertical coverage keeps energy off the ceiling and on the seats,” said Sussman. The center cluster is primarily responsible for vocal reinforcement. They also installed a pair of Danley Sound Labs SH-95s, one on either side of the proscenium, for reproduction of program material or reinforcement of musical instruments. Again, the SH-95s deliver pattern control that excites the listeners, but not the space itself.

Although Reid Sound had done a handful of smaller systems involving Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers, this was the company’s first experience with a Danley subwoofer. “Normally, I would have installed a pair of subwoofers, but when I read the Danley TH-118’s specifications, I realized that a pair would be tremendous overkill,” said Sussman. “Those specifications proved to be accurate. A single TH-118 provides an incredible amount of low-frequency extension in the space. It’s not even turned up halfway, and it can shake the room.” In addition to the Danley loudspeakers and subwoofers, Sussman and Pearce installed a new Biamp Nexia processor and new QSC CX-Series amplifiers.

“We completed the job in February and we’ve heard nothing but great comments from the school,” said Sussman. “They just completed a production of Hairspray using the new reinforcement system. Spoken word was perfectly intelligible and music was full-frequency and engaging. The new Danley system is a great improvement for the Hun School of Princeton.”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

TWO SYMETRIX SYMNET RADIUS 12×8 DANTE NETWORKED AUDIO DSP CONTROLLED BY A CUSTOM IPAD MIXER AT SIGNAL HILL LUTHERAN CHURCH

BELLEVILLE, ILLINOIS: Signal Hill Lutheran Church is located in Belleville, Illinois, southeast of St. Louis. Its sanctuary is gorgeous and inviting, seating 125 people in rows of wooden pews under a natural wood framework that supports a sharply peaked ceiling. Natural light filters through stained glass, and a beautiful alter forms the focus of the cozy room. However, Signal Hill’s sound reinforcement system was not cut from that same fine cloth, a fact made evident by the church’s recent move toward more contemporary music in worship. The sound quality was not very good and a complete lack of user control meant that if something sounded bad, it stayed that way clear to the end of the service. Committed to remedying the problem, Signal Hill hired A/V integration firm Film Otter Inc. and design firm Design and Ideas Inc. The first round of upgrades is now complete, and a pair of Symetrix SymNet Radius 12×8 Dante network audio DSPs provide sophisticated audio processing and, together with a CommandFusion iPad interface, remote user control from anywhere in the pews!

“Signal Hill is a traditional church with a sound system that was not only old, but no longer an appropriate fit for their style of service,” said Phil Mahder, the semi-eponymous owner of Film Otter Inc. “The most difficult issue was that they have no tech booth and no tech person. The sound system equipment was in a closet that no one touched. If the system worked, it worked. But if it didn’t, there was no recourse.” The church contacted Mahder, a commercial A/V veteran of three decades, keenly aware of their problems but unsure whether an affordable solution existed.

Given the church’s budget constraints, Mahder will execute a complete renovation in stages, only the first of which is completed. Signal Hill’s existing amplifiers, loudspeakers, and lighting will be upgraded as funds become available, but for now things are sounding worlds better with just the inclusion of two Symetrix SymNet Radius 12×8 Dante network audio DSPs. Inputs to the system include spoken word microphones at the pulpit, lectern, and altar, as well as wireless microphones, Praise Band inputs, with microphones for up to five vocalists. The reason for two Radius 12x8s is was to get the input count necessary. The processed outputs feed the amplifiers for the speakers in three independent zones, monitor lines for powered stage monitors, ALS, and a digital recorder. The inputs and outputs at each Radius 12×8 meld via the Dante network into a fluid whole, and their open architecture design allowed for a powerful, customized processing and user control.

“Symetrix processing is excellent, and – critical for this job – the Symetrix automix/gain-sharing algorithms are stellar,” said Mahder. “The Radius 12×8 allowed us to create a predominately automatic system with convenient and simple manual controls that communicate wirelessly via a custom configuration of CommandFusion’s iViewer 4 iPad app. This solution is better than giving them a dedicated tech booth because the operator can sit with his family in the pews! Moreover, the tool is simple enough that an usher can easily run sound for the more traditional service and, by simply including additional pages on the iPad app, complex enough to mix sound for the band, multiple singers, and two monitor mixes.” CommandFusion iViewer 4 software integrates robustly with the Symetrix hardware and software to provide that customized iPad control.

Mahder continued, “This small traditional church with a small budget had the foresight to invest in tools that will allow them to grow not just in their musical expressions, but also in the technical infrastructure that enables those expressions. They went from an archaic system to one that is way ahead of the curve. The credit for this change goes to the church leadership’s willingness to trust advice even though it is something that they had never heard of, and especially to the system design and programming genius of the system designer, Philip Houser of Designs and Ideas. He not only programmed the DSPs, but actually built a custom interface that provides all the functions that they needed from a traditional audio mixer using the CommandFusion platform. There is no conventional audio mixer in the system; it is entirely the iPad app wirelessly controlling the two DSP units. The church was even able to select fader size, color, labeling, layout, and much more. Have you ever before seen a church that was able to have a mixer built to perfectly meet their needs and imagination?”

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

AVLEX INTRODUCES NEW MIPRO TRUE DIGITAL WIRELESS SYSTEM

*** The MIPRO ACT-818/828 Wideband True Digital Wireless System. ***

Kansas City, MO – April 2013 … Avlex Corporation, the name audio professionals turn to for world-class wireless technology and microphones, is pleased to announce the new MIPRO ACT-818/828 Wideband True Digital Wireless Receivers and two matching transmitters: the ACT-80T True Digital Encryptable Bodypack Transmitter and the ACT-80H True Digital Encryptable Handheld Microphone Transmitter. Incorporating a wealth of cutting edge features, the new MIPRO true digital wireless system makes an outstanding choice for a wide range of applications, including worship, corporate, education, government, broadcast, and live sound.

MIPRO ACT-818/828 Wideband True Digital Wireless Receivers
Offering the performance, reliability, and innovative features today’s audio professional demands, the MIPRO ACT-818/828 Wideband True Digital Wireless Receivers are available in single-channel (ACT-818) and dual-channel (ACT-828) configurations. Both models are true diversity digital systems with absolutely no companding to ensure pristine audio quality—free from the sonic artifacts inherent in less capable wireless microphone systems. Equally noteworthy, these receivers employ 256-bit encryption that can be enabled / disabled as required. more

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M.I. Veteran Mitch Colby Unveils New Boutique Guitar Amplifier Line

CITY ISLAND, NY, March 22, 2013 — Those who know Mitch Colby are well aware of his preoccupation with guitar amplifier tone. As a key member of Korg USA’s team for over 30 years, Colby helped guide the direction of two legendary amplifier brands, VOX and Marshall. As a collector, gear aficionado and technician, he has stayed at the forefront of the state of the art of guitar amps his whole life, with an insatiable curiosity and drive to search high and low for the perfect tone. And as a set of ears, he is second to none.

Enter COLBY Amps™. His lifelong pursuit of the ideal amp (aesthetically, structurally, feature-set-wise, and of course, tonally) has led him to create this new line of uncompromising hand-wired boutique units. The first COLBY Amps to be unveiled are the dual-channel dtb, “dual tone booster”™ heads. These amps were developed in close collaboration with veteran guitarist Jim Weider (The Band). The dtb50 and dtb100 heads, with their pure tube and meticulously prepared signal path, have a rich feature set that will rightly place COLBY Amps at the peak of a short list of boutique amp manufacturers from around the globe.

The two models took over two years of tonal development before they were finalized. The main goal was to build (in Colby’s words) “tone-to-the-bone” channel switching amps with two channels, each with its own dedicated tone controls suitable for any playing situation, whether recording, live or at home. Colby and Weider carefully selected components critical to the tone including resistors, capacitors, transformers, chassis and tubes, so that the amps perfectly reflect the sounds of sparkle, fullness, compression, body, focused gain, smooth feel and touch sensitivity that they had in mind. Weider’s involvement was so crucial that Colby decided to have him put his signature on the back of each unit.

COLBY Amps are built to the absolute highest quality standards and are 100% hand-built with care. Notes Colby, “My designs are not simple, but a few things were of paramount importance to the outcome: the control panel had to be easy to understand and operate; nothing was done if it would compromise tone in any way; and every feature has to be useful to the player.”

Weider is more than pleased: “I play this amazing rich tone machine everywhere! We compared the amp against all the best-of-the-best classics every inch of the way, on every cap and resistor change, from the Cleans to its Gain qualities. The feel and touch sensitivity, the huge chimey cleans with body, and the focused gain within your note are everything I’ve always wanted in one amp to enjoy and make music!! I’m very proud of our outstanding results. I truly believe others will be too, as soon as they plug in.”

Dual Tone Booster Feature set:

Two channels with independent tone controls, so you can dial in your sound for each channel
Separate tone shift switches for each channel
Separate bright switches for each channel
Two boosts on channel 2, full range and mid focused
Tube buffered FX loop with Send and Return level controls (Colby: “Forget external loops! This loop is voiced specifically for the amp so that your effects work perfectly and the tone is not compromised.”)
Three-way footswitch with detachable and easily replaceable cables, control Channel selection, Boost 1 and Boost 2 for five gig-ready tones
Front panel LEDs so you always know which channel is selected
Clean channel, full bodied and clear, works perfectly with pedals
OD channel goes from a bold, full bodied clean to articulate and focused gain, to mid boosted mean
Two speaker outputs with 4 and 8 ohm selectable impedance (8 and 16 or 4, 8 and 16 also available)
Available with two (dtb50) or four (dtb100) 6L6GC output tubes depending on your requirements and preferences, as the circuits are voiced differently (also available with appropriately tweaked circuits for EL34s or 6550s for different tonal and power options)
Back panel bias jacks and trim control so you can easily keep the output tube biased at the optimum setting as your tubes age
Custom power and output transformers
All components selected for TONE!

dtb50 Head Specifications:
Power: 50 watts with 6L6GC
Tubes: five 12ax7, two 6L6GC
Front panel controls and switches:
Clean channel: Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, Bright, Mid Shift
OD channel: Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, Gain, Master, Bright, Mid Shift, Bass Boost, Gain Boost 1, Gain Boost 2
Common: Channel Switch, Presence
Back panel controls and switches:
On/Off, Standby, Bias jacks, Bias trim pot, Impedance selector, two speaker outputs, FX send and Return level controls, FX Send and Return jacks, Foot switch jacks
Dimensions: (W) 21.5”, (H) 10”, (D) 9.5”
Weight: 40 lbs.

dtb100 Head Specifications:
Power: 85 watts with 6L6GC
Tubes: five 12ax7, four 6L6GC
Front panel controls and switches:
Clean channel: Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, Bright, Mid Shift
OD channel: Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, Gain, Master, Bright, Mid Shift, Bass Boost, Gain Boost 1, Gain Boost 2
Common: Channel Switch, Presence
Back panel controls and switches:
On/Off, Standby, Bias jacks, Bias trim pot, Impedance selector, two speaker outputs, FX send and Return level controls, FX Send and Return jacks, Foot switch jacks
Dimensions: (W) 21.5”, (H) 10”, (D) 9.5”
Weight: 45 lbs.

Companion Speaker Cabinets:
The companion 1×12″ and 2×12″ speaker cabinets were developed and voiced at the same time as the dtb heads so that they work together to produce the ultimate tone. The speakers were chosen specifically for the sound the amps produce. The 1×12″ is appropriate for the dtb50 and the 2×12″ will work with both the dtb50 and dtb100. The 2×12″ can be used horizontally or vertically. Colby adds, “We chose pine for its tonal properties and light weight. The sizes make them easy to transport, but big enough to produce big tones.”

Companion Speaker Specifications:
1×12″ Cabinet
Speaker: Celestion G12-65, 8 ohm
Dimensions: (W) 21 5/8″, (H) 19″, (D) 10.5″
Weight: 33 lbs.
Wood: ¾” pine, ½” birch ply back panel, ½” birch ply baffle
2×12″ Cabinet
Speaker: Two Celestion G12-65s, 16 ohm each, wired in parallel for a total of 8 ohms
Dimensions: (W) 21 5/8″, (H) 30″, (D) 11″ (vertical orientation); or (W) 30″, (H) 21 5/8″, (D) 11″ (horizontal orientation)
Weight: 45 lbs.
Wood: ¾” pine, ½” birch ply back panel, ½” birch ply baffle

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

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GUITAR CENTER NAMES MIKE PRATT NEW CEO

— Pratt appointed CEO and member of Guitar Center’s Board of Directors as company continues to grow and sets its sights on a strong 2013 and beyond —

Guitar Center today announced that Mike Pratt has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Company’s Board of Directors effective April 1, 2013. Pratt succeeds Marty Hanaka, the Company’s Interim Chief Executive Officer, who will remain on the Board and assist in the transition.

Since 2008, Pratt has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of leading Canadian consumer electronics retailers Best Buy Canada and Future Shop. He began his career more than 20 years ago with Future Shop, which was acquired by Best Buy Canada in 2001. During Pratt’s tenure, Best Buy Canada grew from 165 to 275 stores and greatly expanded its e-commerce activities and web presence.

“There’s no question that Guitar Center is North America’s leader in musical instruments and related products, and there’s a long legacy of success that I greatly admire,” said Pratt. “Over the last few months, I’ve had the chance to look at the company even more closely, and I came away very impressed with its dynamic, multi-format business model with strong in-store and web-based brands. I’m excited about this opportunity and looking forward to working with Guitar Center’s management team and dedicated associates to build the business at retail and online.”

Pratt will be working closely with other members of Guitar Center’s management team, including: John Bagan, Executive Vice President & General Merchandising Manager; Michael Doyle, Senior Vice President, Guitar Merchandise; Dennis Haffeman, Executive Vice President of Human Resources; Frank Hamlin, Executive Vice President/General Manager of E-Commerce & Marketing; Gene Joly, Executive Vice President of Stores; Tim Martin, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Michael Walter, Senior Vice President, Drums, B&O and Accessories; and Bill Wrightson, Senior Vice President, Technology Merchandise & Proprietary Product Management.

“2012 was a strong year for Guitar Center, and we continue to remain on track with the goals outlined in our strategic business plan,” stated Gene Joly. “We have big goals for 2013 – continuing to open new stores and carry out our already-successful business plan. With the appointment of Mike Pratt as CEO, who has a proven track record in retail, Guitar Center will continue to grow and expand over the coming years. He is a vital addition to our team and we look forward to working with him.”

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From the Field to the Studio: Sound Devices Highlights Diverse Capabilities of Rack-Mounted PIX 260i at the 2013 NAB Show

File-Based Audio/Video Recorder Ideal For OB, In-Studio and Post-Production Environments

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 2, 2013 — Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, is taking its proven field technology into the studio with its PIX 260i Production Video Recorder at the 2013 NAB Show (Booth C2849). Based on Sound Devices’ PIX 240i Recorder, the rack-mounted PIX 260i is a file-based audio/video recorder that seamlessly replaces tape-based video decks in production and post-production environments. Currently shipping, PIX 260i also offers 32 tracks of audio record/playback as well as control functionality from browser-capable computers and tablets.

The PIX 260i brings the features and tools needed by production companies and broadcasters looking to migrate to file-based recording and playback environments. The PIX 260i records QuickTime files in either Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD video formats. Files recorded in these intra-frame codecs are ready for editing directly from the recorder in common editing environments, such as Avid, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding. For color-critical applications, the PIX 260i supports Apple ProRes 4444 through its 12-bit, 4:4:4 3G-SDI I/O. Users can also play out files from the PIX 260i for real-time applications.

PIX 260i recorders can be controlled from browser-capable computers and tablets. When connected to a data network, transport controls and setup menu controls are available on the Sound Devices PIXNET, which offers IP-addressable control of one or multiple PIX 260i recorders. Users can group multiple units for simultaneous control. Data drives connected to PIX 260i are also accessible on Ethernet-based networks as read-only SMB shares, opening up endless possibilities for file sharing. Files can be copied from any PIX 260i located on a network, enabling access from across a room or the globe.

Up to four SATA drives can be connected to the PIX 260i simultaneously. For RAID-type redundancy and to eliminate the need for post-record copying when multiple copies are required, users can record to all four drives simultaneously.

Building on the company’s deep heritage in production sound, Sound Devices has infused the PIX 260i with 32-track record/playback capabilities. In addition to 16 channels of embedded SDI audio and eight channels of HDMI audio, the PIX 260i also accepts eight channels of line-level analog I/O and eight channels of AES digital audio. Using Dante, the PIX 260i can accept and transmit up to 32 channels of audio over Ethernet.

With its extensive control capabilities, the PIX 260i is a flexible video playback source. The PIX 260i can be controlled by both external RS-422 and via Ethernet through PIXNet.

The PIX 260i includes a built-in Ambient Clockit time-code generator/reader with genlock output for rock-steady, multi-camera and double-system sound applications. In addition to generating ultra-stable time code, time codes can be read from the SDI stream, the HDMI stream or from an external source.

Like the PIX 220i and PIX 240i, the PIX 260i includes a sophisticated scaler and frame-rate converter. Regardless of the incoming signal, the PIX recorders can record the signal after up-, down- or cross-conversion at the same or a different rate. Hardware-based 3:2 pull-down removal and anamorphic conversion is also available.

PIX 260i’s convenient half-rack, 2U chassis dimension allows it to be easily integrated into any existing environment. It is powered by 10-27 VDC through its four-pin XLR connector. Sound Devices’ PIX-RACK accessory includes one full 2U rack, which can hold two PIX 260is.

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.

NRK SELECTS BROAMAN AUTOMATIC ROUTING SYSTEM FOR NEW NRK OB VAN

Fiber Solution Streamlines Workflow for State-Owned Public Broadcaster in Norway

BroaMan (NAB booth C8443), a leading German manufacturer of professional digital video, audio and data network solutions providing routing, format conversion and management for a variety of markets, including broadcast, post production and AV, is pleased to announce that German media and broadcast specialists Studio Hamburg MCI recently outfitted a BroaMan automatic routing system into an OB van, owned by NRK, a public broadcast station in Norway.

According to MCI Project Manager Götz Ahlert, his company had the BroaMan fiber solution in mind since the beginning of the installation. “The task was to set up a reliable connection between up to four TV cameras and an OB van-which in turn was connected via satellite to the broadcast center in Oslo-quickly and with minimal cabling. The BroaMan fiber units are located in a stage box on the camera side and on the corresponding side inside the OB truck.”

BroaMan supplied a unique solution for NRK, a small custom box with an SDI input and fiber output to house a single camera on one side, mechanically connected to a camera battery on the other. “Designed that way, the fiber connection is made directly with the camera unit, without any additional cables or separate boxes, providing maximum flexibility to the operator,” explains Ahlert.

In addition, BroaMan’s V3R-FX-IC444-SDI, a 4LI/4LO board with four GPIOs (general purpose input/output), enables four camera signals to be routed via a single fiber connection to the vehicle and then uplinked to the broadcast center. Transmitted in the opposite direction, a monitor picture can be sent to the camera set, which is required if a speaker is communicating with the studio.

“NRK’s aim was to have a simple and easy-to-operate connection between camera and OB van for distances in excess of 100m. This is not possible with coax cables,” says Ahlert. “BroaMan provided us with a small, cost-effective solution with the ability to transport video, audio, data and GPIOs on one fiber cable.”

The new VW T5 vehicle is one of two, more compact OB vans fitted by MCI for NRK. The vehicles are used for brief news reports, sports and cultural events. One operates in the north of Norway, and the other in the Oslo region. In addition to the BroaMan signal transport, MCI also supplied a small video mixer and 16×16 matrix, a Lawo audio mixer and self-positioning satellite system with a carbon antenna as part of the installation.

About BroaMan
BroaMan, (Broadcast Manufactur GmbH) based in München-Gräfelfing, Germany, manufactures infrastructure solutions for broadcast applications such as studios, OB-vans or sporting events. The turnkey solutions convert, transport and route all types of commonly used broadcast signals, including digital and analogue video, audio, intercom, and control data, over a high bandwidth fiber infrastructure. If required, this includes format conversions, e.g. from copper to fiber or from analogue to digital, as well as routing of signals based on automatic or manual rules, up/downscalers, frame synchronisers, and many more features. The company offers customized solutions for every application that requires 3G/HD/SD-SDI video transport or routing – whether a big and complex system for broadcast studio or OB Van, or a simple point to point for a small church or conference hall. For more information visit: www.broaman.com.

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Dobil Labs Protects AV Systems at Case Western Reserve University with RackLink™


In business for 42 years, Pittsburgh-based AV integrator Dobil Laboratories has earned a reputation as a leader in providing intelligent solutions and exceptional service and support for the higher education, corporate and house-of-worship markets.

The company recently has been involved in an ongoing project to upgrade existing analog AV installations in classrooms at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Asked about the project, Dobil AV Sales Engineer David Rosenberger says, “We’ve been refreshing a lot of their older AV systems which isn’t uncommon given newer digital technology and the industry having evolved from coaxial to the twisted pair and IT world. We’re getting more into network switchers and control processors and we have to power cycle or reboot these types of devices, whether it’s a power spike or some of the more consumer-based network switches that don’t always cooperate with our systems.”

Fortunately, Middle Atlantic Products’ RackLink power management system has proved to be a valuable asset in coming to terms with these problems.

“RackLink is not only great for us,” Rosenberger points out, “but also a big help for on campus support because the CWRU technicians can go to the phone app and choose to reboot whatever piece of gear they want to. It’s amazing. The troubleshooting response time is drastically reduced and if something does go wrong, we can log in and see exactly what the problem is, for example, if it’s a power spike. That alone is huge for us, which explains why we’ve been including RackLink into every one of the systems we’ve been putting up there, and we’re up to 40 systems by now.”

Dobil’s classroom systems for Case Western Reserve typically include a Crestron Digital Media system capable of multiple digital and analog sources. These include digital and analog laptop inputs and a digital PC input that feed into the 8×8 Digital Media matrix switcher. A Crestron V-15 (15” HD touch panel) functions as the user interface that controls the entire system. Dobil also uses an Epson G5750 projector to get the digital 1080p signal to the screen and every room is connected to Crestron’s Fusion remote management software. Now each system also includes the protection, cost and time saving provided by RackLink.

Intelligent power management and monitoring with remote and local access are key says David, “because we want to protect our client’s investment in the high-end systems they’ve put into their classrooms. We want to make sure that we can protect against something as basic as a power surge or lightning strike.”

“These are existing buildings, and we have no idea what the quality of the AC service is,” adds Dobil CEO and President Don Rosenberger. “So that leaves us on our own to safeguard the equipment we install and ensure that it will work. RackLink provides protection and also lets us reset the router, the processor, whatever piece of equipment happens to lock up. All digital electronics are sensitive and don’t respond well to spikes, noise and surges. We rely on RackLink to protect the gear and cut down on our maintenance visits, which reduces classroom downtime.”

“Time savings also are important,” adds David. “Instead of having to send out a tech across campus, RackLink will show them that a certain room isn’t functioning or getting audio, or the touch panel in that room isn’t communicating with anything. Then they just have to log onto the app, reboot the processor or touch panel and they have a solution without the 15 or 20-minute response time just to get to the room.”

“These problems have existed for a while, but no one made a product with all of the elements in one piece,” concludes Don. “There were other units where you could recycle the sequence or the AC. There were filters and monitoring units, but no one put it all in one rack unit. We band-aided three different manufacturers’ units together but that was a clunky solution. Middle Atlantic has done it in one box with all of the stuff we needed and it works simply and easily.

“They’re the cream of the crop. Everything they make is of the highest quality. RackLink is a typical Middle Atlantic product, very well done, very well thought out and complete. It does everything right; there’s nothing it does poorly. It’s a comprehensive solution.”

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

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