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HARMAN’s AKG B48 L Battery Power Supply Offers More Than 20 Hours Of Condenser Mic Performance

FRANKFURT, Germany – Evolving its legendary list of recording and live sound equipment, HARMAN’s AKG launches the successor of its B18 condenser microphone battery power supply with the introduction of the B48 L. With its very low noise level, a frequency response of 20Hz – 24Hz and an inverse polarity protection feature against incorrect battery insertion, the B48 L Battery Power Supply provides users with more than 20 hours of use on only two AA batteries.

When phantom power for a condenser is unavailable from a mixer, the B48 L phantom power supplies microphones with 48V and meets the P48 phantom power standard. Additionally, B48 L’s mini-XLR audio output and included mini-XLR to mini-XLR connection cable supports a direct connection of condenser microphones to all AKG bodypack transmitters. A low battery LED light illuminates if phantom power drops below 40V.

“We’ve designed B48 L to replace our original B18, which required two expensive 9V batteries and didn’t support P48 standards,” stated Wolfgang Fritz, Product Marketing Manager – Tour Sound, AKG. “Many of our more advanced microphones, including the C414 do not allow for voltage lower than the P48 standard. Now, we can be sure to accommodate all users so their AKG microphones have proper power and provide the quality and reliability we strive to offer professionals around the world.”

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics.

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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X2O Media President and CEO David Wilkins to Present at Payment Landscape 2013

MONTREAL — April 10, 2013 — X2O Media, a provider of visual communications software, today announced that its President and CEO David Wilkins will present “Innovation in Cross-Channel Technology Beyond Payment” at this year’s Payment Landscape conference in Las Vegas on April 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. more

Digital Rapids Expands Award-Winning StreamZ Live Encoder Family with Trio of Powerful New Models

New StreamZ Live 4000EX, 6000EX and 8000EX target live and linear multiscreen, broadcast and converged applications

April 10, 2013 — NAB Show, Las Vegas, Booth SL5624: Digital Rapids – the trusted provider of innovative media transformation and workflow solutions for bringing video to wider audiences — is unveiling powerful new models in the company’s award-winning StreamZ Live family of live encoders. Building on the superior multi-format flexibility, quality and reliability of the StreamZ Live series, the new additions include the StreamZ Live 4000EX for premium multiscreen applications; the StreamZ Live 6000EX for dedicated broadcast applications; and the StreamZ Live 8000EX for converged broadcast and multiscreen deployments.

The new StreamZ Live 4000EX multiscreen encoder combines the proven benefits of existing StreamZ Live models with increased fault-tolerant redundancy and expanded control capabilities for premium live and linear multiscreen encoding applications from IPTV and over-the-top (OTT) services to high-profile and mission-critical live streaming deployments. The StreamZ Live 4000EX features rich adaptive streaming format support for providing viewers with high-quality experiences on the broadest range of devices, from ‘smart TVs’ and desktop computers to tablets, game consoles and mobile phones.

Leveraging the flexible software architecture of the Kayak technology platform, the StreamZ Live 4000EX can be easily upgraded to support new features, formats and technologies as they emerge. Streams can be output in multiple formats simultaneously, with independent management of each output for exceptional control. Output profiles can be started, stopped and reconfigured separately without interrupting other concurrent outputs — even those from the same input.

The StreamZ Live 4000EX can be managed and controlled through an intuitive web interface, optional touchscreen front-panel controls or through a new version of the scalable Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager multi-encoder management software for multi-channel automation, scheduling, monitoring and failover. Its robust new hardware platform bolsters fault tolerance with features including redundant inputs and outputs, multiple network interfaces and redundant, hot-swappable power supplies.

Existing StreamZ Live models also continue to be available for professional live streaming and multiscreen applications not requiring the advanced redundancy and control capabilities of the 4000EX.

Convergence without Compromise

Simplifying the convergence of core television and multi-platform streaming operations now occurring within media enterprises, the StreamZ Live 8000EX integrated broadcast/multiscreen encoder combines all of the capabilities of the StreamZ Live 4000EX with robust features for the unique demands of broadcast, cable, telco and satellite television operations. Reducing complexity and costs, the StreamZ Live 8000EX features simultaneous encoding for broadcast television (H.264 or MPEG-2) and adaptive bit rate streaming for multiscreen distribution — all in a single 1RU encoder.

The new StreamZ Live 6000EX delivers the same robust, premium-quality broadcast encoding capabilities as its sibling 8000EX in a tailored configuration for dedicated broadcast, cable and satellite television applications.

All three new models offer a broad range of configuration options to match customer and project requirements. Units are available in single, dual and quad-channel input densities with input options including SDI, IP and ASI interfaces. The StreamZ Live 4000EX features IP outputs, while IP and ASI output options are available for the StreamZ Live 6000EX and 8000EX. The units are also easily field-upgradeable with expansion options including single-channel to dual-channel, SD-only to HD and more.

“The introduction of the StreamZ Live 4000EX, 6000EX and 8000EX rounds out our comprehensive range of high-quality live encoders with robust, application-tailored solutions for multiscreen, broadcast and combined deployments,” said Tony Huang, Senior Product Manager, Broadcast and Live at Digital Rapids. “The expanded resilience, redundancy and control capabilities of the new models reflect the pivotal role that live and linear multiscreen delivery now play in media organizations’ business strategies, while the StreamZ Live 8000EX directly addresses and simplifies the convergence of their multi-platform streaming initiatives into their core television operations.”

The complete range of Digital Rapids solutions is being showcased in booth number SL5624 at the 2013 NAB Show, April 8-11 in Las Vegas. For more information about Digital Rapids, please visit www.digitalrapids.com.

About Digital Rapids Corporation — Digital Rapids provides market-leading content transformation and workflow solutions that empower the world’s leading media organizations to reach wider audiences more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Recipients of more than two dozen prestigious awards for company and product excellence, Digital Rapids combines innovative technology with proven expertise and visionary insight to help our customers expand their audiences, increase their revenues, and reduce their costs. Digital Rapids Corporation (www.digitalrapids.com) is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia and Argentina.

Clear-Com, Optocore and BroaMan Host Joint Demonstrations of Real World Signal Distribution at Prolight + Sound 2013

Companies Showcase Digital Distribution of Audio, HD Video, Data and Intercom over Fiber

FRANKFURT, APRIL 10, 2013 – Clear-Com® (Hall 8, Stand L51), a global leader in critical voice communication systems is highlighting its expanded partnership with fiber network specialists, Optocore and BroaMan at Prolight + Sound 2013 (Hall 8, Stand G41). The companies are utilizing Optocore technology for integrated real-time transport, routing, conversion and management of professional video, audio and data. Together, Clear-Com, Optocore and BroaMan provide turnkey integrated real-time solutions for stage, outdoor productions and industrials.

“At this year’s Prolight + Sound, we’re looking to illustrate how easy it is for professional live event production companies handling a large remote event to set up a video, audio, communications and data backbone quickly and efficiently utilizing Clear-Com, and BroaMan and Optocore solutions,” says Bob Boster, President of Clear-Com. “We are happy to partner with Optocore and BroaMan once again to bring further connectivity options to our users.”

To demonstrate the partnership, Clear-Com and Optocore have connected their stands via fiber-optic cable. Both stands are linked with the Optocore and BroaMan real-time fiber solutions for audio, HD video, intercom and data. To create a live production, two strands of fiber will connect the Clear-Com stand to the Optocore stand (Hall 8.0, Stand G41). Optocore and BroaMan products will be transporting HD video, audio-playback and talkback to one of the kiosks within the Clear-Com stand.

“We have developed the BroaMan video products to help support the transport of video signals along with audio, data and intercom via our Optocore network,” says Tine Hemle Managing Director, BroaMan. “We are glad to be working with Clear-Com to demonstrate the possibilities of our solutions.”

About Clear-Com®
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

About Optocore
Based in Munich, Germany, Optocore is the world market leading provider of scalable, high-bandwidth, low–latency fiber-optic networks for the transmission of audio, video and data. For 19 years, Optocore has been continuously innovating and setting new standards with regards to digital network technology. Optocore builds and develops synchronous optical fiber and CAT5 based network solutions for broadcast professionals, fixed installations and live event applications. Utilizing leading-edge technology and high-quality components Optocore guarantees durability and therefore long-term market and customer satisfaction. Due to the open system architecture, Optocore’s platform offers other manufacturers the option to transfer conventional standard audio, video and data formats used in the pro audio industry, via a fiber and CAT5 network. Technical expertise, QoS and an extensive support structure are guaranteed to all customers, together with the highest level of quality controls. For more information, visit www.optocore.com.

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 analog 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 analog to digital, as well as routing of signals based on automatic or manual rules, up/down scalers, frame synchronizers, 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.

SSL Launches First Ever Live Sound Console at Prolight + Sound 2013

“It may be our first live console, but it carries over 35 years of SSL design DNA that has delivered many of the most loved consoles in music”

FRANKFURT – Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of creative tools for audio professionals, is proud to announce the launch of ‘Live,’ the first SSL console for live sound production at Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound 2013 (Hall 5.1, Stand B.73). The ‘Live’ brings SSL’s unique approach to audio quality and console ergonomics to sound for the stage. SSL has been at the leading edge of analogue and digital audio console innovation for over 35 years. Like so many multi award winning, ground breaking and much loved consoles for Music, Broadcast and Post production SSL has created through the decades, Live promises to bring something very special to the party. more

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Electrosonic to Showcase Control Rooms Solutions at its ‘Technology Day’ on April 17 in Burbank

Electrosonic is pleased to announce its Technology Day for Control Rooms, a free event slated for April 17th at its Burbank headquarters.

Attendees will have the opportunity to experience the latest technologies for control rooms, and discuss custom solutions with Electrosonic’s expert staff and some of the leading products manufacturers in the field. Technology Day will showcase the latest developments in simulation training, collaboration, networks, content streaming and distribution, and display technology.

“Attendees will view the latest technologies, expand their knowledge and network with other professionals in the arena,” says Todd Miller, VP of Control Rooms at Electrosonic. “Electrosonic has successfully hosted Technology Days for several years. We’re excited to be focusing this month’s event specifically on control room applications.”

Those attending Technology Day will see hands-on product demos by top manufacturers and be a part of in-depth discussions on the newest innovations in command and control rooms products and solutions. Participants include Barco, Christie, Crestron, Extron, Jupiter, Planar and RGB Spectrum.

Technology Day is scheduled for 12 to 9 pm on April 17, and features an evening cocktail reception with raffle giveaways. Attendees may RSVP by email at info@electrosonic.com or register online by visiting the event page at electrosonic.com/tech-day-burbank More information about the event is also available from the Electrosonic Control Rooms team at 1-855-333-3601.

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