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General Cable Adds Graybar as a Distributor for Gepco® Brand Products

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KENTUCKY, APRIL 25, 2013 —General Cable Corporation (NYSE: BGC) is pleased to announce the addition of Graybar as a nationwide distributor of Gepco® Brand Commercial A/V cabling solutions. This expands General Cable’s relationship with Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services.

“We are pleased to expand our portfolio to include Gepco Brand products,” said Garry Acker, Graybar Vice President, Product Management. “The innovation and quality of Gepco Brand products is expected to provide great value and solutions for our customers.”

“Graybar and General Cable have had a great relationship for many years,” said Chip Barrett, Product Manager, General Cable Communications Products. “Graybar’s vast network of locations combined with their extraordinary commitment to customer service and their distinct focus on providing the right solutions to their customers makes them the perfect fit as a supplier of Gepco Brand Products.”

Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of more than 240 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, helping its customers power, network and secure their facilities with speed, intelligence and efficiency. For more information, visit www.graybar.com or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.

About Gepco® Brand
Gepco has been an industry-leading brand of studio, stage and broadcast AV cables and cable assemblies for 30 years. As a complete solutions-based supplier, Gepco also offers value-added service and distribution of connectors, cable management products, patch panels, and wire and cable accessories.

About General Cable
General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 Company, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, and communications markets. In August 2009, Gepco International was acquired by General Cable. For more information about General Cable products, please contact your local sales representative or visit our Web site at www.gepco.com or www.generalcable.com.

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The IABM Training Academy Launches First U.S. Courses

Initial Courses, Offered in Boston and San Francisco, Continue IABM Effort to Address Broadcast and Media Industry Skills Shortage

GLOUCESTERSHIRE, U.K. — April 23, 2013 — The IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers) today announced that the IABM Training Academy (www.iabmacademy.org) is extending its course offering to the United States. Dedicated to providing technical training and addressing skills competency issues for members of the broadcast and media industry, the training academy offers courses tailored not only for engineers and technologists, but also for administrative, managerial, and executive staff working within the industry.

“Three years ago, the IABM responded to issues raised by its members to address the impending skills shortage issues faced by the industry,” said IABM Director General Peter White. “Recent IABM research suggests that the lack of a suitably trained workforce has indeed been one of the main reasons that suppliers’ business growth has been constrained.

“The most tangible way in which the IABM is addressing this issue is through the design and delivery of short training courses that provide an ideal way of both educating new starters and enhancing the skills of existing staff members. We have successfully delivered IABM Training Academy courses in the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Germany, and we have now designed and developed course content for classes in the United States.”

The IABM Training Academy’s technology training programs include instructor-led classroom sessions that target staff members at different stages of their careers, in turn giving broadcast and media companies a tool for developing their own human capital more effectively. Classroom courses offer highly intensive training that not only optimizes instructional outcomes, but also reduces the time and cost required for attendance.

The academy has set 2013 dates for four different two-day courses in the United States. Upcoming courses include “Audio and Video Fundamentals for Engineers,” which will be offered in Boston on May 8 and 9. Designed for engineers and technologists, this course focuses on the specific technologies and applications involved in the generation, movement, and monitoring of audio and video signals and files in a broadcast and media technology environment.

“Compression Fundamentals and Applications” will be held in Boston on Sept. 3 and 4. This course will address topics including the components of compression, compression applications and typical bit rates, motion estimation, the application and effects of coding, and popular and new compression strategies. Later in 2013, the IABM Training Academy also will offer “Broadcast Technology Workflows — The Fundamentals” in Boston and “Understanding File Formats” in San Francisco.

Online registration for these courses is available at www.iabmacademy.org/Register.aspx. More information about the IABM Training Academy and its worldwide course offering is available at www.iabmacademy.org.

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About the IABM:
The IABM, the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers, is the authoritative voice of the broadcast and media technology supply industry worldwide. Its wide range of services to members encompasses market research and intelligence, expert representation at standards bodies and broadcasting unions, executive networking opportunities, and preferential purchasing. A presence at every major broadcast tradeshow, the IABM also provides a valuable channel for communication among broadcast manufacturers, government, and regulatory bodies. Additional IABM activities include awards programs for innovation and scholarships designed to stimulate the development of the broadcast and electronic media industries on an international basis. For more information, please visit www.theiabm.org.

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WorldStage uses WATCHOUT with new Broadway Musical “Bare” iPhone app

Entertainment technology providers, WorldStage has provided a customized iPhone software app for the new Broadway Musical, “BARE”. WorldStage also provided three videomapped Christie WX10K 10K projectors and integrated Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image display and presentation software package featuring display computer, production computers and a Dynamic Image Server that supports live video streaming. WATCHOUT and the servers to run it were supplied to WorldStage by Show Sage, Dataton Premium Partner for North America.

“We selected WATCHOUT because it could be deployed for the visual projections as well as integrated with an iPhone app,” says WorldStage account executive, Lars Pedersen.

In explaining how the app works, projection designer, William Cusick says: “One character is asked by another to take his picture with his iPhone. So he aims the phone and slowly the live camera feed from the phone comes up on the concrete wall behind them. Then the character snaps the picture, and we see the frozen video image. That same picture is shown two more times in the show: as a saved screen capture and in a memorial scene after the character dies. So there’s a through-line with the image.”

“Bare” is a contemporary rock musical playing at New World Stages in the heart of the Manhattan theater district, New York City and will make its debut in Switzerland in 2013. It is an emotionally charged tale of a group of teens coming to grips with issues of identity, sexuality and religion at a co-ed Catholic boarding school. It was first staged in Los Angeles over a decade ago and has had over 100 productions worldwide.

Jim Testa, President, Show Sage says: “All WorldStage projects are backed up by local technical service, hardware and software support from Show Sage.”

Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director at Dataton ends: “WorldStage have always pushed the boundaries of our product in the market. It’s terrific to see WATCHOUT creatively integrated as a storytelling medium to delight and engage theatrical audiences.”

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Riedel Names Daniel Huard Sales Manager for Canada

WUPPERTAL, Germany — April 23, 2013 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced the appointment of Daniel Huard as sales manager for Canada. In this role with Riedel, Huard will work to increase awareness and adoption of the company’s products in broadcast, entertainment, and sports event applications, and to continue the growth of Riedel’s rental services.

“Daniel has been actively involved in audio and video production for more than 25 years, with an exclusive focus on A/V equipment sales and rental over the past decade,” said Christopher Street, general manager of North and Central America for Riedel Communications. “With a remarkable depth of experience and knowledge, as well as connections to virtually every major media group in Canada, he is an ideal fit for the leadership of our Canadian sales operations.”

Prior to joining Riedel, Huard owned and operated DHH, an equipment sales agency for brands including Riedel, Sennheiser, Stagetec, L-Acoustics, Digigram, and Neumann. Under his leadership, DHH provided solutions to broadcasters including CBC, Global TV, CTV, Rogers, and TVA. Huard’s company also supplied equipment to Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion, and various professional equipment rental houses. In his earlier role as vice president of TV production for Montreal-based group Pram, he was responsible for line production of Surprise sur Prise in France and the United States, as well as for management of the company’s mobile production units.

Huard, who is fluent in both English and French, will be based in Quebec. He can be reached at daniel.huard@riedel.net or (514) 299-1000.

Information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/DanielHuard.zip
Photo Caption: Daniel Huard, sales manager

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Dads & Grads: Hisense K610 Smart TV, For Dorms & Dens

Suwanee, Georgia, April 25, 2013 — Dads and grads tend to have very different ideas of what defines an amazing gift, as one is gearing up to go to college and the other is buttoning down to pay those tuition bills. There is one thing they can agree on though, the Hisense K610 LED 3D Smart TV, feature-packed with breathtaking picture quality, is guaranteed to put on a smile on both of their faces.

With a super fine 13mm bezel and built-in WiFi, the 50” and 55” Full HD 1080p K610 series makes a statement in any room. With the latest Hisense Smart TV interface, the K610 enables access to thousands of Vudu™ HD movies, Netflix®, YouTube™, Pandora® and more, while bringing forth stunning details with crystal-clear, vibrant colors and a smooth 120Hz refresh rate.

“The Hisense K610 is the perfect gift- whether you’re trying to make your graduate’s new college dorm feel a little more like home, or upgrading your own empty nest by treating your partner for Father’s Day,” said Jonathan Frank, Vice President of Marketing, Hisense USA. “The Hisense K610 is fresh and stylish, with all the Smart functions and features on the market, making it a top gifting choice this season.”

For more information about Hisense’s range of innovative products, visit www.hisense-usa.com.

About Hisense USA Corporation
Established in 2001, Hisense USA Corporation is a Georgia based subsidiary of the Hisense Company Ltd., headquartered in Qingdao, China. Hisense USA offers a broad range of highly affordable consumer electronics products in the North American market, including televisions, refrigerators, air-conditioners, dehumidifiers, beverage coolers and freezers. In 2010 Hisense established an R&D center in Georgia to enable localized product development and innovation.

Hisense USA sells into retailers across North America, including hhgregg, Best Buy, Walmart, Costco.com, Canadian Tire and more. Around the world, Hisense has production bases in South Africa, Algeria, Egypt and sales offices in the USA, Europe, Australia, the Middle East a

Markertek Releases a Full-Line of Fiber Optic Tactical Snakes

SAUGERTIES, NY – April 25, 2013Markertek, a global supplier of specialized products to all television and broadcast networks, today released a full-line of multichannel fiber optic tactical snakes for outside broadcast, sports production and pro-audio long distance applications.Fiber Optic Tactical Snake

Markertek’s complete line of fiber optic tactical snakes includes 2-Channel up to 12-Channel versions with ST, LC, SC or MPO connectors. All cables are assembled with OCC brand tac-fiber with internal aramid strength members for crush resistance in high traffic areas. Fiber optic tactical snakes are available with Schill reels featuring inner hub fanout storage and a latching protection door. All assemblies are multi-stage machine polished and tested for <-55dB RL with test results for each channel supplied with each cable. Built in-house at our state-of-the-art LEMO trained fiber shop with full repair services and custom lengths & configurations available.

“Whether you’re running a Blackmagic ATEM camera converter or a yellobrik transceiver, a fiber optic tactical snake from Markertek completes the system with a reliable interconnect you can drive a tank over, ” said Chris Fisher, VP of Engineering at Markertek. “The beauty of our Schill reel models is the ability to store your fanout inside the reel hub in a clean and safe environment. It is our goal to be the #1 supplier of custom fiber optic solutions to the broadcasting industry. Markertek has a LEMO trained staff and now offers SMPTE hybrid cables and breakout solutions for any application.”

To receive a free copy of the Markertek Fiber Edition Catalog visit www.markertek.com, email sales@markertek.com or call 800-522-2025. Digital versions are available for download either as a full PDF or in a ZIP file. Customers can also reach out to their existing Markertek sales contact for a quick quote or further details.

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About Markertek
Markertek is a highly specialized broadcast and pro-audio supply house serving the technical side of the media industry with over 60,000 unique solutions at reasonable prices – supported with dependable advice from actual pro-audio and broadcast video professionals. The Markertek catalog has achieved cult-like status among digital media professionals as the ultimate design tool for creating the electronic infrastructure required to produce the majority of primetime television shows, feature films, commercials and chart-topping music hits, as well as all other areas in the audio and video industry.

Markertek is the #1 “Go-To” source in the industry for everything fiber optic including SMPTE Hybrid camera cables, 2-12 channel tactical fiber snakes, fiber rack mount solutions, fiber reels, fiber consumables and specialized tooling.

Visit www.markertek.com for more information.

Andy Dodd’s Red Decibel East Chooses PhantomFocus™ System to Drive ADAM S3X-H Monitors

- Award-winning studio Red Decibel East, designed by Carl Tatz, brushes away audio film for breathtakingly clear and accurate monitoring with the latest PhantomFocus™ technology -

Nashville, TN: Andy Dodd’s award-winning studio Red Decibel East, designed by Carl Tatz, has implemented a new-generation Carl Tatz Design (CTD) PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) to drive its ADAM S3X-H monitors.

“Since the PhantomFocus System eliminates all of the factors that confuse the sound, I can trust that I am hearing the entire sonic picture. Now that I don’t have to worry about how mixes will “translate,” I can focus on being musical and creative…which is the whole point, right?!” comments Red Decibel East owner Andy Dodd, who is a multi-platinum and Dove Award-winning producer, songwriter and engineer, who, along with his West Coast partner Adam Watts, has worked with the likes of Jesse McCartney, Kelly Clarkson, Jeremy Camp, and the Jonas Brothers, as well as work for Hannah Montana, and High School Musical.

“Initially, because the PFS sounded so amazing, I was concerned that my mixes would only sound great in my studio, on my speakers, since the average listener wouldn’t be listening back on a PhantomFocus System,” recalls Dodd. “Even bad mixes sounded good to me at first as far as the imaging and pinpoint detail was concerned. However, I soon realized what an incredible tool I had – that I could REALLY HEAR how bad the mix was and exactly what was needed to correct it.” Dodd’s fears were quickly allayed when he discovered that his mixes translated perfectly outside the studio.

Dodd concludes, “I can’t imagine anything more important in a control room than being able to trust the sound that is coming out of your speakers,” stated Dodd. “Without that, the best you can do is make educated guesses, which unfortunately is what everyone does – the PhantomFocus System gives you the answers. It really is as advertised – the ultimate monitoring solution.”

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Aphex® Project Channel Is the Essential Channel Strip for Project Studios

— Project Channel, a streamlined version of Aphex®’s acclaimed Channel processor, features the essential elements needed for great sound —

BURBANK, CA, April 24, 2013 — Aphex®, a leader in professional audio technology for more than 35 years, recently brought to market the Project Channel, a channel strip loaded with Aphex’s award-winning patented audio processing technology. With the trend of more and more studios forgoing mixing consoles in favor of recording and mixing within computer, a clean and versatile front-end input stage is indispensible. The Aphex Project Channel, a streamlined version of Aphex’s acclaimed Channel processor, has all the essential processing users need for recording, voice-overs, house of worship and other applications: an Aphex Class A microphone preamp, Aphex’s optical compressor, Aphex’s signature Aural Exciter® processor and Big Bottom® low-frequency processor; ¼” instrument input; and LED metering, all on the front panel. The rear panel includes: XLR mic input; XLR analog output; quarter-inch analog output; and S/PDIF RCA output. The Aphex Project Channel incorporates all of these powerful features into a single-rack-space unit at a very affordable price point.

The intuitive Project Channel is a professional quality channel strip, designed with ease of use in mind. The front panel is streamlined and very approachable. The included optical compressor features a single-knob ratio control. Using this one knob and the 10-segment gain reduction meter, it’s easy to keep the dynamic range of the signal under control. The Aural Exciter brings the essence of an instrument or voice out to the front making it easy to hear in a mix. The Big Bottom processor adds punch to the low end in a way that no EQ can. The S/PDIF digital output and dBFS output meter make it really easy to get a proper digital signal to an audio interface for recording. The front panel sample rate button allows quick selection of sample rates from 44.1kHz to 96kHz. Analog outputs are also provided for use with outboard A/D converters or use with analog mixers. The front panel instrument input allows for great sounding direct recordings of bass and guitar. This input automatically overrides the rear panel XLR mic input, allowing the user to keep a mic plugged in.

Aphex Project Channel specifications:
INPUT
Connector XLR-3F
Type Transformerless, Instrumentation first stage, Class-A second stage
Input Z 2k ohms nominal
Instrument Connector 1/4″ TS
Instrument Input Z 10Mohm nominal
Nominal Preamp Gain +26 to +65dB without pad
Phantom Power +48VDC
EIN -126dBu (150 ohm source, unweighted)
OUTPUT
Connector XLR-3M and 1/4″ TRS Phone Jacks
Type

XLR and TRS are True Balanced (may be used unbalanced)
Nominal Level

XLR +4dBu; TRS +4dBu/-10dBV switchable
XLR Output Z 100 ohms
1/4″ Output Z 100 ohms @ +4dBu; 750 ohms @ -10dBV
Maximum Output Level >+26dBu before clipping
Meter full scale +24dBu

ANALOG AUDIO

THD <0.05% @ +4dBu out
Freq. Response 10 Hz to 30kHz +0.1/-1.0 dB
DIGITAL AUDIO
Internal Sample Rates 44.1KHz, 48KHz, 88.2KHz, 96KHz
Resolution 24 bits
Level Equivalency

-20dBFS Digital = +4dBu Analog
OTHER SPECIFICATIONS
Power requirements 100-250 VAC 50-60 Hz
Power consumption 8W (max)
Dimensions 19″W x 1.75″H x 8.25″D; 1 Rack U (482.6mm x 44.5mm x 209.6mm)
Depth Behind Front Panel 7.5″ (190.5mm)
Net Weight 6 lbs (2.73 kg)
Shipping Weight 9 lbs (4.1 kg)

Project Channel is now available with a U.S. MSRP of $629.00.

For more information please visit http://www.aphex.com.

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Waves Audio Announces Tech Support Live Service

— Company expands support for live and studio markets —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, April 24, 2013 — As part of the company’s ongoing efforts to serve its ever-growing user base, Waves Audio is proud to announce new extended tech support hours. The extended tech support service will help end users resolve issues in both the live and studio market sectors.

As the number of front-of-house and monitor engineers using Waves has expanded dramatically worldwide over the past several years, there has emerged a growing need for ultra-responsive technical expertise which can provide immediate assistance to users who need to solve live sound issues in real time. Waves Live users, working with everyone from up-and-coming local acts to megastars such as Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay and Beyoncé, simply cannot afford equipment downtime. In live sound, there are no second takes; performances have to take place without a hitch, night after night. And in the studio sector, Waves will continue to provide its high level of customer support, with increased hours and additional personnel.

With these concerns in mind, Waves Tech Support is now available all week long, at the following hours:

Sunday through Thursday: 4:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight (EST)
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight (EST)
Saturday: 4:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight (EST)

Customers may contact Waves Tech Support via:
Email: Accessing their Waves account and clicking Tech Support.
Phone: 1-865-909-9200 ext. 1
Fax: 1-901-328-6358

Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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Adam Anders and Peer Åström Trust Genelec Monitoring to Make It Happen for High-Profile Musical TV and Movie Projects

— Music producers/composers for hit musical shows get the accuracy they need to turn tracks around quickly and precisely using Genelec 8250A and 8240A Smart Active Monitors™ (SAM™) and a Genelec 7260A subwoofer at their Los Angeles production studio —

NATICK, MA, April 23, 2013 — Adam Anders and Peer Åström are responsible for a lot of music among today’s film and television projects. As producing partners and composers for hit television series like Glee, from which they’ve landed chart-topping songs on iTunes, as well as credits – either separately or together – for shows and films including Hannah Montana Forever, Rock Of Ages, High School Musical 3, Evan Almighty and The Wedding Planner, the pair exemplify the word “prolific.” Yet at the same time, their work is precise technically, artistically and emotionally. In 2013, Anders was cited in Hollywood Reporter’s Top 35 Hitmakers, and his work has earned him several GRAMMY® Award nominations, a People’s Choice® Award and two Golden Globe® Awards. Åström has also been acknowledged with four GRAMMY nominations. In addition to their credits working separately (Anders with Backstreet Boys, Miley Cyrus and Ace of Base; Åström with Celine Dion, Madonna and Enrique Iglesias), Anders and Åström have partnered to produce hit records for artists such as Cee Lo and Christina Aguilera. To hit all of those marks consistently and to maintain their position among Hollywood’s leading music producers, the pair rely on monitoring from Genelec, the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring, to make certain that they’re hearing everything that’s on the tracks.

Åström states, “We need to have a great feel for a wide variety of songs. Before lunch, we may need to get a huge Hollywood orchestra arrangement mixed, and after that, we might be working on an indie song or a Katy Perry top 40-style piece. So having an in-depth knowledge and sensibility about different genres is very important to us, and the Genelecs give us the detail that we need to get the job done.”

Anders uses three Genelec 8250A Bi-Amplified DSP Monitors for his L-C-R array and a pair of 8240A Bi-Amplified DSP Monitors for surround (both of which reflect the company’s Smart Active Monitoring™ [SAM™] concept, which allows monitors to be controlled with digital networking to enable the building of highly flexible computer-controlled systems of monitors), along with a 7270A Active DSP Subwoofers. Åström uses five Genelec 8050A Bi-Amplified Monitors and a 7071A Active Subwoofer, with Genelec’s SE™ DSP system to tune the surrounds.

Anders adds, “It can be very challenging to work with so many different types of voices on numerous styles of songs. With the limited time we have for each vocal, we have to know that what we are hearing is true to the real thing, and with Genelec, we know it is.”

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.

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