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HARMAN’s dbx Offers Mail-In Rebates With Purchase of DriveRack PA+ and DriveRack PX Speaker Management Systems, 266xs and 166xs Compressors Through June 30, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – HARMAN’s dbx today announced it is offering a mail-in rebate program for its DriveRack PA+ Complete Loudspeaker Management System, DriveRack PX Powered Speaker Optimizer, 266xs and 166xs Compressor/Limiter/Gate. Customers who purchase these products from a participating dbx dealer can receive a $100 mail in rebate from dbx on the DriveRack PA+ and DriveRack PX, $75 mail in rebate on the 266xs and $50 on the 166xs. The program is effective May 1, through June 30, 2013. Please see www.dbxpro.com for redemption details.

“The DriveRack PA+, DriveRack PX, 266xs and 166xs are four of our most popular products for their ability to significantly improve the performance of a live sound rig or studio recording, and our mail-in rebate program gives customers the opportunity to purchase these products at unbeatable values,” said Noel Larson, Market Manager, Portable PA, Tour, Recording at HARMAN Signal Processing.

The best selling dbx DriveRack PA+ enables a loudspeaker system to be quickly and accurately optimized for any venue with features like Auto EQ™, Auto Level™, stereo feedback elimination, classic dbx input compression, built-in preset tunings for JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers and more. The DriveRack PX Powered Speaker Optimizer is the first processor specifically tailored for powered speakers and offers Auto EQ, Advanced Feedback Suppression (AFS™), dbx’s patented Subharmonic Synthesizer™ and many additional features.

The #1 selling dbx266xs and dbx166xs gives users more dynamic control over their live sound and studio recordings to create a more polished, professional sound. Adding compression to the audio chain evens out levels, adds sustain to guitars, gives added presence and provides additional benefits, while limiting and gating provide additional dynamic control and noise reduction.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®, and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,300 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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UK Production and Songwriting Duo Laconic Chooses HARMAN’s Lexicon Hardware and Plug-In Software

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Ash Milton and Dan Goudie have been close friends since their school days and followed similar paths as professional musicians ultimately finding their way into the studio. Today that work together continues as one of the UK’s premier production and songwriting teams, Laconic. The duo works with well-known UK pop bands creating albums, EPs and songs, using HARMAN’s Lexicon 480L and PCM Native Reverb Bundle.

“We’ve been using Lexicon for around 10 years and in every studio we’ve worked in there have always been Lexicon products,” said Ash. “Lexicon effects always seem to give us real depth but tend not to muddy a mix in the way others might. Having the option of both hardware and software that we can rely on and is also easy to use means we can focus on the music.”

Laconic’s recent work includes the Barbados/UK band Cover Drive, whose first album saw great success in 2012, producing three top-10 singles in the UK (including a No.1). Laconic is also working with X-Factor’s District 3 on its debut EP as well as bands from ITV’s The Big Reunion. The guys have previously worked with Lawson, Katy B and The Saturdays and collaborated with companies such as Sony and Amnesty International on ad campaigns and computer game music.

Although the PCM Native Reverb Bundle offers seven exclusive Lexicon reverbs and effects and hundreds of studio presets, Dan is drawn to the Vintage and Chamber plates. “The sound is so smooth. It’s great that Lexicon reverb hardware units and the software bundle cover all bases but don’t skimp on quality. It’s all of the highest standard,” said Dan. “We love the vintage plate, especially on vocals. We’re also big fans of the chamber plate, which we prefer on guitars and synths as it gives us a more unique character.”

“Laconic’s diverse production portfolio is a testament to just how versatile the Lexicon hardware and software can be in studio applications. We appreciate hearing about long-term users such as Laconic having successfully transitioned from our hardware to software platforms because they believe in the sonic integrity of our reverb plug-ins,” stated Noel Larson, Market Manager, Portable PA, Tour and Recording for HARMAN Signal Processing.

The Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle is designed to work with popular DAWs like Pro Tools and Logic, as well as with any other VST®, Audio Unit™ or RTAS®-compatible platform. Compatible with Windows® Vista, XP and 7 and Macintosh® computers, it offers seven unique Lexicon’s plug-ins including Vintage Plate, Plate, Hall, Room, Random Hall, Concert Hall and Chamber, along with hundreds of presets including classics from Lexicon’s extensive library of sounds.

For more information on Laconic please visit: www.laconicmusic.co.uk.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®, and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,300 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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Listen Technologies To Deliver Hearing Loop And ADA Compliance Training At InfoComm

InfoComm attendees will have the opportunity to attend three Listen Technologies courses focused on Hearing Loop systems and ADA compliance for assistive listening.

Bluffdale, Utah, USA —Experts on Hearing Loop and ADA Compliance from Listen Technologies will conduct training sessions in Orlando, Florida in partnership with InfoComm’s Education and Certification offerings.

Thousands of attendees will take advantage of the training seminars, workshops, and InfoComm University courses that the show has to offer. Many AV professionals use this educational opportunity to earn or maintain their ANSI/ISO Certified Technology (CTS) credentials.

On Thursday, June 13 at 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Cory Schaeffer, Cofounder, Listen Technologies will deliver the IS045 session: Hearing Disability Compliance Overview. The course provides an overview of the new hearing disability regulations that came into effect in 2012. For more information visit http://bit.ly/12xs8KH.

“We are seeing a positive trend that more accommodation for those with hearing loss is being made world-wide. Part of this progress is due to updated and new regulations regarding assistive listening systems in the International Building Code (IBC) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),” Schaeffer said. “Even though the ADA has been in effect since 1991 and the new standards have been mandatory since March of 2012. T here are still challenges in clearly understanding what the new standards mean to the AV industry. Listen Technologies is dedicated to embracing the latest assistive listening standards and trends and providing every available resource to ensuring our industry is providing accommodation for those with hearing loss in public venues across the world.”

Mike Griffitt, Hearing Loop Training Specialist, Listen Technologies will conduct MT74 session: Hearing Loops – A Review of the Technology and System Applications on Thursday, June 13, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. In this course Mike will review the resurgence of Hearing Loops and how this technology is now effectively used in the US and around the world. For more information visit http://bit.ly/12xs8KH

In addition to the training offerings thru InfoComm Listen Technologies will conduct its One-Day: Integration & Commissioning of Hearing Loop Systems (Level 2) Training. This 8 hour training session takes participants through the steps required to properly install a Hearing Loop system. At the successful completion of this session, participants will be certified as a hearing loop installer capable of meeting the performance standard IEC60118-4. Four (4) RU InfoComm CTS Renewal Credits are available upon completion of this one-day Hearing Loop class and passing the final exam.

Leo Garrison, of Metro Sound Pro’s said, “Although we understood loop systems, Listen’s training on installation and certification has really helped us in creating installations that deliver IEC complaint, uniform coverage and frequency response and that deliver true value to our customers and the hearing impaired community.”

For more information visit http://www.listentech.com/loop-training

About Listen Technologies Corporation
Listen Technologies Corporation manufactures and distributes wireless audio products world-wide for use in auditory assistance, soundfield, tour group, language interpretation and conferencing applications. Listen products provide superb audio performance, flexibility and ease of use, making them the ideal choice for schools, houses of worship, factories, entertainment facilities, government agencies and other entities. For more information on Listen solutions, contact Listen Technologies at 1.800.330.0891, +1.801.233.8992, or visit www.listentech.com.

About InfoComm International
InfoComm International is the leading nonprofit association serving the professional AV communications industry worldwide. Founded in 1939, the association offers industry expertise and market research serving press and others seeking information about the industry. Visit www.infocomm.org for full details.

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Named Official Speaker Provider for The American Pavilion at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

NORTHRIDGE, California – HARMAN’s JBL Professional today announced that it is the Official Speaker Provider for The American Pavilion at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, which takes place May 15–26 in Cannes, France. The American Pavilion is the center of activity at the Cannes International Film Festival for the American film community, offering membership for professionals, provocative and insightful programming, immersive student programs, the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase and more.

JBL is providing four CBT 70J-1 column loudspeakers for The American Pavilion, which is located within the International Village. Because of the CBT 70J-1′s studio-grade drivers and JBL’s exclusive CBT pattern control, the loudspeakers provide the American Pavilion with superb sonic fidelity and even coverage throughout the space. The system includes four JBL CBT 70J-1 column loudspeakers instead of the 20 distributed loudspeakers that had previously been considered.

The CBT’s “Asymmetrical Progressive Gradient Coverage” sends more sound to the far area of the listening space than to the close areas. This allows sufficient sound to reach the far listeners without overwhelming listeners that are positioned closer to the loudspeakers.

The very wide 150-degree horizontal coverage allows more area in the pavilion to be covered from fewer loudspeaker locations and to ensure that off-axis listeners still hear the same quality of sound as on-axis listeners. Two of the speakers are located at the edge of the tent area, allowing them to also cover the listeners on the deck, who were not covered in previous years. In addition, the low-profile design of the CBT Series provides the pavilion with world-class sound while maintaining a visually discreet appearance.

With the ability to cover the area with fewer speakers, the entire system is driven from a single powered mixer, as opposed to the complexity of a rack system. With the power available from the existing powered mixer, each speaker is powered with 125 Watts.

“We are honored to be named as the Official Speaker Provider for The American Pavilion at Cannes,” said Brian Divine, Director of Marketing, JBL Professional. “JBL has a storied history in cinema, and this year attendees at The American Pavilion can look forward to enjoying the powerful, immersive and nuanced sound that JBL is known for.”

“We are thrilled to have the cutting-edge technology that JBL Professional brings to the table, which will give our members a sound experience beyond compare for all our programming this year,” said Julie Sisk, Founder of The American Pavilion at Cannes.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®, and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN PAVILION
Celebrating its 25th year bringing professionals and emerging filmmakers together, The American Pavilion is the center of activity for the American film community at the Cannes International Film Festival.

Since its debut at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival, The Pavilion has served as a hospitality and communications hub for the thousands of Americans attending the Cannes Film Festival and Marché, providing an impressive array of facilities and services, including membership for the international film community, provocative and insightful programming, the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, immersive student programs, and more.

For its corporate sponsors, scores of American participants, and hundreds of exhibitors and office holders, The American Pavilion accommodates the need for information, orientation and recreation, providing both a dynamic business environment and an opportunity to relax in comfortable surroundings for the duration of the Festival.

With a panoramic view of the Bay of Cannes and just a few steps from the Palais des Festivals, where all the major Festival films are premiered, The American Pavilion is now a permanent fixture on the Cannes landscape, proving to be the perfect place to transact business, share ideas and effectively reach the thousands of affluent international travelers who attend the Festival every year.

For more information, visit www.ampav.com.

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DPA Microphones Helps UEFA Deliver the Roar of the Crowd

As every football fan knows, the roar of the crowd at a major game is just as important as the action on the pitch when it comes to truly experiencing the excitement of the event. With this in mind, Outside Broadcast specialist United chose DPA Microphones’ 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone to capture the ambience of the Amsterdam Arena when SL Benfica played Chelsea in the 2013 UEFA Europa League Final.

Huub Lelieveld, Senior Sound Supervisor for United Outside Broadcast and Studios, says: “UEFA was adamant that the broadcast quality had to be top class as this was a huge 35 camera production that was going out to broadcasters all over the world. We wanted to make sure the audio quality would be as high as possible and that we captured the ambience of the stadium in phase coherent surround so that it sounded huge in surround, but also still sounded great in stereo and even mono.”

Widely regarded as a surround ambience adder, DPA’s 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone was perfect for the task because its compact size and ease of use comes at no sacrifice to stunning sound quality. Ideal for bringing truly engaging surround ambience to sport events, documentaries and other ambience applications, especially for HDTV production, these microphones require no external signal processing and are versatile enough to be mounted on a camera or microphone stand, suspended, or simply handheld via a hand grip.

Lelieveld, in conjunction with his colleague Mischa Kortleve, tested the DPA 5100 microphone during one of the UEFA preliminary rounds in the Amsterdam Arena to ensure they were the right choice for the important Cup Final event on May 15th. The microphone was supplied by DPA’s Dutch distributor Amptec.

“We recorded all our microphones to multitrack and decided, after extensive listening tests, that the 5100 was perfect for the Cup Final,” he says. “The DPA 5100 was rigged in the catwalk of the stadium where it was able to capture the whole arena in surround. We complemented this system with four DPA 4006A Omni Microphones, which were hung from the catwalk in each of the four corners of the stadium, and we also used two DPA 4017B Shotgun Microphones positioned on our two Steadicams as these were smaller and lighter than the microphones we usually use.”

Based in Hilversum, Holland, United is part of the huge Euro Media Group that has production and post-production facilities in Belgium, France, England, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. United operates nine state of the art Outside Broadcast vehicles and mobile control rooms and provides broadcast facilities to capture major sporting events and live music concerts all over Europe.

“We were really delighted with the performance of all of our DPA microphones, but in particular the 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone, which sounded fantastic,” Lelieveld says. “It was incredibly easy to rig and protect from bad weather and was significantly less expensive than other microphone systems. Thanks to the DPA 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone, we achieved a rich, smooth and fully enveloping sound that was great in its coherence, channel separation and localization accuracy.”

For the UEFA Europa League Final, United provided the live broadcast feed to Infostrada Sports, which distributed it around the world. And for anyone who didn’t see the game, the final score was 2-1 to Chelsea.

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

Digital Rapids Releases New 3.8 Software Upgrade for Highly Acclaimed Ingest, Encoding and Streaming Systems

Updates include encoding quality and performance enhancements, expanded ad insertion support and new Netflix production presets
May 16, 2013 — Markham, Ontario: Digital Rapids – the trusted provider of innovative media transformation and workflow solutions for bringing video to wider audiences — is now shipping version 3.8 of the Digital Rapids Stream software for the company’s StreamZ, StreamZHD and Flux ingest, encoding and streaming solutions. Advances in the new version include H.264, MPEG-2 and DVCPro encoding enhancements including 4K Ultra HD H.264 encoding support; expanded support for automated multiscreen advertising insertion workflows; and new predefined project files for transforming content for Netflix delivery.

H.264 (AVC) encoding enhancements in Stream 3.8 include increased quality, significant performance gains — as much as 25% faster depending on host system and content characteristics — and support for 4K Ultra HD encoding. Featuring quadruple the number of pixels per frame (3840×2160) as 1080p HD, 4K Ultra HD enables superior viewing experiences with corresponding displays. Version 3.8 also features increased quality and performance for MPEG-2 encoding, plus improved DVCPro output quality. more

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WorldStage Teams with TBA Global on First Upfront for Gannett Company

When TBA Global was tasked with producing the Gannett Company’s first-ever upfront it selected WorldStage to provide AV and lighting support for the event at the AXA Equitable Building in Manhattan.

GannettFront 2013 marked the first time that all divisions within Gannett came together to highlight the company’s unique selling position and its evolution as a powerful media and marketing solutions company. The parent company of USA TODAY showcased all of Gannett’s brands to advertisers and media in a TV show-style presentation hosted by comedian Andrew Kennedy.

“The show was a little unique – Gannett is not the usual company for a typical upfront,” says Dave Longwill, vice president of production at TBA Global. “Gannett has television components and other news outlets, and they wanted to come up with a unique format to display their brands. So they asked us to create a TV talk show environment with interviews, one-on-ones, video interstitials and a Live remote feed from their Phoenix affiliate.”

TBA Global has selected WorldStage for various events over the years so “it made perfect sense” for WorldStage to support Gannett’s upfront debut, he adds. “We had four and a half weeks to take the show from a concept to a live upfront event, and everything worked out like clockwork.”

TBA Global’s design team created three styles of vignette sets with a large multimedia center screen and lots of plasma displays. “We had an aggressive one-day load in with the upfront scheduled for the next morning,” says WorldStage’s Michael May. “There were three cameras, one of them on a hydraulic pedestal. Multiple video feeds to audience monitors, the projection screen and on-stage scenic monitors were handled by our WorldStage flypack with Panasonic 450 switcher. Our new Yamaha CL5 console filled audio needs.”

WorldStage integrated its TV broadcast lighting package into the house theatrical lighting package for lighting designer Martin Graves. “We chose lighting instruments that had the feel of a live TV studio,” May explains. “We also supported the reception area with audio and lighting.”

“The WorldStage team did a great job,” reports Dave Longwill. “They really know New York and the venues and were able to adapt easily to on-site changes. Everything was very efficient; the cues and deployment were great. And the lighting package had a real rich TV studio look and feel. It all made for a very successful show.”

At WorldStage, Terry Jackson is vice president, director of lighting; Sarah Ibrahim project manager; Freddie Liberatore EIC; and Andrew Guberman audio support.

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

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