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Waves Audio Kicks Off New Event Series at Maryland Sound International (MSI)

— Waves Audio live sound division, WavesLive, begins ongoing hands-on live sound training series —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, July 1, 2013 — Waves Audio, the leading provider of audio DSP solutions for the professional, live sound, broadcast and consumer electronics markets, recently held an event – the first in a planned series from WavesLive, the live sound division of the company – featuring mixing workshops at Maryland Sound International (MSI), one of the world’s leading production firms. FOH engineers Greg Price (Ozzy Osbourne) and Ken “Pooch” Van Druten (Linkin Park) were on hand, showing local live sound, monitor and broadcast engineers how to integrate Waves plugins into live mixing consoles. Price and Van Druten presented an up-close look at plugin “problem-solvers” and a demonstration of how they use and benefit from using Waves plugins in their live mixing duties.

The presentation was followed by an open Q&A session, with the opportunity for hands-on mixing using various consoles and Waves plugins. Waves Product Specialists Luke Smith, Johnny Mann, Michael Pearson-Adams and Noam Raz were also on the floor, providing in-depth information on Waves plugins and the Waves SoundGrid® audio networking and processing platform. This included a presentation of DiGiGrid MGO and MGB MADI-to-SoundGrid interfaces on a Soundcraft Vi4 console, which showed playback of multitrack audio and real-time low-latency processing (running multiple plugins) via the MultiRack SoundGrid plugin host.

WavesLive is pleased to sponsor these events, which provide the opportunity for attendees to experience the world of live mixing with Waves plugins and to receive tips and tricks directly from mixing legends Price and Van Druten.

“Maryland Sound was proud to host the latest Waves event,” commented Bob Goldstein, owner of Maryland Sound. “MSI has a long history of cutting-edge technology married to the best-sounding gear. Our clients know that we are concerned about the end user. Your audience matters at MSI, and that’s why hosting this event partnered with an industry leader like Waves made for a very successful day.”

Visit www.waveslive.com and www.waves.com for more information.

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Audio-Technica Offers “40 Gets You 50” Rebate

STOW, OH, July 1, 2013 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is offering a special bundle that provides two vital links in the audio signal chain for professional studios and home recordists. From July 1 through December 31, 2013, any customer purchasing a qualifying Audio-Technica 40 Series studio microphone will have the chance to redeem an offer for a free pair of ATH-M50 professional studio monitor headphones (black version). With this bundle, anyone will have the tools needed for a truly professional studio mic and headphone setup.

Qualifying microphones include the AT4033/CL (classic version of the AT4033), AT4047/SV (silver), AT4047MP (silver, multi-pattern), AT4050 (multi-pattern), AT4050ST (stereo), AT4060 (tube), AT4080 (bidirectional ribbon) and AT4081 (bidirectional ribbon, pencil design) microphones. All customers who purchase one of these microphones from an authorized U.S. A-T dealer during the rebate period will be eligible for a free ATH-M50. There is no limit on the number of free ATH-M50 headphones you qualify to receive.

The rebate details can be found online at audio-technica.com. Claims must be received by January 31, 2014, to be valid. For the sake of convenience, real-time tracking, and faster shipping of the ATH-M50, buyers may register online at https://audio-technicaus.4myrebate.com. Alternatively, buyers may manually complete and mail in the rebate form with the required documents, which include the original sales receipt/s for the above 40 Series model/s, with the store name, date of purchase, model number/s and price paid clearly legible, along with the original UPC code cut from the carton of each microphone purchased.

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Auralex® Now Shipping ProBanners™ and ProBaffles™

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, JULY 1, 2013 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, offers an extension to its sound absorption product offerings with ProBanners™ and ProBaffles™.

Auralex ProBanners are 2″ or 4″ thick, custom-produced absorbers that provide an economical way to acoustically treat the ceiling in a large room. Great for reducing reverberation and reflections in gymnasiums, arenas, pools, sanctuaries, restaurants, nightclubs and animal-care facilities, these absorption panels are hung horizontally across the ceiling. ProBanners are available in PVC covering in a variety of colors. ProBanners hold up in harsh environments and install quickly and easily with the supplied hardware, simplifying the installation process and saving time in the field. Perfect for commercial facilities, ProBanners have a fiberglass core and are Class A fire rated per the ASTM E-84 test protocol and are available in sizes from 2′ x 4′ to 4′ x 40′.

Auralex ProBaffles are 2″ thick custom-produced absorbers wrapped in lightweight panel fabric or PVC covering and are designed to be hung vertically from the ceilings (and, in some cases, walls) in commercial facilities such as gymnasiums, restaurants, lobbies, and other larger multi-purpose spaces. The absorbers have a fiberglass core and carry a Class A fire rating. The edges and corners are square and either hardened (fabric covering) or non-hardened (PVC covering). Installation of this device is made easy by using the grommets to hang with wire or chain. Size: from 4′ x 2′ thick to 4′ x 10′ x 2″ thick

Auralex Application Specialists and Engineers can assist contractors and system integrators in finding the optimum custom ProBanner or ProBaffle solution for each job. PVC fabric color options include black, beige, grey, white, red, yellow, blue, green and burgundy.

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

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‘DiGiCo Master Series: From Power On to Expert’ Seminar Provides Comprehensive Educational Resources To Pro Audio Community

DiGiCo has long been committed to providing comprehensive educational resources and support to the professional audio community. Working in conjunction with its US distributor Group One Limited, it recently launched a series of educational training seminars—DiGiCo’s Master Series: From Power On to Expert—focused on showcasing DiGiCo’s current line of SD Series systems.

Full Sail Live, an award-winning School for Entertainment Media located in Orlando, Florida, hosted the inaugural seminar on April 23-24, 2013, facilitated by DiGiCo/Group One’s top audio trainers, National Sales Manager Matt Larson and Technical Sales & Support Ryan Shelton.

Over 90+ people were in attendance—comprising a diverse group of systems integrators, audio consultants, production companies, houses of worship and performing arts center operators, as well as Full Sail students and faculty. Over the course of two days, they were given in-depth tutorials with the opportunity to get hands-on with virtually all of DiGiCo’s SD Series consoles (SD5, SD Ten, SD11, 3xSD9s, and an SD8). The training covered the gamut from basic system setup and cabling to features and operation, as well as a hardware and software review. DiGiCo’s, new to be launched at Infocomm13, SD software (V621) was showcased on several of the consoles (adding 96KHz capacity for the SD9 and SD11 on Cat5E as well as a offering a new MADI Router for all SD consoles).

Industry veterans Howie Lindeman and Mark Frink were also in attendance to answer questions and to share their real-world, hands-on experience and road stories. Lindeman, who is currently on tour with The Elvis Presley Concert Tour, has mixed in many iconic studios from the Record Plant to the Hit Factory and on tour with Roberta Flack, Natalie Cole and many others. Frink is the former Technical Editor of MIX Magazine and is currently mixing monitors on a DiGiCo SD10 for Grammy awarded artists, the Zac Brown Band.

“Our goal with the new Master Series is to take people wherever they need to go,” explains Shelton, “whether they’re already owners of our consoles or just thinking about investing in one. These hands-on training opportunities will take the intermediate to advanced production engineer deeper into our systems, provide a tool kit to sharpen their mixing skills, offer helpful tips, tricks and shortcuts for using our consoles and impart information as to what sets DiGiCo apart from the competition.”

“The DiGiCo Master Class brought us together for one major purpose: DiGiCo consoles,” offers Lindeman. “The workshop gave us an understanding of what is new, what is coming, and the inner workings of these kick-butt consoles. Having each of the console models at our reach was invaluable in being able to understand the differences of each of their personalities—from the frame and up. Not only was it informational, but we also had a great time with lots of laughs and dinner too! Thank you Matt Larson and DiGiCo!”

For upcoming training seminars in your area, sign up for our online newsletter and/or visit our website (www.digico.biz) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DiGiCo.Official) pages. DiGiCo also offers an extensive catalog of training resources available online at www.digico.tv.

Matrox at IBC2013 — Product Preview

New additions and updates to all Matrox product lines will be highlighted including video streaming and recording appliances, 4K video monitoring cards, multiviewers, live production streaming systems, scan converters, OEM products, KVM extenders and video over IP encoders/decoders

Matrox® Video and Matrox Graphics Inc. will be sharing stand 7.B29 at IBC2013 (Amsterdam, Sept. 13-17). Matrox Video will showcase video streaming and recording appliances, 4K video monitoring cards, multiviewers, live production streaming systems, scan converters and developer products. Matrox Graphics Inc. will present new KVM extension solutions and 1080p60 video over IP encoders/decoders.

Video Streaming and Recording Appliance
Matrox Monarch™ HD is a small, easy-to-use video streaming and recording appliance that received four important industry awards at the 2013 NAB Show. It is designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. Priced at just $995 US (€799, £750), it provides these two independent delivery channels in an integrated unit. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. Matrox Monarch HD is remotely controlled using any computer or mobile device with a web browser.

4K Video Monitoring Card
Matrox Mojito™ 4K is a quad 3G-SDI, 4K video monitoring card for use with Adobe Creative Cloud professional video editing and content creation tools on Windows platforms. It enables realtime monitoring and output of video footage at resolutions up to 4096 x 2160 and at frame rates up to 60 fps (4Kp60) so post-production professionals see every pixel of every 4K frame in real time to craft breathtaking content.

Multiviewer
Matrox MicroQuad™ is a four-channel SDI-to-HDMI multiviewer for 3G/HD/SD at a breakthrough price. It lets broadcasters and A/V professionals use an affordable HDMI display to view up to four SDI video signals and show or hide labels and VU meters. Its powerful 10-bit scaling engine and advanced filtering algorithms ensure a crisp, artifact-free monitoring experience. MicroQuad can be controlled using buttons on the unit itself or from a distance using a Windows-based app.

Live Production Streaming System
Matrox VS4™ is a quad HD capture and ISO recording card for Telestream Wirecast for Windows live production streaming software. In a single PCIe slot, Matrox VS4 provides up to four independent HD inputs with up to 8 embedded audio channels per source. It not only sends video feeds to Wirecast for streaming, it simultaneously provides ISO recording of all the original video and audio feeds to disk — ready for post-event editing.

Scan Converter
Matrox Convert™ DVI Plus is a cost-effective, genlockable HD-SDI scan converter that lets broadcasters easily and economically incorporate content from computers, iPads and iPhones into broadcast programs. It is ideal for creating broadcast-quality video from computer applications such as Skype, YouTube, Google Earth, FaceTime, ProPresenter, PowerPoint and web browsers. The region-of-interest feature lets the user define any region of any size from the computer display and output just that content at the required broadcast resolution. If the selected area doesn’t match the output resolution, Matrox Convert DVI Plus provides horizontal and vertical upscaling and downscaling. The unit can be genlocked to an SD analog black burst (bi-level) or HD tri-level genlock source. Proc amp controls on the output let the user adjust the hue, chroma, saturation, and brightness levels. In addition, Matrox Convert DVI Plus can be used to drive projectors and large displays at live events.

Developer Products
Matrox DSX™ Developer Products combine a full range of multi-channel SD/HD/4K I/O hardware with the feature-rich SDK and unlimited engineering support that let OEMs create advanced channel-in-a-box, video server, broadcast graphics and live streaming equipment. In addition to hardware that provides 24/7 reliability in even the most demanding environments, the Matrox DSX platforms provide advanced ancillary data handling for VANC and HANC, a constantly expanding selection of codecs (DVCPRO HD, MPEG-2, XDCAM HD AVC-Intra, H.264, Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD, PitchBlue, and more), extensive file format support (GXF, MXF, MOV, AVI, MPG, MP4, and more) and powerful tools for quick app development.

KVM Extender
Matrox Avio™ F125 fiber-optic KVM extenders separate dual HD video, keyboard, mouse, stereo analog audio and USB 2.0 devices from a workstation. The transmitter/receiver pair extends two single-link DVI (2x1920x1200) or one dual-link DVI (2560×1600 or 4096×2160) video, and multiple high-speed USB 2.0 compliant devices from the host computer by up to 400 m (1312 ft) over multimode cable and 4 km (2.5 mi) over single-mode cable. Avio F125 stands out for its ability to transmit all signals with zero compression and zero latency on a single duplex LC-LC fiber-optic cable.

1080p60 Video over IP Encoders/Decoders
Matrox Maevex™ 5100 Series delivers excellent streaming quality at a fraction of the price of traditional encode/decode systems. Maevex video over IP solutions enable the extension of full-HD-quality video over standard IP networks for digital signage, collaborative video walls, manufacturing and automation, process control, and many other applications. Maevex encoders and decoders capture, stream, and decode video from a variety of sources, and even allow for software-based decoding on non-Maevex devices. Maevex units come bundled with PowerStream software, allowing for easy remote management of Maevex devices and enabling a wide variety of user-defined stream-management features. These include adjustable low bit-rate encoding for minimal and cost-effective bandwidth consumption.

About Matrox
Matrox is a world leader in graphics, imaging, and video technology providing an extensive array of real-world relevant OEM and end-user solutions to businesses and individuals across a diverse range of professional markets, including media and entertainment, finance, digital signage, medical imaging, manufacturing, factory automation, security, government, and enterprise computing. For more information, visit www.matrox.com.

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NTW Group Appoints Stampede To Distribute Its Wide Range Of Connectivity Solutions Throughout North America

Stampede Presentation Products Inc., the industry’s oldest and largest high value added ProAV distributor, today announced that it has been appointed by the NTW (Network the World) Group (www.ntwgroup.net), based in Dayton, New Jersey, to serve as a strategic distributor for the company’s rapidly expanding line of specialty telecommunication and audiovisual connectivity solutions throughout the United States, Canada, and Central America.

“NTW is very excited to partner with Stampede, as we further expand our efforts to bring our high-performance connectivity products to every dealer, integrator and end-user throughout the United States and Canada,” said Paul Fenster, NTW Director of New Business Development. “Our mission is to work together with our customers and Strategic Partners to develop versatile and flexible solutions for telecom/datacom/AV industries through our innovative products, unique warranty systems and unsurpassed support and service. This strategic partnership with Stampede will significantly strengthen our ability to more completely customize our solution offerings to meet individual dealer requirements.”

NTW offers advanced and unique solutions that deliver versatility, power and performance for every IT and AV network. Stampede will distribute NTW’s wide selection of connectivity products, which includes the XXL Series HDMI Cable, ClarityPro Plenum Copper/Fiber HDMI Cable, Quick Connect TwistLock 2.0 AV Cable, HD-Base T Wall Plate, the UNI-Media Series of wall plates and inserts, and much more.

“The NTW Group has been a pioneer of cutting-edge connection solutions for more than 25 years now and their pace of innovation continues to grow at a dramatic rate,” Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. President & COO Kevin Kelly said today. “The addition of the NTW line of product and solutions to our portfolio promises to bring immediate new benefits to our dealers who are absolutely committed to offering their customers the latest developments in connectivity. We are proud to now represent this amazing company!”

Since 1987, Networking The World (NTW) has been a premier connectivity solutions provider serving the IT/AV industry for the past two decades. NTW, its engineers and OEM/ODM group has maintained an unparalleled reputation and an industry leadership position for the design and manufacturing of new and emerging technologies. A few examples include the design and introduction of IDC style keystone audiovisual connectivity solutions, 110-Style HDMI modules/wall plates and the widely accepted locking RJ45 and LC fiber connector/cabling solutions.

NTW is supported by cutting edge manufacturing facilities, strong industry relationships, unrivaled service and support staff. NTW sets new standards through its superior design and manufacturing capabilities in building a smarter, better and more powerful communications and business infrastructural network of tomorrow.

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” a 1,000-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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Clay Paky Sharpys Spotlight Fall Out Boy on Tour

After releasing their critically-acclaimed “Save Rock ‘n Roll” album, rock band Fall Out Boy is back on tour in the US and Canada, and Clay Paky Sharpys are along for the dizzying ride

Lighting designer Robb Jibson of So Midwest, Inc., who has used Clay Paky products on a number of shows, is deploying Sharpys on the Fall Out Boy tour in an unconventional way. Jibson has opted to use Sharpys as Front of House spotlights.

“Developing a system of front light for a band that never stops moving while playing venues that range from clubs to arenas can be tough,” Jibson admits. “The quest to have consistent, constant and punchy front lights led me to carry our own. Using moving lights with the pan-and-tilts disabled is certainly nothing new, but the barrage of questions and sideways looks I get from the local promoter reps means that this hasn’t been done in the FOH position before in these size rooms.”

Using the Sharpys as spotlights enable him to fit lights into venues that normally wouldn’t have room to accommodate traditional, and much bigger, FOH spotlights. They also lend consistency in this position since Jibson can tour with his own units rather than use spotlights from the venues, which vary widely in style and quality over the course of a tour.

George Masek, A.C.T Lighting’s Vice President, Automated Lighting, adds, “Robb always looks for unusual and unconventional ways to use our fixtures to make them more interesting and effective, but this time he’s outdone himself. I wouldn’t have believed this had I not seen it for myself, but using the Sharpys in this application really is the perfect solution.”

Jibson had been using another fixture for another project and was finding it difficult to get the power he needed at every venue. “So the hunt was on to find a new solution that could be easier and still meet all the parameters,” he says. “Enter the Sharpy. Even at distances up to 175 feet, Sharpy is able to deliver 100 fc at the stage. Being small and lightweight they can be placed on spot towers, theater coves, box booms, balcony rails, scissor lifts – even on an out building at Stubbs BBQ in Austin!”

Jibson says that “the Sharpys never disappoint, and their low power consumption means that we have a spotlight solution night in, night out for Fall Out Boy. Using local operators to control the position of the fixtures, the talent stays lit no matter where they go.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, “What an interesting application for our fixtures! I’m impressed with Mr. Jibson’s innovative use of the Sharpy and look forward to working with him in the future.”

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EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY: DATATON’S PICKUP HELPS SUPERMARKET CHAIN WIN OVER FAMILIES

© Maj Maj Måne Photography by Peter Sporremark

An innovative storytelling experience from a Swedish entertainment company is being rolled out across supermarkets with the goal of keeping children amused while shopping. And it’s already succeeding in this aim, thanks in no small part to PICKUP™ audio-guide technology from Dataton.

Storytrail® is the brainchild of Anna Lantz, CEO of children’s media production company Maj Maj Måne.

“We have worked with and for children for many years, and always emphasized storytelling as an important part of learning,” Lantz explains. “We wanted to find a way to make everyday life with children as smooth as possible, pinpointing the stress factors many families have in their lives – for example, going grocery shopping.”

“We developed Storytrail as a concept that would keep children occupied, entertained and amused in a retail environment, in a way that would keep them with their parents but also relieve much of the parents’ stress.”

In September 2012, the Storytrail idea was taken up by Sweden’s ICA Kvantum supermarket chain. The roll-out has so far involved over 30 stores, with more to come.”

“Families collect the equipment for Storytrail – a pair of headphones and a Dataton PICKUP unit – when they enter the store,” says Lantz. “Throughout the store there are nine ‘Storypoints’ – signs that contain Dataton MICROTAGS to act as the trigger for a new audio chapter in the Storytrail for kids to listen to. To make it easy for the children to find the Storypoints, we designed additional signs around the store and little footprints on the ground, underlining the idea that the kids are following a trail.”

A closer look at the Dataton PICKUP audio guide

For ICA Kvantum, Maj Maj Måne created a story using characters already used by the retail chain in its marketing. New stories involving these characters are recorded every other week, so that children always have a new Storytrail to look forward to when they go shopping.

“Research from Sweden’s Linnaeus University suggests that more than half of children are quieter when using Storytrail in a shopping environment, that parents’ stress levels are reduced by over 20%, and that 85% of parents would choose to shop at a location with Storytrail installed, over one without.”

Lars Sandlund, Chief Operating Officer, Dataton

“Storytrail is a fantastic example of how our PICKUP audio-guide technology can bring tangible and immediate business benefits to our customers,” comments Lars Sandlund, Chief Operations Officer of Dataton. ”

“Affordable, easy to install and above all very simple to use, PICKUP is finding new applications every day.”

www.dataton.com

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