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Location Sound Giveaway In Full Swing: First Winner Received A Lectrosonics UCR411A Digital Hybrid Wireless System

North Hollywood, CA (July 25, 2013) – Location Sound’s Most Awesome 50 Days of Audio Gear Giveaways Ever (at http://www.locationsound.com/most-awesome-audio-gear-giveaway) is now in full swing, and the first winner, Ramsey Mellette, a location audio mixer in Los Angeles, CA, walked away last July 15 with a Lectrosonics 411A Digital Hybrid Wireless System and a big grin on his face.

Mellette was ecstatic when he learned that his entry, one of over thousands of initial entries from film and sound professionals all over the nation, was selected for the first prize to be given away. He doesn’t normally enter contests, but the prospect of possibly winning a Lectrosonics UCR411A Receiver and UM400A Transmitter was so compelling that he decided to give it a try.

Mr. Mellette, who holds a Masters’ Degree from USC and studied sound under Emmy-award winner David Bondelevitch and legendary Production Mixer Jim Webb, has just finalized 6 months mixing on Spike TV’s “Auction Hunters,” Season 4. His next project is the show “Tabloid” for Discovery ID. Tabloid is a show based on tabloid stories and interviews of people who were part of crazy events. The stories are then re-enacted, and Mellette will be in charge of all the sound of the re-enactment portion. He says: “I will use the 411A every day. The 411A is the top of the line. Every mixer in LA would agree, it’s the industry standard. It’s just the best one out there.” He already owns three previous model Lectrosonics 201 Systems. “They are outstanding, but they don’t have the filtering and other capabilities that the 411A has. I’ll continue to use them, but the 411A is my Number 1,” he explains with a smile.

Location Sound is Mr. Mellette’s go-to store. “When I first started out in my career, I mostly rented gear or worked on shows that had their own gear, but in 2007, I decided to take the plunge and I bought my first Sound Devices 442 at Location Sound along with a couple of Sennheiser G2s and other things to get started.” That’s when he really started to get into the gear-game. Mellette has been building his equipment inventory as he went along, and Location Sound is where he shops. “Location Sound has a lot to offer. Most of all, the sales and rental staff are great, and everyone there is very cool. I feel a real camaraderie as soon as I walk in the door. As I need certain things for my job, I go to Location Sound often once or twice a week, and it feels as if I’m meeting a bunch of friends.” He also finds that the inventory depth at Location Sound surpasses that of other stores, “They have everything. I have never been in a situation where they couldn’t help me. They offer really good deals too, and they’ve always taken care of me. Their rental equipment is very reliable. I have never rented anything that had a problem. All their gear is really solid. I can’t say enough good things about them.”

Location Sound’s giveaway will continue at http://www.locationsound.com/most-awesome-audio-gear-giveaway until September 23, 2013, with new prizes and new winners every day. For the following weeks, the website visitors can enter to win many high-priced and high-quality items such as Sound Devices 664, PSC PowerStar Life, Shure VP 82, Sennheiser MKE600, Sanken CS-3E, Denecke TS-3EL, Ikan VX7i-s monitor and many others. A complete prize list is accessible at http://www.locationsound.com/most-awesome-audio-gear-giveaway-prize-list

Customers can enter up to three times a day. Bonus entries are made possible if a customer, AFTER completing the entry form, uses the Twitter “share” button to tweet the giveaway (must have Twitter account to do this). With this option, one person can potentially have up to 6 entries each day. Once a customer wins, however, they will no longer be eligible for the other prizes.

The giveaway is open to all legal residents of the United States, 18 years of age or older, excluding residents of Florida, New York, Puerto Rico and all other U.S. territories. For the complete Official Rules, go to http://www.locationsound.com/most-awesome-audio-gear-giveaway-official-rules.

About Location Sound Corporation
Location Sound opened its doors in January of 1977 with a mission to be the one-stop facility for production sound mixers for all their sales, rental, and equipment service needs. More than 36 years later, the client roster now also includes production companies, broadcast companies, law enforcement and private security firms, universities, houses of worship, government agencies, and more. Location Sound is known for its excellent customer service and unparalleled depth of inventory: No matter the industry, Location Sound remains committed to providing sound professionals the equipment they need for their critical recording needs, while delivering unmatched support services before and after the sale.

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Unified Video Technologies Appoints Senior Marketing Director

Veronica Goldstein Leads Charge on Global Customer-Facing Strategy

Miami, Florida – July 23, 2013Unified Video Technologies (UNIV) has quickly built a global sales and business development staff since its late 2012 inception that has brought together skilled and experienced veterans from the broadcast, cable, telecom and streaming media spaces. The company’s appointment of Veronica Goldstein as Senior Marketing Director now sets the stage for UNIV to define its strategic direction moving forward, and position itself for profitable growth and long-term viability.

Veronica will build on the company’s early focus on developing, integrating and operating high-performance media and broadcast ecosystems by implementing strategic company initiatives, including new product launches that address software-centric workflows. This includes the company’s first notable product launch, uVOD, which enables service providers (cable system operators, telco companies) to deliver branded video-on-demand and linear TV services to multiple consumer screens via over-the-top (OTT) architectures.

Veronica sees the UNIV team’s experience in software integration across broadcast and media systems as a unique differentiator from traditional, hardware-focused systems integrators. She adds that early product launches like uVOD will further help position the company as thought leaders capable of delivering comprehensive, multi-faceted services to its customers.

“I am proud of the progress that UNIV has made over the past several months, and I see a lot of pride and ability to deliver quality products and services to our customers,” said Goldstein. “It is on this foundation that I will continue to build UNIV’s reputation and therefore the company’s future.”

Veronica comes to UNIV following a several-year stint as marketing manager, Americas for KIT digital. She brings her experiences in advertising, graphic design and sales team support to her role at UNIV, with an emphasis on building relationships and empowering profitable company growth.
“Profitability will allow us to pursue some of the many exciting growth opportunities in our core markets,” she said. “To achieve this, we will focus on developing numerous immediate opportunities with new and existing customers, while continuing to provide the products, support and services to which our clients are accustomed.”

Unified Video Technologies (UNIV) provides complete high-performance workflows that seamlessly perform all media processing, delivery and management tasks, from ingest to distribution and rights management. Through close consultation and collaboration with its customers, UNIV empowers enterprises and broadcasters to leverage media to advance their business goals, and applies creativity and know-how to design ideal solutions. The visionary UNIV approach is based on integrating software in the video ecosystem to optimize video quality and performance while minimizing operating costs. UNIV provides a range of software-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and on-premise software solutions that enable customers to fully exploit the capabilities of their media and broadcast technology. Visit the company’s website at www.univtec.com

Calrec Steps Up Training Program With U.S. Training Tour

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — July 23, 2013 — Following the recent success of a series of free training sessions held in London, Calrec Audio announced today that it will launch a similar training program in the United States.

The sessions, run by U.S. Regional Sales Manager Dave Lewty, will be free of charge, and space is limited. The program will consist of operational training on Calrec’s Bluefin2 range of consoles, including Apollo and Artemis. It is aimed at freelance audio engineers and employees at broadcast facilities who have had no formal training on the platform, as well as those who simply wish to refresh their knowledge.

“We are aware that many engineers don’t have the opportunity to attend training courses, so we are making a concerted effort to invite anyone who is interested to come and learn at no expense,” Lewty said. “This program is part of a larger educational drive we have been promoting over the past few years, which also prompted the creation of our popular Audio Primer and Network Primer.”

Calrec has previously hosted many successful one-off training sessions around the U.S. run by Calrec and Studio Consultants Inc., Calrec’s New York-based distributor, but this is Calrec’s first educational tour. The first sessions will be held Aug. 21-22 at the Glendale Media Center in Glendale, Ariz., where Calrec held a similar event in the past.

“We are delighted to welcome Calrec back to the Glendale Media Center,” said David Rainey, the center’s chief broadcast engineer. “The last session was a great success, and we’re sure the next one will be just as popular. We have a Calrec Zeta console installed currently, so this is a great opportunity to learn more about Calrec’s latest platform.”

Training is by appointment only on Aug. 21, with an open-house walk-in session on Aug. 22. To attend the session in Glendale, contact David Rainey at 623-930-4512 or email drainey@glendaleaz.com. For details about upcoming sessions, or to suggest a location to host an event, email david.lewty@dmh-global.com.

Information about Calrec, its products, and primers is available at www.calrec.com and www.community.calrec.com.

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About Calrec Audio Ltd.
Calrec Audio, part of D&M Holdings Inc., is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for more than 40 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital consoles relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec. More information is available at www.calrec.com and www.community.calrec.com.

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Extron Introduces Encoder and Decoder for Real Time Streaming of HDCP-Compliant HDMI Over IP

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce VN-Matrix 250 encoders and decoders, which provide real-time transmission of high resolution HDCP-compliant HDMI, DVI, or RGB video across standard IP networks for use in real-time streaming, recording, and playback applications. The VN-Matrix 250 Series accepts HDMI and RGB signals at resolutions up to 1920×1200 and 2048×1080, and streams video and audio over an IP network, preserving the native source resolution of digital or analog video sources. Stereo analog audio and HDMI-embedded audio signals are both supported, providing compatibility with embedded display speakers or existing audio systems. VN-Matrix 250 Series encoders and decoders use the PURE3 codec, which provides an unmatched combination of bit rate efficiency, low latency, visually lossless image quality, and a high immunity to network errors.

“When designing Extron’s new VN-Matrix 250 products for streaming HDMI, we capitalized on years of experience with our high-performance VN-Matrix products,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The VN-Matrix 250 Series stands out from other streaming products with fully HDCP-compliant streaming and a variety of new capabilities, which provide solutions for real-time streaming and distance collaboration applications.”

VN-Matrix 250 systems excel in applications with extremely demanding requirements such as command and control, training and simulation, or distance collaboration applications in government, aerospace, energy, or medical environments. With its very low encode and decode latency of just 70 ms, the VN-Matrix 250 Series is ideal for applications that must support bidirectional communication and real-time decision making. The combination of high quality, low delay, and flexible bit rate management makes the VN-Matrix 250 Series the ideal solution for many quality-critical applications.

For more information on the VN-Matrix 250 Series, please visit: www.extron.com/vnmatrix250pr

NETIA Products at IBC2013

NEW RELEASE: Radio-Assist(TM) 8.2 Automation Solution
NETIA is unveiling version 8.2 of the company’s Radio-Assist(TM) digital audio software suite at IBC2013. This latest release of NETIA’s flagship software boasts three powerful enhancements, all of which will be showcased throughout the show.

Cloud Management
The introduction of cloud-based management for Radio-Assist(TM) gives users the ability to access the system database from any network-connected workstation. Particularly valuable for multisite radio broadcasters, this capability enables authorized users anywhere to access, retrieve, and work on the same content, without the need for time-consuming media transfers. In addition to enabling faster, more productive operations through shared media access, cloud-based management enables broadcasters to reduce reliance on server infrastructures and, in turn, lower the total cost of ownership.

By storing content in the cloud, Radio-Assist can serve as an online production database or as an online content archive. Radio-Assist archiving tools enable seamless management of the archive/restoration process in the cloud. Users can simply trigger the archiving process as a background task and subsequently use simple search requests to retrieve content. In disaster recovery situations, the content stored in the cloud by Radio-Assist can help to ensure continuity of service even when ground-based facilities are compromised.

iSnippet Audio Editing Tool for iPhone(R) and iPad(R)
The Snippet range of editing tools available within the Radio-Assist(TM) automation products is now available for iOS devices. Sharing the same look and ergonomic principles as the Snippet desktop interface, the new iPhone(R)- and iPad(R)-compatible iSnippet tool allows field reporters and other remote users to enjoy the Radio-Assist audio editing capabilities — familiar from the desktop — on their portable devices.

Teleprompter
The new teleprompter module for the Radio-Assist(TM) suite gives presenters and journalists convenient visual access to news scripts, which scroll continuously down the presenter’s screen and is linked to the playout system in the studio. Customizable features such as text size, color selection, automatic speed control that adapts to reading speed, and read length may be configured in user profiles that are tailored to presenter preferences.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/NETIA/Prompteur_HD.zip
Image Caption: NETIA Radio-Assist(TM) Teleprompter

NETIA Media Asset and Workflow Solutions
At IBC2013, NETIA will showcase the latest version of its media asset management (MAM) platform, which allows users to manage all processes within the global production environment — from editing through post and distribution — through simple, easy-to-manage workflows and task automation, and accessed through one unique and straightforward interface. This solution gives operators the ability to connect all of their partners and vendors within a single production ecosystem, simplifying the sharing and managing of media assets.

Metamodel Editor
The latest version includes new features within its metadata management module. Enriched with a new metamodel editor, this graphical tool enables the user to manage and customize the metadata model structure.

Monitoring
The new release of NETIA’s media asset and workflow solution includes a recording feature with which users can schedule specific recordings or continuous channel ingest. Video is stored in the MAM database along with corresponding transcript text files that are generated by a speech-to-text engine. A new monitoring feature facilitates the searching and browsing of these recorded channel feeds, either according to a timeline or through a full-text search. Upon locating the appropriate content, the user can extract, repurpose, and export the relevant video segment.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/NETIA/Monitoring_Mix.zip
Image Caption: NETIA Media Asset and Workflow Monitoring

Company Overview:

NETIA, a GlobeCast company, is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of content to today’s full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 10,000 users in 200 installations in more than 40 countries, NETIA solutions allow content producers and owners to manage content from ingest to delivery, targeting multiplatform outlets including the Internet, VOD, IPTV services, and mobile devices.

NETIA provides content management solutions to major radio and television brands and to multimedia groups around the world. Clients include SBS and ABC in Australia, RAI Italy, RTBF in Belgium, MediaCorp Singapore, RTL France, Radio Globo in Brazil, RTM Malaysia, Radio France, the Associated Press, France Télévisions, and Canal+. NETIA has its headquarters in France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, and Singapore, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

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Martin Audio MLA Delivers Power And Control For 3G Productions At EDC Festivals

Las Vegas, NV––3G Productions, Inc. recently provided audio for the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) festivals in New York, Chicago and Las Vegas. Their PA systems included a Martin Audio Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) to provide the power and coverage they needed inside the venue while controlling noise spillage to surrounding residential areas.

In business for nine years, 3G has quickly become a leading force in the rapidly growing world of Electronic Dance Music events, providing audio for numerous large festivals every year. The three-day Electric Daisy Carnival 2013 was the culmination of Insomniac’s EDC festivals with eight of the world’s Top 10 DJs, and more than 200 acts performing on seven stages for over 350,000 attendees at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The combination of several stages producing hours of high SPL dance music in urban locales adds up to unique challenges for 3G. As Marketing Director Keith Conrad points out, “EDC events are really unique because they’re all in large open-air areas that aren’t necessarily traditional venues for concerts such as stadiums or amphitheatres. They’re in parking lots or racetracks, so the ability to control the sound is extremely important. A big reason why we looked at the Martin Audio MLA system was to control SPLs in areas surrounding the venue.

We also need a lot of bass, so the amount of subs we have on any one show is unheard of,” Keith continues. “Plus you’re doing multiple stages within one area at the same time, which is all about the configuration of the stage in terms of the coverage and direction of the loudspeakers.”

3G senior system engineer and designer Julio Valdez, a specialist in EDM events, provides more specifics: “I get site plans before the event for the areas that have to be covered so I can design systems suitable for what the client (Insomniac, who produces EDC and major dance events worldwide) needs, which is mostly to provide a whole lot of power and have the system sound good.

“Then we go to the location and make sure all of the techs have everything they need to complete the build and address the changing needs of DJs, artists and other performers. Sometimes we have to submit designs to DJ management for approval.

“Finally, I lay out the stages so they don’t have too much of an impact in terms of nearby homes. We have people walking around with dB meters before the show determining what’s acceptable at certain distances from the stage and referencing those SPLs at Front of House.”

The typical Martin Audio setup for EDC consists of a main hang of16 MLA and two MLD downfill cabinets per side with a massive complement of 32 MLX subs ground-stacked across the front of the stage. 12 MLA Compacts per side are used for outfill, and 8 MLA Compacts plus 4 ground-stacked MLX subs per side are used for delays. AVID Venue Profile mixing consoles and Lake loudspeaker processing are also part of the setup.

Given that the New York and Chicago EDCs are held at the Citi Field parking lot and the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, respectively, which are smaller and closer to residential areas, were there very different requirements for those two shows than Las Vegas?

“No,” counters Julio. “It really all comes down to getting as much power out to the audience as we can with as little sound out to the neighborhood as possible, which is a constant struggle. And, with that in mind, it’s definitely been helpful to have the kind of control that Martin Audio’s MLA is capable of giving us.

“Power is impressive coming out of the MLA, it’s definitely mind-boggling when you see the size of the rig that’s out there and the output you get from the system. In terms of sound quality, it’s very consistent and, as intended, one can really tailor the sound to what they want and MLA will do it.”

Considering that each stage at EDC features hour-long sets by up to eight DJs a night, do the artists have widely differing requirements in terms of the PA?

“Just like bands, the DJs carry engineers who are responsible for their sound,” says Julio. “And each one has different tastes and opinions about loudspeakers, but we’ve been able to satisfy them with MLA. It’s worked very well. A lot of guys who hadn’t heard MLA were definitely impressed.”

Fortunately for 3G, Las Vegas doesn’t present as many problems with noise complaints because the Speedway is quite a ways out of town, with only Nellis Air Force base nearby that makes its own kind of noise created by F16 jets flying in and out on a regular basis.

The Vegas site also has a large open area in the speedway oval and even though there are so many stages Keith tells us, ‘In terms of the DJs and what they’re playing, you can go from one stage to another in Vegas and you can lose the sound. All of the stages are facing in different directions with as much spread as possible between them, plus there’s a carnival in the middle of the festival with rides and attractions.

“Insomniac is committed to having a true carnival and festival experience and they want it to be the biggest, best and the loudest. They always push the envelope in terms of how much they can give their fans, but we are often walking a fine line with the surrounding communities. As such, we have to control sound to the best of our ability.

“The sound control was a big part of MLA’s initial appeal for us. And we really like where MLA is going in terms of control, ease of setup and quality of the boxes. We’ve had a great experience with MLA so far and there’s a very real application in other areas we are growing as well, such as corporate and TV broadcasting.

Concluding, Keith explains: “The audio quality overall has been stellar and we have yet to even run the system full throttle. More importantly, our customers and the bands/DJs have been really happy with it.”

For more about 3G Productions, please click to www.3glp.com

For more about Martin Audio and MLA, please click to www.martin-audio.com

Riedel Supports IBC2013 With Comprehensive Intercom System

WUPPERTAL, Germany — July 23, 2013 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that it is providing a comprehensive intercom system for the state-of-the-art IBC auditorium at IBC2013. Dubbed the IBC Big Screen, the 1,700-seat auditorium and its stunning audio and video presentation capabilities will draw a crowd not only for presentations and conference sessions, but for exclusive movie screenings as well. Riedel Acrobat digital wireless intercom and Performer digital partyline systems will assure that, throughout these varied proceedings, IBC staff maintain the clear, flexible communications critical to running live events.

“The IBC Big Screen’s cutting-edge facilities are the perfect showcase for impressive innovations surrounding digital cinema,” said Phil White, director of technology for IBC. “Our goal is to provide guests with the most powerful demonstration of this technology possible, and the Riedel intercom system will allow us to orchestrate each event smoothly so that the unique audio and video presentations remain the focus of attention.”

Designed to IBC’s specifications and featuring the very latest in cinema technology, the IBC Big Screen boasts facilities for 4K and stereoscopic 3D digital projection, with audio presented in Dolby(R) 7.1 surround sound. The auditorium made its debut in 2012, and in 2013 it will be host to many events, including the IBC2013 keynote presentations and awards ceremony, as well as free movie screenings.

During these events, an integrated solution incorporating the Riedel Acrobat and Performer systems will support straightforward point-to-point and digital partyline communications with broadcast-quality audio. The systems will be used by most of the IBC crew, including stage managers, technical managers, event managers, fixed and roaming camera operators, the FOH audio mixer, graphics specialists, EVS operators, and lighting and sound specialists. The Riedel systems will cover the balcony production bench, as well as the projection booth, stage, and auditorium floor.

“IBC is, without a doubt, one of the most important broadcast exhibitions worldwide. This enables us to showcase our digital partyline and wireless intercom solutions at the heart of the industry,” said Wilbert Kooij, general manager Benelux at Riedel Communications.

The Acrobat digital wireless intercom solution leverages the Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) standard’s base layer to provide a license-free cellular architecture with seamless hand-over between cells. Consequently, each Acrobat wireless beltpack can continuously monitor and automatically select the best connection to the Acrobat cell controller.

Riedel’s Performer Series, the world’s first digital partyline intercom system, provides two- and four-channel master stations, which the IBC will use in rackmount and desktop configurations. The addition of the C44 system interface makes the Performer series the first fully integrated digital solution for combined digital matrix and partyline intercom.

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

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Photo Link 2: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/IBCTheatre.zip

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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.

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D.A.S. AUDIO IS THE SOURCE OF PRISTINE SOUND QUALITY AT LAS VEGAS’ SAXE THEATER

*** (from left to right) Jeff Pressler, Don Hartley, and Mariano Ferolla.***

Las Vegas, NV – July 2013 … Located inside the Miracle Mile Shops of the Planet Hollywood Resort on the world famous Las Vegas Strip, the Saxe Theater is home to several of this town’s most popular shows. In addition to hosting BeatleShow! – the award winning tribute to the Beatles, patrons can also see national TV headliner and America’s Got Talent star, Nathan Burton; as well as the winner of BroadwayWorld.com’s 2012 Resident Show of The Year: VEGAS! the Show. Entertainment is king here, so all aspects of a show must be top notch. That’s precisely why the Saxe Theater recently upgraded their sound reinforcement capabilities by installing a new loudspeaker system drawn from the Aero Series 2 and Convert catalogs of Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio.

GC Pro, the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the requirements of professional users, was contracted to design and install the Saxe Theater’s new sound system. GC Pro Account Manager Don Hartley, working in conjunction with Jeff Pressler, Head of Audio for David Saxe Productions, penned a system that consisted of eight Aero 12A powered two-way, mid-high line array modules with additional support from a pair of Convert 12A powered two-way full range loudspeakers. GC Pro’s Hartley, who was closely involved in the project from early system demonstrations to the actual design and installation, discussed the project. more

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Revolabs Expands Presence in Europe With New Nimans Partnership

Distribution Agreement Augments Availability of Award-Winning Revolabs FLX(TM) Conference Phone

SUDBURY, Mass. — July 23, 2013 — Revolabs Inc. today announced its partnership with Nimans, a leading telecommunications and data distribution specialist based in the United Kingdom. Effective immediately, the company will carry the Revolabs FLX(TM) wireless conference phone, expanding the availability of the award-winning solution throughout Europe. Designed for conference rooms, executive offices, and small office/home office (SoHo) settings, FLX brings Revolabs’ renowned large-room wireless audio performance to smaller spaces at an incredibly low price. more

Musician, Engineer and Pilot Joe Ellis Soars to Greater Sonic Heights With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 3 Digital Mixing Console

MOSINEE, Wisconsin – Musician Joe Ellis’ career is flying higher than ever these days—literally and figuratively, as Ellis is a professional commercial airline pilot and a professional musician and audio engineer. When he’s not flying, Ellis appears as a host on the TV show “The Aviators,” performs with his band under the moniker “Joe.e” and uses a HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 3 console to mix live sound for a growing number of bands and events.

Like so many musicians, Ellis came to the point where he realized he needed to make the transition from analog to digital mixing. The artists and bands he worked with wanted it, and more and more he found that he personally wanted a digital console for advantages like increased flexibility, built-in reverb and effects and other benefits. Recently, Ellis found another reason to take his sound system to a higher level.

“Every summer the city of Wausau, Wisconsin does a series of weekly outdoor concerts called ‘Concerts on the Square,’” Ellis noted. “I was fortunate enough to be chosen as the front of house mixer for the series. However, that meant I had to buy an entirely new sound system. I’d been used to doing small to mid-sized clubs.”

Ellis realized this challenge offered the perfect opportunity to move up to a digital console. After looking at what various companies had to offer, Ellis chose a Soundcraft Si Expression 3. He had worked on Soundcraft Si Compact models before and liked their audio quality and ease of mixing and thought the Si Expression 3 would be a logical upgrade.

“What sold me on the Soundcraft Si Expression 3 was the sound quality,” said Ellis. “I was used to using very high-quality analog consoles and was not willing to compromise on audio performance. The sound I can get from the Si Expression 3 is as good–if not better–than anything I’ve used before, and its functionality and ability to do everything I need are perfect for me.” In addition to the “Concerts on the Square” shows, Ellis uses the Si Expression 3 for everything from club dates with his band to mixing local rock bands to mixing a 9-piece wedding band.

Summer is the busiest time of the year for Ellis, and now that he’s using the Soundcraft Si Expression 3, it’s getting even busier, and not just from his front of house role for “Concerts on the Square.” Ellis works with a production company that subs work out to him and now that he has an Si Expression 3, he’s getting more business from the company. “They appreciate the fact that I have a console that they know will sound great in any situation, and that plays well with their other gear,” Ellis concluded.

Joe Ellis’ career can be followed at www.joeellismusic.com.

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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