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LECTROSONICS ASPEN PROCESSING PROVES INTEGRAL TO CENTURYLINK’S TELECONFERENCING ACTIVITIES

**** Photo: Matt Zavakos, President of Singularity Technologies ****

Littleton, CO – August 2013… For companies and organizations with multiple locations, the ability to teleconference and exchange ideas and information is essential to conducting business. The process of assembling a reliable, easy-to-use system, however, remains one of the ongoing technological challenges for many companies. To ensure the deployment of a world-class, intuitive, and trouble-free system for their applications, Monroe, LA-based CenturyLink, Inc., the third largest telecommunications company in the United States, had a new system installed at their Littleton, CO facility—and central to its operation is a collection of Aspen audio processing equipment from Lectrosonics. more

Film Composer John Powell Loyal to HARMAN’s Lexicon PCM Total Bundle

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – British-born, Los Angeles-based John Powell has been an A-list film composer since the 1990s for his ability to perfectly set the musical tone of a movie whether dramatic, playful or any mood in between. Powell has been a long-time Lexicon user, from the beginning of his career to his most recent use of the Lexicon PCM Total Bundle Plug-ins package His numerous credits include How to Train Your Dragon (1, 2 and 3), X-Men: The Last Stand, Happy Feet, The Bourne Identity and more than 50 other live-action and animated films.

“I’m much older than you’d think from looking at me,” Powell stated with typical humor. “When I first started working in recording studios the jewel in the crown for me was always the Lexicon reverb, way back to models like the 224, 224XL, 300, 480L and 960L. Back then many of these units were incredibly expensive and the idea of owning one was just a dream for me.”

Fast forward to 2013 and the Lexicon PCM Total Bundle Plug-ins package, which offers more than a dozen Lexicon reverbs and effects and hundreds of studio presets. Thanks to the PCM Total Bundle, the equivalent of dozens of rack-mount hardware units are now available to composers, musicians, engineers and producers at the click of a mouse.

“Being able to have as many Lexicon reverbs as I want, right there inside both my Logic and Pro Tools rigs is an extraordinary turn of events,” Powell noted. “Their reverbs always add the most musical sheen, that, to me, makes everything sound more euphonic and even harmonically richer.”

To say Powell is happy with the Lexicon PCM Total Bundle’s sounds, capabilities and flexibility would be an understatement as he asked, “Can someone please hand me a tissue?”

“To be lucky enough to work with someone like John Powell and to know we had a small hand in bringing his talent to the screen is a tremendous honor and privilege,” added Noel Larson, Market Manager, Portable PA, Tour and Recording for HARMAN Signal Processing.

The Lexicon PCM Total 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 14 unique Lexicon reverbs and effects, and hundreds of finely crafted studio presets. Its intuitive user interface provides control of key parameters with a graphical real-time full-color display and flexible sonic customization capabilities.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio 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 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Cobalt Digital To Release Major Enhancements To COMPASS and FUSION3G Lines at IBC 2013

IBC Stand 10.B44

Increased Functionality to Target Production and Post Production Community

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear, will announce significant loudness metering enhancements to its COMPASS® and FUSION3G® lines (Fusion 99xx, COMPASS 9085 and 9301 for AES only applications cards) at this year’s IBC2013, at Stand 10.B44. The new features, which will include multi-session loudness metering and logging with timecode input, will specifically be optimized for the production and post-production community’s workflow.

“The implementation of ATSC A/85 and EBU R128 loudness measurements and compliance directives, along with their respective incorporation in both the U.S. and Europe, has yielded great improvements in TV loudness,” explains Chris Shaw, EVP Sales and Marketing, Cobalt Digital. “There is now a growing call from broadcasters for content creators to deliver compliant content – as this will greatly reduce the need for extreme corrections at the broadcast head-ends and aid in maintaining original audio production quality. That’s why Cobalt Digital is excited to be rolling out these important enhancements that will specifically address the needs of the production and post-production community. Cobalt’s extensive range of cards is continually growing, offering innovative solutions for the most demanding applications.”

Cobalt’s wide range of cards will be ATSC A/85 ITU BS.1770-3 and EBU R128 compliant. Other enhancements will include optional LTC input for accurate dubbing, post production and EDLs; full logging of all non-compliant issues; error warnings; and regional and standards variations configurable via Cobalt’s remote control WinOGCP application. Now, WinOGCP provides session store and resume functions (stop/start without loss of placement or data), with subsequent sessions appended to give total session LKFS/LU reading.

An easily obtainable upgrade path includes Dolby Decode/Encode, Linear Acoustic® upMAX™ Upmixing and Linear Acoustic® AEROMAX™ Loudness Processing – dependent on which base card is deployed.

The Cobalt team will be on-hand to offer visitors demonstrations of the new features, as well as other new products and enhancements, at the company’s stand during IBC2013.

ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmoon.tv

Gefen Brings New Innovations in Connectivity to CEDIA

CEDIA 2013
Denver, Colorado
September 25 – 28, 2013

Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen will bring its latest arsenal of hardware to this landmark event, highlighting the best solutions for audio/video integrators in the custom electronics marketplace.

GefenTV Wireless HD Extender 60Ghz

This next generation extender passes through uncompressed 3DTV 1080p HDMI video up to 33-feet (10m) in distance. Because it has MHL compatibility, it can support the connection of any mobile device that supports HDMI and will conveniently charge the device while it is connected. This new model is easy to install, providing a plug and play setup that anyone with even a little technology savvy should be able to handle.

GefenTV High Resolution USB to Audio Decoder

Output high fidelity audio from the USB port on any computer, tablet or laptop with the new USB to Audio Decoder. Audio is decoded and scaled at a 192k sampling rate, ideal for anyone who wants high quality sound without the static and noise that you typically hear when decoding different audio formats. The Decoder also includes a digital interpolation filter and digital to analog (DAC) converter to enhance its performance.

GefenPRO Matrix Switchers for HDMI w/HDCP

The GefenPRO 16×16 and the 32×32 Modular Matrixes for HDMI w/HDCP offer cross-point routing of one or more sources to one or all connected displays with HDCP compliance. Both include Gefen’s FST (Fast Switching Technology) to significantly improve the HDCP authentication process and minimize latency. The modular nature allows a customization of to include eight HDMI outputs or eight ELR (Extra Long Range) outputs that use HDBaseT to deliver HDMI with IR up to 330 feet (100m) using a single CAT-5 cable per display.

GAVA (Gefen A/V Automation) 3.0

Additional new features include Sonos integration, so integrators will be able to add audio zones by adding a wireless Sonos “Zone Player” wherever needed. New “Event Engine” and expanded Macro capability allows more customization and automation. Integrators can add an “event trigger” to use a Lutron keypad, switch or dimmer to run an A/V macro, and create two-way integration between lighting and A/V systems. IP camera and thermostat integration will also be shown for the first time. Integration with BlueBolt Power Management devices means GAVA can reduce idle system power consumption to only a few watts, rather than hundreds of watts consumed by traditional integrated systems in standby mode. GAVA now supports Lutron’s GRAFIK Eye QS with the QSE Interface, as well as HomeWorks QS and RadioRA2 systems. GAVA can also be used to bridge Lutron and KNX lighting systems, for greater flexibility in mixed environments.

Ultra HD 4k Systems

A selection of Ultra HD splitters, switchers and matrix switchers offer support for resolutions up to 4k and can be easily integrated into a system supporting both 1080p and 3840p resolutions. Gefen ToolBox Splitters are ideal for sending one 4k source to two, four or eight displays at the same time. HDCP compliance, 3DTV pass-through and Gefen Fast Switching Technology (FST) are included to stabilize the signal distribution. The 1:2, 1:4 and 1:8 Splitters for HDMI 4k/2k are all enclosed in a wall mountable frame that can be mounted near the source or behind the connected displays. The Gefen ToolBox 4×1 Switcher for HDMI 4k/2k allows four sources to be connected to the same 4k display with source selection controlled by IR remote, IP connectivity, RS-232 or front panel selection. The Gefen ToolBox 6×2 Matrix Switcher for HDMI 4k/2k connects up to six sources to two independent 4k displays with full cross-point routing. The Gefen ToolBox 4×4 Matrix Switcher for HDMI 4k/2k connects four sources to four 4k displays with full cross-point routing.

ePACS (Extended Professional Automation Control System) and Mini-ePACS

These IP bridge devices enable A/V and other components using RS-232 and IR to be controlled by and to communicate with GAVA or other automation systems using IP control. The new models now feature sense inputs to allow external control from switches or contacts, and IR inputs which will allow control from IR remote controls. Each uses a web-based, user-friendly configuration interface. The ePACS is equipped with 10 IR inputs, 10 IR outputs, 6 RS-232 serial ports, 10 sense inputs, 10 relay outputs and a 12v DC output. The Mini-ePACS is equipped with 2 IR inputs, 3 IR outputs, 2 RS-232 serial ports, 4 sense inputs and 2 relay outputs.

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Adam Daniul Joins FOR-A as South Regional Sales Manager

Daniul based out of company’s Miami office

Cypress, CA – FOR-A Corporation of America announces that Adam Daniul has been named its Sales Manager for the Southern U.S. Daniul is responsible for FOR-A sales and managing the dealer channel in the southeast and south central regions.

“Adam brings valuable industry experience to FOR-A,” said Hiro Tanoue, President, FOR-A Corporation of America. “We are confident that he will be a strong addition to FOR-A and will bolster our sales efforts in the southern regions.”

Having held related sales positions for the past 10 years, Daniul brings a wealth of knowledge in the technology industry – particularly in sales in the Southern U.S.

“FOR-A has a great reputation of being an industry innovator, and I’m looking forward to becoming a part of the team,” said Daniul. “Since I’ve developed a lot of relationships in the South, I’m confident that taking on this position will be a smooth transition, and one that will allow me to strengthen the business relationships I’ve established over the past several years.”

Adam Daniul is based out of FOR-A’s Miami, F.L. office. He can be reached at daniul@for-a.com or 305-773-7608.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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IMAX® CHOOSES MOZAEX® TO SUPPLY CUSTOM PRIVATE THEATER SERVER

Salt Lake City – August 26, 2013 – Mozaex®, the premiere manufacturer of multi-room, multi-media Blu-ray entertainment servers and 7.1 HD Headphones, is proud to announce today that IMAX® has chosen a customized design of the Mozaex Entertainment Server for use in its new IMAX Private Theater. Mozaex will be exhibiting at the 2013 CEDIA Expo, held in Denver from Sept. 26-28 at the Colorado Convention Center, booth 1810.

The IMAX Private Theater is the world’s most immersive and luxurious entertainment experience and will use a server designed exclusively to IMAX specifications and will be available only in the IMAX Private Theater.

With breathtaking 2D & 3D images, flawless sound and special theatre design to create a more immersive effect, everything about the IMAX Private Theater is state of the art and custom designed to deliver the ultimate in-home entertainment experience.

Go to: www.imaxprivatetheatre.com/ to learn more about the IMAX Private Theater.

Contact Information
Mozaex USA: 3785 South 700 East Salt Lake City Utah 84106
Web: www.mozaex.comSales: +01.801.685.9000 – sales@mozaex.com

About Mozaex

Mozaex is a leading manufacturer of Blu-ray 3D Entertainment Servers, BLUWAVS 7.1 HDMI Headphones and operates the largest CD quality BLUWAVS MUSIC Store.

Mozaex is a multi-room media server that loads, stores and instantly delivers, Blu-ray and DVD movies, digital music, photos and online media including iTunes®, Ultraviolet® and Netflix®. BLUWAVS™ Headphones are the world’s first 7.1 HDMI HD Audio headphones while the BLUWAVS MUSIC Store offers over 600,000 downloadable and streamable CD quality albums.

Combining elegant operation with uncompromised reliability, service and quality, Mozaex has become the solution of choice for homes and yachts around the world. Mozaex has shipped more non-jukebox Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D Servers than any other company. Since introducing the world’s first multimedia entertainment server in 2004 and the first Blu-ray 3D server in 2010 the company has shipped over 8,500 units worldwide. Mozaex is sold exclusively through a network of over 750 dealers that are supported by 8 US rep firms and 15 international distributors in 27 countries.

About IMAX

IMAX Is Believing. It’s an entertainment experience so real you feel it in your bones, so magical it takes you places you have never been; so all-encompassing you’re not just peeking through the window, but part of the action. Behind it is a world of high technology – proprietary software, architecture and equipment pioneered by IMAX. IMAX is unique – not an entertainment or technology or distribution company but all three at once: an innovator with patented technology; a Hollywood insider that partners with the world’s most celebrated moviemakers to enhance their biggest blockbusters and documentaries; and a global enterprise with more than 738 theatres in 53 countries. There’s only one IMAX, and once experienced there’s no going back.

Find us at IMAX.com as well as Facebook; Twitter and YouTube

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Adapt Deploys HARMAN’s Martin RUSH MH 3 Beam For East Coast House Party

AARHUS, Denmark – The East Coast House Party was the ideal outdoor nightclub environment with a high-tech lighting design by Swedish event company Adapt. Held yearly, the East Coast Party is an open-air event held in Östhammar, north of Stockholm. Deployed throughout the entire venue by Adapt event planners, HARMAN’s Martin RUSH Beam MH 3 lighting fixtures created the ultimate party scene.

“We had plenty of reasons to choose the Martin RUSH Beam over other lighting fixtures, but in short, RUSH lighting provided the long distance reach we required with the stage setup,” stated Viking Grandin, Senior Project Manager, Adapt. “RUSH’s small fixture size, high output and narrow beam capabilities allowed us to shoot out over the 5000-capacity crowd and the dance floor without any brightness issues,”

Adapt placed 16 of the Martin RUSH Beams on the stage floor and above a backdrop Martin LC-Series LED wall to create the spectacular effects. The rig also included a Maxedia Compact, numerous Atomic 3000’s, Jem Roadie Compact and an M6 console.

”The speed and the many possibilities of the RUSH Beam made it ideal for this type of club event,” Grandin continued. ”In just one fixture we had a tight beam, frosted beam and a flower effect. This made the lightshow very flexible and ever-changing.”

Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin Professional is a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors. Martin lighting solutions are industry standard on top tours and events, grace prestigious theatres, energize nightclubs and decorate major television studios around the globe. Other important areas of application are indoor and outdoor architecture and commercial applications where Martin products are increasingly being used to transform spaces with dynamic light. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. The company operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Martin Professional joined the HARMAN families of category-leading technology and lifestyle brands in March 2013.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio 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 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Atlona(R) to Host Atlona Academy Training Webinar on Classroom AV Integration Best Practices on Sept. 5

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Aug. 26, 2013 — Atlona(R), a leading digital connectivity solutions provider, today announced that the company will be hosting an Atlona Academy training webinar titled “Atlona in the Classroom” on Sept. 5 from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. PDT. The two 45-minute sessions will explore the best practices in integration and installation of AV solutions in a classroom environment. more

RTW Names Martin Leuenberg Head of Sales

Leuenberg Will Oversee and Develop New Sales Strategies for the Company

COLOGNE, GERMANY, 26 AUGUST, 2013 ─ RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is pleased to announce the promotion of Martin Leuenberg to head of sales, effective immediately. Leuenberg, who will continue to work out of the company’s headquarters in Cologne, first joined RTW in September 2011 as the company’s sales manager for Central Europe. He will draw upon his extensive sales and engineering background to manage the strategic reorganization of RTW’s sales department.

“Martin has played an instrumental role in the successful development of RTW products in Central Europe, and we are confident he will continue to do the same in his new role, leading the sales teams in all regions,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “Martin’s extensive experience in both the pro audio and broadcast markets, coupled with his comprehensive knowledge of loudness issues and standards, makes him a great fit for this position.”

In addition to spearheading the reorganization of RTW’s sales team, Leuenberg will put into place strategies that will further support the company’s customer needs as well as set new structures for market growth.

“RTW is enjoying a strong period of growth as it enters new markets and continues to deliver exciting new metering solutions to customers, whether they are new products or software updates to existing models,” says Leuenberg. “It is an exciting time to be at RTW, and the audio industry overall. I am eager to take on this new role, as it will allow me to provide further support to my colleagues at RTW.”

Leuenberg began his career as an audio engineer, working as a freelancer in several markets, including radio, music production and live shows, before joining DW Radio. Soon after, he worked as a sales manager for companies including Lapp Group before joining RTW.

ABOUT RTW
For more than 45 years, Cologne-based RTW has accompanied the steady technological progress in the professional audio industry with innovative instruments and technologies for visual audio monitoring in broadcast, production, post production and quality control. Its state-of-the-art audio and loudness metering systems have an excellent reputation throughout the world. With groundbreaking products such as the Surround Sound Analyzer, the company has been a key vendor of professional broadcast and audio metering equipment for decades.

RTW’s ranges of products currently include the SurroundControl series for monitoring, controlling and routing stereo, multichannel and surround audio and the TouchMonitor range, which truly marks a paradigm shift in visual audio monitoring and loudness metering. Combining maximum flexibility and modularity with an intuitive touch-enabled surface and multichannel signal analysis, the TM7 and TM9 units are the essence of many years of experience. The attractively priced TouchMonitor TM3 entry-level system opens new markets, targeting applications such as journalist cubicles, edit suites and small control rooms.

As part of its expansion into the U.S. market, in 2013 RTW established RTW International Corp. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The new office is the first U.S. location launched by RTW, showing the company’s dedication to supporting its customers and dealer networks in the U.S. The new U.S. office will house all customer service, repair and final product assembly activities for U.S.-based RTW customers.

For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130. For more information on RTW International Corp., visit www.rtw.com or call 877-938-7221.

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Community R-Series Does Double Duty for CRC Soccer

Community R-Series Facing Back-to-Back Soccer Fields at CRCConsumnes River College (CRC) is a community college in South Sacramento, California. As a member of the Big 8 Conference in Northern California, CRC belongs to the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) and has an active physical education and athletics program including both men’s and women’s soccer. In 2012, CRC expanded their program with a new baseball and softball field. And, this spring, CRC completed two new soccer fields with back-to-back bleachers and a common press box that serves both fields.

As part of this expansion, CRC published an RFP (request for proposal) for sound systems for its new soccer fields. After considering several alternatives, they selected a design from Associated Sound of Sacramento using Community R-Series Loudspeakers.

Associated’s design uses two Community R.25-94TZ loudspeakers, located on each corner of the press box roof and aimed at the local bleachers. A single R.5COAX99T, located between the two R.25s, covers the visiting team’s seating on the opposite side of the field. The loudspeaker system is duplicated on the other side of the press box for the second soccer field.

To save money for their customer, Associated designed the system with a single electronics package using a multi-channel QSC amplifier, a Symmetrix Jupiter 8 DSP that doubles as a mixer and a pair of Audio-Technica wireless microphone receivers. Game announcers control the system from simple wall plates on each side of the press box and have no reason to open the locked equipment rack except to access a storage drawer.

Associated engineer Dave Veden said, “the system can be heard clearly in the bleachers and across both fields.” Veden added, “as we were finishing the job, the Dean of Physical Education asked if she could plug in her iPAD to listen to the new system. She was very happy with the musical sound quality.”

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