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Registration Opens for IABM Annual International Business Conference 2013 Dec. 5-6 in London

2013 Conference Will Focus on Navigating the Changing Media Landscape

GLOUCESTERSHIRE, U.K. — Oct. 28, 2013 — The IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers) today announced that registration for the IABM Annual International Business Conference 2013 is now open at www.theiabm.org/iabm-annual-conference-page-44.html. The conference, which runs Dec. 5-6 at the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel near London Heathrow Airport, will focus on the theme of navigating through the changing media landscape.

“While the current media landscape offers rich opportunities, success depends largely on the ability not only to understand the implications of this ‘content everywhere’ age, but also to apply that knowledge to the development of innovative solutions and services,” said IABM Director General Peter White. “With outstanding speakers, informed debate, and unrivalled networking prospects, the IABM Annual Conference provides a valuable business resource as media companies chart a path toward their business objectives.”

The conference will launch with a keynote by White on industry trends and developments. Building on IABM market research, he will outline changing business trends, establish the industry’s current position, and provide insight into what can be expected on the road ahead. A subsequent panel of broadcast and supply community executives will discuss and debate the implications of the new era in broadcast and media.

Martin Guillaume, head of business development for digital media at Ericsson, will present a second keynote, “A Fast-Changing TV Landscape — What Technology Strategies to Thrive?” Following his presentation, a panel of industry experts will debate the data and analysis in the “IABM Global Market Valuation & Strategy to 2017″ report, and then open the discussion to the audience.

The second day of the conference will start with the keynote, “Leadership and Teamwork — How People Drive Change,” presented by Mark Gallagher, best known for his long and successful association with Jordan Grand Prix. After that, a second keynote will take on the subject of finding success as a smaller media company. Over the course of the day, delegates also will have the chance to hear leading media executives address the customer’s perspective on technology, along with their strong opinions about the direction and future of the broadcast and media industry.

The two days of discussion and debate will close with a panel session titled “Identifying the Success Factors,” which will identify the actions and strategies that help companies to understand and take advantage of opportunity in a changing business landscape.

Information about the IABM is available at www.theiabm.org.

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

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NOV. 5TH PBS JIMI HENDRIX AMERICAN MASTERS SPECIALFEATURES ELECTRIC LADY STUDIOS PROFILE

NEW YORK: On Tuesday, November 5th at 9PM, PBS American Masters Series will premiere “Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin,’” a 2-hour biography of the iconic guitar hero. In addition to rare performance footage and interviews with Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Lou Adler and other music industry notables, the program will highlight the compelling history of Electric Lady, Hendrix’s personal recording studio. Still cranking out hits 43 years after opening it’s doors on West 8th Street, in the heart of NYC’s Greenwich Village, ELS was conceived by Hendrix’s producer/engineer Eddie Kramer, and designed by Walters-Storyk Design Group co-founder/architect/acoustician John Storyk, both of whom provide personal reminiscences of working with Jimi on the creation of Electric Lady. For a preview of this not-to-be missed program, please visit:

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/jimi-hendrix/electric-lady-studios/2735/

Photo: John Storyk (left) with Eddie Kramer at the original entrance to Electric Lady Studios. Please credit photo by Howard Sherman

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk (an adjunct professor at Berklee College,) Beth Walters, Sergio Molho and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as: Frank O. Ghery (Novartis Campus,) Rafael Vignoly (Jazz at Lincoln Center,) Norman Foster (El Aleph,) Oscar Niemeyer (CAMG,) Phillipe Stark (Faena Hotel,) Grimshaw (Zurich Airport,) and Santiago Calatrava (Berklee Valencia.) WSDG is a seven time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for NY’s Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City and Mumbai.

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Platinum Tools® Launches RJ45 Boots for Connectors and Panels

CAMARILLO, Calif., Oct. 29, 2013 – Platinum Tools(R) (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation, hand termination and testing of wire and cable, is proud to announce the launch of RJ45 Boots. Now shipping, the RJ45 Boots are designed to work on all standard RJ45 and EZ-RJ45® connectors.

“With the ever increasing use of longer and additional wires and cables in commercial, residential, and security installations, the chances for broken or damaged connectors, as well as tangled and snagged connectors, also increases,” explained John Phillips, Platinum Tools, Inc. product manager. “Our new RJ45 Boots prevent tangle messes, eliminate broken release/locking tabs, help maintain radius bend, relieve cable stress, cover the external ground on most shielded connectors, and are color-coded, as well.”

The RJ45 ABS Plastic Boots are available in black, white, red, orange, blue, gray, green, yellow, and purple. Boot sizes include 5.5mm / 0.217 inch (typically for Cat5e), 6.0mm / 0.236 inch (typically for small Cat6), 6.5mm / 0.260 inch (typically for medium Cat6), and 7.0mm / 0.275 inch (typically for large Cat6).

For pricing and more information on Platinum Tools and its complete product line, please visit www.platinumtools.com, call (800) 749-5783, or email info@platinumtools.com.

About Platinum Tools
Platinum Tools, founded in 1997, was created based upon two very simple objectives. First, develop the absolute best possible solutions for the preparation, installation, and hand termination of wire and cable. Second, implement an operational infrastructure that can deliver these products in an efficient, timely, and high quality manner.

All of our products must absolutely satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…utility of function; quality of function; and economic value. Our people are our company. They, too, must be focused on and work to satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…customer satisfaction; product knowledge and expertise; and willingness to learn and adapt.

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Best-in-Class Seamless Switching, Progressive Features and Cost-Effective Pricing Support Demanding Professional Applications

Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen today announced the latest first in its product range: the 4×4 Seamless Matrix for HDMI. This new matrix provides full cross-point routing of four sources to four displays, the first to offer true seamless switching that guarantees an immediate delivery of high definition audio/video content. The built-in scaler allows precise video refinements up to 1080p full HD with the added ability to resize each image for an impeccable alignment and performance.

A few enhanced features make the Gefen 4×4 Seamless Matrix for HDMI shine in the field. It provides the unique ability to configure up to ten routing scenarios for professional installations. Users can assign names to all inputs and outputs, then configure and recall them at any time using ten pre-sets on the front panel for added versatility. Users can upload configurations on the fly using IP connectivity, making this new matrix a must-have solution for demanding applications such as live productions and events. The ability to route, upload and save EDID information from any connected display to the internal memory, then assign it to any source virtually eliminates compatibility issues among different sources and displays. HPD and DDC control further increases cohesion among all connected equipment.

With a MSRP of $1999, this new matrix is priced competitively to provide a best-in-class solution with features that typically can only be found on larger, more expensive matrix systems.

The matrix’s intuitive on-screen menu keeps critical data within reach at any time via the front panel display and web interface, including routing information, scaling, HDCP status, EDID and more. All switching and control options are available through the matrix’s front-panel buttons, IR remote, RS-232 port and IP connectivity. HDCP-compliant, 1080p full HD video in the HDMI format is fully supported with all lossless audio formats.

Installation requires a simple connection of all four sources and all four displays to the matrix’s four HDMI inputs and four HDMI outputs. Locking HDMI ports and a locking power supply on this rack mountable matrix ensures stable and secure connections.

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Moogfest and Moog Music announce 4th Circuit Bending Challenge

Some Soldering Required*

ASHEVILLE, NC – October 29, 2013Moog Music was born when a young Bob Moog, started tinkering with electronic circuitry. As a boy, Moog built small radios, amps, and theremins in his basement workshop with his father and the rest is history. This experimentation with the inner workings of electronic devices to create new sounds and effects has been developed into an art form known as circuit bending.

Circuit bending is a creative medium that combines technology, sonic artistry and creativity. By altering the internal circuitry of electronic devices such as keyboards, drum machines, and children’s toys, circuit benders are able to produce new sounds not intended in the original design.

In celebration of this creative curiosity that fueled a young Bob Moog and all of those that follow in his footsteps, Moog is sponsoring its 4th annual circuit bending contest.

This year, Moog’s circuit bending contest is challenging entrants to take a battery powered device and circuit bend it into an instrument capable of creating new and unique sounds for a total budget of $70 or less.

Entrants will create and post videos on YouTube featuring their completed instruments and documenting the process of their creation. Moog will select three finalists and invite them to showcase their creations at Moogfest in April of 2014 where Moog’s judges and the general public will decide a winner of the contest.

Grand Prize: Moog Sub Phatty & Two Passes to Moogfest 2014
2nd Place: Moog Slim Phatty & Two Passes to Moogfest 2014
3rd Place: Moog Minitaur & Two Passes to Moogfest 2014

More information on the contest and a full list of rules for entries can be found at www.moogfest.com/circuit-bending.

Stay updated on Moogfest through www.moogfest.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moogfest.

*Actually, soldering isn’t required. You can use any medium you wish in order to bend your device including (but not limited to) bubble gum, bottle caps, foreign currency, used chopsticks, unicorn hair, or a really cool hat.

About Moogfest:

Since 2004, Moogfest has been a gathering for the musicians that worked closely with Bob and his instruments. In 2014, Moogfest is amplifying its vision and becoming a 5-Day event dedicated to the synthesis of technology, art and music. Moogfest honors the inventiveness of Bob Moog and the legacy of the analog synth with an experimental line up of daytime conference programming and landmark nightly performances. Moogfest takes place April 23-27th, 2014 in downtown Asheville, NC. To learn more, visit www.moogfest.com.

About Moog Music:

Moog Music is the leading producer of analog synthesizers in the world. The company and its customers carry on the legacy of its founder, electronic musical instrument pioneer, Dr. Bob Moog. The company hosts Moogfest, a five-day festival celebrating the intersection of music and technology in honor of Moog’s innovative spirit. All of Moog’s instruments are hand built in its factory on the edge of downtown Asheville, NC. To learn more, visit www.moogmusic.com.

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HARMAN Professional Offers Scalable, High-Performance Audio and Lighting Systems for The World’s Most Prestigious Stadiums and Arenas

NORTHRIDGE, California – Whether it’s a match-winning goal in Brazil, a walk-off homerun in New York City, a touchdown in Denver, a slam dunk in Los Angeles or a gold medal race in China, the sonic atmosphere of any stadium or arena are vital to the sports viewing experience. HARMAN Professional’s top-of-the-line microphones, amplifiers, loudspeakers, mixing consoles and lighting solutions have been installed in the most prestigious venues across the globe and entertain millions of fans each year.

“HARMAN has been on the field and in the stands for decades as the latest awe-inspiring stadiums have taken shape year after year,” states Scott Robbins, Executive Vide President of Sales, HARMAN Professional. “We offer full-scale solutions with products from our various brands, including AKG, BSS Audio, Crown, JBL, Soundcraft and Martin Lighting, to enhance the customer experience while ensuring installation capabilities are efficient and can exceed the expectations of system integrators, designers and stadium owners. We understand the importance of sound, video, and lighting during a sporting event and work to help bring an acoustically and visually stunning experience for every game on the schedule!”

HARMAN is uniquely positioned to provide complete audio and lighting systems that deliver world-class results and ease-of-use across the signal chain, from microphones to loudspeakers and everywhere in between. High-quality design and reliable performance ensure that all venues, with capacities ranging from a few thousand to 100,000, are covered. HARMAN Professional brands manufacture a broad range of products that can scale up to match the size and needs of any venue, from the high school to the professional and Olympics level.

Noteworthy venues across the globe that rely on HARMAN Professional’s sound reinforcement technology include: Yankee Stadium, STAPLES Center, Georgia Dome, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, MetLife Stadium, Arcadia University Sports Field, BBVA Compass Stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium, Hong Kong Stadium, PGE Arena, the Water Cube, Sydney Football Stadium, Simonds Stadium and Manchester United Stadium, and many more.

In addition, HARMAN Professional provides a wealth of web-based resources for customers, including free software, white papers, application guides, and online training on audio topics and system design. These resources are used by professional consultants and integrators and are accessible to anyone interested in becoming more knowledgeable about audio and lighting technology and applications.

For more information on HARMAN Professional’s offerings for stadiums and other sports venues, please visit www.harmanpro.com

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.

Bannister Lake and Key Code Media Team Up for Social Media Integration

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Canada, October 29, 2013 – Bannister Lake Software, the leading provider of automated broadcast display solutions, announced a new business partnership with turnkey digital media communication systems industry leader, Key Code Media, at SMPTE 2013 in Hollywood.

The agreement covers Bannister Lake’s innovative social media integration, cloud-based content management, automated data entry solutions, and tight graphic engine integration. Key Code Media will incorporate these into their systems for Broadcast, Corporate video and digital signage applications.

Michael Kammes, Director of Technology and Marketing for Key Code Media commented, “We are particularly excited about the opportunities for social media integration, where we have many customers looking for an affordable and easy to use solution they can implement quickly. Bannister Lake’s TweetOut Nano fits perfectly.”

About Key Code Media
Key Code Media is the West Coast leader of selling digital video and audio workflow solutions. Leading vendors include Avid Technology, Apple, Sony, Panasonic, Harris, JVC, Grass Valley, Newtek, Facilis, AJA, Adobe, Sierra Video, Kramer, Leader and HP. Offices are located in Burbank, Santa Monica, Irvine, San Francisco, Seattle, and Chicago.

About Bannister Lake Software Inc.
Bannister Lake is a leading provider of professional video graphic display solutions for Broadcast Television, Cable, Satellite and audio visual applications worldwide. Our display solutions are designed to integrate seamlessly with your existing infrastructure, automating the process of data entry for video graphics display and improving the productivity of your organization. Visit Bannister Lake online: www.bannisterlake.com

Lowell Manufacturing Adds Deep Profiles to Wall-Mount Rack Series

— New 28- and 32-inch-deep racks for LWR Series —

PACIFIC, MO, October 28, 2013 — Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional A/V products for more than 65 years, has expanded its LWR Series of wall-mount racks to include two deep profiles—28” and 32”—for applications requiring greater depth for electronics and accompanying cables and wiring. These deeper-profile wall racks feature the time-saving sectional design that allows the backbox to be sent to the job site while the cabinet (mounting section) is filled at the shop.

LWR Series Features:

Heavy duty, swing-open, sectional rack (load capacity to 300 lbs.)
Backbox: 10” square opening in rear, removable knockout panels, lacing points, and provisions to attach board-mounted accessories. Two side locks keyed differently than (optional) front door.
Cabinet (mounting section): 1-pr. adjustable mounting rails, integral rails in top and bottom, vented sides, and knockouts.
Four depths: 19”, 23”, 28”, 32” (varied heights)
Made in USA with 100% certified US steel

For more information, please visit www.lowellmfg.com or e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com.

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DiGiGrid MGB Coaxial and MGO Optical MADI Interfaces Are Now Available from Waves Audio and DiGiCo

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, October 28, 2013 — Waves Audio now offers DiGiGrid MGB Coaxial and MGO Optical MADI Interfaces for its SoundGrid® protocol. For artists like Beyoncé, Rihanna, Shakira, Bruno Mars, Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay and countless others, Waves SoundGrid is the live sound networking and processing platform of choice. The compact and portable DiGiGrid MGB coaxial and MGO optical MADI interfaces let you plug any MADI-enabled device into the power of the Waves SoundGrid networking and processing platform.

Record, process and play back up to 128 audio channels, using literally hundreds of Waves and third-party plugins, with super-low latency, clocking in at only 0.8 milliseconds! You can even record to two computers simultaneously: One for virtual soundcheck, the other for backup. So if you’re on the tour bus, in your hotel room, at the airport – wherever – you can quickly and conveniently setup your next show, using only your laptop.

With a DiGiGrid MGB or MGO MADI-to-SoundGrid interface, real-time low-latency networking and processing is only an Ethernet cable away.

MGO and MGB are now available with a U.S. MSRP of $2000. Visit http://www.digigrid.net/ and www.waves.com for more information.

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Genelec Home Audio Unveils G Four Active Loudspeaker

NATICK, MA, October 29, 2013 — Genelec Home Audio is unveiling its new G Four Active Loudspeaker, part of the new Genelec G Series of Active Loudspeakers for home audio. The G Four (Woofer 6.5″ + Tweeter 3/4″) joins three other models in the G Series: G One (Woofer 3″ + Tweeter 3/4″), G Two (Woofer 4″ + Tweeter 3/4″) and G Three (Woofer 5″ + Tweeter 3/4″); as well as the complementary F One (6″ active) and F Two (8″ active) subwoofers. The G Four and its brethren feature elegant industrial design by award-winning designer Harri Koskinen and Genelec’s R&D team. Designed to be used together or separately, G Series models and the complementary F Series subwoofers offer an exceptional home audio solution.

The G Four active two-way loudspeaker combines an organic, rounded form with powerful and precise sound reproduction. The gently curving design is not chosen for good looks alone. Sharp edges or corners on a loudspeaker enclosure cause acoustic reflections that interfere with the direct sound. This harmful interference – diffraction – is dramatically reduced by the smooth, curved design of the G Series, audible in the excellent resolution and solid sound imaging of the products. Blending seamlessly to the enclosure shape, the proprietary Directivity Control Waveguide™ (DCW™) formed around the high-frequency driver is designed to match the frequency response and directivity characteristics of the two drivers. This results in a smooth frequency response on- and off-axis and controlled directivity maximizing the direct sound aimed to the listening area.

G Four Specifications:

Maximum sound pressure: 105 dB per loudspeaker @ 1 m
Frequency response: 45 – 21000Hz (-3 dB)
Drivers: Bass 6.5″ + Treble 0.75″ metal dome + DCW
Amplifier power: Bass 90 W + Treble 90 W
Dimensions: H x W x D: 14.37″ x 9.33″ x 8.78″ with Iso-Pod™ (365 x 237 x 223 mm)
Weight: 18.96 lb (8.6 kg)

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

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