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Vintage King Nashville Receives 2013 TEC Award Nomination with Its Carl Tatz Design Showroom Studio

- Vintage King Nashville sets a new benchmark for a pro audio showroom by implementing the Carl Tatz Design MixRoom™ concept in its new facility

Nashville, TN: The revolutionary MixRoom™ concept, which pairs the Carl Tatz Signature Series™ acoustic modules by Auralex with the unrivaled accuracy of the PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) monitor tuning protocol, has garnered its second consecutive TEC Award nomination for the new Vintage King Nashville control room/show room installation.

“We’re delighted to have been selected by Vintage King Nashville to design and implement one of our MixRooms in their new facility and honored to receive our second nomination from the TEC Award foundation,” states Carl Tatz, principal of the Carl Tatz Design (CTD) firm and creator of the PhantomFocus System.

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ABS Celebrates Media Technology Expo Success in Seattle, Portland

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced the 2nd Annual Media Technology Expo (MTE) was successful in its Seattle debut and had continued success in Portland, Ore. Both sites attracted hundreds of attendees earlier this month, and the company is already making plans to present the event again in2014.

MTE began in Seattle on Oct. 1 at Fremont Studios, then relocated to Left Bank Annex in Portland two days later. Both locations included a full schedule of free educational seminars and an exhibit hall with more than 50 exhibitors. “I appreciated meeting so many vendors in one place,” said Jon Rauch, production administrator, Bremerton Kitsap Access Television in Bremerton, Wash. “Sometimes I have questions about new products that I just can’t find answers to online. Talking to a vendor in person solves that.”

Jerry Eichten, executive director, MCM Television in McMinnville, Ore., agreed the show was a good opportunity to connect with product representatives. “It helped our facility planning as we gathered valuable information about items we expect to purchase in coming months,” he added.

The exhibit hall featured a wide range of technology, including cameras, lenses, integrated production systems, shared storage and archive solutions, media asset management, media monitoring, and more. Educational seminars covered technical topics including 4K, wireless microphones, and streaming video workflows. The Seattle event also hosted meetings for the Washington Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (WATOA).

“MTE is always a great opportunity for us to share technology with our regional customers and the professional audio and video community at large,” explained Arco Groenenberg, executive vice president and general manager, ABS. “We were very pleased with the turnout in Seattle and plan to keep MTE as an annual event in both cities. Both locations attracted attendees from every segment of the professional video marketplace, and the feedback we received was very encouraging.”

“With technology changing so rapidly, education is more important than ever, but not everyone can afford to attend the major industry trade shows,” said Mark Siegel, president, ABS. “MTE provides hands-on product demonstrations and a free conference program so video professionals in the Pacific Northwest can check out the latest gear and stay current with industry trends.”

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith, and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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Dolby Atmos, HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers and Crown Amplifiers Provide World-Class Experience at Promenade Cinemas

SAN JUAN CITY, The Philippines—The most revolutionary cinema sound experience yet is coming to the Philippines and will be experienced at the new cinemas opening soon at the Greenhills Promenade in San Juan City. Set to open this month, the new Promenade Cinemas 6, 7, and 8 will be equipped with Dolby® Atmos™, the latest audio solution that revolutionizes the experience of sound in entertainment and transports moviegoers right into the middle of each scene. The Dolby Atmos system at the Greenhills Promenade also features a world-class HARMAN audio system, including JBL ScreenArray® loudspeakers and JBL 8350 Cinema Surround loudspeakers, powered by Crown® DriveCore™ Install (DCi) amplifiers.

The Dolby Atmos system creates life-like sound where each of the JBL surround loudspeakers is independently amplified with Crown, creating discrete channels of surround sound in the cinema.

Greenhills Cinemas was given the right to debut Dolby Atmos in the Philippines by Dolby through its Southeast Asian distributor, the Goldenduck Group, Thailand’s primary cinema equipment and services company.

“The JBL loudspeakers are located throughout the theater, not just in front and at the sides,” explains Paolo Mendoza, VP of the Music Museum Group, Inc. and general manager of Greenhills Cinemas. “With Dolby Atmos, you are able to move sounds anywhere in the theater. The result is an exciting, powerful environment never experienced before in cinema viewing.”

Director Peter Jackson (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) has called Dolby Atmos “the completely immersive sound experience that filmmakers like myself have long dreamed about.”

“It’s more 3D than 3D images,” said Mark Andrews, director of Disney Pixar’s Brave, where the sounds of arrows whizzing by, horses galloping, and bears stomping place the viewer right in the middle of the action.

Introduced in April 2012, Dolby Atmos has been embraced by all the major Hollywood studios, award-winning directors and sound engineers, and leading exhibitors worldwide. More than 70 films around the world have been released or are scheduled to be released with Dolby Atmos sound. Dolby Atmos has also received technical achievement awards from both the Hollywood Post Alliance and the Cinema Audio Society.

Local moviegoers will experience Dolby Atmos for the first time at Promenade Cinemas with the showing of Pacific Rim, the science-fiction monster film directed by Guillermo del Toro.

“The Dolby Atmos system is quickly gaining momentum around the world and exhibitors are also recognizing JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplification as the optimal components for use in Atmos systems,” said Chuck Goodsell, Senior Manager, Cinema, JBL Professional. “The system at Promenade Cinemas exemplifies the possibilities when world-class loudspeakers and amplifiers are paired with the most cutting-edge cinema audio format in the world!”

“At Dolby, we are passionate about providing filmmakers and storytellers with innovative technologies and tools that create the most engaging cinematic experiences. With Dolby Atmos, filmmakers can place or move sounds anywhere in the movie theatre, creating a sound field so natural and realistic that moviegoers feel as if they are in the center of the action like never before,” said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories.

About Dolby Atmos
Dolby Laboratories is equipping the cinema world with its new Dolby Atmos technology. Dolby Atmos unleashes the potential of sound in storytelling by providing sound experts the creative freedom to easily place or move specific sounds anywhere in the movie theatre, not just where there happen to be speakers. The result is what moviegoers have described as the most engaging and lifelike cinema sound experience ever.

Introduced in April 2012, Dolby Atmos has been embraced by all the major Hollywood studios, six Academy Award® winning directors, and 10 Academy Award winning sound mixers, among others. More than 250 Dolby Atmos screens have been installed or committed to in 30 countries with over 85 exhibitor partners. More than 70 films from 10 different countries—representing a broad range of genres, from action thrillers and animated features, to comedy and horror—have been or are scheduled to be released with Dolby Amos sound since the first film debuted in June 2012. Dolby Atmos has received technical achievement awards from both the Hollywood Post Alliance and the Cinema Audio Society.

About Dolby Laboratories
Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB) creates audio, video, and voice technologies that transform entertainment and communications in mobile devices, at the cinema, at home, and at work. For nearly 50 years, sight and sound experiences have become more vibrant, clear, and meaningful in Dolby. For more information please visit dolby.com.

About HARMAN
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.

Dolby and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. Dolby Atmos is a trademark of Dolby Laboratories.

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Digital Nirvana CEO to Speak at SMPTE 2013 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition

Session will focus on the importance of live stream monitoring

Newark, CA – At the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers’ (SMPTE) 2013 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, Hiren Hindocha, Digital Nirvana’s CEO, will give a presentation on the importance of live stream monitoring. The conference takes place October 22-24 in Hollywood, California.

Mr. Hindocha is one of the speakers in the session titled, “Evolving Technology for Broadcast Facilities – Part 2,” which takes place on October 23rd from 11-12:30. Mr. Hindocha’s lecture will focus on why live stream media monitoring is essential for today’s broadcasters and the ways it can be monitored.

As live streaming continues to grow in popularity, reliable live stream monitoring becomes more and more crucial. In the phases of the live stream workflow, many things can go wrong and compromise the user experience, yet broadcasters may not even be aware of workflow failure unless they’re monitoring and recording their live stream programming.

The benefits of live stream monitoring go far beyond quality control and analysis. Live stream monitoring, logging and recording also helps with compliance and ad run verification. New FCC web captioning mandates make it necessary for broadcasters to monitor and record their live streams to prove compliance. Additionally, online advertisers now demand proof that their ad campaigns ran as scheduled. The easiest way to prove ad runs is to monitor and record the live stream.

While networks are equipped with the necessary tools to monitor traditional broadcasts, they’re lacking the same for streamed media. Currently, when broadcasters do monitor streamed content, they do so with a labor-intensive, manual approach. The solution lies in a cloud-based, automated, scalable system that can reliably monitor the live streamed programming of broadcasters. Mr. Hindocha’s SMPTE 2013 presentation will delve deeper into these points and highlight the key advantages and methods of performing live stream monitoring today.

SMPTE 2013 is the premier annual event for motion imaging and media technology, production, operations and the allied arts and sciences. The three-day conference brings together decision makers from motion picture studios, broadcast and distribution networks, production and post-production community, software companies, systems integrators and others leading the evolving motion imaging industry. To find out more about the conference, visit www.smpte2013.org.

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The company’s portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ live stream monitoring solution, MediaPro content repurposing system, and repeat audio detection systems (RADS) for song tracking and ad tracking. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, learning management services, and professional services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Newark, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information visit http://www.digital-nirvana.com.

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Calrec Makes Fourth Sale to CSP Mobile Productions

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — Oct. 17, 2013 — Calrec Audio today announced the sale of its fourth audio console to outside broadcast (OB) company CSP Mobile Productions. The rapidly growing Maine-based company is installing an Artemis Light console in its new HD truck, its fourth new HD truck in less than three years for its all-Calrec HD fleet. The new truck, which rolls out Dec. 1, will cover sports including MLS, NBA and college basketball, NHL and college hockey, football, Major League Baseball, and Major League Lacrosse games, as well as live entertainment events.

“We’re adding another truck because we’re stretched to capacity with the three HD trucks we already have. We’ve had such a good experience with our other Calrec consoles that it made sense to choose Calrec again,” said Len Chase, CSP Mobile president and co-owner. “Besides that, some of our biggest clients prefer Calrec equipment. We also needed a console that was user-friendly for the freelancers that we use in the market every day. Because Calrec is pretty much a standard for the industry, freelancers already know how to operate the consoles.”

CSP Mobile is installing a 56-fader Artemis Light console with a 72 x 48 analog, 64 x 64 AES, and 512 x 512 MADI I/O configuration. The truck is a 53-foot expando designed for up to seven eight-channel EVS servers, 16 cameras, and 28 frame syncs. The desk will route audio signals for live broadcasts, including all announcers, replay audio, graphics audio, music, and live effects. The Artemis Light will give CSP Mobile flexibility for configuring the I/O, whether the truck is covering a game or setting up Calrec Hydra2 stageboxes for a rock concert. The console’s versatile software will also allow CSP Mobile to configure a familiar layout on the desk easily via the touch screen in order to align with whatever systems its clients use, a capability that will save time for the engineers and freelancers during setup.

Calrec partner Studio Consultants Inc. handled the sale and will provide ongoing technical support.

“We build our products to keep customers coming back,” said Henry Goodman, Calrec’s head of sales and marketing. “The fact that CSP Mobile has added a second Artemis Light — and the fourth Calrec console — to its fleet proves the console’s flexibility and cost-effectiveness in the competitive OB business, where companies need to maximize every piece of equipment.”

Information about Calrec and its products 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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Belkin USB 3.0 Dual Video Docking Stand for Ultrabooks Now Provides Support for MacBooks

Users Have Increased Flexibility, More Computing Options with Mac OS 10.8.5 Availability 

PLAYA VISTA, Calif. Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure and mobile environments, today announced that its USB 3.0 Dual Video Docking Stand for Ultrabooks is now compatible with MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Mac OS 10.8.5 and above. Users can now get greater flexibility and more computing options through the MacBook’s USB 3.0 port. 

The Dual Video Docking Stand for Ultrabooks and MacBooks makes mobile computing easier and more productive for business users. The stand, which leverages DisplayLink® technology, allows users to turn an Ultrabook or MacBook into a full-function desktop with a single plug-and-display USB 3.0 cable.

The new docking stand is designed to provide versatility to accommodate mixed platforms and multiple users, including visiting professionals, contractors and ‘hot desk’ environments. Because it allows easy access to multiple peripherals, users can configure their workstations based on their preferences.

Belkin’s docking stand provides a SuperSpeed connection to two high-resolution monitors and peripherals via a single USB 3.0 cable. The sturdy, ergonomic stand holds the laptop in an organized space, raising the screen to an equal level with desktop displays.

“Now with the added support for MacBooks, the Belkin Docking Stand for Ultrabooks and MacBooks provides even greater flexibility, compatibility and computing options for business users,” said Timothy North, global product manager of Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International. “The stand delivers both the freedom and convenience of mobility, with the full functionality of the office environment for greater productivity.” 

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About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government, and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkinbusiness.com.

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MOZAEX LAUNCHES BLUWAVS CD QUALITY DOWNLOAD, STREAMING STORE

Salt Lake City – October 17, 2013 – Mozaex™, the premiere manufacturer of multi-room, multi-media Blu-ray entertainment servers and 7.1 HD Headphones, announced today the launch of a revolutionary new online CD quality music store called BLUWAVS™ MUSIC.

The company demonstrated BLUWAVS MUSIC, BLUWAVS 7.1 HEADPHONES and its entire product line of Blu-ray Entertainment Servers at the recent 2013 CEDIA Expo.

BLUWAVS MUSIC Combines iTunes Convenience and Selection with CD Quality

“I am thrilled to see that Mozaex is leading the way to what will hopefully become a renaissance in the appreciation and demand of high quality music,” said Mozaex CEO Douglas Kihm. “A majority of the more than 500 million people who listen to iTunes, MP3, and other digital music have no idea how much better CD quality music sounds. With more than 600,000 CD quality albums to download or stream, BLUWAVS MUSIC is the first store to combine the convenience and selection of iTunes with the quality of CDs. BLUWAVS MUSIC is truly how music was meant to sound.”

According to Kihm, when it comes to music, people want the best of all worlds. “Until now music lovers had to compromise quality, selection, convenience, or music player compatibility. BLUWAVS MUSIC offers for the first time a convenient way to download and playor instantly stream virtually any album in their original CD quality on any device.”

Kihm added that BLUWAVS MUSIC eliminates the hassle of buying and ripping physical CDs into a higher quality format such as FLAC, ALAC or WAV. “We have made BLUWAVS MUSIC easy to use and compatible with virtually every music device includingiPhone, iPAD, Apple TV, Android phones and tablets, SONOS, ROKU, OPPO, Astell & Kern plus Media Servers, Windows PCs, and Apple MACs.”

BLUWAVS MUSIC is the Largest CD Quality Music Store. Supports Downloads and Streaming.

With more than 600,000 CD quality albums to choose from, BLUWAVS MUSIC represents the world’s largest selection of downloadable or streamable CD quality albums.

The user can select one or more high-res formats, namely FLAC, ALAC, or WAV. They may also choose to have the CD disc shipped to them in the U.S. or Canada. If the album is not immediately available for downloading, then they will be notified when the album is available, which averages two to three days.

All three audio file formats are digitized at the album’s original mastered sample rate. All current albums are sampled at 44kHz/16 bits or “CD quality”. Future “Master Studio quality” albums are being planned for release with both two channel stereo and 5.1 channels of audio sampled at 96kHz/24 bits.

The average “CD quality” music sample bit rate equates to 1.4Mbps.CD quality songs played at 1.4Mbps have a music bit rate that is on average four to five times that of MP3 or iTunes “AAC” songs which are typically played at a sample bit rate between 250Kbps to 320Kbps. BLUWAVS MUSIC is the first store to offer instant streaming of CD quality music from the cloud. Based on Google®Drive you can either download your music or directly stream it from the cloud.

BLUWAVS MUSICSatisfies the “Sweet Sound Spot” of the Digital Music Market

“What’s nice about BLUWAVS MUSIC is that you can generally hear the improved CD quality compared to MP3 or iTunes when played on virtually any music player and a better than average pair of headphones or speakers,” added Kihm. “Virtually every domestic or international album that has been released is available in CD quality. If we don’t have it we will try and get it for you.”

Kihm continued, “BLUWAVS MUSIC truly satisfies the ‘sweet sound spot’ of the market because everyone can now enjoy their favorite music downloaded or streamed with CD quality on virtually any music player.”

BLUWAVS MUSIC Streaming Apps Are Available for Android and iPhone

Mozaex also offers 3rd party Android and iPhone Apps to stream your music directly from Google Drive.

Dealers and their Clients Can Now Capitalize on the Online Music Revolution

“To meet the needs of the music aficionado who would prefer to have their dealer setup their home audio system with BLUWAVS MUSIC, we are also making BLUWAVS MUSIC available via Mozaex’s network of 15 international distributors and more than 750 dealers in 27 countries,” Kihm explained. “Authorized Mozaex dealers may sign up to the BLUWAVS MUSIC affiliate program in the Mozaex dealer portal.”

The BLUWAVS MUSIC store will soon be accessible on the company’s media servers and may be played on the company’s award-winning BLUWAVS FIJI 7.1 HD Audio Headphones. BLUWAVS are the first headphones to deliverdiscrete 7.1 HD Audio via an HDMI headphone receiver called the Blender.

Pricing
BLUWAV MUSIC albums including one format namely, FLAC, ALAC, or WAV have an average MRSP USD between $9.95 and $18.95 for recent titles. Additional formats are $5 per format. A physical CD disc may be shipped to U.S. and Canadian customers only for an additional $6.95 (plus a shipping fee).

Availability
BLUWAVS MUSIC store is live and available at: www.bluwavs.com.

About Mozaex
Mozaex is a leading manufacturer of Blu-ray® 3D Entertainment Servers, 7.1 HD Audio Headphones and the distributor ofover 600,000 CD quality downloadable and streamable albums.

The Mozaex Server is a multi-room media server that loads, stores and instantly delivers, Blu-ray and DVD movies, CD music, photos and online media including iTunes® and NetFlix®. BLUWAVS™ FIJI headphones are the world’s first 7.1 Discrete HD Audio headphones and BLUWAVS MUSIC offers the largest online selection of CD quality music.

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 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 including a custom model exclusively for IMAX®. Mozaex products except for BLUWAVS are sold exclusively through a network of 750 dealers that are supported by 8 US rep firms and 15 international distributors in 27 countries.

Disclaimers
All specifications cited are subject to change. All Trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Mozaex © 2013 All rights reserved

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HARMAN Professional Audio System Overcomes Acoustical Challenges at India’s Dharmaram College Chapel

BANGLAORE, India – Dharmaram College, part of the CMI Congregation in Bangalore and home to the Dharmaram College Chapel, recently underwent a complete redesign of the audio system to overcome the chapel’s architectural design challenges. With an insufficient existing sound system and a reverberation time of nearly three seconds, local systems integration firm Acoustic Control was presented with a major sonic challenge. To help overcome it, Acoustic Control turned to products from HARMAN’s JBL, Crown, BSS Audio, Soundcraft and AKG brands for a complete audio system solution.

The chapel has had more than three different sound systems installed over 35 years in attempts to provide clear speech and tame the tough acoustical environment created by the domed roof . The team at Acoustic Control conducted a study on the current PA system and the acoustics in an effort to identify possible areas for improvement.

Although the chapel was plagued by excessive reverberation, acoustical treatments were not an option, as it would detract from the domed chapel’s beautiful appearance. Acoustic Control had to provide a system that would compensate for the chapel’s highly reverberant acoustics and would also easy to use for unskilled operators.

“We had to install a brand new audio system from the ground up, as the existing PA could not be re-purposed,” said Sanjay Mudartha, Director, Acoustic Control. “The speakers were placed at the sides of the chapel, which was not a proper location and made it impossible for the system to deliver adequate coverage and directivity.” Mudartha and his team conducted an acoustical analysis of the chapel using EASE (Enhanced Acoustic Simulator for Engineers) software, which provides the ability to model specific loudspeakers and determine the speakers’ interaction with the room being modeled.

“We have vast experience with the JBL VerTec range of loudspeakers and we were confident we could achieve a great-sounding solution in the Dharmaram College chapel,” noted Mudartha, “but we had to validate their performance within EASE modeling software and also fit within a budget before we could present our recommendations to the client.” JBL VERTEC VT4886 subcompact line array elements, powered by Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers, met the performance parameters specified by Acoustic Control.

“We achieved an STI Speech Transmission Index of around 0.7 with the system able to deliver a target SPL of no less than 100dB across the chapel in a smooth, consistent manner,” said Mudartha. “Considering the acoustical, architectural and budgetary challenges we had to deal with, the measured and audible results are especially impressive.”

In order to ensure that the system would be easy to use, a BSS Audio BLU-100 device was configured to provide processing and necessary signal management features such as automatic mixing. The main AKG D5 microphone inputs were automated so that the chapel would have consistent sound for public speaking. A dedicated Soundcraft MFXi 20 console was provided with which to mix music inputs.

Commenting on the successful project, Prashant Govindan, Director, India Operations, HARMAN Professional said, “The venue’s limitations and project challenges were systematically and expertly handled by Acoustic Control, without disturbing the chapel’s aesthetics. The new system had to deliver better results despite the existing acoustics. The selection of Harman equipment has perfectly complemented the design specifications with higher levels of satisfaction for the system users in the chapel, and the visitors who are now able to more clearly hear both speech and music.”

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.

Digigram Strengthens Collaboration With ALC NetworX, Speeds Delivery of AES67/RAVENNA-Enabled Products

MONTBONNOT, France — Oct. 17, 2013 — Digigram today announced a deeper collaboration with ALC NetworX, driving the companies’ RAVENNA alliance, that will allow the full Digigram product line to be powered by the ALC NetworX RAVENNA technology implementation for real-time IP-based distribution of audio and other media content. Already compatible with AES67-2013, the newly published engineering standard for networked/streaming audio-over-IP interoperability, RAVENNA will assure that Digigram product lines will be integrated seamlessly within ultra-high-performance mission-critical synchronous IP audio networks.

“ALC NetworX technology allows us to speed time to market for high-performance AES67/RAVENNA-enabled products such as the new Digigram LX-IP PCIe sound card,” said Philippe Delacroix, CEO at Digigram. “As the industry continues to evolve, we are confident that RAVENNA and the AES67 standard will be employed widely by the broadcast industry to replace AES and MADI. For this reason, we have made the strategic decision to implement RAVENNA into all of our existing products, such as our audio-over-IP codecs, as well as new products under development.”

The LX-IP PCIe sound card is the first RAVENNA-enabled product being developed by Digigram. The LX-IP card was previewed by Digigram at IBC2013, and a model featuring the full RAVENNA technology implementation will be available by Q2 2014. The new card features ultra-low latency — down to one audio sample per IP packet — and up to 256 RAVENNA I/O channels from multiple RAVENNA streams.

“AES67 is finally setting a standard for high-performance streaming audio-over-IP interoperability, and RAVENNA is an open-standard technology already compatible with AES67,” said Andreas Hildebrand, senior product manager at ALC NetworX. “RAVENNA operates in existing network infrastructures using standardized network protocols and technologies. Performance and capacity thus scale with the capabilities of the underlying network architecture, in turn allowing broadcasters to achieve their requirements for low latency, full signal transparency, and high reliability.”

More information about ALC NetworX and RAVENNA is available at ravenna.alcnetworx.com or by phone at +49 89 44 23 67 770. More information about Digigram and the company’s products is available at www.digigram.com or by phone at +33 4 76 52 47 47.

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Photo Caption: Andreas Hildebrand (Senior Product Manager, ALC NetworX) and Philippe Delacroix (CEO, Digigram) (from left to right)

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About ALC NetworX
ALC NetworX is an R&D company based in Munich, Germany. A team of experts with excellent reputations in the Pro Audio industry and in-depth knowledge of networking technologies has been assembled to develop the RAVENNA technology platform. While ALC NetworX will continue to keep the lead role in the RAVENNA technology development, product implementations will be executed by individual partner companies. Current partner companies include AEQ, AETA, Archwave, arkona, Axia, Digigram, Dimetis, DirectOut, DSA Volgmann, Genelec, Infomedia, Lawo, Linear Acoustic, LSB, Merging, MTS, Neumann, Omnia, Qbit, Schoeps, SCISYS, Sonifex, Sound4, Telos, and WorldCast Systems. Interested manufacturers are welcome to join the RAVENNA partner community.

About RAVENNA
RAVENNA is a technology for the real-time distribution of audio and other media content in IP-based network environments. Utilizing standardized network protocols and technologies, RAVENNA can operate on existing network infrastructures. RAVENNA is designed to meet the strict requirements of the pro audio market including low latency, full signal transparency, and high reliability.

While primarily targeting the professional broadcast market, RAVENNA is also suitable for deployment in other pro audio market segments like live sound, install market, and recording. Possible fields of application include (but are not limited to) in-house signal distribution in broadcasting houses, theaters, concert halls, and other fixed installations; flexible setups at venues and live events; OB van support; inter-facility links across WAN connections; and in production and recording applications.

Unlike most other existing networking solutions, RAVENNA is an open technology standard without a proprietary licensing policy. RAVENNA is fully compatible with the AES67 standard on High-performance Streaming Audio-over-IP Interoperability.

Further information on ALC NetworX and RAVENNA is available at ravenna.alcnetworx.com.

About Digigram
Positioned at the convergence of professional audio and video with IT, Digigram offers IP-based solutions that enable users worldwide to increase their competitiveness through change.

The company’s products enable the reliable capture, production and delivery of high-quality audio and video over IP networks. Its innovative IP audio codecs, professional sound cards, and audio processing software are used by thousands of journalists, broadcasters, and audio engineers worldwide. Digigram’s all-IP video product line provides advanced contribution and distribution solutions to broadcast, IPTV, Web TV, and OTT operators. The company also delivers key audio/video technologies and OEM solutions to software vendors and manufacturers.

For more than 25 years, through constant innovation and the development of fruitful partnerships, Digigram has been influential in energizing the industry, raising standards, and pushing forward technological development.

Further information on Digigram and its product portfolio is available at www.digigram.com.

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Sound Devices Introduces Improved Features for 664 Production Mixer at AES 2013

Latest Firmware Update Offers Enhanced Functionality

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 17, 2013 — Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, presents expanded recording capabilities, along with greater flexibility and ease-of-use outdoors for the company’s flagship 664 Production Mixer. Sound Devices showcases the benefits of the 664’s latest firmware update, Version 1.05, at the 135th International AES Convention (Gotham Sound and Communications, Booth 2738).

Sound Devices 664 features six ultra-low-noise, high-dynamic-range preamps that accept mic- or line-level signals and include analog peak limiters, high-pass filters, input trim control and direct outputs per channel. Featuring full analog audio paths for high-performance audio and superb power efficiency, the 664 also has numerous digital capabilities. Inputs 1 and 6 can be selected as AES3 or AES42 inputs for digital microphones, each with its own SRC for simplicity in system clocking. The 664’s analog output compliment includes four output buses. The L and R buses are on balanced XLR, 10-Pin and TA-3M connectors and on unbalanced TA-3M or 3.5mm connectors. Secondary output buses X1 and X2 are available on balanced TA-3M connectors. Users can route inputs and buses to four AES3 connections for eight digital outputs on the XLR and 10-pin connectors.

Firmware version 1.05 brings additional features to the already-powerful mixer, including greater flexibility and ease-of-use outdoors. The “LCD Daylight Display” mode incorporates a daylight-specific color scheme and solid bar metering option for improved readability in direct sunlight. Sound Devices has also incorporated additional front panel button shortcuts, including “LCD Daylight Display” mode (HP + SELECT encoders) and Phrase list (HP + RTN B/C) for fast entry of metadata notes. Version 1.05 also incorporates the shortcut for activating different setup tone modes. Users also have new “Track Names in Meters” options (without color gradient/ramp) that are selectable for either right- or left-side display.

With version 1.05, 664 now offers users Monophonic Broadcast WAV file support, with the ability to record up to 10 tracks to two cards, with up to three seconds of record pre-roll. If a card not optimized for multi-channel monophonic file recording is used, or if the monophonic 10-track limit is exceeded, a warning message is displayed on the LCD when starting a recording. Polyphonic mode or reducing track count is recommended. In addition, when formatted in the 664, SD cards 64 GB and larger are now automatically formatted as ExFAT (in accordance with the SD Association’s recommendation). All CF cards and lower-capacity SD cards remain FAT32. Version 1.05 also enables a Headphone Volume or Headphone Preset default option, which sets the HP encoder to operate as headphone level or to select HP presets when rotated. Pressing the headphone encoder momentarily activates the alternative function.

Existing 664 users can download version 1.05 for free by visiting http://www.sounddevices.com/download/664-firmware/.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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