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NashvilleMix Opens New Facility with Carl Tatz Design MixRoom™ Concept

- Engineer/Producer Eric Brengle chooses Carl Tatz Design MixRoom™ turnkey control room solution for his new studio, featuring the acclaimed PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™), for ultimate monitoring performance at an affordable price -

Nashville, TN: Nashville pop/rock engineer/producer and NashvilleMix owner Eric Brengle had two goals in mind when he contacted TEC award-nominated Carl Tatz to design his new personal recording studio. “First I needed accurate monitoring so that I wouldn’t have to second guess my mixes all the time, and secondly I needed my room to make a professional impression when clients came over to work,” recalls Brengle. “I knew that the MixRoom™ would look serious based on the many studio photos on Carl’s website, and I even knew how amazing his PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) sounded, having auditioned one at another of Carl’s studios. However, it’s a whole different ball of wax when you experience a MixRoom in your own space that you’ve been struggling with for a long time. The MixRoom is absolutely remarkable – it turned my 12′ x 13′ x 9′ funky little room into the state-of-the-art monitoring environment.”

The revolutionary MixRoom concept pairs the Carl Tatz Signature Series™ acoustic modules by Auralex® with the unrivaled accuracy of the PhantomFocus System monitor tuning protocol. It has dramatically simplified control room design and renders the highest performance at a fraction of the cost of Carl Tatz Design’s custom work, making a world-class control room affordable to many more audio professionals. “We’re very exited about these new rooms, and we’re designing more and more of them across the country in commercial, personal and educational facilities,” explains Carl Tatz of the Carl Tatz Design (CTD) firm and creator of the PhantomFocus System. “They are a perfect fit in many applications where budget is limited yet expectations are high.”

“It’s a difficult thing to describe”‘ says Brengle, “because most engineers have never been able to hear complete sonic accuracy from 20Hz-to-20kHz before without fighting room modes, boundary effects and console reflections. Looking back I feel like I was mixing with only a three-pack of Crayola Crayons, but now I’ve got the entire spectrum to work with, which is so much more exciting. There’s no place for frequencies to hide, so my mixes come together better and faster. People need to know about this”.

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Broadcast Audio Leaders Join DTV Audio Group Forum at the Upcoming 135th AES Convention

— Leading personnel from ESPN, NBCUniversal, HBO, Saturday Night Live, Turner Sports, Starz, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, along with prominent facilities, firms and manufacturers, will address the future of TV audio as digital distribution models continue to evolve in “DTV Audio Group Forum: Audio Production and Distribution in an Evolving Television Delivery Landscape” —

New York, NY, October 9, 2013 — Underscoring its ongoing commitment to bringing together the top individuals in broadcast television audio, the DTV Audio Group Forum, scheduled to take place on Friday, October 18, 2013 at the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (October 17 through October 20, 2013, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City), will present key technical personnel who will discuss the future of broadcast sound. The forum, focusing on the shifting landscape in TV audio brought about by the transition to multi-platform mobile and fixed streaming content delivery, has assembled panels and presentations from the very same minds who will plot the strategies that will take television audio into the future.

Selected speakers are scheduled to include:

Kevin Cleary, Senior Audio Producer, ESPN
Jim Starzynski, Director and Principal Audio Engineer, NBCUniversal, and Chairman, DTV Audio Group
Nicolas Tsingos, Senior Platform Engineer, Dolby Laboratories
Ken Hahn, Co-Founder and Principal, Sync Sound and Digital Cinema
Lawrence Manchester, Senior Music Mixer, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Sean Richardson, Director of Post Production, Audio, Starz Entertainment
Hardys Eggum, Vice President Media Technology, HBO
Stacey Foster, Coordinating Producer, Saturday Night Live
Peter Scott, Vice President for Emerging Media, Turner Sports
Sean Richardson, Director of Post Production, Audio, Starz Entertainment
Lawrence Manchester, Senior Music Mixer, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Produced by the DTV Audio Group – an organization of senior-level broadcast network executives promoting best practices and successful strategies for digital television audio production and delivery – in association with the Sports Video Group (SVG) and sponsored by Dale Pro Audio, Dolby Laboratories, DTS, JBL Professional, Linear Acoustic, Studer and Yamaha – “DTV Audio Group Forum: Audio Production and Distribution in an Evolving Television Delivery Landscape” will explore the opportunities and challenges presented by advanced encoding schemes and to debate whether ubiquitous mobile and over-the-top content delivery demands a retrenchment to more limited audio or could lead to further audio advances. The discussion will also address the long-term implications of mobile data’s inevitable annexation of available broadcast spectrum and the resulting impact on wireless production, and will once again revisit the challenges of producing multichannel music for television.

“What we’ve done is reached out to the key innovators and leaders across the spectrum of broadcast television audio, from the networks, the programs, the facilities and the manufacturers who are deeply involved in charting the course of television sound into the future,” states DTV Audio Group Executive Director Roger Charlesworth. “These are the people who are asking and answering the questions about the future.”

Those questions and others will be addressed by panels with considerable technical star power. After a keynote address from Tom Sahara, Vice President of Operations and Technology at Turner Sports and Sports Video Group Chairman, they will include:

A Paler Shade of White: Facing the Realities of Shrinking Professional Wireless Spectrum
Panelists:

Mark Brunner, Senior Director of Global Public Relations, Shure Incorporated
Joe Ciaudelli, Sennheiser, Director, Advanced Products and Engineering
Kevin Cleary, Senior Audio Producer, ESPN
Henry Cohen, Senior RF Design Engineer, CP Communications
Peter Larsson, General Manager, Broadcast Sports Incorporated

Objects Are Closer Than They Appear: Interactivity, Object Oriented Audio and Advanced Channel Formats in Next-Generation Services
Panelists:

Robert Bleidt, Division General Manager, Fraunhofer USA
Jean-Marc Jot, Vice President of Research and Development, DTS
Jim Starzynski, Director and Principal Audio Engineer, NBCUniversal
Nicolas Tsingos, Senior Platform Engineer, Dolby Laboratories

How Many Channels is Your Cloud? – Expanding Visions of Television Audio for Mobile and Over-the-Top Streaming Delivery
Panelists:

Hardys Eggum, Vice President Media Technology, HBO
Stacey Foster, Coordinating Producer, Saturday Night Live
Peter Scott, Vice President for Emerging Media, Turner Sports
Sean Richardson, Director of Post Production, Audio, Starz Entertainment

Television versus Music: Round Two — Revisiting the Joys of Multichannel Music and the Struggle for Stereo Compatibility
Panelists:

Roger Charlesworth, Executive Director, DTV Audio Group, and President, Charlesworth Media
Ken Hahn, Co-Founder and Principal, Sync Sound and Digital Cinema
Lawrence Manchester, Senior Music Mixer, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

For more information on the DTV Audio Group forum, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/specialevents/?ID=3742. For further information on the 135th AES International Convention, and to register for your free Exhibits-Plus badge or the premium All-Access badge, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/.

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Almo Professional A/V Announces Final Registration for E4 AV Southern California Oct. 18

Almo Professional A/V Announces Final Registration for E4 AV Southern California Oct. 18

NEC Display Solutions to Sponsor New Brain Freeze Tech Panel;
Keynote Address and Tech Panel Available Live Via Webstream

Philadelphia, PA — October 9, 2013 — Next week, Almo Professional A/V in partnership with InfoComm International, will open the doors for the first fall E4 AV training and networking tour, taking place at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, Calif. on Oct. 18. The E4 event will include an all new lunchtime Brain Freeze Tech Panel sponsored by NEC Display Solutions. For the first time in the four-year history of the E4 Tour, Almo will make two sessions in the agenda — the keynote address and the Tech Panel — available live via webstream.
According to Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Professional A/V, “We have already achieved record pre-registration for this E4 and have expanded the event space to accommodate more attendees while giving our exhibitors the ability to bring additional products and link products together with other exhibitors to show AV systems.” She continued, “We are also working hard to bring parts of the E4 to those who are stuck in the office or just can’t participate onsite. Gary Kayye’s Krystal Ball keynote address and new Brain Freeze Tech Panel will both stream live so those who aren’t there physically can still ask questions and participate in the conversations online using Twitter.”
To view a Skype interview with Melody Craigmyle about the upcoming E4 event, click here.
“We jumped at the opportunity to sponsor and participate in the new Brain Freeze Tech Panel because it is a great addition to the Almo Pro A/V E4 event — it will include some innovative conversations about the latest technology trends and attract a lot of attention, especially since it can viewed live from Irvine, or streaming from anywhere else,” said Ashley Flaska, vice president of marketing for NEC Display Solutions. “At the same time, the NEC Edge Blending session also taking place during the show will give attendees the chance to see our 7,500 lumen PX750U projector and receive one InfoComm CTS renewal credit for participating in the training.”
To register for the live Ustream of the keynote and Brain Freeze Tech Panel during E4, go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/e4-av-tour-live. Gary Kayye’s Krystal Ball keynote will take place from 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Pacific Time while the Brain Freeze Tech Panel is from 12:15-1:15 Pacific Time.
E4 Southern California Details E4 Southern California is on October 18 at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, Calif. and runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific. It is an entirely free event, including parking, for Almo Pro A/V’s reseller, integrator and consultant partners. To register, go to www.e4avtour.com. The E4 AV program can be accessed on demand during and after each event for instructor videos, copies of the course presentations and live Twitter updates. On November 13, E4 will continue on to Metropolitan New York for a stop at the Meadowlands Expo Center.
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About InfoComm International InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and China. Additional information is available at www.infocomm.org.
About Almo Professional A/V Almo Professional A/V provides the industry’s most advanced product distribution, training and education, and technical support options available for the Pro AV community. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, seven distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level. Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 888-420-2566 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

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Clay Paky Makes Different Kind of Headlines at 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

While the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards attracted lots of press for its outrageous performances, the show made headlines among professionals for its creative staging, too. Clay Paky Sharpys and Sharpy Washes lit up the stage at Barclays Center, Brooklyn where artist and designer KAWS reimagined the VMAs’ iconic moonman statuette.

“For the 30th anniversary of the VMAs and its first time in Brooklyn we were celebrating Brooklyn and Brooklyn artist KAWS, who redesigned the moonman as a 60-foot inflatable silver statue that towered over the main stage,” says lighting designer Tom Kenny. “I wanted to make it feel like you were in a gallery or museum honoring his work – it’s an unusual idea for an awards show, but MTV is always on the edge.”

To achieve his goal Kenny deployed a large complement of Sharpys and Sharpy Washes supplied by VER. “I had extremely high trims and needed audience light, back light and aerial beams,” he explains. “They did a great job for me. The whole idea was that the show didn’t look like a normal awards show, yet it needed the performances to be theatrical. Even though the trims were high, the Sharpys were powerful enough to do the job.”

Kenny marshaled 220 Sharpys and 40 Sharpy Washes for the event, all of which were hung in the air. “They worked great – the color was great. I had the lights on site for three weeks without a problem.”

Kenny notes that the VMA Awards tallied huge ratings and always enjoys worldwide appeal. “Emails from my peers after the show complimented me on how great and iconic the show looked,” he reports. “It really achieved the status of art piece. And we had a great time in Brooklyn, where the crew was fantastic.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, comments, “It’s great to be part of such a high profile event. The Sharpys looked great and really highlighted the program.”

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

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Prism Sound Adds Titan To Its Audio Interface Range


Internationally renowned manufacturer Prism Sound is expanding its family of audio interfaces with the launch of Titan, which will be on show for the first time at the 135th AES Convention in New York (Booth 3032).

Prism Sound’s new Titan multi-channel audio interface offers recording professionals ultimate quality analogue and digital I/O for Mac or Windows PC at sample rates up to 192kHz via a simple USB interface.

“As with every product we release, Titan came about as a direct result of customer feedback,” says Graham Boswell, sales and marketing director of Prism Sound. “For some time now, customers using external hardware devices such as Pro Tools™ have wanted easy access to Prism Sound’s high quality audio interfaces, but at an affordable price. Titan is our answer. It offers all the award-winning features of the competitively priced Orpheus but with the USB functionality that users want.”

In addition to the USB host interface, Titan is the first Prism Sound device to feature the new MDIO interface expansion slot. This miniature expansion slot can be used to expand Titan’s connectivity, for example by adding a direct connection to Pro Tools|HDX systems.

Titan draws on Prism Sound’s conversion and clocking expertise developed over many years in products such as the AD-2 and DA-2 and the popular ADA-8XR modular converter family. It offers eight analogue inputs, eight analogue outputs plus S/PDIF and TOSLINK optical digital I/O ports. The optical ports can also be used for ADAT, giving Titan a maximum capability of 18 concurrent input and output channels plus dual stereo headphones.

Titan also features high quality digitally-controlled preamplifiers – four for microphones and two for instruments, which are automatically select when the respective sources are plugged in. An assignable rotary control is provided for monitoring or output level control, which can be applied to any desired set of output channels. In addition, dual stereo headphone outputs are provided, each with its own volume control.

Building on the versatile DSP features of the Prism Sound Orpheus interface, Titan has a powerful built-in DSP engine which provides high precision input and output conditioning functions, as well as a fully-featured mixer for every Titan output channel, including ADAT channels. Each output can be driven with its own zero-latency mix of input channels and DAW feeds, allowing flexible performers’ foldback feeds to be created, as well as stereo or 5.1/7.1 surround monitoring feeds, controlled by the front-panel rotary control if desired. Titan’s high quality analogue outputs are ideally suited for use with analogue summing boxes.

All of Titan’s functions, aside from the front panel monitor and headphone level controls, are controlled from the Titan Control Panel app, which opens on-screen as a separate panel alongside the user’s existing editing software.

Titan will be officially unveiled at AES New York, which runs from October 17th – 20th, 2013. For more information please visit www.prismsound.com or visit Prism Sound’s AES Booth 3032 for a demo.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

Mandy Parnell Adds A Prism Sound Lyra 2 Audio Interface To Her Mastering Set Up

London-based mastering engineer and Black Saloon Studios founder Mandy Parnell has acquired a Lyra 2 audio interface from Prism Sound. The unit has already been used on remixes for Bjork, The xx, Hejira, Medieval Babes Christmas Album and Johann Johannsson’s soundtrack for the film Prisoners.

“I love being the facilitator for artists and helping them realise their dreams in audio,” says Parnell. “It is an immense feeling when I hear the tracks I have worked on and see how much pleasure it gives the listener.”

Based on the award-winning and critically acclaimed Orpheus interface, Prism Sound’s Lyra allows music recording professionals to access the power and sophistication of the Orpheus audio path and clock circuitry, but in a smaller package and at a much improved price point.

The Lyra 1 interface has two analogue input channels – one for instrument/line and one for mic/line – plus two DA output channels and optical-only digital I/O. Lyra 2 includes two AD input channels with switchable microphone, instrument or line input modes and four DA output channels. Both versions incorporate new ARM Cortex processor design offering class-compliant USB interfacing that allows for seamless integration with both Macs and PCs. Both versions also offer digital volume control, a low latency ‘console-quality’ digital mixer for foldback monitoring and optical SPDIF capability.

Mandy Parnell says she evaluates new equipment constantly and is very particular when it comes to introducing new gear into the Black Saloon environment. However, in the case of Lyra 2, she was happy to include it because it contained features she liked.

“First and foremost, it has Prism Sound’s clear and neutral sound,” she says. “I also like the USB connection and its compact size.”

A long-time user of Prism Sound and SADiE equipment, Mandy Parnell says she is also constantly comparing AD/DA converters to ensure she has the best.

“Some AD/DA convertors, in my opinion, add a distortion into the sound that I do not find acceptable,” she explains. “Artists, producers and engineers often describe the sound I bring to their mixes as ‘dynamic’ and ‘wide’. Prism Sound products play an integral part in helping me to achieve what my customers want because they deliver a very neutral sound that is wide and has great separation. The company’s kit is also very reliable and I can have complete confidence in what I am hearing via my playback and record systems. That is invaluable for me. I have never doubted the sound of Prism Sound.”

Black Saloon has a client roster as long as it is diverse, featuring artists such as Bjork, Matthew Herbert, Feist, Max Richter Frightened Rabbit, The xx, Lianne La Havas, Jónsi, Mount Kimbi and Brian Eno.

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About Mandy Parnell
Mandy Parnell became interested in music aged five, listening to records on a portable Dansette player. She studied music and music technology, trained and worked in recording studios and landed an internship at a mastering studio where she became a world-renowned mastering engineer. After establishing her name in the music industry, Mandy launched her own Black Saloon Studios. Her 24 years of experience have allowed her to discover and develop her philosophies in analogue and digital audio, while working with an amazing array of artists. She is a Grammy Award winner, a Music Producers Guild Award winner and has been nominated or numerous other awards. She is also an active member of the AES, Grammys, APRS and MPG, frequently lecturing on mastering and the music industry.

About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

SMPTE Shines at Biggest IBC Show and Conference Ever

With IBC2013 setting new records for numbers of exhibitors and attendees alike, it’s clear that the global media industry is beginning to regain its momentum. This year’s show was big for SMPTE as well, placing the organization in a prominent and active role for many aspects of the conference and exhibition. More than 100 sustaining SMPTE members participated on the show floor, and 15 percent of the conference speakers were SMPTE members. As always, IBC2013 was a tremendous opportunity for SMPTE to bring together international industry associations in its ongoing pursuit of collaboration. One example is the meeting hosted by SMPTE’s vice president for standards, Dr. Hans Hoffman, which brought together more than 20 attendees from EBU, NABA, AMWA, VSF, WBU, IEEE, and other important industry groups.

Release of UHDTV Study Group Report Spurs Overflow Conference Session
As UHDTV begins to come online, its potential impact on the broadcast ecosystem is of keen interest to the broadcast industry. For that reason, SMPTE commissioned a study group to explore the issues, opportunities, and industry implications of UHDTV. The study group’s report was released and posted to the SMPTE website just before IBC2013, and to date has been downloaded more than 700 times by members and nonmembers alike. At IBC, Dr. Hoffman led a standing-room-only conference session on the topic that included an overview of issues, case studies of organizations that have completed experiments with UHDTV, and a panel of leading broadcasters and studio executives who discussed their UHDTV plans and anticipated issues. This well organized, well timed session raised SMPTE’s profile significantly among IBC attendees.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/SMPTE/HansHoffmann.zip
Photo Caption: Dr. Hans Hoffman, SMPTE Vice President for Standards

SMPTE Member Mike Knee is Two-Time Best Paper Winner; Ujwal Nirgudkar Presents 100 Years of Indian Cinema Award
SMPTE congratulates Mike Knee, a consultant engineer in research and development at sustaining member Snell, for receiving the IBC2013 Best Conference Paper award. With this win, Knee is now the first person ever to win the award twice. (The first time was in 2008.) For Knee’s paper not only to be accepted, but for him to be awarded the best for the second time, is strong recognition of his technical expertise and ability to articulate Snell’s vision clearly for the next generation of motion processing technology. He presented his technical paper, “New-Generation Scalable Motion Processing From Mobile to 4K and Beyond,” to an appreciative and engaged crowd at the conference.

Also in the spotlight was Ujwal Nirgudkar, SMPTE Fellow and India Section chair. As part of the IBC 100 Years of Cinema session, Nirgudkar presented the IBC Judges’ Prize for 100 years of Indian Cinema, with a retrospective going back to the release of “Raja Harishchandra” in 1913. On hand to receive the prize on behalf of the Indian cinema industry was Amitabh Bachchan, one of India’s film superstars.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/SMPTE/MembersatIBC2013.zip
Photo Caption: SMPTE Sustaining Member Mike Knee and SMPTE India Section Chair Ujwal Nirgudkar

William Miller Extends Membership Offer, Matched by Peter Weitzel
As founding patrons of the SMPTE Student Membership Challenge, member William Miller and his wife Ellen recently renewed their support with a generous $5,000 gift and a request for matching funds from other SMPTE members. At IBC2013, Peter Weitzel, secretary and treasurer of the SMPTE U.K. section, became the first matching donor by making a significant contribution.

SMPTE Luminaries Strongly Represented on EDCF Panel
SMPTE members will always play a prominent role in any IBC program on digital cinema, and this year’s European Digital Cinema Forum (EDCF) was no exception. In fact, in one photo of the session on the front of IBC Daily, almost every panelist is a prominent SMPTE member. Pete Ludé, SMPTE past president, participated in another EDCF session along with more than 60 other SMPTE members who were on the broader IBC2013 program.

Spotlight on Rising Stars
IBC’s Rising Stars program is designed to help foster the successful rise and advance of young creative, business, and technology professionals working within the industry. At IBC2013, Rising Stars were able to meet top industry experts in a series of specially staged sessions and events, including a session led by Andy Foster, SMPTE member. Members such as Peter Weitzel, secretary and treasurer of the SMPTE U.K. section, volunteered their time and expertise to provide guided tours of the show floor and other activities for Rising Stars participants.

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“IBC2013 was one of the most successful ever for SMPTE. We had high visibility in virtually every aspect of the show, from the standing-room-only attendance at the UHDTV session to the award-winning efforts of members and the high SMPTE representation on the EDCF panel. On the show floor, the SMPTE booth was buzzing with activity, as were the numerous booths of SMPTE member companies. The energy was more palpable and stimulating than ever before.”
– Barbara H. Lange, Executive Director, SMPTE

Company Overview

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world, sustain the Society. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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Riedel Communications Acquires WAN and Mobile Streaming Specialist Code One

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Oct. 9, 2013 — Riedel Communications, a leading provider of real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that it has acquired Düsseldorf-based mobile streaming specialist Code One. As a developer of solutions for video streaming over wide area networks (WANs), Code One brings Riedel a valuable portfolio of WAN-focused solutions, as well as innovative technology for distributing video, audio, and data via mobile networks.

“In order to guarantee further expansion of our company, we needed a partner with the capacity to support our portfolio in a competent and future-proofed manner,” said Code One CEO Sven Hanten. “Riedel Communications is an experienced company that offers a positive business environment, including a firmly established presence in key markets and a strong financial position, that will fuel our ongoing and future development of innovative solutions.”

Code One video streaming technology enables broadcasters and other content producers to achieve greater mobility in live production environments. The company’s application-oriented products empower users to distribute live content anywhere, at any time. Engineered to reduce the complexity of live broadcasting, Code One solutions assure straightforward signal distribution with maximum independence.

“Code One complements our portfolio perfectly,” said Thomas Riedel, CEO of Riedel Communications. “This young company’s key areas of expertise, such as mobile streaming and innovative solutions for data transmission, offer Riedel unique technology that we can use to elevate our solutions to a new level.”

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

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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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Pioneer Music Company Buses 20 Integration Firms to CEDIA 2013 Expo

Lenexa, Kansas – October 9, 2013 – Custom channel distributor Pioneer Music Company — a member of the Catalyst AV Distribution Network that covers the Plains states -– orchestrated a “field trip” to take 20 integration companies to CEDIA Expo in Denver last month by luxury bus.

“I was the one who came up with the idea and organized it,” says David Allen of Pioneer Music Company. “The idea was conceptualized due to the fact that there were quite a few of our “top” accounts that were not going to CEDIA for one reason or another. We felt that if we could organize easy transportation and accommodations for these dealers, that they should be able to afford to take the time off. 20 companies in total, 40 attendees. 31 of the attendees took the 22 hour (2-

The bus riders!

way) trip on the bus from KC with us. Many of them had to drive a ways to get to KC. 10 of the attendees (6 companies) had never been to CEDIA before. 14 of the attendees (10 companies) would have not went to CEDIA had we not arranged this trip. We got some new exposure for the industry and some good education for the attendees.”

The terms of the field trip attendance were that attendees must visit each one of the trip’s sponsors booths (8 total booth visits) and main trip sponsors had one attendee from each company in a manufacturer product training class.

The main field trip sponsors were as follows Atlona, CORE Brands, ICE Cable, URC, and Vivitek. The secondary sponsors were Definitive Technology, IC Realtime, Mitsubishi, and Yamaha.

”The Cedia field trip with PMC took the stress travel of and planning out of my hands and allowed me to focus more on the show itself. I also enjoyed touring the PMC Kansas City location and meeting the people in person that we speak to on the phone. This trip strengthened my relationship with PMC and their manufacturers and I hope we can do it again,” said Levi Angst, of Integration Excellence, located in Lebanon, MO.

“We had the opportunity to go to an event that we did not know about and would not have gone to otherwise,” said Tom Alexander of Elite Home Audio, located in Tiffin, Iowa. “It was a great learning experience and gave us a lot more options as far as sales to our customers which in turn makes our business more money. This is a great event and everyone in the A/V industry should go.”

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 12-independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 10,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. The Catalyst AV Board of Directors consists of Mike Hench (Electronics Source); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

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Producer Steve Pageot And HARMAN’s Lexicon PCM Total Bundle Try Their Best to Make James Harden Sound Good

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Houston Rockets basketball star James Harden is one of the world’s most talented players. If only he was as talented a singer. In his entertaining 2013 Foot Locker commercial, Harden spoofs the desire for sports figures to branch out into other areas – whether they should or not – by attempting to record an R&B single and torturing the engineer’s ears in the process. The wildly popular “Foot Locker – Harden Soul Featuring James Harden and Stephen Curry” commercial has received more than five million hits on YouTube and was mixed by artist and multi-platinum producer Steve Pageot with the help of HARMAN’s Lexicon PCM Total Bundle.

Pageot got the call to mix the spots from music composer Wendell Hanes, author of “The 30-30 Career: Making 30 Grand In 30 Seconds!” Pageot wrote the chapter “Mastering the Commercial Mix” for the book, and Hanes knew Pageot could do the job under the almost-impossible deadline constraints. “Wendell called me and told me he needed the mix done immediately and e-mailed me the Pro Tools files,” said Pageot. “I dropped what I was doing and a few hours later the mix was done.”
Pageot knew he could rely on the Lexicon PCM Total Bundle to get the sounds he needed quickly and dependably. For the mix, he first created an auxiliary stereo channel and inserted the plug-in’s “Simple Delay” and “Large Plate 1” presets, then tweaked the presets to his liking. The stereo sends from Harden’s vocal track were used to send the vocal signal to the auxiliary effect channel to simultaneously engage both effects.

“I continue to go back to the Lexicon PCM Total Bundle because of its rich, lush, pretty and unique sounds that I can dial up within seconds to take my mixes to the next level,” Pageot noted. “The goal of mixing a song is to make it sound like a masterpiece – but I had to keep Harden’s vocal mix close to raw and not to process it too much. Because the Lexicon reverbs sound so magical, with each preset I would dial up I kind of found myself going against what we had to do in the commercial!” Pageot wound up using some subtle effects processing throughout the track to give it its broadcast-worthy “finished” quality. “I truly feel that the subtle reverbs and delays I used made this commercial mix a hit.”

But even Pageot’s talents couldn’t get Harden to sing in tune or do anything about that paint-peeling voice. As Stephen Curry says to James Harden in the remix video: “You should probably not quit your day job!”

“We applaud Steve’s work on this very unique and entertaining project,” stated Noel Larson, Market Manager, Portable PA, Tour and Recording, HARMAN Signal Processing. “We are always excited to hear about new and exciting ways that talented producers like Steve are using Lexicon and this is certainly one of the more memorable projects I’ve heard about!”

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.

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