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Invisible Cities Opens to Sell-Out Performances at Los Angeles’ Union Station as Sennheiser Technology Enables ‘Artistic Creation Without Borders’

City of Los Angeles Issues Proclamation to Invisible Cities as Sennheiser Delivers Highly Personalized, Yet Communal Artistic Experience to Consumers

Los Angeles – October 25, 2013Invisible Cities, the world’s first large scale opera for wireless headphones, opened to critical acclaim on October 19th at the iconic Union Station, where it was issued a Proclamation by the City of Los Angeles. The visionary production, which was written by Christopher Cerrone and produced by The Industry and L.A. Dance project, is made possible through the professional and consumer technology of leading audio manufacturer Sennheiser.

Invisible Cities, which is based on the 1972 novel by Italo Calvino that explores Marco Polo’s descriptions of fantastical cities as described to Emperor Kublai Khan, turns the classic operatic archetype on its head, transforming Los Angeles’ iconic Union Station into a constantly moving and artistically unique experience for each participant. Invisible Cities pushes the limits of artistic production and is made possible through Sennheiser’s wireless headphone and microphone technology. This enables patrons to experience a vastly repurposed art form both as independent participants and as a connected, communal audience.

“Over the last decade, we have seen technology increasingly become a primary driver in the creation of art,” commented Stefanie Reichert, director of strategic marketing, Sennheiser. “Invisible Cities relies on a very creative application of Sennheiser’s leading edge wireless microphone and headphone technology to deliver an ingenious, pioneering artistic experience to its audiences. As Invisible Cities illustrates, Sennheiser’s wireless microphone and headphone technology enables the consumer to be more of a participant in the artistic performance itself.”

Sennheiser’s wireless headphones enable participants to have a unique perceptual experience based on an almost infinite number of vantage points from which they can view the performance. At the same time, participants are gathered together in the highly ‘communal’ environment of a train station and all wearing headphones. Union Station, with its illustrious history and exquisite architecture, serves as the perfect backdrop to this tale of people in imaginary cities as cast members intermingle with both active audience members and ordinary passers by.

“Being in your own space, yet still being part of a community is a very common style of today’s generation,” Reichert said. “As social media and personalized listening experiences permeate the lives of modern consumers, Invisible Cities illustrates that people can share a communal experience with others while still enjoying art independently. This production actually leverages this phenomenon into its dramatic presentation, creating a deeper and more meaningful experience for participants.”

With its unorthodox approach and creative use of Sennheiser wireless technology, Invisible Cities successfully reinvents the traditional opera in many ways. For example, with no opera house or assigned seats, audience members are free to move about the entire performance space — a public train terminal — as the opera progresses. This often puts them directly ‘on-stage’ aside actors and performers. Regular terminal passengers and bystanders — perhaps initially unaware that a dramatic event is unfolding before their eyes — become an impromptu element in the performance as someone standing directly beside them dressed in 14th century attire, suddenly breaks out into beautiful song.

In addition to Sennheiser’s RS 120 consumer headphones worn by participants, Invisible Cities‘ technical production also relies on Sennheiser’s state of the art Digital 9000 professional wireless system, which transmits pristine audio for the duration of the performances. This system, which was launched last year after having been under development for over a decade, is the most advanced wireless system in the world and used in top level theatre, music and broadcasting events.

For more information on Invisible Cities, including performance dates and ticket information, please visit http://invisiblecitiesopera.com/.

About The Industry:

The Industry is a new home for new and experimental opera in Los Angeles. Founded and led by director Yuval Sharon, The Industry creates ambitious productions that expand the traditional definition of opera and explore new paradigms for interdisciplinary collaboration. Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times writes “The Industry is quickly and dramatically becoming an essential component in American opera. It’s now indispensable to the LA scene.” The Industry’s inaugural production, Anne LeBaron and Douglas Kearney’s Crescent City, was instantly hailed as “reshaping LA opera” (Los Angeles Times) and “changing the face of music-theater in this city overnight” (Out West Arts). The large-scale multimedia production, featuring the work of six visual artists in a 25,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Atwater Village, performed over three weeks in May 2012 to capacity audiences. The Industry recently presented First Take, a west coast opera workshop showcasing excerpts from six new operatic works-in-progress by the legendary Pauline Oliveros, and rising star composer Mohammed Fairouz at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater. For more information visit: www.TheIndustryLA.org.

About L.A. Dance Project:

L.A. Dance Project is an artist collective founded in 2012 by renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied, along with composer Nico Muhly, art consultant Matthieu Humery, producer Charles Fabius, and film producer Dimitri Chamblas. L.A. Dance Project’s mission is to create new work and to revive seminal collaborations from influential dance makers. Programs include full-length evenings in traditional theater venues as well as various modular performances in non-traditional environments. New works by the company endeavor to be multidisciplinary collaborations with various artists: visual artists, musicians, designers, directors and composers. L.A. Dance Project promotes the work of emerging and established creators, contributing to new platforms for contemporary dance. For more information visit: www.ladanceproject.com.

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

Photo captions:
1) The Invisible Cities opera, written by Christopher Cerrone and based on the 1972 novel by Italo Calvino, combines historical fiction with surrealist elements to create an ‘invisible opera for wireless headphones’. (Photo Credit: Dana Ross).

2) Yuval Sharon, artistic director of The Industry, is presented with a proclamation from The City of Los Angeles on Saturday, October 19. (Photo Credit: Dana Ross).

3) The Invisible Cities production included an 11-piece orchestra using Sennheiser and Neumann microphones. (Photo Credit: Dana Ross).

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DPA Microphones Restructures its Management Team

DPA Microphones has restructured its management team in order to maximize resources and consolidate international sales activity around future new product launches.

The company’s CEO Christian Poulsen says the development of exciting new products scheduled for release in 2014 gave DPA the impetus to examine its internal structure and make changes that play to individual managers’ personal strengths.

“These changes enable us to better support customers and dealers by providing a bridge between product development and sales,” Poulsen says. “They also allow us to create a DPA community, through which we can connect directly with DPA end users and industry opinion formers. They, in turn, will be able to influence future product development and R&D decisions.”

One of the key changes is the appointment of product specialist Mikkel Nymand to the newly created position of Product Manager. Reporting directly to Christian Poulsen, Nymand is now involved in the entire product management chain, from conception right through to development testing, launch and after sales maintenance. His role is also to ensure smooth communication, internally and externally, about the status of new and existing products and to provide a link between sales, marketing and development. He also plays an active role in new product development and is responsible for operating products during launch events.

DPA has also made a number of significant changes to its sales department. Bo Brinck has been appointed to the position of Global Sales Support Manager, another new post that was specially created to capitalize on Brinck’s industry connections and extensive technical expertise. In conjunction with DPA’s Area Managers, Brinck will arrange product demos, open house meetings with end users, seminars and training, as well as supporting similar initiatives orchestrated by DPA distributors and resellers.

Responsibility for sales within the Nordic countries now falls to Kim Nedertorp, who has been appointed Area Manager for the entire region. DPA has also appointed Nils Vinding as Area Manager for the UK, Switzerland and Central and South America. He joins the company from PPS, DPA’s largest reseller in Denmark.

DPA’s sales team in the Far East has also received a boost with the appointment of Francis Lai to the position of Sales Manager at DPA Microphones APAC in Hong Kong. Lai has 16 years’ experience in the pro audio industry, having previously worked for Sony Broadcast & Professional Asia, Shure Asia and Sennheiser Hong Kong.
Finally, DPA is delighted to announce that Ole Moesmann has been appointed to the position of R&D Manager.

“This is a very exciting time for DPA and we are confident that these changes will bring enormous benefits to our company and to our customers,” Christian Poulsen adds. “We have always had a committed management team, but taking advantage of each individual’s energy, talents and creativity will help DPA accomplish so much more in the future.”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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HARMAN’s dbx Keeps Youth Organizations on Top at Tabernacle of Praise

James Lacey III is a volunteer audio engineer for Tabernacle of Praise, a nondenominational Fort Worth, Texas ministry. Known as “Fort Worth’s Church”, Tabernacle of Praise (TOP) supports two youth ministries, KIDZ on TOP for first to sixth graders and TOP AGENTS (Army of God Equipping New Teens with Salvation) for seventh through twelfth graders. In support of these youth programs HARMAN’s dbx recently donated three 1066 Compressor/Limiter/Gates for use in their youth facility’s “The Bridge” audio system.

Lacey has been an audio enthusiast since he was young, and now takes great pride and enjoyment in passing along his skills and enthusiasm to a new generation of budding sound engineers. “A big reason I got into audio is from being a performing artist and asking the front of house engineers about what they were doing at the console and how it affected the way things sounded.” Eventually Lacey learned enough to become a sound engineer and has been volunteering at TOP for the past five years. “With KIDZ on TOP and TOP AGENTS, the ministries’ youth are now doing the same thing I did when I first became curious about live sound – they’re intrigued by what a mixing console and all the lights flashing on the outboard gear rack! It’s a great feeling to know that positive impacts on the youth can happen even through the use of audio equipment!”

With the addition of the dbx 1066 to the ministry’s audio system, which already had a dbx 266XL Compressor/Gate in place, they now have more of an opportunity than ever to learn about the essential elements of dynamics processing and hear how they relate to worship sound. The 266XL and 1066 units are applied as inserts to eight vocal and instrument subgroups on the mixing console, and used for gating on vocals, drums and percussion. The 266XL is primarily used on the lead vocal channels while the 1066s handle the other vocal and instrument subgroups.

Lacey has extensive experience with dbx, noting that most of the venues where he performed earlier in his career used analog mixing consoles with dbx dual compressor/limiters of some type, especially on vocals – and in the ones that didn’t, “it was really a challenge to run sound. I wanted to make sure that I got our new 1066s in place as soon as possible so our youth could hear what it’s like to achieve the best mix possible, a really balanced mix with clarity and dynamics where all the vocals and instruments sit perfectly in place.”

Every FOH engineer has their favorite features about any particular piece of gear and the dbx 1066 is no exception. For Lacey the Over Easy control “is a dream” for transparently smoothing out fluctuating vocal and instrumental levels. Sometimes he’ll use it on vocals like an instant “custom” overall setting so he can just concentrate on the rest of the mix. “Over Easy is a great feature that, to me, you can apply on just about everything. In fact it makes getting a good sound so easy it’s almost like cheating! That’s because good sound doesn’t ‘fight fair,’ especially in a live setting and sometimes you just have to bare-knuckle it and have tools that can get the job done quickly and effectively.”

For other applications Lacey notes that the 1066’s flexibility is in order, and that there are always cases where some hard knee compression or manual adjustments have to be made to tame and balance the mix. “In some cases, the live mix seems to have a mind of its own and changes its personality at a moment’s notice. With the 266XL and 1066s in place, you can deal with these sonic surprises much more easily, and achieve a great mix under any circumstances.”

The dbx 1066 Compressor/Limiter/Gate combines classic dbx dynamic response with a host of versatile features like selectable Over Easy or hard-knee compression, frequency-dependent gain control, PeakStopPlus speaker protection and many additional functions, making it the ideal dynamics processor for live, studio and broadcast use.

“James is a role model to audio professionals everywhere for the wonderful work he is doing with these youth organizations. We are proud to be able to support him and his work in teaching a new generation about how exciting professional audio can be,” stated Noel Larson, Market Manager, Portable PA, Tour and Recording, HARMAN Signal Processing.

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.

Genelec Home Audio Offers G Three Active Loudspeaker

NATICK, MA, October 23, 2013 — Genelec Home Audio offers its new G Three Active Loudspeaker, part of the new Genelec G Series of Active Loudspeakers for home audio. Offering an exceptional home audio solution, the G Three (Woofer 5″ + Tweeter 3/4″) joins three other models in the series: G One (Woofer 3″ + Tweeter 3/4″), G Two (Woofer 4″ + Tweeter 3/4″) and G Four (Woofer 6.5″ + Tweeter 3/4″); as well as the complementary F One (6″ active) and F Two (8″ active) subwoofers (the G Series and F Series models are designed to be used together or separately). The G Three and its brethren feature elegant industrial design by award-winning designer Harri Koskinen and Genelec’s R&D team.

The G Three 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 Three Specifications:

Maximum sound pressure: 100 dB per loudspeaker @ 1 m
Frequency response: 55 – 21000Hz (-3 dB)
Drivers: Bass 5” + Treble 0.75″ metal dome + DCW
Amplifier power: Bass 40 W + Treble 40 W
Dimensions: H x W x D: 11.77″ x 7.44″ x 7.01″ with Iso-Pod™ (299 x 189 x 178 mm)
Weight: 12.35 lb (5.6 kg)

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

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Bose® RoomMatch® Loudspeakers and PowerMatch® Amplifiers Used for Arena Performances by Rock Supergroup Yukon Kornelius, O.A.R. and DJ Logic

Framingham, Massachusetts, October 24, 2013 – Earlier this year, rock supergroup Yukon Kornelius (Featuring bassist Stefan Lessard from the Dave Matthews Band, singer/guitarist Ed Robertson from the Barenaked Ladies, singer/guitarist Adam Gardner from Guster, and drummer Eric Fawcett from Spymob, along with a multitude of special guests), performed at the FestEVOL 2013 at the Ice House Arena, part of Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, VT. Since first taking the stage in 2008, the band has gained a reputation for performing fun, lengthy sets of cover songs and surprises. All acts performed crowd-pleasing sets, and the show featured excellent sound thanks to a PA system consisting of RoomMatch® loudspeakers, along with PowerMatch® amplifiers, from Bose® Professional Systems Division.

“RoomMatch systems have generally been used for fixed installations rather than one-off live performances or touring,” stated Fuat Koro, Director of Global Marketing, Bose Professional Systems. “The bands’ management approached us and asked if we could support this event, so we worked with Yukon’s FOH engineer Sean Quackenbush to deliver a system that met his requirements for SPL, bass performance and coverage throughout the room. We had two bands and a DJ perform on the system that night, and it was a real home run. We got rave reviews from Sean, and the management loved it too. The night was a total success!”

The P.A. setup included the following Bose components: RoomMatch RM5505, RM7005, RM9010, RM12010 and RM12020 loudspeakers on each of the main arrays (left and right), RM9020 and RM12020’s for the left and right delay arrays, six RMS215 subwoofer modules for each left and right bass array, and six RMS218 VLF subwoofers. The system was powered by a total of sixteen Bose PowerMatch PM8500N amplifiers, and three ControlSpace engineered sound processors provided control and audio processing.

Quackenbush added, “This was a problematic space to use as a live venue, but when we got up and running with the Bose system, there was nothing but clarity and punch. I was very happy with it, what it could take, and what it could give back, level-wise. The vocals were smooth and punchy all the way through, and intelligibility was just amazing. At no point were the kick drum and bass guitar fighting each other, and the guitars never sounded harsh yet still had a nice growl to them. Things already sounded great during the rehearsal and soundcheck, and then we filled the place with 5000 people, and things got even better. I didn’t need to touch the EQ. Bose really did their homework with these products. They made me look good.”

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135th Audio Engineering Society Convention Hits A Five-Year High

— Convention takes a bite out of the Big Apple and reminds the industry that “If It’s About Audio, It’s At AES” —

New York, NY, October 24, 2013 — The 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City) was the place to be if you have anything to do with the audio industry. The exhibit floor, panels and technical sessions were packed all four days, and as AES celebrated its 65th Anniversary, a five-year-high number of 18,453 registrants was tallied.

At show close, AES reported a 16% increase in registration since the last time the convention was in New York two years ago (131st AES) and a staggering 71% increase over last year’s San Francisco event (133rd AES), which unfortunately was plagued by smaller attendance due to Hurricane Sandy.

Convention Committee Chair Jim Anderson and his team created the most ambitious and comprehensive schedule of workshops, panels and technical programs in AES convention history; AES135 will be remembered by those in attendance as an exciting and enlightening experience, and one of the most heavily attended conventions in years. From the opening keynote address on Thursday by Josh McDermott from MIT; and the Heyser Lecture by legendary producer, technologist and multi-GRAMMY® Award winner George Massenburg; to Friday’s lunchtime keynote by multi-GRAMMY Award winner Jimmy Jam; the Project Studio Expo and Knowledge Center; the “Sound For Picture” Deadliest Catch workshop; the GRAMMY SoundTables event honoring the late Phil Ramone; presentations by engineer and Jay-Z collaborator Young Guru; and more, AES135 hit it out of the park for attendees and exhibitors alike.

“I can’t express how thrilled I am with our Convention this year,” stated Bob Moses, Executive Director of the AES. “Our organizing committee really outdid themselves, with over 250 presentations from an astounding 682 leading researchers and practitioners in the field, many of them standing-room only. The convention floor was absolutely packed, and the only complaint I heard was that we ran out of convention programs on the second day because so many people showed up. We took some risks with this show in an attempt to bring in lots of new blood and to maintain our position on the proverbial cutting edge, and the fact that it was such a fantastic success gives us confidence to ratchet it up a few more notches in Los Angeles next year. Actually, why wait for October 2014? – we’ll be back in Berlin in April, and much of what made this show so great will be leveraged to breathe new life into our European convention.”

No matter what sector of the industry you are involved in — recording & production, broadcast & streaming, game audio, live sound, networked audio, sound for picture, post production or system integration — AES135 had it all. The convention received support from over 20 industry sponsors and partners including: Audio Precision, Cerwin-Vega, CharterOak, Focusrite/Novation, Gibson, Hal Leonard, Harman/Soundcraft, iZotope, KRK, NewBay Media, Onkyo, SAE Institute, Sennheiser, Sound On Sound, Sound and Picture, Stanton, Tascam, and THAT Corporation. Additionally several organizations lent their support, including APRS, ASCAP, DTV Audio Group, International Music Festival Conference, Manhattan Producer’s Alliance, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® and SPARS, as well as leading audio retailers GC Pro and Sweetwater.

The convention garnered praise from exhibitors and attendees alike. Piers Plaskitt, CEO, Solid State Logic, Inc., stated, “We went into the 2013 AES with high expectations, a new console for the live market, a cool summing box for our music professionals and a MADI/Dante bridge for our broadcast customers. We staffed up accordingly, and I’m very pleased to say that we had an extraordinarily busy show that exceeded our projections on every level. We are looking forward to 2014 and the convention’s return to Los Angeles.”

“This AES in NY was the best AES convention in many years,” stated Eric Mayer, President, DPA Inc. “This year the show floor traffic seemed up, our booth attendees were more ‘qualified’ and spirits seemed high. I’m not sure what changes were made, but whatever they were, they were needed and they worked.”

Katy Templeman-Holmes, Sr. Marketing Manager USA, Mixer Group, HARMAN, echoed Mayer’s words: “We had a great show, specifically with the hands-on workshops we hosted. Attendance was stronger than ever and it was a valuable mix of student, new and veteran engineers all looking to learn and experience the available technologies and products. A good show all around.”

“AES NY is always special, as no other show draws such a diverse crowd of key decision leaders in music, post, broadcast and live sound,” stated Phil Wagner, President of Focusrite Novation Inc. “This year’s AES show had our booth and sound demo room packed with potential customers from start to finish. We were proud to sponsor both the Project Studio Expo and Networked Audio Track. We look forward to a strong presence at AES Los Angeles next year.”

For additional information on the Audio Engineering Society and its conventions, conferences and technological outreach, visit http://www.aes.org.

Photo Caption 1: The 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City) saw five-year-high registration numbers. Photos courtesy of Audio Engineering Society. © 2013

Photo Caption 2: Attendees flock to the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention on the opening day of exhibits, Friday, October 18, 2013. Photos courtesy of Audio Engineering Society. © 2013

Photo Caption 3: The aisles on the exhibition floor at the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention were filled with wall-to-wall attendees. Photos courtesy of Audio Engineering Society. © 2013

For additional photos from the 135th AES Convention, please visit http://clynemedia.com/AES/AES135/photos/.

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Bose® RoomMatch® Asymmetrical Array Module Loudspeaker Selected as WFX 2013 New Product Technology Award Winner

Framingham, Massachusetts, October 23, 2013 – Bose® Professional Systems Division is proud to announce that its RoomMatch® Asymmetrical Array Module Loudspeakers have been selected as the recipient of a WFX 2013 New Product Technology Award, in the category of “Best Large-Format Loudspeaker.” Winners were announced on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at the Worship Facilities Conference & Expo (WFX) Dallas.

New Product Technology Awards, presented by Church Production Magazine, Worship Facilities Magazine, and Worship Facility Designer, are the most comprehensive Audio, Video, Lighting, and New Media product awards in the house of worship market. These products are recognized for their innovation and application for churches of all sizes and styles.

Morten Jorgensen, Sr. Manager of the Americas Professional Systems Division, states, “It is a true honor to be recognized once again by the selection committee for the WFX New Product Technology Awards. It is gratifying to be recognized by our peers and industry experts for our hard work. When you listen to your customers and end users and create market-driven products that solve fundamental problems, people cannot help but notice. We are proud of the RoomMatch Asymmetrical models, as we are of our entire Professional Systems product line, and again it is an honor to be acknowledged by the WFX Awards.”

About Bose’s RoomMatch Asymmetrical Array Module Loudspeakers
Bose recently introduced these 22 new RoomMatch models with horizontally asymmetrical coverage patterns. Building upon the innovative designs pioneered by the Bose engineering team, with the addition of these asymmetrical array modules, the RoomMatch series now includes 42 unique coverage patterns providing system designers with unprecedented coverage control and scalability. The asymmetrical pattern modules improve sound quality in many room shapes by reducing side-wall reflections, which helps improve consistency of sound quality, seat-to-seat, without the need for “yaw in” array aiming. The asymmetrical pattern modules also improve stereo soundstage effects when used either in left/right pairs or in L/C/R array configurations. The modules feature the industry’s only large-format asymmetrical waveguides, with pattern control down to 800 Hz, which improve vocal clarity by reducing room reflections in the critical 1-4 kHz vocal intelligibility range. All RoomMatch full-range modules utilize six Bose EMB2 extended–midrange compression drivers with 2-inch voice coils for the high frequencies and dual Bose LF10 high-excursion, 10-inch woofers with 3-inch voice coils for the low frequencies. RoomMatch full-range array modules feature a frequency response of 60-16k Hz (+/- 3 db) with long-term continuous power handling of 500 W and peak handling of 2000 W.

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L-ACOUSTICS Delivers Sweet Sound for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

KARA chosen for live production at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane

LONDON — Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a musical production based on the classic 1964 book by Roald Dahl, has been delighting audiences of all ages at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane following its premiere in May 2013. Directed by Sam Mendes and starring Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka, 70,000 people saw the musical in its first month with its premiere attended by top celebrities from the acting world, and its run has now been extended until May 2014.

For sound reinforcement, L-ACOUSTICS equipment was specified by award-winning sound designer Paul Arditti following his successful shows – including London Road and The Magistrate – using the product in the Olivier Theatre since its installation in July 2012. “Having heard L-ACOUSTICS KARA in the challenging environment of the Olivier Theatre in London, I knew that this was the loudspeaker system I wanted to specify for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” he says. more

Belkin Releases Stage App with New Features to Boost Student Success

Apple Rates Stage App a “Best New App,” Highlighting Belkin’s Commitment to
Technology in Education
 

PLAYA VISTA, CA  – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, today announced the latest version of the Stage App. The Belkin Stage App was rated by Apple as a Best New App in its first week of release. 

Belkin’s Stage App combines the convenience of a document camera with the power of an interactive whiteboard to bring lessons to life and boost student success. It enables educators to sketch and annotate over live video for engaging tutorials, and displays objects using the iPad camera with the ability to sketch, write, label or laser point to objects in real time. With a simple connection to a projector or second screen, iPad creations can be easily shared and viewed with an entire classroom.

Stage App provides users with new features that include an undo/redo function, a zoomable camera, and a text tool. Additional new functionalities include: 

  • New, efficient user interface, improved toolbars, and more colors
  • Improved label library and label design features
  • In-app purchases available that include Multiple Canvases, Academic Backgrounds Bundle, Shapes, and Multiple Pictures

The Stage App also features a video output function to allow all video and interactions to be output via a wired or wireless connection, and a recording function that allows users to record audio, video and created interactions. Recorded sessions are saved to the iPad photo library for simple access and uploading to collaborative sites such as YouTube EDU. The newest version of Stage App is optimized for iOS7.

In addition to the free Stage app, Belkin launched Stage Pro. Stage Pro unlocks all advanced features of the basic Stage app including Video Recording, Multiple Canvases, Academic Backgrounds Bundle, Shapes, and Multiple Pictures. A 50 percent discount is available for qualified educational purchases of Stage Pro through Apple’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP).

“The exciting new features of Belkin’s newest Stage App release, along with the Best New App recognition from Apple, highlight our customer-driven approach to product development and dedication to technology in education,” said Jon Roepke, senior product manager, Business Division, Belkin International. “Our goal is to efficiently integrate the iPad into the classroom to help optimize the learning environment for students and teachers. Used with the Tablet Stage for iPad, the Stage App also represents an economical alternative to technologies such as interactive whiteboards and document cameras – delivering similar functionality without the price tag and hassle of integration.”

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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.belkin.com/us/business/enterprise.

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SMPTE and Hollywood Post Alliance Present Sold-Out Women in Technology Event

Wendy Aylsworth, Jacki Morie, and Poppy Crum Hold Lively Conversation Focused on Success in an Industry Still Lacking Women

LOS ANGELES — Oct. 24, 2013 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the Hollywood Post Alliance(R) (HPA) Women in Post presented “Wendy Aylsworth in Conversation with Friends” to a full house on Monday in conjunction with the SMPTE 2013 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in Hollywood. The event, which sold out well in advance, attracted a diverse group of women who are engaged in a variety of roles in the media and technology industry. SMPTE is the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries. The Women in Post group of the HPA — the trade association for the postproduction community — attracts professional women who fill many technical, creative, and leadership roles in postproduction. SMPTE and HPA worked together to develop the event as a way to reach these women, who have crucial responsibilities and face many challenges.

“This business can be a really great place for women, particularly when they can benefit from the knowledge and support of experienced female professionals excelling in the field,” said SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange. “Leaders and mentors like Wendy are doing wonderful work to attract more women to the business, and the strong interest in this sold-out event shows how inspiring and valuable the connections among women are for our industry.”

During the luncheon, SMPTE President Wendy Aylsworth, senior vice president of technology at Warner Bros. Technical Operations, joined Jacki Morie, CEO of All These Worlds, and Poppy Crum, senior scientist at Dolby Laboratories, in a vibrant discussion about what it takes to be a woman working in the entertainment and media technology industry. Drawing on more than 50 years of collective experience, the three shared their perspectives on being successful in an industry that still lacks women.

“Women are a fundamental part of the media and entertainment technology workforce, and the future will rely on finding the best talent for technical and executive roles,” said Eileen Kramer, executive director of HPA. “SMPTE and HPA Women in Post offered a valuable array of insights to women who work, or will be working, in one of the most invigorating, challenging, and rewarding careers in the media and entertainment industry.”

A number of important points arose from the event, including the need for focus on creativity and mentorship. Aylsworth spoke of the importance of thinking creatively to attract more women to a business that will continue to need the best and brightest talent, and Morie provided practical ideas for making it happen. Crum emphasized the importance of having a mentor “to encourage you and to allow you to make mistakes” in the process of exploring new ideas and possibilities.

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Photo Caption: Wendy Aylsworth, Jacki Morie, and Poppy Crum at Women in Entertainment and Media Technology Luncheon

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About HPA Women in Post
Women in Post was created to provide leadership and visibility opportunities for women working in postproduction at all levels in motion pictures, television, commercials, and other media. It is a community in which women can network, learn, and share information and ideas in a friendly, welcoming environment. More information is available at www.hpaonline.com.

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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