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Belkin Expands Award-Winning Secure KVM Portfolio with Secure Windowing KVM

New One-of-a-Kind KVM Switch Technology Ends Era of Manual Push-Button Switching Between Channels

PLAYA VISTA, CA Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, today announced the expansion of its award-winning secure KVM product line with the first-to-market Belkin Secure Windowing KVM Switch. The new switch delivers superior peripheral security for government and high security agencies by providing true data path isolation between systems and networks—the hallmark of Belkin’s Advanced Secure KVM product family. 

Unlike conventional KVMs, the Belkin Secure Windowing KVM Switch requires no manual push-button switching between channels. The new switch enables simultaneous user interaction with multiple computers connected to networks with different security levels, using one mouse, one keyboard and one or two display monitors.

Traditional secure KVM switches allow users to work on only one channel or computer at a time. The new switch is the only product designed for environments in which the user needs to constantly work at and monitor multiple computers, with different security levels, simultaneously— without quality loss, latency, reduced colors, or dropped frames. Using state-of-the-art video technology, the Belkin Secure Windowing KVM allows users to fit up to four full HD sources on a single HD display.

The Windowing KVM is fully compatible with legacy (using Belkin Smart Cables) and new government systems, and is Common Criteria validated to EAL 4+ to assure the highest level of protection.

Additional security features of Belkin’s Secure Windowing KVM Switch include:

  • Advanced scaling function, allowing users to scale the video source x 1/2 and x 1/4
  • Two additional working modes: tile and scaling
  • Dual-display model, the ideal setup for high-end users
  • Easy customization of channels, colors, cursors, task bar, background, and more 

“The new Secure Windowing KVM Switch brings the era of manual push-button switching between channels to an end, and makes simultaneous interaction with multiple computers a reality,” said Luis Artiz, director of product management, Business Division, Belkin International. “Like all products in Belkin’s award-winning Secure KVM portfolio, the Windowing KVM exemplifies our continued focus on improving workstation security, which pivots on true data path isolation between systems and networks. We will continue to advance our technology to meet the security requirements of government agencies, financial institutions, and other organizations that handle sensitive or confidential data on separate networks with different levels of security.” 

Belkin’s Secure Windowing KVM Switch is now available through the company’s network of authorized channel partners.

Belkin delivers the necessary components for workstation security, as well as every essential accessory and peripheral device to provide a complete, efficient, productive workstation that meets the demands of government use. For more information visit:  Belkin Government.

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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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New LynTec Control System Simplifies Emergency Lighting Solutions

New RPC v2 Provides Circuit-Selectable Emergency-On Functionality for Egress Lighting Regardless of Protocol or Zone Assignment

LENEXA, Kan. — Nov. 7, 2013 — LynTec, a leading manufacturer of customized electrical power control systems for professional audio, video, and lighting systems, today announced the availability of expanded emergency lighting features via its new RPC v2 controller. Designed to turn on circuits instantly regardless of control protocol or zone assignment, the new features enable applications within the entertainment lighting control sector to comply easily with federal, state, and local egress or emergency lighting codes.

Made specifically to address NEC 700.12 requirements and UL 904 emergency lighting needs, the RPC v2 controller provides the market’s only auto-on function for egress lighting via contact closure inputs using motorized circuit breakers. Required for any new or upgraded lighting installation, the solution replaces the need for separate emergency lighting panels and high-voltage switches, and activates lighting circuits regardless of control protocol or zone assignment — similar to the function of LynTec’s existing emergency-off or kill features used for silencing sound reinforcement systems during alarms.

“Our new expanded lighting features significantly simplify today’s emergency lighting applications,” said Mark Bishop, president of LynTec. “In the past, entertainment lighting professionals were forced to combine separate emergency lighting panels with a high-voltage switch, resulting in compromised cost and space efficiencies. With LynTec, users can now easily adhere to emergency lighting codes using a single panel at a fraction of the wiring costs, creating a simple system for moving selected lights in and out of ‘emergency-on’ commands.”

Once circuits have been designated via LynTec’s Web-based setup screens, a single contact closure will activate the RPC’s emergency-on functions. Using motorized circuits, users can control light fixtures while manually operated unswitched circuits provide power to emergency lighting equipment’s charging and detection circuits. For compliance with local and national electrical codes, both circuits are electrically tied to the same source via a single common bolt-on connection, and the breaker can also be used to activate lights or outlets regardless of local switch position. Users simply feed the wall switch from the breaker’s unswitched leg and feed devices directly from the breaker’s remotely controlled leg to provide emergency-on functionality.

LynTec’s emergency lighting feature is now available as part of the upgraded RPC v2 controller, with the purchase of any RPC panel, RPCR relay panel, or RPCM mobile power distro. More information on LynTec and the company’s full line of products is available at www.LynTec.com.

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About LynTec
LynTec is a leading manufacturer of remotely operated AC power control systems for the professional sound, lighting, and video industries. The company offers both electrical protection and circuit switching capabilities within the same enclosure — saving space, lowering installation costs, and building trusted relationships with system designers. LynTec’s continuous growth in electrical and expanded lighting control, energy monitoring, built-in power conditioning, and mobile applications positions the company as a leading resource for the A/V and lighting industries and an integral partner for sustainable energy practices. More information is available at www.LynTec.com.

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MultiDyne CCW 2013 Product News

MultiDyne(R) — Booth 1309

At CCW 2013, MultiDyne(R) will showcase its comprehensive range of innovative, fiber-optic-based video and audio transport solutions designed specifically for pro A/V and broadcast applications.

Key Product and Technology Demos

The BullDog Field Fiber Transport System
At CCW 2013, MultiDyne will highlight The BullDog, an innovative new field fiber transport system that packs endless functionality into a compact, rugged package. Using The BullDog, professional camera operators can significantly extend the transmission distance of camera signals, including HD-SDI video, audio, intercom, control data, GPIOs, tally, and power. In addition to transporting any camera signal over a single fiber cable, The BullDog can efficiently transport up to 8 HD-SDI signals in any direction. Designed to withstand the harsh environments of sports and ENG applications, the cost-effective and scalable system can easily be configured to support a wide range of existing and next-generation signals.

Operating on a low-weight battery pack, The BullDog gives users the option of adding MultiDyne’s JUICE power supply. Using JUICE, operators can seamlessly transmit camera signals to distances up to 300 meters, without requiring local power or batteries.

SilverBACK-4K(TM)
MultiDyne’s SilverBACK-4K(TM) is a powerful new camera-mounted fiber transport solution that supports 4K (Ultra HD) digital television. Utilizing SilverBACK-4K, users can seamlessly transmit any camera signal — including Ultra HD video, HD-SDI video, audio, intercom, control data, GPIOs, tally, and power — over a single hybrid copper and fiber cable.

The SilverBACK-4K is available in several versions including a feature-rich model with a video option for viewfinder or monitor viewing in the field as well as other low cost models. Ultra HD support can be added to any existing SilverBACK system through a simple upgrade, enabling MultiDyne customers to deliver a state-of-the-art 4K television experience cost-effectively.

MultiDyne’s award-winning SilverBACK-4K transport system features an elegant, compact case — measuring just over one inch thick — with a simple, intuitive user interface. Ideal for digital cinema, sports, ENG, DSNG, and multi-camera studio applications, SilverBACK-4K can transport SDI video up to 4K uncompressed with embedded or separate program audio. Users can achieve camera control/RCP paint functions through one of the three available data channels, and an additional back channel is available for camera sync or genlock. Several options are available for optical connectivity including STS, Neutrik(R) opticalCon, Fibreco Mini 2 expanded beam, and Lemo(R) SMPTE 304M. A JUICE power supply can be added to support camera distances up to 300 meters.

The SilverBACK-4K supports up to four channels of AES or analog program audio as well as a full-featured, single-channel intercom with talk and listen gain adjustments. Additionally, an adjustable PGM inject allows the camera operator to hear program audio mixed with intercom. To enable audio, a mic preamp is included for talent or camera-mounted audio needs, along with a talent IFB. The receiver features a standard 4-wire intercom output configuration with an optional 2-wire conversion. PGM audio is available for the talent or stage manager via a convenient headphone jack.

HD-18000 CWDM Multiplexer
MultiDyne’s HD-18000 CWDM multiplexing system enables users to transport up to 18 HD-SDI signals per single-mode fiber, making it the industry’s most powerful and economical HD-trunking solution. Portable and easy to use, the platform is perfect for transmitting multiple high-bandwidth signals in harsh operating environments and can easily support emerging 4K applications, providing users with the capability to transport up to four 4K signals with one fiber. Designed for OB, fixed facility, cross-campus network, and centralized control room applications, the system optimizes transmission anywhere signals need to be trunked — offering users a compact, cost-effective, multichannel solution for extending SDI transport.

FS-18000 Fiber-Saver Portable CWDM Remapper/Multiplexer
Visitors to MultiDyne’s booth will get a look at the FS-18000 Fiber-Saver, a CWDM remapper/multiplexer that transports up to 18 digital optical or SDI signals over a single fiber, simplifying the transport of additional signals in remote locations where there is an insufficient amount of available fibers. Using the FS-18000 Fiber-Saver, a user can input any digital optical signal, with a data rate of up to 4.25Gb/sec. All 18 signals are transmitted over one fiber. The receiver then outputs each of the 18 optical signals individually. The FS-18000 Fiber-Saver is the ideal solution for a wide range of applications, including sports broadcasting, shared control rooms, and remote studios/STLs, and has been enhanced to support 4K digital television.

4K-4000 Fiber-Optic Transport System
Also on display at CCW 2013 will be MultiDyne’s 4K-4000 fiber-optic transport system. Designed to address the tremendous data requirements involved with delivering 4K digital television, the 4K-4000 enables users to transport a 4K signal over one single-mode fiber. The cost-effective unit is portable or rack-mountable, offering users a high degree of flexibility. There is also a card version for the openGear(R) platform with SNMP and redundant power.

SilverBACK-II(TM) With JUICE Camera-Mounted Fiber Transport Solution
MultiDyne’s signature SilverBACK-II(TM) with JUICE is the cost-effective, camera-mounted fiber transport solution capable of transmitting any camera signal, including HD-SDI video, audio, control data, GPIOs, tally, and power over a single hybrid fiber and copper cable without relying on local power or batteries. Featuring an elegant, compact case measuring just over one inch thick, the SilverBACK-II with JUICE eliminates operator fatigue in the field by providing users with a lightweight, remote powering system that can be seamlessly integrated onto any camera. Ideally suited for news, sports, ENG, DSNG, OB, and multi-camera studio applications, the SilverBACK-II with JUICE can transport SDI video up to 3G HD-SDI uncompressed with embedded or separate program audio. A return video option also supports up to 3G HD-SDI video for viewfinder or monitor viewing, providing a high-quality viewing experience for users in the field. In addition, the unit enables operators to achieve camera control/RCP paint functions through one of the three available data channels. An additional back channel is available for camera sync or genlock. Several options are available for optical connectivity including STS, Neutrik(R) opticalCon, Fibreco Mini MX expanded beam, and Lemo(R) SMPTE 304M.

SMPTE-HUT Hybrid Universal Transceiver
MultiDyne will highlight its SMPTE-HUT universal camera transceiver at CCW 2013. Designed to increase the transmission distances of HD cameras that can be distance-limited by hybrid copper/fiber cabling, this high-performance transport system is ideal for remote broadcasting, sports, shared control rooms, campus facilities, arenas, and stadium applications. The SMPTE-HUT cost-effectively enables full camera operation in even the most rugged broadcasting environments, extending transmission ranges up to 10km on just two single-mode fibers.

Company Overview:

For more than 30 years, MultiDyne(R) has been a leading provider of innovative video and fiber-optic-based transport systems for the broadcast, cable, satellite, production, digital cinema, pro A/V, corporate, retail, surveillance, teleconferencing, judicial arraignment, transportation, government, military, and healthcare markets. MultiDyne’s fiber-optic transport systems for video, SDI, 3G HD, DVB/ASI, VGA, DVI, HDMI, audio, AES, Ethernet, data, CATV, as well as the company’s other broadcast accessories are used worldwide by such industry leaders as ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, RAI, BBC, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. MultiDyne provides a seven-year warranty on its core product line. For more information, call MultiDyne at 1-877-MULTIDYNE or 1-516-671-7278, visit the company’s website at www.multidyne.com, or send an email to sales@multidyne.com.

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Audinate Offers Free Online Networking Courses for CTS RU Credits

Portland OR-November 8, 2013-Audinate, the inventors of the digital media networking solution Dante™, is offering a series of specialized networking courses on-line that can be used for RU credits toward a CTS certification. Presently, two courses are now available which include “The Principles of Digital Audio” and “Introduction to IP Networking for AV Systems”.

The first new course, “The Principles of Digital Audio” covers the encoding and representation of audio in digital formats, how audio is communicated and manipulated in the digital domain and introduces the features and benefits of digital audio networking. Each person taking the course will receive 3.0 CTS RU credits in CTS Domain A.

The second new course, “Introduction to IP Networking for AV Systems” provides a high level informative discussion on the adoption of IP networking and then introduces the OSI model and how data travels through network layers and hardware. It concludes with a more focused look at how Dante implements networking standards in the context of transporting media. This course has been approved for 3.0 CTS RU credits in CTS Domain A and 3.0 CTS-D RU credits in CTS-D Domain B.

Built on existing networking protocols and standards, Audinate’s Dante technology is a plug-and-play networking solution which delivers ultra-low latency, tightly synchronized media, while simplifying installation and configuration of digital media networks. Dante has been adopted by more than 115 OEMs, with over 175 Dante products to choose from and more being launched all the time. Dante has rapidly become the leading digital media networking solution of choice.

“As digital audio networking becomes even more important in today’s large and small scale installations,” Says Landon Gentry Manager of Global Support Services at Audinate, “anyone who doesn’t have an understanding of IT networks and how they work could be losing out on important projects.” Gentry also adds, “We believe that these courses will help de-mystify digital audio networking and introduce people on how straightforward IT networks really are.”

To register and subscribe to these free courses, please click here or go to www.audinate.com and click on InfoComm RU Courses

About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes AV systems to enable our customers to thrive in a networked world. Audinate’s patented Dante media networking technology has been adopted by 115 OEM manufacturers in the professional audio/visual industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate is a Promoter Member of the AVnu Alliance™. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company. Dante is Digital Media Networking Perfected.

Dante and Ultimo are trademarks of Audinate Pty Ltd, Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

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iZotope Releases Audio Repair with RX 3: Tools, Tips and Techniques

Online Guide Details Strategies for Overcoming Common Audio Repair Problems

Cambridge, MA – November 5, 2013 – iZotope Inc., a leading audio technology company, announced the release of its new digital guide entitled Audio Repair with RX 3: Tools, Tips, and Techniques. The reference guide, available free of charge in the iTunes store and through iZotope’s website, provides invaluable information for audio editors repairing or restoring audio.

Audio Repair with RX 3 outlines the most common types of audio problems in recordings and covers the fundamental concepts of audio repair, while providing helpful tips from professionals for salvaging previously unusable audio. Geared toward helping users approach audio restoration based on their specific goals, readers can navigate through a wealth of tips and techniques from professionals including Emmy award-winning sound mixer Bill Jackson, Pro Tools Expert deputy editor Mike Thornton, and others.

For RX 3 users, audio repair techniques using iZotope’s new RX 3 audio restoration software are also included as subtopics throughout the guide.

Key Features:
Through the 100+ pages of the guide, readers are provided with valuable information on how to:

- Identify the basics of audio repair and restoration, and understand the tools of the trade.
- Learn the use of a spectrogram to identify audio problems.
- Expand efficiency in denoising, including reducing broadband noise, hum and tonal noise, and dialog denoising.
- Removing intermittent noises and gaps, clicks and pops, clipping, and reverb.
- Learn techniques of efficiently exporting and delivering audio.
- Discover tips from award-winning industry leaders, including timesaving advice and guidance through specific modules and plug-ins.

For more information about “Audio Repair with RX 3”, visit www.izotope.com.
For more information about iZotope RX 3, visit http://www.izotope.com/rx.

Pricing and Links to Download
Audio Repair with RX 3: Tools, Tips and Techniques, is free of charge, and is accessible through PDF by clicking here.
The eBook version can be downloaded via iTunes for iPhone and iPad by clicking here.
Users can also download follow-along audio examples here from the iZotope website.

About iZotope, Inc.
iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®.
For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com.

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Eric Smith, Founder and President of Auralex® Acoustics, Continues to Share His Knowledge Through Lectures and Speaking Engagements Nationwide

— Ongoing series of events sees Smith traveling to schools and conferences to educate students, faculty and industry veterans alike —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, November 7, 2013 – Eric Smith, Founder and President of Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments, is continuing to share his knowledge far and wide, as he has been a featured guest lecturer at a number of colleges and universities across the country. A highly-sought-after speaker, Smith has recently had the opportunity to speak to faculty and students at Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles and the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences in Gilbert, AZ with more such engagements planned indefinitely.

Smith, throughout his career, has been a strong advocate of education, and he has guest-lectured at high schools and colleges throughout the country on the subjects of acoustics, broadcasting and entrepreneurship. Smith brings a wealth of personal experience, technical knowledge and a sense of humor to all of his presentations, which focus on basic acoustic theories, sound control issues and solutions, product design strategies, the challenges of a start-up company and what it takes to be successful in business.

Barry Rudolph, Instructor at Musician’s Institute, recalled the response to Smith’s presentation there: “What a fantastic and generous lecture Auralex President Eric Smith recently gave to the audio engineering students here at Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Our new Studio F was filled to capacity throughout the afternoon with a continuous stream of students enjoying his insightful and practical suggestions for improving the sound of their own project/home studios using various Auralex acoustic treatment products. Eric’s anecdotal yet analytical tutorial style explains with clarity, precision and humor. The students loved it!”

Smith was also a featured panelist at the recent PotLuckCon 2013 Audio Conference. Eric participated in a panel discussion along with studio designers/acousticians Mark Genfan and Carl Tatz and noted journalist/music technology specialist Mitch Gallagher. The topic of the well-attended panel discussion was “Practical Acoustics Workshop,” and the panel was moderated by Alex Maiolo.

“This series of events has been very fruitful,” stated Eric Smith. “I love getting the opportunity to promote good sound and good listening environments to current and future engineers and members of the audio community. When I see tomorrow’s audio professionals asking great questions and paying close attention, I know that the industry is in great hands. I am lucky that I can make an impact on these minds in the process, and I look forward to participating at more of these events in the near future.”

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

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Focusrite’s RedNet System Helps Georgia Southern University’s Ambitious Electronic Ensemble Music Program Push the Boundaries of Music Recording and Composition

Eight RedNet 1 units offer precision 24-bit A-D and D-A conversion and I/O for bringing in analog audio signals from the program’s studio and delivering them digitally to any part of the campus’ network

Los Angeles, CA, November 7, 2013 – RedNet, Focusrite’s flagship range of Ethernet-networked audio interfaces, based around the Dante Ethernet protocol, can take music and recording to places it might never have gone. That’s what’s taking place at Georgia Southern University, where the school’s music technology department is moving forward with an innovative curriculum. The program utilizes eight RedNet 1 devices, which offer eight channels of line-level analog I/O with Focusrite’s precision 24-bit A-D and D-A conversion, to connect acoustical and electronic performances from the school’s electronic ensemble. This allows students to manipulate the audio in real time, creating entirely new compositions in the process.

For instance, as John Thompson, the school’s Associate Professor, Music Technology, explains, a performance by a clarinet in one of any number of venues across the campus, including a performing arts center or a black-box theater, can be routed via RedNet onto the school’s local-area network and back to the program’s recording studio. In the process, students can access that signal and apply a huge array of processing to it, using the original performance as a trigger for other types of sound generation, creating an entirely new work. All of this is made possible by RedNet’s near-zero latency and highly flexible routing capabilities. And the entire campus can be the recordings’ canvas, thanks to the RedNet’s routing capability.

“We’re routing everything through a Cisco switch, and using RedNet we’ve been able to create a very complex routing infrastructure with very little cabling,” explains Thompson. “That ability to access the network, combined with the extremely low latency, is what makes this work. In addition to the interesting potential of networked audio in musical performance, we get the bonus of excellent converters in the RedNet 1s. The audio quality is outstanding with a crisp and focused image.”

The RedNet devices, which were purchased through Sales Associate Jim Swain at Sweetwater, are central to Thompson and Georgia Southern University’s unique and ambitious program achieving its goals. The University’s hallmark is “a culture of engagement that bridges theory with practice,” the school’s website explains, and that’s exactly what the Music Technology’s program’s adventurous agenda does.

“RedNet really takes us to places few educational or musical programs can go,” says Thompson. “It changes the mindset. Instead of letting us just find new ways of doing old things, RedNet lets us discover new ways of doing entirely new things. That’s really an accomplishment.”

RedNet is Focusrite’s range of modular Ethernet-networked audio interfaces that harnesses the power of Audinate’s tried and tested Dante digital audio networking system to bring studio quality sound to any modern audio application. Fundamentally, RedNet is an extremely scalable, near zero latency audio distribution system that can be used to expand I/O channel count, interface digital components, and/or bridge between Pro Tools|HD or MADI and the Dante audio network. RedNet 1 connects to your network with a single Ethernet cable.

For more information on the full RedNet range of Ethernet-networked audio interfaces, please visit www.focusrite.com/rednet.

About RedNet 1:
RedNet 1 offers eight channels of line-level analog in and out, with Focusrite’s precision 24-bit A-D and D-A conversion for superb audio performance, and 119-dB dynamic range at sample rates up to 192 kHz. The rear panel includes standard DB25 connectors for analogue patchbay or breakout cable interfacing. RedNet 2 adds 16 analog channels in and out to your RedNet network and can be located anywhere you can run an Ethernet cable. Featuring Focusrite’s precision 24-bit A-D and D-A conversion for superb audio performance, it delivers 119-dB dynamic range at sample rates up to 192-kHz. The rear panel includes standard DB25 connectors for analog patchbay or breakout cable interfacing.

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Audio Engineering Society Welcomes New President Dr. Sean Olive

— Noted audio researcher, educator and recording engineer/producer assumes role of President,
taking over from Frank Wells —

— Olive’s expertise and experience will help frame and strengthen the direction of AES leading into the 137th Convention in Los Angeles and beyond —

New York, NY, November 6, 2013 — Following closely on the heels of the 135th Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention, held Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City, which was hailed as one of the AES’s biggest successes in recent memory, the AES welcomes Dr. Sean Olive as its new President, taking over from outgoing President Frank Wells. Currently serving as Director, Acoustic Research, HARMAN International, Olive is based in Northridge, California, placing him in an ideal location to guide the AES into the 137th Convention, which will take place in Los Angeles in the fall of 2014.

Olive’s experience is wide-ranging; his education includes a B. Mus. from University of Toronto, a M. Mus. in sound recording from McGill University and a PhD in sound reproduction from McGill. He served as an audio research scientist for the National Research Council of Canada for several years, before joining the HARMAN team in 1993. He has stayed active in academia, teaching classes at UCLA on occasion, and has been involved in various aspects of the AES’s technical committees and research initiatives. He displays an unwavering passion for audio and the AES organization, and his unique perspective as a musician, educator, recording engineer/producer, audio researcher and consumer places him in an ideal position to guide the course of the society through the next year and help plot that course for coming years.

One set of goals embraced by Olive is to continue diversifying the scope of the AES and its membership. As he points out, “The recording industry has been at times resistant to change, and we are still feeling the effects of the failure to fully embrace digital technology. The ways that consumers are experiencing music are evolving at a rapid rate, with audio as a mobile experience now being much more common than a living room with a hi-fi system. Headphone sales are through the roof, and the AES has a chance to help improve the consistency and quality of the mobile experience. As our membership continues to move toward this world, along with the worlds of film, sound contracting, live sound, automotive audio and gaming, we need to further explore these avenues in order to better serve our members. There is also huge room for AES member expansion into the so-called ‘BRIC’ countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – and we plan to increase our outreach in those regions. The AES has a tremendous leadership role and a strong membership base, and I look forward to leveraging these assets to assist in the ongoing transition to the AES of the 21st century.”

For further information on the Audio Engineering Society and upcoming events, please visit http://www.aes.org/.

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Clay Paky Joins Black Sabbath’s Reunion Tour

Photo: Sarah Mallos

Heavy metal icon Black Sabbath continues its Reunion Tour in Latin America, Europe and the UK with a large complement of Clay Paky Sharpy and Sharpy Wash lights.

The tour celebrates the band’s reunion last year and supports their album “13,” the first with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978.

“Sharpys are the ultimate eye candy,” declares Michael Keller, lighting programmer for Baz Halpin, the tour’s lighting designer. “They create such a visual display that they combat most videowalls. They’re one of the few instruments that can cut right past them.”

Halpin is utilizing 42 Sharpys on the Reunion Tour with two pods of 4x4s and ten fixtures on the ground, says Keller. “They’re very sturdy and rugged and have never had a failure. They’re bulletproof lights with very powerful lamps. The prism is great and the gobos are amazing. Anything you want to do with them is never an issue.”

Forty Sharpy Wash lights were deployed in Australia as fill for a video shoot, he notes, and “they were awesome as well.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, comments, “Mr Halpin and Mr. Keller have been Clay Paky users for a while and we’re thrilled about how they’re being used for this show. We look forward to working with them again in the future.”

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Dan Orton Joins L-ACOUSTICS

MARCOUSSIS, France — Bolstering its commitment to the fixed installation and touring markets, L-ACOUSTICS announces the appointment of Dan Orton to the post of Application Engineer for the UK and Ireland.

Orton reports to L-ACOUSTICS’ Florent Bernard, Head of Application – Touring, and Cédric Montrezor, Head of Application – Installation. “Dan is certainly a welcome addition to our team,” notes Montrezor. “Given his proven track record as a talented development engineer in the sound reinforcement industry, I know that Dan will offer excellent support to our UK and Irish network of Integrators and Rental Companies.” more

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