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SMPTE Joins the National #GivingTuesday Movement to Encourage Spending With a Purpose

Dec. 3 Day of Giving Provides Powerful Reminder That Donations Are Instrumental in SMPTE’s Success in Education and Standards Work

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Nov. 25, 2013 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that it has joined #GivingTuesday, a first-of-its-kind effort to leverage the power of charities, families, businesses, and individuals to inspire people to take collaborative action in giving to the causes they support in better and smarter ways, improving their communities, and helping to create a better world.

“The support of SMPTE members and customers is essential to the continued growth and improvement of the Society and its ability to meet the needs of both members and the greater motion-imaging industry,” said SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange. “#GivingTuesday reminds us how important it is to support those organizations, such as SMPTE, doing valuable work for their constituents throughout the whole year.”

The second annual #GivingTuesday event will take place on Dec. 3, 2013. The event will harness the power of social media to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season, just as Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come to kick off holiday shopping.

Donations given to SMPTE through #GivingTuesday will support efforts including the Student Membership Challenge, which subsidizes the SMPTE memberships of college students who are studying technical subjects related to the motion-imaging industry; the Louis F. Wolf Memorial Scholarship, which is designed to help students further their undergraduate or graduate studies in motion pictures and television, with an emphasis on technology; the SMPTE general fund that supports the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment, software, and programs so that the Society stays in step with current technology; and the Centennial project celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Society.

The initiative was launched by New York City’s 92nd Street Y (92Y), along with a group of friends and partners, to find ways to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season to inspire action around charitable giving.

“It’s been a privilege to work with remarkable leaders all over the country, building a movement around #GivingTuesday,” said Henry Timms, 92Y’s interim executive director. “This initiative has truly been crowd-sourced by some of the smartest and most connected minds among the next generation of philanthropists and entrepreneurs.”

Information about donating to SMPTE and its programs and scholarships is available at www.smpte.org/donations. Further information about SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
The Oscar® and Emmy® 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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PESA Hires Bin as Marketing and Sales Manager for China

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, today announced Lou Li Bin has joined the company as marketing and sales manager for the company’s Beijing office, effective Oct. 18. He is responsible for sales and marketing efforts for the company’s product lines in China, and will also provide support for regional trade shows and conferences.

A graduate of Beijing Broadcast Institute, Bin has worked in the broadcast industry for more than 20 years. Most recently, he served as vice president at VTRON Technology, where he helped the company land its first business deal with China broadcasters. He has also handled marketing and sales for Miranda, Grass Valley, and Sony in China.

“We are very pleased to welcome Li to PESA,” said John T. Wright, PESA senior vice president, sales and business development. “With his industry knowledge and channel partner relationships, we are confident he will be able to increase sales across China.”

Bin is based in PESA’s Beijing office. Contact him at +86-1380-126-2787 or via e-mail at libin@pesa.com.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

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World’s first 3-chip DLP projector with LED illumination to launch at IITSEC 2013 conference

For regular I/ITSEC show updates, please visit www.digitalprojection.com/iitsec

ATLANTA, GA – 11/21/2013 – After two years of intensive development and market feedback, the world’s first 3-chip DLP LED projector is now in production. Digital Projection International (DPI), Texas Instruments’ first DLP projector partner and the only projector manufacturer to win an Emmy for engineering development, proudly announces the TITAN WUXGA LED 3D. I/ITSEC, the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, will supply the ideal product launch event for this simulation-oriented display from December 2 – December 5, 2013, in Orlando, Florida.

Available now for simulation projects demanding long-life illumination with minimal consumables and remarkable color accuracy, DPI’s TITAN LED delivers a remarkable value set to the simulation and virtual reality (VR) markets. As the brightest LED projection solution available today, the 2,000-lumen TITAN LED enlists premium LED elements for over 60,000 hours of consistent illumination. DPI’s single-chip LED displays are already well-recognized for their virtually maintenance-free operation. Impressive as they are, the new TITAN LED surpasses these performance benchmarks by additionally producing imagery in the widest color gamut currently possible. The TITAN LED also brings an incredibly low cost of ownership over the display’s lifespan due to the elimination of lamp replacement costs. Add to these points of value the low heat and low noise output of the TITAN LED and simulation environments now have the ideal imaging solution.

The 1920 x 1200 resolution TITAN WUXGA LED 3D is based on Texas Instruments’ 3-chip DLP technology. Therefore, the TITAN LED is free of the single-chip color artifacts sometimes experienced in single-chip DLP displays. A further advantage to the TITAN’s 3-chip platform is the high-bit signal processing inherent in 3-chip DLP projectors. For simulation applications needing IR capabilities, LED+IR versions of the TITAN are also available. Additionally, TITAN LED+IR projectors are also available with dual input control, enabling the simultaneous display and control of two streams of video. Due to the anticipated impact the new TITAN LED will have on the simulation and VR markets, DPI has built a substantial backlog that will begin shipping in December, 2013.

DPI will reveal a LED projector solution-filled exhibit space in booth #2181 at the upcoming I/ITSEC 2013 trade show. I/ITSEC attendees will witness the launch of brand-new imaging solutions from DPI, as well as proven projectors in partner booths throughout the show floor. I/ITSEC promotes cooperation among the Armed Services, Industry, Academia and various Government agencies in pursuit of improved training and education programs, identification of common training issues and development of multiservice programs. The trade show takes place in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, from December 2 – December 5, 2013.

Interested parties who would like to receive a free four day exhibit hall badge at no charge can register by visiting https://secure2.rhq.com/iitsec/iitsec2013/public/index.cgi?track=exhibitsonly and using pass code EXH2181. If you’d like to schedule a meeting at I/ITSEC in booth #2181 or receive more information, please send an email to simulation@digitalprojection.com or call 770-420-1350 and ask for DPI’s simulation specialist.

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About Digital Projection International

Founded in 1989, Digital Projection International (Digital Projection) has been instrumental in the development and application of Digital Light Processing™ technology by Texas Instruments for projection systems. Digital Projection International introduced the world’s first 3-chip DLP® projector in 1997, and has since delivered expert system engineering and world-class customer services, thus maintaining its position as a digital imaging pioneer.

Digital Projection International’s groundbreaking projection research and development has garnered the admiration of industry professionals around the world. This has earned the company many awards, including two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Digital Projection remains the first and only projector manufacturer to win the coveted award.

Today, Digital Projection International manufactures and distributes an extensive line of ultra high-performance 3-chip and single-chip DLP® projection systems. These projectors are the reference standard for demanding applications such as large-venue, live-event staging, fortune 5000, education, medical and scientific research, command and control, digital cinema, commercial entertainment, worship and elite home cinema.

For further information and photography, please visit www.digitalprojection.com or contact:

Press Enquiries
Michael Bridwell, Director of Marketing
Digital Projection Inc.
T: (770)-420-1350
E: mbridwell@digitalprojection.com

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The Center for Discovery Finds the Right Solution with Masque Sound’s Custom Audio Equipment Upgrade

Flexible System Expands Theatrical Capabilities of Michael Ritchie Big Barn Center

HURLEYVILLE, NY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013 — Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, recently provided a complete custom audio equipment upgrade solution for the Michael Ritchie Big Barn Center for Environmental Health and Education at The Center for Discovery. These new audio capabilities will now allow the Center, an organization renowned for the educational, clinical, residential, social and creative arts experiences it provides to children and adults with significant intellectual disabilities and medical frailties, to be able to offer even more events and activities.

“The Center for Discovery wanted to be able to put on more theatrical productions, as well as host movie nights and other events at the Big Barn Center, and felt it needed a more flexible sound system that could handle all that,” says Sound Designer Gabriel Bennett. “I have a familiarity and comfort level with Masque Sound and knew it was the right company for the job. Fortunately we were able to make it happen.”

Bennett’s goal in designing the sound system upgrade was to disperse the sound more evenly and ensure full coverage throughout the room, as well as provide surround sound capabilities. According to Bennett, “We sourced some gear that was higher quality and more on the professional end of things as opposed to the consumer gear the Big Barn Center had previously been using. We really wanted to maintain a high level of fidelity while also providing a level of versatility the Center previously did not have. There is now a main, left, center, right that allows for this. Also, we can now tune the room according to the event and it sounds great.”

Bennett’s biggest challenge with the project, and one that Masque Sound proved extremely helpful with, was the Center’s desire to put in a more permanent solution. The Center wanted to install permanent gear and cable runs. They also wanted to run isolated audio power for the speakers and console.

“Because there was no theatrical rigging or structure already in place, things such as tilting and refocusing the speakers without moving them, based on the needs of the room were difficult,” adds Bennett. “Masque Sound’s technical support proved really helpful in overcoming this and any other issues we had.”

At the heart of the new system is an Avid Venue SC48 digital console, a fully integrated solution that combines all I/O, digital signal processing and tactile control into a single console, making it an affordable and flexible live system choice. In addition, an XTA DP448 speaker management system was supplied. Meyer Sound also contributed a selection of speakers, including UPA-1Ps and UPA 500-HP subwoofers. The Sennheiser 2000 series wireless mic system, a selection of Shure microphones and ancillary equipment completed the upgrade.

“Masque Sound was really helpful in providing audio gear that not only served our purpose, but provided the fidelity we were looking for as well,” says Bennett. “The audio solutions that Masque Sound created for us kept us within budget without compromising the quality of the gear. Overall, we are very happy with the system.”

The Center for Discovery’s unique philosophy of creating challenging, accessible, healthy, loving, supportive and homelike educational and work settings, in which children and adults can develop relationships, learn and grow, and foster new social and artistic skills, helps distinguish the venue from like-minded establishments. The agency’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and their families by offering innovative educational and social experiences.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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DPA Microphones Creates a Bang with Paramore During Band’s 2013 World Tour

FOH engineer credits the d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Mic and
d:dicate™ 2011C Compact Cardioid Mic with delivering ideal percussion sound

FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE, NOVEMBER 25, 2013DPA Microphones is drumming up some attention while on the road with the Grammy nominated alternative rock band Paramore for the band’s self-titled world tour. DPA’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones and d:dicate™ 2011C Compact Cardioid Microphones are keeping Paramore’s touring drummer in beat with band mates and fans by delivering clean, clear and precise percussion. Equipped with universal mounts, these mics ensure that every stop on the band’s self-titled international tour features the natural sound of each percussion instrument.

Eddie Mapp, Paramore’s front-of-house Engineer, chose the microphones to help provide the band and audiences alike with optimal sound. Mapp has been using the d:votes on his acoustic guitar in the studio for quite some time, but received a tip to try them out on the drum kits from Metallica’s front-of-house engineer Mick “Big Mick” Hughes, who had recently made the switch to DPA for Metallica’s last tour and accompanying movie release. Now a staple for both engineers’ rigs, the duo considers the mics to be a recently uncovered industry secret, that Mapp has since been sharing, that provides the ultimate in natural drum sounds.

“I run into a lot of other engineers who are curious as to what I have been using to mic snare drums,” says Mapp. “Mick learned about DPA Microphones from the production engineers working on Metallica’s 3D movie. He suggested I check them out – so I did. The first chance I had to try them on the drums was when I joined Paramore on tour in February. The band members were used to a specific sound from their mics, so I tried not to change it too much. The only change I have made so far is to use the d:votes and 2011Cs for the drum kit, and everyone loves it. We’ve done a lot of different press and promotions around the world and every engineer who hears the band is always instantly impressed with how natural the sound is from the drums.”

In addition to the clarity, the ease of setup is highly regarded by Mapp, who depends on DPA’s universal mount to customize Paramore’s sound. Mapp attaches several d:vote microphones to the stand below each crash and ride cymbal, as well as another for hi-hat. He also relies on the d:vote to mic underneath the snare and a DPA 2011C for close-miking the snare top. The simplicity of this setup, along with the assurance of the most concise sound possible, makes Mapp’s job easier.

“I just find that it is really easy to fit the snare drum with a DPA mic wherever you need it in the mix, as opposed to some mics from other manufacturers,” he continues. “I was blown away the first time I put the d:vote on the snare. It is my favorite snare microphone that I have ever had. As for the cymbals, I’ve done spot mics for many years and the d:vote is very impressive. Other microphones that I have tried end up rolling the sound off prematurely, but with DPA it extends that high sound.”
Designed for use in touring applications, the d:vote is a highly durable microphone available for use across several musical applications. The versatility and mounting options of the d:vote allow it to be effortlessly unclipped and repositioned for the most accurate positioning.

“The d:votes’ tiny cables make it look fragile, but we haven’t had a single issue,” says Mapp. “I hope to use more of DPA’s microphones in the future. I’ve heard the 2011C is phenomenal on guitar; I just haven’t had the opportunity to try that yet.”

An engineer for nearly 15 years, Mapp has spent the majority of his career providing front-of-house support for the American rock band Evanescence. He has also toured with Papa Roach, Taking Back Sunday, Stone Temple Pilots, Zakk Wylde and more.

Paramore is currently on an international, 110 stop tour to support the band’s fourth, self-titled release Paramore (2013). Lead by singer Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis (bass guitar) and Taylor York (lead guitar), the tour also features Jon Howard (rhythm guitar, piano and backing vocals), and Justin York (guitar). Paramore will continue to tour in 2014 throughout North America, joined by Metric and Hellogoodbye as opening acts. The band also has two special performances planned onboard the Norwegian Pearl as part of the PARAHOY! Cruise in March 2014, for which the group and its fans will sail from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas.

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 always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is 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 on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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Cerwin-Vega! P-Series Provides Smashing Sound Quality for the Acclaimed Fonogenic Studios

Powerful Speakers Produce the Perfect Punch for Popular Recording Studio

VAN NUYS, CALIFORNIA — Fonogenic Studios, a renowned recording studio and live music venue located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, recently upgraded its sound system with Cerwin-Vega!®’s new P-Series Professional PA system and classic CVA Active Series Speakers. With constant compliments from both A-list musicians and audiences about the superior sound quality of the live venue, the studio’s owners and engineers are thrilled with the audio and the reactions.

Rami Jaffee, who is a founding member of the Grammy-winning rock band The Wallflowers and now keyboardist for the Foo Fighters, owns the studio with music producer Ran Pink, who has produced for PiNk & NoSeWoRthY and has composed for TV shows such as Happily Divorced and The Fran Drescher Tawk Show. Together, they operate half of the building as a recording studio and the other half, which features a big sound stage, as a live performance space.

“We’ve hosted crazy parties, with performances by big-name musicians, ever since our launch,” says Jaffee. “Now, we’ve been doing it more frequently, with parties every two weeks. We even live-stream the concerts to the web. We wanted Fonogenic to be an environment where artists felt comfortable emotionally investing in their music. We’re a family here and we want our clients to feel like this is their home too. We want it to be a creative haven for them. They shouldn’t have to worry about the sound quality we’re providing them.”

To ensure adequate sound coverage at the space, Jaffee and Pink hung four Cerwin-Vega! P-Series P1500X speakers from the ceiling and positioned two additional speakers as center-stage monitors. The setup was completed with CVA-118 subs for front-of-house and CVA-115 subs for the drums.

“When we compare our previous arrangement to our P-Series setup, it’s like night and day,” says Pink. “Getting the levels of the vocals and of the mixes of the music just right used to be a challenge for us because of the elongated shape of the room. But now, since we deadened the room and installed the larger P-Series system, we’ve had no problems.”

Fonogenic Studios visitors, including top-notch producers and such renowned musicians as Stevie Wonder, often remark on the space’s flawless sound quality, which Jaffee and Pink attribute to Cerwin-Vega!. “It’s just such a great feeling to hear all these music heroes mention how incredible the sound is right from the get-go,” continues Pink. “That’s the most satisfying feeling you can get, and it’s thanks to the P-Series.”

“Ross Hogarth, one of the biggest producers of our time, watched a band here at one of our events, and said the sound was just superb,” adds Jaffee. “And Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett had his side project band play one of our parties. He said he’d never heard stage sound that amazing in his entire life. In fact, when artists play at our venue now, they worry about living up to the sound quality, because it reflects the true sound of their music.”

A sound system that boasts exceptional clarity, the Cerwin-Vega! P-Series delivers a new standard in power and bass punch for superior sound quality suited to any sound reinforcement application. The P1500X speaker is the most powerful PA product in its price class, employing a 15-inch woofer and high-frequency compression driver, powered by a custom 1500W Class-D amp. Overall, the compact size and incomparable clarity of the P-Series speakers make them perfect for everything from permanent installations to on-the-go rehearsals. In fact, Jaffee himself trusts the speakers so much that he even takes them on the road with him. Additionally, the CVA Active Series Speakers deliver tremendous power output and exceptional full-frequency response. The striking aluminum grills on the subwoofers minimize power compression and optimize driver performance.

Jaffee and Pink started Fonogenic Studios six years ago as a place for world-renowned musicians to record their albums, rehearse and perform live sets. In addition to Wonder, Shiflett and Hogarth, Fonogenic has also hosted artists such as Allan Parsons and Minnie Driver, as well as The Foo Fighters and The Wallflowers band members. As part of their plans to generate further interest in the studio, Jaffee and Pink are launching a YouTube channel to share with the world Fonogenic Studios’ live performances and the incredible impact that the P-Series has on the venue’s sound system. For more information, visit www.fonogenic.com.
A video tour of the venue can be found on the studio’s YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEKOC8TmkUA.

About Cerwin-Vega!
Cerwin-Vega!, part of the new Gibson Pro Audio division, is a leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of loudspeakers for the home and professional audio markets. Designed in the pursuit of dynamic, accurate sound reproduction since 1954, Cerwin-Vega! products are distributed throughout the world via a network of distributors and dealers in more than 75 countries. For additional information on all Cerwin-Vega! products, please visit us online at www.cerwin-vega.com.

About Gibson Guitar Corp.
Gibson Guitar Corp. is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. The Gibson Les Paul Guitar is the bestselling guitar of all time and is a tribute to the late, famed musician of the same name. Collectively, the Gibson Robot Guitar, Gibson Dark Fire, Gibson Dusk Tiger and the Gibson Firebird X represent the biggest advances in electric guitar design in more than 75 years. Through the Gibson Foundation, Gibson Guitar Corp. has become equally known for its philanthropic efforts on behalf of music, education, health and human services. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, MI, and headquartered in Nashville, TN, since 1984, Gibson Guitar Corp.’s family
of brands includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Baldwin, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, Wurlitzer and Gibson Pro Audio. Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com. Follow Gibson Guitar at www.twitter.com/gibsonguitar and www.facebook.com/gibsonguitar.

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RTW Provides Audio Loudness Management to Astro Productions

Top Asian Broadcaster Utilizes TM7 During Transition to Unified Metering

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, NOVEMBER 25 2013 – RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is pleased to announce the sale of eight RTW TM7 TouchMonitors to Astro Production Sdn. Bhd., a leading Asian broadcaster. The TM7s were equipped with several software modules, including: the SW20001, SW20002, SW20004, SW20005 and SW20006 units. Stagetec Asia (www.stagetecasia.com), a long-time distributor of RTW, coordinated the sale.

Audio loudness standards have been a key concern for many broadcasters worldwide. That being said, the company sought a new tool that would help it to monitor its audio levels consistently. Astro purchased the TM7 TouchMonitors, provided by Stagetec Asia, after demoing a few of the units during its live broadcasts. The company will use them to ensure that all of its production facilities, including its fleet of OB vans, are using the metering and analyzers to have uniform loudness levels across its facility.

“The TM7 TouchMonitor suits our applications very well,” says Dennis Dovale, Vice President, Astro Production Services. “In order to ensure that all personnel and operators have the same frequency, when talking about the audio loudness metering and reading, they need a good monitoring tool such as RTW’s TM7.”

RTW, meanwhile, is thrilled to make further inroads into the Asian market with this sale. “We are happy to support such a prominent broadcaster as Astro,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “The entire line of TouchMonitor audio meters was created to help engineers monitor their loudness levels easily and consistently. The fact that Astro has found our TM7 to be efficient and easy to use is further proof of RTW’s commitment to offering modern, innovative solutions for today’s loudness management issues.”

About Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd
Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad is a leading integrated consumer media entertainment group in Malaysia and Southeast Asia with operations in 4 key areas of business, namely Pay-TV, Radio, Publications and Digital.

With a customer base of over 3.58 million residential customers or approximately 53% penetration of Malaysian TV households, Astro offers over 170 TV channels, including 38 HD channels, delivered via Direct-To-Home satellite TV, IPTV and OTT platforms. Astro provides HD, 3D, PVR, VOD and IPTV services through Astro B.yond and Astro On-The-Go. Fulfilling its promise to bridge the digital divide for all of Malaysia, Astro introduced NJOI as an entry-level DTH satellite TV service and is the country’s first non-subscription based satellite TV, offering 22 TV and 20 radio channels.

The People’s Choice, Astro was awarded the Putra Brand Awards Gold for the Media & Entertainment Category for 4 consecutive years. The award is in recognition of Astro’s efforts to exemplify innovation, quality and strong corporate social responsibilities. Visit www.astro.com.my for more information.

About RTW
For more than 45 years, Cologne-based RTW has accompanied the steady technological progress in the professional audio industry with innovative instruments and technologies for visual audio monitoring in broadcast, production, post production and quality control. Its state-of-the-art audio and loudness metering systems have an excellent reputation throughout the world.

With groundbreaking products such as the Surround Sound Analyzer, the company has been a key vendor of professional broadcast and audio metering equipment for decades. RTW’s ranges of products currently include the SurroundControl series for monitoring, controlling and routing stereo, multichannel and surround audio and the TouchMonitor range, which truly marks a paradigm shift in visual audio monitoring and loudness metering. Combining maximum flexibility and modularity with an intuitive touch-enabled surface and multichannel signal analysis, the TM7 and TM9 units are the essence of many years of experience. The attractively priced TouchMonitor TM3 entry-level system opens new markets, targeting applications such as journalist cubicles, edit suites and small control rooms.

As part of its expansion into the U.S. market, in 2013 RTW established RTW International Corp. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The new office is the first U.S. location launched by RTW, showing the company’s dedication to supporting its customers and dealer networks in the U.S. The new U.S. office will house all customer service, repair and final product assembly activities for U.S.-based RTW customers.

For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130. For more information on RTW International Corp., visit www.rtw.com or call 877-938-7221.

SSL Appoints Amber Technology As Live Console Distributor In Australia And New Zealand

“We are very confident that Live is a console that engineers will love”

SYDNEYSolid State Logic is pleased to announce that its long-standing partner Amber Technology has been appointed as its Live console Distributor in Australia and New Zealand. Amber is the latest company to join SSL’s growing commercial distribution network for the live sector.

“We have been waiting for the SSL Live with great anticipation,” says Leon Hart, Business Unit Manager at Amber Technology. “Here at Amber, we have been carefully adding to our live production equipment portfolio to increase our presence in this market. The SSL Live is a technology platform with a fresh approach to how a live console should sound and operate giving engineers a control surface that helps them deliver exceptional performances. It is exciting for us to be able to build on our successes with SSL consoles in the music and broadcast industries through Live. The Live console has been a couple of years in the making and we are very confident that Live is a console that engineers will love.”

“We have forged a powerful partnership with Amber Technology, which has years of success delivering SSL consoles to music and broadcast clients in the region,” says Paul Lindsay, Area Sales Manager for Solid State Logic. “Now, with SSL’s new Live console, we will be able to build on Amber’s wide product range and market experience to address both the live and install sectors, which are new territories for SSL, but are markets that Amber has successfully served for many years. It is a pleasure to be working with such professional and experienced partners, expanding our portfolio of solutions for professional audio requirements. I am very much looking forward to broadening the Live console’s presence in Australia and New Zealand with the help of the Amber team.”

www.solidstatelogic.com/live
www.ambertech.com.au

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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Tates Creek Christian Church Satisfies Wide-Ranging Needs with Hitachi Projectors

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, November 25, 2013 — Pro Sound & Lights, a systems integrator based in central Kentucky, works primarily with houses of worship that often have very specific needs. When Tates Creek Christian Church’s existing projectors were beginning to lose their luster and brightness, the church turned to Pro Sound & Lights.

“I’ve been working with Tates Creek for about six or seven years now,” said Christopher Naughton of Pro Sound & Lights. “Their old projectors had lost a significant amount of brightness and after clarifying their new needs, it was clear that Hitachi projectors were the only option.”

Located in Lexington, Kentucky, Tates Creek’s list of requirements included a larger image size than the previous projectors (from the same distance), consistent brightness, aspect ratio versatility and white projector unit color. At the end of the installation, the projectors were also networked together via an infrared sensor.

“As the installation was for a house of worship, white color was a non-negotiable item,” Mr. Naughton said.

Completed in mid-September, the installation includes two Hitachi CP-WX8255 3LCD projectors, which feature a brightness of 5,500 ANSI lumens. The CP-WX8255 also supports 4:3 aspect ratio, which was another requisite of Tates Creek.

“Tates Creek is in the process of upgrading their formats, so they needed 4:3 in the meantime and the option of 16:9 later down the road,” said Mr. Naughton. “The CP-WX8255 met that criteria as well.”

Naughton’s job consists of walking the client through each step of the installation, from the initial planning phases all the way to the physical installation. Pro Sound & Lights also runs a small rental department for customers in need of extra pieces or spare equipment during repairs.

Since a single all-encompassing vantage point was unavailable, the projectors are cross-fired at two slanted walls in the main sanctuary of the church, hanging from a 15-foot drop from the ceiling. This resulted in the image size being increased by about 25 percent.

“The church staff absolutely loves the new setup. When I first turned the new projectors on, they were immediately impressed with the brightness, image size and clarity,” Mr. Naughton said.

For more information on Pro Sound & Lights visit http://www.rjps.com/

For more information on Tates Creek Christian Church visit http://www.tatescreek.org/

For more information on Hitachi visit www.hitachi-america.us/digitalmedia

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About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com/.

Digital Rapids Honored Twice in NewBay Media Product Innovation Awards

November 25, 2013 — Markham, Ontario: Digital Rapids announced today that two of the company’s solutions were honored in the inaugural NewBay Media Product Innovation Awards, which recognize outstanding recent product introductions that serve TV, professional video and broadcast/online radio organizations. The StreamZ Live 8000EX integrated broadcast and multiscreen live encoder was named a 2013 Product Innovation Award winner, while the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager 2.0 automated, high-volume media file transformation software earned Honorable Mention.

Winners of the Product Innovation Awards were selected from vendor nominations by a panel of professional users and will be featured in TV Technology, Digital Video, Creative Planet Network, Government Video, Video Edge, Radio World and Radio magazines. Evaluation criteria include innovation of concept and design, creative use of technology, price value, and suitability for use in a broadcast TV/radio or professional video environment.

“Having our innovation and product excellence highlighted with an award win is always exciting; to have two of our solutions recognized together is a tremendous honor. These accolades reflect not only the advantages of the products themselves, but also the talent and hard work of our teams who created them and our unwavering focus on solving the challenges faced by our customers,” said Mike Nann, Director of Marketing and Communications at Digital Rapids. “While serving different applications, both the StreamZ Live 8000EX and Digital Rapids Transcode Manager 2.0 share the benefits and goals of bringing superior quality, flexibility and efficiency to our customers while helping them streamline their operations and lower their costs in the rapidly evolving multiscreen media landscape.”

Designed to simplify the convergence of broadcast television and multiscreen streaming operations, the StreamZ Live 8000EX combines the exceptional multi-format flexibility and superior output quality of the StreamZ Live encoder family with robust features for the unique demands of broadcast, cable, telco and satellite television deployments. Reducing operational complexity and costs, the StreamZ Live 8000EX features simultaneous encoding for broadcast television (H.264 or MPEG-2) and adaptive bit rate streaming for multiscreen distribution to devices from ‘smart TVs’ and desktop computers to tablets, game consoles and mobile phones.

The enterprise-class Transcode Manager 2.0 software seamlessly blends media file transformation and workflow processes while offering unparalleled efficiency, scalability and agility for applications from post production and archive to multiscreen distribution. Building on the unique benefits of the Kayak platform, version 2.0 of Transcode Manager combines its robust management tools and hallmarks of superior output quality and format flexibility with visual workflow design; automated decision-making with rich metadata support; dynamic deployment; easy integration of new and emerging technologies; and a deep ecosystem of third-party technology partners.

For more information about Digital Rapids, please visit www.digitalrapids.com.

About NewBay Media — NewBay Media is positioned at the center of the world’s most dynamic industries — Music, AV/Pro Audio, Consumer Electronics/Gaming, Video & Broadcast, and Education. We connect and inform millions of constituents in these industries through our award-winning content, integrated media capabilities, and high-profile network-building and informative events. NewBay proudly serves some of the broadest BtoB professional and music enthusiast communities in the world through over 60 print and digital publications, 100 integrated web and mobile applications, 75 conferences and conventions, custom marketing services, and e-commerce capabilities. Find out more at www.nbmedia.com.

About Digital Rapids Corporation — Digital Rapids provides market-leading content transformation and workflow solutions that empower the world’s leading media organizations to reach wider audiences more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Recipients of more than two dozen prestigious awards for company and product excellence, Digital Rapids combines innovative technology with proven expertise and visionary insight to help our customers expand their audiences, increase their revenues, and reduce their costs. Digital Rapids Corporation (www.digitalrapids.com) is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia and Argentina.

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