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Sennheiser Appoints Mark Posgay as Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Professional Systems

Posgay Brings 20 Years of Sales and Professional Audio Experience to His New Role

Old Lyme, CT, December 12, 2013: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that Mark Posgay has been appointed to the position of vice president, sales and marketing, Professional Systems, Sennheiser Electronic Corp effective immediately. In his new role, Posgay will report directly to Sennheiser USA President, Greg Beebe.

Posgay is an experienced sales professional with 20 years of audio industry expertise. Prior to joining Sennheiser, he held senior sales positions at Harman Professional, Monster Cable, and Mars Music, where he executed strategic solutions to a broad mix of customers and partners in the areas of management, sales, training and education.

“This is an exciting time of innovation in our professional systems segment, with the recent introduction of our Digital 9000 wireless system and a diverse group of other industry leading products,” commented Greg Beebe. “Mark brings an ideal mix of audio industry knowledge, customer insight and management expertise to lead our professional systems team as we implement our strategic growth initiatives into 2014 and beyond.”

Posgay, whose office is based at Sennheiser’s U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida and a certificate in Music Performance and Business from Musician’s Institute.

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.

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Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Blythe and Meyer Sound Pioneer Recording Technique with “as long as there are songs”

Constellation Optimizes Acoustic Environment for High-Resolution Music Recording

Meyer Sound has collaborated with legendary mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and pianist Craig Terry in the release “as long as there are songs,” a collection of America’s greatest classics. This is the first full album to be recorded using a Meyer Sound Constellation® acoustic system and features a proprietary recording technique developed by company CEO and co-founder John Meyer. The technology provided a performance environment optimized for the artists, while giving listeners of the record an exceptionally accurate sense of being “in the room” with the performers.

“We live in a digital age when most people listen to music with high compression and limited bandwidth, and this is an issue close to musicians’ hearts,” says Meyer. “My job is to give artists like Stephanie the tools that bring her closer to her audiences. With this recording, we returned to what some may consider the ‘old school’ recording style, where musicians play together in the same room, and listeners can trust that they are hearing the performance at its fullest—nothing more, nothing less.”

The recording took place in Meyer Sound’s 57-seat Pearson Theatre. Using the room’s Constellation system with its variable acoustic capabilities, Meyer Sound engineers worked closely with Blythe and Terry to create a customized acoustic environment. During the recording, they performed comfortably without the interference of close-field microphones or headphones.

Full takes were recorded natively at 24/96 resolution. A third of the songs were captured as entire, unedited takes, with minimal edits made to the other tracks. No post-process filtering or compression was done during the capture or mastering process.

“The Meyers’ incredible spirit of generosity combined with their technology allowed us to create a recording with a sound that is honest, generous and real—a disc that magically transports listeners from their car or couch to the feeling of being at our actual live performance,” says Blythe.

The collaboration between Blythe and Meyer Sound began with an introduction of the two by Cal Performances Director Matías Tarnopolsky, who continues to serve as an advisor. Evans Mirageas served as executive producer, and Ian Watson was music editor. John Meyer led the technical team as recording consultant, working with engineers John Pellowe and Miles Rogers, both of Meyer Sound.

John Meyer has been devoted to building audio technology that faithfully reproduces and delivers sound of the highest quality to audiences worldwide. His 2005 recording of Aashish Khan and Zakir Hussain’s “Golden Strings of the Sarode” was nominated for a Grammy.

Purchase “as long as there are songs” on innova Recordings and Amazon.

Watch Stephanie Blythe video interviews here.

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Meyer Sound JM-1P & 1100-LFC Transform French Sugar Warehouse into Le Sucre Club

Le Sucre (English: The Sugar) in Lyon, France is a popular new dance club and performance venue converted from a former sugar warehouse. Supporting the club’s eclectic mix of electronic dance music and other arts performances is a potent Meyer Sound system based around JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers and 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements. The system was designed and installed by Paris-based Best Audio under the direction of Sébastien Nicolas.

“Le Sucre is a place dedicated to serving artists and the audiences, while advancing creativity and innovative musical culture in our region,” says Matthieu Lecan, director of development for Arty Farty, the non-profit arts organization that operates the club. “During planning, we had discussions with a number of people in the electronic music business, including well-known producer and DJ Laurent Garnier.”

Paris-based rental firm DUSHOW coordinated a JM-1P demo for Garnier and Arty Farty representatives. “Laurent played his own tracks through a JM-1P system, and the sound was clean, clear, and powerful,” recalls Lecan. “Meyer Sound is the best brand for what we needed. It gives us the capability to present high level techno music, as well as concerts with different styles for different audiences.”

Le Sucre’s system includes twin clusters of three-each JM-1P loudspeakers at the front, with two UPQ-1P loudspeakers each on either side of the dance floor. Low end is provided by a horizontal array of four 1100-LFC loudspeakers, while three UPJunior™ VariO™ loudspeakers supply side fill. Two more UPQ-1P loudspeakers paired with two 600-HP subwoofers flank the DJ platform, and everything is optimized and driven by a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with a Galileo 616 processor.

Since its summer opening, Le Sucre has quickly gained a reputation not only as a pristine late-night destination, but also as a cutting-edge venue for experimental shows that mix digital technology with live performances.

“Regular clubbers who are active on the blogs and forums have really taken notice,” reports Lecan. “There’s a buzz about this great new club called Le Sucre with a fantastic sound system. About 97% of our concerts are sold out before we open the doors.”

Established in 1999, Arty Farty has organized the Nuits sonores electronic music festival in Lyon since 2003. Its headquarters, along with Le Sucre, are located inside La Sucriere, an expansive complex of galleries and performance spaces devoted to contemporary art.

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Self-Powered Meyer Sound MINA a Perfect Fit for Duke University Auditorium

The historic Baldwin Auditorium on the campus of Duke University in Durham, N.C. has recently reopened following a complete interior renovation. To satisfy the varied demands of the 685-seat hall, the university has installed a self-powered Meyer Sound MINA™ line array loudspeaker system. The hall’s acoustics and reinforcement system were both designed by Norwalk, Conn.-based consulting firm Jaffe Holden.

“We’d designed the physical acoustics to be quite live, so we needed line arrays to focus sound on the audience and not excite the architecture,” explains Ben Bausher, senior consultant at Jaffe Holden. “We also wanted a minimal profile for aesthetic reasons. Finally, a self-powered solution was mandatory, as there was simply no place to put amp racks, much less a cooled equipment room. MINA was a perfect fit on all counts.”

The system comprises main left and right arrays of 10 MINA loudspeakers each, supplemented by 10 UP-4XP 48 V loudspeakers for front fill, two MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers for side-balcony coverage, and two UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeakers for over-balcony coverage. Four 500-HP subwoofers are recessed under the stage for vibration isolation, and a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with both a Galileo 616 and a Galileo 616 AES processor provides system drive and optimization. The system was installed by Greensboro, N.C.-based Audio & Light.

“The system coverage is exceptionally uniform,” says Richard Kless, assistant manager of theatre operations for Duke University. “What we had before was really a glorified rehearsal space, and now it’s a splendid-sounding and aesthetically gorgeous concert hall. It was an amazing transformation.”

Brian Cox, vice president of sales at Audio & Light’s installation division, adds: “As self-powered technology eliminates the need for an amplifier room, the MINA system was more cost-effective as well.”

The new system works jointly with the room’s optimized acoustics to provide impeccable sound for classical, jazz, world music, and more. These concerts are presented by the school’s own music department and Duke Performances, which sponsors touring professional artists.

The Baldwin Auditorium renovation project was designed and supervised by New York-based Pfeiffer Partners Architects in consultation with Ray Walker, Duke campus architect. Principal acousticians for Jaffe Holden were Mark Holden and Matthew Nichols.

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Netherlands’s Bazelmans AVR Expands Rental Inventory to Reach 100 Meyer Sound Loudspeakers

With its recent purchase of 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements and JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers, Veldhoven-based rental company Bazelmans AVR has grown its inventory to include more than 100 Meyer Sound loudspeakers.

“We had heard through the grapevine that the 1100-LFCs were amazing, but when we first fired up the units for testing we were dumbstruck,” says Aart Habraken, rental manager for Bazelmans AVR. “The 1100-LFC maintains linearity regardless of power levels and SPL output. It truly raises the bar for all others to follow. With the EDM [electronic dance music] market now showing keen interest in Meyer Sound, the 1100-LFC couldn’t have come at a better moment.”

Wiljan Bazelmans, founder and CEO of Bazelmans AVR, adds: “We want the best experience for our customers, not just once but every time. We decided to step up from other loudspeaker brands to Meyer Sound some years ago, and we have never looked back. It’s a win-win situation for everybody.”

The sale was made through Audio Electronics Mattijsen (AEM), Meyer Sound’s Dutch distributor. “It is very gratifying to see that a company like Bazelmans has clear ideas about quality and assertive marketing, is acting on them, and achieving success,” remarks AEM’s Eric Mattijsen. “We look forward to new and exciting projects together.”

Bazelmans AVR provides comprehensive production services for events ranging from multi-room conferences to high-end corporate events. Its inventory also includes Meyer Sound MICA® and M’elodie® line array loudspeakers, UPQ-1P loudspeakers, UPJ-1P and UPJunior™ VariO™ loudspeakers, and 500-HP, 600-HP, and 700-HP subwoofers.

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Euro Media’s new HARMAN Studer Vista 5 M3 Provides “Haute Cuisine” for TV Show

PARIS, France – Audiopole, the French distributor for HARMAN’s Studer, has supplied the country’s first Vista 5 M3 to audiovisual technical services provider, Euro Media, for use on a popular TV program. It forms the hub of a technical package that has taken up a residency in a converted studio in a Paris industrial building. The site of a former factory, it is now used to host C à vous (http://www.france5.fr/emissions/c-a-vous), a live, primetime program about cuisine, broadcast by France 5, in which guests join host Anne-Sophie Lapix “at home.” Euro Media also supplied the production company with the necessary technicians.

The daily access prime time program, presented by Anne-Sophie Lapix, and featuring food critics (and guest chefs preparing dinner in the studio kitchen), is filmed in a loft where it occupies a fixed set. The building itself has been converted from its original use into a fully equipped apartment on one floor, complete with a kitchen and its own dedicated video and audio production areas. Audiopole director Jean-Philippe Blanchard describes it as “a highly credible studio facility.”

However, space in the audio control room is limited and Euro Media required a large-capacity console in a reasonably compact footprint. The new Vista 5 M3 was the perfect tool. The Vista 5 M3 includes the special TM7 touch screen loudness metering—a perfect complement to the Vistonics™ touchscreen user interface.

The production team was already familiar with the Vista platform and according to Blanchard, the team is really happy with the upgrades.

“The Vista 5 M3 is a sensible use of their budget—and it’s the first sale of this console in France,” Blanchard said. “They particularly like the FaderGlow™ feature, and they are really enjoying using the integrated loudness bar graph.” The console is used in conjunction with Studer’s VistaMix, which is perfect for multi-participant, unscripted shows such as this.

This is because programs of this nature would inherently suffer from both microphone spill and background noise, as active mics are successively added to the mix. Consequently, the overall sound quality deteriorates, leading to decreased intelligibility and phase distortion.

Instead of needing to manually adjust all the faders each time, VistaMix automatically mimics the action of a human operator so that ‘talking’ mic gain can be increased at lightning speed while reducing gain for all others—ensuring a clean and balanced mix.

“In this situation VistaMix provides them with a perfect solution,” Blanchard concluded.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. 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 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

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Viewbits Launches Miniature Full Feature HD/SDI 1080p Camera for Situational Awareness and Image Processing Applications (Video Conferencing, Surveillance, Medical, and POV)

San Diego, California — Viewbits, the industrial cameras division of Computer Modules, Inc., announced today that they are now shipping their new mini 1080p HD camera that supports 60 frames per second — the GNAT 1080p 60™. The ultra-compact camera measures just over 1.65 inches (42 millimeters).

Available in cased or board versions, the GNAT 1080p 60 is targeted for a wide variety of applications, including surveillance, airborne video cameras, avionics, inspection, public transportation, situational awareness, and video.

The 2.1 megapixel camera features a 1/3 inch progressive scan CMOS sensor, AGC (Automatic Gain Control), WDR (Wide Dynamic Range), digital zoom, and defog. It also supports brilliant DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) technologies like DNR, 3D-NR and 2D+3D.

“Our initial customers are amazed at the GNAT’s price point based on performance,” noted Mike Till, Marketing Manager for Viewbits. “This tiny full feature HD-SDI camera is likely to capture market share from the established Japanese players.”

The GNAT 1080p 60 HD camera is compatible with all HD-SDI capture cards, monitors, and video servers.

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features

  • 2.1 Megapixels
  • Powerful ISP chip based
  • 1/3” Progressive Scan CMOS Sensor
  • Output: 3G-SDI/HD-SDI (NTSC, PAL) with 292M
  • 42.1 x 29 x 29 millimeters – just over 1.65 inches long
  • Maximum 1,920 x 1,080 resolution
  • Maximum 60 fps @ 1,920 x 1,080
  • C/CS mount
  • AGC, AWB, AE, D-WDR, Sens-Up
  • 2D/3D Noise Reduction, Digital Zoom
  • Defog
  • 1080/720@30p/60p/60i selectable
  • WDR (Wide Dynamic Range)
  • DNR (Digital Noise Reduction, 2D/3D-NR) – Provides outstanding clear images by reducing noise
  • AGC (Automatic Gain Control) – Improves performance in low light conditions
  • Dynamic Motion Detection (8 zones, up to 1980 blocks)
  • Privacy Zone Masking (8 zones)
  • Built-in OSD (On Screen Displays) Joystick
  • DC12V ~ 24V
  • Board mount version available with Board Mount Lens (DC Iris, TDN Support)
  • Suggested Retail Prices:
    GNAT 1080p 60 with power supply: $445 U.S.
    GNAT 1080p 60 Board version, with power supply: $435 U.S.

    Viewbits and GNAT 1080p 60 are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc.
    All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

    About CMI and Viewbits
    CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. Viewbits, the Industrial Cameras division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells HD, USB-2, CMOS, and X-Ray cameras to companies throughout the world.

    For more information on CMI and Viewbits, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@computermodules.com. To download Viewbits press releases and product images, visit the news section at http://www.viewbits.com.

    Viewbits, 11409 West Bernardo Ct. San Diego, CA, 92127
    Web: www.viewbits.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

    Advanced Systems Group Adds Patrick Kennedy to Bolster Los Angeles Sales Efforts

    EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, today announced that Patrick Kennedy has joined its Los Angeles-based sales team, effective Dec. 1. He will manage media and entertainment accounts throughout Southern California, specializing in enterprise storage systems, archiving, asset management, and broadcast technologies.

    Kennedy is an experienced sales executive who has sold technology integration products and services to major media and entertainment companies, as well as Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, he worked for DZ Solutions, where he signed and managed a number of accounts. He has also held sales positions in real estate, finance, and entertainment industries.

    “Patrick has a proven track record of acquiring new clients and maintaining those relationships. He will be a great asset in our efforts to service new television, radio, and motion picture customers,” said Dave Van Hoy, president, Advanced Systems Group.

    Contact Kennedy at (323) 683-8244 or via e-mail at Patrick@asgllc.com.

    About ASG:

    Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., with offices in the Bay Area and Southern California, has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative, and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in Apple-based newsroom systems, shared storage, archiving, editing, finishing, and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 185 SANs, production, and post production systems over the last six years. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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    Spectrum Productions Uses New Broadcast Pix Granite X Integrated Production System for SEC Football Events

    Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced Spectrum Productions, an AV production and rental services company, used its new Granite™ X integrated production system to produce video presentations for the Regions Bank SEC Coaches Luncheon and SEC Legends Dinner on Dec. 6 in Atlanta. The event staging included two 11×20-foot side video screens for video playback and image magnification (I-MAG), as well as an ultra-wide 52×16-foot,two-projector blend center display positioned behind the stage, all populated exclusively through the Broadcast Pix system.

    The luncheon included a preview of the next day’s SEC Championship Game between the Auburn Tigers and Missouri Tigers, including insights from the head coaches of both programs, while the dinner honored 14 former players that were named the SEC 2013 Football Legends Class in September. Both events were held in the same hotel ballroom and featured a three-camera setup. According to Preston MacIntyre, president, Spectrum Productions, all video clips and graphics were accessed from the Granite’s built-in clip server.

    Fluent Macros, Granite’s built-in file-based macros system, was used extensively for both programs. Spectrum created a series of complex transitions, which involved layers of motion loops, picture-in-picture compositions, keys, and more. “It really would be impossible to execute so many simultaneous cues without the Broadcast Pix Fluent Macros. That’s a lot of different commands for people to be running manually,” MacIntyre explained. “We wanted the consistency and repeatability of the macros. No matter how many steps, we knew everything was going to be perfect.”

    To create content for the main (and unusually sized) screen, graphic images were produced in Adobe After Effects as 3840×1080 images. A reverse anamorphic process compressed the images down to 1920×1080 resolution, which created “squished” images when played back through the Granite. The output from the Granite was fed into a Vista Systems Spyder x20 video processor, which re-created the original aspect ratio and flawlessly fed the blended image into two projectors.

    Since Spectrum received its Granite X system in November, it has been used for both SEC events, the NASCAR 2013 Nationwide / Camping World Truck Series Awards Banquet in Miami Beach, Fla., and the Coalition to Salute American Heroes 2013 Road to Recovery Conference in Orlando, Fla. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, with offices in Miami, Orlando, Charlotte, N.C., and Las Vegas, Nev.

    Spectrum upgraded from its Granite 5000 system to the Granite X for its advanced multi-view capabilities, which offers 16 full motion source windows and makes it easier to work with robotic cameras. MacIntyre also praised Broadcast Pix’s constant, one-frame latency, which is important for live event production. “Some competing products have quite a bit of a challenge with video delay,” he added.

    About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems with end-to-end integration, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and external control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to large sophisticated control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, streaming, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

    Broadcast Pix and Granite are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

    Funky Junk Supplies Royer Mics For The Stereophonics Latest Tour

    The Stereophonics, one of Britain’s most instantly recognisable bands, have just completed a major UK arena tour to promote their new album Graffiti On The Train.

    The equipment list for the tour included three Royer R-121L ribbon microphones, which were supplied by Royer’s UK distributor Funky Junk.

    Royer’s R-121 Ribbon Microphone is renowned for its ability to bring an extremely natural and realistic analogue sound to digital recording and live stages. The TEC Award winning R-121L, the ruggedized and more road-worthy ‘live’ version of the microphone, has been specifically designed to withstand the rigours of live touring. Royer won the prestigious 2013 Technical Grammy partly for their R-121, the first ribbon microphone suitable for close-miking electric guitar and other high SPL sound sources.

    The microphones were chosen for the Stereophonics tour by FOH engineer Dave Roden who wanted to continue with their ongoing ethos of constant improvement of the overall sound quality at their live gigs.

    “I haven’t used Royer R-121 microphones in a live situation before, but the band have used them in the studio and been very happy with the results they have achieved,” Roden says. “I have also heard them being used by other FOH engineers whom I greatly admire, (Jim Ebdon and Marc Carolan for example) and have always been really impressed with the results. I decided to use them, too, in order to up our game.”

    Dave Roden was confident that incorporating Royer R-121 ribbon microphones into his live equipment arsenal would help him capture lead vocalist/guitarist Kelly Jones and lead backing vocalist/guitarist Adam Zindani’s individual guitar tones, as well as the raw energy for which the Stereophonics are famous.

    “The band members have all moved on to IEM’s (in ear monitors) and they were hearing things completely differently to the way they’ve been used to with wedges,” Dave Roden explains. “In order to adapt, some of the on-stage sources required a more hi-fi approach. This was a challenge for everyone involved, but was a very positive and necessary step in respect to the future performance capabilities of the band, and gave our Monitor Engineer Dave Retson and myself the perfect opportunity to significantly upgrade our mic stock. Both the band on stage and the audience in the arenas were very happy with the guitar sounds they were hearing when we used the R-121L’s on the tour.”

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    About Funky Junk:
    Funky Junk is Europe’s leading supplier of new and refurbished professional recording equipment and services. It has offices in London, Paris, Milan and Vigo and has been in business for over 20 years. The company is renowned for its high level technical knowledge, backed by extensive workshop facilities. As well as handling sales and repairs, Funky Junk also acts as a distributor to a number of equipment brands and deals with their service and warranty.

    For more information please visit www.proaudioeurope.com

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