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Hisense Launches H6 SMART TV for Android and Pulse PRO Set Top Box based on Google services for Smart TVs

Suwanee, GA – December 5, 2013 — Hisense today announced the launch of the new H6 SMART TV with the latest Google™ services for TV powered by Android™ 4.2.2. Along with a new EasyView natural user interface and incredibly simplified remote control air mouse, the new H6 SMART TV available in 40-inch, 50-inch, and 55-inch models is powered by Marvell’s latest ARMADA 1500 Plus (88DE3108) HD Media processor.

“Android delivers on the promise of Smart. Today, by seamlessly coupling Hisense’s television expertise, Marvell’s high performing and innovative ARMADA 1500 Plus platform and Android’s connectivity and interactivity, Hisense is delivering on the promise of a truly smart TV — and making it accessible to broad markets here in North America and across the globe,” said Jonathan Frank, Vice President of Marketing, Hisense USA. “We are proud to bring Google services for Smart TV to the market with the H6 and the Pulse PRO. Hisense provides a comfortable, lean-back experience, with an elegant, simple remote with MIC for voice control and functionality that is simply phenomenal. And if you’re not quite ready to invest in a new TV, but would like the latest and greatest Android platform, get the Pulse PRO set-top box.”

“I am very pleased to see the new ARMADA 1500 Plus from our award-winning SoC platform family to be the first to power a broad portfolio of Hisense SMART TV products with the next generation of Google services for Smart TVs,” said Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell. “We are excited to collaborate with Hisense and Google on bringing the best consumer experiences to the North American Smart TV mass market and beyond.”

Both products come with the Hisense Social TV™ App and Hisense Cloud Services Hi-Media™ Player and Receiver. The H6 features a 120Hz refresh rate, and both are Energy Star 6.0 qualified, and are configured with 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM. The H6 remote, which will also be sold with the Pulse PRO, comes with just 30 keys, a built-in air mouse with IQQI Smart Input and content centric voice search with a built-in microphone.

The Pulse PRO brings all of the SMART functionality you receive with the H6, including Netflix, Vudu HD Movies, Amazon Instant Video, Chrome™, YouTube™, Google Play™, Google Voice Search™, PrimeTime, Android-based TV v4 Media Streaming, a MARVELL BG2-CT board with 1G RAM and 4G Flash, HDMI-In/Out, IR-In/Out, DLNA, WiFi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, USB and an air mouse remote with MIC and Motion Sensing.

Android, Google Play, Google and other marks are trademarks of Google Inc.

For more information please visit: www.hisense-usa.com.

About Hisense USA Corporation
Established in 2001, Hisense USA Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hisense Company Ltd., headquartered in Qingdao, China.

Hisense USA offers a broad range of technology driven consumer electronics products that are manufactured and distributed across North American, including televisions, refrigerators, air-conditioners, dehumidifiers, beverage coolers and freezers. Hisense USA sells into national retailers across North America, including Walmart, Sams.com, Costco, P.C. Richards, Canadian Tire and more. The Company has established R&D centers in Atlanta, Georgia and San Jose, California to enable localized product development and innovation.

Hisense Company Ltd. has production facilities in China, South Africa, Algeria, Egypt as well as Mexico and is one of the largest television manufacturers in the world with over 10 million televisions produced per year. The Company has sales offices in North America, Europe, Australia, South Africa, the Middle East and Asia while exporting products to over 130 countries and regions throughout the world.

ImmersAV™ Technology Brings a “You are There” 3-D Audio/HD Video Experience to Consumers

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – DECEMBER 2013: The evolution of iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and other operating systems for smartphones and tablet computers is changing the way consumers receive and experience audio and visual entertainment. ImmersAV Technology builds on the power of these revolutionary devices and takes it steps forward. The “You Are There” immersive entertainment experience from ImmersAV is based on the synergy of binaural audio and high-definition video. ImmersAV also brings the spatial capabilities of binaural headphones to two-speaker stereo listening using proprietary Crosstalk Cancellation (CTC) filter techniques. Best of all, the “You Are There” experience requires no additional audio/video product purchases for consumers.

Audio pioneer and Engineering Producer, Robert Schulein (right) along with Signal-Processing Researcher/Designer, Dan Mapes-Riordan, founded ImmersAV Technology in 2010. Their mission was to create a practical 3-D spatial-audio experience for consumers using existing acoustic playback technology. To make this happen new production tools and recording techniques were developed. Productions using “You Are There” technology from ImmersAV can be found on our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ImmersAV/videos. Not only do these recordings enhance the entertainment experience, they give musicians a new and original vehicle to present their music to their fan base.

“As a pioneer in the development of professional and consumer multi-channel surround sound technology in the 1990s, I was frustrated that no technology was addressing users that could not afford, or did not have room for, 5.1 and larger playback systems,” explains Schulein. “ImmersAV Technology has focused on the interest in spatial sound within this market segment. Regardless of the quality level of the headphones or loudspeakers being used, the “You Are There” experience creates a new world of listening enjoyment. I believe that ImmersAV now provides a solution to consumers who could never afford surround sound before. Now they can get more than surround sound on stereo equipment they already own.”

Mapes-Riordan adds, “Refinement of our filters can be attributed to our ability to compare the spatial accuracy of our results over loudspeakers with original binaural headphone files. Since we produce recordings for both headphones and loudspeakers, the listener has the unique ability to immerse themselves using both techniques.”

ABOUT IMMERSAV TECHNOLOGY Founded in 2010 ImmersAV™ Technology began with the goal of providing consumers with a “You Are There” immersive entertainment experience using innovative microphone production and signal processing techniques. These techniques use patented microphone technology and proprietary ImmersAV Crosstalk Cancellation (CTC) filters.

To experience ImmersAV Technology productions, visit: www.immersav.com
Find us on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/ImmersAV/videos and be sure to “Like” us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ImmersAV

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SSL Appoints AEM as Live Console Distributor in The Netherlands

“We are very proud and excited to join SSL in bringing the new Live platform to our clients and projects”

AMSTERDAM – Solid State Logic has appointed Pro Audio specialist Audio Electronics Mattijsen (AEM) as its Live console Distributor in The Netherlands. AEM has been serving the Dutch pro audio industry for over 30 years and is the latest addition to SSL’s Live console partner network.

“SSL Live is the high-end mixer solution for which we have been looking for years to complement our portfolio,” says Roland Mattijsen, applications specialist and AEM co-owner. “Being ambitious, innovative and able to exceed expectations is not an easy task for any manufacturer. With the Live console, SSL is offering its highly respected SuperAnalogue™ front-end, 64-bit FP DSP processing and high channel/bus counts at 96kHz throughout. With those specs, Live would attract the attention of top sound engineers and designers, even without the SSL badge. We are very proud and excited to join SSL in bringing the new Live platform to our clients and projects. With SSL’s history of providing leading mixing console designs, first in music recording and again in broadcast environments, the company is well suited to bring exciting new technology and superior audio quality to the live industry.”

“The Live console has already generated great interest from prospective customers, but they also require a sales support structure of the highest standard to help them at the local level,” says Tim Harrison, Area Sales Manager for Solid State Logic. “To fulfill these requirements, SSL needs experienced and highly reputable partners with well established contacts in the rental and install markets. We also wanted partners with a strong and proactive support team equal to our own. Audio Electronics Mattijsen fulfills all of these needs. We could not wish for a better partner in the Netherlands.”

www.solidstatelogic.com/live
www.aem.nl

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.

DPA Microphones is the Talk of Evergreen Community Church

Northwest House of Worship Relies on Company’s d:fine™ Headset and d:vote™ Instrument Mics to Provide Natural Sound for its Main Campus

OLYMPIA, WA, DECEMBER 5, 2013 ― Evergreen Community Church has multiple campuses throughout Washington, but it is the house of worship’s main campus in Black Lake that hosts the largest Sunday Morning gatherings, with two services in their 1,500-seat auditorium. As more than half of the service is dedicated to the spoken word, Evergreen relies on the precision of DPA Microphones’ d:fine™ Single-Ear Omnidirectional Headset Microphones, d:fine 4066 Headset Microphones, d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones and d:screet™ 4061 Miniature Microphones to project the clear, natural sound of the Pastor’s voice and the supporting instruments of the Evergreen Community Church worship band.

As one of the key FOH volunteers at the Church, Duke DeJong is responsible for everything from ensuring the clarity of Lead Pastor Jim Ladd’s spoken message to mixing the worship band. Also playing a dual role as Church Relations Director for CCI Solutions, an audio dealer specializing in HOW audio, DeJong was able to work with both groups to provide all of the gear necessary for the Black Lake Campus to have an ideal mic solution after the church upgraded its PA system. While providing excellent audio, the new speakers also highlighted the noise of the church’s former mic setup, prompting DeJong to turn to the always natural-sounding DPA Microphones for a solution.

“My number one requirement for any microphone is always going to be clarity and intelligibility, along with a reasonable cost factor as well,” says DeJong. “DPA is especially incredible for speech, orchestra and acoustical instruments, filling all the needs of a house of worship. We primarily use the d:fine as our go-to speaking mic, the d:vote for our grand piano and the d:screet for our stringed instruments, most often violin. The spoken word is over half the service, and the church has a long history of great orchestra instrumentation, so the audio quality has to be great.”

The clarity of spoken word at Evergreen Community Church is achieved through a combination of a d:fine™ Omnidirectional Headset Microphone and a d:fine 4066 Omnidirectional Headset Microphone. Aside from accurate audio, both models are extremely comfortable for extended use, an important factor Evergreen Church looks for in a headset mic for the Pastor.

“I have a personal d:fine that I use when I go to speak at conferences,” adds DeJong. “I forgot it for a recent conference I spoke at, and I had to use a competitor’s headset microphone. I ended up finally taking that off and not wearing a mic at all. The other mic just wouldn’t fit right on my ear or stay put once I got it situated. I also find that competitor mics may not hold up over a long duration. Durability, stability and comfort are critical if our pastor is going to be up there speaking for 30 minutes. I need him not to be fussing over the ear piece the entire time.”

To ensure full comfort, the d:fine is adjustable to any ear or head size and shape, and is easily customizable by swapping from dual-ear to single-ear modes. In addition to the d:fine, the main venue uses two d:votes with piano attachments and a d:screet for the violin to solve the church’s need for accurate instrumental audio.

“After we installed a new PA system, it also quickly became important to improve our instrumental microphones,” continues DeJong. “We tried many different microphones on the grand piano, and it just never sounded good. Once we set up the DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones on the grand piano, we were in love with the clarity and fullness of the sound. We then added the d:screet 4061 Miniature Microphone on our violin. The instrument sounded so beautiful and natural that it was like I was standing right next to it. I also love the versatility that DPA mics offer, so occasionally I borrow them from the instruments to serve other purposes as our needs at the church change from time to time.”

The d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone is a unique, lightweight, microphone that has mounting options for almost all acoustic and woodwind instruments, solving the needs of the worship band’s musicians during service. The 4061 Omnidirectional Microphone is designed for theater, live and studio applications, boosting the natural sound of acoustic string instruments. Both the d:vote and d:screet are easy to modify to fit multiple needs.

“To say it simply, I’ve used DPA Microphones for almost a decade now because they are one of the clearest, most natural and best sounding microphones,” says DeJong.

Evergreen Community Church has two locations in Olympia, Washington in addition to the Black Lake campus. On Sunday nights, the church holds an outreach program at the Evergreen Community Center, combining music with discussions about challenges and faith.

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.

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DBS Productions Relies On Martin Audio For Miami Carnival

Machel Montano, King of Soca


Drummer Boy Sound Productions recently used different configurations of its Martin Audio W8LM system for a series of concerts by Machel Montano, the world’s leading exponent of Soca, at the Miami Carnival celebration.

According to Drummer Boy Sound CEO Harold Cummings, promoter David Fredericks of Islands United approached his company to handle full production––backline, sound, staging and lighting––for the first time. “David decided to give us a try and when we came in with the smaller Martin Audio W8LMs,” Harold recalls, “he didn’t think the boxes were big enough. They’d used a production company with larger format loudspeakers last time out, and he was totally blown away when he heard the W8LMs. Not just the coverage and volume, but the sound quality and control as well.”

The Miami Festival event consisted of three concerts in totally different venues, necessitating specific setups for each. Day one was a special “Girl Power” concert targeted for women at the Miami Airport Convention Center. A smaller site with ceilings only 14 ft. high, the theater presented several challenges. “Because the ceilings were so low, we couldn’t fly the full rig,” says Harold, “but we still needed to cover a 3,000 person space and throw 200 feet, so we flew five W8LMs and four WS218X subs per side and it was more than enough sound for the room. Even with the short ceilings and below average room acoustics, the speakers sounded great.

“The second night was called ‘Fantastic Fog Friday’ based on Machel’s hit single ‘Fog’ at the Broward County Convention Center, which has 26’ foot ceilings so there was more space to play with. We used a bunch of hazers and CO2 jets to create some deep low lying fog and haze, with seven boxes a side, 10 subs and our client was extremely happy that we could get a much bigger sound without losing any clarity and coherence.”

“Rave,” held in the East parking lot of Miami’s Sunlife Stadium, was the biggest show and crown jewel of the weeklong Carnival. As Harold describes it, “The Carnival actually lasted a whole week with parties going on all over town and this concert is where everything really came together. It drew over 10,000 people, had several opening acts like the Caribbean fusion band Karma, and the headliner Montano played a two-hour set of his hit songs.

“Because it what the largest space of the three nights, we used eight W8LMs and one W8LMD (downfill) per side, two W8LMDs on the stage deck for front fill, 16 WS218X subs, Martin Audio H3+s and WMX subs for side fills, 12 LE1200 and one LE1500 stage monitors plus MA 3.0 and 9.6K amplifiers—the full Martin Audio complement!

“In terms of other gear, the FOH console was an Allen & Heath iLive T112 digital with a iDR64 rack, monitor console was a Yamaha M7CL-48 digital, processing was Ashly Protea, and the mics were all Shure. Our crew included me as FOH and System Tech, Gerald Thomas (monitors) and Matt Psarsky (stage and backline tech).”

Asked about the client and band engineer’s reaction to the system, Harold concludes, “Ryan Lynton, Montano’s production manager and FOH engineer had never used Martin Audio before and he loved it. He wasn’t sure it was going to be enough for that large a crowd, but when I fired up the W8LMs, he gave me a big smile and said ‘Wow, I didn’t know it was going to be so loud and sound this great outdoors. He said that he’d be adding it to the rider for every show going forward.

“The client Island United was more than happy and said it was the best sound and production he’d ever had doing the Rave and added that we were already hired for next year!”

For more about Drummer Boy Sound Productions, click to www.drummerboysound.com

For more about Martin Audio, click to www.martin-audio.com

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Matrox at Digital Signage Expo 2014 — Product Preview

H.264 encoders/decoders, video wall controller boards, and external multi-display adapters to be showcased

At DSE 2014 (Las Vegas, Feb. 12-13, booth 348), Matrox® Graphics Inc. will present Matrox Maevex™ 5100 Series H.264 encoders/decoders, Matrox Mura™ MPX Series video wall controller boards and Matrox DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go™ external multi-display adapters. Demonstrations will show digital signage integrators and retailers how to create high-impact, memorable and interactive user experiences for their customers using Matrox multi-display products.

H.264 Encoders/Decoders
Matrox Maevex 5100 Series delivers excellent streaming quality at a fraction of the price of traditional encode/decode systems. Maevex video over IP solutions enable the extension of Full HD quality 1080p60 video over standard IP networks. Bitrates are user definable between 100Kbps and 25Mbps allowing for multiple streams on both 100Mb and 1000Mb standard networks. Maevex H.264 Encoders and Decoders capture, stream, and decode video from a variety of sources, and even allow for software-based decoding on non-Maevex devices. At DSE 2014 digital signage integrators will discover how they can take advantage of Maevex’s high MTBF and fanless design to create low maintenance point-to-multipoint installations as well as encode/stream solutions where digital signage players do the decoding. Maevex units come bundled with Matrox PowerStream™ software, allowing for easy remote management of Maevex devices and enabling a wide variety of user-defined stream-management features including unicast and multicast networking.

Video Wall Controller Boards
Matrox Mura MPX Series video wall controller boards feature flexible inputs and high-quality outputs allowing integrators to easily and cost-effectively build custom video walls of almost any size using a single high-density controller system. Matrox and third-party software options include simple control from Android™ and iPad® devices and easy integration with existing controller systems. At DSE 2014, digital signage integrators are invited to witness a demonstration of rich transitions and eye-catching effects applied to both recorded and live content using the latest Mura Network API. Integrators will soon be able to use software from Matrox partners to blend existing signage content with content from other sources to create attention-grabbing video walls.

External Multi-Display Adapters
Matrox DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go external multi-display adapters let users add two or three monitors to a small player PC or desktop computer that does not have an expansion slot for a multi-display graphics card. They connect to the video output of the system and use its existing GPU to provide high quality, uncompressed graphics and video across all monitors. The DSE 2014 demonstration will show interactive multi-touch performance across the multiple screens for use in interactive kiosks, way finding, retail and exhibit display walls, as well as collaborative multi-panel classroom, boardroom, and command & control installations.

About Matrox Graphics Inc
Matrox Graphics is a leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professional markets. In-house design expertise, top-to-bottom manufacturing, and dedicated customer support make our solutions the premier choice in industries that require stable, high-reliability products. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

Focusrite RedNet Simplifies the Complex World of Film Scoring for John Jennings Boyd

Acclaimed composer Boyd is using a RedNet 1 analog I/O and two RedNet PCIe cards on two separate computers to create a self-contained digital ecosystem

Los Angeles, CA, December 3, 2013 – RedNet, Focusrite’s acclaimed range of Dante-based Ethernet-networked studio interfaces has become the new and simplified signal transport infrastructure for film and television scoring composer John Jennings Boyd. Working from his Hollywood, California recording studio, Boyd (whose music can be heard in blockbusters like Smurfs 1, Smurfs 2, and Four Christmases as well as on the small screen in HBO’s How to Make It In America, Discovery’s Life, CBS’s 48 Hours, and dozens of shows across most major cable networks) is using a RedNet 1 A/D – D/A audio networking-capable interface to connect two computers, each running a RedNet PCIe card. Each PCIe card delivers up to 128 channels at 3ms roundtrip latency. Now, via a few standard Ethernet cables all connected together by a network switch, Boyd can sequence live music on Cubase from one of the computers and stream that audio directly to the second computer, which is running Pro Tools, over the network with virtually zero latency. What once required complex copper snakes or MADI cables, now has been simplified and made far more efficient.

“This future-proofs my workflow,” says Boyd. “I’ll be able to scale this signal path to any extent I need to, in any facility. It is incredibly convenient, to be able to have separate computers dedicated to sequencing and recording and never have to worry about latency or sync. I’ve never experienced a problem with RedNet, and the sound quality is excellent. RedNet has become my main converter. I’m using it to record guitars, solo instruments and vocals, and the conversion is totally transparent and lightning-fast.”

In fact, adds Boyd, it’s also provided an economic benefit: By allowing such high resolution audio on a basic Pro Tools 11 platform, Boyd isn’t required to upgrade to an HD3 system. “The quality of the sound is very close to what you’d experience from an HD rig at a fraction of the cost, and I can run video right from a Pro Tools session,” he says. “This is the acid test for film scoring workflow these days, and RedNet comes through with flying colors.”

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Bose® Panaray® System Tames the Reflections Inside the Thorncrown Chapel

At 48 feet tall with over 6,000 square feet of glass and a flagstone floor, the Thorncrown Chapel was “an acoustical nightmare” until the Bose® Panaray® MA12EX system came in to accomplish what no other sound system could

Framingham, Massachusetts, December 2, 2013 – There are challenging acoustical spaces, and then there are really, really challenging acoustical spaces. A contender for the top of that list is also near the top of another elite collection: the Thorncrown Chapel, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, comes in fourth on the American Institute of Architecture’s top designs of the 20th century. It has 425 windows and over 6000 square feet of glass. However, the 48-foot-tall wooden structure, which has won numerous architectural awards and has been visited by over six million people since the chapel opened in 1980, has another, less salutary distinction: All that glass and other hard surfaces such as a flagstone floor have made for what AV systems designers rightly call “an acoustical nightmare.” The massive amounts of reflected sound make vocal intelligibility all but impossible. After numerous attempts to tame the space had failed, the Panaray® MA12EX system from Bose® Professional Systems, powered by the Bose PowerMatch® PM8500N amplifier, was brought in to address the problem. As a result, for the first time in the structure’s 33-year history, the problem was solved. And the Panaray system was able to conquer this acoustical challenge with the simplest of designs: just two columns of two MA12EX modules per side and a single PM8500N amplifier.

“Thorncrown Chapel is a very challenging acoustical environment,” says the chapel’s Pastor, Doug Reed. “Music sounds great anywhere in the building with just about any sound system, but the spoken word was our problem. By the time the sound got to the back of the chapel, people could not understand what was being said. We received complaints every Sunday from our visitors not being able to understand our minister. We went through three sound systems over the years trying to deal with the problem. Some worked better than others, but the complaints continued. We were beginning to believe there simply was no solution.”

Reed began to research the problem, educating himself about acoustics and different solutions. And one brand name kept recurring when it came to dealing with especially difficult reflective environments: Bose. “The Panaray MA12EX speakers seemed like they were exactly what we needed, so I called Bose directly,” he recalls, after getting indifferent responses from several other sound system manufacturers. “I was very impressed with how quickly they responded, and assured me they could help. Before long, Bose had field personnel surveying the site. They were excited about the building and the challenges it posed rather than afraid and uncertain like others we had dealt with in the past. I loved their confidence and enthusiasm, so I was sold.”

Bose brought the Tulsa, Oklahoma office of dealer and integrator FBP Systems, onto the project. “This a challenging project in many ways, and not just acoustically,” says Mark Labouff, National Sales Manager for FBP Systems. “This is also an architecturally and historically significant building, so a lot of care had to be taken in installing a sound system. The space’s architect had designed millwork to hide speakers when the building was first built. In order to maintain the historical integrity of the building, we needed a speaker system that would fit inside the original millwork, and the MA12EX modules were the right size; they are actually hidden behind grille cloth that spans the front of the millwork. In addition, because of where the millwork is located, the speakers had to be placed behind the pulpit microphones. That creates an enormous potential for feedback. But with the MA12EX loudspeakers, it was no problem. And the slim column enclosure blends with almost any décor, and that addressed the aesthetics. The MA12EX loudspeakers are resistant to feedback, and have such tight pattern control that I can’t imagine any other product could work in that space.”

Pastor Doug Reed realized he had finally found the solution that had eluded the chapel for so long. “When I first heard the system, I could hardly believe my ears. I could understand every word, even at the back of an empty chapel. We were thrilled, but the best testimony comes from the tens of thousands of people who have listened to the talks and sermons we give at Thorncrown – not one complaint about not being able to hear. That says it all. The folks at Bose had solved a problem that had plagued us for years, one we thought would never be solved. I think the word ‘happy’ would be an understatement.”

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Leading Engineers/Producers Use Audio-Technica AT5040 Vocal Microphone For A Wide Variety Of Projects

STOW, OH, November 27, 2013 — The new AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Studio Vocal Microphone from Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, has recently been used on a wide variety of projects from top producers and engineers in the industry.

GRAMMY® Award-winning producer, mixer and engineer Joe Chiccarelli (whose credits include The Strokes, The Killers, Jason Mraz and others) recently employed the AT5040 for vocals in the studio. “I used the AT5040 on the upcoming album for the Madden Brothers on Capitol Records. I was quite impressed with its clear and honest high end. The off-axis rejection is a smooth as any mic can be. It has a way of removing the control room glass in front of the sound – it has a really honest ‘right in the room’ type of sound. Very impressive.”

Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning engineer and producer Al Schmitt (Paul McCartney, Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra and others), stated, “I recently used the AT5040 on vocals and was completely happy with the results. I also used it on a bass trombone solo and it sounded fantastic – the musician said it was the best his trombone ever sounded.”

David Reitzas, known for his work with Barbra Streisand, Madonna, and David Foster, states, “I used the AT5040 on a recent project for artist Pamela Lillard. I was blown away with how the AT5040 sounded! This is by far the best mic that Audio-Technica has ever made!”

Richard Chycki (Rush, Aerosmith, Needtobreathe, Our Lady Peace and others) has been a longtime fan of Audio-Technica microphones. He says, “I regularly use several models of Audio-Technica mics for their sound quality as well as their innovative design, consistency and reliability. For the new Dream Theater album, by pairing the right mic with the source, we captured some pretty amazing audio with a minimum of outboard trickery. For instance, the AT5040, with its amazing sensitivity and ultra-low noise floor, was an absolute joy to use, on acoustic guitar in particular.”

Multiple GRAMMY Award winner Frank Filipetti (Foreigner, James Taylor, Barbra Streisand, others) used the AT5040 to capture the full range of one of America’s most iconic music eras and sounds. Motown The Musical officially opened earlier this year at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and features timeless hit songs such as “What’s Going On,” “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “My Girl,” “Dancing in the Street” and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.” On the cast recording for Motown The Musical, Filipetti used the new AT5040 for the first time. “I placed it in the vocal booth with Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Berry Gordy in the show, and it instantly sounded fantastic,” Filipetti recalls. “The vocals just came alive. When Bryan Terrell Clark, who plays Marvin Gaye in the show, heard it, he said he just had to sing through it, too. This was the greatest test you could put a vocal microphone through – in front of the best singers on Broadway – and the AT5040 held up to the high expectations of the users!”

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

Photo Caption 1: Pictured L-R: Mixer, engineer and producer Dave Reitzas and recording artist Pamela Lillard, pictured with Audio-Technica’s AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Studio Vocal Microphone, which they used for a recent recording session.

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Analog Way announces new Seamless Matrix Scalers

December 2013 – Analog Way is pleased to introduce the SmartMatriX² and QuickMatriX, two new Seamless Scaling Matrix Switchers based on Analog Way’s Midra™ platform. The products will be exhibited in Analog Way’s booth #11-F58 during Integrated Systems Europe 2014, on February 4-6, in Amsterdam, NL.


SmartMatriX²
(Ref.SMX250)
and QuickMatriX (Ref.QMX150) are part of Analog Way’s new Midra™ series of mid-range Mixers/Seamless Switchers.

The products come in 2RU enclosures for optimized air circulation and cooling. They offer a large variety of connectivity with 10 inputs and 16 input plugs for the SmartMatriX², and 8 inputs and 14 input plugs for the QuickMatriX, including DVI-D, HDMI and 3G-SDI. Both systems feature 2 outputs, and EDID management is customizable for all computer sources.

The products offer very fast processing and true seamless switching, with synchronous and asynchronous Matrix modes. Outputs can be managed independently.
The SmartMatriX² offers an advanced matrix mode with capability to display up to 2 layers on a frame background + 1 logo per output. It also includes a video output with digital and analog connectivity.
The QuickMatriX allows display of a live background, or one still background with different titling on each output.

SmartMatriX² and QuickMatriX feature a Quick Frame function that places a foreground frame over all other layers when necessary. A simple button push allows return to the previous display.
Digital audio can be easily embedded or de-embedded on HDMI and DVI-D connectors on inputs and outputs.
For easy routing of audio signals, some functions such as Fast Routing and Audio Breakaway mode are available.

Both systems can be controlled through the RK-350, a brand new Remote Keypad, or the RCS², a user-friendly and intuitive graphic interface designed for the Midra™ series. As an AIR application, the RCS² is compatible with Windows, Mac OS and Linux. It offers 3 main sections to setup and control the units: Setup, Edit and Live.
To facilitate the ease of integration of the Midra™ series, Analog Way provides a full package of drivers for easy control through Crestron and AMX control systems.

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