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Platinum Tools® Ships Updated PRO Drywall Saw

CAMARILLO, Calif., Jan. 24, 2014 – Platinum Tools(R) (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation and hand termination of wire and cable, is proud to announce the launch of the updated PRO Drywall Saw (p/n 10711). With an MSRP of $12.95 and now shipping, the PRO Drywall Saw with sheath is ideal for cutting drywall, plywood, plasterboard, wallboard, plastic paneling, and ceiling tile.

“Designed with the professional installer in mind, the PRO Drywall Saw’s teeth are precision ground for fast and effortless cutting in both directions, both push and pull,” explained John Phillips, Platinum Tools, Inc. product manager. “The blade is an extra thick 1.8mm to prevent bending and breaking during use, whether cutting, punching, or scoring.”

The PRO Drywall Saw has a heavy duty handle designed with a non-slip grip for comfort and safety, a hardened blade tip designed to score or punch with ease, a clog free hardened steel blade, and a one piece handle and blade design.

“Extremely rugged and durable, the PRO Drywall Saw also has a rust resistant electrophoretic deposition on the blade,” Phillips continued. “Ideal for numerous applications, this saw is a must have for the discerning installer and technician.”

For more information on the PRO Drywall Saw and Platinum Tools’ complete product line, please visit www.platinumtools.com, call (800) 749-5783, or email info@platinumtools.com.

About Platinum Tools
Platinum Tools, founded in 1997, was created based upon two very simple objectives. First, develop the absolute best possible solutions for the preparation, installation, and hand termination of wire and cable. Second, implement an operational infrastructure that can deliver these products in an efficient, timely, and high quality manner.

All of our products must absolutely satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…utility of function; quality of function; and economic value. Our people are our company. They, too, must be focused on and work to satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…customer satisfaction; product knowledge and expertise; and willingness to learn and adapt.

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RHC Holdings Redefines Targeted Marketing Strategies at the 2014 NAMM Show

ANAHEIM, JANUARY 24, 2014 – At a press conference held yesterday at the 2014 NAMM Show (Booth 4558), RHC Holdings announced its new targeted marketing strategies. Under this plan, RHC Holdings, comprised of well-known dependable brands, including RapcoHorizon, Momentum, Pro Co, Pro Co Data, RAT, RoadHog and StageMASTER, will target its brands to their specific markets.

This marketing strategy means that RHC Holdings offers comprehensive audio and cable solutions for a variety of budgets and projects, from 100,000-seat stadiums to single-room houses of worship and everything in between. RHC’s collection of brands affords users the options of low-, mid- and high-grade instrument, speaker or microphone cable options. Fans will also find solutions such as guitar pedals, digital snakes, personal audio interfaces, digital facility design software and personal monitor systems.

“We are very excited to make the announcement today about the future of RHC Holdings,” says Darius Seabaugh, Vice President of Marketing for RHC Holdings. “With this strategy, each of the brands will now have a very targeted marketing plan that will focus on a targeted customer base for areas such as live sound, retail, studio and installation.”

As RHC’s mid-to-upper-range line of audio solutions, RapcoHorizon products are tailored to the entire retail music industry to meet the demands of both live sound and studio recording. The brand comprises three different series of products, including the Players Series, a rugged solution for nightly club performers; Concert Series, a diverse line of professional interfacing products for live stage performances and Studio Series, an elite selection of cables with superior sound quality and rugged, durable construction for professional performances and studio sessions. With RapcoHorizon, fans can be assured they will attain the same sound on the road as they do in the studio.

A personal monitoring and digital audio distribution network, Momentum is designed to replace traditional analog audio wiring wherever audio distribution is needed. Difficulties in executing the increasingly complicated audio systems can be simplified by capturing audio at the source, converting it to digital and distributing it over a standard Ethernet network. This reduces the amount of field terminations, making installation less time-consuming. With the mTweak app for the Momentum mo8me Mix Engine, an average smart phone or tablet becomes a handheld wireless interface to control a user’s mix and settings right from his hand or music stand.

Pro Co and Pro Co Data represent RHC’s professional line of customizable audio, video, data, communications and fiber-optic interfacing solutions. With product lines such as LifeLines high-end signal transfer cable; TradeTools industrial strength and sized device boxes; RoadMaster heavy-duty touring snakes and PlateWorks standard and custom wall plates designed through DesignVision, ProCo truly defines what it means to be in the professional market.

From its beginnings as a pedal created in a Michigan basement, RAT has become an iconic legend in the mainstream of rock music. Built with the traditional rock musician in mind, RAT products have a rough, vintage, rebellious and dark sound. The newest product to make its way into the brand is the FAT RAT, which is also being presented at NAMM.

RoadHog touring cables are uniquely designed for touring performers. Engineered “Road Ready and Tour Tough,” RoadHog cables utilize the most rugged construction for those who don’t have the time to be neat and careful with their gear, while always providing high-quality sound. For those who want even more superior sound, there is also the SilverHog, which features the same RoadHog construction with silver-plated conductors and shields. RoadHog also comprises Hog, HogCloth, HogM, HogMPro, HogMCloth and SilverHogM, and will forever remain devoted exclusively to cables.

RHC Holdings, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, data and telecommunications interfacing products. Comprising RapcoHorizon, Momentum, Pro Co, Pro Co Data, RAT, RoadHog and StageMASTER, each RHC Holdings brand has developed a reputation in many industries for reliability, and superior sound performance. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, the company’s products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance.

DPA Microphones Introduces d:vote™ Rock Touring Kits at the 2014 NAMM Show


Company also releases d:vote Classic Touring Kits for classical music applications


ANAHEIM, JANUARY 24, 2014DPA Microphones, the manufacturer of high-level reference and headset microphones, is pleased to announce its new d:vote™ 4099 Rock Touring Kits at the 2014 NAMM Show (Booth 7119). With the choice between a four-piece or 10-piece Peli case package, the new kits are arriving on the heels of increasing popularity of the d:vote among rock groups such as Metallica and Paramore. The company has also released two similar Classic Touring Kits for classical musicians.

Despite its tiny, discreet size and lightweight design, the DPA d:vote is rugged and stable as it features a versatile and extendable gooseneck, sturdy shock mount and a detachable heavy-duty cable, making it perfectly suited to the rigors of touring and live performance. As it was intended for fast-paced settings, the mic can easily be unclipped and repositioned or moved to another instrument with only one hand. Additionally, the d:vote’s microphone mounting system is designed to be extremely gentle, never marring the finish of an instrument.

“The d:vote is becoming increasingly popular with the rock music market, so we wanted to offer something special to make engineers’ jobs easier,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “In speaking with fans, we quickly realized that this wide acceptance is largely attributed to the fact that DPA is the only microphone company to offer adapters for its miniature instrument mics. With other brands, engineers usually have to use tape or Velcro to get the mics to stay in place in certain areas that prove to be the best placements. d:vote has clips for all instruments and, with the new kits, engineers have an ingenious solution.”

Included in the new 10-piece d:vote Rock Touring Kit are 10 high SPL d:votes, 10 microdot-XLR adapters, 10 heavy-duty mic cables and seven drum clips, five sax/trumpet clips, four universal clips, two for each guitar, violin, piano, cello and one for bass. The smaller four-piece kit includes four d:votes with two universal clips and four for each drum, sax and trumpet, as well as four mic cables and four microdot adapters. Both configurations are available in a convenient Peli case.

As the mic is already widely popular among jazz and classical musicians, the company has also introduced two Peli case Classical Touring Kits. Like its rock counterpart, the four-piece version includes four each of high SPL d:votes, microdot-XLR adapters and mini mic cables. Also included are four violin clips, two for cello, one universal and one additional for each guitar, sax, trumpet and bass. The 10-piece kit includes 10 mics, adapters and cables, as well as eight violin clips, four for piano, three for cello, two universal and two for each piano, sax, trumpet, bass and drum.

The d:vote condenser mics in both the Rock and Classic Touring Kits feature supercardioid polar patterns for highly uniform off-axis frequency response and superior gain before feedback. Capable of handling high sound-pressure levels, these microphones live up to DPA’s pedigree of breathtaking clarity and richness. The d:vote’s MicroDot-XLR connector and variety of adapters ensure compatibility with virtually any wireless system. The product can also be used as a standard 48V phantom-powered microphone via its supplied XLR connector.

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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Vista Systems’ Spyders Captivate Passengers at the New Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles Airport

The new Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles Airport (LAX) opened after a $1.9 billion renovation that has earned the facility world-class status. The terminal features an Integrated Environmental Media System (IEMS) designed to create a unique passenger experience and a new source of non-aeronautical revenues for the facility. Five of the seven media features that comprise the IEMS use Vista Systems’ Spyder image processors to enhance passenger arrivals and departures.

“The Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX is the first and last impression of Los Angeles for nine million travelers every year,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in a released statement. “This new terminal enhances passenger safety and security, while giving travelers the first-class airport experience they expect from a world-class city like Los Angeles.”

The high-profile project’s unique IEMS take the lead in offering a new revenue stream for airports nationwide. Developed by MRA International in concert with Los Angeles World Airport’s (LAWA) executive team, the IEMS built within the Bradley West terminal architecture offers the first corporate sponsorship programs in a U.S. airport.

Daktronics, the industry leader in designing and manufacturing electronic scoreboards, programmable display systems and large-screen video displays, has a very visible presence in the new terminal. To support the content for the displays that comprise the Welcome Wall, Bon Voyage Wall, Story Board, Time Tower and Destination Board Daktronics selected five Spyder X20s, four with 16 inputs and one with 8 inputs. “We had experience working with Vista Systems on a number of other projects and felt most comfortable with the Spyder,” says Bob Seeley, LE project engineer at Daktronics. Daktronics worked in concert with the designer of the media features, Marcela Sardi of Sardi Design, and Smart Monkeys who programmed the features, to achieve the design intent and functionality designed for each of the features.

“Vista Systems is proud to be part of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX and its innovative media features,” says Victor Vettorello, Director of Application Engineering at Vista Systems. “Working in tandem with Daktronics’ displays, Vista Systems’ Spyders are delivering fun, artful and informative content that elevates the passenger experience a cut above any other airport.”

The Welcome Wall greets international passengers as they exit passport control and descend to baggage claim. A dramatic 80-foot LED wall, in portrait mode, requires the equivalent of four HD feeds. It bisects the passenger departure bridge with content that ranges from gorgeous atmospherics to joyful scenes of welcome. The Bon Voyage Wall gives a special send off to departing passengers as they clear security and cross the departure bridge. Daktronics’ 6mm LED screen, also in portrait mode, showcases LA residents jumping in super-slow motion in scenes reminiscent of legendary photographer Philippe Halsman’s Jumpology pictures.

Spyder’s powerful capabilities allow a single Spyder X20 to operate both the Welcome Wall and Bon Voyage Wall with a total of eight HD-SDI feeds.

Another Spyder is configured to operate the Destination Board where a total of four HD-SDI feeds and three DVI sources combine background images as well as flight info from the FIDS system. The curved Destination Board displays departure data while entertaining passengers with visuals of destination cities. The 80-foot wide Daktronics screen is flanked by fun facts, weather briefs and images related to the passengers’ travels. An arched LED crest shows graceful patterns tied to the display, such as graphics of national flags and subtle arrays of color.

A fourth Spyder operates the Story Board feature, which has a total of eight HD-SDI sources and one DVI image. The Story Board is a 120-foot long multi-panel LED display from Daktronics spanning the west end of the Great Hall. Also called The Voyage of Discovery, the Story Board tells narrative journeys, relates stories of travel and transformation, and shows stunning visual panoramas on a series of floating screens suspended on custom trussing.

A pair of Spyders supports the complex Time Tower. Built around the Great Hall’s elevator tower, it both tells time and reveals time as part of the travel experience. Its upper surface is composed of high-resolution 6mm Daktronics LEDs and integrates a functional clock face with fun content such as the mechanical clockwork Dance Time with Busby Berkeley-style dancers and a puzzle formed by interlocking pieces of luggage.

“We chose Spyders because we needed a processor that could support the high resolutions of the displays,” says Seeley. “The iconic Time Tower has a resolution of 3198 pixels tall and 4128 pixels wide if the display was unwrapped in 2D space. The end user can provide pixel-accurate content – with no scaling – using a series of off-the-shelf players. The X20′s ability to stitch together the eight 1080×1920 HD-SDI frames required for this media feature made it a perfect fit.”

According to Seeley, the Time Tower has 10 primary source feeds (eight HD-SDI and two DVI) plus 10 backup feeds. They are broken down into various DVI outputs to the Daktronics VIP-4060 display interface processor.

“The Spyders are performing well and, by all accounts, the systems have met or exceeded the client’s expectations,” Seeley reports. “As usual, the Vista support staff has been very good and accommodated the various scheduling requirements for the project.”

The IEMS project was directed by MRA International; the media features and content program were designed by Marcela Sardi of Sardi Design Inc., who acted as creative director for the content. Smart Monkeys Inc. was the System Designer and conceptualized the unique AV/IT system; Electrosonic did provided the system engineering and integration. Montreal’s Moment Factory was executive content producer for the media features; LA’s Digital Kitchen was content co-producer responsible for giving expression to the LAX brand across the features and developing the Destination Board content.

Alan Anderson of Smart Monkeys Inc. concluded, “We really pushed this system to the limit and forced products to work like they’ve never worked before. The Spyder took everything we threw at it. The flexibility of what we could do with it is responsible for the system we have at LAX today. The Spyder is very robust, very reliable and a very mature product. Its role in bringing content to the screens cannot be understated.”

About Vista Systems
Vista Systems’ switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching with real-time windowing and composition. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at www.vistasystems.net.

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Audinate Enhances Dante Controller 3.5 with New Advanced Capabilities

Portland, OR January 23, 2014- Audinate, the inventors of Dante, have released Dante Controller version 3.5, a updated release of their free networking management configuration and monitoring application. Several powerful new features have been added providing advanced real-time network monitoring functionality, including multicast bandwidth usage, clock health monitoring and latency management statistical information. These enhancements enable you to quickly identify and fix potential issues on the network, while preserving Dante Controller’s hallmark ease-of-use characteristics.

Dante has become the defacto standard and dominant networking technology in the professional audio industry. Built on existing networking protocols and standards, Audinate’s Dante is a plug-and-play networking solution which delivers ultra-low latency and tightly synchronized media, while simplifying installation and configuration of digital media networks. Dante is the most interoperable digital media networking solution available and has become the most specified technology by system designers, installation contractors and end-users.

“Many of the new features in Dante Controller 3.5 were implemented to directly meet specific customer requirements”, says Gary Southwell, VP of Product Management at Audinate. Southwell adds, “Dante has rapidly become the market leader and the dominant media networking solution for audio networking. Dante Controller 3.5 includes many features that AV and IT professionals could only dream of a few short years ago.”

What’s New in Dante Controller 3.5

Significantly Enhanced Latency Reporting
•New histogram-based reporting and tracking of transmitter latencies – provides at-a-glance information about the latency performance of audio flows for supported devices.
•Latency histograms indicate if latency play-out settings are properly configured, and also provide an overall view of the health of the network.
•This feature helps solve one of the biggest challenges in the industry: It allows an operator to quickly see if an audio flow has been properly configured, and also indicates if underlying network issues could potentially develop into an audio quality problem.

Improved Clock Health Monitoring
•Clock health is now tracked on a per-device basis via dedicated performance histograms. This enables the quick and easy detection of difficult-to-diagnose network issues which are impacting clock accuracy – such as clock traffic bottlenecks, and low-performance external word clocks.

New Preset Tool Suite
•New preset system exposes XML-based network configuration presets for use in off-line configuration tools. This simplifies the setting up of new networks, and the reconfiguration of existing networks. Ideal for integrators, and large multi-use end-user networks.
•Presets are further enhanced to enable simpler switching between standard configurations and special event configurations. Provides greater confidence in the ability to share audio network configurations for multiple uses and/or user groups.

Redundant Network Connection
•Enables visibility of primary and secondary networks at all times. Redundant devices can still be seen and managed via the secondary network in the event of a problem with primary network connectivity.
•Simplifies redundant network set-up, and allows the operator to easily verify that both networks are properly configured.
•Provides real-time notifications about connectivity status on both primary and secondary networks.

New Channel Grouping Capability
•Allows simple viewing and configuring of large numbers of device channels, in groups of 16.
•Each group can be expanded then collapsed when set-up is complete.

Improved Network and Device Status Information
•Network and device information has been enhanced and restructured across two tabs (including a new Network Status tab) to provide a clearer and more useful overall picture of the network.
•New notification icons provide up-front, real-time information about a range of network and device events.

Click link to download Dante Controller 3.5 http://goo.gl/IjDQ6D

Click links to view Dante Controller 3.5 videos
Latency Monitoring http://youtu.be/FLQDwDXXoxc | Clock Status http://youtu.be/Sgnx0-TwDjE
Pre-sets http://youtu.be/AQZGShVW0MA | Connection to Secondary Network http://youtu.be/ZTsLFzQ262k

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

Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd, Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

Bexel Makes Significant Product Acquisitions from Grass Valley in Preparation for 2014 Global Sporting Events

(BURBANK, CA) Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group‘s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, has announced a significant equipment and technology purchase from Grass Valley. Bexel heads into 2014 with major broadcast productions on the horizon and will utilize the camera and production centers at upcoming global sporting and entertainment events.

Bexel’s purchase from Grass Valley includes cameras and production centers. The company has purchased 28 LDX Premiere Cameras and two Kayenne Video Production Center switchers with 3G K-FRAMES. The LDX cameras combined with the flexible XCUs have the capability to run both fiber and triax, highly desirable in complex location production. The cameras are equipped with new Xensium FT imagers, which provide the highest quality images available for the broadcast of sports and entertainment content. Bexel also has taken delivery of two Kayenne switchers with 3G K-FRAMES for fly-pack deployment. Because of their flexibility, the units can be configured from 1 M/E to 5 M/E use with one or more control panels attached to each frame.

“As always, Bexel plans our equipment purchases with extreme care,” notes Tom Dickinson, CTO of Bexel. “We found the LDX camera an ideal choice with a great imager and flexibility for both triax and fiber configuration. The clever XCU cradle concept allows for quick and easy configuration of CCU’s in our fly-packs. The Kayenne production switcher will be invaluable to us in our upcoming live event projects and have already worked in China and will be in Russia and Brazil in the coming year. We’re proud to be working with Grass Valley, and to have these superb products on location with us.”

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit www.bexel.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Vitec Group
Capture the moment(tm)

For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provide equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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Furman Celebrates 40th Anniversary at 2014 NAMM Show

Innovation and Expertise Keep Company Ahead of the Curve

PETALUMA, Calif. — Jan. 23, 2014 — At the 2014 NAMM Show, Core Brands(R) marks the 40th anniversary of its Furman brand of power management solutions. Founded in 1974, Furman continues to lead two major markets — professional A/V signal processors, AC power conditioning and distribution — and is now delivering energy management solutions featuring the BlueBOLT(R) cloud-based platform.

“Our long history of engineering power products has provided us with a rich knowledge base and legacy to continue our tradition of innovating and building better products year in, year out,” said John Benz, director of power and accessories, Core Brands. “It’s challenging to maintain market leadership for as long as we have. We owe our success to our focus on listening to and understanding our customers’ needs, and then applying our expertise to develop products that meet their requirements even in the most demanding applications.”

Originally founded primarily as a manufacturer of line signal processing products, Furman captured the industry spotlight a few years later with its state-of-the-art power products — and the company has dominated the power management market ever since. Furman was acquired by Panamax, LLC in 2007 and is now part of Core Brands, LLC.

“The world has changed immensely in 40 years, and our products have never been more relevant than they are today — especially as companies and individuals become more connected and reliant on electronic systems to help them work, play, communicate and live,” said Benz. “As electronics become more mission-critical than ever, keeping systems healthy is not just about power. We’re committed to delivering a solid foundation of power, energy and network management that creates a reliable infrastructure for our customers. We are grateful to our loyal customers for trusting Furman over the past 40 years, and we’re looking forward to what the future has in store.”

Furthering Furman’s legacy and in conjunction with the 40th anniversary, the brand will debut three new power conditioning products at this year’s NAMM Show — the M-8S and PS-8R E III Power Conditioner and Sequencer models and the P-8 PRO C Classic Series Power Conditioner.

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About Furman(R)
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Furman(R) is an international leader in developing award-winning, innovative power management products. The company’s power and energy management products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. Furman addresses all major electronic markets, including home theater, professional audio and video, the music industry, broadcasting, audio/video recording and office equipment. Furman is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network and through select retail outlets. More information is available at www.furmansound.com.

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Furman is part of Core Brands(R), LLC, a Nortek company. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON(R), BlueBOLT(R), ELAN(R), Furman(R), Korus(TM), Niles(R), Panamax(R), Proficient(R), SpeakerCraft(R), Sunfire(R) and Xantech(R).

Nortek Inc. (NASDAQ: NTK) is a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

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Innovative Zylight Selected for Investment and Support from Lighting Leader Ushio America

LOS ANGELES – Zylight LLC., a privately-owned manufacturer of intelligent LED lighting instruments for the cinema and broadcast production industries was selected by specialty and general market lighting leader Ushio America, Inc. to receive a strategic investment that brings additional funding and infrastructure support to Zylight.

“This partnership allows Zylight to accelerate our speed in bringing innovations to our customers,” said Joe Arnao, President, Zylight. “We’re thrilled at the confidence Ushio has shown in us, selecting our technology above all others todrive their entry into the broadcast lighting market. We’ve always been confident in the value and benefits of our innovative instruments. With the resources and stature of Ushio behind us, we’re excited about the future and in our expanded level of service we’ll offer customers.”

Founded in 2003, Zylight is known for its many technological firsts, including: wireless and remote lighting control; High-Density light-emitting diode (HD-led™) for the brightest, most natural lighting available in a compact LED; Color Mode for the production of millions of colors without gels or filters; and its collapsible F8 LED Fresnel with quantum dot technology. Zylight is based in Los Angeles. The company will continue to operate independently under the Zylight name and assemble products in the USA.

Zylight pioneered several solid state lighting instrument platforms and wireless integration technology. The company’s patented products have been used in extreme conditions from the deserts of Africa to the frigid summit of Mount Everest and many places in between.

Started in 1967, Ushio America is one of the world’s largest specialty lighting companies and has a leadership position in several markets such as SSTV, Digital Cinema, Scientific and Medical, Video Projection, UV Curing and Semiconductor. Ushio America has over 4,000 products in its portfolio, from unique specialty light sources to general illumination lamps for architectural and task lighting.

According to Keith SanGiacomo, General Manager, Marketing and New Business Development for Ushio America, Inc., “The investment in Zylight brings the solid financial and technological backing of Ushio together with Zylight’s leading edge technology. The Zylight products speak for themselves in terms of innovation, advanced technology and value to our customers, and we’re excited about the new offerings and future developments. This strategic partnership not only provides Ushio with an expanded offering in the entertainment fixture market, but also allows us access to Zylight’s innovative technology for applications in other market segments as well.”

About USHIO America, Inc.

USHIO America, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of Specialty and General Illumination lighting solutions based in Cypress, California. Established in 1967 as a subsidiary of USHIO Inc, in Tokyo, Japan, USHIO now carries over 3,500 General Lighting and Specialty products. These Lighting-Edge Technologies™ are provided to a variety of industries such as general illumination, audio-visual, photographic, stage, studio and television, semiconductor, printed circuit, video projection, cinema, UV curing, germicidal, horticulture, graphic arts, flashlight, scientific, medical, dental, ophthalmic, infra-red heating, and many others. For further information, visit www.USHIO.com.

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC

Founded in 2003, Zylight LLC is the leading manufacturer of intelligent LED lighting instruments for the film and video production industry. Every model in its easy-to-use lighting system produces fully calibrated bright white light, while some also provide a spectrum of adjustable colors without gels. Full wireless control and DMX integration are included, and AC or DC power options are available. The Zylight state-of-the-art LED system is truly the most unique and flexible lighting system on the market today. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. More Than Bright – Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

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MORE SLOTS, MORE POWER, BETTER PERFORMANCE API TAKES THE 500 SERIES LUNCHBOX® TO A NEW LEVEL

JESSUP, MARYLAND – JANUARY 2014: API will introduce its new eight-slot 500-8 lunchbox at the 2014 NAMM Show. The new eight-slot model is priced the same as the six-slot 500-6 lunchbox, effectively giving new purchasers two free slots! Moreover, the new 500-8B includes all of the features that have made the 500-6B so well regarded in the industry, including DB-25 (D-Sub) connectors for easy I/O, universal power supply (100 or 250V, 47 to 63Hz), phantom power, and easy rack-mounting with optional rack-ear kit for robust performance, and new toggle switches for channel linking.

Noted Larry Droppa, president of API, “Listening to our end users is key to our product development. As we add new 500 series modules to our line, including the new 505-DI and 565 Filter Bank, it was only natural to add two more slots to the 500-6 lunchbox. And to make it even sweeter, we decided to offer the 500-8 lunchbox at the same price as the 6.

The 500-8 lunchbox is now shipping MSRP: $499.00

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

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NEW AT NAMM! SONODYNE LAUNCHES NEW SRP SERIES OF HIGHLY-ARTICULATE COMPETITIVELY-PRICED STUDIO MONITORS

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 2014: Based in India, Sonodyne is well known for designing and manufacturing studio monitors that deliver big-ticket performance without the big ticket. Company founder Ashoke Mukherjee and his research team have yet again smashed the performance/price barrier with the SRP series of bi-amplified, die-cast aluminum studio reference monitors, and TransAudio Group, Sonodyne’s U.S. distributor, will be showcasing them at Booth #6945 at NAMM 2014. Five models span the series to meet different needs and budgets, from the small SRP 350, through the SRP 400, 500, and 600, to the large SRP 800. A sensible collection of back panel controls adapt the SRP series loudspeakers to a wide range of room conditions, and tapped inserts at the bottom and rear allow for a variety of mounting options. Clean self-power ranging from 20+20W in the SRP 350 to 175+100W in the SRP 800 is perfectly matched to the acoustics of the drivers and enclosures.

“We’re pleased to demo Ashoke’s latest creation at NAMM,” said Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group. “The Sonodyne SRP series studio reference monitors deliver the sort of clear, honest reproduction that is normally available only from manufacturers that charge many times the price. The range of sizes available in the SRP series will suit a variety of needs, from small-driver references, to surround channels, to primary near-fields.” The aesthetically-pleasing Sonodyne SRP series studio monitors are available in rich black, charcoal grey, and snow white.

ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUP TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm. www.transaudiogroup.com

STOP BY AND SEE US AT NAMM 2014, BOOTH #6945

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