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48-CHANNEL ANALOG API VISION CONSOLE PLAYS A PART IN FILM

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE: A 48-channel API Vision console has had a large impact on the fortunes of Ward Archer and his enterprise, Music+Arts Studio. Twenty-five years ago, Archer closed a chapter of his life at the helm of an ad agency to found Archer Records. Six years later, he opened the David Cherry/George Augspurger-designed studio to cater to the label’s artists and has not looked back since.

Music+Arts Studio launched with a 48-channel, discrete, all-analog, surround-sound API Vision console, and prominent members of Memphis’ indie film scene became regular clients over the following years. Like a locomotive building momentum, Music+Arts Studio is currently attracting more and more film work from an expanding geographical base. The ratio of film-related to pure music projects is creeping up on 50:50 thanks, in part, to the API Vision.

“These days, I’m comfortable saying that we have a lot of experience with sound for picture, but that’s owing to some clients that rolled the dice with us in the beginning,” said Archer. “One of our earliest and greatest successes was The Gospel According to Jazz Chapter III, which was recorded live at Reid Temple in Maryland. We took those tracks – which sounded amazing from the moment we pulled them up on the API Vision – and mixed them for stereo and 5.1 [which the Vision is designed to do simultaneously]. The Vision has a transparency and an airiness on the top end that just sounds gorgeous.” The track “It’s What I Do” won a Grammy for Best Gospel Song.

In addition to the API Vision and a killer live room, Music+Arts Studio has catered to its client base by adding an eight-foot Stewart Filmscreen and high-definition projector for film mixing. “It’s a nice, cinematic experience for the director or music supervisor,” said Archer. “We’ll even crank up the [5.1 PMC] monitoring system a bit for the full effect.” The scope of Music+Arts Studio’s film work ranges tremendously, from ADR to scoring to mixing. For example, all of the score recording for the Matthew McConaughey-led drama, Mud, were recorded using the warm analog sound that the API Vision’s circuitry provided. Other projects include the indie film, Cigarette Girl, and mini-series, Headshop.

Despite the film industry windfall, Music+Arts Studio still enjoys tackling strictly-music projects for artists on the Archer Records roster. Recently, Amy LaVere completed Stranger Me, her fourth studio album on Archer Records. Studio manager and engineer Daniel Lynn assisted the project’s producer and engineer Craig Silvey, who had just finished mixing Arcade Fire’s Grammy-winning release, The Suburbs. “Silvey loved the Vision,” said Lynn. “I remember that there was one point during the mixing where we wanted to do some complicated bussing, and it wasn’t immediately apparent how to do it. I called API and got someone on the phone right away. Craig was impressed that we had that kind of rapport!”

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.

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(PHOTO CAPTION) Music+Arts Studio Manager/Engineer Daniel Lynn (right) pictured with Colin Hay (Men at Work) during a recent session.

ASHLY PEMA PROCESSOR AND AMPS SERVE AT THE U.S. COAST GUARD RECRUITS INDOOR GRADUATION CEREMONIES

CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY: The Training Center at Cape May, New Jersey is the Coast Guard’s only recruit training center and the only place where enlisted Coast Guard personnel can receive formal recognition for a promotion in rank. As a consequence, the Training Center is witness to regular graduation and promotion ceremonies, which take place on the facility’s multi-use sports field when the weather is agreeable. But New Jersey claims its share of months when the weather is decidedly disagreeable, and then the ceremonies are moved indoors. The multipurpose room where they take place, along with the Training Center’s dances and other events, recently benefited from a sound reinforcement system overhaul. An Ashly Pema 4250.70 combination 8×8 Protea™ DSP Matrix Processor and four-channel 70V Power Amplifier anchor the new system with reliable, cost-effective, high-fidelity performance.

“The sound system that they use outside is excellent,” explained Mike DiMartinis, with Elite Audio LLC of Turnersville, New Jersey. Elite Audio worked with the Coast Guard Training Center in the past, and this time the company was hired through Reiley Construction to design and install the new system in the multipurpose room. “In contrast to the outdoor system,” he continued, “the sound system that they use indoors was terrible. It was twenty years old and composed of paging horns. It was not high fidelity, and they were always unhappy to move from the great sound outside to the tin can inside. The events that they held in the multi-purpose room certainly didn’t benefit from it either.”

The new system features three Community R.5 loudspeakers distributed across the width of the room, which also doubles as a basketball court. The speaker systems were encased in a custom steel protective enclosure designed and fabricated by Polar Focus. Depending on its use, the staff can operate the system via a wireless Creston control system; custom programming by son Nick to engage either the East Side exclusively or engage the entire system, and they can also select among a DJ auxiliary input, two wireless microphones, four wired microphones, and a CD/iPod deck. As a failsafe fallback, Elite also installed an inexpensive Ashly neWR-5 wall panel remote control. “We’ve used Ashly products in numerous installations in the past, and they’ve always been 100% reliable and trouble-free,” he said. “The Ashly Pema 4250.70 was perfect for this job because it is cost-effective and gave us the necessary ability to matrix audio, plenty of clean power, easy programming, and flexible user control options, including seamless integration with the Crestron system as well as the Ashly neWR-5.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

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DANLEY JERICHO HORNS FILL 2200-SEAT FIRST REDEEMER CHURCH WITH STUDIO-QUALITY SOUND

CUMMING, GEORGIA: For a long time, First Redeemer Church in Cumming, Georgia didn’t have a purpose-built sound reinforcement system for its stunning 2,200-seat sanctuary. The contemporary band that rocked the morning service, as well as the orchestra and two-hundred-plus voice choir that supported the traditional service, played through the repurposed remnants of a sound reinforcement system that had once serviced their converted warehouse where the church first started. Years of band-aids and add-ons averted disaster, but the room was so unevenly covered that a foot in either direction was often significantly different, with obvious phasing in the travel. Now, a pair of Danley Sound Labs’ most powerful point-source boxes, Danley Jericho J1-94s, deliver stunning stereo imaging with abundant low-end support from a beefy Danley BC-415 subwoofer flown in the center of the room. “First Redeemer now has the best sounding sanctuary in the world,” averred Scott Oliver, owner of Centerline Audio Visual of Hendersonville, Tennessee. “I would put it up against any other system, at any price!”

Oliver designed and installed the system, with custom rigging and fly-ware by Diekhoff Company (Nashville, Tennessee). “My philosophy is always to use as few speakers as possible,” said Oliver. “There’s less destructive interference and fewer alignment issues. Instead of using more speakers for a larger room, I prefer to use larger speakers. A lot of people think I’m nuts for designing Danley Jericho Horns into this, but the results say otherwise. The Jericho offers stunning detail and clarity. It’s very accurate – like a giant studio monitor. With two of them, the stereo imaging is vivid, and it is easy to pick out each and every instrument on stage. Even sitting in the balcony, you can hear the snares rattling and different hi-hat velocities. And even though it’s been said a billion times, it’s still true: Danley’s pattern control is unbelievable. The coverage at First Redeemer is remarkably even.”

In addition to the two Danley J1-94 loudspeakers and the BC-415 subwoofer, a pair of Danley SH-69s provide down-fill for the first few rows and a pair of Danley SH-46s provide side-fill. An existing Digidesign Venue console is still in use and feeds a pair of Danley DSLP-48 processors. Three new Danley EDA 12k and four new EDA 4.8k amplifiers power the system “We did a shoot-out with a number of high-end commercial amplifier manufacturers, and the Danleys had the most consistent measured RMS power level,” said Oliver. “Moreover, I like that they are just straightforward amplifiers – no crazy bells and whistles. The whole system embodies the same sort of simplicity – just a couple of processors, 52,000 watts, a handful of (large) loudspeakers, and one massive subwoofer!”

First Redeemer had originally considered purchasing a line array system from another super high-end loudspeaker manufacturer. “We did an entire design and brought in a system to test,” explained Jeff Baggett, First Redeemer’s audio engineer and a Nashville mastering engineer. “It sounded great, and I was skeptical that Danley would be able to touch it. Scott [Oliver] brought over a pair of the Danley Jericho Horns and powered them up. Immediately it was game over. The Danleys ate the other system for lunch. They were tremendously even and had no finger lobes at all. We even matched the EQ curve of the other system to try and make it a fair fight, but the Danleys still killed it. Now that the system is properly installed and voiced for the room, it’s even better. I love it. It’s the kind of sound that makes you want to just bring in some music and listen. The reproduction is so accurate that I could easily master an album on the system. It’s that good. And the subs are just incredible.”

“The very first song we pulled up had no EQ or processing, but already the new Danley system sounded 3,000-times better than the old system that they had been trying to perfect for sixteen years,” said Oliver. “By the time we where on song three, it sounded like a record. The mix was expansive and rich. When we went to the traditional service, Baggett was mixing sixty channels of audio, and anyone in the congregation could easily distinguish each one of those instruments. The church was also impressed by the price tag for this world-class sound system. It was about one quarter the price of the original line array that they had considered!”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

ADDER PARTNERS WITH STAGEBOX TO DEMONSTRATE FULL IP-BASED BROADCAST WORKFLOW AT NAB

Adder to Unveil its 4K Capable Solutions

Los Angeles, March 4, 2014: Adder Technology, the leader in high performance, IP-based keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) connectivity solutions, will be demonstrating the power and flexibility of its end-to-end IP workflow across the broadcast chain at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. In addition, the company is launching 4K capable solutions on its booth, SL10105.

In conjunction with Stagebox, developed in part by BBC Research and Development, Adder Technology is transforming its booth to demonstrate how IP technologies enhance each stage of the broadcast production chain. The booth will be divided into four sections, including the studio, where Stagebox technology will work with Adder products, the control gallery, post production and grading along with transmission play out.

“Our engineers will demonstrate our key products and 4K capability at the show. Live content captured in front of a green screen using cameras and Stagebox technology, will then be fed into a virtual studio. The Stagebox transmitter sits on the back of the camera and sends the feed over low bandwidth IP to a receiver in the control room. Management of the virtual studio workflow takes place in the AdderLink Infinity environment, giving access for control to any allowed user on the network,” says Tim Conway, vice president, Adder Technology. “The entire workflow, from ingest through to transmission, is completed over an IP network.”

The company is also launching 4K capable KVM products at the show including the 4K DisplayPort extender – based on the AdderLink XD522. A simple  firmware upgrade makes the device capable of extending 4K signals, which means that existing XD522 products already in the field can be upgraded by customers.

“We’re looking forward to NAB – firstly working with a company like Stagebox that has a series of products perfectly complementing our own in the broadcast space; and secondly to demonstrate the power of IP and the synergy it has with 4K,” concludes Conway.

Visit Adder Technology at booth SL10105 at NAB from 7-10 April.

About Adder Technology

Adder Technology is a leading developer and thought leader in connectivity solutions. Adder’s media networks, extenders and keyboard, video and mouse switch solutions enable the control and distribution of IT systems around the world. The company distributes its products in more than 60 countries through a network of distributors, resellers and OEMs. Adder has offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, China and Singapore.

Adder’s user base includes markets such as Retail, Financial, Industrial, Medical, Broadcast, Air Traffic Control, Digital Signage, Military and Server Management. Adder manufactures products under its own brand as well as for a number of OEM customers and its products are marketed and supported by a global network of resellers and distributors. For more information please visit www.adder.com.

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JVC Professional Products Promotes Larry Librach to Senior Vice President

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced Larry Librach has been promoted to senior vice president of JVC Professional Products. A 32-year JVC veteran, most recently serving as vice president, Broadcast and Public Sector, Librach will be responsible for the overall guidance and direction of the company’s sales and management.

“For more than 30 years, Larry has been an important part of our sales efforts,” said Mr. Junji Kobayashi, president, JVC Americas Corp. “In the broadcast electronic newsgathering [ENG] market, where few thought there was room for new competition, he helped establish JVC as a leading manufacturer. Now, we look forward to Larry leading JVC Professional Products toward new markets and new challenges.”

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, with West Coast operations in Long Beach, California, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, D-ILA front projection systems, and Super LoLux HD video security products. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

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Bittree Expands Global Footprint With New Dealers in Israel and Austria

ABS in Israel and AMEC in Austria to Represent Full Line of Bittree Patching Solutions to Their Respective Markets

GLENDALE, Calif. — March 5, 2014 — Bittree today announced its entry into the Israeli and Austrian broadcast markets through new reseller agreements with Altman Broadcast Services (ABS) and AMEC. ABS will represent Bittree’s full line of professional audio and video patching solutions in Israel, while AMEC will serve as the company’s distributor in Austria.

“We’re proud to welcome ABS and AMEC to our international network of resellers and distributors,” said Glenn Garrard, CEO, Bittree. “Both partners are the ideal choice in their respective markets, and they are already applying their expertise and local market knowledge to create new opportunities for our solutions.”

Founded in 1987, ABS has become the leading provider of professional video, audio, and ICT solutions to the Israeli market. With a full staff of expert engineers and technicians, ABS represents many of the top brands in broadcasting technology including Miranda, Grass Valley, VITEC, Lynx, ARRI, and Thomson Video Networks.

“Bittree’s solutions add a great deal of value to our product line,” said Eitan Beckenstein, senior sales manager for broadcast and new media, ABS. “Not only are the Bittree patching systems easy to integrate, but they’re also priced very attractively for our audio/video customers — many of whom are facing significant budget constraints as they continue to evolve to digital and multiplatform operations.”

With headquarters in Vienna, AMEC has more than 15 years of experience as a broadcast systems integrator, offering a range of consulting, planning, integration, construction, and maintenance services for many types of production and post-production facilities. Well-known brands represented by AMEC include Snell, DNF, Extron, RTS/Telex, Blueshape, Teracue, and Sennheiser.

“We pride ourselves on being a technical problem-solver for our clients, so Bittree’s solutions fit right into our product set,” said Erwin Keil, president at AMEC. “Bittree’s reliable and cost-effective products enable us to build complete turnkey solutions for our customers without their having to go to other vendors for patchbays. And, because Bittree’s products are so well-known in the industry, our customers are very comfortable with our recommending the patching solutions.”

More information about Bittree’s full range of video and audio patching systems is available at www.bittree.com.

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About Bittree
Bittree is dedicated to offering state-of-the-art patching systems that streamline signal routing and troubleshooting in media and entertainment operations of all sizes. The company offers an innovative line of audio, video, and data patchbays for use in broadcasting, postproduction, and pro A/V operations. Designed and manufactured to rigid quality standards based on consistency and performance, Bittree’s patching solutions are renowned for their long-term functionality and dependability — especially for mission-critical operations. Based in California, Bittree serves high-profile media and entertainment customers around the world. More information is available at www.bittree.com.

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The 86th Annual Academy Awards® in Perfect Harmony with DPA Microphones


Prestigious Award Show’s Orchestra Mixer and Orchestra Setup Coordinator relied on the company’s d:dicate™ 4011 and d:vote™ 4099

LOS ANGELES, MARCH 5, 2014 – As all eyes were fixated on the actors who graced the stage of the 86th Annual Academy Awards® at the Dolby Theatre® on Sunday night, audience’s ears were tuned to the musical accompaniments of the show’s orchestra, which performed remotely from Capitol Records. Since the piano was positioned among the noisy percussion instruments, the show’s Orchestra Mixer and Orchestra Setup Coordinator needed a way to isolate its sound. To accomplish this for the piano, the duo used a combination of DPA Microphones’ d:dicate™ 4011A Cardioid Microphones and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones. He also positioned a pair of d:dicate 4011E Hanging Microphones for the orchestra’s drum kit.

By using the unique combination of d:dicate 4011As and d:vote 4099s, the duo was able to close the lid of the Steinway Grand Piano, giving live and television audience members a full appreciation of the pristine instrument’s sound during the different presenters entrances, transitions and other musical performances throughout the event. An additional pair of d:dicate 4011Es were also applied as overheads for the drums, which allowed them to pick up the full ambiance of the kit.

“There’s a large orchestra and rhythm section, with percussion, so we wanted to isolate the piano in order to get a really good sound,” explains Orchestra Setup Coordinator Dan Vicari. “We’ve been using DPA’s microphones during the Oscars® for years, so we knew that this setup would give us really great sound. The mics truly help us get the perfect sound without a lot of other noise coming in, which is often hard to do on a piano.”

Orchestra Mixer Tommy Vicari echoes his brother’s sentiments. “Since we wanted to put the mics inside the piano and close the top, we needed broad microphones that provide brightness to the sound,” he says. “Usually when you dampen the piano by closing the top, the sound of the instrument becomes dulled. Since I had brass blowing toward the piano, and the strings coming the other way, I needed to shelter the piano. By using the DPA d:dicate and d:vote mics, we were able to get the clarity from the piano that we were looking to achieve, while still protecting the sound from outside noise.”

With the added difficulty of performing from a remote location, outside of the theater, the Vicari brothers also needed microphones with audio quality that could hold up to the transmission of the sound. This was necessary in order to still provide the feeling of hearing live music in the venue.

“We were thinking of using either the d:vote or d:dicate, but we ultimately decided that the combination sounded the best for what we were looking to achieve,” explains Dan.

“I always pick my mics based on the instrument, because I want the orchestra to sound as perfect as possible,” adds Tommy. “I usually use a variety of applications, techniques and mic positions, but choosing the right mic is key to any live event, recording or broadcast. In this situation, using both the d:dicates and d:votes was the ideal solution.”

DPA’s microphones are world-renowned for providing an ultimate sound in broadcast, recording and live applications. With its state-of-the-art components that have been carefully selected to provide optimal neutrality, accuracy and exceptionally low distortion, d:dicate Recording Microphones have a directional quality that is perfect for isolating sound. More natural-sounding than any other internal microphone or pickup, the d:vote Instrument Microphones reject unwanted noise, which allow it to accurately capture the true voice of acoustic instruments, such as a grand piano.

Each audio professionals in their own right, the Vicari brothers have been working on the Oscars for more than a decade. A live sound engineer by trade, Dan also owns LAFX Recording Services, an audio equipment rental company for major recording studios. An award-winning sound mixer/engineer/producer, Tommy has worked on such major motion pictures as Wall-E, The Help and Iron Man 2.

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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Belfast Systems Integrator Niavac Upgrades Inventory with HARMAN’s AKG CS3 Conferencing System

BELFAST, United Kingdom – Belfast-based AV presentation system specialists, Niavac, have upgraded their rental inventory by investing in HARMAN’s AKG CS3 conference system. According to MD James Conlon, this ‘plug and play’ solution is already proving extremely popular with their customers, particularly in the educational and healthcare segments, which form part of their core business. The system was sold to Niavac through Sound Technology Ltd., who distribute HARMAN Professional products throughout the UK and ROI.

Although Niavac—who have been in operation for over 50 years—have run AKG previously in their hire fleet, they canvassed the market to look for the most suitable options before readopting the brand.

“We were recommended to AKG by a third party,” stated Conlon, “but we also looked at the offerings of the other market leaders. I did a complete trawl and then contacted distributors Sound Technology Ltd, placing an order for a 30-station system.”

The old AKG system, he said, had served the company well for many years but was reaching the end of its useful life. “And since we are staging high end conferences and board meetings in areas such as education, healthcare and the private sector, we wanted to replace like for like, but with a superior solution.”

The CS3 System is a modular and flexible conference system suitable for any venue—from corporate boardrooms to council chambers—and its components can be easily set up, and scaled to suit (for instance, one CS3 base unit can support 60 microphones which connect to all relevant devices like PA, recording, external audio sources and camera control systems). The CS3 microphone station comes with a robust interface connector, which makes it easy to interchange the mics, which come in two detachable versions.

Since Niavac are also a major system integrator in Northern Ireland, supplying microphones and portable racks regularly to the education segment, it was important they got the choice right. “We needed the new system quickly, and having had a demonstration of some of the other brands AKG won out on sheer quality, the reliability we had experienced with the brand before, its ease of operation, its competitive price and the fact that it would sit easily in our existing transit boxes,” Conlon said. “Also, it looked very corporate-friendly; with other systems we reviewed [operators] were confused by the button pressing protocols.”

To emphasize his point, Conlon stated that one of their key clients, the local Healthcare Trust “absolutely love it”—adding, “they will attach it to amps, speakers and handheld radio mics.”

For more information on Niavac, please visit www.niavac.com

For more information on Sound Technology, please visit www.soundtech.co.uk

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Audio-Technica Microphones Used for SXSWfm, the Online Radio Portal for the South By Southwest Festival

— Online radio station covering Austin-based South By Southwest (SXSW), one of the world’s leading music and media events, looks to Audio-Technica products to capture in-the-field interviews and live in-studio performances —

STOW, OH, March 4, 2014 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is proud to have its microphones and headphones used by SXSWfm, the dedicated online radio portal of the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival, which takes place each year in Austin, Texas. This year’s festival, which will be held March 7-16, will encompass film, media, technology, and of course music, with over 1700 showcasing artists playing live. The channel is now live at www.sxswfm.com and currently features artists that have showcased during the SXSW’s 27-year history and all other aspects of the festival.

“The goal of the channel is to reflect the wide spectrum of sounds you can hear when you attend the SXSW Music Festival,” stated Kevin Connor, SXSWfm Programming Manager. “It’s all kinds of music from all over the world. As the SXSW 2014 season progresses, we will be introducing you to the artists who will be joining us in Austin in March for five nights of showcases on more than 100 stages.”

Currently, the station’s DJ’s and content creators have been using the AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphones, ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones and AT8035 Shotgun Microphones. “We’ve had a great experience with the Audio Technica gear we’ve been using here at SXSWfm,” notes Connor. “The ATH-M50 headphones are dependable, accurate and comfortable over the course of a long day of listening to SXSW artists and producing our station elements. The AT8035 is not only a great shotgun mic in the field for interviews, but it has also become our go-to mic in our confined voiceover space.”

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

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Joseph Electronics to Distribute Lawo Video Products in North America

NILES, Ill. — March 5, 2014 — Joseph Electronics (JE), the premier one-stop shop for the broadcast industry and provider of fiber termination and custom fiber solutions through Joseph Fiber Solutions (JFS), today announced an agreement with Germany’s Lawo AG to supply Lawo video products to the North American broadcast market.

The Lawo video line includes the V__pro8, a compact fully digital eight-channel video processor comprising all of the critical functionality required for managing multiple video feeds and associated multichannel audio, all within a single 1-RU frame. Joseph Electronics will also introduce Lawo’s newest V__line product, the V__link4, to the U.S. market. The product has been developed specifically to address remote broadcast production applications and features multiple user-selectable video codecs, accepts 3G/HD/SD-SDI and MADI I/O, and utilizes RAVENNA technology. In addition to delivering audio, video, and data streams over qualified WAN and LAN networks, the V__link4 offers a full range of processing tools commonly needed in the broadcast production workflow. Designed with Lawo’s proprietary “virtual cabling” capability, the unit features intuitive GUI operation to provide a simple one-box solution for all the requirements of IP video contribution.

“Lawo is a worldwide leader in digital mixing consoles, routing systems, and video solutions for the professional broadcast industry, so adding these Lawo products to our broadcast portfolio is a big win for our customers,” said Yohay Hahamy, president and CEO of Joseph Electronics. “These innovative products save on money and rack space while providing powerful processing and IP-delivery solutions that are an ideal fit for many of our customers.”

“Lawo’s newest range of video products is gaining rapid acceptance in the industry, having already been utilized on several North American studio productions, as well as in fly packs and mobile production vehicles for major global sporting events,” said Don Bird, vice president of business development, Lawo North America. “Joseph Electronics has strong relationships and a great reputation in the U.S. market. We could not ask for a better, more capable partner to sell, service, and support Lawo’s V__line products. We look forward to continued innovation as both JE and JFS work to incorporate a broad range of Lawo product offerings in their respective product portfolios and system packages.”

Further information about Joseph Electronics and the company’s products and services is available at www.josephelectronics.com. Lawo products and company information can be found at www.lawo.com.

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About Lawo AG
Lawo designs and manufactures pioneering audio and video technology for TV and radio broadcast production, post-production, as well as live performance and theatrical applications. Products include digital audio mixing consoles, routers, video processing tools, as well as IP-based video and audio transport solutions. All products are developed and manufactured according to the highest quality standards at the company’s headquarters in the Rhine valley town of Rastatt, Germany. For additional information, please visit the company online at www.lawo.de.

About Joseph Electronics
Joseph Electronics (JE) is an authorized stocking distributor for a wide range of premier broadcast and Pro A/V brands, including Wohler, Belden, Neutrik, Kings, Lawo, and DirectOut. Its full-service fiber division, JFS, designs and supplies innovative custom fiber solutions — such as the Caddie Series, Live-Link, and 4K Replay — for broadcasters and system integrators alike. Equipped with a state-of-the-art fiber lab staffed with fully certified professionals, JFS can fabricate, terminate, or repair any connector, assembly, panel, breakout, or interface in use today. JE has served the broadcast industry for more than 60 years and has representatives in California, New York, London, and Zurich. More information about Joseph Electronics can be found at www.josephelectronics.com.

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