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The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing® and HARMAN® Professional Host “Listen Up” at Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School

HARMAN® Professional Brands and P&E Wing Leadership Host Series of Workshops for Pearl-Cohn Students and Evening Social Mixer for P&E Wing Membership

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (March 4, 2014) — On Thursday, February 13, 2014, leading members of The Recording Academy® Nashville Chapter Producers & Engineers Wing® committee, along with representatives from the HARMAN® Professional brands AKG®, JBL® and Lexicon®, hosted “Listen Up,” a series of seminars and workshops at Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School. The event was aimed at the school’s students, who benefit from a world-class on-campus recording studio, opened nearly one year ago and developed by members of the P&E Wing and others as part of Nashville’s “Music Makes Us” educational initiative. The student events were followed by a P&E Wing membership event and social mixer that evening.

Pictured L-R: Top Row: Sam Lorber, Instructional Designer, Pearl-Cohn; Nick Palladino, P&E Wing Sub-Committee member and Owner, NPALL Audio; Jeff Balding, The Recording Academy® Nashville Chapter President; Julian King, P&E Wing Nashville Chapter Committee Co-Chair; Shannon Sanders, P&E Wing Nashville Chapter Committee Co-Chair; and Ben Fowler, P&E Wing Sub-Committee member and producer/engineer. Bottom Row: Joseph Wagoner, Product Manager, AKG; Laurie Schell, Music Makes Us, Metro Nashville Public Schools; Peter Chaikin, Senior Manager Recording and Broadcast Marketing, JBL Professional; Lisa Harless, The Recording Academy Nashville Chapter Secretary; and Chuck Ainlay, P&E Wing Committee Chairman and producer/engineer. Photograph courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Clyne Media, Inc. © 2014

About The Recording Academy: Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on Foursquare, GetGlue, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.

About The Producers & Engineers Wing: Currently more than 6,500 professionals comprise The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, including the development and implementation of new technologies, technical guidelines and recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives. For more information, please visit www.producersandengineers.com.

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Primestream Announces Archive Bridge Module for FORK Production Suite

Archive Bridge 1.0 Integrates FORK Production Sites With Central Archive and Disaster Recovery Location for Reduced Operating Costs

MIAMI — March 5, 2014 — Primestream(R) today announced Archive Bridge(TM) 1.0, a new module for its FORK(TM) Production Suite that provides tight integrations between industry-leading archival solutions and the FORK media asset management and production automation platform. Archive Bridge enables disaster recovery workflows and interconnects multiple production environments with a central archive point — adding essential visibility into the archival workflow and allowing facilities to make the most of their archiving dollars.

“Archive Bridge streamlines the aggregation and archiving of FORK assets, especially for global media operations with multiple production groups in need of intelligent collaboration,” said Claudio Lisman, Primestream president and CEO. “By tapping into a direct connection between FORK and the industry’s leading archives through Archive Bridge, users can feed or pull from a company’s central archive from any FORK production site, anywhere in the world.”

The FORK Archive Bridge disaster recovery solution allows for off-site archival workflows, thereby adding a vital layer of security to content. With Archive Bridge, operators have a greater level of visibility into the workflow and can track the status of all archival requests. Facilities can now archive and restore to and from a single location, minimizing cost of the archival infrastructure.

A Statistics Reporting feature empowers users to monitor various data values in order to assess the performance of the infrastructure.

Monitoring reports include:
- Total global assets archived and/or restored
- Total assets archived and/or restored per location
- Average wait time of an archive and/or restore request in the queue
- Average execution time of an archive and/or restore request

Primestream will demonstrate Archive Bridge at the 2014 NAB Show at booth SL10216. The module is now shipping for both Mac(R) and Windows(R) environments. Pricing is available through local resellers and integrators or directly from Primestream at sales@primestream.com.

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About Primestream
Primestream(R), a leader in advanced media asset management and broadcast automation software, offers a seamless end-to-end platform for digital acquisition of live and file-based content, media asset management, editing, logging, control room and master control playback, smartphone and tablet video contribution, publishing to the Web, and dynamic archiving. The company’s portfolio includes the FORK(TM) suite of applications, as well as Mobile2Air(R), ControlStation(TM), DIG-IT(TM), and Xchange(TM) Suite. Deployed in more than 300 broadcast operations across 40 countries, Primestream’s proven solutions are implemented by some of the world’s leading broadcasters, uplink service providers, digital media operations, and production/post-production facilities. More information is available at www.primestream.com.

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Broadcast Pix Announces fX3D Real-Time 3D Graphics System

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today introduced fX3D, a real-time 3D graphics system designed to build dynamic graphic content for live events, sports, broadcast news, or channel branding. Designed as a standalone graphics system for existing broadcast infrastructures or as an addition to Broadcast Pix Granite™ or Mica™ integrated production switchers, fX3D makes it easy to create and playout high-end graphics. fX3D will be available at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL6325), which runs April 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev., and is one of several new products that will be demonstrated by Broadcast Pix.

The fX3D system includes three software modules that create a simplified end-to-end graphics workflow. fX3D Creator software provides an intuitive interface to design and create graphic content, complete with a built-in 3D modeler. Lights, shaders, movement, and materials on 3D objects can be controlled in real time and in resolution independent HD. fX3D API allows the system to be controlled through Broadcast Pix switchers, and also allows integration with third-party products, such as broadcast news systems.

fX3D Playout is a template-based rundown controller that brings completed graphics to air. Assets can be searched using a variety of parameters, including keywords and date. fX3D Playout also allows manual or automatic graphic content updates via external resources, including RSS feeds or XML files, and supports multi-resolution output.

“Many of our customers have expressed interest in a powerful but affordable high-end graphics system, and our answer is fX3D. From designing and creating graphics to updating information within those graphics and then taking those graphics to air, fX3D does it all,” explained Steve Ellis, general manager, Broadcast Pix. “It is a complete graphics solution, so you never need to leave the application to get results that rival what you see on national networks.”

The hardware behind fX3D is the real-time fX3D Engine, which provides the power to create and repurpose 3D graphics simultaneously. Housed in a 3 RU chassis, the Windows-based, single-channel system will also be available in a dual-channel configuration. Plus, a high efficiency broadcast model with dual power supplies and support for higher pixel counts will be available in May.

fX3D system pricing starts at $15,995, though modules can be purchased separately.

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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

Riedel Products at Prolight + Sound 2014

Prolight + Sound 2014
March 12-15, Frankfurt
Riedel Communications
Stand 8.0 K80

MediorNet Now Supports Studer Consoles
Riedel will present the MN-ST-AL-2, the company’s new MediorNet expansion card for Studer consoles. The MN-ST-AL-2 card provides two ports, each with redundant interfaces, for connecting Studer mixing consoles via the Studer A-Link protocol. In this way, the consoles become an integrated part of the entire signal distribution infrastructure. Users can gain up to 384 channels per connection and realize significant cost savings in cabling and maintenance while benefitting from MediorNet’s unparalleled flexibility and signal quality. Routing of the audio stream is handled by the user-friendly MediorWorks control and management software via drag-and-drop programming, which makes last-minute changes easy and intuitive. Additional routing adjustments can be performed via Pro-Bel commands or the new EMBER+ remote control protocol in MediorNet.

One MediorNet Modular frame equipped with A-Link interface cards becomes a cost-efficient audio router with 4,608 inputs and outputs in just two rack units. The card supports all Studer Vista 5 and Vista 9 consoles, as well as OnAir 3000 consoles.

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Photo Caption: MN-ST-AL-2 MediorNet Expansion Card for Studer Consoles

WAN Production and Code One Backpack System
Code One was acquired by Riedel last year in a move that brought the company a valuable portfolio of WAN-focused solutions, as well as innovative technology for distributing video, audio, and data via mobile networks. At Prolight + Sound 2014, Riedel will have live demonstrations of the Backpack Kit Gen 2 to show how the company’s application-oriented products empower users to distribute live content anywhere, at any time — a particularly powerful capability for broadcasters and other content producers requiring mobility in live production environments.

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RockNet Console Interfaces for SSL, Soundcraft Si, Studer, and Yamaha
Next-generation firmware for the RockNet RN.334.MD MADI interface makes SSL mixing consoles an integrated part of the Riedel RockNet digital audio network, with complete remote control functionality over all gains and the flexibility of RockNet’s renowned independent gain feature. As a result, several mixing consoles can operate with the same mic preamps without affecting one another — a capability that greatly simplifies multiconsole and recording setups. Riedel’s RN.344.SI card enables integration with any Soundcraft Si Compact console, supporting 32 inputs and 32 outputs to the RockNet system. The interface enables remote control of any RockNet mic preamp and also offers the benefit of RockNet’s independent gain feature. The RN.343.VI card ensures compatibility with select Soundcraft and Studer consoles while the RN.341.MY works with select Yamaha consoles and host devices.

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Photo Caption: RockNet RN.334.MD Module for SSL Console Integration

Other Products on Display:
- MediorNet Modular and MediorNet Compact
- Performer, Artist, and Acrobat communications systems
- AVB Connect and AVB-enabled keypanels
- RockNet 100 and 300 Fiber-Optic Converters and console interfaces

Company Quote:
“Prolight + Sound provides us with an opportunity to meet with our Pro A/V partners and customers here in Germany. We will continue with our theme of using a single, real-time network, managed seamlessly from a single interface for all signal transport needs.”
– Christian Bockskopf, Marketing and Communications, Riedel Communications

Company Profile:
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Media Prima Malaysia Takes HARMAN Studer Vista 1 Digital Console

Media Prima Berhad Directors of Audio Engineering, Mohd Zaidi (right) and Nur Azrin (left).

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Media Prima Berhad, Malaysia’s leading integrated media investment group, recently purchased a HARMAN Studer Vista 1 for multipurpose usage throughout all the Media Prima companies. This was supplied by HARMAN Professional’s local distributor, Mahajak Trio Electronic Sdn Bhd, and was the first Vista 1 to be delivered and commissioned in Malaysia.

According to Mahajak Trio Senior Manager, Sales and Projects, Lee Chin Kah, a reliable, highly flexible and cost-effective solution had been required by the station and Studer represented one of the best choices, with its reputation for reliability and sound quality. The station has been using Studer platforms since starting out in 1984, when they adopted early analogue consoles.

“Studer’s reputation is legendary in the audio industry and the all-in-one Vista 1 console fitted the needs of our customer perfectly, containing all the advanced features of the Vista range, including surround 5.1, within the budget,” he said.

This function is one of the features the station had been eagerly awaiting within this price range, and as a result Media Prima will be able to migrate from stereo to surround sound mixing.

In addition, they noted that Vista 1 was extremely user-friendly, with an easy-to-learn Vistonics™ user interface and unique functionality, with 40 on-screen rotary knobs. Using Studer’s unique Virtual Surround Panning, the operator can take mono sources and create a realistic sound field.

The Vista 1 is a transportable all-in-one digital mixing console for broadcast, live and production use, with the control surface, I/O system, DSP and power supplies all contained within the console. This makes it the ideal choice when space is restricted, such as in OB and ENG vans. The Studer Vista 1 also features a redundant PSU for peace of mind, and RELINK integration with other Studer Vista and OnAir consoles means the Vista 1 can easily share signals across an entire console network. Two expansion slots for standard Studer D21m I/O cards may be used for interfaces connecting to popular formats, including CobraNet or Aviom A-Net, Ethersound, Dante, Dolby E and MADI I/O.

Another key feature is the Studer VistaMix, which is also available for Vista1. VistaMix offers a unique solution by mimicking the action of a human operator, increasing gain for ‘talking’ mics and reducing gain for all others, quickly keeping the amount of total gain constant; even when several people are speaking, a clean live mix can be created. VistaMix also offers the ideal solution for news operations when multiple mics are installed in the studio but the desk operator is not sure which ones will be used. Vista Mix switches on only those mics that are in use, with an enable function that is faster than human mixing.

According to Director of Audio Engineering, Nur Azrin, the learning curve with the Vista 1 was minimal, and the intuitive Vistonics interface and FaderGlow™ made it easy for the sound engineer to operate compared with other digital consoles on the market. But most importantly, he confirms, the sound quality is the best and the support is excellent. “We are in the process of adding the D21m AES EBU I/O card slot on the rear of the console to expand our AES I/O channels. It takes us less than a minute for the console to recognise the new I/O’s, just by pressing the ‘Reconfig’ button on the rear of the console. It’s so user-friendly to configure. Another advantage is that the Studer stagebox can be used or interchanged between Studer and Soundcraft, since we have few Soundcraft Si Performer digital mixers — so it will save the expense of buying another stagebox,” added Mr Azrin.

“We have had no hesitation in recommending the Vista1 to customers based on the excellent quality of the sound and the inbuilt sound processing,” he summarized. “It offers one of the best price-to-performance ratios and this was a vital aspect, as it allowed us to fulfill the customer’s requirement — namely for flexibility and cost-effective sound for all video production.”

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.

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St. Paul Union Depot Reopens with Dynamic Tightrope Digital Signage Systems

Carousel solution powers interactive and static displays for passenger wayfinding, ad-driven revenue generation

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, March 5, 2014 – The Union Depot transportation center in downtown St. Paul once serviced more than 20,000 commuters a day, with passenger and freight railroad services for the Twin Cities and the state of Minnesota. Forty years after passenger rail service was discontinued in 1971, Union Depot has been renovated and reopened, with Tightrope Media Systems supplying all dynamic digital signage systems and interactive kiosks.

The Tightrope Carousel solution, integrated by Tierney Brothers, replaces historical, legacy signage cabinets to bring a richer informational experience for visitors and residents using the multi-modal facility’s bus, rail, taxi and bike services. It also delivers new creative and reporting capabilities for Union Depot and its partners. The complete Carousel solution offers two unique channel layouts that are the basis of 12 individual channels delivered to 28 players.

According to Tina Volpe, marketing manager for Jones, Lang, LaSalle (the company that manages Union Depot), 22 historical cabinets were updated with modern, non-interactive displays featuring the Carousel system. In addition, six interactive kiosks allow travelers to find a variety of facility information as well details about local restaurants, shopping centers, events, news, notifications and more.

“The Carousel system is incredibly easy to use and quite intuitive,” said Volpe. “It’s just as easy as using any Microsoft product, such as Word, Power Point or Publisher. For marketing purposes, we can easily upload new information to the interactive map about events, public announcements, new locations, or even important emergency information such as bad storms or delays. It’s easy and fun for visitors to explore the interactive screens and features.”

From the start of the renovation, Union Depot envisioned its signage system as a dynamic, integrated source to deliver real-time information to visitors while supporting future revenue-generating needs. The system serves multiple transit functions, displaying real-time arrival/departure information by route. Rather than require each transit partner to have a separate information system and display, Tierney Brothers integrated these into one system that captures the information from each partner. The results are centralized into a common Union Depot-branded display.

“This system integrates these various data streams seamlessly, and also gives the individual transit providers the ability to have local custom messaging like ‘weather delay’ in an override situation,” said Volpe.

In fact, the digital signage system not only acts as a wayfinder, but also as a concierge. “Because we don’t yet have all of our transit modes up and running, we don’t necessarily have enough foot traffic to qualify staffing guest services all day to assist customers,” said Volpe. “The digital signage systems serve that function for those times when we don’t staff on schedule.”

In addition to providing visitors with helpful information, the systems also help to drive additional revenue sources for Union Depot. Volpe and her team can control alternate content and run rotating ads on the static screens for example, scrolling content from local businesses or customers who rent out facility space for events.

“We are definitely looking at the signage systems for advertising purposes as well,” said Volpe. “Having them generate additional revenue is certainly another business opportunity that we hope to grow over the next year.”

About Tightrope Media Systems
Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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Hyphen and University of Guelph to Share Technology, Innovations, and Services

Hyphen, the most comprehensive rapid prototyping and environmental testing facility open to the public in North America, has announced a partnership with the University of Guelph, one of Canada’s top universities. The partnership will provide Hyphen with access to the equipment, applications, and research at the university’s Digital Haptic Lab (DHL), a design and prototyping facility that focuses on the use of haptic devices which enable physical manipulation of digital information.

In exchange for the lab’s technology, researchers and students from the university will have access to Hyphen’s additive manufacturing technology and expertise at significantly-reduced pricing. This will make 3D printing and environmental testing processes more accessible for research projects and will support even further innovation, with a focus on bringing together art and technology.

Left to right - Mark Barfoot, John Phillips and Christian Giroux

The partnership is the latest to be cultivated by Hyphen with local educational institutions as the company looks to broaden the awareness of additive manufacturing among students and raise the profile of Canadian capabilities within the additive manufacturing industry at large. In addition to the use of the DHL, Hyphen’s partnership with the university also includes the placement of an interactive product shelf at the entrance to the DHL. Made of all printed parts, the shelf design will tell the story about the breadth of Hyphen’s technical and creative expertise, as well as the philosophy of innovation that characterizes how they approach each of their client’s projects.

“The DHL is predicated on collaboration and innovation – on top of Hyphen’s technical expertise, this is what stood out to us about them. Hyphen has an incredibly collaborative spirit and goodwill in sharing its resources with our lab. It’s a rare commodity among private sector companies,” said Christian Giroux, lead researcher at the DHL. “We’re very happy and excited about this partnership and what we’ll be able to achieve using Hyphen’s additive manufacturing processes to develop working prototypes and find solutions to our researchers’ design problems.”

The applications for Hyphen’s capabilities are endless. The Hyphen team can produce components with complex designs and intricate detail affordably and, in some cases, with similar functionality and finishing as production parts, enabling speed-to-market by reducing the design life cycle of a part. Designers and manufacturers can review prototypes of a design and make adjustments quickly and cost-effectively, contributing to a higher-quality end result.

Exploring 3D printing’s multiple uses
“The use of 3D printing is applicable across all of the research streams we work with at the university, including art, engineering, robotics, biology, horticulture, and aerospace,” said John Phillips, Design Engineer and Manager of the DHL. “Typically, you use the tools you have at your disposal to find solutions to design problems. With our new partnership with Hyphen, we now have access to a greater set of tools so we will be able to offer a greater variety of solutions to our researchers. This will dramatically change the way we approach and tackle problems and opens up new possibilities for how we combine the use of 3D printing with haptic technology.”

“Advances in rapid prototyping and 3D printing are opening up new ways of thinking and doing things within the manufacturing industry worldwide. People are starting to see the significant benefits, including speed and efficiency, of taking a computer generated model and turning it into a physical object as part of the design and review process,” said Hyphen Managing Director Mark Barfoot. “Our partnership with the University of Guelph will allow us to explore new applications for additive manufacturing within industries such as the arts, agriculture, veterinary and health care, while supporting research work through the university. This is a great way for Hyphen to educate others on the benefits of additive manufacturing, and to demonstrate the depth of Canadian knowledge and expertise within the additive manufacturing industry. We are excited to work with arts, science and engineering teams through this partnership and look forward to pushing the boundaries of rapid prototyping together.”

In addition to educational institutions, Hyphen also actively seeks out partnerships with large and small companies to further stimulate innovation and advances in industries that are progressively embracing the advantages of rapid prototyping.

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Cinemagic to Digitize National Chain with Christie Cinema Solutions

Cinemagic, a cinema chain focused on building cinemas in towns between 50 and 70 thousand inhabitants of Mexico, and Christie®, the dominant brand in the global digital cinema projection market, today announced the joint digitization of 70 screens currently operated by Cinemagic in Mexico.

Christie will supply an assortment of Christie Solaria® One+ and Christie CP2220 projectors to the Cinemagic complexes, facilitated by Scrabble Entertainment, an international deployment entity whose financing of DCI-compliant digital cinema projector conversions helps all manner of cinemas make the move to digital technology.

“With Christie supplying the highest quality of digital cinema equipment and technical support, Cinemagic will be able to offer to our audience the best quality in cinema projection in each of the cities we serve,” said Roberto Quintero, CEO, Cinemagic.

“Cinemagic is to be commended on its mission to bring cinema to the small communities without entertainment options in Mexico,” said Ernesto Armus, general manager for Christie Mexico. “We are honored to be part of its mission and are committed to supplying Cinemagic with the world’s leading digital projection hardware, software and services.”

Roberto Quintero said, “We are confident that with dedication, effort and together with our strategic partners, we will ensure the growth and consolidation of our project to successfully bring cinema to the small communities of our country.”

The Catalyst AV Distributor Near You is Now Stocking EnGenius Networking Products

Catalyst AV Signs Distribution Agreement with EnGenius Technologies

Burlington, MA – March 5, 2014 – Catalyst AV, a nationwide distribution network of specialty AV products that serves more than 15,000 integrators from 18-locations in the US, today announced EnGenius Technologies as its home networking products partner.

EnGenius Technologies is a leading provider of consumer and business-class switches and long-range wireless networking solutions including routers, media bridges and adapters. Established in 1999, the company delivers network infrastructure solutions to the residential and business channels.

“As one of four prime network antenna manufacturers, EnGenius is delivering advanced, enterprise-grade technology. A prime example is their ECB600 concurrent dual band 2.4 / 5 GHz Wireless-N Indoor Access Point, which we are selling for well under $200. This is a tremendous value,” says Mike Hench, Catalyst AV board member and principal of Electronics Source. “All of the distributors within the Catalyst AV network have a full-assortment of EnGenius products in stock, making it very easy for the integrator to furnish both new networks and refresh older ones with the very best solutions available today.”

The ECB600 is one of many hot EnGenius products now available from Catalyst AV

”We’re excited to enter into this distribution agreement with Catalyst AV as our growing portfolio of wired and wireless networking solutions are an ideal fit for the growing array of network-connected applications in the home,” explained Gabriel Maxwell, Director of Sales at EnGenius Technologies. “Bandwidth-sensitive applications are being accessed via a growing number of media streaming and mobile devices in the home. This makes it critical for the network infrastructure to deliver fast speeds at long ranges to provide access throughout the home and beyond. EnGenius’ products are designed to deliver both at a very competitive price-point.”

Catalyst AV is comprised of 12 privately-owned distribution companies. The members are:
• Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) (Midwest)
• Audio Video Warehouse (www.av-warehouse.com) (Nevada, Arizona)
• Custom Partners (www.custompartners.com) (Metro-NY)
• Custom Plus Distributing (www.customplusdistributing.com) (Pacific NW / Alaska)
• Easy Access Distribution (www.easyaccessdistribution.com) (Northeast)
• Electronic Lane Distributors (www.electroniclane.com) (Southwest)
• Electronics Source (www.electronics-source.com) (Florida and Southeast)
• Electronic Stockroom (www.electronicstockroom.com) (California)
• HCA Distributing (www.hcadist.com) (Rocky Mountains)
• Pioneer Music Company (www.pioneermusicinc.com) (Plains States)
• SPD (www.soundproductdistributing.com ) (Upstate NY)
• Tech Source Distributors (www.techsourcedist.com) (Mid-Atlantic)

About Catalyst AV: Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 12-independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 15,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. The Catalyst AV Board of Directors consists of Mike Hench (Electronics Source Distributors); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

About EnGenius Technologies: Established in 1999, EnGenius Technologies, Inc., is a US-based industry expert in wireless communications and radio frequency (RF) technology, delivering feature-rich, long-range wireless communications technology for voice and data. The versatility and performance of the company’s solutions lower total cost of ownership, increase productivity and maximize return on investment. www.engeniustech.com

TNDV Lands New Facility as Tenth Anniversary Approaches

Mobile production specialist converts large, secure warehouse into creative business space

NASHVILLE, March 5, 2014TNDV celebrates ten years of business by securing a massive new facility in northeast Nashville that will double as a place of business and creativity. The secure, climate-controlled facility gives owner Nic Dugger and his growing team a space to maintain and upgrade trucks, host clients, plan upcoming projects and accommodate post-production work.

Dugger and his team re-designed the former armored truck warehouse from scratch, from concrete pours and office partitions to lighting, wiring and security systems. The 10,000 square foot space provides plenty of room to securely park and work on TNDV’s trucks, and includes a networked infrastructure with state-of-the-art AV technology to share data, audio and video across offices and conference rooms. The main board room is equipped with the latest HD playback and recording technology to evaluate and review projects with staff and clients, while UHDTV displays and fiber optic tie lines to the trucks enable real-time review of media still residing on video servers and ProTools.

While the technological gains are impressive, Dugger notes that the move was firmly rooted in square footage, with a need to better accommodate activity and growth.

“When we moved to our previous location six years ago, it was me and a truck,” he said. “Ten years into business we are at five trucks with seven full-time engineers and a crew of production freelancers. Bringing one truck into that facility meant we couldn’t prep for our next show effectively. Here, we can pull three trucks indoors at once to do maintenance, make upgrades and change infrastructure as needed. The last point is very important, as we do not force a fixed inventory on our clients. We are a la carte for each show, and constantly reconfigure our trucks. Now we have a spot to prepare for the many upcoming truck shoots we have, while taking advantage of our newest 4K production acquisition systems.”

The large space also provides plenty of room for post work. While not a post-production facility, TNDV frequently works with graphics, PowerPoint files and large video and audio files post-shoot. The large amount of space allows staff to do post work in a separate part of the facility, away from the daily business operations.

“We have one particular office that we set with extra power and conditioning, additional video, audio and fiber tie lines, and sound reinforcement,” said Dugger. “That way if we are cracking through some post-production on a loud concert we’re not disturbing the peace.”

This is just one example of how well-prepared the facility is to deal with media coming in and out, as well as moving files around on site. The design includes single-mode fiber tie lines throughout, with between four and eight Cat6 cables going to each office. This infrastructure supports anything from sending video feeds from one truck router to driving ProTools rigs on the audio truck — all while carrying traditional phone and internet data.

Dugger adds that the location gives his fleet quick access to interstates instead of having to slog through city traffic. Another interesting aside regarding location is its close proximity to the production site of the ABC TV show Nashville — which shoots at the warehouse immediately across the street.

“Unintentionally, we’re building a small production community in this northeast portion of Nashville,” he said. “We expect to be here for a long time, and I’m excited about identifying some key partners in the region that might need a space. We have plenty of room to set producers up with offices for long term projects. Essentially we want to build a ‘laborhood,’ where a group of complementary professionals can network, synergize and tap each other for resources, instead of having to live by Skype and conference calls to simply communicate.”

The new TNDV facility is located at 515 Brick Church Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37207.

ABOUT TNDV: Television
Formed in 2004, TNDV: Television represents the culmination of many years of broadcast and live production for Nic Dugger, owner and president; and his staff of full time engineers. TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions all the way up to multi-million dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation. Recent productions include the live concert productions at the NCAA Final Four, the 2013 Re/Max Long Drive Challenge on ESPN, and the inaugural season of Sing for Your Supper on PBS. Please call 615-585-6528 or visit www.tndv.com for more information.

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