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Archive for March 13th, 2014

NETIA Products at the 2014 NAB Show

2014 NAB Show Preview,
Exhibiting With Globecast (Booth SU2706) and in the French Pavilion (Booth C2950),
April 7-10, Las Vegas

At the 2014 NAB Show, NETIA will highlight an array of new product features and functions that not only streamline the sharing of content among production sites, but also enrich the use of metadata in media asset management. The company will showcase enhancements that improve users’ multimedia production capabilities, as well as their mobile and remote production workflows. NETIA also will demonstrate its ability to integrate complex production ecosystems and simplify the publishing of content and data to the second screen.

NEW NETIA Media Assist and Workflow Solutions
At the 2014 NAB Show, NETIA will showcase the integration of its new multiple-device interface for audiovisual media management with the company’s well-established Radio-Assist(TM) radio automation solution via a secure cross-platform Web-based interface. This integration enables journalists and field staff to use virtually any mobile device — laptop, tablet, or smartphone — and operating system (iOS, Windows, and Android) to gain remote access to the NETIA Radio-Assist database and subsequently search, browse, ingest, edit video and/or audio, segment the video, insert a logo or subtitle, and export and publish it on social networks. With this portable lightweight interface, broadcasters gain a powerful tool for multimedia content creation. The new NETIA Web-based interface not only enables convenient content editing and repurposing of professional branded multimedia, but also automates publishing to key social media outlets.

Enhanced iSnippet Audio Editing Tool for iPhone(R) and iPad(R)
NETIA’s Snippet range of editing tools, available within the Radio-Assist(TM) automation solution, has been improved for iOS(R) devices. Sharing the same look and ergonomic principles as the Snippet desktop interface, the iPhone(R)- and iPad(R)-compatible iSnippet tool has already given field reporters and others remote Radio-Assist audio editing capabilities — familiar from the desktop — on their portable devices. Now, iSnippet serves as an all-in-one solution that allows iOS device users not only to edit and index media from their mobile devices, but also to record and export ready-to-broadcast assets from the in-studio Radio-Assist database.

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Image Caption: NETIA Radio-Assist(TM) 8.2 Snippet Video

Improved Teleprompter for Windows(R) Tablets
The teleprompter module for the Radio-Assist(TM) radio automation suite gives presenters and journalists convenient visual access to news scripts on their Windows(R) tablet displays. The module also drives the studio playout system to increase users’ remote control capabilities. The enhanced version being demonstrated at the 2014 NAB Show features a new bidirectional link between the prompter and the broadcast/playout module within Radio-Assist, which in turn enables the playout system to control content directly from the prompter and vice versa. Consequently, the Windows tablet user, working either in the studio or in the field, now can start and stop audio directly from the prompter without third-party intervention. NETIA also will highlight standard teleprompter module features such as customizable text size, color selection, automatic read speed control, and read length, which may be configured within specific user profiles.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/NETIA/NETIA-Prompter-HD.jpg
Image Caption: NETIA Radio-Assist(TM) Teleprompter

Company Overview:

NETIA, a Globecast company and part of Orange, is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of audiovisual content to today’s full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 15,000 users in 200 installations in more than 40 countries, NETIA solutions allow content producers and owners to manage content from ingest to delivery, targeting multiplatform outlets including the Internet, VOD, IPTV services, and mobile devices.

NETIA provides radio automation, media asset and workflow management solutions to major radio and television brands and to multimedia groups around the world. Clients include the Associated Press, ABC News Radio Network, Cumulus Radio, Radio Globo in Brazil, SBS and ABC in Australia, MediaCorp Singapore, RAI Italy, RTL France, Radio France, RTBF in Belgium, and France Televisions. NETIA has its headquarters in France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, and Singapore, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

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Media 5 Chooses Matrox DSX LE3 SDI Card as Heart of HD Broadcast Graphics System

CG5 Multichannel HD provides multiple realtime title rolls and crawls, 3D animated logos, time and weather displays, sports timers, lower thirds and other broadcast graphics tools for TV stations, production companies and OB vans

Matrox® Video today announced that Media 5 S.R.L., one of Argentina’s leading video equipment manufacturers, has chosen the Matrox DSX LE3 card, one of the Matrox DSX™ Developer Products, as the I/O and mixing engine for its CG5 Multichannel HD character generator. Telefe, Argentina’s top-rated broadcaster, uses CG5 Multichannel HD to remotely control the entire broadcast graphics and channel branding operations of the network.

“We decided to move off other hardware and standardize on Matrox when we discovered that the DSX LE3 card would give us a cost-effective way to access the quality, reliability, integrated hardware/software platform and modular architecture Matrox is known for,” said Fabian Balliro, Media 5 CTO. “In addition, advanced Matrox features like flexible genlock and full HANC and VANC support give our products the versatility our customers need in demanding and diverse work settings.”

“Media 5 prides itself on constant innovation and evolution of its products,” said Alberto Cieri, Matrox senior director of sales and marketing. “The Matrox DSX software tools are designed to enable the rapid application development they need to stay at the forefront of the markets they serve.

At the upcoming 2014 NAB Show (Las Vegas, April 7-10) Matrox products will be demonstrated in booth SL5019. Media 5 products will be demonstrated in booth C11249.

About Matrox DSX Developer Products
Matrox DSX Developer Products combine a full range of multi-channel SD/HD/4K I/O hardware with the feature-rich SDK and unlimited engineering support that let OEMs create advanced channel-in-a-box, video server, broadcast graphics and live streaming equipment. In addition to hardware that provides 24/7 reliability in even the most demanding environments, the Matrox DSX platforms provide advanced ancillary data handling for VANC and HANC, a constantly expanding selection of codecs (DVCPRO HD, MPEG-2, XDCAM HD AVC-Intra, H.264, Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD, PitchBlue, and more), extensive file format support (GXF, MXF, MOV, AVI, MPG, MP4, and more) and powerful tools for quick app development.

About Media 5 S.R.L.
Media 5 S.R.L., headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been supplying versatile, robust broadcast products to TV stations, radio stations and production companies for 20 years. The company’s current product lines include character generators, video servers, video recorders, channel-in-a-box systems and MAM systems. For more information, visit www.video5.tv.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a-box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

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HARMAN’s Martin Professional Expands RUSH™ Line, Introduces Two New LED Light Fixtures

FRANKFURT, Germany — HARMAN’s Martin Professional today introduced the latest additions to its comprehensive RUSH™ by Martin line for club and DJ effects—the RUSH MH 5 Profile™ and RUSH DC 1 Aqua™. Both fixtures combine advanced LED technology with the latest innovations in effects lighting to offer an affordable solution with unparalleled light output and reliability.

RUSH MH 5 Profile™
The RUSH MH 5 is a super bright LED profile moving head that offers 75 W of efficient optics to produce a variety of effects and colors perfect for DJs, bands, clubs, bars, cruise ships and installations. The compact housing features two color wheels, two gobo wheels (fixed and rotating), and a rotating 3-facet prism, making this moving head perfect for applications where a smaller footprint and lightweight is critical.

RUSH DC 1 Aqua™
This ultra-compact yet bright LED fixture projects brilliant aquatic decoration effects ideal for shows, clubs, and other entertainment venues. The RUSH DC 1 Aqua features full electronic dimming, variable manual focus, variable effect speed/direction control, and five selectable colors, including open white and split color options.

“The new RUSH MH 5 Profile and DC 1 Aqua adhere to the cost-efficient yet high-performance approach our RUSH line has become known for,” commented Uffe Kristensen, Product Manager, RUSH by Martin. “By sticking to this approach, entertainment venues and DJ’s can not only produce excellent effects but also operate their RUSH solutions more efficiently than other options available—effectively saving on energy costs while still generating high-quality, super-bright light.”

In addition, Martin will be giving away a different RUSH product each day of the Prolight + Sound expo. Attendees can enter for a chance to by visiting the Martin stand and collecting their competition badge.

For more information on RUSH by Martin, please visit:

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

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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SM Pro Audio Announces uMiX, a Series of Wi-Fi Remote Controllable Digital Mixers

— uMiX is a range of fully-featured remote controllable digital mixers; rack-mountable or as a stage box, uMiX is a portable road-ready mixing solution —

— The uMiX family includes the uMiX mini (8ch), uMiX 12 (12ch), uMiX 16 (16ch) and uMiX 24 (24ch), offering a digital mixer for a wide range of applications —

MUSIKMESSE, FRANKFURT, GERMANY, March 12, 2014 — SM Pro Audio (Hall 5.1 Stand B86), a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of innovative, solution-oriented audio products, announces its uMiX family of Wi-Fi remote controllable digital mixers. The uMiX family includes the uMiX mini (8ch), uMiX 12 (12ch), uMiX 16 (16ch) and uMiX 24 (24ch). Delivering the benefits of digital mixing, uMiX models feature a pristine 56-bit double precision audio signal path with detailed Parametric EQ, Dynamics, and digital FX available on all channels. All uMiX models include an on-board secure Wi-Fi and Ethernet router and remote microphone preamps, providing a truly out-of-the-box remote mixing solution.

Built for both desktop and touch devices, uMiX brings remote access, multi-touch, key commands, and an intuitive GUI with the look and feel of a hardware mixer. All you need is a desktop PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone with a modern web browser (no apps or software downloads). Simply join the uMiX network and take control. uMiX’s extensive mixer functions include Sub Groups, View Groups, Mute Groups, Mute FX, Mute All, Permissions, Channel Safes and more. uMiX stands for “You Mix”. This means everyone in the band can control their own monitor mix. A copy main mix to Aux button makes setting up your personal mix a breeze.

Users can capture every gig with built-in “One Touch” stereo recording to any USB stick/drive (excludes uMiX mini). Simultaneously play back digital media using the integrated digital media player — perfect for remote controlled background music and/or backing tracks. No Docking required.

The uMiX16 and uMiX24 offer additional processing on the master outputs from Waves Audio, leaders in audio processing. Waves MaxxBass and MaxxVolume adds drive, punch and polish to your mix while protecting the PA. Pump up your lows and perform all essential dynamics processing with one convenient tool on your master outputs.

uMiX series features:

Built in router (Wi-Fi and ethernet)
Remote microphone preamps
Wide device support
Scalable – Link 2 x uMiX24 units with one Cat 5 cable for a total of 48 inputs
Optional multi-track recording expansion card is available for the uMiX 16 and 24
One Touch stereo recording. No Dock required
Media Player for background music or backing tracks
Fully featured software interface
HDMI display output

Danny Olesh, SM Pro Audio CEO commented, “uMiX is a really exciting product, not just for SM Pro Audio, but for the industry. uMiX technology breaks new ground in relation to affordability especially considering the on-board remote preamps and built in Wi-Fi router. We are also very proud that the uMiX software works on a range of devices and operating systems maximizing user choice. No downloads, no apps. uMiX is fully remote controllable with all the benefits of digital mixing and delivers a range of large console features at small console prices.”

Projected European street pricing including 19% VAT:
uMiX Mini – €199.99
uMiX 12 – €399.99
uMiX 16 – €699.99
uMiX 24 – €999.99

Projected U.S. MAP pricing:
uMiX Mini – $249.00
uMiX 12 – $499.00
uMiX 16 – $699.00
uMiX 24 – $999.00

Expected availability in-store Q3, 2014.

For more information, please visit http://www.smproaudio.com/umix.

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The Audio Engineering Society Appoints Graham Kirk as International Sales Manager

– Organization expands its marketing efforts with addition of Kirk to business development team –

New York, NY, March 11, 2014 — As part of its newly focused business and marketing efforts, the Audio Engineering Society has appointed industry executive Graham Kirk to the position of International Sales Manager. The announcement was made by Bob Moses, AES Executive Director, and further underscores the AES’s bolstered business development campaign, which began with the 135th AES Convention in New York, resulting in record attendance, this past fall. In his new position, Kirk will spearhead sales for AES exhibition partners and sponsors, as well as work closely with Moses and Steve Green, AES Business Development Manager.

Leveraging his experience in the music and professional audio industries, Kirk has previously managed sales and marketing efforts for Audio Media magazine and as the European Sales Director for the NewBay Media Group. Further, Kirk will be at the upcoming Musikmesse 2014 International Music Fair (March 12 – 15) to meet with exhibitors and potential participants about partner and sponsorship opportunities at the upcoming 136th AES Convention in Berlin and the 137th Convention in Los Angeles.

“We are very excited to have Graham on board as we continue to gain momentum for our two International Conventions coming up this year, in both Berlin and L.A.,” states Bob Moses. “We have worked hard to provide new opportunities for both attendees and exhibitors at our upcoming events and we feel that Graham has an excellent background and skill set to help maximize these efforts and to help the AES grow as the number-one professional and educational resource for the industry.”

Exhibitors and potential sponsors are encouraged to contact Graham Kirk to discuss exhibition and advertising opportunities for upcoming conventions, newsletters and more, at graham.kirk@aes.org or via phone at: +44 (0) 787-246-1938 or +1 212-661-8528 ext. 114.

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Carl Tatz Design Hosts Blackbird Academy Event at The Blue Grotto

- Carl Tatz, the 2014 TEC Award-winning studio designer and creator of the acclaimed PhantomFocus™ System, gives a studio monitoring tutorial for Blackbird Academy students at Sean and
Anelda Spence’s Blue Grotto Sound -

Nashville, TN: Recently, students of Nashville’s prestigious Blackbird Academy (along with Instructor and Co-Director of Education Mark Rubel) attended an exclusive event at Blue Grotto Sound focusing on studio monitoring hosted by Carl Tatz of Carl Tatz Design LLC, the TEC Award-winning studio designer and monitoring visionary and creator of the acclaimed PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™).

The event was split into two segments, the first being a lecture demonstrating little known problems and solutions of studio near-field monitoring, and the second for the attendees to personally experience Carl Tatz Design’s PhantomFocus System in the Blue Grotto control room.

The two segments were carefully coordinated into multiple small groups so that each of the students would have an ample amount of time to be exposed to the PhantomFocus System. Rubel comments, “Carl gave an interesting and in-depth presentation on a variety of acoustical design topics relative to studio monitoring, followed by the opportunity for the students to bask in the brilliant sound of the PhantomFocus System in the Blue Grotto control room. They talked about it for days after. Thank you Carl!”

“It’s very gratifying to be able to share this unique experienced-based knowledge with the students who can put some of its elements to use, with or without the PFS,” comments Tatz. “Mark Rubel is a born teacher, and his knowledge of music, paired with his recording chops and overall passion for his job, makes him the type of instructor that can change a receptive student’s life. He knew instantly upon hearing the PFS that the Blackbird Academy students needed to experience this unprecedented mix tool for themselves in person, because words in a classroom could never begin to give the full picture.”

States Blackbird Academy student Brandon Schnierer, “Carl’s brilliantly simple explanation of his PhantomFocus System makes sense on paper, but the proof is in your ears: articulate, extended and balanced. The PhantomFocus System is like prescription lenses for your ears.”

As well, artist/producer and engineering student Jeff Todd (who also performs as rock artist Meadows Fortune) explains, “The PhantomFocus System is easily the best listening experience that I have had in any control room. The stereo imaging is phenomenal, and it honestly feels like a live band is at your fingertips! It brings music back to life.”

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Alcorn McBride Helps Animate Big Tex

A new and improved Big Tex was back welcoming guests to the 2013 State Fair of Texas thanks to SRO Associates and Texas Scenic and the innovative implementation of Alcorn McBride’s V4 Pro frame-accurate controller and AM4 Digital Audio Machine.

The iconic giant cowboy had been greeting fairgoers since 1952 when it was destroyed by fire near the end of last year’s State Fair. The rebuilt Big Tex was bigger and better than ever tipping the scales at 25,000 pounds and towering over the fairgrounds at 55 feet tall. He boasted a new red, white and blue outfit and boots decorated with the Texas and American flags, the State Capitol, bluebonnets, longhorns and other Lone Star State imagery.

Big Tex was no static figure. He waved his hand, turned his head and spoke pointing guests to The Million Dollar Midway and the Texas-size fun and wonders that awaited them. Over a period of 10 months SRO Associates designed and built the shape and visible parts of Big Tex at its studios in Boerne, Texas and partnered with Texas Scenic in San Antonio to engineer the structure and design the mechanisms that make the giant cowboy come to life.

Key to making Big Tex bigger and better was developing a new control system, says Louis Bohn, Lighting Designer & Technology Project Managerat SRO Associates. “Before, the control was hydraulic: There was a button panel like you might see on any fairground ride,” he explains. “But they wanted to add more movement to Big Tex and make those movements more fluid, so we elected to go with large industrial electric motors and a new user interface.”

Bohn had worked with Alcorn McBride on a previous project and turned to the manufacturer for its V4 Pro frame-accurate controller and AM4 Digital Audio Machine, which “really filled the bill” for Big Tex’s audio needs. “We needed a scheduler and interface to drive the motors, a very robust system that would run 24/7 and a system that allowed some audio mixing. That’s how I wound up with Alcorn McBride.”

Big Tex’s moving mouth had to function with the live voice of the giant cowboy as well as with prerecorded audio. “With the prerecorded audio we originally planned to do a timeline of mouth movements to audio. When we decided to actually interface with audio we had to come up with a system to make it more dynamic,” says Bohn.

With five motors inside the head of Big Tex SRO devised the idea of using a light organ device to take the incoming audio signal and split it into low-, mid- and high-frequency signals and give them a visual orientation. “We were able to convert that to numbers and go into the V4 Pro controller and apply numbers directly into SEW Eurodrive’s MOVI-PLC (Programmable Logic Controller), which controlled the motors,” Bohn explains. “We added an audio delay to compensate for the latency of communication. And everything worked fantastically well.”

He notes that “there was no textbook to reference” for solving the audio needs of the giant cowboy so ingenuity and innovation were essential to deliver his much enhanced audio capabilities. With the solution SRO developed, “we could analyze the audio and move his mouth accordingly,” Bohn says. “Based on amplitude, his mouth not only moved at the right time but also differently depending upon the audio. Big Tex opened his mouth more and gestured more depending upon the live or prerecorded audio. That way we didn’t have to preprogram the mouth movements for the prerecorded audio, which wouldn’t look the same – or as good – as the live audio.”

Alcorn McBride engineer Joy Burke says the V4 Pro served as the show controller for Big Tex, starting and stopping his performance via the Showtouch software interface from a touch panel. “The V4 Pro is a very reliable system, rock solid with no chance of downtime. It easily interfaced with the complex systems involved in this show and communicated with the MOVI-PLC as well as the AM4 audio player,” she says.

Specifically, the V4 Pro sent the MOVI-PLC “appropriate commands and toggle bits to allow it to follow the audio file and tell the PLC when to move Big Tex’s mouth up and down,” Burke explains. The V4 Pro triggered prerecorded audio tracks with a timeline and audio tailored to particular times of day by reading the audio values and sending commands as needed. For live audio, when the voice of Big Tex used the microphone the V4 Pro made the figure’s mouth movements coincide.

Bohn says he approached programming Big Tex as a lighting designer, making “individual modules to pull into different sequences. Any single movement required at least 12 bits of data. Big Tex had 80 prerecorded messages, and I didn’t want to do all that programming 80 different times. So the operator simply pressed a single button on the computer to get the whole thing started.”

He reports that Big Tex’s audio “worked really well” and gives kudos to Burke for being “instrumental in helping us line up all these systems. We all worked together to integrate everything, and Alcorn McBride updated firmware to tailor the system for us. Alcorn and Joy were phenomenal and very supportive of the project.”

Bohn believes Big Tex may be improved even further by the next State Fair. “We may add new movements other than his mouth, head and hand. We’d like to be able to have his forearm move for a much more natural wave. That will be a big upgrade.”

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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