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Digital Vision Launches Golden Eye 4 Scanner at NAB 2014

- Customer feedback leads development of new features -

NAB 2014, Stand Sl6026 / Chairman’s Suite, Renaissance Hotel

(London, UK) – Digital Vision will launch the Golden Eye 4 film scanner for restoration and archive at NAB 2014. The new scanner incorporates many new features that have been requested by users of Golden Eye 3.

Kelvin Bolah, President, Digital Vision, said, “The Golden Eye 4 will become, without doubt, the best scanner in the world. Our customers have been very engaged in the development process, telling us what they like and how we can improve the scanner. We’re very proud to launch the Golden Eye 4, which provides many new features including universal optics that can handle any film size, faster scanning and automated processes.”

A key new feature of the Golden Eye 4 is universal optics – a single lens, motor driven, multi-axis optical system for precision image sizing, position and focus. Users can scan any film size from 8mm to 70mm without changing the optics.

Other new features for the Golden Eye 4 include:

* New gates and optics
* New tri-linear camera
* Automatic restoration processes using Phoenix restoration software, and distributed automated processing using Loki
* Limitless handling of shrunken film
* Real-time scanning in 2K and up to 11fps in 4K
* Optional wet gate

Studio Hamburg has ordered the first Golden Eye 4 film scanner with 70mm option, to complement their Golden Eye 3.

Christoph Lohfeldt, Studio Hamburg, said, “We chose the Golden Eye because we appreciate the innovative technology and the very good support we receive from Digital Vision. The Golden Eye also offers an excellent price-performance ratio, compared to similar yet far more expensive scanners.”

About Digital Vision
Digital Vision is the supplier of the world’s best colour grading, restoration and film scanning solutions for the broadcast, film, commercial and archive industries. Founded in 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden, Digital Vision has offices in London, Los Angeles, New Zealand, and Linköping in Sweden. Digital Vision’s Emmy award winning technology and products include Nucoda and Phoenix colour grading, finishing, mastering and restoration solutions that are used to create much of the worlds’ high profile television, film and commercials media broadcast and distributed today. In addition to the Nucoda and Phoenix ranges, Golden Eye film scanners and the Bifrost Archive Bridge solution provide innovative tools to create the industry recognised highest quality in scanning, film digitisation, preservation and archiving.

In April 2011, Digital Vision acquired Image Systems and is now a division of the Image Systems group of companies. For more information, visit www.digitalvision.se

All trademarks used herein, whether recognized or not, are the properties of their respective companies.

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Digital Vision Marketing Contact:
Patrick Morgan | patrick.morgan@digitalvision.se | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7734 8282 | Mobile +44 (0) 7917674711

Digital Vision PR Contacts:
EMEA/APAC
Dawn Egerton, Bubble & Squeak | dawn@bubblesqueak.co.uk | Tel: +44 (0)7887 627764

USA
Chris Purse, Ignite | chris@ignite.bz | Tel: +1 818 980 3473

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Planar Systems Announces Expansion of Sales Staff

PORTLAND, Ore., April 3, 2014 - Planar Systems, Inc.(NASDAQ: PLNR) today announced two new expansions to the Planar sales force.

Based out of New York City, Tani Klein joins the Planar team as the new Sales Manager for the Northeast Region, including the New York City metro area, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Tani previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for Primeview, a video wall and commercial display manufacturer, where he achieved a 200 percent sales increase year over year.  Tani has 10 years of experience in the ProAV industry, particularly with background in managing key accounts for major AV integrators and resellers, as well as overseeing technical support and product management for commercial displays in both the United States and abroad.

Planar is also pleased to announce the addition of Chad Heffernan as the new Sales Manager for the state of Florida.  Based out of the Miami area, Chad brings over 20 years of sales experience to Planar Systems.  Previously working for SMART Technologies, he lead large enterprise opportunities and was responsible for the discovery, development and fulfillment of global deployments of SMART’s touch screen displays and collaborative software to many Fortune 500 companies.

About Planar 

Planar Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR) is a global leader in display and digital signage technology, providing premier solutions for the world’s most demanding environments. Retailers, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts all depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of the highest importance.  Planar video walls, large format LCD displays, interactive touch screen monitors and many other solutions are used by the world’s leading organizations in applications ranging from digital signage to simulation and from interactive kiosks to large-scale data visualization. Founded in 1983, Planar is headquartered in Oregon, USA, with offices, manufacturing partners and customers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.planar.com.

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Broadcast Pix Expands Flint Integrated Production Switcher Family

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ will unveil its expanded family of Flint™ end-to-end integrated production switchers at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL6325), which runs April 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev. All three HD models include the same Fluent™ workflow software tools, but provide different input configurations to address different production requirements and budgets.

There are three new Flint models available. The entry-level system, Flint LE, supports three HDMI or analog (composite, component or S-Video) inputs and is now priced at $7,495. Flint LX features four SDI or HDMI inputs for $9,995. Flint LS supports six inputs and offers a choice of six SDI (two of which can be HDMI) or four SDI and two HDMI or analog inputs for $12,995. In addition, all three models include two additional network inputs, which are ideal for presentations and Web pages from remote computers. All three models are available now.

Broadcast Pix will also have two raffles during the NAB Show, providing attendees the opportunity to win a Flint system as well as a new fX3D real-time 3D graphics software package. Raffle rules and instructions will be available at the Broadcast Pix booth.

“Flint has quickly become a popular choice among streaming video professionals, because it provides a complete set of production tools for true end-to-end integration,” said Steve Ellis, general manager, Broadcast Pix. “By expanding the Flint family, we’re making it more affordable than ever to produce live multi-camera productions for broadcast or webcast.”

Introduced last year, Flint handles the entire production workflow, from ingest to distribution. In addition to cameras and file-based graphics and video, its multi-format production switcher allows operators to include cloud-based content from Skype, Twitter, RSS feeds, Google Drive, Dropbox and other resources during live productions. Flint ingests and scales all sources while maintaining constant lip sync.

Flint’s switcher also includes three keyers for layering, each with PiP and customizable DVE. An internal Inscriber CG provides six graphic channels, while a built-in, two-channel clip server stores up to 30 hours of clips and animations in a variety of file formats, including ProRes, H.264, DNxHD and QuickTime animations. Flint’s audio mixer is controlled through an intuitive audio interface with on-screen stereo faders and VU meters, and two outputs allow separate mixes with independent control for master recording and Web presentations.

With up to seven simultaneous output formats, Flint offers built-in HD streaming in a variety of formats and allows live recording on its internal hard drive. Other features include a customizable multi-view, customizable virtual sets, and control of robotic cameras, video servers, external audio mixers, and other devices.

Version 3.0 software, which was announced earlier this month, allows all Flint systems to be tightly integrated with Broadcast Pix’s new fX3D and ReVue multi-channel slow motion replay system. It also includes ClearKey, Broadcast Pix’s next generation chromakey, and new device control of Blackmagic HyperDecks. The software will be available in May as a free upgrade for all Flint systems under warranty.

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, Flint and Fluent are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

SintecMedia Acquires Pilat Media

Combined Technologies Offer Media’s Broadest Selection of Best-in-Class Broadcast Business Management Solutions

NEW YORK — April 3, 2014 – SintecMedia today announced that the company has acquired Pilat Media. Both companies are leading providers of media business management software. The combination of the two leading companies creates the broadest portfolio of business management solutions tailored to all types of media businesses and creates a driving force of innovation in the media industry. Pilat Media’s flagship product, IBMS (Integrated Broadcast Management System), its MediaPro (advertising sales systems), and the OTTilus over-the-top (OTT) TV service platform join SintecMedia’s line of OnAir(TM), SIMS, Nestor, and Medea solutions to offer best-of-breed business management solutions with increased R&D investment for the benefit of all customers.

“Our acquisition of Pilat Media is tremendous news for our global base of customers because it represents the marriage of the two technology leaders in the media content and operations management space,” said Amotz Yarden, CEO, SintecMedia. “By joining forces, we will be able to offer the industry’s richest selection of innovative broadcast management solutions and unparalleled customer support, giving our current and future customers the ultimate tools to monetize their assets and streamline their operations in today’s complex and rapidly changing media environment.”

The acquisition positions SintecMedia as the “go-to vendor” for delivering next-generation business management solutions tailored to the needs of commercial and public broadcast networks, cable networks, station groups, and multichannel platform operators around the world.

The company’s broad applications portfolio includes multiplatform programming, sales, traffic, media, rights, revenue management, business intelligence, workflow management, and OTT service management.

Moving forward, SintecMedia will focus on harmonizing the product portfolio, leveraging best-of-breed modules, and taking an evolutionary path toward next-generation solutions to secure customer investments. Customers are expected to benefit from a broader professional services team with a greater range of industry expertise, resources available, and project delivery experience.

“Over the past 15 years since its inception, Pilat Media has built IBMS, MediaPro, and OTTilus to become world-class solutions, now adopted by more than 60 blue-chip media companies around the world and supported by the highly dedicated and client-focused Pilat Media team,” said Avi Engel, CEO, Pilat Media. “Today these invaluable assets become part of SintecMedia, creating a unique opportunity for SintecMedia to establish itself as a market leader. I would like to thank the great people at Pilat Media and our loyal clients for the exciting journey upwards and wish SintecMedia success with the merger and the way forward.”

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About Pilat Media
Pilat Media Global plc (AIM: PGB) develops, markets, and supports new-generation business management software solutions for content and service providers in the media industry, supporting content and airtime management and service delivery for multiplatform linear and on-demand services. Pilat Media’s solutions improve business performance; accelerate time to market; and enable business diversification and growth. More than 60 blue-chip media companies around the world use Pilat Media solutions, including CBS, Bell Media, Discovery, BBC, SABC, Chellomedia, Showtime, Sky Italia, AT&T, Globosat, and FOXTEL. These and other deployments represent the management of billions of dollars in advertising revenue and programming that reaches hundreds of millions of viewers.

About SintecMedia
SintecMedia is a leading global provider of management solutions designed to meet the dynamic needs of broadcasters, media companies, cable MSOs and station groups. OnAir, SintecMedia’s core product, is employed by leading networks in Europe, Asia and North America for managing airtime sales, traffic, programming, and new media. OnAir combines traffic, sales, and programming in a single framework to address the most pressing issues facing broadcasters and media makers including comprehending multiple information levels, integrating linear and non-linear capabilities and managing a full range of assets. Among SintecMedia’s North American clients are NBCUniversal, CBC Canada and Televisa Mexico.

SintecMedia has a staff of over 300 employees with offices in New York, Denver, London and Jerusalem and is backed by the private equity firm Riverwood Capital (www.riverwoodcapital.com). Please visit www.sintecmedia.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Sachtler V-Mount Digital Battery and Fast Charger Series Launching at NAB 2014

Sachtler NAB Booth #C6025

New Lines are Uniquely Optimized to Power Today’s Cameras and Auxiliary Equipment

ECHING, GERMANY – Sachtler®, a Vitec Group brand and world leading producer of camera support equipment, will introduce its new V-Mount Digital Battery Series and Fast Charger Series at NAB 2014. The high performance V-Mount Digital Battery Series enhances Sachtler’s industry leading roster of products with a battery line optimized specifically to power the digital cameras now being used for broadcast, cinema, and new media production. The Fast Charger Series supports the V-mount battery with a new algorithm that ensures the fastest available charging sequence while delivering superior energy efficiency. Sachtler will unveil these innovative lines at their exhibit (booth #C6025) at NAB 2014 in Las Vegas, which runs April 7-10.

The V-Mount Digital Batteries eliminate the negative effects incurred when running digital technology with traditional battery circuitry. Powered by award-winning Anton/Bauer technology, the batteries contain a proprietary digital filter that increases run-time and lengthens life cycle, all while providing world-class levels of safety, performance and reliability. Delivered with a sleek, ergonomic, modern style, the series will include three battery sizes. The 90 Wh model is the ideal choice when weight is an issue, and it has no travel restrictions. The 150 Wh and 190 Wh versions are perfect for use by professional videographers with power-hungry cameras and a range of auxiliary equipment to support.

Sachtler’s V-Mount Digital Battery Series features an easy to read fuel gauge and utilizes constant calibration to deliver a power status that is truly accurate. When the battery is attached to a load, it conveniently reports the remaining run-time in hours and minutes, allowing the user to track usage effortlessly. When the load varies, the run-time will update accordingly. If the battery is not attached to a load, the gauge reflects the battery charge as a percentage of capacity. The digital batteries also have a convenient D-Tap plug, ideal for powering a range of 14V camera accessories, including monitors, lights, and wireless receivers.

The Fast Charger Series utilizes innovative technology to deliver the fastest possible charging sequence, while exceeding the high-efficiency standards required by today’s rigorous shooting schedules. It features an efficient algorithm for multi-chemistry, simultaneous charging that ensures rapid charging of up to four batteries at a time. Software constantly monitors the charge/discharge process to ensure that each battery is charged to its peak performance. The Fast Charger series is nearly 40% more efficient than traditional chargers, conserving energy, rendering large power supplies virtually obsolete, and reducing cost of ownership.

The chargers are easy to carry and feature a contemporary, mold-breaking design. The Fast Charger series automatically detects which battery has the strongest charge and prioritizes it, ensuring that a fully charged battery is always available in the shortest amount of time possible. The new Sachtler charger series also has an easy to use LCD touch screen to drive activity and monitor status.

“We identified a need in the market for a high-performing V-mount power system,” says Barbara Jaumann, Sachtler product manager. “When assessing our customers’ workflows, we saw that they were running digital cameras with traditional batteries, leading to a significant reduction in performance. We turned to the technology of Anton/Bauer to guarantee a product that could really meet the power use profiles of today’s digital equipment, as well as provide the safest and highest-quality cells available. Our engineers then assessed the standard V-mount design, and made significant improvements. I’m proud to say that Sachtler’s V-Mount Digital Battery Series sets a new standard for our industry.”

Sachtler’s competitively priced V-Mount Digital Battery and Fast Charger systems will be available to the marketplace in the second quarter of 2014.

For more information on Sachtler, visit www.sachtler.com.

About Sachtler
Sachtler, founded in 1958 by cameraman Wendelin Sachtler, is a worldwide market leader for professional camera support systems for cinematography and television production, its name a symbol of top quality and reliability for decades. With an extensive range of premium camera support systems, Sachtler is the highly qualified partner for broadcast, documentary, film and pro-video applications. Since 2000 Sachtler has been offering the artemis modular camera stabilizer system. With its numerous workshops and training sessions, the Wendelin Sachtler Academy has become a top address worldwide for invaluable know-how and the exchange of information, creating the ideal international platform for creative talents. Along with other leading brands in the broadcast and professional videographer industry, Sachtler is part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company. For more information on Sachtler, visit www.sachtler.com, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

Vitec Videocom – innovative products around the camera.

Media Contact:
ignite strategic communications
818.980.3473
Stacey Humphrey, stacey@ignite.bz

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New FOR-A 4K Compatible Multi Viewer to Make Debut at NAB 2014

Company to introduce the MV-4200, MV-42HSA, and MV-1620HSA multi viewers

Cypress, CA – FOR-A Corporation of America announces the introduction of its new 4K compatible MV-1620HSA, MV-42HSA and MV-4200 multi viewers at the NAB Show. The company will exhibit in Booth C5117 during the show, which takes place April 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The MV-1620HSA 3G/HD/SD/Analog Mixed High-Resolution multi viewer accepts up to 16 channels of signals for monitoring on up to two screens. The 1RU unit is a compact but full-featured multi viewer, including the option to cascade it with other units to display up to 64 sources simultaneously.

Another 4K compatible multi viewer to be unveiled by FOR-A at NAB is the MV-4200 3G/HD/SD/Analog/HDMI/DVI/RGBHV Mixed High-Resolution solution – a 2 RU unit multi viewer that accepts 4K signals and is capable of handling up to 68 inputs and 8 channels of output.

Both the MV-1620HSA and MV-4200 feature a Windows-based Layout Manager that enables easy layout of 4K video in a seamless display by using four 3G-SDI inputs. Both multi viewers support a versatile mixed-source environment, and include video streaming capabilities for remote monitoring, additional local computer display and error capture.

FOR-A will also show its new MV-42HSA 4K (QFHD) monitoring down converter, an enhanced version of the company’s popular MV-42HS HD/SD multi viewer. In addition to HD-SDI, SD-SDI and analog composite inputs, the unit newly supports 3G-SDI (Level A) inputs and 4-input split-screen displays. The MV-42HSA is an ideal choice for use as a down-converter that monitors 4K footage on an HD or PC monitor.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Extron Introduces Compact Four Input Scaler with DTP Extension

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the IN1604 DTP, an HDCP-compliant scaler with three HDMI inputs, a universal analog video input, and a DTP output, in a compact 1U, half rack enclosure. The IN1604 DTP is ideal for installation beneath conference tables and in lecterns to provide localized switching support for sources such as presenter devices, as well as signal extension up to 330 feet (100 meters) over shielded CATx cable to reach a wall or ceiling-mounted display. The IN1604 DTP provides the convenience of fast and reliable automatic switching, along with a high performance scaling engine that converts HDMI and analog video sources. The IN1604 DTP also includes a host of audio processing features and many versatile options for control and configuration. more

TED2014 Speaks Up with DPA Microphones

McCune Audio, full-service technical event specialists, rely on classic 4088s and d:screet 4060s to mic guests and props for the renowned conference

VANCOUVER, APRIL 3, 2014 – Heard by thousands of people through live audiences, simulcasts, webcasts and recordings, and millions more through online video engines, the annual TED Conference requires gear that matches its prestige. With discussions that address a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture, microphones are vital to all TED audiences. To provide the ultimate in sound quality for presenters and performers at TED2014, technical team from McCune Audio/Video, the symposium’s sound services company, relies on DPA Microphones’ classic 4088 Directional Headset Microphones and d:screet 4060 Omnidirectional Microphone.

TED2014 marks the second time that DPA Microphones is part of the audio setup for the conference. The McCune Audio team used the same selection of mics at last year’s event because of the high-quality audio of both mics and comfortable fit and feel of the 4088, each requests from production crew workers and presenters, respectively.

“For years, the post-production crew was trying to get us to reduce the amount of room acoustics we were hearing in the recordings,” says Nick Malgieri, McCune’s Head of Audio for the TED Conference. “Because of the live PA system in the room, there was a slap-back echo always happening in the voice. We really used some pretty extreme processing paths with our previous mics just to try to help us get ahead of the issues. Once we switched to DPA 4088s, the added isolation let us really scale back on the processing. The sound was so much better that the post-production crew asked us to deploy ambient mics to capture the energy of the venue. That led us to the d:screet 4060s, which we use to pick up a lot of the stage noise from the props and scenery on set, such as chalkboards during presentations, a fire organ for a pyrophone performance or a target being hit by an archer.”

The versatility of the DPA mics also plays an important role in the audio support at the TED Conference, which hosts 12 90-minute shows over the course of five days. Throughout each of these individual productions, Malgieri and his crew need to mic as many as 10 separate presenters speaking for up to 18-minute segments each. In these instances, the audio team uses the 4088s. The shows also incorporate other types of presentations, such as musical, theatrical or dance performances, or magical acts, which require the 4060s.

“The technology setup for this show is very important because of the high turnover and the way the show is actually produced,” explains Malgieri. “We are doing three shows a day, with only an hour or so to reset between them, so we need high-end gear that can keep up with the constant demand and rigorous use.”

As one of DPA’s most popular products, the 4088 is ideal for a variety of performing and vocal presentations. It is designed for acoustically demanding live performance environments, where background noise and feedback is a concern, and boasts the same open and natural sound qualities of the company’s other legendary microphones.

Originally designed for use with wireless systems in theater, television and close-miked instrument applications, the d:screet 4060 capsule is highly unobtrusive. Because of its small size, this tiny condenser mic exhibits an exceedingly accurate omnidirectional pattern, and therefore does not need to be aimed directly at the sound source to achieve quality pickup.

As the technical specialists of record for the TED Conference since it began, McCune Audio/Video provides live sound, projection and video production services for the event. Over the course of its 82-year history, McCune has been involved with some of the nation’s top events, including the final Beatles concert – held at Candlestick Park, the Monterey Pop Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Playboy Jazz Festival. They have also supported a variety of speeches for every sitting U.S. President since John F. Kennedy.

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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Solid State Logic Appoints Dr. Enrique Perez Gonzalez as Chief Technology Officer on Board of Directors

OXFORD, UK – Solid State Logic is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Enrique Perez Gonzalez as Chief Technology Officer for Solid State Logic’s Board of Directors. Dr. Perez has been promoted from his current role as Head of R&D and became a board member effective April 1.

“Enrique is one of those rare individuals who has deep technical ability, first-hand experience of our markets and the skills to manage product research and development effectively,” states SSL’s CEO Antony David. “Even more importantly, he has the vision to build upon our technical heritage and the resources to take us forward.”

Dr. Perez joined SSL in 2011, spearheading the development of the Tempest processing platform and SSL’s new Live console. An electronics and communications graduate from ITSEM, Mexico, which included a year at Australia’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, he is an alumnus of the University of York (UK), and holds a doctorate in electronic engineering from the Queen Mary University of London.

“I am very excited at the opportunity to provide the technology, vision and leadership for a company with such an impressive technological heritage,” says Dr. Perez. “It is an honour to be able to work on a daily basis with the best engineering team there is in the industry. I look forward to a future of innovation and technology that will deliver the user experiences our customers have come to expect from SSL.”

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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UK Studio Rimshot Productions Continues its Dreams with Decades-Lasting HARMAN AKG Microphones

Artist King Size Slim of UK label Tree House 44 recording through a pair of AKG microphones. Photo Credit: ©Graeme Miall

KENT, United Kingdom – As one of the few boutique music production companies operating in the Kent countryside of the UK, Rimshot Productions is uniquely positioned to cater to a wide variety of recording artists. Having provided production, studio and mastering services for many years, owner Mike Thorne has equipped the studios at Rimshot Productions with AKG microphones to ensure world-class quality of service throughout the company’s history.

Situated in the countryside just an hour away from London, Rimshot Productions was built a few years ago, and relied completely on word of mouth to grow to the dependable facility it is today: a large and creative space where international clients achieve the best productions and recordings. Thorne has complete confidence that his in-house studio offers world-class recording and provides the requisite equipment for any artist to succeed.

The studio at Rimshot Productions features a pair of AKG C414 B-ULS microphones, which have reached legendary status since their introduction in 1971; a D112 egg-shaped bass microphone perfect for bass instruments; a D12 large-diaphragm microphone that makes everything from the drums to the vocals sound better; and C1000 microphones that can withstand any level of vocal abuse.

“I’ve acquired these microphones over the years and slowly built up my AKG collection,” said Thorne. “During my 20-plus years of experience, I haven’t had an AKG microphone fail on me, as they truly last forever. I’ve really grown to appreciate the quality of AKG products.”

When asked what prompted him to purchase AKG microphones, Thorne quotes from personal experience that “during sessions at another studio, a guy had AKG C414 microphones, which sounded absolutely great!”

Just like his studio and the services Thorne offers, the quality of AKG speaks for itself and is appreciated by Thorne’s clients. “The D12 is what I like to call the ‘make it better’ microphone,” said Thorne. “I like to use it for vocals, drums, and all kinds of recording, because it produces truly exceptional sound quality. As for the C1000, these things just don’t break! They were my first microphones and have been used for recordings for 15 years.”

AKG is known for its award-winning quality in both sound and build. There is no replacement for a microphone that will last this long, and yet maintain its output consistency. Companies like Rimshot Productions rely on the belief that musicians can record an electrifying track with the AKG C414, or kick up a crisp beat with the AKG D112.

“I like the multiple pickup patterns of the C414 AKG microphone,” Thorne continued. “There’s loads of space in the studio, so we can be creative with microphone placements. I don’t have to put the microphone very close to a specific instrument. This results in a sound with more depth and character.”

“There is a lot to be said about the consistency of these microphones,” Thorne concluded. “They’re indeed the workhorses that I expect them to be and work great every time.”

For more information on Rimshot Productions, please visit http://www.rimshotproductions.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.

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