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Peyroux journeys through The Blue Room with Sennheiser

Old Lyme, CT, April 10, 2014 – Jazz singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux is currently on tour throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Far East and the US to promote her sixth and latest album, The Blue Room. Noted for her trademark smoky vocals and understated image, Peyroux is a genre-blending singer who fuses jazz, blues, country and pop into a style that is undeniably her own, enabling her to revisit and reinvent some of the greatest classics of our time from the likes of Ray Charles, Leonard Cohen and The Beatles.

The Blue Room is Peyroux’s fourth collaboration with distinguished producer and jazz musician Larry Klein (who has also produced Joni Mitchell, Walter Becker, Tracy Chapman and Herbie Hancock amongst others). What started out as a homage to Ray Charles has turned out to be a glorious fusion that also draws in classics from other artists and has become Peyroux’s musical narrative through time and genre, all with her own unique interpretation. Peyroux and the entire band have selected a combination of Sennheiser and Neumann microphones as their systems of choice for this tour, with Peyroux opting for a Neumann KMS 104.

Peyroux’s FoH engineer, Gerard Albo, who was highly instrumental in the artist’s final choice of microphone, explained why he felt that Sennheiser and Neumann would be a good option. “I’m a big fan of Sennheiser and Neumann microphones,” said Albo. “I’ve been working with them since 2006 with artists such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Roisin Murphy, Amy Winehouse, Anastacia and many more. They offer very high quality products with a huge range to choose from covering pretty much any live, studio or broadcast situation with guaranteed results. They also have a massive worldwide network which means I can get access to just about any equipment I need – and support – wherever I am.”

Albo first introduced Peyroux to Neumann microphones last year at the beginning of a tour. After a few tests between the Neumann KMS 104 and KMS 105, they both felt that the KMS 104 cardioid microphone was better suited to bringing out the subtleties of her voice. “Madeleine is a perfectionist,” explained Albo. “Unlike many other artists she knows exactly what she wants and is able to recognize all the frequencies while tuning her monitor. She has extremely good ears and high expectations when it comes to sound. Her performance is very quiet and understated, yet her voice has huge dynamic range so sonic perfection is a must, particularly as every song tells a story and it is essential that the audience understands every word. We went for the cardioid KMS 104 in the end rather than the hypercardioid 105, mainly because Madeleine is very mobile when she sings and often moves away from the microphone. I confess this can be a bit of a challenge for me at times but the 104 is still able to capture all the details in her voice, so we’re both happy! The KMS 104 suits her perfectly, and I honestly can’t think of a better tool to bring out the best of Madeleine’s voice. Finally, it’s solid, road-proof and looks good – what more could you want!”

As far as the rest of the band is concerned, Albo opted for a full complement of Sennheiser microphones, starting with (2) e 614s for snare and hi-hat, 3 x e 908 D for toms, 5 x MK 4 for the Leslie speaker, guitar amp and acoustic bass, an MKH 8040 stereo pair for the grand piano and finally (2) e 935s for backing vocals. “The e 935 is one of my favorite vocal mics,” stated Albo. “It was Amy Winehouse’s mic for the last five years. As for the rest, they are all excellent quality, well-built, reliable microphones. I love the MK 4 on guitar amps, piano lows, cello and overheads, whilst the MKH 8040 is perfect for stereo overhead for the piano – detailed and rich-sounding.”

Albo continues, “I have a great relationship with Pierre [Morant, Head of Global Relations]. He has been an invaluable help for all my projects over the last few years. This close relationship is a massive asset for me as a freelance sound engineer – it enables me to maintain the very highest standards with the artists, and Sennheiser’s level and quality of global support is second to none – it’s enormously reassuring to know that in whichever far-flung corner of the world you happen to find yourself in, Sennheiser support is never far away should you need it.”

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

Photo caption:
Madeleine Peyroux relies on a Neumann KMS 104, while her band and backing singers use various Sennheiser models, from the evolution range to MK 4 and MKH 8040
(Photo credit: Andy Sheppard)

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Historic Racing Track Turned Casino Wins with Twenty-Two Symetrix SymNet Edge DSPs

MIAMI, FLORIDA – APRIL 2014: Constructed in 1932, Hialeah Park is an architectural wonder in southern Florida that hosted some of the world’s finest horseracing until it shuttered its doors in the late 1990s under pressure from the shifting tides of modern gambling. Its resplendent Spanish décor impressed the many celebrities who graced its grandstands, including Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, Harry Truman, Will Rogers, John Kennedy, and Joey DiMaggio. Its iconic palm trees and archways served as the setting in numerous Hollywood films, including The Champ and The Godfather: Part II. Hialeah Park recently leveraged the weight of that history to launch Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, which pairs quarter horseracing with a casino built into the interior of the historic grandstand. A new, state-of-the-art sound system infuses the casino with full-fidelity music 24 hours a day, seven days a week using twenty-two SymNet Edge Dante networked audio DSPs modularly outfitted with twelve inputs and a whopping three-hundred outputs!

“The casino has nearly nine-hundred slots, twenty-three poker tables, and several restaurants and bars located across 150,000 square feet,” said Byard Hey, sales manager with NDR Systems, the Ft. Lauderdale integration firm that installed the new sound system. “They were very careful to restore all of the architectural motifs that make Hialeah Park such a regal place.” Kinsella-Marsh Group, Inc. (Miami Beach, Florida) designed the system around a different processing arrangement, but Hey pushed for Symetrix. “I’ve been using Symetrix for years, and the installations always go smoothly and the equipment always holds up,” he said. “Moreover, the new SymNet Edge met all of the design requirement and then some. It has a modular I/O that could easily accommodate the lopsided I/O count of this job. Importantly, the SymNet Edge is based on the future-oriented Dante network, whereas the specified processor was based on the now-fading CobraNet technology.”

Each SymNet Edge frame can be filled by up to four I/O cards. The available I/O cards cover the full range of possible I/O needs, but for Hialeah Park Casino, Hey simply installed three 4-Channel Analog Input Cards and seventy-five 4-Channel Analog Output Cards into twenty-two SymNet Edge frames. While each Edge frame has its own processing resources, the whole system acts as one integrated whole via the Dante network. Each speaker location includes a five-inch loudspeaker, an eight-inch loudspeaker, and a subwoofer. All the components are Tannoy with the SymNet Edge processing turning each location into a three-way system. Lab.gruppen amplifiers are used for power.

“Dante is great, especially for this type of installation,” said Hey. “It’s a communications protocol of the future, which will make any future requests easy to accommodate. It has a dual network topology, which makes it more robust, and it is so easy simply to wire it all with Cat5 jumpers! The SymNet Composer software is intuitive and allows me to see the entire system or dig down as necessary. The casino has been up 24/7 for several months now without a hiccup.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

Vitec Videocom Announces Intention to Acquire Autocue


(Bury St Edmunds, UK) – As part of an ongoing strategic program to deliver improved service, support and experience to its customers worldwide, along with innovative products, Vitec Videocom, a division of the Vitec Group plc, has reached a conditional agreement to acquire Autocue.

Autocue, established in 1955 and a provider of a broad range of teleprompting hardware and software products, will complement Vitec Videocom’s portfolio of products for the broadcast, pro-videography, corporate and public sectors. The acquisition will help to ensure that customers receive a broader range of technologies and solutions that address the entire spectrum of requirements for studio and outside broadcast applications in terms of size and functionality.

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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, Camera Corps, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, 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.

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VMP Features New 19-Inch Equipment Rack Enclosures at 2014 InfoComm

STEVENSVILLE, Md., April 10, 2014 — Video Mount Products (videomount.com), a leading provider of mounting solutions for the commercial, security, residential, and pro audio/video markets, is proud to announce it will feature its new 19-inch Equipment Rack Enclosure (EREN) series at InfoComm 2014, held in Las Vegas, Nev. from June 18-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth N1752. The EREN-18, EREN-27, and EREN-42E are now shipping.

“The cost-effective, portable, and fully welded EREN family of 19-inch equipment rack enclosures has been designed for installations where protected components are a necessity,” explained Keith Fulmer, president of VMP. “The EREN Series, which comes complete with integrated cooling fans and lockable, removable side panels (with optional locks) allows for the organization of multiple electronic components, while at the same time protecting them from thermal issues, as well as damage or theft.”

Rugged and sturdy with welded steel construction, a black powder coat finish, and a 1,000 lb. load capacity, the EREN-18 includes 18 rack spaces, the EREN-27 includes 27 rack spaces, and the EREN-42E includes 42 rack spaces.

Additional EREN Series specifications include:
- Works with all standard 19-inch rack equipment and accessories
- Rails threaded with standard 10-32 threading
- Tempered glass front door
- Double swing steel rear door
- Adjustable front and rear rails
- Vented top and bottom
- Top and bottom cable routing knockouts
- Reversible hinged front and rear door
- Casters and leveling feet
- Ships assembled
- EREN-18 preloaded with three ER-S2UV vented two space rack shelves and three ER-2B blank panels (MSRP: $749.00)
- EREN-18E – Same as EREN-18 except without preloaded shelves and blanks (MSRP: $679.00)
- EREN-27 preloaded with five ER-S2UV vented two space rack shelves and five ER-2B blank panels (MSRP: $859.00)
- EREN-27E – Same as EREN-27 except without preloaded shelves and blanks (MSRP: $699.00)
- EREN-42E (MSRP: $779.00)

“The EREN Series has been designed for use with a multitude of audio, video, security, and communication components,” added Fulmer. “With numerous shelves and a sturdy weight capacity of 1,000 lbs., the AV and security installer and end user have a tremendous amount of available space to design a fully mobile, fully enclosed security and AV rack system.”

For more information, please visit www.videomount.com or call toll free 877-281-2169. If you need help choosing the right mount for your application, try the VideoMount™-Finder at www.chooseamount.com.

About Video Mount Products
Video Mount Products (VMP) is a leading provider of mounting solutions for the A/V, communication and security industries since 1994. VMP’s products consistently offer the latest designs in safety and flexibility, all at an outstanding value. VMP’s product offering continues to grow by adding mounting systems to address growing segments across many markets.

VMP has become the mounting systems company of choice for professionals and their customers everywhere. All products have been engineered for and installed with confidence in thousands of residences, businesses, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and security applications throughout the world. VMP prides itself on providing the best products in the industry and by supporting those products with knowledgeable professionals who understand that “support” is the core of our business.

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FUJIFILM’S new zoom goes wide, then long to stay with the action

HA18x5.5 offers 18x zoom from 5.5mm at the wide angle to 100mm on the telephoto end

Wayne, N.J. – The Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation introduced its HA18x5.5 HD zoom at the annual NAB 2014 convention, held in Las Vegas this week.

The Premier Series HA18x5.5 offers 18x zoom from 5.5mm at the wide angle to 100mm on the telephoto end to capture images for a versatile range of scenes. It features high-precision large-diameter aspheric elements, designed with Fujifilm’s proprietary cutting-edge optical simulation technology, achieving sharpness at the center as well as all corners to deliver edge-to-edge premium image quality.

“Our customers have been looking for a lens that’s capable of shooting very wide but also at long range,” explained Thom Calabro, director of Marketing and Product Development for the Optical Division of FUJIFILM. “Sports producers looking for a lens that can go wide and still follow the action. It’s also a solid all-around lens that can shoot interviews and other applications typical for a standard telephoto lens.”

With the HA18×5.5, the operator can get as close to the subject as a minimum distance of 40cm. With the use of the built-in 2X extender, the focal length on the telephoto end can be extended to 200mm. These features accommodate a broad range of scenes to dramatically improve usability in a variety of shooting environments including live news, sports and dramatic program production.

The lens also has built-in digital servodrive units for zooming and focusing. Its ergonomic design reduces the weight for camera operators working handheld. Equipped with a 16-bit encoders,which outputs focus and other lens data at high resolution, enables compatibility with various systems such as a virtual studio programs and combining CG with live footage.

The HA18x5.5 will be available in late June of this year.

This year also marks FUJIFILM’s 80th anniversary, and 40 years for the Optical Devices Division, formerly known as FUJINON, in the U.S.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

Biamp Systems’ Vocia TTS-1nc Named Finalist for 2014 SCN InfoComm Installation Product Awards

One of only three finalists in the Most Innovative Audio Processing category, Vocia TTS-1nc automates and prioritizes paging messages from nurse call systems

BEAVERTON, Oregon — April 10, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced that its Vocia(R) TTS-1nc text-to-speech server is a finalist for the 2014 SCN InfoComm Installation Product Awards in the “Most Innovative Audio Processing” category. The SCN InfoComm Installation Product Awards showcase the most innovative commercial products that entered the market in 2013.

The Vocia TTS-1nc text-to-speech server with built-in software enables the automation and prioritization of critical paging messages directly from nurse call systems in hospitals. Since the TTS-1nc operates over Ethernet and CobraNet(R) networks, users can create and manage courtesy announcements through a Web browser. Modular and scalable to support many zones and languages, the TTS-1nc constructs announcements based on user-defined templates, extending the power of a nurse call system to do more, thus streamlining systems and improving efficiencies.

“It’s always an honor when our products earn industry recognition,” said Steve Metzger, Biamp Systems President and CEO. “We’re excited that Vocia is a finalist for the SCN Installation Product Awards, and believe it reflects our commitment to creating thoughtful and highly reliable products for our customers.”

The winners of the 2014 SCN/InfoComm Installation Product Awards will be announced at the upcoming InfoComm 2014 show in Las Vegas. Voting is open until May 1, and the public may vote by visiting http://bit.ly/1hoyXmR.

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About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona(TM) AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, OR, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, NY. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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HARMAN’s Martin Professional Lights Up the Stage for the Arnold Sports Festival 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Having worked with the Arnold Sports Festival as its exclusive provider of lighting and staging systems for over 20 years, Live! Technologies, LLC. recently took the show to a new level with an array of lighting elements from HARMAN’s Martin Professional.

The Live! Technologies team, including Michael Farrell, Business Development and Marketing Executive, and Michael Hesmond, Lighting Programmer, deployed a rig of over 100 Martin lights including 12 Viper Performances, 12 Viper Profiles, six MAC III Performances, 36 MAC Auras, 22 MAC 101s, 12 RUSH MH3 Beams, four Atomic 3000 DMX strobes, 60 EC-10 video panels and one P3-200 Video Processor/Scaler.

The Arnold Sports Festival 2014 took place in Columbus, Ohio in early March, and featured over 800 exhibitors showcasing the latest sports equipment, apparel and nutritional products. The main stage was the center for non-stop entertainment and competitions, featuring premier body building athletes including Zydrunas Savicakas, Dimitar, Michael Burke and of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“Everything worked out extremely well,” Farrell mentioned. “We started months in advance with the set design and did roughly 100 hours of pre-programming for the show. Other than that, the setup took two days and it was straightforward.”

For both Farrell and Hesmond, it was their first time using the P3-200 Controller, RUSH MH3 Beam lights and Viper Performances. “We used all the moving lights for our stage wash and video lighting, all the Auras for backlight and used the Viper fixtures for the front stage lighting,” Farrell stated. “The Viper is a great fixture to use. It’s nice and bright and has a great color temperature.”

“The video aspect was somewhat new to us, but the lighting system was very easy to use, which gave us great confidence that it would perform as we envisioned,” Farrell added. “The RUSH MH3 Beams are really awesome, they are super bright and punch right through everything. We were really impressed! The Vipers have great color temperature as well. We didn’t have to do much correction with the LED’s to get it perfect, it was a nice surprise!”

“The ultimate measure was seeing the audience’s response when the athletes came out and hit the stage,” Farrell explained. “They were rock stars up there with a bunch of raving fans screaming. The lighting rig really sold the power of these athletes and made it worth every dollar the audience paid for tickets. It will be tough to outdo ourselves next year!”

In addition to Martin, Live! Technologies deployed HARMAN’s JBL Professional VRX and PRX loudspeakers along with Crown’s amplifiers. “We appreciate working with Martin and all the HARMAN brands and look forward to next years show being brighter and even more successful than this years,” Farrell summed up. “This rig is so awesome it should be used for everything!”

Live! Technologies is a national supplier of entertainment and event technology that prides itself on planning, producing and staging live events that exceed client expectations. For more information on Live! Technologies, please visit: www.reallivepros.com

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.

First Alliance Church Takes Massive Leap Forward with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi6 Console

(Left) Wayne Jeschke, Technical Associate, First Alliance Church; and (Right) Paul Nadeau-Bonilla, Technical Director of Environments, First Alliance Church.

CALGARY, Canada – The First Alliance Church in Calgary is home to a 75-year-old sanctuary that seats 1,700 people. The size of its congregation, combined with the various styles of music and dynamic worship services, prompted Technical Director of Environments Paul Nadeau-Bonilla to recently upgrade the Church’s audio system with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi6 digital console, installed by Sapphire Sound in Vancouver, B.C.

The Church hosts full orchestras, choirs and bands, on top of its annual Broadway-style Christmas musical. The Vi6 was chosen for its ability to accommodate and switch seamlessly between all types of productions with minimal setup times and clutter. With 96 inputs to 35 output channels, the Vi6 is capable of handling any large-sized venue with ease.

“Before buying the Vi6, we researched flagship models from many other brands,” said Nadeau-Bonilla. “From an ergonomic standpoint, the Vi6 is head and shoulders above all the other consoles. The intuitive layout and visual appearance drastically improves our workflow, and the onboard features are really easy to work with, unlike some of the confusing navigation on other digital consoles.”

The Soundcraft Vi6 pushes boundaries by empowering the user with features that improve ease of use, rather than the culmination of controls that get lost in endless menus. The beautiful ‘knobs-on-glass’ controls sit on top of the Vistonics™II channel strip interface, providing users with the most unadulterated monitoring and mixing experience. TheSoundcraftFaderGlow™ color-coded illumination for the faders is particularly eye-catching, and gives the user an additional level of status indication, significantly reducing operating errors.

“The details in the layout of the Vi6 are amazing,” according to Wayne Jeschke, Associate of Technical Arts. “Someone can run wireless microphones and orchestra at the same time, while the Cue Advance buttons and Snapshots are readily available and well within reach. We wanted something as user-friendly and analog-like as possible, and I believe the Vi6 hits the sweet spot. Even some of our non-technical engineers are able to work on it flawlessly.”

“We did not expect the sound to be this good,” Jeschke continued. “The difference in clarity from our older board is so great, that we get compliments from numerous untrained people all the time. The user-friendliness combined with a clean, natural sound makes the Vi6 an extraordinary console within its class. It blew us away.”

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.

Presenting Cobalt: Wharfedale’s First Bluetooth® Speaker

— Wireless Convenience Meets Superb Sound and Elegant Design —

Chicago, IL, April 9, 2014 — Sound Solutions, LLC, the exclusive U.S. distributor of Wharfedale loudspeakers and Avid HiFi products, is now shipping the Wharfedale Cobalt Wireless Bluetooth® Loudspeaker. The Cobalt brings acclaimed Wharfedale sound quality including aptX® connectivity to the Bluetooth speaker category in a compact contemporary design that fits easily into any home, apartment, office or dorm.

“In introducing the Cobalt we knew we couldn’t introduce just another ‘me too’ wireless powered speaker,” said Walter Schofield, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Cobalt lets listeners enjoy music from their favorite portable devices with complete convenience and outstanding sound quality that lives up to the heritage of the Wharfedale name.”

The Wharfedale Cobalt has a sleek design with a thin, curved horizontal front surface mounted on an integral base. Measuring 15 inches wide by 6-3/4 inches high by 7-1/4 inches deep (including base), the slim-profile Cobalt is available in a high-gloss Piano Black finish that imparts an elegant appearance. The Cobalt is simplicity itself to operate using its supplied remote or its touch panel controls.

The Cobalt’s wireless link eliminates the need to dock or connect a Bluetooth device, and works with all devices and phones that meet the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) spec, including the Apple iPhone, iPad and most Android devices. The Cobalt also includes a 1/8-inch (3.5mm) Aux In jack for use with any music source. The Cobalt is compatible with aptX audio coding technology to deliver wireless high-fidelity sound from aptX-enabled products.

The Cobalt’s Sonic Clarity dual 4-inch full-range drivers and Bass Flow Port and 30-watt RMS amplifier provide satisfyingly detailed and dynamic stereo sound. To further improve performance, the Wharfedale Cobalt features proprietary 24-bit digital signal processing, with patented psychoacoustic algorithms that compensate for the acoustic characteristics of smaller speakers to provide room-filling audio.

The Wharfedale Cobalt Wireless Bluetooth Loudspeaker is currently available at a US suggested retail price of $399.

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Waves Audio Vitamin Sonic Enhancer Now Available

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, April 9, 2014 —Waves Audio announces the availability of Vitamin Sonic Enhancer, a multiband harmonic enhancer and tone-shaping plugin that can make any track sound powerful and full of spark by mixing an enriched version with the original signal. With its zero-latency processing, Vitamin caters to studio and live mix engineers alike. Used as an insert on any track or bus, Vitamin instantly delivers a warm, vital result that is comparable to what users would get from a parallel chain of EQ, compression and saturation processors, but without the hassle.

Vitamin’s controls are intuitive, easy to use and immediately responsive, letting users smooth or accentuate punchiness and dynamics, determine the crossover frequency points between the plugin’s five bands, and control the mix of the direct signal with its enhanced version. To top it all off, when Vitamin is in stereo mode, each band has a width control that lets users create wider sound images or make room for a vocal right in front of the mix – a great tool for mastering.

No matter what it is used on, Vitamin opens up the sound in a way that complements and enhances all mixes, ensuring they get all the nutrients they need.

Vitamin Sonic Enhancer Features:

Parallel multiband harmonic enhancer with five individual bands
Control over the crossover frequency points between bands
Control over the mix of the direct signal with the enhanced version
Per-band stereo width control
Punch control for smoothing or accentuating punchiness and dynamics
Zero-latency processing

Vitamin is available separately as well as in the following bundles: Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Horizon, Mercury, Prelude, Essentials, Pro Show, and SD7 Pro Show. Owners of these bundles with current Waves Update Plan coverage can update the bundles and receive Vitamin at no additional cost.

Vitamin Sonic Enhancer is currently available with a U.S. MSRP of $200 (Native) or $300 (SoundGrid) and a special introductory price of $99 (Native) or $149 (SoundGrid). Visit http://www.waves.com/plugins/vitamin for more information. Product video: http://youtu.be/VRWWPPnGGOQ.

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