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Opticomm-EMCORE to demonstrate Video Wall driven by Eclipse HD at InfoComm

Alhambra, CA – Opticomm-EMCORE, a leading provider of high-definition video, audio and data transport solutions for Fiber, IP, CATx and Coax networks, will be using the InfoComm 2014 show in Las Vegas on June 18-20 as a platform to demonstrate the quality of the new Eclipse HD as it extends and switches 1080p or 1920×1200 multimedia feeds across a dedicated IP network, sent to a four-panel video wall as example of its capabilities. In addition, other high-quality products for pre- and post-production, live-feed, and Professional A/V will be on display at the booth stand, C7716.

Opticomm-EMCORE will construct a cost-efficient video/audio/data distribution system over an IP network to show design consultants, system integrators and home theater aficionados the painless switching and routing of the new Eclipse HD. This encoder/decoder system provides visually lossless transmission and processing of HDMI 1.3, 5.1 channel audio, RS-232 data and USB HID keyboard/mouse (KVM), over a dedicated Gigabit Ethernet network. A media player, Blu-ray or DVD player, laptop, camera or other HDMI source can send HD signals to the Eclipse HD encoder, which can then be sent to a Layer 2/3 Unmanaged Gigabit Ethernet Switch with IGMP 2.0 (if desired), which lastly can be received by one or more decoders to be connected to single or multiple displays. There are virtually limitless ways to configure a HD matrix by stacking IP switches.

In addition to the Eclipse HD, we will be showing the NV series as a part of the IP network exhibit, which utilizes JPEG 2000 encoding and decoding for lossless DVI, HDMI, and 3G HD-SDI distribution. Also we will also be highlighting, in our booth, the c-linx series, Optiva and GBOX fiber products. The c-linx series are small, stand-alone box units utilizing HDBaseT technology to extend signals for extension up to 100 meters, over CATx. The company will also display the Optiva OTP-1DVI2A1UKM, which has been upgraded with a larger bit-rate of 10GB optics and now supports up to 4K resolution and KVM over a secure, lossless multimode fiber up to 10 km and singlemode fiber up to 25 km. The first in the GBOX Series, GBX-HDMI-VGA, provides for the transmission of either HDMI 1.4b with HDCP and HEAC support, or VGA / Component for legacy stereo analog sources, in a point-to-point configuration. It also supports stereo analog and S/PDIF digital audio, 10/100/1000 Ethernet, bidirectional RS-232 and IR support.

Opticomm-EMCORE’s booth will display the newest and key products that we believe, will cater to consultants and integrators who build and design complex signal network systems and have need of high-quality signal management.

“We are excited to showcase our newest addition to the video-over-IP distribution category, Eclipse HD,” concludes Henok Tafese, Senior Director of Business Development.

Opticomm-EMCORE’s complete breadth of video-over-IP, fiber and CATx/HDBaseT products will be on display at InfoComm 2014, June 18-20, booth C7716 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information, please visit www.opticomm.com, download the EVE/EVD-HD datasheet here, or call 626-293-3400.

Sennheiser’s Integrated Systems Division Appoints New Area Sales Managers

Appointments of Sales Veterans to Incite New Revenue Growth Opportunities in Government and House of Worship Markets

Old Lyme, Conn.— April 17, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it has made two appointments in its Integrated Systems division. Effective immediately, Charlie Jones and Phil Rossi have each been appointed Area Sales Managers, Integrated Systems, responsible for the Southeast territory and the Washington, D.C. Metro area respectively.

In their new roles, Jones will focus on several region-specific growth opportunities, including the house of worship Market, while Rossi will pursue new business opportunities within the government market.

“We are excited to welcome both Charlie and Phil to our Integrated Systems division,” commented Dawn Birr, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Integrated Systems, Sennheiser. “We see an exciting growth opportunity in both these geographic regions, and by association, the house of worship and government markets, where we feel we can develop increased market share.”

“Phil comes to us as a seasoned player in the integrated systems world, and is already making an impact in our government related business,” continued Birr. “Charlie is an industry veteran who will help us in working closely with our growing network of consultants and design/build integrators in the southeast.”

Jones and Rossi will both report to Adam Livella, National Sales Manager, Integrated Systems, Sennheiser. Jones, who will be responsible for sales activity in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee, comes to Sennheiser from SurgeX, and was educated at Georgia Institute of Technology. Meanwhile, Rossi will be responsible for D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Delaware, and was previously employed by Sprenkle & Company. He holds a B.A. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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, Conn. 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.

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Phil Rossi, Area Sales Manager, Integrated Systems (D.C. metro area), Sennheiser
Charlie Jones, Area Sales Manager, Integrated Systems (southeast territory) Sennheiser

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Inaugural Pensado Awards to Honor Today’s New Brand of Music Professional

— Live ceremony on June 28 and global online broadcast will “recognize the faces behind the sound” —

LOS ANGELES, CA, April 17, 2014 — For the past several years, the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place has celebrated the evolving landscape of music and technology and given a voice to its leaders and innovators, and now the producers of that program have created the Pensado Awards, a new award show intended to acknowledge today’s emerging brand of music professional and to “recognize the faces behind the sound.” The live show will take place on June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, and will be followed one week later by a global online broadcast. Scheduled to co-host are award-winning producer-engineers Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Pink, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Daughtry, Paramore, Black Eyed Peas), Marcella Araica (Britney Spears, Madonna, Pink, Duran Duran, Keri Hilson) and Young Guru (Jay Z, Beyonce, Mariah Carey), with additional co-hosts to be announced soon.

The Pensado Awards are a natural outgrowth of the ethos behind Pensado’s Place. In recent years, developments in music and technology have changed the landscape for producers, songwriters, engineers and musicians, encouraging artists and composers of all types to hone their craft. From the self-taught basement amateur to the seasoned industry producer, all manner of music professionals are discovering new methods of working and novel ways to reach fans. The science and art of music-making are in a rapid state of flux, with exciting opportunities awaiting among the talented figures in and out of the spotlight – the people who are currently engineering the next sound that will move the world in the music, film, television and digital realms. Over 100,000 albums and millions of songs are released every year, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of concerts put on worldwide, but the awards often end up in the hands of a lucky select group. So the brilliance and hard work of all those producers, songwriters, DJ’s, engineers, mixers, live wizards and behind-the-scenes technicians in audio often go unnoticed – until now! The Pensado Awards, founded as a means of acknowledging these talented individuals and their work, are a grand opportunity for the best pros, amateurs, brands and press to come together as one community to celebrate the uncelebrated.

Herb Trawick, the Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place, as well as Manager and Advisor to Co-host Dave Pensado, stated, “We are very thrilled about the opportunity to put on an awards show that is by the people and for the people. And we are just as excited to have Chris Lord-Alge, Marcella Araica and Young Guru – and other names to be announced soon – on board as our hosts, and all of our Pro Committee artists and sponsor partners. The buzz has been electric, and we are already talking about making this an annual event.”

“As an engineer and mixer myself, I am acutely aware that so many of the most talented people in the industry never get the recognition they deserve,” stated Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher). “We have founded these awards to acknowledge amateurs and professionals for their craft. We hope you join in the celebration, either in person or online.”

Working behind the scenes to make the Pensado Awards a reality are the producers from Pensado’s Place and a group of top industry PR/marketing professionals. Leading the charge are Pensado and Trawick, along with Pensado Awards producer Karen Dunn of KMD Productions (Producer of the TEC Awards at NAMM for 29 years and various other Pro Audio Events). Rounding out the Pensado Awards Team are social media guru Will Thompson, PR professionals Clyne Media and Lisa Roy, Lead Agent Shevy Shovlin and Business Development manager Khaila Stewart.

Pensado Award categories include OMG! Mix of the Year; Game Changer Producers Award; Songwriters Break Thru Award; Unique Project Studio (Global); Amateurs Best/Mix Recording (Global); Best Non-English Song (Global); Best Tracking Engineer; Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television & Gaming; Giant Award (industry legend); Master of Mastering; Live/FOH Award; AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner); Outstanding Brand; Spin Doctor DJ Award; Dave Pensado Educators Award; and Herb Trawick Visionary Award.

The Pensado Awards Pro Committee is made up of artists, engineers, producers and industry notables (many of whom have been featured guests on Pensado’s Place), who together will serve as the judging panel for the awards. The committee in currently being assembled and is confirmed to include Andrew Scheps (Lana Del Rey, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Jimmy Douglass (Pharrell, Justin Timberlake), John McBride (Martina McBride, The Blackbird Academy), Manny Marroquin (Bruno Mars, Imagine Dragons), Trina Shoemaker (Queens of the Stone Age, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris), Young Guru (Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Kanye West), Zoe Thrall (Studio Director at the Studio at the Palms) and others.

Opportunities are still available to join the over 100 leading music makers and manufacturers, representatives from 75 countries and over 100 schools who are already active supporters of and participants in the inaugural Pensado Awards. Three sponsorship packages are available. To support the Awards, please visit http://pensadoawards.com/sponsorship_info.html.

Photo caption: Pictured L-R: Herb Trawick (Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place) and Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher). Photo by Zan Nakari (www.zanphotos.com).

About Pensado’s Place
The hour-long weekly web series Pensado’s Place was created nearly four years ago. Co-hosted by legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado (Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson and more) and show creator Herb Trawick, the show includes interviews with top music industry artists, engineers, producers, mixers, and record executives, as well as in-depth tutorials in production, engineering and mixing. Pensado’s Place has positioned itself as “the most influential show for audio engineers,” mixers and producers (Forbes Magazine) in just three years. Pensado’s Place is more than just a show, as it highlights the very best in the industry of music, gaming, sound identity on film, and audio equipment, with a presence in live events. As a leading educational resource, Pensado’s Place is helping build the next generation of audio greats.

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Biamp Systems’ Five-Year Warranty Honored by 2014 SCN Stellar Service Award as ‘The Ultimate Reputation Saver’

BEAVERTON, Oregon — April 17, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced that the company has been awarded with a 2014 Systems Contractor News (SCN) Stellar Service Award in the category of “The Ultimate Reputation Saver (Best Warranty Program).”

The SCN Stellar Service Awards recognize manufacturers and distributors for excellence in customer support and service across ten categories. The winners were announced in SCN’s April Special Spring Service Edition, where Biamp(R) was recognized for its industry-best warranty program, which guarantees that the company’s products will be free from defects in material and workmanship for five years.

“As a manufacturer of its own products, Biamp is focused on building confidence and quality into everything — from the products we make to the services we provide. We have an exceptionally talented team of people who care about helping our customers solve their problems,” said Biamp Systems President and CEO, Steve Metzger. “We are very proud to offer an industry-leading guarantee and to be recognized as ‘The Ultimate Reputation Saver’ by the SCN Stellar Service Awards.”

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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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LynTec at InfoComm 2014

June 18-20 – Las Vegas
Booth C8725

LynTec Products on Display at InfoComm 2014:

Remote Power Controller (RPC) — New Version!
LynTec’s Remote Power Controller (RPC) series panel version 2 combines the latest motorized breaker technology with a new and improved controller, featuring more memory, a faster processor for real-time monitoring down to the circuit level, and the capacity to use multiple control protocols simultaneously — now including sACN. These new features complement the device’s onboard server with network or smart-device access, load-specified switch-grade motorized circuit breakers, built-in auto-off brownout protection using controlled circuit breaker shutdown and restart, optional sequential circuit level on/off capabilities, and ability to interface with third-party control systems via contact closure, TCP/IP, DMX, or RS-232.

This new version also provides the market’s only auto-on function to activate egress lighting via contact closure inputs from fire alarms in the event of an emergency. Supporting UL 924 requirements, the upgrade replaces the need for separate emergency lighting panels and high voltage switches. The software also turns on lighting circuits regardless of control protocol or zone assignment — similar to the function of existing emergency-off or kill features used for silencing sound reinforcement systems during alarms.

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Photo Caption: RPC Series Panel Version 2

Remote Power Control Mobile (RPCM)
LynTec’s award-winning Remote Power Control Mobile (RPCM) is the first intelligent power distribution panel to bring three new features to the mobile power distribution market. First, the RPCM uses switch-grade motorized circuit breakers to provide remotely managed electrical protection and on/off control within a single enclosure. Second, the unit offers current monitoring at the branch circuit level — enabling real-time current draw on a branch breaker, phase, or panel basis in addition to notification alarms that alert users of electrical panel anomalies via text or email. Third, the RPCM’s built-in Web server enables users to monitor and control distribution with ease, directly on the network, from a Web interface on any browser-enabled smart device. RPCM also interfaces with most third-party control systems using IP, DMX, and sACN protocols.

Ideal for temporary live events in settings including houses of worship, stadiums, and theaters, the RPCM provides direct on/off control for LED lighting and takes loads out of standby mode by directly shutting down circuits — reducing energy and system maintenance costs while facilitating more sustainable setups within a portable, road case design.

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Photo Caption: RPCM Power Distribution Panel

RPCR Relay Panel
Ideal for houses of worship, schools, performing arts centers, auditoriums, and other large assembly spaces, LynTec’s RPCR is the only relay panel built specifically for the entertainment industry. Based on LynTec’s popular RPC series panel, the RPCR brings branch circuit control and monitoring to any existing breaker panel, regardless of brand, make, or model. The unit combines relay functionality with a built-in Web server to provide remote electrical control to applications including LED lighting, powered amplifiers, and energy management programs. Additionally, a Web-enabled browser-based interface allows users to set up, troubleshoot, control, and monitor relay status remotely across existing networks — resulting in simpler, more efficient power management from any computer, tablet, or handheld smart device. The point-and-click interface enables users to set up zones easily, perform sequential on/off switching and scheduling, activate emergency overrides, and provide dependable brownout protection.

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Photo Caption: RPCR Relay Panel

Company Quote:

“LynTec has been working diligently to deliver market-first innovations for mobile power distribution, relay panels, and LED lighting applications. The result is our award-winning RPC line of products, which brings new levels of flexibility to A/V and lighting environments — providing intelligent power distribution, anytime/anywhere access and control, and compatibility with any existing breaker panel brand, make, or system. At InfoComm 2014, our very latest RPC remote power control systems will be on display, as well as our new RPCM intelligent power distribution panel, which provides portability and built-in Web capabilities for complete mobile power management, protection, and control.”
– Mark Bishop, President of LynTec

Company Overview:
LynTec is a leading manufacturer of remotely operated AC power control systems for the professional sound, lighting, and video industries. The company offers both electrical protection and circuit switching capabilities within the same enclosure — saving space, lowering installation costs, and building trusted relationships with system designers. LynTec’s continuous growth in electrical and expanded lighting control, energy monitoring, built-in power conditioning, and mobile applications positions the company as a leading resource for the A/V and lighting industries and an integral partner for sustainable energy practices. More information is available at www.LynTec.com.

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Winter X Games Chooses HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 As Part Of A New Integrated Fiber Optics Network

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Ed Johnson Audio, designer and contractor of audio systems, is a private company specializing in large events such as the NAB Conventions, Red Bull Events, and the Summer and Winter X Games. Having provided reliable technical expertise for these events for 14 years, owner Ed Johnson always relies on the most suitable gear for each event, opting this year for HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 digital console to mix the sound at the 2014 Winter X Games.

Held in Aspen, Colorado, the Winter X Games presented a different challenge for the audio engineers, as they were required to mix the live aspect of the show and share feeds with television broadcast on ESPN. To achieve this, for the first time as one big system at the Winter X Games, fiber optics were used to create an integrated connection between the TV network and the control tower, essentially allowing them to share all feeds and signals.

“The X Games is unique, because from an audio standpoint, there are two shows streaming simultaneously,” said Johnson. “We needed detachment and integration on the fly, and so we chose the Soundcraft Vi1 console to make the marriage between the two shows possible. We have used Soundcraft for the past couple of years, but by adding a single-mode fiber card, we were able to integrate and share all the signals on the MADI stream.”

The Soundcraft Vi1 allows for splitting of the feeds, which in the case of this show was not only appreciated but also necessary. The Winter X games are split between: venue A, the area for Super Pipe, Big Air and Slope Style, and Venue B, which catered to Motorsports (three events), Snowboarder X and Slope Style. Both the program feeds and music feeds are assigned to 28 loudspeaker zones.

“With the Soundcraft Vi1 and a fiber optic cable that routes everything to both venues, I was able to interchange feeds without interruption,” said Johnson. “The console is self-explanatory and intuitively designed, as everything I did, from sharing content on the MADI stream to interfacing with the TV segment, was easy and smooth. Thanks to Soundcraft I was able to cover this huge area within my budget.”

“With the Vi1, I’m always able to not only keep operations within a small footprint, but also control two different areas on the Vistonics™ touchscreen,” said Johnson. “This console is superior in a lot of ways, as it only took me 20 to 30 minutes to familiarize myself with everything. Due to the successes of integrated HARMAN products, I’ve also requested Soundcraft consoles and JBL loudspeakers for upcoming large events such as the Summer X Games.”

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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Extron Updates Popular Hideaway Series Enclosures with Digital Connectivity and USB Power

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the HSA 300, the latest addition to the company’s popular HSA – Hideaway Surface Access Enclosure series of furniture-mountable enclosures. The compact HSA 300 provides inconspicuous access to AV connectivity, AC power, and USB power. The enclosure’s tilt-up faceplate features connectors for HDMI, VGA, PC audio, and network pass-through, an AC power outlet, and two 5 VDC USB power outlets for charging mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets. AC power outlets are available for the US and Central Europe, as well as a Multi-Region outlet that supports a variety of plug types. The HSA 300 is available in a durable, yet stylish black anodized finish that blends seamlessly with most furniture styles and room decor. more

Stanton Artist DJ Young 1 to Perform at 136th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll

WASHINGTON D.C., APRIL 17, 2014Stanton, part of Gibson Brands, Inc., is excited to announce that DJ Young 1 will perform during the 136th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, April 21. This year’s theme, “Hop Into Healthy, Swing Into Shape,” promotes the education of families on smart ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise choices into their daily routine. For her part, 11-year-old DJ sensation, DJ Young 1, will spin two 20-minute sessions, using Stanton’s STR8.150 turntable and M.203 Mixer, with a mixture of classic and modern hits to get attendees and TV viewers “hopping” from their seats.

More than 30,000 people will assemble on the South Lawn of the White House to join in the fun. The event will feature live music, sports, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling. A traditional turntabilist who is inspired by many genres, including old school hip-hop, top 40 pop, reggae, electro/club and house music, DJ Young 1 is sure to put on quite a show and is calling on fans of all ages to join her in supporting First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.

“I’m so glad that Mrs. Obama has invited me to join her for this famous and prestigious event!,” says DJ Young 1, the youngest-ever graduate of Jam Master Jay’s Scratch DJ Academy in Los Angeles. “With all of this great Stanton gear at my fingertips, my mom and I always have impromptu dance sessions, whether we’re at home or on the road. We’re excited to show other families that there’s no better way to exercise than to get off the couch and party with family and friends. It’s great for you, and you won’t even realize you’re exercising!”

A Stanton endorsed artist, DJ Young 1’s musical influence dates back to her mom, Ellen, playing jazz and old school hip-hop throughout her pregnancy. Music continues to be not only a great source of energy, but also a relaxing ritual for the duo. DJ Young 1 credits Charlie Parker, The Ohio Players, Grandmaster Flash, Jam Master Jay and Run D.M.C. for her talent an inspiration.

“With a musical style that’s reminiscent of my own childhood, I know that DJ Young 1 will definitely be a hit at the White House Easter Egg Roll,” says friend, mentor and fellow Stanton endorsed artist, DJ Spark. “It’s really awesome to see her talents getting recognition on such a national level. We couldn’t be more proud of DJ Young 1 for this event and all of her accomplishments!”

DJ Young 1 is quickly becoming a rising star and has already made several high-profile appearances, including the San Francisco Supper Club; Pride Celebrations in Los Angeles and Oakland, California; the Washington D.C. and Los Angeles Human Rights Campaign Galas; The Grammy® Awards Gifting Suite; and a spotlight on the Queen Latifah Show. She’s also made cameo appearances in music videos, Tonight by Jessica Sanchez featuring Ne-Yo and Cravin by MC Lyte, and competed on the NBC reality competition America’s Got Talent. Despite all of her early fame, DJ Young 1’s mom continues to be in awe of each of her daughter’s accomplishments.

“What are the odds of this?!,” exclaims Ellen, an elementary school principal and avid supporter of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, regarding the White House Easter Egg Roll. “She’s excited and I’m just so speechless! I couldn’t be more proud of her! We’re very keen on eating healthy and staying fit, so we’re glad we can help share our favorite way of exercising with the Obamas and other families around the country.”

As a token of thanks from the First Lady, DJ Young 1 will take home a Souvenir White House Easter egg. An annual keepsake since 1981, when President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan hosted a hunt for wooden eggs that bore the signatures of famous people, the Souvenir egg tradition continues this year with four colorful eggs and the official First Dog’s egg, which features First Dog’s Bo and Sunny. These collector’s eggs are available to view or purchase at easter.nationalparks.org.

About the White House Easter Egg Roll
To learn more about the Easter Egg Roll visit www.WhiteHouse.gov/EasterEggRoll. Tune in for live streams from the South Lawn on April 21, 2014 on WhiteHouse.gov/live. You can also join the conversation online using the hashtag #EasterEggRoll and get the latest updates by visiting Let’s Move! on Twitter and Facebook.

About Stanton
Stanton, part of the Gibson Pro Audio division, is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of professional audio products for DJs. Founded in 1946 by Walter O. Stanton, the inventor of an easily replaceable phonograph stylus, Stanton has grown from being one of the first American companies to make and sell magnetic cartridges to offering a complete line of DJ products, which include turntables, high-performance cartridges, CD players, DJ mixers, accessories and digital controllers. With over 50 years of innovation, Stanton is the name DJs trust. For additional information, visit the company online at www.stantondj.com.

About Gibson Brands
Gibson Brands Inc. is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. The Gibson Les Paul Guitar is the bestselling guitar of all time and is a tribute to the late, famed musician of the same name. Collectively, the Gibson Robot Guitar, Gibson Dark Fire, Gibson Dusk Tiger and the Gibson Firebird X represent the biggest advances in electric guitar design in more than 75 years. Through the Gibson Foundation, Gibson Guitar Corp. has become equally known for its philanthropic efforts on behalf of music, education, health, and human services. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, MI, and headquartered in Nashville, TN, since 1984, Gibson Brands Inc’s family of brands includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Baldwin, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, Wurlitzer, Cakewalk and Gibson Pro Audio. Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com. Follow Gibson Guitar at www.twitter.com/gibsonguitar and www.facebook.com/gibsonguitar.

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Carlos Elizalde Blends Singing and Dancing Seamlessly With HARMAN’s AKG WMS4500 Wireless Microphone System

SAN RAMON, California – As an integral member and founder of Ruckatán, a Latin, Reggae and World music group, percussionist/singer/songwriter Carlos Elizalde relies on high-quality audio equipment to accompany his dynamic and animated performing style. For optimal sound quality and hands-free performance, Elizalde is currently using HARMAN’s AKG WMS4500 Wireless Microphone System with D7 microphone, plus the AKG IVM 4500 In-Ear Monitor Set.

“Having booked 75 shows already for 2014, I’ll be using the AKG WMS4500 system for all of them,” said Elizalde. “There is a lot of movement in my shows, where I jump off risers, dance and perform hand percussion at the same time. We require a solid wireless system, and AKG delivers on that need.”

Not only does Elizalde create an artistic fusion between English and Spanish in each Ruckatán act, but he also provides vocals and percussion for Caravanserai, a Santana tribute band. For both acts, the WMS4500 has been key to his ability to produce lively and creative shows.

“I’ve also been using the wireless system in the studio and it sounds killer,” continued Elizalde. “When you transition from wired microphones, the wireless ones tend to sound a little thinner. However, these AKG microphones have such warmth to them. The WMS4500 is a really nice system, as it has the D7 capsule in it, so I know it shares that technology.”

The AKG D7 reference dynamic vocal microphone is a powerful tool for vocalists, as it provides an extraordinarily crisp and clean sound via the dual-layer Varimotion diaphragm. It is extremely durable, and as the very first AKG product that Elizalde became familiar with, provides an unhindered degree of reliability as well.

“I first saw and sampled the D7 wired microphone two years ago at The Secret Studio in Alamedia, California. The next week, I bought one for myself,” said Elizalde. “I fell in love with this product and started touring with it to every location. It is so reliable and easy to operate, since I can just plug it in and start the show.”

The AKG IVM 4500 In-Ear Monitoring System maintains stable signals with a new reference radio electronic design, resulting in uncompromised audio monitoring quality, which Elizalde describes as “very cool. It represents accurately what the monitor mixer is giving you.”

“As I’m a part of the Latin community, I’m excited to help raise AKG’s exposure in the Latin market,” Elizalde concluded. “Since these products are both affordable and also high in quality, I believe they deserve more presence in this space.”

For more information on Ruckatán, please visit www.ruckatan.com

For more information on Caravanserai The Santana Tribute Band, please visit www.santanatributeband.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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April 17, 2014 – CHESTERTON, IN – Starin, a business development partner to the AV/IT industry is hosting a series of special events about the collaboration culture shift, called the Collaboration Renaissance meet-UP.
BYOE is upon us. Bring Your Own EVERYTHING! People have their world of work and study right on their device, ready to access. We’re a mobile society and work spaces along with education spaces are changing to accommodate it. more

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