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Applied Electronics Names Max Wilson as Sales Manager

Applied Electronics, a leader in entertainment structural solutions since1984, is pleased to announce that Max Wilson has joined the team as Sales Manager responsible for developing sales and enhancing customer relations. Wilson was most recently Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Tomcat USA.

Newport News-based Applied Electronics offers genuine American-made craftsmanship that defines its comprehensive truss, ground support, roof system and electronic product lines. It supplies equipment to production professionals, rental companies, arenas, motion pictures and television, educational institutions, houses of worship, retail, and trade shows.

“We are delighted to welcome Max to our team,” says Mike Rampmeyer, COO of Applied Electronics. “We’re confident that his experience, knowledge and expertise will enable him to serve the demanding needs and expectations of our customers. His reputation and passion for helping customers with their structural needs are perfect fits for our team.”

In his role as Sales Manager at Applied Electronics Wilson will also represent partner Staging Dimensions, the New Castle, Delaware-based manufacturer and distributor of quality, versatile, portable staging products and accessories. Its modular product line may be configured for both temporary and permanent stage installations.

Wilson spent the last 10 years working in various sales capacities for Tomcat USA. Prior to that, he worked in automation for Cirque du Soleil’s KA and served as Assistant Head of Automation for Siegfried and Roy at the Mirage.

“My 20-plus years in the entertainment industry has allowed me the privilege of knowing Applied Electronics and respecting the excellent services they provide to customers worldwide,” says Wilson. “I am excited about the opportunity to contribute my knowledge and experience to this exceptional team to help continue moving the company forward in product innovation and customer service.”

About Applied Electronics

Applied Electronics manufactures and distributes trussing, portable crank lifts, ground support systems, roof systems, dimmers, lighting controllers, power distribution and other accessories for production professionals, rental companies, arenas, motion pictures and television, educational institutions, houses of worship, retail, and trade shows. For more information, contact Mike Rampmeyer at 757-591-9371 or email mike@appliednn.com. Visit our websites at www.appliednn.com and www.stagingdimensions.com.

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Riedel Solution Supports Red Bull-Sponsored Wings for Life World Run Staged Across 34 Countries

Dedicated to Funding Spinal Cord Injury Research, Run Organizers Leverage Riedel Systems in One of the Largest SIP VoIP Installations Ever Implemented for a Live Global Event

WUPPERTAL, Germany — May 21, 2014 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that it provided the global communications backbone for the Wings for Life World Run, sponsored by Red Bull and supporting research to cure spinal cord injuries. An extensive installation of Riedel’s Artist digital matrix intercom system and MediorNet real-time media network supported race-day communications worldwide, as well as production of a television broadcast and a live streaming broadcast with updates from all 34 participating countries. RecordLab TV & Media GmbH was responsible for providing the broadcast infrastructure for the event.

“The flexibility and reliability of Riedel solutions make them an ideal fit for complex large-scale global events, such as the Wings for Life World Run,” said Boris Kantzow, senior project engineer at Riedel. “Building on the Artist intercom system and MediorNet network, we were able to pull off a truly remarkable event that raised an amazing 3 million euros for spinal cord research.”

On May 4 at 10 a.m. Coordinated Universal Time, more than 35,000 runners began the race simultaneously in 34 countries on six continents. Half an hour later, two “catcher cars” at each site began pursuit at 16 kmph (approximately 10 mph), using sensors to mark the time each athlete was caught and passed. The last woman and man to be “caught” earned the title of Wings for Life World Run Champion. The global winner was Lemawork Ketema of Ethiopia, who covered 78.58 kilometers (48.83 miles).

Because the race format spanned 13 times zones and lacked any fixed finish lines, coordination presented an enormous logistical challenge for the 110 timekeepers and organizers. The timekeeping and satellite news gathering (SNG) operations, with some 200 cameras feeding live images of the racing action, were based at the Red Bull Ring F1 circuit in Spielberg, Austria.

The Riedel solution implemented by Red Bull included five Artist nodes deployed in a dual redundant fiber ring to provide 448 ports in a nonblocking system. Eighty control panels were spread across global race control, the outside broadcast (OB) truck, and all editing areas, with some panels connected via Riedel’s MediorNet real-time media network to the SNG compound and other broadcast and social media facilities. All video and audio signals were distributed on Riedel’s MediorNet system, and Riedel’s CCP-1116 commentary units supported the main commentary position, as well as the radio program.

Each race site was connected to the system by two session initiation protocol (SIP) VoIP lines, one technical coordination circuit, and one production coordination circuit in what was likely the largest SIP VoIP installation ever implemented for such a global event. SIP VoIP cards in the Artist nodes were connected directly to a local VoIP private automatic branch exchange. To enable mobile communications, Riedel’s RiFace universal radio interface systems connected Motorola radios on eight UHF radio channels.

“The exciting thing about the Wings of Life World Run was the ability to have high quality and reliable global intercom communications despite having virtually no opportunity for a proper facilities test leading up to the event, said Christoph Winter, freelance communications engineer. “For a smooth connection between 34 countries, each with two coordination circuits, it was important that all involved parties be able to interact perfectly. Other key elements were a high degree of professionalism, optimum coordination, a faultless IT infrastructure to enable the connection to the SIP provider, and the excellent cooperation of OB van supplier RecordLab, who supplied the MediorNet real time network and Artist systems.”

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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

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Recording Industry Golf Tournament™ (RIGT) Announces Helicopter Golf Ball Drop

— Annual charity event, to be held at Malibu Golf Club, Monday, June 2, kicks it up a notch with an exciting Helicopter Golf Ball Drop at the conclusion of the tournament —

Los Angeles, CA, May 20, 2014 — The 2014 Recording Industry Golf Tournament™ (RIGT), which will be held Monday, June 2, 2014, at Malibu Golf Club, is adding to the fun and festivities at this annual charity event with a Helicopter Golf Ball Drop at the conclusion of the tournament. This unique event will help to raise additional funds to benefit the music program at A Place Called Home, a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts and well-being. The tournament is again being organized by seasoned event producer Karen Dunn of KMD Productions, with Recording veterans Ed Cherney and Al Schmitt serving as Honorary Co-Chairs.

Anyone can participate in the Helicopter Golf Ball Drop, whether planning on attending the tournament in person or not. Numbered golf balls will be dropped out of a helicopter onto a target (a hole), and the balls that are closest in proximity to the pin win prizes based on their distance from that hole (you do not have to be present to win). RIGT are currently selling the numbered golf balls via the website at: http://lu6717.wix.com/recording-industry. Every person who “buys” a ball (or multiple balls) will be given numbers corresponding back to their purchase so they know where they stand – much like a raffle ticket. A complete list of prizes will be announced shortly.

Dunn has limited availability for sponsors and golfers as the event continues to gain momentum. In addition to the 18 holes of pristine golfing, the day will include a $1 million hole-in-one opportunity, contests for longest drive and longest putt, a “closest to the pin” competition, “funnest hole,” a putting contest, a silent auction and more. Dunn and the Record Plant’s Rose Mann-Cherney will be driving the “world famous tequila cart” to make sure all of the day’s participants are playing their best.

Confirmed sponsors include Audio-Technica, Clyne Media, Dave Collins Mastering, Design FX Audio, GC Pro/Sterling Audio, JBL Professional®, NAMM, PreSonus, The Recording Studio Insurance Program, Record Plant, SAE LA, studioexpresso.com / AlterMedia and TransAudioGroup, with many more to be announced within the week.

More information on the tournament and its participants is available at http://www.recordingindustrygolftournament.com/, or call Karen Dunn at 925-708-0307. Register here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-recording-industry-golf-tournament-tickets-10567095467. “Like” the RIGT on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2014RecordingIndustryGolfTournament.

Register here for the Helicopter Ball Drop: http://lu6717.wix.com/recording-industry.

About A Place Called Home:
A Place Called Home (www.apch.org) is a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. APCH provides support and opportunities that increase the likelihood that young people will stay in school, go on to higher education and viable jobs, and make a meaningful difference in their communities and the world. Music and recording are key components of the organization’s program offering, and the APCH youth band performs and records on a regular basis.

About KMD Productions
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, KMD Productions offers full-service event production across the US for businesses and individuals, providing a range of services needed to make events an overwhelming success. KMD Productions can handle all the details of your fundraiser, corporate function or trade show event. Whether you’re looking to launch a new product, get better brand recognition or raise money for your worthwhile charity, KMD Productions has the resources and experience to help you achieve your goals.

Photo Caption: A helicopter performs a golf ball drop at a recent tournament.

Photo Caption 2: A judge compares results for the golf ball drop at a recent tournament.

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On the Eve of Its 40th Anniversary, Aphex® Is Making Bold Moves for the Future

— Historic pro audio brand is adding talent and technology to reinforce focus on new DSP offerings and tech licensing —

BURBANK, CA, May 20, 2014 — Pro audio brand Aphex®, a leader in professional audio technology, is currently in its 40th year of business and plans to celebrate its 40th anniversary in grand style next year. On the way to this exciting milestone, Aphex continues to grow and expand its focus on developing new DSP technologies with the goal of putting these into Aphex Pro and Prosumer products, as well as into a variety of products made by OEM licensees.

Aphex is in the midst of expanding into critical markets beyond Pro Audio to augment its business and offerings, with technology geared to Assistive Listening; Speech Recognition; and Prosumer Recording, Podcasting, Telecommunication and Automotive Infotainment.

Since purchasing Aphex in 2010, parent company DWV Entertainment has made dramatic changes to expand the Aphex brand and its pro products. Starting with a major facility change (moving into a stand-alone building in Burbank) and revising its entire manufacturing and production process, as well as creating digital code of the legendary Aural Exciter®, Aphex is leveraging its capabilities and technology roadmap to take the company into the future, with additional audio enhancement products and DSP code that can impact products in a much broader range of key applications. Adding extraordinary talent to its DSP and USB engineering team, Aphex now has the tools in place to excite the world for another 40 years.

Aphex continues to grow its pro audio product line with a wide assortment of 500 Series and USB products, and now, with added emphasis on new technology development and licensing, Aphex will be able to achieve even greater goals.

Evidence of this future-focused growth plan is the recent addition of Rob Barrett as Director of Digital Business Development. Rob’s software and development skills, honed working with Apple, Ford, Motorola and Google, give laser-like focus to Aphex’s roadmap of new and advanced audio and hearing product development.

DWV Entertainment and Aphex Chairman David Wiener stated, “Aphex has a legendary presence in the pro audio and music world. Now it’s time to share our ability to improve sound with more people who can benefit from improved listening experiences. It’s very exciting to see the evolution and expansion of Aphex into the markets we all live our daily lives in. Everyone needs better sound, and not just in the studio and on stage. We truly want to make your world sound better!” Wiener added, “With Rob leading our expansion into licensing, and our new DSP and USB engineering team, our future is grounded in producing timely technologies for pros, consumers, and commercial and military applications.”

“We continue to look for exceptional talent for arenas we are moving into, including the large market expansion with automotive infotainment systems. Our business association with Ferrari and preliminary meetings confirm Aphex tech has wide ranging applications for this important segment of the audio and communications market,” stated David Wiener, in response to questions about the obvious connections DWV Entertainment has with the automotive industry.

Plans for Aphex’s 40th anniversary event will be announced later this year.

For more information please visit http://www.aphex.com.

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Christie Technology Takes Visitors on Spectacular Coast to Coast Visual Journey

Christie® technology is taking people on an unforgettable journey across Canada – without flight delays, congested airports or jetlag. A spectacular new flight simulation ride called Fly Over® Canada launches guests into a thrilling immersive experience including the jagged peaks of the Canadian Rockies, cosmopolitan cities, the rugged East Coast and more via the Christie D4K35603-chip DLP® projector and images produced by Sherpas Cinema.

Christie Projectors are used in Fly Over Canada

Installed at Canada Place in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Fly Over Canada also features Uplift, a preshow presentation produced by the award winning Montreal-based Moment Factory using eight Christie DWU675-E 1-chip DLP® projectors.

Christie: The Brightest and the Best Choice
“As we built up the company we started talking to Christie about various aspects of this project. Moment Factory then specified Christie for the preshow projectors so that got us hooked up with the (Christie) DWU670-E projectors,” said Eric Sambell, director, construction &technology, Soaring Attractions.

“After considerable research by the technical and creative team at Soaring Attractions, the owner/operator of Fly Over Canada concluded that Christie was also the clear 4K projector choice for the main ride.

“We chose the Christie D4K3560 projector solution because we needed the brightness and intensity to light a 19-meter diameter surface area. Obviously we needed the brightest projector and as much resolution as we could get,” continued Sambell. “That meant a 4K solution but because it’s a motion ride we needed 60 hertz to avoid motion blur – which led us to the D4K3560.”

The Christie D4K3560 projector is part of the Christie TruLife™ electronics platform offering customers superior image and video quality for the most comfortable and realistic viewing experience.

Christie Steps up and does it Right
“The projector sits out on a perch, which made it a bit of challenge but the installation went smoothly and Christie made sure everything was perfect; they came through with everything right when we needed it. Everyone, from the Christie field application engineers to Geoff Chick (central and western regional sales manager, Canada), really stepped up and made things right.”

The show opened last summer and, according to Sambell, ran at capacity on weekends and well-exceeded expectations in the months that followed. He said people have returned up to ten times and the reaction from people of all ages has been overwhelmingly positive.

Christie DWU675-E1-chip DLP® projectors provide trusted performance, reliability and exceptional image quality. Ideal for small auditoriums, boardrooms, classrooms and houses of worship, the Christie DWU675-E delivers image blending and warping, stacking capabilities and precision color matching for use in either fixed or rental staging applications.

Vista Systems’ Spyder Forms the Core of Extensive Technical Component at New Preston Trail Community Church in Texas

There’s a Spyder inside Preston Trail Community Church’s new facility in Frisco, Texas, and it’s definitely meant to be there. The Vista Systems Spyder 344, which will migrate from the church’s existing space, is at the heart of a high-end roster of equipment in the media-savvy house of worship.

“We are very media driven,” says Preston Trail’s tech director Jerod Chambers. “We’re relocating the Spyder from our current church and upgrading everything else around it.”

Chambers notes that the non-denominational church, which celebrated its first public service in September 2002, has grown from 200 members to over 5,000. The current facility opened in December 2006 and offers three Sunday services. The new facility site was dedicated May 18, and the congregation will move in this summer.

“We’re doubling the size of the venue,” Chambers says. “The Spyder has served us well as our church has grown. Now, we’ll be able to use it in our new facility with all updated equipment.” That equipment will include a complement of studio cameras, RenewedVision’s ProPresenter church worship software, Blackmagic playback devices, alpha keyers and a routing system, which will distribute signals around the campus and also tie feeds to live streaming.

The Spyder will work in conjunction with a par of 18K projectors and a 30K projector. “To facilitate our creativity we need all our projection surfaces to act as one,” Chambers explains. “The Spyder will be operated by volunteers, and while it’s very cutting edge it’s also incredibly capable and volunteer-friendly.”

He praises the “world-class support” Preston Trail receives from Vista Systems. “When you call, you get a real person,” he reports. “At the end of the day, the most important thing a vendor can supply is a good relationship, and Vista Systems really delivers on that.”

About Vista Systems
Vista Systems’ switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching with real-time windowing and composition. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at www.vistasystems.net

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FUJIFILM Technical Support Centers to Serve Brazil’s World Cup

Wayne, N.J. – The Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation has announced that two technical support centers have been setup to provide customer service and support to the company’s broadcast lens customers during the World Cup in Brazil running from June 12 through July 13th.

One service center will be located in Rio de Janeiro and the other in Sao Paulo. During the entire World Cup, Fujifilm’s Optical Devices Division will have a engineers available at each technical center to support FUJINON lens customers. Hours of operation during the matches will be from 9:00 a.m. through 18:00 p.m.

The location and contact information for the Rio de Janeiro technical support center is:

Camera – 2 Video Films

Rua: Visconde da Graca 43 e 63

Jardim Botanico CEP 22461-010

Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Tel: 55-21-2294-9391, 55-21-3874-0146

Additional contact information:

Karla Alvera, cell:55-21-7836-5839, email: karla@camera2.tv

Jorge Delgado, cell: 55-21-8133-1533, email: jorgedelgado@camera2.tv

The location and contact information for the Sao Paulo facility is:

Trevisan’s Lens Service

Rua: Brigadeiro Jordao, 113

Ipiranga, Sao Paulo

CEP 04210-000 Brasil

Tel: 55-11-4508-5650

Additional contact information:

Flavia Trevisan, cell: 55-11-8789-2770, email: flavia.trevisan@trevisans.com.br

Umberto Trevisan, cell: 55-11-7757-9034, email: umberto.trevisan@trevisans.com.br

Ademir Santos, email: ademir.santos@trevisans.com.br

“The World Cup is a crucial event for many of our customers,” said Thom Calabro, director, marketing and product development, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division. “Everything has to work perfectly, and we do everything we can to support them in producing the best possible images. As we did during the Sochi Games inRussia, we’ve established technical service centers staffed by knowledgeable technicians to communicate with our customers directly from the event’s home cities.”

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

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WSDG BRINGS NETWORK-QUALITY STREAMING TO PELOTON’S FLAGSHIP NYC SPINNING CENTER

NEW YORK: In developing a NYC flagship site for live and on-demand, indoor spinning classes, the Peloton brain trust recognized the need for a cutting edge video broadcast studio for the streaming element of their visionary program. Company co-founders, CEO, John Foley, COO, Tom Cortese and Marion Roaman, (an indoor cycling pioneer), engaged Walters-Storyk Design Group for the acoustic and isolation design of a broadcast-quality production facility with studio lighting and systems integration. The resulting Production Control Room (PCR) and 60-bike TV Studio is a key component of the 8000 square foot complex. Located at 140 West 23rd Street in NYC, Peloton Chelsea also features spa-quality ambience, a refreshment lounge and, a sports fashion retail shop.

“Peloton presented us with a multi-faceted assignment,” reports WSDG Principal/ Director of International Relations, Sergio Molho. “They required a state-of-the-art production studio to stream live (and recorded) spinning classes to Peloton enthusiasts around the globe. The studio had to be technically flawless and aesthetically striking. Users will enjoy it in operation through the global Peloton Cycle video network.”

WSDG Project Manager Joshua Morris, emphasizes Peloton management’s deep concerns about sound leakage. “Music and instructor audio levels have to be inspirationally loud for this type of installation, and the complex is built on the ground floor of a mixed use business/residential wood framed building,” Morris says. “The neighbors living directly above the cycling classes had to be isolated from intrusive sound. This was achieved via recording studio-style, room-within-room construction for the 1500 sq. ft. Spinning/Streaming Studio. The Peloton team did their homework and were fully aware of WSDG’s expertise in this area.”

The Peloton production facility introduces a new level of broadcast quality video through the Internet. The space is tailored to enhance the image quality of the webcast while maintaining the requisite fitness ambiance for the in-house Spinners. The 300 sq. ft. Production Control Room sports a state-of-the-art Newtek Tricaster production switcher and a Telemetrics robotic camera controller connected to 3 Sony PTZ cameras and a Telemetrics track and PTZ camera which provides high end and ultra steady camera moves and shots. PCR video display is provided by two 55” LCD monitors. The audio system is run by a fully-automatable Biamp Nexia console coupled with a Martin Engineering DSP, Genelec monitor and Sennheiser wireless microphones. The lighting system is controlled by LightJockey™ via a Windows-based USB to DMX interface. Ipod docks and a full-blown Nexo line array complete the equation in the Spinning Studio for unrivaled audio quality from the beginning to the end of the chain.

Peloton CEO and Co-Founder John Foley remarked, “Our goal was to ensure our on-site classes of crystal clear audio and, to provide our at-home constituents with Network-quality audio and video streaming. We were also committed to being good neighbors and, to protecting building residents from intrusive sound from our studio. WSDG has designed broadcast studios for ESPN, WNET and MTV Latin America. They’ve provided exemplary acoustics for such performance venues as Jazz At Lincoln Center and 54 Below, and their recording studio clients include Jimi Hendrix, Alicia Keys and Bruce Springsteen. We knew we were in good hands, and we are confident that our on-site, and at home, enthusiasts will benefit greatly from our efforts to provide them with the ultimate in fitness connectivity.”

See Peloton interview on Reuters: http://reut.rs/1vBF4iB

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Photos: 1 Peloton Spinning Studio
2 Peloton Production/Control Room
3 Peloton Chelsea Exterior

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3500 media facilities worldwide. Credits include Jimi Hendrix’s 1969’s Electric Lady Studios; NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge; broadcast facilities for The Food Network, ESPN, and WNET; major education complexes for NYU and Berklee College of Music Boston and Valencia, Spain; media rooms for Hoffman La Roche, and other corporate clients. Recent projects include NYC’s TEC award winner Jungle City Studios and private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk (an adjunct professor at Berklee College,) Beth Walters, Sergio Molho and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications.WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Rafael Vinoly, Norman Foster, Oscar Niemeyer, Phillipe Stark and Nicholas Grimshaw. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices in NY, SF, LA, Miami, Buenos Aires,Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City, St,. Petersburg and Mumbai.

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LATEST ALBUM FROM JAMES HOUSE RECORDED WITH API’s THE BOX

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – MAY 2014: With a resurgence of his country music hits from the 1990s, singer/songwriter/producer James House is keeping busy with a new album which was just released, and a sold-out sixteen-show tour throughout the UK. While recording tracks for Broken Glass/Twisted Steel, James wanted to achieve the classic “API sound” from the comfort of his home studio in Nashville – Dream On Studios. To attain the specific sound he had in mind, James rented API’s THE BOX from Blackbird Rentals for the summing of the album’s final mixes.

The project began at Ben’s Studio in Nashville, where each of the tracks was recorded on two-inch tape through a classic API 3232 console. The tape was then sent to James’ home studio, where he recorded the vocals, guitar overdubs, and mixing. While he was at Ben’s Studio, James heard tracks that were cut for an early demonstration of THE BOX. “It sounded like classic, warm API,” recalls James. “I’m a big fan of API in the first place, which is one of the reasons why we cut at Ben’s Studio.”

Noting the design and layout of THE BOX, James appreciates how the small-format console is portable, yet creates a classic API sound. “Without it, I would have had to rent a studio with an API console to sum the record. With THE BOX, I was able to rent it for two or three days and take my time summing and getting all the versions of the mixes. The size and design fills a gap between tracking in a commercial studio and in a smaller home studio.”

James recalls that the sixteen summing channels were a key factor that drew him to the console, as well as the overall quality and clarity it helped him achieve. “I just A/B’d the record with one of my earlier records, and it has a punch and presence that I love.” The first single off the album, titled “Every Time It Rains,” has already earned airtime on top country stations, and the song’s presence is growing with the release of its music video.

“I knew THE BOX was a smart idea,” said James. “The mixes gelled exactly like we hoped they would.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608 and THE BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.
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Jiou-Pahn Lee Named Director of R&D at Riedel Communications

WUPPERTAL, Germany — May 20, 2014 – Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that Jiou-Pahn Lee has been appointed to serve as director of R&D for Riedel Communications. In this role, Lee will be responsible for exploring and developing new technologies and evaluating their impact on achieving business goals. With a clear vision of the industry, he strengthens Riedel’s existing competencies on several fronts and across all of the current product families including MediorNet real-time media networks, RockNet digital audio networks, and Artist intercom systems. As director of R&D, Lee will be a member of the Management Board.

“With experience leading product development at well-known technology companies, Jiou-Pahn comes to Riedel with extensive knowledge of designing world-class products for the television broadcasting and production industry,” said Thomas Riedel, president of Riedel Communications. “We expect that his guidance and contributions will be tremendously valuable as we continue to enhance and extend our product portfolio to provide innovative communications and media transport solutions.”

Lee’s global experience in product development includes 17 years in the United States and nine years in the United Kingdom, working in areas ranging from the exploration of technologies through product development to deployment. He most recently served as vice president of engineering and technical director at Clear-Com, where he was in charge of a culturally diverse product development organization with multiple sites located in the United Kingdom, United States, and Canada. A native Mandarin Chinese speaker, he personally oversaw key customer accounts in China and set up the company’s sales office in Beijing.

He earlier was director of server engineering at Thomson Grass Valley and director of engineering at Videotele.com. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan, and a master’s degree in computer science from Utah State University.

Information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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

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

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