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Antelope Audio Delivers Analog Warmth and Clarity on Jay-Z’s Magna Carter World Tour

Front of House, Monitors and Playback Rigs All Clocked Externally Using Antelope Audio Trinity | 10M Combination, While Orion32 Facilitates 32 Channels of Pristine Playback

Santa Monica, CA, June 11, 2014 – Having completed the second European leg of his international Magna Carter tour in support of his latest blockbuster album Magna Carta Holy Grail, world famous hip hop artist Jay-Z continues to dazzle arena audiences with his uncommon talent, sheer charisma and authentic performances. The tour, which began in October of last year, is expected to continue as more dates and locations are announced.

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Antelope Audio, fresh off of Rihanna’s “Diamonds World Tour”, has played a central role in the Magna Carter tour’s audio system, providing clocking for all critical production stations including front of house (FOH), monitors and playback. “I am from the old school, and for me, it is all about the analog sound,” comments Kelo Saunders, FOH engineer for the Magna Carter tour. “In this digital world we all now live in, the Antelope Audio Trinity and 10M add a new dimension, bringing it closer to what you might expect from analog. It opens the mix right up and that’s what I love about it.”

Jay-Z’s production team embraced Antelope’s clocking and conversion equipment approximately one year ago, after some of their equipment was damaged in a flood following Hurricane Sandy. “After the flood, we lost a lot of our gear,” recalls Kenny Nash, a veteran engineer who has handled monitors for The O’Jays, Brian McNight, Vivian Green and many others. “But from the old comes the new, so we rebuilt our rig and brought the Antelope stuff in starting with a 10M and a Trinity. When I began clocking my console off of these units, my mixes changed.”

“With the Antelope gear, my mixes sounded brighter and the sonic spectrum widened,” Nash continued. “I am able to run a lot of my channels flatter now, where I used to have to have some EQ bumps. It kind of made the whole mix just open up.”

Currently, Jay-Z’s Magna Carter tour utilizes an Antelope Audio Trinity | 10M combination at FOH to which the console and Pro Tools system are both slaved. The monitor system, meanwhile, is clocked by an Antelope 1oM, and provides clocking for two Antelope Orion32s, both located at playback.

For playback engineer Demetrius Henry, the Antelope Orion32 AD/DA audio interface — which provides 32 channels of pristine I/O in a single rackspace unit — has opened up an array of new possibilities. Henry, who first used the Orion32 during Rihanna’s “Diamonds World Tour”, was shocked at how much power the device delivered in such a small footprint. “It really blew my mind that Antelope was able to send and receive 32 channels of 192k audio all over USB, without me having to install some kind of proprietary hardware card on my computer,” he says.

“By using the Orion32, I am able to give FOH and monitors more channels and more audio to work with, without having to increase our rackspace,” Henry continues. “This gives them more flexibility to isolate playback tracks so they can manipulate each of them individually. On this tour, we gave Jay 30 tracks whereas we, in the past, would normally be limited to 16 or even less. This let’s the engineers really dial into the specific sounds they are looking for.”

By giving the FOH and monitors more channels of clear audio, Henry says the difference was audible: “You could absolutely hear the difference,” he says. “It got brighter and more detailed. The fact that we now have more separation with the stems and are able to now sum them in the console rather than in the box has helped get us better separation. So now the mix has more depth, more punch and is cleaner overall.

Having better clocking and more refined conversion has helped the Jay-Z tour deliver more of a studio grade audio performance, something Henry considers quite a big innovation. “I come from a studio environment, so it has been my dream to help translate as much clarity and definition from the studio to the live experience as possible.

Omar Edwards, keyboard player for Jay-Z, sums it up best describing Antelope’s role and the importance of the audio system in a live setting: “There is a lot of information happening onstage,” he says. “There is playback, there is the band and all this information is coming into the system. To make all of this clear so people can grasp what the music is all about it has to sound clear. We can rehearse for months and if it doesn’t sound clear, the music won’t connect. Connecting is the point – and this inspires people. Whatever great artist exists, they were once inspired in this way. I use one word to describe what we are getting from Antelope: clarity.”

About Antelope Audio:

Antelope Audio is the brainchild of Igor Levin who has more than 20 years’ experience and a number of innovations in digital audio and synchronization technology. The company is widely acknowledged as the leading manufacturer of audio master clocks.

In 2009 Antelope Audio launched its product line of high-resolution USB D/A converters, being among the pioneers designing a 384 kHz DAC. Antelope’s DACs employ their renowned 64-bit clocking and jitter management technologies and custom-designed circuits, achieving unprecedented precision and sound clarity.

Photo captions:
1) Hanging Out at Jay Z’s Magna Carter Tour video
2) Kelo Saunders, Front of House Engineer for Jay Z’s Magna Carta tour.
3) The Antelope Audio Trinity | 1oM combination is being used for clocking during Jay Z’s Magna Carter tour at Front of House.
4) Demetrius Henry’s playback rig

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Pexip Ready to Connect at InfoComm 2014

Visual Collaboration Disrupter to Sponsor Breakfasts, Strategy Sessions, and More During World’s Largest Annual Exhibition for AV Buyers and Sellers

OSLO, Norway — June 12, 2014 — Pexip(R), a global disrupter in scalable, distributed videoconferencing technology, is already making waves at InfoComm 2014 by offering a full slate of sponsored seminars, luncheons, and networking events designed to educate and connect with attendees at this year’s show. Pairing with the Interactive Multimedia and Collaborative Communications Alliance (IMCCA), Pexip is a silver sponsor of InfoComm’s Unified Communications and Collaboration (UC&C) Solutions Summit. Kicking off on Wednesday, June 18, at 12:15 p.m., an industry luncheon will address the state of the UC&C market featuring guest speaker Adam Marlin, Pexip executive vice president.

On Thursday, June 19, attendees and the press are invited to join Pexip at one of two breakfast networking opportunities. The first, titled “Why Pexip?“, features Pexip CTO Håkon Dahle. In his presentation, Håkon discusses the current state and future of visual enterprise communications, indentifies the fundamental challenges faced by the enterprise, and explores how Pexip addresses them. The event will be held at the Renaissance Hotel starting at 8:00 a.m. A second IMCCA-hosted session, “Breakfast at the UC&C Lab,” kicks off at 8:30 a.m. in room N225 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) with Danny Dunn, systems architect for Pexip. In this live, hands-on demonstration, attendees will get a first look at Pexip’s latest Infinity software — the market’s most scalable meeting platform offering unlimited users personal meeting rooms for simple videoconferencing on any device.

Following these sessions, two additional educational opportunities will explore the future opportunities of UC&C. In a morning session, Pexip executives will be part of a Solutions Summit panel discussion on effective ways to shape and implement UC strategies. The seminar, titled “Unified Communications & Collaboration Roadmap,” will be held in room N253 of the LVCC at 10:30 a.m. This session will explore the successes and pitfalls of UC implementation and how to achieve success.

The highlight of Thursday afternoon will be an IMCCA-hosted roundtable on the importance of WebRTC. Industry expert Jordan Owens, vice president of architecture for Pexip, will lead the session titled “WebRTC  Important Trend or Hype Engine?” The discussion begins at 3:00 p.m. and will be held in room N253 of the LVCC. Panelists will address the latest from the W3C working group and supporting manufacturers to present a realistic picture of the current state of WebRTC, how important WebRTC is, and what you can expect and when.

To cap off the day and relax after soaking in all its activities, Pexip invites all attendees to stop by booth N1820 for the PexBeer cocktail hour. Starting at 4:00 p.m., Pexip will offer drinks, snacks, and the chance to network with industry peers.

The full list of Pexip’s InfoComm 2014 events is available to download here (http://www.pexip.com/sites/pexip/files/Invitation%20-%20Pexip%20at%20InfoComm.pdf). For more information on Pexip and its UC&C solutions, visit www.pexip.com.

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About Pexip(R)
Pexip(R) overthrows conventional thinking by providing an affordable, scalable, and virtualized meeting platform that truly allows anyone to do high-quality video meetings from any device. For Pexip, simplicity for the end user and IT is a guiding principle in the design of Pexip Infinity, the scalable meeting platform. Founded in 2012, Pexip was created by leading innovators from the videoconferencing industry. Pexip is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and has global offices in New York and London. For more information, visit www.pexip.com.

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

PR Link: http://bit.ly/Pexip_InfoComm14

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Orienteering Championship Broadcast Live with ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K

Fremont, CA – June 12, 2014 – Blackmagic Design today announced that a live production workflow featuring the ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K was used to broadcast the 2014 10MILA, one of Europe’s biggest and most watched orienteering competitions.

Organizers Tiomilakavlen Association challenged production company TVPRO with improving the experience for participants and spectators alike. Now in its 50th year, the competition followed multi person teams through day and night relays as they attempted to navigate to different locations in unfamiliar terrain.

Tasked with creating a more spectator friendly arena featuring two giant screens and a live stream of the full competition, TVPRO also produced a two day program for national broadcaster Swedish Television (SVT). The production company produced a live two day pay per view HD stream and a separate stream optimized for mobile devices, featuring competition build up and coverage of the big races. A third stream consisting of beauty shots and CG from the main arena was produced and streamed free of charge.

Underpinning the entire production was an SDI distribution network based on two 40×40 Compact Videohub routers from Blackmagic Design. The first video router handled all of the incoming camera signals and allowed the production team to de-embed audio from the video signal before the feeds were routed to a temporary Studio Control Room (SCR). The main master output on this production was mixed using an ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K with an ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Panel. A secondary ATEM 1 M/E Production Switcher was used to produce an independent master output for the arena’s second 56m2 LED screen.

“One of the main reasons for upgrading to the ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K was the additional four SDI inputs, giving us a total of 20 from the one vision mixer, and the ability to embed timecode over SDI while also future proofing our workflow for Ultra HD,” said TVPRO technical director David Thåst.

“Another ground breaking feature for us is the ability to control the six auxiliary output sources using a touch panel keypad and screen on the front of the ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K. In the past we would normally have to provide the technical operations manager with dedicated matrix output, however now they can simply use a single AUX to monitor, and if necessary live AUX switch, during a production.”

Concluding: “We also relied on some software automation during this production from JustMacros. Written using the ATEMs SDK, it allowed our production teams to take synchronized takes on multiple switchers using an XKeys panel. For example, we could instantly feed one camera source to two large screens while using the DVE’s on both production switchers to stretch the image across two LED’s and add CG over the top.”

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Product photos of the ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/press/images.

About Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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BenQ Provides Digital Signage for Every Application With All-New Display Lineup

New Introductions Include Bar-Type 16:3 Format Panels, Dual-Sided Screens, Interactive Touch Screens, and First 4K UHD Touch Display

COSTA MESA, Calif. — June 11, 2014 – BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today announced its exciting new lineup of innovative digital signage products. Designed to deliver eye-catching content in any environment, the company’s latest introductions come loaded with next-generation features such as six-point touch interactivity, 4K resolution, dual-sided viewing, and varying sizes and formats to satisfy settings ranging from classrooms and boardrooms to retail, hospitality, and public transportation. Complementing BenQ’s existing IL and P Series, the new additions further BenQ’s commitment to bring higher brightness, enhanced interactivity, and the market’s leading energy-saving technology to any digital signage requirement.

RP Series: Multitouch Technology for More Engaging Content Delivery
Featuring 4K resolution, BenQ’s 84-inch RP840G flat panel provides an exceptional six interactive touch points, multi-PC touch control via USB, and EZCast software for sharing content from any PC or WiFi(R)-enabled smart device; thus, significantly increasing classroom and boardroom collaboration. Equipped with the intuitive DisplayNote teaching software bundle, the solution is ideally suited for education and business situations requiring real-time participant collaboration via laptops or tablet devices.

Made for interactive classrooms, collaborative boardrooms, and intuitive wayfinding requirements, the multitouch technology featured on BenQ’s new 70-inch RP700+ interactive flat panel provides incredibly responsive feedback and accurate positioning to augment interactivity in any of today’s signage applications. As a result, students, presenters, and information-seekers can simply touch the screen for ultra-responsive panning, zooming, and scrolling — just like a tablet.

Balancing hands-on capabilities with energy-saving tools, BenQ’s RP551+ flat panel provides six on-screen touch points, allowing multiple users to simultaneously interact with content. Using ambient light adjustment technology, the RP551+ ensures optimal viewing experiences regardless of a room’s light levels while protecting eyes and reducing power consumption by up to 50 percent. Providing an average of 50,000 hours of use, the panel also ensures outstanding long-lasting performance — even when powered-on continuously — to reduce maintenance costs and lower total cost of ownership (TCO) dramatically.

For a more comfortable overall viewing experience, BenQ’s entire line of RP panels features advanced anti-glare and anti-image retention — reducing screen reflection, eliminating visual interference, and preventing both visual fatigue and stress. Supporting a low blue light mode, the displays further their visual protection while increasing system-wide convenience via multiplatform support for Windows(R), Mac(R), Linux(R), and Chrome OS(TM), in addition to convenient connectivity capabilities via front panel input/output options.

Ultra-Slim Dual-Sided Panels and 16:3 Format Displays: Standout Signage for a Variety of Applications
Designed to bring stunning signage to any public space, BenQ’s new slim DL550F (panel only) and DH550AC (panel with stand) displays offer full HD (1920x1080p) content in an ultra-slim 55-inch dual-sided panel design perfectly suited for retail stores, transportation areas, and other public venues. Bringing users information-access from both sides of the panel, the displays are an incredibly thin one-inch thick and light enough to hang from ceilings or be used on its stand. Furthermore, the DH550AC provides easy deployment with no required construction and can fit into tight spaces due to its slim build. To increase communication effectiveness, the unit can show different content streams on either side and features multiple brightness levels to complement any ambient environment.

BenQ’s new bar-type 16:3 format displays enable ultra-wide signage in either 28 inches (BH280) or 38 inches (BH380), perfect for public transit, restaurant menu boards, and more. Featuring 700 nits and 800 nits of high brightness respectively, the BH280 and BH380 offer 178/178-degree viewing angles, DVI and VGA signal interfaces with included DVI to HDMI adapter, and portrait and landscape configurations. Both units are VESA mountable for easy installation and integration with existing systems while LED backlighting provides the industrial-grade panels with a reliable lamp life of up to 50,000 hours — resulting in signage solutions with a lower TCO for long-lasting performance.

“Our latest digital signage solutions affirm BenQ’s commitment to innovation by introducing intuitive products that benefit today’s content providers,” said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. “With a focus on making classrooms and boardrooms more collaborative spaces for communicating ideas while providing real-time content to heavily trafficked public venues, BenQ is enabling smarter, more impactful digital signage installations across all applications.”

BenQ’s interactive flat-panels and digital signage solutions begin shipping in Q3, and will be on display in booth C8531 at InfoComm 2014. More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

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RP840G: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_RP840G.jpg
RP700+: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_RP700Plus.jpg
DL550F: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_DualSide_Display.jpg
BH280/380: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_BarDisplay.jpg

About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with purpose-built engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand(1) as well as the fastest growing projector brand(2) in North America. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of Colorific(TM) projectors, RevolutionEyes(TM) monitors, and flat-panel displays for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers.

More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

1Based upon Q1’14 Quarterly Projector Shipment and Forecast Report from PMA Research
2Based upon Q4’13 Quarterly Projector Shipment and Forecast Report from PMA Research

About BenQ Corporation
Founded on the corporate vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers’ lives. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to people today — lifestyle, business, healthcare, and education — with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, feel healthier, and enhance learning. Such means include a delightful broad portfolio of people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions. Because it matters.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $20+ billion powerhouse comprised of 15+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life.”

The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ ESCO Corp., BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., and Raydium Semiconductor Corp.

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

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St. Cloud State University UTVS Puts Real World Broadcasting Into Student Experience with Autoscript E.P.I.C. Prompting

University Television Station (UTVS), the student-run TV station on the campus of St. Cloud State University, is using three Autoscript E.P.I.C. prompters for their busy production slate. UTVS delivers a variety of programming to the campus and the larger St. Cloud, Minnesota, community.

UTVS serves locally produced programming to 33,000 households on Charter Channel 21, also streamed live 24/7 on utvs.com. Founded in 1978, the station is staffed by the SCSU Mass Communications students: TV production majors work behind the scenes, and broadcasting majors appear in front of the camera and work as producers.

About 100 students actively produce news for UTVS. This semester features two half-hour evening newscasts, a weekly half-hour Spanish-language newscast, and a half-hour week-in-review news program on Friday.

As part of a full lineup of programming, UTVS produces sports and entertainment shows. “Back to the Movies” is a weekly movie review series; “Monday Night Live” is a weekly one-hour music show simulcast on campus radio station KVSC 88.1FM; and “Trivia Weekend” is a popular annual 50-hour trivia marathon staged in conjunction with KVSC. The upper level TV production class produces the new “Husky Faceoff” weekly sports show; and the weekly sports round up, “Husky Magazine,” has been on the air since the 1980s. The St. Cloud State Sports Network will begin broadcasting round the clock in the fall with live coverage of a wide array of college sports, a new slate of sports shows, and replays of classic games.

Since UTVS is training the broadcasters of tomorrow, the university is keen to ensure that students’ experience on-air and in production replicate real-world working environments. “We give our students a taste of what it’s like in the professional world,” says Derrick Silvestri, TV studio manager at UTVS. “Our main objective is to have them use the equipment they’ll encounter in the newsroom, so when they graduate they will be more than prepared to work in a professional environment.”

Twelve edit suites, which feature Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and, starting in the fall, Adobe Premiere, are dedicated to UTVS; media control takes care of media management and sports replays while the master control center handles commercial insertions and broadcast playback. Production equipment includes nine Grass Valley LDX studio cameras, Chyron Mosaics, Wheatstone and Grass Valley production switchers and RTS intercoms.

In the summer of 2013, UTVS acquired a trio of Autoscript E.P.I.C. 17-inch prompters, which they operate with three LDX cameras mounted on Vinten pedestals and heads.

“We were one of the first to have the E.P.I.C. systems,” says Silvestri, who purchased the units from systems integrator Alpha Video in Edina, Minnesota. “Before, we used a wide variety of systems, including the EZNews all-in-one script writing and prompting system. But our slate demanded a more professional-style system with automated workflows and MOS control. We got AP’s ENPS for scripting, but it didn’t offer prompting. That’s where Autoscript stepped in. Their products are a top choice in the professional world, and with E.P.I.C. we could use ENPS for writing and Autoscript’s WinPlus Ultra software for prompting. E.P.I.C. gives us a seamless workflow that works perfectly every day.”

In that workflow news writers prepare scripts with ENPS, E.P.I.C. ingests the text and a MOS-activated rundown is sent to +WinPlus Ultra for prompting.

Students have various control options for E.P.I.C. prompting. “We have two hand controllers in two control rooms. This way producers can keep pace – two wireless hand controllers for two studios for producers or reporter stand ups, and two foot pedals, one for talent on the sports set and one for talent on the news set,” Silvestri explains.

“About five years ago, with the advent of one-person journalism, we had alumni tell us that talent needed to be able to prompt themselves,” he notes. “So we transitioned from having a crew position prompter to having the news and sports anchors prompt themselves. That’s most likely what they will encounter when they graduate and move to a small-market station equipped with hand-and-foot controllers.

“E.P.I.C.’s foot pedals are particularly awesome. We’ve had a lot, and these are by far the best.”

Silvestri also gives kudos to E.P.I.C.’s 20-percent savings in power consumption and its class-leading High Bright LED prompting screens. “The talent loves the fact that we can do colors now for different slugs and cues,” he adds. The Clock Plus E feature for time of day and Tally Plus feature for live cameras also come in handy, he reports.

An additional attraction of E.P.I.C. is its streamlined good looks with no extra mounting bracket required. “It’s a very clean unit,” says Silvestri. “It works well and it looks really good. We do studio tours and want to impress the people we show around. This unit is designed to impress.”

Although he reports that the E.P.I.C. systems “worked perfectly out of the box,” Silvestri gives kudos to Autoscript’s customer support. “When I’ve called with general questions they call me back instantly,” he says. “Autoscript really stands behind this product.”

Three E.P.I.C.s are meeting the current needs of UTVS but Silvestri envisions expansion possibilities. “Right now we roll the cameras between the two studios, but if we invest in separate cameras for the news and sports studios, I can see us adding two more E.P.I.C.s.”

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Cerwin-Vega! P-Series Sets the Stage for 2014 New Music Seminar

NEW YORK, JUNE 12, 2014 – Cerwin-Vega!, part of Gibson Brands Inc., is pleased to announce that its P-Series Professional PA system was an integral part of the audio setup for the prestigious New Music Seminar (NMS) in New York. Marking its second year in attendance at the event, the Cerwin-Vega! P-Series provided a natural sound that is ideal for all NMS presentations and performances.

See Factor, the lighting and sound company for the conference, supplied a total of eight full P-Series setups – comprised of two P1500X Loudspeakers and a P1800SX Subwoofer each – for traditional PA arrangements, two additional P1500X Loudspeakers for monitor wedges and two 16-Channel CVM Mixers. “Before we moved to our current location at the iconic New Yorker Hotel, the entire conference was held at Webster Hall,” explains Dave Lory, musical director for the event. “Since it’s an acclaimed music venue that hosts world-famous musicians, we always relied on the hall’s house PA system for all of our audio needs. Knowing about the change of location, my friends at Gibson approached me and recommended I try their Cerwin-Vega! P-Series. I was honestly a little wary at first, but they performed so well last year that it was a no-brainer for me this year.”

“Dave is one of the best event producers in the industry, he demands excellence when it comes to audio production and the quality of his work always reflects that,” adds Peter Schwinge, the seminar’s general manager who was appointed to help grow international presence at the event. “Gibson brought the idea of Cerwin-Vega! to us, but the fact that Dave has chosen to use them again speaks volumes. And I agree with him, too. The speakers sound very natural and the distance on them is absolutely great!”

With an average attendance of approximately 1,300 people each year, NMS is one of the most influential music conferences in the world. It features sessions and/or presentations from more than 150 CEOs, presidents, executives and leaders who address the many aspects of the emerging music industry in addition to as many as 100 artist performances. The seminar’s goal is to serve as a quality launch pad for musicians and businesses alike. On the artist side, the conference provides the opportunity for them to hone their skills and learn new tricks. For businesses, it’s a chance for them to find the next big name in the industry.

Originally having run from 1980 to 1995, NMS was re-launched in 2009 with new vigor. In 2012, the seminar received support from the New York City Mayor’s office to declare the first New York Music Week. With support and appearances from the heads of such corporate brands as Pepsi Co, Napster, Clear Channel and Vevo, the seminar features music showcases from France, Spain and Sweden and the newly-launched Xray A&R Listening and Critique room where artists had the opportunity to have their music reviewed by the representatives from all of the major recording labels.

About Cerwin-Vega!
Cerwin-Vega!, part of the Gibson Pro Audio division, is a leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of loudspeakers for the home and professional audio markets. Designed in the pursuit of dynamic, accurate sound reproduction since 1954, Cerwin-Vega! products are distributed throughout the world via a network of distributors and dealers in more than 75 countries. For additional information on all Cerwin-Vega! products, please visit us online at www.cerwin-vega.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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Symetrix Partners with Attero Tech & Stewart Audio to Speed Dante Design

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JUNE 2014: In a significant development for users of Audinate’s Dante audio networking technology, Symetrix has announced that the latest version of its popular SymNet Composer software will support native configuration of select Dante-enabled Attero Tech and Stewart Audio products.

Settings affecting I/O levels, routing, and more may be defined with SymNet Composer 2.0, which gives customers the ability to consolidate design on a single software platform where previously multiple platforms were required.

“As of this release, integrators will no longer need Audinate’s Dante Controller as well as separate software packages for each manufacturer’s products,” comments Trent Wagner, senior product manager at Symetrix. “Supported Attero Tech and Stewart Audio Dante-enabled products can now be configured and managed right along side to SymNet hardware. Integrators who have used Composer before will have no learning curve.”

Stewart Audio has long pursued a focus on making networked A/V affordable and practical, and its current range includes innovative Dante end-points. “Our customers desire solutions that are both compatible and complete in their implementations. The collaboration between Stewart Audio, Symetrix and Attero Tech represents a major step in that direction,” says Stewart Audio’s Chief Marketing Officer, Brian McCormick.

He continues, “By collaborating with Symetrix, we are creating outcomes that align with our customer’s expectations. By carefully analyzing and responding to the challenges consultants and integrators face daily, presenting them with the results they are looking for is what this partnership is really all about.”

Mike Sims, director of marketing and sales at Attero Tech – which produces a trio of Dante interfaces – welcomes the partnership as ‘the next logical step’ in the interoperability of Dante networked audio systems. “Our goal has been to make deployment of these systems as seamless as possible, while allowing consultants and integrators to choose best-of-class products from a variety of manufacturers. This is the future of interoperability,” he declares.

The initial response from the integrator community is also encouraging. Chuck Mitchell, owner of California-based Technology of the Arts, recently undertook a Dante-centric installation involving Symetrix and Attero Tech products. “Dante is rapidly becoming a default choice for all manner of projects in the installed environment,” he says. “The Dante-centric partnership between Symetrix, Attero Tech and Stewart Audio is to be warmly welcomed as it helps to bring every installer’s dream of blanket interoperability that much closer to realization.”

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ABS to Open Systems Integration Company in Singapore

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it will open Advanced Broadcast Solutions – Asia Pte. Ltd. in Singapore on June 17. The new company will provide consulting and design services, systems integration, and maintenance and support for professional video, audio, and IT solutions in the Asia-Pacific region.

Mark Siegel, president of ABS, said the new company will improve support and service for its customers. “We’ve had great success in the region over the last several years, but we’ve been conducting business out of the U.S.,” he explained. “The strong demand from our customers in the Asia-Pacific region warrants a dedicated company with local resources in Singapore. With the new focused company, we will be able to provide even better service for our new and existing customers in the region.”

Industry veteran Dennis Breckenridge, who has been established in the region for years, will serve as managing director for Advanced Broadcast Solutions – Asia Pte. Ltd. Most recently, Breckenridge was based in Singapore for Grass Valley as systems sales manager. During that time, he designed and delivered major projects throughout the region including the International Broadcast Center for the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar, OB trucks and portable systems, and new broadcast and news production facilities. Previously, he spent more than four years as director of sales, Asia Pacific Region, for Broadcast Pix.

“Dennis is well respected in the professional video industry and is very familiar with the Asia Pacific markets,” said Siegel. “We are excited to welcome him to the ABS team and lead our efforts to become the premier systems integrator in Singapore.”

Breckenridge will be available for consultations at BroadcastAsia 2014, which runs June 17-20 at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Contact him at +65 8499 3337 or via e-mail at dbreck@advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith, and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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HARMAN’s Martin Professional Releases MAC Viper Firmware 2.0

AARHUS, Denmark — HARMAN’s Martin Professional today announced the release of MAC Viper firmware 2.0. The update contains fixes for all known issues and improvements on existing functionality including low noise cooling for the entire MAC Viper Family

“Since its launch two years ago, the MAC Viper family quickly became a new industry standard being used in all sorts of entertainment environments,” stated Markus Klüsener, Product Manager for Stage Lighting, Martin Professional. “Be it corporate events, theater or concerts, the whole MAC Viper family can cover it!”

Low noise cooling, which at first was only implemented in the Performance version, is now standard throughout the entire family. Aligned dimmer-curves and smoother effect speeds are also valued additions to the new firmware.

“We have been in close dialogue with lighting designers, rental companies and technicians from all fields of the entertainment industry to gather feedback and suggestions to make their favorite choice of moving-head even better,” said Klüsener.

Major improvements for the Viper Family

• Extended RDM enabled
• Gobo x-fading enabled. (slower gobo scroll speed)
• Colour wheel speeds and acceleration aligned with other MAC Viper variants
• Effects rotation made smoother
• More robust DMX hot-plugging
• Control of fans improved resulting in lower noise
• Random Strobe startup randomized across fixtures
• Auto blackout deployment synchronized across fixtures
• Temperature warning and cut-off levels adjusted
• Lamp strike command in Shortcuts menu now activated by first button press
• Dimmer blackout implemented during lamp strikes
• Smoother pan/tilt movement at startup and reset
• Improved movement during fast pan/tilt snaps

The firmware update is available as a free download via Martin’s support page: http://www.martin.com/service/service.asp

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 (www.harman.com) 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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

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HARMAN’s Studer Celebrates 1,000-Plus Enrollment at StuderBroadcastAcademy.com

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – A mere 10 months since its launch, HARMAN’s Studer is proud to announce that StuderBroadcastAcademy.com, the online version of its Studer Broadcast Academy training course, has amassed more than 1,000 participants across 90 countries.

A total of 170 engineers have completed the entire course and are now factory-certified. Of these 170 engineers, over 85% have opted to be listed on the Studer website in a searchable engineer database (used by companies and productions looking to employ Studer Vista engineers).

StuderBroadcastAcademy.com is an interactive online course for engineers to learn how to operate Studer’s Vista Series digital mixing consoles. The course consists of a series of modules, which participants must pass 100 percent to officially certify as a Studer Vista Operator. The course is structured in an interactive format and students can download the Virtual Vista software that gives them a graphic, active representation of a Vista console. Virtual Vista can also be used for offline console configuration and online remote control of Vista mixing consoles. Video segments, system and technical diagrams, a dictionary of terms and other resources round out the program.

“We launched StuderBroadcastAcademy.com in partnership with CRAS (Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences) in August 2013 and the program’s popularity has exceeded our high expectations,” said Katy Templeman-Holmes, Associate Director, Recording & Broadcast, HARMAN Professional. “But we’re not stopping now. Later this year, we will introduce a new SBA module that will dig deeper into our Snapshots features!”

For more information, please visit StuderBroadcastAcademy.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) 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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

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