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Antelope Audio Announces Shipment of its Portable Audio Interface with 12 Studio Grade Mic Pres and 20 Analog Inputs

Zen Studio Brings Unprecedented Functionality and Quality in a Portable Design, Enabling Musicians, Engineers and Sound Designers to Capture Pristine Audio While ‘On the Go’

June 26, 2014 · Santa Monica, Calif. – Leading professional audio gear manufacturer Antelope Audio announced that its widely anticipated Zen Studio multi-channel recording interface is now shipping. Priced at $2,495, Zen Studio is a multi-faceted, portable audio interface with best-in-class analog and digital connectivity. Measuring just 16.8” / 418 mm wide and constructed in an attractive and durable housing, the Zen Studio delivers ‘world class’ capabilities to audio professionals who want to capture outstanding, studio-quality recordings in any location.

A fully featured recording interface complete with Antelope’s industry standard clocking technology and a built-in monitoring section, Zen Studio consists of 12 studio grade mic pres, on-board DSP effects and the company’s proprietary low-latency USB connectivity — all in a package that can easily fit inside a backpack. Zen Studio is perfectly suited for traveling musicians, location sound engineers, field recordists and producers seeking the ultimate in portability and sound quality.

Supreme sound

While the Zen is diminutive in size, it delivers stunning audio quality with 12 studio grade microphone preamplifiers, Antelope Audio’s Acoustically Focused Clocking jitter management algorithm and A/D & D/A conversion technology. This combination makes it the most authentic analog-sounding interface on the market. The unit’s custom USB and conversion technologies are identical to that of the top-selling 32-channel Orion32 interface, which is a centerpiece in the playback rigs for artists such as Rihanna, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, and integral to the mixing and mastering studios of engineers like Eric Sarafin (aka Mixerman), Brian Vibberts, Howie Weinberg or electronic music producers like Robert Babicz and Dusty Kid.

Power and flexibility

In addition to world class, studio-grade audio quality, Zen Studio offers an extremely powerful DSP, based on a custom FPGA device with massive parallel processing capabilities. This allows fast and easy simultaneous processing of multiple effects, enhancing the workflow like no other device on the market.

Unrivaled versatility

All audio I/O is available simultaneously for a total of 38 possible input and 14 outputs (including headphone outs), plus 24 simultaneous I/O channels via custom USB, supporting 24-bit, 192 kHz audio. Users can create up to four independent zero-latency mixes assignable to any outputs, including the two independent headphone outputs and monitor outputs. The unit is fully controllable using an intuitive desktop application on both PC and Mac, offering flexible signal routing and DSP-based effects along with custom presets.

Zen Studio delivers unparalleled quality and portability for the modern recordists. Its feature set makes it flexible for almost any recording and playback application, and its size makes it suitable for just about any location. For more information, please visit the Antelope Audio site at http://www.antelopeaudio.com.

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Matrox at IBC2014 — Product Preview

New additions to all Matrox product lines to be highlighted including live streaming and recording solutions, 4K video monitoring cards, scan converters, multiviewers, editing devices and OEM products

At IBC2014 (Amsterdam, Sept. 12–16, stand 7.B29), Matrox® Video will showcase video streaming and recording appliances, live production streaming systems, 4K video monitoring cards, multiviewers, scan converters, editing devices, and developer products.

Matrox Monarch HD — Video Streaming and Recording Appliance
Matrox Monarch HD™ is a small, easy-to-use H.264 encoder designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. The new Monarch SDK, an HTTP-based API, includes documentation and sample code that let AV and broadcast equipment developers write applications to configure and control Monarch HD streaming capabilities, giving them a very straightforward way to include a high-quality webcasting service as part of their overall product offerings. The IBC2014 demonstration will present Monarch HD integrated with a Crestron® controller, which allows operators to easily start and stop streaming and recording from within the familiar Crestron interface.

Matrox VS4 and VS4Recorder — Multi-Camera Streaming and Recording Systems
Matrox VS4™ is a quad HD capture card ideal for multi-camera live production streaming with Telestream® Wirecast® for Windows® or StudioCoast vMix software. It not only sends video feeds for streaming, it also facilitates ISO recording to disk of all the original video and audio feeds for post event editing via a Matrox plug-in for Wirecast or Matrox Video for Windows (VfW) codecs for vMix MultiCoder software. The VS4Recorder™ multi-camera recording app works with the VS4 card to give live event producers complete synchronized control over capture of the four inputs connected to the VS4 to create high-quality MOV, MP4, or AVI files for use with popular editing apps, for immediate upload to the internet or for archiving.

Matrox Mojito 4K — 4K Video Monitoring Card
Matrox Mojito™ 4K is a quad 3G-SDI, 4K video card for use with Adobe® Creative Cloud™ professional video editing tools on Windows platforms. It provides 10-bit H.264 intra-frame rendering and enables realtime monitoring and output of video footage at resolutions up to 4096 x 2160 and at frame rates up to 60 fps (4Kp60). Users can ingest, edit, render and export in full 4K.

Matrox MicroQuad — Multiviewer
Matrox MicroQuad™ is a four-channel SDI-to-HDMI multiviewer for 3G/HD/SD at a breakthrough price. It lets broadcasters and A/V professionals use an affordable HDMI display to view up to four SDI video signals and show or hide labels and VU meters. Its powerful 10-bit scaling engine and advanced filtering algorithms ensure a crisp, artifact-free monitoring experience. MicroQuad can be controlled using buttons on the unit itself or from a distance using a Windows-based app.

Matrox Convert DVI Plus — Scan Converter
Matrox Convert™ DVI Plus is a cost-effective, genlockable HD-SDI scan converter that lets broadcasters easily and economically incorporate content from computers, iPads and iPhones into broadcast programs. It is ideal for creating broadcast-quality video from computer applications such as Skype, YouTube, Google Earth, FaceTime, ProPresenter, PowerPoint and web browsers. The region-of-interest feature lets the user define any region of any size from the computer display and output just that content at the required broadcast resolution. If the selected area doesn’t match the output resolution, Matrox Convert DVI Plus provides horizontal and vertical upscaling and downscaling. The unit can be genlocked to an SD analog black burst (bi-level) or HD tri-level genlock source. Proc amp controls on the output let the user adjust the hue, chroma, saturation, and brightness levels. In addition, Matrox Convert DVI Plus can be used to drive projectors and large displays at live events.

Matrox MXO2 LE MAX — Editing Device
Matrox MXO2 LE MAX™ provides broadcast-quality input, output and monitoring for leading editing apps from Adobe, Apple® and Avid®. It turbocharges H.264 encoding for deliveries to the web, mobile devices and Blu-ray up to five times faster than software alone without sacrificing quality. In addition, MXO2 devices provide cross-platform Mac® and Windows support and are still the only solutions that connect anywhere, Mac and PC, via Thunderbolt™, PCIe® or ExpressCard/34®—with the same versatile unit.

Matrox DSX — Developer Products
Matrox DSX™ Developer Products combine a full range of multi-channel SD/HD/4K I/O hardware, including low profile cards that support up to eight reconfigurable SDI inputs and outputs, with feature-rich Windows and Linux SDKs and powerful tools for quick app development. Matrox technology enables OEMs to create advanced broadcast graphics systems, video servers, channel-in-a-box equipment, contribution and distribution encoders, and non-linear editing systems that provide 24/7 reliability in even the most demanding environments. Premium hardware features include multiple motion adaptive de-interlacers, up/down/cross converters and video compositors. A constantly expanding selection of codecs (DVCPRO HD, MPEG-2, XDCAM HD AVC-Intra, H.264, Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD, PitchBlue, and more) and extensive file format support (GXF, MXF, MOV, AVI, MPG, MP4, and more) meet evolving needs.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of 4K, HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a-box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, live event producers, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

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BenQ Takes Home Two NewBay Media Best of Show InfoComm Awards

BenQ’s MW853UST Education Projector and BH380 Bar Display Recognized by AV Technology and Digital Signage

COSTA MESA, Calif. — June 25, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, Classroom IQ innovations, and the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand in North America(1), today announced that two of its solutions have been recognized with NewBay Media Best of Show Awards at InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas. The MW853UST ultra short-throw projector and BH380 digital signage bar display were recognized by AV Technology magazine and Digital Signage magazine, respectively.

“These awards are a direct result of BenQ’s dedication to being an innovative provider of solutions for any space, be it the classroom, boardroom, or retail store,” said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. “We are delighted to receive this recognition from our respected peers in the industry and will continue to develop new solutions that put smart, collaborative products into the hands of students and professionals.”

BenQ’s ultra short-throw MW853UST projector featuring Colorific(TM) technology is designed specifically for the connected education sector, bringing enhanced interactivity to projection-based classrooms. To create larger-than-life lesson plans, the projector’s dual-screen capabilities can easily enlarge a learning space’s projection area, allowing up to four participants to collaborate simultaneously on screens as large as 190 inches. Easy to set up and install, the MW853UST features a wall-mount plate integrated directly onto the projector, 3D, PC, and Blu-ray(TM) readiness, and double 10W speakers — creating a complete multimedia solution that turns classrooms into collaborative and engaging learning spaces. The interactive solution also offers superior connectivity with ultra short-throw design and features auto-calibration for easy installation. The device allows teachers and students to interact using up to four PointWrite(TM) pens or via finger-touch technology for simple hands-on collaboration directly on the screen. The MW853UST’s 10,000:1 ultra-sharp contrast ratio, 3,200 ANSI lumens of brightness, and lamp life are enhanced by the SmartEco(TM) technology for long-lasting, reliable, and vibrant images.

Featuring BenQ’s exclusive Colorific technology to produce more than 1 billion life-like colors compared to only 16.7 million from most LCD projectors, the MW853UST combines up to seven different colors to create vibrant, true-to-life images, as opposed to the traditional three-color spectrum from LCD devices. The Colorific projector also delivers up to three times more contrast than similar top-selling LCD models for a brighter, more crisp viewing experience, as well as providing better picture quality over time since DLP displays do not experience light burn or color degradation after extended usage. As a result, educators and business professionals experience a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) over the life of their projector, resulting in reductions in maintenance and replacement costs, while ensuring that image quality always remains the same.

BenQ’s BH380 38-inch bar display enables ultra-widescreen 32:9 signage formats for public transit, restaurant menu boards, ticket kiosks, and more. VESA mountable, the panel can be easily installed and integrated with any existing systems or room configurations. The industrial grade panel is also LED backlit and features an incredible long-lasting backlight life of up to 50,000 hours — making the device ideal for long-term installations that require durability, energy efficiency, and low maintenance costs. The panel boasts a color TFT-LCD screen, 4000:1 native contrast ratio, 1920 x 540 resolution, and high 75-percent rate of uniformity.

An incredibly versatile digital signage solution, the space-saving BH380 features 1500 nits of ultra-high brightness and 176/176-degree wide viewing angles for increased visibility without any artifacts — resulting in impactful visual communication and anywhere/anytime information displays. The BH380 boasts an incredibly thin form factor and can be used in either portrait or landscape mode to facilitate compatibility with any environment or background, such as subway cars, take-out signage applications, and information kiosks. For full connection flexibility, the panel also accepts DVI and VGA signal interfaces and includes three USB ports to enable users to plug it directly into an existing system for even easier installation.

The awards were presented on the InfoComm show floor and were selected by panels of professional users and editors, as well as by judges’ inspection at the convention. Winners will be featured in a special Best of Show Awards Program Guide, distributed in digital edition form to readers of Sound & Video Contractor, AV Technology, Digital Signage, ProSound News, ProAudio Review, Mix, Music Festival Business, and Government Video after InfoComm 2014.

More information on the full line of BenQ products is available at www.BenQ.us.

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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.

(1) Based upon Q1’14 Quarterly Projector Shipment and Forecast Report from PMA Research
(2) Based 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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BenQ Unveils Award-Winning Education Solutions at ISTE 2014

New Products and Support Programs Allow Schools to Transform Classrooms Easily Into Collaborative, Connected Environments

COSTA MESA, Calif. — June 26, 2014 – BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of Classroom IQ solutions and the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand in North America(1), today announced its innovative showcase for ISTE 2014. Comprised of award-winning visual display solutions and education-specific initiatives, the company’s connected learning portfolio will include the industry-acclaimed MW853UST ultra short-throw projector and RP700+ interactive flat panel (IFP) display, as well as exciting details on BenQ’s community support programs and new grant initiatives. Held in Atlanta from June 28 to July 1, the event will bring together teachers, technology coordinators, administrators, library media specialists, teacher educators, and policy makers to view and discuss the latest advances in education technology.

“Our showcase at this year’s ISTE represents BenQ’s dedication to empowering technology-driven classrooms with programs and solutions that enrich the overall learning experience,” said Patti Postel, CTS, National Education Sales Manager for BenQ America Corp. “Featuring market changers such as tablet-like touch navigation, dual-screen collaboration, and the new BenQ Cares Education Grant program, schools can now easily create more immersive lessons through a combination of easy-to-use technology and unmatched academic support.”

BenQ’s 70-inch RP700+ interactive flat panel features advanced multitouch technology for extremely receptive tactile navigation — allowing students and educators to easily pan, zoom, and scroll directly on the screen, exactly like a tablet. To increase viewer comfort, the panel also features advanced anti-glare glass to reduce reflection and eliminate any visual noise, in addition to a low blue light mode, which further prevents eye fatigue and stress. Increasing installation convenience via multiplatform compatibility, the RP700+ can be used with Windows(R), Mac(R), Linux(R), and Chrome OS, while EZCast software enables content directly from WiFi(R) — supporting easy notebook connectivity. Other innovations include DisplayNote software for control via handheld devices, ambient light sensors, hotkey operation, and connection options for USB microphones, cameras, and more.

The recent recipient of AV Technology Magazine’s Best of Show Award at InfoComm 2014, BenQ’s ultra short-throw MW853UST projector provides enhanced interactivity to any projection-based classroom. Featuring innovative dual-screen capabilities, two units can easily enlarge projection on any surface, allowing up to four participants to collaborate simultaneously on areas as large as 190 inches using up to four PointWrite(TM) pens or via finger-touch for simple hands-on participation. Easy to set up and install, the auto-calibrated MW853UST also features a wall mount plate integrated directly onto the projector, 3D, PC, and Blu-ray readiness, and double 10W speakers — creating a complete multimedia solution for full-on classroom collaboration.

Using Colorific(TM) technology, BenQ projectors deliver accurate, crisp, and long-lasting color — allowing learners to experience up to 1 billion stunning colors on any classroom projection screen. The technology also eliminates light burn or color degradation over extended usage to reduce devices’ total cost of ownership (TCO). To further support learning spaces, BenQ has recently unveiled the “BenQ Cares” Education Grant. The new initiative provides discounts to qualifying schools, colleges, and universities for select BenQ interactive touch panel displays.

BenQ’s full line of Classroom IQ solutions and education programs will be showcased in booth 3054 at ISTE 2014. More information on BenQ products is available at www.BenQ.us.

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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.

(1)Based upon Q1’14 Quarterly Projector Shipment and Forecast Report from PMA Research
(2)Based 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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BlueFox and YCD Multimedia Announce Strategic Partnership

The YCD Multimedia network expands its services by adding BlueFox as a provider of professional digital signage content

New York, June 26, 2014 – BlueFox and YCD Multimedia have just announced a new strategic content partnership. YCD Multimedia, with US headquarters in New York and offices around the world, is a global supplier of advanced digital signage software solutions. BlueFox, headquartered in Cesson Sévigné Cedex, France with US offices in California offers fully licensed, quality content for digital-out-of-home media systems to the YCD driven networks.

“It is extremely important that YCD provide our customers with not only great software, but also great quality content which can easily be accessed and integrated with our C-nario software,” said Sam Losar, President of YCD Multimedia USA.

Available in 17 languages, BlueFox-curated content is accessible and relevant worldwide. With high-profile clients such as JCDecaux, Clear Channel, Citibank, Carrefour, Intermarche and Orange, BlueFox maintains a strong international presence that will be a valuable addition for the YCD network.

“We are very happy to continue the work we have been doing with YCD and the former C-nario team for several years,” said Guillaume de La Tour, President and US CEO of BlueFox. “YCD’s international network is an ideal platform for BlueFox’s geo-localized content that will serve a variety of verticals and countries around the world. Thanks to YCD’s expertise in large billboards and the compatibility of our content, we are sure that this partnership will further BlueFox’s horizons.”

Offering BlueFox content to the YCD network gives customers the ability to display geo-localized content feeds updated in real-time, such as news, sports, weather and traffic reports. Viewers are therefore always exposed to the most relevant and up-to-date information. Innovation in automatic cropping technology means BlueFox content is compatible with a variety of screen formats and dimensions, giving YCD customers a high degree of customizability. More info can be found at http://www.bluefoxcontent.com/ycd

About YCD Multimedia

YCD Multimedia is a leading global provider of advanced digital signage software solutions, serving the retail, banking, gaming, entertainment, hospitality, educational, transportation and corporate markets. Founded in 1999 (and having acquired C-nario, a leading digital signage company, in 2011), YCD provides businesses and organizations with a fully-scalable platform to attract and engage customers, while communicating their brand. YCD’s software offers unmatched capabilities, driving high-impact video and mosaic walls in a native, pixel-perfect resolution. To date, the company has partnered with over 2,000 customers, including Fortune 500 corporations and some of the world’s most recognized brands, such as Burger King, Coca-Cola, Toyota, Ferrari, Cartier and others. YCD operates worldwide with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel, as well as an international network of partners serving clients around the globe. For more information, visit www.ycdmultimedia.com

About BlueFox

BlueFox is the leading content provider in digital signage. Exclusively serving DOOH screens, BlueFox has been in the market since 2006, delivering high-value off-the-shelf and customized content solutions for the global DOOH market. Offerings include real-time feeds, video footage and custom content channels. With its new smart signage technology, BlueFox influences customers in a non-obtrusive way, by delivering targeted content to screens in real-time depending on the viewers in the venue.

BlueFox is the only DOOH content provider operating worldwide and supplying content in 17 languages, accessible through its fully automated content webshop. The company serves a wide variety of verticals, markets and target groups with eye-catching and relevant content that is easily integrated into digital signage systems. For more information about BlueFox, visit http://www.bluefoxcontent.com/ycd

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Lou Carulli
Marketing Manager
YCD Multimedia
646.237.8115
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Ariane Schang
Marketing
Bluefox
650.804.4830
arianeschang@bluefoxcontent.com

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Mastering Engineer Eric Boulanger Extolls the Benefits of SADiE’s New Mastering Toolkit

The new mastering features that SADiE has incorporated into its popular SADiE 6 editing and production software have been hailed as a major improvement by internationally acclaimed mastering engineer Eric Boulanger – not least because they are saving him an enormous amount of time.

Eric Boulanger is based at the world famous The Mastering Lab (TML), which was America’s first independent mastering facility when it was opened in 1967 by Doug Sax. Originally in Hollywood but now based on Ojai, California, TML remains a revolutionary state-of-the-art company that uses unique concepts of signal flow and electronics pioneered by Doug’s brother, Sherwood Sax. All of its custom electronics and console are all purpose designed and handcrafted, and this attention to detail has earned TML more Grammy nominations for engineering than any other mastering facility.

As well as being an eminent mastering engineer, Boulanger is also responsible for ensuring TML’s custom analogue equipment stays in tip-top shape. In keeping with TML’s pioneering spirit, Boulanger was the first Mastering Engineer to produce a ‘Mastered for iTunes’ release (in 2011) – a format that is now the mainstay for all major record label releases on iTunes thanks to the popularity of digital downloads.

When Boulanger isn’t working, he lets his creativity loose in the studio as a professional violinist. He is also on the Steering Committee of NARAS, the GRAMMYs Producers & Engineers Wing.

Boulanger has been a SADiE user since 2007 when he started working at TML.

“We have five operational systems that range from the early Artemis to our current SADiE 6.1 systems,” he says. “These are our workhorses, but when we are working with DSD, we use an older SADiE 5 DSD8, which is still the finest DSD editor I’ve encountered.”

TML’s decision to upgrade its SADiE 6 software to the latest version, which includes the new mastering tools, came as a result of changes within the music business. Boulanger explains: “These days, artists and labels are mainly releasing Hi-res files (for example HDTracks); MFiTs, 16Bit digital downloads, and (maybe) CDs. Thanks to the new mastering features in SADiE 6, I can generate all of these files with just a few clicks of the mouse. The new software will also generate WAV file masters that are cut gapless and therefore maintain any track spacing, or fancy crossfades between tracks (like Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, for example, or a live concert with applause segues). Now all the different products will match track length, etc.”

The main benefit the new version of SADiE 6 has brought to Boulanger’s workflow is time saving.

“It is literally saving me hours and hours of production time because I no longer have to recreate separate EDLs and jump through hoops to create WAV bounces that match other sample rate or CD products,” he says. “I also don’t have to bounce grouped clips with extra space tagged on to maintain correct gapless track spacing.”

Boulanger adds that, thanks to the efforts of the European Broadcasting Union and the UK Music Producers Guild, SADiE 6 also supports Broadcast WAV, an extended WAV format that allows ISRC codes to be embedded into the XML Metadata of WAV files.

“This is a solid step forward in making WAV file masters a professional format,” Boulanger says. “Prior to getting this new software I had to manually rename files – and, of course, there was no possibility of including ISRC codes in the metadata.”

Since installing the latest version of SADie 6, Boulanger has been working on various albums, all of which have benefitted from the speed at which he can now turn project around.

“The day I received the new features, I was working on a popular Christian group’s live album,” he says. “They had attended the session and were in a rush to make a flight, so I gave the new features a whirl since there were many edits and crossfades to create the live album experience. To my delight, everything worked perfectly right off the bat, and the band made their flight, masters in hand.”

Boulanger, who has worked with artists such as Eric Burdon, Colbie Caillat, OneRepublic, The Plain White T’s, Serena Ryder, Chris Botti, Sarah Jarosz, and Jackson Browne, has most recently finished an album with multiple formats for singer Anais Mitchell. Produced and mixed by Gary Paczosa, it will be released on Wilderland Records later this year.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The range now includes SADiE digital audio workstations and location recorders. Prism Sound also manufactures audio test and measurement products such as the DSA-1 and the dScope Series III audio analyzer.

For more information please visit www.sadie.com or www.prismsound.com

HARMAN Brands Unite To Power Up Dierks Bentley’s 2014 RISER TOUR

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GLENDALE, California — Country music star Dierks Bentley is currently out headlining his 2014 RISER TOUR through the fall with VER Tour Sound supplying the audio reinforcement system featuring HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers. In addition, Christie Lites is providing a full Martin rig for the dynamic lighting system, highlighted by MAC Quantum fixtures.

The audio system features a left-right hang of 16 JBL VTX V25 line array loudspeakers per side, with six VTX S28 subwoofers per side in cardioid configuration. For side fill, VER has supplied supplying eight V25 loudspeakers per side, along with six G28 ground-stacked subwoofers per side. Powering the V25 loudspeakers are Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers, with I-Tech 12000 HD amps powering the subwoofers.

“Dierks really combines country and rock together and this show is very much like a rock and roll production,” said Chance Stahlhut, Account Manager, Tour Sound, VER. “At the same time, he’s true to his musical roots and the country element comes through in his performances.”

FOH Engineer James “Pugsley” McDermott has been working with Bentley for approximately nine years, and on this tour is working with monitor engineer Scott Tatter, system engineer Kennith Sellars, and RF tech Ashley Zapar. “With Dierks, how it sounds on stage is exactly how he wants it to sound out in the audience,” McDermott said. “He knows his crowd and he wants it to be an energetic show. He’s spent a lot of time putting the show together and he keeps you on your toes as an engineer. He’s the kind of client you want: someone who will push you to be as good as you can be and will make sure you’re always on your game.”

In his approach to mixing Bentley’s shows, McDermott’s priority is finding the perfect balance. “I treat this as a true rock and roll setup,” he said. “I want to mix to my audience, so if the crowd is loud I want to be just as loud. I want the first downbeat of the very first song to knock people back, to be impactful and surprising. That way the people know they’re in for a high-energy show. The PA and console are my instruments in that regard.”

McDermott added that he has worked with JBL throughout his entire career. “I’ve seen their products evolve over several decades and I’ve spent the past five years working with every loudspeaker you can name,” he said. “I’ve never had issues with JBL because I always know what to expect. They’re workhorse products in this industry.”

McDermott first heard the VTX system two years ago and was impressed, to say the least. “I think it’s an accumulation of line array concepts and processing and drivers and design working together to get a good product,” he said. “It’s not too heavy, you can fly it in most places; you can hang more boxes compared to other speakers. I love the top end of it, I think it’s the most brilliant sounding speaker that JBL has developed.”

“The VTX is just a really great box, it’s very consistent and we’ve had great results with it,” Stahlhut said.

On the lighting side, Chris Reade, Lighting Designer for Dierks Bentley, uses Martin’s MAC 2000 Wash, MAC 700 Profile, MAC Viper Profile, MAC Aura and MAC Quantum, all provided by Rod “Red” Gibson of Christie Lites. The Lighting Crew Chief is Marc “Chainsaw” Wuchter and the Production Designer is Bruce Rodgers of Tribe, Inc.

Reade mentioned that he was impressed right away with the MAC Quantum after seeing it at the LDI trade show in November, and decided he wanted to make it the workhorse in his rig. “The Quantum has powerful looks that can be used in a dramatic fashion,” Reade continued. “This fantastic set and video design by Bruce Rogers has big rock and roll features, but also some subtle theatrical elements as well. It was fun to work together with Bruce, and together make the complete design with the Quantums in mind.”

“The Quantum light has a lot of effect possibilities and narrowing it down to get powerful, unique looks, without overdoing it was a challenge,” Reade said. “I believe effects are more powerful if they are not used over and over throughout a show.”

“The Quantum is a great pairing with the Viper because the output is amazing, and after I showed Reade the fixture at LDI, we immediately found a way to incorporate it into his design,” said Gibson. “Reade and the Dierks Bentley tour have been great, loyal clients. We work well together and I always try to provide him with the latest products. I gave him the Auras a couple years ago and then the Vipers last year, and I’m proud to say that he is now one of the first tours with the Quantums!”

Reade mentioned that the MAC Viper is a powerhouse, being extremely bright and very fast with great optics and color mixing; it’s his number one choice.

Reade also said he enjoys the MAC Auras as well and typically uses them in groups to add to the effect, while the MAC 700 Profile is used for front key lights to provide a great look. He also uses the standard MAC 2000 Wash for color wash and punchy stabs when they are zoomed in.

“The reactions have been amazing,” Reade added. “Everything came together really well between all the departments, it was a great collaborative effort. I think we’ve been able to create something powerful and unique, and I’m really proud to be a part of this. I think the Quantums get a great reaction from the audience when they go from being used as a wash light to then being used as an effect. It’s pretty cool and unexpected and to be able to quickly transform from one type to another is pretty incredible.”

“The support from Martin has been outstanding,” Gibson said. “Grif Palmer was a huge help in making sure we had the Quantums in time for the start of the tour, and we couldn’t be happier!”

Photo Credit: Tim Duggan

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

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Attleboro Access Uses JVC Mobile News Cameras to Produce Live Reports of Community Events

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced Attleboro Access Cable System, Inc. (DoubleACS), the PEG (public, education, government) station serving Attleboro, Mass., and surrounding communities, is using four GY-HM650 ProHD mobile news cameras to provide live news reports from the field.

Attleboro is located roughly halfway between Boston (DMA #7) and Providence,R.I. (DMA #53). According to Jim Jones, DoubleACS operations manager, unless there is a major news event, Attleboro is routinely marginalized by television news from the major market stations. “We want to provide that breaking news coverage to our community,” he said.

The mid-sized public access station had been trying to adopt some capability for live ENG for years. Microwave was quickly dismissed because of high initial capital costs. Satellite technology was easier to manage and required fewer startup costs, but satellite time (purchased in 10-hour blocks) was simply too expensive.

When the city was upgraded to 4G service about two years ago, DoubleACS personnel realized an opportunity to produce live ENG reports economically. “After almost seven years of searching for a solution, we found one,” Jones said. “We saw the JVC camera released at NAB and knew this was definitely the camera that we needed to get. It was a very easy choice to make.”

An active PEG operation with five full-time employees, DoubleACS produces more than 35 hours of content per week across its three channels, which are available on Comcast cable systems in the area. Programming is also uploaded to its Web site for on-demand viewing. Live ENG reports air during Attleboro Update, a weekly news program.

DoubleACS purchased its GY-HM650s in 2013 and has coupled each one with a MiFi 4G mobile hotspot. While upload speeds vary around the region, Jones said the streaming HD image quality from the JVC cameras remains solid between 1.5 and 3 Mbps. “If you’re in the main area of the city, you can transmit with no problem back to the studio,” he added. “It’s been smooth sailing for us.”

At the station, two Teradek Cube 305 decoders convert the signal to SDI and feeds it to the production switcher for live reports from the field. The station feeds the IFB through a cell phone, so the studio anchor can speak directly to the reporter. Plus, Jones said the system only has two or three seconds of latency, so anchor and reporter can interact without major delays.

The GY-HM650’s most important features for Jones were the ability to stream live video and its .MOV native file recording, so there’s no transcoding necessary to start editing footage immediately in any of the station’s 10 Final Cut Pro NLE workstations. He has also been impressed by the image quality and built-in wide angle 23x zoom lens. “The range is something that you don’t see in any other camera,” Jones added.

The station uses the live capabilities of its JVC cameras every few weeks, covering everything from fires to bridge dedications to the Special Olympics. “It doesn’t have to be breaking news,” Jones explained. “Whenever an opportunity presents itself, we try to use it.”

Last summer, DoubleACS was on the scene for the arraignment of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end charged with first-degree murder, at Attleboro District Court. “We were there providing a local aspect to the viewers,” Jones said. With a GY-HM650, the station was able to provide coverage of the story alongside network news affiliates.

“The GY-HM650 gives you the opportunity to set yourself apart from other PEGs or be on equal footing with your local network affiliates,” Jones offered. “Why wouldn’t you be trying to utilize the power of that camera?”

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, with West Coast operations in Long Beach, California, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, D-ILA front projection systems, and Super LoLux HD video security products. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

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SSL Live Hits Summer Festivals with The Killers

“This console is the most analogue-correct digital console; it sounds phenomenal”

SAN FRANCISCO – Following The Killers’ wildly successful 2013 Battle Born world tour, performing in 50 countries and headlining arenas on six continents – including a sold-out Wembley Stadium show for which they wrote The Wembley Song – the Las Vegas-based phenomenon is back on the road this summer in support of their Direct Hits greatest hits compilation. With appearances at North American and U.K. music festivals, the band’s FOH engineer, Kenny Kaiser, is delivering their chart toppers with help from the new SSL Live console.

Kaiser works for Delicate Productions of Camarillo, California, serving as PA tech or system tech for Selena Gomez, Train and as monitor tech and crew chief for The Foo Fighters, among others. After moving to the Killers’ camp last year, he took over the helm for their 2014 tour. However, Kaiser was not fond of their previous FOH console and knew instantly that he’d need to make a switch.

“Delicate is a great partner of Hi-Tech Audio [supplier of the SSL Live console for the tour] in San Francisco, where I’m based,” he says. “Louis Adamo, president of Hi-Tech, called to say they had a new SSL console, so I went down and played with it. I found it fluid and the surface very intuitive. I also had a chance to take a class for engineers and production companies. After I took the class, I found the console even more intriguing. One thing that stuck in my mind was actually taking it apart and looking inside at how it’s made – it’s built like a tank. Plus, with the name SSL, you can’t go wrong; that’s a great name in consoles.”

As Kaiser is part of a new breed of engineers, The Killers’ previous mix platform just wasn’t his style. “There was too much button pushing to get to certain places and it was too spread out,” he continues. “There were fader banks on either side, so I had to do a lot of left and right movements. With Live, it’s more centralized. I don’t have to move around the console and I can stay in one spot, hit one button and quickly do what I need to do.”

Kaiser, who will occasionally use other consoles for events supported by Delicate, finds SSL Live to be more convenient to work on due to its flexibility and the manner in which an engineer can customize the fader banks. “It’s very intuitive and user-friendly,” he adds. “There are a lot of options as to how you can set up SSL Live.”

The accuracy of the console also stood out to Kaiser. “Because my background is a system tech, I’m an audio measurement and phase dork,” he explains. “Some engineers might have an eight or 10 dB boost or cut on an EQ band and my thought, if you have to do that, is that something is wrong – either the wrong mic or the console isn’t doing what the engineer needs. I now find that certain things I used to do, I don’t have to do anymore because the EQ does what it says its doing. When you’re on the first band and you want a cut at 120 Hz, it actually does 120. Some consoles say they’re doing 120, but then when you actually plug it in and check, it’s not quite there. Sometimes the Q isn’t quite what it says; with this console, it’s precise.”

Another big hit was Live’s onboard effects. “Everything is built-in, the reverbs sound glorious and it’s all on board,” says Kaiser. “I don’t have to go out and buy a console and then say, ‘Okay, now I need some external piece of software or hardware to get what I want.’ Everything I need is right there in one box to make the sound how I need to make it, which makes my job easier.”

But it doesn’t just stop at the effects, the console’s all-pass filters were also a big selling point for Kaiser. “As a system tech, I use all-pass filters to align side hangs to the mains,” he explains. “Being able to have that on inputs to align a pair of kick or snare drum mics is a huge tool to get the phase just right.”

Kaiser also mentions the clarity and distinctness that each instrument has in his mix. “On other consoles, once you start adding more stuff, you hear them start to overload and hear the coherence start to go away, but not with the SSL Live. SSL definitely did their homework to make it sound as analogue as possible. This console is the most analogue-correct digital console I’ve ever encountered. It sounds phenomenal.”

The Killers recently headlined the Hangout Festival on the sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama where the console was put to the true test of the weather. Kaiser notes, “despite the heat, high humidity, wind and sandstorms that we encountered that weekend, the console was just great.”

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

3G Productions Deploys Martin Audio MLA At EDC Las Vegas

This year’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas easily earned its reputation as the world’s largest electronic music festival with seven stages, carnival rides, art installations, fireworks displays and over 400,000 in attendance.

The landmark multimedia three-day event took place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and focused on providing a total entertainment experience for EDM fans with over 70 DJs performing each day.

3G Productions of Las Vegas/Los Angeles, who once again provided audio for the event, set up a fully loaded Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker system on Stage Two (Cosmic Meadow) to deliver the power and huge amount of low end required for the shows. DJs featured on the stage included Diplo, Justin Martin, A-Trak, Chromeo, Bassnectar, Dillon Francis and Destructo, just to name a few.

The system for Cosmic Meadow stage consisted of 16 MLA and 2 MLAD enclosures per side, 12 MLA Compact per side for sidefills and 3 MLA Compact per side for front fills. More than the required amount of low end was provided by 40 MLX subs stacked one on top of the other along the front of the stage. A Yamaha CL5 console was used for Front of House and a Yamaha PM5D for Monitors.

Asked about the MLA, 3G’s Keith Conrad said, “the system performance each night was fantastic and the Martin Audio stage blew everybody away. The client (insomniac) was happy with the way MLA performed, the show was packed every day and the DJs and their engineers were really impressed with the system.

“Because Cosmic Meadow stage was facing out towards the speedway and wasn’t competing with any other stage,” Keith adds, “we got the full impact and power of the system, which was amazing. As it turned out, we didn’t even need delay towers because the coverage was so exceptional. This was due in part because of Martin Audio’s Display 2.1 modeling software.

“What makes EDC unique from other music genre festivals is the incredible amount of bass that’s required for EDM. The MLX subs were so powerful, the artists and their crews were smiling from ear to ear as soon as they turned it on.

“Of course,” Keith concludes, “we were fortunate to have our secret weapon FOH engineer Manny Perez who is definitely a veteran with MLA and knows how to tweak the system so it sounds exactly right from the low to high frequencies, which made it an ideal situation for everyone. Overall, I’d say that the system exceeded expectations from every aspect.

For more about 3G Productions, Inc., please click to www.3glp.com.

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About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

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