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Auralex Enhances Dining Experience at English-Styled Restaurant and Pub in Indianapolis

Acoustic Problems Tackled From Floor to Ceiling

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, recently added better acoustics to the menu at Chatham Tap Restaurant & Pub. The English-styled restaurant and pub in Indianapolis, was recently retrofitted with Auralex ELiTE™ C44 ProPanels™. The ELiTE C44 ProPanels help absorb additional sound energy throughout the noisy pub, making speech intelligibility clearer and providing a memorable dining experience for all the senses. more

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Auralex Installed In World Music Nashville’s New Live Venue

Auralex SonoSuede HT Panels Provide Total Sound Solution and Aesthetic Decor at Tennessee Music Store

NASHVILLE, TN — Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, helped World Music Nashville, located in Nashville, TN, launch its new live music venue with the installation of Auralex SonoSuede HT™ System acoustics treatment panels throughout the space. more

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Clear-Com Tempest Improves Flexibility and Communications for San Diego Repertory Theatre

Wireless Intercom Provides Reliable and Interference-free Communications for Productions

SAN DIEGO, CA, MARCH 26, 2012 ─ Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is providing the San Diego Repertory Theatre, the resident and managing company of the Lyceum Theatre, with improved clarity and greater flexibility in its communications. The theater recently installed a four-channel Tempest2400 digital wireless system, which has promoted greater safety and higher efficiency in the production crew’s operations.

The Tempest2400 will be used for production communications for the more than 300 events and performances that are put on by the San Diego Repertory Theatre each year. Events at the Lyceum Theatre comprise meetings, musicals, festivals and tours as well as local rental and resident events. The aged wireless system formerly used by the theater had operated in a frequency that is now banned under the FCC’s wireless regulations. The Tempest2400 system, however, operates in the license-free 2.4 GHz band, which is away from the crowded spectrum to create even more room for other UHF devices to function. It is also designed with Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology, which utilizes a narrow band signal that is continually changing frequencies to powerfully burn through RF noise and interference. This allows the production crew to deliver critical cues with optimal clarity and assures the safest and best executed production possible.

“Clear communication is vital for us to carefully coordinate the moving scenery and other components involved in our events. If our communications system failed or functioned poorly, then our staff and audience may be put at risk.” explains Tom Jones, Audio Supervisor and Resident Sound Designer for San Diego Repertory Theatre. “Communications with the Tempest2400 is reliable, secure, and interference-free, enhancing safety for us all.”

The Tempest has also raised efficiency with its simple functionality. Not only is it straightforward and fast to configure, but all of the features are only a click or two away, which is critical during shows with lots of cues. Moreover, each of the four channels on the Tempest is assigned to a specific talk group. This eliminates the distraction of multiple, separate conversations on a single channel and isolates communication so that they are only between relevant parties.

In addition, the Tempest beltpacks prove to be a valuable long term investment. Since the beltpacks are made with a durable ABS co-polymer blend with a polyurethane overmold, they are highly resistant against damage from colliding with moving scenery and day-to-day usage in the theater. Also, the modular nature of the channel programming and reception functions within the base stations and beltpacks allows the San Diego Repertory Theatre to expand as their productions grow.

High performance was definitely a key factor in Jones’ choice to go with Clear-Com, but the company’s solid reputation in the industry only served to further affirm that decision. “Clear-Com is a well-known leader in the theater communications industry, and thus, there is a large amount of support infrastructure available for its systems either through Clear-Com itself or local third-party rental houses,” Jones explains. “This becomes extremely important since we need to reconfigure our communications systems to handle different types of shows. The extra support allows us to obtain compatible equipment quickly, and repair any equipment necessary in a timely fashion.”

Two Tempest 2400 base stations are installed in the theater’s sound office for the main stage theater. One base station has been set up in its smaller “Space” theater. Twelve beltpacks have been synced to all three base stations so that the crew can, at a moment’s notice, change the number of packs allocated to each stage. From the sound office, the theater’s operators also have a quick visual reference for the status of the wireless systems for each theater. Remote antenna modules are placed throughout the Lyceum Theatre complex to achieve coverage across all workspaces. The Tempest2400 is used virtually every day for anything from show runs and rehearsals to pre-production communication needs inside the theater, such as focus calls and ground to grid communications.

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com, an HME company, is the global leader in mission-critical voice communication systems for professional productions. Since 1968, Clear-Com developed and marketed a comprehensive range of analog, digital and IP-based wired and wireless intercom technologies for party-line and point-to-point communications. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communication solutions. More information about Clear-Com can be found at www.clearcom.com.

About HM Electronics, Inc. (HME)
A privately held company founded in 1971, HME has continued to be a leading provider of innovative technology focused on enhancing productivity and customer service for multiple markets including pro audio, sports, and restaurants. HME developed the first wireless intercom system for pro audio and continues to introduce exciting, cutting-edge wireless intercoms that enhance communications, increase productivity and facilitate creativity for virtually any application. HME’s comprehensive line of wireless intercoms – including the award winning PRO850 UHF and DX Series Digital Intercoms – are designed with the user in mind. In addition to pioneering the first wireless intercom for the pro audio industry, HME was the first to develop the wireless headset system for the drive-thru quick service restaurant market. More information can be found at www.hme.com.

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Clear-Com Welcomes QinMedia as Its New Distributor for the Spanish Broadcast Market

MADRID, 19 MARCH 2012 ─ Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, has recently appointed QinMedia as its new broadcast industry distributor in Spain. Furthering Clear-Com’s efforts to provide its product offerings globally, QinMedia will supply Clear-Com’s full portfolio of professional intercom products for the broadcast market, including Eclipse digital matrix systems, Concert IP-based intercoms and FreeSpeak wireless systems.

The QinMedia team comprises a group of talented people with both technical and commercial experience regarding Clear-Com products. Because of its familiarity with Clear-Com and its industry expertise, the new alignment between the companies was a natural fit as well as a solid opportunity for the Clear-Com brand to expand. To ensure greater product availability, QinMedia will carry a local stock of Clear-Com products, which will also enable a faster turnaround as well as lower costs for the broadcast customers in Spain. QinMedia will also provide thoroughly trained technical staff to assist in after-sales support and provide customer service.

“QinMedia is a fairly new company, but the professional team has been supporting Clear-Com for many years, with my personal relationship with the company beginning in 1993,” says Jose María Alvarez González, General Manager for QinMedia. “Today, we’re excited to join Clear-Com in providing the wireless, Intercom-over-IP and wired intercom solutions that can integrate with the Eclipse platform. These are remarkable capabilities, which we choose to highlight when promoting Clear-Com in the marketplace. Clear-Com Concert is already widely adopted in the Spanish market, as IP communications is seen as the intercom solution of the future.”

A distributor for such professional broadcast brands as Harris and Envivio, QinMedia will offer Clear-Com intercom solutions in conjunction with other technologies to create a complete solution for customers looking for high-quality systems. QinMedia was founded by a team of experienced audio professionals who have worked together in the Broadcast Market for more than 20 years. The team has been selling Clear-Com for most of their careers to all major Spanish broadcast customers, including TVE, Televisió de Catalunya, Sogecable, Mediaset and Canal Sur. QinMedia is dedicated to providing high-class hardware and software solutions and services to broadcast users that require high value systems for demanding daily use.

“We’re pleased to share in the growth of QinMedia’s new business ventures,” says Richard Palmer, Regional Sales Manager at, Clear-Com. “The company is made up of many established industry professionals and their extensive experience in supporting the Spanish market offers an unparalleled opportunity for Clear-Com to gain exposure in the country’s broadcast market. This will enable us to introduce Clear-Com to an even greater pool of industry professionals.”

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

About HM Electronics, Inc. (HME)
A privately held company founded in 1971, HME has continued to be a leading provider of innovative technology focused on enhancing productivity and customer service for multiple markets including pro audio, sports, and restaurants. HME developed the first wireless intercom system for pro audio and continues to introduce exciting, cutting-edge wireless intercoms that enhance communications, increase productivity and facilitate creativity for virtually any application. For more information, please visit www.hme.com.

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Clear-Com Wins Vote at Conservative Political Action Conference

Convention Gains Momentum with Clear Communications from Tempest Wireless Intercom

WASHINGTON, DC MARCH 7, 2012 ─ Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is pleased to announce that CMI Communications, a premier convention and meeting company delivering full production services and technologies, utilized Clear-Com’s reliable wireless intercom for the event production of the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Clear-Com’s Tempest2400 2.4 GHz wireless system proved to be an intercom solution above reproach, offering immaculate coverage and superb clarity in the RF hostile conference environment.

The Tempest2400 operated flawlessly to enable backstage communications for the production team at the CPAC venue. The four-channeled Tempest wireless beltpacks were employed by the show lead, technical director, and A2 to coordinate the smooth procession of high-level political figures and important speakers from the green rooms, the areas where they prepared for their presentation, to the large ballroom, where the speeches were given. Despite the RF saturated site, dense walls, and plethora of equipment, Tempest consistently provided a clear signal for the crew between the green rooms and main show floor.

“When it comes to wireless frequencies, the spectrum in Washington D.C is very crowded. With the number of television crews coming to the CPAC event with their own wireless systems, it would have been practically impossible for us to use a UHF communications system,” says Nathan Pocock, Audio Engineer, CMI Communications. “We were only considering a 2.4 GHz intercom and yet, several that we initially tried did not function well because of interference. However, because of the Tempest’s advanced RF technology, we had complete audio clarity and full wireless coverage in all our workspaces, even within that frequency band.”

2.4 GHz was an already congested band in the CPAC site with the huge number of consumer devices, wireless routers, and equipment from the hotel and broadcast crews that were operating in that range. Nonetheless, the Tempest2400, designed with Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology, utilizes a narrow band signal that is continually changing frequencies to powerfully burn through RF noise and interference, optimizing sound quality for CMI Communications. In addition, the 2xTX technology of the Tempest sends all voice communications data twice, one from each antenna, to further assure uninterrupted, high quality audio communications.

“There doesn’t seem to be another product like the Tempest2400 in the 2.4 GHz spectrum. The system is loaded with value-added features,” adds Pocock. “With most other products, the channels on the wireless beltpacks share a linked volume. Each channel on the Tempest2400 beltpacks, however, had its own independent volume so that you can control the levels for the talk and listen. Each beltpack was also customizable and the auto-nulling got rid of extraneous noise on the communication system. The Tempest is definitely a system I would use again in future productions.”

The 39th annual Conservative Political Action Conference, a project of the American Conservative Union, was held February 9th-11th, 2012. CPAC brought together thousands of grassroots conservatives and conservative leaders together for blockbuster speeches, policy discussions and networking opportunities to strengthen the conservative movement. CMI Communications coordinated the entire production for the 2012 CPAC, including lighting, video, audio, staging, design, along with communications, and has been doing so for nearly a decade.

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider of professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

About HM Electronics, Inc. (HME)
A privately held company founded in 1971, HME has continued to be a leading provider of innovative technology focused on enhancing productivity and customer service for multiple markets including pro audio, sports, and restaurants. HME developed the first wireless intercom system for pro audio and continues to introduce exciting, cutting-edge wireless intercoms that enhance communications, increase productivity and facilitate creativity for virtually any application. For more information, please visit www.hme.com.

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Solid State Logic Congratulates – And Thanks – This Year’s Grammy Winners

More than 80% of Grammy winning music projects involved artists, producers or engineers who use SSL music and broadcast consoles

OXFORD, UK – Solid State Logic congratulates all those who took home an award at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony. The company is extremely proud that more than 80 percent of the winning projects in the categories that recognise the quality of recorded music involved artists, producers or engineers who regularly use SSL consoles.

This is also the first year that a Grammy winning broadcast has been recorded using one of SSL’s broadcast consoles, which the company first launched in 2003. The Grammy for Best Opera Recording went to Metropolitan Opera (the Met) for its live HD transmission and DVD recording of Doctor Atomic by composer John Adams. This performance was part of the Metropolitan Opera’s The Met: Live in HD series, in which operas are broadcast live to theatres around the world and subsequently broadcast on PBS. The music production for all of the Met’s live television and radio broadcasts is done use using SSL’s C100 HDS digital broadcast console, installed in 2008 at the Met.

“It’s great to see so many talented artists, producers and engineers across all genres being recognised for the music they create and it’s particularly exciting to have one of our broadcast consoles involved in the awards for the first time,” says Piers Plaskitt, CEO of SSL, Inc. “Everyone at SSL who’s involved in bringing a console into being takes great pride in their work – they also take pride in the work of the engineers, producers and artists who use our consoles.”

Here is what some of this year’s winners have to say about SSL:

John Kerswell, audio operations director for the Metropolitan Opera, whose recording of John Adams’ Doctor Atomic was a Grammy winner for Best Opera Recording:

“We installed SSL’s C100 console in 2008. The Met has such a busy schedule, and we often rehearse one show in the afternoon and open for a different show in the evening, so the C100’s instant recall lets us turnaround our setup very quickly, which is a huge benefit. With input counts as high as Doctor Atomic’s ninety-two, the C100 makes recording live productions quite manageable and we depend on it for the Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD series. You can always hear the quality of an SSL as demonstrated in this recording.”

Ken Lewis, who produced, arranged and performed on the album Watch The Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West), which picked up a Grammy for Best Rap Performance as well as two more Grammys – Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song – for the song All of the Lights (Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie):

“If I’m creating music for artists like Kanye, Drake or Eminem, SSL is capturing the sound. I have earned credits on ten Grammy Nominations in the last two years and my SSL was used for every one of them.”

Martin Walters, mixing engineer, and Terri Lyne Carrington, whose album The Mosaic Project won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album:

“In both tracking and mixing of The Mosaic Project, Solid State Logic channel strips and plug-ins played an important role in achieving the sound we were going for.”

F. Reid Shippen, one of the mix engineers for Chris Tomlin’s And If Our God is For Us, which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:

“I’m fortunate to have shared the privilege of my seventh Grammy award with the amazing team behind Chris Tomlin. Every record I’ve ever mixed has been on an SSL – the best mixing board on the planet.”

Links
The Met: Live in HD: www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/liveinhd/LiveinHD.aspx
Ken Lewis: www.iproducemusic.com
Terri Lyne Carrington: www.terrilynecarrington.com/
L. Reid Shippen: www.robotlemon.com/indexa.html

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Y & Co Expands Its Rental Inventory with Clear-Com’s Eclipse Matrix Intercoms

PARIS, 23 FEBRUARY 2012 ─ Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is pleased to announce that Y & Co has extended its hire inventory of intercom equipment with two new Clear-Com Eclipse Matrix systems, namely the Eclipse-Median and Eclipse-Pico Digital Matrix, along with the V-Series and ICS user control panels. This additional investment signals Y & Co’s confidence in Clear-Com intercoms’ capabilities to serve the growing live events and broadcast production needs.

A loyal Clear-Com user in France since its opening in 1989, Y & Co is a leading rental company providing audio solutions to live event facilities, tour groups and broadcasters. As a member of the Clear-Com Global Rental Group, Y & Co already supplies a portfolio of Clear-Com intercom systems including partyline systems, HME DX200, HME PRO850 and Tempest2400 wireless systems. In addition, Y & Co’s technical staff are well-trained in Clear-Com technology to provide high-quality equipment installation and support.

Since the purchase of Eclipse Digital Matrix Systems, the company has already rented out the intercom systems to several important events and performances throughout the country. These include Excalibur au Stade de France (Excalibur at the French Stadium), the Convention Renault in Seville and La Fête du Feu à Bercy (the Fire Festival in Bercy). With the support of Clear-Com’s French distributor, Audiopole, which will provide additional intercom equipment as needed – even on short notice, Y & Co is well poised to service a greater number of large, high-profile projects.

“We are very happy to further enhance our relationship with Clear-Com and Audiopole,” says Yves Brunet, Commercial Director for Y & Co. “We have been extremely pleased with Clear-Com since the first Matrix Plus 1 product. By partnering with Audiopole to offer Clear-Com’s Eclipse systems, we are presenting our customers with an expansive set of intercom options and creating more opportunities for satisfying customer’s changing needs in the years to come.”

“By paying close attention to the needs of our users, we realised how essential it was for Clear-Com to liaise directly with rental companies,” says Karlie Miles, Director of EMEA Sales, Clear-Com. “This partnership highlights Clear-Com’s continued commitment to evolve with the ever-growing requirements of our customer base. The agreement further solidifies the relationship with Audiopole and signals a direct assurance of Clear-Com’s support for our loyal customer, Y & Co.”

Y & Co is a world-class rental company with broadcast clients such as France Télévisions and corporate users such as Euro Disney, Le Public Système and Euro Media TV. It also assists with concerts featuring famous French artists such as Mylène Farmer and Johnny Hallyday, in addition to servicing most musicals in France, including Le Roi Soleil, Mozart, Dracula and Le Roi Lion.

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com, an HME company, is the global leader in mission-critical voice communication systems for professional productions. Since 1968, Clear-Com developed and marketed a comprehensive range of analog, digital and IP-based wired and wireless intercom technologies for party-line and point-to-point communications. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communication solutions. More information about Clear-Com can be found at www.clearcom.com.

About HM Electronics, Inc. (HME)
A privately held company founded in 1971, HME has continued to be a leading provider of innovative technology focused on enhancing productivity and customer service for multiple markets including pro audio, sports, and restaurants. HME developed the first wireless intercom system for pro audio and continues to introduce exciting, cutting-edge wireless intercoms that enhance communications, increase productivity and facilitate creativity for virtually any application. HME’s comprehensive line of wireless intercoms – including the award winning PRO850 UHF and DX Series Digital Intercoms – are designed with the user in mind. In addition to pioneering the first wireless intercom for the pro audio industry, HME was the first to develop the wireless headset system for the drive-thru quick service restaurant market. More information can be found at www.hme.com.

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CLEAR-COM HME DX210 DIGITAL WIRELESS INTERCOM BRINGS DOWN THE HOUSE FOR FESTIVAL STAGE AND NORTH CAROLINA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

HME DX210’s Flawless Communications Raise Production Value for Organizations

HIGH POINT, NC, FEBRUARY 22, 2012 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is pleased to announce that the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival (NCShakes), and its affiliate, Festival Stage of Winston Salem, are utilizing a Clear-Com HME DX210 digital wireless intercom to coordinate productions. The HME DX210 gives the busy Festival Stage and NCShakes production staff members the freedom and flexibility they need to manage events without a hitch, raising their overall production value.

Clear-Com’s HME DX210 helps the Festival Stage and NCShakes staff members collaborate more effectively on a variety of duties and responsibilities. The wide coverage range of the HME DX210 enables workers to move around the backstage freely and quickly without being tied to one position. Furthermore, because it is designed with Spectrum-FriendlyTM technology, the reliable wireless system operates without any RF interference, ensuring crystal-clear audio and a secure connection for the entire production team. Not only does the HME DX210 increase accessibility and wireless mobility, but it also accelerates decision making and maximized productivity. Added flexibility comes from the fact that HME DX210 system can easily integrate with any venue’s existing Clear-Com partyline and other third party systems, offering a scalable solution for the varying demands of each classic and contemporary theater performance.

“Previously, we had a set of small hand-held two-way radios. There were several times when people had to get on their cell phones to communicate because there were so many dropouts. That’s unacceptable,” says Tim Kottyan, Technical Director at Festival Stage of Winston-Salem and North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. “We just used the Clear-Com HME DX210 along with the High Point Theatre’s Encore partyline for our annual production of A Christmas Carol and it was amazing. It was simple to get them up and running right away. With multiple communication paths available from both our wired and wireless Clear-Com systems, our lighting designer and master electrician board ops could talk on separate channels via the Encore while stage management and the backstage crew had their own dedicated talk paths on the HME DX210. The combined solution has worked flawlessly to meet our production requirements.”

Kottyan and his team installed the HME DX210 base station, beltpacks, headsets and adaptors along with a power conditioner and rack-mounted lighting unit, in a portable road case for effortless travel with it between the Festival Stage of Winston-Salem and NCShakes venues. Once at a venue, the equipment is integrated with the house system. During productions, booth positions generally used the wired intercom while the run crew backstage conversed using the wireless beltpacks.

Festival Stage of Winston-Salem and the NCShakes team members have been impressed by the portability and durability of the HME DX210 system. In fact, NCShakes is planning to use it for the Shakespeare To Go troupe, which travels throughout North Carolina and other states, to put on Shakespeare productions for school students. Roughly 25,000 students in all of North Carolina’s counties watch the plays each year, and Kottyan is confident that the rugged HME DX210 can handle the multiple productions without any problems. “It has almost bomb-proof casing,” he notes, “and I love the sealed buttons on the beltpack. The crew members like the lightweight feel of the beltpacks and how it adapts to the headsets they may already own.”

“The HME DX210 was developed with fast-paced productions such as Festival Stage of Winston-Salem and North Carolina Shakespeare Festival in mind,” says Craig Frederickson, Product Manager of the HME DX Series, Clear-Com. “As a multi-channel wireless intercom solution with a full-feature set, it’s also highly portable and easy to operate. It can also be quickly configured on the go for touring productions such as NCShakes. We’re proud that such a prestigious group of organizations has chosen our intercoms for its demanding production needs.”

NCShakes, founded in 1977, is a professional theater company dedicated to producing the world’s classics. With a mission to foster the well-being and growth of North Carolina’s people through the use of professional theater, it has put on more than 165 productions of the great classics across the state since 1977. Festival Stage of Winston-Salem is a professional theater company and affiliate of NCShakes. It currently resides at the Hanesbrands Theatre in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in downtown Winston-Salem and organizes productions, from time-tested classics to the best of new and contemporary work.

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com®, an HME company, is the global market leader in critical voice communications systems for professional productions. Since 1968, Clear-Com developed and marketed a comprehensive range of analog, digital and IP-based wired and wireless intercom technologies for party-line and point-to-point communications. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communication solutions. More information about Clear-Com can be found at www.clearcom.com.

About HM Electronics, Inc. (HME)
A privately held company founded in 1971, HME has continued to be a leading provider of innovative technology focused on enhancing productivity and customer service for multiple markets including pro audio, sports, and restaurants. HME developed the first wireless intercom system for pro audio and continues to introduce exciting, cutting-edge wireless intercoms that enhance communications, increase productivity and facilitate creativity for virtually any application. HME’s comprehensive line of wireless intercoms – including the award winning PRO850 UHF and DX Series Digital Intercoms – are designed with the user in mind. In addition to pioneering the first wireless intercom for the pro audio industry, HME was the first to develop the wireless headset system for the drive-thru quick service restaurant market. More information can be found at www.hme.com.

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Aviom’s AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System Now Available Internationally

New System Makes Digital More Flexible, Affordable for Permanent Installations and Portable Live Sound Applications

WEST CHESTER, PA, JANUARY 31, 2012 – Aviom, the exclusive developer of the world’s most powerful audio transport protocol, A-Net, is pleased to announce that the AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System is now shipping internationally (ISE Stand 3.D140). The new AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System is suitable for a wide range of permanent and portable applications, bringing the flexibility of the company’s powerful Pro64 audio network to the wall box, stage box or floor pocket.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to announce the availability of the AllFrame outside the U.S.,” says Carl Bader, president and CEO of Aviom. “We look forward to continuing to offer streamlined solutions, including the AllFrame, for all of our customers. Designed with the system designer and installer in mind, the system helps to make digital more affordable and flexible, keeping analog cabling to a minimum and reducing system complexity and labor costs.”

Based on extensive market research, the AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System eliminates several expensive and labor-intensive stages of the signal chain while reducing cable clutter, making it ideal for permanent installations such as theaters, schools, houses of worship, and conference centers, as well as touring and portable live sound applications. Each device supports Cat-5e cable runs of up to 400ft (120m) between devices, with no loss of fidelity. Since it requires only a single Cat-5e or fiber connection, the AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System eliminates the need for soldering, terminating and testing scores of analog connections as well as installing conduits and pulling separate cables for each audio signal, significantly reducing setup time.

At the heart of Aviom’s AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System is the F6 Modular I/O Frame, a multi-purpose network frame with six field-configurable I/O card slots and integrated Cat-5e and fiber optic connectivity. The F6 can be outfitted to meet the audio I/O requirements of nearly any application. The unit can be mounted on a wall or in a wall using a standard NEMA Type 1 enclosure. Using the RK6 rack-mounting kit, the F6 can be rack-mounted, with connectors facing the front or rear. The F6 can be powered through a four-pin XLR connector, a Euroblock connector or one of the Cat-5e A-Net ports.

Another mounting kit that is now available is the SK6 Stage Kit, which allows for AllFrame I/O boxes to be used as drop-boxes on stage. The SK6 provides an enclosure for the AllFrame to be used as a stage box in live applications—a perfect solution for touring and portable live sound applications. What’s more, for installations that use Power Over A-Net, the POA80 Power Over A-Net Power Supply has recently been updated to offer superior protection against voltage surges and to deliver enhanced flexibility for users.

“Our customers will appreciate the fact that the AllFrame can be used in conjunction with the complete line of Pro64 audio networking products and Pro16 Series Personal Mixers,” adds Bader. “Because Pro64 supports any combination of serial and parallel wiring topologies without affecting signal flow at any point, I/O points can be placed anywhere the application requires. This simplifies design and installation and gives the end user more flexibility.”

The system offers users multiple connectivity options via modular I/O cards. The C4m Mic/Line Input Card provides four remote-controllable analog mic- or line-level inputs. With the same mic preamp circuitry found in Aviom’s 6416m Mic Input Module, the C4m provides clean, transparent, archival-quality sound. Preamps on the C4m can be controlled from an MCS Mic Control Surface, select Yamaha digital consoles or Pro64 Network Manager software. The C4o Output Card provides four XLR analog outputs with variable output levels. For those looking to stay digital throughout the signal chain, there will be a C4dio Digital I/O Card with 4×4 AES3 I/O with Word Clock I/O.

Aviom pioneered personal mixing with its Pro16 Monitor Mixing System and continues to break new ground with the revolutionary Pro64 Series of audio networking products. With tens of thousands of products in the field today, Aviom has set the standard for high performance, scalable digital solutions. All Aviom systems harness the power of A-Net, Aviom’s innovative digital audio technology that simplifies system design while enhancing flexibility and fidelity. All Aviom products are designed, tested, and manufactured in the USA. For more information, visit www.Aviom.com.

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Clear-Com Highlights Upgrades to Concert at ISE 2012

AMSTERDAM, 31 JANUARY 2012 ─ Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, will showcase Concert Version 2.6 at ISE 2012 (Stand 11.D76). Designed specifically to allow collaborative workgroups to instantly and reliably communicate privately over LAN, WAN and Internet applications on Windows or Mac computers, the IP-based intercom software now provides an even greater range of features and options.

The Concert software is perfect for all production applications as it enables users to quickly and easily contact other team members who are shown to be ‘available’ for a call or text messaging. With the latest upgrade, other user statuses are also revealed – ‘already on a call’, ‘currently in production’ or ‘monitoring an audio feed.’ Unique to Concert, multiple conference sessions and/or texting sessions can occur simultaneously.

Another added convenience offered by the system is the ability for users to speak directly into their laptop’s existing microphone. The built-in ambient echo and feedback canceller feature eliminates the need for an external headset. This function can also be manually deactivated if needed. A “no audio” warning message, which informs a user when there is no audio detected from the microphone, is an additional bonus feature.

Concert can easily interface with external audio systems – including partyline systems, paging systems, program feeds and other matrix systems – using a four-wire interface over a standard IP network, which provides a seamless communications network.

Due to the current trend for broadcast stations to adopt multi-site infrastructures, the need for intercom-over-IP solutions, such as Concert, will become increasingly prevalent, as it helps to bridge the communications gap between remote studios. Given the latest advancements in Concert, markets that have relied on the system – including corporate, education and healthcare – will have the ability to collaborate even more effectively on a facility-wide, national and global scale.

To meet the growing demands of users, Clear-Com will now offer Concert in both full pre-loaded server and software-only options. Further, the upgrade includes two licensing alternatives – a lifetime perpetual license key, with the opportunity to add a software maintenance agreement, or an annual subscription with 12-month license key.

Concert Version 2.6 is compatible with the Mac OSX (Leopard or Snow Leopard) and Windows 7 or XP operating systems.

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

About HM Electronics, Inc. (HME)
A privately held company founded in 1971, HME has continued to be a leading provider of innovative technology focused on enhancing productivity and customer service for multiple markets including pro audio, sports, and restaurants. HME developed the first wireless intercom system for pro audio and continues to introduce exciting, cutting-edge wireless intercoms that enhance communications, increase productivity and facilitate creativity for virtually any application. For more information, please visit www.hme.com.

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