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Clear-Com Global Rental Group Presents Single Source Communications Solution for Demanding Productions

Industry Veteran Larry Estrin to Head the New Rental Partner Network, Maximizing Access to Intercom Systems

ALAMEDA, CALIFORNIA, JANUARY 30, 2012 – Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, has launched the Clear-Com Global Rental Group (CGRG). Through a network of experienced rental partners equipped to provide Clear-Com intercom systems for productions of any size, the new service, led by industry veteran Larry Estrin, offers greater flexibility and options for addressing customers’ communications requirements.

The CGRG comprises a hand-selected team of trained and experienced rental businesses worldwide. These partners support short-term and rapid installation needs with a full range of advanced wired and wireless production intercoms and technical support. As Director of CGRG, Estrin (who has extensive experience with events such as the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, Grammys and Academy Awards) provides rental partners with greater knowledge, skills and resources to supply the highest level of production communications. By connecting rental partners across the globe, the CGRG also gives customers local access to the most fitting communications equipment for their specific applications, whether for film and television, live performance, special events or theater.

Estrin also conducts interactive training for CGRG rental partners on spectrum planning and frequency coordination. Additionally, he facilitates the collaborative effort of rental partners to supply communications equipment and technical support for large-scale productions, including international sporting events and high-profile live performances. Estrin will continue to strengthen existing rental partner relationships, as well as broaden the CGRG by bringing additional rental businesses on board. This will enable the company to supply an even greater number of Clear-Com systems throughout the world.

“Clear-Com has a longstanding commitment to expanding and improving the daily interactions we have with our customers and partners, helping them develop their knowledge base, enhance their decision-making and achieve their goals,” says Estrin. “By combining the strengths of all rental partners in the Clear-Com Global Rental Group, customers can access every type of communications solution, as well as expertise for even the most complex productions.”

Although Estrin will be the primary facilitator of the partner-to-customer relationship, customers also have the option and convenience of directly reaching out to rental businesses through the CGRG directory. Moreover, CGRG provides customers with connections to experienced engineers and technical staff, which saves them both time and money as they will not have to cultivate the expertise internally. Further, since the CGRG is backed by Clear-Com’s sales, application engineering, marketing, product management and engineering teams, customers are assured that production communication will be optimized. Overall, customers can enjoy the intimacy of working with a local intercom rental provider while reaping the benefits offered by a much more powerful global conglomerate.

For more information on the CGRG, contact Larry Estrin at larry.estrin@clearcom.com.

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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Sound Devices to Expand Operations with Purchase of New Facility

REEDSBURG, WI, JANUARY 25, 2012 — Sound Devices, makers of production sound and video products for field production, announce the purchase of a new facility for its U.S. headquarters in Reedsburg, WI. The company is expected to relocate and settle into the 27,000-square-foot facility in the first half of 2012, where it will continue to manufacture audio mixers and recorders, and video recorders for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news, and acoustical test and measurement applications.

“This move is part of Sound Devices’ continued commitment to our customers, our community and to the marketplace,” says Jon Tatooles, managing director, Sound Devices. “It gives us the necessary room to grow, and to have all departments, including engineering, manufacturing, and sales, under one (much larger) roof. We look forward to continued success in our new home this year and beyond.”

Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the new facility will enable Sound Devices to continue its focus on designing and building new, innovative field-production products.

In addition to the improvements to logistics and operations, the newly renovated facility, which sits on 27 wooded acres, can accommodate training meetings for its sales representatives and distributors. It also has space for permanent product setups to assist in product training.

Sound Devices new facility is located at 7556 State Highway 23/33 in Reedsburg.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital recorders, portable video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering and acoustical test and measurement applications. The thirteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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The RapcoHorizon Company Is the Go-To Choice for the Clay Cooper Theatre

BRANSON, MO, JANUARY 23, 2012 – The RapcoHorizon Company (2012 NAMM Show Booth 4558, Hall C), a leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment, has been the clear choice for the Clay Cooper Theatre since January 2010. Located in Branson, MO, the Clay Cooper Theatre relies on RapcoHorizon custom splitter snakes as well as an array of instrument and microphone cables to ensure the venue’s 1,000 annual performances go off without a hitch.

Home to the Clay Cooper Country Music Express, a 22-member live show with musical and comedic acts, the Clay Cooper Theatre also hosts several national celebrity performers, with shows taking place up to seven days a week. With as many as three shows each day, the venue relies on the RapcoHorizon cables and custom snakes for reliability, durability and ease of setup — elements that are vital to perfect productions.

“With three daily shows and all of our visiting acts coming in, the theatre never stops,” says R.P. Harrell, Clay Cooper Theatre’s production manager. “There is always a complete change in the audio setup for each show and the turnaround time is very fast. Yet, with all of this going on, I’ve never had a piece of RapcoHorizon equipment fail on me. I just cannot remember a time that anything with the name RapcoHorizon on it let us down.”

The RapcoHorizon/Taylor Guitar V-cable Volume Control Cables, introduced at the 2011 NAMM Show, are used by the venue’s acoustic musicians for individual control over the volume of their instruments. RapcoHorizon’s SP Cables are used with the stage monitors to ensure clarity of tone, while microphone cables with Neutrik connectors run audio to the various microphones. These cables and connectors guarantee a clear, crisp tone while rejecting interference and electrical hum, which is important in any live application. DMX lighting cables supply the perfect amount of power for the theatre’s lighting needs during productions. With the abundance of RapcoHorizon cables in use, the Clay Cooper Theatre relies on custom 56-channel XLR splitter snakes, XLR and TRS sub snakes as well as direct boxes from the company to ensure a neat, organized stage. With such a wide variety of RapcoHorizon equipment being used, the Clay Cooper Theatre is ensured dependable performance and resilience during every show.

“We use RapcoHorizon equipment both in the theatre and when the Clay Cooper Country Music Express goes on tour and we could not be more elated with the products,” concludes Harrell. “I’m totally sold; we were looking for reliability and performance and that’s exactly what we got.”

The RapcoHorizon equipment has been some of the most heavily used equipment in the Clay Cooper Theatre. Based on a recommendation by country music icon Neal McCoy’s house audio engineer, Daryl Johnson, during a performance at the venue, Harrell chose RapcoHorizon for all his cabling needs.

The Clay Cooper Theatre is a 1,250 seat venue located on Highway 76 in Branson, MO. Boasting a 50’ x 27’ main stage with two side stages positioned at a 45 degree angle to the crowd, each with a projection screen, the theatre puts on shows that are both visually and aurally exciting. The show season runs March 10 through December 9 with five additional performances being held between Christmas and New Year’s. The off-season runs January through February while the Clay Cooper Country Music Express show is on tour. In 2012, the Clay Cooper Theatre looks to bring a new morning show, “Red, Hot…& Blue!” and a new afternoon show, “The Rankin Brothers,” to audiences. For more information, visit http://www.claycoopertheatre.com/.

The RapcoHorizon Company, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theatre, data and telecommunications cable in both bulk wire and assemblies. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, The RapcoHorizon Company’s products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance. The company’s state-of-the-art Custom Shop can modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need. For more information, please visit The RapcoHorizon Company’s Web site at www.rapcohorizon.com.

Auralex Presents SonoFlat Grid at the 2012 NAMM Show

Panels Designed to Help Improve Common Acoustical Issues Including Excessive Reverberation and Flutter Echo in Small- to Medium-Sized Areas

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 23, 2012 — Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, highlights its new SonoFlat Grid panels at the 2012 NAMM Show (Hall A, Booth 6798).

A new take on its popular SonoFlat product, each Auralex SonoFlat Grid measures 2ft. x 2ft. x 2in. and is composed of nine 8in. x 8in. beveled squares. Made from Auralex’s proprietary Studiofoam, these panels offer the impressive mid- and high-frequency absorption that the original SonoFlat panels are known for, as well as the elegant look that makes them a great addition to any studio or home theater.

“The SonoFlat Grid was developed out of our clients’ desires to have a price-conscious foam solution with a completely unique, modern appeal aesthetically,” says Mike Buratto, acoustical engineer at Auralex Acoustics. “We were able to achieve this with improved low-frequency performance over our more classic Studiofoam cuts.”

The new SonoFlat Grid Panels’ unique design makes them appropriate for both studio and home theater applications. The panels are available in charcoal coloring and are made from Auralex’s melamine-free formula, which won’t crumble with age.

About Auralex Acoustics, Inc.
Located in Indianapolis, Auralex Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies.

Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex Web site at www.auralex.com. Auralex can be reached via email at auralexinfo@auralex.com or by calling 1-800-959-3343.

DPA Introduces New Headset Option For Popular d:fine Series Microphones At The 2012 NAMM Show

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 20, 2012 — DPA Microphones, the manufacturer of high level reference and headset microphones, is pleased to introduce an enhanced, dual-ear headset for its popular DPA d:fine directional and omnidirectional headset microphones at The 2012 NAMM Show (Booth 6996). Designed to meet the needs of active live theatre, music video production, concert sound, etc., the d:fine series dual-ear headset mic is now ready to take on the most rigorous and energetic performance applications, while delivering the world-class sound quality expected of a DPA microphone. The new dual-ear headset is available in three sizes.

“When we first introduced the d:fine headset microphones series to the live sound market, it was embraced by the industry as a condenser headset that could provide exceptional sound quality in the most challenging acoustic environments with a wonderfully simple and secure single-ear mount,” says Jarrod Renaud, Sales & Marketing for DPA Microphones, Inc. “With our new dual-ear headset, which is available in three sizes to fit everyone from a 10-year old performer to an adult musician, users can rely on d:fine to stay in place, bringing uninterrupted performance excitement to the audience for live sound and video projects that might include extreme dance and hip hop segments, for example.”

In a world that is increasingly video-oriented, from live action reality TV and theatre presentations to sporting events and bands producing videos for YouTube (and everything in between) the dual-ear headset for the d:fine headset microphone provides worry-free performance in the most exacting situations. While the d:fine capsule delivers the sound, through a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20kHz ± 2dB and a maximum peak handling capacity of 144 dB before clipping, the dual-ear headset delivers confidence that the mics will stay in place. Additionally, as the microphone isn’t hard-wired into the headset, the cable can be replaced easily and inexpensively. All d:fine models come in beige, brown, black and a fancy lime color and are slim line for a low visibility profile.

“With the advent of the d:fine headset microphone, the serious band or performing group can now have an ultra-professional headworn microphone within reach to bring their performance to the next level,” continues Renaud. “With the new dual-ear headset option, the same performers can reliably add increased athletics and dance moves, assured the show or presentation will run smoothly.”

About DPA:
DPA Microphones A/S is a leading manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

DPA to Showcase New 2000 Series Reference Microphone Capsules at 2012 NAMM Show

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 20, 2012 — Building on the success of its flagship 4000 Series Reference Standard Microphones, DPA Microphones, the manufacturer of high level reference and headset microphones, is showcasing the new 2000 Series MMC2006 Omni and MMC2011 Cardioid microphone capsules at The 2012 NAMM Show (Booth 6996). Designed to bring the exceptional performance of the 4000 Series to a wider audience, the new 2000 Series incorporates the same capsule technology found in the company’s entire line of miniature microphones, but pairs it with the 4000 Series microphone bodies. The new modular series is offered at an attractive price point, allowing studios, sound companies and live performing groups the opportunity to own a high-level DPA product.

“We have taken our pioneer miniature condenser capsules and engineered them into two new capsules for our modular microphone system,” says Jarrod Renaud, Sales & Marketing for DPA Microphones, Inc. “These capsules offer outstanding performance and bring DPA’s sonic integrity within reach of every serious engineer, artist or studio owner. The MMC2006 and MMC2011 Twin Diaphragm capsules are interchangeable with our standard 4000 series capsules and microphone preamps, so a 2000 Series user can upgrade to the higher level 4000 Series capsules at a later date, if desired.”

Both the MMC2006 and MMC2011 encapsulate two opposite-facing 4060 omnidirectional miniature diaphragms to form a single-capsule, twin-diaphragm design, which reduces noise while enhancing sensitivity. The MMC2011 benefits from DPA’s interference tube design experience gained through its pioneering DPA 5100 Mobile 5.1 Surround Microphone. The interference tube technology ensures the integrity of the MMC2011 cardioid pattern.

The omnidirectional MMC2006 offers a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz with a soft roll-off below 50 Hz and typical 3 dB soft boost at 14 kHz, ± 2 dB. The cardioid MMC2011 capsule is a pressure gradient type with interference tube, offering an exceptionally flat frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz with a 3 dB soft boost at 12 kHz, ± 2 dB, at 30 cm. Both capsules can be used with DPA’s MMP-A Preamplifier, MMP-B Preamp with low cut and high boost functions and the MMP-C Compact Preamp.

About DPA:
DPA Microphones A/S is a leading manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

The RapcoHorizon Company Features DesignVision at the 2012 NAMM Show

Featured Software Tool Facilitates the Creation of Professional Drawings of Custom Panels and More for System Integrators and A/V installers

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 20, 2012 ― The RapcoHorizon Company, a leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment, is featuring DesignVision, a panel design program created specifically for the company’s network of professional systems integrators, dealers and contractors, at the 2012 NAMM Show (Booth 4558, Hall C). The software allows The RapcoHorizon Company’s professional network to create expert quality custom installation diagrams for A/V installation projects.

Perfect for companies that specify audio and video in permanent installation projects, DesignVision features a simple interface that enables someone with no computer aided design (CAD) experience to create CAD-like setups of custom rack panels, wall plates and floor pocket inserts. The intuitive system speeds up the quoting process and can be downloaded to run locally on any Windows computer, which enables laptop users to access the software from anywhere – including on-site client meetings.

“With the fast-paced world we now live in, our systems integrators, dealers and contractors are always looking for the quickest and easiest way to make their clients happy,” says Darius Seabaugh, vice president of marketing for The RapcoHorizon Company. “The DesignVision software not only provides these professionals with the power of speed but it also ensures expert quality designs. All this, wrapped neatly in one easy-to-use, downloadable interface.”

To create a system design, a user simply selects the preferred panel and utilizes the drag and drop feature to place the desired connectors directly on the panel. By using a basic set of design tools, the user can even create a template for engraving.

When the drawing is complete, the dealer can email a PDF and a completely accurate price quote to the tour manager for approval. Once approved, the integrator can email the same design with its full bill of materials to their RapcoHorizon sales representative. This ensures an expedited distribution of the custom panel to the client.

“With just the click of a button, users will receive fast, accurate quotes,” continues Seabaugh. “This reduces uncertainty and increases the turnaround time that is involved with processing an order.”

The RapcoHorizon Company’s DesignVision software will be available for free download at www.rapcohorizon.com. Users will be required to have a unique login and password, which can be obtained from their RapcoHorizon representative.

The RapcoHorizon Company, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, data and telecommunications cable in both bulk wire and assemblies. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, The RapcoHorizon Company’s products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance. The company’s state-of-the-art Custom Shop can modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need. For more information, please visit The RapcoHorizon Company’s Web site at www.rapcohorizon.com.

Katy Perry’s Sold-Out “California Dreams” Tour Relies On DPA Microphones’ Headset Mics

Photo Credit: Todd Kaplan

Multiplatinum Grammy-Nominated Artist Uses the DPA 4088 for All Live Performances

LOS ANGELES, JANUARY 18, 2012 — Katy Perry’s engineering team relies on DPA Microphones’ 4088 Cardioid Headset microphones for all of the pop superstar’s live performances, including her current “California Dreams” tour. With the fast-paced, high-action set mechanics of the tour, Perry’s front-of-house engineer, Peter Keppler, needed a microphone that could adapt to any situation. The smooth design of the DPA 4088 microphone, which makes the mic almost invisible, combined with its ability to eliminate feedback and background noise, make it the ideal choice for a high-octane tour like Perry’s. more

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The RapcoHorizon Company Showcases i-Jam 3-n-1 at the 2012 NAMM Show

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 19, 2012 ― The RapcoHorizon Company, a leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment, is exhibiting the i-JAM 3-n-1 Smart Phone Interface at the 2012 NAMM Show (Booth 4558, Hall C). The i-JAM 3-n-1 is a three-in-one smart phone solution, ideal for every electric instrument player. In addition to its ability to interface with iPhone apps, such as recording and instructional play software, the i-JAM 3-n-1 also features a built-in amplifier and MP3 play along practice device. more

Grand Prize Winner Announced for “Show Us Your Auralex Room” Online Challenge

Sarasota, Florida Resident Steve Capo Earns Top Spot for Treatment of Home Recording Studio

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 18, 2012 – Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, announced today that Sarasota, Florida’s Steve Capo is the Grand Prize winner of its “Show Us Your Auralex Room” online challenge. In addition to collecting his $1,500 cash prize, Capo will be on site at the Auralex NAMM booth (Booth 6898, Hall A) throughout the 2012 NAMM Show to share the details of his experience installing Auralex products in his home recording studio. Auralex will also run a video montage of all entries to the challenge at the show.

The online challenge, which ran from October 1 until December 15, asked users to showcase their best use of Auralex’s acoustical treatment products. Users were able to submit their entries on the Auralex Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/AuralexAcoustics). Facebook voters narrowed the entries to 15 finalists. Auralex chose Capo’s entry as the grand prize winner due to the overwhelming amount of votes he received.

“We are continually wowed by the innovative ways our customers utilize Auralex products to achieve the optimal sound quality necessary for their varying needs,” says David Fischer, CEO of Auralex Acoustics. “Steve Capo’s entry was fantastic. This challenge was a huge success for Auralex — truly a way for us to demonstrate our appreciation for the support of our customers.”

A guitarist and singer in his band, the “Stevie Capo Project,” Capo installed several Auralex acoustical treatment products, including Sheetblok-Plus, SonoFlat, SonoColumns and SonoCollars, in the sound booth, rehearsal and control rooms of his home studio in Sarasota.

“I first saw Auralex products in a music store and wanted to try them out,” says Capo. “After installing them, I was instantly able to hear the difference. Auralex is a must have product for your studio.”

About Auralex Acoustics, Inc.
Located in Indianapolis, Auralex Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies.

Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex Web site at www.auralex.com. Auralex can be reached via email at auralexinfo@auralex.com or by calling 1-800-959-3343.

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