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BenQ Appoints FineEye Color Solutions as Official Distributor for PG Color Management Monitor Series

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Jan. 14, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of professional graphics monitors, today announced the appointment of FineEye Color Solutions of Grand Rapids, Mich., as an official distributor for the BenQ Professional Graphics (PG) series of certified color management monitors. Following the successful launch of the PG2401PT in Sept. 2013, BenQ is extending its commitment to serving digital imaging, graphics, and print media professionals with superior products and support.

FineEye Color Solutions is the result of a Sept. 2009 merger between Chromaticity Inc. of Grand Rapids and FineEye Color Solutions of Mountain View, Calif. Chromaticity was founded in 1997 as a color technology professional services provider serving the printing and publishing industry. FineEye Color Solutions was formed as a software start-up to deliver the first truly user-simple and press-reliable solution to complex color reproduction challenges still widely encountered in today’s commercial print production. With its deep roots in inkjet media and the color reproduction process, FineEye Color Solutions provides revolutionary new core technology offering sales, marketing, support, and distribution expertise to the print and graphics industry.

“FineEye Color Solutions’ experience and expertise in proofing and color management is world class,” said John Sweeney, Business Development Manager for BenQ. “They have an excellent track record in helping launch new color technologies to the graphics industry and we’re looking forward to a mutually beneficial partnership as we raise awareness of our new PG Series of monitors purposely built for the creative class.”

Made specifically for creative professionals such as photographers, graphic designers, color retouchers, and printers requiring accurate and consistent on-screen color matching, the new BenQ PG Series provides reliable, printing-certified soft proofing precision at an incredibly affordable price. The self-calibrating PG2401PT 24-inch monitor covers 100 percent CMYK, 99 percent of the Adobe(R) RGB color space, and is designed to take advantage of today’s most popular cloud-based color proofing services, such as Adobe’s Creative Cloud(TM) and PantoneLIVE(TM). To further ensure that on-screen colors visually match off-the-press colors for accurate reproduction, the PG2401PT is FograCert Softproof Monitor certified, as well as SWOP(R) and GRACoL(R) certified by the IDEAlliance(R).

“The BenQ PG series monitors make color-accurate soft proofing truly affordable and reliable,” said Peder Nelson, President of FineEye Color Solutions. “We are excited to represent and promote BenQ in the U.S. market, and champion what we have termed the Soft Proofing 2.0 movement. From the photographer, to the designer and color retoucher, and all the way to the press, everyone in the supply chain will be viewing color the same way, eliminating costly and time consuming intermediate proofs.”

Available now at $999, BenQ’s PG2401PT monitor includes a free hood and is offered with the X-Rite(R) Pro calibrator.

More information on BenQ’s full line of products can be found at www.BenQ.us.

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About FineEye Color Solutions
FineEye Color Solutions, Inc. is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based software development company focused on creating cutting edge color technologies for print and imaging. For more information, visit the website at www.fineeyecolor.com.

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 engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand worldwide, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. 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 projectors, flat-panel displays, and monitors 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.

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.

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Core Brands Honored With 2013 Most Innovative Product Award From Sound & Video Contractor

Panamax(R)/Furman(R) Vertex VT-EXT Vertical Power Strip Wins Bold Engineering 2013 Award

PETALUMA, Calif. — Jan. 14, 2014 — Core Brands(R) today announced that its Panamax(R)/Furman(R) Vertex VT-EXT vertical power strip for A/V racks has been named one of the industry’s Most Innovative Products of 2013 by Sound & Video Contractor (SVC) magazine. As one of only 30 solutions to receive the magazine’s prestigious Bold Engineering 2013 award, the Vertex VT-EXT was chosen by SVC readers from a broad array of submissions.

“Our thanks go out to the readers of SVC, who recognize innovation can also come in the form of a product that simply makes our jobs easier,” said John Benz, director of power and accessories, Core Brands. “The unique and ingenious design of the VT-EXT vertical power strip saves significant installation time and costs, while providing critical protection and filtration for costly equipment.”

Ideal for bringing order to equipment racks in busy A/V facilities, the Vertex VT-EXT offers eight outlets including three with transformer spacing. Mounting clips with plastic spacers allow the strip to be mounted vertically to an equipment rack, which helps prevent ground loop issues. This vertical orientation enables integrators to use component power cords of various lengths to save space, eliminate cord clutter and reduce installation time and costs. Additionally, the unit features a detachable 10-foot power cord that can easily be swapped out for a shorter cord.

The Vertex VT-EXT can be used as a stand-alone power strip or as an extension of an existing Panamax/Furman power management component, further extending Panamax and Furman’s advanced protection and filtration technologies to deliver clean, safe power to connected equipment.

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About Panamax(R)/Furman(R)
Panamax(R) and Furman(R) have been international leaders in providing award-winning, innovative power management products for more than 35 years. Their power and energy management products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance, providing longevity to the components connected while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. Together — as part of Panamax LLC — Panamax and Furman address all major electronic markets, including home theater, professional audio and music, broadcasting, audio/video recording, OEM and office equipment. Panamax/Furman’s cloud-based power and energy management platform, BlueBOLT(R), sets a new industry standard in ease of installation and use. The company is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network and through select retail outlets. More information is available at www.panamax.com and www.furmansound.com.

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Panamax and Furman are part of Core Brands(R), LLC, a Nortek company. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of iconic audio, power management, and control brands into a single business unit that includes the ATON(R), BlueBOLT(R), ELAN(R), Furman(R), Korus(TM), Niles(R), Panamax(R), Proficient(R), SpeakerCraft(R), Sunfire(R) and Xantech(R) brands.

Nortek Inc. (NASDAQ: NTK) is a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

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RTI Introduces Two-Way Driver for Top-Ranked Venstar ColorTouch Programmable Thermostats

RTI and Venstar(R) Partner to Create New Driver That Allows Users to Control and Receive Feedback From Popular Touchscreen Thermostats on RTI Control Interfaces

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Jan. 14, 2014 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced the availability of a new two-way driver that allows users to control and receive feedback from the Venstar(R) ColorTouch(R) residential (T5800/T5900) and commercial (T6800/T6900) color touchscreen, programmable thermostats on their two-way enabled RTI control system. For installers, the driver makes it simple to integrate these top-ranked thermostats into an automation system, providing their clients with a single, customized control interface for their entire home or commercial facility.

ColorTouch thermostats are multifunctional, simple-to-use, programmable touchscreen thermostats that provide users with easy access to temperature and heating/cooling status, humidity control support, energy usage information, and conservation options. Compatible with virtually every type of heating and air conditioning system and packed with user-friendly features, the thermostats offer simple configuration, free Skyport(TM) Cloud support for remote access, one-touch “Home” and “Away” buttons, Supply Air Alerts, and much more.

Offering the sleek look of a digital picture frame, ColorTouch thermostats are completely customizable. Users can choose how their environmental information is displayed and easily program a schedule to reduce energy for unoccupied periods. In addition, they can personalize the thermostats’ appearance for their home or commercial facility. The units are available in white. Black, silver, and wood grain faceplates to match any room’s décor are available, while up to 100 photos or graphics can be posted on the screen for use as a custom screensaver and wallpaper.

With RTI’s new driver, residential and commercial users have a slick interface that allows them to receive feedback from their ColorTouch thermostat and view it on their RTI user interface — including temperature, humidity levels, and energy usage information — and make quick adjustments to their environmental and conservation settings from anywhere within a home or facility. In addition, with the RTiPanel application, users can control the thermostat and all other home electronic systems from virtually anywhere in the world, without having to switch between apps on their mobile devices.

“We are very excited to add Venstar’s ColorTouch thermostats to our rapidly growing list of two-way drivers for home and facility automation,” said Pete Baker, vice president of sales and marketing for RTI. “Venstar’s ColorTouch thermostats are rated at the top of their category by Consumer Reports, are affordably priced, and are sold exclusively through professional distributors in the custom install and HVAC markets. For all of these reasons, they have become incredibly popular and trusted devices, and we couldn’t be happier that our dealers can now easily integrate them into their customers’ automation systems for more convenient control than ever before.”

“Venstar is pleased to partner with RTI and enable this powerful integration between our ColorTouch thermostats and RTI’s home automation platform,” said Steve Dushane, CEO of Venstar. “Together, we are giving homeowners a single access point to control and manage every aspect of their home, including energy usage and costs.”

Joining RTI’s previously released two-way HVAC drivers for Aprilaire(R), Lutron(R), Radio Thermostat Company of America, and more, the ColorTouch driver is compatible with all RTI XP control processors. Using the latest version of RTI’s award-winning programming software, installers can provide their clients with a completely customized, intuitive control experience in a drag-and-drop programming environment.

The ColorTouch driver is available now on the RTI dealer website.

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About Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI)
Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) is a leading control systems manufacturer offering innovative, sophisticated, and user-friendly devices for professionally installed electronic systems. The company’s wide array of award-winning handheld and in-wall universal controllers, central processors, audio distribution systems, and accessories are marketed exclusively through a worldwide network of professional integrators. For complete control and monitoring over electronic systems from virtually anywhere in the world, the power of RTI is available on iPhone(R), iPod touch(R), iPad(R), and Android(TM) devices through the company’s RTiPanel application, just as the award-winning RTI Virtual Panel program offers access and control via any PC running Microsoft(R) Windows(R). All RTI solutions are programmed through the company’s world-renowned Integration Designer(R) software, easily allowing dealers to provide a completely customizable user interface for intuitive command over the entire electronics system.

Founded in 1992 with a committed focus on the custom installation market, RTI offers a number of award-winning support and incentive programs to its dealers, including educational opportunities through the Advanced Control University (ACU), and the popular Control Bucks and Dealer Accommodation programs. In addition, through RTI’s Integration Partner Program, the company has reached out to manufacturers across the industry to ensure that RTI products integrate seamlessly with a wide variety of components and systems.

Additional information on RTI and its innovative control solutions is available at www.rticorp.com.

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New Dual Multiplexing Encoder From Drake Enables HD Digital Signage With Single-Unit Solution

DSE 2 PLUS Encodes Analog and Digital Inputs, Yields Multiplexed QAM Output, Offers Bandwidth Savings and Cost-Effective Distribution of HD Video Channels Over Legacy Networks

MIAMISBURG, Ohio — Jan. 14, 2014 — R.L. Drake today announced the release of its DSE 2 PLUS dual multiplexing encoder designed specifically for digital signage applications. Combining encoding and QAM modulation capabilities within a single, stand-alone unit, the DSE 2 PLUS can also be deployed to simplify HD video distribution for various applications across the worship, education, healthcare, government, and hospitality markets. The encoder will be on display in Drake’s booth 513 at the 2014 NCTC Winter Education Conference, Feb. 17-18 in Tampa, Fla.

“The DSE 2 PLUS is a simple-to-operate, reliable, and attractively priced solution for any organization planning to distribute more than one HD channel,” said Andy Ruffin, vice president of sales at Drake. “Handling multiple input types and offering both encoding and modulation capabilities, the DSE 2 PLUS makes it easy to launch or expand digital HD program delivery. Users imagine and create the content, and the DSE 2 PLUS looks after the rest.”

The DSE 2 PLUS digitally encodes two uncompressed HDMI, high-resolution component video or VGA inputs to MPEG-2 or MPEG-4/H.264, and then uses an internal multiplexing QAM modulator and low-noise upconverter to enable distribution of two HD channels over existing legacy fiber and coaxial networks. The bandwidth savings provided by the encoder allow users either to double the HD channels they can deliver, or to cut by half the bandwidth required to deliver multiple channels. As a result, DSE 2 PLUS users can leverage existing networks of digital HD displays to provide informational video, revenue-generating advertising, or promotional content in a vibrant high-resolution format.

Leveraging the technology and engineering expertise behind the proven Drake DSE24 digital signage encoder, the Drake DSE 2 PLUS offers superior reliability and consistent performance. The dual multiplexing encoder receives high-resolution component video, VGA, or HDMI from two separate sources and encodes these inputs to MPEG-2 or MPEG-4/H.264 at resolutions of up to 1080i. Audio is encoded to Dolby(R) Digital or the MPEG-1 Layer 2 compression format. Support for closed-captioning assures the continued accessibility of captioned content.

The encoder’s GUI-based remote network control and monitoring gives users the option of configuring and adjusting parameters either via an Ethernet connection or by using the front panel. The DSE 2 PLUS is offered as a rack-mount unit, but a desktop configuration is also available.

More information about the new Drake DSE 2 PLUS and other Drake products is available at www.rldrake.com.

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About R.L. Drake
Headquartered in Ohio, Drake is an American cable TV institution that has been designing and building innovative end-to-end communications systems and video engineering components for over 65 years. Drake Digital headends are deployed in demanding locations worldwide. Commercial, government, and MSO customers of all sizes use Drake Digital systems. Drake arms multichannel service providers with the technical solutions they need to effectively compete in the residential, enterprise, and hospitality environments.

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SMPTE Updates SMPTE-TT Standard and Recommended Practices to Assure Interoperability

Update to 2010 Versions of SMPTE-TT Documents Includes Essential Corrections and Clarification, Adds New RP for CEA-708 Mapping

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Jan. 14, 2014 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that the standards and recommended practices governing the SMPTE Timed Text (SMPTE-TT) caption format have been updated with critical corrections and edits that improve clarity and assure interoperability. SMPTE also has released a new recommended practice that addresses Consumer Electronics Association 708 (CEA-708) mapping.

“The updates to ST 2052-1 and RP 2052-10 correct and clarify text that could potentially lead to interoperability issues,” said Peter Symes, director of standards and engineering at SMPTE. “It is important that anyone using the 2010 versions of these documents be aware of these changes to SMPTE-TT.”

Adopted by the FCC as a “safe harbor interchange and delivery format,” the SMPTE-TT standard provides a means by which closed-captioning may be made available to the greatest number of media consumers. The updated SMPTE-TT documents, available for free at www.smpte.org/standards as a public service, facilitate compliance with the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) that the FCC began implementing on Jan. 1, 2014.

For previously broadcast over-the-air programming, the CVAA mandates that consumers have access to closed captions via almost every type of device — including a smartphone, tablet, personal computer, and television set-top box — that is capable of receiving or playing back video programming. This mandate affects TV stations, cable systems, broadcast and cable networks, streaming online video services, and virtually every other professional video program producer that makes television programming available online.

SMPTE ST 2052-1, the standard governing SMPTE-TT, has been updated to allow tunneled data to be located in places other than in the head of the document and to include recommendations about timebase. Updates to SMPTE RP 2052-10, the recommended practice that addresses CEA-608 mapping for conversion to SMPTE-TT, include the addition of an extensive example of real-world caption translation and clarification of the XDS metadata. In both documents, XML schema has been separated from prose, which itself has been improved and made more precise.

The new document in the SMPTE-TT family is RP 2052-11, the recommended practice that specifies mapping of the enhanced captioning data defined by CEA-708 into the SMPTE-TT format.

Further information about SMPTE and the SMPTE-TT standard is available at www.smpte.org.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world, sustain the Society. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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Harmonic Launches Partner Advantage Program

Program Provides Channel Partners With Resources to Grow Harmonic Video Delivery Infrastructure Sales, Extending Business and Profitability

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jan. 14, 2014 — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, today announced the Harmonic Partner Advantage Program, which supports the growing ecosystem of channel partners that represent Harmonic video delivery infrastructure in the marketplace. The new program provides the more than 400 global value-added resellers, solution providers, and systems integrators with valuable tools and resources, targeted sales incentives, along with technical enablement and marketing services.

“Harmonic is dedicated to providing our customers with an excellent experience at every step of the sales process, and to this end we offer our partner companies access to resources that enable them to become trusted advisors to their customers,” said Lauren Ventura, vice president, global channels, Harmonic. “In the hands of our channel partners, the tools provided by the Harmonic Partner Advantage Program serve to drive business, create new opportunities, speed the closing of deals, and increase profitability while improving pre- and post-sales services for our customers.”

Harmonic Partner Advantage Program elements give partners significant opportunities to grow their business at every stage of the sales cycle, from initial engagement through deployment and delivery of their valued services to customers. Advantage partners will receive the technical guidance, sales alignment, and enablement needed to be highly effective end-to-end solution providers for Harmonic. Partners also have access to marketing collateral and resources, technical support, a discount purchase program, and joint sales and marketing opportunities.

In conjunction with the launch of the Harmonic Partner Advantage Program, Harmonic also has unveiled the Harmonic Influencer Program, a worldwide program designed to acknowledge people who influence business decisions at its end customers. Open to independent technology consultants, the program provides partner-level access to Harmonic’s strategic direction on products and solutions. Consultants are enabled with the latest Harmonic technology and solutions, with access to other resources that provide education and updates across Harmonic’s portfolio. There is an incentive to provide technology vision and validation of Harmonic’s solutions that positively influence the outcome of a customer’s purchase decision.

Further details and information about eligibility are available at www.harmonicinc.com/partner-list.

More information about Harmonic and the company’s products is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

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About Harmonic
Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure for emerging television and video services. The company’s production-ready innovation enables content and service providers to efficiently create, prepare, and deliver differentiated services for television and new media video platforms. More information is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements related to the anticipated capabilities and benefits of the Harmonic Partner Advantage Program and the Harmonic Influencer Program. Our expectations and beliefs regarding these programs may not materialize and are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the possibility that the programs may not meet some or all of their anticipated capabilities or provide some or all of their anticipated benefits, such as enabling our partners to drive business, create new opportunities, speed the closing of deals, and increase profitability while improving sales and services for customers.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, such as those more fully described in Harmonic’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec.31, 2012, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and its Current Reports on Form 8-K. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Harmonic as of the date hereof, and Harmonic disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

EDITOR’S NOTE – Product and company names used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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Riedel Products at The 2014 NAMM Show:

RockNet Real-Time Low Latency Audio Distribution Networks
The RockNet audio distribution network is tailored to tour and installed sound applications. RockNet provides a universal solution to almost any imaginable audio distribution challenge and behaves very much like a traditional analog active split system. It conveys up to 160 24 bit/48kHz audio channels and operates in fully redundant cabling topologies on CAT5 or fiber. Designed specifically for heavy-duty road use, RockNets ruggedized steel enclosures resemble the look and feel of a modular stagebox. All devices feature locking IEC connectors for the redundant power supplies. All other connectors are entirely gold-plated, and the circuit design is streamlined for ultralow noise and minimum distortion to meet the highest demands in audio quality. The 300 Series features up to 180 channels of transport, while the 100 Series handles up to 80 channels. Both feature remote gains, remote control via RockWorks, convenient front-panel operation, and up to 99 devices per network.

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RockNet Console Interfaces for SSL, Soundcraft Si, Studer, and Yamaha
Riedel provides RockNet expansion solutions with interface cards for Solid State Logic (SSL), Soundcraft, Studer, and Yamaha consoles. Next-generation firmware for the RockNet RN.334.MD MADI interface makes SSL mixing consoles an integrated part of the Riedel RockNet digital audio network, with complete remote control functionality over all gains and the flexibility of RockNet’s renowned independent gain feature. As a result, several mixing consoles can operate with the same mic preamps without affecting one other — a capability that greatly simplifies multiconsole and recording setups. Riedel’s RN.344.SI card enables integration with any Soundcraft Si Compact console, supporting 32 inputs and 32 outputs to the RockNet system. The interface enables remote control of any RockNet mic preamp and also offers the benefit of RockNet’s independent gain feature. The RN.343.VI card ensures compatibility with select Soundcraft and Studer consoles, while the RN341.MY works with select Yamaha consoles and host devices.

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Photo Caption: RockNet RN.334.MD Module for SSL Console Integration

Other Products on Display:
-MediorNet signal transport mainframes
-Artist, Performer, and Acrobat intercom systems

Company Quote:
“NAMM provides us with an excellent opportunity to meet with many of our partners and customers in the music and entertainment markets. Our RockNet signal transport/distribution networks provide the reliable, flexible, and fully integrated solutions that these markets demand.”
– Patti Gunnell, Entertainment Solutions Manager — North America, Riedel Communications

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

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NUGEN Audio Launches Stereopack

Complete Toolset for Stereo Image Enhancement and Manipulation

LEEDS, U.K. — Jan. 14, 2014 — NUGEN Audio, creator of intuitive tools for audio professionals, today announced the launch of Stereopack, a complete toolset for stereo image enhancement and manipulation including expansion, positioning, and low-frequency control. Stereopack is designed to offer maximum flexibility in a highly accessible and configurable combination of powerful tools.

“Stereopack gives audio professionals everything they need to create the big sound they’re striving for, rapidly and intuitively,” said Jon Schorah, creative director, NUGEN Audio. “They can gain absolute control of their stereo panorama with no unwanted artifacts and the assurance of superb mono compatibility, without interrupting the flow of their creative process.”

With Stereopack, users can naturally widen or reduce the stereo image, focus and define low frequencies, and move specific captured spectra within the stereo soundfield. Each Stereopack component integrates advanced audio analysis feedback directly into the user interface, delivering intuitive control of all main parameters with clear and immediate dynamic feedback. All three plug-ins are highly mono-compatible, using unique algorithms that maintain the original character of the source audio without introducing any strange phase, reverb, or delay-related artifacts. Each tool is compatible with 64-bit OSX, AAX (32- and 64-bit), and the latest VST3 standards.

One component of Stereopack, Stereoizer, is a high-specification stereo image manipulation tool suitable for natural expansion, reduction, and introduction of stereo width at any stage of the audio production process. Developed for and tested by professional audio engineers, Stereoizer adds natural-sounding width and depth to any mono or stereo audio recording, leaving the inherent character of the original source intact.

Another Stereopack tool is the Monofilter plug-in, which enables users to align and balance low frequencies with a minimum of effort to create solid, natural-sounding bass. With Monofilter, users can define the center of the bass, which can be easily lost through stereo effects processing, synth sound generation, unwanted phase inconsistencies, and live recording mic bleed. The plug-in provides clear control over stereo spread, transition, and phase alignment, with a unique interface that delivers clear and exacting visual feedback. The result is a bass sound that is more focused and better defined.

The third tool in the Stereopack bundle is Stereoplacer, an advanced fine-tune parametric balancing control tool that allows users to tune each band to specific frequencies and move the frequency content around in the stereo sound stage. Stereoplacer maintains the character of the original sounds while the user chooses the position, providing fully adjustable curves (bell, high and low shelving, and additional linked-harmonic overtones). These characteristics enable the user to redistribute stereo information with subtlety or powerfully correct signals — even moving hard-panned frequencies from one side to the other — without affecting the overall level balance of the material.

More information about Stereopack and other NUGEN Audio products is available at www.nugenaudio.com.

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About NUGEN Audio
NUGEN Audio creates innovative, intuitive professional audio tools for high-end music producers, post-production engineers, and broadcasters. Reflecting the real-world production experience of the design team, the company’s products make it easier to deliver better quality, save time, and reduce costs. NUGEN Audio’s tools for audio analysis, loudness metering, mixing/mastering, and tracking are used by the world’s top names in broadcast, music, and audio production. For more information, visit www.nugenaudio.com.

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New WohlerDPP, Powered by RadiantGrid(TM), Enables Rapid Repackaging of File-Based Media for Delivery to U.K. Broadcasters

New WohlerDPP, Powered by RadiantGrid(TM), Enables Rapid Repackaging of File-Based Media for Delivery to U.K. Broadcasters

Wohler Solution Is First to Address Full DPP Delivery Workflow

SAN FRANCISCO — Jan. 14, 2014 — Addressing plans by major U.K. broadcasters to require that file-based deliverables be compliant with the new Digital Production Partnership (DPP) standard, Wohler Technologies today announced the release of WohlerDPP, powered by RadiantGrid(TM). Marking the first in a series of new products, this turnkey solution leverages Wohler’s RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) to accelerate repackaging and delivery of file-based content in the AS-11 UKDPP file format specified by the DPP standard.

“Within less than a year, postproduction houses and other media facilities across the world who deliver programming to leading U.K. broadcasters will be required to package file-based content in accordance with DPP specifications,” said Craig Newbury, vice president of sales for the Wohler RadiantGrid business line. “As this requirement becomes a reality, WohlerDPP is the first product to streamline the entire DPP delivery workflow. By enabling and automating DPP packaging and compliance assurance, this powerful solution dramatically increases efficiency, saves our customers money, and reduces errors in the provision of DPP deliverables.”

The DPP is an initiative formed jointly by the U.K.’s public service broadcasters to help producers and broadcasters maximize the potential benefits of digital television production. The DPP leads the standardization of technical and metadata requirements within the U.K. broadcast industry to ensure that digital video content can be distributed easily and cost-effectively between content providers and content broadcasters.

By October 2014, broadcasters will require use of the group’s standard for file-based deliverables, and WohlerDPP will make it easy for content creators to get on board. The solution offers an intuitive, user-driven, data-driven interface for submitting details of the DPP deliverable — including source assets, segment timecodes, gamut legalization, loudness processing, and descriptive metadata. It then performs all asset preparation, ident rendering, assembly, transcoding, and metadata insertion required to produce a fully prepared AS-11 UKDPP MXF file. WohlerDPP can also create broadcaster-specific “sidecar” metadata files as required.

WohlerDPP includes the new RadiantGrid hardware platform, as well as the DPP Expert System(TM) interface, preconfigured DPP compliance and transcoding profiles, and preconfigured DPP-compliant lineup and slate assets.

Further information about the RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform and other RadiantGrid solutions is available at www.wohler.com. Details about the WohlerDPP product can be found at www.deliverdpp.com.

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About Wohler Technologies Inc.
Wohler’s tradition of innovation began with the creation of the industry’s first in-rack audio, video, and data monitoring products, and it continues today through the company’s development of signal management and monitoring solutions for video, audio, and captioning applications. Wohler’s RadiantGrid(TM) platform extends the company’s award-winning product lines to include solutions for efficient file-based content creation and distribution, quality control, accelerated transcoding, and standards conversion. Together, Wohler’s advanced file-based solutions and proven, cost-effective confidence monitoring and content management products ensure high-quality media production across any platform and delivery to any device. More information about Wohler and RadiantGrid products is available at www.wohler.com.

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X2O Media’s Remote Video Expert Recognized With Sound & Video Contractor’s Most Innovative Products Award

Interactive Application Featuring Video Conferencing Capability Selected as Winner by SVC Readers

MONTREAL — Jan. 9, 2014 — X2O Media, a provider of visual communications software, today announced that its X2O Remote Video Expert interactive video call application was selected by readers of Sound & Video Contractor (SVC) as one of the magazine’s 2013 Most Innovative Products. Ideal for retail, banking, and healthcare settings, the solution enables customers to engage in real-time video conference calls with customer service agents, directly from touchscreen displays.

“With its video conferencing capabilities, X2O Remote Video Expert takes interaction to a completely new level in any setting, empowering users with product information, media content, live chats with service agents, and more,” said X2O Media President and CEO David Wilkins. “It is an honor to be recognized for the application with a SVC Most Innovative Products award. That our solution was selected by the magazine’s readers — the same A/V professionals for whom it was designed — speaks volumes to its functionality and value in any setting.”

X2O Remote Video Expert is made possible through the integration between the X2O visual communications platform and industry-standard video conferencing systems and software. Using touchscreens placed throughout strategic locations in settings such as retail stores, customers can obtain detailed product information, locate products on a map, browse store ads, perform price checks, consult store websites, and read ratings for specific products of interest.

When further information is required, customers can instantly have a live conversation with a customer service agent via X2O Remote Video Expert for seamless two-way interaction. In a more consultative setting and when paired with a second touchscreen, X2O Remote Video Expert enables customer service agents to share files, product specifications, and their desktops in real time — leading to even more personalized information in order to facilitate purchasing decisions or create upsell opportunities.

Traditionally chosen by the editors of SVC, this year’s Most Innovative Products award winners were voted on by the magazine’s readership and selected from a short list of more than 60 products. Winners were featured in the Dec. 2013 issue of SVC.

More information about X2O Media is available at www.x2omedia.com.

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About X2O Media
X2O Media is a leading software developer of real-time visual communication solutions that significantly improve communications throughout the enterprise. X2O’s solutions facilitate the creation and delivery of video and graphics-rich content to digital displays, employee desktops, and mobile devices. Applications include corporate news channels, dynamic corporate dashboards, real-time emergency messaging, and more. X2O’s products and services are sold and supported globally, through a network of experienced distribution partners. More information about X2O Media is available at www.x2omedia.com.

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