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NEW AVIOM AN-16/i v.2 ANALOG INPUT MODULE TO BE INTRODUCED AT NAMM 2013 TO SUPPORT NEW A360 PERSONAL MIXER

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 25, 2013—Aviom, manufacturer of the iconic A-16II Personal Mixer and industry leader in personal mixing, is pleased to announce that it will be introducing the new AN-16/i v.2 Input Module to support its next generation personal mixer, the A360 Personal Mixer, which has also been introduced at NAMM (Hall A, Booth 6720). The AN-16/i v.2 converts 16 line-level analog audio channels to a Pro16e A-Net® digital stream. more

AVIOM HOSTS LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS OF THE NEW A360 PERSONAL MIXER AT NAMM 2013

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 24, 2013—Aviom, manufacturer of the iconic A-16II Personal Mixer and industry leader in personal mixing, is pleased to announce that it will be hosting live demonstrations of its next generation product, the A360 Personal Mixer, at NAMM (Hall A, Booth 6720). The company will feature two versions of its A360 demonstration: a brief overview of the product and its features and an in-depth tour of the product with a live music demonstration. more

The RapcoHorizon Company Unveils SilverHog at the 2013 NAMM Show

Silver-Plated Guitar and Mic Cables are Newest Members of the RoadHog Family

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 24, 2012 ― The RapcoHorizon Company, a leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment, announces its SilverHog guitar and microphone cables at the 2013 NAMM Show (Hall C, Booth 4558). The latest addition to the RoadHog Series, SilverHog is a series of high-end touring cables without the high-end price tag.

Built with the original RoadHog jacket, which The RapcoHorizon Company designed specifically for the touring musician, SilverHog cables also have pure silver-plated copper conductors and shields. This upgrade provides a link between ultimate sound quality and extreme durability. Like all RoadHog cables, the SilverHog comes with a limited lifetime warranty for further protection against wear and tear.

“SilverHog cables really are the best-sounding, flattest-laying and longest-lasting cables a musician will ever get their hands on,” says Lucas McCulley, marketing specialist at The RapcoHorizon Company. “The RoadHog series is one of the most popular brands in the RapcoHorizon family of products. Once a performer uses our RoadHog cable on stage, they never go back. With the addition of the SilverHog, we know the series will only trend upward.”

The SilverHog guitar cable is equipped with a 20awg pure silver-plated copper conductor, encased in a 95-percent pure silver-plated copper spiral shield with a RoadHog jacket that is incredibly durable, lays flat and coils easily. The SilverHog mic cable includes two 24awg silver-plated copper conductors and features the same spiral shield and jacket as the guitar cable.

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.

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Folk Pop Band SHEL Among First in U.S. to Use DPA’s New d:facto™ II Vocal Mic

Emerging group performs at the 2013 NAMM Show to illustrate the benefits of the company’s new Vocal Microphone

ANAHEIM, JANUARY 24, 2013 – The folk pop band SHEL, longtime supporters of DPA Microphones, has become one of the first group of artists in the U.S. to use the company’s new d:facto™ II Vocal Microphone. The group recently took the microphone on the road for performances in Denver and Salt Lake City. Included on this tour is a final stop in Anaheim, where SHEL will perform during the 2013 NAMM Show at DPA Microphones’ booth (# 6996) throughout the entire event. Their headline performance will take place on Thursday, January 24 at 4 p.m.

“We tested the new d:facto II at home before we hit the road and absolutely loved it,” says Hannah Holbrook, who sings and plays keyboard for the band. “Having now had the chance to use it a couple times, we found the microphone to be very crisp and clear. It makes our vocals sound more natural and allows for our voices to be heard above the instruments, which is always important.”

Already fans of DPA’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Mics, which the sisters use on their violin and djembe drums, the band was familiar with the quality sound for which DPA Microphones is known. The new d:facto lived up to their expectations, bringing all the clarity of DPA to their vocals. Those following the group are even taking notice of the increased clarity of their vocals.

“We all keep using the word ‘pristine’ to describe the sound,” continues Holbrook. “At our stop in Denver, one of our fans who attends almost all of our shows told us that it was the best we ever sounded. I think the d:facto really helped bring our performance to the next level. We are all very pleased with these new microphones.”

Capturing a true studio sound for the live stage, the d:facto II is the latest addition to DPA’s d:facto line. It offers an extraordinarily natural sound with high separation and extreme SPL handling, giving users unlimited possibilities for their performances. The d:facto II also provides improved audio performance, as it is superbly linear in frequency and phase, both on- and off-axis, while its impressive definition and accuracy reproduces a singer’s voice effortlessly. In addition to use with the new wired DPA handle, the d:facto II provides singers and engineers with the added benefit of a state-of-the-art adapter system. This allows for seamless integration with many professional wireless systems, including Sony, Lectrosonics, Shure, Wisycom and Sennheiser.

SHEL is comprised of four sisters, Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza Holbrook. Classically trained musicians hailing from the artistic community of Fort Collins, Colorado, SHEL blends classical music with pop elements for an eccentric sound that is youthful and upbeat, yet highly emotive. The Holbrook sisters grew up in a musical household and first appeared on stage as backup musicians for their singer-songwriter father, Andrew Holbrook. Their latest EP, When the Dragon Came Down, was co-produced by six-time Grammy Award winner, Brent Maher. The band has attracted the attention of such major media outlets as NPR and ABC, and has toured nationwide, playing fairs and festivals, including SXSW, International Folk Alliance, Lilith Fair, Four Corners Folk Festival and Cornerstone.

SHEL’s latest stop in Anaheim will put its members’ talents on full display for the four days of the 2013 NAMM Show. In addition to hearing full performances, attendees will have the unique opportunity to hear the different mics being employed in SHEL’s setup at personal listening stations located in the DPA Microphones booth.
“We are really excited about performing at NAMM,” concludes Holbrook. “I think it is really cool how the d:facto and d:vote microphones will be running audio to personal mixers for guests to listen to our music at personal listening stations. I love the idea of being able to listen to each different type of microphone and hear how good the audio sounds.”

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones A/S is the leading Danish Professional Audio 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.

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AVIOM INTRODUCES THE NEW A360 PERSONAL MIXER AT NAMM 2013

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 24, 2013—Aviom, manufacturer of the iconic A-16II Personal Mixer and industry leader in personal mixing, is pleased to announce that it will be introducing its next generation personal mixer, the A360 Personal Mixer, at NAMM (Hall A, Booth 6720). The A360 brings new levels of control and customization to the personal monitoring experience with a number of new features that give entirely new options to performers both on the stage and in the studio. more

The RapcoHorizon Company Debuts First Full-Line Company Catalog at the 2013 NAMM Show

New Directory Will Help Dealers Differentiate Between Each Brand

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 23, 2012 ― For the first time ever, The RapcoHorizon Company, a leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment, is releasing a full-line company catalog, in both digital and printed formats, to its network of dealers. The highly requested directory, which helps customers distinguish between each of the company brands, including RapcoHorizon, RoadHog, RAT, StageMaster and Momentum, is available at the 2013 Winter NAMM Show (Hall C, Booth 4558).

Available as an app for Apple or Android platforms, or as a 90-page, color, printed booklet, the catalog includes all the necessary specs for every product from The RapcoHorizon Company brands. It also provides details on each product’s ideal applications, and features a full custom section detailing each brand’s unique capabilities.

“This catalog is something that our dealers have been telling us they want,” says Lucas McCulley, marketing specialist at The RapcoHorizon Company. “It not only helps dealers differentiate between each of our retail brands, but also makes searching through The RapcoHorizon Company’s vast line of products and capabilities easy to negotiate and understand.”

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.

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DPA Microphones Hires Bruce MacPherson

Industry Veteran Appointed as Company’s New Sales Director

DPA Microphones is pleased to announce that Bruce MacPherson has joined the company as its new U.S. Sales Director. MacPherson is a dedicated sales professional, audio product specialist and audio engineering expert with extensive experience in current technology and techniques for audio recording and live sound, as well as commercial and post production. In his new role, Macpherson will be responsible for overseeing all DPA sales and customer service activities.

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Clear-Com’s HME DX210 Hits the Road with the John Lennon Tour Bus

Wireless Intercom Enhances Crew and Student Production Experience

ALAMEDA, CA, JANUARY 17, 2013 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is sponsoring the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus by supplying the crew with Clear-Com intercoms for its productions and workshops. Clear-Com’s HME DX210 Digital Wireless Intercom enables clear communication and quick collaboration between the staff on diverse productions while on the road. The system is also easy to operate, allowing even students to master the system and gain familiarity with real‐life productions.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit, state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video production facility that travels across the U.S. and Canada, offering songwriting and multimedia production workshops to young people. At each destination, the production setup of the bus changes to accommodate the varying needs, levels of skill and interests of the school and community.

Whether it’s handling communications for an intimate acoustic performance, an onboard video production or a large-scale event where the crew members are separated by considerable distances, the HME DX210 allows the staff to work cohesively and speak to one another as if they were next to each other. It delivers exceptional audio clarity regardless of ambient noise levels and also provides the staff with wireless mobility so that they can freely move throughout the different production spaces to carry out their responsibilities. The audio clarity, full-duplex capability, and wireless flexibility of the HME DX210 have streamlined production workflow for the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.

“Lennon Bus productions and livestreams are fast-paced. We can get only one shot or take, so it is critical that we can speak to each other quietly, yet still be heard and understood on the other end,” says Ryan L’Esperance, Producer and Engineer for the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. “The audio quality of the DX210 is phenomenal. We’re able to hear each other clearly on the system in any environment, whether in the most intimate of settings or in a loud place.”

The DX210 base station is installed in the front studio of the bus. The director, video switcher, and possibly the camera operator (if the broadcast is taking place onboard) are all located in this same space, while the audio technician is situated in the middle studio of the bus. For external live broadcasts, the DX210 base station is placed at the front-of-house position. Regardless of setup, the majority of the crew members utilize the BP210 beltpacks in conjunction with the video switcher on the Clear-Com WH210 all-in-one wireless headset. The DX210’s external audio input permits crew members to take the program output of their broadcast and feed it into the intercom so that they can hear the program as well as their cues.

In addition to recording musical performances, the bus’ onboard engineers teach students how to write, perform, record and produce original songs. Students also learn to produce and shoot music videos and documentaries as well as complete a broadcast-quality music video. In addition, they are trained to operate and manage the production equipment, including using the DX210 intercom to communicate with one another, the professional assistant, and producers instructing them.

“Education is a key factor in what we do, and being able to use the intercom to communicate with multiple students at the same time is what makes this whole thing such a success,” L’Esperance continues. “What is really great is including students in the whole process, from setting up the Clear-Com system to maintaining it, such as making sure batteries are charged. Since the DX210 is quite easy to operate, we can simply show the students how it works it and they’re able to quickly dive right in and learn to use it. Clear-Com really has improved communication for our staff and has been an excellent tool for our students to use.”

“Clear-Com is committed to giving back to our community and educating the next generation on live production,” says Judy Cheng, Marketing Director, Clear-Com. “We’re proud to sponsor the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and to partner with its staff to inspire, train and positively impact students throughout the United States.”

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world. The bus provides hands-on audio and HD video production experience for students of all ages. Currently in its 16th year of touring, the vehicle’s studios boast the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The bus conducts free tours and workshops at schools, retailers and festivals, and also tours with headlining artists. It also visits major industry conferences.

About the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (www.lennonbus.org)
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. In its 16th year of touring, the Lennon Bus features the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world. The Bus travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences.

The Lennon Bus, a 501(c)(3) venture, is made possible through the generosity of sponsors including Avid, Apple, Montblanc, Sony, True Religion, Neutrik, Musician’s Friend, Gibson Guitars, Epiphone, NAMM, NewTek, TodoCast, Mobile Roadie, Audio-Technica, Roland, Boss, JamHub, SSL, Sonicbids, Disc Makers, Mackie, Ampeg, Digital Media Academy, Genelec, Litepanels, Manfrotto, Clear-Com, Anton/Bauer, New Bay Media, Copperpeace, Apogee, Glyph, Applied Acoustics Systems, McDSP, Native Instruments, IK Multimedia, Noise Industries, iZotope, Slingerland Drums, and Mad Mimi.

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.

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DPA Microphones Strike a Chord with Point Loma Nazarene

Media Services Department Relies on d:vote™4099 Instrument Mics for Performances at Chapel Services, Conferences, Student Orientation and Music Dept Events

PASADENA, CA, JANUARY 16, 2012 – When it comes to making its piano and string instruments shine, the Media Services department at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) counts on DPA Microphones. The department recently upgraded its aging instrument mics to a stereo pair of DPA d:vote™ 4099P Instrument Mics for piano, taking its musical performances to the next level.

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BROAMAN NAMES D. PAGAN COMMUNICATIONS ITS PUBLIC RELATIONS AGENCY OF RECORD IN THE U.S.

BroaMan, a leading German manufacturer of professional digital video, audio and data network solutions with routing, format conversion and management for a variety of markets, including broadcast, post production and AV, is pleased to announce the hiring of D. Pagan Communications (DPC), a leading public relations firm specializing in the high-tech and professional audio/video industries. As BroaMan’s agency of record for the U.S., DPC will launch an integrated public relations campaign, supported by targeted media relations and trade show support for BroaMan, in the region. These efforts will further enhance the company’s brand recognition and expand its visibility within target markets in the U.S.

“BroaMan’s technology is based on a very specific need in the marketplace for cost effective, scalable audio and video fiber transport,” says Tine Helmle, managing director, BroaMan. “Transporting professional high bandwidth 3G/HD/SD-SDI video, audio and control signals reliably for events big, small, live or filmed is an absolute necessity. In order to continue to grow our company, we have turned to D. Pagan Communications. Its team of experts will help increase our brand’s visibility among current and potential customers in the markets we serve, including broadcast, film production and professional AV.”

As its top-of-the-line product, BroaMan’s Repeat platform consists of plug-and-play devices that convert 3G/HD/SD-SDI (or MADI) signals from coaxial cables to fiber and back. Included in the Repeat family are the Repeat48 and Repeat48CWDM, the company’s most powerful yet easy-to-use and cost-effective products that include built-in multiplexers to combine multiple signals onto a single fiber that can also be interfaced to audio and data network systems including Optocore, SANE, MADI and Ethernet. Also included in the product line are the Repeat66 and Repeat33, used for flexible applications, rather than in a plug-in-play situation.

An additional product range of the BroaMan portfolio is the Route series, which includes the Route66 and Route33 devices, both unique and based on an individual customer’s level of complexity and feature requirements. Using a Digital Video Network, the customer can specify the general system performance, the interface layout-based on basic frames-and select special features. As a result, each customer receives a customized system to meet its specific needs.

“With its involvement in world-leading projects such as the 50th Constitution Day in Kuwait and with top international broadcasters including MediaCityUK, Canadian Television (CTV) and Swedish Television – Stockholm (SVT), as well as successful devices such as the Repeat48 system, BroaMan already has a proven reputation in the industry,” says Debra Pagan, DPC founder and president. “Building upon the stellar recognition the company has received from within the broadcast, post-production and AV markets, we look forward to sharing news of the company’s exciting new endeavors and delivering exceptional results in the process.”

About D. Pagan Communications
D. Pagan Communications (DPC) is a New York-based public relations firm specializing in the broadcast, film/cinema, post-production, military, aerospace and government (MAG), medical, house of worship (HOW), pro audio, live sound, installation/pro AV, education, hospitality, music industry (MI) and consumer markets. For more than 17 years, the firm has performed a comprehensive array of services for its market-leading clients, generating press releases, articles, artist profiles, white papers, newsletters and other deliverables, and supporting clients at major trade shows around the globe. Combining excellent writing with a singular dedication to the needs of its clients and the media, DPC has earned a worldwide reputation for producing high-quality work that in turn achieves great results. For more information, visit www.dpagan.com.

About BroaMan
BroaMan, (Broadcast Manufactur GmbH) based in München-Gräfelfing, Germany, manufactures infrastructure solutions for broadcast applications such as studios, OB-vans or sporting events. The turnkey solutions convert, transport and route all types of commonly used broadcast signals, including digital and analogue video, audio, intercom, and control data, over a high bandwidth fiber infrastructure. If required, this includes format conversions, e.g. from copper to fiber or from analogue to digital, as well as routing of signals based on automatic or manual rules, up/downscalers, frame synchronisers, and many more features. The company offers customized solutions for every application that requires 3G/HD/SD-SDI video transport or routing – whether a big and complex system for broadcast studio or OB Van, or a simple point to point for a small church or conference hall. For more information visit: www.broaman.com.

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