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DPA Upgrades Popular 4099 Instrument Mic Series to d:vote™ at InfoComm 2012

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 13, 2012 – DPA Microphones, the manufacturer of high-level reference and headset microphones, is presenting its d:vote™ range of instrument microphones at InfoComm 2012 (Booth C9850). DPA’s d:vote is ideal for live performance settings requiring high-quality, discreet mics that are effortless to change. Building on the success of the highly acclaimed 4099 instrument clip mic series, d:vote features an enhanced shock mount to provide even better absorption.

DPA’s 4099 instrument microphones have been widely embraced by internationally known artists, including Sting, Randy Brecker, Wayne Shorter, John Patitucci and Bobby Ricketts. More natural sounding than any internal microphone or pickup, d:vote rejects unwanted noise and accurately captures the true voice of acoustic instruments. Now, just one microphone model can beautifully reinforce an entire orchestra.

In addition to the shock-absorption upgrades, the new d:vote instrument microphones now feature a cable available in heavy duty 2.2 mm (0.087 in) and 1.55 mm (0.061 in) diameter versions, which can be detached from the end of the gooseneck. Further flexibility is available through an extension unit for the gooseneck supplied with the mic, which lengthens its neck by 50 percent.

“After a long introduction, the 4099s have more than tripled in sales over the last two years, and continue to post strong sales numbers,” says DPA CEO Christian Poulsen. “When upgrading our mics to the d:vote, we have listened to what our users want. The improvements make it even more durable and less sensitive to noise. The new extension unit brings maximum value to demanding applications, achieving just the right sound from the instrument.”

The d:vote condenser mics feature supercardioid polar patterns for highly uniform off-axis frequency response and superior gain before feedback. Capable of handling high sound-pressure levels, these microphones live up to DPA’s pedigree of breathtaking clarity and richness.

Despite its tiny, discreet size and lightweight design, d:vote is rugged and stable, with a versatile and extendable gooseneck that provides stable positioning. The mics can easily be unclipped and repositioned, or moved to another instrument, with only one hand. d:vote’s microphone mounting system is designed to be extremely gentle, never marring the finish of an instrument.

The d:vote MicroDot connector and more than 35 DPA adapters ensure compatibility with virtually any wireless system. The product can also be used as a standard 48V phantom-powered microphone via its supplied XLR connector.

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 about DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

Clear-Com Expands Optocore Partnership with Distribution of BroaMan DiViNe V3R-FX-INTERCOM with SDI at InfoComm 2012

Offers Digital Distribution of Audio, Video Data and Intercom Over Fiber

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 13, 2012 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, has expanded its partnership with Optocore/BroaMan and will now distribute the new BroaMan DiViNe V3R-FX-INTERCOM with SDI. InfoComm 2012 attendees will have the opportunity to see demonstrations of the DiViNe V3R-FX-INTERCOM with SDI at Clear-Com’s booth (Booth C10345).

Ideal for any setup that requires multiple feeds of high-quality audio, video, data and intercom, the DiViNe V3R-FX-INTERCOM-SDI provides scalable, protocol-independent routing, repeating, transport and distribution of multiple signals over optical fiber. The V3R-FX-INTERCOM-SDI is equipped with (four) four-wire RJ45 matrix ports and (four) four-wire RJ45 panel ports so that either matrices or intercom panels can be connected to the unit using standard CAT cables. Users can send audio and control data from Clear-Com key panels or matrices transparently through the optical network. The unit is capable of housing up to six SD/HD/3G-SDI coaxial video inputs, or outputs that are converted to and from single-mode DiViNe optical fiber links.

“Whether it’s a transportation hub, a university looking to broadcast sporting events and live music performances internally, or professional broadcasters handling a large remote event, the ability to set up a video, audio, communications and data backbone quickly and efficiently is there,” says Bob Boster, President of Clear-Com. “We are happy to partner with Optocore once again to bring further connectivity options to our users.”

Along with the DiViNe V3R-FX-INTERCOM-SDI, Clear-Com also distributes the V3R-FX-INTERCOM and X6R-FX-INTERCOM Optocore intercom interfaces.

To demonstrate the full capabilities of the DiViNe V3R-FX-INTERCOM-SDI at InfoComm, a fiber-optic cable will be installed between the Clear-Com booth (C10345) and the Optocore/BroaMan booth (Booth C10350). Video signals from a HD camera situated at the Clear-Com booth will be transported over the fiber cable to the Optocore booth, where a DiViNe V3R-FX-INTERCOM-SDI will be in place that will take the video out to a video monitor. The Optocore booth will also have the ability to control the camera. In addition, Clear-Com’s V-Series panels will be placed at both booths, connected back to a Clear-Com Eclipse Matrix, enabling the Clear-Com and Optocore staff to talk with one another.

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 HME
HM Electronics, Inc. is a diverse group of companies providing solutions that enhance productivity and customer service in markets including restaurants, sports and professional audio. Founded in 1971, we sell, service and support products in 89 countries worldwide, via company-owned offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and China, and an extensive network of HME-authorized distributors, dealers and service agents. Every day quick service restaurants take over 24 million orders using HME systems. With the recent acquisition of Clear-Com, HME is the world’s leading provider of professional intercom systems. To learn more, visit www.hme.com.

About Optocore
Based in Munich, Germany, OPTOCORE is the world market leading provider of high bandwidth, low latency, resilient, scalable and flexible fiber optic based networks for the transmission of audio, video and data. For 19 years, Optocore has been continuously innovating and setting new standards with regards to digital network technology. OPTOCORE builds and develops synchronous optical fiber and CAT5 based network solutions for broadcast professionals — for fixed installations and live event applications. Utilizing leading-edge technology and high-quality components Optocore guarantees durability and therefore long-term market and customer satisfaction. Due to the open system architecture, Optocore’s platform offers other manufacturers the option to transfer conventional standard audio, video and data formats used in the pro audio industry, via an Optocore network. Technical expertise, QoS and an extensive support structure are guaranteed to all customers, together with the highest level of quality controls.

About BroaMan
BroaMan (Broadcast Manufactur GmbH) products are aimed for broadcasters as well as production companies, sport facilities, professional AV integrators, and many more applications. The company offers customized packages and provides a solution for every application which requires SD/HD/3G video transport or routing – big and complex system for broadcast studio or OB Van, or it could be just a simple point to point for a small church, conference hall, etc. With DiViNe (Digital Video Network) all open standards can be integrated – digital video, audio and data – on the same fiber infrastructure.

DPA Microphones Raffles Off Brand-New d:facto Vocal Mic at InfoComm 2012

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 12, 2012 – DPA Microphones, the manufacturer of high-level reference and headset microphones, is raffling off one handheld d:facto™ vocal microphone during InfoComm 2012 (Booth C9850). To enter, attendees need only stop by the DPA booth, where a representative will scan their badge. One lucky winner will be announced the week following the show.

DPA developed the d:facto vocal mic to fulfill the live sound market’s request for the high-quality sound of DPA’s legendary 4011 for live performance and recording needs. Similar to all DPA mics, the d:facto features superior gain before feedback, while the robust three-stage pop-protection grid built into the microphone effectively removes unwanted noise. The supercardioid mic offers superb definition, excellent separation, breathtakingly natural sound and extreme SPL handling. It also boasts a rugged design for professional use, and has an optimized proximity effect specifically designed for vocal use. Designed to last, d:facto features exceptional isolation from handling noise, as well as the ability to accommodate extreme sound levels.

The d:facto’s microphone head can be used on the DPA wired handle, and can also be unscrewed for mounting onto some wireless microphone systems, offering a high degree of flexibility. The option of wired and wireless modes, combined with DPA’s proven technology, has resulted in a live performance vocal mic that encapsulates flexibility and unsurpassed sound quality.

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.

Adaptive Video Walls and Displays Introduces New Video Solutions at InfoComm 2012

New Products Include Single-Monitor Suspension; Mounted and Flown Video Walls

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 12, 2012 – Adaptive Video Walls and Displays, a
division of Adaptive Technologies Group and the premier provider of innovative wall-mountable, floor-standing, interlocking and flyable video wall frames for multiple LCD, LED and plasma monitors, will debut at InfoComm 2012 (Booth C9547) several new video solutions, including its HoverPro(tm) single-LCD monitor suspension device, a 3×3 Flown Video Wall, a 4×1 Flown Quad Display, and 1×4 and 2×2 Mounted Video Walls.

“We are excited to share with InfoComm attendees several new video products at this year’s show,” says Paul Allen, president, Adaptive Technologies Group. “InfoComm is the perfect avenue to get the word out about Adaptive’s wide range of video solutions and the ease of installation that contractors get in the field when they use our gear.”

The HoverPro is a single LCD monitor suspension device that delivers visual messages and content anywhere marketers want without the limitations of wall mounting and/or expensive kiosks. Messages are permanently displayed above and in front of indoor target audiences by suspending and aiming 40-inch and larger LCD and plasma screens from any overhead structure. As a pre-engineered rigging system, HoverPro utilizes the standard rear VESA-mounting hole patterns built into flat screen monitors. These rigging kits provide installers with the ability to safely suspend and tilt screens into any desired angle, from any location. Down-tilt aiming is accomplished by way of suspending the monitors from the HoverPro brackets’ multiple suspension points. An optional horizontal aiming device, the One-Way-Array(r), may be installed in line, above the HoverPro, to provide up to 360 degrees of aiming rotation. Additionally, a wide variety of standard off-the-shelf rigging hardware is available to allow the installer to safely assemble and “hover” the LCD or plasma monitor at any desired height and angle above an audience, store traffic and window fronts.

The new 3×3 Flown Video Wall will be shown in a landscape configuration using Sharp PN-V601 60-inch LCD monitors, accommodating three monitors wide and three monitors deep. This incredibly precise and load-rated flyable frame can interlock to create large format and very impressive displays. Its adjustable monitor levelers ensure that all monitors are in the correct planar alignment and are domestically produced. The load-rated rigging components ensure long service life, even for rental and staging applications.

The new 4×1 Flown Quad display, also available in landscape configuration, features NEC 55-inch monitors flown in a horizontal square pattern, utilizing Adaptive’s GridLink(tm) rigging system, with four monitors wide and one monitor deep. Adaptive’s rugged and load-rated GridLink rigging beams quickly arrange into square, rectangular and hexagonal-shaped grids that provide an excellent platform to fly monitors, creating attention-getting, long-lasting impressions. Adaptive’s line of flown displays feature load-rated frames, rigging beams and accessory attachments, allowing the user to create and fly full landscape and portrait displays in any desired configuration.

Adaptive is also introducing two new mounted video wall solutions at InfoComm, including its 2×2 Mounted Video Wall with four ViewSonic 46-inch monitors. In addition, its innovative 1×4 Mounted Video Wall with 46-inch NEC monitors will be on display, which is especially geared toward the retail environment. Designed as entire assemblies, rather than individual wall mounts, Adaptive’s line of video wall frames are extremely time-saving and built to very close tolerances to get the best fit between monitors. Adaptive Video Walls also feature monitor locks and compartments for media players and other electronic devices, providing a flexible and reliable solution for any indoor application.

About Adaptive Technologies Group
Adaptive Technologies Group combines the talents and disciplines of Allen Products, ATM Fly-ware and Adaptive Video Walls and Displays, and offers state-of-the-art rigging and mounting solutions for a wide range of audio and video applications. Adaptive’s combined divisions are a major resource worldwide by way of the design, development and manufacturing of professionally installed AV mounting and rigging equipment. Each brand offers its own standard and unique time-saving solutions, plus unlimited custom products for any venue or application.

In addition to providing a wide selection of popular mounting and rigging solutions, Adaptive is a major resource for hundreds of commonly used and often hard to find rigging hardware and fastener items, including metric sizes. Based in Signal Hill, California, all overhead products and parts are made and assembled in the USA.

ATM Fly-Ware is the world’s leading designer of certified, pre-engineered professional loudspeaker rigging systems for permanent installations and live performances. Allen Products is a leading designer and supplier of universal fit standard, custom and OEM loudspeaker mounts, mounting loudspeakers to walls, ceilings, under balconies, to poles and vertical columns. Adaptive Video Walls and Displays is the premier provider of innovative interlocking wall, ceiling and floor mounted video wall frames and flyable video wall assemblies for multiple narrow bezel LCD, LED and plasma monitors.

For more information, visit http://adapttechgroup.com.

RTW PRODUCTS TO BE ON DISPLAY WITH GROUP ONE AT INFOCOMM 2012

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 12, 2012 – RTW, a leading manufacturer and distributor of professional audio metering and control devices, is pleased to announce that during this year’s InfoComm show, Group One will be exhibiting at its booth (C11922) RTW’s TM3, the latest introduction to the TouchMonitor line of audio metering products, as well as the TM9 TouchMonitor. Both products will be fully equipped with all software options, including the popular RTA analyzer. Attendees are invited to stop by the RTW booth for demonstrations of the products by Group One representatives.

TouchMonitor Series, TM3
The TM3, which is now shipping worldwide, includes features of the larger TM7 and TM9 TouchMonitor versions and is controlled using a touch-sensitive display. With its budget-friendly base price, a 4.3-inch touch screen and stylish exterior allowing for horizontal and vertical placement, the TM3 is a highly appealing, compact solution ideal for editorial offices, edit suites and small control rooms. Featuring PPM and true-peak instruments, the TM3 offers comprehensive loudness metering in compliance with all globally relevant standards, including EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-2/1771, ATSC A/85 and ARIB. Instruments include single-channel and summing bar graphs, an LRA instrument and numerical displays. The basic version handles analog and digital stereo audio, while the 5.1 option adds the support of six-channel digital input.

TouchMonitor Series, TM9
Introduced in 2010, the TouchMonitor series is a new range of products that RTW designed to support all relevant loudness recommendations such as EBU R128 or ATSC A/85 with true peak metering, flexible I/O options with up to 16/32 input channels, a fully modular software design and more. On display at InfoComm 2012 will be the TM9, which combines unprecedented flexibility and modularity with an intuitive, nine-inch GUI touchscreen. RTW recently introduced new firmware, version 1.14, for the TouchMonitor series, which includes various performance and stability optimizations, as well as new function enhancements and improved ergonomics.

ABOUT RTW
RTW, based in Cologne (Germany), has more than 40 years of experience in designing, producing and marketing sophisticated recording-studio systems. The company focuses its business on peak meters and audio vectorscopes, which are in use in the leading recording studios as well as by radio and TV broadcasters worldwide. The company’s current product portfolio includes its TouchMonitor series, a new range of audio metering products that combine unprecedented flexibility and modularity with an intuitive user interface and multichannel TFT-based monitoring systems for integrated surround-signal visualization using the unique and groundbreaking Surround Sound Analyzer. In June 2008, RTW was certified for the internationally accepted DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 quality-management standard. www.rtw.de

ABOUT GROUP ONE
Group One is a U.S. importer and distributor for a number of professional, global media technology solutions and systems integration services. The audio division currently distributes Blue Sky near-field powered monitors, DiGiCo digital mixing consoles, Junger loudness control devices, MC2 high-quality innovative amplifiers, RTW audio metering and control devices, Van Damme cables and XTA digital signal processing equipment. The Lighting division handles Elektralite controllers and intelligent lighting, and Pulsar LED lighting. www.g1limited.com

For more information about RTW via Group One, visit www.g1limited.com

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DPA Microphones Celebrates 20 Years of Pioneering Work in the Pro Audio Industry

ALLEROED, DENMARK, JUNE 11, 2012 – DPA Microphones (InfoComm 2012 Booth C9850) is commemorating 20 years of developing high-quality microphones for the pro audio industry. Founded in 1992 by Morten Stove and Ole Brosted Sorensen, two audio passionate former employees from the measurement company Brüel & Kjaer (B&K), DPA Microphones has always made it a point to create microphones of the highest possible quality. Today, the DPA Microphones line includes vocal, instrument and studio microphones, as well as broadcast and surround-sound microphones that can be found in venues throughout the world and in use by a plethora of famous artists.

The DPA d:fine dual-ear headset microphone is the most recent head worn option to be released by the company.

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Clear-Com’s HelixNet Partyline Now Shipping At InfoComm 2012

World’s First Networked Partyline Intercom System Delivers Greater Efficiency, More Flexibility and Cost-Savings Through a Revolutionary Platform Design

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 11, 2012 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is pleased to announce at InfoComm 2012 (Booth C10345) that its HelixNet™ Partyline intercom system is available and shipping. HelixNet Partyline, the industry’s first networked partyline intercom system, features a unique set of capabilities for achieving greater efficiency, cost-savings and flexibility from setup to operation and maintenance. The initial release of HelixNet Partyline consists of the HMS-4X main station, HBP-2X HelixNet beltpack, HLI-2W2 two-wire interface module and the HLI-4W2 four-wire interface module.

HelixNet Partyline is the first set of products to combine a revolutionary platform with the superb audio clarity of the digitized Clear-Com sound, central administration of the entire system (firmware upgrades and maintenance) from the main station with a single cable and flexible cable options—with the ability to leverage one’s existing cable infrastructure.

“For more than 40 years, the pro audio community has been using the common, three-pin XLR microphone cable to carry audio for analog partyline systems,” says Chris Barry, Product Manager at Clear-Com. “In order to preserve our customers’ investments in intercom systems and cabling infrastructure, we specifically designed the HelixNet Partyline to transmit four channels of digital-quality audio, plus program and power for beltpacks, over a single, shielded twisted-pair cable (ex. microphone cable, CAT5 or CAT6 cable). This capability alone is unprecedented in the history of intercom technology.”

Furthermore, the HelixNet Partyline system offers many unique features to create much higher audio quality, increase efficiency during setup and maintenance processes, and simplify operations.

HMS-4X HelixNet Main Station and Interface Module

High channel density and high user capacity. The sleek 1RU HMS-4X HelixNet main station fits into any standard 19-inch rack and provides power, four channels of audio and program audio over a single twisted-pair cable

No hum. No buzz. Unlike unbalanced analog intercom systems, the all-digital HelixNet system is immune to electro-magnetic interference and ground loops.

Highly flexible, with intuitive user operations. System settings and menus are quickly accessible. Firmware maintenance and upgrades can be achieved easily via USB ports.

Greater connectivity with existing analog intercom systems and audio devices. Three expansion bays in the main station accept optional HLI-2W2 two-wire and HLI-4W2 four-wire interface modules, providing seamless connectivity with existing analog intercom systems and audio devices.

HBP-2X HelixNet Beltpack

High channel density and selectable channels. The rugged, ergonomically-designed HBP-2X HelixNet two-channel beltpack offers access to two of any four intercom channels plus program audio, each with individual level control. Networked audio is distributed over a single, shielded-twisted pair, keeping the number of cables required low.

Easy to operate. Optimally positioned buttons and volume controls are easy to identify and navigate. The high-contrast, 10-character OLED display provides users specific, logical channel labels. Cabling simplicity allows operation on a wide variety of cables with the ability to configure the beltpacks in daisy-chain or star configurations, with no need for active split-boxes.

Highly durable and flexible. HelixNet beltpacks are highly durable and fabricated from lightweight cast aluminum. A sturdy beltclip, rubber bumpons and an integrated strap guide offer a variety of practical mounting options.

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 HME
HM Electronics, Inc. is a diverse group of companies providing solutions that enhance productivity and customer service in markets including restaurants, sports and professional audio. Founded in 1971, we sell, service and support products in 89 countries worldwide, via company-owned offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and China, and an extensive network of HME-authorized distributors, dealers and service agents. Every day quick service restaurants take over 24 million orders using HME systems. With the recent acquisition of Clear-Com, HME is the world’s leading provider of professional intercom systems. To learn more, visit www.hme.com.

Studio Technologies Introduces Live-Link Jr. Remote Camera Interface System at InfoComm 2012

Unit Carries on Established Live-Link Tradition

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 11, 2012 – Studio Technologies, the manufacturer of tailored, high-performance video, audio and fiber-optic products for the professional audio, installation and broadcast markets, is pleased to introduce the new Live-Link™ Jr. Remote Camera Interface System at InfoComm 2012 (Booth C5950). Carrying on the successful tradition set by the original Live-Link system, Live-Link Jr. offers a generous feature set, coupled with excellent audio quality and a compact form factor optimized for the capture of events, concerts, corporate meetings, ENG and uplink vehicle applications. Providing everything needed for a single-camera live shoot, Live-Link Jr. delivers performance flexibility, ease of use and support for high-quality program, along with broadcast-standard talent cue (IFB) and intercom audio.

“The Live-Link Jr. Remote Camera Interface System was developed to efficiently support single-camera remote production situations and is especially suited for feeding content to the multiple media outlets now associated with live events, meetings, concerts and the like,” says Gordon Kapes, president of Studio Technologies. “We are constantly out in the field talking to professionals about what equipment and features they would like to have to complete a project. Live-Link Jr. was developed from these conversations and we believe the commercial integration and AV industries will respond positively, as the system solves an abundance of very real production and system deployment problems.”

Live-Link Jr. is the quintessential video, audio, communications and control data-link between a camera operator in the field and a production vehicle or fixed installation. The system transports one SDI video signal in each direction: camera end-to-truck end and truck end-to-camera end, supporting SD-, HD- and 3G-SDI data signals. All Live-Link Jr. audio and support signals are transported between camera end and truck end units as embedded SDI data. Linked using just two single-mode optical fibers, Live-Link Jr. delivers excellent operational performance regardless of the distance between the camera end and truck end units — whether hundreds of feet or miles apart. The camera end unit allows for remote powering using hybrid fiber/copper cable, 12 volt DC or Anton/Bauer® or “V-Mount” batteries. The truck/studio end unit offers both AC and DC powering capabilities, with fail-safe operation from the DC input, should the AC mains fail.

The camera end unit offers two mic/line inputs that are compatible with microphone or line-level signals. Related features include adjustable input sensitivity, phantom power and level metering. Each input stage can be independently set for compatibility with line-level signals (0 dB gain) or mic signals (gain of 15, 30 or 45 dB). Two balanced line-level outputs are provided on the truck end unit’s back panel and are associated with the camera end unit’s mic/line inputs. Two additional balanced line-level outputs are also located on the truck end unit’s back panel to provide de-embedded analog signals associated with group 1, channels 1 and 2 of the transported SDI signal. These “convenience” outputs allow audio embedded, for example, by a camera connected to the camera end unit to be accessible without the need for an external de-embedder unit at the truck/studio end.

A major strength of Live-Link Jr. is its integrated 2-channel intercom system, which tames the typical hassles and limitations associated with field intercom system implementation. A 2-channel party-line intercom interface is provided on both the camera end and truck end units, allowing beltpacks to be directly connected and powered. A fully functional camera end-to-truck end comms system can be up and running in just minutes. Additionally, a 4-wire input and output allows direct interconnection with matrix intercom systems. Two line-level audio signals can also be transported from the truck end to the camera end via fiber connection, allowing for IFB communications. The balanced line/IFB inputs are located on the back panel of the truck end unit and allow the connection of a variety of analog audio signals, including talent cueing. However, unlike traditional IFB systems, the audio quality can support transporting on-air signals. For flexibility, both line-level and “wet” IFB (power and audio) outputs are provided on the camera end unit.

“Live-Link Jr. provides crystal-clear audio quality throughout the system, conforms to all relevant SMPTE® standards, successfully integrates party-line and 4-wire intercom support and uses industry-standard optical, video and audio connectors,” adds Kapes. “It also allows a serial data port and a contact closure to be transported in each direction. The RS-422 data path and GPI (general purpose input)/GPO (general purpose output) resources make implementing remote camera control, including tally, a simple task. In short, Live-Link Jr. is a high-quality, versatile problem solver that can be deployed quickly and efficiently and operates flawlessly.”

About Studio Technologies, Inc.
Studio Technologies, Inc. provides tailored, high-performance video, audio and fiber optic products for the professional audio and broadcast markets. The company was founded in 1978 with a commitment to design and manufacture dependable, individualized solutions for broadcast studio, stadium and corporate environments. Known for “designing for the way professionals work,” the company is recognized as an industry leader that has never wavered from its individualized design pledge. Product categories include fiber-optic transport, broadcast support, mobile broadcast, intercom and IFB, announcer consoles, loudspeaker monitor control systems, distribution amplifiers, cable testers and sound pressure level monitor systems. For more information, please visit the Studio Technologies website at www.studio-tech.com or call +1 847-676-9177.

DPA Microphones Appoints Eric Mayer as President of U.S. Operations

DENVER, CO, JUNE 7, 2012 – To strengthen its market position further in the Americas, DPA Microphones (InfoComm 2012 Booth C9850) has chosen Eric Mayer to serve as president of the company’s U.S. operations. A fixture in the pro audio industry for more than two decades, Mayer will utilize his expertise in the market to help the company continue its growth stateside.

Eric Mayer, President of U.S. Operations for DPA Microphones

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Bexel Expertise Forges Growing Relationship with the NHL

BURBANK, CA, JUNE 7, 2012—From the All-Star Game to the Stanley Cup finals, Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division, and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services, has been building a successful partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL). Throughout the season, the league has increasingly involved Bexel in the planning of its broadcast productions, enabling the NHL to take full advantage of Bexel’s wide spectrum of offerings, including broadcast-infrastructure streamlining, frequency coordination, engineering expertise and state-of-the-art broadcast equipment rentals.

“NHL initially asked us for help with an issue they were having with their RF and fiber infrastructure, and this led to working on a series of projects for them,” says John Mills, business development manager, Bexel. “Throughout the past year, each of these projects has demonstrated the extent of our capabilities, further building the NHL’s trust in our solutions. With every new project, we get more involved from a planning and logistical perspective, ultimately accomplishing the task at hand with great success.”

The major project that helped cement the relationship between Bexel and the NHL was the 2012 NHL All-Star Game, which took place at Ottawa’s Scotiabank Place earlier this year. Bexel’s team of engineering experts coordinated the production’s complex wireless operations and helped to establish a fiber system that added great efficiency to the large, star-studded event for broadcasters, including the NHL Network, NBC, CBC and RDS. “At this year’s NHL All-Star Game, Bexel was charged with improving workflows,” says Justin Paulk, broadcast fiber solutions manager, Bexel. “To do so, we worked with the NHL to support all of the rights holders with cable assignments for the 46 camera locations throughout the facility. From managing the internal broadcast infrastructure, including fiber optic cables and audio/video cables, to getting each of the rights holders’ requirements, Bexel worked closely with the NHL and their clients ensuring that the appropriate signals were distributed throughout the arena. The key to our success was the pre-planning and on site project management that went into it.”

To help establish faster, more lightweight connectivity between the NHL Network truck outside and the set indoors, Bexel created its Fiber Booth Kit solution for the event. “Instead of having to run many copper cables, the fiber rack allowed us to run just two cables,” adds Paulk. “The distance between the set and the truck was exceptionally long, so by utilizing our fiber rack system, it allowed for easy configuration and resulted in a more streamlined setup and strike.”

Prior to the game, Bexel engineers performed on-site copper and fiber cable testing and certification at Scotiabank Place. Walk-throughs were also held with each rights holder prior to game day to ensure all wireless technologies—including player and referee microphones, goal cams, in-ear monitors and wireless radios—wouldn’t interfere with one another. “This year being our second NHL All-Star Game, we had a lot more in place in terms of process and how we handle the media and their RF spectrum needs,” says Jim Dugan, RF engineer, Bexel. “From the way we interact with the media to the pre-event coordination efforts that we’ve established, our custom frequency coordination package is designed to provide the overall media an interference-free experience. It’s a very big event, especially considering the media coverage, as well as the number of fans participating in interactive event experiences.”

As a full-service solutions provider, Bexel’s expertise derives from its ability to provide all facets of a client’s needs, including equipment rental, integration and frequency coordination. Above all else, however, is the company’s extensive engineering support. In anticipation of the playoffs, the NHL tasked Bexel with setting up new fiber racks in each of the playoff arenas. This would allow for the officials’ review of goals as well as being able to provide video to the officials from the broadcast feed league-wide. “Essentially the NHL needed a group to partner with to ensure all of the playoff teams would have the same new system installed in each arena,” concludes Paulk. Once the racks were shipped to each arena, Bexel supplied a team of engineers to go into each facility back-to-back, and install the new cabinets, reroute the cabling to the truck compound and catwalk, provide training at the local venue and then head to the next arena.

Looking to the playoffs and the Stanley Cup Finals, Bexel provided more video equipment, including camera accessories and interconnectivity equipment, for the NHL Network set and truck. In addition, Bexel’s audio team will come into play on a larger scale, as the league is working to implement a new, more secure encrypted referee mic system for the start of the 2012 season. Bexel is also in the midst of helping the league manage its facilities remotely from its offices in New York, as well as provide other solutions that allow for remote access to the mics, video feed, official reviews and truck feeds from across the country.

“After the success of working together this year, the NHL has truly experienced all that Bexel has to offer,” adds Mills. “This is just the start—we are working with our partners and bringing the very best technology to the NHL and future-proofing that technology as we install it. We like to think of our relationship growing to the point where we’re more than a service or equipment provider, but a partner, and we value being a part of the team.”

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit http://www.bexel.com.

A Snapshot of The Vitec Group
Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military, aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2011 revenue of £351 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Imaging & Staging, Videocom and Services. Imaging & Staging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews. More information can be found at http://www.vitecgroup.com.

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