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Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) Introduces RF Central LPTV Low Frequency DTV Transmitter/Translator at the 2012 NAB Show

New Gear to Help Niche Broadcasters with Digital Conversion

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 17, 2012 – Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division, and a leader in advanced digital microwave systems serving the Broadcast, Sports & Entertainment and MAG (Military, Aerospace & Government) markets, introduces its RF Central LPTV – Low Power DTV Transmitter/Translator at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth C6432).

Available in power levels ranging from 1 watt to 5 kilowatts, the low frequency DTV transmitter features a compact, modular design, full remote management and supports single frequency networks, ATSC – M/H.

“From a project management and engineering standpoint, transitioning LPTV stations to digital is very similar to what we did during the Sprint/Nextel BAS program,” says Integrated Microwave Technologies Divisional Chief Executive Stephen Shpock. “Our extensive BAS experience makes us very qualified to go forward with such a project.”

LPTV stations are used to service rural areas or to provide niche programming to other areas. In the first application, a station in a major city has a network of transmitters distributed statewide. Such networks may have 20 or more transmitters that are fed either through a microwave backbone or over the air. Religious and other niche broadcasters have networks of LPTV transmitters fed by satellite. There are approximately 7500 LPTV transmitters and translator licenses in the United States.

The FCC has established September 1, 2015 date for the termination of all analog low power television service. After that date, analog television will no longer exist in the United States.

“Because an LPTV upgrade may involve upgrading the microwave backbone, our team of expert engineers can turn a microwave sale into a full transmitter upgrade,” adds Shpock.

IMT’s LPTV transmitter is slated to be available in the fourth quarter of 2012.

About Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC
Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) is a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division. The company comprises the leading microwave brands Nucomm, RF Central and Microwave Service Company (MSC), offering broadcasters worldwide complete broadcast solutions. Nucomm is a premium brand of digital microwave video systems (including COFDM and VSB) for portable and fixed link applications. RF Central is an innovative brand of compact microwave video equipment for licensed and license free broadcast applications. MSC is a premier provider of engineering, integration, technical support, installation and commissioning services. IMT is an ISO 9001:2008 certified QMS organization and recipient of multiple industry awards for design and innovations.

More information can be found at www.imt-broadcast.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 organised 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, fibre optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews.

More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

Clear-Com Launches Helixnet Partyline at the 2012 NAB Show

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

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 17, 2012 Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is pleased to announce the formal, worldwide release of the HelixNet Partyline Intercom System at the 2012 NAB show (Booth C8008). HelixNet Partyline is the industry’s first networked partyline intercom system with a set of unique capabilities for achieving greater efficiency, cost-savings and flexibility from set up 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. The system begins shipping in June of 2012.

HelixNet Partyline is the first set of products to demonstrate 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 an existing cable infrastructure.

“For over 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 had specifically designed 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 a much higher audio quality, increase efficiency during the set up 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” rack and can provide power and four channels of audio to support up to 20 digital beltpacks.

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

Highly flexible and offers 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. The expansion bay in the Main Station allows optional HLI-2W2 two-wire and HLI-4W2 four-wire interface modules to connect easily with existing analog intercom systems and audio devices, while preserving the high audio quality that is free of hum and noise.

HBP-2X HelixNet Beltpack
High channel density and selectable channels to save resources. The rugged, ergonomically-designed HBP-2X HelixNet Beltpack is a two-channel beltpack that can access two of any four system channels and program audio over a single cable, along with individual level control. Networked audio is distributed over a single, shielded twisted pair, keeping the number of cables required, low.

Easy to operate and read. Optimally positioned buttons and volume knobs are easy to locate, identify and control on the beltpack. Channel labels are simple to read on the high-contrast 10-character OLED displays. Beltpacks can be set up in daisy chain or star configurations with no need for active split boxes.

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

About Clear-ComClear-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 HMEHM 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.

Sound Devices Introduces Next-Generation Functionality for PIX 240 at the 2012 NAB Show

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 17, 2012 — Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, is pleased to introduce new functionality for its popular PIX 240 portable audio/video recorder at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth C2546). This latest firmware update, Version 2, now makes PIX 240 even more powerful with the addition of several monitoring features.

Sound Devices PIX 240 firmware Version 2 now enables users to monitor images in varying exposures through Exposure Assist, a feature that allows for false-color and zebra-stripes viewing. It is also equipped with Focus Assist, which includes a peaking filter and 1:1 pixel zoom. Monitor brightness, contrast and chroma adjustments are also now available. Version 2 of PIX 240 also includes standard definition recording (NTSC and PAL) and support for using simultaneous analog and SDI/HDMI audio inputs. These new features are available as a free firmware update to all PIX 240 users and can be downloaded by visiting http://www.sounddevices.com/download/pix-firmware.htm.

“Our new PIX line of audio/video recorders have received overwhelming support and interest from the industry as a whole,” says Jon Tatooles, managing director at Sound Devices. “We have listened to our customers’ needs and requests and are excited to officially launch Version 2 of PIX 240 at this year’s NAB show.”

PIX 240 is the perfect companion to a wide range of professional cameras used for feature films such as ARRI and RED as well as small-format HD cameras from Sony and Canon. PIX 240 connects to cameras with HDMI or SDI and records directly to QuickTime using Apple’s ProRes or Avid’s DNxHD codec. Since PIX recorders use Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD, files recorded in the field can be used directly in post production, making the workflow simple and fast. PIX 240 includes a built-in Ambient Clockit time-code generator/reader with genlock output for multi-camera and double-system sound applications. The source time-code can be derived from the SDI stream, from an external source or from the built-in generator in PIX 240. Additional features include digital audio inputs on AES3 and an external eSATAp connection for direct connection to large SATA drives.

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

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Anton/Bauer to Feature Innovative Power Solutions for Sony, Canon, Panasonic and RED at the 2012 NAB Show

MATRIX Cheese Plate Makes Official NAB Debut

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 17, 2012—Anton/Bauer, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, will demonstrate the advanced capabilities of its power solutions to U.S. broadcast and video professionals at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth C7032). Anton/Bauer will showcase the MATRIX Cheese Plate, a new mounting plate that can be used with the company’s Gold Mount Solutions for the Sony PMW-F3 camera and NEX-FS-100; Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D, EOS 60D Digital SLR camera and the EOS C300; Panasonic AG-AF100 series professional HD camera and RED EPIC digital cinema camera.

The MATRIX Cheese Plate mounts directly on 15-mm or 19-mm rod systems, allowing for easy mounting for Gold Mounts on a variety of cameras including:

• Sony F3 – QRC-DUAL PT: Gold Mount with four-pin XLR and two PowerTap outputs for the Sony F3. Also mounts directly to the AJA Ki Pro Mini.
• Sony NEX-FS-100 – FGM-S: 7 1/4 Gold Mount
• Canon 5D, 7D and 60D – QR-DLSR: 7 1/4 Gold Mount
• Canon EOS C300 – QRC-CA-940: 7/14 Gold Mount that provides 7.2V power to the camera via DC connector. Offers three PowerTap outputs for multiple accessories
• Panasonic AG-AF100 – QR-VBG: 7 1/4 Gold Mount adapter
• Red EPIC – QRC-EPIC: Exclusive features include three outputs—a hard-wired cabled six-pin LEMO connector for power as well as two PowerTap connectors for accessories.

These Gold Mount solutions can also be used on support rigs such as Cinevate, Zacuto, Shape, Redrock Micro and Genus, among others, and in some cases, a pouch configuration. For example, the Anton/Bauer QR-PD/HDV is the recommended pouch style adapter for the Sony NEX-FS-100.

“Anton/Bauer remains successful due to our continued commitment to bringing innovative products to market for today’s professionals,” says Shin Minowa, vice president of marketing and business development. “We are proud to showcase our innovative power solutions and accessories for the industry’s top cameras to NAB attendees—helping to provide seamless power, while ensuring future compatibility.”

About Anton/Bauer
Anton/Bauer is recognized as the world’s innovator and a premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other key mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries. Based in the United States in Shelton, CT with offices in Europe and Asia, Anton/Bauer was established in 1970 and has expanded its product offerings to include many signature lines such as its leading Gold Mount system, InterActive chargers and Logic Series batteries such as the HyTRON 50, 100 and 140, and DIONIC 90, 160, HC and HCX. Their products are compatible with every camera brand on the market today. Other Anton/Bauer high performance products include the Ultralight 2, ElipZ, CINE VCLX and the Tandem 150 Modular Charging System. Their superior-quality products have become an industry standard. For more information on Anton/Bauer, visit www.antonbauer.com.

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

Vitec Videocom – innovative products around the camera.

Bexel Announces Multimillion-Dollar Commitment to Sony

State-of-the-Art Cameras, Switchers to Be Used at Several Upcoming High-Profile Events

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 17, 2012—Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, is pleased announce its recent commitment to advance its equipment and service offerings with multimillion-dollar purchases of Sony camera systems and production switchers. In preparation for several major events taking place this year, Bexel has committed to purchase four Sony MVS-7000X switchers and 20 Sony HDC-2500 camera systems over a two-year period, with the initial delivery of five due at the end of the month.

“At Bexel, we are excited about these purchases and look forward to offering clients the leading technologies they’ve come to expect from us as they prepare for some of the major broadcast events up ahead,” says Tom Dickinson, chief technology officer, Bexel.

The HDC-2500 system camera incorporates Sony’s advanced technologies for studio cameras. A newly developed 2/3-inch CCD and the new digital signal processing (DSP) capability with a 16-bit A/D converter provides high dynamic range and amazing picture quality with very little noise. The HDC-2500 also provides more transmission flexibility by way of a side panel that can be easily replaced to fit HD-wireless (3rd party) or triax-transmission (availability TBD) systems. “The purchase of these camera systems is part of our dedication to move our inventory to all be 1080p-capable,” adds Dickinson. “A lot of the equipment that we buy has 1080p as a feature, but this is the first camera system that we’ll offer with 1080p as the standard feature. The images this camera produces are incredible and a great addition to our inventory.”

What’s more, Bexel is also making a million-dollar investment in Sony’s MVS-7000X switchers. As part of a major initiative to provide new, high-end, multi-camera full-production flypack systems for clients in markets around the world, Bexel plans to increase its inventory with the purchase of four systems. The company will provide complete services for small to large applications, complementing their element systems. “Historically, Bexel has provided switcher systems for very large, 25-camera events as well as small two- to three-camera events,” says Dickinson. “The MVS-7000X is an excellent production switcher that’s moving us into a new market, where excellent production value is needed with a medium-sized, four-to-six camera production. These switchers are central to us building a whole new generation of flypacks and will be absolutely essential for the upcoming events this summer.”

The MVS-7000X is available for SD, HD or 1080/50P (3G) production. A simple software upgrade will allow the user to switch between these modes. Powerful features include eight high-performance keyers per full ME bus, eight channels of format conversion and two channels of multi-viewer output. An internal two- or four-channel DME processor can also be installed, offering visual effects of superb quality, equivalent to those of the external MVE-9000 processor.

For more information, stop by Bexel Rentals (Booth C6833) and Bexel Professional Sales (Booth C9046) at the 2012 NAB Show or visit www.Bexel.com.

About BexelBexel 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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DPA Launches d:facto Vocal Mic at the 2012 NAB Show

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 16, 2012 – DPA Microphones is pleased to announce the launch of its handheld d:facto™ vocal mic at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth C3436). Building off the success of the DPA reference standard cardioid 4011 microphone, the company has pooled its years of expertise and resources to bring the eagerly awaited, high-quality vocal condenser mic to the broadcast market.

Providing broadcasters with the best handheld microphone, for live broadcast performances or those being recorded for DVD, d:facto offers extraordinarily natural sound, high separation and extreme SPL handling. DPA has identified what its users love about the reference standard cardioid 4011 and tailored those qualities to a handheld design specified for live performance broadcast purposes. The result is a supercardioid mic with superb definition, excellent separation and breathtakingly natural sound, giving viewers at home the feeling of being right there in the audience.

Similar to all DPA mics, d:facto features superior gain-before-feedback, while the robust three-stage pop protection grid built into the microphone effectively removes unwanted noise. Designed to last, d:facto boasts exceptional isolation from handling noise as well as the ability to accommodate extreme sound levels. The microphone head can be used on the DPA wired handle and can also be unscrewed for mounting onto a Wisycom wireless microphone system, offering a high degree of flexibility.

“For many years, the broadcast market has been requesting that the high sound quality of DPA’s legendary 4011 mic be available for a myriad of live performance and recording needs,” says DPA’s CEO, Christian Poulsen. “As a result of the innovative partnership with Wisycom, we have developed the d:facto vocal mic to fulfill those requests. The option of wired and wireless modes, combined with DPA’s proven technology, has resulted in a stylish vocal mic encapsulating flexibility and unsurpassed sound quality: key elements for equipment of the future.”

The d:facto has already been put through its paces on several high-profile TV shows over the past six months, among them are Voice of Denmark, a singing competition TV program broadcast in several countries. “The sound team has been extremely impressed with the d:facto mic,” says Voice’s sound engineer Mads Kærså. “It sounded open at all frequencies. There were no feedback or pop issues and we did not have to worry about handling noise. Finally, a manufacturer has managed to make a handheld microphone that inspires the same feeling a musician gets from a handbuilt instrument. It makes the singer feel more confident and perform better.”

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.

Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) Launches Redesigned Broadcast and MAG Websites

Streamlined Enhancements Provide Faster Access with Additional Features and Functionalities

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 16, 2012 – Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division, and a leader in advanced digital microwave systems serving the Broadcast, Sports & Entertainment and MAG (Military, Aerospace & Government) markets, announced today the launch of its newly redesigned websites. Located at www.imt-solutions.com with direct links to www.imt-broadcast.com and www.imt-government.com, the sites have been greatly enhanced to better serve IMT’s diverse customer base.

The revamped websites feature a robust, clean and compact layout that is easier to navigate, allowing visitors to reach information in fewer clicks. The sites’ upgrades feature enhanced content, a redesigned format and provide a better overall user experience.

“When we launched new websites for our broadcasting, sports and entertainment as well as MAG customers a year ago, we carefully monitored and analyzed the navigational patterns and behaviors of our visitors in an effort to provide the best experience possible,” says Integrated Microwave Technologies Divisional Chief Executive Stephen Shpock. “Those factors, combined with our 2011 Web analytical results, allowed us to make significant design and navigational improvements to both sites and today’s re-launch is the result of our hard work and dedication to our customers.”

The new sites are loaded with features, including multimedia content and videos, and a picture gallery with a shortcut to the new and best-selling products on the front page. Additional upgrades include easy access to a wealth of specifications, data sheets and technical manuals. Optimized for mobile users, the new sites also boast improved search functionality, incorporated help and customer forms.

Other highlights of the sites’ enhancements include social media and sharing icons on every front page, as well as options and comments. With this upgrade, various components of the website allow for users to more easily access content that will be placed front and center.

“Providing our customers with valuable information in fewer clicks reflects IMT’s commitment to superior innovation and customer support,” adds Shpock. “It’s what our customers have come to expect from us and we are dedicated to delivering the highest level of service possible.”

About Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC
Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) is a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division. The company comprises the leading microwave brands Nucomm, RF Central and Microwave Service Company (MSC), offering broadcasters worldwide complete broadcast solutions. Nucomm is a premium brand of digital microwave video systems (including COFDM and VSB) for portable and fixed link applications. RF Central is an innovative brand of compact microwave video equipment for licensed and license free broadcast applications. MSC is a premier provider of engineering, integration, technical support, installation and commissioning services. IMT is an ISO 9001:2008 certified QMS organization and recipient of multiple industry awards for design and innovations.

More information can be found at www.imt-broadcast.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 organised 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, fibre optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews.

More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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RTW TM3 TouchMonitor Now Shipping Worldwide

Affordable, Compact Addition to TouchMonitor Range Supports Compliant Loudness Metering

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 16, 2012 — RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is pleased to announce that it is now shipping worldwide the new TM3 TouchMonitor. The TM3 is the latest introduction in the company’s successful range of products marking the next generation in compliant professional audio signal metering, which will all be on display at the RTW booth (C1844) during NAB 2012.

The TM3 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.

“The TM3 has received such wonderful feedback thus far and there have already been a large number of units sold in advance, so we are thrilled to begin shipment,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “It was important to us to provide the broadcast community with a range of solutions that will help them meet CALM Act compliance standards by the end of this year. The timing of the TM3’s shipment could not be better.”

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.

Full technical details about the TM3 and all of RTW’s products can be found at www.rtw.de.

About RTW
RTW, based in Cologne (Germany), has more than 40 years of experience in designing, producing, and marketing advanced recording-studio systems. The company focuses its business on professional audio signal metering tools that are in use in the leading recording studios as well as by radio and TV broadcasters worldwide. The current product portfolio highlights the TouchMonitor range, a new series of tools for visual signal analysis and comprehensive loudness metering. The TouchMonitor combines the highest of flexibility and modularity with an intuitive user interface and touchscreen-based multichannel-analysis features, integrating exceptional surround-signal visualization using the unique and groundbreaking Surround Sound Analyzer. The high-end SurroundControl series of products with fully fledged loudness measuring combines the convenient metering options of the RTW surround display devices and the control functions of an eight-channel monitoring controller.

For more information, visit www.rtw.de or www.facebook.com/rtw.de, or call +49 (0) 221 709130.

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Clear-Com Announces Seamless Roaming For Tempest2400 at the 2012 NAB Show

New Product Breakthrough Delivers Uninterrupted Coverage for Large-Scale Broadcasts

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 16, 2012 ─ Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, today is pleased to unlock the Seamless Roaming capability for its Tempest2400 digital wireless intercom at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth C8008). Further enhancing one of the most feature-rich and robust system within Clear-Com’s wireless product line, Tempest Seamless Roaming will be most applicable in large mixed facilities that are separated by sizeable distances such as campus buildings, multi-studio environments and/or outdoor venues.

“With Seamless Roaming, a Tempest2400 wireless BeltStation can cover an extensive area with multiple zones that would not be adequately supported by a single BaseStation installation,” says Craig Fredrickson, Clear-Com’s wireless product manager. “This allows broadcasters to focus on critical production cues rather than having to change the settings on their wireless BeltStations when moving within a venue.”

Tempest Seamless Roaming is meant for individuals on the production team who must move freely and wirelessly from a given coverage area to another without interference or dropout of intercom communication. Base stations are linked together with the newest ZSync (Zero Synchronization) Technology. The ZSync Technology provides a zero sync reference that coordinates the hopping patterns of all connected BaseStations every time the system is powered up, irrespective of random time variation in power up sequences, to provide improved system performance and a seamless wireless experience.

With the Seamless Roaming feature, BeltStation users can migrate between as many as 16 different Tempest2400 BaseStations (coverage areas or zones). Both Seamless Roaming and iSelect Roaming are available to accommodate virtually every application need.

The Tempest2400, designed with Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology, utilizes a narrow band signal that is continually changing frequencies to powerfully burn through RF noise and interference. Because of FHSS technology, the Tempest system does not compete with signals from other 2.4 GHz wireless devices, minimizing frequency coordination and enabling flawless performance. Moreover, the wireless system features state-of-the-art 2xTX Transmission Voice Data Redundancy, which sends each packet of audio data twice on different frequencies and through different antennas, ensuring uninterrupted audio communications. Via four- and two-wire connections, it can interoperate with other Clear-Com intercom systems, as well as those from other manufacturers.

Tempest2400 offers three different modes of operations—Normal, Shared and Split. All modes are supported under the Seamless Roaming function. A single Tempest2400 in Normal mode can support between one and five full-duplex wireless users who always need to speak on the intercom system. However, in Split or Shared mode, an unlimited number of users can monitor the conversation and share talk capability. A combination of Tempest systems operating in either Normal or Shared mode can co-exist in the same environment for the ultimate in flexibility. Each digital BeltStation offers four audio channels. By stacking up to 10 BaseStations together, 50 independent, full-duplex wireless BeltStations can operate together in a single system.

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

About HM Electronics, Inc. (HME)
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.

SSL Introduces V5 Software for C100 HDS Digital Broadcast Console at the 2012 NAB Show

Upgrade Introduces Dual Operator Functionality

LAS VEGAS – Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced analogue and digital audio consoles, is pleased to announce V5 software for the C100 HDS Digital Broadcast Console at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth C2013). This new software release will implement a range of features to enable Dual Operator Mode for SSL’s C100 HDS specialized broadcast console. While the development of V5 software responds to feedback from a wide range of SSL clients, the upgrade is particularly relevant to mobile installations where complex productions demand two operators but space and weight are at a premium.

“As the broadcast industry continues to encounter more complex production situations involving multiple mixes, our team has developed the V5 software enhancement for the C100 HDS to meet the needs of two mix engineers at the same time,” says Piers Plaskitt, CEO of SSL, Inc. “V5 allows our most powerful digital console to be installed in a space and weight conscious OB van, for example, to easily handle a live international sporting event presented in different languages, therefore requiring different simultaneous mixes. We believe the V5 software upgrade will further solidify the C100’s impact on the market.”

SSL’s Dual Operator Mode provides two operators the ability to have independent physical controls and access to shared audio assets, through a single console processing engine, Routing and I/O configuration. The system allows for an unlimited number of consecutive eight-channel fader bays to be assigned to a 2nd operator. These bays can be located at either end of a C100 console or separated and installed in a remote location such as a production gallery. The 2nd operator bays can be specified with a dedicated Master Tile to provide access to EQ, dynamics, aux sends and various routing functions, or specified without a Master Tile for simple fader-only operation.

Dual Operator Mode splits the C100 PFL system to provide independent PFL control for each operator with monitoring via headphones, or the main or mini monitor outputs. If both operators access the PFL system simultaneously and route to the monitor outputs, the PFL system delivers a sum of all selected channels. V5 also introduces a new momentary ‘non-latching’ PFL mode to facilitate shared use of monitor outputs.

Each operator will also have independent access to user layers to facilitate selection of individual channels to be laid out in each operator’s area and individual channels that are a shared resource, allowing simultaneous control from both operator areas. A fully redundant C100 system will see both Operator areas as a single console, delivering seamless redundancy for both users. For streamlined project recall for an entire Dual Operator system, all settings for both operators are also saved within a single project.

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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