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CLEAR-COM BLASTS OFF AT THE CNES TOULOUSE SPACE CENTRE

Company’s Intercom System a Vital Piece of Dual Galileo Satellite Launch

TOULOUSE, FRANCE, 29 NOVEMBER, 2011 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is pleased to announce that its Eclipse Digital Matrix Intercom Systems and V-Series control panels were an integral part of the recent launch by CNES (Centre National d’Études Spatiales) of the first two satellites of the European Union and European Space Agency’s (ESA) Galileo project. CNES staff members coordinated the launch, which took place 21 October, 2011, from the CNES Toulouse Space Centre in France, with scientists at the actual launch site, located in Kourou, French Guiana. With initial service projected to begin in 2014, Galileo will provide a high-precision positioning system, similar to the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS), specifically for European nations. more

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CLEAR-COM PRESENTS UNMATCHED INTERCOM SOLUTIONS AT I/ITSEC 2011

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, NOVEMBER 28 2011—Clear-Com® a global leader in critical voice communication systems, will bring its vast portfolio of partyline, digital matrix, wireless and IP-based intercoms to this year’s I/ITSEC 2011 (Booth 3030). With over 40 years of experience in designing and manufacturing highly-innovative and robust communication technologies, Clear-Com has been a chief provider of intercom solutions for training and simulation, command and control as well as test and evaluation. more

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AVIOM PERSONAL MIXING SYSTEM ON THE HEAR US FROM HEAVEN TOUR WITH JARED ANDERSON

Musicians Count on the Company’s A-16II Personal Mixers during Multi-city Tour

WEST CHESTER, PA, NOVEMBER 29, 2011 — Aviom Personal Mixers are improving setup and sound on Jared Anderson’s Hear Us from Heaven Tour, in which the popular Christian singer and musician has been traveling throughout the country, visiting churches and other venues for a night of prayer, worship and music. Although the tour takes Anderson and his band to a variety of venues, each with its own unique audio and equipment setup, the Aviom A-16II Personal Mixers ensure that each musician’s monitor mix remains the same, night after night.

Recently performing at churches and college venues in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma, the Hear Us from Heaven Tour has been supplied with sound by Sight & Sound Technologies, a company that specializes in equipment sales and training in the areas of sound lighting and video in churches. For this tour, Sight & Sound Technologies chose to provide the band with the Aviom A-16IIs because they needed a way to address monitoring quickly and easily. They also sought the ability to allow musicians to save and recall their personalized monitor mixes during the hectic setup stage.

“The Aviom system has been a real lifesaver on this tour,” says Kris Johnson, chief operating officer of Sight & Sound Technologies and the audio engineer for the tour. “The A-16II is really helpful for the guys in the band, as they can use the same mixers every night, save their mixes, then recall those mixes—regardless of the sound system we’re plugging into, which is huge for us. All of the guys are just raving about the consistency that they’re getting from the Aviom system.”

Johnson works on a variety of different consoles, depending on what is available at each venue, and he’s handled everything from a Behringer EURODESK mixer to a Midas Pro3 digital console. By using an Aviom AN-16/i-M Mic Input Module, he is able to provide a monitor feed directly to the Aviom Personal Mixers, while also plugging into the existing set of inputs to the main sound system available at the church or venue. This allows the band to get consistency in their monitor mixes and Johnson to integrate quickly into the house sound system without additional gear or hassle. All five members of the band have their own A-16IIs that they use with IEMs (in-ear monitors), with the exception of Anderson, who runs his through a powered speaker.

No matter what the venue or setup, Johnson knows the Aviom A-16IIs will see him through the performance, especially when it comes to monitoring. “We’re in churches that have every type of equipment you could ever want, from mega churches like Bethany World Prayer Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, all the way down to much smaller churches that don’t even use a regular drum kit,” he notes. “We see a lot of different types of setups, so Aviom literally saves the day when it comes to monitoring. Otherwise, my drummer is on some sort of headphone amp or a little hotspot speaker, and neither of those are any good to hear over his drums.”

As for the Aviom AN-16/i-M Mic Input Module, Johnson appreciates that its Thru feature is not dependent on the head amp’s volume. “The Thru feature is just a straight pass through, not like some systems, where if you adjust the gain or head amp, it adjusts your signal going to the board. The Aviom AN-16/i-M Mic Input Module doesn’t do that. It’s a straight pass through, allowing me to get the gain I need at front of house, but I can also adjust the gain going to the guys’ in-ears with the head amp. I really like the versatility the Aviom equipment provides.”

Sight and Sound Technologies was started in 2007 by Kris Johnson and his wife Tara. The business quickly grew and the duo began running the company fulltime in 2009, helping new and existing churches implement audio, video, lighting and portable staging systems. From start-up systems for new church plants and multi-site campuses to designing building systems for existing churches, Sight and Sound Technologies is happy to handle single item purchases all the way up to complete audio, lighting and video systems. For more information, visit http://www.sightandsoundtech.tv.

Aviom pioneered personal mixing with its Pro16® Monitor Mixing System and continues to break new ground with the revolutionary Pro64® Series of audio networking products. With tens of thousands of products in the field today, Aviom has set the standard for high performance, scalable digital solutions. All Aviom systems harness the power of A-Net®, Aviom’s innovative digital audio technology that simplifies system design while enhancing flexibility and fidelity. All Aviom products are designed, tested, and manufactured in the USA. For more information, visit www.Aviom.com.

ANTON/BAUER’S LATEST POWER SOLUTIONS FOR SONY, CANON, PANASONIC, ARRI AND RED TO MAKE NATEXPO DEBUT IN 2011


MOSCOW, RUSSIA – Anton/Bauer, a brand of The Vitec Group, 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 company’s latest suite of advanced power solutions at NATEXPO 2011 from November 23 through November 25. Anton/Bauer will display the MATRIX Cheese Plate and Gold Mount System for the Sony F3 and NEX-FS-100 cameras; the Canon 5D, 7D and 60D cameras; the Panasonic AG-AF100 camera and the RED EPIC camera. In attendance will be professionals in the television, radio/new media broadcasting and cinema production industries. The company will also be featuring a variety of power solutions for the Sony F65 and ARRI ALEXA cameras. Products will be shown onsite at partner booths DNK (Stand A44), I.S.P.A. (Stand A42), and OKNO-TV (Stand A32, A57).

The new 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 – 71/4 Gold Mount
  • Canon 5D, 7D and 60D – QR-DLSR – 7/14 Gold Mount
  • Panasonic AG-AF100 – QR-VBG – 71/4 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, Shape, Redrock Micro and Genus, among others, and in some cases, a pouch (the QR-PD/HDV is recommended for the Sony NEX-FS-100 in a pouch configuration).

    Anton/Bauer also provides a broad range of options and versatility for users powering the Sony F65 and ARRI ALEXA including the reliable and powerful DT-500. Providing two 4-pin XLRs for simultaneous outputs of 28 and 14 volts, the DT-500 is an optimal power supply for high-consumption cameras.

    Specific power solutions for the Sony F65 include the QR-SC ALTA, which can be used with any Logic Series battery including the 124Wh DIONIC HCX or any two Logic Series batteries with the company’s SO-SC ALTA snap on battery belt. For extended run-times, Anton/Bauer also offers the 560Wh CINE VCXL-CA with an 8-pin LEMO for simultaneous outputs of 14 and 28 volts.

    When operating the power-hungry ARRI ALEXA, the QR-HOTSWAP AR allows for two DIONIC HC or HCX batteries for seamless hotswapping. Available exclusively with the QR-HOTSWAP AR is the ability to display combined batteries’ remaining run-time in the camera viewfinder.

    For more information, visit www.AntonBauer.com.

    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 virtually every camera brand on the market today. Other Anton/Bauer high performance products include the Ultralight, ElipZ, ElightZ, CINE VCLX and CINE VCLX/2. Their superior-quality products have become an industry standard. For more information on Anton/Bauer, visit www.antonbauer.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 2010 revenue of £309 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 www.vitecgroup.com.

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    AURALEX IS EXCLUSIVE ACOUSTICS SPONSOR AT CEDIA CHINA 2011 EXPO AND CONFERENCE

    SHANGHAI, CHINA – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, is the sole acoustics sponsor at the CEDIA China 2011 Expo and Conference, set to take place at Shanghai International Convention Center November 23 through November 25.

    “We are excited to represent the acoustics industry at CEDIA China, as we are currently expanding our presence throughout Asia,” says David Fischer, CEO of Auralex Acoustics. “Not only does this show support Asia’s emerging audio and home cinema industry, but it will be the most impactful international exhibition for the residential electronic systems technology industry across the region. Our role at this show solidifies our leadership and commitment to providing innovative acoustical solutions across the globe.” more

    CLEAR-COM CHOOSES AUDIOPRO FOR DISTRIBUTION IN THE NETHERLANDS

    AMSTERDAM, NOVEMBER 17, 2011 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is pleased to announce the appointment of AudioPro as its new distributor in the Netherlands. AudioPro, the region’s leading lighting and professional audio equipment provider, will offer the full range of HME professional intercom products as well as a majority of Clear-Com’s offerings, focusing on solutions designed for the theatre, live entertainment, studio and broadcast markets. more

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    DW SERVICES GROUP SELECTS AVIOM PERSONAL MIXERS FOR CHURCH INSTALLATIONS ACROSS THE U.S.

    Pro16 Personal Mixing System Helps Eliminate Stage Volume in Houses of Worship

    TUCKER, GA, NOVEMBER 17, 2011Aviom personal mixers have become the solution of choice for DW Services Group for helping to reduce stage volume and to ensure spoken messaging is clearly heard during church services and events across the country.

    “When working with churches, our primary concern is about the message and the word,” says Fred Jacobson, co-owner/operator and VP of sales and marketing, DW Services Group. “Without that being heard or if it’s cluttered by stage volume from the band, those who have come to listen to the pastor or the minister won’t get the full message. Aviom gives us the ability to have the message come across and not be overshadowed by the band, so we like to place A-16II Personal Mixers in every venue that we can because they truly eliminate stage volume.”

    A full-service audio, video, lighting and recording company, DW Services Group provides site consultations, gear rentals, equipment maintenance and repair, complete system design and installations both large and small for churches in the U.S. Having worked with such churches as Mountaintop Faith Ministries, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Light of the World and Changing a Generation in Atlanta, Jacobson understands the importance of balancing stage volume for a congregation and utilizes personal mixers from Aviom to help manage individual monitor levels for the musicians.

    In a typical worship setup, signals from the instruments and mics in the pulpit are fed into the front-of-house console, such as the Yamaha M7CL digital live-sound console or PM5D digital mixing console. The Aviom AN-16/i Input Module then takes the signals from the console and outputs a digital audio stream. The digital signal is then sent via Cat-5 to an A-16D Pro A-Net® Distributor near the stage, which sends monitor stems via Cat-5 to the personal mixers, which are used with in-ear monitors or powered wedges.

    “The Aviom A-16D Pro fits nicely in my equipment racks and once I set it up, it’s done,” says Jacobson. In addition to being simple for the audio mixer, Jacobson notes the system’s ease of use for the musicians. “What makes Aviom a good fit for our musicians compared to other options is the feel of the knob. So, for example, a musician may not watch the dial to see if it’s on seven or eight, so with the Aviom personal mixers, the click tells them exactly where they are. With the 16-channel mixer, they can simply click eight times, whereas other systems require a sweeping turn.”

    Other features Jacobson appreciates are the option to group the mixers and the lack of learning curve that comes along with the system. “Aviom gives me a card that I laminate and put on top of the mixers. The musicians study it and it takes them five minutes and they get it. Between the recall and grouping, I can get somebody doing 50-100 songs and recall them without a problem,” he says.

    “In all, Aviom is a great investment and very reliable. I haven’t had a mixer or a Cat-5 breakdown,” says Jacobson. “It’s not overpriced and it’s certainly something that every church needs.”

    For more information about DW Services Group, please visit http://dwservicesgroup.com.

    Aviom pioneered personal mixing with its Pro16® Monitor Mixing System and continues to break new ground with the revolutionary Pro64® Series of audio networking products. With tens of thousands of products in the field today, Aviom has set the standard for high performance, scalable digital solutions. All Aviom systems harness the power of A-Net®, Aviom’s innovative digital audio technology that simplifies system design while enhancing flexibility and fidelity. All Aviom products are designed, tested, and manufactured in the USA. For more information, visit www.Aviom.com.

    BEXEL NAMES JOHN MILLS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

    BURBANK, CA, NOVEMBER 14, 2011Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, announced it has named John Mills as business development manager. In his new position, Mills will manage Bexel’s business development for its rental and services companies from Chicago to Seattle and San Francisco. more

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    DALLAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY EQUIPS NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY WITH AVIOM PRO16 PERSONAL MIXING SYSTEM

    Personal Mixers Ensure Students Graduate With Knowledge of Professional Gear

    DALLAS, NOVEMBER 9, 2011—At the start of the new school year, Dallas Baptist University (DBU) opened the doors to its new Joan and Andy Horner Music Hall—built specifically to support its creative degree programs for music and engineering. The new 12,000-square-foot, $5-million multi-purpose academic building houses the disciplines of music business, communication theory, broadcast communication and graphic design communication, as well as the College of Fine Arts academic leadership program. To encourage a well-rounded educational experience for its music and engineering undergraduates, the new recording studios inside the facility have been equipped with Aviom A-16II Personal Mixers.Aviom Dallas Baptist University3 more

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    Aviom Personal Mixers Take The Stage During New World Center’s Pulse Nightclub Events

    MIAMI, NOVEMBER 4, 2011—Long before the curtains were first raised in Miami Beach’s New World Center, expectations were high that it would be a spectacular educational and performance facility, home to the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy. While bringing to life its mission of becoming a destination for creativity and inspiration, the Center also debuted as a cultural icon, introducing Pulse, a unique spin on the orchestral experience within a nightclub setting. To help performers get the best monitor mixes in a hall where the acoustics are quite reverberant, Pro Sound and Video, a Miami-based company that specializes in providing high quality, technology solutions for audio, video, theater, club and broadcast projects, equipped the New World Center with an Aviom Pro16® personal mixing system.Aviom Pro16 Mixer New World Center Pulse Stage

    Early in the New World Center’s first season, Aviom’s Personal Mixers played an important role on stage in performances by the prestigious New World Symphony and even more so during Pulse performances, when the concert hall transitioned into a nightclub and New World Symphony Fellows and a classically-trained DJ, Mason Bates, shared the stage.

    “The intent behind the New World Center was to create the most technically sophisticated concert hall in North America,” says Brad Gallagher, managing director, Pro Sound and Video. “In a symphonic building, with such a long RT60, the sound that engineers hear from a reference monitor is going to be vastly different from what the musicians are hearing on stage. With so many elements taking place at once, the Aviom Personal Mixers are an absolutely ideal solution.”

    Since the hall was designed with a NC-15 noise criterion, there is a virtually pure environment for the natural acoustics of the room. Though beautiful to listeners, the acoustics do pose some issues when monitoring. “The nominal reverb time of the room is 1.5 seconds, so when the Aviom A-16II Personal Mixers are used with headphones or in-ears, it allows us to totally eliminate any unnecessary stage volume, while keeping our options flexible for on-stage performances,” says Alan Miller, New World Center production technician and audio specialist.

    Aviom Mixers New World Center PulseMiller introduced the Aviom personal mixers to the performers for the very first Pulse show, giving each musician the option to customize personal mixes, as they were tasked with performing live in this unique setting. Aviom A-16II Personal Mixers helped musicians overcome the challenges brought on by the instruments, ambiance and unique distances between performers, as DJ Mason Bates and the performers were located on stage lifts, while other performers were located on the hall’s satellite stages.

    “During the first performance, three percussionists played a rather difficult piece on Djembes (skin-covered drums played with bare hands) that were positioned on different performance platforms throughout the hall,” says Miller. The platforms surround the stage with about 50 feet separating each and are between audience seating areas. “We recognized that the percussionists would need to hear each other clearly while competing with the late-night crowd noise, so Aviom A-16II Personal Mixers were the perfect solution. We also provided an A-16II to the orchestra conductor,” adds Miller.

    The music selected for the venue’s second Pulse event required a completely different setup, with two soloists playing on separate performance platforms in exact synchronization with the full orchestra on stage. “The distance time delay and reverb would not allow us to do this setup without any monitoring, so this time I pulled out the A-16CS Control Surfaces to be used in conjunction with our A-16R Personal Mixers that are rack mounted in our monitor console desk unit,” says Miller. “The DigiCo D1 allowed us to send the signal to these A-16R units and then the output of the A-16R can be routed back to the console so I could send it to our wedge monitors.”

    Designed for flexibility by audio consultants Acoustic Dimensions and Sonitus, the New World Center’s system includes Aviom A-16D Pro A-Net® Distributors that route to an RJ-45 patch panel at the hall’s backstage left audio racks. The patch panel then has A-Net lines that run virtually everywhere in the performance hall. The stage consists of 10 electro-mechanical stage lifts, with each lift having anywhere from one to four floor pockets that allow the crew access to audio, video and electrical panels attached to each stage. Cat-5 cabling that originates at the patch panel is run to each floor pocket, allowing Miller and the audio team to position the Aviom units just about anywhere on or off stage as needed for the performers, including the performance platforms that have full audio/data connectivity. The main DigiRack that is shared by the consoles has an Aviom D-16c A-Net Card that allows the audio team to take up to 16 outputs that are assigned on the consoles and send them through the Aviom system.

    For more information on the New World Center & Symphony, visit www.nws.edu.

    Aviom pioneered personal mixing with its Pro16® Monitor Mixing System and continues to break new ground with the revolutionary Pro64® Series of audio networking products. With tens of thousands of products in the field today, Aviom has set the standard for high performance, scalable digital solutions. All Aviom systems harness the power of A-Net®, Aviom’s innovative digital audio technology that simplifies system design while enhancing flexibility and fidelity. All Aviom products are designed, tested, and manufactured in the USA. For more information, visit www.Aviom.com.

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