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ANTON/BAUER TO FEATURE INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR CONTENT CREATORS AT ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY EXPO

BURBANK, CA, NOVEMBER 2, 2011Anton/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 feature its latest suite of advanced power solutions for content creators at the Createasphere Entertainment Technology Expo (Booth 509). more

KBS KUWAIT UPGRADES FOUR STUDIOS WITH SOLID STATE LOGIC C10 HD COMPACT BROADCAST CONSOLES

C10 HD Streamlines Production While Improving Quality

KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT – The Kuwait Broadcast Service (KBS), a major radio broadcasting and performance facility operated by the Ministry of Information (MOI) for the government of Kuwait, has recently upgraded four studios with Solid State Logic C10 HD Compact Broadcast Consoles. MOI/KBS encompasses nine radio stations, five drama studios, four editing suites, three live music/rehearsal spaces and one large concert hall. The C10 HD consoles are part of a general move into digital production systems for the facility and are used for radio production, capturing drama presentations and editing.SSL C10 KBS Kuwait

“KBS is in the process of redesigning its studios with newer digital technology and we wanted to have the latest and best equipment to be ready for HD production and 5.1 transmission,” says Eng. Hameed Khajah, engineering director of OB and studios departments at MOI/KBS. “The C10 gives us the power to work more efficiently now and is ready to take us into the future with surround production. The C10 fits in perfectly with our move into all digital systems by giving us a powerful platform with robust feature set in a small form factor that is perfect for our re-designed studio control rooms.”

Two of the C10 consoles, each with a 24-fader frame addressing 64 DSP channels, are installed in the On-Air First Radio Channel studio and On-Air Super Station Studio to handle live-to-air radio programming for 5 different Radio Kuwait stations. Programming includes This is Kuwait, a daily live interview, news and information show; dedicated talk and news shows; programs featuring English and European music, programs focused on Kuwaiti youth supporting education and exposure to Kuwaiti heritage, as well as religious programming. The edit and drama studio consoles have 16 Faders addressing 64-channels of DSP. All consoles feature Alpha-Link and 8-RMP units. The edit and production studios also have MadiXtreme 64 I/O for DAW use.

“The C10 consoles have changed the way we approach our production workflow for our on-air, drama and ProTools® and Nuendo editing studios,” continues Eng. Khajah. “For example, the C10 gives us the power to have the settings for each program stored for instant recall. This really helps our workflow as it saves setup time. We also store the EQ and dynamics settings for the main talent, so we can now maximize the amount of time we spend optimizing the audio quality of the invited guests. User-defined presets combined with the Dialogue Automix feature that automates faders for fast-paced panel programs makes this type of production easy to accomplish. In every way, the C10 has made our production experience better.”

By using four C10 consoles supporting critical production areas, moving from studio to studio is easy on the engineering staff with the added bonus of being able to move Presets between consoles. In this way, work can be efficiently continued or completed in any C10 control room without the need to reconvene settings or appropriate patching for outboard gear.

“The C10 console establishes an effective environment for sound engineering,” states Eng. Khajah. “Our engineers enjoy being more creative by having the time to craft sound. The C10 gives us a grand synergy because it is easy to interact with the console to get superior production results, while the console gives back excellent sound quality and faster workflow. The C10 also fits in with our green initiatives, a part of our government’s mandate, as the consoles are completely self-contained, generate little heat and have low current draw. The C10 lets us do things we could not do in the past.”

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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BEXEL’S CUSTOM EQUIPMENT RENTAL PACKAGE, ENGINEERING SUPPORT AND TECHNICAL SERVICES BRINGS POT OF GOLD TO BIG BREAK IRELAND

KILDARE, IRELAND, OCTOBER 31, 2011Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, supplied a state-of-the-art equipment package for the 16th season of the Golf Channel’s reality show, Big Break. Held in Kildare, Ireland, this season, the large, overseas reality production also took advantage of Bexel’s expert engineering support and technical services. Bexel has been providing equipment and services for Big Break since season four.

“As with any large scale production abroad, this shoot presented many logistical and technical challenges,” says Irene Farrelly, senior productions manager, Golf Channel Original Productions. “Mark Alexander and the Bexel team overcame each one with professionalism and the urgency needed. I have worked with Mark for several years on a variety of shoots, and their work and equipment is first class.”

The Big Break show concept pits highly skilled golfers against each other in a variety of challenges that test their physical skills and mental toughness. During Big Break Ireland, one contestant is eliminated each week, with the last person standing crowned Big Break champion.

“We have enjoyed a long, successful relationship providing broadcast rental equipment and technical services and support for the Golf Channel, and look forward to working on its Big Break series each season,” says Mark Alexander, Bexel senior account executive/technical consultant. “The Big Break productions always call for an extensive amount of equipment, we have to make sure the gear is available well in advance so our engineers can set things up to the Golf Channel’s specifications. This project also required multiple voltage adapters and converters for various power configurations in Ireland. Providing ‘weather protective’ gear for the equipment was also a must, especially with the ever-changing climate conditions in Ireland.”

For Big Break Ireland, Bexel provided seven Sony PDW-F800 XDCAM HD cameras set to 1080/29.97p. The PDW-F800 camera provides extremely high-quality HD recordings and data rates up to 50Mbps using MPEG-2 4:2:2 compressions. The accompanying HD lenses include the Fujinon HA42x9.7, HA22x7.6 and HA13x4.5 lenses. Bexel chose the Fujinon HA42x9.7 mid-range lens for its ability to provide better coverage on the longer incoming approach shots to the green. In addition, Bexel also provided TV Logic LQM-171W 17-inch LCD HD monitors, Ambient controllers with ACL-203CT tri-level sync lockit boxes and Litepanels camera lights.

“Bexel has been an integral part of my business for the past 20 years. As an engineer in charge, or a DP, I have always felt that Bexel had my back,” says Stef Butler, technical manager/engineer in charge, Golf Channel Original Productions. “Bexel was with us every step of the way—from outlining what we needed, creative thinking regarding gear choices, having the prep in terrific order and carnet preparation—I can’t see how anyone would attempt a show of this magnitude with any other rental house.”

Filmed at The K Club in Kildare, Ireland, Big Break Ireland takes place on the resort’s two championship golf courses—the Palmer Smurfit Course and the Palmer Ryder Cup Course. In addition to hosting the 2006 Ryder Cup, The K Club has also hosted 13 European Opens on the European Tour.

For more information, visit www.Bexel.com.

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 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 http://www.vitecgroup.com.

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ANTON/BAUER HELPS POWER SOPHISTICATED NEW TELEVISION COMPLEX IN TURKMENISTAN

SHELTON, CT – 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, recently equipped the Ashgabat Tower-one of the largest television stations in the world-with hundreds of the company’s power solutions. Based in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, the Ashgabat Tower will be home to seven television and six radio stations, featuring 13 television studios as well as 50 editing suites, greatly expanding the number of television channels available in the state.

The Ashgabad Tower project was handled by Istanbul-based Polimeks, one of the largest construction companies in Turkey. Its subsidiary company and systems integrator, Policom Technology and Foreign Trade Company, respectively, secured the project in Ashgabat and worked in collaboration with Bilgi Park, an equipment dealer in Turkey. Once on air this fall, the new facility will host a variety of HD television productions, including news, sports and live-studio programming.

To help equip the studios with the latest in broadcast technology, Bilgi Park selected an assortment of Anton/Bauer batteries, chargers, adapters, mounts and on-camera LED lighting systems. In total, close to 400 units were sent to the new state-of-the-art facility in September, including 340 DIONIC(r) HC batteries, a variety of PowerChargers(r) including 60 Dual 2722 and 4 QUAD 2702 PowerChargers and 60 Tandem 70 Chargers, 60 QR-SDH Gold Mounts, 110 QR-A200 Sony Gold Mount wedge adapters, 60 Ultralight LED UL2-Base Units and 60 Ultralight LED UL-HMLEDs.

“Whether it’s the busy hub of New York City or the plains of Turkmenistan, this latest international sale for Anton/Bauer speaks volumes about the brand’s reputation for quality performance and reliability,” says Martyn Sly-Jex, manager, Anton/Bauer EMEA. “Anton/Bauer has the experience to understand individual applications and goals and is able to provide the appropriate power solutions. As with any new facility, especially such a noteworthy one as the Ashgabat Tower, the value behind Anton/Bauer will be realized for years to come. We are so honored to be a part of such a renowned project.”

About Anton/BauerAnton/Bauer is recognized as the world’s innovator and 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(r) system, InterActive(r) chargers and Logic Series(r) batteries such as the HyTRON(r) 50, 100 and 140, and DIONIC(r) 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(r), ElipZ(r), ElightZ(r), 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 Appoints Global Sales Executive David Fischer as Company CEO

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, OCTOBER 27, 2011 – Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, recently named global sales executive and marketing industry veteran David Fischer as company CEO. Fischer brings a strong history of exceeding business objectives and growth targets to his new role at Auralex.

Prior to joining Auralex Acoustics, Fischer spent five years as executive vice president of the America’s Market division of Origins Holdings, Inc., a global manufacturer of all-wood home furnishings and cabinetry. In this position, he led sales, marketing, product development, finance and operations.

Fischer served in a variety of global sales roles at Autodesk, Inc., a world leader in 3D design, engineering, product data management and entertainment software. During his final position, Fischer was responsible for defining and driving the company’s global sales force automation strategy. While in this position, he initiated and developed a 12-quarter plan that determined and drove the customer information business strategy.

Fischer also previously served as director of e-commerce sales, North America, at Parametric Technology Corporation, as enterprise manager of strategic accounts at Inacom Information Systems, and as director of consumer sales and service at SBC/Ameritech. Prior to his civilian career, he was a U.S. Marine Corps officer holding a variety of combat and non combat related positions.

Fischer earned his Bachelors of Arts in marketing, business management and economics from the University of St. Thomas. He enjoys an active life style, which includes adventure racing, rock climbing and downhill skiing. His greatest joy comes from spending time with Shawn, his wife of 23 years and their five children.

“We are very excited to welcome David aboard the Auralex team,” says Eric Smith, president and founder of Auralex Acoustics. “He brings with him a wealth of marketing and leadership experience on a grand level in many different areas, including sales and business growth, as well as product development and launch. I am confident of our continued success under David’s guidance.”

About Auralex Acoustics, Inc.
Located in Indianapolis, Auralex Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies.

Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex Web site at www.auralex.com. Auralex can be reached via email at auralexinfo@auralex.com or by calling 1.800.959.3343.

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AUTOSCRIPT TELEPROMPTERS HELP KEEP UNITED TECHNOLOGIES EXECUTIVES AND GUESTS ON CUE IN NEW PRODUCTION STUDIO

HARTFORD, CT, OCTOBER 25, 2011—When United Technologies Corporation (UTC), a company that provides high-technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries, built its new professional television studio, it selected teleprompters and software from Autoscript, the world’s leading teleprompting company and a Vitec Group brand, to help keep its executives and clients at ease during company broadcasts. more

RTW SHOWCASES NEW FIRMWARE UPGRADE AND 3G-SDI INTERFACE FOR TOUCHMONITOR TM9 AT AES 2011

NEW YORK — RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post-production and quality control, will be exhibiting at AES 2011 (Group One Booth 530) the TouchMonitor TM9 with firmware Version 2 (V2) and the new 3G-SDI add-on interface, available by the end of 2011. RTW TM9-3GSDI Firmware Update more

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RTW’S NEW COMBO INSTRUMENT FOR LOUDNESS RANGE METERING MAKES ITS AES 2011 DEBUT

LRA Instrument to be Incorporated in TouchMonitor 2.x, SurroundControl 31900/31960 and SurroundMonitor 11900 4.x Firmware Versions

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 21, 2011 — RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post-production, and quality control, will be showcasing at AES 2011 (Group One Booth 530) its new loudness-range instrument (LRA) for many of its metering products. The new combination instrument will be incorporated into software versions for the TouchMonitor (V2.x), SurroundControl 31900/31960 (V4.x) and the SurroundMonitor 11900 (V4.x). The TouchMonitor TM9 and SurroundControl 31960 SD will also be on display for AES attendees at the booth.RTW LRA Meter more

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SSL ANNOUNCES NEW NATIVE RTAS VERSIONS OF ACCLAIMED DUENDE PLUG-INS AT AES 2011

RTAS Versions of Duende Native Plug-ins are First Fruit From New SSL Avid Developer Partnership

NEW YORK – Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of professional analogue and digital audio consoles, announces the imminent release of new RTAS versions of the acclaimed SSL Duende Native plug-in collection at AES 2011 (Booth 623).
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ANTON/BAUER FEATURES INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR SONY, CANON, PANASONIC, RED AND ARRI CAMERAS AT CCW 2011

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 13, 2011—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 to content creation professionals at this year’s Content & Communications World (CCW). more

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