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Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) Nucomm Newscoder 4 Comes in Loud and Clear with Special Discount Pricing at the 2012 NAB Show

Transmitter-Agnostic MPEG-4-Enabled Encoder Allows Broadcasters to Transmit HD Content Efficiently

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, is showcasing its Nucomm Newscoder 4 at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth C6432 and OE1569). The Newscoder 4 will be specially priced throughout the duration of the show.

The Newscoder 4, designed to work with any transmitter, is a compact, low-power, HD/SD, video/audio encoder with AES encryption. At just 3.7 cubic inches in size, Newscoder 4 delivers superior MPEG-4 H.264 SD and HD encoding, enabling broadcasters to transmit HD content efficiently over the same infrastructure used to transmit SD content.

“The Newscoder 4 continues to define the next level of video compression, and we are excited to offer special pricing during the 2012 NAB show,” says Integrated Microwave Technologies Divisional Chief Executive Stephen Shpock. “What sets the Newscoder 4 apart is that it is designed to work with any transmitter. With an additional 30-percent bit rate reduction, low delays and video quality improvement over a baseline encoder, the MPEG-4-enabled encoder allows broadcasters to transmit HD content efficiently. Users will be especially pleased with the Newscoder 4’s ability to support a full main profile.”

The Newscoder 4 input accepts either composite (NTSC or PAL), SD-SDI or HD-SDI sources. The encoder automatically detects the video input format, digitizes it and passes it to a high-performance H.264/AVC MP@L4 video encoder, where the video is compressed down to an extremely low data rate. The resulting output is an ASI transport stream.

In addition, the encoder has one stereo or two mono audio inputs and supports both line-level inputs and microphone-level inputs. Each mode supports independent gain selection ranging from 12 dB of attenuation to +50 dB and embedded audio.

Featuring two RS232 ports, one for remote control and a second for user data, the Newscoder 4 also employs AES encryption, preventing unauthorized viewing of the signal. A video test pattern generator is designed into the NCTX-4 that can be controlled externally through the preset switch or programmed to be automatically enabled when the video input is lost. The encoder has an ASI input and output, providing the ability to stack or multiplex multiple units.

The Newscoder 4 requires little setup and the local control panel is simple and user friendly. Simply apply video and power, then connect and select a preset. For advanced functions, such as AES encryption keys or unit naming, an easy-to-use administration software package is supplied, allowing the user to configure up to eight custom presets. The administrator can feel confident that with the use of access control, the end user cannot corrupt the preset configurations.

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.

API HOSTS EVENT WITH JOE CHICCARELLI AT WEST LA MUSIC

joe_c.JPGJESSUP, MARYLAND – APRIL 2012: Famed producer, mixer and engineer Joe Chiccarelli is slated to appear for API (Automated Processes Inc.) at a special API JDK Day event. The special showing will feature a Q&A with Chiccarelli as well as a demonstration of his recording and mixing techniques using an API 1608.

“We are so thrilled to have Joe available to appear at this event,” said Larry Droppa, API president. “Getting Joe to explain his recording and mixing techniques in an intimate forum like this is a very rare occurrence, and API is honored to have Joe doing the demo on a 1608. He has been a fan of API gear for many years and has the ability to get the equipment to bring out the best part of an artist’s performance.”

Chiccarelli rose to industry fame as an engineer and producer more

First Yamaha CL Console Demo A Success

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, New Jersey—With more than 60 audio professionals in attendance, sponsor and Yamaha dealer ACIR Professional deemed the first field demo of the new Yamaha CL Console series a success.

Yamaha Systems Application Engineer, Kevin Kimmel, presented the new CL Series Digital Console along with the Portico RND 5045 Primary Source Enhancer and Dugan-MY16 card.

Audio professionals present were from the touring, house of worship and performance venue markets and hailed from the Atlantic City area, and areas such as central New Jersey, New York City, and Maryland. “We are quite pleased with the success of this event,” states Bobby Harper, Vice President of Sales, ACIR Professional. “The CL console will fill a price point void, provide a new audio transmission platform, and also solve the problems of sharing digital head amps. We know that both Yamaha and ACIR Professional will do quite well in the sales and marketing efforts of the new console.”

For more information on the Yamaha CL Series Digital Console, RND 5045 or Dugan-MY 16 card, visit www.yamahaca.com.

For more information on ACIR Professional, visit www.acirpro.com.

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PHOTO ID: Yamaha’s Kevin Kimmel

PHOTO CREDIT: Digital Warmth

Second Location for Second City Opens in Chi-Town

BUENA PARK, Calif.— Originally making its debut in 1959, and recently celebrating its 50th birthday, the legendary Second City Comedy Theatre has opened the UP Comedy Club, a new theatre in the Piper’s Alley area of Chicago. With resident stages in Chicago, Toronto, and Touring Ensembles, Second City entertains over 1,000,000 guests each year. It was the training ground for a host of famous alumni including John Belushi, Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, John Candy, Catherine O’Hara, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, to name a few. The UP space, which is adjacent to the original, has been totally revamped. It seats 385 and features the best in headline stand-up comedy with a variety of original full-length shows and Improv revues created by Second City Theatricals. Performances occur seven nights per week.

The new audio system includes a Yamaha LS9-32 digital console and NEXO PS8 speakers. “When we initially were brought in, we were asked to make recommendations to the then General Manager from Second City’s Toronto facility,” says Gand. “The main criteria were to use the smallest speakers so that they would be essentially invisible to the audience. In the beginning, the general manager thought that analog mixing with a big rack of outboard gear was the way to go. Part way through the project, Jeremy Smith, who has been with Second City since 2002 as stage manager for their touring company, was brought into the fold. He understood that the Yamaha LS9-32 digital console we had presented was the way to go. The console allowed for a smaller equipment footprint in the front of house booth and the capability of storing presets for every show, adding instant repeatability from rehearsal to performance.”

“A 36″ deep duct running left to right through the center of the room made for a unique challenge,” notes Gand. “This was tackled by installing four NEXO PS8U speakers over the stage and an additional pair on the back side of the duct which are delayed. Rigging was also a challenge to locate the PS8′s where they would do what the GEOSOFT software promised. Utilizing NEXO’s own proprietary rigging hardware allowed us to aim cabinets to match the software recommendations.” Two LS400 subwoofers were installed along with two NEXO NXAMP 4×1 amplifiers.

“Typically, Second City is known for ensemble comedy ala Saturday Night Live rather than individual stand-up performers like most comedy clubs,” states Gary Gand, President, Gand Sound Installations. “UP was developed as a new hybrid performance venue with an eclectic blend of comedy. You can count on a ‘topical’ show any night of the week. If it was in the news today, good chance it will be onstage at Second City that night, especially if it has to do with local politics. The menu, for you Bears super fans, includes a Vienna sausage trio served alongside an Italian beef sandwich, Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza, and Eli’s cheesecake.”

The Up Comedy Club will host Rhys Darby (half of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords musical comedy duo) and Mitch Fatel from the late night TV circuit, John Hodgman, Gary Owen, and Robert Kelly over the next several months.

Gand Sound Installations (GSI) of Glenview, Illinois, who was referred to Second City by the Paramount Arts Center in Aurora, Illinois (where GSI recently installed a NEXO GEO S12 line array) was tapped in the spring of 2011 for the audio installation of the new comedy club. Completed at the end of 2011, architects on the project were Barker/Nester Architecture + Design of Skokie, Illinois.

For more information on the Up Comedy Club, visit www.upcomedyclub.com.

For more information on Second City, visit www.secondcity.com.

For more information on Gand Sound Installations, visit www.gandsoundinstallations.com.

For more information on Yamaha and NEXO products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

ASHLY GEAR CHOSEN FOR SEDONA’S ENCHANTMENT RESORT

enchantment_clubhouse.JPGSEDONA, ARIZONA – APRIL 2012: Words hardly do justice to Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona. The upscale retreat is tastefully nestled within a red rock canyon in a way that makes the views from the pools, rooms, restaurants, lounges, and spa breathtakingly open and serene. It is a rare amalgam of backcountry camping’s beauty and modern hospitality’s comforts in which neither aspect is compromised.

Enchantment Resort began an eight-million dollar renovation to its main building, the Clubhouse, this past November. This building houses the resorts front desk, restaurants, bar, specialty wine bar, pool and pool bar, and an activity center. The Clubhouse renovation was completed and reopened just in time for their peak spring break season, which typically brings 100% occupancy. With an entire makeover of all restaurants, bars, public areas, front desk, retail shopping, and a new pool almost three times the more

COUNTRYMAN ASSOCIATES INTRODUCES H6 HEADSET MICROPHONE

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Menlo Park, CA – April 2012… Countryman Associates, Inc., the leading innovator of high-quality, miniature microphones, is pleased to introduce the H6 Headset Microphone. Delivering exceptional audio quality, superior moisture resistance, and a secure, comfortable fit, this ultra-low profile microphone makes an outstanding choice for a variety of applications, including theater, broadcast, live music performance, and more. more

dB AUDIO AND VIDEO INSTALLS REALISTICALLY-PRICED PANASONIC-BASED HD VIDEO SYSTEM AT LIVING HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH

livinghopechurch_stage.JPGBOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY – APRIL 2012: Living Hope Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky is not unlike other mid-sized churches. “Although we had always been happy to embrace new audio and video technologies over the years, the fact that we had fallen behind crept up on us slowly,” said the church’s creative arts pastor, Jon Farmer. In order to stay true to the church’s stated relationship with supporting technologies – “to better connect people with our message,” in Farmer’s words – Living Hope recently undertook a significant overhaul of its video system. Aided by the experts at dB Audio and Video of Gainesville, Georgia, the church now has a full HD presentation and recording system centered on Panasonic cameras, switchers, and projectors. Despite the truly vast improvement in performance, the cost was only a fraction of what it would have been just a few more

ALTINEX ANNOUNCES TNP512 INTERCONNECT BOX

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Brea, CA – April 2012… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the availability of the TNP512 Interconnect Box, the latest addition to the ever-expanding line of Tilt ‘N Plug interconnect offerings. As a compact interconnect solution designed for installation into tables, podiums, or other furniture as part of an AV presentation system, the new TNP512 offers convenient, one touch access to a variety of video, audio, computer, network, and power connections—making the tabletop connection point attractive for any boardroom or conference room table. Of particular note, the new TNP512 employs a new leaf-spring mechanism—replacing the gas spring design of previous models. more

LECTROSONICS ANNOUNCES WM WATERTIGHT TRANSMITTER

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Rio Rancho, NM – April 10, 2012… Lectrosonics, recognized the world over as a leading manufacturer of wireless microphone systems and audio processing products, is pleased to introduce the WM Watertight Transmitter, the company’s newest addition to its line of highly acclaimed Digital Hybrid Wireless® microphone systems offering compandor-free audio. Combining ‘cabled-microphone’ audio performance combined with a super-tough housing designed to withstand the harshest environments, the new Lectrosonics WM Watertight Transmitter is certain to be well received by theatrical and location sound professionals. more

Penn Elcom appoints David Logan sales manager FANE loudspeakers

Penn- Elcom (penn-elcom.com) renowned case and speaker cabinet parts manufacture announces the appointment of David Logan to North America Sales Manager for FANE Loudspeakers (fane-international.com). David Logan previously held management positions at Hollywood Sound Systems, Westlake Audio, Alpine Car Audio and brings over 40 years of Pro-Audio, MI and Music industry experience to Penn-Elcom. Fane has enjoyed an historic success in Europe with its hand-made in the UK  speakers since 1958, and now brings its full line of high end Pro-Audio and Musical instrument loudspeakers  to North America for the first time. “We’re truly excited about the new relationship between Penn-Elcom and FANE and anxious to provide domestic customers the opportunity to try the quality FANE product for the first time” says David Logan. Contact  David Logan at  david.logan@penn-elcom.com for further details.

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