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Gardner-Webb University Installs Two Dante-enabled Yamaha CL Consoles

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina has experienced remarkable growth, perseverance, and maturity since it began as a movement initiated by the Kings Mountain Baptist Association in 1905. The University began as Boiling Springs High School and later became a junior college in 1927, and renamed Gardner-Webb College in 1948. The institution officially became known as Gardner-Webb University in 1993, culminating years of preparation. Today, Gardner-Webb is flourishing with five professional schools, two academic schools, and 11 academic departments that offer just over 5,000 students, 60 undergraduate and graduate fields of study.

Recently, the University installed Yamaha CL1 and CL5 digital consoles and two RIO3224s purchased by Full Compass and installed by University staff in cooperation with the ASE Group. The consoles are located in their new 110,000-sq. ft. Tucker Student Center in Stewart Hall. Stewart Hall is unique in that it can be separated into three separate spaces.

“The performance space is non-traditional and very flexible,” states Wayne E. Johnson, Associate VP for Operations, Gardner-Webb University. “Stewart Hall works in either a coffee house/club setting by lowering electric disappearing Skyfold walls, or in an auditorium or banquet setting by raising the walls. When lowered, the center room has a balcony on three sides with bistro table seating.”

About the new CL consoles, Johnson says that the system sounds great and has a superb operational design. “We had previously been using an LS9 in older venues, but the CL Series offers much more flexibility. We also integrated with Symetrix for Dante distribution and are using MYMIX cards as well, so there are no traditional audio connections. The entire project (audio, video, monitor, lighting) is all running off Cat5. Due to the flexibility of the space, we wanted to be able to re-patch anything from speakers to light fixtures over one single wiring network.”


For more information on Gardner-Webb University, visit www.gardner-webb.edu.

For more information on Yamaha CL Digital Consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, 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.

Martin Gasienica joins Clark’s Sales Team

Clark Wire & Cable™, HD World Booth #863, a leader in broadcast and professional AV interconnect technology has hired Martin Gasienica to the position of Eastern Regional Account Manager. In this position Gasienica will be responsible for managing the daily sales and service requirements in the eastern region of Clark Wire & Cable’s domestic sales.

With over fifteen years of experience in broadcast and commercial AV interconnect technology, Gasienica brings with him an extensive history of product and industry knowledge. Previously Martin held the position of eastern regional inside sales at Gecpo International, Inc., a manufacturer of communications wire and cable. In addition to his decade plus experience Gasienica holds a BFA in audio and communications from Columbia College Chicago that encompassed audio system design, integration, and content production.

“Martin is an exceptional addition to our sales team,” stated Shane Collins, president of Clark Wire & Cable. “His experience, product knowledge, and commitment to service is unique and naturally aligns with Clark’s commitment to the broadcast and commercial AV industries. We welcome Martin as key addition to our team and growth strategy.”

About Clark Wire & Cable

Clark Wire & Cable, a leader in broadcast and professional AV interconnect technology, is celebrating over 23 years of business. With a focus on quality and innovation, Clark Wire & Cable delivers unique and reliable solutions dedicated to the markets it serves. From precision engineered bulk cable and cable assemblies to connectors, tools and custom panels, Clark Wire & Cable has remained committed to delivering comprehensive interconnect solutions. For additional information, please visit www.clarkwire.com.

Token Creek Selects Cobalt Digital Gear for New HD Production Truck

Urbana, IL –Token Creek (http://www.tokencreek.com), one of the nation’s fastest-growing mobile HD and digital television production companies, will roll out the newest member of its mobile fleet in early November furnished with an extensive complement of Cobalt Digital’s (www.CobaltDigital.com) sophisticated signal processing gear. The truck, named Chippewa, will predominantly cater to sports events.
“We’re building this truck to accommodate the growing demand for more vehicles with HD infrastructures, especially within sporting applications,” said John Salzwedel, Token Creek’s president. “We made our equipment choices based on numerous factors, including performance and technological advancement, but we were particularly influenced by the reliability of Cobalt’s products and the support we’ve received from their exceptional sales and technical support staff.”
Chippewa will be Token Creek’s fourth truck. Beck Associates, a television systems integrator, is building the mobile unit in its Pflugerville, TX location. Cobalt’s new award-winning HPF-9000 High Power Frames will comprise the core of the truck’s infrastructure and be populated with HD-SDI reclocking, MADI and audio DAs; frame syncs; and the Company’s 9901-UDX-HD 3G up/down/cross converters with 16 channels of AES embedding and color correction software.
“With Cobalt’s large selection of terminal gear, paired with a variety of software, and input/output options we were able to select the exact configurations we needed,” Salzwedel continued. “The 3G video infrastructure and MADI distribution are both key pieces in this new mobile unit. This will be the first Token Creek unit to utilize a MADI audio system, which is the ultimate way to distribute audio throughout the truck. The signal flows flawlessly. It simplifies a lot.“
Token Creek, headquartered in Waunakee, Wisconsin, travels the country covering college and professional sports for major networks. “The key word is reliability,“ explained Salzwedel. “We can be working in Green Bay, Wisconsin one day and be in Miami, Florida within 48 hours. Our infrastructure must withstand the rigors of temperature extremes as well as highway systems in varying degrees of disrepair.”
Token Creek’s membership in Alliance Productions, the largest group of mobile production companies in North America, also impacted its choices. The organization identifies and meets the demand for top-notch television production services at competitive rates through 13 partner companies. “Alliance Productions strives, and succeeds, to compete with the larger truck companies by furnishing services from a select group of companies reputed for their advanced technology and dependability. As a member, we pride ourselves in providing customers the best, most efficient gear available for exceptional, worry-free productions,” Salzwedel added.

ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Exploring the Arts Gala Features Performances by Tony Bennett, Sting and a Yamaha CL5

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Hosted by Katie Couric with performances by Tony Bennett and his quartet with a special guest performance by Sting, the annual Exploring the Arts (ETA) fundraiser held October 4 at Cipriani’s mid-town in New York City raised $1.2 million. A star-studded red carpet affair, benefactors attending included Alec Baldwin, Jon Bon Jovi, Bryant Gumbel, Donna Karan, Lorraine Bracco, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Walters, and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

ETA is a nonprofit organization founded in 1999 by Tony Bennett and his wife, Susan Benedetto. The organization’s mission is to strengthen the role of the arts in public high school education. ETA currently supports 14 partner schools in all five boroughs of New York City and reaches more than 10,000 public school students, the majority of who live below the poverty line. ETA’s flagship school, the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts located in Astoria, Queens (the birthplace of Mr. Bennett), was founded by the Bennetts and opened in 2001.

Bennett is set to release VIVA DUETS on October 22, a CD featuring Latin recording artists, and The ZEN OF BENNETT, which was created and conceived by son Danny with a theatrical opening in NYC on October 24 (LA, SF, Chicago on November 2). In November, Bennett’s latest book “Life Is A Gift” will be released.

Audio production for the gala was provided by ACIR Professional (Egg Harbor Township, NJ), and included a Yamaha CL5 digital audio console with two RIO 3224-D remote I/Os used at front of house, a Yamaha PM5D-RH used for monitors, and Yamaha T3n amplifiers for monitor wedges. Additional products brought in by ACIR included Shure, A-T, Heil, Neuman and Sennheiser microphones and wireless monitor systems. The company also provided all of the backline instruments. Bennett LD, Ron Farino, designed the lighting for the event.

Long-time Bennett front of house engineer, production manager for the event, and co-owner of ACIR professional had his first opportunity to mix the show on the new Yamaha CL5. An avid fan of the Yamaha PM1D and PM5D, Young said using the CL5 for its compactness certainly made sense based on the footprint allocated for FOH in the Cipriani room. “I was quite pleased about the performance of the CL5 and how well it sounded,” states Young. “The console is very easy to navigate.”

For more information on Exploring the Arts, visit www.exploringthearts.org.

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

For more information on the Yamaha CL5, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: Tom Young, Bennett’s front of house engineer and production manager

PHOTO CREDIT: Digital Warmth

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, 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.

Yamaha CL Series on Display at TC Furlong Digital Console Showcase

BUENA PARK, Calif.—On Tuesday, November 27, TC Furlong will host a Digital Console Showcase at the Moody Church, 1635 N. LaSalle Drive in Chicago from 3:00 – 8:00 pm CST in Rooms 107/108. The Showcase will include the new Yamaha CL Digital Console Series including the CL1, CL3 and CL5, and Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems staff will be on hand for demos and to answer questions. The TC Furlong event is free and open to the public but space is limited so RSVP early at 847-367-9588.

For more information visit www.tcfurlong.com.

For directions to the Moody Church, visit http://www.moodychurch.org.

For more information on the Yamaha CL Digital Console Series, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, 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.

QSC Q-Sys Offers Acoustic Echo Cancellation as a Standard Feature

Q-Sys CoreCosta Mesa, CA –(October 19, 2012) QSC Audio Products, LLC is pleased to announce that Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) is now available as a standard component of their acclaimed Q-Sys integrated system platform, which has quickly become the preferred choice worldwide for audio system control and signal transport.

Ideally suited for Q-Sys clients that utilize AV conferencing systems in such places as corporate boardrooms, meeting and convention spaces, hospitality installs, and government and legislative venues, the powerful QSC AEC process is easily deployed in Q-Sys Designer software as a simple, draggable component. And unlike AEC offerings from competing manufacturers which must be purchased as costly add-on input cards, the Q-Sys solution is 100% integrated into the Q-Sys Core without any additional cost to the user.

“Because of the powerful Q-Sys DSP processing engines, we have been able to offer Acoustic Echo Cancellation as an integrated feature to serve our customers,” says Joe Peavey, QSC Product Manager, Software. “The tight integration between the Q-Sys processor, DSP, hardware and control software, gives Q-Sys the ability to do AEC on audio signals coming from any number of sources such as mics, remotes, I/O frames and even over IP streams.”

Current Q-Sys customers can enjoy the AEC feature at no charge by upgrading to Q-Sys Designer Release 3.0 or newer. More information on the upgrade, as well as a new Q-Sys AEC whitepaper can be found at: www.qscmarketing.com/aec.

“We are excited to be able to offer AEC to our customers with Q-Sys,” adds Peavey. “And we continually have plans in the QSC pipeline to add more advanced and powerful features to Q-Sys which will benefit our customers. “

Q-Sys, the complete integrated system platform that encompasses everything from the audio input to loudspeakers, provides all the audio routing, processing, control and monitoring necessary for any facility while maintaining the audio quality and reliability QSC has come to be known for. Designed for the rigorous requirements of both small and large-scale venues, the power of Q-Sys has been demonstrated worldwide in a variety of applications, including stadiums and arenas, theme parks, performing arts venues, transportation hubs, corporate boardrooms, convention halls, government facilities, hotels and casinos and houses of worship.

About QSC Audio
QSC Audio Products, LLC is a leading manufacturer of power amplifiers, loudspeakers, digital signal processors, digital sound transport, and network audio for professional audio systems worldwide. qsc.com

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Dual Yamaha DM2000s Used at Hofstra Presidential Debate

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Hofstra University on Long Island (NY) was the site chosen for the second of three Presidential debates between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Held on Tuesday, October 16, Hofstra previously hosted the 2008 debate between President-elect Obama and John McCain. Audio production was provided by On Stage Audio (OSA) Las Vegas.

Michael Abbott, owner of All Ears, Inc. (Los Angeles) chose a pair of Yamaha DM2000 digital consoles for audio control. “The dual DM2000s were chosen for the Presidential debate specifically to provide two separate audio streams,” states Abbott. “Size and audio I/O capabilities also played a key role in the set up. We routed six Yamaha AD8HR 8-channel preamps to eight groups: four for the house mix and four for the broadcast pool truck.”

In addition, Abbott said Dugan-MY16 cards were inserted for the 24 Town Hall participant mics along with moderator and candidate microphones.

For more information on All Ears, Inc., e-mail michaelsound@earthlink.net.

For more information on Yamaha Commercial Audio products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, 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.

Dante-MY16-AUD Updated for Remote Head Amp Control

—Rio3224-D/Rio1608-D Head Amp Control from the M7CL, LS9, PM5D, DM1000, and DM2000—

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The Audinate Dante-MY16-AUD Mini-YGDAI interface card marketed by Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc., has been updated to allow remote head amp control. The updated version allows the head amps in the new Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D I/O rack units, developed for the new Yamaha CL console line, to be remotely controlled from an M7CL, LS9, PM5D, DM2000, and DM1000 digital mixing console.

The Dante network audio protocol developed by the Australia-based manufacturer Audinate, offers outstanding basic performance with low jitter and latency, while also allowing flexible system scaling to accommodate a wide range of applications and capacities. These capabilities have made Dante a mainstream choice for installations and live sound applications.

The collaboration with Audinate began in 2009 with the development of the Dante-MY16-AUD interface card, and this year’s release of the Yamaha CL Series Digital Mixing Consoles realized the world’s first implementation of Dante as the standard built-in protocol. The new update will enable the Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D I/O rack units, that could previously only be used with the CL series, to now be used with digital mixing consoles such as the M7CL and LS9 that do not feature built-in Dante communication capability.

“Now, Yamaha digital consoles equipped with Audinate’s Dante-MY16-AUD will gain the ability use the head amp control feature and integrate with the new the Rio I/O racks,” says Lee Ellison, Audinate’s CEO. “This enhancement further extends the complete Dante network ecosystem for Yamaha products.”

For more information on the updated Dante-MY16-AUD interface card, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, 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.

Yamaha Celebrates 125/25

BUENA PARK, Calif.—October 1, 2012 marks the 125th anniversary year of Yamaha Corporation, one of the world’s leading musical instrument and professional audio companies, based in Japan, commencing operations in 1887. Yamaha Corporation and its other group companies will begin a year of commemoration of this significant anniversary. For the occasion the Company has adopted a new commemorative logo mark and slogan, “125 Years of Passion and Performance”.

This year is special for Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, who is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the company’s entrance into the digital console market with the launch 25 years ago of the DMP7, the first of many digital consoles manufactured by Yamaha Corporation Japan. Great strides have been made over the past 25 years with the manufacture of DMC1000, ProMix 01, DM2000, 02R, 02R96, 01V and 01V96 and 01V96i, The strong acceptance for these earlier models opened doors for mid-size recording, post and broadcast facilities as well as for the installation market, most notably the house of worship market, and sound companies to take advantage of more affordable, digital console solutions. Thirteen years ago marked the launch of the company’s flagship PM1D digital console, soon followed by the PM5D console. Familiarity and reliability have been the constant thread throughout all digital products manufactured by Yamaha, reinforcing a strong customer commitment to the future line of M7CL, M7CL-48ES, LS9, DM2000VCM and 02R96VCM consoles.

“It is fitting that as we celebrate the 125th anniversary of our parent company, Yamaha Corporation Japan and the 25th anniversary of digital console manufacture, we also celebrate the enormous acceptance of our new Yamaha CL Digital Console product line launched in March,” states Larry Italia, Vice President and General Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.

“The 125th anniversary slogan, “125 Years of Passion and Performance”, speaks volumes about dedication to our customers,” says Italia. “Our employees are quite passionate in providing the highest quality service and support, and we will continue to provide exceptional digital audio products at the highest level of performance.”

For more information, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, 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.

Another “STAR” Follows Cobalt Digital Home From IBC

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – Cobalt Digital has added another award to its growing collection of honours. The manufacturer of 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear took home its tenth STAR award (Superior Technology Award Recipient) from the editorial staff of TV Technology Europe magazine at IBC 2012; this time for its HPF-9000 High-Power 20-Slot Frame.

The STAR Award is designed to celebrate and showcase the preeminent technological innovations available to the broadcast industry. Mark Hallinger, TV Technology Europe’s editor, reviewed a variety of products, examined the technical applications and their overall contribution to the industry, and then chose 27 winners.

“STAR awards are given to interesting new products that help a user save money or accomplish a task in an easier way,” said Hallinger. “The products selected help advance the industry–some were chosen because of technical novelty or innovation, some because they filled an important gap in the production or transmission chain, and some because they were just cool products.”

Cobalt’s HPF-9000 fits all the criteria! The 2RU high-density modular frame offers a significant 360-Watts of net (user) available power in a high-capacity 20-slot format. The HPF-9000 can accommodate two front loaded hot swappable PSU-9000 power supply modules with separate power cords for power redundancy to ensure 24/7 operation, features independent cooling fans and status LEDs, and provides an easily accessible front–mounted power switch. Rear modules offer a broad selection of interfaces such as BNC, twisted pair audio, and fiber for maximum flexibility. The unit features remote control and monitoring via Ethernet.

“We are delighted to add another STAR award to our Trophy Room,” exclaimed Chris Shaw, Cobalt’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “The HPF-9000 is a fabulous tool, providing compatibility with both the Cobalt 9900 series Fusion3g cards as well as the 9000 series COMPASS cards. It features the same rear modules as the 8321 frame allowing a seamless transition from one to the other, and provides numerous input/output combinations to suit any requirements including mixed interfaces such as BNC, and balanced analog audio.”
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ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

ABOUT TV TECHNOLOGY EUROPE
TV Technology Europe is the region’s leading magazine for broadcast technology. The magazine is published by NewBay Media. See www.nbmedia.com

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

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