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NAB Show Returns to Sponsor The HPA Engineering Excellence Award

NAB Show Continues its Support of the Highly Regarded Engineering Honor

(Los Angeles, CA) The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) – the trade association for the post production community – has announced that the NAB Show will once again sponsor the HPA Engineering Excellence Award. NAB Show, held annually in Las Vegas, is the world’s largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. With more than 90,000 attendees and 1,500 exhibitors from 156 countries, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. Complete details are available at www.nabshow.com.

Launched in 2006, the HPA Awards were created to cultivate awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance. The Engineering Excellence Award is a coveted honor that spotlights the companies and individuals who draw upon technical and creative ingenuity and apply it to real world post production demands. The Award is recognized by the technical and post production community as a gold standard of accomplishment.

Chris Brown, Executive Vice President, Conventions & Business Operations of NAB stated, “We are pleased to announce our continuing sponsorship of the HPA Engineering Excellence Award. We consider this Award to be the most esteemed in the post industry and believe it will continue to point the direction to the most innovative and best technology the industry has to offer.

Leon Silverman, President of the HPA, noted, “We are honored and pleased that NAB Show has again lent their support and prestigious name in honoring the technology and innovation that is recognized in the HPA Engineering Excellence Award. This award is another way in which we honor the role that tools and the creative use of technology plays in helping to fuel and enable our creative industry and artists.”

The winners of the Engineering Excellence Award will be announced in September and the honorees will be awarded at the Seventh Annual HPA Awards Show, a gala event set for November 1 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA. The 2011 winners included Sony for the OLED Monitor, Lightcraft for Previzion, Dolby for the Professional Reference Monitor and IBM for Linear Tape File System.

For more information about the HPA Awards, visit www.hpaawards.net or call 213.614.0860.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content.

About the HPA(r) Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance. The HPA Awards will be presented with generous support from Premier Sponsor, NAB Show and Bronze Sponsor RED.

About NAB Show
The NAB Show, held annually in Las Vegas, is the world’s largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. With nearly 90,000 attendees from 151 countries and more than 1,500 exhibitors, the NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, the NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. Complete details are available at www.nabshow.com.

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Mimi Rossi, mimi@ignite.bz

CTS Audio Uses New Yamaha CL Consoles at High Profile Christian Events

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Women of Faith, the nation’s largest live event for women has unveiled its most transformational tour yet entitled “Celebrate What Matters.” The cross-country tour highlights some never-before-seen elements including a live worship band, a new state-of-the art stage, and live ballet. The four-month, 23-city North American tour launched on August 3rd in Columbus, Ohio with a diverse line up of 27 well-known speakers, authors, musicians, and performers including inspirational speakers Ann Voskamp, Jennie Allen, Pat Smith, and Liz Curtis Higgs. Multi-award winning musical guest CeCe Winans returned for the tour again this year along with Mandisa, Amy Grant, Selah. Sheila Walsh, Patsy Clairmont, Sandi Patty, Brenda Warner, Marilyn Meberg, Andy Andrews, Ken Davis, and Lisa Harper.

CTS Audio (Nashville), who has supported Women of Faith for over 12 years, is providing two of the new Yamaha CL5 Digital Consoles for front of house and monitors and two RIO 3224 boxes for the east coast with a similar set up for the west coast dates.

“We selected to use the new Yamaha CL consoles on the “Celebrate What Matters” tour because of its smaller footprint, its digital networking capabilities with Dante, and input and output capabilities,” states Mike Taylor, Vice President, CTS Audio. “The console is the best sounding console that Yamaha has put out so far in the digital market. With the internal add ons offered in the desk, plug ins aren’t even needed.” Prior to setting out on the tour, CTS audio engineers obtained in-house training by Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems staff.

In July, CTS Audio provided Yamaha CL consoles for the Covenant High In Christ Youth Conference (CHIC), a tri-annual event, with performances by Chris Tomlin, Skillet, La Crae, Michael Gungor, Willow Creek Worship Team, and over 6,000 high school students in attendance. For this event, CTS Audio provided four CL5 consoles, two at front of house, two at monitors, and four RIO 3224 boxes. “The set up for this event was unique in that we daisy chained all the equipment together to form one large network for openings and worship acts,” says Taylor. “We did this so that inputs/outputs could be called into any surface we wanted for maximum flexibility. With the new platform, we were able to run one network and have 128 inputs and 64 outputs available. This was important since we needed all of them for our house band from Willow Creek as well as the guest bands.”

Up to eight external Rio (Remote I/O) boxes can be used for a total of 256 channels via the Dante digital network. The 5U rack space Rio3224-D includes 32 remote controlled mic/line inputs, 16 line outputs, and four AES-3 outs. The 3U Rio1608-D includes 16 remote controlled mic/line inputs and eight line outputs. Dante network I/O can easily be set up and patched utilizing familiar paradigms within the console user interface, with no external software required for network operations.

The goal of the CHIC Conference is to help high school age students in their walk with Christ, something that matches up perfectly with the core of CTS Audio’s beliefs. “Being part of such a moving event is something that is near to my heart,” states FOH engineer Jon Schwarz.

CTS Audio staff was on site for guest engineers who required CL training, if necessary. However, Taylor said the engineers found it easy to step up and get to work because the console is laid out in a simple-to-follow-through process. “We were also able to load engineer files from other Yamaha products seamlessly. Everyone left talking about how fantastic the desk sounded.”

For more information on CTS Audio, visit www.ctsaudio.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL Digital Console and RIO, 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.

Growth Spurs Management Changes at Cobalt Digital

Visit Cobalt at IBC Stand 10.B27

CHRIS SHAW PROMOTED TO EXECUTIVE VP OF SALES & MARKETING WORLDWIDE

BOB MCALPINE ASSUMES SENIOR VP OF US SALES POSITION

Urbana, IL – Gene Zimmerman, president and founder of Cobalt Digital – (www.CobaltDigital.com) today announced promotions of two senior level staff members. Chris Shaw has been promoted to executive vice president of sales and marketing, and Bob McAlpine moves to senior vice president of US sales. Cobalt, a leading manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, maintains headquarters in Urbana, IL and offers sales and support throughout the US, Europe and Asia.

“Both Chris and Bob bring extraordinary industry knowledge and experience to Cobalt, and have made major contributions to the Company’s unprecedented growth,” says Zimmerman. “Now, with our expansion into international markets, Chris will devote his talents to building our sales force, dealer channel and marketing efforts on a global level, and we’re fortunate to have Bob and his immense skill available to assume a higher level of domestic responsibility.”

Shaw joined Cobalt in December 2006 as director of sales and marketing after serving in senior management sales positions with numerous advanced technology companies. He soon earned the vp title, and was promoted to senior vp sales and marketing in 2011. In his new position, Shaw will direct all aspects of Cobalt’s international sales and marketing efforts, including dealer channel management, overseeing global trade shows, and world-wide advertising.

McAlpine, a well-respected industry veteran with over 35 years of sales management experience, joined Cobalt in 2011. He will continue to work closely with senior management and the sales staff to ensure that customer needs are addressed and supported.

Added Zimmerman, “As our company moves forward, both technically and geographically, we will continue to add products and staff to accommodate our world-wide customer base. At IBC in September we will demonstrate our commitment to the European market and reveal our latest launches that include quantum leaps in IP-based loudness processing, advanced MADI cards, and our new Blue Box Group conversion modules.”

Please visit Cobalt at IBC in Stand 10.B27. Click on harriet@desertmooncomm.com to schedule an appointment.

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

Shotoku Broadcast Systems Appoints David Shepherd As EMEA Sales Manager, Manual Products

IBC Stand 11.F40

Staines, UK – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a leading international manufacturer of advanced manual and robotic camera support products, today announced that David Shepherd has joined the company in the newly created position of EMEA Sales Manager, Manual Products. James Eddershaw, Sales Director, revealed Shepherd’s appointment from the company’s European headquarters located in Staines, England.

“We’re delighted to add David to our sales team to support a significant increase in the manual side of our business,” said Eddershaw. “His strong communication skills combined with his business development capabilities and technical proficiency will serve as a tremendous benefit to our customers as we respond to their requests with a new range of broadcast and professional products.”

Shepherd is responsible for supporting current customers and developing new markets for Shotoku’s range of high quality and innovative manual camera support systems, including pan and tilt heads, pedestals, tripods and virtual reality systems. He will work closely with management and R&D to promote Shotoku’s entire manual camera support range, and in particular the recently expanded SP range of cost-effective tripod systems for the professional market.

Prior to joining Shotoku, Shepherd served in a management capacity for other high technology companies including RET UK Ltd., and Spire Technology, where he quickly rose from junior to senior sales positions, and Orion Distribution, Ltd. where he was ultimately responsible for 40% of the company’s turnover.

Shepherd is based in the, UK and can be reached at DShepherd@Shotoku.co.uk or +44 (0)1784 224650

Shotoku’s entire range of manual and robotic camera support products will be demonstrated at IBC in Hall 11 Stand 11.F40. Click on harriet@desertmooncomm.com to schedule an appointment.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www. Shotoku.co.uk

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Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0)1784 224 650 • info@shotoku.co.uk

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

Shotoku Broadcast To Present New Pan Bar Control System to European Market

IBC Stand 11.F40

GEMINI TARGETS SPORTS AND OTHER HARD-TO-REACH EVENTS

Staines, UK • Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a well-established leader in camera support and virtual reality tracking, will present its new Gemini Pan Bar Control System (PBCS) to the European market at IBC 2012 in Hall 11, Stand 11.F40. Gemini, aimed at sports and special event productions where cameras need to be and cameramen cannot go, offers uncompromised and easy operation for hard-to-reach sites. Shotoku will also showcase its popular TR-T touch control system and the SPI-Touch unique positional calibration method for Virtual Studios, and have its full line of robotic and VR sensor Pan/Tilt heads, control systems and pedestals at show.

NEW
Gemini Pan Bar Control System (PBCS)
Gemini brings together two of Shotoku’s most advanced products from the Robotics and Manual VR Tracking ranges to provide a remote pan & tilt head so perfectly synchronized with the manual head that they truly act as one. Camera operators can work without compromise, in comfort and safety, wherever the camera needs to be.

Immediate control over the tracking speed, direction, range and ratio is provided at the touch of a button so any event can be captured close-up or telephoto, at low or high speed. Dedicated hardware tracking and a simple RS422 interconnection makes setup quick and easy and ensures highly reliable operation, time after time. The Gemini system can even support multiple remote heads, so a single operator may seamlessly switch between cameras to give any viewpoint on the action.

Any Shotoku remote head can be used to suit the payload and required location while the manufacturer’s SH series manual VR tracking head provides exceptional tracking resolution under all conditions. Dual pan bars, adjustable balance and an easy-fix monitor support platform make the system comfortable to use over extended periods.

Gemini systems were in high demand by high-profile venues for use at major international sporting events during summer 2012.

HIGHLIGHTS
TR-T Touch Control System
Shotoku’s latest version of its successful TR-T touch control system offers an enhanced system operation to meet demands of larger, complex facility-wide installations as well as smaller systems. The flexible TR-T system enables any control system in any location to easily and rapidly re-configure control of cameras and studios in other physical locations. Automated functions allow precise control over shot recall, with minimal intervention, enabling an operator to truly multi-task, without losing any on-air flexibility.

SPi-Touch
SPi-Touch offers a totally new way of positional calibration for Virtual Studios. Simply designate two different points through SPI-Touch’s viewfinder and press the button at each of the points. The camera position will be instantly calibrated. SPI-Touch eliminates the need to mark the studio floor and move the pedestal making calibration easy and fast.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk
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Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / mailto:Harriet@DesertMoonComm.com

Shotoku Broadcast To Launch VR Version of Popular Two-Stage Pneumatic Pedestal

IBC Stand 11.F40

MANUAL CAMERA SUPPORT RANGE WILL ALSO HIGHLIGHT HEADS FOR OB AND A NEW TRIPOD SERIES

Staines, UK • Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support, and virtual reality tracking, will introduce a new 2-stage pneumatic pedestal paired with a pan and tilt head developed for VR applications. The Company will also highlight a pan and tilt head designed for OB, studio and portable cameras, and a new tripod series, and its full line of manual camera support equipment in Hall 11, Stand 11.F40.

NEW
TP200VR 2-Stage Pneumatic VR Pedestal and SX300VR
Based on Shotoku’s popular TP200 2-stage pneumatic pedestal, the elegant new VR model is ergonomically designed and features reliable and accurate Shotoku mechanical X-Y tracking technology. The lightweight, high-capacity unit has a maximum payload of over 80kg (177 lbs.) and supports a wide-range of camera configurations. Its perfect balance column and base offer maximum stability and great operational flexibility. A foot operated parking brake and single-action cable guard enables precise movements and control at all times for fast and easy positioning.

The new SX300VR EFP VR tracking pan and tilt head presents the perfect companion for the TP200VR. Also featuring reliable and accurate Shotoku VR tracking technology, the SX300VR offers a continuously adjustable perfect counterbalance system. VISCAM ultimate fluid drag system ensures smooth, adjustable pan & tilt drag with enhanced torque.

HIghlights
SG900 Pan and Tilt Head
Ideal for outside broadcast, studio and portable cameras with teleprompters, the SG900 supports 90kg (198 lbs) and features smooth operation, single knob balance adjustment, and robust construction in an ergonomic design. The unit incorporates the VISCAM technology to control pan and tilt speed without vibration or shake, and REULAUX perfect balance system for maintaining the camera’s centre of gravity. The SG900 is suitable for various pedestals including the TP200 2-stage pneumatic pedestal.

SP Tripod Series
Shotoku’s professional SP tripod series provides easy-to-operate, robust systems that offer smooth and stress-free movement. The economical, streamlined and ergonomically designed models support payloads ranging from 2kg (4.4 lbs) up to 15kg (33lbs). The units support professional, ENG, and handheld cameras, and are all lightweight, compact and sturdy and feature pan & tilt brake knobs, a bowl clamping knob, and leg locks for firm and quick locking.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: http://www.Shotoku.co.uk

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Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / mailto:Harriet@DesertMoonComm.com

Cobalt Digital to Bring Multi-Channel Loudness Processing & Monitoring Over IP to The European Market at IBC 2012

Visit Cobalt at IBC Stand 10.B27

AWARD-WINNING TECHNOLOGY OFFERS MAXIMUM COMPLIANCE WITH MINIMUM MAINTENANCE

Urbana, IL, Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, will introduce the European market to technologies at IBC that provide an easy path to EBU R128 and CALM compliance. Notable among a complement of ground-breaking products is the multi-award-winning LMNTS™, an exciting breakthrough in comprehensive transport-based loudness processing, and SpotCheck™, an innovative transport stream compliance monitor. Cobalt will also demonstrate the new Blue Box Group™ series of throw down conversion modules, a new range of MADI cards including Embedder/De-embedder (with 192 x 192 crosspoint switch) and MADI DA, and both physical (OGCP-9000 and OGCP-9000/CC optimised for colour correction) and virtual remote control panels.

LMNTS (Loudness Management for n-Transport Streams)
Using LINEAR ACOUSTIC® Aeromax™ technology, Cobalt’s LMNTS™ (Loudness Management for n-Transport Streams) represents a quantum leap in multi-stream loudness processing by offering an economic, consistent solution that’s easy to integrate.

Winner of both TV Technology’s STAR and Broadcast Engineering’s Pick Hit awards at NAB 2012, LMNTS performs automatic loudness processing across many transport streams making it ideal for MVPDs and MSOs where a large number of diverse programming sources must be simultaneously controlled. It operates at the MPEG IP transport layer to provide a practical loudness management solution without the need or complexity of external codecs transferring between baseband and MPEG external interfaces.

Available in both IP and ASI versions, LMNTS extracts and decodes audio codec packets from the program stream, performs high-quality PCM loudness processing, and then re-encodes and re-packets the audio within its stream. Physically, all data connections to LMNTS are via GigE IP or ASI interfaces using an industry-standard IT hardware platform with no intermediary breakouts.

SpotCheck – Audio Loudness Measurement and Recorded Data Logging System
Cobalt’s SpotCheck™ takes the guesswork out of loudness measurement and logging, and facilitates CALM and EBU R128 compliance. SpotCheck monitors an IP, ASI, or a transmitted over-the-air MPEG stream at the transmit (emission) encode point, and provides easy-to-use, convenient, long-term access to loudness records for all programming initiated from a broadcasting facility.

Segments can be searched via the intuitive display of loudness plots along with date/time-stamped thumbnails of the actual corresponding programming, or can optionally be queried and correlated using a database relationship with the facility as-run automation list. SpotCheck readily pinpoints all segments that are outside of CALM/R128 compliance, providing documentary proof should an erroneous complaint appear. Ethernet control enables integration with facility IT providing long-term logging/thumbnail storage.

Requiring no breakout from the MPEG stream and not affecting the emission stream in any way, SpotCheck provides an easily integrated, facility-based, powerful solution for loudness records and compliance interrogation and verification.

Blue Box Group – Interface Converter boxes
Cobalt is returning to its roots by presenting a modular, low-cost, signal conversion line offering excellent performance, ease-of-operation, and practical installation. The series – named Blue Box Group™ – receives its power directly form video monitors or other equipment via USB without bulky “wall wart” adapters.

MADI cards – Ideal for Outside Broadcast environment
Ideal for the OB market, Cobalt’s new series of MADI embedder/de-embedder processing cards opens up new possibilities in multi-channel/multi-source baseband audio routing (192 x 192 crosspoint switch). The 9374-EMDE Quad Stream SDI – AES – MADI series, perfect for mobile environments, provides a full unrestricted audio crosspoint that allows channel routing between any channels on up to four SDI steams, discrete AES-3id, and AES10 MADI interfaces. It uses standard 1694A cabling thus eliminating the need for fiber. Its excellent MADI receiver performance allows up to 250m MADI receive capability with no signal degradation.

Embed and de-embed-only versions are also available, as well as dual SDI stream 9372 and single SDI stream 9371 versions.

Physical and Virtual Remote Control Panels
Cobalt has developed unique remote control panels for control, configuration and monitoring of the 9000 COMPASS® and Fusion3G® cards. The OGCP-9000 can be used with multiple 8321 and HPF-9000 frames and cards. Operating with the Dashboard GUI the OGCP-9000 offers the intuitive control for quick, efficient operation. The OGCP-9000/CC is optimised for fast, real time adjustment for on-air colour correction.

The WINOGCP virtual control panel via PC offers convenient controls that mirror the abilities of the hard OGCP-9000 panel using computer mouse via Ethernet.

Both the OGCP-9000 and WINOGCP are ideal for monitoring and logging of loudness control to meet EBU R128 and ATSC A85 requirements.

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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.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, VP 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

Andrew “Fletch” Fletcher Drives SD7 On Billboard Music Awards

Andrew “Fletch” Fletcher has made a name for himself mixing music on hit TV shows from “American Idol,” “The Voice” and a slew of prestigious award shows from the Grammy’s to the MTV Music Awards. For the second year in a row, Fletch handled music mixes for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards and opted to test-drive his first DiGiCo console supplied by ATK, the show’s Audio provider.

“When the opportunity arose for me to use a DiGiCo on the show, I jumped at the chance. Given the choice of an SD10 or an SD7, I went with the SD7 as it had a bigger input capacity… and more flashing lights!”

As it was his first time on a DiGiCo, Fletch spent a few hours at ATK familiarizing himself with the desk, programming his show template, and then did the rest onsite.

“The challenge on any live TV show is to always be ahead of the game. I found the SD7 to be very easy to program and to get around on in general—which got me where I needed to be time-wise. I liked the onboard effects and stuck strictly to what was available on the console including three reverbs (Warm Hall and Vocal Plate for vocals and Percussion Room for drums) and two simple delays (one short, one long for vocals) for the show. I loved the multiband compressors and they worked great on vocals.”

“I liked the flexibility of the fader bank layout, too. I put all my instruments on the left side of the console and had my vocals on the right side. I also put the top layer of vocals in the center section so I could have all 17 vocal mics on the surface at the same time. I used the edit range function to add things to my snapshots such as back up mics that were added after I had rehearsed all the bands and had to be put into all the snapshots. Also, I found the scope functions invaluable for some production elements that I had to land in my console and needed to be isolated from automation for emergency back up in case the FOH production console encountered a problem. Macros were quite useful to navigate around snapshots quickly as well.”

But what struck Fletch initially was the sound of the console.

“The sound quality is outstanding and it’s very flexible. I’ve been using just Yamaha consoles for the past 8 years and the DiGiCo’s sound very different and a lot more transparent. As it was my first time on the console—and having the time constraints of a live TV show—I didn’t get too deep into it, but I’ll indeed have some fun the next time I use one… and I’d be inclined to use one on every show, given the chance.”

8MX2 JOINS JDK FAMILY

jdk_8mx2.JPGJESSUP, MARYLAND – JUNE 2012: JDK continues to expand its product line with the addition of the powerful and versatile 8MX2 preamp/mixer.

Equipped with eight stellar microphone preamps, each channel contains a variable threshold peak limiter, 48v Phantom power switch, phase reverse, direct output and a path to the stereo mix bus. The included eight-into-two mixer receives signal from the mic pre or eight external line level inputs. With two 10-segment meters to monitor Input/Mix and Gain Reduction, headphone and speaker output monitor controls, and multi-unit cue and master capabilities, the slim 8MX2 packs a big punch in only 1u of rack space.

The 8MX2 was developed from technology used in the Paragon live mixing console. It evolved over the years into a stand-alone preamp/mixer and is especially popular in remote recording racks and sidecar-like applications. With hundreds in the field, the more

Cobalt Digital Appoints Gencom Technology Master Distributor for Southeast Asia Region

Urbana, IL — Chris Shaw, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Cobalt Digital, manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, has announced the appointment of Gencom Technology as Master Distributor for the Southeast Asia region.
“As our customer base expands in Souteast Asia, we recognize the need for a strong, local presence,” states Shaw. “We are delighted to partner with Gencom whose professional strength and expertise will provide end-users and dealers with outstanding regional sales and service support.”
Gencom Technology is a New Zealand based engineering firm specializing in providing the latest technologies and complex media workflows to the broadcast, multimedia and telecommunications sectors. Founded in 1969, the Company enjoys a leadership position as an independent supplier and systems integrator with offices and factories in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, and South Africa.
Ray Sanders, CEO of Gencom comments, “Gencom’s longstanding relationships with the world’s premier equipment manufacturers allow us to provide the best technologies available in the industry. For some time we’ve been aware of Cobalt Digital and their first-class quality products. We welcome the opportunity to work together to elevate Cobalt’s presence in the region and provide local support.”
Adds Shaw,“ Gencom are one of the first Master Distributors to be added to the Cobalt team. We value their participation as we continue our global expansion into international markets”
Gencom and Cobalt Digital have already worked together on a variety of projects in recent years.

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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 BENCOM TECHNOLOG
Gencom is a leading provider of integrated broadcast solutions, which has built a strong reputation for inspiration, partnership and support over the last 40 years.
Gencom’s investment in not only the finest technology but the training of their staff in areas of HDTV transmission, media asset management and delivering technologies like IPTV on a global scale, has made them one of the most talented and experienced design and support services world-wide.
Gencom provides end-to-end technology solutions for the broadcast, multimedia and telecommunications industries from its headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand, and design centres in Sydney and Singapore; as well as regional offices in Melbourne, Wellington, and Johannesburg and representatives in Delhi and London.

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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