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TC Furlong Inc. to Host Yamaha CL Chicagoland Launch Tour

LAKE FOREST, IL—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. and TC Furlong Inc. will host a mini-demo tour featuring the new Yamaha CL Digital Console Series, May 1-2, at three separate Chicago-area sites. Yamaha Systems Application Engineer, Kevin Kimmel, Regional District Manager, Mike Eiseman, and TC Furlong staff will be on hand to demonstrate the new console. All events are free of charge and open to audio professionals are welcome.

Dates and location of events are: Tuesday, May 1—2:00 PM-8:00 PM, TC Furlong Inc., Lake Forest, IL; Wednesday, May 2—9:00 AM-1:00 PM, American Management Association, Rosemont, IL; and Wednesday, May 2—3:00 PM-8:00 PM, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, in Chicago.

The Yamaha CL console is Dante network-based and uses Yamaha CentraLogic technology. Features include remote I/O for a faster, more responsive Yamaha system solution. The three CL models (CL1, 3, and 5) are only differentiated by frame size and input capability. All three models feature 24 mix buses, 8 matrix buses, stereo and mono buses, and 16 DCAs. The console series was specifically designed for sound reinforcement applications, including performing arts venues, theaters, houses of worship, touring, and remote broadcast.

Visit http://tcfurlong.com/CLTour for more information.

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Oxygen DCT Announces New 5” Camera Monitor Range

Oxygen DCT has expanded its award winning Evolution Pro P3 monitor range to include four new high performance 5” camera monitors targeted at production and on-camera applications.

These versatile monitors have been designed to address a market segment dominated by lower quality displays but combining functionality, picture performance and pricing into ‘next generation’ monitoring. There are four different models in the range suited for use on high end television and film cameras such as the Red One and ARRI Alexa and also equally at home on DSLR cameras such as the popular Canon 5D and 7D.

All four 5” models have the same high quality signal processing and LCD screen to give sharp, detailed images with clarity and colour accuracy. The range of features and facilities is exceptional extensive and designed specifically for camera work, accommodating broadcast formats up to 1080p/50 as a 3G signal or HDMI.

Steve Hathaway, Managing Director of Oxygen DCT, says: “Like all of the monitors in our award winning Evolution Pro P3 series, these new 5” film and television monitors are feature rich, which ensures that wherever you are you’ll always have the best monitoring tools available, immediately at your disposal. The picture quality of these monitors is really exceptional – all Evolution Pro P3 displays provide very accurate colourimetry with fast response time and outstanding pixel by pixel motion interpolation, eliminating the noise and artefacts often associated with inferior displays.”

Oxygen DCT’s Evolution Pro P3 series use new LCD’s that build on extensive experience and a highly successful pedigree through valuable user feedback. It is this attention to detail that has made Evolution Pro P3 such a success with television crews and production companies world-wide.

The new monitors encompass an HDMI-only model that is ideal for DSLR users, through to a top end version offering 3G HD/SDI for 1080p signals. This model also includes internal HDMI to HD/SDI conversion allowing the monitor output to be used on larger film and broadcast productions. All of the models in the 5” range have a variety of camera production facilities such as focus assist and false colour, waveform display, vectorscope display, daylight mode, 8 channel audio metering, DSLR and native zoom, markers and freeze frame. The OFM050-SCH model is unique as it has a high brightness function with 1000nit output allowing the monitor to be used in bright sunshine.

With low power consumption and a starting price point of just £369, these lightweight monitors are the perfect complement to any cameraman’s kit, regardless of the camera used.

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About Oxygen DCT:
Oxygen DCT is a broadcasts systems solutions provider with a deep knowledge and understanding of the broadcast and professional media markets. This dynamic organisation has amassed in just over five years, a very extensive and comprehensive products portfolio of over 3000 carefully designed broadcast and production products that represent the pinnacle of engineering excellence. Oxygen DCT was the first company in the broadcast industry to fully implement online facilities for its customers and its unique, comprehensive online ordering facility automatically configures equipment systems for customers, saving time and provides industry professionals with the convenience of immediate online pricing. The ‘one-stop-shop’ website caters for the smallest requirements whilst also allowing users to prepare their own quotes and place orders online with immediate order confirmation. Oxygen DCT also provides advice, support and expertise as part of its ‘life cycle’ care scheme, ensuring that customers are fully serviced throughout their career life cycles.

Dx2 Broadcast to Represent ViewZ Monitors in The South Central United States

Anaheim, CA – ViewZ, a subsidiary of Orion Technology and a leading OEM manufacturer and international supplier to the professional television industry, today announced the appointment of Texas-based Dx2 Broadcast to represent the company’s line of professional broadcast monitoring products in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. Dx2 will also assist ViewZ with sales and marketing on a national basis. The announcement was made by Larry Enroth, ViewZ’s director of sales for broadcast and post-production, from their U.S. headquarters in Anaheim, CA.

Dx2 will represent the full line of ViewZ’s professional monitors, including popular sizes of portable and viewfinder displays for production, reference monitors for studio or post-production, and multi-viewers for the control room. All support 3G with ultra-wide dynamic range, feature 12-bit processed backlit LED illumination and come with a two-year factory warranty. Details at www.ViewZUSA.com

“We are extremely pleased to welcome the Dx2 Broadcast team to our growing distribution network and look forward to a long, mutually beneficial partnership,” said Enroth. Dx2 pair two seasoned media industry experts: David Roberts brings 30 years of experience as an engineer, producer/director, technical writer and manufacturer’s representative; David Gerety is close behind with 29 years of sales and marketing in radio and television at both the local and enterprise-level. “Having the endorsement of respected industry veterans is significant for ViewZ in the highly competitive broadcast and post-production marketplace,” Enroth concluded.

About ViewZ
ViewZ, an established OEM manufacturer of professional-grade LCD and LED monitors, is a subsidiary of Orion Technology, a leading Korean manufacturer of image display solutions with operations in Asia, Europe and North America. The company offers a comprehensive range of high quality monitoring products used in transportation, security, medical, educational, industrial, military and other professional applications. ViewZ is committed to technology leadership with affordable cutting-edge designs, advanced features and exceptional reliability. The office in Anaheim, CA manages sales, distribution and technical support to customers in the Americas. For details, please visit: www.ViewZUSA.com
About Dx2 Broadcast
Based in Dallas, TX, Dx2 Broadcast is an elite rep firm catering to broadcast and professional clients through a trusted network of dealers. Partners David Roberts and David Gerety are technology and marketing veterans with extensive radio, television and media production expertise. For details, please visit www.Dx2Broadcast.com
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ViewZ contact: Larry Enroth
+1-714-630-3380 / larry@viewzusa.com

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

Leading Chilean Broadcaster Chooses Shotoku for New HD Studios

SANTIAGO’S CANAL 13 INSTALLS SHOTOKU CAMERA SUPPORT SYSTEMS

Staines, UK – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a leading international manufacturer of advanced camera support products, recently completed the installation and commissioning of a complex remotely controllable camera system at Canal 13, in Santiago, Chile. James Eddershaw, Shotoku’s sales director, made the announcement from the Company’s UK headquarters in Staines, UK.

One of Chile’s pioneer broadcasters, Canal 13 television began airing in Santiago, the nation’s capital, in 1959. As part of a facility-wide High Definition upgrade, the station purchased five each Shotoku TG-18 Pan/Tilt Heads and Ti-11 I-height elevator pedestals, along with a TR-8T Touch screen control system with HD-SDI support and its companion TR-HP Hot panel, all fully CCU integrated with Hitachi studio and ENG cameras.

“Shotoku provided us with a powerful, scalable, system which is simple to use and fully integrated with our HD cameras we’ve deployed,” said Rodrigo Fernandez, director of engineering systems. “The Shotoku installation went smoothly and was carried out around our on-going live operations. We look forward to many years of trouble-free operation in our demanding newsroom environment and generate more efficiency within our organization. In addition, it provides flexibility required for newscasts under contingencies through its manual control system”.

“It’s been a real pleasure to work with Canal 13 over the past few months,” said Eddershaw. “Our systems are well suited to their challenging environment that requires a tight integration with third-party devices, high performance, scalability to meet evolving needs and, of course, simplicity.”

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.tv

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

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

Thinklogical Expands Solution Offering For Post Production With New, High Performance Audio Extension System

Virtuoso-PRO Audio Extension System Enables Professional Editing Across a Wide Range of Audio Formats

Milford, CT – Thinklogical, a leading provider of fiber-based KVM, video, audio and peripheral extension and routing technologies, today announced the introduction of its new line of audio extension systems, the Virtuoso-PRO product family.

The new Virtuoso-PRO product family supports a breadth of audio formats such as AES3, S/PDIF and balanced and unbalanced analog stereo, with sampling rates of 32 KHz to 192 KHz. The product is offered in two formats: a small stand-alone unit or a modular 1RU chassis. The Virtuoso-PRO stand-alone unit transmits and extends up to eight audio signals (using two fibers) over distances up to 40 kilometers away from the controlling source.
The modular 1RU chassis can support video (DVI and SDI), KVM and audio in the same chassis, providing the most compact and flexible 1RU solution available in the market today. The Virtuoso-PRO is compatible with all of Thinklogical’s Video and KVM routers.

“This new family of high-end audio extenders streamlines post production workflows by providing the necessary professional audio signals right to the editor’s desktop,” said Kevin Keefe, co-founder and vice president of Thinklogical. “The Virtuoso-PRO product family provides the audio component of our Thinklogical extension system, allowing our customers to get even more value out of their Thinklogical solution. As with all of our extension systems, there is absolutely no compromise in signal quality.”

About Thinklogical
Thinklogical is the leading manufacturer and provider of fiber optic KVM, video, audio, and peripheral extension and routing solutions, as well as NATO Information Assurance (Common Criteria, EAL4) accredited fiber matrix routers. Entertainment, government, scientific and industrial customers worldwide rely on Thinklogical’s products and solutions for optimal performance in secure visual computing environments. Thinklogical helps customers reduce overall cost and dramatically enhance workflow dynamics within complex computing, broadcast, post production and AV infrastructures. Thinklogical sells primarily through integrator and VAR channels, and is privately held and headquartered in Milford, Connecticut.

For information about Thinklogical products, please visit www.thinklogical.com

Contact Marketing:
Cindy Caserta
Thinklogical
100 Washington Street
Milford, CT 06460
Phone: (203) 647-8700
Fax: (203) 783-9949
email: info@thinklogical.com

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

LECTROSONICS ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF VENUE V5.1 FIRMWARE

**** Photo: Lectrosonics Venue Wideband modular receiver system and the HH handheld transmitter ****

Rio Rancho, NM – April 2012… Lectrosonics, recognized the world over as a leading manufacturer of wireless microphone systems and audio processing products, is pleased to introduce the release of Version 5.1 firmware for the company’s highly acclaimed Venue Wideband modular receiver system. The V5.1 firmware provides an important enhancement that will be most beneficial to broadcast, location, and sound reinforcement professionals—the capability of a “TalkBack” function compatible with the newly introduced HH handheld transmitter. more

Thomson Video Networks and Jünger Audio Partnership Offers Streamlined Loudness Control Solutions

Marc Judor, Manager International Sales and Marketing from Junger (left), and Claude Perron, CTO from Thomson Video Networks (right).

Thomson Video Networks has announced a strategic partnership with Jünger Audio that will bring Jünger’s renowned audio loudness technology to the ViBE encoding platform. With sophisticated handling of loudness built in, ViBE encoders will allow customers to achieve a reduced infrastructure footprint, as well as providing a simpler and more effective solution to regulatory loudness requirements.

Jünger Audio’s sophisticated audio leveling technology delivers broadcast audio that complies with all current loudness regulations (ATSC A/85, ITU 1770 and EBU R128). The company’s LEVEL MAGICTM algorithm provides a comprehensive series of level controls that address all of the issues broadcasters currently face, with audio coming from a wide variety of sources. Based on a Multi-Loop dynamic range control principle, where slow changes (AGC), fast changes (transient processing) and Look Ahead peak limiting are handled simultaneously, LEVEL MAGIC offers level management with exceptionally high audio quality and without coloration, pumping, breathing, distortion or modulation effects.

“We have chosen Jünger from the key players in this arena because the LEVEL MAGIC algorithm is very highly regarded by broadcast sound engineers for the outstanding results it delivers,” said Claude Perron, chief technology officer of Thomson Video Networks. “Audio quality is a key criterion for our customers and an important part of the viewer experience, and with this collaboration we can combine the leading loudness solution with the leading encoding technology.”

Thomson Video Networks and Jünger will work jointly to integrate LEVEL MAGIC into the ViBE platform, and the technology will be incorporated into new ViBE products from Q3 2012. An easy software upgrade will be available to customers of existing ViBE EM4000 and VS7000 units.

“In the light of new legislation, broadcasters around the world are very aware of the need to maintain legal audio levels,” said Peter Poers, managing director of Jünger Audio. “As audio specialists, we have spent many years developing technologies that address the loudness issue without any detrimental effect on sound quality. By combining LEVEL MAGIC with ViBE encoding, it is now much easier for broadcasters to deploy and operate a solution that complies with all current loudness regulations and offers a smaller footprint, thus minimizing the possibility of errors.”

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities.

Information about products from Junger Audio is available at www.junger-audio.com

About Thomson Video Networks
From the very onset of digital TV broadcasting, the Thomson name has been synonymous with supplying expertise, quality, and reliability to the world’s leading broadcasters. Since delivering the world’s first large-scale direct-to-home satellite system, Thomson Video Networks has been a global leader in compression systems for satellite, terrestrial, cable, IPTV, mobile TV, and Web streaming. The company helps its customers deliver superior quality video to anything from small handheld devices to large 3D HD screens, with the lowest bandwidth to ensure a profitable business model. A trusted supplier to more than 20 percent of the active channels deployed worldwide, with a global support presence and a reputation for delivering quality at every stage, Thomson Video Networks offers the experience and range of products to meet every need, from hybrid multiformat compression systems to contribution links for content exchange networks.

Information about products from Thomson Video Networks is available at www.thomson-networks.com.

Antelope Audio to Unveil Rubicon – World’s First Atomic AD-DA Preamp

Santa Monica, CA, April 19, 2012– Antelope Audio will introduce Rubicon, a groundbreaking 384 kHz digital audio preamplifier which integrates the world renowned 10M Rubidium atomic clock. Rubicon caters to the ever-increasing interest in high-resolution audio, addressing the specific needs of high-end consumer electronics enthusiasts for accurate audio representation and detailed soundstage of both analog and digital recordings. The new device will be presented to the public during the Munich High End Show, May 3rd – 6th.

Rubicon is the first DAC to integrate a Rubidium atomic clock, which is 100,000 times more stable than a traditional crystal oscillator. Coupled with Antelope’s 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking technology, the Rubidium achieves a breakthrough in jitter management, improving the sound quality in an unprecedented way. The same technology is implemented in the company’s flagship master clocks used for scoring blockbusters such as Avatar and available at the best recording and mastering studios around the Globe.

“I find the idea of an audio enthusiast being able to hear his/her favorite recordings clocked by the world’s most stable clock very exciting. I believe this will bring the music appreciation in the home environment to a completely new level compared only to the precision and sonic detail representation available at the finest professional listening rooms,” shared Igor Levin, CEO and founder of Antelope Audio.

Housed in a sturdy, machined-aluminum enclosure with a vintage Art Deco design, Rubicon incorporates a discrete phono preamp, ultra linear, dual stage headphone drivers and Antelope’s renowned gold-plated relay volume control.

The transformer-based, ultra-low noise, discrete JFET phono preamp is a complement that will be highly appreciated by many vinyl lovers. In addition to the 384 kHz DAC, Rubicon also includes ultra-high sample rate A/D conversion. These functionalities together with the high resolution USB recording capability provide the users with the sublime experience of digitizing their favorite tracks, still keeping the depth and the warmth of the original analog recordings.

In addition to the 384 kHz USB streaming, Rubicon offers extended flexibility and smooth user experience provided by the implemented DLNA capability. The DLNA streaming gives users the opportunity to wirelessly push audio files from their smart phone, PC or NAS (Network-attached storage) server and play the content through the high-sample rate DAC.

Rubicon inherits the D/A conversion technology from 384 kHz Zodiac Gold DAC – the 2012 winner of the Audio Excellence Award in Japan and often described by reviewers and prominent sound engineers as “future-proofed”, “clean”, “neutral” and “accurate”. The A/D circuit comes from the 2011 winner of the Audio Media Gear of the Year award, high-end professional mastering converter Eclipse 384.

Antelope Audio plans to present the Rubicon for the first time to the public and the media during the Munich High End Show, in hall 3, booth A 04, at 2 pm, on May 3rd.

Rubicon features

– 10M Rubidium Atomic Clock, providing 100,000 times more accurate reference;
– 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking jitter management technology;
– Ultra low noise phono inputs with custom audio transformers, discrete JFET preamp design;
– 384kHz A/D & D/A converters;
– Gold-plated stepped relay volume attenuator matched to 0.05dB for all volume levels;
– Ultra-linear, dual stage headphone amps;
– De-jittered audio S/PDIF output;
– Custom USB 2.0 chip streaming up to 480 Mbits/384kHz with recording option;
– DLNA streaming capabilities through an Ethernet interface

Specifiations:
Analog Inputs
1x PHONO Input on RCA
3x Inputs on RCA
1x HiZ Input on RCA
1x Combo Balanced Input on XLR/¼ TRS

Analog Outputs
1x Balanced Output on XLR
1x Unbalanced Output on RCA

Digital Inputs
2x S/PDIF
2x TOSLINK
1x AES/EBU
Word Clock Input
Ethernet port

Digital Outputs
2x S/PDIF De-jittered outputs

NAB Show Presents Sennheiser with ACE Award, Recognizing Excellence in Booth Design and Execution

Las Vegas–April 19, 2012 – Audio specialist Sennheiser [booth C2632] was presented with an ACE (Awesome Cool Exhibit) Award by the NAB Show on Wednesday during a special ceremony. The peer-driven award recognizes NAB Show exhibitors for innovations in booth design and execution. Sennheiser captured the ‘medium sized’ booth category, which is defined as being between 200 and 900 square feet.

The judging criteria for the NAB’s ACE Awards are as follows:

Creativity: use of color, sound, light and other creative elements
Effectiveness: how well the booth draws in and engages the visitor
Overall structure: quality of the build and innovative use of materials
Peer review: overall “look and feel” as judged by other exhibitors

The NAB Show booth design is based on Sennheiser’s new global booth concept that was debuted at the CES and NAMM shows earlier this year and providesa tangible experience of the audio specialist’s brand values, inviting exploration and interaction. The interior space presents Sennheiser’s products in a series of ‘focused islands,’ each concentrating on a particular theme and providing visitors with a ‘hands-on’ experience. A sophisticated lighting concept spotlights each product and optimizes visibility.

This new booth design is yet another milestone in the audio specialist’s premium brand strategy. The design concept, developed by the German design agency Syndicate, was first brought to life two years ago in Sennheiser’s point of purchase program that was executed worldwide. Sennheiser is now consolidating the presentation of its brand profile at shows and trade fairs throughout the world.

“Our team is very proud to have been recognized by the NAB with the ACE Award,” commented Greg Beebe, President of Sennheiser USA. “Our U.S. team was the first to execute this important global concept from Sennheiser, and we have received a great deal of positive feedback from booth attendees — both during NAB Show and at other important U.S. trade shows.”

Over the coming year, the new concept will be used at all Sennheiser leading shows and trade fairs in the Consumer Electronics, Installed Sound and Professional Systems markets.

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Sound Devices Teams Up with Habitat for Humanity for Deconstruction Project at New Facility

REEDSBURG, WI, APRIL 19, 2012 — Sound Devices (2012 NAB Booth C2546), experts in portable audio and video products for field production, recently relocated and settled into its new 27,000-square-foot U.S. headquarters in Reedsburg, WI. As part of the move, the company made its renovation a community project by donating the front portion of the building to the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

“The front section of the building was isolated from the rest of the facility, so it was originally in our plans to tear it down,” says Jon Tatooles, managing director of Sound Devices. “However, when I learned that Habitat for Humanity participates in deconstruction projects, it made sense to donate the material and divert it from a local landfill. The volunteers on site were really amazing throughout this venture and we are happy to help others in need.”

After hearing about Habitat for Humanity’s deconstruction projects through a business associate who sits on the board of directors for the Dane County Habitat branch, Sound Devices coordinated the project with the local Sauk and Columbia County affiliate. Bruce Koch, deconstruction and ReStore (Habitat’s ReStore resale outlets sell reusable and surplus building materials to the public) coordinator for the affiliate, conducted an initial visual inspection of the facility in order to determine the types and quantity of materials that were salvageable. Once the project was green lighted, volunteers worked meticulously to deconstruct the entire building over the course of seven days.

Habitat for Humanity is an international organization with local affiliates across the globe that builds housing for low-income working families. The materials collected at the Sound Devices project totaled more than six 30-yard dumpsters of either usable, re-sellable or recyclable materials, including approximately 33 40-foot trusses, 200 2x6s, 80 sheets of 4×8 plywood, 200 studs, siding, insulation, piping, wiring, doors, the furnace and air conditioners. The re-sellable items will be sold in Habitat’s ReStore in nearby Baraboo. The money raised will help Habitat build new houses and pay for overhead expenses at the ReStore.

“For a company like Sound Devices to think outside the box and let us come in to their facility to help others is amazing,” says Koch. “Wonderful things happen when a low-income family has its own home—the children flourish and the parents can better provide—it’s really a great thing to see firsthand. At Habitat, we strive to do everything we can to further that cause. When a local company like Sound Devices can see that vision with us, we’re all happy and everyone benefits.”

Sound Devices’ new facility is located at E7556 State Road 23/33 in Reedsburg.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The thirteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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