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Iconyx Tames Bank of China’s Auditorium

 Hong Kong – December 2014… Hong Kong has long been known for its breathtaking skyline, and the compelling geometric profile of the I.M. Pei-designed Bank of China Tower is a prominent jewel of the city’s glimmering urban landscape. Occupying the top floor of this 70-story masterpiece is a large multi-use auditorium and meeting space, used for a variety of banquets, meetings, and other special events.

The space has recently been outfitted with a new sound system centered around Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC Live digitally steered arrays. The system includes four IC16-R-II columns, providing eight steerable beams to cover even the room’s most problematic spaces.

“It’s a very live acoustical space, with an open overlook and high glass windows, and achieving good spoken word intelligibility has been a challenge,” explains a spokesperson from Audio System Consultants (Asia) Ltd., the company behind the system design and installation. “The Iconyx steered beam technology enabled us to focus the sound directly on the areas where the audience is seated, and away from the windows and reflective surfaces.”

 A pair of IC215S-R subwoofers provides low frequency reinforcement, creating a powerful and portable full-range system for musical performances as well as spoken presentations. A Rane HAL3 multiprocessor is used as a front end for connecting microphone and line inputs. The system is easily controlled via tablet, laptop, or other external devices.

The new sound system has been in use for several months, and has received high marks from both client and guests alike.

Martin Audio Is System of Choice At The Line Hotel

Patio at The Line

Los Angeles, CA––A fashionable new stopover in Koreatown, the Line Hotel is a 12-story modernist tower originally designed by the respected architecture firm Daniel Mann Johnson & Mendenhall which retains a midcentury look combined with an industrial chic aesthetic, stripped-concrete walls and double height windows in the lobby.

Commissioned to install a sound system in keeping with the modern, high tech feel of the hotel, LA Sound opted for Martin Audio loudspeakers throughout the public areas downstairs and outside on the patio deck, pool area, and in the greenhouse.

According to Richard Ralke of LA Sound, the system starts with Martin Audio C8.1T 8” ceiling speakers in the lobby, café, entryway and bar areas. These were chosen because they have a tighter dispersion pattern, which was more effective in covering the greater ceiling height averaging from 12 to 14 feet and reaching people who are both standing and on the move.

For the Pot restaurant, a collaboration with the street-food king Roy Choi which specializes in Korean hotpots, Martin Audio C6.8T 6” ceiling speakers with a wider dispersion pattern were used to provide more balanced coverage in a space with a shorter 10 to 12 foot ceiling height where people are sitting down and not moving.

Bar at The Line

“We also used AQ112 subwoofers in both areas,” adds Ralke, “six in the restaurant and two in the bar. For the bar, we actually installed the subs in a custom-built serpentine bench, which is approximately 50 ft. long and weaves down the length of the room.

“There’s a large upright back that extends down to the floor with a padded bench that clips to that section. We were able to take the bench section off and bury the subwoofers in the base of the back and cut openings in the sub structure of the bench, allowing the low frequency energy to exit out of the kick panel at the front. The subs are spaced down the length of the bench so there’s no bass build up anywhere. The low frequency energy is very even throughout the room.”

“In the restaurant,” Ralke continues, “we were able to bury an AQ112 in a staircase—the speakers are around 14” in every dimension so they’re pretty small––and fire it into the room through an air conditioning return vent. The other one is integrated in the outer wall covering near a hostess stand at the entry. Again, the low frequency coverage throughout the space is very smooth and even.”

The bar, lobby and restaurant are situated in separate zones so the volume can be adjusted for each, but they function as one common source area because they are adjacent acoustically and open to each other. Either zone can adjust their level individually using the Rane Hal1 house system with remote controls for volume and source selection.

Restaurant at The Line

According to Ralke, “We currently have 12 output zones and all 10 input allocations, and every zone has a DR3 digital remote controller that allows the user to change the level and source material in any zone. Three mobile background music sources are fed into the Hal and either left as stereo or combined into Mono, then exported to these 12 zones around the building. The subwoofers and full-range ceiling speakers in the bar are two different zones so we can get the crossover to EQ the way we want to within Hal, but they go up and down together at the bar volume control.”

One level above the lobby and restaurant is a patio deck with a pool area and greenhouse also providing the same source audio. The outdoor pool area has 14 Martin Audio C115T surface mount outdoor full-range speakers with four subwoofers and an additional four C115T’s in a remote listening area by the patio. Three Powersoft M28Q 4-channel amplifiers drive all of the subwoofers and full range speakers in the hotel.

“The pool deck is on the second floor of the hotel right above Wilshire Boulevard one floor below, explains Ralke, “So the hotel put up a wall consisting of metal mesh fence and added a creeping vine type of plant. We were able to mount the speakers to the metal mesh and have them totally blend in within the plants. The deck has complete coverage without spilling down into the street.”

Greenhouse at The Line

“The greenhouse on the deck presented an acoustic challenge because it’s all glass and concrete, wood and steel inside,” explains Ralke. “But the hotel showed us a layout with plants positioned to break up the sound, so we were able to use 6 Martin Audio AQ8 8” two-way surface mount exterior speakers and get the smooth, even coverage we needed from one end of the greenhouse to the other.”

Asked about their client’s reaction to the sound system, Ralke sums up in a few words, “They love it. In fact the owners are so happy with the sound system, they’ve asked us to do a new karaoke club named Speek they’re putting in early next year.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Gotham ‘Conquers’ HBO Mini-Series With Yamaha QL/Rio Assist

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—HBO’s miniseries Show Me A Hero from The Wire co-creator David Simon, is based on a non-fiction book by Lisa Belkin. The six-hour mini stars Oscar Isaac as Nick Wasicsko, the youngest big-city mayor in the nation, who finds himself thrust into the center of a racial controversy when a federal court orders him to build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town, Yonkers, New York during 1988-1992. His attempt to do so tears the city apart, paralyzes the municipal government and, ultimately, destroys his political future.

Gotham Sound and Communications in New York City was brought in to augment the audio production using a new Yamaha QL5 Series Digital Console and Rio1608-D input/output box. “We recreated many meetings in the City Council Chamber, during which there were large heckling crowds hurling insults at the Mayor and Council, states Frank Stettner, production sound mixer for the show. The Mayor and Council all had microphones in front of them that we wanted to make practical to cover their scripted dialog.”

The heckling crowd consists of five different scripted hecklers plus a yelling crowd. “My normal setup is an 8-channel Cooper CS 208 D mixer with its direct outs feeding an 8-input Dante device, but it would not provide me with enough inputs, says Stettner. The show’s workflow requires me to mix mono all audio sources in real time to Track 1 on a pair of Sound Devices 970 64-track digital recorders for syncing to picture for the Dailies. I record all stems used in that mix to isolated tracks for use in post-production.”

Stettner said the big council scenes got beyond both his number of inputs and his number of fingers. With 15 total speaking parts, it became necessary to expand the system so he contacted Peter Schneider at Gotham Sound who suggested the Yamaha QL and Rio as the best way to meet the scene’s needs. “It seamlessly integrated with my existing Dante based gear,” notes Stettner.

Paul Padilla, the on-location consultant from Gotham Sound, put together and installed the QL and set up the computer network that tied all parts together. “Using the Rio with the QL gave us a lot of flexibility, Padilla said. It allowed us to route audio to and from a remote room without the need to run additional cable. Interfacing the Yamaha QL with another Dante base rig made for a very pleasurable experience.”

Once Stettner rolled his cart into the room where the QL was setup after finishing some smaller scenes elsewhere in the building, the team connected the network, time code, word clock, and assigned the direct outs to the 970 inputs quickly via Dante; ready long before the lighting and camera setup was completed.

“Specifically, the workflow consists of the Yamaha Rio connected to the 12 practical, historically accurate, Shure SM57s. This was then brought via Cat5 to Gotham’s network hub, which connected my system and computer to the QL, Stettner continues. The mics were routed to the QL inputs and the 970 Iso tracks via Dante. Larry Provost, my colleague, then used the Yamaha QL to make a mono sub mix of the fixed mics following the script. I took this sub mix into my Cooper and added it to the mono Dailies mix along with the five radio mic sources I had on the scene’s protesters plus a boom mic for the crowd.”

“Augmenting the show’s main audio package with the Yamaha QL mixer has worked out rather nicely and seamlessly integrates, thanks to Dante,” notes Peter Schneider, Gotham Sound and Communications.

Stettner said the flexibility of using the Yamaha QL and Rio made what would have been a long, stressful and time-consuming cable mess in the old analog days, into a fast efficient setup. “Gotham and Yamaha make the good work we do even more possible.”

Show Me a Hero will air on HBO during 2015.

For more information on Gotham Sound and Communications, visit www.gothamsound.com.

For more information on the Yamaha QL 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 professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Riedel Gear Supports Live Productions From Red Bull eSports Studio for Streaming to Millions

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Dec. 2, 2014 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that its MediorNet real-time network, RockNet audio system, and Artist digital matrix intercom system are being used in the Red Bull eSports studio at Red Bull Media House’s North American Headquarters in Santa Monica, California. The Riedel gear is enabling the production of events, as well as the live streams watched by millions of fans.

“Riedel products have continually provided Red Bull Media House with the flexibility, performance, and audio and video quality we require for the production of premium sports events and live broadcasts, and they have proved to be a perfect fit for Red Bull eSports studio,” said Scott Gillies, director of production & technology, at Red Bull Media House North America. “The robust functionality of both the MediorNet and Artist systems actually simplifies production while enabling us to put on a sophisticated and exciting show for the millions of fans tuning in from all around the world.”

For example, one eSports broadcast format that’s produced out of the Red Bull eSports studio pits two video gaming teams of five players against one another. As they play, MediorNet Modular frames take in a total of 20 HDMI POV video signals from the gaming consoles, convert them into HD-SDI, and carry them to the control room. The POV cameras focus on the faces and hands of all 10 players, with additional HD-SDI cameras positioned on the game commentators. These inputs are combined with the primary gameplay feeds to produce a complete eSports broadcast. An additional MediorNet Compact Frame is used for complementary shots from other parts of the competition.

Additionally, each player in this example wears a headset that provides game audio and a link to other team members. The Artist system supports these communications, as well as the intercom and on-air audio signals of the commentators. Because the Artist system works with 48-kHz digital audio, it is also being used to create a downmix of game audio for each team, as well as for the audio mixing console. Combining individual game audio with the team communications, the Artist creates 10 individual mixes for each of the 10 players. A single four-core fiber cable, equipped with OpticalCON QUAD connectors, handles all signals.

Within the control room, the MediorNet system acts as a pre-switcher, dynamically feeding eight signals to the video switcher, and also provides feeds to the edit bay, two SSD recording units, and to a monitor wall comprising two displays with 16-window split views. The MediorNet also serves as an audio de-embedder, in turn feeding audio to the audio mixing desk. The resulting audio and video mix is sent to two encoders for streaming via the Internet.

“Once again, Red Bull turned to Riedel to help further their innovation in the field of eSports, and we’re proud to continue to play a role in this space,” said Sascha Kneider, head of technical services, North America, for Riedel. “This installation is a textbook example of a system that integrates the three main product lines from Riedel. By using MediorNet as the backbone for video, RockNet for audio, and Artist intercom for communications, we can create a lot of synergies. The benefits of this approach are obvious: the customer does not have to buy three different systems that may or may not work well together, every signal is available at every node in the system, and changes are just a matter of a mouse click.”

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Event Enterprises Supplements NEXO M28 Arsenal, Adds Yamaha QL5 and DSRs

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—Event Enterprises is a full-service production company focusing on meeting their customers needs with utmost professionalism and the highest quality of service. With offices in Cincinnati, OH and Bellevue, KY, the company maintains a vast inventory of industry-standard, current event production equipment, coupled with an extensive dealer network and affiliations. The company recently took delivery of 12 NEXO STM M28 speakers to augment their existing NEXO box count, which has grown to 80.

“We were looking to increase our PA inventory to accommodate the demand of multiple festivals/stages/jobs happening simultaneously and were looking to dive into something with a little hotter output and farther throw than the NEXO GEO S12, states Grant Cambridge, Managing Director, Event Enterprises. The M28s could provide us with that need and seemed to make logistical sense for most of our applications. Financially, they also allowed us to make a comfortable initial investment into the STM franchise with the ability to “add on” and grow the rig with the additions of any B112s or M46s in the future. Our maiden voyage with the new boxes was a country show with headliners Dustin Lynch and Frankie Ballard, and out of the box, both front of house guest engineers enjoyed their day with them.”

Event upped their Yamaha DSR speaker inventory to 24, utilizing the DSRs for a variety of applications. “While the DSRs do see a lot of smaller “speaker on stick” gigs as well as corporate applications, we use them just as frequently for wedges as mains, Cambridge says. We do so many 5k, 10k, half/full marathon events where we line up the streets at the start and finish lines that the DSRs work perfectly for. We recently did a half marathon event earlier this month based around Veterans Day, and on a very cold Saturday morning we deployed DSRs down the start/finish line for 400 ft., and in 18 degree temperatures, they worked flawlessly for five hours in the elements.”

Cambridge said the Yamaha QL5 digital audio console was purchased primarily for the company’s rental inventory and in-house engineers to utilize in the field. “We have all taken a liking to Yamaha digital desks at our company and thought this was a nice “next step” for us, having gotten a lot of miles out of LS9s and M7s, notes Cambridge. Because of our familiarity with the Yamaha OS and internal workings within their digital desks and the direct functionality with the Dante network, we thought this would be a wise investment moving forward. The QL was put to use the minute it arrived, both by our own guys’ use well as fulfilling rider requests.”

For more information on Event Enterprises, visit www.evententerprises.com.

For more information on NEXO STM, Yamaha QL and DSR, 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 professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Nitin Sawhney Transcends With Martin Audio MLA At Albert Hall

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After working with RG Jones’ Martin Audio Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) at Glastonbury Festival, as well as the smaller MLA Compact at other events, David McEwan’s vision was to use it at the holy grail of London venues, the Royal Albert Hall.

As the long term recording and live engineer for Nitin Sawhney, the opportunity came when this British Indian musician, orchestral composer and producer announced his return to the famous London venue for performances from his forthcoming album Dystopian Dream and a selection of material from his first nine albums.

McEwan approached John Carroll, MD of RG Jones Sound Engineering, and to his great delight, the award-winning PA was made available within the production budget.

Rarely will MLA have had so many different sounds and voices pumped through it as Sawhney moved effortlessly through different musical genres. While he performed on guitars and piano, the ensemble featured many vocalists of different tongues as well as guests such as Björk percussionist and hang player, Manu Delago, and Soumik Datta on the 19-stringed sarod. The band also included two cellists, a tabla player and drummer, and the four singers lined up across the stage included the impressive flutist, Ashwin Srinivasan.

Fellow sound engineer Steve Watson, who tragically died last year, had first introduced David McEwan to RG Jones and the MLA. “I built up a good relationship over the years and had been badgering them to let me have MLA for the Royal Albert Hall. I wondered what it would sound like after using it at Glastonbury, and it sounded amazing. It produced great imaging—there was a real presence about the vocals wherever you stood—and that’s an important part of the show. In terms of PA’s, it’s clearly the next step up.”

The design consisted of 16 x MLA elements per side with nine W8LM Mini (and two W8LMD Downfills) per side and further W8LM/W8LMD used judiciously as front and infills. Eight Martin Audio WLX subs were recessed under the stage in a splayed broadside cardioid array to create the required curve.

McEwan’s system tech was the experienced Marty Beath, who a week previously had helped optimize the MLA system deployed for the Invictus Games Closing Concert.

As production/soundcheck time at the Royal Albert Hall was compromised, Beath was able to draw on existing presets, previously used by MLA tech Mark Edwards, enabling them to notch out sound spillage at the stage and up to the top tribune, where there was no audience present.

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Supporting the production was RG Jones’ Jack Bowcher, who has worked many times with McEwan, and was in charge of the stage. He, too, knew the rig would be rock solid.

“MLA again produced amazing clarity, particularly at front of house, which was impressive considering the nature of the event. The detail you could hear in the vocals was just unbelievable.”

But the last word came from David McEwan. “This was one of my favourite experiences; everyone seemed delighted with the sound and I will want to use MLA wherever I can.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

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Sonnet and Audinate Partner to Certify PCIe Sound Cards for Sonnet Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Expansion Systems

Audinate’s Dante PCIe-R, Focusrite’s RedNet PCIe Card, and Yamaha’s Dante Accelerator PCIe-R Soundcard Now Work Seamlessly With Sonnet’s Echo Express, xMac mini Server, and xMac Pro Server Solutions

IRVINE, Calif. — Nov. 18, 2014 — Sonnet Technologies today announced a collaboration with Audinate, inventor of the Dante(TM) family of digital media networking solutions, to certify compatibility of the Dante PCIe-R, a PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) sound card, with Sonnet’s full range of Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCIe card expansion chassis. The Dante PCIe-R, also available as the Focusrite(R) RedNet(R) PCIe Card, and Yamaha’s Dante Accelerator PCIe-R Soundcard, is now seamlessly compatible with Sonnet’s full range of Echo(TM) Express products (excluding the Echo Express SEL due to size limits), as well as the Sonnet xMac(TM) mini Server and xMac Pro Server solutions.

“As cost-effective solutions for high-performance recording and audio processing workflows, Audinate’s Dante PCIe-R and Focusrite’s RedNet PCIe Card are very popular with our customers. As a result, they have been anxiously waiting for these cards to be certified as compatible with our Echo Express and xMac product lines,” said Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing, Sonnet Technologies. “Now, customers can build highly versatile and cost-effective audio workstations that enable the cards to be connected directly to any Mac computer with a Thunderbolt port - including the new Mac mini and the new Mac Pro.”

The Sonnet Echo Express product line enables any Mac(R) computer equipped with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports to interface with high-performance PCIe cards such as the Dante PCIe-R and Focusrite RedNet or the Yamaha Dante Accelerator PCIe-R Soundcard. The Echo Express family includes the Echo Express SE II two-slot desktop chassis and the Echo Express III-D (desktop) and III-R (rackmount) three-slot solutions. The xMac mini Server extends Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion to a Mac mini with a Thunderbolt port and provides a 1U rackmount enclosure for the computer. In similar fashion, the xMac Pro Server provides a 4U rackmount enclosure to securely mount a Mac Pro computer and connect three PCIe 2.0 slots via Thunderbolt 2.

Dante PCIe-R and Focusrite RedNet sound cards are designed to meet the needs of the most demanding audio professionals by enabling a simple, self-configuring, true plug-and-play digital audio network over standard IP and Ethernet networks at Gigabit speeds. The cards provide 256 channels of uncompressed digital audio with near-zero latency and glitch-free redundancy.

“Our partnership with Sonnet is an important link in our strategy to make the Dante PCIe-R available to sound professionals in the complete range of on-location as well as studio workflows,” said Gary Southwell, Audinate’s vice president of product management. “With Sonnet’s Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion systems, our customers will be able to take advantage of Thunderbolt’s lightning-fast connectivity by connecting the high-performance Dante PCIe-R to any computer lacking expansion slots.”

“Certification of Sonnet’s wide array of Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion systems with our RedNet PCIe Card means our customers now have more ways than ever to easily integrate RedNet Ethernet audio interfaces into their workflows,” said Ted White, Focusrite RedNet product specialist. “With Sonnet’s rackmount and desktop expansion solutions at users’ disposal, the lack of internal expansion card slots in a computer no longer matters. Users can use any modern computer with a Thunderbolt port instead.”

More information on Sonnet and its products is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes AV systems to enable customers to thrive in a networked world. Audinate’s Dante(TM) media networking technology has been adopted by the leading OEM manufacturers and has become the standard and dominant networking technology in the professional AV industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate offices are located in the U.S., U.K., and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company. Dante is Digital Media Networking Perfected.

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About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCIe(R) card expansion systems, pro media readers, RAID storage systems, and storage, network, and other interface cards for pro users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, network and storage interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with Thunderbolt technology-enabled computers. For nearly 30 years Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac(R), Windows(R), and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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ATC Labs Integrates Digigram Sound Cards Into Attractively Priced High-Performance Audio Processors and IP Codecs

Digigram Cards Provide Robust Feature Set, Help to Ensure Excellent Sound Quality in Radio Broadcast and Streaming Applications

MONTBONNOT, France — Nov. 18, 2014 — Digigram today announced a new partnership through which audio technology company ATC Labs will integrate Digigram sound cards into the company’s Perceptual SoundMax(TM) line of audio processors and ALCO Blue(TM) IP codec, engineered for the radio broadcast and streaming market. The Digigram cards provide high-quality analog and digital interfaces that help ATC Labs ensure that its products offer the highest levels of quality and most robust feature set.

“The combination of quality and features offered by Digigram’s sound cards is exceptional, making the components an ideal fit for the high-end products that we offer,” said Dr. Deepen Sinha, CEO at ATC Labs. “The Digigram cards, when optimally combined with the company’s core expertise in audio processing and compression, enable us to supply emerging and expanding markets, such as the exploding radio broadcast market in India and the rapidly growing community and college broadcast market here in the United States, with robust yet affordable products that enable users to do more with less. In short, we can provide a level of audio quality and functionality that is difficult or impossible to find in the same, or even a much higher price range.”

ATC Labs will use Digigram sound interfaces across a broad line of audio processing and IP codec products and will also recommend Digigram products to its customers. The Digigram VX222e, UAX220v2, and VX222HR cards will be incorporated into the company’s Perceptual SoundMax audio processors, which provide unmatched signal processing functionality for broadcast or audio streaming, thus allowing users to move ahead of the competition in sound quality and implementation efficiency. The Digigram cards will also be built into ATC Labs’ ALCO Blue rackmount IP codecs and used in conjunction with its ALCO Professional line of integrated IP audio SoftCodec solutions designed specifically to meet the demands of the professional audio and broadcast industry. These products provide outstanding audio quality, low latency, and high connectivity through public and private networks, even through firewalls.

Among the benefits of working with integrated solutions from ATC Labs is the ability to perform concurrent on-air and Internet streaming. Whether from one of the thousands of new stations emerging in India or a community or college radio broadcaster in the United States, users can very easily and cost-effectively reach audiences on multiple platforms while ensuring excellent aural quality.

“ATC Labs offers a compelling array of highly competitive products, and we are pleased to be working with the company as it makes high-performance audio solutions available to a much broader marketplace,” said Christelle Nay, EMEA and Americas sales manager at Digigram.

Further information about Digigram and the company’s products is available at www.digigram.com or by phone at +33 4 76 52 47 47.

Further information about ATC Labs and the company’s products is available at www.atc-labs.com or via email at support@atc-labs.com.

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About Digigram
Positioned at the convergence of professional audio and video with IT, Digigram offers IP-based solutions that enable users worldwide to increase their competitiveness through change.

The company’s products enable the reliable capture, production, and delivery of high-quality audio and video over IP networks. Its innovative IP audio codecs, professional sound cards, and audio processing software are used by thousands of journalists, broadcasters, and audio engineers worldwide. Digigram’s all-IP video product line provides advanced contribution and distribution solutions to broadcast, IPTV, Web TV, and OTT operators. The company also delivers key audio/video technologies and OEM solutions to software vendors and manufacturers.

For more than 25 years, through constant innovation and the development of fruitful partnerships, Digigram has been influential in energizing the industry, raising standards, and pushing forward technological development.

Further information on Digigram and its product portfolio is available at www.digigram.com.

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All India Radio Takes New NETIA Radio-Assist Software Live at New Delhi Headquarters and 48 Stations Across India

CLARET, France — Nov. 18, 2014 — NETIA today announced that All India Radio (AIR), the national radio broadcaster of India and a division of Prasar Bharati group, has taken its new Radio-Assist(TM) digital audio software suite live on more than 1,300 workstations to support its national broadcast facility and 48 local stations. Through this installation, coordinated by Delhi-based systems integrator Progressive Infotech, NETIA software has effectively been deployed in every major city across India, enabling AIR to tailor and deliver informative, educational, and entertaining programming to listeners throughout the country.

“The work performed by Progressive Infotech and NETIA ensured that the Radio-Assist deployment met the demanding requirements of geographically distributed operations, as well as the challenges of providing content that engages AIR listeners across a large and diverse audience,” said Gulshan Kharbanda, chief technology officer at Progressive Infotech. “We believe this project represented a significant improvement in AIR’s production and broadcast capabilities, and we are confident that they can build on these capabilities to enrich the on-air product for their many listeners.”

AIR, the sister service to national television broadcaster Doordarshan, is one of the world’s largest radio networks with respect to the number of broadcast languages it offers and the socio-economic and cultural diversity of its audience. The broadcaster’s home service comprises 277 stations located across the country, reaching nearly 92 percent of the country’s area and 99 percent of the total population. At AIR headquarters in New Delhi, the NETIA Radio-Assist deployment streamlines the broadcaster production and customization of services to address the language and culture of each listening area.

Radio-Assist covers each part of the production and broadcast workflow, allowing users across AIR stations to record, edit, or prepare a playlist. In addition to browse and publishing tools for full multimedia functionality, the software features tools for acquisition, archiving, audio editing, commercial and music production, newsroom systems, scheduling, broadcasting, and administration. Thanks to its Unicode compatibility, the NETIA software makes it easier for AIR to broadcast its programming in over 20 different languages and numerous dialects.

NETIA worked closely with Progressive Infotech throughout the project, providing training and support, as well as on-the-ground assistance at critical sites in Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata.

“The size of this Radio-Assist implementation is truly remarkable, and it demonstrates the extent to which NETIA software can scale in supporting highly efficient radio production and broadcasting, despite the challenges of multilingual broadcasting across a massive geographic area,” said Benjamin Schvent, head of Asia-Pacific operations at NETIA. “The system running live now at AIR is an excellent model of the modern large-scale radio broadcasting operation.”

More information about NETIA and its product portfolio is available at www.netia.com.

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About NETIA
NETIA, a Globecast company and part of Orange, is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of audiovisual content to today’s full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 15,000 users in 200 installations in more than 40 countries, NETIA solutions allow content producers and owners to manage content from ingest to delivery, targeting multiplatform outlets including the Internet, VOD, IPTV services, and mobile devices.

NETIA provides radio automation, media asset, and workflow management solutions to major radio and television brands and to multimedia groups around the world. Clients include The Associated Press, ABC News Radio Network, WestwoodOne, Radio Globo in Brazil, RTM in Malaysia, SBS and ABC in Australia, MediaCorp Singapore, RAI Italy, RTL France, Radio France, RTBF in Belgium, and France Televisions. NETIA has its headquarters in France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, Moscow, and Singapore, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

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Photo Caption: NETIA Radio-Assist(TM) 8.2 Music Scheduling

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