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Blonder Tongue Offers Superior Motion Optimization for Fast-Paced TV Programming With New HDE-HVC-PRO

Introduces Enhancements to SDE-4AV-QAM Encoder to Enable Superior Video Quality at Lower Bit Rates

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — Aug. 12, 2014 — Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) today announced the HDE-HVC-PRO, a new MPEG-2 SD/HD professional series encoder designed to deliver superior motion optimization for fast-paced programming, including live sports events. In addition, the company announced enhancements to its SDE-4AV-QAM MPEG-2 SD encoder, which enables operators to deliver more SD channels at lower bit rates. Both the HDE-HVC-PRO and SDE-4AV-QAM encoders bring increased levels of video quality and bandwidth efficiency to the broadcast, cable, and hospitality markets. more

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Forbidden and Take 1 Partner to Integrate Transcription Capabilities With Forscene

LONDON — Aug. 12, 2014 – Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market-leading cloud video platform Forscene, and U.K.-based Take 1 Transcription, provider of transcription, captioning, and translation services, today announced a partnership that connects Take 1′s transcription capability to Forscene. Now Forscene users will be able to access Take 1′s service directly from the Forscene interface with the touch of a button. This integration eliminates the need to prepare and transport large files or other media manually for transcription, and also helps to create thorough transcripts that can accelerate the post-production process.

“Many of our customers rely on time-coded transcripts as a valuable source of information during post-production, but getting those transcripts in hand can be a cumbersome process,” said Greg Hirst, business development director, Forbidden Technologies plc. “Our partnership with Take 1, which serves many of the major production companies, studios, and networks in the U.K. and the U.S., means our customers can skip the manual steps involved with initiating a transcription and just push a button instead, leaving them well on their way to a more efficient workflow.”

Unlike the usual transcription process, which requires producers to transcode clips, create and transport DVDs, or send files via FTP to a transcription vendor manually, the integration between Take 1 and Forscene creates an automated process. Producers select the content in Forscene to be transcribed, and then simply click a button to send proxy files to Take 1. Take 1 receives the transcription order, where it is processed immediately by the company’s highly trained, distributed workforce. Once completed, the transcript is imported back into Forscene as an XML file so that it gets linked back to the master video in the Forscene cloud.

At that point, production teams can use Forscene’s powerful logging functions to add even more metadata around visual descriptors, locations, and other key information. From there, Forscene’s robust search tools can be used to scan the transcript and the additional metadata to find just the right clips. Then teams can use Forscene to complete some or all of the editing process, from stringouts to publishing, with review and approval cycles throughout.

“More and more of our clients are embracing cloud-based post-production and using platforms like Forscene, so we needed to ensure our service was accessible directly from the cloud,” said Dom Bourne, CEO of Take 1. “By integrating our transcription service into Forscene, we are removing an entire step in the workflow, allowing content to flow seamlessly from Forscene to Take 1 for immediate transcription with resulting transcripts importing back effortlessly. This integration helps further compress the time between the shoot and the edit, so clients can focus on making TV programmes and not worry about logistics.”

Visit Forbidden at IBC2014 in booth 8.B38e to find out more.

More information about Forscene can be found at www.forscene.co.uk. More information about Forbidden Technologies can be found at www.forbidden.co.uk. More information about Take 1 Transcription can be found at www.take1.tv.

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About Take 1 Transcription
Founded in 1998, Take 1 Transcription is the trusted provider of transcription, captioning, and translation services to all the major production companies, studios, and networks in the U.K. and the USA. Take 1 Transcription has a strong understanding of broadcast technologies, file-based workflows, and FTP and has developed sophisticated internal systems to maximize use of its distributed workforce. Take 1 Transcription is a privately held company and is headquartered in Cranbrook, Kent. More information about Take 1 can be found at www.take1.tv.

About Forbidden Technologies plc
Forbidden develops advanced technologies that enable media makers and broadcasters to create and distribute compelling viewing experiences to demanding worldwide audiences. Forbidden’s flagship product, Forscene, is the world’s most advanced cloud-based video post-production platform. It allows post-production professionals to make and deliver stories with high quality and production value in demanding, fast-paced landscapes. Quoted on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market, Forbidden partners with high-profile media and technology organisations, including Atos, BIM, deltatre, EVS, and Key Code Media. More information about Forbidden can be found at www.forbidden.co.uk. More information about Forscene can be found at www.forscene.co.uk.

HARMAN’s Martin Professional Exterior 200 Fixtures Light Russian Residential Complex in Celebration of World Cup Final

MOSCOW, Russia — In celebration of the 2014 World Cup final game, the three towers of “Vorobievy gory”, an iconic residential complex in Moscow that faces the German Embassy, were lit during the match with the colors of Germany and Argentina’s national flags. With only a single day to light the towers, lighting designer Sergey Babaliants of Moscow-based BaSinstall was brought in to program the tower’s existing system, which includes 198 of HARMAN’s Martin Professional Exterior 200 fixtures.

Installed in 2006, the exterior lighting for each of the three towers features 30 Exterior 200s for the “crown,” located on the roof level and 36 Exterior 200s for the “gallery,” located three floors below the crown. The design is controlled via LightJockey placed on the second level below the middle tower, while the left and right towers were connected through wireless DMX signal via an omnidirectional antenna on the roof of the middle tower.

The lighting design for the World Cup’s final match was pre-programmed to ensure the right tower was fixed with the German colors and the left with Argentina’s, while the middle tower alternated between each nation’s colors every 15 seconds.

One of the project’s major challenges was the tower’s aging and poorly maintained existing system.

“The whole installation had not seen any serious maintenance for about eight years,” said Babaliants. “The building management only replaced fixture lamps. The system’s control had never been replaced or even switched off. And on the top of all that we discovered a serious problem with the DMX radio transmitter that prevented us from synchronizing the towers.”

The unusually tight scheduling presented additional challenges. “Having only one day at my disposal, I had to find a creative solution to light the towers with the very limited capabilities of the system in place,” said Babaliants. “We would not have successfully completed this project without the ability of Martin’s Exterior fixtures to withstand such low maintenance in such a demanding environment. It’s a true testament to the durability and reliability of Martin lighting.”

For more information on BaSinstall, please visit: http://basinstall.ru/

To learn more about Martin’s architectural lighting solutions, please visit: www.martin.com

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

Studio Lambert Uses Forscene to Help Speed Up Post-Production Process of ‘Gogglebox’

LONDON — Aug. 5, 2014 — Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market-leading cloud video platform Forscene, announced today that London-based production company Studio Lambert is using Forscene for the quick-turn production of Channel 4′s “Gogglebox.” Part of all3media, which is the U.K.’s largest independent television, film, and digital production and distribution company, Studio Lambert uses Forscene to search and select clips from the rushes while editing is in progress on the observational documentary.

“With less than a week to turn around a show like ‘Gogglebox,’ Forscene doubles the efficiency of the editing process. For example, whilst an editor is pulling material on the Avid editing system, the producer can pull different material and even create sequences simultaneously on Forscene,” said Chantal Boyle, series producer of Studio Lambert.

For “Gogglebox,” Studio Lambert shoots about 150 hours of material a week and logs the footage live during filming. As soon as filming wraps each night, the footage is driven straight back to Studio Lambert’s post-production house in central London, where it is ingested into the Avid nonlinear editing system and uploaded to Forscene so that it is ready for the edit team to start work the next morning. Edit producers and senior producers use a combination of shoot logs and Forscene to locate the best clips to weave into the show.

“The way Studio Lambert uses Forscene is a great example of the software’s value as a search tool,” said Greg Hirst, business development director, Forbidden Technologies plc. “Every second counts on this production, and Forscene makes it possible for the show’s many producers to search through a considerable amount of footage quickly without disrupting the editors.”

More information about Forscene can be found at www.forscene.co.uk. More information about Forbidden Technologies can be found at www.forbidden.co.uk.

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About Forbidden Technologies plc
Forbidden develops advanced technologies that enable media makers and broadcasters to create and distribute compelling viewing experiences to demanding worldwide audiences. Forbidden’s flagship product, Forscene, is the world’s most advanced cloud-based video post-production platform. It allows post-production professionals to make and deliver stories with high quality and production value in demanding, fast-paced landscapes. Quoted on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market, Forbidden partners with high-profile media and technology organisations, including Atos, BIM, deltatre, EVS, and Key Code Media. More information about Forbidden can be found at www.forbidden.co.uk. More information about Forscene can be found at www.forscene.co.uk.

Visit Forbidden at IBC2014, Stand 8.B38e

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Photo Caption: Leon and June of “Gogglebox”

Biamp Systems to Share Advantages of AVB Technology at InfoComm Mexico 2014

InfoComm session to highlight how Audio Video Bridging can bring increased flexibility and scalability across AV and IT systems

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Aug. 7, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced that Biamp(R) Area Manager for Central America Ernesto Montañez, will be presenting a session titled “Understanding AVB and its Advantages” at TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Mexico 2014. The presentation will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 22 in the Tajin-Peten Lounge at Mexico City’s World Trade Center. more

Extron Introduces Two New IP Link Pro Control Processors

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the IPL Pro CR88 and IPL Pro IRS8 control processors. The IPL Pro CR88 features eight contact closure inputs and eight relay ports, while the IPL Pro IRS8 features eight one-way IR/serial ports. These compact, high-performance IP Link Pro control processors are loaded with features inherent to the IP Link Pro family, including more power, speed, and memory, as well as Ethernet control and enhanced security. They are compatible with TouchLink Pro touchpanels and are ideally suited to take advantage of the advanced configuration options within Extron’s Global Configurator Plus and Global Configurator Professional. more

Hungary’s Liga TV Builds New HD OB Van With Complete Riedel Communications Solution

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Aug. 5, 2014 – Riedel Communications, a leading provider of real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, announced that Liga TV, Hungary’s leading outside broadcast (OB) company, has equipped its newest HD OB van with a Riedel solution including the Artist digital matrix intercom, Acrobat digital wireless intercom, RiFace universal radio interface, and the country’s first MediorNet real-time media network. With this robust and versatile communications solution, Liga TV is positioned to continue its expansion into production of high-profile international sports events. OB3 was fully supplied and integrated by Rexfilm Ltd.

“We had tremendous success with Riedel equipment in our OB2 truck, which was Hungary’s first large HD OB van, so the decision to incorporate the company’s products into our new OB3 HD unit was quite simple,” said Zoltan Tihanyi, sound engineer at Liga TV. “The reliability, connectivity, and rich feature sets of Riedel intercom systems, as well as their popularity and widespread use, will be valuable as we extend our international activity.”

The Riedel solution in OB3 is identical to that installed earlier in OB2, with the addition of a MediorNet system that gives Liga TV valuable fiber-based signal transport capabilities. When more than one truck is required for a production, Liga TV can use OB2 and OB3 in tandem, connecting the two Riedel intercom solutions to serve as one.

“With OB2 and now OB3, Liga TV has implemented the advanced production technology necessary to meet international broadcast standards, as well as the requirements of the most demanding events and customers,” said Thomas Kloiber, international sales manager at Riedel Communications. “The Riedel gear installed in these units assures that as Liga TV continues its growth, it also will be able to maintain the clear, flexible communications that are critical to high-end productions.”

In addition to broadcasting matches from Hungary’s national football league, the OTP Bank League, Liga TV has completed international projects including production of various UEFA championship games, the LEN European Swimming Championship, and the KHL All-Star Game.

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.

Visit Riedel Communications at IBC2014, Stand 10.A31

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Archimedia Technology IBC2014 Product Preview, Partnering With Front Porch Digital, Stand 7.D14

Archimedia Technology at IBC2014

Conceived less than 18 months ago out of the need to deliver and read files originating from 4K cameras, Archimedia Technology has rapidly become the new standard for testing and playing master-grade media files. Archimedia offers a range of tools that allow video engineers and archivists to access, play, manage, and test files in all mastering formats, including JPEG 2000, ultimately making content deliverable more quickly at higher quality. Visitors to Archimedia’s stand at IBC2014 will see firsthand the power of this unparalleled line of tools on HD and UHD screens, including the foundation of its product line, the award-winning Archimedia Master Player. Archimedia will also introduce a new player built for everyday business use and a suite of desktop quality-measurement tools that replace existing desktop applications and traditional SDI hardware.

NEW Archimedia Enterprise Player
At IBC2014, Archimedia will demonstrate the Archimedia Enterprise Player, a new player designed for all stakeholders — expert or not — who must be able to view professional video reliably and precisely in order to do their jobs, especially those who need specialized technical support to deal with professional media. Users range from those who lack the technical expertise to use professional video tools, to video experts who simply need to review their work without tying up an edit suite.

The Archimedia Enterprise Player installs easily on any computer equipped with Windows(R) 7 or 8 by simply downloading the software from Archimedia’s website. Users can get media-specific email support from Archimedia, as well as Archimedia’s live online or phone support when needed. The Archimedia Enterprise Player plays all professional and consumer video and audio formats except for JPEG 2000, DPX, and 4K/UHD, which are found only in cinematic or production masters. Like the Master Player, the Enterprise Player can play captions and subtitles in more than 80 external formats and more than 50 embedded formats, and all video can play to a normal TV over HDMI so that what the user sees is real TV rather than a PC approximation of it. The Enterprise Player also delivers accurate audio in all modes — fast forward, rewind, slow, and scrub.

Because the Enterprise Player is designed for either operations budgets or capital budgets, a business can better control the balance sheet by adjusting operations costs based on changes in headcount. This pricing model enables enterprises to provide a sophisticated media player and specialized technical support to a defined number of employees without worrying about auditing licenses or the cost of maintaining in-house technical expertise. Made to run on existing office computers, the player software is free for businesses with an active support account, or can be purchased affordably with annual support included.

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Photo Caption: Archimedia Enterprise Media Player

NEW Archimedia QuSee(TM) Suite
IBC2014 will see the debut of the Archimedia QuSee(TM) Suite, a family of tools to inspect and measure video, audio, and metadata for broadcast, postproduction, A/V, mastering, and distribution. Working in tandem with the Archimedia Master Player, the Archimedia QuSee Suite brings validation and verification functions to the desktop, allowing users to perform quality tests on files rather than on SDI streams created from files. The Archimedia QuSee Suite replaces aging SDI hardware such as video and audio waveform monitors, vectorscopes, and audio phase meters, as well as their desktop counterparts, which don’t come with a player that supports all of the common professional mastering formats as Archimedia Master Player does.

The Archimedia QuSee Suite contains a traditional video waveform monitor and vectorscope in a desktop floating window, with support for SD, HD, UHD, and 4K video sizes; standards-based frame rates; and all professional video formats including broadcast, cinema, and Web. For audio, a traditional audio waveform monitor and phase meters appear in a desktop floating window. The audio tools support uncompressed PCM and compressed audio formats including Dolby(R). One benefit of integrating desktop validation and verification with the Archimedia Master Player is the player’s unique ability to keep compressed video and compressed audio in perfect sync, even in fast forward, rewind, and slow-motion modes — an important factor in all kinds of media work.

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Photo Caption: Archimedia QuSee(TM) Suite

Archimedia Master Player v2.2
At IBC2014, Archimedia will display the newest version of its inaugural product, the award-winning Archimedia Master Player. Designed for video engineers, producers, directors, manufacturers, and archivists who work with professional video formats, Archimedia Master Player is the first software player to support all common master formats in use today and the first to allow users to view, test, and measure archival-quality files on a standard UHD/HDTV and traditional SDI equipment. This revolutionary capability not only makes content deliverable more quickly at higher quality, but also makes it unnecessary to create and store the content in other formats. The ability to control audio and video remotely using RS-422 jog/shuttle wheels, with smooth scrub sounds for all supported formats in slow-motion, forward, and reverse, is one of the features that makes the player a true 4K-era replacement for videotape machines for master-grade quality control and archiving functions.

Version 2.2 delivers the ultimate set of formats and features to make Archimedia Master Player the player of choice for media professionals. Besides support for the emerging formats HEVC 4K and IMF, version 2.2 has a caption and subtitle viewer/navigator; high-quality scaling into SDI; the ability for nontechnical users such as archivists, directors, producers, and quality control specialists to decrypt digital cinema packages; and folder traversing for sequences such as DPX, TIFF, and EXR, which typically come in folders of thousands of files.

No other master player offers the combination of features and benefits that the Archimedia Master Player does.

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Photo Caption: Archimedia Master Player v2.2

Archimedia Workstations
Visitors to the Archimedia stand at IBC2014 will get a close look at Archimedia Workstations driven by Archimedia’s breakthrough Master Player software. For QC operators, producers, directors, archivists, managers, and other media professionals in the digital cinema and broadcast industries, Archimedia Workstations take the guesswork and headache out of buying hardware for critical viewing and quality control of master media files. Available in broadcast HD, 2K Digital Cinema, and 4K/UHDTV versions, each Archimedia Workstation comes with a state-of-the-art HDMI output up to 4K@60Hz, 70 alignment test patterns up to 4:4:4 12 bits, and remote control support for the user’s choice of jog/shuttle/scrub device by Sony 9-pin protocol. Optional HD-SDI, 4K-SDI, and Quad 4K-SDI cards are available for SDI monitoring, and an optional Fibre Channel card enables use with a storage area network. Optional advanced test patterns up to 4:4:4 12 bits allow the most sophisticated users to set up critical workflows and systems.

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Archimedia HD-SDI, 4K-SDI, and Quad 4K-SDI Cards
At IBC2014, Archimedia will display the Archimedia HD-SDI, 4K-SDI, and Quad 4K-SDI cards for the Archimedia Master Player. The cards, made by Bluefish444, include a Master Player installer that will flash the cards’ firmware so that they behave properly under control of the Master Player. By deploying the cards, video engineers and archivists can use an Archimedia Workstation as an HD or cinematic-quality videotape player or disk-based SDI video server. (The most sophisticated users could even deploy the cards with the Archimedia Master Player software on a standard Windows(R) 7 or 8 computer.) Under the control of the Archimedia Master Player, the user’s HDTV or UHDTV can display a video file at the same frame rate as the original when in full-screen mode, marking the first time that an HDMI monitor and SDI monitor can be faithfully compared up to 4K resolution alongside a computer desktop. For quality control, the file’s technical metadata can be viewed while the file is playing.

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Photo Caption: Archimedia HD-SDI, 4K-SDI, and Quad 4K-SDI Cards

Archimedia Advanced Test Suite
Along with other products that accompany the Archimedia Master Player, Archimedia will demonstrate the Archimedia Advanced Test Suite, including test pattern videos up to 4K designed in cooperation with the Library of Congress and a major global OTT VOD provider. These are a set of advanced test patterns developed by renowned video test and measurement company VideoQ specifically for aligning monitors precisely and pushing codec systems to the limit. Designed for use with the Archimedia Master Player and available in HD and 4K versions, the Archimedia Advanced Test Suite allows users to test, align, configure, troubleshoot, and stress any equipment with an SDI or HDMI input. Such devices include encoders, transmitters, video recorders, monitors, projectors, standards converters, editors, and ingest and capture devices. When combined with partner VideoQ’s VQMA-3 software analyzer and one of Archimedia’s SDI conversion cards, the Master Player and Advanced Test Suite offer the industry’s first full-featured test environment that is far less costly and far easier to transport than previous comparable test environments.

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Photo Caption: Archimedia Advanced Test Suite

Company Quote:

“After winning the STAR Award for the Archimedia Master Player at IBC last year, I’m happy to say that the player has become the reference standard in major movie studios and broadcast networks around the world. We’re excited to show visitors the most sophisticated version of the Master Player yet. We want Enterprise Player to replace free players that can’t offer tech support. And our newest tools move traditional SDI measuring tools onto the desktop and extend the Master Player technology even to nontechnical business users.”
– Mark Gray, President and CEO, Archimedia Technology

About Archimedia Technology
Archimedia Technology specializes in the processing, conversion, and playback of mastering formats, including JPEG 2000 and HEVC, for the professional broadcast, digital cinema, and video archival industries. Its technology and applications bring precise multiformat viewing to the professional’s desktop, TV, UHDTV, and infrastructure. Archimedia’s products fulfill a critical piece of production and archival workflows, encapsulating complex file interchange and quality control processes for mastering and archive formats into practical solutions that give end users a new level of access to their assets. More information is available at www.archimediatech.com.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

Phonophobia Adds HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi3000 Digital Console to Expanding Hire Fleet

KENT, United Kingdom – After recently investing heavily in HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi platform, Mark Chant’s Kent-based Phonophobia has now added a next-generation Soundcraft Vi3000 digital console to its inventory. The console was sold through Sound Technology Ltd., HARMAN’s UK and ROI distributor.

“Having MADI and Dante built into this desk gives Soundcraft a massive advantage as does the additional functionality, with the local ins and outs on the board,” Chant observed.

The Vi3000’s first high-profile appearance was at a University of Kent Summer Ball in Canterbury, attended by around 4,000 students and headlining Ella Eyre, supported by several DJs. Phonophobia’s Vi1 was down at the stage and the company also brought its Vi rack, running 60 inputs over 30 outputs.

“Visiting engineers patched in through Dante or MADI, and since we have a lot of riders now showing Vi1 or Vi6, most seemed excited to be using the new desk,” Chant added. “They turned up with their show files and used the Universal Audio plugins.

“Although it was a stressful gig, none of my headaches came from the console—we could leave it and just walk away from it,” Chant said.

Summing up, Chant said, “This feels like a Vi desk—but is vastly superior, and the Vi3000 will be out constantly. Since we have advertised it on our website, we have received a steady flow of inquiries and the interest has been incredible.”

For more information on Phonophobia, please visit www.phonophobia-online.co.uk

For more information on Sound Technology, please visit www.soundtech.co.uk

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

Symetrix Jumps Into Space-Age Sound and Control at Manhattan’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 2014: Space Shuttle Enterprise was the first reusable spacecraft ever built in the United States, and the extensive prototyping and experiments that it underwent led directly to the construction of space shuttle Columbia and the rest of NASA’s fleet. After the retirement of the space shuttle program, NASA awarded Space Shuttle Enterprise to Manhattan’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, where it was installed after a much-publicized NYC flyby and Hudson River barge ride. Leo Garrison, senior integration specialist at Metro Sound Pros, designed and installed a flexible sound reinforcement system for the museum’s purpose-built Space Shuttle Pavilion using the cost-effective Symetrix Jupiter 8 DSP with smartphone-based control provided by Symetrix ARC-WEB. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy badly damaged the pavilion a few short months after it had opened to the public, but the Intrepid Museum rebuilt the exhibit with several improvements, including a second Symetrix Jupiter 8 DSP for expanded functionality.

Garrison used the Symetrix Jupiter 8 hardware, which has eight inputs and eight outputs, together with the Priority Zone Mixer #1 App, which automatically configured the Jupiter hardware for routing and processing needs of such a system. “The Symetrix Jupiter DSP delivered a lot of processing power at an affordable price,” said Garrison. “The budget was very tight, and the client selected powered loudspeakers that required a lot of the Jupiter’s processing capabilities in order to sound properly tuned.” The museum’s AVP of technology opted to rely on Symetrix’ robust ARC-WEB Internet-based control, with one Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote for backup. Garrison custom designed the ARC-WEB interface just as he would a hardware ARC interface and gave the museum the ability to select different input sources in the Pavilion’s entryway and in the Pavilion itself.

The original Symetrix Jupiter 8 hardware survived Hurricane Sandy, which collapsed the inflatable dome due to loss of power. Because the museum had to start over again, they had the opportunity – unwelcomed as it was – to redesign the exhibit with knowledge of what worked and what could have worked better,” said Garrison. The second Symetrix Jupiter 8 was added to the system and also uses the Priority Zone Mixer #1 App. One analog output was dedicated to feed into the first unit’s priority input 1. That allows single source material from the second Jupiter to feed the entire exhibit, when desired. Together, the two units possess sixteen outputs, with roughly half feeding audio induction loops for assisting the hearing impaired. For day-to-day use, different zones loop zone-specific audio, such as recordings of radio transmissions between NASA ground control and Enterprise during test flights or educational movie content.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

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