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Chandler Limited and Abbey Road Studios Announce Long-Term Agreement

Wade Goeke - Chandler Limited, Mirek Stiles - Abbey Road Studios

Wade Goeke - Chandler Limited (L), Mirek Stiles - Abbey Road Studios (R)

Continued Development of EMI/Abbey Road Studios Recording Gear

Shell Rock, IA – August 2014 … Chandler Limited, recognized globally for signal processing and related music and audio products that deliver the classic analog sounds recording and professional musicians seek, is excited to announce the company has entered into a new long-term agreement with Abbey Road Studios, UK, to continue Chandler Limited’s development and marketing of EMI/Abbey Road Studios’ vintage recording equipment.

Abbey Road Studios are the most famous recording studios in the world, home to countless landmark recordings and pioneering advances in recording technology. The studios have hosted some of the world’s most celebrated artists, including the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Hollies, Kate Bush, Oasis, Florence and the Machine, Adele and Lady Gaga. During the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, Abbey Road Studios helped the EMI Record Engineering Development Department create some of the finest recording gear in history, most of which was only available to EMI Studios and was never sold commercially.

Since the two companies’ relationship began more than a decade ago, Chandler Limited has become renowned for recreating and delivering to the recording industry the highly sought-after and legendary sound of EMI/Abbey Road Studios recording equipment.

With this new agreement, Chandler Limited’s homage to original EMI/Abbey Road equipment is set to grow well into the future.  The official products currently on the market are considered ‘modern classics’ and include the TG1 Limiter, TG2 Pre Amp/DI, TG Channel MKII, TG12345 Curve Bender EQ, TG12413 Zener Limiter and the newly released TG2-500 Pre Amp in the 500-series format.

Mirek Stiles, Head of Audio Products at Abbey Road Studios had this to say, “Thanks to Chandler Limited, a whole new generation of engineers and producers today have access to EMI hardware, inspired by the very units used to record some of the biggest pop hits in history.

Abbey Road Studios is extremely proud to be associated with these excellent examples of quality recording hardware. We are delighted that our partnership has been extended and look forward to releasing new products that continue to keep the Electronic and Musical Industries legend alive.”

Chandler Limited’s Chief Designer Wade Goeke remarked, “I’m delighted to be starting a new era with Abbey Road Studios. We have already logged ten years together, but this new agreement will allow us to expand our product lines and develop our relationship as a whole.

We will be offering products based upon classic EMI equipment that has never been modelled before, including REDD and RS units, as well as new directions in the TG line. There are also a few tricks that we have up our sleeve, which I think will surprise people. We are very excited about what the future holds.”

About Chandler Limited
Headquartered in Shell Rock, Iowa, Chandler Limited, Inc. is a boutique manufacturer of high-end signal processors, mixers, and amplifiers for musicians and audio professionals. Recognized globally for its exquisitely handmade products and the company’s high profile clientele, Chandler’s product offerings include the Abbey Road/TG line, its unique Germanium transistor series of products, the 500 Series Modules, plus its recently introduced guitar pedals and amplifier. For additional information about all Chandler Limited products, please visit the company online at www.chandlerlimited.com.

About Abbey Road Studios
Abbey Road Studios are the most famous recording studios in the world and an iconic symbol of British music.  They have been home to countless landmark recordings and pioneering advances in recording technology.  Opened in November 1931, Abbey Road Studios were the world’s first purpose-built recording studios.  The hallowed building has a phenomenal history spanning over 80 years, during which the studios have hosted many of the world’s most famous artists, including the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Hollies, Kate Bush, Oasis, Florence and the Machine, Adele and Lady Gaga.  Abbey Road is also one of the world’s premiere locations for movie scoring.  Since the 1980s, scores for films such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Braveheart, and The King’s Speech have been recorded there.  The list continues with many other major titles, including Shrek, Prometheus, Harry Potter, Skyfall, and The Hobbit.

Abbey Road Studios, Curve Bender, EMI and TG and their associated logos are trademarks of EMI (IP) Limited.

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Casio Makes a Smash at the 2014 US Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships

CASIO MAKES A SMASH AT THE 2014 US OPEN GRAND PRIX GOLD
BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS

Company Donates Two Dual Projection Systems for Use During the Global Competition 

DOVER, NJ, AUGUST  28, 2014 Casio America, Inc., the leading brand of LampFree® projectors, donated two Dual Projection Systems that were used at the 2014 US Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships at Suffolk County Community College, which took place July 8-13, 2014. Sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation, 192 world class athletes from 30 countries competed including Canada, Chinese Taipei, Denmark, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Netherlands, Thailand, Russia, USA, Vietnam. The event was live broadcast via BWF’s BadmintonWorld.TV. The finals were live broadcast globally.

The Casio Dual Projection System was chosen specifically for its ability to project large (up to 300” diagonal), bright images despite high ambient light. The systems were used to project player profiles and live scoring throughout the duration of the event. One of the units was installed courtside to project live coverage on to a 9’ x 16’ screen.

“We are very appreciative of Casio’s donation, which gave us the ability to offer a great visual experience socially for both attendees and participants,” said Sami Saour, one of the event organizers.

Casio’s Dual Projection Systems are designed by incorporating two projectors mounted inside a custom cabinet. Dual Projection is available in two models; the XJ-SK650 features two 2600 Pro Series projectors and features up to 6,500 lumens, the XJ-SK600 features two Signature SeriesXJ-M250 projectors and provides up to 6,000 lumens. The Casio YA-S10 geometric correction box mounts on the outside of the cabinet and is used to align the two images. The box has 81 points of precision control allowing for easy modifications, alignment, and image warping using a remote control.

The Dual Projection System is powered by Casio’s state-of-the-art LASER & LED Hybrid Light Source, which provides LampFree®, eco-friendly data projection at a percentage of the cost of traditional projectors. Now in its 5th generation, Casio’s LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source combines a laser, a fluorescent element and LEDs to generate high brightness. The improved LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source now offers a 30 percent increase in LED light output for improved colors for all models in Casio’s portfolio in addition to an estimated 20,000 hour lifespan with minimal brightness degradation and continuous operation.  Casio’s LASER & LED Hybrid Light Source will continue to serve as the driving force behind its projectors.

For additional information on Casio’s dual projection system and its full portfolio of LampFree® projectors, visit www.CasioLampFree.com.   

About Casio LampFree® Projectors

Casio’s portfolio of LampFree® projectors combines a laser, a fluorescent element and an LED light to deliver a mercury-free hybrid light source that lasts up to 20,000 hours while sustaining a high brightness and keeping maintenance costs to a minimum.  Casio has four series of LampFree® projectors that are available for home, business, education and commercial applications – Slim, Signature, Pro and Short Throw. For additional information on Casio’s projector series and LampFree® technology, please visit www.CasioLampFree.com.

 

About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.CasioUSA.com. 

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SMPTE Announces 2014 Honorees and Award Winners

Annual SMPTE Honors & Awards Ceremony Highlights Vision, Ingenuity, Perseverance, and Dedication to Motion Picture and Television Industries

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Aug. 26, 2014 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today revealed the outstanding industry members who will be recognized Thursday, Oct. 23, at the SMPTE 2014 Honors & Awards Ceremony.

The SMPTE 2014 Honors & Awards Ceremony, supported by IMAX, is being held in conjunction with the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Those registering for SMPTE 2014 may elect to purchase awards ceremony tickets with their conference package. A limited number of tables are also available for purchase. Further details about the event are available at www.smpte2014.org.

Honorary Membership in the Society recognizes individuals who have performed eminent service in the advancement of engineering in motion pictures, television, or in the allied arts and sciences. It is the Society’s highest accolade. This year, SMPTE honors three technologists for their innovations, which have left a lasting impression on the industry.

George Lucas is best known as a writer, director, and producer responsible for iconic American films, but Lucas is also a pioneer in the adoption of new technologies for motion picture production and exhibition. Lucas founded Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) in 1975, and it has gone on to produce visual effects (VFX) for nearly 300 films. Among many other innovations, ILM invented the OpenEXR file format in 2000 to support high dynamic range (HDR) imaging. The animation studio Pixar was founded as the Graphix Group of Lucasfilm in 1979. In 1981, Lucas co-founded the sound company THX to advance the quality of theatrical sound systems. In 2002, “Star Wars: Episode II-Attack of the Clones” was the first major Hollywood feature to be captured digitally, on 24p high-definition (HD) video cameras. In his determination to push the medium of cinema with new technologies and techniques, Lucas encountered both support and skepticism. It is now clear that his perseverance and vision were key factors in the eventual widespread adoption of digital cinematography in motion picture production.

Leonardo Chiariglione is generally considered to be the driving force behind the development of the MPEG set of standards that underpin today’s many digital moving pictures applications. Chiariglione’s constant push for a simple, standardized moving pictures toolbox began in 1988 with the founding of the International Standards Organization (ISO) Moving Pictures Experts Group (MPEG) group, and it continues to the present day. Chiariglione has forcefully maintained focus on timely standardization, technical simplicity, and efficiency. The wide adoption of MPEG-2 to MPEG-4, in particular, is apt testimony to the contribution Chiariglione and the MPEG group has made to date.

The Honor Roll posthumously recognizes individuals who were not awarded Honorary Membership during their lifetimes but whose contributions would have been sufficient to warrant such an honor.

John Logie Baird (1888-1946) is inducted into the SMPTE Honor Roll in recognition of his lifelong contributions as a pioneer in television technology. His accomplishments include the first live television demonstration (in 1925), the first publicly shown color television system (1928), and the first fully electronic color television picture tube. The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) began transmitting with the Baird system in 1929. Baird continued to develop new technology including a mechanical color system in 1939 (adopted by CBS/RCA); a 500-line 3-D system in 1941; and an electronic 600-line color display in 1944. Baird lobbied for post-war standardization of his 1,000-line electronic color television system.

The Progress Medal is the highest SMPTE medal award, and it recognizes outstanding technical contributions to the progress of engineering phases of the motion picture, television, or motion imaging industries. Ioan Allen has earned the 2014 Progress Medal Award in recognition of his many contributions to the motion picture and television industry, specifically his innovations in sound research and development programs at Dolby Laboratories, including Dolby Stereo(R), Dolby Spectral Recording (SR), and Dolby Digital, as well as his ongoing contributions to worldwide standards organizations.

The Archival Technology Medal recognizes significant technical advancements or contributions related to the invention or development of technology, techniques, workflows, or infrastructure for the long-term storage, archive, or preservation of media content essence. The 2014 award will be presented to Neil Beagrie in recognition of his long-term contributions to the research and implementation of strategies and solutions for digital preservation. Beagrie played a key role in the development of a collaborative approach to the study and dissemination of knowledge relating to research data management, digital preservation, digital curation, and data archive. He was responsible for establishing the Digital Preservation Coalition, with more than 35 major members from industry, national libraries, broadcasters, and archives. In addition, he was responsible for establishing the digital preservation program within the Joint Information Systems Committee. This program helped to create the Digital Curation Center, which seeks to actively manage, preserve, and curate digital data throughout the research life cycle.

The David Sarnoff Medal recognizes outstanding contributions to the development of new techniques or equipment that have contributed to the improvement of the engineering phases of television technology, including large-venue presentations. Clyde D. Smith Jr. will receive the 2014 award in recognition of his pioneering work in the application and deployment of digital technologies in the broadcast network environment, including the development of automated, server-based closed-captioning systems, as well as optimization of digital media to address the issue of audience disaggregation and to provide the capability to seek out viewers on their preferred platform and make a rich selection of programming available to them in their preferred environment. Smith’s experiences, contributions, and support have provided critical guidance to the development of a meaningful educational experience for local broadcast engineers.

The Digital Processing Medal recognizes significant technical achievements related to the development of digital processing of content for cinema, television, games, or other related media. The 2014 award will be presented to Barry Haskell for his contributions to the digital transmission and coding of images over a 44-year career. Haskell has published more than 70 technical papers and holds more than 125 patents. He is the author or co-author of three books, including one of the foundational books on MPEG. Haskell managed the compression research group at Bell Labs, making major contributions to the MPEG standards, and followed that at Apple Computer, where his research team made significant contributions to the H.264/AVC standard.

The Kodak Educational Award honors an individual who advances the educational process at any level through innovative and inspirational methods, and it recognizes outstanding contributions in new or unique educational programs utilizing the technologies of film. Steve Wright will receive the 2014 award for his service in visual effects as an accomplished practitioner and master trainer. Wright’s specialization is in the digital domain, but he has long been an advocate for visual effects education in workflow for both film and digital intermediates. He has worked to perfect and to implement color management paradigms in compositing, cementing the place of film in digital postproduction and promoting stronger understanding of film’s value in digital compositing. Wright has been a master visual effects trainer since 2005, and his two books, “Compositing Visual Effects: Essentials for the Aspiring Artist” and “Digital Compositing for Film and Video,” are among the very few that actively instruct in film color science for digital intermediate and compositing.

The Samuel L. Warner Memorial Medal recognizes outstanding contributions in the design and development of new and improved methods and/or apparatus for motion picture sound, including any step in the process. Ville Pulkki will receive the 2014 award for his outstanding contributions in the field of spatial sound reproduction and multichannel audio rendering, including the two-dimensional and three-dimensional panning methods of vector-base amplitude panning (VBAP) and non-unitary vector-base amplitude panning (NVBAP). The value of Pulkki’s contributions is underscored by the emergence of immersive sound in the cinematic and broadcast arts.

The Technicolor/Herbert T. Kalmus Medal recognizes outstanding contributions that reflect a commitment to the highest standards of quality and innovation in motion picture postproduction and distribution services. The 2014 award will be presented to Jim Houston for his leadership and contributions in the application of digital technologies to motion picture production and postproduction processes. As an industry leader, he established a state-of-the-art digital finishing facility for a wide range of postproduction processes including digital intermediates, digital cinema mastering, and restoration. Houston has played a key role in the development of standards related to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Color Encoding System (ACES), as well as various standards for video and motion picture mastering.

The Workflow Systems Medal recognizes outstanding contributions related to the development and integration of IT file-based systems and infrastructures into production processes. Philip Tudor will receive the 2014 award for his foundational contributions to professional media file formats and for early implementations of file-based workflows. Tudor has worked tirelessly in numerous SMPTE committees and in the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), focusing on developing standards and specifications for file-based essence and metadata interchange. His pioneering work on tapeless audio and video capture, Material eXchange Format (MXF), and the Advanced Authoring Format (AAF) led to the implementation of workflows at the BBC. Tudor continues file-based workflow innovation with the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) and IP Studio, which focuses on file-based workflows for live television production within an Internet protocol (IP) environment.

The Camera Origination and Imaging Medal honors the recipient by recognizing significant technical achievements related to invention or advances in imaging technology including sensors, imaging processing electronics, and the overall embodiment and application of image capture devices. Eric R. Fossum will receive the 2014 award in recognition of his leadership in the invention and development of the complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) active pixel sensor (APS) technology. This advancement was first published in 1993 while Fossum worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Additionally, he promoted the new technology to a broad range of manufacturers as a new way of making camera image sensors. CMOS image sensor technology is now widely deployed in motion picture and television cameras, cell phones, medical devices, security systems, and many other professional and consumer applications.

Each year, one SMPTE Journal Award is presented to the author of the most outstanding paper originally published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal during the preceding calendar year. The 2014 SMPTE Journal Award will be presented to Andrew B. Watson for “High Frame Rates and Human Vision: A View Through the Window of Visibility,” published in the March 2013 issue of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal. Journal Certificates of Merit will also be presented to Benjamin Bross, Heiko Schwarz, and Detlev Marpe for their May/June 2013 Journal article titled “The New High-Efficiency Video Coding Standard.”

The Citation for Outstanding Service to the Society, which recognizes individuals for dedicated service for the betterment of the Society over a sustained period of time, will be conferred upon five SMPTE members:

John Beckhaus, for his dedication and service to the Australia Section over the past decade. Beckhaus has served on the Section board since 2003, taking on the additional roles of membership chair, providing a contact point for queries from regional membership, and minute secretary, ensuring comprehensive reporting of both Section board and subcommittee meetings. He has also served six terms as audio visual (AV) chair for the biennial Australia Section conferences, managing the complex requirements of conference presenters. Beckhaus is a dedicated Section member, always working behind the scenes to ensure the success of the Australia Section meetings.

Siegfried G. Heep, for his contributions to the Hollywood Section, as well as his instrumental role in the reinvention of the Society’s annual Honors & Awards Ceremony. Heep has served as a role model for active involvement in SMPTE as both a Hollywood Section member and manager. In 2007, he was enlisted as the technical director for the newly reimagined Honors & Awards Ceremony, transforming the event from a small ceremony to the full-fledged, high-quality awards event that it has become today. Heep has reprised his role each year since, helping to improve the show in terms of technical production, quality, and prestige.

Federico Savina, for his leadership and support of the Italy Section over the past 25 years. As one of the original SMPTE Members who petitioned for the formation of the Italy Section in 1989, Savina has been a long-term contributor to the Section, serving the Section board for 10 years in the roles of secretary/treasurer and manager. Savina attends and contributes to all Section activities and was instrumental in bringing the SMPTE Regional Seminar to Rome in 2013. A professor at Roma University, Savina strives to raise the bar in digital cinema (D-Cinema) education, and he is working to provide his students with an introduction to the industry through participation in SMPTE.

T.J. Scott Jr. for his leadership and commitment to raising the standard of quality for Atlanta Section events. His close alignment with developing trends and innovative technologies, as well as his substantial contacts in the industry, have led to a collection of well-executed, technically inspired monthly meetings. Through Scott’s efforts, the Atlanta Section has seen growth in both its membership and meeting attendance. His contributions to the production of the Section’s 2007 “Video Over IP” seminar in particular set the bar for excellence in special event programming. All subsequent special events have been sold out, reinforcing SMPTE’s reputation for producing exceptional and inspired events.

Peter M. Weitzel for his instrumental role in re-establishing the SMPTE U.K. Section, and for his leadership in driving the growth of the Section and the quality of programming provided to its members. A driving force behind the U.K. Section, Weitzel’s enthusiasm, determination, and outreach, especially to students and universities, have contributed to the 200-percent increase in the Section’s membership during its first two years of operation. His passion for the Society’s core mission and goals is ever-present as he works to increase the visibility and impact of SMPTE at both a global and regional level.

The Excellence in Standards Award recognizes individuals or companies that have been actively involved in advancing the Society’s standards activities and processes. The 2014 award will be presented to John Hudson for his sustained efforts in the development and evolution of standards relating to real-time electrical and optical streaming media interfaces for video and D-Cinema production. Hudson authored the SMPTE 3Gb/s serial digital interface (SDI) standard in parallel with his work developing the necessary components, resulting in a rapid and successful adoption of the interface by the industry, and he is a key player in the development of 6Gb/s and 12Gb/s UHDTV SDI interfaces. Hudson’s SMPTE work is characterized by commitment and competence, combined with an attitude of cooperation and collegial relations with colleagues and competitors.

As previously announced, eight new SMPTE Fellows also will be recognized during the event: Hanno Basse, Thomas G. Edwards, Joseph J. Kane, Jr., John McCoskey, Andrew Quested, Vince Roberts, Jim Starzynski, and Colin R. Wright. More information about Fellows inductions is available at: www.smpte.org/2014fellows.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R))
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), a professional membership association, is the preeminent leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, worldwide. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.

The Society is sustained by more than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world. Through the Society’s partnership with the Hollywood Post Alliance(R) (HPA(R)), this membership is complemented by the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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HARMAN Professional to Unveil New Products at BIRTV 2014 In Beijing

BEIJING, China – Gearing up for the upcoming Beijing International Radio, TV & Film Exhibition (BIRTV), HARMAN Professional will showcase a series of audio-for-broadcast products, capitalizing on its growing popularity in the Chinese broadcasting and entertainment markets. Thanks to their heritage of upholding the highest manufacturing standards for broadcast applications, HARMAN’s AKG, JBL and Studer continuously lead the industry with the best systems for radio, TV and studio applications.

This year, HARMAN (Hall 2, Booth #2022) will feature the AKG WMS420, DMS700 V2, WMS4500, and WMS470 wireless microphone systems. Of these systems, the WMS420 offers unique qualities as the most versatile, high-performance single-channel wireless unit designed for small-scale applications, such as schools and town hall events.

AKG will also display new flagship headphones such as the K812, K712PRO, K612PRO reference headphones. These new models are designed for acoustic applications where precision is key during mixing, production and post phases.

From the Studer line, the new Vista X, Vista 5 M3 and Vista 1 digital mixing consoles will be on show. The Vista 5 M3 and Vista 1 offer a unique blend of portability and mixing power, making them the ideal choices for restricted spaces such as OB trucks and smaller studios. The flagship Vista X brings unparalleled processing power via the Studer Infinity Core offering more than 5000 x 5000 inputs and outputs accessible via the most advanced and fastest to use U/I on the market.

Soundcraft is also demonstrating its Vi1 and Vi3000 consoles at the show. The Vi1 is a compact package featuring the widescreen Vistonics touch screen user-interface, 32 input channels plus stage box expansion and the usual intuitive features including FaderGlow™ as found on the bigger consoles from the Vi Series, the new Vi3000 which also offers 48 onboard mic inputs plus additional 64 channel stage box, four Vistonics II™ ‘3D’ touch screen interfaces and a standard, built-in Dante™ interface plus expansion options.

Wrapping up the remaining HARMAN equipment, JBL is showcasing its LSR305 and LSR308 studio monitors, LSR310S studio subwoofer as well as the M2 Master Reference monitor.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 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 workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

D-Tools Announces SI 2015 Launch Event Sponsors

D-Tools MVP partners Core Brands, Atlona, and Epson support annual software release launch event during CEDIA Expo 2014 in D-Tools Booth #526

CONCORD, CA, USA – AUGUST 27, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced sponsors for its annual CEDIA Expo Launch Event that will take place during CEDIA Expo in Denver on Friday September 12, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in D-Tools booth #526. D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partners AtlonaCore Brands, and Epson will sponsor the event, which will celebrate both the launch of a major new release of D-Tools’ flagship software platform, System Integrator 2015, and the winners of the annual D-Tools Design Awards. A highly attended event in past years, D-Tools expects a similar crowd will come to see the winning submissions and hear details of the SI 2015 release announcement.

Available in Q4, the D-Tools SI 2015 release adds valuable new productivity features and enhancements that enable Residential and Commercial AV integrators to both streamline business processes and increase profitability while simultaneously maximizing efficiencies and reducing overhead. SI 2015 will be sold as an upgrade for existing customers and will be provided at no cost for customers participating in the D-Tools Software Assurance program.

“This next iteration of the D-Tools System Integrator platform adds critical mobile workflow and installation management capabilities and for the first time, introduces an inventory management component facilitated through the platform’s QuickBooks integration,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “We work closely with our customers to consistently refine the D-Tools offering and are excited to be able to add these new features, functionality, and productivity enhancements that will help all our customers succeed in taking their business to the next level.”

The D-Tools Design Awards are open until Friday, August 29th, at which point entries will be judged on a number of criteria, including; originality; depth and breadth of D-Tools’ software usage; overall system design; and demonstrated proficiency with the platform.

“Not only do the D-Tools Design Awards recognize the efforts and outcomes involved with systems design, estimation and proposal efforts, they also showcase the success of the projects and return on investment the entrants bring to light as part of their submission,” Stone furthered. “It has become a tradition of ours to celebrate the winners of the Design Awards during our annual software release launch event at CEDIA Expo and it’s something we look forward to every year. Not only is it a great networking event, it’s an opportunity for CEDIA Expo attendees to see how integrators around the world are using the D-Tools software platform for projects of all sizes and scope.”

Winners of the D-Tools Design Awards will receive considerable prizes provided by the contest sponsors and D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partners Anthony GalloAtlonaIC RealtimeKordzKramerStealth Acoustics, and Vaddio. D-Tools users can submit their entries by visiting http://d-tools.com/design-awards/ or by sending an email to Josh Carlson at JoshC@d-tools.com.

About Atlona
Atlona is a leading provider of innovative, reliable AV and IT distribution and connectivity solutions. Since 2003, the company has been designing and engineering award-winning products for a diverse range of residential and commercial AV and IT markets, including education, business, government, entertainment, and healthcare. Atlona’s products and services enable system designers, integrators, consultants, and installers to simplify installation, minimize maintenance, and maximize the versatility of premier automated control solutions. Atlona’s vision is simple: deliver customer-driven products designed and developed with the features, performance, and reliability that industry leaders demand; and deliver the best value in the industry. More information about Atlona is available atwww.atlona.com.

About Core Brands, LLC
Niles is a brand of Core Brands, LLC, a Nortek, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTK) company. Core Brands combines the product innovation and marketing strengths of iconic and award-winning audio, power management, and control brands to deliver a portfolio of connected home solutions to its channel partners and end-users. Visit www.corebrands.com for more information.

Core Brands is part of Nortek’s Technology Solutions Group (TSG), a group of top product brands that together offer a leading global portfolio of residential and commercial automation and control solutions and related products, delivering innovative entertainment, security, access and monitoring solutions to millions around the world. With leading brands including 2Gig GoControl, ELAN, Panamax, Geffen, Linear and SpeakerCraft, Nortek TSG has the largest install base of home control products of any provider. Nortek Inc. is a global diversified company with leading brands and innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. For further information, please visit: http://www.nortekinc.com/products/technology-solutions/.

About Epson
Epson is a global innovation leader dedicated to exceeding expectations with solutions for markets as diverse as the office, home, commerce, and industry. Epson’s lineup ranges from inkjet printers, printing systems and 3LCD projectors to industrial robots, smart glasses and sensing systems and is based on original compact, energy-saving and high-precision technologies.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 73,000 employees in 94 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates. Epson America, Inc. based in Long Beach, Calif. is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: www.Epson.com

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com, (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Media Contacts 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com

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Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4105joshc@d-tools.com

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Triad Speakers, Inc. Unveils New Speaker for Dolby Atmos Sound

Bronze LR-H model to deliver award-winning Dolby Atmos multi-dimensional sound

Portland, OR — August 27, 2014 — Custom made-in-the-USA manufacturer Triad Speakers, Inc.
today announced a new home theater speaker developed to deliver captivating, multi-dimensional sound with Dolby Atmos. Triad’s Bronze LR-H is an in-room loudspeaker that utilizes a traditional D’Appolito design (2 front-firing drivers with a tweeter located in between). Integrated into the enclosure is a Dolby-enabled height channel comprised of an up-firing top driver array that aims sound towards the ceiling. In the Dolby Atmos system, the Bronze LR-H is used for left and right front and rear main channels (one enclosure per channel).

With Dolby Atmos®, sound comes alive from all directions, including overhead, to fill the home theater with astonishing clarity, power, detail, and depth.

“At Triad, we are very proud of our role in helping Dolby develop the standards for Dolby Atmos enabled loudspeakers,” says Triad Speakers, Inc. President and CEDIA Chairman Larry Pexton. “Dolby used Triad design and development services to prototype the upward firing Dolby enabled speakers and supplied our prototypes to its industry partners who used them to evaluate electronic components licensed under the Dolby Atmos program.”

Demonstration at CEDIA Expo 2014
Triad will display the Bronze LR-H at its CEDIA Expo 2014 booth (#448). The Dolby booth (#180) will include two live presentations of Triad speakers, one using four InRoom Bronze LR-H (built-in Dolby enabled upward firing speakers), and another using four Triad InCeiling Bronze/8 LCRs for the overhead sound.

“Triad has been developing and experimenting with a wide range of solutions including in-room, in-wall, on-wall and in-ceiling designs,” says Pexton. “Somewhat to our surprise, in testing our speakers we have found that the built-in height channel — which reflects off the ceiling — performs better in some applications than using dedicated ceiling speakers for the height channel.”

“At the CEDIA Expo, listeners will be able to form their own judgment of which system they prefer. Either way I am very confident they will leave very impressed with capabilities and added sonic dimensions of the Dolby Atmos systems presented,” furthered Pexton.

Bronze LR-H Specifications
Dimensions (inches): 7-9/16 (w) x 19-1/2 (h) x 9-1/4 (d)
Frequency Range: 88 Hz – 20 kHz (+/-3dB)
Recommended Amp Power: 50-200 watts (range)
Nominal impedance: 4 Ohms
Sensitivity: 89 dB (2.83v, 1m)
Front Firing Drivers: Two 5.5-inch SB Acoustics drivers and one 1-inch SB Acoustics fabric dome neodymium tweeter
Top Firing Drivers: Four 2-inch full-range ScanSpeak neodymium drivers

Pricing and Availability
The Bronze LR-H is priced at $1,000 MSRP per speaker. Availability is slated for Q4 2014.

The loudspeaker will be available in a wide variety of colors and finishes including custom paint-matched or veneered to match the décor of the room.

When mated to Triad Bronze Center Channel, Surrounds and DSP Subwoofer, the InRoom Bronze LR-H is the heart of a superb Dolby Atmos home theater system.

For all Triad Speakers, Inc. press inquiries please email paul@mutocomm.com or call 631.849.4301.

About Triad Speakers
Established in 1982 by President Larry Pexton (a founding member and Chairman of CEDIA), Triad Speakers, Inc. is a steadily growing provider of complete loudspeaker solutions for multi-room residential and home theater system applications.

A top choice by many custom integrators nationwide, Triad has made significant advancements in the arena of front-channel speakers, surrounds, subwoofers, distributed audio speakers via enclosed in-wall, in-ceiling, on-wall and freestanding designs. Over 80% of Triad’s products are manufactured daily in Portland Oregon, in a pure build to order operation with no work in progress and no finished goods inventory of the US built products.

In the 2006 – 2010 Inside Track Supplier Loyalty Tests, Triad ranked #1 in the category of Custom Installation Company. Visit us on the web at: www.triadspeakers.com and follow us at www.facebook.com/triadspeakersfans and on Twitter @TriadSpeakers

About Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos delivers captivating, multidimensional sound that places and moves specific sounds anywhere in the room, including overhead, to bring entertainment alive all around the audience.
Since its introduction in the cinema in 2012, Dolby Atmos has been embraced by all the major Hollywood studios, seven Academy Award® winning directors, and 16 Academy Award-winning sound mixers, among others.

Soon, entertainment enthusiasts will be able to enjoy Dolby Atmos in their home theaters.
To learn more about Dolby Atmos and home theaters, visit the Dolby Lab Notes blog.

PESA Awarded New GSA Contract, Continues Long-Term Support of U.S. Federal Agencies

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, today announced it has been awarded a new GSA Contract, effective Aug. 1. It is the company’s second GSA Contract (the first remained active for 20 years), and the latest award will continue to enable PESA to service the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA and other federal agencies.

Awarded by the U.S. General Services Administration under its Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program, GSA Schedule Contracts are long-term indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) agreements. They are designed to streamline acquisition procedures for federal agencies and expedite the delivery of goods using a list of prequalified vendors and contractors.

PESA (Contract Award GS-03F-062BA) is listed under Schedule 58: Professional Audio/Video, Telemetry/Tracking, Recording/Reproducing, and Signal Data Solutions. Through the program, its products are available on GSA Advantage, an online shopping site for government agencies, and are eligible for Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) and Contractor Team Arrangements (CTAs).

“We believe the GSA MAS program is an important vehicle to make our products readily available to authorized GSA customers,” said Col. John T. Wright (Retired), PESA senior vice president, sales and business development. “PESA’s new GSA Contract is further validation of our long-term support to U.S. government agencies, and we look forward to providing more of the finest video distribution systems for command and control and a variety of other mission critical environments.”

Last month, PESA announced the DoD approved upgrades to its Video Distribution System (VDS) after initially receiving full certification in January 2013. PESA was the first company to achieve listing as a VDS on the Department of Defense Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL), which is the only listing of such equipment approved by the DoD to be fielded in DoD networks. The APL is managed by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and the upgraded products received Interoperability Certification (IOC) and Information Assurance (IA) accreditation from DISA’s Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC).

About PESA
As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

Harmonic Reaches New Encoding Milestone With 100,000 Channels of Electra(TM) Encoder Shipped

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Aug. 26, 2014 — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, today announced that the company has surpassed 100,000 channels shipped with its Electra(TM) broadcast encoder family. This reinforces Harmonic’s position as the market-leading provider of video compression solutions. Since its launch in 2004, the Electra platform has been deployed by broadcast, satellite, telco, and cable operators worldwide to deliver SD, HD, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 AVC services. more

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Video Devices Product Line Steps into the Spotlight at IBC for the First Time

New Brand Identity from Sound Devices Reinforces Video Product Line

AMSTERDAM, AUGUST 27, 2014 – Video Devices, mission-critical video products by Sound Devices, will make its IBC debut at this year’s exhibition (Hall 8, Stand B59). Since Sound Devices introduced its first video products, the camera-mounted PIX 240i and PIX 220i, the company has expanded on its success with a range of rack-mounted, network-connected video recorders. These product additions, including the new PIX 270i and PIX 250i, have opened new markets and product categories for the company.

“While production sound equipment is our foundation, and we continue to develop new audio gear, video production has become increasingly important for us,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “We are excited to highlight this new brand to the international broadcast community, in addition to our range of audio gear, at IBC 2014.”

The network-connected PIX 270i and PIX 250i video decks offer significant advantages for production workflows, providing time-saving tapeless, file-based recording and playback with the ability to remotely control, set up and transfer high-quality files over Ethernet. The units record edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD files and allow simultaneous multiple-drive recording, giving production staff peace of mind with their rock-solid redundancy and backup capabilities (four drives for PIX 270i and two drives for 250i). Their extensive audio capabilities, including 64 channels of both MADI audio and Dante audio-over-Ethernet for PIX 270i (a world’s first for a video deck) and the PIX 250i’s 16 tracks of audio, make each unit a comprehensive, cost-effective tool for high-performance video capture and presentation.

Over the next several months, the company will brand all video-related products as Video Devices, including the PIX 240i, PIX 250i, and PIX 270i recorders. All future video products will also be branded Video Devices. This is a key step in a focused strategy to make Video Devices a dominant force in the video production and video integration markets.

Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production. Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from its Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters, with additional offices in Madison, WI. For more information, visit the Video Devices and Sound Devices websites, www.videodevices.com; www.sounddevices.com.

FIFA World Cup Stadiums Feature World-Class Audio with HARMAN Professional

Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil (Photo Credit: Gabriel Smith)

BRASILIA, Brazil – With hundreds of thousands of fans in the stadiums, not to mention the billions who tune in from across the globe, making sure the sound is perfect for the 2014 FIFA World Cup is no small undertaking. When faced with challenge of delivering the most sophisticated, world-class audio experience possible, from the Amazon basin in the north to the banks of the River Guaiba in the south, eight of the major stadium venues in Brazil’s 12 host cities featured HARMAN’s wide range of audio solutions. In addition, a wide variety of Studer Vista consoles were used for television broadcast of the games.

“From inception through delivery, each component in our family of brands is designed to provide a sophisticated, integrated and affordable audio solution,” said Robert Klesser, National Sales Manager, Install & Cinema, HARMAN Brazil. “As soccer transcends sport and becomes an expression of culture, we are honored to be the brand of choice for so many of the venues hosting matches during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.”

While the components installed vary by venue, popular products include HARMAN’s IDX communication systems, AKG microphones, BSS signal processing, Crown amplifiers, Soundcraft digital consoles and JBL loudspeakers. The range of stadiums equipped with HARMAN audio solutions is diverse in terms of size, location and age.

Beginning on a plateau in southeastern Brazil, on the Atlantic Coast, Arena de Sao Paulo hosted the opening match between Croatia and Brazil. Built specifically for the World Cup, the facility seats 68,807 and will serve as the new home for Sport Club Corinthians Paulista. Systems integrator Johnson Controls and audio integrator Soundvision outfitted the facility with the IDX communication system, AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, Crown CTs amplifiers, JBL Control Contractor ceiling loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Expression digital consoles.

Surrounded by mountains in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, which is inland from Sao Paulo and Rio, Estadio Mineirao is a national monument that will host not only World Cup matches but also numerous matches during the 2016 Summer Olympics as well. Built in 1965, the venue seats 57,400 and recently underwent an extensive renovation that took three years. Johnson Controls systems integrator and Soundvision audio integrator equipped the landmark stadium with an IDX communication system, AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers, JBL ceiling loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Compact digital consoles.

Estadio Nacional, in Brazil’s capital city, Brasilia, opened in 1974, was renovated in 2013 and seats 68,009. Systems integrator Siemens and audio integrator Loudness equipped the massive facility with an IDX communication system, AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, JBL ceiling loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Compact digital consoles.

Estadio Castelao is located in Fortaleza, Brazil, considered a “fortress” port on the country’s northeast coast, more than 1,500 miles from Rio. The facility, which opened in 1973 and reopened in 2013, seats 58,000. For sound, systems integrator TODO and audio integrator Telem equipped the stadium with an IDX communication system, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, Crown CTs amplifiers, JBL PD5000 Series loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Compact digital consoles.

Arena da Amazonia is in Manaus, Brazil, the capital of the state of Amazonas and, at 2,659 miles from Rio, the furthest north of the host cities. The stadium, which opened in March 2014, seats 42,374. Systems integrator Johnson Controls and audio integrator Soundvision equipped the facility with AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers and JBL Control Contractor Series ceiling speakers.

Arena Pantanal, which opened just two months before the World Cup, is 1,200 miles from Rio, near the Bolivian border and close to the center of South America, in Cuiaba, Brazil. It seats 42,968. Systems integrator Canal Livre and audio integrator Soundvision equipped the facility with an IDX communication system, AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers, Crown DCi amplifiers, JBL PD5000 Series loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Expression digital consoles.

Arena Pernambuco is in an economically deprived area on the outskirts of Recife, Brazil, more than 1,400 miles from Rio. With a seating capacity of 42,800, the stadium was opened in 2013 with the hope that it will act as a catalyst for local regeneration long after the World Cup. Systems integrator NEC and audio integrator Telem installed an IDX communication system, AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, JBL ceiling loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Compact digital consoles.

Finally, the oldest of the World Cup venues, Arena de Baixada is in Curitba, Brazil, south of Sao Paulo and about 500 miles from Rio. Originally built in 1914, the stadium was completely rebuilt in 1999 and then renovated again for the World Cup. It seats 41,456. Systems integrator NEC and audio integrator Telem equipped the facility with a HARMAN lineup that includes IDX communications systems, AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, Crown CTs amplifiers, JBL AWC weatherized compact loudspeakers, JBL PD5000 Series loudspeakers, JBL Control Contractor loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Expression 3 digital consoles.

HARMAN Professional also had a strong presence in the broadcast elements of the World Cup, with multiple Studer Vista consoles in use for television broadcast of the games. In Rio de Janeiro, a Studer Vista 9 digital console was used to broadcast all 64 games via the TV Globo Network to the Jardim Botanico area. In addition, TV Globo’s OB Van HD3 used a Vista 9 to specifically feed games from Maracana Stadium for live transmission to Jardim Botanico. Projac, the main center of television production for TV Globo, also used a Vista 9 in its OB Van HD8 for live shows related to World Cup events. TV Globo also utilized a pair of Vista 8 digital consoles for television broadcast of live performances centered on the World Cup.

In Sao Paulo and Brasilia, TV Globo’s OB Van HD1 was equipped with a Vista 8 console for the games that were hold in those two cities. A Vista 8 and a Vista 9 were also used in Sao Paolo for live performances related to the World Cup.

Lastly, RCN in Colombia used its OB Van, equipped with a Studer Vista 5 digital console, to broadcast the entirety of the Colombian National Team’s games in the World Cup.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 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 workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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