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PixelFLEX LED Video Curtains Deliver Impressive Visuals for Boots and Hearts Festival

Canada’s three-day country music festival, Boots and Hearts, is the largest of its kind to ever be hosted on Canadian soil and, with 25,000 spectators in attendance daily, it has become one of the largest in North America as well. The experience boasts top artists, such as Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Kid Rock, and The Band Perry, along with a plethora of entertainment options throughout the weekend, including motocross shows, late night dance parties and impressive stage visuals. During this year’s festival, PixelFLEX facilitated the delivery of those impressive visuals on the Sirius XM-sponsored side stage through its high-quality, lightweight and flexible LED video curtain screens.

PixelFLEX provided 12 20mm panels for Boots and Hearts to deliver clear video content and effects to enrich the musical performances while also highlighting the festival’s sponsors. The panels are extremely lightweight and flexible, allowing them to bend or shape around structures without losing clarity. The panels also offer a solution for more delicate venues that cannot sustain a heavy screen, like the 30m by 55m tent covering the second stage at the festival.

“That particular staging had weight restrictions and I needed to find an LED video wall that was lightweight but could also achieve the visual goals that the client was after,” said Mitch Mazerolle of Metalworks, who served as production manager of ancillary stages for Boots and Hearts. “It turned out to be a great solution for this challenging situation.”

The panels were configured as a back wall behind the Sirius XM-sponsored stage and rotated different images across the screens throughout the day. During special events or performances, Adam Grosze, director of partnerships for the festival, mentioned that it was simple to change the video content from static images to a functioning video wall for the late night dance parties.

“The simplicity and ease of transition from one advertisement or sponsored segment to another was important to us,” said Grosze. “The PixelFlex screens were a great option and the ease of use and ability to integrate the panels across several different platforms was the biggest benefit of using PixelFLEX.”

Pleased with the ease of set-up and take-down, price and overall experience with PixelFLEX’s LED video
curtains, the Boots and Hearts team is looking at additional ways to use the panels at next summer’s festival.

Videos and images can be sent to the screen using any computer with a DVI-D connection – PixelFLEX LED Curtains are available from low resolution to high resolution, allowing users to demonstrate simple effects or elaborate videos. The high caliber visual components of the curtains come with equally impressive customer service assistance and without the need for an extensive budget.

For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of lightweight LED video screens, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.facebook.com/pixelflexusa or @ledcurtain.

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Digital Vision Brings Thor Advanced Image Processing to IBC 2013

Thor to deliver high quality, real time processing at 4K, faster than real time for HD and SD

(London, UK) Following well received technology demonstrations at NAB 2013 and Broadcast Asia 2013, Digital Vision will bring Thor to Stand 7.E30 at IBC 2013. The dedicated hardware platform for advanced image processing, which is scheduled for delivery in December 2013, enables real-time processing for 4K and faster than real-time for HD and SD sources. 8K processing will be enabled during 2014.

Kelvin Bolah, Managing Director, Digital Vision, said, “The enthusiastic feedback we have received about Thor shows that there is a great demand for better, faster image processing. Thor is already achieving speed and quality that up to now has been unthinkable; by incorporating our DVO image enhancement and restoration tools into Thor we will have created a formidable toolset.”

Thor will initially feature the award-winning DVO Clarity noise and grain management tool, followed by other tools including DVO Dust 2.0, DVO Steady, DVO Upscale and others.

Thor will be available as a part of the Nucoda and Phoenix ecosystem, but will also function independently across multiple platforms, making the tools available to broadcasters and archives in a file-based or video environment, including live broadcast applications.

At IBC 2013 Digital Vision will also present the latest versions of the Nucoda colour grading product line and its Phoenix restoration software.

About Digital Vision
Digital Vision is the supplier of the world’s best colour grading, restoration and film scanning solutions for the broadcast, film, commercial and archive industries. Founded in 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden, Digital Vision has offices in London, Los Angeles, New Zealand, and Linköping in Sweden. Digital Vision’s Emmy award winning technology and products include Nucoda and Phoenix colour grading, finishing, mastering and restoration solutions that are used to create much of the worlds’ high profile television, film and commercials media broadcast and distributed today. In addition to the Nucoda and Phoenix ranges, Golden Eye film scanners and the Vintage Cloud solution provide innovative tools to create the industry recognized highest quality in scanning, film digitization, preservation and archiving.

In April 2011, Digital Vision acquired Image Systems and is now a division of the Image Systems group of companies.

For more information, visit www.digitalvision.se

All trademarks used herein, whether recognized or not, are the properties of their respective companies.

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Matrox Monarch HD to be Featured at IBC2013

Award-winning streaming and recording appliance makes European debut

At IBC2013 (Amsterdam, Sept. 13-17, stand 7.B29), Matrox® Video will feature the new Matrox Monarch HD™ video streaming and recording appliance that received four important industry awards at the 2013 NAB Show. Monarch HD is designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. It provides these two independent modes in an integrated unit. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. Powerful and robust, Matrox Monarch HD is remotely controlled using any computer or mobile device with a web browser. It also offers simple, one-touch stream and record pushbuttons, low power consumption, a locking power connector, and a fanless design.

“Matrox Monarch is already being used for internet broadcasts from beta sites around the world and the feedback on the feature set has been uniformly positive,” said Daniel Maloney, technical marketing manager at Matrox. “This is the latest product that exemplifies what Matrox Video does best — provides high-quality, technologically-advanced tools for video professionals that combine multiple functions in a single cost-effective product.”

Price and availability
Priced at $995 US (€799, £699) not including local taxes and delivery, Matrox Monarch HD will be available worldwide by the end of September.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

2013 HPA Awards Announce Craft Category Nominees and Special Award Winners

Judges Award for Creativity & Innovation and Engineering Excellence Winners Revealed

(Los Angeles, CA) Today in a special on-line press event, the Hollywood Post Alliance(r) – the trade association for the post production community – announced the nominees for the craft categories of the 8th Annual HPA Awards and winners of several special awards. The HPA Awards honor excellence in post production and bring recognition to the achievements of individuals and companies who are engaged in significant and revolutionary work in post production. The HPA Awards will take place on the evening of November 7th, 2013 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.

The number of entries in all categories and for special awards topped every year to date for this year’s honors. The nominees in the 12 craft categories were chosen from a field of talented and innovative entries in color grading, editing, sound, and visual effects for motion pictures, commercials and television.

Nominees for the 2013 HPA Awards are:

Outstanding Color Grading – Feature Film

“Star Trek Into Darkness”
Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3

“Oblivion”
Mike Sowa // Technicolor

“Anna Karenina”
Adam Glasman // Company 3

“Life of Pi”
David Cole // Technicolor

“Pacific Rim”
Maxine Gervais // Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging

“Iron Man 3″
Steven J. Scott // Technicolor

“Man of Steel”
Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3

Outstanding Color Grading – Television

“Castle – Hunt”
Anthony Smith // Encore Hollywood

“Behind the Candelabra”
John Daro // FotoKem

“Hell on Wheels – Slaughterhouse”
Steven Porter // MTI FILM

“Game of Thrones – Kissed By Fire”
Joe Finley // Modern VideoFilm

“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – Ghosts of the Past”
Paul Westerbeck // Encore Hollywood

Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial

Call of Duty “Masks”
Dave Hussey // Company 3

Louis Vuitton “L’Invitation Au Voyage”
Tim Masick // Company 3

Procter & Gamble: Thank You, Mom “Best Job”
Adam Scott // The Mill

Under Armour “Brought To You By Under Armour”
Tom Poole // Company 3

Mercedes-Benz “Soul”
Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3

Outstanding Editing – Feature Film

“Zero Dark Thirty”
William Goldenberg, A.C.E. and Dylan Tichenor, A.C.E.

“Flight”
Jeremiah O’Driscoll

“Les Miserables”
Melanie Ann Oliver and Chris Dickens, A.C.E.

“Star Trek Into Darkness”
Maryann Brandon, A.C.E. and MaryJo Markey, A.C.E.

“Argo”
William Goldenberg, A.C.E.

Outstanding Editing – Television

“Breaking Bad – Gliding Over All”
Kelley Dixon, A.C.E.

“Dexter – Are You…?”
Louis Cioffi, A.C.E.

“Downton Abbey – Series 3, Episode 5″
John Wilson, A.C.E. // Carnival Film & Television

“Breaking Bad – Dead Freight”
Skip MacDonald, A.C.E.

“American Horror Story: Asylum – Welcome To Briarcliff”
Joe Leonard and Bradley Buecker, A.C.E.

Outstanding Editing – Commercial

Verizon Wireless “Big Vision”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Editorial

Nextel/Ferrari “Combustion”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

Verizon Wireless “Brothers”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Editorial

Obama for America “Lena’s First Time”
Cristina Rackoff // Big Sky Editorial

Ragu “Hamster”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Editorial

Outstanding Sound – Feature Film

“Gangster Squad”
Cameron Frankley and Dean Zupancic // Warner Bros. Sound
Jason W. Jennings and Jon Taylor, CAS

“Argo”
Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
John Reitz and Gregg Rudloff // Warner Bros. Sound

“Pacific Rim”
Scott Gershin // Formosa Group
John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Timothy O. LeBlanc // Warner Bros. Sound

“Iron Man 3″
Mark Stoeckinger, Michael Keller, Mike Prestwood Smith and Andrew DeCrisofaro // Todd/Soundelux

“Turbo”
Richard King and Michael Babcock // Warner Bros. Sound
Andy Nelson // Fox Studios Post Production Services

Outstanding Sound – Television

“Banshee – Pilot”
Brad North, Elmo Ponsdomenech, William Freesh, Luis Galdames and Tiffany Griffith // Universal Sound

“Dexter – A Beautiful Day”
Pete Elia, CAS; Kevin Roache, CAS; Fredric Judkins, MPSE; Christian Buenaventura and John Snider // Technicolor Creative Services

“The Americans – Mutually Assured Destruction”
Ken Hahn, James Redding and Neil Cedar // Digital Cinema, LLC

“Homeland – Beirut is Back”
Alan Decker and Nello Torri // Universal Sound
Craig Dellinger, Larry Long and Jonathan Golodner // Sony Pictures Studios

“Game of Thrones – The Climb”
Paula Fairfield, Brad Katona, Jed Dodge, Onnalee Blank and Mathew Waters // Todd AO

Outstanding Sound – Commercial

Honda “Hands”
Anthony Moore // Factory

Lurpak “Weave Your Magic”
Aaron Reynolds // Wave Studios

Barclaycard “Toys”
Sam Robson // Factory

Nextel/Ferrari “Combustion”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

Lurpak “Good, Proper Food”
Dan Beckwith // Factory

Outstanding Visual Effects – Feature Film

“Man of Steel”
Keith Miller, Daniel Barrett, Phillip Leonhardt, Thelvin Cabezas and Mark Tait // Weta Digital

“Star Trek Into Darkness”
Dan Pearson, Jay Cooper, Alex Prichard and Adrien Saint Girons // Industrial Light & Magic
Adam Watkins // Pixomondo

“Iron Man 3″
Guy Williams, Aaron Gilman, Matt Aitken, Dan Macarin and Thrain Shadbolt // Weta Digital

“Pacific Rim”
Lindy DeQuattro, Eddie Pasquarello, Nigel Sumner, Derrick Carlin and Chris Lentz // Industrial Light & Magic

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White and Eric Reynolds // Weta Digital

Outstanding Visual Effects – Television

“Banshee – Pilot”
Armen Kevorkian, Mike Oakley, Jeremy Jozwik, Andranik Taranyan and Gevork Babityan // Encore VFX

“Under the Dome – Pilot”
Stephan Fleet, Matthieu Perin, Jeremy Jozwik, Chad Schott and Arutyun Arthur Sayan // Encore Hollywood

“Game of Thrones – Valar Dohaeris”
Joe Bauer and Jabbar Raisani
Jörn Grosshans and Sven Martin // Pixomondo
Doug Campbell // Spin VFX

“Magic City – Angels of Death”
Mark Velazquez, Seth Brower, Doug Ludwig, Jeremy Jozwik and Chad Schott // Encore Hollywood

“Hawaii Five-0 – La O Na Makuahine”
Armen Kevorkian, Jeremy Jozwik, Rick Ramirez, Gevork Babityan and Andranik Taranyan // Encore VFX

Outstanding Visual Effects – Commercial

Galaxy “Chauffeur”
Simon French, William Bartlett, Stephen Cullingford and Grant Walker // Framestore

Johnnie Walker “Where Flavour Is King”
Colin Renshaw // Alt.vfx

Kia “Space Babies”
Brian Burke, Charles Abou Aad, Jordan Harris and Patrick Ferguson // Method Studios

Abbott’s Village Bakery “Free Range”
Colin Renshaw // Alt.vfx

Qualcomm Snapdragon “Coming Soon”
James Dick, Andy Rowan Robinson, Shayne Ryan and Russell Dodgson // Framestore

In addition to the craft categories, the HPA also announced the winners of the Engineering Excellence Award as well as the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production. These prestigious Awards recognize the technical excellence and creative innovation that is helping to drive the post industry forward.

The winners of the HPA Engineering Excellence Award sponsored by NAB Show are:
DTS, Inc.
MDA

NVIDIA
NVIDIA GRID(tm) Visual Computing Appliance (VCA)

Sony Pictures Imageworks and The Foundry
FLIX

Telestream
16 bit 4:4:4:4 Transcoding Technology

The winner of the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production is:

Park Road Post Production
Next Generation Feature Film Workflow: Enabling HFR 48FPS Stereoscopic 3D On Set to On Screen

Tickets for the HPA Awards are available now and can be purchased online at www.hpaawards.net or by calling the HPA at 213.614.0860 or writing info@hpaawards.net.

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

About the HPA(r) Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance.

The HPA Awards will be presented with generous support from Engineering Excellence Award Sponsor: NAB Show; Bronze Sponsor: Sohonet and Supporting Sponsors: Chainsaw, Inc., MESA and The Hollywood Reporter.

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Christine Purse, chris@ignite.bz or Mimi Rossi, mimi@ignite.bz

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Tom Kenny’s HARMAN Martin Lighting Rig Shines at Brooklyn’s 2013 MTV VMAs

BROOKLYN, New York — With widespread continued talk on the winners, exciting performances, band reunions and the outfits of those attending, the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards was another spectacular event held at the year-old Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Looking to deliver world-class lighting in the state-of-the-art venue, Tom Kenny was contracted to design an equally impressive light show to entertain thousands in attendance and millions watching at home. HARMAN’s Martin lighting fixtures, supplied by VER, lined the stage and house, providing a multi-function professional lighting rig.

Kenny, whose illuminating résumé includes lighting design for David Bowie, Eric Clapton and The Who, among others, has been working in and around VMAs production for more than 20 years – designing the lighting for the main show for the better half of a decade. Working with the creative minds of the artists and their own creative production teams, including Brooklyn artist KAWS, who also designed the new MTV Moonman award, Kenny imagined a tremendous design for the arena and its two-stage setup.

More than 100 Martin MAC Auras shined on the diamond-base main stage for performances and presentations. Weight was a major issue with the rig, so the lightweight, functionality and quality of the Auras were a top aspect in Kenny’s design. “We had a lot of lighting throughout the entire show and it was important to keep the rig functional and safe. The Aura’s multi-function capabilities, processing and its beautiful colors were flawless, which was evident during the live show,” Kenny stated.

Another 100 Auras were used as house lights to help radiate the fashion and style of the celebrities in the audience, while numerous Atomic Strobes were used to provide more “flash” to the winners as they were announced and walked up to the stage from the audience.

“We wanted something 21st century, something turnkey that would work flawlessly,” Kenny continued. “With the Martin lights, we could have been producing in a Broadway theatrical sense or a rock show, both of which we intended to present with the lighting. From the first shot of the live show, everyone in the world was watching. It had to be, and it was perfect.”

Assisting Kenny throughout the design, deployment and live phases were Mike Appel and Mike Grimes.Florian Wieder designed the VMAs, the Art Director was Tamlyn Wright and Den of Thieves, Jessie Ignatovich, Jen Jones and MTV Productions produced the show.

For more information on VER, please visit http://www.verrents.com

Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin Professional is a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors. Martin lighting solutions are industry standard on top tours and events, grace prestigious theatres, energize nightclubs and decorate major television studios around the globe. Other important areas of application are indoor and outdoor architecture and commercial applications where Martin products are increasingly being used to transform spaces with dynamic light. 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. The company operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Martin Professional joined the HARMAN families of category-leading technology and lifestyle brands in March 2013.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

IBC2013: Vizrt to display new graphics workflow, non-conform video workflow, live sports interactivity, social tv integration, 4k rendering and IP streaming

At the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), Vizrt will display tools to increase graphics and video productivity, dramatically enhance live sports broadcasts, and streamline production workflows in its booth (Hall 7, Stand A10). IBC2013 will be held from September 12-17 in the RAI convention center in Amsterdam.

Among the highlights will be new technology that allows designers to run Viz Artist with a remote connection to a powerful cloud computer. A press conference on September 13 at 8am in the RAI’s news conference room will present full details of this development and other top news from Vizrt.

Rendering power

Viz Engine, Vizrt’s real-time 3D compositing system, has increased its rendering capability beyond HD to 4k. Vizrt will display the breakthrough 4k rendering capability of the Viz Engine at the IBC show.

Viz Engine has been enhanced further with IP-streaming capability. This allows broadcasters to stream multiple formats and resolutions simultaneously, speeding the creation of online and mobile graphic and video content.

Non-conform video workflow

Merge graphics and video into a single workflow with Viz Engine and Viz Media Engine. Journalists search, edit and place graphics and video together in their native newsroom control system. Viz Engine then renders video and graphics together at the moment they are triggered to air. This non-conform workflow allows the journalist to change graphic content up until the moment the video and graphics are played on air. It also allows the graphic and video content to be played in a variety of formats in real-time from the Viz Engine for multiplatform distribution. Viewers on mobile devices, online, and on-air have the best possible viewing experience without the delay caused by transcoding.

Enhanced editing workflow

Viz Media Engine includes an extension panel to Adobe Premiere Pro CC that enables Premiere Pro users on both Mac and Windows to search and access media held within Viz Media Engine without leaving the Premiere Pro interface.

Control room automation

Vizrt will display the integration between Mosart automation and Viz Engine. When combined with the Vizrt end-to-end graphics and video workflow, the Mosart automation system provides a complete package for the entire newsroom workflow from the news editorial process to live on-air production. With the Viz Engine real-time compositing capabilities added to the Mosart automation system, an operator can drive complex transitions and studio effects from a single interface.

Redefining live sports graphics

With Viz Arena, broadcasters can superimpose animated 3D graphics, text, video, logos, images and animation over the live coverage of a sports event. The graphics remain in place, regardless of camera movement. The 3D graphics appear to be part of the live coverage.

Viz Libero, Vizrt’s 3D virtual sports enhancement and analysis system, will be presented at IBC. Version 5.5 offers Virtual SloMo, Virtual Presenter, and integration with the Grass Valley K2 Summit media server and K2 Dyno replay system. Viz Libero uses the existing camera feeds to create 3D flights and virtual perspectives. It features interactive telestration and annotation tools along with an intuitive user interface.

Social TV integration

Vizrt’s Social TV solution will be demoed at IBC with several new integrations and enhanced developments with some of the leading social media companies including partners never.no, MassRelevance, Applicaster and Promotheus. The Vizrt Social TV solution allows broadcasters to monitor, filter, approve, and harvest user generated content —such as tweets, Facebook posts, RSS, and Instagram photos. Build playlists or carousels of selected social content to display within live Vizrt graphics and send to air.

Complete online workflow

New at IBC Vizrt will display the Vizrt Online Suite integrated with Viz Media Engine. This integration gives journalists the ability to search all assets contained within Viz Media Engine from the Vizrt Online Suite CMS. MOS rundowns can also now be viewed within the Vizrt Online suite CMS.

A cross-platform implementation between the Viz Media Engine and Vimond’s over-the-top TV toolset will enable broadcasters to control their video content across multiple platforms and monetize their content online.

About Vizrt:

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, Al Jazeera, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the Stock Exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154. For further information please refer to www.vizrt.com

HARMAN’s Soundcraft Launches “Mixing with Professionals” Program for Si Series Consoles

NORTHRIDGE, California – In response to popular demand, HARMAN’s Soundcraft has launched a new “Mixing with Professionals” program for its Si Series of digital mixing consoles. Building on its successful program for the Vi Series, these “Mixing with Professionals” sessions will offer fully hands-on training, focusing on Soundcraft’s Si Expression and Si Performer consoles.

“Mixing with Professionals” Si Series training sessions will be held throughout the United States and hosted by factory-trained Soundcraft sales representatives. Guest engineers will join them to share their experiences with Soundcraft consoles and to provide additional training. These 3-hour sessions will follow a classroom format of six “stations”, with one to four people per station, working on either an Si Expression or Si Performer console.

“Our ‘Mixing with Professionals’ training programs have been so overwhelmingly popular that, combined with the success of our Si Expression and Si Performer lines, we have received considerable demand to expand our training to include these products,” said Katy Templeman-Holmes of Soundcraft Studer. “Training is free and open to anyone wanting to learn, or to more advanced users looking for additional tips and tricks to get the most out of their Si consoles!”

Anyone interested is invited to register online at http://usa.soundcraft.com/mwp/events.aspx or navigate to the Events Calendar at http://usa.soundcraft.com/mwp/events. Guests are asked to bring their own headphones to the sessions (mini or ¼”).

Photo Credit: Jonathan Trotman

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

HARMAN’s AKG Weekly Contests Put AKG By TIËSTO Headphones In Fans’ Hands

VIENNA, Austria – As HARMAN’s AKG By TIËSTO headphone line continues to impress aspiring and professional DJs and producers around the world, fans of both electronic dance music and high-quality headphones now have the chance to own a pair of the famed K267’s through three no-purchase-necessary contests, all stemming from a unique TIËSTO mosaic photo, found by clicking http://www.akgbytiestomosaic.com.

Contestants can upload a photo to be included on the TIËSTO mosaic, which will then be judged on the amount of views it receives. The photo with the most views per week on the mosaic will receive AKG By TIËSTO headphones.

In addition, hopefuls can search the mosaic for photos uploaded by AKG after the headphone manufacturer provides clues for one certain photo’s contents. When a contestant finds the photo among the thousands of others making up the grand snapshot of TIËSTO, the contestant will drag their mouse along the photos until a “You’ve found TIËSTO, click here!” button appears. Then, users who have found TIËSTO will be entered into a random drawing for K267 AKG By TIËSTO headphones.

Lastly, all participants will be entered to win a pair of AKG By TIËSTO headphones at random at the conclusion of the 8-week contest. One lucky contestant out of the 100 most-viewed photos will win the grand prize: a meet and greet with TIËSTO in person!

K267 TIËSTO offers an over-ear, closed-back design, with an oversized low resonance driver, providing a higher SPL, while still maintaining a matched low frequency bass response. Its user-adjustable bass boost keeps sound neutral or maximizes deeper sub-bass frequencies when prompted. With high-quality materials and superior workmanship, K267’s sound quality raises the bar for the professional DJ with the best performance without compromise. K267’s Dual Plug-In feature allows the user to attach the cable to either side for maximum comfort. In addition, each set boasts 3D-Axis folding mechanisms for optimum fitting and flat storage for the on-the-go performer.

For more information about AKG by TIËSTO please visit http://tiesto.akg.com and http://www.akg.com/pro.

Find AKG on Social Media:
www.facebook.com/AKG
www.twitter.com/AKGaudio
http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Parsons Audio Expo 2013 To Take Place in November

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Parsons Audio (Wellesley Hills, Mass) will hold its 23rd annual EXPO on Thursday, November 14th from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Dedham Holiday Inn in Dedham, Mass.

Parsons Audio, a leader in offering professional audio products in the New England area, will begin the day at 10:00 am on Professional Development Workshops taught by industry leaders and focusing on industry trends. At 12:00 noon, the manufacturer exhibit floor opens with product representation from all top professional audio manufacturers represented by Parsons Audio.

This year, the Parsons Audio Expo will include the Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems Rolling Showroom with the new NUAGE system. Yamaha staff will be on hand for presentations and demonstrations. NUAGE, a joint collaboration between Yamaha and Steinberg, is a hardware and software system that adds the power of the Dante audio network to world-class recording, post production, live to tape broadcast, and house of worship recording for re-broadcast, NUAGE is a complete, flexible system that allows engineers to choose and combine components to perfectly match individual application and workflow requirements.

“We enjoy keeping our customers and potential customers up to date on what is new in the professional audio market,” states Roger Talkov, General Manager, Parsons Audio. The Professional Development seminars are extremely useful In providing the latest industry trends.”

For more information visit www.paudio.com/expo or email roger@paudio.com.

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Listen Technologies Attends AV Week Proclamation Signing

Highlighting the importance the AV Industry has on the lives of everyday citizens in Utah, the Salt Lake County Mayor’s office joined Listen Technologies and other AV Industry groups in officially proclaiming that October 13 – 19, 2013 as AV Week.

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA—An official proclamation from the Salt Lake County Mayor’s office was signed and delivered to representatives of the local InfoComm International association declaring that October 13 – 19, 2013 will be AV Week in the state of Utah.

The proclamation ceremony was attended by Listen Technologies employees and fellow colleagues from GENCOMM. Representatives from the Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams’ office were also in attendance to read and deliver the proclamation.

Each year, InfoComm International hosts AV Week in October. The purpose of AV Week is to build awareness to the industry, the prevalence AV plays in our lives, the expertise available from skilled, certified professionals and the exciting career opportunities. The AV industry provides better experiences in schools, places of worship, theaters, government offices, stadiums, and many other settings.

“We appreciate Mayor McAdams signing the proclamation,” said Kristin Rector, Director of Marketing Services at Listen. “In doing so it affirms the impact of the AV industry in Utah. Whether you go to Abravanel Hall, Rio Tinto Stadium, Harmon’s, City Creek Center, Zion Lutheran Church, West High, or the Salt Lake International Airport, AV is a part of impacting our experiences. The AV industry also benefits our economy through available technologies, jobs and revenues.”

Listen Technologies, along with other AV companies in Utah, will be participating in and hosting several events during AV Week (October 13 – 19, 2013). These events will highlight all of the ways the AV industry impacts the lives of everyday citizens in Utah and will bring more awareness to the industry.

For the full calendar of events visit http://www.listentech.com/about-us-events.

About AV Week

InfoComm International is the trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide. Each year during October, InfoComm unites the audiovisual community to celebrate, promote and share the AV industry with the world. AV Week gives its members resources and support to reach out to the community and become advocates for change. It’s a time to educate students interested in AV careers, change industry perceptions, make new connections and create media opportunities. www.avweek.org

About Listen Technologies Corporation

Listen Technologies brings power and clarity to the sounds that enrich your life—by overcoming the challenges of noise, distance, lively debate and hearing loss to deliver precise and personalized audio in any setting or environment. With Listen solutions, you can cut through the clutter and connect to an experience of pure, focused sound. Listen solutions are used in gathering places around the world including schools, houses of worship, factories, entertainment venues, government agencies and more. For more information on Listen solutions, contact Listen Technologies at 1.800.330.0891, +1.801.233.8992, or visit www.listentech.com.

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