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iZotope Releases Ozone 6: Creative Mastering Platform

Ozone 6 features a redesigned interface, standalone application, and new Dynamic EQ module

Cambridge, MA (October 30, 2014) – iZotope, Inc., a leading audio technology company, has launched the latest version of its critically acclaimed line of mastering software, Ozone.

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Ozone 6 is a creative mastering platform that enables both project studio producers and mastering engineers to easily add a final level of professional polish to their mix.

The modern new workflow is centered around creativity. A fully redesigned interface and real-time visual feedback in every module assist users in creating masters with ease.

“Our goal was to create an elegant visual aesthetic and fluid workflow,” says iZotope Product Manager Brett Bunting, “in order to bring the creative elements of mastering front and center and allow users to define their own sound.”

Ozone 6 takes the guesswork and the manual labor out of the mastering process, helping users experiment without fear of making the wrong sonic choices. Using Ozone’s presets as a starting point, pros and newcomers alike can immediately achieve authentic sounds in any genre.

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Ozone also produces great sound, providing the warmth and character of analog sound without the restrictions of hardware. And since Ozone 6 works as either a standalone application or a suite of plug-ins, users can choose to work exclusively in Ozone, or to complement their audio editor of choice.

For professional users, the Advanced version’s Dynamic EQ module lives and breathes with your music, harnessing the precision of an equalizer and the musical ballistics of a compressor. It’s an ideal tool for transparently sculpting audio.

“Ozone is full of great mastering tools,” says Adam Ayan, GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer at Gateway Mastering, “and it just keeps getting better!”

Learn more at www.izotope.com/ozone6.

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Availability
Ozone 6 is available now at www.izotope.com/ozone and at select retailers.

Pricing
Ozone 6 – Promotional Price: $199 USD, Regular Price: $249 USD

Ozone 6 Advanced – Promotional Price: $599 USD, Regular Price: $999 USD

Upgrade from Ozone 1-5 to Ozone 6: Always available at a special price of $99 USD

Upgrade from Ozone 1-5 to Ozone 6 Advanced – Promotional Price: $399 USD, Regular Price: $750 USD

Upgrade from Ozone 5 Advanced to Ozone 6 Advanced: Always available at a special price of $299 USD

For international customers, check with your local reseller for Ozone 6 pricing.

Grace Period Purchases
Customers who purchased Ozone 5 after September 1, 2014, will receive a free upgrade to Ozone 6 upon release.

Customers who purchased Ozone 5 Advanced after September 1, 2014, will receive a free upgrade to Ozone 6 Advanced upon release.

About iZotope, Inc.
iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®. For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com.

Italian Superstar Pino Daniele Chooses DPA Microphones

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Pino Daniele, one of Italy’s best known singer/songwriters and a man whose career spans both genres and decades, has recently started using a range of DPA microphones, including the company’s ground-breaking d:facto™ Vocal Microphone.

Fabrizio Facioni, Daniele’s sound engineer, jumped at the chance of using d:facto when the opportunity presented itself.

“I like its sound. It’s so ‘present’ and natural,” he says. “This microphone reproduces exactly what it is given in terms of the vocal, and that greatly simplifies my job.”

The d:facto Vocal Microphone joined a range of DPA mics that were used over the summer for the NERO A META’ tour, which reunited Daniele with band members from the 1980s alongside special guests. For his forthcoming theatre tour, the line-up is more intimate and includes Pino Daniele on vocals and acoustic guitar, a second acoustic guitar, an upright bass, piano and drums played by internationally acclaimed producer and arranger Alfredo Golino, who regularly works with artists such as Laura Pausini.

Facioni says: “The decision to use DPA microphones initially came about when I needed a microphone for Pino’s acoustic guitar. I spoke to Agora, our PA rental company, and they recommended DPA’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones. After trying one, I knew it was perfect for the task. Both Pino and I were so impressed that we decided to use d:vote 4099s on his guitar and on the second acoustic guitar.”

Facioni adds that the improvement in sound made him question the microphones he was using on the other instruments in Daniele’s intimate line-up. It was at this point that Alfredo Golino suggested he got in touch with Salvatore Zocco from DPA’s Italian distributor M. Casale Bauer for more advice on the DPA range.

Salvatore Zocco says: “Alfredo is a great ambassador for DPA and has used the company’s microphones for a long time, so it was perfectly natural for him to put Fabrizio in touch with me. I was able to recommend the most appropriate microphones for Fabrizio’s requirements.”

The final choice came down to d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones for the high hat, snare (top and bottom) and toms. DPA d:dicate™ ST4011C and ST4015C Recording Microphones were respectively chosen to handle overheads and percussion. The acoustic guitars and upright bass are also miked with d:vote 4099s, while Pino Daniele has two d:facto Vocal Microphones – one for when he’s standing and the other for when he performs with his acoustic guitar.

“I have been very satisfied with the results these microphones have delivered,” Facioni adds. These were exactly the mics I needed to give me a natural sound. I am a studio engineer as well, so I already knew DPA mics for piano and orchestra and I like them a lot. But this is the first time I have tried them for percussion and bass and I am definitely impressed.”

And perhaps more importantly, Pino Daniele himself has also been impressed with the performance of the d:facto Vocal Microphone which he used consistently during his summer tour of Italy’s sports arenas.

“We are now planning more dates in smaller theatre venues during November and December and the d:facto will once again be part of our microphone set up,” adds. “It has worked for Pino and he really like it. He says he now recognises his own voice!”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Visual Unity Shows vuMedia™ at NAT Expo 2014 and Inter BEE 2014

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Leading OTT solutions provider Visual Unity is showing the latest version of its Award-winning vuMedia™ multiscreen platform at NAT Expo in Moscow (November 19-21, 2014) and Inter BEE in Tokyo (November 19-21, 2014). The software will include a new, white label version that gives partners the opportunity to sell the product under their own brand by changing the colours and logos on the user interface.

“Having secured an investment of 7.2 million US$ (5.2 million Euros) from 3TS Capital Partners, we are now able to support the growth of an international customer base for vuMedia™,” says Visual Unity’s CEO Tomas Petru. “We are positioning Visual Unity as the leading provider of OTT and multiscreen solutions and to this end we are very focused on both product development and expanding into previously untapped markets.”

The company, which will be exhibiting on booth B23 at NAT Expo in Moscow, while at InterBEE it will be exhibiting in conjunction with its Japanese distributor DSP-Japan (Booth 5380).

Visual Unity’s updated vuMedia™ platform now includes a raft of new languages that have been incorporated into the software’s administrator user interface. This significant addition broadens its international appeal and reinforces Visual Unity’s plans to expand sales into new geographic territories. Also new is Multi-level account administration, which allows Visual Unity customers to collaborate on OTT projects, share resources or limit access to specific parts of vuMedia™ to dedicated groups. It also allows vuMedia™ to support different re-seller and seller models and relationships.

Introduced in 2011 and the winner of the 2012 ConnectedWorld.TV Award, Visual Unity’s flagship vuMedia™ is an end-to-end OTT platform that allows broadcasters and content owners to control how their brand and assets are managed, delivered and monetized in the multiscreen environment. Highly scalable and flexible, vuMedia™ delivers a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device. vuMedia™ also enables comprehensive Video on Demand services, social network integration and secures the distribution of content – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

vuMedia™ can be bought in two formats – Platform as a Service (PaaS) or Software as a Service (SaaS) for customers who don’t want to invest in new hardware.

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About Visual Unity

Visual Unity is a global provider of video and digital media solutions, enabling our clients to deliver premium quality video content. Our clients can measure, analyze and optimize their libraries over time and achieve optimal business success. Our platform capabilities inspire our clients to deploy their assets across multiple devices, screens, and media formats. Visual Unity helps clients manage, deliver and monetize their digital content.

Visual Unity is a Multiscreen Solution Provider, bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD outside Broadcast (OB) vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services. Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. vuMediaTM is a highly scalable and a modular architecture, delivering a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Munich, Moscow, Nairobi, Dubai, Istanbul, Ottawa, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com

X2O Media Launches Major Upgrade to HTML5-Based X2O Platform

Redesigned Visual Communication Software Makes it Easier Than Ever to Create Stunning Channels for Any Digital Screen

MONTREAL — Oct. 30, 2014 — X2O Media, a leading provider of real-time visual communications solutions, today announced the release of X2O platform version 5.5. Designed to streamline the content management workflow dramatically, the company’s newest release significantly simplifies the creation and management of media-rich channels for playout on any screen including digital displays, videowalls, tablets and smartphones. With a modern new look and a highly intuitive graphical user interface, content creation, scheduling, and playout of dynamic content on visual communication networks is easier than ever. more

Pexip(R) Releases Infinity Version 7

New Version of Scalable Meeting Platform Enhances Lync(R) Functionality, Adds Infinity Connect Client Software, and Improves Accessibility

OSLO, Norway — Oct. 30, 2014 — Pexip(R), a leading innovator in scalable, distributed videoconferencing software, today announced the release of Pexip Infinity 7. This release has been designed to enhance and simplify users’ engagement in visual meetings regardless of device, technology, or videoconferencing environment. more

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Extron Now Shipping IPCP Pro 250 High Performance Control Processor

Extron IPCP Pro 250Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the IPCP Pro 250 IP Link Pro Control Processor. The Extron IPCP Pro 250 is a versatile, high-performance control processor designed for centralized AV control in small to medium-size applications. As part of the new IP Link Pro Series, the IPCP Pro 250 is engineered to be faster and more secure in almost every way. It features advanced security standards and Gigabit Ethernet, which ensures compatibility with multiple TouchLink Pro touchpanels using today’s network infrastructure. It also supports Extron LinkLicense which enables the use of third party devices as primary control interfaces. The IPCP Pro 250 is an ideal choice for controlling multiple devices and signal types within an AV system. more

Kensington Introduces PresentAir Pro Bluetooth 4.0 LE for Greater Versatility in Presentation Delivery

Presenter Features Advanced Wireless Technology, Customizable Modes of Functionality, and Slim Design for User Flexibility and Productivity

Kensington Twitter logoRedwood Shores, CA, October 29, 2014 – Kensington, a worldwide leader in delivering smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, announced today the availability of its PresentAir Pro Bluetooth® 4.0 LE Presenter for versatile presentation delivery and improved productivity. Featuring the latest in wireless technology, the advanced presenter offers three different function modes to support different types of activity — presenting, controlling media, or editing — and offers one of the slimmest presenter designs on the market. The free downloadable companion app, PresenterWorks, allows users to set buttons to the functions of their choice for greater flexibility and efficiency.

Key features of the Kensington PresentAir Pro Bluetooth 4.0 LE Presenter include:

  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE Technology — The latest in wireless innovation, this low-energy pairing between the user’s device and presenter frees up a valuable USB port — a shrinking feature with increasingly thin laptops and mobile devices — and offers a range of up to 30 feet so the user can move freely during a presentation.
  • Three Modes/PresenterWorks App — Buttons on the presenter can be set to two predetermined modes, and a third mode that enables user customization. In Presenter Mode, users may choose among specific profiles to suit the individual’s requirements for navigating within presentations. While in Media Mode, PresentAir Pro can be used as a remote for volume or playlist controls, allowing for dynamic content delivery, such as video clips, on the fly. Custom Mode offers a wide range of commonly used commands users can set the buttons to perform. The free PresenterWorks app, which will be available for download from Google Play, Windows® Store, or App Store®, delivers even more customizable options.
  • Ultra-Slim Design — The presenter’s thin profile makes it extremely light and easy to hold, as well as convenient for a shirt pocket or the pen/stylus holder found in many business folios or briefcases.
  • Red Laser Pointer — Users can accentuate presentation material with a bright red laser that highlights any part of a presentation with complete effectiveness.
  • Touch-Activated Stylus — Compatible with all major tablets and smartphones, holding the metal enclosure turns the presenter into a fully functional stylus to navigate around device touchscreens.
  • Carrying Case — A convenient place to store the presenter when not in use, keeping it protected with a soft internal lining that prevents scratching.
  • Compatability — The presenter is compatible with Android 4.4 and above, Windows® 8.1 and above, and iOS 8 and above running Microsoft® PowerPoint.

“While the proliferation of ultrabooks and tablets is on the rise in business, they come with limitations — less USB ports, which confines expansion capabilities, and limited video ports, which restricts presentation options,” said Louie Yao, Global Product Manager at Kensington. “We’ve designed the PresentAir Pro to offset these limitations, giving users expanded flexibility for presentation delivery with the next generation of computing devices, as well as unparalleled customization capabilities that give users more control over how they use the presenter to be as productive as possible.”

The PresentAir Pro is available for pre-order today and will be generally available in November 2014. The PresenterWorks App will be available for download from Google Play, Windows Store, and App Store.

Digital images of the PresentAir Pro are available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/48490242@N04/sets/72157647615187069/

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Kensington, a leader in smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, is the recognized industry standard trusted by enterprises around the world. Kensington’s mobile security product offerings include laptop and mobile security locks providing a new generation of front-line protection for mobile devices. In addition, Kensington offers accessories including power adapters, chargers, mice, keyboards, trackballs, universal docking stations, desktop accessories, carrying cases and iPad/iPhone/iPod accessories. Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Kensington is the technology division of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO), a world leader in branded office products, with products marketed in more than 100 countries across the globe. For more information, visit www.kensington.com or call Kensington toll-free at 1-800-235-6708.

Kensington is a registered trademarks of ACCO Brands. PresentAir Pro and smart. safe. simple. are trademarks of ACCO Brands. All other registered and unregistered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

© 2014 Kensington Computer Products Group, a division of ACCO Brands. All rights reserved.

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Kensington Launches USB 3.0 Hubs and Adapters, 4-Port USB Charger, and New Universal Soft Sleeves

New Products Line-Up Delivers Power, Flexibility and Style

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Redwood Shores, CA, October 29, 2014 – Kensington, a worldwide leader in delivering smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, today announced the launch of its USB 3.0 Hubs and Adapters family, its 48W 4-Port USB Charger, and two new Universal Soft Sleeves.

The company’s update from its previous USB 2.0 connectivity line to the faster USB 3.0 addresses industry trends marked by slimmer laptops with fewer ports and wires; a plethora of USB equipment to connect, charge, and sync; and increased use of mobile devices. Additionally, the update includes a new 7-port USB hub and the ability to charge mobile devices.

“With more than 2 billion USB 3.0 devices projected to be in the market by 2015, as well as 100 percent penetration by native 3.0 computers, there is a lot more digital data to transfer like photos, music, and video and more devices to connect,” said Greg Agustin, Global Product Manager, Kensington. “Our USB 3.0 hubs and adapters take care of this significant trend, by providing transfer speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 and more interfaces to connect.”

And, with the launch of the new 48W 4-Port USB Charger, Kensington introduces a true universal desk charging solution. With PowerWhiz technology, the charger automatically detects a device and its specific power needs, creating the correct “handshake” between the device, USB cable, and charging port to deliver a fast and safe charge.

“With 4 in 10 smartphone users having a second mobile device, there’s an increasing need to charge multiple mobile devices simultaneously from the same location,” said Louie Yao, Global Product Manager, Kensington. “The 48W 4-Port USB Charger is the most powerful and compact 4-port USB charger in the market, offering a full-speed charge for each device simultaneously.”

Kensington’s new lineup of USB 3.0 Hubs and Adapters includes:

USB 3.0 4-Port Hub, Model UH4000 — With USB ports on laptops becoming a precious commodity, an external hub can be the answer to optimizing productivity and helping to expand a device’s capabilities. The 4-Port Hub ensures that users can connect all of their USB peripheral desktop accessories, with each of the four ports supporting fast transfer speeds.

USB 3.0 4-Port Hub plus Charging, Model UH4000C — The UH4000C offers the same benefits found in the standard 4-Port Hub, but each of the four ports also double as chargers for mobile devices, providing a convenient way to plug in and keep device batteries topped-off. With 3 AMPs available, users can choose any of the ports to provide a fast charge for a tablet and a smartphone, or other combination of low-power devices. Charging ports are compliant with USB BC 1.2 standard and compatible with BC 1.2 devices such as iPad Air and iPad mini. (Users should check their device specs.)

USB 3.0 7-Port Hub plus Charging, Model UH7000C — This 7-Port Hub and Charger ensures that users can connect all of their peripheral desktop accessories to a laptop, as well as quickly charge their smartphone or tablet. Each of the seven ports can support USB 3.0 transfer speeds to allow for more efficient work. The ports also double as chargers with 4 AMPs available, allowing for use of any port to provide a fast charge for up to two tablets, a tablet and a smartphone, or any other combination of low-power devices.

USB 3.0 Ethernet Adapter, Model UA0000E — Many newer laptops do not come with an Ethernet port, leaving users only WiFi to get connected to the Internet. This Ethernet Adapter provides a wired connectivity option with extremely fast Gigabit Ethernet transfer speeds where wireless access isn’t available or if a user has a broken internal network card.

USB 3.0 Ethernet Adapter plus 3-Port Hub, Model UA3000E — The UA3000E offers the same benefits found in the standard Ethernet Adapter, but also includes three USB 3.0 ports for additional device expansion.

Each of the five new USB 3.0 Hubs and Adapters also offers the following features:

  • Lightning-fast, gigabit transfer speeds. Using USB 3.0 technology, the 4-Port and 7-Port hubs support transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps, which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0. The Ethernet Adapters offer gigabit transfer speeds (also 10 times faster than USB 2.0) and provide an RJ-45 connector that supports 10/100/1000 BASE-T performance.
  • Plug and play operation. The 4-port and 7-port hubs allow users to simply plug the expansion hub into their device, with no need for an additional power source or driver downloads. The Ethernet Adapters require a one-time driver download via WiFi and subsequent installation, and then can be plugged into devices, ready to go.
  • Near universal acceptance. The adapters are all compatible with devices running Windows® 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP and Mac OS® X 10.6 or later operating systems.

Kensington’s 48W 4-Port USB Charger allows users to power up to four tablets and smartphones on their desk at the same time using PowerWhiz Technology. This technology allows almost any device to be plugged into the charger because it automatically recognizes a device and gives it the fastest charge possible while remaining completely circuit safe. Users can mix and match any combination of devices into any of the four USB ports, and each port can carry up to 2.4 AMPs of power to ensure even tablets get a speedy charge. Additionally, the charger only needs a single wall socket to charge device batteries.

The USB 3.0 Hubs and Adapters are available for pre-order today and will be generally available by the end of October. The 48W 4-Port USB Charger is also available for pre-order and will be generally available in November.

Kensington is also launching two new Universal Soft Sleeves that will allow customers to carry their device(s) in style, comfort and ease. Available in both 11” and 14” sizes, the new Universal Soft Sleeves respond to the growing popularity of Chromebook and MacBook Air as go-to essentials for mobile business professionals. The Kensington Universal Sleeves offer the perfect complement to help carry laptops or tablets, providing a soft layer of protection, with interior fleece lining for an added level of protection against scratches and dings, a reinforced carry handle for easy holding, and an exterior pocket for the convenient storage of accessories.

Editors: USB 3.0 Hubs and Adapters, USB Charger and Universal Soft Sleeve digital images are available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48490242@N04/sets/72157648681616766/

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Kensington, a leader in smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, is the recognized industry standard trusted by enterprises around the world. Kensington’s mobile security product offerings include laptop and mobile security locks providing a new generation of front-line protection for mobile devices. In addition, Kensington offers accessories including power adapters, chargers, mice, keyboards, trackballs, universal docking stations, desktop accessories, carrying cases and iPad/iPhone/iPod accessories. Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Kensington is the technology division of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO), a world leader in branded office products, with products marketed in more than 100 countries across the globe. For more information, visit www.kensington.com or call Kensington toll-free at 1-800-235-6708.

Kensington is a registered trademark of ACCO Brands. smart. safe. simple. is a trademark of ACCO Brands. All other registered and unregistered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

© 2014 Kensington Computer Products Group, a division of ACCO Brands. All rights reserved.

 

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HARMAN’s AKG CS3 Delivers Subtle Simplicity For Onyx AV’s Conferencing Services

CS3_SystemALMERE, The Netherlands – Having provided sound reinforcement for hotels and corporations that required subtle but effective conferencing solutions, Dutch-based Onyx AV has recently upgraded its inventory with HARMAN’s AKG microphones. When the time came to refresh its inventory and to address the increased demand for reliable microphones during presentations, Onyx AV reached out to audio equipment distributor Audio XL to supply the new AKG CS3 Series conference system.

The modular and flexible AKG CS3 system supports up to 60 microphones with the base unit connected to PA, recording and external audio sources and camera control systems. Not only does it come with a detachable microphone that can be swapped to suit different preferences in length, but it also ensures user-friendly operation for fast conference management.

After dealing with other brands for a long time, Onyx was ready to switch to obtain higher quality performance that offers plug-and-play flexibility, allowing its customers to focus on the conference with ease. Following a live demo of the new CS3 system in Onyx’s head-office in Almere, the engineers were convinced that AKG was the right choice for them.

The system’s rigidity and compact size exceeded Onyx’s expectations and is able to serve all of its needs. Compared to the legacy system, the enormous leap in sound quality and durability has delivered excellent results during the first few weeks of the upgrade.

For more information on AKG, please visit www.akg.com/pro

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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Lighting Designer Robert Sondergaard and HARMAN’s Martin Professional Create Unique “Reverse Collaboration” Dance Production

MARTIN Reverse Collaboration-1BURNABY, British Columbia — Unlike any dance show ever produced, Robert Sondergaard’s Reverse Collaboration project is a reversal of the typical production and creative processes—developing the lighting and environment design first and then adding in choreography as the final piece. The Reverse Collaboration concept is the culmination of MovEnt’s annual project called “Today in the Theatre” that brought choreographers and lighting designers together to explore lighting without the pressure of crafting a show. However, as Sondergaard, Owner of production design house Electric Aura, sought new ways to improve the collaboration process between lighting designers and dance choreographers, he felt the project needed to take the next step. In support of this year’s event, which featured the first ever dance show created entirely via Reverse Collaboration, HARMAN’s Martin Professional teamed up with Christie Lites to provide Sondergaard with a multitude of moving head lighting fixtures, including the MAC Quantum Wash and RUSH MH3 Beam.

Dance professionals typically start with the choreography and add layers of lighting, sound, costumes and set pieces to enhance the production. However, these additional design elements are often forced to play catch up with the choreography to become a bigger part of the show and in many cases, the lack of time or monetary resources lead to designs that are not fully realized. By developing a show through reverse collaboration, Sondergaard, as the lighting and production designer, took the lead creative role. His process began by choosing a piece of music and then designed a lighting environment, with equipment provided by Martin Professional, Christie Lites, and Electric Aura’s own fixtures, that accentuated the sound.

“From a lighting standpoint, I spent three months creating the show to ensure it was fully programmed and time coded before the collaboration with the choreographers and dancers began,” said Sondergaard. “The chance to refine a lighting design to that degree was very challenging, yet refreshing at the same time. With one four-minute section of the design featuring over 220 cue calls, it was one of the most fine-tuned designs I’ve ever accomplished.”

After months of developing the lighting design, Sondergaard then teamed up with two choreographers and four dancers at The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby, British Columbia to finalize the show over the course of six days. The first day consisted of load-in while the choreography was developed from days two through four. On day five the production team refined the performance and on day six the show was live. “It was truly an impressive feat by the choreographers to develop the routine in such a short period of time. While I had months to refine and fully program the lighting design, the choreography was only developed over three days,” said Sondergaard.

Sondergaard deployed eight of Martin’s MAC Quantum Wash lights, with six on booms upstage and two additional fixtures hung in the air for top wash. “The intensity and quality of the light the Quantum produces is unlike any other wash light available,” said Sondergaard. “It has a unique lense effect where the front lense rotates and creates an organic movement to the light like I’ve never seen in any fixture before.”

Additionally, he used 16 Martin RUSH MH3 Beam fixtures positioned on the floor on either side of the stage and four MH1 Profile fixtures hung in a cluster over center stage. Sondergaard also suspended 15 of Martin’s MAC Aura Wash lights over the stage on truss ladders. “We were very happy with the capabilities of the RUSH MH 3 fixtures,” said Sondergaard. “The strong output and colors paired with the rotating gobos really made the MH3s a fantastic fixture to work with. They really outperformed our expectations!”

From creating cutting edge and integrated lighting designs to attracting larger audiences with bigger production elements, Sondergaard’s Reverse Collaboration project hopes to create and reinforce a new creative process that showcases the importance a more refined lighting design to dance productions.

“I have always had a strong passion for dance production,” said Sondergaard. “I am proud to help bring new creative processes and production elements to the dance world and I could not have imagined our success without the support of Martin Professional.”

Equipment
Supplied by Martin Professional and Christie Lites (www.christielites.com):
8 x MAC Quantum Wash
16 X Rush MH3

Supplied by Electric Aura:
15 x MAC Aura Wash
4 x Rush MH1

Creative Team
Conceived and Created by: Robert Sondergaard (www.electricaura.net)
Producer: Julie-anne Saroyan, MovEnt (www.movent.ca)
Choreographers : Karissa Barry & Thoenn Glover
Dancers: Jessica Wilkie, Elya Grant, Sophia Wolfe, Alex Tam

For an inside look at Robert Sondergaard’s “Reverse Collaboration” project, please visit: http://youtu.be/3gKxyK6-amI

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

HARMAN (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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