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Quantum to Showcase New StorNext Solutions That Simplify Deployment, Management and Overall Workflow

Leading Provider of End-to-End Workflow Storage Solutions Will Feature StorNext Connect and StorNext Pro Workgroup Offerings more

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Little Dragon Performs At UK’s Somerset House With HARMAN Soundcraft Vi3000 Digital Console

LONDON, United Kingdom – Having attained international prominence, electronic pop band Little Dragon took to the stage at London’s major arts and cultural center Somerset House, utilizing the mixing capabilities of a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi3000 console. The 3,000-capacity venue is constructed with an open courtyard in the middle of a Victorian-era building, a true acoustic test for the latest Soundcraft digital console.

With almost a decade of audio engineering experience and several years working with the Soundcraft Vi Series, Little Dragon’s monitor engineer Marco Cruneri sees the Vi3000 as the best choice for the band.

“All Vi Series consoles have nice layouts and great sound, but the features on the Vi3000 are what attract me the most as they are excellent for monitor engineers,” said Cruneri. “I love the flexibility and versatility of the desk, it allows me to work as I would like. The fact that all the I/O is at the back of the desk makes it really compact.”

During its tour throughout the UK, Little Dragon faced multiple technical challenges including limits on the weight of the trailer and time restrictions during sound checks. Thanks to the ergonomics of the Vi3000, and the ability to complete sound checks with the iPad ViSi Remote App, Cruneri found it extremely easy to complete sound checks in the short time allocated.

“The iPad App means that I can work faster and more efficiently. I found that unlike some other brands, Soundcraft offers a straightforward console that touring engineers can pick up and immediately mix on, shown by intuitive features like FaderGlowTM.”

Cruneri plans to continue using the Vi3000 console for Little Dragon’s performances within the UK, and use it again during the upcoming winter tour. Greatly appreciating the simplicity and effectiveness of the console, he is able to bring out the “dense and punchy sounds” of the band.

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.

RTW TM3-Primus TouchMonitor Now Shipping Worldwide

Ultra-Compact Meter Enables Extensive Loudness and Audio Metering Capabilities for a Variety of Applications and Budgets

AMSTERDAM, 8 SEPTEMBER, 2014 – RTW (IBC Hall 8, Stand D.92), the market leader in visual audio meters and monitoring devices, is pleased to announce that the TM3-Primus, its new smart series product, is now shipping worldwide. This highly compact model from the award-winning TouchMonitor line provides a full set of easy-to-read instruments for level and loudness metering in commercial and non-commercial production and broadcasting environments. Executives will be available during the 2014 IBC Show to demo the TM3-Primus and discuss its capabilities.

Introduced to the market earlier this year at NAB, the RTW TM3-Primus is a multifunctional audio measurement desktop unit featuring unbalanced RCA type two-channel analog, digital (SPDIF) and USB interfaces. In addition, it features an advanced USB hybrid mode where a metering point in a digital audio workstation (DAW) (implemented using a specific RTW plug-in) can be visualized right on the new TouchMonitor’s screen. Also, a USB port allows for implementing an innovative USB/plug-in hybrid mode that enables metering to be performed on the DAW so that a user can process and visualize the information instantly.

As a compact and low-cost member of the TouchMonitor family, the TM3-Primus is equally suited for professional use in minor or secondary workflows for broadcasting, video editing, music and other recording environments. It offers a new quality solution for non-commercial use in small radio environments or podcasting. Like other models from the award-winning TouchMonitor series, the TM3-Primus comes with a highly intuitive and user-friendly 4.3-inch touchscreen interface that simplifies system handling even for operators without a strong background in audio.

Supported loudness standards include: ITU BS.1770-3/1771-1, ATSC A/85, EBU R128, ARIB, OP-59, AGICOM and CALM. The TM3-Primus includes level and loudness display with bargraph type or numerical readout plus MagicLRA type. Other instruments included with the meter are PPM, moving coil, correlator, RTA, vectorscope, numerical and chart.

About RTW
RTW, based in Cologne (Germany), has nearly 50 years of experience in designing, producing, and marketing advanced recording-studio equipment, leading and innovating the market for high quality audio metering and monitoring tools. RTW operates a worldwide distribution and service network. For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.com, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130.

Forscene Cloud Editing for iPad Now Available

LONDON — Sept. 4, 2014 — Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market-leading cloud video platform Forscene, announced today that it has released a Forscene mobile app for iPad(R). Forscene users can perform simple edits on the iPad app, saving time and money. more

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Pro Audio Technology CEDIA 2014 Demo Defies Convention

PRO Audio Technology is mixing things up. With a focus on value and installation flexibility, PRO still plans on delivering an incomparable audio experience – there’s just one small difference.

CEDIA EXPO 2014 – Denver, CO – September 10-13 – SR-18 – For CEDIA Expo 2014, PRO Audio Technology (PRO), the leading supplier of high-output loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems, has constructed a value-oriented, surround sound demo system that promises to set new standards in performance for multipurpose media rooms and secondary home theater applications.

“In previous years, our CEDIA Expo demo focused on extremes: 270 pound subwoofers, massive screen-wall loudspeakers, 10,000 watts of amplification and concert-level SPLs,” said Larry Reagan, VP of Sales for PRO. “The market has seen an increase in the popularity of media room systems and even bedroom home theater systems. We thought this year would be a great time to demonstrate a value-engineered system specifically designed to meet those needs—a system that our dealers can sell every day, so to speak, that still very much delivers the big dynamics, the big visceral energy, the big cinema experience for which PRO is renowned.”
Speakers for this year’s demo have been specifically selected with an eye toward economy, space-savings, and uncompromised performance. PRO has not disclosed the details of what exactly is being demoed, as not to diminish the “wow factor”. The PRO Team intends to leave an impression, and change the way audio is enjoyed outside of dedicated home theaters.

Along with unique and thoughtfully selected content, PRO will also give a brief demonstration of its proprietary PRO SoundTools audio calibration software, which was named a CEDIA Best New Product Finalist. PRO SoundTools paired with PRO products provides essential response shaping, time alignment, boundary effect correction, and signal compensation by way of simple drop-down menus and a slick, intuitive user interface.

For more information, please visit: www.proaudiotechnology.com.

About Pro Audio Technology
Through thoughtful combination of consumer and professional engineering technologies, Pro Audio Technology designs and manufactures a complete range of high-power loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifiers for high-end residential installations. PRO products unite lively dynamics, high maximum output level, and rugged durability with the refined acoustic performance you’ve come to expect from contemporary home audio equipment. The sound system of choice for discerning music and home theater enthusiasts, Pro Audio Technology products are available globally through an elite group of high-end residential custom installers. Pro Audio Technology is the brand name of Professional Home Cinema, LLC.

AXS TV Upgrades its Largest OB Truck With a HARMAN Studer Vista 9 M2 QS Audio Console

DENVER, Colorado – AXS TV, a premier cable network dedicated to providing the best in music programming and festivals, comedy performances, current events and mixed martial arts promotions, recently acquired a HARMAN Studer Vista 9 M2 QS console as part of an upgrade to the existing infrastructure of its largest OB truck.

Technical Producer and Flyaway Engineer Jeff Carman wanted a digital console that could not only fit into the existing MADI infrastructure, but also provide the expandability of additional inputs and outputs. These options led to the purchase of the Studer Vista 9 M2 QS.

The Vista 9 M2 QS sets a new benchmark for system redundancy, with advanced Quad Star CPU architecture and optimized system design, providing the ultimate in security and peace of mind in critical live production applications.

“I’m very happy with this console because it interconnects with all our other units via MADI, and works very well for multi-track recording and mix-downs,” said Carman. “What we got was impressive, and we found the fit and construction of the console to be incredible. After using a Studer Vista 5 console in our LA studio, I deeply respect Studer for doing things well, which was one of the main reasons for this purchase. More importantly, the support from Studer has been excellent.”

AXS TV set up the console with a 24×24 Stagebox for shows, including recent mixed martial arts broadcasts as well as AXS TV’s premier music festival events.

“I’m extremely happy with this great-sounding board,” said Dan Nabors, AXS TV Engineer in Charge (EIC). “We noticed that it configures easily when we tried to add new modules several hundred feet away. With this console, we are also able to only use fiber optics, eliminating copper altogether. After changing configuration to a different output card, the Studer Vista 9 looks great, sounds great and is quite user-friendly.”

ABOUT AXS TV
Launched in July 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, AXS TV is dedicated to providing the best in music programming and festivals, comedy performances, current events and mixed martial arts promotions. AXS TV is a partnership between Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. The network is available in the United States via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable, satellite and telco providers. The network is also distributed in Canada and the Caribbean. For more information, visit the website, www.axs.tv; go to the Facebook page here and follow the company on Twitter, @axstv; on Instagram; Tumblr and YouTube.

AXS TV’s companion network, HDNET Movies, is a linear TV channel and VOD service that delivers the ultimate film watching experience — uncut and uninterrupted — in high definition. Launched in 2003, HDNET Movies programs a diverse slate of box-office hits spanning the 1950s to 2000s. The network is widely distributed by major cable, telco and satellite TV providers in the U.S. For further information, visit www.hdnetmovies.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.

Video Clarity Launches ClearView Shuttle 4K

New Cost-Effective Video Quality Analyzer Includes 4K Record, Playback, and Analysis for Manufacturers and Program Networks more

Sonnet Announces Dual-Port 10GBase-T Thunderbolt 2 Adapter

Sonnet’s Twin 10G Adds Lightning-Fast 10 Gigabit Ethernet Network Connectivity to Any Computer With a Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt Port more

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BenQ Now Shipping RP700+ Interactive Flat Panel Display

New IFP Brings Six-Point Multitouch Technology and Multiplatform Compatibility for a Multitude of Digital Signage Applications

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Sept. 3, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today announced the official release of its latest interactive flat panel (IFP) display: the RP700+. Designed to increase classroom interaction, boardroom collaboration, and make wayfinding more intuitive, the 70-inch full HD display uses six-point multitouch technology to provide incredibly responsive feedback and more accurate positioning. As a result, students, presenters, and information seekers are able to experience enhanced screen sensitivity while features such as multisource compatibility and enhanced visual comfort turn the panel into a comprehensive solution for any of today’s interactive digital signage applications. more

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Stewart Audio Launches Low-Power Networked Amplifier Series

Compact, affordable Dante™-enabled amplifiers bring audio networking benefits to installations requiring lower channel counts for local amplification

SONORA, California, September 4, 2014 — The benefits of digital audio networking continue to extend past the mixing board and signal processing racks, bringing simpler connectivity, lighter infrastructure and improved flexibility and control to the amplification stage and beyond. However, most networked amplifiers today specialize in high channel counts for large installations, with amplifiers centralized in densely populated racks to serve global PA systems.

Stewart Audio today introduces a family of four low-wattage, networked amplifiers that address the need for lower channel count support at the local amplification stage. The new series brings the benefits of power-efficient digital audio networking to an underserved customer base, where consultants, systems integrators, dealers and end users require simple, affordable networked amplifier solutions scaled for smaller zones. This provides an affordable and reliable option to the larger, high-wattage amplifiers for high channel counts that permeate the market.

Importantly, the compact footprint of all four products enables simple installation at endpoints, providing networked amplification to smaller zones – whether for standalone needs in small-to-mid-sized installations; or to provide low-power amplification to smaller, distant zones in larger scale projects. Dual inputs in two models (AV25-2 NET+, CVA50-1 NET+) allow customers to serve both local and global PA systems if desired, with the option to target and prioritize pages and other audio events across many zones. This flexibility ensures that Stewart Audio customers can address larger facility needs while filling the void of local amplification requirements.

“To date, the market has lacked an affordable way to position networked amplifiers at endpoints,” said Brian McCormick, chief marketing officer, Stewart Audio. “Our new family of compact amplifiers create a cost-efficient way to run CAT5 or CAT6 cable to local zones, allowing our customers to enjoy the benefits of digital audio networking beyond the central infrastructure. These products give our customers a simple and affordable way to address a broad range of low power, low channel count applications without the expense of larger networked amplifiers, or the complexity of architecting custom solutions with bridge devices and analog amplifiers.”

Stewart Audio incorporates the market-leading Dante™ media networking solution from Audinate into its product architecture to enable many operational benefits. The incorporation of Dante Ultimo technology in all four products specifically addresses the requirement of affordable networking solutions for lower channel counts and lower power consumption. Compatibility with other Dante-enabled products is also ensured for a seamless, high-performance networking architecture across installations of any size.

Installations are further simplified with the presence of Symetrix Composer 2.0 software. Composer 2.0 software natively integrates device discovery and signal routing all four new products through its unique Dante third-party programming environment. This further reduces complexity for the installer, accelerating deployment times and creating a cohesive end-to-end Dante networking solution with local amplification.

The complete range of new Stewart Audio networked amplification solutions include:
• AV25-2 NET+: A 2x25W, 4 or 8 ohm low impedance amplifier with two analog and two Dante inputs, and remote and local volume control. Automated port switching can override audio feeds depending on which Dante or analog feed is set to priority.
AV25-2 NET: A digital-only version of the AV25-2 NET+ with two Dante inputs.
• CVA50-1 NET+: A 50W, 70/100V mono amplifier with one analog and one Dante input, remote and local volume control, and automated priority port switching to insert local audio feeds over main programs.
CVA50-1 NET: A digital-only version of the CVA50-1 NET+ with a single Dante input.

All four compact solutions can be pole mounted or attached to a flat surface near loudspeakers, and are plenum-rated to reduce the installation costs associated with rack-mounted systems. However, the 1/3RU design enables simple integration into central equipment racks if desired.

ABOUT Stewart Audio
Since 1982, Stewart Audio’s singular focus has been making a difference in sound reinforcement. Our broad array of compact standard and network amplifiers span both analog and digital worlds. With a commitment to innovation and quality, we provide our customers with a unique combination of features from RS232 control to DSP in a compact package. Visit the company’s website at www.stewartaudio.com.
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