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HARMAN’s Soundcraft Brings the Freedom to Mix Anywhere from Any Device with its new Ui Series Digital Mixers

Scraft_Ui16-smallANAHEIM, California – Providing the unprecedented ability to mix audio from any Wi-Fi connected device in any location, HARMAN’s Soundcraft is introducing the new Ui Series of remote-controlled digital mixers. The Ui12 and Ui16 each feature an integrated, onboard Wi-Fi router and can be controlled via a tablet, PC or smartphone.

The Ui Series mixers feature cross-platform compatibility with iOS, Android, Windows, Mac OS, and Linux devices, and can use up to 10 control devices simultaneously. In addition, the Ui12 and Ui16 each feature built-in HARMAN signal processing from dbx, DigiTech and Lexicon, including dbx AFS2, DigiTech Amp Modeling, and more. Both models feature fully recallable and remote-controlled mic gain and phantom power, along with 4-band parametric EQ, high-pass filter, compressor, de-esser and noise gate on input channels.

Both mixers offer 31-band graphic EQ, noise gate and compressor on all outputs, plus real-time frequency analyser (RTA) on inputs and outputs. Built in are three dedicated Lexicon FX busses: Reverb, Delay and Chorus. In addition, mixer controls include Subgroups, Mute groups and View groups, among others. The Ui Series mixers feature full Show/Snapshot recallability with channel recall safes. while security lockout features allow customization of device access to only specific functions and mixes if needed. Both mixers also offer independent network interfaces on board for simultaneous control by Wi-Fi and Ethernet, plus a floor-ready rugged chassis for live applications.

The Ui12 also features four XLR combo mic/line inputs, four XLR mic inputs, two channels of Hi-Z/instrument inputs, as well as a stereo RCA line input. A 2-channel USB media player is included, along with two balanced XLR Aux outputs, two quarter-inch headphone outputs with level control, plus balanced stereo XLR and quarter-inch main outputs. Two-channel USB audio playback is compatible with MP3, WAV and AIFF formats.

The Ui16 boasts eight XLR combo mic/line inputs, four XLR mic inputs, two channels of Hi-Z/instrument inputs, as well as a stereo RCA line input. A 2-channel USB media player is included, along with four balanced XLR Aux outputs, two quarter-inch headphone outputs with level control, plus balanced stereo XLR and quarter-inch main outputs. Two-channel USB audio playback is compatible with MP3, WAV and AIFF formats, and 2-channel USB Record direct-to-memory devices functionality is possible as well. The Ui16 also has an HDMI display connection output..

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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HARMAN’s Crown Ships XLi Series, Setting New Standard for Affordable Power Amplifiers

Crown-XLi-Series-smallANAHEIM, California — At NAMM 2015, HARMAN’s Crown announced it is now shipping its XLi Series, four models that set a new standard for entry-level professional grade amplifiers. The new XLi3500, XLi2500, XLi1500 and XLi800 are powerful, rugged and reliable and are well suited for a wide variety of live and installed sound applications.

The Crown XLi3500, XLi2500, XLi1500 and XLi800 deliver 1,000, 500, 330 and 200 watts per channel respectively (into 8 ohms; 2,700, 1,500, 900 and 600 watts in bridged mode into 8 ohms). All models feature user-selectable input sensitivity to accommodate a variety of program sources that have low output signals and include balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs. XLi can be operated in stereo, parallel or bridged-mono mode and provides binding post and speakON output connectors to facilitate use with virtually any type of passive PA speakers.

All four amplifiers feature front panel level controls, signal presence, and clip and fault LED indicators. Like all Crown power amps, XLi Series models provide comprehensive protection against shorts, no-load conditions, and power on/off thumps. The amplifiers are also shielded against radio frequency interference to keep the sound quality pure, even in situations with a great deal of wireless activity.

“Our XLi Series power amps bring the exceptional sound quality and bulletproof construction Crown is known for to more attractive price points,” said Craig Lambrecht, Business Segment Manager, Crown Audio. “They’re ideal for musicians, bands, DJs, dance clubs, bars, houses of worship and other situations where affordability is important, without compromising on performance or reliability.”

All Crown XLi amplifiers feature a one-year, no-fault, fully transferable warranty.

Crown XLi Series amplifiers have MAP pricing as follows: XLi3500, $649; XLi2500, $399; XLi1500, $299; XLi800, $229.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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HARMAN’s dbx Introduces DriveRack VENU360 Loudspeaker Management System With Mobile Device Control at NAMM 2015

dbx-DriveRack-VENU360FrontsmallANAHEIM, California – At NAMM 2015, HARMAN’s dbx announced the introduction of its DriveRack VENU360 Loudspeaker Management System, which enables a live or installed sound speaker system to be precisely optimized for the best-possible sound quality. Successor to the industry-standard DriveRack 260, the new VENU360 adds a host of additional features including mobile device control, additional input channels, improved DSP and easier operation.

“The DriveRack VENU360 provides a level of loudspeaker tuning that’s far beyond anything previously available,” said Jason Kunz, Market Manager, Portable PA and Recording & Broadcast. “The result is sound systems that simply sound better, with the major advantage of having complete control of the VENU360 from a laptop, tablet or even a smartphone.”

The DriveRack VENU360 is a highly configurable and flexible device, which includes the latest advancements in dbx’s AFS™ and AutoEQ™ algorithms (first introduced in the well-received DriveRack PA2). It provides expanded input processing and includes dbx’s useful AFS (Advanced Feedback Suppression), which automatically detects and precisely removes problematic feedback-causing frequencies. Other input processing includes 31-band graphic EQ, 12-band parametric EQ with narrow-notch capabilities, dbx compression, subharmonic synthesis for enhanced low-frequency impact, backline time delay, and noise gating.

Multi-crossover configurations are possible with support for full range, 2-way or 3-way operation (custom mono 4-way, 5-way or 6-way configurations are also available). Extensive output processing is provided with 12-band AutoEQ (eight AutoEQ bands, four user configurable bands), dbx compression, automatic gain control, subharmonic synthesis, noise gating, tower delays (up to 1000ms per output), 8-band parametric EQs (used for speaker tunings), dbx limiting and driver alignment delays.

Connecting a dbx RTA-M measurement microphone (sold separately) to the front-panel RTA mic input allows dbx’s proprietary Level Assist and AutoEQ algorithms to be utilized, for automatic, precise system balancing and equalization of the loudspeakers within the venue, for a smoother, more accurate system frequency response. Since AutoEQ is now located in the output processing stage, independent sections of a system can be equalized automatically. This allows AutoEQ to be used on the FOH system as well as the stage monitors, zones and tower delays!

The DriveRack VENU360 can be set up and operated from a compatible iOS, Android, Windows or Macintosh device via an easy-to-use app and a standard Wi-Fi router connected to the rear-panel Ethernet port. The VENU360 also has a front-panel LCD display with on-screen “map”-style navigation and input and output meters and mutes for system setup and monitoring.

An improved automated Wizard setup utility now supports stage monitors, making setup of an entire sound system fast, easy and precise. The dbx Wizard automatically configures hundreds of audio parameters with the push of a few buttons, with no previous audio experience required. Among the Wizard’s many functions are Level Assist, AutoEQ, AFS and built-in speaker and amp tunings for JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and many more. Up to 75 user configurations can be saved, eliminating the need to enter the same system or venue settings over and over again.

The dbx VENU360 provides balanced XLR analog and AES digital inputs for connection to a mixer, with support for mono, stereo, LCR and aux-fed sub configurations. Six balanced XLR outputs can be configured for PA system front of house, stage monitors, delay towers, zones and more. The VENU360 is also compatible with BSS Audio Contrio Ethernet wall controllers. Future firmware updates can be made via the USB port and firmware update utility.

The dbx DriveRack VENU360 will be available in April 2015 at a suggested price of $799.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Audiofile Releases Triumph 2.5

A next-generation tool for audio editing, mastering, sound design, podcasting and post-production

Minneapolis, MN (January 21, 2015) – Audiofile, a leading music technology company, announces the release of Triumph 2.5 on the Mac App Store. Built on the success of the company’s Wave Editor, Triumph 2.5 represents the next generation in audio editing, mastering, sound design, podcasting and post-production with new features, powerful DSP and a refined workflow.

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Triumph 2.5 is a significant step forward in Triumph’s evolution. Audiofile has improved workflow efficiency by redesigning the Render Assistant with the ability to render and export multiple formats simultaneously, allowing assets to be auditioned more easily by clicking “play” in an asset’s popover, and by adding video import functionality, which will appeal to sounds designers and those working in post-production.

Triumph 2.5 also represents a significant step forward for sample rate conversion and dither as it now includes algorithms by Goodhertz, creators of Triumph’s digital scrubbing feature and FHX™ headphone listening DSP. Goodhertz’ mastering-grade audio sample rate converter combines incredible sonic performance with unmatched speed and efficiency for a nearly ideal frequency response, preserving high frequency content and eliminating aliasing. Goodhertz dither is a custom-tailored noise shaping algorithm that, rather than relying on noisy peaks or drastic high frequency shaping, always remains smooth and natural sounding while preserving every possible detail of the audio.

“The Triumph workflow is revolutionary,” adds Ricardo Gutierrez, Grammy-winning mastering and mix engineer. “It’s a great Swiss army knife. The fact that it can play back different sample rates in a project is amazing. The shapes used for automation, and the way you can snap to grid the different shapes, is really cool. I’m fully in the box now with mastering and finally have the tools and plug-ins to work in the box. I haven’t touched my analogue gear since the summer. Clients want things so fast and Triumph lets you do that!”

Other additions and enhancements to Triumph include:

• Greatly improved performance and stability
• Optimized for OS X 10.10 Yosemite
• Enhanced editing of individual channels in the Waveform View
• Adds an option to import DDP sets from the File menu
• Improved SoundCloud integration
• Improved multichannel file support
• iZotope MBIT+ Dither™ and 64-bit SRC™ are now available by purchasing an additional license from the Audiofile online store or via in-app purchase in the Mac App Store version
• Various improvements to key commands
• Improved User Guide

“I really like this app a lot,” said Rich Breen, Grammy-winning recording, mix and mastering engineer. “Of course, most important are the sonics, and I’ve found it to be totally solid in this respect. For scripting, I can either duplicate and edit an existing script directly in Triumph, or copy it into AppleScript Editor and edit there for greater flexibility – I don’t know of any other audio apps that offer this kind of feature.”

Pricing and Availability
Triumph 2.5 is now available on the Audiofile website for $79.99. Triumph 2.3.2 is available on the Mac App Store for $79.99 with free update coming soon. For product and ordering information or to download a demo, visit http://www.audiofile-engineering.com/triumph/.

NAMM 2015
Developer/Co-Founder Matthew Foust will be at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California, January 22-24. Contact matthew@audiofile-engineering.com or Dot Bustelo (dot@audiofile-engineering.com) to schedule a meeting.

About Audiofile
Audiofile is a boutique technology company building apps that power the world’s musicians and audio engineers. Founded by Ev Olcott and Matthew Foust in 2003, Audiofile is among the most innovative and experienced audio software developers for OS X and the iOS with a long history of industry firsts to their name. Learn more about Audiofile’s entire range of music apps at www.audiofile-engineering.com, www.facebook.com/audiofileeng and on Twitter: @weareaudiofile.

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FC Bayern Basketball Relies on Advanced Access Control System from Riedel/DECA and Ticketmaster

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Jan. 20, 2015 — Riedel/DECA Card Engineering has completed the installation of new ticket-scanning electronics at Munich’s Audi Dome, home to current German champion FC Bayern Basketball. Working in partnership with Ticketmaster, Riedel/DECA implemented an access control system that simplifies and speeds guest entry into the arena. The innovative concept offers not only fan security but also efficient visitor management for the club. Within just 90 days, the company integrated Ticketmaster technology into scanning terminals that were delivered and installed in time for the start of the basketball season.

“We have observed the market for a long time and have opted for the well-known quality of Riedel/DECA and Ticketmaster. In a remarkably short time frame, they provided us with a robust, cleverly integrated solution featuring the latest in access control technology,” said Benedikt Peine, head of ticketing and merchandising at FC Bayern München Basketball GmbH. “The terminals themselves have a fresh, modern, and customized design combining new innovations such as mobile ticketing and fast barcode recognition, and the minimal cabling needed to support them made installation both convenient and cost-effective. The speed of the installation and the efficiency of the ticket-scanning systems allowed us to start the new basketball season with a more secure entry system that has eliminated lines and streamlined entry for fans.”

In this joint project with Ticketmaster, Riedel/DECA quickly provided ticket-scanning terminals that ensure optimum security, validating tickets with bright LED indicators that prevent ticket misuse or counterfeiting, and increasing the rate at which guests can enter the arena. The clean cylindrical design of each terminal also affords plenty of space for branding. The installed solution supports guest management for more than 6,000 attendees per event. “It was essential for FC Bayern to get a complete solution”, said Carsten Kerner, COO at Ticketmaster GmbH, who, as general manager of ALBA Berlin for many years, understands the requirements of professional basketball very well. “This is a collaboration of two partners who are leaders in their industries. We’ve already worked successfully with Riedel/DECA at the European Song Contest in Baku and know, that with their know-how and reliability, they are the ideal partner for this challenging project.”

Unlike the former system, which had to be set up manually, the new scan modules automatically recognize the date and event enabling effective and cost-efficient processing. The barcode reader integrated in the terminals can recognize and screen contactless mobile, print@home, and standard tickets as well as season tickets.

“Riedel/DECA has long provided access management systems for premier sports and entertainment facilities, so the company was uniquely prepared to meet the tight delivery timeline for the Audi Dome installation,” said Rainer Kluth, managing director at DECA Card Engineering GmbH. “Going forward, FC Bayern Basketball and its fans will benefit from the most modern access control system available today.”

Information about DECA Card Engineering is available at www.deca.de. Information about Ticketmaster is available at www.ticketmaster.de. Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Ticketmaster
A Live Nation Entertainment, Inc company, Ticketmaster is the global event ticketing leader and one of the world’s top five ecommerce sites, with a database of over 119 million fans who visit our sites. Live Nation Concerts produces 22,000 shows annually for more than 2,300 artists globally. Artist Nation is the world’s top artist management company, representing over 200 artists. These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling nearly 800 advertisers to tap into the 250 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. In Germany, Ticketmaster GmbH has more than 60 employees in the Berlin headquarters and offices in Hamburg, Munich, and Frankfurt.

About DECA Card Engineering
Ratingen-based DECA Card Engineering GmbH, a Riedel subsidiary, is specialized in accreditation and access control. From simple ID solutions to complex access systems, DECA provides planning, integration, and delivery of complete single-source solutions.

About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 350 people at 12 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Calibre releases NEW LEDView325DS Digital Signage LED Videowall Scaler

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Calibre announces the release of its latest model in the highly successful LEDView range of LED videowall optimised image scalers.

LEDView325DS is designed specifically for cost conscious digital signage projects where quality is required but without breaking the bank.

Digital signage is a market often ignored when it comes to high quality scaling with many clients relying on software based solutions from a PC. This unfortunately causes difficulty creating and showing client content together with severe image quality issues, both of which lead to unhappy clients.

LEDView325DS is a cost effective yet high quality image scaler which provides Calibre’s market-leading pixel-accurate per-edge image re-sizing algorithm which allows each edge of the picture content to be independently dragged to the correct position on the LED videowall.

There is also per input colour calibration capability to ensure client content looks how the client wants with control of RGB gains and blacks as well as saturation and hue even on digital computer-originated content. These are the kinds of functions typically found on premium live events models, which are now available without the cost associated with a live events scaler.

LEDView325DS gives outstanding image quality with fast simple set-up of picture size, colour calibration and network-based back-up and restore of settings for fast disaster recovery. Control and configuration is by internet browser, using the inbuilt webserver so when connected to a suitable network remote control and status monitoring is also possible.

Calibre UK will exhibit on stand 4U64 at ISE 2015 taking place from 10-12 February 2015 at the Amsterdam RAI.

About Calibre
Multi-award winning British company, Calibre has over the past 27 years achieved world recognition providing image scaling and processing technologies for use in broadcast/television, digital cinema, large venue projection, LED videowalls and surgical medical applications. Calibre manufactures products under its own brand-names as well as providing products and technology to several market leaders in the Pro-AV market worldwide. Calibre is a market leader in innovation, utilizing its own, UK & Germany-based in-house hardware and software design teams for all its product developments and its own UK manufacturing. www.calibreuk.com

Real-world innovation at the heart of Kramer’s ISE 2015 presence

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Solutions focus, brand new products, exhibitor hospitality and extensive education line up

At this year’s Integrated Systems Europe 2015 event, Kramer Electronics will exhibit over thirteen real-world solutions and technologies. They will also provide training, education and networking opportunities and make several product introductions on stand 1.F20.

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To demonstrate working solutions in real-life settings, each with a presenter, is the best way to communicate the value – both business and technical – of our extensive product range in numerous vertical markets,” said Aviv Ron, Vice President Business Development and Strategy at Kramer Electronics.

We expect that our stand will outperform everything we have done at previous shows and will position us ahead of the competition in our ability to bring solutions of unparalleled value, innovation, functionality, scale and performance. Visitors to the Kramer stand will be able to see the products in action, test them out, ask questions and plan for future project investments.

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Set to draw crowds from many disciplines in the AV and IT worlds, highlights include solutions-based demonstration areas such as Corporate, Education, Banking and Trading, Live Events and Healthcare.

In addition, there will be dedicated areas for Collaboration, Control and Streaming as well as Kramer’s industry-leading portfolio of “Installer Solutions”, including cables, connectivity and surprising Audio innovations.

Showing for the first time in Europe will be the multi-award winning VIA Collage™ and VIA Connect Pro™ true collaboration solutions. On a dedicated booth area, visitors will be able to see first hand how multiple participants can manage and share video, documents or files securely in real time using PC, Mac or mobile devices.

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Award winning innovation
Like at previous shows, Kramer will take up the opportunity of the biggest industry tradeshow in Europe to launch new products in many product categories. This will include new scalers, range extenders, various audio products and much more.

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Adding to its tradeshow presence, Kramer is shortlisted for three categories in the InAVation Technology Awards 2015. The VIA Collage is shortlisted in the Collaboration category, K-Touch is shortlisted for Control category and VS-D matrix switcher family is shortlisted in the Video Processing and Distribution category.


Education and training

Reaffirming its commitment to spreading the knowledge about AV technology and solutions, Kramer is set to double its training efforts with ongoing presentations about the benefits of collaboration, which will run at the Kramer stand during all three days of ISE 2015.

Set to be an ISE show highlight, Kramer will host a panel on Future solutions for productive and effective collaboration in the Unified Communications Theatre, on Wednesday, 11 February, Hall 9.A140 between 16:00 – 17:00.

Meanwhile, the company will present at three InfoComm University™ training sessions:

InfoComm Lab: Succeeding with EDID, a hands-on-lab showing how to design HDMI installation correctly presented by Ohad Oman, Product Manager on Tuesday, 10 February at 14:30-16:30 in Room D403.

Streaming AV – A Wave of Opportunities will explore technologies, benefits, implementations and applications. The session will be presented by Erez Dafnai, Product Manager on Tuesday, 10 February between 14:30 to 15:30 in Room D204.

Collaboration in the BYOD Era will be presented by Neta Lempert, VP Digital Business Development on Thursday, 12 February between 14:30 and 15:30 in Room D203.

Commenting on the company’s training offering at ISE 2015, Aviv Ron said: “This year, we are putting an even greater focus on education and training to support our technological innovations in the rapidly changing AV and IT world. For the first time, we are introducing Kramer’s Training On Demand™ that will offer all classes in all popular languages, according to visitors’ demand. ISE is the perfect place for us to do that and it shows the global nature of our presence and support. Training, or rather industry education, is key to our customers’ ability to adopt new technologies and to leverage them when implementing excellent end-users’ solutions.”

For information about all of Kramer Electronics, Sierra Video, Minicom Digital Signage and Kramer Powered by Calibre products please visit www.KramerAV.com.

Some useful links:
Official ISE hashtag: ‪#kramersolutions‬‬‬‬
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kramerelec
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kramerelectronics
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kramerelec/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/kramerelectronicsus
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/895692

About Kramer Electronics:

Since 1981, Kramer Electronics has been a leading player and pioneer in the Pro AV industry. With 26 global offices, supporting and distributing its products in over 100 countries across 6 continents, Kramer offers an extensive and innovative Pro AV solutions portfolio for Corporate, Education, Houses of Worship, Government, Live Events, Health Care, and more.

For over three decades, Kramer has built its reputation on strong personal relationships with its customers and providing the highest level of service and support in the industry.

Kramer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Pioneer of AV Award at InfoComm in honor of its Founder, President & Chairman, Dr. Joseph Kramer. Kramer’s award winning analog and IP-driven solutions for collaboration, streaming and control are at the forefront of an ever-evolving Pro AV industry. Kramer’s consistent sales growth and expansion into new markets is a testament to the company’s commitment to R&D and reliance on customer feedback.

For more information, visit us at: www.KramerAV.com

HARMAN’s Martin Professional M6 Lighting Console Road Test with Daniel Sørensen on Tour with Silya & The Sailors

SiLyA Sailors stageOSLO, Norway — On site at a Norwegian rental company in autumn 2014, Lighting Designer Daniel Sørensen was introduced to HARMAN’s Martin Professional’s Espen Bechmann (Key Account Manager, Norway), who offered him the chance to test Martin’s M6 lighting console. Sørensen jumped at the chance, immediately fell in love with the M6 and brought his newfound love on tour with him and Silya & The Sailors.

Norwegian artist Silje Haugum Nymoen, a.k.a. Silya, was known back in the day for her feature appearances with pop group Multicyde. She moved to New York and did a few solo projects under the artist name SiLyA and wrote songs for other artists. In the autumn of 2013 she had a comeback in her native Norway when she won the Norwegian version of Star Fight (Stjernekamp) and earned the title ‘Norway’s Ultimate Entertainer.’ In the wake of this victory, Silya wanted to do a show in Oslo, Norway with her band, The Rapscallions, and called in Daniel Sørensen to be in charge of scenography and lighting. What was supposed to be a couple of shows turned into three tours in 2014, and band members from Silya’s American band, The Sailors, were flown in to join the most recent tour.

Sørensen works freelance as a Lighting Designer and Tour Manager for several acts within the pop, rock and electro genres. While studying fashion design in Bournemouth, UK he was offered a part-time position as Production Manager at a student venue where he got to operate the lights for different shows. Upon his return to Norway he was offered a position at Rockefeller Music hall while also working at setting up his own fashion business. He was quickly offered the chance to tour with a band and has been busy touring and designing ever since.

Sørensen likes to work very closely with each artist to include his or her thoughts and ideas in his designs. He tries to capture the artist as he sees him or her. “Silya is so multi-faceted—her music blends the best of modern pop, soul, rock and cabaret,” said Sørensen. “She is a true entertainer, a master at captivating audiences, and she’s the most confident artist I’ve ever worked with. All this I try to take into the equation.”

Because of his background in design, Sørensen is often involved with the entire visual process in connection with concerts and tours, including scenography, costumes, lighting and even PR. He tries to incorporate elements from stage design into album covers and PR material and vice versa, to create a coherent image for the artist.

“’Silya and her band have a fascination with everything related to marine life – hence the band name – and they wanted to create a set to resemble something in between a sailors’ club and a cabaret nightclub,” said Sørensen. “So I included marine elements in the stage design, costumes and lighting design.”

As part of his design process, Sørensen always creates mood boards for the artist with pictures and thoughts. This usually goes over very well with artists as it then becomes easy to relate to Sørensen’s ideas. He recently started using Pinterest to create boards with various inspirational material such as fashion, lighting, films, textures etc. and then uses these to recreate specific atmospheres in his designs.

After getting up close and personal with the M6 console on the tour, Sørensen feels the M6 is a strong competitor to the other desks on the market. “I found the M6 is one of the most intuitive and easy to learn desks I’ve laid my hands on,” said Sørensen. “It has several features which makes it really versatile, and the user interface makes it quick and easy to customize according to your personal preferences. I would highly recommend it to anyone who needs a reliable console as a touring companion.”

A feature request from Sørensen for future versions of Martin consoles would be an option to rearrange playback banks in a specific order to match bands’ ever-changing set lists. “There are ways to work around this, but I’m hoping it will be as simple as “copy-paste” in the future,” said Sørensen.

Sørensen also used Martin’s M2GO portable controller when the crew was required to fly to venues on the tour. “Because of its compact design and low weight, you can take the M2GO onboard flights in carry-on luggage,” said Sørensen. “You are quickly up and running as you can easily load shows from the M6 via an external touchscreen. Being a big fan of the M6, I would wish for future versions to include M6-like faders.”

“At Martin Professional we’re committed to delivering innovative consoles developed on the basis of market demands and feedback,” said Paul Pelletier, Product Manager for Controllers, Martin Professional. “Letting our customers field test our consoles provides us with valuable feedback from the users in real-life applications and all this information is accumulated and used for future product development.”

Now keen to take on other Martin products, Sørensen will soon be joined on tour by the MAC Quantum Wash and the MAC Viper AirFX and will also experiment with VC-Dots.

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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: www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Sachtler launches Premium Bags range

(Eching, Germany) – Sachtler, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec group company, has announced the launch of its new range of Premium Bags, in line with the phase out of the group’s Petrol Bags brand.

The new Sachtler Premium Bags will see 37 of the 47 existing bags transition over to the brand to complement Sachtler’s wider product range. The product line will enhance the tradition of creating the ultimate protection in the premium video bag market place for professional gear, with the reassurance of the exceptional quality associated with the Sachtler brand.

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James Wilson, product manager, Sachtler Bags says: “We have simplified the product range to ensure it meets all of the key needs of the industry – whether it is for the camera, lighting, audio or camera support equipment. The new Sachtler Video Bags will take the DNA of Petrol Bags and combine it with those attributes that have become synonymous with the Sachtler brand, fast, high quality and robust durability.

“There will be very few changes to the bags themselves, reflecting the quality of the existing products. The design, features and functions remain the same and any changes will be minor, and mainly cosmetic, to incorporate the Sachtler logo, a new interior design and other minor enhancements such as improved zippers and comfort fit straps.”

The 37 key products that form the new range will include carrying solutions of premium shoulder, backpack and trolley bags for video, film and broadcast applications. The products will all be manufactured and produced by the existing independent supplier – who has had a strong working relationship with the Vitec Group brand for the past 15 years.

Wilson continues: “Sachtler’s renowned camera support products are consistently delivering the ultimate performance for operators around the globe, from our award-winning artemis stabiliser systems, to our innovative tripods and the recently released Ace Accessories range. Regardless of the application, users rely on our products to offer the ultimate in quality and reliability, and that ethos will be carried through to the new range of Sachtler Premium Bags.”

The new comprehensive range of Sachtler Premium Bags is available via Sachtler and Vitec Videocom’s extensive distribution network.

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Extron Introduces NetPA Compact Audio Power Amplifiers with Dante

Extron NetPAExtron Electronics is pleased to introduce the Extron NetPA 502 AT and NetPA 1001-70V AT, half rack 1U, convection cooled power amplifiers equipped with Dante™ digital audio networking. The NetPA 502 AT delivers two channels of 50 watts into 4 ohms, and the NetPA 1001-70V AT provides a single channel of 100 watts at 70 volts. NetPA amplifiers can receive audio from Dante-equipped audio processors over a standard local area network, greatly simplifying the cabling infrastructure for sharing audio across multiple rooms or floors in a building. In addition to amplifying incoming Dante audio, NetPA amplifiers feature line level outputs that can simultaneously feed an additional speaker zone or audio system. They feature an Extron exclusive, highly efficient, advanced Class D amplifier design, plus patented CDRS – Class D Ripple Suppression that provides improved signal fidelity over conventional Class D amplifiers. more

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