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Sennheiser launches Dante™ card for Digital 9000 wireless microphone system

Amsterdam, September 15, 2014: At IBC, audio specialist Sennheiser is launching a Dante™ card for the EM 9046 receiver, enabling its top-of-the-range Digital 9000 microphone system to be integrated into Dante™ audio-over-IP networks. Users can conveniently route the system’s high-definition audio data via Audinate’s Dante™ Controller.

EM_9046_DANWhen it comes to digital audio networking, Audinate’s Dante™ is among the leading solutions for live audio, broadcasting and installations. Dante™ works with existing network infrastructure using IP and Ethernet standards and offers hundreds of channels of high-quality audio. “This is what makes Dante™ so attractive for us,” says Claus Menke, Head of Portfolio Management Pro for Sennheiser’s Professional Division. “With the extension card, broadcast and live audio engineers now can easily integrate our best wireless microphone system into a Dante™ network and benefit from its exceptional sound.”

Digital_9000The EM 9046 DAN extension card is simply inserted into the expansion slot of the EM 9046 eight-channel receiver. Internally, the card features sixteen audio inputs to send the digital audio and command signals over the Dante™ network. Connection is via two Gbit RJ45 sockets that serve to establish two redundant network circuits or daisychain the signals. The card works with sampling rates of 44.1/48/88.2 and 96 kHz at a resolution of 24 bits. The EM 9046 DAN will be available from mid-October.

New Wireless Systems Manager software:

Sennheiser will also adapt its Wireless Systems Manager software to include a monitoring function for the Dante™ card. The new version 4.2 will also be available from October and will allow users to listen to and monitor the EM 9046’s Dante™ audio streams from any point in the network.

Visit Sennheiser at IBC, Hall 8, Stand No. D 50.

EM 9046 DAN includes license from Audinate Pty Ltd under U.S. patent number(s) 7747725, 8005939, 7978696, 8171152 and other patents issued, see www.audinate.com/patents.

About Audinate and Dante™
Dante™ is the digital audio networking solution of choice for over 155 professional audio manufacturers in the broadcast, live sound, commercial installed and conferencing markets. Audinate’s Dante solution builds on existing Internet (IP) and Ethernet net-working standards and offers a migration path to emerging standards like AES67. Dante networking replaces point-to-point cabling and matrix switching solutions offering hundreds of channels of high-performance audio, control and monitoring across existing network infrastructure. Installation and management is simplified through a unique combination of plug and play technologies, saving enormous installation and long-term ownership costs. Audio sources attached to any network port are available everywhere throughout the network with signal routing defined by software, not physical cabling. Audinate also offers a comprehensive set of interfacing options for PC and Mac equipment (Dante Virtual Soundcard and Dante PCIe card) enabling simple integration of existing software applications with the audio network.

About Sennheiser
The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hongkong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading part-ners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.

More up-to-date information about Sennheiser is available at www.sennheiser.com.

Captions:
1) The EM 9046 DAN card simply slots into the Sennheiser receiver, enabling Digital 9000 to send uncompressed HD audio data over a Dante™ network
2) The Sennheiser Digital 9000 system

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HARMAN’s Studer: IBC Debut of D23m I/O System For Huge Channel Count

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – Featuring enhanced channel count architecture that allows customers of its Vista X and Vista V digital consoles to transfer a huge number of channels; HARMAN’s Studer is demonstrating the new D23m I/O system. The D23m works seamlessly with Studer’s new Infinity Core and A-Link interface technology.
The D23m is fully compatible with D21m systems already in the field; all existing D21m I/O-cards are fully compatible and can be used in the new D23m frame. Plug-and-play features like automatic card detection are also available with D23m.

The D23m offers a new and robust I/O frame for all future Studer mixing consoles using A-Link technology, wherever a high channel count is required. The ability to use D21m cards protects existing customer investments and offers a cost-effective solution. The use of different I/O modules, be it existing D21m cards or new I/O higher capacity and new format interfaces, provides an I/O system tailor-made for customer needs.
The audio between the mixing console or router system and the D23m connects via the A-Link interface. The A-Link HD card hosts a powerful processor to operate all required patching and may be used as the sync master to the system, or may be slaved to a variety of external synchronization signals.

The D23m can host up to 12 I/O cards with a total of 1,536 inputs and 1,536 outputs, dependent of the I/O cards fitted.

The new D23m I/O system comes with two A-Link ports and two hot-swappable power supplies (including secondary regulators) for secure, redundant operation. Status displays on the front panel indicate the status of the frame or the status of installed cards.

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.

Electrosonic Welcomes Josh Cottrell as System Consultant for the Entertainment Market

Electrosonic is pleased to announce that Josh Cottrell has joined the company as a System Consultant for Sales. He is based in the company’s Burbank office and will focus on Electrosonic’s Entertainment business that includes themed environments and attractions.

Josh Cottrell has worked at the highest levels of the entertainment industry for more than 16 years, and his credits include numerous award-winning productions. For 10 years, he served as Show Systems Manager, then subsequently as Project Manager/Show Systems Manager, at BRC Imagination Arts in Burbank where his projects spanned the globe. Among them were the Story Garden by AMOREPACIFIC; the USA Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010; “Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted” and the “Shuttle Launch Experience” at the Kennedy Space Center; The Heineken Experience in Amsterdam; and the Empire State Building’s “Dare to Dream” exhibit.

“Over the years Josh has done multiple projects with us as an Electrosonic client,” says Bryan Hinckley, Electrosonic’s Business Development Manager. “Having come on board from the client side, he has a unique perspective on the way we work and the services we provide. Josh has had such good experiences with Electrosonic that he ultimately wanted to join our team!”

“I am delighted to be part of a group that is respected throughout the industry and has completed countless world class projects,” says Cottrell. “I’m looking forward to adapting my skills to the Electrosonic side of the business and moving ahead with exciting new projects.”

Cottrell began his career in the entertainment industry as a technician at one of Southern California’s legendary theme parks, Knott’s Berry Farm. From there he expanded his talents to include special effects, audio, video and control systems, rigging, pyrotechnics, scenery, lighting, staging of live spectaculars and stunt shows, theme park design and planning, 3D and animated media, technical direction and project management.

For three years, he was a Producer, Project Manager and Technical Director at Landmark Entertainment in North Hollywood. Among his credits there were “Hershey’s Really Big 3D Show” in Hershey, Pennsylvania; “The Secrets of Castle O’Sullivan” at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia; and “The Mask” at Warner Bros. Movie World Madrid theme park.

For 12 years, Cottrell also headed his own company, Precision Effects, in Sherman Oaks, California, which provided project management, special effects, show action, scenery, technical direction and production fabrication for a wide range of customers, including the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California; Magic Mountain’s “Batman Stunt Show;” and Tomb Raider’s “Jewels of the Serpent” at Paramount Parks.

Cottrell’s extensive experience has covered creative, technical, and management efforts from concept to production to the field. He has a proven ability to realize the creative intent, provide solid technology solutions and create seamless show and facility integration within a project’s resources.

“Josh is incredibly well respected in the industry, and his contacts and connections are second to none. We’re very proud to welcome him to the Electrosonic team,” Hinckley says.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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Quantum Introduces Extended Online Storage Architecture Combining High Performance With Unlimited Scalability for Content Workflows

New StorNext Pro Workgroup Solution Featuring Lattus Object Storage Seamlessly Extends Content Collaboration at Lower Cost with No Performance Compromises more

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Shotoku Broadcast Systems Announces New SmartTrack System at IBC 2014

Latest Solution Anchors New and Enhanced Studio and Field Camera Support Gear

Amsterdam • IBC2014 — Shotoku Broadcast Systems, the well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support, and virtual reality tracking, is anchoring this year’s IBC Stand with a new ‘smart’ rail camera system that targets the rigorous demands of daily TV studio use. The SmartTrack system is being shown alongside Shotoku’s advanced and high-performing control solutions, pan & tilt heads, robotic and manual pedestals, and virtual reality products for OB, studio, field production and legislative applications.

“As always, we are totally committed to IBC, which is a major event in our calendar. It allows us to showcase our systems to the European broadcast market as well as to professionals from so many other parts of the world. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet new clients and catch-up with old friends with whom we’ve worked for many years,“ said James Eddershaw, sales director, Shotoku. “This year, we are showing a combination of systems from across our entire range of camera supports, including for the first time outside the USA the new SmartTrack rail-based camera system for floor or ceiling use.”

ROBOTIC HIGHLIGHTS
NEW SmartTrack

For the first time at IBC, Shotoku is demonstrating the new SmartTrack system, a fully integrated product based on the core track-based technology of MAT, Germany. In combination with Shotoku pan & tilt heads and control systems the MAT system is turned into the perfect solution TV studio use, day after day. It is highly adaptable, supporting floor or ceiling operation and a range of height column configurations, in both upright and inverted modes. The high quality engineering of the MAT and Shotoku systems ensure that the system is robust and stable, designed for long-term use in demanding applications such as 24/7 news or TV Shopping environments.

ENHANCED TR-XT Control Systems
Shotoku’s leading advanced control system is on display once again, incorporating the recent enhancements and expansions in terms of camera capacity and dynamic configuration. The systems on show are controlling multiple cameras and sharing camera operation across several controller-types.

ENHANCED Fully Robotic Pedestal
Shotoku is demonstrating the latest developments in fully robotic studio pedestals, providing complete X-Y-H camera positioning with free-roaming capability, where track systems would not be appropriate. Several enhanced features including Virtual Reality tracking and simple referencing make the pedestal ideal for many TV studio applications.

SEE IT LIVE Orchestra CMS Parliamentary Systems
Fully automated and with live video touch-screen operation, Shotoku’s world-leading parliamentary TV system is also being shown in action. The TG-27 pan and tilt head, becoming a standard among high-end parliaments and legislatures all over the world, is being demonstrated under the control of the TR-S panel.

MANUAL HIGHLIGHTS
NEW TTH1502C Carbon Fibre Tripod

Shotoku’s new 2-stage TTH1502C carbon fibre tripod incorporates the latest technology to give operators a lightweight, yet sturdy tripod system that is perfect for EFP or documentary production. Built to last with carbon fibre legs, the tripod weighs a mere 5.9kg (13 lbs.), features a 150mm bowl base, and stands over 1615mm (5’) tall at its maximum height. Available with a ground spreader or a mid-level spreader, the tripod is ideally paired with Shotoku’s SX300 pan & tilt head for optimal performance.

TRIED & TRUE SX300 Pan & Tilt Head
One of Shotoku’s latest mid-weight EFP pan & tilt fluid heads, the SX300 features outstanding balance, a robust build and ergonomic design. With a high capacity 38kg (83 lbs) payload and wide-balance capability, the SX300 supports an array of cameras, lenses and accessories, making it perfectly suited for field production, OB and studio use. The 300 head accommodates flat base or 150mm ball. Operators can not only expect top-class performance and reliability from the SX300’s VISCAM technology for smooth and adjustable pan & tilt drag with reinforced torque, but a continuously adjustable balance system.

FLEXIBLE SG900 Pan & Tilt Head
Shotoku’s SG900 manual pan & tilt head offers vibration-free speed in an ergonomically designed sturdy package. Ideal for OB and studio production with Teleprompters or box type lenses, the SG900 supports 90 kg (198 lbs), and features single knob balance adjustment. The unit incorporates the VISCAM ultimate fluid drag system to control smooth pan & tilt movement and REULAUX perfect balance system for maintaining the camera’s centre of gravity. The SG900 fits various pedestals including Shotoku’s TP200 lightweight, 2-stage pneumatic pedestal and both the TP-80 and TP-90 studio models.

BACKED BY EXPERIENCE Virtual Tracking Systems
Based on decades of extensive VR experience, Shotoku VR tracking systems offer outstanding design features, robust and reliable platforms for a wide range of camera and lens configurations. High-accuracy, real-time data output with absolutely no loss in manual performance is common to all Shotoku systems as is compatibility with all leading VR graphics systems. Shotoku’s VR range includes the simplest PT head and tripod right up through studio pedestals and high payload heads to state of the art cranes and jibs with total freedom of movement within VR studios small or large. Shotoku has samples of these systems on show at IBC.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk
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Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / mailto:Harriet@DesertMoon.tv

HARMAN’s Studer Leads the AoIP Race With AES67 Integration via Digigram Interface

MONTBONNOT, France — Sept. 12, 2014 — Digigram today announced that its LX-IP AES67 PCIe(R) Sound Card is making it possible for HARMAN’s Studer Infinity Core to integrate with audio-over-IP (AoIP) networks according to the AES67 standard. Delivering more versatility and speed than ever before, the Studer Infinity Core drives the company’s flagship Vista X and Vista V digital audio consoles. more

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Digigram to Demo 4K Real-Time HEVC Video Encoder Based on KALRAY Manycore Processor Array Chip at IBC2014

MONTBONNOT, France — Sept. 12, 2014 — Digigram today announced that at IBC2014 it will present a proof of concept for a high-quality, low-power, real-time 4K HEVC video encoder based on a massively parallel multipurpose processor array (MPPA) chip developed by KALRAY. more

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Big Pic Media Becomes U.K. Reseller for Cinnafilm Tachyon Wormhole Retiming Solution

Powered by Wohler RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform, File-Based Solution Automates Retiming up to Plus or Minus 10 Percent of Runtime more

NUAGE Demo Hosted By CTS Audio

BUENA PARK, Calif.—A Yamaha NUAGE Demo will be held by Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems and hosted by CTS Audio on Monday, October 13 between 7:00 – 9:00 pm at 7108 Crossroads Blvd, Suite 308, Brentwood, TN. The event is free of charge.

A joint collaboration between Yamaha and Steinberg, the NUAGE Advanced Production System is the brainchild of workflow efficient hardware and Nuendo 6 software operating together in perfect harmony. Offering unprecedented productivity and flexibility as well as premium audio quality in an innovative design, NUAGE is making waves across the world.

David Lees and Chris Hinson from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. will be on hand to demonstrate the new Yamaha NUAGE production system and discuss the latest news, tips and tricks of Nuendo recording software.

For more information and to register, email rsvp@ctsaudio.com.

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EXCEL AV GROUP SOLVES CHURCH/SCHOOL MULTIPURPOSE AUDITORIUM

With the Southland City Church utilizing the local Lakeville High School auditorium for their Sunday worship services, the Maple Grove, Minnesota-based Excel AV Group (www.excelavgroup.com) was called in to work with both organizations to provide a complimentary audio system to serve their needs as the Southland City services are very contemporary and the school utilizing the facility for classes, assemblies and theater productions.
With Southland City renting the auditorium facility, the decision was to partner with the local school district, with both contributing half of the funds necessary to complete the task. And even though both were investing, the budget was still very tight.
This is where the Excel AV Group was called in. Renowned in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul region for specializing in church sound, video and lighting systems; the company’s signature is to match a sound system to the needs of the customer. “If the need is intelligible spoken word, there is no need for a rock-and-roll sound system at 110 dB,” they state. “If the customer wants their church auditorium to have full tonal balance at high SPL for an immersive experience, we can deliver.”
When it came to looking at the auditorium at Lakeville, “I took one look at the 750-seat auditorium with the steep raked floor and soft theater-style seats and knew that a line array solutions would be the best for the room,” says Excel AV Group owner Kevin Crow. “I tasked my engineer Caleb Dick with the responsibility to find an affordable solution. We looked at both traditional point source boxes like ones being proposed by a competitor we were up against and noticed that which the dB Technologies DVA-T4 active three-way line array system it was slightly higher in equipment cost but the installation cost was much lower than not having to fly four traditional point source boxes in the room, two in front and two in back,” says Crow noting additional needs would then have been taken into account including delay configurations, additional wiring, amps and rigging.
The solution called for two hangs of seven DVA-T4 line array modules, augmented with two dB Technologies DVA-S30N active dual 18” subwoofers on the floor.
“The coverage is simply amazing,” says Justin Vagle, Director of Worship for Southland City Church. “We have measured only 1 dB difference front to back. In addition, the subs are tight and impacting.”
“I remember when my guys we’re out tuning the system and finishing it by our very challenging deadline,” comments Crow. “Around 10 p.m. I got a text from Grant Kluempke my Tech Operations Manager for Excel AV Group. ‘The system at Southland POUNDS!!!,’ the text read. It was really fun to hear that and attending the first services with the new rig was incredible, it made the worship music so powerful.”
Regarding the dB Technologies system, Crow says, “in the big picture I think the value that dB Technologies offers the marketplace is phenomenal. I don’t see how anyone after hearing these could deny that they provide so much value at such an affordable price. We are already introducing this line to other clients and couldn’t be more excited.”

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