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Technology preview at IBC: Ball Chaser from HARMAN’s Studer Enables Sports Broadcasters to Bring Viewers Closer to the Action

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – Addressing a specific need in the sports broadcast market, HARMAN’s Studer is unveiling a prototype unit designed to provide a more rewarding audio experience for television viewers. Known as the Studer Ball Chaser, this unique product allows broadcast engineers to use a joystick to open the shotgun microphone closest to the action on the playing area, while keeping the other microphones closed.

In efforts to bring the game closer to the viewer, sports broadcasters often place 12 or more shotgun microphones around the playing area to pick up as much of the action as possible. However, leaving all 12 microphones fully or partially open for the whole match results in a lack of detail in the audio mix. Manually opening the microphone closest to the action and closing all the rest for the length of a game is virtually impossible, but the Studer Ball Chaser simplifies this complex task.

Ball Chaser connects directly to any Vista console and is a simple joystick mounted on a small, portable box. The operator configures
the unit with a simple web GUI interface, setting the layout of the physical microphones around the pitch (up to 24 microphones may be used) and linking these to the faders on the desk (mono and stereo faders may be controlled). During the game, simply moving the joystick opens and closes the relevant faders with smooth cross fades. The operator can simply watch the pitch events and open the necessary microphone without looking down at the joystick. Desk faders will respond in real time to the joystick movement and open only the microphone fader nearest to where the action is taking place. In fact, the faders do not even have to be on the active layer of the desk, freeing up valuable fader space.

The Ball Chaser link to the desk is a simple Ethernet connection, so the operator can be some distance from the Vista desk, even watching the action from the stand rather than taking space in the OB truck.

A key advantage of this unit is that it allows more gain to be given to the on-field FX microphones, as the unit always has the equivalent of one open microphone to air. This “single” microphone can have higher gain without the crowd pickup swamping the overall mix.

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.

SunBriteTV’s HD Transceiver is First of Its Kind: Universal, Weatherproof and Wireless

DENVER, Colorado, September 13, 2014— SunBriteTV has broken the wireless HD barrier with a universal outdoor transmitter module for both residential and commercial applications. Completely weatherproof and wireless, the SunBriteTV HD Wireless Transceiver (SB-HDWT) is capable of transmitting full 1080p content up to 100 feet (30 meters) and will be on display at SunBriteTV’s booth at CEDIA EXPO 2014 (booth #664).

The point-to-point device features an HDMI-in and HDMI-out transceiver, making it compatible with all SunBriteTV models as well as other HDMI-featured products. The SunBriteTV HD Wireless Transceiver eliminates the need for expensive cable installations and creates new revenue opportunities for dealers by bringing the total cost of outdoor television within reach of more consumers.

“Consumers don’t want to fuss over wiring and connectivity,” said Jonathan Johnson, Director of Brand Marketing, SunBriteTV. “The HD Wireless Transceiver simplifies the installation process for both homeowners and professional installers seeking to send an HD signal to an outdoor TV anywhere in the outdoor living area.”

“Running hard wire can be difficult, time consuming, and costly to the homeowner. The HD Wireless Transceiver is a cost-effective solution that reduces overall cost for both the consumer and the integrator,” said Johnson. “In this way, outdoor TV will become even more accessible to thousands of homeowners.”

The SB-HDWT carries an MSRP of $595 and is available through SunBriteTV’s Authorized Dealer Network or online at www.SunBriteTV.com. To see the HD Wireless Transceiver and SunBriteTV’s complete line of outdoor televisions, please visit SunBriteTV at booth #664 at CEDIA EXPO 2014.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.SunBriteTV.com or call the sales department directly at 866.357.8688.

Follow SunBriteTV on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SunBriteTV

About SunBriteTV

SunBriteTV engineers and manufactures award-winning televisions and displays built specifically for outdoor use. SunBriteTV developed the industry’s first all-weather TV in 2004 and its products have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arenas, restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, colleges, and airports. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.SunBriteTV.com.

ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion Selects Xytech’s MediaPulse Transmission to Power Innovation in Operations

IBC, Stand #6.C22

(UNTERFÖHRING, DE /MISSION HILLS, CA) – ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion, a subsidiary company of ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG, one of the largest independent media corporations in Europe, has chosen Xytech’s MediaPulse platform to support transmission operations, scheduling and personnel management for its operations. Xytech is the market leader in facility management software for the broadcast and media industries. The process of integrating of MediaPulse into the broadcaster’s operations is expected to begin imminently.

MediaPulse is a scalable solution automating workflows, managing assets, scheduling resources and offering an end-to-end order and billing system. Xytech’s MediaPulse Transmission module, the first to be deployed by ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion, delivers operational automation, order management and resource scheduling to satellite and fiber transmission companies. MediaPulse Transmission stores all technical parameters, creates end-to-end signal paths, performs parameter-based technical evaluations and conflict management, and manages complex satellite and fiber inventories.

ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion offers technical broadcast solutions for more than 15 TV channels in German speaking countries. .Frank Stephan, The ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion Head of Production Systems, commented, “At ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion, we pride ourselves on approaching every aspect of our business in the most technologically advanced and efficient manner. We take care providing technical solutions to our customers that will match their business needs. We looked closely at what we planned to accomplish and whom we wanted as long-term collaborators in this process. After careful evaluation of what we needed and who would support us with strong service as well as a state of the art platform, it was clear that Xytech is the best option for us. We are looking forward to working closely with their team.”

Greg Dolan, COO of Xytech, noted, “Working hand in hand with an organization of the magnitude of The ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion is a great honor. We are looking forward to working closely with them in Germany to put MediaPulse into operation. We created MediaPulse Transmission to specifically support companies like this one, and we see it as a perfect fit for ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion growing enterprise.”

See Xytech at IBC in Amsterdam, Stand #6.C22.

About Xytech
Xytech is the leading global provider of facility management software for the media and broadcast industries. For over 25 years, the world’s best media services companies, broadcasters, and transmission facilities have depended on Xytech to run their businesses. Xytech’s collaborative MediaPulse platform is the only end-to-end solution for the complete content lifecycle, providing scheduling, automation, asset management, billing, and cost recovery in a scalable, platform-independent application. Xytech has over 450 software deployments in more than 20 countries around the world, and the company is headquartered in Mission Hills, California, with regional offices in New York and London.

For more information, please visit www.XytechSystems.com or call +1.818.698.4900 (US) or +44 (0)20.7903.5170 (UK).

About ProSieben Sat.1 Produktion
ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion is a complete subsidiary company of the ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG. It offers internal and external customers technical innovations and up-to-date services for the production, storage and multimedia broadcasting of TV-content. The portfolio includes, amongst others, studio and post-production, content management and the Broadcasting Service for more than 15 TV channels.

Furthermore the company provides the complete IT-infrastructure for the ProSiebenSat.1 Group. In all its’ areas of operation, ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion supplies customized solutions with the highest safety standards.

With this service, the ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion belongs to one of the state-of-the-art production- & media technology companies in Germany.

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Meyer Sound LEO Brings the Quality of a Studio Recording to Germany’s Largest EDM Festival

Nature One Festival, Germany’s largest electronic dance music (EDM) event celebrated its 20th year this summer on the site of a former U.S. missile base near Kastellaun. To support DJs such as Danny Ávila, Markus Schulz, Paul van Dyk, ATB, Axwell, and Moguai, a four-point Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system filled the dance floor with visceral impact combined with the definition of a music recording.

“The linearity of the LEO system is well suited to techno music,” says Sebastian Geissler, schokopro’s technical director for the festival’s main stage. “It has powerful and punchy bass, ample headroom, and tons of dynamic range with no system distortion. It’s so perfect you’d think you were hearing the original recording in a studio—complex, crisp, and fully present.”

Dubbed the Open Air Floor, the LEO-equipped stage was erected under trusswork arches laden with cutting-edge lighting effects. Located at the four anchor points were identical arrays of eight-each LEO-M line array loudspeakers, together creating an all-enveloping sound field. Thirty-eight precisely spaced and delayed 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements formed a horizontal line array that propelled energy evenly across the dance floor.

“LEO does not ‘scream’ at you, as can happen with other systems at higher volumes,” says FOH engineer Hendrik Fabri. “When combined with the 1100-LFC, the system is surprisingly linear, from the highest frequency range to the lowest bass, with no apparent over-emphasis or holes.”

Dirk Maron, systems tech, adds: “I’ve been working with LEO for about a year and a half, and basically what goes into the back of the array is what comes out the front, only much louder. You don’t get the coloration that happens when a high-frequency or low-frequency driver reaches its limits. This just does not happen with LEO.”

Completing the Meyer Sound system were six UPQ-1P loudspeakers for near fills, six UPA-1P loudspeakers for out fills, and a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with four Galileo Callisto 616 array processors and one Galileo 616 AES processor. DJs augmented their headphones with two JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers and two 600-HP subwoofers per side. All technology elements including sound, lighting, video, and kinetics were designed and coordinated by Wiesbaden-based schokopro, with additional audio equipment support from POOLgroup of Emsdetten, Germany and Bazelmans AVR of Veldhoven, the Netherlands.

Nature One was produced by i-Motion GmbH, an SFX Entertainment company. i-Motion also produces the Mayday EDM festival, which this year featured a Meyer Sound LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system on its main stage.

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Theatre DeVille Management Impressed with Meyer Sound JM-1P: “There’s Not a Bad Seat for Sound Anywhere”

To entertain each of its patrons with world-class sonic clarity, Theatre DeVille in Vacaville, Calif. has installed a Meyer Sound JM-1P arrayable loudspeaker system. Occupying an 88-year-old building that was formerly a movie house and a church, the theatre is now transformed to what a guest described as “our jewel of the downtown.”

“The JM-1P system really has exceeded all expectations,” says Royce Farris, CEO of DeVille Enterprises, Inc., the venue’s management firm. “There’s not a bad seat for sound anywhere. I usually stand by the front door after the show, and I’m surprised by how many people stop, shake my hand, say how great it sounded, and tell me they’ll be back again.”

Designed and installed by One Way Media Solutions of Benicia, the system comprises 10 JM-1P loudspeakers, two 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements, and two 600-HP subwoofers. Five UPJunior-XP VariO™ and two UPA-1P loudspeakers provide stage lip and balcony fill, respectively, while system drive and alignment is provided by a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor. Artist foldback comprises eight UM-1P stage monitors, while an MJF-212A stage monitor and a USW-1P subwoofer are used for drum fill.

“The room here is narrow and deep, and the JM-1P configuration is ideal for filling this space,” says Ryan Snyder, production manager for Theatre DeVille.

Masaki Liu of One Way Media Solutions adds: “A Meyer Sound solution was chosen both because it was rider-friendly, and the company’s quality and support are unrivalled. We chose the JM-1P largely because the balconies sit right in line with where line array long throw boxes would sit. The JM-1P allows us to distribute the audio while still retaining the clarity and punch that touring engineers demand.”

The sound system also includes Yamaha CL5 and CL3 digital mixing consoles for FOH and monitors, respectively, and Shure ULX-D digital wireless systems.

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Meyer Sound Transforms NYC Tunnel into Underwater Sound Installation

This summer, undersea sounds captured by artist Jana Winderen temporarily transformed New York City’s seven-block-long Park Avenue Tunnel in the immersive sound installation DIVE. The soundscape was heard through more than 60 Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers configured by Tony Myatt, a professor at the University of Surrey.

The installation was deployed along the 1,394-foot-long tunnel that became a temporary pedestrian zone for New York’s annual Summer Streets celebration. Greeted at the tunnel entrance by sounds of waves crashing along the seashore, visitors were pulled further into the ocean depths by sounds that included cod, toadfish, seaborne insects, boat noises, and more.

“I make multi-layered mixes of the material, which requires exceptional clarity from the loudspeakers,” says Winderen. “Using Meyer Sound allows me to deliver the detailed dynamics that immerse participants.”

Myatt, who programmed DIVE’s three-dimensional sound design using Ambisonic surround software, adds: “There are a number of factors that led us to use Meyer Sound loudspeakers, including their construction, size, and weather resilience. However, most significant is the high quality design and sonic consistency, which means we can understand how a system design will perform wherever we take it.”

The audio system was divided into eight Ambisonic surround zones, each featuring eight UPM-1P loudspeakers split into upper and lower levels and two 500-HP subwoofers. Winderen captured the recordings using DPA hydrophones, DPA d:screet 4060 omni microphones, and a Sound Devices 744T four-track recorder. The Meyer Sound components were supplied by New York City-based WorldStage. Terry Jackson was project manager, and Kate Brown engineered the system integration specifics.

Jana Winderen is an award-winning artist, producer, and curator based in Norway. She has created immersive multichannel installations and performed concerts all over the world. Winderen received the Golden Nica prize for Digital Musics & Sound Art at Ars Electronica in Austria in 2011. DIVE was produced in partnership with LeadDog Marketing Group, the New York City Department of Transportation, and the City of New York.

Meyer Sound is the system of choice among artists who require high-quality audio in their immersive multimedia exhibits. Recent projects include Bill Fontana’s Vertical Echoes in the UK and Robert Henke’s Ritual in New York.

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Mix Magazine’s Sound-for-Film Event “Immersive Sound: From Production to Playback” Sponsored by GC Pro

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— Event featured appearances from Steven Slate and other friends of GC Pro —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, September 10, 2014 — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, served as a sponsor for Mix Magazine’s Sound-for-Film event “Immersive Sound: From Production to Playback,” which took place Saturday, September 6, 2014, in the Anthony Quinn Theater at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California. GC Pro displayed the latest in high-technology products, including the new RAVEN MTX consoles as well as ADAM Audio monitors in a surround sound configuration at the event. Pictured is Steven Slate, CEO, Slate Pro Audio, the manufacturer of the RAVEN MTX console, at GC Pro’s booth. Photo courtesy of GC Pro.

About Guitar Center Professional/Guitar Center
Guitar Center Professional is the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users. Its clientele includes recording studios, audio engineers, producers, recording and touring musicians, live sound venues, post production facilities and more. Emphasizing extraordinary individualized service via local account managers, GC Pro offers expert consultation and a comprehensive selection of the world’s finest equipment for music and audio professionals. More information on GC Pro can be found by visiting www.gcpro.com.

Guitar Center is the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment, with more than 260 stores across the U.S. 2014 marks the milestone 50th anniversary of the Guitar Center Brand as we continue to help people make music from coast to coast. In addition, the Music & Arts division operates more than 120 stores specializing in band & orchestral instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors, and students since 1952. With an unrivaled in-store experience and passionate commitment to making gear easy-to-buy, Guitar Center is all about enabling musicians and non-musicians alike to experience the almost indescribable joy that comes from playing an instrument. All we sell is the greatest feeling on earth. For more information about Guitar Center, please visit www.guitarcenter.com, contact media@guitarcenter.com, or visit our Press Room at http://gc.guitarcenter.com/pressroom/. Subscribe to our RSS newsfeed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/GuitarCenterPressroom.

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The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Supports High Resolution Audio Training Program for Home Technology Professionals, Launched by CEDIA and Leading Manufacturer Partners

Initiative promotes best integration practices

Denver, CO, September 10, 2014 – The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) announced today, in partnership with Sony and other leading manufacturers, the first High Resolution Audio (HRA) training program specifically developed for A/V specialty dealers and installers. The program will be conducted in cooperation with The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® and will focus on innovative ways to integrate hi-res compatible devices and music in new and existing homes. This will result in a better overall entertainment experience for CEDIA member clients.

The announcement was made during this year’s CEDIA EXPO keynote address, which covered the emerging HRA market.

“This partnership assists CEDIA by providing our members with the latest tools and information that are available for High Resolution Audio,” stated Don Gilpin, Executive Director and COO of CEDIA. “The support of The Recording Academy P&E Wing will also enable CEDIA members to create new solutions which integrate high resolution music services and devices, in the most seamless way possible.”

“We are delighted to help CEDIA members to better understand the key issues related to recording, mixing and mastering in high resolution,” said Maureen Droney, Managing Director of The Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing. “Given the expertise of our music professionals located in 12 chapters across the country, I’m pleased that this new HRA training program gives those in the field the best guidelines to follow and helps set the right expectations for consumers concerning hi-res music.”

The CEDIA High Resolution Audio training program is expected to launch during the first quarter of 2015.

About CEDIA
CEDIA is an international trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for the home. The association was founded in September 1989 and has more than 3,500 member companies worldwide. CEDIA members are established and insured businesses with bona fide qualifications and experience in this specialized field. For more information on CEDIA, visit the association’s Web site at www.cedia.net.

Follow @CEDIA on Twitter, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CEDIA.Region2, or join the CEDIA group on LinkedIn.

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Bose® Professional Systems Holding RoomMatch® Demo Sessions in New York City on Tuesday, September 16

Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear a live performance through a full RoomMatch L/C/R system

Framingham, Massachusetts, September 11, 2014 – As a resource for system integrators, contractors and front-of-house engineers, Bose® Professional will be hosting a demonstration of their RoomMatch loudspeaker systems at New World Stages in New York City, Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Users requested to audition RoomMatch systems in real-world situations, and Bose has responded with this event and other regional demos showcasing RoomMatch loudspeakers, along with PowerMatch® amplifiers and ControlSpace® digital signal processing.

The demo session is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Experience the power and flexibility of a full Bose RoomMatch L/C/R system. Attendees will have a chance to have discussions with Bose Professional Systems sales and field engineering personnel. After the demo, kick back and relax with complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a performance by one of the nation’s premier Journey tribute bands, Voyage, as they showcase Bose RoomMatch Progressive Directivity Array loudspeakers in a live concert. Guests are welcome.

• Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
• Time: 3:30pm; reception and live performance at 5:00pm
• Location: New World Stages
• Address: 340 W. 50th St., New York, NY 10019

Please RSVP as soon as possible to albert_spinelli@bose.com, or call Al at 570-223-3559. Space is limited.

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The 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention to Feature Popular Project Studio Expo

— Presented in association with leading recording technology publication Sound On Sound, the Project Studio Expo is intended to give home recordists a new perspective on how they can better use their tools and their ears —

New York, NY, September 9, 2014 — The 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, scheduled for Thursday, October 9, through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, will play host the popular Project Studio Expo, (PSE) presented in association with Sound On Sound. The Project Studio Expo, included with admission to holders of the Free Exhibits-Plus badge, will feature presentations by leading industry engineers, producers, authors, journalists and educators, including Alex Case, Mike Senior, Stephen Webber, Larry Crane, Craig Anderton, Mick Guzauski, John Storyk, Paul White, Hugh Robjohns, and others. Presenters will lead attendees through basics such as recording vocals, preparing multitracks for mixing and best practices for proper monitoring, as well as more detailed discussions on how to optimize value when it comes to choosing and purchasing equipment, how to design a great project studio, and how to get the most out of a digital audio workstation. The Project Studio Expo will take place Friday, October 10, and Saturday, October 11, throughout show hours. Sponsors for the PSE at the 137th AES Convention include Audionamix, Avid, Focusrite Novation, Sennheiser, and Universal Audio.

The PSE also features a variety of events covering some of the more practical, yet often overlooked, aspects of personal and project studio recording space and workflow. One example is a two-session program entitled “Listen Up and Learn!,” led by Stephen Webber of Berklee College of Music and Alex Case of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where attendees will get an up-close view into how experienced audio engineers break down what they hear, empowering attendees to keep learning whenever them listen, and inspiring them to approach their own work in new ways.

The PSE will also play host to sessions such as “The Five Most Common Project Studio Recording Mistakes” which will be specifically tailored to those working on a budget and will feature insider tips on equipment choice, mic technique and session psychology, with plenty of supporting audio examples so you can judge the results with your own ears. “How To Make Amp Sims Sound Totally Fabulous” is a must for guitarists and their engineers, and “The Importance of a Reference Monitoring Level” will help bring additional technical discipline to the project studio recording environment.

“There has been tremendous response to our Project Studio Expo over the past two Conventions, and we are putting together an even more comprehensive set of events this time,” states Bob Moses, AES Executive Director. “With the help of our partners and sponsors we have seen the PSE grow into a program that really offers something for everyone in the audio community. I feel this serves as a real incubator and inspiration for seasoned professionals as well as those who are attending an AES event for the first time. These are top-notch educators and engineers who are giving as close to a one-on-one dialog as you can get. And to have this included as part of our free Exhibits-Plus badge offerings is really a great way to expand the mission of the AES – to educate and provide support to those audio engineers that play a large part in our audible world.”

For information on the Project Studio Expo and how you can get your FREE Exhibits-Plus badge (pre-registration required) for the AES137 Convention, as well as further Registration, Hotel, and Technical Program information, visit the AES137 webpage at http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

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