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Audio-Technica Sponsors Pensado’s Place

— Audio-Technica serves as a Title Sponsor for hour-long weekly web series and related special events —

STOW, OH, Aug 11, 2014 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, recently announced that they have become a Title Sponsor for Pensado’s Place, the acclaimed hour-long weekly educational web series that celebrates the evolving landscape of music and technology and gives a voice to its leaders and innovators. As part of its sponsorship, Audio-Technica is proud to be a part of Pensado’s Place weekly live and archived shows, as well as other special events like the Pensado Awards and at expos including Gear Expo, MixFest and more.

The hour-long weekly web series Pensado’s Place was created nearly four years ago. Co-hosted by legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado (Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson and more) and show creator Herb Trawick, the show includes interviews with top music industry artists, engineers, producers, mixers, and record executives, as well as in-depth tutorials in production, engineering and mixing. Pensado’s Place has positioned itself as “the most influential show for audio engineers,” mixers and producers (Forbes Magazine) in just three years. Pensado’s Place is more than just a show, as it highlights the very best in the industry of music, gaming, sound identity on film, and audio equipment, with a presence in live events. As a leading educational resource, Pensado’s Place is helping build the next generation of audio greats.

Herb Trawick, the Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place, as well as Manager and Advisor to Co-host Dave Pensado, stated, “We are very thrilled to have Audio-Technica come on board and support Pensado’s Place. Just like Dave and myself, A-T is a strong believer in audio education, which is why they are a perfect match to work with the entire Pensado team.”

“As an engineer and mixer myself, I am very familiar with Audio-Technica’s microphones and have an intimate knowledge of using them in the studio,” stated Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher). “In addition to making great products, the company has so many talented people on their team, and I look forward to working closely with them over the next year.”

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Focusrite Names Kurt Howell RedNet Eastern Regional Manager

Company adds industry veteran to the Focusrite sales team as RedNet continues to become the Ethernet-network interface of choice

Los Angeles, CA – Focusrite announces the appointment of industry veteran Kurt Howell to the position of RedNet Eastern Regional Manager. The announcement further emphasizes the growth and expansion of RedNet in the U.S. RedNet is Focusrite’s range of modular Ethernet-networked interfaces based around the industry-standard low-latency Dante® audio networking system.

In his new position, Howell, who is based in Nashville, Tennessee, will work closely with prospective RedNet customers in conjunction with product specialist Ted White to continue to drive sales with Eastern U.S. dealers, contractors and reps. Howell’s involvement will help RedNet continue its ongoing penetration as the standard for a networked audio solution for recording studios, higher education, television production, post-production, and live sound installations.

With an impressive background in the music industry, Howell brings to Focusrite a unique skill set, having worked for both manufacturers and retailers in the pro audio market sector. Prior to joining Focusrite, Kurt Howell was a Digidesign HD product specialist and is an Avid Certified Pro Tools™ operator. Additionally, he helped establish Vintage King Nashville and most recently he was an account manager with Guitar Center Professional.

“Kurt Howell has a rich history in both pro audio manufacturing and pro audio retail,” stated Phil Wagner, President of Focusrite Novation Inc. “His extensive background makes him uniquely qualified not only to drive sales in the Eastern United States, but also to work closely with, and reinforce our unparalleled commitment to, our new customers and dealer network. Being based in Music City is an added bonus, as Nashville has so many studios and entertainment venues that are all potential RedNet end users. We are pleased Kurt is coming on board at this time, as RedNet is on the move!”

For More information on the RedNet range, go to www.focusrite.com/rednet.

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With Meyer Sound LEO, DBLUX S.A.C. in Peru Reaches Elite Concert Supplier Status

2014 has been a landmark year for Lima-based DBLUX S.A.C. With a Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system, founders Andres Cuadros and Guillermo Riera have grown the company into a rental powerhouse chosen for top international tours stopping in Peru. Artists who have performed with DBLUX’s LEO system include Paul McCartney, Metallica, Soundgarden, One Direction, Jack Johnson, Marc Anthony, Rubén Blades, and Daddy Yankee and Prince Royce.

“The concert promoters have been extremely pleased by the great coverage, power, and overall musical quality of the LEO system,” says Cuadros. “Obviously LEO’s reputation has spread among FOH engineers; many who haven’t used it yet are eager to try it. And when they are finished mixing, they are impressed—and sometimes even surprised—by what the system can do.”

Other notable events covered by LEO include “Together in Concert,” where Latin American superstars Carlos Vives, Olga Tañón, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and Tito el Bambino performed together to an audience of 25,000. Many of the shows took place in Lima’s National Stadium [Estadio Nacional] and Exposition Park [Parque de la Exposición].

DBLUX S.A.C.’s core LEO system comprises 30 LEO-M line array loudspeakers, with six MICA® line array loudspeakers for down fills. Up to 36 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements provide low end, while system drive and optimization are supplied by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 AES and four Galileo Callisto 616 array processors. Exact numbers and configurations vary according to requirements, with MILO® and MICA® line array loudspeakers sometimes deployed for out fills or delays in large venues.

“The new LEO system has quickly proven to be a wise investment,” says Cuadros. “The solid bookings for LEO are keeping us very, very busy this summer, and the demand keeps growing.”

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Bright Norway AS Deploys Largest Meyer Sound LYON System To Date

The largest Meyer Sound LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system ever assembled was heard this summer at Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway. Provided by Bright Norway AS, the 360-degree system entertained 8,500 employees of Scandinavian supermarket chain REMA 1000 with performances by Norwegian musicians Karpe Diem, D.D.E., and Kurt Nilsen.

Named “1000 Colours of REMA,” the show required a system that could provide even in-the-round coverage at rock music levels with impeccable speech intelligibility. The solution designed by Bright Norway’s Preben Frostad incorporated eight arrays of 11 LYON linear line array loudspeakers each. To deliver powerful and even low-end coverage, the audio team specified a TM Array™ configuration, with four arrays of seven 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements suspended directly over the center stage.

“The whole audio package was perfectly put together by Bright,” says Jens Hagen of Playroom Event AS, the event producer. “LYON was smooth and powerful, yet quite small in size, and the center hang of bass loudspeakers also worked perfectly. The system had good punch throughout the arena, so it was full party mode everywhere.”

System drive and control was provided by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with eight Galileo Callisto 616 array processors and two Galileo 616 AES processors.

“Because the load on the three center beams could not exceed 150 tons for all the audio, video, and lighting elements, we needed arrays that were lightweight, but also had enough power, coverage, and headroom to fill the huge arena,” says Asle Nilsen, head of audio for Bright Norway AS. “The answer was LYON, which delivered clear audio to every seat. We were all amazed at how it performs like its big brother, the LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system.”

Mixing consoles for the event were two Midas XL8 at FOH and two Midas PRO2C at monitors. Geir Østensjø was the FOH engineer, and Jarle Kvalsund was the monitor engineer.

REMA 1000 operates more than 700 no-frills supermarkets in Norway and Denmark.

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Markus Dehmer Joins Meyer Sound Germany as Sales Manager, Install

Meyer Sound Germany has appointed industry veteran Markus Dehmer to Sales Manager, Install. Tasked with supporting theatre and studio customers throughout Germany, Dehmer joins a sales team that also includes Florian Kresse, project manager, install; and Chris Wiedenbeck, sales manager, install.

“Our goal has always been to offer customers cutting-edge audio solutions that are best suited to their project requirements,” says Sascha Khelifa, managing director of Meyer Sound Germany. “This requires a team that brings substantial expertise across the entire installation project lifecycle. We’re proud to welcome Markus to Meyer Sound.”

Dehmer previously led the pro audio department of Mörfelden-Walldorf-based system integrator Landau Electronic, where he was responsible for Meyer Sound loudspeaker installations in locations such as City Casino Basel and CongressForum Frankenthal. His past experience also includes positions at Munich-based studio equipment provider SMM and Mainz-based system integrator BFE.

“As a system consultant working with Meyer Sound products, the company always provided me with the perfect tools and support to achieve the best results possible,” says Dehmer. “Meyer Sound has won me over completely, and I’m excited to join the team.”

Dehmer will be based in the Meyer Sound Germany office in Montabaur. He can be reached at markus.dehmer@meyersound.de or at +49 2602 999 08 32.

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Meyer Sound Strengthens Constellation Team with Mac Johnson and Melody Parker

To build on the growing demand for Constellation® acoustic systems, Meyer Sound has bolstered its team with the appointment of Mac Johnson to Constellation Program Manager and Melody Parker to Associate Acoustic Engineer.

“Since the launch of Constellation, the system has revolutionized the acoustics in live performance venues. Our customers are adapting the system’s capabilities for new applications like meeting rooms, recording studios, classrooms, and restaurants,” says Antonio Zacarias, vice president of worldwide sales for Meyer Sound. “With Mac and Melody’s wealth of experience, we’re ready to help customers from all areas find the best solutions for their acoustic needs.”

As Constellation program manager, Johnson drives all aspects of the company’s Constellation efforts, from lead development to design, sales, and commissioning of systems. Johnson has been an integral part of Meyer Sound’s Constellation team since 2011, when he transferred from the company’s education program. Prior to joining Meyer Sound, Johnson was managing partner of a sound rental company in Charleston, S.C. He has extensive experience as a production manager, sound designer, and FOH engineer.

As associate acoustic engineer, Parker provides project support for Constellation and Libra™ acoustic image systems. Parker was formerly an acoustical consultant at Charles M. Salter Associates and a music analyst for Pandora. She has a master’s degree in architectural acoustics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree in music from UC Berkeley.

Including the new additions, Constellation is backed by a team of experts such as Grammy-winning recording engineer John Pellowe, and scientist Roger Schwenke, Ph.D. The group supports consultants, integrators, and venue users from specification through design, installation, and commissioning. To date, more than 60 systems have been installed around the world. Recent Constellation installation locations include Denmark’s Jyske Bank, Calgary-based energy company Enbridge, the Louisiana Digital Media Center at LSU, France’s Vendéspace, and The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.

Mac Johnson can be reached at mac@meyersound.com, while Melody Parker can be reached at melody@meyersound.com. Both are based in Meyer Sound’s Berkeley, Calif. headquarters.

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Harmonic Makes Future of Video a Reality With Cutting-Edge Broadcast and Multiscreen Solutions at IBC2014

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Aug. 13, 2014 — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, will demonstrate a variety of technologies and solutions set to transform video production and delivery in the broadcast, cable, telco, satellite, and multiscreen environments at IBC2014, stand 1.B20. From virtualized video infrastructures to Ultra HD encoding and delivery, Harmonic’s market-leading solutions enable operators to deploy lower-cost, flexible video architectures with pristine video quality to maximize the value of their existing bandwidth and drive new revenue-generating services. more

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Revolabs InfoComm India 2014 — Booth F63

“InfoComm India 2014 is an excellent opportunity to reconnect with the many system integrators, dealers, distributors, and customers in this region who take the time to travel to the show. At this year’s event, we look forward to introducing a new and cost-effective conferencing solution, the Revolabs Elite Wired Microphones — a first for our company,” said S.L. Dorairaju, Country Manager – India, Revolabs India. more

BenQ Cares Program Offers RevolutionEyes(TM) LCD Monitor Upgrade to University Students

Students Can Win a New High-Performance BenQ Monitor Just in Time for Back to School

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Aug. 12, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of Classroom IQ solutions, today announced that the company’s BenQ Cares initiative will offer university students the opportunity to replace their out-of-date or underperforming LCD monitor with a new RevolutionEyes(TM) monitor from BenQ — just in time for the fall semester. The contest is open to part- or full-time students across the United States currently enrolled in an accredited college or university for the 2014-2015 academic year. BenQ Cares provides discounts to qualifying schools, colleges, and universities for the company’s Classroom IQ solutions, which are designed to transform classrooms into collaborative learning spaces. more

Xytech Launches MediaPulse Cloud at IBC 2014

Company Redefines Facility Management Software with MediaPulse 2014

IBC Stand # 6.C22

(Mission Hills, CA/London, UK) – Xytech, the market leader in facility management software for the broadcast, production, media services and video transmission industries, will introduce MediaPulse Cloud at IBC 2014. MediaPulse Cloud delivers the complete functionality of Xytech’s flagship MediaPulse platform in a secure, managed solution operating 24/7/365. With Xytech’s scalable cloud offering, customers will no longer need to purchase, maintain and upgrade their own IT infrastructure.

The innovations present in MediaPulse Cloud represent a significant advancement for the industry-leading facility management system and offer unparalleled flexibility, whenever and wherever users need it. Compatible with any IT environment, MediaPulse Cloud works seamlessly with Windows PCs and tablets, Macs, iPads and Android tablets.

Xytech MediaPulse Cloud


Xytech invested in a high performance, fault tolerant infrastructure to ensure MediaPulse Cloud’s responsiveness. Users are set up with unique databases to ensure security, and MediaPulse Cloud is supported by industry best practices.

In addition to MediaPulse Cloud, the latest version of Xytech’s MediaPulse platform will also be on display at IBC. MediaPulse 2014 delivers asset management, order management, resource management and financial management in a configurable, platform-independent, browser-based application.

The 2014 release includes hundreds of new features and performance improvements. The new features center on four core areas:

User Interface
SKY 2014, the platform-independent and browser-based interface for MediaPulse, has been upgraded to include a complete graphical scheduling application, real time dashboards for user-defined KPIs and a form editor to modify all screens.

Media Order and Transmission Order modules have also received significant enhancements, enabling users to create complex order profiles with a simple click.

System Interoperability
MediaPulse 2014 features new adapters for Miranda, Telestream, Avid AirSpeed and Avid Capture, expanding integration capabilities and facilitating automated workflows involving a huge range of third party systems via Xytech’s Digital Order technology. Clients can also add any hardware platform to the MediaPulse ecosystem using our unique MediaPulse Adapter technology and new SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) tool.

Asset Management
Xytech’s new MetaVault MAM (Media Asset Management system) provides a complete content backbone for the creation and storage of files, proxies and metadata. This new functionality makes integrating multiple MAMs, including those from other vendors, into a comprehensive, federated solution a reality.

Internationalization
MediaPulse 2014 includes a host of fully supported Language Packs to facilitate global usage. German is now offered in addition to French (European dialect), Korean, Norwegian and Portuguese. Additional Language Packs are available upon order.

“Xytech continues to define the marketplace with the most innovative and client-centric products available,” said Greg Dolan, Chief Operating Officer of Xytech. “We are intensely focused on our clients’ need for flexible, scalable solutions to the issues they face, and we feel that MediaPulse Cloud raises the bar for facility management. Over the past year, we’ve tested the system throughout the US, UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and users around the world consistently tell us that MediaPulse Cloud delivers superior performance. We’ve also increased the power of MediaPulse with our 2014 release, giving our customers the competitive edge they need to succeed in today’s market. At Xytech, we are always moving forward.”

Greg Dolan, CEO - Xytech


Visit Xytech at IBC 2014, 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).

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