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Story Sound Takes HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers on a Wide Tour of Duty

HARMAN_StorySoundALPHEN, The Netherlands – Dutch audio rental provider Story Sound has recently completed what has unquestionably been the most diverse range of projects in the company’s history, all with a rig of HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

“Since this summer’s festival season, our work roster has covered an unbelievable program—ranging from reinforcing illusionists, undertaking royal events, supporting the Four Day Marches [Vierdaagsefeesten] in Nijmegen and assisting with the pan-European launch of new industrial machinery,” said director Michael Story.

“We have also worked with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time—in a free concert at the new Rotterdam Central Railway Station,” Story added. This has enabled the company to deploy its full range of front-line JBL line array systems, as appropriate, for each event.

Over a period spanning more than 15 years, Story Sound has systematically adopted most generations of JBL’s large-format enclosures, dating back to the HLA; today, the company’s expanding new-generation VTX rig is complemented by its existing VERTEC® VT4887A, VT4886 and VRX rigs, which are rarely found in the warehouse.

Of the shows that have given Story most satisfaction is the recent concert of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, where he used JBL’s revolutionary VRX system, ranks highest—the more so because a production manager, for whom they had successfully delivered a major project, had recommended them.

Unusually, the concert, staged in the station’s entrance hall, was to honor 10 years of the Metro Rotterdam and was attended by at least 4000 curious passengers and passers-by. The Rotterdam Philharmonic played five classical pieces under the direction of conductor Jurjen Hempel, and Story Sound provided light, sound and staging.

“The location was perfect for VRX,” said Story, adding that they rigged five VRX932LAP per side on each tower (using Genie lifts) with four VRX918S subs ground-stacked on the floor at each wing. The loudspeakers were powered by Crown I-Tech 5000HD and the sound was mixed on a Soundcraft Vi4 by Story Sound’s Wibo Vermeulen.

This show came on the back of a successful summer festival season during which Story Sound’s VTX system was again pushed to the max—and the company also continued to carry out environmental noise control on behalf of the local authorities. “We always use VTX where sound containment is an issue, and as the environmental pressures increase, we carry out calculations in LAC (HARMAN’s Line Array Calculator) and this data is then implemented in EASE modeling,” he said. “All this we report to the authorities.”

The 98th International Four Days Marches in Nijmegen, where soldiers march through the town, saw the company working for promoters Matrixx, for whom they also annually reinforce the Emporium Festival (Nijmegen) and Dreamfields Festival (near Arnhem). Story said that due to their calculations and predictions Matrixx were able to secure an additional contract for a new stage this year—and locations were set at Matrixx in the Park, Matrixx live at the Quay, the Festival Palace and the Stevens Church.

For the main stage, Story Sound fielded 24 VTX V25 line array elements (12 per side) and 16 VTX S28 subs, set in a reverse cardioid pattern across the front. To this they added two delay towers, each containing six VTX V20 line array elements—with the entire system powered with Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers.

As for Emporium and Dreamfields, Story Sound provided a large number of systems—no fewer than 160 V25 tops and 122 S28 subs at Emporium alone.

While Story Sound has its JBL VERTEC VT4886 on almost permanent hire with the Royal Netherlands Airforce Orchestra (Wibo Vermeulen again mixing on a Studer Vista 5SR, along with Remko Luijten), the production company has also deployed its VT4886 rig on the touring version of “Dreamgirls”, running from September 2014 through April 2015. “Again the sound has been perfect, with our VT4887A also delivering great results,” Story noted.

Other events undertaken by Story Sound include shows in Germany for illusionist Hans Klok, where coverage for the larger shows is provided by a VTX system. Sound effects play a major role in this production and Story Sound’s system is fully backed up, with the whole show computer controlled.

Meanwhile, at the other extreme, Story Sound has fielded its VERTEC VT4887A and VTX at events in both The Hague and Maastricht in commemoration of the 200 years celebration for the Dutch monarchy.

Finally, another challenging tour of duty which saw Story Sound handle full technical production, including a complete video mapping exercise, was the pan-European introduction of NACCO Materials Handling Group’s new Hyster and Yale lines of lift trucks, where four clusters of four JBL VRX932LA-1 and VRX918S subs were used.

All HARMAN Professional equipment is supplied in the Netherlands by Audio XL, headed by general manager, William Van Druten.

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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DVIGear Launches Single-Fiber 4K Optical Extenders

Compact Extenders Deliver Immense Value for System Integrators

Marietta, Georgia    December 8, 2014  –  DVIGear, a leading manufacturer of digital connectivity products, has launched its models DVI-7313 and DVI-7314, the highest value single-fiber optical extenders on the market.  These powerful, yet compact extenders support 4K / 30p resolution signals up to 1.2 miles and are targeted for professional AV system installations and rental & staging applications.

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Extends 4K Signals Over Extreme Distances

DVIGear’s DVI-7313 and DVI-7314 are high performance 4K Optical Extenders that transmit high resolution DVI / HDMI signals over extreme distances using a single fiber optic cable. These extenders support HDMI v1.4 (non-HDCP) signals with resolutions up to 4K (4096×2160 / 30p) over cable distances up to 1640 ft. (DVI-7313) and up to 1.2 miles (DVI-7314).

These extenders are similarly priced as other extension technologies (such as HDBaseT™) while providing flawless optical performance at much greater distances. The DVI-7313 supports Multi-Mode optical fiber, while the DVI-7314 supports both Multi-Mode and Single-Mode fiber optic cable.

Cutting-Edge Fiber Optic Technology

Most single-fiber optical extenders transmit signals over multiple optical wavelengths, which can suffer from chromatic dispersion over long cable runs.  To avoid this issue, these extenders employ a cutting-edge, high-speed SerDes that combines the DVI / HDMI signal channels into a single uncompressed 10.3 Gbps bit stream.  This enables the optical transmission of the signal over a single optical wavelength, which provides increased signal fidelity, stability and flawless image quality, regardless of cable length.

Custom Fiber Optic Cable

DVIGear’s custom length fiber optic cables may be used with these extenders to maximize extension distance and system performance. Integrators and designers can select from a wide range of options including: Single-Mode, Multi-Mode (OM3), or Multi-Mode (OM4) at any cable length up to 10 km. Other options such as multiple terminated strands, breakout length, and pulling eye are also available.

These features make the DVI-7313 and DVI-7314 ideal choices for forward-looking system designers and integrators who want to future-proof their AV systems with robust 4K capable optical extension. They can be used in a wide range of digital display applications including rental & staging events, auditoriums, hotels, churches and other demanding environments. The suggested list price for the DVI-7313 is $698.00/pair, whereas the DVI-7314 is $798.00/pair. Both extender sets are available now for immediate delivery.

About DVIGear

Founded in 1999, DVIGear (www.dvigear.com) is a leading supplier of Digital Connectivity Solutions for a wide range of professional display applications.  Located in Marietta, Georgia, DVIGear offers an extensive portfolio of high performance digital video distribution products including:  Digital Matrix Routing Switchers, Splitters, Extenders, Converters, Scalers, as well as long-length copper and optical cables.

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Contact: Joseph Barbier  /  770.421.6699  /  joseph@dvigear.com
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HARMAN’s Soundcraft at the Double for La Citrouille

Scraft_LaCitrouilleBRITTANY, France – Based in Saint-Brieuc, Brittany, contemporary musical theatre La Citrouille has upgraded its technical infrastructure with the purchase of two new Soundcraft digital desks from HARMAN distributor Eurolive. The newly released Vi3000 will principally be used for mixing the wide range of performances and events hosted at the venue, while the smaller Si Expression will handle monitors.

Prior to purchase, Eurolive had also arranged various console demos to enable the theatre to make the correct decision.

The purchases were authorised by General Manager Benjamin Bouet, who has worked at La Citrouille since 2003 (initially in the studios). When the theatre itself opened in 2009, he became General Manager, and has remained the only house technician since January 2012 when the theatre received a ‘SMAC’ designation (certifying it as a live contemporary music room).

The theatre itself has a capacity of 420 (200 seated) and Bouet explained that, while they were ready to upgrade their old Soundcraft analogue MH3 house desk and move into the digital world, the theatre’s returns desk had equally been starting to show signs of weakness, costing valuable time — particularly when making preset recalls on evenings where there were three or four groups participating. In addition, the monitor desk didn’t have the required adjustable low cut filter — and so La Citrouille sensed that this, too, needed to be replaced.

Helping to fund the new Vi3000 was the local community itself — notably the City of Saint Brieuc, Brittany Region and the CNV (National Centre for Variety). When it was used for the first time with the group Miossec, their sound engineer arrived with his show on a USB stick (from a Vi4), Bouet recalls. “They just had to repatch a few effects in the console and it was perfect — and a big time saver.”

He said that Soundcraft’s release of the Vi3000 was perfect in terms of timing as it sits in the portfolio between the Vi1 (“very popular with technicians but insufficient faders for us”) and the more expensive Vi4 and Vi6.

“Technicians are already experiencing great results,” he says. “The Dante capability of this console also attracted me and it will enable us to make multi-track recordings of some concerts. It opens up new perspectives.”

He adds that with the space saved at FOH, it is easier to accommodate a second console when incoming engineers carry their own production. “We welcome artists in residence, and it’s great that they can walk away with their show on a USB key.”

For monitors, Benjamin Bouet had wanted a console with at least 30 inputs on the same fader to avoid losing time by constantly changing layers on the menu. Soundcraft’s Si Expression 3 exactly met the requirement and everything on the desk was easily accessible. Essentially, I was looking for a simple console that all the technicians could use, at an affordable price.”

Featuring 32 recallable mic pre amps, the Si Expression 3 is a powerful cost effective digital console — and one that can expect to endure a heavy-duty life cycle. “Soundcraft has a reputation for building robust, reliable desks, and this was another important factor — in fact their consoles have been in use for 20 years in our studios and are still working.”

After mixing monitors for three groups on the recent Transmusicales tour, he confirms that the Si Expression functioned extremely well and certainly met all expectations.

These two new desks will take care of all eventualities. For aside from running concerts throughout the year, La Citrouille hosts meetings, as well as housing a ‘rock school’ where musicians can learn their craft, stages workshops in the performing arts and encourages youth theatre. ”And when we have residences, groups can prepare their shows and just plug in their file via USB stick.”

Soundcraft products are distributed in France, as part of the Harman Professional portfolio, by SCV Audio.

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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Iconyx Tames Bank of China’s Auditorium

 Hong Kong – December 2014… Hong Kong has long been known for its breathtaking skyline, and the compelling geometric profile of the I.M. Pei-designed Bank of China Tower is a prominent jewel of the city’s glimmering urban landscape. Occupying the top floor of this 70-story masterpiece is a large multi-use auditorium and meeting space, used for a variety of banquets, meetings, and other special events.

The space has recently been outfitted with a new sound system centered around Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC Live digitally steered arrays. The system includes four IC16-R-II columns, providing eight steerable beams to cover even the room’s most problematic spaces.

“It’s a very live acoustical space, with an open overlook and high glass windows, and achieving good spoken word intelligibility has been a challenge,” explains a spokesperson from Audio System Consultants (Asia) Ltd., the company behind the system design and installation. “The Iconyx steered beam technology enabled us to focus the sound directly on the areas where the audience is seated, and away from the windows and reflective surfaces.”

 A pair of IC215S-R subwoofers provides low frequency reinforcement, creating a powerful and portable full-range system for musical performances as well as spoken presentations. A Rane HAL3 multiprocessor is used as a front end for connecting microphone and line inputs. The system is easily controlled via tablet, laptop, or other external devices.

The new sound system has been in use for several months, and has received high marks from both client and guests alike.

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Forbidden to Offer Webinar Focused on Video Editing in the New Forscene Environment

LONDON — Dec. 5, 2014 — Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market-leading cloud video platform Forscene, announced today that it will offer a free webinar to introduce the new Forscene environment to editors, producers, directors, and others involved in video creation. The webinar, slated for Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. PST, will be run by renowned craft editor Jeff Krebs, who recently became Forbidden’s regional manager for Canada and the Eastern U.S.

“Forscene has long been a powerful professional-grade editing platform, but we unveiled a redesigned interface and some new functionality at IBC2014 that makes it even better, and those improvements have sparked interest from a new wave of users,” said Stephen Streater, CEO at Forbidden Technologies plc. “Editors in North America and elsewhere who were not able to attend our in-person training sessions in November have another chance to learn from a post-production pro, Jeff Krebs, our in-house expert who was already an accomplished video editor long before he joined us at Forbidden. People will see clearly that Forscene is a lot more powerful than they ever would have expected.”

Titled “Edit Like a God,” the webinar will give an overview of the system and focus on how to get the most from Forscene’s editing functions. Krebs will cover topics such as the importance of keyboard assignments, multicam editing, storytelling-based effects, and Advanced Authoring Format versus Avid log exchange.

More information and registration is available at http://bit.ly/1yjAV18.

More information about Forscene can be found at www.forscene.com. More information about Forbidden Technologies can be found at www.forbidden.co.uk.

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About Forbidden Technologies plc
Forbidden delivers high-performance cloud video services for media makers and broadcasters. Its flagship product, Forscene, is the world’s most advanced cloud-based video post-production platform, powering entirely new workflows from creation to delivery. Quoted on the London Stock Exchange, Forbidden partners with high-profile media and technology companies to complement its cloud infrastructure and provide greater value and efficiency to its clients.

More information about Forbidden can be found at www.forbidden.co.uk. More information about Forscene can be found at www.forscene.com.

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Powerful New Forscene Goes Live Along With New Forbidden and Forscene Websites

LONDON — Dec. 4, 2014 — Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market-leading cloud video platform Forscene, announced today it has released the new version of Forscene with a completely redesigned interface befitting Forscene’s professional capabilities. In addition, they have revamped both the company website and the Forscene product website in order to give visitors more relevant, in-depth information about each and to bring the company’s complete digital presence up to date.

“2014 is the year we have transformed from an engineering solution to a creative solution,” said Stephen Streater, CEO at Forbidden Technologies plc. “Simplicity is not the mere absence of complexity, it is the mastery of complexity — and we have carried this ethos from Forscene across our new digital presence.”

The new Forscene interface combines professionally designed graphics with an elegant colour scheme and updated functionality to provide an efficient and enjoyable experience. Forbidden is also giving Forscene a new infusion of functionality by adding a Media Asset Management (MAM) system. Through the Forscene MAM, users will have the full potential of the platform — from acquisition to publishing — at their fingertips. Other new Forscene features include the ability to publish with burnt-in timecode or any other metadata; expanded multicam logging to support up to 18 cameras simultaneously; and increased support for different formats that enables functions such as editing MXF files during ingest.

The new Forscene website, www.forscene.com, launched in mid-November and offers two avenues of exploration: use cases and features. Visitors can search by use case to discover how Forscene solves issues specific to their industry or operation, with multiple scenarios listed within each category that address different operational challenges. They can also search by specific features within the platform, such as logging or publishing, and, once there, can drill down to learn more about how that feature can be used for different purposes. The site makes extensive use of case studies, presentations, videos, client experiences, FAQs, and “how-to” documents and other downloadable resources, all of which help visitors delve deep into the details that are most relevant to their situation. People can also request a free trial from the site.

The new Forbidden corporate site, launched at the end of November, includes a new blog that focusses on five main topics: broadcast, cloud technology, consumer, reactive commentary, and video platform. Blog entries will be funnelled along with press releases, RNS communications, and daily news items into one feed to keep investors up to date. The site will also provide introductory information on Forscene and eva, Forbidden’s new cloud-based video social network app.

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About Forbidden Technologies plc
Forbidden delivers high-performance cloud video services for media makers and broadcasters. Its flagship product, Forscene, is the world’s most advanced cloud-based video post-production platform, powering entirely new workflows from creation to delivery. Quoted on the London Stock Exchange, Forbidden partners with high-profile media and technology companies to complement its cloud infrastructure and provide greater value and efficiency to its clients.

More information about Forbidden can be found at www.forbidden.co.uk. More information about Forscene can be found at www.forscene.com.

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Digital Alert Systems and Hardata Partner to Reduce Cost and Complexity of EAS Compliance

Integration of Company’s DASDEC EAS Platform With Hardata Video Server Line Simplifies Playout of EAS Messages Over Multiple Channels

LYNDONVILLE, N.Y. — Dec. 3, 2014 — Digital Alert Systems today announced a technology partnership with workflow solutions developer Hardata that enables direct Emergency Alert System (EAS) playout over multiple channels. By integrating the Digital Alert Systems DASDEC(TM) emergency messaging platform with Hardata video server products, the companies have created a solution that reduces the cost and complexity of complying with EAS requirements across multiple channels.

“Integrated solutions are more robust, less complex, and more cost-effective than a series of discrete systems, and our technology partnership with Digital Alert Systems brings these benefits to the growing number of broadcast stations that work with the DASDEC system and our own video server products,” said Gustavo Pesci, chairman and founder of Hardata. “As more and more countries establish EAS requirements, this joint solution offers television broadcasters an attractive approach to establishing and maintaining EAS compliance.”

Founded in 1997, Hardata is a premier developer of workflow solutions that streamline audio, video, and text asset management for radio stations, TV stations, and entertainment enterprises. In the radio market alone, more than 3,000 stations rely on Hardata technology to manage digital content distribution. The company’s innovative products for the television market include an array of playout solutions engineered to match the applications and budgets of broadcasters and corporate users worldwide.

Hardata manufactures a line of video server products capable of supplying multiple streams of TV playout over multiple channels. Digital Alert Systems’ DASDEC offers comprehensive and powerful features that are optimized for current requirements and easily upgradable for the future through simple software upgrades. Packaged in a flexible, proven hardware design, the DASDEC platform provides support for a wide range of interfaces and communication standards. Together, using the Digital Alert Systems EAS-Net(TM) communications protocol to integrate Hardata video servers with the DASDEC system, Hardata and Digital Alert Systems have made it possible for users to play out EAS messaging directly from the video server platform.

“Our technology partnership with Hardata extends the use of our EAS-Net communications suite within the broadcast television realm, which in turn allows a greater number of stations and groups to take advantage of our industry-leading DASDEC platform while enjoying the benefits of Hardata’s robust server systems,” said Bill Robertson, V.P. of business development at Digital Alert Systems.

Further information about the DASDEC emergency messaging platform from Digital Alert Systems is available at www.digitalalertsystems.com, and more information about Hardata can be found at www.hardata.com.

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About Hardata
Founded in 1997, HARDATA is a premier developer of workflow solutions that streamline audio, video, and text asset management for radio stations, TV stations, and entertainment enterprises. Our mantra is “simple, elegant, and always reliable.”

HARDATA solutions are always designed to “play well with others,” and are highly compatible with standard IT hardware used in broadcast and Pro/AV operations. Our company has formed strategic alliances with many of the most recognized companies in the technology industry — including Microsoft, Grass Valley, Leitch, Antex, AudioScience, Matrox, Mayah, Orban, 360 Systems, and other international firms.

HARDATA’s commitment to total quality and management excellence is reflected in our ongoing investment in R&D, which drives the company’s philosophy of continuous improvement in all areas. HARDATA’s processes and quality management system are ISO 9001:2008 accredited.

Digital Alert Systems
Digital Alert Systems is a leading innovator of next-generation Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) and Emergency Alert Systems (EAS). The company was formed in October 2003 to increase the effectiveness of emergency communications and merged with Monroe Electronics in October 2009. Based in Lyndonville, New York, Monroe Electronics provides R&D, manufacturing, sales, and customer service for the Digital Alert Systems brand. The company continues to retain its hard-earned reputation for quality, reliability, innovation, and service to valued customers around the world. More information is available at www.digitalalertsystems.com.

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Morocco’s Atlantic FM Upgrades to NETIA’s Radio-Assist 8.2

CLARET, France — Dec. 3, 2014 — NETIA today announced that Moroccan radio group Atlantic FM, part of the Eco-Medias Group, has upgraded to version 8.2 of NETIA’s Radio-Assist(TM) digital audio software suite. Bringing Atlantic FM to the forefront of audio technology, the installation provides the foundation for a complete shift to digital broadcasting while enabling operators to take advantage of the familiar functionality and interfaces they know from the initial Radio-Assist system deployed in 2006.

“Radio-Assist offers an extensive range of features critical to the operation of a modern broadcast station,” said Rachid Mounaouar, technical director at Atlantic FM. “Given this robust functionality and the familiarity of our operators with the NETIA software, the upgrade to version 8.2 was an easy and logical decision. Also, as we move forward with our migration to digital operations, the NETIA software will support a fluid transition.”

Founded in 2006, Atlantic FM today is the Moroccan economic news leader. To keep its number-one position, the radio station needs a robust and reliable system such as NETIA’s radio automation solution. The software is a complete solution that covers the entire distribution channel from ingest to distribution, and Atlantic FM relies on the software in areas including news, commercials, and music scheduling.

The new Radio-Assist 8.2 installation at Atlantic FM’s Casablanca facilities comprises more than 32 workstations for editing, planning, and recording. Operators use NETIA’s broadcast module for production and distribution. New features introduced in Radio-Assist 8.2 include cloud-based management, giving users the ability to access the system database from any network-connected workstation.

“The new installation at Atlantic FM demonstrates not only the continued strength of our Radio-Assist software suite in the MEA area, but also the value that broadcasters see in the significantly extended feature set of version 8.2,” Jean-Michel Bombois, operations project manager at NETIA. “Ever since the original Radio-Assist in 2006, we have worked closely with Atlantic FM to support its evolution — particularly its transition to digital — and its leadership as a foremost news source in Morocco.”

More information about NETIA and its product portfolio is available at www.netia.com.

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About NETIA
NETIA, a Globecast company and part of Orange, is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of audiovisual content to today’s full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 15,000 users in 200 installations in more than 40 countries, NETIA solutions allow content producers and owners to manage content from ingest to delivery, targeting multiplatform outlets including the Internet, VOD, IPTV services, and mobile devices.

NETIA provides radio automation, media asset, and workflow management solutions to major radio and television brands and to multimedia groups around the world. Clients include The Associated Press, ABC News Radio Network, WestwoodOne, Radio Globo in Brazil, RTM in Malaysia, SBS and ABC in Australia, MediaCorp Singapore, RAI Italy, RTL France, Radio France, RTBF in Belgium, and France Televisions. NETIA has its headquarters in France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, Moscow, and Singapore, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

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Sonnet Announces Ultra-High-Performance PCI Express SSD Card

Tempo PCIe SSD Features 512GB M.2 SSD, Supports Data Transfers Up to 1100 MB/s

IRVINE, Calif. — Dec. 2, 2014 — Sonnet Technologies today announced the Tempo(TM) PCIe(R) SSD PCI Express(R) (PCIe) solid state drive (SSD) card with a 512GB SSD module, as the newest member of the Sonnet Tempo family of high-performance storage cards. The Sonnet PCIe SSD card serves as an ultra-fast alternative to traditional storage solutions mounting a high-performance PCIe SSD on a card that installs into a computer’s PCIe expansion card slot.

Available in various form factors and capacities, SSDs have become important components in systems requiring extremely fast data transfer speeds and large numbers of I/O operations. Sonnet designed the Tempo PCIe SSD card around an M.2 PCIe SSD module, the fastest consumer-oriented SSD type now available. Capable of transferring files at up to 1100 MB/s, the Tempo PCIe SSD’s module incorporates a PCIe flash controller, enabling the card to significantly outperform a 6Gbps SATA SSD, and to achieve even greater performance than two 2.5-inch form factor SATA SSDs configured in RAID 0.

The Tempo PCIe SSD is a low-profile PCIe 2.0 card with an attached M.2 PCIe SSD providing 512GB of storage. Its small form factor allows this card to be installed into any x4 mechanical or larger PCIe slot in a Mac Pro(R) tower or Windows(R) desktop or server computer, or into any Thunderbolt(TM)-to-PCIe card expansion system such as Sonnet’s Echo(TM) Express line, xMac(TM) Pro Server, or xMac mini Server. This enables users to add high performance storage easily without increasing their computer’s footprint or cluttering a work surface with an additional external storage device.

With the Tempo PCIe SSD card installed in a Mac Pro tower or Thunderbolt-to-PCIe card expansion system, users can install OS X(R) on the SSD and create an extremely fast boot drive. In a Windows PC or Mac(R)-based system, the Tempo PCIe SSD can be used for instant access media storage or as a high-performance scratch disk.

“The Tempo PCIe SSD boasts performance once exclusive to multidrive storage systems with eight or more hard disk drives plus a high-end RAID controller card,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “Through its wide compatibility and ultra-high performance, our Tempo PCIe SSD provides convenient internal storage expansion through any available PCIe slot.”

Compatible with OS X 10.8.5+ (including Yosemite); Microsoft(R) Windows 8 and 7; and Windows Server 2012 and 2008; the Tempo PCIe SSD (part number PCIE-SSD1-512-E) is available now at a suggested retail price of $799. More information on the Tempo PCIe SSD is available at http://www.sonnettech.com/product/tempopciessd.html.

More information on Sonnet and its other products is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCIe(R) card expansion systems, pro media readers, RAID storage systems, and storage, network, and other interface cards for pro users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, network and storage interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with Thunderbolt technology-enabled computers. For nearly 30 years Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac(R), Windows(R), and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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Gefen Ships New Scalers/Converters that Integrate Analog and Digital Devices to Lengthen Product Life

Don’t throw away those old devices just yet. Gefen today announced the release of three new scalers that bridge the gap between legacy equipment and digital high definition systems. All three scalers convert the output from video sources using a VGA connection to enable compatibility with digital displays, projectors and other downstream devices. Each features a different type of digital output (HDMI, DVI, SDI), making them ideal for anyone wanting to extend the life cycle of traditional devices with portable solutions that offer versatile installation options.



The HDMI & VGA to 3GSDI Scaler/Converter is unique in its ability to support a VGA, HDMI or DVI (with adapter) source input. Video is converted and scaled to SDI for post-production and broadcast applications. Single-link HD-SDI, SD-SDI and 3G-SDI formats are supported. Users select the VGA or HDMI input for the conversion to SDI using a high quality scaling engine. An on-screen display menu guides users through the selection of test patterns and advanced configuration options, which include color correction and aspect ratio adjustments. EDID management and additional custom input timings can be configured using the included Gefen Syner-G™ software.

The VGA to DVI Scaler/Converter performs an effective conversion of analog video to digital DVI, scaling resolutions up to 1920×1200. A comprehensive and intuitive on-screen display menu provides configuration options that ensure an easy setup and reliable performance. Aspect ratio control provides additional viewing options. The automatic scaling feature matches the display’s native resolution, producing a pixel-perfect conversion that makes this product well suited for environments that demand the highest level of quality, such as conference halls, boardrooms and digital signage applications. The Gefen Syner-G™ software provides EDID management and customization of input timings to support non-standard resolutions.


The VGA & Audio to HDMI Scaler/Converter converts analog video and two channels of audio to the HDMI format, perfect for linking older equipment to modern high definition displays and projectors. Cutting-edge features include automatic input detection and advanced EDID management. The Gefen Syner-G™ software adds the ability to customize input timings and provides a simple path for firmware upgrades. The system’s Test Pattern Generator allows users to further refine the settings of their video for optimum results.

All three scalers are shipping in December 2014. Details and specifications may be found online at www.gefen.com.

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