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NUGEN Audio Announces Three New Audio Toolkits for Music Professionals

Producer Pack, Master Pack, and Mix Tools Offer Rich Functionality and High Value for Music Producers and Mix and Mastering Engineers

LEEDS, U.K. — Jan. 13, 2015 — NUGEN Audio today announced the release of Producer Pack, Master Pack, and Mix Tools, three new product bundles tailored to music industry producers, mix engineers, and mastering professionals. Each toolset provides a custom selection of NUGEN Audio’s award-winning audio plug-ins to deliver functionality tailored to the specifics of each craft. These high-value solutions make these tools accessible to more professionals — and industry newcomers — than ever before.

“We recognize the need to make customized solutions according to our clients’ requirements for each aspect of their production process. Last year we launched Stereo Pack, a highly accessible and configurable toolset for stereo image enhancement. These new toolsets are unique solutions designed to encompass a much wider range of applications for music industry professionals. They incorporate our newly introduced plug-ins — MasterCheck SEQ-S and the latest version of Visualizer,” said Jon Schorah, founder and creative director, NUGEN Audio. “With Producer Pack, Master Pack, and Mix Tools, we’ve consulted hundreds of audio professionals and studied very meticulously how to meet the specific requirements of mix engineers and mastering pros while also providing high value.”

Combining seven world-class plug-ins, NUGEN Audio’s Producer Pack augments the mix and mastering suite with essential tools producers need to create top-quality audio from start to finish. Producer Pack provides an ideal upgrade for professionals who need to optimize their work, with powerful tools for audio analysis, panoramic enhancement, low frequency control, pristine limiting, and EQ. Producer Pack includes:
* Visualizer, providing indispensable audio analysis for quality audio production with a standardized reference set of professional tools managed via a unique, intelligent window.
* ISL, a true-peak limiter that enables audio engineers to listen to true-peak-compliant audio “in place” without needing to check louder sections separately for traditional limiter artifacts and true-peak compliance.
* SEQ-S, an all-new and uniquely powerful EQ for sonic sculpting and EQ matching up to 7.1, with linear phase technology that delivers transparency without phase smearing and provides sharp transients.
* MasterCheck, a new tool from NUGEN Audio that demystifies loudness-normalized playout on streaming services such as iTunes(R) and Spotify. MasterCheck enables producers to mix and master music utilizing maximum dynamic range for each streaming platform.
* Stereoizer, offering a full range of stereo image enhancement capabilities, from gentle width adjustments to huge dynamic ambiences. Stereoizer offers full mono compatibility without unwanted artifacts.
* Stereoplacer, delivering pan control for the 21st century. Stereoplacer allows frequency-specific stereo placement using unique stereo-positioning technology, offering precise control that is not available within a traditional mix setup.
* Monofilter, a low-frequency management tool that enables producers to sharpen and define their bass to provide the foundation for real power and definition.

Master Pack is a professional-grade mastering package with five award-winning plug-ins assembled specifically for the needs of mastering engineers, enabling effortless, confident finishing with unparalleled precision. Master Pack brings groundbreaking functionality including low frequency management, stereo correction, pristine limiting, and a full suite of audio analysis tools and playout delivery measures, with a level of usability not found in any other toolset. Master Pack plugins include Visualizer, ISL, MasterCheck, Stereoplacer, and Monofilter.

Mix Tools delivers the big sound professionals strive for. Designed to provide essentials for use in the mix process, Mix Tools includes Stereoizer, Monofilter, and Visualizer for stereo image enhancement, bass management, and comprehensive audio analysis. Mix Tools offers mix engineers deeper control, sonic enhancement, and diagnostic support at any stage of the production process, leading to increased quality and efficiency in any project.

More information about Producer Pack, Master Pack, Mix Tools, and other NUGEN Audio products is available at www.nugenaudio.com.

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About NUGEN Audio
NUGEN Audio’s award-winning tools for audio analysis, loudness metering, mixing/mastering, and tracking are used by the world’s top names in music production, broadcast, and post-production. For audio professionals, NUGEN Audio’s mix and mastering products offer market-leading fidelity and unrestricted creativity in every situation, providing an easy, direct, and natural way to work with sound. NUGEN Audio tools have become critical for some of the biggest names in the industry including Michael Brauer (Coldplay, The Rolling Stones), Robbie Bronnimann (Chicane, Paul Van Dyk), and Mr. Mig (Beyonce, Akon). For more information, visit www.nugenaudio.com.

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Pexip(R) Infinity Powers World’s Leading and Largest Distance Education Network at Charles Sturt University

Videoconferencing Platform Provides Thousands of Students, Faculty, and Staff With Personal Virtual Meeting Rooms

OSLO, Norway — Jan. 15, 2015 — Pexip(R), a leading innovator in scalable, distributed videoconferencing software, today announced that Australia’s Charles Sturt University (CSU) has selected the Pexip Infinity scalable meeting platform to power the institution’s world-class distance learning program. The education and communications network will allow students, faculty, and staff to instantly communicate face-to-face via personal virtual meeting rooms (VMRs) that foster engagement and collaboration.

Charles Sturt University is Australia’s largest regional educational institution and is celebrating its 25th year, although its rich history traces back more than 120 years. Now with an excess of 20,000 students enrolled in undergraduate, postgraduate, or single subjects, CSU’s leading global distance education program has become the largest in the region. Using the Pexip Infinity scalable meeting platform, the continuing education program provides intuitive online learning where students and lecturers can meet in VMRs in order to participate in classroom discussions, knowledge sharing, or team-based collaborations within an easy-to-use virtual environment.

“CSU is the leading provider of distance education in Australia, with 60-percent of our students studying fully online, so the solution needed to be accessible from many different devices, from any location, and required the scaling capabilities to facilitate the provision of the video conferencing service to that cohort,” said Philip Roy, acting Executive Director of Information Technology at CSU. “By deploying Pexip Infinity, we’ve taken a definitive step in ensuring that our online learning remains empowering and simple to use while guaranteeing that it can be easily expanded to meet any of our future requirements. By giving our distance learning students their own personal VMRs, we’re taking away some of the fear and mystery of not being able to physically attend classes on campus.”

Powering more than 25,000 VMRs and virtual auditoriums, Pexip Infinity will be deployed at multiple data centers and managed from a single location by a team of only two administrators. CSU reckons that the majority of students will be active users within 12 months. Pexip Infinity natively supports HD video conferencing right from inside any major web browser, including Microsoft(R) Internet Explorer(R), Apple Safari(R), Google(R) Chrome”, Mozilla Firefox(R) and Opera”. With CSU’s primary end user client being web-browser based, Infinity removes any accessibility obstacles, providing the easiest-to-use distance learning solution that doesn’t require participants to be IT experts in order to engage.

“This is a very big day for us,” said Simen Teigre, CEO and Co-Founder of Pexip. “The fact that Charles Sturt University has selected our solution really shows that our platform is up to any virtual communication task. We built Infinity to provide large-scale institutions with a solution that is simple to deploy, manage, and use — and knowing the amount of students that will be using our platform from all types of endpoints, clients, and devices with little or no prior knowledge of enterprise-scale videoconferencing — this becomes a very strong endorsement. Knowing CSU provides a true world-class and leading distance education program makes us very proud to be a part of future generations’ education and learning.”

For additional information on CSU’s distance education programs, please visit www.csu.edu.au/distance-education. For more information or a free test drive of Pexip Infinity, please visit www.pexip.com.

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Pexip(R) overthrows conventional thinking by providing an affordable, scalable, and virtualized meeting platform that truly enables everyone to do high-quality video meetings from any device. For Pexip, simplicity for the end user and IT is a guiding principle in the design of Pexip Infinity, the scalable meeting platform. Founded in 2012, Pexip was created by leading innovators from the videoconferencing industry. Pexip is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and has offices in New York and London. For more information, visit www.pexip.com.

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Powersoft Audio Plays Key Role in AV Integration at Hope Lutheran Church, Delivering Increased Efficiency, Intelligibility

Excel AV Group Completes Design and Installation for 1,200-Capacity Church in North Dakota’s Largest City

stageFargo, ND, January 15, 2015: Hope Lutheran Church began its ministry on the north side of Fargo, North Dakota’s largest city, back in 1958. Since then, the church has succeeded in carrying its message to a diverse set of people from all walks of life, and now hosts approximately 2,600 congregants per week. Recently, Minneapolis, MN—based Excel AV Group (http://www.excelavgroup.com) assisted the church in completing a multi-faceted A/V installation in the 1,200 capacity sanctuary of its South campus, featuring state of the art amplification from audio manufacturer Powersoft.

The new AV system, which is part of a broader construction upgrade that was completed in mid-October, is a significant upgrade to the facility’s previous system, which was aging and no longer able to fulfil the church’s innovative programming requirements. When the original system was acquired in the early nineties, content consisted primarily of organ, choir and spoken word. Now, as the church pursues a more contemporary programming path, music can range from traditional to more progressive — therefore the system must now accommodate increased SPL and frequency range.

A New Audio System to Meet New Programming Demands:
boardThe new installation not only needed to ensure that everyone could hear the pastor clearly, but also had to support dramatic performances, video content as well as live modern music performances. “The old system did not have enough SPL output, the audio quality was poor, and the coverage was spotty throughout the sanctuary. They needed a system that could deliver even coverage to all seating locations — not just in terms of SPL, but also tonality, which is more difficult.” explained Caleb Dick, System Designer, Excel AV Group.

Hope Lutheran’s Technical Director contacted Excel AV Group two years ago, which counts House of Worship-related projects as approximately 80 percent of its overall business. The firm was brought on to design and implement the new audio system, as well as update the sanctuary’s lighting system while adding a 16-foot wide LED wall — replacing an older projection-based system. The new audio system featured a Powersoft K10 DSP powering the subwoofer (a Danley DBH218 bass horn enclosure), (2) Powersoft Duecanali 3904s powering the main loudspeakers (both Danley SH96 three-way horn loudspeakers) and a Powersoft Duecanali 5204 powering the balcony speakers (two Danley SM60F and one SH95HO three way horn loudspeakers.). The system also features a Midas DL251/X32 digital mixing console and Symetrix DSP, which was chosen for its networking capabilities.

speakerThe church wanted this project to involve top manufacturers, so the system is based around Powersoft for the amplifiers, Danley for the speakers, Midas for the mixing console and Sennheiser for the wireless system. Powersoft amplifiers were chosen for their outstanding sound quality, low current draw and their ability to deliver the high power requirements of the system. Following a thorough acoustic assessment, it was concluded that the main speakers required 2,800 watts at 8 ohms. “That is a lot of power, and it narrowed the options down among the choice of manufacturers. We ended up selecting the Powersoft Duecanali since we wanted to use the best technology available at the time.” Excel was able to have the whole system sequenced and running off of multiple 20-amp circuits. “We didn’t have to change to 240 volts and this made it very simple. The current draw was very low overall thanks to the efficiency of the Powersoft amplifiers.” Caleb explains.

Enhancing Parishioners Audio Experience:
Since a good part of the sanctuary’s interior is composed of hardwood, the room already had pleasing acoustics. To retain its inherent ‘live feel’ without energizing the ceiling and wall, speakers with excellent pattern control were used to avoid extraneous reflections. Excel cites the precise pattern control of the Danley loudspeakers as an important factor in achieving a favorable acoustic response, and also controlling gain before feedback issues. Speakers were hung from large beams spanning the entire width of the sanctuary, and subsequently angled in various positions to ensure audio coverage for virtually every seat in the facility.

HopeLutheranRackThe system design consisted exploded mono with three different zones: a floor zone for the main speakers, a balcony consisting of three speakers (and also where FOH was located), and under the balcony, which required six speakers given its short ceiling height and deep seating area. All of these speakers were time aligned to the main system; one of Excel’s primary goals was able to ensure single time arrival for every seat in each zone — including the FOH position in the balcony, which they ultimately achieved.

The church needed the system to reach 103 dBA with 15 dB of headroom. Based on the system design, as well as the SPL plots and modelling software analysis, Excel knew the intelligibility of the system was going to be extremely high because they had one time arrival everywhere. Thanks in large part to the Powersoft K10 DSP and damping factor compensation, the bass extension was almost 30 Hz and the SPL for low frequencies was higher than the church will ever use. In a nutshell, every single one of both Excel’s and the church’s goals was met.

Delivering More Than Good Frequency Response:
According to everyone at Excel, choosing the right amplifier choice can play a determining factor in delivering a premium audio experience, as in this case: Excel has used Powersoft a number of times over the last five years. When it comes to sound quality, there is something about how Powersoft amps can deliver high levels of power really fast. For example, the subwoofer impact is consistently hard, even if the electrical service into the amp fades a bit. On the other speakers, the response from the mids and the highs are really accurate as well. The Powersoft amps produce an authentic, present sound. “It doesn’t feel like you are rounding off the transients like some older amps.”

Duecanali_3904“A lot of people think of sound quality in terms of frequency response, and a lot of that is true to an extent,” he continues. “In most amplifiers, except for the cheap ones, frequency response is almost flat. The biggest difference among amplifiers for sound quality — assuming the frequency response is good — is in the impulse and phase response. This is where Powersoft amplifiers perform very well. The sound starts and stops exactly when it is supposed to.”

The installation, which began in early July 2014 and completed by month’s end, was a rousing success. The church loves it, it was a significant upgrade and everyone is very pleased. From a technical perspective, Excel had high expectations from the start and knew everything would come out right, as they had a lot of experience with Powersoft and everything performed extremely well.

About Powersoft:
Powersoft is the world leader in lightweight, high power, single rack space, energy efficient amplifiers for the professional audio market. Founded in Italy in 1995, headquartered in Florence, Italy, with offices in Ventura, CA, Powersoft couples the experience and precision of its production department with exceptional components to deliver products with perfect audio response and high performance reliability. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to convention centers, churches and clubs, and are used by the world’s leading tour sound companies. For more information, visit the Powersoft website @ www.powersoft-audio.com.

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1) Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND recently completed a multi-faceted A/V installation in the 1,200 capacity sanctuary of its South campus, featuring state of the art amplification from audio manufacturer Powersoft.

2) The church’s new audio system includes several Powersoft K and Duecanali series amplifiers.

3) One of the Danley loudspeakers hanging in the main sanctuary area.

4) The Excel AV Group rack, which consists of a Powersoft K10, (2) Powersoft Duecanali 3904s and (1) Powersoft Duecanali 5204.

5) Two Powersoft Duecanali 3904s power the main sanctuary loudspeakers.

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Matrox at Digital Signage Expo 2015 — Product Preview

Multi-display graphics cards, video wall controller boards and H.264 encoders/decoders to be showcased

At DSE 2015 (Las Vegas, Mar.11–12, booth 1645), Matrox® Graphics Inc. will present the new C-Series™ multi-display graphics cards, the field-proven Matrox Mura™ MPX video wall controller boards and the cost-effective Matrox Maevex™ AV-over-IP encoders/decoders. Demonstrations will show digital signage integrators and retailers how to create high-impact, memorable user experiences for their customers using Matrox products to capture, display, and distribute content.

Multi-display Graphics Cards

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Matrox C-Series multi-display graphics cards let signage integrators build high-impact display walls that are reliable and easy to install. C-Series provides outstanding video performance with advanced multi-monitor capabilities and EDID management via intuitive software to simplify both portrait and landscape installations. The cards feature 2 GB of on-board memory and secure mini DisplayPort connectivity. Matrox C680 supports up to six 4K/UHD displays. More displays can be supported by inserting two C680 cards into a system. The board-to-board framelock feature ensures synchronization of all displays to reduce tearing on digital signage and video walls. Matrox C420 is ideal for use in the small-form-factor systems needed in tight signage setup spaces. It’s also the fastest quad card with passive cooling, for increased reliability and silent operation. At DSE 2015, a C680 will drive displays in portrait mode.

Video Wall Capture and Display Boards

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Matrox Mura MPX Series capture and display boards feature flexible inputs and high-quality outputs allowing AV integrators, system builders and equipment manufacturers to easily and cost-effectively build custom, high-density video wall controllers with up to 56 inputs and outputs. Exceptional-quality scaling, switching and compositing of source content including HDCP feeds are easily managed through intuitive software control options including Matrox MuraControl™, third-party software and simple integration with existing AV control systems. Rich transitions and eye-catching effects can be applied to both live and file-based content using the latest Mura Network API — a platform that software developers have used to build their own powerful video wall control solutions for Mura-based video walls. At DSE 2015, versatile VuWall2 DS signage software developed by VuWall Technology using the Matrox Mura Network API will be used to control a Mura MPX-based video wall.

H.264 Encoders/Decoders

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Matrox Maevex 5100 Series H.264 encoders and decoders deliver exceptional-quality AV streaming at low bandwidth over standard IP networks for display or for storage anywhere on the LAN. Maevex encoders, priced at only $999 US (MSRP), can be combined with Maevex decoders or third-party software decoders to stream Full HD content to displays and projectors for cost-effective, high-quality digital signage AV distribution. Maevex comes bundled with Matrox PowerStream™ software for easy remote device management, stream switching and streaming/recording control, including user-definable bit rates between 100 Kbps and 25 Mbps. At DSE 2015 digital signage integrators will discover how they can take advantage of Maevex’s high MTBF and fanless design to create low maintenance installations as well as encode/stream solutions where digital signage players do the decoding.

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a global manufacturer of reliable, high-quality ASICs, boards, appliances, and software. Backed by in-house design expertise and dedicated customer support, Matrox products deliver stellar capture, extension, distribution, and display. Engineering high-quality products since 1976, Matrox technology is trusted by professionals and partners worldwide. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

Tightrope Media Systems Scales for Enterprise-Level Digital Signage with Carousel 6.5

New release accelerates rendering times, improves remote diagnostics for out-of-home networks

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, January 15, 2015
Tightrope Media Systems is enhancing its Carousel digital signage system at Digital Signage Expo (March 10-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth 2631) with new tools to accelerate content rendering speed across out-of-home networks of any size. The updates, now available in the recent Carousel 6.5 release, improve core processing and memory utilization for increased rendering times—to the tune of 60 times faster.

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The Carousel 6.5 enhancements empower network operators to seamlessly scale networks to an infinite number of screens and locations, without adversely affecting network performance. The faster rendering performance specifically benefits the creation and distribution of weather bulletins, RSS feeds, and other time-sensitive content that requires real-time display. To achieve this, Carousel 6.5 amplifies its server performance to more effectively scale across multiple cores. Tightrope’s Carousel enterprise servers are easily scaled by adding further processing cores as the number of player end points escalates.

At Digital Signage Expo, Tightrope will also introduce Carousel Detective, a network diagnostics tool incorporated within the Carousel server core. The software-defined architecture allows network operators and Tightrope service engineers to access Carousel Detective over IP from any connected device for troubleshooting and general performance monitoring, further enhancing the enterprise-level performance of Carousel 6.5.

“Tightrope continues to invest in improving the user experience,” said Eric Henry, signage solutions leader, Tightrope Media Systems. “With enterprise-level bulletin rendering across large-scale network now taking a matter of seconds, our customers are assured timely distribution of dynamic and time-sensitive content across networks of any size. These improvements, along with extensive diagnostic toolset of Carousel Detective, set the stage for significant strides in next-generation Carousel systems on the horizon—notably a far richer, intuitive and user-friendly GUI on tap for the next major software release later this year.”

About Tightrope Media Systems
Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, Internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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Morris Light & Sound Invests in Large Inventory of Clay Paky, MA Lighting Consoles and MDG’s theONE Fogger/Hazer

L1000196Morris Light & Sound, a Nashville-based full-service production and integration company, has expanded its equipment inventory with the addition of a large complement of Clay Paky lighting fixtures, MA Lighting consoles and MDG’s theONE fogger/hazer. All of the brands are exclusively distributed in North America by A.C.T Lighting, Inc.

Morris Light & Sound has 25 years experience in the entertainment industry providing audio, video and lighting services for live events, tours and fixed installations throughout North America. It leases, sells and installs leading-edge lighting, audio and video equipment to touring artists, corporations, convention centers, award shows, festivals and political events.

The company’s biggest single purchase to date consisted of 240 Clay Paky Mythos fixtures, a highly-advanced hybrid light which serves as an excellent 470-watt spotlight and an extraordinary beam light. As a spot it offers an outstanding large beam and zoom optimized for focusing; as a beam light it remains parallel for its entire length even at great distances. Mythos is smooth, fast and very quiet with a completely redesigned indexed visual effects disc.

David Haskell, President / CEO of Morris Light & Sound, believes the new Mythos has the potential to take the market by storm, “just like the Sharpy did when it was first introduced. Mythos’s three big attractions for us are its amazing power efficiency, its light weight and its versatility.”

“I know Clay Paky manufacturing will be busy keeping up with the demand for these new lights,” he says. “My phone is ringing every day with calls from people who want to rent them – and all of ours are deployed until September!” adds Haskell.

Morris Light & Sound debuted 160 of its Mythos fixtures on the recent “Ultimate Kickoff” concert special on CMT, the official kickoff entertainment event for the national College Football Playoffs. Mythos heads off next on country duo’s Florida Georgia Line’s “Anything Goes” tour in support of their new studio album. Then Mythos goes on the road with Kenny Chesney’s “The Big Revival Tour.”.

The company also invested in 44 Clay Paky Stormy strobes, an innovative new fixture that uses the latest LED technology while retaining all the charm of the classic strobe. Its light source is a strip of powerful white LEDs, which perfectly emulate a bright Xenon linear lamp. The flash effect is enhanced by Stormy’s parabolic reflector, like a classic strobe’s, which does not project the light directly forward like other LED strobes.

Haskell hails Stormy’s low power consumption and brightness. “They will allow customers to use way less power on tour,” he says. “The Stormy’s power consumption averages about 1/5 of the power needed in comparison to older traditional models – and Stormy appears to be a brighter light.”

The Stormy fixtures will head out with Kenny Chesney, whose tour specifically requested that Morris Light & Sound provide them.

Additionally, Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 innovative, LED-based moving lights have joined the inventory. “The Florida Georgia Line tour asked for them, so we purchased 30 units,” Haskell says. “The B-EYE is a great wash light and an effects light that offers great individuality of control.”

Morris Light & Sound also boosted its roster of grandMA2 consoles with six more grandMA2 desks in both full-size and light models. “We needed more to meet client demand,” Haskell explains. “grandMA2 is definitely the industry’s console of choice.”

Although the company already has an inventory of MDG foggers and hazers, it just purchased MDG’s theONE, a fully-digital, dual-mode fog/haze atmospheric generator.

theONE is a completely self-contained package offering sophisticated control over atmospheric effects from a single source. It is designed to give a maximum of consecutive, non-stop hours of fog/haze without service.

“theONE does both haze and fog and has very nice control from the console,” says Haskell. “I’d seen it and was impressed, then the lighting designer for the Florida Georgia Line tour requested it, so it was logical for us to add theONE to our inventory.”

Brian Dowd, A.C.T Lighting Vice President of Sales and Marketing, concluded, “Morris Light & Sound is valuable partner that has always been on the leading edge of technology. They are an innovative company and we look forward to the high profile projects that feature this new gear.”

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

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PMC Launches Online Retailing for its twotwo™ Monitor Series

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British loudspeaker manufacturer PMC is encouraging new customers to try its compact twotwo™ reference monitor series by setting up Reference Monitor Centres at key Hi-Fi retail outlets around the UK.

The new centres are offering high quality demonstration facilities so that customers can listen to PMC’s twotwo product range in an acoustically accurate environment and receive advice from highly trained staff.

The monitors can then be bought online via a dedicated twotwo sales website and either delivered direct to the customer or to the nearest Reference Monitor Centre, all of which are offering a Click and Collect service.

Ian Downs, Pro Audio Sales Manager for PMC, says: “Our twotwo range is ideally suited to young producers and DJs who are working from home and want simple, high performance active monitors with DAC and digital playback sources. These technology-savvy customers are very comfortable with buying online, but they still want access to good demo facilities and well qualified staff who can help them identify the right product for their needs.”

PMC’s Reference Monitor Centres are strategically located in key cities such as Newcastle, London and Bristol. By basing them in Hi-Fi retail outlet, PMC is once again reinforcing its strong links between the studio and the home listening environment.

“It is PMC’s philosophy that there should be no difference between the sound the artist and producer approves in a studio and what the consumer hears at home,” Ian Downs says. “That is why all of our speaker products, whether they are destined for the studio or the home, are based on the same ATL™ (Advanced Transmission Line) technology that guarantees high quality, distortion-free audio.”

PMC’s twotwo range comprises of three models – the twotwo.5, the twotwo.6 and the twotwo.8, all of which combine PMC’s world-class design pedigree with sophisticated digital processing and active amplification. Ideally suited to nearfield monitoring in situations where space is at a premium, the twotwo range offers professional users high levels of clarity, transparency and accuracy.

Many renowned artists and producers have invested in PMC’s twotwo monitors, including BRIT and MPG Award-winning producer Alan Moulder and BAFTA Award-winning sound mixer Howard Bargroff.

For more information about PMC Reference Monitor Centres, please visit www.pmc-speakers.com/twotwo/demo

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About PMC
PMC is a UK-based, world-leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems, the tools of choice in all ultra-critical professional monitoring applications, and also for the discerning audiophile at home, where they provide a transparent window into the recording artist’s original intentions. PMC products use the best availablematerials and design principles, including the company’s proprietary Advanced Transmission Line (ATL™) bass-loading technology, cutting-edge amplification and advanced DSP techniques to create loudspeakers that present sound and music exactly as it was when first created, with the highest possible resolution, and without coloration or distortion. For more information on our clients and products, see www.pmc-speakers.com.

API’s 1608 Debut in Korea for Engineers-in-Training

Kwangwoon_UniversitySEOUL/ANSWONG, KOREA – JANUARY 2015: Korean distributor MI Corporation’s most recent sale for API is a landmark deal. Two 1608 consoles were sold at once, marking the first two colleges in the country to install API consoles. Although a handful of other 1608s have been sold in Korea, this particular sale adds to API’s growing presence in colleges and universities around the world. The first console of this double-hitter was sold to Kwangwoon University, where it is used in the Practical Music department. Kwangwoon is a private research university in Seoul that is best known for its engineering and IT programs. The Practical Music department is one among many designed to give students hands-on experience that will translate to important skills in the work force. Kwangwoon was founded in 1934, during the “dawn of the electronic era” for Korea, at which time the school was called the “Joseon Radio Training Center.” Music recording and transmitting is still a major part of what Kwangwoon students are learning every day – now API is part of that education.

Dowoon_Technical_CollegeThe second 1608 was purchased through MI Corporation by Doowon Technical College. This console has also been installed in the Practical Music department’s practice studio. Also like Kwangwoon, Doowon commissioned a 16-channel 1608 for its students. Based in Answong, Doowon is a school for engineers-in-training, making it the perfect home for a 1608. Chan Doo Kim, the founder and chairman of the Doowon Group, says this of the students at Doowon: “It is my hope that young engineers who will be responsible for the future carry a formidable determination and a challenging consciousness to take the highest authority in their chosen professions.” The school was founded in 1990, and has sister relationships with engineering schools in China and Japan.

Both consoles were installed in August, and have been used to give the students practical experience on top-of-the-line equipment. Hak Yong Shim of MI Corp says that the schools were convinced to purchase API gear not only by, “MI Corp suggestions, but also based on the opinions of professors at the schools.”

In the last few months, API saw new consoles installed in schools across three separate continents, from large-format Vision and Legacy units to the newest compact BOX console, which premiered at last year’s AES conference in New York. The BOX’s presence in educational facilities continues to grow as schools all over the world choose to place API equipment in their programs, with the intention of training students on the best in the world of analog recording. API hopes that this trend continues, and that opportunities for permanent placement in schools everywhere will continue to grow.

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.)Established 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608, and the BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

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PreSonus Appoints Wilkins Inside Sales Coordinator for WorxAudio

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**** Photo: Blaine Wilkins ****

Baton Rouge, LA – January 2015… PreSonus announces the appointment of Blaine Wilkins to the position of Inside Sales Coordinator for the company’s WorxAudio division. In his new position, Wilkins be responsible for taking presales calls from prospective customers, providing product information and comparative data as requested, and providing support for the company’s authorized dealers: handling product questions, order information, and processing credit returns/advanced replacements. Further, Wilkins will support WorxAudio sales representatives with their technical queries, order information, training materials, as well as answering inbound emails from end users, sales representatives, and dealers. He will also review all purchase orders for accuracy; ensuring that proper rigging and accessories are on order. more

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COUNTRYMAN ASSOCIATES DEBUTS I2 INSTRUMENT MICROPHONE

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**** Photo: Countryman I2 Instrument Microphone ****

Menlo Park, CA… NAMM Booth 6691, Hall A… Countryman Associates, Inc., the leading innovator of high-quality, miniature microphones, is pleased to introduce the I2 Instrument Microphone. Featuring the legendary sonic accuracy Countryman microphones are known for, the new I2 Instrument Microphone maintains a low profile while being the ideal choice for a wide range of instrument miking applications, including sound reinforcement of bands and orchestras as well as broadcast applications where accurate instrument capture is essential to the overall sound of a televised performance. more

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