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Riedel Provides A/V, Data, and Communications Solution for 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championships

WUPPERTAL, Germany — July 1, 2014 — Riedel Communications, a leading provider of real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that the company’s equipment is enabling flexible and reliable signal transport and communications for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship season that started Feb. 28 in Abu Dhabi. The series continued on to Rovinj, Croatia on April 12 and then to Putrajaya, Malaysia on May 18, and makes several more stops before finishing in China in November. For the first three races, the state-of-the-art solution supplied by Riedel not only supported wired and wireless communications among the more than 300 people — from pilots to security to referees — involved in the race, but also facilitated distribution of video and audio for production of both the live show and the international broadcast and Web stream.

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is renowned as the fastest and most exhilarating motorsport series on the planet, and it has become a visual spectacle unlike any other. A combination of high speed, low altitude, and extreme maneuverability make it only accessible to the world’s most exceptional pilots, who this year will compete in eight races across the globe for the title of 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Champion. During each race, pilots navigate an aerial racetrack featuring air-filled pylons in the fastest possible time, incurring as few penalties as possible.

For this remarkable event, Riedel engineers built a signal distribution infrastructure for video, audio, communications, and data with the MediorNet real-time media network comprising seven MediorNet Compact frames and three MediorNet Modular frames. Technicians interfaced audio signals via MADI and Riedel’s RockNet digital audio network solution in combination with MediorNet to integrate the event’s main mixing console, located in the OB van that provided the big-screen mix for the live audience. Riedel also supplied the wireless video links and HD cameras for the racing planes’ onboard cameras, thus enabling stunning pictures to be delivered from the pilots’ perspectives.

Using MediorNet as a backbone, a Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom served as the event communications infrastructure. This intercom system, made up of two Artist frames equipped with MADI cards and 20 control panels, was integrated seamlessly with Riedel’s digital trunked radio (TETRA) installation. Two TETRA base stations supported 300 handheld radios to assure full event coverage, and two of Riedel’s RiFace universal radio interfaces allowed another 24 analog radios to be added to the mix. To bridge the distance between the race airport and the event site, Riedel set up a broadband link connecting the two via trunking over IP.

“Riedel often works at the cutting edge of live sports and entertainment productions, where clear communication and reliable, flexible signal transport are essential to a safe, successful, and exciting event,” said Yungmin Lee, project manager at Riedel Communications. “We’ve been involved in other groundbreaking Red Bull events and look forward to a great season working on the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship.”

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net. For more information about the Red Bull Air Race visit www.redbullairrace.com

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-RedBullAirRaces.zip
Photo Credit: Red Bull Content Pool (www.redbullairracenewsroom.com)

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Analog Way enhances the LiveCore™ series with outstanding new features and accessories – InfoComm 2014 – Booth #C7125 -

June 2014 – To complement its LiveCore™ line of Premium AV processors, Analog Way is pleased to unveil new features and accessories. They were all demonstrated in Analog Way’s booth during InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas, USA.

Analog Way’s LiveCore™ series of Premium AV Switchers come in two layouts: 8×2+1 for the NeXtage 16, and 12×4+1 for the SmartMatriX Ultra, Ascender 32 and Ascender 48. From fall 2014, full 4K will be available as an optional feature on all LiveCore™ series, including early stage units already in the field. Depending on the reference, several frame rates will be available as 4K/30P and 4K/60P.
In addition, the Ascender 48 will feature real-time Perspective Layers. This exclusive functionality allows outstanding visual effects and transitions, which are easily managed via the Web RCS live.

Additional output capability can be added to the 12×4+1 models through the new LiveCore™ Output Expander. The product comes in three different references: LOE016 for the SmartMatriX Ultra, LOE032 for the Ascender 32 and LOE048 for the Ascender 48.
Once linked to its LiveCore™ Switcher, the LiveCore™ Output Expander adds 4 additional outputs, plus 1 monitoring / aux output, resulting in an impressive 12×8+2 scaled seamless Matrix systems.

Moreover, the Secure Power Unit is now available to protect the 12×4+1 LiveCore™ models against mains loss or unstable power. Featuring dual power supplies and a battery backup, this innovative power accessory provides approximately 10 minutes to restore power or back up the system in case of branch circuit failure.

Finally, Analog Way introduces the Vertige™, a powerful Remote Console featuring a brand new design and an innovative approach to show creation and management. The Vertige™ presents a large 16/9 TFT color touch screen, and a variety of direct keys, contextual buttons, sliders, knobs, as well as a joystick and T-Bar to operate the device.

Other solutions are already available to control the LiveCore™ series, including the Web RCS, a user-friendly web-based interface, and the Shot Box, a key pad for preset control. Analog Way also provides a full series of drivers and literature for control of the LiveCore™ series through AMX and Crestron systems.

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Kramer Manages Bidirectional Ethernet to Serial Conversion

The FC-21ETH, FC-22ETH and FC-24ETH are members of the new Kramer family of high-performance, easy-to-use, bidirectional hardware and software interface systems. The FC-21ETH, FC-22ETH and FC-24ETH can enable control of RS-232 and/or RS-485 controllable machines via an Ethernet LAN. These products give installers the ability to implement simultaneous control over several AV devices (the number depends on exact model) spread throughout an installation by offering bidirectional Ethernet to serial conversion. Each product operates as a network server, which means they accept network connections, but do not initiate them.
All setup and maintenance of the FC devices are managed by built-in web pages, which are accessible through any common web browser. The FC-21ETH, FC-22ETH and FC-24ETH offer 1/2/4 (respectively) serial ports for AV device control with one of them being a RS-232/RS-485 dual-use serial port.

The FC-21ETH, FC-22ETH and FC-24ETH all support network connectivity, which allows users to connect a Kramer (or other) device via its RS-232 or RS-485 port to an Ethernet LAN. These products are also able to control up to three RS-232 devices and one RS-232/RS-485 device/s (FC model dependent) via Ethernet from a PC and can control a device from multiple Ethernet points (up to 40 PCs or remote controllers), via a LAN or the Internet. In addition, these products include Windows® based Virtual Port software for setting up virtual ports on a PC.

The FC-21ETH, FC-22ETH and FC-24ETH also feature easy setup and configuration of the FC devices through their built-in web pages (compatible with most common web browsers), remote firmware upgrades, and 1U rack space with the optional rack adapters.

The FC-21ETH and FC-22ETH are in stock and available at a U.S. list price of $450 and $540 each and the FC-24ETH will be available in the market shortly.

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Corporate A/V Company Adds Yamaha QL1 For Fortune 100 Clients

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Sardis Media of Grayslake, Illinois recently took delivery of a new Yamaha QL1 Series Digital Audio Console for use on their corporate A/V projects. For over 30 years, Sardis Media has produced videos, meetings, and special events for Fortune 100 corporations, non-profits, and A-list associations. Clients include Advisors Excel, Motorola Solutions, Baxter, MorphoTrak, RustOleum, & RZIM. The company purchased its QL1 from Reach Communications of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

Sardis, who also owns a Yamaha M7CL Digital Audio Console, will use the new QL1 on the road as the primary audio console for smaller corporate events that require large event features. “We needed a console that had a lot of power and features but in a much smaller footprint for front of house for our production truck, says company spokesperson Nate Aguilar. Clients are always happy when we save space at FOH so they can fit more attendees in the room. As operators, we love that we don’t have to sacrifice quality when going to a small console like the QL1.”

Aguilar said that being in the corporate events business they are always dealing with more than a few Lavaliere microphones open at one time on stage, and the built-in Dugan auto mixer feature of the QL1 helps manage levels tremendously.

“We knew we wanted a touch screen for quick adjustments and graphic feedback on changes being made, says Aguilar. Most of us on staff at Sardis have a background in graphics or video, so being able to actually see what the console is outputting is important. Also, the built-in Dante network gives us the flexibility to add channels and outputs when needed in small increments, and having the ability to record every input separately is vital.”

Since Sardis already owns an M7CL and loves the operation, Aguilar notes, “it was a no brainer to add the Yamaha QL1 with its minimal learning curve to our inventory.”

For more information on Sardis Media, visit www.sardismedia.com.

For more information on Reach Communications, visit www.reachcomm.net.

For more information on the new Yamaha QL Series Digital Audio Consoles,
visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

PLATINUM MIX ENGINEER ERIC RACY DEPENDS ON METRIC HALO PLUG-INS IN THE STUDIO AND ON THE ROAD WITH KATY PERRY

SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA: Eric Racy made his entrance into the world of high-profile mixing and producing via the underground world of dance music, a pivot that allowed him to leverage skills and perspective honed by the diverse tones and influences of EDM. He has gone on to mix Robin Thicke, Lil’ Wayne, Pharrell, and Busta Rhymes, along with dozens of other big name artists, and a host of indie and underground artists that deserve to have “big” names. His intuitive, yet technically precise mixing on Tyga’s “Faded” helped propel it to Platinum status, and his affable nature and unfailing ability to work magic with all things audio earned him mission-critical playback positions on tours with 2NE1 and, most recently, Katy Perry. He’s also half of boutique analog signal processing manufacturer Black Box Analog Design and thus aware of tone on a level transcending that of most mix engineers. Racy’s faithful reliance on Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip plug-in, which has been present on most channels on every (yes, every) song he has mixed since discovering it four years ago, speaks to ChannelStrip’s unique musicality and usability.

“ChannelStrip is incredible,” Racy stated flatly. “I’ve used it on every single mix since I discovered it. Although I go out of the box for EQ sweetening on a few critical channels, everything else that needs equalization gets Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip. In fact, those critical channels often get ChannelStrip, too.” Racy has an established methodology in which ChannelStrip plays a key role. When he first opens up a new mix, he combs through each channel, carefully listening for unpleasant resonances and low or high frequency content that can be filtered out. He uses ChannelStrip to then notch out the resonances and filter the unnecessary extremes.

“I’ve tried this with a million plug-ins and outboard EQs,” he said, “but nothing is as effective as Metric Halo ChannelStrip. It doesn’t mangle the audio around the notch or filter, and it doesn’t make it sound like there’s a hole in the frequency range. It gets rid of the annoying frequencies and content, and it does it transparently.” For vocals, Racy often automates the notch frequency to keep the resonance from peeking out when the vocalist changes his or her mouth shape. “The results are well worth the effort,” he said. “Nothing else I’ve found can compare with this technique.”

Similarly, Racy claims to obtain results with the keyed gate on ChannelStrip that he cannot get with any other plug-in or hardware. “I love that I can adjust the key on the gate and that those adjustments are so effective,” he said. “I’ve been working on a forthcoming Killbot album, which involves members of Korn, Sluggo, and Tyler Blue making some aggressive rock meets dubstep. As with any live recording, there’s tons of bleed on the live drums (especially the snare and toms), and – as almost always happens with drum kits – any drum or cymbal can accidently trigger any other drum’s gate. It’s a mess that often required hand-editing in the past; no other gate could get it right. But with Metric Halo ChannelStrip, I can effectively key each drum’s gate so that it only opens for its intended target. I know that other gates have that same functionality, but none of them work nearly as well as ChannelStrip.”

Racy has all of the software and hardware tools he could want in his LA-based studio, but he knew he wouldn’t have access to that gear if he took the job building the audio tracks and doing Pro Tools playback on the Katy Perry “Prismatic World Tour.” “I’m a mix engineer first and foremost, and I certainly didn’t want to give that up on the road,” he said. “Metric Halo plug-ins formed one of the essential components of my mobile rig; ChannelStrip of course, but also Metric Halo’s Character plug-in. Given everything they can do, the Metric Halo plug-ins are very efficient and wouldn’t drain DSP resources on my native rig.”

He continued, “The Character plug-in is great. It models different kinds of analog signal paths, and just like real high-end studio hardware, the effect is critical, but also subtle. Placing different Character settings on a few different channels really adds up to something. It was especially useful to have on the road when I didn’t have access to my outboard gear, but I’ve continued to find plenty of uses for it now that I’m back in my studio.” Racy looks forward to dipping into the rest of Metric Halo’s Production Bundle of plug-ins as time in his busy schedule permits.

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

www.mhlabs.com

Martin Audio Introduces DD12 Powered Loudspeaker System At InfoComm

Las Vegas, NV––Martin Audio introduced the versatile new DD12 loudspeaker system at InfoComm 2014.

The multi-purpose DD12 defines the ultimate in performance and versatility for powered, two-way loudspeaker systems. It combines onboard networking, DSP and Class D amplification with state-of-the-art transducers and Differential Dispersion™ horn technology to achieve best-in-class performance in terms of fidelity, output capability and consistent coverage across the audience.

Differential Dispersion technology delivers more consistent audience coverage than systems with X° x Y° horns, providing more throw to the rear to distribute sound evenly front-to-back, with close-up horizontal coverage for the front rows.

Versatility is a key attribute of the DD12. The system is designed to meet a multitude of premium stand-alone and distributed sound reinforcement requirements, from touring, theater and portable live sound applications to concert hall and HoW installations, AV events and stage monitor use. Ideal as the main PA in small-to-medium size rooms, it can also be used as an infill loudspeaker in large-scale systems.

Whether configured as part of a stand-alone DD12 system or part of a larger MLA/MLA Compact system, individual DD12’s can be controlled and monitored from a laptop or wireless tablet PC via intuitive VU-NET proprietary software. PC connection can be made directly via USB or via Martin Audio’s proprietary U-NET network and Merlin loudspeaker and network management system.

An important feature of the DD12 is its internal memory, which allows factory ‘plug-and-play’ or user-generated DSP preset ‘snapshots’ to be recalled by means of a preset selector button on the rear panel, instead of using computer control.

In addition, comprehensive accessories support a wide variety of mounting options, including surface, ceiling and pole mount. The DD12’s universal bracket facilitates a wide range of down-tilt and up-tilt angles in both portrait and landscape orientation, and can be mounted directly onto the pole of a speaker stand or attached to a scaffold clamp.

Jason Baird, R&D Director for Martin Audio, concludes, “This market sector has been underserved from a technology and innovation point of view for far too long. DD12 will signal a true shift in fidelity, output capability and coverage and bring our Differential Dispersion™ horn technology to, quite literally, a wider audience”.

For more about Martin Audio, please visit www.martin-audio.com.

KEY FEATURES AT A GLANCE

Multi-purpose, bi-amplified, powered two-way system; Compact, multi-angle, polyurethane-coated plywood enclosure with screw-free perforated steel grille

User rotatable Differential DispersionTM¬ horn optimizes coverage footprint across the audience plane

Onboard network, DSP and Class D amplification

Switched mode power supply with PFC (Power Factor Correction) and global mains operation

Wide range of vertical and horizontal deployment options

Integral pole mount and M8 rigging inserts

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Extron Announces First MediaLink Plus Controller Configured with GC Plus

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the MLC Plus 84 D. This easy-to-use, two-gang Ethernet controller is used for controlling common AV functions such as power, input switching, and volume. As part of the new MediaLink Plus Series, it is designed with more powerful features, enhanced security, and Ethernet control. It has 11 backlit soft touch buttons and a variety of ports and inputs, including a remote volume control port for use with select Extron amplifiers. Power over Ethernet – PoE allows the controller to receive power and communications over a single Ethernet cable. It is ideal for use in single display applications or anywhere that centralized, pushbutton AV control is needed. more

Listen Technologies Receives 2014 InfoComm Best Of Show Award from Sound & Video Contractor, AV Technology and Pro Sound News Magazines

BLUFFDALE, UT, June 30, 2014Listen Technologies Corporation, a leading designer, manufacturer, and distributor of assistive listening products, is proud to announce that it has received a 2014 InfoComm Best Of Show Award for its iDSP (Intelligent Digital Signal Processing) products from New Bay Media publications Sound & Video Contractor, AV Technology and Pro Sound News. The announcement was made on Friday, June 20, the final day of InfoComm 2014.

With thousands of new product introductions at InfoComm 2014, more than 37,000 attendees, 218 new exhibitors and nearly 200 award nominations, NewBay Media’s “Best Of Show” program helps separate the good from the great. AV Technology’s awards specifically recognize technological innovation that benefits tech managers and end users. The “Best of Show” Awards are judged by an anonymous panel of six AV/IT technology managers, AV systems integrators, and industry experts from submitted nominations. Awards criteria include ease of installation, ease of maintenance, anticipated reliable performance, richness of the feature set, relevance in the marketplace, value proposition/ROI, network friendliness, and versatility.

“To be recognized by such an esteemed group of industry experts and peers is the highest compliment one can receive,” stated Russ Gentner, Listen CEO. “InfoComm 2014 was a great show for Listen Technologies and the addition of this award is the icing on the cake.”

“We congratulate Listen Technologies on this award. We are impressed with not only the integrity of their mission but the scope and diversity of their sound solutions,” said Margot Douaihy, editor of AV Technology, EDUwire, & Tech Manager Today. “Our Best in Show judges voted in favor of the Listen Technologies iDSP RF receiver for myriad reasons: its focus on the fine details and nuances that make a great user experience; quality performance; and a surprisingly compact form-factor. Even inventory management and battery management — pain points for most tech managers & venue managers — were considered in the iDSP RF’s final design.”

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About Listen Technologies Corporation
Listen Technologies brings power and clarity to the sounds that enrich your life—by overcoming the challenges of noise, distance, lively debate, and hearing loss to deliver precise and personalized audio in any setting or environment. With Listen solutions, you can cut through the clutter and connect to an experience of pure, focused sound. Listen solutions are used in gathering places around the world including schools, houses of worship, factories, entertainment venues, government agencies, and more. For more information on Listen solutions, watch this short video. Contact Listen Technologies at 1.800.330.0891, +1.801.233.8992, or visit www.listentech.com.

CONTACTS:
Listen Technologies Press Contact:
Kim Spencer / Tel: 801-542-7720 / kim.spencer@listentech.com / www.listentech.com

PR Contact:
Robert Clyne / Clyne Media / Tel: 615-662-1616 / Robert@clynemedia.com / www.clynemedia.com

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SWEDEN’S UNIVERSITY OF ÖREBRO INSTALLS AN API 1608

ÖREBRO, SWEDEN: With 17,000 students, the University of Örebro is one of the fastest growing universities in Sweden. Its school of music, theatre and art provides the growing student body with an array of course subjects, including recording music technology. In its quest to prepare students for moving on to a modern recording studio, the university has commissioned an API 1608 console.

Situated in the heart of Sweden, the university’s proximity to Stockholm, Gothenburg and Oslo offer students a wide range of cities to seek employment after graduation. It is a young, modern and rapidly growing university with an ambitious agenda for the future. The university also offers courses in English and a foreign exchange program, attracting students from across the globe.

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 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.

www.apiaudio.com

Zeo Systems Integrations Launches New Web Site

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 30, 2014

 

Zeo Systems Announces New Web Site

 

Hatboro,PA-

The Zeo Group, headquartered in Hatboro, PA.in the northern suburbs of Philadelphia, have partnered with local web design and marketing firm, IQnection to begin a total redesign and launch of the web sites for each of their distinct divisions. The first of these projects is the launch of the site for Zeo Systems, the installation and integrations division of the company. This site is located at www.zeo-systems.com. This launch is just the beginning of the exciting changes happening at Zeo. The launch coincides with Zeo’s purchase of the industrial park in which they are headquartered. Construction and expansion plans are on the immediate horizon so the homes of the different divisions will soon take on their own unique look and feel.

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