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Basque Broadcaster ETB Installs Riedel Communications Infrastructure at Main Production Center in Donosti-San Sebastián

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Jan. 21, 2015 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that Basque broadcaster Euskal Irrati Telebista (ETB) has deployed a Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom system within its primary production center in Miramón (Donosti-San Sebastián). Supplied and integrated by Madrid-based Riedel reseller Crosspoint, the Artist solution supports flexible intercom communications throughout the Miramón facility according to the different requirements of various productions, as well as VoIP communications with ETB headquarters in Bilbao.

“We evaluated a variety of solutions and integrators, and we found that with Riedel’s Artist system, Crosspoint was positioned to offer us the greatest benefit and highest quality,” said Juan Carlos Loroño, head of ETB’s production centers. “Since we put the Artist system into operation, we’ve been very pleased with its capabilities and its impact on our day-to-day work in Miramón.”

The Artist solution at ETB’s Miramón production center provides a distributed, decentralized, scalable architecture for communications. The 160 x 160-port Riedel intercom system is composed of Artist 128 and Artist 32 mainframes with 56 ports configured for control panels, 80 ports for analog four-wire, eight ports for VoIP usage, and eight ports for a party line system. The entire system ensures AES3/EBU audio quality, with level controls at each individual crosspoint, nonblocking connections, and redundant power supplies and controllers.

The Artist units are complemented by 46 of Riedel’s 2000 LCD Series control panels, one CCP-1116 commentary control panel, 10 wired belt packs, and various VoIP multiplexers. For sporting events that originate in Miramón, the commentator panel supports two commentators working in the same language, or multiple scenarios in which two languages must be accommodated.

Riedel’s Director software facilitates system configuration, monitoring, and control, and its intuitive interface simplifies complex configurations and settings. While remote configuration functions enable control from Bilbao on weekends when no technical personnel are working at Miramón, options such as partial configuration of the system add further value by allowing users to call and save configuration files on just one part of the system without affecting the communications being made in other areas of the production center.

“The ability to change the configuration of one studio production while not affecting the configuration of another studio production is very important,” said Juan Olalde, technical coordinator of the ETB production center in Miramón. “This flexibility lets us perform the multiple simultaneous changes needed in the daily preparation of a program and save them in partial files that are organized by the type of production, personnel available, or operating model.”

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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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 350 people at 12 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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SMPTE Announces 2015 Directors and New Appointments to the Board of Governors

With Industry Expertise and Previous Experience in SMPTE Leadership Roles, Appointees Are Positioned to Make Immediate Impact in New Positions

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Jan. 20, 2015 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that the SMPTE Board of Governors has named the Society’s 2015 directors and has appointed new officers and governors to fill vacant positions.

Paul Stechly has been appointed SMPTE finance vice president to complete the term of Matthew Goldman, who was elected in October to serve as the Society’s executive vice president. William C. Miller will take on the role of SMPTE membership vice president, and Douglas Sheer will serve as New York Region governor. Andrew Setos will serve as Hollywood Region governor, replacing Clyde Smith, who is stepping down in conjunction with his retirement.

Alan Lambshead, SMPTE standards vice president, has reappointed Bob Edge and Howard Lukk to serve as standards directors along with the newly appointed Paul Treleaven. Patrick Griffis, SMPTE education vice president, has reappointed Michael DeValue, V. Michael Bove, Peter Putman, and Al Kovalick as education directors. Karl Kuhn was reappointed to serve as the North American membership director, with additional appointments to follow.

“The 2015 directors and newly appointed officers and governors announced today represent the remarkable expertise and industry leadership that make the Society’s membership so noteworthy,” said Robert Seidel, SMPTE president and vice president of engineering and advanced technology at CBS. “Their ongoing contributions to the Society will enable SMPTE to continue its pioneering standards work, as well as its unique educational offerings for those within the motion-imaging field.”

SMPTE 2015 Newly Appointed Officers and Directors: Profiles

Paul Stechly, SMPTE Finance Vice President
Stechly is president of Applied Electronics Limited. He joined Applied Electronics in 1983 when he founded and operated the Audio Visual Division, and he assumed the role of president in 1998. Stechly holds seven patents in multimedia technology. He has been heavily involved with the SMPTE Toronto Section, including serving as Section Chair. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo in economics and completed postgraduate work at the University of Western Ontario.

William C. Miller, SMPTE Membership Vice President
Miller is president of Miltag Media Technology LLC, a consultancy specializing in technical standards for television and related industries. He has been a broadcaster for 40 years, earning an Emmy(R) Award for his contributions to ABC’s coverage of the XV Olympic Winter Games, and has been actively involved in the development of television standards for more than 25 years. Miller is a SMPTE Fellow, and he was awarded the Society’s Progress Medal in 2002 and its Presidential Proclamation in 2013. He has held numerous leadership roles not only within SMPTE, but also within the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Broadcast Technology Society (BTS) and the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC).

Andrew G. Setos, Hollywood Region Governor
Setos is CEO of BLACKSTAR Engineering Inc. and the founder and chairman of SellThruCo Inc. During a 24-year stint at the Fox Group, he rose to president of engineering and was involved in almost every aspect of content creation and distribution. Setos was the lead engineering and operations executive for the launch of MTV and earlier served as chief engineer at WNET, where he was involved in innovative, award-winning productions including “Live from Lincoln Center,” “Dance in America,” “Bill Moyers Journal,” and the “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.” In addition to holding a variety of patents, Setos is a SMPTE Fellow and has been awarded three Emmy(R) Awards for Engineering from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), the most recent being the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award.

Douglas I. Sheer, New York Region Governor
Sheer is CEO and chief analyst of D.I.S. Consulting Corporation, a research partner of the NAB Show. Formerly a hands-on producer/editor/colorist, he was advertising manager of JVC USA at the launch of VHS technology, and at advertising agency Ted Bates was account supervisor of Panasonic, Matsushita, and Technics accounts. Sheer was associate publisher of BM/E and World Broadcast News and group publisher at K.I.P.I., as well as editor and publisher of numerous books and directories. He edited and published the first NAB Daily in 1984, as well as the Broadcast Asia Daily in the 1990s. Sheer has been a contributor and columnist at a dozen magazines globally, including the IBC Daily News for 32 years. A member of SMPTE since 1972, he has previously served as the New York Section chair. In 1974, Sheer founded Artists Talk on Art, the art world’s longest-running aesthetic panel series, which he now chairs.

Bob Edge, SMPTE Standards Director
Edge, who is president of Bob Edge TV Consulting, has been active in television standards work for more than 20 years, participating in projects with SMPTE, IEEE, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the European Broadcast Union (EBU), Video Services Forum (VSF), and the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), among other organizations. He has served as a technology committee chair, is a Life Fellow of the Society, and has contributed to the development of 19 SMPTE standards and registered disclosure documents (RDD). Edge also is the author of numerous technical papers describing the application of information technology and data networking for television production. In 2012, he received the SMPTE Excellence in Standards Award.

Paul Treleaven, SMPTE Standards Director
Treleaven is Secretary of the SMPTE 30MR TC, having chaired this and other SMPTE standards groups. He is a member of the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers (IABM) Technical Task Group, representing the IABM at SMPTE and the Audio Engineering Society (AES) standards meetings and EBU technology committee meetings. Treleaven is also a member of the U.K.’s National Standards Body for International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee 100. He has served as SMPTE International Region governor and is a SMPTE Fellow. He was a cofounder of Avitel, a company dedicated to designing and manufacturing video, audio, and timecode distribution and processing equipment, and served as the company’s technical director until 2001.

Howard Lukk, SMPTE Standards Director
Lukk is the former vice president of production technology at The Walt Disney Studios, where he was responsible for helping to incorporate new technologies into the studio workflow. He earlier served as director of technology for Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI), where he researched and documented digital cinema system specifications. Lukk recently finished directing his second short film, titled “Emma” (2014). This project followed his directorial debut, “Make Believe” (2013), which was shot in 3D with the prototype hybrid 3D camera rig in Berlin. He has been named the director for the production of the SMPTE documentary, “Moving Images.” Lukk is a SMPTE Fellow and an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).

Karl Kuhn, North American Membership Director
Kuhn is the senior video systems applications engineer at Tektronix, where he supports digital audio and video, compression, Internet protocol, file-based, and radio frequency test and measurement. He holds three U.S. patents and one Japanese patent that cover in-service testing of digital broadcast video. Kuhn served on the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Technical and Engineering Emmy(R) Committee from 2007 to 2010; he is the past chair of the Washington, D.C., SMPTE section; and he currently serves as the SMPTE Eastern Region governor.

Michael DeValue, SMPTE Education Director
DeValue is the director of advanced technology at The Walt Disney Studios, where he is responsible for standards, as well as for researching new technologies — such as 3D, 4K, and high dynamic range — related to content distribution. He has co-chaired several groups related to 3D in the home for SMPTE and presented a session on captions in stereoscopic 3D at the SMPTE 2010 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition. DeValue is an active participant in the Blu-ray Disc Association and DCI, and he is also the current chairman of the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society.

V. Michael Bove, SMPTE Education Director
Bove holds an S.B.E.E., an S.M. in visual studies, and a doctorate in media technology, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is the head of the Object-Based Media Group at the Media Laboratory. He is the author or co-author of more than 90 journal and conference papers; holds patents on inventions relating to video recording, hard copy, interactive television, and medical imaging; and is co-author of the book “Holographic Imaging.” He is on the Board of Editors of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal; has served as associate editor of the journal Optical Engineering (OE); and is a fellow of the SPIE and the Institute for Innovation, Creativity, and Capital.

Peter Putman, SMPTE Education Director
Putman is the president of ROAM Consulting L.L.C. and consults on technology and economic trends in display devices, wireless connectivity, display interfacing, video compression, and mobile electronics. He is an InfoComm Senior Academy Instructor for the International Communications Industries Association (ICIA) and was named its Educator of the Year for 2008. Putman is on the Board of Editors of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, is a contributing editor for Sound & Communications magazine, and publishes the website HDTVexpert.com.

Al Kovalick, SMPTE Education Director
Kovalick, founder of Media Systems Consulting, has worked in the field of hybrid audiovisual and IT systems for the past 20 years, and he currently focuses on media systems, file-based workflows, and cloud migration for media facilities. His book, “Video Systems in an IT Environment,” was the first to cover the salient aspects of the convergence of audiovisual and IT systems. Kovalick has presented more than 50 papers at industry conferences worldwide, and he holds 18 U.S. and foreign patents. In 2009 he was awarded SMPTE’s David Sarnoff Medal for engineering achievement. Kovalick is a life member of Tau Beta Pi, an IEEE member, and a SMPTE Life Fellow. He is the “Cloudspotter’s Journal” columnist for TV Technology magazine.

Further information about SMPTE is available online at www.smpte.org. Additional information about the SMPTE Board of Governors is available at www.smpte.org/about/board.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R))
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), a professional membership association, is the preeminent leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, worldwide. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.

More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world sustain the Society. Through the Society’s partnership with the Hollywood Post Alliance(R) (HPA(R)), this membership is complemented by the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide the expertise, support, tools, and infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television programs, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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Matthew Dear Chooses PMC Monitors for His Studio

Matthew Dear

Michigan-based electronic artist, producer, DJ and remixer Matthew Dear, Ghostly Records’ first signing, has bought a pair of PMC twotwo.8 reference monitors for his personal recording studio, an impressive facility based around a Mac Pro running Logic and a 1979 vintage Spectra Sonics mixing console.
Dear felt a need to change his studio monitors after becoming dissatisfied with the transferability of mixes he was creating in his studio. “My old monitors weren’t cutting it for me anymore. I’d take a mix to a label or to a collaborator’s place, and sometimes it would be spot on, and sometimes it would be off. When you mix your own stuff, you need that ability to translate. I know of guys that have million-dollar rooms, but their tracks only sound good in that room. And if it sounds great there, but not on an iPod or on the radio, you have a problem!”

Dear likes to remain aware of current audio equipment trends and researches everything he buys himself. He heard about PMC’s twotwos on-line and was keen to audition them, having heard of the company and its Grammy-winning roster of users. He also contacted Techno pioneer Carl Craig for advice after reading that he owned PMC BB5s. Craig advised him to speak to Maurice Patist at PMC USA directly.

“I contacted Maurice, and he couldn’t have been more helpful,” explains Dear from his studio. “He sent me some twotwo.6s to demo, and I really thought they were going to be too small for me. But I was really surprised and impressed. They sounded amazing for their size.” Eventually, Dear chose to buy the twotwo.8s, the largest in the twotwo range, feeling they were more closely suited to his roomy studio.

“I was working on an electronic album with another artist, and my old monitors were making everything sound very nice and smooth. When I got the PMCs, it was almost like taking a rag with Windex on it and cleaning a dirty window. Everything was much more present, and the areas I really needed to work on started jumping out at me. There was more accuracy in the high frequencies, and especially in the low mid. That’s where I was really missing out with my last speakers; I needed something more controlled.”

Now setting up a new studio in the Detroit area, Dear feels the twotwo.8s have brought him the transferability he was looking for. “Since getting the twotwos, when I’ve worked on something here and then taken the mix elsewhere, it’s exactly as I heard it here. I don’t get any hidden surprises any more.”

Matthew Dear is DJing around the USA in February 2015, and on tour later in the year under his Audion alias. For more information, see http://ghostly.com/artists/matthew-dear.

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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 available materials 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.

Solid State Logic Launches New ‘VHD Pre’ Module for 500 Format Racks

LOS ANGELES – 2015 NAMM Show (Booth #6900) – Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of tools for creative audio professionals is proud to announce the release of the VHD Pre Module for the popular 500 format modular rack platform. The release makes the uniquely versatile VHD based preamp technology from Duality, SSL’s industry leading large format studio console, available for studios of all sizes.

The VHD Pre is an immensely versatile recording and processing device. It can deliver ultra clean SSL SuperAnalogue™ grade recordings but also features a switchable VHD mode. SSL’s patented Variable Harmonic Drive (VHD) system uses a 100% analogue signal path to generate rich harmonic distortion. As you increase VHD input gain, the Variable Harmonic Drive process introduces either 2nd or 3rd harmonic distortion or a blend of the two to your source material. At lower gain settings it adds gentle valve-style warmth or a touch of transistor edge. As the gain is increased the more extreme the distortion becomes until at high gain settings it delivers fierce trashy transistor-esque grunge. The VHD Pre gives the user ultimate versatility from a studio grade preamp. Whether it’s ultra-clean traditional SSL, subtle warming or totally trashy transistor distortion, VHD will change your expectations of what a preamplifier should deliver.SSL VHD Pre Module for 500 format racks_white

The VHD section of the VHD Pre Module has three rotary controls: a Drive control selects 2nd harmonic or 3rd harmonic distortion or a continuously variable blend of the two. A +20/+75dB gain control sets input level. A -20/+20dB trim control adjusts the output level from the circuit to enable level matching with other devices, because by its nature the VHD circuit can significantly increase signal levels. The VHD Pre Module has a selection of other essential professional preamp features: a signal present LED, a switchable 15Hz to 500Hz LF Filter section, Hi-Z impedance switch for mic impedance matching, +48V phantom power, PAD to enable the VHD system to be used as a line level processing device and a Phase Invert Switch.

Key Features:
• Uniquely versatile recording and processing
• Ultra clean SSL SuperAnalogue grade preamp
• Switchable VHD system adds controllable 2nd or 3rd harmonic distortion
• Switchable LF Filter (15Hz to 500Hz)
• Hi-Z switch for high impedance microphone use
• +48V Phantom Power with status LED
• PAD for use with line level source material
• Phase invert switch

SSL VHD technology is available in the following products: Duality, XL-Desk, X-Rack VHD Input Module and the (1U rack) VHD Pre.

The VHD Pre Modules will be available from SSL Resellers worldwide from March 2015.
Module Prices: £399, $649, 503.37€ + VAT or Sales Tax

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QC Giant My Eye Media Implements Archimedia Atlas 4K/UHD Professional Media Player to View IMF 4K Packages

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Jan. 20, 2015 — Archimedia Technology, a company whose equipment and applications bring precise multiformat viewing to the professional’s desktop, TV, UHDTV, and infrastructure, announced that Hollywood quality control (QC) powerhouse My Eye Media has installed the Archimedia Atlas 4K/UHD professional media player for QC of theatrical releases and TV material created by the major studios. My Eye Media clients include Paramount Pictures, Netflix, 20th Century Fox, CBS, Disney, NBCUniversal, and Anchor Bay Entertainment.

“We have a well-earned reputation for catching issues that may exist in our clients’ material before those issues make it to the viewing public. It’s a job that requires an expert eye and the right tools — tools that are continually challenged by format proliferation,” said Steve Waugh, chief technology officer of My Eye Media. “Archimedia Atlas can play back an impressive number of file formats, and that versatility is critical because it means we don’t waste critical R&D time determining optimal playback devices for a particular format. It’s especially helpful on IMF 4K packages, which are becoming a common industry deliverable. The Archimedia Atlas ensures the quality of service our clients have come to expect from us.”

My Eye Media uses the Archimedia Atlas 4K/UHD media player to play back A/V files it receives from clients, watching for myriad technical artifacts and technical anomalies that might exist in the content, such as audio sync, digital blocks, and compression artifacts from the transcoding process, and visual effects errors. Archimedia Atlas supports every major codec and file type in use today, including IMF, DPX, ProRes, XDCAM, and any number of MXF-wrapped files that My Eye Media receives on a regular basis. Importantly, it allows My Eye Media to view 4K files, which are becoming more prevalent but still lack professional media players to support them. Archimedia Atlas also supports SDI, so My Eye Media can simultaneously feed UHD TVs and SDI to its own existing SDI tools, such as encoders, VTRs, scopes, and monitors, and can also view and export deep technical metadata about the video. Archimedia Atlas is compatible with My Eye Media’s existing machine controllers, which was one of My Eye Media’s criteria when searching for a solution. Because of that compatibility, QC operators can control the player remotely. Archimedia Atlas can decode and play 4K IMF packages, giving My Eye Media the added ability to verify interoperability on multiple devices while also checking for artifacts.

“In QC and mastering, you need consistency,” said My Eye Media Founder and CEO Michael Kadenacy. “Before we started using Archimedia Atlas, we certainly had the expertise and resources to use many tools in our work, but choosing different tools for different formats makes consistency very difficult and time-consuming to achieve. With Archimedia, we eliminated that problem.”

The Archimedia Atlas 4K/UHD media player is specially designed for use in all frame sizes including UHD TV environments preloaded with the Archimedia Atlas software. Besides being far more affordable than dedicated (and often proprietary) players, Archimedia Atlas saves companies like My Eye Media the time and expense of building their own systems.

“Archimedia’s tagline is ‘Know when it’s right,’ and My Eye Media absolutely personifies what we mean,” said Josef Marc, chief marketing officer of Archimedia. “In their trusted position in the industry, they achieve the highest standards, and their customers bring them the most important and most innovative formats. So to us, My Eye Media is the superuser we love to have in our corner as we develop our next products.”

More information about Archimedia Atlas and other Archimedia products can be found at www.archimediatech.com.

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About My Eye Media
My Eye Media is the leader in quality assurance, quality control, and testing of all formats of digital motion picture content. The company’s deep understanding of the technical intricacies required for the digital landscape makes its work critical to major film studios, cable and satellite channels, streaming media providers, and content library owners. My Eye Media was founded in 2004 and is the most advanced and experienced digital-file testing company in the world. The company operates from its 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, headquartered in the heart of the postproduction district in Burbank, California. My Eye Media also manages a vast, global distributed workforce of technicians.

About Archimedia
Archimedia Technology specializes in the processing, conversion, and playback of mastering formats, including JPEG 2000 and HEVC, for the professional broadcast, digital cinema, and video archival industries. Its technology and applications bring precise multiformat viewing to the professional’s desktop, TV, UHDTV, and infrastructure. Archimedia’s products fulfill a critical piece of the production and archival workflows, encapsulating complex file interchange and quality control processes for mastering and archive formats into practical solutions that give end users a new level of access to their assets. More information is available at www.archimediatech.com.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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HARMAN Professional to Provide Complete Tour Sound and Lighting System for NAMM 2015 Center Grand Plaza Main Stage

HARMAN_NAMMStage-smallANAHEIM, California — For the third year in a row, the sound reinforcement system for the NAMM GoPro Stage at the Grand Plaza will feature world-class products from HARMAN Professional. HARMAN will provide a complete concert audio and lighting system featuring JBL VTX line arrays, Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers and Martin lighting.

The stage will host a wide variety of artists during Winter NAMM 2015, including headliners Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Orleans Avenue, George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, Stanley Randolph and No Wonder (featuring members of Stevie Wonder’s band), and Mexican violin trio the Villalobos Brothers. Performances will take place during show hours from January 22-25.

The stage will be outfitted with a complete HARMAN Professional tour sound and lighting system with 10 JBL VTX V20 line array loudspeakers per side, six S25 subwoofers per side, six S28 subs (center) plus JBL VTX F Series fill speakers and stage monitors. Additional audio equipment will include Crown Audio VRack amplifier systems, Soundcraft Vi Series digital consoles and AKG wireless and wired microphones. A complete Martin lighting system will feature Martin MAC 700, MAC 301 and MAC Viper lights.

“NAMM attendees know they can look to HARMAN Professional for the very best in pro audio and lighting, and this year our Center Grand Plaza Main Stage will be better and more exciting than ever,” said Paul Bauman, Associate Director, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “It’s a unique and informative opportunity for show-goers to experience our products where it really counts—in the real-world proving ground of live performance.”

The HARMAN Professional Center Grand Plaza Main Stage headlining concert schedule is as follows:

• Thursday, January 22, 6:00 pm: opening night concert featuring Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Orleans Avenue
• Friday, January 23, 6:00 pm: George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic
• Saturday, January 24, 6:00 pm: Stanley Randolph and No Wonder featuring the Wonder Band
• Sunday, January 25, 4:00 pm: the Villalobos Brothers

The Stage will also host a variety of live entertainment during the day. In addition to the concerts, professional sound and lighting company representatives attending NAMM may schedule a daytime technical walk-through with HARMAN Professional staff. For more information please contact Brian Pickowitz of HARMAN Professional at Brian.pickowitz@harman.com or George Georgallis of JBL Professional at George.georgallis@harman.com.

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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HARMAN’s AKG Delivers World-Class Clarity, Reliability and Versatility with new DMS800 Wireless Microphone System

AKG_DMS800-smallANAHEIM, California – HARMAN’s AKG is introducing the DMS800 reference digital wireless microphone system. Building on the incredibly successful DMS700 V2, the new DMS800 offers everything that made its predecessor an outstanding performer, while adding features that deliver more versatility than ever before.

The DMS800 features two digital audio outputs for DANTE and AES EBU, along with improved design and mechanics for the DHT800 handheld transmitter, plus interchangeable microphone heads. In addition to the DHT800 transmitter, the DMS800 system includes the DSR800 stationary receiver and the DPT800 wireless body pack transmitter.

The system offers two balanced XLR and two unbalanced jack connectors, as well as digital wireless audio transmission with low-cut filter, 3-band equalizer, dbx compressor and dbx limiter. The DMS800 allows users to choose from a variety of premium dynamic and condenser vocal microphones, including the D5 WL1, D7 WL1 and C5 WL1.

Up to 40 channels are available with the DMS800, which can be used simultaneously. High-end antenna system and multichannel accessories are available to suit the system to individual needs. Built-in HARMAN HiQnet™ network remote control and monitoring can be done from a PC via HiQnet Audio Architect™ software, Apple iPhone/iPad/iPod® or Soundcraft Vi Series consoles.

The DMS800 boasts an up to 150MHz ultra-wide frequency range, making it ideal for worldwide touring in frequency-crowded environments. Also, 512-bit encryption ensures state-of-the-art protection for sensitive audio information.

AKG DMS800 – http://www.akg.com/pro/p/dms800system

More information on AKG’s products can be found on www.akg.com/pro

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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Cambridge Sound Management Announces Qt Command Center

New Software Allows Customers to Control Sound Masking Across Multiple Locations  

WALTHAM, MA, January 22, 2015 – Cambridge Sound Management, a global leader in direct-field sound masking solutions, today announced the Qt® Command Center, a new enterprise software application that allows administrators to manage multiple networked QtPro sound masking systems anywhere in the world from a single dashboard.

“Some of our larger customers have our sound masking system installed in locations around the world,” says Mitch Nollman, Vice President of Sales at Cambridge Sound Management. “We wanted to give them the ability to control sound masking at all of their locations easily.”

The Qt Command Center allows facility managers or IT administrators to set up and update the settings on any Qt Control Modules, regardless of its location on a corporate LAN. It also allows users to copy settings from any controller and apply them to one or more controllers, eliminating the need to do this manually. The Qt Command Center makes it possible for users to add, label and map independent control modules, which enhances the ease of scalability in a facility. Users can also export settings from the Qt Command Center for easy backup or transfer.

“Global enterprise customers are increasingly adopting QtPro sound masking to help reduce distractions and protect speech privacy in their office campus environments”, says David Sholkovitz, Director of Marketing at Cambridge Sound Management. “The Qt Command Center application empowers administrators to easily control each sound masking system remotely, ensuring optimal system performance.”

The Qt Command Center is available now. For more information visit cambridgesound.com or call 800.219.8199.

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About Cambridge Sound Management

Cambridge Sound Management, Inc. manufactures QtPro sound masking systems to help organizations across multiple industries protect speech privacy, reduce noise distractions, and fuel workplace productivity. Powered by direct-field Quiet Technology, QtPro works by emitting a uniform, barely perceptible background sound at the frequencies of human speech. Cost effective and easy to install, QtPro is deployed in hundreds of millions of square feet of space throughout the world including commercial organizations, healthcare facilities, financial services, government agencies, and educational institutions.

 

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Wohler to Roll Out Significant New Version of Tachyon Wormhole Media Retiming Solution

With New Application-Specific UI and Ability to Retime Content Segments, Users Can Further Expand ROI and Increase Revenue

SAN FRANCISCO — Jan. 20, 2015 — Wohler Technologies today announced plans for a new release of Tachyon(R) Wormhole(TM), a joint venture of Wohler and Cinnafilm(R) that provides automated file-based retiming and standards conversion in a single, award-winning appliance. With significant new technical capabilities such as segmented retiming and a new application-specific user interface, the upgraded Tachyon Wormhole media retiming appliance will ensure that broadcasters can achieve maximum ROI by creating new workflow efficiencies and expanding the revenue potential of content.

“As in any industry, time is money in broadcasting — whether it’s time expressed as ad sales or the time saved by automating a resource-intensive process,” said Craig Newbury, vice president of sales, RadiantGrid, at Wohler. “Tachyon Wormhole gives time back to broadcasters and dramatically enhances the business value and ROI offered by a media retiming function, without affecting the viewer’s experience. The improvements we’re incorporating into the new Tachyon Wormhole release will make the process of retiming even more flexible and efficient, resulting in greater opportunities to generate revenue whilst saving overall cost.”

Wohler’s RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) provides the processing engine for the Tachyon Wormhole appliance, which runs Cinnafilm’s award-winning Tachyon algorithms. Tachyon Wormhole enables a plus or minus run-time adjustment of media assets by content owners or broadcasters while preserving the overall viewer experience including not only video and audio quality, but also closed caption integrity. By shortening or lengthening the run-time of program content, providers can meet the time requirements of a network without undertaking time-consuming, hands-on editing.

Among the significant new enhancements to Tachyon Wormhole is segmented retiming. Rather than retime the file as a whole, operators can use time codes to designate certain regions or segments of a media file to be retimed. In this manner, users can also exclude certain segments from retiming. For example, this functionality would allow the operator to prevent an opening credit sequence from being adjusted.

The new release of Tachyon Wormhole also will include an application-specific user interface that gives users a straightforward mechanism for preparing and launching a retiming project.

The new version will be on display at the HPA Tech Retreat, Feb. 9-13 in the Demo Room at space number 414.

Tachyon Wormhole is available directly from Wohler Technologies and from a select network of value-added resellers. The new version 2 release is available now. More information about Tachyon Wormhole, including a list of resellers, is available at www.retime.tv.

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About Wohler Technologies Inc.
Wohler’s tradition of innovation began more than 30 years ago with the creation of the industry’s first in-rack audio monitoring product, and it continues today through the company’s continued development of unique solutions that span the baseband, stream, and file-based domains and include advanced monitoring solutions for video, audio, and captioning applications; solutions for IP monitoring, encoding, and decoding; and the award-winning RadiantGrid(TM) platform for efficient file-based content transformation and distribution. Together, Wohler’s advanced, cost-effective confidence monitoring and media transformation products ensure high-quality production across any platform and delivery to any device. More information about Wohler is available at www.wohler.com.

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

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Listen Technologies iDSP Assistive Listening System Chosen for Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue in San Francisco, California

BLUFFDALE, UT, January 20, 2014 — San Francisco’s Congregation Emanu-El has been northern California’s landmark Jewish synagogue, and one of the most dynamic Jewish communities in America, since its founding in 1850. Now in its third site (a gorgeous structure dedicated in 1926, at Lake Street and Arguello Boulevard), the congregation is the spiritual home of over 2,100 households. With the temple’s membership in mind, the facility recently integrated iDSP (Intelligent Digital Signal Processing) assistive listening products from Listen Technologies Corporation, the leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of assistive listening products for over 16 years. Martinez, California-based firm Pro Media / UltraSound – a leading professional A/V integrator specializing in installations as varied as Levi’s Stadium [the home of the 49ers], the de Young Museum, the Santa Clara Convention Center, the San Francisco Opera House, corporate and worship facilities of all sizes and others – worked closely with Listen personnel on the project, completed in time for the High Holy Days.
The Listen Technologies components selected for the Congregation Emanu-El installation included LT-800-072-01 Stationary RF Transmitter (72 MHz); LA-122 Universal Antenna Kit (72 and 216 MHz); LA-326 Universal Rack Mounting Kit; LR-4200-072-P1 iDSP RF Receiver Package (72 MHz); LA-304 Assistive Listening Notification Signage Kit; and LA-381-01 Intelligent 12-Unit Charging Tray.

The systems were integrated in both the synagogue’s Main Sanctuary (1640 capacity) and smaller Martin Meyer Sanctuary (350 capacity). Pro Media / UltraSound Project Lead Patrick Waller explains how this installation came about: “Congregation Emanu-El has a number of elderly congregants and others with hearing loss or impairment. There were some assistive listening systems in place, but they weren’t compatible with certain hearing aids, or were just not effective for some members. Judi Leff, Director of Operations and Office Management at Congregation Emanu-El, is a longtime customer and friend of ours, and she contacted me about upgrading their assistive listening tools, and we explored a number of options. Products from Listen Technologies immediately came to mind, but some of our ideas were not feasible right away, because the space’s marble floors prevent wiring/looping techniques. Sam Nord at Listen let us know about their iDSP products being unveiled earlier this year. Everything clicked into place for the project, and we were able to move forward immediately. Everyone at Listen was so helpful during the planning process, and the installation was seamless and efficient.”
Pro Media / UltraSound installed and commissioned the system quickly, to have everything in place in time for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, which are some of the most well-attended services of the worship year. Waller continues, “After the High Holy Days, we checked in with Judi to see how the iDSP systems had worked – she said that there were several congregants for whom it made a huge difference, and she even got an email from one who had been part of the congregation for decades, and said that this is the first time she’s been able to really hear the service in four years. And it was an easy installation – we basically got the system configured and handed it over to them. Plug and play!”
Judi Leff stated, “We are always trying to make sure we are compliant with ADA and offering the latest technology to our congregants. A more involved installation was going to cost many thousands of dollars, and as a non-profit house of worship, we were very concerned. When Pro Media / UltraSound figured out what a problem solver Listen iDSP would be, we were so excited, and our congregants were happy as well. One happy congregant emailed me: ‘I’m thrilled with the new system. It worked for me and I hope it continues. It’s the first time in about four years that I have been able to hear.’”

The iDSP line was introduced by Listen Technologies earlier this year. In developing the iDSP, Listen closely focused on the user experience and ease of dispensing, inventory management and battery management at the venue – all based on input from consultants, system integrators, venue owners and end users. The iDSP 72MHz receiver revolutionizes how an RF system works, offering precise clarity with 20 dB less hiss than other RF receivers. The integrated neck loop improves the experience for people who have hearing aids and cochlear implants with telecoils. The result is a significantly improved listening experience, including an integrated neck loop/lanyard; streamlined dispensing, collecting and care; and environmentally friendly advanced battery technology – in the smallest, lightest device of its kind.
For more information, please email sales@listentech.com.

Listen Technologies:
Listen Technologies brings power and clarity to the sounds that enrich your life—by overcoming the challenges of noise, distance, and hearing loss to deliver precise and personalized audio in any setting or environment. With Listen Technologies, you can always connect to meaningful experiences that are defined by pure, focused sound. Listen Technologies 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 Technologies watch this short video or visit www.listentech.com.

About Pro Media / UltraSound
Pro Media / UltraSound integrates audio/video and performance audio systems of all sizes and scopes. Project categories include: Educational Facilities, Corporate Offices, Performing Arts Centers, Houses of Worship, Airports, Convention Centers, Sports Facilities, Concert Halls, and Auditoriums. Located in Martinez, California, and in operation for 31 years under the original founder, the company has been involved in providing live sound reinforcement for artists such as The Dave Matthews Band, Andrea Bocelli and The Three Tenors. Since most of our work comes from customer referrals, our highly experienced team is ready to provide the highest level of attention to your next project no matter the scale.

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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