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Sweepstakes Winner Irvine Barclay Theatre Uses Hitachi Projector to Add Depth to Stage Performances

Irvine, California, August 26, 2014 – The Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine, CA hosts 200 events per year, many of which require a dynamic visual accompaniment. In the past, a projector would be rented on a case-by-case basis depending on performance groups’ needs, but after Chris Burrill entered and won Hitachi’s Facebook projector sweepstakes, it’s made a huge impact on both streamlining and improving performances.

“A high-quality projector such as this wasn’t in our budget plans this year, but we are thrilled with this acquisition,” said Mr. Burrill, General Manager, Irvine Barclay Theatre. “We get lots of shows that aren’t completely self-contained, and for those shows the Hitachi CP-X8170 saves us and our clients both time and money.”

The theatre used the projector for the first time earlier this year for ArgenTango, a benefit for the theatre’s programs featuring the cast of Forever Tango. A slideshow of Argentinian architecture complemented the onstage dancing to complete the mood. Another performance from JazzReach, a New York non-profit jazz program, projected a Miles Davis voiceover, images, live footage and interviews of the legendary trumpet-player while the group played his music on stage.

The Hitachi CP-X8170 projector offers a brightness of 7,000 ANSI lumens and features Hitachi’s exclusive Accentualizer image processing with Sharpness, Gloss and Shade controls that enhance sharpness, improve contrast and make fine details clearer. The result is superior, more realistic image quality even in brightly lit rooms that is comparable to the picture quality from a flat-panel TV.

“It’s been a great resource for several different kinds of shows,” said Mr. Burrill. “The HD capability and the zoom lens are features we weren’t used to having prior to the Hitachi CP-X8170, and they’ve definitely improved the audience experience so far.”

Check Hitachi’s Facebook page regularly for more information on free projector giveaways.

For more information on Irvine Barclay Theatre, visit http://www.thebarclay.org/

For more information on Hitachi visit www.hitachi-america.us/digitalmedia

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About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For more information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

Rascal Flatts Goes Out On Rewind Tour With HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown Amps

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Rascal Flatts keeps riding high – the band’s last eight albums have hit number one on the country music charts and the group continues to pack arenas in support of their new chart-topping album Rewind. Never a band to go short on production, Rascal Flatts along with supporting artists Sheryl Crow and Gloriana and live sound company Sound Image are going all-out this summer and fall with a tour sound system featuring HARMAN JBL’s flagship VTX Series line array loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

For the Rewind shows, Escondido, California-based Sound Image is bringing out a stadium-shaking system that includes 60 JBL VTX V25 line array loudspeakers and 32 S28 subwoofers as the main system, complemented by six JBL VERTEC® VT4889 fullsize line array loudspeakers and two VERTEC VT4880 arrayable subwoofers used as sidefills. The loudspeakers are driven by no fewer than 72 of Crown’s flagship I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers.

Thirty VTX V25 loudspeakers and 16 S28 subs are flown on either side of the stage with three VT4889 loudspeakers flown on either side and aimed towards the stage as monitors, and two VT4880 subs are placed on the ground of the stage floor, aimed towards the performers.

“Everybody likes the new rigging system used on the VTX arrays,” said Sound Image Systems Tech Jeremy Overall. “Everything goes together pretty easily, which is a huge advantage when you have to set up literally 100 loudspeakers night after night.” VTX’s patented S.A.F.E. suspension system is streamlined for speed and efficiency with improved, integrated hardware for faster setup and greater security. Overall and his crew are also using the new JBL VTX Vertical Transporters, rolling frames that facilitate the transport of VTX line arrays for tour sound applications. “It actually makes moving all these arrays pretty easy.”

Sound Image was one of the first tour sound providers to add the JBL VTX Series to its inventory. “We got the second VTX rig and have been carrying it for about a year and a half,” Overall said. “It’s a significant improvement from anything else we’ve used with a lot more bottom end and good punch. The new D2 dual compression driver and waveguide really smooth out the high end – there’s no harshness to be heard.” Overall points out that with VTX in place, the system requires “just a little EQ but not nearly to the extremes we’d gotten accustomed to in order to make a system sound balanced.”

The Rascal Flatts rig is set up and tuned using JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software. “It’s so user-friendly – everything we need is right there. For example when we need to associate speakers to their amplifiers everything is built-in on a single tab. When we need to configure delay and processing, we just tell the program what speakers we’re setting up and all the control panels come right up.” Overall is also a big fan of the I-Tech HD Series amps, noting that Sound Image has had dozens of the amps working reliably on the road for two years. “I’m not the first person to say this but the amps work really well with the VTX arrays,” thanks to their built-in presets that enable the VTX models to be perfectly optimized for frequency response, crossover points and slopes and other sonic attributes.

“With a production like this you need to pull out all the stops in every respect including the live sound,” said Overall. “The JBL VTX and Crown system is more than a match for what’s happening on stage. The sound is incredibly detailed, punchy and ‘fast’-sounding from the deep low end to the smooth highs. I’m very happy.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, 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 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

Advanced Audio Video Technologies Retrofit Sound System at The Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy with HARMAN’s JBL and Crown

DEQUINCY, Louisiana – The Pentecostal Church in DeQuincy, Louisiana required an upgrade to its sound system, and with a change from a center cluster long overdue, Pastor Wayne Neyland turned to Sulphur, Louisiana systems integrator Advanced Audio Video Technologies (www.advancedav.biz) and HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line arrays and Crown amplifiers to bring the sanctuary’s sound up to date.

Not that the church rushed to make up for lost time, they contacted Advanced after asking around and getting a referral from another church in town. “Although the sanctuary only seats 700, the church wanted the best, and we were determined to provide it, so I took my time with the design to make sure we got it exactly right,” said Advanced owner Ethan Miller. The pastor and church personnel demoed several different models from various manufacturers and Miller had many conversations with Brad Ricks at HARMAN about recommended speaker selection and placement.

“As soon as the pastor heard the JBL VERTEC VT4886 subcompact line array loudspeaker he said, ‘that’s the speaker,’” noted Miller. Advanced went with 16 VT4886 subcompact line array elements, eight per side flown from the left and right of the pulpit to cover the floor and balcony of the sanctuary. In addition, two JBL PRX418S and two JBL ASB6125 subwoofers were installed and will be moved under the platform on either side during a planned remodelling project. Four Crown I-Tech 9000HD series amplifiers drive the speakers. Completing the system are a Soundcraft Vi1 digital console and Compact Stagebox.

“Even though I know the loudspeakers and amps are designed to work together, I have to say that this was an easy project,” Miller stated. “We worked closely with Ricks and HARMAN from the very beginning in engineering the system, and the extra time we took up front paid big dividends. The Crown amplifiers are very easy to use and the fact that they’re optimized to work with JBL VERTEC line arrays really saved on system setup and tuning.”

In fact, during one point in the process, one of the amplifiers indicated that one of the loudspeakers had a different impedance than it was supposed to have. It turned out that one of the loudspeakers wasn’t connected properly. “The Crown’s built-in monitoring enabled us to figure out the problem and correct it immediately,” Miller said.

In some cases, however, there’s nothing like a person’s experience and ears: “When we first set up the system the loudspeakers were dead-on in covering the seating area, but there was a bit more sound coming off the walls than we liked. All we had to do was turn the loudspeakers in a few degrees and the sound went from good to superb.”

“The VERTECs work beautifully in this space – far from being overkill, the clarity and headroom are outstanding and the system can handle anything without the slightest hint of strain. The overall sound is nothing less than amazing.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, 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 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

Southwestern Assembly of God U Installs Yamaha NUAGE DAW System

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Located in Waxahachie, TX, Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) began as a regional bible school and later, added a junior college program. The university has experienced phenomenal enrollment increases from 596 students in 1991 to approximately 2,200 today. In 2013, the academic divisions of the university realigned into three colleges: the College of Bible & Church Ministries, the College of Business and Education, and the College of Music and Communication Arts. All colleges maintain Bible-based curriculum to fulfill the mission of SAGU. Since 2000, SAGU has added 24 new academic programs, bringing the total to more than 60 programs.

Recently, SAGU added a 48-Fader Yamaha NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System, purchased through Audio DAWG of Irving, Texas. The system is installed in a dedicated studio for commercial production that is available for rental and an academic learning lab for Digital Media Arts students. Internships are being offered for students in the program, but they will also have to complete at least one major audio project using the studio, with staff engineer assistance.

“I started using Nuendo 2.0 in 2003 as an upgrade from Cubase SX which I was strictly using for MIDI programming, states John Cookman, Chief Engineer and Director of Media Services and Production. My DAW at the time was a PARIS system that had been discontinued, and I needed a DAW that could keep up with where I was leaving off. Wow! Nuendo really did that and more.”

Cookman purchased NUAGE primarily because he had grown tired of recording/editing/mixing with a mouse and keyboard. “I always sensed that my creativity was being stifled due to the inefficient ways of keyboard and mouse work flow, Cookman says. I had originally planned to purchase a Euphonix system because of its acclaimed integration with Nuendo, but once I demoed the NUAGE at NAB 2013, I decided it was much more practical to buy a console that was specifically made for the Nuendo platform and would also be supported by Nuendo’s parent company, Yamaha. From the first minute I sat down with the NUAGE, I have felt at home.”

The Digital Media Arts BA degree is the path for all of SAGU media students, and the department is moving toward an audio recording degree path. They do offer an audio recording class that is mandatory for all DMA students. Each student will be doing at least one project on the NUAGE. SAGU averages roughly 20 students in the audio recording class per semester.

Technically, SAGU is not a house of worship but they do have daily chapel services. “My department has started up a live and on-demand outlet to view and listen to services (www.SAGU.tv chapel channel), notes Cookman. This is a multi-camera and multi channel audio mix for broadcast TV using our DMA students as student workers. We also do sports broadcasting as well.”

Two main facilities are used for broadcasting, the largest auditorium seats approximately 2,300. During the school year the auditorium is occupied mostly by students. The other auditorium is a new performing arts theater seating 625. “Our NUAGE system is directly integrated to this room so that we can use it as a sound stage to record from,” adds Cookman.

Cookman appreciates the NUAGE state-of-the-art approach adding in the elements of the analog workflow to a digital non-linear workflow. “Now I am able to access the best of both worlds concerning work flow. Yamaha has done an outstanding job at connecting the user to efficient workflow systems. The way they have integrated NUAGE with the DAW (especially Nuendo) has empowered the engineer with hands-on tools that are unprecedented in our industry.”

Specific features that were attractive in SAGU’s decision process were the motorized faders, one-touch navigation to any parameter, and the ability to edit each parameter microscopically with professional grade encoders. “Faders and buttons impact our work environment everyday. Being able to reach over and instantly access channel data makes workflow so efficient. Now, I don’t have to spend time scrolling with my mouse and keyboard keeping me from really getting into that creative zone. The NUAGE is a “Must Have” for every DAW.”

John Cookman has been in the industry for 30 years, and 18 of those were spent in the non-linear DAW world. “Since I started working with NUAGE, I finally feel like I am tapping into the top layer of my potential as a engineer and producer. In May, we released a Christian music project for an outside artist (I was hired to produce and record/edit/mix). Within 45 days, we charted at #10 on the Billboard Hot Christian charts and the next week, we topped out at #8. The artist was the only independent artist in the top 100 at that time. I attribute a lot of that to the flexibility the NUAGE brought us to use more of our creative brain rather than engineering brain.”

Cookman says he is budgeting for a smaller NUAGE setup for broadcast remix in SAGU’s master control room currently using Nuendo.

For more information on SAGU, visit www.sagu.edu.

For more information on Audio DAWg, visit www.audiodawg.com.

For more information on NUAGE, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PICTURED: John Cookman

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

This One’s For You: Sound Image and Jimmy Buffett Celebrate 40 Years On the Road Together Using HARMAN’s Crown I-Tech HD Amps and JBL VTX Line Arrays

ESCONDIDO, California — Jimmy Buffett has been extolling the laid-back pleasures of Margaritaville, having a Cheeseburger In Paradise and the fact that it’s Five O’Clock Somewhere since he recorded his first album in 1970. For 2014, San Diego’s Sound Image is celebrating 40 years as Buffett’s live sound provider with a new touring system based around HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers.

“When it comes to connecting with the audience, I think you can safely say that nobody’s better at it than Jimmy Buffett,” said Dave Shadoan, who partnered with Sound Image’s founder and partner, the late Ross Ritto, in 1971. “His fans hang onto every word at his live shows and they deserve nothing less than the best sound we can deliver.”

Buffett’s audience certainly isn’t going to have to strain to hear him sing. The live sound rig consists of 80 Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers driving 52 JBL VTX V25 line array loudspeakers and 24 S28 cardioid-arrayable subwoofers. “We generally hang 14 V25 loudspeakers per side in the main array, with eight S28 subs next to them and 12 V25 loudspeakers in each of the left and right side hangs,” noted Sound Image front of house engineer Rich Davis. Depending on the venue, Davis will add more S28 subwoofers at the middle of the stage to fill out any void in the low frequencies, plus three S28 subs on each side if necessary. “We were in sheds at the start of the tour and will be outdoors through October.”

Davis noted that the biggest issue Buffett will have with a sound system is keeping the low end from building up on the “deck” that makes up the floor of the stage. “That’s one of the reasons I like to spread out the subwoofers and not use massive ground stacks,” he said.

Davis sets up the system using JBL’s HiQnet Performance Manager™ system control software. “The latest version of Performance Manager saves us a lot of time and simplifies the entire configuration and calibration process,” Davis pointed out. “It enables us to go deeply into the I-Tech HD’s many DSP functions, filters and crossovers and fine-tune the sound. It also gives me automatic control screens for each of the line array columns and if I need to edit, modify, add or delete a hang, it’s actually easy instead of being a time-consuming chore.”

Davis notes that he rarely needs any EQ on the high end and that the system is smooth from top to bottom. “We did a show in Raleigh and I walked up on the lawn, which was about 430 feet from the speaker stacks and there was solid low end all the way in the back of the lawn, which never happened before. This new system is more coherent and the low end really holds up.”

“The PA is super stable,” Davis added. “Jimmy is known for talking between songs and when he talks to the other band members it’s often sideways off the mic. I can ram that fader all the way up so that he can be heard and the system still doesn’t have any problems.”

“It’s been an honor, a privilege and a great time working with Jimmy all these years,” Shadoan concluded. “The only thing missing in this 40th year is my former partner and Jimmy’s former monitor engineer, Ross Ritto. Sound Image has always been about technological innovation and I know Ross would be thrilled to hear what we’re doing with Jimmy on his 2014 This One’s For You tour.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, 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 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

NEUTRIK ANNOUNCES opticamSWITCH® FIBER OPTIC CAMERA SWITCH

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Charlotte, NC – August 2014… Neutrik USA, the leading supplier of robust and reliable professional connectivity solutions for audio, video, and data, is pleased to introduce opticamSWITCH, the ultimate solution for fiber optic camera routing within broadcast studios. opticamSWITCH eliminates the need for high-maintenance, risky SMPTE matrix patch fields by automating camera-to-CCU connections, routing both fiber and power. more

Sennheiser Helps Houses of Worship Take the Straight and Narrow to Pristine Audio with New ‘Praise Pack’ Microphone Bundle

Praise Pack Is Tailored for the Needs of Small and Medium Sized Churches, Consisting of Four e 835 Dynamic Microphones Housed in Specially Embroidered Gator Case

Old Lyme, CT, August 25, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it has launched Praise Pack: a special new microphone bundle focused on the small to midsize house of worship (HOW) market. The new bundle, which consists of four e 835 dynamic vocal microphones along with four pouches and mic stand clips, come snugly packaged in a specially embroidered, road ready Gator case.

The new bundle, priced at just $349 (a savings of more than $100 if each mic was pur-chased separately), represents a great opportunity for churches to realize clear audio re-production with four of Sennheiser’s best selling microphones. Each e835 microphone comes with a 10-year warranty and fits neatly into the black Gator case, which has ‘Senn-heiser Praise Team’ embroidered on its exterior.

“The new Sennheiser Praise Pack is perfect for small to mid-sized churches that want to make their worship services more intelligible and sonically pleasing,” said Dawn Birr, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Integrated Systems, Sennheiser. “The e 835 is a versatile, high quality microphone that is able to cut through high on-stage levels, has great feedback rejection properties and is a great technical addition to any worship service. The Praise Pack provides great protection for each mic and is ready to go at a moment’s notice.”

Sennheiser e 835 microphone features:

• Dynamic cardioid microphone for speech and vocals
• Cuts through high on-stage levels
• Clear reproduction with a high presence
• Consistent sound quality (varying distances, moving off axis)
• Handles high sound pressure levels
• Isolates handling noise, hum compensating coil
• Excellent feedback rejection
• Rugged metal housing

The new Praise Pack is a great way for small churches to begin realizing clear and crisp audio for either music or spoken word. It is also a great way for mid-sized churches to in-crease the breadth and quality of their microphone collection with four road tested, quality products from Sennheiser. To learn more about the Praise pack or to purchase, please visit www.sennheiser.com/praisepack.

The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser em-ploys more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Bel-gium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Rus-sia, Hongkong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mex-ico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Senn-heiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call cen-ters, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.

More up-to-date information about Sennheiser is available on the Internet at www.sennheiser.com.

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Sennheiser’s new Praise Pack consists of (4) e 835 dynamic vocal microphones, (4) mic pouches and (4) mic stand clips, all housed in a rugged and specially embroidered Gator case.

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New JVC ProHD Broadcaster Server and GY-HM890 Cameras Help WDBJ7 Expand Live ENG Reports and Reduce Operational Costs

WAYNE, NJ – When the University of Virginia Cavaliers advanced to the College World Series in June, CBS affiliate WDBJ7, which serves the Roanoke-Lynchburg, Va., market (DMA #66), covered the team’s games at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. For an assignment like this, the station would usually send one of its satellite trucks and an operator, along with a reporter. This time, however, the station only sent a reporter with one of the station’s 16 new JVC GY-HM890 ProHD shoulder-mount camcorders.

According to Alan Novitsky, WDBJ7 director of engineering and IT, the setup provided “flawless live shots that looked absolutely fantastic.” It also eliminated a roughly 2,300-mile round trip for the station’s satellite truck, which provided significant operational cost savings.

In the field, the GY-HM890 is paired with a Verizon 4G LTE modem that connects directly to the camera via USB. At the station, JVC’s new BR-800 ProHD Broadcaster server manages the HD streams from the cameras and routes them through four Teradek decoders for live reports. Novitsky said each camera’s embedded Zixi advanced error correction, combined with the ProHD Broadcaster, has created such a highly reliable single modem streaming system that WDBJ7 will purchase more decoders and expand its live ENG capabilities next year.

WDBJ7 debuted the new camcorders on the air in late May. One of its first live shots was coverage of steeple repairs at St. Andrew’s Church in downtown Roanoke from a helicopter. Since then, one of the JVC cameras provided exclusive live coverage of a tanker truck crash in June, and another delivered live shots from a Ferris wheel at the Salem Fair in early July. WDBJ7 is one of nine television stations in six states owned by Mishawaka, Ind.-based Schurz Communications, Inc.

The cameras were purchased through JVC broadcast sales representative Digital Video Group (DVG) to upgrade the station’s aging Panasonic SD ENG camcorders to HD. “Not only does the upgrade deliver native HD acquisition in the field, but it offers native file recording for ingest without transcoding into our new Grass Valley Stratus/Edius post system,” Novitsky added. “Plus, now that we’ve moved to non-proprietary SD cards, our recording media is more accessible and less expensive.”

On average, WDBJ7 features three live shots from its new JVC camcorders during its nightly newscasts, in addition to live shots from our satellite and microwave trucks. “We have been very satisfied with our new fleet of JVC ENG cameras as well as our Broadcaster server,” Novitsky said. “We’ve got great video quality, reliable and cost effective live ENG reports from the field, and a happy news director.”

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, with West Coast operations in Long Beach, California, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, D-ILA front projection systems, and Super LoLux HD video security products. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

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FOR-A to Intro Versatile XT2000 Video Switcher at IBC 2014

Unit well suited for many production environments, including OB truck, live event, TV studio, house of worship and educational settings

Tokyo, Japan – At the upcoming IBC Show, taking place September 12-16 in Amsterdam, FOR-A Company Limited will unveil its HVS-XT2000 video production switcher, the newest addition to the XT switcher family. A flexible unit allowing up to 40 SDI inputs and 22 outputs, the easy-to-use XT2000 includes powerful features unavailable in other switchers in its class. FOR-A will showcase the XT2000 in its IBC booth, Hall 2, Stand A51.

The XT2K has a number of groundbreaking features and technologies never before enjoyed by operators. One exclusive feature of the 2 M/E XT2000 is MELite™, which allows a traditional AUX bus to transform into a functional M/E with cut, mix, wipe and key control. The unit runs on what has been dubbed a V6 XT2K engine, ready for SD, HD, Full HD (3G) and 4K production. The MELite™ feature provides the XT2000 with the production capabilities of a fully functional 6 M/E switcher. MELite™ is the building block for even more powerful, yet easy to use features such as upstream and downstream transition effects. Operators can deploy a MELite™ as a third M/E, transforming the switcher to a 3 M/E switcher with a 3 M/E panel. Users can also add a 1 M/E panel and allow a second operator to have the added power of a second fully functional switcher in another location, all from the V6 XT2K engine. The versatile, cost efficient HVS-XT2000 gives operators the power of 6 M/Es for multiple, independent, on-stage monitor display control.

Another exclusive feature of the switcher is ONStage™, a newly developed technology designed specifically for staging events, such as house of worship or corporate events where multiple image magnification displays are used, each with independent transitions. This is the first switcher mode that allows operators to see mix, wipe, key and DVE changes with full preview control connected directly to the lever arm transition area. With ONStage™, operators have more power and creativity in their video switching than ever before.

Another feature that provides additional flexibility and customization is FLEXaKEY™. With FLEXaKEY™, operators can tailor their production needs by adding and moving key and DVE layers to traditional M/E resources or to MELite™ resources. FLEXaKEY™ allows operators to select and multiply the layers and graphics they need, when they need them.

The switcher includes a four-channel media player capable of still image and clip store with memory back-up. Its panel memory system, P-MEM™, includes simple panel snap shot recall or events, sequence and macro memory recalls. Within the XT2000 is a new FOR-A-developed menu system inspired from customer feedback around the world. Called Midas Touch™, the menu system allows for easy configuration changes and full system control. The V6 XT2K includes frame synchronizers on every input, including valuable frame grab for image capture on any input. Re-sizer for SD to HD migration is also included. Furthermore, the system offers a total of 12 keyers, with up to 12 floating 2.5D and 3.0D DVE effects, and multiple user configurable multi-viewers are available with the switcher.

The switcher also features an easy to operate, highly functional control panel. The XT2000 control panel features crystal clear OLED source names displays, multiple color LED buttons, rich selection of user buttons, and built in touch screen menu and remote shotbox options.

“The XT2000 switcher was designed based on significant customer feedback,” said Hiro Tanoue, President of FOR-A Corporation of America. “Users of the XT2000 will find it to be a value rich, efficient, and easy to operate system that gives them limitless capabilities in their video production environment.”

The XT2000 is ideal for a wide variety of applications, including OB truck, live event, television studio, house of worship and educational settings. The switcher will start shipping in Q1 2015.

About FOR-A
FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, visit our web site at www.for-a.co.jp

DPA Microphones Expands Sales Force

U.S. office welcomes three new Area Sales Managers; promotes new General Manager

LONGMONT, CO, AUGUST 25, 2014 – DPA Inc., the U.S. branch of DPA Microphones, is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher Spahr, Pedro Rocha and Leonardo Romero as Area Sales Managers for the Eastern U.S., Western U.S. and Southern U.S./Latin America, respectively. The company has also promoted Shan Siebert to General Manager of the Longmont, Colorado-based office. After a year of unprecedented growth for the U.S. operations, these latest assignments signify the company’s continued commitment to its customers in the region.

“This announcement comes at a very exciting time for DPA Microphones’ U.S. operations,” says Eric Mayer, President of DPA, Inc. “Not only does this serve as an example of how our brand recognition has expanded, but it also means that we’ll be able to further grow our fan base throughout the Americas. In addition, these appointments will allow me to perform my day-to-day strategy, sales and marketing responsibilities more effectively, giving us the opportunity for even greater success. Welcome aboard, Pedro, Leonardo and Chris, and congratulations Shan!”

Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, Leonardo Romero has more than 20 years experience in the U.S., Latin American and Middle Eastern markets. In addition to joining DPA, Inc. as Area Sales Manager for Southern U.S., he will also oversee DPA Microphones’ distributors in Canada and Latin America. He comes to the company from Teldyne Reson, manufacturer of high-tech sonar and hydrophone devices, where he served as Latin America Sales Director. With a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Irvine, Romero has held sales positions for a variety of companies across the oil, printing and software markets, including Lub-Line Corporation; OneVision Software, AG; Esko-Graphics; Budde International, Inc. and Newgen Systems. He will build on these experiences to help with DPA’s presence in the HOW, theme park and cruise ship markets.

With a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Barry University and a recording arts associate’s degree from Full Sail University, Christopher Spahr’s 20-year career spans the music, recording arts and pro sound industries. He comes to DPA Microphones as Area Sales Manager for Eastern U.S. from RTW, where he oversaw U.S. sales and operations. Prior to that, he spent seven years as a Market Development Manager and certified U.S. RF Expert for Sennheiser, in both the installed sound and professional channels. He has also served as Staff Engineer at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida and performed live sound work for various concerts, corporate functions and theater applications. These experiences make Philadelphia-based Spahr an excellent candidate to grow DPA’s reach on the East Coast and in the broadcast, theater and music markets.

A former Film Sound Instructor with The Los Angeles Film School, Pedro Rocha joins DPA Microphones as Area Sales Manager for Western U.S. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in electronics and telecommunications engineering from the Santo Domingo Institute of Technology, Rocha also earned a certificate degree in audio engineering from the Musician’s Institute and attended Full Sail University’s online entertainment business master’s program. Prior to his teaching position, Rocha served as an Avid Pro Tools® Marketing Specialist and as a pro audio and musical instrument Sales Representative for a variety of retailers, which will serve him well for his current position. In addition to his responsibilities of West Coast sales, Rocha will also be tasked with overseeing growth in the film and music industries.

Building on his five-year tenure with the company, Shan Siebert has been promoted to General Manager from his role as Service Manager, which he has held since 2010. In this new position, Siebert will oversee the day-to-day operations of the U.S. office, including distribution, technical assistance and loan facilitation. Prior to joining DPA Microphones, Shan served as a Radio Installer in the United States Army for four years, learning to solder and repair electrical equipment, and later earned a pastry degree that led to his own dessert company, where he learned the intricacies of business management. This unique background gives Siebert the perfect combination of trade and financial experience to manage and oversee DPA’s U.S. office.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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