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Markus Dehmer Joins Meyer Sound Germany as Sales Manager, Install

Meyer Sound Germany has appointed industry veteran Markus Dehmer to Sales Manager, Install. Tasked with supporting theatre and studio customers throughout Germany, Dehmer joins a sales team that also includes Florian Kresse, project manager, install; and Chris Wiedenbeck, sales manager, install.

“Our goal has always been to offer customers cutting-edge audio solutions that are best suited to their project requirements,” says Sascha Khelifa, managing director of Meyer Sound Germany. “This requires a team that brings substantial expertise across the entire installation project lifecycle. We’re proud to welcome Markus to Meyer Sound.”

Dehmer previously led the pro audio department of Mörfelden-Walldorf-based system integrator Landau Electronic, where he was responsible for Meyer Sound loudspeaker installations in locations such as City Casino Basel and CongressForum Frankenthal. His past experience also includes positions at Munich-based studio equipment provider SMM and Mainz-based system integrator BFE.

“As a system consultant working with Meyer Sound products, the company always provided me with the perfect tools and support to achieve the best results possible,” says Dehmer. “Meyer Sound has won me over completely, and I’m excited to join the team.”

Dehmer will be based in the Meyer Sound Germany office in Montabaur. He can be reached at markus.dehmer@meyersound.de or at +49 2602 999 08 32.

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Meyer Sound Strengthens Constellation Team with Mac Johnson and Melody Parker

To build on the growing demand for Constellation® acoustic systems, Meyer Sound has bolstered its team with the appointment of Mac Johnson to Constellation Program Manager and Melody Parker to Associate Acoustic Engineer.

“Since the launch of Constellation, the system has revolutionized the acoustics in live performance venues. Our customers are adapting the system’s capabilities for new applications like meeting rooms, recording studios, classrooms, and restaurants,” says Antonio Zacarias, vice president of worldwide sales for Meyer Sound. “With Mac and Melody’s wealth of experience, we’re ready to help customers from all areas find the best solutions for their acoustic needs.”

As Constellation program manager, Johnson drives all aspects of the company’s Constellation efforts, from lead development to design, sales, and commissioning of systems. Johnson has been an integral part of Meyer Sound’s Constellation team since 2011, when he transferred from the company’s education program. Prior to joining Meyer Sound, Johnson was managing partner of a sound rental company in Charleston, S.C. He has extensive experience as a production manager, sound designer, and FOH engineer.

As associate acoustic engineer, Parker provides project support for Constellation and Libra™ acoustic image systems. Parker was formerly an acoustical consultant at Charles M. Salter Associates and a music analyst for Pandora. She has a master’s degree in architectural acoustics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree in music from UC Berkeley.

Including the new additions, Constellation is backed by a team of experts such as Grammy-winning recording engineer John Pellowe, and scientist Roger Schwenke, Ph.D. The group supports consultants, integrators, and venue users from specification through design, installation, and commissioning. To date, more than 60 systems have been installed around the world. Recent Constellation installation locations include Denmark’s Jyske Bank, Calgary-based energy company Enbridge, the Louisiana Digital Media Center at LSU, France’s Vendéspace, and The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.

Mac Johnson can be reached at mac@meyersound.com, while Melody Parker can be reached at melody@meyersound.com. Both are based in Meyer Sound’s Berkeley, Calif. headquarters.

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Harmonic Makes Future of Video a Reality With Cutting-Edge Broadcast and Multiscreen Solutions at IBC2014

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Aug. 13, 2014 — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, will demonstrate a variety of technologies and solutions set to transform video production and delivery in the broadcast, cable, telco, satellite, and multiscreen environments at IBC2014, stand 1.B20. From virtualized video infrastructures to Ultra HD encoding and delivery, Harmonic’s market-leading solutions enable operators to deploy lower-cost, flexible video architectures with pristine video quality to maximize the value of their existing bandwidth and drive new revenue-generating services. more

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Revolabs InfoComm India 2014 — Booth F63

“InfoComm India 2014 is an excellent opportunity to reconnect with the many system integrators, dealers, distributors, and customers in this region who take the time to travel to the show. At this year’s event, we look forward to introducing a new and cost-effective conferencing solution, the Revolabs Elite Wired Microphones — a first for our company,” said S.L. Dorairaju, Country Manager – India, Revolabs India. more

BenQ Cares Program Offers RevolutionEyes(TM) LCD Monitor Upgrade to University Students

Students Can Win a New High-Performance BenQ Monitor Just in Time for Back to School

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Aug. 12, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of Classroom IQ solutions, today announced that the company’s BenQ Cares initiative will offer university students the opportunity to replace their out-of-date or underperforming LCD monitor with a new RevolutionEyes(TM) monitor from BenQ — just in time for the fall semester. The contest is open to part- or full-time students across the United States currently enrolled in an accredited college or university for the 2014-2015 academic year. BenQ Cares provides discounts to qualifying schools, colleges, and universities for the company’s Classroom IQ solutions, which are designed to transform classrooms into collaborative learning spaces. more

Xytech Launches MediaPulse Cloud at IBC 2014

Company Redefines Facility Management Software with MediaPulse 2014

IBC Stand # 6.C22

(Mission Hills, CA/London, UK) – Xytech, the market leader in facility management software for the broadcast, production, media services and video transmission industries, will introduce MediaPulse Cloud at IBC 2014. MediaPulse Cloud delivers the complete functionality of Xytech’s flagship MediaPulse platform in a secure, managed solution operating 24/7/365. With Xytech’s scalable cloud offering, customers will no longer need to purchase, maintain and upgrade their own IT infrastructure.

The innovations present in MediaPulse Cloud represent a significant advancement for the industry-leading facility management system and offer unparalleled flexibility, whenever and wherever users need it. Compatible with any IT environment, MediaPulse Cloud works seamlessly with Windows PCs and tablets, Macs, iPads and Android tablets.

Xytech MediaPulse Cloud


Xytech invested in a high performance, fault tolerant infrastructure to ensure MediaPulse Cloud’s responsiveness. Users are set up with unique databases to ensure security, and MediaPulse Cloud is supported by industry best practices.

In addition to MediaPulse Cloud, the latest version of Xytech’s MediaPulse platform will also be on display at IBC. MediaPulse 2014 delivers asset management, order management, resource management and financial management in a configurable, platform-independent, browser-based application.

The 2014 release includes hundreds of new features and performance improvements. The new features center on four core areas:

User Interface
SKY 2014, the platform-independent and browser-based interface for MediaPulse, has been upgraded to include a complete graphical scheduling application, real time dashboards for user-defined KPIs and a form editor to modify all screens.

Media Order and Transmission Order modules have also received significant enhancements, enabling users to create complex order profiles with a simple click.

System Interoperability
MediaPulse 2014 features new adapters for Miranda, Telestream, Avid AirSpeed and Avid Capture, expanding integration capabilities and facilitating automated workflows involving a huge range of third party systems via Xytech’s Digital Order technology. Clients can also add any hardware platform to the MediaPulse ecosystem using our unique MediaPulse Adapter technology and new SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) tool.

Asset Management
Xytech’s new MetaVault MAM (Media Asset Management system) provides a complete content backbone for the creation and storage of files, proxies and metadata. This new functionality makes integrating multiple MAMs, including those from other vendors, into a comprehensive, federated solution a reality.

Internationalization
MediaPulse 2014 includes a host of fully supported Language Packs to facilitate global usage. German is now offered in addition to French (European dialect), Korean, Norwegian and Portuguese. Additional Language Packs are available upon order.

“Xytech continues to define the marketplace with the most innovative and client-centric products available,” said Greg Dolan, Chief Operating Officer of Xytech. “We are intensely focused on our clients’ need for flexible, scalable solutions to the issues they face, and we feel that MediaPulse Cloud raises the bar for facility management. Over the past year, we’ve tested the system throughout the US, UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and users around the world consistently tell us that MediaPulse Cloud delivers superior performance. We’ve also increased the power of MediaPulse with our 2014 release, giving our customers the competitive edge they need to succeed in today’s market. At Xytech, we are always moving forward.”

Greg Dolan, CEO - Xytech


Visit Xytech at IBC 2014, Stand 6.C22.

About Xytech
Xytech is the leading global provider of facility management software for the media and broadcast industries. For over 25 years, the world’s best media services companies, broadcasters, and transmission facilities have depended on Xytech to run their businesses. Xytech’s collaborative MediaPulse platform is the only end-to-end solution for the complete content lifecycle, providing scheduling, automation, asset management, billing, and cost recovery in a scalable, platform-independent application. Xytech has over 450 software deployments in more than 20 countries around the world, and the company is headquartered in Mission Hills, California, with regional offices in New York and London. For more information, please visit www.XytechSystems.com or call +1.818.698.4900 (US) or +44 (0)20.7903.5170 (UK).

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Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI) CEDIA EXPO 2014 — Booth 476

“We’re very excited to meet with our valued partners and customers at this year’s CEDIA to not only showcase our latest products, but also highlight newly developed two-way drivers and updates to the APEX control platform. We’ve got a host of new and never-before-seen products that we can’t wait to exhibit at the show.” — Pete Baker, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for RTI more

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Harmonic Helps The Weather Channel Improve Efficiency and Flexibility

Harmonic Ingest, Storage, Playout, and Transcoding Systems Enable Agile Production and Delivery of Timely Multiplatform News and Programming

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Aug. 12, 2014 – Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, today announced that The Weather Channel(C) has deployed a comprehensive ingest, playout, and transcoding solution from Harmonic to support the network’s content acquisition management system. The network also installed a complement of new Harmonic systems in its master control for short- and long-form program playout.

The new broadcast infrastructure at The Weather Channel headquarters in Atlanta enables a much higher degree of automation, as well as better tracking of audio, video, and data — and more effective use of these assets in creating the unique content for which the network is known. These benefits extend beyond production and broadcast operations to providing additional programming and data for other business units, such as WSI, weather.com, and Weather Underground.

“Because we cannot send crews to hundreds of locations each day, we rely on local talent and local users to generate content for us, and this means we get a significant amount of inbound content in just about every format imaginable,” said Philip Grossman, senior director of content acquisition and management at The Weather Channel. “From transcoding and ingest to high-speed shared storage and playback for live TV, Harmonic is at the core of our operations. With this installation we can process as many as 200 videos an hour in up to six different bit rates, and we can scale the system beyond this as needed.”

The Harmonic solution includes the ProMedia(R) Carbon file-based transcoder for transcoding with WFS(TM) file-based workflow engine control; Spectrum MediaDeck(TM) integrated media servers for ingest; a Harmonic MediaGrid shared storage system; and, for playout, a new Spectrum(TM) media server system comprising a MediaStore(TM) 5000 storage array, MediaDirector(TM) media server controllers, and MediaPort(TM) real-time video encoder/decoders. These systems are connected to an enterprise service bus (ESB) that establishes interoperability among systems and provides their functionality through scalable services within a service-oriented architecture.

As a result, The Weather Channel has been able to increase efficiency and flexibility for covering multiple simultaneous weather-based news events, as well as the agility that allows it to adapt quickly to changing market demands without interrupting ongoing programming and services. The greater capacity of the new Harmonic Spectrum systems in master control, along with support for the latest codecs, helps The Weather Channel free up storage space while reducing the need for file conversions, which saves time and streamlines the overall flow of content from production to playout.

“We have a long history with The Weather Channel, and we are proud to play a role in its continued evolution as the preeminent source of timely weather-related news and information,” said John Scaggs, director of sales at Harmonic. “The network’s broadcast infrastructure is designed to be adaptive and interactive so that it can continually provide the functionality essential to the top-tier multiplatform offering of weather-focused content by The Weather Channel.”

A two-minute “Industry Spotlight” video about The Weather Channel content acquisition management system is available on the Harmonic website at http://www.harmonicinc.com/content/weather-channel-content-acquisition-and-management-industry-spotlight.

At stand 1.B20 during IBC2014, Sept. 12-16, in Amsterdam, Harmonic will showcase its comprehensive line of market-leading solutions that optimize the production and delivery of high-value video services. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s products is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

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About Harmonic
Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure for emerging television and video services. The company’s production-ready innovation enables content and service providers to efficiently create, prepare, and deliver differentiated services for television and new media video platforms. More information is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements related to the anticipated capabilities and benefits of Harmonic’s MediaDirector(TM), MediaGrid, MediaPort(TM), MediaStore(TM) 5000, Spectrum(TM), Spectrum MediaDeck(TM), ProMedia(R) Carbon products and WFS(TM) workflow engine control products. Our expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize and are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the possibility that the products do not meet some or all of their anticipated capabilities or provide some or all of their anticipated benefits, such as higher degree of automation, better tracking of audio, video and data, increased efficiency and flexibility, agility and quick adaptation to changing market without interruption to ongoing programming and services, time saving, and streamlined overall flow of content from production to playout.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, such as those more fully described in Harmonic’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2013, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and its Current Reports on Form 8-K. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Harmonic as of the date hereof, and Harmonic disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

EDITOR’S NOTE - Product and company names used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Visit Harmonic at IBC2014, Stand 1.B20

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SSL Live Joins the 2014 World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) Festival

“The flexibility of surface offered by the SSL is unparalleled”

MALMESBURY, ENGLAND, U.K. – Celebrating its 34th year, World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) is an annual eclectic world-music festival of “artists whom we might not get to hear anywhere else” and the largest and most prestigious event of its kind. As with WOMADs of the past, Britannia Row Productions Ltd. once again provided sound services for the festival. But this year had a new team member – SSL Live consoles at FOH for two stages: the main Open Air Stage and at WOMAD’s new Society of Sound marquee.

Having worked as front of house and system engineer in WOMAD’s Siam Tent last year, New Zealander Johnny Keirle returned to mix FOH at the Open Air Stage. An SSL Live console was used by Keirle to mix acts travelling without a FOH engineer. “The SSL Live provides an intuitive, logical workflow and is very easy to use in a festival situation,” he says. “Despite the time restrictions and last minute changes that can prove difficult and stressful at a festival, the console proved to be perfect for our setup.”

The collection of acts that Keirle mixed included the eight-piece traditional Cuban ensemble Septeto Santiagero, Italian folk traditionalist Anna Cinzia Cillani and her Macuran Orchestra and Ethiopian jazz master Mulatu Astatke, who performed just before founding WOMAD headliner and Senegalese icon Yousou N’Dour. Over on the Society of Sound stage Live was coupled with the unique Bowers & Wilkins ‘Sound System’ to deliver pristine high fidelity audio to a discerning audience who enjoyed an impressively diverse collection of experimental artists including: Radiophonic Workshop, Beardyman, 9Bach, Justin Adams and Iarla Ó Lionárd.

For Keirle, the most appealing feature of Live was the customisability of the surface. “On analogue consoles, you always have everything in front of you at all times,” he says. “Obviously, with digital consoles, this is not the case. So, it’s essential to have channels where they’re needed. The flexibility of the control surface offered by the SSL is unparalleled.”

Keirle also mentions the secondary screen on the Channel Control Tile and its Focus Fader below, which together form the right-hand ‘Focus Channel.’ “The combination of direct-access buttons, push-button rotary encoders and touch screen offer full control across all channel processing,” he continues. “I could work on channel processing while simultaneously using the primary screen for other functions.”

Many engineers begin by mainly using Live’s large, central multi-touch screen but like Keirle quickly started to see the benefits of its Channel Control Tile. “As I familiarised myself with the console’s layout and workflow, I found I preferred to use the secondary, smaller screen with its direct access buttons and associated rotary encoders,” he adds. “The Focus Channel offers quicker access to various channel functions and has the added benefit of physical knobs, which I find preferable to the touch screen or a fader flip for fine-tuning and tweaking.”

With a new digital console it can be a challenge to understand its workflow and find the best method of operation but not so for Keirle with Live. “For me, the simple comfort of being able to have my faders laid out exactly as I wanted, in conjunction with full control over channel processing on the second screen, made it easy to quickly get underway,” Keirle says. “This meant I could spend more time working on my mixes, rather than learning how to operate the console. The ability to easily change the console’s configuration is fantastic. Changing inputs or outputs from mono to stereo, or changing auxiliaries from pre- to post-fader is fast and easy, making the creation of suitable mix templates effortless.”

It wasn’t long before Keirle was comfortable pushing the limits of the console. “I began to get more experimental with my show file structuring and layout,” he remarks. “I would change the configuration; make use of multiple stems as subgroups for parallel compression; use various effects units inserted on channels, stems and auxiliaries; run inputs into multiple channels for dedicated effected channels and so on.”

Keirle also found the customisable fader banks and layers very useful for WOMAD’s festival situation. “I found that I could easily reorder channels to work in our festival-patch scenario,” he adds. “So, I adopted a layout that worked well for the bands I was mixing.”

SSL Live’s surface provides three 12-fader banks, or Fader Tiles, each with multiple layers that can be customised with any combination of inputs, outputs, stems, groups, auxiliaries or VCAs. He dedicated the lower, Left Fader Tile to band and instrument inputs and stems on various banks. The Central Fader Tile was used for vocal inputs and dedicated FX send fader and the Upper Fader Tile was used for auxiliary masters and VCA faders.

The loudspeaker system at the Open Air Stage consisted of one dozen L-Acoustics K1s per side, supplemented with 16 SB28 subs and a dozen KARA front-fills. “Using the SSL with the K1 system made for an extremely effortless mix. I never struggled to get anything sounding how I wanted,” Keirle says. “I found SSL Live’s internal effects very easy to dial in and never had any issues with quality of effects sound, which I’ve commonly found to be a weak point in other touring consoles.”

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

Pro Control CEDIA EXPO 2014 — Booth 576

“At CEDIA EXPO 2014, Pro Control will introduce powerful new additions to our product lineup that attendees won’t want to miss. The new Pro.zwi Z-Wave interface facilitates the integration of a variety of Z-Wave-enabled devices into one intuitive control interface, eliminating the need for separate two-way drivers for every device — saving both time and money. We will also highlight the Pro.rfz wireless range extender, which provides a cost-effective solution for expanding the convenience of two-way control and feedback over larger areas. With our robust product family and these new innovations on display, we are looking forward to a great show.”
– Mike Everett, General Manager for Pro Control more

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