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IC Realtime Embraces UL’s 2802 Performance Testing Standard for Camera Image Quality

IC Realtime CEO Matt Sailor is enthusiastic about UL's new testing standard

IC Realtime CEO Matt Sailor believes a standard is crucial to keeping manufacturer’s spec claims honest

Pompano Beach, FL – January 17, 2014 – IC Realtime, a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced visual surveillance solutions for the residential, commercial, military and government sectors, embraces UL’s 2802 Performance Testing Standard for Camera Image Quality.

In the works for more than two years — and released last September — the new standard defines a method to assess video image quality through a series of performance based tests that are conducted on production digital cameras.

Cameras are rated (on a scale of 0 thru 100) on the following parameters: image resolution; distortion; relative illumination; dynamic range; maximum frame rate; gray level; sensitivity; bad pixel count and veiling glare.

”A standard for testing camera performance is crucial in keeping everyone’s claims honest,” says
IC Realtime CEO Matt Sailor, adding “For years IC Realtime’s test labs have been evaluating competitor’s cameras and the amount of deception that we’ve witnessed would blow your mind! I mean cameras that come no where even close to what manufacturer’s state as specifications. It’s truly unfair to the end-user and in the end the integrator’s reputation is put in jeopardy.”

Sailor cautions manufacturers “If you want to compete in my marketplace you’d better follow through and have UL certify your camera’s performance.”

To help create the UL 2802 standard, IC Realtime worked closely with UL, including submitting its B-2000 2-MegaPixel IP Bullet camera to use as part of the testing development process. According to UL, the camera achieved high scores on many of the performance tests, with a certification and the results expected to be published shortly.

For more information on IC Realtime’s products, please contact IC Realtime at 954.772.5327.

For all IC Realtime media inquiries, contact Paul Muto at paul@mutocomm.com or phone 631.849.4301.

About IC Realtime
IC Realtime is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced visual surveillance solutions. The company is founded by experts with a combined 35 years of experience in the development, marketing, sales, installation and support of security and alarm equipment. The company offers a wide variety of analog and IP cameras, DVRs, NVRs, software Apps and accessories. www.icrealtime.com.

ISE Line-up To Feature Presentation by FSR’s Jon Melchin

Melchin to Share Expert Insight on Benefits of Building Information Modeling

Woodland Park, NJ – Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), the world’s best attended tradeshow for the professional AV and electronic systems industry, will feature a comprehensive educational agenda including a presentation by Jon Melchin, FSR Inc.’s Director of Architectural Development. Melchin will offer an expert look into the benefits of Building Information Modeling (BIM) – a 3D design, modeling and simulation technology that has changed the way that architecture is practiced. The presentation is scheduled for 11:30 – 12:30 on Wednesday, 5 February – day 2 of ISE, in Room D204 of the RAI. ISE, a joint venture between InfoComm International and CEDIA, will take place from 4 – 6 February at the RAI in Amsterdam.

Based on extensive experience in the architectural industry, Melchin will impart knowledge and share his views that BIM eclipses the 3D representation of the physical products and functional characteristics of a structure to provide a shared knowledge resource for everyone involved in the design process. The session’s appeal extends to architects as well as interior designers, engineers, contractors, facility owners, AV consultants and system integrators. Discussions will illustrate the opportunity for AV professionals to become involved on the ground level of a project, and explore an actual project highlighting benefits of BIM.

“The ‘I’ in BIM should stand for ‘Involvement’,” said Melchin. “This presentation will invite the members of the audience to participate in a discussion regarding all the advantages of BIM and all the people that can benefit from its implementation. I am delighted to bring my experience to a diverse group of international professionals at ISE!”

Melchin, an accomplished speaker and a Passport Provider with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA-CES), works nationally with the architectural and design community to facilitate the specification of FSR products. Melchin has authored numerous articles that have been published in international trade publications targeting the construction and audiovisual industries, and has over 12 years of experience in the AV business.

FSR will exhibit at ISE in Hall 1, Stand N3. Further information regarding all FSR products can be found at: www.fsrinc.com.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener • 845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmoon.tv

Prism Sound’s Titan Is An Instant Hit With Supa Dups

Grammy Award winning producer and DJ, Supa Dups, has just added a Prism Sound Titan USB multitrack audio interface to his equipment roster, complimenting the Prism Sound Lyra 2 audio interface that is already an integral part of his studio set up.

Supa Dups, who began DJ-ing at the age of 11 and producing at 16, has worked with some of the biggest names in the music business. A member of the influential Black Chiney Sound System, a nod to his Chinese Jamaican heritage, Supa Dups’ breakthrough came in 2004 when he produced Nina Sky’s Turnin’ Me On. He is now one of the most sought after writer/producers around and has worked with numerous artists including Eminem (one track on the Grammy Award winning ‘Recovery’), Mary J Blige, John Legend and Bruno Mars.

“Prism Sound is the Rolls-Royce of converters and there’s nothing else that sounds like it,” he says of his kit. “There is other equipment and then there’s Prism Sound. In fact, the Lyra 2 is my mobile rig now.”

Although he is exceptionally busy, Supa Dups prefers not to name the artists he’s currently working with because not everything recorded in his studio always sees the light of day. But he is very keen to talk about his Prism Sound converters – Titan, which he only recently took delivery of and Lyra 2, which he uses all the time.

“I haven’t had a lot of time to play with Titan yet, but I keep having excellent experiences with Lyra,” he says. “The other day I was working with a band and plugged the guitar and bass into it at the same time and used it right there on the spot. It sounded excellent. We finished everything on it, even the demo vocal. Basically it has become the centrepiece of the studio. Everything about it is awesome.”

Supa Dups spends a lot of time working out of Circle House studios in Miami, and credits the city with having a fantastically diverse music scene.

“It’s like London minus the dub-step, but with an additional overall Caribbean influence which collides with the American sounds. It’s definitely got a style all of its own,” he says.

Proving he’s a man of much versatility, Supa Dups recently finished an entire live reggae album. “I didn’t know I could do that,” he says. “It was a challenge for me but I’d definitely like to be involved in more entire projects in the future and writing classic albums that people will be listening to in decades to come.”

And the Lyra 2 and his new Titan will be with him every step of the way. “There is a lot more to explore with them,” he says. “I’ve used the Lyra 2 for hours and hours and technically I’m not sure I’ve broken the back of it yet. There’s still a lot to learn and play with, but it always sounds awesome.”

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

Christie is “Front and Center” With Launch of New Series of Front Access Christie Entero HB Rear Projection Cubes

It’s “eyes front” for Christie®, a world leader in control room display technology, with the introduction of a new front access video wall cube product that enables seamless high performance rear projection video wall displays with minimal installation and maintenance space required. All the benefits of Christie’s latest and brightest Entero™ HB DLP® LED-based technology display are available in a platform that allows video wall cubes to be positioned directly against a rear wall, removing the need for maintenance space behind. The first front access cube model, the Christie Entero HB 70-inch HD, will be joined by other front access models including 50 inch and 70 inch SXGA+, and 72 inch WUXGA.

Christie Entero HB Front Access Cube

Christie’s front access system design addresses space limitations with the ability to put the cubes up against a wall without compromising performance, image quality or reliability. Customers can gain valuable space in their control room design by placing cubes directly against a wall, while maintaining the narrowest screen gaps in the industry and utilizing a smart air flow design for superior system ventilation.

The front access system is designed to take advantage of the Christie Entero HB systems’ User and Web Interface to enable remote control release of the screen for front service access as well as remotely performing fine geometry alignment by the integrated 6-axis geometry alignment system. Screen and geometry control are provided via the remote control, computer or tablet. The screen is on a slide mechanism and opens up with reliable and consistent positioning, via remote activation of solenoids, providing full access to the internal electronics from the front of the cube array system, allowing for exceptionally quick servicing and minimal downtime during maintenance operations.

“With space at a premium at many installation sites, front access cubes make it possible to install them right up against a wall or a structure,” said Jim Gavloski, director, Product Management, Control Room and Video Wall Display Solutions. “It’s a significant design element that will greatly expand the installation flexibility and ease of maintenance within our entire Christie Entero HB line.”

Christie’s front access system with motorized six-axis adjuster provides precise alterations for perfect image quality. To access system internals, the installer simply engages the intuitive user interface on the chosen device -PC, tablet or even smart phone, and the system pops the screen away from the cube body, allowing the installer to easily move the screen out of the way for full front access. The internal electronics module has been adjusted to make the LED display viewable from the front. Since no space is required behind the display wall cube, it makes them ideal for control room environments where space is restricted.

The new and improved Christie Entero HB video wall projection solution is based on the company’s proven LED platform – introduced first by Christie – which today is found in thousands of installations worldwide. Launched in November 2012, the Christie Entero HB helped to strengthen the company’s dominance in the control room arena, with display cube solutions that are “bigger and better” and set new standards in power efficiency, visual performance and image brightness, with up to 1,350 lumens capability. They feature proprietary third generation ArraySync™ automatic color and brightness management technology that monitors and adjusts color and brightness levels across the video wall in real time for perfectly uniform display wall visuals for the lifetime of the installation. Designed for 24/7 environments, Entero HB products offer the best price, performance and efficiency on the market with a superior and intuitive modular design, easy upgradability, and flexible operation for the demands of power and utilities, government, security and surveillance, and public and emergency services.

“With more than 30 years of industry expertise, Christie is ready to provide its customers with the perfect control room solution, and now, with the new front access system, the fastest way to access the interior electronics of our popular Christie Entero line of display cubes,” said Gavloski.

Control Room Solutions for Mission-Critical Monitoring
Today’s control rooms go beyond traditional displaying and monitoring, and Christie’s collaborative visual solutions are removing boundaries and enabling expansive collaboration for the world’s most mission-critical operations. By integrating stunning zero-maintenance displays with the power of the network, Christie is completely redefining the control room space and setting the stage for an increasingly distributed control room environment. Across every sector in business, commerce and government, Christie is raising the bar to exceed today’s control room operational requirements.

Visualization Just Got Real: CAST Software Releases wysiwyg R32

Lighting designers and production professionals the world over continue to rely on wysiwyg to get the industry’s most realistic virtual previsualizations, ensuring that indeed what you see is what you get!

CAST Software launches version R32 of its wysiwyg design suite. It includes Phase 2 of a major graphics upgrade, ensuring that wysiwyg is the most comprehensive precuing and previsualization graphic application software tool available in the market today.

A demo version of wysiwyg R32 is available at www.cast-soft.com/wysiwyg/demo. Current wysiwyg subscribed users can download the full version of R32 immediately from the ‘Members’ Only Area’ at www.cast-soft.com.

Users agree that apart from the constant adding of new features and other improvements by CAST, what sets wysiwyg apart from others is the realism in previz which means they can precue and test their ideas ahead of time with the confidence that ‘What You See Is What You Get’! This is vital because when a lighting designer proposes new ways of using advanced lighting technology to wow and engage audiences the production team and sometimes the client want to review it in advance. At all levels, the CAST Team takes great pains to help these professionals become more productive, more profitable and more professional. Updated Library Objects includes the newest technology in lighting fixtures, that perform in wysiwyg exactly onscreen as they do on stage. Users are reassured that CAST invests heavily in research and development, driven largely by requests and feedback from them.

Realtime Reflections in Shaded Views

wysiwyg shows reflections in realtime onscreen which means professionals can manage operational costs efficiently because they need fewer renderings of their presentations.

New Volumetric Light Beams
Regardless of which lights are used from wysiwyg’s proprietary library, the new beams and flare are so real that pre-visualization cannot be easily distinguished from a video. This means that professionals can precue with absolute confidence, make their creative decisions, get buy-in and signoff from the team, artists and execs in advance, without even going to the venue.

Light Emission Enhancements and Per Element Static Light Emission
For greater detail and accuracy – and even more wow factor – professionals can use wysiwyg to cue light emissions on only selected parts of an object for all sorts of effect which puts serious creative power at the user’s fingertips.

Over 300 Library Objects
wysiwyg is a unique tool in the industry because of its proprietary library objects that include thousands of moving and fixed lights. There is no other graphic application software tool with the breadth of resources to deliver this reliable precision and extreme realism in previsualization that professionals require. The 300 library additions in R32 include a look at Robin® Pointe, Martin MAC Viper Profile™ and Martin RUSH™ Series.

Hot New Tools in R32
The Wall Tool provides a simpler way to create scalable props and walls. The new Room Builder makes it easy to produce a CAD of a special set or a room. Users with a few clicks can transform into 3D work from scratch, or by tracing over or importing a 2D floor plan. A simple click can insert room height, floor and ceiling.

What Do Some Users Say About R32?

wysiwyg R32 was used for the ‘French TV’ production at France 2, DOP: Patrick Neufond, Set Design: Miguel Hernando. © Patrick Neufond.

Director of Photography, Patrick Neufond uses wysiwyg software for every project ranging from lighting creation to technical scenery. Neufond also uses R32 for his senior lecturer work at Paris-based technical performance arts institution, the Centre de Formation Professionnelle Aux Techniques du Spectacle (CFPTS) and for French-broadcaster France 2 in a recent television production ‘French TV’.

“wysiwyg allows every production to meet technical and financial feasibility. The new R32 adds even more realism and improves my work sessions. Creating lights really do make our productions come to reality!” said Neufond.

Prelite Studios, LLC, San Francisco has been providing realtime previsualization services to the entertainment and architectural industries since the year 2000. Tom Thompson at Prelite Studios said: “We have used wysiwyg throughout the duration of our existence. R32 certainly looks more realistic than any other previz software, with realtime controls to tweak the visualization to look more realistic or improve performance.”

wysiwyg visualizations for Indonesian broadcast productions © Adhi Suresh.

“The Voice of Indonesia”, “Gebyar BCA, “Akademi Fantasi Indosiar (AFI)”, “Take Me Out Indonesia”, “Putri Indonesia (PPI)”, “Indosiar Glory Festival 2013″ and the 19th anniversary of Indosiar TV are just some of the productions in which broadcast engineer Adhi Suresh utilizes wysiwyg. The software is used for the presentation, lighting planning, lighting plotting and visualization for pre-programming as well as video and stage design. Suresh has also used wysywig for the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) multi-sport event involving 11 nations. Here, Suresh utilized wysiwyg to visualize and simulate the look and feel of the production that managed 1,200 intelligent lights, 32 Christie Roadster S+22K-J 3-chip DLP® digital projectors and a giant LED screen measuring 64 meters-wide by 10 meters-high.

“wysiwyg is the best software for me and it has been popular with Indosiar TV as well as other broadcasters. wysiwyg is part of my business and it’s the very best tool for the job,” said Suresh.

“Our design team used the new Volumetric Light Beams feature of R32 which has proven to be very accurate. I love all the new features of wysiwyg R32 and are lucky to have put them to the test in my work for Indonesian broadcasters. I enjoy the constant updates of wysiwyg which will further enable my business to meet the growing demand for spectacular and memorable productions witnessed by audiences of millions,” concluded Suresh.

A video highlighting the power and graphic enhancements of wysiwyg version R32 can be found at: http://bit.ly/1d1JZzC

www.cast-soft.com

WyreStorm Joins the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

WyreStorm’s HD audio and video distribution and control solutions’ product information to be made available to users of D-Tools’ System Integrator software to aid the estimation, design and implementation of low voltage electronic systems for residential and commercial applications

CONCORD, CA – January 14, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that WyreStorm, a global manufacturer of innovative HD audio and video distribution products, has joined the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program, making it easier for users of D-Tools’ award-winning System Integrator software to specify WyreStorm products for their client engagements.

“We look forward to working with D-Tools to make our product specifications available to an outstanding group of systems integrators,” said Derek Hulbert, WyreStorm CEO. “We believe that our participation in the MVP Program solidifies our commitment to helping our existing dealers become more successful by making it easier to spec our products and to do business with WyreStorm, as well helping us to further expand our reach within the greater integrator community.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators and installers the most up-to-date and detailed product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, MVP members help companies streamline the design process by making it easier for them to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients by using the D-Tools System Integrator platform.

“We are pleased to name WyreStorm as our newest MVP partner,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “The a/v distribution market is experiencing explosive growth and providing our users with access to WyreStorm’s library of HDMI and HDBaseT solutions gives them high quality, versatile options for both residential and commercial projects.”

Those interested in learning more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools Systems Integrator, or the many benefits that can be derived from utilizing a streamlined system design, proposal and estimation software platform are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, email mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About WyreStorm Technologies, LLC
WyreStorm is a worldwide manufacturer of digital high-definition distribution technology. WyreStorm specializes in the design and development of innovative technology solutions for residential and commercial applications, proudly offering customers around the globe the highest quality and reliability in its wide range of products. WyreStorm award-winning products include HDMI & HDBT extenders, the first HDBaseT audio amplifier, configurable matrix switchers, splitters, converters and basic control. WyreStorm products are manufactured to ISO9001 standards. For more information on WyreStorm visit www.wyrestorm.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. In fact, over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications (2013).

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press Contacts:
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com
Katie Sylvia, WyreStorm Technologies, (857) 753-3329, katie@wyrestorm.com

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DPA Microphones Camps Out at Hume Lake

California-based Christian Camp Relies on d:fine™ Miniature Headset Mics for Chapel Services, Performances and During Road Trips

HUME, CA, JANUARY 9, 2014 – Whether the staff at Hume Lake Christian Camp are performing services at home or on the road, one thing is certain, they will be using DPA Microphones’ d:fine Miniature Headset Microphones. With services held at four camps situated on 360 acres in Sequoia National Park, its campus in San Diego and its 400-acre camp in Connecticut, as well as during outreach trips to locations such as Hawaii, South Africa and Papua New Guinea, Hume Lake needs high-quality headset microphones that will stand up to the rigors of repeated use.

A popular Christian Camp, Hume Lake is not just active during the summer. Throughout the year, the facility hosts as many as 35,000 people between its 10-week winter camp, off-site trips and a variety of weekend retreats – such as those for mothers/daughters, marriages and firefighters. During Hume Lake’s 10-week summer series, as many as 3,000 students (age K-12) can be found in the four Sequoia campuses and upwards of 1,000 at its San Diego location, each week. With such a large attendance and broad spectrum of events comes speakers, services and drama performances, all of which rely on the DPA d:fine Headset Microphones and d:fine 4066 Miniature Headset Microphones.

“A typical camp chapel service at Hume Lake entails a featured speaker as well as live drama with as many as 15 mik’ed actors,” explains Rob McInteer, Hume Lake Camp technical arts director and Hume Lake Studios engineer. “A couple of our camps also have live plays that run nightly throughout the week. We usually use the wireless d:fines for these dramatic performances. Needless to say, with the environment that we’re in, the mics get handled quite a bit and we needed something that was robust and rugged, and the d:fines have held up really well.”

An audio professional first and foremost, McInteer was most impressed with the sound quality of the d:fines. “Sonically there’s no comparison between the DPA d:fine and other mics on the market,” he explains. “Because of that, there’s a whole lot less work for us. You put it on someone and it’s a real, natural sound right out of the gate. This is nice for our summer staffers, because it takes little effort for them to get an even and smooth sound from the pastor or speaker.”

In addition to the sermons, a wide variety of dramatic and musical performances, as well as audio playback, take place at the venues during the week. As the variety of people who perform during these events may not be familiar with using headset microphones, the camp needed a solution that would provide a high level of comfort.
“The one thing I’ve heard from my seasoned speakers is that the mics are comfortable,” adds McInteer. “Over the course of the year we have as many as 150 speakers come through, and everyone compliments how the mics feel. As soon as the mics are on, they fit the speakers really well and stay in place. We’ve had problems in the past with other mics slipping or rolling, or even peeling off the side of their face, but not the d:fines. They always stay in place. They’ve been a really stout and stable solution for us.”

Founded in 1946, Hume Lake Christian Camps’ Sequoia Park location is comprised of the Ponderosa, and Wild Wood high school camps, Meadow Ranch junior high camp, and Wagon Train elementary camp. Hume Lake also hosts a five-week camp at Point Loma Nazarene College in San Diego and recently purchased over 400 acres of property in scenic New England, where they are building and recruiting for an east coast campus, which currently hosts as many as 200 summer students each week.

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

DPA Microphones Makes Some Noise at the 2014 NAMM Show

Company to feature its latest “d:” branded mic offerings and host performances by SHEL

ANAHEIM, JANUARY 8, 2014 – Folk pop band SHEL will once again be the headlining act for DPA Microphones at the 2014 NAMM Show (Booth 7119). Longtime fans of the company, SHEL is made up of four sisters (Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza Holbrook) who will perform using DPA’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Mics and d:facto™ II Vocal Microphones equipped with a variety of adapters. Additionally, the company is announcing a full product “d:” branding, which includes the absorption of the current 4060, 4071, 4080 and 4090 Miniature Mics into the d:screet™ Miniature Microphones group and the addition of the ever-popular 4066 and 4088 Miniature Headsets to the d:fine™ Headset Microphone category.

In addition to watching full performances from the group, attendees will have the unique opportunity to hear the true quality of the mics employed in SHEL’s setup at personal listening stations located throughout the DPA Microphones booth. Hailing from the artistic community of Fort Collins, Colorado, these classically trained musicians blend classical music with pop elements for an eccentric sound that is youthful and upbeat, yet highly emotive.

Announced at DPA Microphones’ recent Partner Conference, the unveiling of the new d:screet Miniature Microphone name is another step in the company’s plans for full “d:” branding. With the company’s 4080 Miniature Cardioid Lavalier, 4060 Miniature Omni-series and 4090/91 Recording/Measuring Microphones and the new 4098 Podium Microphones now part of the d:screet line, customers have the ultimate set of solutions.

“A few years ago, we decided to change the names of our new products to make them more recognizable and easy to remember,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “In the past, our products were branded with numbers, which were difficult to understand and remember unless you were a DPA aficionado. We wanted names that were more meaningful and more interesting, so we found words starting with the letter ‘d’ that fit the significance to the ‘d:’ (colon) branding. Starting product lines with a ‘d’ makes it easier for fans to remember what they are using as it connects the mics to the DPA name. We also felt that leaving out the second letter gave it a graphic element that worked well with our new DPA design.”
Created for use with wireless systems in theater, television and close-miked instrument applications, the d:screet 4060 omni capsule is highly unobtrusive, which lends itself to an exceedingly accurate omnidirectional pattern, while the d:screet 4080 cardioid is acoustically pre-equalized and well suited for broadcast, conference and other live performances in the studio or in the field. The DPA d:screet 4090 is a high-quality omnidirectional condenser microphone with a uniquely natural and open sound, that is suitable for instrument miking applications in the studio, on stage or for system alignment.
Also on display is the company’s d:dicate Recording Microphone line, which combines the company’s best new and existing capsules and preamplifiers to deliver superior sound across many applications where the microphones have not been widely used before, such as live sound applications for touring and installation purposes. Included in the range are the new modular MMC4018 Supercardioid Capsule and the well-known MMC4007 High-SPL Omnidirectional Capsule, now re-launched for modular use.

Rounding out the d:dicate line are microphones from the familiar and well-loved DPA former Reference Standard series, including the modular 4000 and 2000 Series. All of the d:dicate capsules can be combined with the company’s state-of-the-art preamps, including the A, which is a Class A transformerless design; the B, a low cut and high boost filter version; the compact C option for visual unobtrusive miking; and the new modular active MMP-E cable for hanging or table applications. An MMP-F modular boom pole is available for podium or floor stand use of the d:dicate capsules.

In addition to the 4066 and 4088 Headset Microphones, which are available as both classic and d:fine options, users will have a chance to check out the d:facto II Vocal Microphone and d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones.

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

Cerwin-Vega! Announces XD Desktop Speaker Series Expansion at CES 2014

LAS VEGAS, JANUARY 8, 2014 — Cerwin-Vega!, a Gibson Brand, is pleased to announce the expansion of its popular XD Desktop Speaker Series at CES 2014 (Gibson Tent, CP1/Central Plaza). Joining the company’s existing XD3 Powered Desktop Speaker are the four-inch XD4 and five-inch XD5 full range systems and an eight-inch XD8 powered subwoofer. In the tradition of Cerwin-Vega! products, key design elements of the series include optimized frequency response, overall clarity, low distortion and the company’s trademark bass performance.

Each XD Series member is matched with low distortion, high output amplifiers and soft-dome tweeters for the best possible sound. Equipped with metal covers, the XD3 and XD4 feature 3/4-inch tweeters while the XD5 utilizes a one-inch tweeter. The XD8 sub offers deep bass extension, allowing each system to go to a new level of performance. Unlike other desktop speaker systems, the Cerwin-Vega! XD Series is built with solid MDF wood enclosures, allowing it to deliver the same quality of sound as home speaker systems.

“When setting out to create the Cerwin-Vega! XD Series, our engineers made it their goal to deliver optimal sound reproduction in a compact system,” says Gus Jursch, Director of Operations for Gibson Pro Audio. “Since versatility is the ultimate sign of a great desktop speaker, our designers also worked to ensure that the entire XD Series fully integrates with existing desktop equipment such as audio interfaces, audio mixers or DJ gear.”

The Cerwin-Vega! XD Series speakers are equipped with several front and rear inputs, including an 1/8-inch TRS, RCA pair and 1/4-inch TRS pair inputs, as well as a front panel 1/8-inch TRS headphone jack. Additionally, the speakers feature an optimally designed bass port for proper low frequency phase alignment and minimal turbulence. Also included is Cerwin-Vega!’s signature Vega-Bass Boost Switch, which enables an enhanced bass EQ.

The efficient XD8 Subwoofer offers an extended bass response, high SPL and an optimally designed port for proper low frequency phase alignment and minimal turbulence. In addition to the standard audio input and outputs, a volume knob, crossover switch and polarity switch can be found at the rear of the sub for aligning its audio to the desktop monitors. A System Remote connection port is also on the sub for use with the included XD8 Remote Control, which allows for easy volume control of the entire system. Featuring a Volume knob and Mute/Bypass switch, it is also outfitted with an audio input jack.

About Cerwin-Vega!
Cerwin-Vega!, part of the Gibson Pro Audio division, is a leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of loudspeakers for the home and professional audio markets. Designed in the pursuit of dynamic, accurate sound reproduction since 1954, Cerwin-Vega! products are distributed throughout the world via a network of distributors and dealers in more than 75 countries. For additional information on all Cerwin-Vega! products, please visit us online at www.cerwin-vega.com.

About Gibson Brands
Gibson Brands Inc. is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. The Gibson Les Paul Guitar is the bestselling guitar of all time and is a tribute to the late, famed musician of the same name. Collectively, the Gibson Robot Guitar, Gibson Dark Fire, Gibson Dusk Tiger and the Gibson Firebird X represent the biggest advances in electric guitar design in more than 75 years. Through the Gibson Foundation, Gibson Guitar Corp. has become equally known for its philanthropic efforts on behalf of music, education, health, and human services. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, MI, and headquartered in Nashville, TN, since 1984, Gibson Brands Inc’s family of brands includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Baldwin, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, Wurlitzer, Cakewalk and Gibson Pro Audio. Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com. Follow Gibson Guitar at www.twitter.com/gibsonguitar and www.facebook.com/gibsonguitar.

Broadcast Networks Delivers Key Infrastructure Projects Across Europe

Systems integration specialist Broadcast Networks completed a number of diverse broadcast system projects during 2013 for international organisations such as Chellomedia, News UK the Dutch Parliament.

The projects showcase Broadcast Networks’ SI expertise in fixed and mobile solutions including live production and studio systems, transmission and content distribution systems, Outside Broadcast and Satellite News Gathering vehicles and command and control facilities.

“2013 was a successful year Broadcast Networks with both new and repeat business,” says Managing Director Tom Haye. “As we start 2014, our new partnership with IEC gives us the investment we need to push the company to the next level, while the expansion of our team allows us to deliver the added value customers now demand.”

As the preferred SI partner for Chellomedia, Broadcast Networks completed various key infrastructure projects for the international media company including the installation of a 24 channel playout system for a new Arts channel, the rebuild of Chellomedia’s Master Control Room, an entire upgrade of the broadcaster’s automation system to ITX2 and the installation of a number of smaller playout systems.

For Slovenian national broadcaster RTV, Broadcast Networks was contracted by Sony PSE to design and build two new 16-channel Outside Broadcast vehicles, which are now being used to capture various sporting events including the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.

Back in the UK, Broadcast Networks installed a Master Control Room and three new television studios at News UK’s headquarters in London. The studios are now being used by The Sun newspaper to create news content for its online editions.

Other notable projects completed during 2013 include the installation of audio and video equipment at the Dutch Parliament, enabling meeting to be streamed over the internet, and the design and build of an 18 camera armoured surveillance vehicle for the Dutch police, which is now being regularly used to support large scale events.

As a systems integrator with more than 25 years’ experience, Broadcast Networks has a proven record in the delivery of high-quality broadcast, digital media, security & defence systems to an international client base.

Tom Haye believes the company’s proactive approach to customers’ projects is key to its current and future success, especially during a time of intense change for the broadcast industry.

“The traditional broadcast model is changing, with 4k now a serious contender as a new archive format and IP and data manipulation becoming increasingly crucial in our customers’ daily lives,” he explains. “As a systems integrator with experience in the live production and playout arenas, Broadcast Networks is ideally placed to deliver the leading edge solutions our customers demand and consolidate our position as a leading international systems integrator.”

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About Broadcast Networks
Broadcast Networks is a UK-based Systems Integrator with over 25 years’ experience in delivering solutions to clients the world over, including national broadcasters and global media organisations. From live production systems and OB vehicles, studios and broadcast infrastructure, satellite uplinks to content distribution, the company offers totally integrated and innovative solutions. With a highly experienced and knowledgeable team of solution architects and project managers, a flexible approach and a real commitment to customer service, Broadcast Networks works closely with organisations to meet their business and operational objectives and to deliver game-changing ideas.
Learn more: www.bcnet.co.uk

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