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HARMAN’s Martin RUSH Series Gets Its Wizard

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — HARMAN’s Martin Professional is targeting and re-energizing the installation market with the affordable line of effect lights, RUSH by Martin. Martin is at LDI, Las Vegas, 22-24 November, where it will launch the RUSH Wizard – a lighter, brighter, more compact and even more energy efficient update of an old favorite, the Martin Wizard Extreme.

In April of this year, Martin Professional released the first RUSH by Martin products to wide acclaim from the markets for clubs and bars, DJ’s, bands and leisure environments.

“Returning to the market for effect lighting has been quite exciting for us at Martin, and the RUSH by Martin line launching now in USA reinforces our commitment to the market for effect lighting,” says Uffe Kristensen, Product Manager, RUSH by Martin. “These are products with broad appeal that will add a new and exciting dimension to the installation market – and the exciting range of RUSH products will continue to grow.”

RUSH by Martin offers something for every effect lighting situation. RUSH by Martin can be experienced at LAVO Italian Restaurant & Nightclub in The Palazzo, 23 November from 10pm. To attend the RUSH party of the year in Las Vegas, pick up your ticket at our booth at LDI (ticket numbers are limited and cannot be booked in advance), and arrive early to make sure you get in. Use the Martin VIP entrance.

Experience RUSH Wizard and see the entire RUSH by Martin range on display at LDI, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth 269, 279 and 468:

RUSH Wizard: The RUSH Wizard is the Martin Wizard Extreme re-energized: lighter, brighter, more compact and even more energy efficient. This music-triggered and DMX-Controllable “full-house” effect light features extraordinary bright, magical effects and houses two independent color/gobo wheels offering 7 colors plus 2 white and 6 gobo patterns, as well as shutter for fast strobing. The Wizard delivers more than 80 agile light beams, each beam chasing the other while continuously changing color and gobo pattern.

RUSH MH 4 Beam: This compact beam moving head for smaller venues blasts an intense and narrow beam for spectacular mid-air looks and effects. It houses a fixed gobo wheel and color wheel with a multitude of effects possible from a dimmer and strobe, 6-facet prism and focus.

RUSH PAR 2 RGBW Zoom: The RUSH PAR 2 RGBW Zoom is a bright single-lens LED PAR Can with fully premixed color from 12 RGBW LEDs and a spectacular 10-60° zoom. It offers electronic dimming and strobe and comes with a flexible bracket for floor or truss mounting.

RUSH Multibeam 2: The RUSH Multibeam 2 is a versatile effect featuring two moveable LED bars each with 5 individually controllable narrow beams for powerful mid-air effects. It punches out 10 intense and narrow long-throw beams and features electronic dimming and strobe effect. Multibeam 2 comes with preprogrammed macros for easy effects, master/slave function as well as DMX or sound activation.

RUSH MH 1 Profile: This super bright LED profile moving head with efficient optics punches out a variety of effects and colors from two gobo wheels and two color wheels. For added versatility and effect, it also houses an electronic dimmer and strobe, iris and 3-facet prism.

RUSH MH 2 Wash: Compact yet powerful, this fast and agile LED wash light moving head features RGBW color mixing. Unique wash beam effects are possible with auto trig shows and music trig sound activation.

RUSH MH 3 Beam: The RUSH MH 3 Beam is a powerful beam moving head that blasts an intense and narrow long-throw beam for spectacular mid-air looks and effects. It houses a fixed gobo wheel and color wheel with a multitude of effects possible from a dimmer and strobe, frost, zoom, 8-facet prism and focus.

RUSH Strobe 1 5×5: This white strobe/blinder is a 5 x 5 LED matrix panel with individually-controllable LEDs. Controllable via multiple DMX options or sound activated, it includes preprogrammed effect, letter and number macros for easy-to-produce graphics and messaging. Panels link via an integrated horizontal and vertical locking mechanism.

RUSH PAR 1 RGBW: The RUSH PAR 1 RGBW is a bright LED PAR Can with premixed RGBW color mixing. It offers electronic dimming and strobe and comes with a flexible bracket for floor or truss mounting.

RUSH Pin 1 CW: This bright white-LED pin spot comes with two beam options for greater flexibility of coverage. Totally silent with an easy-to-adjust bracket, it works as the ideal mirror ball spot light or decorative table spot.

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

HARMAN’s Martin MAC Quantum Redefines Expectations

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — The market is asking for brighter and more compact LED wash lights. The new MAC Quantum Wash by HARMAN’s Martin, which launched at LDI 2013, Las Vegas, is the most powerful response yet to this need.

The MAC Quantum Wash features tight beams, beautiful wash fields, a market-leading color palette and uniform mixing that combines to accommodate the most demanding applications, offering brightness and perfection. Combining an impressive 750-watt of RGBW LED power with Martin’s market leading optical system ensures that the 1:6 zoom on the MAC Quantum Wash operates with maximum output and superior performance.

“By combining the lens shift possibilities first seen in the MAC Viper Quadray with the MAC Aura’s ground-breaking optical system, MAC Quantum Wash sets new standards for light and color morphing effects from a wash light,” says Peter Skytte, Product Manager, Martin Professional. “Putting together the new beam twister, the patented Aura™ effect and the nice wash capabilities sets new standards for what is possible with effects in a wash light.”

Built for most demanding applications
With its compact form factor, easy handling, high-speed movements, low noise cooling and rugged construction, the MAC Quantum Wash does not compromise on any aspect of what you expect from a wash light. Designed for demanding applications, the MAC Quantum Wash will be the new workhorse in your rig.

Expressive projection and aerial looks
The combination of technologies animates expressive projection and aerial looks, and also puts a great ‘face’ on the product – the synthetic look of LED lights is removed and the organic, analogue effect looks great to the eye and on camera.

“Throughout t the project it has been important for us to keep the MAC Quantum Wash as the brightest but also the best LED wash light in the category. Therefore, I was extremely pleased to see our R&D team managing to animate the wash and deliver beautiful and subtle looks without compromising the core part of the product – the wash,” says Peter Skytte, and concludes:

“We have had a fantastic market response and are already receiving an impressive number of order inquiries for the MAC Quantum Wash. We are preparing for a steep production ramp-up to expected delivery in quantity from February.”

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

SunBriteTV’s October Winners of the Backyard of the Year Contest Love to Live Outside Year-Round

THOUSAND OAKS, California, November 21, 2013 – SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions become the center of attention in many backyards and the Backyard of the Year contest seeks to highlight the most impressive outdoor entertainment zones. October’s winners demonstrate that the lack of summer sun and warm weather doesn’t stop SunBriteTV owners from enjoying their backyards year-round.

Since July 2013, SunBriteTV owners have submitted photos of their backyard for the contest. October’s winners featured a dockside SunBriteTV and another complementing a stunning outdoor fireplace, but all backyards that include a SunBriteTV are eligible to win.

Every month, two panel-selected winners receive a Soundcast Melody Wireless Outdoor Speaker (MSRP $449.00) and are entered to win the grand prize at the end of the year- over $6,000 in high-end backyard lifestyle products from Soundcast and Lynx Grills.

Looking for inspiration to design the perfect backyard paradise? Visit http://backyardphotos.sunbritetv.com/ to view the entire gallery of submissions and even vote for your favorite backyard.

Dealers are invited to submit photos of their SunBriteTV installations to win the monthly prize of a $300 discount off future SunBriteTV products and be eligible for the dealer grand prize—a SunBriteTV 5560HD!

Every SunBriteTV includes a 2-year warranty, a weatherproof remote, and a built-in 20-watt sound system. Optional accessories include a variety of wall-, ceiling- or pole-mount installation solutions, dust covers and FM Radio.

All models withstand temperatures from -24°F to 122°F and completely resist rain, humidity, salt corrosion, dust, and insects. Anti-glare screens are specially designed to deliver bright high-definition images in any outdoor climate, any time of day or night.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.sunbritetv.com or call the sales department directly at 866.357.8688.

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV’s all-weather televisions have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arena, restaurant and hotel patios and even on military vehicles participating in field operations. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

Matrox and 3M Collaborate to Deliver Interactive Multi-Touch, Multi-Display Solutions

Multi-touch support across stretched multi-monitor desktops under Windows 7 simplifies interactive display wall implementation

Matrox® Graphics Inc. and 3M™ Touch Systems (subsidiary of the 3M Electronic Solutions Division) announced that both companies have validated a new 3M touch driver that will support multi-touch functionality across two, three or more 3M Multi-touch Displays powered by a variety of Matrox multi-monitor products. Integrators can now pair Matrox products with 3M Multi-touch Displays to create attention-grabbing, interactive digital signage and collaborative video walls that span multiple displays, without the need for touch overlays or licensing fees. Applications include interactive kiosks, way finding, retail and exhibit display walls, as well as collaborative multi-panel classroom, boardroom, and command & control installations.

Matrox and 3M Collaborate to Deliver Interactive Multi-Touch, Multi-Display Solutions

“With our Mura MPX, DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go products, multiple displays are seen as one large stretched desktop, and standard off-the-shelf touch displays typically have had difficulty supporting this stretched-desktop mode,” said Caroline Injoyan, Business Development Manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. “3M’s new driver overcomes this limitation and provides a simple way for integrators to add engaging interactivity to their multi-screen digital signage setups.”

“Many of our customers in retail, exhibit, and digital signage markets are seeking to create high-impact and memorable interactive user experiences for their customers by expanding the touch interface beyond a single display,” said Ian Kimball, Americas Marketing Manager, Touch Systems, 3M Electronic Solutions Division. “This newly-enabled functionality lets customers easily optimize multi-touch performance across multiple screens, which is ideal for multi-user collaborative applications.”

Availability
The 3M MT7.14.0 driver for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft® Windows® 7 is available now as a free download driver from the 3M website.

The following 3M Multi-Touch Display products are supported:
• 3M™ Multi-Touch Display C4667PW (46″)
• 3M™ Multi-Touch Display C3266PW (32″)
• 3M™ Multi-Touch Display C2167PW (21.5″)
• 3M™ Multi-Touch Display C2256PW (22″)
• 3M™ Multi-Touch Display M2767PW (27″)
• 3M™ Multi-Touch Display M2467PW (24″)
• 3M™ Multi-Touch Display M2167PW (21.5″)
• 3M™ Multi-Touch Display M1866PW (18.5″)

The following Matrox multi-display products are supported:
• Matrox DualHead2Go external multi-monitor adapters
• Matrox TripleHead2Go external multi-monitor adapters
• Matrox M-Series™ add-in graphics cards
• Matrox Mura™ MPX video wall controller boards
• Matrox Extio™ KVM extenders

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professional markets. In-house design expertise, top-to-bottom manufacturing, and dedicated customer support make our solutions the premier choice in industries that require stable, high-reliability products. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

About 3M Electronics Division and 3M Touch Systems Inc.
The 3M Electronic Solutions Division offers innovative solutions to the global electronics market, such as touch systems and multi-touch displays; static control products; copper interconnect systems; cables and cable assemblies; carrier and cover tapes and trays; flexible circuits; embedded capacitor materials, and Textool brand test and burn-in sockets. Information about 3M electronics offerings is available at www.3M.com/electronics.

3M Touch Systems Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the 3M Electronic Solutions Division, provides innovative touchscreen systems and display solutions to customers worldwide under the 3M and MicroTouch brands. 3M touch products are commonly used for single-touch and multi-touch applications that include casino gaming, foodservice, hospitality, industrial, interactive digital signage, healthcare, retail point of sale and self-service. Information about 3M touch solutions is available at www.3M.com/touch. Information about 3M Company is available at www.3M.com/about.

Conviction to HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico – Since the introduction of HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression Series, houses of worship have enjoyed the consoles’ ease of use and unmatched sound quality. Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Conviction, which delivers Christianity to convicted inmates, recently upgraded its audio inventory with an Si Expression 1 digital console.

When Eddie Baird, owner of Conviction, used the Si Expression for the first time, he was amazed at the quality of the sound from the console. As a musician with decades of experience in sound equipment, Baird toured more than 500 prisons in the US over the past year, and recognized the difference between a console from Soundcraft and those from other brands immediately when he fired up the Si Expression for the first time.

“It is simply amazing,” Baird said. “The different sounds that can be mixed in this board are incredible. I also love the Lexicon effects, which are the perfect additions for our needs right now. I feel like I can do so much with just the Si Expression.”

To complement the channel and bus processing, all Si Expression consoles integrate four stereo Lexicon FX processors based on the MX400, boasting 29 presets each, user-adjustable parameters and dedicated tap-tempo keys.

For the touring artist, the Si Expression 1 also offers a compact form factor with fast setup times. With the built-in Cue system, the 24 recallable mic pre amps can be saved for convenience.

“Setup times are incredibly fast,” Baird noted. “We arrive at detention centers and are ready to go immediately, which is fortunate due to the limited time constraints they give us. The transition from analog to this digital console was smoother than expected, because it feels just like an analog board, but with the added digital features. I absolutely love the experience, and look forward to recording with it.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

Four IC Realtime ELITE Series Surveillance Cameras Receive UL Listing.

The certification is a significant selling-point when dealing with school districts, financial institutions, hospitals, government and code-restrictive counties.

Pompano Beach, FL – November 19, 2013 – IC Realtime today announced that four of its popular ELITE Series surveillance cameras have achieved UL® listing by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. under the UL-60950 standard for Information Technology Equipment. The models are the EL-1000, EL-2000 and EL-3000 vandal-resistant dome cameras, and the EL-750 infrared bullet camera. These are the company’s first cameras to receive UL Listing.

According to IC Realtime CEO Matt Sailor, the UL Listing is a significant selling-point when dealing with school districts, financial institutions, hospitals, government and certain code-restrictive counties.

“IC Realtime is one of few surveillance manufacturers to offer UL Listed cameras,” says Sailor. ”Eventually all of our cameras will be UL Listed as we want to be ahead of the curve for our dealers.”

ICR's ELITE series bullet camera is one of several that are now UL Listed

Many of IC Realtime’s cameras – including the four UL Listed models — incorporate a proprietary technology called i-Sniper that utilizes special sensors in the cameras to capture images in detail both night and day, even under challenging mixed-lighting conditions, making the cameras a top choice among IC Realtime dealers.

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.

The (r)evolution is Here with the Introduction of HARMAN’s dbx DriveRack® PA2 Loudspeaker Management System

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – HARMAN’s dbx today announced the introduction of its DriveRack® PA2 Loudspeaker Management System, which enables a loudspeaker system to be quickly and accurately optimized for the best-possible sound quality. The PA2 is ideal for bands, musicians and artists who carry their own PA and for a wide range of installed sound applications.

The Original DriveRack PA revolutionized audio for bands all around the world by providing all of the processing you needed between your mixer and amplifiers to optimize and protect your loudspeakers. The DriveRack takes this to a whole new level. A brand new Wizard allows for faster and easier set-up, new AutoEQ and AFS give you professional touring quality room EQ and incredibly accurate Advanced Feedback Suppression (AFS™), and finally all can now be controlled on the fly with your mobile device or laptop using Ethernet control via an Android®, iOS®, Mac®, or Windows® device. The DriveRack PA2 continues the DriveRack legacy of great-sounding, powerful, and affordable loudspeaker management processors for a whole new generation.
The DriveRack PA2 can be set up and operated from a compatible tablet or smartphone. An all-new Wizard utility makes setup easier and faster than ever, and users have access to a host of configuration menus and on their mobile device, with full-color graphical displays that give ready visual indications of the parameters being adjusted. The DriveRack PA2 can also be operated via its front-panel controls and display.

The DriveRack PA2 provides a comprehensive suite of system tuning and optimization tools. Its improved AutoEQ™ enables automatic and precise equalization of the loudspeakers to the venue in which they’re installed to achieve smoother, more accurate in-room frequency response. A new AFS™ Advanced Feedback Suppression feature automatically finds and dials out any problematic feedback-producing frequencies.

The PA2 offers numerous additional system-tuning and sonic optimization capabilities, including dbx compression, graphic and 8-band parametric EQ, dbx’s exclusive Subharmonic Synthesis for enhanced low-frequency response, a built-in loudspeaker crossover (for full-range, 2-way and 3-way systems), limiting, loudspeaker time alignment and time delay and many additional features.

“Setting up a PA can be challenging even under the best of circumstances, and with the introduction of the DriveRack PA2, local musicians, weekend warriors, semi-pro players, wedding bands and even established artists and venues now have a remarkably effective tool for getting better live sound than ever before,” said Noel Larson, Market Manager, Portable PA, Tour, and Recording at HARMAN Signal Processing.

The dbx DriveRack PA2 will be available in December 2013 at a suggested retail price of $499.95.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

SOUNDCAST® NAMED AS CES INNOVATIONS 2014 DESIGN AND ENGINEERING AWARD HONOREE

2014 Innovations Design and Engineering Honoree Award


New York, New York, November 13, 2013 – Soundcast Systems today announced that it has been named an International CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for its new Melody by Soundcast Portable Bluetooth Speaker System in the Portable Media Players and Accessories product category.

A preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to judge products entered in this prestigious program across 29 categories, honoring outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics.

Melody’s omni-directional 360° 8–speaker design delivers high-quality sound perfection with deep bass and touts 20-hours+ of uninterrupted use with its internal rechargeable battery system making it the perfect portable outdoor entertainment companion. The compact and highly stylish weather-resistant system is equipped with the latest v3.0 Bluetooth® and AAC / Apt-X® codecs allow users to stream high performance CD Quality audio from their music library, or from apps like Pandora®, Spotify™, Rhapsody®, iTunes®, TuneIn® and others, from Apple or PC devices alike.

Soundcast’s president Mike Weaver states, “The entire Soundcast team is honored beyond measure to receive the prestigious 2014 Innovations Honoree Award for our new Melody portable Bluetooth speaker system.”

Melody has quickly earned its spot as the Best Sounding Portable Bluetooth Audio System on the market today by winning six distinguished consumer electronics awards since its U.S. debut at CE WEEK in New York City.

The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the producer of the International CES, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.

Soundcast’s Melody will be displayed in The Venetian Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Pavilion at the 2014 International CES, which runs January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Products chosen as an Innovations honoree reflect cutting-edge design and engineering. Examples may include the first time various technologies are combined in a single product or dramatic enhancements to previous product designs.

Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering honoree products are featured on CESweb.org/Innovations, which lists product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, designer, description, photo and URL.

The Innovations entries are judged based on the following criteria:
• Engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used
• Aesthetic and design qualities, using photos provided
• The product’s intended use/function and user value
• Why the product deserves the Innovations award, including specifics regarding its unique/novel features and features that consumers would find attractive
• How the design and innovation of this product directly compare to other products in the market place

ABOUT SOUNDCAST SYSTEMS – www.soundcastsystems.com / www.FollowMelody.com.
Located in San Diego, California, Soundcast Systems delivers high performance wireless speakers and solutions. We’re the first in the industry to get it right. That’s because we’ve developed the technology to produce the best wireless range and ultimate audio experience so you can take your music everywhere you go. It’s sound that speaks for itself and literally cuts through the noise of our competitors.

With a full line of Portable Music Systems and Wireless Audio Solutions, backed by over ten years of audio, battery and wireless technology research and development, Soundcast innovations have paved the way for the industry. Featuring a weather-resistant enclosure and industry leading battery life, our products are made for indoors and outdoors all-day play.

Designed to complement your social life, Soundcast goes everywhere you go—from the kitchen counter to the beach, poolside parties and sailing adventures to dinner soirées. Go places.

Soundcast Contact: Mike Weaver • 1 (619) 591-0126 ext. 3038 • mweaver@soundcastsystems.com
Press Contact: Roberta Lewis • Tel: 1 (713) 665-8758 • email: roberta@robertalewis.com

All rights reserved. All brands and trade names are the property of their respective owners.

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HARMAN’s Studer Touts VistaMix, Lexicon Effects and StuderBroadcastAcademy.com at CCW Expo

NEW YORK, New York – HARMAN’s Studer will be exhibiting at the Content and Communications World (CCW) Expo in New York City on November 13-14, showcasing its Vista 1 digital console, which is now available with VistaMix and Lexicon effects. Studer is also promoting the online version of its Studer Broadcast Academy.

Instead of needing to manually adjust all the faders each time, VistaMix automatically mimics the action of a human operator so the ‘talking’ mic gain can be increased at lightning speed while reducing gain for all others — ensuring a clean balanced mix.

Studer has added Lexicon effects to the Vista 1 console through an integrated VistaFX engine. VistaFX is a suite of effects processing engines capable of providing high-quality world-renowned Lexicon effects, and was released last year as an external engine for the Vista 5 and Vista 9 consoles ranges. The Vista 1 FX engines are all integral to the consoles DSP system, so require no external signal connection or patching. As all the hardware required already exists within the console, the new functionality is available as a software upgrade to existing consoles as well as provided as standard in new systems, and without loss of mix processing power or I/O capacity.

In addition, Studer will be promoting the online edition of its Broadcast Academy training course at StuderBroadcastAcademy.com. The popular and informative training program has been previously held in the United States on the Soundcraft Studer mobile audio truck, which has visited numerous locations of Studer regional sale rep firms and flagship Studer customers in recent years.

StuderBroadcastAcademy.com is an interactive online course for engineers worldwide to learn the operation of the company’s Vista Series digital mixing consoles. The course consists of a series of modules, which participants must complete and pass 100 percent to officially certify as a Studer Vista Operator. The course is structured in an interactive format and students can download the Virtual Vista software that gives them a graphic, active representation of a Vista console. Virtual Vista can also be used for offline console configuration and online remote control of Vista mixing consoles. Video segments, system and technical diagrams, a dictionary of terms and other resources round out the program.

“I’ve found Studer consoles to be very user-friendly, intuitively laid out and much easier to operate than a lot of digital consoles out there,” said Brian Pannier, a freelance audio engineer who has recently been using a Studer Vista 1 on “The Crowd Goes Wild” program on FOX Sports. “Just as importantly, the sound quality is top-notch and we’re using the Vista 1 to its complete and full capacity and it’s performing great.”

Studer will be exhibiting at CCW Expo at booth 1149. To book an appointment, please email studer-usa@harman.com

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Austrian Space Forum’s Mission Control Relies On HARMAN’s AKG Headsets For Mars Mission Simulations

VIENNA, Austria – During World Space Week, more than 1,000 events in 80 countries celebrated space exploration with the motto, “Exploring Mars. Discovering Earth.” Headquartered in the Austrian Space Forum’s mission control room, each event was tactfully coordinated to help educate researchers, students and space enthusiasts on the science behind future missions to Mars. With 20 sets of HARMAN’s AKG HSC271 headsets and K171 MKII headphones, field tests, simulated Mars expeditions and international communications were successfully accomplished and transmitted.

The headsets were used for the flight controller consoles at Mission Control, in addition to teleconferences in classrooms worldwide on every continent with the exception of Antarctica.

“Like in any space mission, real or simulated, communication is everything. Loss of communication is one of the worst things to happen on a mission, whether it’s a space walk or during a critical experiment,” stated Dr. Gernot Groemer, President, Austrian Space Forum. “The AKG headsets were not only high quality from a manufacturing point of view, but also provided a high degree of ergonomics and crystal clear audio quality for those wearing the sets for hours at a time. The technology’s ability to block the noise from neighboring consoles was also very helpful for our missions.”

The space organization researched and deployed a vast communications program for the World Space Week celebrations, ensuring redundancy of the communications within Mission Control. With numerous missions in progress during the events, several field teams around the world were simultaneously transmitting into Austria. It was necessary for flight controllers to speak to their teams with clear audio without disturbing their neighbors, who also were directing missions. “With normal, off-the-shelf headsets, this would have been a recipe for disaster,” continued Groemer.

Throughout 2013, the Austrian Space Forum was testing several technology candidates for a new organization-wide headset. The flight directors decided on AKG headsets permanently.

Activities during the week included the WSW 2013 Mission to Mars – a 4-day simulation of a human Mars expedition at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah and a 5-person crew led by Dr. Jon Rask from the Space Biosciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center in California. Other highlights included field tests of the ExoMars Rover in Chile, rover testing by teams in the US, Poland, Germany and Hungary, as well as laboratory tests of the Gandolfi space suit in France and the Aouda.X spacesuit in Austria.

For more information on the AKG HSC271, please visit http://www.akg.com/HSC271-828.html?pid=926, and K171 MKII, http://www.akg.com/K171+MKII-827.html?pid=1145.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

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