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Linear to Offer Exclusive Preview of Z-Wave Enabled Light Bulb and Other Home Control Products at CES Unveiled

The largest manufacturer of Z-Wave enabled products will highlight its growing suite of home control solutions and offer a sneak peek of the Z-Wave Dimmable LED Light Bulb, available in early 2015.

New York, NY – November 11, 2014 – Linear LLC, a Nortek company (NASDAQ: NTK) and a leader in the security and home control markets, will show a preview of its newest Z-Wave product, the Z-Wave Dimmable LED Light Bulb at CES Unveiled New York. The instant-on, screw-in bulb provides soft-white illumination equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent bulb and provides one of the simplest and most affordable intelligent lighting solutions available, from the world’s largest manufacturer of Z-Wave products – according to the Z-Wave Alliance.

The new smart bulb is remotely controllable from any Z-Wave hub or controller, consumes only nine watts of energy, and has an estimated lifespan of 25,000 hours. The soft white LED light bulb is dimmable to 100 levels and offers a practical lighting solution for DIY and professional installers who want to bring intelligent lighting anywhere a light socket exists. Just like with other Z-Wave lighting solutions, Linear LED smart bulb users can program lifestyle scenes and trigger the bulb on or off when other events or associated devices are activated. This new product also acts as a repeater to strengthen the Z-Wave mesh network.

“Our Z-Wave Dimmable LED Bulb clears a major roadblock for lighting control adoption, the need to install high voltage switches,” said Linear senior vice president of product and market development, Duane Paulson. “The smart bulb is the easiest Z-Wave lighting control solution to install, operate and manage, it has the smoothest dimming feature on the market today, and it offers practical applications in nearly every room in a home.”

In addition to the smart bulb, Linear manufactures a wide array of other Z-Wave enabled home control products, including: three-way and regular light switches, thermostats, doorbells, key fobs, door/window contacts, dimmer modules and wall outlets; all of which will be on display at CES Unveiled. Linear will also showcase its UL-certified Z-Wave Garage Door Operator Remote Controller, which has been widely adopted through popular platforms such as Lowe’s Iris, Nexia, Staples Connect and more.

Paulson continued, “With our full line of security, access control and lighting solutions, customers can now build a fully-integrated home control system using Linear products.”

Linear’s 2GIG home control platform serves the needs of more homeowners than any other installed home control platform in the world. Linear and their parent Nortek have global reach, which includes distribution and market share in every continent across a range of channels, supported by smart-tech development and manufacturing centers across Asia, North America and Europe. Linear will continue to develop innovation in integrated systems and IoT connected products, state-of-the-art product ID design and high volume manufacturing.

For more information about Linear LLC, please visit www.linearcorp.com or call 1-800-421-1587.

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About Linear LLC

Linear LLC is a leading manufacturer and OEM supplier of intelligent access control, security, personal wellness and home automation products. Leveraging extensive design and engineering capabilities and more than 50 years of innovation, Linear supplies its technology to leading distributors, retailers, service providers and manufacturers dedicated to addressing the lifestyle and business needs of millions of customers every day.

Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, Linear is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTK) a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortek.com for more information.

Copyright© 2014 Linear LLC. All rights reserved. Linear and the Linear logo are registered trademarks of Linear LLC in the United States and/or other countries. Other names or brands may be claimed as the property of others

DVEO Announces New Products for Streaming Media West 2014 — Including Revamped Media Server, Award-Winning UDP Video Packet Recovery Technology, H.264 Mobile Backpack Encoder, and More

Live Media Distribution Server -- Atlas Media ServerSan Diego, California — DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), will demonstrate many unique video streaming products at Streaming Media West 2014 in Huntington Beach, California, November 18-19, in booth 206.

DVEO products at the show will include:
1. Revamped Media Server — Atlas Media Server™
2. UDP Video Packet Recovery Technology — Winner of the Society of Broadcast Engineers Technology Award for 2014 — DOZERbox II IP IP™
3. Mobile Cellular Modem Encoder for H.264 HD Streaming from HD-SDI Cameras — Mobile Backpack™: H.264/HD-SDI Kit
4. 120 Channel Adaptive Optimized Transcoder for OTT and Multi Screen Services — Brutus™ V IP/IP: TELCO
5. IP to SDI/HD-SDI Video and Audio Decoder — D-Streamer IP/DIG™
6. Ad Inserter for Mobile Multi Screen Video Delivery and for OTT — Ad Serter IP/ASI/SDI™
7. 50 Channel Transcoding IP Video Playout Server with Scheduling — IP Grooming Server™ 50ch 1TB
8. SDI/HD-SDI to IP Live Streaming Appliance — MultiStreamer DIG/IP™

1. Revamped Media Server — Atlas Media Server
Designed for IPTV operators, telcos, mobile operators, broadcasters, and Over The Top (OTT) video providers, the powerful Atlas Media Server provides grooming and VOD (video on demand) options in three different sizes.

The system ingests MPEG-2, H.264, and/or H.265/HEVC live streams over IP, then “grooms” the streams by adding wrappers such as MPEG-DASH, HLS, or RTMP, plus subtitles for closed captions or multiple languages. It outputs the live streams and simultaneously stores the streams as VOD files.

2. UDP Video Packet Recovery Technology — Winner of the Society of Broadcast Engineers Technology Award for 2014 — DOZERbox II IP IP
DVEO’s patent pending “DOZER” technology enables reliable high quality video delivery over public internet or so-so private lines. The DOZERbox II IP IP is a compact end-to-end Error Correcting Router for smoothing UDP traffic over the public internet, with built-in packet recovery algorithms for alleviation of packet loss and resultant video freezes. It does not add jitter or noise, and does not increase bandwidth consumption like FEC. It is perfect for delivering critical video over congested public backbones.

The technology is also available as a software license — the Media Dozer: LIC™, or in a one RU system — the DOZER Racks IP IP™. The DOZERbox II IP IP is the winner of the prestigious Society of Broadcast Engineers Technology Award for 2014.

3. Mobile Cellular Modem Encoder for H.264 HD Streaming from HD-SDI Cameras — Mobile Backpack: H.264/HD-SDI Kit
The Mobile Backpack: H.264/HD-SDI Kit is a lightweight (about 8.6 lbs./3.9 kg.) H.264 backpack encoder for streaming HD-SDI, SDI, or HDMI video via live wireless video and data transmission, using bonded 3G and 4G mobile network connections. It bundles up to eight mobile network channels from one or more operators into a single broadband channel.

Streaming media production professionals will use this system for electronic news gathering and streaming live video from events. The system ships with a matching decoder and a custom made backpack.

4. 120 Channel Adaptive Optimized Transcoder for OTT and Multi Screen Services –Brutus V IP/IP: TELCO
The enterprise class Brutus IV IP/IP: TELCO is a real time Adaptive Optimized Transcoder with 48 Cores — ideal for simple transcoding or grooming at headends for OTT or Multiscreen services. It transcodes up to 120 SD streams, or 40 720p HD streams, or 30 1080i/p HD streams from MPEG-2 to H.264 or vice-versa. The system is suitable for IPTV, OTT, mobile TV, broadcast, and Telco TV, or as a transcoder/reformatter for RTSP IP Cameras. The Brutus supports Flash, HLS, RTMP, HTTP, Smooth, and Live streaming and works well with Wowza®, Adobe® Flash® and RealNetworks® Servers.

5. IP to SDI/HD-SDI Video and Audio Decoder — D-Streamer IP/DIG
The D-Streamer IP/DIG is a real time H.264 or MPEG-2 decoder that receives IP transport streams and decodes them to SDI or HD-SDI, or optional HDMI. Streaming media content providers use DVEO’s MultiStreamer DIG/IP to encode SDI or HD-SDI to H.264 IP, then decode the IP streams with the D-Streamer IP/DIG. The Linux® based system is available in three versions — a single input channel, two input channels, or 1-8 input channels. It is perfect for receiving and professionally decoding “poor” video from IP cameras, remote sites, content delivery networks (CDNs), or IPTV compatible appliances or players. The system works with Teradek, Nanocaster, Minicaster, Axis IP Cameras, and other streaming appliances.

6. Ad Inserter for Mobile Multi Screen Video Delivery and for OTT — Ad Serter IP/ASI/SDI
The Ad Serter IP/ASI/SDI is a broadcast quality playout server with Ad and EAS (Emergency Alert System) capabilities. It inserts or overlays video clips, graphical ads, logos, scrolling text, and RSS news feeds — anywhere on live or stored video content, on a schedule, or via signaling like SCTE 35 signals from EAS generators. Graphics, logos, and text can be static, blinking, or rotating.

The system adds messages to one to four IPTV SD channels, or to one to four targeted SD cable or on-air channels or sub channels. (An option for 1 HD and 3 SD channels is available.) Three versions are available: DVB-ASI, IP, or SDI.

7. 50 Channel Transcoding IP Video Playout Server with Scheduling — IP Grooming Server 50ch 1TB
The IP Grooming Server 50ch 1TB is a file playout server for scheduled continuous streaming. It stores various file types, then “grooms” them by transcoding the streams to H.264 and/or scaling the video to different resolutions. It also adds various “wrappers” such as HLS, RTMP, etc.

With the IP Grooming Server, users can create their own 50 “streaming” web channels with 50 different movies or content, playing on a preset schedule. The Linux® based system is a great video hosting playout server for ISPs, corporate websites, schools, hotels, and digital signage.

8. SDI/HD-SDI to IP Live Streaming Appliance — MultiStreamer DIG/IP
The latest version of DVEO’s real time MultiStreamer DIG/IP live streaming webcasting encoder receives one, two, or four SDI or HD-SDI inputs (from cameras, editing systems, or video servers) and multiple IP inputs. It creates multiple simultaneous high, medium, and low bitrate IP streams and sends them to iPads, iPhones, content delivery networks (CDNs), and remote video capture devices. Each stream can have several proxies with different “wrappers” such as HLS, RTMP, etc. The broadcast quality system features schedulable input — it can receive input at a specified date and time — and ships with one terabyte of local storage.

The MultiStreamer is also available with other video input formats — 8VSB, HDMI, Analog, DVB-ASI, HDMI, DVB-S+S2, DVB-T+T2, QAM, ISDB-T, or DVB-C.

“We are excited to be showing our leading edge products at Streaming Media West,” said Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO. “Our unique streaming systems feature lots of options to meet the needs of our customers. And as always, we are very open to customizing our products.”

Ad Serter IP/ASI/SDI, Atlas Media Server, Brutus, D-Streamer, DVEO,
DOZERbox II IP IP, DOZER Racks IP IP, IP Server, IP Grooming Server,
Media Dozer II: LIC, Mobile Backpack, and MultiStreamer are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc.
All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Suggested Retail Prices:
Ad Serter ASI/ASI 4ch (SD): $14,995 U.S.
Ad Serter IP/IP 4ch (SD): $10,995 U.S.
Ad Serter SDI/SDI 4ch (SD): $13,995 U.S.
Atlas Media Server — Small, 1RU: $5,995 U.S.
Atlas Media Server — Medium, 1RU: $9,995 U.S.
Atlas Media Server — Large, 3RU: $16,995 U.S.
Brutus V IP/IP Telco: $33,995 U.S.
DOZERbox II IP IP: $1,695 U.S. each, typically sold in pairs
DOZER Racks IP IP: $2,995 U.S. each, typically sold in pairs
IP Grooming Server (with transcoding): $16,995 U.S.
IP Server (No transcoding): $4,995 U.S.
Media Dozer II: LIC: $100 to $1,200 U.S. each
Mobile Backpack: $24,995 U.S.
MultiStreamer DIG/IP: $3,995 U.S.

About CMI and DVEO
CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

FSR Marks Ten-Year Commitment With Local “Backpacks 4 Kids” Program

Manufacturer Heads Back to School Once Again with United Way’s Long-Running School Supply Program

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, a Passaic County-based manufacturer of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, has reached a 10-year milestone in its support of the local community by once again partnering with United Way of Passaic County for the highly successful “Backpacks 4 Kids” program. Regionally, this is the largest initiative of its kind in the region. By donating essential school supplies, such as 50 backpacks filled with notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers and crayons, along with 50 lunch boxes, FSR joins other local businesses and the United Way of Passaic County in their efforts to help more than 900 local students with the essential school supplies they need for the school year ahead.

Part of a greater United Way initiative and a combined effort between area businesses, the “Backpacks 4 Kids” mission is to send students back to school in the Fall equipped with the tools they need to succeed.

“Looking back now, it’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since we first started participating in this extremely important program,” said Jan Sandri, FSR’s president. “FSR has always been and remains an active member of the Passaic County community and our participation in this outstanding program is just one example of our local commitment. We are truly honored to be able to help properly prepare our local kids for the new school year.”

“It is our belief that every child, no matter their background, can thrive if they have the proper tools to support their educational goals,” said Yvonne Zuidema, CEO/President of the United Way of Passaic County. “Education is crucial if our children are going to reach their life’s goals and objectives; how else can they create successful careers for themselves? With the contributions and generous support of our local residents and businesses, such as Jan Sandri and her team at FSR, we are able to start developing today the community leaders of tomorrow.”

FSR manufactures audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, from its headquarters in Woodland Park, NJ.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of signal management and infrastructure solutions for the audio / video, datacom, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and HDBaseT & CAT-X signal delivery 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.

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

Press Contact: Desert Moon Public Relations and Advertising
Harriet Diener • 845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmoon.tv

Stagecraft Audio Finds Smooth Sailing With Cobalt Digital’s Blue Box Group

Units deliver lightweight, practical conversion solution

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital, manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear, has delivered a practical signal conversion solution to Stagecraft Audio, a full service sound, lighting and AV company located in Newport, RI that specializes in large-scale projects ranging from corporate events to broadcast applications. After evaluating options for lightweight, easy-to-install conversion gear that delivers a pristine signal, Stagecraft chose eight of Cobalt’s Blue Box Group™ BBG S-to-H (SDI to HDMI) and one BBG H-to-S (HDMI to SDI) unit.

The BBG S-to-H units provide direct conversion from SMPTE 259M, 292M and 424M SDI to HDMI and feature easy to use DIP switch sets YPbPr or RGB colorspace and HDMI or DVI output modes. The H-to-S model provides true 3G and HD conversions from HDMI to SMPTE 424M, 292M, or 259M. The HDMI input can also receive and convert DVI-D sources (limited to SMPTE HD formats).

“Cobalt’s BBG units have already proved their value during a recent event in the Arcadia Room of the New York Yacht Club in Newport,” said Frank Dwyer, Stagecraft Audio’s owner. “I’d worked in that same room many times before, but having the boxes this time really made the difference. The BBG took the signal out of the client’s laptop on the podium, sent it through my video switcher and I was able to hit the displays around the room without extension cords and with no signal degradation at all. It was easy and worked perfectly!”

Other features that tipped the scales in Cobalt’s favor are the boxes ability to power directly via USB as well as their lightweight, small footprint. “The boxes are USB powered, and that’s wonderful,” exclaimed Dwyer. “Previously, I had to run cables to hit each TV, now we can run power from USB to each display. The boxes are also light enough to sit on the back of a TV with Velcro. I can just slap it on the TV and leave it there. It’s part of the TV now and has made the process so much easier.”

Dwyer’s experience with Cobalt was also enhanced by excellent sales support. “I got the runaround from other companies because I didn’t want to buy in bulk,” he explained. “I found the Cobalt’s Blue Box Group on their web site, sent an email, and the very next day Anthony Klick, Cobalt’s eastern sales manager, not only contacted me, but came by to discuss the best solution for my needs. I was so impressed with the physical and technical features of the products and with the service that I ordered nine units and have plans for more in the future.”
ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com .

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Public Relations & Advertising / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmoon.tv

X2O Media at CEW 2014 (Customer Engagement World)

Company Quote:
“At CEW 2014, the latest version of our X2O platform will be on display for the first time in North America. X2O platform 5.5 makes it easier than ever for businesses to provide rich and engaging customer experiences through dynamic visual communications. We will also highlight the X2O Remote Video Expert application, which enables video conferencing directly from the display screen among other interactive features, as well as the X2O Social Media Wall to demonstrate the powerful visual impact of social media.” — David Wilkins, President of X2O Media more

PixelFLEX Builds on Innovation with LDI Release of FLEXUltra LED Tile

The 2mm FLEXUltra LED Tile

The 2mm FLEXUltra LED Tile

Nashville, Nov. 5th, 2014 — LED screen manufacturer PixelFLEX will release the FLEXUltra, a 2mm curveable LED display, at the LDI Convention 2014 in Las Vegas, November 17-23.

Capable of creating convex or concave curves up to +/- 10 degrees per tile, the FLEXUltra is designed to combine maximum design flexibility with ease of installation to make FLEXUltra one of the most dynamic LED display products on the market.

The FLEXUltra concept incorporates unique machined aluminum frames that are customized to the installation allowing the client complete and unlimited control over their design. Additionally, FLEXUltra is front-accessible and the panels can be quickly removed by utilizing two magnetic grip handles to remove the panel from the frame without disassembling the entire wall.

“As a company we are always thinking what makes our products different and how we can make the product easier for our customers to use on every level,” said David Venus, PixelFLEX’s director of marketing. “We feel the creation of the FLEXUltra is truly a one-of-a-kind pairing of both ultra-high resolution LED with a well-thought-out framing system that allows for precise installations and seamless deployment.”

With a cabinet made of special high tolerance, machined aluminum and the newest full black-face LED technology, the FLEXUltra can be utilized in many different types of install applications. With a brightness of 1200 Nit and a combined frame and tile weight of 25 lbs, the FLEXUltra keeps in line with the high quality and lightweight characteristics PixelFLEX LED products have become known for. In addition, a high refresh rate provides a static and flicker-free display, making it extremely friendly for both photo and video applications.

Ethercon data and Neutrik True One power connectors give the FLEXUltra rock-solid, dependable connections, and the magnetic guide ports allow for secure fixing of panels to frames.

For more information about PixelFLEX and its growing product lines, visit booth 2081 at LDI 2014, November 17-23 or at pixelflexled.com. To attend the LDI 2014 conference in Las Vegas and view the FLEXUltra and other products, find out more at ldishow.com.

Sound Devices 970 Audio Recorder Earns NAMM TEC Award Nomination

Company’s First Dedicated Rack-Mounted Audio Recorder Features 64 Tracks of Dante and MADI

REEDSBURG, WI, NOVEMBER 4, 2014 – Sound Devices, specialists in professional audio and video products, is pleased to announce that its 970, the company’s first dedicated rack-mounted audio recorder, which boasts an impressive 64 channels of Dante and MADI with FileSafe™ technology, has been nominated for the 30th Annual NAMM TEC Awards in the category of Outstanding Technical Achievement, Recording Devices.Sound Devices 970 - front panel

Founded in 1985, and presented by the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio, the TEC Awards are the longest-running awards show specifically recognizing outstanding achievement in product innovation and sound production. The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, January 24, during the 2015 NAMM Show, one of the world’s largest global music industry trade shows, held annually in Anaheim, CA.

“We are honored that the 970 has been nominated for the prestigious TEC Award,” says Paul Isaacs, VP Marketing and Product Design, Sound Devices. “It’s great to receive such recognition from the professional audio industry for our first dedicated rack-mounted audio recorder. For audio professionals requiring a significant number of audio channels, the 970 is an incredibly powerful and flexible tool, backed by Sound Devices’ reputation for high-quality audio and reliability.”

A half-rack, 2U audio recording device, the Sound Devices 970 simplifies any application requiring high-quality, high-track-count audio recording, including live musical productions, concert recordings, and drama- or reality-based productions. Incorporated into the 970, FileSafe recovers audio files if, during recording, drives are unintentionally removed or power is lost.

Sound Devices 970 records 64 channels of monophonic or polyphonic 24-bit WAV files from any of its 144 available inputs. These inputs include 64 channels of Ethernet-based Dante, 64 channels of optical or coaxial MADI, eight channels of line-level analog and eight channels of AES digital. Any input can be assigned to any track. In addition, 32-track recording at 96 kHz is supported. The 970 records to any of four attached drives, which include two front-panel drive bays and two rear-panel e-SATA connected drives. Material can be recorded to multiple drives simultaneously or sequentially. This eliminates time-consuming post-record copying, and allows for continuous long-form, high-track count recordings.

With its built-in, rock-steady Ambient Recording Lockit time-code technology, the 970 is well-suited to operate as a master clock. It can also slave or be jammed to any other time-code source. All common production time-code rates and modes are supported. The 970 also supports word-clock synchronization from an external word clock, video sync, MADI or AES. To simplify the connection of multiple digital inputs, SRCs are available for all MADI, Dante or AES inputs.

The Sound Devices 970 also features an embedded Web-based control panel for machine transport and setup control over Ethernet-based networks, as well as file transfer over the data network with SMB. File metadata editing of scene name, take name, notes, track names and reel folders can be performed during, before and after recording across all drives. In addition to RS-422 and GPIO control, the unit also operates as a bridging interface between analog, AES digital, MADI and Dante connectivity.

Additionally, the Sound Devices 970 features the company’s proprietary PowerSafe™ technology. PowerSafe circuitry has a built-in 10-second power reserve. In the event of power loss, the unit continues to operate for up to 10 seconds, then stops any file operation and shuts down. This ensures that a complete power loss has no effect on the recording. In addition, 970 features FileSafe, which automatically detects and repairs corrupted file headers when drives are mounted. Should this occur when a drive is inadvertently removed during recording, the user can simply reinsert the drive and FileSafe will automatically repair the files.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production.

Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Berlin-Adlershof, Germany. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and Video Devices websites, www.sounddevices.com; www.videodevices.com.

Margarita Mix of Santa Monica Adds Fourth Fairlight EVO System

Sound Mixer Paul Hurtubise at the Fairlight EVO Audio Production System, Margarita Mix, Santa Monica, CA.

Sound Mixer Paul Hurtubise at the Fairlight EVO Audio Production System, Margarita Mix, Santa Monica, CA.

SANTA MONICA, CA (Nov 3, 2014) — Margarita Mix of Santa Monica, a FotoKem company specializing in audio post services for commercials and advertising media, has installed a fourth Fairlight EVO integrated audio production system for their award-winning team of sound designers, mixers and composers. With the upgrade, the facility’s accomplished sound mixers Paul Hurtubise, Jimmy Hite, Nathan Dubin and Jeff Levy are now working on identical audio post platforms in their HD mixing suites.

“The facility was already working extensively on Fairlight, and after careful evaluation and testing, I made the transition,” says Hurtubise, who joined Margarita Mix in late 2012 with over 20 years of experience in commercial audio post.

Having used a number of platforms over the course of his career, Hurtubise notes, “I simply think Fairlight sounds better. It’s less fatiguing on the ears, and I seem to hear things more clearly and definitively.

“The EVO workstation is also very ergonomic and easy to operate,” he adds. “I feel like I’m on a system that’s been developed for humans to work on. EVO’s jogger fits my hand, and its keyboard fits my fingers. I’m running sessions more efficiently because I’m not as focused on all the clicking.”

Hurtubise also points out that the graphic displays are less fatiguing. “It’s much easier for me to be on the Fairlight all day. I noticed immediately that I wasn’t as physically tired at the end of the day. The displays are comfortable to work on, too.”

According to the talented mixing team at Margarita Mix, there are plenty of features to like about the system. They like that the picture has a home in the system, versus floating around the screen. “The picture’s right there when I want it—I love the Pyxis,” Hurtubise says of the dual-channel HD video recorder that is integrated into EVO as standard. “I also like the streaming Pyxis video frames along the bottom of the timeline display, and being able to see the picture frames before and after the playhead. This way, I can see how many frames I have until my next edit.”

When the mixers need to face the voiceover booth with a script in front of them rather than face the EVO surface, they’ve created a macro that puts “Record” on different sides of the controller so that it’s ergonomically easier for them. Fairlight’s one-button record function also helps in VO sessions when the talent starts to speak. “We don’t want to interrupt them; if we press our ‘Record’ macro button, the disk recorder immediately stops one take and goes right into another one in the span of a 1/10th of a second,” Hurtubise explains.

Custom fader sets are another admired attribute of the system. “I’ve never been on a system where I can so easily lay out faders to my liking,” says Hurtubise. “Sometimes I’m knee deep into a session and I really wish I had my beeps next to my mic, right next to my music stem, right next to my sound effects stem, next to the dialog stem next to my headphone send—then I can mute and level them very easily. I can create that quickly with Fairlight.”

There are several features on the Fairlight that the Margarita Mix team hasn’t had available on previous DAWs. “For example, I like the way Fairlight solos tracks: I can solo a set of tracks, un-solo them by holding control and pressing one button, and then re-solo that same set by pressing one button,” Hurtubise reports. “I like being able to memorize zooms. Say I have 128 tracks with 70 music stems and 40 sound effects stems. I can zoom to the music tracks and store it in U1; I can go to the sound effects tracks and store that in U2. If I hear something in the music I just press U1, and instantly I’m looking at the music stems. It is super easy.”

All four Fairlight operators at Margarita Mix use similar console control templates for uniformity. Nathan Dubin has been at Margarita Mix for over a decade recording VO, mixing for television, ADR recording for film and commercial mixing for TV and radio that has earned several industry accolades. Working with clients such as Nissan, Activision, Disney, AT&T, Kaiser Permanente, and UPS, Jimmy Hite has over 30 years of experience in sound mixing for the commercial and advertising industries, and has won numerous awards throughout his career. Paul Hurtubise focuses on commercial mixing as well as ADR and commentary recording. His recent credits include spots for Google, eHarmony, Old Navy, Hyundai, and Toyota, among others. Jeff Levy has been part of the team for 20-plus years, also earning multiple awards for mixing and sound design.

About Fairlight:
Fairlight has been designing, engineering and manufacturing cutting edge, professional digital audio technology for more than 30 years. Its dedication to innovation, quality and customer service has made Fairlight one of the most respected companies in professional audio. With their integrated control surfaces and intuitive user interfaces, Fairlight’s award-winning media creation tools are renowned for their speed, flexibility and exceptional sonic quality. The company’s products offer full compatibility with virtually all open audio, video and sync standards, making them ideally suited to a wide range of audio post and live broadcast applications. To learn more about Fairlight please visit www.fairlight.com.au

FairlightUS Inc. is the exclusive North American distributor for Fairlight products. For more information visit: www.fairlightus.com

Groove3 Unveils $99 All Access Annual Web Pass

Become a better producer with unlimited access to online audio tutorials for about the cost of 2 cups of coffee a month!

Austin, TX – October 30, 2014 – Beyond one-day events like Black Friday or Cyber Monday, Groove3 has launched the Black November Sale and is offering new customers an All Access Annual Web Pass for just $99 during entire month of November. Normally $150, customers gain instant online access to every video tutorial currently available on Groove3.com as well as new videos that are added during their 1-year membership.

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Groove3.com hosts nearly 900 hours of innovative, inventive and progressive online video training for music producers of all levels, covering all of the top digital audio workstations, plug-ins, and virtual instruments on the market as well as essential audio topics like recording, mixing, and mastering. Groove3’s expert trainers are working musicians and audio professionals that know how to get the most from their gear and apply that knowledge to real-world workflow. New content is added weekly and is accessible with the All Access Annual Web Pass.

While there is plenty of video instruction on YouTube, Groove3 takes the guess work out of finding consistently high-quality instruction backed by more than 10 years of experience in working closely with audio experts and directly with manufacturers. This saves the end-user countless hours of searching the web for relevant, high quality video instruction.

“My schedule is so hectic that I don’t have the time it takes to fully learn the latest and greatest software,” said Trace Foster, engineer and guitar tech for Joe Perry of Aerosmith. “Now I just put on a Groove3 video while we’re flying or on the bus and before long, I’m so far ahead of the learning curve! It really makes my life easy.”

There has never been a better time to become a Groove3 member. In addition to the Black November Sale price of $99, members will have access to new content from a recent development partnership with publishing giant Hal Leonard, which will include titles on drums, guitars, bass and keyboard playing and more. Several new titles are due out in November and December as well as many more in 2015.

For more information and to purchase an All Access Annual Web Pass for just $99 during the Black November Sale, visit http://www.groove3.com/str/access-it-all.html.

About Groove3:
For over 10 years, Groove3 has been on providing informative and effective training and content that is in-depth yet easy to follow. Their products are currently in use by thousands of musicians, engineers, producers, project studio owners, colleges, universities, trade schools, and working professionals. They were the first to offer training videos specifically targeted to the pro audio community via online access and the first to offer regular video content updates for their members. Groove3 offers the most flexible options for purchasing their training and viewing the content with DRM free downloads, iOS and Android apps, as well as an intuitive streaming player.

iZotope Releases Ozone 6: Creative Mastering Platform

Ozone 6 features a redesigned interface, standalone application, and new Dynamic EQ module

Cambridge, MA (October 30, 2014) – iZotope, Inc., a leading audio technology company, has launched the latest version of its critically acclaimed line of mastering software, Ozone.

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Ozone 6 is a creative mastering platform that enables both project studio producers and mastering engineers to easily add a final level of professional polish to their mix.

The modern new workflow is centered around creativity. A fully redesigned interface and real-time visual feedback in every module assist users in creating masters with ease.

“Our goal was to create an elegant visual aesthetic and fluid workflow,” says iZotope Product Manager Brett Bunting, “in order to bring the creative elements of mastering front and center and allow users to define their own sound.”

Ozone 6 takes the guesswork and the manual labor out of the mastering process, helping users experiment without fear of making the wrong sonic choices. Using Ozone’s presets as a starting point, pros and newcomers alike can immediately achieve authentic sounds in any genre.

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Ozone also produces great sound, providing the warmth and character of analog sound without the restrictions of hardware. And since Ozone 6 works as either a standalone application or a suite of plug-ins, users can choose to work exclusively in Ozone, or to complement their audio editor of choice.

For professional users, the Advanced version’s Dynamic EQ module lives and breathes with your music, harnessing the precision of an equalizer and the musical ballistics of a compressor. It’s an ideal tool for transparently sculpting audio.

“Ozone is full of great mastering tools,” says Adam Ayan, GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer at Gateway Mastering, “and it just keeps getting better!”

Learn more at www.izotope.com/ozone6.

Watch the video at http://youtu.be/GZMvIxPZ-50.

Availability
Ozone 6 is available now at www.izotope.com/ozone and at select retailers.

Pricing
Ozone 6 – Promotional Price: $199 USD, Regular Price: $249 USD

Ozone 6 Advanced – Promotional Price: $599 USD, Regular Price: $999 USD

Upgrade from Ozone 1-5 to Ozone 6: Always available at a special price of $99 USD

Upgrade from Ozone 1-5 to Ozone 6 Advanced – Promotional Price: $399 USD, Regular Price: $750 USD

Upgrade from Ozone 5 Advanced to Ozone 6 Advanced: Always available at a special price of $299 USD

For international customers, check with your local reseller for Ozone 6 pricing.

Grace Period Purchases
Customers who purchased Ozone 5 after September 1, 2014, will receive a free upgrade to Ozone 6 upon release.

Customers who purchased Ozone 5 Advanced after September 1, 2014, will receive a free upgrade to Ozone 6 Advanced upon release.

About iZotope, Inc.
iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®. For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com.

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