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Sennheiser’s Mentorship Program Immerses Students in Top Flight Broadcast Environments, Courtesy of HBO and Fox Sports

Old Lyme, CT, July 11, 2012– Since 2009, when audio specialist Sennheiser launched its Mentorship Program to help encourage the next generation of audio engineers to enter the field of televised sports, the company has initiated collaborations among a variety of higher education institutions and professional broadcast networks. For its most recent mentorship program, Sennheiser selected students Zachary Templin, from the New England Institute of Art in Boston, and Shawn Brewer, from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences near Phoenix, to participate in covering the Mayweather vs. Cotto fight by HBO Boxing and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 race by FOX Sports, respectively.

According to Randy Flick, senior audio mixer, HBO Boxing, immersing a student for several days in the setup and broadcast of a major sports event provides an experience that simply cannot be provided by the majority of audio schools. “You’ve got to have a grasp of all the technology in your head before you can even think about getting into a show,” says Flick. “Zach proved to be a great asset, and my senior RF guy, Lloyd Jacobsen, was very impressed with him.”

Templin got hands-on experience with two set-ups for the broadcast, one for the weigh-in and another for the fight, and was also introduced to the importance of the communications systems. “Randy placed an emphasis on covering the intercom system, which was the biggest mystery to me and is the backbone of any broadcast,” recalls Templin. “The A2s — Lloyd, Shep and Paul — covered RF, PLs, and IFBs with me, and taught me how to make sure they are set correctly for each different position.”

Broadcast Talent for Hire
For Jason Cohen, director of live events, HBO Sports, Sennheiser’s Mentorship Program serves to increase the talent pool in the industry. “But, altruistically,” observes Cohen, “it allows us to use the power and the tools that we have and give these young, aspiring, career-minded audio technicians the experience and learning that many of us were not fortunate enough to have when we were younger.”

“This is an initiative that is really on the shoulders of Sennheiser,” Cohen adds. “Sennheiser has to research and interview and weed through the potential candidates; they have to put their name behind the person; and they pay for their expenses and their time. We do the easy part — we just let them in our door!”

Fred Aldous, audio consultant and senior mixer for FOX Sports, notes that there is a big difference between the typical training a student receives at an audio school and an event such as the Coca-Cola 600. The long-distance race, one of the most-watched on the NASCAR calendar, was broadcast from Charlotte, NC last May. “It’s a bit overwhelming when students emerge from the nice, protected environment of a recording studio into this hostile live environment on the road,” says Aldous. “I don’t think even people in the industry know or understand what it takes to put together a show of this magnitude.”

The many benefits of giving back
Aldous says he became involved with the Mentorship Program because he believes in giving back. “When I was younger, I would have liked to have had somebody to spend a weekend with, and get an idea of what happens behind the scenes. That’s why I do it; I want to give somebody the opportunity to get a head start on a possible career.”

The race broadcast was done in conjunction with NASCAR, conducted onsite from Game Creek Video’s FX truck. During his three days on-site at the racetrack, Brewer was introduced to the main audio production room as well as the track effects and competitor communications submix positions, head-end patchbays, announce booth, track effect microphone setups and communications systems. “It was really valuable to be able to get into an actual broadcast event and see what kind of equipment they’re using, how fast everything moved and what actually goes into running a race of that caliber,” says Brewer.

What particularly struck him, Brewer says, was the change in tempo of the calls Aldous had to listen to from the producer, a director and associate director from the practice sessions and qualifying, on SPEED, to the race, which was broadcast on FOX. “During qualifying it was kind of laid back; there weren’t as many calls coming through. But when the actual race started it was a mile-a-minute. They were moving just as fast as the cars were!”

Photo captions:
1) Fred Aldous, A1 and senior mixer for FOX Sports, pictured alongside the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences student Shawn Brewer.

2) Zachary Templin of New England Institute of Art participated in covering the Mayweather vs. Cotto fight by HBO Boxing.

3) Randy Flick, senior audio mixer, HBO Boxing, pictured alongside student Zachary Templin of New England Institute of Art.

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The Big Apple and Philly Make Way for Yamaha Training Sessions

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Seminars (YCATS) will make stops in New York City, June 26 and Philadelphia, July 17-19.

Dale Pro Audio will host training sessions on the new Yamaha CL5 digital console on June 26. Registration deadline is Monday, June 25. Visit
https://www.yamaha.com/ussub/cl5demo/registration.html?

The YCATS training team will be in Philadelphia July 17-19 with classes ranging from an Introduction to the Yamaha CL Series, a new session entitled Digital Audio Networks for Engineers, M7CL for Advanced Users, and Yamaha LS9 Workshop. Registration deadline is Friday, July 13.

For more information and to registration visit: http://www.yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training.php?catID=11001.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Yamaha Audioversity Expo Heads to Atlanta

BUENA PARK, Calif.⎯The third annual Yamaha Audioversity Expo will take place in Atlanta, Georgia on August 1-2, 2012 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The specialized event is catered toward audio professionals and all those interested in gaining in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience of Yamaha Commercial Audio and NEXO products.

The Yamaha Audioversity Expo will feature digital mixer training seminars including sessions on the new Yamaha CL console, panel discussions with leading industry professionals, NEXO and Yamaha speaker listening demos featuring live music, hands-on line array rigging demonstrations, acoustic prediction software presentations, clinics featuring Dante audio networking solutions, portable sound applications from small to large, and Commercial Installations Solutions.

A special appearance will be made by the state-of-the-art Rolling Showroom housing the new Yamaha CL digital console as well as all the latest Yamaha Commercial Audio products. There will be plenty of time for Q&A with knowledgeable experts on all things Yamaha Commercial Audio and NEXO as well as with industry partners. Audioversity will feature live music, raffle prizes*, and additional surprises.

This event is free-of-charge and open to the audio community. For those attending from out-of-town, hotel recommendations can also be found on the Audioversity Expo website.

To register, visit http://www.audioversityexpo.com. Check the site often for updates.

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*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER AND WIN. The Drawing is open to each attendee at the Audioversity Expo who is a U.S. resident at least 18 years old. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Early Bird Registration Extended for Women in CE’s Career Enhancement Forum: ‘Power Your Career in Consumer Electronics’

$199 Registration Fee Extended to May 25; New Panels Announced for June 26 Event

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — May 8, 2012 — Early bird registration has been extended through May 25 for the Women in Consumer Electronics (CE) Career Enhancement Forum, scheduled for June 26 in conjunction with CE Week in New York City. With the theme “Power Your Career in Consumer Electronics,” the inaugural Career Enhancement Forum will be held at the Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, New York City. The forum is sponsored by Women in CE, an industry organization that promotes the advancement of women in the consumer electronics industry. more

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Christie Offers One-Day Simulation Education at the Institute for Simulation and Training in Florida

Christie®, a leader in simulation projection display and visualization solutions, is offering a free educational forum dedicated to the world of visual display requirements for simulation on May 9 at the Institute for Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida.

Whether you’re a visual systems software or product development engineer, a program manager or technical specialist in the simulation industry, you will benefit from this one-day, chock-full session that includes technical presentations designed to increase one’s knowledge of various visual display requirements: image metrics and quality, system considerations, synchronization, maintenance, specifications, and system integration.*

Learn from special presentations provided by:
NASA’s Dr. Barbara Sweet, aerospace engineer /Human Machine Systems: image quality requirements and impact of system update rates
Dr. Charles J. Lloyd, President, Visual Performance LLC, on stereoscopic/collimated display integration
Christie’s own simulation and product experts: Static and dynamic image quality metrics, including 3D cues; system and multi-channel considerations, including warping and blending; product specifications and what they mean; system synchronization and latency; system maintenance

Specialists in simulation and training interested in attending are requested to register online by May 4, at Christie SIM University. Limited seating. Questions can be directed to the SIM University team.

*Agenda and program subject to change without notice.

TC Furlong Inc. to Host Yamaha CL Chicagoland Launch Tour

LAKE FOREST, IL—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. and TC Furlong Inc. will host a mini-demo tour featuring the new Yamaha CL Digital Console Series, May 1-2, at three separate Chicago-area sites. Yamaha Systems Application Engineer, Kevin Kimmel, Regional District Manager, Mike Eiseman, and TC Furlong staff will be on hand to demonstrate the new console. All events are free of charge and open to audio professionals are welcome.

Dates and location of events are: Tuesday, May 1—2:00 PM-8:00 PM, TC Furlong Inc., Lake Forest, IL; Wednesday, May 2—9:00 AM-1:00 PM, American Management Association, Rosemont, IL; and Wednesday, May 2—3:00 PM-8:00 PM, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, in Chicago.

The Yamaha CL console is Dante network-based and uses Yamaha CentraLogic technology. Features include remote I/O for a faster, more responsive Yamaha system solution. The three CL models (CL1, 3, and 5) are only differentiated by frame size and input capability. All three models feature 24 mix buses, 8 matrix buses, stereo and mono buses, and 16 DCAs. The console series was specifically designed for sound reinforcement applications, including performing arts venues, theaters, houses of worship, touring, and remote broadcast.

Visit http://tcfurlong.com/CLTour for more information.

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Recent AtlonaAcademy Webinars and Houston Training Event a Big Hit With Attendees

Over 400 Installation Professionals Attend for In-Depth Understanding of Latest Industry Technologies

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — April 26, 2012 — Atlona(R), a leading digital connectivity solutions provider, today announced that its recent AtlonaAcademy live training event and online webinars were a hit with attendees. Over 400 installation professionals registered for two one-hour webinars given as part of the AtlonaAcademy online training program, while another 40 attended an invitational regional training event held in Houston, Texas. more

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RTI Reinforces Commitment to Custom Market Through Enhanced Dealer Programs

Company’s Dedication is Honored by CE Pro for the Second Year in a Row as Its Advanced Control University Wins 2012 Quest for Quality Award for Training Programs

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — April 17, 2012 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced that the company is continuing its strong commitment to the custom market through enhanced dealer programs and initiatives, and that its outstanding dealer training and support once again earned the company honors from CE Pro magazine. This is the second year in a row that CE Pro recognized RTI with an award. RTI is the recipient of the magazine’s 2012 CE Pro Silver Quest for Quality Award. more

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Indra Chooses Christie Matrix StIM Systems for British Ministry of Defence’s Helicopter Simulators

Christie®, a leader in simulation projection display and visualization solutions, announced that Indra, the premier IT company in Spain and a leading IT multinational in Europe, has acquired a significant number of the award-winning Christie Matrix StIM™ simulation projection systems to develop three simulators to be used by the British Army and Royal Navy to train their pilots in the use of the new AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopter. The operation was carried out through Ingevideo, a Christie partner in Spain that specializes in simulation. Indra will design and develop the simulators in conjunction with AgustaWestland Limited, one of the world’s main helicopter suppliers.

The operation is part of the contract allocated to AgustaWestland by the British Ministry of Defence to design and develop an integrated training solution which includes the construction and equipping of a new modern training center for the AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopter.

Christie Matrix StIM, an advanced DLP® projection system based on LED technology, will be used in two simulators with Full Mission Simulator (FMS) movement and one fixed-based Flight Training Device (FTD) flight simulator. LED systems offer enhanced reliability, supportability and maintainability over current technology.

“Christie projectors meet the high standards of performance required by these simulators,” explains Juan Andrés García, Indra’s director of Helicopter Simulators. “After extensive prior tests, we chose these projectors because of their features associated with infrared simulation.”

The simulators enable the planning of training missions and can be configured to adapt to the specific needs of army and navy pilots. These systems have a 6-degree freedom of movement and reproduce vibrations to ensure that pilots experience the same feelings of acceleration as they would on an actual flight.. They also comply with the Joint Aviation Requirements (JAR-FSTD-H) standards, level D.

The systems developed by Indra will be installed in the new training center AgustaWestland is building at Royal Navy Airstation Yeovilton in southwest England that will be the home to the British Army and Royal Navy AW159 Lynx Wildcat squadrons. The training center’s simulators will be commissioned in 2013 for Army aircrew training and one year later for Royal Navy aircrew training.

The AW159 is the latest twin-engine multi-role, maritime and utility aircraft developed as a replacement for the extremely successful AgustaWestland Lynx family of helicopters. Designated the Lynx Wildcat by the UK MOD, the AW159 is the multi-role helicopter chosen by the UK to meet maritime attack, surveillance and land reconnaissance requirements.

This helicopter has a complete integrated flight software package which includes electro-optical imaging and electronic surveillance measures, as well as a self-defence suite, among others. All these systems are simulated and integrated in the simulators with the goal of providing the most realistic possible training.

The process that led Indra to opt for Christie simulation technology was very competitive and demanding, and lasted over one year, a period during which Ingevideo and the Christie Spanish office made various demonstrations for the client, as well as proportioning advice and consultancy services in the design phase and presale technical support.

“This is a very important project, not just in terms of the number of units sold, but also because Indra is the most technologically advanced company in Spain and one of the world’s leading IT multinationals, working to extremely high standards of performance,” says Marcos Fernández, Christie Country Manager for Spain and Portugal. “These simulators provide first class training for AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopter crews, ensuring unique realism for the differing conditions pilots can expect.”

Miguel Ángel Piqueras, director of Ingevideo, declares: “We are delighted to be taking part in this project, involving such major companies and organizations as Indra, AgustaWestland Limited, Christie and UK MoD. The sheer magnitude of the operation is incredible, probably one of the most important ever undertaken in Spain in the field of infrared military simulation.”

The Christie Matrix StIM —a 1-chip WUXGA DLP® 600 lumen LED projector— is the first LED simulation projection system to provide independent control over both the visible and infrared spectrum, thanks to its night vision stimulation capabilities. “It is also the first solid state, LED based illumination system that guarantees extraordinary image quality, exceptionally long life, low power consumption and low cost of ownership,” concludes Marcos Fernández.

The Christie Matrix StIM features Christie ArrayLOC™, an innovative technology that automatically adjusts and balances the brightness, colour space and black levels of all the projectors in the display in real-time with no additional latency. The technology creates an exceptionally stable platform that provides the ultimate in scalability, with the LED light source and solid-state technology delivering more than 50,000 hours mean-time-between-failure (MTBF) for years of continuous, virtually maintenance-free operation.

Extron Announces Expanded Training Schedule & More Locations

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce an expanded Extron Institute On-The-Road schedule and six new locations, which include: Columbus in May, Philadelphia in June, St. Louis in July and August, Calgary, Alberta in August, Montreal, Quebec in October, and Denver in November. With the expanded North America schedule, Extron will now offer over 50 instructor-led training courses in 2012. Led by some of the industry’s best trainers, Extron Institute offers AV professionals an opportunity to broaden their knowledge and keep pace with new technologies and product developments. more

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