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Press Releases For : October 21, 2014

Powersoft Introduces the DigiMod IK Kit, Enabling OEM Manufacturers to Build Simple, Customized Solutions Around its Renowned DigiMod Amplifier Series

Flexible New Integration Kit Includes Upgraded DSP, Autoswitch Circuit and Other Improvements

Ventura, CA, October 21, 2014: Powersoft, a world-leading manufacturer of professional power amplifiers, announced the launch of its new DigiMod IK kit. The DigiMod IK, a package that consists of three separate, easily assembled elements, was designed to help OEM manufacturers develop their own line of active loudspeakers using industry-respected components.

9DigiMod IK brings an unprecedented degree of scale and flexibility to OEMs and integrators who require Class D amplification technology for loudspeaker applications in the professional audio markets. By separating the DigiMod into three different elements (which are easily connected by screws), Powersoft was able to deploy innovative upgrades to each component. The three components, which consist of an aluminum heatsink plate, a DSP/interface kit and an amplifier module, now include the following improvements:

• An onboard autoswitch circuit
• An upgraded DSP circuit board to include external A/D converters
• A set of gaskets designed to prevent air leakages

Powerful Customization for OEMs:

digimod_ik_master_01The new DSP-D circuit board is also fully compatible with Powersoft’s Armonia Software Suite, which enables remote control and monitoring of the full range of Powersoft products. When using Powersoft’s new Armonia ProManager software in conjunction with the new DigiMod IK kit, OEM manufacturers can integrate a customized, branded layer to their finished product offering — complete with their own brand identity, customized presets and other attributes.

With Armonia ProManager, OEMs can initialize products as proprietary while displaying branding information, the name and serial number of the loudspeaker system, the product name and family as well as product images and brief descriptions. This level of customization and visibility adds another dimension of value for the manufacturer. For a detailed workflow and background on how Armonia ProManager can help configure any IK combination, please visit http://www.powersoft-audio.com/en/software/armonia-promanager.

“The DigiMod IK helps our OEM partners create a more exclusive and customized product offering, while delivering the quality, performance and reliability our user base expects,” commented Matteo Bianchini, account manager of Powersoft . “Now, OEMs and integrators can access a powerful ‘plug ‘n’ play’ solution that leverages the latest innovations in DSP A/D and switching technologies, while extending an OEM’s own branding and product recognition.”

A video summary of ProManager initialize procedures is available to view at the Powersoft YouTube channel. The DigiMod IK kit is available now.

About Powersoft:

Powersoft is the world leader in lightweight, high power, single rack space, energy efficient amplifiers for the professional audio market. Founded in Italy in 1995, headquartered in Florence, Italy, with offices in Ventura, CA, Powersoft couples the experience and precision of its production department with exceptional components to deliver products with perfect audio response and high performance reliability. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to convention centers, churches and clubs, and are used by the world’s leading tour sound companies. For more information, visit the Powersoft website @ www.powersoft-audio.com.

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Neumann Captures TEC Award Nominations for its TLM 107 Microphone and KH 120 D Studio Monitor

Anaheim, CA, October 21, 2014: Premium audio brand Neumann announced that its TLM 107 microphone and its KH 120 D studio monitor have each been nominated for Outstanding Technical Achievement in the 30th annual TEC Awards. The TLM 107, a large diaphragm multi-pattern microphone, has been nominated in the category of ‘Microphones – Recording’, while the KH 120 D was nominated in the category of ‘Studio Monitors’.

TLM107aPresented by the TEC Foundation, the TEC Awards is the pro audio industry’s most prestigious awards show honoring outstanding achievement in product innovation and sound production. The 30th Annual TEC Awards will be presented during the 2015 NAMM Show, to be held in Anaheim, Calif. in January 2015. The nominations, based on product entries by audio manufacturers, were made by a select panel of 130 professionals in numerous audio specialties. Products and projects released and in commercial use during the period of September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014, were eligible for nomination.

Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Neumann, commented: “Both the TLM 107 and the KH 120 D represent the pinnacle of innovation and are symbolic of Neumann’s commitment to shaping the future of audio. We are honored that the TEC Foundation has chosen to consider these products for Outstanding Technical Achievement awards.”

TLM 107 Microphone:

The TLM 107 is a modern, high-resolution sound transducer with excellent reproduction characteristics that enable it to capture the original sound without coloration, ensuring unlimited design freedom in mixing and post-production. The newly developed double diaphragm capsule is inspired by one of Neumann’s top models, the D-01. With its exceptional impulse fidelity, the TLM 107 is particularly suitable for percussion and the finest overtones of stringed instruments.

All of the TLM 107s switching functions are managed through an elegant, wear-resistant navigation switch. The contemporary, intuitive operating concept includes an illuminated pattern display in the chrome ring, with the Pad and Low Cut status LEDs positioned to the left and right. After 15 seconds, the display is turned off automatically, allowing the TLM 107 to be positioned discretely on the stage.

KH 120 D Studio Monitor:

KH120D_Front_and_BackThe KH 120 D is designed for tracking, mixing and mastering applications in music, broadcast, project and post-production studios. Utilizing the latest in acoustic and electronic simulation technologies, the KH 120 D ensures the most accurate sound reproduction possible. Equipped with an additional BNC input for AES/EBU or S/P-DIF formats (24-bit/192 kHz), the KH 120 D enables seamless digital workflow right up through playback on the studio monitor.

The KH 120 D also features digital delay for both analog and digital inputs, enabling the monitor to be used for demanding tasks requiring time alignment. With a maximum delay of over 400 ms, the KH 120 D is able to seamlessly address audio/video synchronization issues, or simply manage time delay compensation in situations where space constraints preclude equidistant positioning of loudspeakers.

About Neumann:

Georg Neumann GmbH, with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, is well-known as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones. The company, which was established in 1928, has a long track record of world-leading product designs and has been recognized with a string of international awards for its technology innovations. From 2010, Neumann offers this expertise in electro-acoustic transducer technologies to the studio monitoring market, and will provide optimum solutions to its customers in the areas of TV and radio broadcasting, recording, and audio productions. Neumann is now the perfect partner for both the input and the output of the audio signal path. Neumann has manufacturing facilities in Germany (microphones) and Ireland (loudspeakers), and is represented in over 50 countries worldwide by Sennheiser subsidiaries, as well as by long-term trading partners. Georg Neumann GmbH is a Sennheiser Group company.

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.

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Planar Expands Clarity Matrix Video Wall Line with Two New Ultra-Narrow Bezel Models

New 3.7mm bezel models make award-winning Clarity Matrix the most comprehensive line of video wall displays in the market

Control room mappingPORTLAND, Ore., October 21, 2014 – Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR), a global leader in display and digital signage technology, today announced two new ultra-narrow bezel LCD models in its line of Clarity™ Matrix LCD Video Wall System with G2 Architecture, bringing superior visual performance to an even wider variety of video wall applications.

The two new Clarity Matrix with G2 Architecture options include a 46” model with 800 nits brightness and a 55” model with 500 nits brightness. The new models feature a tiled bezel width of just 3.7mm (0.15 inches) between adjacent LCD displays for a near-seamless image.  In addition to the new offerings, Planar has also extended video and power transmission capabilities on its entire family of Clarity Matrix LCD Video Wall models to support distances of 500 feet (150 meters).

Earlier this year, Planar set new technological benchmarks with the introduction of its new G2 Architecture for the Clarity Matrix LCD Video Wall family, as well as its first LED LCD video wall model with a tiled bezel width of 3.7 mm. Now, with the additional ultra-narrow bezel models, as well as Planar’s interactive touch and 3D models, the award-winning Clarity Matrix family of LCD video wall solutions features the broadest line of ultra-narrow bezel displays in the industry.

Customer reaction to Clarity Matrix with G2 Architecture has been incredibly positive,” said Jennifer Davis, vice president of marketing at Planar Systems. “The addition of new Clarity Matrix models with smaller tiled bezel width gives Planar the broadest product offering in the LCD video wall category and opens up new applications for our highperformance technology.”

Unique Design Delivers Slim Profile and Mission-Critical Reliability

Clarity Matrix with G2 Architecture video wall displays are built for 24/7 reliability in the most mission-critical control room environments, as well as digital signage.

“The addition of the new thinner bezel 46” and 55” Clarity Matrix models allows resellers to offer customers more options for smaller bezel video walls and expands the market for LCD video walls,” said Bill Apter, senior consultant with Avitecture, Inc., an audiovisual integrator in Sterling, Virginia. “The Clarity Matrix with G2 Architecture system delivers no-compromise visual performance with superb image quality, perfectly aligned panels, ultra high resolution and allowed us to reduce installation costs for our customers.”

The expanded line-up offers even more flexibility to meet a wide variety of installation challenges. The Clarity Matrix video wall system design eliminates the need for AC power outlets behind the displays. With the electronics and power supply off-board, the weight, depth, heat and potential points of failure can be placed in a convenient location for easy maintenance. Built-in video extension capabilities have been expanded so electronics can be co-located with the source up to 500 feet (150 meters) away from the video wall. A single remote power supply module can power up to six displays.

Together, the technological advances and award-winning design of Clarity Matrix gives customers a comprehensive, cutting-edge video wall system designed to reduce total-cost-of-ownership.

The new Clarity Matrix MX46HDU and LX55HDU models are available through Planar’s global network of authorized resellers and will begin shipping in calendar Q4 2014. Visit Planar’s You Tube channel to watch a video about Clarity Matrix with G2 Architecture. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.planar.com/products/lcd-video-walls/clarity

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‘Reliable, Rugged and Feature-Rich’ Symetrix DSPs Revamp Grand Casino Audio

Grand Casino Mille Lacs in Minnesota, USA, has been equipped with multiple Symetrix processors as part of an extensive audio upgrade.

MINNESOTA, USA: Digital signal processing solutions from Symetrix helped design and integration firm Excel AV Group to achieve its largest DSP installation to date at Grand Casino Mille Lacs recently. The system at the Minnesota, USA, entertainment complex features no fewer than 36 inputs and 28 outputs.

As company president Kevin Crow recalls, the venue operators “began looking at upgrading the sound for the main ballroom and smaller adjoining meeting rooms in February 2014. The main challenges were that they did not have a very good main PA, their control system was difficult to use, and patching was difficult.”

Flexible and easy-to-use processing was a priority, and Excel AV’s research quickly led them to investigate the possibility of deploying two Symetrix SymNet Radius open architecture Dante-scalable DSPs. “The Radius units are so powerful and with Dante capability the networking is just amazing. Also, we had already deployed them successfully on a number of projects,” says Crow.

The final Symetrix installation – comprising two Radius 12×8 DSPs along with one Axiomtek GOT-5152T-830-J touch panel controller, one xIn 12 input expander and two xOut 12 output expanders – allows staff to effortlessly combine and un-combine ballroom sound. Eight wireless mic channels can be patched to any room or zone via a wireless tablet loaded with Symetrix SymVue control software. Crow notes: “It’s now super-easy for a user to control volume for individual mics or to change room configurations and/or patching.”

For Excel AV Group, the Grand Casino installation is only the latest in a long sequence of projects for which Symetrix DSPs have proven to be ideally suited. “We love the pro-audio EQ offerings that Symetrix has in its software, and we use Symetrix for our pro-audio rigs all the time without hesitation,” says Crow.

Shure wireless microphones, Danley Sound Labs mains loudspeakers and JBL distributed speakers were also selected during an installation that has met with a wholly positive reaction from casino personnel. “They have encountered no issues running the system, which sounds fantastic for all types of entertainment, from regional acts to comedians and much more besides,” says Crow. “Reliable, rugged and feature-rich, the Symetrix products are integral to the installation and we could not be more pleased with their performance.”

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Sennheiser Esfera Surround Microphone System and HD8 DJ Headphones are Nominated for TEC Award

Sennheiser Receives Outstanding Technical Achievement Nominations in Signal Processing Hardware and Headphone/Earpiece Technology Categories

ANAHEIM, CA, October 21, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that its Esfera surround microphone system and its HD 8 DJ headphones have been nominated for the 30th Annual TEC awards. The Esfera system, which has been nominated in the Signal Processing Hardware category, consists of the SPM 8000 two-channel microphone unit and the SPB 8000 processing unit; the HD8 DJ, which is a closed, circumaural headphone, has been nominated in the Headphone/Earpiece Technology category.

Sennheiser_Esfera_systemPresented by the TEC Foundation, the TEC Awards is the pro audio industry’s most prestigious awards show honoring outstanding achievement in product innovation and sound production. The 30th Annual TEC Awards will be presented during the 2015 NAMM Show, to be held in Anaheim, Calif. in January 2015. The nominations, based on product entries by audio manufacturers, were made by a select panel of 130 professionals in numerous audio specialties. Products and projects released and in commercial use during the period of September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014, were eligible for nomination.

Greg Beebe, president of Sennheiser USA, commented: “Sennheiser is once again honored to be nominated for Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards by the TEC Foundation. The Esfera system and the HD8 DJ represent our continued commitment to product innovation and our passion for achieving great sound.”

The Esfera surround microphone system:

The Esfera system consists of the SPM 8000 two-channel microphone unit and the SPB 8000 processing unit. The microphone unit features the typical advantages of RF condenser microphones: natural and detailed sound, transparency, ruggedness and high resistance to adverse climatic conditions. The processing unit uses an algorithm perfectly matched to the microphones to generate a 5.1 surround signal with sampling rates of up to 96 kHz. An integrated compressor ensures a broadcast-friendly signal. For ease of operation, the processing unit uses four directly selectable presets. These can be modified via an Ethernet interface to adapt to local conditions, including the settings for the gain of the individual channels, front and surround focus, surround delay, rotation, filters and cut-off frequencies, compressor, make up gain, output gain, limiter and windshield compensation.

The HD8 DJ:

HD8 DJ_sideBuilding on the legacy of its iconic HD 25 DJ headphones, which have been used by the world’s leading music producers and DJs for 25 years, the HD8 DJ headphones are designed for the most demanding users and punishing professional environments. The HD8 DJ delivers excellent sound reproduction with the highest levels of external noise attenuation.

Constructed of premium metal-crafted reinforcement parts, the HD8 DJ are built to deliver on stage or in the studio. Its iconic metal pivot rings allows the user to swivel the ear cups up to 210° for easy one-ear monitoring at the turntable. Soft, durable ear cushions ensure a comfortable fit, while virtually eliminating background noise.

The Sennheiser Group, with its head office in Wedemark (Hanover Region) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2013 the family company, which was founded in 1945, realised a turnover of around 590 million euros. Sennheiser has more than 2,500 employees worldwide and operates its own factories in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Lichtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. The company Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor speakers) and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres) are also part of the Sennheiser Group. You can find further up-to-date information about Sennheiser online at www.sennheiser.com.

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1. Sennheiser Esfera surround microphone system
2. Sennheiser HD8 DJ headphone

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Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist Frank Mottek to Host SMPTE 2014 Honors & Awards Ceremony

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Oct. 21, 2014 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that award-winning television and radio news anchor Frank Mottek will host the SMPTE 2014 Honors & Awards Ceremony, sponsored by IMAX with support from TV Pro Gear, Canon, and EIKI. (more…)

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‘Big Facility’ Design Approach and Use of Advanced Production and Automation Systems Enable Efficient News Production, Support Graceful Evolution of Station (more…)

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Sound Devices Streamlines Production Workflows with Launch of Firmware 2.10 for Rack-Mounted Recorders

Latest Firmware Update Incorporates New Release Candidate Screening Program

REEDSBURG, WI, OCTOBER 21, 2014 – Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field, live event and studio production, introduces Firmware 2.10, the latest software update for its 970 audio rack-mounted and PIX 250i, PIX 260i and PIX 270i video rack-mounted recorders. New features and upgrades include enhanced metadata functionality, sound report creation and improved file/folder formats. In addition, Sound Devices now offers a Release Candidate Screening Program, which gives existing end users of its rack-mounted recorders a sneak peek into new features and changes under development in the firmware.Video Devices PIX 270i

Firmware 2.10 features a new Metadata screen so users recording audio can quickly access and edit the Scene, Notes, Take and Circle status of Previous, Current and Next takes. It also provides the same metadata editing functionality from PIXNet, the Web browser interface. Additionally, the PIXNet clips tab has been enhanced to display useful information about recordings, including start timecode, fps, user-bits, duration, codec and audio format.

With regard to reel folder formats, in previous iterations of the firmware, a Custom option enabled users to edit reel folder names with any alphanumeric value, whereas the 2.10 firmware offers a second Daily option. If set to Daily, new reel folders will automatically be named with the current system date in the YYMMDD format. These daily reel folders, which are containers for the recordings, are helpful in organizing deliverables for projects that span multiple days. This latest firmware also features a new Phrase List Manager, which lets end users create a list of commonly used phrases and then use them to quickly edit the Notes field of recorded WAV files. Users can also now enter notes from either the File list or the new Metadata screen, for the next recording.

For those devices operating in Audio Only Mono mode, it is now possible to have the system append the actual audio track name to the end of the file name. While recording, track names can now be edited from the audio screen and from PIXNet. This assists those in post production in determining which audio file is associated with which member of the cast, a feature that is particularly useful in high-track-count reality shows. In addition, the new Sound Reports feature creates CSV files based on WAV-file metadata.
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Sound Devices’ new Release Candidate Screening Program provides the company with direct customer input on the usability of its updates, ensuring the stability of firmware updates in real-world applications. Initially, the program will target the Video Devices and Sound Devices rack-mount products, with the company planning to expand the program to other product lines over time.

“The goal of our new screening program is to work together with end users to identify and resolve any potential stability issues and get feedback on product performance in real-life workflows, so the best possible firmware makes it into upcoming official releases,” says Dan Desjardins, Manager of Software Development and Quality Assurance, Sound Devices. “Sound Devices enjoys a highly regarded, open-door relationship with its customers worldwide, and this program promises to expand on that bond.”

Each Release Candidate will come with a pre-determined expiration date and limited technical support. Firmware 2.10 is available as a free download for all existing rack-mount products. To download this firmware and offer feedback on the Release Candidate firmware version, participants simply need to fill out a convenient online form located at www.sounddevices.com/download/release-candidate/.

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. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and Video Devices websites, www.sounddevices.com; www.videodevices.com.

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