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Press Releases For : February 4, 2015

The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Takes Part in Successful High-Resolution Audio Panels at CES 2015


Santa Monica, Calif. — The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® had a strong presence at International CES 2015, which took place Jan. 6 – 9, 2015 in Las Vegas. This year’s convention saw growth over last year’s, with over 160,000 attendance and 2.2 million square feet of exhibition space. The P&E Wing used the convention as an opportunity to continue educating about High-Resolution Audio and related issues by participating in two panels, produced by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group: ‘Meet the High-Res Music Creators’ and ‘Hi-Res Audio: CES Power Panel.’ These were among six panels produced by DEG for the Hi-Res Audio Workshop, which took place Tuesday, Jan. 6, through Thursday, Jan. 8, at the Venetian.

The Hi-Res Audio Workshop events that the P&E Wing participated in were:

Meet The Hi-Res Music Creators, Tuesday, Jan. 6
Sponsored by The Recording Academy P&E Wing, this panel offered attendees the chance to join top producers and engineers as they discussed the music creation process and shared best practices for recording, mixing and mastering in high-resolution. Maureen Droney, Managing Director, The Recording Academy P&E Wing, served as moderator, with panelists Rob Friedrich, GRAMMY®-winning producer/engineer, Five/Four Productions; Leslie Ann Jones, GRAMMY-winning engineer and Skywalker Sound’s Director of Music Recording & Scoring; Ryan Ulyate, producer and engineer (Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty); and Mark Waldrep, recording engineer and owner, AIX Records.

Hi-Res Audio: CES Power Panel, Thursday, Jan. 8
This panel gave attendees the chance to meet and mix with some of the biggest names in consumer electronics and music entertainment as they exchanged ideas about the key issues that are facing the industry today. Marc Finer, Senior Director, DEG, served as moderator, with panelists Robert Heiblim, vice chairman, CEA Audio Division Board; and Maureen Droney, Managing Director, The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing.

For a complete listing of all the events in the High-Resolution Audio Track, click here: http://www.cesweb.org/Conference/Conference-Tracks/High-Resolution-Audio

Photo Caption: The panelists and moderator of “Meet The Hi-Res Music Creators,” which took place on Tuesday, January 6. Pictured L- R: panelist Rob Friedrich (GRAMMY®-winning producer/engineer, Five/Four Productions), panelist Leslie Ann Jones (GRAMMY-winning engineer and Skywalker Sound’s Director of Music Recording & Scoring), panelist Ryan Ulyate (producer and engineer [Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty]), moderator Maureen Droney (Managing Director, The Recording Academy P&E Wing), and panelist Mark Waldrep (recording engineer and owner, AIX Records). Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy®. © 2015.

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SJ Lighting Chooses grandMA2 for Innovative Drai’s and LiFE Nightclubs in Las Vegas

Drais-LV-4594SJ Lighting, Inc., design consultants and lighting specialists based in Agoura Hills, California, has selected grandMA2 consoles to control lighting, video and effects for two of its latest nightclub projects: Drai’s and LiFE, both on the Strip in Las Vegas. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of MA products in North America.

Created by nightlife impresario Victor Drai, Drai’s Las Vegas Nighclub, Beach Club and After Hours is located in The Cromwell Boutique Hotel & Casino. Its unique rooftop venue, with multiple elevations and a towering ceiling, uses an array of modern technology to create multi-sensory experiences unlike any other club on the Vegas Strip.

The focal point of Drai’s dance floor is a custom “chandelier” centerpiece fabricated from LED video, lighting and metal framing, which can be raised and lowered overhead. LED video, lighting and effects radiate from the luminous centerpiece like rays of light.

High-resolution video is displayed on the surface of soffit walls around the club and framed by LED lighting. Four full-color laser systems are built into the soffit along with strobe lights and audience blinders. The ceiling over the main room also features high-res video, LED lighting and a complement of theatrical lighting and effects. LED video comprises 3,244 square feet in Drai’s.

“The design of the club is very complementary to the architecture – all the elements fit into the existing geometry as one seamless system,” says Stephen Lieberman, with SJ Lighting.

The company selected a grandMA2 full-size console for Drai’s especially for its advanced networking options. “That was a huge feature for us,” Lieberman reports. “We are outputting MA-Net, Art-Net and KiNet simultaneously, and grandMA2 does this very efficiently. We have multiple control surfaces for video, lighting, LED effects and lasers: Everything is networked through the grandMA2.”

He says that grandMA2 programming “is very fast for live operation” and its popularity in the industry means there are “a lot of available operators and programmers who are familiar with this platform.” Lieberman, who programmed Drai’s with Aron Altmark, has been an MA user for nearly 14 years. “I’m very comfortable on it. I have a show file that has everything needed as far as effects and presets.”

LiFE at SLS Hotel & Casino has positioned itself as rebelling against the “one-dimensional norm that has come to define nightlife” to offer “an unbridled celebration of sight, sound, scene and form.”

Lieberman agrees. “The blend of typical nightclub lighting with a very untraditional ‘rock ‘n roll’ style stage design give the audience a very unique environment,” he says.

High-res video covers the back walls of the club, framed by a custom moving lighting detail. Four full-color laser systems are built into the video treatment. The rear 20mm mesh LED video wall is semi-transparent and can fly in and out with several layered trusses of moving lights, strobes and audience blinders behind it.

Multiple trusses are also suspended over the dance floor with a full complement of theatrical lighting and effects. With upwards of 100 moving heads, the room shimmers with dynamic energy. Custom baffles are installed on the exterior of the truss to blend in with the ceiling. “The trusses’ larger scale as they extend over the dance floor create a ‘bowl’ style designed to embrace the space,” says Lieberman.

In addition, aerialists and performers fly on automated hoists and catwalks; moving video also encompasses the walls of the room. A total of 1,200 square feet of LED video is featured in the nightclub.

With many different technologies installed in the space – LED video, projection video, lighting, lasers, special effects – a grandMA2 full-size console was again chosen for its advanced networking options.

“The system is outputting MA-Net and Art-Net. Multiple operators come in to operate the system on any given night, so having the ability for each operator to have his own unique profile based off one main show file is a huge time saver,” Lieberman explains. He programmed the grandMA2 with Aron Altmark.

Lieberman is pleased that SJ Lighting has participated in two stand out Vegas nightclubs. “We are so honored to have been part of Drai’s, which is, to date, one of the most beautiful venues we’ve ever seen. It definitely needs to be experienced in person!”

“And LiFE is another example of how the SLS and SBE brands, some of the most influential hospitality providers in the world, are staying out in front of the curve and delivering exceptional nightlife experiences.”

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information visit www.actlighting.com

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Listen Technologies iDSP Assistive Listening System Chosen for Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue in San Francisco, California


— Listen iDSP system’s ease of installation and intuitive operation allowed integrator Pro Media / UltraSound to get the system up and running in time for the High Holy Days —

BLUFFDALE, UT — San Francisco’s Congregation Emanu-El has been northern California’s landmark Jewish synagogue, and one of the most dynamic Jewish communities in America, since its founding in 1850. Now in its third site (a gorgeous structure dedicated in 1926, at Lake Street and Arguello Boulevard), the congregation is the spiritual home of over 2,100 households. With the temple’s membership in mind, the facility recently integrated iDSP (Intelligent Digital Signal Processing) assistive listening products from Listen Technologies Corporation, the leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of assistive listening products for over 16 years. Martinez, California-based firm Pro Media / UltraSound – a leading professional A/V integrator specializing in installations as varied as Levi’s Stadium [the home of the 49ers], the de Young Museum, the Santa Clara Convention Center, the San Francisco Opera House, corporate and worship facilities of all sizes and others – worked closely with Listen personnel on the project, completed in time for the High Holy Days.

The Listen Technologies components selected for the Congregation Emanu-El installation included LT-800-072-01 Stationary RF Transmitter (72 MHz); LA-122 Universal Antenna Kit (72 and 216 MHz); LA-326 Universal Rack Mounting Kit; LR-4200-072-P1 iDSP RF Receiver Package (72 MHz); LA-304 Assistive Listening Notification Signage Kit; and LA-381-01 Intelligent 12-Unit Charging Tray.

The systems were integrated in both the synagogue’s Main Sanctuary (1640 capacity) and smaller Martin Meyer Sanctuary (350 capacity). Pro Media / UltraSound Project Lead Patrick Waller explains how this installation came about: “Congregation Emanu-El has a number of elderly congregants and others with hearing loss or impairment. There were some assistive listening systems in place, but they weren’t compatible with certain hearing aids, or were just not effective for some members. Judi Leff, Director of Operations and Office Management at Congregation Emanu-El, is a longtime customer and friend of ours, and she contacted me about upgrading their assistive listening tools, and we explored a number of options. Products from Listen Technologies immediately came to mind, but some of our ideas were not feasible right away, because the space’s marble floors prevent wiring/looping techniques. Sam Nord at Listen let us know about their iDSP products being unveiled earlier this year. Everything clicked into place for the project, and we were able to move forward immediately. Everyone at Listen was so helpful during the planning process, and the installation was seamless and efficient.”

Pro Media / UltraSound installed and commissioned the system quickly, to have everything in place in time for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, which are some of the most well-attended services of the worship year. Waller continues, “After the High Holy Days, we checked in with Judi to see how the iDSP systems had worked – she said that there were several congregants for whom it made a huge difference, and she even got an email from one who had been part of the congregation for decades, and said that this is the first time she’s been able to really hear the service in four years. And it was an easy installation – we basically got the system configured and handed it over to them. Plug and play!”

Judi Leff stated, “We are always trying to make sure we are compliant with ADA and offering the latest technology to our congregants. A more involved installation was going to cost many thousands of dollars, and as a non-profit house of worship, we were very concerned. When Pro Media / UltraSound figured out what a problem solver Listen iDSP would be, we were so excited, and our congregants were happy as well. One happy congregant emailed me: ‘I’m thrilled with the new system. It worked for me and I hope it continues. It’s the first time in about four years that I have been able to hear.’”

The iDSP line was introduced by Listen Technologies earlier this year. In developing the iDSP, Listen closely focused on the user experience and ease of dispensing, inventory management and battery management at the venue – all based on input from consultants, system integrators, venue owners and end users. The iDSP 72MHz receiver revolutionizes how an RF system works, offering precise clarity with 20 dB less hiss than other RF receivers. The integrated neck loop improves the experience for people who have hearing aids and cochlear implants with telecoils. The result is a significantly improved listening experience, including an integrated neck loop/lanyard; streamlined dispensing, collecting and care; and environmentally friendly advanced battery technology – in the smallest, lightest device of its kind.

For more information, please email sales@listentech.com.

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M3 (Music Mix Mobile) Expands Their Broadcast Mix Setup with Focusrite RedNet 6 MADI Bridge


Award-winning remote recording specialists add RedNet 6 to their workflow, based on its ability to provide a seamless interface between MADI multi-channel audio and the Dante™ audio networking protocol

Los Angeles, CA — M3 (Music Mix Mobile) is an acclaimed New Jersey/California-based remote facilities company combining the talents of award-winning production professionals and state-of-the-art audio solutions. The firm has recently expanded the setup in their mobile broadcast mix trucks with the addition of a RedNet 6 MADI Bridge from Focusrite. RedNet is Focusrite’s acclaimed range of Ethernet-networked audio interfaces, based around the industry-standard Dante™ Ethernet audio networking system.

The professionals of the acclaimed M3 firm have been awarded top industry honors, including EMMY Awards, for their work on some of the nation’s most high-profile entertainment events: the GRAMMY® Awards, The Latin GRAMMY®s, Beyoncé and Jay-Z On the Run Live from Paris, VH1 Storytellers, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, the CMA Awards and others. M3 offers superior audio solutions for capture and broadcast which transcend industry standards and continue to exceed their customers’ expectations, using state-of-the-art equipment and modern design philosophies. The RedNet 6 has been added to their equipment arsenal based on its ability to provide a flawless bridge between any Dante-enabled network and M3’s MADI-based multi-channel audio system workflow.

Joel Singer, M3 Engineer-in-Charge, stated, “In what we are doing now, connectivity options are the name of the game – what is asked of us from gig to gig can vary greatly, and it’s on us to have the right tools for the job. Dante is clearly becoming an industry standard among many professionals and facilities. With the RedNet 6 MADI interface, we are very comfortable converting a Dante signal into something that we’re more familiar with, and vice versa. It’s a flawless, all-in-one tool.”

Phil Wagner, President of Focusrite Novation Inc., stated, “M3 is the preeminent mobile broadcast mix company, responsible for capturing and mixing the audio for a high percentage of high-profile events, and we are thrilled that they have added RedNet 6 to their workflow. RedNet provides professionals with the appropriate solutions, and it is satisfying for RedNet to get the stamp of approval from M3.”

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Bose® Professional Offers a Host of Solutions to Fitness Facilities Nationwide

Framingham, Massachusetts – Fitness facilities of all types and sizes are attracting members not only by providing state-of-the-art exercise and training equipment, but also by creating an immersive experience or “club”-like atmosphere that offers more than just a workout. High-quality audio systems, in conjunction with upbeat music, keep members motivated, particularly when working out on cardio machines. Bose® Professional now offers a variety of audio solutions that benefit customers and fitness instructors alike.

For rooms where a “club” atmosphere is desired, the Bose RoomMatch® Utility RMU208 small-format sound-reinforcement loudspeaker provides high-quality foreground music for larger spaces. Bose PowerMatch® amplifiers have been specially engineered to work with the RMU208 to deliver concert-quality sound in a reliable and easy-to-install package. Facilities can also take their sound to the next level while creating a worry-free, “set and forget” system by utilizing a variety of custom audio settings that can be configured for the individual facility’s needs via the proprietary Bose ControlSpace® Designer™ software and digital signal processors. The RMU208 measures 9.3″ H x 27.0″ W x 10.5″ D, weighs 36 lbs. (42 lbs. with U-bracket for mounting flexibility) and is currently available in black.

For group fitness sessions such as yoga, spinning, or Zumba®, the Bose L1® Model II Portable Line Array system offers a portable-yet-powerful audio solution in an aesthetic, unobtrusive package. It provides crisp, clear sound for the class, while enabling the instructor, if wearing a wireless headset, to move about the room without fear of any audio feedback. Special line array audio technology offers even sound dispersion, so the L1 system can run at a lower volume behind the instructor, but still be heard in the rear of the room. For larger, higher energy classes, the L1 line array and its included subwoofer (either a B1 or B2 bass module) are powerful enough to accommodate groups of up to 500 people. Measuring 87.0″ high in the fully assembled position, the Bose L1 Model II system can fill the exercise room with spacious, immersive audio.

From kickboxing facilities to workout rooms, and even dance studios or aerobics classes, the Bose FreeSpace® DS 100SE is a high-performance, full-range loudspeaker, designed for foreground music and speech reproduction. Flexible hang options include surface or flush mount installation (horizontal or vertical), as well as a pendant mount configuration. A Bose FreeSpace DS 100SE loudspeaker measures 7.0″ H x 15.0″ W x 8.5″ D, weighs 14 lbs. and is available in black and white or can be painted to match any décor.

For information about the full range of Bose audio solutions, please visit http://pro.Bose.com.

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Bose® RoomMatch® Demo to Be Held in Los Angeles on Wednesday, February 4

Demo session, held at the Aratani Theatre, site of the latest permanently installed RoomMatch® system, will include a live performance by acclaimed tribute act Led Zepagain

Framingham, MA – As a resource for system integrators, consultants and front-of-house engineers, Bose® Professional will be hosting demo sessions to showcase the performance of RoomMatch® Progressive Directivity Array loudspeaker systems at the Aratani Theatre in Los Angeles, California, on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. The main demo session will be held at 4:00 p.m.

Join Bose for a journey through the inception, design, installation and commissioning of their latest permanently installed RoomMatch system. You’ll have the opportunity to listen to a wide range of products and technologies from Bose Professional, all driven by Dante™ digital audio networking. And, Bose engineers will be available to answer questions and share their experiences.

This multifaceted presentation will be capped off by a catered reception featuring local purveyors of Asian-fusion cuisine and craft beer followed by a live classic rock performance featuring tribute band Led Zepagain. Attendees are welcome to bring along prospective customers and/or other guests. Space is limited, so RSVP today.

Bose is also scheduling exclusive, one-on-one sessions, where attendees will have the opportunity to mix multitracks, earlier in the day at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (the availability of these sessions is extremely limited and will be tended to on a first-come, first-served basis; interest is expected to exceed capacity, so reserve your spot now).

Main demo session details:
• Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
• Time: 4:00 p.m. (with exclusive one-on-one sessions earlier in the day)
• Location: Aratani Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA

RSVP by Friday, January 23, to Doug Green: doug_green@bose.com, 818-482-0814. You will be reserving a spot at the 4:00 p.m. session, unless noted otherwise.

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HARMAN® Professional Renews Support of The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®

HARMAN® Professional’s AKG® Acoustics, dbx®, JBL® Professional and Lexicon® reaffirm their commitment as official P&E Wing Sponsors

Santa Monica, Calif. — The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® is proud that its relationship with HARMAN® Professional’s leading audio brands AKG® Acoustics, JBL® Professional and Lexicon® has been increasingly successful in its efforts to promote quality in audio. As official “P&E Wing Sustaining Partners,” these brands have participated in a wide variety of activities, including being the title sponsor of high-profile regional Academy Chapter events, having a presence on the P&E Wing section of the new GRAMMY® PRO site and being supporters of the P&E Wing Manufacturer’s Council. Now, for 2014-2015, HARMAN Professional has reaffirmed its sponsorship and has also added dbx® as a fourth brand that will work closely with the P&E Wing to support its initiatives and membership.

Innovative HARMAN Pro/P&E Wing projects in 2013-2014 included the “From Mic to Mix” live recording demonstration in Miami featuring Latin pop sensation Aymee Nuviola with her 10 piece band; “En La Mezcla,” the first and second annual P&E Wing Latin GRAMMY Awards® celebrations, held in Las Vegas just prior to the 14th and 15th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards; and the Nashville community-driven grand opening of Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School’s audio recording studio and learning center. Other joint HARMAN/P&E Wing-supported endeavors during the past year included a successful High Resolution Audio press event held at Jungle City Studios in New York City during CE (Consumer Electronics) Week, and numerous incarnations of the popular “Lost In Translation” educational series, in which GRAMMY®-winning engineer/producer Andrew Scheps demonstrates the benefits of High Resolution Audio.

“HARMAN proudly continues to support the Producers & Engineers Wing,” noted Bryan Bradley, GM, Loudspeaker, Headphone & Microphone Strategic Business Unit, HARMAN Professional. “Their work as advocates for the recording industry, artists, equipment manufacturers and listeners is of vital importance in this period of transition in the music industry and beyond. We look forward to another year of rewarding projects together.”

“We are proud that HARMAN has chosen to continue its partnership with The Producers & Engineers Wing,” stated Maureen Droney, Managing Director of The Recording Academy P&E Wing. “JBL Professional, dbx, AKG Acoustics and Lexicon share the P&E Wing’s vision of capturing and delivering the highest quality audio. We look forward to this continued partnership and to another year of great work and pushing the high quality audio envelope.”

About The Recording Academy: Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on Foursquare, GetGlue, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.

About The Producers & Engineers Wing: Currently more than 6,500 professionals comprise The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, including the development and implementation of new technologies, technical guidelines and recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives. For more information, please visit www.producersandengineers.com.

About HARMAN®: HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Valencia, Spain – D.A.S. Audio announces the introduction of a new twin 21″ subwoofer system. The LX-221 joins an already extensive line of subwoofer systems in both powered and passive versions. The system enters the company´s well-known LX range in response to demands for a high output ultra low frequency subwoofer solution. (more…)

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Press Releases For : February 3, 2015

Hardgroove Explores Rock Music’s Legacy and Future at H.O.T. Zone during NAMM Show 2015, with Steve Morse, Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter and Sennheiser

Lively Artist Discussion, Tasty Jam Sessions and Sennheiser Wireless Headphones Mark Three Days of Lunchtime H.O.T. Zone Sessions at NAMM 2015

morseAnaheim, CA, February 3, 2015: During NAMM Show 2015 held last month in Anaheim, CA, audio specialist Sennheiser and Brian Hardgroove (Public Enemy) hosted three lunchtime ‘Silent Jams’ in the H.O.T. (Hands On Training) Zone, located on the second floor of the Anaheim Convention Center. Each session, produced by David Schwartz of the TEC Foundation and hosted by Brian Hardgroove, featured in-depth conversations and extended jam sessions by some of rock music’s most accomplished musicians, including Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs) and Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter (Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers).

Each day, approximately 140 attendees donned a pair of Sennheiser RS 120 wireless headphones and ‘tuned in’ to the interviews and performances, which covered a diverse range of topics such as Morse’s and Baxter’s early touring and session work, and their continued success as artists creating and performing within an ever-evolving music scene. After each discussion, audience members were treated to free-form performances by each guest, with expert accompaniment by Hardgroove’s band, Impulse Groove Foundation (Hardgroove on bass, Mike Boyko on drums and Robert Muller on keys).

baxter“We are glad to have had the opportunity to help the NAMM Show take the H.O.T. Zone to the next level this year with our wireless technology,” commented David Missall, Manager, Customer Development & Application Engineering, Americas, Sennheiser. “The Silent Jams were a huge success, and was a unique way to deliver fantastic content and performances to a small — but passionate — group of attendees. We hope NAMM chooses to continue these sessions next year.”

Longtime IEM engineer Mark Frink mixed each of the performances, which were delivered to listeners via Sennheiser’s proprietary wireless technology. “Thanks to Sennheiser’s usual superior wireless products and support, we were able to deliver an outstanding inaugural NAMM Silent Jam to an SRO audience, and we are looking forward to next year!” commented Mark Frink. “I’ve used Sennheiser wireless products on all my tours, and as expected, they lived up to their reputation during our performances at NAMM.”

wirelessaudienceIn addition to Sennheiser RS 120 headphones, Hardgroove’s band used Sennheiser EK 2000 IEM wireless monitors and Ultimate Ears custom molds. Interview content and post-session Q&A was captured with Sennheiser e 835 wired and SKM 2000 wireless microphones (with e 935 capsules), while all instrumentation was fed into a Yamaha QL5 digital console via Radial ProD2 Dis.

The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hongkong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.

More up-to-date information about Sennheiser is available on the internet at www.sennheiser.com.

1) Steve Morse (right) and Brian Hardgroove (background, left) perform at the H.O.T. Zone Silent Jam during NAMM 2015
2) Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter (right) is interviewed by Brian Hardgroove during a H.O.T. Zone Silent Jam at NAMM 2015.
3) During the H.O.T. Zone Silent Jam at NAMM 2015, audience members wore Sennheiser RS 120 wireless headphones.

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Blonder Tongue 2015 NAB SHOW EXHIBITOR PREVIEW — Booth SU6524

At the 2015 NAB Show, Blonder Tongue, a leading manufacturer of digital video solutions, will demonstrate its latest range of MPEG-2 encoders, transcoders, TV signal analyzers, and MPEG transport stream analyzers — all designed to optimize video distribution.

Product Giveaway
All attendees who stop by the Blonder Tongue booth to see a demonstration will be entered into a drawing for a free HDE-4S-PRO encoder, AQT8 transcoder, or MTSA-PRO analyzer.

New Products and Technology Demonstrations

Video Processing Solutions

NEW at 2015 NAB Show: HDDM (High-Definition Decoder Module)
At the 2015 NAB Show, Blonder Tongue will introduce the HDDM, a low-cost professional video decoder capable of decoding MPEG-2 and H.264 video content into HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, component, and composite outputs from a digital off-air 8VSB signal, clear-QAM signal, or IP MPEG-2/H.264 transport stream source.

By offering video professionals a solution that decodes both digital and analog video distributed over managed networks, the HDDM increases operational efficiencies.

Offering support for a wide range of inputs (e.g., 8VSB, QAM, IP) and outputs (e.g., HD-SDI, HDMI, component, composite), the HDDM is the ideal solution for broadcast and professional video applications that require high-quality decoding of video signals from a wide variety of sources, particularly live video in multiple formats. The HDDM features a Web-based GUI that is accessible via a dedicated RJ-45 control port, simplifying setup and remote management. Through its compact design, which supports two decoders in a single rack unit, the HDDM reduces operational and capital expenses.

NEW at 2015 NAB Show: STEP Scalable Transcoder-Encoder Platform
A key highlight at the 2015 NAB Show will be Blonder Tongue’s new Scalable Transcoder-Encoder Platform (STEP), capable of performing high-quality HD/SD MPEG-2 or H.264 encoding, HD/SD MPEG-2 to H.264 and H.264 to MPEG-2 transcoding, HD to SD downscaling, as well as creating adaptive bit rate live profiles supporting popular HTTP streaming protocols such as HLS, HDS, and IIS for any-screen video delivery.

Available as a 1RU, 2RU, or 3RU integrated system, STEP helps operators meet the latest video requirements and migrate to next-generation video network architecture by carrying out a variety of scalable video processing tasks. The flexible platform supports multiple video quality encoding bit rates, multiple audio formats, and text scrolling. STEP is compatible with any industry media server or digital rights management software, and can be easily integrated into CDN providers, offering users a tailored solution based on customer needs.

NEW at the 2015 NAB Show: FlexCoder Mini edgeQAM
At the 2015 NAB Show, Blonder Tongue will also introduce the FlexCoder, a versatile new solution that combines edgeQAM, off-air transcoding, and IP grooming technology into one integrated package. Using the FlexCoder, broadcasters can convert IP video streams into QAM or ASI in addition to translating 8VSB (digital off air), clear-QAM, or ASI-to-IP signals. By providing a wide range of functionality in a compact solution, the FlexCoder brings remarkable cost savings to broadcast operations.

HDE-4S-PRO MPEG-2 HD Encoder With Low Latency
At the 2015 NAB Show, Blonder Tongue will demonstrate the HDE-4S-PRO, a high-performance MPEG-2 HD encoder designed to deliver superior motion optimization for programming such as fast-paced live sporting events at an attractive price per channel. Using the encoder, operators can broadcast high-quality video content with extremely low latency. The encoder is capable of accepting up to four HD-SDI programs, plus one spare, and simultaneously outputting in QAM, IP (1000Base-T Ethernet), and ASI formats. By allowing operators to assign up to four programs to each QAM output channel, and to individually turn on/off each of the four adjacent QAM output channels, the PRO dramatically improves transport efficiency. In addition, the encoder supports Dolby Digital audio encoding and closed captioning (EIA-608). It is also equipped with an Emergency Alert System (EAS) interface.

Test and Measurement Analyzers

MTSA-PRO and BTPRO-7000S Analyzers
At the 2015 NAB Show, Blonder Tongue will showcase a comprehensive range of the company’s test and measurement analyzers, designed to help operators in the broadcast, cable, satellite, and IPTV markets deliver high-quality video and audio content. Blonder Tongue’s new analyzers provide operators with reliable, flexible, and affordable tools for detecting transport stream issues. Featuring a unique compact and lightweight design, the powerful analyzers can be used anywhere to ensure a superior quality of service.

On display will be Blonder Tongue’s BTPRO-7000S, a tablet-based test signal analyzer that helps operators analyze and log HD/SD QPSK/8PSK satellite, 8VSB, QAM, and analog television or radio signals in real time. The BTPRO-7000S offers a broad frequency range of 4 to 2250 MHz, making it suitable for multiple applications, including TV, CATV, radio, and satellite.

Blonder Tongue will also demonstrate the MTSA-PRO MPEG transport stream analysis device, which enables system engineers to monitor and control all aspects of RF and IP video streams within a network. Using the MTSA-PRO, operators can measure QAM, IP, and ASI signals, as well as play out saved transport stream files, in order to troubleshoot problems from outside sources.

Company Overview:
Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) together with R.L. Drake Holdings, LLC — its wholly owned subsidiary — offer customers more than 130 years of combined engineering and manufacturing excellence with solid histories of delivering reliable, quality products. As a leader in the field of cable television communications, the Company provides system operators and integrators serving the cable, broadcast, satellite, IPTV, institutional, and professional video markets with comprehensive solutions for the provision of content contribution, distribution, and video delivery to homes and businesses. The Company designs, manufactures, sells, and supports an equipment portfolio of standard- and high-definition digital video solutions, as well as core analog video and high-speed data solutions for distribution over coax, fiber, and IP networks. Additional information on the Company and its products can be found at www.blondertongue.com and www.rldrake.com.

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Caption: NEW Scalable Transcoder-Encoder Platform (STEP)

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