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Press Releases For : September 8, 2014

Jim Bailey Joins Renkus-Heinz

Orange County, CA – September 2014… Renkus-Heinz has announced the appointment of industry veteran Jim Bailey to a newly created product marketing position.

Bailey comes to Renkus-Heinz after serving as General Manager of Aphex, a manufacturer of professional audio processing hardware. His lengthy career in pro audio has also included product management positions at Avid and TASCAM, playing a major role in the development of numerous award-winning products at both companies. His many years as a successful recording engineer and studio owner served as his launching point into manufacturing, applying that experience in the development of new audio products.

In his new position, Bailey will fill a number of vital roles within the company, including the creation of technical documentation, educational videos, and software development. He will interface directly with both marketing and engineering.

“Jim’s broad background across a wide range of technical and marketing disciplines is exactly what is needed at Renkus-Heinz,” observes VP of Sales and Marketing Rik Kirby. “His ability to fulfill multiple roles is invaluable, and we are confident he will quickly become an indispensible member of the Renkus-Heinz team.”

“Renkus-Heinz is one of the companies that started it all — they’re part of the history of professional audio,” adds Bailey. “More importantly, they are innovators whose products have had a major impact on loudspeaker design. I’m proud to be a part of such a great group of people, and looking forward to contributing to the next generation of Renkus-Heinz technology.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

 

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Cline Systems Chooses Tech Works

Orange County, CA – September 2014… R. A. Cline Systems is one of a handful of highly specialized systems integrators working in the growing Healthcare AV sector. With a focus on hospitals, clinics, and other facilities in the Southern California region, company President Robert Cline explains the unique demands of these environments.

“Our clients depend on good communication,” says Cline. “At the same time, they work in environments that don’t necessarily contribute to it, These are noisy, often chaotic environments, with a lot going on, all the time. They are acoustically challenging environments, with lots of glass and hard surfaces. And there’s a lot of machinery and background noise going on, 24 hours a day, every day.”

Cline’s company has designed and installed communications systems in surgical suites, clean rooms, cath labs, and clinics, and while the demands of each facility may vary, Cline points to systems designed by Yorba Linda, CA-based Tech Works as a consistent go-to solution.

“As an integrator, I’m always looking for the best solutions for our clients,” Cline explains. “These are unique environments, and they require unique solutions. Tech Works has focused on the particular demands inherent in healthcare venues, and their products are designed to address those needs.”

From simple yet functional products like Light Call systems to versatile CI-BUSS digital audio solutions, Tech Works designs modular, scalable systems designed to integrate seamlessly into any situation.

“Tech Works has streamlined our job as systems integrators by providing a cohesive solution that does not involve having to implement equipment from a lot of different manufacturers,” Cline observes. “For us, that means not having to battle with multiple protocols and incompatible hardware – it all just works.”

For the end user, says Cline, that same simplicity is also key. “Tech Works systems enable us to provide the customer with a fully transparent environment that’s easy to implement, easy to use, and reliable.”

Cline concludes, “We value our client base, and we’ve always strived to provide them with the best possible solutions. Tech Works has been invaluable in helping us meet that goal.”

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About Tech Works - Tech Works is a US-based manufacturer of high-quality, highly specialized communications systems for the healthcare, security, corrections, and education industries. Based in Yorba Linda, California, Tech Works was founded in 1984 with the goal of creating powerful communications solutions for the most demanding environments. Our products are designed to meet the unique challenges of our customers, in applications where clear communication can be critical.

 

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Press Releases For : September 5, 2014

The 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention to Offer Expanded Broadcast and Streaming Track

— As many as 15 separate Broadcast and Streaming sessions will cover a huge range of timely topics, from loudness issues and CALM Act compliance to facility design, codecs and signal routing —

New York, NY — The ways in which both broadcast and streaming audio platforms are evolving and converging will be on display at this year Broadcast and Streaming Track during the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, set for Thursday, October 9, through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. Broadcast and Streaming Track Chairman David Bialik has identified key trends in these spheres and assembled a series of cutting-edge panels that will explore and discuss these topics.

The list of presentations is comprehensive, including:

Loudness for Streaming and Radio
Audio Issues for 4k and 8k Television
Facility Design
Audio Issues and HTML5
Routing Audio in a Broadcast Facility
Listener Fatigue and Retention
Hear Now/Sound Effects
SBE/Troubleshooting and Maintenance of Equipment
Troubleshooting Software
Compliance with CALM Act/PLOUD
The Streaming Experience
Telephony and IP Codecs: How to Choose What Is Best for You
Understanding Audi0 Processing—How to Use the Audio Processor
MPEG-DASH—What about Audio?

These panels and presentations will go into considerable depth under the guidance of thought leaders in their categories. For instance, the Loudness for Streaming and Radio panel will look at key questions, such as “Is the ‘loudness war’ in radio over?” “Has it moved over to Internet streaming?” “How can we control level without disrupting the audience?” These will be examined by a panel consisting of John Kean, NPR Labs; Thomas Lund, TC Electronics; Robert Orban, Orban; Frank Foti, Telos Alliance; Tom Box, DTS; and Scott Norcross, Dolby.

Attendees at the Broadcast and Streaming Track sessions will also experience a rare treat: a look at facility design through the eyes of two audio legends. Eddie Kramer, acclaimed engineer/producer for such legendary acts as Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Kiss; and the Walters-Storyk Design Group’s John Storyk, designer of Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios as well as hundreds of other iconic recording and broadcast facilities, will both be there to discuss how two leading FM music stations, KEPX in Seattle and KPFK in Los Angeles, are managing substantial changes. KEPX is preparing to move to a new broadcast facility that will feature cutting-edge broadcast/recording studios and a live performance venue designed to showcase visiting artists, while KPFK, one of the most powerful stations in the U.S. at 110,000 watts, will undertake a major acoustical update of their live performance studio and create a new control room. That both stations will operate professional-level recording studio/performance venues underscores radio’s continued importance for music, and the presence of Kramer and Storyk to share their expertise will provide a unique perspective for attendees.

Commenting on the Broadcast and Streaming program at the AES137 Convention, David Bialik states, “The AES Tracks, Sessions and Workshops are about learning ‘Technology and Technique,’ while the sales presentations stay on the exhibition floor. I believe this is the reason that the attendance for the ‘Broadcast and Streaming’ sessions only increases year after year.”

For information on how you can get your FREE Exhibits-Plus badge (pre-registration required) and detailed information on the Broadcast and Streaming Track at the AES137 Convention, as well as further Registration, Hotel, and Technical Program information, visit the AES137 webpage at http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

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Bose® RoomMatch® Keeps the Sound Clear in the Westgate Collegiate & Vocational Institute Gym

Westgate

A selection of RoomMatch® modules was the answer for a space with challenging dimensions, and Bose processing and control units make for an easy-to-use and versatile system

Framingham, Massachusetts – The Westgate Collegiate & Vocational Institute in Thunder Bay, Ontario, was due for a change. A 1970s-era sound system resulted in lots of echoes and reflections but little in the way of intelligible sound. When Randall Anderson, Regional Representative for Thunder Bay-based Evolution AV was called in to evaluate the gymnasium’s audio needs, he encountered more than the usual acoustical challenge of hard, reflective surfaces that smear sound – an ongoing problem for the space’s many applications, including sporting events, performances, convocation and more. The situation called for a flexible, innovative solution — exactly what is offered by a RoomMatch® system from Bose® Professional Systems.

Personnel from Bose and Evolution AV had the gym’s measurements input into Bose’s Modeler® software, which produced three distinct possible solution paths. Anderson and Bose Field Engineers immediately saw the benefits available by using the RoomMatch loudspeaker modules, particularly the asymmetrical iterations. The final system as installed consists of three unique modules from the RoomMatch Asymmetrical Array Module range, which addressed Westgate Collegiate’s gym by reducing side-wall reflections without the need for “yaw-in” array aiming. The design has two of the asymmetrical modules on the left side of the gym, with one asymmetrical and one symmetrical module combined for the right side cluster. The system is rounded out with a pair of RMS215 subwoofers, and two PowerMatch® PM8500N networked amplifiers power all speakers. Two ESP-1240 ControlSpace® DSP units provide a total of 48 I/O for the system — enough inputs for the music events that the RoomMatch speakers will now enable the gym to host — and two CC-64 ControlSpace control panels offer simplified user control over input and output volume levels as a user-friendly method of managing gain settings or scene selections.

“This project showed off the Bose system capabilities from start to finish,” said Anderson. The Modeler software, combined with Bose’s wide selection of modules with specific dispersion patterns, allowed Evolution AV to offer the client three solution scenarios, outlining the advantages of each one for their particular needs. Finally, the ESP-1240 ControlSpace DSP units allowed total customization of the system’s performance parameters by Evolution AV’s programmers, and the CC-64 ControlSpace control panels gave the end users just the right amount of access to and control over the system. “The result was excellent,” concluded Anderson. “We checked and found that we are able to get a consistent level throughout the gym, with complete speech intelligibility everywhere. RoomMatch had everything we needed.”

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FSR Expands Infrastructure Line of Wall Box Solutions with Introduction of PWB-353

Open face design facilitates quick access to cables

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, leading manufacturer of a wide variety of products for the audio/video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, continues to expand its infrastructure line of Wall Box solutions with the introduction of the PWB-353 Wall Box unit. Featuring an open face design with a white interior and white extended trim ring, rather than a closed cover, this model facilitates quick access to cables and connectors without cover removal.

The PWB-353 features multiple knockouts for power and openings for up to six single IPS connector plates. At 3-inches deep, it is designed for use in 3-inch or 4-inch stud walls. The extended trim ring provides a clean appearance while covering rough cuts in the drywall created during installation.
“We are always pleased to be able to offer industry professionals working in the audio/video markets cost-effective solutions that help make their jobs easier,” said Jan Sandri, FSR president. “With our new PWB-353 Wall Box unit, we are confident that we are doing just that. The PWB-353 offers, among many other things, an open face design that lends itself well to quick and easy access to cables and connectors. Users can even add LITE-it to easily provide lighting.” FSR’s new award-winning LITE-IT securely fastens to any ferrous metal surface and easily provides lighting in floor, wall and ceiling boxes, or anywhere a work light is needed.

Key features of the PWB-353 Wall Box include: A rugged 16 gauge steel back box, simple installation
features, quick access to cables and connectors, multiple knockouts in a variety of sizes and included hardware.
The PWB-353 is shipping now. As always, all FSR products are made of durable materials in the USA.

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.

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

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

Calendar of Technical Program Events for 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention Is Now Online

— Full schedule of Workshops, Papers and Presentations helps attendees make the most of their AES137 experience —

New York, NY — An extensive calendar of Technical Program events is now online for the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, which will take place Thursday, October 9, through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. This year’s Technical Program is full of cutting-edge events, where attendees will have the opportunity to be a part of history as the next chapter in professional audio developments come to light through a detailed series of Papers, Engineering Briefs, Tutorials, Workshops and Special Events. AES137 will offer dedicated program Tracks in the fields of Broadcast and Streaming Media, Game Audio, Live Sound, Networked Audio, Recording and Production, Product Design, and Sound for Picture, as well as Historical Events sessions, Standards Committee meetings, Tech Tours and more.

Those in attendance with either an “Exhibits-Plus” badge (FREE with pre-registration) or a premium “All Access” badge will have entry to two of the AES convention’s newest and hottest events: the Project Studio Expo and the debut of the Live Sound Expo and High Resolution Audio (HRA) program. The Project Studio Expo brings together the latest techniques, tools and experts for professional training on topics ranging from acoustics in small spaces to microphone placement, mixing and mastering. The Live Sound Expo offers expert advice for the broad spectrum of live sound engineers with an emphasis on the practical, bringing professionals with decades of experience to the stage to inspire and educate attendees. Additionally, a High Resolution Audio (HRA) program will be held on Friday, October 10, 2014. The direct result of a collaborative effort between the AES and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, the HRA program will include sessions addressing the current and future direction of HRA from various perspectives, including content creation, digital distribution, licensing of hi-res music files, archiving, subscription models, marketing/promotion of hi-res music, compatibility of playback devices and more. These sessions will feature some of the brightest minds in the business as they discuss some of the most current and controversial issues concerning the rapid adoption of high-resolution audio across the industry.

AES Executive Director Bob Moses stated, “Excitement is growing as we finalize the Technical Program itinerary for AES137. We have quite a varied program this year that is sure to garner attention in many audio circles. People who have been to the AES conventions know what a truly unique experience we offer, and this year’s convention is on track to be one of the best. Our online calendar, mobile app and other resources really help to round out the experience and help attendees take advantage of the full spectrum of what they want to get out of the convention. And we are looking forward to more big announcements in the weeks to come further underscoring that AES137 will be the audio event of the year.”

For information on how you can get your FREE Exhibits-Plus badge (pre-registration required) and access the Tech Program Calendar for the AES137 Convention, as well as further Registration, Hotel, and Technical Program information, visit the AES137 webpage at http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

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GUITAR CENTER NAMES EDDIE COMBS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING

Combs

Former CMO at Sears, Combs will oversee Guitar Center’s new retail marketing initiatives with an emphasis on innovation and an omni-channel approach.

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Combs will draw on his expertise in eCommerce, digital marketing, mobile experiences, customer loyalty and demographic targeting
Combs will work closely with GC’s communications, corporate affairs and brand management personnel

Los Angeles, CA (September 4, 2014): Guitar Center CEO Mike Pratt has announced the appointment of Eddie Combs to the position of Guitar Center Senior Vice President, Marketing. Combs’ appointment is the result of an extensive, nationwide search by Guitar Center management that led to an elite pool of candidates, with Combs’ skill set and personal history as a musician resonating with the selection team. Combs’ extensive expertise in eCommerce, digital marketing, mobile experiences, customer loyalty and demographic targeting will allow him to drive Guitar Center’s innovative branding efforts and marketing initiatives. In his role, Combs will work closely with Christopher Ian Bennett, VP, Communications and Corporate Affairs; Dustin Hinz, VP, Brand Experience and Entertainment Marketing; and Jeff Hiller, VP, Brand Manager, to strengthen GC’s retail marketing strategy to help elevate sales and store traffic.

Eddie earned his BA at Judson University in 1999 and his MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in 2003. After an extensive career at Motorola in various marketing roles, Eddie joined Sears in 2007, where he held several marketing leadership roles in the Home Improvement, Fitness, and Consumer Electronics Divisions. Most recently, Eddie was the Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Sears Holding Corporations’ Home Appliance Business. During his time at Sears, he received several honors and accolades, including a 2013 Addy Award for “Best Creative Use of Multimedia Content” for the “Just Anywhere” campaign.

“I’m really excited about coming to Guitar Center. I previously worked at Sears, as the Chief Marketing Officer for their Home Appliance Business Unit, and I can tell you, my favorite appliance in the house wasn’t my refrigerator; it was my six-string. So being part of a retailer [Guitar Center] that can deliver some of the best products and ‘the greatest feeling on earth’ is something I’m really looking forward to. For me, my whole marketing career started because of music. I was out and I was playing for ten years, and I started to learn all the aspects of marketing as a musicians. Out of there sprung my corporate career in marketing. I get to come back full circle and bring it all back to Guitar Center.”

- Eddie Combs – Senior Vice President, Marketing

You can follow Eddie on Twitter @TheEddieCombs and on Facebook at The Eddie Combs for the latest Guitar Center marketing news and insight.

ABOUT GUITAR CENTER
Guitar Center is the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ, and lighting equipment, with more than 260 stores across the U.S. 2014 marks the milestone 50th anniversary of the Guitar Center Brand as we continue to help people make music from coast to coast. In addition, the Music & Arts division operates more than 120 stores specializing in band & orchestral instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors, and students since 1952. With an unrivaled in-store experience and passionate commitment to making gear easy-to-buy, Guitar Center is all about enabling musicians and non-musicians alike to experience the almost indescribable joy that comes from playing an instrument. All we sell is the greatest feeling on earth.

For more information about Guitar Center, please visit www.guitarcenter.com, contact media@guitarcenter.com, or visit our Press Room at http://gc.guitarcenter.com/pressroom/.

Subscribe to our RSS newsfeed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/GuitarCenterPressroom.

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FSR Launches Next-Generation Matrix Switcher

Company Extends Line of Cost-Effective and Easy to Use Solutions For An Array of Pro-AV Applications

Woodland Park, NJ — FSR is once again extending its range of innovative Pro AV solutions with the launch of its new, next-generation matrix switcher. Joining the company’s switcher line of products that already address the needs of all types of users, FSR is now introducing its DV-HMSW4K-88 Matrix switcher, which routes eight HD sources to any eight HDTV displays.

The new FSR DV-HMSW4K-88 Matrix switcher supports 1080p full HD up to 4K plus all 3D formats, along with multichannel digital audio formats such as PCM, Dolby® True HD and DTS-HD® Master Audio™. Switching and other commands can easily be implemented using the front-panel push buttons, IR remote control, RS-232, or via TCP/IP.

“FSR has always had a dynamic range of product offerings, enabling us to accommodate so many markets with smart technologies and solutions, including our complex matrix switchers, which are cost-effective, easy to use and reliable,” said company president Jan Sandri. “To this end, we are thrilled to be able to extend our line of matrix switchers by introducing the new DV-HMSW4K-88. With so many great features, we can support the many needs of AV professionals in a wide variety of applications.”

Among its many features, the DV-HMSW4K-88 supports resolutions up to 1080p@60Hz, 48-bit deep color, 4k@30Hz; allows any source to be displayed on multiple displays at the same time; allows any HDMI display to view any HDMI source at any time; allows PCM, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD master audio pass through HDMI output; offers multiple switching mode, push-in button, IR remote control, RS-232 control, and TCP/IP control; offers easy installation with rack-mounting ears; offers full 3D pass through; is HDCP compliant; and includes 9 IR receivers, 8 IR transmitters, a handheld IR Remote Control, and power supply.

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.

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

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

TV Skyline Equips Flagship HD OB Van With Riedel Artist Digital Matrix Intercom System

Riedel Intercom Solution Provides Flexibility, Scalability, and Ease of Use Critical to Communications in a Variety of Productions (more…)

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GC Pro Serves as Sponsor for Mix Magazine Sound for Film Event “Immersive Sound: From Production to Playback”

— GC Pro to display latest in high-technology products, including the new RAVEN MTX with ADAM Audio monitors in a surround sound configuration —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, September 5, 2014 — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, has been named as a sponsor for Mix Magazine’s upcoming Sound for Film event “Immersive Sound: From Production to Playback,” taking place Saturday, September 6, 2014, in the Anthony Quinn Theater at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California. GC Pro will be displaying the latest in high-technology products, including the new RAVEN MTX consoles as well as ADAM Audio monitors in a surround sound configuration at the event.

So-called “Immersive sound,” encompassing such terms as 3D sound, object-oriented sound, Dolby Atmos, Barco Auro-3D and others, has taken hold in Hollywood and is rapidly spreading to other corners of the entertainment and consumer market sectors. These advanced surround sound formats are impressing audiences with fully enveloping, more natural sound environments for cinema and home theaters, to the delight of audiences in the theater and at home. Not since the advent of 5.1 discrete surround in the early 1990s has there been a more exciting period of technological breakthroughs in film sound production and playback than there is today. And it’s just getting started. This event, the first of its kind, will break down the technology and art at the heart of immersive sound.

In addition to GC Pro’s display, this special one-day event includes:

Keynote Address in the world-renowned Cary Grant Theatre
Full Day of Panels: The Editing, Mixing, Technology and Business of Immersive Sound
Film Studio Showcase: 10-minute reels, played back in the Atmos/Auro-3D equipped William Holden Theatre, with introductions by the creative teams
Sponsor Workshops—hosted onsite in Sony’s world-class film sound facilities
Exhibition Space—the world’s leading technology suppliers
Networking opportunities
The day will be capped by an exclusive screening of a new Sony Pictures feature film in the Holden Theatre

For more information, please visit www.mixonline.com/soundforfilm and www.gcpro.com.

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