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Press Releases For : September 11, 2014

Wharfedale Speakers Bring Superb Sound Home for the Holidays

Chicago, IL, September 2, 2014 — There’s nothing like listening to favorite music or watching movies and TV on a truly high-quality sound system – and this holiday season, Wharfedale, Britain’s most famous speaker brand, brings more than 80 years of UK design expertise to American listeners with its ultimate-performance Jade 3 loudspeakers, all-new Jade Subwoofers and high-value Diamond 10 Series loudspeakers. Why not reward that music-loving family member or friend – or yourself – with elegantly styled speakers that can transform any listening space with immersive sound?

Wharfedale’s Jade 3 loudspeakers (SRP $1,499 – $1,799 per pair depending on finish) combine furniture-grade construction and finishes with the company’s latest acoustic engineering and materials technologies. They’re available in Black Oak, Vintage Cherry, Rosewood and Piano Black to match any décor.

The speakers’ enclosures are constructed from Crystalam, formed from laminated wood and composites to combine structural and sonic integrity with a striking contoured appearance. The midrange drivers and woofers are constructed using Acufiber glass/carbon fiber material interwoven with a self-damping matrix for exceptional purity and responsiveness. The Jade Series’ aluminum-dome tweeter extends beyond the range of human hearing for extraordinary musical detail and smoothness.

The new Jade 10 and Jade 8 subwoofers feature a clever dual-woofer arrangement that mounts the drivers opposite each other to reinforce each other’s performance. The result is surprisingly powerful, true deep bass from ultra-compact enclosures that, unlike conventional subwoofers, fit easily into any room. Combine the Jade 10 or Jade 8 (SRP: $1,599 and $1,199 respectively) with the Jade 3 for a system that delivers music and theater sound with stunning realism, presence and authority.

The Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 and 10.2 compact loudspeakers (SRP: $349/pair and $449/pair respectively) are ideal for enthusiasts who want to step up from low-fi sound and hear their favorite music and movies the way they were meant to be heard – at prices that represent outstanding value in true high-fidelity loudspeakers.

Wharfedale Diamond 10 Series woofers employ premium components including a woven Kevlar cone (a material not usually found in speakers at its price point), and a neodymium-magnet soft-dome tweeter for smooth high-frequency response. The 10.1 and 10.2 are available in a choice of stunning finishes including Black, Cherry and Rosewood.

In addition to the above models, Wharfedale’s Jade and Diamond 10 Series offer a complete lineup of compact monitors, floorstanding towers, center channel speakers and more, to create compelling music and home theater systems for every home and budget.

This holiday season, stop dreaming and start listening!

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Bose® Panaray® MA12 Modular Line Array Chosen for Atlanta History Center’s Woodruff Auditorium

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Atlanta-based AV and acoustical consultant Cape Dixson Associates specified the Bose® Panaray® modular line array for its quality sound and low visual profile

Framingham, Massachusetts, September 2, 2014 – Since its founding in 1926, The Atlanta History Center has helped preserve the legacy of the South’s largest city and its surrounding region. Through a grant from The Goizueta Foundation, the Center has expanded its community outreach efforts with a historical theatre series. The History Center’s 400-seat Woodruff Auditorium was planned as the venue for this program, but significant upgrades were required to support that use. This led Cape Dixson Associates (CDAI), the Atlanta-based AV and acoustical consultant that has worked with the Center on its audio and acoustical needs for 25 years, to choose a Panaray® MA12 modular line array system from Bose® Professional Systems.

CDAI had helped the History Center upgrade the acoustics of the 1960s-vintage space when the auditorium was renovated in 2001; however, that renovation budget did not include upgrading the audiovisual systems, leaving the auditorium users dependent on the original audio and lighting systems. The new Bose system, installed by local firm Sound Design & Innovation, consists of two stacks of three Panaray MA12 modular line array loudspeakers, wall mounted either side of the stage, with two MB12 modular subwoofers soffited under the front of the stage. This entire system is powered by a single Bose PowerMatch PM8500 8-channel smart amplifier.

Rogers Dixson, President of Cape Dixson Associates, says the Bose system was one of several with which he had arranged on-site demonstrations for the Center’s executives, and that once they heard the Panaray system, they knew that they had found their solution. “The Bose system not only meets the key requirements to provide clear, highly intelligible and even sound coverage throughout the auditorium seating area,” Dixson explains, “but it does so with a narrow, low-profile design that fits in discreetly with the auditorium’s architecture.

“One of the key things for this project was the need to have excellent coverage of the entire seating area and full control of the sound system’s dispersion pattern,” Dixson explains. “In a typical auditorium of this type we would have specified an L-C-R cluster to achieve desired coverage, but the architectural design of the space and its low ceiling prevented that approach. In addition, the Bose system provides surprisingly consistent coverage even in the front rows. Fill speakers would likely have been needed with a more traditional speaker cluster design.”

Jackson McQuigg, the Vice President of Facilities at the Atlanta History Center adds, “The Bose speakers more than met our expectations and we are thrilled with the result.”

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Game Audio to Be a Major Focus at 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention

— Game Audio Track sessions at the 137th AES Convention in Los Angeles will take a practical approach, looking at key topics including career development, dynamic content and mixing, as well as audio for mobile gaming and much more —

— Marty O’Donnell, acclaimed game audio director and composer for Halo and other hits, to give Convention’s Heyser Memorial Lecture —

New York, NY, September 2, 2014 — The 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention (October 9-12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles) is set to feature a comprehensive set of Game Audio Track programs and events focusing on audio trends and issues in the gaming industry. Game Audio Track Chairman Steve Martz has assembled a compelling and highly inclusive series of panels, sessions and presentations that address the many dimensions of this complex sector of professional audio, this year with a particular emphasis on the practical aspects of the industry. Additionally, Marty O’Donnell, award-winning audio director and composer for Halo and other hits, has also been chosen to give this year’s Heyser Memorial Lecture, entitled “The Ear Doesn’t Blink: Creating Culture With Adaptive Audio.”

A special highlight will be “Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, The Devil Is In The Details,” a panel that will closely examine how the audio team behind the Blizzard Entertainment hit title Diablo III: Reaper of Souls created the entire audio soundscape for the game, including sound design, music and dialog. Other sessions will include the following: “Effective Interactive Music Systems: The Nuts and Bolts of Dynamic Musical Content” (led by Winifred Phillips, Composer, Generations Productions LLC), which will examine key aspects of assembling game audio, from horizontal resequencing and vertical layering techniques for the interactive implementation of music recordings, to MIDI and generative systems for the manipulation of music data; “Dynamic Mixing for Games” (led by Simon Ashby, VP Product Strategy and Co-founder at Audiokinetic), which will look comprehensively at the challenges of mixing game audio, including performance constraints and the non-linear event based triggering of in-game sounds – using real-game practical audio examples, this session will demonstrate the many positive benefits that dynamic audio mixing can have on modern sound design; and “Yes, your mobile game can have awesome audio!” (led by Stephan Schütze; Audio Director Sound Librarian- Melbourne, Australia), which will look at the wide range of tools available that, when utilized properly, support the creation of dynamic, high quality audio for nearly every platform available.

The Game Audio Track will also include an entire career development session: “Game Audio Careers 101 – How to jump start your career,” and a session on the state of game audio education that will bring together entrepreneurs from some of the top private instructional institutions to discuss the latest educational models and best practices in audio for interactive game media. Attendees will get a fantastic overview of what is being offered inside and outside of the traditional education system through the “Next Gen-Game Audio Education” session, chaired by Steve Horowitz (Co-Founder, Game Audio Institute, and Audio Director, Nickelodeon Digital), who is also leading the “Game Audio Careers 101” panel. This will be a must for students and teachers alike.

“Attendees to this year’s Game Audio Track will find some very different and very compelling content,” observes Martz. “We’ve strived to include some very practical sessions, ones that will provide career and learning guidance, in addition to the kind of in-depth technical sessions this Track has become known for.”

“Overall, this is going to be a fantastic Game Audio Track,” says Martz. “It takes place at a time when the game industry is undergoing change, when mobile is becoming the new frontier in game platforms and audio is taking on a more significant role in games than ever. We’ve addressed all of that and more in this year’s agenda. This could be our best game audio track yet!”

For information on how you can get your FREE Exhibits-Plus badge (pre-registration required) and detailed information on the Game Audio 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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Steely Dan’s Pursuit of Perfection with MLA

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Walter Becker and Donald Fagen took Steely Dan’s “Jamalot Ever After” tour across the U.S. and Canada this summer, with OSA International, Inc. providing Martin Audio’s Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) sound system.

Steely Dan has a reputation among audiophiles and throughout Pro Audio for their fastidious attention to sound production, so much so that many FOH engineers and system techs use a Steely Dan track to tune a system. When it comes to live sound, their expectations for the PA are no less demanding.

Returning to mix Steely Dan is Mark Dowdle, whose extensive credits include Elton John, Gloria Estefan, Fleetwood Mac, Tina Turner and Jackson Browne, to name just a few. Last year’s tour included a stop at Ravinia Festival in Chicago, where Dowdle mixed on two 7-box MLA arrays, the first year of a new OSA installation and the first new PA in a decade at North America’s oldest music festival.

Mark Dowdle

Late last year, Steely Dan’s road manager, tour sound icon Robert ‘Nitebob’ Czaykowski, introduced Walter Becker to MLA at a demonstration at New York’s Manhattan Center, where they were able to walk around and hear the evenness of its response and coverage. Steely Dan often plays theaters, where the mix position is usually at the back, beneath a balcony. “I go out there every day and listen to it; that’s part of my gig,” Czaykowski said. “What really knocks me out about MLA is that you can really control it so it’s not splattering off a back wall or cluttering up in the lower balcony.”

Present also at the NYC demo was Jim Risgin, Vice President for OSA –owners of the largest inventory of MLA in North America. With offices in Chicago, Las Vegas and now also Nashville, OSA have built an impressive reputation and client list providing complete technical services to some of the largest corporate, sporting events and concert tours in the U.S. The NYC demo was followed by extensive research from Mark Dowdle to confirm that the system would deliver the desired performance, and as a result Steely Dan added MLA to their tour.

Across the demanding 56-stop tour, MLA showed its versatility, control and overall sound performance credentials. Dowdle points out that the MLA provides extremely even front-to-back SPL as well as evenness of frequency response throughout the listening area. “The coverage is very smooth, especially its shading,” he said. “You can walk up on the PA in the front and it sounds just like it does in the back of the room.”

Dowdle also mentions an improvement to the stereo field. “Everything is more defined, so that automatically translates into the stereo field being more discernable,” he said. “MLA gives me dynamic range, clarity and definition so that I’m able to position and layer sounds in the stereo field which you can really hear where they all are.” He adds that the MLA’s sound is extremely coherent and is very responsive from a mixing standpoint. “You make a small fader move and it’s immediately noticeable.”

Furthermore, Dowdle is surprised by the constant comments from the audience. “I’ve been mixing for a long time and usually nobody ever says anything. This particular tour I’ve had more response from the audience than any tour I’ve ever done in my entire career, and it’s always been very positive and it’s always been very poignant. That’s in large part because of MLA allowing me to get it exactly how I want everywhere in the room.”

OSA crew chief and MLA system engineer Martyn ‘Ferrit’ Rowe is well known from his tenure at Martin Audio as an MLA product specialist before leaving to work for OSA as Director of Engineering. The Steely Dan tour travels in two trucks, carrying consoles and backline (including a Steinway grand) in one, and lights and PA in the second. “We’re carrying 26 MLA and 2 MLD down-fills, as well as 18 MLA Compacts, plus 8 MLX subs and 6 W8LMD used as front-fills,” Rowe explains.

The tour played Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena and New Orleans’ UNO Lakefront Arena using the 14-box MLA main arrays and 9-box MLA Compact side arrays that they carry. “The LA Forum was the only venue on our 56-show itinerary where we had to add PA,” said Mitchell Keller, Steely Dan’s production manager for the fourth year running. “It’s quite impressive that on a two truck tour we can carry enough PA to do arenas.”

The rest of the itinerary ranged from sheds and theaters to casinos. “The smallest venue was Humphrey’s in San Diego, putting in two subwoofers and ground stacking six MLA per side,” Rowe explains. “We recently did four shows in a row with single point hangs using ten MLA enclosures.”

As well as MLA’s flexibility and scalability, Rowe is keen to point out the simplicity of its operation. “It’s like fly by wire; you tell it what you want and the software produces a custom preset for your system and the room,” he said. “This isn’t auto EQ, you still have control over all the decisions that are being made, but the computer is doing the heavy lifting for you.”

So, coming full circle, what did Fagen and Becker make of the sound quality? According to Dowdle, “Both have come out into the audience on a number of occasions and have always been positive with their feedback and what was going on.

“More often than not Donald will come out and listen and frequently comments, ‘It sounds great,’ which is probably the highest compliment that I could ever receive in my career.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

RTI Introduces New Driver for Nest Products

Two-Way Drivers Enable RTI System to Work With Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm (more…)

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RTI Unveils the Next Generation of Control at CEDIA EXPO 2014

Company Debuts New 10-Inch KX10 Touchpanel, ZW9 Z-Wave Interface, and XP9 Control Processor at CEDIA EXPO 2014 (more…)

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Pexip Infinity Celebrates More Than 20,000 Licenses in Only 12 Months

Scalable Software-Based Videoconferencing Platform Marks First-Year Anniversary with More Disruption on the Horizon (more…)

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Harmonic Announces New Polaris Playout Management Suite

New Media Orchestration Solutions Maximize Capabilities and Control of Spectrum Media Servers (more…)

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RTW to Support the 2014 IBC Show with a Range of Loudness Metering Solutions

AMSTERDAM, 11 SEPTEMBER, 2014 – RTW (IBC Hall 8, Stand D92), the market leader in visual audio meters and monitoring devices, is once again providing the IBC 2014 show’s technology team with TM9 and TM7 TouchMonitor audio meters and SurroundControl 31960SD controller to support audio in the RAI’s D-Cinema auditorium featuring the IBC Big Screen Experience, as well as four TM3 TouchMonitor units to support the IBC News crew’s live and studio coverage of the show.

“We are very happy to be back this year, supporting the IBC show with an assortment of audio metering tools from RTW,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “We are longtime collaborators with IBC and are happy that the technology team finds our metering solutions useful for their important productions. This show represents the epitome of innovation in the broadcast technology market and we look forward to another inspiring show.”

In the RAI’s D-Cinema Auditorium, RTW’s TouchMonitor TM9 (HW 20911) will be used for confidence monitoring between the outputs of the console in the auditorium and the input to the cinema system. The IBC technology team chose to also use RTW’s SurroundControl 31960SD controller with 3G/HD/SD-SDI de-embedder interface option, “in order to give us flexibility to meet any de-embedding or other signal requirements,” explains Terry Nelson, Technical Resources, IBC.

Also in the auditorium, engineers will use the TouchMonitor TM7 (HW 20711), that is connected to the control surface of the Cadac console, this will help to provide accurate monitoring of the cinema system feeds.

Meanwhile, the IBC News crew will make use of several TouchMonitor TM3 audio meters. These will be used in the different production areas of IBC News and were chosen to be an important element in controlling and verifying levels.

The IBC Big Screen Experience is the ultimate showcase that demonstrates how the disciplines between cinema and traditional broadcast are merging. For the full IBC Big Screen Experience programme of events, click here.

HARMAN’s Martin Professional Lighting Creates Stunning Mountain Backdrop for Verdi’s La Traviata at the 2014 Masada Opera Festival

MASADA, Israel — The fifth annual Masada Opera Festival, held at the foot of Mount Masada—one of Israel’s most popular tourist attractions—featured stunning performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata opera for an audience of thousands over the course of six days. With Mount Masada serving as a stage backdrop and the sets incorporating the desert elements of the area, Lighting Director Bogumil Palewicz along with Michal Znaniecki, Stage Director, and Luigi Scoglio, Set Designer, deployed HARMAN’s Martin Professional fixtures to provide stage and effects lighting.

The outdoor stage was created to depict the city of Paris, France rising from desert sand. Working with the stage designer and set designer to ensure the audience’s view was not obstructed, Palewicz created a design that positioned the lighting equipment in the sand and on towers placed away from the main stage. Palewicz used Martin’s MAC Aura LED Wash lights to create a bulb effect for the Paris stage and used Martin’s MAC Quantum Wash fixture for white light washes.

The stage design also featured Martin’s MAC III Performance, MAC Viper Profile, MAC Viper Performance, and MAC Viper Beam moving head lights. “The MAC III Performances are great for big productions like La Traviata or even events on small stages,” said Palewicz. “Despite the long distances from the stage, the fixture’s framing system allows for really precise lighting. Martin’s MAC Viper series has strong output, true colors, and tremendous gobo effects.”

In addition to lighting the stage, Palewicz also used Martin fixtures to light Mount Masada as a backdrop for the production’s set designs and integrate the mountain background seamlessly with a video wall on stage. In order to effectively extend the stage with the mountain, he utilized Martin’s MAC III AirFX fixtures to light a section of the mountain 1,200 meters wide by 500 meters tall.

Not only did the production call for the color of the mountain to change with the performance, but Palewicz also needed to project shapes and images onto the mountain as well. “I needed a powerful fixture capable of producing strong output over a long distance,” said Palewicz. “The mountain had to connect with the video wall on stage and the AirFXs were the perfect solution for creating a flawless backdrop.”

“Due to the outdoor nature of the performances, the Martin fixtures were subjected to harsh conditions such as dust and extreme heat. Their durable design more than withstood the desert environment, allowing us to have a consistent show throughout the six day festival,” said Palewicz. “I could not have imagined our success without the support from the Martin team and the reliability of their equipment.”

The production company involved with the project was Israel’s Stage Design Israel.

For more information on Martin’s stage lighting solutions, please visit: www.martin.com

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

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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