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Riedel Communications, pioneer of advanced intercom and radio technology, is providing seamless communications for the production team of California‘s HP Pavilion at San Jose arena. Riedel‘s state-of-the-art Artist Digital Matrix intercom system is ensuring flawless production throughout the 450,000-square-foot indoor arena during its full schedule of shows.

The 20,000-seat arena, which was recently renovated to include Riedel‘s advanced intercom system,
hosts a number of sporting events and is home to the San Jose Sharks ice hockey team, San Jose Stealth lacrosse team and the San Jose Saber Cats arena football team. Besides sports, the arena also hosts live concerts, family shows and World Wrestling Entertainment matches and exhibitions.

Pro Media/Ultrasound was responsible for the integration and implementation of the Artist Digital Matrix intercom system. According to Pro Media/Ultrasound‘s Demetrius Palavos, “Riedel Communications is providing the arena with behind-the-scenes communications that is versatile for all of the different events it hosts throughout the year. The flexibility that this system offers is second to none. Operators will be able to make changes to panels with a touch of a button that will allow them to be more efficient.”

One Artist 128 and one Artist 32 digital intercom matrix mainframe is acting as the heart of the installation, administering all audio and communication signal distribution throughout HP Pavilion‘s indoor arena. The Artist platform is designed to interconnect multiple matrix frames (nodes) by a dual optical-fiber ring to form a single large, full summing, non-blocking distributed matrix for up to 1,024 users, providing a decentralized infrastructure for live audio and intercom applications and saving a considerable amount of wiring and installation costs.

The Artist platform features AES3/EBU broadcast-quality audio throughout the entire system, not only within the matrix but also to the panels, which are connected to the matrix via a standard AES3 signal on Coax or CAT5 cables. On top to the intercom application the Artist 1000 panels provide a second audio channel which can be used for audio transport or commentary applications. The panels also provide local GPI/Os which can be programmed system-wide. In addition, the dimmable alphanumeric 8-digit LED display keys of the Artist 1000 series control panels allow clear labeling of destinations and excellent readability under all lighting conditions.

“The system is simply flawless,” comments Greg Carrolan, technical director of the HP Pavilion. “This is the clearest communications system that we have used. The flexibility of programming; the clarity and quality of the communications system is just astonishing. ”

About Riedel
Riedel – one of the major suppliers of communications equipment to the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France – designs, manufactures and distributes the most sophisticated intercom and radio technology for customers worldwide in the broadcast, pro-audio, event, sports and theatre industries. The products reflect today‘s leading-edge technologies that expand conventional concepts into tomorrow‘s applications. The Riedel group of companies also includes a European based large rental operation that provides radio, intercom services, event accreditation & ticketing systems as well as fiber-based audio and video transmission systems. The Company was founded in 1987 and today employs over 150 people located within 7 locations in Europe, Asia and North America.

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Germany-based Analog Audio GmbH will distribute full line of Lauten Audio microphones

Santa Clara, CA, January 14, 2008 – Lauten Audio, a high-end microphone maker, has announced a new distribution agreement with Germany-based Analog Audio GmbH. Under the terms of the agreement, Analog Audio GmbH will serve as the sole distributor in Germany for the Santa Clara, California-based company‘s entire microphone line, including their highly successful Horizon tube microphone and three new models. The entire microphone line will be on display at the 2008 Winter NAMM show in booth #6983.

“Being introduced to Lauten Audio at the AES 2007 show in New York we immediately saw the potential in the Horizon tube microphone and the three new models,” says Peter Brigel, Sales Director for Analog Audio. “Lauten Audio microphones not only fit perfectly into our portfolio of high-end professional audio products, they also have great potential to fill a gap in the mid-price market.”

Lauten Audio‘s first commercially available product, the Horizon tube microphone, is a hand crafted boutique quality microphone that has proven to be a must-have for many recordists. Lauten Audio‘s new microphones include the FC-357, the ST-221, and the LT-381. The FC-357 is a solid-state multi-pattern large diaphragm condenser microphone, designed for recordists looking for very clean and natural sound reproduction. The ST-221 is a small diaphragm tube microphone that will be packaged in pairs. The ST-221 combines the characteristics of the small diaphragm and the tube, making it an ideal choice for recording instruments. Finally, the highly anticipated LT-381 features a newly designed large dual-diaphragm capsule, new-old-stock military grade pentode input and triode output circuit, and variable omni, cardioid and figure-8 polar patterns. The LT-381 is designed to be a high-performance vocal microphone that produces incredibly full and detailed recordings.

“We are very excited that Analog Audio GmbH is distributing for Lauten Audio in Germany,” says Brian Loudenslager, founder of Lauten Audio. “They are a very well established and highly respected distributor of high-end professional audio products. We firmly believe that the extremely talented team at Analog Audio GmbH will give Lauten Audio the representation and commitment we desire.”

About Lauten Audio:
Lauten Audio is a high-end microphone manufacturer formed by professionals with diverse backgrounds ranging from microphone design, physics, recording engineering, electrical engineering, international business, and manufacturing. The company‘s philosophy is to build better sounding microphones through unique designs, careful component selection, efficient manufacturing processes, and extensive listening tests.

Lauten Audio is located in Santa Clara, CA. For more information on Lauten Audio‘s products and organization please visit

About Analog Audio GmbH:
Analog Audio has been in the Pro Audio Business for more than 20 years, working with a wide range of customers from private and public broadcast, film and video audio business, and all major Pro-MI dealers in Germany and Austria. The company’s focus is to distribute high-quality professional audio products for the recording industry, location recording, ENG-EFP and high-end Hifi.

Analog Audio GmbH is located in Gröbenzell, Germany. Visit Analog Audio GmbH at

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