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HOUSTON’S METROPOLITAN BAPTIST CHURCH GIVES HIGH PRAISE TO CLEAR-COM’S CELLCOM10®

clear-com-cellcom10.JPGHOUSTON, TEXAS, MAY 30, 2008—Clear-Com® Communication Systems is helping the video production crew of Houston’s Metropolitan Baptist Church stay connected. Clear-Com recently provided the busy team with Clear-Com Party-line intercom systems and CellCom10® digital wireless system, which formed the communication backbone for the church’s many band concerts, dramatic productions and weekly services. more

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AVIOM PROMOTES KIM TREANOR TO MARKETING & CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

aviom-new-appointment-kim-treanor.JPGWEST CHESTER, PA, MAY 30, 2008— Aviom, exclusive developer of the world’s most powerful audio transport protocol, A-Net®, proudly announces the promotion of Kim Treanor to Marketing & Corporate Communications Specialist. Previously, Treanor served as Executive Assistant to President and CEO Carl Bader. In her new position, Treanor is responsible for coordinating and communicating Aviom’s message worldwide. more

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AVIOM PROMOTES KIM TREANOR TO MARKETING & CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

aviom-new-appointment-kim-treanor.JPGWEST CHESTER, PA, MAY 30, 2008— Aviom, exclusive developer of the world’s most powerful audio transport protocol, A-Net®, proudly announces the promotion of Kim Treanor to Marketing & Corporate Communications Specialist. Previously, Treanor served as Executive Assistant to President and CEO Carl Bader. In her new position, Treanor is responsible for coordinating and communicating Aviom’s message worldwide. more

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AVIOM LAUNCHES NEW SALES & TECHNICAL TRAINING PROGRAM

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, JUNE 18, 2008—Aviom, exclusive developer of the world’s most powerful audio transport technology, A-Net®, announces its new Sales & Technical Training Program. To kick off the initiative at this year’s InfoComm show (InfoComm Booth C4175), Aviom’s Consultant Liaison and Training Manager Jeff Lange will lead two manufacturer’s training sessions: Audio Distribution Applications with Aviom’s Pro16® Series and Audio Networking with Aviom’s Pro64® Series. In addition, Aviom will run an Audio Distribution & Networking Solutions for Houses of Worship course each day in the Technologies for Worship Pavilion. more

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THE COUNTDOWN FOR THE EURO 2008 HAS STARTED AT ORF

orf_mc290.JPGToronto, Ontario, Canada – May 30, 2008… The qualified European teams have been named and the nominated players are preparing in their training camps for the European soccer championship. Also, the teams in the sports studio control room RP11* of the Austrian broadcaster ORF have completed numerous training units for this major sports event – the EURO in their home country. more

ASK Video Unveils Logic Pro 8 Tutorial DVD Series

Offers 20% discount on Level 1 pre-orders through June 13

Ontario, Canada – ASK Video Interactive Media, a leading creator of software tutorials on DVD, announces the imminent release of a new 4-part tutorial DVD series for Logic Pro 8 music production software.

In Level 1 of this 4-part series, musician and Apple expert Tony Wallace returns to provide all the knowledge needed to start using Logic. Everything from basic setup to editing and looping regions is covered, giving newcomers a great starting point. Long time Logic users will find this DVD perfect for quickly learning any layout changes and where all of their favorite features have been moved to.

“Major software updates not only mean new features and more powerful technology, but layout and workflow changes as well,� said Steve Kostrey, President of ASK Video. “With our new Logic Pro 8 Tutorial Series, we have done all of the hard work and research to present the entire program in an easy-to-use way so that every Logic user, from the beginner to the pro, will get the most from this powerful software.�

Logic Pro 8 Level one contains over 3 and a half hours of high quality video, divided into 30 chapters in an easy-to-follow user interface. ASK Video’s innovative interface makes it easy to watch and learn straight through as well as finding specific topics when using the DVD as a reference.

Wallace provides the basics in Level 1 beginning with chapters on setting up Logic 8 and providing a tour through the programs layout. The middle chapters focus on recording MIDI and audio before moving on to editing, looping, and arranging in the later chapters. Upon completion of the Level 1 DVD, users can continue on to intermediate concepts with Level 2, also due out this summer.

Pricing and Availability:
Logic Pro 8 Tutorial DVD Level 1 will be available June 13, 2008 for $49.99 USD. Pre-order before June 13 for $39.99 USD – a savings of 20%. Ordering information and video examples are available at http://www.askvideo.com.

System Compatibility:
Mac OS X Version 10.2 or higher, Power Mac G4 867 MHz, 256 MB RAM, Sound Card. This product includes QuickTime 7.x Mac/PC which is required for video playback. This DVD-Rom works on a computer equipped with a DVD-Rom drive. Minimum screen resolution 1024 x 768.

About Tony Wallace
Composer and guitarist Tony Wallace possesses an extensive background in music education and digital audio consulting, both as a private instructor and clinician. Tony is a graduate of Canada’s renowned Humber College jazz program and has served as musical director for several organizations.

About ASK Video
ASK Video Interactive Media is a professional audio/video company based in Ontario, Canada. Well versed in today’s cutting edge technology, ASK Video uses high quality video and audio to bring a rich and inviting learning experience to digital audio and video customers around the world through interactive video DVD’s. ASK Video also provides professional audio services from their state-of-the-art studio facility as well as professional video services complete with on-site shooting, editing, and post-production.

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Engineer for Sheryl Crow Achieves Album-Quality Sound with VENUE and Pro Tools|HD

Daly City, CA — For Sheryl Crow’s current spring tour, promoting her new album Detours, FOH engineer Sean “Sully� Sullivan (Beck, Justin Timberlake) put together a streamlined live sound system based around a Digidesign® VENUE D-Show® Profile™ integrated with a Pro Tools|HD® system.

Keeping the system compact was a primary objective for Sully. The VENUE system allows him to reduce the need for outboard analog processing in favor of TDM plug-ins. And when combined with Pro Tools|HD, the D-Show Profile provides Sully with access to studio-quality production tools that allow him to achieve exceptional album-quality mixes from venue to venue on a nightly basis.

“On this tour, I have a very small simple setup,� he explains. “When my production manager saw my rig he asked, ‘When does the rest of it arrive?’ But the bonus is, with the VENUE [D-Show] Profile, my favorite plug-ins and a Pro Tools rig, I am achieving album-quality mixes night after night!�

With VENUE and Pro Tools integration, Virtual Soundcheck has also become indispensable for Sully. “Virtual Soundcheck saved my life. I no longer rely on the band to show up at soundcheck. Now I only need to update and make new snapshots while playing back actual shows from my [Pro Tools] HD 3 rig. It’s simply amazing!�

Sully sums up his opinion of the Digidesign VENUE system by saying, “Studio engineers have had the ability to study the tracks they are working on since the beginning of time… it’s about time we live engineers have the same capabilities!�

For more information about Sheryl Crow’s Detours tour visit www.sherylcrow.com.

About VENUE
Digidesign’s VENUE live sound environment is revolutionizing the art and profession of live sound mixing with studio-quality sound, TDM plug-in effects processing, and direct connectivity to industry-standard Pro Tools® recording and playback systems. For more information about the VENUE line of products, visit www.digidesign.com/venue.

About Digidesign
Digidesign is a worldwide leading manufacturer of digital audio production systems and the winner of the 2001 Technical Grammy® Award and 2003 Oscar® statuette representing the Academy Scientific and Technical Award for the design, development, and implementation of the Pro Tools® digital audio workstation. Digidesign provides the professional music, film, video, multimedia, and radio broadcast industries with tools for digital recording, MIDI sequencing, editing, signal processing, and surround mixing. Digidesign products are marketed in more than 40 countries worldwide through a distribution network of value-added dealers, distributors, and OEM relationships. Digidesign is a part of Avid Technology, Inc. For more information, visit www.digidesign.com.

About Avid Technology, Inc.
Avid (Nasdaq: AVID) is a worldwide leader in tools for film, video, audio, 3D animation, gaming and broadcast professionals – as well as for home audio and video enthusiasts. Avid professional and consumer brands include Avid, Digidesign, M-Audio, Pinnacle Systems, Sibelius, Softimage and Sundance Digital. The vast majority of primetime television shows, feature films, commercials and chart-topping music hits are made using one or more Avid products. Whether used by seasoned professionals or beginning students, Avid’s products and services enable customers to work more efficiently, productively and creatively. Avid received an Oscar statuette representing the 1998 Scientific and Technical Award for the concept, design, and engineering of the Avid® Film Composer® system for motion picture editing. For more information about the company’s Oscar, Grammy and Emmy® award-winning products and services, visit www.avid.com.

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New JBL VerTec Powered Full Size Line Arrays With Drivepack Technology Are Life Of The Party At San Diego’s Cinco De Mayo Festival

May 29, 2008 —Showcasing the newest additions in JBL’s VERTEC® line array series, local rental company Meeting Services, Inc. provided sound reinforcement for the La Fiesta Del Pueblo Cinco de Mayo music festival at the Del Mar Fairgrounds’ outdoor grandstand in San Diego with a powered, full-size system. Featured entertainers for the multi-act festival included popular Latin artists La Arrolladora Banda El Limon, Vilma Diaz y La Sonora, and Los Moonlights, among many others.

Meeting Services deployed JBL’s new VERTEC DP Series powered full-size models for La Fiesta Del Pueblo, which drew a crowd of more than 10,000 people and was broadcast by Univision, the leading Spanish-language television company in the United States and Puerto Rico. The system included four stage-stacked arrays. Onstage arrays each featured five VT4889ADP-AN Full Range High Directivity Line Array Elements. Additionally, six VT4880ADP-AN Ultra Long Excursion Arrayable Subwoofers were positioned in a center array in front of the stage. Networking capabilities of the VERTEC DP Series systems with DPAN input modules allowed for CAT-5 cabling to harness the system, enabling the sound technicians to address each enclosure individually with Harman Pro’s HiQnet™ System Architect™ software for remote control and monitoring.

The JBL VERTEC VT4889ADP Full Range High Directivity Line Array Element and the companion VT4880ADP Ultra Long Excursion Arrayable Subwoofer are integrated audio systems featuring field-proven JBL DrivePack® technology. Co-developed with Harman Pro Group sister companies Crown International and dbx Professional, the high-performance JBL DrivePack electronics modules with integral digital signal processing couple seamlessly with VERTEC loudspeakers.

“The new powered full-size VERTEC line arrays really do justice for this type of music,� noted Gilardo Magallon-Rico, sound engineer for La Arrolladoa Banda El Limon. “Banda-style music has lots of impact and is really heavy on the horns. We need to get a much fuller sound than other types of pop or even rock music, as the tuba really carries the bass part. JBL’s new powered full-size VERTEC rig handled it with ease.�

Meeting Services, Inc. can be reached at (858) 348-0100 and at http://www.msiprod.com/

About JBL Professional:
Headquartered in Northridge, California, JBL Professional is the world’s leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of professional loudspeakers for recording and broadcast, musician, cinema, touring sound, commercial sound and contracting applications. JBL Professional is part of the Harman International network of professional and consumer audio companies. For complete product and company information, go to the JBL Professional website at www.jblpro.com.

About the Harman Pro Group:
Headquartered in Northridge, California, the Harman Pro Group is part of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com), a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high fidelity audio products and infotainment systems for the automotive, home and professional markets. The Company’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol: HAR. Harman Pro Group companies include AKG Acoustics, BSS Audio, dbx, Crown International, JBL Professional, Lexicon, Soundcraft, and Studer.

About HiQnet:
Harman HiQnet is the world’s first connectivity and control protocol that integrates all product categories in the signal chain for professional audio systems of all types, size, and applications. Harman HiQnet no longer requires the user to manage multiple disparate operating systems or be responsible for programming individual signal processors, speaker controllers, wireless microphone systems, and mixing consoles. HiQnet was developed by the Harman Pro Group System Development and Integration Group (SDIG), a team of dedicated systems specialists based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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LOGIC SYSTEMS, YAMAHA AND NEXO SHARE THE SUCCESS OF ‘ROCK ON THE RANGE’ FESTIVAL

NEXO GEO T Line Array at Rock on the Range FestivalBUENA PARK, Calif.─Columbus Crew Stadium was the setting for the second year of this quickly growing music festival in Columbus, Ohio and once again, Logic Systems Sound & Lighting in St. Louis were brought in to provide its audio and lighting production expertise. The festival, which took place in mid-May had an attendance reaching 50,000 each day, making it one of the of largest U.S. festivals so far this year.

Fourteen bands performed on the main stage including Kid Rock, Finger Eleven, Shinedown, Killswitch Engage, Serj Tankian, Staind, Disturbed, Stone Temple Pilots, Five Finger Death Punch, Alter Bridge, Seether, Papa Roach, and 3 Doors Down.

A NEXO GEO T system was used that consisted of 20 4805 and 4 2815 boxes per side, plus 8 CD-18s per side. In addition NEXO NX-242 processors with Ethersound cards and running the latest NXTREME loads. “The NEXO GEO T system was the right choice for this event for a number of reasons,� states Chip Self, President of Logic Systems Sound & Lighting. “The sound quality is exceptional providing more than enough SPL, and it is rider-acceptable for virtually every major act.� Self added that since the GEO T system is very light it was an added benefit since it was sharing rigging bays with a very heavy LED video wall and a heavier speaker system would have been a problem. “The artists, crew and attendees were all very pleased with the sound quality, and in the trenches, all of the touring engineers were very pleased and impressed with the performance of the system,� Self adds.

A Yamaha PM5D-RH was used at front of house and at monitors. “The PM5D-RH consoles were a huge help because most of the acts had a show already programmed on a 5D card and by patching to match their shows we were able to give them everything they wanted, the way they wanted it, within the very tight change-over schedule,â€? says Self. “With thirteen major acts in two days, we started 100% of the acts on-time without a problem; I’m not sure we could have accomplished that with conventional consoles, at least not without doing a great deal more work.â€?

Microphone arsenal included Shure, Sennheiser and Audio-Technica. Camco Vortex series amplifiers were used to power GEO T.

Lighting consisted of 150 ETC Source Four Pars, 8 Thomas 8-lite, 8 4xP64 ACL bars, 12 Vari*Lite VL-3000 spots, 16 Coemar iSpot-575EB spots, 14 Coemar iWash-575EB wash, 8 Martin Atomic-3000 strobes w/ color scrollers, 1 GrandMA lighting controller, 2 DF-50 hazers and 108 channels of Leprecon MX series dimmers.

For more information on Logic Systems, telephone 314.968.4050 or visit www.logicsound.com.

For more information on the NEXO GEO T or Yamaha PM5D-RH consoles, telephone
714-522-9011 or visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. offers a complete line of integrated professional audio products for the commercial recording, production, broadcast, live sound, and sound reinforcement markets. The company has a dedicated dealer network, intensive field training, and 24-7 tech support in the U.S. and Canada.

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BROOKFIELD ACADEMY STUDENT BUILDS THEATER’S NEW PORTABLE TECH BOOTH WITH THE HELP OF NEUTRIK USA

Joey Stevens with Portable Tech BoothLAKEWOOD, NJ – Neutrik, designer and manufacturer of the XX series XLR cable connector, recently donated a variety of its best-selling connectivity products to Brookfield Academy student, Joey Steven, to help him create a new portable tech booth for the Academy’s theater. The theater’s tech booth project consists of a sound board and light board desk, a wireless microphone tower with belt pack recharging drawers, and a computer recording pod that was equipped with a custom built hydraulic monitor lift.

“Neutrik’s donation gives our theater the benefit of having a great mobile tech booth on-site to be used in the school’s theater and dance productions,� says Joey Steven, Eagle Scout candidate and Brookfield Academy Theater’s technical director. “The booth was created with many different segments, each built on casters that can be rolled in/out of the room and then connected, depending on what each performance requires. We needed something that could withstand the frequent changing of chords. Neutrik’s connectors immediately came to mind because of their durability, convenience and ease of use.� more

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