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3G Wireless Turns To Nucomm For ABC Network Presidential Election Coverage

New York, NY, November 3, 2008 – Viewers wanting up-to-the-minute presidential election coverage will not miss a beat as 3G Wireless, a leading microwave transmitter and receiver provider implementing wireless HD technology, provides ABC Network with microwave equipment from Nucomm, a brand of The Vitec Group, for three days worth of its election news. Beginning the eve of Election Day, ABC will begin its pre-presidential election news using an array of Nucomm gear and will continue using the equipment for its Election Day broadcast as well as its post election coverage on Wednesday, November 5. more

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AVIOM ANSWERS AN SOS FROM ABBACADABRA – THE ULTIMATE ABBA TRIBUTE BAND

aviom_adbacadabra_gary-raffanelli.jpgSPARKS, NV—adbacadabra – The Ultimate ABBA Tribute band, travels worldwide performing 20 of ABBA’s greatest hits in full costume. Performing live at various venues and on cruise ships for the past three years, Adbacadabra relies on Aviom’s Pro 16® Series of products for its live performance needs.

In the past two and a half years, adbacadabra has performed on over 20 cruises, in addition to its regular land performances. The band first started using the Aviom gear when, after one of its rehearsals, one of the musicians complained about feedback and noise level, which prohibited him from hearing his monitors. To help solve this problem, a colleague of Gary Raffanelli, executive director of adbacadabra – The Ultimate ABBA Tribute, recommended Aviom’s monitor mixing system. “Aviom is a lifesaver and I wouldn’t go anywhere without this equipment,” says Raffanelli. “If we didn’t have Aviom, we would be spending more time trying to combat volume and feedback problems rather than focusing on our real job at hand, perfecting our performance for our audience.”

In the past two and a half years, adbacadabra has performed on over 20 cruises, in addition to its regular land performances. The band first started using the Aviom gear when, after one of its rehearsals, one of the musicians complained about feedback and noise level, which prohibited him from hearing his monitors. To help solve this problem, a colleague of Gary Raffanelli, executive director of adbacadabra – The Ultimate ABBA Tribute, recommended Aviom’s monitor mixing system. “Aviom is a lifesaver and I wouldn’t go anywhere without this equipment,” says Raffanelli. “If we didn’t have Aviom, we would be spending more time trying to combat volume and feedback problems rather than focusing on our real job at hand, perfecting our performance for our audience.”

adbacadabra – The Ultimate ABBA Tribute’s rig consists of A16-II Personal Mixers, an AN-16/i-M Mic Input Module, an A-16D Pro A-Net Distributor and an Aviom16/oY-1 A-Net Card for Yamaha®. Surpassing expectations, Aviom has become a staple not only for adbacadabra, but also for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s various performances and inaugurations. While the group was preparing for its show during the inauguration of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ fleet, Freedom Of The Seas, every onboard audio technician attended the sound check as word spread about the Aviom system’s ability to be controlled at one’s fingertips and its ease of setup. As a result, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has since added Aviom gear to its entire Freedom Class fleet and has had adbacadabra perform at all of the Freedom Class inaugurations. “Since we started using the Aviom system our setup time has been cut down to 45 minutes and we’re able to have a complete sound check in less than an hour, which is unprecedented,” says Raffanelli.

Not only has the Aviom gear proven to be sturdy, able to withstand traveling around the world, but with the recent increase in baggage fees at the airports, Aviom has also been very cost effective. “We put our entire ABBA show into only six suitcases,” explains Raffanelli. “The Aviom equipment is so light and compact that we have never gone over the 50-pound limit. As a result, we’re never charged an overweight fee. Knowing that our Aviom products will get to their destination is one less headache for us. All we need to worry about are the drums, piano, keyboard and a few other minor elements.”

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Log Cabin Studio Expands with Toft ATB24 Console

pmi-toft-log-cabin-cr02.jpgpmi-toft-log-cabin-cr01.jpgGARDENA, Calif.─Kris Kolp’s Log Cabin Studio (Tallahassee, FL) has just undergone a complete renovation and expansion, nearly doubling in size to approximately 1000 square feet of space. “Now I have three rooms to record and track in,� says Kolp, who broke ground for the project back in April 2008, plus a control room, the center piece of which is a Toft ATB24 console.

“I purchased the ATB24 in a pilot program a little over a year ago, just before its general release on the market,� says Kolp. “I graduated from college with a degree in computer science, so my training in recording and mixing audio began with ProTools 3 and ProTools 24. Later I had some opportunities to record using an SSL console and a Trident 80B, and loved working on the Trident. I worked on some other small analog consoles, but none that I would have wanted in my studio. When I found out that Toft had manufactured an affordable console, I jumped at the opportunity.�

“The first time I ran audio through the board, it was obvious that it was doing something sweet.�

The studio has always been called Log Cabin Studio, says Kolp. But the addition of freshly milled cypress log wall paneling on the walls, plus birch flooring, “finally justifies the studio’s name,� he says.

Recent Log Cabin projects include a country/rock album with local singer/songwriter, Dan Newman that Kolp is producing. “We’re using several local musicians and session musicians who previously lived in the area on this project.�

Kolp is also co-producing another CD project with a locally-based musician/arranger, Shyam, entitled “Lakulish Love.� A meld of East and West, the album combines live jams with kirtan chanting call-and-response with the Tallahassee Boys Choir. Shyam, a.k.a. Hal Month, has experience in the rock/jam band scene as a member of several touring acts including Ancient Harmony, Cosmic Charlie, and The Dead Keys.

“Both of these projects will go to mastering, with Terry Manning at Compass Point in the Bahamas, in the next few months and will be released in the spring,� says Kolp.

For more information on Log Cabin Studio, and a complete gear list, visit www.logcabinmusic.com. Kris Kolp can be reached via 850-567-5554.

For more information on the Toft ATB24 analog console, visit www.pmiaudio.com.

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About PMI Audio Group:

Established in 1995, PMI Audio Group is a professional audio distribution company located in Gardena, California specializing in the distribution of professional audio products for recording, video, post, film, broadcast, and the fixed installation markets. Current brands of distribution include: Studio Projects, Joemeek, Toft Audio Designs, Trident Audio Developments, and CLM Dynamics.

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Kris Kolp’s Log Cabin Studio, Tallahasse, FL. The console is a Toft ATB 24.

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Log Cabin Studio, Tallahasse, FL. Kris Kolp (foreground), studio owner and chief engineer, with client, Shyam, at the studio’s Toft ATB24 console. Kolp is co-producing Shyam’s new CD, due out in May 2009.

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