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SOLID STATE LOGIC APPOINTS BELLA MCAVOY AS MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

SSL creates new senior marketing role

OXFORD, UK – Solid State Logic is pleased to announce that Bella McAvoy has joined the company as Marketing Communications Manager. McAvoy brings a multitude of experience to the table from her varied work in communications, as a broadcast journalist and as composer and songwriter.

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Aviom’s AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System Now Available Internationally

New System Makes Digital More Flexible, Affordable for Permanent Installations and Portable Live Sound Applications

WEST CHESTER, PA, JANUARY 31, 2012 – Aviom, the exclusive developer of the world’s most powerful audio transport protocol, A-Net, is pleased to announce that the AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System is now shipping internationally (ISE Stand 3.D140). The new AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System is suitable for a wide range of permanent and portable applications, bringing the flexibility of the company’s powerful Pro64 audio network to the wall box, stage box or floor pocket.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to announce the availability of the AllFrame outside the U.S.,” says Carl Bader, president and CEO of Aviom. “We look forward to continuing to offer streamlined solutions, including the AllFrame, for all of our customers. Designed with the system designer and installer in mind, the system helps to make digital more affordable and flexible, keeping analog cabling to a minimum and reducing system complexity and labor costs.”

Based on extensive market research, the AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System eliminates several expensive and labor-intensive stages of the signal chain while reducing cable clutter, making it ideal for permanent installations such as theaters, schools, houses of worship, and conference centers, as well as touring and portable live sound applications. Each device supports Cat-5e cable runs of up to 400ft (120m) between devices, with no loss of fidelity. Since it requires only a single Cat-5e or fiber connection, the AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System eliminates the need for soldering, terminating and testing scores of analog connections as well as installing conduits and pulling separate cables for each audio signal, significantly reducing setup time.

At the heart of Aviom’s AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System is the F6 Modular I/O Frame, a multi-purpose network frame with six field-configurable I/O card slots and integrated Cat-5e and fiber optic connectivity. The F6 can be outfitted to meet the audio I/O requirements of nearly any application. The unit can be mounted on a wall or in a wall using a standard NEMA Type 1 enclosure. Using the RK6 rack-mounting kit, the F6 can be rack-mounted, with connectors facing the front or rear. The F6 can be powered through a four-pin XLR connector, a Euroblock connector or one of the Cat-5e A-Net ports.

Another mounting kit that is now available is the SK6 Stage Kit, which allows for AllFrame I/O boxes to be used as drop-boxes on stage. The SK6 provides an enclosure for the AllFrame to be used as a stage box in live applications—a perfect solution for touring and portable live sound applications. What’s more, for installations that use Power Over A-Net, the POA80 Power Over A-Net Power Supply has recently been updated to offer superior protection against voltage surges and to deliver enhanced flexibility for users.

“Our customers will appreciate the fact that the AllFrame can be used in conjunction with the complete line of Pro64 audio networking products and Pro16 Series Personal Mixers,” adds Bader. “Because Pro64 supports any combination of serial and parallel wiring topologies without affecting signal flow at any point, I/O points can be placed anywhere the application requires. This simplifies design and installation and gives the end user more flexibility.”

The system offers users multiple connectivity options via modular I/O cards. The C4m Mic/Line Input Card provides four remote-controllable analog mic- or line-level inputs. With the same mic preamp circuitry found in Aviom’s 6416m Mic Input Module, the C4m provides clean, transparent, archival-quality sound. Preamps on the C4m can be controlled from an MCS Mic Control Surface, select Yamaha digital consoles or Pro64 Network Manager software. The C4o Output Card provides four XLR analog outputs with variable output levels. For those looking to stay digital throughout the signal chain, there will be a C4dio Digital I/O Card with 4×4 AES3 I/O with Word Clock I/O.

Aviom pioneered personal mixing with its Pro16 Monitor Mixing System and continues to break new ground with the revolutionary Pro64 Series of audio networking products. With tens of thousands of products in the field today, Aviom has set the standard for high performance, scalable digital solutions. All Aviom systems harness the power of A-Net, Aviom’s innovative digital audio technology that simplifies system design while enhancing flexibility and fidelity. All Aviom products are designed, tested, and manufactured in the USA. For more information, visit www.Aviom.com.

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Clear-Com Highlights Upgrades to Concert at ISE 2012

AMSTERDAM, 31 JANUARY 2012 – Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, will showcase Concert Version 2.6 at ISE 2012 (Stand 11.D76). Designed specifically to allow collaborative workgroups to instantly and reliably communicate privately over LAN, WAN and Internet applications on Windows or Mac computers, the IP-based intercom software now provides an even greater range of features and options.

The Concert software is perfect for all production applications as it enables users to quickly and easily contact other team members who are shown to be ‘available’ for a call or text messaging. With the latest upgrade, other user statuses are also revealed – ‘already on a call’, ‘currently in production’ or ‘monitoring an audio feed.’ Unique to Concert, multiple conference sessions and/or texting sessions can occur simultaneously.

Another added convenience offered by the system is the ability for users to speak directly into their laptop’s existing microphone. The built-in ambient echo and feedback canceller feature eliminates the need for an external headset. This function can also be manually deactivated if needed. A “no audio” warning message, which informs a user when there is no audio detected from the microphone, is an additional bonus feature.

Concert can easily interface with external audio systems – including partyline systems, paging systems, program feeds and other matrix systems – using a four-wire interface over a standard IP network, which provides a seamless communications network.

Due to the current trend for broadcast stations to adopt multi-site infrastructures, the need for intercom-over-IP solutions, such as Concert, will become increasingly prevalent, as it helps to bridge the communications gap between remote studios. Given the latest advancements in Concert, markets that have relied on the system – including corporate, education and healthcare – will have the ability to collaborate even more effectively on a facility-wide, national and global scale.

To meet the growing demands of users, Clear-Com will now offer Concert in both full pre-loaded server and software-only options. Further, the upgrade includes two licensing alternatives – a lifetime perpetual license key, with the opportunity to add a software maintenance agreement, or an annual subscription with 12-month license key.

Concert Version 2.6 is compatible with the Mac OSX (Leopard or Snow Leopard) and Windows 7 or XP operating systems.

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

About HM Electronics, Inc. (HME)
A privately held company founded in 1971, HME has continued to be a leading provider of innovative technology focused on enhancing productivity and customer service for multiple markets including pro audio, sports, and restaurants. HME developed the first wireless intercom system for pro audio and continues to introduce exciting, cutting-edge wireless intercoms that enhance communications, increase productivity and facilitate creativity for virtually any application. For more information, please visit www.hme.com.

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“GYPSY” IS VIBRANT WITH THE HELP OF LECTROSONICS WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY

**** Photo: A Gypsy cast member performing on stage ****

Evansville, Indiana – January 2012… Imagine running sound for a theatrical presentation where several actresses wore risqué outfits. So far so good… right? Now imagine having to make adjustments to the wireless mic transmitter that just happens to be tucked away inside the performer’s bustier / bra. Hmmm… things just got a bit more challenging. Such was the case at the University of Evansville’s Department of Theatre and their recent production of the musical Gypsy, by Jule Styne, with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, from the book by Arthur Laurents. Thanks to wireless technology from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics, what could have been a most uncomfortable work situation was handled quite easily. more

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New York City’s Masterdisk Counts on Antelope Audio Trinity/10M Combination for its Image Stability and Sonic Integrity

New York, January 30, 2012 — Masterdisk, one of New York City’s foremost mastering facilities, has installed several of Antelope Audio’s Isochrone Trinity Master Clock and 10M Rubidium Atomic Clock units in its mastering suites, to maintain stereo imaging and the overall sonic integrity of projects passing through its studios. Masterdisk is installing multiple Antelope Audio Zodiac D/A converters at listening stations throughout the facility for quality control purposes.

According to owner Scott Hull, Masterdisk’s mastering suites were constructed with very high quality acoustics and solid grounding, and were already well clocked —therefore they did not appear to be candidates for improvement. “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” he says. Yet, the Antelope 10M — which incorporates a reference generator that is 100,000 times more accurate than the quartz oscillators in most equipment — and the Trinity, which offers 64-bit DSP and up to 384 kHz audio streaming, have had a noticeable impact on performance clocking the digital audio converters in the rooms.

“Image stability can’t be generated, and it has to be maintained through the process,” explains Hull. “You can undo certain effects or jitter but you can’t ‘reimage’ something; you can’t get that image back once you lose it.”

As he further elaborates, any component within the signal chain has the potential to degrade the accuracy of the soundstage. “A lot of processors and many, if not all, workstations give you something back that isn’t quite as stable, as rock-solid, as what you put in,” says Hull. However, driving every component in the system from a high quality master clock can reduce the likelihood of any degradation. “Workstations simply work better by being clocked with a more stable clock. Every step along the way where you can give yourself a tenth of a percent, it adds up to something pretty noticeable at the end. And there’s a marked and audible improvement in the final product when everything is Antelope powered,” he states.

Keeping True Quality Control at the Helm
Hull believes that true quality control at the mastering stage has become increasingly overlooked as budgets have become tighter and clients’ time and involvement have decreased. “We really have to know exactly what we’re sending out the door. We have to have at least two sets of ears on every product that we send out. So we’re putting Antelope Zodiac DACs into several listening stations in our facility just to facilitate quality control passes. Suffice it to say we consider that to be one of the best and most open and accurate DACs we can get. Coupled with the headphone amp, this gives us really good functionality for hearing exactly what’s going out the door at 192 kHz or 96k or 44.1.”

As Hull recalls, one of his mastering engineers initially heard about Antelope Audio’s clocks from his clients, and had a unit brought in to evaluate. He also notes that veteran mastering engineer Vlado Meller, who joined Masterdisk when Universal Mastering Studios closed in mid-2011, was a longtime Antelope Audio user. “Once we’d worked with it and got more of the boxes in more of the rooms we came to like what it did,” Hull reports. “The integrity and sonic experience was better overall, and everyone was happy.”

What matters, he continues, is the integrity of the system from beginning to end, and utilizing a high definition master clock can make a difference to the end result. “Sometimes it’s analog, sometimes it’s digital, sometimes it’s digital and analog. But they do like to play together better when they’re locked to a common master reference. When you’re working from a 96k file or a digital device at 96k, through an analog console and back out to a CD master at 44.1, the fact that everything is resolved to a common reference seems to work.” He comments, “I’m just trying to get to an end result that makes the client nod their head.”

“Mastering Your Favorite Records Since 1973”
Established in 1973, Masterdisk has handled projects by a who’s who of the music business over the years, including – to name just a few mastered by Hull – Bob Dylan, Sting, Lou Reed, Steely Dan, Bruce Springsteen, Panic at the Disco, plus many, many others. Hull recently mastered “25 Years”, a retrospective 4-disc box set from Sting, and Vlado Meller recently mastered new albums for Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction — including iTunes-optimized masters to go along with the vinyl and CD.

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Clear-Com Global Rental Group Presents Single Source Communications Solution for Demanding Productions

Industry Veteran Larry Estrin to Head the New Rental Partner Network, Maximizing Access to Intercom Systems

ALAMEDA, CALIFORNIA, JANUARY 30, 2012 – Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, has launched the Clear-Com Global Rental Group (CGRG). Through a network of experienced rental partners equipped to provide Clear-Com intercom systems for productions of any size, the new service, led by industry veteran Larry Estrin, offers greater flexibility and options for addressing customers’ communications requirements.

The CGRG comprises a hand-selected team of trained and experienced rental businesses worldwide. These partners support short-term and rapid installation needs with a full range of advanced wired and wireless production intercoms and technical support. As Director of CGRG, Estrin (who has extensive experience with events such as the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, Grammys and Academy Awards) provides rental partners with greater knowledge, skills and resources to supply the highest level of production communications. By connecting rental partners across the globe, the CGRG also gives customers local access to the most fitting communications equipment for their specific applications, whether for film and television, live performance, special events or theater.

Estrin also conducts interactive training for CGRG rental partners on spectrum planning and frequency coordination. Additionally, he facilitates the collaborative effort of rental partners to supply communications equipment and technical support for large-scale productions, including international sporting events and high-profile live performances. Estrin will continue to strengthen existing rental partner relationships, as well as broaden the CGRG by bringing additional rental businesses on board. This will enable the company to supply an even greater number of Clear-Com systems throughout the world.

“Clear-Com has a longstanding commitment to expanding and improving the daily interactions we have with our customers and partners, helping them develop their knowledge base, enhance their decision-making and achieve their goals,” says Estrin. “By combining the strengths of all rental partners in the Clear-Com Global Rental Group, customers can access every type of communications solution, as well as expertise for even the most complex productions.”

Although Estrin will be the primary facilitator of the partner-to-customer relationship, customers also have the option and convenience of directly reaching out to rental businesses through the CGRG directory. Moreover, CGRG provides customers with connections to experienced engineers and technical staff, which saves them both time and money as they will not have to cultivate the expertise internally. Further, since the CGRG is backed by Clear-Com’s sales, application engineering, marketing, product management and engineering teams, customers are assured that production communication will be optimized. Overall, customers can enjoy the intimacy of working with a local intercom rental provider while reaping the benefits offered by a much more powerful global conglomerate.

For more information on the CGRG, contact Larry Estrin at larry.estrin@clearcom.com.

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

About HM Electronics, Inc. (HME)
A privately held company founded in 1971, HME has continued to be a leading provider of innovative technology focused on enhancing productivity and customer service for multiple markets including pro audio, sports, and restaurants. HME developed the first wireless intercom system for pro audio and continues to introduce exciting, cutting-edge wireless intercoms that enhance communications, increase productivity and facilitate creativity for virtually any application. For more information, please visit www.hme.com.

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Audio-Technica Kicks Off “50 Years of Passionate Listening” Anniversary Celebration with Special Gala Event at NAMM Show

STOW, OH, January 27, 2012 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology, is this year marking “50 Years of Passionate Listening” with its yearlong 50th Anniversary Celebration. The anniversary year officially kicked off in the U.S. with a special gala event during the 2012 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. The party took place at Disney California Adventure Park on the evening of Thursday, January 19, 2012. A-T’s 700-plus special guests included musicians (including several Audio-Technica endorsers), recording arts professionals, dealers, distributors, customers and members of the press. Key personnel from Audio-Technica Japan (the parent company of A-T U.S. and the other A-T companies worldwide) were also in attendance, including Audio-Technica Corporation President Kazuo Matsushita.

The evening kicked off with a cocktail hour, followed by a Japanese Taiko drum performance and welcoming comments by Kazuo Matsushita. Audio-Technica U.S. President and CEO Philip Cajka then led a traditional sake barrel-breaking ceremony and toast. Sharing in the toast were onstage guests Ed Cherney (producer/engineer), Alan Parsons (artist/producer/engineer), and personnel from two of A-T’s first professional products dealers Skip Maggiora (Founder, Skip’s Music), and Jonathan and Susan Lipp (Owners, Full Compass Systems). The event then featured an all-star music revue produced by legendary GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer/producer Phil Ramone. The concert was hosted by emcee Dave Koz with the Gregg Field Big Band and featured guest performers Nikki Yanofsky, Mindi Abair, Siedah Garrett, Monica Mancini, Arturo Sandoval, Jim Brickman, BeBe Winans and Patti Austin. The night’s performances were a roaring success, with those in attendance applauding the show’s finale with a standing ovation while confetti filled the room to cap the celebration.

“This event is the kick-off of a year-long celebration of Audio-Technica’s ‘50 years of passionate listening,’ said Phil Cajka. “A-T’s ongoing commitment to the pursuit of worldwide audio excellence and innovation has changed the course of music history. We are so honored to be able to share this evening with A-T staff, artists, journalists and business associates – the extended A-T family, who has contributed so much to Audio-Technica’s success over the past 50 years.”

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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GRUNDORF TOUR 8 SERIES CASES DEPLOYED AT RESORTS WORLD CASINO NEW YORK CITY

*** Bar 360 at the Resorts World Casino New York City ***

Queens, NY – January 2012… Housed on the grounds of New York’s famed Aqueduct Racetrack, New York City’s first casino—the Resorts World Casino New York City—opened its doors on October 28th. Attracting tourists from the entire Northeast, the ‘racino’ (as it’s been dubbed by locals) houses some 5,000 video gambling terminals and electronic table games, including craps and a popular Asian dice game known as sic bo. Additionally, there are 18 food and beverage courts, two restaurants, four VIP lounges, and a bar. The bar—officially known as Bar 360—is the place to see and be seen and the room’s valuable electronics are protected by none other than Tour 8 Series cases from Council Bluffs, IA-based Grundorf Corporation.

Rockledge, FL-based The Integration Factory, a design / build firm that specializes in A/V, control, access control, and surveillance systems, was contracted to handle the design and deployment of the seemingly countless electronics that make Bar 360 the hotspot that it is. Carlos Gonzalez, The Integration Factory’s Senior Manager for Business Development, discussed the project and the factors that led to the deployment of a Grundorf Tour 8 Series Drawer Case and four of the company’s Shock Rack cases. more

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ASHLY AUDIO: FIRST TIME EXHIBITOR AT ISE AMSTERDAM

WEBSTER, NEW YORK – JANUARY 2012: Jointly hosted by InfoComm International and CEDIA, ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) became the A/V industry’s largest trade show last year, drawing almost 35,000 attendees. Ashly Audio, which has been represented by one of their distributors in previous years, will have its own stand (#7V214) at this year’s show (31 January to 2 February in Amsterdam). In addition to its stalwart network-enabled amplifiers and Protea(tm) processors, Ashly will demonstrate the capabilities of its new, highly-efficient KLR-Series amplifiers, all-in-one Pema(tm) multi-channel amp with on-board Protea(tm) DSP processor, intuitive FR-Series network fader remotes, and the new TM-Series mixer/amplifiers.

“Our international business has grown significantly in recent years,” said Ashly’s president, Mark Wentling, who will be joined by John Sexton, VP of sales and marketing, at the show. “We’re looking forward to meeting face-to-face with customers and industry friends from around the world. Of course, we’re also looking forward to introducing a broad audience to the unique value, functionality, and reliability of the Ashly product line.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO With a greater than thirty-seven year history, Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of quality signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. www.ashly.com

STOP BY AND SEE US AT ISE 2012 STAND #7V214

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PROFESSIONAL D.A.S. SOUND SYSTEMS AT THE BROENDBY HALLEN ARENA

*** Broendby Hallen Arena ***

Valencia, Spain – January 2012 … The Broendby Hallen Arena is just minutes away from the Danish capital Copenhagen, and is home to the capital’s own handball team, AG Kobenhavn. This sports arena, with seating for around 5,000, recently overhauled their sound system, installing a number of products from D.A.S. Audio’s vast catalogue of professional sound systems.

Danish firm ProShop Europe was contracted to install the sound system. Project manager Thomas Duch was assisted by D.A.S. Audio Sound Projects engineer Eva Argandoña in pre-configuration tasks and the final adjustment and setup of the system. Given the unique characteristics of the arena, with its uneven stands and other architectural challenges, the studies and simulations carried out by Argandoña led ProShop Europe to install D.A.S.’s Aero, Variant, and BiDriver series, according to the needs of the different parts of the arena. more

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