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QUALIS AUDIO WELCOMES DX2 BROADCAST AS ITS NEWEST U.S. REPRESENTATIVE

PORTLAND, OREGON, APRIL 30, 2012 – Qualis Audio, a leading developer of professional audio measurement and monitoring instruments, with an emphasis on 5.1 surround sound, is pleased to announce today the appointment of Dx2 Broadcast as its newest U.S. sales representative. Dx2 Broadcast, a Texas-based manufacturer’s representative catering to both broadcast and non-broadcast customers, will support sales of Qualis Audio’s Sentinel Surround Sound Audio Monitor in the southwest region of the United States, further supporting the company’s expanding presence with new customers across the country.

Dx2 will handle sales for Qualis Audio in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Qualis Audio joins Dx2′s robust roster of products from top technology manufacturers, including AAdynTech, DSI RF Systems, Inc. and ViewZ USA.

“We are very happy to welcome Qualis Audio into our network of manufacturers,” says David Roberts and David Gerety, principals of Dx2 Broadcast. “Adding the Sentinel to our product line gives us an excellent solution for many of our customers working to comply with the recent CALM Act. We think it gives them an unequaled level of confidence and an evidentiary trail that documents compliance beyond a doubt.”

“We are thrilled to team up with one of the most dynamic representatives of quality tech products for the broadcast industry,” says Doug Ordon, director of U.S. sales, Qualis Audio. “Teaming up with Dx2 will allow Qualis Audio to reach new customers in the southwest region of the U.S. quickly, especially during such a crucial time for television audio. We believe the technology behind the Sentinel is an innovative solution for broadcasters seeking to navigate loudness control rules and regulations, as CALM Act compliance inches closer.”
In addition to Dx2, Qualis Audio proudly works with a highly respected group of representatives in the U.S. including DMC Broadcast Group; GMA, LLC; Serial Scene; Trock Media Solutions, LLC; Western Rep Associates and TFM, Inc.

About Dx2 Broadcast
Dx2 Broadcast, based in Dallas, Texas, is an elite rep firm catering to both broadcast and non-broadcast customers. Product lines, sold through a dealer network, include: AAdynTech, The Black Tank, DSI RF Systems Inc, ViewZ USA, Bel Digital, Skydreams, Photomart USA, KAE Corporation (manufacturers of unique mounting hardware for all things Macintosh and other computer equipment) and most recently, Glensound Electronics Ltd. Dx2 also handles specialty LED fixtures for broadcast and industrial applications. For more information visit www.Dx2Broadcast.com or contact the company via email: info@Dx2Broadcast.com.

About Qualis Audio
Founded in 2008, Qualis Audio is a leading developer of professional audio measurement and monitoring instruments for the broadcast industry. With an emphasis on surround, loudness and QoE, Qualis Audio is the only company in the broadcast market focused on audio measurement with roots in test and measurement.
Its flagship product, the Sentinel, is a network-connected surround sound audio monitor capable of unattended operation. In broadcast applications, it provides comprehensive measurements for CALM Act loudness compliance and QoE analysis. In addition to intelligent monitoring and archival logging, the Sentinel delivers innovative forensic and reporting capabilities. For more information visit www.qualisaudio.com.

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Win a Scholarship to the Music Masters Camps featuring Top Artists

Musicians can register to win online to attend a camp featuring artists like Dweezil Zappa, Paul Gilbert, Richard Thompson, Todd Rundgren, Umphrey’s McGee, Soulive, Adrian Belew, Pat Mastelotto & Tony Levin, Kaki King, Meshell Ndegeocello and more.

Big Indian, NY, April 2012 – Enter now for the chance to win a scholarship for each of this year’s Music Masters Camp Series at the Full Moon Resort near Woodstock, NY, Musicians of all skill levels are welcome to register.

The Music Masters Camps are weeklong opportunities for musicians to participate in master classes with top musicians, instructional workshops, social events, and more. All camps provide an extremely high quality musical experience, enhanced by the presence of talented “counselors,” including band members, associated musicians, and special guests. The camps are specifically designed for those who want to study, learn, and spend time with inspirational, world class performing artists.
This year’s Music Master Camp Series include these visiting artists:

-Dweezil Zappa – Camp Dweezil with Zappa Plays Zappa – July 2-6, 2012

-Paul Gilbert – Great Guitar Escape – July 9-13, 2012

-Richard Thompson – Frets and Refrains – July 16-20, 2012

-Todd Rundgren – Musical Revival Camp – July 23-27, 2012

-Umphrey’s McGee – sUMmer School – August 6-10, 2012

-Soulive and Friends – The Royal Family Academy – August 13-17, 2012

-Adrian Belew, Pat Mastelotto & Tony Levin – Former members of King Crimson– August 20-24, 2012

-The Women’s Music Summit featuring Kaki King, Meshell Ndegeocello, Marnie Stern, Melissa Auf der Maur, Malina Moye, Bibi McGill and more – August 27-31, 2012

The Music Masters Camps are held at Full Moon Resort in the Woodstock area of the Catskills Mountains (about 90 miles from New York City). Scholarships are sponsored by Lagunitas Brewing Company and cover all costs except for transportation, including registration and all events, double occupancy shared bath lodging, and meals.

For more details and to enter, go here: https://www.facebook.com/GuitarWorld/app_403359706360567

For more information about the Music Master Camps, visit their website: http://musicmasterscamp.com/

Contact: Laura B. Whitmore
Mad Sun Marketing
+1-925-949-8623
laura@mad-sun.com

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HOSA TECHNOLOGY INTRODUCES CBT-500 CABLE TESTER

**** Photo: Hosa CBT-500 Cable Tester ****

Buena Park, CA – April 2012… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician and audio/video professional, is pleased to announce the introduction of the CBT-500 Cable Tester. Designed to quickly and easily check a variety of cable types, the new CBT-500 Cable Tester enables one to verify the integrity of a cable before interconnecting equipment. The CBT-500 makes an invaluable addition to one’s ‘tools of the trade’ and is ideal for use when preparing for a concert, a studio recording session, or an installation as well as checking cables afterwards in order to ensure working operation the next time. more

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TC Furlong Inc. to Host Yamaha CL Chicagoland Launch Tour

LAKE FOREST, IL—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. and TC Furlong Inc. will host a mini-demo tour featuring the new Yamaha CL Digital Console Series, May 1-2, at three separate Chicago-area sites. Yamaha Systems Application Engineer, Kevin Kimmel, Regional District Manager, Mike Eiseman, and TC Furlong staff will be on hand to demonstrate the new console. All events are free of charge and open to audio professionals are welcome.

Dates and location of events are: Tuesday, May 1—2:00 PM-8:00 PM, TC Furlong Inc., Lake Forest, IL; Wednesday, May 2—9:00 AM-1:00 PM, American Management Association, Rosemont, IL; and Wednesday, May 2—3:00 PM-8:00 PM, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, in Chicago.

The Yamaha CL console is Dante network-based and uses Yamaha CentraLogic technology. Features include remote I/O for a faster, more responsive Yamaha system solution. The three CL models (CL1, 3, and 5) are only differentiated by frame size and input capability. All three models feature 24 mix buses, 8 matrix buses, stereo and mono buses, and 16 DCAs. The console series was specifically designed for sound reinforcement applications, including performing arts venues, theaters, houses of worship, touring, and remote broadcast.

Visit http://tcfurlong.com/CLTour for more information.

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Vienna’s Burgtheater Relies on the Audio Quality of DPA Microphones’ d:fine™ for Prominent Events

VIENNA, AUSTRIA, APRIL 27, 2012 – The Burgtheater in Vienna has added five DPA Microphones d:fineTM omnidirectional headsets to its existing armory of more than 70 DPA microphones. The d:fine microphones were purchased from DPA’s Austrian distributor, Studer Austria, for productions such as the prominent discussion televised panel Debating Europe, where top politicians and experts discuss the future of Europe. more

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Gearhouse Invests in More L-ACOUSTICS Stock

(L to R) Gearhouse's Peter Day, Robyn Alessandro, Ofer Lapid (MD) and Helen Surgeson with L-ACOUSTICS Sales Manager Tim McCall

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — South Africa’s largest rental company, Gearhouse South Africa, has recently reinvested in more L-ACOUSTICS components to complete its existing inventory of KUDO, V-DOSC, dV-DOSC and ARCS. The new equipment comprises of 48 KARA, 12 ARCSII and 12 KUDO line source cabinets, eight SB28 and 24 SB18 subwoofers, and 22 LA-RAK touring racks installed with LA8 amplified controllers.

South Africa is increasingly becoming a regular fixture on the international touring circuit. Combined with an increase in the domestic market, Gearhouse felt the extra investment in L-ACOUSTICS was necessary to service the largest of these events. The company also wanted to update its amplifier platform with the LA-RAK and LA8 platform. more

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SmithsonMartin Inc. Announces New Retail Pricing Structure for Entire Product Line, Including Emulator, Kontrol Surface 1974

TORONTO, 26 April 2012— SmithsonMartin Inc., the company that brought musicians and producers Emulator and which released the Kontrol Surface 1974 last December, announced significant price reductions to its entire product line. Effective immediately, retailers can now access the Emulator, Kontrol Surface 1974 and a range of accessories at a fraction of the previous cost. Among the most notable price reductions is the Emulator Lifetime License, which last month was reduced from $499 to $99.

The price reductions, which have been made possible as a result of SmithsonMartin’s increased purchasing leverage and the elimination of its two-tier distribution model, represents an outstanding opportunity for retailers to capture additional margin on the most innovative DJ and MIDI control products currently available on the market.

New Opportunities for Retailers
Now that SmithsonMartin has extended its market recognition well beyond the DJ market into areas such as lighting, broadcast, houses of worship and other areas, our company has significantly increased its purchasing power,” observes CEO Alan Smithson. “This has in turn enabled us to reward our network of international resellers with greater pricing flexibility — and the opportunity to earn very generous margins on if they choose to stock our products.” Following is a summary of new prices for SmithsonMartin’s product line (effective April 1, 2012):

By selling its products direct to retailers and bypassing traditional distribution, SmithsonMartin is able to offer its retailer partners who keep stock attractive sales margins, while offering generously increased margins for its entire retailer base. The company will also continue to offer products through its state of the art eCommerce site, which provides outstanding product support and shipping / logistics capabilities. SmithsonMartin has also become a vendor through www.XchangeMarket.com, a new service that allows retailers to sell software without carrying stock. “Resellers are moving more towards an on-demand purchasing model and XchangeMarket is the ultimate in instant delivery of software serial codes for our customers. Guitar Center has lead the way by adopting this technology early, thus making it the industry standard for software sales moving forward.” Commented Mr. Smithson.

The MIDI software of choice for a broad range of professionals
Recently, SmithsonMartin has significantly extended its user base as its Emulator multi-touch MIDI control software has become the go-to software for lighting designers, video artists, clubs, broadcast professionals and houses of worship. This month, SmithsonMartin will release its Emulator Modular 1.2, which ships with a range of specialized buttons, knobs and sliders, while offering bi-directional MIDI support for the most widely used software platforms.

For a full description of the new pricing, including accessories, please visit www.SmithsonMartin.com or contact Julie Smithson at 1-416-219-8749 or Julie@smithsonmartin.com

Caption:
Kontrol Surface 1974 controlling GrandMA 2 software to light Skrillex at Ultrafest 2012.

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Acoustics First’s Paintable Design Friendly Acoustic Panel

For Immediate Release

Acoustics First Unveils Tone Tiles™. (Paintable, Design Friendly Acoustical Panel System)Tone Tile™ Paintable Design Friendly Panels

www.ToneTiles.com

As a follow up to the recent PhaseFOAM™ system, the Acoustics First design team has invented a new wall panel system named Tone Tiles™, www.ToneTiles.com. Tone Tile™ acoustical panels are now ready to be shipped and deployed into any application requiring sound control. This new acoustical system offers acoustical absorption with limitless design potential and installation possibilities.

The white soft drywall texture appearance of the tile allows you to install them right out of the box or paint with a matte finish spray paint to complement colors on site. These sound absorbing panels are covered with a paintable / printable finish, allowing you to match any design scheme.

The unique 2’x1’ size of the panel allows one the freedom to create diverse wall tile patterns and mount around existing room obstructions. Optional 2” Stand-Off Mounting Brackets further acoustical control by creating an air gap, increasing absorption and improving low frequency response. The 2″ space behind the panels also presents an opportunity for back lighting effects. Employing optional Corner Mounting Clips permits the installer to construct one foot wide or two foot wide custom bass traps in room corners.

10 ea. 2′ x 1′ Tone Tile™ panels in each box for $350.00 USD.
Optional Mounting Clips:
Acoustics First 2″ Stand off Clips, Box of 20 Clips AF2SC20 $ 80.00
Acoustics First Corner Clips, Box of 8 pair (8 Left & 8 Right) AFCC8 $ 48.00

-Spray Paint Panels to Complement Color Schemes
-Locally Print Images on Panel Face
-Design Unique Wall Patterns
-Apply Stencil Designs
-Increase Absorption Using 2″ Stand off Clips
-Easily Construct Custom Bass Traps

www.ToneTiles.com

Ryan Larkin
Sales & Marketing
www.AcousticsFirst.com
Acoustics First Corporation
PH: (804) 342-2900

Peavey® MediaMatrix® NION® Training Seminar Scheduled for May

Peavey® Commercial Audio will host a two-day MediaMatrix® NION® Certification training course in New Orleans during May, where AV designers, consultants, contractors and end users can learn the best practices for designing, deploying and implementing MediaMatrix audio distribution, processing and control systems.

The MediaMatrix NION Certification training course instructs AV professionals on the fundamentals of MediaMatrix, the most flexible and scalable audio networking system on the market, as well as how to design and program projects in nWare™; how to set up a NION processor; how to create end-user GUIs for nTouch™ 60 and nTouch 180 touch screens and PC kiosks; and how to integrate the XControl® into a MediaMatrix installation.

The MediaMatrix NION Certification training seminar will be held in New Orleans on May 10-11, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Each successful student will receive a completion certificate that can be submitted to InfoComm for receipt of 7.5 renewal credit hours for InfoComm CTS, CTS-I and CTS-D. For full class descriptions and registration, please visit mm.peavey.com/education.

Peavey has educated thousands of AV system designers, integrators and end users from around the world since MediaMatrix revolutionized the professional audio industry in 1993. MediaMatrix now offers the content of its renowned seminars as online courses at mmtraining.peavey.com. Completion of the online Peavey MediaMatrix Basic or Advanced course earns two hours of credit toward InfoComm’s CTS and CTS-D Certification Renewal.

Now installed in more than 10,000 facilities worldwide—from theme parks, hotels and stadiums to airports and government facilities—Peavey MediaMatrix was the first digitally controlled audio network, and is still the most flexible and capable audio networking system available. Learn how MediaMatrix can be used to create virtually any audio system. For more information, please visit mm.peavey.com.

About MediaMatrix®
MediaMatrix® is a division of Peavey®, one of the largest manufacturers of professional audio equipment in the world. Peavey has earned more than 180 patents and distributes in more than 130 other countries. MediaMatrix revolutionized the high-end audio technology market with its computer-based audio processing and control interfacing systems, and can now be found in more than 10,000 airports, stadiums, theme parks, government facilities and other venues around the world. To find out more about MediaMatrix, visit mm.peavey.com.
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GRUNDORF ANNOUNCES NEW UTILITY TRANSPORT DOLLY PLATES

*** The new Grundorf utility transport dollies. ***

Council Bluffs, IA – April 2012… Grundorf, a leading manufacturer of equipment for musicians and audio professionals, is pleased to announce the addition of three new utility transport dollies to help musicians and audio pros move their equipment easier. For any player or touring staff who has struggled moving large, heavy trunks and related gear, these new utility dollies—manufactured with top-notch materials—are the solution to a common challenge.

Superior construction and design is the hallmark of all Grundorf products and the new utility transport dollies are no exception. Each of the three available models is manufactured from 13-ply Baltic Birch wood. Commonly found in the best loudspeaker enclosures, Baltic Birch is an extremely rigid and durable material—making it the perfect choice because of its ability to support considerable weight without flexing. To prevent abrasions to the dolly’s edges, the wood has been finished with rounded edges for protection against damage and splintering. more

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