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Aphex® Releases Audio Xciter™ App Update

Android Version 1.5 Supports More File Formats and Reduces Power Usage

BURBANK, CA ~ July 9, 2013 — Aphex®, a leader in audio enhancement technology for over 35 years, today announced an update to their popular Audio Xciter™ app for the Android platform of smartphones and tablets.

“This update makes Audio Xciter the best way to listen to music on the go,” says Aphex CEO David Wiener. “You can now listen to WAV, M4A, WMA and AAC files with sample rates from 8kHz all the way to 48kHz.” Additionally, MP3 files are now supported at bit rates of 96 kbps to 320 kbps.

“This update was reworked from the ground up to zap bugs and dramatically improve performance on Android devices,” continues Wiener. “Android users who really love music will instantly appreciate hearing all the detail and richness that their favorite artists work so hard to create – detail that’s typically hidden in digital files. That’s our main goal: to respect the music, the artist and the listener.” The new release brings with it a more responsive user interface and greater stability, and it fixes issues with in-app upgrades.

Audio Xciter has been a big hit with iPhone and iPad owners, and this update brings Android users a whole new listening experience, as they “rediscover” the music they love, thanks to Aphex’s patented audio processor technology – the same technology pros have been using for years in the studio and on stage. And the simplicity of the Audio Xciter app’s familiar interface provides instant access to the user’s library, playlists and even Bluetooth playback support, all with studio quality enhanced playback.

An update for the Audio Xciter app on the iOS platform (Apple iPhones, iPods and iPads) is currently in the works.

Try Audio Xciter for Android free on GooglePlay: http://bit.ly/17Rt6Z7

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Auralex® Offers SonicPrint™ Artistic Acoustical Panels

— Award-winning acoustical panels help users control acoustics without sacrificing aesthetics; design options are limitless —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, JULY 8, 2013 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, is offering its award-winning SonicPrint™ Acoustical Panels, the latest innovation in acoustical absorption. Combining Auralex’s renowned acoustical treatment technology with custom-printed images, SonicPrint Acoustical Panels allow contractors and systems integrators to choose from Auralex’s “art” gallery or submit their own (or clients’ own) design for a look that’s truly one-of-a-kind. SonicPrint panels help users control reflected acoustical energy in a way that optimizes the acoustical architecture of their room without sacrificing aesthetics.

Sonic Print Acoustical Panels are available in a variety of custom sizes. SonicPrint can be ordered through authorized Auralex dealers. For more information, please visit www.auralex.com.

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Tweak Software’s RV-SDI Adopted by Bad Robot for “Star Trek Into Darkness” 2K VFX Review

San Francisco, CA — Bad Robot, the production company founded by director J.J. Abrams, recently adopted Tweak Software’s RV-SDI to review visual effects shots from Star Trek Into Darkness. Tweak Software, makers of RV, the next generation image and sequence viewer for VFX and animation artists, released RV-SDI just over a year ago, adding SDI output to accommodate color correct, 2K uncompressed, VFX dailies in screening rooms and on professional reference monitors.

Bad Robot Production Executive Ben Rosenblatt explained why working with RV-SDI was so crucial to the artists at Kelvin Optical, Bad Robot’s VFX division: “Dependability is huge for me. When time is running short and the team is looking to review content, we can’t afford to be bogged down with tech problems or user issues. Using RV-SDI eliminated those hurdles; it was smooth sailing time after time.”

Bad Robot worked with multiple VFX facilities on Star Trek Into Darkness. Primary third-party vendors Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) and Pixomondo both actively use RV as their in-house visual effects playback and review tool. Rosenblatt’s first experience with RV was while working with ILM. “I originally heard about RV-SDI when setting up a 2K review system for Gore Verbinski on Rango. I was looking for a good playback solution that wasn’t too expensive, and I knew ILM was already using RV’s desktop application facility-wide.” At the time, RV-SDI wasn’t yet commercially available so Rosenblatt tried an alternate product, but playback was unreliable and it lacked tools for annotation.

RV and RV-SDI include powerful review tools that allow artists and supervisors to organize and annotate media for desktop or dailies reviews, along with a host of advanced color, collaboration and editing features. “Annotation in RV-SDI is incredibly useful. Context and specificity are key for reviews of VFX work to be meaningful, and few review systems integrate annotation with high quality playback as seamlessly as RV,” Rosenblatt continued.

As Bad Robot continues to build the capacity of its Kelvin Optical team, RV-SDI is playing a crucial role in the review pipeline. “We’re looking into possibly expanding our facility, in which case both RV-SDI and RV will play roles in screening room and desktop reviews. I’m also interested and excited about the synchronized sessions capability within RV and look forward to setting up remote reviews of work for future projects where we will likely be working with geographically dispersed teams,” concluded Rosenblatt.

About Tweak Software
Tweak Software was founded in 2007 to develop tools that address real-world production needs of VFX and animation professionals. The Tweak partners Jim Hourihan, Seth Rosenthal and Alan Trombla spent many years at Industrial Light and Magic where they developed tools and techniques still in use at that facility today. Jim Hourihan is the recipient of two Sci-Tech Academy Awards and is best known for developing Dynamation, the first commercial particle system that was subsequently incorporated into Autodesk’s Maya software. For more information, visit www.tweaksoftware.com

Imagination Technologies to highlight new advancements in ray tracing graphics and mobile tech at SIGGRAPH 2013

Attendees can see demos of brand-new Visualizer features alongside presentations of commercial work created with interactive ray tracing

San Francisco, CA, July 9, 2013: At SIGGRAPH 2013, Imagination TechnologiesCaustic Professional will showcase new developments in ray-traced graphics through a series of tech talks, customer demonstrations, and sneak previews of Caustic Visualizer for Maya® v1.2 and Caustic Visualizer for 3ds Max® 1.0 at the Imagination Technologies booth, 351.

Imagination will also lead several talks at SIGGRAPH on the advancement and expansion of ray-traced graphics technology for rendering photo-realistic, cinema-quality 3D to artists in media and entertainment.

Complete Presentation Schedule:

• Monday, July 22, 2:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. – Convention Center, room 304 A-D
Ray Tracing is the Future and Ever Will Be
This SIGGRAPH course will feature James McCombe, Imagination director of research and Caustic co-founder, as part of a session presenting the state-of-the-art in ray tracing technology.

• Tuesday, July 23, 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Convention Center, booth 117
“Accelerating Look Development with Real-Time, Interactive Ray-Traced Viewports”
During this tech talk, presenters will discuss real-time use of Imagination’s ray tracing hardware and Visualizer viewport plugins to help users make better-informed creative choices in their modelling and lighting pipelines.

• Wednesday, July 24, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Convention Center, room 303 A-B
New Directions and Developments in Mobile GPU Design
This SIGGRAPH panel will include McCombe in a discussion on taking full advantage of the latest GPU design and implementations to bring advanced graphics to smartphone and tablet users.

• Wednesday, July 24, 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Convention Center, booth 117
“The Architecture of High-End Mobile Graphics Hardware”
This tech talk will highlight the key aspects of Imagination’s PowerVR GPUs, including information on the new PowerVR Series6 architecture; the architecture behind high-end mobile devices set to ship in the next 6-12 months. Presenters will also compare PowerVR Series6 against PowerVR Series5/5XT, as well as other conventional GPU solutions, and provide an overview of how the hardware works.

• Daily – Ongoing in the Imagination Technologies booth 351
Joining Imagination’s booth will be Mads Drøschler of Freaky Nest and Gavin Greenwalt of StraightFace Studios, who will showcase the commercial VFX and arch-viz projects they’ve created with the Caustic Visualizer and Series2 card. Additionally, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday and 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Steven Roselle of Autodesk will showcase how he uses the Visualizer and Series2 card in his Maya workflow.

In addition to presentations on its ray tracing technology, Imagination will demonstrate its market-leading PowerVR graphics (GPU) technologies for the smartphone and embedded markets. This will include:

• PowerVR Series6 GPUs, with demonstrations of the first PowerVR Series6 devices and OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenCL demos, including GPU compute applications for rigid body physics, image processing, fluid dynamics, and many more

• The latest PowerVR software development kit (SDK) delivering advanced tools for content creation

If you would like to schedule a meeting with Imagination Technologies or preview a demonstration of its ray tracing technology at SIGGRAPH 2013, please contact: Alex Kelley at marketing@caustic.com.

Caustic Visualizer
Caustic Visualizer is a plug-in that enables artists to replace their rasterized viewport in Autodesk Maya 2012-2014 and 3ds Max 2012-2014 with a fully ray traced viewport. Visualizer viewports provide a much higher degree of visual fidelity over raster graphics including accurate global illumination, reflections, refractions and shadows. Higher fidelity enables artists to identify and resolve potential problems from the earliest stages of modeling, minimizing the need for time-consuming preview renders and radically streamlining the look development process. Thus artists can render frame sequences with Visualizer with the confidence that what they see in the viewport is what they’ll get in their final frame.

About Caustic Professional
Caustic is part of Imagination Technologies, a global leader in multimedia and communications technologies. Based in San Francisco, Caustic is changing how interactive cinema-quality 3D graphics are produced, used, and enjoyed. Our software and hardware solutions are based on unique and patented PowerVR ray-tracing technologies, which fundamentally change the performance and cost metrics for production-quality ray-traced images and animated content without cutting corners for quality or functionality.

About Imagination Technologies
Imagination Technologies – a global leader in multimedia, processor, communication and cloud technologies – creates and licenses market-leading processor solutions including graphics, video, vision, CPU and embedded processing, multi-standard communications, cross-platform V.VoIP and VoLTE, and cloud connectivity. These silicon and software intellectual property (IP) solutions for systems-on-chip (SoC) are complemented by an extensive portfolio of software, tools and ecosystems. Target markets include mobile phone, connected home consumer, mobile and tablet computing, in-car electronics, networking, telecoms, health, smart energy and connected sensors. Imagination’s licensees include many of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers, network operators and OEM/ODMs. Corporate headquarters are located in the United Kingdom, with sales and R&D offices worldwide. See: www.imgtec.com.

Imagination Technologies’ Press Contacts:
UK: David Harold david.harold@imgtec.com +44 (0)1923 260 511
USA: Jen Bernier-Santarini jen.bernier@imgtec.com +1 408-530-5178

Liaison PR Press Contact:
Stephen Hoshaw stephen@liaisonpr.com +1 503-796-9822

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macProVideo.com and Neumann Announce SongCraft Remix Contest

Old Lyme, CT – July 9, 2013: Premium audio brand Neumann announced that it has partnered with macProVideo.com (MPV) in support of MPV’s 4th SongCraft Remix Contest. The contest challenges entrants to remix an exclusive track entitled ‘K(no)w” by Erin McKeown and Ben Sollee, providing a chance to win a Neumann TLM 102 large diaphragm condenser microphone valued at $699 plus a one-year subscription to macProVideo.com.

‘K(no)w” was written and produced from start to finish in the new MPV video tutorial, SongCraft: Songwriting with Erin McKeown and Ben Sollee. In the video, the two singer songwriters meet for the first time and are tasked with composing a song from start to finish in a single day. The finished article, which was produced in New York City’s Dubway Studios, was recording using an extensive assortment of Neumann microphones, including the TLM 102.

The contest is free of charge and open to participants anywhere in the world. By visiting and registering at the contest website, entrants can download track stems for remixing via SoundCloud. Final mixes must be uploaded to the SoundCloud submissions box no later than midnight PST, July 31st 2013, and contest winners will be announced on the MPV site shortly thereafter. Visit the contest website for instructions and regulations.

Great Things Come in Small Packages

With the TLM 102 large diaphragm microphone, Neumann has put legendary sound within the reach of the home and project studio users. The TLM 102, priced at juste $699, is 13% smaller than its “big brother”, the TLM 103, and delivers outstanding sonic quality in a small and economically attractive package. The microphone, which is available in both black and nickel finishes, has a maximum SPL of 144 dB and is extremely quiet with a self-noise of 12 dB-A.

About Neumann

Georg Neumann GmbH, with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, is well-known as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones. The company, which was established in 1928, has a long track record of world-leading product designs and has been recognized with a string of international awards for its technology innovations. From 2010, Neumann offers this expertise in electro-acoustic transducer technologies to the studio monitoring market, and will provide optimum solutions to its customers in the areas of TV and radio broadcasting, recording, and audio productions. Neumann is now the perfect partner for both the input and the output of the audio signal path. Neumann has manufacturing facilities in Germany (microphones) and Ireland (loudspeakers), and is represented in over 50 countries worldwide by Sennheiser subsidiaries, as well as by long-term trading partners. Georg Neumann GmbH is a Sennheiser Group company.

About Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.

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QATAR TELEVISION (QTV) SELECTS WSDG FOR NEW STUDIO PROJECTS

Successful Acoustic Treatments Lead To Audio Post Suite Design

DOHA, QATAR: When WSDG Partner/Director of International Relations Sergio Molho tasked project engineer Marc Viadiu with attending the Broadcast & Film Africa 2012 Conference in Kenya last year, they didn’t anticipate initiating a major new project. However, Viadiu’s meeting with, Qatar Television (QTV), Support & Development Committee, Audio Chief, Xavier Massard, produced exactly that. In preparing to open a world-class TV production complex, QTV, required precise acoustical measurements and specific recommendations for reducing reverberation time on their three primary studio sets. The multi-national, Walters-Storyk Design Group specializes in those services.

“In Kenya, Marc Viadiu provided Mr. Massard with examples of WSDG’s testing procedures and expertise in broadcast production facility design in Europe, South America and the U.S.,” Molho says. “I made an initial site visit in mid-October and returned with Marc in November to perform acoustic measurement and simulation tests. We made a third site visit to present our evaluation report and recommendations.”

QTV has three permanent program sets. The 14,788 sq. ft./39.4 ft. high News Show and 10,764 sq ft./39.4 ft. high Evening Show sets live within the TV Production Complex, The 3230 sq. ft./ 26.2 ft. high Morning Show set is situated within “The Pearl,” a large commercial mall. WSDG’s mandate was to fine tune the interior room acoustics, and resolve disparate isolation issues for all three studios. A primary condition was that the work be completed within a two-month, time frame to enable the station to begin scheduled broadcasting on December 16, 2012.

“WSDG worked with leading acoustical material manufacturers in Europe to provide the requisite isolation treatments,” Molho reports. “We had the necessary custom acoustic absorption panels fabricated to international broadcast industry standards. And, we met the 60-day deadline. Additionally,” Molho emphasizes, “WSDG supervised the design, construction and certification of two 9’ high, 3.5’ wide custom acoustic doors for the Evening Show Studio. Those doors, each weighing a full ton, were installed during the second phase of the project in February, 2013.”

Working closely with Xavier Massard and with Kinan Massard, QTV, Chief of Video, WSDG focused on providing highly effective acoustic solutions, including 1250 sqm of Melamine foam, (61 cubic meters) and 700 sqm of polyurethane foam (21 cubic meters). As per client directives, the installation is completely undetectable to viewers.

“The success of this initial project has led QTV to engage WSDG for a 2nd project, a new audio post suite,” Molho concludes. “We are very pleased to have established a productive working relationship with QTV, and we look forward to being of additional service to them in the future.”

Photo 1. (l-t-r) QTV, Support & Development Committee, Audio Chief, Xavier Massard, WSDG Partner/Director of Int’l Relations, Sergio Molho and QTV, Chief of Video, Kinan Massard,
2 & 3. QTV News Show set
4. QTV Evening Show set
5. QTV Building (during construction)

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City and Mumbai.

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Sound meets fashion: Sennheiser’s new MOMENTUM On-Ear

Old Lyme, CT, July 9, 2013 – Delighting ears and turning heads: Sennheiser’s MOMENTUM On-Ear headphones see the audio specialist getting seriously fashionable. The newest addition to Sennheiser’s MOMENTUM family debuts in a palette of fresh, pastel colors that’s right in step with the latest fashion collections. To celebrate the launch of the headphones, renowned photographer Alexander Gnädinger worked with three established fashion bloggers from different countries to create personal portraits reflecting the colors and the style of the new MOMENTUM On-Ear.

Injecting bright, beautiful color into Sennheiser’s range of headphones, the new MOMENTUM On-Ear is crafted from the finest materials and available in four colors, inspired by an international team of design experts and trend scouts. With versions in blue, green, pink and ivory, the pastel shades define an emerging trend for subtler color that is a key look in the current fashion collections.

The look, the feel, the sound

As well as exciting those with an eye for style, the MOMENTUM On-Ear headphones are a tactile delight: They feature a headband and earpads finished in high-tech Alcantara®, a specialised luxury material loved by designers and automotive upholsterers for its unique combination of softness, durability, and breathable comfort. While providing supreme comfort, the Alcantara® earpads isolate the listener for a great listening experience on the move, even in noisy urban environments. Lightweight sliders of premium brushed stainless steel complete the high end look.

Seriously stylish does not mean compromising on sound. The MOMENTUM On-Ear headphones deliver a sound experience that one would expect from audio specialist Sennheiser. The high performance transducer system offers an uncompromising sound performance: Rich, detailed and with a slight bass emphasis.

Inspired by fashion, inspiring the fashionable

To reflect idea and vision behind the MOMENTUM On-Ear, Sennheiser has worked with Alexander Gnädinger, a renowned photographer in the field of fashion and lifestyle, to explore how the unique colors and styling of the headphone range could inspire international fashion bloggers. Starting with a pair of MOMENTUM On-Ear headphones in the colors that best matched their own distinctive style, bloggers Luke Todd from the UK’s “FashionBeans”, Haleigh Walsworth from France’s “Making Magique”, and Anna Frost from Germany’s “Fashionpuppe” were invited to work with the photographer to art direct and model in their own photoshoots.

Alexander Gnädinger explains how the vision came together: “It was very interesting to work with the three different bloggers, to look at them, learn from them, work with their style and then jointly create a personal portrait, related to fashion, music and the new Sennheiser headphones.”

“I really like the MOMENTUM On-Ear. It creates the link between fashion and music. Where it has always existed it’s now shown in a physical form – it looks good, with great colors and the sound is brilliant. It really cements the bond between the two,” says FashionBeans’ Luke Todd.

The new headphones feature a single sided detachable cable with convenient in-line remote and mic for Apple iDevices, for easy control over music playback and to make and receive calls on the go.

About Sennheiser

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2012 the family company, which was founded in 1945, achieved a turnover of around 584 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,300 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiser.com.

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Testronic Unveils New Brand Identity



(Burbank, CA/London, UK) Testronic, the global leader in quality assurance services for film and television, games, hardware, and software, today revealed its new brand identity. The new look provides a complete overhaul of the company brand and positively promotes the services that Testronic supplies and industries that it serves.

Last year was a record year for Testronic, and this year is expected to be even better. The new brand has been created to communicate the quality and integrity of the company's business lines and services, in order to support further growth. The logo is simpler than the old identity, but creates more impact with a distinctive emblem and a bold use of color. The emblem is formed by color coded ticks, each representing one of the four Testronic business lines. The company has for a long time internally referred to Games, Film & TV, Digital TV and Software, but now this will also form part of the external communication message to Testronic customers.

The supporting tagline, 'Our assurance is your guarantee,' is more than a simple statement; it is a positive commitment to the customer. It is also a promise of quality. Testronic has an impeccable customer retention record and therefore the bold statement is not without merit.

Mike McGarvey, Testronic CEO, commented, "This is an exciting time in Testronic's history. We are restructuring for further growth, and the new brand development is an important part of this. It will allow us to clearly communicate the range of services that Testronic offers and assist internal communication across our business lines."

About Testronic
Testronic's high standards have been protecting clients and safeguarding the consumer experience since 1998. As the leading global provider of quality assurance, compliance, and localisation services for a notable array of industries; including media, entertainment, games, education, e-commerce and consumer electronics, Testronic ensures efficient and secure delivery of the highest quality consumer deliverables. Based in Burbank, CA; London, UK; Diepenbeek, Belgium; Warsaw, Poland; and Tokyo, Japan, Testronic offers an unparalleled history of next-generation innovation and service excellence across the entire digital media industry. For further information, visit www.testroniclabs.com.

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Outpost12 Studios Selects Zylight Lighting for Studio, Location Shoots

LOS ANGELES – Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, today announced Outpost12 Studios, a full service production studio in Lincoln, Neb., is using new Zylight Z90 compact LED lights on location and IS3c large panel LED lights in its studio. Known in their market for VFX and animation work, the studio is using its new lighting instruments to produce custom interactive work for the Web that creates unique branding experiences for its clients.

According to Mike Domgard, president and CEO of Outpost12, the company purchased its four Z90s in January and seven IS3cs in April. Originally, two of the new IS3c lights were going to be used for location shoots, but Domgard wound up replacing all the older fluorescent light fixtures across his studio’s lighting grid with Zylights.

“I wanted to be able to light my cyc and go from daylight to tungsten and other variations easily and quickly,” Domgard said. “No other light has that flexibility. And they look way better than our old lights, so much more professional.”

On location, the Z90s are paired with a Sony F55 4K digital motion picture camera. Domgard uses the daylight and tungsten settings on the light, but also mixes colors on location to mimic moonlight or sunlight – or just add an extra splash of color in the background. “The Z90 is the most versatile light there is,” he added. “Plus, they’re super-small, so it’s easy to store them in the kit.”

Using each light’s built-in ZyLink wireless technology, Outpost12 uses a Zylink Remote to wirelessly control all the IS3cs on its lighting grid. As a result, Domgard said the studio does not even use a lighting board. Each instrument can be adjusted individually, or groups of lights (or even the entire grid) can be changed simultaneously. The technology not only creates uniformity in color for all the instruments, but it saves significant setup time.

On a recent project, for example, the cyc was lit for chromakey green, but the talent arrived wearing a green shirt. Using the Remote, Domgard was able to change the color wash to a pre-programmed chromakey blue in an instant. “It was just nice to be able to do it that quickly,” he recalled. “ZyLink allowed me to change colors super-fast, and I didn’t have to get on a ladder. It’s more than adequate for our needs.”

Ideal for field use or permanent installations, the IS3c can serve as a background color wash light or wide soft light. With a custom soft box produced exclusively by Chimera for Zylight, the fully dimmable, high-output IS3c features built-in controls for adjusting color temperature, color correction, and Zylight’s Color Mode, which produces millions of colors without gels or filters. The versatile Z90 can instantly switch between daylight and tungsten, and offers full Color Mode output with separate hue and saturation control.

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC

Zylight was founded in 2003 with one mission: Bring truly intelligent, time-saving lighting to the entertainment production industry. Our award-winning team has more than 80 years of combined industry experience, and we continue to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to grow its brand to a large international audience. More Than Bright – Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

CBC/Radio-Canada Upgrades Its Montreal Broadcast Facilities With Four HARMAN Studer Vista 1 Consoles

MONTREAL, Canada – CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet and satellite-based services. Beginning in July 2013 and continuing through 2014, CBC/Radio-Canada’s Montreal facility is undertaking an upgrade of its broadcast studios, including the purchase and installation of four HARMAN Studer Vista 1 digital mixing consoles, a Route 6000 routing and signal processing system, three Vista Compact Remote Bays and interfacing equipment. The consoles were sold through Studer distributor Soundcraft Canada.

Three 32-fader Vista 1 consoles and one 22-fader console are being installed in four separate control rooms in the Montreal video production studios: CDI Control Room 1, CDI Control Room 2, CBMT (which broadcasts English-language news) and CDI Control Room 3, which will employ the 22-fader console. Each console is configured with eight AES pairs in, eight AES pairs out, 32 mic/line in and 32 line out (including monitoring).

All four consoles will be connected to a central control room that will house a Studer Route 6000 router, seven Studer D21m high-density audio interface systems and a Studer D21 MasterSync clock. The Route 6000 can accommodate up to 1,728 x 1,728 inputs and outputs. It is fully modular and can handle a variety of formats including mic, line, AES/EBU, MADI, ADAT, TDIF, SDI and Dolby® E. An additional D21m will be located in the CMBT control room.
The consoles and components will be connected using Studer’s RELINK Resource Linking I/O Sharing System, which links together Studer consoles in various locations in a broadcast facility to allow audio source and control data sharing across a wide network. The Route 6000 will allow all the console operators to directly access all shared sources via each Vista 1’s control screen display. The Route 6000 will also be controllable from Studer’s new X-Y Panel hardware control panel and from PC workstations running Studer’s Route 1000 software.

In addition, Studer Vista Compact Remote Bays will be installed in CDI News Room 1, CDI News Room 2 and the CMBT control room to provide added mixing flexibility. The Vista Compact Remote Bay is a small, foldable unit similar to a laptop that can be used as a slave or secondary console in parallel with the main console and operated away from the main console, or even outside of the control room.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®, and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with Harman audio and infotainment systems. Harman has a workforce of about 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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