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Sennheiser Silent Disco brings interactive club atmosphere to The Governors Ball Music Festival

New York– July 9, 2012 – Audio specialist Sennheiser hosted a Silent Disco during The Governors Ball Music Festival on Randall’s Island on June 23 and 24. Thousands of festival-goers donned Sennheiser RS 120 wireless headphones and danced under a ‘big top’ tent to energetic mixes from international DJs. To onlookers, it appeared as though participants were dancing in silence as the mixes could only be heard by those wearing Sennheiser wireless headphones.

“The Sennheiser Silent Disco was one of the festival’s biggest draws,” said Tammi Montier, senior vice president of partnership marketing for Revolution Marketing, who worked closely with Sennheiser and The Governors Ball Music Festival to host the event. “At a festival like this, there is always dancing by the stages while the bands are playing, but there are plenty of people who want to interact with friends and express themselves in more of a dance club experience — it creates a memory. With Sennheiser running the silent disco, it heightens the quality of the experience for music fans while bringing even more credibility to the festival as a whole.”

The Sennheiser Silent Disco began at 2:00 p.m. on each day of the festival. International DJs such as Nobody Beats the Drum, Cont^ct, DJ Sookai and Hype Machine pumped out mixes for 10 hours straight each day before the festival closed at 11:00 p.m. each night. During the evening hours, the silent disco tent was illuminated with strobes, colored lights and a mirrorball, adding a psychedelic visual touch to the audio experience.

Amsterdam-based act Nobody Beats the Drum, longtime users of Sennheiser’s legendary HD-25 DJ headphones, gave headline performances each day and were enthusiastic about the event: “I really like the vibe,” commented Sjam Sjamsoedin, one third of Nobody Beats the Drum. “It is a very intimate style of performance where everyone hears exactly what you are doing. As far as our equipment is concerned, we’ve been using Sennheiser HD 25 headphones for ages and prefer their quality both in the studio and on the road. The one I am using is 11 years old — the entire frequency range holds up and they just don’t distort.”

Sennheiser is in a unique position of being able to provide a complete solution at silent discos such as this, which are becoming more popular at top-level music festivals around the world. “For an event like this, we are able to provide not only premium wireless consumer headphones, but also professional wireless systems that are used by top touring artists around the world,” said Tim Moore, artist relations manager at Sennheiser’s U.S. headquarters. “Both of these products work seamlessly together to offer a complete solution for the Governors Ball NYC, or any other large festival.”

Photo captions:
1. Sjam Sjamsoedin of Nobody Beats the Drum works the Sennheiser Silent Disco on the first day of The Governors Ball Music Festival.
2. In the evenings, the Sennheiser Silent Disco was illuminated with a mirror ball, colored lights and strobes, adding a psychedelic visual element to the audio experience.
3. Sjam Sjamsoedin and Jori Collignon of Amsterdam-based DJ act Nobody Beats the Drum are long time users of Sennheiser’s HD 25 headphones.

Sound Quality Takes the Stage at GRAMMY® FutureNow

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 5, 2012) — A highlight of GRAMMY® FutureNow, a day-long conference produced by The Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, Calif., was the presentation led by GRAMMY-winning engineer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Audioslave, Linkin Park, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers). Titled “Lost in Translation,” the presentation guided attendees through an auditory experience examining the difference between an artist’s mastered track and different consumer formats including vinyl, CD, MP3, AAC and streaming.

Photo Caption: Pictured L-R: Andrew Scheps, P&E Wing Senior Executive Director Maureen Droney and P&E Wing Steering Committee Co-Chair Mike Clink. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy® /Wireimage.com © 2012. Photographed by: Maury Phillips.

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Lowell Introduces Rackmount Fan Panels with Built-in Thermostat

— Lowell adds new built-in thermostat option for 19-inch panels with whisper-quiet or turbo fans —

PACIFIC, MO, July 5, 2012 — Lowell Manufacturing Company recently introduced a new built-in thermostat option for 19-inch panels with whisper-quiet or turbo fans. This thermostat is actually built right into the cord, activating and deactivating fans when ambient temperatures reach pre-set points. The thermostat automatically turns fans on when the ambient temperature hits 86?F (30?C), and off when the temperature is 72?F (22?C). This power-saving feature ensures efficient fan operation, while saving rack space. The bright green cord highlights the energy-savings benefit to customers.

Whisper fans (Model Series FW):
Each fan has a 4.7″ diameter, 50 cfm airflow rating, 28 dB noise rating, and requires 5.5 Watts of power. Includes fan guards and power cord. Whisper fans are available in two formats: 19-inch E.I.A. Fan Panels, 3U (with 2 or 3 fans) or 7U (with 4 fans); as well as a single fan kit for spot cooling.

Turbo fans (Model Series FT):
The single 10″ diameter fan (19″ E.I.A. 7U panel) has 550 cfm airflow rating and 50.8 dB noise rating, requiring 61 Watts of power. The package includes front/rear fan guards and cord.

For more information, please visit www.lowellmfg.com or e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com.

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Prism Sound Delivers Simpler Audio Measurement Solutions To All India Radio

All India Radio (AIR) has taken delivery of 35 Prism Sound dScope Series III audio test instruments, which are being used to check the audio quality of AIR’s transmitter links throughout the country.

With a national network of 237 broadcasting centres, AIR is one of the most influential radio broadcasters in India. Established in 1936 as a Government organisation with a remit to inform, educate and entertain, AIR underwent rapid expansion after India attained independence in 1947 and now reaches 99.18% of the population. Its home service broadcasts in 24 languages and 146 dialects, while its external service covers 27 languages – 17 national and 10 foreign.

Today, the broadcaster has 149 medium frequency and 54 high frequency transmitters, along with 177 FM transmitters. This extensive network is constantly checked to ensure audio quality and overall performance.

In order to win this important tender, Prism Sound worked closely with New Delhi-based Electro Dynamics, the company’s specialist agent for Government sector Test and Measurement business in India. Formerly an Audio Precision representative, Electro Dynamics has been supplying equipment to AIR and Doordarshan (TV) for many years.

Lalit Agarwal, founder and CEO of Electro Dynamics, says: “Alongside offering the most competitive financial package in its tender response, Prism Sound also offered the best technical solution. The dScope Series III instrument was deemed highly suitable for AIR’s requirements, particularly because it offers analogue and digital functionality and its ease of operation is second to none. The system will be used extensively during the overhaul of AIR’s infrastructure as it transitions to digital broadcasting, and we are delighted to be able to offer this state-of-the art solution at this key stage in AIR’s development.”

Prism Sound’s dScope Series III includes precision analogue and highly-optimised digital outputs and inputs. Precise and automatic gain-ranging enables high resolution measurements over a massive range, from a few micro-volts to more than 150 volts RMS, and from less than 1 Hz to over 90kHz. Its interface processor uses dedicated DSP to provide a wide range of real time measurements, while its software uses the host PC for almost unlimited number crunching and analysis options such as Fast Fourier Transforms, unique ‘FFT Detectors’, swept sine and multi-tone testing. Designed to be highly programmable, the dScope Series III can be automated from a wide range of third-party software using Active X controls, or internally using VBScript. The system also offers a range of uniquely powerful tools for broadcasters, including logging facilities for tracking down intermittent pops and glitches in the audio stream, and metadata inconsistencies and changes of status which could lead to audible problems.

Simon Woollard, Test and Measurement Product Specialist for Prism Sound, says: “This was an important project for Prism Sound and for AIR alike, so we took the time to consult with the client in order to understand their requirements in detail. Once we knew what measurements AIR’s engineers needed, we were able to customise the appearance of the standard dScope Series III interface, using in-built user-adjustable settings. In doing so, we were able to provide a simplified menu that was easy to understand and control, even for untrained users.

“The resulting main menu offers four main sub-menus of test groups, grouped by input and output domain, plus a quick tour of the instrument and the self-test routine that AIR requested. The sub-menus then offer the operator a choice of the most commonly needed tests, e.g. frequency response, THD+N, IMD, etc, which can all be accessed from a single click. Operators can then perform their tests using the standard test profiles, or they can customise the tests according to their specific requirements.

“As with all dScope Series III instruments, automated test sequencing and reporting is also possible. We will be consulting further with AIR following their initial training and usage of the instrument to determine whether they require any further adjustments to the appearance of the instrument’s interface, or to the tests and test reporting defaults provided.

“This project is very exciting for me, as I have been involved in Prism Sound’s strategic move into the Indian market since day one, and this is one of the most significant results we have obtained since we started this campaign. This news is important for all of our customers, as it helps to strengthen our position in the region, and I look forward to working with Electro Dynamics and AIR in future as we continue to develop our audio test and measurement solutions.”

Prism Sound has already provided Digital Audio training to AIR staff and will deliver more specific dScope Series III product training during 2012. It is anticipated that AIR will place further orders in the future as it rolls dScope Series III out to other divisions.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987 in Cambridge, UK, Prism Sound manufactures a range of high quality professional test equipment for audio applications. The company is organized in three divisions and in addition to audio test equipment, Prism Sound also manufactures equipment for high-quality recording and production for music and sound applications and for voice-logging recorders used in law enforcement, legislative and business applications. Prism Sound audio test equipment is used by many major consumer electronics brands in automotive, home entertainment, personal mobile, communications and other market sectors as well as most of the world’s leading broadcasters including the BBC. Prism Sound’s music recording products are widely used by leading professionals in music and film sound such as the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

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DK-Technologies Unveils The DK3 Meter To European Broadcasters At IBC 2012

DK-Technologies is now offering broadcast engineers the ability to de-embed 16 channels of audio from an SDI input by using its award-winning DK3 Compact Audio Loudness Meter. And for those working in a non-video equipped facility, there is still the option of using the meter’s three AES inputs.

DK-Technologies has also made its successful StarFish™ surround sound display available to all DK meter users, as well as those investing in the new DK3, which makes its European debut at IBC 2012 (Hall 8, Stand E60).

Richard Kelley, Sales and Marketing Director for DK-Technologies, says: “The introduction of the DK3 meter has made the Award-winning DK Meter range even more versatile. Broadcast engineers can now monitor audio levels from both video and audio sources. This is in line with industry trends that have seen audio and video being combined more frequently.”

In common with the other meters in DK-Technologies range, the DK3 is compliant with all known loudness recommendations and has pre-sets built in to allow for EBU R128, BCAP, ATSC A/85, ARIB, ABC, AGCOM 219 & ITU 1770-2. Alongside StarFish™, new software features include moving coil emulation of PPM and VU mechanical meters with user selectable scales and a goniometer display for stereo audio. These features are also available to DK1 and DK2 users and can be installed via a free software download from DK-Technologies’ website:

www.dk-technologies.com

Since their launch in 2011, DK Meters have been rapidly adopted by broadcast and post production companies because they meet industry demand for cost-effective stereo and 5.1 metering, including loudness. No bigger than a smart phone, all of the meters in the range are easy to install and can be powered from a computer USB port, making them ideal for location recording. They are supplied with standard DK-Technologies meter scales plus the industry-standard StarFish™ and deliver conventional metering as well as loudness metering at the same time, on the same display and in a single box. Pricing for these products is highly competitive – starting at just $1499.00 in the US and €995.00 in Europe.

DK-Technologies will complete its IBC line up with its full range of audio and video solutions including the PT0700 Series multi-channel waveform monitor, which delivers remote access, logging, Dolby decoding, audio delay, video measurements and loudspeaker level control, making this a high-grade cost effective quality control device that provides in-depth analysis with simple pre-set control. DK-Technologies will also show its industry standard SPG with auto changeover, which now has GPS and SNTP options.

If you would like a demonstration or more information about any of these products, please visit DK-Technologies in Hall 8, Stand E60.

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video sync and test signal generators, as well as video waveform monitors and colour analysers both for LCD and CRT monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA. www.dk-technologies.com

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DK-Technologies Celebrates 25 Years Of Audio And Video Excellence At IBC 2012

DK-Technologies, the world-leading manufacturer of audio and video solutions for the broadcast, music and post production industries, will be celebrating its 25th anniversary at IBC 2012.

The company will be marking the occasion by showing an anniversary range of meters branded with new colour schemes and an anniversary logo. Visitors to the DK-Technologies booth (Hall 8:E60) will also have the opportunity to collect a commemorative gift.

Over the last 25 years DK-Technologies has cemented its reputation for ground-breaking Research and Development by introducing a range of audio and video test and measurement products that have rapidly become industry standards. The company has won numerous awards for innovation and for its ability to match its solutions to customer requirements.

Founded in 1987 by its current CEO Karsten Hansen, DK-Technologies has notched up many industry firsts including:

? The first to introduce stand-alone audio metering products that could be sold as individual units
? The first 5.1 surround meter (the MSD 600C MkI)
? The first visual display technology (JellyFish™) to show stereo audio signals in an easy to understand format
? The first surround sound display technology (StarFish™) to show an image of acoustic audio levels as they are experienced by the listener
? The first to offer four waveform monitors in one box (the PTO760M)
? The first to develop a remote unit for a waveform monitor (the PT0700-R) so broadcast engineers on location can see the same audio and video display as engineers in the Master Control Room
? The first to launch a small, portable and cost-effective hand-held audio meter range (the DK Meter) that offers full compliance will all known loudness recommendations (EBU R128, ATSC A/85, ARIB, ABC, AGCOM 219 & ITU 1770-2).

DK-Technologies is not afraid of change and has consistently pushed the boundaries in its bid to develop new technologies that satisfy the needs of the broadcast, music and post production industries.
We hope that you will visit us at IBC 2012 and join in our celebrations to mark a magnificent 25 years.

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video sync and test signal generators, as well as video waveform monitors and colour analysers both for LCD and CRT monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA. www.dk-technologies.com

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