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Clear-Com Showcases Icon Connectivity Solutions at IBC 2013

AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013Clear-Com® showcases its new family of ICON Connectivity Solutions at IBC 2013 (Stand 10.D29). ICON is a collection of communications products that link local or geographically distributed intercom systems over Ethernet/IP networks and/or optical fiber. ICON, which stands for “Intercom CONnectivity,” provides high performance solutions for reliable and secure connections on common infrastructures and is also cost-effective for scalable multi-system networks.

“Today’s broadcast productions often involve multiple teams based in different locations covering a single event or multiple events,” says Simon Browne, Director of Product Management, Clear-Com. “These teams can be situated in different buildings within the same vicinity or separated across a large distance. Despite the separation, teams must still be able to communicate seamlessly and in real-time over one integrated infrastructure. The ability to link disparate communications systems and extend access of voice communications becomes highly critical.

“We are pleased to offer a full range of connectivity solutions to address these communication challenges. With the ability to interface with any Clear-Com or third-party intercom system, ICON Solutions facilitate flexible, secure and cost-effective local and global intercom deployments.”

ICON Connectivity Solutions consists of communications products that operate over Ethernet/IP networks and/or optical fiber links. All ICON solutions maintain high audio quality and system performance. They work well with existing infrastructure and are adaptable to existing network quality and bandwidth. Network connections are secure and tolerant of outages. ICON Solutions include, but are not limited to:

VoICE2 — four-channel Ethernet/IP Interface for extending intercom audio communications or four-wire audio to remote sites over IP networks (LAN, WAN, Internet). It features low latency over LAN and WAN, ease of setup and automatic network adaptive CODECs with varying audio qualities.

Concert-Server — Ideal solution for operating over IT networks, each Concert™ system offers 144 channels of virtual intercom and/or four-wire audio over Ethernet/IP. Concert provides highly secure connections and low latency over LAN and WAN networks. Each Concert-server is equipped with eight four-wire I/O audio ports and is pre-loaded with Concert-server software. It includes a breakout harness to 16 XLRs (eight I/O) or RJ-45s.

Optocore X6R-FX-INTERCOM and V3R-FX-INTERCOM — Designed for Optical fiber rings, the eight port (four port on the V3R) Optocore/Clear-Com intercom interfaces offer transport of intercom audio and control data. Each device includes two redundant LAN network ports and two SANE CAT5 ports and Optocore LC fiber interface. It offers a simple RJ-45 connection for matrices, user panels and any four-wire audio I/O.

FIM-202D — Ideal for systems with local and secure connections, this two-channel fiber interface extends Clear-Com matrix intercom to two Clear-Com key-panels or two four-wire audio to remote sites (dual fiber required). The FIM-202D features a throw-down design for ease of deployment, high audio bandwidth and very low latency.

Eclipse-HX Matrices — High performance matrix system frames offer up to 64 nodes of connectivity over fiber interface cards. The matrices can also intelligently trunk by means of four-wire, E1, T1, MADI and Ethernet/IP with low latency over LAN and WAN networks. Matrices provide local interfaces for MADI, IP, four-wire, PLs, GPIO, POTS, E1 and T1.

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 Analogue & 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.

RTW Debuts SurroundControl Series Firmware Update at IBC 2013

Latest Version Simplifies Monitoring While Working in Various Audio Formats

AMSTERDAM, 14 SEPTEMBER, 2013 – RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters and monitoring devices for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is pleased to debut at IBC 2013 (Stand 8.D92) a firmware update for its flagship SurroundControl 31900 and 31960 series. In addition to supporting all current EBU/ITU loudness regulations, including ITU 1770-3, the new firmware simplifies the control of the studio monitoring environment when switching over between various audio formats like stereo, 3.1, 5.1 or 7.1, a common occurrence in today’s broadcast environment.

By enabling the user to select independent Trim and Delay values for both analog and digital monitoring outputs, this information can then be stored in up to five Level/Delay Trim Sets in the Audio System menu. When defining the individual input routing for the sub presets, these new Level/Delay Trim Sets can be allocated and tapped into as needed.

“It’s not uncommon for an audio engineer, especially in the broadcast sector, to be working with multiple audio formats at one time,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “By adding this new feature to our popular SurroundControl series, we are enabling users to easily organize their workflow, while simultaneously keeping up with the demands of working in various formats.”

RTW’s SurroundControl 31900 and 31960 series combines control, analysis and monitoring of eight-channel 5.1 to 7.1 surround sound into one single system. The proprietary Surround Sound Analyzer (House display) is a powerful tool for visualizing the interaction of all important parameters of surround signals. The dynamic behavior of all display elements corresponds to the subjective listening impression, enabling you to see the balance of a surround program intuitively and at a glance. RTW’s unparalleled Surround Sound Analyzer is capable of displaying any surround program up to 7.1 DD+ and Cinema for fast, in-depth evaluation.

Further, the SurroundControl series’ popular Multicorrelator display offers detailed phase information between all channel-pair combinations. Meanwhile, the LFE correlator is an advanced feature for testing for phase problems between any given channel in respect to LFE.

Users can download the firmware for free by logging onto RTW’s website: http://www.rtw.de/en/sales-support/manuals-software.html.

About RTW
For more than 45 years, Cologne-based RTW has accompanied the steady technological progress in the professional audio industry with innovative instruments and technologies for visual audio monitoring in broadcast, production, post production and quality control. Its state-of-the-art audio and loudness metering systems have an excellent reputation throughout the world. With groundbreaking products such as the Surround Sound Analyzer, the company has been a key vendor of professional broadcast and audio metering equipment for decades.

RTW’s range of products currently include the SurroundControl series for monitoring, controlling and routing stereo, multichannel and surround audio and the TouchMonitor range, which truly marks a paradigm shift in visual audio monitoring and loudness metering. Combining maximum flexibility and modularity with an intuitive touch-enabled surface and multichannel signal analysis, the TM7 and TM9 units are the essence of many years of experience. The attractively priced TouchMonitor TM3 entry-level system opens new markets, targeting applications such as journalist cubicles, edit suites and small control rooms.

As part of its expansion into the U.S. market, in 2013 RTW established RTW International Corp. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The new office is the first U.S. location launched by RTW, showing the company’s dedication to supporting its customers and dealer networks in the U.S. The new U.S. office will house all customer service, repair and final product assembly activities for U.S.-based RTW customers.

For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130. For more information on RTW International Corp., visit www.rtw.com or call 877-938-7221.

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