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Troast Joins Middle Atlantic Product Development Team

Tim Troast

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic has named Tim Troast as Director of Physical Infrastructure Products, an integral part of the company’s Product Development Team.

In this newly created position, Troast will oversee the development of Middle Atlantic rack and enclosure products and related options. He will drive innovation for a range of new installation products and services that help save time and labor costs for integrators in all market segments.

Troast will also work closely with product managers for power and thermal products to further strengthen the company’s integrated approach to ensuring system reliability. The benefits of integrated mounting systems are one of the key factors that have made Middle Atlantic a leading provider for infrastructure products.

Troast brings extensive experience in product marketing and development to Middle Atlantic. For the past 13 years, he has worked at Pitney Bowes, most recently as Director––Core Product Marketing, where he excelled at solving complex system problems. Tim has an MBA in Marketing & Management from Seton Hall University and a BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Miami.

Commenting on Troast’s appointment, Middle Atlantic Director of Product Management and Business Development Mark Tracy said, “I look forward to Tim’s unique contribution in terms of ideas, experience, and leadership as we develop innovative new products and services. With his expertise, Middle Atlantic will continue as the right choice to help our integrator customers deliver exceptional systems and user experiences.”

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

Lowell Manufacturing Offers New LRS Series Desktop Rack Stands

— Available in 8U and 12U, the LRS is ideal for home office or studio —

PACIFIC, MO, September 18, 2013 — Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional A/V products, has introduced its new LRS Series desktop rack stand. Made in the USA with 100% certified U.S. steel, the LRS has a small footprint with just enough rack space (8 or 12 rack units) to hold smaller AV or IT equipment arrangements where space is limited and a full sized cabinet is not needed. The compact design works as a freestanding rack or it can be bolted to a desk. Either way, it’s ideal for convenient access to mounted electronics such as a recording front end, effects processors or post-production equipment.

The LRS desktop rack stand features 11-gauge steel rails on a 10-degree angle for easy viewing of mounted equipment. It’s engineered to meet EIA rackmount standards and has a load capacity of 80 lbs. The LRS ships unassembled and includes hardware.

Features:

8U or 12U rack space on 10-degree angle
Two 11-gauge steel rails tapped 10-32 are printed with rack unit increments to aid equipment set-up. Includes 16-gauge steel side supports and bottom panel.
Smooth black powder epoxy finish
Made in the USA with 100% certified U.S. steel

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

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iZotope Announces Nectar® 2

Treat Your Voice to the Next Iteration of Nectar in October 2013

iZotope Inc., Cambridge, MA (September 18, 2013) – iZotope Inc., a leading audio technology company, has announced the next version of iZotope’s award-winning vocal processing technology, Nectar. Coming in October 2013, Nectar 2 will bring the best of digital innovation and analog character into a complete set of tools specifically for voice.

“We were excited to revisit what made Nectar so ideal as a vocal processing plug-in,” says Brett Bunting, Product Manager for iZotope Inc. “We’ve spent a lot of development time incorporating new ideas designed with our users in mind. Nectar 2 users won’t believe how quickly they’ll be able to recreate classic vocal sounds or invent brand new ones.”

With Nectar 2, add character to tracks with modeled plate reverb, harmonic saturation, and new creative effects. Stay in tune, remove distracting breaths without the need for audio editing, transform a single vocal take into a harmonized ensemble, and much more.

Highlighted Features
- Add harmonies to vocal tracks with the new Harmonizer. Play with intelligent automatic settings or define your own with a MIDI controller.
- Add space and character to vocals with the EMT 140-modeled Plate Reverb module, featuring a unique saturation control to emulate the original plate’s preamp.
- Finesse vocal takes quickly with the new Pitch Editor and Breath Control plug-ins.
- Explore seven new creative effects in the new FX module.
- Dive in with a streamlined Overview panel for simple adjustments and added metering for visual feedback.
- Choose from 150+ new presets in styles that range from classic to modern.

Pricing
Customers who purchased Nectar after August 1, 2013 will receive a free upgrade to Nectar 2 upon release. Special upgrade pricing will be available for all previous Nectar and Nectar Elements customers upon release.

Availability
Sign up to hear when Nectar 2 becomes available: www.izotope.com/nectar2.

Compatibility
Nectar 2 can be used as plug-ins in your favorite host. Supported plug-in formats include 64-bit AAX (Pro Tools 11), RTAS/AudioSuite (Pro Tools 7.4-10), VST, VST 3, and Audio Unit.

About iZotope, Inc.
iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com.

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martina@musicmarcom.com
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Bringing Pristine Audio into a Visual World: Sennheiser MKE 400 and MKE 600 Microphones Create ‘Gold Standard’ for Amateur and Semi-Pro Filmmakers

As Worldwide DSLR Market Continues to Grow and a New Social Video Culture Takes Hold With Innovative Platforms Such as Vine, Sennheiser Brings Audio Integrity into the Mix

Old Lyme, CT – September 18, 2013 — Sound has always been an integral element to modern filmmaking, and for decades Sennheiser has represented the ‘gold standard’ in capturing audio — both in the studio and on-location. Over the last several decades, sound mixers and boom operators have come to rely on both vintage and modern classic shotgun microphones from Sennheiser — including the ME 66, the MKH 416 and MKH 8060 — to make their films ‘come to life’ with dialog, effects and music. As devices such as DSLRs and smartphones continue to proliferate the consumer market — and as the use of innovative content sharing platforms such as Vine and Instagram become commonplace among consumers, Sennheiser is now bringing its microphone technology to an entirely new generation.

According to a press release by Transparency Market Research, digital cameras represent one of the most popular segments of the consumer electronics products market, and the worldwide digital camera market is projected to grow to 138 million units by the year 2015. Meanwhile, applications such as Vine and Instagram bring elements of immediacy and authenticity that were simply not available to the general videomaking consumer in the past. For amateur and semi-professional filmmakers, this means there has never been a better time to create and share video.

Enter the MKE 400, MKE 600 and KA 600i

Just as it has provided premium solutions to professional filmmakers for the last several decades, Sennheiser recently made its MKE 400 and MKE 600 shotgun microphones available to would-be filmmakers and video enthusiasts all around the world. These solutions, designed to be used in combination with camcorders, DSLRs and now smartphones, help content creators realize the dream of ‘no-compromise audio.’ These microphones focus on sounds in front of the camera, while attenuating unwanted sounds coming from the sides and rear. Both the MKE 400 and MKE 600 feature a universal shoe mount and have low cut filters, which help minimize wind noise in demanding situations.

With the KA 600i, Sennheiser makes it possible to capture high qualtiy audio with simply a smartphone, when used in conjunction with the self-powered MKE 600 microphone. As smartphones become more and more powerful, and applications become more creative and flexible, the KA 600i places an unprecedented amount of power into the hands of both amateur videographers as well as professional journalists and others capturing video while ‘on the go.’

What does sound mean to YOU?

Starting this week, Sennheiser is launching a contest directed to both amateur and semi-pro filmmakers. Entrants must answer the question “What does sound mean to you?” and will submit responses through the Vine app for iPhone and Android. One grand-prize winner will win a premium Sennheiser MKH 416 shotgun microphone, and second and third place winners will take home a new Sennheiser MKE 600 shotgun microphone. Interested participants should visit the Sennheiser website [http://en-us.sennheiser.com/avcontest] between now and October 7th; entries will be judged on creativity, originality, and use of audio.

About Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headsets 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 http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

Captions:
1) The Sennheiser MKE 600, outfitted with the MZW 600 windshield, available as an accessory.
2) The Sennheiser MKE 600, pictured here with the MZW 600 windshield, features a low cut filter to help minimize wind noise.
3) The MKE 400 shotgun microphone, designed for use with DSLR cameras.

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The Networked Audio Track at the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention Explores the Future of Audio Connectivity

— Every vertical market in the broad field of professional audio is being impacted by the transitions in networked audio, and this track addresses these changes with a series of presentations —

New York, NY, September 17, 2013 — Following the recent publication of AES67-2013, a new engineering standard for networked/streaming audio-over-IP interoperability, the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City) will present the Networked Audio Track, a comprehensive examination of the ongoing fundamental shift in networked audio. The traditional paradigm of transmitting audio and video media content over dedicated point-to-point cabling is being rapidly supplanted by methods of moving media content over data networks such as Ethernet, local-area networks (LANs) and IP-based wide-area networks (WANs). The Networked Audio Track, supported by the AES Technical Committee on Networked Audio Systems, explores the latest developments in methods, protocols and applications of every aspect of networked audio, from low-latency media distribution to command and control of networked audio devices, from Audio-over-IP to coding and error correction.

Chaired by Tim Shuttleworth, a noted expert in the domain of networked audio and the Engineering Manager at systems manufacturer Renkus-Heinz, the Networked Audio Track will cover the entire spectrum of this complex topic, while catering to audience knowledgeability levels ranging from entry level to expert. A partial list of topics covered in presentations, which take place from 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, includes:

Audio Distribution Over Networks
A Primer On Fundamental Concepts of Media Networking
Command and Control Protocols
Networked Audio Interoperability Standards

“Networking will influence every aspect of professional audio within the next several years, and it’s already well-entrenched in areas such as installed sound and live sound,” observes Tim Shuttleworth. “Networked audio is very rapidly integrating itself into the very fabric of pro audio, in a wide range of applications. As a result, learning as much as you can about networked audio is critical to furthering a career in any corner of the industry. This track was developed with that in mind, to offer a wide range of information to the widest audience possible.”

For further detailed information on the Networked Audio Track, visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/networkaudio/. For further information on the 135th AES International Convention, and to register for your free Exhibits-Plus badge or the premium All-Access badge, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/.

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Backbeat Books Publishes The Jazz Guitar Handbook


A complete course in all styles of Jazz

Montclair, NJ (September 17, 2013) – The Jazz Guitar Handbook is a thorough step-by-step guide to mastering one of the most creative and challenging types of music on the guitar. Starting with simple blues-based riffs over basic chord sequences, the book leads the reader rapidly to advanced harmony and improvisation. Along the way it teaches all the scales, chords, and theory guitar players need to make their way in jazz. The Jazz Guitar Handbook covers a wide range of styles, including jazzy blues, swing, bebop, modal, jazz-funk, Gypsy, and more.

The highlights include:
- An illustrated history of jazz guitars and guitarists
- More than 100 exercises and musical examples in notation and tab
- All the essential scales and chords
- The fundamentals of modern jazz harmony and improvisation
- Advice on choosing a guitar for jazz
- A 96-track CD of exercises, scales, chords, and backing tracks

Easy to use and useful for players at various levels, this volume is a must-have reference for players looking to expand their jazz skill set. “I would recommend this to any jazz guitar teacher looking for a book to use with serious students, it will provide both an excellent road map of sequential subject matter to cover, as well as a lot of the material that you would normally have to write by hand,” says Doug Perkins of the Jazz Guitar Society.

About the author
Rod Fogg is a guitarist and writer, based in London, England, where he performs, teaches, and runs workshops. He is the author of The Electric Guitar Handbook and How To Read Music and the co-author of Django Reinhardt: Know The Man, Play The Music and The Totally Interactive Band Bible.

The Jazz Guitar Handbook
$29.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00333188
ISBN: 9781480341043
Width: 9.25″, Length: 11.0″ ,256 pages, plus CD

Please contact Martina McConnon at Music Marcom for interviews with the author, high-resolution pictures, reprint excerpts, and review copies of the book: Martina@musicmarcom.com or call 610-577-4982

Backbeat Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group www.backbeatbooks.com and onstageandbackstage.wordpress.com

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Sessions on Product Design at the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention Will Balance Technology and Marketing

— Audio product design takes center stage at the Product Design Track at the AES convention, and for the first time product branding will be discussed with a presentation entitled “The Power of the Brand” —

New York, NY, September 16, 2013 — Continuing its mission to present the professional audio community with a comprehensive knowledge platform, the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City) this year will again feature an increasingly popular event focused on pro audio products. The Product Design Track (taking place all four days of the convention), assembled and moderated by Dan Foley, Director of European Sales for Audio Precision, will focus broadly on product design, with an emphasis on system-performance measurement. New for this year is a special presentation on the importance of properly branding and marketing new professional audio products. Presented by noted industrial designer Adrian Weidmann, “The Power of the Brand” will define the meaning of branding and explore its power and importance for the commercial success of product development and service, be it a microphone, audio processing software, or a recording studio. As Weidmann states, “Creating, defining and maintaining your brand and its message may be the most important ‘product’ you ever develop.”

“This is a unique track for the AES convention, and we’ve made it that much more interesting this year with the inclusion of the product branding seminar,” states Dan Foley. “The overarching theme is all about product development, but this year it has a timely focus on performance measurement, coming as it does at the same time that the CALM Act [Federal legislation that tightly regulates the relative level of broadcast commercials] takes effect. But the inclusion of the product branding presentation is completely new, never before done at an AES convention. So we’re balancing our technical presentations with this one that really brings out the importance of properly presenting new products to the market. I believe this shows how the AES convention continues to evolve and adapt to new realities as the industry changes.”

The Product Design Track gives design professionals insight into the latest techniques for audio hardware and software development. The events in this track are very practical in nature and anyone involved in audio product development will benefit from attending. A partial list of sessions includes:

Best Practices in Audio Software Development
High-Order Harmonic Distortion Measurement and Its Impact on Fidelity
An Introduction To the Acoustics of Personal Telecommunications Devices
The Power of the Brand

Confirmed sponsors for the Product Design Track include THAT Corporation Audio Technology and Audio Precision.

For further detailed information on the Product Design Track, visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/productdesign/. For further information on the 135th AES International Convention, and to register for your free Exhibits-Plus badge or the premium All-Access badge, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/.

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25×25: World-famous DJs wish Happy 25th Birthday to the Sennheiser HD 25

Old Lyme, CT, September 16, 2013 – Iconic, cult, legendary: only a product that inspires passion and remains in demand after 25 years earns this level of acclaim. Launched in 1988, Sennheiser’s HD 25 has come to define the ultimate DJ headphone. Alongside the launch of a new edition – the HD 25 ALUMINIUM, the anniversary is being marked by 25 of the world’s greatest DJs, who wish the iconic headphone a “Happy Birthday” and explain its essential role in their music and performance.

Top DJs and their HD 25s – The stories and memories

Over the past 25 years many of the world’s greatest DJs have selected Sennheiser’s HD 25 as their first choice of headphone, with some using theirs over years and even decades. That enduring appeal is expressed by 25 of the world’s leading DJs (and HD 25 fans), who send their birthday wishes in a special film by Sennheiser. Star DJs including QBert, Bob Sinclar, and Luciano describe how their HD 25s become an integral part of performance and the experience of music itself. They also share stories of their first DJ performances, describe the feeling of playing to an audience and the role their headphones play in delivering a great performance. To watch the Happy Birthday HD 25 video and exclusive DJ interviews, visit www.sennheiser.com/dj.

That special something: What makes the HD 25 the perfect DJ headphone?

Built for a life behind the decks, the HD 25’s highly insulated rotatable capsules deliver high levels of background noise attenuation, make one-ear monitoring easy, and stay comfortable when worn for long periods. And the daily punishment of professional use is more than matched by its robust build quality and serviceability.

But keeping the world’s greatest DJs happy is about more than the features and specifications. For DJ legend and four-time DMC champion QBert, the magic of the HD 25 is its precise signature sound, a characteristic that’s prized by many DJs: “My ears are accustomed to the Sennheiser sound. I love that the HD 25s have a flat sound, so you hear how the music really is – not coloured, but pure – the way the artist wanted to put their music out. I’ll be using these for 50 years – 100 years!”

“I’ve been using the HD 25 for a long time and Sennheiser headphones even longer – they made the first headphones I ever used!” said Swiss-Chilean DJ, Luciano. Likewise, Canadian superstar DJ Mike Shannon has found over the course of his career that the HD 25s are built to last: “I’ve been using the HD 25s since they came out,” he explains. Commenting on the sound performance, which offers tightly controlled bass and detailed treble while handling high sound pressure levels, Shannon said: “The clarity of the sound, it’s a clean reference – it’s very real. In the studio, listening to a mix, the sound is tight – it’s one to one with how it’s intended.”

Like Shannon, Parisian electro house DJ, producer and label boss Martin Solveig has had a lifelong affair with the HD 25: “I’ve never ever DJed without it. If you look online at the pictures of all my performances and every party you’ll never see me using another headphone. It’s the only piece of equipment I’ve never changed. The reason is the same reason everyone will tell you – it’s the best headphone. The response is linear enough to be trusted even in a studio or recording situation. Of course, I know the sound, and it matches the references in my head – I’m formatted to this headphone!”

In daily use, performance has to be matched with comfort and durability. Ibiza legend and Pacha resident Andy Baxter explains that the headphones’ longevity also reflects its perfect blend of both sound and a robust design that offers a great fit over long periods of use: “I’ve been using the HD 25 for many years now – there’s no more comfortable headphone out there that can deliver such good sound quality, for myself and for many of my favourite DJs that use the HD 25, too. Happy 25 years of listening pleasure to the one and only Sennheiser!”

The HD 25 ALUMINIUM – The cult classic reborn

Marking the 25-year milestone, Sennheiser has launched the HD 25 ALUMINIUM, a new version featuring a unique, premium aluminium construction. Taking the legend into the future, the HD 25 ALUMINIUM naturally delivers peerless sound quality in a headphone that is now even more desirable. With earcups lathed individually from single blocks of strong, lightweight aluminium, the HD 25 ALUMNIUM is ready for a lifetime in the DJ booth. Find out more at: www.sennheiser.com/hd-25-aluminium.

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, the USA and now Australia and New Zealand, 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.sennheiserusa.com.

Captions:
1: Sennheisers legendary HD 25 celebrates its 25th birthday with a new aluminium version.
2: DJ superstar Luciano behind the decks with the new HD 25 ALUMINIUM.

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RTW Debuts New Software for TM3 TouchMonitors at IBC 2013

Moving Coil Instrument and Test Time Control Options Enhance Loudness Measurement Capabilities

AMSTERDAM, 15 SEPTEMBER, 2013 – RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters and monitoring devices for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, will display its latest innovative software options for its TM3 and TM3-3G TouchMonitors IBC 2013 (Stand 8.D92). The new TM3-SWMC software license, now shipping, incorporates a Moving Coil Emulation display, while the recent TM3 firmware update 2.50 includes the new Time Test Control option. RTW will demo a TM3 and TM3-3G equipped with both of these options at the show.

“We are thrilled to share our latest advancements in loudness measurement with the international broadcast community once again at IBC,” Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “Since their introduction, the TM3 and TM3-3G TouchMonitors have generated much interest with broadcasters. This is very gratifying to us, as we are always striving to bring forth new technologies and options for users.”

Moving Coil Emulation
The new TM3-SWMC software license expands the functionality of the TM3 TouchMonitor series with PPM, VU, loudness and a new combination of PPM and loudness moving coil instruments. The display features vertical or horizontal orientation and numeric and peak indicators with single, double and stereo channel instruments. For stereo groups in the PPM moving coil mode, additional M/S moving coil emulation is selectable.

Based on a concept developed by the BBC, the TM3-SWMC software license option implements a combined PPM and loudness sum display. On this instrument, a third cyan-colored needle depicts one of the three summed loudness values—M, S, or I—on a separate scale. It is helpful for the intuitive display of loudness to be on target with a fixed relative-loudness scale (-9 to +9 LU). The Moving Coil license option requires users to install the current firmware version 2.50 and the current Devicer DC1 version 2.50. Users can download both for free by logging into RTW’s website: http://www.rtw.de/en/sales-support/manuals-software.html.

Time Test Control
Offered as part of firmware 2.50, users can employ this sub menu to set the parameters for starting and stopping loudness measurement functions. In addition to a manual control enabled by on-screen keys and/or the GPI interface, full or semi-automatic measurements can also be defined. Therefore, the user can choose between an autostart after loading a preset or autostart when reaching the value of an adjusted gate, with or without an automatic reset of previous values. Users can terminate loudness measurements manually with on-screen keys and/or GPI commands, as well as automatically by defining a threshold value and time span. The combination of those parameters allows users to set an automatic, semi-automatic or manual loudness measurement process as required for different applications. The Test Time Control option will also be available for the TouchMonitor TM7, TMR7 and TM9 with the next firmware update.

TM3 and TM3-3G TouchMonitor
Controlled using a touch-sensitive display, the TM3 and TM3-3G both have a budget-friendly base price, a 4.3-inch touchscreen and a stylish exterior allowing for horizontal and vertical placement. They include a large number of graphical and numerical instruments showing single-channel or, in the case of the TM3-3G, any of the eight audio channels contained in a 3G-SDI stream used for metering, de-embedding and monitoring 3G-SDI audio. Both also include summing-loudness bargraphs, PPM, true peak, SPL, loudness range (LRA), dialnorm and correlation. The TM3 and TM3-3G are highly appealing compact solutions ideal for editorial offices, edit suites and small control rooms.

Both the TM3 and TM3-3G also feature PPM and true-peak instruments and offer comprehensive loudness metering in compliance with all globally relevant standards, including EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-3/1771-1, ATSC A/85 and ARIB. Finally, they also feature the Magic LRA instrument, specifically designed by RTW for intuitive visualization of the loudness range and integrated-loudness parameters.

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.

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.

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