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Sound Devices Showcases PIX 260 Production Video Recorder at IBC 2012

AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 8, 2012Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, showcases its new PIX 260 production audio/video recorder at IBC 2012 (Stand 8.D74). Based on Sound Devices’ field-proven PIX 220 and PIX 240 recorders, the rack-mounted PIX 260 is a file-based video/audio recorder/player that seamlessly replaces tape-based video decks in production and post-production environments.

“Our PIX line of production video recorders has been very well received by a wide range of production professionals,” says Jon Tatooles, managing director at Sound Devices. “We are excited to showcase our latest edition, the PIX 260, to the European market at IBC 2012.”

Using the Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD codecs, the PIX 260 records and plays files up to 220 Mbps in high-quality 10-bit 4:2:2 video. It also records 32 tracks of 48 kHz audio. Files from the PIX 260 are ready for direct import into Avid and Final Cut editing platforms, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding. Files can also play out of the PIX 260 for real-time applications.

Continuing the company’s deep heritage in production sound, Sound Devices has infused the PIX 260 with 32-track record/playback capability. In addition to 16 channels of embedded SDI audio and eight channels of HDMI audio, the PIX 260 also accepts eight channels of line-level analog I/O and eight channels of AES digital audio. Using Dante, the PIX 260 can accept and transmit up to 32 channels of audio over Ethernet.

The PIX 260 has a built-in five-inch 800 x 480-pixel IPS video display that allows users to view video and setup-menu selections. With its extensive control capabilities, the PIX 260 is a flexible video playback source that is compatible with Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X and Avid sessions. The PIX 260 can be controlled by both external RS-422 and via Ethernet through its embedded Web server, allowing for machine transport control over Ethernet-based networks.

Up to four SATA drives can be connected to the PIX 260 simultaneously. All four drives can be recorded to simultaneously, for RAID-1 type redundancy and to eliminate the need for post-record copying when multiple copies are required.

The PIX 260 includes a built-in Ambient Clockit time-code generator/reader with genlock output for rock-steady multi-camera and double-system sound applications. In addition to generating ultra-stable time-code, time-codes can be read from the SDI stream, the HDMI stream or from an external source.

Like PIX 220 and PIX 240, the PIX 260 includes a sophisticated scaler and frame rate converter. Regardless of the incoming signal, the PIX recorders can record the signal after up, down or cross-conversion at the same rate or a different rate. Hardware-based 3:2 pull-down removal is included as well.

PIX 260’s convenient 1/2-rack, 2U chassis dimension allows it to be easily integrated into any existing environment. It is powered by 10-27 VDC through its four-pin XLR connector.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The fourteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

Clear-Com Ships BroaMan’s DiViNe V3R-FX-ICOM-SDI to Broadcast Market at IBC 2012

Expansion of Optocore/BroaMan Partnership Offers Digital Distribution of Audio, Video, Data and Intercom Over Fiber

AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 8, 2012 – Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, has expanded its partnership with Optocore/BroaMan and will now distribute the new BroaMan DiViNe V3R-FX-ICOM-SDI. Set to be unveiled to the broadcast market for the first time at IBC 2012 (Clear-Com Stand 10.D29a), the new BroaMan DiViNe V3R-FX-ICOMSDI is ideal for any setup that requires multiple feeds of high-quality audio, video, data and intercom.

The DiViNe V3R-FX-ICOM-SDI provides scalable, protocol-independent routing, repeating, transport and distribution of multiple signals over optical fiber and is equipped with (four) four-wire RJ45 matrix ports and (four) four-wire RJ45 panel ports. This ensures that either matrices or intercom panels can be connected to the unit using standard CAT cables. Users can send audio and control data from Clear-Com key panels or matrices transparently through the optical network. The unit is capable of housing up to six SD/HD/3G-SDI coaxial video inputs, or outputs that are converted to and from single-mode DiViNe optical fiber links.

“We are happy to partner with Optocore once again to bring further connectivity options to our users,” says Simon Browne, Director of Product Management, Clear-Com. “With the DiViNe V3R-FX-ICOM-SDI, professional broadcasters handling large remote events can cost-effectively and efficiently distribute a lot of video, audio, intercom and data signals in a reliable and scalable way.”

In addition to the DiViNe V3R-FX-ICOM-SDI, Clear-Com also distributes the Optocore V3R-FX-INTERCOM and Optocore X6R-FX-INTERCOM interfaces. All products are available for shipment today.

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 and 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.

About HME
HM Electronics, Inc. is a diverse group of companies providing solutions that enhance productivity and customer service in markets including restaurants, sports and professional audio. Founded in 1971, we sell, service and support products in 89 countries worldwide, via company-owned offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and China, and an extensive network of HME-authorized distributors, dealers and service agents. Every day quick service restaurants take over 24 million orders using HME systems. With the recent acquisition of Clear-Com, HME is the world’s leading provider of professional intercom systems. To learn more, visit www.hme.com.

About Optocore
Based in Munich, Germany, OPTOCORE is the world market leading provider of high bandwidth, low latency, resilient, scalable and flexible fiber optic based networks for the transmission of audio, video and data. For 19 years, Optocore has been continuously innovating and setting new standards with regards to digital network technology. OPTOCORE builds and develops synchronous optical fiber and CAT5 based network solutions for broadcast professionals — for fixed installations and live event applications. Utilizing leading-edge technology and high-quality components Optocore guarantees durability and therefore long-term market and customer satisfaction. Due to the open system architecture, Optocore’s platform offers other manufacturers the option to transfer conventional standard audio, video and data formats used in the pro audio industry, via an Optocore network. Technical expertise, QoS and an extensive support structure are guaranteed to all customers, together with the highest level of quality controls.

About BroaMan
BroaMan (Broadcast Manufactur GmbH) products are aimed for broadcasters as well as production companies, sport facilities, professional AV integrators, and many more applications. The company offers customized packages and provides a solution for every application which requires SD/HD/3G video transport or routing – big and complex system for broadcast studio or OB Van, or it could be just a simple point to point for a small church, conference hall, etc. With DiViNe (Digital Video Network) all open standards can be integrated – digital video, audio and data – on the same fiber infrastructure.

RTW INTRODUCES TOUCHMONITOR TM3-3G UNIT AT IBC 2012

Latest Version Includes 3G SDI Interface, Eight-Channel Level and Loudness Instruments, a 16-Channel 3G SDI De-Embedder with AES3 Outputs and an Integrated Monitoring Controller with Stereo Output

AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 8, 2012 – RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, will introduce a new version of its successful TouchMonitor TM3 unit at IBC 2012 (Stand 8.E76). The new TouchMonitor TM3-3G seamlessly allows the TM3′s current hardware and software design to visualize, convert and replay 3G SDI signals in TV and video production and post production applications, offering a feature set unrivalled in its class.

The TouchMonitor TM3-3G is a compact yet versatile solution for metering, de-embedding and monitoring 3G SDI audio. It features a 4.3-inch touchscreen for horizontal as well as vertical orientation, which can display any of the eight audio channels contained in a 3G SDI stream. For that purpose, it includes a large number of graphical and numerical instruments showing single-channel and summing loudness bargraphs, PPM, true peak, SPL, loudness range (LRA), dialnorm and correlation. The TM3 offers comprehensive loudness metering in compliance with all globally relevant standards (EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-2/1771, ATSC A/85 and ARIB). It also features the Magic LRA mode, specifically designed by RTW, for intuitive visualization of the loudness range and integrated-loudness parameters.

If equipped with the corresponding software license option, the integrated de-embedder also outputs up to 16 audio channels from the 3G SDI signal on eight AES3 two-channel ports. The output signals are independent from the visualized audio. In addition, the TM3-3G can be upgraded with a built-in monitoring controller license. This uses an on-screen fader for output-volume adjustment, a stereo output and phones out. The optional timecode license expands the feature set of the TM3-3G to allow external or SDI timecode signals to be decoded, displayed and used for additional functions.

The intuitive operating concept of the TM3 allows for quick and easy selection of presets that can be configured using RTW’s Devicer DC1 software (available for Mac OS X(r) and Windows(r)). Using custom presets, the user can easily switch between the various sources, loudness standards and instrument layouts. The configuration software allows users to freely scale and place the required instruments virtually anywhere on the screen.

“After an excellent start for the TouchMonitor TM3, I am convinced that the market will be showing a great deal of interest in the 3G SDI-enabled TM3-3G version as well,” says Michael Kahsnitz, technical director, RTW. “With its SDI interface, the de-embedder featuring AES3 outputs and the integrated monitoring controller with headphones out, the TM3-3G is the perfect addition to production and post-production workflows in today’s broadcast environments.”

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Sound Devices Unveils PIX 220i and PIX 240i at IBC 2012

Upgraded Portable Audio/Video Recorders with Higher Performance Displays

AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 8, 2012
— Following the initial debut of the company’s PIX 220 and PIX 240 audio/video recorders, Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, reveals its newly upgraded PIX recorders at IBC 2012 (Stand 8.D74). Available this September, the PIX 220i and PIX 240i feature five-inch IPS-based LCD panels, with accurate color rendition and consistent off-axis viewing response.

The new recorders’ high-performance five-inch, IPS-based LCD displays are essential in the field, providing users with immediate confirmation of framing, exposure, focus, audio metering and Setup Menu selections. The new IPS-based displays also offer higher contrast and better off-axis viewing.

In addition, Sound Devices has released version 2.01 firmware for all PIX video recorders. This new revision offers numerous features including support for Alexa SDI filename metadata. New playback control is available including customized list playback, looped file playback, additional shuttle speeds. The new version also offers HD-to-SD and SD-to-HD aspect ratio conversion with selectable letter boxing, cropping and support for anamorphic workflows.

Sound Devices’ PIX 220i and PIX 240i offer users monitoring of the image’s exposure with Exposure Assist, a feature that shows either false-color or multi-level zebra-stripes. It comes equipped with Focus Assist, which includes a peaking filter and 1:1 pixel zoom. Monitor brightness, contrast and chroma adjustments are also now available. PIX 240i provides standard definition recording (NTSC and PAL) and support for using simultaneous analog and SDI/HDMI audio inputs. In addition, the PIX 240i has a built-in Ambient Clockit time-code generator/reader with genlock output for multi-camera and double-system sound applications. The source time-code can be derived from the SDI stream, from an external source or from the built-in generator in the PIX 240i. Other key features include digital audio inputs on AES3 and an external eSATAp connection for direct connection to large SATA drives.

Users can connect the PIX 220i and PIX 240i to cameras with HDMI (plus SDI with the PIX 240i) and record directly to QuickTime using Apple’s ProRes or Avid’s DNxHD codecs. Since PIX recorders use ProRes and DNxHD, files recorded in the field can be used directly in post production, making the workflow simple and fast. The audio circuitry on the PIX 220i and PIX 240i is based on Sound Devices’ award-winning 7-Series digital audio recorders. The low-noise (-128 dBu EIN), high-headroom, high-bandwidth inputs are mic/line switchable and include limiters, high-pass filters and phantom power.

PIX 220i and PIX 240i recorders are built with a metalized, molded carbon-fiber chassis and are powered by external 10-18 VDC or two removable Sony L-battery mount power supply systems.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The fourteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

Solid State Logic Launches ‘ScreenSound ADR’ at IBC 2012

The World’s First Dedicated End-to-End Solution for ADR has Arrived

AMSTERDAM – Solid State Logic (IBC, Stand 8.D83), the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles, is proud to announce another ground breaking product release with the launch of ScreenSound ADR. Designed to optimize and standardize Automatic Dialogue Replacement for film, foley recording and local language replacement for film and television, ScreenSound ADR is the world’s first end-to-end solution designed to deliver faster and more efficient ADR workflow.

ScreenSound ADR is a turnkey system that combines a suite of integrated software applications providing dialogue spotting and session preparation, session control and management and streamlined audio recording, with an industrial-strength hardware platform including host computer, I/O and Nucleus hardware control surface. At each stage of the ADR process, ScreenSound ADR provides dedicated solutions to streamline preparation, management and production.

ScreenSound ADR is all about efficient workflow. The session preparation stage of the process is handled by SpotShot, a comprehensive take logging, dialogue spotting and session preparation tool. Imported scripts are automatically turned into take lists, and a dedicated interface streamlines the dialogue spotting process with an integrated HD capable video player with full script and annotation text overlay. Take lists can be filtered to show appearances by individual cast members or groups and to calculate word/line count to help plan studio and talent time. SpotShot is a standalone application enabling dialogue spotting to be done away from the ADR studio.

At the heart of ScreenSound ADR is SpotFire, which presents a dedicated session management and automated ADR interface that provides complete control of studio session workflow. SpotFire offers a unique interface that combines a ‘rehearse – record – review’ based transport control panel with a

versatile and customizable Take List that makes viewing, navigating and controlling the recording process simple and efficient. SpotFire relies on SSL’s Soundscape DAW as the underlying platform for recording, editing and mixing with all track arming, transport and recording functions controlled entirely by SpotFire’s dedicated ADR interface. Audio workflow with ScreenSound ADR integrates with how the industry works today. The system imports native .ptf format sessions from Pro Tools and can export finished sessions in native .ptf Pro Tools format.

SpotFire also feeds and controls VisionCue, Screensound ADR’s powerful artist cue system. VisionCue is a fully integrated multi-screen HD video player with a completely customizable scrolling script, annotation, graphic timeline cue and count in overlay. VisionCue can natively play a huge range of video formats all the way up to Pro Res and Avid dnxhd without the need for transcoding and the system supports BlackMagic Design video interfaces.

ScreenSound ADR is a turnkey hardware based system: The multi-award winning SSL Nucleus hardware control surface delivers uniquely customizable hands-on control for accelerated operation (Nucleus also provides 2 x SSL SuperAnalogue™ mic pre’s). SSL’s Alpha-Link audio converters offer versatile and scalable I/O options to cater for recording and monitoring with the SSL MX4 software mixer environment providing a standard mixer templates and open architecture routing flexibility. The assurance of a fully tested SSL certified PC system completes a truly unique end-to-end solution to speed up your production workflow.

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

DPA Microphones Help the Fukada Tree Bloom

LONGMONT, CO, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 – Internationally renowned recording engineer and lecturer Akira Fukada has specified DPA Microphones 4011A directional, 4006A omnidirectional and 4015A wide cardioid ORTF microphones as best suited to his Fukada Tree arrangement. Supplied by DPA’s Japanese distributor Hibino, with whom Mr. Fukada has subsequently presented a number of seminars and workshops explaining the Fukada Tree, Fukada chose the brand for its rich bass and high frequency sound that does not blot during the recording process.

Mr. Fukada made an enormous impact at the New York AES Convention in 1997 when he unveiled the Fukada Tree seven microphone arrangement – a totally new technique for recording orchestral music in surround sound for subsequent broadcast or CD release. Developed to resolve some of the problems engineers had encountered when trying to record spatial environments with traditional omni-directional microphones, the Fukada Tree clarified microphone positioning and also incorporated directional microphones for main and environmental sounds.

Originally designed for Japanese state broadcaster NHK, the Fukada Tree is now owned by Mr. Fukada’s company, Dream Windows, Inc., which consults on a wide range of music recording, special sound design and audio issues. Whether with NHK or Dream Windows, Mr. Fukada has specified DPA microphones from the outset.

“I insist on using DPA microphones because I like the transparent feel they deliver,” says Fukada, CEO of Dream Windows, Inc. “When recording piano, for example, they give me the clear attack sound and the beauty of reverberation when the sound attenuates. Their wide dynamic range and rich bass vigorously catches the expression of an orchestra, while for string ensembles recorded in a studio, they capture the rich overtones and give a better feeling of air.”

Since first announcing the Fukada Tree arrangement, Mr. Fukada has made a number of positioning modifications to improve front localization, but his choice of microphones remains constant and continues to be DPA. “The LL/RR microphones on both sides are intended to pick up the orchestrated sound expanse and a smooth sound envelope covering the front and rear sections of the hall,” he explains. “I don’t, however, use LL/RR microphones for small music ensembles. My arrangement incorporates DPA 4011A directional microphones and DPA 4006A omnidirectional microphones from the Reference Standard Microphone Series. The configuration of the tree can vary depending on the hall’s acoustic characteristics, while the intervals at which the microphones are placed can also change to conform to the size and formation of the orchestra.”

In recent months, Mr. Fukada has used DPA microphones and the Fukada Tree to record a number of prestigious recording projects, including Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 with the Saito Kinen Orchestra, directed by Seiji Ozawa.

“I also use DPA microphones for projects that don’t require the Tree,” he says. “Recently, I selected the DPA 4006 for a Decca Tree stereo configuration to pick up string ambience in a studio setting. I also use the DPA 4015A wide cardioid ORTF for piano, and if I am recording acoustic guitar, I like to use a DPA cardioid 4011 XY. For me, DPA microphones are indispensable because they suit any musical instrument and provide all the accuracy that I need.”

Ken Kimura, DPA Microphones’ Regional Sales Director, Asia Pacific, says: “Following the upgrade and release of our finest Reference Standard Microphones, and given Mr. Fukada’s requirement for the best audio equipment, I’m very pleased to see that he continues to rely upon our 4006A, 4011A and 4015A mics for his recording sessions under Dream Windows, Inc.”

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SSL Demonstrates Riedel RockNet and MediorNet Compatibility at IBC 2012

New Compatibility Further Enhances Integration Options for SSL Digital Broadcast Consoles

AMSTERDAM – Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles is proud to demonstrate compatibility with Riedel RockNet and MediorNet systems at IBC 2012 (Stand 8.D83). Collaborative development between Riedel and SSL has delivered functionality, which aide customers worldwide in specifying and configuring integrated systems that deploy technology from two of the most respected names in broadcast.

SSL C100 HDS and C10 HD digital broadcast consoles can now connect to Riedel RockNet low latency audio distribution network and MediorNet fibre-optic transport, routing and conversion network. Via Riedel’s RN334.MD MADI interface, SSL consoles can then remotely control mic Gain, Phantom Power and Pad settings for Riedel RN series audio interfaces connected anywhere on a RockNet network. In addition SSL’s own MORSE Stagebox and Alpha-Link I/O units can also be connected via MADI to Riedel’s MediorNet networks with full remote control capability maintained for SSL consoles. Redundancy is a key feature for both SSL and Riedel customers and the new implementation ensures that Riedel and SSL remote I/O continue to behave as expected within SSL’s redundancy topology.

“SSL and Riedel share a significant customer base across the world, and these developments make it possible for our users to employ our consoles and distribution technology in truly integrated systems,” says Niall Feldman, director of new products for SSL. “Riedel is a highly respected, professional and innovative manufacturer, and there is considerable synergy between our technologies, so it is a great pleasure to continue to bring the relationship between our two companies ever closer together.”

“We’re proud to welcome Solid Stage Logic to the family of RockNet and MediorNet compatible console systems,” adds Henning Kaltheuner, head of product management at Riedel Communications. “This way, SSL will be able to network their consoles and stage boxes via MediorNet and also combine both with consoles and stage boxes from other RockNet compatible brands. As a result, SSL’s clients realize a streamlined infrastructure and maximum flexibility.”

Riedel Communications designs, manufactures and distributes the most pioneering real-time networks for video, audio and communications for broadcast, pro-audio, event, sports, theatre and security applications worldwide. The products reflect today’s leading-edge technologies that translate tomorrow’s demands into today’s solutions. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions as well as fibre-based and wireless audio & video transmission systems for large-scale events such as Olympic Games or FIFA World Cups. The Company was founded in 1987 and today employs over 350 people located within 11 locations in Europe, Australia, Asia and the Americas. For more information please visit www.riedel.net.

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

RTW SELLS 100 TOUCHMONITOR TM3 UNITS TO COLOGNE BROADCASTING CENTER

From left to right: Martin Leuenberg - Sales Manager RTW Mahmoud Chatah - Head of Marketing and Sales RTW Oliver Schmitz - CEO Schmitronic Jürgen Mölders - Head of Postproduction CBC

RTL Deutschland Group’s CBC Relies on RTW Loudness-Metering Systems

AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 – RTW (IBC Stand 8.E76), a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is pleased to announce the recent sale of 100 TouchMonitor TM3 units to Cologne Broadcasting Center (CBC), a television production and broadcasting company with offices in Cologne, Munich and Berlin. CBC purchased the TM3s to help meet the German government’s upcoming loudness requirements for TV shows. Schmitronic, a Cologne-based expert provider of professional audio components, supplied the units, which CBC has already begun to install.

CBC initially planned to purchase approximately 80 TouchMonitor TM3 units, but after further studying its requirements, increased that number to a total of 100 units. According to Jürgen Mölders, head of post production at CBC, who manages nearly 70 post-production suites, when it came to purchasing new loudness meters, CBC, already a longtime user of RTW equipment, felt RTW was the obvious choice. “When we tested a prototype version of the TM3, we were quite taken by its simple and intuitive operation,” he says. “We typically use the TM3 units in editing suites. As the monitoring device is a separate hardware unit, the main screen is reserved for the primary edit applications at any time.”

Since the TM3 installation at CBC spans several stages, Mölders insisted on having the first shipment delivered late in May. “Internally, we already transitioned our production to the new loudness-metering systems in June,” he explains. “This means that our editing suites already comply with EBU R128, but for the time being, we’ve adapted the levels in Final Cut Pro to our previous standards, which are still applicable. Thus, we were well prepared for when German regulators began to enforce loudness regulations for all major TV stations at the IFA in Berlin on August 31.”

Jochen Wellnitz, senior sound engineer at CBC, says he and his team are very happy with the experience they’ve had during their first few weeks with the TouchMonitor TM3. “Operating the device locally using the touch screen is simple and quick,” he says. “When browsing presets, the graphical preview feature is truly handy.”

According to Mölders, in order to avoid operating errors, his team decided to use a single preset that the editor cannot change or modify at the workplace. “This ensures that the metering is based on the same specifications at all our editing suites,” he notes. “On the other hand, there are other workplaces such as post-production suites or special-purpose systems where multiple presets are available to our creative team.”

Andreas Tweitmann, CEO of RTW, says his company is thrilled with the sale. “CBC’s acquisition of the 100 TouchMonitor TM3 units reaffirms the company’s faith in RTW’s loudness monitoring systems. We are very happy about that. We are convinced that the latest member of our extremely successful TouchMonitor series will meet and surpass all expectations in practical use.”

The RTW TouchMonitor TM3 enables quick and easy loudness metering. The system comprises a display unit featuring a 4.3-inch touch screen for horizontal or vertical use and a separate interface box. The easy-to-learn operating concept allows for fast selection of presets that are configured using RTW’s Devicer DC1 software, which is available for Macintosh and Windows. In addition to PPM and true-peak instruments, the TM3 offers comprehensive loudness metering in compliance with all globally relevant standards, including EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-2/1771, ATSC A/85 and ARIB. Instruments include single-channel and summing bar graphs, loudness range and numerical displays. The TM3 stereo version handles analog and digital audio; in addition, the TM3-6CH version also supports six-channel digital input. An upgrade option for stereo units is available.

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Clear-Com Introduces Eclipse HX at IBC 2012

Company Revamps Powerful Matrix Intercom Range to Deliver Ultra-Fast Software Performance, Intuitive Management and Higher Capacity for System Expansion

AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 ? Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, today unveils the Eclipse HX Digital Matrix Systems and Eclipse HX (EHX) Configuration Software at IBC 2012 (Stand 10.D29a). The distinct set of powerful matrix intercoms offers faster performance, simplified operations and administration and higher system capacity.

The Eclipse HX systems, comprising the Eclipse HX-Omega, Eclipse HX-Median and Eclipse HX-PiCo, as well as the EHX software, are based on the original, powerful and comprehensive Eclipse digital matrix platform. All retain the legacy platform’s unique integration capabilities. Additionally, Clear-Com’s V-Series panels, frame cards and interfaces are compatible with the new Eclipse HX range, providing a seamless logical upgrade path for existing Eclipse customers. What sets Eclipse HX apart from the original Eclipse line are improvements in the software architecture, user interface and system capacity.

“We are very pleased to introduce the new Eclipse HX systems and EHX software at IBC,” says Peter Stallard, Senior Product Manager, Eclipse, Clear-Com. “In broadcast facilities where matrix intercom systems and resources are often shared across multiple studios, having fast and highly intuitive systems is critical when scarce engineering resources are needed to execute system-wide changes reliably, in real-time and with minimal impact on system users. Also, the Eclipse HX systems have the ability to make changes on the fly, which is especially important in OB vans and other live operations.”

The Clear-Com Eclipse is the only intercom on the market with a highly advanced range of user key panels, frame cards, interface modules, seamless wireless integration and intelligent IP intercom connectivity. The new Eclipse HX systems and EHX configuration software offer:

Improved system performance and resource utilization for executing EHX software configuration changes in real time.
• Clear-Com has designed the EHX software for faster processing of configuration and routing cards. This optimizes system performance and speed.

An intuitive user interface and easier setup operations for a better, simplified user experience.
• New “Matrix Ports and Cards” screen for a more efficient setup process.
• New “Resource Chart” to display utilization level of system resources.
• Improved user-panel setup for easy drag-and-drop operation.
• Easier-to-use single-frame operation for an individual user.
• Easier-to-read fonts and vertical-font displays on V-Series key panels.
• User rights features for identifying user types and providing system access control to protect against inadvertent changes.
• Color tallies as indicators for IFB and telephone-assigned keys.
• New “Online Help” feature provides context-sensitive help within software.

Space saving and expanded system capacity.
• Eclipse HX-Omega and Eclipse HX-Median matrix port density has increased to more than 448 ports per 6RU frame, the highest density intercom matrices on the market.
• PiCo-Link provides intelligent audio linking between co-located Eclipse HX-PiCos to resources in just 2RU.
• System features split-mode operation for E-Que cards, making them more efficient when users want to use both E1/T1 trunks and FreeSpeak.
• MADI channels can be used for intelligent trunking.
• Logic Maestro and client-server mode have been bundled with the EHX Software.

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 and 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 ADDS PRODUCT VIDEOS TO ITS WEBSITE

Demos Enhance User Experience, Further Educating Visitors on the Company’s Offerings

AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 – RTW (IBC Stand 8.E76), a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, has incorporated video demonstrations of its entire product line to its website. The videos, available in both English and Chinese, were filmed during various trade shows during the year and offer visitors an up close look at the products in action.

“In addition to our commitment to producing innovative solutions for today’s broadcast technology needs, we are also firm believers in education,” says Mahmoud Chatah, director of sales and marketing, RTW. “Our website is a reflection of this commitment and it is why we decided to incorporate video demonstrations of each of products. Each video lives alongside each product’s specs, images and technical information, that way when a customer or potential customer visits our site, they receive a 360 degree view of our products.”

RTW’s current roster of products includes its groundbreaking TouchMonitor line of next generation loudness-compliant professional audio signal meters that consists of the TM3, TM7 and TM9 units. The TM3, the latest model, includes features of the larger TM7 and TM9 TouchMonitor versions, and is controlled using a touch-sensitive display. With its budget-friendly base price, a 4.3-inch touch screen and stylish exterior allowing for horizontal and vertical placement, the TM3 is a highly appealing, compact solution for editorial offices, edit suites and small control rooms.

In addition, RTW’s SurroundControl and SurroundMonitor series both continue to be popular solutions for today’s broadcast needs, implementing all major loudness standards, including EBU R128, ITU-R BS.1770-2/1771, ATSC A/85 and ARIB. RTW’s Loudness Range (LRA) instrument features the MagicLRA mode, a simple and intuitive view displaying integrated loudness and loudness variances within short time periods.

All of these product lines will be available for demos at the RTW booth, during the upcoming IBC 2012 show that kicks off on Friday, September 7, 2012 in Amsterdam.

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