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SSL Features “Live-Recorder” At IBC 2012

New SSL “Live-Recorder” Systems Deliver Up to 128 Channels of Ultra-reliable Live, Location or Broadcast Recording

AMSTERDAM – Solid State Logic is pleased to feature its Live-Recorder system at IBC 2012 (Stand 8.D83). Live-Recorder is designed for situations where a robust and reliable high-channel-count Recorder/Player is required in a live performance environment. It is ideal for live music recording from front of house consoles at live shows, in broadcast production studios and location recording vehicles.

Live-Recorder is also an excellent solution for live performance playback of studio recorded multi-tracks. Unlike any other solution, Live-Recorder exports/imports directly to/from Pro Tools™ .ptf, Apple™ XML and Steinberg™ XML project formats. System connectivity is via standard optical MADI so can connect over long distances directly to any MADI equipped Digital Mixing Consoles, Venue Audio Distribution infrastructure (Riedel, Optocore etc) or Routers. Live-Recorder systems can capture up to 128 Channels @ 24bit/48kHz or 64 Channels @ 24bit/96kHz.

“Live-Recorder presents significant cost-saving opportunities when compared to hard disk recorders or other DAW recorder systems,” says Niall Feldman, Director of New Products for SSL. “Live-Recorder excels when it comes to high channel count recording. It’s 4 SSD bay RAID configuration and Pro Tools format export and import capability offer exactly the workflow we know our customers need. The system offers exceptional power and flexibility in this budget-conscious era.”

The Live-Recorder system consists of a fully configured & soak tested 1U PC fitted with a 128 channel SSL MADI Audio Interface and with Soundscape V6.2 Recorder/Player software installed. Each system is supplied with a disk image making returning to a fresh system after each project simple and streamlined. The Live-Recorder PC is an extremely high quality 1U unit with 4 x front loading RAID bays pre fitted with SSD drives. The Live-Recorder system is connected to a FOH or Broadcast Production Console (directly or via a Router) using 2 x 64 channel Optical MADI connections. Live-Recorder supports MTC and MMC via MIDI over Ethernet for external system transport control and can sync via MADI or Word Clock (via BNC). Video Sync can be supported via low cost 3rd party hardware. The software also features advanced crash recovery routines which will retrieve incomplete audio recordings on reboot after a host system catastrophic failure such as sudden power loss.

Key Features
• Live and Broadcast Production DAW Recorder / Player
• Exports directly to ProTools® (8 & 9), Cubase/Nuendo, Final Cut and Samplitude/Sequoia
• Combination of DAW Recorder/Player software, MADI audio interface and host PC
• Connects directly to any optical MADI equipped device; Console, Router, etc
• 128 channel (2 x 64 ch I/O) optical MADI connectivity
• 128Ch@24bit/48kHz or 64Ch@24bit/96kHz recording
• Supports MTC and MMC Sync/Remote via MIDI interfaces or MIDI over Ethernet
• Unique crash recovery features
• Ultra stable software with exemplary SSL recording quality
• Live-Recorder MX4 includes versatile DSP powered software mixer & processing
• Add SSL Alpha-Link converters to Live-Recorder MX4 for local I/O & confidence monitoring
• Live-Recorder 128 option for environments where routing & monitoring is controlled upstream by a console or router.

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 Displays Range of Broadcast Microphone Solutions at IBC 2012

Company Also Raffles off brand new d:facto Vocal Microphone to Attendees

AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 – DPA Microphones is highlighting its international reputation for distortion-free sound and ergonomic design at IBC 2012 (Stand 8.D70) by showing a range of high-quality microphones that are ideally suited to broadcast applications. Among the products on show will be DPA’s expanded d:fine™ headset microphones series, which recently won Live Design’s Sound Product of the Year Award, and the new d:facto™ handheld vocal mic, which debuted earlier this year.

IBC visitors will have the opportunity to win a ground-breaking d:facto vocal microphone. They must simply stop by the DPA stand and have their badge scanned. One lucky visitor will be chosen at random, and the winner will be announced and contacted after the show.

“With so many television programs now being delivered in High Definition and 5.1 surround sound, demand for high quality microphones for broadcast use has never been greater,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “DPA is internationally acclaimed for delivering the pristine sound quality that program makers and viewers desire. Our range includes microphones for a wide variety of broadcast applications, and we are confident that they are the best broadcast microphones on the market today in terms of both sound quality and design.”

Offering impressive gain before feedback and very stable construction, DPA’s unobtrusive d:fine headset microphones are easy to fit on any person, providing presenters and guests with a discreet microphone solution that can’t be seen on the face. The d:fine range is renowned for its audio accuracy and its ability to deliver natural voice intelligibility and consistent audio performance at all SPLs. The d:fine capsules are so small that they are virtually invisible, leaving presenters free to focus on their performance, safe in the knowledge that these hand-built microphones will deliver high-quality, distortion-free sound.

d:fine is available in both directional and omnidirectional options, in single or dual-ear designs and with long or short booms. Designed to fit comfortably, they adjust to accommodate any ear size and head shape, and can be mounted on either the left or right side of the head. Available in black, beige, brown and lime green, each solution performs spectacularly in either cabled or wireless settings and can accommodate a range of accessories including windscreens, power supplies and adapters or cables with fixed connectors (MicroDot, three-pin Lemo, TA4F mini XLR, Mini-jack).

DPA Microphones d:facto handheld vocal mic bridges the gap between live stage performances and studio recordings. Already put through its paces on several TV shows, including Voice of Denmark, a standard format TV show broadcast in several countries, the d:facto offers an exceptionally natural sound, high separation from nearby sound sources and extreme sound level handling. This microphone is ideal for live music broadcasting as it combines a supercardioid pattern with superb definition to give high separation and true sound color on stage. Similar to all DPA mics, d:facto features superior gain before feedback, while the inbuilt three-step pop protection grid effectively removes unwanted noise.

DPA is also showing its lightweight range of miniature microphones that are popular with broadcasters because they deliver excellent speech reproduction and can achieve quality pick up even when they are not directly aimed at the sound source. The company rounds out its line-up with its best-selling and versatile Reference Standard range of microphones that exhibit total transparency in any recording situation and are capable of picking up incredible detail and depth of sound.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones A/S is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.

For more information about DPA Microphones, please visit IBC Stand 8.D70. If you are unable to attend the show, please refer to the company’s website – www.dpamicrophones.com.

SOUND DEVICES INTRODUCES NEW 664 PRODUCTION MIXER AT IBC 2012

New Flagship Mixer Features an Unprecedented Amount of I/O Connectivity and Recording Flexibility

AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 – Sound Devices, experts in audio and video products for field production, unveils the 664 Production Mixer, the newest addition to its best-selling line of field and production mixers, at IBC 2012 (Stand 8.D74). The new flagship in Sound Devices’ line of portable production mixers, the 664 builds upon the powerful features of the 552 Production Mixer and offers expanded input/output connectivity and recording capabilities, along with greater flexibility and ease-of-use. Its six input channels have dedicated controls for trim, fader, pan and PFL. The inputs and four output buses are all recordable, for a total of 10 tracks of recording.

Sound Devices’ 664 contains six ultra-low noise, high-dynamic range transformer-less preamps that accept mic- or line-level signals and include analog peak limiters, high-pass filters, input trim control and direct outputs on every channel. Featuring full analog audio paths for high-performance audio and superb power efficiency, the 664 also has numerous digital capabilities. Inputs 1 and 6 are unique in that they can be selected as AES3 or AES42 inputs for digital microphones, each with its own SRC for simplicity in system clocking.

The analog output compliment includes four output buses. The L and R buses are on balanced XLR, 10-Pin, TA-3M connectors, or unbalanced on TA-3M or 3.5mm connectors. Auxiliary output buses X1 and X2 are available on balanced TA-3M connectors. Inputs and buses can be routed to four AES3 connections for eight digital outputs on the XLR and 10-pin connectors.

The 664 can record up to 10 tracks, 16- or 24-bit broadcast WAV files to SD and/or CompactFlash cards. All six inputs and its four outputs are individually selectable for recording, enabling the mixer to record all 10 channels of audio. With its dual card slots, content can be recorded to either or both cards simultaneously, with the added ability to assign individual tracks to each memory card.

Sound Devices also introduces a companion accessory, the CL-6 Expander. The CL-6 is specifically designed to add six analog line-level inputs to the 664 Production Mixer. With the CL-6 attached, the direct output connectors are available as recordable inputs, controlled by faders located on the CL-6 front panel. The CL-6 also offers additional LED output metering and duplicate-recording transport controls. With the 664 Production Mixer connected to the CL-6 Expander, users can now record up to 12 input channels and four outputs, for a total of 16 tracks.

The 664 features an abundance of connectivity options in addition to the main audio I/O, catering to the complex productions that are becoming more common today. It has expanded return-monitoring capabilities, with three separate camera returns as well as a dedicated private line communications connection. The 664, like the 552, has a built-in slate microphone and tone oscillator, and includes a dedicated input for an external slate mike. The internal or external slate mike can be routed to either outputs or to the dedicated comm output. The 664 can easily build a private line communication with a comm return input, separate from camera returns.

“Our customers are looking for more inputs, connectivity, flexibility and power in the field,” says Jon Tatooles, managing director, Sound Devices. “We have taken the strengths and knowledge gained from our existing mixer line and continue to evolve the technology to meet the growing needs of sound mixers. The 664 is how we see the future of high-performance field mixers; they need to have recording capabilities in order to be a fully functional tool in the field.”

Sound Devices’ 664 features an intuitive LCD menu that enables users to simply adjust input settings and offers the capability to see how an input is routed and connected when its settings are altered. The LCD display also enables users to quickly activate the individual tracks that are to be recorded. The Sound Devices 664 features dedicated front panel controls for gain, trim and faders, as well as full-size XLR connectors. The mixer is powered by five AA batteries or external DC power.

The 664 includes a high-precision Ambient-based time-code generator/reader for multi-camera and double-system sound applications. All common production time-code rates and modes are supported. The 664, like all Sound Devices products, is designed to withstand the physical and environmental extremes of field production. Its top and bottom chassis panels are made from molded, metalized carbon fiber for superior durability and weight reduction. The chassis panels are also gasketed for water resistance.

Solid State Logic Appoints Dominic Jacobson as Area Sales Manager

OXFORD, UK – Solid State Logic is pleased to announce that Dominic Jacobson has been appointed Area Sales Manager serving different zones, such as South Europe, North Africa or India. Jacobson has an extensive background in sales of high-end gear to film post production companies, broadcasters and musicians/composers. He speaks both French and Spanish fluently and has worked extensively in India, Russia, the Middle East and Southern Europe.

“At SSL we pay close attention to our customers, so industry expertise and personal commitment are a must have for anyone joining the SSL team,” says Philippe Guerinet, director of international sales for SSL. “Dominic is greatly respected in many countries around the world because of his vast skill level and enthusiasm. He brings with him an excellent track record in equipment sales and hands-on studio experience, so he understands the needs of a creative studio environment from both sides of the glass. We are indeed excited to welcome him on board.”

Jacobson’s work experience includes Reuters, the international news agency, as a satellite coordinator; Thomson Netg, a company specializing in integrated corporate learning solutions, as a software localization engineer; Sony as a pre-sales/support technician for audio and video media products; and four years as a sales manager at Avid and Euphonix, selling professional mixing consoles.

Jacobson is also involved with music production and content creation including work with Charlie Watts and leading session drummer, Jim Keltner, as well as award-winning artists such as multi-platinum Japanese R&B singer, Misia, as well as Ursula Rucker and the group Tom and Joyce. He has performed remix and production work for major labels such as Sony, Mercury and Virgin, as well as for smaller labels such as Talkin’ Loud, Yellow Productions and K7. In addition, Jacobson is a successful composer, having penned the title music for the London Live show on the UK’s Channel 4, which is now in its eighth season, as well as composing content for advertisements and virals for Nike, Ford, Proctor & Gamble and LG.

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.

SSL Showcases V5 Software for C100 HDS Digital Broadcast Console at IBC 2012

Upgrade Introduces Dual Operator Functionality

AMSTERDAM – Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced analogue and digital audio consoles, will showcase V5 software for the C100 HDS Digital Broadcast Console at the IBC 2012 (Stand 8.D83). The new software is primarily focused on the implementation of Dual Operator Mode. Developed in response to feedback from a wide range of SSL clients, this upgrade is particularly relevant to mobile installations when two operators are necessary to work on complex productions, but where space and weight are at a premium.

“The SSL engineering team has developed the V5 software enhancement for the C100 to meet the needs of productions requiring two mix engineers at the same time,” says Piers Plaskitt, CEO of SSL, Inc. “With V5, for example, our the C100 can be installed in a space and weight conscious OB van to easily handle a live international sporting event presented in different languages. This application would require different simultaneous mixes handled by two operators. We believe the V5 software upgrade will significantly impact the dual-operator segment of the market.”

SSL’s Dual Operator Mode provides two operators the ability to have independent physical controls and access to shared audio assets, through a single console processing engine, Routing and I/O configuration. The system allows for an unlimited number of consecutive eight-channel fader bays to be assigned to a 2nd operator. These bays can be located at either end of a C100 console or separated and installed in a remote location such as a production gallery. The 2nd operator bays can be specified with a dedicated Master Tile to provide access to EQ, dynamics, aux sends and various routing functions, or specified without a Master Tile for simple fader-only operation.

Dual Operator Mode splits the C100 PFL system to provide independent PFL control for each operator with monitoring via headphones, or the main or mini monitor outputs. If both operators access the PFL system simultaneously and route to the monitor outputs, the PFL system delivers a sum of all selected channels. V5 also introduces a new momentary ‘non-latching’ PFL mode to facilitate shared use of monitor outputs.

Each operator will also have independent access to user layers to facilitate selection of individual channels to be laid out in each operator’s area and individual channels that are a shared resource, allowing simultaneous control from both operator areas. A fully redundant C100 system will see both Operator areas as a single console, delivering seamless redundancy for both users. For streamlined project recall for an entire Dual Operator system, all settings for both operators are also saved within a single project.

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 4017B Shotgun Microphone is on the Mark for National Geographic’s Border Wars

Sound Mixer Bob Tiwana Relied on the Mic, Connected to a Sound Devices 788T, to Record Season 7

LOS ANGELES, SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 – When Sound Mixer Bob Tiwana sought a new boom microphone to record the seventh season of National Geographic’s Border Wars, he turned to DPA Microphones’ 4017B Shotgun Microphone. Already familiar with the quality of the DPA brand, Tiwana connected the microphone to his Sound Devices 788T digital audio recorder to record and profile U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents as they patrol the nation’s southern ports of entry from the air and on boats and horseback.

Tiwana records on location in the hot, humid weather of Texas, Arizona and southern California. Having never used the 4017B in the field, he took a chance that the microphone would work as well in the elements as it does in the studio.

“I already knew the DPA 4017B would sound great because I’ve heard it before and have used it in more controlled environments,” says Tiwana. “For Border Wars, I went out on a limb and took it out in the field to see how well it does. I was a little apprehensive because it’s not an expendable piece of equipment, but I didn’t baby the microphone. After the first couple of days, I came back with stunning results. It worked very well in the field and in all the situations I put it through.”

Designed for a broad range of applications, the phantom-powered DPA 4017B is ideal for broadcast, ENG and film booming, among many other uses. The highly directional supercardioid pickup pattern of the DPA 4017B, obtained using a supercardioid design with an interference tube that provides excellent off-axis rejection, is extremely accurate. It also offers a great amount of clarity.

The size of the DPA 4017B makes it exceptionally convenient for field use. This is essential for Tiwana and his team, who regularly experience physically grueling and sometimes dangerous field conditions and must keep their gear to a minimum. On any given day, the team might need to hide in the brush or along water banks or run through cactus-laden fields. Like the agents that the show follows, Tiwana’s team also faces life-threatening situations, such as gunfights with cartels. To keep safe, everyone must wear heavy Kevlar vests and be able to move on a moment’s notice.

The combination of the DPA 4017B with Sound Devices’ 788T provides Tiwana with a portable, high-quality recording setup. “The mic-pre on the mixer and the impedance on the DPA are well matched,” he continues. “I didn’t have to use a lot of gain to get my desired results from the boom. I plugged it right into the XLR input, applied phantom power—which the 788T does in a lovely way—and used the 10k boost and high-pass filter to avoid handling noise in case I was running or it was windy.”

With the latest 788T software upgrade, Tiwana is also able to create sound logs at the end of each day. This enabled him to provide reports to the production team of time codes and the duration of each take, as well as notes and track assignments.

“I’ve been working with Sound Devices since their first recorder, the 744T,” concludes Tiwana. “When they introduced the 788T, I made a point of adding it to my arsenal. I bring both units with me in the field. As for the DPA 4017B, this is the first time I’ve used it in this type of setting, and I’m really impressed that it took everything I gave it on the show. It was very grueling in south Texas, with 95- to 100-degree temperatures and humidity at 75 to 80 percent every day. The microphone performed flawlessly. I’ve had others that haven’t performed as well in the humidity. I’m really impressed with the DPA mic, and if they call on me again next year to record this show, I’m bringing it with me.”

Bob Tiwana is a multitalented production professional who has been involved in audio for nearly 30 years. A seasoned vet in live performance, studio and on-location recording, his experience runs the gamut from television and film to post production. His long list of credits includes work for Avatar, Moneyball, Grey’s Anatomy, House and the 2012 ESPY Awards. He has also worked on commercials for several large companies, including Sony, Bank of America and the Chicago White Sox. More information about about Tiwana can be found at: www.trackwizzard.com.

Border Wars
is an American documentary television series that airs on the National Geographic Channel. The program follows agents of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other divisions of the Department of Homeland Security as they investigate and apprehend illegal aliens, drug smugglers and other criminals violating U.S. immigration and customs laws. Season 7 will begin airing this fall.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones A/S is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

Clear-Com Announces European Availability of HelixNet at IBC 2012

World’s First Networked Partyline Intercom System Delivers Greater Efficiency, More Flexibility and Cost-Savings Through a Revolutionary Platform Design

AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 ? Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is pleased to announce at IBC 2012 (Stand 10.D29a) that its new HelixNet Partyline Intercom System is now shipping throughout Europe. The industry’s first networked partyline intercom arrives at IBC after successfully showcasing its capabilities at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and other recent London events. In both instances, live production teams were able to take advantage of the systems’ efficiency, cost-savings and flexibility from setup to operation and maintenance.

Under the initial release of HelixNet Partyline, users can purchase the HMS-4X Main Station, HBP-2X HelixNet Beltpacks, an HLI-2W2 two-wire Interface Module and the HLI-4W2 four-wire Interface Module. They can then experience the first system to combine a revolutionary platform with the superb audio clarity of the digitized Clear-Com sound and the ruggedness to withstand all conditions. Also, as the central administration of the entire system can be performed from the Main Station with a single cable, including firmware upgrades and maintenance, HelixNet can work off one’s existing cable infrastructure.

“HelixNet offers users the simplicity of running cable anywhere without worrying about each cable type or where it will run,” says Chris Barry, Product Manager, HelixNet, Clear-Com. “Essentially, they only have to run one long cable, along which audio can be distributed on every channel. It doesn’t matter how or where the cable is run, users will have access to each and every feed. At the beltpack end, users can choose what channel they want or need to run. Another perk of HelixNet is that it can be run on inexpensive cabling, such as Cat-5, keeping the cost of deployment low.”

HelixNet’s sleek 1RU main station fits into any standard 19-inch rack, and can provide power and four channels of audio to support up to 20 digital beltpacks. Unlike standard analog systems, the all-digital HelixNet system is immune to electro-magnetic interference and ground loops, so there is never any hum or buzz. The Main Station settings and menus are quickly accessible, highly flexible and offer intuitive user operations. The system’s firmware maintenance and upgrades can also be achieved easily via USB ports, and it offers greater connectivity with existing analog intercom systems and audio devices.

“For more than 40 years, the pro audio community has been using the common, three-pin XLR microphone cable to carry audio for analog partyline systems,” continues Barry. “In order to preserve our customers’ investments in intercom systems and cabling infrastructure, we specifically designed the HelixNet Partyline to transmit four channels of digital-quality audio, plus program and power for beltpacks, over a single, shielded, twisted-pair cable (ex. microphone cable, CAT5 or CAT6 cable). This capability alone is unprecedented in the history of intercom technology.”

The expansion bay in the Main Station allows optional HLI-2W2 two-wire and HLI-4W2 four-wire interface modules to connect easily with existing analog intercom systems and audio devices, while preserving the high audio quality that is free of hum and noise.

Boasting an especially clear audio signal, the HBP-2X HelixNet Beltpack offers high channel density and selectable channels to save resources. The rugged, ergonomically designed unit is a two-channel beltpack that can access two of any four system channels, connect program audio and provide individual level control over just one single cable, while distributing networked audio over a twisted pair. These features decrease the required number of cables. The beltpacks are also simple to operate and read, with optimally positioned buttons and volume knobs that are easy to locate, identify and control. Channel labels are simple to read on the high-contrast ten-character OLED displays. The flexibility of the units allow them to be set up in daisy chain or star configurations, with no need for active split boxes.

The HelixNet beltpacks are highly durable, fabricated from lightweight cast aluminum, and come with a sturdy beltclip, rubber bumpons and an integrated strap guide, offering a variety of practical mounting options.

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 Analog & 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.

Sound Devices PIX-DOCK Now Shipping

Data Dock for PIX-CADDY with Thunderbolt Connection

AMSTERDAM, AUGUST 30, 2012Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, announces that its PIX-DOCK is now shipping, in time for the 2012 IBC Show (Stand 8.D74). Having first made its debut at this year’s NAB Show, PIX-DOCK connects drives mounted in a Sound Devices PIX-CADDY 2 to computers equipped with Thunderbolt™ high-speed I/O over a single Thunderbolt cable.

The PIX-CADDY 2, which is used to connect SSD volumes to all PIX recorders, is an SSD mounting accessory that also operates as a multi-format interface to attach drives to a computer for file transfer and management. With the introduction of the PIX-DOCK, users can now leverage Thunderbolt’s fast transfer speeds between drives and computers. Thunderbolt offers up to 10 Gbps interconnection speeds, making the file copying of large-capacity drives fast and easy. When using fast storage drives, its high throughput allows realtime playback of multiple streams of high-data-rate video.

The PIX-DOCK provides both power and data over a single cable and is compatible with SATA drives. It includes a six-foot Thunderbolt cable that connects to the PIX-CADDY 2 using its eSATAp connection. It also offers a secure, latching connection to PIX-CADDY, and its weighted base prevents sliding on desktop surfaces.

“After a successful launch at this year’s NAB show, we are thrilled to announce that our PIX-DOCK is available,” says Jon Tatooles, managing director at Sound Devices. “PIX-DOCK simplifies and speeds the transfer and management of files when using our PIX recorders. By utilizing Thunderbolt, we are able to provide our users with blazing fast and reliable transfers.”

The PIX 220i, PIX 240i and PIX 260 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 PIX 240i and PIX 260 add even more flexibility, with their time code, sync-generator, and simultaneous SDI and HDMI outputs. All PIX recorders incorporate the company’s award-winning audio expertise and performance.

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 to Show Tempest®2400 Seamless Roaming and Masterbelt to the European Broadcast Market for the First Time at IBC 2012

AMSTERDAM, 7 SEPTEMBER 2012 ? Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is showcasing the Tempest®2400 with Seamless Roaming capability and Tempest®2400 MasterBelt digital wireless intercom for the first time in Europe at IBC 2012 (Stand 10.D29a). In addition to the advanced features, reliability and robustness that are the hallmarks of the Tempest intercom family, the Tempest2400 Seamless Roaming and Tempest2400 MasterBelt offer even more coverage options for users. They are ideal for broadcasters working multi-venue sporting events as well as those requiring ultra-portable communications.

The Tempest2400 Seamless Roaming feature affords broadcasters the ability to move freely and wirelessly throughout large venues that are separated by sizeable distances, such as multi-studio complexes and sports arenas. This ensures that users can walk from one coverage area to another without interference or dropouts. The Seamless Roaming feature allows BeltStation users to migrate between as many as 16 different Tempest2400 BaseStations (coverage areas or zones), allowing audio professionals to focus on critical production cues rather than on the settings of their wireless BeltStations. Both Seamless Roaming and iSelect Roaming are available to accommodate virtually every application need.

Tempest2400 BaseStations are linked together with the newest ZSync (Zero Synchronization) Technology. The ZSync Technology provides a zero-sync reference that coordinates the hopping patterns of all connected BaseStations every time the system is powered up, irrespective of random time variation in power-up sequences. This provides improved system performance and a seamless wireless experience.

Ideal for mobile productions, the Tempest2400 MasterBelt offers most of the advanced features, reliability and robustness of the original Tempest2400 rack-mount BaseStation within a compact, portable package. This enables users to coordinate and communicate hands-free. One MasterBelt can be paired with any standard Tempest2400 CP-222 two-channel BeltStation to create a full-featured two-channel system operating in 80MHz of spectrum in the 2.4-GHz band. The MasterBelt itself also functions as a BeltStation, allowing communications between up to six full-duplex wireless users. The MasterBelt includes a rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery capable of up to eight hours of operation. It can also be powered by three standard AA alkaline batteries as a backup, providing four hours of operations. As with all Tempest wireless systems, it does not interfere with traditional wireless microphone, IFB or in-ear monitor systems that operate in the UHF band.

All Tempest systems are designed to be comfortable, rugged and robust, and can operate in harsh weather conditions. Each is protected by a durable, weather-resistant ABS co-polymer blend with a high-performance polyurethane over-mold.

The Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology is embedded within all Tempest systems, which utilizes a narrow signal band that is continually changing frequencies to burn through RF noise and interference. As a result, the Tempest system does not compete with signals from other 2.4 GHz wireless devices, minimizing frequency coordination and enabling flawless performance. Moreover, the wireless system features state-of-the-art 2xTX Transmission Voice Data Redundancy, which sends each packet of audio data twice on different frequencies and through different antennas, ensuring uninterrupted audio communications.

Tempest2400 systems offer three different modes of operations—normal, shared and split. All modes are supported under the Seamless Roaming function. A single Tempest2400 in normal mode can support between one and five full-duplex wireless users who always need to speak on the intercom system. However, in split or shared mode, an unlimited number of users can monitor the conversation and share talk capability. A combination of Tempest systems operating in either normal or shared mode can co-exist in the same environment for the ultimate in flexibility.

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 Analog & 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 HM Electronics, Inc. (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.

DPA Microphones Celebrates 20 Years of Pioneering Work in the Pro Audio Industry

ALLEROED, DENMARK, JUNE 11, 2012 – DPA Microphones is commemorating 20 years of developing high-quality microphones for the pro audio industry. Founded in 1992 by Morten Stove and Ole Brosted Sorensen, two audio passionate former employees from the measurement company Brüel & Kjaer (B&K), DPA Microphones has always made it a point to create microphones of the highest possible quality. Today, the DPA Microphones line includes vocal, instrument and studio microphones, as well as broadcast and surround-sound microphones that can be found in venues throughout the world and in use by a plethora of famous artists.

DPA’s groundbreaking 4060 miniature omni led to the development of the DPA 4066 miniature headset microphone in 1998, which soon was regarded in the professional audio industry as the standard in headset microphones.

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