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August Burns Red Never Leaves Home Without RapcoHorizon Roadhog Cables

Metalcore Outfit Takes to the Road for Warped Tour 2013 with Full Compliment of Company’s RoadHog Cables and Custom Cables, Splitter Snakes and Guitar Looms

NASHVILLE, JULY 12, 2013August Burns Red is rocking the stage at Warped Tour 2013 with its supply of RoadHog Cables and custom cables, splitter snakes and guitar looms from The RapcoHorizon Company (Summer NAMM 2013, Booth 1112). With five shows per week at tour stops throughout the United States and Canada, from June 15 to August 4, the band is putting its gear to the extreme touring test. Additionally, The RapcoHorizon Company is sponsoring the band’s gear tent throughout the tour.

Whether they are performing at Warped Tour or on their own, the five members of the band rely on the RapcoHorizon RoadHog cables and custom gear to get them through every show. Even with the unique wear-and-tear the band puts on the cables, the RoadHogs have yet to hit a limit.

“Jake [Luhrs, the band’s lead vocalist,] likes to throw and swing his mics around on stage,” explains Jade Roser, August Burns Red’s sound engineer. “The RapcoHorizon Company RoadHog cables are the only ones I have found that can withstand such abuse while still producing great sound. They really allow the band to give the best performances.”

Designed with the touring musician in mind, RapcoHorizon RoadHog cables always work perfectly, no matter how often they are put to use. Built with PVC outer jackets that are durable and thick, yet flexible, the cables feature pure copper conductors and shields. The cables’ flexible jackets ensure that they not only lie flat on stage, but also roll up easily without causing bends. This design ensures that the RoadHog cables provide an advanced sound and reliable operation for every band that takes them on tour.

In addition to the RoadHog cables, Roser and the band members rely on their custom RapcoHorizon gear — including guitar looms, instrument and mic cables and splitter snakes — to provide a pristine sound in a durable enclosure.

“Our splitter always takes a beating, but we’ve never had to replace it,” continues Roser. “When we’re not out with Warped Tour, we use all of our gear at least six nights a week, so it’s great to have gear that can withstand our enduring use. RapcoHorizon also has exceptional customer service. It’s great to have a company we can rely on to be accommodating to our needs, and Lucas [McCulley, RapcoHorizon Marketing and Artist Relations Manager] is always easy to get in touch with when we need him. It’s also nice to be working with a company that provides high-quality, American-made products.”

August Burns Red is an American metalcore band originally hailing from Pennsylvania. Currently signed to Solid State Records, the band was founded in 2003 by a group of high school friends. Its current roster of members includes Luhrs, JB Brubaker (on lead guitar), Brent Rambler (on rhythm guitar), Dustin Davidson (on bass guitar and background vocals) and Matt Greiner (on drums and piano). The band’s fifth studio album, Rescue & Restore, was released on June 25, 2013.

The Warped Tour is a music and extreme sports festival, sponsored by skateboard shoe manufacturer, Vans, with stops throughout all of North America. Created in 1994 by Kevin Lyman, the tour began as a showcase for punk rock music, but has more recently favored a diversity of genres. To add to the complicated audio requirements, each stop of the tour is held in parking lots and fields, where stages and other structures must be built each time.
The RapcoHorizon Company, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, data and telecommunications interfacing products. Comprising RapcoHorizon, Momentum, Pro Co, Pro Co Data, RAT, RoadHog and StageMASTER, each RapcoHorizon Company brand has developed a reputation in many industries for reliability, and superior sound performance. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, the company’s products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance. The RapcoHorizon Company also has a state-of-the-art Custom Shop to modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need. For more information, please visit the company’s Web site at www.rapcohorizon.com.

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Sound Devices Celebrates 15 Years of Industry Innovation

REEDSBURG, WI, JULY 11, 2013 — Sound Devices is proud to announce its latest company milestone, commemorating 15 years as specialists in portable audio and video products for field production. Founded by three industry veterans in 1998, the company continues to fulfill its original mission—to develop products that help customers achieve the highest quality and performance in their field production workflow. Today, Sound Devices’ growing product portfolio of award-winning audio mixers, recorders, preamplifiers, computer interfaces, and video recorders, offer customers a wide range of essential gear for television and film production.

“We are very proud to celebrate our 15 years in the industry,” says Matt Anderson, Co-founder and President of Sound Devices. “The company has evolved into one of the industry’s most trusted companies, due in large part to the hard work and commitment of our staff.” Jon Tatooles, Co-founder and Vice President of Business Development adds, “We also thank our customers for their loyalty, support and feedback, helping us to reach this milestone in an industry where technology is constantly changing.”

Sound Devices entered the industry with its first broadcast-oriented product, the durable battery-powered MP-1 Portable Microphone Preamp. The company introduced the product and made it available for purchase at the 1999 NAB Show. Today, many elements designed into the MP-1 continue to live in later-generation Sound Devices products, including the battery tube design, high-performance microphone preamplifiers, and durable mechanical construction.

In 2000, Sound Devices introduced its 442 Field Mixer, essentially an over-the-shoulder portable mixing console for production, ENG and film. Developed with input from the industry’s top audio engineers, the 442 offered the audio performance, feature set and mechanical construction demanded by customers with higher expectations for audio from the field.

Soon after, in 2003, Sound Devices announced its entry into the portable digital audio-recording category with its 7-Series Recorders. The 722 and 744T began shipping in early 2005. The 702 and 702T followed, and in 2008, the 788T portable, eight-input, 12-track recorder with time code made its debut in the 7-Series family. Numerous accessories such as the CL-8, CL-9, and CL-WiFi have expanded the number of applications for these recorders, along with numerous feature enhancements through firmware updates.

At the 2011 NAB Show, Sound Devices brought its portable digital recording technology to video with the introduction of its PIX audio/video recorders, PIX 220 and PIX 240. With its strong history of developing high-quality products for the evolving production world, this was a natural progression for Sound Devices. The audio circuitry on the PIX 220 and PIX 240 is based on Sound Devices’ award-winning 7-Series digital audio recorders.

As part of the company’s continued evolution and commitment to its customers and community, Sound Devices relocated its headquarters to a new 27,000 square-foot facility in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, in early 2012. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the facility enables Sound Devices to continue to develop new, innovative field-production audio and video products with greater operational capacity. The headquarters is large enough to hold training meetings for its sales representatives and distributors, and offers space for permanent product displays designed for training.

Entering its 15th year, Sound Devices’ commitment to innovation has continued with the introduction of the PIX 260i. The rack-mounted PIX 260i is a file-based audio/video recorder that seamlessly replaces tape-based video decks in production and post-production environments. Its extensive audio capabilities include 32 tracks of audio with analog, AES digital, embedded audio over SDI and HDMI, or Ethernet-based Dante. Powerful network control capabilities include browser-based Ethernet machine control and drag-and-drop network file transfer.

For more information on Sound Devices and its innovations over the last 15 years, visit www.SoundDevices.com or www.facebook.com/sounddevices.

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 15-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.

Coast Hills Community Church Achieves Clear, Crisp Recordings with DPA Microphones

Church Relies on d:fine Headsets and 4098H Hanging Mics for
Live Streaming and Recording of Sermons and Worship Performances

ALISO VIEJO, CA, JULY 10, 2013 – As production technology grows more sophisticated, the audio crew members at Coast Hills Community Church are finding themselves increasingly responsible for streaming productions live to the Internet or recording them to DVD. In order to deliver high-quality audio in these scenarios, the church relies on DPA Microphones’ d:fine™ Headset Microphones and several DPA 4098H Hanging Supercardioid Microphones.

Designed to function much like a traditional performing arts center, Coast Hills Community Church is housed in a nearly square building with seating for 1,300 worshippers. The sanctuary has undergone minimal acoustical treatments and exhibits a lot of natural reflection, making intelligibility of the spoken word an issue. With the front-of-house production setup situated on a balcony above and behind the parishioners, mixing and equalizing can also be a challenge. To cope with these factors, Mike Sessler, the church’s technical arts director, employs the d:fine headset microphones. The d:fine mics ensure that Coast Hills Senior Pastor Ken Baugh always sounds natural, without producing any feedback.

The microphone requires little-to-no EQ, allowing Sessler to concentrate on other aspects of recording the sermons, such as mixing. While the audio can be improved in post production, if the EQ input is perfect right from the beginning, the resulting audio will sound much better.

“Baugh has a very distinct voice that is difficult to mic and still sound good,” explains Sessler. “Previously, we had to balance a lot of EQ to make him sound acceptable. With the DPA d:fines, we use very little EQ to produce his natural voice. He sounds like him, not like a processed, analyzed version of himself.”

The placement of the microphone also has an important effect on audio, making it critical to find the right position. Even slight changes to the angle or location of a microphone can result in sound that is less than harmonious. The DPA d:fine headset features a miniature capsule that allows Sessler to position the microphone on Baugh in a spot that produces the biggest sound without losing clarity. The miniature capsule also keeps the microphone discreet, making Baugh’s voice sound loud and clear without making it look like he is wearing the mic.

“That is what I love about DPA mics,” says Sessler. “You can just put them up, or on, in the case of the d:fine, and you don’t have to do a lot of work on them. They just make the sound you’re trying to amplify louder. The d:fine is comfortable and sounds great without my having to do a lot of work. I am confident that I can hand Baugh the mic and that it will go in the same place every time.”

Duke DeJeong, church relations director for DPA dealer CCI Solutions, which often works with Coast Hills, says that the most critical microphone for any service is the one the pastor wears. “As 60 percent of the service is focused on his spoken word, it is definitely not the mic to skimp on,” he notes. “The DPA d:fine ends up in the right place every time, so there are never any gain before feedback issues, and the sound is natural, loud and clear. In the end, it is one of the best microphones out there to use for services, especially those that are being recorded.”

While the pastor should be outfitted with the highest-quality microphone during a service, Sessler knows that other audio elements must be attended to as well. For the recordings, he relies on several DPA 4098H Hanging Supercardioid Microphones to capture the live sound of the congregation for a variety of church functions, including baptisms and large-scale musical performances. These mics are positioned over the house to provide live ambient sound back to the musicians’ in-ear monitors, and also near the choir and musicians for both live performances and recordings. As with the d:fine, the 4098H provides the clear, natural sound important to capturing a musical performance.

“DPA Microphones has earned a reputation for exceptional clarity, high resolution and, above all, pure, uncolored and accurate sound,” concludes Sessler. “Whether recording or producing sound reinforcement for theatrical or broadcast productions, DPA’s microphones have become the choice of professionals who demand sonic excellence.”

The church also relies on the DPA’s d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones to pick up audio from its worship band.

Coast Hills Community Church grew out of a bible study led by Founding Pastor Denny Bellesi and his wife Leesa in their living room in 1985. As the church’s popularity grew, Dana Hills High School became the congregation’s first official meeting place. When the church grew to more than 400 families, it sought more space. In 1993, the congregation moved into a brand-new building in Aliso Viejo, California, where the congregation still worships today. Well-known for its weekend services featuring solid bible teaching and passionate singing, Coast Hills Community Church has drawn more than 3,000 families to its congregation.

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.

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Solid State Logic Appoints Jay Easley as Vice President of Live Consoles

Industry Veteran Will Lead the Company’s Expedition into the Live Market in North and South America

OXFORD, UK – SSL Inc., the U.S. operation of Solid State Logic, is pleased to announce that Jay Easley has been appointed Vice President of Live Consoles in the Americas. Previously with Midas and Klark Teknik (MKT), Easley has had a successful sales and marketing career in the live sound market, with many years experience in global audio console launches, acquiring new business and increasing market share. In this new role, Easley brings his vast understanding of the live market to promote SSL’s recently introduced ‘Live’ console, which brings the industry standard, sonic legacy of the SSL brand to the stage.

Working closely with the team in the Americas, Easley’s initial goal is to build industry awareness of the SSL Live Console. He will also work closely with Jason Kelly, SSL’s newly appointed Live Product Manager, to define future product enhancements tailored to the needs of specific clients. Using his extensive knowledge of the performance market through years of successful console placements, Easley will help dealers and mix engineers understand the many benefits of this innovative, advanced technology live sound console.

“Jay’s extraordinary stature in the live sound industry brings a high level of credibility for SSL as we enter this exciting market segment,” says Piers Plaskitt, CEO of SSL, Inc. “His surgical focus and successful experience in live sound applications makes him the ideal choice to lead the charge for the Live Console in North and South America. We believe the addition of Jay on the SSL team will herald in a new era of technology leadership for the live sound market.”

Most recently, Easley served as Associate Vice President of MKT’s North American operations. In this position, he developed and executed sales and marketing strategies, new product introductions, and delivered presentations, seminars and training classes to clients and partners.

“I am truly honored to work for SSL, a company that I consider to have an unparalleled reputation for excellence and reliability,” says Easley. “I am excited to lead the Live Console business in the Americas. We have the opportunity to show customers SSL’s advanced console technology that exceeds industry expectations for what is now available for live sound. This is SSL and we expect the Live Console will have the same leadership impact on the live sound industry as it has enjoyed with the music, broadcast, post and film markets for decades.”

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.

Trew Audio Turns to DPA Microphones for AOL’s HuffPost Live

Sound Installation and Services Company Specifies DPA 4061 Lavalier Mics for the Online News Outlet’s LA Studio

LOS ANGELES, JUNE 18, 2013 – When AOL Productions’ HuffPost Live, an online video streaming network affiliated with the Huffington Post news outlet, sought to outfit its Beverly Hills studio with a permanent set of audio equipment, it turned to Trew Audio Los Angeles, to specify the gear. As audio is one of the most important elements of any webcast, Trew Audio, a longtime provider of sound equipment sales, rentals and services for AOL Productions, suggested DPA Microphones’ 4061 Lavalier Microphone. Used daily by the talent and guests who appear on the Website, the microphones provide clarity, flexibility and reliability.

HuffPost Live is broadcast from two studios, one in Los Angeles and the other in New York. Originally, the network operated mostly out of its New York location, only using the Beverly Hills studio sporadically. For the occasions when shows were aired from Los Angeles, AOL Productions rented equipment from Trew Audio. As the popularity of its Los Angeles shows grew, so too did HuffPost Live’s need for a permanent arrangement of gear at the Beverly Hills studio. Already familiar with the quality of DPA Microphones, and on suggestion from Trew Audio, the network purchased eight DPA 4061 microphones for its audio setup.

“When HuffPost Live approached us about audio products for the show, the first company that came to mind was DPA Microphones,” says Gary Vahling, rental manager for Trew Audio. “The quality of the company’s products is exceptional and the support provided by its staff is always top notch. We knew that with microphones from DPA, HuffPost Live would be able to ensure that viewers hear talent and guests loudly and clearly, without any noise or interference.”

With the New York version of the show already well established, Trew Audio needed to provide an audio solution that would allow the bicoastal teams to flow seamlessly between New York and Los Angeles airtime.

Offering great detail and resolution, the 4061s have a neutral sonic character and are very natural sounding. The 4061 has a very low noise floor, impressive sensitivity and can handle high SPLs. The microphone is also available with a wide range of connection adapters for all professional wireless systems, such as Audio-Technica, Sennheiser and Shure, as well as an XLR adapter for 48V Phantom Power applications. To provide the ultimate microphone solution, Vahling also supplied HuffPost Live with a Lectrosonics wireless adapter for the DPA 4061 mics.

“One of the best things about DPA Microphones is that the company supplies adapters for all of the standard wireless systems currently available on the market,” explains Vahling. “Those units make the microphones really flexible for everything we do in rentals. For customers, it allows them to change a connector on the fly depending on what they are doing.”

Also included in the kit for each of the eight DPA 4061 mics are two grids – one high boost and one soft boost – that allow the user to acoustically modify the microphone according to placement: chest, head etc. Additionally, a wide range of accessories are available, such as windscreens, clips and holders, extension cables and power supplies.

“Another great thing about DPA’s microphones is the accessory kits,” concludes Vahling. “The elements that are included along with the microphones help with all performances, whether it’s a live webcast or a musical performance.”

About Trew Audio
Trew Audio is devoted to the art of location sound recording for film and television. Founded by sound mixer Glen Trew, Trew Audio was designed to fill the widening gap between sound professionals and support services that has grown as film and video production has become less confined to Hollywood and New York. With four locations in Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver and Nashville, Trew Audio is a leader in the sales, rental, and service of audio equipment for professional film and video production in markets worldwide. Find out more at www.trewaudio.com.

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.

Sound Devices Continues to Develop the 788T for the Latest Production Requirements

Firmware Update 3.0 Now Available for Free Download

REEDSBURG, WI, JUNE 17, 2013 — To further position the company’s flagship 788T and 788T-SSD digital audio recorders as the foremost solutions for today’s evolving production standards, Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field production, announces the availability of firmware update Version 3.0. A free download for all existing and new 788T users, this latest software update offers a 192 kHz sampling rate for up to four tracks, increased C-Link metadata functionality and added limiters for digital inputs.

Version 3.0 now offers Sound Devices 788T users a 192 kHz sampling rate for up to four tracks (L through B) recording to one drive. It provides for scene, take, notes, false takes, circle and track name metadata to be synched between C-Linked 788Ts. Version 3.0 firmware also features digital input limiters for AES3 and AES42 inputs, perfect for digital microphones. Additional enhancements include a left/right tone identification mode with a shortcut to toggle the mode on or off, added user-customizable CL-9 encoder adjustments which affect trim gain and EQ frequency, and the option to decode MS into LR MIX only and leave ISO tracks as un-decoded MS.

In addition, Version 3.0 offers a new timecode mode, “Free Run – Auto Output Mute.” This is the same as the “Free” run mode, but mutes the “Lemo” timecode output when stopped and can be used to roll external devices when the “Rec-Run” timecode is not suitable. In addition to overall faster drive formatting, the latest firmware features an upgraded external low voltage threshold, now 11.3V, along with various overall system improvements and optimizations.

“As our flagship digital audio recorder, the 788T has become a mainstay in the industry, and is in constant use on high-profile film, television and new media projects,” says Paul Isaacs, Technical Development Manager for Sound Devices. “As audio production techniques continue to evolve and become more streamlined, Sound Devices is committed to ensuring that our products remain on the cutting edge of technology through regular firmware updates.”

With the influx of multi-tracking both in the field and on set, the Sound Devices 788T has become the next-generation digital audio recorder for advanced sound mixers who require additional isolated tracks. It boasts eight full-featured inputs and records to up to 12 tracks. It accepts either microphone or line-level signals, provides 48-V phantom power for condenser microphones, offers peak limiters for microphone inputs and features fully adjustable high-pass filters—all in a compact package. Routing flexibility allows each input to be routed to left/right mixed tracks, isolated tracks or aux tracks.

The 788T has several options for recording media, including an internal SATA hard drive (solid-state in the 788T-SSD), CompactFlash cards, an external FireWire hard drive or DVD-RAM (with bus powering). Any or all of these can be used simultaneously. Additionally, when connected to Mac or Windows computers with high-speed USB or FireWire 400/800, the 788T functions as a high-speed mass storage device.

To simplify AES3 connectivity with mixers and cameras, the 788T has eight channels of balanced AES3 digital inputs and six channels of balanced AES3 outputs. The 788T can be clocked from an external word clock or from video sync. The 788T also comes equipped with a high-accuracy time-code reader/generator. It also includes auto-record features to chase external “Rec-Run” video sources. To simplify metadata entry, the 788T accepts USB keyboards directly or can be operated remotely from iOS devices with the optional CL-WiFi. The 788T, like all Sound Devices products, is versatile and designed to withstand the physical and environmental extremes of rigorous field production.

788T/788T-SSD users can download Version 3.0, by visiting:
http://www.sounddevices.com/download/788t-firmware/download/.

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.

DPA Microphones Launches the Ultimate in Podium Microphones at InfoComm 2013

Company builds on the renowned audio quality of its highly regarded microphones to design new solutions that are ideal for the installation market

ORLANDO, FL, JUNE 12, 2013 – Internationally acclaimed for creating high quality live sound and recording microphones, DPA Microphones has now turned its attention to the installation market with the launch of two new Podium Microphones at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 744). Based on the company’s d:dicate™ Recording Microphones (formerly known as Reference Standard) and its renowned 4060 Miniature/d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones, both solutions give AV installers and conference organizers the clear, transparent and precise sound they demand.

As a high-end solution, DPA is offering podium microphones that incorporate the modular capsules from its d:dicate Recording Microphones, which are acclaimed for their exceptional linear frequency responses, high SPL and superior gain before feedback. These new podium microphones combine the state-of-the-art d:dicate capsules with any of the company’s newly introduced modular active booms and modular active cables. With several capsules to choose from, DPA customers can access the exact microphone and boom or cable combination to meet their needs.

“Given the flexibility of our d:dicate range, creating a microphone for the installation and conference markets was an obvious step,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “We already had the high-end capsule and preamplifier technology needed to fulfil the audio component, so all we had to do was employ some ingenious mechanical solutions. By doing this, we have been able to adapt our boom and cable technology so that we can deliver high-end installation solutions for a wide variety of applications. Whether this is for a podium, desk top, stage stand or even a ceiling suspension, we have it covered with visually elegant and sonically superior products that boast all the robustness inherent in DPA’s ingenious engineering techniques.”

In addition to the high-end d:dicate solution, DPA has also developed a cost-effective, directional podium microphone based on two of its renowned miniature microphones, the 4060 and the d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone.

These directional gooseneck microphones, which use interference tubes and pre-polarized backplates to ensure speech intelligibility, were originally devised on request from the Nobel Prize organization. In search of a dedicated podium solution for its 2012 Nobel Peace Prize presentation at Oslo City Hall in Norway, the organization required a microphone that could stand up to the acoustical challenges of its auditorium. To fit the need, DPA Microphones adapted its existing miniature capsule to give an off-axis frequency response that negated room reverberation while preserving the needed on-axis sensitivity for voice level. The company also positioned the capsule on a delicate gooseneck stand, which encompasses a sleek Scandinavian design. The result was so well received that the microphone was quickly adopted as a standard DPA product and is now available to all installation customers. This miniature podium microphone can also be used in a wireless configuration by employing the company’s innovative adapter that is available for its range of miniature microphones.

Both Podium Microphones will be available to the installation market beginning August 2013. For further information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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.

Sound Devices Elevates Commitment to Technical Sales Expertise with Recent Company Promotions

Pat McConnell New VP of Sales, Ed Capp Named Global Sales Director

REEDSBURG, WI, MAY 21, 2013 — Sound Devices, experts in audio and video products for field production, is pleased to announce two internal promotions. As the company continues to evolve in the professional audio and video markets, it has named Pat McConnell Vice President of Sales and Ed Capp Global Sales Director.

At a time when the level of technical expertise required for successful sales is paramount, the pair has demonstrated leadership in the specialized audio and video production markets. In their new roles, Pat and Ed will oversee the Sound Devices sales team to further promote the company’s entire range of products globally, while continuing to strengthen the Sound Devices reseller and distributor network.

Pat, who joined the company last year, brings his deep experience in audio, systems sales, and sales management to the company. He also continues on with the tradition of single-syllable first names for Sound Devices officers. Ed, a 10-year veteran of the Sound Devices sales team, has been instrumental in significantly expanding the reach of Sound Devices throughout the world. Ed has developed Sound Devices strength in Asia as well as the important Southern California markets.

“Ed and Pat are a great sales team and together they manage Sound Devices presence throughout the world,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “As the Sound Devices product lines become more and more technical, it is critical that our sales team is led by knowledgeable individuals who are immersed in the changing audio and video technology landscape. We are very excited to continue to grow our sales force and look forward to both Ed and Pat’s future contributions to the company.”

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.

Sound Devices Offers Enhanced Recording and File Transfer Options for PIX 260i Users

Latest Firmware Update, Version 1.02, Now Available for Free Download

LOS ANGELES, MAY 15, 2013 — In an effort to continue to streamline workflows for production and post-production environments with its rack-mounted PIX 260i Production Video Recorder, Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, now offers expanded audio and video recording and file transfer capabilities with its newest firmware update, Version 1.02. Available as a free download to all PIX 260i users, this latest version will be highlighted at Cine Gear 2013 (Booth 94).

With Version 1.02, all drives are now formatted as exFAT instead of UDF. While this new drive formatting is available, it is still possible for PIX 260i users to record and play back from UDF drives for compatibility with the PIX 220i and PIX 240i. Users have the ability to set each PIX 260i drive independently to Ethernet File Transfer (Network) mode. This offers the convenience of transferring files over a network while the PIX 260i records new data. Drives will also automatically switch to the Ethernet File Transfer mode when full. In addition, the end user can now read and write data to PIX 260i drives over Ethernet. The update also enables the PIX 260i to provide users with both simultaneous recording to multiple drives or sequential mode, recording to the next successive drive as drives become full. A 10-second (maximum) pre-record buffer for the audio-only mode has also been added.

“The PIX 260i offers an innovative new approach to file-based audio and video recording,” says Paul Isaacs, Technical Development Manager for Sound Devices. “Every new version of PIX 260i firmware, including version 1.02, is the result of feedback from customers who have incorporated it into their everyday workflows.”

Based on Sound Devices’ PIX 240i portable audio/video recorder, PIX 260i is a rack-mounted, file-based audio/video recorder that seamlessly replaces tape-based video decks in production and post-production environments. PIX 260i offers 32 tracks of audio record and playback as well as control functionality from browser-capable computers and tablets. PIX 260i offers the features and tools that production companies and broadcasters require to migrate to file-based recording and playback capabilities. It records QuickTime files in either Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD video formats. Files recorded in these intra-frame codecs are ready for editing directly from the recorder in common editing environments, such as Avid, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Premiere, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding. For color-critical applications, the PIX 260i supports Apple ProRes 4444 through its 12-bit, 4:4:4 3G-SDI I/O. Users can also play out files from the PIX 260i for real-time applications.

PIX 260i users can download Version 1.02 by visiting www.sounddevices.com/download/pix260i-firmware/.

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.

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RTW TM7 TOUCHMONITOR WINS 2013 iF PRODUCT DESIGN AWARD

International Forum Design Honors Plug-In Module Version of RTW’s TM7 TouchMonitor

COLOGNE, GERMANY, 22, APRIL, 2013 – RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters and monitoring devices for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is happy to announce that the half 19-inch 20700VID plug-in module version of RTW’s TM7 TouchMonitor has won an iF Product Design Award. The iF (International Forum Design) jury, judging on behalf of a global organization dedicated to strengthening public awareness of design through awards, publications and exhibitions, chose the 19-inch model as a standout product in the audio and video category. This is the second iF Product Design Award for RTW. The company also won in 2011 for the TM7 and TM9 TouchMonitor series.

Known the world over as a “seal of outstanding design,” the iF product design award honors outstanding achievements in design. It covers all areas of product design and serves as a platform for design-relevant innovations around the globe. All of the 2013 iF product design award winners are available at www.ifdesign.de.

The half 19-inch 20700VID plug-in module version of RTW’s TM7 TouchMonitor is specifically designed for installation in waveform-monitor racks typically used in video studios, which are often difficult to fit. This version of the TM7 is technologically identical to the original TM7 model, providing ports for eight analog, eight digital (AES3 or AES3id) and 3G-SDI signals in different combinations (I/O options). Both versions feature a USB port that allows for preset import and export, license updates, and firmware upgrades. Featuring a 7-inch touch screen combined with unprecedented flexibility and modularity with an intuitive user interface, the TM7 is part of RTW’s innovative range of products that marks the next generation in professional audio-signal metering.

The operating concept behind the entire line of TouchMonitor audio meters, based on 16:9 touch-sensitive screens, is unique. It offers not only a built-in online help function, but also allows for monitoring separate signal groups and using multiple instruments at the same time. This way, up to 16 analog or digital signals (with 3G-SDI interface up to 32) can all be displayed. In addition, the clear-cut surface layout of the product’s housing gives it a distinctive look, which can be consistently transferred to other RTW ranges of products and also allows for variations.

“We are very proud that the International Forum Design has once again chosen RTW, this time for the design of the half 19-inch plug-in module version of our TM7 TouchMonitor,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “RTW is committed to providing the professional audio industry with the solutions it needs: devices that are both technologically advanced and well-designed. A lot of time and effort went into the design of this version of our TM7 and we are very proud our efforts have been recognized.”

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