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SSL INTRODUCES SIGNIFICANT UPGRADE TO C10 HD COMPACT BROADCAST CONSOLE WITH NEW V4 SOFTWARE AT NAB 2013

New software expands power and introduces significant new features for the leading mid-scale console.

LAS VEGAS – Solid State Logic is proud to announce new V4 Software for the innovative and industry-leading C10 HD Compact Broadcast Console at the 2013 NAB Show (Booth C2617). The new V4 software release introduces a range of features and options that significantly expand the capability of the C10, demonstrating the company’s commitment to continuous improvement. The C10 turned the industry upside down by delivering exceptional power at an attractive price point, and the legacy continues with this new system upgrade. more

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From The Field to the Studio: Sound Devices Highlights Diverse Capabilities of Rack-Mounted PIX 260i at the 2013 NAB Show

File-Based Audio/Video Recorder Ideal for OB, In-Studio and Post-Production Environments

LAS VEGAS, MARCH 5, 2013 — Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, is taking its proven field technology into the studio with its PIX 260i Production Video Recorder at the 2013 NAB Show (Booth C2849). Based on Sound Devices’ PIX 240i Recorder, 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. Currently shipping, PIX 260i also offers 32 tracks of audio record/playback as well as control functionality from browser-capable computers and tablets.

The PIX 260i brings the features and tools needed by production companies and broadcasters looking to migrate to file-based recording and playback environments. The PIX 260i 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 recorders can be controlled from browser-capable computers and tablets. When connected to a data network, transport controls and setup menu controls are available on the Sound Devices PIXNET, which offers IP-addressable control of one or multiple PIX 260i recorders. Users can group multiple units for simultaneous control. Data drives connected to PIX 260i are also accessible on Ethernet-based networks as read-only SMB shares, opening up endless possibilities for file sharing. Files can be copied from any PIX 260i located on a network, enabling access from across a room or the globe.

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

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

With its extensive control capabilities, the PIX 260i is a flexible video playback source. The PIX 260i can be controlled by both external RS-422 and via Ethernet through PIXNet.

The PIX 260i 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 the PIX 220i and PIX 240i, the PIX 260i 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 or a different rate. Hardware-based 3:2 pull-down removal and anamorphic conversion is also available.

PIX 260i’s convenient half-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’ PIX-RACK accessory includes one full 2U rack, which can hold two PIX 260is.

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 664 Field Production Mixer Earns Cinema Audio Society’s Prestigious Technical Achievement Award

REEDSBURG, WI, FEBRUARY 25, 2013 — Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, is pleased to announce that its 664 Production Mixer has earned the prestigious Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Technical Achievement Award in the production category. The CAS Technical Achievement Awards recognize innovations in recording technologies, including hardware and software products that are used by sound mixing professionals.

“We are thrilled to once again be the recipient of the CAS Technical Award,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “We strive to bring innovative, field-proven products to market and being given this prominent award for the 664, our newest production mixer, confirms our dedication to developing award-winning products.”

Sound Devices has now been recipient of the CAS Technical Achievement Award three times. The 744T and 788T Production Recorders are past winners. The 664 Field Production Mixer is the new flagship in Sound Devices’ line of portable audio mixers. The intuitive 664 has six input channels and four output buses. All inputs and outputs are recordable to both CompactFlash and SD cards. This unprecedented amount of I/O connectivity and recording capability makes the 664 perfect for any portable production application.

The 664 has six ultra-low noise, high-dynamic-range analog inputs. These transformer-less preamps accept mic- or line-level signals, and include analog peak limiters, high-pass filters, input trim controls and direct outputs. Input connectors 1 and 6 can be selected to accept AES42 or AES3 digital signals

In complex multi-camera productions, output flexibility is essential. The 664 can send its main left/right outputs to three cameras simultaneously. Two additional output buses, X1 and X2, appear on balanced TA3 connectors. AES3 digital outputs are individually selected to appear on the main XLR and multi-pin output connectors.

The 664 can record each of its inputs and four output buses for 10 record tracks. Recordings are saved to CompactFlash and SD cards. Recordings are either 16- or 24-bit broadcast WAV files, with extensive metadata. All popular production sampling rates are supported. When used with a CL-6 Input Expander, the 664 records 16 tracks, 12 inputs and four output buses.

The mixer’s built-in, rock-steady Ambient time-code generator allows multiple devices to operate in synchronization. The 664 can operate as a time code master clock, or its clock can be jammed from an external time code. A helpful time-code comparison utility displays the difference between internal and external time codes.

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 Welcomes Max Noach as Latin American Regional Sales Manager

Former Employee Returns to His Roots to Expand the Company’s Reach into the Emerging Market

OXFORD, UK – Solid State Logic is pleased to welcome back Max Noach to the company. In his new role as Regional Sales Manager for Latin America, Noach will oversee all day-to-day sales and support activities in Central and South America.

Noach’s previous sales and engineering experiences, combined with his understanding of the region and ability to speak five languages (English, French, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish), make him the perfect candidate for the position.

“We are thrilled to welcome Max back to the Solid State Logic family,” says George Horton, SSL Vice President, Western Region and Latin America. “Latin America has quickly become an important market for all audio companies, and we’re lucky to have someone with as much insight into the region as Max. His previous decade-long experience with SSL and extensive engineering career make Max the ideal person for this role. I look forward to working with him to continue to grow SSL’s reach into this market while fulfilling the company’s legacy of providing exemplary, innovative technology that sets industry standards.”

Since relocating to Brazil, Noach has provided freelance sales and consultancy services to Brazil-based companies in the recording, broadcast and post-production industries. He also served as divisional manager for Marutec-Tagima and most recently as the pro audio sales manager for ProShows.

In his original roles with SSL, Noach helped to develop the company’s reach into the South American market. Throughout his decade-long tenure with SSL, he held several positions, including Area Sales Manager and Head of Sales – Western Division. Prior to taking on sales, Noach also had an impressive freelance engineering career, providing editing, mixing, post-production support and sound supervising for a variety of projects. Included among these are television, corporate video, short films, documentaries and commercials.

“I am truly thrilled and enthused to be back working at SSL, a company that I have always admired and with the people I love,” says Noach. “I look forward to contributing to SSL’s future by helping it reach new markets and continuing to develop existing regions. This feels like coming home, really. It’s both familiar and exhilarating at the same time.”

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.

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CLEAR-COM RELOCATES UK HEADQUARTERS

New Location Boasts Creative Atmosphere and Expanded Technical Resources

CAMBRIDGE, UK, 7 FEBRUARY 2013 ? Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, announces the relocation of its UK headquarters. The new office is located at 2000 Beach Drive, Cambridge, just down the road from the company’s previous UK headquarters. The new facility enables Clear-Com to continue its expansion in the region, while offering further creative resources for its staff members.

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CLEAR-COM EXHIBITS LATEST IN BROADCAST INTERCOMS AT BVE 2013

LONDON, 6 FEBRUARY 2013 ? Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communications systems, is displaying its latest range of broadcast intercom solutions at BVE 2013 (Stand J16). Included among the intercom offerings on display are the recently unveiled Eclipse HX matrices and HelixNet Partyline system. The company is also presenting its BroaMan interface options and the latest upgrades to the Tempest®2400 wireless intercom. more

Sound Devices 664 Field Production Mixer Receives Nomination for The Cinema Audio Society’s Technical Achievement Award

REEDSBURG, WI, JANUARY 31, 2013 — Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, is pleased to announce that its 664 Production Mixer has been nominated for a Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Technical Achievement Award in the production category.

The 664 Field Production Mixer is the new flagship in Sound Devices’ line of portable audio mixers. The intuitive 664 has six input channels and four output buses. All inputs and outputs are recordable to both CF and SD cards. This unprecedented amount of I/O connectivity and recording capability makes the 664 perfect for any portable production application.

“It is an honor and privilege to once again be nominated for a Technical Achievement Award by the Cinema Audio Society,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “Being recognized by such a prestigious organization confirms our efforts to continue to bring innovative, industry-leading products to market.”

The 664 has six ultra-low noise, high-dynamic-range analog inputs. These transformer-less preamps accept mic- or line-level signals, and include analog peak limiters, high-pass filters, input trim controls and direct outputs. Input connectors 1 and 6 can be selected to accept AES42 or AES3 digital signals

In complex multi-camera productions, output flexibility is essential. The 664 can send its main left/right outputs to three cameras simultaneously. Two additional output buses, X1 and X2, appear on balanced TA3 connectors. AES3 digital outputs are individually selected to appear on the main XLR and multi-pin output connectors.

The 664 can record each of its inputs and four output buses for 10 record tracks. Recordings are saved to CompactFlash and SD cards. Recordings are either 16- or 24-bit broadcast WAV files, with extensive metadata. All popular production sampling rates are supported. When used with a CL-6 Input Expander, the 664 records 16 tracks, 12 inputs and four output buses.

The mixer’s built-in, rock-steady Ambient time code generator allows multiple devices to operate in synchronization. The 664 can operate as a time code master clock, or its clock can be jammed from an external time code. A helpful time code compare utility shows the difference between internal and external time codes.

This year’s winners will be announced at the 49th annual CAS Awards on Saturday, February 16th at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

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 Unveils New 4:4:4 Feature for PIX 240 and 240i

Video Recorders Can Now Record 12-Bit, 4:4:4 Content to Apple ProRes 4444

REEDBSBURG, WI, JANUARY 2, 2013 — Sound Devices, announces its latest major upgrade to the PIX 240 and PIX 240i Production Video Recorders. This new update, available for all PIX customers free of charge, offers Apple ProRes 4444 recording from video sources over 3G-SDI (4:4:4 RGB or YCbCr). Recording 4:4:4 offers productions superior color precision for applications in chroma-keying, color-grading and multi-generational editing.

PIX 240 and 240i users now have the ability to record into Apple ProRes 4444, which offers impressive quality with 4:4:4 sources and workflows involving alpha channel transparency. With its 12-bit, 4:4:4 capability, the PIX 240 and 240i can record 330-Mbps Apple ProRes 4444 files that are perceptually indistinguishable from the original source material. Popular cameras with 4:4:4 capable outputs include the ARRI ALEXA, Canon C500 and Sony F3.

“Sound Devices is pleased to announce this latest firmware update, which brings Apple ProRes 4444 recording over 3G-SDI to the PIX 240 and 240i,” says Paul Isaacs, Technical Development Manager, Sound Devices. “The additional color accuracy available in a 4:4:4 environment reinforces that the PIX recorder is a master-grade production recorder suitable for the most demanding production applications.”

Additional features available in this latest v3.0 firmware update include time-code and recording status displays on the SDI and HDMI outputs, up to 500 ms of audio delay to compensate for multi-device picture delay, and selectable 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 video output independent from the source material.

Users can connect PIX 240 and 240i to cameras with HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, or HDMI and record directly to QuickTime using a range of different Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD codecs, including Apple ProRes 4444. Since PIX recorders use ProRes and DNxHD, files recorded in the field can be used directly in post production, making for simpler, faster workflows.

The PIX 240i’s high-performance five-inch, IPS-based LCD display is an accurate field monitor, providing users with immediate confirmation of framing, exposure, focus, audio metering, and setup menu selections. It offers excellent color accuracy and contrast, great off-axis visibility, and accurate motion tracking.

The built-in hardware scaler and frame rate converter allows PIX to output and record material at different resolutions and frame rates than supported by the camera. Conversion between HD and SD, with and without anamorphic conversion, is available.

The audio circuitry of the PIX recorders 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.

The HDMI-only PIX 220 and PIX 220i video recorders also gain new features available in the new version 3.0 update, including Apple ProRes 4444 recording, time-code and recording status displays on HDMI outputs, and up to 500 ms of audio delay to compensate for multi-device picture delay.

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 Announces Warranty Extension

New Policy Retroactive for all Products, Including Equipment Already in Use

REEDSBURG, WI, DECEMBER 5, 2012 — Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, announces it has changed its warranty policy from one to two years for both parts and labor. This retroactive change extends the product warranty for all Sound Devices products already in the field.

“We are proud to announce that we have extended the warranty on all of our products to our customers,” says Jim Koomar, Vice President of Sales at Sound Devices. “This warranty extension provides an additional year of coverage to our customers and also serves as a way to thank loyal users for choosing our products.”

As a customary part of Sound Devices product ownership, the company also offers regular firmware updates in order to keep its customers up-to-date on the very latest features and technology. These updates, which include numerous functional enhancements, evolve directly from customer feedback. This gives users an effective way to upgrade to the latest technology without having to purchase a new unit. This year alone, the company has offered numerous updates for its audio mixers, audio recorders and video recorders. All firmware updates are available free of charge and can be easily downloaded by visiting http://www.sounddevices.com/download/.

Another free tool available to the industry is Wave Agent, a multi-purpose, cross-platform utility for playing, editing and managing WAV files. Wave Agent includes a comprehensive and indispensable range of tools for preparing sound ?les for problem-free passage through complex production work?ows. Designed for production sound mixers and post-production editors, Wave Agent is also available as a free download from the company’s website.

For more information, visit www.sounddevices.com.

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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Clear-Com Takes The University Of Salford To The Head Of The Class

Eclipse Matrix, V-Series Panels and FreeSpeak Integra Wireless System
Enable Communications Across The Multilevel Facility

SALFORD, UK, 21 NOVEMBER, 2012Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is allowing students at the University of Salford’s £30-million digital learning, teaching and research facility at MediaCityUK to communicate like production professionals. Students and staff across the multilevel campus use Clear-Com’s Eclipse-Median digital matrix intercom system, V-Series lever key-panels and FreeSpeak digital wireless beltpacks to coordinate the productions of one-on-one interviews, news programmes, panel discussions and music series.

The Clear-Com installation at the University has vastly improved production workflow with a set of intercom systems at every key communication position in the facility. The new building is made up of three floors, and nearly every room on each of those floors either has a V-Series key-panel or FreeSpeak wireless beltpack. This includes the editing and post-production spaces located on the second floor and two live TV studios—Studios A and B—along with the galleries and a digital performance lab on the ground level. All beltpack and panels are routed through the Eclipse-Median matrix. This gives students and staff immediate access to communications wherever they are located in the building, whenever it is needed.

“In our old facility, we didn’t have a system for multilevel, group conversations,” says Ash Tidball, TV Studio Manager for the University of Salford at MediaCityUK. “Our previous intercom was very simple. You were in the studio, you had four channels, and you could talk to each other in that studio, and that was it. Coming into the new building, we wanted a system that would allow us to converse in different areas of the site, but without the crosstalk that might occur due to our close proximity to the BBC. The main goal was being able to talk to whomever we needed to, without interference.”

The Clear-Com equipment has accomplished this for Tidball, his colleagues and students. Not only does the FreeSpeak integration to the matrix offer up to 40 wireless beltpack users, but it also provides six channels per beltpack for many group and point-to-point connections.

“We have the Clear-Com system set up so we can talk just to production, sound or the floor techs,” adds Tidball. “Or we can select all three of those groups and speak with them all at the same time. It’s a very expansive system.”

Operating within the license-free 1.8GHz-1.93 GHz frequency band, away from the crowded spectrum where other wireless devices operate, FreeSpeak delivers a reliable, uninterrupted signal. FreeSpeak also combines DECT and wireless auto-roaming technologies to allow users to move about the campus freely without fading or losing connection.

The Clear-Com Eclipse is highly modular, a key specification Tidball and his colleagues had wanted in the intercom system for the new facility. The Eclipse and IP-enabled V-Series panels operate on the facility’s Ethernet and fibre network, making future upgrades simple. Further, the Eclipse Configuration Software (ECS) simplifies programming and automates the setup of intercom communications. This is especially useful in the frenetically paced work environment, where operators may not always have time to manually program the system. Staff members can also log onto the ECS through any of the main terminals in the building, conveniently changing inputs and outputs as needed.

“The University of Salford’s educational facility at MediaCityUK marks a major milestone in broadcast education in the UK, establishing what will no doubt become a premier training ground for the country’s future top broadcasters,” says Dan Muchmore, Regional Sales Manager, UK, Ireland and Scandinavia, Clear-Com. “Clear-Com is proud that this prestigious institution has selected the Eclipse-Median and FreeSpeak intercoms to train its students in professional production communications.”

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com, an HME company, is the global leader in critical voice communication systems for professional productions. Since 1968, Clear-Com has developed and marketed a comprehensive range of analogue, digital and IP-based wired and wireless intercom technologies for party-line and point-to-point communications. Recognised for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communication solutions. More information about Clear-Com can be found at www.clearcom.com.

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