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Bible Broadcasting Network Delivers its Message with GatesAir

Network expands with GatesAir high-efficiency FM/AM radio transmitters across the Americas, reducing labor and energy costs with each installation

CINCINNATI, September 2, 2014GatesAir, a global leader in over-the-air broadcast solutions for television and radio, is shipping eight Flexiva™ transmitters to the Bible Broadcasting Network, a quickly expanding Christian FM/AM radio network with English- and Spanish-language stations throughout the Americas. Bible Broadcasting Network has exclusively selected GatesAir for all main transmitter sites, citing noticeable efficiency gains across labor and power consumption as key benefits.

“The green efficiency of the Flexiva transmitter has been advantageous and measurable,” said Ron Muffley, network engineering manager, Bible Broadcasting Network. “We have seen a sharp decrease in power use where we have replaced older transmitters. We see the difference in our recent low-power installations in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and we anticipate a noticeable reduction in power costs as we install the high-power transmitters over the coming months.”

The most recent shipments include low-power FM transmitters for WYBQ-FM in Leesport, Pennsylvania; WYFY-FM in Cambridge, Ohio; and FM stations in Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador. The network will soon install high-power Flexiva models—10kW, 20kW and 30kW—at WYFO-FM in Lakeland, Florida; WYFQ-FM in Charlotte, North Carolina; KYFS-FM in San Antonio; and KYFJ-FM in New Iberia, Louisiana.

Bible Broadcasting Network has gradually shifted to GatesAir exclusively for its main AM/FM transmitters as the network has grown. In addition to power efficiency gains, maintenance and engineering work has been greatly simplified through fewer spare parts, hot swappable module replacements and built-in redundancy that always keeps them on the air. These benefits all tie to the green PowerSmart® 3D architecture at the core of Flexiva transmitters, reducing footprint, monthly bills and labor through exceptional power density, energy efficiency and broadband designs – all equating to the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership for any radio broadcast transmitter on the market.

“We have some particularly remote sites that are very difficult to access, including the new Pennsylvania, Texas and Louisiana installations,” said Muffley. “The benefit of having fewer spare parts means that an engineer can easily replace a module in a few minutes. We have also been pleased that the high-efficiency Flexiva series eliminates the need for large transformers and chokes, greatly reducing size and weight. There is a big benefit to having a lighter transmitter that one person can handle.”

Bible Broadcasting Network is also deploying GatesAir signal transport solutions, having recently installed an Intraplex® IP Link codec at WBYK-FM in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The IP Link established a network connection to transport audio previously brought in by the satellite receiver, eliminating the RF performance issues that had hindered signal integrity at maximum operating power.

“Our long-term relationship with GatesAir has been excellent through the years, largely due to the excellent sales and support coupled with strong technology,” said Muffley. “They wear more hats than sales, even providing input into maintenance and generally solving problems for us as they did at the Chattanooga site. We have grown far beyond our expectations the past couple of years, and GatesAir has kept up with our growth at every stage.”

About GatesAir

GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.

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Video Devices Product Line Steps into the Spotlight at IBC for the First Time

New Brand Identity from Sound Devices Reinforces Video Product Line

AMSTERDAM, AUGUST 27, 2014 – Video Devices, mission-critical video products by Sound Devices, will make its IBC debut at this year’s exhibition (Hall 8, Stand B59). Since Sound Devices introduced its first video products, the camera-mounted PIX 240i and PIX 220i, the company has expanded on its success with a range of rack-mounted, network-connected video recorders. These product additions, including the new PIX 270i and PIX 250i, have opened new markets and product categories for the company.

“While production sound equipment is our foundation, and we continue to develop new audio gear, video production has become increasingly important for us,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “We are excited to highlight this new brand to the international broadcast community, in addition to our range of audio gear, at IBC 2014.”

The network-connected PIX 270i and PIX 250i video decks offer significant advantages for production workflows, providing time-saving tapeless, file-based recording and playback with the ability to remotely control, set up and transfer high-quality files over Ethernet. The units record edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD files and allow simultaneous multiple-drive recording, giving production staff peace of mind with their rock-solid redundancy and backup capabilities (four drives for PIX 270i and two drives for 250i). Their extensive audio capabilities, including 64 channels of both MADI audio and Dante audio-over-Ethernet for PIX 270i (a world’s first for a video deck) and the PIX 250i’s 16 tracks of audio, make each unit a comprehensive, cost-effective tool for high-performance video capture and presentation.

Over the next several months, the company will brand all video-related products as Video Devices, including the PIX 240i, PIX 250i, and PIX 270i recorders. All future video products will also be branded Video Devices. This is a key step in a focused strategy to make Video Devices a dominant force in the video production and video integration markets.

Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production. Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from its Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters, with additional offices in Madison, WI. For more information, visit the Video Devices and Sound Devices websites, www.videodevices.com; www.sounddevices.com.

DPA Microphones Expands Sales Force

U.S. office welcomes three new Area Sales Managers; promotes new General Manager

LONGMONT, CO, AUGUST 25, 2014 – DPA Inc., the U.S. branch of DPA Microphones, is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher Spahr, Pedro Rocha and Leonardo Romero as Area Sales Managers for the Eastern U.S., Western U.S. and Southern U.S./Latin America, respectively. The company has also promoted Shan Siebert to General Manager of the Longmont, Colorado-based office. After a year of unprecedented growth for the U.S. operations, these latest assignments signify the company’s continued commitment to its customers in the region.

“This announcement comes at a very exciting time for DPA Microphones’ U.S. operations,” says Eric Mayer, President of DPA, Inc. “Not only does this serve as an example of how our brand recognition has expanded, but it also means that we’ll be able to further grow our fan base throughout the Americas. In addition, these appointments will allow me to perform my day-to-day strategy, sales and marketing responsibilities more effectively, giving us the opportunity for even greater success. Welcome aboard, Pedro, Leonardo and Chris, and congratulations Shan!”

Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, Leonardo Romero has more than 20 years experience in the U.S., Latin American and Middle Eastern markets. In addition to joining DPA, Inc. as Area Sales Manager for Southern U.S., he will also oversee DPA Microphones’ distributors in Canada and Latin America. He comes to the company from Teldyne Reson, manufacturer of high-tech sonar and hydrophone devices, where he served as Latin America Sales Director. With a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Irvine, Romero has held sales positions for a variety of companies across the oil, printing and software markets, including Lub-Line Corporation; OneVision Software, AG; Esko-Graphics; Budde International, Inc. and Newgen Systems. He will build on these experiences to help with DPA’s presence in the HOW, theme park and cruise ship markets.

With a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Barry University and a recording arts associate’s degree from Full Sail University, Christopher Spahr’s 20-year career spans the music, recording arts and pro sound industries. He comes to DPA Microphones as Area Sales Manager for Eastern U.S. from RTW, where he oversaw U.S. sales and operations. Prior to that, he spent seven years as a Market Development Manager and certified U.S. RF Expert for Sennheiser, in both the installed sound and professional channels. He has also served as Staff Engineer at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida and performed live sound work for various concerts, corporate functions and theater applications. These experiences make Philadelphia-based Spahr an excellent candidate to grow DPA’s reach on the East Coast and in the broadcast, theater and music markets.

A former Film Sound Instructor with The Los Angeles Film School, Pedro Rocha joins DPA Microphones as Area Sales Manager for Western U.S. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in electronics and telecommunications engineering from the Santo Domingo Institute of Technology, Rocha also earned a certificate degree in audio engineering from the Musician’s Institute and attended Full Sail University’s online entertainment business master’s program. Prior to his teaching position, Rocha served as an Avid Pro Tools® Marketing Specialist and as a pro audio and musical instrument Sales Representative for a variety of retailers, which will serve him well for his current position. In addition to his responsibilities of West Coast sales, Rocha will also be tasked with overseeing growth in the film and music industries.

Building on his five-year tenure with the company, Shan Siebert has been promoted to General Manager from his role as Service Manager, which he has held since 2010. In this new position, Siebert will oversee the day-to-day operations of the U.S. office, including distribution, technical assistance and loan facilitation. Prior to joining DPA Microphones, Shan served as a Radio Installer in the United States Army for four years, learning to solder and repair electrical equipment, and later earned a pastry degree that led to his own dessert company, where he learned the intricacies of business management. This unique background gives Siebert the perfect combination of trade and financial experience to manage and oversee DPA’s U.S. office.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

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

RTW Launches Online Store on Company Website

Customers Can Now Purchase Selected RTW Products Directly from Relaunched Corporate Website

COLOGNE, GERMANY, AUGUST 25, 2014 – RTW, the market leader in visual audio meters and monitoring devices, is pleased to announce the launch of its new online store, operated by asknet, where customers can purchase a selection of RTW products directly from the company’s website. Now, by clicking the “Shop” icon on the recently relaunched RTW.com homepage, customers can buy a range of RTW metering and loudness tools.

With so much technology now available for download from the Web, RTW saw an opportunity to serve its customers even more promptly and efficiently. It chose asknet, a major worldwide provider of e-commerce solutions, to create and power the store because it enables RTW to sell its products in 26 different languages and more than 30 currencies. This allows the company to reach the widest customer base as possible. Among the products available to purchase through the online portal are models from the company’s smart line of specialized meters, the TM3 Smart and TM3-3G Smart and the recently released Masterclass Plugins Loudness Tools software, with more units being added later this year.

“At RTW, we strive to make exceptional metering products accessible to a wide range of customers, from traditional broadcasters and sound technicians to musicians and music producers,” says Andreas Tweitmann, managing director, RTW. “As with our development of the Masterclass Plugins Loudness Tools earlier this year, the launch of our new online store makes it easier for RTW customers around the world to take advantage of world-class monitoring quickly and easily. It demonstrates yet again, RTW’s commitment not just to engineering great products, but also to exceptional customer service.”

The store operates similarly to most conventional online stores, making it familiar and intuitive for users. Customers can view and select items of interest, read product details and put them in a shopping cart. As the shopping cart is displayed at the top right of the page, customers can easily view the products they have selected.

Another special feature of the successful integration of RTW’s and asknet’s system is the web price service, which ensures that data exchanged between the asknet shop database and the RTW website is updated so that store prices in the product description are always displayed correctly in all currencies on the RTW website as well.

If there are different prices in the shop than what appears on the main portion of the RTW website, it could confuse potential customers and most likely cause them to cancel the purchase. As the eCommerce specialist pays attention to precisely these subtle details, asknet’s online stores attain above-average conversion rates.

The online store’s launch coincides with RTW’s unveiling of its revamped website and updated url, www.rtw.com, which helps customers find the company website more easily.

About asknet:
Asknet, a leading global provider for customized e-commerce solutions allows merchants to sell into more than 190 countries around the globe. asknet’s e-commerce gateway exceeds market standards for software and digital media distribution. The company develops and maintains portals for software distribution and supplies 80% of all German universities with software products. asknet acts as a large account reseller for Adobe and Microsoft in the Academic Market. asknet offers students a wide range of software downloads for personal use through its leading Internet platform studyhouse.de. asknet’s customers include numerous providers of specialty software and licensing products including ABBYY, CyberLink, F-Secure, HBO, Nero, NetObjects, Norman, Panda Security and Steinberg Media Technologies. asknet was founded in 1995 as a spin-off of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, formerly the University of Karlsruhe). In 2013 the company’s transaction revenues amounted to around 96 million euros. For more information, visit www.asknet.com.

About RTW
RTW, based in Cologne (Germany), has nearly 50 years of experience in designing, producing, and marketing advanced recording-studio equipment, leading and innovating the market for high quality audio metering and monitoring tools. RTW operates a worldwide distribution and service network. For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.com, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130.

Sound Devices Opens New European Service Center

New Berlin Location Provides Shorter Repair Turnaround Time for European Customers

REEDSBURG, WI, AUGUST 20, 2014 – Sound Devices is pleased to announce the establishment of Sound Devices Europe GmbH and the opening of its new European Service Center in Berlin-Adlershof, Germany’s leading science and technology park. The new facility has been established to extend product service and repair to the company’s growing international customer base.

With the opening of the new repair facility in Berlin, European customers can expect shorter turnaround times and lower shipping costs. In addition, local users will also have closer contact with Sound Devices technicians. The facility is stocked with a full inventory of parts and features brand-new, state-of-the-art repair equipment, and Sound Devices factory-customized test stands to ensure the highest quality service and repair possible.

“This new Service Center is a big step for us and a testament to our commitment to our European customers,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “We are not only committed to creating the finest video and audio products, but also providing unrivalled service to our customers. It is further proof of our continued growth and evolution as a company.”

Effective immediately, the European Service Center will perform factory service and repair for all Video Devices products, warranty and non-warranty, sold in the EU. For Sound Devices audio products, it will provide this service for the following EU countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden. Distributors with established audio service repair facilities will continue to service Sound Devices audio products at this time, including Ambient Recording, Audio Electronics Mattijsen, JBK Marketing and Shure Distribution UK. Over time, all warranty service repairs will be moved to the Berlin facility.

The European Service Center is in direct contact with all European distributors, further ensuring timely delivery of service. To have product repair or service undertaken, customers should contact their local distributor directly to receive authorization.

The Berlin facility is headed by Ginetta Fassio, an accomplished Tonmeister (sound master) and Sound Devices product user for more than a decade. The expert technician team comprises highly qualified German electrical engineers, all of whom have received special training at the Sound Devices corporate headquarters in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.

“Our doors are officially open and we are ready to begin handling repairs.” says Fassio. “As an extension to the team headquartered in the U.S., we will provide the personal one-on-one service that Sound Devices is known for, to those customers and distributors in Europe and the surrounding region.”

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production.

Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI. Established in 2014, Sound Devices Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary headquartered in Berlin. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and Video Devices websites, www.sounddevices.com; www.videodevices.com.

Media Group International Opens A New Training Academy

From September 2014, leading systems integrator Media Group International (MGI) will help broadcast professionals bridge the gap between traditional broadcast infrastructure and IT by delivering high quality training courses from its new Training Academy in Dubai.

Headed by Training Manager Joe MacQuarrie, an official ACSR Trainer who has recently joined MGI from Avid Technology Europe, the MGI Training Academy will provide the burgeoning Middle East broadcast industry with a unique educational opportunity. This unique facility will give broadcast professionals and engineers in the region access to a range of courses that focus on technical and operational systems and highlight how to use new technology in the most efficient way.

“As an Award-winning company with a deep understanding of broadcast and IT infrastructures and long-standing relationships with many of the industry’s key manufacturers, MGI is ideally placed to deliver the highly specialised training courses that our industry needs.” says MGI’s Managing Director, John Aslett. “Technology is advancing at a rapid pace and broadcasters who stay on top of these changes stand to benefit enormously, both in terms of time saved and creativity unleashed.”

Based in Studio City, the MGI Training Academy incorporates classroom facilities; a student lounge; a central apparatus room; a visualisation, pre-build, testing and acceptance area for projects, and two multi-use conference/training rooms that can be used for breakout workflow discussions or additional classroom exercises.

The Academy’s schedule of day and evening courses will encompass Project Related Technical Training for existing customers and public courses. Bespoke workflow design, training and consultancy are also included in MGI’s holistic approach, with courses provided either at the Academy or on location at a customer’s facility.

“In addition to courses on all Avid solutions, an example of the type of bespoke course we are developing is the Cisco Networking Boot Camp for Broadcast Engineers, which runs from October 5 to 9, 2014,” says Training Manager Joe MacQuarrie. “The course will be delivered by MGI’s Jim White, (CCIE) and a Cisco Certified Instructor with many years’ experience building networks specifically for TV. Although it covers the essential parts of the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum, the course also comes with a unique twist because we have enhanced the content so that it better meets the needs of today’s broadcaster. Pertinent topics like how to network broadcast systems are introduced, while less relevant subjects like Frame Relay have been removed.”

The Academy is also working with the International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM) to deliver its foundational courses, as well as offering authorised training for many different manufacturers in the broadcast industry.

For more information about the MGI Training Academy and for a full list of courses, please visit www.mgi.tv

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Notes to the editor:
About Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings
Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings (GSSG) was founded by Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad in 1993 and incorporated in 2007. Today it is one of Qatar’s most successful private sector business groups, making a major contribution to the country’s economic growth.
GSSG has enjoyed steady growth and success in many fields and industries locally and internationally. GSSG’s diverse portfolio gives it strength and enables its companies within the group to maximise global business opportunities wherever and whenever they arise.
The founder, Mr. Ghanim bin Saad al Saad, has enabled the group to grow to over 40 companies around the world. As an inspirational business leader, he has steered the group to achieve its success in industries that include aviation, maritime, automobiles, oil & gas, real estate, manufacturing, contracting and trading, finance & asset management, engineering, education, fitness, hotels, hospitality and fashion, information technology and telecommunications.
In addition to its corporate headquarters in Doha, GSSG also has five international offices located in London, Zurich, Cairo, Singapore and Dubai.
www.gssg.com

Media Group International
Media Group International (MGI) is an award-winning media broadcast and communications systems integrator, serving the media, telecommunications, security, education, hospitality and advertising industries in the Gulf region for more than 35 years. Formerly known as Salam Media Cast (SMC), the company joined GSSG Holdings in 2010, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UK.
Media Group International is diversifying its business into new technologies. As well as equipping professional television stations and studios, master control rooms, newsrooms, concert stages and theatres providing light and sound technology, the company also equips whole multivendor and multisensory environments. MGI provides solutions from safeguarding national security, such as in government operations, to creating the best educational venues in museums and classrooms, enhancing sports environments and revolutionising health facilities and satellite telecommunications.
Media Group International won the Digital Studio award for ‘System Integrator of the Year’ in March 2014. The company also holds ISO 9001:2008 certification, the world’s most recognised quality management standard. It is the first company of its kind to receive the prestigious accolade within the Middle East region, guaranteeing customers world-class quality assured products.
www.mgi.tv

The Lena Live Radio Hour is On-Air with DPA Microphones

Syndicated web-based radio show simplifies studio setup with company’s d:dicate Recording Microphone range

NEW YORK, JULY 29, 2014 – Listeners the world-over tune in to BBS Internet Radio every Thursday to hear The Lena Live Radio Hour, hosted by Professor Lena Miremonde. The multi-faceted program covers topics from physics and politics, to music and art. In order to ensure the audio is perfectly clear over the airwaves, the station relies on DPA Microphones’ d:dicate™ Recording Microphones with MMP-A preamp. With the capability to switch between the d:dicate 2011 Cardioid and 2006 Omnidirectional capsules, the program’s producer, Julian Lampert, is afforded a modular functionality that can cover a large variety of audio needs while offering the benefits of fantastic sound quality and a drastically simple setup.

Thanks to his musical background, Lampert has been familiar with DPA for years. When he went searching for a microphone solution for Lena Live, he felt DPA’s selection of recording mics could easily be integrated into the station. Using just one d:dicate preamp, Lampert can choose between the 2006 Omni capsule, to record commercial and performance music, and the 2011 Cardioid capsule, to record interviews with distinguished guests who join the program to share the latest in science, medicine, the arts, politics, psychology and economics.

“The modular capability of the d:dicate Recording Microphones is exactly the reason we chose DPA,” shares Lampert. “What worked extremely well was that the range increased our efficiency dramatically and we’ve had really fantastic results all around.”

Since there is an immediate shift between the live musical performances and Miremonde’s commentary and interviews, the station had to find a way to make the microphone transition simple to avoid a lull between music and speech. Once Lampert and the program engineer decided to test relying on just one mic to cover speaking and musical audio needs, they were surprised by how well the solution worked.

“When the modular series came out, that was really our answer, and we’ve been very happy ever since,” shares Lampert. “We’ve been using less equipment, which has a very wonderful benefit of increasing our efficiency and also creating a much higher sound quality, especially for the interviews. I think of these microphones as part of my musical instrument collection, they’re more than just microphones.”

The d:dicate Recording Microphone range combines the best capsules with the best preamplifiers to deliver superior sound for all applications where high-quality audio is required. The 2011 Cardioid and the 2006 Omni are rooted in the design technology of DPA’s classic miniature capsules. The 2011, primarily optimized for on-stage use, upholds audio clarity, richness and dynamic range to fit the needs of a radio program while the 2006, which, when combined with the MMP-A preamp, produces a low distortion with an accurate and faithful sound.

In addition to using DPA for radio, Lampert always uses the company’s mics for his main role as a professional composer. He additionally relies on DPA mics to record his performances and stage work for commercial music and acoustic instruments. With over 10 years of experience, Lampert has written for two-time Olympic Champion figure skating legends Ludmila & Oleg Protopopov.

Miremonde is internationally known as a musician, journalist and educator.
With her expertise in performance psychology, she established an approach that applies to virtually all areas of human performance: from artistic expression to public-speaking, from academic achievement to developing self-confidence among young adults. She infuses an aura of music and art into nearly every area of conversation, whether it be medicine, politics, film-making or cooking. Drawing from her rich background of life and work in Europe and the U.S., Miremonde’s shows often project ideas that are universal to listeners all over the globe.

The Lena Live Radio Hour can be heard on iTunes Radio, Tune-In Radio and other radio networks. The show is currently featuring “The Nobel Series,” profiling four Nobel Prize winners in the areas of physics, medicine and biology. Other guests have included Carol Roth, CNBC contributor and New York Times best-selling author; Mark Barondess, celebrity attorney; David Gallo, oceanographer and CNN contributor; Sir Richard Roberts, 1993 Nobel Laureate, biochemist and molecular biologist, New York State Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Suzi Oppenheimer; and the late UN Ambassador Jerome Shestack.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

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

Praise Network Upgrades Two FM Stations with GatesAir Transmitters

Broadcaster selects GatesAir for agility and responsiveness in emergency situations, and establishes path toward network-wide, solid-state transition

CINCINNATI, July 22, 2014GatesAir, a global leader in over-the-air broadcast solutions for radio and television, today announced that Midwestern U.S. broadcaster Praise Network has successfully transitioned its over-the-air operations to GatesAir Flexiva™ FM transmitters at KPRD-FM and KGCR-FM in Hays and Brewster, Kansas, respectively, setting the religious broadcaster on the path toward a network-wide, solid-state transmitter upgrade that to date has improved quality and enhanced operational efficiencies at two of its 10 stations.

The installations were set in motion in late 2013, following on-air emergencies that amplified the broadcaster’s need to modernize its transmission facilities. After evaluating multiple suppliers, Praise Network selected GatesAir, citing its agility and responsiveness in a challenging situation.

“We lost two full-power transmitters in succession from another supplier, with no spare parts available,” said Alex McKenzie, technical engineer at Praise Network. “GatesAir immediately made it clear that they could quickly accommodate our delivery needs while living up to their reputation for quality and reliability. The Flexiva transmitter design provides the redundancy we need to remain on the air at all times, while drastically reducing maintenance requirements. With its consistent performance and remote monitoring tools, there is rarely a need to visit the transmitter sites.”

Praise Network plans to transition all of its FM stations to efficient solid-state transmitters to improve performance and simplify maintenance. The broadcaster is particularly pleased with the on-air sound quality, which is further enhanced by integrated Orban audio processing. This innovative, built-in technology replaced aging standalone processors, further streamlining maintenance procedures. The integration of Orban technology also allows customers to export their processing settings and quickly recover from transmitter downtime — a key differentiator from transmitters offering the same built-in processing option.

KPRD-FM installed a Flexiva FAX30 (30kW) transmitter, with KGCR-FM adding a FAX20 (20kW) model. Both transmitters offer a quick, cost-effective path to digital via an exciter upgrade and some additional minor adjustments — a benefit the broadcaster carefully considered in choosing Flexiva transmitters.

Above all, Praise Network points to customer service as the key deciding factor in choosing GatesAir over the competition.

“GatesAir prides itself on being a customer-first organization, helping broadcasters with everything from quick, reliable disaster recovery systems to digital radio transitions and advanced network architectures — all while producing the high-efficiency, high-quality products and solutions that is the hallmark of our long legacy in over-the-air broadcasting,” said Rich Redmond, chief product officer, GatesAir.

About GatesAir

GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.
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RTW Announces Legacy Trade-In Program

Initiative Offers Exchange of Used RTW Devices at Exclusive Pricing

COLOGNE, JULY 14, 2014 – RTW, the market leader in visual audio meters and monitoring devices, has announced an extensive trade-in program. Customers will have the opportunity to exchange their existing inventory of legacy RTW devices for latest-generation products, which provide loudness metering in compliance with worldwide standards, at attractive pricing.

Through October 31, 2014, customers can return any number of functioning devices from the RTW Peakmeter, PortaMonitor, DigitalMonitor or SurroundMonitor ranges and purchase the same amount of new devices in any configuration at an extra discount of 10 percent. For additional details, customers are encouraged to call their dealers or systems vendors. They can also contact RTW directly.

“With the recent release of the new TM3-Primus, as well as our continuous license offerings for our TouchMonitors, we felt this was a good way to give customers the opportunity to upgrade to our latest products and innovations,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “The RTW trade-in program will help our customers experience new tools at a cost-effective price point.”

For more information about RTW’s trade-in/trade-up program, please visit www.rtw.de.

About RTW
RTW, based in Cologne (Germany), has nearly 50 years of experience in designing, producing, and marketing advanced recording-studio equipment, leading and innovating the market for high quality audio metering and monitoring tools. RTW operates a worldwide distribution and service network. For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130.

Video Devices PIX 260i Streamlines Multi-Campus Workflow For Bethlehem Baptist Church

MINNEAPOLIS, JULY 8, 2014 – When Bethlehem Baptist Church was looking for a reliable video/audio solution for recording and playback of weekly services among the house of worship’s multiple campuses, it turned to the PIX 260i Production Video Recorder from Video Devices, a new brand of Sound Devices that is dedicated to the company’s mission critical video products. The church utilizes five PIX 260i’s to ensure the highest quality video and audio when rebroadcasting sermons to the campuses.

Comprised of three campuses (Downtown, North and South), Bethlehem Baptist Church hosts multiple services a week. In order to ensure that all three campuses have a current sermon from the main pastor, Associate Director for Media Ministries Jonathan Davis records the Saturday night service using the PIX 260i. He then sends the recording for playback to the two campuses not being served by the preaching pastor, on a particular Sunday morning. Recorded files can be transferred over Ethernet or delivered on one of the four drives that the 260i is able to simultaneously record to. The Downtown and North campuses feature a full production setup, while the South Campus is a portable campus at a local high school for the Sunday morning services. The Downtown and North campuses each have two PIX 260is, and the South campus has another.

The PIX 260i’s extensive audio capabilities are an essential component for the facility. The facility records both the mono- and stereo-feed of the house, as well as an iso of the pastor’s mic. Using the PIX 260i, the facility is able to send and receive all audio over Dante to and from its Yamaha CL5 mixing system. In order to cater to its ethnically diverse members, Bethlehem Baptist Church also records live Spanish and Russian translations. The multiple track count gives the facility room to grow in terms of having additional isolated audio tracks available, when needed. In addition, with only two full-time media staff members, the facility needed a user-friendly solution to cater to its large volunteer base. The PIX 260i’s large display and easy-to-use controls enable non-professionals to use the equipment with ease on an ongoing basis.

“We found that the PIX 260i met all of our criteria, and most importantly, it was seamlessly incorporated into our existing AV system,” says Davis. “The PIX 260i gives us ultimate flexibility in being able to record content from SDI or HDMI, and to get that content back out just as easily. In addition, the PIX 260i allows us to take whatever we record and deliver it directly into our post-production workflow in order to post services online as well as streamline our other productions.”

Davis and the church are already familiar with the company’s products, as they have used its PIX 240i recorder for on-location productions. “We found the PIX 240i to be very proficient and an improvement to our workflow, so when we heard about the PIX 260i, we knew we had to give it a look. It sounded perfect for what we needed,” says Davis. “We needed something that was rock-solid reliable, because when it comes to church services, it is a timed event. There isn’t a backup and you don’t get a do-over. The Video Devices PIX 260i gives us the reliability and redundancy we need to ensure that we capture the services and are able to play them back at both our fixed and mobile locations.”

The PIX 260i brings the features and tools needed by production companies and other production-based AV environments looking to migrate to file-based recording and playback environments. It records either QuickTime files in either Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD video formats or WAV format audio files. Files recorded with Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD are ready for editing 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.

Continuing the company’s heritage in production sound, the PIX 260i is infused with 32-track audio recording and 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.

“The customer service that we receive from Sound Devices has been absolutely amazing,” adds Davis. “One of my favorite things about Sound Devices is how proactive they are in sending out firmware updates — not only do they fix any potential bugs, but they add new features, which is rare today. They take such great care of their customers.”

Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production. Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit Video Devices and Sound Devices websites, www.videodevices.com; www.sounddevices.com.

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