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Myers to Demonstrate Benefits of Its Broadcast Management Solution at NAB 2012

Northampton, MA – NAB will serve as the backdrop for Myers Information Systems -a leading developer of broadcast traffic, business, and content management software – when it illustrates how its ProTrack broadcast management suite closes the loop between systems and departments to streamline operations and get workflow rolling! Demonstrations will be held in booth N 4616 at NAB 2012.

ProTrack TV
ProTrack TV is a comprehensive, scalable and affordable broadcast management solution that interconnects Traffic, Scheduling, Sales, Engineering and IT departments. Serving as the centralized unifying element within a broadcast operation, ProTrack TV integrates seamlessly with existing infrastructure to optimize workflow and preserve existing investments. Whether a single channel or multi-channel broadcaster, adhering to a linear and/or non-linear distribution format, ProTrack TV helps close the loop so workflows flow smoothly.

MAM
ProTrack TV’s Media Asset Management Module (MAM) provides a highly effective and affordable solution for managing media assets. Via the utilization of defined business rules, widely used ProTrack TV broadcast management solution is able to confirm to traffic/scheduling personal whether a media asset is available and if so, move it where it’s required, in advance of when it’s needed. ProTrack MAM is a highly intuitive solution that will automatically trigger the movement of media assets to/from playback and archive, based on what’s being inserted in the ProTrack TV schedule environment.

Automation Integration
Incorporating automation Integration into the widely used ProTrack TV broadcast management solution will establish a direct link between traffic and play-to-air automation, providing streamlined workflow and eliminating redundancy across departments. As a pioneer in delivering the most extensive range of bi-directional BXF integration to automation, Myers Information Systems, Inc. can define the lines of responsibility and help eliminate the labor-intensive task of keeping traffic and master control in sync.

ProTrack On-Demand
The ProTrack TV broadcast management solution’s On-Demand Module enables media facilities to build, schedule, track and publish program and sales packages and provide transcode requests for station-defined distribution platforms and needs, such as Mobile, Internet, Cable, and DVD and more. Whether a single channel or multi-channel broadcaster, adhering to a linear and/or non-linear distribution format, ProTrack TV helps close the loop between systems and departments so workflow can really roll!

ProTrack Radio
ProTrack Radio is a comprehensive, scalable, and affordable broadcast management solution that interconnects Traffic, Scheduling, Sales, Engineering and IT departments. Serving as the centralized unifying element within a broadcast operation, ProTrack Radio integrates seamlessly with existing infrastructure to optimize workflow and preserve existing investments. Whether a single channel or multi-channel broadcaster, ProTrack Radio can help bring systems and departments together to ensure streamlined workflows!

ABOUT MYERS INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Myers Information Systems, Inc. has been developing broadcast management software since 1989. The Company provides technology and services for television, radio and other digital media providers designed to improve every aspect of their operations, from contracting to invoicing, media management to scheduling, and from trafficking to reconciliation. For more information, please visit: www.myersinfosys.com

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Myers Information Systems contact: Crist Myers
+1-413-585-9820 / sales@myersinfosys.com

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
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iZotope Acquires Imagine Research

New Engineering Team and Technologies Join iZotope’s Expanding Array of Audio Software Innovation
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Carl Tatz Design’s PhantomFocus™ System Goes to School

— Personal studio design guru Carl Tatz shares his design secrets and acclaimed PhantomFocus™ System expertise with students and staff at Berklee College of Music and SAE Nashville, as well as contributing a chapter to Bobby Owsinski’s new tome The Studio Builder’s Handbook —

Nashville, TN: “Carl Tatz has used his previous experience as a studio owner to become not only one of the most forward-looking studio designers today, but an innovator in monitoring technology as well. His PhantomFocus™ System (PFS) monitor tuning protocol is quickly becoming the standard by which all others are measured,” quotes bestselling author and music/technology advisor Bobby Owsinski, who has dedicated an entire chapter in his latest textbook, The Studio Builder’s Handbook, based on a point that Carl Tatz, noted personal studio designer and creator of the PFS, drives home with knowledgeable stealth and experience: “There is nothing more important in a control room than the accuracy of your monitoring.”

Tatz also comments about his recent invitations to lecture at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Nashville, Tennessee branch of SAE: “I try to give them something practical they can take with them and use right away in their own home studios.”

“Carl was so gracious to come speak with our senior audio students at SAE Nashville during Acoustics class. The students were very excited to hear about the PhantomFocus System, and the information Carl shared provided an unparalleled educational experience for our students,” comments Crystal Armentrout, Director of Education, SAE Nashville.

Rob Jaczko, Chairman of the Production and Engineering Department at Berklee, recalls, “I thought the students asked some great questions and learned a lot also.”

“There are quite a few things you can do to improve your home studio monitoring that are really quite simple and very rewarding if you are willing to take the initiative to calculate your monitoring position relative to the room’s acoustic peaks and nulls and deal with the first reflection points relative to what I call the Null Positioning Ensemble™,” instructed Tatz.

When Tatz extends this information to its logical end, adding many steps including various decoupling and isolation modules, subwoofer system and powerful DSP, the result is what he has achieved with the PhantomFocus System. “A lot of what I do is about myth-busting, and I’ve broken quite a few in developing the PhantomFocus System, choosing to rely on physics and the resulting sonic performance rather than acoustic superstitions.” And that performance is quite dramatic, as anyone who has experienced the PFS will agree.

Lowell Introduces Digital Specifier’s Guides for Consultants, Contractors and Systems Integrators

— Online documents make it easy to compare products in easy-to-navigate flip books —

PACIFIC, MO, March 12, 2012 — Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional AV Products for more than 60 years, has introduced online Specifier’s Guides designed to be used as a resource by consultants, contractors and systems integrators. The documents can be found in both Flash/“flip-style” and PDF formats at www.lowellmfg.com/main-literature.html. Offering both Flash and PDF formats accommodates multiple platforms, so those accessing from personal computers, tablets, smartphones or other devices can easily view specs in the office or in the field.

The digital books make it easy for users to compare products via spec sheets, instead of going back and forth between web pages or downloading multiple spec sheets for reference. The new Specifier’s Guides are part of an ongoing series of Lowell resources for consultants, contractors and systems integrators. Specifier’s Guides currently available include “Racks & Enclosures,” “Rackware® Accessories,” “Power & Surge Suppression,” and “Packaged Speaker Systems and Soundmasking.” Another book is in the works for speaker assemblies and audio components.
The series of online Specifier’s Guides will be updated on an ongoing basis.

For more information, visit www.lowellmfg.com or e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com

White Mark Expands Into India and The Middle East

Following the most successful year in its 15 year history, White Mark Ltd is expanding its business to encompass India and the Middle East where it has appointed Jeffrey Marcedo and Dylan Hilton as its new agents. The appointments will enable White Mark to offer its high quality acoustic and design services to music, broadcast and film dubbing clients.

David Bell, managing director of White Mark, says: “Jeffrey and Dylan are experienced audio professionals with high level contacts in India and the Middle East. We are now focusing our attention on these areas as we believe the market is ripe for expansion, particularly among film industry clients who are looking to build high-end dubbing suites. White Mark has extensive experience in this area, with film dubbing and post production facility projects completed or currently running for many European customers including Savalas, Hackenbacker, Real World, Molinaire and Spool, together with numerous others in Russia, Africa, the Far East and the Americas, both North and South. We feel the time is right to improve our direct communication with India and the Middle East and that having associated personnel in place who can deal directly with clients locally will result in a more effective service, particularly in the early stages of projects.”

Jeffrey Marcedo has over 15 years’ experience as an engineer and producer in the audio industry. He started his career at Magikraft Studio in Mumbai and has worked with many music directors from India’s Hindi film industry, including Ranjit Barot, Vishal-Shekar, Anu Malik and Ismail Darbar. He has also undertaken sound design work for advertising agencies such as Lintas, Ogilvy & Mather, Rediffusion and Trikaya Grey, and spent four years as Production Manager and Sound Designer at Big FM’s national studios in India.

Marcedo has been involved in a number of high profile audio installations. These include being part of the Big FM National Programming (core) team, which was responsible for the technical set up and programming launch of 45 stations across India. More recently he set up international radio stations for Nile FM and Nogoom FM in Cairo, a project where he worked closely with White Mark, which was responsible for the acoustic and studio design.

Dylan Hilton is a sound engineer, with over 10 years’ experience. He started his career at Ava Audio Labs studio in Mumbai, where he engineered music and film sound projects for many leading Indian musicians. He has also handled sales and technical support for pro speaker brand Turbosound in Mumbai and set up a sound rental company.

Hilton currently runs a sound installation and consultancy company for various clubs, restaurant, lounges, auditoria and theatres. Working with brands such as Martin Audio, Kling and Freitag, JBL, Lab Gruppen and Powersoft, he has recently completed projects for a variety of Mumbai nightclubs and restaurants including Bonobo, Out of the Blue, Oak & Barley, Woodside Inn, Rude Lounge, Indulge, Cult and Della Adventures.

Commenting on the new relationship with White Mark, Jeffrey Marcedo says: “India and the Middle East have great potential and this is the right time to be a part of it. In India, particularly, the audio industry has grown and evolved over recent years but there are very few local companies that specialise in the high end acoustic design services offered by companies such as White Mark. Clients and industry professionals are now realising the importance of acoustics and are keen to access the knowledge and expertise that White Mark can bring to their projects.”

Hilton adds: “We are looking at all potential avenues where a professional acoustic setup is required. This obviously includes radio stations, recording studios, post production facilities and film dubbing suites, but we also feel there is scope for White Mark to expand into clubs, auditoria and theatres.”

For more information about White Mark’s services in India and the Middle East please contact Jeffrey Marcedo on Tel: +91 7666946264 or Dylan Hilton on Tel: +91 9820568671.

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About White Mark:

Established in 1997 by David Bell, John Dunnill, Derek Buckingham and Alan Cundell, White Mark Ltd specialises in production facilities for music recording and the film and television industries. Over the last fifteen years it has designed and supervised the construction of over 500 production suites worldwide. The company’s impressive client list encompasses some of the world’s most famous music recording facilities including Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in the UK, Germano Studios in New York, Hit Factory/Criteria Recording Studios in Miami, Strongroom in London and private studios for producers and musicians such as William Orbit and Damon Albarn. In the area of audio post production, White Mark has completed over 140 audio studios and many broadcast and video editing facilities for more than 60 companies in Soho alone. The list of clients includes Grand Central, Hackenbacker, Envy, De Lane Lea, Scramble, Lipsync, Molinare, DeLuxe, 750mph, NBC/Universal, Wave, Unit and Boom. Advertising agency clients include worldwide facilities for Hogarth International and AMV/BBDO on four continents.

Sonnox Offers 35% Discount In Spring Sale

OXFORD, UK: In a special pre-Easter holiday promotion, Sonnox is offering a rare 35% price reduction on all plug-ins and bundles throughout the month of March. Available from authorized resellers as well as the Sonnox website, the Spring Sale encompasses individual Sonnox plug-ins as well as bundles such as the popular Sonnox Elite Collection which includes: Oxford EQ, Dynamics, Inflator, Transient Modulator, Reverb, Limiter and SuprEsser.

Sonnox Sales & Marketing Manager, Nathan Eames says, “It’s been well over a year since we’ve had a sales promotion like this. We intend it to enable new customers to join the countless professionals all over the world who enjoy the same high-quality plug-ins for their work. Pro Tools 10 users will even get free upgrades to our forthcoming AAX Native plug-ins, so there has never been a better time to buy!”

The Sonnox Spring Sale ends March 31st 2012. For more information please visit: www.sonnox.com

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GUITAR CENTER CONTINUES TO EXPAND AS IT OPENS NEW STORE LOCATION IN SALEM, OREGON

— Company hits milestone with 225th location —

— New store offers on-site lessons and repair services —

Westlake Village, CA (February 27, 2012) – On February 16, 2012, Guitar Center hit a milestone by opening its 225th retail location, Guitar Center Salem, at 6325 Ulali Drive NE, Keizer, OR 97303. Guitar Center Salem’s grand opening introduced customers to a vast selection of products and a dedicated staff with unparalleled musical knowledge and experience. To commemorate the store opening, Guitar Center hosted a Grand Opening Weekend celebration (Feb. 16-19) featuring exclusive savings, gear giveaways and free events for local musicians. The grand opening also included free live performances throughout the weekend.

Guitar Center’s newest Oregon location features showrooms equipped with the latest products for musicians – from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment. In addition to the special Grand Opening Weekend programming, shoppers who came out early also enjoyed exclusive savings throughout opening weekend, including deals on guitar and drum essentials.

“The opening of our 225th store in Salem, Oregon, is truly a landmark occasion for Guitar Center,” commented Gene Joly, Guitar Center Executive VP of Stores. “Our Salem location further underscores Guitar Center’s ongoing commitment to our customers, and to providing an extensive range of products, services and events. Like all openings in the past year the Salem location reflects our new open format design principles and streamlined merchandising layout.”

The new store also features Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson facility, which will create unrivalled opportunities for Salem musicians of all ages and skill levels. Guitar Center Studios provides music lessons from beginner to advanced featuring certified instructors teaching world-class curriculum as well as one-on-one courses on Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand. Guitar Center Studios is now the most modern and affordable lessons facility in the area. Guitar Center Salem also features GC Garage, Guitar Center’s on site guitar repair service. Musicians were able to try out the GC Garage for free on Grand Opening night (Feb. 16). With a guitar purchase, customers also received a free, 22-point personalized set-up.

As part of Guitar Center’s initiatives designed to educate and inspire artists nationwide, Guitar Center Salem offers unique opportunities for musicians to craft their skills, maintain their instruments and experience many other aspects of the music industry first-hand. Musicians interested in learning about the industry are able to come to the store to interact with and ask questions of several industry leaders. Free “Recording Made Easy” classes are conducted every Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Salem shoppers are also able to enjoy Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which includes multiple combinations of product options to conveniently choose from. Not only does the “endless aisle” include Salem inventory, but it also provides easy access to $400 million in new and used inventory located in hundreds of stores and warehouses across the nation. Customers have the ability to combine a variety of in-store, online and phone options to purchase music equipment from anywhere they may be, allowing for a personalized and convenient shopping experience.

In addition to special programs at the new Salem store, Guitar Center offers nationwide programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight the nation’s most promising undiscovered talent. Salem residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing national events from their hometown:

Guitar Center On-Stage is an annual competition that provides unsigned artists the chance to open for established artists such as Motley Crue, KISS and Jane’s Addiction.

Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter is an artist discovery program that aims to find the nation’s best unsigned singer-songwriter. The winner receives a career-altering prize package including recording three songs with accomplished GRAMMY® Award-winning Producer John Shanks, recording time at the state-of-the-art Brooklyn-based Converse Rubber Tracks studio and $10,000 cash. The grand finale took place in Los Angeles on Feb. 18.

Guitar Center’s King of the Blues is a nationwide amateur guitar skills competition with the goal of finding the next great undiscovered blues guitar player. This year’s winner, Jonathon “Boogie” Long, performed alongside GRAMMY-winning guitarist Warren Haynes at the Grand Finals in LA, and won an incredible prize package valued at over $50,000.

Guitar Center’s Drum-Off, entering its 24th year, is the nationwide search for the next great undiscovered drummer. Drummers from across the nation compete in the world’s largest drum competition, vying for thousands of dollars in prizes and the coveted title of Guitar Center’s Drum-Off Champion. The grand prize package is valued at nearly $50,000.

Guitar Center Salem is open seven days a week. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Guitar Center Studio hours follow the same schedule.

Lowell Introduces New Rack Bundles

— Rack bundles offer customer convenience —

PACIFIC, MO, February 27, 2012 — Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional AV Products for more than 60 years, introduces new rack bundles to their line of racks and enclosures. Customers now have the convenience of ordering a complete rack set-up using a single part number, according to Marketing Communications Manager Kathy Lane.

The new rack bundles are available for Lowell’s gangable racks (LGR series) and enclosed racks (LER series). Bundled accessories are not installed but packaged individually and shipped to the job site along with the rack. Accessories in the “BAV” bundle vary according to size and type of rack ordered but include commonly ordered items for AV rack set-ups like horizontal and vertical cable managers, power strip, fan panel, leg levelers, velcro cable wraps, extra hardware, etc.

Lowell is also offering a ready-to-use, time- and labor-saving option for their new LXR floor rack. The open-frame LXR has a slim (19.2-in. W) footprint that requires only a minimal amount of floor space. While the standard LXR ships unassembled, selecting the “IAV” option means the rack will be pre-assembled and outfitted with accessories that include shelves, vented panels, 15A power strip, vertical cable manager and fine-floor swivel casters to protect wood, marble and tile floors from mars and scratches. The quantity of accessories varies with rack height. The LXR with the “IAV” option is available in 14, 30 or 38 rack units with 21-in. depth.

Lowell also has an “IAV” option of pre-installed accessories for their LER rack series, which is available for 18, 21 or 35 rack units with 27-in. depth.

For more information, visit www.lowellmfg.com or e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com

Harris Boosts Flexiva Transmitter Range, Demonstrates Power Efficiency at NAB

At the 2012 NAB Show, Harris Broadcast Communications will demonstrate how radio broadcasters can maximize transmission efficiency across all power levels — most notably for high-power HD Radio™, FM and AM broadcast operations.

Last year, Harris introduced its Flexiva™ range of quad-mode, solid-state transmitters in low-to-mid power models, boasting a single, highly power-efficient platform to support analog and global digital standards. This year, the company will introduce two new high-power models (30kW and 40kW) for broadcasters that need to minimize operating costs while covering large areas — including analog FM and high-power HD Radio via elevated sideband levels.

The Flexiva exciter will also debut at the 2012 NAB Show, featuring rock-solid digital, direct-to-channel modulation for maximum on-air stability. Web-based monitoring and control, a host of expansion options and upgrade paths to HD Radio and DRM+ make the Flexiva exciter a feature-rich yet simple and cost-effective alternative to the Harris FlexStar® HDx exciter. Both exciters are well-suited for Flexiva transmitters at any power level.

Harris will also demonstrate its high-power 3DX Destiny® AM transmitter range for Modulation Dependent Carrier Level (MDCL) applications, delivering exceptional power efficiency to high-power AM broadcasters via Harris Adaptive Carrier Control Plus (ACC+) systems. Harris ACC+ systems help AM broadcasters reduce average power consumption by approximately 35 percent — sharply reducing operating costs associated with high-power AM broadcasting.

All Harris Flexiva and 3DX transmitters leverage Harris® PowerSmart® technology to increase power density, reduce footprint, and improve reliability through simpler designs and better operational efficiency.

“Radio broadcasters continue to seek greater operational efficiency through compact and modular transmitter designs,” said Richard Redmond, vice president of product strategy and management for transmission systems, Harris Broadcast Communications. “Harris continues to develop new strategies and technologies that give our customers great performance with lower operating costs.”

Harris will also show its latest generation FlexStar importer and exporter models (HDI200 and HDE200) for more efficient management of HD Radio multicast signals comprising main and supplemental program audio channels. The NAB 2012 Show also marks the first spring show demonstration of IP backhaul capabilities within the Harris Intraplex® HD Link™ fixed microwave STL system. This upgrade enables tighter integration of RF and IP capabilities for single-channel or multicast program transport.

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M3 (Music Mix Mobile) Employs Waves Loudness Meter (WLM) and Other Waves Audio Plugins for 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards

— M3 employs WLM (Waves Loudness Meter) for consistent loudness monitoring during broadcast —

— Waves’ critically acclaimed plugins allow remote recording specialists M3 to keep the workflow
moving every time —

KNOXVILLE, TN, February 23, 2012 — Having relied on industry standard hardware loudness metering for many years, engineers in the two M3 (Music Mix Mobile) remote trucks at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, broadcast live from L.A.’s Staples Center in 5.1 audio on CBS-TV on the evening of February 12, 2012, made the switch to the WLM (Waves Loudness Meter) plugin from Waves Audio, the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies. The move for the first time enabled all essential 5.1 and stereo metering to be displayed directly in line-of-sight with the broadcast monitor screen, providing the music mixer with visual feedback at a glance without having to move his head from the soundfield to look at a rack-mounted unit.

The previous setup, which required the music mixer to look in two different directions in order to take in all the metering, was less than satisfactory, according to Joel Singer, Engineer-in-Charge at M3, a New Jersey/California-based remote facilities company. “Visually it didn’t work with the eye too well. We were able to utilize the WLM and its greater visibility and functionality on our front monitoring system for this show. The new set-up worked out perfectly,” he says.

“We set it up for an ATSC A/85 standard measuring all the channels using the ITU-R BS.1770 spec,” Singer continues. “We have one screen inside the truck dedicated to metering only coming off the Pro Tools mixer system. We’re now able to set up 5.1 and LtRt Durrough meters, we’re able to set up a WLM loudness meter, and we can also see a main bus compressor all the time. The engineer can just look up from the console and see the program in front of him on the 46-inch LED screen, he can look to his right and see all the meters, he can look at previews to his left, and he stays in the zone the entire time. There’s no reason that he has to look for a 1U rack-mount with a little meter giving him numbers.”

The WLM plug-in, which features mono, stereo and 5.1 components, is fully compliant with all current ITU, EBU and ATSC metering specifications and offers comprehensive readout options, including Momentary, Short Term, Long Term and True Peak. Measurements may be selected for foreground, dialog and average loudness, while an intelligent dialog sensor detects and measures speech.

Accurate, visible loudness metering is essential for the mixers to be able to create a dynamic show for the GRAMMY Award show’s broadcaster, CBS, explains Singer. “We want the quiet passages to have the same dynamics as the loud passages. We’re trying to create a very even and properly executed show based on the CBS spec. After a lot of testing and working with Waves on the WLM we decided that this was the year we were going to deploy it.”

The streamlined metering display allowed Singer to also keep an eye on levels and consult with John Harris and Eric Schilling, the GRAMMY Award Show Broadcast Music Mixers, as they moved between M3’s Eclipse live music mix truck and its Horizon offline remix counterpart, where the mix created during show rehearsals was fine-tuned prior to the broadcast. “When they went into remix they could use this metering on more of a constant basis, because then they were not under the gun,” explains Singer. “They were just focused on the remix and could get the level dialed in to where they wanted it.”

Although the Waves WLM was deployed for the first time by M3 at the GRAMMYs, the developer’s plugins are a staple on the trucks. “Waves software was very integrated into the show,” says Singer. “On the Springsteen part of the show, his engineer, Bob Clearmountain, asked if we could put a Waves 5.1 SSL bus compressor on the main output to give it that little pop that he wanted. We used a couple of other Waves plugs that we’ve always used from the SSL 4000 and V-Series collections, and the Chris Lord-Alge CLA-76 Compressor. Chris happened to visit the truck and he saw that we were using all sorts of plug-ins that were part of the signature bundle that he created with Waves.”

For more information, please visit www.waves.com.

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