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Jampro Acquires Alan Dick Broadcast Ltd

COMBINED COMPANY OFFERS UNPARALLELED RANGE OF SERVICE, SOLUTIONS AND DELIVERY OPTIONS

Sacramento, CA — JAMPRO Antennas, Inc., the oldest broadcast antenna company in North America, has acquired the Alan Dick Broadcast (ADBL) Division of ADC UK Ltd. Located in the UK,ADBL is one of the oldest names in Europe for broadcast antennas, combiners / filters, towers and broadcast infrastructure service . Alex Perchevitch, Jampro’s president, made the announcement from headquarters in Sacramento, CA.

The acquisition combines two industry leaders, both accomplished in the development and implementation of exceptional engineering solutions, to form a powerful, global organization poised to address the growing global need for digital TV (DTV) products. Founded in 1954, Jampro – an early and key player in the emergence of digital TV – has grown to become one of the largest international suppliers of radio and TV antennas and associated radio frequency (RF) equipment, transmission line and components. Based in Cheltenham, UK, ADBL has served as a major provider of communications infrastructures in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for over three decades.

Jampro is known for its pioneering in antenna technology, combiners / filters, towers, and RF components that address nearly every application in the broadcast industry. The Company has installed thousands of broadcast systems since its inception in 1954, each designed and built to address the specifications of the end-user. Winner of multiple Queens Awards for industry, Alan Dick offers a high-quality portfolio of station equipment, towers, and antennas derived from extraordinary and innovative engineering solutions. ADBL’s credits include supplying a large number of broadband multi-channel systems to the BBC – Arqiva for the UK DSO (Digital Switch Over). The systems were installed on large face towers resulting in a successful solution for an exceptionally difficult and challenging application.

“ADBL is a true pioneer in the world-wide broadcast industry bringing numerous innovations to market ahead of their time,” commented Perchevitch. “Our united efforts and product lines will benefit our customers with stronger R&D across all ranges, improved delivery capabilities, and reduced shipping costs. We couldn’t be happier to welcome the entire staff into the Jampro family and look forward to a successful future filled with expanded opportunities for our combined client base.”

Added Rob Fisher, CEO of ADC UK “Alan Dick has been a major player in the worldwide broadcast market for several decades and has built up an enviable reputation for the quality and robustness of its products and services. I am pleased that Jampro will take the Alan Dick broadcast products into its portfolio and continue to market them as apart of an expanded Jampro offering. Jampro will work closely with a number of Alan Dick companies, including Alan Dick Middle East, to ensure that their local product and service capabilities can be combined with the expanded Jampro offering to provide an outstanding turnkey solution for broadcast customers.”

ADBL will remain in the UK and operate as a division of Jampro Antennas with the same management, engineering and production staffs.
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About Jampro
Jampro Antennas Inc., established to answer the need for quality broadcast systems at a reasonable price, is a leading supplier of antennas, combiners & filters and RF components for every application in the broadcast industry. Reputed for innovation and customization, Jampro builds each system to the specifications of the individual broadcaster. From the first system delivered in 1954 to those installed today, the Company is committed to consistent performance and quality founded on solid engineering. Today, over 15,000 broadcasters worldwide benefit from the quality and performance provided by Jampro systems.

Additional information on JAMPRO can be obtained at www.jampro.com.

Jampro Contact: Sonia Del Castillo
916-383-1177 • Sonia@jampro.com

ADBL Contact: Barry Sugden
+44 1242 537734 • barry.sugden@alandick.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications • Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Guitar Center, the Nation’s Largest Instrument Retailer, Opens Its 221st Store with New Location in Round Rock, Texas

— Company opens its seventh store in 2011 with special savings and events —

— Store features on-site lessons and guitar repair services —

On September 29, 2011, Guitar Center opened its newest retail location in Round Rock, Texas, located at 2200 South IH-35, Suite B4. The store’s opening delivered vast product selection, along with the unparalleled knowledge and experience of GC’s dedicated staff. Guitar Center Round Rock also features Guitar Center Studios, an embedded lesson and rehearsal facility, and is the only Austin-area Guitar Center with a Guitar Center Studios. To celebrate the opening, Guitar Center hosted a Grand Opening Weekend featuring exclusive savings, gear giveaways and free events tailored to local musicians.

GC Round Rock features well-equipped showrooms with the latest products for the musician, from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment. In addition to special Grand Opening Weekend programming, early shoppers also enjoyed exclusive savings throughout opening weekend with deals that included guitar and drum essentials.

Gene Joly, Guitar Center Executive VP of Stores, stated, “The Austin area is one of the key music centers in the country, and adding another store helps us to better serve the musicians and engineers in this burgeoning market. As with our other new stores opened in 2011, the Round Rock location reflects a number of new design and merchandising principles. For instance, GC Round Rock features Guitar Center Studios lessons/rehearsal spaces, GC Garage repairs facility and an open layout that yields a streamlined traffic flow and more room for customers to test drive products in a comfortable environment.”

Guitar Center’s plans for the Round Rock location go well beyond offering the biggest selection at the best prices. The store includes Guitar Center Studios, an in-house, state-of-the-art lesson and rehearsal facility, which will create unrivaled opportunities for Round Rock musicians of all ages and skill levels. Guitar Center Studios provides music lessons from beginner to advanced featuring certified instructors providing world-class curriculum, as well as one-on-one Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand courses. Rehearsal spaces are fully equipped with the latest backline gear, and musicians will have access to a digital recording of their rehearsal sessions. Guitar Center Studios is by all accounts the most modern and affordable lessons and rehearsals facility in the city.

The store also features GC Garage, offering on-site guitar repair services. Staffed with a certified repair technician, GC Garage can handle any repair from restring and basic instrument maintenance to headstock and structural repair.

Building on their ongoing initiatives designed to educate and inspire artists nationwide, Guitar Center in Round Rock will offer unique opportunities for musicians to craft their skills, maintain their instruments and experience many aspects of the music industry first hand. Musicians interested in learning the many facets of home recording were invited to participate in a free workshop with Avid, the makers of popular recording software Pro Tools, held on Saturday, October 1, at 1 pm. They were also able to interact with and hear firsthand from accomplished drummer Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle / Ashes Divide / Puscifer / Devo) and respected heavy metal and Guitar Hero lead guitarist Marcus Henderson as they shared their experiences and insights during special Guitar Center Sessions events (Friedl on Friday, September 30, at 7 pm and Henderson on Sunday, October 2, at 5 pm). On grand opening night, hard rock band Lyman and Elvis impersonator Terry Buchwald both performed.

Round Rock shoppers are able to enjoy Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” with multiple combinations of shopping options to conveniently choose from – not only the Round Rock inventory, but also the over $400 million in gear Guitar Center has to offer nationwide. Consumers can combine a myriad number of in-store, online and phone options to purchase music equipment from anywhere, allowing for a completely personalized and endlessly convenient shopping experience for every customer.

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

• Your Next Record gives artists a chance to record with some of the top recording artists in the country, including legendary guitarist Slash, country superstar Keith Urban, and rock icon Travis Barker.

• Guitar Center On-Stage gives undiscovered bands the opportunity to compete against their peers for a chance to share a stage with their idols. The most recent On-Stage competition features Jane’s Addiction. For more information, please visit http://gc.guitarcenter.com/onstage/.

• Guitar Center’s Drum-Off and King of the Blues are national competitions that highlight local talent from across the country, giving them widespread exposure and the chance to win incredible prize packages.

Guitar Center Round Rock is open seven days a week. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

GUITAR CENTER, THE NATION’S LARGEST INSTRUMENT RETAILER, OPENS NEW SUPERSTORE IN WILMINGTON, DELAWARE

— Company opens its fifth store in 2011 with special savings and events —

On June 16, 2011, Guitar Center opened its latest retail location in Wilmington, Delaware. The store’s opening delivers vast product selection to the region, along with the unparalleled knowledge and experience of its dedicated staff. To celebrate the opening, Guitar Center hosted a Grand Opening Weekend featuring exclusive savings, gear giveaways and free events tailored to local musicians. The opening of the Wilmington, Delaware store marks Guitar Center’s fifth store opening in 2011 and further underscores Guitar Center’s ongoing expansion nationwide.

Located at 5141 Brandywine Parkway, Wilmington, Delaware 19803 (a no sales tax zone), the retailer’s newest location features well-equipped showrooms with the latest products for the musician, from guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards to live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment. In addition to special Grand Opening Weekend programming, early shoppers also enjoyed exclusive savings throughout opening weekend, with deals that included guitar and drum essentials at up to 88% off list price.

The store also features GC Garage, offering on-site guitar repair services. Throughout opening weekend, musicians were able to test drive the Garage for free, with any guitar purchased at Guitar Center Wilmington Grand Opening night getting a free, 22-point personalized set-up.

Building on their ongoing initiatives designed to educate and inspire artists nationwide, Guitar Center in Wilmington offers unique opportunities for musicians to craft their skills, maintain their instruments and experience many aspects of the music industry first-hand. Musicians interested in learning the many facets of home recording were invited to participate in a free workshop with Avid, the makers of popular recording software Pro Tools, on Saturday, June 18, at 1:00 p.m. They were also able to interact with and pick the brain of metal gods Derek Roddy and Marcus Henderson as they shared their experiences and insights during special Guitar Center Sessions events. Opening night also featured a performance from IKE.

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

• Your Next Record gives artists a chance to record with some of the top recording artists in the country, including legendary guitarist Slash, country superstar Keith Urban, and rock icon Travis Barker.

• Guitar Center On-Stage gives undiscovered bands the opportunity to compete against their peers for a chance to share a stage with their idols. The most recent On-Stage competition features Jane’s Addiction, for more info go to http://gc.guitarcenter.com/onstage/.

• Guitar Center’s Drum-Off and King of the Blues are national competitions that highlight local talent from across the country, giving them widespread exposure and the chance to win incredible prize packages.

Guitar Center Wilmington is open seven days a week. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Waves Announces Increased Popularity of SoundGrid® On DiGiCo SD7 and SD10 Consoles in the U.S.

— DiGiCo’s U.S. distributor, Group One Limited, reports that virtually all SD7 and SD10
consoles sold in the U.S. are equipped with Waves SoundGrid® —

KNOXVILLE, TN, January 23, 2012 — Waves Audio, the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies and the recipient of a Technical GRAMMY® Award, is proud to be in an ongoing strategic alliance with DiGiCo, whose SD Series consoles – SD7 and SD10 – are virtually all shipping with Waves SoundGrid® in the U.S. In fact, DiGiCo’s U.S. distributor, Group One Limited, notes that almost all DiGiCo SD Series consoles are specified with Waves SoundGrid. The SoundGrid platform gives DiGiCo users access to Waves’ award-winning reverbs, equalizers, compressors, limiters, delays and more, directly from their consoles. In 2010, Waves formed the strategic alliance with DiGiCo, the renowned U.K.-based manufacturer of some of the world’s most popular, successful and groundbreaking digital mixing consoles.

Perfect for front-of-house, monitor, broadcast, and theater applications alike, SoundGrid gives users instant access to the industry’s leading audio processors, directly from the industry’s leading consoles. And to make things even simpler, Waves SoundGrid-compatible plugins come pre-loaded into DiGiCo consoles, eliminating the need to install.

Jack Kelly, Founder and President at Group One, DiGiCo’s U.S. distributor, stated, “The integration of Waves plugins into DiGiCo SD Series consoles gives live engineers the ability to really use their artistry – for example, to make changes on-the-fly without a break in the audio, shaping the sound for each and every act or different performance in the moment. We have also found that engineers who have been using the system love the 15-inch touch screen, which they can use for complete control of the Waves platform, versus using a keyboard and mouse. Waves SoundGrid opens a world of opportunity for live engineers working on DiGiCo SD Series consoles.”

“Waves is pleased that more and more live engineers are utilizing the SoundGrid platform on DiGiCo SD Series consoles,” said Mick Olesh, senior vice president of Waves Audio. “Now that most SD7 and SD10 consoles are shipping fully loaded with SoundGrid, it will be easier than ever to bring Waves studio-quality audio processing to the stage.”

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

Waves Audio Teams with Musicsoft Arts to Introduce Mashup iPad® App

— Available from the iTunes store, this app serves as a complete mobile DJ booth —

WINTER NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 19, 2012 — Waves Audio (Booth 6242/Hall A), the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies and the recipient of a Technical GRAMMY® Award, joins forces with Musicsoft Arts to introduce Mashup, an innovative new iPad® app. Featuring an advanced playback engine and effects controlled by an intuitive interface, Mashup lets users play and mix directly from their iPad music library – plus download exclusive tracks from leading DJs like Junior Sanchez and Kris Menace. Mashup is a complete mobile DJ booth, with studio-quality EQ and analog-style resonant filters, Vinyl Touch glitch-free scratching, and independent time-stretch and pitch-shift for each of its two stereo decks, saving users thousands of dollars in gear.

Users can also take Mashup’s performance to the next level using Waves MaxxAudio enhancement, available at an additional charge. MaxxAudio for Mashup includes MaxxVolume all-in-one dynamics control, which dramatically increases the output levels of headphones and external speakers; MaxxBass psycho-acoustic bass enhancement, which delivers deep, rich lows listeners can really feel; and preset sound modes for earbuds, headphones, docking stations, home stereos and club systems.

Features include:

Dual stereo decks with studio-quality EQ and effects
Independent time-stretch and pitch-shift for each deck
Analog-style resonant high pass/low pass filters with exclusive touch ribbon control
Free downloadable music from top DJs and producers
Vinyl Touch glitch-free scratching
Record stereo mixers, then drag and drop into a computer
Play back any track in a user’s library
Users’ iPhone® or iPad®s can cue the next track over a WiFi or Bluetooth connection

Aviv Eyal, CEO, Musicsoft Arts, stated, “In our efforts to offer DJ’s worldwide the highest quality audio in our applications, we decided to collaborate with Waves on Mashup. Their leading DSP technology was a perfect fit for this app, and it really helped enhance the audio quality, something that DJ’s will surely appreciate.”

“Waves partnered with Musicsoft Arts on the Mashup app to bring DJ’s the maximum audio quality available,” stated Gilad Keren, CEO and co-founder of Waves Audio. “Mashup is not only easy to use, it has a wide array of features, and DJs will be able to hear the difference in audio quality right away.”
The Mashup app from Waves Audio and Musicsoft Arts will be available Q1 2012 from the iTunes store with pricing to be announced. For more information, please visit www.waves.com.

Genelec Winter NAMM 2012 Press Kit

The Genelec Winter NAMM 2012 Press Kit is now available. Please click the link below for press releases and high-res photos:

http://www.clynemedia.com/genelec/WNAMM12/index.html

Waves Audio Winter NAMM 2012 Press Kit

The Waves Winter NAMM 2012 Press Kit is now avaible. Please click link below for press releases and high-res photo files:

http://www.clynemedia.com/waves/WNAMM12/index.html

Audio-Technica Winter NAMM 2012 Press Kit

The Audio-Tehcnica Winter NAMM 2012 Press Kit is now avaible. Please click link below for press releases and high-res photo files:

http://clynemedia.com/audiotechnica/WNAMM12/index.html

Cameroon Radio and Television Upgrades to NETIA’s Radio-Assist(TM) 8 Automation Software

CLARET, France — Jan. 24, 2012 — NETIA today announced that public national broadcaster Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV) is upgrading to the Radio-Assist(TM) 8 range of digital audio automation software, delivered by Belgian systems integrator Studiotech. The added functionality and scalability of Radio-Assist 8 will enable CRTV to support both national and regional broadcast channels, to improve production and delivery of quality audio content, and ultimately help the broadcaster to increase its listening audience.

“In early 2000, we made the decision to transition from analog to digital operations, and we required a radio automation system that would support that shift,” said Timothée Metomo Eduma, post-production exploitation chief of service at CRTV. “Working with Studiotech, we requested an open system that would be easy for all technical and nontechnical users to adopt, and NETIA’s Radio-Assist proved to be the best solution. Since its installation, the NETIA system has served us very well, and the upgrade to version 8 will provide valuable capabilities, as well as excellent ergonomics and a pleasant, intuitive GUI that distinguishes the NETIA software from its competitors.”

“NETIA’s Radio-Assist 8 is a complete end-to-end solution that covers the entire production process,” said Jean Marc Rosenberg, technical manager at Studiotech. “In addition to being the most intuitive, easy-to-use radio automation solution, it offers strong database management tools and optimizes security through both server redundancy and automatic synchronization of content. Finally, Radio-Assist 8 provides solid rights management tools that will be useful in CRTV’s operations.”

The Radio-Assist family of digital audio software covers each part of the production and broadcast workflow, making it easy for users to record, edit, or prepare a playlist. The solution is also equipped with a broad range of tools for end-to-end multimedia workflow. The installation at CRTV will enable as many as 150 users to work with the system, thus contributing to a faster and more collaborative workflow, as well as a better end product for listeners.

“CRTV is a very influential broadcaster within Cameroon, and we’re pleased to be continuing our longstanding relationship with the company and its integrator,” said Pascal Cima, export sales manager at NETIA. “The original Radio-Assist installation a decade ago and the current upgrade at CRTV demonstrate not only the flexibility and long-term value of NETIA solutions, but also the forward-looking design and development of our software offerings.”

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About NETIA NETIA, a GlobeCast company, is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of content to today’s full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 10,000 users in 200 installations in more than 40 countries, NETIA solutions allow content producers and owners to manage content from ingest to delivery, targeting multiplatform outlets including the Internet, VOD, IPTV services, and mobile devices.

NETIA provides content management solutions to major radio and television brands and multimedia groups around the world, and recent wins have made the company a significant new player in the Telco market, as well. Clients include BSkyB, RAI Italy, RTL, Radio Globo, Radio Riyadh, France Telecom/Orange, RTM Malaysia, Mediacorp Singapore, Radio France, the Associated Press, France Televisions, and L’Équipe 24/24. NETIA has its headquarters in France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, and Singapore, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

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NETIA BES EXPO 2012 Preview

BES EXPO 2012 Preview Feb. 11-13, 2012 New Delhi, India NETIA Exhibiting Within the French Pavilion
NETIA 377 Chemin de Farjou 34270 Claret France

NETIA Contact: Isabelle Sost Michoux Communications and Field Marketing Manager Tel: +33 4 67 59 97 47 Email: i.michoux@netia.com Website: www.netia.com

Agency Contact: Samantha Drazin Wall Street Communications Tel: +1 786 464 9724 Email: samantha@wallstcom.com

Company Overview: NETIA is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of content to today’s full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 10,000 users in 200 installations in more than 40 countries, NETIA solutions allow content producers and owners to manage content from ingest to delivery, targeting multiplatform outlets including the Internet, VOD, IPTV services, and mobile devices.

NETIA provides content management solutions to major radio and television brands, and multimedia groups around the world, and recent wins have made the company a significant new player in the telco market as well. Clients include RAI Italy, Radio Riyadh, France Telecom/Orange, Radio Television Malaysia (RTM), MediaCorp Singapore, RTL, Algeria Radio, Radio Sultanate of Oman, Shems FM Tunisia, Radio France, The Associated Press, France Télévisions, TV Center Russia, and L’Équipe 24/24. NETIA has its headquarters in France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, and Singapore, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

NETIA at BES EXPO 2012: NETIA offers solutions that are at the heart of the convergence between the broadcasting and telecommunications sectors, with efficient, flexible, and effective technologies that empower multiplatform delivery, growing volumes of on-demand audio and video content, and multiple content formats. At BES EXPO, the company will secure its position as an integrator of broadcast and telecommunications technology and a leading service provider.

NETIA Products at BES EXPO 2012:

Radio-Assist(TM) 8 NETIA will showcase its Radio-Assist(TM) 8 range of digital audio automation software at BES EXPO 2012. Equipped with a broad range of tools for end-to-end multimedia workflows, the newest version of NETIA’s acclaimed software suite now extends beyond traditional broadcasting, allowing users to prepare publication at an early stage in the workflow. Publication is prepared at the same level as the on-air thanks to new planning tools.

NETIA’s Radio-Assist family of digital audio software programs covers each part of the production and broadcast workflow, allowing users to record, edit, or prepare a playlist. In addition to new browse and publishing tools for full multimedia functionality, the software features tools for acquisition, sound-file editing, commercial and music production, newsroom systems, scheduling, multicasting, administration, and more.

Radio-Assist is now also integrated with NETIA’s Content Management System (CMS), offering an automatic publishing engine for all media as well as managing associated metadata and linked media. By interfacing with NETIA’s Media Asset Management system, Radio-Assist 8 responds efficiently to the needs of media groups having to manage and share video, audio, images, and text throughout their entities.

Radio-Assist 8 provides instant access to all types of media, archived or online. Regardless of the storage medium, items can be previewed and restored for repurposing and distribution, both for broadcasting and for multiplatform distribution.

Radio-Assist 8 makes three different types of publishing available to users. With the software’s new “Publication” tab, journalists can publish audio-only content and its metadata; publish audio and associated media, such as video, text, or images; or prepare a group of items for automatic conversion and publishing to an array of destinations, such as a podcast, posting on the Internet, or delivery to mobile devices.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/NETIA/RadioAssist8.zip Image Caption: NETIA Radio-Assist(TM) 8

Content Management System (CMS) At BES EXPO 2012, NETIA will also highlight its new Content Management System (CMS), which was first introduced at IBC2010. CMS allows NETIA customers to streamline all of their production processes globally thanks to simple, easy-to-manage workflows and task automation. The new software suite also allows users to connect all of their partners and vendors within a single production ecosystem, simplifying the sharing and managing of media assets. Users can now manage all of the processes within the production environment — from editing through post and distribution — through one unique and easy-to-use interface. The new Web-based interface, built on Microsoft(R) Silverlight(R) technology, allows for more performance and greater security.

CMS provides for ingest and quality control; metadata extraction and tagging; search, browse, and low-res proxy generation; integration with key third-party systems including QA, tape/disk-based archive, nonlinear editing, playout, and traffic automation; and multiplatform delivery to mobile TV, VOD/catch-up TV, IPTV, Web streaming, and HD and SD distribution platforms.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/NETIA/CMS.zip Image Caption: NETIA Content Management System

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