Digigram Lowers Barriers to Live Video Streaming With Low-Cost AQILIM *FIT/LE Broadcast-Quality Encoder

New Encoder Enables Use of Live Streaming in Growing Array of applications

MONTBONNOT, France — Feb. 3, 2014 — Digigram today announced the release of the AQILIM *FIT/LE professional video encoder, an intuitive and cost-effective solution for high-quality live event broadcasting over an IPTV network or multiscreen video distribution over the Internet. With flexible input options and compatibility with leading CDNs, this latest addition to Digigram’s encoder line is ideal for increasingly popular streaming applications for live video, particularly filmed radio; live distribution of corporate, sporting, or news events; the creation of WebTV; the live distribution of electronic sports events; and live education via e-learning.

“AQILIM *FIT/LE is an affordable professional encoder that makes it easy to connect to most major CDNs and stream live broadcast-quality video to PC, Mac, smartphone, and tablet users around the world,” said Laurent Gros, video product manager at Digigram. “Built on proven technology and ready to use, right out of the box, the AQILIM *FIT/LE provides reliable, straightforward operation for the user while assuring exceptional video quality. By making live streaming both simple and affordable, the AQILIM *FIT/LE opens up new and valuable opportunities for a broad variety of businesses, institutions, and organizations.”

The AQILIM *FIT/LE connects directly to the camera or video mixer, capturing live video and streaming encoded video either to an IP network or to the CDN responsible for Internet distribution of live video. A Web-based interface gives users convenient access to simple configuration parameters for video streaming, eliminating the need for specialized training or dedicated operators.

Occupying just one rack unit, the robust hardware system is available with analog, SDI, and/or HDMI video inputs. Quiet operation enables use of the encoder even in a meeting or conference room.

More information about Digigram and the company’s products is available at www.digigram.com or by phone at +33 4 76 52 47 47.

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Photo Caption: AQILIM *FIT/LE Video Encoder/Transcoder

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About Digigram
Positioned at the convergence of professional audio and video with IT, Digigram offers IP-based solutions that enable users worldwide to increase their competitiveness through change.

The company’s products enable the reliable capture, production, and delivery of high-quality audio and video over IP networks. Its innovative IP audio codecs, professional sound cards, and audio processing software are used by thousands of journalists, broadcasters, and audio engineers worldwide. Digigram’s all-IP video product line provides advanced contribution and distribution solutions to broadcast, IPTV, Web TV, and OTT operators. The company also delivers key audio/video technologies and OEM solutions to software vendors and manufacturers.

For more than 25 years, through constant innovation and the development of fruitful partnerships, Digigram has been influential in energizing the industry, raising standards, and pushing forward technological development.

Further information on Digigram and its product portfolio is available at www.digigram.com.

Sennheiser and P!NK soar to new heights during 56th GRAMMY Awards

Los Angeles, CA, February 3, 2014: Once again, music’s biggest event of the year did not disappoint as the 56th GRAMMY Awards featured exquisite performances by P!NK, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Madonna, Beyoncé, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Queens of the Stone Age – all of whom used Sennheiser microphones and wireless systems. Hosted for the third time by LL Cool J, the spectacular event was telecast live from the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on January 26, drawing no less than 28.5 million viewers around the world.

Perhaps the most dramatic performance during the evening was from P!NK, whose flawless vocal performance was only matched by her breathtaking mid-air acrobatics before a live audience of nearly 20,000. For the duration of her aerial segment, she used a custom earpiece with an integrated boom microphone built to specification by Sennheiser – the result of a highly collaborative project that helped her engineers achieve all the technical aspects required by the performance.

“There is so much physicality in P!NK’s show with her spinning and flying around that we needed a reliable microphone and IEM that sounded great and would be as unobtrusive as possible,” commented Jon Lewis, monitor engineer for P!NK. “So Sennheiser worked with our engineer Horst Hartmann to create a custom design and integrate the microphone with the earpiece, providing both stability and stellar audio. The earpiece features a single driver which provides plenty of definition without any significant ear fatigue.” The microphone features a Sennheiser HSP 4 capsule with a cardioid polar pattern.

“Because of the circus aspect of P!NK’s performance, she is in a totally different environment at any given time,” Lewis continued. “Whether she is being flung in the middle of the air in front of the PA or in the middle of the stage, it is reassuring to know that she has a reliable microphone and an IEM that is her primary reference throughout the show.” Following the aerial performance, P!NK switched to a Sennheiser SKM 2000 transmitter coupled with a custom MD 9235 capsule.

Delivering on a promise of reliability, versatility and performance
Dave Bellamy, who already has 16 GRAMMY Award events under his belt, handled the on-site RF coordination, deploying a total of 22 channels of Sennheiser wireless during the show including the units used by P!NK: “We used a Phoenix 8 antenna system with 10 arrays, put in place specifically to handle the in-air acrobatics,” he says. “The only thing I need to be concerned with was the effect of the costume and body on her transmitter. In this application, the Sennheiser SK 5212 propagates extremely well and is very compact in size. It isn‘t affected as much when being used on the body as other transmitters and I like that.”

On the receiving side of the signal, Bellamy had several Sennheiser EM 3732-IIs, which he says is a robust, reliable receiver. ”I like the way we can change frequency ranges to about anywhere we want to go,” he observes. “I am using channels 62 and 67 because of the high number of RF devices in the show – these are the only receivers that will hit these upper range frequencies on the market, and I really need them.”

In addition to the wireless channels used for performances, Bellamy also utilized two channels for LL Cool J, who presented through a Sennheiser SKM 5200 transmitter coupled with an MD 5235 dynamic microphone, as well as an SK 5212-II bodypack transmitter. “The bodypack transmitter is working just as good as the handheld transmitter,“ says Bellamy. “Having this level of predictability means I can sleep at night!”

Several Sennheiser MKH 416 shotgun mics and Neumann KM 184 condenser microphones were used to capture sounds of the audience, and were later mixed with performances, providing millions of music fans the next best thing to being there. “We use the MKH 416s on the front line, and the KM 184s as surround mics,” explains Tom Holmes, production mixer for the GRAMMY Awards. “We always use these microphones because they sound great and don’t get in the way of the show. Our ultimate goal is to have listeners at home feel like they are in the same environment.“

Support where and when it is needed
During such a high-profile event as the GRAMMY Awards, or while on tour in just about any location around the world, Lewis and the rest of his team depend on Sennheiser’s unwavering support, which is delivered personably and consistently at a global level. “We’ve got such a great relationship with Sennheiser, it is like having a close friend you can always call on wherever you go,” says Lewis. “You always know there is going to be somebody to support you, no matter what territory you are in: Australia, Europe, North America or anywhere else. For those of us who spend their lives on the road, it’s really nice to have a friendship like that.“

“We look at this as a support operation,“ says Tim Moore, artist relations, Sennheiser USA. “Many people rely on our gear from production rental houses, mix engineers, RF coordinators and of course artists. As a truly global organisation, Sennheiser is able to respond quickly to any of our customers’ needs, no matter where they occur in the world – including at high-profile events such as the GRAMMY Awards.”

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2012 the family company, which was founded in 1945, achieved a turnover of around 584 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,300 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.

Photo captions:

1: P!NK performs at the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards, singing through a customised Sennheiser headset
(Photo credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage/getty images)

2: Dave Bellamy, RF Coordinator of the 56th GRAMMY Awards, used several channels of Sennheiser wireless during the performances

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Genelec Announces 8010 Active Monitor: the Smallest Member of the 8000 Series

Genelec, the world’s pioneer in active monitoring, announces the 8010 Active Monitor, the smallest member of the acclaimed 8000 product range. The 8000 Series is widely used in the high-end professional audio, mastering, post-production and broadcast market sectors around the world. Its professional heritage is reflected in the compact-sized 8010. Suitable for professional work in small studios, it offers accurate monitoring capability with ease of installation. The outstanding sound quality makes the 8010 ideal for small studios and OB vans, and a perfect companion for portable recording devices and other mobile production work.

Featuring a balanced XLR input, 3-inch bass driver, 3/4-inch tweeter and efficient Class D power amplifiers – one for each driver – 8010 produces more sound pressure level than might be expected from a monitor of this size. The Intelligent Signal Sensing ISS circuitry saves energy by automatically putting the monitor to sleep when the audio signal has been absent for a period of time. Once a signal is detected again, the monitor wakes up automatically. This circuitry can be bypassed when the automatic standby function is not desired.

A full range of versatile accessories is available for the 8010, which cover all mounting needs. For example, an elegant L-shaped table stand can be used to optimize monitor orientation toward the listening position and to minimize undesired sound reflections. Thanks to its exceptional sound quality, small size and universal power supply, 8010 is the perfect monitor companion for music production professionals on the move.

The 8010 Active Monitor will be available early 2014 at a U.S. MSRP of $440.00 each.

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.

Audio Engineering Society Announces Event Details for 136th International AES Convention in Berlin

The Audio Engineering Society has announced new details regarding the 136th AES Convention, which will be held in Berlin, Germany on April 26th – 29th, 2014 at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center. The third AES International Convention to be hosted in Berlin, this year’s event will feature a full Technical Program of Papers, Posters, E-Briefs, Tutorials and Workshops covering a comprehensive range of audio-related topics, and featuring top professionals from every aspect of the industry. The 136th Convention co-chairs are Sascha Spors and Umberto Zanghieri.

The AES136 Convention will bring together audio engineers from around the world to share the latest knowledge in audio research, development and applications. Additionally, the Berlin convention will feature a strong focus on Sound for Picture, Recording, and Broadcast aspects of audio engineering, in addition to the popular off-site Technical Tours and social events.

Following the success of the Project Studio Expo at recent AES conventions in San Francisco and New York, the PSE will also make its European debut at AES136, and a special Technology Showcase will provide participating companies with a chance to interface directly with interested end users and customers.

Additional information on the 136th AES International Convention will soon be available on the AES136 home page at http://www.aes.org/events/136/.

Guitar Center Names Kristy Porter as Director of Merchandising, General Accessories

Porter is focused on growing GC’s accessory business by ensuring the category is “customer-centric”

Guitar Center, Inc (GCI), the largest retailer of musical instruments and gear in the U.S., announces that Kristy Porter has been promoted to Director of Merchandising, General Accessories. The announcement was made by Michael Walter, Senior Vice President, Guitar Center Merchandising. Kristy is recognized in the industry as one of the most analytical and experienced category merchants and is respected by the vendor community she supports for her history of tenaciously driving sales in accessory categories on their behalf.

Kristy’s career with Guitar Center started in 2001 as a customer service associate at the Oxnard, California store. In 2005, after four successful years as a top salesperson, Department Manager and Assistant Store Manager, she moved to Guitar Center’s headquarters in Westlake Village as an Assistant Category Manager. She was quickly promoted to Category Manager, General Accessories, and over the past five years has helped her department grow into one of the largest in the company. Porter emphasizes the continued importance accessories have in attracting customers to retail stores on a more frequent and loyal basis.

Kristy Porter said, “I am very excited and honored to be promoted to Director of General Accessories. This business is a vital part of Guitar Center’s overall success, and these high-frequency categories draw customers into our retail stores. We want to ensure our department is very customer-centric: easy to learn, easy to shop and easy for our MI customers to buy. I look forward to helping grow our business in 2014 and beyond.”

Michael Walter, Senior Vice President, Guitar Center Merchandising, said, “This is a great move for Kristy but an even better one for Guitar Center. Expanding her role and breadth allows her to more positively impact even more business here at GC. We love her experience – forged on the front lines in the stores and honed here in Westlake Village over the last few years. She’s well-positioned for success in this and future roles.”

Waves Audio Announces the Waves Dugan Automixer

Waves Audio announces the availability of its new Dugan Automixer plugin. Developed in association with sound engineering legend Dan Dugan, the Waves Dugan Automixer is a software version of the popular Dugan Speech System Automatic Mixing Controllers used the world over. Available for every console, the Dugan Automixer is MultiRack SoundGrid®- and MultiRack Native-compatible and works on 32 or 64 channels.

Using Dugan’s proprietary voice-activated process, the Waves Dugan Automatic Mixing Controller plugin automatically controls the gains of multiple live microphones in real time while preventing feedback and excessive noise pickup. Maintaining the gain of one mic in the room even when multiple speakers are talking simultaneously, it makes perfectly matched transparent cross-fades.

Dugan notes, “People have been asking for a Dugan plugin for a long time. I’m very pleased be able to realize it with the premier publisher of plug-ins.”

Ideal for:

Broadcast news panels and discussion programs
Television talk shows and game shows
Conference sound reinforcement and video trucks
Dialog recording for film and television
Multiple wireless mics on stage
Houses of worship
Boardrooms and civic meeting rooms
Community television
Teleconferencing
Distance learning

The Dan Dugan Automixer is compatible only with MultiRack Native and MutiRack SoundGrid. It is not included in any Waves bundle; it is only available separately. The Dan Dugan Automixer will be available with a U.S. MSRP of Native $500 and SoundGrid $750. Visit www.waves.com for more information.

Waves Audio Now Shipping Waves Loudness Meter Plus (WLM Plus)

Waves Audio, the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies and the recipient of a Technical GRAMMY® Award, is now shipping the Waves Loudness Meter Plus (WLM Plus) plugin. The next generation of the 2012 TEC Award-winning WLM Loudness Meter plugin, the WLM Plus brings anticipated enhancements and features new correction and adjustment tools. Ideal for content creators, post-production houses and cable head-end facilities, WLM Plus is an affordable, all-in-one cross-platform, multi-format loudness metering software solution.

WLM Plus is fully compliant with all current ITU, EBU and ATSC specifications, including new, dedicated presets meeting ARIB TR-B32, OP-59 and the current Discovery Channel requirements. The WLM Plus also includes two presets useful for gaming content creators for leveling, when working on Sony ASWG (Audio Standards Working Group) loudness scanner – geared towards portable and home based devices.

It offers comprehensive Momentary, Short Term, Long Term and True Peak readouts, as well as a unique warning and logging system that keeps track of users’ levels and alerts them when they have exceeded them or fallen short. WLM Plus now features Gain and Trim controls for correction of loudness levels and a True Peak Limiter, which saves users the need to use additional equipment or software.

WLM Plus Controls

Short Term displays (in LUFS) perceived short term loudness.
Long Term displays (in LUFS) perceived loudness averaged across the program signal.
Range displays (in LU) the overall loudness range across the program signal
Momentary displays (in LUFS) momentary loudness levels, according to the Momentary scale control settings.
True Peak displays (in dBTP) inter-sample peaks that do not register in the sample data but may occur during reproduction of the digital signal.
Unders displays the number of times the signal goes below the specified Short Term Min value indicated in the settings panel.
Overs displays the number of times the signal exceeds the specified Short Term Max value indicated in the settings panel.
Measurements Play/Pause determines if program loudness is registered in the WLM memory for averaging long-term loudness range.
Short Time selectable duration of short time measurement.
True Peak Limiter on/off activates and deactivates the limiter.
Follow Transport determines if measurement starts and stops according to host application transport controls.
Timer indicates the amount of time measurements that have been taken and integrated.
Reset resets the Long Term, Range, Overs and Unders counters and returns the integration timer to 00:00:00.
Method determines the measurement method.
Weighting determines the type of weighting filter.
Channel determines the channels being measured.
Short Term Max determines the maximum short term level.
Short Term Min determines the minimum short term level.
True Peak Max determines the maximum true peak level.
Target determines the target level.
Custom Pre Filtering provides low pass (LPF) and high pass (HPF) filters that pre-filter the audio prior to loudness measurement.
Momentary Scale determines the scale displayed in the momentary bar meter.
Logging displays CSV logging file options.
Gain input gain
Trim calculates the difference between the long-term measurement and target. Trim button sets gain per calculation.

The Waves WLM Plus Loudness Meter is currently available with a U.S. MSRP of Native $400 and SoundGrid $600. WLM Plus is available at no additional charge to all WLM owners who have valid coverage under the Waves Update Plan. Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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