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NRJ TV Finds Versatile Solution in HARMAN Studer Vista 1 Digital Console

Studer_NRJParis copyPARIS, France – NRJ TV has recently purchased a HARMAN Studer Vista 1 digital console for its television control room. NRJ TV has a television control room and two studios to manage the production of its NRJ 12 channels, Chérie 25 and NRJ Hits. Both channels broadcast news and live shows every day.

According to Cédric Drapeau, Technical Manager, it was important to upgrade to a console that could sustain the network’s production growth. “We have a variety of programming that takes place here at NRJ 12 and Chérie 25, so we need equipment that provides a high level of versatility to meet our varying needs,” he said.

To that end, NRJ chose the Studer Vista 1 digital console, which fits perfectly into the network’s technical environment.

The audio configuration of the two studios is based on an EtherSound network, allowing for easy routing and management of signals between the two TV studios and the control table. The Vista 1 has an EtherSound connection that can control over 32 inputs and 32 outputs to perfectly interface into the network.

The Vista 1 is highly suited to broadcast applications, with an integral DSP engine of 96 channels. The Vista 1 can handle mono, stereo and 5.1 inputs with ease, and is provided with 32 mic/line inputs, 16 line outputs and eight stereo AES inputs and outputs on rear panel connections.

The Vista 1 contains many of the same features as its larger brother, the Vista 5, including the patented Vistonics™ user interface plus features such as true broadcast monitoring, talkback, red light control, GPIO, N-x (Mix Minus) busses, snapshot automation and DAW control.

The Vista 1’s I/O can be expanded using the standard Studer D21m I/O controller’s card slot on the rear, to allow a wide range of protocols including MADI, AES, AoIP, ADAT, TDIF, CobraNet, Dolby E/Digital and SDI connections. A MADI link can connect to any of the Studer Stagebox range for XLR connectivity as well as other formats.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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JBL_NickBassani copyATLANTA, Georgia – Patchwerk Recording Studios is one of the top recording and mastering facilities in the United States. The Atlanta studio has recorded more than 60 platinum and gold albums and worked with a who’s who of rap, hip-hop, R&B and pop artists including 50 Cent, Sean Combs, Pit Bull, Flo RIda, Jay-Z, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Kanye West and dozens of others. It’s music based on bass, and producers, artists and listeners want more and more of it, notes Patchwerk’s tracking engineer Nick Bassani, which is why he relies on HARMAN’s JBL LSR308 powered studio monitors as his go-to near-field loudspeakers.

Bassani recognizes in the urban music scene “there’s an insatiable appetite for more low-end response in the music and this creates a challenge for urban market producers and mix engineers. Many monitors and even headphones out there cater to this appetite with low-end response that’s often misleading and just plain inaccurate.”

Bassani feels the JBL LSR308 is the perfect solution to the need for for bass-accurate near-field monitors. “Accuracy and clarity tend to be expensive – but not in the case of the LSR308. They’re not ‘boomy’ or exaggerated in the bass, yet have more low-end response along with far better high-frequency extension—all the way up to 24kHz—than any other near-field I’ve used.”

The powered-bi-amplified LSR308 employs a long-throw 8-inch woofer and a 1-inch woven-composite neodymium tweeter that is mated to JBL’s exclusive Image Control Waveguide™, developed for the company’s new flagship M2 Master Reference Monitor.

“The LSR308’s wider frequency response and clarity and ability to let me ‘hear into’ the mix at lower volumes has caused me to make huge improvements in my overall mixing technique,” said Bassani. “Thanks to the exceptional definition of the woofer and tweeter and the accurate on-and off- axis coverage pattern of the waveguide, the stereo image is deep and wide and the clarity is phenomenal. I can hear reverbs and delays extremely well.” Bassani also found the LSR308 “a godsend” when its improved resolution allowed him to begin experimenting with mid-side panning in his mixes.

Bassani asks: “Suppose an artist or producer wants to be sure that what they hear in their mixing environment translates accurately to the next studio they work in, or in their car or home?” “To be honest, that’s what really sold me on the LSR308. During a project, we were tracking in a studio that had a nice vocal booth but the control room was not the best. We replaced the existing control room speakers with a pair of LSR308 monitors and I noticed an instant improvement in the transferability of my rough mixes between the studio, my home and another professional studio where I work.”

After that experience, Bassani installed the LSR308 at Patchwerk’s Studio 9000 (one of Patchwerk’s main tracking and mixing rooms) and has never looked back, saying he is “unable to part with them.” He now takes a pair of LSR308 monitors to every room on any project he’s involved with, whether it’s a small project studio or a multi-million-dollar facility. He concluded, “I know that if I get my mix sounding great on the JBL LSR308 monitors, I’ll never have anything to be worried about.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Hitachi_Glendale_1 copyGlendale, Arizona, August 19, 2014 – Arizona’s Glendale Community College media team has been implementing projector teaching technology ever since 2004 when Scott Kozakiewicz, Manager of Media and Help Desk, was put in charge of a data projector upgrade plan. After browsing several projector options based on their total cost of ownership, Mr. Kozakiewicz purchased a Hitachi projector and soon made the decision to convert the school to an all-Hitachi campus featuring over 300 Hitachi projectors.

“Hitachi is the one company that has a consistent design across its entire product line, so we have the ability to use the same bulbs with different models,” said Mr. Kozakiewicz. “Upgrades have been painless and affordable.”

Mr. Kozakiewicz needed a solution that was not only bright, affordable and dependable, but also user-friendly. He originally set up a testing area and invited faculty to experiment with several different projector companies and brands. Based on feedback from the teachers and media staff, Hitachi was the clear choice.

“The Hitachi projectors provide the necessary brightness to operate in a well-lit room and don’t overwhelm the faculty,” said Mr. Kozakiewicz. “Rather, the projectors supplement their teaching and presentations.”

Glendale Community College serves over 20,000 students between its two local campuses, with projectors frequently running from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and shorter days on Friday and Saturday. Mr. Kozakiewicz cited Hitachi’s customer support as an important factor as well—several times he’s gathered data from faculty, relayed it back to Hitachi, and seen his recommendations integrated into future projectors.

“My responsibility is to provide faculty and students with the latest technology that can enhance teaching and learning, but at the same time I have to be fiscally responsible to our taxpayers,” said Mr. Kozakiewicz. “We’ve been able to deploy and maintain more than 300 Hitachi projectors while satisfying both of these needs.”

When asked if he would recommend Hitachi projectors to similar institutions, Mr. Kozakiewicz replied that he would “without hesitation.”

“I was one of the first to invest in Hitachi and now many schools in our district have jumped on board as well,” said Mr. Kozakiewicz. “The best products are ones that you don’t need to think about being there—pure and simple, Hitachi’s projectors just work.”

For more information on Glendale Community College, visit http://www2.gccaz.edu/.

For more information on Hitachi projectors visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

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About Hitachi America, Ltd.

Hitachi America, Ltd. headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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2603MOSCOW, Russia — The nightlife culture changed dramatically in the Russian capital of Moscow with the grandiose opening of Space Moscow, a huge entertainment venue and nightclub designed to match the style of the original Space Club in Ibiza, Spain. To create a mesmerizing experience, Vitally Perepelin, Lighting Designer for Space Moscow, deployed over 70 of HARMAN’s Martin Professional lighting fixtures, fog machines, and lighting consoles.

The Space Ibiza club is a long-time active user of Martin lighting solutions, so when the franchise was brought to Moscow it was natural to continue using Martin equipment.Perepelin’s design features 22 MAC Aura LED wash lights, 12 MAC Viper Profiles, 12 compact MAC 101 fixtures, 16 RUSH MH3 Beams, 12 Atomic 3000 DMX strobes, M6 controller, ZR-44 Hi-Mass fog machine and the Jem 365 Ready hazer.

“I personally insisted on using Martin equipment,” said Perepelin. “I worked with Martin fixtures at the Euroshow company and I know very well the high quality of the products. The fixtures are very simple to use and they have a user-friendly menu. Moreover, some of them are really unique lights that don’t have any equals on the market. For example, the MAC Viper Profile is very fast for its size, bright, has a great set of gobos and is an excellent beam and animation. In my mind, Martin offers an optimal price-quality ratio which was a deciding factor for our installation.”

“Knowing that they also used Martin fixtures at Space in Spain, it was one more reason for me to pick the fixtures,” said Perepelin. “I think that our greatest achievement is that we can meet the riders of such popular world stars performing at our club such as Tiësto, who was the opening act in 2013, Steve Aoki, Above & Beyond, Cosmic Gate and others. The Lighting Designer for Tiësto was very appreciative of our installation and equipment, which is proof of our success.”

Space is far from just a nightclub and a big entertainment venue as it also functions as an events hall for corporate events. For this reason, it was important that the lighting installation be mobile to meet the different requirements of various events.

“From time to time I change the position of the Martin fixtures in the lighting set to add some diversity,” said Perepelin. “Of course, the changes are not so crucial but it’s still nice to have the flexibility to do so according to the customers’ wishes.”

“I still like to use my favorite compact moving head, the MAC 101,” said Perepelin. “Even though it’s been four years since its launch, it is a vital asset in many of my installations. It’s really fast and has a very bright beam! When the time comes for the most energetic part of the show, the MAC 101s and RUSH MH3 Beams march into battle. The high speed in combination with the brightness is truly amazing.”

Perepelin was very happy with Martin’s decision to provide an entry-level fixture with the launch of the RUSH series. “I think the RUSH MH3 Beam is a very worthy fixture for its functions and features,” he said. “It is perfect from the point of price and quality, which is a crucial factor in the club sphere. It’s not easy to find an affordable fixture with a good light output but the RUSH MH3 Beam has everything you need. It’s dynamic, has rich colors, a great prism and awesome gobos. It’s the perfect fixture!”

Perepelin explained that the basis for all lighting installations is centered around the flagship M6 lighting console and mentioned that he chose for several reasons. “As we use a set of Martin equipment, in my opinion we should use an original console. The M6 has all necessary functions for this club. Also, it is really easy to use and very powerful. It has perfect touchscreens that I like a lot and the programming is very easy too. It’s intuitive and user-friendly, making it easy to jump between pages and arrange everything. I put one kind of parameters on one page and all the others on another which makes it easy to switch back and forth. This function makes this console so handy for me!”

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting.Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Washing 2HONG KONG, August 18, 2014 — One of the most enjoyable back-to-school rituals is passing the phone to friends to share vacation photos, play games or send messages. But with cell phones known to harbor up to 18 times as much bacteria as a toilet seat, good times are often only the beginning of what gets shared after the semester’s first bell rings. This year, thanks to the waterproof Catalyst iPhone case, parents can combat notoriously filthy phones with some of the most low-tech tools on the market: soap and water.

In addition to increasing overall cleanliness, the Catalyst waterproof iPhone case delivers convenience by eliminating the need to remember to carry specialized cleaners, which can be expensive and often leave sticky residue. Washing a cell phone is now just as easy as washing hands!

The Catalyst® case, designed for iPhone 4/4s and 5/5s, is also waterproof up to 5 meters (16.4 ft.) and drop-proof up to 2 meters (6.6 ft.). Regardless of how fond kids are of getting messy, muddy, wet, rainy or snowy, the Catalyst® case will easily protect the expensive device inside and can be washed at any time.

With the Catalyst® case’s slim profile and attractive design, consumers will never need (or want) to remove their phones.

Beyond a fully functional camera and rugged protection, the Catalyst® case maintains all iPhone features including Touch ID and easy access to charging and headphone ports. The Catalyst® case features an IP68 waterproof rating and meets military-grade impact standards to protect against virtually everything life can throw at it.

See video of the Catalyst® case in action at www.catalystlifestyle.com/videos.

For distribution inquiries, please contact sgast@wmsglobalconsulting.com.

ABOUT CATALYST LIFESTYLE LTD.

Catalyst is a lifestyle accessories brand founded by adventure enthusiasts to create innovative products that inspire people to go outside, experience adventure and connect with nature. As avid climbers, surfers and snowboarders, their mission is to encourage people to explore, enjoy the outdoors, connect with others in our global community, and from a design perspective to create products that are fun, pure and functional. Catalyst is committed to creating iconic products that enable its customers to stay connected, no matter what the environment.

To find out more about Catalyst, visit www.catalystlifestyle.comwww.facebook.com/catalystlifestyle, instagram.com/catalystlifestyle or join the conversation on Twitter at @cataly_st.

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