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The Audemat Group Purchases Nortek
Bordeaux-Mérignac, France - Jan 11, 2008 - The Audemat Group has bought Nortek. The transaction is intended to provide a conduit to digit TV for Audemat. Since 2002, Audemat has added two companies to its group: Aztec and Ecreso.

Following its incorporation with the Audemat Group, Nortek will be called Audemat-Nortek. Dominique Poissonnier and Jean-Luc Guiraud, former managing directors will be now part of the board of directors of the Audemat Group.


Burk Technology Announces Custom View Contest Winner
Littleton, MA - Jan 4, 2008 - Burk Technology has announced the winner of the 2007 Custom Views Championship Contest. The contest invited broadcasters to use built-in design tools to create a custom user interface for Burk's Lynx 5, AutoPilot 3 and Auto Pilot Plus remote monitoring and control software.

Robert Yankowitz, RF systems manager for CBS Boston, submitted the winning entry. For his prize, Yankowitz elected to receive a Burk Watchband AM/FM/RDS receiver for remote monitoring of market stations.

Yankowitz designed a graphical representation of a tower light monitoring system for two stations. Operators can monitor and control tower lights and have immediate access to FAA contact info, tower locations and antenna registration numbers. The entry is part of a series of 14 custom views used to monitor eight transmitters at three different CBS Boston sites. Yankowitz says that this is his personal favorite, and the FAA information has proven especially useful on multiple occasions.

The winning entry from WBZ-TV. Click image to enlarge.

Custom views are an integral part of Burk Technology's line of remote monitoring and control systems. They provide operators with a means to view conditions at all sites on a single screen with map views, drill-down alarm detail, summary information, the ability to add custom images, operating procedures and more.

The contest winner was selected by Radio magazine editor Chriss Scherer. Scherer, a broadcast engineer himself, has been the editor of Radio magazine since 1997. and is certified by the Society of Broadcast Engineers as a Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer and a Broadcast Networking Technologist. Company names, call letters and other identifying cues were hidden during the judging process.


Newest Axia Partners: Adeuxi Activity and IP-Studio
Cleveland - Jan 4, 2008 - French broadcast integrator and playout system provider Adeuxi Activity and its newly-inaugurated IP-Studio integration division are the newest additions to Axia Audio’s list of international partners. Adeuxi, of Le Bourget, France, has provided software and hardware systems for radio solutions in France since 1995, recently launching a new studio integration division, IP-Studio, whose goal is to "provide turnkey solutions for all digital broadcasting needs through the use of Axia IP-Audio technologies." As an Axia partner, IP-Studio will provide complete Axia IP-Audio networks, consoles and switching solutions for its clients; support for Axia IP-Audio networks is also included in the Adeuxi Activity audio delivery suite.

IP-Studio has already supplied Axia-powered studios to high-profile radio stations such as Radio Evasion FM, Beur FM, Radio Maritima, Paris-based satellite broadcaster Tropic FM, RTL Group local networks, and the Studio Ecole de France broadcasting school in Boulogne. More than 700 studios with Axia IP-Audio technology are now in use worldwide.


Nautel Gets Major Transmitter Project in U.K.
Hackett's Cove, NS - Jan 10, 2008 - Nautel has been awarded the contract for the deployment of high-power FM transmitters in the UK for National Grid Wireless, the UK provider of large-scale transmission infrastructure for broadcasters and mobile network operators. The orders from National Grid Wireless include Nautel's new V15, V10 and V7.5 transmitters. In addition to supplying the transmitters, Nautel will provide all deployment services.

Nautel has recently been awarded similar strategic international deployments in Mexico and the Philippines.


The Audemat Group Purchases Nortek
Bordeaux-Mérignac, France - Jan 11, 2008 - The Audemat Group has bought Nortek. The transaction is intended to provide a conduit to digit TV for Audemat. Since 2002, Audemat has added two companies to its group: Aztec and Ecreso.

Following its incorporation with the Audemat Group, Nortek will be called Audemat-Nortek. Dominique Poissonnier and Jean-Luc Guiraud, former managing directors will be now part of the board of directors of the Audemat Group.


Neural Audio, Voice Age Release Low Bit-rate Codec with Surround
Kirkland, WA and Montreal, Canada - Jan 07, 2008 - Neural Audio and codec developer Voice Age have released Neural-AMR-WB+ upgraded with Neural-THX Surround. The codec can deliver surround sound content at bit rates lower than 72kb/s.

While initially introduced for mobile TV applications, the technology could easily be applied to radio broadcasts.


Axia, TAB present IP University in Nashville
Cleveland - Jan 9, 2008 - Axia Audio’s IP University, which debuted at the 2007 NAB Radio Show, is designed specifically for broadcast engineers who want to familiarize themselves with IP audio networks. Presented by Axia Audio’s Kirk Harnack and Marc Johnson (both broadcast engineers), IP University provides insight into IP audio networks to help users plan, implement and manage IP audio networks in an everyday broadcast environment.

IP University will be hosted by the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters and will take place Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at Film House, 810 Dominican Drive, Nashville, TN.


Neural-THX 7.1 Comes to Video Games
CES 2008, Las Vegas - Jan 7, 2008 - THX, Neural Audio and Sierra Entertainment, a division of Vivendi Games, announced that Prototype, a first-person shooter game, will be the first video game to feature Neural-THX Surround. The Neural-THX Surround technology enabled Radical Entertainment, an internal development studio of Sierra Entertainment, to extend the surround sound experience from 5.1 to 7.1, allowing gamers with Neural-THX Surround capabilities on their audio-video receiver to play Prototype in 7.1 discrete surround sound. Prototype will go on sale in the U.S. in fall 2008.


Joe Knapp

Music Master Celebrates 25 Years
Waukesha, WI - Jan 8, 2008 - Since the first music log was run for Steve Schram at WZZU-FM Milwaukee in 1983, founder Joe Knapp's music scheduling software has been known as Revolve, Music Scan and, since 1995, Music Master. 2008 marks the software's 25th year of operation and service to broadcasters worldwide.

The Windows version of Music Master, officially launched in January 2004, has now crossed a new benchmark as well with more than 2,500 users in radio, television and online.

Music Master is a product of A-Ware Software. On the anniversary, Joe Knapp, president and founder, noted that the first software versions were written using Ohio Scientific and Radio Shack TRS-80 computers -- a far cry from the Windows operating system that the software uses today.


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Wireworks has provided Audio Logic Systems, an audio, video and lighting installation integrator, with an avenue to display its identity through Wireworks Custom Luma Vue Panels and Plates that have been used on several commercial projects and home theater installations for connection panels and identification plates

Danish Radio station Syddanske Medier, part of the Orkla Media Group, has selected the APT Worldnet Oslo as a key element in its new, country-wide, IP audio distribution infrastructure.
The Motor Racing Network (MRN) Radio installed Tannoy Reveal monitors throughout its new multi-room facility in Concord, NC. The facility was featured in the December 2007 issue of Radio magazine.

People

Tim Martin, Auralex Acoustics

Auralex Acoustics Adds Martin to Sales Force
Anaheim, CA - Jan 7, 2008 - Auralex Acoustics recently named Tim Martin director of sales of its growing sales team. Martin has professional experience in sales, consulting and leadership. He will attend the Winter NAMM convention to begin his tenure at Auralex.

Martin most recently served as project manager at Celerant, a consulting firm located in Boston, where he served as a management advisor in the retail, telecommunications and logistics industries for high-profile companies such as Coca-Cola, Telus and Horizon Lines. Prior to this position, Martin was president and managing partner of JAAT Consulting, a sales process development and training firm where he worked with clients to improve overall sales performance. Additional experience includes executive sales roles at Buztronics, Technuity and Blue Star Battery Systems. Martin also served as a Major in the United States Army and worked in the Office of the Chief of Staff where he planned, developed and executed professional and social events for the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Army.


Products

Sony Adds Two HD Radio Receivers
CES, Las Vegas - Jan 6, 2008 - Sony unveiled its latest HD Radio products: the XDR-F1HD tuner and the XDR-S10HDiP HD Radio model with Ipod compatibility.

The XDR-F1HD tuner features a dot matrix LCD display to show data and a wireless remote. The tuner will be available in March for about $100.

The XDR-S10HDiP HD Radio includes an Ipod dock. The radio also includes Itunes tagging capability. The unit includes a wireless remote with full access to the Ipod player menu and to radio tuning and volume functions. The unit also charges the Ipod while it is docked and provides clock radio functionality. The XDR-S10HDiP model will be available this summer for about $180.


New Price for Danagger Plan B
Vancouver, BC - Jan 8, 2008 - Danagger Audio Works has reduced the list prices of its popular audio loss prevention systems. Danagger's Plan B Classic is a digital and analog dead air prevention system that provides replacement audio from an integrated audio player. Also affected by the price break is the Plan B Classic Plus, which features additional silence detection, switching and remote monitoring for a secondary STL or any other digital or analog program feed.


Eye on IBOC

First Itunes Tagging HD Radio Receivers Showing at CES
CES 2008, Las Vegas - Jan 7, 2008 - Ibiquity Digital is showcasing and demonstrating the first group of HD Radio receivers incorporating Apple Itunes Tagging technology at the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show. Devices from Alpine Electronics, JBL, JVC, Polk Audio and Sony will be seen for the first time publicly. Clear Channel Las Vegas stations KPLV and WKNR are providing tagging information.




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