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Harman Launches Dealer Extranet Harman Consumer Systems Group was expected to launch Custom Central, an online resource for authorized Harman custom installation
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Dec 1, 2000 12:00 PM, Elizabeth Price

Harman Launches Dealer ExtranetHarman Consumer Systems Group was expected to launch Custom Central, an online resource for authorized Harman custom installation dealers. The secure site will provide professionals with job-planning and cost-estimation services, secure product ordering and tracking, tech support and other features. Demonstrated during CEDIA Expo 2000, the site covers the range of Harman companies, including Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Audioaccess and Lexicon. For more information, see www.harman.com.

DTS Joins DVB Standards GroupDigital Theater Systems, an Agoura Hills, Calif., company specializing in multichannel audio, has become an assoicate member of Digital Video Broadcasting, the technical organization that creates standards for video and audio broadcasting. DTS joins the consortium of more than 300 companies, based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more, visit www.dtsonline.com.

Symetrix Expands in Pacific Rim and OnlineAudio equipment manufacturer and entertainment business service provider Symetrix has added Quebec Leisure International Pte Ltd. to its global distributor network. Quebec Leisure will serve the industry's Southeast Asia customers from its Singapore headquarters. Company executives say they look forward to benefiting from their deep combined connections in the audio industry. Meanwhile, the company is expanding in the virtual world as well. Authorized resellers and distributors can order accessories online at up to 15% below MSRP. Visit www.symetrixaudio.com for more information.

Russound Partners With Smart SystemsPartnerships aren't just for the online world. Smart Systems Technologies, Albuquerque, N.M., and Russound, Newmarket, N.H., have signed a design partnership agreement to bring together Russound's audio controller/amplifier systems and the SMART Window, a home automation system for lighting, interactive security, energy management, appliance control and custom scenes. The product lines work together for total touchscreen control of features like volume, infrared and source control, and automated muting. See www.russound.com for details.

ALMA Winter Symposium 2001The Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas will house The American Loudspeaker Manufacturers Association for the group's Winter Symposium on January 4-5, 2001. This internationally attended symposium of over 25 member companies provides loudspeaker industry professionals the opportunity to attend meetings, hear the latest papers by experts in their field, and attend new product exhibits. ALMA expects a wide range of panelists and speakers, including Floyd Toole of Harman International, Wolfgang Klippel of Klippel GmbH and Earl Geddes of GedLee Associates. More information can be found at www.alma.org.

Telex HQ Moves to MinnesotaThe corporate headquarters at Telex Communications Inc. has moved to Burnsville, Minn. Professional, commercial and industrial customers can now find Telex's sales, marketing, engineering and administrative departments in the new facility. The increased space in their new home will allow the company to better serve the pro audio, wireless and multimedia communications community and will allow for Telex's anticipated increasing growth. Visit www.telex.com.

Hafler Unveils "Virtual Reality" Web SiteHafler, Tempe, Ariz., now provides a close-up, three-dimensional look at its amplifiers and reference monitors from its new online VR Studio. The site, www.hafler.com, allows viewers to watch a collection of Virtual Reality movies using zoom-in on controls, connectors and LEDs. Managing director Jerry Cave says that not only can dealers and customers see the specs on an amp, active monitor or subwoofer, but "now they can see how the components are actually laid out and visualize on a 3-D scale how the gear looks from all sides."

Universal Audio Acquires Kind of LoudUniversal Audio, a longtime favorite in classic analog recording technology, has completed the acquisition of Kind of Loud Technologies, manufacturer of processing plug-ins. The purchase will give Universal Audio a new edge in modern digital recording and allow both companies to draw from their combined resources and technologies. The company will now be known as Universal Audio Inc. and can be found at www.uaudio.com.

Seven Sites Relaunched by DMOFive of PRIMEDIA's Intertec video, broadcast and production industry Web sites and two of Knowledge Industry Publications' professional film and video industry sites have been relaunched by Digital Media Online, a developer of business-to-business vertical online communities.

The relaunch of www.Millimeter.com;www.BERadio.com;www.BEOnline.com;www.BroadcastEngineering.com;www.VideoSystems.com; and Knowledge Industry Publications' www.AVVideo.com and www.FilmAndVideoMagazine.com is supported by companies like Panasonic, Discreet, Matrox and Ligos. Digital Media Online operates out of Santa Ana, Calif., and online at www.digitalmedianet.com.

Meanwhile, DMNTV.com, an Internet broadcasting channel for digital media professionals, is one of DMO's newest additions. The site updates digital media industry news daily, provides tradeshow reports, and offers product demos and interviews with top industry executives, streamed by SGI in an on-demand format.

Neutrik Turns 25Neutrik celebrates 25 years in the business. After a quarter of a century developing audio connector products, Neutrik has grown from a 2-person operation in Liechtenstein to an international presence with subsidiaries and associated companies in North America, Europe and Asia. Congratulate the staff at www.neutrik.com.

New West Audio and MacPacific Marketing MergeNew West Audio Inc., an independent representative organization for marketing pro audio products, and MacPacific Marketing, a service and sales organization, recently announced their merger. The Mac West Group, as the company is to be called, will integrate their sales agencies to increase overall presence and stay abreast of rapid business changes in the market. Their new Web site can be found at both www.newwestaudio.com and www.macwestgroup.com.

TC Electronic Links Up With Digital HarmonyThe recently announced partnership between TC Electronic and pro audio technology developer and licenser Digital Harmony Technologies could prove a major step toward the first IEEE-1394 (i.e., FireWire) networked audio processors. TC Electronic hopes to make the IEEE-1394 increasingly user-friendly by using Digital Harmony's DHIVA-embedded 1394 interface, software drivers and professional production assistant software modules. See www.digitalharmony.com or www.tcelectronic.com.

Tascam and Sony to Build DSD RecorderTascam and Sony have agreed to develop a new Direct Stream Digital recorder that can be configured in both a DSD 2-track and PCM multitrack format. The recorder will be the only tape-based machine capable of Super Audio CD recording and will be the only system where multiple DTRS recorders can be synchronized. Sync capabilities will include XLR timecode in/out terminal with an onboard SMPTE synchronizer and more. Visit www.tascam.com.

Earthworks and dbx Form AllianceThe 480-M, a custom-designed RTA measurement microphone, is the product of a new partnership between dbx Professional Products and Earthworks Inc. The microphone has a reduced chassis size and a custom XLR plug that will connect directly to the 480, 482 and 480R Drive Rack units, allowing use of both products as a mobile RTA system. The 480-M is available only through dbx, www.dbtechno.com. For more on Earthworks, see www.earthwks.com.

New Warranty From RadianAll Radian Audio Engineering Inc. loudspeaker products shipped after April 1, 2000, have a new 5-year warranty. The warranty protects Radian customers against product malfunctions due to defects in materials and workmanship for 5 years from the original purchase date. Find more about Radian's Orange, Calif., offices and products at www.radianaudio.com.

Crestron Control for Crown IQConversion complexities between Crown Audio and Crestron Electronics have been eliminated. Their Internet Industry Partnership allows users to easily operate Crown's IQ2 products in a Crestron systems environment using Crestron's e-Control. Crown's IQ-USM 810 digital processor/mixer and IQ-PIP-USP2 module are expected to be the most frequently used products in this new system. www.crownaudio.com has details.

eMagin Announces New MicrodisplayPalm Beach, Fla., company eMagin Corporation has unveiled the first full-color OLED-on-Silicon active matrix microdisplay. Real-time, full-color performance indicates growing imaging technology for entertainment, wireless and wearable computing appliances. The microdisplay is built on eMagin's monochrome SCGA (1,280x1,024) pixel IC array and will be applied to the SVGA+, available for sampling by early 2001. Go to www.emagincorp.com.

QSC-Digital Harmony AgreementWith the new licensing agreement between QSC, Ethernet-based control and signal transport systems developer, and Digital Harmony Technologies, 1394-based technology developer of consumer products, QSC will now have access to Digital Harmony's IEEE-1394-based technology. The agreement will allow QSC to develop its pro audio systems products and Digital Harmony to expand from consumer to commercial and residential systems applications. See www.qscaudio.com and www.digitalharmony.com.

A Move for Sundance DigitalGrowth at television automation systems provider Sundance Digital Inc. prompted the company to move its headquarters this past fall. Sundance will continue to produce broadcast automation solutions from new offices at 4500 Fuller Drive, Suite 205, Irving, TX 75038. www.SundanceDigital.com.

WBS Announces Sister CorporationTop executives at Ward-Beck Systems Ltd., Tornoto, Ontario, have announced a January 2001 opening for sister corporation Ward-Beck Sales Inc. Ward-Beck Sales will operate under the management of Michael Jordan out of Portland, Ore., as Ward-Beck Systems' U.S. sales and marketing organization. The company hopes to increase sales and redevelop relationships with former clients in the West and Midwest. Contact WBS at www.wbsltd.com.

Overwhelming Vote Amends NECThe National Electric Code technical committee in Quincy, Mass., has approved an extension in the scope of balanced AC power by a vote of 17-1. Not only will the balanced AC power section of the NEC include audio/video production areas, as of the 2002 edition it will encompass all sensitive electronics, including R&D telecommunications, automated manufacturing and specific areas of commercial lighting. The change reflects what Equi=Tech president Martin Glasband believes to be "the beginning of a revolution in power quality technology that will surely sweep through the world of high-tech electronics."

Cirrus Logic Patents PWM TechnologyCirrus Logic Inc., Austin, Texas, has developed a new digital Pulse Width Modulation technology that increases amplifier efficiency by 50% to 90%. PWM Amplifiers are said to radiate less EMI/RFI, be more efficient and dissipate less heat, which allows designers to make them smaller and able to run up to three times longer than conventional amps with battery power. The company says that the new amps have greater signal-to-noise ratio, less total harmonic distortion, wider range and better frequency response. Visit www.cirrus.com.

Agreement Between Calrec and Nine TilesYorkshire, UK-based Calrec Audio Ltd. has come to an agreement with Nine Tiles Networks Ltd. to develop a wide area audio networking and distribution system. Calrec, which produces analog and digital consoles, has linked its Alpha 100 digital broadcast production console with Nine Tiles' Audiolink AES3/ATM encoding system to develop products such as a new remote microphone preamp system.

Otari and Yamaha Promote mLAN TechnologyOtari joins Yamaha to promote the mLAN digital network interface technology. The companies are hoping to extend mLAN throughout the high-end pro audio market. Yamaha Corp. managing director Masatada Wachi says, "The technology allows users to link electronic instruments, professional audio components, computers and similar devices to achieve more efficient exchange and management of audio and MIDI data." Yamaha announced that mLAN licensees should expect to see new chip samples by spring 2001.

Atlantic Satellite and Waterfront Launch New DivisionThe Network Resources unit is now responsible for fiber optic and satellite capabilities at Atlantic Satellite Communications Inc. and Waterfront Communications Corporation. Atlantic Satellite and Waterfront are both operating units of the Satellite and Distribution Services Division of Video Services Corporation. This new joint division within VSC has been set up to stay on top of customer requirements. See www.atlsat.com, www.wtrfrnt.com.

Vela Receives EmmyThe Emmy for outstanding achievement in technological advancement went to Vela for its PC video and compression plug-in cards. Vela, longtime maker of video compression products for the broadcast and cable industries, developed the cards for the manufacture of nonlinear editing systems or video servers. Vela is based in two offices - Clearwater, Fla., and Salt Lake City. Visit www.vela.com.

Elf Foundation Makes Call to ActionThe Elf Foundation, an organization to give the gift of movies and music to families and children in need, held an inaugural breakfast at this year's CEDIA Expo. The Foundation called participants to install as many as 200 home entertainment systems in children's medical facilities by the end of 2001. Membership and other info is available at www.elffoundation.org.

Musician's Friend Partners with StageSmartOnline/catalog retailer Musician's Friend recently agreed to be a pro audio equipment vendor on the industry business exchange Web site www.StageSmart.com. Musician's Friend joins thousands of dealers on the site to expand its customer base through StageSmart's model of buying and selling pro audio products.

Third-Party Support for TascamTascam has announced third-party software support for the US-428 Digital Audio Workstation Controller to help meet the needs of desktop recordists. The US-428 will be able to directly map to the software mixer and other digital audio workstation applications at Minnetonka Software, makers of professional sound recording and editing software. BitHeadz Inc., manufacturers of professional synthesizer software, plans to provide direct USB support for sampling and synthesizer software packages. For more information, see www.tascam.com.

Electro-Acoustics "Distributor of the Year"Tannoy Professional's "Distributor of the Year" award for 2000 was presented to Singapore-based Electro-Acoustics. The award is based on technical ability, customer support and growth in turnover. "It is due to an excellent all-around performance by the whole EAS team that they have won the Tannoy Award, as well as exceeding their annual turnover by more than 300%," says Tannoy's international sales manager Sean Martin.

Tannoy to Distribute TascamTannoy has agreed to begin distributing some of Tascam's pro audio equipment to contractors and installers, allowing Tannoy to be a more complete source for audio systems. Distribution of integrated CD and cassette decks, MiniDisc and DAT recorders, and more, is expected to help Tannoy serve the pub and club markets. See www.tannoy.com for details.

TCG Deadline ApproachesThe application deadline for the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Designers is January 15, 2001. The Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the not-for-profit professional theater, will offer $17,500 each to six early-career designers to spend six months working with senior artists. This year, sound designers are invited to apply to the program, which was previously only open to scenic, costume and lighting designers. For eligibility requirements and an application, visit www.tcg.org.

Video Calibration on the WebSencore has introduced a new video calibration library as a service to installers. The color calibration Web site at www.sencore.com/color-calibration.htm has multiple manufacturer listings, a comments section and a direct e-mail line to a Sencore Application Engineer, among other useful features.

BuzzNet 2000 Meets StudentsCalif. college students were recently introduced to the latest in high-res, surround music formats when the Consumer Electronics Association presented BuzzNet 2000, a tour that introduced "total immersion" enviornments to young people. See www.buzznet.org.

Correction: In the Video Projection supplement of our November issue, the "Houses of Worship" article was written by Tim Butler of Digital Projection, not Tony Locke. We sincerely apologize for the error.

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