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Electro-Voice Produces Bridge Disaster Benefit CD
Burnsville, MN - Mar 17, 2008 - Exclusive studio and live tracks comprise the lineup of the now available three-CD benefit compilation from Electro-Voice. All the proceeds raised through the sale of the CD will be donated to the Minnesota Helps: Bridge Disaster Fund. The compilation features released and unreleased tracks from Los Lobos, Dick Dale, Steve Vai, DJ Spooky, Howe Gelb, Sparklehorse, Calexico, Les Claypool, Joey DeFrancesco, Jim Lauderdale, Joe Bonamassa, George Clinton, Lee Scratch Perry and many more.

The benefit originates from Electro-Voice's artist endorsement program and the philanthropic efforts of its parent company, Robert Bosch North America.

Ad Mission Provides Ad Features to Entercom Advertisers
San Ramon, CA - Mar 19, 2008 - Entercom Communications is making the Ad Mission ad platform available to all Entercom radio station websites. Ad Mission ads expand the revenue channel for Entercom sales staff and gives local advertisers additional access to a consumer audience that spends time online.

Phase I of Entercom's Ad Mission ad sales has launched and features branded inventory from local auto dealers, with Phase II expansion into real estate planned for mid 2008. The Ad Mission advertising platform provides dynamic display ads that feature inventory in branded, media-rich rotating ad formats. The IAB-standard ad units allow publishers to target and distribute ads within their network as featured ads, or across the Ad Mission ad network to reach a broader audience.

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APT Welcomes International Distributors to Belfast
Belfast - Mar 19, 2008 - Last week, APT welcomed more than 30 of the company's international distributors to its Belfast headquarters for a four-day international distributor forum. Originally spun-out of the small business arm of Queen's University, APT has grown to be one of Northern Ireland's flagship export companies with more than 90 percent of its sales outside the UK. The company's worldwide distributor network has been critical to the company securing major deals with broadcasters such as the ABC in Australia, Clear Channel Radio in the U.S. and the European Broadcast Union.

APT CEO Noel McKenna said, "Our network of distributors adds a very real value to our business and we have a legacy of developing long-term relationships with our distributors."

The company welcomed almost 30 representatives from more than 20 countries to the forum , which was held to expand the distributors' technical knowledge of APT's key products and to update them on new APT products, technologies and business strategies. The event also included a two-day conference featuring a full seminar and workshop program. It also provided opportunities for APT's distributors to network and exchange ideas and strategies for the future.

The distributor forum culminated in a gala-dinner held in the Council Chamber at Queens University on Friday evening where APT distributors, staff and distinguished guests enjoyed a champagne and Guinness reception, sampled local delights including smoked salmon, oysters and wheaten bread, and were treated to entertainment from local Irish dancers and musicians.

Streamtheworld now offers its customers AAC-compatible live audio streaming for Adobe Flash players.Georgia Public Broadcasting Radio (GPB Radio) has purchased a Neural Audio Neustar SW4.0 codec pre-conditioning software package for its statewide, 16-station public radio network. The software will allow GPB Radio to broadcast an increased number of services and channels to its audience on its FM stations.


Airshift Adds Guerra in Sales
Helsinki, Finland - Mar 14, 2008 - Dennis A. Guerra joins the team as Airshift extends its reach into global markets. Guerra, who joins the company as an area sales manager, has experience in sales, marketing and business development.

Airshift Media was founded in 2006 by professionals who have been involved with some of the largest radio system projects in the world.


Allen & Heath Shipping Zed-24 USB Mixer
Agoura Hills - Mar 19, 2008 - Allen & Heath's Zed-24 small format, USB-equipped mixer is now shipping. The Zed-24 stereo mixer provides 23 independent sources to the mix, 10 independent outputs, four aux sends (two pre and two post fade), a USB send and return, a dual stereo input capability, and advanced monitoring facilities. Under the hood, the Zed-24 features all vertically mounted PCB boards and rotary controls that are fastened to the chassis from the top.

Sixteen mono channel strips are complemented by four stereo channels, each with a main stereo input on jack sockets, and with the ability to take additional stereo inputs from phono sockets or from the USB audio input. The console features a responsive three-band swept-mid EQ and Duo Pre pre-amps.

The USB output can be configured to send different signals to the USB. Other mixers in the ZED series include the ZED-14 and the ZED 4 bus series - ZED-420, ZED-428 and ZED-436 mixers.

Tieline Launches QOS Performance Engine for Remotes via IP
Indianapolis - Mar 20, 2008 - At the 2008 NAB Show, Tieline Technology will demonstrate its new QOS Performance Engine Technology over IP for its G3 range of audio codecs, which provides greater connection stability, with less delay, for live remote broadcasts over IP networks.

The Internet and 3G wireless networks are lossy, packet-switched networks in which a percentage of data packets sent never arrive. Tieline notes that between one and three percent of packets are lost at different times over open Internet IP connections. This figure likely increases to between three and 10 percent of packets via 3G networks.

In a remote broadcast situation, broadcasters are unable to buy QOS (quality of service) for wireless 3G networks, and it is often impractical to buy QOS for a single remote broadcast for the Internet. The QOS Performance Engine Technology is Tieline's answer to this. The technology manages the IP connection and adjusts settings in the codec to allow for varying packet arrival times and provide forward error correction (FEC) analysis.

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Mercedes Commits to Factory HD Radio Option
Mar 14, 2008 - Daimeler-Benz's premium Mercedes SUV line sold in the U.S. will soon offer HD Radio as an installed option. In addition to a telematics package with features like Bluetooth hands-free control and color graphic displays, American buyers will have an array of audio options such as a true-diversity radio tuner with both HD Radio and Siruis satellite radio capability. A DSP-based Harmon-Kardon Logic 7 high-powered audio system is also available. Three units are available. No word yet from Daimler on price or availability dates.

Hyundai to Offer HD Radio Receiver on Future Premium Sports Sedan
New York - Mar 21, 2007 - Hyundai will offer HD Radio receivers on its rear-wheel drive premium sports sedan scheduled for introduction in 2008.

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