Archive for August 21st, 2012

Antelope Audio Eclipse 384 AD/DA Converter Brings Master-Quality Audio to Korn Frontman Jonathan Davis’ Road Rig

Korn shook up the rock world at the end of 2011 when the L.A.-based band released its tenth studio album, “Path of Totality,” featuring collaborations with a host of dubstep producers including multiple Grammy Award-winner Skrillex. Now, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis is doubling down on his recent statement that “North American dubstep is the new electronic heavy metal” through a side project, Killbot, and a solo project under his DJ name, J Devil, recording into a laptop on the road and in the studio, using Antelope Audio’s new Eclipse 384 converter, master clock and monitor controller.

Davis recently added the Eclipse 384 AD/DA converter in order to streamline his mobile production rig after spotting it on the Antelope Audio web site. The 384 kHz A-to-D/D-to-A converter is clocked using the same Oven Controlled Clock and 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking technology that is implemented in Antelope Audio’s renowned Trinity Master Clock. The Eclipse 384 offers additional features conducive to mobile production applications, including two dedicated headphone amplifiers and a custom USB interface, as well as two large peak meters on the front panel. In order to simplify operation, users can create up to five custom presets of favorite setups via the system’s OS X- and Windows-compatible software control panel that may then be recalled from the Eclipse 384’s front panel.

“This is all I’ve got now; I used to have racks of stuff,” says Davis, who records vocals, guitar and bass into an Apple MacBook Pro through a signal chain comprising little more than the Antelope Eclipse 384, an API Channel Strip and a Shure microphone. “It’s basically my studio all in one box. It’s the best interface I’ve used. I love that everything is right there,” he says of the Eclipse.

Davis, who has been performing DJ sets using the moniker J Devil, is a longtime aficionado of electronic dance music (EDM), and has been producing dubstep-influenced remixes for rock and electronic artists for several years. Having started creating EDM on his laptop “for fun,” Davis has now teamed up with dubstep producers and fellow metal-heads Sluggo and Tyler Blue to form Killbot, a “metalstep” collaboration that has signed to Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak dance record label and has announced plans to release a four-track EP. There is also a J Devil solo EP in the works.

Davis has jumped into EDM production with both feet, making use of every waking minute to create new music for all of his projects. “Making electronic music and learning to produce and learning my new instrument—laptop, I call it—has been an amazing thing,” he told Billboard.com recently. “After every Korn show I come offstage, take a shower and I start writing.”

By utilizing high-grade audio production equipment such as the Antelope Eclipse 384, Davis is able to produce release-ready masters right there on the tour bus or the hotel room. “The Eclipse is essential, because it gives me everything I need to work on the road and not just make a demo. The stuff I actually do on the road I keep and it sounds great—it’s not just a demo that I have to rework or re-record later,” he says.

StreamGuys and AdsWizz Strike Partnership to Monetize Digital Media

Partners Offer Both On-Demand and Live Streaming Media Monetization Tools, Including First-Ever Pre-Roll and Mid-Roll Podcast Ad Insertion Technology

BAYSIDE, CALIFORNIA, August 21, 2012 – Broadcasters and audio publishers can now experience a true streaming media return on investment through the collective strengths of StreamGuys’ cloud-based streaming services and AdsWizz’s digital advertising solutions. The new StreamGuys and AdsWizz partnership offers one of the first mobile-friendly, multi-platform streaming solutions with targeted, rich media advertising capabilities.

The two companies have already won a contract with a major sports broadcaster. The new customer is successfully using AdsWizz’s Pre-Roll Ad Insertion technology to deliver targeted advertisements to consumers who download the broadcaster’s audio podcasts, reaching more online media players and mobile devices than before via StreamGuys’ one-to-many streaming architecture.

In addition to pre-roll podcast capabilities, the two companies will provide joint customers with a portfolio offering several ad-supported monetization tools, including audio and video mid-roll ad insertion technology as well as companion display ad banners. These rich media advertisements can target specific subsets of users based on their gender, demographic and active location based data.

AdsWizz’s Digital Advertising Monetization Platform enables CDNs, Ad Networks and Online Audio Publishers to unleash the power of one-to-one marketing by allowing them to insert ads directly into each end-user’s on-demand or live stream and ensure the ad specifically speaks to the individual’s interests. In addition AdsWizz also provides real-time audience measurement and analytics tools to evaluate audience response. Customers using these tools can later confirm with their advertisers that streams were monetized through targeted advertisements.

StreamGuys’ one-to-many architecture ensures that broadcasters and publishers can deliver content, including advertisements in multiple formats to reach many targets. StreamGuys also eliminates transcoding steps often used for multi-format streaming that degrade audio and video quality.

Jason Osburn, executive vice president at StreamGuys, notes that the StreamGuys/AdsWizz partnership allows the company to offer a solution that simplifies monetization of live and on-demand rich media delivery — and deliver those ad-injected streams to virtually every popular end user device for consumption. The StreamGuys/AdsWizz solution currently supports Flash and Icecast streaming for MP3 and HE-AAC audio formats; as well as Flash and iOS for video.

“Most broadcasters are now seeking compatibility with iOS devices, including the iPhone and iPad, as well as other mobile platforms to expand their audience reach,” said Osburn. “Our relationship with AdsWizz allows us to provide a full-service shop to support broadcasters who depend on ad placement for revenue generation.”

StreamGuys manages the overall solution from their facility, including the AdsWizz server software that lives on StreamGuys’ adaptive bit-rate streaming architecture in the cloud. The company also provides rich data on hits, visitors, user agents, geographic regions and other analytics to help customers strategize future growth.

“Until now broadcasters, audio publishers and advertisers were constantly in search of ways to turn podcasts into revenue-generating advertising mediums,” said Alexis van de Wyer, president at AdsWizz. “Their search officially stops today with AdsWizz’s breakthrough in enabling broadcasters to insert targeted ads into podcasts. As we continue our partnership with StreamGuys, joint customers will be able to further grow their revenue through several other innovative ad-supported monetization tools, leveraging both on-demand and live streaming media.”

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About AdsWizz, Inc.
AdsWizz provides ad serving and audience measurement technologies to CDNs, agencies, ad networks and online audio publishers. Its audience measurement product delivers publishers with real-time and actionable analytics on their audience behavior. AdsWizz ad serving technology enables agencies and ad networks to create online advertising campaigns across audio, video and display formats with social media integration. The ad serving technology gives online audio publishers the ability to monetize all their online content such as Simulcast, webcast or Podcast; Web, Mobile or In-dash; and domestic or international. AdsWizz serves its customers from its San Francisco, Denver, Paris, Brussels and Bucharest offices. For more information, visit www.adswizz.com.

About StreamGuys, Inc.
In business since 2000, StreamGuys is a provider of audio and video streaming services. The company has have a reputation for outstanding customer service, a robust and reliable network, and competitive rates. More than 600 clients worldwide, across many industries, depend on their mission-critical service. Projects include serving as the technology backbone for live streaming/podcasting for top public broadcasters such as New York Public Radio, WAMU Washington D.C., KQED San Francisco and WXPN Philadelphia; live video events for major auto racing circuits and the British Royal Wedding; audio streaming for government entities such as D.C. Court of Appeals, U.S. Army, and the National Science Foundation; mobile video content for Cisco Systems; and IPTV content for international broadcaster ABS-CBN.

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StreamGuys, Inc – info@streamguys.com – www.streamguys.com – 707.667.9479
P.O. Box 828 Arcata, California 95518 – fax 707.516.0009

133rd AES Convention Introduces Networked Audio Track

Interoperability! The “Holy Grail” For Audio Transport Over IP-Based Networks

SAN FRANCISCO: Networked Audio presents a host of technological and operational advantages, and an equal number of Workflow issues and potential quagmires. 133rd AES Convention Co-Chair Jim McTigue reports that Networked Audio Track Chair, Tim Shuttleworth’s collaboration with the late Nathan Brock has produced a comprehensive program of Workshops designed to ameliorate many of these concerns.

“Before his untimely death this summer, Nathan Brock was an international leader in the field of networked audio,” McTigue said. “We mourn his loss, but his collaboration with Tim Shuttleworth will stand as an invaluable addition to the AES Convention. Tim Shuttleworth, is a master engineer with a special focus on high performance analog and networked audio. During the course of his 30+-year association with the AES he has served in many key roles including editing the Emerging Trends Report for the AES Technical Committee on Networked Audio Systems. ”

Networked Audio Track Workshops Include:

Audio Network Device Connection And Control: Chair, Richard Foss, Rhodes University; Panel: Jeff Koftinoff: MeyerSound; Robby Gurdan , UMAN; Andreas Hildebrand, ALC NetworX; Kieran Walsh, Audinate – Leading industry experts will demonstrate how they have enabled the discovery of audio devices on local area networks, their connection management, and control over their various parameters. Issues related to streaming audio, such as bandwidth management and synchronization, and connection management and control protocols will be discussed.

The Unified AV Network: Chair Rob Silfvast, AVID: This panel discussion will provide an overview of the AVnu Alliance, a consortium of audio and video product makers and core technology companies. Committed to delivering an interoperable open standard for audio/video, networked connectivity, AVnu offers a logo-testing program that allows products to become certified for interoperability. Representatives from several different member companies will provide insights about AVB technology and participation in the AVnu Alliance.

Interoperability Issues In Audio Transport Over IP Based Networks: Chair, Tim Shuttleworth; Panel: Lee Minich, Lab X Technologies/AVnu Alliance; Kevin Gross, AVA Networks/AES X-192; Sonja Langhans, IRT Munich; Greg Shay, Telos/Axia – This Workshop will focus on two key areas of audio/media transport over IP based networks: Multichannel Audio distribution over Ethernet LANs for low latency, high reliability interconnections in home, automobile and commercial environments; and, the interoperability of audio contribution, over Internet Protocol (ACIP and ACIP2). These issues will be addressed, from both the European and US perspectives. Issues include challenges and solutions in achieving reliable content distribution.

Audio Networks – Paradigm Shift For Broadcasters: Chair, Stefan Ledergerber, Lawo, Germany; Panel: Sonja Langhans, IRT Munich; Andreas Hildebrand, ALC Networx; Lee Minich, Lab X Technologies/AVnu alliance; Greg Shay, Telos/Axia; Kevin Gross, AVA Networks/AES X-192 – With the emergence of a variety of audio networking technologies, many broadcast organization workflow-related questions remain unanswered. This panel will address a number of these hot topics e.g. Will traditional cross-point, matrix switches (routers) be replaced by networks? Which component will deal with signal processing, currently accomplished within audio routers? Which department is best equipped for handling audio networks: audio or IT? And, how do we educate personnel to deal with audio networks?

Error-Tolerant Audio Coding: Chair, David Trainor, CSR; Panelists: Gary Spittle, Dolby; Deepen Sinha, ATC Labs (tbc) and Juergen Herre, Fraunhofer IIS (tbc) – Two key, observable trends are: The increasing delivery of real-time audio services over the Internet or cellular networks; and, the variable capacity and reliability of these networks for real-time audio streaming. This workshop will discuss the capabilities of error-tolerant audio coding algorithms and, recent advances in the state of the art.

Open IP Protocols For Audio Networking: Chair: Kevin Gross, CobraNet, QSC – This Tutorial will address the conundrum resulting from the networking and telecommunication industry’s multiplicity of protocols for carriage of audio and video over IP networks. These protocols have been widely deployed for telephony and teleconferencing applications, Internet streaming and cable television. A variety of these protocols and their capabilities and limitations will be addressed. Including: IP, VoIP, IPTV, HTTP streaming, Real-time transport protocol (RTP), RTCP, and RTSP, and IEEE 1588 Precision time protocol (PTP). An overview of AES standards work, X192, adapting these protocols to high-performance audio applications will also be presented.

“We have attempted to make this initial Networked Audio Track as timely and inclusive as possible,” Tim Shuttleworth said. “Attendees will find invaluable information here. And in keeping with the AES goal for the Convention to serve as a forum to ‘Listen, Learn and Connect,’ the opportunities for traditional networking and information exchange will be manifest.”

Photo: Tim Shuttleworth, 133rd AES Convention Networked Audio Track Chair

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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