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Jack Joseph Puig, Dell, Skullcandy and Waves Audio Announce Cooperative Effort

Industry-leading electronics brands and GRAMMY®-winning producer join forces to create a new audio standard for next-generation consumer electronics products

October 16, 2012 – Three of the world’s leading electronics brands: the CE Division of Waves Audio, Skullcandy and Dell, along with GRAMMY®-winning producer Jack Joseph Puig, announce that they are joining forces to bring about consumer electronics products with proprietary, studio-quality audio technologies.

Waves, the industry leader in professional audio digital signal processing and recipient of a Technical GRAMMY Award®, has a longstanding relationship with iconic multi-platinum award-winning record producer/mixer Jack Joseph Puig, and has worked with him on several acclaimed signal processors for the professional market.

Waves has also previously worked with Dell to offer enhanced audio on select products. With the decision to deliver an enhanced audio experience on Dell laptops and desktops targeted towards consumers and professionals alike, Puig, working with Waves and Dell, then invited Skullcandy, a leading performance lifestyle audio brand that reinvented the headphone category, to join forces.

Initial results of this unique effort were unveiled recently with the launch of several new Dell XPS and Inspiron laptops, all of which include the Waves MaxxAudio suite. Select systems, like the sleek Inspiron 14Z Ultrabook, also include Skullcandy-branded speakers.

“Skullcandy brings a fresh branding perspective and audio expertise to this partnership. Our genesis was the collision of music, action sports and fashion, which allows us to be an authentic, everyday part of our consumers’ lives,” says Jeremy Andrus, President and CEO, Skullcandy, Inc.

Puig is responsible for some of the most successful recordings in music today, including work with Green Day, U2, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Goo Goo Dolls, Florence and the Machine, Faith Hill, Beck, Mary J. Blige and many more. His extensive relationships with top artists and record companies give him a unique perspective on the nexus between the entertainment world, technology, and the world of consumer electronics.

“As leaders in their respective market sectors, it is natural that these companies would decide to do work together,” stated Jack Joseph Puig. “This cooperative effort has already led to some brilliant ideas. We are very, very close to where we can unveil some of the new results of our efforts. In the coming weeks and months, the market is going to see us introduce some groundbreaking technological innovations that set new standards in consumer electronics.”

“Now more than ever, people use their laptop or desktop as their primary entertainment center or communication device, and we are making the investment to ensure they get the best audio experience available,” said Brian Pitstick, Executive Director of Consumer Product Marketing at Dell. “Whether it’s listening to your favorite music playlist, watching a movie, or calling friends and family over VoIP, it sounds better with Dell.”

Tomer Elbaz, Executive Vice President, Waves Audio Consumer Electronics Division, stated, “Waves is proud to bring professional audio expertise to this partnership. Our DSP and design are used by every professional producer and engineer in all areas of entertainment audio. Waves Consumer Audio provides the infrastructure and tools that enable each member to do what they do best and, in the end, refine and redefine peoples’ perceptions of consumer electronics sound. Waves brings a precise representation of The Professional Studio sound to the consumer’s listening experience.”

About Skullcandy, Inc.
Skullcandy is a leading audio brand that reflects the collision of the music, fashion and action sports lifestyles. The Skullcandy brand and distinctive logo symbolize youth and rebellion and embody the company’s motto “Every revolution needs a soundtrack.” Skullcandy headphones feature the distinctive Skullcandy sound and leading-edge design. Skullcandy products are currently sold in the United States, as well as in more than 70 countries around the world and through its websites.

About Jack Joseph Puig
Jack Joseph Puig (JJP) has helped redefine the role of the producer and mixing engineer in modern music. As an inventor and technologist he relies on vintage hardware and cutting edge software to create complex aural tapestries that capture the essence of the recording artists’ vision. JJP has worked with countless hitmakers, including Sheryl Crow, Fergie, Weezer, John Mayer, No Doubt, Sugarland, and The Rolling Stones.

About Waves Ltd.:
Waves is the world’s leading provider of audio DSP solutions for professional, broadcast, and consumer electronics audio markets, and recipient of a 2011 Technical GRAMMY Award®. Waves has twenty years of expertise in the development of psychoacoustic signal processing algorithms that leverage knowledge on the human perception of hearing to radically improve perceived sound quality. Waves’ award-winning processors are utilized to improve sound quality in the creation of the world’s most popular music, movie soundtracks, and multimedia titles. Waves offers semiconductor-with-embedded-software solutions under the Maxx brand for consumer electronics audio applications. Waves’ Maxx technologies dramatically enhance audio performance and are used by industry leaders such as Dell, Sony, Sanyo, ASUS, Toshiba, and many others.

About Dell
Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. For more information, visit www.dell.com.

All other product names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Waves. GRAMMY is a registered trademark of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

For further information please contact:

Waves: Robert Clyne, Clyne Media, Inc., O: 615-662-1616 E: robert@clynemedia.com

Skullcandy: Tyson Andrus, Marketing Machine, Product & Retail Marketing Division,
O: 435-729-2561 E: tyson@skullcandy.com

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Sennheiser to Host “Al Schmitt & Friends” Roundtable at AES to Include Elliot Scheiner, Ed Cherney, George Massenburg, Chuck Ainlay and Frank Filipetti

Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it will sponsor “Al Schmitt & Friends: AES Roundtable of Award-Winning Engineers” at the 133rd Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention, to be held at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco later this month. The roundtable, which is free to registered AES attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis, will cover a range of recording-related topics and includes some of the biggest names in audio production: Elliot Scheiner (Foo Fighters, Eric Clapton), Ed Cherney (Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones), George Massenburg (Earth Wind & Fire, James Taylor), Chuck Ainlay (Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits) and Frank Filipetti (Foreigner, KISS).

The roundtable will be hosted by 21-time Grammy-winning engineer and producer Al Schmitt and is being presented as part of Sennheiser’s Recording Sound Academy (RSA) program. Admission to the event at the convention is free for all AES attendees. For those not able to attend, the event will be recorded and posted online at the Recording Sound Academy (RSA) and AES websites. The archived video can be viewed free for all RSA and AES members, and just $9.95 for non-members. To learn more or to sign up for RSA, please visit http://www.sennheiserrsa.com.

Details on time and location
When: Friday, October 26, 2012 between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. PDT
Where: 133rd AES Convention, San Francisco
Moscone Convention Center Special Events Room #134

Topics covered at the roundtable will include:
Understanding the differences of recording at home, in a project studio and in a larger traditional studio
How to effectively record drums
How and when to use effects
Techniques for vocal thickening
Obstacles that were encountered and resolved during the recording of classic albums
Diplomacy in the studio with artists, executives and other stakeholders

During the presentation, the panel will answer questions both in person and those posted by RSA members from the RSA forum page.

Register for the Online Recording Sound Academy
By registering for Sennheiser’s Online Recording Sound Academy, participants have the opportunity to have two of their own mixes critiqued by award-winning engineers, in addition to having access to live and archived webinars and other special events featuring well-known artists and producers. Members can also access exclusive tutorial videos and receive a free copy of CuBase LE5 mixing software as well as the chance to win a Neumann U 87 studio microphone.

Photo caption:
Al Schmitt, 21-time Grammy-winning engineer and producer (image courtesy Capitol Studios).

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Primestream(R) New Products at CCW 2012:

FORK(TM) 3.5
At CCW 2012, Primestream(R) will be exhibiting FORK(TM) 3.5, the newest version of its acclaimed FORK Production Suite for managing and automating broadcast workflows. With new features, technological improvements, and integration with third-party broadcast workflows, FORK 3.5 is even more responsive, powerful, extendable, and adept at managing large-scale and multisite installations. Improvements to FORK’s underlying technology — such as FORK Drones(TM), dynamic metadata forms, and scripts — increase the software’s stability, reliability, and functionality, enabling FORK 3.5 to manage larger installations more efficiently and operate within today’s workflows for multiscreen delivery.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Primestream/FORK35newest.zip
Photo Caption: FORK(TM) 3.5 Production Suite

FORK(TM) Logger 1.0
FORK(TM) Logger 1.0 is a new cross-platform module that’s part of the acclaimed FORK Production Suite 3.5. The module is a powerful metadata-tagging tool that allows for logging live or prerecorded video. Its tightly integrated and configurable user interface enables content loggers to tag video with defined metadata into the FORK environment effortlessly, making assets easier to manage, automate, and, ultimately, monetize.

The heart of the FORK Logger is a dynamic GUI that contains form panels, button panels, video viewers, marker thumbnail lists, and a bin list of created events, all of which are tools that can be combined — many in a dynamic way — based on the content. FORK Logger supports multiple layouts per system. Users can work live with ingesting feeds or can call up existing clips inside FORK. With FORK Logger, users can log video files so that they can be searched, filtered, and organized by any metadata entry inside FORK Content Navigator(TM).

Image link: www.wallstcom.com/Primestream/FORK_Logger.zip
Photo Caption: FORK(TM) Logger 1.0

FORK(TM) Xchange(TM) Suite 1.5
Primestream(R) will exhibit version 1.5 of FORK(TM) Xchange(TM) Suite, the application that gives broadcasters instant Web access to content on their FORK Production servers from any Windows(R), Mac(R), or iOS device. FORK Xchange Suite 1.5, an add-on to Primestream’s highly acclaimed FORK software platform for managing and automating broadcast workflows, contains new capabilities for creating subclips and markers, as well as an upload manager, extended metadata functionality, multitrack audio control, and more new features that make it even easier for media enterprises to manage content efficiently among multiple FORK Production sites.

Image link: www.wallstcom.com/Primestream/120814_Xchange_1_5.zip
Photo Caption: FORK Xchange(TM) Suite 1.5

Enhanced for CCW 2012:

Adobe(R) Premiere(R) Pro Integration
At CCW 2012, Primestream(R) will demonstrate the enhanced level of integration of FORK(TM) with both Adobe(R) Premiere(R) Pro and the new Adobe Creative Suite(R) 6 Production Premium on Windows(R) and Mac OS(R) X. Using a newly developed panel, Premiere Pro users are able to search and browse the FORK media asset database with speed; select clips, bins, or timelines created in the FORK Editor; and simply drag those items into a Premiere Pro project. When an edited sequence is complete, users can send the project — ready for air — to FORK or into a newsroom system placeholder.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Primestream/FORK_AdobePremierePro.zip
Photo Caption: Enhanced Adobe(R) Premiere(R) Pro Integration

Company Quote:

“CCW attendees will see the latest version of our FORK Production Suite, which has evolved to enable content owners to process ever larger quantities of incoming content and deliver it to the widest range of screens and destinations. Our new FORK Logger is a highly configurable, completely customizable, user-friendly application built inside FORK for quick metadata tagging. FORK Xchange Suite lets producers and editors tap into their content from anywhere, and FORK’s new integration with Adobe Premiere Pro brings editing to a level of functionality that surpasses anything we’ve had with other video editing solutions.”
– Claudio Lisman, Primestream-B4M president and CEO

Company Overview:

Primestream’s broadcast software solutions offer a seamless, end-to-end platform for digital acquisition of live and file-based video content. Features include media asset management (MAM), editing, logging, playback, publishing to the Web, video contribution via smartphone, and dynamic archiving. The company’s portfolio includes the FORK(TM) Production Suite, as well as Mobile2Air(R), ControlStation(TM), and the cloud-based FORK Xchange(TM) Suite. Deployed in more than 300 broadcast operations across 40 countries, Primestream’s proven solutions are implemented by some of the world’s leading broadcasters, uplink service providers, online digital media operations, and production/postproduction facilities. More information about FORK software solutions is available at www.primestream.com/b4m.

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Moog Announces Revolution 2 of its Minitaur Analog Bass Synthesizer

Moog Music announced the release of Revolution 2 for its Minitaur Analog Bass Synthesizer, which was recently nominated for a 2013 TEC Award in the ‘Musical Instrument (Hardware)’ category. REV 2, which is a free update for Minitaur owners, unlocks a host of new performance features and implements a number of user requested updates to Minitaur and the free Minitaur Editor/Librarian.

Among these updated features, Minitaur REV 2 owners can now create up to 100 presets and store them directly within their Minitaur. Presets are managed from within the free Editor/Librarian software and can be conveniently recalled from the Minitaur’s front panel controls.

Also in REV 2, a new operational mode for the Decay/Release knob provides users independent control of Decay and Release times from Minitaur’s front panel. Users can easily switch between this new mode and Minitaur’s legacy mode from the front panel.

In addition, Minitaur’s CV and Gate inputs are now assignable from the Minitaur Editor/Librarian software. The Pitch and Mod CV inputs can be routed to any function, while the Gate input can be routed to functions with on/off behavior. REV 2 also enables Minitaur to effectively function as an intuitive CV to MIDI converter.

Minitaur: Analog Bass Synthesizer
The Moog Minitaur is a powerful, compact analog bass synthesizer that features a classic one knob per function design. At only 8.5″ x 5.25″ and less than 3lbs, the Minitaur puts legendary analog Moog bass into a package designed to fit seamlessly into today’s performance and production environments.

To download REV 2 firmware, and an updated manual go to: http://www.moogmusic.com/products/taurus/minitaur#downloads-tab

NOTE: This Firmware update requires the Minitaur REV 2 Editor/Librarian.
To receive the Minitaur REV 2 Editor/Librarian, register your Minitaur at http://www.moogmusic.com/register

Currently registered Minitaur owners will receive an email from Moog with download instructions.

Links:
Web Page: http://moogmusic.com/products/taurus/minitaur
Sounds: http://moogmusic.com/products/taurus/minitaur#sound-tab
Videos: http://www.moogmusic.com/sight-and-sound/product_demo/minitaur-rev-2

Photo caption:
The Moog Minitaur analog bass synthesizer

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