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DK-Technologies Expands the DK Audio and Loudness Meter Family

DK-Technologies has announced the availability of its DK3 meter AND added the brand new DK4 meter to its award-winning DK METER family.

Like DK3, DK4 offers de-embedding of SDI 3G input channels. Additionally, DK4 includes three AES as well as two Analogue inputs.

Building on the already impressive DK METER Loudness and Audio toolbox, DK4 adds FFT Spectrum analysis, Screen Grabber and the classic MSD Meter Landscape View as standard features. These features are all optionally available for the other meters in the DK METER range.

To coincide with the launch of the DK4, DK-Technologies has also introduced an integrated set-up Wizard that takes DK Meter user friendliness to a whole new dimension. With this quick set-up guide, engineers can get to grips with DK’s powerful metering technology in a matter of minutes, thus giving them a head start with any meter in the DK range.

Jacob Hänel Christensen, Sales and Marketing Director for DK-Technologies, says: “With the addition of DK4, the DK METER reach has once again been expanded. Broadcasters and Post Production engineers can now monitor everything from compliant Loudness Measurements and True Peak readouts, through to detailed Spectrum Analysis.”

In common with the other meters in DK-Technologies range, the DK4 is compliant with all known loudness recommendations including; EBU R128, BCAP, ATSC A/85, ARIB, ABC, AGCOM 219 & ITU BS1770-2. Alongside StarFish™, Vectorscope and Moving Coil Emulations, new software features also include ‘Eye Width’ Instant SDI signal quality read out.

Since the launch of DK1 in 2011, the DK METER range has been rapidly adopted by broadcast and post production companies because it meets industry demand for cost-effective stereo and 5.1 metering, including loudness. No bigger than a smart phone, all of the meters in the range are easy to install and can be powered from a computer USB port, making them ideal for location recording. They are supplied with standard DK-Technologies meter scales plus the industry-standard StarFish™ and deliver conventional metering as well as loudness metering at the same time, on the same display and in a single box. Pricing for these products is highly competitive – starting at just $1499.00 in the US and €995.00 in Europe.

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video sync and test signal generators, as well as video waveform monitors and colour analysers both for LCD and CRT monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA. www.dk-technologies.com

Antelope Audio Announces Black Friday to Cyber Monday Discounts on its Master Clocks and AD/DA Converters

As the holiday season rapidly approaches, Antelope Audio announced a comprehensive discount for customers on its entire product line, excluding the new Orion 32, which is expected to ship in December. By contacting selected North American dealers, customers can take advantage of a 15 percent discount on Antelope’s Isochrone line of master clocks – including the renowned Trinity and 10M – as well as its line of Zodiac DACs and the Eclipse 384 mastering AD/DA converter, which was released to critical acclaim last winter.

“This is a perfect opportunity for users to increase the performance of their infrastructures, whether they are project or commercial studio owners, live sound engineers or just music aficionados who favor listening to uncompromising audiophile-quality recordings,” commented Marcel James, Director of Sales for Antelope Audio USA. “Our clocks and converters are used in the most famous mastering houses and production facilities around the world and can make all the difference in attaining exceptional sound quality. What a great opportunity this is to step up to an Antelope system.”

Dealers participating in the seasonal discounts include Alto Music, AudioVision San Francisco, Calistro Music, Dale Pro Audio, Guitar Center, JSS, RSPE, SoundScienceCat, Sweetwater, Vintage King and Westlake Pro in the U.S.; Studio Econimik in Canada; and Audio Gate International in Mexico.

To learn more about the special offer, please visit manufacturer’s Black Friday Sale page or the websites of the authorized dealers. For complete product information, please visit Antelope Audio’s website.

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133rd AES Convention Rocks San Francisco

Hurricane Sandy Dampens Turnout but not Enthusiasm at Industry’s Premier Pro Audio Event

SAN FRANCISCO: The 133rd AES Convention at the Moscone Center was distinguished by a remarkably diverse program. In the face of an epic storm that gripped the nation and disrupted countless travel plans, thousands of conventioneers experienced an exhibition hall filled with new and exciting products and, a four-day program of scientific presentations and training events designed to hone their skills in an industry changing at the speed of sound.

From the revelatory anecdotes of multi-Platinum keynote speaker Steve Lillywhite (U2, Dave Mathews Band, Rolling Stones, The Killers), to the inspirational personal histories and career highpoints of legendary Platinum engineer/producers Jack Douglas (John Lennon), Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston) and Young Guru (Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce); to an original live audio production, “Poe – A Life And Stories In Sound,” featuring Firesign Theater/Disney film voiceover star Phil Proctor; a packed screening of the “Wrecking Crew” documentary; AND, the debut of the highly acclaimed Project Studio Expo (see separate release), the 133rd AES Convention was an unqualified success.

“In the months leading up to the show we had strong pre-registration numbers and were on target for at least 14,000 people,” reports AES Executive Director Bob Moses. “The Exhibition Hall was packed on Saturday, but Hurricane Sandy took a lot of wind out of our sails. People fled for the airport on Sunday and Monday as flights were canceled around the country. In the end, some 11,000 attendees turned out, reflecting strong pre-registration but disappointing onsite sales. On the bright side, we were very happy with attendance in the inaugural Project Studio Expo – 1,680 people, nearly double what we anticipated.”

Despite the lower than anticipated turnout, many of the 296 exhibitors and sponsors offered positive perspectives on their Convention experience:

“M-Audio and Akai Professional’s Platinum Sponsorship of this year’s AES gave us the valuable opportunity to be a part of how AES itself is evolving. We appreciate the direction AES is headed, particularly with its healthy focus on project studios and the Project Studio Expo,” said Lee Cwiek, Tradeshow and Events Manager, inMusic Brands

“This year’s AES was extraordinarily exciting for Sennheiser,” remarked Joe Ciaudelli, Director, Advanced Projects & Engineering Services, “We debuted our Digital 9000 wireless system. Our Recording Sound Academy round table drew an SRO crowd. And, we introduced our Neumann KH 310 reference monitors at the NARAS Skywalker Sound event.”

“We were happy to find that DPA Microphones made a big splash at AES this
year thanks to the Yamaha/ResInno Grand Rossa piano and DPA hearing stations that were on display. We were frequently complimented for the open design of our booth, and for the inviting sound of the piano music,” reports, Eric Mayer, President of U.S. Operations, DPA Microphones

“Our booth position directly adjoining the Project Studio Expo was a blessing in disguise,” remarked Sonnox Sales & Marketing Manager, Nathan Eames. “We were initially concerned about potentially distracting noise, but were delighted to see the entire audience outfitted with wireless headphones. Other than occasional bursts of applause, there was there barely a sound from the Expo. And too, our proximity may have increased our booth traffic.”

“AES provided us with an excellent platform to engage our customers and the media. It was definitely a worthwhile show and we look forward to showcasing our new products and technology in the future!” Josh Rosen Account Coordinator, Fairlight

Support from the business community extended beyond the exhibition floor, as a number of sponsors supported tracks of events in the technical program. THAT Corporation and Audio Precision returned as co-sponsors of the Product Design Track, as did Dolby as long-time sponsor of the Broadcast and Streaming Track. Renkus Heinz sponsored the Live Sound Track, and Presonus, AVID, Lynda.com, and Sennheiser sponsored the Project Studio Expo. Perhaps most notably, inMusic brands M-Audio and Akai Professional served as Convention Platinum Sponsors, and were instrumental in bringing Young Guru to the event. “I deeply appreciate the moral and financial support these companies provided,” stated Moses. “I’m very firm in my commitment to serve businesses. The creative ways in which we were able to work together to make this event special for these companies and their customers is a sign of the future.”

The Exhibition is just one component of the AES convention, paralleling four days of events in the technical program. This year’s show provided a dizzying array of scientific paper presentations, workshops, tutorials, technical tours, platinum producer/engineer/ artist panels, special events, standards meetings, and Technical Committee forums on the latest trends in the audio business.

“Our outstanding convention committee, led by Co-Chairs, Jim McTigue and Valery Tyler worked tirelessly to produce an exemplary event. These folks contributed an incredible amount of time and energy while simultaneously juggling day job and personal obligations,” Moses said. “Their deep knowledge and experience, service to community, and deft skill in making all this happen smoothly should be appreciated by all who came and enjoyed this great event. “The entire Committee deserves a huge shout out,” he adds: “they are true San Francisco Giants!

“And kudos too, to the AES headquarters team: Deputy Director, Roger Furness; Director, Convention Management, Chris Plunkett; Publications Managing Editor William McQuaide, Senior Editor Mary Ellen IIich, Membership Director, Lori Jackson; Business Development Manager, Steven Green; and Chief Information Officer, Steve Johnson worked crazy hours to support this herculean effort,” Moses concludes. “I’m very grateful to the contributions everyone made as we pursue our mandate to the audio community to listen, learn and connect.”

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Photo Captions:

1. 133rd AES Convention Opening Day crowds fill the Exhibition Hall

2. Young Guru meets fans after Platinum Producer/Engineer Panel

3. The 133rd AES Convention Committee’s all star-line up (L-R) Volunteers Co-Chair, Evan Peebles, Papers Co-Chair Alan Seefeldt, Director/Convention Management Chris Plunkett, Papers Co-Chair Veronique Larcher, Tech Tours Chair Jessica Livingston, Workshops Co-Chair Jeffrey McKnight, Convention Co-Chair Valerie Tyler, Special Events Chair Christopher Smith, Workshops Co-Chair David Bowles, Historical Chair Bill Wray, Live Sound Chair Michael “Bink” Knowles, Convention Co-Chair Jim McTigue, AES Business Development Manager Steven Green, AES Deputy Director, Roger Furness, A/V consultant Dave Molnar, AES Executive Director Bob Moses and Facilities Chair, Bob Megantz. Not pictured are: Broadcast/Streaming Chair David Bialik, Education Co-Chairs John Krivit and Ezequiel Morfi, Game Audio Chair, Steve Martz, Master Classes/Tutorials Co-Chairs, Mike Wells and Jose “Vene” Garcia, Networked Audio Chair, Nathan Brock, Sound For Pictures Chair, Brian McCarty, Product Design Chair, Conrad Cooke, Volunteers Co-Chair, Michael McConnell and, AES Chief Information Officer Steve Johnson.

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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The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Partners with UK-Based Music Producers Guild (MPG) to Advance the Crediting Process for Digital Media

Two Organizations Join Forces to “Give Fans The Credit”

The Recording Academy® (www.grammy.com) recently launched “Give Fans The Credit” (www.givefansthecredit.com) — a new campaign that will help enhance fans’ discovery of new music by ensuring that all music creators are credited for their work on digitally released recordings. Now, The Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing® is teaming with its UK-based counterpart, the Music Producers Guild (MPG), which has for several years lobbied its own initiative, “Credit Where Credit Is Due,” to combine resources to find solutions to this serious industry problem.

Songwriters, non-featured performers, producers, and engineers make significant contributions to recordings, but as liner notes are becoming less common, these creators rarely receive credit on digital music devices. Currently, the only credits consumers are generally able to see are the song title, album and artist. Music fans should also have access to additional information: the songwriter who composed the work, the producers and engineers who shaped the sound, and the musicians who brought the song to life.

The “Give Fans The Credit” campaign addresses these issue on several fronts. First, music fans who want information about their favorite tracks can sign the petition at www.givefansthecredit.com. Second, the campaign ambassadors and other leaders at The Recording Academy will begin a series of discussions with digital music services to brainstorm ways to deliver more robust crediting information on digital music platforms. At the same time, the P&E Wing will continue its efforts toward technical solutions that will ensure accurate data is contained within the music files. The partnership with MPG strengthens all of these efforts moving forward.

Maureen Droney, Senior Executive Director of the P&E Wing, stated, “The P&E Wing is pleased to join forces with our colleagues in the UK at the MPG to gain attention and look for solutions to the growing international problem of lack of crediting for recording professionals. Our goal now is for the P&E Wing and the MPG to work together to move this initiative forward. Looking ahead, we intend to keep our organizations in closer touch on this issue as we enlist artists, other music professionals and the overall public to help with this initiative, and the P&E Wing is stepping up its discussions with digital music delivery services regarding technical solutions to this problem.”

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, “like” The GRAMMYs on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.

Currently more than 6,000 professionals comprise The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, including the development and implementation of new technologies, technical guidelines and recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives. For more information, please visit www.producersandengineers.com.

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Genelec Offers SpeakerAngle for Android and Update for iOS Devices

— Popular app allows users to correctly configure and match the angling of stereo or
surround-sound speaker systems —

Genelec, the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring, is proud to announce the latest news regarding its highly successful TEC Award-nominated SpeakerAngle app.

First, in response to popular demand, the app is now available for Android devices (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.genelec.apps&feature=nav_result#?t=W10), priced at just $ 0.99 USD. The Android version of SpeakerAngle is functionally and graphically identical to the popular iOS version released in August and already in use by thousands of audio professionals and home studio/theater owners. It works on all Android smartphones and tablets running OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) or later and equipped with a gyroscope chip, including the Samsung Galaxy II and III; the HTC Evo 3 and 4; the Google Nexus; and the Asus Transformer and Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Second, Genelec has announced the availability of SpeakerAngle version 1.2 for iOS devices as a free update on the Apple iTunes Store (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speakerangle/id549033688?mt=8). This latest version offers improved functionality that indicates when speakers are angled at +/- 3 degrees of 30 (the range of angles that will generally work best when speakers are equidistant from the listening position). All iOS versions of SpeakerAngle are fully compatible with iOS 6 and with the iPhone 4 and later (including the new iPhone 5), iPad 2 and later and iPhone Touch 4th Generation and later.

SpeakerAngle is the first digital tool that allows anyone to correctly set and match the angling (“toe-in”) of both stereo and 7.1 surround sound speakers, helping to ensure optimum audio fidelity. Easy and intuitive to use, SpeakerAngle was co-developed by Genelec and AudioApps (a new mobile apps company founded by industry veteran Howard Massey).

In the app, dedicated onscreen speaker icons move as the actual speaker is rotated, while number boxes below each speaker icon continuously display the angle of the speaker. The number boxes also change color to let users know when their speaker is angled within industry recommendations, and when it is angled to the same degree as the other one in the pair (i.e. left and right in stereo systems; front left / front right, rear left / rear right and side left / side right in 7.1 surround systems). Detailed information screens provide a tutorial on speaker angling, as well as step-by-step instructions for using SpeakerAngle.

“The Genelec SpeakerAngle app is a convenient and intuitive way to quickly set and confirm the angle of your speakers in your listening environment, and it was important to us that we listen to our loyal customers and meet their request for an Android version while continuing to offer enhanced functionality for iOS devices,” stated Will Eggleston, Genelec USA Marketing Director. “This is a perfect tool for recording engineers, system installers, home theater owners and anyone else working to get optimum sound from any loudspeaker system. The possibilities are exciting, and we look forward to audio enthusiasts everywhere putting it to good use.”

To use SpeakerAngle, simply select the desired mode of operation (Stereo or Surround), then place your Android or iOS device on top of the speaker you want to angle. Set the speaker so that it is facing straight towards you, then touch the corresponding speaker icon so that it lights up. Next, touch the icon’s number box to let SpeakerAngle know that the selected speaker is currently at “zero-axis.” Now physically rotate the speaker inwards (that is, towards the listening position). The selected speaker icon will move accordingly, and the number box below it will display the degree to which the speaker is angled. When the speaker is angled within the industry recommendation of 20 degrees to 45 degrees, the number box changes color, from red to green (light green when angled between 27 and 33 degrees). When you touch the speaker icon once again (or select any other speaker icon), the number box changes color to orange, and “freezes” the currently displayed angle. Next, touch the paired speaker icon (for example, the right speaker in a stereo system if you have just angled the left speaker). Pick up your Android or iOS device and place it on top of that speaker, then touch the number box below the speaker icon. Physically rotate the speaker inwards until the number box changes color to yellow, indicating that this speaker is now angled to the same degree as the first one. To continue experimenting with different speaker angles, you can start from scratch at any time by pressing SpeakerAngle’s RESET button.

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.

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Audio-Technica Launches Flagship 50 Series with New AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone

— The ultimate studio condenser vocal microphone, the AT5040 represents a milestone in design, build quality, and the depth, presence and purity of its sound quality —

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology currently celebrating “50 Years of Passionate Listening,” is launching its flagship 50 Series of elite studio microphones with the AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone. A-T’s ultimate studio vocal microphone, the hand-built AT5040 side-address condenser offers remarkably musical high-fidelity performance, with profound realism and depth, presence and purity of sound. Featuring a proprietary breakthrough element design, the AT5040 employs four ultra-thin (2 micron) rectangular diaphragms that function together providing combined surface area unachievable in a standard round diaphragm. Designed as a first-choice vocal microphone with smooth top end and controlled sibilance, the AT5040’s large-diaphragm characteristics and fast transient response also make it ideal for recording acoustic instruments such as piano, guitar, strings, and saxophone.

The first of A-T’s design criteria for the AT5040 was purity of sound. To achieve this, A-T engineers developed a four-part rectangular element, the pinnacle of recent breakthroughs in sound-capture technology. Four exquisitely matched diaphragms function together (with outputs proprietarily summed) as a single high-performance element – effectively the largest element Audio-Technica has ever created. By using four diaphragms as a single capsule, the AT5040 achieves remarkably large surface area without the increased weight and decreased transient response that are the expected limitations of expansive size.

Another key AT5040 design feature is advanced internal shock mounting that effectively decouples the capsule from the microphone body. For additional isolation, each AT5040 is also provided with Audio-Technica’s new AT8480 shock mount. Featuring a proprietary design, the AT8480 was engineered not only to isolate the microphone, but to rid the apparatus itself of any unwanted resonances and other audio aberrations that could be transmitted to the microphone. It also features a unique locking mechanism that holds the microphone securely in place.

Every AT5040 is hand-assembled and inspected for 100% quality control and is housed in an elegant case of aluminum and brass with gray chrome plating for durability and low reflectivity. Discreet components have been selected for optimized capsule performance; in fact, every aspect of microphone has been carefully considered to minimize any effects on the audio signal. To protect the AT5040, each microphone comes in a custom-designed hard-shell carrying case, padded with die-cut foam compartments for the microphone and shock mount.

The AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone, the first model in Audio-Technica’s new flagship 50 Series of elite studio microphones, will be available January 2013 with a U.S. MSRP of $2,999.00. For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Harris HPX Transmitter Boosts FM Efficiency, Audio Quality for St. Louis Area Radio Station

KLJY-FM engineer points to lower bills, sophisticated technology as superior benefits

DENVER, November 19, 2012
KLJY-FM, a Christian music station serving the St. Louis area, is now transmitting crystal-clear sound to its vast listening audience from a new Harris® HPX® tube transmitter, while also lowering operational costs.

The high-power HPX40 (40kW) transmitter hits the power level required, with a compact footprint that significantly lowers installation costs. Its operational efficiency is also reducing monthly bills for the station, commonly known to listeners as 99.1 JOY FM.

“The HPX40 was the only transmitter in this power range that fit in our space without very expensive changes to our facility,” said Dave Obergoenner, director of engineering, 99.1 JOY FM. “The HPX40 has an exceptionally high factory-rated efficiency that translates to the real world. It draws considerably less power than our old main transmitter, and puts out quite a bit less heat — heat that we would need to air-condition away at this site.”

The station’s impressive power output means that a tube transmitter was a far more cost-efficient choice than a solid-state model. Obergoenner notes that the HPX design offers sophistication in line with the top solid-state transmitters on the market, from intuitive web-based monitoring to redundant power supplies that safeguard its operation.

“The HPX line takes the advantages found in very expensive solid-state boxes of most other brands and implements them in a tube-type transmitter,” he said. “It’s a thoroughly modern, sophisticated design. The web interface has enabled me to connect from hundreds of miles away, and see faults at the St. Louis community tower that left other engineers scratching their heads. This is the most amazing transmitter I’ve installed – and I’ve installed many.”

JOY FM broadcasts in analog-only today, but Obergoenner expects that the station will launch an HD Radio™ broadcast service should the budget allow in the future. He notes that Harris tube transmitters are “considerably ahead of the pack” when it comes to HD Radio field upgradeability.

Obergoenner also points to exceptional audio quality since installing the transmitter, with a nod to the Harris® Digit® CD exciter that generates the signal.

“I’ve installed a lot of Digit exciters over the years — some even driving other transmitters — and they present a fantastic sound,” he said. “The Digit line has always delivered some of my favorite-sounding exciters. There is something huge, yet crystal-clear about the sound they produce. The Digit CD is no exception.”

About Harris Broadcast Communications
Harris Broadcast Communications offers products, systems and services that provide interoperable workflow solutions for broadcast, cable, satellite and out-of-home networks. The Harris ONE™ solution brings together highly integrated and cost-effective products that enable advanced media workflows for emerging content delivery business models. Additional information about Harris Broadcast Communications is available at www.broadcast.harris.com.

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Paper Composed by Audio-Technica Personnel Receives Best Paper Award at AES Convention

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology currently celebrating “50 Years of Passionate Listening,” is proud to announce that the paper “On the Study of Ionic Microphones” and its writers were selected as the recipients of the “AES 133rd peer review paper award, signifying it as the “best paper of the show.” The paper, composed by Hiroshi Akino, Audio-Technica Corp., Japan, with Hirofumi Shimokawa, Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Japan, and Jackie Green and Tadashi Kikutani of Audio-Technica U.S., was presented at a juried paper session at the 133rd AES Convention in San Francisco, California.

Jackie Green stated, “We are honored and delighted to receive this recognition. Audio-Technica has been at the forefront of many technology paradigm shifts, yet historically we have published very little regarding our research. We look forward to taking a more active role in advancing the art and science of audio technology, and sharing this information with our distinguished peers.”

The paper encapsulates the following research: Diaphragm-less ionic loudspeakers using both low-temperature and high-temperature plasma methods have already been studied and developed for practical use. This study examined using similar methods to create a diaphragm-less ionic microphone. The paper reviews the experimental outcome of two ionic methods, and considerations given to resolve issues revealed by the study.

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Aphex® Expands 500 Series with New Modules

— New Parametric EQ, Optical Compressor and three new Mic Pre units join the acclaimed EX•BB 500™ in the series, forming a comprehensive line of signal processors —

Aphex®, a leader in audio enhancement technology for more than 35 years, has recently debuted its new 500 Series modules. The 500 Series now includes six models: J PRE 500 Mic Pre; EQF 500 Parametric Equalizer; DUAL RPA 500 Mic Pre; A PRE 500 Mic Pre; the COMP 500 Optical Compressor; and the acclaimed, previously unveiled EX•BB 500 Aural Exciter/Big Bottom module. All benefit from the portable and convenient 500 Series format and legendary Aphex sound.

The J PRE 500 mic pre is inspired by the flagship Aphex 1788A remote controlled preamp. They both have the same Jensen JT11K8 nickel input Transformer and Aphex patented Mic Limiter technology. Designed to provide no-compromise audio quality in the convenient 500 series format, the J PRE 500 also features a Jensen JT-11DL nickel output-balancing transformer.

The EQF 500 reissue is a modern take on the classic Aphex EQF-2 500 series three-band equalizer, originally introduced in the 1980s. With a Jensen output balancing transformer and 25Hz to 20kHz operation, the EQF 500 is extremely versatile and will make any program material shine while being punchy and quiet.

The DUAL RPA 500 mic pre is a two-channel solid state/tube hybrid preamp. The solid-state front end provides a fast transient response while the tube back end provides warmth and punch. The DUAL RPA 500 also has the Aphex patented Mic Limiter technology for “no second take” recording.

The A PRE 500 mic pre is inspired by the popular Aphex 188 eight-channel preamp. They both use a custom designed Aphex input Transformer. Like the 188, the A PRE 500 also features a Jensen JT-11DL nickel output balancing transformer. The A PRE 500 is extremely clear sounding yet musical.

The new COMP 500 module is an optical compressor. It features an electronically balanced input and uses a Jensen JT-11DL nickel output balancing transformer. The optocoupler was specified to be as fast as possible and, is produced exclusively for Aphex. The OC-500 features stereo linking, and provides all the transparency of an optical compressor with the flexibility to get aggressive compression when needed.

The EX•BB 500 is a mono, 500 Series module version of the popular Aphex Aural Exciter and Optical Big Bottom processors. Each processor has a dedicated, lighted enable button.

“The expansion of our 500 Series with these five new modules further illustrates Aphex’s commitment to providing a comprehensive range of digital signal processors,” stated Rick McClendon, Aphex’s General Manager. “The addition of three new mic pre’s, a parametric EQ and an optical compressor, which join our highly successful EX•BB 500 Aural Exciter/Big Bottom module, offers audio professionals a wider palette of processing options.”

Aphex CEO David Wiener was excited to add, “Remember that our Aphex technologies and products have been used by major artists, engineers and producers through popular music history, from Paul McCartney and Pink Floyd, to today’s Grammy®s, Oscar®s, and the upcoming Soul Train Awards. Aphex has had a huge impact and now, with our new 500 Series, we’re making these powerful tools available to pros and the new talent coming into the audio and entertainment industry. It’s really exciting to see our tech become small, portable and accessible to everyone.”

Pricing:

J PRE 500 $749 U.S. MSRP
EQF 500 $629 U.S. MSRP
DUAL RPA 500 $999 U.S. MSRP
A PRE 500 $629 U.S. MSRP
COMP 500 $629 U.S. MSRP
EX•BB 500 $299 U.S. MSRP

For more information please visit http://www.aphex.com.

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RTW TMR7 TOUCHMONITOR MAKES ITS ASIAN DEBUT AT INTER BEE 2012

Designed for Radio Broadcasting, Four-Channel Metering Solution Offers Parallel Monitoring of On-Air Signals and Other Sources

TOKYO, JAPAN, NOVEMBER 14, 2012 – RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is proud to announce the debut today of its new TMR7 TouchMonitor at the Toyo Corporation booth (Hall 4, 4305) during Inter Bee 2012. Specifically designed for radio broadcasting, the four-channel desktop unit features two AES3 digital (XLR) inputs that integrate all metering options required in radio broadcasting for a solution made to measure. The TMR7 is also making its European debut today, at the SATIS Expo in Paris, France.

The technological basis of the TMR7 is the TM7 TouchMonitor with its flexible modular configuration. Similar to the TM7, the TMR7 also includes a seven-inch touch screen, and is available as a desktop unit, fitted or as an OEM unit with 16 audio inputs. The versatile TM7 supports all professional audio metering applications.

“Based on our TM7 all-round unit, the TMR7 TouchMonitor is specifically targeted at users in radio broadcasting environments,” says Michael Kahsnitz, head of engineering at RTW. “It integrates all features required in radio production, two stereo inputs and extensive local configurability in an attractively priced package.”

Separate true peak and PPM instruments as well as a vectorscope and correlator for evaluating stereo signals are available on each TMR7 input channel. Licensing options include an extensive loudness-meter implementation (EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-3/1771, ATSC A/85, ARIB) with graphical and numerical single-channel and summing views as well as loudness range (LRA), MagicLRA and SPL metering. Licenses are also available for an optional realtime analyzer (RTA) and the Premium PPM package with moving-coil instruments.

The intuitive operating concept of the TouchMonitor range offers maximum flexibility. Users can move freely scalable instruments to any position on the graphical surface, allowing them to personalize the entire screen area. Views, scaling and metering standards are separately definable for each signal source. In addition, the convenient on-screen help function makes setting up the unit a breeze.

The four audio inputs provided by the two AES3 ports are configurable for mono, stereo or multichannel sources, providing separate instruments for each source. Plus, the GPIO interface for overall control, the Ethernet port and the VGA output for external display units offer further functionality.

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