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METRIC HALO’S HOLIDAY SALE DECEMBER 10th-25th – UP TO 25% OFF ALL HARDWARE, SOFTWARE & UPGRADES

SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 2012: Once again, it’s that special time of the year, and once again, Metric Halo is celebrating with deep discounts on all of its hardware, software and upgrades. As of December 10th, Metric Halo’s flagship ULN-8 converter, normally $5,995, will sell for $4,496. Similar discounts apply across the product range: the TEC Award-winning LIO-8 (was $3,995, now $2,996), the 2882 converter (was $1,895, now $1,610), the ULN-2 (was $1,695, now $1,440), a +DSP license (was $699, now $524), SpectraFoo (was $400, now $300), SpectraFoo Complete (was $800, now $600), and a host of hardware upgrades… all up to 25% off. Even Metric Halo’s Production Bundle of plug-ins, now shipping on AU [Mac] and AAX [Mac/Win], is cut from $699 to $524. Individual plug-ins, normally $199, are going for just $149. And just to throw another gift into the mix, Metric Halo is offering its extended bass Thump plug-in for AAX FREE! You can find out more at: http://mhsecure.com/metric_halo/products/software/thump.html

But you must hustle! These amazing discounted prices will only stick around till December 25th. “You know you deserve this,” asserted Allen Rowand of Metric Halo. “Nothing compares to the soul-satisfying gift of beautiful audio, and that’s precisely what you’ll get with Metric Halo’s award-winning converters and software. So get while the getting is good!” Orders received after December 20th will ship on or after January 2nd, and these discounts cannot be combined with any other Metric Halo offers, including educational accounts.

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

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Sound Devices Announces Warranty Extension

New Policy Retroactive for all Products, Including Equipment Already in Use

REEDSBURG, WI, DECEMBER 5, 2012 — Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, announces it has changed its warranty policy from one to two years for both parts and labor. This retroactive change extends the product warranty for all Sound Devices products already in the field.

“We are proud to announce that we have extended the warranty on all of our products to our customers,” says Jim Koomar, Vice President of Sales at Sound Devices. “This warranty extension provides an additional year of coverage to our customers and also serves as a way to thank loyal users for choosing our products.”

As a customary part of Sound Devices product ownership, the company also offers regular firmware updates in order to keep its customers up-to-date on the very latest features and technology. These updates, which include numerous functional enhancements, evolve directly from customer feedback. This gives users an effective way to upgrade to the latest technology without having to purchase a new unit. This year alone, the company has offered numerous updates for its audio mixers, audio recorders and video recorders. All firmware updates are available free of charge and can be easily downloaded by visiting http://www.sounddevices.com/download/.

Another free tool available to the industry is Wave Agent, a multi-purpose, cross-platform utility for playing, editing and managing WAV files. Wave Agent includes a comprehensive and indispensable range of tools for preparing sound ?les for problem-free passage through complex production work?ows. Designed for production sound mixers and post-production editors, Wave Agent is also available as a free download from the company’s website.

For more information, visit www.sounddevices.com.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The fourteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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Tomer Elbaz Promoted to Executive Vice President, Waves Consumer Division

— Waves Audio Consumer division continues to expand and thrive
with new technologies and business strategies —

The Consumer Electronics Division of Waves, the industry leader in professional audio digital signal processing and recipient of a Technical GRAMMY® award, has recently promoted Tomer Elbaz to the position of Executive Vice President, Waves Consumer Division. The announcement was made by Waves co-founder Gilad Keren, and further underscores Waves’ ongoing expansion into the consumer electronics market sector.

Under Tomer Elbaz’s direction, the company has forged strategic business relationships with a wide variety of leading electronics firms who are incorporating Waves Maxx technologies into their products. Waves’ digital signal processing (DSP) technology is utilized by the top professionals in the pro audio and broadcast market sectors, and their reputation and proven track record has made them a perfect fit to work with companies like Dell, ASUS, Toshiba, Sony, iOS/Android developers and more, who have employed Waves digital signal processing (DSP) as part of the feature set of their product offerings. Other endeavors include strategic alliances with semiconductor and DSP core companies, as well as general strategic alliances with brands and recording artists. Through these developments, Waves is helping bring studio quality sound and the highest standards of audio to the consumer listening experience.

“Tomer and his team are helping Waves expand our reach into the consumer market sector,” stated Gilad Keren. “As part of our long-term strategic business plan, Tomer continues to urge our technologies into the hands of new and exciting partners and thrilled consumers. We are at the edge of a bold new phase for Waves, and we look forward to Tomer’s ongoing leadership.”

For more information, please visit www.maxx.com.

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Waves Audio Names Val Gilbert Live Product Specialist

— A loyal Waves user both live and in-studio, Gilbert will act as a resource for engineers throughout the U.K. —

Waves Audio, a leading provider of audio DSP solutions for professional, broadcast and consumer electronics audio markets, has appointed U.K.-based audio engineer Val Gilbert as Waves Live Product Specialist. In his new capacity, Val will communicate with other live sound engineers across the U.K., sharing his vast knowledge of Waves plugins, the SoundGrid system and typical workflows in the live sound arena. As the industry continues its transition to digital, Val will draw upon his real-world experiences and impart his expertise on the Waves customer base and live sound community. The addition of Val as a Live Product Specialist further emphasizes Waves’ ongoing expansion in the live sound sector.

For years, Val was based in France, where he gained an extensive background in live sound engineering as a front-of-house engineer for major touring acts. He had the privilege of working with such artists as Makali and Really Addictive Sound and for companies such as Universal and TS Productions, across Europe and to Russia and the USA. He relocated to the U.K. just over two years ago, to be at the heart of the booming U.K.-based events industry.

Val is a loyal Waves user, both live and in-studio, and is eager to discuss his current use of Waves processing. He says, “I’m currently working with French/Belgian Afro-folk band Namogodine, as we prepare the release of their next album for this coming spring and the supporting tour. I’m in the process of mixing the album, so it will be great to take the Waves processing I’ll be using in the studio with me on the road, and not have to compromise on dynamics and effects.”

He is excited to join the Waves team, and he has big plans for his duties as Live Product Specialist: “As a Waves Live Product Specialist, I know the ins and outs of the Waves SoundGrid system across all the different platforms for which it is available. I will be conducting demonstrations and training at different locations across the U.K., as well as providing frontline technical support for Waves SoundGrid users.”

Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Announces 2012-2013 Steering Committee

P&E Wing Leadership Tackles Important Issues Including Sound Quality, Performance and Intellectual Property Rights, Proper Crediting, Metadata and Education

The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® has announced its 2012-2013 Steering Committee, the leadership group of the P&E Wing, which researches and recommends solutions for technical and economic issues facing today’s music production professionals. The newly seated Committee, consisting of a diverse array of music engineers, producers and audio professionals, will build upon the significant legacy established by prior Steering Committees and work to identify and evaluate key issues confronting music production professionals, with the goal of finding meaningful solutions and suggestions for the industry moving forward.

The P&E Wing 2012–2013 Steering Committee includes the following music industry professionals: Chuck Ainlay (Nashville), Carlos Alvarez (Miami), Eric Boulanger (Los Angeles), Richard Burgess (Washington, D.C.), Ed Cherney (Los Angeles), Mike Clink (Los Angeles), Bob Ludwig (Portland, Maine), James McKinney (Washington, D.C.), Phil Nicolo (Philadelphia), and Dan Workman (Houston).

Steering Committee Co-Chairs Mike Clink and James McKinney will remain in their current positions as the P&E Wing continues to advocate for excellence in sound recording, audio technologies, education in the recording arts, and the rights of music creators overall.

“We owe a great deal of gratitude to all of our past Steering Committee members, including John Alagia, Jeff Balding, Jimmy Douglass, Nathaniel Kunkel, Glenn Lorbecki, Sylvia Massy, Keith Olsen, Phil Ramone, Elliot Scheiner, Tommy Tallarico and Eric Schilling,” states Maureen Droney, Sr. Executive Director of the P&E Wing. “They laid the groundwork and continue to be involved in our initiatives as we more forward. Many would agree that this is a trying time in the industry, and we need the talents of all of our members to face these challenges, find solutions and proceed with new paradigms.”

Member biographies:

Chuck Ainlay is a multiple GRAMMY® Award-winner, one of Nashville’s top recording and mixing engineers, a pioneer in using surround sound technology, and a leading advocate for high quality audio. He has worked as a producer or engineer for such diverse talents as Dire Straits, Emmylou Harris, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, and many more. Ainlay was the ACM Engineer of the Year in 2009 and 2011.

Carlos Alvarez’s engineering and production career has taken him around the world working with a variety of artists including, Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, Carrie Underwood, Juan Luis Guerra, and Julio Iglesias among others. He’s won three GRAMMYs and seven Latin GRAMMYs for his work with and including, Alejandro Sanz (El Tren de los Momentos, Best Latin Pop Album 2007), Jose Feliciano (Senor Bachata, mixer-Best Tropical Album 2008), Luis Enrique (Ciclos, mixer-Best Tropical Album 2009). Serving on The Recording Academy’s Florida Chapter Board of Governors since 2002, he lives, plays the bass, and operates his studio in South Florida.

Eric ‘V’ Boulanger of The Mastering Lab is a classically trained violinist who has performed at some of the most celebrated venues in the country. Eric holds a degree in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and has mixed and/or mastered records across a variety of genres with credits including Colbie Caillat, The Bravery, Kate Bush, and Chris Botti. With the P&E Wing, Eric has taken a lead role in Apple’s “Mastered for iTunes”, which aims to improve the quality of current and future downloaded music.

Richard James Burgess Ph.D. has produced, recorded and/or performed on numerous platinum albums with such diverse artists as Spandau Ballet, America and New Edition. He authored The Art of Record Production in 1997 and the second and third editions entitled The Art of Music Production, now being updated for a fourth edition on Oxford University Press. He is also known for his pioneering work with synthesizers, computers and sampling. Recently, he produced the six-disc box-set release JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology.

Ed Cherney is a GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer known for his work with a variety of artists, among them Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, and the Rolling Stones. Over the years, he has amassed six GRAMMY nominations and two wins, in addition to seven TEC Award nominations and five wins, as well as three EMMY nominations. A founding member of the Music Producers Guild of America, the P&E Wing’s direct forerunner, Cherney has also served as Governor of the Los Angeles Chapter of The Recording Academy and is a board member at McNally Smith College. He has recently completed a Latin Jazz album for Alejandro Fernandez, along with a new Matthew Morrison (Glee) project, both with Phil Ramone producing. He is currently producing tracks for the band Honey Honey.

Mike Clink has produced projects that have sold more than 70 million records worldwide. Known for working with legendary rock acts such as Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses and Metallica, Clink also specializes in developing new talent for his label, No Relief Records. A pioneer in live recording and distribution, he started a new media company that specializes in the instantaneous fulfillment of CDs with added value content available immediately after a concert event. Clink frequently speaks on panels for The Recording Academy and the Audio Engineering Society (AES).

Bob Ludwig is a multi-GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer with degrees in music education, performance (trumpet) and music literature from the Eastman School of Music and an honorary doctorate from the University of Southern Maine. He was the first person to be honored with the Les Paul Award for “consistently outstanding achievements in the professional audio industry,” as well as the TEC Award for “Outstanding Creative Achievement, Mastering Engineer” an unprecedented 15 times. He served as Co-Chair of the P&E Wing from 2004-2008.

James McKinney is Committee Co-Chair and an accomplished pianist/keyboardist, vocalist, musical director, songwriter, arranger, producer, educator, businessman and philanthropist. Since relocating to Washington, D.C. in 1988, McKinney has performed for three U.S. Presidents and has performed with the likes of Kenny Burrell, Kenny Lattimore, Stevie Wonder, and more. McKinney serves on the Board of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of The Recording Academy and is also a National Trustee.

Phil Nicolo is a GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer who founded Studio 4 in 1980, a recording studio in Philadelphia where he and his brother established themselves as a force in all genres of music production, from rock to R&B, mainstream to cutting edge. In 1989, Ruffhouse Records was launched out of Studio 4 operations, and over the next ten years was responsible for the careers of Lauryn Hill, the Fugees, Cypress Hill, Wyclef Jean and Kriss Kross. Phil’s producing and engineering credits include Aerosmith, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Urge Overkill, Sting, among many others. Current projects include new releases from Rusted Root, Title Fight and Lauryn Hill. Phil is also President of the newly relaunched Ruffhouse Records.

Dan Workman is president of SugarHill Studios, Houston, Texas, the oldest continuously operating recording studio in the U.S. He has engineered GRAMMY-winning, and platinum recordings for Texas’ most notable artists including Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child, Clay Walker, and ZZ Top. Workman now produces full time, is currently working with Kareem Salama, The Southern Backtones, The Wheel Workers, and opera chanteuse, Alicia Gianni.

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Genelec Introduces New Smart Active Monitor™ (SAM™) Concept

— SAMs are Genelec active audio monitoring systems that also have the capability and intelligence enabling them to adapt automatically and flexibly to their acoustical environments through a set of proprietary tools —

Genelec, the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring, has introduced its new Smart Active Monitor™ (SAM™) concept. As part of a new streamlined marketing effort, Genelec has folded its line of DSP monitors under the SAM classification, which now includes all Genelec monitors with a 82xx product name (for instance, the award-winning 8260A Tri-Amplified DSP Monitor System). Models in the SAM range are capable of automatically adapting to acoustical environments to offer an indispensable tool for sound professionals in broadcasting, post production, music studios and more. A SAM system can be controlled with digital networking, enabling users to build highly flexible computer-controlled systems of monitors.

Dr. Aki V. Mäkivirta, Genelec Research and Development Manager, noted, “Smart Active Monitoring is a concept that bundles all the benefits of Genelec’s advanced monitoring systems to a single, easily understandable and descriptive term. SAM is also a concept that describes perfectly the current technology leap pioneered by Genelec in the evolution of the active monitoring loudspeaker – the transition from the analog to the digital world, where digital technologies, along with software features, increase quality and bring unique user experiences to the customers, and enable seamless integration of monitoring speakers and subwoofers to a well-calibrated and correctly aligned reproduction system. At Genelec, we believe that progress towards Smart Active Monitors will open a new era in the development of the audio monitoring industry.”

The acoustical features of SAMs can be optimized with automatic calibration for different working styles or client demands. Such adaptations include aligning levels at the listening position, adjusting delays from the signal input to the listening location, and compensating for the acoustical room influences in the frequency responses (equalization). One of these proprietary tools is AutoCal™, Genelec´s acoustic calibration solution that is supplied alongside the Genelec Loudspeaker Management software package, GLM. SAM effectively reflects the most advanced monitoring system features available in the audio industry. The capabilities of SAMs are also future-proof and can be increased later with software upgrades both in the monitoring speakers themselves and in the system management software.

Will Eggleston, Genelec USA Marketing Director, stated, “The SAM launch marks the beginning of a new era in audio monitoring for Genelec, thanks to the rise of digital technology and evolving market expectations about the possibilities of audio monitors. Also, designers of systems have shown that digital monitors have some notable capabilities beyond the analog realm. SAM embodies the shift from the analog to the digital world, looking at increasing sound quality and the listening experience of the user while allowing the integration of monitors and subs into a correctly aligned reproduction system.”

Using GLM software and AutoCal™, a monitor can be turned into the reference it needs to be in today’s demanding environment for engineers. This improves performance and not only helps the user to achieve a flat frequency response at listening position but also handles phase alignment in between monitors and subwoofer and not least time-of-flight compensation, the latter of high importance when retro-fitting systems in existing rooms where equal distance between all monitors and listening position may not be possible to respect.

In addition to the traditional building blocks of an active monitoring speaker, SAMs contain the following building blocks:

Digital signal processing of the audio signal instead of traditional analog filtering, making SAMs very flexible and precise.
Control networking, enabling SAMs to form a seamless reproductions system, fully controllable at the main listening position.
Acoustical measurement system, enabling multipoint measurements of acoustical environment at the listening area.
Sophisticated automatic system calibration algorithm, enabling SAMs to adapt to their acoustic environments and to be integrated as a full reproduction system.
Graphical User Interface, enabling users to interact with all components of the monitoring system and to customize the system to best fit to the environments and applications.

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

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Aphex® Expands Distribution with New International Reps

— On behalf of Aphex®, U.K.-based World Marketing Associates will serve EMEA, while San Diego-based International Sales will serve Pacific Rim, India, Australia, Latin and South America —

As part of its recent growth, Aphex®, a leader in audio enhancement technology for more than 35 years, is proud to announce that it has expanded its international distribution network to include U.K.-based World Marketing Associates, under the direction of Francis Williams; and San Diego-based International Sales, under the direction of Joe Manning.

In their new capacity with Aphex, World Marketing Associates will be serving as manufacturer’s reps for the territory of Europe, the Middle-East and Africa (EMEA). International Sales, on the other hand, will serve Pacific Rim, India, Australia, Latin and South America.

“The next year is going to be a big one for us, with many new product introductions and continued market penetration,” stated Rick McClendon, Aphex General Manager. “As we grow and evolve, our sales and support network will create vital links between Aphex and the marketplace, and we are really excited about our new international representation with World Marketing Associates and International Sales, and the geographical relationships made possible by these appointments.”

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Barix Real-Time Clock Keeps Devices Ticking

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, December 3, 2012 — Audio over IP pioneer Barix addresses network downtime with its new Real-Time Clock accessory, ensuring that audio and control devices continue operating uninterrupted during network failures — keeping mission-critical operations for broadcast radio, streaming media, building automation and other applications on time.

The market-agnostic, self-sustaining reference clock plugs into any device with an RS232 serial port, including but not limited to Barix IP audio and control products. The Barix Real-Time Clock (RTC) maintains time, even when unpowered, for years. This allows the RTC to provide time information immediately after a device startup, independent of a network-based time reference.

“Barix devices are normally network-connected and receive the time through that connection, but what if, after a power outage, the network connection remains down?” asks Johannes G. Rietschel, CEO and founder of Barix AG. “It’s a serious concern if your operation requires time-dependent logging or control. The Barix Real-Time Clock provides that time source to maintain operations.”

Rietschel points to specific examples for streaming media and building automation. Retail businesses, for example, often operate “Store and Play” systems for in-store audio that are programmed to run time-based announcements and playlists. The Barix Real-Time Clock allows the device to work offline without network connection, playing out audio messages and time-sensitive content on time. Similarly, broadcasters streaming syndicated programs with local network IDs, jingles, ads and promos can trigger events on schedule without affecting the on-air content.

For building automation, Rietschel notes that Barix Barionet IP control devices can use the RTC to gain independence from network time references, continuing to switch lights and boilers on and off if the network goes south. This ensures that energy-saving techniques for schools, businesses and other facilities continue without disruption.

“The overarching benefit for any operation is that your devices can read the time from the RTC and run critical programs as scheduled,” he said. “It’s a low-cost accessory that can make a big difference.”

Barix will show the Real-Time Clock along with its latest one-way and two-way IP audio devices at the ISE show in Amsterdam, taking place January 29-31, 2012 at the RAI Exhibition Center (Booth #2-E64).

About Barix AG (www.barix.com)
Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich Switzerland, specializes in research and development of state of the art IP based communication and control technology. The company is a long-term and reliable supplier of IP audio and control devices, with more than 150,000 devices shipped in its first decade of business. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks / Internet offering new and improved solutions to the commercial audio distribution, communication and automation industry. Barix products provide solutions in Audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).

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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

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