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Sound Devices 664 Field Production Mixer Receives Nomination for The Cinema Audio Society’s Technical Achievement Award

REEDSBURG, WI, JANUARY 31, 2013 — Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, is pleased to announce that its 664 Production Mixer has been nominated for a Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Technical Achievement Award in the production category.

The 664 Field Production Mixer is the new flagship in Sound Devices’ line of portable audio mixers. The intuitive 664 has six input channels and four output buses. All inputs and outputs are recordable to both CF and SD cards. This unprecedented amount of I/O connectivity and recording capability makes the 664 perfect for any portable production application.

“It is an honor and privilege to once again be nominated for a Technical Achievement Award by the Cinema Audio Society,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “Being recognized by such a prestigious organization confirms our efforts to continue to bring innovative, industry-leading products to market.”

The 664 has six ultra-low noise, high-dynamic-range analog inputs. These transformer-less preamps accept mic- or line-level signals, and include analog peak limiters, high-pass filters, input trim controls and direct outputs. Input connectors 1 and 6 can be selected to accept AES42 or AES3 digital signals

In complex multi-camera productions, output flexibility is essential. The 664 can send its main left/right outputs to three cameras simultaneously. Two additional output buses, X1 and X2, appear on balanced TA3 connectors. AES3 digital outputs are individually selected to appear on the main XLR and multi-pin output connectors.

The 664 can record each of its inputs and four output buses for 10 record tracks. Recordings are saved to CompactFlash and SD cards. Recordings are either 16- or 24-bit broadcast WAV files, with extensive metadata. All popular production sampling rates are supported. When used with a CL-6 Input Expander, the 664 records 16 tracks, 12 inputs and four output buses.

The mixer’s built-in, rock-steady Ambient time code generator allows multiple devices to operate in synchronization. The 664 can operate as a time code master clock, or its clock can be jammed from an external time code. A helpful time code compare utility shows the difference between internal and external time codes.

This year’s winners will be announced at the 49th annual CAS Awards on Saturday, February 16th at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

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.

NUGEN Audio at the 2013 NAB Show

At the 2013 NAB Show, NUGEN Audio will be displaying a range of industry-leading innovations for loudness correction that offer a smarter approach to meeting new loudness regulations and raising the quality of broadcast audio.

NEW — LM-Correct: Stand-Alone Loudness Tool
For the first time, LM-Correct is available as a file-based program, taking its speed and simplicity outside the Avid(R) environment. LM-Correct is designed to offer automatic, faster-than-real-time loudness analysis and correction.

LM-Correct is ideal for rapid, intuitive correction in situations where time is limited, providing an automatic method of rapidly conforming audio to current loudness standards. LM-Correct can be used as a one-stop solution for loudness correction, fixing audio that has not been mixed with loudness standards in mind, or in conjunction with a real-time loudness meter such as VisLM to “fine tune” audio mixed to loudness requirements from the outset. LM-Correct can also be used as a final “back-stop” processor, ensuring that finished files are within specification and performing a fix where errors are found.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/NUGEN/LM-Correct.zip
Photo Caption: LM-Correct Audio Suite Plug-In

NEW — VisLM v1.6: Visual Loudness Metering Plug-In Now Available in Avid(R) AAX Format and 64-Bit OS X(R)
NUGEN Audio is now offering VisLM 1.6, a significant update to its visual loudness monitoring tool. With this new version, VisLM is available for the first time in the Avid(R) AAX format. Additionally, VisLM is now available in a 64-bit OS X(R) version.

VisLM 1.6 also includes a new dialog gate option that allows automatic measurement of dialog sections within the source material. Measurements can now be written to automation tracks so that elements such as the loudness profile and true-peak clips can be seen against the waveform in the digital audio workstation timeline for diagnostic referencing.

With detailed, objective loudness measurement, history, and logging facilities, VisLM provides an easy-to-use ITU, ATSC and EBU standard-compliant way to measure, compare, and contrast loudness during production, broadcast, and post production, either on the fly or for entire sections of audio. Offering true-peak level metering (inter-sample accurate level monitoring), loudness range (to help decide if and how much dynamic compression to apply), momentary “instantaneous loudness” for mixing by ear, short-term loudness (three-second time window) and program loudness (long-term integrated loudness measurement), VisLM is a comprehensive tool that helps audio professionals cut through the complexity of loudness compliance.

VisLM is available in two versions, VisLM-C (compact) and VisLM-H (history). Both versions are available in 2.0 and 5.1 formats.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/NUGEN/VisLM-H.zip
Photo Caption: Visual Loudness Metering (History)

ISL: Inter-Sample True-Peak Limiter
The NUGEN Audio ISL Inter-Sample True-Peak Limiter is designed for the control of peak levels in audio signals from mono to 5.1. Unlike traditional approaches to limiting, ISL offers a true brick-wall solution, measuring inter-sample peaks and allowing the user to define the true-peak limit of the audio output (rather than the more traditional threshold control at which limiting begins to take effect).

Easy to use and totally transparent, ISL is based on the standardized true-peak algorithms of ITU-R B.S. 1770 and related standards, and is suitable for the control of audio for post-production and broadcast applications. True-peak limiting can also be used to ensure that downstream codecs such as mp3, AAC, etc. do not introduce distortion into the signal. While ISL is designed for limiting relatively dynamic high-quality audio, it can also be used to hard limit and reduce dynamic range considerably if required.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/NUGEN/ISL5.1.zip
Photo Caption: ISL 5.1 True-Peak Limiter

LMB: Batch Processing Loudness Correction Tool for High Throughput Applications
The NUGEN Audio LMB system is an off-line, file-based loudness analysis and correction program designed for rapid assessment and correction of files for loudness and true-peak content to ITU-R BS. 1770- and EBU R128-based specifications.

With a drag-and-drop interface and/or specific watched folders, LMB saves operator time by automatically handling the process of checking and conforming files to multiple broadcast criteria. LMB produces detailed post-mortem logs and includes a built-in graphing facility. LMB can be fully integrated into an automated system using the optional command-line interface and XML file output logs.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/NUGEN/LMB.zip
Photo Caption: LMB Loudness Analysis and Correction Program

Company Overview

About NUGEN Audio
NUGEN Audio creates innovative, intuitive professional audio tools for high-end music producers, post-production engineers, and broadcasters. Reflecting the real-world production experience of the design team, the company’s products make it easier to deliver better quality, save time, and reduce costs. NUGEN Audio’s tools for audio analysis, loudness metering, mixing/mastering, and tracking are used by the world’s top names in broadcast, music, and audio production. For more information, visit www.nugenaudio.com

NETIA Products at CABSAT 2013:

Radio-Assist(TM) 8.1 — Upgraded Radio Automation
At CABSAT 2013, NETIA will showcase the latest version of its powerful Radio-Assist(TM) range of digital audio automation software. Radio-Assist 8.1 will offer the same robust array of tools for streamlined end-to-end multimedia production, broadcast, and publication workflows, along with two significant new features: an integrated music-scheduling application and video editing capability. Users can access both new features from a single user interface.

NETIA’s Radio-Assist family of digital audio software programs covers each part of the production and broadcast workflow, allowing users to record, edit, or prepare a playlist. In addition to new browsing and publishing tools for full multimedia functionality, the software features tools for acquisition, sound-file editing, commercial and music production, newsroom systems, scheduling, multicasting, and administration.

Radio-Assist 8.1 allows users to leverage built-in music-scheduling functionality. With music management tools integrated into Radio-Assist 8.1′s FederAll playlist preparation module, users are able to automate playlist generation according to preset criteria, business policies, and a wide range of intelligent options for sequencing music.

The video editing tool now available within the Radio-Assist 8.1 interface complements the software’s Snippet and Snippet+ audio editing tools. Offering a convenient editing solution, this enhancement addresses the growing demand for radio broadcasters to provide video via their online portals. This simple and easy-to-use editing tool is available through the same GUI as the Snippet tool, providing a familiar utility that allows staff to produce video clips with very little training.

Additionally, NETIA will highlight further functional and technical enhancements that add to the value of Radio-Assist 8.1 in today’s radio broadcast operations.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/NETIA/RadioAssist8.zip
Image Caption: NETIA Radio-Assist(TM) 8.1 Music Scheduling

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/NETIA/RadioAssist8.zip
Image Caption: NETIA Radio-Assist(TM) 8.1 Snippet Video

Content Management System
At CABSAT 2013, NETIA will showcase the latest version of its Content Management System (CMS) that allows users to manage all processes within the global production environment — from editing through post and distribution — through simple, easy-to-manage workflows and task automation, accessed through one unique and easy-to-use interface. With the NETIA CMS, users can connect all of their partners and vendors within a single production ecosystem, simplifying the sharing and managing of media assets.

The latest version of the CMS includes enriched features within its metadata management module and its indexing and segmentation functionalities, while the new, enhanced GUI allows a greater number of fields to be personalized. In order to automate the description of audio and video content, NETIA CMS interfaces with third-party speech-to-text transcription systems. A multilingual thesaurus module available in the new version ensures there are endless possibilities for describing content very precisely, in turn making it easier for users to access and retrieve specific content. Finally, the CMS includes an enhanced administration application that further simplifies system management.

Image Link: www.wallstcom.com/NETIA/CMS.zip
Image Caption: NETIA Content Management System (CMS)

Company Overview:

NETIA, a GlobeCast company, is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of content to today’s full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 10,000 users in 200 installations in more than 40 countries, NETIA solutions allow content producers and owners to manage content from ingest to delivery, targeting multiplatform outlets including the Internet, VOD, IPTV services, and mobile devices.

NETIA provides content management solutions to major radio and television brands and to multimedia groups around the world. Clients include MOCI, Algerian Radio, Sultanate of Oman National Radio, Qatar radio, Soudan Radio, Ethiopian Radio, SBS and ABC in Australia, RAI Italy, MediaCorp Singapore, RTL France, Radio Globo in Brazil, RTM Malaysia, Radio France, the Associated Press, and France Télévisions. NETIA has its headquarters in France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, and Singapore, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

Waves Audio Announces AAX Native Support

NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 24, 2013 — In response to user requests, Waves Audio (booth 6824) announces support for the AAX Native plugin platform. Waves has always strived to support as many plugin platforms as possible, including VST, RTAS, TDM, AudioUnits and others. With this new development, Waves plugins now support the AAX platform, used by Avid HDX systems.

“AAX Native support has been a frequent suggestion from users,” Gilad Keren, Waves CEO and co-founder. “We are happy to respond to market demand with this new compatibility.”

Ed Gray, Director of Partnering Programs for Avid remarks, “Waves’ arrival onto the AAX platform with its AAX Native plug-ins is great news for our mutual users of Pro Tools 10 and Pro Tools HDX. The range and quality of processors offered by Waves remains superior, and AAX compatibility will make Waves plug-ins an obvious addition to new and upgraded Pro Tools systems. We are grateful for this support.”

Visit www.waves.com for more information.

Waves Audio Introduces GEQ Graphic Equalizer Plugin

NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 24, 2013 — Waves Audio (booth 6824) introduces its GEQ graphic equalizer plugin. Developed primarily for live users (but sure to find a home in the studio as well), GEQ features selectable cut and boost at 1/3 octave intervals, using two unique filter types.

GEQ Features

Classic component with proportional Q
Modern component with independent non-interactive filter types
30 ISO bands
6 dB, 12 dB, 18 dB selectable cut & boost
Independent HPF, LPF and a parametric bell per side
Zero latency
2 input RTA with external input options
RTA input difference mode with auto-suggest function
Link L/R
Touch Support with Fader Draw functionality

The GEQ Graphic Equalizer Plugin will be available soon with U.S. MSRP TBA. Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

Acoustics First releases video on Vibration Isolation

Acoustics First has conjured up yet another video demonstration. As the fourth in a series designed to help explain common acoustic principles, this video briefly reveals what is necessary to provide vibration isolation.

VIBRATION ISOLATION DEMONSTRATION: Controlling Mechanical Sound Transmission

As the quandary of vibration isolation can quickly prove to be obtuse and relatively difficult to understand. Common problems like footfall from upstairs neighbors, industrial noise from machinery and HVAC equipment or isolating speakers and scientific devices can require completely different approaches. Most often, an on site assessment should be completed by a qualified engineering professional to determine an appropriate acoustic solution. In many cases the solution will require a modification to the structure and implement more than a single strategy.

This simple vibration demonstration challenges to provide a basic understanding of how acoustical materials may be used to prevent the spread of mechanical noise and vibration through existing structures like walls, floors and ceilings.

In this acoustic demonstration, a surface mounted piezo transducer connected to an analog meter will register levels of sound vibrations transmitted to the table. A vibrating device placed directly on the surface will transmit sound vibrations and resonate loudly throughout the table. These vibrations will register on the analog meter. By inserting isolation materials between the device and the surface, the mechanical sound transmission is reduced and sound no longer registers on the meter.

VIBRATION ISOLATION DEMONSTRATION: Controlling Mechanical Sound Transmission


Acoustics First Corporation supplies acoustical panels and soundproofing materials to control sound and eliminate noise in commercial, residential, government, and institutional applications worldwide. Products include the patented Art Diffusor®, sound absorbers, noise barriers, acoustical fabrics and accessories. Acoustics First® products are sold for O.E.M applications, direct, and through dealers. For more information on acoustical materials and their application, please visit www.AcousticsFirst.com or call Toll Free 1-888-765-2900 (US & Canada).

Myers To Exhibit At National Religious Broadcasters Convention

Latest Versions of ProTrack TV & Radio to be shown in Booth #912

Northampton, MA – Myers – the highly respected developer of broadcast traffic, business, and content management software – today confirmed the company’s plans to participate in the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Convention and Expo — March 2nd to March 5th at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The Myers team, returning for their ninth NRB appearance, will be at Booth #912.

The annual NRB event is the largest marketplace dedicated exclusively to Christian media professionals. More than 200 vendors will showcase their products and services to thousands of attendees, among them radio & television station owners and key staff, program producers, Web developers, pastors, denominational leaders, advertising agencies and more.

“Religious broadcasters and content developers are a very important segment of our industry,” said Crist Myers, company CEO and president. “Expo attendees are involved in every aspect of the management and creative process, from concept to underwriting to distribution. The business and content workflow tools within ProTrack have been carefully crafted to optimize the management and efficiency of any creative enterprise.”

ProTrack, Myers’ proven flagship suite, is available in both radio and television editions. It offers comprehensive scheduling and business management for individual, multichannel and multi-station facilities. Actively used by more than 226 media outlets, supporting more than 1,300 channels, ProTrack provides a high-level of structure, scalability, and systems integration for today’s rapidly evolving media environments.

ABOUT MYERS
Formerly known as Myers Information Systems, Inc., the company has been developing broadcast management software since 1989. Myers provides technology and services for television, radio and other digital media providers designed to improve every aspect of their operations, from contracting to invoicing, media management to scheduling, and from trafficking to reconciliation. For more information, please visit: www.myersinfosys.com

Myers contact: Crist Myers
+1-413-585-9820 / sales@myersinfosys.com

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Alan Parsons Hosts Recording Master Classes in Vegas and Nashville in February

Legendary producer continues workshop series with new events

Santa Cruz, Calif. Dateline Jan 10, 2013: Alan Parsons announces two new Master Class Training Sessions to be held at top studios in Las Vegas (Studio At The Palms on Feb 1st and 2nd) and Nashville (Ocean Way on Feb 11th and 12th).

In keeping with the tradition of these popular training workshops—previous events have been held in Los Angeles, Toronto, Bogota, and Buenos Aires—Alan Parsons has given each event its own unique theme: Vegas is titled “Iconic Instrumentals” and looks at the creation of music suitable for live music productions or international sporting events. The Vegas event also features a special section on Surround 5.1 mixing, for which Alan is rightly renowned, and for which he was GRAMMY®-Nominated in 2007.

The Nashville event is titled “The Art Of The Song” and takes Alan back to his roots working with some of the greatest pop songwriters of the twentieth century: The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and of course his own acclaimed recording career with The Alan Parsons Project.

Both events offer a “life-changing” (as one recent attendee put it) chance to make a new record in a great studio with an award-winning recording professional, looking at everything from mic’ing techniques and studio etiquette to processing and mixing.

Tickets are offered at the Platinum level—actually working with Alan in the control room—and the Gold “Video Village,” where blow-by-blow live video is fed to Attendees seated in the studio green room. All ticket holders get Q&A time and the chance to mingle with Alan during breaks and at the Champagne Reception at the end of Day 1.

For ticket prices and further details, please visit:

http://www.artandscienceofsound.com/mcts/nashville

http://www.artandscienceofsound.com/mcts/las-vegas

All India Radio to Install NETIA’s Radio-Assist(TM) 8.1 Software Across National and Local Stations

Deployment for Leading Radio Broadcaster Will Support Provision of Multilingual Services Stretching Across India

CLARET, France — Jan. 15, 2013 — NETIA today announced that All India Radio (AIR), the national radio broadcaster of India and a division of Prasar Bharati group, is replacing its existing news and radio automation system with the Radio-Assist 8.1(TM) family of digital audio software programs. The installation of NETIA software at AIR’s national broadcast station and across 48 local stations comprises more than 1,000 workstations, and is being coordinated by Delhi-based systems integrator Progressive Infotech. more

Spruce up your sound for 2013 with 10% off select acoustic materials

Let’s start of 2013 with a bang and be sure that bang sounds good! If part of your New Year’s Resolution is to replace your old acoustical treatment, redesign your listening space, improve the conference room, or any other sound control project, we have solutions for you! Acoustics First is also extending their New Year’s Special Savings promotion through the end of January 2013. Choose from two modular acoustical treatment systems. The PhaseFOAM acoustical foam system includes a box of linear anechoic panels or a box of bass traps that can mount to a wall or in a corner. Alternatively, the Tone Tile paint-able wall panels install direct to the wall using the provided impaling clips or can be configured as bass traps using optional corner clips or stand-off clips.

Save 10% on http://www.PhaseFOAM.com & http://www.ToneTiles.com stock products | Offer expires 1/31/2013. (While supplies last)

Acoustics First wishes you a Happy New Year and continued success in 2013!

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Acoustics First Corporation supplies acoustical panels and soundproofing materials to control sound and eliminate noise in commercial, residential, government, and institutional applications worldwide. Products include the patented Art Diffusor®, sound absorbers, noise barriers, acoustical fabrics and accessories. Acoustics First® products are sold for O.E.M applications, direct, and through dealers. For more information on acoustical materials and their application, please visit www.AcousticsFirst.com or call Toll Free 1-888-765-2900 (US & Canada).

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