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Audio-Technica Introduces ATH-M50RD Limited-Edition Red Professional Studio Monitor Headphones

— Stylish red version of Audio-Technica’s popular ATH-M50 headphones offers exceptional audio quality for professional monitoring, mixing, listening and DJ use —

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, introduces its ATH-M50RD Professional Studio Monitor Headphones, a stylish red limited-edition version of A-T’s flagship ATH-M50 headphones. Based on input from end users looking for an alternative to the ATH-M50’s existing color schemes, the ATH-M50RD headphones offer the exact same comfort and superior audio quality for professional monitoring and mixing as their standard counterparts.

Gary Boss, Audio-Technica U.S. Marketing Director, stated, “We decided to inject some color into the studio with the limited-edition ATH-M50RD. Discerning engineers and musicians can add a little fun to their sessions while maintaining the audio quality they have come to expect from our original M50’s.”

The ATH-M50RD Professional Studio Monitor Headphones will be available March 2013 with a U.S. MSRP of $209.00.

About ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
Embodying the company’s latest transducer technology, the ATH-M50 headphones offer the highest level of sonic accuracy. The ATH-M50’s innovative design was engineered to provide hours of maximum comfort in applications ranging from broadcast to studio/recording uses. The ATH-M50 headphones feature an efficient collapsible design ideal for easy portability and convenient storage. Employing Audio-Technica’s proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with neodymium magnet systems and CCAW voice coils, the ATH-M50 headphones have exceptional power handling and very high SPL capabilities while delivering clear, natural, accurate sound with impactful bass and high-frequency extension. The headphones also feature a closed-back cushioned earcup, providing exceptional clarity and superior isolation in high-volume listening situations. In addition, the circumaural earpieces swivel a full 180 degrees for easy one-ear monitoring. The ATH-M50 has a lightweight and adjustable cushioned headband for maximum listening comfort. An OFC litz wire cable at the left earpiece terminates to a gold-plated 1/8″ connector with included professional screw-on 1/4″ adapter. The ATH-M50RD joins the current line-up of ATH-M50 in black and ATH-M50WH in white.

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Aphex® Deepens Its Relationship with the Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) Program at St. Petersburg College

— Leading audio processing product developer and innovative pro audio and music industry education center have a shared vision of how technology and academia can work together to the enhanced benefit of the school, the students and the quality of sound —

Aphex®, a leader in audio enhancement technology for more than 35 years, has deepened its unique relationship with the Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) program at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida. The MIRA program, which was launched four years ago with a dozen students and offers an accredited Associate of Science degree in a well-integrated curriculum of audio sciences and business acumen, now has between 250 and 300 students per semester in the program, and plans to launch a four-year Bachelor of Applied Science degree program in 2014. For the last two years, the MIRA program has collaborated closely with Aphex, using products including the Aural Exciter®, 500 Series EQ, Aphex Channel, Aphex Dominator II and Compellor® processors, as well as the HeadPod 4™ headphone amplifier, all integrated into MIRA’s pro audio curriculum. As new products become available, Aphex shares them with MIRA, providing the program’s students with state-of-the-art technology that offers them access to equipment identical to that being used in commercial facilities. At the same time, the faculty and students of MIRA regularly provide insightful feedback into how those products perform under the singular pressures of an academic environment. It’s a relationship from which everyone benefits, most of all the students.

This mutually beneficial association has come about because of the shared vision of Mark Matthews, Lead Instructor of the MIRA program, and Aphex wanting to bring the “real world” of recording and music to students. “At MIRA, we approach learning about audio arts and the music industry in an experiential, hands-on way, and Aphex has been a significant partner in how we go about that,” says Matthews. “That we work so well together stems from the fact that both Robin and I came to where we are now from being musicians and from working in various aspects of the music industry. Our visions of how best to teach about sound and improve sound are very much in synch.”

Aphex COO, Robin Sibucao agrees, adding, “Mark Matthews has the perfect combination of experience, talent and vision to lead their unique MIRA Program. Matthews is pioneering a new educational path to prepare students not only to enter the industry’s workplace but also to grow and sustain within the many segments of the audio industry. We are thrilled that Aphex and MIRA have developed such a great working relationship and that we can be a part of helping the audio professionals of the future in such a powerful program. And as the students learn using our product, Aphex also learns while watching them use those products – we get to see how an entirely new generation of pro audio professionals looks at its tools.”

As the relationship enters its next stage, Sibucao points to MIRA’s new MYRA Radio Network, an internet-based radio station broadcasting from the St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus. The station is a multi-format platform completely managed and programmed by students, who produce their own programs and have complete creative control over the content. The HeadPod 4 is now an integral part of the station’s infrastructure, thanks to its four stereo power amplifiers and switchable multi-source inputs (including SPDIF) that make it a perfect fit for the needs of MIRA’s new broadcast center. The MYRA Radio Network will create another platform in which MIRA’s students and faculty can work together, but it’s also another level in a deepening relationship that’s totally student-focused, says Matthews. “It’s about how best to integrate not only Aphex products, but also all relevant production equipment, into the student workflow at MIRA. From this dialog, a new way of thinking has been developed regarding how educational institutions and manufacturers can work together in a mutually beneficial relationship.”

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

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Auralex® Now Shipping ProPAD™ and ProPAD XL™ Monitor Isolators

— ProPAD™ and ProPAD XL™ are designed for decoupling monitors and reducing structural vibrations —

Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, is now shipping its ProPAD™ and ProPAD XL™ Monitor Isolation Pads from its ISO (Instant Sound Optimizer) line.

The ProPAD is a premium-performance variant on Auralex’s popular MoPAD™. The ProPAD features a durable, three layer highly damped construction with increased durability and structural integrity, and provides superior isolation from the vibrations and resonant energy created by studio monitors. The ProPAD prevents this energy from being transmitted into the supporting furniture, which would greatly color the monitors’ sound and degrade their imaging. The ProPAD is sold in stereo pairs and is designed to work with monitors employing up to 8″ woofers. ProPAD’s updated design features a 0.75″ layer of Melamine-wrapped MDF covered with a thick layer of Auralex’s proprietary IsoPuck™ isolation material, which is made of recycled rubber. Six stick-on feet, also made from IsoPuck material, are supplied for flat or angled applications. The ProPAD is the perfect solution for decoupling monitors and reducing structural vibration in all manner of sound-critical spaces, including recording studios, post-production/edit suites, mobile recording facilities, hi-fi listening rooms, home theaters or anywhere a monitor/speaker isolation platform is needed to improve sonic purity.

The ProPAD XL speaker isolation product is a larger version of the award-winning ProPAD. The XL version is designed to work with horizontally oriented, twin woofer monitors and provides the same isolation qualities found in the popular ProPAD. ProPAD XL is the perfect solution for decoupling monitors and reducing structural vibration from larger format monitor speakers.

Features:

Increased midrange resolution
Deeper, more focused soundstage
Improved low-frequency definition
Angle adjustable to optimize listening axis
Significant reduction of extraneous mechanical resonance

Product Specifications:

Dimensions:
ProPAD – 8” wide x 13” deep x 2.125” thickness
ProPAD XL – 19” wide x 13” long; 2.125” thickness
Construction 3/4” Melamine-wrapped MDF base
Isolation 3/8” ISO-Plate™ slip-resistant top
Includes user-configurable Platfoam™ dual wedge base
Durable Melamine Finish
Slip-resistant ISO-Plate™ Top
Non-metal Construction – No Inherent Resonance

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

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