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Audio-Technica Winter NAMM 2013 Press Kit

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Sound Devices 664 Field Production Mixer Earns Cinema Audio Society’s Prestigious Technical Achievement Award

REEDSBURG, WI, FEBRUARY 25, 2013 — Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, is pleased to announce that its 664 Production Mixer has earned the prestigious Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Technical Achievement Award in the production category. The CAS Technical Achievement Awards recognize innovations in recording technologies, including hardware and software products that are used by sound mixing professionals.

“We are thrilled to once again be the recipient of the CAS Technical Award,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “We strive to bring innovative, field-proven products to market and being given this prominent award for the 664, our newest production mixer, confirms our dedication to developing award-winning products.”

Sound Devices has now been recipient of the CAS Technical Achievement Award three times. The 744T and 788T Production Recorders are past winners. 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 CompactFlash and SD cards. This unprecedented amount of I/O connectivity and recording capability makes the 664 perfect for any portable production application.

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 comparison utility displays the difference between internal and external time codes.

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.

StreamGuys Explores Digital Media Impact for Public Broadcasters at iMA Conference

BAYSIDE, CALIFORNIA, February 25, 2013 – The public media, interactive and music industries are preparing to converge on the city of Austin, Texas for the Integrated Media Association (iMA) and SXSW Interactive conferences beginning next week. Perennial iMA gold sponsor StreamGuys returns this year in support of the public media space, with new content delivery models to help public broadcasters grow audiences and generate revenue in the digital media landscape.

The iMA Conference, taking place March 6-7 at the Austin Omni Downtown Hotel, will showcase how the industry can advance its public service mission with emerging technology. StreamGuys’ mission for the conference, in alignment with the iMA, is to demonstrate those possibilities given the financial challenges that public media face. StreamGuys will discuss new advancements in multi-platform delivery and targeted advertising for streaming media with attendees.

“Public broadcasters can rest assured that there are alternatives in the current marketplace not only for streaming content to many consumer devices, but for measuring, targeting and monetizing that content, as well” said Jason Osburn, executive vice president, StreamGuys, Inc. “We invite interested parties both inside and outside the public media space to attend this year’s iMA conference, and remain for the expansive emerging technology sessions, digital media experiences and live entertainment of the SXSW Interactive Festival.”

“iMA generates a great deal of inspiration and enthusiasm to embrace the changing technology landscape in public media,” said Jeannie Ericson, executive director, Integrated Media Association. “Anything we can do to generate discussion on advancing digital media and adopting new technologies to further the impact of public media is a boost to our industry. StreamGuys has been a long-time partner to public media and supporter of iMA, and it’s a natural fit to involve them in this unique event.”

A complete iMA Conference schedule can be found at http://tinyurl.com/bz3eahz. The 2013 SXSW Interactive Festival takes place March 8-12 at the Austin Convention Center, immediately following the conclusion of the iMA Conference. A full list of conferences and performers can be found at http://schedule.sxsw.com/.

About StreamGuys, Inc.
In business since 2000, StreamGuys is a provider of audio and video streaming toolsets and services. The company has a reputation for outstanding customer service, a robust and reliable network, and competitive rates. More than 600 clients worldwide, across many industries, depend on their mission-critical service. Projects include serving as the technology backbone for live streaming/podcasting for top public broadcasters such as New York Public Radio, WAMU Washington D.C., KQED San Francisco and WXPN Philadelphia; live video events for major auto racing circuits and the British Royal Wedding; audio streaming for government entities such as D.C. Court of Appeals, U.S. Army, and the National Science Foundation; mobile video content for Cisco Systems; and IPTV content for international broadcaster ABS-CBN.

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Xfm Highlights The Role of the Music Producer

The vital part that music producers play in creating best-selling singles and albums is being highlighted by radio station Xfm, which is hosting a series of interviews with top producers, all of whom are members of the Music Producers Guild.

Entitled Produced By, the series looks at the art of record production and will give listeners an insight into the role of the producer and how they have helped shape the music of the many artists they have worked with.

Produced By kicks off on Thursday February 28th 2013 when Xfm’s John Kennedy will interview Music Producers Guild Chairman Steve Levine, who has worked with numerous chart-topping artists including Culture Club, Honeyz, America, Beach Boys, Deniece Williams and Gary Moore. During his long career in production, Levine has garnered many accolades including both Grammy and BRIT Awards.

The series, which airs between 11.00 pm and 12.00 am on John Kennedy’s X-Posure show, continues on March 7th when Kennedy will interview Charlie Andrews, winner of the 2013 Music Producers Guild Breakthrough Producer of the Year Award. Others taking part include Bruno Ellingham (March 14th); Jake Gosling (March 21st) and Paul Epworth (March 28th), who has been voted the Music Producers Guild’s Producer of the Year and BRIT Best Producer on two occasions – not to mention this year’s Oscar for Best Original Music.

Commenting on the series, John Kennedy says: “’I wanted to find out more about the role of the producer as so many musician guests refer to them in interview. What better way than to talk to the producers highlighted in the recent Music Producers Guild Awards?”

Music Producers Guild Vice Chairman Richard Lightman says: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Xfm on this series of interviews that promotes recording professionals by highlighting the importance role they play in creating great music. It is interesting to note that, at this year’s BRIT Awards, 11 of the 12 winning projects were produced by Music Producers Guild members.”

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About Music Producers Guild (UK):

The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.

The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers. www.mpg.org.uk

Jünger Audio Introduces the V*AP Voice Processor at NAB 2013

Dynamics specialist Jünger Audio will use the NAB 2013 platform (Booth C2333) to give US broadcasters their first view of V*AP, a brand new two channel voice processor that is specifically designed to make life easier for engineers working in radio stations and TV production voice-over studios.

V*AP, the latest addition to Jünger Audio’s award-winning *AP family of products, draws on the company’s extensive experience with previous Voice Processing devices such as its v-series, but adds new tools and algorithms to create a new, easier and more efficient approach to voice processing with no compromise in sound quality.

V*AP’s main task is to offer perfect control of microphone recordings but Jünger Audio has also included processing such as HP/LP filtering, dynamic section, full parametric EQ and de-essing. All of the V*AP functions can be easily performed, making it hassle free for any journalist or reporter to use. Jünger Audio has also provided a dedicated voice leveler combined with a voice over circuit to help integrate voice programs into loudness-based broadcasting on the fly. Using the optional SDI I/O card automated voice over for embedded audio becomes an attractive feature of the V*AP.

Available as either an insert into a mixing desk or as a stand-alone unit, V*AP offers interfaces that allow integration in existing environments via an AES insert. The unit can also be used with an optional analogue board that adds two high quality mic-preamps.

Another key feature of V*AP is the inclusion of Spectral Signature™, Jünger Audio’s automatic spectral sound management algorithm that dynamically boosts and attenuates frequency bands to preserve natural balance while achieving station sound. With Spectral Signature™, users can automatically analyze the ideal recording of their voice (direct or over telephone lines) and easily create pre-defined sound fingerprints that become the reference the algorithm matches to on all subsequent live recordings.

At NAB 2013, Jünger Audio will also show its ground-breaking M*AP audio loudness processor, which combines an audio monitor controller and a loudness measurement device in one unit, thus providing comprehensive quality control and loudness monitoring for anyone working in a production or broadcast environment.

Designed for quality checking surround (5.1) and/or stereo programs, M*AP can be used for live monitoring and also to ensure compliance with today’s standards and regulations (ITU 1770/1/2/3, ATSC A85 or EBU R128).

The unit comes with alarm signals that alert the operator when pre-set loudness thresholds are exceeded, and these signals can be delivered by simple GPOs and/or SNMP traps, which carry actual loudness values. Loudness measurements can be performed over a long run or over a fraction of a program, or both. These measurements can be triggered by automation systems via GPIs or via the network – or even manually by buttons of the X*AP remote panel.

Alongside loudness measurements, M*AP also offers functionality for acoustical QA. It has eight speaker outputs that allow for A/B checking of stereo compatibility of a surround downmix through alternative speakers, as well as via L/R front speakers.

Peter Pörs, Managing Director of Jünger Audio, says: “By incorporating 3G, HD and SD auto detection, M*AP gives users the option of dealing with all 16 channels of SDI embedded audio at the same time. This means that you can listen to one program while permanently logging the loudness of two (5.1 +2 mode) or four (4×2 mode) programs. It is also possible to send further embedded programs to M*AP’s AES outputs to feed a third party instrument for analyzing and/or display.”

For no extra cost, the M*AP’s SDI board acts as an embedder as well and comes with video delay to compensate for any kind of audio delay. This feature is ideal for those looking to maintain lip sync in QA suites or control rooms. M*AP also features a built-in Dolby® Metadata generator and an optional Dolby® decoder that allows users to decode Dolby-E, Dolby-D (AC-3) and Dolby Digital plus (E-AC-3).

Jünger Audio will complete its NAB line-up with the Award-winning T*AP TV Audio Processor and Loudness Logger, a powerful tool that offers customers of all Jünger Audio levelling processors an easy way to monitor the development of the loudness over time. Using this new software, broadcasters can monitor in real time or by analyzing previously stored loudness log files. This innovation is critical as all broadcasters now need to show precisely how their audio levels are performing in order to comply with new legislation on Loudness.

If you would like more information about these products please visit Jünger Audio at NAB 2013 – Hall C, Booth 2333 for a demo.

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities. www.junger-audio.com

Unleashing New DK Meter Features

DK-Technologies has released new software for its award-winning DK Meter range, taking the optimal ‘One Box’ metering solution to even greater heights of functionality.

The new software includes the Horizontal Bargraph mode, which compliments the existing MSD View, FFT analyzer and Graphical Loudness that are already incorporated into the DK Meter package. With this new feature in place, DK Meters now offer the ultimate range of landscape views, allowing users to see and secure their audio from any angle.

“DK Meters have always offered a wide range of benefits including at a glance Loudness conformity, compliant with all major loudness standards (BS1770-2, A/85, R128, ARIB and more),” says Uffe Khems Hansen, DK-technologies’ Product Marketing Director. “With this new software update, users can now access Dual Loudness bargraph functionality, as well as Dual Scale Views, allowing independent ppm and loudness scales to be viewed alongside each other.”

DK-Technologies has also introduced a new Quick Setup menu, making it a breeze to enjoy these new features.

With their compact, one box design and easy and intuitive user interfaces, DK Meters remain the perfect and surprisingly affordable solution to ‘One Box’ Audio and Loudness Metering for all broadcast and post production facilities.

The New DK Meter software update is available free-of-charge for download. To access this – and for a brochure and video demo of the DK Meter range – please visit DK-Technologies at www.dk-technologies.com

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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

The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Announces Sponsors for GRAMMY® Week Event “An Evening Of Jazz” Honoring Multiple GRAMMY Award Recipients Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt

Audio Industry Leaders Support the Sixth Annual P&E Wing GRAMMY® Week Celebration at The Village Recording Studios in West Los Angeles

Annual Gathering Recognizes Achievements and Contributions of the Music Industry’s Production Community

The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® will celebrate its sixth annual GRAMMY® Week event, titled “An Evening of Jazz,” honoring 27-time GRAMMY® winner and multi-talented music producer Quincy Jones and 18-time GRAMMY-winning engineer and producer Al Schmitt for their commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. The invitation-only event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles. GRAMMY Week culminates with the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, airing live on the CBS Television Network, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Premiere sponsors of the event from the Professional Audio and Musical Instrument market sectors include industry leaders Avid®, HARMAN® Professional brands (AKG® Acoustics, JBL® Professional and Lexicon®), iriver, Iron Mountain, Music Marketing, PMC, Ltd., Presonus, Shure Incorporated, and Ultimate Ears by Logitech. Additional sponsors will be announced soon.

“The Producers & Engineers Wing provides a voice for the producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals who work, often behind the scenes, in the recording field,” states Maureen Droney, Senior Executive Director of the P&E Wing. “This year’s honorees, Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt, are legendary in the music industry for their commitment to excellence, and we are very proud to be able to celebrate their achievements. The contributions of our sponsor partners, all of whom support the art and craft of recorded music and are dedicated to excellence in their areas of expertise, make it possible to produce this event. Thanks to them, we are again looking forward to presenting the kick-off evening for another exceptional GRAMMY Week.”

For updates and breaking news, please visit www.grammy.com, and The Recording Academy®’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys, www.facebook.com/thegrammys.

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Auralex® Helps Producer Glenn Rosenstein Control Sound for the Best-Selling Advent at Ephesus Album by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles

— Producer Glenn Rosenstein faced a critical noise transmission issue when he went on location to the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles priory to record Advent at Ephesus, and Auralex® Acoustics had the exact isolation solution, allowing a perfectly noise-free recording —

Advent at Ephesus has become a true phenomenon – the recording by the Benedictine sisters of the Mary, Queen of Apostles priory – has reached number one on both the Billboard and Barnes & Noble Classical music charts and number four on the Amazon chart. These flawless recordings of traditional chants and carols, which were made at the Catholic sisters’ monastery near St. Joseph, Missouri, by Producer Glenn Rosenstein and engineered by David Schober, presented a unique acoustical challenge – one that was easily overcome thanks to a unique product from Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary.

Rosenstein realized that the sisters’ remote abbey would have noise transmission issues as vibrations traveled through the wooden floors and into the microphone stands he was using to hold carefully matched pairs of Sony, Neumann and Miktek microphones. To solve the problem, Rosenstein looked to Auralex’s ISO Series™(Instant Sound Optimizers) PlatFeet II microphone stand isolation pads. The PlatFeet II are the most effective tool to “float” a microphone stand, improving clarity while reducing feedback and preventing structure-borne vibrations before they transfer to the microphone.

“I like to look for projects that are outside of my box,” says Rosenstein, whose eclectic range of work has earned him three GRAMMY® Awards, five GRAMMY nominations and both an OSCAR® and a Golden Globe award for production, engineering and mixing for artists including U2, Madonna, Talking Heads, Livingston Taylor, Ziggy Marley, James Taylor, Carly Simon and more.

Eric Smith, Auralex’s Founder & President, had stopped by Rosenstein’s Nashville recording studio several months before he was called to work on the Benedictines of Mary project. He was intrigued by the challenges of the project and proceeded to show Rosenstein Auralex’s recently expanded line of acoustical control products, including the new PlatFeet II.

“The priory is an incredible building and has a great natural sound, but I knew immediately that those Auralex pads were what I would need to make sure the microphones were completely isolated,” Rosenstein explains. “And that’s exactly what they did – the sound was recorded flawlessly, no mechanical noise at all through the microphone stands. These are products that are simple yet effective, and that I’ll be using again on projects in the future.”

Eric Smith added, “I was very eager to show Glenn our new acoustic isolation offerings. I knew he would appreciate what they can accomplish and immediately put them to good use. I am not surprised that his work on such a unique project – the Advent at Ephesus album – has turned into such a phenomenon, and I am thrilled that Auralex could help solve the recording’s special challenges.”

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

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