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From The Field to the Studio: Sound Devices Highlights Diverse Capabilities of Rack-Mounted PIX 260i at the 2013 NAB Show

File-Based Audio/Video Recorder Ideal for OB, In-Studio and Post-Production Environments

LAS VEGAS, MARCH 5, 2013 — Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, is taking its proven field technology into the studio with its PIX 260i Production Video Recorder at the 2013 NAB Show (Booth C2849). Based on Sound Devices’ PIX 240i Recorder, the rack-mounted PIX 260i is a file-based audio/video recorder that seamlessly replaces tape-based video decks in production and post-production environments. Currently shipping, PIX 260i also offers 32 tracks of audio record/playback as well as control functionality from browser-capable computers and tablets.

The PIX 260i brings the features and tools needed by production companies and broadcasters looking to migrate to file-based recording and playback environments. The PIX 260i records QuickTime files in either Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD video formats. Files recorded in these intra-frame codecs are ready for editing directly from the recorder in common editing environments, such as Avid, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Premiere, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding. For color-critical applications, the PIX 260i supports Apple ProRes 4444 through its 12-bit, 4:4:4 3G-SDI I/O. Users can also play out files from the PIX 260i for real-time applications.

PIX 260i recorders can be controlled from browser-capable computers and tablets. When connected to a data network, transport controls and setup menu controls are available on the Sound Devices PIXNET, which offers IP-addressable control of one or multiple PIX 260i recorders. Users can group multiple units for simultaneous control. Data drives connected to PIX 260i are also accessible on Ethernet-based networks as read-only SMB shares, opening up endless possibilities for file sharing. Files can be copied from any PIX 260i located on a network, enabling access from across a room or the globe.

Up to four SATA drives can be connected to the PIX 260i simultaneously. For RAID-type redundancy and to eliminate the need for post-record copying when multiple copies are required, users can record to all four drives simultaneously.

Building on the company’s deep heritage in production sound, Sound Devices has infused the PIX 260i with 32-track record/playback capabilities. In addition to 16 channels of embedded SDI audio and eight channels of HDMI audio, the PIX 260i also accepts eight channels of line-level analog I/O and eight channels of AES digital audio. Using Dante, the PIX 260i can accept and transmit up to 32 channels of audio over Ethernet.

With its extensive control capabilities, the PIX 260i is a flexible video playback source. The PIX 260i can be controlled by both external RS-422 and via Ethernet through PIXNet.

The PIX 260i includes a built-in Ambient Clockit time-code generator/reader with genlock output for rock-steady, multi-camera and double-system sound applications. In addition to generating ultra-stable time code, time codes can be read from the SDI stream, the HDMI stream or from an external source.

Like the PIX 220i and PIX 240i, the PIX 260i includes a sophisticated scaler and frame-rate converter. Regardless of the incoming signal, the PIX recorders can record the signal after up-, down- or cross-conversion at the same or a different rate. Hardware-based 3:2 pull-down removal and anamorphic conversion is also available.

PIX 260i’s convenient half-rack, 2U chassis dimension allows it to be easily integrated into any existing environment. It is powered by 10-27 VDC through its four-pin XLR connector. Sound Devices’ PIX-RACK accessory includes one full 2U rack, which can hold two PIX 260is.

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.

The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Contributes to a World-Class Recording Facility for New Metro Nashville Public Schools Music Education Initiative

Music Makes Us provides students at Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School with a student-run record label mentored by Warner Music Nashville and a complete world-class recording studio designed, equipped and guided by the efforts of members of the P&E Wing

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2013) — In a bold move that will expand the boundaries of music education in public schools to include the business of music, sound production, recording technology, and the aesthetics of a well-crafted performance, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) Director Jesse Register, and John Esposito, president/CEO of Warner Music Nashville, have announced the creation of a student-run record label to be a key component of Music Makes Us, the new music education initiative at MNPS. The project will be centered around a state-of-the-art recording studio at Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School that is designed, equipped and will be guided by the efforts of members of The Recording Academy®’s Producers & Engineers Wing®. Members of the Pearl-Cohn Subcommittee of the P&E Wing, including Subcommittee Chair Jeff Balding, Nashville P&E Wing Co-Chairs Chuck Ainlay and Justin Niebank, Steve Durr, Ben Fowler, Julian King, Nick Palladino, and Terry Palmer, all contributed their collective knowledge, wisdom and passion to the project, which will feature a 32-channel API 1608 console in the main control room and two post/editing suites equipped with SSL Nucleus DAW controllers. Additionally, the project will feature products from Audio-Technica, Fredenstein Professional Audio, the HARMAN® Professional brands (AKG® Acoustics, JBL® Professional and Lexicon®) and Shure. The recording studio is scheduled to open mid-April.

“When we were approached with this project, we were delighted,” recalls Chuck Ainlay, GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/engineer for artists including Mark Knopfler, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, and Peter Frampton. “But we also realized that the recording studio aspect would need more than just equipment — it would need a solid acoustical design and a layout that would work well for students and teachers as well as for artists and engineers.”

Ainlay says they turned to award-winning recording studio designer Steve Durr, also a Nashville resident, whose portfolio includes studios for Austin City Limits, the Black Keys, Mark Ronson, Lenny Kravitz, and Zac Brown. Durr laid out the acoustical and ergometric designs, which are being constructed at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School.

“I tried to achieve a design that would allow students to experience recording music with both machines and people,” Durr explains, citing the large control room that will allow several students and teachers to work comfortably using drum machines, digital samplers and synthesizers as well as the recording equipment, and the sizable tracking room where they will be able to capture great recordings of live musicians playing in ensemble. “What I hope this ultimately accomplishes is that kids will now be able to learn about making music in an environment that was designed around great sound. Kids who have been brought up on MP3s can experience what music can really sound like. That can change their lives.”

Balding says the members of the P&E Wing pooled their relationships with major professional audio manufacturers to gain support for the project. In the process, they’ve discovered members of the Pearl-Cohn faculty who have worked in the music industry and are well acquainted with the technology of music recording.

“It’s great to see the whole community come together over this — teachers, artists, engineers, producers,” says Balding, who has multiple GRAMMY nominations and is currently working with Ronnie Dunn, Thompson Square and Don Henley. “I believe in pouring our experience into the generation coming after us. If we can take our ceiling and make that their floor, it will allow them to take our industry to a much higher level, and that’s exciting to me.”

Ainlay agrees, adding, “It’s very satisfying to watch this all come together. I really do feel that in addition to introducing these kids to how music is recorded, we’re also raising their expectations about the quality of music, and that can have tremendous implications for the music industry for years to come.”

About Music Makes Us
Music Makes Us promotes, supports and advances student engagement and achievement through robust, high-quality music education with both a traditional music curriculum as well as a contemporary curriculum track that uses new technologies and reflects a diverse musical landscape. A public/private partnership among Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and music industry and community leaders in Nashville, Music Makes Us is committed to becoming a worldwide leader in music education, bringing the resources of the Nashville music community together to enable participation and foster student success for all of its 81,000 students. For more information, please contact Director Laurie T. Schell at laurie.schell@mnps.org.

The record label, to be operated by students at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, will be managed through a strategic alliance with Warner Music Nashville. It will operate identically to a corporate music label by signing, recording and promoting student artists from across the school district. A Pearl-Cohn student will be named to head the record label each year.

Metro Schools students will audition for placement on the record label, which will include different music genres. Any revenue generated by the record label through the sale of songs will go to Music Makes Us to further invest in music education.

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Auralex® Now Shipping Carl Tatz Signature Series™

— Since its introduction in 2012, the series has already been employed by such venues as Middle Tennessee State University Studios D and E control rooms, Grammy® winner Bob Bullock’s personal mix room in Nashville, Avid training center GO Media and 2012 TEC Award™-nominated MontAnna Mix Room —

Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, is now shipping products from its Carl Tatz Signature Series™, developed with Carl Tatz, the award-winning studio designer/acoustician and owner of Carl Tatz Design. Working closely with Carl Tatz, Auralex now offers audio professionals a turnkey acoustical treatment system that emulates the look and performance of Tatz’s custom-designed control rooms.

Tatz and Auralex’s R&D department co-developed the series, which is a collection of fabric-wrapped fiberglass acoustic panels hand-selected by Tatz. Designed for the high-end personal or commercial control room, the new series consists of six custom-built panels available in 32 color options and combines Tatz’s expertise with Auralex’s well-established manufacturing and distribution chains to bring this new line to the masses. Tatz, a Nashville, Tennessee-based acoustician and former recording studio owner who received a Grammy® nomination for his production of Jack Jones’ Tribute to Tony Bennett LP, is a renowned figure in the audio industry with extensive experience in studio design and acoustics.

The series has proven to be a hit since its introduction in 2012. Tatz recently helped design Multi-Platinum, Grammy Award–winning engineer/producer Bob Bullock’s new personal mix room in Nashville, featuring a Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus™ System monitor tuning protocol, as well as Auralex Carl Tatz Signature Series acoustical treatment. The series has also recently been employed for the renovation of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) Studios D and E control rooms, as well as GO Media in Olympia, Washington, Avid’s premiere Pacific Northwest Pro School Training Center and most recently, a 2012 TEC Award™ nomination for his studio design of the MontAnna Mix Room.

“We have been honored to work with Carl Tatz, one of the top studio designers in the industry, on this exciting Auralex offering,” says Eric Smith, founder and president of Auralex Acoustics. “This series is the perfect combination of Carl’s design experience with Auralex’s expertise and commitment to providing high-quality and innovative acoustical products. Now virtually any room can benefit from the same aesthetic and sound control enjoyed by top hit makers worldwide.”

“I am excited to have had the opportunity to partner with Auralex on this series of high-end acoustical products,” says Tatz. “When you think of acoustical treatment, you think of Auralex, and I am glad we are able to offer the market a turnkey solution that can improve any acoustic environment.”

These custom-built panels are available in 32 rich fabrics to complement any decor or to create a completely unique look. Auralex’s Carl Tatz Signature Series includes:

? CTD Attenuation Cloud™ – Consists of two or more 2’x4’x2” decorative, fabric-wrapped Class A absorptive fiberglass CTD ProPanels™ mounted together. The Cloud is specifically designed to be hung over the mix position for an improved soundstage and can be configured in 4’x4’, 4’x6’, 4’x8’ and 6’x8’ sizes depending upon room size and application.

? CTD Corner Trap™ – 2’x4’x2” CTD ProPanels™ with beveled edges and proprietary mounting hardware are used to bridge across the corners of the room to provide low-frequency control.

? CTD Acoustic Lens™ – Designed for side-wall applications, the 5’x4”x8” or 5’x2”x8” lens columns feature both absorptive and redirective facets that provide low- and mid-band frequency absorption, enhancing aural spatiality while controlling reflections to the right and left sides of the mix position.

? CTD Soffit Trap™ – 2”x4’x2’ CTD ProPanels™ with beveled edges and proprietary mounting hardware are used to bridge across the ceiling/wall corners of the room to provide low-frequency control, complementing the Acoustic Lens™ and achieving a harmonized aesthetic with the system’s panel design.

? CTD ProPanel™ – This 2’x4’x2” fabric-wrapped Class A absorptive fiberglass ProPanel™ is effective at controlling critical mid- and high-band frequencies, but with optional mounting methodology can also offer increased low-frequency control. Useful for both walls and ceilings.

? CTD Rear Wall ProPanel™ – This extra-thick 4’x2’x4” panel is installed on the rear wall
to improve low-frequency absorption throughout the room and to control front-to-back
axial mode anomalies that would otherwise degrade accuracy at the mix position.

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

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Sixth Annual Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® GRAMMY® Week Event Honors Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt

The event, “An Evening of Jazz,” took place at The Village Recording Studios in West Los Angeles

To kick off GRAMMY® Week, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® traditionally holds an event the night before rehearsals begin, and this year was no exception. This year’s event, held on Feb. 6, 2013, at the Village Recording Studios in West Los Angeles, honored two people whose creative and engineering contributions to the music industry are among its greatest. Titled “An Evening of Jazz,” the event saw Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow bestow the prestigious President’s Merit Award on GRAMMY winners Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt. P&E Wing Senior Executive Director Maureen Droney and the Village CEO Jeff Greenberg served as the evening’s emcees.

Jones’ discography is nearly without peer in the history of the music industry and includes albums with Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Michael Jackson, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, and Dinah Washington, among others, as well as turns as a film, TV and Broadway producer and label executive. Schmitt has engineered a decades-long string of classic recordings and hits for artists such as Natalie Cole, Cal Tjader, Ike and Tina Turner, Diana Krall, Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra, and Barbra Streisand, among others, as well as producing albums for Jefferson Airplane, Jackson Browne, Sam Cooke, Neil Young and others. Both Jones and Schmitt continue to make meaningful new works of art. Schmitt’s recent collaborations include projects with Gloria Estefan and McCartney, a nearly finished “duets” album with Paul Anka; and a new LP he’s about to start with Robbie Williams. At the event, Jones introduced two new artists he is working with: 11-year-old piano virtuoso Emily Bear and Blush, an all-female pan-Asian group he is producing and promoting.

Presenters onstage included Portnow, as well as producer and Recording Academy Chair Emeritus Jimmy Jam along with producers/engineers Ed Cherney (a GRAMMY winner), Mike Clink and James McKinney. Among the estimated 700 attendees were Mindi Abair, GRAMMY winners Patti Austin, Anita Baker and George Benson, master bassist Nathan East, GRAMMY winner Siedah Garrett, GRAMMY nominee Ledisi, GRAMMY winners Shelby Lynne and Marcus Miller, GRAMMY winner Arturo Sandoval, GRAMMY winner will.i.am, Recording Academy Chair George J. Flanigen IV and many members of the Producers & Engineers Wing, along with artists, producers, and other prominent music industry figures.

Jones, in his acceptance speech, said, “You have blown me away tonight,” and urged music professionals to travel and experience the world, and to incorporate those experiences into their work to make music a truly global art.

Schmitt was introduced by Portnow as someone “whose character is as stellar as his engineering, and that speaks to the longevity of his career. Giving back to our community is simply part of who Al is.” Schmitt recalled how producer/engineer and P&E Wing Steering Committee member Cherney asked him to be the first to sign on to the nascent Music Producers Guild of America more than a decade ago, the organization that eventually became the foundation of today’s P&E Wing. “I was so honored that Ed would ask me to be the first,” Schmitt said.

The event covered other aspects of the P&E Wing’s mission, including advocacy for the proper crediting of recording professionals. Clink also pointed out the recent establishment of www.qualitysoundmatters.com, a joint effort by the P&E Wing and the Consumer Electronics Association to promote appreciation among consumers for higher sonic quality, and reminded the gathering of the other advocacy work that P&E Wing members have collaborated on, including appearances before sessions of Congress.

“The annual P&E Wing event continues to be the signature moment of the year for the professionals who set the stage for music artists.” said Droney. “It’s meant to honor the incredible work and talent of audio professionals and, with the launch of the new Quality Sound Matters initiative, to act as a guiding light for the direction of the quality of sound.”

Premiere sponsors of the event included Astell & Kern, Avid, DTS, HARMAN® Professional brands (AKG® Acoustics, JBL® Professional and Lexicon®), Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Louisiana Entertainment Commission, Music Marketing, PMC Ltd., PreSonus, Shure Incorporated and Ultimate Ears by Logitech, with additional participation by a wide array of other leading audio brands.

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DANLEY UPS THE SPLS ON ITS SH SERIES OF SYNERGY HORNS

GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA: Not content to rest on its laurels, Danley Sound Labs announces improvements to many of its already highly-regarded SH-Series full-range loudspeakers. The new versions are identified by the suffix “HO,” which stands for “high output.” For example, the if one wishes to get the most performance out of the Danley SH-96 they should order the Danley SH-96 HO. The new designs use a more powerful two-way high frequency. As a result, the low- and mid-frequency drivers can now be driven to their full potential while still maintaining Danley’s characteristic frequency response, phase response, and fidelity. In conjunction, the new designs use a new crossover and have additional options for bi-amping and for changing the low-frequency impedance. Because the cabinets themselves haven’t changed, the new versions retain the coverage and frequency loss patterns of the originals. The new models include the SH-95 HO, SH-96 HO, SH-64 HO

“The original versions can be easily modified to become the new ‘High Output’ versions,” explained Ivan Beaver, lead engineer at Danley Sound Labs. “It just takes the new high frequency driver, a new crossover, and a new switch panel.” In addition, the midrange drivers are also wired a little differently, which is incorporated as part of the new crossover wiring harness. “There are two options on the new switch panel,” said Beaver. “First, there’s a biamp/passive switch. In passive mode, the new cabinets run pretty much like the old versions, except that the mid/high section will be relatively louder than the woofers, assuming the woofers are running at 8ohms.”

He continued, “And that’s the second option. Users can select a woofer impedance of either 2ohms or 8ohms. Some people do not like to run at 2ohms, whereas others may need the additional output when using smaller amplifiers. The wire run should also be considered when choosing the impedance. With a 2ohm load there will be more loss across the wire. How much loss will depend on the size of the wire and the length of the run. An 8ohm load will have a higher damping factor than a 2ohm load, and it is of course easier to bridge an amp into an 8ohm load than into a 2ohm load.” In biamp mode, the mid/high section takes the crossover circuitry and the low section thus has no built-in crossover.

Because the new switch panel cannot be expected to operate reliably if left exposed to the elements, weatherized versions of the new High Output loudspeakers must be pre-ordered with specified biamping and impedance settings.

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

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