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RPG Celebrates 30 Years of Developing Innovative Acoustical Solutions

To Enhance the Music, Improve the Intelligibility and Quiet the Noise

UPPER MARLBORO, MD: Dr. Peter D’Antonio began his career as a diffraction physicist at the Naval Research Lab (NRL) in 1967. A musician and composer with an interest in recording, Dr. D’Antonio designed and built the Underground Sound Studio in his home in the late 1970s. In the early 1980s, he became intrigued with the possibility of using diffusing surfaces based on a mathematical number theory, initially developed by Carl Friedrich Gauss in the 18th century, to diffuse rather than absorb the reflected sound from the rear wall of his control room. D’Antonio was familiar with these new, periodic diffusing surfaces; because they were 2-dimensional versions of the 3-D crystal lattices he was studying using X-ray diffraction. As a result of this research, the RPG® Diffusor was born, along with a new Live-End-Dead-End design for control rooms, using a ‘Reflection Free Zone,’ (RFZTM,) which remains the de facto design standard today.

While still working as a diffraction physicist, he incorporated RPG Diffusor Systems, Inc. in 1983. “The RPG Diffuser, which was inducted into the music industry’s TECnology Hall of Fame this year, was the first innovation inspired by our mission of ‘expanding the acoustical palette through a continued commitment to fundamental acoustics research,’” D’Antonio reveals. “Recording studio owners and designers were quick to embrace these revolutionary units. They proved highly effective in improving room acoustics and they provided handsome aesthetic enhancements as well. We literally launched a new industry.” In 1996, Dr. D’Antonio retired from NRL to devote full time to growing RPG from a pioneer in the recording industry to providing new solutions in the general architectural acoustics market. Over the past thirty years, RPG Diffusor Systems, Inc.’s award-winning innovations have changed the face (and the sound) of recording, broadcast, and performance environments. Today, a wide array of RPG products are engaged to enhance an astonishing range of acoustically challenged environments around the globe.

RPG recently instituted a new management team. Dr. Peter D’Antonio is now Chairman/ CEO, and two long-term RPG team members who have contributed greatly to the firms success, have been promoted to senior management positions. John Groth has been appointed President/CFO, Jeff Madison has been named Executive Vice President. Research continues to nourish RPG product advances.

The firm has pioneered a 3-decade-long progression of groundbreaking developments, now considered indispensible to architects and acousticians. Today, a mature assessment of the need for improved acoustics is manifest far beyond the professional audio recording and broadcast studio enclave. RPG products are employed by a client base that encompasses schools, corporate boardrooms and auditoriums, concert halls, motion picture and live performance theaters, Houses of Worship, home theaters, stadiums, restaurants and the burgeoning Project Studio market.

“On-going dialogues with professional organizations such as the Audio Engineering Society, the Acoustical Society of America and Syn-Aud-Con, coupled with long-term relationships with leading architects and acousticians have inspired a number of our new products over the years,” D’Antonio says. In addition to the RPG Diffusor System, which has continued evolving to include the widest range and highest performance sound diffusors, RPG has also developed a wide range of innovative absorbing surfaces.

The ModffusorTM eliminates all the limitations of the original QRD® and represents the highest diffusive performance to date; Waveform® is a patented wide range of optimized curvilinear shapes for wall or suspended cloud installation; Topakustik® and Topperfo®, are key elements in the most expansive and versatile sound absorbing wood plank and panel system, representing hallmarks of high quality installations. “Newer products like Quietstone® , an innovative approach to utilizing recycled stone aggregate or glass to control noise, sound reflections and excess reverberation, and Clearsorber® Foil and Deamp, transparent sound absorbers with microperforations and micro-slits, respectively, illustrate the validity of our philosophy of dedicated R&D,” D’Antonio asserts.

An increasing commitment by architects to improving the sound quality in new public and private buildings has seen RPG products perform noteworthy acoustical services in many significant international projects. These include: The New York TimesCenter, designed by Renzo Piano; Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, recently completed in Dubai; Denver Museum of Nature and Science; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Jungle City, NY’s acclaimed destination recording studio; Sony Computer Entertainment America, San Mateo, CA; the renowned Jazz At Lincoln Center Complex; and, most recently the SFJAZZ Center an extraordinary new 35,000 sq. ft ‘sanctuary for jazz,’ in San Francisco.

“We consider the past 30 years a prelude to the next 3 decades,” Peter D’Antonio adds. “Sophisticated new research, measurement and simulation tools and innovative new acoustic materials are constantly being introduced. Awareness of the critical role performed by acoustics in our social, business and entertainment worlds has never been higher. Our commitment to on-going research and our state-of-the art measurement facilities for determining the absorption, scattering and diffusion coefficients are increasingly productive. RPG’s staff of mathematicians, acousticians, musicians and architects continues to guide our firm towards more breakthrough developments; and to on-going improvements to products already established as industry standards. The future looks good to us, and we’re dedicated to making it sound even better,” he concludes.

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Photo (l-t-r) RPG Difuser Systems, Inc. Founder/Chairman/CEO, Dr. Peter D’Antonio,
President/CFO John Groth, and Executive Vice President Jeff Madison.

NOTE: In 2007, Dr. Peter D’Antonio established the Chesapeake Acoustic Research Institute, LLC www.cari-llc.com, The Institute is focused on providing the architectural acoustics community with continuing acoustical education, experimentation/proof-of-performance testing and exploration of more effective room designs, with the ultimate goal of improving the acoustics of the built environment.

Formed in 1983, RPG Diffusor Systems, Inc. is committed to continually expand the acoustical palette of tools available to the design community, builders and customers. RPG is located at 651 C Commerce Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 Phone:301 249 0044, Email: info@rpoginc.com or visit: http://www.rpginc.com/

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RedNet® Selected by WH Platts for Atlanta Television Production Facility

Los Angeles, CA, June 13, 2013 – Focusrite®’s RedNet® networked audio I/O technology is being specified by a number of leading designers, contractors and system integrators – a recent example of which is design/build integrator WH Platts Company, who specified the RedNet system for a high-profile client in the Atlanta area. WH Platts was looking to develop for the client the ability to use pro audio gear in an interconnected network environment as part of this major production facility. They chose RedNet because it best suited the client’s needs and installed five different RedNet I/O units: RedNet 1 – eight-channel AD/DA; RedNet 2 – 16-channel AD/DA; RedNet 3 – 32 channel digital I/O; RedNet 4 – eight-channel remote gain control Mic Pre; RedNet 5 – 32 channel HD Bridge for ProTools HD, which streamlined the operation’s workflow. Paul Yurt, RedNet product specialist, flew in from New York to work closely with the WH Platts design team on-site and to oversee the installation and ensure that it was smoothly integrated and fully operational. All involved are fully satisfied with the result.

David Strupp, Sales Design Engineer for WH Platts, stated, “Our research team looked at all available options for networked audio and choose the RedNet system based on its quality, versatility and ability to scale to the scope of this project.”

Ralph Goldheim, Focusrite Director of U.S. Sales, stated, “We are extremely pleased that such a prestigious firm as WH Platts has chosen to employ our RedNet system for their client’s major production facility in Atlanta, based on extensive evaluation of RedNet’s reliability and performance. We look forward to working with them in the future – providing them the Focusrite products and support they need.”

Rednet is Focusrite’s flagship range of Ethernet-networked studio interfaces, based around the tried and tested Dante Gigabit Ethernet audio networking system. Focusrite’s RedNet is the first to offer IP network audio interfaces for the recording studio – or any application that requires moving high-quality audio around with ultra-low latency. The RedNet system is available now from RedNet Certified Dealers. To discover more about RedNet, head to www.focusrite.com/rednet, where users can sign up to receive regular RedNet updates.

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Photo Caption: Focusrite® RedNet® was recently selected by the WH Platts Company for a high-profile client who owns an Atlanta television production facility. RedNet networked audio I/O technology is being specified by a number of leading designers, contractors and system integrators. Pictured at InfoComm 2013, L-R: Peter Fitton, WH Platts Sales Support Engineer, and Ralph Goldheim, Focusrite Director of Sales.

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Sound Devices Continues to Develop the 788T for the Latest Production Requirements

Firmware Update 3.0 Now Available for Free Download

REEDSBURG, WI, JUNE 17, 2013 — To further position the company’s flagship 788T and 788T-SSD digital audio recorders as the foremost solutions for today’s evolving production standards, Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field production, announces the availability of firmware update Version 3.0. A free download for all existing and new 788T users, this latest software update offers a 192 kHz sampling rate for up to four tracks, increased C-Link metadata functionality and added limiters for digital inputs.

Version 3.0 now offers Sound Devices 788T users a 192 kHz sampling rate for up to four tracks (L through B) recording to one drive. It provides for scene, take, notes, false takes, circle and track name metadata to be synched between C-Linked 788Ts. Version 3.0 firmware also features digital input limiters for AES3 and AES42 inputs, perfect for digital microphones. Additional enhancements include a left/right tone identification mode with a shortcut to toggle the mode on or off, added user-customizable CL-9 encoder adjustments which affect trim gain and EQ frequency, and the option to decode MS into LR MIX only and leave ISO tracks as un-decoded MS.

In addition, Version 3.0 offers a new timecode mode, “Free Run – Auto Output Mute.” This is the same as the “Free” run mode, but mutes the “Lemo” timecode output when stopped and can be used to roll external devices when the “Rec-Run” timecode is not suitable. In addition to overall faster drive formatting, the latest firmware features an upgraded external low voltage threshold, now 11.3V, along with various overall system improvements and optimizations.

“As our flagship digital audio recorder, the 788T has become a mainstay in the industry, and is in constant use on high-profile film, television and new media projects,” says Paul Isaacs, Technical Development Manager for Sound Devices. “As audio production techniques continue to evolve and become more streamlined, Sound Devices is committed to ensuring that our products remain on the cutting edge of technology through regular firmware updates.”

With the influx of multi-tracking both in the field and on set, the Sound Devices 788T has become the next-generation digital audio recorder for advanced sound mixers who require additional isolated tracks. It boasts eight full-featured inputs and records to up to 12 tracks. It accepts either microphone or line-level signals, provides 48-V phantom power for condenser microphones, offers peak limiters for microphone inputs and features fully adjustable high-pass filters—all in a compact package. Routing flexibility allows each input to be routed to left/right mixed tracks, isolated tracks or aux tracks.

The 788T has several options for recording media, including an internal SATA hard drive (solid-state in the 788T-SSD), CompactFlash cards, an external FireWire hard drive or DVD-RAM (with bus powering). Any or all of these can be used simultaneously. Additionally, when connected to Mac or Windows computers with high-speed USB or FireWire 400/800, the 788T functions as a high-speed mass storage device.

To simplify AES3 connectivity with mixers and cameras, the 788T has eight channels of balanced AES3 digital inputs and six channels of balanced AES3 outputs. The 788T can be clocked from an external word clock or from video sync. The 788T also comes equipped with a high-accuracy time-code reader/generator. It also includes auto-record features to chase external “Rec-Run” video sources. To simplify metadata entry, the 788T accepts USB keyboards directly or can be operated remotely from iOS devices with the optional CL-WiFi. The 788T, like all Sound Devices products, is versatile and designed to withstand the physical and environmental extremes of rigorous field production.

788T/788T-SSD users can download Version 3.0, by visiting:
http://www.sounddevices.com/download/788t-firmware/download/.

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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The Charity Angels on Board with Recording Industry Golf Tournament (RIGT) at Malibu Country Club

— The Charity Angels to provide $100,000 Shoot-Out, on-course poker game, chance to win companion airfare and a spin-to-win —

— Event’s organizers offering a one-time million-dollar shot, hole-in-one prizes and more —

Los Angeles CA, June 6, 2013 — The 2013 Recording Industry Golf Tournament (RIGT), which will be held Monday, June 24, 2013, at Malibu Country Club, is proud to add special opportunities from L.A.-based organization The Charity Angels to the day’s events. Aside from the tournament itself, The Charity Angels will be providing several games and promotional opportunities throughout the day. These include $100,000 Shoot-Out for four lucky Superticket holders; an on-course poker game; a chance to win companion airfare; and a “Spin-to-Win” game, where every Superticket holder walks away a winner (prizes include Golfsmith GIft Cards, $150 BBQ Sets, One Hope Wine, Pro V 1 Golf Balls and more). Other opportunities, provided by the event’s organizers, include a $1,000,000 one-shot Shootout for one player at the end of the tournament as well as a $1000 chipping contest opportunity for another lucky player. Hole-in-one prizes include $25,000 and $10,000 packages, and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle provided by Bartels Harley-Davidson in Marina Del Rey.

Newly announced sponsors include Blue Sky and Avid. Sponsors named previously include GC Pro, Sterling Audio, Dave Collins Mastering, Design FX Audio, Lurssen Mastering, PreSonus, Record Plant, SAE Los Angeles, Shure, Sound Design Corporation, TransAudio Group, Vintage King Audio and Westlake Recording Studios, with more to be announced.

The event has been organized by seasoned event producer Karen Dunn of KMD Productions and will benefit the music program at A Place Called Home, a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. Recording veterans Ed Cherney and Al Schmitt will serve as Co-Honorary Chairs for the afternoon’s festivities.

Dunn stated, “We are pleased to have The Charity Angels add their flair to the tournament. This is a very special event for the industry, our sponsors, the golfers and A Place Called Home, and The Charity Angels’ extra opportunities will add a new level of excitement to the day. Just think if someone can snag the $100,000 shootout or comped airfare – what a thrill that would be for all of us!”

Online registry for players and sponsors is available at http://2013recordingindustrygolftournament.eventbrite.com/. For more information about the tournament, visit http://recordingindustrygolftournament.webs.com/ or call Karen Dunn at 925-708-0307.

About A Place Called Home
A Place Called Home (www.apch.org) is a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. APCH provides support and opportunities that increase the likelihood that young people will stay in school, go on to higher education and viable jobs, and make a meaningful difference in their communities and the world. Music and recording are key components of the organization’s program offering, and the APCH youth band performs and records on a regular basis.

About KMD Productions
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, KMD Productions offers full-service event production across the US for businesses and individuals, providing a range of services needed to make events an overwhelming success. KMD Productions can handle all the details of your fundraiser, corporate function or trade show event. Whether you’re looking to launch a new product, get better brand recognition or raise money for your worthwhile charity, KMD Productions has the resources and experience to help you achieve your goals.

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DPA Microphones Bring Exceptional Clarity To Suede’s Guitars

Indie-rock stalwarts Suede, which released its sixth album Bloodsports in March 2013, recently recorded a live acoustic session for Absolute Radio at the world-famous Abbey Road studios in London.

The equipment line-up for this important gig incorporated three DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones, which were chosen for their clarity and exceptional audio quality.

Suede’s Neil Codling, who plays keyboards and rhythm guitar, was instrumental in the choice of microphones, specifying them for his own Martin D28 guitar and also for Richard Oakes’ Gibson J200 lead guitar and Matt Osman’s Dean acoustic bass. DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network was happy to supply the microphones.

“In an ideal world, a microphone should almost disappear, allowing the sound source to reach the listener’s ear unimpeded, dissolving the artifice of a recording,” Neil Codling says. “Like the best condenser mics, the DPA d:vote 4099 Clip Microphones capture what is happening in the room with clarity and life, putting you there, in the path of the shifting air. The wonder is that, wherever you place them, d:vote 4099 microphones give you a sound you can build a mix around, or incorporate into a mix without fuss. It’s as if they have one enormous sweet spot.”

Codling was introduced to DPA Microphones by Front of House sound engineer Jamie Orchard-Lisle, who is closely involved with the chamber orchestra Penguin Café, of which Codling is also a member.

“When I have downtime from Suede, I play in Penguin Cafe, which has a different acoustic flavour: violins, viola, cello, double bass, ukuleles, Venezuelan cuatros,” Codling says. “Whatever you point the DPA d:vote 4099 at, they seem to capture the essence of the instrument, its subtle timbres and the full breadth of its dynamic range. You get warmth without boom, intimacy without overpowering mids, clarity without brittleness. You just point them at the sound source and they sound great.”

Getting the opportunity to use DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones for the Abbey Road session was something Neil Codling jumped at – and he also enjoyed being able to acquaint other members of Suede to DPA’s high-end audio quality.

“When you introduce someone to DPA microphones for the first time, there’s always an exchange of looks on first hearing that says ‘wow, this sounds special!’” he says. “Even when you first set them up, it’s as if you’ve reached that point where you say ‘don’t touch a thing: that’s perfect.’ It’s a happy knack, and you just have to hit ‘record’ and enjoy it.”
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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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