Archive for August, 2013

Sennheiser Digital 9000 Wireless System Takes Center Court at Elite U.S. Tennis Tournament, Delivering Flawless Wireless Performance

New York, NY – August 28, 2013 – The U.S. Open is the final major Grand Slam tennis tournament of 2013, with a purse of $34 million and over 700,000 fans expected to attend between now and Monday, September 9th. In addition to drawing international tennis stars such as #5 ranked Roger Federer, #1 ranked Serena Williams and Grand Slam defending champion Andy Murray, this year’s tournament began with a special appearance by First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, who spoke during the 18th annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.

Audio Inc., provided the audio infrastructure, which includes eight channels of Sennheiser Digital 9000 wireless, (12) channels of evolution 300 series wireless and six channels of evolution 300 series in-ear monitors (IEMs). “The Sennheiser Digital 9000 was selected for its robust construction, audio quality, and the ability to provide us with frequencies that are not available in the analog world,” commented Mike Sinclair, VP at Audio, Inc.

The new Sennheiser Digital 9000 system, which features uncompressed audio, artifact free wireless performance and superb dynamics in a package that is easy to set up and operate, was used during Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, which occurred on Saturday afternoon and was broadcast to millions of Americans by CBS Sports.

Ms. Obama, who was introduced by tennis champion Serena Williams, spoke through a Sennheiser ME 34 and an ME 35 wired back-electret condenser microphones, situated on an MZH goosneck at the podium. Her message, which was delivered in crisp and detailed audio, helped mobilize her “Let’s Move” campaign directed at youths.

In addition to the First Lady, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day also featured performances by The Wanted, and Coco Jones — who donned a Sennheiser HSP 4 headworn wireless microphone.

The Sennheiser Digital 9000 system was at the core of the audio infrastructure on Monday night’s opening ceremonies, supplying flawless wireless audio as dignitaries including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and 39-time Grand Slam winner Billie Jean King delivered opening remarks. The evening also featured a moving rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner, as performed by 11-year old Frenie Acoba — star of Broadway’s hit musical Matilda.

“Considering the importance of this live broadcast event and the difficult RF conditions in New York City, the Sennheiser Digital 9000 series really shined and was the professional system that put everybody at ease,” Sinclair observed. “The quality and reliability of the wireless audio, as well as the overall flexibility of the system, was absolutely spectacular.”

“The built-in spectrum analyzer on the Digital 9000 helped our techs consistently monitor RF signals as they came on line, keeping the audio clean and interference free for the duration of the event,” he added.

“We are grateful to Audio, Inc. for selecting Sennheiser to be part of this extremely high profile sporting event, which is of international significance,” commented Brian Walker, market development, Sennheiser. “With over 700 microphone channels being used at the venue, Audio, Inc. needed a flexible and robust wireless microphone system that could meet not only the demands of the environment, but deliver flawless, unsurpassed audio quality.”

During soundchecks, which occurred throughout the day and evening on Friday, the Digital 9000 system proved to be extremely easy to manage sonically: “The EQ on the consoles were set absolutely flat, and the voices sounded perfect through the P.A. speakers,” he says. “With analog wireless, there is usually a fair amount of EQ adjusting required to get a good sound.”

In addition to the Opening Ceremonies, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day and for general announcements, the Sennheiser Digital 9000 wireless system will also be used during the closing ceremonies of the U.S. Open, scheduled to occur in two weeks.

About Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headsets and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

Photo captions:
1) Main Stage in Arthur Ashe Stadium for the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on August 24th.
2) Audio Inc. provided the audio infrastructure, which included eight channels of Sennheiser Digital 9000 wireless, (12) channels of evolution 300 series wireless and six channels of evolution 300 series in-ear monitors (IEMs).
3) Coco Jones sang through a Sennheiser HSP 4 headworn microphone during her concert performance at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.
4) Rehearsals for Arthur Ashe Kids Day, during which Sennheiser Digital 9000 performed flawlessly despite a very demanding RF environment.

Jünger Audio Appoints Carola Hölting As Head Of Marketing

Audio processing specialist Jünger Audio has appointed Carola Hölting to the position of Head of Marketing, with immediate effect.

Hölting’s appointment coincides with Jünger Audio’s recent announcement that it is redefining its brand message to promote key hardware products as universal processing platforms. Marketing is an integral part of this strategy and Hölting will be responsible for driving brand awareness across the company’s entire product range.

Carola Hölting began her career as an artist and photographer, working mainly in theatre in Germany and Switzerland. Her interest in photography, digital imaging and video editing led to a position as lecturer at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Heidenheim, and she also worked as a freelance PR and marketing consultant for a number of other artists.

In 2011, Hölting worked out a new marketing concept for the Communication and Information Center KIZ of the University of Ulm to improve their marketing and information strategy. She then moved to Berlin-based broadcast and pro audio distributor, Media Logic, where she was Head of Marketing.

Commenting on her appointment at Jünger Audio, Hölting says: “I am very pleased to be working with Jünger Audio. It’s a great challenge; there are excellent products and a dedicated and lovely team. I look forward to building further on Jünger Audio’s success and new creative innovations.”

Peter Poers, Managing Director of Jünger Audio, adds: “Carola is an important addition to the Junger Audio team and we are delighted to welcome her to the company. Marketing strategy is an important key to business success. With Carola Hölting’s engagement we can concentrate our resources to optimal opportunities with the goals of increasing sales and achieving a sustainable competitive advantage.”

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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.jungeraudio.com

Alan Dick Broadcast Spearheads Key Antenna Upgrade For Spain’s Torre de Collserola Tower

IBC Stand 8.B99

Cheltenham, United Kingdom — Alan Dick Broadcast Limited (ADBL), a world leader in the manufacture and design of radio frequency components and antennas for radio and television transmission, today announced that it has been awarded a contract from Abertis Telecom for an antenna upgrade to the Torre de Collserola radio and TV tower in Barcelona, Spain. ADBL has been commissioned to replace the tower’s aging unit with its high power, multi-channel FM CPOL Spearhead Panel Antenna with an 8 around configuration to provide an extreme omni pattern

Abertis, one of the main stockholders of the Torre de Collserola, selected ADBL’s FM CPOL Spearhead Panel Antenna because it fulfilled the strict specifications and requirements imposed by the Tower to meet the demands of its customers. In addition to commissioning the system, ADBL will also conduct Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) to ensure optimum performance upon installation.

“We are extremely pleased to be working with Abertis on its Torre de Collserola project to implement this important upgrade to Barcelona’s famed broadcast tower,” said Simon Williams, project manager of Alan Dick Broadcast “We are confident in the more than 30 years of proven success of our FM CPOL Spearhead Panel Antenna. ”

The FM CPOL Spearhead Panel Antenna offers an extremely heavy-duty screen and dipole assembly that’s constructed of galvanized steel, assuring long trouble-free service under the toughest environmental conditions. The Spearhead Panel, with its massive crossed dipole radiating elements, was developed to meet the demanding requirements of the high power, multi-channel FM market. The panel is ideal for multi-channel operation over the complete FM band from 88 to 108 MHz. A system VSWR of 1.1:1 is achieved for each operating channel.

Torre de Collserola S.A. is a commercial company, founded in 1987, that offers infrastructure services and tower space to radio and TV frequency licensees to optimize their signal transmission. The Torre de Collserola tower’s telecommunication center was architected by Sir Norman Foster, and opened June 27, 1992 for the Summer Olympics.

About Alan Dick Broadcast
UK-based Alan Dick Broadcast (ADBL) is a long-established global leader in the manufacture of antennas, combiners / filters, towers and broadcast infrastructure services for digital and analogue video and audio systems. Our portfolio starts at concept and runs through planning site development, station equipment, towers, antennas, and a full implementation and testing service. Additional information about ADBL may be obtained at: www.alandickbroadcast.com

ADBL contact: Sonia Del Castillo
mailto:sonia.delcastillo@alandickbroadcast.com

ADBL contact: Simon Williams
mailto:simon.williams@alandickbroadcast.com

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RTW Names Martin Leuenberg Head of Sales

Leuenberg Will Oversee and Develop New Sales Strategies for the Company

COLOGNE, GERMANY, 26 AUGUST, 2013 ? RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is pleased to announce the promotion of Martin Leuenberg to head of sales, effective immediately. Leuenberg, who will continue to work out of the company’s headquarters in Cologne, first joined RTW in September 2011 as the company’s sales manager for Central Europe. He will draw upon his extensive sales and engineering background to manage the strategic reorganization of RTW’s sales department.

“Martin has played an instrumental role in the successful development of RTW products in Central Europe, and we are confident he will continue to do the same in his new role, leading the sales teams in all regions,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “Martin’s extensive experience in both the pro audio and broadcast markets, coupled with his comprehensive knowledge of loudness issues and standards, makes him a great fit for this position.”

In addition to spearheading the reorganization of RTW’s sales team, Leuenberg will put into place strategies that will further support the company’s customer needs as well as set new structures for market growth.

“RTW is enjoying a strong period of growth as it enters new markets and continues to deliver exciting new metering solutions to customers, whether they are new products or software updates to existing models,” says Leuenberg. “It is an exciting time to be at RTW, and the audio industry overall. I am eager to take on this new role, as it will allow me to provide further support to my colleagues at RTW.”

Leuenberg began his career as an audio engineer, working as a freelancer in several markets, including radio, music production and live shows, before joining DW Radio. Soon after, he worked as a sales manager for companies including Lapp Group before joining RTW.

ABOUT RTW
For more than 45 years, Cologne-based RTW has accompanied the steady technological progress in the professional audio industry with innovative instruments and technologies for visual audio monitoring in broadcast, production, post production and quality control. Its state-of-the-art audio and loudness metering systems have an excellent reputation throughout the world. With groundbreaking products such as the Surround Sound Analyzer, the company has been a key vendor of professional broadcast and audio metering equipment for decades.

RTW’s ranges of products currently include the SurroundControl series for monitoring, controlling and routing stereo, multichannel and surround audio and the TouchMonitor range, which truly marks a paradigm shift in visual audio monitoring and loudness metering. Combining maximum flexibility and modularity with an intuitive touch-enabled surface and multichannel signal analysis, the TM7 and TM9 units are the essence of many years of experience. The attractively priced TouchMonitor TM3 entry-level system opens new markets, targeting applications such as journalist cubicles, edit suites and small control rooms.

As part of its expansion into the U.S. market, in 2013 RTW established RTW International Corp. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The new office is the first U.S. location launched by RTW, showing the company’s dedication to supporting its customers and dealer networks in the U.S. The new U.S. office will house all customer service, repair and final product assembly activities for U.S.-based RTW customers.

For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130. For more information on RTW International Corp., visit www.rtw.com or call 877-938-7221.

Alan Dick Broadcast To Offer Array of FM/UHF Antennas, Tower and Installation Solutions for Host of Broadband Applications at IBC 2013

IBC Stand 8.B99

Gloucestershire, United Kingdom – Alan Dick Broadcast Ltd. (ADBL), a world leader in the manufacture and design of radio frequency components and antennas for radio and television transmission, today announced that it will highlight its unique concept-to-installation solutions by featuring a variety of UHF and FM antennas, as well as tower and installation services, at IBC2013 in stand 8.B99.

“AlanDick broadcast has long been established as a total communications infrastructure solutions provider, distinctive in our ability to provide services, products and solutions on a global scale to meet the infrastructure needs of broadcasters around the world,” says Alex Perchevitch, President of ADBL. “As always, we look forward to one of our industry’s biggest shows, IBC, so that we can connect on a one-on-one basis with an international base of broadcast professionals and highlight our full range of solutions.”

At this year’s IBC show in Amsterdam, ADBL will be exhibiting a variety of UHF and FM antennas, as well as highlight its towers and installation services to the global broadcast market.

DVB-T/DVB-T2 BROADBAND SOLUTIONS
UHF Broadband Medium Power Panel Antenna for All Polarizations
ADBL is introducing a UHF Broadband Medium Power panel antenna that is now available for Bands IV & V in all polarizations: CPOL, EPOL, HPOL and VPOL. The antenna is designed as either a side-mount or a top-mount for DTV, ISDB-T, DVB-T/H, NTSC or PAL broadcasting.

UHF Broadband Antennas
Now available for both VPOL and CPOL polarization, ADBL is launching two broadband antennas for UHF Bands IV & V, designed as low to medium power solutions, with a special focus on rooftop deployment. The antenna is a vertically or circularly polarized system enclosed by a full cylindrical radome for environmental protection and minimal urban visual impact. The antenna allows multiple UHF channels to be transmitted at the same time. Rugged marine brass and aluminum construction guarantees long life and value (ideal for DVB-T2 [ISDB-T or ATSC digital TV application] channels).

UHF Super Turnstile Antenna
The super turnstile IV/V 470 – 860 MHz Antenna has many outstanding features that bring great value to today’s broadcaster. The radome-enclosed unit can be either top or side mounted on a tower offering long life and many years of continuous service, ideal for broadband multi channel UHF applications. Minimum windloading while providing broadband response makes the super turnstile ideal for applications where either one channel is defined, or multiple channels are combined.

Broadband Elliptical/Circular Polarized Broadband UHF Panel Antenna
With elliptical or circular polarized broadband panels, ADBL offers dual/individual inputs for horizontal or vertical polarization which allows for varying levels of polarization split and pattern performance. Both versions are engineered and well suited for digital/analog TV and mobile video. Built with corrosion resistant stainless steel aluminum reflecting panels, the antennas are designed for long lasting durability.

FM BROADBAND ANTENNAS
JAVA Broadband Log Periodic FM Band II Antenna
The JAVA broadband log periodic FM antenna system is ideal for high gain directional applications, and is available on any standard FM channel (87.5 to 107.9 MHz). JAVA is produced from either rugged aluminum or hot dipped galvanized steel for extreme conditions/environments. Custom directional azimuth pattern and FCC Certification is available on a full-scale test range to conform to the customer’s requirements.

TOWERS AND INSTALLATION
Unique in its ability to not only manufacture and sell antennas, combiners/filters, etc., ADBL also offers a full range of solutions for radio and television that includes the design and build of towers as well as installation services. With broadcast structures generally falling into two categories, ADBL offers broadcasters both Guyed Lattice Masts and Self Supporting tower options. A leader in customized towers, ADBL takes into consideration many factors such as required height, operational and design wind speed, wind loads imposed by the antennas it supports; available land area and budget. ADBL designers provide structures that satisfy each client’s load requirements, meets international design and manufacturing standards and is as light weight and practical as possible.

AlanDick Broadcast also prides itself on having the ability to provide top of the line and professional installation and construction services that include installation anywhere in the world, site preparation, tower erection and foundation construction.

About Alan Dick Broadcast
UK-based Alan Dick Broadcast (ADBL) is a long-established global leader in the manufacture of antennas, combiners / filters, towers and broadcast infrastructure services for digital and analogue video and audio systems. Our portfolio starts at concept and runs through planning site development, station equipment, towers, antennas, and a full implementation and testing service. Additional information about ADBL may be obtained at: www.alandickbroadcast.com

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ADBL contact: Sonia Del Castillo
mailto:sonia.delcastillo@alandickbroadcast.com

ADBL contact: Simon Williams
mailto:simon.williams@alandickbroadcast.com

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Jampro To Return To IBC 2013 With Host of New Solutions For Broadcasters

IBC2013 Stand 8.B96

LEADING ANTENNA MANUFACTURER TO HIGHLIGHT CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO BRINGING CUSTOMIZABLE AND COMPETITIVELY PRICED SYSTEMS TO CUSTOMERS

Sacramento, CA – Jampro Antennas, Inc. — a world leader in the manufacture and design of antennas, combiners & filters and RF components for every application in radio and television broadcast including DTV, DVB-T, FM and HD Radio solutions — will unveil a variety of new antenna solutions for the international broadcast market at IBC2013 in Stand 8.B96. The company, which has thus far provided more than 25,000 broadcasters worldwide with top-performing products, will also be on hand to discuss its continued dedication to its global customer base by serving the needs of individual broadcasters with fully customizable, high-quality and competitively priced systems.

“One of the things we are most proud of at Jampro is our ability to design and build products that meet the exact specifications of the individual broadcaster,” said Alex Perchevitch, Jampro president. “Right from the start, we recognized that each of our customers would have specific needs and we set out to develop solutions that would be right for each and every one of them. That commitment has only grown over the years. Today, we exhibit at global shows such as IBC so that we can demonstrate first-hand to our customers how we continue to develop our products and solutions. This year, we are equally as excited to bring our new systems to our international base of customers.”

At IBC2013 Jampro will exhibit broadband solutions that bring great value and outstanding features to all segments of the broadcasting industry.

NEW ANTENNAS
UHF Broadband Medium Power Panel Antenna for All Polarizations
Jampro‘s UHF Broadband Medium Power panel antenna is now available for Bands IV & V in all polarizations: CPOL, EPOL, HPOL and VPOL. The antenna is designed as either a side-mount or a top-mount for DTV, ISDB-T, DVB-T/H, NTSC or PAL broadcasting.

JVD-U and JCD-U Broadband UHF Broadband Antennas
Now available for both VPOL and CPOL polarization the JVD-U and JCD-U broadband antennas for UHF Bands IV & V, these antennas were designed as low to medium power solutions, with a special focus on rooftop deployment. The antenna is a vertically or circularly polarized system enclosed by a full cylindrical radome for environmental protection and minimal urban visual impact. The antenna is broadband over band IV/V allowing multiple UHF channels to be transmitted at the same time. Ruggedly constructed from marine brass and aluminum and designed for long life and value, this antenna is ideal for DVB-T2 (ISDB-T or ATSC digital TV application) channels. The antenna is fully assembled and tested before shipping to the customer.

FEATURED PRODUCTS
JAT-U UHF Super Turnstile Antenna
Jampro’s Broadband Batwing IV/V 470 – 860 MHz Antenna has many outstanding features that bring great value to today’s broadcaster. The radome-enclosed unit can be either top or side mounted on a tower offering long life and many years of continuous service, ideal for broadband multi channel UHF applications. Minimum windloading while providing broadband response makes the JAT the perfect answer for applications where either one channel is defined, or multiple channels are combined.

Prostar JA/MS-BB Broadband UHF Slot Antenna
Jampro’s JA/MS-BB Broadband UHF Slot antenna, part of the legendary Prostar™ line, offers an economical alternative to buying, installing and maintaining multiple antennas. A single, compact solution, it conserves tower space and minimizes wind loading. Especially designed for multi-channel or combined-channel operations in analog-analog, analog-digital or digital-digital TV applications, the JA/MS-BB antenna comes factory tuned in an elegant, ready-to-install and streamlined design.

Jampro Family of RCEC Mask Filters
Jampro offers a family of RCEC mask filters designed to provide superior mask filter performance at an affordable price. Cross coupling creates steep rejection skirts and the high-Q cavities provide low pass band insertion loss in a compact package.

Models include:
RCEC-386-UM – 5kW AVG, UHF 8”/203.2mm mask filter ATSC/DVB-T/ISDB-T
RCEC-206-UMFB – 2.5kW AVG, 6-section cross-coupled UHF DVB-T non-critical mask filter
RCEC-#F6-UM – 500W, UHF 4”/101.6mm mask filter ATSC/DVB-T/ISDB-T
RCEC-DT6-UM – 250W, UHF 2”/50.8mm mask filter ATSC/DVB-T/ISDB-T

About Jampro
Jampro Antennas Inc., established to answer the need for quality broadcast systems at a reasonable price, is a leading supplier of antennas, combiners & filters and RF components for every application in the broadcast industry. Reputed for innovation and customization, Jampro builds each system to the specifications of the individual broadcaster. From the first system delivered in 1954 to those installed today, the Company is committed to consistent performance and quality founded on solid engineering. Today, over 25,000 broadcasters worldwide benefit from the quality and performance provided by Jampro systems. For additional JAMPRO information, please visit: www.jampro.com.

Jampro contact: Sonia Del Castillo
916-383-1177 • mailto:Sonia@jampro.com

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Sound Devices Demonstrates Latest Solutions for Production Professionals at BIRTV 2013

PIX 260i Production Video Recorder and 664 Production Mixer Bring Expanded Functionality to Broadcast and Production Professionals

BEIJING, CHINA, AUGUST 21, 2013 — Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field production, showcases the newest functionality for the PIX 260i Production Video Recorder (China Broadcast Technologies Co., Ltd. Booth 1A112) and 664 Production Mixer (Dingrun International Digital Tec.co., Ltd Booth 2001) at the Beijing International Radio, TV & Film Equipment Exhibition 2013. BIRTV is one of the most influential exhibitions in the broadcasting industry in Asia. With recent firmware updates, PIX 260i and the 664 both offer increased functionality to the end user.

“We look forward to attending BIRTV each year, as it gives us the opportunity to meet with local content creators from the region and discuss their needs,” says Ed Capp, Global Director of Sales for Sound Devices. “Attendees at this year’s show will soon find that this year’s lineup can vastly improve their workflows—whether they are looking for production recorders or mixers.”

Sound Devices’ PIX 260i brings the features and tools needed by production companies and broadcasters looking to migrate to file-based recording and playback environments. It 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.

Files are recorded simultaneously on up to four separate, 2.5” SSD storage devices via two front-panel PIX-CADDY slots and two rear-panel eSATAp connections. This redundancy in local, removable storage devices, coupled with standard Ethernet-based file transfer features further reduces steps in the production workflow. Recording to multiple drives offers immediate file backup, eliminating time-consuming post-record copying. Gigabit Ethernet network ports enable remote access to recorded files and the ability to transfer these files quickly into a post-production environment.

PIX 260i can also be controlled from browser-capable computers and tablets. When connected to a data network, transport and setup menu controls are available on PIXNET, which offers control of one or multiple PIX 260i recorders. Multiple units can be grouped for simultaneous control.

With version 1.03 firmware, available as a free download to existing PIX 260i users, PIX 260i provides support for the new Sound Devices PIX-CADDY CF accessory. The PIX-CADDY CF allows the PIX 260i to record polyphonic WAV files directly to removable CompactFlash cards (audio poly mode only). In addition, v1.03 enables users to record and playback Mono Audio Wave Files (audio only mode with SSD and HDD) and supports RS-422 locate to timecode, cue point commands and device type ID (Sony BVW-75 emulation). Version 1.03 also provides an added scene increment shortcut feature from the main screen and added options for displaying smaller audio meters in various parts of the main screen.

Also on-site will be the 664, Sound Devices’ flagship portable production mixer. The 664 features six ultra-low-noise, high-dynamic-range and transformer-less preamps that accept mic- or line-level signals and include analog peak limiters, high-pass filters, input trim control and direct outputs on every channel. Featuring full analog audio paths for high-performance audio and superb power efficiency, the 664 also has numerous digital capabilities. Inputs 1 and 6 can be selected as AES3 or AES42 inputs for digital microphones, each with its own SRC for simplicity in system clocking. The 664’s analog output compliment includes four output buses. The L and R buses are on balanced XLR, 10-Pin and TA-3M connectors and on unbalanced TA-3M or 3.5mm connectors. Secondary output buses X1 and X2 are available on balanced TA-3M connectors. Users can route inputs and buses to four AES3 connections for eight digital outputs on the XLR and 10-pin connectors.

Firmware version 1.05, also now available for existing customers as a free download, brings additional features to the already-powerful mixer, including greater flexibility and ease of use during outdoor production. The LCD Daylight Display Mode incorporates a daylight-specific color scheme for improved readability in sunlight. It also offers a new solid bar metering option for improved readability in direct sunlight. Sound Devices has also incorporated additional Front Panel button shortcuts, including LCD Daylight Display Mode (HP + SELECT encoders) and Phrase list (HP + RTN B/C) for fast entry of notes. Version 1.05 also incorporates the shortcut for activating the alternating Tone mode (SELECT + TONE)—if Tone Mode is set to Continuous in the menu, then (SELECT + TONE) activates L-Ident tone. Users also have a Track Names in Meters options (without color gradient/ramp) that are selectable for either right- or left-side display.

With version 1.05, 664 now offers users Monophonic Broadcast WAV file support, with the ability to record up to 10 tracks to two cards, three second pre-roll maximum. If a card not optimized for multi-channel monophonic file recording is used, or if the monophonic 10-track limit is exceeded, a warning message is displayed on the LCD when starting a recording. Polyphonic mode or reducing track count is recommended. In addition, when formatted in the 664, SD cards 64 GB and larger are now automatically formatted as ExFAT (in accordance with the SD Association’s recommendation). All CF cards and lower-capacity SD cards remain FAT32. Version 1.05 also enables a Headphone Volume or Headphone Preset default option, which sets the HP encoder to operate as headphone level or to select HP presets when rotated. Pressing the Headphone encoder momentarily activates the alternative function.

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. Founded in 1998, the 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.

Berklee College of Music Partners with iZotope

Berklee chooses iZotope software for audio production facilities

Boston, MA (August 21, 2013)- Berklee College of Music, a leading educator in contemporary music and audio technology, has chosen iZotope, a research-driven audio technology company, to outfit its lab and studio facilities with industry leading software products. In addition, iZotope will partner with Berklee for educational events and training opportunities.

iZotope’s award-winning products Ozone® 5, RX® 2, Alloy® 2, Iris®, Nectar®,Trash® 2, and Stutter Edit® are now available in audio technology facilities accessible to both Electronic Production & Design and Music Production & Engineering major programs. Designed with numerous audio production workflows in mind, these iZotope tools will aid students in their sound design, composition, mixing and mastering activities at the Boston, Massachusetts campus.

“Berklee is a leading educator in both music and audio technology and iZotope has a long standing history of supporting its software tools with additional educational materials such as the Mastering with Ozone and RX Audio Repair guides,” says Scott Simon, Business Development Manager at iZotope, Inc. “It’s exciting to work with an organization whose attention and connection to technology aligns well with our own. To be able to offer our tools to such a diverse group of students is a wonderful opportunity that speaks to our own educational initiatives in audio.”

“Since its founding, Berklee College of Music’s mission has been to help students excel in music as a sustainable career,” says Anthony Marvuglio, Assistant VP for Academic Technology at Berklee College of Music. “We’re happy that iZotope is helping students and teachers at Berklee further their education in music technology fields through award winning software and educational initiatives.”

For more information about Berklee College of Music’s degree programs, visit: http://www.berklee.edu/majors For more information about Berklee College of Music, visit: www.berklee.edu or visit http://www.berklee.edu/about/mission-and-philosophy
For more information about iZotope, please visit: www.izotope.com

About iZotope
iZotope is a research-driven audio technology company based in Boston, Massachusetts. Its award-winning products and audio technologies are in use by millions of people in over fifty countries, from consumers to musicians to major film, TV, and radio studios. Some of the diverse clients include musical giants like BT, Depeche Mode, and RZA of WuTang Clan; radio stations like Boston’s iconic WGBH; and TV programming like CBS’s Survivor, the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, the World Cup broadcast, and the GRAMMY awards. Through an extensive licensing program, iZotope technology is also directly integrated into products made by industry leaders such as Adobe, Avid, and Sony; video games from companies like Harmonix and Ubisoft; as well as a growing number of mobile phone applications. For more information on iZotope products, visit www.izotope.com

About Berklee College of Music
Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than 65 years, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business, leading the way with the world’s first baccalaureate studies in jazz, rock, electric guitar, film scoring, songwriting, turntables, electronic production, and more than a dozen other genres and fields of study. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online. The college’s national after school music program for underserved teens, the Berklee City Music Network, is in 30 cities and counting. A new campus in Spain, Berklee in Valencia, began hosting the college’s first graduate programs in the fall of 2012. With a diverse and talented student body representing nearly 100 countries, and alumni and faculty that have collectively won more than 270 GRAMMYs and Latin GRAMMYs, Berkleeis the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today – and tomorrow.

Hal Leonard Publishes The Martin Ukulele

A homage to the little instrument that helped create a guitar giant

Montclair, NJ (August 20, 2013) – The Martin Ukulele is a detailed look at the ukuleles built by the C. F. Martin Co. of Nazareth, PA, and at how the instruments’ success forever changed the company that made them. Martin’s ukulele making led the small, respected builder of fine guitars and mandolins into an era of unprecedented growth in the 1920s and helped it become one of the most notable manufacturers of high-quality guitars in the world. As the C. F. Martin and Co. celebrates its 180th anniversary this October, this new book illustrates the fascinating story of the company and the ukulele during this time span.

Drawing heavily from the extensive archives at the Martin factory, the authors examine the company and its development, featuring production records, sales ledgers, and a vast collection of correspondence as well as hundreds of photos, including pictures of many of the rarest ukuleles the company produced. Extensive additional imagery chronicles the history of the popularity of the ukulele itself.

The book is both a narrative about Martin’s ukulele manufacturing history and a reference work detailing the numbers of each style of ukulele ever made by the company. It is an exploration from Martin’s first attempt at production in 1907, through the peaks of ukulele popularity in the 1920s and the 1950s, to the disinterest that caused Martin to cease ukulele production in the 1990s, and up to the recent resurgence that has allowed the firm to again offer a wide assortment of new models.

The preface of the book is the heart-warming story of how collecting ukuleles influenced and shaped the life of Tom Walsh, who met his wife as well as his best friend and co-author John King through his passion for this amazing instrument.

About the authors
Tom Walsh has done extensive research on the history of the ukulele, from its development in Hawaii to its periods of popularity on the mainland. He is a co-founder and board member of the non-profit Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum, and he has been featured on radio and television programs involving ukulele history.

The late John King was widely acknowledged as one of the modern masters of the ukulele. King recorded two CDs and also wrote two ukulele instructional books. He was also a dedicated ukulele historian, writing many articles about the development of the ukulele, contributing to the Hawaiian Journal of History, and coauthoring The Ukulele: A History, the first scholarly study of the instrument.

Please contact Music Marcom for review copies, print excerpts and interviews with the author:
Martina McConnon
v: 610-577-4982
e: martina@musicmarcom.com
www.musicmarcom.com

The Martin Ukulele
$30.00 (US)
Inventory #HL 00109376
ISBN: 9781476868790
Width: 8.5″ Length: 11.0″ 214 pages, with colorful pictures throughout

Hal Leonard Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group www.halleonardbooks.com and www.onstageandbackstage.wordpress.com

GUITAR CENTER OPENS STORE IN MESA, ARIZONA

New location features on-site lessons, new repair services, and vast inventory selection

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Guitar Center has opened its 251st store location in the U.S.
Customers can take a “virtual tour” of the store online
GC Garage service will provide a much-needed range of musical instrument repair services
GC Studios, first-ever GC lessons facility in Mesa to support local music scene, is at the store, located at 1652 S. Val Vista Dr., Mesa, AZ 85204

(Los Angeles, CA) – Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment, opened its 251st location, in Mesa, Arizona, on August 1, 2013. The store, located at 1652 S. Val Vista Dr., Mesa, AZ 85204, is also part of a new wave of Guitar Center retail stores that feature lesson spaces, which allows GC to offer additional music lessons, special programs and expanded opportunities for local musicians.

In a first for Guitar Center, customers can preview the Mesa store with an online “virtual tour.” To view, click on Mesa’s Google listing page at https://plus.google.com/108704360942360682486/about?gl=us&hl=en, then click “See Inside” near the page’s bottom right. Use your keyboard’s arrows to navigate through the store.

MESA STORE LOCATION BACKGROUNDER:

Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Mesa brings an unprecedented selection of products to Mesa, all backed by Guitar Center’s guarantee and available at attractive prices. The store features the latest in guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards, as well as live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment.
Guitar Center Studios – Deeply vested in expanding and enhancing the local music scene, Guitar Center Mesa also brings Guitar Center Studios to the new location.. The fully-equipped, in-house lesson space is giving area residents of all ages and skill levels access to affordable music lessons. Sourcing locally trained store employees as certified instructors, courses will be offered on guitar, bass, keys and drums, as well as vocals and recording techniques using Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand.
Guitar Center Garage – Guitar Center Mesa includes GC Garage, the store’s on-site guitar repair service, offering a host of services, including electronics repair, hardware customization, fretwork, structural repairs, cosmetic enhancements, setup and maintenances.

Guitar Center Mesa: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Mesa customers can now shop from Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which extends the in-store inventory to over $400 million in new and used products from across the nation. Shoppers will be able to purchase in-store, online and via phone, with the option to have products shipped to their home or to the store for convenient pick up.
At: Guitar Center Programs – Throughout the calendar year, Guitar Center Mesa will host an array of free events, such as artist workshops, lessons, product launches and performances, as a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to educating and assisting unsigned artists. These programs aim to provide musicians with the opportunities and exposure essential to achieving their music goals.
Recording Made Easy – Available at all Guitar Center locations, the Recording Made Easy program is a four-week, user-friendly series of weekly classes occurring Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In addition to special programs at the new Mesa store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Mesa residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing events from their hometown. Programs have included Your Next Record, Guitar Center On-Stage, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues and Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

Guitar Center Mesa Store and Studio Hours
Mon-Sat: 10 AM-8 PM
Sun: 11 AM-6 PM

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