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iZotope Announces Nectar® 2

Treat Your Voice to the Next Iteration of Nectar in October 2013

iZotope Inc., Cambridge, MA (September 18, 2013) – iZotope Inc., a leading audio technology company, has announced the next version of iZotope’s award-winning vocal processing technology, Nectar. Coming in October 2013, Nectar 2 will bring the best of digital innovation and analog character into a complete set of tools specifically for voice.

“We were excited to revisit what made Nectar so ideal as a vocal processing plug-in,” says Brett Bunting, Product Manager for iZotope Inc. “We’ve spent a lot of development time incorporating new ideas designed with our users in mind. Nectar 2 users won’t believe how quickly they’ll be able to recreate classic vocal sounds or invent brand new ones.”

With Nectar 2, add character to tracks with modeled plate reverb, harmonic saturation, and new creative effects. Stay in tune, remove distracting breaths without the need for audio editing, transform a single vocal take into a harmonized ensemble, and much more.

Highlighted Features
- Add harmonies to vocal tracks with the new Harmonizer. Play with intelligent automatic settings or define your own with a MIDI controller.
- Add space and character to vocals with the EMT 140-modeled Plate Reverb module, featuring a unique saturation control to emulate the original plate’s preamp.
- Finesse vocal takes quickly with the new Pitch Editor and Breath Control plug-ins.
- Explore seven new creative effects in the new FX module.
- Dive in with a streamlined Overview panel for simple adjustments and added metering for visual feedback.
- Choose from 150+ new presets in styles that range from classic to modern.

Pricing
Customers who purchased Nectar after August 1, 2013 will receive a free upgrade to Nectar 2 upon release. Special upgrade pricing will be available for all previous Nectar and Nectar Elements customers upon release.

Availability
Sign up to hear when Nectar 2 becomes available: www.izotope.com/nectar2.

Compatibility
Nectar 2 can be used as plug-ins in your favorite host. Supported plug-in formats include 64-bit AAX (Pro Tools 11), RTAS/AudioSuite (Pro Tools 7.4-10), VST, VST 3, and Audio Unit.

About iZotope, Inc.
iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com.

Media Contact:
Music Marcom
Martina McConnon
martina@musicmarcom.com
610-577-4982

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Bringing Pristine Audio into a Visual World: Sennheiser MKE 400 and MKE 600 Microphones Create ‘Gold Standard’ for Amateur and Semi-Pro Filmmakers

As Worldwide DSLR Market Continues to Grow and a New Social Video Culture Takes Hold With Innovative Platforms Such as Vine, Sennheiser Brings Audio Integrity into the Mix

Old Lyme, CT – September 18, 2013 — Sound has always been an integral element to modern filmmaking, and for decades Sennheiser has represented the ‘gold standard’ in capturing audio — both in the studio and on-location. Over the last several decades, sound mixers and boom operators have come to rely on both vintage and modern classic shotgun microphones from Sennheiser — including the ME 66, the MKH 416 and MKH 8060 — to make their films ‘come to life’ with dialog, effects and music. As devices such as DSLRs and smartphones continue to proliferate the consumer market — and as the use of innovative content sharing platforms such as Vine and Instagram become commonplace among consumers, Sennheiser is now bringing its microphone technology to an entirely new generation.

According to a press release by Transparency Market Research, digital cameras represent one of the most popular segments of the consumer electronics products market, and the worldwide digital camera market is projected to grow to 138 million units by the year 2015. Meanwhile, applications such as Vine and Instagram bring elements of immediacy and authenticity that were simply not available to the general videomaking consumer in the past. For amateur and semi-professional filmmakers, this means there has never been a better time to create and share video.

Enter the MKE 400, MKE 600 and KA 600i

Just as it has provided premium solutions to professional filmmakers for the last several decades, Sennheiser recently made its MKE 400 and MKE 600 shotgun microphones available to would-be filmmakers and video enthusiasts all around the world. These solutions, designed to be used in combination with camcorders, DSLRs and now smartphones, help content creators realize the dream of ‘no-compromise audio.’ These microphones focus on sounds in front of the camera, while attenuating unwanted sounds coming from the sides and rear. Both the MKE 400 and MKE 600 feature a universal shoe mount and have low cut filters, which help minimize wind noise in demanding situations.

With the KA 600i, Sennheiser makes it possible to capture high qualtiy audio with simply a smartphone, when used in conjunction with the self-powered MKE 600 microphone. As smartphones become more and more powerful, and applications become more creative and flexible, the KA 600i places an unprecedented amount of power into the hands of both amateur videographers as well as professional journalists and others capturing video while ‘on the go.’

What does sound mean to YOU?

Starting this week, Sennheiser is launching a contest directed to both amateur and semi-pro filmmakers. Entrants must answer the question “What does sound mean to you?” and will submit responses through the Vine app for iPhone and Android. One grand-prize winner will win a premium Sennheiser MKH 416 shotgun microphone, and second and third place winners will take home a new Sennheiser MKE 600 shotgun microphone. Interested participants should visit the Sennheiser website [http://en-us.sennheiser.com/avcontest] between now and October 7th; entries will be judged on creativity, originality, and use of audio.

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.

Captions:
1) The Sennheiser MKE 600, outfitted with the MZW 600 windshield, available as an accessory.
2) The Sennheiser MKE 600, pictured here with the MZW 600 windshield, features a low cut filter to help minimize wind noise.
3) The MKE 400 shotgun microphone, designed for use with DSLR cameras.

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The Networked Audio Track at the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention Explores the Future of Audio Connectivity

— Every vertical market in the broad field of professional audio is being impacted by the transitions in networked audio, and this track addresses these changes with a series of presentations —

New York, NY, September 17, 2013 — Following the recent publication of AES67-2013, a new engineering standard for networked/streaming audio-over-IP interoperability, the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City) will present the Networked Audio Track, a comprehensive examination of the ongoing fundamental shift in networked audio. The traditional paradigm of transmitting audio and video media content over dedicated point-to-point cabling is being rapidly supplanted by methods of moving media content over data networks such as Ethernet, local-area networks (LANs) and IP-based wide-area networks (WANs). The Networked Audio Track, supported by the AES Technical Committee on Networked Audio Systems, explores the latest developments in methods, protocols and applications of every aspect of networked audio, from low-latency media distribution to command and control of networked audio devices, from Audio-over-IP to coding and error correction.

Chaired by Tim Shuttleworth, a noted expert in the domain of networked audio and the Engineering Manager at systems manufacturer Renkus-Heinz, the Networked Audio Track will cover the entire spectrum of this complex topic, while catering to audience knowledgeability levels ranging from entry level to expert. A partial list of topics covered in presentations, which take place from 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, includes:

Audio Distribution Over Networks
A Primer On Fundamental Concepts of Media Networking
Command and Control Protocols
Networked Audio Interoperability Standards

“Networking will influence every aspect of professional audio within the next several years, and it’s already well-entrenched in areas such as installed sound and live sound,” observes Tim Shuttleworth. “Networked audio is very rapidly integrating itself into the very fabric of pro audio, in a wide range of applications. As a result, learning as much as you can about networked audio is critical to furthering a career in any corner of the industry. This track was developed with that in mind, to offer a wide range of information to the widest audience possible.”

For further detailed information on the Networked Audio Track, visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/networkaudio/. For further information on the 135th AES International Convention, and to register for your free Exhibits-Plus badge or the premium All-Access badge, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/.

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