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Hal Leonard publishes The Power in Cakewalk SONAR

Experience the horsepower in SONAR, the new exciting digital audio workstation from Cakewalk

Montclair, NJ (October 9, 2013) Hal Leonard Books, the musician’s best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history, and more, is now shipping The Power in Cakewalk SONAR, the Quick Pro Guide to all the core features along with powerful new workflows: recording, editing, mixing, and releasing.

Every chapter presents the most up-to-date approach to working in SONAR, helping the user to simplify the appearance of the program so they can focus more on the music and less on the technology. The book will show how to develop practices and techniques that provide a solid foundation for creativity, efficiency, and productivity.

Learn how to navigate SONAR’s enhanced Skylight user interface with Auto and Timeline Zooms and with Smart Grid. Edit audio and MIDI tracks using the enhanced Smart Tool and powerful Piano Roll view and get the most creative potential out of the Matrix view.

William Edstrom, Jr. also teaches how to bring a project from start to finish using virtual MIDI instruments, audio tracks, and loops, followed by the application of ProChannel effects to craft a track into a professional and polished mix. To conclude the production workflow, he demonstrates how to render a multi-track project down to a stereo file suitable for burning to a CD or uploading to the Web. The accompanying DVD-ROM contains valuable video tutorials that will help you see how the techniques described in the text apply to real-life creative scenarios.

About the Author
William Edstrom, Jr. (Milwaukee, WI), an author, audio engineer, and business owner, is best known for his video tutorials on DAW technology, mixing, mastering, and plug-ins for Groove 3. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering, plays guitar and bass, and has decades of experience in all aspects of recording and sound reinforcement. A lifelong student, instructor, and the creator of Lilacwriter.com – an online co-writing tool for songwriters – Edstrom is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music, the Milwaukee School of Engineering and Harvard Business School.

The Power in Cakewalk SONAR
$16.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00333874
ISBN: 9781476806013
Width: 8.5″Length: 11.0″, 222 pages, DVD-ROM included

More information at www.halleonardbooks.com

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Sennheiser Delivers Flawless Wireless Performance on Bruno Mars ‘Moonshine Jungle Tour’

New York City, October 10, 2013: Superstar Bruno Mars finished the North American leg of his Moonshine Jungle Tour in September ­ a run that consisted of over 40 U.S. and Canadian dates, a spectacular appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards, and an announcement that he will perform at the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show on February 2, 2014. This month, the Moonshine Jungle Tour continues on to Europe before setting out to Australia and New Zealand in early 2014. Bruno and his band rely on Sennheiser microphones and wireless systems.

At the VMAs, which were broadcast from New York City’s Barclays Center and reached more than 10.1 million viewers, fans were treated to a thrilling rendition of Mars’ new single, “Gorilla”. Dressed in a leopard skin shirt on a stage awash in green lasers and gorilla imagery flashing on a massive LED screen, Mars delivered a memorable, soulful vocal performance through a Sennheiser SKM 5200-II wireless transmitter and MD 5235 capsule. During the VMAs, which also featured performances by Justin Timberlake, Kanye West and others, Mars picked up two Moonman awards: Best Male Video for his #1 hit single “Locked Out of Heaven”, and another for “Best Choreography” for his latest single, “Treasure”.

The VMAs were the icing on the cake for Bruno Mars’ production team, who has endeavored to continually raise the audio quality and production standards of the touring operation for the past several years. Sennheiser’s global relations team has played a direct role in helping them achieve this goal by providing superb wireless and microphone technology. “When I took on the Bruno Mars gig over 2-1/2 years ago, he and the background singers were using a competitor’s model. I just knew there was a better microphone and capsule combination for him,” recalls James Berry, monitor engineer for Bruno Mars. “I began transitioning the background singers first, then worked with the front-of-house guy to get Bruno to try a Sennheiser microphone. Now you couldn’t pry that microphone out of his hands if you tried!” he says.

For wireless audio at the VMAs, as well as with the rest of the tour, the Bruno Mars production team has relied on Sennheiser. At the VMAs, one particular challenge was the massive LED walls at the rear of the stage. “We had to shoot the wireless signal right through the LED walls,” Berry recalls. “We did a lot of pre-planning on antenna placement when we got there. It was all rock solid and performed flawlessly.” The monitor crew used Sennheiser’s WSM software to save set-up time: “We used WSM to preload all the frequencies we were sent, so when we arrived, we just booted up the system and were ready to go in about ten minutes. In the past, we would have had to go to every individual unit and program all this information in.” Berry also used the software to monitor each wireless element in real time: “I rely on WSM to see my battery and RF levels, as well as all the inputs and outputs,” he says.

Honing In on Bruno Mars’ Microphone and Wireless Touring Rig

Derek Brener, who has been Bruno Mars’ front-of-house engineer for 3-1/2 years, recalls a point where Bruno’s audio infrastructure took a huge step forward: “One of the main turning points was when James came in and said he would not use anything else but the Sennheiser wireless ­ that’s when everything changed. James is such a heavy hitter having worked with Beyoncé, Weezer and lots of other great bands, I trusted his opinion.”

After trying various Sennheiser capsule and transmitter combinations for some time, Berry and Brener eventually settled on an SKM 5200 handheld transmitter with an MD 5235 capsule. “For me, the MD 5235 capsule punches through the PA system better than any other microphone we’ve used on Bruno Mars,” says Brener. “Bruno is very involved with Derek and me on the way things sound and has very clear ideas on what he wants and what he expects,” Berry adds. “Now, it is a comfort thing. Whether we are playing arenas, stadiums or awards shows, there is no debating ­ he wants Sennheiser, and that’s what he’s going to get.”

For vocals and horns, the band’s wireless consists of ten channels of Sennheiser EM 3732-II receivers, seven SKM 5200-II transmitters with MD 5235 capsules and three SK 5212-II bodypack transmitters. Berry says that one of the primary reasons they chose the EM 3732-IIs was because of the AES3 digital output with external word clock synchronization: “We are clocking our wireless devices at 96kHz to get the best sound quality we can. We didn’t consider anything other than this unit because we knew it would give us the best sound quality and reliability on the RF side.”

“For me, clocking at 96kHz opens everything up so it sounds more full,” Berry continues. “You have the entire frequency expanse in there, and what you put in is what you get out. Therefore you can hear the Sennheiser MD 5235 microphone capsules we are using with even greater fidelity.”

The band also relies on Sennheiser for its wireless monitor systems, of which Berry has sixteen channels of SR 2050 IEM. This covers the entire band, as well as off-stage technical staff. “I’ve used a lot of in-ear systems, and the reason I chose Sennheiser is because of sound quality,” says Berry. “The wireless IEMs deliver a wide stereo image so I can put things right into place where they need to go in my mix. For me, there is no other option than the 2k series because of that.”

All in all, over the course of the entire North American tour including the VMAs, the Sennheiser equipment has performed flawlessly, reports Brener: “We have never, ever experienced a drop out as long as we have had the Sennheiser wireless. It is all rock-solid. I have major confidence in Sennheiser.”

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2012 the family company, which was founded in 1945, achieved a turnover of around 584 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,300 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

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

Photo captions:
1: Bruno Mars on stage during the Moonshine Jungle Tour with his Sennheiser SKM 5200 transmitter and MD 5235 capsule (photo credit: Getty Images)

2: James Berry, monitor engineer for Bruno Mars, beside his racks of Sennheiser wireless (photo courtesy of DiGiCo)

3: Bruno Mars‘ front-of-house engineer, Derek Brener

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Neumann’s Jürgen Breitlow to be Featured on Panel Highlighting Microphone Specifications at 135th AES Convention

Breitlow will Discuss Technical Specifications of a Microphone on Panel to Take Place on Thursday, October 17th at 11:00 a.m.

New York – October 9, 2013: Premium audio brand Neumann announced that Jürgen Breitlow, director research & development, Neumann GmbH, will be featured on a panel entitled “Microphone Specifications – Believe it or Not” to take place in room 1E12 at the Javitz Center in New York City. Breitlow will discuss the technical specifications of a microphone, among other topics during the panel.

• WHAT: “Microphone Specifications – Believe it or Not” panel, featuring Jürgen Breitlow, director research & development, Neumann GmbH
• WHEN: Thursday, October 17th at 11:00 a.m.
• WHERE: Room 1E12, Javitz Center, New York City

Breitlow is an accomplished development engineer who has been with Neumann for 13 years. The panel, which is to be moderated by Eddy B. Brixen, EBB-Consult/DBA Microphones, is being presented in association with the AES Technical Committee on Microphones and Applications. Following is an abstract:

“There are lots and lots of microphones available to the audio engineer. The final choice is often made on the basis of experience or perhaps just habits. (Sometimes the mic is chosen because of the looks… .) Nevertheless, there is essential and very useful information to be found in the microphone specifications. This workshop will present the most important microphone specs and provide the attendees with up-to-date information on how these are obtained and understood. Each member of the panel—all related to industry top brands—will present one item from the spec sheet. The workshop takes a critical look on how specs are presented to the user, what to look for and what to expect. The workshop is organized by the AES Technical Committee on Microphones and Applications.”

To learn more or register for the panel, please visit the AES website or contact Christopher Currier, Product Specialist at Neumann at (860) 434-9190 x185 or ccurrier@sennheiserusa.com.

About Neumann

Georg Neumann GmbH, with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, is well-known as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones. The company, which was established in 1928, has a long track record of world-leading product designs and has been recognized with a string of international awards for its technology innovations. From 2010, Neumann offers this expertise in electro-acoustic transducer technologies to the studio monitoring market, and will provide optimum solutions to its customers in the areas of TV and radio broadcasting, recording, and audio productions. Neumann is now the perfect partner for both the input and the output of the audio signal path. Neumann has manufacturing facilities in Germany (microphones) and Ireland (loudspeakers), and is represented in over 50 countries worldwide by Sennheiser subsidiaries, as well as by long-term trading partners. Georg Neumann GmbH is a Sennheiser Group company.

About Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones 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.

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Sennheiser to power World’s First Large Scale Opera for Wireless Headphones, Invisible Cities, Premiering at Los Angeles’ Union Station This Month

The Industry, L.A. Dance Project and Sennheiser Push the Boundaries of Art, Imagination and Wireless Technology for an Unprecedented, Interactive Dramatic Experience

Los Angeles – October 9, 2013 – Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that its world-class professional and consumer technology will play an integral part of Invisible Cities: the world’s first large scale opera for wireless headphones. The landmark production, a collaboration among The Industry, L.A. Dance Project and Sennheiser, will stage its world premiere on Saturday, October 19th at Los Angeles’ iconic Union Station — the largest railway terminal in the western United States.

The Invisible Cities opera, written by Christopher Cerrone and based on the 1972 novel by Italo Calvino, combines historical fiction with surrealist elements to create an ‘invisible opera for wireless headphones’. The opera’s narrative, which centers on explorer Marco Polo’s descriptions of fantastical cities to Emperor Kublai Khan, transform’s Calvino’s novel into a unique experience for each participant — combining a classic art form with the ultimate in technology. By using wireless headphones from Sennheiser, audience members will be intimately connected to the storyline, while having the ability to roam freely as the opera moves throughout the terminal.

“Art-making is not just about great ideas but about ingenious execution — making a vision something real,” commented Yuval Sharon, artistic director, The Industry. “Sennheiser is literally making The Industry’s dreams come true; this production simply would not exist without their commitment to innovation and the drive for excellence that will make this such a magical experience for audiences.”

“Our world is characterized by fast-paced, interactive communication and consumers seek experiences that touch them in a much deeper and more meaningful level. Invisible Cities caters to this desire and delivers a truly innovative performance to its audience,” commented Stefanie Reichert, director strategic marketing, Sennheiser. “We have worked in close cooperation with Sennheiser global relations, including project manager Kristy Jo Winkler, to make this a seamless experience for the entire audience. Invisible Cities showcases how innovative technology and cutting-edge artistic vision drives innovation in the arts.”

While Invisible Cities is an opera at its essence, it is unconventional in many ways. For example, there is no opera house and no assigned seats — audience members are not restricted in their movement and encouraged to roam freely. Also, whereas audience members at a conventional opera typically rely solely on natural building acoustics to hear an operatic production, Invisible Cities will utilize Sennheiser’s state-of-the-art wireless technology to convey both dialog and music to listeners. Performers will be outfitted with Sennheiser wireless microphones and attendees will use Sennheiser’s RS 120 wireless consumer headphones for a complete, intimate audio experience.

At the heart of Invisible Cities‘ technical production will be Sennheiser’s new Digital 9000 wireless system, which will provide patrons with pristine, uncompromising audio for the duration of the performances. This system, which was launched last year after having been under development for over a decade, is the most advanced wireless system in the world and used in top level theatre, music and broadcasting events.

An 11-piece orchestra consisting of strings, brass and percussion will perform an original score and will be miked using a selection of Sennheiser and Neumann microphones. Singers, dancers and performers in the production will also be outfitted with Sennheiser wireless microphones, and will be able to listen to their performances and director cues using Sennheiser’s world-class in-ear monitoring system (IEMs). The performance audio will be sent to a multi-channel digital console, where it will be mixed and broadcast via wireless RF technology to attending patrons, each of who will be donning Sennheiser wireless headphones.

Bexel, based in Burbank, Calif., custom built a Managed Antenna System (MAS) that allows for extended coverage of Sennheiser’s wireless microphones, in-ear monitors and headsets.

On the audio side, Bexel also supported Sennheiser’s superb high-quality microphones with a DiGiCo SD11 paired with a DiGiCo D-Rack. The orchestra, located approximately 1,000 feet from the main hall, is connected via fiber. The DiGiCo system allows the audio mixer to con-trol the mic preamp from that distance.

We are delighted to partner with Sennheiser and the The Industry’s audio professionals on Invisible Cities,” says Rod Allen, Bexel business segment manager, Audio West. “Sennheiser, who is providing the RF integrity, along with Bexel engineering and the rest of the audio team, has a big task to make that mix relevant no matter where the main focus happens to be in the venue, because the listener has only one stereo mix to reference. It was an intriguing assignment to help launch this unique event in a working public train station with the talent roaming throughout the venue.”

For more information on Invisible Cities, including performance dates and ticket information, please visit http://invisiblecitiesopera.com/.

Photo captions:
1) The Invisible Cities opera, written by Christopher Cerrone and based on the 1972 novel by Italo Calvino, combines historical fiction with surrealist elements to create an ‘invisible opera for wireless headphones’. (Photo Credit: Dana Ross)

2) Invisible Cities, a collaboration among The Industry, L.A. Dance Project and Sennheiser, will stage its world premiere on Saturday, October 19, at Los Angeles’ iconic Union Station — the largest railway terminal in the western United States. (Photo Credit: Dana Ross).

3) Yuval Sharon, Artistic Director, The Industry, on the set at Union Station with his Sennheiser RS 120 headset and SKM 2000 transmitter. (Photo Credit: Dana Ross)

About The Industry
The Industry is a new home for new and experimental opera in Los Angeles. Founded and led by director Yuval Sharon, The Industry creates ambitious productions that expand the traditional definition of opera and explore new paradigms for interdisciplinary collaboration. Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times writes “The Industry is quickly and dramatically becoming an essential component in American opera. It’s now indispensable to the LA scene.” The Industry’s inaugural production, Anne LeBaron and Douglas Kearney’s Crescent City, was instantly hailed as “reshaping LA opera” (Los Angeles Times) and “changing the face of music-theater in this city overnight” (Out West Arts). The large-scale multimedia production, featuring the work of six visual artists in a 25,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Atwater Village, performed over three weeks in May 2012 to capacity audiences. The Industry recently presented First Take, a west coast opera workshop showcasing excerpts from six new operatic works-in-progress by the legendary Pauline Oliveros, and rising star composer Mohammed Fairouz at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater. For more information visit: www.TheIndustryLA.org.

About L.A. Dance Project
L.A. Dance Project is an artist collective founded in 2012 by renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied, along with composer Nico Muhly, art consultant Matthieu Humery, producer Charles Fabius, and film producer Dimitri Chamblas. L.A. Dance Project’s mission is to create new work and to revive seminal collaborations from influential dance makers. Pro-grams include full-length evenings in traditional theater venues as well as various modular performances in non-traditional environments. New works by the company endeavor to be multidisciplinary collaborations with various artists: visual artists, musicians, designers, directors and composers. L.A. Dance Project promotes the work of emerging and established creators, contributing to new platforms for contemporary dance. For more information visit: www.ladanceproject.com.

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit www.bexel.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About Sennheiser
Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones 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 www.sennheiserusa.com.

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AES NY: Antelope to Demonstrate Orion32 Multi-Channel Interface and Host “Hanging Out (LIVE)” with Jimmy Douglas and Michael Brauer

Demonstrations to Highlight Hybrid Multi-Channel Setup With the Orion32 — Purple Audio and Rupert Neve Designs to Feature Orion32 in 500 Series Product Set-Ups

New York, October 9, 2013 — During the AES convention exhibit in New York this month, leading digital audio manufacturer Antelope Audio [Booth 3139] will demonstrate the power and flexibility of its newest multi-channel interface: the Orion32. Antelope’s U.S. Director of sales and marketing, Marcel James, will be on hand to walk attendees through the unit’s capabilities when used with hardware summing and equipment inserts, while explaining how to make full use of Orion’s powerful Control Panel and Mixer.

GRAMMY-Award winning engineer Brian Vibberts (Michael Jackson, Chick Corea) has prepared a Pro Tools mix session for this special presentation and will discuss how the Orion32 fits into a broader hybrid audio setup consisting of 3rd party equipment from Purple Audio and Rupert Neve Designs.

“Hanging Out” with Antelope at the AES Exhibit

Antelope will also host two live episodes of its new “Hanging Out” Series with multi GRAMMY-Award winning mix engineers Jimmy Douglas [Justin Timberlake, Jay Z] and Michael Brauer [My Morning Jacket, Coldplay]. These sessions — which will feature a meet and greet — will occur at the Antelope booth on Friday, October 18th at 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 19th at 1:00 p.m. respectively. Both episodes will stream live on the Antelope Audio YouTube Channel along with live show demos and reports.

Additionally, the Orion32 will be featured within Purple Audio and Rupert Neve Designs’ AES exhibits. These companies, which will be demonstrating new 500 series modules and other equipment, will be using the Orion32 as the primary playback device to simulate mixing scenarios using hardware summing and other techniques.

Purple Audio will be debuting it’s new mixer, dubbed MF Twenty 5 that integrates with a 500 rack, effectively making it a sidecar. The unit is targeted at home users doing hardware summing — but also prefer working with faders. The new MF Twenty 5 will be taking its input signal from the Orion32. “I will be running the Orion32 because I want all the I/O, and because we have lots of video people coming in from time to time,” he says. “The Orion32 is a very affordable converter with a full-bodied character and a sound I would describe as ‘realistic.’”

Distribution Companies Fingerprint Audio and Rupert Neve Designs have been using the Orion32 for their demonstrations of Rupert Neve Designs popular summing and processing products and the sE Mic line. Jonathan Pines, director of strategic operations for Fingerprint Audio and Rupert Neve Designs, says the Orion32 is a “game-changer” which he uses regularly in the studio for his own projects. “I use the Orion32 in conjunction with Antelope’s 10M Atomic Clock, which creates an audible improvement to the already great sound of the Orion,” he says. “Also, the Orion is incredibly easy to use and works flawlessly for me both on the studio and on the road.”

For more information, please visit the Antelope Audio website, or to learn more about the AES convention, please visit the Audio Engineering Society home page. You can access a playlist of Antelope’s “Hanging Out” episodes here.

About Antelope Audio
Antelope Audio is the brainchild of Igor Levin who has more than 20 years’ experience and a number of innovations in digital audio and synchronization technology. The company is widely acknowledged as the leading manufacturer of audio master clocks.

In 2009 Antelope Audio launched its product line of high-resolution USB D/A converters, being among the pioneers designing a 384 kHz DAC. Antelope’s DACs employ their renowned 64-bit clocking and jitter management technologies and custom-designed circuits, achieving unprecedented precision and sound clarity.

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NEUTRIK ANNOUNCES NEW NL2FX speakON® CONNECTOR

**** Photo: Neutrik NL2FX speakON connector ****

Charlotte, NC – October 2013 (AES Booth# 2530)… Neutrik USA, the leading supplier of robust and reliable professional connectivity solutions for audio, video, and data, is pleased to announce the introduction of the new NL2FX speakON connector. The new NL2FX replaces the outgoing NL2FC connector and, in the process, introduces several important improvements that will be of considerable importance to audio professionals everywhere. more

Producer, Engineer, Inventor and Entrepreneur George Massenburg Will Deliver the Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture at the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention

— His lecture, entitled “4-44 & Me – Stagnation to Transformation: The Real Future of Music,” will address the tremendous opportunities that new technologies offer artists, producers and recordists, as well as the prospects for producing high-quality music again —

— Massenburg’s credits include participation in the recording of over 400 records in a five-decade career, earning him four GRAMMY® Awards as well as numerous other accolades —

New York, NY, October 8, 2013 — The 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City) will again feature the Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture, an event held at AES Conventions since 1999. This year the lecture will be presented by George Massenburg, on Thursday, October 17, at 7:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in room 1E 15/16. Massenburg has moved fluidly between different sectors of professional audio, with time spent as a record producer (Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Lyle Lovett, Toto, Little Feat), recording engineer (Earth, Wind & Fire and many others), studio designer and builder (including the ITI Studios in Huntsville, Maryland, and The Complex in Los Angeles) and entrepreneurial inventor (his GML brand of audio processors is ubiquitous throughout the world). Massenburg is currently an Associate Professor of Sound Recording at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada; and a Visiting Lecturer at both the Berklee College Of Music (at campuses in Boston and Valencia, Spain) and the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee.

In his Heyser Lecture, entitled “4-44 & Me – Stagnation to Transformation: The Real Future of Music,” Massenburg will address a number of critical areas, including the responsibility of pro audio educators to provide students with a truly comprehensive educational experience that addresses, as he puts it, “the head, the heart and the guts” of producing recorded music. Massenburg will also touch on recent trends towards improved sonic quality, such as legislation and technology that takes on Loudness Normalization. Massenburg will also tackle how new technology is empowering new recording artists and producers, and how they will lead the vanguard of higher-quality sound. “The supposedly ‘impossible’ is happening all around us, as many ‘unsigned’ artists top the sales charts of the digital music stores and sell millions of units of music,” Massenburg asserts. “It’s a great time to be in music. And, as many examples have demonstrated, people will pay if you give them a high-quality offering. ‘Good enough’ is no longer good enough. The job is to transform ourselves. Never before in history has there been an opportunity as we now have before us.”

The Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture series was established in May 1999 by the AES Technical Council, the Board of Governors and the Richard Heyser Scholarship Fund to honor the extensive contribution to the Society by Heyser, widely known for his ability to communicate new and complex technical ideas with great clarity and patience. The Heyser Series is an endowment for lectures that bring to AES conventions eminent individuals in audio engineering and related fields. Like George Massenburg, many previous lecturers were also exceptional across creative, technical and entrepreneurial roles, including Ray Dolby, Ray Kurzweil, Walter Murch and Phil Ramone.

For more information on this year’s Heyser lecture, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/specialevents/?ID=3789. 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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History Gets Its Due at the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention

— Presentations for the Historical Events series at the convention remind us of the audio problems and solutions reached by history’s greatest audio minds —

— The Historical Events series also highlights a separate Special Presentation: Ioan Allen will cover highlights fromthe career of the late Ray Dolby, who passed away this year at the age of 80, and recallwhat it was like to work with this iconic figure for over four decades —

New York, NY, October 7, 2013 — At the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City), the annual Historical Events lecture series will help illuminate the past, present and future of the craft of audio engineering. AES Convention Historical Events Chair, Harry Hirsch, a veteran of 50-plus years as musician, engineer, producer, studio owner and studio designer, has assembled a winning collection of presentations. These range from “The Art of Recording The Big Band, Revisited” to a look deep into the restoration and remastering of the classic Peggy Lee and Nelson Riddle LP Jump for Joy and more.

Hirsch, who has guided the AES Convention’s Historical Events series numerous times in the past, worked closely with AES Historical Committee Co-Chair Bill Wray and Technical Advisor John Chester on these new presentations, just as he has collaborated with them for years on the highly successful “AES Oral History Project.” Each presentation will reveal intricacies and nuances of key events and technologies from pro audio’s past, and in one case will offer a chance to see a decades-old riddle finally solved: as part of “Restoring Peggy Lee’s Capitol Records Album Jump for Joy,” presenter Alan Silverman of Arf! Mastering and the NYU Steinhardt Dept. of Music Technology will examine the answer to a mystery uncovered during the restoration and remaster of the 1959 release, which was one of the first records released by Capitol as a stereo LP.

Additionally, one particular presentation will honor the recently departed. On Friday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m., Ioan Allen, an Academy Award-winning cinema sound pioneer and 44-year veteran at Dolby Laboratories, will present “A Tribute to Ray Dolby.” Allen will review the singular achievements of Dolby, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 80, as well as his recollections of working closely with Dolby during his lengthy career at the company.

135th AES Convention Historical Events
Friday, October 18
Friday, October 18, 5:00 pm — 6:30 pm
The Art of Recording the Big Band, Revisited

Saturday, October 19
Saturday, October 19, 12:15 pm — 1:15 pm
Restoring Peggy Lee’s Capitol Records Album “Jump for Joy”

Saturday, October 19, 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm
The 35mm Album Master Fad

Sunday, October 20
Sunday, October 20, 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm
A Contribution to the History of Field Tape Recording, 1939-1940

Friday, October 18, 1:00 pm — 1:45 pm
A Tribute to Ray Dolby

“The historical presentations at the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention will continue the organization’s long-time mission of keeping alive the story of how audio technology and techniques have evolved,” observes AES Historical Committee Co-Chair Bill Wray. “Harry Hirsch has done what he has always done: assembled a diverse and interesting array of presentations that cover many aspects of audio production in history. We are also extremely fortunate to have on hand Ioan Allen, who has received the Samuel L. Warner Award for contributions to motion picture sound, among other awards. Audio history has always been an intrinsic element of AES Convention programs, and the lessons of the past remain integral components of pro audio’s ongoing evolution.”

For a full roster of AES “Historical Events” presentation series, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/historical/. 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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The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Pays Tribute to the Legendary Phil Ramone with GRAMMY SoundTables® Event at the 135th AES Convention

Santa Monica, Calif. (October 7, 2013) — The GRAMMY SoundTables®, presented by The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® at this year’s 135th AES Convention, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. at the Javits Center (Room 1E 15/16) in New York. This year’s event has special significance, as it pays tribute to the late, legendary Phil Ramone – a 14-time GRAMMY®-winning producer, engineer and technologist – with a series of presentations collectively called “What Would Ramone Do?”

Hosted by Ramone’s son BJ Ramone and GRAMMY-winning engineer Elliot Scheiner, this year’s SoundTables event will delve into how Ramone influenced and touched the careers and lives of everyone he interacted with – continually offering advice and real-world experience, making everyone a better person in the process. The session will be broken into short segments, using video pieces and live conversation to illustrate specific lessons from Phil’s life and career. Participants are scheduled to include Jim Boyer, Jill Dell’Abate & Rob Mathes, Mark Ethier, Frank Filipetti, Bob Ludwig, Al Schmitt, Peter Chaikin, Jimmy Jam and Leslie Ann Jones.

Maureen Droney, Senior Executive Director of the P&E Wing, stated, “Over the last few months we’ve all been reflecting on what made Phil so great on so many different levels. We decided that the focus of this year’s GRAMMY SoundTables event should delve into the many different aspects of his personality and career that made him who he was, and to share with our AES friends some of the things that made him such an influential and beloved individual. This session is guaranteed to be insightful and thought-provoking.”

From Marilyn Monroe’s performance/rendition of “Happy Birthday” for JFK, Getz/Gilberto’s “Girl From Ipanema,” Billy Joel’s “Just The Way You Are,” Paul Simon’s “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover,” Frank Sinatra’s Duets album and Luciano Pavarotti’s live concerts in Italy, to overseeing groundbreaking sound evolutions for the GRAMMY Awards Telecast, Ramone’s career spanned more than 50 years of artistic and technical innovation.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Recording Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on Instagram, Foursquare, GetGlue, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.

Currently more than 6,000 professionals comprise The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, including the development and implementation of new technologies, technical guidelines and recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives. For more information, please visit www.producersandengineers.com.

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Moog Announces Minifooger Analog Effects for Guitar & Bass

New line of powerful, compact and affordable effects pedals

Asheville, NC – October 8, 2013Moog Music Inc. today announced the launch of the Minifooger Analog Effects family – a series of compact – easy to use stomp boxes designed primarily for use with electric guitar and bass. Each Minifooger is housed in a rugged cast aluminum enclosure and features a 100% analog signal path, true bypass design, optional battery power, and a single expression pedal input providing hands-free control of one specified parameter within each unit.

“We have been working on designs for a line of highly engineered analog effects pedals that are affordable, compact, and easy to use for some time. We are extremely pleased with the outcome and hope that guitar and bass players are too,” said Mike Adams, President of Moog Music.

Each Minifooger’s user interface is centered on musicality and the ability to create new effects quickly. There is also a dedicated expression pedal input that provides control over a function and allows the player to go beyond the panel settings to explore wild, and experimental sounds. This input can also be controlled via CV.

“We want people to approach these pedals from an aural standpoint. The sonic capabilities of Minifoogers are extensive, but they are also easy to use. You can just close your eyes, turn knobs, and create modern, vintage, or other worldly sounds,” said Cyril Lance, Chief Engineer Moog Music.

Moog is launching The Minifooger Analog Effects family with 5 compact stomp boxes – the MF Drive, MF Boost, MF Delay, MF Ring, and MF Trem. Each pedal is 100% analog, designed and hand assembled in Moog’s factory in Asheville, North Carolina and carries a US street price below $200. Moog is debuting two videos today featuring artists experimenting with the Minifoogers: Troy Van Leeuwen, guitarist for the band Queens of The Stone Age takes a more classic approach; and Xander Singh and Ian Hultquist of Passion Pit explore the other worldly side of the Minifoogers.

Minifooger Analog Effects Pedal Descriptions:

The MF Drive is a filter-based overdrive pedal employing a Moog Ladder Filter, boutique FET amplifiers, and OTAs in its drive section making it highly reactive to picking dynamics. The panel features a bipolar tone control and sweepable filter that work dynamically with input gain to offer each player unique and customizable sounds that retain the core timbre of their instrument. A filter Peak switch shifts harmonic content to the filter’s cutoff position, adding new tonal creation and dirty wah performance possibilities not found in other drive pedals. MSRP: $179.

The MF Boost is a selectable topology boost pedal that allows the player to switch between an “articulate VCA” signal path and a “colored OTA” signal path. Each is tailored to deliver boutique amplifier sound and responsiveness from any guitar/amplifier combination. The design also imparts natural compression to an input signal, which brings out note articulation and significantly increases the performance of other effects pedals. When paired with an expression pedal, the MF Boost can be used as a tone enhancing volume pedal, sweepable-gain boost pedal, and VCA. The expression pedal input also provides access to higher gain values not available on the panel. MSRP: $149

The MF Delay features 35mS-700mS of completely analog delay time. At shorter set-tings, repeats are fast and bright for creating classic slap-back and plate sounds. At medium and long settings the repeats become darker and naturally trail into reverb-like state. A Drive circuit allows the player to adjust the tone and feel of the MF Delay as well as overdrive the Bucket Brigade Delay line, and the input of a guitar amplifier for bigger sound and feel. Also, the expression pedal input is switchable between feedback for expressive swells and delay time for tape delay and chorus/flange effects. MSRP: $209.

The MF Ring is an analog ring modulator that is based on the world’s best selling Ring Mod, the Moogerfooger MF-102. Its refined frequency range and tone voicing circuit add new-musical elements to ring modification, making it easy to dial in everything from octaves and choral dissonance to harmonic undertones and synthesized lead lines. The expression pedal input provides hands-free control of the Freq parameter for sound sweeps, pitch shifting effects, and playing between two scales on the fly. MSRP: $159

The MF Trem is an analog tremolo pedal designed around a balanced modulator and Sub Audio VCO. This design creates a wide range of effects that are based on phase cancellation and addition. Players can create classic optical tremolo, hard tremolo, rotary effects and more that react dynamically to harmonic content. A variable Shape control interacts with Tone and Mix to craft subtle swells and gallops to rhythmic percussive, and swirling effects. When pushed, the MF Trem can also approach the beginnings of phasing and chorus. The expression pedal input adds control of the Speed parameter for hands-free swells and rotary effects. MSRP: $189

Minifooger Analog Effects Pedals are available for preorder from all authorized Moog dealers now. Moog Music will begin shipping the first units from their Asheville factory in October, 2013. For more information about Minifooger Analog Effects Pedals go to: MINIFOOGER.COM

Links:

• Video featuring Troy Van Leeuwen: http://www.moogmusic.com/Troy-Van-Leeuwen
• Video featuring Passion Pit: http://www.moogmusic.com/Passion-Pit
• Moog Music website: http://www.moogmusic.com/
• Moog Music on Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/MoogMusicInc/
• Moog Music on Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/MoogMusicInc/

About Moog Music:

Moog Music synthesizers and other electronic musical instruments are designed and lovingly built in the Moog factory in downtown Asheville, N.C. Moog Music and its customers carry on the legacy of Dr. Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer and Founder of Moog Music Inc.

Photo captions:
1) The Minifooger analog effects for guitar and bass.
2) Troy Van Leeuwen, guitarist for the band Queens of The Stone Age.
3) Xander Singh and Ian Hultquist of Passion Pit.

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